Electronic Friday Folder -- January 8, 2021

Mark Your Calendar: Upcoming ASFS Dates
  • Friday, January 8th - Art/Music Supplies Pick-Up, 3:00-5:00pm (ASFS Driveway)
  • Tuesday, January 12th - January ASFS PTA Meeting, 7:00-8:30pm (via Zoom)
  • Monday, January 18th - NO SCHOOL (Dr Martin Luther King, Jr Day)
  • Wednesday, January 20th -- NO SCHOOL (Inauguration Day)
  • Monday, January 25th - ASFS Bingo Night (3rd-5th Grade), 6:30-7:30pm (via MS Teams)
  • Tuesday, January 26th - ASFS Bingo Night (Kindergarten-2nd Grade), 6:30-7:30pm (via MS Teams)
  • *Save the Date* Wednesday, February 17th - Virtual ASFS STEM Night, 6:00-7:30pm (via MS Teams)

Please visit the ASFS Master Calendar for all 2020-21 school year dates.

Greetings from the ASFS PTA

ASFS Families, hope you had a great first week back to begin the new year! As we look ahead, make sure to review APS Superintendent Dr. Duran's Return to School Update that he shared at last night's Arlington School Board Meeting (1/8/21), with a Staff Return-to-School Timeline beginning the week of January 25th, and Student Return-to-School Timeline with timing to be communicated at a later date for Level 2 and 3 students.

With our January ASFS PTA Meeting coming up this Tuesday, January 12th at 7pm, please feel free to submit your questions ahead of time. We'll collect everyone's input, and look forward to hearing from Ms. Begley on upcoming plans for ASFS. Thank you for all your support, Dena Porter, ASFS PTA President

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Art/Music/Library Supplies Pick-Up - Today, Friday, 1/8

If you haven't already picked up your art and music supplies for Kindergarten-2nd Grade students, kits will be available at ASFS today, Friday, January 8th, between 3-5 p.m.
 
Parents of students in 3rd-5th Grade who were unavailable for our first pickup of art and music supplies in November may also come at this time. Please contact the front office if you are unable to pick up supplies at this time, and you may pick up supplies during regular school hours. Library books may also be picked up today from 1-3pm.
 
Please remember to wear a mask when picking up supplies. To help speed up the process, please have a piece of paper with the number of children you are picking up supplies for, and what grade levels they are in. --Kind Regards, The Music, Art, and Library Team

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Grandfathering Status Forms Due Today (Friday, 1/8)

Parents and guardians of current Grade 4 students who are eligible for grandfathering received a letter from APS with information about grandfathering provisions for the 2021-22 school year. ***Please make sure to return your Status Form by THIS FRIDAY, January 8th, by 4pm.***

For more information on eligibility and ways to return your completed form, please visit the APS Notification and Grandfathering Status Form webpage.

January ASFS PTA Meeting - Tuesday, 1/12

Join us on Tuesday, January 12th from 7:00-8:30pm (via Zoom) for our first ASFS PTA Meeting of 2021! Ms. Begley, Ms. Jones, and our ASFS PTA leads will share an overview of what's ahead for 2021. In addition, Claire Peters, Principal at the new elementary school at the Key site, will provide an overview of the feedback received on the instructional vision for the new school and ways that interested parents can get involved. Please submit your questions for Ms. Begley, ASFS teachers and staff, and/or the PTA below. Hope to see you there!

Submit Your Questions for the ASFS PTA Meeting

Zoom Meeting Details

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Meeting Materials: Here is the January ASFS PTA Meeting Agenda, and complete meeting materials, including the electronic voting ballot, will be posted prior to the ASFS PTA meeting.

ASFS Bingo Nights - Monday, 1/25 (3rd-5th) & Tuesday, 1/26 (K-2nd)

Mark your calendar for two fun evenings of ASFS BINGO NIGHT, provided by Baroody Camps!

  • 3rd-5th Graders - Monday, January 25th, 6:30-7:30pm (via MS Teams)
  • Kindergarten-2nd Graders - Tuesday, January 26th, 6:30-7:30pm (via MS Teams)

Please click below to register (not required, but helpful to get an idea for attendance):

Register for ASFS Bingo Night(s)

Stay tuned for three ways to play: 1) Click an electronic link to play on your own device, 2) Download & print your own Bingo card, or 3) Stop by ASFS during library pick-up hours on Thursday, 1/21 or Monday, 1/25 to pick up a Bingo card. ***All you need to provide are small items to use as Bingo card markers (pennies, buttons, etc.)

Look for the MS Teams link in your ASFS students' Canvas on their APS iPads the week beforehand, and we'll email the link to parents as well. The PTA will provide token prizes for the winners, and thank you to ASFS Kindergarten teacher, Ms. Mintzer, for hosting and serving as our ASFS staff lead. We hope you can join us for a virtual hour of Bingo with your ASFS classmates!

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Submit Your Interest: ASFS PTA Nominating Committee 

The 2021-22 ASFS PTA Executive Board is looking for interested PTA members to serve on the ASFS PTA Nominating Committee. As part of the process to confirm next year's board, the ASFS PTA membership votes to confirm the nominating committee who "shall nominate an eligible person for each office to be filled and report its nominees to the members at a regular general membership meeting at least thirty (30) days prior to the general membership election meeting." The three committee members must be active ASFS PTA members for the 2020-21 school year.

The role includes working with the nominating committee to confirm the six officers for nomination for the 2021-22 ASFS PTA Executive Board at the April ASFS PTA Meeting (4/6/21). Informally, the committee also supports the board with filling the ASFS PTA committee chair and leadership roles for the 2021-22 school year.

If you are interested in serving on the ASFS PTA Nominating Committee, please email Dena Porter by Friday, January 29th. Once the Executive Board confirms the three members for nomination, the ASFS PTA membership will vote at the February PTA meeting (2/9/21). Thank you!

No Place for Hate: Complete Your Family Pledge By Monday, February 1st

ASFS is joining more than 1,600 schools across the nation to become No Place for Hate, an initiative coordinated and supported by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). In order to receive the No Place for Hate designation, schools must show evidence that they have built an inclusive and safe community where all students can thrive, that they empower students, faculty, administration, and families to take a stand against bias and bullying, and that they send a consistent clear, unified message that all students have a place where they belong (find more information here). This initiative is being led by one of our fifth grade teachers, Ms. Aileen Mavity, along with a team of ASFS staff and parents.

To kick start this initiative, each student and staff member is signing the following pledge by creating a "quilt square" that includes the signed pledge and a representation of the member's vision for ASFS as No Place for Hate:
I promise to do my best to treat everyone fairly.  
I promise to do my best to be kind to everyone—even if they are not like me. 
If I see someone being hurt or bullied, I will tell a teacher. 
I will help others to feel safe and happy at school. 
I will be part of making my school No Place for Hate.

These pledges are being turned into physical and virtual “quilts” that can be displayed throughout our learning environments as a reminder of our commitment to a stronger community and better world.

We are inviting all of our ASFS families to create one quilt square per family in the hope that you'll begin these challenging discussions at home and commit to this effort with us! Please see this flier for more information on the task and to access additional resources from ADL. Here is the quilt square template as a PDF, and here is a PowerPoint version. Please send your completed square to Kate Merrill by Monday, February 1st. Make sure to include your family name. Here are samples of completed squares: Example 1Example 2

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Virtual Winter Enrichment from Baroody Camps - Scholarships Available

Registration for Baroody Camps' Virtual Enrichment Program for the winter 2021 session is open! If you are looking for virtual options for your child(ren) this winter, Baroody Camps offers an array of programs that are designed to enrich the lives of children and encourage a love and curiosity of something new. Click below for the complete schedule, including class descriptions, and to register for classes:

Baroody Camps Winter 2021 Virtual Enrichment Registration

Classes begin the week of January 18th, and end the week of March 22nd. Prorated rates are available for applicable classes. Free teasers of applicable programs will be offered the week of January 11th. Click HERE to view and sign up for available teasers. Click HERE for the flyer with additional details.

Enrichment Scholarships Are Available for ASFS Students

Thanks to the ASFS PTA Enrichment Scholarship Fund, scholarships for virtual enrichment classes through Baroody Camps are available for a limited number of families in need of financial assistance. Spots for those who qualify will be confirmed via email, and we will hold a lottery if there is more interest than spots available. One class per student per year please. Students may only select classes that begin at 2:30pm or later. Please complete the form below to apply:

ASFS Virtual Winter 2021 Enrichment Scholarship Application

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APS Kindergarten Information Night - Monday, 1/25

Join Arlington Public Schools (APS) for Kindergarten Information Night on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021 at 7 p.m. The event will be virtual and the link to participate will be shared online a week before the event. Parents and families of students entering kindergarten in the fall of 2021 will hear an overview about APS elementary schools, school options, application deadlines and procedures, school-based information sessions, available resources, and more.

For additional information about this event, please visit: https://www.apsva.us/school-options/elementary-school-choices.

APS Middle School Information Sessions

Rising 6th Grade Parents, mark your calendars for your student’s Middle School Information Night!

  • Williamsburg Middle School – Wednesday, January 13th at 7:00pm
  • Dorothy Hamm Middle School – Thursday, January 28th at 7:00pm

Links to these virtual presentations can be found on the APS Website: APS Middle School Information Sessions

NOVA District PTA Student Citizen Essay Contest

ASFS students are invited to enter the 2020-21 NOVA District PTA Student Citizenship Essay Contest. The 2020-21 Citizenship Essay Theme is: "How do we stand together while so far apart?" The application is due February 1, 2021. Click below for the online submission form:

NOVA District PTA Student Citizen Essay Contest

APS News & Updates

Leigh Rex, VP External Affairs

***Watch last night's Arlington School Board Meeting (1/8/21) for the latest updates on the return to school, including Dr. Duran's Return to School Update.***

Here are a few key APS links relevant to ASFS families. For the latest updates, bookmark the ASFS PTA APS Updates page.

APS Initiatives and Items to Watch

Some Useful Sites to Bookmark and Follow:

Ways to Engage: 

​NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AT THE KEY SITE​​

New Elementary School PTA Update

The New School PTA will be forming in early 2021! Please contact Heather McIntire at mcintirehj@gmail.com if you would like to be a founding member and participate in launching the association. 

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New Elementary School at Key Naming Committee Update

For details on rules of naming facilities, please refer to the following link: https://www.apsva.us/engage/naming-for-the-new-elementary-at-the-key-site/

There will be two more meetings. The next meeting is January 13th. The final decision will be made on March 25th when the school board will vote on the name of the new school.

Rabia Oubenadi is the committee representative for the ASFS PTA, you may submit suggestions to her at oubenadi@icloud.com.

Share Your Feedback: Instructional Vision for the New School

Claire Peters, Principal at the New Elementary School

​​I am so excited to welcome students and families to the new elementary school at the Key site in the fall of 2021. As part of the collaborative process of developing our instructional vision, I am asking for your feedback. Please help as we consider possibilities by answering a few questions. Thank you for your valuable input!

Instructional Visioning Feedback for New ES

Please send all eFF submissions to Puja Valiyil by EOD Wednesdays. All content will be subject to approval by ASFS administration and the ASFS PTA.