23-Jan-2018

No School Friday

Don’t forget that there is no school on Friday, January 26.
Key Dates
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  • Wednesday, January 24, Auction Committee Kick Off, 6-7:30 PM
  • Friday, January 26, Grade Preparation Day, No School
  • Tuesday, February 6, PTA Meeting, ATS Library, 6:30-8 PM
  • Saturday, February 10, International Night, 5-7 PM
  • Tuesday, February 13, Report Cards Come Home
  • Wednesday, February 14, Early Release, 12:51 PM
  • Monday, February 19, President’s Day, No School
  • Saturday, May 5, PTA Auction, 6-10 PM
Contribute Your Photos to the Yearbook
Do you have photos of the Book Fair, Reading Carnival or Turkey Bowl for the ATS Yearbook? If so please
upload them
 and enter the ATS Access Code: 
MKBKXD  
Contact
Ashley Yingling
 with any questions!
ATS PTA International Night – Saturday, February 10, 5–7 PM
This year’s International Night will be held on Saturday, February 10th from 5 PM to 7 PM, and we are in need of volunteers to help out. If you are willing to volunteer for a short time that evening,
please sign up here
.
We are also still looking for Ambassadors! Please consider representing a country by bringing food samplings and other cultural information specific to that country (books, trinkets, heritage items, etc.). Costs for food preparation are reimbursed up to $40 per country. If interested in being an Ambassador, please
contact
Sarah Geyerman.
ATS PTA Auction Committee Kick Off – Wednesday, January 24, 6 PM
The ATS PTA Auction co-chairs would like to invite anyone interested in contributing to the PTA’s biggest fundraising effort of the year to the volunteer kickoff meeting on Wednesday January 24 at 3718 4th St N. from 6-7:30. Light refreshments and wine will be on hand, so please
RSVP
so they have enough. This is a great opportunity for anyone with a desire to support the auction and the PTA. There are lots of ways to help that will fit into any schedule – day time availability, night time availability, phone time, walking and driving around Arlington, etc. It’s fun for a great cause! 
SAVE THE DATE! ATS PTA Auction – Saturday, May 5
Save the date for the ATS PTA Auction, a fantastic evening that includes food, music, and dancing. Past auction items have included:
  • One-of-a-kind experiences and artwork (Principal for the Day, Ride to School with the ACPD, Front row tickets for 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony, and your own Parking spot).
  • Parent nights out (restaurant gift certificates, wine tastings, game nights, themed dinners).
  • Gift certificates for camps, kid activities, and loads of local shops.
  • Wine raffle.
  • Vacation properties.
This year’s theme is
Come Sail Away
. Resort/cruise wear is welcome!
Do you want to get involved? We need volunteers to reach out to the local community for donations, pick up items, decorate, and clean up. The Auction Committee will officially kick off in January. If you are interested, or if you have items to donate, contact
Emily Glendinning and Krista Maizel
.
Substitute Teacher Applications
Do you want to get more involved at ATS as a substitute teacher?
Applications
can be filled out online. For consideration you will need:
  • A copy of college transcripts (official or unofficial)
  • Two letters of recommendation signed and dated within the past 12 months. One must be from someone who has recently supervised your work.
Support ATS While You Shop
Did you know you can earn $$ to support ATS when you get groceries and shop on Amazon?
  • Amazon: If you fill your Amazon cart with the app or website or any other way you normally shop, when you’re ready to checkout go to smile.amazon.com. You can designate Arlington Traditional Elementary PTA as the beneficiary, and we get .5% of your eligible purchase donated directly! Shop as you normally do, just use the smile site to checkout.
  • Giant: Link your card at Giant with code 02190 for ATS. You only need to register once.
  • Harris Teeter: Link your card at Harris Teeter with code 4378 for ATS. You must renew each year. You can link your card online or at your store’s customer service department. ATS PTA can also renew your link if you e-mail your card number, name, address, and phone number associated with your card to Rebecca Ely.
  • Silver Diner: By joining Silver Diner’s Eat Well, Do Well Club and choosing ATS as your school of choice, ATS will earn $. You can create an account by clicking here and selecting Create New Account. Once your account is created, click to link to a school.
Keep Saving Box Tops!
Our renewed energy for Box Tops was a success! We earned over $1,000 for our teachers during our October collection. That’s more than we collected all year last year! Let’s keep the momentum going and keep clipping those Box Tops – we’ll have another collection in February. Let’s try to earn more than in October! 
Middle School Boundaries and Transfers
At its December 14 meeting, the School Board approved middle school boundary adjustments to relieve crowding and better balance enrollment across all middle schools. These boundary adjustments will be effective for students in grades 6, 7, and 8 beginning in September 2019 when the new middle school at the Stratford site opens. Families of students affected by the new middle school boundaries will receive notification in the mail by February 2018.
APS will be able to accept a limited number of middle school transfers for the 2018-19 school year at the following middle schools:
  • Jefferson Middle School
  • Kenmore Middle School
Transportation will be provided to students who are accepted to either school.
There will be no neighborhood transfers to Gunston, Swanson or Williamsburg middle schools. Please Note: Gunston will continue to accept current APS students who wish to continue in the middle school immersion or Montessori options at Gunston through the “Intent to Return” form available from the elementary school counselors. Students new to Arlington who are interested in those programs should apply using the 
Middle School Options Application Form
.
The deadline to submit the online 
Middle School Transfer Application Form
 for a neighborhood transfer to Jefferson or Kenmore has been extended to Friday, January 26. The application period for H-B Woodlawn has closed.
Want to improve children’s behavior and strengthen family bonds?
Strengthening Families Program at Campbell ES – Free program for Arlington County 1st-3rd graders and their families to work together over 14 weeks on communication skills and stress management. Parents gain techniques in effective discipline, giving clear directions, and organizing the family. Students learn to resist peer pressure, understand consequences, and solve problems constructively. Sessions are highly interactive and include role-playing, discussions, learning games, and family projects.
Class for 1st-3rd grade children and their parents is on Thursday nights from February 1 – May 17 from 6:00-8:15 PM at Campbell elementary school. Dinner and childcare are included. Classes are in English and Spanish.
Register
online
or contact
Lainie Morgan
(SFP Coordinator).
 
¿Quieren mejorar el comportamiento de sus hijos y fortalecer el vínculo familiar?
El Programa Fortaleciendo la Familia en Campbell ES – Es un programa gratuito para las familias de Arlington con estudiantes en 1o-3o grado en el que todos trabajan juntos para mejorar la comunicación entre padres e hijos y manejar el estrés. Los padres adquieren técnicas para disciplinar eficazmente, dar indicaciones claras, y organizar la familia. Los jóvenes aprenden habilidades para resistir la presión social, comprender las consecuencias, y resolver problemas de forma constructiva. El taller es interactivo e incluye juegos de roles, discusiones, juegos de aprendizaje y proyectos familiares.
Las clases para los niños y sus padres son los jueves, del 1 de febrero hasta el 17 de mayo, a las 6:00-8:15 pm en Campbell ES. Se incluye gratis la cena y el cuido de niños menores. Se ofrece clases en español e inglés.
Para inscribirse
online
o se comunique con
Lainie Morgan
(la coordinadora de PFF).
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