Dear ATS Families,
Due to the weather last week, our Bike/Walk to School day will be this Wednesday, 15 May. Please plan to arrive by 8:00 AM to meet on the black top for a pep rally and school photo! For those riding bikes, we are also having a bike safety and maintenance clinic after school the same day -- also on the black top. This is a great opporunity for our kids and parents to get hands-on bike use safety and equipment saftey instruction from our resident bike enthusiast parents and BikeAlrington staff. We hope you can join us!
Extended Day students who would like to participate must bring the attached permission slip so they can participate too.
Please remember that we have a bike/walk chanllenge for kids to ride/walk as many days possible between now and the end of shcool. See the back of theFriday backpack mail flyer sent out May 3rd for the tally sheet.
The PTA hopes everyone can join in -- see you Wednesday morning!
Silver Diner night is Wednesday, May 15th from 5pm to 8pm. Please put the date on your calendar and come out for an evening of fun with other ATS families at the Silver Diner in Clarendon (3200 Wilson Boulevard). The kids have a great time, and moms and dads get a night off from cooking! Hope to see you there and don't forget your Silver Diner card! The school benefits from you eating at the diner but the Silver Diner gives us even more when you use your card. Contact Jennifer Smith (email@example.com) or Sheila Cordaro (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions or need a card.
There will be No Early Release on the following Wednesdays:
April 10, April 24, May 1, & May 15.
The Holidays are quickly approaching. Now is the time to order a personalized ATS Brick for installation in the school courtyard between the garden and art room. If you know of any teacher, coach, student or staff member deserving appreciation, this is a fantastic way to recognize their work or your family's time at ATS! The order form is available on the PTA website at www.atspta.org. All profits help support the super efforts of the ATS PTA. For more information, contact Stacia Miller email@example.com.
following PTA chair and volunteer positions are
open and in need of interested parent
volunteers. Please consider contributing
your time and expertise in the following
- Music Department Liaison/s:
Work with Music Department to organize,
coordinate logistics and recruit volunteers for
the annual Music Recital & Arts
Showcase evening reception (tentatively March 6
at 6:30 pm). Contact Dale
- Reading Specialist
Liaison/s: Support Lead Reading
Teacher with Read Across America Day
(first week in March) by decorating school
and coordinating volunteer readers; helping with
material inventory, stamping books, and
reshelving books in leveled book room throughout
the school year. Contact Dale
- Silent Auction
Chairs: Organize and publicize
this top grossing event, the largest single
fundraiser at ATS. Auction
Co-Chairs will lead our experienced
fundraising team to solicit and
collect donations from local businesses,
parents and teachers within the ATS community
and plan gala party (date TBD).Contact Ashley
Yingling or Kerry
PTA Directory Editor: Compile,
edit (with help of volunteers) and coordinate
production of ATS' annual directory.
Contact Audrey Tsai.
coordination of yearbook development and
production: recruit and deploy volunteer
photographers, run fifth-grade cover-art
contest, coordinate logistical tasks (e.g., club
and candid photo day); manage yearbook ordering
and distribution. Contact Audrey Tsai
& Pen Editors: (two or
more people, to team with Faculty
Advisor): Compile, edit (with help of
volunteers), and coordinate production of ATS'
annual literary publication. Contact Audrey Tsai
- Welcome Coffee (Fri, Sept
7, 8:30 - 9:30 am): Volunteers needed to
assist Chair to plan, set up and clean
after event. Contact Colleen
Mason or Sophie Grasmeder
- ATS Outdoor Lab Day (Sun,
Sept 30, 1 - 4 pm) Volunteers needed to
assist Chairs at campfire, making s'mores,
assisting students with fishing, and overseeing
canoes. Contact Colleen
Mason or Sophie Grasmeder
- Fall Parent/Teacher Conference
Luncheons (Thurs/Fri Oct 18-19)
Volunteers needed to help event Chairs set up
and clean after lunches. Contact Colleen
Mason or Sophie Grasmeder
Every time registered shoppers purchase
groceries, participating stores rebate a
percentage (1% to 5%) of those sales to
Locally, Giant, Safeway, and Harris
Teeter participate. Sign up early because
some of the stores start their program in August.
The more people sign up, the more dollars ATS
gets!! Ask friends, neighbors, relatives, and
co-workers to join. Last year ATS
earned $3,000 from this program. Other schools
earn up to $10,000. Don't
forget to re-register each year!
Safeway eScrip Program -
Target will donate 1% of your REDcard
purchases to ATS. REDcard® includes existing
Target Credit Cards, Target Visa® Credit Cards and
Target Debit Cards, and new Target Credit Cards
and Target Debit Cards. If you shop at Target,
please consider applying for a REDcards and link
the card to ATS. Target offers
Dear Arlington County School Board Members, Superintendent Murphy, APS Staff and Chairs of the Facilities Advisory Committee (FAC):
On behalf of the Arlington Traditional School (ATS) PTA, I am forwarding our input to APS’s ongoing efforts to address the school capacity issues facing Arlington. This memorandum should be considered in conjunction with our enclosed June 2011 memo to the APS facilities planner and our January 19, 2012 memo to the School Board, Superintendent Murphy and APS staff in order to appreciate our complete positions on capacity issues.
Specifically, the attached memo addresses APS’s current proposal to build a 16 classroom addition at ATS as part of Option Set D, resulting from the Decision Lens process. As outlined in this memo, this proposal would be severely detrimental to our students and the ongoing-success of ATS’s program, and is not in the best interests of the County.
ATS stands ready to be part of the capacity solution, but not at the sake of jeopardizing the well-rounded, first-class education our students receive, or losing the integrity of the ATS program. The School Board, ATS staff, parents, students, and the broader community have worked incredibly hard to create a school program that is the envy of other counties in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the country at large; the necessary additions and new schools must be developed and implemented in a manner that does not undermine those efforts.
Should you have any questions or need additional information concerning this matter, please feel free to follow up with any of the following ATS PTA members:
Bill Delaney: 703-220-7523 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Neil Pratt: 703-237-4238 (email@example.com )
Dale Proctor: 571-643-5629 (firstname.lastname@example.org )
Kathy Rehill: 703-403-1064 (email@example.com )
As always, we appreciate the opportunity to provide ATS PTA’s views as you make decisions to help alleviate overcrowding. We consider ourselves very lucky to live in Arlington, where our School Board is receptive to hearing the concerns of diverse communities like ATS’s. Our parents and staff thank the School Board and APS for their ongoing work on the capacity issue and encourage all interested parties to visit ATS to learn more about the unique nature of the ATS program. You may also watch a 10 minute video describing the school’s traditional program and history at www.atspta.org .
Carol Ann Bischoff