Programs & Events



REFLECTIONS 2015-2016 - “Let Your Imagination Fly."

Each year, the PTA Reflections Program challenges students to create art inspired by a specific theme.   For more information see

The program has six arts areas—dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography, and visual arts — and two grade divisions for elementary school students — primary (K-2) and intermediate (3-5).  We hope that you will encourage your child to participate in Reflections.  Students may submit multiple entries in one or more categories.  Each year, more than 250 ATS students participate in the Reflections program. 

You can help us make the program a continued success by doing the following:

    •    Review the rules packet.  Each category has specific requirements that are set by the National PTA and should be followed.

    •    Please make sure your child’s entry is received in the teacher’s classroom by the due date.

    •    New - Special Artists category. This category gives our Special Needs students the option of entering submissions at their grade level or in the Special Artist division.

    •    If you download the forms from the PTA website please add teacher name to the top of the entry form

Walk or Bike to School Day

October 2015

All ATS families and staff are encouraged to join other APS schools by walking or biking to school this day.  Help us use this fun event to highlight for our students, parents, staff and neighbors the health and environmental benefits of getting to school using . . . MUSCLE POWER!  

For some general information on Walk to School Day, please visit or

Rally at the ATS flagpole at 8:00 am for a school photo! 

Fall Festival

Fall Festival is one of the most enjoyable family events of the year and serves as one of the major fundraisers of the year for the ATS PTA.

Ice Cream Social

November 18th, 6-8 pm, ATS Multipurpose Room

Please come eat ice cream at the annual ATS PTA Book Fair Ice Cream Social.  This is a wonderful opportunity to stock up on Winter reading, purchase Holiday gifts, and  select favorite books for your child’s teacher!  

Book Fair

November 16-20th at the ATS Library

8am-6pm Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday; 8am-8pm Wednesday; 8-3pm Friday

One of the best way to support your school's reading efforts and  also raise funds. Vendors bring in their offerings for elementary school children. It's a great way to find books that are age appropriate for your child. The profit from the sales are divided between the PTA and the "scholarships" for some children to purchase books at the fair. Shop for your children, shop for gifts, or you could shop for a donation to your child's classroom or the library.   

Fall Bake Sale

Tuesday November 24, 2015 

Come celebrate one of the most festive days at ATS between the Kindergarten feast and traditional fourth and fifth grade Turkey Bowl and support the Music Department. This is the only fundraising event held each year for the Music Department. Proceeds help purchase equipment for vocal music as well as band and orchestra. Consider volunteering a shift at the bake sale or contributing baked items.

Science and Technology Day

This fun and educational evening allows the students to display their projects for their parents and other students to see. A new and exciting feature to last year's event was the Robot Dance Contest. It is a great way to see what your children have been learning and to encourage their interests in science and technology.

International Night

February 2016

Each year the PTA hosts an International Night Holiday Celebration. This festive evening includes international entertainment and delectable treats from around the globe. It is a fun way to learn more about the world and others in our ATS community!

Math Day

Can you beat the calculator? Or get close to 1000? Last year there were some new activities and some old favorites like Farkle. Who knows what we'll be seeing this year?

Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week

ATS Staff Appreciation Week will be held the first week of May. This is one of the most important weeks during the year when students and parents can express gratitude to staff at ATS. As many of you already know, there is a tradition at ATS for students to bring flowers and cards of appreciation to their teachers. These flowers can be from your garden, or purchased. In each classroom there will be a vase for teachers to receive and create a beautiful bouquet. This week is also a great time to show our appreciation with a flower or a note to our music, gym, art, special education teachers and staff in the front office, just to name a few.

Volunteer Appreciation Night

Date TBD

An event that is solely intended to show appreciation for anyone and everyone who helped make the ATS community so great.  Please come and be social, and just enjoy the night.

End-of-Year Family Night

June 2016

Spring & Fall | Enrichment

The PTA developed an extensive set of enrichment programs. Each term, students can choose from a wide array of enrichment classes, ranging from art and theatre to Spanish, yoga, and karate. These classes are held after school so they add to they can add to the educational experience without detracting from regularly scheduled class time.  See more information at Enrichment classes & schedule.

MONTHLY | Junior Great Books

The ATS PTA sponsors the use of The Junior Great Books® program at Arlington Traditional. It is a special reading program that helps to give our children a better framework for reading comprehension, critical thinking and writing. This is done by having the children all read the same material and share their ideas and unique interpretations of this wonderful literature. By actively participating in discussion, Great Books students learn to read for meaning and to form their own interpretations.


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MONTH | Educational Grants for Teachers

The Educational Grants Program was initiated three years ago in honor of Arlington Traditional School's 25th Anniversary and is open to all teachers and staff. A total of $2,000 is set aside annually out of the PTA budget to fund these awards. 

Important criteria that must be met to qualify for these awards include that the proposal benefit a significant number of students at the school, support the curriculum, and not be covered by other school funds. Proposals are funded across multiple disciplines and receive particular consideration if they involve teams of teachers and/or staff (for example, all the fourth grade teachers or groups of special programs staff).