1501 N. Lincoln St.
Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: 703-228-7670
Fax: 703-525-2452
Friday, May 27, 2016

2016 Parent Orientation Sessions

These are adults only events and childcare is not available.


Please call 703-228-7670 to pre-register!

February 18………………………………Thursday………………………12:45 - 2:15 pm (COUNTYWIDE)


February 25………………………………Thursday………………………9:15 - 10:15 am


March 1………………………………….…Tuesday…………………………9:15 - 10:15 am


March 31………………………………….Thursday………………………..9:15 - 10:15 am


April 7……………………………………....Thursday……………………....9:15 - 10:45 am (COUNTYWIDE)


Application period:  February 1st to April 15th 

Information About the End of Second Quarter and Snow Days


Dear APS Students and Families:


Because of the recent weather, which has occurred close to the end of our second grading period, we wanted to share with you some guidance that all teachers have been given about the grade submission deadline and procedures due to the closings for inclement weather conditions. 


Because of the recent snow days, all schools will adhere to the following changes to our end of quarter procedures:

  • The end of the second period of grade reporting will be tomorrow, January 29, as previously for the 2015-16 school year schedule.

  • Grades for the second marking period will be closed as of Wed, Jan. 22

  • Teachers may reschedule mid-course exams in the next grading period or may choose to cancel their exams (with similar courses following like decisions).

  • Teachers will use discretion with projects/papers/presentations that were due during quarter exam week.

We have reminded all teachers to be flexible in providing students opportunities to demonstrate learning. Most notable is the following guidance:

"Weather permitting, work that was assigned prior to January 22, 2016 will be submitted to teachers, accepted and graded. Submission of work assigned and/or due after January 22, 2016 for final grades will be up to the discretion of APS staff. School staff should use latitude in making decisions, recognizing any individual student needs and challenges faced as a result of the student not having access to classroom resources and/or accommodations."

Finally, many families have asked us to extend the quarter, so we wanted to explain why the decision was made to follow the current schedule.  Changing the end of the semester for secondary students could disadvantage high school students’ applications to college.  Many seniors’ college acceptances are pending the college's receipt of the students' first semester transcripts.  APS is already later than most schools since our school year starts later than most school systems across the country (per state law).  To further delay the end of the semester would delay college decisions for our students.  That is why all teachers have been asked to use discretion with grades and to maintain flexibility for students so we do not disadvantage students due to the recent weather.

We look forward to welcoming students back next Tuesday, February 2.

Mary E. Begley, Principal

Barbara Jones, Assistant Principal

ASFS is A Box Tops School!

Arlington Science Focus participates in the “Box Tops for Education” program.  Have you seen those little pink rectangles on your Cheerios or Progresso soup?  On your Land O Lakes butter or your packs of Nature Valley granola bars?  They’re everywhere! Each little “box top” is worth ten cents for us.  If we collect enough, we can redeem them for great stuff like computers, books, and more. Please clip them and send them in to us:

ASFS, attn: PTA/Box Tops

1501 N. Lincoln St

Arlington VA 22201

Helping your local school is easy and free.  Thank you!

Learn more here: http://www.boxtops4education.com

APS Inclement Weather Reminder


Based on the temperatures outside and weather forecasts, the winter season has arrived.  As a result, Arlington Public Schools wants to remind families to make plans for the increased possibility of inclement weather in our area. We encourage you to make sure your children dress warmly, allow for plenty of time to travel to and from school or the bus stop, and stay informed about weather-related changes to school operations.

How to Learn about School Closings, Delays or Other Changes: Decisions to close school or delay school opening are made after consulting local agencies. When there is no change in operations, the APS Web and Hotline say that the status for APS is unchanged. Decisions are usually announced and posted no later than 5 a.m. Notices about changes in APS operations can be found at:

Childcare Issues: We understand that changes in school operations can be inconvenient for families to arrange childcare at the last minute. We urge families to put in place alternative plans now for the care of your children when school schedules change. Consider making arrangements with a reliable teen or stay-at-home adult in your neighborhood, or work together with other parents to support each other by forming cooperative childcare groups. We also urge you to explore options available with your neighbors and members of your school’s PTA.

We hope you find this information useful and thank you for your cooperation.
Attendance Line: (703)228-7672
ASFS PTA Calendar (TBA)
 ASFS-Amazon Smile Program

The holidays are fast approaching. As you do your holiday gift shopping — DON’T FORGET to shop using AmazonSmile at http://smile.amazon.com.

Sign in at http://smile.amazon.com, and designate “Arlington Science Focus PTA” as your charity of choice. Thereafter, any time you shop via AmazonSmile a portion of what you spend automatically goes to ASFS. The interface is exactly the same as the regular Amazon – except that you can see your designated charity of choice listed at the top left of the page. This program can be used by anyone (friends, family, neighbors, coworkers) so please spread the word!! All of your purchases really add up to serious donations for our school throughout the year.

If you use the Amazon App to shop on your smart phone, simply put all items in your cart via the App. Then, go to http://smile.amazon.com on your internet browser to check out. All the items you selected on the App will automatically appear on the AmazonSmile interface – then go ahead and purchase!

Remember, friends and family can shop using http://smile.amazon.com to benefit ASFS too. If you share your Amazon Prime membership benefits with relatives or friends – be sure that they are shopping using AmazonSmile to support ASFS as well. It just takes a second, and can do so much for our school. Thanks and Happy Holidays!!

The ASFS Student Council Association is participating in the FundingFactory® Recycling Program!
This fundraiser is FREE and simple because there’s nothing to sell, no paperwork to fill out and no deadline. The program runs year-round, accumulating constant income for our efforts. But we won’t get very far without your support. Please donate your empty printer cartridges and used cell phones to our SCA and we’ll take it from there! We will recycle the cartridges and cell phones through FundingFactory to earn new technology, recess equipment, or even cash for our school.
School Health Information
Strep Throat
Head Lice

Snow Information
Talking about Violence with Children

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Last Modified on February 3, 2016