Help Needed at Field Day—Next Wednesday and Thursday

Field Day is next week already, and our PTSA Field Day BBQ needs your help to continue this successful, fun lunch opportunity!

Please check out the sign up genius below, and come help on either or both days!!/showSignUp/8050f4eaeaf2ba02-field2




5K & 1K  

(Group Run)

Saturday, May 12

Yes, you read it correctly, it’s a go! Run with Rocky 5k and 1k Group Run!  Once a Mountaineer Runner, always a Mountaineer Runner!  

  • We will start early and still be able to get everyone to their Saturday morning activities.  7:30am.
  • Calling ALL runners K – 6th grade!  5k or 1k, you pick.  What a great way to prep for Field Day!
  • Calling all 5th and 6th graders! We’re moving on to Middle School, let’s leave with one last Run with Rocky group run.  Remember the good ‘ole days, let’s do this!
  • Calling all Run with Rocky After School Running Club graduates?  Remember our after school runs, meeting in the gym, running repeats?  What do you think!

This is an informal group run.  

No timing company

No printed shirts

No entrance fee (PTSA donations accepted)

Invite your Middle School & High School siblings.  

Bring your dog

Bring your bike

Just a run with old friends

You tell me what you favor; a 5k run or a 1k run or both.  We’ll cross the street together at 72nd Avenue. Munchies after the run.   Restrooms not available.

Who’s in?  Contact Rosa Kougl at [email protected] by Tuesday, May 8.  We’ll meet at the front of the school on Saturday, May 12.  We know “life” gets in the way, but let’s do this run, one last time, 7:30am, May 12.  (8:15am for the 1k).



Second Annual Silent Auction-Back to the 80’s

Tickets are now on sale for our Second Annual Silent Auction to be held April 21, 2018 from 6-9:30pm, at the new Hilton Garden Inn Olde Town Arvada!

A single ticket is $27, buy two or more tickets for $25 each.  Pre-sale drink tickets are also available for $4 each ($5 at the event).

Tickets are limited and must be purchased by April 13th(or until sold out).  Event tickets purchased by March 30th will be entered into an Early Bird Raffle to win one weekend night stay and a complimentary breakfast buffet at the Hilton Garden Inn Arvada.

Come support Van Arsdale and enjoy RAD food, auction items, raffles, a DJ, and more!

Please note that this is an ADULTS ONLY event!!

Click below to purchase tickets.


Young Writers Returns April 20th

Van Arsdale Young Writer’s Conference

It is time again to celebrate the many writers here at Van Arsdale. Our Van Arsdale Young Writer’s Conference will be Friday, April 2oth, 2018 from 8:00 to 8:40.  Students will be sharing their writing in small groups that will be facilitated by parent volunteers in the gym with a light breakfast. All participants should bring some of their writing to share.  Examples include: a “published” book, story, poem, essay, non-fiction article, etc..

If your child is interested in participating, please return the registration form in your Friday Folder, complete the on-line registration form on the PTSA website, or contact Michelle Jones at [email protected].  Please submit registrations by Friday, April 13th, 2018.


Young Writers flyer



Amazon Smile Triple donation promotion

Dear Charity Administrator,

The AmazonSmile triple donation promotion starts today! Amazon is tripling the donation amount to 1.5% when customers make their first eligible purchase from March 12 – 31. This is a great opportunity to increase Van Arsdale Elementary’s AmazonSmile donations by reminding your supporters to shop at

For additional details about the promotion, visit the promotion detail page.

3x your impact! Amazon is tripling the donation rate on your first – through March 31! Go to and Amazon donates to Van Arsdale Elementary.


Science Fair February 16th–Volunteers Needed and All are Welcome!

Science Fair is coming-up Friday, February 16!
Even if your student isn’t presenting a project or glider, feel free to join us for part of the evening!
  • Projects will be open for viewing beginning at 4:30 pm
  • Adult Science Demonstrations from 4:30 – 6:00 pm
  • Glider contest to follow completion of project judging at ~6:00 pm
  • Awards ceremony to immediately follow

Pizza ($2 a slice) & Pizza Meal Deal (slice & drink for $3) available all evening & all proceeds to benefit the Van Arsdale Coding Class…cash & credit cards accepted!

If you’d like to volunteer to help-out please visit the SignUp Genius, opportunities before school, during school and in the evening–thanks in advance for helping make this event a success!  As if supporting Science isn’t enough reward, all volunteers get a free Pizza Meal Deal voucher, too!


Calling all scientists, engineers & volunteers to participate on February 16th!

VA Students:  The Van Arsdale Science Fair is just about one month out, so there is still plenty of time to put together a project (all grades) and/or a glider (4th – 6th)!  Projects can be Experimental, such as under which light a plant grows best or a Presentation of a scientific topic your child finds interesting, like the solar system or why bears hibernate.  They can do it on their own or grab a partner!  More information on project guidelines, the glider competition, as well as the sign-up are on the PTSA website. The sign-up deadline is this Sunday (1/21), all you need is the topic to sign-up!
VA Siblings & Friends:  We are also looking for some middle school and/or high school volunteers to help-out at the Van Arsdale Science Fair on Friday afternoon/evening, February 16. Great opportunity if your big kids need service hours! No science expertise needed. They can sign-up through the link below & contact Kristen with any questions!
VA Parents & Colleagues:  We are looking for a few scientists or engineers to set-up a few live demos and be available for interaction and questions during the judging portion of the Science Fair. You’d be more than welcome to have your kids help you! This is expected to run approximately 4:30 – 6:00 pm on Feb. 16 (this is an early dismissal day), then you can stick around for the glider competition and awards or head-out!  Please contact Kristen directly to volunteer or share ideas/suggestions!
Feel free to contact Kristen at [email protected] with any questions!


Van Arsdale Parent/Child Dance 2018!

Dance Flyer 2018


Science Fair February 16, 2018

Van Arsdale Science Fair & Glider Contest!

“Science glides us into the future”
It’s time to start picking those projects for the Van Arsdale Science Fair! The fair is open to every student, kindergarten through 6th grade, at Van Arsdale and will be held on the evening of Friday, February 16, 2018. Setup for the fair will be before school on February 16 so classes can tour during the school day on Friday. Students in grades 4th, 5th, and 6th can choose to do a regular project and/or compete in our glider competition. The information about both the fair and glider competition can be found here.

VA Glider 2018 Challenge (1)

VA Science Fair Rules and Guidelines 2018

The Science Fair will be open for viewing by families between 4:30 – 7:30 pm on Friday, February 16, 2018. Science demonstrations by adult scientists & engineers as well as judging will take place from 4:30 – 6:00 pm. The glider contest will take place following judging completion at approximately 6:00 pm. Awards will immediately follow the glider contest at approximately 7:00 pm. Onsite dinner purchase is in the works! A certificate & special memento will be given to every participant and prizes awarded for winning gliders!

Registrations are due by January 19, 2018, online entries at are encouraged.  If you need a paper form please contact Kristen.

If you have any questions please contact Kristen Gray at [email protected]

Keep your eyes peeled for info sessions, opportunities to volunteer and more info! Looking forward to seeing all of your great projects!




Read A Thon Thanks You!

 Text Box: A note of appreciation to everyone who participated in this year’s Read-a-thon. Together we raised $12,669 to help with needs at our school. A shout out to Mr. Roon's class who, combined, read a whopping 32,835 minutes. WOW! The Winners of the 3 classroom ice cream parties are: In Third Place Miss Boyer’s Class with $1,200! In Second Place Mrs. Thompson’s Class with $1,260 And in First Place Mrs. Brotherton’s Class with $1,470! 51 Students raised $100 or more and will be “Silly Stringing” Mrs. Chapla THIS Thursday! We would also like to send a special thank you to the top three fundraisers: Cooper S in Mrs. Boyer’s Class who raised $325! Sabastian C in Mrs. Jessen’s Class who raised $355! And Marlee L in Mrs. Brotherton’s Class who raised in INCREDIBLE $1,090! Again, a BIG thank you to all.


Box Tops raised over $1000!

Thanks to all of you who submitted box tops for our fall drive!  We raised $1,020.60 with your help!  Congratulations to the following classroom winners:
Mrs. Thompson – 1,711 (pizza party)
Mr. VanderLaan – 1,231 (ice cream party)
Mrs. Nellans – 873 (ice cream party)
And a special shout out to Trey Carter in Mrs. Thompson’s class who alone submitted over 700 box tops! Way to go Trey!
Thank you to all of our parent/grandparent volunteers who helped cut and count – we couldn’t have done it without you:
Tiffany Herron (co-chair)
Tiffanie Weston (co-chair)
Steve & Toni Schreivogel
Sarah Demers
Theresa Quaratino
Dina Hildebran
Jean Capurro
Sara Metz
Becky Schell
Amber Oeltjenbruns
Maryann Roth
Lorie Brotherton


Holiday Shop is THIS WEEK!

Join us November 28th, 29th and 30th in the Van Arsdale Holiday Shop!


Book Fair 2017

Book Fair begins with a preview day on November 10th.  Purchases can be made Nov 13-Nov 17th.  Can’t make it during the day?  Check out the late night time on Wednesday, November 15th.  This is a great time to pick out some special books for Christmas or make a donation to your teacher.  All proceeds support the wonderful library at Van Arsdale!

* Friday, Nov. 10 – Student Preview Day

* Monday, Nov. 13: 8:00-4:00
* Tuesday, Nov. 14: 8:00-4:00
* Wednesday, Nov. 15: 8:00-7:00 (Open late this day!)
* Thursday, Nov. 16: 8:00-4:00
* Friday, Nov. 17: 8:00-4:00 Grandparents Day


Grandparents Day

On Friday, November 17, 2017 Van Arsdale Elementary will host the annual Grandparent’s Day celebration. Grandparents (or other “special guest” if grandparents cannot attend) are invited to spend time with students in their classroom and enjoy special performances.

The following times are scheduled for grandparents to visit student classrooms:

Kindergarten                                     12:10 – 1:00

1st grade                                            12:40 – 1:30

Ms. Spencer’s 1st/2nd grade                                 12:40-1:30

2nd grade                                               1:10 – 2:00

3rd grade and 4th grade                                    1:35 – 2:30

6th grade                                                2:05 – 3:00

Mrs. Thompson’s 5th/6th grade                                 2:05-3:00

5th grade                                               2:20 – 3:15




There will be a light snack provided in each classroom or pod, and beverages will be located outside of each pod for convenience. A photo station will be available for grandparents to have a picture taken with their grandchild and receive a keepsake of this special day. Some of our Van Arsdale students will be providing ambient music near the cafeteria.


Parents, if you have more than one student that a grandparent/special guest needs to visit and times overlap, please let them know that most teachers begin first with their program and then will allow the student to share their classroom and a snack. This will help grandparents plan their time so they can visit each classroom. Also, please note that there will be limited parking that day. If possible, we wish to save the closer parking places for those grandparents who are less mobile. It might also be helpful for parents to “drop off” grandparents that afternoon. There is no parking allowed in the bus loop, however, the bus loop will be available for drop-off only for those who need assistance getting into the building. Additionally, please remember this day is meant for your child to spend time with their grandparent or other special guest. Since there is a large amount of guests, along with the kids in the classroom, it would be helpful if you only allow the grandparents & grandchildren to have their special time together.


If your child does not have a grandparent or other special guest to attend this event, please let us know. We have some Van Arsdale staff that will be present to try and spend time with these children.

Sign Up Here


If you have questions about this event, please contact Allison Farr at [email protected]





Read A Thon 2017

Welcome to the 2017  Van Arsdale Elementary Read A Thon!

We are excited to be promoting another vehicle to improve our students reading skills with varied minute goals per grade, per week.

While meeting and exceeding goals and donations, students will be able to work towards earning personal prizes as well as having their efforts contribute to possibly winning 1 of 3 class prizes.

The Read-a-thon is also a very important way for us to drive funding to our School for greatly needed items that will benefit all of our Students, Teachers, and School Community.

“We Read For You And Me!”

The initial list of proposed items needed include:  Shared Classroom Tablets, Smart Board Projector Replacement, Noise Cancelling Headphones, Regular Headphones, Binding Machine Replacement, Leveled Reader Books, Rubber Playground Surfaces, And Fixing The Outside Grass Area Used For The Much Beloved “Wall Ball”.

To support some of these efforts, our goal is to raise $18,000 with the Read A Thon this year!

Thank you in advance for your support of our Read A Thon and School!

Van Arsdale Elementary PTSA

Click here for more information.


Help Needed for the Audit Walk

We are partnering with Jefferson County Public Health to analysis the ways students can walk and bike to Van Arsdale, noting the current strengths in the system and where improvements can be made. The county has contracted with a consultant to map the neighboring areas and produce documents we can use for analysis and hopefully a case for a sidewalk north of the school to 80th. If you can join us for a couple of hours on Friday, October 20th, we can make quick work of the mapping. Just a few hours time to start us on a path to a safer community.

Please contact Lana Hearne at [email protected] with questions.


Carnival Bracelet Orders Due THIS Saturday!

Van Arsdale Carnival is coming-up on September 22nd!


All online orders must be completed by Saturday (9/16).


Bracelet Packages will be delivered in Friday Folders the day of the carnival. If you don’t purchase online by Saturday, you will still be able to purchase either the Bracelet Package or Ala Carte at the Carnival.


Avoid the LINE at the door & buy ONLINE!


Link to buy tickets online: Carnival Bracelet Packages

Link to volunteer: SignUp Genius



Carnival Help Needed

We need you to make the Van Arsdale Carnival a success!

Adult volunteers receive a free punch card! Good for 1 pony ride, 1 balloon, 1 face painting or glitter tattoo, 1 photo booth, and 1 dunk tank.


PTSA Carnival 2017

               Van Arsdale Carnival

    Friday, September 22nd  4- 7 p.m

Van Arsdale’s PTSA is proud to present the 2017 Carnival

Join us for games, games and more games as well as balloon art, face painting, ice cream, a photo booth, the dunk tank, the infamous cake walk, food trucks, pony rides, an obstacle course, popcorn, the big slide, cotton candy and live music!


Game bracelets are good for unlimited games, GREAT PRIZES, the obstacle course and the big slide.


Unlimited game bracelets also include: a Carnival Fun Punch Card good for 1 pony ride, 1 balloon, 1 face painting or glitter tattoo, 1 photo booth, and 1 dunk tank.


PTSA members receive $3 off per order. To become a PTSA member click
1 for $20
2 for $36, save $4
3 for $51, save $9
4 for $64, save $16



This year’s food trucks are:

*Please be aware that the food trucks will NOT be accepting carnival tickets or bracelets as payment. They will be accepting cash, and possibly credit, only.*
Bracelets and Tickets can be purchased the night of for additional activities. Games, the obstacle course, and the big slide require a bracelet!
Please contact Kristen Gray at [email protected], with any questions.


Please complete the form to buy carnival bracelets.
  • Game Bracelets

    Purchase your bracelets/tickets by 9/16. Bracelets and tickets will be sent home in the Friday Folders the day of the Carnival. Online orders receive a free ice cream, popcorn or cotton candy. Bracelets are good for unlimited games, the obstacle course, and the big slide. Includes a Point's Tracker punch card to be redeemed at the prize table. Unlimited game bracelets also include a Carnival Fun Punch Card good for 1 pony ride, 1 balloon, mylar or twisted, 1 face painting or glitter tattoo, 1 photo booth, and 1 dunk tank. 
  • Click on the link above to join PTSA and help us provide essential programs to our students and community. PTSA members receive $3 off per order.
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Young Writers Workshop

It is time again to celebrate the many writers here at Van Arsdale. Our Van Arsdale Young Writer’s Conference will be Friday, April 21st, 2017 from 8:00 to 8:40 in the gym.  Students share their writing in small groups that will be facilitated by parent volunteers. A light breakfast will be served.  All participants should bring some of their writing to share.  Examples include:  a “published” a book, story, poem, essay, non-fiction article, etc..

This is a time to celebrate and enjoy each other’s writing. Please consider being part of our writing celebration. If you have any questions please contact Michelle Jones at [email protected] or 303.345.7975.

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