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





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 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, with any questions.


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 or 303.345.7975.


Run with Rocky

Mark your calendars for our 11th Annual Run with Rocky 5k/1k!

May 13



2017 Van Arsdale Talent Show


Calling all musicians, singers, dancers, gymnasts,

thespians, buskers and comedians.

The Van Arsdale Talent Show is right around the corner!

If you’d like to share your talent and hone your performance skills in front of a live and enthusiastic audience, sign up today.

Click on “Talent Show” in the above menu for more information.


Box Tops

It’s Box Tops Time Again!

It’s time once again for our semi-annual Box Tops for Education collection drive.  Please cut and submit any non-expired box tops to your child’s teacher no later than Friday, February 17th. We raised over $1,200 in the fall… please help us achieve our annual goal of $2,000.  Thank you!


Spelling Bee Winners

CONGRATULATIONS to our SUPER SPELLERS! The following kids have qualified for this year’s PTSA sponsored Scripps Spelling Bee to be held on Saturday February 4th at 10am in the school gym. The top three finalists will advance to the Regional Scripps Spelling Bee. Our Committee Co-Chairs Diane Pasini-Hill and Kelly McGinnis are hard at work preparing for this event.  We wish all of our competitors tremendous S U C C E S S!

4th Grade:   Tayah Burton   Cayden Haxmeier   Payton Herron  Matthew Kotowski   Devan Kruse

5th Grade:   Luca Bashford   Matteo Bashford   Cameron Brittin   Isabella Brown   Megan Chen

Walter Grounsell   Tess Jennings   Livi Klisis  Ryan Mann   Aidan Meldahl Haven Powell

Sophia Rivera   Madison Rumley   Oriah Rumley  Jack Schwartz

6th Grade:    Anjelika Arushanov   Tyler Bradbury   Alex Brown  Cody Carpenter   Claire Fuqua

Anna Hughes   Jada Janson   Ben Kotowski   Taylor Loewen   Alex Rears    

Triton Roberts   Kian Rourke  Josh VanderLaan


Parent Child Dance


The 10th Annual Parent / Child Dance!

This is a special dance for Parents and their Students of Van Arsdale Elementary School.  Please come join us for a great night of fun and dancing with a local DJ.

Date:                  Friday, February 3, 2017

Time:                  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Where:               Van Arsdale Elementary School Gym

Theme:              The theme this year will be “Colors of the Rainbow”; You can dress up in any or all colors of the rainbow (Dressing up is NOT required).

Cost:                  $10.00 Per Family (includes all V.A. Students & their Parents/Relatives)

For more information and to pay online or print the form to send in, please click the link on the menu above.


Holiday Shop

holiday-shop-pic PTSA Holiday Shop is Back!

Kids can shop for friends, teachers, and family at our PTSA Holiday Shop. All gifts will be wrapped for free so kids can enjoy the gift of giving. Feel free to stop by ROOM D4 on the following days and times:

Tues 11/29 Wed 11/30 Thurs 12/1 from 8-9:30 11-1:30 and 3-4:30

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help run the shop, please contact Jaci Turner at

Happy Holidays from PTSA


Box Top Volunteers

Thank you to the following folks for all of your hard work with Box Tops!heart-volunteers

Tiffany Herron & Tiffanie Weston – Co-Chairs
Jean Capurro
Traci Webster
Tifiny Jennings
Maryann Roth
Laura Orr
Becky Schell
Sara Metz
Sarah Demers
Dacia Kardoes
Steve & Toni Schreivogel
Jessica Brittin-Clingner
Monica Meyer


Skate City Skating Party

Crazy Hat Rolling Skating Party

Friday, November 4th





Book Club

Book Club is back!  For more information, click here.

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