Breadwinners Fundraiser!

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Hearts To Home Project

Hearts to home project

The PTSA Hearts at Home project. The 3rd grade packed 110 birthday cake bags to donate to the Arvada Food Bank. Thank you to the parents and students for all the donations.



Congratulations Spelling Bee Participants!

Congratulations to the Winners of the Spelling Bee – 2015!

VA Spelling Bee ParticipantsVA 2015 Spelling Bee Winners







1st Place –  Joe S.

2nd Place – Shaun R.

3rd Place – Adam E.

Congratulations to all the participants, you did a great job!



VA Talent Show

1082718-Clipart-Girl-Singing-A-Song-In-A-Talent-Show-Royalty-Free-Vector-Illustration2015 Van Arsdale Talent Show:

It is time again for the Van Arsdale Talent Show, to be help on Friday, March 13th at 6:00pm.  We will be utilizing Drake Middle Schools auditorium for the second year in row (it worked out very well last year).  As always, each student can be in one act, either solo, duet or group act.  WE ARE CHANGING THE MAXIMUM ALOTED TIME PER ACT TO 2-1/2 MINUTES.  NO ACT CAN EXCEED THIS 2-1/2 MINUTE MAXIMUM.  Also, since this is a talent show for the students of Van Arsdale and about the students of Van Arsdale, we would like to keep anyone on stage for the act Van Arsdale Students only.  Please make note of the important items due and dates below.  In order to participate, you must meet all of the deadlines, meetings, rehearsal spots, etc:

1) The forms are due by the end of school on Friday, February 27th.  IF YOU ARE SINGING A SONG, OR USING A SONG FOR BACKGROUND (WITH THE WORDS), YOU MUST ATTACH A COPY OF THE LYRICS TO THE FORM.  AND, WE NEED ONE FORM PER STUDENT PARTICIPATING IN THE ACT (FOR THOSE ACTS WITH MORE THAN ONE STUDENT), THIS FORM MUST BE FILLED OUT BY THE PARENT.  IF THE FORM AND LYRICS (if music is being used) are not in by the end of the day on the 27th, the student will not be allowed to participate in the Talent Show.


3) We have a mandatory parent/student meeting on Friday, March 6th @ 8:00am in the Van Arsdale Gym.  AT THIS MEETING, ANY CHILD USING MUSIC MUST BRING IN A CD OR MEMORY STICK WITH YOUR EDITED SONG (NOT TO EXCEED 2-1/2 MINUTES) ON THIS DAY.  WE ARE NOT DOING ANY EDITING, SO THE MUSIC TURNED IN, MUST ALREADY BE EDITED AND MUST NOT EXCEED 2-1/2 MINUTES.  This entire show is very time consuming and Mr. Carpenter takes a lot of his personal time to get all the details and all of the music downloaded to one place, for the show.  HE DOES NOT HAVE TIME, AND WILL NOT DO ANY EDITING.  If you cannot turn in an edited disk or stick on the 6th, you will not be allowed to use music for the show.

4) Last year we had multiple students and acts ask us about using video’s or different and special lighting.  PLEASE DO NOT BASE YOUR ACT AROUND ANY VIDEO’S OR SPECIAL LIGHTING OF ANY KIND.  We set the lights at the start of the show and they stay the same throughout the entire show.  As a lot of you know, this is a very long show, and we do not have the time, or ability, to add video’s or change up lighting in between acts.  Thank you for your understanding with this.

5) All participants must be able to come to one rehearsal the week of the show (Monday, March 9th, Tuesday, March 10th, Wednesday, March 11th or Thursday, March 12th…..all at 8:00am)

VA Talent Show Flyer 2015


Valentine-Gram Fundraiser




Valentine-Gram Fundraiser!


Share in the love and send a Valentine-Gram!  Event runs from February 9th – 11th!  Click below for the  form for more information!

Valentine-Gram 2015



8th Annual Parent/Child Dance

8th Annual Parent/Child Dance:  

February 6th, 2015; 6:30 – 8:30

pic1Please join us for the 8th annual Van Arsdale Parent/Child Dance.  It will take place on Friday, February 6th, 2015 from 6:30 – 8:30pm.  The cost is $10.00 per family and this dance is for Van Arsdale students only (no siblings who do not attend VA please) and their parent(s), grandparents or other relatives.  The theme this year is “Jean’s and Jersey’s.”  You do not need to dress up to join the fun.  But, if you are interested, you can wear jeans and your favorite jersey (a pro team, one from a team you are on, etc).  There will be dancing, games and a ton of family fun.  Please click the link below, print a dance flyer and drop it off at school with your $10.00 check (made out to VAPTSA) or cash.  Looking forward to seeing everyone there this year for another amazing dance!

Dance Flyer 2015



WANTED: Your Opinion On Fundraising!

WANTED:  All opinions on FUNDRAISING!  Have a great idea to help make money for our school?  Tired of the same old fundraisers? Then we want to hear what you have to say.  Take this anonymous 7 question survey and tell us what you think.  The more opinions we have the better choices we can make for our school.  Your 5 minutes will help us guide Van Arsdale fundraising for the 2015-2016 school year.  And if you are interested we’d love to have you at a simple Q&A Meeting on Friday December 5th from 2:30-3:30 in the school library.  Little ones welcome!   Questions?  We can be reached at Copy and paste this link to the survey


For the Love of Reading Book Club 2014-2015

royalty-free-education-clipart-illustration-36376PTSA is excited to introduce a book club for kids! The book club, For the Love of Reading, will meet monthly, by grade level, over lunch, to discuss the selected book. We would love for your child to join us!  Please click on the link below for more information!

The books for each grade are below:

For the Love of Reading Book List

For the Love of Reading Book Club meets on the following days:

  • November 14, 2014
  • December 12, 2014
  • February 12, 2015
  • March 13, 2015
  • April 10, 2015
  • May 8, 2015



Congratulations To Our Box Top Winners!


Thank you to everyone, together we collected 15,488 BoxTops and earned $1,548.80! Continue to collect them and we will have another BoxTop drive in the spring.


Family Math Night

mathVan Arsdale PTSA is proud to sponsor Van Arsdale Family Math Night on November 13, 2014. Come anytime between 6:00pm and 7:30pm to play math games related to the new Math Expressions curriculum, learn about math technology tools, see how the kids learn in class, and have your questions answered. Refreshments will be available and every kid who attends will have the chance to earn a special prize! There is no charge for the event. To RSVP, please complete a RSVP form.

Family Math Night – RSVP form


Reminder: It’s Fundraiser Delivery Week!

200179052-001It’s Fundraiser delivery week! Please head to the gym on Thursday between 2:30-4:30 to collect your orders.  If you can’t make it please send someone in your place because no orders can be left at the school after Thursday.  Congratulations to all of our Superstar Limo Prize recipients!  Friday afternoon from 1-3 pm the PTSA will personally chaperone all Limo riders to and from their classrooms to enjoy their Superstar Party!  AM Kindergarteners will be riding at 1pm so please check your child in at the office by 12:50.  All 3rd Grade parents, please know that we are aware of your field trip and have made arrangements to chaperone your kids from 2-3.  ALL STUDENTS need to have a signed permission slip turned into the office ASAP!  Hard copies are coming home with your kids today, copies are also available in the office, or you may print on off.  Email Cathi Kruse at if you have any questions, especially if you think your child is not on our Limo list and should be! To qualify your child must have sold (or paid through booster club) 20 items each or 30 items as a family.  We will have our Superstar Party even if it rains.

Limo Permission Slip


Van Arsdale/Outdoor Lab Golf Ball Drop Fundraiser!

VanArsdaleBallDropHelp our school raise money for OutDoor Lab, a very important program available only in Jefferson County!  Van Arsdale Elementary has until Dec 1 to pay our fees and 6th Grade parents have decided to raise money in the craziest way possible!  We will be dropping golf balls out of a helicopter!

Buy as many golf balls as you like.  Every golf ball will have a number on it.  On Oct 31, during our Halloween parade (2:30pm) we will drop these numbered golf balls from a helicopter onto targets on the Youth Memorial fields behind the school.  If your number lands closest to the target, you win a great prize! Like an iPad, or a family dinner and many others! And it’s super easy to do!

Step 1: Go to (Or click the picture in this post)

Step 2: Click on the ‘Purchase Golf Balls’ tab on the right.

Step 3: Wait to see if you’ve won (we’ll email everyone after the event) or show up and see for yourself!

Thank you for supporting our school!

Van Arsdale Golf Ball Drop

Having problems creating a page for your child?  We are working on the issue, in the meantime download the form below your student can use and turn in to their teachers so they can still get credit for their sales!

Student Order Forms


The Carnival is on the Way!

free-kids-ice-cream-lJoin us September 26th for a fun evening at the school.  We have many games this year and will be having local FOOD TRUCKS provide a variety of dining options.  Please be aware that the food trucks will NOT be accepting carnival tickets as payment.  They will be accepting cash and possibly credit only.

Click the attachment for more information and to order tickets!

Carnival Announcement #1 2014_Fall-1


Got Penguins?


Hey kids, Got Penguins? coupons can be redeemed during your lunch time ONLY on Tuesday 9/2, Friday 9/5 and Tuesday 9/9!  Parents, put the signed coupons in a Ziploc and stick it in your child’s lunchbox so they will be all set to start trading penguins.





Enrichment Classes

Enrichment Classes

Did you know that Van Arsdale is one of the only schools in Jeffco that offers Enrichment classes for our students? We are proud of this and would like to expand our program by adding a more diverse roster this year. Classes we are interested in bringing to the school include: 


LEGO Engineering

math      Guitar




But we can’t do it alone. If you have 2-3 hours to volunteer and would like to be in charge of bringing one or more of these important programs to Van Arsdale, please contact Lila Schow at Thank you.


Spirit Wear Sale!

Go Mountaineers!Stop by the school lobby from 3:00pm to 4:00pm on Wednesday, August 27th and Thursday, August 28th to buy 20th anniversary Van Arsdale spirit wear.

Some sizes are going fast so shop early for the best selection. Child and adult sizes are available.

T-shirts are $10 and hoodie pullover sweatshirts are $20.


2014-2015 School Supply Lists

iStock_000010636360SmallSummer just started, but it’s never too early to start planning for next year!  Here, for your convenience are the school supply lists for the 2014-2015 school year!

See you in August!

Half Day Kindergarten Supply List


First Grade Supply List

Second Grade Supply list 2014-2015



Fifth Grade Supply List 2014-2015



Staff Appreciation Week!

Rocky with mountainsOur Van Arsdale Teachers and Staff are amazing, and we would like to say THANK YOU!

Staff Appreciation is May 5th-9th. Click  here for more information!! Staff Appreciation

Please help us show appreciation of our staff by supplying some treats for the teacher’s lounge during the week.

Please sign up on Sign-up Genius:


The Carnival is Coming!

Go Mountaineers!

Carnival Announcement #1 2014

Join us for a fun evening at the school.  We have many NEW games this year and will be having local FOOD TRUCKS provide a variety of dining options.

We need your help!  Please sign up to volunteer or donate a cake below!




Save the Date; May 18th Run With Rocky 5k!

runSave the date; May 18th, Run w Rocky 5k!

Click the link below to print out your registration form!  Hope to see you there!


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