Calling piano playing students – we need you!

Dear Parents and Students,

Grandparent’s Day is just around the corner (November 20th)! Each year we help welcome our special visitors with musical entertainment as they walk around the hallways enjoying the artwork, writing samples, etc.

Once again, we are in need of students who study piano to perform for our guests. There is no specific time limit and pieces may be serious or fun. Students who are working on shorter pieces (less than 30 seconds) are invited to prepare 3 or 4.

All performers will gather in the main hallway near the display case at 1:15 p.m. Students will play their song(s), then go to the end of the line and rotate through again. They may end up performing 3 or 4 times depending on the total number who sign up to perform. We will conclude the performances by 2:30 p.m.

Please fill out and return the sign-up sheet to Mr. Carpenter in the Music room by Thursday, November 12th if you are interested in performing. You may contact Mr. Carpenter at with any questions.  (Sign up sheets can be found on the Grandparent’s Day page.)

Ted Carpenter


Grandparent’s Day

On Friday, November 20, 2015 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.  Go to our Grandparent’s Day page to sign up.


Volunteer Thank You

Sometimes Superheros are disguised as Moms, Dads, and Grandparents!  A gigantic Thank You goes out to the following families for their help in running a successful Grand Prize Party.  Van Arsdale kids are so lucky to have you in their community:

Kristy and Josh Larsen

Jeanne Smith

LeaAnn Ziebold

Janelle Fuller

Jeff & Tiffany Boswell

Jodi Steinwagner

Deb Mazotti

Crystal Lazaroff

Lana Hearne

Jorgina Rumley

Brandy Kartchner

Tony Baskall

Matt & Heather Haxmeier

Tad & Trina Burton & friend Tony

Jaci Turner

The Hickam Family

Geof from Big Time

The Anderson Family

As always, Thank You to our very accommodating teachers and support staff for allowing us to run this event.  We appreciate everything you do for our children.

And a Super Thank You to Big Time Trampoline and A Advantage Limousine for providing our entertainment!  Please be sure to patronize and pass along these companies to your friends, they were wonderful to work with and so very generous to Van Arsdale.  Arvada is lucky to have such great family friendly companies living and working alongside us.

And finally, a Super Gigantic Thank You to our awesome Principal Mrs. Chapla!  She allowed 140 very excited children spray her with cans of Silly String.


Box Tops & Labels for Education

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It’s fall and that means it’s once again time to start clipping Box Tops! Each one is worth 10¢ for Van Arsdale. They add up quickly and are an easy way to help out.

New this year – we are also participating in the Labels for Education program. Many of you have already been collecting these labels – we’re now going to put them to good use!

There is no need to purchase additional items to support this initiative – they are on many items you already have in your home! There are literally thousands of products that have either one of these labels.

We will be collecting Box Tops/Labels for Education labels from October 5th to October 23rd. Please gather those that you’ve been saving and send them with your child(ren) between these dates. We will collect from each classroom. Please ensure that you only submit Box Tops that have not yet expired. We are unable to accept or submit them if they have expired.

We thank you in advance for helping us reach our goal of $2,500 to support Van Arsdale!


Grand Prize Party

Is your child eligible for the Grand Prize Party October 2 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm hosted by PTSA?  Please go here to download the permission slip: Party Permission Slip


Spirit Wear Store Closed

Thanks to everyone who ordered Spirit Wear.  The store is now closed. 


Raffle Winner

WinnerCongratulations to Faye Bruno for winning the Registration Day Family Fun Night Raffle!  Thank you to everyone who entered.


King Soopers Cards

If you have a child in grades K through 3, be on the lookout for your King Soopers card in Friday folders.  If you have a child in grades 4 through 6 you will not receive a card as you will be using your Outdoor Lab card toward fees.   Questions?  Contact Jaci Turner at 303-249-0198 or


Bliss Frozen Yogurt Fundraiser

Join us Thursday, September 17th from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Bliss Frozen Yogurt at 11651 W 64th Ave, Arvada, CO 80004.  

A portion of your purchase comes back to the PTSA to support Van Arsdale.


The Van Arsdale Carnival Is Coming Soon

Friday September 25th from 4-7pm –  Join us for an entertaining family evening at the school.  We have lots of games for all ages this year. Seventeen different carnival games, pony rides, dunk your teachers tank, obstacle course, giant slide, ice cream, cotton candy and face painting, including an area just for our preschool through 1st grade kids.  We will have local food trucks provide a variety of dining options so stay for dinner!

Pre-purchasing tickets will allow you to avoid lines the night of the carnival and you will receive BONUS tickets!  PTSA members receive 8 free tickets. Purchase your tickets here!

Carnival volunteers are the best volunteers and they have the most fun!
There are many ways to contribute, we need your help to make this event a success!


PTSA Fundraiser Kick-off

Hey Mountaineers – We kicked off our fall fundraiser today at an awesome assembly.  Join in and help us raise money for our school and for the chance to come to our Grand Prize Party where someone special will be covered head to toe in Silly String!!


PTSA Fundraiser

Hi Parents – This week we will kick off our annual fundraiser with a brand new company.  We invite you to check backpacks for the information from ABC Fundraising on Thursday afternoons.  Word on the street is that every 15 items sold is equal to one can of Silly String.  Who do you think we will cover???  Stay tuned to find out and share our Facebook page with everyone at Van Arsdale!


Run With Rocky 5k!

runCome one come all to join us for the 9th annual Run With Rocky 5k on Sunday, May 17th!

Complete and turn in a sign up sheet to reserve your spot!

See you there!

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Family Movie Night!


Family Movie Night!

Movie: Big Hero 6
Date: Friday, April 10, 2015
Time: 6:30 pm (doors open at 6:15 pm)
Where: Van Arsdale Gym

Bring a seat and something to eat. We’ll provide the show.

Big Hero 6 is an action-packed comedy adventure that introduces Baymax, a lovable, personal companion robot, who forms a special bond with robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to Baymax and his diverse group of friends— adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred — who transform into a band of unlikely heroes. Disney Animation’s adaptation of the popular Marvel Comics series. Rated: PG  Run time: 102 minutes


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


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