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.


Silent Auction

Enjoy a wonderful evening of dinner, drinks, and laughter. Adults only.

When: Saturday, November 5th from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Dinner served from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Auction from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Must be in attendance to win the top auction items!

Where: The Westin Westminster | 10600 Westminster Boulevard | Westminster, CO, US 80020

For more information, visit our Silent Auction page here.


Dunk Tank



Silent Auction



Saturday, November 5th


Spirit Wear Store – now open!

Show your school spirit by ordering Van Arsdale Spirit Wear!  Order online through our Spirit Wear Store or download the order form to send in.  Click the “Spirit Wear Store” link for the downloadable form, or click “Shop” from the drop-down menu under the store menu to order online.  All orders due by September 26th.


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.



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REFLECTIONS ART PROGRAM       This year’s theme: What is Your Story?

Welcome to the world of Reflections!  Reflections is a National PTA Arts Program that gives students the opportunity to express themselves in any of the following areas:

Visual Arts (drawing, painting, etc.)        Music Composition             Dance Choreography
Literature               Video Production             Photography

Click the link in the above menu for more information!


Field Day BBQ Presale

Purchase your Field Day BBQ lunch tickets early and beat the lines!

We will be selling lunch tickets on Monday, May 16th before and after school and before school on Tuesday, May 17th and Wednesday, May 18th. We take cash, check, or credit. Join us for this fun Van Arsdale tradition!

Hot Dog Meal $2.00

Hamburger Meal $2.50

Cheeseburger Meal $3.00

Meals include entree, chips, and a drink.

Items can also be purchased a la carte such as extra entrees, sides, and drinks!


Edukits are ready to order!

Click on the link to order for the 2016-2017 school year:


Field Day BBQ Volunteers Needed!

 K-3rd Wednesday May 18th

4th-6th Tuesday May 17th

Go to the Sign Up Genius link here, or

email Jodi Stainwagner at with any questions


Run With Rocky

Run With Rocky 5K & 1K Run/Walk

Saturday, May 14, 2016 8:00 a.m.

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Young Writer’s Conference

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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 15, 2016 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” a 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 (here), or contact Michelle Jones at Please submit registrations by Friday, April 8th, 2016.



Hi Van Arsdale Families,

Today, Friday, February 26th, is the first day of our first ever Read-a-thon at Van Arsdale!!!  Student packets were sent home in your child’s Friday Folder.  Each child has a username and password assigned to them.  If your child received the wrong packet, please return it to your teacher on Monday!!  You must activate their account before they can log any minutes or play with their owlvatars (avatars).  Please visit the site

Our primary goal is to help the kids be excited to read.  We are encouraging the kids to read 20 minutes per day, 7 days a week.  That totals 7 hours over the next 3 weeks.  We also hope we can earn some money to give our school as we close out the 2015-16 school year.  We hope that you will send at least 2 sponsor invitations to grandparents, friends or other family.  There is no minimum requirement for donations.  Sponsors are free to donate as much or as little as they like.  They can make a set donation or make a pledge per hour of your child’s reading.

There are weekly prizes for top readers in each grade and everyone who reads the minimum 7 hours will receive a customized Van Arsdale Read-a-thon waterbottle.  The top overall readers in each grade will win a $15 giftcard to Barnes and Noble.

The Read-a-thon runs from February 26-March 18.

Happy reading!!

If you have questions, please contact:

Heather Stratton


PTSA Executive Board Volunteers needed

We have some shoes to fill!!!

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Van Arsdale PTSA is looking for volunteers to serve on the Executive Board next year

TOP 10 Reasons to volunteer on the Van Arsdale PTSA Executive Board:

10. It’s a great way to meet other families with children the same age as your own.

9. You will become a greater part of your children’s early learning experiences!

8. You can help raise money for a great cause—your children’s education!

7. You’ll get to know the teachers at school and to understand their needs and ideas.

6. It’s one more way to meet and talk with school administrators like the principal.

5. You can create, plan, and execute fun events for the whole family!

4. It’s a few hours or so off each month from your hectic household routine.

3. Camaraderie.

2. You’ll experience feelings of self-worth through volunteering your time and seeing your efforts pay off in the smiles of your children and their friends.

1. And finally, the number one reason to join us…WE NEED YOU!

All positions are open for next year. The new slate of officers will be announced at our February meeting.

Please see the general description for

each position below.

President: The President will create agenda/conduct executive and general meetings once a month, send officer reports and membership reports to COPTA, help prepare for registration, help prepare membership campaign, welcome back staff lunch, hold introduction committee chair meeting, file with CO Secretary of State, update bylaws as needed, set school calendar with principal, and help recruit committee chairs.

Vice President (2 VP’s serve on the board): The Vice presidents will share the following duties: help create membership campaign, help prepare registration, welcome back staff lunch, parent teacher conference dinner for staff, and all fundraising,

Treasurer: The Treasurer will file fiscal report with COPTA, attend registration, have budget meeting, prepare budget reports for general meetings, respond to check requests and cash request for events and activities, track budget, balance bank statements, prepare and file annual audit information to COPTA, and prepare and file tax returns.

Secretary: The Secretary will take notes/minutes at each executive/general meeting, hospitality, prepare PTSA directory, post general meeting minutes on the PTSA website, and file minutes in the library binders.

VP Communications Facebook: Maintain and update PTSA Facebook page, update and send out PTSA online Friday Folder weekly

VP Communications Website: Maintain and update school website, give list of events to be listed on school marquee to front office staff, give morning announcements to front office staff, help create and maintain online forms

If you or someone you know are interested or just have questions please contact Brandy Kartchner at or 925-360-6051.


9th Annual Parent/Child Dance

February 5th, 2016 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

pic1Please join us for the 9th annual Van Arsdale Parent/Child Dance.  It will take place on Friday, February 5th, 2016 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  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 “Space Odyssey” – you can dress up in anything space related (Super Hero, Star Wars, Star Trek, Astronaut, Alien, etc. – but dressing up is NOT required.

This fun and exciting night is for Parents and their Students to enjoy some quality, fun time together with their fellow students and friends.  Please click here to sign up.


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.

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