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 www.whooosreading.org

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

[email protected]


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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected].


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

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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!

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1st Place –  Joe S.

2nd Place – Shaun R.

3rd Place – Adam E.

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


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