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Everyone is welcome to link to this page or copy this list for your own communications. Please send corrections and additional resources to the PTA President.


APS updates:

Opt in for text alerts! Make sure your school has your cell phone in their database and text the word YES to 67587

Arlington County Government 

WMATA (Metro) is reducing service

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

USCIS has shared a notice on its website informing immigrants that they will not be subject to the public charge rules for testing, treatment nor preventative care (including vaccines, if developed) related to COVID-19.

Health & Social Distancing

Guidelines for gatherings of kids while school is closed.

Social distancing articles: The Atlantic, Technology Review, Medium, and Washington Post.

Tips on talking with children about the virus: NASP, BrainPop

How to protect yourself: CDC website


APS Food Services

Beginning Mon, March 16, APS will provide free grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches at two school sites – Kenmore Middle School (200 S. Carlin Springs Road) and Dr. Charles R. Drew Elementary School (3500 S. 23rd Street).

Meals will be set up on a table outside the building for distribution from 11 1 p.m. Monday-Friday. We will provide one lunch for that day and one breakfast to take home for the following day. These meals will be free to any child aged 2 to 18. The child must be present to receive the meals; no meals will be given to parents without the child present. We will continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis and make adjustments as needed.


Families in need of food should be directed to the main AFAC location on Nelson St (2708 S Nelson St, Arlington, VA 22206 Phone number: (703) 845-8486). It is important to note that families who are not already part of AFAC can still come to this location and receive groceries ONE TIME before having to register. They will just need their ID and proof of address.

For English or Spanish application help, contact Mrs. Yna Walters (Claremont Social Worker) at

Our Lady Queen of Peace will also keep their weekly food pantry open on Wednesday mornings 8:30-11AM. 2700 South 19th Street 

Other Free Meals

  • Jaleo in Crystal City (2250 Crystal Drive) is offering “affordable plates of the day” for takeout only. 12-5 pm.
  • Bayou Bakery (1515 N. Courthouse Rd ):  Starting Tuesday, 3/17 10AM-12PM, children and families can pick up a free meal.  Any updates will be found on Real Food for Kids Facebook page
  • We, the Pizza (Ballston, Crystal City, Capitol Hill), Good Stuff Eatery (Crystal City, Capitol Hill, Georgetown), Santa Rosa (Capitol Hill):   Starting Monday, 3/16, kids eat free.

Grocery Delivery Services

Claremont School Info

If you’re not sure what your child should be working on or how to access their assignments, send an email to your child’s teacher:

For food and basic supplies for your family, contact:

For urgent needs, contact Ms. Panfil at

For PTA or other questions, contact the PTA President.


Connecting a 1:1 Device to your Home Network. If students experience technical difficulties with internet connectivity (Global Protect), and our core student digital learning systems such as Canvas, you should contact Rosie Santiago at Claremont . Her email is 

Comcast is now providing two months of free internet access for qualified families through its Internet Essentials program.

MiFis (wireless internet cards) are available upon request and for pick up from Kenmore Middle School or Dr. Charles R. Drew Elementary School. APS Information Services staff will contact these families to determine the more convenient location and pickup date.

Arlington Public Library will be closed March 14-15. On March 16, Central and Columbia Pike branches will reopen for Wi-Fi and public PC use. Updates available here.

Free Wi-Fi areas in Arlington

Stay Connected with Parents

Claremont PTA Facebook Page


Membership Toolkit. Account members have access to the app and school directory. Note: During registration, you must verify your email within 2 hours. Email the Claremont PTA VP of Communications if you have any questions or problems.

How to Help

Claremont School PTA will continue to pack food for our Weekend Backpack Program. You can shop our Amazon List. If items are sold out, keep checking back later! 

Donate with GoFundMe to help provide free and reduced meals to eligible APS students.

Meals on Wheels. Send an email to if you can help drive meals to people.


Arlington Free Clinic for healthcare.

School Apps and Websites

For Usernames and  Passwords, please see the “pink sheet” that went home on March 12th.



  • K-5 Math Program
  • Students can access Dreambox from any computer with the internet.
  • Classroom Code: see white sheet from teacher
  • Username: APS Student ID
  • Password: 6 digit birthday (MMDDYY)
  • If you can’t log in, email teacher and cc

Destiny Discover (APS Library Resources on Canvas)

  • Download books.
  • How-To Video with Mrs. Maceo, CIS LIbrarian.
  • After the user checks out content (in Destiny Discover), they will be able to use Destiny Read to download those titles to their iPad or iPhone for access online or offline. 


  • Enter the homeroom teacher username (Example: Cante2)
  • Student password: lunch#


  • Username: claremontis
  • Password: see pink sheet 


  • Username: claremont
  • Password: see pink sheet


  • K-2 Worksheets and other learning activities for your students are now available in ParentVUE. These activities are not required and will not be graded upon your child’s return to school.
  • Login help.
  • To access your student’s files:
    • Click the drop down in the upper left corner to select your student.
    • Click Documents.
    • Click link for document you want to download.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Will Extended Day give refunds to parents for the missed weeks?

Ben Harris APS Extended Day sent the following message on March 16th: “The decision about payment for Extended Day will be announced soon.  Please communicate with me if you need any financial assistance after the announcement.”, (703) 228-7662

Recreation & Learning Ideas

Note: These offline suggestions have been shared by other parents and are not endorsed by APS.

  • Give kids (any age) a random picture from a magazine. Have them write (or tell) a story about it.
  • Write a letter to a friend or relative.
  • “Write the room” or “Draw the room” give the kid a clipboard and a paper. Write the things they see. Or the words they see. Or draw the stuff they see. Or write a story about an object.
  • OLD MAGAZINES: Make a collage and practice cutting. 
  • Nature walks.
  • LEGO building for math and science. You can google ideas.
  • Baking- teaches them fractions, doubling or cutting recipes in half adds on to the math.
  • Write letters to grandparent, great Aunts and Uncles – anyone high risk who will feel even more isolated and lonely than the rest of us!
  • Give two kids the same instructions but don’t let them see what the other kid is doing — “Draw a big green circle. Now draw a blue line that goes from one end to the other.” Etc. — Then have them compare their drawings.
  • Sensory boxes/bags. Kids (or parents) collect small items from around the house and put them inside an empty tissue box or bag without letting the others see. Kids switch boxes and reach inside and feel objects and guess what they are without looking. Can do something similar with blindfolds and foods – taste something and guess what you are tasting without looking.
  • Playing cards– alone (solitaire) or any number of games– build up to trick taking games.
  • Use sticky notes pads or other small paper pad to make a flip book.  
  • Choose your favorite book and rewrite the beginning or ending.
  • Create your own daily schedule, include pictures and a description of your activities.

Reading, Writing, Books, & Stories


  • Bed Time Math: Math as a fun part of your daily family routine.
  • Math Playground: Elementary  Math games, logic puzzles and educational resources.


Social Studies and Geography

  • NatGeo for Kids: Learn all about geography and fascinating animals.
  • Country Reports: 35,000 pages of online content on the cultures and countries of the world.
  • Mission US: An interactive way to learn history.
  • GeoGuessr: Tests kids’ geography skills. Using images from Google’s Street View, it plops players down in the middle of the street and asks them to figure out where they are standing. 
  • What Was There: Allows students to type in any city, state, or country to view an archive of historical photographs and other documents. It’s a unique way to help them learn about history. 


Museums and Field Trips

Physical Activities

  • Little Twisters Yoga: Free at-home kids yoga lesson plans.
  • Best Kid Yoga Videos
  • GoNoodle Get Moving: GoNoodle videos get kids moving to be their strongest, bravest, silliest, smartest, bestest selves. Over 14 million kids each month are dancing, stretching, running, jumping, deep breathing, and wiggling with GoNoodle.
  • Bluebird Sky Yoga. Free streaming yoga classes from a DC yoga studio

Art and Drawing

  • Kiwi Co: Quick & easy at home projects curated for kids 2 and up.
  • Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems: Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle, and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together. You can see each weekday’s new video at 1 p.m. ET.  Videos can be watched on-demand later.
  • Drawing with an author and illustrator! Every weekday at 2pm ET for at least the next few weeks, he’ll host free webcasts.
  • Met Mueseum: A wonderful, endlessly detailed way to get kids engaged in the world of art.


  • Prodigies is a colorful music curriculum for kids 1-12 that will teach your kids how to play their first instrument, how to sing in tune & how to understand the language of music! 21 for free.
  • Rockalingua. Music Based Spanish Learning.
  • Virtual Musical Instruments. Lets kids play instruments online. Instruments include the guitar, piano, pan flute, drums, and bongos.



Educational Resources