The Sentinel – Issue 10, Volume 11

Message from the Principal

As the first quarter rapidly draws to a close, I am pleased to share with you that nearly all of the school supply items have finally been received. The delivery and follow through from the supply company has admittedly fallen well short of our expectations and has been a source of frustration for students and staff alike. To this end, I did speak with a representative from the company and requested that their organization provide a letter of explanation and apology to our school community. Attached please find a letter of response in which they have outlined the reasons for the delay in shipments.

I would be remiss if I did not publicly thank Mr. Scott Newton for his perseverance in managing this project. He invested more than twenty hours coordinating the effort, taking time during the evenings and weekends to distribute the follow up items to individual classrooms. I am immensely grateful for his commitment and optimistic spirit in the face of very trying circumstances.

On behalf of the entire community, thank you Mr. Newton for your service to the families of our school!

Blue Ribbon Ceremony ~November 5th
All Saints Catholic School will host a community celebration on the evening of Thursday, November 5th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the church. We are pleased to announce that the mayor of Manassas, the superintendent of schools, and a representative from the U.S. Department of Education will be joining us for this special occasion. All school families are cordially invited to attend and participate in this historic event. Following the ceremony in church, there will be a dessert buffet for everyone to enjoy in the gym. For planning purposes, we do ask that you RSVP by October 30th. (703-368-4400, ext. 212)

Parent-Teacher Conferences ~ Appointment Slips
Last week each student received a conference appointment slip, confirming the date and time for the upcoming Parent-Teacher Conferences on Thursday, November 12th and Friday, November 13th. If you did not receive this information, please notify your child’s homeroom teacher.

Veterans Day Celebration
Join us as our school community honors the commitment of the men and women who have served our country in the United States Armed Forces. We cordially invite all active duty, reserve, former and retired military personnel to attend our school Mass on Tuesday, November 10th at 8:30 a.m. Following the Mass, there will be a ceremony in the school gymnasium followed by a reception for our honored guests in Father Kelley Hall. Students will also be receiving a packet of information through their classroom teachers about our Veterans Wall Display which will further honor military personnel from our school community.

Share the Good News of Catholic Education!
Do you have friends or acquaintances who have expressed an interest in Catholic education? All Saints Catholic School will host an Information Night for those interested in learning more about the school on Thursday, November 19th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Father Kelley Hall. As it is never too soon to begin planning for a child’s Catholic education, parents of toddlers as well as school-aged children are cordially invited to attend. Following a presentation and overview of the application process, tours of the facility will be provided. For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at (703) 393-1490.

Cafeteria helpers needed!
Thanks so much to those who have volunteered to help out at lunch. We are seeking a few more volunteers to help as cafeteria and playground monitors (Remember – younger siblings are allowed to come along for this volunteer opportunity). We especially need help on Wednesday and Thursday from 11:15-12:30. If you can help out on these days, please contact Sue Ferguson at sferguson1@comcast.net.

Square 1 Art ~ A PTO Fundraiser for the School
Square 1 Art catalogs were sent home with the children last week. Your child’s artwork appears on the front cover of their catalog. In the catalog you’ll find several different products which you can purchase. The products will display your child’s artwork. All orders and payments must be received by Friday, 10/30/09. Please send your order and payment (checks payable to All Saints Catholic School) in with your child or leave order at the front office. The order should be sent to attention of Kerry Balagtas. The products are tentatively due to be delivered the week of Thanksgiving. The products would make great Christmas gifts for friends and families. Any questions should be directed to Kerry Balagtas. Kerry can be reached by phone at 703-753-6895 or by email at Kerryb17@comcast.net. Thank you.

Dynamic Frames are in! Frames are available for pick up Tues. Nov. 3rd in the cafeteria at 2:30 – end of carpool.
Those who missed out on ordering these awesome hinged frames (holding up to 50 pieces of art) and would like to order, the opportunity is available to you online and All Saints Catholic School will get 10% back to the school. Simply go online and type www.dynamicframes.com then type in our password “ALLSAINTSVA” You will receive 10% off your order and All Saints will receive 10% back on every ordered placed with our password.
Now 2 frame sizes are available 8 X 10 and 12 X 18 in black, white or cherry.The frames will ship directly to your home. Please feel free to share the site and password with your friends and family. All orders over $100.00 will receive free shipping. Please call Renee Wydajewski at 703.392.8676 with any questions.

Casino Night/Auction
Did you know that last year’s 50/50 winner won $1,000? Get your raffle tickets in so we can do even better this year! Peel and stick address labels work great on the raffle tickets ~ no need to fill out the form. Just include your phone number. Also, the Casino/Auction committee has been very busy putting together a fun filled evening for all. Here’s the

schedule at a glance~
6:30 Event Begins- Casino is open and Silent Auction items are out for your review and bid
7:30-8:30 New!! Yummy Hors D’ Oeuvers are served by wait staff
8:30- Cracker, cheese and other goodies brought out for continued munching
9:30- Casino Games End
9:45- Silent Auction Ends
10:00- Live Auction Begins
10:30-50/50 Winner Announced (does not need to be present to win)
~11:30- Another Successful All Saints PTO Event Ends

Other events throughout the evening will be Casino raffle items, the ever popular Heads or Tails and the Event Raffle items.

Thought for the week: Reach out and invite at least one parishioner from any church you attend. This makes them feel welcome and included! Try it.

Extra Raffle Tickets and 50/50 Tickets are on Mrs. Kruppa’s front counter. The Event Ticket Order Form can be found as a link to this Sentinel.

“An Evening with St. Nicholas”
Mark your calendars for December 4th from 6:30pm-8:30pm for what we hope becomes an annual tradition here at All Saints! This is the first event of its kind here- spend some time with St. Nicholas, whose feast day is Dec. 6. He will visit us and tell the story of his life, as well as meet the children of our school and parish community. Families can enjoy cookies and cocoa, along with traditional Advent carols. This is a community-building event, designed to help us prepare for the Advent season. Families will not be charged admission; rather, we ask that you bring a donation of new shoes in honor of St. Nicholas and his feast day. Monetary donations will also be accepted. Proceeds will go to “House of Mercy”.
Interested in volunteering and earning points for parents? ~ Contact Gina Michak- 703-330-8099

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Upcoming Events
Thursday, October 29th ~ Adoration & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament to mark the close of the First Quarter (2:15 p.m.); 8th Grade Saints’ Café & Classroom Presentations
Friday, October 30th ~ School Mass & 3rd Grade Parade of Saints; Penny Bazaar (Playground/10:30-11:30 a.m.); Noon Dismissal for Report Card Preparation
Monday, November 2nd ~ Change to Winter Uniforms
Tuesday, November 3rd ~ PTO Executive Board Meeting (Jr. Library/7:00 p.m.)
Wednesday, November 4th ~ 7th Grade Field Trip to Williamsburg
Thursday, November 5th ~ Middle School Family Life Presentation #1; School & Parish Blue Ribbon Ceremony (church/7:00 p.m.)
Monday, November 9th ~ 1st Quarter Report Cards issued

Links
¨ Apology Letter to Desk Top School Supplies Customers ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/ApologyLettertoDeskTopCustomers.pdf
¨ Casino Night/Auction Flyer/Ticket Order Form ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/auction-ticket-order.pdf
¨ An Evening With St. Nicholas Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/eveningwithstnick.pdf
¨ Pictures from the Spanish Club ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/gallery-images/2009-2010-gallery/spanish-club/
¨ PVI Cheer Camp Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/PAULVICHEERCAMP.pdf

The Sentinel – Issue 10, Volume 10

Message from the Principal

Two years ago I announced a new direction for our fundraising efforts, one which has received strong support from parents and the PTO Executive Board alike. As we look toward the upcoming Casino Night & Auction as well as other events in the year ahead, I believe that the three objectives that I identified remain relevant and represent continued priorities for our school at this time.

1) That All Saints continues to provide its students with an outstanding educational experience that includes access to state-of-the-art tools and resources.

2) That All Saints endeavors to acknowledge the commitment and dedication of faculty through robust professional development opportunities and potentially more competitive compensation.

3) That All Saints remains an affordable option for families of our parish and surrounding community.

One need only walk the hallways of our school to see that we have accomplished this first goal. With ACTIV Board technology in all homerooms and the majority of special subject classrooms, our students have access to the latest technology and learning tools. During your next visit, note the “Quiet, Filming in Process” signs on the doors of the library. These signs are reminders that our students are now creating “digital books talks”, video overviews of children’s literature to be shared with students in the younger grades. This is but one more example of the way that technology and creativity are advancing student learning and literacy at All Saints.

One of the goals of our DFE Five Year Plan is to update the entire infrastructure of our technology program. For the purpose of standardization, we anticipate upgrading all of the system hardware in the building as early as next summer. With some of our operating systems now ten years old, the time has come for us to make this significant commitment.

Additionally, although the ACTIV Boards still seem in many ways new to our community, they are requiring updates as well, such as replacements of bulbs and interactive pens.

Thankfully we have the resources of our PTO to help offset these costs. Through the annual Casino & Auction Night, Race for Education, and Golf Tournament, the organization generates significant revenue that enables the school to keep tuition costs reasonable for parents by slowing the rate of tuition increase. For example, through a contribution of $40,000 from our annual fundraisers to the school operating budget, we slowed the rate of tuition increase by 2.2% last year.

Again this year, the focus of the PTO fund raisers will be twofold: offsetting operational costs through a contribution to the school budget and continued allocation of funds in support of student access to learning tools and resources. It is for this reason that hundreds of parents and community members will gather at Heritage Hunt on Saturday, November 21st for our annual Casino & Auction Night.

I hope that many of you will mark your calendars now for this special evening of fellowship and fundraising for our school community. Last year was the first time that we incorporated the casino concept. We dropped ticket prices significantly by eliminating the full dinner experience in an effort to encourage more parents to attend. If you’ve never attended an auction…or a casino night…All Saints is the place to start. Moving from table to table using only “funny money”, a great time was had by all in attendance. Although I would like to say that I was lucky at the tables, I handed all of my money over to my wife who did find success at every turn! As first timers at the casino, we had a wonderful evening and most of all, enjoyed the camaraderie. I hope that you will plan to join us on November 21st for what promises to be another memorable evening!

Status of the School ~ Flu Report from the Principal
During the past several days a few questions have arisen regarding the overall health of our student population in regards to the flu. I wish to first offer you the assurance that, as always, you are provided critical information so that you can take the necessary steps to ensure the health and well-being of your children. Knowing that concerns and issues are communicated in a timely manner provides a level of confidence in recognizing that “no news is good news”.

As communicated in previous newsletters, there are cases of flu in the school population. However, as of today the number of cases has been lower than we have expected. Currently, more students are absent due to other health concerns, such as colds and viruses, than the flu.

Mrs. Sniffen, school nurse, continues to closely monitor the number of students absent due to illness each day and provides updates to me on an on-going basis. Should we observe a cluster of students absent due to flu or flu-related symptoms, we will implement additional measures and notify classroom parents via a letter. For now, please know that the cases of flu have not merited this level of response or communication.

I am convinced that the proactive measures we have implemented, such as the promotion of good hand-washing practices, has helped to reduce the spread of flu and other illness in our community. Continue to follow the recommendations previously offered by our nurse, err on the side of caution when deciding whether to keep a child home for the day, and contact Mrs. Sniffen to report all illnesses. These are simple steps, but when consistently practiced, they can make a significant difference in the health of our community.

Blue Ribbon Ceremony ~November 5th
All Saints Catholic School will host a community celebration on the evening of Thursday, November 5th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the church. We are pleased to announce that the mayor of Manassas, the superintendent of schools, and a representative from the U.S. Department of Education will be joining us for this special occasion. All school families are cordially invited to attend and participate in this historic event. Following the ceremony in church, there will be a dessert buffet for everyone to enjoy in the gym. For planning purposes, we do ask that you RSVP by October 30th. (703-368-4400, ext. 212)

Parent-Teacher Conferences ~ Appointment Slips
Today each student received a conference appointment slip confirming the date and time for the upcoming Parent-Teacher Conferences on Thursday, November 12th and Friday, November 13th. If you did not receive this information, please notify your child’s homeroom teacher.

PTO General Assembly Meeting
PTO General Assembly meeting: Tuesday October 27th at 7:30 pm. All our welcome. Each of the PTO committees will be giving a report on the PTO activities. We will also have a display for the Casino/ Auction night and everyone who attends the meeting will receive $100 in funny money for the casino. The Uniform Exchange will be open that evening and Lilly Loops Hair bows will be available for purchase. For questions or additional information, please contact Joan Coleman at jcoleman02@comcast.net or (703) 368-7989.

Veterans Day Celebration
Join us as our school community honors the commitment of the men and women who have served our country in the United States Armed Forces. We cordially invite all active duty, reserve, former and retired military personnel to attend our school Mass on Tuesday, November 10th at 8:30 a.m. Following the Mass, there will be a ceremony in the school gymnasium followed by a reception for our honored guests in Father Kelley Hall. Students will also be receiving a packet of information through their classroom teachers about our Veterans Wall Display which will further honor military personnel from our school community.

Share the Good News of Catholic Education!
Do you have friends or acquaintances who have expressed an interest in Catholic education? All Saints Catholic School will host an Information Night for those interested in learning more about the school on Thursday, November 19th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Father Kelley Hall. As it is never too soon to begin planning for a child’s Catholic education, parents of toddlers as well as school-aged children are cordially invited to attend. Following a presentation and overview of the application process, tours of the facility will be provided. For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at (703) 393-1490.

Square 1 Art ~ A PTO Fundraiser for the School
Square 1 Art catalogs are being sent home with the children this week. Your child’s artwork will appear on the front cover of their catalog. In the catalog you’ll find several different products which you can purchase. The products will display your child’s artwork. All orders and payments are due by Friday, 10/30/09. Please send your order and payment (checks payable to All Saints Catholic School) in with your child or leave order at the front office. The order should be sent to attention of Kerry Balagtas. The products are tentatively due to be delivered the week of Thanksgiving. The products would make great Christmas gifts for friends and families and approximately 30% of each order will go to the school. Any questions should be directed to Kerry Balagtas. Kerry can be reached by phone at 703-753-6895 or by email at Kerryb17@comcast.net. Thank you.

Casino Night/Auction
Check backpacks of oldest child~ Casino raffle and 50/50 tickets are coming home. Please consider buying the tickets yourself or selling to friends and family. We need all of your support in order to make this event a success. More tickets are available so sell, sell, sell. 50 Lucky packets contain a coupon for $500 of funny money so check those backpacks and cash in your coupon on November 21st! ~ Remember that event ticket prices go up after October 30th so buy your tickets now!!! $25 per person now; $30 per person after October 30th. Ticket Order Form is provided as a link below

Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School

§ Applications are now being accepted at JP the Great Catholic High School for students who will be in 9th, 10th or 11th grade next school year (2010-2011). For important dates, instructions, and to apply on-line, please visit www.jpthegreat.org. Also, plan to attend the Open House on November 8 from 2 – 4pm. You’ll learn all about JP the Great programs, meet the faculty, and tour the state-of-the-art campus. Presentation by Sister Mary Jordan begins at 2:15pm in the Theater.

§ Adult Bioethics Seminar II at JP the Great ~ A 4-session overview of the semester class “Principles of Ethics” is being offered for adults at Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School on Tuesdays evenings. Remaining sessions are November 3 and 17 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm. Principles of Ethics is the second course of the 4-year Bioethics Curriculum at JP the Great. There is no cost for the seminar, though the text book, Called to Happiness: Guiding Ethical Principles, by Sister Terese Auer, will be available for purchase for $10. Please RSVP by calling 703-445-0300, or via email to rsvp@jpthegreat.org.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

School Magnets
With the recent announcement of our Blue Ribbon status, there has been renewed interest in our car magnet program. Magnets may now be requested at the front office, free of charge. New families are encouraged to pick one up at the front office during their next visit to the school. Current families who would like a replacement are welcome to request one as well. Let’s continue to share our school pride throughout the community!

Uniform Exchange ~ Seeking Donations
The PTO is seeking donations of used and gently worn uniform articles to replenish the Uniform Exchange. Parents are encouraged to set aside uniforms that are no longer needed to donate to this cause. There will be a special collection of uniform articles during afternoon carpool on Monday, October 26th. Articles received will be available for purchase/exchange during the PTO Assembly Meeting on the evening of October 27th. (Parents who drop off items prior to this event receive credit for doing so under the “honor system” and can select articles from the Uniform Exchange.)

Morning Arrival ~ Safety Concern
During the past several weeks, a number of parents have begun parking in the main section of the church parking lot and crossing on foot through the line of carpool traffic. For the safety of all students and parents, parents are asked to refrain from this practice. If it is necessary to park, such as in the event of a parent entering the school to volunteer, drivers are asked to park in the lot directly in front of the construction site for the new church. This will then allow parents and students to walk to the entrance of the school without having to cross through traffic.

Upcoming Events
Wednesday, October 21st ~ Confirmation Parent Meeting (5:00 p.m. & Bilingual Presentation at 7:00 p.m.)
Thursday, October 22nd ~ School Council Meeting (Jr. Library/7:00 p.m.)
Friday, October 23rd ~ Diocesan Institute (No Classes)
Saturday, October 24th ~ VIRTUS 30 Minute Update Training (10:30 a.m.)
Sunday, October 25th ~ Confirmation Parent Meeting (3:45 p.m. & Bilingual at 6:45 p.m.)
Monday, October 26th ~ Picture Make-Up Day; Uniform Exchange Drop Off during Afternoon Carpool
Tuesday, October 27th ~ PTO General Assembly Meeting (Gym/7:30 p.m.)
Thursday, October 29th ~ Adoration & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament (2:15 p.m.)
Friday, October 30th ~ Penny Bazaar (Playground/10:30-11:30 a.m.); Final Day of 1st Quarter/Noon Dismissal for Report Card Preparation

Links
¨ Spriit Event – Plantland Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/plantland1.jpg
¨ Casino Night/Auction Flyer/Order Form ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/auction-ticket-order.pdf

The Sentinel – Issue 10, Volume 9

Blue Ribbon Commendation ~ Letter from Catholics for Housing, Inc.
Congratulations to you and the staff and students of All Saints Catholic School on your recent success of being named a Blue Ribbon School for your academic excellence. It is an incredible achievement to score in the top ten percent of the United States standardized testing and to exceed the Blue Ribbon eligibility guidelines. The students obviously are blessed by the dedication and quality of the teaching staff. Again, congratulations and we wish you continued success.

Message from the Principal
The 2009 Blue Ribbon Schools Ceremony, hosted by the U.S. Department of Education, will take place on Monday, November 2nd & Tuesday, November 3rd. The ceremony will take place at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, D.C. As each Blue Ribbon School may be represented by a principal and one teacher, I am pleased to share with you that Mrs. Marsha Vice will be joining me in attending this special event. With more than ten years of experience at All Saints and having served as a member of the Blue Ribbon application committee, Mrs. Vice will well represent our school at this national awards ceremony.

The two day gathering will culminate with an awards banquet on Tuesday afternoon, during which Mrs. Vice and I will receive our official school banner and plaque.

To coincide with this event, All Saints Catholic School will host a community celebration on the evening of Thursday, November 5th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the church. I am pleased to announce that the mayor of Manassas, the superintendent of schools, and a representative from the U.S. Department of Education will be joining us for this special occasion. All school families are cordially invited to attend and participate in this historic event. Following the ceremony in church, there will be a dessert buffet for everyone to enjoy in the gym. For planning purposes, we do ask that you RSVP by October 30th. (703-368-4400, ext. 212)

School Magnets
With the recent announcement of our Blue Ribbon status, there has been renewed interest in our car magnet program. Magnets may now be requested at the front office, free of charge. New families are encouraged to pick one up at the front office during their next visit to the school. Current families who would like a replacement are welcome to request one as well. Let’s continue to share our school pride throughout the community!

Parish Staff Parking
Please remember that the section of the parking lot directly across from the spaces reserved for the clergy are designated for members of the parish staff. All visitors and volunteers are reminded to park in the lot directly in front of the construction site of the new church.

Uniform Exchange ~ Seeking Donations
The PTO is seeking donations of used and gently worn uniform articles to replenish the Uniform Exchange. Parents are encouraged to set aside uniforms that are no longer needed to donate to this cause. There will be a special collection of uniform articles during morning carpool on Monday, October 26th. Articles received will be available for purchase/exchange during the PTO Assembly Meeting on the evening of October 27th. (Parents who drop off items prior to this event receive credit for doing so under the “honor system” and can select articles from the Uniform Exchange.)

Spirit News ~ Coming Up!
Come celebrate fall with friends and their families at Plantland on October 16th from 3 to 8 pm. Pre-K students are welcome starting at 12 pm. The cost is $4 per child and each child receives a free small pumpkin (worth $3). Please print the flyer (http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/plantland.jpg) and bring it with you to receive the special discounted price. The play area includes an Indian teepee, ball bounce, play train, airplane and castle, tunnel maze and crazy scooters. Waivers need to be filled out for each child participating. Plantland is located at 8548 Sudley Road (234 Business) north of the hospital near Godwin Drive. The owner of Plantland, Mr. Don Gray, loves All Saints School and having the children from our school at their fall festivals because he says that our children are so well behaved and good mannered. Thank you children for behaving so well in public and projecting such a positive image of our school!

Paul VI ~ Calling all wrestlers and coaches
The Paul VI Catholic High School Wrestling Team in conjunction with American University is sponsoring a clinic and wrestle-off for both wrestlers and coaches on Monday, November 2nd in the PVI Auxiliary Gym. The clinic will feature both All-American and Olympic Wrestlers. The clinic will at 4:30 and will be followed by the wrestle-off at 7:00. Admission is free to all. Please contact Tom Healy, Head Wrestling Coach at (703) 352-0925 x459 or thealy@paulvi.net

IMPORTANT REMINDERS
Veterans Day Celebration
Join us as our school community honors the commitment of the men and women who have served our country in the United States Armed Forces. We cordially invite all active duty, reserve, former and retired military personnel to attend our school Mass on Tuesday, November 10th at 8:30 a.m. Following the Mass, there will be a ceremony in the school gymnasium followed by a reception for our honored guests in Father Kelley Hall. Students will also be receiving a packet of information through their classroom teachers about our Veterans Wall Display which will further honor military personnel from our school community.

Morning Arrival ~ Safety Concern
During the past several weeks, a number of parents have begun parking in the main section of the church parking lot and crossing on foot through the line of carpool traffic. For the safety of all students and parents, parents are asked to refrain from this practice. If it is necessary to park, such as in the event of a parent entering the school to volunteer, drivers are asked to park in the lot directly in front of the construction site for the new church. This will then allow parents and students to walk to the entrance of the school without having to cross through traffic.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, October 14th ~ First Communion Parent Meeting (5:00 p.m. & Bilingual Presentation at 7:00 p.m.)
Thursday, October 15th ~ Family Life Parent Presentation for Grades 6-8 (art room/7:00 p.m.)
Friday, October 16th ~ Spirit Activity: Plantland (3:00-8:00 p.m.)
Sunday, October 18th ~ First Communion Parent Meeting (3:45 p.m. & Bilingual Presentation at 6:45 p.m.)
Wednesday, October 21st ~ Confirmation Parent Meeting (5:00 p.m. & Bilingual Presentation at 7:00 p.m.)
Thursday, October 22nd ~ School Council Meeting (Jr. Library/7:00 p.m.)
Friday, October 23rd ~ Diocesan Institute (No Classes)
Links

¨ Plantland Flyer http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/plantland.jpg

The Sentinel – Volume 10, Issue 7

Blue Ribbon Commendation ~ Letter from University of Notre Dame
Congratulations on being recognized as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the United States Department of Education. The community of educators at the University of Notre Dame joins me in celebrating this outstanding accomplishment with you.

This recognition follows years of hard work by students, parents, faculty, and staff, and hundreds of hours of preparation. In these days when some question the value of Catholic education, we are proud to see such excellence emerging in the Catholic community.

Blessings on the school year and congratulations once again. Your success is a beacon for others.

Message from the Principal
This week schools across the United States and Canada celebrate Bullying Awareness Week. Research indicates that approximately 20% of students experience bullying that significantly impacts their life at school, making this topic especially relevant for all who work in education.

As a Catholic school, our position on the topic of bullying is very clear ~ it is in direct conflict with the Gospel message, a teaching that affirms the dignity of each individual. Created in the very image and likeness of God, each child is a miracle of creation and to be treated with both reverence and respect. As a Catholic school, however, we are not immune to the ugliness of bullying.

All Saints has been proactive in analyzing the extent of bullying in our community and seeking more effective strategies to address specific instances. Two years ago we changed how we respond to initial reports of bullying. Whenever a new report of bullying becomes known, Mrs. Karcher, the school counselor, intervenes and learns as much as possible about the situation. Following her investigation, she contacts the parents of the alleged “bully” to initiate dialogue. The purpose of this contact is to alert parents to the existence of a concern and to encourage them to discuss the matter with their son/daughter. Within the context of this conversation, school policy is clarified and the parents are informed that if the matter occurs again, the issue will be referred to the office of the assistant principal. As an early intervention practice, this response plan has proven very effective during the past two years.

A second effort already in place is that of classroom lessons provided by Mrs. Karcher. Throughout the year she visits classrooms to help students better understand the nature of bullying and the negative effects that it has for victims and the community. Should concerns arise regarding instances of bullying at a particular grade level, she adjusts her schedule accordingly to address the matter in a timely manner.

As a part of the CARE program initiated by the Diocese, All Saints is implementing the following strategies this week to coincide with Bullying Awareness Week:

Surveys
Surveys are being distributed to students, parents, and faculty in order to assess their perceptions of the level of respect, bullying, and sexual harassment at All Saints Catholic School. Grades K-2 will receive a combined survey which parents and students are asked to complete together. Parents of students in grades 3-8 will receive a survey to complete from their own experience. Students in these grades will complete a separate survey in class. Parents are asked to complete the anonymous survey and return the copies to the classroom teacher by Friday. Paper copies of the survey are being distributed to students today. Although comprehensive in nature, completion of the questionnaire will require only approximately fifteen minutes. Please know that the information you provide will be essential to us in understanding the dynamic of bullying in our community, in helping us to develop relevant strategies and responses, and in measuring future growth.

Educational Component for parents, faculty, and students

1) Parents will be sent resources and educational letters in connection with lessons and presentations given throughout the year. The Counselor’s Corner on our website provides information and resources.
2) Students will receive education on this topic via school counselor classroom presentations, small group discussions, and classroom lessons and rules. Classroom teachers will incorporate these lessons, which include the Golden Rule

Activity worksheets and a prayer entitled She Was Kind to Me Today for grades K-2 in their teaching this week. Grades 3-8 will view webisodes and use resources designed by the U.S. Department of Education. These materials can be found on the following website: www.stopbullyingnow.hrsa.gov. This webpage includes educational pamphlets on varying topics related to bullying. You can also access the webisodes presented at school to educate students on what bullying is, how to respond to it, and how to prevent it. Books and other resources are also included.

Additional Parent Resources
http://stopbullyingnow.hrsa.gov/adults/parents-and-family/family-do.aspx
The following webpage includes a pamphlet with common questions and answers parents may have regarding bullying as well as online respect and responsibility guidelines. http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/parents/bullying.pdf

Books for Children in Grades K-2
These short stories show different ways to deal with teasing. You can read them together and discuss the lessons.
Crysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
A Porcupine Named Fluffy by Helen Lester
The Recess Queen by Alexis O’Neill and Laura Huliska-Beith
Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell
The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Teasing by Stan & Jan Berenstain
Books for Children in Grades 3-5
100 Dresses by Eleanor Estes: This book addresses subtle put-downs among girls.
Super Emma by Jamie Harper
How to face up to the class bully! by Valerie Wilson Wesley
Books for Parents to Read on this Topic
Girl Wars: 12 Strategies that will end Female Bullying by Cheryl Dellasega and Charisse Nixon
The Good Son: Shaping the Moral Development of our Boys and Young Men by Michael Gurian
Boys Should be Boys: Seven Secrets to Raising Healthy Sons by Meg Meeker

Peace Pledge
During last year’s Bully Awareness Week the students were invited to participate in a contest designing a pledge to be used throughout the school in helping students to do their part to make All Saints a bully-free zone. Congratulations to Jazmine Kenney, whose pledge was selected by the members of the Peace & Justice Players as our official school pledge! Since the beginning of the school year, students have been reciting this pledge prior to leaving their classrooms for recess and lunch.

I promise with all my heart to take a stand, lend a hand, and stop bullying now so our world will change for the better.
If perhaps you are wondering what you can do as a parent to further support this initiative, I would offer the following suggestions:

1) Take some time this week to review the topic of bullying with your son/daughter. Help them to understand that the repeated, targeted nature of bullying is very hurtful, often resulting in wounds that last years, and in some cases a lifetime. Help them to understand that all students have a right and expectation to be able to come to school each day to learn in an environment free of fear.
2) Remind your child that, should they ever encounter an instance of bullying, it is vitally important that they share this information with a faculty or staff member. If for any reason they are uncomfortable doing so, please contact your child’s teacher directly. It is only with this type of information that we are able to take steps to help prevent future occurrences.
3) Spend some time discussing with your child the practical steps that he/she can take to discourage bullying. For example, sharing strategies or even role-playing appropriate responses can help to empower students not to laugh…not to participate…and to take a stand whenever they witness an instance of bullying.

From the Health Clinic
Per the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), October 4 is the official day for northern Virginia to begin the Flu season. Flu season peaks in February.

As of September 19, 2009, the most current information available from the Virginia Department of Health and the CDC, 99% of all subtype influenza A flu viruses being reported were H1N1. This has been very confusing to our parent population. Physicians are assessing children and testing for Type A, Type B, and “other” Influenza. If your child tests for Type A and meets specific criteria set by the CDC, than the physician will conduct further testing to determine if it is Swine Flu (H1N1). According to CDC and the Virginia Department of Health, no matter what type of Flu an individual has, the treatment plan is the same. The secondary complicating health issues that can occur with Swine Flu can occur with any flu. The secondary complicating health issues usually occur with immune compromised people such as diabetics, asthmatics, pregnant women, the elderly and children under the age of 5 years old.

What we ask of our students is to continue with good hand washing and hygiene methods. They have been shown how to wash their hands. We have alcohol based hand sanitizer available for use if a sink and faucet are not available. Our children are coughing and sneezing into their sleeve, not outward onto others or their desk. Our students clean their desks every morning. Our teachers are cleaning light switch plates, cabinet knobs and any surface frequented by students and adults. Our cleaning company uses safe, environmentally friendly, cleaning products that kill 99% of “germs”.

As parents you are doing your part in helping your children stay healthy. You are providing good nutritional food and snacks, providing them with a multivitamin-mineral supplement, seeing they get outdoor exercise daily and they get plenty of rest and sleep each night. Please be extra diligent with hair cleanliness, face cleaning and oral hygiene.
The Virginia Department of Health encourages your children be immunized against the Flu virus and the H1N1 flu. Both are available now. The H1N1 vaccine is minimally available until November.

All Saints Catholic School is being extra cautious when your child comes to the health clinic. If we have a symptomatic ill child, they are separated from the “healthy” students. We ask parents not to return a student until they are fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medicine. If your child is coughing frequently and/or harshly and is poor with covering their mouth, keep your child home. Listen to your child’s complaints before bringing them to school. It will save exposure to other children and potentially, a second trip from work or home.

We have had an upper respiratory virus in the school as well as Strep Throat and flu-like symptoms. The Flu seems to begin with the child complaining that his/her stomach hurts or has a knot in it. They generally will not eat as much as they usually do or take longer than normal to eat. It then progresses to a sore throat or bad headache within 5-6 hours. Within 10-12 hours they typically have a fever, aches and they just want to sleep. The Flu symptoms usually continue for 3-5 days. I encourage you take your child to their pediatrician to determine if it is flu or an upper respiratory virus. Treatment is usually the same. Rest, fluids and possibly an antiviral medication will help heal your child quickly.

Bringing your child to school before they are fully recovered sets them up for another illness or a secondary infection.
If your child is absent due to illness, please send an “excuse note” in with your child upon his/her return. If you have a doctor’s note, that is preferred. If your child is diagnosed with Type A, B, or H1N1, I will need a doctor’s note. If you keep your child home due to flu-like symptoms, then write that on the excuse. If it is sore throat and cough, please write that on the note.
I hope these reminders are helpful to you as we officially enter flu season. Let us continue to work together to minimize the spread of flu in our school community.

October Virtue of the Month ~ Self Control
Students will be encouraged to demonstrate the virtue of self-control both at school and home through the following strategies:
1) Follow the rules.
2) Never interrupt someone who is talking.
3) Get into and walk in line without talking.
4) Be responsible for your space in the cafeteria or at the dinner table.
5) Listen attentively to morning and afternoon announcements.
6) Keep your feet and hands to yourself. Never kick or hit anyone.
7) Say only kind words.
8) If you get angry walk away from the situation until you are calm and can discuss it.

Prayer of the Month
Merciful Lord, let your Holy Spirit guide my life so that my soul may bear the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Renew my desire to be your faithful friend and servant, increase my loving dependence on you, and grant me that joy and peace of heart which comes from doing your holy will. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

SchoolMessenger Emergency Notification ~ SYSTEM TEST ~ Friday, October 9th

In times of emergency or when specific concerns arise, the school will activate the SchoolMessenger system. As the system will only be used for this purpose, parents can anticipate that any communications received via this program are serious and deserve particular attention.

In order to ensure the functionality and accuracy of the system, All Saints will conduct a test on Friday, October 9th. A test will be issued via both recorded phone message and email to all student and staff emergency contacts at approximately 10:00 a.m. In order to maintain familiarity with the process and verify accuracy, we will conduct a system test on a quarterly basis.

The Diocese of Arlington uses the SchoolMessenger notification service to send important information to families through phone calls, emails, and text messages.

To comply with wireless carrier requirements and protect against unsolicited text messages, you may receive an SMS message to the wireless number that the district has on file requesting that you opt in to receive important information from the district via SMS text message.

The message you receive will be similar to the following:
“Please OPTIN to receive TXT alerts from <>.Rply OPTIN 2 register, STOP 2 OPTOUT www.schoolmessenger.com/txt Msg&Data Rates May Apply”

So that you can continue to receive these important messages from your student’s school district, we encourage you to reply with “OPTIN” when you receive such a verification message.

To opt out of all text messages from SchoolMessenger, including the verification message, go to http://www.schoolmessenger.com/txtmsg/ or reply STOP to the opt-in message you receive.

The Diocese and the school does not pay for text message charges that may be incurred by the user. Check with your wireless carrier for possible charges.

Bingo Night Success!
Thanks to the dedication of Mrs. Linda Gaynord, event coordinator, and the Knights of Columbus, the PTO sponsored Spaghetti & Bingo Night was a huge success. With the hall filled to nearly capacity, many students and parents spent time with other All Saints families enjoying good food and conversation.

If you missed the chance to participate in the Bingo Night, mark your calendar for the next PTO Pizza & Bingo event scheduled for Saturday, February 6th beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

Veterans Day Celebration
Join us as our school community honors the commitment of the men and women who have served our country in the United States Armed Forces. We cordially invite all active duty, reserve, former and retired military personnel to attend our school Mass on Tuesday, November 10th at 8:30 a.m. Following the Mass, there will be a ceremony in the school gymnasium followed by a reception for our honored guests in Father Kelley Hall. Students will also be receiving a packet of information through their classroom teachers about our Veterans Wall Display which will further honor military personnel from our school community.

Morning Arrival ~ Safety Concern
During the past several weeks, a number of parents have begun parking in the main section of the church parking lot and crossing on foot through the line of carpool traffic. For the safety of all students and parents, parents are asked to refrain from this practice. If it is necessary to park, such as in the event of a parent entering the school to volunteer, drivers are asked to park in the lot directly in front of the construction site for the new church. This will then allow parents and students to walk to the entrance of the school without having to cross through traffic.

The Virtue Flower Garden (VFG)
Plans are being made to bring color to our VFG. We are still in need of some parent volunteers to assist students in the painting process. Our VFG is basically a “paint by numbers” project – art and painting skills are not required. We are just in need of helping hands to guide the children. Tentative plans are to paint on the last Thursday of each month between 11:15 – 1:00. The first two painting sessions are scheduled for October 15th and October 29th. If you can help, please contact Mrs. Lisa Tamilio at (703) 791-5522 or email ttamilio3@comcast.net.

Campus Beautification Project
Thank you to those who have volunteered to do more in support of this project by taking on the other little jobs that haven’t been completed. If we all continue to do a little bit whenever we can and maintain what we’ve already done then the campus will look truly amazing by the Feast of All Saints when the big celebrations for the Blue Ribbon will commence. We also need a few more plants to fill in some holes. If you are interested in helping with a small landscaping project or donating a plant, please contact Holly Crocker at 703 330-8329 or thcrock@comcast.net . Most projects will take an hour or less and can be done at your convenience.

For anyone who has worked or donated something, please remember to credit yourself for Points for Parents on the school website. Parents earn 3 points per hour that they volunteer working on the landscaping and 5 Points for donating something. Thanks again!

Volunteer Opportunity ~ Resource Volunteers
Do you have experience in education or working with young people? Would you like to participate in an activity by which you can help to make a difference in the lives of individual children? The resource program is now seeking volunteers to work with students in small group sessions to provide one on one assistance. If you are interested in learning more about this volunteer opportunity, please contact Mrs. Jean McMahon in the resource program.

Middle School Progress Reports ~ Correction
Letter grade equivalents were included on the top of each progress report generated for students in the middle school last week. In accordance with the new diocesan policy, All Saints will only be issuing percentage grades this year. As such, please disregard the scale that was inadvertently included on this first run of progress reports.

Virtus Training Update
A 30-minute review of the warning signs of abuse and the steps we can take to keep our children safe is required for all clergy, employees and any volunteers who have contact with children.
This valuable reminder will be presented on Saturday, October 24th in Meeting Room 1 at 10:30 AM. If you have any questions, please call Janet Smith in the parish office at (703) 393-2158

Box Tops for Education ~ Box Tops Homeroom Contest
All box tops submitted through Oct 16th and marked with the homeroom will be counted. Go to www.boxtops4education.com for a complete listing of products and to enter The Big Clip sweepstakes. Last year’s box tops earned the school over $1300.

Paul VI Catholic High School
Junior High Night Under the Lights ~ Special Invitation for 7th & 8th Graders ~ The Student Government and Parent Organizations at Paul VI Catholic High School extend a special invitation to all 7th and 8th graders and their families. Please join us for Rally in the Alley and varsity football on Friday, October 16th. The Rally will begin at 5:30 PM. At the rally there will be free food, tee shirts and tons of fun, games and prizes for all everyone. The Football game begins at 7:00 PM. All 7th and 8th graders will receive free passes to the game.

Paul VI Youth Basketball Coaching Clinic ~ For all CYO Coaches on October 19/20 from 6:30 – 9:00 at St Leo the Great School Gym in Fairfax VA. Cost is $10 per day. Speakers include Scott Allen Paul VI Girls Basketball Coach, Jeff House (former UVA Assistant/WNBA Assistant Coach) as well as many others. It’s a great way to prepare for your upcoming season!

Pope John Paul the Great High School
Adult Bioethics Seminar II at JP the Great ~ A 4-session overview of the semester class “Principles of Ethics” is being offered for adults at Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School on Tuesdays, October 6 and 20 and November 3 and 17 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm. Principles of Ethics is the second course of the 4-year Bioethics Curriculum at JP the Great. There is no cost for the seminar, though the text book, Called to Happiness: Guiding Ethical Principles, by Sister Terese Auer, will be available for purchase for $10. Please RSVP by calling 703-445-0300, or via email to rsvp@jpthegreat.org.

JP the Great Open House / Applications Now Accepted ~ Applications are now being accepted at JP the Great Catholic High School for students who will be in 9th, 10th or 11th grade next school year (2010-2011). For important dates, instruction, and to apply on-line, please visit www.jpthegreat.org. Also, plan to attend the Open House on November 8 from 2 – 4pm. You’ll learn all about JP the Great programs, meet the faculty, and tour the state-of-the-art campus.

Upcoming Events

Friday, October 9th ~ Test of the SchoolMessenger Emergency Notification System (10:00 a.m.); Middle School BBQ & Games Night has been rescheduled for Tuesday, November 10th from 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Monday, October 12th ~ Columbus Day Holiday
Wednesday, October 14th ~ First Communion Parent Meeting (5:00 p.m. & Bilingual Presentation at 7:00 p.m.)
Thursday, October 15th ~ Family Life Parent Presentation for Grades 6-8 (art room/7:00 p.m.)
Friday, October 16th ~ Spirit Activity: Plantland (3:00-8:00 p.m.)
Sunday, October 18th ~ First Communion Parent Meeting (3:45 p.m. & Bilingual Presentation at 6:45 p.m.)

Links
¨ Plantland Spirit Event Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/Veterans_event_flyer.pdf
¨ Veterans Mass & Reception Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/Veterans_event_flyer.pdf
¨ Pope John Paul the Great High School Open House Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/jpg-open-house-fall09.pdf

Coming Home with 6th Grade Students
¨ Letter from the Principal regarding Seton High School Deferred Acceptance Program