The Sentinel – Issue 10, Volume 15

Message from the Principal
On behalf of the faculty, staff and students of All Saints, I wish to thank the PTO and the entire school community for their support of our Casino and Auction Night held at Heritage Hunt on Saturday evening. Nearly 200 parents and members of the community joined us for an exciting evening of casino games and auction in support of the mission of All Saints.

I wish to extend a special word of thanks to Mr. Jerry Smith, auction coordinator. I also want to thank Mrs. Siobhan Tabor and Mrs. Denise LaRose, as well as the many members of the “auction team” who worked with great enthusiasm preparing for the event. I wish to also acknowledge the continued support of Metro Casinos, owned by Mr. Adam Morgan, a school parent. Once again he and his staff did a wonderful job of ensuring that everyone ~ experienced or novice ~ had an enjoyable experience at the tables.

Although the PTO is still finalizing the numbers, preliminary estimates indicate a profit of approximately $13,000, a significant amount particularly during this economic period. Again, thank you for your support and participation in this major fundraising effort.

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With a total count of 749 pre-ordered meals, the kitchen staff estimates that we served a record number of students and parents during the 16th Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon.

I wish to thank our kitchen team ~ Mrs. Wendy Matner (Director of Cafeteria Services), Mrs. Liz Werling (Assistant), and Mrs. Wilma Marsengill (Cafeteria Bookkeeper) ~ for their tremendous commitment to both quality and quantity. Beginning during the early morning hours on Sunday, they cooked and prepared food throughout the day. (In answer to the question that many of you might be wondering…it takes about 30 turkeys to feed a community of our size!) Once again, they prepared and presented a delicious meal of turkey and sides to an enormous crowd. Thank you kitchen staff and congratulations on a job very well done!

The success of the luncheon was also made possible by the generous support of volunteers, many of whom return each year to offer assistance. It was a joy to observe so many volunteers working side by side and the hundreds of parents who stopped by to enjoy the meal. What a wonderful tradition!

This year we introduced several new procedures designed to reduce wait-time and to enhance your “dining experience”. I wish to thank Mrs. Campagna, Assistant Principal, for her leadership of this effort. With the input of several faculty and staff members, she restructured the schedule as well as arrival procedures, resulting in a more efficient and better organized process for everyone.

As we pause from our daily work and schedules to join family and friends to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, please know of my gratitude for your continued support of our school and its mission of providing an education of faith and excellence.

Happy Thanksgiving!

A Prayer of Thanksgiving:
May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make his face to shine upon us.
The earth has yielded its increase;
God, our God, has blessed us.
May God continue to bless us;
let all the ends of the earth revere him.
(Psalm 67)

We thank you for your gifts, merciful God,
and we ask you to give all people the food they need.
May we all be united one day
in the eternal singing of your praises,
through Christ, our Lord.
Amen.
(A Prayer Book for Catholic Families)

Winners of Knights of Columbus Thanksgiving Reflection Contest
Congratulations to the following winners of the Thanksgiving essay contest recently sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.
Grades 1 through 5
· Noah S. (4th Grade student at All Saints) – “Thank You God!”
Grades 6 through 8
· David S. (7th Grade student at All Saints) – “A Time to Reflect”
Grades 9 through 12
· Lexy S. (9th Grade student at Seton High School – former All Saints student) – “Thanksgiving is a Time for Reflection”
The winners will each receive a $25 gift card from Target.

The following are the entries receiving an Honorable Mention Award:
· Kaitlin A. (7th Grade student at All Saints) – “Gifts Not to be Taken for Granted”
· Jillian C. (6th Grade student at All Saints) – “I Am Thankful”
· Tyler D. (8th Grade student at All Saints) – “Thanksgiving Reflection”
· Cormac O. (7th Grade student at All Saints) – “Thanksgiving”
Honorable mention recipients will each receive a $10 gift card from Target.

Calendar Change ~ NJHS Induction Ceremony
Due to a calendar conflict, the National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony, originally scheduled for Friday, February 26th has been changed to Friday, March 5th.

A Note of Thanks. . .
Auction/Casino 2009 – On behalf of the PTO I would like to thank everyone who assisted in making this year’s Casino Night such a success. It is because of the generous support of our parents and parish community that we are able to assist the school, teachers, staff and students in so many ways. We would like to hear feedback from those of you who attended the event. Please email Joan Coleman at jcoleman02@comcast.net with any comments or suggestions. Thank you and may God bless you!

BoxTops for Education News
The following link is for accessing the boxtops web site: www.BoxtopsforEducation.com. Parents can sign up to receive e-mails. At this web site they can get the participating product list, coupons, cooking ideas, collections sheets, and more. Currently there is a 30 day (once a day) give away. There are other giveaway, sweepstakes type promotions coming up.
The top collecting classes for the October collection were: 1B 270; 5A 365; 7A 592 Total collected: 2,940

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Enrollment Survey for Pre-K, Kindergarten and NEW Students for Grades 1st – 8th
With the demand for Catholic education and the reputation for excellence that our school enjoys, it is important that the office solicit information from current families regarding plans for enrollment in our Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs for the upcoming year, as well as any NEW siblings for All Saints Catholic School. As in the past, we will continue to give first consideration to current school families before reviewing new applications in the spring.
While completion of the enclosed survey does not guarantee enrollment, it is helpful for us to know how many current families plan to apply. Even if you have a child currently enrolled in the Pre-Kindergarten program, it is important that you notify us of your interest for next year’s Kindergarten. Please submit all survey responses as soon as possible as the deadline has passed.

Evening with St. Nicholas
Join the All Saints PTO community for An Evening with St. Nicholas on Friday, December 4th from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm and enjoy carols, cookies, cocoa, and a chance to help the “House of Mercy”.

Please consider bringing a donation of new shoes in honor of St. Nicholas and his feast day. Proceeds will go to House of Mercy. House of Mercy shoe donation guidelines are : NEW plain colors of tennis shoes- white, blue, black, tan, or brown. No character tennis shoes, please. Monetary donations will also be accepted.
Thank you to the more than 200 people who have already RSVP’d. Plan on coming and haven’t RSVP’d yet? There’s still time. Visit the “Evening with St. Nicholas” link at www.allsaintsvaschool.org. We want to make sure there’s enough cookies and cocoa for all!

***Many hands are still needed to help the day of the event for set-up and decorating, beginning around 1:30 in the gym. Donations of cocoa mix and mini- marshmallows are still being accepted. Please contact Gina Michak at (703-330-8099) or ginamichak@gmail.com if you’d like to volunteer and earn “points for parents”. ***

Manassas Christmas Parade
All Saints Catholic School will once again be participating in the Manassas Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 5th at 10AM in Old Town Manassas. All Saints children are invited to ride on the float. A permission slip is linked to this newsletter and is required for each child. Please return permission slips to the school office by 12/1/09. The meeting place and float number will be distributed once we receive it from the City.

Upcoming Events
Wednesday, November 25th ~ Thanksgiving Prayer Service & Operation “Share the Love” Food Drive (church/9:30 a.m.); Noon Dismissal
Thursday, November 26th ~ Thanksgiving Holiday
Friday, November 27th ~ Thanksgiving Holiday
Monday, November 30th ~ Advent Wreath Prayer Services (8:15 a.m.); 3rd Grade Sacrament of Reconciliation
Tuesday, December 1st ~ PTO Executive Board Meeting (Jr. Library/7:00 p.m.)
Thursday, December 3rd ~ High School Placement Test
Friday, December 4th ~ 4th Grade Sacrament of Reconciliation; Evening with St. Nick (6:30 – 8:30 a.m.)
Saturday, December 5th ~ Greater Manassas Christmas Parade (10:00 a.m.); VIRTUS Update Video (10:30 a.m.)

Going Home with Oldest Child
Parade Float Permission Slip (due by 12/1/09)
J. M. Gaske, Inc. Ad Sponsor Form for Advertising on School Folders, Directories and Calendars

Links
Parade Float Permission Slip (due by 12/1/09) ~
http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/2009ChristmasParadePermissionSlip.pdf

The Sentinel – Issue 10, Volume 14

Message from the Principal

This week our diocese is celebrating Discover Catholic Schools Week, an opportunity for each school to promote the mission of Catholic education through Open House events and other marketing efforts.

During a time of economic uncertainty when many Catholic schools across our country are struggling with decreasing enrollments, All Saints has been blessed with a stable and even growing population. Although the choices are many, parents are continuing to make a Catholic education at All Saints a priority for their children. I would assert that many families make this decision because they recognize not simply the academic strength of the school, but most importantly, the beautiful faith environment.

Recently I invited community members to share the “top ten words” they care most about when describing our school. The following is a list of most frequently cited responses that provide insight as to why so many families choose All Saints:

Faith Formation
Hospitality
Academic Excellence
Supportive
Safety
Professional
Community
Compassionate
Service
Friendly

(For those interested in more detail, linked to this week’s letter please find a document that lists the responses of teachers, the PTO Executive Board and attendants at the PTO General Assembly Meeting. This exercise has provided data that will enable us to further optimize our website. For example: When prospective parents search for a Caring + Faith filled + Academic + Catholic School…it is our intention that they be lead directly to All Saints!)

A few words about the Thanksgiving Luncheon…

In an effort to enhance the experience for you and your children, this year we are implementing several new procedures. The following is a list of important points, including a schedule change.

Lunch Sessions:

Grades 6 – 8 11:00 – 11:45
Grades 3 – 5 12:00 – 12:45
Grades K – 2 1:00 – 1:45

Parents are asked to arrive and sign in by the front office 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the lunch time for their child’s grade level. There will be two sign-in tables at the front entrance of the school.

After signing in, parents are asked to report directly to their child’s classroom. The homeroom teacher will provide guidance as to when families should begin to report to the cafeteria for the luncheon.

The kitchen staff is seeking additional volunteers to assist with the following activities: set-up and decorating during the morning and serving food during the luncheon. For more information or to volunteer your time, please contact Mrs. Wendy Matner. (368-4400)

Reminder: Payment for the Thanksgiving Luncheon is due by Thursday, November 19th.

I regret that I will be unable to join you for this wonderful All Saints’ tradition. At the invitation of the diocese, I now serve as a member of the Virginia Catholic Education Association Committee and will be spending the day in Fredericksburg discussing accreditation reports for Catholic schools throughout the state. The kitchen staff has promised to save me a plate and I have assured them of my intent to return to the serving line in future years!

I do, however, look forward to seeing many of you at our annual Casino Night & Auction on Saturday evening. With only a few days remaining before the event, now is the time to make those last minute plans to attend. Tickets are still available for this exciting event and can even be purchased at the door.

Health Update from the Nurse
The Virginia Department of Health reports that Influenza Like Illness (ILI) is beginning to decline for the Northern Virginia area. Here at All Saints Catholic School we continue to have students out ill with ILI, but at a significantly reduced number. We have consistently had more students out ill with the Upper Viral Respiratory illness, Strep Throat, and Sinus/Ear Infections.

The H1N1 Influenza and other ILI is still in our community. I ask that we all continue to be consistent and vigilant with our infection control measures. Please continue to keep your children home until they are better. Even though they may be fever free without medicine for 24 hours, their immune system may need another day or two to rebuild. Continue to have your children get plenty of sleep, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious foods.
With your prayers, please thank God that we have, overall, received good health in our school community!

God Bless and Happy Thanksgiving!
Anita Sniffen R.N.

NJHS Share Your Love Program
The NJHS will sponsor a food drive to benefit SERVE next Wednesday. (Please see the flyer linked at the end of this newsletter for more details about this annual tradition.) The organization is seeking a volunteer parent with a truck to deliver the food to SERVE following the prayer service in the church at 9:30 a.m. For more information about this volunteer opportunity, please contact Mrs. Hammang at 703-368-4400.

Enrollment Survey for Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten Programs 2010-2011
With the demand for Catholic education and the reputation for excellence that our school enjoys, it is important that the office solicit information from current families regarding plans for enrollment in our Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs for the upcoming year. As in the past, we will continue to give first consideration to current school families before reviewing new applications in the spring.

While completion of the enclosed survey does not guarantee enrollment, it is helpful for us to know how many current families plan to apply for these two programs. Even if you have a child currently enrolled in the Pre-Kindergarten program, it is important that you notify us of your interest for next year’s Kindergarten. Please submit all survey responses to the school office by Friday, November 20th.

Chess Club Meeting ~ Thursday, November 19th
All members of the Chess Club are cordially invited to attend the gathering which will take place at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow. This combined session is for all students in the club, grades 1-8.

Calendar Change ~ NJHS Induction Ceremony
Due to a calendar conflict, the National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony, originally scheduled for Friday, February 26th has been changed to Friday, March 5th.

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.

Correction to the Family Directory
The correct e-mail address for the Stangl/Stalker family is: Joannnvm@wmconnect.com.

Manassas Christmas Parade
All Saints Catholic School will once again be participating in the Manassas Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 5th at 10AM in Old Town Manassas. All Saints children are invited to ride on the float. A permission slip is linked to this newsletter and is required for each child. Please return permission slips to the school office by 12/1/09. The meeting place and float number will be distributed once we receive it from the City.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Casino/Auction Night
Only 3 more days until the big event! There are so many fun things planned for the evening. Tickets are still available at the door so it’s not too late. More items come in daily to include box seats at a Washington Nationals game and a pampered Mom package that anyone would love to have. Unfortunately the Christmas Spectacular tickets didn’t work out, but you can still see A Christmas Carol and go to dinner with the 7th grade teachers!

An Evening with St. Nicholas
Join the All Saints community on Friday, December 4th from 6:30pm-8:30pm for an Evening with St. Nicholas and enjoy carols, cookies, and cocoa!

Remember to 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. House of Mercy shoe donation guidelines are : NEW plain colors of tennis shoes- white, blue, black, tan, or brown. No character tennis shoes, please.

For planning purposes, visit the “Evening with St. Nicholas” link at www.allsaintsvaschool.org and RSVP today. Join the PTO for what we hope becomes an annual tradition here at All Saints. To date we have more than 100 people who have already RSVP’d. Thank you!

***Many hands are still needed to help the day of the event for set-up and decorating, beginning around 1:30 in the gym. Donations of cocoa mix and mini- marshmallows are still being accepted. Please contact Gina Michak at (703-330-8099) or ginamichak@gmail.com if you’d like to volunteer and earn “points for parents”. ***

Upcoming Events
Thursday, November 19th ~ Middle School Family Life Presentation #3; Open House (Meeting Room 2/7:00 p.m.); Book Fair (6:00-9:00 p.m.)
Friday, November 20th ~ Blue Ribbon Breakfast for Students who Participated in Community Celebration (following Mass)~ Doughnuts & Juice with the Principal
Saturday, November 21st ~ Casino & Auction Night (Heritage Hunt/6:30 p.m.)
Monday, November 23rd ~ Thanksgiving Luncheon; 2nd Grade Thanksgiving Presentation (FKH/2:00 p.m.)
Tuesday, November 25th ~ No Homework Day in Honor of the Blue Ribbon, courtesy of our Superintendent, Sr. Bernadette McManigal
Wednesday, November 25th ~ Thanksgiving Prayer Service (church/9:30 a.m.); Noon Dismissal
Thursday, November 26th ~ Thanksgiving Holiday
Friday, November 27th ~ Thanksgiving Holiday

Links
Top Ten Words Document ~
http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/WORDSProject1.pdf
NJHS Operation Share Your Love Program Flyer ~
http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/njhs-flyer-11-2009.jpg
Parade Float Permission Slip (due by 12/1/09) ~
http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/2009ChristmasParadePermissionSlip.pdf
Pope John Paul the Great High School e-News ~
http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/enews-november2009.pdf

The Sentinel – Issue 10, Volume 13

Message from the Principal

Last week’s celebration of our Blue Ribbon status was truly heart-warming and memorable. I wish to thank the many families who attended the ceremony on Thursday evening, filling the church to near capacity. The sense of school pride was palpable as Dr. Maureen Dowling, Acting Director of the Department of Education’s Office of Non-public Education, presented a certificate to our school. It was a moment that I know many of us will cherish for years to come.

Such a beautiful celebration would never have been possible without the hard work and dedication of many behind the scenes. I wish to specifically thank our Development Coordinator, Mrs. Janis DeVore, for having served as event chairperson. She managed the many details with finesse and orchestrated a first-class celebration for our community. I also wish to thank the many members of our faculty and staff who shared their special gifts and talents in support of the event. From the elegant student presentation to the design of the program, they generously gave of their time and energy in support of the program. I also wish to thank the many parents who volunteered their efforts in preparing the campus for the event. In the words of Mr. L’Abbe, a member of the maintenance team, our school and campus have never looked better! This is thanks to the many parents who assisted with the beautification project, culminating with the stringing of blue lights on one of the courtyard trees. Thanks to the efforts of our volunteers, the gym was also transformed over a two day period into a beautiful reception space.

It was indeed an evening during which the faith, generosity, hospitality, professionalism and dedication of our community shone brightly. And it is these same attributes that led to our distinction as a Blue Ribbon School! Thank you for being an integral part of our story!

Support for the Merrill Family & St. Bernadette School Community
Two weeks ago Mr. and Mrs. Merrill, parents at St. Bernadette School in Springfield, were tragically killed in an automobile accident. Since that time, several All Saints’ parents have inquired as to how they might be able to provide support to the family. Last week I contacted Mrs. Beeks, Principal of St. Bernadette, to assure her of our support and interest in assisting the Merrill Family. She graciously provided the following information for our community.
Many have asked about making contributions to support Emma, Molly, Margaret and Cate Merrill. Anyone who would like to make a donation to the trust fund for the girls should make a check payable to “Merrill Children Trust ID #276283212,” mailed to the following address:

Navy Federal Credit Union
820 Follin Lane
Vienna, VA 22180

Enrollment Survey for Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten Programs 2010-2011
With the demand for Catholic education and the reputation for excellence that our school enjoys, it is important that the office solicit information from current families regarding plans for enrollment in our Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs for the upcoming year. As in the past, we will continue to give first consideration to current school families before reviewing new applications in the spring.

While completion of the enclosed survey does not guarantee enrollment, it is helpful for us to know how many current families plan to apply for these two programs. Even if you have a child currently enrolled in the Pre-Kindergarten program, it is important that you notify us of your interest for next year’s Kindergarten. Please submit all survey responses to the school office by Friday, November 20th.

School Directories
A copy of the 2009-2010 Directory is being distributed to each family today. As in the past, the directory has been printed through the generous support of sponsors listed in the publication. Please consider these local businesses when shopping for goods and services in the greater Manassas region. Thank you, Mrs. Bruno, for formatting and designing the 09-10 edition of our directory!

Sharing our Blessings ~ A Month of Giving Thanks

ø Operation Turkey ~ Sponsored by NJHS
The National Junior Honor Society will again coordinate a canned food drive to support the efforts of SERVE during the upcoming holiday season. The children will have an opportunity to place their donations in front of the altar in the church during our annual Thanksgiving Prayer Service after which the food will be delivered to SERVE.

ø Placemats for Knights of Columbus Dinner
Students will be designing placemats to be used as part of the annual Knights of Columbus Thanksgiving Luncheon for senior citizens in our community.

ø Turkey Luncheon for School Families
One of the wonderful holiday traditions at All Saints is the annual Thanksgiving Luncheon. As in the past, the cafeteria staff and volunteers will be preparing a full turkey dinner for students and parents on Monday, November 23rd. All order forms for the event are due Thursday, November 19th.

ø Thanksgiving Prayer Service
The students will gather in the church at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 25th for a special Thanksgiving prayer service. All school parents are cordially invited to join us in prayer as we give thanks to God for the many blessings of this past year.

Suggestions for Parent-Teacher Conferences

The following is a list of ideas that may prove helpful as you plan for a successful and productive meeting.

Before the Conference

¨ Arrive on time
¨ Bring a written list of questions or points for discussion
¨ Realize that your child may exhibit different behaviors at school than at home

During the Conference

¨ Ask for examples of your child’s work
¨ Discuss specific strengths & weaknesses of your child as a learner
¨ Ask the teacher for specific ways in which you can help at home
¨ Help set two or three specific goals for your child for the next grading period

After the Conference

¨ Share with your child what the teacher reports
¨ Remember that, as a parent, you are the most important person in your child’s life. Give your child a hug and reassurance following the conference.

Major studies have shown that the most significant factor in a child’s success is parent involvement and support. Please know how gratified the faculty and staff is for your continued interest in working with our school to provide the best educational experience possible for your children. The teachers look forward to sharing their observations of the first quarter and to charting a course for continued growth and progress for your child.

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.

Message from the PTO Treasurer
Dear Parents,
Please keep in mind that all checks written for PTO fundraisers and events should be payable to All Saints Catholic Church unless specifically stated otherwise. Thank you for your continued support of the PTO!
-Christian Cobb

IMPORTANT REMINDERS
Casino Night/Auction
Buy your tickets soon for Casino Night. With such a short week this week we are going to be availabe after Masses this weekend to sell tickets. Get them now or then but don’t miss out on the fun. The auction committee has worked hard to bring you exciting prizes! Bid to win a one week vacation in Williamsburg, Va during the Christmas season or a timeshare week in Mexico, Las Vegas, San Francisco or the Orlando area. You get to choose where & when!! As well as 4 tickets to the Christmas Spectacular at the Verizon Center in a luxury suite! What a great way to usher in the holiday season. Exciting raffle prizes that are great gifts to own yourself or wrap for under the Christmas tree. We’ve covered all of the latest and greatest items; Beatles Rock Band, iPod Nano with video, and Nikon Cool Pix camera! Enjoy putt putt and ice cream with Father Bob and Shutters in the spring or paint pottery at Claytime (it relocated) with our 3rd grade teachers. Our baskets this year are fabulous! Italian dinner with wine, Family Movie Night, Breakfast in Bed and a Christmas themed basket just to name a few. Call the sitter or line up the grandparents but whatever you do, don’t miss out on the FUN!

“An Evening with St. Nicholas”~ It’s a month away, but don’t forget to RSVP online today!
Mark your calendars for this PTO sponsored event on December 4th from 6:30pm-8:30pm! ~ Spend some time with St. Nicholas, whose feast day is December 6, and hear the story of his life. 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. House of Mercy shoe donation guidelines are: NEW plain colors of tennis shoes- white, blue, black, tan, or brown. No character tennis shoes, please.

The PTO looks forward to seeing you for what we hope will become an annual tradition here at All Saints. For planning purposes, please visit the “Evening with St. Nicholas” link at www.allsaintsvaschool.org and RSVP now!
***Many hands will be needed to help the day of the event for set-up, decorating, and clean up. Donations of cocoa mix and mini- marshmallows are also needed. Please contact Gina Michak at (703-330-8099) or ginamichak@gmail.com with questions or if you’d like to volunteer and earn “points for parents”. ***

Dynamic Frames
Orders for Dynamic frames are still available at www.dynamicframes.com. Don’t forget to use our password “ALLSAINTSVA” in the coupon box when checking out to receive 10% off and our school will receive 10%. Orders ship directly to your home. Share this great offer to your friends and family.

Upcoming Events

§ Wednesday, November 11th ~ Veterans’ Day Holiday (no classes)
§ Thursday, November 12th ~ Parent-Teacher Conferences
§ Friday, November 13th ~ Parent-Teacher Conferences
§ Monday, November 16th ~ Spirit Week, sponsored by the SCA (see flyer) and beginning of Book Fair
§ Tuesday, November 17th ~ Middle School Family Life Presentation # 2
§ Wednesday, November 18th ~ 6th Grade Field Trip to Synagogue
§ Thursday, November 19th ~ Middle School Family Life Presentation # 3; Open House (Meeting Room 2/7:00 p.m.)
§ Saturday, November 21st ~ Casino & Auction Night (Heritage Hunt/6:30 p.m.)

Coming Home with Oldest Child Today
¨ School Directory
Coming Home with Each Child Today
¨ Pre-K, Kindergarten & New Student Survey for the 2010-2011 School Year
Sent Home Yesterday with Each Child
¨ Ornament Flyer/Order Form
¨ Spirit Week Flyer

LINKS
¨ Pre-K, Kindergarten & New Student Survey http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/PreK-K-NewStudentSurvey.pdf
¨ Spirit Week Flyer http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/2009/11/10/spirit-week/
¨ SCA Ornament Flyer/Order Form http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/SCAOrnament09.pdf
¨ PTO Fundraising ~ for information on Dynamic Frames http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/pto/fundraisi

The Sentinel – Issue 10, Volume 12

Message from the Principal

To be named a Blue Ribbon School is to join an elite group. Only 6,167 schools have won the award over its quarter-century history. This year, of more than 132,533 U.S. Schools, only 321 earned Blue Ribbons. (2009 Blue Ribbon Schools Program)

It was a privilege and an honor to represent All Saints Catholic School at the National Ceremony for Blue Ribbon Schools. Gathered with educators from around the nation on Monday and Tuesday, it was a tremendous affirmation for our school as well as a celebration of academic excellence. Award in hand, both Mrs. Vice and I left the ceremony with the same impression: our status as a school is forever changed, for All Saints is now recognized as an exemplary institution ~ a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence!

Please join our community as we gather to celebrate this remarkable achievement tomorrow evening beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the church. All school families are cordially invited to attend and participate in this historic event. Following the ceremony there will be a dessert buffet for everyone to enjoy in the gym. Share the pride and be a part of this special celebration in honor of our school!

Report Cards & Parent-Teacher Conferences
Students in grades Kindergarten through eight will receive a report card or progress report next Monday. In preparation for the parent-teacher conferences next week, please take some time to review all of the information provided by the teacher, noting any special areas of success or difficulty. Additionally, I encourage you to speak with your child to determine if there is anything that he or she would like you to address with the teacher. Please feel free to make a list of any questions or concerns that you wish to discuss during the conference. While the time for conferences is somewhat limited, the teachers are committed to addressing the development of your child and welcome any questions you might have. Recognizing that experiences in the home also affect a child’s performance at school, the conference provides an opportunity to discuss any changes in routine, significant events, such as the death of a close relative or pet, or any other occurrences that might be affecting your child’s behavior. The better the teacher understands the specific needs of each of the children, the better he or she will be able to assist them in their learning.
The following is a list of ideas that may prove helpful as you plan for a successful and productive meeting.

Before the Conference

¨ Arrive on time
¨ Bring a written list of questions or points for discussion
¨ Realize that your child may exhibit different behaviors at school than at home
During the Conference
¨ Ask for examples of your child’s work
¨ Discuss specific strengths & weaknesses of your child as a learner
¨ Ask the teacher for specific ways in which you can help at home
¨ Help set two or three specific goals for your child for the next grading period

After the Conference

¨ Share with your child what the teacher reports
¨ Remember that, as a parent, you are the most important person in your child’s life. Give your child a hug and reassurance following the conference.

Major studies have shown that the most significant factor in a child’s success is parent involvement and support. Please know how gratified the faculty and staff is for your continued interest in working with our school to provide the best educational experience possible for your children. The teachers look forward to sharing their observations of the first quarter and to charting a course for continued growth and progress for your child.

Virtue of the Month ~ Gratitude
During the month of November, students will be encouraged to implement the following strategies:
¨ Thank Jesus each day for the sacrifice He made for you. Look at the crucifix and say, “Thank you, Jesus”.
¨ Thank God for your special talents and use them to serve Him every day.
¨ Remember to say “Please” and “Thank you”.
¨ Show gratitude to all of your teachers.
¨ Remember to thank the ladies in the cafeteria for your lunch, milk, or for helping you open your juice box or milk container.
¨ Tell your mom and dad you love them.
¨ Make a special effort to show gratitude to someone in your family each day.
¨ Say “Please” and “Thank you” at home.
¨ Thank a friend for being there for you.
¨ Be a good sport when you play.
¨ Thank God for your life, family, food and home each night.

The Prayer of the Month will be:
Dear Jesus,
We want to thank You for them many gifts You have given us, especially the gift of Yourself.
Accept our acts of courtesy and care as gifts of love to You.
Help us to imitate Your Mother Mary and to give glory to God through our words and actions.
We ask this in Your Holy Name.
Amen.

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.

Free GMU Performance featuring Miss Dalusung!
Each year the George Mason University Music Department performs for local schools the one-act opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors” by Menotti. It is a professional quality production starring the music students at Mason, including our very own Miss Dalusung! This is a work that is included in the 1st and 3rd grade curriculum, and aside from being an excellent introduction to opera, it tells a moving story of a miracle involving a poor family, the Magi, and the Child Jesus. The performances will take place in Harris Theater on the George Mason University Fairfax Campus: Saturday December 5th @ 10 AM, 2 PM, & 8 PM. The performances are free of charge with the request that each family bring one canned good to donate for a holiday basket for the Fairfax homeless shelter.

16th Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon
The 16th Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon will be held on Monday, November 23rd. All parents are cordially invited to come to the school and enjoy this traditional Thanksgiving celebration! All orders must be pre-paid and there will be no cash orders taken at the door. Reservations are required by no later than Thursday, November 19th. For more information and order form, please click on the Thanksgiving Luncheon Letter/Form link at the end of this newsletter.

Casino Night/Auction
Great News! Ticket prices for the auction will remain at $25 and not increase to $30. Buy your tickets now so we can plan accordingly. Raffle tickets are a great way for you to participate in the success of the Casino Night. We count on every family to participate in order to make this event a success. Tickets will be on sale after Masses the next two weekends if you still need to get yours! Invite your neighbors to attend. They will enjoy an evening out and appreciate the time spent with friends.

Manassas Christmas Parade
All Saints Catholic School will once again be participating in the Manassas Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 5th at 10AM in Old Town Manassas. All Saints children are invited to ride on the float. A permission slip is linked to this newsletter and is required for each child. Please return by 12/1/09 to the school office. The meeting place and float number will be distributed once we receive it from the City.

RSVP online today for “An Evening with St. Nicholas”
Mark your calendars for December 4th from 6:30pm-8:30pm! ~ Spend some time with St. Nicholas, whose feast day is Dec. 6. 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”. House of Mercy shoe donation guidelines are: NEW plain colors of tennis shoes- white, blue, black, tan, or brown. No character tennis shoes, please.
We look forward to seeing you for what we hope becomes an annual tradition here at All Saints! For planning purposes, please visit the “Evening with St. Nicholas” link on the website and RSVP now.

Contact Gina Michak- (703-330-8099) or ginamichak@gmail.com with questions or if you’d like to volunteer and earn “points for parents”. Help is needed the day of the event for set-up, decorating, and clean up. Points will also be given for donations of cocoa mix and mini- marshmallows. Contact Gina for details.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Upcoming Events
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; Gold Medal Readers Celebration (1:15 p.m.)
Tuesday, November 10th ~ Veterans’ Day Mass & Reception (8:30 a.m.); Middle School Movie Night
Wednesday, November 11th ~ Veterans’ Day Holiday (no classes)
Thursday, November 12th ~ Parent-Teacher Conferences
Friday, November 13th ~ Parent-Teacher Conferences

Links
¨ Thanksgiving Luncheon Letter/Order Form ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/thanksgiving-lunch09.pdf
¨ Christmas and Permission Slip ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/2009ChristmasParadePermissionSlip.pdf
¨ PVI Players presents The Pink Panther Strikes Again click on the following link for more information. Free admission for 7th and 8th graders who bring the flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/paul-vi-pink-panther.jpg