The Sentinel – Volume 10, Issue 21

Message from the Principal

Last fall one of the school parents shared with me a brief story that in many ways captures the essence of a Catholic school education. On the Feast Day of the Archangels, her two sons came home from school and, bounding through the door, inquired as to whether they would be having a special dinner in honor of the occasion. I find this story very compelling as it speaks not only to their recognition of the feast day, but their sincere desire to celebrate it as a family. Not only did they hear the Good News that day, they felt compelled to live it and share it. This is the true benefit of a Catholic education ~ lives formed in faith!

Next week we join with Catholic schools across our nation to celebrate Catholic Schools Week, an annual occasion during which we highlight our distinct mission and legacy. As in prior years, special activities have been planned for each day of the week. (For a full listing of activities, please see the Catholic Schools Week Activity Calendar which is linked to this week’s newsletter.) A number of the events have been designed to coincide with the Church’s celebration of the Year of the Priest. For example, in addition to honoring the clergy of All Saints, we will be hosting a Vocation Day during which a number of seminarians, clergy members as well as religious will share their vocation story with our students. It is our hope that through this experience the students will both be reminded and encouraged to consider the fact that God may be calling them to a special life of service as a priest or member of a religious community.

Catholic Schools Week will begin with an Open House event on Sunday morning from 8:00 a.m. – noon. Although specifically designed for prospective families, this event provides a wonderful opportunity for current families to tour the school and visit the classrooms. In prior years, the mix of both current and future families has provided a great way for others in our community to learn about our school.

Our celebration will culminate with a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Loverde in recognition of our status as a Blue Ribbon School. Please note: So as to accommodate the bishop’s schedule, the school Mass will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 5th. All school parents are cordially invited to attend this very special liturgy.

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I am pleased to share with you that Mr. Richardson has made great progress in his recovery from surgery and resumed some of his teaching responsibilities on Tuesday. In an effort to provide support to him during his time of recovery, Mrs. Matthews will continue teaching three classes for at least the next two weeks. She will continue to serve as long-term substitute teacher for the Algebra I, 8th Grade Math and 7th Grade Pre-Algebra classes. I am grateful for the expertise and enthusiasm that she brings to the classroom and am confident that the students will continue to advance with her guidance.

I would be remiss if I did not thank Mrs. Mancini for all that she has done for our math program over the course of the last six weeks. She has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to our school and a genuine concern for our students. I am immensely grateful for all of her efforts in maintaining a sense of continuity in our program.

Open House for Prospecitve Teachers ~ COME JOIN US!
Are you interested in teaching for the Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Arlington? There are 43 schools within the Diocese offering instructional programs for all ages from pre-school through high school. Perhaps your certification has expired, or perhaps you are thinking of changing careers or returning to teaching after a period of absence. Do you have questions about qualifications to teach? Would you like to learn more about the mission of teaching in a Catholic School in a nurturing and caring, Christ-centered environment? Please come to one of the following Open Houses for Prospective Teachers scheduled throughout the Diocese and meet with Sister Patricia Helene, IHM, former Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese and current head of the Marymount University Catholic School Leadership Program, and Elizabeth A. Roach, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Personnel from the Diocesan Office of Catholic Schools, to learn more about the opportunities and advantages of teaching in our Catholic Schools. No registration is required.

St. Thomas More Cathedral School Tuesday, February 2, 2010
105 North Thomas Street 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Arlington, VA 22203
703-528-1547

St. Francis of Assisi School Wednesday, February 3, 2010
18825 Fuller Heights Road 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Triangle, VA 22172
703-221-3868

All Saints School Thursday, February 4, 2010
9294 Stonewall Road 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Manassas, VA 20110
703-368-4400

Open House for 2010-2011 School Year
All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, February 11th beginning at 9:00 a.m. All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about the parish school are cordially invited to attend. Following a presentation and introduction at 9:00 a.m., tours of the facility will be provided. For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at (703) 393-1490.

Science Fair Judges ~ 10 More Needed!
Mrs. Hammang, middle school science teacher, is seeking ten more judges to assist with the Science Fair on Thursday, February 18th. Parents and community members with a background in math and/or science are encouraged to contact her directly for more information. (phammang@allsaintsva.org)

Registration Schedule for the New Year
ø Re-Registration for Current Families February 3-12, 2010
ø Registration for New Students February 10-March 3, 2010
(Including siblings for Pre-K & K)

Tuition Assistance Applications
Applications for tuition assistance for the 2010-2011 academic year are available in both English and Spanish at the front office. Again this year the Diocese of Arlington has contracted with FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Company. FACTS has established an on-line application process that can be initiated through the company website (www.factstuitionaid.com.) The deadline for first consideration, for which the majority of diocesan funds are allocated, is Monday, March 15th. Please note: The application must be received by FACTS, not postmarked, by this date. For more information about this program, please see the attached flyer.

Cafeteria Menu Change
Due to the postponement of the Science Fair, the cafeteria will be serving the students lunch on Thursday, Jan. 28th. The lunch for Thursday will be Chili Mac (chili served over macaroni & topped with cheese), Fritos, and Chilled Mixed Fruit.

Are you in need of some Parent Points? ~ Volunteers Needed
Come and help us at the Sunday Open House, January 31 and earn 3 points for every hour you help. Can’t make it? Consider a donation and receive 5 points. The refreshments may be delivered on Friday, January 29th (if they will keep) to the front office or to the Gym on Sunday before 8:30am. If you can’t do either of those times, let us know and we will setup for other arrangements. Set-up begins at 8:00am. We will be there throughout the duration of the Open House.

Clean-up will begin around noon. It is through everyone’s contribution and hard work that makes the Open House such a success.

Some suggestions for the refreshments are: Breakfast breads, cookies, muffins, coffee cake, brownies, fruit and juices These can be homemade or store bought.

Feel free to contact either one of us for any further information. Lilia Fulgencio – lilia.fulgencio@bt.com or
Karina Rodriguez – karyrdz@gmail.com

February Open House Nursery Volunteers Needed
Volunteers are needed to help with the open house nursery on February 11th, 8:45 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Volunteers must be Virtus approved. Anyone wishing to volunteer may contact Carol Rice at 571-261-1008 or by email at ckrice@verizon.net . Volunteers may bring their own younger children if needed.

Spirit News ~ Coming Up!
Come join other All Saints families for ice skating at the Harris Pavilion and/or dinner at Foster’s Grille in Old Town Manassas on Friday, January 29th. Ice skating is from 3 to 6 pm and costs $5 including skate rental. Eat at Foster’s between 4 and 7 pm and 10% of the money will be donated to All Saints School. Everyone is welcome so invite your friends, neighbors, and other All Saints parishioners. Be sure to print and present the flyer when you order your food at Foster’s so that All Saints school will get a portion of the proceeds. The Harris Pavilion and Foster’s Grille are located at 9417 West Street in Old Town Manassas.

As promised, here are the results from the skate party last week at the Skate-N-Fun Zone. We had over 75 paid admissions despite the threat of freezing rain and a good time was had by all.

Red Light Green Light winner – Steven S. runner up – Mikey W.
Laser Tag (First Round) – Girls 154 Boys 125 ~ No races for PreK, Kindergarten, or 1st Grade

2nd Grade Boys winner – Alex K.
Girls winner – Adrienne S.
Girls runner up – Eirian C.
3rd Grade Boys winner – Vincente B.
Girls winner – Natalie C.
4th Grade Boys winner – Walter S.
Boys runner up – Drew D.
Girls winner – Rachel K.
Girls runner up – Kelly C.
5th Grade Boys winner – Armando F.
Boys runner up – Colin E.
Girls winner – Erika S.
6th Grade Boys winner – Brandon M.
Boys runner up – Steven S.
Girls winner – Cara R.
Graduates winner Mikey W.
Adults Men – Walter S.
Women – Jessica K.

Upcoming Events
Friday, January 29th ~ 2nd Quarter Report Cards sent home; Spirit Activity: Ice Skating at the Pavilion (3:00-6:00 p.m.) & Dinner at Fosters (4:00-7:00 p.m.)
Sunday, January 31st ~ Catholic Schools Week Open House, 8:00 – noon
Monday, February 1st ~ Staff Appreciation Day & Ice Cream for Students
Tuesday, February 2nd ~ Priest Appreciation Day; Enrollment Management Team Meeting (FKH/7:00 p.m.); PTO Executive Board Meeting (Jr. Library/7:00 p.m.)
Wednesday, February 3rd ~ Vocation Day
Thursday, February 4th ~ Community Service & Student Appreciation Day (Dress Down Day & No Homework); Diocesan Teacher Information Meeting (music room/1:00 p.m.); Spelling Bee (gym/1:30 p.m.)
Friday, February 5th ~ Teacher Appreciation Day; Mass with the Bishop (10:00 a.m.); Noon Dismissal; Faculty & Staff Luncheon
Saturday, February 6th ~ PTO Pizza & Bingo Night (Knights’ Hall/5:00-9:00 p.m.)

Links
Catholic Schools Week Activity Calendar ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/2010/01/27/catholic-schools-week-event-schedule/
Spirit Event Flyers – Ice Skating and Fosters ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/2010-01-29FostersandIceSkating.jpg
Pope John Paul the Great High School e-NewsUpdate ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/e-NewsUpdate-January212010.pdf

The Sentinel – Volume 10, Issue 20

Message from the Principal

In the days following the earthquake in Haiti, several of the children at All Saints approached me with ideas as to how our community can provide support to those in need. Moved by the tragedy unfolding before their eyes through news reports, they were compelled to step forward to make a difference. I am so proud of their generosity and initiative.

As a Catholic school community, the catastrophe in Haiti is an important teachable moment in the lives of our children. Through meaningful outreach they can join with the international community currently providing aid and at the same time, know that they, in their own way are connected and contributing. With the stories and images surrounding us each day, it is important that the children have an opportunity to become involved, thereby helping them to process and participate in this time of crisis. Most importantly, in doing so, they will be living the Gospel message.

Our pastor, Fr. Cilinski, has outlined the ways that our parish will work together to provide earthquake relief. I invite the children to participate through these same three activities:

Prayer ~ We will continue to remember the people of Haiti in our daily prayers and during our school Masses.

Financial Contributions ~ Several years ago All Saints Catholic School raised money during the season of Advent to help fund the purchase of electricity for the L’ouverture Cleary School in Haiti. Some of you may recall the small wooden schoolhouse on display in the entrance to the gym. As the students deposited their contributions in the schoolhouse, the lights literally burned brighter and brighter. This same schoolhouse will be on display beginning this week, providing the students an opportunity to make personal contributions to the relief effort. By making individual sacrifices, such as donating their ice cream or pretzel money, the children can experience a very personal connection with the relief effort. The funds collected will be forwarded to Catholic Relief Services.

Donations of Supplies ~ The students are invited to donate soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hand cleaner, summer clothing and flat shoes. These items will be forwarded to Dr. Irwin and the Medical Missionaries who will be providing direct medical assistance at the end of January. Boxes for these donations will be placed in the new breezeway and at the front office, courtesy of the Student Council Association.

March for Life
On Friday, January 22nd the students of All Saints will join their prayers with the thousands who will gather in Washington, D.C. at the annual March for Life. As a school community we will pray for an end to abortion and for an increase in respect for the sanctity of life at all stages in our society. While children who wish to attend the March for Life with their parents will be marked as absent, please know that this absence will not affect a child who otherwise would earn “Perfect Attendance” at the close of the year. If your child will be attending the March, please notify his or her teacher via a note by the end of this week.

Lock-Down Drill
The second drill for the year will occur on Friday, January 22nd at 10:30 a.m. (Please note: This drill has been scheduled for several weeks and is not in response to any concerns specific to All Saints. Rather, it is another exercise by which we maintain a state of preparedness should the need ever arise to secure the facility and safeguard the children.)

Open House for 2010-2011 School Year
All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents tomorrow beginning at 9:00 a.m. All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about the parish school are cordially invited to attend. Following a presentation and introduction at 9:00 a.m., tours of the facility will be provided. For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at (703) 393-1490.

VIRTUS Update
The diocese requires volunteers who have completed the four hour VIRTUS training to attend an annual update entitled Keeping the Promise Alive. This 30 minute video training is a prerequisite for volunteering in the school. The next training session will take place tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. in Meeting Room 1. (Please note: Those volunteers who attended the VIRTUS update session during the fall semester need not attend. This session is specifically for those who viewed the 30 minute training last winter or who have not yet participated in the follow up training. Should you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Janet Smith, VIRTUS coordinator, at 703-368-4500.)

Registration Schedule for the New Year
ø Re-Registration for Current Families February 1-12, 2010
ø Registration for New Students February 10-March 3, 2010
(Including siblings for Pre-K & K)

Tuition Assistance Applications
Applications for tuition assistance for the 2010-2011 academic year are available in both English and Spanish at the front office. Again this year the Diocese of Arlington has contracted with FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Company. FACTS has established an on-line application process that can be initiated through the company website (www.factstuitionaid.com.) The deadline for first consideration, for which the majority of diocesan funds are allocated, is Monday, March 15th. Please note: The application must be received by FACTS, not postmarked, by this date. For more information about this program, please see the attached flyer.

Important Reminder ~ today is Gianni’s Pick-Up Day!
Gianni’s products will be available for pick up TODAY ~ Wednesday, January 20th from 2:30-7:00 in the school gym. Please make arrangements to pick up your items during this timeframe. Thank you for your support. If you would like to volunteer and help with distribution please contact Siobhan Tabor at 703-361-4532.

PTO NEWS
The by-laws have been amended to reflect four PTO General Assembly Meetings per school year. Please follow the link ( http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/pto/bylaws-amendment/ ) to cast your vote on the new amendment. If you have any questions, please contact Joan Coleman at jcoleman02@comcast.net or (703) 368-7989.

Family Pizza and Bingo Night
The PTO sponsored Family Pizza and Bingo Night will be held Saturday, February 6that 5:00pm in the Knights of Columbus Hall. Please click on the link below for a flyer with more information and the pre-order pizza/bingo form. If you have any questions, please contact Linda Gaynord at lbgaynord@aol.com or 703-393-1430. Pre-order pizza/bingo forms are due your child’s teacher by Friday, January 29th.

Spirit News
Reminder, the roller skating party at the Skate-N-Fun Zone is tomorrow night, January 21st from 6 to 8:30 pm. This is a fun night out for the whole family. Join us for lots of skating and exercise. Test your skills in the limbo contest or against your fellow classmates in the skating races. The winners of these events will be published in the school newsletter next week. The cost is $3.75 for admission, $3.75 for skate rental (personal skates with brakes welcome). Also available are the moon bounce for $2 and Laser Tag for $2. Need an easy dinner? A large pizza and a pitcher of soda is $13.99. Easily earn 5 Points for Parents. Call Holly Crocker at 703 330-8329 and volunteer as a chaperone for the event. The Skate-N-Fun Zone is located at 7878 Sudley Road in Manassas across from the Kmart shopping center.

Coming Up! ~ Come join other All Saints families for ice skating at the Harris Pavilion and/or dinner at Foster’s Grille in Old Town Manassas on Friday, January 29th. Ice skating is from 3 to 6 pm and costs $5 including skate rental. Eat at Foster’s between 4 and 7 pm and 10% of the money will be donated to All Saints School. Everyone is welcome so invite your friends, neighbors, and other All Saints parishioners. Be sure to say that you’re with All Saints when you order your food at Foster’s so that we will get credit. The Harris Pavilion and Foster’s Grille are located at 9417 West Street in Old Town Manassas.

Upcoming Events
Wednesday, January 20th ~ Gianni’s Pizza Pick-up (Gym Lobby/2:30-7:00 p.m.)
Thursday, January 21st ~ Open House (FKH/9:00 a.m.); Adoration & Benediction (2:15 p.m.); VIRTUS Update Training (Meeting Room 1 @ 2:00 p.m.); Skate Party at Skate & Fun Zone (6:00-8:30 p.m.)
Friday, January 22nd ~ School Mass (8:30 a.m.); Lock-Down Drill (10:30 a.m); Middle School “Demerit Free” Breakfast (9:30 a.m.); End of 2nd Quarter; Noon Dismissal (Report Card Prep); Deadline for Applications to Catholic High Schools
Monday, January 25th ~ Holiday ~ Teacher Professional Development Day
Friday, January 29th ~ 2nd Quarter Report Cards sent home; Spirit Activity: Ice Skating at the Pavilion (3:00-6:00 p.m.) & Dinner at Fosters (4:00-7:00 p.m.)

Links
PTO Bylaws Voting Link ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/pto/bylaws-amendment/
Family Pizza/Bingo Night Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/bingo-flyer-2010.pdf
Spirit Event Flyers – Skate-N-Fun Zone and Fosters ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/2010-01-29FostersandIceSkating.jpg

The Sentinel – Volume 10, Issue 19

Message from the Principal

One of the wonderful qualities of our school is the high level of energy and enthusiasm that surrounds our programs. From the continued pursuit of excellence by teachers and students to the generosity of our PTO and parent volunteers, All Saints is an exciting place to be.

This week I wish to draw your attention to an innovative strategy now being utilized in the library. Integrating technology and literacy, Mrs. Coyle and Mrs. Geary have launched Book Chatter, a series of podcasts featuring students of All Saints. Already, three volunteer students have recorded brief reviews of a favorite book. These reviews are posted on our school website for parents and students to enjoy. This is just one more example of how All Saints is committed to providing a first-class educational experience for students of the 21st Century!

And speaking of academic excellence, I wish to congratulate Brian Owings for winning first place in last week’s National Geography Bee. He will now complete a written exam to determine his eligibility for participation in the state-wide competition. I also want to congratulate Nichole Bill for achieving runner-up status in the event. I am proud of all of the students who represented their homeroom classes in what has become a much anticipated academic tournament at All Saints.

March for Life
On Friday, January 22nd the students of All Saints will join their prayers with the thousands who will gather in Washington, D.C. at the annual March for Life. As a school community we will pray for an end to abortion and for an increase in respect for the sanctity of life at all stages in our society. While children who wish to attend the March for Life with their parents will be marked as absent, please know that this absence will not affect a child who otherwise would earn “Perfect Attendance” at the close of the year. If your child will be attending the March, please notify his or her teacher via a note by the end of this week.

Lock-Down Drill
The second drill for the year will occur on Friday, January 22nd at 10:30 a.m. (Please note: This drill has been scheduled for several weeks and is not in response to any concerns specific to All Saints. Rather, it is another exercise by which we maintain a state of preparedness should the need ever arise to secure the facility and safeguard the children.)

Open House for 2010-2011 School Year
All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, January 21st beginning at 9:00 a.m. All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about the parish school are cordially invited to attend. Following a presentation and introduction at 9:00 a.m., tours of the facility will be provided. For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at (703) 393-1490.

VIRTUS Update
The diocese requires volunteers who have completed the four hour VIRTUS training to attend an annual update entitled Keeping the Promise Alive. This 30 minute video training is a prerequisite for volunteering in the school. The next training session will take place on Thursday, January 21st beginning at 2:00 p.m. in Meeting Room 1. (Please note: Those volunteers who attended the VIRTUS update session during the fall semester need not attend. This session is specifically for those who viewed the 30 minute training last winter or who have not yet participated in the follow up training. Should you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Janet Smith, VIRTUS coordinator, at 703-368-4500.)

Registration Schedule for the New Year

ø Re-Registration for Current Families February 1-12, 2010
ø Registration for New Students February 10-March 3, 2010
(Including siblings for Pre-K & K)

Tuition Assistance Applications
Applications for tuition assistance for the 2010-2011 academic year are available in both English and Spanish at the front office. Again this year the Diocese of Arlington has contracted with FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Company. FACTS has established an on-line application process that can be initiated through the company website (www.factstuitionaid.com.) The deadline for first consideration, for which the majority of diocesan funds are allocated, is Monday, March 15th. Please note: The application must be received by FACTS, not postmarked, by this date. For more information about this program, please see the attached flyer.

Vocations Awareness Week
This week All Saints joins schools throughout our diocese in celebrating Vocations Awareness Week. This annual event provides students an opportunity to both reflect upon the fact that God is calling each of them to a particular vocation and to offer prayers of support for those who have answered the call to a life of service as priests, deacons, brothers or sisters. To encourage greater awareness of this celebration, All Saints is participating in the Vocation Spiritual Olympics. This week students are earning points through prayers or sacrifices that they offer, each aligned with a particular Winter Olympic Sport. At the conclusion of the week, All Saints will submit to the diocese the total number of points achieved by our school and in the coming weeks we will recognize the students in our program with the highest number of points earned. For more information about this program, please follow the link to Vocation Spiritual Olympics.

Bishop Paul S. Loverde to Celebrate Blue Ribbon Mass
In September 2009, the U.S. Department of Education announced its selection of All Saints Catholic School as a 2009 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. We are very pleased to announce that Bishop Paul S. Loverde will celebrate a special Mass with the All Saints community in honor of this achievement. Our All Saints Catholic School Blue Ribbon Mass will be held during Catholic Schools Week on Friday, February 5, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. All are welcome to join us as we celebrate together with Bishop Loverde and the All Saints school and parish community.

Spirit News
We have a new event this Saturday, January 16th. Shop at the Green Kids Consignment Store anytime between 10 am and 7 pm and 10% of the proceeds will be donated to All Saints School. This is their Grand Opening. Please print the flyer attached to this newsletter or from the school’s website and present it at the time of sale for the school to receive credit. Green Kids is located in Bristow in the Harris Teeter shopping center at the corner of Rt. 28 and Linton Hall Road.
Mark your calendar, the roller skating party at the Skate-N-Fun Zone is on Thursday night, January 21st from 6 to 8:30 pm. This is a fun night out for the whole family. Join us for lots of skating and exercise. Test your skills in the limbo contest or against your fellow classmates in the skating races. The winners of these events will be published in the school newsletter. The cost is $3.75 for admission, $3.75 for skate rental (personal skates with brakes welcome). Also available are the moon bounce for $2 and Laser Tag for $2. Need an easy dinner? A large pizza and a pitcher of soda is $13.99. Easily earn 5 Points for Parents. Call Holly Crocker at 703 330-8329 and volunteer as a chaperone for the event. The Skate-N-Fun Zone is located at 7878 Sudley Road in Manassas across from the Kmart shopping center.

PVI Summer Basketball Camps
Paul VI Summer Basketball Camps for Boys & Girls: June 21 – 25 / July 12 – 16 / July 26 -30. The July 12 – 16 camp will take place at St Leo the Great. $190.00 per camper. Camp is for rising 3rd – 9th graders. Discounted rates offered for attending 2 or all 3 camps. Please contact Scott Allen at coachsallen@aol.com for further information and registration.
St Leo the Great Mini Hoopster Camps for Boys & Girls: June 28 – July 1 / July 19 – 22. Boys 9 am – 12 pm / Girls 1 pm – 4 pm. $100.00 per camper. Camp is for rising 1st – 3rd graders from all schools. Please contact Scott Allen at coachsallen@aol.com for further information and registration.

Upcoming Events
Wednesday, January 13th ~ Evening of Prayer for 2nd & 8th Grade Parents (church/7:00-8:00 p.m.); Confirmation Retreat Meeting for Parents (8:00-8:30 p.m.)
Thursday, January 14th ~ School Council Meeting ~ cancelled
Friday, January 15th ~ School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
Monday, January 18th ~ Holiday ~Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday
Wednesday, January 20th ~ Gianni’s Pizza Pick-up (Gym Lobby/2:30-7:00 p.m.)
Thursday, January 21st ~ Open House (FKH/9:00 a.m.); Adoration & Benediction (2:15 p.m.); VIRTUS Update Training (Meeting Room 1 @ 2:00 p.m.); Skate Party at Skate & Fun Zone (6:00-8:30 p.m.)
Friday, January 22nd ~ School Mass (8:30 a.m.); Lock-Down Drill (10:30 a.m); Middle School “Demerit Free” Breakfast (9:30 a.m.); End of 2nd Quarter; Noon Dismissal (Report Card Prep); Deadline for Applications to Catholic High Schools

Links
¨ Vocation Spiritual Olympics ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/National-Vocations-Week2010.pdf
¨ Skate Party Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/2010-01-21-Skate-Party-Flyer.jpg
¨ Green Kids Event Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/2010-01-16-Green-Kids.jpg
¨ PVI Athletic Close Up Night ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/pvi-athletic-close-up.pdf

The Sentinel – Volume 10, Issue 18

Message from the Principal

Happy New Year! I hope that you enjoyed a beautiful celebration of Christmas, made all the more memorable by the historic snowstorm.

In accordance with diocesan policy regarding inclement weather, our school is required to make-up the first five “snow days” that occur during the year. As announced last spring, these days will be rescheduled during the week of Easter. (In recent years the make-up days have been added to the end of the year. In consideration of the fact that the final day of school without any inclement weather is Wednesday, June 16th, an alternate option was identified by a faculty committee last year when it was realized that adding days to the end of the year may have resulted in our final day occurring on Wednesday, June 23rd.) Subsequently, Thursday, April 8th and Friday, April 9th will serve as our first two make-up days. In the event of additional inclement weather, Wednesday April 7th would serve as our third day and Tuesday, April 6th would serve as the fourth. Monday, April 5th will be reserved for the Easter holiday with the fifth day, if necessary, added to the end of the year.

Virtue of the Month Program ~ Compassion (Caring)
For some children, KINDNESS might be a good way to explain this virtue.
Pray for those people who are hungry or homeless.
Give money to the poor box in church from your own allowance.
Give food or clothing to those in need.
Help at home without being asked.
Keep your room neat and orderly to help your parents.
Make a pretty card or write a cheerful letter to someone who is sick or in a nursing home.
Listen quietly when your friend is upset or angry and needs to talk.
Visit relatives, neighbors, or friends that are sick.
Include new students in your games. Introduce them to your friends.
If someone doesn’t understand a lesson or a game, offer to teach them. Do not make fun of them.
Make someone laugh when they are feeling sad.
Be kind to everyone you meet.

Prayer of the Month
Prayer for Compassion
O Father, give us the compassion you want us to have and teach us to embrace each other with compassionate arms, no matter what our age, color, history, or belief. Help us to remember that you are Life Itself, and that you are using every one of our unique gifts to bring us together with you once again. Amen.

Open House for 2010-2011 School Year
All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, January 21st beginning at 9:00 a.m. All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about the parish school are cordially invited to attend. Following a presentation and introduction at 9:00 a.m., tours of the facility will be provided. For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at (703) 393-1490.

VIRTUS Update
The diocese requires volunteers who have completed the four hour VIRTUS training to attend an annual update entitled Keeping the Promise Alive. This 30 minute video training is a prerequisite for volunteering in the school. The next training session will take place on Thursday, January 21st beginning at 2:00 p.m. in Meeting Room 1. (Please note: Those volunteers who attended the VIRTUS update session during the fall semester need not attend. This session is specifically for those who viewed the 30 minute training last winter or who have not yet participated in the follow up training. Should you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Janet Smith, VIRTUS coordinator, at 703-368-4500.)

Stewardship Envelopes
This week we will distribute stewardship envelopes for the new calendar year. We invite you to take some time to discuss with your children the importance of sharing their time, talent and treasure with those in need each week. While we traditionally think of these envelopes as the means by which financial contributions are made to the church, please note that this is only one aspect of the program. On the back of each envelope is a place for each child to indicate what they have done for God each week. It is our hope that all of the students in the school will see this as an opportunity, regardless of age or grade, to help build the Kingdom of God through charitable deeds and generosity on a weekly basis.

Registration Schedule for the New Year

ø Re-Registration for Current Families February 1-12, 2010
ø Registration for New Students February 10-March 3, 2010
(Including siblings for Pre-K & K)

Tuition Assistance Applications
Applications for tuition assistance for the 2010-2011 academic year are available in both English and Spanish at the front office. Again this year the Diocese of Arlington has contracted with FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Company. FACTS has established an on-line application process that can be initiated through the company website (www.factstuitionaid.com.) The deadline for first consideration, for which the majority of diocesan funds are allocated, is Monday, March 15th. Please note: The application must be received by FACTS, not postmarked, by this date. For more information about this program, please see the attached flyer.

Cafeteria News
The dessert on the lunch menu for next Tuesday, Jan. 12th will be changed to include a funnel cake instead of a brownie as originally scheduled. Those students who do not wish to order the school lunch will be given the opportunity to purchase a funnel cake for $0.75. All of the proceeds will be donated to the 8th grade graduation fund. Due to this change, there will be no soft pretzel or ice cream sales this day.

Running Club ~ Running Club will begin on Wednesday, January 20th.

Open House for Prospecitve Teachers ~ COME JOIN US!
Are you interested in teaching for the Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Arlington? There are 43 schools within the Diocese offering instructional programs for all ages from pre-school through high school. Perhaps your certification has expired, or perhaps you are thinking of changing careers or returning to teaching after a period of absence. Do you have questions about qualifications to teach? Would you like to learn more about the mission of teaching in a Catholic School in a nurturing and caring, Christ-centered environment? Please come to one of the following Open Houses for Prospective Teachers scheduled throughout the Diocese and meet with Sister Patricia Helene, IHM, former Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese and current head of the Marymount University Catholic School Leadership Program, and Elizabeth A. Roach, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Personnel from the Diocesan Office of Catholic Schools, to learn more about the opportunities and advantages of teaching in our Catholic Schools. No registration is required.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
|St. Thomas More Cathedral School
105 North Thomas Street
Arlington, VA 22203
703-528-1547

Wednesday, February 3, 2010:  1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
St. Francis of Assisi School
18825 Fuller Heights Road
Triangle, VA 22172
703-221-3868

Thursday, February 4, 2010: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
All Saints School
9294 Stonewall Road
Manassas, VA 20110
703-368-4400

Open House Nursery Volunteers Needed
Volunteers are needed to help with the open house nursery on January 21st and February 11th, 8:45 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Volunteers must be Virtus approved. Anyone wishing to volunteer may contact Carol Rice at 571-261-1008 or by email at ckrice@verizon.net . Volunteers may bring their own younger children if needed.

Personal Finance Seminar
The Adult Education Ministry will present its winter personal finance seminars during February and March, 2010. The 6-session seminars are free and are designed to assist married/engaged couples and single adults in managing their personal finances.

The seminars are based on the Veritas Financial Ministries popular 7 Steps to Financial Freedom series and incorporate Catholic principles of Personal finance throughout the curriculum.

Two introductory sessions to explain the course offerings and the schedule of classes will be offered: Tues. January 19 at 7pm in Room 2 and Thurs. January 21 at 7pm in Room 2.

All married/engaged couples and single adults are invited. Start your new year off by getting your financial affairs in order!

For further information please contact: Norm Desmarais at 703 791 4051 / desmarais6@verizon.net or Chris McConnell at 703 361 4238 / cmcconnell22@comcast.net . http://veritasfinancialministries.com/

Upcoming Events
Friday, January 8th ~ National Geography Bee (Gym/9:45 a.m.); Noon Dismissal (Faculty Meeting)
Wednesday, January 13th ~ Evening of Prayer for 2nd & 8th Grade Parents (church/7:00-8:00 p.m.);
Confirmation Retreat Meeting for Parents (8:00-8:30 p.m.)
Thursday, January 14th ~ School Council Meeting ~ cancelled
Monday, January 18th ~ Holiday ~ Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday