Message from the Principal
This week our Church celebrates the greatest mystery of our faith ~ the Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord and Savior. As a school community, we prepare for our journey into the three holiest days of the year, the Triduum, through prayer and tradition.
Beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, the students and faculty will gather in the church for our annual Holy Thursday Prayer Service. After listening to Scripture readings and reflecting on the example of Jesus, each of the children will participate in the “hand-washing” ceremony that has become a long-standing tradition in our school.
Following the prayer service, the students will gather in the gym for the 7th grade portrayal of the Passion Play. Through music and dramatic presentation, middle school students will prayerfully re-enact Christ’s passion and death. As the students depart the gym in silence following the presentation, the tone is set for their continued reflection and prayer over the course of the coming days.
All parents and guardians are cordially invited to join us in prayer and to witness these beautiful school traditions.
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A number of years ago I was given a copy of a poem entitled Two Mothers that I have found to be very stirring, particularly this time of year. I share it with you this week as we together continue to ponder the great mysteries of Christ’s love for us. On behalf of the faculty and staff, I wish each of you a blessed Holy Week and joyous celebration of Easter.
Long, long ago so I’ve been told,
Two Angels met on the streets of gold.
“By the stars in your crown,” said one to the other,
“I see that on earth you, too, were a mother.”
“Ah, yes I once had a son,
A sweet little lad full of laughter and fun.”
“But tell of your son…”
“Oh, I knew I was blessed
From the moment I held him close to my breast,
And my heart almost burst with the joy of that day.”
“Ah, yes,” said the other, “I feel the same way.”
The first woman continued, “the first step he took,
So timid and careful, that sweet startled look
That came over his face…He trusted me so.”
“Ah yes,” said the other, “How well do I know.”
“But soon he had grown to a tall
So patient and kind that it gave me great joy.
Just to have him walk down the street by my side.”
“Ah, yes,” cried the other, “I felt the same pride.”
“How often I shielded and spared him from pain,
And when he for others was so cruelly slain,
When they crucified Him and spit in His face,
How gladly would I have died in His place.”
A moment of silence…
“Ah, then you are she, the mother of Christ,”
And she fell on one knee.
But the blessed one raised her and drawing her near,
Kissed from the cheek of the woman, a tear.
“Tell of your son, the one you loved so,
That I may share with you your grief and your woe.”
She raised her eyes and looked straight at the other
And said, “He was Judas Iscariot…I am his mother.”
Important Reminder: Easter Holiday Revised ~ Make Up Days
Due to the inclement weather during February, All Saints will be open on Thursday, April 8th and Friday, April 9th. These two days will fulfill the requirement for us to make up days lost to instructional time due to inclement weather.
Summer Uniform Transition ~ REVISED
The transition to summer uniforms will take place on Thursday, April 8th ~ the first day of school following Easter ~ rather than Monday, April 12th as previously announced.
Terra Nova Testing Countdown ~ 3 Weeks!
As the week of standardized testing approaches, parents are asked to avoid scheduling appointments from Monday, April 19th – Tuesday, April 27th so that each student may participate in the testing as scheduled.
National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony
Congratulations to the following students who were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society last Friday afternoon. In addition to meeting the academic criteria for admission, these students have demonstrated the qualities upon which the Society is founded: character, scholarship, leadership, service and citizenship. Of particular note is the large number of students who met the criteria for membership in this society. Our school community can rejoice in the fact that so many students are achieving such high levels of academic success and service.
We thank Dr. Gil Irwin, founder of the Medical Missionaries, for serving as the keynote speaker. He provided a sterling example of the difference that one person can make when he or she chooses to live a life of service for others.
Field Day Announced
Field Day for grades K-8 will be held on the grounds of Linton Hall School on Monday, June 7th beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Mass with Bishop Loverde ~ Rescheduled.
The mass in celebration of our school’s recognition as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 13th at 10:00 a.m. We are pleased to welcome Bishop Loverde who has graciously offered to reschedule the Mass after the first one was cancelled due to the blizzard. All school families and friends are cordially invited to join us for this special time of prayer and thanksgiving.
VIRTUS Update Training Sessions
One of the diocesan requirements regarding the safe environment initiative is that of annual VIRTUS training. Through attendance at the 30 minute video training, faculty, staff and volunteers alike are reminded of important practical measures that we can implement to maintain a safe environment. Those who have not yet attended the VIRTUS update training ~ or did so during the winter/spring of 2009 ~ are required to attend one of the sessions in order to maintain full compliance with the program and eligibility for volunteering. While there is no need to register on-line for this session, for planning purposes please contact Mrs. Janet Smith, VIRTUS coordinator, to confirm your plans to attend.
The VIRTUS update trainings will occur on the following dates: Thursday, April 15th 8:30 a.m. (FKH)
Monday, April 26th 7:00 p.m. (Library)
Many of our current families learned about the value of an All Saints education through a personal reference from an existing school family. Again this year we would like to reward you for promoting the school to your family and friends! Through theNew Student Referral Program, your family can receive a $200.00 tuition credit for referring a new family to All Saints Catholic School. For more information about this program, please see the attached flyer. Help to spread the word about the success and tradition of All Saints Catholic School!
Race For Education Volunteer Opportunities
Spring is here and our 5th Annual Race for Education is just around the corner. Last year’s Race for Education was outstanding! We made approximately $40,000 and we are hoping to do the same this year. Once again, we are in need of a number of volunteers to help process the monies that will soon be coming in. Please click on the link below for the volunteer sign up form.
Spotlight Drama & Art Summer Camps!
Instruction provided by professionally trained Catholic artists who offer courses in drama, musical theatre, and art:
Locations: All Saints in Manassas and St. Mark in Vienna… last 2 weeks in July 2010
* Drama Bootcamp for rising K through 9th grade… acting, games, improv, movement, drama skills, etc
* Camp Broadway for rising 3rd through 12th grade… singing, dancing, acting, theatrical skills, beginner to advanced
* Art Explorer Camp for rising 3rd through 5th grade… paiting, sculpting, three dimensional, variant mediums, etc
* Arts & Crafts Fun Camp for rising K through 2nd grade… multitude of projects, crafts, and art for younger artists
To get the brochure on-line go to http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=SpotlightontheArtsCamps2010.pdf or contact Rob Tessier, Camp Director, at email@example.com or 703-393-2141. Early Bird Discounts Available!
PVI ~ Preview to High School ~A Special Invitation to Parents of 6th & 7th Grade Students
Come explore the merits of a Catholic High School Education
Thursday, April 29, 2010, 7:00 PM
Meet our Principal, Administration, Faculty and Students
Get a jump start on your future ~ See for yourself what makes PVI a special place.
Coming up! ~ Celebrate the Easter Week holiday with good food and a friendly atmosphere at Applebee’s anytime between April 8th and the 11th and from 11 am and 12 midnight. Invite your friends, neighbors, and other parishioners for a nice dinner out. Everyone is welcome! Bring the flyer available on the school’s website and the school will receive 20% of your purchase. Applebee’s is located at 9501 Liberia Ave, Manassas, VA 20110. “There’s no place like the Neighborhood.” Click the link below for the flyer.
Thursday, April 1st Holy Thursday
Prayer Service (church/9:30 a.m.)
7th Grade Passion Play (gym/10:45 a.m.)
End of 3rd Quarter
Friday, April 2nd Holiday ~ Good Friday
Monday, April 5th Holiday
Tuesday, April 6th Holiday
Wednesday, April 7th Holiday
Thursday, April 8th Classes Resume ~ Snow Day Make up Day #1
Transition to Summer Uniforms
Friday, April 9th Snow Day Make up Day #2
Tuesday, April 13th Enrollment Management Team Meeting (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)
Thursday, April 15th VIRTUS Update Training (FKH/8:30 a.m.)
3rd Quarter Report Cards sent home
Saturday, April 17th 8th Grade Confirmation (10:00 a.m.)
- Race for Education Volunteer Sign-Up ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/03/race-for-education-volunteer-2010.pdf
- Spirit Applebee’s Event Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/03/2010-4-8Applebees.jpg
- CYO Spring Track Meet Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/03/cyo-spring-track.jpg
- Spotlight on the Arts Brochure ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=SpotlightontheArtsCamps2010.pdf
- JP the Great e-News ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/03/e-NewsUpdate-3192010.pdf