The Sentinel – Volume 10, Issue 29

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

Handsome boy,

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.


7th Grade

Kaitlin A.

Grace B.

Shannon B.

Gwendolyn B.

Nicholas E.

Rochelle E.

Samantha E.

Patrick F.

Victoria G.

Monica G.

Meredith H.

Quentin L.

Maura M.

Christine M.

Cormak O.

Alexander O.

Brian O.

Carline R.

Olivia R.

Alexandra S.

David S.

Colson S.

Jessica W.

Matthew W.

8th Grade

Robert B.

Hayden B.

Alyssa J.

Isabella M.

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 tessier@allsaintsva.org 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.

Spirit News

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.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 1st Holy Thursday

Prayer Service (church/9:30 a.m.)

7th Grade Passion Play (gym/10:45 a.m.)

Noon Dismissal

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.)

Links

The Sentinel – Volume 10, Issue 28

Message from the Principal

This week I wish to share with you important news about changes in staffing for the upcoming school year.  Mr. Richardson, middle school math teacher, has decided that he will not return to teach at All Saints next year.  While he continues to recover from surgery and remains in good health at this time, he has decided to pursue other opportunities during the 2010-2011 academic year.

I am pleased to announce that Miss Joanna McCullough will be the new middle school math teacher at All Saints beginning in August.  During the current year, she has served as fourth grade teacher and, as such, is already familiar with diocesan and school procedures.  As you may recall, Miss McCullough joined the All Saints faculty last summer after graduating from Franciscan University with an undergraduate degree in education and a concentration in middle school math and social studies. After speaking with and interviewing a number of candidates, I recognize Miss McCullough as the best candidate and the one who will take the program to new heights.  Her mastery of the curriculum, coupled with her demonstrated ability to engage all of the learners in her classroom, will further advance the program and our students’ understanding of math.

I am equally pleased to share with you that Miss Michele Ritner will be assuming the role of 4th grade teacher for the upcoming year.  Miss Ritner, a graduate of All Saints Catholic School and a former long-term substitute teacher in our program, is also already well acquainted with our mission and culture.  She is currently completing her student teaching experience in the Prince William County School system and will be graduating with a Masters in Education from James Madison University later this spring.  It is a great joy for our school community to be able to welcome back one of our former students as she begins her career in education!

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Last month I met with several students in our fifth grade program regarding their idea for raising money in support of earthquake relief in Haiti.  I was inspired by their thoughtfulness and their commitment to making a difference.  The following is a message they have written to be shared with the school community.  Additional details regarding their sale of bracelets can be found on the attached flyer and order form.

Students are encouraged to purchase and wear the Haiti Bracelets throughout the season of Easter, a time during which we celebrate new life and the hope which is found in the Resurrection of our Savior.

Hope for Haiti Bracelets: My name is Josephine and I am a student in 5B. My friends, Alison, Katie, Megan, and I are trying to raise money to support and rebuild Haiti. We want to help end the pain and suffering caused by the earthquake. We will be selling “Haiti” bracelets for $2.00. All of the money we make will be sent to Catholic Relief Services’ “Helping Hands for Haiti” fund. We hope that you will contribute to this cause. The order forms will be due on March 31st.   May God Bless.

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And speaking of acts of kindness….Included with this week’s newsletter are photos from a recent event hosted by 6th grade families.  Although the gathering was not a school-sponsored event, the fact that more than a dozen of our middle school students gathered together to sort donations for the Medical Missionaries and to enjoy each others company is indeed a wonderful story. Thank you to those parents who organized this effort, providing the students an opportunity to foster school spirit while working together to make a difference for others.  I am very proud of these students for their generosity and goodness!

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.

PTO Executive Board ~ Nomination Process

Attached to this week’s newsletter is a message from the PTO Nomination Committee outlining both the job descriptions and process associated with the annual election of PTO officers.  All parents are encouraged to review this information and to consider possible participation as leaders of the PTO.

3rd Grade Holy Week Recorder Concert & Presentation!

Wednesday March 31, 2010 12:45- 1:15 p.m. (FKH) ~ Friends and Family are most welcome to attend this short presentation: the students will share the songs they have learned on the recorder as well as some recitations they have been working on in homerooms.

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.  Currently, 161 volunteers in our community are now due to attend this annual update.  So as to make it as convenient as possible, a series of four training sessions have been schedule over the course of the next two months.  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!

Spirit News

Coming up! ~ Captain Pell’s Crabhouse on Friday, March 26 from 2 to 11 pm. It’s a crab and seafood fest! Come eat a delicious Lenten meal and support All Saints School at the same time. Captain Pell’s Crabhouse is located at 10195 Fairfax Blvd in Fairfax, VA, 22030. The phone number is 703-560-0060.  This event is open to everyone so invite your friends and neighbors and make sure everyone knows to mention the All Saints when they place their orders. The offer is good for both dining in and carryout. Just mention that you are from All Saints when you pay your bill and 10% of the proceeds will be donated to the school.  If you have any questions, please call Cathy Pell at 703-369-1901 or email at cspell5@msn.com; Their menu is available at http://www.captainpell.com/.

Hope for Haiti Bracelets

My name is Josephine B. and I am a student in 5B.  My friends, Alison, Katie, Megan, and I are trying to raise money to support and rebuild Haiti.  We want to help end the pain and suffering caused by the earthquake.  We will be selling “Haiti” bracelets for $2.00.  All of the money we make will be sent to Catholic Relief Services’ “Helping Hands for Haiti” fund.  We hope that you will contribute to this cause.  The order forms will be due on March 31st.  May God Bless.

The Cake Walk is Coming!

The Parish Festival will be held on Friday April 23rd and Saturday April 24th.  This is an annual event staffed by parish organizations.  All Saints School families will once again staff the famous cakewalk at the Festival this year.  As many of you know the cake walk is one of the most visited and exciting games at the festival, and raises a lot of money for the parish.  It is a great opportunity for families to earn points and have a lot of fun.  Mark your calendars now and look for more details to come after we return from Easter break! If you have previous experience with the cakewalk and would like to volunteer or have any questions about how you can help, please contact Sue Ferguson at sferguson1@comcast.net or 703-331-3878.

Have You Ordered a Yearbook?

Celebrate and remember the Blue Ribbon Year at All Saints Catholic School with your own copy of the 2009-10 yearbook. The cost for each book is $21.00. See order form under links at the end of the newsletter. Order your yearbook today!! 

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, March 24th Peace & Justice Players Lenten Soup Luncheon

Thursday, March 25th Manassas Museum Presentation to 4th Grade

Friday, March 26th National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony (1:30 p.m.)

Spirit Activity: Captain Pell’s (2:00-11:00 p.m.)

8th Grade Confirmation Retreat

Monday, March 29th Spring Photos ~ Individuals & Class Pictures

Tuesday, March 30th PTO Executive Board Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, March 31st 3rd Grade Recorder Concert (FKH/12:45-1:15 p.m.)

Thursday, April 1st Holy Thursday

Prayer Service (church/9:30 a.m.)

7th Grade Passion Play (gym/10:45 a.m.)

Noon Dismissal

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

Friday, April 9th Snow Day Make Up Day #2

Items going home with each student today~

  • Spring Picture Order Forms
  • Spotlight on the Arts ~ 2010 Summer Camps (also available on the school website)

Links

§         PTO Nominations Letter 2010 ~

http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/03/PTONominationsLetter2010.pdf

§         Yearbook Order Form ~

http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/03/YearbookOrderForm-2010.pdf

§         Photos from Medical Missionaries Volunteer Event ~

http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/gallery-images/2009-2010-gallery/medical-missionaries-volunteer-event/

§         Hope for Haiti Bracelet Order Form ~

http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/03/HaitiBraceletsFlier.pdf

§         Spirit Event Flyer for Captain Pell’s ~

http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/03/2010-3-26CaptainPells.jpg

The Sentinel – Volume 10, Issue 27

Message from the Principal

As basketball fans around the country prepare for “March Madness”, at All Saints we can celebrate the recent success of our CYO Basketball Teams.  I am excited and pleased to share with you that four of the teams from our parish won first place in their tournament games!

Congratulations to the many students and coaches who helped to make this a truly winning season!

8th Grade Boys (Mr. Rimkus/Mr. Ratchford) ~ Division 2/5 CHAMPIONS
8th Grade Boys (Mr. McCabe) ~ Division 4/5 CHAMPIONS
7th Grade Boys (Mr. Harrill/Mr. Lewandowski) ~ Division 5/6 CHAMPIONS
5th Grade Girls (Mr. & Mrs. Caturano) ~ Division 4/4 CHAMPIONS

6th Grade Boys (Mr. Ratchford/Mr. DeRaymond) ~ Division 4/6 SECOND PLACE
6th Grade Girls (Mrs. Davey/Mrs. Seigel) ~ Division 2/5 SECOND PLACE

5th Grade Boys (Mr. Messier) ~ Division 4/5 SECOND PLACE

7th Grade Girls (Mr. Hook/Mr. Gonzales) ~ Division 5/6 THIRD PLACE

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And with a nod to St. Patrick…

May the strength of God guide me this day, and may His power preserve me.

May the wisdom of God instruct me; the eye of God watch over me; the ear of God hear me; the word of God give sweetness to my speech; the hand of God defend me; and may I follow the way of God.

Christ, be with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,

Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,

Christ on my right, Christ on my left,

Christ where I live, Christ where I sit, Christ where I arise,

Christ in the heart of every person who thinks of me,

Christ in the mouth of every person who thinks of me,

Christ in the mouth of every person who speaks of me,

Christ in every eye that sees me,

Christ in every ear that hears me.

Salvation is of the Lord.

Salvation is of the Lord.

Salvation is of the Christ.

May your salvation, O Lord,  be ever with us.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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.

Pilgrim Virgin Statue Program

All Saints Catholic School hosts a program by which parents may request the opportunity to serve as a “host” family for the Pilgrim Virgin Statue.  Those who participate receive a statue of the Blessed Mother at the school and enshrine it in their home for a week.  The program provides a wonderful opportunity for families to gather for daily prayer, remembering their own intentions as well as those of our school and parish community.  The program also serves to strengthen the unity of our community as the statue travels from home to home throughout the year.  Any families interested in learning more about the program or who wish to sign up for a week are asked to contact Mrs. Myra Hayde at 703-331-0714.

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.  Currently, 161 volunteers in our community are now due to attend this annual update.  So as to make it as convenient as possible, a series of four training sessions have been schedule over the course of the next two months.  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:

Tuesday, March 23rd 2:00 p.m. (Meeting Room 1)

Thursday, April 15th 8:30 a.m. (FKH)

Monday, April 26th 7:00 p.m. (Library)

Schedule of Lenten Confessions Schedule for Stations of the Cross

7th Grade ~ Wednesday, March 17th Grades 3-5 ~ Friday, March 19th (2:15 p.m.)

8th Grade ~ Monday, March 22nd

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!

Spirit News

Thank you so much to everyone who worked so hard last fall on the campus landscaping. The bulbs are beginning to bloom and the sight of spring bursting forth after such a snowy winter is a beautiful testimony to rebirth and new life during this Lenten season. Thanks again!

Coming up!

§         There’s no need to cook this Friday, March 19th. There are lots of options for a delicious Lenten Friday meal atNoodles & Company at 9646 Liberia Avenue in Manassas from 4:00 – 9:00 p.m. Check out their cool website at www.noodles.com to plan your order ahead of time. No flyer is necessary. Just mention All Saints and 25% of your purchase will be donated to All Saints School. This event is open to everyone so invite your friends and neighbors and make sure everyone knows to mention the All Saints when they place their orders.  Thank you to Mr. Donnie Hollar, an All Saint’s parent, who organized this event for us. Noodles & Company is located at 9646 Liberia Ave, Manassas 703-393-9998

§         Captain Pell’s Crabhouse on Friday, March 26 from 2 to 11 pm. It’s a crab and seafood fest! Come eat a delicious Lenten meal and support All Saints School at the same time. Captain Pell’s Crabhouse is located at 10195 Fairfax Blvd in Fairfax, VA, 22030. The phone number is 703-560-0060.  This event is open to everyone so invite your friends and neighbors and make sure everyone knows to mention the All Saints when they place their orders. The offer is good for both dining in and carryout. Just mention that you are from All Saints when you pay your bill and 10% of the proceeds will be donated to the school.  If you have any questions, please call Cathy Pell at 703-369-1901 or email atcspell5@msn.com; Their menu is available at http://www.captainpell.com/

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, March 17th Sacrament of Reconciliation ~ 7th Grade

Thursday, March 18th School Council Meeting ~ cancelled

Friday, March 19th School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Stations of the Cross ~ Grades 3-5 (2:15 p.m.)

Spirit Activity: Noodles & Company (4:00-9:00 p.m.)

8th Grade Confirmation Retreat Weekend

Saturday, March 20th 2nd Grade Jesus Day

Monday, March 22nd Sacrament of Reconciliation ~ 8th Grade

Tuesday, March 23rd VIRTUS Update Training (Mtg. Room 1 @ 2:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, March 24th Peace & Justice Players Lenten Soup Luncheon

Thursday, March 25th Manassas Museum Presentation to 4th Grade

Friday, March 26th National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony (1:30 p.m.)

Spirit Activity: Captain Pell’s (2:00-11:00 p.m.)

8th Grade Confirmation Retreat

Links

Donut Man Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/03/DonutManConcert.pdf

Noodles and Company Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/03/2010-3-19NoodlesandCompany.jpg

Captain Pell’s Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/03/2010-3-26CaptainPells.jpg

The Sentinel – Volume 10, Issue 26

Message from the Principal

Congratulations to the students in our second grade program who received the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time during the past two weeks.  Following a beautiful prayer service led by our pastor, Fr. Cilinski, each of the children encountered Christ in this special Sacrament of healing and grace.  Congratulations to all of the children and thank you Mrs. Evans and Mrs. Cummings for preparing them so well for this very important milestone.

Pilgrim Virgin Statue Program

All Saints Catholic School hosts a program by which parents may request the opportunity to serve as a “host” family for the Pilgrim Virgin Statue.  Those who participate receive a statue of the Blessed Mother at the school and enshrine it in their home for a week.  The program provides a wonderful opportunity for families to gather for daily prayer, remembering their own intentions as well as those of our school and parish community.  The program also serves to strengthen the unity of our community as the statue travels from home to home throughout the year.  Any families interested in learning more about the program or who wish to sign up for a week are asked to contact Mrs. Myra Hayde at 703-331-0714.

Science Fair ~ Cricket Project Nets First Place in 2010 All Saints Catholic School Science Fair

Chirping crickets, catapults powered by rubber bands, plants nourished by tea, and roofs covered by growing plants emerged as the topics of study by this year’s top winners of the All Saints School Science Fair.  After several months of talking with parents and peers, research, writing, and preparation of a final backboard, middle school students shared their knowledge of their projects with Science Fair judges on Thursday, March 4.  A record 22 judges met with students in the school gym to dialogue with them about their scientific investigations. Top winner of the Fair was Monica Gonzalez, Grade 7, for her project exploring what effect weather has on the chirping habits of crickets.  First runner-up Christopher Burns, Grade 8, questioned whether adding different numbers of rubber bands to a catapult would affect the distance a projectile would travel.  Second runner-up Patrick Fall, Grade 7, poured different types of tea on plants to determine if tea would encourage growth in plants. Kristin Fall, Grade 6 and third place runner-up, constructed a model home covered with plants to find out if homes could use “green roofs” to help keep a house cool.

Once again, the quality of the projects and the students’ ability to articulate their research findings was very impressive.  Thank you, Mrs. Hammang, for guiding the middle school through this long range project and insuring each child’s success.  Our community is grateful for your dedication to this program, particularly during a winter that necessitated changes to the calendar.

Congratulations to the following middle school students for their outstanding science fair entries:

Physics

Honorable Mention:

Sean W., – UHO – Unidentified Hovering Object

Gwen B. – Shhh!  Is It Quiet Now?

Danny T. – Which One Creates More Electricity?

3- Robert B. – Electricity Please

2 – Christian K. – What to Wear Where

1 – Christopher B. – Ready, Aim, Fire

Behavioral Science

3 – Ellen O. – Battle of the Brains

2 – Isabella M. – Are They Truly Smiling?

1 – Susan M. – High Fat or Low: Can Kids Tell the Difference?

Chemistry

3 – Harrison T. – Optipop: Searching for a Kernel of Truth

2 – Quentin L. – Recipe for Insta-Chill

1 – Jason S. – Baking Soda + Vinegar = Foop

Botany

3 – Dianne G. – Corn

2 – Nicole B. – How Will Your Plants Grow

1 – Patrick F. – Tea Time for Plants

Medicine

3 – Larissa H. – A Jonas Glucose Experiment

2 – Sarah O. – To Smoke or Not to Smoke

1 – Robby M. – Wii Workout?

Zoology

3 – Stephen B.l – Ants on the Move

2 – Allyson K. – How Does Water Temperature Affect Goldfish?

1 – Monica G. – Can You Hear Me?

Environmental Science

3 – Tommy M. – Solar Desalination

2 – Meredith H. – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle…Water

1 – Kristin H. – Are Green Roofs A Cool Idea?

Biochemistry

2 – Selena M. – Greasy or Not?

1 – Christopher F. – Celery Suckers

Engineering

Honorable Mention:

Mikey M. – Trembling Towers

3 – Leslie C. – Shaping Up

2 – Sean H. – Keeping Your Suspension

1 – Will P. – London Bridges Falling Down

Microbiology

3 – Emily S. – Grow, Mold, Grow!

2 – Caitlyln L. – Do Green Bags Work?

1 – Danyelle R.r – Anti-bacterial Lights

Earth/Space

3 – Dominic C. – Salt: Reason for the Season

1 – Olivia R. – Where’s the Beach?

Mathematics

Honorable Mention:

Maura M.u – Colors, Colors, Everywhere

2 – Lauren M. – Tune It Up

Computer Science

2 – Amber M. – Camera, Light, Type

1 – Alysha D. – The Mysterious Memory Thief

We wish the winners every success as they prepare to advance to the diocesan level science fair to be held on Saturday, April 24th.

Professional Development Day ~ No School on Friday

On Friday our teachers will be participating in a diocesan-wide day of professional development.  For this reason, there will be no classes or Extended Day Program on Friday, March 12th.  The focus of the professional development day will be twofold: an overview of assessment strategies in the classroom and further development of curriculum maps.

Statewide Tornado Drill

At the invitation of our governor, on Tuesday, March 16th All Saints will participate in a statewide tornado drill at 9:45 a.m.  This drill will provide an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to practice our emergency response in the event of an unstable weather pattern.

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.  Currently, 161 volunteers in our community are now due to attend this annual update.  So as to make it as convenient as possible, a series of four training sessions have been schedule over the course of the next two months.  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, March 11th 2:00 p.m. (Meeting Room 1)

Tuesday, March 23rd 2:00 p.m. (Meeting Room 1)

Thursday, April 15th 8:30 a.m. (FKH)

Monday, April 26th 7:00 p.m. (Library)

5th Annual Race for Education

Packets of information regarding the Race for Education were distributed to students last week.  All students are encouraged to participate in this annual event, our largest fundraiser of the year.  The due date for returning mailing labels is Tuesday, March 16th.

Points for Parents Correction

Parents serving as Scout Troop leaders are eligible to earn 60 Points, rather than 30 as previously published in school materials.

Schedule of Lenten Confessions Schedule for Stations of the Cross

6th Grade ~ Monday, March 15th Grades 3-5             Friday, March 19th (2:15 p.m.)

7th Grade ~ Wednesday, March 17th

8th Grade ~ Monday, March 22nd

Registration Schedule for the New Year

ø      Registration for New Students ~ Through March 12th (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.

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!

Spirit News ~ Coming Up

Bowl America on this Friday, March 12th from 12-7 p.m. Come join the fun! The cost is $3 per game including shoes. Need food? They have a snack bar with food perfect for snacking while you bowl. No flyer is necessary just mention All Saints School at the register and 10% of the sales and concessions will be donated to our school. Bowl America is located at 10641 Balls Ford Road in Manassas across from the Koon’s Honda Dealer.

There’s no need to cook on Friday, March 19th. There are lots of options for a delicious Lenten Friday meal at Noodles & Company at 9646 Liberia Avenue in Manassas from 4:00 – 9:00 p.m. Check out their cool website at www.noodles.comto plan your order ahead of time. No flyer is necessary. Just mention All Saints and 25% of your purchase will be donated to All Saints School. This event is open to everyone so invite your friends and neighbors and make sure everyone knows to mention the All Saints when they place their orders.  Thank you to Mr. Donnie Hollar, an All Saint’s parent, who organized this event for us. Noodles & Company is located at 9646 Liberia Ave, Manassas 703-393-9998

Captain Pell’s Crabhouse on Friday, March 26 from 2 to 11 pm. Mr. and Mrs. Pell have graciously offered to host an All Saints Spirit Event at their restaurant. Come eat a delicious Lenten meal and support All Saints School at the same time. Captain Pell’s Crabhouse is located at 10195 Fairfax Blvd in Fairfax, VA, 22030. The phone number is 703-560-0060.  The offer is good for both dining in and carryout. Just mention that you are from All Saints when you pay your bill and 10% of the proceeds will be donated to the PTO.  If you have any questions, please call Cathy Pell at 703-369-1901 or email atcspell5@msn.com.  Captain Pell’s menu is available at http://www.captainpell.com/.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, March 11th VIRTUS Video Training Update (Mtg. Room 1 @ 2:00 p.m.)

Friday, March 12th Holiday ~ Diocesan Professional Development Day

Registration Deadline for New Students

Spirit Activity: Bowl America (12:00-7:00 p.m.)

Saturday, March 13th VIRTUS Training ~ 4 Hour Live Training for New Volunteers (9:00 a.m.)

Monday, March 15th Sacrament of Reconciliation ~ 6th Grade

FACTS Deadline for Tuition Assistance Applications

Tuesday, March 16th Race for Education Mailing Labels due

Statewide Tornado Drill (9:45 a.m.)

Wednesday, March 17th Sacrament of Reconciliation ~ 7th Grade

Links

Bowl America Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/03/2010-03-12BowlAmerica.jpg

Noodles and Company Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/03/2010-3-19NoodlesandCompany.jpg

Captain Pell’s Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/03/2010-3-26CaptainPells.jpg

The Sentinel – Volume 10, Issue 25


Message from the Principal

Often when thinking of our school community, a word that comes to mind is “vibrancy”.  There are so many wonderful events and activities that surround the life of our community.  More importantly, there is a spirit of faith, joy and welcome that is consistently noted by visitors to our school.

As the research has shown, a high level of parent involvement is a strong predictor for high achievement in a school.  At All Saints we know this to be the case.  Through the contributions of parent volunteers, we are able to provide a remarkable experience for our students.  From the many parents who serve as coaches and group leaders, to those who work quietly behind the scenes in the library and cafeteria, our school has obtained great success because so many are committed to the mission.

As of this writing, a total of 354 parents and community members are now registered to volunteer in our school.  Through completion of the required background check and attendance at VIRTUS training sessions, these individuals have demonstrated strong support to our commitment of maintaining a safe environment for the children.  I want to express my gratitude to the many parents who have fulfilled these requirements and continue to make a difference with each passing week in our school community.

One of the diocesan requirements regarding the safe environment initiative is that of annual VIRTUS training.  Through attendance at the 30 minute training, faculty, staff and volunteers alike are reminded of important practical measures that we can implement to maintain a safe environment.  Currently, 161 volunteers in our community are now due to attend this annual update.  So as to make it as convenient as possible, a series of four training sessions have been schedule over the course of the next two months.  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. Parents who need to attend one of these sessions will receive a reminder letter from the office later this week. While there is no need to register on-line for this session, for planning purposes I would ask that you Mrs. Janet Smith, VIRTUS coordinator, to confirm your plans to attend.

The VIRTUS update trainings will occur on the following dates:

Thursday, March 11th 2:00 p.m. (Meeting Room 1)

Tuesday, March 23rd 2:00 p.m. (Meeting Room 1)

Thursday, April 15th 8:30 a.m. (FKH)

Monday, April 26th 7:00 p.m. (Library)

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During the last two weeks parents received two emails regarding a legislative initiative designed to increase the affordability of private education for families in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  I received confirmation last week that the bill did not gain the support it required to be introduced on the Senate floor.  Although we did not succeed in advancing HB599, we can be pleased that we received more favorable votes in the hearing process than in prior years.  Thank you to those families who participated in this initiative, taking the time to convey their support for the proposed legislation.

Virtue of the Month ~ Cooperation/Community Building

Strategies:

  1. Cooperate with your teacher.  Do your best to obey the rules and follow directions
  2. Say “please” when asking for things.
  3. Get in line quietly, without pushing, and don’t lag behind.
  4. Clean up around your desk area.
  5. Help a classmate when they need help.
  6. Take turns when playing.  Give someone else a chance.
  7. At home, do your chores cheerfully, without being asked.
  8. Cooperate at home.  Take turns and share with your brothers, sisters, and friends.
  9. Listen when others talk.  Respect their opinions.
  10. Always try to get along with everyone.

Prayer of the Month~ Prayer for Cooperation

Jesus, our Friend, help me to accept myself and others with

love and kindness.  Help me to see you in each person I meet.

Show me how to be good and kind to everyone.  Keep me from

being selfish.  I want to follow your rules of love and

compassion.  I can do many wonderful things.  Stay by me

today, Jesus.  I know you love me and I love you.

Vocations Olympics

During the month of January students participated in the first ever Vocations Olympics held at All Saints Catholic School.  By offering sacrifices and prayers, students in grades PreK-8 demonstrated support for religious vocations while earning “points” as part of this school-wide program.  All total, All Saints achieved 8,000 points in this diocesan event and has submitted entries for the vocations prayer & poster contest.

Congratulations to the following students for their outstanding participation in the Olympics!

School Winners

GOLD                     Erika C.

SILVER                  Elizabeth B.

BRONZE                Jazmine K.

PK1

GOLD                     Noelle C.

SILVER                  Vincent T.

BRONZE                Ryan L.

BRONZE                Robert H.

PK2

GOLD                     Elizabeth M.

GOLD                     William W.

SILVER                  Luke T.

SILVER                  Brian V.

BRONZE                Edward W.

PK3

GOLD                     Aaliyah G.

SILVER                  Ashley Y.

BRONZE               Ashley P.

BRONZE               Laura S.

BRONZE               Katherine T.

K1

GOLD                     Reagan G.

SILVER                  Huyen H.

BRONZE               Lilyanna S.

K2

GOLD                     Kenneth V.

SILVER                  Bridgette M.

BRONZE                Theresa M.

1A

GOLD                     Kyleah A.

SILVER                  Delaney F.

BRONZE                Joshua S.

1B

GOLD                     Elias C.

GOLD                     John M.

SILVER                  Christine T.

BRONZE                Mary C.

BRONZE                Madelyn W.

2A

GOLD                     Gabriel C.

SILVER                  Justin C.

BRONZE                Eirian C.

2B

GOLD                     Gabriel S.

SILVER                  Skylar M.

BRONZE                Joshua D.

BRONZE                Thumay H.

3A

GOLD                     Elizabeth O.

SILVER                  Mussie A.

BRONZE                Allison T.

3B

GOLD                     John H.

SILVER                  Sebastian Z.

BRONZE                Justin P.

4A

GOLD                     Nathan W.

SILVER                  Brandon C.

BRONZE                Bradley M.

4B

GOLD                     Kaitlyn E.

SILVER                  Kelly C.

BRONZE                Madeline G.

5A

GOLD                     Erika C.

SILVER                  Elizabeth B.

BRONZE                Jazmine K.

5B

GOLD                     Loraine S.

SILVER                  Megan S.

BRONZE                Meridyth R.

BRONZE               Sophia T.

6A

GOLD                     Dominic C.

SILVER                  Bridget K.

BRONZE                Quinn C.

6B

GOLD                     Brandon M.

SILVER                  Nicole B.

BRONZE                Alan B.

7A

GOLD                     Connor C.

SILVER                  Sean H.

BRONZE                Caroline R.

7B

GOLD                     Leslie C.

GOLD                     Sierra C.

GOLD                     Meredith H.

SILVER                  Jessica W.

BRONZE               Samantha E.

8A

GOLD                     Kathryn S.

SILVER                  Hayden B.

BRONZE               Christian K.

8B

GOLD                     Corinne M.

SILVER                  Nicholas N.

SILVER                  Natalie T.

SILVER                  Johnathan U.

BRONZE                Alyssa D.

5th Annual Race for Education

Packets of information regarding the Race for Education were distributed to students on Monday afternoon following the kick-off assembly.  All students are encouraged to participate in this annual event, our largest fundraiser of the year.  The due date for returning mailing labels is Tuesday, March 16th.

Spring Photos ~ Customized Backgrounds now Available

Beginning this spring, All Saints will participate in the Background Select Program, a new feature available through our school photography company, Splendid Portraits.  Rather than having one background selected for the entire student body, parents will be able to select from a variety of choices when pre-ordering photographs.  Look for more information in the coming weeks as we prepare for Spring Picture Day ~ Monday, March 29th.

Schedule of Lenten Confessions Schedule for Stations of the Cross

3rd Grade ~ Wednesday, March 3rd

Grades K-2             Friday, March 5th (2:15 p.m.)

4th Grade ~ Friday, March 5th

Grades 3-5             Friday, March 19th (2:15 p.m.)

6th Grade ~ Monday, March 15th

7th Grade ~ Wednesday, March 17th

8th Grade ~ Monday, March 22nd

Registration Schedule for the New Year

ø      Registration for New Students ~ Through March 12th

(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.

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!

Don’t Forget–PTO Lenten Soup Supper

Please join the All Saints School and Church Community today, March 3rd, for the PTO Sponsored Lenten Soup Supper in the school Gym from 5pm-7pm.  A great time for fellowship and a shared meal of soup and sandwiches with other church and school families.  Contact Angela Slater with any questions or to make soup/sandwich donations at pinoslater@gmail.com.

Spirit News

We’d like to say a big Thank You to everyone who came out to Chuck-e Cheese last Thursday night. It looked like a fun time was had by all and we earned over $400 for the school! Hooray!!

Coming Up – Bowl America on Friday, March 12th from 12-7 p.m. Come join the fun! The cost is $3 per game including shoes. Need food? They have a snack bar with food perfect for snacking while you bowl. No flyer is necessary just mention All Saints School at the register and 10% of the sales and concessions will be donated to our school. Bowl America is located at 10641 Balls Ford Road in Manassas across from the Koon’s Honda Dealer.

There’s no need to cook on Friday, March 19th. There are lots of options for a delicious Lenten Friday meal at Noodles & Company at 9646 Liberia Avenue in Manassas from 4:00 – 9:00 p.m. Check out their cool website at www.noodles.comto plan your order ahead of time. No flyer is necessary. Just mention All Saints and 25% of your purchase will be donated to All Saints School. This event is open to everyone so invite your friends and neighbors and make sure everyone knows to mention the All Saints when they place their orders.  Thank you to Mr. Donnie Hollar, an All Saint’s parent, who organized this event for us. Noodles & Company is located at 9646 Liberia Ave, Manassas 703-393-9998

Paul VI Catholic High School

PVI will host a series of wrestling clinics taught by world-renowned wrestler Wade Schalles every Monday and Wednesday from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. The clinics start March 1st, but you may register at any time.

Wade Shalles is one of the most exciting and spectacular athletes of his time. He was a national champion, or All-American, in folkstyle, Freestyle and Greco-Roman, and the disciplines of sombo and judo. He earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as wrestling’s all-time leader in victories with 821, and in falls with 530. Schalles achieved multiple records for defeating 36 national champions, pinning 17 of them, and defeating eight World Titlists. In his collegiate career at Clarion University, Schalles had a record of 153-5-1. He won the Pennsylvania State Conference title four times and was outstanding wrestler all four years. Shalles won a gold medal in the 1977 World University Games. He has coached youth, collegiate and national teams. He is an author, a clinician and a top-flight collegiate referee. Schalles is honored as a Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.