The Sentinel – Volume 10, Issue 32

Message from the Principal

As announced earlier in the year, one of our current goals is that of updating the existing dismissal procedures, frequently referred to as “afternoon carpool”.  The impetus for this has been our experience of rainy day dismissal, particularly during the first semester.  Recognizing the complexity of the system and the tendency for a breakdown in the process, we have been working toward a better solution.

What began, however, with a focus on the process for rainy day dismissal has expanded to a review and revision of the entire dismissal system.  Recognizing that the recent growth of the school has required daily overflow parking, it is important that we identify an alternative procedure, one that will better meet our current needs and allow for future growth.  As such, this week I wish to share with you the details of a new dismissal process that we will initiate on Monday, May 3rd.

To summarize, the objectives of the new carpool system are as follows:  To maintain a dismissal process that safeguards the students, parents and faculty, while increasing efficiency and providing for additional parking.

It is important that I emphasize that our goal is not to expedite the process.  On a typical day the entire dismissal process occurs over the course of 15-20 minutes.  Given the numbers of students and parents, I do not feel that we can improve upon this without compromising safety.  However, I am confident that we can maintain the current rate of dismissal in a manner that isless complicated and subsequently, less prone to challenges, particularly on inclement weather days.

In redesigning the dismissal process, we have identified three key strategies:

1)       Minimize the movement of students and parents by having the children report directly to their cars on inclement weather days, rather than re-assembling in the building.

2)       Maximize efficiency by continuing to load numerous cards simultaneously rather than adopting a “flow through” concept by which cars are loaded only a few at a time.

3)       Increase parking for parents by utilizing both the front and rear parking lots.

In essence, we will continue to dismiss in the same manner, but we will also use the parking lot behind the school as a staging area.  This will eliminate the need for overflow parking and allow for continued growth.  The most significant change for parents is that cars will no longer park in the order that they arrive.  Rather, parents will be assigned parking in one of five bays based on their last name.  This will create a sense of predictability for both students and parents, particularly on rainy days.  As such, it will no longer be necessary to call students by carpool numbers since they will simply report to their assigned carpool bay. (All of this is explained in much greater detail in the guidelines linked to this newsletter.)

So as to implement this new system in the most manageable way possible, the first day of the new dismissal process will occur on Monday, May 3rd when both Pre-K and Kindergarten classes are not in session due to EPSF screening.  The process will be repeated and fine-tuned as needed on Tuesday, May 4th, when there is also a significantly smaller number of cars at dismissal because of after school band practice.  These two days will provide us the opportunity to assess the new system and make any necessary adjustments prior to Wednesday, May 5th.

As carpool drivers, the most important information of which you need to be aware is the following, the answers to which can be found on the attached map and guidelines:

1)       Which entrance do I use when entering the property?

2)       Where do I park my car?

3)       Which exits do I use when departing?

So as to help the students clearly understand the new process, we will stage a rehearsal during the school day with them tomorrow.

In advance, thank you for your careful attention to the attached guidelines and support for this new process.  As with any major change, we can expect some “growing pains” and challenges.  However, I am convinced that the end result will be one that is more effective for our school and reflects the commitment to safety, organization and professionalism that we all value in our community.

I would be remiss if I did not thank Mrs. Campagna, Assistant Principal, the faculty, and volunteer parents who have contributed to the design of this new process.  I appreciate their investment of time and energy and especially thank Mrs. Campagna for spearheading the project.

Look for reminders and updates in the days ahead….

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This week I wish to also share some important news regarding one of our beloved teachers at All Saints.  After 22 years of dedicated service, Mrs. MaryAnn Evans has decided to retire at the close of this school year.  In beginning this next phase in her life, she will have the opportunity to spend more time with her family, including her beautiful grandson.

Through her many years at our school, Mrs. Evans has touched the hearts of countless children and parents and is truly part of the fabric of our school community.  In her role as 2nd grade teacher, she has guided the children and prepared them for that very special moment, the time at which they experience Jesus in their First Communion.

In appreciation for all that she has done for our community and in celebration of her life of service, the school and parish are cordially invited to attend a Retirement Mass in Honor of Mrs. Evans on Thursday, June 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in the church. I hope that many of you will be able to join us as we thank Mrs. Evans for the difference she has made in the lives of the children.

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The 5th Annual Race for Education is less than two weeks away.  On Thursday, May 6th, the entire school will participate in this event, which has been designed to raise funds for essential classroom materials.  Additionally, as is our tradition, 15% of all proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

I am pleased to share with you that we have already collected over $14,000 in contributions.  We are truly thankful for the generous response of parents, relatives, and friends of All Saints Catholic School.

By way of this letter I wish to extend an invitation for you to come out and watch your child(ren) walk or jog next Thursday.  The following is the schedule for this special event:

Grades Pre-K 1 & Pk2, K & 1               8:45 to 9:45 a.m.

Grades 2-3                                             10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Grades 6-8                                             2:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Grades Pre-K3, 4-5                               1:45 to 2:45 p.m.

The students will be eating lunch at their regular times in the cafeteria.

We hope that many of you will be able to join us for a wonderful day of fun and fellowship!

NOTE: There is still a need for volunteers at all of the sessions of the race next week. Volunteers will help track the children’s laps and pass out water, both which can be done while you are cheering your child on.  Please contact Marjorie Collins at 703-365-9686 or marjorie@ocfmail.com if you are available to help. Thank you to the parents who have already signed up to volunteer!

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On Thursday and Friday of this week, I will be attending the annual diocesan principals’ retreat in Maryland.  Please know of my prayers for our school and families in the days ahead.  I look forward to joining many of you on Saturday morning as we witness and celebrate our 2nd grade students receiving their First Communion.

10th Annual Golf Tournament ~ Evergreen Country Club

On Monday, May 17th All Saints Parish will host the 10th Annual Golf Tournament at Evergreen Golf & Country Club in Haymarket, Virginia. The monies raised through the Golf Tournament will be used to support the work of the PTO, an organization that enhances the programs and facilities of All Saints Catholic School through annual fundraising initiatives. The financial contributions of individuals and businesses over the last several years have funded major projects in our school, such as the installation of a state-of-the-art computer lab and media center, a new playground, and an interactive electronic whiteboard in every classroom, Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade.

As a first-class fundraiser that is being promoted in the surrounding community, the tournament provides a wonderful opportunity for local businesses to advertise their goods/services.  For more information about corporate sponsorship and ticket information, please visit us online at www.AllSaintsGolf.com. You may also email us at info@allsaintsgolf.com or contact Jim Switzer at 571-330-8381.

All Saints Catholic School Participates in Diocesan Music Festival

On Saturday, April 17th, students from All Saints Catholic School participated in the Diocesan Music Festival at Pope John Paul the Great High School.  Choirs and music groups from Catholic elementary and high schools from across the Diocese performed for each other and received comments from adjudicators who are highly specialized in the music education and choral conducting field.  Our students performed two songs: “How Deep the Riches” and “Hosanna Processional.”  The students sang beautifully and received great comments speaking of their “sweet voices,” “great composure,” and “very enjoyable performance”.  The students who participated truly enjoyed sharing their joy of singing with others and the appreciated the opportunity to hear other choirs from across the Diocese.  The following students participated in the Diocesan Music Festival: Kaitlin Andres, Josephine Bennett, Caroline Birmingham, Gwen Blasco, Caton Brisbin, Mary-Margaret Burns, Leslie Chang, Erika Corchado, Meredith Hackerson, Lauren Jerothe, Carolyn Karcher, Vivienne Penders, Allison Rice, Danyelle Rinker, Lorraine Saupan, Megan Stalker, and Katie Walk.  Thank you to all of these students for so beautifully representing All Saints Catholic School and to Miss Dalusung for preparing the students and coordinating the school’s participation in the music festival.

Three All Saints 7th Graders Capture Prizes At Diocesan Science Fair

What trait does Jiminy Cricket, the Disney animated character that tries to guide the puppet Pinocchio, share in common with the subjects of the science fair project studied by All Saints Catholic School 7th grader, Monica Gonzalez?  If you guessed the ability to communicate you’d be right.  In her science fair project entitled “Can You Hear Me,the budding scientist studied the effect of temperature on the communication habits of crickets.  As part of her study, Ms. Gonzalez recorded the chirping of crickets and then designed two chambers of different temperatures to observe in which temperatures crickets would be more likely to communicate.  For her efforts, the 7th grader captured a third place award in the field of Zoology at the annual Diocese of Arlington Science Fair competition held on Saturday, April 24, at Paul VI High School in Fairfax.

Also winning a third place award at the Diocesan Fair was fellow seventh grader, Heather Barnes for her project “Water as Fuel.”  Choosing Environmental Science as her category, Ms. Barnes explored the practical value of using a Stirling engine, an external combustion engine known for its high efficiency, quiet operation and use of renewable clean energy, rather than a traditional internal combustion engine which creates pollution and uses scarce resources.  While testing to determine if temperature affects the output of a Stirling engine, the young scientist built a small engine which she operated at different temperature extremes.

“Shhh!  Is It Quiet Now” was the title of the science fair project of seventh grader, Gwendolyn Blasco who merited an honorable mention in the category of Physics during the Diocesan competition. Competing in a category with 53 entrants from 25 schools of the Arlington Diocese Ms. Blasco investigated which type of insulation would best sound-proof a room.

Additional participants at the Diocese of Arlington Science Fair who represented All Saints Catholic School included: Alyssa DeRaymond, Isabella Meier, Ellen Orsi, and Harrison Tamke – Grade 8, and Patrick Fall – Grade 7. 

All Saints Alumnus Raising Funds for Leukemia & Lymphoma Research

Aura Novak (former All Saints student) and Cristina Krukar, both 2001 graduates of Paul VI Catholic High School, are hoping to raise $50,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2010 Man & Woman of the Year campaign. Each year the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society recognizes men and women throughout the U.S. who raise the most funds in their community for blood-cancer research and patient support.

Aura Novak was recently nominated as a 2010 Woman of the Year candidate and has dedicated her campaign to Krukar who was diagnosed with diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia in April of 2007 at age 23. She underwent aggressive treatment and since late 2009 has been in the early stages of remission. Her doctor will consider her in full remission after five years without relapse.

The goal of “Team Cristina’s Fight” is to raise $50,000 between April 8 and June 12. The team will host a number of fundraising events, including:  Team Cristina’s Fight bake sale May 8, Habitat for Humanity yard sale, 1760 Reston Pkwy., Reston, 8 a.m. to noon; and the South Riding Golf Tournament May 22, South Riding Golf Course, 43237 Golf View Dr., South Riding, 1 p.m.

To RSVP or for more information, contact Aura Novak at 571/241-6303 or auranovak@gmail.com. Donations can also be made online at nca.mwoy.llsevent.org/AuraNovak by June 12, 2010.

Parish Festival Cake Walk ~ Note of Thanks

Thanks so much to all who participated in the Cake Walk this year!   Your time was very much appreciated and your enthusiasm is a wonderful example to all.  Thank you to all the families who provided the marvelous cakes.  Special thanks to the Tara Wolfe who was on site for most of the festival to make sure it all ran smoothly.  This was an awesome community effort.  All of you are to be commended for your efforts and support of the Parish Festival.  Thank you!

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Race for Education ~ Schedule for Redemption of Prize Cards

Thanks to the students and parents of All Saints, our school mailed 5,300 letters requesting financial support for the 5th Annual Race for Education.  Prize Cards have already been distributed to students who met the criteria and may be redeemed according to the following schedule:

Tuesday, April 27th Students may begin redeeming Free Pretzel Cards

Tuesday, May 4th Designated Dress-Down Day

Thursday, May 6th Students may begin redeeming Free Ice Cream Cards

Tuesday, May 18th Designated Dress-Down Day

Tuesday, May 25th Designated Dress-Down Day

End of Year Calendar

Field Day ~ Monday, June 7th (Linton Hall School)

Final Day for Pre-Kindergarten ~ Thursday, May 27th

8th Grade Graduation ~ Friday, June 11th (7:00 p.m.)

Kindergarten Luau ~ Monday, June 14th

Kindergarten Program & Final Day ~ Tuesday, June 15th (10:00 a.m.)

Final Day for Grades 1-7 ~ Wednesday, June 16th (10:30 a.m. dismissal)

Kindergarten Screening

The Early Prevention of School Failure Screening for Kindergarten applicants will take place on Monday, May 3rd.  In order that the teachers may be available to administer the assessment, there will be no Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten classes on these two days.

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

One of the hallmarks of our school community is the high level of parent involvement that has helped the school achieve many goals in recent years.  As in the past, each family at All Saints has been asked to earn 60 volunteer points over the course of the current school year.  Those who are unable to do so are asked to submit a check at the conclusion of the year for any outstanding points that remain.  (1 point = $3.00)  As we begin the fourth quarter, parents are reminded to update their “points total” so that the database accurately reflects their contributions over the course of the entire year.

At the beginning of May, the office will issue individualized letters to each family, confirming the number of points reflected in the school database. For this reason, we ask that those families who have not recently updated the database do so by Friday, April 30th. Those families who have not earned the required 60 points will be assessed a corresponding fee at a rate of $3.00 per point and asked to submit payment by the close of May.

Mass with Bishop Loverde ~ Rescheduled ~REMINDER

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.  All school families and friends are cordially invited to join us for this special time of prayer and thanksgiving.

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!

Upcoming Events

Friday, April 30th Points for Parents ~ Deadline for Parents to update database

Saturday, May 1st First Communion (10:30 a.m.)

Monday, May 3rd EPSF Kindergarten Screening (No PreK or K classes)

4th Grade Mothers’ Tea

New Carpool System begins

Tuesday, May 4th SCA Election Information Meeting for Middle School

PTO Board Meeting (Jr. Library/7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 5th Battle of the Books

Thursday, May 6th 5th Annual Race for Education

Friday, May 7th May Crowning, immediately following Mass

Graduation & First Communion Photos

Saturday, May 8th First Communion (10:30 a.m.)

Coming Home With Oldest Child

§  PTO Election Ballot (also available under links)

Coming Home with 6 – 8 Grade Students

§  Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School Summer Camps Information Packet

***Spring Pictures Coming Home with Students Who Ordered Them***

LINKS

§  New Dismissal Guidelines ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/04/PMDISMISSALPROCEDURES-Parents.pdf

§  Dismissal Bays~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/04/Dismissal-Bays.pdf

§  PTO Election Ballot ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/04/pto-election-ballot-2010.pdf

§  John Paul the Great High School Summer Camps for Rising 6-9th Graders ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/04/jpg-summer-camp.pdf

§  e-News Update from JP the Great Catholic High School ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/04/e-News-April-21-2010.pdf

§  Spotlight on the Arts Brochure ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=SpotlightontheArtsCamps2010.pdf

All Saints selected as a Virginia “Top School”

In a year marked by the celebration of All Saints’ designation as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, we have more exciting news to share!  All Saints Catholic School was recently selected as a “Top School” for the Commonwealth of Virginia in the 2009 Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY) Talent Search. All Saints was one of just 100 schools in Virginia to receive this distinction. Continue reading “All Saints selected as a Virginia “Top School””

The Sentinel – Volume 10, Issue 31

Message from the Principal

Congratulations to the members of our 8th grade class who were confirmed on Saturday.  We rejoice in their commitment to their faith and welcome them as full members of our Church! Let us pray that the outpouring of the Spirit experienced in this Sacrament will continue to inspire and guide our students in the years ahead.

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This week I wish to share with you the results of the Bullying Survey completed by parents and students during the first semester.  I wish to first thank Mrs. Karcher, school counselor, for all of the time and energy she invested in this important project.  I also want to thank Mr. and Mrs. Bill for tabulating the results and organizing the data.  A summary report of the survey is linked to this week’s newsletter.

In general, I am pleased with the results and believe that we are making progress regarding this important challenge.  The statistics compiled by Mrs. Karcher confirm that All Saints is a place where the majority of students feel safe.  I attribute much of this to the fact that the staff has been proactive in helping the students develop healthy, positive relationships and responsive when needs or concerns have arisen.

While the responses of many confirm that bullying is not a significant problem at All Saints, it remains a very real challenge for those who encounter instances of teasing and bullying.  As long as one case of bullying exists, there is work to be done.

As such, these survey results are not an endpoint, but rather a benchmark to better help us measure progress in the years ahead.  Maintaining an environment of respect remains one of our top priorities at All Saints, one towards which we continue to direct focused effort and resources.  To this end, we will issue one more bullying survey prior to the close of the year.  It is our plan to distribute this second survey electronically, enabling us to more efficiently compile the data.  You will also note from the report provided by Mrs. Karcher that there are additional strategies we have identified for the upcoming year.  Combined with the measures already in place, I am hopeful that we will continue to make steady progress in establishing a “bully free zone” at All Saints.

Thank you, parents, faculty & staff, for continuing to instill in the children the virtues of respect and kindness!

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I am pleased to announce this week that Mrs. Janis DeVore will serve as the Director of Marketing & Development beginning with the 2010-2011 school year.  Having served as the Coordinator of the emerging program, she has demonstrated tremendous effectiveness in communicating the success story of All Saints to the surrounding community.  While continuing to serve as the point person for our marketing and development efforts, she will also coordinate the new Enrollment Management Initiative.  Through this program, it is our goal to implement strategic year-round strategies in support of student recruitment and retention.

We congratulate Mrs. DeVore on this promotion and thank her for the good work she has already begun. Through her efforts directed at advancing our mission, she will help to ensure that the gift of Catholic education remains available for future generations of children at All Saints.

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A Glimpse Ahead: The New Carpool System …Details next week…

10th Annual Golf Tournament ~ Evergreen Country Club

On Monday, May 17th All Saints Parish will host the 10th Annual Golf Tournament at Evergreen Golf & Country Club in Haymarket, Virginia. The monies raised through the Golf Tournament will be used to support the work of the PTO, an organization that enhances the programs and facilities of All Saints Catholic School through annual fundraising initiatives. The financial contributions of individuals and businesses over the last several years have funded major projects in our school, such as the installation of a state-of-the-art computer lab and media center, a new playground, and an interactive electronic whiteboard in every classroom, Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade.

As a first-class fundraiser that is being promoted in the surrounding community, the tournament provides a wonderful opportunity for local businesses to advertise their goods/services.  For more information about corporate sponsorship and ticket information, please visit us online at www.AllSaintsGolf.com. You may also email us at info@allsaintsgolf.com or contact Jim Switzer at 571-330-8381.

Race for Education ~ Schedule for Redemption of Prize Cards

Thanks to the students and parents of All Saints, our school mailed 5,300 letters requesting financial support for the 5th Annual Race for Education.  Prize Cards have already been distributed to students who met the criteria and may be redeemed according to the following schedule:

Tuesday, April 27th Students may begin redeeming Free Pretzel Cards
Thursday, April 29th Students may begin redeeming Free Ice Cream Cards
Tuesday, May 4th Designated Dress-Down Day
Tuesday, May 18th Deisgnated Dress-Down Day
Tuesday, May 25th Designated Dress-Down Day

End of Year Calendar

Field Day ~ Monday, June 7th (Linton Hall School)
Final Day for Pre-Kindergarten ~ Thursday, May 27th

8th Grade Graduation ~ Friday, June 11th (7:00 p.m.)

Kindergarten Luau ~ Monday, June 14th

Kindergarten Program & Final Day ~ Tuesday, June 15th (10:00 a.m.)

Final Day for Grades 1-7 ~ Wednesday, June 16th (10:30 a.m. dismissal)

Kindergarten Screening

The Early Prevention of School Failure Screening for Kindergarten applicants will take place on Monday, April 26th and Monday, May 3rd.  In order that the teachers may be available to administer the assessment, there will be no Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten classes on these two days.

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

One of the hallmarks of our school community is the high level of parent involvement that has helped the school achieve many goals in recent years.  As in the past, each family at All Saints has been asked to earn 60 volunteer points over the course of the current school year.  Those who are unable to do so are asked to submit a check at the conclusion of the year for any outstanding points that remain.  (1 point = $3.00)  As we begin the fourth quarter, parents are reminded to update their “points total” so that the database accurately reflects their contributions over the course of the entire year.

At the beginning of May, the office will issue individualized letters to each family, confirming the number of points reflected in the school database. For this reason, we ask that those families who have not recently updated the database do so by Friday, April 30th. Those families who have not earned the required 60 points will be assessed a corresponding fee at a rate of $3.00 per point and asked to submit payment by the close of May.

Mass with Bishop Loverde ~ Rescheduled ~REMINDER

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.  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:                         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!

Alumni Ambassador Program

All Saints is excited to announce the launch of a new alumni initiative called the Alumni Ambassador Program which will encourage alumni to come back to All Saints to work with current students or assist faculty/staff with special projects. Information about the program will be included on the school website, in the All Saints parish bulletin, and in the next issue of The Sentinel. Annette Lewis will be coordinating with the faculty to determine areas in which assistance is needed, and Janis DeVore will be the contact person for alumni who are interested in participating in the program. Below is a write-up regarding the program:

Are you a former All Saints Catholic School student? Are you interested in gaining service hours by supporting your alma mater?

Would you like experience working in a school setting? Join All Saints new Alumni Ambassador Program and you can assist faculty with special projects or share your knowledge with current All Saints students. Assist with reading groups in the younger classrooms or provide tutoring assistance for students in Extended Day. Help Mrs. Lewis organize costumes or design eye-popping bulletin boards. Many opportunities are available!

To participate in this exciting new program, please visit our website at www.allsaintsvaschool.org and click on the Alumni/Development tab or contact Janis DeVore at (703) 368-4400 x 212. Stay connected through All Saints new Alumni Ambassador Program!

~ A Special Note of Thanks ~

To Our All Saints Family,

As many of you know our family has welcomed the very early arrival of our new son, Samuel David.  He was born March, 19th, two months premature and weighed just two pounds and ten ounces.  Samuel has been in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Prince William Hospital since his arrival.  During this time we have received an abundance of delicious meals and wonderful gifts.  We are so grateful to those who have provided these things and for the thoughts and prayers of everyone.  This has been a very busy, stressful, and difficult time for us and the help we have received has made things much more manageable.  We have been truly blessed by the amount of help we have received from various families here at All Saints.  While writing this Thank You, I struggle to find the right words to show the measure of our gratitude.  We never expected so many people to come together for our family and are amazed by everyone’s generosity.  My mother, K-1 teacher, Mrs. Vice has always told us how wonderful and thoughtful the All Saints Community is, and now that we are on the receiving end we are still in awe.  We want to thank everyone in our All Saints Family we appreciate everything you’ve done for us.

God Bless,

Monica, Linwood, Noah and Samuel Parsons

Cafeteria Change for Thursday, April 22nd

The cafeteria will not be offering egg salad sandwiches on white bread.  Pepperoni Pizza will be the only option for purchasing lunch on Thursday. 

Cake Walk Reminder

Thanks to everyone who is volunteering time or cakes for the Parish Festival this weekend.  Just a reminder that if you signed up to bring a cake, you can drop them any time Friday in MRS. CUMMINGS’ room (NOTE: this is different from the Sunday bulletin).  We still have a few time slots open – especially in the 5pm-7pm timeframe on Saturday.  If you can help out, please contact Sue Ferguson at sferguson1@comcast.net or 703-331-3878.

Race for Education

The Race for Education is quickly approaching and we are in need of volunteers for the day of the race. The entire school will participate on Thursday, May 6th. Volunteers will help track the children’s laps and pass out water, both which can be done while you are cheering your child on. The schedule for the race is:

Grades Pre-K1, PK2, K & 1                  8:45 to 9:45 a.m.

Grades 2-3                                             10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Grades 6-8                                             12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Grades Pre-K3, 4-5                               1:45 to 2:45 p.m.

If you would like to help out with this event please contact Marjorie Collins at 703-365-9686 or marjorie@ocfmail.com.  This is a great opportunity for parents to earn those last few Points for Parents!

Announcements from the PTO

The next PTO General Assembly Meeting will be held on Monday April 26th 7:30pm. Please join us for our last PTO General Assembly Meeting of the year on Monday April 26 at 7:30pm in the school gym.  We will be discussing our newest fundraising ideas as well as recapping the years events.  Also, meet the candidates for the PTO Executive Board elections.  The Uniform Exchange will also take place. If you have any questions, please contact Joan Coleman atjcoleman02@comcast.net.

LOST & FOUND ~ Please collect any lost articles from the lost and found bin by Friday April 23rd.  Any articles not claimed will be added to the PTO Uniform Exchange.  For questions regarding the uniform exchange, please contact Debbie Street atstreetfamily3@aol.com.

Paul VI Catholic High School ~ Preview to High School

A Special Invitation to Parents of 6th and 7th Grade Students ~ Explore the merits of a Catholic High School Education ~ Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.  Meet our Principal, Administration, Faculty and Students. Get a jump start on your future.  See for yourself what makes PVI a special place.

Bishop O’Connell Catholic High School ~ Preview for 7th Graders

Just starting to explore your high school options?  Join us for an hour to find out more about what Bishop O’Connell has to offer.  You’ll hear from current students and their parents, teachers and the director of admissions.  Learn about academic offerings, extracurricular opportunities and the application process.  When? 5 PM – 6 PM, Saturday, April 24, Upper Gym, Bishop O’Connell High School. Students attending will receive a free pass for their families to attend the Festival of the Arts which will be held from 6 – 9 PM!  You do not need to RSVP — we’ll see you there!  Questions may be directed to Mary McAlevy, Director of Admissions, at 703-237-1433.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 22nd School Council Meeting ~ cancelled

Friday, April 23rd Holiday ~ Parish Festival Prep Day

Saturday, April 24th Parish Festival (4th Grade Performance: 2:15-2:45 p.m.)

Diocesan Science Fair

Monday, April 26th EPSF Kindergarten Screening ~ No PreK or K classes

SCA sponsored Pennies for Love project begins

Terra Nova Make Up Day

VIRTUS Video Update (Library/7:00 p.m.)

PTO General Assembly Meeting (Gym/7:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, April 27th Terra Nova Make Up Day

Principal for a Day, Lance Coleman (Auction Winner)

Gold Medal Readers Celebration (1:15 p.m.)

Wednesday, April 28th Earth Day Celebration, sponsored by the SCA

Dress Down Day

Earth Hour ~ limited use of electricity (1:45-2:45 p.m.)

Links

§         Summary of Bullying Survey ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/04/Student_Survey_on_Bullying.pdf

§         Earth Day Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/04/EarthDay2010.pdf

§         Pennies for Love Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/04/PenniesforLove2010.pdf

The Sentinel – Volume 10, Issue 30

Message from the Principal

Next week all students in grades two through seven will participate in the Terra Nova standardized testing program.  As the week of testing quickly draws near, now is the time for us to complete the final “warm-up routines”.  Teachers have provided opportunities for a review of basic skills in the classroom and have been guiding the students through practice tests to familiarize them with the format and the process of “bubbling” answers. For parents interested in providing additional practice at home, there are a number of websites that provide opportunities for review and practice of basic skills.  A simple search using the keywords “Terra Nova” and “practice tests” will yield a number of sites that provide practice tests, games and activities related to math and language arts for specific grade levels.

Again this year, we wish to approach next week’s testing with the perspective that it is a weeklong celebration of learning. In an effort to reduce any unnecessary stress for the students, teachers will not be scheduling any classroom tests or projects for the week of testing.  Additionally, teachers in grades two through seven will assigning little to no homework throughout the week.

Students in grades 5 & 8 will also participate in the ACRE testing program, an assessment that measures each student’s understanding of their faith.  This testing will occur within the context of regularly scheduled religion classes.

The following is a list of test-taking tips that you may find helpful in preparing your son or daughter for the upcoming test.

Test-Taking Tips

1)       Reassure your child that he or she does not have to answer all the questions correctly to pass.  It is not expected that students answer every question correctly.

2)       Tell your child to attempt to answer all of the questions and not to leave any blanks.  There is no penalty for guessing.

3)       Remind your child that the test is important.

4)       Explain to your child the importance of using time wisely.  If your child gets stuck on a question, encourage him or her to make the best guess or place a mark in the test booklet by that item and to return to it after finishing that section of the test.

5)       Make certain your child gets a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast before taking the test.

6)       Try to make the morning of the test a pleasant one.  Avoid stress.

7)       Be sure that your child arrives on time the day of the test.

8)       Remind your child to listen carefully to the instructions from the teacher and to read the directions and each question carefully.

9)       Encourage your child to stay focused on the test, even if other students finish early.

***Important Parent Survey Regarding Afternoon Dismissal***

In order to best serve our families at dismissal, we need to update our carpool information.  Please complete the questionnaire coming home with you children today and return it to your child’s teacher by Friday, April 16th.  Although each child will be bringing home a copy of the survey, only one copy of the survey per family is needed.  A copy of the questionnaire is also being linked to this newsletter.  Thank you for your assistance by providing this information.

10th Annual Golf Tournament ~ Evergreen Country Club

On Monday, May 17th All Saints Parish will host the 10th Annual Golf Tournament at Evergreen Golf & Country Club in Haymarket, Virginia. The monies raised through the Golf Tournament will be used to support the work of the PTO, an organization that enhances the programs and facilities of All Saints Catholic School through annual fundraising initiatives. The financial contributions of individuals and businesses over the last several years have funded major projects in our school, such as the installation of a state-of-the-art computer lab and media center, a new playground, and an interactive electronic whiteboard in every classroom, Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade.

As a first-class fundraiser that is being promoted in the surrounding community, the tournament provides a wonderful opportunity for local businesses to advertise their goods/services.  For more information about corporate sponsorship and ticket information, please visit us online at www.AllSaintsGolf.com. You may also email us at info@allsaintsgolf.com or contact Jim Switzer at 571-330-8381.

Virtue of the Month ~ Stewardship/Service

1.           Do random acts of kindness every day.

2.           Always be there to help a classmate or a teacher who needs you.

3.           Take care of all classroom furniture, books and papers.

4.           Take care of your library book and return it on time.

5.           Don’t waste paper.  Use both sides.

6.           Pick up paper, pencils, and items you see on the ground inside and outside, EVEN IF YOU DID NOT DROP THEM.  Put them in their proper place.

7.           Put all papers, cans, and bottles in the proper recycling bin.  Never throw away something that can be recycled, both at home and at school.

8.           Find ways to help at home BEFORE you are asked.  Examples: make your bed, clear the table, walk the dog, read to a little brother or sister, clean up your mess, take out the trash.

9.           Treat all nature with respect. (Flowers, grass, trees, water, pets, wild animals.)

10.         Help all people in need, especially those less fortunate than yourself.  Give food, clothes, and money to the poor. Smile at someone who looks sad.  Pray for all people in need around the world.

Prayer of the Month

Dear God,

Thank you so much for this wonderful day. Thanks for the friends who showed me the way.

Please help me today in all that I do, and don’t forget God, how much I love you!

End of Year Calendar

Field Day ~ Monday, June 7th (Linton Hall School)

Final Day for Pre-Kindergarten ~ Thursday, May 27th

8th Grade Graduation ~ Friday, June 11th (7:00 p.m.)

Kindergarten Luau ~ Monday, June 14th

Kindergarten Program & Final Day ~ Tuesday, June 15th (10:00 a.m.)

Final Day for Grades 1-7 ~ Wednesday, June 16th (10:30 a.m. dismissal)

Faculty Member to serve on DFE Visiting Team

For the remainder of the week, Mrs. Vice will be serving on the Design for Excellence Visiting Team at Holy Cross Academy in Fredericksburg.  We congratulate her on being selected for this important role and wish her every success during the experience.

Kindergarten Screening

The Early Prevention of School Failure Screening for Kindergarten applicants will take place on Monday, April 26th and Monday, May 3rd.  In order that the teachers may be available to administer the assessment, there will be no Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten classes on these two days.

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

One of the hallmarks of our school community is the high level of parent involvement that has helped the school achieve many goals in recent years.  As in the past, each family at All Saints has been asked to earn 60 volunteer points over the course of the current school year.  Those who are unable to do so are asked to submit a check at the conclusion of the year for any outstanding points that remain.  (1 point = $3.00)  As we begin the fourth quarter, parents are reminded to update their “points total” so that the database accurately reflects their contributions over the course of the entire year.

At the beginning of May, the office will issue individualized letters to each family, confirming the number of points reflected in the school database. For this reason, we ask that those families who have not recently updated the database do so by Friday, April 30th. Those families who have not earned the required 60 points will be assessed a corresponding fee at a rate of $3.00 per point and asked to submit payment by the close of May.

Mass with Bishop Loverde ~ Rescheduled ~REMINDER

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.  All school families and friends are cordially invited to join us for this special time of prayer and thanksgiving.

4th Grade “Celebration of America” Mini Concert

“A Celebration of America – a concert of American folk tunes and patriotic favorites featuring All Saints 4th Graders at the outdoor entertainment venue @ this year’s Parish Festival!

When: Saturday, April 24, 2010, 2:15-2:45 pm

Where: the back parking lot of the school across from the gym entrance.

Please have children arrive no later than 2 pm wearing jeans and a red, white, blue, or other kind of patriotic shirt.  Join us for this exciting oppotunity in celebrating our children, our Parish, our School, and our country! Questions may be directed to Miss Dalusung: ndalusung@allsaintsva.org

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:              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 the New 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

Thanks to your great participation, the Race for Education mailed 5300 mailers! This is one of the largest amounts we’ve ever mailed.   We sent mailers to all 50 states as well as Canada, India, France, Ireland, Philippines, and Puerto Rico.  The responses are already coming in and we need  volunteers to help process the mailers.  If you would be interested in helping process the mailers please fill out the volunteer form linked below.

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.  Click on link below for the flyer with more details.

Paul VI Catholic High School

§         Preview to High School ~ A special Invitation to Parents of 6th & 7th Grade Students.  Explore the merits of a Catholic High School Education.  Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.  Meet our Principal, Administration, Faculty and Students.  Get a jump start on your future.  See for yourself what makes PVI a special place.  Reserve your place at (703)352-0925 ext. 331 or ehanley@paulvi.net.

§         CASINO NIGHT 2010  “PANTHER ALL-STAR CASINO NIGHT” ~ Wear your favorite player’s or team jersey and join us for an evening of fun, friendship, gambling, food and drink on Saturday, May 1 at 7pm in the Activity Center. Register at www.paulvi.net – click Casino Night, print and mail in the registration form, or click on the 2nd pair of RED DICE to register on line.  For additional information, please contact Suzanne Knight at suzanneknight@verizon.net or Katy Mahoney at kmahoney@eckertseamans.com.

§         Paul VI Football “Mulch Madness Sale, Sunday, April 25, 2010 from 12:30 – 5:30pm. – 3.0 cu ft per bag of West Virginia, Pesticide –Free Hardwood Mulch – Cost:  $4.00 per bag for pick-up at Paul VI or $5.00 per bag delivered to your house, minimum 5 bag delivery. To order:  Please call Susan Underwood at 703-980-1795 or email orders tosaunderwood@cox.net

§         Paul VI Girls Summer Lacrosse Camp- July 19-23

Camp is for rising 2nd through 9th graders. 9-1pm at PVI High School Track field.  $150 per camper.  Registration form at:http://www.paulvi.net/athletics/2010GirlsLacrosseCamp.pdf For more info email: pvigirlslaxcamp@gmail.com

§         PVI CLASS OF 2014 ~ The Music Man is coming to Paul VI Catholic High School on April 16th, 17th, and 18th, and we would like to invite all incoming PVI freshmen to join the excitement. There’s trouble in River City when con man Harold Hill shows up selling boys bands to unsuspecting families in The Music Man, one of Broadway’s most famous musical comedies. Shows start at 7:30 on April 16th and 17th, and 2:00 on April 18th.   Students in the Class of 2014 who bring this email will get in free; others may buy tickets at the door, or online at www.paulvi.net.   The cast includes all your favorite PVI actors, plus, the singing talents of four of our faculty, Mr. Moore (Latin), Mr. O’Leary (Math), Dr. Rozmajzl (Science), and Mr. Vittes (Spanish) as the Barbershop Quartet.  Meet your future classmates, and maybe a teacher or two at this very special show.  You won’t want to miss it!

§         Check out PVI Website for more Camp Brochures.  Go to the PVI website under Current Students & Parent link.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 15th VIRTUS Update Training (FKH/8:30 a.m.)

3rd Quarter Report Cards sent home

Friday, April 16th 2nd & 8th Grade Prayer Service (2:15 p.m.)

Saturday, April 17th 8th Grade Confirmation (10:00 a.m.)

Monday, April 19th Week of Terra Nova Testing

8th Grade Trip to Philadephia (6:45 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.)

Thursday, April 22nd School Council Meeting ~ cancelled

Friday, April 23rd Holiday ~ Parish Festival Prep Day

Saturday, April 24th Parish Festival (4th Grade Performance: 2:15-2:45 p.m.)

Diocesan Science Fair

Links

4   Afternoon Dismissal Questionnaire ~  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/04/pm-dismissal.pdf

4   Race for Education Volunteer Form ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/04/2010-race-for-education-volunteer.pdf

4   Cake Walk Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/04/2010-cake-walk.pdf