The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 9

Living Stones on the Pathway to Heaven…

Message from the Principal

Over the course of the past several years, our school community has worked together to create a bully-free school zone.  While we can be pleased with the progress we have made, this is an initiative toward which we must continue to direct time and resources each year.  If there is one instance of bullying, then there is still work to be done.

At last Friday’s Diocesan Educational Institute, I attended a presentation on bullying hosted by an organization that is on the forefront of bringing this issue to the attention of parents, schools and community members via media presentations.  The session touched upon the effects of bullying as well as the rise of cyber-bullying, a particular form of harassment that has gained specific attention in the news over the course of the past month.

What struck me most at this workshop was not the impact and effects of bullying, but rather the recognition that this challenge is not going to disappear.  For this reason, our families and Catholic schools are called to be counter-cultural, taking a clear stand against these behaviors. It is our responsibility to guide the children in recognizing that each individual is created in the very image and likeness of God.  As such, respect and reverence should surround all interactions.  Similarly, the complexities and risks associated with technology in the 21st Century are a part of our day to day existence.  It remains our responsibility to teach the children how to navigate these information highways, always using technology in a manner that shows respect to one another and God’s creation.

This week we have an opportunity to bring the matter of bullying to the forefront of our discussion once again.  I would like to invite all parents to participate in an anonymous, online survey for the purpose of assessing the level of bullying at All Saints Catholic School.  Each survey should take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete.   The Parent Survey on Bullying Fall 2010 is for parents of students in all grade levels. The K-2nd Grade Survey on Bullying is for students in Kindergarten, 1st grade, or 2nd grade to complete with the assistance of their parents. Students in grades 3-8 will complete a corresponding survey during their computer class beginning this week.

To expedite the survey process, this year parents are asked to complete by Friday, November 5th an electronic survey that can be found at the following links.  In advance, we thank you for your participation in our efforts to both assess our current climate and to establish benchmarks for future reference.

If perhaps you are wondering what you can do as a parent to further support this initiative, I would offer the following suggestions:

1)       Take some time this week to review the topic of bullying with your son/daughter.  Help them to understand that the repeated, targeted nature of bullying is very hurtful, often resulting in wounds that last years, and in some cases a lifetime.  Help them to understand that all students have a right and expectation to be able to come to school each day to learn in an environment free of fear.

2)       Remind your child that, should they ever encounter an instance of bullying, it is vitally important that they share this information with a faculty or staff member.  If for any reason they are uncomfortable doing so, please contact your child’s teacher directly.  It is only with this type of information that we are able to take steps to help prevent future occurrences.

3)       Spend some time discussing with your child the practical steps that he/she can take to discourage bullying.  For example, sharing strategies or even role-playing appropriateresponses can help to empower students not to laugh…not to participate…and to take a stand whenever they witness an instance of bullying.

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This week I would also like to announce that I am establishing a special Uniform Focus Group tasked with assisting me in reviewing our school uniform.  Adopted in 1999, the current uniform has been modified only slightly over the past eleven years.  As our community has grown and evolved during this time period, the surrounding economic climate has also changed significantly.  For these reasons, I feel that this is the right moment to initiate dialogue on the topic of our uniform.

As such, I will be meeting with a small group of parents and teachers ~ the Uniform Focus Group ~ to begin the discussion.  Our first meeting will serve simply as a listening for me and provide us an opportunity to identify key questions to be incorporated in a parent satisfaction survey, the results of which will be used in planning the scope and direction of the review process.

To recap, the initial feedback offered by the Uniform Focus Group will confirm whether the time is right to introduce a survey to the entire parent community.  Should this be the case, the feedback received from the community at large will help to determine the course of action for the group and decisions regarding the future of our school uniform.  It is important that I stress that this is not an announcement of a uniform change, rather the beginning of a process to closely examine the key issues relative to the uniform.  If there is broad consensus for change and we move in that direction, the existing uniform would be grandfathered during the period of transition.  For now, let’s take it one step at a time and see where the conversation leads.  I look forward to sharing updates with you in the weeks ahead as the process begins to unfold.

Parent-Teacher Conferences ~ Appointment Slips

Today each student received a conference appointment slip confirming the date and time for the upcoming Parent-Teacher Conferences on Thursday, November 11th and Friday, November 12th.   If you did not receive this information, please notify your child’s homeroom teacher.

All Saints Middle School…Explore the Possibilities

On Thursday, November 4th, All Saints Catholic School will host All Saints Middle School … Explore the Possibilities, a night for parents to learn more about our middle school program. Parents are invited to meet our middle school team and discover the highlights of our curriculum as they tour each classroom. The meeting will begin in the Art Room on the second floor at 7:00 p.m.

Although you and your children are already an important part of our school community, we recognize that you may not be completely familiar with all our middle school has to offer. All Saints’ small, faith-focused learning environment will provide your child with: 

  • An interactive religious education
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Academic excellence through a challenging curriculum to help your child excel in high school and beyond
  • Technology supported instruction
  • Nurturing and welcoming community
  • Numerous extracurricular activities
  • Opportunities to help others through school-based service projects

This middle school information night will also be open to parents outside of the current school community. To allow us to properly prepare for this event, please RSVP by completing the form below or by emailing Janis DeVore at jdevore@allsaintsva.org.

Veterans Day Celebration

Join us as our school community honors the commitment of the men and women who have served our country in the United States Armed Forces. We cordially invite all active duty, reserve, former and retired military personnel to attend our school Mass on Wednesday, November 10th at 8:30 a.m. Following the Mass, there will be a ceremony and question/answer session in the Parish Activities Center, followed by a reception for our honored guests in Father Kelley Hall. Students received a packet of information through their classroom teachers last week about our Veterans Wall Display which will further honor military personnel from our school community.

Mark Your Calendars … Don’t forget that the second annual Manassas Veterans Day Parade will take place in Old Town Manassas on Saturday, November 6th at 11:00 a.m. For additional information and the parade route, please visit www.manassasveteransparade.org/.

Annual  VIRTUS  Training Update

An annual 30-minute review of the warning signs of abuse and the steps we can take to keep our children safe is required for all clergy, employees and any volunteers who have contact with children.

This valuable reminder will be presented on: Tuesday, November 9th in Meeting Room 2 at 2:15 PM.

If you have any questions, please call Janet Smith in the parish office at (703) 393-2158.

Sponsorship for Calendar, Directory and Folders

Attached to this week’s newsletter is a flyer from J.M. Gaske, the company that publishes our annual calendar, directory and folders.  Parents and business owners interested in sponsoring an advertisement in one or more of these publications are invited to complete the attached form and return it to the school office.  In advance, thank you for your generous support of these projects.

Yearbook Cover Contest

The Yearbook Committee is hosting the annual Yearbook Cover Contest.  Details about the contest may be located in the flyer attached to this week’s newsletter.

Family Advent Wreath Workshop

The All Saints Office for Religious Education will be holding a Family Advent Wreath Workshop on Saturday, November 20th 10:00 am in the Gym. Make and decorate an Advent wreath and begin your family’s spiritual preparation for Advent.  Information and order form may be found in flyer linked to this week’s newsletter.

Square 1 Art

Square 1 Art catalogs were sent home with the children last week.  Your child’s artwork appears on the front cover of their catalog.  In the catalog you’ll find several different products which you can purchase.  The products will display your child’s artwork.  All orders and payments are due by Friday, 10/29/10. Please send your order and payment (checks payable to All Saints Catholic School) in with your child or leave order at the front office.  The order should be sent to attention of Kerry Balagtas.  The products are tentatively due to be delivered shortly before Thanksgiving.  The products would make great Christmas gifts for friends and families.  Any questions should be directed to Kerry Balagtas.  Kerry can be reached by phone at 703-365-7327 or by email at Kerryb17@verizon.net.  Thank you.

Casino Night & Auction News

Win two Tickets to see the REDSKINS play the TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS on Saturday, December 12, 2010 at FEDEX FIELD.  Every item donated to the Casino Night & Auction receives one entry in the drawing for tickets.  Please click on the link in today’s newsletter for more information.

Paul VI Catholic High School Recycling/Shredding Event

Do you have old files, records, receipts, magazines, books, computer disks (yes – computer disks!!), or other materials of which you would like to have securely disposed?  The Paul VI Catholic High School PTO will be holding its Fall 2010 recycling and shredding fundraiser in the school front parking lot (adjacent to the McDonalds) on Saturday, November 20th, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  As always, the proceeds will go toward the PVI Teacher Scholarship Program, and the donation will be $8.00 per box (12”x10”x15”).  The items to be shredded also can be brought in any container, and we will estimate the quantity.  Please help us to help you and benefit a most valuable cause – our PVI teachers!

The First Holy Trinity Fall Family Festival

Saturday November 13th 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Come see Mr. Tessier Perform LIVE!!! Throughout the day – Musical entertainment, puppet shows, juggling, balancing acts, church tours and more! There will be lots of food from area restaurants and our own Holy Trinity Ministries.  The kids can play games, climb, bounce, and race, have their face and hair painted, even use a catapult! We will have a Silent Auction, White Elephant Sale and lots of area vendors for your holiday shopping needs. Free Admission – with fees for some rides and attractions.

For additional information contact Debi Kromer at debkromer@verizon.net

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, October 28th

8th Grade Saints’ Café (FKH/8:25-9:40 a.m.)

Eucharistic Adoration (2:15 p.m.)

  • Friday, October 29th

End of 1st Quarter

Penny Bazaar (10:30-11:30 a.m.)

Noon Dismissal (Report Card prep)

  • Monday, November 1st

All Saints Feast Day Mass (10:00 a.m.)

Free Ice Cream at Lunch in honor of Feast Day, courtesy of the PTO

Transition to Winter Uniforms

§  Tuesday, November 2nd ~ PTO Executive Board Meeting (PLC/7:00 p.m.)

§  Thursday, November 4th ~ Middle School…Explore the Possibilities! (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

§  Friday, November 5th ~ Report Cards sent Home

 

Going Home with Each Student

¨       Parent/Teacher Conference Appointment Slip

Going Home with Middle School Students

¨       Middle School Movie Night Flyer

Links

  • Parent Survey on Bullying Fall 2010: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/F9GMW2C
  • Kindergarten-2nd Grade Survey on Bullying: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/F955CW8
  • Yearbook Cover Contest:  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/10/yearbook_cover_2010-2011.pdf
  • Redskins vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tickets:  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/10/auction-redskin-tix.pdf
  • Gaske Advertising/Sponsor Form: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/10/GaskeAdvertisingForm.pdf
  • Advent Wreath Workshop:  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/10/AdventWreathFlyer2010.pdf

The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 8

Living Stones on the Pathway to Heaven…

Message from the Principal

The Knights of Columbus Hall was nearly full on Saturday evening as families gathered for the PTO Bingo Night event.  It was a joy to see so many parents and students relaxing and enjoying a time of fellowship and games!  I wish to thank our event coordinator, Mrs. Linda Gaynord, for organizing the many details behind the scenes and her husband, Mr. Bill Gaynord, for facilitating the bingo games.  I also want to thank the Knight of Columbus for their continued generosity to our school community. Through their hospitality in hosting our Bingo Nights and financial generosity throughout the year, they have shown strong support for the mission of our parish school.  On behalf of the families of All Saints Catholic School, thank you George Brent Council!

Several years ago our school began a New Parent Referral Program.  Recognizing that the best marketing takes place when parents share the successes of our school with friends and neighbors, we implemented a program to thank and acknowledge families who refer others to our school.  I am pleased to announce that nineteen current families participated in this program and will subsequently receive a letter confirming a tuition credit for the 2010-2011 academic year.  Thanks to our school families enthusiastically sharing the “good news” of All Saints, our enrollment stands at just over 550, a 5% increase over last year.

On Friday, teachers and administrators will gather for the Diocesan Institute at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington.  This event is an annual day of professional development and prayer for all school employees in our diocese.  So that all of our teachers may attend, Friday, October 22nd is a holiday for students at All Saints.  Enjoy the long autumn weekend!

Middle School Night ~ 4th & 5th Grade Parents Cordially Invited!

On Thursday, November 4th, All Saints Catholic School will host All Saints Middle School … Explore the Possibilities, a night for 4th & 5th grade parents to learn more about our middle school program. Parents are invited to meet our middle school team and discover the highlights of our curriculum as they tour each classroom. The meeting will begin in the Art Room on the second floor at 7:00 p.m.

Although you and your children are already an important part of our school community, we recognize that you may not be completely familiar with all our middle school has to offer. All Saints’ small, faith-focused learning environment will provide your child with: 

  • An interactive religious education
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Academic excellence through a challenging curriculum to help your child excel in high school and beyond
  • Technology supported instruction
  • Nurturing and welcoming community
  • Numerous extracurricular activities
  • Opportunities to help others through school-based service projects

This middle school information night will also be open to parents outside of the current school community. To allow us to properly prepare for this event, please RSVP by completing the form below or by emailing Janis DeVore at jdevore@allsaintsva.org.

Veterans Day Celebration

Join us as our school community honors the commitment of the men and women who have served our country in the United States Armed Forces. We cordially invite all active duty, reserve, former and retired military personnel to attend our school Mass on Wednesday, November 10th at 8:30 a.m. Following the Mass, there will be a ceremony and question/answer session in the Parish Activities Center, followed by a reception for our honored guests in Father Kelley Hall. Students received a packet of information through their classroom teachers last week about our Veterans Wall Display which will further honor military personnel from our school community.

Mark Your Calendars … Don’t forget that the second annual Manassas Veterans Day Parade will take place in Old Town Manassas on Saturday, November 6th at 11:00 a.m. For additional information and the parade route, please visit www.manassasveteransparade.org/.

Annual  VIRTUS  Training Update

An annual 30-minute review of the warning signs of abuse and the steps we can take to keep our children safe is required for all clergy, employees and any volunteers who have contact with children.

This valuable reminder will be presented on:

  • Monday, October 25th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 PM.
  • Tuesday, November 9th in Meeting Room 2 at 2:15 PM.

If you have any questions, please call Janet Smith in the parish office at (703) 393-2158.

Intellectual Disabilty Awareness Month

Bishop Loverde’s opening remarks at the Commemorative Disabilities Awareness Mass held on October 3rd at St. Thomas More:

We are one flock, one Church, one family of God.  Each person is created in God’s image and likeness, yet there are variations in individual abilities.  These differences serve only to enhance the richness and the unity of the Body of Christ.

Our defense of life and our repudiation of the culture of death require that we acknowledge and celebrate the dignity and the positive contributions of our brothers and sisters with disabilities.  There cannot be and must never be discrimination, disrespect and any other sort of negative attitude.  We unequivocally oppose abortion, medical rationing and euthanasia, which are often seen by the society around us as the means of eliminating future involvement with a person who has disabilities.  I repeat, respecting life – all of it —  encompasses intrinsically our respect and care for persons with disabilities.

Educational & Social Support Programs

  • George Mason University LIFE (Learning Into Future Environments) Program

http://masonlife.gmu.edu/ The Mason LIFE Program is an innovative post-secondary program for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who desire a university experience in a supportive academic environment.

  • Pope Paul VI Catholic High School Options Program http://www.paulvi.net/Page.aspx?pid=333 The PVI Options Program provides a quality modified inclusive education in a Catholic Christian environment for high school age students with intellectual disabilities.
  • Pope John Paul II Catholic High School Options Program http://www.jpthegreat.org/documents/Options_Program_Information_Sept_2010_000.pdf
  • St. Mark’s Evangelist Primary Program
  • Keyboard for Kids: Alpha Smarts/NEOs (portable keayboards) are loaned to students with identified disabilities. These are available through Diane Elliott with the Office of Catholic Schools:www.neo-direct.ccom/intor.aspx.

Best Buddies Virginia is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. http://www.bestbuddiesvirginia.org/site/c.bgLLI1OIKtF/b.1069107/k.BE38/Home.htm

Living Plant for the Leonard Family

Several students from All Saints decorated two pots to be used as a “Living Plant” for the Leonard Family.  The pots contain an assortment of paper flowers and clips that can be used to hold gift and prayer cards.  The gift cards may be used by the family when they need a last minute meal or when they are out at their weekly hospital visits.  The prayer cards are a sign of all the prayers that are being said for them.  While we are also doing the meal train, this will serve as another way for the All Saints community to express their love and support.  Since the “living plant” can be refilled, it will be a constant reminder to the Leonard Family that we are there for them during this difficult time.

PTO General Assembly Meeting Tuesday, October 26th, 7:30pm

Earn 5 Points for Parents while you hear the latest on PTO activities; bring an item to donate to the Casino Auction, or purchase your Casino Tickets and receive a chance to win Redskin tickets w/a parking pass!  Uniform exchange will be open before the meeting (7:00pm) – get ready for the change to winter uniforms on 11/1!  Please see flyer linked to this newsletter for additional information.

Square 1 Art

Square 1 Art catalogs were sent home with the children this week.  Your child’s artwork will appear on the front cover of their catalog.  In the catalog you’ll find several different products which you can purchase.  The products will display your child’s artwork.  All orders and payments are due by Friday, 10/29/10. Please send your order and payment (checks payable to All Saints Catholic School) in with your child or leave order at the front office.  The order should be sent to attention of Kerry Balagtas.  The products are tentatively due to be delivered shortly before Thanksgiving.  The products would make great Christmas gifts for friends and families.  Any questions should be directed to Kerry Balagtas.  Kerry can be reached by phone at 703-365-7327 or by email at Kerryb17@verizon.net.  Thank you.

Spirit News

This Week! ~ Come enjoy some fall fun on Friday, October 22nd at Ticonderoga Farm. Since there is no school that day, stop by anytime between 9am-5pm. The discounted cost for All Saints is $7.95 per child and each child receives a free small pumpkin. Please print the flyer and bring it with you to receive the special discounted price. The fun includes hayrides, hillside slides, an Indian teepee village, log cabins, hay forts, live bamboo maze Virginia’s longest swinging bridge, swings, play areas, a small shop of locally produced fall goodies and more. Ticonderoga Farm is located at 26468 Ticonderoga Farm Road in Chantilly Virginia. The phone number is 703 327-4424.

Coming Up! ~ Have fun with the whole family at Chuck-e Cheeses next Thursday, February 25th from 3 to 9 pm. Teachers and staff eat free with a school ID. Each student will receive a sticker from the school redeemable for 10 free tokens. Also, bring your child’s most recent report card and his or her good grades will earn each child up to 15 additional free tokens with any food purchase. Younger siblings can earn free tokens too with online rewards calendars. These and additional everyday coupons are available at http://www.chuckecheese.com. Fifteen percent of the proceeds from the event will be donated to All Saints School. Chuck-e Cheese is located at 7730 Streamwalk Lane, Manassas, near Home Depot off of Balls Ford Road.

REMINDERS

Monday, October 25th is Picture Make-Up Day.  Students who have not had their picture taken or who need to have their picture retaken may dress up on Monday to have their picture taken.  In the event that your child is scheduled to have P.E. on Monday, they may bring in a change of clothes to wear for their picture.  Order forms may be found by clicking on the link below.

Upcoming Events

  • John Paul the Great High School Presentation to 8th Grade ~ Thursday, October 21st
  • Kindergarten Field Trip to Cows & Corn Farm ~ Thursday, October 21st
  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting ~ Thursday, October 21st (7:00 p.m.)
  • Diocesan Institute ~ Holiday for Students ~ Friday, October 22nd
  • Spirit Activity ~ Ticonderoga Farms ~ Friday, October 22nd (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
  • Picture Make-up Day ~ Monday, October 25th
  • Lion’s Club Screening Day ~ Grades 3,5 & 7~ Monday, October 25th (Parents interested in assisting as volunteers are encouraged to contact our school nurse, Mrs. Antunes.)
  • PTO General Assembly Meeting ~ Tuesday, October 26th (Gym/7:30 p.m.)
  • Gift of Human Sexuality Program ~ Presentation #3 for Middle School ~ Wednesday, October 27th
  • End of First Quarter ~ Friday, October 29th
  • Penny Bazaar ~ Friday, October 29th (10:30-11:30 a.m.)
  • Noon Dismissal (Report Card Prep Day) ~ Friday, October 29th

Links

  • Picture Retake Day Order Form ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/10/splendid-picture-order-2010.pdf
  • · PTO General Assembly Meeting Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/10/pto-general-assembly-oct26.pdf
  • Chuck-e-Cheese Spirit Event Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/10/2010-11-11-Chuck-e-Cheese.jpg

The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 7

Message from the Principal

This week I am pleased to announce that Miss Gahagan, our music teacher, and Mr. John Laird celebrated their wedding on Sunday afternoon.  Some of you have actually had an opportunity to meet Mr. Laird as he has been assisting as accompanist during our Friday morning masses and has been involved in productions of the Upper Room Theater Ministry at All Saints.  We congratulate both Mr. and Mrs. Laird and wish them many years of joy and blessings!

On Thursday and Friday of this week I will be away on retreat with the principals of the Arlington Diocese.  We will gather in West Virginia for two days of prayer, reflection and fellowship. I will, however, return to Manassas in plenty of time for the PTO sponsored Bingo Night at the Knights’ Hall on Saturday evening beginning at 5:00 p.m.  Thank you to those families who have already confirmed their attendance for this special event.  Those interested in learning more about Bingo Night and those would still like to RSVP are encouraged to contact Mrs. Linda Gaynord at 703-393-1430.

Next week the Student Council Association has planned a number of special events in support of our school-wide celebration of Red Ribbon Week, an annual opportunity for our students to take a stand against drug and alcohol abuse.  Please see the accompanying flyer for more information about this weeklong event, including a dress down day scheduled for Wednesday, October 20th.  Thank you to the SCA for all of their efforts in encouraging our students to live drug free!

Link: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/10/RedRibbonFlyer2010.pdf

Family Directories 2010-2011

Copies of the new Family Directory were distributed to the oldest child in each family today.  In the event that you do not receive one, please contact Mrs. Kruppa at the front desk.  Again, this year the document was printed by J.M. Gaske through the financial support of local businesses.  When seeking local services, please take a moment to consider those companies that have shown support for our school by purchasing an advertisement in this annual publication.  We also wish to thank Mrs. Bruno and Mrs. D’Eugenio for again collaborating on the design and layout, resulting in a first-class directory for our families.

All Saints Students Participate in Annual Track Event!

Congratulations to the following students who participated in the CYO track meet held two weeks ago at Falls Church High School.  Fifteen students from the school entered the event with our students in 3rd and 4th grade winning 4th place overall.  The following are some of the highlights from this year’s event:

Noah H. (4th grade). 1st in 55m dash, 1st in 200m dash

Skyler M. (3rd grade). 1st in Long Jump, 2nd in 200m dash, 1st in 55m dash.

Mary A. & Abby S. (3rd Grade).  Tied for 4th in 55 dash

Sophia C.(3rd grade).  6th in 55m dash.

3rd Grade Girls  – 5th place in 4×100 meter relay (Sophia C., Lily Grace C., Christina N., Skyler Mo.)

3rd Grade Mixed Relay – 4th place in 4×100 meter relay (Patrick B., Joshua D., Abigail S., Mary A.)

4th grade Boys – 4th place in 4×100 meter relay (John T., James H.)

The next CYO track event will be a cross-country meet tentatively scheduled for the first Sunday of November at Burke Lake Park.   3rd/4th grade is a 1K race.  5th/6th is a 2K race and 7/8 is a 3K race. Practices are Sundays from 1-2pm at Metz Middle School for month of October.  If interested come to an upcoming practice or e-mail Coach Cathy Nowak at oncefitz@aol.com.

October Virtue of the Month ~ Self Control

Students will be encouraged to demonstrate the virtue of self-control both at school and home through the following strategies:

1)       Follow the rules.

2)       Never interrupt someone who is talking.

3)       Get into and walk in line without talking.

4)       Be responsible for your space in the cafeteria or at the dinner table.

5)       Listen attentively to morning and afternoon announcements.

6)       Keep your feet and hands to yourself.  Never kick or hit anyone.

7)       Say only kind words.

8)       If you get angry walk away from the situation until you are calm and can discuss it.

Prayer of the Month

Merciful Lord, let your Holy Spirit guide my life so that my soul may bear the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Renew my desire to be your faithful friend and servant, increase my loving dependence on you, and grant me that joy and peace of heart which comes from doing your holy will. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Veterans Day Celebration

Join us as our school community honors the commitment of the men and women who have served our country in the United States Armed Forces. We cordially invite all active duty, reserve, former and retired military personnel to attend our school Mass on Wednesday, November 10th at 8:30 a.m. Following the Mass, there will be a ceremony and question/answer session in the Parish Activities Center, followed by a reception for our honored guests in Father Kelley Hall. Students received a packet of information through their classroom teachers last week about our Veterans Wall Display which will further honor military personnel from our school community.

Mark Your Calendars … Don’t forget that the second annual Manassas Veterans Day Parade will take place in Old Town Manassas on Saturday, November 6th at 11:00 a.m. For additional information and the parade route, please visit www.manassasveteransparade.org/.

Spirit News ~ Coming Up!

Come enjoy some fall fun on Friday, October 22nd at Ticonderoga Farm. Since there is no school that day, stop by anytime between 9am-5pm. The discounted cost for All Saints is $7.95 per child and each child receives a free small pumpkin. Please print the flyer and bring it with you to receive the special discounted price. The fun includes hayrides, hillside slides, an Indian teepee village, log cabins, hay forts, live bamboo maze Virginia’s longest swinging bridge, swings, play areas, a small shop of locally produced fall goodies and more. Ticonderoga Farm is located at 26468 Ticonderoga Farm Road in Chantilly Virginia. The phone number is 703 327-4424.

Intellectual Disabilities Awareness Month

Sports and the Arts

PVI and Fairfax Special Olympics host events from dances to soccer to baseball games for the intellectually disabled in our area.

  • Upcoming Special Olympics Event at PVI: October 18, 2010: PVI “Under the Lights” Special Olympics Invitational Soccer Tournament for more information please contact Mrs. Chris Desmarais at 703 352-0925 Ext 333 or email cdesmarais@paulvi.net or visit them on the web at www.paulvi.net/academics/options.
  • Upcoming events with the Fairfax Special Olympics: Oct. 23 — Are you FAN enough to go Over the Edge for Special Olympics?! Over the Edge Richmond invites the truest of fans to rappel 25 stories (almost 400 feet!) from the roof of the SunTrust Center in downtown Richmond to the sidewalk below. For more information, visitwww.OverTheEdgeVA.comOct. 30 — Grab a disc and join us for the first Hill City Disc Golf Invitational at Peaks View Park. Registration is $20; proceeds benefit Special Olympics. Find out more about the Fairfax Special Olympics at www.specialolympicsva.org

ArtStream is an organization based in the DC Metropolitan area whose mission is to create artistic opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Artstream events and classes can be found on www.art-stream.org, (301) 565-4567 (Washington, DC), location 620 Pershing Dr., Silver Spring, MD 20910.

  • Upcoming Events for ArtStream include auditions for the Silver Spring Inclusive Theatre being held on 10/26.

Upcoming Events

  • PTO Bingo Night ~ Saturday, October 16th (Knights’ Hall/5:00 p.m.)
  • PTO sponsored Red Ribbon Week ~ Monday, October 18th (see flyer for details)
  • Gift of Human Sexuality Program – Presentation #2 to Middle School Students ~ Wednesday, October 20th
  • SCA Red Ribbon Dress Down Day (Jeans & Red) ~ Wednesday, October 20th
  • John Paul the Great High School Presentation to 8th Grade ~ Thursday, October 21st
  • Kindergarten Field Trip to Cows & Corn Farm ~ Thursday, October 21st
  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting ~ Thursday, October 21st (7:00 p.m.)
  • Diocesan Institute ~ Holiday for Students ~ Friday, October 22nd
  • Spirit Activity ~ Ticonderoga Farms ~ Friday, October 22nd (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Coming home with oldest child

  • 2010-2011 School Directory (one per family)

Links

ø Ticonderoga Farm Spirit Event Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/10/2009-10-22-Ticonderoga-Farms.jpg

ø  Manassas Veterans Day Parade ~ www.manassasveteransparade.org/

The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 6

Living Stones on the Pathway to Heaven…

Message from the Principal

In the Diocese of Arlington we are blessed with an outstanding selection of high school programs:Bishop Denis J. O’Connell (Arlington), Bishop Ireton (Alexandria), Paul VI (Fairfax), Seton (Manassas) and the recently opened Pope John Paul the Great (Dumfries).  Although high school may be many years down the path for your family, I encourage you now to begin planning for the next step in your child’s Catholic education.

Of the high schools in our diocese, Seton School is unique as it offers a program that begins at the 7thgrade.  For a number of years, Mrs. Carroll, the principal, has graciously extended to the students of All Saints the option of deferred acceptance.  Through this arrangement, students at All Saints who apply for admission to Seton for their 7th or 8th grade years may defer their acceptance until 9th grade.  This, of course, is dependent upon each student continuing to meet the academic and behavioral criteria for acceptance at Seton.  It is important that I stress that students who wish to attend Seton School for their high school years are strongly encouraged to pursue this deferred acceptance option.  Students who wait until their 8th grade year to submit an application are less likely to be accepted due to the fact that the school maintains a full enrollment at the junior high level.  The benefit of this partnership is that our students are able to complete their elementary and middle school years at All Saints, enjoying all of the opportunities for leadership, while being guaranteed a space for freshman year.

I hope this information is helpful to you as you begin to plan for your child’s high school education. Should you have any questions or if I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Message from the Balino Family…

To our Brothers and Sisters:

Lifetime events have graced or tested the strength of our family.  We were blessed with the birth of my children and landing a townhouse in a pleasant Bristow neighborhood.  Due to an unfortunate accident, our house was affected by a combination of fire and water damage. It is definitely an experience no one hopes or wishes for.  We are glad that no one was hurt.  Mixed emotions ensued.  Many questions followed.  The first few weeks after the fire were so stressful and tiresome but we personally felt lifted by seeing the greatness of the human spirit through neighbors, friends, new acquaintances, and All Saints Catholic School Community.  We saw how concerned and felt the goodness others had to unselfishly offer.  We were deeply touched and at most, overwhelmed with a loss for words.  This feeling of hope will continue to ease our pains during these trying times.

We are heart-fully grateful and eternally moved by the help you have extended to us through your prayers, thoughts, precious time, and generosity.  We cannot thank you enough for the compassion and love you have shown our family.  Our family has suffered and continues to struggle in getting things back to normal.  We pray that we continue to be strong and one day look beyond this obstacle with renewed strength.  May we some day be the ones to give hope and offer all-out support to those in need.

Thank you so much and may God Bless us all.

-Danny, Remedios, Danrem, Geraldine, Owen, and Elaine Balino

October Virtue of the Month ~ Self Control

Students will be encouraged to demonstrate the virtue of self-control both at school and home through the following strategies:

1)       Follow the rules.

2)       Never interrupt someone who is talking.

3)       Get into and walk in line without talking.

4)       Be responsible for your space in the cafeteria or at the dinner table.

5)       Listen attentively to morning and afternoon announcements.

6)       Keep your feet and hands to yourself.  Never kick or hit anyone.

7)       Say only kind words.

8)       If you get angry walk away from the situation until you are calm and can discuss it.

Prayer of the Month

Merciful Lord, let your Holy Spirit guide my life so that my soul may bear the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Renew my desire to be your faithful friend and servant, increase my loving dependence on you, and grant me that joy and peace of heart which comes from doing your holy will. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Veterans Day Celebration

Join us as our school community honors the commitment of the men and women who have served our country in the United States Armed Forces. We cordially invite all active duty, reserve, former and retired military personnel to attend our school Mass on Wednesday, November 10th at 8:30 a.m. Following the Mass, there will be a ceremony and question/answer session in the Parish Activities Center, followed by a reception for our honored guests in Father Kelley Hall. Students will also be receiving a packet of information through their classroom teachers about our Veterans Wall Display which will further honor military personnel from our school community

October ~ Disability Awareness Month in the Arlington Diocese

October is Respect for Life month and it is an apt time to take note that just 26 years ago someone born with Down Syndrome or other intellectual disability would probably have been institutionalized.

Much progress has been made since then in the areas of education, job training, inclusive sports, socialization events and adult living facilities.

As we create awareness, we also need to emphasize the value of this special population to the overall school community. They can teach us to be accepting of differences, to understand their capabilities and to realize we all have the same dreams: a loving family, a welcoming society, a job and independent living as we mature.

Your children will be the future educators, work partners, employers, and supporters of individuals with intellectual disabilities. By guiding them with a spiritual message of compassion, it is our hope that great strides will be made in embracing these very special angels who were put on this earth to bring us closer to Christ, our Savior.

-Leo Alonso

Throughout the month of October, we have the opportunity to share information with our school community that will promote an understanding of those with intellectual disabilities as well as the many programs and volunteer opportunities available to support them.

PVI Announcements

  • Junior High Night Under the Lights ~ Free to all 7th and 8th Graders) ~ Rally in the Alley and Panther Varsity Football ~ October 29, 2010 ~ 6:00PM ~ Free Food, Fun, Tee Shirts and Admission to the Game for All!
  • 7th and 8th Grade Annual Open House ~ October 31, 2010 ~ 1 to 4 p.m. ~ Presentations at 1:00 and 2:30

BoxTops for Education

Turn your ‘Trash into Cash’!  Clip the General Mills pink BoxTops and send them in with your student.  Mark the baggie with the student’s homeroom so the class can get credit.  Last year we earned over $2700.00.  We are going for $5000.00 this year.  No extra cost, only clipping time, is required.  For a complete listing of products where BoxTops can be found, go to www.btfe.com . You can sign up to receive coupons, recipes, and more. Ask your neighbors, co-workers, and family members to clip them also. Each BoxTop is worth 10 cents.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Magazine Fundraiser Update

Thanks to all who have participated so far!  Remember, you can still go online if you would like to order:  www.qsp.com, School ID: 425091453 and 40% goes back to All Saints.  If you placed orders (online or by catalog) from 9/13 to 9/27 and sold 6, 12, 15, 25 or more subscriptions, your family should have been contacted-every child in the family is eligible for a prize at these levels.  Please respond to Holly Stefonsky at hdstef40@att.net with your prize choice or if you have any questions. Thanks for your support!

Meals for the Leonard Family

Mrs. Cathy Pell is coordinating dinners for the Leonard family Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  For planning purposes, the Leonards do not have any food allergies, but prefer foods that are not particularly spicy and that have not had any salt added.  School families are also welcome to donate gift cards to local restaurants in support of this project.  Donations of both meals and restaurant gift cards should be delivered to the front office of the school. To volunteer for meals, please go to the following website: http://www.mealtrain.com?id=m0y8ppl9er6t.  If you have any problem with the website, please email Cathy at cspell5@msn.com or call her at 703-772-4378.

Upcoming Events

  • Middle School Parent Presentation ~ The Gift of Human Sexuality Program ~ Thursday, October 7th(Parish Activities Center/7:00 p.m.)
  • Columbus Day Holiday ~ Monday, October 11th
  • Bishop Ireton High School Presentation to 8th Grade ~ Tuesday, October 12th (9:45 a.m.)
  • Gift of Human Sexuality Program – Presentation #1 to Middle School Students ~ Wednesday, October 13th
  • PTO Bingo Night ~ Saturday, October 16th (Knights’ Hall/5:00 p.m.)

Being Sent Home with Each Student

  • Fall Pictures

Links