The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 13

Living Stones on the Pathway to Heaven…

Message from the Principal

It was a proud moment as principal when I walked into the cafeteria on Monday and observed hundreds of students and parents enjoying the Thanksgiving Luncheon.  Monday was truly an experience of All Saints at its very best ~ dedicated employees and committed parents working side by side to accomplish something wonderful for our school community!

With the help of many, the kitchen served a record crowd of 873 at our 17th Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon!  I want to especially thank our all-star kitchen team: Mrs. Wendy Matner (Director of Cafeteria Services), Mrs. Liz Werling (Assistant), Mrs. Wilma Marsengill (Cafeteria Bookkeeper) and Mrs. Kris Walk (Cafeteria Substitute) for their tremendous commitment.  Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, they cooked and prepared food throughout the day only to take up the effort again at first light on Monday.  They are commended and congratulated for preparing such a delicious, high-quality meal for such a large number of people.

The success of the luncheon was also made possible by the generous support of volunteers, many of whom return each year to offer assistance.  It was a joy to observe parents, grandparents, and even an All Saints’ graduate working together in support of the effort.  Thank you to all of our volunteers for your support of one of our most cherished traditions!

When we return from the Thanksgiving holiday, we will begin our school-wide celebration of Advent. Look for details regarding special events and observances in next week’s edition of the Sentinel.

In the meantime I want to share with you a special presentation that will take place next Tuesday. During the early morning hours of November 30th, the eighth grade class of St. Paul of the Cross in California will arrive at Dulles Airport and report directly to All Saints, the first stop on their tour of Washington D.C. and New York City.  It has been the hope of their school community that they would be able to visit a Catholic school on the East Coast and perform a hand chime concert for the students.  I am delighted that they have decided to partner with All Saints and we look forward to hosting them next week. The students will arrive via bus at 7:30 a.m., enjoy breakfast treats in Father Kelley Hall, and then perform a concert for our students at 8:20 a.m. in the gym.  We look forward to this sharing of Catholic school identity with our West Coast counterparts!

As we pause from our daily work and schedules to join family and friends to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, please know of my gratitude for your continued support of our school and its mission of providing an education of faith and excellence.

Happy Thanksgiving!

A Prayer of Thanksgiving

May God be gracious to us and bless us

and make his face to shine upon us.

The earth has yielded its increase;

God, our God, has blessed us.

May God continue to bless us;

let all the ends of the earth revere him.

(Psalm 67)

We thank you for your gifts, merciful God,

and we ask you to give all people the food they need.

May we all be united one day

in the eternal singing of your praises,

through Christ, our Lord.

Amen.

(A Prayer Book for Catholic Families)

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 30th in Classroom 14 at 7:00 PM.

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

Don’t Forget the Casino & Auction Night When Shopping on Black Friday!

We will be collecting donations for the Casino Night & Auction during the thanksgiving luncheon.  If you bring an item of $10 or more in value, you will be entered in the drawing for 2 redskins tickets for their December 12th game against the Buccaneers.  More information available on the attached flyer.

2010 Christmas Parade Float Riders Needed!

Join us this year as we represent our Blue Ribbon School in the 2010 Greater Manassas Christmas Parade.  Our students did an outstanding job creating their “Christmas Wish” on our murals which will be displayed on the float.  Come show your support for All Saints Catholic School as we ring in the holiday season!  Attached is the permission slip and a map of the parade staging area.  Please return the persmission slip no later than Dec 1st.

“Evening with St. Nicholas”

Don’t forget to RSVP for an “Evening with St. Nicholas”, Friday,  December 3rd    beginning at 7pm in the church.

The evening will begin with an Advent Prayer Service and traditional Advent carols in the church.  St. Nicholas, whose feast day is December 6, will again share the story of his life.   Families will have the opportunity to meet St. Nicholas and enjoy cookies and cocoa in the gym afterwards.  Bring your own camera for a photo with St. Nicholas, who will be joined this year by Mother Seton.

For planning purposes, please visit the “Evening with St. Nicholas” and link on the website:                 http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/news-events/calendar/evening-with-st-nicholas-rsvp-form/.

Once again, it’s a community-building event, designed to help us prepare for the Advent season. Families will not be charged admission; rather, we ask that you bring a donation of new shoes in honor of St. Nicholas and his feast day.   Monetary donations will also be accepted.  Proceeds will go to House of Mercy.

House of Mercy shoe donation guidelines are:  NEW plain colors of tennis shoes- white, blue, black, tan, or brown.  No character tennis shoes, please.

Can’t make it to the event?   You can still make a donation by leaving it at the front desk, attention:  Gina Michak.

Help is still needed the day of the event for set-up, decorating, and clean up.    Food donations are needed for the evening’s refreshments. We are asking for Christmas cookies/decorated sugar cookies, (homemade or store bought), cocoa mix and mini-marshmallows.  Cookies only, please.  While the All Saints School community is always very generous when asked to donate baked goods, the simplicity of a cookie is all we need for this event.  Thank you for your understanding and generosity!

Contact Gina Michak at  (703-330-8099) or ginamichak@gmail.com with questions or if you’d like to volunteer and earn “points for parents”. *** Food donations also earn you points!

The PTO looks forward to seeing you on December 3.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, November 24th Thanksgiving Prayer Service & NJHS Food Drive (9:30 a.m.)

Noon Dismissal

Thursday, November 25th Thanksgiving Holiday

Friday, November 26th Thanksgiving Holiday

Monday, November 29th Advent Wreath Prayer Services (8:15 a.m. in each wing of the school)

Tuesday, November 30th Visit & Concert ~ St. Paul of the Cross Catholic School, California

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

Wednesday, December 1st 6th Grade Field Trip to Synagogue (8:30-12:30)

Thursday, December 2nd 8th Grade High School Placement Test

Friday, December 3rd Noon Dismissal ~ Professional Development

2nd Annual Evening with St. Nicholas (7:00 p.m.)

Saturday, December 4th Greater Manassas Christmas Parade

 

Links

  • SCA Ornament Sale Flyer/Order Form ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/11/2010-sca-ornament.pdf
  • Evening with St. Nicholas RSVP ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/news-events/calendar/evening-with-st-nicholas-rsvp-form/
  • Christmas Parade Permission Slip ~http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/11/2010ChristmasParadePermissionSlip.pdf
  • Christmas Parade Staging Area Map ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/11/ParadeStagingArea.pdf
  • Redskins vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tickets:  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/10/auction-redskin-tix.pdf

The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 12

Living Stones on the Pathway to Heaven…

Message from the Principal

Last week I met with the members of the Uniform Focus Group for an informal discussion.  After a thirty minute sharing session during which members provided first-hand accounts of their experiences and observations, the group arrived at the following consensus: There is sufficient enough reason at this time to initiate a school-wide survey to parents to assess the current level of satisfaction with the uniform program.

This week I would like to invite you to complete a brief electronic survey that can be found at the following link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QM87K9F.  Parents are asked to respond by Tuesday, November 23rd.

The survey is purposely very brief, designed to provide the committee with a summary of parent opinion on the core issues related to our school uniform.  The feedback received from the community at large will help to determine the course of action for the committee and decisions regarding the future of our school uniform.  Your participation is very important as the results of the survey will determine the scope of the review process.

As previously stated, 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.  In advance, thank you for your participation and input.

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I hope that many of will be able to join us for the Thanksgiving Luncheon on Monday.  Remember, order forms for the event are due tomorrow, November 18th.

Again this year I will be unable to attend the luncheon due to a meeting of the Virginia Catholic Education Association Committee.  If last year’s experience is any indicator, I should be back by early afternoon.  Save me a place in the serving line…and a plate of turkey!

Thanksgiving Luncheon ~ Schedule & Directions for Parents

In an effort to better accommodate all of the families who attend and to reduce “wait time”, we will be hosting four lunch seatings this year.  We are confident that this new schedule will provide more time and space for families to enjoy this special occasion.  The new schedule is as follows:

11:00-11:40             Grades 6-8

11:40-12:20             Grades 4-5

12:20-1:00               Grades 2-3

1:00-1:40                 Grades K-1

Parents are asked to arrive and sign in by the front office 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the lunch time for their child’s grade level.  There will be two sign-in tables at the front entrance of the school.

After signing in, parents are asked to report directly to their child’s classroom.  The homeroom teacher will provide guidance as to when families should begin to report to the cafeteria for the luncheon.

The kitchen staff is seeking additional volunteers to assist with the serving of food during the luncheon. For more information or to volunteer your time, please contact Mrs. Wendy Matner.  (368-4400).

Reminder:  Payment for the Thanksgiving Luncheon is due tomorrow, Thursday, November 18th.

NJHS Operation Turkey

The NJHS will sponsor a food drive to benefit SERVE next Wednesday.  Students are invited to bring canned food and dry good donations beginning on Monday, November 22nd.  The items will be placed in collection boxes in the classrooms where they will remain until the prayer service on Wednesday.

Rainy Day Dismissal ~ Reminder of Procedures

On days of inclement weather, students will be dismissed by grade level and report directly to their assigned carpool bay.  All parents are asked to stand directly in front of the row in which their car is parked so that the children may easily identify them.  Please refrain from crossing the parking lot to pick up your children as this makes it more difficult for the students to actually see their parents.  Thank you for your cooperation as we strive to maintain a system that is both efficient and safe for students, parents and staff.

Treats for Troops Raises $411!

Thanks to the generous participation of the students, last week’s dress down day in celebration of Veterans’ Day raised $411.00 for the Treats for the Troops Program.  Items purchased with these funds will be forwarded to Colonel Cummings, husband of our second grade teacher, who is presently deployed in the Middle East and has graciously offered to assist us in extending support to those serving in harm’s way.

Quantico Wreath Laying ~ Community Project for Middle School Students

Mrs. Denise LaRose, one of our middle school parents, has identified a wonderful opportunity by which young people can participate in a wreath laying project at Quantico Cemetery on Saturday, December 4th.  This week students in the middle school will receive information about a gathering being organized by families outside of school.  I wish to thank Mrs. LaRose for organizing the event as it provides our students an opportunity to participate in a very distinct and honorable service project.

It is important that parents understand that the wreath laying project will take place outside of school and is not a school sponsored event.  Subsequently, parents assume full responsibility for transportation and supervision should they wish that their child participate.

Parent Notepads ~ Courtesy of Local Businesses

This week each family will receive a pre-printed notepad that can be used for the purpose of sending messages to the front office or classrooms.  The notepads have been printed and distributed to all school families through the financial support of local businesses who have sponsored advertisements. When seeking goods and/or services, please consider these supporters of All Saints Catholic School!

Enrollment Survey for Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten Programs 2011-2012 ~ REMINDER

With the demand for Catholic education in our region and the reputation for excellence that our school enjoys, it is important that the office solicit information from current families regarding plans for enrollment in our Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs for the upcoming year.  As in the past, we will continue to give first consideration to current school families before reviewing new applications in the spring.

While completion of the enclosed survey does not guarantee enrollment, it is helpful for us to know how many current families plan to apply for these two programs.  Even if you have a child currently enrolled in the Pre-Kindergarten program, it is important that you notify us of your interest for next year’s Kindergarten.  Please submit all survey responses to the school office by Friday, November 19th.

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 30th in Classroom 14 at 7:00 PM.

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

Special Message from Spirit Activity Coordinator

“I wanted to express my sincerest appreciation to all those who attended our Spirit Night at Chuck E. Cheese on Thursday, November 11th.  I know that my family and the many others that I saw seemed to have a wonderful time.  When I spoke with Chuck E. Cheese they said it was one of their best fundraisers and that we earned over $600 for All Saints Catholic School!  We know that our school will really put that money to good use. Thanks again to all those who helped to organize the event.”

Megan Davies

Donations for the Casino Night & Auction Needed

We will be collecting donations for the Casino Night & Auction during the thanksgiving luncheon.  If you bring an item of $10 or more in value, you will be entered in the drawing for 2 redskins tickets for their December 12th game against the Buccaneers.  More information available on the attached flyer. (I would like the “redskins” flyer attached again.)

Evening with St. Nicholas

Mark your calendars for December 3rd!  All Saints PTO proudly invites families to the 2nd Annual “Evening with St. Nicholas”, beginning at 7pm in the church.

We will begin the evening with an Advent Prayer Service and traditional Advent carols in the church.  St. Nicholas, whose feast day is December 6, will again share the story of his life.   Families will have the opportunity to meet St. Nicholas and enjoy cookies and cocoa in the gym afterwards.  Bring your own camera for a photo with St. Nicholas, who will be joined this year by Mother Seton.

Once again, it’s a community-building event, designed to help us prepare for the Advent season. Families will not be charged admission; rather, we ask that you bring a donation of new shoes in honor of St. Nicholas and his feast day.   Monetary donations will also be accepted.  Proceeds will go to House of Mercy.   House of Mercy shoe donation guidelines are :  NEW plain colors of tennis shoes- white, blue, black, tan, or brown.  No character tennis shoes, please.  Can’t make it to he event?   You can still make a donation by leaving it at the front desk, attention :  Gina Michak.

For planning purposes, please visit the “Evening with St. Nicholas” link at http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/news-events/calendar/evening-with-st-nicholas-rsvp-form/ and RSVP now!

***Many hands are needed to help the day of the event for set-up, decorating, and clean up.    Food donations are needed for the evening’s refreshments. We are asking for Christmas cookies/decorated sugar cookies, (homemade or store bought), cocoa mix and mini-marshmallows.  Cookies only, please.  While the All Saints School community is always very generous when asked to donate baked goods, the simplicity of a cookie is all we need for this event.  Thank you for your understanding and generosity!

Contact Gina Michak at (703-330-8099) or ginamichak@gmail.com with questions or if you’d like to volunteer and earn “points for parents”. ***    Food donations also earn you points!

The PTO looks forward to seeing you on December 3.

Upcoming Events

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

Monday, November 22nd Thanksgiving Luncheon (see schedule listed above)

Wednesday, November 24th Thanksgiving Prayer Service & NJHS Food Drive (9:30 a.m.)

Noon Dismissal

Thursday, November 25th Thanksgiving Holiday

Friday, November 26th Thanksgiving Holiday

Going Home with Oldest Child

  • Pre-Printed Notepad

Links

  • Uniform Survey ~ http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QM87K9F
  • Thanksgiving Luncheon Letter/Order Form ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/11/thanksgiving-luncheon-2010.pdf
  • Special Thank You From Mrs. Phyllis Hammang ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/11/mrs-hammang-thank-you.pdf
  • Evening with St. Nicholas RSVP link ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/news-events/calendar/evening-with-st-nicholas-rsvp-form/
  • PVI Performance of “The Importance to Being Ernest” Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/11/pvi-players-november2010.pdf

The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 11

Living Stones on the Pathway to Heaven…

 

Enrollment Survey for Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten Programs 2011-2012

With the demand for Catholic education in our region and the reputation for excellence that our school enjoys, it is important that the office solicit information from current families regarding plans for enrollment in our Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs for the upcoming year.  As in the past, we will continue to give first consideration to current school families before reviewing new applications in the spring.  A copy of the survey is coming home today with each student and there is also a link to the survey at the end of this newsletter.

While completion of the enclosed survey does not guarantee enrollment, it is helpful for us to know how many current families plan to apply for these two programs.  Even if you have a child currently enrolled in the Pre-Kindergarten program, it is important that you notify us of your interest for next year’s Kindergarten.  Please submit all survey responses to the school office by Friday, November 19th.

Report Cards & Parent-Teacher Conferences

In preparation for the parent-teacher conferences next week, please take some time to review all of the information provided by the teacher, noting any special areas of success or difficulty.  Additionally, I encourage you to speak with your child to determine if there is anything that he or she would like you to address with the teacher.  Please feel free to make a list of any questions or concerns that you wish to discuss during the conference.  While the time for conferences is somewhat limited, the teachers are committed to addressing the development of your child and welcome any questions you might have. Recognizing that experiences in the home also affect a child’s performance at school, the conference provides an opportunity to discuss any changes in routine, significant events, such as the death of a close relative or pet, or any other occurrences that might be affecting your child’s behavior.  The better the teacher understands the specific needs of each of the children, the better he or she will be able to assist them in their learning.

The following is a list of ideas that may prove helpful as you plan for a successful and productive meeting.

Before the Conference

¨       Arrive on time

¨       Bring a written list of questions or points for discussion

¨       Realize that your child may exhibit different behaviors at school than at home

During the Conference

¨       Ask for examples of your child’s work

¨       Discuss specific strengths & weaknesses of your child as a learner

¨       Ask the teacher for specific ways in which you can help at home

¨       Help set two or three specific goals for your child for the next grading period

After the Conference

¨       Share with your child what the teacher reports

¨       Remember that, as a parent, you are the most important person in your child’s life.  Give your child a hug and reassurance following the conference.

Major studies have shown that the most significant factor in a child’s success is parent involvement and support.  Please know how gratified the faculty and staff is for your continued interest in working with our school to provide the best educational experience possible for your children.  The teachers look forward to sharing their observations of the first quarter and to charting a course for continued growth and progress for your child.

Penny Bazaar Yields More than $1,000!

Thanks to the generous support and participation of the families in our community, the SCA raised $1,115.00 through the recent Penny Bazaar.  The funds will be divided and forwarded to the Options Program at Paul VI High School and the Poor Clare Sisters in Alexandria.  Thank you to all of our students for truly making a difference in our community!  Congratulations to the SCA on a job very well done!

Sharing our Blessings ~ A Month of Giving Thanks

ø  Operation Turkey ~ Sponsored by NJHS

The National Junior Honor Society will again coordinate a canned food drive to provide for the less fortunate in our community during the upcoming holiday season.  The children will have an opportunity to place their donations in front of the altar in the church during our annual Thanksgiving Prayer Service after which the food will be delivered to SERVE.

ø Placemats for Knights of Columbus Dinner

Students will be designing placemats to be used as part of the annual Knights of Columbus Thanksgiving Luncheon for senior citizens in our community.

ø  Turkey Luncheon for School Families

One of the wonderful holiday traditions at All Saints is the annual Thanksgiving Luncheon.  As in the past, the cafeteria staff and volunteers will be preparing a full turkey dinner for students and parents on Monday, November 22nd.  All order forms for the event are due no later than Thursday, November 18th.

In an effort to better accommodate all the families who attend and to reduce “wait time”, we will be hosting four lunch seatings this year.  We are confident that this new schedule will provide more time and space for families to enjoy this special occasion.  The new schedule is as follows:

11:00-11:40       Grades 6-8

11:40-12:20       Grades 4-5

12:20-1:00         Grades 2-3

1:00-1:40          Grades K-1

ø  Thanksgiving Prayer Service

The students will gather in the church at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 24th for a special Thanksgiving prayer service.  All school parents are cordially invited to join us in prayer as we give thanks to God for the many blessings of this past year.

All Saints Parish Mission

Please click on the link at the end of the newsletter for information about the All Saints Parish Mission. The Mission will be held November 14th – 18th.  The Retreat Director will be Fr. Simeon Gallagher, OFMCap. The theme is A Theology and Spirituality for Relationships. The attached flyer lists the time and the topics for each evening.

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 30th in Classroom 14 at 7:00 PM.

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

Book Fair

You are invited to our All Saints Book Fair, a reading event packed with excitement for students and families. Join us from November 15th to November 22nd, any time during school hours to support the super student in your life, and to promote literacy!  Also, there will be a shopping opportunity in the evening for families that cannot make it during the day on November 15th 4:30 to 7:00 pm.  Please click on the link at the end of the newsletter for more information.

Evening with St. Nicholas

Mark your calendars for December 3rd!  All Saints PTO proudly invites families to the 2nd Annual “Evening with St. Nicholas”, beginning at 7pm in the church.

We will begin the evening with an Advent Prayer Service and traditional Advent carols in the church.  St. Nicholas, whose feast day is December 6, will again share the story of his life.   Families will have the opportunity to meet St. Nicholas and enjoy cookies and cocoa in the gym afterwards.  Bring your own camera for a photo with St. Nicholas, who will be joined this year by Mother Seton.

Once again, it’s a community-building event, designed to help us prepare for the Advent season. Families will not be charged admission; rather, we ask that you bring a donation of new shoes in honor of St. Nicholas and his feast day.   Monetary donations will also be accepted.  Proceeds will go to House of Mercy.   House of Mercy shoe donation guidelines are :  NEW plain colors of tennis shoes- white, blue, black, tan, or brown.  No character tennis shoes, please.  Can’t make it to he event?   You can still make a donation by leaving it at the front desk, attention :  Gina Michak.

For planning purposes, please visit the “Evening with St. Nicholas” link at www.allsaintsvaschool.org and  RSVP now!

***Many hands will be needed to help the day of the event for set-up, decorating, and clean up.    Food donations are needed for the evening’s refreshments. We are asking for Christmas cookies/decorated sugar cookies, (homemade or store bought), cocoa mix and mini-marshmallows. Cookies only, please.  While the All Saints School community is always very generous when asked to donate baked goods, the simplicity of a cookie is all we need for this event.  Thank you for your understanding and generosity!

Contact Gina Michak at  (703-330-8099) or ginamichak@gmail.com with questions or if you’d like to volunteer and earn “points for parents”. ***    Food donations also earn you points!

The PTO looks forward to seeing you on December 3.

PVI Catholic High School

LIVE NATIVITY – Wednesday, December 1, 2010,  7:00 to 8:00 in the evening on the Front Lawn of Paul VI Catholic High School, Fairfax, VA. The miracle of the Christmas Story comes alive and you see this special birth unfold before you.  Bring your family and take part in the census; enter the town of Bethlehem and be there for the Angels chorus.  There may not be room at the Inn but the storytellers are sure to warm you in the night’s chill.  Families are invited to sing treasured carols with us and feel the magic and love of the season in a very powerful way.  We encourage you to dress as a visitor to Bethlehem, a Shepherd, or Angel and to bring a flashlight to shine on our actors. Please bring a toy for our toys-for-tots drive, or a bag of gently used clothing or shoes for Christ House.  Refreshments will be served afterwards in the cafeteria.  Please join us and be a part of this magical evening.

REMINDERS

Spirit Event at Chuck-e Cheese

It’s finally HERE! Come have fun with the whole family at Chuck-e Cheeses this Thursday, November 11thanytime between 3 and 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.  Please print out the flyer and bring it with you to the event.  See you there!

2010 Christmas Parade Float

CALLING ALL ARTISTS!  Come out and be a part of the 65th annual Manassas Christmas Parade.  This year the theme is “Our Christmas Wish” and we’re “calling” any student who would like to paint a picture of their Christmas wish on a mural which will be displayed on the All Saints School Christmas float.  Children who would like to participate will paint a 2’x2′ (approximately) square.  We ask that you work with your child to develop a sketch of their Christmas wish.  Please have your child bring that sketch on the day they will be painting.

We will have two paint sessions on Monday and Tuesday, November 15th and 16th after school in the art room.  Students will need to bring a change of clothes (old please!) and must be picked up in the art room by 5:45PM.  The permission slip linked to the newsletter must be received no later thanWednesday, November 10th.  Please indicate on the permission slip the date your child will participate.  Also make sure you include your cell phone number and an email address.  Please send an email by Friday if you plan to attend?  The email address to use would be suechuckstevens1@yahoo.com.  If you have any questions please call Sue Stevens at (703)470-1344.

Upcoming Events

§  Thursday, November 11th ~ Parent-Teacher Conferences (Holiday for Students)

§  Friday, November 12th ~ Parent-Teacher Conferences (Holiday for Students)

§  Sunday, November 14th ~ Week of Parish Retreat

§  Monday, November 15th

Week of Rolling Bowling P.E. Activity

Week of Book Fair

Parade Float Painting Project (Art Room/3:00-5:45 p.m.)

§  Tuesday, November 16th

Parade Float Painting Project (Art Room/3:00-5:45 p.m.)

§  Wednesday, November 17th~ 7th Grade Field Trip to Williamsburg

 

Coming Home with Each Student

¨       Yearbook Order Form

¨       Pre-K, Kindergarten, & New Student Survey

Links

¨      All Saints Parish Mission ~ http://www.allsaintsvachurch.org/all-saints-parish-mission-november-14-18/

¨       Pre-K, Kindergarten, & New Student Survey ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/11/2010-Pre-K-K-New-Student-Survey.pdf

¨      All Saints Book Fair Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/2010/11/10/reading-is-a-superpower/

¨       Yearbook Order Form ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/11/2010-YearbookOrderForm.pdf

¨      “Evening with St. Nicholas” ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/2010/11/10/all-saints-pto-proudly-presents-our-2nd-annual-evening-with-st-nicholas/

¨       Thanksgiving Luncheon Letter/Order Form ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/11/thanksgiving-luncheon-2010.pdf

¨      Spirit Event at Chuck-e-Cheese ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=2010-11-11-Chuck-e-Cheese.jpg

¨       Pope John Paul the Great High School e-News ~ (or HERE)

The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 10

Living Stones on the Pathway to Heaven…

Message from the Principal

One of our cherished traditions at All Saints is the annual Thanksgiving Luncheon, a special meal prepared by the kitchen staff for students, parents, faculty & staff.  Linked to this week’s newsletter is a letter and order form inviting all of our families to participate in this wonderful celebration of food & fellowship on Monday, November 22nd.

In an effort to better accommodate all the families who attend and to reduce “wait time”, we will be hosting four lunch seatings this year.  We are confident that this new schedule will provide more time and space for families to enjoy this special occasion.  The new schedule is as follows:

11:00-11:40             Grades 6-8

11:40-12:20             Grades 4-5

12:20-1:00               Grades 2-3

1:00-1:40                 Grades K-1

The arrival process will be the same as last year with parents reporting directly to their son/daughter’s classroom.  There, they will wait with their children, and when called by grade level, report to the gym via the Father Kelley Wing.

So that the kitchen staff may begin planning for the event, please be sure to return your form no later than November 18th.  We do hope that you will join us for this Thanksgiving tradition and what may prove to be our largest luncheon ever!  If you have any questions, please call the cafeteria at 703-368-4400, ext. 211.  For your convenience the cafeteria staff will be sending home a paper copy of the letter and order form with each student this week.

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As you aware, Mrs. Hammang’s mother passed away last week after a period of illness.  Mrs. Hammang and her husband travelled to Michigan where her mother was buried on Saturday.  Upon their return to Virginia, Mr. Hammang fell ill and was taken to Prince William Hospital where he was admitted to the intensive care  unit due to cardiac concerns.  At this time, he is stable and appears to be responding to medication.  I would ask that you keep Mrs. Hammang and her husband in your prayers in the days ahead.  While exhausted from all that they have experienced within the past week, they are sustained by our prayers and messages of support.

Due to Mrs. Hammang’s absence, report cards for the middle school students will not be ready for distribution on Friday.  For this reason, only reports for students in grades 1-5 will be sent home at the end of this week.  At this time, I anticipate that the middle school reports will be completed and ready for distribution early next week.  Thank you for your understanding and patience in this regard.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Virtue of the Month ~ Gratitude

During the month of November, students will be encouraged to implement the following strategies:

¨ Thank Jesus each day for the sacrifice He made for you.  Look at the crucifix and say, “Thank you, Jesus”.

¨ Thank God for your special talents and use them to serve Him every day.

¨ Remember to say “Please” and “Thank you”.

¨ Show gratitude to all of your teachers.

¨ Remember to thank the ladies in the cafeteria for your lunch, milk, or for helping you open your juice box or milk container.

¨ Tell your mom and dad you love them.

¨ Make a special effort to show gratitude to someone in your family each day.

¨ Say “Please” and “Thank you” at home.

¨ Thank a friend for being there for you.

¨ Be a good sport when you play.

¨ Thank God for your life, family, food and home each night.

Prayer of the Month

Dear Jesus,

We want to thank You for them many gifts You have given us, especially the gift of Yourself.

Accept our acts of courtesy and care as gifts of love to You.

Help us to imitate Your Mother Mary and to give glory to God through our words and actions.

We ask this in Your Holy Name.

Amen.

All Saints Parish Mission

Please click on the link at the end of the newsletter for information about the All Saints Parish Mission. The Mission will be held November 14th – 18th.  The Retreat Director will be Fr. Simeon Gallagher, OFMCap. The theme is A Theology and Spirituality for Relationships. The attached flyer lists the time and the topics for each evening.

Report Cards & Parent-Teacher Conferences

In preparation for the parent-teacher conferences next week, please take some time to review all of the information provided by the teacher, noting any special areas of success or difficulty.  Additionally, I encourage you to speak with your child to determine if there is anything that he or she would like you to address with the teacher.  Please feel free to make a list of any questions or concerns that you wish to discuss during the conference.  While the time for conferences is somewhat limited, the teachers are committed to addressing the development of your child and welcome any questions you might have. Recognizing that experiences in the home also affect a child’s performance at school, the conference provides an opportunity to discuss any changes in routine, significant events, such as the death of a close relative or pet, or any other occurrences that might be affecting your child’s behavior.  The better the teacher understands the specific needs of each of the children, the better he or she will be able to assist them in their learning.

The following is a list of ideas that may prove helpful as you plan for a successful and productive meeting.

Before the Conference

¨       Arrive on time

¨       Bring a written list of questions or points for discussion

¨       Realize that your child may exhibit different behaviors at school than at home

During the Conference

¨       Ask for examples of your child’s work

¨       Discuss specific strengths & weaknesses of your child as a learner

¨       Ask the teacher for specific ways in which you can help at home

¨       Help set two or three specific goals for your child for the next grading period

After the Conference

¨       Share with your child what the teacher reports

¨       Remember that, as a parent, you are the most important person in your child’s life.  Give your child a hug and reassurance following the conference.

Major studies have shown that the most significant factor in a child’s success is parent involvement and support.  Please know how gratified the faculty and staff is for your continued interest in working with our school to provide the best educational experience possible for your children.  The teachers look forward to sharing their observations of the first quarter and to charting a course for continued growth and progress for your child.

2010 Christmas Parade Float

CALLING ALL ARTISTS!  Come out and be a part of the 65th annual Manassas Christmas Parade.  This years theme is “Our Christmas Wish” and we’re “calling” any student who would like to paint a picture of their Christmas wish on a mural which will be displayed on the All Saints School Christmas float.  Children who would like to participate will paint a 2’x2′ (approximately) square.  We ask that you work with your child to develop a sketch of their Christmas wish.  Please have your child bring that sketch on the day they will be painting.

We will have two paint sessions on Monday and Tuesday, November 15th and 16th after school in the art room.  Students will need to bring a change of clothes (old please!) and must be picked up in the art room by 5:45PM.  The permission slip linked to the newsletter must be received no later than Wed, November 10th.  Please indicate on the permission slip the date your child will participate.  Also make sure you include your cell phone number and an email address.  Space will be limited so children will be scheduled on a first come basis.  If you have any questions please call Sue Stevens at (703)470-1344.

Spirit Events

This Week! ~ Please come and help tidy up the church and school landscaping on Campus Beautification Day this Saturday, November 6th from 8:30 am to 12 pm. The campus landscaping is maintained by volunteers and since there is so much to do we need your help!  No experience necessary. Experienced gardeners will be there to guide you. Everyone is welcome. Earn service hours and Points for Parents (3 points per hour worked.) An adult must chaperone children volunteers. Please contact Holly Crocker at 703 330-8329 or thcrock@comcast.net if you plan to attend and bring your own gardening gloves and tools. We’re planning to weed, prune, mulch, bury irrigation hoses, and collect leaves. The more volunteers the better. “Many hands make light work!”

Coming Up! ~ Have fun with the whole family at Chuck-e Cheeses on Thursday, November 11th 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.

Important Reminders

All school parents are invited 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. TheK-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.

All Saints Middle School…Explore the Possibilities

Tomorrow night (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.

¨¨ Veterans Day Celebration ~ Dress Down Day on Tuesday, November 9th.  Donations collected will be used to purchase treats for our troops in Iraq.  See flyer link below for information.

Mark Your CalendarsDon’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.

October BoxTops for Education Update

Our October collection yielded 998 boxtops from 39 students out of 553 students participating. A total of 6750 boxtops, collected since April 1, brings us $675 closer to the $5000 goal. Our October class collection winners are 2A and 8B.

Boxtops are being collected continuously. Mark your envelopes / baggies with the homeroom. Go towww.btfe.com for a complete listing of products that have boxtops on them.  There are several sweepstakes that can be entered designating All Saints School as the recipient to win additional boxtops. You can also register to receive coupons and recipes.

If you shop on-line, check out the site. The school can earn a percent through their ‘Market Place’. A parent let me know that it was no different than shopping on a merchant’s website other than the school earning a percent.

We only have through March to reach our $5000 goal. Ask everyone you know to clip boxtops and send them in often.  If every student strives to collect and send in 20 boxtops each month, that’s $1100 earned each month. So get creative in your collection and help your class to be the top collector. More details to come on class collection recognition.

Casino Night & Auction – Redskins Tickets

Would you like to be entered into a drawing to win 2 tickets to see the Washington Redskins play Tampa Bay on December 12?  All it takes is a donation of an item to the Casino Night & Auction.  Please see the flyer linked to this week’s newsletter for the details on how you can get entered!

Upcoming Events

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

§  Friday, November 5th ~ Report Cards sent Home (Grades 1-5)

§  Monday, November 8th ~ Uniform Focus Group Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

§  Tuesday, November 9th ~ Dress Down Day “Treats for Troops” sponsored by SCA (see flyer for further details)

§  Wednesday, November 10th

Veterans’ Day Mass & Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)

Middle School Movie Night (Gym/7:00 p.m.)

§  Thursday, November 11th ~ Parent-Teacher Conferences (Holiday for Students)

§  Friday, November 12th ~ Parent-Teacher Conferences (Holiday for Students)

Links

  • All Saints Parish Mission ~ http://www.allsaintsvachurch.org/all-saints-parish-mission-november-14-18/
  • Thanksgiving Luncheon Letter/Order Form ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/11/thanksgiving-luncheon-2010.pdf
  • Veterans Dress Down Day ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/2010/11/03/veterans-day-celebration-dress-down-day/
  • Christmas Float Painting Permission Slip ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/11/2010-Float-Painting-Permission-Slip.pdf
  • Spirit Campus Beautification Day ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/11/2010-11-06-Campus-Beautification-Day.jpg
  • Spirit Event at Chuck-e-Cheese ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=2010-11-11-Chuck-e-Cheese.jpg
  • Redskins vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tickets:  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/10/auction-redskin-tix.pdf