The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 17

Living Stones on the Pathway to Heaven…

Message from the Principal

On Monday evening our community gathered in the Parish Activities Center for the performance of the annual Christmas Pageant.  I wish to thank and congratulate our kindergarten, fourth, sixth and eighth grade students for a beautiful presentation of the Nativity story.  After a program of readings and carols, the evening concluded with a living Nativity Scene, portrayed by the students in the 6th grade Theater Arts class.  As the lights grew dim and Ms. Dalusung led the singing of O Come, O Come Emmanuel, those present enjoyed a moment of Advent reflection.  With the lights focused on the image of the Holy Family, a stirring scene was created, providing inspiration for young and old as we excitedly anticipate the celebration of the birth of our Savior.

The Pageant was made possible through the combined efforts of Mr. Tessier, Mrs. Lewis and Ms. Dalusung, each of whom shared their particular gifts and expertise in support of the program.  I am especially grateful to Ms. Dalusung for returning to All Saints to direct the Pageant while Mrs. Laird has been out on leave.  It was yet another sterling example of the goodness and dedication of our faculty and staff, past and present!

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This week I would like to provide to you an update regarding the staffing of the first grade program. On Friday, Ms. Sarmuksnis, classroom assistant, submitted her resignation so that she might pursue employment nearer to her home.  As such, her final day at All Saints will be Wednesday, December 22nd.  We wish her every success and blessing during this period of transition and thank her for her time as a member of our school staff.

In her place, Mrs. Carolyn Helmick will be returning to her prior role of first grade classroom assistant.  Having worked with Mrs. Otaizo the past several years, she has a thorough understanding of classroom procedures and will be able to offer great assistance to Mrs. Otaizo as she approaches her due date of mid-February.  Most importantly, Mrs. Helmick has significant experience working with the first grade curriculum, as well as the Word Study approach, and has demonstrated a high level of effectiveness in this regard.  I am grateful for her commitment to our program and her willingness to return to full time employment at All Saints.

On behalf of the faculty & staff of All Saints Catholic School, I wish all of you a blessed Christmas Season! May the holiday be filled with great joy as you gather with family and friends to celebrate the birth of our Savior!

A Prayer for Advent ~ Week IV

Father, all-powerful God,

your eternal Word took flesh on our earth

when the Virgin Mary placed her life

at the service of your plan.

Lift our minds in watchful hope

to hear the voice which announces his glory,

and open our minds to receive the Spirit

who prepares us for his coming.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Open House for 2011-2012 School Year

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, January 20th beginning at 9:00 a.m.  All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about the parish school are cordially invited to attend.  Following a presentation and introduction at 9:00 a.m., tours of the facility will be provided. For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at (703) 393-1490.

Registration Schedule for the New Year

ø  Re-Registration for Current Families       February 2-14, 2011

ø  Registration for New Students                 February 9-March 4, 2011

(Including siblings for Pre-K & K)

Tuition Assistance Applications

Applications for tuition assistance for the 2011-2012 academic year are now available in both English and Spanish at the front office.  Again this year the Diocese of Arlington has contracted with FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Company.  FACTS has established an on-line application process that can be initiated through the company website (www.factstuitionaid.com.)

The due dates for applications and supporting documentation are as follows:

High School                  January 24, 2011

Elementary School      March 14, 2011

NOTE: All families with children enrolled in both high school and elementary school will need to submit an application by the January high school deadline.

Please note that ALL applications and supporting documentation must be received by FACTS by the date listed above, not postmarked.  Applications are not considered complete until FACTS has received the supporting documentation.

An overview of the Diocesan Tuition Assistant Program can be found at the following link: (http://www.arlingtondiocese.org/catholicschools/tuition_grant.php).

Box Tops for Education
WOW! What a collection over Thanksgiving for November, 5405 Boxtops! 2A collected 696 and 8A collected 393 boxtops. Keep on collecting (ask grandparents and neighbors) and sending them in. A December collection sheet is being sent home and is due back by Jan 7th. If you don’t recieve one, send the boxtops in a baggie with the homeroom class clearly marked. Please send only boxtops and Campbell’s labels in separate baggies. Each program has it’s own deadlines and coordinatoor. All labels are greatly appreciated. Boxtops is trash for cash and Campbells is supplies for the school. Go to www.btfe.com for complete a product listing where Boxtops can be found as well as recipes, sweepstakes and the Market Place.

Looking for a Last-Minute Christmas gift?

Remember, www.QSP.com is open 24 hours a day!  A magazine subscription is a great gift for grandparents, out-of-town relatives and the hard-to-buy-for…  Just type in our school ID 425091353and 40% of the subscription price goes to All Saints.  Excellent selection at competitive prices!

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, December 22nd School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Christmas Pageant ~ Grades K, 4, 6 & 8 (PAC/9:45 a.m.)

Classroom Parties (10:30 a.m.)

Noon Dismissal

Thursday, December 23rd Christmas Holiday Begins

Monday, January 3rd School Reopens

Tuesday, January 4th PTO Executive Board Meeting (PLC/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, January 7th National Geography School Bee (10:00 a.m.)

Noon Dismissal

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The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 16

Living Stones on the Pathway to Heaven…

Message from the Principal

Congratulations to the members of the Beginner and Advanced Bands on a wonderful performance last evening.  The concert took place in the Parish Activities Center, the old church, where there was plenty of seating and the band performed on the raised platform that was formerly the sanctuary.  As always, the students delivered a performance that was very impressive.  It never ceases to amaze me as to how much a group of students can accomplish over the course of a few months.  Without a doubt, the guidance provided by our Band Director, Mr. Barry Ward, and his assistant, Mr. Mark Moccio, inspired our students to perform at such a high level.  Congratulations to our directors and students on an outstanding presentation!

I also wish to recognize the members of the Peace & Justice Players and thank them for their presentation of The Chameleon Effect last Friday afternoon.  Under the direction of Mrs. Rakshys and Mrs. Kardaras, the students performed a twenty minute play with an important message for students: Remain true to your principles and never change in an effort to impress or “fit in” with others.  It was wonderful to witness students from our middle school program delivering this powerful message. Thank you, Peace & Justice Players!

This week I would like to provide you with an update regarding our Uniform Review Initiative.  First, thank you to the many families who participated in the initial survey in November.  The feedback from more than 200 families was very helpful to the Uniform Committee in gaining an understanding of the community’s perspective on our current uniform.  Most importantly, the information we received from parents has helped to determine the scope and extent of potential uniform changes for our school.

The following represents the consensus of the Uniform Committee after reviewing the results of the parent survey.

§  The parent community supports a substantive change in uniform at this time.

§  The parent community is nearly evenly divided on the question of a one vs. two uniform model.

§  Parents are generally satisfied with the level of customer service and quality of goods.

§  Parents are generally dissatisfied with the cost and convenience.

Parents who wish to review the results of the survey in greater detail are invited to visit the following link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/sr.aspx?sm=4a_2bcayr_2bfM4ArI9n4JYVsRj7o1FlmvaFSv3nzcss13I_3d

With the knowledge that the community favors a substantive change in the uniform at this time, the Uniform Committee wishes to focus on the question of a one vs. two uniform model.  It is well possible that this question was interpreted in a number of ways, depending upon each respondent’s understanding of the one uniform option.

In an effort to gain a more accurate understanding of the parent community’s perspective on this and to have greater clarity for planning the road ahead, I would like to encourage you to complete a follow up survey.  As the survey only contains one question, it should take only seconds to respond.

The survey question can be found at the following link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/63HCK5J

Please note: There is an assumption built into the survey, i.e. in the event that the community decides to adopt a uniform to be worn throughout the year (option #2 or option #3), the uniform will be similar in formality to the current winter uniform.  In other words, the less formal appearance of the current summer uniform would not be adopted as a year-round uniform.  The reason for this is that a more formal uniform better represents the tradition and level of excellence for which our school is known.

In advance, thank you for your participation in the second step of our Uniform Review Initiative.  Both the committee and I appreciate your input as it will help to ensure that any changes in the uniform will coincide with the needs and concerns of our school families.

Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather, All Saints Catholic School follows the decision of Prince William County Public School System.  If the county schools decide to close, All Saints is closed for the day and all related activities are cancelled.  Similarly, if the county schools decide to open late or dismiss early, All Saints responds in the same manner.  Note: Should the county system announce a delayed opening on a day for which a noon dismissal is scheduled at All Saints, the early release is cancelled and school ends at 3:00 p.m.

A Prayer for Advent ~ Week III

Lord God,

may we, your people,

who look forward to the birthday of Christ,

experience the joy of salvation

and celebrate that feast with love and thanksgiving.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, forever and ever.                    Amen.

Christmas Pageant

Students in grades K, 4, 6 & 8 will perform a Christmas Pageant on Thursday, December 16thbeginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Activities Center.  (old church)  All school families are cordially invited to attend and enjoy the pageant prepared by Miss Dalusung and Mr. Tessier.

Open House for 2011-2012 School Year

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, January 20th beginning at 9:00 a.m.  All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about the parish school are cordially invited to attend.  Following a presentation and introduction at 9:00 a.m., tours of the facility will be provided. For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at (703) 393-1490.

Registration Schedule for the New Year

ø  Re-Registration for Current Families       February 2-14, 2011

ø  Registration for New Students                 February 9-March 4, 2011

(Including siblings for Pre-K & K)

Tuition Assistance Applications

Applications for tuition assistance for the 2011-2012 academic year are now available in both English and Spanish at the front office.  Again this year the Diocese of Arlington has contracted with FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Company.  FACTS has established an on-line application process that can be initiated through the company website (www.factstuitionaid.com.)

The due dates for applications and supporting documentation are as follows:

High School                  January 24, 2011

Elementary School      March 14, 2011

NOTE: All families with children enrolled in both high school and elementary school will need to submit an application by the January high school deadline.

Please note that ALL applications and supporting documentation must be received by FACTS by the date listed above, not postmarked.  Applications are not considered complete until FACTS has received the supporting documentation.

An overview of the Diocesan Tuition Assistant Program can be found at the following link: (http://www.arlingtondiocese.org/catholicschools/tuition_grant.php).

Calendar Change ~ NJHS Induction Ceremony

The National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony originally scheduled for Friday, February 25thhas been postponed until Friday, March 18th.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, December 16th 3rd Grade Field Trip to George Mason University Theater

Christmas Pageant for Grades K, 4, 6, & 8 (PAC/7:30 p.m.)

Friday, December 17th School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

2nd Grade Christmas around the World Celebration

4th Grade Gingerbread House Math Project

Monday, December 20th 8th Grade Sacrament of Reconciliation (9:30 a.m.)

Drama Club Presentation of A Christmas Carol (PAC)

9:00 a.m.                 Grades 3-5

10:00 a.m.               Grades 6-8

11:00 a.m.               Grades 1-2

Peace & Justice Players to visit Nursing Home (following dismissal)

Tuesday, December 21st Pre-Kindergarten Christmas Pageants (PAC)

10:00 a.m.               Morning Pre-K Classes

1:00 p.m. Afternoon Pre-K Class

Band Concert for Students (PAC/2:00 p.m.)

After school band practice cancelled

Wednesday, December 22nd School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Classroom Christmas Parties (10:30 a.m.)

Noon Dismissal

Thursday, December 23rd Christmas Holiday Begins

Monday, January 3rd School Reopens

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The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 15

Living Stones on the Pathway to Heaven…

Message from the Principal

On Friday evening a number of families gathered in the church for the 2nd Annual Evening with St. Nicholas celebration.  The event began with a prayer service that culminated with a “Procession of Shoes”, a time during which the children followed St. Nicholas to the foot of the altar where they offered their donation of shoes and monetary gifts.  Through the generosity of the families in attendance, our school has donated 55 pairs of new shoes and $250.00 to the House of Mercy.

Following the prayer service, the families walked through the courtyard, lined with luminaries, to the entrance of the cafeteria where there was an opportunity for pictures with St. Nicholas and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and a reception of cookies and hot chocolate.  From start to finish, it was a beautiful evening filled with joy and anticipation of the Christmas season.

I wish to thank Mrs. Gina Michak for serving as the coordinator of this PTO sponsored event.  Mrs. Michak orchestrated a first-class celebration for our community during this season of Advent.  A big thank you to Mrs. Lisa Donnelly and Mrs. Janine Branca for all their help prior to the event, and for their time and talents on the day of the event with set up and clean up.  Thanks to Zonia Garcia, Tamara Halstead, Marjorie Collins and Lourdes Spinosa for helping decorate . . . the gym looked beautiful! Thanks to Nancy Kenney and crew, everyone’s cups overflowed with hot cocoa (and coffee) throughout the evening!  Thanks to Carol Rice and members of Schola for sharing your time and talents with us.  Patricia Delgado – thank you for your poster and flyers . . . both before the event and those made for the evening!  Thanks to Patti Spencer and Mike Carta for donating their time as Mother Seton and St. Nicholas for the evening. And last but never least, thanks to Mrs. Slater’s brownie troop for making the advent wreath centerpieces.  The evening was yet another example of the generosity of our parents and families, both in the outreach provided to the local community and in the spirit that surrounded the event.

The following morning a number of families gathered in Manassas to participate in the Greater Manassas Christmas Parade.  I want to thank Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Stevens for again coordinating the design and construction of our school float and for providing the storage space during the weeks preceding the event.  The parade float was a huge success with All Saints taking third place at the annual event. Thank you to all the children and volunteers who worked so hard to make this year’s float a success. The weather was perfect and our float was placed earlier in the parade lineup making for a beautiful parade day.  Thanks to all who came out to show their support for their school community and the many parade participants for representing our school so well in this annual Manassas tradition!

A Prayer for Advent ~ Week II

God of power and mercy,

Open our hearts in welcome.

Remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy,

So that we may share His wisdom

And become one with Him

When He comes in glory,

For He lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

One God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

Advent Reminders

v  5th Annual Catholic Schools Care About Catholic Charities Week ~ Through small personal sacrifices (perhaps giving up an ice cream or pretzel during lunch) we are asking that each student make a donation of $1.00.  All donations will be dedicated to Christ House, a Catholic Charities Homeless Shelter, Christ House on Wheels and other Catholic Charities programs.  In addition to helping provide for the poor, our students will gain a greater awareness of the needs of others right in our own diocese through participation in this important outreach.

v  Toys for Tots ~ Donations of unwrapped new toys are now being collected through Friday, December 17th.  Collection points are located by the front office and breezeway where students enter the building.

Lock-Down Drill ~ Wednesday, December 15th (10:00 a.m.)

Our second lock-down drill of the year is scheduled for Wednesday, December 15th at 10:00 a.m. (Please note: This drill has been scheduled for several weeks and is not in response to any concerns specific to All Saints.  Rather, it is another exercise by which we maintain a state of preparedness should the need ever arise to secure the facility and safeguard the children.)

Christmas Choral Concert

Students in grades K, 4, 6 & 8 will perform a Christmas concert on Thursday, December 16th beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Activities Center.  (old church)  All school families are cordially invited to attend and enjoy the pageant prepared by Miss Dalusung and Mr. Tessier.

Open House for 2011-2012 School Year

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, January 20th beginning at 9:00 a.m.  All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about the parish school are cordially invited to attend.  Following a presentation and introduction at 9:00 a.m., tours of the facility will be provided. For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at (703) 393-1490.

Registration Schedule for the New Year

ø  Re-Registration for Current Families       February 2-14, 2011

ø  Registration for New Students                 February 9-March 4, 2011

(Including siblings for Pre-K & K)

Tuition Assistance Applications

Applications for tuition assistance for the 2011-2012 academic year are now available in both English and Spanish at the front office.  Again this year the Diocese of Arlington has contracted with FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Company.  FACTS has established an on-line application process that can be initiated through the company website (www.factstuitionaid.com.)

The due dates for applications and supporting documentation are as follows:

High School                  January 24, 2011

Elementary School         March 14, 2011

NOTE: All families with children enrolled in both high school and elementary school will need to submit an application by the January high school deadline.

Please note that ALL applications and supporting documentation must be received by FACTS by the date listed above, not postmarked.  Applications are not considered complete until FACTS has received the supporting documentation.

An overview of the Diocesan Tuition Assistant Program can be found at the following link: (http://www.arlingtondiocese.org/catholicschools/tuition_grant.php).

Calendar Change ~ NJHS Induction Ceremony

The National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony originally scheduled for Friday, February 25thhas been postponed until Friday, March 18th.

Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather, All Saints Catholic School follows the decision of Prince William County Public School System.  If the county schools decide to close, All Saints is closed for the day and all related activities are cancelled.  Similarly, if the county schools decide to open late or dismiss early, All Saints responds in the same manner.  Note: Should the county system announce a delayed opening on a day for which a noon dismissal is scheduled at All Saints, the early release is cancelled and school ends at 3:00 p.m.

BOOK FAIR…READING SAVES THE DAY!

A big THANK YOU goes out to all parents, students and teachers that supported our recent Scholastic Book Fair!  What a great way to have celebrated Children’s Book Week and raise funds for our school library. The theme Reading Saves the Day kept the excitement building all through the week, as the Fortress of Reading stood tall in the library.  Students also tapped into their super powers guessing how many pages were in the stack of books each day.  This fun-filled event could not be accomplished without our devoted All Saints families.   Special recognition goes out to Lisa Heim who coordinated the many volunteers that eagerily rolled up their sleeves and helped out in numerous ways.  Your generosity enabled the profits from the Book Fair sales to surpass last year’s goal reaching  $11,900 earning the library $2,750 to spend on books and special school programs.

Spirit Event ~ This Weekend!

Please come and help get the church and school landscaping ready for spring on Campus Beautification Day this Saturday, December 11th from 8:30 to 10 am. This is the last campus beautification work day until the end of winter. Please note the shortened time – only 1 ½ hours. 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 remove leaves from the gardens and to cut back the dead plants to prepare for winter and have the gardens ready for spring!

Update From the Casino Night & Auction

Thank you to everyone who donated items for the Casino Night and Auction.  We received over 50 items including a weekend in the Northern Neck, a Flat Screen TV and several gift certificates for golfing green fees.  Thank you to all who contributed for your generosity.  Congratulations to the Witt linger Family on winning the Redskins tickets.  Enjoy the game next weekend and bring home a win!

Upcoming Events

Thursday, December 9th Enrollment Management Team Meeting (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, December 10th 5th Grade Sacrament of Reconciliation (9:30 a.m.)

2nd Quarter Interims distributed to students

Peace & Justice Players Presentation (PAC/2:00 p.m.)

Monday, December 13th 6th Grade Sacrament of Reconciliation (9:30 a.m.)

Tuesday, December 14th Christmas Band Concert (PAC/7:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, December 15th 2nd Quarter Lock Down Drill (10:00 a.m.)

Thursday, December 16th 3rd Grade Field Trip to George Mason University Theater

Christmas Pageant for Grades K, 4, 6, & 8 (PAC/7:30 p.m.)

Friday, December 17th 2nd Grade Christmas around the World Celebration

4th Grade Gingerbread House Math Project

Peace & Justice Players to visit Nursing Home (following dismissal)

 

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The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 14

Living Stones on the Pathway to Heaven…

Message from the Principal

This week we have begun our annual journey of Advent, a time of preparation for the celebration of Christ’s birth at Christmas.  Amidst all of the joy and activity surrounding the preparations for the season, it is easy for us to lose sight of the fact that Advent is a beautiful season unto itself.

At All Saints we have established several traditions that help to create a tone of anticipation and waiting, in essence a time during which we invite the children to prepare their hearts for the coming of Christ.

v  Advent Wreath Prayer Services ~ Every Monday morning during Advent the students will gather for prayer around three separate wreaths in each of the wings of the school as we begin our day together.  There, the students and faculty participate in age-appropriate prayer services through which the children learn more about the tradition of the Advent wreath and meaning of the season.

v  Sacrament of Reconciliation ~ Each of the students in grades three through eight will have an opportunity to encounter Christ in this beautiful Sacrament of healing and forgiveness.  Our parish priests have scheduled sessions during the school day for each of these grade levels over the course of the next several weeks.

v  5th Annual Catholic Schools Care About Catholic Charities Week ~ Through small personal sacrifices (perhaps giving up an ice cream or pretzel during lunch) we are asking that each student make a donation of $1.00.  All donations will be dedicated to Christ House, a Catholic Charities Homeless Shelter, Christ House on Wheels and other Catholic Charities programs.  In addition to helping provide for the poor, our students will gain a greater awareness of the needs of others right in our own diocese through participation in this important outreach.

v  Toys for Tots ~ All Saints Peace and Justice Players will be conducting an Advent toy drive for Toys for Tots.  We are seeking donations of unwrapped toys for all ages. Collection bins will be located by the front office and in the breezeway. Toys will be collected from Wednesday, December 1st through Wednesday, December 15th.  Thank you for your generosity.

And speaking of new beginnings. . . .Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Tessier on the birth of their son, Mark Joseph.  Mark was born on Tuesday afternoon and weighed in at 9 lbs. 1oz.  Both the baby and Mrs. Tessier are doing well and the family is celebrating the addition of their seventh child.

Mr. Tessier will be out on leave through the next week.  While he is away, Mrs. Helmick will serve as substitute teacher for his religion classes and Mrs. Lewis will coordinate the rehearsals for the upcoming Christmas Pageant to be performed by the 6th grade theater arts class.

This week I would also like to share with you the news that Mrs. Laird, our new music teacher, is also expecting a child.  Unfortunately, these early weeks of her pregnancy have proven to be quite difficult, requiring that she be at home and resting.  For this reason, she will be on leave at least through the Christmas holiday.  While she is away, Miss Dalusung, our former music teacher, has graciously offered to prepare the Kindergarten, fourth, sixth and eighth grade classes for the Christmas Pageant scheduled for Thursday, December 16th.  Additionally, Miss Dalusung will coordinate the music for our school Masses and rehearse with the Schola on Wednesday afternoons following dismissal.  Mrs. Stevens, Director of Extended Day, will serve as the substitute teacher for the remaining music classes. I wish to also thank Mrs. Carol Rice for coordinating the music for the Evening with St. Nicholas Prayer Service that will occur on Friday at 7:00 p.m. in the church.

We look forward to the annual Christmas Pageant that will be performed by the Kindergarten and students in the fourth, sixth and eighth grades on Thursday, December 16th beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Activities Center.  The following is an excerpt of a letter from Mrs. Laird distributed to sixth grade parents during the month of November and pertains to those students who have been assigned roles for the pageant.

I am writing to ask for assistance with the costumes for the upcoming Christmas Pageant on Thursday, December 16th.  The costumes for character roles do not need to be elaborate- in fact, we would prefer the costume to be simple.  As long as the audience can perceive the character your child is portraying, whatever they wear will be perfect.  Readers and soloists are to wear black pants and shoes with a solid color dress shirt.  Production staff members are to wear all black.  We would also appreciate any help from parents who may be able to assist in costuming other students.  While we do have some costume pieces available, we would like to reserve these for any student who may be unable to obtain a costume.

Students in 4th and 8th grades are asked to wear their winter uniform, including ties.  Students in the Kindergarten are asked to wear “dress up clothes” in bright holiday colors.

Blessing of the Advent Wreath

Lord our God,

we praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ:

He is Emmanuel, the hope of the peoples,

He is the wisdom that teaches and guides us,

He is the Savior of every nation.

Lord God,

let your blessing come upon us

as we light the candles of this wreath.

May the wreath and its light

be a sign of Christ’s promise to bring us salvation.

May he come quickly and not delay.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

A Prayer for Advent ~ Week I

All-powerful God,

increase our strength of will for doing good

that Christ may find an eager welcome at His coming

and call us to His side in the kingdom of heaven,

where He lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, forever and ever.  Amen.

Virtue of the Month ~ Generosity

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

A.       Give from your own money to help others in need.

B.       Give freely of your time without expecting anything in return.

C.       Ask for forgiveness when you have hurt someone and be willing to forgive them when they hurt you.

D.       Offer to help someone in class each day.

E.       Share your supplies with someone who forgot theirs.

F.       Do something helpful for someone at home without being asked.

G.      See if others want “second helpings” before taking some for yourself.

H.       Let someone else in your family choose the movie or television show you will watch together.

I.         Offer to help an older neighbor with a job like raking leaves or shoveling snow.

J.        Let another person ahead of you get a drink first at the water fountain.

Prayer of the Month ~ Prayer of St. Nicholas

Loving God, we thank you for
the example of St. Nicholas,
who fed the hungry,
brought hope to the imprisoned,
gave comfort to the lost,
and taught the truth to all.
May we strive to imitate him
by putting you first in all we do.
Give us the courage, love and strength
of St. Nicholas, so that, like him,
we may serve you through loving
our brothers and sisters.  Amen.

NJHS Operation Turkey Yields Nearly 1000 lbs of Food!

Our annual food drive to help the homeless at SERVE was a great success yet again.  Thanks to the generosity of our students, members of the NJHS loaded nearly 1000 pounds of donated food items into a truck for delivery to SERVE.  Through this outpouring of kindness, the students and families have united their efforts in truly making a difference for those without food in our community.

Manassas Christmas Parade

All school families and friends are cordially invited to march with our school float in the annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 4th.  For more information, including a permission slip, please see the flyer distributed earlier this week.

Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather, All Saints Catholic School follows the decision of Prince William County Public School System.  If the county schools decide to close, All Saints is closed for the day and all related activities are cancelled.  Similarly, if the county schools decide to open late or dismiss early, All Saints responds in the same manner.  Note: Should the county system announce a delayed opening on a day for which a noon dismissal is scheduled at All Saints, the early release is cancelled and school ends at 3:00 p.m.

All Saints PTO 2nd Annual “Evening with St. Nicholas” ~ Friday, December 3rd.

Join us this Friday, December 3rd for an advent prayer service beginning in the church at 7pm.

Refreshments and photos (bring your own camera) will follow in the gym.  Please note: The line for photos will close at 8:20 p.m., sharp.

Please consider donating new shoes in honor of St. Nicholas and his feast day.    A “procession of shoes” will take place during the prayer service.  Monetary donations will also be accepted.   (A box for monetary donations will be in the gym.)

Proceeds 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.

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

*We still need help with clean up, as well as a few helpers to assist St. Nicholas before and during photos.    Thanks to all who have donated cookies/cocoa.  Those donations can be dropped off at the front desk on Thursday, December 2, or no later than Friday morning.

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.

Volunteering at All Saints

Are you missing out on volunteer email updates to find out about the latest volunteer opportunities?
If so, contact our Volunteer Co-Coordinator, Angela Slater, at schoolvolunteers@allsaintsvaschool.organd you will be added to our email update list.  Do you have questions about volunteering, points for parents, upcoming school events?–We now have Volunteer Coordinators to answer these questions and help connect volunteers at All Saints.  Please feel free to contact Angela Slater, Volunteer Co-Coordinator at the school volunteer email above.

Square 1 Art

Square 1 Art Orders have all been distributed.  If you have any questions regarding your order, please contact Kerry Balagtas at 703-365-7327 or Kerryb17@verizon.net.

Upcoming Events

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

Friday, December 3rd 3rd Grade Sacrament of Reconciliation (9:30 a.m.)

Noon Dismissal ~ Professional Development

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

Saturday, December 4th Greater Manassas Christmas Parade

Monday, December 6th 4th Grade Sacrament of Reconciliation (9:30 a.m.)

Uniform Committee Meeting (PLC/7:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, December 7th SCA Representatives to Visit Paul VI Options Program for Check Presentation

PTO Executive Board Meeting (PLC/7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, December 8th Feast of Immaculate Conception Mass (10:00 a.m.)

Thursday, December 9th Enrollment Management Team Meeting (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, December 10th 5th Grade Sacrament of Reconciliation (9:30 a.m.)

2nd Quarter Interims distributed to students

Peace & Justice Players Presentation (PAC/2:00 p.m.)