The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 21

Living Stones on the Pathway to Heaven…

Message from the Principal

This week I am pleased to announce that Mrs. Heather Deeney will serve as the long-term substitute teacher for Mrs. Otaizo while she is away on maternity leave, approximately the middle of February through the middle of May.  Mrs. Deeney is a graduate of Penn State University as well as the University of Phoenix where she earned a Masters Degree in Education.  She began her educational career at St. Christopher School in the Diocese of Las Vegas where she taught both fourth grade and middle school. We welcome Mrs. Deeney to our community this week as she begins observing and learning the routines of the first grade classroom.

In order that first grade parents may have an opportunity to meet Mrs. Deeney, there will be an informal Open House event tomorrow evening from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the first grade classroom. I hope that many will be able to stop by and meet Mrs. Deeney as she begins her time at All Saints.

This week I would also like to share with you that I have hired three additional on-call substitute teachers, all of whom have significant experience in the field of education.

Mrs. Mary Kate Foley ~ Mrs. Foley joins our community after retiring from the Manassas City Public School system with more than 30 years experience in primary level education.  Mrs. Foley earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Radford & Virginia Tech and a Masters Degree in Education, with a focus on curriculum and instruction, from George Mason University.

Mrs. Kristie Kleha ~ After earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in English Education from Ohio State University, Mrs. Kleha returned to Bishop O’Connell High School, her alma mater, where she taught English for seven years.  Since that time, she has also completed seven years of teaching at Woodbridge Senior High School and South Lakes in Fairfax County.

Mrs. Judith Nicholas ~ With a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education and Psychology from Mary Mount Manhattan College, Mrs. Nicholas has spent the past nine years teaching in the primary grades in Catholic schools located in New Jersey.  Additionally, she has significant experience in faith formation and has participated in a number of catechetical ministries at her previous parishes.

We welcome all of our new substitute teachers!  With the experience and expertise they bring, they will help to ensure that the learning continues even when the teachers are unable to be present.

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A note about report cards: Due to the inconsistency in the music schedule since late November, it has not been possible to authentically assess each student’s progress in this area of the curriculum.  For this reason, no music grades will be issued for the second quarter.  Grading will resume with the hiring of a permanent replacement which I anticipate will occur in the coming weeks.

Catholic Schools Week Schedule

Sunday, January 30th Open House following morning Masses (8:30-11:30 a.m.)  All students in

attendance are asked to wear their school uniform.

Monday, January 31st Vocation Day Celebration & Prayer Service

Free Ice Cream for Students at Lunch

Tuesday, February 1st Staff Appreciation Day ~ Coordinated by Teachers and Students

Wednesday, February 2nd Priest Appreciation Day ~ Students will offer special prayers and spiritual bouquets for our parish priests.

Thursday, February 3rd Community Service Day ~ Grade level outreach to the local community

Student Appreciation Day ~ Optional Dress Down Day ($1.00 in support of our seminary) & No Homework

Friday, February 4th School Mass

Spelling Bee

Teacher Appreciation Day ~ Faculty & Staff Luncheon, hosted by the PTO, following Noon Dismissal

Catholic Schools Week will begin with an Open House event on Sunday morning from 8:30 a.m. –11:30 a.m.  Although specifically designed for prospective families, this event provides a wonderful opportunity for current families to tour the school and visit the classrooms.  In prior years, the mix of both current and future families has provided a great way for others in our community to learn about our school.  Plan to join our school and parish community as we kick-off our celebration of Catholic Schools Week!

8th Grade Confirmation ~ May 7th

Confirmation of 8th Grade students enrolled at All Saints Catholic School will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 7th.

Open House for Prospective Teachers

Again this year All Saints Catholic School is pleased to host an information session for individuals interested in learning more about teaching opportunities in our diocesan school system.  On Thursday, February 3rd Sr. Patricia Helene, IHM of Marymount University will present an overview of the application process as well as what it means to work in the mission of Catholic education.  The event will begin at 1:00 p.m. in the Music Room.  For additional information, please see the link attached to this week’s newsletter.

Open House for 2011-2012 School Year

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, February 10thbeginning 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.

Leonard Family Seeking Morning Carpool

Mr. and Mrs. Leonard are seeking one or more families to assist in bringing their daughter to school in the morning.  As Mrs. Leonard continues to battle cancer, her husband will be returning to work in February and will no longer be able to drop off their daughter at All Saints.  The family resides in Manassas and would appreciate any assistance that our school families can provide in this regard.  The Leonards can be reached via their home telephone: 703.330.8689.

We are pleased to report that the most recent tests have indicated that Mrs. Leonard’s tumors have decreased in size.  Let us continue to pray for healing and strength for Mrs. Leonard as she continues with her treatment plan.

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).

Outreach ~ Providing Meals for the Dalusung Family

To show our support and to assist the Dalusung family after the sudden loss of Ms. Nichole Dalusung’s father (who was also the grandfather of Joseph Dalusung in K2), we are rallying volunteers to provide meals for the family.  If you are interested in helping by providing a meal please follow this link for the mealtrain http://www.mealtrain.com/?id=mmfgun4edeft. The link includes important dietary information and will provide you with the opportunity to sign up.  If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Cathy Pell at cspell5@msn.com.

Virtus Update

There will be two opportunities for the required annual update to Virtus training:

Saturday, February 12th at 10:30 AM in the Art Room

Saturday, March 26th at 10:30 AM in Meeting Room One

Also, there will be the 4-hour live training “Protecting God’s Children” presentation on Saturday, February 26th beginning at 9:00 AM in FKH.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, January 27th 1st Grade Open House with Mrs. Deeney (6:30-7:30 p.m.)

Friday, January 28th School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

2nd Quarter Report Cards Distributed

Sunday, January 30th Catholic Schools Week Open House (8:30-11:30 a.m.)

Wednesday, February 2nd Re-Registration for 2011-2012 begins

Thursday, February 3rd Gianni’s Pick Up in the Parish Activities Center (2:30 – 7:00 p.m.)

Information Meeting for Prospective Teachers (1:00 p.m.)

Friday, February 4th School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Middle School “Demerit Free Breakfast”

Spelling Bee (10:30 a.m.)

Noon Dismissal

Catholic Schools Week Luncheon for Faculty & Staff

Saturday, February 5th PTO Bingo Night (Knights Hall/5:00 p.m.)

Links ~

  • Are you interested in teaching for the Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Arlington?  Click on link for Information Program for Prospective Teacher ~  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/2011/01/12/come-join-us-information-programs-for-prospective-teachers/
  • Casino Night/Tickets ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/01/casino-night-ticket-order-2011.pdf
  • MealTrain Link for Dalusung Family ~ http://www.mealtrain.com/?id=mmfgun4edeft
  • PVI PTO Electronics Recycling Fundraiser ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/01/PTOElectronicsRecycling2011.pdf

The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 20

Living Stones on the Pathway to Heaven…

Message from the Principal

Last Thursday evening one of our former students who is now attending James Madison University contacted Mrs. Lewis to inquire whether she might play her flute with the Schola during our weekly school Mass.  She shared with Mrs. Lewis that it was her hope that she would be able to attend at least one of our liturgies and support the music program prior to returning to college for the spring semester.  As principal, it gave me great joy to see Eileen seated next to the choir, sharing her musical gifts as she so often did while a student at All Saints.   Her desire to return to All Saints and to continue to participate in the life of our community tells a compelling story, one which gives living witness to the value she attaches to her formative years in our school.  Taking her seat with the choir, Eileen communicated a subtle yet powerful message ~ All Saints is my school community.

Indeed, much more than a school, All Saints is a faith community.  It is a place where students, faculty and parents encounter Christ on a daily basis.  Through prayer, through the Sacraments, and through interaction with one another, members of our community experience grace-filled moments which are truly life-giving and life-changing.  It is these encounters that our students recall and treasure long after they have graduated, even after they have forgotten the particular details of the curriculum.

Beginning on Sunday, January 30th, we join with Catholic schools across our nation to celebrate Catholic Schools Week, an annual occasion during which we highlight our distinct mission and legacy. As in prior years, special activities have been planned for each day of the week.  The following is a list of special events planned for the week.

Sunday, January 30th Open House following morning Masses (8:30-11:30 a.m.)  All students in attendance are asked to wear their school uniform.

Monday, January 31st Vocation Day Celebration & Prayer Service

Free Ice Cream for Students at Lunch

Tuesday, February 1st Staff Appreciation Day ~ Coordinated by Teachers and Students

Wednesday, February 2nd Priest Appreciation Day ~ Students will offer special prayers and spiritual bouquets for our parish priests.

Thursday, February 3rd Community Service Day ~ Grade level outreach to the local community

Student Appreciation Day ~ Optional Dress Down Day ($1.00 in support of our seminary) & No Homework

Friday, February 4th School Mass

Spelling Bee

Teacher Appreciation Day ~ Faculty & Staff Luncheon, hosted by the PTO, following Noon Dismissal

Again this year we will host a Vocation Day during which a number of seminarians, clergy members as well as religious will share their vocation story with our students.  It is our hope that through this experience the students will both be reminded and encouraged to consider the fact that God may be calling them to a special life of service as a priest or member of a religious community.

Catholic Schools Week will begin with an Open House event on Sunday morning from 8:30 a.m. –11:30 a.m.  Although specifically designed for prospective families, this event provides a wonderful opportunity for current families to tour the school and visit the classrooms.  In prior years, the mix of both current and future families has provided a great way for others in our community to learn about our school.

In regards to Eileen, I have every confidence that you will see her again through the years as she has an open invitation to join us with her flute at our school Masses whenever home from college.  In fact, you may observe other visiting musicians from time to time.  With trumpets and clarinets in hand, they maintain cherished ties with their elementary school and we are reminded of our far-reaching legacy.

Snow Day s ~ 3 Built into Calendar

Three snow days have been incorporated in our school calendar for the current year.  As we have had two snow days to date, the final day of school is presently Wednesday, June 15th.  In the event of an additional cancellation due to inclement weather, the last day will be Thursday, June 16th.

Part-Time Employment Opportunity ~ Extended Day Program

All Saints is now accepting applications for individuals interested in part-time employment in the Extended Day Program beginning in February.  For more information and to request an application, please contact the main office.

March for Life

On Monday, January 24th the students of All Saints will join their prayers with the thousands who will gather in Washington, D.C. at the annual March for Life.  As a school community we will pray for an end to abortion and for an increase in respect for the sanctity of life at all stages in our society.   While children who wish to attend the March for Life with their parents will be marked as absent, please know that this absence will not affect a child who otherwise would earn “Perfect Attendance” at the close of the year.  If your child will be attending the March, please notify his or her teacher via a note by the end of next week.

Donations of baby food- 1st foods jar food, 3rd foods jar food, baby cereal, and Similac Advanced formula will be collected in classrooms from Tuesday, January 18th –Monday, January 24th. Students will offer their donation during the prayer service on January 24th. Donations will benefit AAA Women for Choice in Manassas. All donations are greatly appreciated.

Arlington Band Festival ~ CALENDAR UPDATE

The Arlington Band Festival will occur on Saturday, April 2nd rather than April 16th as originally published in our school calendar.

Open House for Prospective Teachers

Again this year All Saints Catholic School is pleased to host an information session for individuals interested in learning more about teaching opportunities in our diocesan school system.  On Thursday, February 3rd Sr. Patricia Helene, IHM of Marymount University will present an overview of the application process as well as what it means to work in the mission of Catholic education.  The event will begin at 1:00 p.m. in the Music Room.  For additional information, please see the link attached to this week’s newsletter.

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).

Volunteers Needed to Provide Meals for the Dalusung Family

Sadly, Mrs. Dalusung’s father passed away this week from a sudden and unexpected heart attack.  He was also the grandfather of Joseph Dalusung in K2.  To show our support and to assist the Dalusung family in this difficult time we are rallying volunteers to provide meals for the family.  If you are interested in helping by providing a meal, please contact Cathy Pell at cspell5@msn.com.  Thank you for your help, as well as your thoughts and prayers for the Dalusung family.

Virtus Update

There will be two opportunities for the required annual update to Virtus training:

Saturday, February 12th at 10:30 AM in the Art Room

Saturday, March 26th at 10:30 AM in Meeting Room One

Also, there will be the 4-hour live training “Protecting God’s Children” presentation on Saturday, February 26th beginning at 9:00 AM in FKH.

Spirit Events ~ Mark the calendar if you haven’t already!

Don’t Forget – Bowl America this Friday, January 21st from 12-7 p.m. Remember school is out so let’s celebrate the shortest week in school with a party! The cost is only $3 per game including shoes. Need food? They have a snack bar with food perfect for snacking while you bowl. Don’t forget your flyer or mention All Saints School at the register and 10% of the sales and concessions will be donated to our school. Come on out, have fun, and support the best school around!

Bowl America is located at 10641 Balls Ford Road in Manassas across from the Koon’s Honda Dealer.

2011 Casino Night & Auction

February 12, 6:30pm at the Portuguese Community Center

For ticket order forms and updates on some of the silent and live items available to bid on, please visit our website: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/pto/all-saints-casino-night-auction/

Tickets for the iPad, DSi, Flat screen TV & the 50/50 Raffle are available in the school office.

Gianni’s Pizza Update

Wondering what to serve at your upcoming Super Bowl party, or other gathering? We have you covered!

The pizzas and other goodies found in the Gianni’s catalogue offers a variety large enough to please all. Satisfying the oldest and youngest at your party!

Support our school and have a great gathering; It’s a Win-Win situation!

The percentage of return for All Saints per item is as follows:

For every 1-199 items sold we earn $5.75, 200-399 we earn $6.00, 400-1199 we earn $6.25, 1200-1799 we earn $6.50, and 1800+ we earn $7.00.

Forms are due back by January 21st. Remember when obtaining orders, to please get a contact number. Contacts help with deliveries. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Kate Reilly at (703) 919-3022.

BoxTops for Education Update

Results for the December collection:
PK1-0, PK2-11, PK3-13,
K1-141, K2- 149
1A-158, 1B-165
2A-227, 2B-272
3A-92, 3B-144
winner is 2B
4A-107, 4B-55
5A-89, 5B-40
6A-41, 6B-0
7A-34, 7B-107
8A-8, 8B-0
winner is a tie 4A and 7B

Total collected for December (including loose boxtops) was 1853 for $92.65. Winning classes 2B, 4A & 7B will be treated to a hot chocolate treat in the near future.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, January 19th Evening of Prayer for Parents of 2nd & 8th Grade Parents, hosted by the Religious Education Staff (7:00 p.m.)

Thursday, January 20th Open House (9:00 a.m.)

Eucharistic Adoration & Benediction (2:15 p.m.)

Friday, January 21st Holiday ~ Professional Development Day (End of 2nd Quarter)

Curriculum Mapping & Report Card Preparation

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

Monday, January 24th Respect Life Prayer Service (8:30 a.m.)

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

Friday, January 28th 2nd Quarter Report Cards Distributed

Links ~

  • Are you interested in teaching for the Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Arlington?  Click on link for Information Program for Prospective Teacher ~  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/2011/01/12/come-join-us-information-programs-for-prospective-teachers/
  • Casino Night/Tickets ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/01/casino-night-ticket-order-2011.pdf
  • Bowl America Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/01/2011-01-21BowlAmerica.jpg
  • PVI PTO Electronics Recycling Fundraiser ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/01/PTOElectronicsRecycling2011.pdf

The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 19

Living Stones on the Pathway to Heaven…

Message from the Principal

On Monday we began our annual observance of Bully Prevention Week, a time during which we refocus our attention and direct our efforts toward the particular challenges associated with bullying. Implemented as part of our program several years ago, this annual practice has raised the level of awareness among faculty, parents and students and provided an opportunity for us to recommit ourselves to establishing a bully free environment.

It is important that each year we continue to identify and implement practical strategies to help students gain a better understanding of bullying and its impact.  As announced last week, the following is the full list of strategies in support of Bully Prevention Week.

Monday: Students had an opportunity to sign an Anti-Bully Pledge in the cafeteria during their lunch period.

Tuesday: Mrs. Karcher, school counselor, visited classrooms to provide presentations on the topic of bullying.

Wednesday:  The Peace & Justice Players will visit classrooms and role play situations to provide guidance to students regarding bullying behaviors.

Thursday: Yellow Day.  Students are invited to wear yellow accessories, i.e. yellow ties, yellow socks, yellow hair ribbons, etc.  Additionally, individual students will be recognized for their leadership in fostering anti-bullying behaviors.

Friday: Each class will meet with their “buddy class” to read books, view a movie or participate in an activity on the topic of anti-bullying/friendship building.

One of the best ways for us to measure progress and to evaluate effectiveness is through the bullying surveys which we distribute twice per year.  I wish to thank those parents and students who participated in this process during the fall semester and offer a few insights based upon the data.

A total of 44 parents responded to the electronic survey.  When compared with the number of respondents who participated in the uniform survey, approximately 210, this number tells a positive story.  While I would have hoped that more parents would have taken a moment to provide feedback on the topic of bullying, I believe that the low number of respondents indicates that bullying is not a particular concern at this time for a number of families in our community.  This is corroborated by the fact that 86% of respondents indicated that their child feels “very good” or “sometimes good” about being at All Saints.  Furthermore, 95% of respondents indicated that the adults at the school make a “good” or “very good” effort at making it a safe place.

While the story overall is quite positive, there is more work to be done.  For example, the data continues to indicate that the playground continues to be the area in which bullying most often occurs.  With this in mind, we have already initiated a series of specific training sessions for all of the assistants who provide supervision in the cafeteria and on the playground.

All parents are encouraged to take a moment to review the actual survey results.  A copy of the full parent survey can be accessed at the following link.  There you can view the number of responses submitted to each question of the parent survey.  Additionally, attached to this week’s newsletter is a PowerPoint presentation containing graphs based upon the feedback we received from students.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/sr.aspx?sm=8hGJOHO3RaIZNmgj9mkGbvvCUMBpmL0aI2g4JWK_2b6pg_3d……

There is no place for bullying in any school environment, most especially in a Catholic faith community. Recognizing the inherent goodness and dignity of each individual, it is our mission to instill within each student a respect and reverence for the sacredness of life.  Founded upon Gospel principles, our school provides more than simply instruction and academic opportunity for students.  Rather, All Saints provides formation, integrating the very best of our faith tradition seamlessly across programs and curricula.  As such, it is the continual focus on moral development, particularly within the context of our Virtue Program, which provides a strong foundation for our students.  Herein lies, I believe, our greatest antidote to bullying.  Let us continue to strive in this manner so that those who witness our community might echo the words of the Gospel, “See how they love one another.”

In conclusion, let us continue to work together to further reduce instances of bullying and to further transform our school environment.  In the event that you ever have a concern related to a bullying incident, please contact us so that we can be aware and assist in resolving the matter.  The teachers and staff stand ready and welcome any feedback or concerns that you may have.  Additionally, Mrs. Karcher, Mrs. Campagna and I continue to closely monitor and address any bullying concerns that arise.  Please know that you can contact any of us at any time.

Finally, I wish to thank Mrs. Karcher and Mrs. Sweeney for their assistance and leadership in offering analysis of the survey results and planning our week long recognition of Bully Prevention Week.  I appreciate their dedication to this initiative and know that the students will continue to benefit from their efforts.

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This week I would also like to thank and congratulate the members of the Drama Club on their fine performance of A Christmas Carol that occurred on Monday.  I was particularly impressed with the number of lines that the actors memorized, the enthusiasm with which they presented the show, and the many thoughtful touches that made the play simply charming.  With the guidance and direction of Ms. Coto and Mrs. Lewis, our young actors staged a performance of which we can all be very proud!

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Last week I spoke with Mrs. Laird, our music teacher, to confirm plans for the second semester.  While it had been her intent to return to teaching in the new year, she continues to struggle greatly with morning sickness.  As such, she does not feel confident that she will be able to return to All Saints on a consistent basis and has, for this reason, submitted her resignation.  While her time at our school was brief, I wish to acknowledge and thank Mrs. Laird for her work with the students during the opening months of the year.  We wish her and her husband every blessing as they prepare for the birth of their first child.

I have already begun the process of contacting prospective music teachers and hope to fill this vacancy as soon as possible.  During the interim period, Mrs. Stevens is serving as the substitute teacher for the music classes and Miss Dalusung will continue to direct the Schola and to lead the music at our school liturgies.

National Geography Bee

Last Friday morning students in grades four through eight participated in the school-wide round of the National Geography Bee.  Congratulations to Nicholas Mills, our school champion, who completed a written assessment earlier this week to determine whether he will qualify to advance to the state level competition.  Congratulations to Nichole Bill, first runner up, and Addison Ludwig, second runner up, as well as to all of the following students who won first place in the classroom level competitions, thereby qualifying to participate in the school bee.

4A        Jack H.
4B        Vincent D.
5A        Kaelyn L.
5B        Nicholas M.

6A        Colin E.
6B        Jack R.

7A        Anthony S.
7B        Nicole B.

8A        Addison L.
8B        Quentin L.

March for Life

On Monday, January 24th the students of All Saints will join their prayers with the thousands who will gather in Washington, D.C. at the annual March for Life.  As a school community we will pray for an end to abortion and for an increase in respect for the sanctity of life at all stages in our society.   While children who wish to attend the March for Life with their parents will be marked as absent, please know that this absence will not affect a child who otherwise would earn “Perfect Attendance” at the close of the year.  If your child will be attending the March, please notify his or her teacher via a note by the end of next week.

Arlington Band Festival ~ CALENDAR UPDATE

The Arlington Band Festival will occur on Saturday, April 2nd rather than April 16th as originally published in our school calendar.

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).

Peace and Justice Players Baby Food Outreach

On January 24, 2011, our school community will gather for a respect life prayer service. Donations of baby food- 1st foods jar food, 3rd foods jar food, baby cereal, and Similac Advanced formula will be collected in classrooms from Tuesday, January 18th –Monday, January 24th. Students will offer their donation during the prayer service on January 24th. Donations will benefit AAA Women for Choice in Manassas. All donations are greatly appreciated.

CASINO NIGHT & AUCTION

6:30 PM at the PORTUGUESE COMMUNITY CENTER in MANASSAS

Looking for a great way to celebrate Valentines Day weekend? We’ve got the perfect night planned:  Casino games with prizes, heavy hors d’oeuvres, live & silent auction, cash bar and raffles. Order forms for event tickets and raffle tickets were sent home last Wednesday and can be returned through your child’s teacher (ticket order form is also attached).  Additional raffle tickets are available through the school office.  For more information or to make a donation to the event, contact Carol Rice allsaintspto@gmail.com or 703-380-5990.

Spirit Events – Save the date!

Coming Up – Bowl America on Friday, January 21st from 12-7 p.m. There’s no school that day so come join in the fun! The cost is $3 per game including shoes. Need food? They have a snack bar with food perfect for snacking while you bowl. Please bring the flyer or mention All Saints School at the register and 10% of the sales and concessions will be donated to our school. Bowl America is located at 10641 Balls Ford Road in Manassas across from the Koon’s Honda Dealer.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, January 12th Distribution of Gianni’s Frozen Food Order Forms

Thursday, January 13th Enrollment Management Team Meeting (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, January 14th School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Monday, January 17th Holiday ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday

Wednesday, January 19th Evening of Prayer for Parents of 2nd & 8th Grade Parents, hosted by the Religious Education Staff (7:00 p.m.)

Thursday, January 20th Open House (9:00 a.m.)

Eucharistic Adoration & Benediction (2:15 p.m.)

Friday, January 21st Holiday ~ Professional Development Day (End of 2nd Quarter)

Curriculum Mapping & Report Card Preparation

Links

  • Bullying Survey Results ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/01/bullying-survey-results-2010.pdf
  • Are you interested in teaching for the Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Arlington?  Click on link for Information Program for Prospective Teacher ~  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/2011/01/12/come-join-us-information-programs-for-prospective-teachers/
  • Casino Night/Tickets ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/01/casino-night-ticket-order-2011.pdf
  • Bowl America Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/01/2011-01-21BowlAmerica.jpg

The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 18

Living Stones on the Pathway to Heaven…

Message from the Principal

Happy New Year!  I hope that you and your family enjoyed the Christmas holiday and the many opportunities to celebrate the season.

Again, I wish to congratulate Mrs. Fisher (former assistant principal), Mrs. Rakshys, and Mrs. Kardaras and the 42 members of the Peace & Justice Players for their very fine work, as recognized by Today’s Catholic Teacher. While I am very pleased with the affirmation that this organization has received, I am even more proud of the difference that our middle school students are making in the lives of those in our community.  The meaningful interaction that occurs between the Peace & Justice Players and those less fortunate is inspiring and life-giving in so many ways.  Their warm smiles and generous hearts brighten the lives of others and everyone walks away from the experience enriched and renewed.

With the start of the new year comes the opportunity to reflect on new commitments and resolutions.  What better time than now to renew our desire to creating a “bully free” climate at All Saints?  As such, next week our school will celebrate Bully Prevention Week.  The following is a summary of activities planned for the week:

Monday: Students will have an opportunity to sign an Anti-Bully Pledge in the cafeteria during their lunch period.

Tuesday: Mrs. Karcher, school counselor, will visit classrooms to provide presentations on the topic of bullying.

Wednesday:  The Peace & Justice Players will visit classrooms and role play situations to provide guidance to students regarding bullying behaviors.

Thursday: Yellow Day.  Students are invited to wear yellow accessories, i.e. yellow ties, yellow socks, yellow hair ribbons, etc.  Additionally, individual students will be recognized for their leadership in fostering anti-bullying behaviors.

Friday: Each class will meet with their “buddy class” to read books, view a movie or participate in an activity on the topic of anti-bullying/friendship building.

In next week’s newsletter I will provide to you the results of the parent survey on the topic of bullying that was distributed to the community earlier this year.  The results tell a positive story, but also serve to remind us that there is always more work to be done on the challenge of creating a bully free climate.

Speaking of surveys…Thank you to those parents who responded to the follow up Uniform Survey just prior to the holidays.  Recognizing that many of you were very busy with preparations for Christmas, I want to provide another opportunity for you to respond should you wish to participate.  The following is an excerpt from my letter of December 15th that includes a link to the one question survey.

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.

As the Uniform Committee will be meeting on Tuesday evening, parents interested in participating in the survey are asked to respond by Monday morning.

Casino Night & Auction News … Tickets Now On Sale

Your invitation, raffle tickets and ticket order form to the February 12, 2011 Casino Night & Auction is being sent home with your oldest child today.

Raffle Ticket Prizes Include:

  • iPad
  • Flat Screen TV
  • DS Game System
  • Reserved Pew for Easter Mass of your Choice
  • 1st in Line for Carpool
  • Excused from Points for Parents

The evening will feature casino games with funny money raffle prizes, 50/50 raffle, a live and silent auction, and so much more.  Please return order forms and purchased raffle tickets to the school office.  For more information, please contact Carol Rice at allsaintspto@gmail.com or 703-380-5990.

Update Regarding the Leonard Family
Mrs. Leonard wishes to convey her gratitude and appreciation for the continued support and prayers that she has received from the All Saints school community. While her cancer remains at stage 4, she remains optimistic that next week’s tests will show improvement in her condition. At this time, extended family is providing support and preparing meals. If you wish to assist in providing meals beginning in February, you may confirm your interest through the Meal Train website at: http://www.mealtrain.com/?id=m0y8ppl9er6t.

All Saints School Parents are invited to join the Knights of Columbus!
Imagine being part of an organization that fills your heart and your mind with the joy of giving to others and the feeling that comes with making a difference.  Knights are Catholic men, 18 years of age and older, who are committed to making their community a better place, while supporting their Church. Being a Knight is more than camaraderie. It is being involved with your community; it is supporting your local Catholic Church, while enhancing your own faith; it is about protecting and enhancing your family life.  Come see just what we are all about and take the first steps to enhance your personal life!

George Brent Council will host an Open House on Saturday, January 15, 2011 from 4 – 8pm in our Clubroom at 9290 Stonewall Road in Manassas, VA.  Please join the Knights for an evening of NFL divisional playoff football, Knightly fraternity, good food, cold drinks, and information for your potential membership in the Knights of Columbus.  The Council Hall is located behind the All Saints Catholic School gym on Stonewall Rd.  For additional information and to RSVP please, call Tommy Reynolds at 703-963-1281.

Prayer of the Month

Prayer for Compassion
O Father, give us the compassion you
want us to have and teach us to
embrace each other with compassionate arms,
no matter what our age, color, history, or belief.
Help us to remember that you are Life Itself,
and that you are using every one of our
unique gifts to bring us together with
you once again. Amen.

Virtue of the Month Program ~ Compassion

For some children, KINDNESS might be a good way to explain this virtue.

  1. Pray for those people who are hungry or homeless.
  2. Give money to the poor box in church from your own allowance.
  3. Give food or clothing to those in need.
  4. Help at home without being asked.
  5. Keep your room neat and orderly to help your parents.
  6. Make a pretty card or write a cheerful letter to someone who is sick or in a nursing home.
  7. Listen quietly when your friend is upset or angry and needs to talk.
  8. Visit relatives, neighbors, or friends that are sick.
  9. Include new students in your games. Introduce them to your friends.
  10. If someone doesn’t understand a lesson or a game, offer to teach them. Do not make fun of them.
  11. Make someone laugh when they are feeling sad.
  12. Be kind to everyone you meet.

?January Band Mini-Camps ?
PVI is offering a fun way for Diocesan 6th,7th ,8th grade band students to spend their January teacher workday!  Depending on your school’s workday, choose one of two fully-staffed camps – either Thursday Jan 13th 6-8:30 pm and Friday Jan 14th 9-4:30, OR Thursday/Friday Jan 20/21 (same time blocks). Both camps finish out with a concert and pizza party!  The fee is $30. Registration forms are located at http://www.pvimusicboosters.org. Questions, please contact jsiegfried@paulvi.net.

Spring Training at JP the Great!

Spring Training Baseball Camp will be held at Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School the weekends of February 19/20 and 26/27. ALL middle school boys are invited to attend! The camps will be taught by JP coaches and will focus on the fundamentals of hitting, throwing, and fielding. For more information, contact Coach Dunleavy: brian.dunleavy@jpthegreat.org or (703) 445-0331, or visit www.jpthegreat.org.

 

Inclement Weather Reminders ~ Half Days & Cafeteria Menu

In the event that school is closed due to inclement weather, the cafeteria menu for that day will be prepared the following day.  However, in the event that school is closed two or more days in a row, the menu will be re-evaluated with changes posted on our website.

In the event that school is delayed due to inclement weather on a noon dismissal day, school will begin at 10:10 a.m. and extend until 3:00 p.m.  Please note: In this scenario there are no cafeteria services available and as such, each student is asked to bring a lunch and drink to school.

 

Arlington Band Festival ~ CALENDAR UPDATE

The Arlington Band Festival will occur on Saturday, April 2nd rather than April 16th as originally published in our school calendar.

 

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

 

  • Re-Registration for Current Families February 2-14, 2011
  • 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)

 

Upcoming Events

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

Noon Dismissal

Faculty Meeting (1:00-3:00 p.m.)

Monday, January 10th
Bully Prevention Week begins (see schedule above)

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

Tuesday, January 11th
Uniform Committee Meeting (PLC/7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, January 12th
Distribution of Gianni’s Frozen Food Order Forms

Thursday, January 13th
Enrollment Management Team Meeting (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Monday, January 17th
Holiday ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday

Wednesday, January 19th
Evening of Prayer for Parents of 2nd & 8th Grade Parents, hosted by the Religious Education Staff (7:00 p.m.)

Thursday, January 20th
Open House (9:00 a.m.)

Eucharistic Adoration & Benediction (2:15 p.m.)

Friday, January 21st
Holiday ~ Professional Development Day (End of 2nd Quarter)

Curriculum Mapping & Report Card Preparation

Links: