The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 30

Living Stones on the Pathway to Heaven…

Message from the Principal

On Sunday evening the Catholic Business Network of Northern Virginia hosted the 16thAnnual Schools/Business Partnerships Awards Banquet.  Each year at this event, the schools in our diocese are invited to recognize the generosity of individuals and businesses from the local community who have made a significant contribution to the mission of Catholic education.  This year I was pleased to recognize the George Brent Council Knights of Columbus, an organization that has provided strong support to our school in recent years.  Through title sponsorship of our PTO Golf Tournament, sponsorship of a middle school essay contest, and hosting of our Bingo Nights, the Knights have provided generous support to All Saints Catholic School.  Representing the Knights of Columbus, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Arseneault (Grand Knight) as well as Mr. and Mrs. Bill Gaynord (PTO  Bingo Coordinators) attended the gala event during which Bishop Loverde and members of the local community expressed their gratitude to all those who are truly making a difference in our Catholic schools.

A highlight of the evening was the announcement of the 2011 Educational Scholarship Winners, an award program sponsored by the Catholic Business Network in partnership with PNC Bank.  I was delighted that Alyssa DeRaymond, a member of the All Saints Class of 2010, was selected as the award recipient from Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School.  In an essay entitled How I Practice Catholic Values Outside of School and Church, Alyssa outlined her commitment to striving to make a difference in the lives of those around her.  The following is an excerpt from her essay. Congratulations, Alyssa!

I try to practice my Catholic values as much as possible, because I know that practicing them is the right way to live.  Once, I was told by a teacher that, by choosing what is right, you set an example for others. “Sometimes,” she told me, “others want to choose good, but they are afraid.”  She went on to explain that children and teenagers will often do what is right if someone else chooses it first.  From the day I learned this on, I have always tried to take the initiative, and I have found that this lesson from the teacher is certainly true.

And speaking of making the right choices, I want to take a moment to share with you just how proud I am of our middle school students.  As we began our Lenten journey, Mrs. Hammang (science teacher) decided to offer the students an opportunity to visit the Blessed Sacrament Chapel during their recess on Thursdays.  When I stopped by the church last week during lunch time, I counted 27 sixth grade students in silent prayer.  What an extraordinary witness of our faith and a testament to the value of a Catholic education.  These young people are setting a stellar example for younger students and offering us a glimpse of the very best of All Saints!

Honor Roll Students Recognized by Delegate Miller

This week each student who achieved Honor Roll status for the second quarter will receive a congratulatory letter from Delegate Jackson Miller (50th District).  Congratulations to all of our honor students for achieving this level of excellence and for this special recognition by a locally elected official.

Terra Nova Testing Countdown ~ 2 Weeks!

As the week of standardized testing approaches, parents are asked to avoid scheduling appointments from Monday, April 11th – Tuesday, April 19th so that each student may participate in the testing as scheduled.

New Student Referral Program

Many of our current families learned about the value of an All Saints education through a personal reference from an existing school family.  Again this year we would like to reward you for promoting the school to your family and friends!  Through the New Student Referral Program, your family can receive a $200.00 tuition credit for referring a new family to All Saints Catholic School.  For more information about this program, please see the attached flyer.  Help to spread the word about the success and tradition of All Saints Catholic School!

SCA Sponsored ~ “Pennies for Love”

The SCA will be sponsoring a “Pennies for Love” fundraiser to support the people in Japan and the student we are sponsoring in Kenya, Mary Atieno Ogada.  Please click on the link for the flyer with details.

Calendar Change ~ ½ Day in May Rescheduled

The half day of school published in our calendar for Monday, May 9th has been moved to Friday, May 6th.  In light of the fact that a large number of students in grades 4-8 will be attending the Band Trip on May 6th, from an instructional standpoint it makes good sense to move the half day to this date.  The EPSF Screening is still scheduled for Monday, May 9th.  As such, there will be no Pre-K or Kindergarten classes on that day as previously announced.

Junior Troop 2585 Food Drive for the Poor

The fifth graders from Junior troop 2585 are hosting a food drive from March 27the – April 15th.  Bins will be placed in the breeze way to hold your donations. The donations will go to the poor in our area.  Please donate 🙂

All Saints Chess Club Participates in the Montclair Scholastic Chess Tournament

Congratulations to the All Saints School Chess Club for their participation in the Montclair Scholastic Chess Tournament on Saturday, March 26th.  Tony DiRenzo, coach of the All Saints Chess Club, is proud to announce the following results from the competition:

Sporting new Chess Club T-shirts, the following six students faced tough opponents while demonstrating team spirit and courteous sportsmanship:

Miguel G.                         Ethan R.

David N.                              Roman R.

Andrew R.                           Julia W.

Special recognition is given to two students from our team who placed in the chess competition:

  • Roman R., (1B), placed 17th out of 76 students and won a medal for scoring 2.5 points.
  • Miguel G., (3B), won 6th place and his first chess trophy!

Coach DiRenzo also wanted to recognize Julia W., (2A), for her grace and courage playing in her first tournament ever!

Upcoming Spirit Events Offer  Opportunities to Earn Points & Service Hours!

A big “THANK YOU” to everyone who came out and helped beautify the campus last Saturday.  We’re making beautiful progress, but there’s still more to be done.  Please come join us next Saturday, April 2nd from 9 am – 12 pm and/or Saturday, April 9th from 9 am -12 pm to prepare the school and church campus for Easter. This is an easy way to earn volunteer and community service hours.  Activities will include, spreading mulch, burying irrigation hoses and cutting back a little bit of dead growth from last year.  Everyone is welcome. No experience necessary. Note: Children younger than 6th grade need adult chaperones.  Please contact Holly Crocker at (703) 330-8329 or via email at thcrock@comcast.net if you plan to help. Thank you so mulch for your help with this special project! J

Claytime Café

Want to get a jump on the Easter, Grandparents or Mother’s day gifts? We have just the thing for you!

Join us at the Claytime Café this Friday April 1, 2011 from 12 noon to 8 p.m.

So let’s get those creative juices flowing and have a great time! It’s a fun way to support our school and give an awesome personalized gift. All Saints School will earn 10% on the total purchase price on every item over $20 pre-tax.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, March 31st Eucharistic Adoration & Benediction (2:15 p.m.)

Friday, April 1st End of 3rd Quarter

School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Sacrament of Reconciliation ~ Grade 7 (9:30 a.m.)

Stations of the Cross ~ Grades K-2 (11:00 a.m.)

Noon Dismissal ~ Report Card Prep

Spirit Activity: Claytime Café (12:00-8:00 p.m.)

8th Grade Confirmation Retreat

Saturday, April 2nd Diocesan Band Festival

Monday, April 4th Transition to Summer Uniforms

SCA Sponsored Pennies for Love Program begins

Sacrament of Reconciliation ~ Grade 8 (9:30 a.m.)

Tuesday, April 5th PTO Executive Board Meeting (PLC/7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, April 6th Peace & Justice Players’ Sponsored Soup Luncheon to Benefit Japanese Earthquake Relief

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

Sacrament of Reconciliation ~ Grade 2 (9:30 a.m.)

Stations of the Cross ~ Grades 3-5 (2:00 p.m.)

3rd Quarter Report Cards distributed to students

Saturday, April 9th Diocesan Science Fair

Alumni Celebration (4:00-7:00 p.m.)

Links ~

  • · SCA “Pennies for Love” Flyer: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wpcontent/uploads/downloads/2011/03/Pennies_for_Love_Flyer2011.pdf
  • Claytime Café Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/03/claytime-cafe.pdf
  • Campus Beautification Day Flyer: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/03/2011-04-2and9CampusBeautificationDay.jpg
  • Spotlight on the Arts Drama & Art Summer Camps offers dynamic day camps for Catholic Families and friends! Download the Camp Brochure to learn about each instructor and print a registration.  Any registrations post-marked by April 15th receive a $15 off discount per camp.  To learn more, visit:  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/02/camps2011_web.pdf

The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 29

Living Stones on the Pathway to Heaven…

Message from the Principal

With warmer temperatures and the start of spring, I cannot help but think that this is a time for new beginnings.  It is with this in mind that I wish to provide an update to you regarding the status of our uniform review process.

The Uniform Committee has selected the new uniform for 2011-2012 and it is with great anticipation that we look forward to sharing the “new look” with our school community.  So as to provide families with an opportunity to see the new uniform, All Saints Catholic School will host a student “fashion show” next Monday, March 28th, beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Activities Center.  Students from our program will model the new uniforms and I will provide an overview of the implementation process. Following the show, uniform samples will remain on display in the entrance of the school for those families who are unable to attend the special event.  Additionally, an overview of the uniform and the implementation process will be provided in next week’s newsletter.

This week I would like to share with you some of the enhanced business practices that Flynn & O’Hara will be introducing in an effort to provide even better customer service and greater convenience for our families.

1)       Beginning this summer, Flynn & O’Hara will offer two “priority days” for our school at their Fairfax store.  On two days, yet to be determined, Flynn & O’Hara will provide special staff support and guidance to families from our community.  While the store will remain open for customers from other schools, Flynn & O’Hara will make a special effort to prepare for and accommodate the needs of families from All Saints.  On these days, Flynn & O’Hara will offer free shipping to customer’s homes for items not in stock.  (Please note: These priority days will replace the on-site sale day that has previously occurred during the first week of August.)

2)       In light of the fact that All Saints has experienced an increase in enrollment the past several years, Flynn & O’Hara will increase their inventory to reflect the stability of the school, stocking as close as possible to 100% of the previous year’s sales.

3)       Flynn & O’Hara will ship orders to All Saints weekly at no charge to parents.  These uniform components will be received at the front office and remain available for parents to pick-up at their convenience.  (Please note: This service will not be available during the high volume time of the final week of August and first two weeks of September.)

4)       All uniform components, with the exception of the knee in the boys’ pants, will be covered by a full school year warranty.

This week I wish to publicly recognize and thank the members of the Uniform Committee for so generously sharing their time and expertise.  Over the course of many meetings they engaged in open dialogue and frank debate, selecting a uniform that will represent well our school community for years to come.

Thank you to the following members of the Uniform Committee for their service to our community:

 

Mrs. Janet Baldwin

Mrs. Gemma Brophy

Mrs. Zonia Garcia

Mr. John Hall

Mrs. Cathy Hammerstrom

Mrs. Tina McIntyre

Mrs. Bridget White

Mrs. Marsha Vice

Mrs. Peggy Engstrom

Mrs. Debbie Wisniewski

 

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This week I also wish to announce a couple of changes regarding staffing for the 2011-2012 academic year.  As of this time, these are the only two transitions in the faculty anticipated for the upcoming year.

Mrs. Elena Cutting (Spanish teacher) has decided to resign from her position effective the close of the school year.  She will be returning to Spain this summer where she will continue her studies of the Spanish language before pursuing other professional opportunities.  We thank her for the energy and enthusiasm that she has brought to the classroom over the course of the past three years.

As you are already aware, Miss Joanna McCullough (middle school math teacher) is engaged to be married this summer.  Following her wedding, she will be relocating to Texas where her fiancé is currently employed.  Although she has been a part of our community for only two years, she has made a remarkable contribution to the success of our school through her roles in both the 4th grade and middle school programs. We wish her every success and blessing as she plans for both her upcoming wedding and the transition to Texas.

National Junior Honor Society Induction

Last Friday afternoon twenty-one students from the seventh and eighth grades were inducted into the National Junior Honor Society.  The students met or surpassed the established criteria in the following five areas: character, scholarship, leadership, service and citizenship.

Congratulations to the following students on this outstanding accomplishment:

 

Emily C.

Nicole B.

Krista B.

Mary Margaret B.

Quinn C.

Dominic C.

Edward C.

Hanna D.

Brett G.

Mary Kate H.

Kristin H.

Colin H.

Bridget K.

Allyson K.

Julianna L.

Susan M.

William P.

Evelyn P.

Cara R.

Jason S.

Emily S.

 

Mother Teresa Outreach Update

Thanks to the generosity of our students, a total of $578.34 has been collected during the past two school Masses.  All of the funds received through this program will be forwarded to our sister school in Haiti to defer the cost of lunches and school supplies.  Thank you, students, for living so beautifully the call to stewardship.

SCA St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

Congratulations to the Student Council Association on raising $552.68 to benefit the B.A.R.N. and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  The funds were collected through the sale of raffle tickets and in support of the dress-down day event on St. Patrick’s Day.

3rd Quarter Lock-Down Drill ~ Tomorrow (2:00 p.m.)

The 3rd Quarter Lock-Down Drill will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 24th.  (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.) 

Terra Nova Testing Countdown ~ 3 Weeks!

As the week of standardized testing approaches, parents are asked to avoid scheduling appointments from Monday, April 11th – Tuesday, April 19th so that each student may participate in the testing as scheduled.

Field Day Announced ~ June 2nd

Field Day for Grades K-8 will take place on the grounds of Linton Hall School in Bristow on Thursday, June 2nd.  Mark your calendars now for what promises to be a great day of activities and fellowship for our school families.

VIRTUS Update Training Sessions

One of the diocesan requirements regarding the safe environment initiative is that of annual VIRTUS training.  Through attendance at the 30 minute video training, faculty, staff and volunteers alike are reminded of important practical measures that we can implement to maintain a safe environment. Those who have not yet attended the VIRTUS update training this year are asked to do so during the spring semester.  While there is no need to register on-line for this session, for planning purposes please contact Mrs. Janet Smith, VIRTUS coordinator, to confirm your plans to attend.

The VIRTUS update training will occur on the following date: Saturday, March 26th (Meeting Room 1 @ 10:30 a.m.)

New Student Referral Program

Many of our current families learned about the value of an All Saints education through a personal reference from an existing school family.  Again this year we would like to reward you for promoting the school to your family and friends!  Through the New Student Referral Program, your family can receive a $200.00 tuition credit for referring a new family to All Saints Catholic School.  For more information about this program, please see the attached flyer.  Help to spread the word about the success and tradition of All Saints Catholic School!

Calendar Change ~ ½ Day in May Rescheduled

The half day of school published in our calendar for Monday, May 9th has been moved to Friday, May 6th.  In light of the fact that a large number of students in grades 4-8 will be attending the Band Trip on May 6th, from an instructional standpoint it makes good sense to move the half day to this date.  The EPSF Screening is still scheduled for Monday, May 9th.  As such, there will be no Pre-K or Kindergarten classes on that day as previously announced.

Thank You Message from the Dalusung Family

Dear Friends in Christ:

On behalf of my whole family, I would like to express our deepest gratitude for the way our All Saints School community has come together to lift us up in these difficult months since the loss of my Dad. We cannot thank you enough for your generosity – your thoughts, prayers, and cards, your attendance at the funeral, your thoughtfulness in preparing vegetarian AND non-vegetarian meals for my Mom and the children those first few weeks, and above all, your presence in our lives mean so much. We are humbled by your loving kindness. From the bottom of our hearts to yours, thank you.

Love and God’s blessings to you always,

Nichole (“Miss D”), Robin, Jessica, Joseph, and  Mia Dalusung

“And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection.” Col 3:14

 

Spirit Events

Claytime Café

Want to get a jump on the Easter, Grandparents or Mother’s day gifts? We have just the thing for you!

Join us at the Claytime Café next Friday April 1, 2011 from 12 noon to 8 p.m.

So let’s get those creative juices flowing and have a great time! It’s a fun way to support our school and give an awesome personalized gift. All Saints School will earn 10% on the total purchase price on every item over $20 pre-tax.

Campus Beautification

Earn service hours or points for parents!  A big THANK YOU to everyone who came out to help beautify the campus last Saturday. It’s looking better but more needs to be done. Please join us this Friday, March 25th from 12:30-4 and Saturday, March 26th from 9 am -12 pm to prepare the school and church campus for Easter. This is an easy way to earn volunteer and community service hours. We’re spreading mulch, burying irrigation hoses and cutting back a little bit of dead growth from last year. Everyone is welcome. No experience necessary. Children younger than 6th grade need adult chaperones. Please contact Holly Crocker at 703 330-8329 or via email to thcrock@comcast.net if you plan to help. Thank you so much for your help with this special project!

 

Upcoming Events

Thursday, March 24th Lock-Down Drill (2:00 p.m.)

Friday, March 25th School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Noon Dismissal ~ Professional Development Day

Saturday, March 26th VIRTUS Update Training (Meeting Room 1 @ 10:30 a.m.)

Monday, March 28th Picture Day ~ Individual & Class Portraits

Fashion Show ~ New Uniform (PAC/7:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, March 29th Principal for a Day ~ Dan Coleman (auction winner)

Wednesday, March 30th Sacrament of Reconciliation ~ Grade 6 (9:15 a.m.)

Thursday, March 31st Benediction (2:15 p.m.)

Friday, April 1st End of 3rd Quarter

School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Sacrament of Reconciliation ~ Grade 7 (9:30 a.m.)

Stations of the Cross ~ Grades K-2 (11:00 a.m.)

Noon Dismissal ~ Report Card Prep

8th Grade Confirmation Retreat

Saturday, April 2nd Diocesan Band Festival

  • Going Home with Each Student ~

Order Form for Spring Portraits

 

  • Links

Claytime Café Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/03/claytime-cafe.pdf

The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 28

Living Stones on the Pathway to Heaven…

Message from the Principal

As basketball fans around the country prepare for “March Madness”, at All Saints we can celebrate the recent success of our CYO Basketball Teams.  Congratulations to the many students and coaches who helped to make this a truly winning season!

8th Grade Boys (Mr. Harrill & Mr. Lewandowski)                 Champion (Division 5)

8th Grade Boys (Mr. Loague)                                                 Champion (Division 6)

8th Grade Girls (Mr. Hook & Mr. Gonzalez)                         3rd Place

7th Grade Girls (Mrs. Davey & Mrs. Seigel)                        2nd Place

Sportsmanship Award

7th Grade Boys (Mr. Magee)                                                 Champion (Division 4)

7th Grade Boys (Dr. Ratchford & Mr. DeRaymond)             2nd Place (Division 5)

Sportsmanship Award

6th Grade Girls (Mr. & Mrs. Caturano)                                  Champion

6th Grade Boys (Mr. Messier)                                               2nd Place

5th Grade Girls (Mr. Espos, Mr. Cadle & Mr. McIntyre)      3rd Place

5th Grade Boys (Mr. Nagle & Dr. Dotson)                             Champion (Division 3)

5th Grade Boys (Mr. Michak & Mr. Seigel)                          2nd Place (Division 2)

Schedule of Lenten Confessions

 

Wednesday, 3/16            9:15 am – 3rd grade

Friday, 3/18                        9:30 am – 4th grade

Monday, 3/21                    9:30 am – 5th grade

Wednesday, 3/30            9:15 am – 6th grade

Friday, 4/1                           9:30 am – 7th grade

Monday, 4/4                      9:30 am – 8th grade

Friday, 4/8                           9:30 am – 2nd grade

 

Schedule for Stations of the Cross

 

April 1st – 11:00 a.m.

April 8th – 2:00 p.m.

April 15th – 2:00 p.m.


3rd Quarter Lock-Down Drill ~ Thursday, March 24th (2:00 p.m.)

The 3rd Quarter Lock-Down Drill will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 24th.  (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.) 

Terra Nova Testing Countdown ~ 4 Weeks!

As the week of standardized testing approaches, parents are asked to avoid scheduling appointments from Monday, April 11th – Tuesday, April 19th so that each student may participate in the testing as scheduled.

Field Day Announced ~ June 2nd

Field Day for Grades K-8 will take place on the grounds of Linton Hall School in Bristow on Thursday, June 2nd.  Mark your calendars now for what promises to be a great day of activities and fellowship for our school families.

VIRTUS Update Training Sessions

One of the diocesan requirements regarding the safe environment initiative is that of annual VIRTUS training.  Through attendance at the 30 minute video training, faculty, staff and volunteers alike are reminded of important practical measures that we can implement to maintain a safe environment.  Those who have not yet attended the VIRTUS update training this year are asked to do so during the spring semester.  While there is no need to register on-line for this session, for planning purposes please contact Mrs. Janet Smith, VIRTUS coordinator, to confirm your plans to attend.

The VIRTUS update training will occur on the following date: Saturday, March 26th (Meeting Room 1 @ 10:30 a.m.)

Many of our current families learned about the value of an All Saints education through a personal reference from an existing school family.  Again this year we would like to reward you for promoting the school to your family and friends!  Through the New Student Referral Program, your family can receive a $200.00 tuition credit for referring a new family to All Saints Catholic School.  For more information about this program, please see the attached flyer.  Help to spread the word about the success and tradition of All Saints Catholic School!

All Saints Alumni Reunion – April 9th

Would you like to be involved in planning an alumni reunion for our 1998 – 2002 graduates? All Saints will be sponsoring an alumni reunion on Saturday, April 9th from 4-7:00 p.m. for alumni who graduated in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002. If you would like to join our reunion committee and help make this event a fun and rewarding experience for our alumni, please contact Janis DeVore at jdevore@allsaintsva.org.

Calendar Change ~ ½ Day in May Rescheduled

The half day of school published in our calendar for Monday, May 9th has been moved to Friday, May 6th.  In light of the fact that a large number of students in grades 4-8 will be attending the Band Trip on May 6th, from an instructional standpoint it makes good sense to move the half day to this date.  The EPSF Screening is still scheduled for Monday, May 9th.  As such, there will be no Pre-K or Kindergarten classes on that day as previously announced.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, March 16th Sacrament of Reconciliation ~ 3rd Grade

PTO sponsored Lenten Soup Supper (5:00 p.m.)

Thursday, March 17th SCA sponsored Dress Down Day & Raffle (Green, yellow & white)

Friday, March 18th School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Sacrament of Reconciliation ~ 4th Grade

National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony (1:30 p.m.)

Saturday, March 19th 2nd Grade Jesus Day (9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)

Sunday, March 20th CYO Basketball Luncheon & Awards Ceremony

11:00-1:00               Girls

1:00-3:00 Boys

Monday, March 21st Sacrament of Reconciliation ~ 5th Grade

8th Grade Parent Meeting ~ End of Year Events (PAC/7:00 p.m.)

Thursday, March 24th Lock-Down Drill (2:00 p.m.)

Friday, March 25th Noon Dismissal ~ Professional Development Day

 

Links ~

  • SCA Sponsored Dress Down Day & Raffle Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/03/StPatrickDressDownFlyer.pdf

The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 27

Message from the Principal

Congratulations to the students in our second grade program who received the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time during the past two weeks.  Following a beautiful prayer service led by our pastor, Fr. Cilinski, each of the children encountered Christ in this special Sacrament of healing and grace.  Congratulations to all of the children and thank you Mrs. Cummings and Mrs. Gurley for preparing them so well.

Professional Development Day ~ No School on Friday

On Friday our teachers will be participating in a diocesan-wide day of professional development.  For this reason, there will be no classes or Extended Day Program on Friday, March 11th.  The focus of the professional development day will be twofold: differentiation of instruction and further development of curriculum maps.

Statewide Tornado Drill

At the invitation of our governor, on Tuesday, March 15th All Saints will participate in a statewide tornado drill at 9:45 a.m.  This drill will provide an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to practice our emergency response in the event of an unstable weather pattern.

Field Day Announced ~ June 2nd

Field Day for Grades K-8 will take place on the grounds of Linton Hall School in Bristow on Thursday, June 2nd.  Mark your calendars now for what promises to be a great day of activities and fellowship for our school families.

Carpool Safety Reminder

All parents and drivers are asked to refrain from cell phone use while operating vehicles on the property.  This will help to ensure the safety of students, parents and staff members who participate in the arrival and dismissal process.

VIRTUS Update Training Sessions

One of the diocesan requirements regarding the safe environment initiative is that of annual VIRTUS training.  Through attendance at the 30 minute video training, faculty, staff and volunteers alike are reminded of important practical measures that we can implement to maintain a safe environment.  Those who have not yet attended the VIRTUS update training this year are asked to do so during the spring semester.  While there is no need to register on-line for this session, for planning purposes please contact Mrs. Janet Smith, VIRTUS coordinator, to confirm your plans to attend. The VIRTUS update training will occur on the following date: Saturday, March 26th (Meeting Room 1 @ 10:30 a.m.)

Many of our current families learned about the value of an All Saints education through a personal reference from an existing school family.  Again this year we would like to reward you for promoting the school to your family and friends!  Through the New Student Referral Program, your family can receive a $200.00 tuition credit for referring a new family to All Saints Catholic School.  For more information about this program, please see the attached flyer.  Help to spread the word about the success and tradition of All Saints Catholic School!  Please click on link the below for the New Student Referral Form.

Calendar Change ~ ½ Day in May Rescheduled

The half day of school published in our calendar for Monday, May 9th has been moved to Friday, May 6th.  In light of the fact that a large number of students in grades 4-8 will be attending the Band Trip on May 6th, from an instructional standpoint it makes good sense to move the half day to this date.  The EPSF Screening is still scheduled for Monday, May 9th.  As such, there will be no Pre-K or Kindergarten classes on that day as previously announced.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, March 10th Enrollment Management Meeting (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, March 11th Holiday ~ Professional Development Day for Faculty

Saturday, March 12th Diocesan Teacher Fair (Paul VI High School/9:00 a.m. – Noon)

Monday, March 14th Tuition Assistance Deadline for Elementary Schools

Tuesday, March 15th Statewide Tornado Drill (9:45 a.m.)

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

Wednesday, March 16th Sacrament of Reconciliation ~ 3rd Grade

PTO sponsored Lenten Soup Supper (Gym/5:00 – 7:00 p.m.)

Thursday, March 17th SCA sponsored Dress Down Day & Raffle

Friday, March 18th School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Sacrament of Reconciliation ~ 4th Grade

National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony (1:30 p.m.)

Links

New Student Referral Program ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/03/new-student-referral-form11.pdf

The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 26

Living Stones on the Pathway to Heaven…

Message from the Principal

This week I am pleased to share with you a new initiative we are beginning at All Saints Catholic School. For a number of years, our students have received boxes of envelopes which they have been encouraged to use in offering gifts of time, talent and treasure each week of the liturgical year. Recognizing that these are a wonderful means by which the children can learn more about the concept of stewardship, Mrs. Campagna has developed a new program that I believe will add meaning and value to the already existing process.

On Monday, Mrs. Campagna will introduce the students to the Mother Teresa Outreach, a new program by which the children will be invited to make contributions to benefit the students of our sister school, St. Thomas, in Haiti.  Each of the students, as in the past, will receive a box of contribution envelopes Monday afternoon.  What makes this program distinct from our prior practice is that the children will be encouraged to make contributions and submit them during our school Mass.  Those who wish to do so may indicate on their envelopes their gifts to God for the week, including time, talent, and treasure, and place them in the collection baskets.  Again, all of the funds received through this program will directly benefit our counterparts in Haiti, helping to defer the cost of school lunches and supplies.

This program is actually Phase I of a long-term plan by which the faculty & staff will provide distinct learning opportunities for the students in our school.  Our vision is that those enrolled at All Saints will not only gain a solid understanding of the diocesan curriculum, but that they will also be introduced to topics of personal finance, provided opportunities for hands-on learning, and cultivate a lifestyle of stewardship.  For now, our focus is that of implementing the Mother Teresa Outreach, a foundation that we will be build upon and upon which lives will be built.  Look for the boxes of envelopes to arrive home with your children next Monday in anticipation Ash Wednesday, our first day of collection.

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A standing-room only crowd gathered in the gym last Thursday evening for the annual Science Fair Awards Ceremony.  Designed to be a celebration of academic achievement, the event actually provided a quintessential “Catholic school moment” for all those present.

As I was preparing for the ceremony, I quickly looked online to find out who has been identified as the patron saint of science.  I was pleased to discover that it is St. Albert the Great, and delighted to find a specific prayer invoking his name.  With printed copy in hand, I joined hundreds of parents and students in the gym.  As I stepped to the podium, Mrs. Hammang noted my selection and quietly mentioned that she begins each science class with the exact  same prayer… and that the middle school students have it completely memorized.   Needless to say, I invited the students to lead us in the opening prayer.  Right on cue, the students of our middle school recited the entire prayer with great confidence and full voice.  It was the only time that I have ever witnessed spontaneous applause following a prayer!

The awards ceremony truly was a celebration with students cheering one another’s accomplishments. It was a joy to see the genuine excitement that the students displayed for these academic awards and their support for each winner.  I wish to congratulate all of our students for their fine work on this year’s Science Fair.  A number of the judges commented on the quality of the projects as well as the enthusiasm our students demonstrated in making their presentations.

The following is a list of winners from the 2011 Science Fair.  In addition to congratulating these students, I wish to thank their parents for the support and guidance they provided to their children each step of the way.  I also wish to thank our science teacher, Mrs. Hammang, for inspiring the students and providing an environment where faith and learning are integrated on a daily basis.

St. Albert the Great…pray for us!

Science Fair Winners 2011

Physics:

  • 3rd – Bridget K. (7th) Care to LAX?
  • 2nd – Quinn C. (7th) Fatal Attractions
  • 1st – Sean H. (8th) Insulation Station

Behavioral Science:

  • 3rd – Jessica W. (8th) Konnichiwa!
  • 2nd – Caroline R.(8th) Spel It Rite?
  • 1st – Katie W. (6th) It’s All About Colors
  • 1st – Carolyn K. (6th) Give Me Marshmellows

Botany:

  • 3rd –Sarah G. (6th) Grow Green
  • 2nd –Marie T. (6th) Radiate and Germinate
  • 1st – Susan M. (7th)– Are Worms and Waste the Way to Go?

Medicine/Health:

  • 3rd –Marely G. (8th) Let the Music Play
  • 3rd – Danyelle R. (8th) Step-By-Step
  • 2nd – Dane L.– (6th) Exercise Your Heart
  • 1st – Patrick D. (8th)  Motherly Instinct

Biochemistry:

  • 3rd – Christopher F. (7th) King Oscar
  • 2nd – Daniel J. (6th) Fingerprint Pattern Investigation
  • 1st – Hannah D. (7th) Love the Taste! Lose the Fat!

Chemistry:

  • 3rd – Aidan T. (6th) There’s No Accounting for Taste
  • 2nd – Kristin H. (7th) What is Your Agent?
  • 1st – Michael H. (6th) Pennies, Pipes and pH – a Corrosive Triangle

Environmental Science:

  • 3rd – Heather B. (8th) Water Power!
  • 2nd – Julianna L. (7th) Got Lead?
  • 1st – Monica G. (8th) Can You See the Light?

Engineering:

  • 3rd – Will P. (7th) Levers Levers Everywhere
  • 2nd – Emily C. (8th) Roll On Out
  • 1st –Ralph C. – (8th)The Shadow Knows

Microbiology:

  • 2nd – Courtney H. (6th) Moldy Bread? Get a Whiff of That
  • 1st – Brett G. (7th) Bioluminescence: Living Lights

Zoology:

  • 2nd – Erika S.r (6th) Wag More, Bark Less
  • 1st – Edward C. (7th) The Butterfly Secret – Warm vs. Cold

Earth and Space

  • 2nd – David S. (8th) Pond Scum for Fish or Cars?
  • 1st – Alexandra S. (8th) Solar Cells

Overall Excellence

  • 3rd Runner Up – (Physics) Sean H. ( 8th)  Insulation Station
  • 2nd Runner Up – (Environmental Science) – Elizabeth C. (6th) Keep Earth’s Waters Clean
  • 1st Runner Up – (Earth and Space) Alexandra S. (8th) Solar Cells
  • Grand Prize Winner – (Microbiology) Brett G. (7th) Bioluminescence – Living Lights

Eucharistic Adoration & the Global Rosary ~ Opportunity for Family Prayer

In preparation for the Diocesan Pilgrimage (October 8, 2011) there will be three lead-in special celebrations throughout the Diocese.  All Saints Catholic School has been invited to participate in an active manner in one of the special events.

On Sunday, March 27th beginning at 7:00 p.m., there will be a time of Eucharistic Adoration and the recitation of the Global Rosary at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Gainesville.  In support of the event, our school has been invited to send fifteen volunteers representing our community.  Those who wish to participate will be joined by fifteen student volunteers from the Religious Education Program.  Together, our parish and school children will lead the recitation of the Hail Mary in traditional African languages. (The phonetic text for these prayers has been provided so that the children may rehearse in advance.) Any families who are interested in participating in this program are asked to contact Mrs. Campagna at 703-368-4400.

Virtue of the Month ~ Cooperation/Community Building

Strategies:

  1. Cooperate with your teacher.  Do your best to obey the rules and follow directions
  2. Say “please” when asking for things.
  3. Get in line quietly, without pushing, and don’t lag behind.
  4. Clean up around your desk area.
  5. Help a classmate when they need help.
  6. Take turns when playing.  Give someone else a chance.
  7. At home, do your chores cheerfully, without being asked.
  8. Cooperate at home.  Take turns and share with your brothers, sisters, and friends.
  9. Listen when others talk.  Respect their opinions.
  10. Always try to get along with everyone.

Prayer of the Month~ Prayer for Cooperation

Jesus, our Friend, help me to accept myself and others with

love and kindness.  Help me to see you in each person I meet.

Show me how to be good and kind to everyone.  Keep me from

being selfish.  I want to follow your rules of love and

compassion.  I can do many wonderful things.  Stay by me

today, Jesus.  I know you love me and I love you.

Diocesan PTO Board Meeting & Parent Presentation

The final meeting of the Diocesan PTO will take place on Saturday, March 26th from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. at St. Ambrose Catholic School in Annandale.  The highlight of the meeting will be a guest speaker, Mr. Daniel Stabile, Guidance Counselor at Bishop O’Connell High School.  His presentation is entitled “Transition from Middle School  (8th grade) to High School”. An invitation to attend is extended to all members of the PTO Boards, DPTO Representative and interested 8th grade parents.   Any parents from All Saints who are interested in attending are asked to notify Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio by Friday, March 4th so that we can submit the names of all participants from our community.

All Saints Alumni Reunion – April 9th

Would you like to be involved in planning an alumni reunion for our 1998 – 2002 graduates? All Saints will be sponsoring an alumni reunion on Saturday, April 9th from 4-7:00 p.m. for alumni who graduated in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002. If you would like to join our reunion committee and help make this event a fun and rewarding  experience for our alumni, please contact Janis DeVore atjdevore@allsaintsva.org.

Calendar Change ~ ½ Day in May Rescheduled

The half day of school published in our calendar for Monday, May 9th has been moved to Friday, May 6th.  In light of the fact that a large number of students in grades 4-8 will be attending the Band Trip on May 6th, from an instructional standpoint it makes good sense to move the half day to this date.  The EPSF Screening is still scheduled for Monday, May 9th.  As such, there will be no Pre-K or Kindergarten classes on that day as previously announced.

Registration Schedule for the New Year

ø  Registration for New Students
February 9-March 4, 2011          (Including siblings for Pre-K & K)

Virtus Update

There another opportunity for the required annual update to the Virtus training on Saturday, March 26th at 10:30 a.m. in Meeting Room One.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, March 2nd Uniform Committee Meeting (PLC/7:00 p.m.)

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

Distribution of 3rd Quarter Interim Reports

Saturday, March 5th Diocesan Spelling Bee (St. Thomas More Cathedral School)

First Reconciliation (10:30 a.m.)

Monday, March 7th Mother Teresa Outreach Assembly (Gym/8:30 a.m.)

Tuesday, March 8th 8th Grade Vocations Mass ~ Holy Spirit Church

PTO Board Meeting (Library in Father Kelley Wing/7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, March 9th Ash Wednesday Mass (10:00 a.m.)

Thursday, March 10th Enrollment Management Meeting (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, March 11th Holiday ~ Professional Development Day for Faculty

 

Links

  • The Donut Man is coming to the House of Mercy, March 26th, at 6:00 p.m. – For a flyer with additional information, click on link the following link:  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/03/DonutManflyer.pdf