The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 33

Living Stones on the Pathway to Heaven…

Message from the Principal

This week our Church celebrates the greatest mystery of our faith ~ the Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord and Savior.  As a school community, we prepare for our journey into the three holiest days of the year, the Triduum, through prayer and tradition.

Beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, the students and faculty will gather in the church for our annualHoly Thursday Prayer Service.  After listening to Scripture readings and reflecting on the example of Jesus, each of the children will participate in the “hand-washing” ceremony that has become a long-standing tradition in our school.

Following the prayer service, the students will gather in the gym for the 7th grade portrayal of thePassion Play.  Through music and dramatic presentation, middle school students will prayerfully re-enact Christ’s passion and death.  As the students depart the gym in silence following the presentation, the tone is set for their continued reflection and prayer over the course of the coming days.

All parents and guardians are cordially invited to join us in prayer and to witness these beautiful school traditions. On behalf of the faculty & staff, I wish you and your family a blessed celebration of Easter and a relaxing holiday.

Kindergarten Screening ~ No Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten on Monday, May 2nd & 9th

The Early Prevention of School Failure Screening for Kindergarten applicants will take place on Monday, May 2nd & Monday, May 9th.  In order that the teachers may be available to administer the assessment, there will be no Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten classes on these two days.

6th Annual Race for Education

Thanks to the students and parents of All Saints, our school mailed approximately 5,700 letters requesting financial support for the 6th Annual Race for Education.  Prize Cards have already been distributed to students who met the criteria and may be redeemed according to the following schedule:

Tuesday, May 3rd Designated Dress-Down Day

Tuesday, May 10th Designated Dress-Down Day

Thursday, May 19th Designated Dress-Down Day

Tuesday, May 24th Designated Dress-Down Day

Tuesday, May 31st Designated Dress-Down Day

Students may redeem pretzel and ice cream cards during the month of May on regularly scheduled purchase days.

As of yesterday, the counting team has already deposited $15,862.00 in support of this event…and the return mailers keep flowing into school each day!  Thank you, friends and relatives for your generous support!

The  6th Annual Race for Education is now only two weeks away.  On Thursday, May 5th, the entire school will participate in this event, which has been designed to raise funds for instructional technology and other essential educational needs.  Additionally, as is our tradition, 15% of all proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Childrens’ Research Hospital.

By way of this letter we wish to extend an invitation for you to come out and watch your child(ren) walk or jog on Thursday, May 5th.  The following is the schedule for this special event:

Grades Pre-K, K, 1 & 2                         8:45a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

Grades 3-5                                             10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Grades Pre-K3 & 6-8                             1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The students will be eating lunch at their regular times in the cafeteria.

We hope that many of you will be able to join us for a wonderful day of fun and fellowship!

SCA Pennies for Love ~ A Record Success!

Thanks to the generous support of our students, the SCA collected $2,771.90 through the recent Pennies for Love program.  Approximately $1,000 will be used to pay the tuition of a student in Africa whom the SCA has sponsored over the course of many years.   The remaining funds will be forwarded to the Knights of Columbus in support of their outreach to Japan to provide relief for those impacted by the recent earthquake.

Congratulations to the third grade, our grand prize winners, who contributed a total of $487.89.  That is a lot of pennies, nickels and dimes!

All Saints Golf Tournament ~ Monday, May 16th

Come out and join us for a round of golf! All Saints will be sponsoring its 11th Annual All Saints Golf Tournament on Monday, May 16th at Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, VA. The tournament starts with lunch and a shotgun start at 11:00am, followed by a dinner buffet.

Funds raised through sponsorship of our golf tournament continue to support major projects in our school, while providing an excellent opportunity for local businesses to advertise their services. To learn about sponsorship opportunities to fit every budget or to register for golf, visit www.AllSaintsGolf.com. For additional information, please contact Jim Switzer at (571) 330-8381 or info@allsaintsgolf.com.

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

One of the hallmarks of our school community is the high level of parent involvement that has helped the school achieve many goals in recent years.  As in the past, each family at All Saints has been asked to earn 60 volunteer points over the course of the current school year.  Those who are unable to do so are asked to submit a check at the conclusion of the year for any outstanding points that remain. (1 point = $3.00)  As we begin the fourth quarter, parents are reminded to update their “points total” so that the database accurately reflects their contributions over the course of the entire year.

At the beginning of May, the office will issue individualized letters to each family, confirming the number of points reflected in the school database. For this reason, we ask that those families who have not recently updated the database via our school website do so by Friday, April 29th. Those families who have not earned the required 60 points will be assessed a corresponding fee at a rate of $3.00 per point and asked to submit payment by the close of May.

Seeking Volunteers ~ Clinic Paperwork

The clinic is seeking a couple of volunteers who have already completed the background check to assist with filing and organizational tasks as we prepare for the 2011-2012 academic year.  Any parents interested in this volunteer opportunity are encouraged to contact Mrs. Antunes, school nurse, at 703-368-4400.

Spirit Input for 4 -20-2011

Don’t Forget! Our annual skate party is on April 28th from 6-8:30 pm at the Skate-n-Fun Zone. This year we are trying something new and doing it during Spring Break so that folks can take advantage of the full skating time and not have to worry about going to school the next day. Also new this year is the ability to invite friends, family and neighbors that are not members of All Saints. This way you can have the best of both worlds and skate with your friends from all walks of life. We will have special games and announcements to make your guests feel most welcome. The cost is $3.75 for admission, $4.25 for skate rental (personal skates are welcome), $2 for Laser Storm and $3 for the new Play Zone. Have dinner there and eat a large cheese pizza and a pitcher of soda for $15.99/$16.99 for a pepperoni pizza. We also need adult chaperones so if you’d like to volunteer please contact Holly Crocker at 703 30-8329 or thcrock@comcast.net.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

End of Year Calendar

Final Day for Pre-Kindergarten ~ Thursday, May 26th

Field Day ~ Thursday, June 2nd (Linton Hall School)

8th Grade Graduation ~ Friday, June 10th (7:00 p.m.)

Kindergarten Program & Final Day ~ Wednesday, June 15th (10:00 a.m.)

Final Day for Grades 1-7 ~ Thursday, June 16th (10:30 a.m. dismissal)

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, April 21st Holy Thursday Hand-Washing Prayer Service (church/9:30 a.m.)

7th Grade Passion Play (gym/10:45 a.m.)

Noon Dismissal

Good Friday, April 22nd Holiday

Monday, May 2nd School Resumes

EPSF Screening ~ No Prekindergarten or Kindergarten classes

Tuesday, May 3rd Race for Education Dress-Down Day Option

Confirmation Rehearsal (church/6:30 p.m.)

Spring Band Concert (PAC/8:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 4th School Mass & May Crowning (8:30 a.m.)

1st Communion & Graduation Photos (9:30 a.m.)

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

Thursday, May 5th 6th Annual Race for Education

Friday, May 6th Band Trip ~ Hershey Park

Noon Dismissal (Curriculum Mapping)

Saturday, May 7th 8th Grade Confirmation (10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.)

 

Being Sent Home Today

  • All Grade Levels            Class/Spring Pictures
  • PK – 6th Grade               Box Tops Collection Forms
  • 2nd Grade                      First Holy Communion Picture Forms
  • 6 & 7th Grade                Paul VI Preview to High School Flyers

Links

  • PTO Nominations Letter ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/04/pto-nominations-2011.pdf
  • Golf Tournament Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/04/golf-tournament-8.5×11.pdf
  • Skate Party Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/04/2011-04-28-Skate-Party-Flyer.jpg
  • Casting Call for “Annie” ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/04/casting-call-annie.pdf
  • · Race for Education Volunteer Form ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/04/rfe-volunteer-2011.pdf
  • Parish Festival Cake Walk Flyer/Volunteer Sign-Up ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/04/2011Cakewalksignup.pdf

The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 32

Living Stones on the Pathway to Heaven…

Message from the Principal

This week I wish to provide an update regarding the implementation of the new uniform as well as a clarification regarding the shoe policy.  After consideration of the cost of the adult size shoes for middle school students, the Uniform Committee has decided to revise the shoe policy to allow parents to purchase shoes from the vendor of their choice. While there will still be a “uniform shoe” available for purchase through Flynn & O’Hara, families will be able to shop around for the best price.

The following will be our shoe policy beginning in 2011-2012.  (Note: As the current uniform is grandfathered for one year, the oxford shoes & penny loafers for middle school students will not be a required part of the uniform until the fall of 2012.  During the upcoming year, middle school students may continue to wear the black athletic shoe.)

Boys (K-5)              Black Athletic Shoe ~ standard low cut tennis shoes; high tops and basketball shoes are not acceptable

Girls (K-5)              Black Athletic Shoe ~ standard low cut tennis shoes; high tops and basketball shoes are not acceptable

Optional Shoe ~ Black Mary Jane to be purchased from vendor of choice

Boys (6-8)              Required Shoe (2012)  ~ Black, tie oxford (rubber-soled, non-marking)

Grandfathered Shoe (2011) ~ Black Athletic Shoe ~ standard low cut tennis shoes; high tops and basketball shoes are not acceptable

Girls (6-8)               Required Shoe (2012) ~ Black leather penny loafer (rubber-soled, non-marking)

Grandfathered Shoe (2011) ~ Black Athletic Shoe ~ standard low cut tennis shoes; high tops and basketball shoes are not acceptable

The new uniform will be available for purchase beginning in June. In the meantime, the current spring/fall uniform remains available for parents who wish to purchase items for the remainder of this year and for the grandfather period of 2011-2012.  Attached to this week’s letter is a flyer providing information about a “closeout” sale on the navy blue golf shirts.  These will be sold at a 50% discount while supplies last and may be worn during the grandfather period.

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The next PTO General Assembly Meeting will take place on Monday evening beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Father Kelley Hall.  The guest speaker for the event will be Sr. Andrew, a Daughter of St. Paul, who will speak on the topic of Media Mindfulness.  The PTO is pleased to sponsor this informational evening during which parents will learn strategies related to Internet safety as well as how to approach technology from a faith perspective.  For more details as well as information about the Daughters of St. Paul Book Fair which will also take place on Monday, please see the attached link.

New Uniform: Questions & Answers from Week 2

The following is a list of questions submitted by parents last week via the “Question & Answer” box in the lobby

of the school.

Q:            Can they wear Mary Jane shoes now?

A:            No, students will continue wearing the current uniform through the close of this year. They will then have the option of wearing the new uniform, including the shoes, as we begin the 2011-2012 academic year.

Q:            If we choose the Mary Jane shoes, do the girls still wear an athletic shoe on P.E. days or can they wear the Mary Jane’s?

A:            On P.E. days all girls in grades K-5 should wear the black athletic shoe.  This is a more practical shoe for the activities that will occur during P.E. class.

Q:            Will boys in grades K-5 have to wear ties?

A:            Yes, boys in grades K-5 will wear ties during the winter season on Mass days (Fridays) and for other special occasions, i.e. All Saints Feast Day, Picture Day, etc.

Q:            Will the khaki shorts be worn in the coming fall and spring?

A:            Yes, the current spring/fall uniform will be grandfathered through the 2011-2012 school year and as such remains an option for students.

Q:            Why are there new uniforms?

A:            The majority of parents who responded to the survey during the first semester indicated their support for a substantive change of the uniform at this time.

 

Q:            I’ll miss the blue shirts (buttondown & polo) as laundry will be a lot worse and I’m not so sure it will be too pretty after lunch!  Is there any chance they will come back?

A:            One of the objectives of the Uniform Committee has been to streamline the number of options and to create a more “uniform” look for the student body.  It is for this reason that the Committee decided to require the white shirts for all students.  At this time the Committee does not anticipate a revision to this aspect of the uniform.

Q:            What should we do with all the old uniforms?  Any organized collection or charity?

A:            This remains a work in progress.  If we are able to identify a school or charity that might benefit from donations of our old uniforms, this information will be communicated via the newsletter.

Q:            Do the white polo shirts have to have the All Saints’ logo on them?

A:            Yes, as our students provide a wonderful example in our community, the shirts and sweaters will be embroidered with our logo.

Q:            Does the vest have to be worn in the spring when it’s 80-90 degrees outside?

A:            No, the sweater vests are only required during the winter season.  During the spring and fall months, the vests are optional and may be worn with the polo shirts.

Q:            Will my child going into the 5th grade next year be able to wear his brother’s 5th grade pants from this year?

A:            Yes, the current 5th grade uniform will be grandfathered for one full year.

Q:            Is there an option for the middle school to wear a short sleeve oxford shirt in addition to the long sleeve?  I keep hearing how hot the rooms are upstairs and maybe a short sleeve shirt would look much nicer than the long sleeves rolled up.  Also, cuffs on white long sleeve shirts are going to be difficult to keep clean.

A:            No, all students will wear long sleeves during the winter months as this will create a more consistent look as well as a more formal appearance that corresponds with the style of the new uniform.  The short sleeve shirts, however, are standard during the warmer months of spring & fall.

Q:            Would you consider the option of walking shorts during the spring/fall?

A:            In responding to the results of the parent survey, the committee selected one uniform to be worn throughout the year with only minor seasonal modifications.  The result is a uniform that is significantly streamlined, easier to manage, and more cost effective for parents. Additionally, the more formal look better represents the image of our school as a community of excellence.  It is for these reasons that the Committee eliminated the current option of shorts during the warmer months.

Q:            For sixth grade, is the school uniform grandfathered for one or two years?

A:            The grandfather period is one year for all grades with the exception of those students entering seventh grade in the fall of 2011 who will  have a two year grandfather period.

Q:            Explain grandfathering better…only winter uniforms allowed or is it by season?

A:            The entire uniform as currently worn will be grandfathered through next year.  This means that students may wear the khakis and polo shirts during the spring/fall months and the existing grey uniform during the winter.  Students also have the flexibility of wearing the khaki and polo shirts during the warmer months and wearing the new uniform during the winter months or wearing the new uniform from day one through the close of the year.

Q:            Do you have to wear those particular shoes?

A:            Yes, students will be required to wear shoes that meet the guidelines provided by the school as outlined above, but these may be purchased from the vendor of choice.

Q:            Do we have to wear the vest?  It is optional?

A:            The vest is a required component during the winter months and optional during the spring/fall seasons.

Q:            Do 5th graders have to wear the new uniform?

A:            No, fifth grade students may continue to wear the existing uniform during the grandfather period of 2011-2012.  However, should they wish to wear the new uniform, they are extended the privilege of wearing the middle school uniform which beginning in August 2012 will be exclusive to students in grades 6-8.

Parents who have additional questions that have not yet been addressed are invited to submit them electronically to the following address: office@allsaintsva.org.

Diocesan Band Festival ~ Superior Rating for All Saints!

On Saturday, April 2nd the students in the advanced band under the direction of Mr. Ward participated in the annual Diocesan Band Festival at Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria.  Congratulations to the members of our band for earning a “Superior” rating at this year’s event.  Thank you, Mr. Ward, for continuing to inspire our young people!

The band will perform a spring concert for our community on Tuesday, May 3rd beginning at 8:00 p.m. in the Parish Activities Center.  Originally scheduled for 7:30 p.m., the concert has been delayed by thirty minutes so as to accommodate those members of the 8th grade who will be attending the Confirmation Rehearsal beginning at 6:30 p.m. that same evening.

All Saints Golf Tournament ~ Monday, May 16th

Come out and join us for a round of golf! All Saints will be sponsoring its 11th Annual All Saints Golf Tournament on Monday, May 16th at Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, VA. The tournament starts with lunch and a shotgun start at 11:00am, followed by a dinner buffet.

Funds raised through sponsorship of our golf tournament continue to support major projects in our school, while providing an excellent opportunity for local businesses to advertise their services. To learn about sponsorship opportunities to fit every budget or to register for golf, visitwww.AllSaintsGolf.com. For additional information, please contact Jim Switzer at (571) 330-8381 orinfo@allsaintsgolf.com.

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

One of the hallmarks of our school community is the high level of parent involvement that has helped the school achieve many goals in recent years.  As in the past, each family at All Saints has been asked to earn 60 volunteer points over the course of the current school year.  Those who are unable to do so are asked to submit a check at the conclusion of the year for any outstanding points that remain. (1 point = $3.00)  As we begin the fourth quarter, parents are reminded to update their “points total” so that the database accurately reflects their contributions over the course of the entire year.

At the beginning of May, the office will issue individualized letters to each family, confirming the number of points reflected in the school database. For this reason, we ask that those families who have not recently updated the database via our school website do so by Friday, April 29th. Those families who have not earned the required 60 points will be assessed a corresponding fee at a rate of $3.00 per point and asked to submit payment by the close of May.

Seeking Volunteers ~ Clinic Paperwork

The clinic is seeking a couple of volunteers who have already completed the background check to assist with filing and organizational tasks as we prepare for the 2011-2012 academic year.  Any parents interested in this volunteer opportunity are encouraged to contact Mrs. Antunes, school nurse, at 703-368-4400.

Living Stations of the Cross

  • What? The Living Stations of the Cross will be for the whole community.  Performers are teens from Soldados de Dios (Hispanic Teen Ministry) and Upper Room Theatre Ministry of All Saints.
  • Where? All Saints Parish in the new Church, 9300 Stonewall Rd, Manassas
  • When? Friday, April 15th at 7:00pm
  • How? The narrations are in English and Spanish.  Each station is a “freeze-frame” with bi-lingual narration.
  • Why? This collaboration between the English and Spanish communities has been truly unifying.  As All Saints is experiencing Lent for the first time in its new Church building, we are witnessing great strides this year in unity development between the Latin and Anglo communities.  The teens of All Saints have been connecting throughout the year on a number of levels.  Now, they are working together to perform a dramatic representation the Stations of the Cross.

CASTING CALL for “ANNIE” ~ Celebrating 10 years of Theatre Ministry

*** 3 roles for girls between K-7th; over 30 roles for guys & gals in 8th, HS, College, and Young Adults in their 20s & 30s; 1 possible role for a man older than 40; and 1 role for a mid-large size dog of sandy-blonde coloration.

Director: Rob Tessier, Choreographer: Vickie Taylor, Music Director: Cathy Drummond, Vocal Director: Chris Zavadowski

SIGN-UPS Begin May 1st by emailing or calling 703-393-2141 or signing up on Youth Ministry Bulletin Board see flyer linked to this newsletter for more information.

Final PTO General Assembly Meeting of the Year

Monday, April 18th, 7:30 pm, Father Kelley Hall

Uniform Exchange starts at 7:00

Guest Speaker(s) Daughters of St. Paul on Media Mindfulness

Learn how to teach your kids to be wise media consumers with this faith-based talk.

Extra Bonus: Earn Points for Parents for Attending

Spirit Events

Weather permitting we will be working on the campus again this next Saturday, April 16th from 9 am -12 pm or for however long fits with your schedule. Everyone is welcome and no experience is necessary, however, children younger than 6th grade need adult chaperones. If you’d like to help but this timeframe doesn’t work for you, please contact Holly Crocker at 703 330-8329 or via email tothcrock@comcast.net to make special arrangements. What we’ve completed so far looks beautiful. Thank you so much to everyone who has helped with this special project so far.  Father Bob, Mr. Conroy, the teachers and staff, and Campus Beautification team leaders really appreciate all of your efforts!  Only 12 days until Easter!

Mark your calendars! Our annual skate party is on April 28th from 6-8:30 pm at the Skate-n-Fun Zone. This year we are trying something new and doing it during Spring Break so that folks can take advantage of the full skating time and not have to worry about going to school the next day. Also new this year is the ability to invite friends, family and neighbors that are not members of All Saints. This way you can have the best of both worlds and skate with your friends from all walks of life. We will have special games and announcements to make your guests feel most welcome. The cost is $3.75 for admission, $4.25 for skate rental (personal skates are welcome), $2 for Laser Storm and $3 for the new Play Zone. Have dinner there and eat a large cheese pizza and a pitcher of soda for $15.99/$16.99 for a pepperoni pizza. We also need adult chaperones so if you’d like to volunteer please contact Holly Crocker at 703 30-8329 or thcrock@comcast.net.

First Annual All Saints 5K!

Are you a runner? Do your kids like to run? Consider being involved in the First Annual All Saints 5K!  A planning committee is currently being formed- for more information please contact Eddie Collins at edward_collins@me.com.

PVI News

Mark your calendars – PVI will be hosting a Preview to High School for 6th and 7th graders and their families.  This event will take place at Paul VI Catholic High School on May 12th at 7:00 p.m.  Flyers will be coming out soon.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

End of Year Calendar

Final Day for Pre-Kindergarten ~ Thursday, May 26th

Field Day ~ Thursday, June 2nd (Linton Hall School)

8th Grade Graduation ~ Friday, June 10th (7:00 p.m.)

Kindergarten Program & Final Day ~ Wednesday, June 15th (10:00 a.m.)

Final Day for Grades 1-7 ~ Thursday, June 16th (10:30 a.m. dismissal)

Kindergarten Screening

The Early Prevention of School Failure Screening for Kindergarten applicants will take place on Monday, May 2nd & Monday, May 9th.  In order that the teachers may be available to administer the assessment, there will be no Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten classes on these two days.

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.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 14th 8th Grade Field Trip to Annapolis (8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

Enrollment Management Meeting ~ CANCELED

Friday, April 15th School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Stations of the Cross ~ Grades 6-8 (2:00 p.m.)

Spirit Activity: Captain Pell’s (2:00-11:00 p.m.)

Monday, April 18th Terra Nova Make-up Day

Book Fair sponsored by the Daughters of St. Paul

Thursday, April 14th 8th Grade Field Trip to Annapolis (8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

Enrollment Management Meeting ~ CANCELED

Friday, April 15th School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Stations of the Cross ~ Grades 6-8 (2:00 p.m.)

Spirit Activity: Captain Pell’s (2:00-11:00 p.m.)

Monday, April 18th Terra Nova Make-up Day

Book Fair sponsored by the Daughters of St. Paul

PTO General Membership Meeting: Presentation on Media Mindfulness by the Daughters of St. Paul

Tuesday, April 19th Terra Nova Make-up Day

8th Grade ACRE Testing

Wednesday, April 20th 5th Grade ACRE Testing

8th Grade ACRE Testing

Thursday, April 21st Holy Thursday Hand-Washing Prayer Service (9:30 a.m.)

7th Grade Passion Play (10:45 a.m.)

Noon Dismissal

Good Friday, April 22nd Holiday

Going with each student today:

  • Flyer for Dramatization of Leonardo Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” presented by the Knights of Columbus
  • Parish Festival Cake Walk Flyer with Sign-Up for Volunteer Opportunities

Links

  • · JClub Catholic Book Fair Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/04/JClub-Book-Fair.pdf
  • Final PTO General Assembly Meeting Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/04/pto-meeting-april18.pdf
  • PTO Nominations Letter ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/04/pto-nominations-2011.pdf
  • Flyer for Dramatization of Leonardo Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” presented by the Knights of Columbus ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/04/Last-Supper_2011.pd
  • Captain Pell’s Fundraiser Flyer ~  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/04/captain-pells-april15.pdf
  • · Skate Party Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/04/2011-04-28-Skate-Party-Flyer.jpg
  • Flynn & O’Hara Blue Polo Shirt Closeout Sale Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/04/All-saints-closeout-navy-polo-shirt.pdf
  • Casting Call for “Annie” ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/04/casting-call-annie.pdf
  • · Race for Education Volunteer Form ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/04/rfe-volunteer-2011.pdf
  • Parish Festival Cake Walk Flyer/Volunteer Sign-Up ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/04/2011Cakewalksignup.pdf

 

The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 31

Living Stones on the Pathway to Heaven…

Message from the Principal

Next week all students in grades two through seven will participate in the Terra Nova standardized testing program.  As the week of testing quickly draws near, now is the time for us to complete the final “warm-up routines”.  Teachers have provided opportunities for a review of basic skills in the classroom and have been guiding the students through practice tests to familiarize them with the format and the process of “bubbling” answers. For parents interested in providing additional practice at home, there are a number of websites that provide opportunities for review and practice of basic skills.  A simple search using the keywords “Terra Nova” and “practice tests” will yield a number of sites that provide practice tests, games and activities related to math and language arts for specific grade levels.

Beginning this year, all diocesan students in grades three through seven will also participate in a brief assessment entitled “In-View”.  The In-View measures reasoning abilities related to academic success.  As such, it is designed to assess a child’s cognitive abilities in the following five areas:  sequences, analogies, quantitative reasoning (math), verbal reasoning (words) and verbal reasoning (context).

We wish to approach next week’s testing with the perspective that it is a weeklong celebration of learning.  In an effort to reduce any unnecessary stress for the students, teachers will not be scheduling any classroom tests or projects for the week of testing.  Additionally, teachers in grades two through seven will assign little to no homework throughout the week.

Students in grades 5 & 8 will also participate in the ACRE testing program, an assessment that measures each student’s understanding of their faith.  This testing will occur during regularly scheduled religion classes within the next two weeks.

The following is a list of test-taking tips that you may find helpful in preparing your son or daughter for the upcoming week of testing.

Test-Taking Tips & Strategies

1)       Reassure your child that he or she does not have to answer all of the questions correctly to pass.  It is not expected that students answer every question correctly.

2)       Tell your child to attempt to answer all of the questions and not to leave any blanks.  There is no penalty for guessing.

3)       Remind your child that the test is important.

4)       Explain to your child the importance of using time wisely.  If your child gets stuck on a question, encourage him or her to make the best guess or place a mark in the test booklet by that item and to return to it after finishing that section of the test.

5)       Make certain your child gets a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast before taking the test.

6)       Try to make the morning of the test a pleasant one.  Avoid stress.

7)       Be sure that your child arrives on time the day of the test.

8)       Remind your child to listen carefully to the instructions from the teacher and to read the directions and each question carefully.

9)       Encourage your child to stay focused on the test, even if other students finish early.

New Middle School Math Teacher Announced for 2011-2012

All Saints is pleased to announce that Mrs. Christina Brown will join the faculty as middle school math teacher for the upcoming academic year.  Mrs. Brown earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education with a concentration in middle school math & science as well as a Master of Science Degree in Educational Administration from Franciscan University of Steubenville.  For the past six years Mrs. Brown has been employed as a fourth grade teacher at St. Paul Catholic School in Weirton, West Virginia.  Recognized for her high level of effectiveness, she assumed a number of informal leadership roles at St. Paul and served as a member of accreditation and school improvement teams for the state of West Virginia.  Highly motivated and dedicated to the mission of Catholic education, Mrs. Brown will be a wonderful addition to our middle school team.

Virtue of the Month ~ Stewardship/Service

1.           Do random acts of kindness every day.

2.           Always be there to help a classmate or a teacher who needs you.

3.           Take care of all classroom furniture, books and papers.

4.           Take care of your library book and return it on time.

5.           Don’t waste paper.  Use both sides.

6.           Pick up paper, pencils, and items you see on the ground inside and outside, EVEN IF YOU DID NOT DROP THEM.  Put them in their proper place.

7.           Put all papers, cans, and bottles in the proper recycling bin.  Never throw away something that can be recycled, both at home and at school.

8.           Find ways to help at home BEFORE you are asked.  Examples: make your bed, clear the table, walk the dog, read to a little brother or sister, clean up your mess, take out the trash.

9.           Treat all nature with respect. (Flowers, grass, trees, water, pets, wild animals.)

10.         Help all people in need, especially those less fortunate than yourself.  Give food, clothes, and money to the poor.  Smile at someone who looks sad.  Pray for all people in need around the world.

Prayer of the Month

Dear God,

Thank you so much for this wonderful day.

Thanks for the friends who showed me the way.

Please help me today in all that I do, and don’t forget God, how much I love you!

New Uniform: Questions & Answers

The following is a list of questions submitted by parents last week via the “Question & Answer” box in the lobby of the school.  (Responses to questions received this week will be included in next week’s edition of the newsletter.)

Please note: Next week’s Sentinel will include a clarification regarding the shoe policy as well as information related to the availability of the new uniform.   Questions pertaining to these two issues will be addressed next week.

Q: Is the v-neck sweater just for Mass days or every day for the boys?

A: The v-neck sweater is worn by all middle school students as well as boys in grades K-5 each day during the winter season.

Q: Can the boys in 5th grade wear the current 5th grade uniform next year?

A: Yes, as the current uniform is grandfathered for one year, fifth grade students may wear the existing uniform through the 2011-2012 academic year.

Q: Can middle school girls wear leggings/tights in winter?

A: Girls in grades K-8 will wear either the blue knee-hi or tights.

Q: What color socks do they wear?  Does it differ by quarter?

A: Girls will wear either the blue knee-hi or tights during the winter months and white crew socks during the spring/fall seasons.  Boys will wear navy blue crew socks throughout the year.

Q:            How long can we have the uniform grandfathered?

A: The current uniform is grandfathered for one year with a special exception for students entering 7th grade in the fall.  Students enrolled in 7th grade in 2011-2012 will have a two year grandfather period.

Q: Can we mix and match both uniforms for one year?

A: Yes, students may wear elements of both the old and new uniforms.  For example, students may wear blue shirts with the new uniform during the upcoming year.

Q: Can we wear the old uniforms and not always the sweater?

A: Yes, during the grandfather year the old uniform may be worn and the sweaters are not yet required.  The sweaters become part of the required winter uniform during the 2012-2013 school year.

Q: Why do upper school girls wear vests?

A: Embroidered with our school logo, the sweater vest completes the look of the uniform. Additionally, the vest provides an additional layer of warmth during the colder months of the year.

Q: I’m trying to plan a budget for new uniforms next year and I just wanted to confirm that we needed to all have the navy blue uniforms with the blue grey shirts but that there will be no PE shorts?  Also, is there a list somewhere of how many days a week each class will have PE so I know how many of each uniform to buy for each of my children?

A: The newly adopted P.E. uniform remains unchanged for next year.  However, next year all students will be required to wear the navy blue P.E. uniform.  (The previous royal blue uniform was grandfathered through the 2010-2011 school year.)  Students will continue to have the option of wearing the navy blue shorts during the warmer months.  All grade levels are scheduled for P.E. class twice per week.

Q: For boys in K-5, do they wear the vest on top of the polo in spring/fall?  If not, do they wear a belt?  If yes, is the polo going to have the logo?

A: The vest is not required during the spring/fall months.  However, students may opt to wear it with the polo shirt on cooler days.  Belts will continue to be a required aspect of the uniform.  The polo shirts will continue to have the school logo.

Q: Middle school shoes for P.E.?  Can they wear any color athletic shoe for P.E. or are they still bound to black?

A: Middle school students may wear any color athletic shoe for P.E. within reason, i.e. no wheels, blinking lights, etc.

Q: When grandfathering the old uniform for a year, does that also mean that the girls (specifically the 5th grade) may wear the pants option (provided with the old uniform) next year or must they transition to the jumper or skirt option?

A: During the grandfather period, girls can continue to wear the current pants option.

Q: For girls in 5th grade, if they must transition to the jumper or skirt option, and choose the middle school skirt, should they wear the peterpan collar selected to go with the jumper or should they also transition to the buttondown?  The question is still the same if the pants are still an option.

A: While either blouse would be acceptable under the grandfather clause, from a point of style, fifth grade girls choosing to wear the middle school skirt (one year special exception) or pants would be encouraged to wear the buttondown collar blouse.

Kindergarten Screening

The Early Prevention of School Failure Screening for Kindergarten applicants will take place on Monday, May 2nd & Monday, May 9th.  In order that the teachers may be available to administer the assessment, there will be no Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten classes on these two days.

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!

Race for Education Volunteer Opportunities

The Race for Education is about to begin its Record Keeping phase.  Anyone interested in volunteering should complete and return the volunteer form, linked below, or call or email Beth Ross at 703-753-1740elizabeth.ross@comcast.net

Correction to Last Week’s Chess Club Announcement

Dylan Crow’s name was inadvertently left out in last week’s Chess Club announcement.  Dylan (3A) fought hard in the Montclair Scholastic Chess Tournament on Saturday, March 26th and won a game in the last round of the tournament.  Congratulations Dylan on demonstrating team spirit and courteous sportsmanship and on winning a game in the last round!

Spirit News

The sun is shining. The flowers are blooming and the big spring effort to beautify the landscaping is nearing completion. With just 19 days left until Easter we’re making a big push to finish it this weekend so that the grounds can look as nice as possible during the beautiful upcoming celebrations of Easter, First Communion, Confirmation and Crowning of Mary. Do you enjoy being outdoors or need to complete service hours or earn points for parents!  Hours and points need to be earned this month and here’s an easy way to get them. Join us this next Saturday, April 9th from 9 am -12 pm or for however long fits with your schedule. Everyone is welcome and no experience is necessary, however, children younger than 6th grade need adult chaperones. If you’d like to help but this timeframe doesn’t work for you, please contact Holly Crocker at 703 330-8329 or via email to thcrock@comcast.net to make special arrangements. What we’ve completed so far looks beautiful. Thank you so much to everyone who has helped with this special project so far.  Father Bob, Mr. Conroy, the teachers and staff, and Campus Beautification team leaders really appreciate all of your efforts!

Mark your calendars! Our annual skate party is on April 28th from 6-8:30 pm at the Skate-n-Fun Zone.This year we are trying something new and doing it during Spring Break so that folks can take advantage of the full skating time and not have to worry about going to school the next day. Also new this year is the ability to invite friends and neighbors that are not members of All Saints. This way you can have the best of both worlds and skate with your friends from all walks of life. The cost is $3.75 for admission, $4.25 for skate rental (personal skates are welcome), $2 for Laser Storm and $3 for a new Play Zone. Have dinner there and eat a large cheese pizza and a pitcher of soda for $15.99/$16.99 for a pepperoni pizza. We also need adult chaperones so if you’d like to volunteer please contact Holly Crocker at 703 30-8329 or thcrock@comcast.net.

News & Invitations from JP the Great Catholic High School!

1. Summer Camps! Join us for summer fun with our instructional sports and enrichment camps.

  • Click Here for Camp Flyer!
  • Click here for Camp Registration Form!
  • Need more info? Please email: camps@jpthegreat.org

2. Palm Sunday Family Event at JP the Great

Celebrate Palm Sunday and help area youth attend World Youth Day by joining us for Hosanna Dayon Palm Sunday, April 17, from 12pm – 3:00pm. A fun and faith-filled afternoon that includes lunch, games, a dramatic presentation of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, an Easter egg hunt, and more! Tickets are $5/per person or $20/family. Please RSVP: Hosannaday@jpthegreat.org.

3. Open House – May 17 from 7 – 8:30pm. All are welcome to attend our Open House, especially 5 – 7th graders! Come check out where you might be going to high school! For more information, please visit www.jpthegreat.org or email: info@jpthegreat.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

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 (Paul VI High School)

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

Monday, April 11th Week of Terra Nova testing

Thursday, April 14th 8th Grade Field Trip to Annapolis (8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

Enrollment Management Meeting (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, April 15th School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Stations of the Cross ~ Grades 6-8 (2:00 p.m.)

Spirit Activity: Captain Pell’s (2:00-11:00 p.m.)