The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 37

Living Stones on the Pathway to Heaven…

Message from the Principal

This week I would like to congratulate those second graders who received Jesus in the Eucharist for the first time last Saturday as well as those who will be receiving their First Communion in the weeks ahead. I am very proud of each of them and consider it a privilege to have witnessed this special grace-filled moment.  Congratulations to all of their parents, who as the primary educators, led their children to the table of the Lord.  Thank you, Mrs. Cummings and Mrs. Gurley, for providing the instruction and guidance which helped prepare the children so beautifully for this encounter with Christ.

Summer Learning Program 2011

During the last few weeks the faculty has discussed the merits of a summer learning program. Recognizing that our curriculum during the school year is rigorous and that expectations are high for student learning, there is great value in the children having a respite during the months of summer.  On the other hand, studies have shown that students lose ground during the long vacation if not provided an opportunity to keep their skills sharp.  With these two perspectives in mind, as in prior years, the teachers have crafted a balanced plan specific for our school.  The following is a grade level summary of the Summer Learning Program.

(Note: Parents should select the summer learning assignments that correspond to the grade that their child will be entering in the fall.  For example, a student entering second grade would complete the Summer Book Program for rising 2nd graders.  A child entering third grade would complete the assignments outlined below for grades 3-5.)

Grade K-2           Summer Book (order SUMMER BOOK for next year’s grade level. For example: students in K will order SUMMBER BOOK for rising 1st graders.)

Ordering Information:             Summerbook Company

305 Lyndale Drive

Hartsville, SC 27804

1-877-684-8502 (Toll Free)

www.summerbookcompany.com

Grades 3-5         Math Log & 2 Accelerated Readers Books

(Note: Each student is required to keep a Math log in which they complete six hours of work over the course of the summer.  Students may refer to our school website for recommended activities and math based websites.  After reading two Accelerated Reader books, students are asked to create a book jacket for each story.  Each student will have an opportunity to present one of their books orally to the class next year.  These summer assignments will be due Friday of the first week of school and will be considered part of the first quarter participation grade.)

Grades 6-8             Read selections (one book for grades 6-7/two books for grade 8) from the Middle School Summer Reading List and complete one of three follow up activities per book as well as a Math Log.

(Note: An overview of the requirements for middle school students, i.e. the Summer Math Log, Math Log Instructions and Middle School Summer Reading List & Activities are included as links to this week’s newsletter and will also be available for review on our school website.)

As of the close of April, the students of All Saints Catholic School have contributed $1595.04 to benefit our sister school in Haiti, providing direct funding for lunches and school supplies.  Thank you, students, for your generosity.  You are truly helping to make a difference!

End of Year Parent Survey ~ Bullying Initiative

During the first semester we distributed a parent survey on the topic of bullying in our community, the results of which were communicated via the weekly newsletter.  In an effort to measure progress and to ensure that we are aware of any concerns related to bullying in our community, all parents are invited to complete the follow up electronic survey prepared by our school counselor, Mrs. Karcher. Parents are encouraged to visit the following link to complete the survey.  In advance, we thank you for participating and providing feedback which helps us to plan for the future of our school.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/T9FHHY5

Students in grades 3-8 will complete the electronic survey during their computer classes within the next two weeks.  Parents of K-2 students who wish to provide feedback regarding their child’s experience are invited to do so via the following link:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TYH6SVF

As of last Friday, the Race for Education counting team has processed $40,039.75 in donations! Thank you students and parents for your strong support of this fundraiser!

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)

Cafeteria Procedures

As we are approaching the end of the school year, please note:

1)       Notices of cafeteria payments now due will be sent home with students this week.  Families are asked to submit payment for any outstanding balances by May 31st and are encouraged to send in sufficient funds to cover the cost of lunches through the close of the year.

2)       Middle school students are not permitted to charge lunch payments during the month of June.  If your middle school son/daughter does not have payment for lunch, he or she will receive a bologna & cheese sandwich.

Note:  All students may redeem free pretzel cards on Tuesday, May 31st, the final day of pretzel sales. All students may redeem free ice cream cards next Wednesday, June 1st and Friday, June 3rd.   June 3rd will be the final day to redeem these Race for Education prizes.

Thank you for your support of these end of year procedures.  Should you have any questions, please contact the cafeteria at 703-368-4400 (ext. 211).

Field Day Lunch Orders

Families who have not yet submitted orders and payment for lunch on Field Day (June 2nd) are asked to do so by Friday of this week.

New “Adopt-A-Garden” Initiative Seeks Volunteers

All Saint’s Campus Beautification Team is looking for volunteers to join our new Adopt-A-Garden initiative to help maintain our parish and school gardens as a tranquil place for peaceful reflection.  Volunteers will “adopt” a specific garden bed or section of landscaping and maintain the appearance of their small assigned area.  Adopt-A-Garden is a perfect ministry for those who enjoy gardening.  We will provide any necessary training. Individuals and families welcome! Adopting a garden earns volunteers 20 Points for Parents.

Extended Day Program

Extended Day services will continue the next three weeks and be available before and after school through Wednesday, June 15th. There will be no Extended Day Program on Thursday, June 16th.  All students will dismiss at 10:30 a.m. following the Closing Mass & Awards Ceremony.  Please make arrangements for your children to be picked up if you anticipate being unavailable at that time.

Report Cards

Report cards and awards will be issued on the final day of school, June 16th.  Since the office will have a record of your child’s final grades at the close of the year, you may retain these cards.

Medications

All medications must be picked up from the clinic no later than Tuesday, June 14th. Since students are not authorized to carry medication, it is necessary for parents to visit the clinic to pick up medications prior to the close of the year.  Medications remaining after the final day will be discarded.

Summer Office Hours

The school office will remain open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. during the months of June and August.  The office will be closed during the month of July.  The office will reopen on Tuesday, August 2nd.  Should you need to contact school personnel during the summer months, please do not hesitate to leave a message on the answering machine.  We will make every effort to return your call in a timely manner.

Important Dates for the Upcoming Year

¨       Orientation Day (Students and parents are invited to visit the school, meet new teachers, and pick up supply orders.) – Friday, August 26th.

¨       7th Annual Back-to School Barbecue hosted by the PTO – Friday, August 26th, (5:30-7:30 p.m.)

¨       First Day of School ~ Noon Dismissal (Grades K-8) – Monday, August 29th

¨       First Day of Pre-Kindergarten – Wednesday, September 7th

VIRTUS Update Training Sessions

The next presentation of the “Protecting God’s Children” seminar, the four hour VIRTUS training session which is required for all who wish to become eligible to volunteer in the school, will take place on Saturday, June 11th beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Father Kelley Hall.

Tuition Discount for Payment in Full

Parents who submit payment in full for the 2011-2012 academic year are eligible for a 5% discount if the payment is received in the office no later than 3:00 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday, May 26th. For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at 703-393-1490.

Spring Tuition Payments

As we approach the close of the school year, parents are reminded of the importance of making timely tuition payments.  With the final tuition payment due to the school during May, those families who have recently fallen behind schedule during this time of continued economic challenge are asked to use the first two weeks of June as an opportunity to pay any outstanding tuition or fees.  Please remember, prompt payment of tuition is essential for the school to remain financially strong and to be able to cover the continued expenses of utilities and salaries for our faculty and staff.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 26th Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten

SCA Speeches & Election (1:00 p.m.)

Spirit Activity: Chick-Fil-A (6:30-9:30 p.m.)

Friday, May 27th School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Noon Dismissal

Saturday, May 28th First Communion (10:30 a.m.)

Monday, May 30th Holiday ~ Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 31st Race for Education Dress Down Day option

1st Grade Field Trip to National Zoo (8:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m.)

7th Grade Field Trip to Manassas Battlefield (9:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, June 1st 2nd Grade Mexican Fiesta

Thursday, June 2nd Field Day at Linton Hall School (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Friday, June 3rd School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Race for Education Celebration (pizza lunch & movies)

Spirit Activity: Nathan’s Ice Cream and Mini-Golf

Saturday, June 4th 8th Grade Algebra Exemption Exam

NJHS Scrabble Tournament (FKH/6:30-9:00 p.m.)

 

Links:

  • Summer Learning Program-Go to this page and click on the grade level you are interested in. ~http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/summer-requirements-program/
  • Summer Learning Program/Middle School Reading List ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/05/2011_Middle_School_Summer_Reading.pdf
  • Scrabble Tournament Flyer ~  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/05/scrabbletournamentad.pdf

The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 36

Message from the Principal

Despite a forecast of inclement weather on Monday, the 11th Annual Golf Tournament was blessed with abundant sunshine and fair weather skies.  Once again the tournament was held at Evergreen Country Club, a beautiful setting located at the foot of Bull Run Mountain.  It was great to see so many parishioners and community members returning for yet another day of fellowship and fundraising in support of our school.  I want to thank our title sponsors, the George Brent Council of the Knights of Columbus and the Anderson Construction Company, for their continued support and generosity.  I am also grateful to Mr. Jim Switzer, tournament chairperson, and the dedicated group of volunteers who worked behind the scenes to coordinate the marketing efforts, corporate sponsorship and the countless details that ensured a smoothly-run event.  Thank you, PTO, for your continued commitment to fundraising and community-building!

An update regarding the diocesan field trip policy:  As of last Thursday, the restriction regarding field trips to Washington, D.C. has now been lifted.  With this knowledge, the second grade teachers are once again exploring the option of a trip to the National Shrine and the first grade team is considering the possibility of a trip to the National Zoo due to the cancellation of this week’s trip due to inclement weather.

As we approach the end of the school year, I wish to share with you a calendar change for the 2011-2012 academic year so that those who wish to make travel plans can begin to do so.  This year I have decided to extend the Thanksgiving Holiday by one day, allowing those families who travel out of the region an opportunity to do so prior to the heaviest traffic day of the year.  As such, school will dismiss at noon on Tuesday, November 22nd.  (In order to fulfill the diocesan requirement regarding the required number of days of instruction, we will close for only 1.5 days for Parent-Teacher Conferences rather than two full days.)

Two weeks ago our band competed at the middle school level at the Music in the Parks event at Kings Dominion.  I am proud to announce that our band received a rating of “Superior”, the highest score given by the judges.  The fact that our students performed so well is a strong testament to the dedication of the students as well as the leadership of the directors.  Congratulations to Mr. Ward, Mr. Moccio and all of the students on this outstanding accomplishment!  The legacy of the band at All Saints continues!

As of the close of April, the students of All Saints Catholic School have contributed $1595.04 to benefit our sister school in Haiti, providing direct funding for lunches and school supplies. Thank you, students, for your generosity.  You are truly helping to make a difference!

End of Year Parent Survey ~ Bullying Initiative

During the first semester we distributed a parent survey on the topic of bullying in our community, the results of which were communicated via the weekly newsletter.  In an effort to measure progress and to ensure that we are aware of any concerns related to bullying in our community, all parents are invited to complete the follow up electronic survey prepared by our school counselor, Mrs. Karcher. Parents are encouraged to visit the following link to complete the survey.  In advance, we thank you for participating and providing feedback which helps us to plan for the future of our school.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/T9FHHY5

6th Grade Parent Letter ~ Message from the Superintendent & Virginia Department of Heath

Every year the Virginia Department of Health distributes information regarding the HPV (vaccine) to rising 6th grade girls.  This relates to state legislation and our diocese cooperates by distributing this letter.  However, we also distribute a statement from the two Bishops of Virginia as included in a letter from the Virginia Catholic Education Association signed by the superintendents of Arlington and Richmond.  Today parents of rising 6th grade girls will receive a copy of the official letter from the Virginia Department of  Health as well as the letter from the Virginia Catholic Education Association.  The letters will be sent home in sealed envelopes with each of the 5th grade girls.  After reviewing the correspondence, should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office for more information.

Cafeteria Reminders

As we are approaching the end of the school year, please note:

1)       Notices of cafeteria payments now due will be sent home with students this week.  Families are asked to submit payment for any outstanding balances by May 31st and are encouraged to send in sufficient funds to cover the cost of lunches through the close of the year.

2)       Middle school students are not permitted to charge lunch payments during the month of June.  If your middle school son/daughter does not have payment for lunch, he or she will receive a bologna & cheese sandwich.

Thank you for your support of these end of year procedures.  Should you have any questions, please contact the cafeteria at 703-368-4400 (ext. 211).

As of last Friday, the Race for Education counting team has already processed $26,253.75 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

PTO Elections

Coming home today with your oldest child is the ballot for PTO officers for the coming school year. Please take a moment to fill the ballot out and return it to school, attention of “PTO Nominations Committee”.  For your convenience, the ballot is also attached as a link to this week’s newsletter.  Thank you in advance for your support of the PTO! We would also like to thank the nominees for each office for their willingness to serve the school through the PTO.

Spirit Event Committee

Spirit Events are community building activities that give students and their families a chance to visit and to do fun things together. Also, it can be a wonderful fundraising opportunity for our PTO as well. Holly Crocker has acted as Spirit Event Coordinator in the past and did a wonderful job. The position will now involve a change where there will be a Spirit Event Committee. I have agreed to act as the Spirit Event Committee Chairperson, unless someone else wishes to have that honor. However, I will need to have people on the committee to help. I wish to enlist as many volunteers as possible to contribute to the committee.

Within the committee, people can choose a particular Spirit Event they wish to coordinate and then 20Points for Parents will be available for each event coordinated. If you wish to be part of the Spirit Event Committee, then please email Megan Davies at meggie.davies@verizon.net

Spirit Event

Hey everyone!  Can you believe the year is almost over?  We are ending on a bang with a two for one Spirit Event!

Come on down and Putt it up with us at the Magic Putting Place and then top it off with some super delicious Shaved ice or ice cream from Nathan’s Dairy Bar!

At Magic Putting place, you pay $3 for 18 holes for the kids and 50% of the sales goes back to All Saints.  You can golf from 11 am to 9 pm on June 3rd.  Nathan’s will be serving up it’s fabulous shaved ice and awesome ice cream from 11 am to 10 pm and at Nathan’s 20% of your sale comes back to our fabulous All Saints.

So come on out and celebrate the end of an awesome year with friends! This two for one event is a great hole in one!  See you all there.

All Saints Catholic Vacation Bible School / Confirmation Service Hours

All Saints is offering a Catholic Vacation Bible School this summer!  The theme is SonSurf Beach Bash!  VBS will be held June 27-July 1st from 8:30 to noon.  We are accepting rising kindergartners through rising 5th graders.  To register, simply click on the attached link below.  Return your completed form the RE Office (also the ASCS Office).  You may also download these forms at www.allsaintsva.org.  The deadline is 6/3/11 and spaces are limited!

Adult and 8th grade volunteers are needed to make VBS a success!  Rising 8th graders may earn up to 20 Confirmation Service Hours.  If you or your rising 8th grader are interested in volunteering, click on the attached link(s) below.    Return the appropriate forms to the RE Office.  For information, contact Samantha Welsh, DRE at 703-393-2142 or swelsh@allsaintsva.org.

Summer Experience for Middle School Students

Expand your horizons this summer with one- and two-week programs for rising 7th, 8th, and 9th graders at Bishop O’Connell High School, 6600 Little Falls Road, Arlington, Va. Sign up for the Leadership Academy, Experiencing the Arts and Sciences and Musical Theater and Glee Showcase. Sessions run July 11 – 22. For more information, visit  http://www.bishopoconnell.org/summerexperience

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Spring Choral Concert ~ Time Changed to 7:00 p.m.

The Spring Choral Concert (grades 1, 3, 5 & 7) scheduled for Thursday, May 19th will begin at 7:00 p.m. rather than 7:30 p.m. as published in our school calendar.

Student attire: A solid, colored shirt to be tucked-in to black pants. Black footwear.

Arrival time: 6:25pm, concert to start promptly at 7pm.

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 ~ or did so during the winter/spring of 2010 ~ are required to attend one of the sessions in order to maintain full compliance with the program and eligibility for volunteering. The next VIRTUS update training has been scheduled for Saturday, May 21st at 10:30 a.m. in the Art Room.  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. (703-368-4400)

The next presentation of the “Protecting God’s Children” seminar, the four hour VIRTUS training session which is required for all who wish to become eligible to volunteer in the school, will take place on Saturday, June 11th beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Father Kelley Hall.

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

This week the office will issue individualized letters to each family, confirming the number of points reflected in the school database and a corresponding fee for unearned points.  Families are asked to submit payment for outstanding points by Wednesday, May 25th.    

Tuition Discount for Payment in Full

Parents who submit payment in full for the 2011-2012 academic year are eligible for a 5% discount if the payment is received in the office no later than 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 26th.  For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at 703-393-1490.

Spring Tuition Payments

As we approach the close of the school year, parents are reminded of the importance of making timely tuition payments.  With the final tuition payment due to the school during May, those families who have recently fallen behind schedule during this time of continued economic challenge are asked to use the first two weeks of June as an opportunity to pay any outstanding tuition or fees.  Please remember, prompt payment of tuition is essential for the school to remain financially strong and to be able to cover the continued expenses of utilities and salaries for our faculty and staff.

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:

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.

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)

New “Adopt-A-Garden” Initiative Seeks Volunteers

All Saint’s Campus Beautification Team is looking for volunteers to join our new Adopt-A-Garden initiative to help maintain our parish and school gardens as a tranquil place for peaceful reflection. Volunteers will “adopt” a specific garden bed or section of landscaping and maintain the appearance of their small assigned area. Adopt-A-Garden is a perfect ministry for those who enjoy gardening. We will provide any necessary training. Individuals and families welcome! Volunteers through this program are eligible for Points for Parents. 

Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 19th Race for Education Dress Down Day Option

Choral Concert for Grades 1, 3, 5 & 7 (PAC/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, May 20th 4th Grade Field Trip to Mount Vernon (8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)

6th Grade Field Trip to Medieval Times (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Senior Mentors Appreciation Reception (1:30 p.m.)

Saturday, May 21st First Communion (10:30 a.m.)

VIRTUS Update (Art Room/10:30 a.m.)

Monday, May 23rd Media Mindfulness Presentation for Middle School, courtesy of the Daughters of St. Paul

Tuesday, May 24th Race for Education Dress Down Day Option

Band Concert (1:45 p.m.) & Ice Cream Social (2:15 p.m.)

EPSF Parent Meeting (FKH/7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 25th 6th Grade Brass Rubbings Presentation

Points for Parents payments due

Thursday, May 26th Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten

SCA Speeches & Election (1:00 p.m.)

Spirit Activity: Chick-Fil-A (6:30-9:30 p.m.)

Friday, May 27th Noon Dismissal

Links

  • PTO Ballot ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/05/pto-ballot-2011.pdf
  • Vacation Bible School Volunteer Form ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/05/VBS-Volunteer-Form.pdf
  • Vacation Bible School 8th Grade Volunteer Form ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/05/VBS-8th-Grade-Volunteer-Form.pdf
  • Vacation Bible School Registration Form ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/05/VBS-Registration.pdf
  • · Field Day Memo / Form ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/05/field-day-2011.pdf

The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 35

Message from the Principal

Congratulations to the members of our 8th grade class who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on Saturday.  I am so proud of each of them for the individual commitment they have made to their Catholic faith and pray that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that they experienced during the liturgy will guide them through their future years.  As a community, we were honored that Bishop Loverde was able to be present and served as our celebrant.  As in the past, he spoke powerfully and specifically about the ways that our young people will be empowered by the Holy Spirit to make choices aligned with the Gospel message and in support of life, ultimately allowing them to live in good health, happiness and freedom.  It was, indeed, a beautiful day for our parish and school community.

Only two days prior our students gathered for the annual May Crowning.  Undeterred by rain, the event took place in the new church.  It was both impressive and touching to see our 2nd grade students, dressed in their First Communion attire, lined up along side the 8th grade students in their graduation suits and dresses.  It was a reverent, prayerful tribute to Our Lady as we began the month of May.  Congratulations to Grace Bennett and Alex Otten, who were randomly selected to crown the statue of the Blessed Mother at the culmination of the ceremony.

As the clouds parted on Thursday morning, we were blessed with “picture perfect” weather for the 6thAnnual Race for Education. Once again it was wonderful to see the students running with such spirit! Their enthusiasm was matched only by that of their parents who cheered them on from the sidelines and in a number of cases, participated in the event.  I wish to again thank all of our donors from across the country and around the globe who so generously contributed to the success of this program.  As previously announced, 15% of the proceeds from the event will be sent directly to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

As of last Friday, the counting team has already processed $26,253.75 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

I want to thank Mrs. Beth Ross and Mrs. Marjorie Collins for serving as co-coordinators of our 6th Annual Race for Education. They invested many hours in planning for the big day and continue to volunteer in the school each week, recording and depositing the many contributions.  I am also grateful to the volunteers who worked behind the scenes, processing mailers and assisting on the day of the event. The many supportive hands assisting with the hole-punching of race cards and water stations helped to insure a safe and enjoyable event for the children, start to finish!

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This week I also wish to share with you the news that Mrs. Otzaizo has decided that she will not be returning to teach first grade at All Saints for the 2011-2012 academic year.  Instead, she is hoping to pursue her professional goal of becoming a reading specialist and also looks forward to the possibility of additional time with her newborn baby, Elijah.    Mrs. Otaizo’s departure from All Saints will be a significant loss for our program.  In addition to maintaining a highly effective classroom and demonstrating a wonderful sense of care and concern for her students, Mrs. Otaizo has contributed to the advancement of our literacy program through her knowledge and expertise in the Word Study approach.  Over the course of the past couple of years, the guidance and encouragement she has provided has been instrumental in this methodology being introduced at other grade levels.  We thank Mrs. Otaizo for her dedication and all that she has done for our students and wish her every success and blessing as she pursues other opportunities.

Spring Choral Concert ~ Time Changed to 7:00 p.m.

The Spring Choral Concert (grades 1, 3, 5 & 7) scheduled for Thursday, May 19th will begin at 7:00 p.m. rather than 7:30 p.m. as published in our school calendar.

Student attire:         A solid, colored shirt to be tucked-in to black pants. Black footwear.

Arrival time:           6:25pm, concert to start promptly at 7pm.

4th Quarter Lock-Down Drill

The 4th Quarter Lock-Down Drill will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 17th.  (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.) 

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 ~ or did so during the winter/spring of 2010 ~ are required to attend one of the sessions in order to maintain full compliance with the program and eligibility for volunteering. The next VIRTUS update training has been scheduled for Saturday, May 21st at 10:30 a.m. in the Art Room.  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. (703-368-4400)

The next presentation of the “Protecting God’s Children” seminar, the four hour VIRTUS training session which is required for all who wish to become eligible to volunteer in the school, will take place on Saturday, June 11th beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Father Kelley Hall.

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

Next week the office will issue individualized letters to each family, confirming the number of points reflected in the school database and a corresponding fee for unearned points.  Families are asked to submit payment for outstanding points by Wednesday, May 25th.    

Tuition Discount for Payment in Full

Parents who submit payment in full for the 2011-2012 academic year are eligible for a 5% discount if the payment is received in the office no later than 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 26th.  For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at 703-393-1490.

Spring Tuition Payments

As we approach the close of the school year, parents are reminded of the importance of making timely tuition payments.  With the final tuition payment due to the school during May, those families who have recently fallen behind schedule during this time of continued economic challenge are asked to use the first two weeks of June as an opportunity to pay any outstanding tuition or fees.  Please remember, prompt payment of tuition is essential for the school to remain financially strong and to be able to cover the continued expenses of utilities and salaries for our faculty and staff.

Golf Tournament

Come out and join us for a round of golf! All Saints will be sponsoring its 11th Annual All Saints Golf Tournament on this coming 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.

New “Adopt-A-Garden” Initiative Seeks Volunteers

All Saint’s Campus Beautification Team is looking for volunteers to join our new Adopt-A-Gardeninitiative to help maintain our parish and school gardens as a tranquil place for peaceful reflection. Volunteers will “adopt” a specific garden bed or section of landscaping and maintain the appearance of their small assigned area. Adopt-A-Garden is a perfect ministry for those who enjoy gardening. We will provide any necessary training. Individuals and families welcome!

Volunteers through this program are eligible for Points for Parents. 

Spirit Event News

On Thursday, May 26th from 6:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., we will hold a Spirit Event at Chick-fil-A at Signal Hill, 9506 Liberia Avenue, Manassas, VA 20110. You have the entire day to enjoy their good food and meet up with your All Saints family. Our school will earn 20% of the proceeds. You will be receiving cards from Chick-fil-A in your classes. We look forward to meeting you there.  Please click on link below for a Chick-fil-A flyer.

Drama & Art Summer Day Camps for Catholic Families and Friends!
Locations include All Saints in Manassas and St. Veronica in Chantilly during the last two weeks of July!  Instruction provided by Catholic professionals in the field of theatre, art, dance, and music.

Drama Bootcamp for rising K-9th graders: boost skills in acting, improvisation, speech, mime, and movement in this “everything drama” camp.

Arts & Crafts Fun Camp for rising K-2nd graders: perfect for kids that wants to explore drawing, sculpture, clay, painting and much more.

Art Explorer Camp for rising 3rd-6th graders: intermediate & advanced projects each day that will continue to develop a love visual arts.

Camp Broadway for rising 3rd-12th graders: improve acting, singing, and dance skills  daily and conclude with a final performance.

Early Birds:  Sign up by May 15th for $10 off per camp and by June 15th for $5 off per camp.

Download the Camp Brochure to learn about each instructor and print a registration or contactSpotlightCamps@gmail.com

For a brochure, visit  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=camps2011_web.pdf

PVI Basketball Camps

Paul VI Girls & Boys Summer Basketball Camps: June 20 – 24 / July 5 – 8 / July 11 – 15 / July 25 29.  For summer camp info & registration form please go to www.pvibasketball.com.

Bishop Ireton High School Summer Classes and Workshops

Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, VA is offering summer classes and workshops not only for our future students but also for students bound for any high school.   Bishop Ireton offers transition to 9th grade workshops for incoming freshmen students and these workshops are open to any student who has just finished 8th grade and is preparing for high school.  The workshops are designed to help students prepare academically and introduces them to some of the expectations and skills needed to succeed while in high school.  For more information about the workshop, please click on the following link http://www.bishopireton.org/document.doc?id=445 which provides course description, tuition, dates and times.  There is also see link at the end of this newsletter for a flyer about classes and workshops offered by Bishop Ireton High School.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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:

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.

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)

Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 12th 5th Grade Field Trip to Baltimore (8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

3rd Quarter Interims distributed to students

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

Friday, May 13th Holiday ~ Parish Festival Prep Day

Saturday, May 14th Parish Festival

Monday, May 16th SCA sponsored Earth Day Dress Down Day

SCA Election Information Meeting

11th Annual Golf Tournament (Evergreen Country Club)

Tuesday, May 17th 1st Grade Field Trip to Leesburg Animal Park (8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

7th & 8th Grade Field Trip to Montpelier (7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)

4th Quarter Lock-Down Drill (10:00 a.m.)

Wednesday, May 18th School Mass in Honor of Fr. Melmer’s 20th Anniversary of Ordination (8:30 a.m.)

Thursday, May 19th Race for Education Dress Down Day Option

Choral Concert for Grades 1, 3, 5 & 7 (PAC/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, May 20th 4th Grade Field Trip to Mount Vernon (8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)

6th Grade Field Trip to Medieval Times (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Senior Mentors Appreciation Reception (1:30 p.m.)

 

Coming Home with Oldest Child Today

  • Field Day Memo / Form

Links

  • · Field Day Memo / Form ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/05/field-day-2011.pdf
  • · Chick-fil-A Spirit Event Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/05/2011-5-26-Chick-Fil-A.jpg
  • Golf Tournament Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/04/golf-tournament-8.5×11.pdf
  • · Cub Scout Pack 1188 Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/05/Pack1188-bulletin.pdf
  • · Casting Call for “Annie” ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/04/casting-call-annie.pdf
  • · Bishop Ireton Catholic High School Summer Classes & Workshops Flyer ~http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/05/Bishop-Ireton-HS-2011.pdf
  • · Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School E-News:  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/05/e-News-Update-January-March-2011.pdf
  • · Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School Open House Flyer:  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/05/Open-House-and-invitations-May-2011.pdf

The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 34

Message from the Principal

This week I wish to share with you an important update regarding our field trip policy for the remainder of the school year.  In consideration of the current world situation, our superintendent, Sr. Bernadette McManigal, has advised that schools refrain from any field trips to Washington, D.C. or any other locations that may be the site of demonstrations or protests. As such, it will be necessary for us to rearrange or cancel several trips previously planned for the closing weeks of school.  The following grade levels will be affected by this change:

1st Grade (National Zoo)

2nd Grade (National Basilica)

7th & 8th Grades (Smithsonian)

Please note:  Both the 5th grade trip to Baltimore and the 4th grade trip to Mount Vernon will continue as planned.

Recognizing that this will be a disappointment to the children, the teachers are already researching possible alternatives and will forward details to you as they become known.  In advance, thank you for your understanding as we adjust our plans for the coming weeks.

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Tomorrow all of the students at All Saints will participate in the 6th Annual Race for Education. As the largest fundraiser for the school community, the Race provides important financial support for initiatives that would otherwise be beyond our reach.

The following is a list of important reminders for all students and parents regarding the event.

1)       All students in grades K-8 are asked to wear their P.E. uniforms to school on Thursday. Students enrolled in the Pre-K are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing appropriate for running.

2)       While all students will be participating in the Race for Education activities, only those students who brought in sponsor names or a flat donation will be eligible for prizes.

3)       Students need not bring water bottles to the Race for Education.  Two water stations will be available to students throughout the race.

4)       Students who are absent on Thursday will be able to run a later date.

5)       Lunch will be served in the cafeteria at the regularly scheduled time.

Parents, relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend the event as a sign of support for all of our student runners.  We hope that many of you will be able to join us for a wonderful day of fun and fellowship!

The following is the schedule for this special event:

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

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

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

As of today, the counting team has already processed $19,668.75 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

Race for Education: CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!!! We are still in need of volunteers for each of the race times! Volunteers will help track the children’s laps, pass out water, and monitor the students as they run. All of these can be done while you are cheering your child on. The race takes place TOMORROW, Thursday, May 5th! Please contact Marjorie Collins at 703-365-9686 ormarjoriecollins@me.com if you are available to help. Thank you to the parents who have already signed up to volunteer!

Spanish Teacher Announced for 2011-2012

Miss Mary Simms will join our faculty as Spanish teacher for the upcoming school year.  Miss Simms is a graduate of the University of Illinois where she earned a Bachelor of Education Degree with a concentration in Language Arts.  Following her graduation, she spent three years teaching second grade at St. Roberto Institute in Mexico where she was immersed in the Spanish language.  In 2008 she began employment at Blessed Sacrament School in Illinois where she developed and implemented a Spanish curriculum for grades K-8.  In addition to her educational experience, Miss Simms has also worked as a bilingual coordinator and a translator for the United States Department of Agriculture.  Miss Simms is highly regarded in her current school for her creativity, classroom effectiveness and the rapport she has established with parents and students alike.  We welcome Miss Simms to our All Saints community!

Miss Dalusung to Return as Music Teacher

All Saints is pleased to welcome back Miss Nichole Dalusung as music teacher and director of the Schola for the 2011-2012 academic year.  Having built a beautiful program during her years in our school, it is a blessing for us that she has decided to return to continue the good work she has previously begun.

 

We wish to thank Miss Ann Marie White, the current music substitute, for her very fine work during this second semester.  We are grateful for her commitment and all that she has done and continues to do in support of the music program.  Her enthusiasm in the classroom has been infectious and a source of inspiration for our students.  We wish her every continued success and blessing as she pursues professional opportunities and graduate studies.

Prayer of the Month

Peace Prayer ~ By Kindergarten Students

Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.

Lord, let me help sad people be happy.

Let me forgive those who hurt me.

And let me bring your love to all.

Amen

Virtue of the Month ~ Peacemaking

To foster the virtue of peacemaking, we will encourage the students to adopt the following practices:

  1. Be kind to all you meet today.
  2. Make peace with others at the end of the school day.
  3. Stay calm no matter what happens to you today.
  4. Say part of St. Francis’ Peace Prayer to yourself today.
  5. Apologize the minute you know that you have offended someone.
  6. Do an extra act of kindness for your family tonight.
  7. Take care of your family pet without complaining.
  8. Make peace with family members before going to sleep.
  9. Be a peacemaker.  Calm your friends while playing games.
  10. Greet your neighbor politely.
  11. Say a prayer for peace throughout the world.

Spring Choral Concert ~ Time Changed to 7:00 p.m.

The Spring Choral Concert (grades 1, 3, 5 & 7) scheduled for Thursday, May 19th will begin at 7:00 p.m. rather than 7:30 p.m. as published in our school calendar.

Chess Club T-Shirts

In recognition of the successful year for our Chess Club, all members are invited to wear their special Chess Club shirts in place of their school polo shirts on Monday, May 9th.

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 ~ or did so during the winter/spring of 2010 ~ are required to attend one of the sessions in order to maintain full compliance with the program and eligibility for volunteering. The next VIRTUS update training has been scheduled for Saturday, May 21st at 10:30 a.m. in the Art Room.  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. (703-368-4400)

The next presentation of the “Protecting God’s Children” seminar, the four hour VIRTUS training session which is required for all who wish to become eligible to volunteer in the school, will take place on Saturday, June 11th beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Father Kelley Hall.

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

Within the next week the office will issue individualized letters to each family, confirming the number of points reflected in the school database and a corresponding fee for unearned points.  Families are asked to submit payment for outstanding points by Wednesday, May 25th.    

Tuition Assistance Program

The Tuition Assistance Committee has completed the process of reviewing the financial analysis provided by FACTS.  All families who have applied for tuition assistance for 2011-2012 should receive a letter of response within the next ten days.

Tuition Discount for Payment in Full

Parents who submit payment in full for the 2011-2012 academic year are eligible for a 5% discount if the payment is received in the office no later than 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 26th.  For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at 703-393-1490.

Spring Tuition Payments

As we approach the close of the school year, parents are reminded of the importance of making timely tuition payments.  With the final tuition payment due to the school during May, those families who have recently fallen behind schedule during this time of continued economic challenge are asked to use the first two weeks of June as an opportunity to pay any outstanding tuition or fees.  Please remember, prompt payment of tuition is essential for the school to remain financially strong and to be able to cover the continued expenses of utilities and salaries for our faculty and staff.

Golf Tournament

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.

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.

PTO Nominations

Please remember to turn in your PTO Nominations. The Nomination’s Committee will be compiling the names into a ballot to be distributed within the next week.

All Saints Students Place in the 27th Annual Arbor Day Celebration Art Contest

Several of our students participated in an art contest by the 27th Annual Arbor Day Celebration by the City of Manassas.  Participants made drawings of trees in Manassas and two students from All Saints Catholic School placed in the event.  Ellen Morad won 1st place in the fourth grade division and Thumay Huynh won 3rd place in the third grade division.  Ellie’s and Thumay’s drawings were selected out of a total of 754 entries from 6 Manassas City schools.

On April 29th, at the Old Manassas Courthouse, the winners were presented with trophies and certificates.  In addition, the first place winners were awarded Oak tree saplings to plant in their yards at home.

Cub Scouts

Attention all boys in Kindergarten through 4th grade!  Cub Scout Dens are now forming for the 2011/2012 Scouting year! Pack 1188 has been proudly serving the All Saints community for over 30 years and is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus George Brent Council #5332.  Please see the link below for more information.

Box Tops for Education Update

We just received another check from General Mills Box Tops for Education in the amount of $1,232.40.  Thank you for your support of this fundraising program!

PVI Band Camp

PVI will be having a Band Camp for rising 5th-9th graders during the week of June 20.   $110 per student, payment includes camp fee, snacks/drinks, t-shirt, and Sat. evening Drum Corps Int’l event admission.   Daily curriculum includes sectionals, full band rehearsal, and jazz fundamentals elective.  Questions/applications – Mrs. Jan Siegfried, jsiegfried@paulvi.net.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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

The Early Prevention of School Failure Screening for Kindergarten applicants will take place on 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

Prize Cards have already been distributed to students who met the criteria and may be redeemed according to the following schedule:

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.

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, May 5th 6th Annual Race for Education

Friday, May 6th Band Trip ~ Kings Dominion

Noon Dismissal (Curriculum Mapping)

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

Monday, May 9th EPSF Screening ~ No Pre-K or Kindergarten classes

Chess Club ~ Opportunity to Wear Club Shirts

Peace & Justice Players after school Field Trip to SERVE

Tuesday, May 10th Race for Education Dress Down Day option

8th Grade Foreign Language Exam

Seniors’ Luncheon Band Concert

Honor Band Concert (Bishop Ireton High School)

Wednesday, May 11th 4th Grade Mass & Mothers’ Tea (8:30 a.m.)

Battle of the Books Competition

Kindergarten Field Trip to Frying Pan Park (9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

Thursday, May 12th 5th Grade Field Trip to Baltimore (8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

7th & 8th Grade Field Trip to Washington, D.C. – Canceled

3rd Quarter Interims distributed to students

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

Friday, May 13th Holiday ~ Parish Festival Prep Day

Saturday, May 14th Parish Festival

Coming Home with Oldest Child Today

  • 9th Annual Frances Kelly Blood Drive Flyer

Links