The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 40

Living Stones on the Pathway to Heaven…

Message from the Principal

On Friday evening families and friends gathered with the 8th Grade Class of 2011 to celebrate their successful completion of the program and to wish them continued success and blessings as they transition to high school.

While the ceremony represented an important milestone for our graduates, it was also a significant moment for a number of families for whom this was their final All Saints graduation.  This week I would like to acknowledge those families who have been a part of our school family for twelve or more years and whose youngest child has now graduated.  I thank them for their commitment to Catholic education and for having chosen All Saints Catholic School.

Gonzalez Family                   12 Years

Sinner Family                        12 Years

Barnes Family                       13 Years

Ramsden Family                   13 Years

Roberts Family                      14 Years

Otten Family                          15 Years

Ella Family                             18 Years

Morgan Family                       19 Years

Wiles Family                          22 Years

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Tomorrow morning we will gather in the church at 8:30 a.m. for our Closing Mass & Awards Ceremony. At approximately 10:00 a.m., immediately following the ceremony, the students will return to their classrooms where they will receive their final report cards and participate in closing activities.  During the thirty minute period between the end of the Awards Ceremony and dismissal at 10:30 a.m., the PTO will provide refreshments for parents in the courtyard in front of the Parish Activities Center.

We will use our regular dismissal process when we release the students at 10:30 a.m.  So that parents do not have to move their cars in preparation for dismissal, all those who plan to attend the Mass and Awards Ceremony are asked to park in their assigned bays in either the front or rear lots.

(Please note: 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.)

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This year has been a time of continued blessings and success for All Saints Catholic School. For the first time in the history of our program, the students in our middle school earned First Place among dozens of teams competing in the Diocesan Science Fair.  In January the students of the Peace & Justice Players brought national recognition to All Saints when they were featured in a journal of Catholic education.  Through their example of service in action, the Peace & Justice Players gave witness to the very best qualities of our school …. the virtues that we live and share each day.

At the heart of our success story is the continued dedication of our faculty & staff.  They are a remarkably talented group of professionals who each day demonstrate a tremendous sense of caring and a commitment to excellence.  They are supported by countless parents who generously share their time and expertise in so many ways.  With a common vision, our faculty and parents have created a partnership which has resulted in an exceedingly strong sense of community where wonderful things happen each day for the children in our school. With God’s grace and blessing, All Saints Catholic School will continue to shine as a beacon for families seeking a dynamic Catholic environment of faith formation and academic rigor for many years to come.

Thank you for choosing All Saints for your family.  It has been a pleasure and a joy working with your children and we look forward to another exciting year of learning and faith formation!  On behalf of the faculty & staff of All Saints, I wish all of you a relaxing and enjoyable summer holiday.

New Textbook Policy

In recent years, on a limited basis we have been able to provide duplicate copies of student textbooks to students with special learning needs and those who might benefit from this particular accommodation.  With the increase in student enrollment which is expected to continue into the new year, these extra textbooks are no longer available to loan to families for this purpose.  Subsequently, effective next year, families who wish to have access to an extra set of textbooks will be asked to purchase them directly from the publisher or a bookseller.  For this reason, we have compiled a master list of all student textbooks, including ISBN numbers and publisher information, so that those families who wish to purchase a set of books for use at home may do so.  The textbook list can be found as a link to this week’s newsletter and will be posted on our website.  Many of the books we use are available at reduced pricing at used books sites.  Should you have any questions about this new policy or the textbook information provided, please do not hesitate to let us know.

Box Tops for Education

2A and 4A were treated to a cereal breakfast for having the highest number of boxtops for the March / April collection. Our final collection for May was won by 2A and 8B. 2A will be taking home some ‘bubble’ fun and 8B departed with  ‘Nerds’ as they graduated! The total earned for the year was $1962.00.  Since 2005, the school has earned $12,770. Keep collecting the Boxtops throughout the summer. Get creative and ask your neighbors, relatives, co-workers, etc.  It’s easy cash for the school. You can go to the link to download summer collection sheets. Use as many as you need or collect them in a baggie. Please label the sheets or baggies with next years homeroom and teacher name. The summer contest collection deadline will be the first Friday of school. For a complete listing of where to find boxtops, go towww.btfe.com . Thank you for supporting this program and All Saints.

Coach Dan Vander Woude Summer Basketball Camps for Boys

Coach Dan Vander Woude summer basketball camps for boys are held at Seton School, 9314, Maple St, Manassas.  Please go to www.danvwbasketball.wordpress.com for camp dates/times.  These are the most affordable Camps in the area for all ages and abilities with hands on instruction from Coach Vander Woude himself (Shooting/Ballhandling Clinics, Skills/Drills Camp, Advanced team concepts for high schoolers).

PVI Girls Lacrosse Camp

July 18- 21, PVI Girls Lacrosse Camp for girls grades 2 through 8 9-1 pm M-Th. $150  and all campers receive a PVI camp t-shirt.  Learn and practice the skills of this exciting sport!!  For more information email pvigirlslaxcamp@gmail.com or registration form at http://www.paulvi.net/Document.Doc?id=299.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Diocesan Survey for Families Not Returning

Families who will not be returning to All Saints for the upcoming year are encouraged to complete a parent survey designed by the diocese.  The survey can be found at the following website:

http://elementarywithdrawalsurvey1011.questionpro.com

In advance, thank you for providing feedback that will be helpful to the diocese and our school as we continue to plan for the future.

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.)

Pre-Packaged School Supply Orders

The EPI pre-packaged school supply order forms are being sent home with students today and a link to the form is listed at the end of the newsletter under links. Parents who wish to submit the order form with a check to the school may do so until 6-17-2011.  Packets may be ordered on-line atwww.epipacks.com until 7-1-2011.  When ordering online, enter school ID ALL088.  Any questions regarding the pre-packaged supplies may be directed to: allsaintssupplies@yahoo.com.  For those who wish to purchase supplies on their own, you will find a copy of the regular School Supply List linked to this newsletter.

Flynn & O’Hara ~ New Uniform Purchases

Beginning this summer, Flynn & O’Hara will offer two “priority days” for our school at their Fairfax store. From 9:00 a.m. until noon on July 12th and July 21st, Flynn & O’Hara will provide special staff support and guidance to families from our community.  While the store will remain open for customers from other schools, Flynn & O’Hara will make a special effort to prepare for and accommodate the needs of families from All Saints.  On these days, Flynn & O’Hara will offer free shipping to customer’s homes for items not in stock.  (Please note: These priority days will replace the on-site sale day that has previously occurred during the first week of August.)

 

Immunization & Health Records Requirements for 2011-2012

To the parents of Pre-K students arriving in Fall 2011:

Welcome!  My name is Mrs. Rosemary Antunes, RN, the School Nurse at All Saints. To get off on the right foot health-wise, the State requires parents of Pre-K students to submit the following:

1.        An immunization form must be in the child’s record by the date of the child’s admission.   The first day of Pre-K is Wednesday, September 7th, 2011.

2.        Immunizations must be recorded and dated on either the Health Dept. form (MCH 213F or MCH 213G) or a physician’s form, include the child’s name, and be signed or stamped and dated by a licensed physician, the physician’s designee, or an official of a local health department.

3.        For all immunizations a child receives after 7/1/11, the form must contain a statement (typed or handwritten) that the child is adequately immunized.

The current Form MCH213G is available at the following website:

http://www.vahealth.org/childadolescenthealth/schoolhealth/forms.htm

If your child has any chronic health conditions, such as food or substance allergy or asthma, the necessary forms are available under “Education,” and the “Parents” portion of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington website. Click on “Forms.”  Be sure to submit an Authorization Form for the medication along with the Action Plan for the condition.  All medications must be brought in by the parents, not by the child.  If a child needs an Epi-Pen, please bring two — one for the class, one for the Nurse’s Clinic.

To the parents of Kindergarten students arriving in Fall 2011:

A new Physical Exam is necessary, dated less than one year from the time of admission. Kindergarten begins on Monday, August 29th.  This Exam should be on, or accompanied by, the Virginia Department of Health form MCH 213G.  (See the website above for the form).  Tip:  Print out the MCH213G and hand it to the physician before the physical exam for this year, if possible, so as to avoid an additional charge to complete it out outside the office visit.  The Physical must include all the immunizations required by the Commonwealth of Virginia as indicated by the chart on the following website:

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/schedules/downloads/child/0-6yrs-schedule-pr.pdf

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.

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

Upcoming Events

Thursday, June 16th Closing Mass & Awards Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)

Final Dismissal for Grades 1-7 (10:30 a.m.)

(Note: This year the PTO will host a reception with cookies and drinks for parents in the courtyard immediately following the Mass & Awards Ceremony.  On the final day, parents who will be in attendance for the festivities are asked to park in their assigned carpool sections as we will be having a regular dismissal beginning at 10:30 a.m.  The back parking lot will be open for parking for those who will be joining us for the Mass and ceremony.)

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The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 39

Living Stones on the Pathway to Heaven…

Message from the Principal

Last Friday we celebrated the success of the 6th Annual Race for Education, a unique event that has emerged as our most significant fundraiser at All Saints.  Over the course of the past six years, the program has generated more than $200,000 in support of our school and special initiatives.  As we have been the recipient of tremendous generosity from family and friends from around the world, it is fitting that we share the fruits of our success with one of our long-term partners, St. Judes Childrens’ Research Hospital.

I am pleased to share with you today that we surpassed our goal, raising a grand total of $43,492.90. On Monday the PTO Board and I processed the paperwork to generate a check in the amount of $6524.00 to be donated to St. Judes.  This contribution will bring the total contributions from All Saints to St. Judes to just over $100,000!  Thank you, family & friends for your continued support of All Saints and our commitment to helping others along the way.

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This week I would also like to announce that Mrs. Rakshys, 5th grade teacher, has decided to resign from her position at the close of this year.  Her resignation follows a period of discernment during which she has thoughtfully considered the present and future needs of her family.  It is for this reason that she has decided not to return to All Saints for the upcoming year.

Those of you who have had the opportunity to know Mrs. Rakshys can attest to her dedication to our school.  She has shown a tremendous commitment to her students and has prepared them very well for the middle school experience.  Her solid understanding of the instructional process and her love of her Catholic faith have been a gift to our school.  We wish her every success and blessing as she departs All Saints to pursue new horizons.

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The end of year festivities will continue throughout this week and through the final days of school.  For details about all of our special celebrations, please see the upcoming events listed below.

I wish to extend a special invitation to all families to attend the events planned in celebration of Graduation Day.  All of the students will gather in the church at 9:30 a.m. on Friday to observe thePass-it-On Ceremony, an annual tradition and prayer service during which the 8th grade students “pass on” their leadership role to the rising 7th grade class as symbolized by the handing on of the 8th grade honor medals.  Following a special breakfast for the graduates, the 8th grade students will participate in the Walk of Honor, a custom by which all of the students in grades K-7 line the hallways and applaud for the graduates as they exit the building for the final time as students.  The celebration culminates with a Mass at 7:00 p.m. followed by the Graduation Ceremony and reception in the gym.  I hope that you and your family will be able to join us for some of these special moments as we congratulate our 8thgrade students.

Brown Bag Lunch Day ~ Friday, June 10th

Since the cafeteria staff will be cooking breakfast for the 8th grade class and preparations will be underway for the evening reception, there will be no cafeteria services on Friday.  All students are asked to bring both a lunch and drink to school.

Diocesan Survey for Families Not Returning

Families who will not be returning to All Saints for the upcoming year are encouraged to complete a parent survey designed by the diocese.  The survey can be found at the following website: http://elementarywithdrawalsurvey1011.questionpro.com

In advance, thank you for providing feedback that will be helpful to the diocese and our school as we continue to plan for the future.

From School Nurse – To the Parents of rising 6th Graders:

The Commonwealth of Virginia requires a Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis booster in the adult dosage, commonly known as Tdap, prior to entrance  into 6th grade.  A physical exam is not required.   The following website lists the recommended schedule of immunizations:

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/schedules/child-schedule.htm#parentsteen. Discuss with your Primary Care Provider which ones he/she recommends giving in addition to the Tdap. Thank you for your attention to this requirement.  Hope you have a happy, healthy summer!

Pre-Packaged School Supply Orders

The EPI pre-packaged school supply order forms are being sent home with students today and a link to the form is listed at the end of the newsletter under links. Parents who wish to submit the order form with a check to the school may do so until 6-17-2011.  Packets may be ordered on-line atwww.epipacks.com until 7-1-2011.  When ordering online, enter school ID ALL088.  Any questions regarding the pre-packaged supplies may be directed to: allsaintssupplies@yahoo.com.  For those who wish to purchase supplies on their own, you will find a copy of the regular School Supply List linked to this newsletter.

Need a gift for a Dad, Grad, or summer birthday??

Remember that our online magazine subscription website is open throughout the summer!! Visitwww.QSP.com and enter code 425091453 to ensure that proceeds go to All Saints- thank you for your continued support of our school!

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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 1stgraders.)

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.)

Flynn & O’Hara ~ New Uniform Purchases

Beginning this summer, Flynn & O’Hara will offer two “priority days” for our school at their Fairfax store. From 9:00 a.m. until noon on July 12th and July 21st, Flynn & O’Hara will provide special staff support and guidance to families from our community.  While the store will remain open for customers from other schools, Flynn & O’Hara will make a special effort to prepare for and accommodate the needs of families from All Saints.  On these days, Flynn & O’Hara will offer free shipping to customer’s homes for items not in stock.  (Please note: These priority days will replace the on-site sale day that has previously occurred during the first week of August.)  A copy of the uniform order form is linked to this newsletter, however if you need a paper copy, copies are available at the front office.

Immunization & Health Records Requirements for 2011-2012

To the parents of Pre-K students arriving in Fall 2011:

Welcome!  My name is Mrs. Rosemary Antunes, RN, the School Nurse at All Saints. To get off on the right foot health-wise, the State requires parents of Pre-K students to submit the following:

1.        An immunization form must be in the child’s record by the date of the child’s admission.   The first day of Pre-K is Wednesday, September 7th, 2011.

2.        Immunizations must be recorded and dated on either the Health Dept. form (MCH 213F or MCH 213G) or a physician’s form, include the child’s name, and be signed or stamped and dated by a licensed physician, the physician’s designee, or an official of a local health department.

3.        For all immunizations a child receives after 7/1/11, the form must contain a statement (typed or handwritten) that the child is adequately immunized.

The current Form MCH213G is available at the following website: http://www.vahealth.org/childadolescenthealth/schoolhealth/forms.htm

If your child has any chronic health conditions, such as food or substance allergy or asthma, the necessary forms are available under “Education,” and the “Parents” portion of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington website. Click on “Forms.”  Be sure to submit an Authorization Form for the medication along with the Action Plan for the condition.  All medications must be brought in by the parents, not by the child.  If a child needs an Epi-Pen, please bring two — one for the class, one for the Nurse’s Clinic.

To the parents of Kindergarten students arriving in Fall 2011:

A new Physical Exam is necessary, dated less than one year from the time of admission. Kindergarten begins on Monday, August 29th.  This Exam should be on, or accompanied by, the Virginia Department of Health form MCH 213G.  (See the website above for the form).  Tip:  Print out the MCH213G and hand it to the physician before the physical exam for this year, if possible, so as to avoid an additional charge to complete it out outside the office visit.  The Physical must include all the immunizations required by the Commonwealth of Virginia as indicated by the chart on the following website:http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/schedules/downloads/child/0-6yrs-schedule-pr.pdf

Cafeteria Procedures

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.

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.

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

Wednesday, June 8th 8th Grade vs. Faculty Volleyball Game (2:00 p.m.)

Thursday, June 9th 2nd Grade Field Trip to the Basilica (8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)

1st Grade Ice Cream Party (1:15 p.m.)

Friday, June 10th Graduation Day

Pass it On Ceremony (church/9:30 a.m.)

Graduation Breakfast ~ students only (10:00 a.m.)

Walk of Honor (11:00 a.m.)

Mass & Ceremony (7:00 p.m.)

Saturday, June 11th VIRTUS Training (FKH/9:00 a.m.)

Tuesday, June 14th Kindergarten Luau (10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, June 15th Transition Ceremony for Students Entering 6th Grade (8:30 a.m.)

Kindergarten Graduation (PAC/10:00 a.m.)

Classroom Parties (1:30 p.m.)

Thursday, June 16th Closing Mass & Awards Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)

Final Dismissal for Grades 1-7 (10:30 a.m.)

(Note: This year the PTO will host a reception with cookies and drinks for parents in the courtyard immediately following the Mass & Awards Ceremony.  On the final day, parents who will be in attendance for the festivities are asked to park in their assigned carpool sections as we will be having a regular dismissal beginning at 10:30 a.m.  The back parking lot will be open for parking for those who will be joining us for the Mass and ceremony.)

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The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 38

Living Stones on the Pathway to Heaven…

Message from the Principal

Last week we received the results of the standardized testing program for students in grades two through seven who participated in this assessment during April.  In addition to providing an objective measure of each student’s level of mastery in reading, math and language arts, the data is beneficial for the planning of future instruction.  The teachers have already received copies of class summaries as well as individual student reports, both of which they will reference during the month of June when they complete the Planning for Instruction process for the 2011-2012 academic year.  Using this approach, the teachers will identify those students who obtained full mastery, partial mastery or not-mastery for each objective of the assessment.  After analyzing trends and patterns, they will then identify 2-3 instructional goals for the new year.  Through the years this process has enabled the faculty to narrow the lense of instruction to more effectively meet the learning needs of each group of students.

A summary of test results can be found by following the links at the end of this newsletter.  Although we have had the results for only one week, I wish to offer a preliminary analysis and share some key insights.

It is very important to recognize that our students completed the Terra Nova, 3rd edition. This updated assessment includes revisions and reformatting that resulted in a new testing experience for students across the diocese.  As such, it is difficult to directly compare the test results from the current year with those from the previous.

During this first year of implementation, scores across the diocese dropped in nearly every area, in some cases by as many as 7-9 percentage points.  The scores for All Saints are consistent with this trend and reflect the fact that our students participated in a new assessment.  As a point of reference, I’ve provided a direct comparison between our students’ performance and the diocesan averages.  I believe this approach provides an objective benchmark by which we can measure the effectiveness of our program.

After review of the data, it is interesting to note that mathematics is now the strength of our school as evidenced by the fact that students in the elementary grades significantly surpassed the diocesan averages.  The continued success of the math program is a credit to the high quality of instruction in the classrooms that places emphasis on “computational fluency”, i.e. the ability of students to complete problems efficiently and accurately.  Complemented by opportunities for daily practice and reinforcement, our students gain both mastery and confidence in the fundamentals of mathematics.

With scores that lag slightly below the diocesan average, reading is an area for specific analysis and reflection.  With a well-established reading culture in place, as seen through the success of theAccelerated Reader program and other innovative reading initiatives, it will be important for us to gain a better understanding as to which aspects of this test are most challenging for our students.  This will be a task for the summer and a discussion point among the faculty as we plan for the new year.

Finally, I wish to provide an important perspective.  When we applied for the Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award in 2009, the cut score for eligibility at that time was 75 percentile for students in the highest grade tested.  We should take great pride in the fact that most grade levels this year surpassed this benchmark in each area of the test.  Objectively, our students scored exceptionally well when compared with the national norm group.

Ahead lays the opportunity to build upon this success story and to strengthen even further the academic program for which our school has gained recognition.  I look forward to working with the faculty in support of this cause as we begin the annual process of identifying learning goals for the year ahead.  Most importantly, I am very proud of our teachers for their commitment to excellence and I wish to congratulate our students for another successful year of learning.

Field Day ~ Parking Information

Tomorrow our students will gather for Field Day from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the grounds of Linton Hall School.  As Linton Hall School is still in session and will be celebrating their Pre-Kindergarten Graduation, it is important that we give careful attention to the following procedures.

Parents who will be participating in the Field Day events are asked to park on the outer edge of the circular driveway in front of the Monastery.  As in prior years, when the circle is full, parents will be asked to park in the grass on both sides of the entranceway leading to the school.  Please note: The individual parking spaces located directly behind the school are reserved for Linton Hall parents who will be attending the Pre-Kindergarten event.  Linton Hall faculty and staff will be parking on the far end of the basketball courts prior to our arrival.

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.

Flynn & O’Hara ~ New Uniform Purchases

Beginning this summer, Flynn & O’Hara will offer two “priority days” for our school at their Fairfax store. From 9:00 a.m. until noon on July 12th and July 21st, Flynn & O’Hara will provide special staff support and guidance to families from our community.  While the store will remain open for customers from other schools, Flynn & O’Hara will make a special effort to prepare for and accommodate the needs of families from All Saints.  On these days, Flynn & O’Hara will offer free shipping to customer’s homes for items not in stock.  (Please note: These priority days will replace the on-site sale day that has previously occurred during the first week of August.)

Student Council Election Results

Last Thursday twenty-eight students participated in an election for a variety of offices for the 2011-2012 leadership of the Student Council Association.  Congratulations to the following students who were elected by the students in grades four through seven.

President                                                                Bridget K.

Vice President                                                       Brandon M.

Secretary/Historian                                                Sidney Y.

School Spirit/Publicity                                           Nicole B.

Finance                                                                   Vivienne P.

Health, Safety & Ecology                                      Erika C.

Religious Activities/Academic Life                       Megan S.

Immunization & Health Records Requirements for 2011-2012

To the parents of Pre-K students arriving in Fall 2011:

Welcome!  My name is Mrs. Rosemary Antunes, RN, the School Nurse at All Saints. To get off on the right foot health-wise, the State requires parents of Pre-K students to submit the following:

1.        An immunization form must be in the child’s record by the date of the child’s admission.   The first day of Pre-K is Wednesday, September 7th, 2011.

2.        Immunizations must be recorded and dated on either the Health Dept. form (MCH 213F or MCH 213G) or a physician’s form, include the child’s name, and be signed or stamped and dated by a licensed physician, the physician’s designee, or an official of a local health department.

3.        For all immunizations a child receives after 7/1/11, the form must contain a statement (typed or handwritten) that the child is adequately immunized.

The current Form MCH213G is available at the following website: http://www.vahealth.org/childadolescenthealth/schoolhealth/forms.htm

If your child has any chronic health conditions, such as food or substance allergy or asthma, the necessary forms are available under “Education,” and the “Parents” portion of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington website. Click on “Forms.”  Be sure to submit an Authorization Form for the medication along with the Action Plan for the condition.  All medications must be brought in by the parents, not by the child.  If a child needs an Epi-Pen, please bring two — one for the class, one for the Nurse’s Clinic.

To the parents of Kindergarten students arriving in Fall 2011:

A new Physical Exam is necessary, dated less than one year from the time of admission. Kindergarten begins on Monday, August 29th.  This Exam should be on, or accompanied by, the Virginia Department of Health form MCH 213G.  (See the website above for the form).  Tip: Print out the MCH213G and hand it to the physician before the physical exam for this year, if possible, so as to avoid an additional charge to complete it out outside the office visit.  The Physical must include all the immunizations required by the Commonwealth of Virginia as indicated by the chart on the following website:

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/schedules/downloads/child/0-6yrs-schedule-pr.pdf

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

Families were asked to submit points for parents or make payment for outstanding points by Wednesday, May 25th.  Since that deadline has past, you are no longer able to add points into the system through the website.  If you have not already done so, please submit payments to the school office for any outstanding points. If there is a dispute of the amount of points or you have more points to add to your total, please send a note to Mrs. Irene Kruppa.

Parents of Rising 6th Graders and New Middle School Students

Please check the school website for tips and suggestions for a smooth orientation day and first day of school.  Just click on the following link for information including links to the handout “Organizing Materials” and an “Orientation Day Checklist”:

http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/academics/middle-school/new-middle-school-families/

PTO Elections

The PTO Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the results of the elections for officers for the upcoming school year. Thank you to all who were willing to serve, and to all who took the time to submit nominations and ballots. The PTO could not operate without your generous cooperation. We look forward to a great year!

President-Elect: Christian Cobb

Secretary: Joe Ortiz

Treasurer: Elissa Hackerson

Spirit Event Committee Update from Megan Davies

I wanted to thank everyone for coming out to the Chick-fil-A spirit event this past Thursday. We had a really good turnout and made over $248 for our PTO. Way to go All Saints! We have had some interest for joining the Spirit Event Committee. You are very welcome to join, just send me an email (meggie.davies@verizon.net) We are at an exciting time of planning for next year. If you would like to be at the grass-roots level of planning and organization, then please let me know.

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 11am to 9pm on June 3rd.

Nathan’s will be serving up it’s fabulous shaved ice and awesome ice cream from 11am to 10pm 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 there.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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 Readerbooks, 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.)

Cafeteria Procedures

As we are approaching the end of the school year, please note: 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:  June 3rd will be the final day to redeem the 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).

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.

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

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 (awards assembly, 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.)

Monday, June 6th Middle School Demerit Free Breakfast (9:15 a.m.)

Tuesday, June 7th 4th Quarter Gold Medal Readers Celebration (1:30 p.m.)

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

Wednesday, June 8th 8th Grade vs. Faculty Volleyball Game (2:00 p.m.)

Thursday, June 9th 2nd Grade Field Trip to the Basilica (8:00 a.m. – 2:30  p.m.)

1st Grade Ice Cream Party (1:15 p.m.)

Friday, June 10th Graduation Day

Pass it On Ceremony (church/9:30 a.m.)

Graduation Breakfast (10:00 a.m.)

Walk of Honor (11:00 a.m.)

Mass & Ceremony (7:00 p.m.)

Links:

  • Testing Charts ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/06/TestingCharts2010-2011.pdf
  • Information for Rising 6th & New Middle School Students ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/academics/middle-school/new-middle-school-families/
  • Invitation to the Parish Volunteer Reception ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/06/Volunteer-Reception-2011.pdf
  • Nathan’s Spirit Event Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/06/2011-06-04-Nathans-jp.jpg
  • 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