The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 5

Seek Christ in one another; welcome Him into your heart.

Principal’s Message

Central to the mission of Catholic education is a commitment to the formation of the whole person within the light of the teachings of the Gospel.  At All Saints our effort to educate all dimensions of the child ~ spiritual, intellectual, social, and emotional, has been an essential and consistent element of our mission.

As a Catholic school, All Saints also affirms the role of parents as the primary educators of their children and we are privileged to have the opportunity to work with you as partners in this regard.  During the past several years, we have grown increasingly concerned about the many confusing messages that society as a whole, and the media in particular, place before the young people of today, particularly in regards to the topic of human sexuality.  In this day and age it is increasingly important that we insure that the children learn the beautiful teachings of the Church on this topic and that they fully realize and understand the gift of human sexuality within this framework.  Not to share this information with the children leaves them unprepared for the world they face and the many choices that await them in the years ahead.

Over the course of the past several years All Saints Catholic School has implemented a middle school family life curriculum that supports our goal of educating the whole child.  The program is coordinated by the Diocesan Director of Youth Ministry, Mr. Kevin Bohli, and is tailored to the specific needs of each school community. The program consists of a parent presentation during which Mr. Bohli provides an outline of his presentations as well as resources for parents.  Following this presentation, he and an associate, Mrs. Celia Fruchterman, will meet with the students for three one hour lessons designed to provide the children with an understanding of the Church’s teachings on the topic of human sexuality.

One of the advantages of this program is the involvement of outside professionals.  In addition to their expertise and experience, Mr. Bohli and Mrs. Fruchterman are unfamiliar to the students, which may put the students at greater ease in asking questions and discussing this topic.  A second advantage of this program is that it is designed to take place in a single-sex setting; Mr. Bohli will address the boys and Mrs. Fruchterman will speak with the girls.  Finally, in accordance with diocesan policy, this program is designed as an opt-in opportunity for parents and students.  Accommodations will be made for those children whose parents prefer that they not participate in the program.

Parents of middle school students are invited to a presentation to be held on Wednesday, October 5thbeginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Activities Center.  As this is such a very important topic related to the development of your child, I ask that at least one parent from each family new to this program be present at the meeting.

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As announced in the bulletin and Arlington Catholic Heraldour diocese is hosting a pilgrimage to the Basilica in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, October 8th.  To increase awareness of this opportunity and to encourage a devotion to our Blessed Mother, the diocese has purchased a Miraculous Medal for each of our students.  These medals will be blessed during our school Mass on Friday and then distributed to students in their classrooms following the liturgy.

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On Friday we will celebrate the gift of our parish priests at the annual “Priests’ Barbecue”.  A long-standing tradition at All Saints, this special event provides an opportunity for the children to visit informally with the priests during an outdoor lunch.  Indeed, we are blessed with very generous and gifted priests who truly make a difference in the life of our school!  We look forward to celebrating their goodness during this festive time of food and recess games on Friday during lunch.

Rainy Day Dismissal Procedures

On days when inclement weather occurs during dismissal, students will be dismissed using a different system than that which is typically used each day at All Saints.  Here are some points to keep in mind on these days.

  • Park in the parking bays as usual.
  • Parents are asked to stand directly in front of the row of cars in which their vehicles are parked.
  • Students exit the building in an orderly fashion and look for their parents standing at the front of the row in which they are parked in their assigned bay.
  • Students walk directly to their parents.
  • Faculty members monitor this process and there will be an assigned staff member on both parking lots to gather and supervise those students who do not immediately see their parents.
  • Dismissal of bays proceeds as usual when all cars have been loaded.
  • Parents are asked not to gather in one area, as our students are taught to look for their parent/s at the front of their bay.

Important reminder: Due to the busyness of the front office at dismissal time and recognizing the priority of student safety, if you must check out your child/ren early, please remember it must be done 15 minutes prior to dismissal.

Lion’s Club Vision and Hearing Screening

On Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 the third, fifth and seventh grade students are scheduled for a freeVision and Hearing Screening by the Lion’s Club.  Screening will begin at 9:00 A.M.

A permission form will be sent home today and is necessary for your son/daughter to participate in the Hearing and Vision Screening.  Please sign and return the form to your child’s teacher by September 30th.  No screening will be conducted without a signed parental consent form.  Students who wear glasses should have them available for the vision portion of the screening.

To assist with the screening, the clinic is seeking 5-6 volunteers who would be available beginning at 8:30 A.M.  Those interested in more information about this opportunity are asked to contact our school nurse, Mrs. Antunes, at 703-368-4400.

Lock-Down Drill ~ October 5th (10:00 a.m.)

Seven years ago our school Crisis Management Team implemented quarterly lock-down drills to familiarize students and staff with our security response plan.  Each drill is clearly introduced as a practice with teachers and staff providing age-appropriate instructions to the students.  The first drill for the year will occur on Wednesday, October 5th at 10:00 a.m.  (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.) 

First Communion ~ Calendar Correction

First Communion is scheduled for Saturday, May 5th & Saturday, May 12th.  Please disregard the additional date of May 19th which is included in our school calendar.  Details regarding the First Communion schedule, as well as the opportunity to participate in one of the ten family Masses, will be communicated to parents during the month of October.

Important Cafeteria News

There have been several changes made due to the installation of our new automated cafeteria accounting system.  All purchases (lunch, milk and juice) are now deducted from one total balance on your account.  Therefore, all monies that were received in the beginning of the school year as individual purchases (i.e., monthly lunch, annual juice, etc.) will now show as one total balance on your student(s) account.  It will no longer be necessary for you to pay for lunch, milk or juice separately (i.e. $50 for twenty lunch punches, $7 for twenty juices, etc.).  You can now just deposit any amount you would like towards your student(s) account.  Please keep in mind that if you are going to use PayForIt.Net, you will be charged a convenience fee for every payment made on line, so please plan ahead accordingly.  We will then charge any purchases made by your student(s) against one total balance, which you will see when you check your student(s)’ account online.

If you do not plan on using the online system at all, you can still send in payment (cash or check) to the cafeteria.  You will then have to call the cafeteria to confirm your balance.  In the near future, we will be using an email system to send you low balance alerts.  Please do try to keep your balance above $10.00 at all times.  If you have a negative balance of $10.00 or more, the system will not allow us to make any further charges, your student will then receive a bologna and cheese sandwich if they need a lunch, and you will then be charged $2.50 for each sandwich until payment is received.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 703-368-4400, ext. 211.

Parents of 5th-12th graders Evening of Dinner, Practical Pointers, & Prayer

All Saints invites you to attend a special 5 hour conference on parenting teens with Dinner on Saturday, October 15th from 3-8pm.  Keynote Art Bennett speaks on the Temperments of Teens, a licensed professional counselor speaks on Teens in Crisis, Fr. Juan Puigbo who hosts his own radio show speaks on Theology of the Body, and a former lawyer in the US Justice Department dealing with juvenile issues will address Internet Safety 101.  In addition, there will be a Q & A period with young people who have recently moved past the teenage years.  Confessions and Adoration will be included along with an opportunity to network with other parents.  The cost is $40/couple or $25/individual.  The sessions are presented in English & Spanish.  A flyer will be coming home today for students in grades 5 – 8. The registration form can be found here: http://www.allsaintsyouthministry.org/about/Parents_Unite.pdf

Running with the Saints 5K Race – November 5th

Please join us for All Saint Catholic School’s first annual Running with the Saints 5K Race on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 8:30 a.m. Starting at the Harris Pavilion in Old Town Manassas, this certified course will wind through nearby Manassas neighborhoods.  We are excited to report that at least 11 of our very own teachers and faculty will be joining in the run!  In recognition of All Saints Day in November, adults and children are encouraged to arrive dressed as their favorite saint.  Run Runners and walkers of all ability levels are welcome!

For more information about unique sponsorship opportunities or to register for the Running with the Saints 5K Race, please visit www.runningwiththesaints.org. Proceeds from this event will benefit All Saints Catholic School.

Raindate for Our First Spirit Event for 2011-2012 at Ticonderoga Farm 11/11/11

Well, unfortunately the weather did not cooperate for our first scheduled Spirit Event. We have re-scheduled our fun for Friday, November 11th. So, come enjoy some fall fun. Since there is no school that day, stop by anytime between 10 am -5pm. This is parent-teacher conference day, so you can come before or after your conference. The discounted cost for All Saints is $7.95 per child and each child receives a free small pumpkin. Please print the flyer and bring it with you to receive the special discounted price. The fun includes hayrides, hillside slides, an Indian teepee village, log cabins, hay forts, live bamboo maze, Virginia’s longest swinging bridge, swings, play areas, a small shop of locally produced fall goodies and more. There is even a place to toast marshmallows. Bring along the smores fixings and it is a yummy treat for all. Don’t want to bring the marshmallows? They have them for sale. Ticonderoga Farm is located at 26468 Ticonderoga Farm Road in Chantilly Virginia. The phone number is (703) 327-4424.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Uniform Measurement Day

Are you in need of additional school uniforms?  There’s no need to travel to Fair City Mall in Fairfax!  Our uniform company, Flynn & O’Hara, will be coming to All Saints on Friday, October 7th from 11:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. for an on-site uniform measurement day.  Please click on the link below for an order form.

Upcoming Events

Friday, September 30th                School Mass & Blessing of Miraculous Medals (8:30 a.m.)

                                  Priests’ Barbecue (11:15 – 1:00)

                                  1st Quarter Interims distributed

Monday, October 3rd                  Virtue Prayer Service (10:55 a.m.)

Tuesday, October 4th                   Lions’ Club Screening ~ Grades 3, 5 & 7

                                  Blessing of Animals ~ St. Francis Feast Day (courtyard/6:00 p.m.)

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

Wednesday, October 5th              School Bank Ribbon Cutting Ceremony ~ cancelled

                                  Lock Down Drill (10:00 a.m.)

                                  Gift of Human Sexuality Presentation for Middle School Parents (PAC/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, October 7th                     Flynn & O’Hara Uniform measurement day ~ (11:15 – 1:00 p.m.)

Saturday, October 8th                  VIRTUS Training ~ Full 4 hour seminar (FKH/9:00 a.m.)

                                  PTO Spaghetti & Bingo (Knights Hall/5:00 p.m.)

Monday, October 10th                 Holiday ~ Columbus Day

Coming home with all students in grades 5 – 8 today:

  • Flyer – Parents Unite!  (An Evening of Dinner, Practical Pointers, & Prayer for Parents of Teens, Tweens & Future Teens)

Links:

  • All Saints PTO Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/09/pto-handout-sept2011.pdf
  • Flynn & O’Hara School Uniforms ORDER FORM ~http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/09/AllSaintsManassasVA042.pdf
  • ·         Ticonderoga Farm Spirit Event Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/09/2011-09-23TiconderogaFarms.jpg
  • ·         Family Camp Out Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/09/FamilyCampOutFlyer.pdf

 

The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 4

Seek Christ in one another; welcome Him into your heart.

Principal’s Message

Many of you have had an opportunity to meet Miss Simms, our new Spanish teacher, and to learn of her vision for our program.  As a follow up to her presentations at Back-to-School Night, she has crafted a newsletter that provides a brief overview by grade level of her plans for the first quarter.   In addition to gaining insight as to her immediate goals for your child’s grade level, the format will allow you to see what your child will be learning in the years ahead.  A copy of the first quarter newsletter can be found by following the link at the end of this letter.  Should you have any questions about the program, please do not hesitate to contact Miss Simms.

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On Friday afternoon the newly elected officers and class representatives were officially welcomed into the Student Council Association of All Saints Catholic School.  Colonel Cummings, a highly decorated officer in the U.S. Army, served as keynote speaker and shared with the students a powerful message of both faith and leadership.

We congratulate the following students on this accomplishment and we wish them every success and blessing as they begin their year of student leadership.

Officers

President                              Bridget K.

Vice President                     Brandon M.

Secretary/Historian            Sidney Y.

Finance                                 Vivienne P.

Religious Activities            Megan S.

Health/Safety/Ecology      Erika C.

School Spirit                        Nicole B.

 

Class Representatives

4A                                           Christian C.

4B                                           Eirian C.

5A                                           Annaliese T.

5B                                           Maddie M.

6A                                           Brightney V.

6B                                           Drew M.

7A                                           Caton B.

7B                                           Allison R.

8A                                           Quinn C.

8B                                           Selena M.

 

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Catholic Heritage Festival ~ Saturday, September 24th

The 2011 Catholic Family Festival is a diocesan-wide all-day event hosted by the Diocese of Arlington. For the festival’s third year, we bring you more games, great food and Scythian. Come, be a part of this wonderful event as we celebrate faith, family and fun.

The day begins with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Paul S. Loverde followed by numerous activities. It is a time for the entire diocese to enjoy fabulous food, play sports, take in fantastic performances, visit Catholic exhibitors, relax and experience the beauty of our one Catholic faith. This year the festival features Scythian on stage with other great diocesan cultural performances. Join Youth Ministry as they host a soccer tournament, or hang out with the Young Adult Ministry to play some pickup sports and relax. Surrounded by cultural food choices, that include Italian, Salvadorian, Mexican, Filipino, Indian, Middle Eastern, American and more, you will not be at a loss for a tasty treat. All are welcome with an addition of children’s games like a Giant Dual Inflatable Slide and Laser Tag.

This festival cannot be done without our diocesan volunteers. From setup to children’s games to cleanup and everything in between, every person works together to make this event a success for the entire diocese. There are many opportunities to volunteer and shifts for each area.

We look forward to enjoying the day with you on September 24 at Bull Run Regional Park. See a festival flyer by clicking here or visit us at www.catholicfamilyfestival.org.

Lock-Down Drill ~ October 5th (10:00 a.m.)

Seven years ago our school Crisis Management Team implemented quarterly lock-down drills to familiarize students and staff with our security response plan.  Each drill is clearly introduced as a practice with teachers and staff providing age-appropriate instructions to the students.  The first drill for the year will occur on Wednesday, October 5th at 10:00 a.m.  (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.) 

Holy Trinity Parish to host the Worldwide Childrens’ Eucharistic Holy Hour: 

The parish of Holy Trinity is sponsoring a Rosary Holy Hour for children on October 7th, the Feast of the Holy Rosary, from 4:15 – 5:15 p.m. and the children of All Saints are cordially invited to attend.

Carpool Rosary

Beginning this week, the Carpool Rosary will now take place at 2:40 p.m. on Wednesday afternoons rather than Thursday.

Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

As part of the diocesan initiative to maintain a safe environment for all of our children, all volunteers with “significant contact” with children are required to complete a background check prior to working in the school.  As we begin a new year, in accordance with diocesan policy, only those parents who have completed the criminal background check are eligible to volunteer in positions that involve contact with students.  Those who will be volunteering in the school on a regular basis or even repeatedly are required to complete the background check.  Those who have not yet completed the background check process are invited to request a packet of forms from the school or parish office.

Note: The four hour required training session for new volunteers has been scheduled for Saturday, October 8th beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Father Kelley Hall.  Those interested in attending are asked to register online at virtus.org.  Those new volunteers who are unable to be present at this session are encouraged to register online for other upcoming sessions held at parishes throughout our diocese.

The diocese also requires volunteers who have completed the full VIRTUS training to attend an annual update entitled Keeping the Promise Alive.  This 30 minutes video training is a prerequisite for volunteering in the school.  The following is a list of upcoming sessions.  (Please note:  For planning purposes, volunteers are asked to confirm their intent to attend a session on the voicemail of Mrs. Janet Smith.  703.393.2158)

Tuesday, September 27th     2:15 p.m. in FKH

7:00 p.m. in the Library

8:00 p.m. in the Library

Spirit Event Committee Update

Our Spirit Event Committee is looking for members. You are very welcome to join, just send me an email (meggie.davies@verizon.net).  We are at an exciting time of sharing the responsibilities of the events this year. You can earn points for parents with very little effort. It is a great way to meet other enthusiastic parents from All Saints.

Our First Spirit Event for 2011-2012 at Ticonderoga Farms

Come enjoy some fall fun on Friday, September 23rd at Ticonderoga Farm. Since there is a half day of school that day, stop by anytime between 12 pm-5pm. The discounted cost for All Saints is $7.95 per child and each child receives a free small pumpkin. Please print the flyer and bring it with you to receive the special discounted price. The fun includes hayrides, hillside slides, an Indian teepee village, log cabins, hay forts, live bamboo maze, Virginia’s longest swinging bridge, swings, play areas, a small shop of locally produced fall goodies and more. There is even a place to toast marshmallows. Bring along the smores fixings and it is a yummy treat for all. Don’t want to bring the marshamallows? They have them for sale. Ticonderoga Farm is located at 26468 Ticonderoga Farm Road in Chantilly Virginia. The phone number is (703) 327-4424.  We look forward to seeing you there!

MISSING: CHAIR FOR THE CASINO & AUCTION

The Casino & Auction Team is ready to begin planning for the February 2012 event but is missing ONEteam member!   If you have experience in event planning or leading a team; you are well organized and have good communication skills; you are willing to work hard but have a GREAT TIME in the process, THIS IS THE VOLUNTEER POSITION FOR YOU.  The team is well experienced but needs a leader to bring all the pieces together.  If you are willing to share your skills and talents to pull together a fantastic event for our All Saints community, contact Ann Potocnak at potocnak3@comcast.net or 571-278-4199.

Magazine Fundraiser

S.O.S   Save Our Subscriptions!  Please remember to renew any subscriptions purchased last year through All Saints, not the publisher- All Saints receives 40%The last day to qualify for prizes is Monday, September 26th.  Catalog and online orders both count!  To go online, see the link at the bottom of this newsletter and enter the code:  1081976 for All Saints.  Please contact Holly Stefonsky with any questions at hdstef40@att.net and thanks for your support!

Paul VI Columbus Day Basketball Camp

PVI Catholic High School will be having a Columbus Day Basketball Camp on Monday October 10th 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.  for Boys & Girls in First – Eighth grade.  Cost: $55.00 per camper.  Register atwww.pvibasketball.com.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 22nd                    Enrollment Management Team Meeting (Art room/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, September 23rd                          School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

                                  Noon Dismissal/Curriculum Mapping for Faculty

                                  Spirit Activity: Ticonderoga Farms, Chantilly (12:00-5:00 p.m.)

Saturday, September 24th                      Catholic Heritage Festival

Monday, September 26th                       Spirit Week (sponsored by SCA/see flyer for details)

Tuesday, September 27th                      VIRTUS Update Training (2:15 p.m./7:00 p.m./8:00 p.m.)

                                  PTO General Assembly Meeting (PAC/7:30 p.m.)

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

                                  Priests’ Barbecue (11:15 – 1:00)

                                  1st Quarter Interims distributed

Links

  • Spanish Newsletter ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/09/spanish-newsletter-quarter-1.pdf
  • UPDATED Spirit Week Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/09/SpiritWeek2011.pdf
  • ·         Magazine Fundraiser Quota Flyer –  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/09/QuotaFlyer.pdf
  • Magazine Fundraiser Online Orders – https://www.qsp.com/store/LightReg.aspx
  • ·         Ticonderoga Farm Spirit Event Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/09/2011-09-23TiconderogaFarms.jpg
  • ·         5K Race Volunteer Information ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/09/sentinel5Kvolunteersignup.pdf
  • ·         Rally Flyers for the 40 Days for Life Manassas campaign ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/09/Fall_2011_Opening_Rally_Flyer_v20.pdf
  • St. Francis of Assisi Parish Late Night Catechism Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/09/LateNiteCatechism.pdf

The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 3

Seek Christ in one another; welcome Him into your heart.

Principal’s Message

The safety of your children is always a top priority at All Saints.  In recent years, in accordance with national initiatives and diocesan policy, we have taken additional steps to do our part to ensure that your children are in a safe place when they are participating in a program at All Saints Catholic School. For example, all of our faculty, staff and volunteers are required to complete a background check as well as training.  As an additional measure, six years ago we implemented the Formation in Christian Chastity Program to help your children recognize the steps they can take to keep themselves safe.

The Formation in Christian Chastity Program serves as an additional measure to assist us in establishing and maintaining a safe environment for our students.  As outlined in the materials, information is provided primarily to parents as a resource to be used in the formation of their children.  There is one classroom lesson for students in grades one through four and two lessons for those in grades five through eight. 

We will be integrating the objectives of the program into our religion lessons in these grades during the last two weeks of September.  The entire curriculum can be accessed through the diocesan website:www.arlingtondiocese.org.  (Click on the Child Protection tab found under the heading of Education. To view the grade level lesson plans, click on Training Programs followed by the tab for the Formation in Christian Chastity Program.)

You are encouraged to spend some time reviewing this information yourself and to then share pertinent aspects with your children.  Each of the “rules” noted contains some application to common sense safety tips that you may share with your children.  Other parts of the “rule” apply to some of the decisions that you make as parents for the safety of your children.  A question and answer segment provides some suggestions as to how you might best address these concerns with your children.  Our goal is to equip both you and your children with the knowledge that can help to keep them safe.

The essential point is that parents need to be involved with their children.  The more you know about the daily events of your child’s life, the better you are able to spot any danger signs that may surface.  The more regular communication with your children, the more free they are to come to you with their concerns.

Should you have any questions about the Formation in Christian Chastity Program or about the classroom lessons, please do not hesitate to let us know.  In the event that you would prefer to not have your child participate in the classroom training, please contact the front office to request an opt-out form.

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Mother Teresa Outreach

As you may remember, last year we began a new initiative at All Saints encouraging stewardship among our students. This initiative, the Mother Teresa Outreach, invited students to make contributions to benefit the students of our sister school, St. Thomas, In Haiti.  I am pleased to report that last year students contributed a total of $1905.73.

Beginning at our school Mass on Friday, September 16, we will begin the Mother Teresa Outreach for the 2011/2012 school year, and students will again be invited to make contributions in the form of time, talent and treasure.  All of the funds received through this program will directly benefit St. Thomas, helping to defer the cost of school lunches and supplies.  Students will again utilize the collection envelopes provided earlier this year.  In the event students no longer have access to these envelopes, they are encouraged to use any type of envelope.

As indicated last year, our goal is to cultivate a lifestyle of stewardship among our students.  In the words of Mother Teresa – “The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it.”

In the coming weeks, students in Grades 5 and 6 will be given the opportunity to participate in the Children for Charity Program.  This Program, led by Mrs. Vickie Bill, will focus on the work of Mother Teresa. As Catholics and Christians, we are called to serve others, especially those less fortunate.  Students will learn that by doing small things, they can make a big difference in the life of someone else.

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Spirit Week

Over the course of the past couple of weeks I have had the opportunity of meeting with the leadership of the Student Council Association regarding their plans for our annual celebration of Spirit Week which is now scheduled to begin on Monday, September 26th.  As always, they have identified creative ways that we can celebrate our school and the pride we share in being part of such a wonderful community. I especially look forward to seeing how the students dress for “Generation Day”!  For more details about all of the festivities, please see the attached link.  Thank you, SCA, for your leadership and enthusiasm!

Catholic Heritage Festival ~ Saturday, September 24th

The 2011 Catholic Family Festival is a diocesan-wide all-day event hosted by the Diocese of Arlington. For the festival’s third year, we bring you more games, great food and Scythian. Come, be a part of this wonderful event as we celebrate faith, family and fun.

The day begins with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Paul S. Loverde followed by numerous activities. It is a time for the entire diocese to enjoy fabulous food, play sports, take in fantastic performances, visit Catholic exhibitors, relax and experience the beauty of our one Catholic faith. This year the festival features Scythian on stage with other great diocesan cultural performances. Join Youth Ministry as they host a soccer tournament, or hang out with the Young Adult Ministry to play some pickup sports and relax. Surrounded by cultural food choices, that include Italian, Salvadorian, Mexican, Filipino, Indian, Middle Eastern, American and more, you will not be at a loss for a tasty treat. All are welcome with an addition of children’s games like a Giant Dual Inflatable Slide and Laser Tag.

This festival cannot be done without our diocesan volunteers. From setup to children’s games to cleanup and everything in between, every person works together to make this event a success for the entire diocese. There are many opportunities to volunteer and shifts for each area.

We look forward to enjoying the day with you on September 24 at Bull Run Regional Park. See a festival flyer by clicking here or visit us at www.catholicfamilyfestival.org.

Carpool Rosary

Beginning next week, the Carpool Rosary will take place at 2:40 p.m. on Wednesday afternoons rather than Thursday.

TARGET proceeds to benefit All Saints

Thanks to the support of those families registered to participate in TARGET’s rewards program, last week our school received a check in the amount of $1,203.42.  Thank you parents and friends of All Saints!

Cafeteria Launches Online Purchasing Program ~ Reminder

Beginning this week parents will have the opportunity to purchase cafeteria lunches through a secure, online system called PayForIt.Net. This will allow you to access your student(s) lunch account online to see what they are purchasing (i.e. lunch and/or drink only) and the balance of their lunch account(s). This will also enable you to add monies to your student(s) account as needed.  You will be able to use your credit card (Mastercard or Visa only) or your bank account.  There will be an Internet convenience fee of 5.5% for each transaction.  Please note:  Parents may still submit payment by check or cash by sending payments directly to the school as in the past.

As each family will be provided a code to access the system, it is important that we forward this information to you in a confidential manner.  Parents of middle school students will receive their information at Middle School Night.  Parents of kindergarten students will receive their forms via their child’s take home folder.  The individual student identification number you receive will serve as your password to the PayForIt.Net system.  Please be sure to check your student(s) lunch account at least once per week as we will no longer be sending home charge slips.

Note: Students in grades 5-8 are allowed to purchase an extra entrée for $1.00 on certain lunch days as noted on the calendar.  The additional $1.00 must be brought to the cafeteria on the day of purchase.  Also, all ice cream and soft pretzel purchases must be paid separately on the day of purchase.

Should you have any questions about this new program, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Wendy Matner, Director of Cafeteria Services, at 703-368-4400.

Parent Organized Carpool Program

Recognizing the fact that a number of families in our community drive some distance to and from school each day, an effort is now underway to assist parents in identifying other families who live nearby and may be interested in forming a carpool.

All Saints parent Mr. Jim Griffin has volunteered to serve as a carpool coordinator. If you are interested in a carpool for your children, please forward the following information to him via email (allsaintscarpool@hotmail.com) and he will put you in touch with other families in your area who have expressed an interest in carpooling.

Name:

Address:

Phone Number:

Preferred email contact:

Number of children you need transported:

Number of spaces in your vehicle for transporting others:

Prefer to drive morning or evening, or no preference?

Recognizing that parents are solely responsible for determining transportation arrangements to and from All Saints Catholic School, the school assumes no role in this process and neither recommends nor endorses any particular carpool arrangements.  In the unfortunate circumstance of an accident or injury, the parent’s own personal automobile liability is primary in the event of a claim.  Nonetheless, the school values the collective efforts of parents and is pleased to support the initiative by communicating the opportunity to parents.

Student In-Service ~ Sexual Harassment, Our Policy & Response  (Grades 5-8)

In accordance with diocesan policy, students in grades five through eight will participate in a brief classroom presentation this week on the topic of the prevention of sexual harassment.  Mr. Conroy will visit each of the homeroom classes for approximately fifteen minutes, providing an overview of the diocesan policy and explaining to students how they should best respond if they encounter any behaviors of this nature.  Should you have any questions about this policy or presentation, please do not hesitate to contact the principal.

Middle School Back to School Night

Back to School Night for middle school parents will take place on Thursday, September 15th at 7:00 p.m. Note:  This year the event will begin in the gym with a brief overview of the Edline program.

Schedule 

7:00 p.m. Presentation in Gym (Introduction to Edline)

7:30 p.m. First Classroom Session Begins

9:35 p.m. End of Final Classroom Session

Tuition Questions???

Should a question arise regarding your schedule of tuition payments, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at 703-393-1490.  She is happy to assist in providing additional information about the program and answering any questions that parents might have.

Use of Student Photos for Marketing Materials

In recent years, a formal marketing program has been implemented at All Saints and we are presently making a consistent effort to share the success of our program via local newspapers and our website. It is important that parents understand that they retain the right to object to their son/daughter’s inclusion in these printed or electronic materials.  A “Waiver Information/Right to Object Form” (Appendix N) is located on the website within the forms section associated with the parent-student handbook.  Please note: If the form is not returned, we will assume that you waive your right to object.

Emergency Information Form ~ REMINDER ~ PAST DUE

Please complete the linked diocesan emergency form.  Forms were due by Friday, September 2nd. This form is critically important in that it provides us with the necessary information to contact you in the event of an emergency.

This year we are forwarding a link to the diocesan emergency information form:http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/08/emergency-care-form.pdf

You may complete the form electronically, print out the completed form, sign it and return it to the school.  This will help you in filling out the forms and with multiple children you can just change the student name, grade, and specific health information for each child.  Remember, we need to have one form on file for each child.

If you do not have access to a computer and need to have a hard copy of the form, just contact the school office and a form will be sent home to you.

Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

As part of the diocesan initiative to maintain a safe environment for all of our children, all volunteers with “significant contact” with children are required to complete a background check prior to working in the school.  As we begin a new year, in accordance with diocesan policy, only those parents who have completed the criminal background check are eligible to volunteer in positions that involve contact with students.  Those who will be volunteering in the school on a regular basis or even repeatedly are required to complete the background check.  Those who have not yet completed the background check process are invited to request a packet of forms from the school or parish office.

Note: The four hour required training session for new volunteers has been scheduled for Saturday, October 8th beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Father Kelley Hall.  Those interested in attending are asked to register online at virtus.org.  Those new volunteers who are unable to be present at this session are encouraged to register online for other upcoming sessions held at parishes throughout our diocese.

The diocese also requires volunteers who have completed the full VIRTUS training to attend an annual update entitled Keeping the Promise Alive.  This 30 minutes video training is a prerequisite for volunteering in the school.  The following is a list of upcoming sessions.  (Please note:  For planning purposes, volunteers are asked to confirm their intent to attend a session on the voicemail of Mrs. Janet Smith.  703.393.2158)

Tuesday, September 27th      2:15PM in FKH

                                  7:00PM in the Library

                                  8:15PM in the Library

Magazine Fundraiser begins! 

Lucky Duck Day is tomorrow – turn in 3 orders/student or 6/family on Thursday, September 15th and receive a lucky duck! Look on the back, some are worth money and one is worth $50!!! See attachment to newsletter for all the prizes available and information about the sale. Remember, online orders count as well- see link at the bottom of this newsletter and enter the Account Number:1081976 for All Saints Catholic School.  Please renew any of last year’s orders through our school, not directly through the publisher, so that All Saints receives 40% of the proceeds.  Thanks again for your support!

Running with the Saints 5K

Calling runners and walkers of all ages!  Mark your calendars now for the first annual Running with the Saints 5K!  The race will be held on Saturday, November 5th.  If you would like more information or would like to register for the race go thttp://www.active.com/running/manassas-va/running-with-the-saints-5k-2011.  Watch the Sentinel and the school website for regular updates.  Many volunteers will be needed the day of the race.  See the link at the bottom of the page for more volunteer information.  Contact Eddie Collins at ecollins@ocfmail.com with any questions.

 Spirit Event Committee Update

Our Spirit Event Committee is looking for members. You are very welcome to join, just send me an email (meggie.davies@verizon.net).  We are at an exciting time of sharing the responsibilities of the events this year. You can earn points for parents with very little effort. It is a great way to meet other enthusiastic parents from All Saints.

Our First Spirit Event for 2011-2012 at Ticonderoga Farms

Come enjoy some fall fun on Friday, September 23rd at Ticonderoga Farm. Since there is a half day of school that day, stop by anytime between 12 pm-5pm. The discounted cost for All Saints is $7.95 per child and each child receives a free small pumpkin. Please print the flyer and bring it with you to receive the special discounted price. The fun includes hayrides, hillside slides, an Indian teepee village, log cabins, hay forts, live bamboo maze, Virginia’s longest swinging bridge, swings, play areas, a small shop of locally produced fall goodies and more. There is even a place to toast marshmallows. Bring along the S’mores fixings and it is a yummy treat for all. Don’t want to bring the marshmallows? They have them for sale. Ticonderoga Farm is located at 26468 Ticonderoga Farm Road in Chantilly Virginia. The phone number is (703) 327-4424.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Old Uniforms

Many thanks to everyone who donated old PE uniforms to the Mission in Banica, Dominican Republic the first week of school. We delivered approximately 100 PE uniforms to the Medical Missionaries for shipment to Banica. Upon hearing about the delivery, Father O’Hare from the Banica Mission sent the following email.

This is wonderful news!  These uniforms will be put to excellent use here in the Bánica Mission!

All Saints has been very supportive of the Bánica Mission for years now (thanks to Fr. Bob and to Medical Missionaries).  This is yet another example of the parish’s generous support!

The shipment will take a good bit of time before it arrives, so this will be a help to us for next school year.  When that time comes I will send you photos so all can appreciate how this will so positively impact the children here.

For your appreciation attached is a brief clip from the professional documentary about Bánica that is going to be released later this month.

Thank you so much and God bless you for your kindness!

http://vimeo.com/14247544

Fr. O’Hare, Pastor

Iglesia de San Francisco de Asís and San José

Bánica y Pedro Santana

República Dominicana

(809) 235 3687

Old uniforms are still being collected. Please send in any retired PE or grandfathered uniforms to the front office by Wednesday, September 21st. The retired PE uniforms will be included in the shipment to Banica.

The grandfathered uniforms will be added to the uniform exchange. Families donating grandfathered uniforms will receive a uniform coupon to use for the uniform exchange. Please include a note with your family name, your child’s name and classroom with the bag so that Mrs. Brophy can send you a uniform coupon. The next uniform exchange is the PTO meeting on Tuesday, September 27th.  If anyone donated grandfathered uniforms recently and hasn’t received a uniform exchange coupon from Mrs. Brophy please email her at brophy3@comcast.net with an estimate of what you donated and she will send you a coupon. Please note that no credit will be received for the retired PE uniforms that are being donated to Banica; however, our sister school in Banica greatly appreciates your donation. Thank You!

Cub Scouts Dens Now Forming for 2011-2012

Attention all boys in 1st through 5th 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 sponsored by the Knights of Columbus George Brent Council #5332. Cub Scouts offers a range of age-appropriate programs that provide fun and adventure while helping build your son’s leadership, teamwork, faith, physical/mental fitness, and spirit of service and duty, helping him grow into a competent, caring, adult of good character. Boys can start at any level and no prior experience is required. Our next pack meeting is in the Knights of Columbus Hall at 7 PM on Tuesday, September 20, 2011. If you have a Scouting-age boy who might be interested, give us a call. He can come to a Pack meeting, see what’s going on, and decide if it’s something, he wants to be a part of. No pressure. No obligation. To get the details call or e-mail either Cubmaster Randy Waddy, (703) 283-0717 /rrwaddy@yahoo.com or Committee Chair Tommy Reynolds at (703) 963-1281 /tommy.reynolds@verizon.net.

Knights of Columbus Spaghetti Dinner

The Knights of Columbus will be holding a Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, September 17th from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Knight of Columbus Hall, 9290 Stonewall Road, Manassas.

Cost: Adults 12+ $8.00

Children 4-12 $4.00

Family Maximum $30.00

The dinner includes: Spaghetti, Salad, Italian Bread, Dessert & Soft Drinks.

Give Mom a break and break bread with the Knights!

For tickets call: Darryl at 703-366-3737 or Tom at 703-330-9970

Paul Catholic High School ~ Fall Open House

Junior High parents and students are invited to attend an Open House at Paul VI Catholic High School on Sunday, November 6th from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 15th                     Sexual Harassment In-Services (Grades 5-8)

                                  Middle School Night (Gym/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, September 16th                           School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

                                  New Student Breakfast – rescheduled from last week

                                  SCA Installation Ceremony of Newly Elected SCA Officers & Representatives (PAC/1:30 p.m.)

Monday, September 19th                       Picture Day ~ Individual Portraits

Thursday, September 22nd                     Enrollment Management Team Meeting (Art room/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, September 23rd                           School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

                                  Noon Dismissal/Curriculum Mapping for Faculty

                                  Spirit Activity: Ticonderoga Farms, Chantilly (12:00-5:00 p.m.)

Saturday, September 24th                      Catholic Heritage Festival

Monday, September 26th                       Spirit Week (sponsored by SCA)

 

Coming Home with Each Student

  • Picture Day Reminder

Links

  • Spirit Week Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/09/SpiritWeek2011.pdf
  • ·         Magazine Fundraiser Quota Flyer –  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/09/QuotaFlyer.pdf
  • Magazine Fundraiser Online Orders – https://www.qsp.com/store/LightReg.aspx
  • ·        Ticonderoga Farm Spirit Event Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/09/2011-09-23TiconderogaFarms.jpg
  • ·        5K Race Volunteer Information ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/09/sentinel5Kvolunteersignup.pdf
  • St. Francis of Assisi Parish Late Night Catechism Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/09/LateNiteCatechism.pdf

The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 2

Seek Christ in one another; welcome Him into your heart.

Principal’s Message

Each spring students in grades two through seven complete the Terra Nova, a nationally normed standardized testing program.  The results of this annual assessment provide data with which we can determine the strengths of our curriculum as well as areas for future growth and improvement.  Most importantly, the data becomes the basis for the annual instructional goal-setting process by which the teachers “narrow the lens” of instruction so as to more effectively meet the needs of the children in their classrooms.

As announced last spring, mathematics is the current strength of our school as evidenced by the fact that our students exceeded the diocesan averages at four grade levels.  However, with reading scores that lag slightly below the diocesan average, I announced last year that this area of the curriculum will be a focus for analysis and reflection.  While our scores remain very strong and well above the national average, we recognize this as an opportunity to challenge ourselves and our students as we strive to further strengthen our learning environment.

As a starting point, over the course of the summer I closely reviewed the grade level results of the Terra Nova seeking trends and patterns.  Through that process, the faculty and I have identified the following reading objectives as areas to be targeted for improvement.

 Reading Comprehension  

ø  Analyze Literary Elements

ø  Respond to Literature

ø  Organize Information/Content of Selection

Phonics/Vocabulary

ø  Word Meaning

ø  Multi-Meaning Words

Having identified these objectives to be strengthened across grade levels, the teachers have already completed a process entitled Planning for Instructionby which they have crafted clear, measurable instructional goals that are linked to this data.  With the recognition of a pattern across grade levels, there is the opportunity for teachers to collaborate and share new ideas and strategies.  Most importantly, with everyone moving in the same direction and striving for the same goal, excellence in reading, I am convinced that we will see measurable growth in what is already a very strong program.

In addition to this targeted approach to instructional planning, I wish to share with you two new initiatives related to learning for the new year.

During the past couple of years, the first and second grade teachers have introduced a new methodology in our reading/language arts program entitled Word Study.  One of the benefits of this program is the recognition of the fact that there are several different levels of learners in each classroom and as such, the instruction can be customized for small groups.  Through this process, students are provided word lists that correspond with their particular level.  Since students advance at different rates, the groups are fluid with teachers making adjustments throughout the year so that each child receives the appropriate level of challenge.  This program is now being expanded to the third and fourth grades during the 2011-2012 academic year.  With this new methodology, the teachers will be further differentiating the learning and ultimately, better meeting the distinct needs of the learners in their classrooms.

Our professional development focus for the year will be assessment, particularly in regards to “formative assessment”, the process by which we determine the students’ understanding of new skills and concepts prior to a final test or quiz.  Again this year we have invited outside experts to lead two seminars for the faculty, providing our teachers with the opportunity to become more familiar with “best practices” and to collaborate on the topic of assessment.

These objectives and strategies will be the focus of our academic program and represent the faculty’s commitment to excellence in all things.  Of course, in addition to these school-wide efforts, individual teachers have identified their own hopes and dreams for the year ahead.  Look for the “Five a Day” approach to reading in second grade and even Spanish parties to celebrate success in our foreign language program. Indeed, there are many exciting things planned for the new year.  Let the learning begin!

Cafeteria Launches Online Purchasing Program

Beginning this week parents will have the opportunity to purchase cafeteria lunches through a secure, online system called PayForIt.Net. This will allow you to access your student(s) lunch account online to see what they are purchasing (i.e. lunch and/or drink only) and the balance of their lunch account(s). This will also enable you to add monies to your student(s) account as needed.  You will be able to use your credit card (Mastercard or Visa only) or your bank account.  There will be an Internet convenience fee of 5.5% for each transaction.  Please note:  Parents may still submit payment by check or cash by sending payments directly to the school as in the past.

As each family will be provided a code to access the system, it is important that we forward this information to you in a confidential manner.  Rather than mailing each family’s access codes, the majority of them will be distributed during the upcoming Back-to-School Night events.  Parents of students in grades one through five will receive their access codes via the homeroom teacher at Thursday evening’s event.  Parents of middle school students will receive their information at next week’s Middle School Night.  Parents of kindergarten students will receive their forms via their child’s take home folder.  The individual student identification number you receive will serve as your password to the PayForIt.Net system.  Please be sure to check your student(s) lunch account at least once per week as we will no longer be sending home charge slips.

Note: Students in grades 5-8 are allowed to purchase an extra entrée for $1.00 on certain lunch days as noted on the calendar.  The additional $1.00 must be brought to the cafeteria on the day of purchase.  Also, all ice cream and soft pretzel purchases must be paid separately on the day of purchase.

Should you have any questions about this new program, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Wendy Matner, Director of Cafeteria Services, at 703-368-4400.

PTO sponsored QSP Magazine Sale

Beginning next week the PTO will once again sponsor a fundraiser for our school through QSP, a magazine subscription company.  Each student will receive an information packet as part of an opening assembly on Monday afternoon.  Details about the program are also available as a link to this week’s newsletter and on the corresponding website.

The key to this fundraiser is that parents and friends of All Saints are not being asked to incur any additional expenses.  Rather, recognizing that many in our community subscribe to magazines, we are simply requesting that when renewing, you do so through QSP, a company that will direct 40% of the proceeds directly back to All Saints.  While the program will be launched over the next two weeks, parents and community members can continue to renew subscriptions via the QSP website throughout the course of the year.  (In the event that your current subscription does not expire until later in the year, the company will track this and automatically initiate your renewal when your subscription expires.)

A few words about the incentives and awards for the children…As an encouragement for participation, the PTO is sponsoring a few incentives for students who sponsor a particular number of subscriptions. However, as we have purposely refrained from making this a major fund-raising focus for our school, the awards program has been streamlined.  Additionally, in the interest of fairness, the PTO has also decided that the prizes will be awarded by family so that the children may work together on this endeavor.

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The following is a list of important reminders that will help us maintain an arrival and dismissal system that is safe, efficient and courteous.

With the increased number of cars on the property, it is vitally important that all drivers be especially attentive, proceeding slowly and with caution.  

Parking:

¨       It is important that parents park only in those areas identified for our carpool system.

¨       Parents are asked not to park directly in front of the school building since this area is a designated fire lane.   Access to this area is restricted by traffic cones.

¨       Those visiting or volunteering in the school during the day are asked to park in the lot in front of the new church.  (Please refrain from parking in those spaces reserved for the clergy and from parking in Lot #2, directly across from the priests’ parking area,  as this section is used by the parish staff.)

¨       When arriving for afternoon carpool, parents are asked to refrain from parking on Stonewall Road and other areas of the property.  For the safety of the children, it is important that each family participate in the school organized carpool system. 

Arrival & Departure:

¨       When entering and exiting the property please use right turns only.  This will minimize the traffic that sometimes occurs on Stonewall Road, thereby helping us to maintain positive public relations with our neighbors. 

¨       In that our carpool system brings together many people, it is a time for discussion and community building.  However, once dismissal actually begins, we ask that parents wrap up conversations so that complete attention may be directed to the children and so that we might avoid any unnecessary delays.  

¨       When arriving for afternoon dismissal, parents are reminded to use great caution when exiting their vehicle.  We recommend that parents not open their doors until the next row of cars has arrived in the adjacent parking spaces. 

¨       For the safety of all involved, drivers are asked not to exit the carpool lines unless directed by a staff member to do so.  Teachers only wave drivers forward after verifying that the adjacent lanes are clear of pedestrian traffic. 

Special Carpool Privileges?

One of the more popular items at our annual auction is that of the privilege of being “first in carpool”. The families who win this item are invited to park in front of the dismissal area and have the opportunity of exiting the property in advance of the community.   It is for this reason that you will observe patrols escorting students to cars parked in front of the parking area during afternoon dismissal.

Several students from All Saints receive a ride home via a private shuttle arranged by their parents. As All Saints is but one stop for this service, this shuttle is granted special access and departs from the front of the school at 3:00 p.m.  (If you are interested in this private service that serves the Linton Hall area, you may contact Ms. Beth’s Shuttle Service at 703-794-7314.)

Morning Arrival ~ Tips for Parents

With the Pre-Kindergarten program now in session, there is increased traffic in the rear parking lot during morning arrival.  So that each child in the Pre-K may be escorted into the classroom by a member of the staff, all Pre-Kindergarten families are required to arrive via the rear lot.  However, all other school families have the option of using either the front or rear lots during morning arrival.  If there is a line of traffic entering the rear lot, parents are encouraged to use the front lot as an alternative.  Additionally, parents are reminded to enter and exit the property using right turns only so as to maintain a steady flow of traffic.

Parent Organized Carpool Program

Recognizing the fact that a number of families in our community drive some distance to and from school each day, an effort is now underway to assist parents in identifying other families who live nearby and may be interested in forming a carpool.

All Saints parent Mr. Jim Griffin has volunteered to serve as a carpool coordinator. If you are interested in a carpool for your children, please forward the following information to him via email (allsaintscarpool@hotmail.com) and he will put you in touch with other families in your area who have expressed an interest in carpooling.

Name:

Address:

Phone Number:

Preferred email contact:

Number of children you need transported:

Number of spaces in your vehicle for transporting others:

Prefer to drive morning or evening, or no preference?

Recognizing that parents are solely responsible for determining transportation arrangements to and from All Saints Catholic School, the school assumes no role in this process and neither recommends nor endorses any particular carpool arrangements.  In the unfortunate circumstance of an accident or injury, the parent’s own personal automobile liability is primary in the event of a claim.  Nonetheless, the school values the collective efforts of parents and is pleased to support the initiative by communicating the opportunity to parents.

SchoolMessenger Emergency Notification ~ SYSTEM TEST ~ Wednesday, September 14th

The Diocese of Arlington uses the SchoolMessenger notification service to send important information to families through phone calls, emails, and text messages.  In the event of an emergency, All Saints Catholic School will activate the SchoolMessenger system.  As the system will only be used for this purpose, parents can anticipate that any communications received via this program are critical and deserve particular attention.

In order to ensure the functionality and accuracy of the system, All Saints will conduct a test on Wednesday, September 14th.  A test message will be issued via both recorded phone message and email to the emergency contacts of all students and staff at approximately 10:30 a.m.

In accordance with wireless carrier requirements and to protect against unsolicited text messages, during the year you may receive a text message providing you the opportunity to “opt in” should you wish to receive important SchoolMessenger announcements via text message.

The message you receive will be similar to the following:

“Please OPTIN to receive TXT alerts from <>.Rply OPTIN 2 register, STOP 2 OPTOUTwww.schoolmessenger.com/txt Msg&Data Rates May Apply”

 

So that you may receive important communications from All Saints via text message, we encourage you to reply with “OPTIN” when you receive such a verification message.

To opt out of all text messages from SchoolMessengerincluding the verification message, go tohttp://www.schoolmessenger.com/txtmsg/ or reply STOP to the opt-in message you receive.

The Diocese and the school do not pay for text message charges that may be incurred by the user. Check with your wireless carrier for possible charges.

Student In-Service ~ Sexual Harassment, Our Policy & Response  (Grades 5-8)

In accordance with diocesan policy, students in grades five through eight will participate in a brief classroom presentation next week on the topic of the prevention of sexual harassment.  Mr. Conroy will visit each of the homeroom classes for approximately fifteen minutes, providing an overview of the diocesan policy and explaining to students how they should best respond if they encounter any behaviors of this nature.  Should you have any questions about this policy or presentation, please do not hesitate to contact the principal.

New Parent Coffee

All new parents are invited to enjoy “coffee with the principal” on Tuesday, September 13th beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Father Kelley Hall.  Following a brief presentation, there will be time for questions and discussion about our school community and its many programs.  Babysitting services will be offered by Mrs. Carol Rice, coordinator of the Parish Nursery, in the adjacent meeting room.  Plan to attend and meet other new families who have recently joined our community!

Middle School Back to School Night

Back to School Night for middle school parents will take place on Thursday, September 15th at 7:00 p.m. Note:  This year the event will begin in the gym with a brief overview of the Edline program.

Schedule 

7:00 p.m.                 Presentation in Gym (Introduction to Edline)

7:30 p.m. First Classroom Session Begins

9:35 p.m. End of Final Classroom Session

Tuition Questions???

Should a question arise regarding your schedule of tuition payments, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at 703-393-1490.  She is happy to assist in providing additional information about the program and answering any questions that parents might have.

Use of Student Photos for Marketing Materials

In recent years, a formal marketing program has been implemented at All Saints and we are presently making a consistent effort to share the success of our program via local newspapers and our website. It is important that parents understand that they retain the right to object to their son/daughter’s inclusion in these printed or electronic materials.  A “Waiver Information/Right to Object Form” (Appendix N) is located on the website within the forms section associated with the parent-student handbook.  Please note: If the form is not returned, we will assume that you waive your right to object.

Emergency Information Form ~ REMINDER ~ PAST DUE

Please complete the linked diocesan emergency form.  Forms were due by Friday, September 2nd. This form is critically important in that it provides us with the necessary information to contact you in the event of an emergency.

This year we are forwarding a link to the diocesan emergency information form:http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/08/emergency-care-form.pdf

You may complete the form electronically, print out the completed form, sign it and return it to the school.  This will help you in filling out the forms and with multiple children you can just change the student name, grade, and specific health information for each child.  Remember, we need to have one form on file for each child.

If you do not have access to a computer and need to have a hard copy of the form, just contact the school office and a form will be sent home to you.

Parent ~ Student Handbooks

The 2011-2012 Parent-Student Handbook can be accessed electronically via our website:www.allsaintsvaschool.org.  Please take some time to review the policies and procedures of our school and discuss them with your children.  Each family is asked to sign and return the acknowledgment form by Friday, September 9th.  Those families without access to the website are invited to contact the office to request a hard copy of the handbook.

Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

As part of the diocesan initiative to maintain a safe environment for all of our children, all volunteers with “significant contact” with children are required to complete a background check prior to working in the school.  As we begin a new year, in accordance with diocesan policy, only those parents who have completed the criminal background check are eligible to volunteer in positions that involve contact with students.  Those who will be volunteering in the school on a regular basis or even repeatedly are required to complete the background check.  Those who have not yet completed the background check process are invited to request a packet of forms from the school or parish office.

The diocese also requires volunteers who have completed the full VIRTUS training to attend an annual update entitled Keeping the Promise Alive.  This 30 minutes video training is a prerequisite for volunteering in the school.  The following is a list of upcoming sessions.  (Please note:  For planning purposes, volunteers are asked to confirm their intent to attend a session on the voicemail of Mrs. Janet Smith.  703.393.2158)

Tuesday, September 13th               2:15 PM in FKH

Tuesday, September 27th                     2:15 PM in FKH

                                                  7:00 PM in the Library

                                                  8:00 PM in the Library

QSP Magazine Fundraiser Kickoff! 

Help support All Saints again this year- our magazine fundraiser will run September 12- September 26, with the kickoff assembly on September 12th at 2:30 in the gym.  40 % of all sales goes directly back to All Saints! Look for your packet to come home on Monday- thanks for your participation!

Carpool Rosary

All Saints PTO held our first Carpool Rosary on Thursday. It was truly a wonderful expression of our faith. A special thank you goes out to those who joined us. We will continue to meet weekly in front of the Statue of Mary in the courtyard on Thursdays at 2:40 p.m. Just to clarify, if there is inclement weather, we will meet in the main church area around the statue of Mary. In addition to providing a prayerful recollection of the life of Christ, this time of prayer will also create a moment of peace and solace just prior to the busyness of afternoon dismissal. Should you have any questions about this new program, please contact our coordinator, Ms. Megan Davies at 703-330-4516

Volunteer Opportunities

Nursery Volunteers:  Monday, September 12 (9:30am-10:30am)  and Tuesday, September 13th (9am-10am).  VIRTUS-trained Volunteers are needed to staff the nursery during the Room Liaison meeting and the New Parent Coffee.  This is a great opportunity for parents with younger children at home.  Please contact Carol Rice to indicate interest and for more details (ckrice@verizon.net)

Lunch volunteers:  Additional help is currently needed on Mondays, Thursday and Fridays.  This is a great opportunity for parents with young children and does not take up much time.  We are also looking for “rainy day” helpers.  On days when there is no recess due to weather, volunteers are requested to sit in the class rooms to supervise the children during indoor recess so the teachers can enjoy their full lunch break.  For more details on any lunch volunteer opportunities, please contact Sue Ferguson (sferguson1@comcast.net).

Interested in finding out how you can volunteer at All Saints?  Get our volunteer emails. To sign up to receive these emails send a message to schoolvolunteers@allsaintsvaschool.org. You will be notified via email as new opportunities arise.

Chess Club

The Chess Club will again be held from 3-4 pm the first and third Thursdays of the month, beginning on October 6th.  It is open to all students in K-8 and will be held in the Art Room.  Please see the link below for more information and the application form

Cub Scouts Dens Now Forming for 2011-2012

Attention all boys in 1st through 5th 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 sponsored by the Knights of Columbus George Brent Council #5332. Cub Scouts offers a range of age-appropriate programs that provide fun and adventure while helping build your son’s leadership, teamwork, faith, physical/mental fitness, and spirit of service and duty, helping him grow into a competent, caring, adult of good character. Boys can start at any level and no prior experience is required. Our next pack meeting is in the Knights of Columbus Hall at 7 PM on Tuesday, September 20, 2011. If you have a Scouting-age boy who might be interested, give us a call. He can come to a Pack meeting, see what’s going on, and decide if it’s something, he wants to be a part of. No pressure. No obligation. To get the details call or e-mail either Cubmaster Randy Waddy, (703) 283-0717 /rrwaddy@yahoo.com or Committee Chair Tommy Reynolds at (703) 963-1281 /tommy.reynolds@verizon.net.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, September 7th                   First Day of Pre-Kindergarten

                                  NJHS Book Covering Service (3:30 p.m.)

Thursday, September 8th                       Back-to-School Night for Grades 1-5 (Gym/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, September 9th                            School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

                                  New Student Breakfast; Doughnuts & Juice with Mr. Conroy & Mrs. Campagna

9:20 A.M Grades 6-8

9:40 AM  Grades 3-5

10:00 AM                Grades K-2

Monday, September 12th                       Room Liaisons Meeting (9:30 a.m.)

PTO Magazine Subscription Kick-off Assembly (2:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, September 13th                      New Parent Coffee (9:00-11:00 a.m.)

Wednesday, September 14th                 School Messenger Test Message (10:30 a.m.)

Thursday, September 15th                     Sexual Harassment In-Services (Grades 5-8)