The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 9

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

Principal’s Message

This week I am pleased to share with you the exciting news that both Mrs. Doherty (1st Grade) and Mrs. Honkus (5th Grade) are expecting with due dates of April 14th and May 16th respectively.  We congratulate them both on this wonderful news and wish them every blessing as they continue to prepare for the birth of their babies.  Both wish to continue teaching, to the extent possible, up to their due dates and to return to All Saints after a period of maternity leave.  In the months ahead I will finalize the plans for the classrooms during the period that they will be away on maternity leave to ensure that the fine work they have begun will continue during their absence.  Again, congratulations Mrs. Doherty and Mrs. Honkus!

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During the month of October the Religious Education department has released important information relative to the schedule of sacraments during the spring semester as well as the related steps of formation in the program.  Due to circumstances beyond our control, a conflict exists between one of the weekends designated for the 8th Grade Confirmation Retreat and the Diocesan Band Festival, both of which are scheduled for Saturday, March 31st.  As this is the case, 8th grade parents who have children in the band are encouraged to register for the 8th Grade Confirmation Retreat scheduled for the weekend prior, March 23-24, 2012.  The staff of the Religious Education Department is aware of the conflict and will make every effort to schedule our families for the first weekend retreat.  However, it is vitally important that those families who wish to register for this retreat submit their forms as soon as possible in order that they may receive this special consideration.

Running with the Saints 5K

ATTENTION: 10 days to the first annual Running with the Saints 5K.  We are thrilled that more than 175 people of all ages and abilities have registered.  Although we can no longer guarantee a race T-shirt with each registration, you are still welcome and encouraged to sign up either by paper registration returned through your child’s teacher or online at active.com/running/manassas-va/running-with-the-saints-5k-2011.  Please bear in mind that children participating in grades 5 or below need to have an adult in charge that is also a registered participant.  Like all PTO activities, we rely on parent volunteers to make this event happen.  Sue Ferguson has prepared an outline of help still needed, which can be viewed via the attached link at the bottom of today’s Sentinel.  Paper registration forms are also available for download.  Visit our website at runningwiththesaints.org for complete information and to see our sponsors!  Feel free to thank our sponsors for helping make this event possible.

School Information Night ~ November 3rd (7:00 p.m.)

All Saints will host a School Information Night on Thursday, November 3rd beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Father Kelley Hall for families who are interested in learning more about our school.  Following a presentation, tours of the facility will be provided.  Friends and acquaintances of current school parents are cordially invited to attend and experience the dynamic, Catholic environment of All Saints Catholic School.  For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio at (703) 393-1490 ordeugenio@allsaintsva.org.

Seeking Art Supplies – “Bubble Wrap”

Thanks to the financial support of the PTO, our school now has a kiln that is used to fire pottery designed by students in our art program.  As many of the completed work samples are fragile, Mrs. Blair is seeking donations of “bubble wrap” to preserve student work as it is transported from school to home.  If anyone has access to quantities of “bubble wrap”, perhaps through their business, Mrs. Blair would welcome any donations you are able to provide.   If you are interested in more information and may be able to assist, please contact Mrs. Blair at 703-368-4400 or sblair@allsaintsva.org.

Parent-Teacher Conferences ~ Appointment Slips

Last week each student should have received a conference appointment slip confirming the date and time for the upcoming Parent-Teacher Conferences on Thursday, November 10th and Friday, November 11th.   If you did not receive this information, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher.

A Presentation on Understanding the New Roman Missal ~ TONIGHT!

On 11/27/11, the First Sunday of Advent, there will be changes in the words we hear and say at Mass.Come to learn about what is changing in the Mass, why the changes were made, and receive an overview of the changes and practical pointers for adapting to this transition.  Presenters include: the Director of Music, Mr. Bill Atwood, the Assistant Director of Youth, Miss Tiffany Lambert, and the Director of Religious Education, Mrs. Samantha Welsh.

Presentation Dates:         Wednesday, October 26th  7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. in the Gym.  OR

Sunday, October 30th   6:45 p.m.—8:00 p.m. in the PAC.

Note: The PTO will host a fifteen minute business meeting beginning at 8:20 p.m. immediately following the special presentation.

Square 1 Art

Square 1 Art catalogs were sent home with the children last week.  Your child’s artwork appears on the front cover of their catalog.  In the catalog you’ll find several different products which you can purchase.  The products will display your child’s artwork.  All orders and payments are due by this Thursday, 10/27/2011. Please send your order and payment (checks payable to All Saints PTO) in with your child or leave order at the front office.  The order should be sent to attention of Kerry Balagtas.  The products are tentatively due to be delivered around Thanksgiving.  The products would make great Christmas gifts for friends and families.  Any questions should be directed to Kerry Balagtas.  Kerry can be reached by phone at 703-365-7327 or by email at Kerryb17@verizon.net.  Thank you.

Veterans Day Celebration – November 9th

Join us as our school community honors the commitment of the men and women who have served our country in the United States Armed Forces. We cordially invite all active duty, reserve, former and retired military personnel to attend our school Mass on Wednesday, November 9th at 8:30 a.m. Following the Mass, there will be a ceremony and question & answer session in the gym, followed by a reception for our honored guests in Father Kelley Hall.

If you haven’t done so already, please return your Veteran’s Family Survey and Brick listing those in your family who have served or continue to serve in the military. We will need both items as soon as possible to begin work on creating our Veterans Wall Display, an annual tradition by which we show our pride and gratitude for the sacrifices of those in our community who have served our nation through military service.

3rd Annual Greater Manassas Veterans Day Parade

The 3rd Annual Greater Manassas Veterans Day Parade will take place on Saturday, November 12th at 11:00 a.m. in Old Town Manassas.  Following the parade will be a ‘Welcome Home’ party at the Harris Pavilion which will focus on our Vietnam War Veterans.  Entertainment scheduled is 50s, 60s and 70s music, dance troupes, military displays of vehicles and equipment, food and beverage vendors.  Web site is www.vetpar.org

Diocese of Arlington ~ Programs for Prospective Teachers

COME JOIN US! Are you interested in teaching for the Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Arlington? There are 43 schools within the Diocese offering instructional programs for all ages from pre-school through high school.  Perhaps your certification has expired, or perhaps you are thinking of changing careers or returning to teaching after a period of absence.  Do you have questions about qualifications to teach?  Would you like to learn more about the mission of teaching in a Catholic School in a nurturing and caring, Christ-centered environment?  Please come to one of the following Information Programs for Prospective Teachers scheduled throughout the Diocese and meet with Sister Patricia Helene, IHM, former Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese and current head of the Marymount University Catholic School Leadership Program, and Elizabeth A. Roach, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Personnel from the Diocesan Office of Catholic Schools, to learn more about the opportunities and advantages of teaching in our Catholic Schools.  No registration is required.


St. Thomas More Cathedral School

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

105 North Thomas Street

Arlington, VA 22203

703-528-1547

St. Francis of Assisi School              

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

18825 Fuller Heights Road

Triangle, VA  22172

703-221-3868

All Saints School                                

Thursday, November 17, 2011

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

9294 Stonewall Road

Manassas, VA  20110

703-368-4400

                               


Band Shirts ~ Reminder to Submit Orders

Monday, October 31st is the final day orders can be submitted for band shirts.  If you need to order a band shirt, please email the student’s name, class/teacher, and shirt size to Mrs. Pam Hardy atbeabear@verizon.net.  All Advanced Band members are required to have a band shirt.  It is optional for beginning band students.  Click on this link for more details ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/10/AllSaintsBandShirts2011.pdf

Open House at Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School

All are invited to tour Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School during the Fall Open House, Sunday, November 6, 2 – 4pm. A presentation by Sister Mary Jordan Hoover, principal, as well as JP students, will begin at 2:15. Meet the entire faculty, many students and parents, and experience the excitement of the House System in action. For more information, please visit www.jpthegreat.org or call Jennifer Cole, director of admissions, (703) 445-0300OR CLICK HERE!

(http://www.jpthegreat.org/documents/Open_House_Nov_6_2011_000.pdf)

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, October 26th             Presentation: Understanding the New Roman Missal (Gym/7:00-8:15 p.m.) followed by PTO General Assembly Meeting (Gym/8:20 – 8:35 p.m.)

Thursday, October 27th               End of 1st Quarter

                                  Gift of Human Sexuality Presentation #3 – Grades 6-8

                                  Great Ghost Chase Cross-Country Event (Linton Hall School) – attended by members of the All Saints Running Club

                                  Adoration & Benediction (11:15 a.m.)

                                  Noon Dismissal – Report Card Prep

                                  Spirit Activity: Chuck E. Cheese (12:00-9:00 p.m.)

                                  VIRTUS Update Training for Volunteers (Meeting Room 2/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, October 28th                   Holiday – Diocesan Institute for Teachers

Monday, October 31st                 Penny Bazaar (1:30-2:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, November 1st                All Saints Feast Day (Mass at 10:00 a.m.)

                                  8th Grade “Saints Café”

                                  Free Ice Cream at Lunch, courtesy of the PTO

Transition to Winter Uniforms

Beginner Band Rehearsal (1:15-2:15 p.m.)

Virtue of the Month Prayer Service (2:35 p.m.)

Wednesday, November 2nd           7th Grade Field Trip to Williamsburg (6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

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

Thursday, November 3rd             School Information Night (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, November 4th                  1st Quarter Report Cards distributed to students

Saturday, November 5th               Running with the Saints 5K (Old Town Manassas/8:30 a.m.)

 

Links

  • Running with the Saints 5K Volunteer Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/10/sentinel5Kvolunteersignup.pdf
  • Chuck E. Cheese Spirit Event Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/10/2010-11-11Chuck-eCheeserevised.jpg
  • Running with the Saints Chick-fil-A Spirit Event Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/10/2011-5-26Chick-Fil-Arevised2.1.jpg
  • Ticonderoga Spirit Event Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/10/2011-09-23TiconderogaFarms2raindate.jpg
  • Band Shirt Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/10/AllSaintsBandShirts2011.pdf

The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 8

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

Principal’s Message

Excitement is building in anticipation of our first ever Running with the Saints 5K to be held on Saturday, November 5th.  As of Monday, the PTO has confirmed 140 registrants for the event including our very own Fr. Bob and Fr. Jeb!

The Running with the Saints 5K is open to all who wish to participate; the young and not so young, the experienced and the beginner, those from our community and those from beyond.  The event is currently advertised on Active.com where those interested can complete the registration process. Additionally, information about the event can be found by clicking on the Running with the Saints 5K link on our homepage.  At a cost of only $25 for adults and $15 for students for advanced registration, the PTO has aimed to keep the event affordable for families.

Behind the scenes, the PTO is also hard at work preparing for the upcoming Casino Night and Auction. The following is an overview of the event and an invitation for parents to show their support as volunteers or business sponsors.

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SAVE-the-DATE: February 11, 2012 and join your fellow All Saints parents & parishioners for an evening of fun and fellowship. As one of the major fundraisers hosted by the All Saints PTO, the Fourth Annual Casino Night and Auction is instrumental in enriching the educational experience for our students and the event has become a wonderful opportunity for enriching the spirit of community for All Saints families.   Play casino games with your “funny money” and cash in your dollars for raffle tickets to win prizes. The more you play, the more chances you have to win. Silent and Live Auctions include items from vacations to fun family afternoon outings, to activities with teachers, local services, sports memorabilia and so much more.  Mark your calendar for food and fund, a great deal for $25!

When:                     Saturday, February 11

What time:              6:30 – 11:30 pm

Where:                    The Portuguese Community Center, Manassas

How much:             $25 per person, in advance; $30 at-the-door – ticket sales will begin in December

Attention business owners and sales professionals: If you contribute at least five hours of your time to support the planning committee’s activities, you are eligible to place a business card-sized ad in the event program for just $5!  That’s a $20 savings to have your name and business advertised to all of the Casino Night guests, as well as to the All Saints Parish Community, through a listing in the Sunday bulletin following the event.  (Full-, half- and third-page ads are also available, for an additional cost.  Questions about advertising: contact Mrs. Ann Potocnak at potocnak3@comcast.net)

Businesses and All Saints Families are also encouraged to consider making a donation of a service or product to the Silent Auction. Suggestions include, but are not limited to: Tickets: Theatre; Sports; Airline; Movies; Lessons: Cooking; Golf; Riding; Music; Dance; Recreation/Travel: Hotel Stays; Timeshare; Golf; Ski Weekend; Limo Services; Restaurant Gift Certificate; Winery Tour/Tasting; Sports Camp; Home: Landscaping; Furniture; Pool Services; Home Improvement; Business: Coaching; CPA Services; Attorney; Personal: Massage; Manicure; Hair Salon; Gym Membership; Fine Art/Jewelry; Image Consultant; Attorney; Portrait Photographer/Artist; Misc: Sports Memorabilia; College/Pro Team Gear; Fine Wine; Electronics.  As our event is in February of 2012, we ask that gift certificates not expire before August 2012.  Questions about donations: contact Mrs. Carol Rice at ckrice@verizon.net

The Auction Committee welcomes all volunteer offers between now and the day of the event!  Opportunities are available to fit your schedule and interests – contact Co-Chairs Mrs. Ann Potocnak atpotocnak3@comcast.net or Mrs. Denise LaRose at jdlarose@aol.com

Bullying Survey – Important Reminder

All school parents are invited to participate in an anonymous, online survey for the purpose of assessing the level of bullying at All Saints Catholic School.  We estimate that it should take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete the survey.

Parents are asked to complete the survey by Friday, October 21st.    In advance, we thank you for your participation in our efforts to both assess our current climate and to establish benchmarks for future reference.

Parent Survey 2011: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/R6N236Z

Parent-Teacher Conferences ~ Appointment Slips

Today each student received a conference appointment slip confirming the date and time for the upcoming Parent-Teacher Conferences on Thursday, November 10th and Friday, November 11th.   If you did not receive this information, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher.

A Presentation on Understanding the New Roman Missal

On 11/27/11, the First Sunday of Advent, there will be changes in the words we hear and say at Mass.Come to learn about what is changing in the Mass, why the changes were made, and receive an overview of the changes and practical pointers for adapting to this transition.  Presenters include: the Director of Music, Mr. Bill Atwood, the Assistant Director of Youth, Miss Tiffany Lambert, and the Director of Religious Education, Mrs. Samantha Welsh.

Presentation Dates:               Wednesday, October 26th  7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. in the Gym.  or

Sunday, October 30th   6:45 p.m.—8:00 p.m. in the PAC.

Note: The PTO Executive Board is committed to providing informative sessions for parents at each General Assembly Meeting.  As such, the next PTO meeting has been rescheduled from Tuesday, October 25th to Wednesday, October 26th to coincide with this special presentation on the implementation of the New Roman Missal.  The PTO will host a fifteen minute business meeting beginning at 8:20 p.m. immediately following the special presentation.

Band Shirts ~ Reminder to Submit Orders

Monday, October 31st is the final day orders can be submitted for band shirts.  If you need to order a band shirt, please email the student’s name, class/teacher, and shirt size to Mrs. Pam Hardy atbeabear@verizon.net.  All Advanced Band members are required to have a band shirt.  It is optional for beginning band students.  See Attached flyer for more details.

2nd Grade Sacraments Update

The Jesus Day experience for 2nd grade students will take place on Saturday, March 10th rather than March 17th as published in our school calendar.  The Sacrament of First Reconciliation has been scheduled for Saturday, February 25th and Saturday, March 3rd.

Veterans Day Celebration

Join us as our school community honors the commitment of the men and women who have served our country in the United States Armed Forces. We cordially invite all active duty, reserve, former and retired military personnel to attend our school Mass on Wednesday, November 9th at 8:30 a.m. Following the Mass, there will be a brief ceremony followed by a reception for our honored guests in Father Kelley Hall.  In the weeks ahead the students will receive a packet of information regarding our Veterans Wall Display, an annual tradition by which we show our pride and gratitude for the sacrifices of those in our community who have served our nation through military service.

3rd Annual Greater Manassas Veterans Day Parade

The 3rd Annual Greater Manassas Veterans Day Parade will take place on Saturday, November 12th at 11:00 a.m. in Old Town Manassas.  Following the parade will be a ‘Welcome Home’ party at the Harris Pavilion which will focus on our Vietnam War Veterans.  Entertainment scheduled is 50s, 60s and 70s music, dance troupes, military displays of vehicles and equipment, food and beverage vendors.  Web site is www.vetpar.org

SPIRIT EVENTS NEWS:

  • Chuck E. Cheese 10/27/11, 12 noon – 9:00 p.m.

Please join us for a lot of fun at Chuck E. Cheese. As we are finished at 12 noon, we will be having our Spirit Event on Thursday, October 27th from 12-9 p.m. Come along and have a wonderful time with your All Saints Family. Teachers and staff eat free with a school ID. Each student will receive a sticker from the school redeemable for 10 free tokens. Younger siblings can earn free tokens too with online rewards calendars. These and additional everyday coupons are available athttp://www.chuckecheese.com. Fifteen percent of the proceeds from the event will be donated to All Saints School. Chuck-e Cheese is located at 7730 Streamwalk Lane, Manassas, near Home Depot off of Balls Ford Road.

  • Running with the Saints Chick-fil-A (Liberia Avenue) Spirit Event on 11/5/11

Chick-fil-A is one of our sponsors for our Running with the Saints 5K Event. We will be having a Spirit Event in conjunction with the 5K. You can fuel up before the big race, or go for a drink or meal after the race. Stop by any time on Saturday, November 5th between 6:30-8:30 a.m. and/or 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

  • ·         Raindate for our Spirit Event at Ticonderoga Farm 11/11/11

Well, unfortunately the weather did not cooperate for our Ticonderoga Farm Spirit Event. We have re-scheduled our fun for Friday, November 11th. So, come enjoy some fall excitement. 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 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!

VIRTUS UPDATE

There will be a half-hour update to Virtus training, “Keeping the Promise Alive”, this THURSDAY, October 27th at 7:00 PM in Meeting Room 2.


Diocese of Arlington ~ Programs for Prospective Teachers

COME JOIN US! Are you interested in teaching for the Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Arlington? There are 43 schools within the Diocese offering instructional programs for all ages from pre-school through high school.  Perhaps your certification has expired, or perhaps you are thinking of changing careers or returning to teaching after a period of absence.  Do you have questions about qualifications to teach?  Would you like to learn more about the mission of teaching in a Catholic School in a nurturing and caring, Christ-centered environment?  Please come to one of the following Information Programs for Prospective Teachers scheduled throughout the Diocese and meet with Sister Patricia Helene, IHM, former Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese and current head of the Marymount University Catholic School Leadership Program, and Elizabeth A. Roach, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Personnel from the Diocesan Office of Catholic Schools, to learn more about the opportunities and advantages of teaching in our Catholic Schools.  No registration is required.


St. Thomas More Cathedral School

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

105 North Thomas Street

Arlington, VA 22203

703-528-1547                                                                        

St. Francis of Assisi School              

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

18825 Fuller Heights Road

Triangle, VA  22172

703-221-3868

All Saints School                                

Thursday, November 17, 2011

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

9294 Stonewall Road

Manassas, VA  20110

703-368-4400


Open House at Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School

All are invited to tour Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School during the Fall Open House, Sunday, November 6, 2 – 4pm. A presentation by Sister Mary Jordan Hoover, principal, as well as JP students, will begin at 2:15. Meet the entire faculty, many students and parents, and experience the excitement of the House System in action. For more information, please visit www.jpthegreat.org or call Jennifer Cole, director of admissions, (703) 445-0300OR CLICK HERE!(http://www.jpthegreat.org/documents/Open_House_Nov_6_2011_000.pdf)

PVI News

  • Paul VI Catholic High School Theater proudly presents the comedy, Heaven Can Wait.  The play runs Nov 10 (7PM), Nov. 11 and 12 (7:30 PM) and November 13 (2:00 PM)and tickets may be purchased at the door for $5 for students and seniors, and $10 for adults.   Seventh and eighth graders who bring this ad get in free! Please contact PVIProducers@yahoo.com,kmiller@paulvi.net,   or 703.352.0925 ex 371 for more information.

 

  • Benefit Spaghetti Dinner at Paul VI ~ A spaghetti dinner will be held Thursday, November 17th from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at Paul VI Catholic High School. Donations will be accepted to help defray the costs of our mission trip to Banica, Dominican Republic. PVI students will travel with Fr. Jaffe and Spanish teachers to perform charitable works over spring break. 10675 Fairfax Blvd. Fairfax, VA. Please RSVP with number attending and your requested reservation time tocampusministry@paulvi.net or call 703-352-0925 x330

Upcoming Events

Thursday, October 20th               Red Ribbon Week Dress Down Day (see flyer for details)

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

Friday, October 21st                   School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Monday, October 24th                 Picture Make-up Day

Tuesday, October 25th                 Bishop O’Connell High School 8th Grade Visit (9:00 a.m.)

                                  PTO General Assembly Meeting – RESCHEDULED

Wednesday, October 26th             John Paul the Great High School 8thGrade Visit (8:30 a.m.)

                                  Kindergarten Field Trip to the Farm (8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)

                                  2nd Grade Pumpkin Day Celebration

                                  Presentation: Understanding the New Roman Missal (Gym/7:00-8:15 p.m.) followed by PTO General Assembly Meeting (Gym/8:20 – 8:35 p.m.)

Thursday, October 27th               End of 1st Quarter

                                  Gift of Human Sexuality Presentation #3 – Grades 6-8

                                  Great Ghost Chase Cross-Country Event (Linton Hall School) – attended by members of the All Saints Running Club

                                  Adoration & Benediction (11:15 a.m.)

                                  Noon Dismissal – Report Card Prep

                                  Spirit Activity: Chuck E. Cheese (12:00-9:00 p.m.)

                                  VIRTUS Update Training (Meeting Room 2/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, October 28th                   Holiday –  Diocesan Institute for Teachers

 

Going home with oldest child:

  • Save the Date ~ All Saints Annual Casino Night & Auction

Links

  • Bullying Parent Survey 2011 ~ http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/R6N236
  • Chuck E. Cheese Spirit Event Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/10/2010-11-11Chuck-eCheeserevised.jpg

The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 7

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

Principal’s Message

Recent news reports have drawn our attention to ongoing efforts across the country to address the challenge of bullying.  While October is the month during which schools unite nationally in fostering “bully-free zones”, this is a commitment that we live out throughout the year at All Saints.  Through our Virtue Program and the full integration of our faith across the curriculum, students are encouraged to develop habits of respect, kindness, and compassion.  Over the course of years, these traits become embedded and part of the fabric of our students’ lives.  Nevertheless, it is vitally important that we explicitly remind our students of the dangers and consequences of bullying.  As such, this is an opportune moment for us to discuss this important issue with our students and to assess the progress we are making in striving to create a “bully-free” environment.

We now know and recognize that the challenge of bullying in our country is not going to simply disappear.  For this reason, our families and Catholic schools are called to be counter-cultural, taking a clear stand against these behaviors.  It is our responsibility to guide the children in recognizing that each individual is created in the very image and likeness of God.  As such, respect and reverence should surround all interactions.  Similarly, the complexities and risks associated with technology in the 21stCentury are a part of our day to day existence.  It remains our responsibility to teach the children how to navigate these information highways, always using technology in a manner that shows respect to one another and God’s creation.

This week I would like to invite all parents to participate in an anonymous, online survey for the purpose of assessing the level of bullying at All Saints Catholic School.  We estimate that it should take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete the survey.  Students in grades 3-8 will complete a corresponding survey during their computer class beginning this week.

Parents are asked to complete the survey by Friday, October 21st.    In advance, we thank you for your participation in our efforts to both assess our current climate and to establish benchmarks for future reference.  As this will be our third year of distributing a survey to parents on the topic of bullying, we look forward to analyzing the data to determine patterns and trends in our community and sharing the results with you in the weeks ahead.

If perhaps you are wondering what you can do as a parent to further support this initiative, I would offer the following suggestions:

1)       Take some time this week to review the topic of bullying with your son/daughter.  Help them to understand that the repeated, targeted nature of bullying is very hurtful, often resulting in wounds that last years, and in some cases a lifetime.  Help them to understand that all students have a right and expectation to be able to come to school each day to learn in an environment free of fear.

2)       Remind your child that, should they ever encounter an instance of bullying, it is vitally important that they share this information with a faculty or staff member.  If for any reason they are uncomfortable doing so, please contact your child’s teacher directly.  It is only with this type of information that we are able to take steps to help prevent future occurrences.

3)       Spend some time discussing with your child the practical steps that he/she can take to discourage bullying.  For example, sharing strategies or even role-playing appropriate responses can help to empower students not to laugh…not to participate…and to take a stand whenever they witness an instance of bullying.

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During the Principals’ Retreat last week, we began our time together on Friday morning with the Prayer of St. Francis.  Our facilitator pointed out that this is a wonderful prayer that we can turn to amidst any number of situations or challenges.  I can’t help but think of it as we recommit our school to being a place of peace and joy founded on the very best traditions of our faith.


Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:

where there is hatred, let me sow love;

where there is injury, pardon;

where is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;

where there is darkness, light;

and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek

to be consoled, as to console;

to be understood, as to understand;

to be loved, as to love.

For it is giving that we receive;

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.


Catholic High School Options & Deferred Acceptance program at Seton

In the Diocese of Arlington we are blessed with an outstanding selection of high school programs:Bishop Denis J. O’Connell (Arlington), Bishop Ireton (Alexandria), Paul VI (Fairfax), Seton (Manassas) and the recently opened Pope John Paul the Great (Dumfries).  Although high school may be many years down the path for your family, we encourage you now to begin planning for the next step in your child’s Catholic education.

Of the high schools in our diocese, Seton School is unique as it offers a program that begins at the 7thgrade.  For a number of years, Mrs. Carroll, the principal, has graciously extended to the students of All Saints the option of deferred acceptance.  Through this arrangement, students at All Saints who apply for admission to Seton for their 7th or 8th grade years may defer their acceptance until 9th grade.  This, of course, is dependent upon each student continuing to meet the academic and behavioral criteria for acceptance at Seton.  It is important that we stress that students who wish to attend Seton School for their high school years are strongly encouraged to pursue this deferred acceptance option.  Students who wait until their 8th grade year to submit an application are less likely to be accepted due to the fact that the school maintains a full enrollment at the junior high level.  The benefit of this partnership is that our students are able to complete their elementary and middle school years at All Saints, enjoying all of the opportunities for leadership, while being guaranteed a space for freshman year.

We hope this information is helpful to you as you begin to plan for your child’s high school education. Should you have any questions or if we can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.

SCA to Host Red Ribbon Week

Next week the Student Council Association has planned a number of special events in support of our school-wide celebration of Red Ribbon Week, an annual opportunity for our students to take a stand against drug and alcohol abuse.  Please see the accompanying flyer for more information about this weeklong event, including a dress down day scheduled for Thursday, October 20th.  Thank you to the SCA for all of their efforts in encouraging our students to live drug free!

PTO General Assembly Meeting Rescheduled

The next PTO General Assembly Meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday, October 26th to coincide with a special parish presentation on the implementation of the New Roman Missal.  Look for additional details on this special event in next week’s newsletter.

2nd Grade Sacraments Update

The Jesus Day experience for 2nd grade students will take place on Saturday, March 10th rather than March 17th as published in our school calendar.  The Sacrament of First Reconciliation has been scheduled for Saturday, February 25th and Saturday, March 3rd.

Veterans Day Celebration

Join us as our school community honors the commitment of the men and women who have served our country in the United States Armed Forces. We cordially invite all active duty, reserve, former and retired military personnel to attend our school Mass on Wednesday, November 9th at 8:30 a.m. Following the Mass, there will be a brief ceremony in the gym followed by a reception for our honored guests in Father Kelley Hall.  In the weeks ahead the students will receive a packet of information regarding our Veterans Wall Display, an annual tradition by which we show our pride and gratitude for the sacrifices of those in our community who have served our nation through military service.

Diocese of Arlington ~ Programs for Prospective Teachers

COME JOIN US! Are you interested in teaching for the Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Arlington? There are 43 schools within the Diocese offering instructional programs for all ages from pre-school through high school.  Perhaps your certification has expired, or perhaps you are thinking of changing careers or returning to teaching after a period of absence.  Do you have questions about qualifications to teach?  Would you like to learn more about the mission of teaching in a Catholic School in a nurturing and caring, Christ-centered environment?  Please come to one of the following Information Programs for Prospective Teachers scheduled throughout the Diocese and meet with Sister Patricia Helene, IHM, former Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese and current head of the Marymount University Catholic School Leadership Program, and Elizabeth A. Roach, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Personnel from the Diocesan Office of Catholic Schools, to learn more about the opportunities and advantages of teaching in our Catholic Schools.  No registration is required.


St. Thomas More Cathedral School

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

105 North Thomas Street

Arlington, VA 22203

703-528-1547                                                                        

St. Francis of Assisi School              

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

18825 Fuller Heights Road

Triangle, VA  22172

703-221-3868

All Saints School                                

Thursday, November 17, 2011

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

9294 Stonewall Road

Manassas, VA  20110

703-368-4400


 

A note from the School Nurse to Parents

We have had several confirmed cases of Strep Throat in our school, on both wings.  The time frame for symptoms to appear is 2-5 days after exposure.  Symptoms include sore throat, bright red throat with or without pustules, difficulty swallowing due to the sore throat, stomachache and vomiting, headache, and possibly, but not necessarily, a fever of 101 degrees or greater.  It may also cause a flat pink rash on the body.

Although symptoms subside within 4 days even without treatment, it is very important to start treatment within 10 days of the onset of symptoms, and to complete the full course of antibiotics to prevent rheumatic fever, a rare but serious complication.  Other complications that can occur include an ear infection, acute glomerulonephritis, or an abscess on the tonsils.

For more information, visit the CDC’s website: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dbmd/diseaseinfo/groupastreptococcal_g.htm

It is of utmost importance that if your child complains of a sore throat, headache or has a fever, to keep him/her home.  This will help keep our school children and staff healthy and safe from infection.   If you have any questions or concerns, please call me at 703-368-4400, ext.207.

Casino & Auction Night

Efforts by the Casino & Auction Team to solicit donations from area businesses are well underway.  If you would like to suggest a business for the team to contact for donations, please email the business name and city to us.  If you have a person we can address directly, please include their name.  Email your suggestions to allsaintspto@gmail.com.  Thanks!

3rd Annual Greater Manassas Veterans Day Parade

The 3rd Annual Greater Manassas Veterans Day Parade will take place on Saturday, November 12th at 11:00 a.m. in Old Town Manassas.  Following the parade will be a ‘Welcome Home’ party at the Harris Pavilion which will focus on our Vietnam War Veterans.  Entertainment scheduled is 50s, 60s and 70s music, dance troupes, military displays of vehicles and equipment, food and beverage vendors.  Web site is www.vetpar.org

Upcoming Events

Friday, October 14th                         School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

                                  PTO sponsored “Healthy Breakfast with the Principal” (9:20 a.m.)

                                  Middle School Movie Night (Gym/6:00 p.m.)

Monday, October 17th                      SCA sponsored Red Ribbon Week

Wednesday, October 19th                 Gift of Human Sexuality Presentation #2 – Grades 6-8

                                  Pre-K Parent Tea (10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Thursday, October 20th                    Red Ribbon Week Dress Down Day (see flyer for details)

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

Friday, October 21st                         School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Monday, October 24th                      Picture Make-up Day

 

Comings home with each student today:

  • Individual School Pictures

Links:

  • Red Ribbon Week Flyer ~  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/10/RedRibbonWeekFlyer2011.pdf
  • Veterans letter, survey and flyer  ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/10/veterans-letter-flyer.pdf
  • Running with the Saints 5K ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/10/runner-registration-form.pdf
  • ·         Solicitation Letter for the Running with the Saints 5K ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/10/5Ksolicitation_letter.pdf

The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 6

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

Principal’s Message

One month from today the PTO will host the first ever Running with the Saints 5K, an event that will provide an opportunity for our community to celebrate our Catholic heritage while generating additional revenue for our school.  The event will take place in Old Town Manassas, beginning at the Harris Pavilion at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 5th.  With the support of city officials and the local police department, the PTO leadership has been working diligently behind the scenes to plan what we hope will become an annual tradition for our school.  In addition to promoting health and fitness, the 5K run occurs only days after the celebration of the Feast of All Saints.  As such, participants in the event are invited to dress as their favorite saints.  What an extraordinary sight it will be for passersby to see “saints” running through the streets of Manassas!

The Running with the Saints 5K is open to all who wish to participate; the young and not so young, the experienced and the beginner, those from our community and those from beyond.  The event is currently advertised on Active.com where those interested can complete the registration process. Additionally, information about the event can be found by clicking on the Running with the Saints 5K link on our homepage.  At a cost of only $25 for adults and $15 for students for advanced registration, the PTO has aimed to keep the event affordable for families.

We hope that many from our community will participate, either by running in the event, offering assistance as a volunteer, or simply “cheering on” friends and acquaintances.  As of today, 13 members of the faculty & staff have already registered.  Please join us for what promises to be an exciting and enjoyable new tradition for our school, the Running with the Saints.

In this first year of the event, we are especially seeking both individual and business sponsorships.   A listing of sponsorship opportunities can be found attached to today’s Sentinel and is also available at our 5K website (runningwiththesaints.org).  If you own or know of a business who would be interested in sponsoring this exciting event, please contact Christian Cobb at (703) 530-8192 orinfo@runningwiththesaints.org.  The deadline to submit a sponsorship with recognition on the 5K T-shirts is October 12.

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Last week I met with Mr. Bill Ditro, our uniform representative at Flynn & O’Hara.  As announced last week, he will host a measuring day for families of All Saints this Friday from 11:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Parents wishing to have their child measured for uniforms are invited to visit the school during their son/daughter’s lunch recess at which time they may meet their child on the playground and escort him/her to Father Kelley Hall for the measuring.  The recess/lunch schedule is as follows:

11:15 a.m. – Noon                  Grades 6-8

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.                          Grades 3-5

12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.                           Grades K-2

Parents who are unable to attend the measuring day but wish to order uniforms are invited to submit a completed order form and payment to the office.  (see attached link) Children whose parents submit orders will be escorted to Father Kelley Hall by a member of the staff and measured for winter uniforms. All uniforms ordered on measuring day will be delivered to our school in approximately 2 weeks and distributed to parents upon arrival.  There will not be any inventory available for actual purchase the day of the measuring.

Recognizing the distance that many of our families travel to the store, Flynn & O’Hara is pleased to offer a special service for our community.  Beginning this week, Flynn & O’Hara will ship out of stock orders directly to All Saints, free of shipping.  This means that for in store orders only, in the event that an item is not available, it will be shipped directly to the store and then forwarded to All Saints for pick-up. When visiting the store, should you need to order an out of stock item, be sure to request “in-store pick-up”.  This will ensure that the product is shipped to the Fairfax store.  Upon arrival in the store, the company will automatically send you an email confirming that the item is available for pick-up.  Note: Disregard this message as we will now have a standing arrangement by which all ordered items will be forwarded to All Saints with no shipping charge for parents.  As items arrive at our school office, you will be notified so that you can pick them up at your convenience.

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Tomorrow and Friday I will be away on retreat with the principals of our diocese.  As I gather with colleagues in West Virginia for this annual event, please know of my prayers for our school community and the needs of our families.  I look forward to seeing many of you on Saturday evening for the first PTO sponsored Bingo of the new year!

Virtue Program Awards Assembly & Prayer Service

To mark the close of the month of September and to introduce the new Virtue of the Month, all of the students gathered in the Parish Activity Center on Monday morning for a brief assembly and prayer service.  As part of our Virtue Program, this year we are instituting the practice of recognizing one girl and one boy from each grade level who have exemplified the Virtue of the Month.  We are pleased to announce and congratulate the following students who were selected by their teachers for having demonstrated Respect & Responsibility throughout the month of September.

 

Colin S. (Pre-K)

Isabella B. (Pre-K)

Nolen K. (Kindergarten)

Sophia P. (Kindergarten)

Hailey R. (1st Grade)

Joseph D. (1st Grade)

Jackson S. (2nd Grade)

Isabella C. (2nd Grade)

Julie W. (3rd Grade)

Liam G. (3rd Grade)

Skyler M. (4th Grade)

Gabriel S. (4th Grade)

Brooke S. (5th Grade)

Elizabeth F. (5th Grade)

Joshua C. (6th Grade)

Patrick M. (6th Grade)

Caton B. (7th Grade)

Allison R. (7th Grade)

Quinn C. (8th Grade)

Kristin H.y (8th Grade)


October Virtue of the Month ~ Self Discipline

Students will be encouraged to demonstrate the virtue of self-discipline both at school and home through the following strategies:

1)       Follow the rules.

2)       Never interrupt someone who is talking.

3)       Get into and walk in line without talking.

4)       Be responsible for your space in the cafeteria or at the dinner table.

5)       Listen attentively to morning and afternoon announcements.

6)       Keep your feet and hands to yourself.  Never kick or hit anyone.

7)       Say only kind words.

8)       If you get angry, walk away from the situation until you are calm and can discuss it.

Prayer of the Month

Merciful Lord, let your Holy Spirit guide my life so that my soul may bear the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Renew my desire to be your faithful friend and servant, increase my loving dependence on you, and grant me that joy and peace of heart which comes from doing your holy will. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Veterans Day Celebration

Join us as our school community honors the commitment of the men and women who have served our country in the United States Armed Forces. We cordially invite all active duty, reserve, former and retired military personnel to attend our school Mass on Wednesday, November 9th at 8:30 a.m. Following the Mass, there will be a brief ceremony followed by a reception for our honored guests in Father Kelley Hall.  In the weeks ahead the students will receive a packet of information regarding our Veterans Wall Display, an annual tradition by which we show our pride and gratitude for the sacrifices of those in our community who have served our nation through military service.

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.

Running with the Saints 5K Race – November 5th.    

Though still a month away, it is time now to register for our first annual Running with the Saints 5K Race on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 8:30 a.m.  Look for registration forms to come home with your children today. They MUST be returned by October 14th for a guaranteed T-shirt.  A separate registration form is required for each participant.  Additional forms may be downloaded from the link at the bottom of the Sentinel and are also available on the 5K website.  Paper registrations and payment may be returned to your child’s teacher.

We are excited to report that 14 of our very own teachers and faculty will be joining in the run!  Participants include Mr. Conroy and Mrs. Campagna as well as teachers from most grade levels.  In recognition of the feast day of All Saints in November, adults and children are encouraged to arrive dressed as their favorite saint.  (Costumes can be as simple as a picture pinned to your clothing or as elaborate as you wish.)  Runners and walkers of all ability levels are welcome.  Remember that many of our All Saints students run/walk more than a 5K each May during the Race for Education!  Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers as well as the top male and female finishers in nine different age categories.  We love the vision of children and adults running through the streets of Old Town Manassas representing our spiritual heroes!  Again, remember to get your registration forms in now and to please encourage others to join you!!

Chess Club Reminder

Chess Club begins tomorrow afternoon from 3-4 in the Art Room.  Those interested in the chess club who have not returned the permission form, please click on the link below and bring the completed form to the meeting.  Additional forms will be available at the meeting if you are unable to access the form.

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

Paul VI Catholic High School Event

Junior High Night Under the Lights at Paul VI Catholic High School on Thursday, October 6th.  Rally in the Alley at 6:00 (Free Food, Fun, Tee shirts) followed by Varsity Football at 7:00 (free admission for 7thand 8th graders).

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, October 5th                   Gift of Human Sexuality Presentation for Middle School Parents (PAC/7:00 p.m.)

Thursday, October 6th                       Chess Club begins

Friday, October 7th                           School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

                                  Flynn & O’Hara Measuring Day (FKH/11:15 – 1:00)

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

Tuesday, October 11th                      Advanced Band Ice Cream Social (3:15 p.m.)

Wednesday, October 12th                 Gift of Human Sexuality Presentation #1 ~ Grades 6-8

Friday, October 14th                         School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

                                  PTO sponsored “Healthy Breakfast with the Principal” (9:20 a.m.)

                                  Middle School Movie Night (Gym/6:00 p.m.)

Coming home with each student today:

  • Running with the Saints Registration / Waiver and Release form
  • Yearbook Cover Contest Flyer
  • BoxTops for Education Activity Collection Sheets – NOTE: The class that collects the most box top by October 27th will receive a yummy prize!

Coming home with each 6th grade student today:

  • Letter from the principal to parents of 6th grade students

Links                                      

  • Running with the Saints 5K ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/10/runner-registration-form.pdf
  • ·         Solicitation Letter for the Running with the Saints 5K ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/10/5Ksolicitation_letter.pdf
  • Chess Club Permission Form ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/09/chess-club-permission-form-2011.pdf
  • Parents Unite Flyer (English & Spanish) ~ http://www.allsaintsyouthministry.org/about/Parents_Unite.pdf
  • Catholic Business Network-NV of Prince William County Monthly Breakfast Flyer ~http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/10/CBN-NV_PWC_Chapter_Flyer_10-21_2011.pdf