The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 14

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

Message from the Principal

This week I wish to provide you with an update regarding Mrs. Johnson’s health and our plans for the third grade program. Last week Mrs. Johnson received the first test results regarding the effectiveness of her chemotherapy treatments.  I am pleased to share with you that the cancer has diminished in size and that there is no evidence of new growth since the summer months.  However, in the interest of being thorough and ensuring that all of the cancer is eliminated, her doctor has recommended four additional cycles of chemotherapy with the added possibility of radiation treatments.  As such, she is now scheduled to continue treatments through the close of February and does not anticipate returning to All Saints prior to the spring.  However, her doctor remains confident that she will in fact experience a full recovery. Thank you for your continued prayers on her behalf.

I wish to also share with you that there will be a change in the classroom in the weeks ahead.  For personal reasons related to the needs of her family, Mrs. Dorsey has determined that it is necessary for her to resign from her long-term substitute position effective Friday, December 16th.  I do wish to offer you the reassurance that she and her family members are well, but have experienced a change in plans.  She has immensely enjoyed her time at All Saints, most especially working with your children to establish a very solid classroom routine and a clear focus on learning.

To carry on the good work she has begun, I have hired Ms. Elizabeth Reilly who has confirmed that she remains available through the remainder of the year should the need arise.  Ms. Reilly is an experienced Catholic school educator with ten years experience in the field.  She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and English Literature from Adelphi University and a Master of Education in Teaching, Learning and Leadership from the University of Puget Sound.  She most recently taught first grade at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School in West Palm Beach where she was known for her understanding of current methodology as well as her excellent communication skills.  Most importantly, she is a faith-filled individual who will guide our students through the next step of their journey.

In order that Ms. Reilly may become acclimated to the mission and culture of All Saints, she will begin employment on Monday, December 12th, spending the week shadowing Mrs. Dorsey, learning the routines, and becoming familiar with our school procedures.  Additionally, she will host an open house on Tuesday, December 13th from 3:30-5:30 p.m., providing parents with an opportunity to meet her prior to her first day of teaching on Monday, December 19th.

Again, I wish to thank Mrs. Dorsey for her outstanding work during the fall semester.  She has done a remarkable job and will no doubt be greatly missed at All Saints.

Let us continue to remember Mrs. Johnson in our thoughts and prayers.  I know that she is sustained and strengthened in the knowledge that we are remembering her each day.

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It is with great sadness that I share with you the news of the passing of Mr. Robert C. Heinz, the father of Mrs. Holly Stefonsky and grandfather of Blake (2nd grade), Nate (6th grade) and David who graduated from All Saints last year.   Mr. Heinz suffered from cancer and passed away early Sunday morning after celebrating the Thanksgiving Holiday surrounded by family and loved ones.

As Mr. Heinz had a beautiful devotion to our Blessed Mother and the Rosary, in lieu of prepared meals the Stefonsky Family is asking that members of our community offer one Rosary for the repose of his soul.

Let us together lift up the Stefonsky Family in our prayers in the days ahead.  May they be comforted by the presence of Christ and the hope of the Resurrection.

Celebration of the Advent Season

This week we have begun our annual journey of Advent, a time of preparation for the celebration of Christ’s birth at Christmas.  Amidst all of the joy and activity surrounding the preparations for the season, it is easy for us to lose sight of the fact that Advent is a beautiful season unto itself.

At All Saints we have established several traditions that help to create a tone of anticipation and waiting, in essence a time during which we invite the children to prepare their hearts for the coming of  Christ.

v  Advent Wreath Prayer Services ~ Every Monday morning during Advent the students will gather for prayer around three separate wreaths in each of the wings of the school as we begin our day together.  There, the students and faculty participate in age-appropriate prayer services through which the children learn more about the tradition of the Advent wreath and meaning of the season.

v  Sacrament of Reconciliation ~ Each of the students in grades three through eight will have an opportunity to encounter Christ in this beautiful Sacrament of healing and forgiveness.  Our parish priests have scheduled sessions during the school day for each of these grade levels over the course of the next several weeks.

v  6th Annual Catholic Schools Care About Catholic Charities Week ~ Through small personal sacrifices (perhaps giving up an ice cream or pretzel during lunch) we are asking that each student make a donation of $1.00.  All donations will be dedicated to Christ House, a Catholic Charities Homeless Shelter, Christ House on Wheels and other Catholic Charities programs.  In addition to helping provide for the poor, our students will gain a greater awareness of the needs of others right in our own diocese through participation in this important outreach.

v  Toys for Tots ~ The All Saints Catholic School Peace and Justice Players will be conducting a toy drive to benefit the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots Program.  Donations of unwrapped toys for all ages are needed.  Collection bins will be located by the front office and in the breezeway.  Toys will be collected from Thursday, December 1st through Friday, December 16th.  In celebration of our December Virtue of Generosity, it is a wonderful way to give to children who are less fortunate than we are.  During this Advent Season, we can help others experience faith, hope and love.

Blessing of the Advent Wreath

Lord our God,

we praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ:

He is Emmanuel, the hope of the peoples,

He is the wisdom that teaches and guides us,

He is the Savior of every nation.

Lord God,

let your blessing come upon us

as we light the candles of this wreath.

May the wreath and its light

be a sign of Christ’s promise to bring us salvation.

May he come quickly and not delay.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

A Prayer for Advent ~ Week I

All-powerful God,

increase our strength of will for doing good

that Christ may find an eager welcome at His coming

and call us to His side in the kingdom of heaven,

where He lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, forever and ever.  Amen.

Edline Updates – Middle School Parents

In recent weeks the Middle School Team has taken the time to evaluate the implementation process of Edline, taking into account the feedback received from parents.  As a number of parents have reported that they are receiving an overabundance of emails related to the posting of grades, the teachers will discontinue this feature effective this week.  The data will remain available, but it will be incumbent upon parents to log-on to the system periodically to check their son/daughter’s progress.  All middle school parents are encouraged to use the system to gain meaningful information regarding grades and learning.  Should you have any questions about the system, please do not hesitate to contact your son/daughter’s homeroom teacher.

Parent Satisfaction Survey – Important Reminder

Two weeks ago parents were invited to participate in a general survey designed to measure overall satisfaction with our school and the programs it offers.  The survey has been purposely designed to be very succinct and is comprised of one key question: On a scale of 1-10, how confident are you in recommending All Saints Catholic School to family, friends and acquaintances?  A follow up question based upon each individual’s response yields additional information which can be used in planning future goals for the school.

While the response rate has been strong, we wish to encourage those parents who have not yet had an opportunity to respond to the survey to do so in the days ahead.  (The survey will remain accessible through Sunday, December 4th.) Remember, your candid responses will help to provide an important perspective to us and inform our vision for the future.  Most importantly, this tool provides an opportunity to ensure that we are in step with parent perceptions and actively responding to the needs of our community members.  In advance, thank you for your support and participation.

All Saints Satisfaction Survey:
 
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YJLLQ6J

Virtue of the Month ~ Generosity

During the month of December, students will be encouraged to implement the following strategies:

A.       Give from your own money to help others in need.

B.       Give freely of your time without expecting anything in return.

C.       Ask for forgiveness when you have hurt someone and be willing to forgive them when they hurt you.

D.       Offer to help someone in class each day.

E.       Share your supplies with someone who forgot theirs.

F.       Do something helpful for someone at home without being asked.

G.      See if others want “second helpings” before taking some for yourself.

H.       Let someone else in your family choose the movie or television show you will watch together.

I.         Offer to help an older neighbor with a job like raking leaves or shoveling snow.

J.        Let another person ahead of you get a drink first at the water fountain.

Prayer of the Month ~ Prayer of St. Nicholas

Loving God, we thank you for
the example of St. Nicholas,
who fed the hungry,
brought hope to the imprisoned,
gave comfort to the lost,
and taught the truth to all.
May we strive to imitate him
by putting you first in all we do.
Give us the courage, love and strength
of St. Nicholas, so that, like him,
we may serve you through loving
our brothers and sisters.                  Amen.

Virtue of the Month ~ Awards Presentation

Congratulations to the following students who received special recognition at our monthly Virtue Prayer Service for having exemplified the Virtue of Gratitude during November.

PK1         Mary Harvill                                           2B           Nina Huynh                                             6A           Samantha Gutierrez

PK2         Liam McGrath                                        3A           Christine Tran                                        6B           Dylan Scheaffer

K1           Matthew Kreitzer                                    3B           Natalia Rodriguez                                  7A           Sarah Goldsmith

K2           Sofia Villatoro                                        4A           Christian Ceol                                        7B           Daniel Baldwin

1A           T.J. McGraw                                          4B           Salma Cruz                                            8A           Evelyn Post

1B           Isabella Ortiz                                          5A           Clara Bennett                                         8B           Dominic Ciaverella

2A           Nathan Abando                                       5B           Lance Coleman

All Saints Christmas Pageant 2011

Again this year, students in grades K, 2, 6, & 8 as well as select members of the All Saints Schola will present a Christmas Pageant on Monday, December 19th beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Activity Center.

Students in K, 2, & Schola should wear “Christmas best” (please keep clothing selections within school dress code guidelines).

Students in 6th grade should wear the costumes & “Christmas best” as discussed in music/drama class – Miss Dalusung has contacted by email or phone all families of 6th graders requiring costumes. If you have not checked in with her, please do so.

8th grade students will be featured on stage throughout the program and should be dressed in all black – long pants or knee length skirt or longer and tights, long sleeved shirt with no logos or patterns.

On December 19th, there will be a “dress rehearsal” performance for the school at 2 pm. Parents are welcome to attend. On the evening of the pageant, all students in the performance should report to the school by 7:00  pm. The Schola should report directly to the Parish Activity Center at 7:00 p.m.

All questions can be directed to Miss Dalusung via email: ndalusung@allsaintsva.org

NJHS Operation Turkey Yields More than 1000 lbs of Food!

Our annual food drive to help the homeless at SERVE was a great success yet again.  Thanks to the generosity of our students, members of the NJHS loaded 1167 pounds of donated food items into a truck for delivery to SERVE.  Through this outpouring of kindness, the students and families have united their efforts in truly making a difference for those without food in our community.

Manassas Christmas Parade

All school families and friends are cordially invited to march with our school float in the annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 3rd.  For more information, including a permission slip, please see the flyer linked to newsletter.

3rd Annual “Evening with St. Nicholas” is this week!

The 3rd Annual “Evening with St. Nicholas is this week, December 2nd beginning at 7pm in the church.   Please RSVP now! 

Please join us for what has become a beautiful tradition here at All Saints.  The evening will begin with an Advent Prayer Service and traditional Advent carols in the church.  The “Procession of the Shoes” will again be lead by St. Nicholas himself!    St. Nicholas and Mother Seton will be available for photos (bring your own camera) afterwards  in the gym  (until 8:20pm) . Cookies and cocoa will be served!

Come out and enjoy this wonderful community-building event, designed to help us prepare for the Advent season.  We ask that you bring a donation of new shoes in honor of St. Nicholas and his feast day.   Monetary donations will also be accepted.  Proceeds will go to House of Mercy.   House of Mercy shoe donation guidelines are :  NEW plain colors of tennis shoes- white, blue, black, tan, or brown.  No character tennis shoes, please.  Can’t make it to the event?   You can still make a donation by leaving it at the front desk, attention :  Gina Michak.

For planning purposes, please visit the “Evening with St. Nicholas” link at www.allsaintsvaschool.org and RSVP today.

Volunteers still needed!

**Set-up and decorating will take place on Friday morning in the gym beginning at 9am.

**Evening shift will start at 5:30pm, with cookie and cocoa table set –up, and assembling the luminaries lining the walkway from the church to the gym.

**After 7pm we will need volunteers to help with traffic flow, assist St. Nicholas, serve refreshments, and clean up.

Food donations are needed for the evening’s refreshments. We are asking for Christmas cookies/decorated sugar cookies, (homemade or store bought), cocoa mix (packets OR canisters) and mini-marshmallows.  Cookies only, please.  While the All Saints School community is always very generous when asked to donate baked goods, the simplicity of a cookie is all we need for this event.  Thank you for your understanding and generosity!  Cocoa can be dropped off at the front desk anytime.  Cookies can be brought in on Dec. 1 or Dec. 2- to the cafeteria and clearly marked “Evening with St. Nicholas”.

Contact Gina Michak at  (703-330-8099) or ginamichak@gmail.com with questions or if you’d like to volunteer and earn “points for parents”. ***    Food donations also earn you points!

The PTO looks forward to seeing you on December 2nd!

Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather, All Saints Catholic School follows the decision of Prince William County Public School System.  If the county schools decide to close, All Saints is closed for the day and all related activities are cancelled. Similarly, if the county schools decide to open late or dismiss early, All Saints responds in the same manner.  Note: Should the county system announce a delayed opening on a day for which a noon dismissal is scheduled at All Saints, the early release is cancelled and school ends at 3:00 p.m.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, December 1st               8th Grade High School Placement Test

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

Friday, December 2nd                 School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

                                  Noon Dismissal – Professional Development

                                  Evening with St. Nick Prayer Service & Celebration (church/7:00 p.m.)

Saturday, December 3rd               Greater Manassas Christmas Parade

Sunday, December 4th                 Catholic Schools Care about Catholic Charities Week

Tuesday, December 6th                PTO Executive Board Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Thursday, December 8th             Feast of the Immaculate Conception School Mass (10:00 a.m.)

Friday, December 9th                  2nd Quarter Interim Reports

                                  4th Grade Gingerbread House Project (10:00 a.m.)

Tuesday, December 13th             3rd Grade Open House hosted by Ms. Reilly (3:30-5:30 p.m.)

                                  Band Concert (Gym/7:30 p.m.)

Link

  • All Saints Satisfaction Survey ~ http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YJLLQ6J
  • Parade Permission Slip: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/11/ChristmasParade2011PermissionSlip.pdf
  • Evening with Saint Nick Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/11/eveningwithstnick.pdf
  • Win a Pew for Christmas Mass Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/11/Winachristmaspew2011.pdf
  • Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School e-News Update ~ http://www.jpthegreat.org/documents/e_news_September_November_2011.pdf

The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 13

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

Message from the Principal

It was a joy to observe so many students, parents and friends of All Saints gathered for our annual Thanksgiving Luncheon on Monday.  Indeed, the event has become a beloved tradition with many parents returning year after year to enjoy a time of wonderful food and fellowship.

As always, I wish to thank our all-star kitchen team:  Mrs. Wendy Matner (Director of Cafeteria Services), Mrs. Liz Werling (Assistant), Mrs. Wilma Marsengill (Cafeteria Bookkeeper) and Mrs. Kris Walk (Assistant) for their tremendous commitment.  Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, they cooked and prepared food throughout the day only to take up the effort again at first light on Monday.  The quality of food that they prepared for such a large crowd is nothing short of impressive.  I am grateful for their dedication as well as their good spirit.

The success of the luncheon was also made possible by the generous support of volunteers, many of whom return each year to offer assistance.  As such, the entire operation runs smoothly with staff and parents working hand in hand.  Thank you to all of our volunteers for your support of one of our most cherished traditions!

I would be remiss if I did not take a moment to recognize and thank our “celebrity servers”: Fr. Bob, Fr. Juan, Fr. Jeb and Fr. Melmer.  How blessed we are to be in a community where the priests take such delight in participating in the life of the school and provide such a wonderful example of service in action.

When we return from the Thanksgiving holiday, we will begin our school-wide celebration of Advent.  Look for details regarding special events and observances in next week’s edition of the Sentinel

As we pause from our daily work and schedules to join family and friends to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, please know of my gratitude for your continued support of our school and its mission of providing an education of faith and excellence.  Happy Thanksgiving! 

A Prayer of Thanksgiving:

May God be gracious to us and bless us   

and make his face to shine upon us.

The earth has yielded its increase;

God, our God, has blessed us.

May God continue to bless us;

let all the ends of the earth revere him.

                        (Psalm 67)

We thank you for your gifts, merciful God,

and we ask you to give all people the food they need.

May we all be united one day

in the eternal singing of your praises,

through Christ, our Lord.

Amen.

(A Prayer Book for Catholic Families)

 

CHRISTMAS PARADE 2011

Reserve the date for the 66th Annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade on December 3rd!  This year’s theme is “Christmas Remembered”.  If you are interested in participating in this year’s parade day activities attached is a permission slip.  Please complete and send to the school office no later than December 1st.

We will meet at 10am on Reb Yank Drive near Mathis Ave.  We are float number 70 in the lineup and anticipate being back at All Saints around noon, depending on the parade pace.  For a map of the parade lineup, route and road closures please visit the website at www.gmchristmasparade.org  Come out and show your support!  And remember to dress for the weather!

If you have any questions please email suechuckstevens1@yahoo.com or call Sue Stevens at 703-470-1344.

Parade Permission Slip: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/11/ChristmasParade2011PermissionSlip.pdf

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, November 22nd                 Thanksgiving Prayer Service & NJHS Food Drive (9:30 a.m.)

                                  Noon Dismissal

Wednesday, November 23rd             Thanksgiving Holiday

Thursday, November 24th             Thanksgiving Holiday

Friday, November 25th                    Thanksgiving Holiday

Monday, November 28th                   Advent Wreath Prayer Services (8:15 a.m. in each wing of the school)

Tuesday, November 39th                   VIRTUS Training Update (Room 212/7:00 p.m.)

Thursday, December 1st                   8th Grade High School Placement Test

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

Friday, December 2nd                       School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

                                  Noon Dismissal – Professional Development Seminar

                                  Evening with St. Nick Prayer Service & Celebration (church/7:00 p.m.)

Saturday, December 3rd                   Greater Manassas Christmas Parade

 

Link

  • Parade Permission Slip: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/11/ChristmasParade2011PermissionSlip.pdf
  • Win a Pew for Christmas Mass Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/11/Winachristmaspew2011.pdf
  • ·         SCA Christmas Tree Ornament Flyer ~  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/11/SCAChristmasTreeOrnament2011.pdf
  • Evening with Saint Nick Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/11/eveningwithstnick.pdf

The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 12

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

Principal’s Message:

This week our diocese celebrates Discover Catholic Schools Week, an annual opportunity for schools to showcase their programs and to promote their distinct mission.  In conjunction with this celebration, All Saints hosted an evening open house two weeks ago, drawing our largest attendance ever for a fall information session.  The reputation of our school in the surrounding community continues to be very strong with the majority of those in attendance at the open house already committed to seeking enrollment for their children in our program.  Many of them have learned about All Saints from current parents who enthusiastically share their experiences.  I thank you for continuing to “share our story” as it has truly helped to grow our enrollment, even during a challenging economic period.

In order for our school to continue to thrive and advance, it is vitally important that we annually consider our progress and identify goals for growth.  One such way that we might receive important feedback from the parent community is via surveys.  The uniform survey of 2010-2011 and the recent graduation survey of 8th grade parents are but two examples of how the consensus opinion of parents has helped to guide the future direction of our school.  Similarly, the annual bullying survey yields critical information as we monitor the climate of the school and seek new strategies each year to address this important issue, a process now underway as we compile the results from those who participated in our fall survey.

This week I wish to invite you to participate in a general survey designed to measure your overall satisfaction with our school and the programs it offers.  Aligned with one of the goals of our five year plan, this initiative is designed to provide faculty, staff and administration with another source of feedback regarding parent perceptions.  After consideration of options available for this purpose, we have decided to use the model of the Ultimate Question or Net Promoter Surveyapproach.  Designed at the Harvard Business School, the survey is widely used and recognized by organizations across our country, including businesses and corporations.  It is purposely designed to be very succinct with a built-in opportunity for open ended responses.  The survey is comprised of one key question:  On a scale of 1-10, how confident are you in recommending All Saints Catholic School to family, friends and acquaintances?  A follow up question based upon each individual’s response yields additional information which can be used in planning future goals for the school.

I do hope that many of you will take a few minutes to respond to this brief survey.  Your candid responses will help to provide an important perspective to us and inform our vision for the future. Most importantly, this tool provides an opportunity to ensure that we are in step with parent perceptions and actively responding to the needs of our community members.  In advance, thank you for your support and participation.

All Saints Satisfaction Survey:
 http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YJLLQ6J

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During the two days reserved for Parent-Teacher Conferences, the faculty and staff enjoyed beautiful luncheons prepared by our school families.  On behalf of the entire staff, I wish to thank the many parents who contributed the many delicious foods.  The variety of soups, salads and desserts was truly remarkable and enjoyed immensely by the teachers and staff. I would also like to specifically thank Mrs. Jen Morad and Mrs. Teresa Post who served as coordinators for the two luncheons.  With the support of many generous parents, they hosted first-class events for us.

Thanksgiving Luncheon ~ Schedule & Directions for Parents

Again this year we will be hosting four lunch seatings so as to provide more time and space for families to enjoy this special occasion.  The schedule is as follows:

11:00-11:40             Grades 6-8

11:40-12:20             Grades 4-5

12:20-1:00               Grades 2-3

1:00-1:40 Grades K-1

Parents are asked to arrive and sign in by the front office 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the lunch time for their child’s grade level.  There will be two sign-in tables at the front entrance of the school.

After signing in, parents are asked to report directly to their child’s classroom.  The homeroom teacher will provide guidance as to when families should begin to report to the cafeteria for the luncheon.

Reminder:  Payment for the Thanksgiving Luncheon is due by Thursday, November 17th.

Enrollment Survey for Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and New 1-8 Students for 2012-2013

With the demand for Catholic education in our region and the reputation for excellence that our school enjoys, it is important that the office solicit information from current families regarding plans for enrollment in our Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs for the upcoming year.  We would also like to know if there are any new students for enrollment in grades 1-8. As in the past, we will continue to give first consideration to current school families before reviewing new applications in the spring.

While completion of the attached survey does not guarantee enrollment, it is helpful for us to know how many current families plan to apply for these two programs or if families have a new sibling for grades 1-8 not currently enrolled in our school.  Even if you have a child currently enrolled in the Pre-Kindergarten program, it is important that you notify us of your interest for next year’s Kindergarten.  Please submit all survey responses to the school office by Friday, November 18th

Fall Handcraft Show Hosted by Father Juan Puigbó

Fr. Juan will host a Handcraft Show on Thursday, November 17th from 2pm to 7pm at the entrance of the school gym. A number of items will be on display and available for purchase, including beautiful wooden pieces handcrafted by Fr. Juan. This will be a good opportunity to buy your seasonal gifts!  For more information, please see the flyer linked to this week’s newsletter.

NJHS Operation Turkey

The National Junior Honor Society will again coordinate a canned food drive to provide for the less fortunate in our community during the upcoming holiday season.  The children will have an opportunity to place their donations in front of the altar in the church during our annual Thanksgiving Prayer Service after which the food will be delivered to SERVE.  The students will gather in the church at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 22nd for the prayer service.  All school parents are cordially invited to join us as we give thanks to God for the many blessings of this past year.

Family Directories 2011-2012

Copies of the new Family Directory were distributed to the oldest child in each family today.  In the event that you do not receive one, please contact Mrs. Kruppa at the front desk.  Again, this year the document was printed by J.M. Gaske through the financial support of local businesses.  When seeking local services, please take a moment to consider those companies that have shown support for our school by purchasing an advertisement in this annual publication.  We also wish to thank Mrs. Bruno and Mrs. D’Eugenio for again collaborating on the design and layout, resulting in a first-class directory for our families.

Uniform Exchange

During this period of uniform transition, much of the supply for the Uniform Exchange has been depleted with only a limited number of items remaining.  For this reason, the Uniform Exchange will not be hosting a sale in the near future.  However, those parents seeking specific items are invited to contact the coordinator, Mrs. Gemma Brophy, at 703-753-5458 to inquire as to whether a particular article might be in stock.

Graduation Rescheduled ~ Monday, June 11th

As published in our school calendar, graduation had been tentatively scheduled for the evening of Friday, June 8th, a date that presents a conflict for some families for whom an older sibling will be graduating from high school on that same evening.  In the hopes that all families may fully enter into the graduation celebrations being planned for their children, graduation at All Saints has been rescheduled for Monday, June 11th at 7:00 p.m. in the church.  All of the graduation day festivities, including the Pass-it-On Ceremony, Graduation Breakfast, and Walk of Honor will take place that same day.

Annual  VIRTUS  Training Update

The diocese 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, November 29th                       (Room 212/7:00 p.m.)

Thursday, December 15th                      (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, January 17th                           (Meeting Room 2/7:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, February 21st                          (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

If you have any questions, please call Janet Smith in the parish office at (703) 393-2158.

PTO 3rd Annual “Evening with St. Nicholas

All Saints PTO proudly invites families to the 3rd Annual “Evening with St. Nicholas”, Friday December 2 beginning at 7pm in the church.  

Please join us for what has become a beautiful tradition here at All Saints.  The evening will begin with an Advent Prayer Service and traditional Advent carols in the church.  The “Procession of the Shoes” will again be lead by St. Nicholas himself!    St. Nicholas and Mother Seton will be available for photos (bring your own camera) afterwards  in the gym. Cookies and cocoa will be served!

Come out and enjoy this wonderful community-building event, designed to help us prepare for the Advent season.  We ask that you bring a donation of new shoes in honor of St. Nicholas and his feast day.   Monetary donations will also be accepted.  Proceeds will go to House of Mercy.   House of Mercy shoe donation guidelines are :  NEW plain colors of tennis shoes- white, blue, black, tan, or brown.  No character tennis shoes, please.  Can’t make it to the event?   You can still make a donation by leaving it at the front desk, attention :  Gina Michak.

For planning purposes, please visit the “Evening with St. Nicholas” link at www.allsaintsvaschool.org and RSVP now!

Volunteers needed! Many hands will be needed to help the day of the event for set-up, decorating, and clean up :

**Set-up and decorating will take place on Friday morning in the gym beginning at 9am.

**Evening shift will start at 5:30pm, with cookie and cocoa table set –up, and assembling the luminaries lining the walkway from the church to the gym.

**After 7pm we will need volunteers to help with traffic flow, assist St. Nicholas, and serve refreshments.

Food donations are needed for the evening’s refreshments. We are asking for Christmas cookies/decorated sugar cookies, (homemade or store bought), cocoa mix  (packets OR canisters) and mini-marshmallows.  Cookies only, please.  While the All Saints School community is always very generous when asked to donate baked goods, the simplicity of a cookie is all we need for this event.  Thank you for your understanding and generosity!

Contact Gina Michak at  (703-330-8099) or ginamichak@gmail.com with questions or if you’d like to volunteer and earn “points for parents”. ***    Food donations also earn you points!

The PTO looks forward to seeing you on December 2.

WIN A PEW NEAR THE FRONT AT THE CHRISTMAS MASS OF YOUR CHOICE!

Donate an item for the Casino & Auction and you will be entered in a drawing to win a reserved pew for the All Saints Christmas Mass of your choice.  Please see the attached flyer for additional information.

Message from the Spirit Event Coordinator

I wanted to thank everyone who has supported our school through the Chuck E. Cheese Spirit Event, The Chick-fil-A Spirit Event, and Ticonderoga Farms Spirit Event. I know those who came to these events had a really enjoyable time. I have truly felt the community come together to support our school! The Spirit Event Committee is in desperate need of support. We are currently looking for the following positions to be filled: Yellow Sign Administrator (5 points for parents earned for each sign that you display), Liaison (communicating with the Spirit location), Advertising Assistant (5 points for photocopying and hanging up signs around the school), Advertising Assistant (5 points for sending communication regarding the Sentinel), Distribution Assistant (5 points for organizing handouts for teachers and classes). Please notify Megan Davies about which position you would be interested in filling at meggie.davies@verizon.net . “We’ve Got Spirit, Yes we do, We’ve Got Spirit, How About You?”

REMINDERS

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. 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


Upcoming Events

Thursday, November 17th             Deadline for Thanksgiving Luncheon orders

                                  Diocesan Teacher Information Meeting (Mtg. Room 2/1:00 p.m.)

Fr. Juan’s Fall Handcraft Show (Gym Vestibule/2:00-7:00 p.m.)

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

Friday, November 18th                2012-2013 Pre-K & Kindergarten Surveys due

Monday, November 21st             Thanksgiving Luncheon

                                                  11:00 – 11:40          Grades 6-8

                                                  11:40 – 12:20          Grades 4-5

                                                  12:20 – 1:00            Grades 2-3

                                                  1:00 – 1:40              Grades K-1

Tuesday, November 22nd             Prayer Service & Operation Turkey (9:30 a.m.)

                                  Noon Dismissal

Coming Home with Oldest Child

  • All Saints Catholic School Family Directory

Coming Home with Each Student

  • Win a Pew for Christmas Mass of Your Choice Flyer

Links

  • All Saints Satisfaction Survey ~  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YJLLQ6J
  • A Newsletter from the All Saints Catholic School Spanish Program ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/11/SpanishNewsletter11-12Qtr2.pdf
  • Win a Pew for Christmas Mass Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/11/Winachristmaspew2011.pdf
  • Enrollment Survey for New Pre-K, Kindergarten, & New 1-8 Students for the 2012-2013 School Year ~http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/11/PreK-K-NewStudentSurvey.pdf
  • ·         School Website Library Page w/Book Fair Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/academics/library/
  • Flyer for Fall Handcraft Show Hosted by Father Juan Puigbó ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/11/FallHandcraftShow-2011.pdf
  • ·         SCA Christmas Tree Ornament Flyer ~  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/11/SCAChristmasTreeOrnament2011.pdf
  • Evening with Saint Nick Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/11/eveningwithstnick.pdf

 

The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 11

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

Principal’s Message:

Undeterred by the cold temperatures, approximately 250 members of our community rallied Saturday morning for our first-ever Running with the Saints 5K.  After an opening prayer led by Fr. Bob and the singing of the National Anthem by Miss Dalusung, the runners took to the streets of Old Town Manassas.  With the support of the local police department who coordinated road closures and crossings, the event went very smoothly from start to finish.  And speaking of the finish, a professional timing company assisted in computing the times for all of our runners, providing a very professional experience for all of our participants.

I want to congratulate Mr. Joseph Blackstone who was the first to finish the race as well as Mrs. Ceil Boyle, a former school parent, who was the first woman to cross the finish line.  However, in the words of Fr. Bob, everyone who crossed the line experienced a victory and a sense of accomplishment in having “run the race”.  It was a great joy to congratulate all of our runners and walkers, including numerous members of the faculty and staff, Fr. Bob, Fr. Jeb and quite a few students from our school. 

The success of the event was only possible through the vision and dedication of the PTO.  I want to especially thank Mr. Eddie Collins, event coordinator, who began planning the 5K more than a year ago.  His expertise and enthusiasm paved the way for a very successful first event.  Behind the scenes, he was assisted by key members of the PTO who coordinated the registration process, the design of tee-shirts, and marketing for the event.  I would like to extend a special word of thanks to Mrs. Ann Potocnak, Mrs. Christian Cobb and Mrs. Sue Ferguson for their work as committee members.  Working together, they created an experience for our community that I am confident will become our newest All Saints tradition!

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As published in our school calendar, graduation had been tentatively scheduled for the evening of Friday, June 8th, a date that presents a conflict for some families for whom an older sibling will be graduating from high school on that same evening.  In the hopes that all families may fully enter into the graduation celebrations being planned for their children, graduation at All Saints has been rescheduled for Monday, June 11th at 7:00 p.m. in the church.  All of the graduation day festivities, including the Pass-it-On Ceremony, Graduation Breakfast, and Walk of Honor will take place that same day.

I wish to thank all 8th grade parents who responded to my letter and survey regarding potential conflicts with the date of our graduation.  I am pleased that we have identified a date and time when all of our families can gather and celebrate the success of our graduates.

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Enrollment Survey for Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten Programs 2012-2013

With the demand for Catholic education in our region and the reputation for excellence that our school enjoys, it is important that the office solicit information from current families regarding plans for enrollment in our Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs for the upcoming year.  As in the past, we will continue to give first consideration to current school families before reviewing new applications in the spring.

While completion of the attached survey does not guarantee enrollment, it is helpful for us to know how many current families plan to apply for these two programs.  Even if you have a child currently enrolled in the Pre-Kindergarten program, it is important that you notify us of your interest for next year’s Kindergarten.  Please submit all survey responses to the school office by Friday, November 18th. 

Sharing our Blessings ~ A Month of Giving Thanks

Placemats for Knights of Columbus Dinner

Students will be designing placemats to be used as part of the annual Knights of Columbus Thanksgiving Luncheon for senior citizens in our community.

Turkey Luncheon for School Families

One of the wonderful holiday traditions at All Saints is the annual Thanksgiving Luncheon.  As in the past, the cafeteria staff and volunteers will be preparing a full turkey dinner for students and parents on Monday, November 21st.  All order forms for the event are due no later than Thursday, November 17th.

In an effort to accommodate all of the families who attend, we will again host four lunch seatings this year.  The Thanksgiving Luncheon schedule is as follows:

 

               11:00-11:40             Grades 6-8

11:40-12:20            Grades 4-5

12:20-1:00              Grades 2-3

1:00-1:40               Grades K-1


ø  Operation Turkey ~ Sponsored by NJHS                                

The National Junior Honor Society will again coordinate a canned food drive to provide for the less fortunate in our community during the upcoming holiday season.  The children will have an opportunity to place their donations in front of the altar in the church during our annual Thanksgiving Prayer Service after which the food will be delivered to SERVE.  The students will gather in the church at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 22nd for the prayer service.  All school parents are cordially invited to join us as we give thanks to God for the many blessings of this past year.

Fall Handcraft Show Hosted by Father Juan Puigbó

Fr. Juan will host a Handcraft Show on Thursday, November 17th from 2pm to 7pm at the entrance of the school gym. A number of items will be on display and available for purchase, including beautiful wooden pieces handcrafted by Fr. Juan.  This will be a good opportunity to buy your seasonal gifts! For more information, please see the flyer linked to this week’s newsletter.

Report Cards & Parent-Teacher Conferences

In preparation for the parent-teacher conferences next week, please take some time to review all of the information provided by the teacher, noting any special areas of success or difficulty.  Additionally, I encourage you to speak with your child to determine if there is anything that he or she would like you to address with the teacher.  Please feel free to make a list of any questions or concerns that you wish to discuss during the conference.  While the time for conferences is somewhat limited, the teachers are committed to addressing the development of your child and welcome any questions you might have. Recognizing that experiences in the home also affect a child’s performance at school, the conference provides an opportunity to discuss any changes in routine, significant events, such as the death of a close relative or pet, or any other occurrences that might be affecting your child’s behavior.  The better the teacher understands the specific needs of each of the children, the better he or she will be able to assist them in their learning.

The following is a list of ideas that may prove helpful as you plan for a successful and productive meeting.

Before the Conference

¨       Arrive on time

¨       Bring a written list of questions or points for discussion

¨       Realize that your child may exhibit different behaviors at school than at home

During the Conference

¨       Ask for examples of your child’s work

¨       Discuss specific strengths & weaknesses of your child as a learner

¨       Ask the teacher for specific ways in which you can help at home

¨       Help set two or three specific goals for your child for the next grading period

After the Conference

¨       Share with your child what the teacher reports

¨       Remember that, as a parent, you are the most important person in your child’s life.  Give your child a hug and reassurance following the conference.

All Saints Library Book Fair ~ November 14th – 21st

The All Saints library is being invaded by readers and tons of books as we celebrate literacy with this year’s TO THE BOOK FAIR AND BEYOND!  Be a part of an out-of-this-world reading event that brings to our school a wonderful selection of fun, engaging, and affordable books students want to read.  Please click on the link at the end of the newsletter for a flyer with more information.

PTO “Evening with St. Nicholas”

Mark your calendars for December 2nd!  All Saints PTO proudly invites families to the 3rd Annual “Evening with St. Nicholas”, beginning at 7pm in the church.

Please join us for what has become a beautiful tradition here at All Saints.  The evening will begin with an Advent Prayer Service and traditional Advent carols in the church.  The “Procession of the Shoes” will again be lead by St. Nicholas himself!    St. Nicholas and Mother Seton will be available for photos (bring your own camera) afterwards  in the gym. Cookies and cocoa will be served!

Come out and enjoy this wonderful community-building event, designed to help us prepare for the Advent season.  We ask that you bring a donation of new shoes in honor of St. Nicholas and his feast day.   Monetary donations will also be accepted.  Proceeds will go to House of Mercy.   House of Mercy shoe donation guidelines are :  NEW plain colors of tennis shoes- white, blue, black, tan, or brown.  No character tennis shoes, please. Can’t make it to the event? You can still make a donation by leaving it at the front desk marked “Attention: Gina Michak”.

For planning purposes, please visit the “Evening with St. Nicholas” link at www.allsaintsvaschool.org and RSVP now!

***Many hands will be needed to help the day of the event for set-up, decorating, and clean up.  Food donations are needed for the evening’s refreshments. We are asking for Christmas cookies/decorated sugar cookies, (homemade or store bought), cocoa mix and mini-marshmallows.  Cookies only, please.  While the All Saints School community is always very generous when asked to donate baked goods, the simplicity of a cookie is all we need for this event.  Thank you for your understanding and generosity!

Contact Gina Michak at  (703-330-8099) or ginamichak@gmail.com with questions or if you’d like to volunteer and earn “points for parents”. ***  Food donations also earn you points!

Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School 

JP5K Run/Walk for Options! ~ Saturday, November 19, 2011. Start time: 8am. Register today for the First Annual JP5K Run/Walk for Options! Support our Options Program by raising awareness, and needed funds for our unique, inclusive, educational program for students with intellectual disabilities.

JP Futsal Classic – Middle School Invitational ~ Boys and Girls, grades 5 – 8 are invited to participate in the First Annual JP Soccer Clinic and Futsal Tournament.  Form a team from your middle school, or join a team for the day! Saturday, December 10, 1 – 5pm. ~ For more information, and to register, please click here.      

Calling All Student Artists! ~ JP is proud to sponsor the Second Annual Diocesan-wide Middle and High School Student Art Contest. All students in grades 6 – 12 in the Diocese of Arlington may submit their faith-inspired works by December 15. ~ Please click here for entry specifications. For more information, please contact: artcontest@jpthegreat.org

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

 

Upcoming Events

Thursday, November 10th             Noon Dismissal/Parent-Teacher Conferences

Enrollment Management Team Meeting ~ Rescheduled for Thursday, November 17th

Friday, November 11th                Holiday: Parent-Teacher Conferences

                                  Spirit Activity: Ticonderoga Farms (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Monday, November 14th             Beginning of Book Fair (through November 21st)

                                                  Evening Fair (6:30-8:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, November 16th          6th Grade Field Trip to Synagogue (8:30-12:30)

Thursday, November 17th             Deadline for Thanksgiving Luncheon orders

                                  Diocesan Teacher Information Meeting (Mtg. Room 2/1:00 p.m.)

Fr. Juan’s Fall Handcraft Show (Gym Vestibule/2:00-7:00 p.m.)

Going with each student ~

–          New Pre-K, Kindergarten, & New student 1-8 Survey for the 2012-2013 School Year

–          SCA Christmas Ornament Flyer

Links

  • New Pre-K, Kindergarten, & New Student 1-8 Survey for the 2012-2013 School Year ~http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/11/PreK-K-NewStudentSurvey.pdf
  • ·         School Website Library Page w/Book Fair Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/academics/library/
  • Flyer for Fall Handcraft Show Hosted by Father Juan Puigbó ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/11/FallHandcraftShow-2011.pdf
  • ·         SCA Christmas Tree Ornament Flyer ~  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/11/SCAChristmasTreeOrnament2011.pdf
  • Evening with Saint Nick Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/11/eveningwithstnick.pdf

The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 10

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

Principal’s Message

One of our cherished traditions at All Saints is the annual Thanksgiving Luncheon, a special meal prepared by the kitchen staff for students, parents, faculty & staff.  Attached to this week’s newsletter is a flyer inviting all of our families to participate in this wonderful celebration of food & fellowship.

In an effort to accommodate all of the families who attend and to reduce wait time, we will again be hosting four lunch seatings this year.  The schedule for the Thanksgiving Luncheon is as follows:

11:00-11:40             Grades 6-8

11:40-12:20             Grades 4-5

12:20-1:00               Grades 2-3

1:00-1:40 Grades K-1

The arrival process will be the same as prior years with parents reporting directly to their son/daughter’s classroom.  There, they will wait with their children, and when called by grade level, report to the gym via the Father Kelley Wing.

So that the kitchen staff may begin planning for the event, please be sure to return your form no later than November 17th.  We do hope that you will join us for this Thanksgiving tradition!

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This week we welcome Miss Jessica Fraraccio, a member of our parish who is completing educational coursework at Northern Virginia Community College in the field of early childhood education.  As part of her program, she will be observing teachers of grades PreK – 3 for a period of several hours each week over the course of the next month.  We welcome Miss Fraraccio to our community and wish her every success as she prepares for a career in the educational field.

Fall Handcraft Show Hosted by Father Juan Puigbó

Fr. Juan will host a Handcraft Show on Thursday, November 17th from 2pm to 7pm at the entrance of the school gym. A number of items will be on display and available for purchase, including beautiful wooden pieces handcrafted by Fr. Juan.  This will be a good opportunity to buy your seasonal gifts! For more information, please see the flyer linked to this week’s newsletter.

Running with the Saints 5K

Only 3 days to the first annual Running with the Saints 5K!  We are thrilled that more than 200 people of all ages and abilities have registered.  Join our priests, teachers and staff for a fun morning! Online registration will end on Thursday, but you are still welcome and encouraged to sign up in person on Friday between 2:30pm-8pm (at the Registration table in the lobby of the PAC) or Saturday morning at Harris Pavilion between 7am-8am.  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.  We are still in need of volunteers to help at the water table and with clean up (middle school volunteers welcome – you can earn confirmation hours!).  Please contact Mrs. Sue Ferguson at sferguson1@comcast.net for more information on volunteering.

RACE PACKET PICK-UP – Registered race participants can pick up their t-shirt, goody bag and race bib starting at 2:30pm Friday afternoon in the lobby of the PAC.

Virtue of the Month ~ Awards Presentation

Congratulations to the following students who received special recognition at our monthly Virtue Prayer Service for having exemplified the Virtue of Self-Discipline during October.

Heather R. (Pre-K)

Vincent S. (Pre-K)

Leona K. (K1)

Jack C. (K2)

Abigail R. (1A)

Noelle C. (1B)

Huyen H.h (2A)

Daniel C. (2B)

Mary C. (3A)

Emma S.r (3B)

Bianca M. (4A)

Zachary M. (4B)

Alex C. (5A)

Lucy B. (5B)

Kelly C. (6A)

Lauren G.h (6B)

Kelly T. (7A)

Carolyn K. (7B)

Edward C.s (8A)

Emma K. (8B)


Virtue of the Month ~ Gratitude

During the month of November, students will be encouraged to implement the following strategies:

A.       Thank Jesus each day for the sacrifice He made for you.  Look at the crucifix and say, “Thank you, Jesus”.

B.       Thank God for your special talents and use them to serve Him every day.

C.       Remember to say “Please” and “Thank you”.

D.       Show gratitude to all of your teachers.

E.       Remember to thank the ladies in the cafeteria for your lunch, milk or for helping you open your juice box or milk container.

F.       Tell your mom and dad you love them.

G.      Make a special effort to show gratitude to someone in your family each day.

H.       Say “Please” and “Thank you” at home.

I.         Thank a friend for being there for you.

J.        Be a good sport when you play.

K.       Thank God for your life, family, food and home each night.

Prayer of the Month

Dear Jesus,

We want to thank You for the many gifts You have given us, especially the gift of Yourself.

Accept our acts of courtesy and care as gifts of love to You.

Help us to imitate Your Mother Mary and to give glory to God through our words and actions.

We ask this in Your Holy Name.

Amen.

Parish Mission ~ “God Are You on-Line?”

Our parish mission will be held November 6th – 10th.  Fr. Bill Garrott, O.P. will offer the following:  Morning confessions after the 8:30 a.m. Mass, Monday through Thursday …and Evening confessions after his talks (except Thursday).  Please click on the following link for more information: http://www.allsaintsvachurch.org/content/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/10/God-Are-You-on-Line11x17.pdf.

Report Cards & Parent-Teacher Conferences

In preparation for the parent-teacher conferences next week, please take some time to review all of the information provided by the teacher, noting any special areas of success or difficulty.  Additionally, I encourage you to speak with your child to determine if there is anything that he or she would like you to address with the teacher.  Please feel free to make a list of any questions or concerns that you wish to discuss during the conference.  While the time for conferences is somewhat limited, the teachers are committed to addressing the development of your child and welcome any questions you might have. Recognizing that experiences in the home also affect a child’s performance at school, the conference provides an opportunity to discuss any changes in routine, significant events, such as the death of a close relative or pet, or any other occurrences that might be affecting your child’s behavior.  The better the teacher understands the specific needs of each of the children, the better he or she will be able to assist them in their learning.

The following is a list of ideas that may prove helpful as you plan for a successful and productive meeting.

Before the Conference

¨       Arrive on time

¨       Bring a written list of questions or points for discussion

¨       Realize that your child may exhibit different behaviors at school than at home

During the Conference

¨       Ask for examples of your child’s work

¨       Discuss specific strengths & weaknesses of your child as a learner

¨       Ask the teacher for specific ways in which you can help at home

¨       Help set two or three specific goals for your child for the next grading period

After the Conference

¨       Share with your child what the teacher reports

¨       Remember that, as a parent, you are the most important person in your child’s life.  Give your child a hug and reassurance following the conference.

8th Grade Confirmation Retreat ~ Important Reminder

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.

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.

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.

Christmas Parade 2011

Reserve the date for the 66th Annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade on December 3rd!  This year’s theme is “Christmas Remembered”.  We are recruiting artists to join us on November 9th after school in the art room to paint their favorite Christmas memory which will be displayed on the float on parade day.

Please email suechuckstevens1@yahoo.com to reserve a square to paint on November 9th.  Room will be limited so participants are on a first come first serve basis.  Be sure to bring a paint smock or a change of clothes that day.

If you are interested in participating in this year’s parade day activities attached is a permission slip. Please complete and send to the school office.  Staging information for parade day will be posted once received.

If you have any questions please email to the address above or call Sue Stevens at 703-470-1344.

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

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

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.)

                                  Spirit Activity: Chick-fil-A (Liberia Ave.)

Tuesday, November 8th                4th Grade Field Trip to Smithsonian Air & Space Museum (8:00-2:30)

                                  PTO Executive Board Meeting (7:00-8:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, November 9th            Veterans’ Day Mass & Reception (8:30 a.m.)

                                  Gold Medal Readers Celebration (1:15 p.m.)

                                  Christmas Parade Float Design (Art room/3:00 p.m.)

Thursday, November 10th             Noon Dismissal/Parent-Teacher Conferences

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

Friday, November 11th                Holiday: Parent-Teacher Conferences

                                  Spirit Activity: Ticonderoga Farms (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Coming Home with Each Student

  • Thanksgiving Luncheon Flyer

Links

The Saints Cafe

Eighth grade students perform in the Saints Cafe, presenting the lives of saints to students throughout the school as part of our school-wide celebration of All Saints Day! Students dressed as the saint that they selected and did a presentation about the saint’s early life and why he or she was made a saint.