Dave Conroy Attends White House Salute

As a prelude to Catholic Schools Week, Mr. Conroy attended “Champions of Change” at the White House, an event that recognized extraordinary individuals that have made a major impact on the students, families, and educators through Catholic schools and universities.

Additional information can be found on the National Catholic Educational Association website: White House Salutes Catholic Educational Leaders.

The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 21

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

Principal’s Message

This week I wish to share with you an important message from our Superintendent, Sr. Bernadette McManigal, on the topic of an upcoming legislative initiative.

Dear Parents:

Parental choice in education is a fundamental right, and one for which the Catholic Church has long fought.  Legislative efforts have been underway in Virginia for the last several years to ensure greater educational options and opportunities for more students, and to sustain the long term viability of Catholic and other nonpublic schools, which provide significant benefits for their families as well as all taxpayers.  In the upcoming Virginia General Assembly session, parental choice in education will again be a hotly debated topic.

The Virginia Catholic Conference –collaborating with the Catholic Schools Offices in Richmond and Arlington, the Mid-Atlantic Catholic Schools Consortium and the Diocese of Arlington’s Office of Communications – has developed a video (linked at the end of this letter) to promote tax credits for parental choice in education.  The Education Improvement Scholarship Tax Credit: Taking Action for a Brighter Tomorrow (produced by Triune Production Studios, LLC) is designed to increase understanding and involvement in legislative advocacy in order to win passage of the Education Improvement Scholarship Tax Credit bill in 2012.

The Education Improvement Scholarship Tax Credit bill will be considered during the 2012 Virginia General Assembly session that begins in mid-January.  Its benefits for our local community and Catholic schools statewide are three-fold:  It will provide critical support for low-income students desiring a Catholic education.  It will save all Virginia taxpayers money.  And finally, it will support the long-term viability of Catholic schools throughout Virginia by sustaining enrollments and leveraging greater investments.

For the last two years this legislation has come just two votes short.  If it is to pass in 2012, the bill needs strong grassroots support.

I encourage you to watch this short five minute video and then take a few minutes to follow the action suggested at the end.  Please share the video with family members and friends who might be interested in viewing it as well.  Your help is vitally important to pass this bill in 2012!


On behalf of our school community and all Catholic schools in Virginia, thank you for allowing me to share this message.

Sincerely,

Sr. Bernadette McManigal, B.V.M.

Superintendent of Schools

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In support of this initiative, I am attaching two additional documents for your review.  The first is an overview of theEducation Improvement Scholarship Tax Credit bill that addresses some frequently asked questions.  The second is a form that you may use to enroll in the Virginia Catholic Conference Email Advocacy Network.  As grassroots support is vital in order for this legislation to pass, All Saints parents are strongly encouraged to register as part of the email network.

Finally, there will be a rally in Richmond on February 7 from 11 to 11:45.   If any parents in our community are interested in attending, please contact our school office for additional information as well as details regarding the possibility of diocesan organized transportation.

 

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This week I wish to share with you the news that Mr. Mark L’Abbe, Facilities Manager, is retiring this week after 14 years of service to our school and parish.  Mr. L’Abbe began his employment in August of 1998 as Facilities Technician.  In September of 2000, he assumed the position of Facilities Director and transitioned to his current position in 2006.  Through the years, Mr. L’Abbe has quietly worked behind the scenes to help ensure that our school is in fine working condition and pristine in appearance.  We thank him for his years of dedicated service and wish him every good blessing as he begins his retirement!

The school community will gather to thank and honor Mr. L’Abbe at an assembly beginning at 2:15 p.m. tomorrow.  Any parents who wish to attend are cordially invited.

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Next week All Saints will join with schools across our country in celebrating Catholic Schools Week, an annual celebration of our heritage and distinct mission.  The following is a list of special activities planned for the weeklong celebration.

Catholic Schools Week Schedule

Sunday, January 29th                  All students are asked to wear their school uniform to Sunday Mass.

Monday, January30th                 Vocation Day Celebration & Prayer Service

Tuesday, January 31st                 Staff Appreciation Day ~ Coordinated by Teachers and Students

Wednesday, February 1st             Priest Appreciation Day ~ Students will offer special prayers and spiritual bouquets for our parish priests.

Thursday, February 2nd               Student Appreciation Day ~ Optional Dress Down Day ($1.00 in support of our diocesan seminary); Free Ice Cream at Lunch & No Homework

Friday, February 3rd                   School Mass

                                                Students will make small gifts for their teachers

                                                Teacher Appreciation Day ~ Faculty & Staff Luncheon, hosted by the PTO, following Noon Dismissal

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

Saturday, February 4th                PTO sponsored Bingo & Pizza Night (Knights’ Hall/5:00-9:00 p.m.)

Spelling Bee

Congratulations to the following students who competed in last week’s school-wide Spelling Bee.  These students qualified for participation after winning the class level bees.

6A           Nate S., Bianca P.

6B           Ben C., John S.

7A           Erika S., Erika C.

7B           Megan W.n; Dane L.

8A           Juliana L.; McKenna D.

8B           Brett G.; Will P.

Congratulations to Brett G. on winning our school bee!  For the second year in a row, Brett will represent All Saints at the upcoming Diocesan Spelling Bee!

Volunteers Needed to Assist Mrs. Hammang with Science Fair

Please contact Gina Michak at ginamichak@gmail.com  or Val Loague at valerie@skycass.com  ASAP if you can help.

Judges ~ Are you curious about the natural world, wonder how things work, or enjoy learning new things? If you answered yes to any of these questions, or if you just enjoy reading and learning about scientific topics, please consider serving as a Science Fair Judge for our school fair on Thursday, February 23 from 8:00am to 1:30pm (includes lunch).

Thanks to those who have already responded to the call!  We are currently seeking approximately 20 – 25 volunteer judges to evaluate the academic and creative efforts of our middle school students. Judges are needed in the following categories: Behavioral and Social Sciences, Biochemistry, Botany, Chemistry, Earth and Space Sciences, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Medicine and Health, Microbiology, Physics, and Zoology.

Set up the afternoon before ~ Mrs. Hammang needs several parents (and/or high school students) interested in setting up the student projects in the gym the afternoon before (Feb. 22).  Volunteers would place backboards in categories and number all backboards.  Many hands make light work in this case.  Perfect opportunity for high schoolers to earn service hours!!  We don’t have many volunteers as of yet.  We need parents as well as high schoolers.

Science Fair backboard orders due on Monday, Jan 30th

A letter was sent home with all middle school students this week with information about the requirements for project display boards.  Critical to the presentation of the research is the preparation of a quality backboard.  To facilitate this process, an order will be placed for backboards, backboard headers, and project title sets through the school.  The order form can be found at http://www.allsaintsscience.org/Science%20Fair%20Info.html.  If you are interested in ordering through the school, please print out the form and return with payment to Mrs. Hammang no later than Monday, January 30.  (Backboards can also be obtained individually, but must conform to the standards provided to the students in the information letter.)

Order Your 2011-2012 School Yearbook Today

The 2011-2012 Yearbook order form is linked to the newsletter.  The cost for each book is $21.00.  Checks should be made payable to All Saints Catholic School.  When returning your order, please place the payment and order form in an envelope marked:  “YEARBOOK MONEY”.

Family Bingo Night

The PTO sponsored Family Bingo Night will be held on February 4th, 5:00 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall.  Please see flyer linked to the newsletter for more information and the Bingo and Dinner Pre-Order Form.

PVI Summer Basketball Camps

  • Paul VI Girls & Boys Summer Basketball Camps.  June 18-22 / July 9-13 / July 23-27…Grades 2 – 8. (9 am – 4 pm)
  • St Leo the Great Mini-Hoopster Camp.  June 25 – 28…Girls & Boys in Grades K – 2.  (9 am – 1:30 pm)

Please visit www.pvibasketball.com for information and camp registration.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

8th Grade Confirmation Announced

Confirmation for 8th grade students enrolled at All Saints Catholic School will take place on Saturday, May 19th beginning at 2:00 p.m.  The rehearsal will take place on May 17th at 6:30 p.m. in the school gym.  In addition, parents of students who will be confirmed are invited to A Parent Evening of Prayer this evening from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the church.

Tuition Assistance Applications for 2012-2013

Applications for tuition assistance for the 2012-2013 academic year are now available in both English and Spanish at the front office.  Again this year the Diocese of Arlington has contracted with FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Company. FACTS has established an on-line application process that can be initiated through the company website (www.factstuitionaid.com)

The due dates for applications and supporting documentation are as follows:

High School                 January 23, 2012

Elementary School      March 19, 2012

NOTE: All families with children enrolled in both high school and elementary school will need to submit an application by the January high school deadline.

Please note that ALL applications and supporting documentation must be received by FACTS by the date listed above, not postmarked.  Applications are not considered complete until FACTS has received the supporting documentation. Additionally, only those families who are verified by FACTS as having submitted all of the required supporting documentation will be eligible for diocesan tuition assistance.

An overview of the Diocesan Tuition Assistant Program can be found at the following link:  http://www.arlingtondiocese.org/catholicschools/tuition_grant.php

Those families interested in applying for tuition assistance for the Pre-Kindergarten program are invited to complete a separate application available in our front office.  As the diocesan tuition assistance program pertains only to those students enrolled in grades K-12, the Pre-Kindergarten assistance program is distinct and managed by All Saints rather than FACTS Tuition.

Open House for 2011-2013 School Year

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, February 9th beginning at 9:00 a.m.  All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about the parish school are cordially invited to attend.  Following a presentation and introduction at 9:00 a.m., tours of the facility will be provided. For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at (703) 393-1490.

Registration Schedule for the New Year

ø  Re-Registration for Current Families       February 1-15, 2012

ø  Application Period  for New Students      February 8-March 2, 2012         

                              (Including siblings for Pre-K & K)

Spirit Event at Bowl America on Friday, January 27th

Looking for something fun to do with the kids on our day off? We have it covered!

Great fun at a terrific price and guess who benefits the most? . . . That’s right, the best school around. Come on out to the next Spirit Event- January 27th at Bowl America on Balls Ford Rd. between 12 and 8.  10% of the proceeds come back to us. So pack up the gang and have lunch there too. Let’s Bowl up some fun and support us at the same time. It’s a strike with a spare! That’s a win win for us all! See you there.  The Bowl America flyer is linked to this week’s newsletter.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, January 25th             8th Grade Parent Evening of Prayer (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, January 27th                   Holiday: Professional Development Day for Teachers

                                  Spirit Activity: Bowl America (12:00-8:00 p.m.)

Sunday, January 29th                  Catholic Schools Week (see schedule listed above)

Wednesday, February 1st             Re-registration begins for 2012-2013

                                  Golf Tournament Committee Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

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

                                                Middle School Demerit Free Breakfast

                                  Noon Dismissal: Faculty & Staff Luncheon

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

Saturday, February 4th                PTO sponsored Bingo & Pizza Night (Knights Hall/5:00-9:00 p.m.)

Links

2012 Spelling Bee

The finalists from each grade level  advanced to a school-wide spelling competition on Wednesday, January 18th. Brett Goerl was the All Saints spelling bee champ for a second straight year and will advance to the diocesan competition.

The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 20

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

 

Principal’s Message

Prior to the Christmas holidays, all parents were invited to participate in the Net Promoter Survey, an electronic questionnaire by which the school can periodically assess the level of parent satisfaction in our community.  The use of the survey is aligned with one of the goals of our five year plan, that of seeking additional means for soliciting parent feedback and promoting meaningful dialogue.

The following is an overview of the survey instrument and a summary of results.  I wish to thank Mrs. Janis DeVore, our Director of Marketing & Development, who administered the survey and compiled all of the data.

From November 16 – December 4, 2011, All Saints Catholic School conducted a Net Promoter survey to measure parents’ overall satisfaction with the school and its programs. The Net Promoter Survey model yields a “Net Promoter Score,” a customer loyalty measurement developed by Fred Reichheld, Bain & Company, and Satmetrix. The metric was introduced in a 2003 Harvard Business Review article, and is used by organizations around the world to measure customer satisfaction.

The Net Promoter Score is obtained by asking parents a single question: “How likely is it that you would recommend our organization to a friend or colleague?” Respondents are asked to rate the organization on a 0 to 10 scale, where 10 is “extremely likely” and 0 is “not at all likely.” Additional follow-up questions are asked to gather specific feedback that can be acted upon to improve an organization’s interactions with its customers.

Based on the responses, parents are categorized into one of three groups:

  • Promoters (9–10 rating)
  • Passives (7–8 rating)
  • Detractors (0–6 rating)

The percentage of Detractors is then subtracted from the percentage of Promoters to obtain a Net Promoter Score (NPS). An NPS can be as low as -100 or as high as +100.

Overall, 186 parents (54%) responded to the survey.  In total, 111 survey respondents rated All Saints a 10, and 26 survey respondents rated All Saints a 9. Based on the total number of responses (186), the percentage of Promoters was 74% (137/186).

A total of 30 survey respondents rated All Saints a 7 (10 responses) or 8 (20 responses), and 19 survey respondents, rated All Saints a 3 (2 responses), 4 (1 response), 5 (12 responses), or 6 (4 responses). Survey respondents who rated All Saints in the 0-6 range are considered Detractors. Based on the total number of responses, the percentage of Detractors was 10% (19/186). This gives All Saints a Net Promoter Score of +64.

 

 Click on the following link for Net Promoter Results graph: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/01/NetPromoterSurveyGraph.pdf 

 

Positive/Negative Feedback Analysis

Out of the 186 surveys completed, All Saints received 109 positive and 37 negative comments from survey respondents. In the interest of transparency and in the knowledge that you might appreciate seeing how other parents have responded, we are including a summary of these narrative responses.  Note: Similar narrative comments representing 2% or less of respondents has been considered statistically insignificant and has not been included in the summary.

In reviewing the data related to negative responses, no more than 6% of respondents shared a concern about one particular aspect of our program.  This indicates that there is not a particular challenge or concern that is currently prevalent among the parent population.  However, while the data does not convey the need for change in any particular area, it can serve to further inspire the faculty, staff, and administration to refine current practice to even more effectively meet the needs of our students and families.

A.  Positive Feedback

All Saints received positive feedback regarding many aspects of the school. Themes voiced by a majority of  survey respondents included the following:

  • Faculty and Staff – a significant number of survey respondents indicated that they rated All Saints highly due to the caring, concern, dedication, commitment and effectiveness of the teachers and staff.
  • School Environment – a significant number of survey respondents indicated that All Saints offers a warm environment and welcoming community.
  • Focus on Faith – a significant number of survey respondents indicated that they were pleased with the faith foundation being provided for their children.
  • Academics – a significant number of survey respondents indicated that they believe All Saints provides a quality education for their children.
  • Leadership – a significant number of survey respondents indicated that they were pleased with the leadership of the school.

B.  Negative Feedback

All Saints received negative comments regarding the following issues:

  • Projects and Homework – four survey respondents who gave All Saints a 7/8 rating and two survey respondents who gave All Saints a 3 to 6 rating expressed concerns regarding homework. In addition, there were five negative comments concerning projects, resulting in a total of 11 (6%) negative comments related specifically to homework and projects.
  • Negative Tone – five survey respondents who gave All Saints a 7/8 rating and three survey respondents who gave All Saints a 3 to 6 rating expressed concerns over what they perceive is a negative tone in the classroom. A total of eight (4%) negative comments related specifically to this issue.
  • Uniform – five survey respondents who gave All Saints a 7/8 and one survey respondent who gave All Saints a 3 to 6 rating expressed concerns related to the new uniform. A total of six negative comments were related to the school uniform; the majority of these responses were from survey respondents who rated All Saints a 7 or 8. (3%)
  • Class Size – one survey respondent who gave All Saints a 7/8 and four survey respondents who gave All Saints a 3 to 6 rating expressed concerns related to large class sizes. A total of five negative comments (3%) were related to class size; the majority of these responses were from survey respondents who rated All Saints a 3, 4, 5 or 6.

In conclusion, we are very grateful to the many parents who responded to the survey and appreciate the candid feedback we received through the process.  The results are, in many ways, an affirmation of what we have together established at All Saints through the years.  Of course, the purpose of the survey is to provide us with key information that may be used for future planning.  Most importantly, it ensures that we are “in step” with the thinking of the parents and responding accordingly.

As such, we are implementing several specific strategies based upon the feedback.  For example, one of the areas that we will focus on in a more strategic manner is that of “tone”.  We are committed to ensuring that we always model the level of respect that we strive to foster in our students, thereby creating an environment noted for its level of professionalism as well as a warm and caring atmosphere. Our goal is to provide you with an experience of faith, learning and interaction that you simply will not find elsewhere. Secondly, we will continue our efforts to monitor homework expectations and also create a rubric that clearly outlines procedures and learning goals for all projects.

Again, please know of our sincere gratitude to all who took the time to share their thoughts about their experiences at All Saints.  The process has yielded a wealth of insights and observations that are already shaping the life and culture of our school.  Most importantly, thank you for choosing All Saints for your family.  We are so happy to be in partnership with you as we strive to provide the children with a world-class environment of faith and learning!

Volunteers Needed to Assist Mrs. Hammang with Science Fair

Please contact Gina Michak at ginamichak@gmail.com  or Val Loague at valerie@skycass.com  ASAP if you can help.

Judges ~ Thanks to those who have already said they could help.  Science Fair is February 23.  It would take place from 8 am until about 1:30.  This includes a lunch after judging is over.  The more judges we have, the faster the morning will go.  Currently we have a few volunteers; 20 or more are needed.

Set up the afternoon before ~ Mrs. Hammang needs several parents (or high school students) interested in setting up the student projects in the gym the afternoon before (Feb. 22) this involves placing backboards in categories and numbering all backboards.  Many hands make light work in this case.  Perfect opportunity for high schoolers to earn service hours!!  We don’t have many volunteers as of yet.  We need parents as well as high schoolers!

Runners ~ Parents are needed to supervise students during the fair, assist Mrs. Hammang with small details the morning of the fair, and chaperone small groups of students between the gym and middle school wing while judging is taking place. We currently have 3 volunteers.  One or two more would be helpful.

Breakfast food items ~ Mrs. Hammang likes to offer judges a variety of muffins, bagels, fruits, juices and bottled water before and during the Fair.  If you can send in items, let Gina or Val know.   Breakfast foods would have to be sent in on February 22, as breakfast is set up very early the morning of the fair.  If you would like to assist with set up, or coordinate food donations, let us know.

News from Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High SchoolI

New ‘Shadow’ Program at JP the Great! And, Time to Apply! ~ Considering Catholic high school? Pope John Paul the Great invites rising 9th, 10th, and 11th graders to spend a day on campus to see what life is like as a JP Wolf! Participate in the new ‘shadow’ program by registering at www.jpthegreat.orgALSO, applications for admission to JP are currently being accepted. All rising 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students are encourage to contact JP soon in order to be included in first-round admission and financial aid decisions. For more information, please visit:www.jpthegreat.org or call: 703-445-0218.

Baseball Camp ~ Baseball players in grades 6 – 11 are invited to participate in the Third Annual Spring Training Baseball Camp at Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School. Coaches work with players on the fundamentals of hitting, throwing, and fielding. February 18-19 and 25-26. For more information, and to register, please visitwww.jpthegreat.org or contact baseball coach, Brian Dunleavy: 703-445-0331 or brian.dunleavy@jpthegreat.org.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

8th Grade Confirmation Announced

Confirmation for 8th grade students enrolled at All Saints Catholic School will take place on Saturday, May 19th beginning at 2:00 p.m.  The rehearsal will take place on May 17th at 6:30 p.m. in the school gym.  In addition, parents of students who will be confirmed are invited to A Parent Evening of Prayer on Wednesday, January 25th from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the church.

March for Life

On Monday, January 23rd the students of All Saints will join their prayers with the thousands who will gather in Washington, D.C. at the annual March for Life.  As a school community we will pray for an end to abortion and for an increase in respect for the sanctity of life at all stages in our society.   While children who wish to attend the March for Life with their parents will be marked as absent, please know that this absence will not affect a child who otherwise would earn “Perfect Attendance” at the close of the year.  If your child will be attending the March, please notify his or her teacher via a note by the end of next week.

Tuition Assistance Applications for 2012-2013

Applications for tuition assistance for the 2012-2013 academic year are now available in both English and Spanish at the front office.  Again this year the Diocese of Arlington has contracted with FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Company. FACTS has established an on-line application process that can be initiated through the company website (www.factstuitionaid.com.)

 

The due dates for applications and supporting documentation are as follows:

High School                 January 23, 2012

Elementary School      March 19, 2012

NOTE: All families with children enrolled in both high school and elementary school will need to submit an application by the January high school deadline.

Please note that ALL applications and supporting documentation must be received by FACTS by the date listed above, not postmarked.  Applications are not considered complete until FACTS has received the supporting documentation. Additionally, only those families who are verified by FACTS as having submitted all of the required supporting documentation will be eligible for diocesan tuition assistance.

An overview of the Diocesan Tuition Assistant Program can be found at the following link:

(http://www.arlingtondiocese.org/catholicschools/tuition_grant.php).

Those families interested in applying for tuition assistance for the Pre-Kindergarten program are invited to complete a separate application available in our front office.  As the diocesan tuition assistance program pertains only to those students enrolled in grades K-12, the Pre-Kindergarten assistance program is distinct and managed by All Saints rather than FACTS Tuition.

Open House for 2011-2013 School Year

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, January 19th beginning at 9:00 a.m.  All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about the parish school are cordially invited to attend.  Following a presentation and introduction at 9:00 a.m., tours of the facility will be provided. For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at (703) 393-1490.

Registration Schedule for the New Year

ø  Re-Registration for Current Families       February 1-15, 2012

ø  Application Period  for New Students      February 8-March 2, 2012         

                              (Including siblings for Pre-K & K)

Spirit Event at Bowl America on Friday, January 27th

Looking for something fun to do with the kids on our day off? We have it covered!

Great fun at a terrific price and guess who benefits the most? . . . That’s right, the best school around. Come on out to the next Spirit Event- January 27th at Bowl America on Balls Ford Rd. between 12 and 8.  10% of the proceeds come back to us. So pack up the gang and have lunch there too. Let’s Bowl up some fun and support us at the same time. It’s a strike with a spare! That’s a win win for us all! See you there.  The Bowl America flyer is linked to this week’s newsletter.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, January 19th               Open House (9:00 a.m.)

                                                Meet & Greet with Mrs. DeBruyne, new 8th Grade Teacher (3:30-5:00)

Friday, January 20th                   Ms. Coto’s Last Day

Monday, January 23rd                 End of 2nd Quarter – Adoration & Benediction (2:15 p.m.)

                                  Application Deadline for Catholic High Schools

Wednesday, January 25th             8th Grade Parent Evening of Prayer (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, January 27th                   Holiday: Professional Development Day for Teachers

                                  Spirit Activity: Bowl America (12:00-8:00 p.m.)

Coming Home with Student

  • BoxTops for Education Activity

Links

 

The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 19

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

Principal’s Message

Congratulations to the following students who received special recognition at our monthly Virtue Prayer Service last Friday for having exemplified the Virtue of Generosity during December.

Natalie H. (K1)

Josephina H. (K2)

Jacob Y. (1A)

Moira H. (1B)

Sage L.(2A)

Jacob C. (2B)

Matthew K. (3A)

Carley G. (3B)

Padraig D. (4A)

Thumay H. (4B)

Jack H. (5A)

Jack T. (5B)

Kaitlyn E. (6A)

Diana G. (6B)

Shannon H. (7A)

Ayla P. (7B)

Samuel C. (8A)

William P.(8B)

National Geography Bee

Last Friday morning students in grades four through eight participated in the school-wide round of the National Geography Bee.  Congratulations to Stan Dobis, our school champion, who completed a written assessment earlier this week to determine whether he will qualify to advance to the state level competition.  Congratulations to Vicente Barrera, who won second place, and to Sarah Goldsmith who came in third and to all of the following students who won first place in the classroom level competitions, thereby qualifying to participate in the school bee.

4A  Brianna W.                                       4B  Andrew R.

5A  Noah H.                                              5B  Vicente B.

6A  Reem V.                                            6B  Patrick M.

7A  Sarah G.                                             7B  Stan D.

8A  Cara R.                                                 8B  Nicole B.     

Lock-Down Drill ~ January 18th (10:00 a.m.)

The second quarter lock-down drill will occur on Wednesday, January 18th at 10:00 a.m.  (Please note: This drill has been scheduled for several weeks and is not in response to any concerns specific to All Saints.  Rather, it is another exercise by which we maintain a state of preparedness should the need ever arise to secure the facility and safeguard the children.) 

8th Grade Confirmation Announced

Confirmation for 8th grade students enrolled at All Saints Catholic School will take place on Saturday, May 19th beginning at 2:00 p.m.  The rehearsal will take place on May 17th at 6:30 p.m. in the school gym.  In addition, parents of students who will be confirmed are invited to A Parent Evening of Prayer on Wednesday, January 25th from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the church.

Boxtops Program ~ Tremendous Success!

Thanks to the participation of many in our community, last week our school received a check in the amount of $1860.15. Thank you to all students and parents who continue to support this very worthwhile program!

March for Life

On Monday, January 23rd the students of All Saints will join their prayers with the thousands who will gather in Washington, D.C. at the annual March for Life.  As a school community we will pray for an end to abortion and for an increase in respect for the sanctity of life at all stages in our society.   While children who wish to attend the March for Life with their parents will be marked as absent, please know that this absence will not affect a child who otherwise would earn “Perfect Attendance” at the close of the year.  If your child will be attending the March, please notify his or her teacher via a note by the end of next week.

Volunteer Opportunity ~ Playground & Cafeteria Monitors

The school is now seeking additional parent volunteers to assist with supervision of students in the cafeteria and on the playground during lunch recess.  Our goal is to have at least three volunteers available each day to help with this important duty.  The time is from 11:15-12:35.  Volunteers must have completed the background check and have attended VIRTUS training. (Forms for the background check are available at the school office.) Younger siblings are permitted to come along for this volunteer opportunity.

If you are available to help one or more days per week or have any questions, please contact Mrs. Sue Ferguson atsferguson1@comcast.net.

2012 Casino Night & Auction

Happy New Year All Saints Families

We hope you have enjoyed the Christmas Season and have set your sights on wonderful things in 2012.  Your school PTO surely has! and we hope you’ve “saved the date” for the 2012 Casino Night & Auction on February 11 at the Portuguese Community Center.  We’re going to have a great evening of entertainment and fellowship, complete with lively music, casino games, heavy hors d’ouerves and dessert – not to mention the Silent Auction and Live Auction, raffles and the ever-popular Heads-or-Tails Game!!

Your (oldest) child will be bringing home an invitation package today. Included is an Invitation, Event Ticket Order Form, and books of raffle tickets – for the 50-50 Raffle Drawing and the Prize Raffle Drawing.  There is also a return envelope, for your conveniece in returning the order form and ticket books.

We do hope you will plan to join us for all the fun!  Please return your order form and ticket books by February 3rd so we can process your order and send tickets home with your child on February 8th!

Feel free to contact event co-chairmen Denise LaRose (jdlarose@aol.com) or Ann Potocnak (potocnak3@comcast.net), if you have any questions!

Also check the website for additional information at http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/pto/all-saints-casino-night-auction/

Spirit Event at Bowl America on Friday, January 27th

Looking for something fun to do with the kids on our day off? We have it covered!

Great fun at a terrific price and guess who benefits the most? . . . That’s right, the best school around. Come on out to the next Spirit Event- January 27th at Bowl America on Balls Ford Rd. between 12 and 8.  10% of the proceeds come back to us. So pack up the gang and have lunch there too. Let’s Bowl up some fun and support us at the same time. It’s a strike with a spare! That’s a win win for us all! See you there.  The Bowl America flyer is linked to this week’s newsletter.

Volunteers Needed to Assist Mrs. Hammang with Science Fair

Please contact Gina Michak at ginamichak@gmail.com  or Val Loague at valerie@skycass.com  ASAP if you can help.

  • Coordinator needed ~ Mrs. Hammang needs a person/team of persons to assist with Coordinating orders for backboards.  For those new to the science fair, parents in the middle school have the opportunity to order science fair backboards through the school.  They are the same high quality you’d see in stores, only delivered to your child through science class. Parents are not required to order through the school, but it sure does make for one stop shopping!

This individual/team would send out the order form to all students in the middle school (Mrs. Hammang has a template), tally the orders/money (no monies come home, it’s all sent to the school office), place the order, and then hand out orders to each student when the backboards arrive. Mrs. Hammang is available to give further details on this.

  • Judges ~ Thanks to those who have already said they could help.  Science Fair is February 23.  It would take place from 8 am until about 1:30.  This includes a lunch after judging is over.  The more judges we have, the faster the morning will go.  Currently we have a few volunteers; 20 or more are needed.
  • Set up the afternoon before ~ Mrs. Hammang needs several parents (or high school students) interested in setting up the student projects in the gym the afternoon before (Feb. 22) this involves placing backboards in categories and numbering all backboards.  Many hands make light work in this case.  Perfect opportunity for high schoolers to earn service hours!!
  • Runners ~ Parents are needed to supervise students during the fair, assist Mrs. Hammang with small details the morning of the fair, and chaperone small groups of students between the gym and middle school wing while judging is taking place. This is great exercise for 3 hours.

Help Plan our 12th Annual Golf Tournament!

All Saints parish and school will be sponsoring its 12th Annual All Saints Golf Tournament on Monday, May 21st at Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, VA. We are looking for individuals to join our Golf Tournament Committee to help plan this fun-filled event! Our first Golf Tournament Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 1st at 7:00 p.m. in Meeting Room 1. There are many ways to help with this “Points for Parents” activity and you don’t have to be a golfer to participate! If you would like to join in our efforts to put together an outstanding golf event for our parish and school community, please contact Janis DeVore at jdevore@allsaintsva.org.

Bishop O’Connell High School

Immaculée Ilibagiza, Rwandan genocide survivor, and author of the book, Left to Tell, will give a presentation on the power of faith and forgiveness on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Bishop O’Connell High School auditorium. The public is invited to this event which is sponsored by the O’Connell PTO. Admission is free. Read more about the inspiring story of this remarkable young woman at www.bishopoconnell.org/lefttotell. (Bishop O’Connell is located at 6600 Little Falls Road in Arlington.) For more information, call 703-237-1400.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Tuition Assistance Applications for 2012-2013

Applications for tuition assistance for the 2012-2013 academic year are now available in both English and Spanish at the front office.  Again this year the Diocese of Arlington has contracted with FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Company. FACTS has established an on-line application process that can be initiated through the company website (www.factstuitionaid.com.)

The due dates for applications and supporting documentation are as follows:

High School                 January 23, 2012

Elementary School      March 19, 2012

NOTE: All families with children enrolled in both high school and elementary school will need to submit an application by the January high school deadline.

Please note that ALL applications and supporting documentation must be received by FACTS by the date listed above, not postmarked.  Applications are not considered complete until FACTS has received the supporting documentation. Additionally, only those families who are verified by FACTS as having submitted all of the required supporting documentation will be eligible for diocesan tuition assistance.

An overview of the Diocesan Tuition Assistant Program can be found at the following link:

(http://www.arlingtondiocese.org/catholicschools/tuitiongrant.php)

Those families interested in applying for tuition assistance for the Pre-Kindergarten program are invited to complete a separate application available in our front office.  As the diocesan tuition assistance program pertains only to those students enrolled in grades K-12, the Pre-Kindergarten assistance program is distinct and managed by All Saints rather than FACTS Tuition.

Open House for 2011-2013 School Year

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, January 19th beginning at 9:00 a.m.  All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about the parish school are cordially invited to attend.  Following a presentation and introduction at 9:00 a.m., tours of the facility will be provided. For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at (703) 393-1490.

Many of our current families learned about the value of an All Saints education through a personal reference from an existing school family.  Again this year we would like to reward you for promoting the school to your family and friends! Through the New Student Referral Programyour family can receive a $200.00 tuition credit for referring a new family to All Saints Catholic School.  For more information about this program, please see the attached flyer.  Help to spread the word about the success and tradition of All Saints Catholic School!

Registration Schedule for the New Year

ø  Re-Registration for Current Families       February 1-15, 2012

ø  Application Period  for New Students      February 8-March 2, 2012   (Including siblings for Pre-K & K)

Inclement Weather Reminders ~ Half Days & Cafeteria Menu

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.  In this scenario, school will begin at 10:10 a.m. and extend until 3:00 p.m.  Please note:  On such days there are no cafeteria services available and each student is asked to bring a lunch and drink to school.

In the event that school is closed due to inclement weather, the cafeteria menu for that day will be prepared the following day.  However, in the event that school is closed two or more days in a row, the menu will be re-evaluated with changes posted on our website.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, January 12th               Bullying Awareness Video Presentations & Classroom Discussions

                                  Mrs. DeBruyne begins shadowing Ms. Coto

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

Friday, January 13th                   School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

                                  Bullying Awareness Buddy Activities

Monday, January 16th                 Holiday – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 17th                 VIRTUS Update Training (Meeting Room 2 @ 7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, January 18th             2nd Quarter Lock-Down Drill (10:00 a.m.)

                                  Spelling Bee (1:30 p.m.)

Thursday, January 19th               Open House (9:00 a.m.)

                                  Meet & Greet with Mrs. DeBruyne, new 8th Grade Teacher (3:30-5:00)

Friday, January 20th                   Ms. Coto’s Last Day

Going Home with Oldest Child

  • Casino Night and Auction Invitation Package

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The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 18

Message from the Principal

Happy New Year!  I hope that you and your family enjoyed the Christmas holiday and the many opportunities to celebrate the season. 

Next week our school will participate in Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week, a time during which we annually refocus our attention and direct our efforts toward the particular challenges associated with bullying.  Implemented as part of our program several years ago, this annual practice has raised the level of awareness among faculty, parents and students and provided an opportunity for us to recommit ourselves to establishing a bully free environment.

I am particularly pleased to announce that we will begin the week with a special presentation for students by Mr. Jed Doherty of Jedlie Productions.  Mr. Doherty has designed a show that integrates the four principles of the Olweus Program, an internationally recognized anti-bullying initiative, with the teachings of our Catholic faith.  Through storytelling and magic, he will engage our students in thought-provoking exercises, all in support of creating a caring and respectful school environment.  He will begin with a presentation for students in grades Pre-K through 4 at 8:30 a.m. to be followed by a second presentation for grades 5-8 at 9:45 a.m.  Both shows will take place in the Parish Activity Center where there is more than ample seating for students as well as parents.  Parents interested in attending the show are cordially invited to join us for what I believe will be a very compelling presentation.

The following is a list of strategies that we will implement next week in support of Bully Awareness & Prevention Week.

Monday:            School-wide Assembly

                        Posters displayed in every classroom

  Daily announcements in support of bullying awareness & prevention

Tuesday:            Distribution of bullying awareness accessories to all students

Wednesday:       Dress Down Day (Jeans with Blue or Yellow Shirts/Sweatshirts/$1.00)

Thursday:          Video Presentations & Classroom Discussions

Friday:              Buddy Class Activity

One of the ways that we monitor bullying within our community and evaluate the effectiveness of strategies is through the bullying surveys which we distribute twice per year.  Again, I wish to thank those parents and students who participated in the process during the fall semester and offer a few insights based upon the data.

A total of 63 parents (18% ) responded to the electronic survey as compared to 43 respondents in 2010 and 145 in 2009.  While I would have hoped that more parents would have taken a moment to provide feedback on the topic of bullying, I believe that the low number of respondents indicates that concerns related to bullying in our community are not elevated at this time.

While the story is generally positive with few significant statistical changes over the course of the past several years, there is always more work to be done.  For example, not surprisingly the data continues to indicate that the playground continues to be the area in which bullying most often occurs.  In fact, a greater number of students reported feeling “so so” as opposed to “safe or very safe” on the playground, in the hallways and in the restrooms than in the prior two years.   At the same time, more students have responded that they have “never been bullied” (59%).

With this in mind, we have identified a number of strategies to both supplement our current efforts and to create an even greater awareness among faculty, staff and students.

ø  Display of visual reminders/posters in each classroom

ø  Annual publication & in-servicing of bullying policies for all faculty & staff

Perhaps most significantly, in accordance with our Design for Excellence 5 Year Plan, this year we will be reviewing the current structure for supervision of the cafeteria and playground, seeking opportunities to refine our procedures in support of best practice, predictability of faculty/staff involvement, and overall safety and well-being of our students.  Although not related to our bullying awareness efforts, the revision of our approach to playground management affords us an opportunity to give particular attention to the topic of bullying as we refine our procedures.

All parents are encouraged to take a moment to review the actual survey results.  A copy of the parent and student surveys can be accessed at the following links.  There you can view the number of responses submitted to each question of the parent and student surveys.

The keys to reducing instances of bullying, I believe, are education and communication.  When faculty, staff, parents and students share a keen awareness of the policies as well as the rationale and are committed to engaging one another in meaningful conversation when challenges arise, it is then that we effectively address the issue of bullying.  In the event that you ever have a concern related to a bullying incident, please contact us so that we can be aware and assist in resolving the matter.  The teachers and staff stand ready and welcome any feedback or concerns that you may have.  Additionally, Mrs. Karcher, Mrs. Campagna and I continue to closely monitor and address any bullying concerns that arise.  Please know that you can contact any of us at any time.

There is no place for bullying in any school environment, most especially in a Catholic faith community.  Recognizing the inherent goodness and dignity of each individual, it is our mission to instill within each student a respect and reverence for the sacredness of life.  Founded upon Gospel principles, our school provides more than simply instruction and academic opportunity for students.  Rather, All Saints provides formation, integrating the very best of our faith tradition seamlessly across programs and curricula.  As such, it is the continual focus on moral development, particularly within the context of our Virtue Program, which provides a strong foundation for our students.  Herein lies, I believe, our greatest antidote to bullying.  Let us continue to strive in this manner so that those who witness our community might echo the words of the Gospel, “See how they love one another.”

Finally, I wish to thank Mrs. Karcher, our school counselor, as well as Mrs. Coyle, Mrs. Bill and Mrs. Honkus for their assistance and leadership in planning our week long recognition of Bully Awareness & Prevention Week.  I appreciate their dedication to this initiative and know that the students will continue to benefit from their efforts.

Prayer of the Month ~ Prayer for Compassion

O Father, give us the compassion you want us to have and teach us to embrace each other with compassionate arms, no matter what our age, color, history, or belief. Help us to remember that you are Life Itself, and that you are using every one of our unique gifts to bring us together with you once again.  Amen.

Virtue of the Month Program ~ Compassion

The following is a list of ways that we will encourage the students to practice the Virtue of Compassion during the month of January.

1)       Pray for those people who are hungry or homeless.

2)       Give money to the poor box in church from your own allowance.

3)       Give food or clothing to those in need.

4)       Help at home without being asked.

5)       Keep your room neat and orderly to help your parents.

6)       Make a pretty card or write a cheerful letter to someone who is sick or in a nursing home.

7)       Listen quietly when your friend is upset or angry and needs to talk.

8)       Visit relatives, neighbors, or friends that are sick.

9)       Include new students in your games.  Introduce them to your friends.

10)    If someone doesn’t understand a lesson or a game, offer to teach them.  Do not make fun of them.

11)    Make someone laugh when they are feeling sad.

12)    Be kind to everyone you meet.

Spirit News:

Happy New Year All Saints Family! In light of our day off on Friday, January 27th, we have moved the Spirit Event that was supposed to be scheduled on Friday, January 13th to Friday, January 27th. As you have the day off, you have plenty of time to join us at Bowl America on Balls Ford Road. Details will follow in next week’s Sentinel. Come along for some great fun any time from 12-8 p.m. See you there!

CASINO NIGHT UPDATE

Fantastic prizes added to Raffle Ticket Drawing:  Kindle Fire • Reserved Pew for Easter Mass • $200 Gift card for Flynn & O’Hara • First in Carpool • Flat Screen TV • Points for Parents Excused.  Join the fun on February 11th at the Annual Casino Night and Auction.  Invitation package will be sent home next week!

VOLUNTEERS are needed to assist with a Class Basket/Project – please contact Holly Stefonsky athdstef40@comcast.net – Thanks!

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Tuition Assistance Applications for 2012-2013

Applications for tuition assistance for the 2012-2013 academic year are now available in both English and Spanish at the front office.  Again this year the Diocese of Arlington has contracted with FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Company. FACTS has established an on-line application process that can be initiated through the company website (www.factstuitionaid.com.)

The due dates for applications and supporting documentation are as follows:

High School                 January 23, 2012

Elementary School      March 19, 2012

NOTE: All families with children enrolled in both high school and elementary school will need to submit an application by the January high school deadline.

Please note that ALL applications and supporting documentation must be received by FACTS by the date listed above, not postmarked.  Applications are not considered complete until FACTS has received the supporting documentation. Additionally, only those families who are verified by FACTS as having submitted all of the required supporting documentation will be eligible for diocesan tuition assistance.

An overview of the Diocesan Tuition Assistant Program can be found at the following link:  (http://www.arlingtondiocese.org/catholicschools/tuition_grant.php).

Those families interested in applying for tuition assistance for the Pre-Kindergarten program are invited to complete a separate application available in our front office.  As the diocesan tuition assistance program pertains only to those students enrolled in grades K-12, the Pre-Kindergarten assistance program is distinct and managed by All Saints rather than FACTS Tuition.

Open House for 2011-2013 School Year

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, January 19th beginning at 9:00 a.m.  All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about the parish school are cordially invited to attend.  Following a presentation and introduction at 9:00 a.m., tours of the facility will be provided. For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at (703) 393-1490.

Registration Schedule for the New Year

ø  Re-Registration for Current Families       February 1-15, 2012

ø  Application Period  for New Students      February 8-March 2, 2012         

                              (Including siblings for Pre-K & K)

Inclement Weather Reminders ~ Half Days & Cafeteria Menu

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.  In this scenario, school will begin at 10:10 a.m. and extend until 3:00 p.m.  Please note:  On such days there are no cafeteria services available and each student is asked to bring a lunch and drink to school.

In the event that school is closed due to inclement weather, the cafeteria menu for that day will be prepared the following day.  However, in the event that school is closed two or more days in a row, the menu will be re-evaluated with changes posted on our website.

Upcoming Events

Friday, January 6th                     School Mass (8:30 a.m.) followed by Virtue of the Month Presentation (9:15 a.m.)

                                  National Geography Bee (gym/10:00 a.m.)

                                  Noon Dismissal (Faculty Meeting)

Monday, January 9th                   Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week

                                  Assembly Presentations:      8:30         Grades PreK-4

                                                                                  9:45         Grades 5-8

Tuesday, January 10th                 Bullying Awareness Accessories distributed to students

Wednesday, January 11th             Bullying Awareness Dress Down Day ($1.00)

Thursday, January 12th               Bullying Awareness Video Presentations & Classroom Discussions

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

Friday, January 13th                   School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

                                                Bullying Awareness Buddy Activities

Monday, January 16th                 Holiday – Martin Luther King Jr. Day  

 

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