The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 26

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

Principal’s Message

Last Thursday evening middle school families gathered for the highly anticipated Science Fair Awards Ceremony.  Under the leadership of our science teacher, Mrs. Hammang, and with the support of their parents, the students had spent months researching and preparing for the culminating moment, the day of judging and announcement of award-winners.  With cheering and revelry typically associated with sporting events, the students supported and congratulated one another on their accomplishments.  I was immensely proud of our students, not just for the quality of their work, but for their enthusiasm and good “sportsmanship”.  Standing in that crowded gym, one could not help but feel the pride associated with academic achievement at All Saints.  Thank you, students, for making this an important part of our school culture!

During my conversations with the judges, I heard repeatedly how impressed they were with the projects and many noted that the presentations seem to have improved from one year to the next.  As our school won first place in the diocesan level competition last year, that is quite a feat.  No doubt, Mrs. Hammang is to be credited with inspiring our students to excellence, challenging them to reach for loftier goals, and standing by their side to provide guidance each step of the way. Thank you, Mrs. Hammang, for your tireless efforts and your stellar commitment to your students.

The following is a list of the 2012 Science Fair Winners at All Saints Catholic School.  I wish to point out that Brett Goerl (8thgrade) is to be commended for his remarkable accomplishment.  For the third year in a row, Brett has won the Grand Prize.  While I do not wish to steer him away from any particular career path, it appears that this young man may be destined for greatness in the field of science.  We are all very proud of you, Brett, and congratulate you and the other students who placed in this year’s event.

Behavioral Science:

  • 3rd – Kayla M. (7) What Do You See?
  • 2nd – Evelyn P. (8) What’s the Word?
  • 2nd  – Brightney V. (6) Quiet, Please, The Master Mind Is At Work
  • 1st – Daniel J. (7) – 1,2,3 Zumba

Biochemistry:

  • 3rd – Kelly C. (6) Why Oil?
  • 2nd – Mary Kate H.m (8) Don’t Swallow It!
  • 1st – Shannon H. (7) Secret Agent Muffin

Botany:

  • 3rd –Diana G. (6) Thirsty Plants
  • 2nd –Sam C. (8) Blue Thumb
  • 1st – Emma K. (8)– Going Green: Is Hydrogen Peroxide the Answer

Chemistry:

  • 3rd – Christopher F. (8) Cool Lights!
  • 2nd – Drew D. (6) Which Wood You Burn?
  • 1st – Julianna L. (8) Look What’s Hot!

Computer Science:

  • 3rd Jazmine K. (7) Qwerty or Not!
  • 2nd Bradley M. (6) No Pain – Lots of Game
  • 1st  Brandon M. (8) Burning: Taking It to the Edge

Earth and Space

  • 2nd  – Lauren Ashley J. (7) Dirt Will Keep Us Together
  • 1st – Nicole B. (8) The Good, The Bad, The Carbon Dioxide

Engineering:

  • 3rd – Jason S.r (8) Turbines for the Wind
  • 2nd  – Will P. (8) Raining Golf Balls
  • 1st –Austin W. – (8)Stressed Out

Environmental Science:

  • 3rd – Kristin H. (8) Clean Green
  • 2nd – Vivienne P. (7) Thermal Insulation: Volume or Density
  • 1st – Brett G. (8) Solar Amplification

Medicine/Health:

  • 3rd –Christopher D.e (6) What’s Missing?
  • 2nd – Philip D. – (6) Dare to Be Bare!
  • 1st – Kaitlyn E. (6)  Mental Momentum

Microbiology:

  • 3rd – Julianna R. (7)– An Apple A Day Keeps the Doctor Away
  • 2nd  – Erika S.r  (7) Five Second Rule
  • 1st – Aidan T. (7) You’re Not Going To Drink That Are You?

Physics:

  • Honorable Mention – Jacob D. (7) – Shake It Up
  • 3rd – Colin H. (8) Shotgun Shootout
  • 3rd – Joshua A. (6) Cool Chemicals
  • 2nd – Ben C. (6) – Lift Off
  • 1st – Allison R. (7) What’s Up!

Zoology:

  • 2nd – Caton B. (7) Get a Sniff of That!
  • 1st –Megan S. (7) Is It the Purrfect Play Toy?

Overall Excellence

  • 3rd Runner Up – (Botany) Emma K.( 8)  Going Green: Is Hydrogen Peroxide the Answer
  • 2nd Runner Up – (Behavior and Social Science) – Daniel J. (7) 1,2,3 Zumba
  • 1st Runner Up – (Environmental Science) Vivienne P. (7) Thermal Insulation: Volume or Density
  • Grand Prize Winner – (Environmental Science) Brett G. (8) Solar Amplification

Diocesan Representative

The following students have been selected to represent our school at the Diocesan Science Fair on Saturday, April 21, at Paul VI High School in Fairfax:

Grade 8: Nicole B., Christopher F., Brett G., and Will P.

Grade 7:                 Sean G., Daniel J., Carolyn K., Vivienne P., Aidan T.,  and Marie T.

Virtue of the Month ~ Cooperation/Community Building

Strategies:

  1. Cooperate with your teacher.  Do your best to obey the rules and follow directions
  2. Say “please” when asking for things.
  3. Get in line quietly, without pushing, and don’t lag behind.
  4. Clean up around your desk area.
  5. Help a classmate when they need help.
  6. Take turns when playing.  Give someone else a chance.
  7. At home, do your chores cheerfully, without being asked.
  8. Cooperate at home.  Take turns and share with your brothers, sisters, and friends.
  9. Listen when others talk.  Respect their opinions.
  10. Always try to get along with everyone.

Prayer of the Month~ Prayer for Cooperation

Jesus, our Friend, help me to accept myself and others with

love and kindness.  Help me to see you in each person I meet.

Show me how to be good and kind to everyone.  Keep me from

being selfish.  I want to follow your rules of love and

compassion.  I can do many wonderful things.  Stay by me

today, Jesus.  I know you love me and I love you.

Schedule of Lenten Confessions

Monday, March 5th                                 3rd Grade

Wednesday, March 7th                           4th Grade

Wednesday, March 14th                         5th Grade

Friday, March 16th                                  6th Grade

Wednesday, March 21st                         7th Grade

(Note: All 8th grade students will have an opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation during the Confirmation retreats.)

Professional Development Day ~ No School on Friday, March 9th

Next Friday our teachers will participate in a diocesan-wide day of professional development.  For this reason, there will be no classes or Extended Day Program on Friday, March 9th.

PTO Sponsors Soup Supper – Volunteers and Food Donations Needed

Next Wednesday, March 7th the PTO will be sponsoring our Parish Lenten Soup Supper which is open to the entire parish between 5 – 7 p.m., in the school gym.  It is a wonderful Lenten Tradition and we invite you to be a part of it!  PLUS, it’s a great opportunity to earn Points for Parents and/or Middle School Service Hours!

We need volunteers in the following areas:

PROVIDING FOOD:              Deliver prepared food to the Cafeteria at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

                  Need: Soup, Bread/Rolls, Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches, Cookies, etc.

SET-UP/CLEAN-UP:            Assist us in setting out the food and keeping the tables clean

SERVE:                                  Assist in serving food and replenishing the soups, bread baskets, and drinks as needed

DINERS:                                 Have Supper with us!

Come volunteer as a family and enjoy some Lenten Fun!!  All donations and assistance are greatly appreciated.  To learn more about what we need and how you can contribute, please contact Cathy Hammerstrom atcmhammerstrom@gmail.com.           

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Race for Education ~ Mailing Labels Now Due!

Preparations are now underway for the 7th Annual Race for Education which will be held on Thursday, May 3rd. Our goal for this year’s Race for Education is $45,000.  As is our tradition, we will continue to donate 15% of the proceeds to St. Jude Childrens’ Research Hospital, an organization that has received $100,000 from our community since the 1990’s.  The remaining funds from the 7th Annual Race for Education will be allocated for technology and other educational materials.

Although the deadline for submitting completed mailing labels was last Friday, students may continue to forward them to their teachers in the days ahead.  Should you have any questions about the process, please do not hesitate to contact the co-coordinators, Mrs. Marjorie Collins (703-365-9686) or Mrs. Beth Ross (703-753-1740).

Registration Schedule for the New Year

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

                              (Including siblings for Pre-K & K)

Upcoming Events

Friday, March 2nd                             School Mass & Virtue Prayer Service (8:30 a.m.)

                                  3rd Quarter Interims distributed

                                  Registration Deadline for New Students

Saturday, March 3rd                          1st Reconciliation for Second Grade Students (10:30 a.m.)

                                  Diocesan Spelling Bee (9:00 a.m.)

Monday, March 5th                           3rd Grade Confessions

Tuesday, March 6th                           8th Grade Vocations Mass with the Bishop

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

Wednesday, March 7th                      4th Grade Confessions

                                  PTO Sponsored Lenten Soup Supper (5:00-7:00 p.m.)

Friday, March 9th                              Holiday – Professional Development Day

Saturday, March 10th                        2nd Grade Jesus Day

 

Middle School Science Fair

All Saints middle school students participate in our annual science fair, investigating topics in physics, behavioral science, botany, medicine/health, biochemistry, chemistry, environmental science, engineering, microbiology, zoology, and earth and space. Congratulations to our students for their outstanding efforts, and many thanks to our dedicated panel of hard-working judges.

The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 25

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

Principal’s Message

Today, as a community of faith, we begin our journey through the season of Lent.  To mark this beginning, this morning the students gathered in the gymnasium for our annual “Farewell to the Alleluia Banner” prayer service, a tradition by which we remind the children that we will refrain from saying the word “Alleluia” until we celebrate the great joy of Easter.  To symbolize this, students from our 8th grade rolled the Alleluia Banner into a scroll and placed it in a gold box where it will remain through the season of Lent.  Upon our return to school following the Easter holiday, the students will gather once again in the gym at which time the reverse will take place: the students will lift the cover of the box, unroll the banner, and lift it high as the children sing the “Easter Alleluia” and our pre-kindergartners fill the air with the sound of noisemakers.  Through prayer, symbolism and music, our students come to recognize that something very special is happening and that this time of year is distinct for us as a Catholic school community.

Throughout the season, students will have a number of opportunities to enter more deeply into this life of faith.  The following is a list of our school-wide Lenten observances.

Sacrament of ReconciliationStudents in grades 3-8 will have an opportunity to receive the Sacrament during regular school hours.

Stations of the CrossThe students will participate in this traditional Lenten prayer twice during the season, once in a small group setting and once when the entire school gathers.

Almsgiving: The SCA will once again sponsor the “Pennies for Love” Campaign, an annual fundraiser that will benefit a student in Africa as well as the House of Mercy.  Students will be encouraged to make small sacrifices of their own, perhaps giving up ice cream at lunch, donating part of their allowance, etc. so that they may place coins in the jar outside their classroom in the morning.  (See flyer for more details)  

7th Grade Passion Play:  On Holy Thursday, the 7th grade class will present the Passion Play, highlighting the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ.  This dramatic presentation will take place in the gym on April 5th, immediately following our Handwashing Prayer Service in the church.

Through prayer and sacrifice, our students are reminded that this is indeed a very special time of year.  Repeated year after year, these practices become part of the fabric of our students’ lives, providing them a foundation for the years ahead.  This is the very essence of Catholic education… providing students with meaningful experiences of faith formation that are truly life-changing.

Wishing you a blessed Lenten journey!

Middle School Science Fair ~ Cafeteria Closed

The cafeteria will be closed tomorrow (February 23rd) so that the space may be used for the annual Science Fair.  All students are reminded to bring a “brown bag” lunch.  Milk and juice will remain available for purchase.

Middle School Science Fair Awards Ceremony

The Awards Ceremony for the Science Fair will take place in the gym beginning at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow evening.  All school families are cordially invited to view the projects on display and witness the awards presentation.

PTO Meeting ~ Concussion Awareness Presentation

The next General Assembly Meeting of the PTO will take place on Monday, February 27th beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Activity Center.  A representative from Prince William County Public Schools will serve as guest speaker, highlighting the importance of concussion awareness and the steps we can take to ensure student safety and wellness. Parents of students who participate in contact sports are especially encouraged to attend and learn more about this important topic.

Casino Night & Auction

Thanks to the generous support of school families and the local business community, the PTO raised $9,741.28 from the event.  The proceeds will fund PTO initiatives which benefit the students and teachers and help to slow the rate of tuition increase.  Congratulations to Mrs. Beth Ross who won the $899.50 in the 50/50 Raffle.

Reminder for Band Parents

Tuesday, February 28th is the final day orders can be submitted for band shirts.  If you need to order a band shirt, please email the student’s name, class/teacher, and shirt size to Pam Hardy at beabear@verizon.net

All Advanced Band members are required to have a band shirt.  It is optional for beginning band students.  See Attached flyer for more details.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Race for Education ~ Mailing Labels Now Due!

Preparations are now underway for the 7th Annual Race for Education which will be held on Thursday, May 3rd. Our goal for this year’s Race for Education is $45,000.  As is our tradition, we will continue to donate 15% of the proceeds to St. Jude Childrens’ Research Hospital, an organization that has received $100,000 from our community since the 1990’s.  The remaining funds from the 7th Annual Race for Education will be allocated for technology and other educational materials.

Although the deadline for submitting completed mailing labels was last Friday, students may continue to forward them to their teachers in the days ahead.  Should you have any questions about the process, please do not hesitate to contact the co-coordinators, Mrs. Marjorie Collins (703-365-9686) or Mrs. Beth Ross (703-753-1740).

 

Registration Schedule for the New Year

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

                              (Including siblings for Pre-K & K-8)

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, February 22nd          Ash Wednesday Mass (10:00 a.m.)

Thursday, February 23rd                         Brown Bag Lunch Day (cafeteria closed except for sale of juice/milk)

Science Fair Awards Ceremony (6:30 p.m.)

Saturday, February 25th                         VIRTUS Four Hour Training (FKH/9:00 a.m.)

Monday, February 27th               Week of Pennies for Love Campaign, sponsored by SCA

PTO General Membership Meeting & Concussion Awareness Presentation (PAC/7:30 p.m.)

Friday, March 2nd                      School Mass & Virtue Prayer Service (8:30 a.m.)

                                  3rd Quarter Interims distributed

Saturday, March 3rd                   1st Reconciliation for Second Grade Students (10:30 a.m.)

 

Links

  • Pennies for Love Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/02/PenniesforLoveFlyer.pdf
  • ·         Band Shirt Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/02/AllSaintsBandShirts2012.pdf 

The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 24

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

 

Principal’s Message

Braving the bitter winds and occasional snowsqualls, nearly two hundred parents and members of the community gathered at the Portuguese Community Center on Saturday evening for our annual Casino & Auction Night.   The space was filled with conversation and laughter as everyone enjoyed good food, fellowship and exciting casino games.  We are pleased to have been joined by Mayor Hal Parrish who served as a “celebrity dealer” for the better part of the evening!

On behalf of the faculty, staff and students of All Saints, I wish to thank the PTO and the Auction Committee for all of their efforts in support of the event.  I want to extend a special word of thanks to Mrs. Ann Potocnak and Mrs. Denise LaRose who served as Co-Chairs.  Working behind the scenes for months in advance, they led a team of generous volunteers without whom we would not have been able to host an event of this magnitude.

The PTO is finalizing the numbers and looks forward to sharing more information next week.  Congratulations, Mrs. Potocnak, Mrs. LaRose, and the many members of the Auction Committee on a job well done!

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With spring just around the corner, we are rapidly approaching “Race” season at All Saints!  Six years ago All Saints Catholic School launched a tremendously successful fundraiser program, the Race for Education.   Through the years, the funds donated to our school by family and friends from around the country have enabled us to purchase an ACTIV Board system for every homeroom, Pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade.  The funds have also supported a variety of other initiatives, including special recognitions for the faculty, additional funding for the fine arts program, and contributions to the general operating fund.

Preparations are now underway for the 7th Annual Race for Education which will be held on Thursday, May 3rd.  The multi-colored packet distributed to students last Friday provides an overview of the key information related to the event.

When reviewing the information packet, you will note that our goal for this year’s Race for Education is $45,000.  As is our tradition, we will continue to donate 15% of the proceeds to St. Jude Childrens’ Research Hospital, an organization that has received $100,000 from our community since the 1990’s.

The remaining funds from the 7th Annual Race for Education will be allocated for technology and other educational materials. Students are asked to submit completed mailing labels by Friday, February 17th.  For additional information about this process and the incentives offered to students, please see the information packet.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the co-coordinators, Mrs. Marjorie Collins (703-365-9686) or Mrs. Beth Ross (703-753-1740).

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Last Friday I met with Mr. Bill Ditro, our representative from Flynn & O’Hara to review our uniform contract for next year and to discuss our experiences with the new uniform during the first year of implementation.  Next year will be the first year that all students are expected to wear the new uniform, with the exception of those who will be entering 8th grade.  Those students have the option of continuing to wear the prior uniform for an additional year and benefit from a two year grandfather period.  The cost of uniform apparel will increase next year by approximately 1.5% with an average increase of $.25 to $.50 per article.

I understand that some families have encountered difficulty with the mesh shorts worn for P.E., specifically with the logo sometimes falling off and the hemlines deteriorating.  Keep in mind that Flynn & O’Hara maintains a one year return policy on all of their merchandise with the exception of the knees in the boys pants.  As such, parents are invited to contact their customer service department at 800-441-4122 to arrange for shipment of a replacement uniform.

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This week I wish to share with you the exciting news that Mrs. Brown, our middle school math teacher, is pregnant and expecting her third child in September.  We congratulate her and her husband on this wonderful news and wish them every blessing during this special time in their lives.  In order to be able to spend time with her newborn, Mrs. Brown has decided to resign from her position at the close of this year.  As such, I will be seeking a new math teacher to continue building upon the strong foundation provided by Mrs. Brown during her time in the middle school program.

Re-Registration Forms ~ Due Today!

Parents are reminded that all re-registration forms are due in the office today, February 15th.  Since registration of new students began last week, it is important that parents return the forms by the deadline in order to insure that a place is reserved for each child who will be returning for the upcoming year.

Paul VI Catholic High School

PVI is hosting its 21st Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on Tuesday, February 21st from 5:30-8:30pm in the PVI cafeteria. The evening will feature pancakes and other breakfast fare, entertainment, games, face painting, live music, dancing, and fun for the entire family! All you can eat pancakes and sausage for $7. Kids under 4 eat free. For more information, contact PVI Campus Ministry at campusministry@paulvi.net or 703-352-0925 x330. Paul VI is located at 10675 Fairfax Blvd in Fairfax.

Food Donations Needed for Science Fair Luncheon

Only 12 weeks until the Points for Parents are tallied. Do you still need to earn points or do you like to thank people for their efforts? February 23rd is the Middle School Science Fair and we have 30 people taking valuable time from their day to judge our student’s science projects. We’d like to thank our judges with a nice lunch afterwards in appreciation for their efforts and taking significant time out of their busy schedules to help out our students. The hot food is being catered by Tony’s pizza but we are in need of garden salads, fruit for fruit trays and few baked desserts. All donations will be greatly appreciated and will earn Points for Parents.  To learn more about what we need and how you can contribute, please contact Holly Crocker at hollyscrocker@comcast.net.

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:

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.

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)

BoxTops for Education 

It’s time to send in the last of the BoxTops for the 2011-2012 school year.  All box tops must be submitted by March 1st to be included in our final check which is mailed in April.  Collection sheets will be coming home today.  BoxTop totals are running behind last year, so send in as many as you can!  You can and should still send in your box tops, those collected after March 1st will be submitted for next year.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, February 15th           Re-registration Deadline

Thursday, February 16th             Enrollment Management Team Meeting – Cancelled

Friday, February 17th                 School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Monday, February 20th               Holiday – Presidents’ Day

Tuesday, February 21st               VIRTUS Video Update (Art room/7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, February 22nd          Ash Wednesday Mass (10:00 a.m.)

Thursday, February 23rd                         Science Fair

Saturday, February  25th                         VIRTUS Four Hour Training (FKH/9:00 a.m.)

Links

Spring 40 Days For Life Campaign Flyer & Sign Contest Links ~  

http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/02/40DFLsigncontest.pdf 

http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/02/40daysforlifespring2012flyer.pdf

 

Soup-er Bowl Thank You!

Thanks to the generosity of our All Saints parishioners, our All Saints National Junior Honor Society raised $3,196.42 in our Soup-er Bowl Sunday collections after each Mass on Super Bowl Weekend. All funds benefitted the House of Mercy.

The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 23

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

Principal’s Message

Those families who attended Mass at All Saints this past weekend may have noted members of the National Junior Honor Society collecting donations outside the entrances.  This was in support of an outreach to benefit the House of Mercy, a local organization committed to providing resources to the poor in our community.  I am pleased to share with you that the students collected $3,196.42 from our parish!  I am so proud of our young people for taking time from their day in order to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.  Through their example they have given witness to the very best of our Catholic school tradition.  Thank you, Mrs. Hammang and Mrs. Bill (co-moderators), and the members of the NJHS, for representing our school so well!

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Tickets for the Casino & Auction Night on Saturday evening remain available and affordable at a cost of only $25.00 per person.  We hope that many members of our community will join us for what promises to be another wonderful evening of fellowship and fundraising in support of our school.  I’ll see you at the tables…. where I will be serving as a “celebrity dealer”!

Please click on the following link for information and the ticket order form:

http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/school-n-parish-flyer_v21.pdf

Re-Registration Forms ~ Reminder

Parents are asked to complete all of the forms and return them to the office no later than Wednesday, February 15th.   Since registration of new students begins today, it is important that parents return the forms by the deadline in order to insure that a place is reserved for each child who will be returning for the upcoming year.

Virtue of the Month Award Winners

Congratulations to the following students who received special recognition last week for having exemplified the Virtue of Compassion during January.

 

Cecily K. (PreK1)

Michael H. (PreK2)

Freya D. (PreK3)

Joseph G. (K1)

Toby R. (K2)

Jack M. (1A)

Andrea R. (1B)

Wystan B.(2A)

Victoria B. (2B)

Lexi S. (3A)

Awuraba A. (3B)

Kayla K. (4A)

Nicholas Z. (4B)

Cameron M.(5A)

Hannah P. (5B)

Drew D. (6A)

Sean H. (6B)

Daniel J. (7A)

Julianna R.z (7B)

Mary Margaret B. (8A)

Selena M. (8B)

 

Diocesan Honor Band Members Announced

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected to participate in the Arlington Diocese Honor Band.  These students will rehearse at Bishop Ireton High School on Monday evenings starting February 27th.

 

Andy G. (alto sax)

Evelyn P. (alto sax)

Alex C. (tenor sax)

Nicholas M. (tuba)


2012-2013 Fee Correction on the Tuition Agreement

There was an error in the fees on the Tuition Agreement for the upcoming year that was distributed to parents last week. Please note that the correct tuition for the Discounted Full Payment Out-of-Parish is $5,706.

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 for Elementary Schools is 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 tomorrow, 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 Events News

A big thank you goes out to all those that supported All Saints in our last couple of Spirit Events. We all had a lot of fun gathering at Bowl America and Chick-fil-A and we even earned the school a bit of money as well.

This is a request for help. Do you need Points for Parents? How would you like to earn 5 points for basically a 20 minute activity? We have two last Spirit Events for the year. One is Captain Pell’s Spirit Event on Friday, March 23rd and one is for the Skate-n-Fun Zone on Thursday, April 12th. We need two or three volunteers for each event. One to put up the signs around the school and one to organize and put out the yellow signs. Each activity is worth 5 points for parents. Please contact Megan Davies if you would like to help Meggie.davies@verizon.net. Remember your point balances will be checked in April, so this is a good time to earn those points.

All Saints Theatre Winter Cabaret

Bring your family to the All Saints Theatre Winter Cabaret performances on February 17th & 18th.  A Broadway Musical Review, Fools Improvisational Comedy, a One Act Play about the Trial of the Big Bad Wolf, and a pre-show featuring acclaimed Irish Tenor Patrick Mulhern are all part of this year’s experience which also includes an enhanced dessert menu to make the evening memorable.  Tickets are only $7 and purchased at the door of the Gym.  Doors open at 6:30pm with pre-show at 7:00pm, regular show at 7:30pm, and it all ends by 9:30pm.

Open House at Pope John Paul the Great

JP the Great invites all students in grades 5 – 7 to preview high school by attending our Open House on Thursday, March 15, from 4 – 6pm. Meet the faculty and students at JP, while learning more about our academics, athletics, clubs, admissions requirements, and more. Wolfie the mascot will be available for photos, and there will be plenty of fun snacks! All are welcome, including rising 9th, 10th and 11th grade students looking to transfer to JP next year. For more information, please visit www.jpthegreat.org or call (703) 445-0300.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, February 8th             Registration for New Students for 2012-2013 Opens

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

Friday, February 10th                 Race for Education Kick-Off Assembly (2:15 p.m.)

Saturday, February 11th              Casino & Auction Night (6:30-11:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, February 15th           Re-registration Deadline

Thursday, February 16th             Enrollment Management Team Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

 

Celebrating Vocations

In celebration of Vocations Day, special guests were on hand to share the story of their vocations. Sr. Marie Joseph (Little Sisters of the Poor), Seminarian Eric Shafer (Arlington Diocese), Sr. Karen Lynn (Benedictine Sisters of Virginia), Deacon Tom Yehl (Youth Apostles), and Sr. Maria David (Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist) shared what led them to their vocations and the impact their vocations have had on their lives. The morning included a question/answer session followed by a school-wide Vocations Prayer Service.

The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 22

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

Principal’s Message

Last Wednesday I had the opportunity to attend a meeting hosted by the White House in honor of Catholic school educators across the country who have made significant contributions to their local communities.  In an auditorium with other guests from surrounding dioceses, it was an honor to hear first-hand of the appreciation that the administration has for those in the field of Catholic education and the difference they make in American society.

During the presentation, nine honorees were asked to reflect on their work and experiences in Catholic education.  From a Jesuit priest who founded schools serving impoverished youth in Kenya to the success stories of administrators serving underprivileged communities in our own nation, I was reminded of the fact that Catholic schools are beacons of hope.  In the words of one of the presenters, it is simply remarkable to observe what happens when a Catholic school opens in a community and it is equally remarkable to see what happens when a Catholic school pulls out of a community.  At the end of the presentation, I left feeling reaffirmed for the good work that we accomplish each day and reminded of the fact that we are, indeed, deeply blessed.

On this occasion of Catholic Schools Week, we pause to celebrate our heritage and reflect on our mission.  Let us always remember that it is not our strong academics and sense of structure and order that set us apart, though these are tell-tale signs of a Catholic school.  Rather, it is the fact that our students encounter daily the person of Christ through prayer, the Sacraments and one another.  This experience, repeated day after day, month after month, year after year, is nothing short of life-changing and life-giving.

As a Catholic school, we do share in a tradition of academic excellence.  Within our classrooms and hallways, faculty & staff provide our children with the very best educational opportunities.  We are truly blessed to have such a talented and dynamic group of professionals working with the children each day.  Through their daily example, their passion for educating young people, and their professionalism, they have taken our school to great heights.  Through their commitment and with the generosity of our parish community, our students are afforded a first-class educational experience that integrates 21st Century learning tools with well-established best practices.

Of course, without the support of parents and our wonderful PTO, we would not have the tools and resources that are such an important part of our daily life.  At All Saints, parent involvement is recognized as fundamental to the success of our school and we are immensely grateful for the steadfast partnership that we enjoy with you.

On behalf of the faculty & staff, I wish to thank you for entrusting your children to us.  It remains a great privilege for us to have the opportunity to work closely with you in support of your child’s development.  We thank you for choosing All Saints and look forward to having your family as part of our “school family” for years to come.  Happy Catholic Schools Week!

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Today each family will receive re-registration forms for the 2012-2013 academic year.  Parents are asked to complete all of the forms and return them to the office no later than Wednesday, February 15th.   Since registration of new students will begin on February 8th, it is important that parents return the enclosed forms by the deadline in order to insure that a place is reserved for each child who will be returning in the fall.

(Please note: Registration of students new to All Saints, including siblings who will be eligible by age for Pre-Kindergarten, will begin on February 8th.  Separate forms related to this initial registration process will automatically be sent home to parents who have expressed interest in enrolling another child in our program.)

The 2012-2013 Re-Registration packets that were sent home yesterday were missing the re-registration form.  Please click on the following link for the re-registration form: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/02/Re-RegistrationForm_2012-13.pdf 

This form is a writable PDF file and you can fill in the blanks on your computer, print out the document (front & back preferred), sign it and send it in with the rest of the forms in the re-registration packet.

Tuition for grades K-8 will increase by 3% for the upcoming year.  Pre-Kindergarten tuition will increase from $2100 to $2250.  The registration fee, which has remained unchanged since the 1990’s, will increase from $105 per family to $125 per family.

This equates to the following increase per month:

                1 Child                    $14.20

2 Children               $22.90

3 Children               $31.00

4 Children               $39.20

One of the reasons that we are able to maintain affordable tuition rates is through the continued support of our parish community.  In addition to providing significant funding for maintenance and utilities costs, the parish continues to provide subsidy to the school in the amount of $240,000 per year.  (Subsequently, parishioners are extended a “discount” and are asked to pay less than what it actually costs the school/parish to provide educational services.  The parish is able to offer this discount with the understanding that those same families are contributing to and participating in the life of the parish on a regular basis.)  We also continue to benefit from the generous support of our PTO.  In generating approximately $80,000 in annual revenue, the PTO helps defer the costs of both special projects as well as operating expenses.

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On Saturday, February 11th the PTO will host the annual Casino & Auction Night at the Portuguese Community Center beginning at 6:30 p.m.  In addition to being one of our largest fund-raising events of the year, the annual auction provides a wonderful opportunity for parents, faculty, staff and community members to celebrate the success of our school.  I hope that many of you will be able to join us for this special evening which has become a cherished event at All Saints.  (A special note for those who have never participated in a casino night:  The games are great fun and the hosts very gracious.  It is, indeed, a relaxed and enjoyable evening.)  Ticket order forms are due THIS FRIDAY:  $25 per person in advance ($30 at the door).

Casino Night & Auction Highlights:

  • Classic casino games for raffle tickets towards great prizes – a portable grill, i-Docking station and more
  • Auction items include an HP all-in-one Wireless printer, a laser tag party at UltraZone in Chantilly, sterling silver jewelry, collectable Madame Alexander dolls, framed & autographed photo of former Redskin Darrell Green and more
  • Celebrity Dealers – including the Mayor of Manassas and Father Bob
  • Silent and Live Auction
  • 50/50 Raffle
  • Prize raffle (including a Kindle Fire, Flat Screen TV, and $200 Gift Card for Flynn & O’Hara)
  • Heavy hors d’oeuvres, dessert and cash bar.

Virtue of the Month ~ Honesty

  1. Admit when you do something wrong.  Don’t put the blame on others.
  2. Do all of your own work and put your best effort into it.  Don’t look at other student’s papers.
  3. Be true to your word and your beliefs.
  4. If you forget your homework, tell the truth.  Accept the consequences.
  5. If you find money try to find out who it belongs to.
  6. Always ask before borrowing something.
  7. Give back what you borrow in good condition.
  8. Be honest when you correct your own paper or someone else’s.  Circle all the mistakes.
  9. If you make a promise, keep it.

 Prayer of the Month ~ Prayer for Honesty

Lord Jesus,

You know me well and you see what is going on in my heart.

I am sure you understand me and want to help me.

Please give me the courage to resist temptations of all kinds,

and practice the virtue of Honesty in all I think, say, and do.

Let your Spirit rekindle in my heart the desire to act right,

and give me wonderful ideas to help others act right too.

Amen.

Catholic Schools Week Schedule

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.)

Judges still needed for Science Fair

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

We are still in need of 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 seeking 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.

Spirit Event ~ Chick-fil-A

We’ve got spirit, yes we do…We’ve got spirit, show yours too! Come on down to the Chick-fil-A on Liberia this Friday February 3rd 6:30am to 9:30pm. Come on your way to school, for lunch, or after school for dinner. You can even hit the drive-thru! Good food, great fun, and Christian fellowship!  Let’s do it again, support the most wonderful school around. Remember 20% the proceeds benefit All Saint Catholic School!

Attention all Scouting Families

It’s not too late to sign up for the Ten Commandments Hike this Saturday, February 4th.  Registration is from 8:30 – 9:00 AM Saturday at the Parish Activity Center at All Saints Church.  There is a flyer linked to the newsletter with more information.

Open House at Pope John Paul the Great

JP the Great invites all students in grades 5 – 7 to preview high school by attending our Open House on Thursday, March 15, from 4 – 6pm. Meet the faculty and students at JP, while learning more about our academics, athletics, clubs, admissions requirements, and more. Wolfie the mascot will be available for photos, and there will be plenty of fun snacks! All are welcome, including rising 9th, 10th and 11th grade students looking to transfer to JP next year. For more information, please visit www.jpthegreat.org or call (703) 445-0300.

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, 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)

Upcoming Events

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

                                  2nd Quarter Report Cards send home

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

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 (8:30 a.m.) & Virtue Awards Ceremony

                                  Middle School Demerit Free Breakfast

                                  Students will make small gifts for their teachers

                                  Noon Dismissal: Faculty & Staff Luncheon

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

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

Tuesday, February 7th                 Picture Day: Teams, Clubs & Candids

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

Wednesday, February 8th             Registration for New Students for 2012-2013 Opens

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

Friday, February 10th                 Race for Education Kick-Off Assembly (2:15 p.m.)

Saturday, February 11th              Casino & Auction Night (6:30-11:30 p.m.)

 

Coming Home with Oldest Child in grades Pre-K through 7

  • 2012-2013 Re-Registration Packets

Links

  • Chick-fil-A Spirit Event Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/02/2012-2-03Chick-Fil-A.jpg 
  • Flyer for Scouting Families Ten Commandments Hike ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/02/TenCommandmentsHike.pdf