The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 33

Seek Christ in one another; welcome Him into your heart

Principal’s Message

This year the Arlington Diocese has revised the calendar/schedule policy to coincide with the state-wide requirement for schools to provide six hours of instructional time per day.  Subsequently, the daily schedule at All Saints will reflect an increase from the previously required five and one-half hours to six hours of instruction effective with the start of the 2012-2013 academic year.  Additionally, the diocese will now require that travel time between classes must be incorporated in the schedule outside of the time allocated for instruction.

The impact of this policy change on our daily life at All Saints will be minimal since we presently exceed the requirement for 5.5 hours of instruction each day.  In fact, our current schedule is only 10 minutes short of the 6 hour requirement for instructional time.  However, in order to account for travel time between classes in the middle school program, we need to account for an additional 18 minutes per day to achieve full compliance with the new policy.

In considering the possibilities for implementing schedule changes, I have given priority to two basic assumptions: 1) Changes to the length of the school day, to the extent possible, should be minimally disruptive to existing faculty & family schedules and 2) In recognition of the importance of time for free play and socialization, all students should continue to enjoy a daily combined period of lunch & recess.

Given these parameters, the following is an overview of the changes in the daily schedule that will be implemented with the start of the new year.

Schedule Changes for 2012-2013 Academic Year

ø  Change the Official Start Time of the Day to 8:00 a.m. (10 minute gain).  Carpool will begin at 7:45 a.m. and conclude at 8:00 a.m.

ø  Change the Official End Time to 3:00 p.m. (5 minute gain)

ø  Reduce the Travel Time between Middle School Classes from 3 Minutes to 2 Minutes (6 minute gain)

ø  Reduce the Length of Middle School Lunch/Recess by 7 minutes providing students with a 38 minute combined period (7 minute gain)

Although the impact on the entire schedule is rather insignificant, I wanted to communicate this change to you now so that you can plan accordingly for the year ahead.  Bottom line, next year we’ll be operating on an 8:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m. schedule with a few adjustments inside the school day.  Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to let me know.

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Last Thursday our school hosted the first annual “Catholic Cup”, an academic competition built around knowledge of our faith. Identified as a strategy in support of faith formation in our strategic five year plan, the event provided an opportunity to showcase the depth of knowledge that our students have acquired in their faith during their years at All Saints.  I want to thank Mr. Tessier and Mrs. Bill, event co-chairs, who designed the entire competition, including all of the rules and questions.  We are hopeful that the event will become another exciting tradition for our school and potentially become an initiative embraced by our other schools, perhaps resulting in a diocesan level competition.

Congratulations to Chiera I. (6A) on winning First Place in the event and to Stan D. (7B) on winning Runner-up.  The excitement in the Parish Activities Center rose to a fever pitch as they answered question after question during the final round competition!

Congratulations to the following students who won first place in the classroom rounds and represented their grade level in the school-wide event.

Jacob A. (4A)

Mary A. (4B)

Rachel W. (5A)

Jack T. (5B)

Chiera I. (6A)

Patrick M. (6B)

Sarah G. (7A)

Stan D. (7B)

McKenna D. (8A)

Emma K. (8B)


7th Annual Race for Education

Thanks to the students and parents of All Saints, our school mailed more than 5,200 letters requesting financial support for the7th Annual Race for Education.  Prize Cards are now being distributed to students who met the criteria and may be redeemed according to the following schedule:

Tuesday, May 8th                                   Designated Dress-Down Day

Thursday, May 10th                                Designated Dress-Down Day

Tuesday, May 15th                                 Designated Dress-Down Day

Wednesday, May 23rd                            Designated Dress-Down Day

Wednesday, May 30th                            Designated Dress-Down Day

Students may redeem pretzel and ice cream cards during the month of May on regularly scheduled purchase days.

The  7th Annual Race for Education is now only one week away.  On Thursday, May 3rd the entire school will participate in this event, which has been designed to raise funds for instructional technology and other essential educational needs.  Additionally, as is our tradition, 15% of all proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Childrens’ Research Hospital.

By way of this letter we wish to extend an invitation for you to come out and watch your child(ren) walk or jog on Thursday, May 3rd.  The following is the schedule for this special event:

Grades Pre-K, K, 1 & 2                         8:45a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

Grades 3-5                                             10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Grades Pre-K3 & 6-8                             1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The students will be eating lunch at their regularly scheduled times in the cafeteria.

We hope that many of you will be able to join us for a wonderful day of fun and fellowship!

Sharing our Story…Greatschools.org

The most effective marketing for a school occurs when current parents share their positive observations and experiences with others they meet in the community.  In the 21st Century, much of this now occurs on the web at sites such aswww.greatschools.org.  Periodically at All Saints we invite parents to post their sentiments on this website as it is frequently referenced by parents new to the area who are researching options for their children.  As our most recent posting is from February 2009, parents are encouraged to take a few minutes in the weeks ahead to post their comments.  Additionally, if you have a Google account, you may also wish to include a review on our Google Places page.  In advance, thank you for helping create a legacy ~ rigorous academic formation in the best tradition of our Catholic faith!

Carpool Reminders

Right Turns Only: Parents are reminded of the importance of making only right turns when entering and exiting the property at the time of dismissal.  This practice will help to keep the flow of traffic moving on Stonewall Road and subsequently foster positive public relations with surrounding businesses and residents.

Parking: In recent weeks an increased number of parents have been parking in front of the church and walking their children from the dismissal area to their cars.  In the interest of student and parent safety and in consideration that all parents are expected to participate in the organized dismissal system, all parents are reminded to park only in those areas reserved for afternoon dismissal, i.e. Bays 1, 2 & 3 in the front lot and Bays 4 & 5 in the rear lot.

Note:  This expectation does not apply to those parents who have served as volunteers during the afternoon hours and have parked in front of the church.  Additionally, families encountering particular challenges related to the dismissal system are invited to contact the school office to discuss the possibility of a parking pass and exemption.

Thank you parents for your support of our system which is designed to ensure a safe and efficient dismissal.

Kindergarten Screening ~ No Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten on Monday, April 30th & May 7th

The Early Prevention of School Failure Screening for Kindergarten applicants will take place on Monday, April 30th& Monday, May 7th.  In order that the teachers may be available to administer the assessment, there will be no Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten classes on these two days.

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

One of the hallmarks of our school community is the high level of parent involvement that has helped the school achieve many goals in recent years.  As in the past, each family at All Saints has been asked to earn 60 volunteer points over the course of the current school year.  Those who are unable to do so are asked to submit a check at the conclusion of the year for any outstanding points that remain.  (1 point = $3.00)  As we begin the fourth quarter, parents are reminded to update their “points total” so that the database accurately reflects their contributions over the course of the entire year.

At the beginning of May, the office will issue individualized letters to each family, confirming the number of points reflected in the school database. For this reason, we ask that those families who have not recently updated the database via our school website do so by Friday, May 4th.  Those families who have not earned the required 60 points will be assessed a corresponding fee at a rate of $3.00 per point and asked to submit payment by the close of May.

All Saints Golf Tournament

All Saints will be sponsoring its 12th Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, May 21st at Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, VA. Proceeds from our 2012 tournament will support youth-centered programs at All Saints, including spiritual retreats for area teens, sacramental preparation activities, and facility renovations in our parish gym and school.

  • Early Bird Special!

Register for golf by April 30th and you’ll pay $150, a savings of $15 per golfer. Golf includes greens fees and cart, 18-hole Captain’s Choice complete with scenic mountain views, goodie bag, multiple contests, prize drawings, continental breakfast, lunch, dinner and awards ceremony.

For families with 8th grade students, the tournament will be on the Monday following Confirmation. If you have family members coming into town who like to golf, consider asking them to join you for the tournament on Monday!

  • Promote Your Company Through Sponsorship

With sponsorship opportunities available to fit any budget, the All Saints Golf Tournament provides an excellent marketing opportunity for local businesses. For more information about corporate sponsorship or golf, please call Janis DeVore at(703) 366-1645 or visit our golf website at www.allsaintsgolf.com.

Spring Handcraft Show Hosted by Father Juan Puigbó

Fr. Juan will host a Handcraft Show on Thursday, May 3rd from 2pm to 4pm and from 6pm to 8pm at the entrance of the school gym. A number of items will be on display and available for purchase, including beautiful wooden pieces handcrafted by Fr. Juan.  This will be a good opportunity to buy your seasonal gifts!  For more information, please see the flyer linked to this week’s newsletter.

Parish Festival Cake Walk Reminder

Please remember to bring your cakes for the Cake Walk this weekend!  We have not met our goal of 10 cakes per class…so we need more cakes. You may send their cake to school with your child on Thursday if you would like or bring it with you to the festival.

Race for Education – CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!!!

We are one week away from the race and need volunteers for each of the race times. Volunteers will help track the children’s laps, pass out water, and monitor the students as they run. All of these can be done while you are cheering your child on. The race takes place next Thursday, May 3rd!

The race times are:

PreK1, PreK2, K1, K2, 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B                 8:45 to 9:45 a.m.

3A, 3B, 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B                                          10:15 to 11:15 a.m.

PreK3, 6A, 6B, 7A, 7B, 8A, 8B                             1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Volunteers are also needed to help with the counting of proceeds in the weeks ahead.  For more information or if you are available to volunteer, please contact Marjorie Collins at 703-365-9686 or marjorie@ocfmail.com.

PVI News

  • Preview to High School for 6th and 7th graders and their families.  This event for 6th & 7th graders will take place at Paul VI Catholic High School on May 3rd at 7:00 p.m. and is a wonderful opportunity for the students and their families to begin to think about the different choices for high school. All those in attendance will be entered in a drawing for a new IPAD.
  • Paul VI Girls Summer Lacrosse Camp– July 16-19.  Camp is for rising 2nd through rising 9th graders. 9-1pm at PVI High School Track field.  Early bird discounts available.  Registration form at: http://www.paulvi.net/document.doc?id=718 ,For more info email: CConques@paulvi.net

End of Year Calendar Confirmed

Thursday, May 31st                Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten

Tuesday, June 5th                   Field Day at Linton Hall School

Thursday, June 7th                 Kindergarten Luau

Friday, June 8th                      Kindergarten Graduation

Monday, June 11th 8th           Grade Graduation Day

Wednesday, June 13th           Final Day for Students in Grades 1-7

Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 26th                   8th Grade Class Trip to Annapolis, Maryland (7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

Friday, April 27th                        Holiday: Parish Festival Prep Day

Saturday, April 28th                   Parish Festival (see flyer for details)

Monday, April 30th                     EPSF Screening: No Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten classes

PTO General Assembly Meeting: Presentation on the Terra Nova Standardized Testing

Program (PAC/7:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, May 1st                      SCA sponsored Earth Day Dress Down Day

First Communion – Group I Practice (6:00 p.m.)

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

                                  PTO Executive Board Meeting – rescheduled for May 8th (7:00 p.m.)

Thursday, May 3rd                    7th Annual Race for Education

                  Fr. Juan’s Handcraft Show (gym entrance/2:00-4:00 & 6:00-8:00 p.m.)

Friday, May 4th                         School Mass & May Crowning Ceremony

First Communion & Graduation Photos (following May Crowning in the courtyard)

Virtue of the Month Ceremony (gym/2:30 p.m.)

                                  Points for Parents Updates due (submit electronically via website)

Saturday, May 5th                     First Communion – Group I (10:30 a.m.)

 

Links                                      

  • NJHS Mother’s Day and/or Father’s Day Gift Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/04/Mothers-Day-Gift.pdf
  • Golf Tournament Brochure ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/04/all-saints-golf.pdf
  • Spring Craft Show ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/04/Spring_Handcraft_Show-_2012.pdf
  • Parish Old West Festival Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/04/OLD_WEST_FESTIVAL3.pdf
  • Yearbook Order Form ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/01/YearbookOrderForm2012.pdf

 

All Saints Captures 2nd Place in Science Fair

All Saints Science Fair team came home on Saturday, April 21, with the overall second place school trophy after another outstanding effort during the annual Diocese of Arlington Science Fair. The average of the scores of all 10 students resulted in the second place finish, just one point off the score for first place. Competing at Paul VI High School, the young scientists each met with three judges who evaluated their scientific knowledge, understanding of the scientific method, and backboard and oral presentations.

Selected as having the best project in the area of Behavioral and Social Science was seventh grader, Daniel Jorquera, whose project “I, 2, 3, Zumba” focused on the connection between physical exercise and right brain development. Eighth grader, Brett Goerl, merited second place for his environmental science study, “Solar Amplication,” looking at increasing the output of photovoltaic solar cells by using mirrors and a coolant. Fellow eighth grader, Will Perez, not only earned a third place award in Engineering, but also special recognition from the Institute of Industrial Engineers for his project “Raining Golf Balls, “ which used mathematics to determine the landing point for projectiles shot from trebuchets and catapults. Eighth grader, Christopher Falls, and seventh grader, Vivienne Penders, both scored Honorable Mention awards for their studies. Christopher tested the effect of heat on the output of chemiluminescent glow sticks in his work entitled “Cool Lights,” while in “Insulation: Volume vs. Density” Vivienne explored factors affecting the properties of insulators.

Additional members of the Science Fair team included Julianna LaRose, Grade 8, and seventh graders Sean Gaynord, Carolyn Karcher, Aidan Tamke, and Marie Tessier whose projects also garnered high scores to help the team capture the second place school trophy. Congratulations, students!

The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 32

Seek Christ in one another; welcome Him into your heart

 

Principal’s Message

Today I wish to share with you the news that Miss Simms, our Spanish teacher, submitted her resignation on Monday.  Due to medical reasons, she has determined that she will be unable to complete the academic year at All Saints.  Her departure from our school will be a great loss for our community as she has been a vibrant presence in the classroom and is beloved by the children.  I am grateful for the enthusiasm that she brought to the classroom this year and all of the time and energy she invested in advancing our foreign language program.

To continue the fine work that Miss Simms has begun, I have hired Mr. Benjamin Roy to serve as our Spanish teacher for the remainder of the year.  Mr. Roy is a recent graduate of Penn State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in World Languages Education, specializing in teaching Spanish for grades K-12.  A product of Catholic schools, he values the formation he has received and looks forward to working at All Saints as he begins his professional career.  Mr. Roy’s training in current methodology, his enthusiasm for teaching and his appreciation for the distinct nature of a Catholic school community will ensure that the students remain engaged and learning through the final weeks of school.  Welcome, Mr. Roy!  

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Next week all students in grades two through seven will participate in the Terra Nova standardized testing program.  As the week of testing quickly draws near, now is the time for us to complete the final “warm-up routines”.  Teachers have provided opportunities for a review of basic skills in the classroom and have been guiding the students through practice tests to familiarize them with the format and the process of “bubbling” answers. For parents interested in providing additional practice at home, there are a number of websites that provide opportunities for review and practice of basic skills.  A simple search using the keywords “Terra Nova” and “practice tests” will yield a number of sites that provide practice tests, games and activities related to math and language arts for specific grade levels.

Again this year, all diocesan students in grades three through seven will also participate in a brief assessment entitled “In-View”.  The In-View measures reasoning abilities related to academic success.  As such, it is designed to assess a child’s cognitive abilities in the following five areas:  sequences, analogies, quantitative reasoning (math), verbal reasoning (words) and verbal reasoning (context).

We wish to approach next week’s testing with the perspective that it is a weeklong celebration of learning.  In an effort to reduce any unnecessary stress for the students, teachers will not be scheduling any classroom tests or projects for the week of testing.  Additionally, teachers in grades two through seven will assign little to no homework throughout the week.

Students in grades 5 & 8 will also participate in the ACRE testing program, an assessment that measures each student’s understanding of their faith.  This testing will occur during regularly scheduled religion classes within the next two weeks.   

The following is a list of test-taking tips that you may find helpful in preparing your son or daughter for the upcoming week of testing. 

Test-Taking Tips & Strategies

1)       Reassure your child that he or she does not have to answer all of the questions correctly to pass.  It is not expected that students answer every question correctly.

2)       Tell your child to attempt to answer all of the questions and not to leave any blanks.  There is no penalty for guessing.

3)       Remind your child that the test is important.

4)       Explain to your child the importance of using time wisely.  If your child gets stuck on a question, encourage him or her to make the best guess or place a mark in the test booklet by that item and to return to it after finishing that section of the test.

5)       Make certain your child gets a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast before taking the test.

6)       Try to make the morning of the test a pleasant one.  Avoid stress.

7)       Be sure that your child arrives on time the day of the test.

8)       Remind your child to listen carefully to the instructions from the teacher and to read the directions and each question carefully. 

9)       Encourage your child to stay focused on the test, even if other students finish early.

Carpool Reminders

In recent weeks an increased number of parents have been parking in front of the church and walking their children from the dismissal area to their cars.  In the interest of student and parent safety and in consideration that all parents are expected to participate in the organized dismissal system, all parents are reminded to park only in those areas reserved for afternoon dismissal, i.e. Bays 1, 2 & 3 in the front lot and Bays 4 & 5 in the rear lot.

Note:  This expectation does not apply to those parents who have served as volunteers during the afternoon hours and have parked in front of the church.  Additionally, families encountering particular challenges related to the dismissal system are invited to contact the school office to discuss the possibility of a parking pass and exemption.

Thank you parents for your support of our system which is designed to ensure a safe and efficient dismissal. 

Kindergarten Screening ~ No Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten on Monday, April 30th & May 7th

The Early Prevention of School Failure Screening for Kindergarten applicants will take place on Monday, April 30th& Monday, May 7th.  In order that the teachers may be available to administer the assessment, there will be no Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten classes on these two days.

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

One of the hallmarks of our school community is the high level of parent involvement that has helped the school achieve many goals in recent years.  As in the past, each family at All Saints has been asked to earn 60 volunteer points over the course of the current school year.  Those who are unable to do so are asked to submit a check at the conclusion of the year for any outstanding points that remain.  (1 point = $3.00)  As we begin the fourth quarter, parents are reminded to update their “points total” so that the database accurately reflects their contributions over the course of the entire year. 

At the beginning of May, the office will issue individualized letters to each family, confirming the number of points reflected in the school database. For this reason, we ask that those families who have not recently updated the database via our school website  do so by Friday, May 4th.  Those families who have not earned the required 60 points will be assessed a corresponding fee at a rate of $3.00 per point and asked to submit payment by the close of May.

Spring/Summer Uniform Code

The students will have the option only this school year to wear the new or old school uniform.  For a detailed list of the Spring/Summer Uniform Dress code, please click on the link at the end of today’s newsletter.

All Saints Golf Tournament

All Saints will be sponsoring its 12th Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, May 21st at Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, VA. Proceeds from our 2012 tournament will support youth-centered programs at All Saints, including spiritual retreats for area teens, sacramental preparation activities, and facility renovations in our parish gym and school.

  • Early Bird Special!

Register for golf by April 30th and you’ll pay $150, a savings of $15 per golfer. Golf includes greens fees and cart, 18-hole Captain’s Choice complete with scenic mountain views, goodie bag, multiple contests, prize drawings, continental breakfast, lunch, dinner and awards ceremony.

For families with 8th grade students, the tournament will be on the Monday following Confirmation. If you have family members coming into town who like to golf, consider asking them to join you for the tournament on Monday!

  • Promote Your Company Through Sponsorship

With sponsorship opportunities available to fit any budget, the All Saints Golf Tournament provides an excellent marketing opportunity for local businesses. For more information about corporate sponsorship or golf, please call Janis DeVore at(703) 366-1645 or visit our golf website at www.allsaintsgolf.com.

NJHS Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Gift Project

Members of the All Saints Catholic School NJHS will be conducting a project to provide the opportunity for students to order a Mother’s Day and/or Father’s Day Gift.  Students will have the opportunity to have their portrait taken (family or individual) and will be provided with a 5×7 portrait in an 8 x 10 student decorated mat.  The cost of each portrait is $5.00.  Please see the attached flyer which includes additional details, as well as an order form.  Order forms will need to be submitted by April 23.   Please contact Mrs. Vickie Bill (vbill@allsaintsva.org) or Mrs. Hammang (phammang@allsaintsva.org) with any questions.  This will be a great way for students to show their love for mom or dad with a beautifully decorated portrait!

Parish Festival White Elephant Sale

First it is hot, next it is cold, then it rains … what does all this mean?   That it is Spring and time for the All Saints Parish Festival White Elephant room, toy room and book room!  Start sorting your books, raid the unused toys from your children and pack boxes of all that stuff in cupboards and closets to donate for the White Elephant sale. 

Drop off will begin on Monday, April 23 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Meeting Room 1.  Please make sure all items are clean and ready for resale.  We do not take clothing (this means shoes, belts, blankets, sheets, etc.), exercise equipment, or stuffed animals.    Receipts are available for tax purposes, please ask for one if we forget to offer it.   Have questions, want to volunteer to sort or sell, please contact Cyndi Higginbottom (703-361-8461) at slhetc@verizon.net or Claire Golazewski (703-393-0953) at gooski7@verizon.net

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

End of Year Calendar Confirmed

Thursday, May 31st                Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten

Tuesday, June 5th                   Field Day at Linton Hall School

Thursday, June 7th                 Kindergarten Luau

Friday, June 8th                      Kindergarten Graduation

Monday, June 11th 8th Grade Graduation Day

Wednesday, June 13th           Final Day for Students in Grades 1-7

Yearbook Orders

Did you know that you can still order school yearbooks?  Yes, it isn’t too late!  Just click on the link at the end of the newsletter and sent your order form and check to the school office, Attn: Yearbook Orders.

Spotlight on the Arts Drama & Art Summer Camps

Spotlight on the Arts Drama & Art Summer Camps offers dynamic day camps for Catholic Families and friends!

Instruction is provided by professionally trained Catholic artists who offer courses in drama, musical theatre, and visual art:

Locations:  All Saints in Manassas and St. Veronica in Chantilly9:30am-3:00pm day camps open to families inside and outside these parish communities.

Offerings:  Drama Bootcamp for rising K-9th graders: boost skills in acting, improvisation, speech, mime, and movement in this “everything drama” camp that is a ton of fun; excellent for those looking to try drama for the first time or those simply seeking to improve their skills… July 16th-19th at St. Veronica or July 23rd -26th at All Saints, $170 (classes split by age)… Early Bird & Multiple Child Discounts!

Arts & Crafts Fun Camp for rising K-2nd gradersexplore a new technique every day; perfect camp for the student that wants to explore multiple forms of visual art from sculpture to stain glass to painting to drawing and much more… July 16th-20th at All Saints or July 23rd-27th at St. Veronica, $200 plus $30 art fee… Early Bird & Multiple Child Discounts!

Art Explorer Camp for rising 3rd-6th gradersstudents will be advanced into new projects each day as they continue to develop a love for many forms of visual arts including watercolor, sculpture, canvas, and pottery to name a few… July 16th-20th at St. Veronica or July 23rd -27th at All Saints, $200 plus $30 art fee … Early Bird & Multiple Child Discounts!

Camp Broadway for rising 3rd-12th gradersimprove acting, singing, and dance skills; a great camp to prepare anyone to be cast in a play or musical.  Daily training and rehearsal collaborates in a final student performance on stage for families and friends of camp participants… July 16th-20th at All Saints or July 23rd-27th at St. Veronica, $170 (classes split by age)… Early Bird & Multiple Child Discounts!

Download the Camp Brochure to learn about each instructor and print a registration.  Any registrations post-marked by April 20th receive a $15 off discount per camp.  To learn more, visit http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=camps2012.pdf.  You can also contact SpotlightCamps@gmail.com

Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 19th                          1st Annual “Catholic Cup” Competition (10:00 a.m.)

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

Saturday, April 21st                           Diocesan Science Fair 

Monday, April 23rd                           Week of Terra Nova Standardized Testing & ACRE Testing for Grades 5 & 8

Thursday, April 26th                          8th Grade Class Trip to Annapolis, Maryland (7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

Friday, April 27th                              Holiday: Parish Festival Prep Day

Saturday, April 28th                          Parish Festival (see flyer for details)

Monday, April 30th                            EPSF Screening: No Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten classes

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

Coming Home with Students Today

  • Spring Pictures
  • Gr. 4-8 ~ Voucher for Pope John Paul the Great presentation of “Willy Wonka”

Links                                      

  • SPRING/SUMMER UNIFORM DRESS CODE ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/04/Spring_Uniform.pdf
  • Nurse’s Spring Reminders ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/04/Nurses_Spring_Reminders.pdf
  • NJHS Mother’s Day and/or Father’s Day Gift Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/04/Mothers-Day-Gift.pdf
  • Golf Tournament Brochure ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/04/all-saints-golf.pdf
  • Parish Old West Festival Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/04/OLD_WEST_FESTIVAL3.pdf
  • Yearbook Order Form ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/01/YearbookOrderForm2012.pdf

Hand Washing Ceremony

After listening to Scripture readings and reflecting on the example of Jesus during our Holy Thursday Prayer Service, students participate in a “hand-washing” ceremony, a Holy Week tradition at All Saints.

The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 31

Seek Christ in one another; welcome Him into your heart

Principal’s Message

This week our Church celebrates the greatest mystery of our faith ~ the Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord and Savior.  As a school community, we prepare for our journey into the three holiest days of the year, the Triduum, through prayer and tradition.

Beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, the students and faculty will gather in the church for our annualHoly Thursday Prayer Service.  After listening to Scripture readings and reflecting on the example of Jesus, each of the children will participate in the “hand-washing” ceremony that has become a long-standing tradition in our school.

Following the prayer service, the students will gather in the gym for the 7th grade portrayal of thePassion Play.  Through music and dramatic presentation, middle school students will prayerfully re-enact Christ’s passion and death.  As the students depart the gym in silence following the presentation, the tone is set for their continued reflection and prayer over the course of the coming days.

All parents and guardians are cordially invited to join us in prayer and to witness these beautiful school traditions.  On behalf of the faculty & staff, I wish you and your family a blessed celebration of Easter and a relaxing holiday.

Virtue of the Month Award Winners

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

 

Sarah R. (PK1)

Oscar C. (PK2)

Gabriel L. (PK3)

Anya M. (K1)

Elizabeth R. (K2)

Ivanna R. (1A)

Will W. (1B)

Alexa B. (2A)

Isabelle T. (2B)

Peter T. (3A)

Erica W. (3B)

Jeffrey R. (4A)

Eirian C. (4B)

Mathew W. (5A)

Maria M. (5B)

Kanoa A. (6A)

Cameron N. (6B)

Ciara O. (7A)

Dane L. (7B)

Cara R. (8A)

Colin H. (8B)


Virtue of the Month ~ Stewardship/Service

1.           Do random acts of kindness every day.

2.           Always be there to help a classmate or a teacher who needs you.

3.           Take care of all classroom furniture, books and papers.

4.           Take care of your library book and return it on time.

5.           Don’t waste paper.  Use both sides.

6.           Pick up paper, pencils, and items you see on the ground inside and outside, EVEN IF YOU DID NOT DROP THEM.  Put them in their proper place.

7.           Put all papers, cans, and bottles in the proper recycling bin.  Never throw away something that can be recycled, both at home and at school.

8.           Find ways to help at home BEFORE you are asked.  Examples: make your bed, clear the table, walk the dog, read to a little brother or sister, clean up your mess, take out the trash.

9.           Treat all nature with respect. (Flowers, grass, trees, water, pets, wild animals.)

10.         Help all people in need, especially those less fortunate than yourself.  Give food, clothes, and money to the poor.  Smile at someone who looks sad.  Pray for all people in need around the world.

Prayer of the Month

Dear God,

Thank you so much for this wonderful day.

Thanks for the friends who showed me the way.

Please help me today in all that I do, and don’t forget God, how much I love you!

Diocesan Band Festival ~ Superior Rating for All Saints!

Last Saturday the students in the Advanced Band under the direction of Mr. Ward participated in the annual Diocesan Band Assessment at Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria.  Congratulations to the members of our band for once again earning a “Superior” rating!  Thank you, Mr. Ward and Mr. Moccio, for continuing to inspire our students!

The band will perform a spring concert for our community on Tuesday, May 22nd beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Gym. 

End of Year Calendar Confirmed

As we have canceled school only once this year due to inclement weather (flooding in September), the final day of school for students in grades 1-7 will be Wednesday, June 13th.  The following is a list of key events that mark the closing of the 2011-2012 academic year.  (Note: Kindergarten Graduation will take place one day earlier than previously announced in our school calendar.)

Thursday, May 31st                Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten

Tuesday, June 5th                   Field Day at Linton Hall School

Thursday, June 7th                 Kindergarten Luau

Friday, June 8th                      Kindergarten Graduation

Monday, June 11th 8th Grade Graduation Day

Wednesday, June 13th           Final Day for Students in Grades 1-7

All Saints Golf Tournament

All Saints will be sponsoring its 12th Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, May 21st at Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, VA. Proceeds from our 2012 tournament will support youth-centered programs at All Saints, including spiritual retreats for area teens, sacramental preparation activities, and facility renovations in our parish gym and school.

  • Early Bird Special!

Register for golf by April 30th and you’ll pay $150, a savings of $15 per golfer. Golf includes greens fees and cart, 18-hole Captain’s Choice complete with scenic mountain views, goodie bag, multiple contests, prize drawings, continental breakfast, lunch, dinner and awards ceremony.

For families with 8th grade students, the tournament will be on the Monday following Confirmation. If you have family members coming into town who like to golf, consider asking them to join you for the tournament on Monday!

  • Promote Your Company Through Sponsorship

With sponsorship opportunities available to fit any budget, the All Saints Golf Tournament provides an excellent marketing opportunity for local businesses. For more information about corporate sponsorship or golf, please call Janis DeVore at (703) 366-1645 or visit our golf website atwww.allsaintsgolf.com.

8th Grade Graduation Meeting for Parents

A special meeting for parents of all 8th grade students will take place on Tuesday, April 17th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Art Room.  The administration and 8th grade team will provide detailed information regarding the class trip to Annapolis as well as the events surrounding all of the graduation festivities.  At least one parent from each 8th grade family is asked to be in attendance at this informational session.

Terra Nova Testing Countdown ~ 3 Weeks!

As the week of standardized testing approaches, parents are asked to avoid scheduling appointments from Monday, April 23rd – Tuesday, May 1st so that each student may participate in the testing as scheduled.

Spotlight on the Arts Drama & Art Summer Camps

Spotlight on the Arts Drama & Art Summer Camps offers dynamic day camps for Catholic Families and friends!

Instruction is provided by professionally trained Catholic artists who offer courses in drama, musical theatre, and visual art:

Locations:  All Saints in Manassas and St. Veronica in Chantilly; 9:30am-3:00pm day camps open to families inside and outside these parish communities.

Offerings:  Drama Bootcamp for rising K-9th graders: boost skills in acting, improvisation, speech, mime, and movement in this “everything drama” camp that is a ton of fun; excellent for those looking to try drama for the first time or those simply seeking to improve their skills… July 16th-19th at St. Veronica or July 23rd -26th at All Saints, $170 (classes split by age)… Early Bird & Multiple Child Discounts!

Arts & Crafts Fun Camp for rising K-2nd graders: explore a new technique every day; perfect camp for the student that wants to explore multiple forms of visual art from sculpture to stain glass to painting to drawing and much more… July 16th-20th at All Saints or July 23rd-27th at St. Veronica, $200 plus $30 art fee… Early Bird & Multiple Child Discounts!

Art Explorer Camp for rising 3rd-6th graders: students will be advanced into new projects each day as they continue to develop a love for many forms of visual arts including watercolor, sculpture, canvas, and pottery to name a few… July 16th-20th at St. Veronica or July 23rd -27th at All Saints, $200 plus $30 art fee … Early Bird & Multiple Child Discounts!

Camp Broadway for rising 3rd-12th graders: improve acting, singing, and dance skills; a great camp to prepare anyone to be cast in a play or musical.  Daily training and rehearsal collaborates in a final student performance on stage for families and friends of camp participants… July 16th-20th at All Saints or July 23rd-27th at St. Veronica, $170 (classes split by age)… Early Bird & Multiple Child Discounts!

Download the Camp Brochure to learn about each instructor and print a registration.  Any registrations post-marked by April 20th receive a $15 off discount per camp.  To learn more, visithttp://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=camps2012.pdf.  You can also contact SpotlightCamps@gmail.com

7th Annual Race for Education

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS…The Race for Education will begin its Record Keeping phase on Tuesday, April 17th.  Anyone interested in volunteering please call or email Marjorie Collins at703-365-9686marjorie@ocfmail.com

Adopt-A-Garden

Spring is here and the gardens are bursting forth with beautiful blooms.  Please help us keep them beautiful by picking up litter and removing weeds from your adopted garden on a regular basis. If you have any questions about your garden or if don’t have one and would like to adopt one, please contact Mrs. Holly Crocker at 703 330-8329. Families with adopted gardens earn 20 points for parents for helping to take care of the campus.

All Saints Catholic Vacation Bible School / Confirmation 2013 Service Hours

All Saints Catholic Vacation Bible School is now enrolling!   This year’s theme is Ligouri Publications’ SonRise National Parks.  As kids explore SonRise National Park, they’ll learn the most important survival skill of all: they can always depend on Jesus!

VBS will be held June 25 to June 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for rising Kindergartners through rising 5th graders.

To register, simply click on the attached link below.  Return your completed form the RE Office (also the ASCS Office).  You may also download these forms at www.allsaintsva.org.  The deadline is 6/1/12 and spaces are limited!

Volunteers:

Adult and 8th grade volunteers are needed to make VBS a success!  Rising 8th graders may earn up to 20 Confirmation Service Hours.  If you or your rising 8th grader are interested in volunteering, click on the attached link(s) below.    Return the appropriate forms to the RE Office.  For information, contact Samantha Welsh, DRE at 703-393-2142 or swelsh@allsaintsva.org.

Cub Scout Dens Now Forming

Attention all boys in Kindergarten through 4th grade!  Cub Scout Dens are now forming for the 2012/2013 Scouting year! Pack 1188 has been proudly serving the All Saints community for over 30 years and is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus George Brent Council #5332.  Please see the link below for more information.

PVI to hold “Preview to High Schools” for 6th & 7th Graders

Paul VI Catholic High School will hold a Preview to High Schools for 6th and 7th grade students and their families on May 3rd at 7:00 PM.  This will be a wonderful opportunity for the students and their families to begin to think about the different choices for high school. All those in attendance will be enter in a drawing for a new IPAD.

John Michael Talbot Coming To Holy Trinity Parish

Popular Christian music pioneer John Michael Talbot will be coming to Holy Trinity Catholic Church on April 26th at 7:00 PM for one special evening of music, teaching and prayer. No tickets are required. A Love Offering will be requested to support John Michael’s ministry and community.

John Michael Talbot is one of the pioneering artists of what has become known as Contemporary Christian Music. He is recognized as Catholic music’s most popular artist with over 4 million sales and compositions published in hymnals throughout the world. His newest album, “Worship and Bow Down” is the 53rd album in his 37 years in Christian music ministry and features his “Mass of Rebirth”.

A respected (and prolific) author, John Michael’s 24th book “Blessings of St. Benedict” was published this past this September, 2011 from Liturgical Press.

John Michael leads his very active ministry from the Little Portion Hermitage where he is the founder and Minister General of the Brothers and Sisters of Charity. His artistic and humanitarian efforts have been recognized with awards from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the Gospel Music Association, Mercy Corps and the Mother Teresa award.

For more information please see flyer linked below, call the Holy Trinity parish office at 703-753-6700or visit the following sites: http://www.facebook.com/johnmichaeltalbot andhttp://www.johnmichaeltalbot.com/

20th Annual Boys and Girls Basketball Camp at Catholic University

Camp Sessions:  Week 1 (June 18-22), Week 2 (July 16-20), Week 3 (August 13-17).  For more info please call 202-319-6046 or on the web at www.cardinalbasketballacademy.com or emailhowes@cua.edu

Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 5th                     Holy Thursday Hand-Washing Prayer Service (Church/9:30 a.m.)

                                  7th Grade Passion Play (Gym/10:45 a.m.)

                                  3rd Quarter Report Cards distributed

                                  Noon Dismissal

Friday, April 6th                         Holiday: Good Friday

Monday, April 9th                       Holiday: Week of Easter

Thursday, April 12th                   Spirit Activity: Skate N Fun Zone (6:00-8:30 p.m.)

Monday, April 16th                     Classes Resume

Tuesday, April 17th                     8th Grade Graduation Parent Meeting (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Thursday, April 19th                   1st Annual “Catholic Cup” Competition (2:00 p.m.)

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

Saturday, April 21st                    Diocesan Science Fair

  • Bishop O’Connell Summer Football Camps ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/04/Bishop-OConnell-2012-Football-Camp.pdf
  • John Michael Talbot Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/04/JMTalbot-Flyer.pdf
  • PVI Summer Cheerleading Clinic ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/04/PVI-Cheerleading-Clinic-Summer-2012.pdf
  • Cub Scout Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/04/Cub-Scout-Flyer.pdf
  • VBS 8th Grade Confirmation Service Hour Opportunities – http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/04/8thGradeVolunteerForm.pdf
  • VBS Registration Form – http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/04/VBSRegistration.pdf
  • VBS Volunteer Form – http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/04/VBSVolunteerForm.pdf