The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 38

Seek Christ in one another; welcome Him into your heart

Principal’s Message

This week I would like to announce the new members of the faculty & staff who will be joining our school community for the 2012-2013 academic year.  I am particularly pleased with their level of expertise and know that they will each be a wonderful addition to our team.

Mr. Benjamin Roy (Spanish) – After little more than a month serving as our long-term substitute Spanish teacher, Mr. Roy has demonstrated a strong commitment to our program and has quickly acclimated to life at All Saints.  His enthusiasm and creativity have endeared him to the students with whom he has already established wonderful rapport.  I am grateful that Mr. Roy was able to assist us during a time of transition this year and I am delighted that he will be continuing as our full-time Spanish teacher for 2012-2013.

Mrs. Elizabeth Cote (Kindergarten) – Mrs. Cote earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire and for the past six years has taught kindergarten at Saint Mary’s School in Alexandria.  Already familiar with the diocesan curriculum and highly experienced at this grade level, Mrs. Cote will be a strong addition to our already outstanding primary team.  Her experience in teacher collaboration, particularly in regards to the development of a school-wide writing framework, will be an asset for our school as our teachers begin to focus their efforts on a similar initiative in the coming year.

Mr. Phillip Dwane (4th Grade) – A beloved former member of our community, Mr. Dwane returns to the same classroom in which he taught from 2002 – 2006.  After leaving All Saints, Mr. Dwane and his family moved west to be nearer his family. Since his return to Northern Virginia, he has been teaching at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Vienna.  Best remembered for his genuine love of the Catholic faith, his enthusiasm, and his masterful management of the classroom, it will be wonderful to have Mr. Dwane return as a member of our faculty.

Mrs. Lorie Gaubert (Middle School Math) – Mrs. Gaubert earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary  Education and has completed graduate coursework at the University of New Orleans, Loyola University and the University of Tennessee. With nearly twenty years experience teaching in both public  and Catholic school systems, she has fine-tuned her craft and established a reputation of excellence in teaching.  She has proven herself as a results-oriented teacher who uses interactive strategies to engage students in the learning process.  While her creative leadership and success in the classroom have won the respect of many, it is her understanding of student needs and her ability to convey a sense of trust and caring that has so deeply impacted her students.

Mr. Paul Redman (Physical Education) – Mr. Redman earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health, Wellness and Nutrition from Buffalo State College in New York and a Master of Science Degree in Education with a concentration in Physical Education from Canisius College.  Since completing his student teaching at Freedom High School in Loudoun County, he has served as the Director of Admissions, Assistant Principal and Special Projects Coordinator at the Boyd School in Chantilly. Catholic school educated, Mr. Redman looks forward to the opportunity of teaching at All Saints and to encouraging each student’s continued development in a positive and nurturing environment.

Mrs. Jillian Roth (Nurse) – Mrs. Roth joins our school community after working most recently at Prince William Hospital and INOVA Fairfax where she specialized in labor and delivery.  She completed her Associates Degree in Nursing at Orange County Community College in New York and is currently a licensed registered nurse in Virginia.  In addition to her training and licensure related to labor and delivery, she maintains credentialing in basic life support as well as cardiac life support.  With a joyful disposition and great enthusiasm for the opportunity of working as a Catholic school nurse, Mrs. Roth will continue our school’s commitment to providing first-class care for all of our students.

With the exception of middle school language arts, all faculty and staff positions are now filled for the upcoming year.  As details are confirmed regarding the hiring of a candidate for this final opening, I will forward the details to you in an upcoming newsletter.

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Congratulations to the All Saints Battle of the Books Team!  The All Saints Team took First Place in the Blue Division earning a perfect verbal score.   This year’s Diocesan competition involved 21 schools in an intense three hour evaluation of student comprehension of sixteen books.  Our five member team was the only group to achieve a perfect score in this year’s verbal round.  Applause and cheers for Kimberly Ferguson, spokesperson, Rachel C., Abby C., Emma D. and Brightney V. and all of the Battle of the Books participants.  All Saints prevailed with great determination and represented our school well!  Thank you Mrs. Coyle and Mrs. McCabe for your stellar commitment to this program!

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This week I would ask that you remember the Wisniewski Family in your prayers.  Both Mr. Wisniewski’s father and uncle passed away last weekend.  Additionally, Mrs. Wisniewski’s mother has been hospitalized for what seems to be congested heart failure.  Let us remember their entire family in our thoughts and prayers during this exceedingly difficult time.  May they be comforted by the presence of the Risen Christ.

Retirement Mass & Reception for Mrs. Engstrom and Mrs. Vice

All students, parents, faculty & staff are cordially invited to attend a Retirement Mass & Farewell Celebration for Mrs. Engstrom and Mrs. Vice tonight beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the church.  The liturgy will be followed by a light dessert reception in the gym. Families in attendance are cordially invited to bring a tray of cookies or brownies in support of the event.  Please join us as we celebrate the life and careers of these two extraordinary teachers!

Field Day ~ Parking Information

Next Tuesday, June 5th, our students will gather for Field Day from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the grounds of Linton Hall School. As Linton Hall School is still in session, it is important that we give careful attention to the following procedures.

Parents who will be participating in the Field Day events are asked to park on the outer edge of the circular driveway in front of the Monastery.  Parking on the inside of the circle is not permitted as it is vitally important that there be sufficient space for emergency vehicles to access the monastery should any of the Benedictine Sisters need care. 

As in prior years, when the circle is full, parents are asked to park on the grass on both sides of the entranceway leading to the school.  Please note: The individual parking spaces located directly behind the school are reserved for Linton Hall staff and parents.

We are seeking additional volunteers to assist with the many games and activities.  For additional information or to confirm your interest, please contact Mrs. Peggy Enstrom, P.E. teacher, at mengstrom@allsaintsva.org.

Summer Learning Program

Over the course of the past month the faculty has discussed the merits of a summer learning program.  Recognizing that our curriculum during the school year is rigorous and that expectations are high for student learning, there is great value in the children having a respite during the months of summer.  On the other hand, studies have shown that students lose ground during the long vacation if not provided an opportunity to keep their skills sharp.  With these two perspectives in mind, as in prior years, the teachers have crafted a balanced plan specific for our school.  The following is a grade level summary of the Summer Learning Program for 2012.

(Note: Parents should select the summer learning assignments that correspond to the grade that their child will be entering in the fall.  For example, a student entering second grade would complete the Summer Book Program for rising 2nd graders.  A child entering third grade would complete the assignments outlined below for grades 3-5.)

Grade K-2           Summer Book (order SUMMER BOOK for next year’s grade level. For example: students in K will order SUMMBER BOOK for rising 1st graders.)

      Ordering Information:             Summerbook Company

305 Lyndale Drive

Hartsville, SC 27804

1-877-684-8502 (Toll Free)

                                                  www.summerbookcompany.com

Grades 3-5             Math Log & 2 Accelerated Reader Books

(Note: Each student is required to keep a Math log in which they complete 10 hours of work over the course of the summer.  Students may refer to our school website for recommended activities and math based websites.  After reading two Accelerated Reader books, students are asked to complete the corresponding AR tests upon their return to school.  These summer assignments will be due Friday of the first week of school and will be considered part of the first quarter participation grade.)

Grades 6-8         Students are asked to read selections (one book for grade 6/two books for grades 7 & 8) from the Middle School Summer Reading List and complete one of the corresponding follow up activities.  Additionally, students are asked to complete the math reinforcement packet that will be distributed prior to the final day of school.

(Note: A letter from the middle school team, a detailed overview of assignments, and the middle school summer reading list are included as links to this week’s newsletter and are available for review on our website.)

As of yesterday, the counting team has already processed $39,668 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

End of Year Parent Survey ~ Bullying Initiative

During the first semester we distributed a parent survey on the topic of bullying in our community, the results of which were communicated via the weekly newsletter.  In an effort to measure progress and to ensure that we are aware of any concerns related to bullying in our community, all parents are invited to complete the follow up electronic survey prepared by our school counselor, Mrs. Karcher.  Parents are encouraged to visit the following link to complete the survey.  In advance, we thank you for participating and providing feedback which helps us to plan for the future of our school.

Parent Survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CX6XR8V

Students in grades 3-8 will complete the electronic survey during their computer classes within the next two weeks.

Calling all Books!

All library books are due back no later than Friday, June 1st, the time at which the library will begin the end of the year inventory process.  Remember there is no late fee for overdue books, only a replacement cost if the book is lost or damaged.  Please look for the library overdue notices and follow up to clear your account.  Thank you!

DIVE INTO BOOKS….ALL SAINTS TEAMS UP WITHBARNES

AND NOBLE FOR A SUMMER BOOK FAIR!!!!

Summer reading is in the air and this year the All Saints School Library will host an exciting Book Fair at the Barnes and Noble store in Manassas on Saturday, June 2nd.    Join Mrs. Coyle and Mrs. Geary as they surf through books to get you on the big wave of reading for the summer.  The library staff will be there from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm to treat and greet!    Also, the All Saints displays will be available in the Barnes and Noble store all day long with special selections picked by the library and teachers.   Do not forget to tell the cashier at the store that you are from All Saints School or parish because a percentage of the net sales will be contributed to the school.

Barnes & Noble Book Fair & Vouchers ~

http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/05/BN_Bookfair_Flyer_with_Vouchers.pdf

If you are busy on Saturday and cannot attend the Book Fair at Barnes & Noble store….simply go online and use the All Saint Bookfair ID number when you checkout.    The Book Fair online dates will be 6/2/12 and will extend to 6/9/12.

Enter the following:  BN.COM/bookfairs                Bookfair ID   10757516

 

All Saints Golf Tournament

Due to rain, the All Saints Parish Golf Tournament has been rescheduled to Monday, June 25st at Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, VA at 10:00AM. Enjoy great giveaways, prizes and raffles, while playing a beautiful course complete with mountain views.

Proceeds from our 2012 tournament will support youth-centered programs at All Saints, including spiritual retreats for area teens, sacramental preparation activities, new CYO basketball uniforms, and facility renovations in our parish gym and school.

***Join Us For Golf***
Due to the change in date, we are extending our early bird discount. Register now for golf and pay $150, that’s a savings of $15 per person.

Day of golf includes:

  • Greens fees and cart
  • 18-hole Captain’s Choice complete with scenic mountain views
  • Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams
  • Premium giveaways and goodie bag
  • Fun contests throughout the event, including a $10,000 Hole-in-One Contest
  • Prize drawings
  • Silent auction for exclusive sports collectibles
  • Continental breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Awards ceremony

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.

Cafeteria Program – End of Year Reminders

As we are approaching the end of the school year, please note:

1)       Notices of cafeteria payments now due will be sent home with students this week.  Families are asked to submit payment for any outstanding balances by May 31st and are encouraged to send in sufficient funds to cover the cost of lunches through the close of the year.

2)       Middle school students are not permitted to charge lunch payments during the month of June.  If your middle school son/daughter does not have payment for lunch, he or she will receive a bologna & cheese sandwich.

Note:  All students may redeem free pretzel cards on Tuesday, May 22nd, the final day of pretzel sales.  The final day for students to redeem free ice cream cards is Thursday, May 31st.

Thank you for your support of these end of year procedures.  Should you have any questions, please contact the cafeteria at703-368-4400 (ext. 211).

Pre-Packaged School Supply Orders

The EPI pre-packaged school supply order forms are being sent home with students today and a link to the form is listed at the end of the newsletter under links. Parents who wish to submit the order form with a check to the school may do so until 6-8-2012.  Packets may be ordered on-line at www.epipacks.com until 7-1-2012.  When ordering online, enter school ID#ALL088.  Any questions regarding the pre-packaged supplies may be directed to: allsaintssupplies@yahoo.com.

Field Day Lunch Orders

Families who have not yet submitted orders and payment for lunch on Field Day (June 5th) are asked to do so by Friday of this week.

Extended Day Program

Extended Day services will continue the next three weeks and be available before and after school through Tuesday, June 12th.  There will be no Extended Day Program on Wednesday, June 13th.  All students will dismiss at 10:30 a.m. following the Closing Mass & Awards Ceremony.  Please make arrangements for your children to be picked up if you anticipate being unavailable at that time.

Report Cards

Report cards and awards will be issued on the final day of school, June 13th.  Since the office will have a record of your child’s final grades at the close of the year, you may retain these cards.

Medications

All medications must be picked up from the clinic no later than Tuesday, June 12th.  Since students are not authorized to carry medication, it is necessary for parents to visit the clinic to pick up medications prior to the close of the year.  Medications remaining after the final day will be discarded.

Summer Office Hours

The school office will remain open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. during the months of June and August.  The office will be closed during the month of July.  The office will reopen on Thursday, August 2nd.  Should you need to contact school personnel during the summer months, please do not hesitate to leave a message on the answering machine. We will make every effort to return your call in a timely manner.

Important Dates for the Upcoming Year

¨       Orientation Day (Students and parents are invited to visit the school, meet new teachers, and pick up supply orders.) – Friday, August 24th.

¨       7th Annual Back-to School Barbecue hosted by the PTO – Friday, August 24th, (5:30-7:30 p.m.)

¨       First Day of School ~ Noon Dismissal (Grades K-8) – Monday, August 27th

¨       First Day of Pre-Kindergarten – Wednesday, September 5th

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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)

Tuition Discount for Payment in Full

Parents who submit payment in full for the 2012-2013 academic year are eligible for a 5% discount if the payment is received in the office no later than 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 31st.  For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at 703-393-1490.

Spring Tuition Payments

As we approach the close of the school year, parents are reminded of the importance of making timely tuition payments.  With the final tuition payment due to the school during May, those families who have recently fallen behind schedule during this time of continued economic challenge are asked to use the first two weeks of June as an opportunity to pay any outstanding tuition or fees.  Please remember, prompt payment of tuition is essential for the school to remain financially strong and to be able to cover the continued expenses of utilities and salaries for our faculty and staff.

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

Wednesday, May 30th                  Race for Education Dress Down Day option

                                                                6th Grade Medieval Brass Rubbings Presentation

                                                                Retirement Mass & Farewell Celebration for Mrs. Engstrom & Mrs. Vice (7:00 p.m.)

Thursday, May 31st                     Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten – End of Year Picnic & Celebration

                                                                Deadline for Payment in Full for 2012-2013 with 5% Discount

                                                                Gold Medal Readers Celebration (1:30 p.m.)

Friday, June 1st                          School Mass & Presentation to Honor Senior Mentors (8:30 a.m.)

2nd Grade Mexican Fiesta

                                                                All Books due Back in Library

                                                                Drama Club Presentation for Club Members (3:30 p.m.)

Saturday, June 2nd                      8th Grade Algebra Exemption Exam

Barnes & Noble Book Fair (9:30-12:30)

Monday, June 4th                       Race for Education Celebration & Awards Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)

                                                                                Pizza Lunch with the Principal

                                                                                Classroom Movies & Popcorn Parties

Tuesday, June 5th                       Field Day & Accelerated Reader Celebration at Linton Hall School (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

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

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

Wednesday, June 6th                   2nd Grade Field Trip to National Shrine (8:00 – 2:30)

                                                                1st Grade Field Trip to Air & Space Museum (9:30-1:30)

                                                                3rd Grade (Mrs. Reilly’s Class) Presentation for Parents (2:00 p.m.)

                                                                8th Grade Ice Cream Social (2:00 p.m.)

Thursday, June 7th                      Kindergarten Luau Celebration

                                                                1st Grade Ice Cream Social (1:30 p.m.)

Friday, June 8th                         Mass & Virtue Awards Presentation (8:30 a.m.)

                                                                Kindergarten Graduation (10:00 a.m.)

                                                                8th Grade vs. Faculty/Staff Volleyball Game (2:00 p.m.)

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

 

Coming Home with Oldest Child in School

  • School Supply Order Forms
  • Free Shaved Ice Coupon from 3 Scoops

 

Links

  • Pre-Packaged Supplies Online Orders ~ www.epipacks.com
  • Summer Learning Program (Also accessible by just clicking on the “Summer Learning” graphic on the webpage)

http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/summer-requirements-program/ 

  • Nurse’s Spring Reminders ~ Revised

http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/05/Nurses-Spring-Reminders.pdf

  • Barnes & Noble Book Fair & Vouchers ~

http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/05/BN_Bookfair_Flyer_with_Vouchers.pdf

 

The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 37

Seek Christ in one another; welcome Him into your heart

 

Principal’s Message

Congratulations to the members of our 8th grade class who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on Saturday.  I am so proud of each of them for the individual commitment they have made to their Catholic faith and pray that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that they experienced during the liturgy will guide them through their future years.  Thank you, Mr. Tessier, and all of the teachers who provided the students such wonderful religious formation during their years at All Saints.

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On Wednesday, May 9, an email was sent to all school families asking you to complete a short online survey regarding whether the school should move from our current PTO focused fundraising efforts to an Annual Fund approach to generating revenue for the school.

A total of 101 school families completed the survey with the following results:

  • 36% indicated they would support an Annual Fund
  • 27% indicated they would not support an Annual Fund
  • 38% were undecided

In a supplemental comments section, many of those who were undecided indicated that they were not familiar with an Annual Fund and were unsure of how they worked.   To clarify, an Annual Fund provides a way for an organization to solicit financial gifts on a regular basis from a wide range of potential donors. Nonprofit institutions tend to rely on Annual Funds for a substantial percentage of their income.  Through an Annual Fund, parents, parishioners, alumni, past parents and friends of our community would be invited to consider making a financial gift, as well as a gift of prayer, in support of the mission of our school.

As a significant number of respondents have indicated that they are undecided on this initiative, there is more work to be done in providing a better explanation of the program to our parent community.   In August we will provide additional detailed information regarding how an Annual Fund would work at All Saints and the effect it would have on the PTO budget.  While a decision has not yet been made as to whether we will launch such an initiative, we look forward to continuing the dialogue and discerning the possibilities at the beginning of 2012-2013.  Thank you for your participation in this important survey.

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This week I wish to provide an update to our community regarding Mrs. Johnson and the third grade program.  As you are aware, Mrs. Johnson has been on medical leave since August, the time during which she has undergone extensive treatments for her cancer diagnosis.  She has recently completed another series of intensive chemotherapy in the hope that she will be eligible for a procedure during the summer months.  With this in mind and in order to be able to focus solely on her health, Mrs. Johnson has submitted her resignation.  I remain hopeful that this is a short term measure and that she will be able to return to our faculty one day.

I do ask that you continue to remember Mrs. Johnson in your prayers in the weeks ahead as she continues her journey.  As the original treatments were not as effective as originally hoped, she now awaits the results of her recent series and the details of the next step in her treatment plan. Let us pray that she will experience the healing presence of Christ and be comforted by the continued love and prayers of our community.

Ms. Elizabeth Reilly, long-term substitute teacher, has accepted my offer to join the faculty next year as third grade teacher.  I remain grateful for all that Ms. Reilly has done in support of the program since she joined our community last December.  Her love of the Catholic faith, which she incorporates in the classroom through music and dance, as well as her enthusiasm for teaching have been a gift for the children.

Retirement Mass & Reception for Mrs. Engstrom and Mrs. Vice

All students, parents, faculty & staff are cordially invited to attend a Retirement Mass & Farewell Celebration for Mrs. Engstrom and Mrs. Vice on Wednesday, May 30th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the church.  The liturgy will be followed by a light dessert reception in the gym.  Families in attendance are cordially invited to bring a tray of cookies or brownies in support of the event. Please join us as we celebrate the life and careers of these two extraordinary teachers!

Note:  For planning purposes, those families who wish to contribute a tray of desserts are asked to contact Mrs. Wendy Matner at wmatner@allsaintsva.org.

Summer Learning Program

Over the course of the past month the faculty has discussed the merits of a summer learning program.  Recognizing that our curriculum during the school year is rigorous and that expectations are high for student learning, there is great value in the children having a respite during the months of summer.  On the other hand, studies have shown that students lose ground during the long vacation if not provided an opportunity to keep their skills sharp.  With these two perspectives in mind, as in prior years, the teachers have crafted a balanced plan specific for our school.  The following is a grade level summary of the Summer Learning Program for 2012.

(Note: Parents should select the summer learning assignments that correspond to the grade that their child will be entering in the fall.  For example, a student entering second grade would complete the Summer Book Program for rising 2nd graders.  A child entering third grade would complete the assignments outlined below for grades 3-5.)

Grade K-2           Summer Book (order SUMMER BOOK for next year’s grade level. For example: students in K will order SUMMBER BOOK for rising 1st graders.)

      Ordering Information:             Summerbook Company

305 Lyndale Drive

Hartsville, SC 27804

1-877-684-8502 (Toll Free)

                                                                  www.summerbookcompany.com

Grades 3-5             Math Log & 2 Accelerated Reader Books

(Note: Each student is required to keep a Math log in which they complete 10 hours of work over the course of the summer.  Students may refer to our school website for recommended activities and math based websites.  After reading two Accelerated Reader books, students are asked to complete the corresponding AR tests upon their return to school.  These summer assignments will be due Friday of the first week of school and will be considered part of the first quarter participation grade.)

Grades 6-8             Students are asked to read selections (one book for grade 6/two books for grades 7 & 8) from the Middle School Summer Reading List and complete one of the corresponding follow up activities.  Additionally, students are asked to complete the math reinforcement packet that will be distributed prior to the final day of school.

(Note: A letter from the middle school team, a detailed overview of assignments, and the middle school summer reading list are included as a link to this week’s newsletter and are available for review on our website.)

 

As of yesterday, the counting team has already processed $35,948 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

End of Year Parent Survey ~ Bullying Initiative

During the first semester we distributed a parent survey on the topic of bullying in our community, the results of which were communicated via the weekly newsletter.  In an effort to measure progress and to ensure that we are aware of any concerns related to bullying in our community, all parents are invited to complete the follow up electronic survey prepared by our school counselor, Mrs. Karcher.  Parents are encouraged to visit the following link to complete the survey.  In advance, we thank you for participating and providing feedback which helps us to plan for the future of our school.

Parent Survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CX6XR8V

Students in grades 3-8 will complete the electronic survey during their computer classes within the next two weeks.

Spring Choral Concert

The Spring Choral Concert scheduled for Thursday, May 24th will begin at 7:00 p.m. rather than 7:30 p.m. as published in our school calendar.

Student Council Election Results

Last week approximately forty students participated in an election for a variety of offices for the 2012-2013 leadership of the Student Council Association.  Congratulations to the following students who were elected by the students in grades four through seven.

President                                                                Allison Rice

Vice President                                                       Josephine Bennett

Secretary/Historian                                                Kelly Crocker

School Spirit/Publicity                                           Savanna Malone

Finance                                                                   Nicholas Mills

Health, Safety & Ecology                                      Drew Michak

Religious Activities/Academic Life                       Rachel Kreitzer

All Saints Golf Tournament Rescheduled to June 25th

Due to rain, the All Saints Parish Golf Tournament has been rescheduled to Monday, June 25st at Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, VA at 10:00AM. Enjoy great giveaways, prizes and raffles, while playing a beautiful course complete with mountain views.

Proceeds from our 2012 tournament will support youth-centered programs at All Saints, including spiritual retreats for area teens, sacramental preparation activities, new CYO basketball uniforms, and facility renovations in our parish gym and school.

***Join Us For Golf***
Due to the change in date, we are extending our early bird discount. Register now for golf and pay $150, that’s a savings of $15 per person.

Day of golf includes:

  • Greens fees and cart
  • 18-hole Captain’s Choice complete with scenic mountain views
  • Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams
  • Premium giveaways and goodie bag
  • Fun contests throughout the event, including a $10,000 Hole-in-One Contest
  • Prize drawings
  • Silent auction for exclusive sports collectibles
  • Continental breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Awards ceremony

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.

Cafeteria Program – End of Year Reminders

As we are approaching the end of the school year, please note:

1)       Notices of cafeteria payments now due will be sent home with students this week.  Families are asked to submit payment for any outstanding balances by May 31st and are encouraged to send in sufficient funds to cover the cost of lunches through the close of the year.

2)       Middle school students are not permitted to charge lunch payments during the month of June.  If your middle school son/daughter does not have payment for lunch, he or she will receive a bologna & cheese sandwich.

Note:  All students may redeem free pretzel cards on Tuesday, May 22nd, the final day of pretzel sales.  The final day for students to redeem free ice cream cards is Thursday, May 31st.

Thank you for your support of these end of year procedures.  Should you have any questions, please contact the cafeteria at703-368-4400 (ext. 211).

Field Day Lunch Orders

Families who have not yet submitted orders and payment for lunch on Field Day (June 5th) are asked to do so by Friday of this week.

Extended Day Program

Extended Day services will continue the next three weeks and be available before and after school through Tuesday, June 12th.  There will be no Extended Day Program on Wednesday, June 13th.  All students will dismiss at 10:30 a.m. following the Closing Mass & Awards Ceremony.  Please make arrangements for your children to be picked up if you anticipate being unavailable at that time.

Report Cards

Report cards and awards will be issued on the final day of school, June 13th.  Since the office will have a record of your child’s final grades at the close of the year, you may retain these cards.

Medications

All medications must be picked up from the clinic no later than Tuesday, June 12th.  Since students are not authorized to carry medication, it is necessary for parents to visit the clinic to pick up medications prior to the close of the year.  Medications remaining after the final day will be discarded.

Summer Office Hours

The school office will remain open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. during the months of June and August.  The office will be closed during the month of July.  The office will reopen on Thursday, August 2nd.  Should you need to contact school personnel during the summer months, please do not hesitate to leave a message on the answering machine. We will make every effort to return your call in a timely manner.

Important Dates for the Upcoming Year

¨       Orientation Day (Students and parents are invited to visit the school, meet new teachers, and pick up supply orders.) – Friday, August 24th.

¨       7th Annual Back-to School Barbecue hosted by the PTO – Friday, August 24th, (5:30-7:30 p.m.)

¨       First Day of School ~ Noon Dismissal (Grades K-8) – Monday, August 27th

¨       First Day of Pre-Kindergarten – Wednesday, September 5th

VIRTUS Training Sessions

The next presentation of the “Protecting God’s Children” seminar, the four hour VIRTUS training session which is required for all who wish to become eligible to volunteer in the school, will take place on Saturday, June 9th beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Father Kelley Hall.  Please register online at www.virtus.org choosing “The Diocese of Arlington, VA” and then “The Church of All Saints”.  If you have any questions, please call Janet Smith in the parish office, at (703) 393-2158.  Education and awareness can be powerful tools in protecting God’s children from harm.  Let’s continue working to ensure that our faith community is a safe and protected environment for the youngest members of our parish.

Paul VI Basketball Camps

–          Paul VI Girls & Boys Summer Basketball Camps. June 18-22 / July 9-13 / July 23-27…Grades 2 – 8. (9:00 am – 4:00 pm)

–          St Leo the Great Mini-Hoopster Camp.  June 25 – 28…Girls & Boys in Grades K – 2.  (9:00 am – 1:30 pm)

Please visit www.pvibasketball.com to register and all camp information

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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)

7th Annual Race for Education

Prize Cards have been distributed to students who met the criteria and may be redeemed according to the following schedule:

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.

Tuition Discount for Payment in Full

Parents who submit payment in full for the 2012-2013 academic year are eligible for a 5% discount if the payment is received in the office no later than 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 31st.  For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at 703-393-1490.

Spring Tuition Payments

As we approach the close of the school year, parents are reminded of the importance of making timely tuition payments.  With the final tuition payment due to the school during May, those families who have recently fallen behind schedule during this time of continued economic challenge are asked to use the first two weeks of June as an opportunity to pay any outstanding tuition or fees.  Please remember, prompt payment of tuition is essential for the school to remain financially strong and to be able to cover the continued expenses of utilities and salaries for our faculty and staff.

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

Wednesday, May 23rd                 Points for Parents Bills due

                  Race for Education Dress Down Day option

Thursday, May 24th                    6th Grade Field Trip to Medieval Times (8:45-3:00)

                  Spring Choral Concert – Grades 1,3,4,5 & 7(PAC/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, May 25th                        Mass (8:30 a.m.)

                  Middle School Demerit Free Breakfast (9:30 a.m.)

                                                                Noon Dismissal

Monday, May 28th                      Holiday – Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 29th                      7th Grade Field Trip to Manassas Battlefield (8:45-1:30)

Band Ice Cream Social (2:15 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 30th                  Race for Education Dress Down Day option

                                                                6th Grade Medieval Brass Rubbings Presentation

                                                                Retirement Mass & Farewell Celebration for Mrs. Engstrom & Mrs. Vice (7:00 p.m.)

Thursday, May 31st                     Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten – End of Year Picnic & Celebration

                                                                Deadline for Payment in Full for 2012-2013 with 5% Discount

                                                                Gold Medal Readers Celebration (1:30 p.m.)

Friday, June 1st                          2nd Grade Mexican Fiesta

                                                                All Books due Back in Library

Saturday, June 2nd                      8th Grade Algebra Exemption Exam

Barnes & Noble Book Fair (9:30-12:30) (See link below for flyer & vouchers)

 

Links:

  • Summer Learning Program (Also accessible by just clicking on the “Summer Learning” graphic on the webpage)

http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/summer-requirements-program/ 

  • Nurse’s Spring Reminders ~ Revised

http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/05/Nurses-Spring-Reminders.pdf

  • Barnes & Noble Book Fair & Vouchers ~

http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/05/BN_Bookfair_Flyer_with_Vouchers.pdf

  • Vacation Bible School Registration Form ~

http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/04/VBSRegistration.pdf

  • Vacation Bible School High School and Adult Volunteer Form ~

http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/04/VBSVolunteerForm.pdf

The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 36

Seek Christ in one another; welcome Him into your heart

Principal’s Message

On Monday evening the Manassas City Council continued their deliberation on the request for a special use permit for the addition of a crematorium at Pierce Funeral Home.  After consideration of the data provided through staff reports and the parties involved in the matter, the council ultimately voted in support of the measure.

Sensitive to the concerns of neighbors and local businesses, Pierce Funeral Home has implemented new strategies to further mitigate concerns relative to emissions.  For example, they have contracted with a company in Florida that will remotely monitor the system, providing an additional safeguard regarding chemical dispersions.  The system will also be equipped with an alarm that will activate should the level of chemical emissions rise above the acceptable threshold.  The system itself will be state-of-the-art, designed to optimize the combustion process so as to burn off any chemicals released during the cremation process.  Through these measures I believe the funeral home has demonstrated a good faith effort in addressing and reducing any concerns that have been expressed regarding emissions and I have every confidence that they will maintain this sensitivity as they move forward with their plans for expansion.

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Last week I had an opportunity to attend a meeting of diocesan principals for our final gathering of the academic year.  One of the significant items discussed at the session is the fact that pornography now ranks as the number one industry in the United States.  As we strive to safeguard our children from this danger, it is important that we maintain an awareness of the role of media in our lives and recognize the resources that are available to assist families in addressing challenges in this area.  Our Bishop has taken a proactive stance on this topic through his writing of a pastoral letter entitled Bought with a Price. Additionally, at the beginning of Lent, the diocese rolled out a resource in the form of online supports that can be found on the diocesan website.  Those seeking additional information are invited to visit the homepage at www.arlingtondiocese.org.

Retirement Mass & Reception for Mrs. Engstrom and Mrs. Vice

All students, parents, faculty & staff are cordially invited to attend a Retirement Mass & Farewell Celebration for Mrs. Engstrom and Mrs. Vice on Wednesday, May 30th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the church.  The liturgy will be followed by a light dessert reception in the gym.  Families in attendance are cordially invited to bring a tray of cookies or brownies in support of the event. Please join us as we celebrate the life and careers of these two extraordinary teachers!

Note:  For planning purposes, those families who wish to contribute a tray of desserts are asked to contact Mrs. Wendy Matner at wmatner@allsaintsva.org.

As of yesterday, the counting team has already processed $30,838 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

 

Spring Choral & Recorder Concert

Spring Choral & Recorder Concert: Thursday, May 24th @ 7:00 p.m. – PAC

(Please note time:  7:00 p.m. rather than 7:30 p.m. as published in our school calendar).

Featuring songs from around the world and soprano recorder music by 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, & 7th Grades! All students should wear the Summer Uniform they wear on Mass days and report to homerooms at 6:30 p.m. to line up. 3rd & 4th Graders should bring their recorders.  Questions: email Miss Dalusung ndalusung@allsaintsva.org.

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.

Cafeteria Program – End of Year Reminders

As we are approaching the end of the school year, please note:

1)       Notices of cafeteria payments now due will be sent home with students this week.  Families are asked to submit payment for any outstanding balances by May 31st and are encouraged to send in sufficient funds to cover the cost of lunches through the close of the year.

2)       Middle school students are not permitted to charge lunch payments during the month of June.  If your middle school son/daughter does not have payment for lunch, he or she will receive a bologna & cheese sandwich.

Note:  All students may redeem free pretzel cards on Tuesday, May 22nd, the final day of pretzel sales.  The final day for students to redeem free ice cream cards is Thursday, May 31st.

Thank you for your support of these end of year procedures.  Should you have any questions, please contact the cafeteria at703-368-4400 (ext. 211).

Co-Chair Needed for “Evening with St. Nicholas” 2012

The PTO sponsored “Evening with St. Nicholas” committee is already starting to plan for the next school year!

We are in need of a “co-chair” willing to “shadow” the current chairperson.  If you are interested in helping to ensure that this popular family event continues as a tradition in the future, please contact Gina Michak at ginamichak@gmail.com for details.  If you would like to be on the committee for planning and pre-event help, drop an email to Gina at that address as well.   Thanks again for your help!

All Saints Catholic Vacation Bible School Now Enrolling!!

Join All Saints for “SonRise National Park” VBS from June 25 – June 29!    Kids will be awestruck by snow-capped mountains, thundering waterfalls, wildflower meadows bursting with color, and amazing animals like soaring eagles, friendly huskies, and herds of caribou. As kids explore SonRise National Park, they’ll learn the most important survival skill of all: they can always depend on Jesus and His promises of true peace, true riches, true power, true love, and true hope!

VBS will be 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day 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!

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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)

7th Annual Race for Education

Prize Cards have been distributed to students who met the criteria and may be redeemed according to the following schedule:

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.

Tuition Assistance Program

The Tuition Assistance Committee finalized decisions on Monday.  As such, letters to all families who have applied for grants will be mailed by Friday and should be received by early next week.

Tuition Discount for Payment in Full

Parents who submit payment in full for the 2012-2013 academic year are eligible for a 5% discount if the payment is received in the office no later than 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 31st.  For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at 703-393-1490.

Spring Tuition Payments

As we approach the close of the school year, parents are reminded of the importance of making timely tuition payments.  With the final tuition payment due to the school during May, those families who have recently fallen behind schedule during this time of continued economic challenge are asked to use the first two weeks of June as an opportunity to pay any outstanding tuition or fees.  Please remember, prompt payment of tuition is essential for the school to remain financially strong and to be able to cover the continued expenses of utilities and salaries for our faculty and staff.

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

This week the office will issue individualized letters to each family, confirming the number of points reflected in the school database and a corresponding fee for unearned points.  Families are asked to submit payment for outstanding points by Wednesday, May 23rd.    

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, May 17th                    4th Grade Mother’s Tea (8:30 Mass to be followed by presentation)

                                  Confirmation Rehearsal (6:30 p.m.)

Friday, May 18th                        Mass (8:30 a.m.)

                                  4th Grade Field Trip to Mount Vernon (8:30-2:30)

Saturday, May 19th                     Confirmation (2:00 p.m.)

Monday, May 21st                      12th Annual Golf Tournament – Evergreen Country Club

Tuesday, May 22nd                     Kindergarten Field Trip to Farm (8:30 – 2:30)

                                  3rd Grade Field to GMU Theater (11:30 – 2:30)

                                  Battle of the Books Competition

                                  Band Concert for Students (2:00 p.m.)

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

Wednesday, May 23rd                 Points for Parents Bills due

                  Race for Education Dress Down Day option

Thursday, May 24th                    6th Grade Field Trip to Medieval Times (8:45-3:00)

                                  Spring Choral Concert (PAC/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, May 25th                        Mass (8:30 a.m.)

                                  Noon Dismissal

 

Going Home with Oldest Child

  • Field Day Flyer/Form
  • 10th Annual Frances Kelly Blood Drive Flyer

 

Links:

  • Vacation Bible School Registration Form ~

http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/04/VBSRegistration.pdf

  • Vacation Bible School High School and Adult Volunteer Form ~

http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/04/VBSVolunteerForm.pdf

  • Summer Boys Basketball Camp – (Coach Dan Vander Woude-Seton Boys Varsity Coach) – Page 1

http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/05/2012_Skills_and_Drills_Page_11.pdf

  • Summer Boys Basketball Camp – Page 2

http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/05/2012_Skills__Drills_Page_2.pdf

All Saints Band Wins Top Honors at Festival!

It is with great pride that we announce the results of the All Saints School Band performance at the annual Music in the Parks competition held at Busch Gardens last Friday.

The Advanced Band performed at York High School and was later awarded 1st Place among Middle School Concert Bands. Additionally, the band won an award for overall excellence among all of the participating bands, a feat that has only been accomplished once before in a competitive festival at the middle school level. Furthermore, our students were excellent ambassadors for our school, noted not only for their musical abilities but also the respect and courtesy they displayed throughout the day.

Congratulations to all of the members of the band on this outstanding achievement! Thank you, Mr. Ward and Mr. Moccio, for your stellar leadership of the program!

The legacy of the band program at All Saints continues and we rejoice in the success of our students!

The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 35

Seek Christ in one another; welcome Him into your heart

Principal’s Message

As we approach the close of another academic year, it is important that we acknowledge and thank those members of the faculty and staff who will not be returning in the fall.  Each, in their own way, has contributed to the success of our school and has forever touched the lives of the children.

I wish to first recognize and thank Mrs. Melissa DeBruyne for her fine work as middle school language arts teacher during the second semester.  When the position became open in January, I was delighted to have learned of her background and expertise and so pleased that she agreed to teach for us for the remainder of the year.  While she has enjoyed her time as a faculty member, she has decided that she will be unable to extend the commitment into the new year.  We do look forward, however, to her continued involvement as a parent in our community.

As previously announced earlier this semester, Mrs. Christina Brown, math teacher, is resigning at the end of the year as she prepares for the birth of her baby in September.  While she has been a member of our faculty for only one year, she has provided a very sound mathematics foundation for students in the middle school.

After two years of teaching at All Saints, Mrs. Hillyard has decided to resign at the conclusion of this year in order to pursue other opportunities in the field of education.  It has been a joy to have welcomed Mrs. Hillyard, a graduate of All Saints, back to our community and to have witnessed the beginning of her teaching career.  We wish her every success and blessing as she continues to share her gift of teaching.

Commuting a great distance from Front Royal each day, Mrs. Antunes, school nurse, has also decided that she will not be returning in the fall.  I am grateful for the care and concern that she has demonstrated for students and faculty during her two years in our community.  With thoroughness and professionalism, she has promoted wellness in our school and been a source of comfort for those ill or injured in our community.

It is with a profound sense of gratitude for their commitment to our school that I announce the departure of two teachers whose time at All Saints is marked by decades rather than years.  After twenty-four years of service as our P.E. teacher, Mrs. Engstrom will be retiring at the close of this year.  More than just a P.E. teacher, she has coordinated the Health & Wellness initiative, moderated the Safety Patrol program, and facilitated our annual Field Day event.  While her impact in our community has been significant and lasting, it is her servant’s heart and patient manner that have earned her the admiration of students, parents and faculty alike.

Additionally, Mrs. Vice has decided that this will also be her final year of teaching at All Saints.  After a sixteen year span during which she advanced from part-time cafeteria assistant to lead kindergarten teacher, she will be relocating to the coast where she and her husband will begin the next phase in their lives.  With her trademark sense of humor and down to earth approach, she has been a highly regarded member of the faculty who has truly made a difference in the instructional program at All Saints.

All students, parents, faculty & staff are cordially invited to attend a Retirement Mass & Farewell Celebration for Mrs. Engstrom and Mrs. Vice on Wednesday, May 30th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the church.  The liturgy will be followed by a light dessert reception in the gym.  Families in attendance are cordially invited to bring a tray of cookies or brownies in support of the event.  Please join us as we celebrate the life and careers of these two extraordinary teachers!

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It was a joy and an honor to witness many of our 2nd grade students receiving their First Communion on Saturday morning.  In the days leading up to the special occasion, a number of the children shared their excitement and told me just how much they were looking forward to the May Crowning and their First Communion.  Their enthusiasm for their faith is an inspiration for all of us at All Saints.  Congratulations, 2nd graders, and thank you for your example.

I want to take a moment to thank Mrs. Cummings and Mrs. Gurley for so thoughtfully preparing the children for this beautiful moment in their lives.  Through their careful planning and recognition of the fact that this Sacrament is the central focus of the second grade experience, they provided a wonderful environment of faith and learning through each day of the year.

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Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends of All Saints gathered last Thursday in support of the 7th Annual Race for Education.  As always, the students ran with a lot of heart, enjoying the extra time outside and the opportunity to run in support of a great cause ~ their Catholic school.

I wish to again thank all of our donors from across the country and around the globe who so generously contributed to the success of this program.  As previously announced, 15% of the proceeds from the event will be sent directly to St. Judes Children’s Hospital.

As of yesterday, the counting team has already processed $19,423.00 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

I also wish to thank Mrs. Beth Ross and Mrs. Marjorie Collins for serving as co-coordinators of our 7th Annual Race for Education.  They invested many hours in planning for the big day and continue to volunteer in the school each week, recording and depositing the many contributions.  I am also grateful to the volunteers who worked behind the scenes, processing mailers and assisting on the day of the event.  The many supportive hands assisting with the hole-punching of race cards and water stations helped to insure a safe and enjoyable event for the children, start to finish!

As her daughter will be graduating in June, Mrs. Ross will conclude her leadership of the Race for Education this spring.  I am particularly grateful for the long-term dedication she has demonstrated as event coordinator since the inception of the Race for Education at All Saints in 2006.  In 2005 when we began to learn about the fundraising program and what it might mean for our community, Mrs. Ross was quick to volunteer her time as the leader of the initiative.  Since those early days, she has enthusiastically lead the program, investing countless hours each year in planning as well as processing donations as they are received.  I want to take this opportunity, on behalf of the All Saints Catholic School community, to thank Mrs. Ross for leading this very successful fundraising program.  Through the success of the Race, All Saints has acquired an ACTIV Board for every classroom, slowed the rate of tuition increase and benefitted the research efforts of the St. Judes Childrens’ Research Hospital.  Thank you, Mrs. Ross!

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As we look to the future of our school, it is increasingly important that we take a strategic approach to our financial planning and fundraising.  Later today all parents will receive a brief email outlining a new development effort that is currently under consideration for the 2012-2013 academic year.  Additionally, parents are being provided a link to an electronic survey. Recognizing that the feedback you provide is important for our planning and critical for our success, we welcome your candid response to three brief questions.  Again, look for this email later today and thank you, in advance, for your thoughts as we look to the future of All Saints.

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.

4th Quarter Lock-Down Drill

The 4th Quarter Lock-Down Drill will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 16th.  (Please note: This drill has been scheduled for several weeks and is not in response to any concerns specific to All Saints.  Rather, it is another exercise by which we maintain a state of preparedness should the need ever arise to secure the facility and safeguard the children.) 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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)

7th Annual Race for Education

Prize Cards have been distributed to students who met the criteria and may be redeemed according to the following schedule:

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.

Sharing our Story…Greatschools.org

The most effective marketing for a school occurs when current parents share their positive observations and experience 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!

Tuition Assistance Program

The Tuition Assistance Committee will finalize decisions next week based upon the financial analysis provided by FACTS.  All families who have applied for tuition assistance for 2012-2013 should receive a letter of response by May 18th.

Tuition Discount for Payment in Full

Parents who submit payment in full for the 2012-2013 academic year are eligible for a 5% discount if the payment is received in the office no later than 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 31st.  For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at 703-393-1490.

Spring Tuition Payments

As we approach the close of the school year, parents are reminded of the importance of making timely tuition payments.  With the final tuition payment due to the school during May, those families who have recently fallen behind schedule during this time of continued economic challenge are asked to use the first two weeks of June as an opportunity to pay any outstanding tuition or fees.  Please remember, prompt payment of tuition is essential for the school to remain financially strong and to be able to cover the continued expenses of utilities and salaries for our faculty and staff.

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

This week the office will issue individualized letters to each family, confirming the number of points reflected in the school database and a corresponding fee for unearned points.  Families are asked to submit payment for outstanding points by Wednesday, May 23rd.    

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, May 10th                          Race for Education Dress Down Day Option

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

Friday, May 11th                       Band Trip to Busch Gardens (5:45 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.)

                 School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

                                 Noon Dismissal

Saturday, May 12th                     First Communion – Group III (10:30 a.m.)

Monday, May 14th                     4th Quarter Interims distributed to students

Tuesday, May 15th                     Principal for a Day (Congratulations, Kenneth Vande Linde, whose parents won this item at the Casino & Auction Night)

Wednesday, May 16th                Kindergarten Field Trip to Farm (8:30 – 2:30)

                                Lock Down Drill (10:00 a.m.)

                 SCA Election Speeches (1:00 p.m.)

Thursday, May 17th                   4th Grade Mother’s Tea (8:30 Mass to be followed by presentation)

                                Confirmation Rehearsal (6:30 p.m.)

Friday, May 18th                      Mass (8:30 a.m.)

                 4th Grade Field Trip to Mount Vernon (8:30-2:30)

Saturday, May 19th                   Confirmation (2:00 p.m.)

 

Ready, Set, Go!

The weather was cool and clear as our elementary school students ran/walked their first laps in our 7th Annual Race for Education. As the school’s largest fundraiser, the Race provides financial support for important initiatives throughout the year.

The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 34

Seek Christ in one another; welcome Him into your heart

Principal’s Message

Tomorrow all of the students at All Saints will participate in the 7th Annual Race for Education.  As the largest fundraiser for the school community, the Race provides important financial support for initiatives that would otherwise be beyond our reach.

The following is a list of important reminders for all students and parents regarding the event.

1)       All students in grades K-8 are asked to wear their P.E. uniforms to school on Thursday.  Students enrolled in the Pre-K are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing appropriate for running.  As the forecast is for warmer than normal temperatures, students are reminded of the importance of wearing sunscreen.

2)       While all students will be participating in the Race for Education activities, only those students who brought in sponsor names or a flat donation will be eligible for prizes.

3)       Students need not bring water bottles to the Race for Education.  Two water stations will be available to students throughout the race.

4)       Students who are absent on Thursday will be able to run a later date.

5)       Lunch will be served in the cafeteria at the regularly scheduled time.

Parents, relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend the event as a sign of support for all of our student runners.  We hope that many of you will be able to join us for a wonderful day of fun and fellowship!

The following is the schedule for this special event:

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

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

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

Prize Cards have been 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.

As of today, the counting team has already processed close to $13,000 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

Race for Education –Volunteers

Volunteers are still welcom for each of the race times. Volunteer to help track the children’s laps, pass out water, and monitor the students as they run. The race takes place tomorrow, 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.

Additional volunteers are 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.

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As Mrs. Honkus’ due date draws near, I wish to provide to you an update regarding the plans for the fifth grade classroom.  I am pleased to announce that Mrs. Debbie Woolfrey will serve as long-term substitute teacher beginning approximately Friday, May 11th through the close of the year.  Many of you know Mrs. Woolfrey as her daughters attend All Saints and she has been an on-call substitute for a number of grade levels this past year.

Mrs. Woolfrey earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a minor in Elementary Education from Randolph-Macon College and a Master of Arts Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.  For seven years she taught fifth grade in the Hanover County Public School system where she was nominated to receive an Award for Teaching Excellence.  With particular expertise and experience in the teaching of science, she will be a wonderful substitute for Mrs. Honkus who has served as science teacher for both fifth grade classes.

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This past weekend the Virginia State Squires and Squire Roses, the officially sponsored youth organization of the Knights of Columbus, held their 5th Annual State Convention in the Virginia Beach area.  As part of the Convention, the State Squires Circles celebrated the top accomplishments of the Squires and their Circles in six categories.  This year our Circle won top honors in two of the six categories.  Additionally, Sean Gaynord (7th grade) was selected as the Virginia State Squire of the Year in recognition of his leadership within the organization and his service to the parish and surrounding community. Congratulations, Sean!

Prayer of the Month ~ Peace Prayer

Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.

Lord, let me help sad people be happy.

Let me forgive those who hurt me.

And let me bring your love to all.

Amen

Virtue of the Month ~ Peacemaking

To foster the virtue of peacemaking, we will encourage the students to adopt the following practices:

  1. Be kind to all you meet today.
  2. Make peace with others at the end of the school day.
  3. Stay calm no matter what happens to you today.
  4. Say part of St. Francis’ Peace Prayer to yourself today.
  5. Apologize the minute you know that you have offended someone.
  6. Do an extra act of kindness for your family tonight.
  7. Take care of your family pet without complaining.
  8. Make peace with family members before going to sleep.
  9. Be a peacemaker.  Calm your friends while playing games.
  10. Greet your neighbor politely.
  11. Say a prayer for peace throughout the world.

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.

5th Grade Parent Letter ~ Message from the Superintendent & Virginia Department of Heath

Every year the Virginia Department of Health distributes information regarding the HPV (vaccine) to rising 6th grade girls.  This relates to state legislation and our diocese cooperates by distributing this letter.  However, we also distribute a statement from the two Bishops of Virginia as included in a letter from the Virginia Catholic Education Association signed by the superintendents of Arlington and Richmond.  Tomorrow parents of rising 6th grade girls will receive a copy of the official letter from the Virginia Department of  Health as well as the letter from the Virginia Catholic Education Association.  The letters will be sent home in sealed envelopes with each of the 5th grade girls.  After reviewing the correspondence, should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office for more information.

Tuition Assistance Program

The Tuition Assistance Committee will finalize decisions next week based upon the financial analysis provided by FACTS.  All families who have applied for tuition assistance for 2012-2013 should receive a letter of response by May 18th.

Tuition Discount for Payment in Full

Parents who submit payment in full for the 2012-2013 academic year are eligible for a 5% discount if the payment is received in the office no later than 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 31st.  For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at 703-393-1490.

2nd Annual Running with the Saints 5K – Help Wanted

Help wanted for the 2nd annual All Saints Running with the Saints 5K.  The race committee is looking for a volunteer willing to help solicit sponsors for the race.  We plan to target health related businesses, such as sporting good stores, gyms, and medical offices with a wellness or sport related specialty.  We need help compiling and updating a sponsorship database and to send out letters and follow up as needed.  Consider lending your talent to this effort!  Please contact Eddie Collins atecollins@ocfmail.com if you are interested or have any questions.  Thanks!!

Spring Tuition Payments

As we approach the close of the school year, parents are reminded of the importance of making timely tuition payments.  With the final tuition payment due to the school during May, those families who have recently fallen behind schedule during this time of continued economic challenge are asked to use the first two weeks of June as an opportunity to pay any outstanding tuition or fees.  Please remember, prompt payment of tuition is essential for the school to remain financially strong and to be able to cover the continued expenses of utilities and salaries for our faculty and staff.

Grocery Receipts Program Update

Thank you for your continued support of local grocery receipt programs.  The following is a summary of proceeds received this year through your participation.

GIANT                    $2051.62

Harris Teeter          $847.76

Safeway escrip      $341.96

Bloom stores will be converted to the Food Lion banner.  Our school was automatically enrolled in the Food Lion MVP Classroom rewards program. The website is http://www.foodlion.com/CommunityOutreach/MVPRewards .  If you scroll down to Register your MVP Card and enter your card number, All Saints will earn 50 points for each card linked to the program by May 31, 2012.

Senator Colgan Featured Speaker at CBN Meeting

State Senator Charles J. Colgan will be the guest speaker at the May 18th meeting of the Catholic Business Network of Nova-PW Chapter.  Senator Colgan will be discussing the importance of Catholic education and how faith has impacted his life journey through business and politics.

The Catholic Business Network of Nova-PW Chapter

Date: Friday, May 18th

Speaker: State Senator Charles J. Colgan                                                                    

Time: 7:15 a.m. – 9 a.m. Networking- Breakfast @ 8am-Guest Speaker

Place: Mimi’s Café, Wellington Road, Gainesville VA

Breakfast $15.00 – RSVP suggested. 

RSVP at 703-396-8205 ext. 101 or princewilliam@cbnnova.org

For more information about CBNNova at www.cbnnova.org.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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)

Sharing our Story…Greatschools.org

The most effective marketing for a school occurs when current parents share their positive observations and experience 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.

ParkingIn 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, May 7th

The Early Prevention of School Failure Screening for Kindergarten applicants will take place on 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.

Within the next week the office will issue individualized letters to each family, confirming the number of points reflected in the school database and a corresponding fee for unearned points.  Families are asked to submit payment for outstanding points by Wednesday, May 23rd.    

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

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.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 3rd                      7th Annual Race for Education (see schedule above)

                  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 (8:30 a.m.)

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.)

Monday, May 7th                        EPSF Kindergarten Screening – No Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten classes             

                                                                  Battle of Books Practice Meet (9:30-10:30 a.m.)

Tuesday, May 8th                        8th Grade Foreign Language Exemption Exam

                  Race for Education Dress Down Day Option

                                  Band Concert for Senior’s Luncheon (12:30 p.m.)

                                  First Communion – Group III Rehearsal (6:00 p.m.)

                              &nbs