The Sentinel ~ September 26, 2012

Principal’s Message

In the days following the Town Hall Meeting and e-mail distribution of summary points, I have had an opportunity to reflect further on the question of an Annual Fund and whether this might be the right moment to initiate such an effort.  Mindful of the ever increasing cost of expenses as well as the necessity of identifying another source of revenue to supplement tuition and parish subsidy, I am persuaded that such a development initiative is in the best interest of our school, now and into the future.  Perhaps most significantly, an Annual Fund would establish a formal process for soliciting financial gifts, an essential aspect of a comprehensive development program.   

While I recognize that the decision to move forward on this project is but the first step, I am confident that the outcome will, in the long-term, prove beneficial for our present community and the next generation of students who will pass through our doors.  Starting small, we hope to launch our first Annual Fund during the fall semester, providing parents, faculty, staff and community members with an invitation to support the mission of All Saints through gifts of prayer, gifts of time, and gifts of financial contributions.

As we initiate the process, we welcome any parents who might wish to volunteer in support of the project.  For more information regarding volunteer opportunities, please contact Mrs. Janis DeVore, Director of Marketing & Development, at jdevore@allsaintsva.org or (703) 366-1645.

Thank you to those parents who participated in the spring survey, the fall Town Hall Meeting, and the recent email exchange.  We appreciate the feedback and perspectives you have provided which have been an important part of our discernment process.  Look for updates in upcoming newsletters and emails as we prepare to kickoff this initiative.

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Central to the mission of Catholic education is a commitment to the formation of the whole person within the light of the teachings of the Gospel.  At All Saints our effort to educate all dimensions of the child ~ spiritual, intellectual, social, and emotional, has been an essential and consistent element of our mission.

As a Catholic school, All Saints also affirms the role of parents as the primary educators of their children and we are privileged to have the opportunity to work with you as partners in this regard.  During the past several years, we have grown increasingly concerned about the many confusing messages that society as a whole, and the media in particular, place before the young people of today, particularly in regards to the topic of human sexuality.  In this day and age it is increasingly important that we insure that the children learn the beautiful teachings of the Church on this topic and that they fully realize and understand the gift of human sexuality within this framework.  Not to share this information with the children leaves them unprepared for the world they face and the many choices that await them in the years ahead. 

Over the course of the past several years All Saints Catholic School has implemented a middle school family life curriculum that supports our goal of educating the whole child.  The program is coordinated by the Diocesan Director of Youth Ministry, Mr. Kevin Bohli, and is tailored to the specific needs of each school community. The program consists of a parent presentation during which Mr. Bohli provides an outline of his presentations as well as resources for parents.  Following this presentation, he and an associate, Mrs. Celia Fruchterman, will meet with the students for three one hour lessons designed to provide the children with an understanding of the Church’s teachings on the topic of human sexuality. 

One of the advantages of this program is the involvement of outside professionals.  In addition to their expertise and experience, Mr. Bohli and Mrs. Fruchterman are unfamiliar to the students, which may put the students at greater ease in asking questions and discussing this topic.  A second advantage of this program is that it is designed to take place in a single-sex setting; Mr. Bohli will address the boys and Mrs. Fruchterman will speak with the girls.  Finally, in accordance with diocesan policy, this program is designed as an opt-in opportunity for parents and students.  Accommodations will be made for those children whose parents prefer that they not participate in the program.

Parents of middle school students are invited to a presentation to be held on Tuesday, October 9th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the gym.  As this is such a very important topic related to the development of your child, I ask that at least one parent from each family new to this program be present at the meeting.  In the meantime, should you have any questions about the program, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Celebrate Calm Workshop for Parents

All Saints Catholic School PTO is sponsoring a FREE Celebrate Calm Parenting Workshop presented by Kirk Martin and his son Casey.  Learn practical strategies that work to:

•   Develop motivated, responsible children
•   Relieve anxiety, sensory issues and sibling fights
•   Improve focus, attention, and behavior in school
•   Eliminate defiance, disrespect, and power struggles
•   Create stress-free mornings, homework time and bedtime 

In an effort to make it convenient for all parents to attend the workshop, the PTO has scheduled two presentations for our community.  The workshop will be held in the All Saints gym on Thursday, October 4th from 7-9:00 p.m. and Friday, October 5th from 9-10:30am. Reservations are not required.   Please invite friends, neighbors and colleagues to what will be a highly engaging and beneficial workshop!  Come “Celebrate Calm” with the PTO and All Saints community!  (For more information about the workshop, go to www.celebratecalm.com.)  

School Messenger System Test Follow Up

Last week’s test of the School Messenger Emergency Notification System was a success.  This important exercise provided us with an opportunity to ensure that we are able to contact all parents/guardians in a timely manner.  In the event that you were not contacted by the school as part of this test, please contact the office at 703-368-4400 so that we may confirm your emergency contact information.

Lion’s Club Vision and Hearing Screening

On Wednesday, October 10th the third, fifth and seventh grade students are scheduled for a free Vision and Hearing Screening by the Lion’s Club.  A permission form will be sent home today and is necessary for your son/daughter to participate in the Hearing and Vision Screening.  Please sign and return the form to your child’s teacher by October 5th.   No screening will be conducted without a signed parental consent form.  Students who wear glasses should have them available for the vision portion of the screening.

As in previous years, it is only with the support of our parents serving as volunteers that we can successfully run this screening.  We need 6 volunteers for the day which will be starting at 8:00 AM.  This is a great opportunity to earn Points for Parents. If you are able to assist with the hearing and vision screening, please contact Mrs. Roth at jroth@allsaintsva.org or  703-368-4400 ext. 207.  Thank you for your continued support.


Medication Policy Reminder

In accordance with diocesan policy and our school handbook, students are prohibited from carrying medication, including over-the-counter medicine, at any time during the course of the day.  All medications are required to be delivered by parents/guardians directly to the clinic, along with corresponding documentation.  Should you have any questions about our medication administration policy, please do not hesitate to contact our school nurse, Mrs. Roth, at 703-368-4400.

New Families

You are warmly welcomed to our community.  We are always looking for ways to make sure you feel comfortable and included in our very vibrant school community.  We have two suggestions to ease any “transition pains.”  First, don’t hesitate to contact your classroom resource parent and/or our welcoming committee chairperson, Mrs. Heidi Tamke (heidi.tamke@earthlink.net).  Additionally, you might consider signing up for the volunteer email ‘blast’ list. This helps us to keep you informed of volunteer needs throughout the year. It will provide you with many opportunities to get involved, make new friends and earn your 60 points for parents! To sign up: simply send a request to Sue Ferguson at: schoolvolunteers@allsaintsvaschool.org.

Parents’ Rosary Group

Please join us Friday morning at 8:00 to pray for our school intentions. The group meets in the church on the left side of the altar in one of the “wedge” shaped seating areas.  The rosary will be prayed weekly in that 30- minute window between morning drop-off and the 8:30 school Mass. All are welcome! 

Spirit Events

The Spirit Committee would like to welcome you all to the first Spirit Event of the Year!  Some of our new families might be wondering…”What is a spirit event?”  Spirit Events are opportunities for families to gather together to have fun, meet other members of our school community and support the school.  We will kick off this year with a fun fall greeting at Ticonderoga Farm.  Hay rides, mazes and fun for all.  Please click on the flyer linked below for more information.  This year the event is being held on Columbus Day, so you will have an entire day to enjoy with your family and school community.  We look forward to seeing you all there.  Fall is in the air!  

If you would like to join the Spirit Committee, please contact Megan Davies at meggie.davies@verizon.net.  We look forward to meeting you all and having a lot of fun.  Let’s have a super year!

Paul VI Catholic High School News

Paul VI Boys & Girls Columbus Day Basketball Camp.  Monday October 8th.  9 am – 4 pm.  Grades 2 – 8.  $55.00 per player.  Register at www.pvibasketball.com

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

8th Grade Parents Meeting

Mrs. Slovenkay and Miss Zwisler will host a meeting for all 8th grade parents on Tuesday, October 2nd beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Art Room.  Important information will be shared regarding the high school application process and the special events & activities that are part of the 8th grade experience at All Saints.  At least one parent from each family is asked to attend this important session. 

Lock-Down Drill ~ October 3rd (9:30 a.m.)

Eight years ago our school-based Crisis Management Team implemented quarterly lock-down drills to familiarize students and staff with our security response plan.  Each drill is clearly introduced as a practice with teachers and staff providing age-appropriate instructions to the students.  The first drill for the year will occur on Wednesday, October 3rd at 9:30 a.m.  (Please note: This drill has been scheduled for several weeks and is not in response to any concerns specific to All Saints.  Rather, it is another exercise by which we maintain a state of preparedness should the need ever arise to secure the facility and safeguard the children.) 

Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

As part of the diocesan initiative to maintain a safe environment for all of our children, all volunteers with “substantial contact” with children are required to complete a background check prior to working in the school and to complete VIRTUS training within 45 days of commencing service.

In accordance with recent clarification provided by the diocese, full compliance for an adult parent volunteer is not required for open events.  (An open event is one that is open to the public, infrequent and publicized, such as Field Day, concerts and special events/assemblies.)  However, full compliance is required for adult parent volunteers who wish to participate in closed events.  (A closed event is one that is not entirely open to the general public such as classroom activities, parties, field trips, etc.)  For this reason, all parents who wish to attend field trips or volunteer in support of classroom activities are required to complete the background check process and attend VIRTUS training. 

As we begin a new year, in accordance with diocesan policy, only those parents who have completed the criminal background check are eligible to volunteer in the school.  Those who have not yet completed the background check process may request a packet of forms from the front office.  

We are hosting two live Virtus training seminars (the 4-hour training):
Saturday, November 17th at 9:00AM in FKH

The diocese also requires volunteers who have completed the full VIRTUS training to attend an annual update entitled Keeping the Promise Alive.  This 30 minutes video training is a prerequisite for volunteering in the school.  The following is a list of upcoming sessions.  (Please note:  For planning purposes, volunteers are asked to confirm their intent to attend a session on the voicemail of Mrs. Janet Smith.  703.393.2158)

We have the following opportunities for completing the half-hour Virtus update:
Tuesday, October 9th at 7:00 PM in the Art Room
Tuesday, November 13th at 7:00PM in the Art Room
Tuesday, December 4th at 7:00PM in the Art Room

Emergency Information Form – Past Due

Completed Emergency Forms were due in the office by Friday, September 7th. This form is critically important in that it provides us with the necessary information to contact you in the event of an emergency.  Those families who have not yet submitted this information are asked to do so as soon as possible.

Parent ~ Student Handbooks – Past Due

The 2012-2013 Parent-Student Handbook can be accessed electronically via our website: www.allsaintsvaschool.org.  Please take some time to review the policies and procedures of our school and discuss them with your children.  Parents who have not yet signed and returned the corresponding acknowledgement form are asked to do so.  Those families without access to the website are invited to contact the office to request a hard copy of the handbook.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 27th            

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

Friday, September 28th                  

School Mass & Virtue of the Month Presentation (8:30 a.m.)

1st Quarter Interims Distributed

Noon Dismissal – Curriculum Mapping for Teachers

Tuesday, October 2nd                     

8th Grade Parent Meeting (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, October 3rd               

2nd Grade Field Trip to Orchard (9:00 – 1:00)

1st Quarter Lock-Down Drill (9:30 a.m.)

Thursday, October 4th                   

Celebrate Calm Workshop – hosted by the PTO (Gym/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, October 5th                          

School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Celebrate Calm Workshop – hosted by the PTO (Gym/9:00 a.m.)

 

Links

–          Ticonderoga Farms Spirit Event ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/09/2012-10-08-Ticonderoga-Farms-2-11.jpg

–          Celebrate Calm Workshop Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/2012/09/14/celebrate-calm-stop-defiance-yelling-sibling-fights/

The Sentinel ~ September 19, 2012

Principal’s Message

In an effort to respond to parent requests to reduce the number of times money is requested over the course of the school year for classroom activities and to provide a greater sense of predictability, this year we have developed a new collection process.  Monies needed for classroom activities and parties will now be collected at the beginning of the year through the classroom teacher, rather than as a room parent request, and will be kept in individual accounts at the parish office.  These accounts are very similar to the field trip accounts.  This will also help us to distinguish between activity funds (expected) and gifting money (voluntary and collected directly from room parent). 

Each homeroom teacher, in coordination with room parents, has estimated the approximate total cost of classroom activity and party expenses for the entire year.  This information will be communicated to you via a separate letter from the teachers later this week.  Note: Although we are striving to streamline the collection process, there will still be opportunities to donate food and/or treats throughout the year for certain school activities, providing another means by which parents can earn volunteer points.

Parents are asked to submit their activity fee no later than October 31.  A reminder letter will be sent out mid-October to those families who have not yet had an opportunity to send in the fee.   Since each classroom will have an individual account, parents with multiple children in the school are asked to submit payment per child, rather than combining amounts into one check.   

As this is a completely new process, there may be some “bumps in the road” during the first year of implementation.  It also remains possible that in some cases the total cost of activities may have been underestimated, necessitating a follow up collection later in the year.  Nonetheless, we believe that this new system will result in greater predictability for parents and an opportunity for us to consider and cut costs where feasible.  In advance, thank you for supporting this new effort and we look forward to your feedback throughout the course of the year. 

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It was very exciting to have our first general assembly meeting during Back to School night on Sept 6.  There is so much to be grateful for in this vibrant school community!  Thank you for your enthusiasm and support that evening and at all our events.  The meeting minutes from September 6 are linked to the Sentinel, as well as a copy of the handout provided at that first PTO meeting of the year.  Mark your calendars now for our next general assembly meeting on Thursday, Oct 4th.  

All Saints Catholic School PTO is sponsoring a FREE Celebrate Calm Parenting Workshop presented by Kirk Martin and his son Casey.  Learn practical strategies that work to:

•   Develop motivated, responsible children
•   Relieve anxiety, sensory issues and sibling fights
•   Improve focus, attention, and behavior in school
•   Eliminate defiance, disrespect, and power struggles
•   Create stress-free mornings, homework time and bedtime 

In an effort to make it convenient for all parents to attend the workshop, the PTO has scheduled two presentations for our community.  The workshop will be held in the All Saints gym on Thursday, October 4th from 7-9:00 p.m. and Friday, October 5th from 9-10:30am. Reservations are not required.   Please invite friends, neighbors and colleagues to what will be a highly engaging and beneficial workshop!  Come “Celebrate Calm” with the PTO and All Saints community!  .  (For more information about the workshop, go to www.celebratecalm.org.)  

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On Friday we will celebrate the gift of our parish priests at the annual “Priests’ Barbecue”.  A long-standing tradition at All Saints, this special event provides an opportunity for the children to visit informally with the priests during an outdoor lunch.  Indeed, we are blessed with very generous and gifted priests who truly make a difference in the life of our school!  We look forward to celebrating their goodness during this festive time of food and recess games on Friday during lunch.

Installation of SCA Officers & Representatives

On Friday afternoon the newly elected officers and class representatives were officially welcomed into the Student Council Association of All Saints Catholic School.  Fr. Jeb Donelan served as keynote speaker and shared with the students the “ABCs” of leadership, reminding them of the importance of living authentic lives of faith and service.   

The following is an excerpt from the speech given by Allison Rice, President of the SCA, which beautifully communicates our theme for this year.

Our school and parish theme for this year is “The Gift of Faith brings us Joy and Hope.”  When I think about someone with great faith I think of Mother Teresa. When Mother Teresa was 18 she left her home country and went to India. She lived with the poorest of the poor. She later got permission to start a religious order called the Missionaries of Charity; this religious order served the poor, homeless and dying in India.  Now WHY would a women in her 20’s leave everything she had, to start a religious organization in another country to care for the rejected of the country or as they call them in India, the untouchables?

The only reason Mother Teresa did this was FAITH. She said she received a “call within a call” from God. Her faith made it possible for her to put her whole heart into her mission.  She served with great Joy and Hope. Mother Teresa once said, “Joy is prayer. Joy is strength. Joy is love. Joy is a net of love with which we can ‘catch’ souls.” We may not be called to live with the poorest of the poor in India, but we are all called to live out OUR gift of faith WITH joy and hope.  Through prayer, service projects, learning about the Saints and treating others with kindness and respect we can grow in our faith. Mother Teresa once said, “I will never understand all the good that a smile can accomplish.” Here at All Saints we have our own version of this quote; as Father Juan says “NO, Donkey faces!”  

We congratulate the following students and wish them every success and blessing as they begin their year of student leadership!

Officers

President                                               Allison Rice

Vice President                                      Josephine Bennett

Secretary/Historian                             Kelly Crocker

Finance                                                 Nicholas Mills

Religious Activities                              Rachel Kreitzer

Health/Safety/Ecology                        Drew Michak

School Spirit                                         Savanna Malone

Class Representatives

4A                                                           Jenna Delaney

4B                                                           Lily Feltman

5A                                                           Zachary Mills

5B                                                           Drew Rice

6A                                                           Collin Foster

6B                                                           Jack Houser

7A                                                           Kaitlyn Emmons

7B                                                           Brightney Varghese

8A                                                           Caton Brisbin

8B                                                           Vivienne Penders

8th Grade Parents Meeting

Mrs. Slovenkay and Miss Zwisler will host a meeting for all 8th grade parents on Tuesday, October 2nd beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Art Room.  Important information will be shared regarding the high school application process and the special events & activities that are part of the 8th grade experience at All Saints.  At least one parent from each family is asked to attend this important session. 

Lock-Down Drill ~ October 3rd (9:30 a.m.)

Eight years ago our school-based Crisis Management Team implemented quarterly lock-down drills to familiarize students and staff with our security response plan.  Each drill is clearly introduced as a practice with teachers and staff providing age-appropriate instructions to the students.  The first drill for the year will occur on Wednesday, October 3rd at 9:30 a.m.  (Please note: This drill has been scheduled for several weeks and is not in response to any concerns specific to All Saints.  Rather, it is another exercise by which we maintain a state of preparedness should the need ever arise to secure the facility and safeguard the children.) 

Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

As part of the diocesan initiative to maintain a safe environment for all of our children, all volunteers with “substantial contact” with children are required to complete a background check prior to working in the school and to complete VIRTUS training within 45 days of commencing service.

In accordance with recent clarification provided by the diocese, full compliance for an adult parent volunteer is not required for open events.  (An open event is one that is open to the public, infrequent and publicized, such as Field Day, concerts and special events/assemblies.)  However, full compliance is required for adult parent volunteers who wish to participate in closed events.  (A closed event is one that is not entirely open to the general public such as classroom activities, parties, field trips, etc.)  For this reason, all parents who wish to attend field trips or volunteer in support of classroom activities are required to complete the background check process and attend VIRTUS training. 

As we begin a new year, in accordance with diocesan policy, only those parents who have completed the criminal background check are eligible to volunteer in the school.  Those who have not yet completed the background check process may request a packet of forms from the front office.  

We are hosting two live Virtus training seminars (the 4-hour training):
Saturday, September 22nd at 9:00AM in FKH
Saturday, November 17th at 9:00AM in FKH

The diocese also requires volunteers who have completed the full VIRTUS training to attend an annual update entitled Keeping the Promise Alive.  This 30 minutes video training is a prerequisite for volunteering in the school.  The following is a list of upcoming sessions.  (Please note:  For planning purposes, volunteers are asked to confirm their intent to attend a session on the voicemail of Mrs. Janet Smith.  703.393.2158)

We have the following opportunities for completing the half-hour Virtus update:
Thursday, September 20th at 2:15 PM in Meeting Room 1
Tuesday, October 9th at 7:00 PM in the Art Room
Tuesday, November 13th at 7:00PM in the Art Room
Tuesday, December 4th at 7:00PM in the Art Room

PVI Invitation to 7th & 8th Grade Students ~

PVI would like to invite all 7th and 8th grade students to Junior High Night Under the Lights at Paul VI Catholic High School on Friday, September 21st.  Rally in the Alley beginning at 6:00 (Free Food, Fun, Tee shirts) and Varsity Football at 7:00 (free admission for 7th and 8th graders).

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Emergency Information Form – Past Due

Completed Emergency Forms were due in the office by Friday, September 7th. This form is critically important in that it provides us with the necessary information to contact you in the event of an emergency.  Those families who have not yet submitted this information are asked to do so as soon as possible.

Parent ~ Student Handbooks – Past Due

The 2012-2013 Parent-Student Handbook can be accessed electronically via our website: www.allsaintsvaschool.org.  Please take some time to review the policies and procedures of our school and discuss them with your children.  Parents who have not yet signed and returned the corresponding acknowledgement form are asked to do so.  Those families without access to the website are invited to contact the office to request a hard copy of the handbook.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 20th

Enrollment Management Team Meeting (Art Room/7:00 p.m.) – Rescheduled for Thursday, September 27th

Friday, September 21st

School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Priests’ Barbecue

Monday, September 24th

SCA sponsored Spirit Week (see attached link)

Tuesday, September 25th

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

Thursday, September 27th

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

Friday, September 28th

School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

1st Quarter Interims Distributed

Noon Dismissal – Curriculum Mapping for Teachers

Links

Spirit Week Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/09/spirit-week-2012.pdf

Celebrate Calm Workshop Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/2012/09/14/celebrate-calm-stop-defiance-yelling-sibling-fights/  

PTO General Assembly Meeting (Sept. 6, 2012) ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/09/general-pto-6-sept-2012.pdf

PTO Back to School Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/09/Back-to-school-PTO-flyer.pdf

The Sentinel ~ September 12, 2012

Principal’s Message

Last spring, All Saints conducted a survey requesting your feedback on the idea of launching an Annual Fund to benefit the school. The majority of parents who responded in the comments section of the survey asked for additional information about how an Annual Fund might work within our school community. As a follow-up, we wish to address several of your questions below and invite you to attend a town-hall-style meeting on Tuesday, September 18 at 9:00 a.m. in Father Kelley Hall.

Why Launch an Annual Fund?
All Saints relies on income in addition to tuition to fully support our programs. To fill this gap between the cost of tuition and the true cost of an All Saints education, the Parish subsidizes the school in the amount of $240,000 per year with additional support provided in the form of shared costs for utilities, facilities and some personnel expenses.  Additionally, the PTO provides funding in support of specific school initiatives and through an annual subsidy designed to help maintain affordable tuition rates for our families.

As an alternative, many Catholic schools are now covering the gap through Annual Funds which tend to be more sustainable over the long-term than labor-intensive special events. Annual Fund efforts also focus on community building and bringing together a variety of benefactors, including parents, employees, alumni, former parents, parishioners, community members and friends.

Where would the money go?

We would use the proceeds of our Annual Fund to provide financial aid to school families, to address technology needs, and to support instructional initiatives.   

How would an Annual Fund work at All Saints?

The Annual Fund model being proposed is one that has been used successfully by Catholic schools across the country. It would seek to provide a continued source of financial support through the request of three gifts: gifts of prayer, gifts of involvement, and gifts of financial participation. During our first year of the fund, we would utilize a mail-based campaign, although contributors would also have the option of giving online through our website. As a 501c3 tax-exempt organization, all gifts to the Annual Fund would be tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

Why not keep doing what you’ve always done?

During the past several years, we have seen an increase in requests for financial aid. We want to continue to assist our school families and to provide our students with an outstanding Catholic education.  Additionally, it is our hope that an Annual Fund would yield a new revenue stream that would in the long-term help us to sustain the mission of All Saints and our commitment to providing the finest education possible for the children of our parish and school.      

We welcome all parents who are interested in learning more about the Annual Fund concept to join us for dialogue next week.  Mark your calendars for our Annual Fund Town Hall style meeting on Tuesday, September 18th at 9:00 a.m. Those in attendance will receive Points for Parents…as well as danish and coffee!

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The safety of your children is always a top priority at All Saints.  In recent years, in accordance with national initiatives and diocesan policy, we have taken additional steps to do our part to ensure that your children are in a safe place when they are participating in a program at All Saints Catholic School.  For example, all of our faculty, staff and volunteers are required to complete a background check as well as training.  As an additional measure, seven years ago we implemented the Formation in Christian Chastity Program to help your children recognize the steps they can take to keep themselves safe. 

The Formation in Christian Chastity Program serves as an additional measure to assist us in establishing and maintaining a safe environment for our students.  As outlined in the materials, information is provided primarily to parents as a resource to be used in the formation of their children.  There is one classroom lesson for students in grades one through four and two lessons for those in grades five through eight. 

We will be integrating the objectives of the program into our religion lessons in these grades during the last two weeks of September.  The entire curriculum can be accessed through the diocesan website: www.arlingtondiocese.org.  (Click on the Child Protection tab found under the heading of Education.  To view the grade level lesson plans, click on Training Programs followed by the tab for the Formation in Christian Chastity Program.)

You are encouraged to spend some time reviewing this information yourself and to then share pertinent aspects with your children.  Each of the “rules” noted contains some application to common sense safety tips that you may share with your children.  Other parts of the “rule” apply to some of the decisions that you make as parents for the safety of your children.  A question and answer segment provides some suggestions as to how you might best address these concerns with your children.  Our goal is to equip both you and your children with the knowledge that can help to keep them safe.

The essential point is that parents need to be involved with their children.  The more you know about the daily events of your child’s life, the better you are able to spot any danger signs that may surface.  The more regular communication you have with your children, the more free they are to come to you with their concerns.

Should you have any questions about the Formation in Christian Chastity Program or about the classroom lessons, please do not hesitate to let us know.  In the event that you would prefer to not have your child participate in the classroom training, please contact the front office to request an opt-out form.

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In an effort to alleviate some of the traffic congestion during morning arrival, last week we opened the doors and welcomed students into the building five minutes earlier than announced.  This practice seems to have helped to increase the flow of traffic and to provide sufficient time for all students to arrive in the building prior to the morning bell.  As such, we will continue to open the breezeway doors to students at 7:40 a.m., allowing for a twenty-minute arrival period each morning.

TARGET proceeds to benefit All Saints

Thanks to the support of those families registered to participate in TARGET’s rewards program, last week our school received a check in the amount of $1,425.47.  Thank you parents and friends of All Saints!

IMPORTANT ARRIVAL & DISMISSAL REMINDERS

The following is a list of important reminders that will help us maintain an arrival and dismissal system that is safe, efficient and courteous.

With the increased number of cars on the property, it is vitally important that all drivers be especially attentive, proceeding slowly and with caution.   Parents are asked to refrain from cell phone use when entering and exiting the property.

Parking:

¨       It is important that parents park only in those areas identified for our carpool system.

¨       Parents are asked not to park directly in front of the school building since this area is a designated fire lane.   Access to this area is restricted by traffic cones.

¨       Those visiting or volunteering in the school during the day are asked to park in the lot in front of the new church.  (Please refrain from parking in those spaces reserved for the clergy and from parking in Lot #2, directly across from the priests’ parking area,  as this section is used by the parish staff.)

¨       When arriving for afternoon carpool, parents are asked to refrain from parking on Stonewall Road and other areas of the property.  For the safety of the children, it is important that each family participate in the school organized dismissal system. 

Arrival & Departure:

¨       When entering and exiting the property please use right turns only.  This will minimize the traffic that sometimes occurs on Stonewall Road, thereby helping us to maintain positive public relations with our neighbors. 

¨       In that our carpool system brings together many people, it is a time for discussion and community building.  However, once dismissal begins, we ask that parents wrap up conversations so that complete attention may be directed to the children and so that we might avoid any unnecessary delays.  

¨       When arriving for afternoon dismissal, parents are reminded to use great caution when exiting their vehicle.  We recommend that parents not open their doors until the next row of cars has arrived in the adjacent parking spaces. 

¨       For the safety of all involved, drivers are asked not to exit the carpool lines unless directed by a staff member to do so.  Teachers only wave drivers forward after verifying that the adjacent lanes are clear of pedestrian traffic. 

Looking for a Carpool?

All Saints parent Mr. Jim Griffin has volunteered to serve as a carpool coordinator. If you are interested in a carpool for your children, please fill out the short form below and email it to allsaintscarpool@hotmail.com and Mr. Griffin will put you in touch with other families in your area who have expressed an interest in carpooling.

 

Name:

Address:

Phone Number:

Preferred email contact:

Number of children you need transported:

Number of spaces in your vehicle for transporting others:

Prefer to drive morning or evening, or no preference?

 

Please be aware that the above information will be plotted on a map with a private URL that is only available to All Saints parents who have expressed an interest in carpooling.  The URL will be emailed directly to you and will not be available any other way or discoverable by any search engine.

 

Recognizing that parents are solely responsible for determining transportation arrangements to and from All Saints Catholic School, the school assumes no role in this process and neither recommends nor endorses any particular carpool arrangements.  In the unfortunate circumstance of an accident or injury, the parent’s own personal automobile liability is primary in the event of a claim.  Nonetheless, the school values the collective efforts of parents and is pleased to support this initiative by communicating the opportunity to parents.

 

SCHOOL SAFETY INITIATIVES

Student In-Service ~ Sexual Harassment, Our Policy & Response (Grades 6-8)

In accordance with diocesan policy, students in grades five through eight will participate in a brief classroom presentation within the next two weeks on the topic of the prevention of sexual harassment.  Mr. Conroy will visit each of the homeroom classes for approximately fifteen minutes, providing an overview of the diocesan policy and explaining to students how they should best respond if they encounter any behaviors of this nature.  Should you have any questions about this policy or presentation, please do not hesitate to contact the principal.

Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

As part of the diocesan initiative to maintain a safe environment for all of our children, all volunteers with “substantial contact” with children are required to complete a background check prior to working in the school and to complete VIRTUS training within 45 days of commencing service.

In accordance with recent clarification provided by the diocese, full compliance for an adult parent volunteer is not required for open events.  (An open event is one that is open to the public, infrequent and publicized, such as Field Day, concerts and special events/assemblies.)  However, full compliance is required for adult parent volunteers who wish to participate in closed events.  (A closed event is one that is not entirely open to the general public such as classroom activities, parties, field trips, etc.)  For this reason, all parents who wish to attend field trips or volunteer in support of classroom activities are required to complete the background check process and attend VIRTUS training. 

As we begin a new year, in accordance with diocesan policy, only those parents who have completed the criminal background check are eligible to volunteer in the school.  Those who have not yet completed the background check process may request a packet of forms from the front office.  

We are hosting two live Virtus training seminars (the 4-hour training):
Saturday, September 22nd at 9:00AM in FKH
Saturday, November 17th at 9:00AM in FKH

The diocese also requires volunteers who have completed the full VIRTUS training to attend an annual update entitled Keeping the Promise Alive.  This 30 minutes video training is a prerequisite for volunteering in the school.  The following is a list of upcoming sessions.  (Please note:  For planning purposes, volunteers are asked to confirm their intent to attend a session on the voicemail of Mrs. Janet Smith.  703.393.2158)

We have the following opportunities for completing the half-hour Virtus update:
Thursday, September 20th at 2:15 PM in Meeting Room 1
Tuesday, October 9th at 7:00 PM in the Art Room
Tuesday, November 13th at 7:00PM in the Art Room
Tuesday, December 4th at 7:00PM in the Art Room

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Chess Club

Chess Club will be held on the first and third Thursdays of the month from 3-4 pm in the Art Room starting October 4th.  It is open to all students in grades 1-8.  Please see the attached application for more information.

CYO Track & Field news for the All Saints Roadrunners

GREAT PRACTICE LAST WEEKEND! Good to see all the enthusiasm, too. Just a reminder, or two:

IF YOU’VE ALREADY REGISTERED – Thank You!  See you all this Sunday at 1:00.  Don’t forget: the kids must wear running shoes and should bring a big water bottle – or two!

IF YOU HAVE NOT REGISTERED, THIS IS YOUR LAST OPPORTUNITY for Fall Events.  Fee is $30 per child, to cover registration for three events and a team t-shirt.

Next Practice:  Sunday, September 16th from 1:00-2:30pm

Where:  Track behind Manassas Baptist Church (school) on the corner of Sudley Rd. and Stonewall Rd.

Links to the forms: 

http://nvjcyo.org/Forms/PARTICIPANTAGREEMENTtrack.pdf

http://nvjcyo.org/Forms/medicalform.pdf

Announcements from Paul VI Catholic High School

Junior High Night Under the Lights at Paul VI Catholic High School ~ 7th and 8th students are invited to this very special event at Paul VI Catholic High School on Friday, September 21st.  Rally in the Alley at 6:00 (Free Food, Fun, Tee shirts) and Varsity Football at 7:00 (free admission for 7th and 8th graders)

Invitation for 7th and 8th Grade Girls ~ The PVI Volleyball is inviting middle-school girls to watch the teams play on September 26 @ 4:45(JV) and 6:00(Varsity). Food and gifts will be given to all attending one or both games

Fall Open House ~ PVI will be holding an Open House for 7th & 8th Grade Parents and Students on Sunday, November 4, 2012 from 1 to 4 pm.

Basketball Clinics ~ Coach Allen’s “Futures” Basketball Clinics will be offered on Six week night dates during the fall to help Boys & Girls prepare for the upcoming basketball season.  Register and more information at www.pvibasketball.com

 

IMPORTANT UPCOMING EVENTS

Middle School Back to School Night

Middle School Back to School Night (Parents of Grades 6-8) – Thursday, September 13th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the gym.  These sessions will provide parents with important information about our many programs and plans for the 2012-2013 school year.  For this reason, at least one parent from each family is required to attend this session.  Again this year the event will begin in the gym with a brief overview of the Edline program.

            Schedule 

            7:00 p.m.         Presentation in Gym (Introduction to Edline)

            7:30 p.m.         First Classroom Session Begins

            9:35 p.m.         End of Final Classroom Session

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Emergency Information Form – Past Due

Completed Emergency Forms were due in the office by Friday, September 7th. This form is critically important in that it provides us with the necessary information to contact you in the event of an emergency.  Those families who have not yet submitted this information are asked to do so as soon as possible.

Parent ~ Student Handbooks – Past Due

The 2012-2013 Parent-Student Handbook can be accessed electronically via our website: www.allsaintsvaschool.org.  Please take some time to review the policies and procedures of our school and discuss them with your children.  Parents who have not yet signed and returned the corresponding acknowledgement form are asked to do so.  Those families without access to the website are invited to contact the office to request a hard copy of the handbook.

Picture Day – Dress-Up Day Code

On special days designated by the principal, such as our Fall Picture Day, students may be out of uniform.  The following code is intended to encourage individuality and style within the framework of the virtue of modesty.  Girls: dresses or skirts (no bare shoulders or sleeveless) the length may not be shorter than two inches above the floor when kneeling), and dress slacks. The skirts and dress slacks may be worn with a white or colored blouse, or sweaters that are not form-fitting.  Not permitted:  Jeans or jeans-style slacks, jeggings, leggings, tight fitting blouses or blouses that expose any part of the midriff.  No athletic shoes other than the school style. No flip flops, sandals or high heels. Toes and heels must be covered.  Jewelry worn must be in accordance with uniform guidelines, such as only post earrings and no more than one.   Boys: shirts with a collar, sweater or sweater vest, dress pants in the style of the uniform trousers, belt, dress shoes.  Not permitted: Jeans or pants that resemble jeans, shorts, sweats, sneakers, t-shirts, except on specifically identified “dress down days”.

When it is determined that a student has reported to school dressed inappropriately, the student will be sent to the assistant principal who will contact the parents and request that they provide a school uniform for the student prior to his/her returning to class.

Use of Student Photos for Marketing Materials

In recent years, a formal marketing program has been implemented at All Saints and we are presently making a consistent effort to share the success of our program via local newspapers and our website.  It is important that parents understand that they retain the right to object to their son/daughter’s inclusion in these printed or electronic materials.  A “Waiver Information/Right to Object Form” (Appendix N) is located on the website within the forms section associated with the parent-student handbook.  Please note: If the form is not returned, we will assume that you waive your right to object.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 13th       

 Room Liaisons Meeting (FKH/8:30 a.m.)

Middle School Night (Gym/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, September 14th           

School Mass – Grades 1-8 (8:30 a.m.)

SCA Installation of Newly Elected Officers & Reps. (1:30 p.m.)

Monday, September 17th         

Picture Day

Formation in Christian Chastity Program begins

Tuesday, September 18th         

Annual Fund Town Hall Meeting (FKH/9:00 a.m.)

Wednesday, September 19th    

Sexual Harassment In-Service for Grades 6-8

Thursday, September 20th       

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

Friday, September 21st           

Priests’ Barbecue

 

Links:

Chess Club Information/Permission ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/09/Chess-Club-Application-2.pdf

Links to CYO Forms ~ http://nvjcyo.org/Forms/PARTICIPANTAGREEMENTtrack.pdf

http://nvjcyo.org/Forms/medicalform.pdf

The Sentinel – September 5, 2012

Principal’s Message

Each spring students in grades two through seven participate in the Terra Nova, a nationally normed standardized testing program. The results of this annual assessment provide data with which we can determine the strengths of our curriculum as well as areas for future growth and improvement. Most importantly, the data becomes the basis for the annual instructional goal-setting process by which the teachers “narrow the lens” of instruction so as to more effectively meet the needs of the children in our classrooms.

I am pleased to announce that all grade levels scored in the top 10% of the norm group in reading, language arts and math. I am very proud of our students for this outstanding achievement and exceedingly grateful to our faculty for their continued commitment to academic excellence!

This week I am providing to you several testing charts which are linked to this letter and that will also be available on our website for your review. The bar graphs are designed to provide a quick overview of grade level performance in reading, language arts and math and include a comparison to the diocesan averages. All of the scores are percentile based, benchmarking the performance of our students and the entire diocese to that of the national norm group.

When reviewing these scores and planning for the year ahead, a metaphor that I have found to be helpful is that of an annual “tune-up”, similar to that of an automobile. In examining the data, we can identify specific areas that need some refinement or extra attention. While there is no need for a complete engine overhaul (top 10% and going strong), it is important that we view this as an opportunity to pinpoint our efforts so that the engine of learning at All Saints continues to move forward.

A year ago I announced that we would focus our attention across the school on the area of reading. I am pleased to share that these efforts resulted in measurable gains across three grade levels (5-7). Even more impressive has been the performance of our students in the area of language arts. With grade level averages at 80 percentile or higher and 5 of 6 grades demonstrating higher scores than the previous year, language arts is currently the instructional strength of our school as measured by the Terra Nova.

With a small decrease in math scores from the prior year, particularly in the subtest that measures computation, this will be the focus of our instructional program in the new year. We will be striving to improve the level of “computational fluency” among our students, i.e. their capacity to solve math problems quickly and accurately. This is not to say that hands-on learning and the use of manipulatives will be reduced. Rather, the same approach of teaching for meaning and understanding in the math classroom will continue with extra efforts directed at reinforcing skills already learned. One strategy that we will use in support of this effort will be that of ensuring that math review is part of the daily practice of morning work for all students. Providing regular, on-going opportunities for our students to practice what they have learned will help them to sharpen their skills and retain concepts.

Having identified these objectives to be strengthened across grade levels, the teachers have already completed a process entitled Planning for Instruction, by which they have crafted clear, measurable instructional goals that are linked to this data. With the recognition of a pattern across grade levels, there is the opportunity for teachers to collaborate and share new ideas and strategies. Most importantly, with everyone moving in the same direction and striving for the same goal, excellence in mathematics, I know that we will continue to see measurable growth in what is already a very strong program.

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Last spring, All Saints conducted a three question development survey requesting your feedback on the idea of launching an Annual Fund to benefit our school. The Annual Fund model we proposed would seek to provide a continual source of financial support through the request of three gifts: gifts of prayer, gifts of involvement, and gifts of financial participation. This specific model has been implemented with great success by several elementary schools in the Arlington Diocese and reflects a national trend in Catholic school development.

Out of the 95 parents who completed our online survey last spring, 35 survey respondents (36.8%) indicated that they would support an Annual Fund, 25 survey respondents (26.3%) indicated that they would not support an Annual Fund, and 35 survey respondents (36.8%) indicated that they were undecided. In the comments section of the survey, a majority of parents who were undecided asked for additional information about how the Annual Fund would work, its effect on the PTO budget, and details on how it would benefit the school.

Based on this feedback from our initial survey, we will be providing additional information on the mechanics of the Annual Fund in our next issue of The Sentinel on Wednesday, September 12. We will also host a town hall style meeting on Tuesday, September 18 at 9:00 a.m. in Father Kelly Hall. All parents interested in learning more about the Annual Fund concept are cordially invited to attend this session. We look forward to continuing the dialogue with you and exploring how this new direction might help to support our commitment to providing the gift of a Catholic education now and into the future.

Today I also wish to share with you the exciting news that Mrs. Cote is expecting her second child. The due date for the baby is January 25th. We congratulate her and her husband on this wonderful occasion and wish them every blessing as they continue to prepare for the birth of their baby.

During the opening days of the year, Mrs. Cote has done a marvelous job of creating a sense of community within her classroom and has already established routines in support of student learning. She enjoys the children and looks forward to continuing her career at All Saints. As such, it is her intent to continue teaching, to the extent possible, up to her due date and to return to All Saints after a period of maternity leave. In the months ahead I will finalize the plans for the classroom during the period of Mrs. Cote’s leave. In the meantime, please know of my commitment to ensuring continuity of instruction and to maintaining the wonderful learning environment that Mrs. Cote has already established during her first week at All Saints. Again, congratulations Mrs. Cote!

IMPORTANT ARRIVAL & DISMISSAL REMINDERS

The following is a list of important reminders that will help us maintain an arrival and dismissal system that is safe, efficient and courteous.

With the increased number of cars on the property, it is vitally important that all drivers be especially attentive, proceeding slowly and with caution. Parents are asked to refrain from cell phone use when entering and exiting the property.

Parking:

¨ It is important that parents park only in those areas identified for our carpool system.

¨ Parents are asked not to park directly in front of the school building since this area is a designated fire lane. Access to this area is restricted by traffic cones.

¨ Those visiting or volunteering in the school during the day are asked to park in the lot in front of the new church. (Please refrain from parking in those spaces reserved for the clergy and from parking in Lot #2, directly across from the priests’ parking area, as this section is used by the parish staff.)

¨ When arriving for afternoon carpool, parents are asked to refrain from parking on Stonewall Road and other areas of the property. For the safety of the children, it is important that each family participate in the school organized dismissal system.

Arrival & Departure:

¨ When entering and exiting the property please use right turns only. This will minimize the traffic that sometimes occurs on Stonewall Road, thereby helping us to maintain positive public relations with our neighbors.

¨ In that our carpool system brings together many people, it is a time for discussion and community building. However, once dismissal begins, we ask that parents wrap up conversations so that complete attention may be directed to the children and so that we might avoid any unnecessary delays.

¨ When arriving for afternoon dismissal, parents are reminded to use great caution when exiting their vehicle. We recommend that parents not open their doors until the next row of cars has arrived in the adjacent parking spaces.

¨ For the safety of all involved, drivers are asked not to exit the carpool lines unless directed by a staff member to do so. Teachers only wave drivers forward after verifying that the adjacent lanes are clear of pedestrian traffic.

Morning Arrival ~ Tips for Parents

With the Pre-Kindergarten program now in session, there is increased traffic in the rear parking lot during morning arrival. So that each child in the Pre-K may be escorted into the classroom by a member of the staff, all Pre-Kindergarten families are required to arrive via the rear lot. However, all other school families have the option of using either the front or rear lots during morning arrival. If there is a line of traffic entering the rear lot, parents are encouraged to use the front lot as an alternative. Additionally, parents are reminded to enter and exit the property using right turns only so as to maintain a steady flow of traffic.

Special Carpool Privileges?

One of the more popular items at our annual auction is that of the privilege of being “first in carpool”. The families who win this item are invited to park in front of the dismissal area and have the opportunity of exiting the property in advance of the community. It is for this reason that you will observe patrols escorting students to cars parked in front of the parking area during afternoon dismissal.

Looking for a Carpool?

All Saints parent Mr. Jim Griffin has volunteered to serve as a carpool coordinator. If you are interested in a carpool for your children, please fill out the short form below and email it to allsaintscarpool@hotmail.com and Mr. Griffin will put you in touch with other families in your area who have expressed an interest in carpooling.

Name:

Address:

Phone Number:

Preferred email contact:

Number of children you need transported:

Number of spaces in your vehicle for transporting others:

Prefer to drive morning or evening, or no preference?

Please be aware that the above information will be plotted on a map with a private URL that is only available to All Saints parents who have expressed an interest in carpooling. The URL will be emailed directly to you and will not be available any other way or discoverable by any search engine.

Recognizing that parents are solely responsible for determining transportation arrangements to and from All Saints Catholic School, the school assumes no role in this process and neither recommends nor endorses any particular carpool arrangements. In the unfortunate circumstance of an accident or injury, the parent’s own personal automobile liability is primary in the event of a claim. Nonetheless, the school values the collective efforts of parents and is pleased to support this initiative by communicating the opportunity to parents.

SCHOOL SAFETY INITIATIVES

School Messenger Emergency Notification ~ SYSTEM TEST ~ Wednesday, September 12th

The Diocese of Arlington uses the School Messenger notification service to send important information to families through phone calls, emails, and text messages. In the event of an emergency, All Saints Catholic School will activate the School Messenger system. As the system will only be used for this purpose, parents can anticipate that any communications received via this program are critical and deserve particular attention.

In order to ensure the functionality and accuracy of the system, All Saints will conduct a test on Wednesday, September 12th. A test message will be issued via both recorded phone message and email to the emergency contacts of all students and staff at approximately 10:30 a.m.

In accordance with wireless carrier requirements and to protect against unsolicited text messages, during the year you may receive a text message providing you the opportunity to “opt in” should you wish to receive important School Messenger announcements via text message.

The message you receive will be similar to the following:

“Please OPTIN to receive TXT alerts from <<Customer Name>>.Rply OPTIN 2 register, STOP 2 OPTOUT www.schoolmessenger.com/txt Msg&Data Rates May Apply”

So that you may receive important communications from All Saints via text message, we encourage you to reply with “OPTIN” when you receive such a verification message.

To opt out of all text messages from SchoolMessenger, including the verification message, go to http://www.schoolmessenger.com/txtmsg/ or reply STOP to the opt-in message you receive.

The Diocese and the school do not pay for text message charges that may be incurred by the user. Check with your wirelesscarrier for possible charges.

Student In-Service ~ Sexual Harassment, Our Policy & Response (Grades 6-8)

In accordance with diocesan policy, students in grades five through eight will participate in a brief classroom presentation within the next two weeks on the topic of the prevention of sexual harassment. Mr. Conroy will visit each of the homeroom classes for approximately fifteen minutes, providing an overview of the diocesan policy and explaining to students how they should best respond if they encounter any behaviors of this nature. Should you have any questions about this policy or presentation, please do not hesitate to contact the principal.

Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

As part of the diocesan initiative to maintain a safe environment for all of our children, all volunteers with “substantial contact” with children are required to complete a background check prior to working in the school and to complete VIRTUS training within 45 days of commencing service.

In accordance with recent clarification provided by the diocese, full compliance for an adult parent volunteer is not required for open events. (An open event is one that is open to the public, infrequent and publicized, such as Field Day, concerts and special events/assemblies.) However, full compliance is required for adult parent volunteers who wish to participate in closed events. (A closed event is one that is not entirely open to the general public such as classroom activities, parties, field trips, etc.) For this reason, all parents who wish to attend field trips or volunteer in support of classroom activities are required to complete the background check process and attend VIRTUS training.

As we begin a new year, in accordance with diocesan policy, only those parents who have completed the criminal background check are eligible to volunteer in the school. Those who have not yet completed the background check process may request a packet of forms from the front office.

We are hosting two live Virtus training seminars (the 4-hour training):
Saturday, September 22nd at 9:00AM in FKH
Saturday, November 17th at 9:00AM in FKH

The diocese also requires volunteers who have completed the full VIRTUS training to attend an annual update entitled Keeping the Promise Alive. This 30 minutes video training is a prerequisite for volunteering in the school. The following is a list of upcoming sessions. (Please note: For planning purposes, volunteers are asked to confirm their intent to attend a session on the voicemail of Mrs. Janet Smith. 703.393.2158)

We have the following opportunities for completing the half-hour Virtus update:
Tuesday, September 11th at 7:00PM in the Art Room
Thursday, September 20th at 2:15 PM in Meeting Room 1
Tuesday, October 9th at 7:00 PM in the Art Room
Tuesday, November 13th at 7:00PM in the Art Room
Tuesday, December 4th at 7:00PM in the Art Room

PTO Corner

Our first general membership meeting will take place this week at Back to School night. We look forward to the opportunity to share information. You (the PTO membership) will also be asked to approve our budget for this school year. A copy is attached to the Sentinel for your review.

The parent rosary group will get started this Friday at 8am and will meet inside the church on the left side of the altar. Linda White is our rosary leader this year. The rosary will be prayed weekly in that 30-minute window between morning drop-off and the 8:30 school Mass. All are welcome!

To all new parents, please take advantage of the New Parent Coffee next Tuesday, Sept. 11. It is a terrific time to gather information and connect with other new parents. Volunteers from the PTO board will also be present to provide information and support. We hope to see all of you there!

CYO Track & Field news for the All Saints Roadrunners

The first track & field practice and parents’ meeting (registration) will be held on Sunday, September 9th, from 1–2:30 PM, at the track behind the Manassas Baptist Church, on the corner of Stonewall and Sudley Roads (across from the Post office). Bring your running shoes and water bottle and be ready to run! Please see attached flyer for more information.

IMPORTANT UPCOMING EVENTS

Back to School Night

Back to School Night & PTO Meeting (Parents of Grades 1-5) – Thursday, September 6th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the gym. Following an opening presentation and introduction of the PTO Board, teachers in grades one through five will present an overview of programs in their classrooms.

Middle School Back to School Night (Parents of Grades 6-8) – Thursday, September 13th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the gym. These sessions will provide parents with important information about our many programs and plans for the 2012-2013 school year. For this reason, at least one parent from each family is required to attend this session. Again this year the event will begin in the gym with a brief overview of the Edline program.

Schedule

7:00 p.m. Presentation in Gym (Introduction to Edline)

7:30 p.m. First Classroom Session Begins

9:35 p.m. End of Final Classroom Session

New Parent Coffee

All new parents are invited to enjoy “coffee with the principal” on Tuesday, September 11th beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Father Kelley Hall. Following a brief presentation, there will be time for questions and discussion about our school community and its many programs. Babysitting services will be offered by Mrs. Carol Rice, coordinator of the Parish Nursery, in the adjacent meeting room. Plan to attend and meet other new families who have recently joined our community!

Calendar Change – Priests Barbecue

The annual Priests Barbecue originally scheduled for September 26th has been moved to Friday, September 21st.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Emergency Information Form

Please complete the diocesan emergency form and return it to the office by Friday, September 7th. This form is critically important in that it provides us with the necessary information to contact you in the event of an emergency.

School Directory

In recent years, the process of verifying current contact information for families and authorization to include email addresses has been a multi-step project that has taken a significant amount of time to complete. In an effort to improve both efficiency and accuracy, this year all families are asked to submit electronically the contact information they wish to be published in the annual School Directory via the new newsletter subscription system. We ask that directory listing changes be made by Friday, September 7th. Please note: We will be unable to include in the directory any changes made after that date.

1) Go to Subscription Management page

http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/newsletter-directory-listing/manage-subscriptions/

2) Enter primary family email (these were imported from old newsletter list) for directory listing to receive email verifying account. If email is not found go to New Subscription page (http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/newsletter-directory-listing/) and select “School Directory Listing” and skip to Step 5.

3) Click link in email to verify account.

4) Go to “Subscribe” tab and select “School Directory Listing”

5) Fill out fields following the example formats for each field.

6) Submit listing.

We hope that these changes will enhance our communication with you and streamline some of our procedures. Should you have any questions regarding these changes, please do not hesitate to contact us at support@homework.allsaintsvaschool.org.

Parent ~ Student Handbooks

The 2012-2013 Parent-Student Handbook can be accessed electronically via our website: www.allsaintsvaschool.org. Please take some time to review the policies and procedures of our school and discuss them with your children. Each family is asked to sign and return the acknowledgment form by Friday, September 7th. Those families without access to the website are invited to contact the office to request a hard copy of the handbook.

Homework Central

At the close of last year, we received notification that “Homework Hero” would no longer be available as of the end of June. For this reason we are adopting a new platform for posting homework, one which has been designed by one of our school parents, Mrs. Tamara Halstead. Similar to Homework Hero, all teachers will post an individualized classroom page that provides curriculum highlights and a list of daily assignments. A link to each teacher’s page can be found at “Homework Central” located directly on our website at http://homework.allsaintsvaschool.org/. (See Quick Link on homepage right sidebar or under “Academics” or “Parent Resources” tabs)

Tuition Questions???

Should a question arise regarding your schedule of tuition payments, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at 703-393-1490. She is happy to assist in providing additional information about the program and answering any questions that parents might have.

Use of Student Photos for Marketing Materials

In recent years, a formal marketing program has been implemented at All Saints and we are presently making a consistent effort to share the success of our program via local newspapers and our website. It is important that parents understand that they retain the right to object to their son/daughter’s inclusion in these printed or electronic materials. A “Waiver Information/Right to Object Form” (Appendix N) is located on the website within the forms section associated with the parent-student handbook. Please note: If the form is not returned, we will assume that you waive your right to object.

Boxtops

Please remember to turn in boxtops to count for the summer collection. Please label the ziplock with your child’s homeroom and teacher’s name and submit it to the office by the close of this week.

Upcoming Events

Thurs., September 6th Back to School Night for Grades 1-5 & PTO General Assembly Meeting (Gym/7:00 p.m.)
Fri., September 7th     Deadline for Submitting School Directory Contact Information
School Mass – Grades 1-8 (8:30 a.m.)
Free Ice Cream for All Students – Courtesy of Fr. Bob!
Emergency Forms due in Office
New Student Breakfast; Doughnuts & Juice with Mr. Conroy & Mrs. Campagna
Mon., September 10th 6th Grade Field Trip – “The Edge” Team-Building Experience
Tues., September 11th   New Parent Coffee (FKH/9:00 a.m.)
Wednesday, September 12th       School Messenger Test Message (10:30 a.m.)
  NJHS Book Wrapping Service – Grades 6-8 (3:30 p.m.)
Thursday, September 13th Room Liaisons Meeting (8:30 a.m.)
Middle School Night (Gym/7:00 p.m.)
Friday, September 14th School Mass – Grades 1-8 (8:30 a.m.)
SCA Installation of Newly Elected Officers & Reps. (1:30 p.m.)

 

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