The Sentinel ~ October 31, 2012

 

“The Gift of Faith brings us Joy and Hope.”

Principal’s Message

One of our cherished traditions at All Saints is the annual Thanksgiving Luncheon, a special meal prepared by the kitchen staff for students, parents, faculty & staff.  Linked to this week’s newsletter is a flyer inviting all of our families to participate in this wonderful celebration of food & fellowship. 

In an effort to accommodate all of the families who attend and to reduce wait time, we will again be hosting four lunch seatings this year.  The schedule for the Thanksgiving Luncheon is as follows:

11:00-11:40             Grades 6-8

11:40-12:20             Grades 4-5

12:20-1:00               Grades 2-3

1:00-1:40 Grades K-1

The arrival process will be the same as prior years with parents reporting directly to their son/daughter’s classroom.  There, they will wait with their children, and when called by grade level, report to the gym via the Father Kelley Wing.

So that the kitchen staff may begin planning for the event, please be sure to return your form no later than Thursday, November 15th.  We do hope that you will join us for this Thanksgiving tradition!

2nd Annual Running with the Saints 5K

Only 3 days to the second annual Running with the Saints 5K!  We are thrilled that over 200 people of all ages and abilities will join our priests, teachers and staff for a fun morning! Registration is ongoing thru the day of the race.  You may turn in your forms to the front office or register online at www.runningwiththesaints.org thru THURSDAY NOVEMBER 1st.  You can also register in person on Friday, November 2nd between 2:30pm-7pm (in the school courtyard) or Saturday morning November 3rd at Harris Pavilion between 7am-8am.  We hope to see you there!

Report Cards & Parent-Teacher Conferences

On Friday teachers will distribute first quarter report cards to students in grades 1-8 and progress reports for those in Kindergarten.  In preparation for the parent-teacher conferences next week, please take some time to review all of the information provided by the teacher, noting any special areas of success or difficulty.  Additionally, I encourage you to speak with your child to determine if there is anything that he or she would like you to address with the teacher.  Please feel free to make a list of any questions or concerns that you wish to discuss during the conference.  While the time for conferences is somewhat limited, the teachers are committed to addressing the development of your child and welcome any questions you might have.  Recognizing that experiences in the home also affect a child’s performance at school, the conference provides an opportunity to discuss any changes in routine, significant events, such as the death of a close relative or pet, or any other occurrences that might be affecting your child’s behavior.  The better the teacher understands the specific needs of each of the children, the better he or she will be able to assist them in their learning.

The following is a list of ideas that may prove helpful as you plan for a successful and productive meeting.

Before the Conference

¨       Arrive on time

¨       Bring a written list of questions or points for discussion

¨       Realize that your child may exhibit different behaviors at school than at home

During the Conference

¨       Ask for examples of your child’s work

¨       Discuss specific strengths & weaknesses of your child as a learner

¨       Ask the teacher for specific ways in which you can help at home

¨       Help set two or three specific goals for your child for the next grading period

After the Conference

¨       Share with your child what the teacher reports

¨       Remember that, as a parent, you are the most important person in your child’s life.  Give your child a hug and reassurance following the conference.

Open House for 2013-2014 School Year

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, November 15th beginning at 9:00 a.m.  All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about our parish school are cordially invited to attend.  Following a presentation and introduction at 9:00 a.m., tours of the facility will be provided. For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at (703) 393-1490.

Seeking Playground & Cafeteria Volunteers – Points for Parents Opportunity!

Needed: Parent volunteers for lunch and recess – must be VIRTUS compliant and have submitted background paperwork.

We are now seeking more parent volunteers to assist staff in monitoring the students during lunch and recess. If you are available for as little as 45 minutes, or as much as 2 hours, once a week, the staff and children would directly benefit from your time and presence. The responsibilities are rather simple….be an extra set of eyes and helping hands.

During recess, parent volunteers assist the staff in monitoring the boundaries, enforce established rules, and help provide typical parental guidance. During rainy days or inclement weather (wind chill or temperatures below 20 degrees), parent volunteers may be asked to supervise a classroom for 20 minutes while the students engage in predetermined activities, watch a movie, etc.

During the lunch period, parent volunteers respond to simple requests of opening milk, distributing utensils, napkins or straws, and discourage food sharing. Grades 2-8 are responsible for cleaning the tables. Staff may also request a volunteer to spray and wipe clean some tables. The lunchroom needs for older children are fewer but it is helpful to have the extra set of eyes.

For those parents who currently commit time each week to help in these areas, their presence helps to ensure lunch relief for the teachers and staff. They truly appreciate it! There are countless benefits to being present at school during your child’s school day! Please consider offering your time each week and earn points.

Grades 6-8             Recess 11:10-11:30

                                Lunch 11:30-11:45

Grades 3-5             Recess 11:45 – 12:05

                                Lunch 12:05-12:30

Grades K-2             Recess 12:15 – 12:35

Lunch 12:35-1:00

For more information or to confirm your interest, please contact Mrs. Marie McVey, Lunch & Recess Volunteer Coordinator.  Those who wish to volunteer are asked to email the specific day(s) and time(s) they are available to help in this area to themcveyfamily@aol.com.

Free Feast Day Ice Cream

The PTO is pleased to offer a free ice cream to all students on Friday, November 2nd in celebration of All Saints Day!  This is a long running tradition at our school.  You can tell your children on Friday morning that the celebration of our Feast Day continues and provide them with a reminder that their lunch will include a nice little treat!

Veterans Day Celebration

Join us as our school community honors the commitment of the men and women who have served our country in the United States Armed Forces. We cordially invite all active duty, reserve, former and retired military personnel to attend our school Mass on Monday, November 12th at 8:30 a.m. Following the Mass, there will be an assembly in the gym, followed by a reception for our honored guests in Father Kelley Hall.  Last week, we sent home a packet of information regarding our Veterans Wall Display, an annual tradition by which we show our pride and gratitude for the sacrifices of those in our community who have served our nation through military service. For your convenience, a link to the packet is provided at the bottom of this newsletter.

Spirit Event

We’ve got spirit, yes we do…We’ve got spirit, show yours too! Come on down to the Chick-fil-A on Liberia Friday November 9th 6:30am to 9:30pm. It’s conference day. Make a play date or just stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You can even hit the drive-thru! Good food, great fun, and Christian fellowship!  Let’s do it again, support the most wonderful school around. Remember 20% the proceeds benefit All Saints Catholic School!  (See links at end of newsletter for the flyer.)

John Paul the Great Events and Invitations for Middle School Students!

The Main Event:  Open House – Saturday, November 18, 2012 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Learn more about all the GREAT things happening at Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School by attending their Open House. (Presentation at 1:15.) Meet the Dominican Sisters, JP students, teachers, and parents while exploring their successful college prep curriculum, Bioethics program, House System, and more. The Open House will conclude with a PEP Rally and House Competition! For more information, please click here or  visit www.jpthegreat.org or call 703-445-0300.

More Special Middle School Invitations:

All Middle School students (grades 6 – 8) are invited to participate in these special events hosted just for you! More details to come, but for now, please Save-the-Date!

  1. 1.        Shadow at JP the Great: October – May. Click here for more info!
  2. 2.        Girls Lacrosse Clinic: October 27 & 28 and November 3 & 4. Click here for registration information! Contact: Coach Erin Dove: Erin.Dove@jpthegreat.org
  3. 3.        JP5K Run/Walk for Options: Support the Special Education Options Program! November 17, 2012. Contact: Megan Battle: Megan.battle@jpthegreat.org or Click here to register!
  4. 4.        Open House: Sunday, November 18, 1 – 4:00pm. Presentation begins at 1:15pm. Click here for more info!
  5. 5.        Free Admission to Wrestling Tournament: December 1. Contact: info@jpthegreat.org
  6. 6.        2nd Annual Futsal Tournament: December 8. Contact: Coach Jay Jesse: Jay.Jesse@jpthegreat.org
  7. 7.        Band and Choir Music Festival: January 26. Click here for registration information! Contact: Music Director, Mrs. Kingett: Kelly.Kingett@jpthegreat.org
  8. 8.        Free Admission to V. Basketball Games: February 14. Contact: info@jpthegreat.org
  9. 9.        Preview Open House: March 14, 4 – 6pm. For Grades 5 – 7 (or anyone!) who wants to preview high school at JP! Contact: admissions@jpthegreat.org

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Revised Diocesan Code of Conduct – Requirement for All Volunteers – REMINDER

In response to rapidly changing technology, especially social media, and in order to continue providing a safe environment for our children and youth, the Diocese of Arlington has issued a new Code of Conduct.  This policy makes clear the behaviors that are acceptable and ensures proper monitoring of all young people.

Copies of this new Code of Conduct are available at the School office and the Parish Office.  All clergy, employees and volunteers are required to read and acknowledge this document and return the completed acknowledgments to Janet Smith, Virtus coordinator. Signed acknowledgements were to have been returned by Monday, October 29th in order to continue being eligible to volunteer with children/youth.

Please direct any questions to Janet Smith at the Parish Office (703) 393-2158 or via email at jsmith@allsaintsva.org  Thank you for your cooperation.

Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

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 a live Virtus training seminar (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, November 13th at 7:00PM in the Art Room
Tuesday, December 4th at 7:00PM in the Art Room

 

Upcoming Events

Thursday, November 1st              

  • All Saints Feast Day Mass & Virtue Awards Ceremony (10:00 a.m.)
  • Transition to Winter Uniforms

Friday, November 2nd                

  • Free Ice Cream at Lunch in celebration of our Feast Day
  • 1st Quarter Report Cards distributed to students

Saturday, November 3rd              

  • 2nd Annual Running with the Saints 5K (Old Town Manassas/8:30 a.m.)

Tuesday, November 6th               

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

Wednesday, November 7th           

  • Gift of Human Sexuality Meeting – Grades 6-8
  • John Paul the Great High School 8th Grade Visit
  • Gold Medal Readers Celebration (1:30 p.m.)

Thursday, November 8th             

  • Noon Dismissal
  • Parent-Teacher Conference Day

Friday, November 9th                 

  • Parent-Teacher Conference Day
  • Spirit Activity: Chick-Fil-A (6:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.)

Links

–          Thanksgiving Luncheon Memo/Order Form: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/10/THANKGIVING-LUNCHEON.LET_.pdf

–          Chick-fil-A Spirit Event Flyer: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/10/2012-11-09-Chick-Fil-A-revised.jpg

–          Veterans Day Celebration Packet: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/10/2012-Veterans-Student-Packet.pdf

–          Running With the Saints Registration Form: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/10/runner-registrationform2012.pdf

–          Information Programs for Prospective Teachers:  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/10/Information-Programs-for-Prospective-Teachers.pdf

 

The Sentinel ~ October 24, 2012

Principal’s Message

Last week all parents were invited to participate in an anonymous, online survey for the purpose of assessing the level of bullying at All Saints Catholic School.  We estimate that it should take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete the survey. 

Parents are asked to complete the survey by Friday, October 26th.  In advance, we thank you for your participation in our efforts to both assess our current climate and to establish benchmarks for future reference.  As this will be our fourth year of distributing a survey to parents on the topic of bullying, we look forward to analyzing the data to determine patterns and trends in our community and sharing the results with you in the weeks ahead.

Open House for 2013-2014 School Year

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, November 15th beginning at 9:00 a.m.  All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about our parish school are cordially invited to attend.  Following a presentation and introduction at 9:00 a.m., tours of the facility will be provided. For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at (703) 393-1490.

Classroom Activity Fee Reminder

As previously mentioned, a classroom activity fee is being collected this year.  This money will be used for all classroom activities and parties and will replace our previous practice of collecting money for individual events.  This will improve our ability to plan for the year, simplify planning for room liaisons and hopefully reduce stress for parents. 

Thank you very much to those families who have already returned their fee.   It is greatly appreciated.

If you have not already done so, please return your activity fee to your child’s homeroom teacher no later than Wednesday, October 31. Please do not combine payment from other classroom activity fees into one check… in other words, please send one check per child. 

Parent-Teacher Conferences ~ Appointment Slips

Last week each student should have received a conference appointment slip confirming the date and time for the upcoming Parent-Teacher Conferences on Thursday, November 8th and Friday, November 9th.   If you did not receive this information, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher.

Seeking Playground & Cafeteria Volunteers – Points for Parents Opportunity!

Needed: Parent volunteers for lunch and recess – must be VIRTUS compliant and have submitted background check paperwork.

We are now seeking more parent volunteers to assist staff in monitoring the students during lunch and recess. If you are available for as little as 45 minutes, or as much as 2 hours, once a week, the staff and children would directly benefit from your time and presence. The responsibilities are rather simple….be an extra set of eyes and helping hands.

During recess, parent volunteers assist the staff in monitoring the boundaries, enforce established rules, and help provide typical parental guidance. During rainy days or inclement weather (wind chill or temperatures below 20 degrees), parent volunteers may be asked to supervise a classroom for 20 minutes while the students engage in predetermined activities, watch a movie, etc.

During the lunch period, parent volunteers respond to simple requests of opening milk, distributing utensils, napkins or straws, and discourage food sharing. Grades 2-8 are responsible for cleaning the tables. Staff may also request a volunteer to spray and wipe clean some tables. The lunchroom needs for older children are fewer but it is helpful to have the extra set of eyes.

For those parents who currently commit time each week to help in these areas, their presence helps to ensure lunch relief for the teachers and staff. They truly appreciate it! There are countless benefits to being present at school during your child’s school day! Please consider offering your time each week and earn points.

Grades 6-8             Recess 11:10-11:30

                                Lunch 11:30-11:45

Grades 3-5             Recess 11:45 – 12:05

                                Lunch 12:05-12:30

Grades K-2             Recess 12:15 – 12:35

Lunch 12:35-1:00

For more information or to confirm your interest, please contact Mrs. Marie McVey, Lunch & Recess Volunteer Coordinator.  Those who wish to volunteer are asked to email the specific day(s) and time(s) they are available to help in this area to themcveyfamily@aol.com.

Free Feast Day Ice Cream

The PTO is pleased to offer a free ice cream to all students on Friday, November 2nd in celebration of All Saints Day!  This is a long running tradition at our school.  You can tell your children on Friday morning that the celebration of our Feast Day continues and provide them with a reminder that their lunch will include a nice little treat!

Veterans Day Celebration

Join us as our school community honors the commitment of the men and women who have served our country in the United States Armed Forces. We cordially invite all active duty, reserve, former and retired military personnel to attend our school Mass on Monday, November 12th at 8:30 a.m. Following the Mass, there will be an assembly in the gym, followed by a reception for our honored guests in Father Kelley Hall.  Last week, we sent home a packet of information regarding our Veterans Wall Display, an annual tradition by which we show our pride and gratitude for the sacrifices of those in our community who have served our nation through military service. For your convenience, a link to the packet is provided at the bottom of this newsletter.

PVI Annual Open House

Explore the benefits of a Catholic High School Education. Paul VI Catholic High School invites 7th and 8th Graders and their families to our Annual Open House on November 4th from 1 to 4PM. Meet our exceptional faculty and student body and see how we can make a difference in your child’s life. For additional information visit www.paulvi.net or email: ehanley@paulvi.net

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Revised Diocesan Code of Conduct – Requirement for All Volunteers – REMINDER

In response to rapidly changing technology, especially social media, and in order to continue providing a safe environment for our children and youth, the Diocese of Arlington has issued a new Code of Conduct.  This policy makes clear the behaviors that are acceptable and ensures proper monitoring of all young people.

Copies of this new Code of Conduct are available at the School office and the Parish Office.  All clergy, employees and volunteers are required to read and acknowledge this document and return the completed acknowledgments to Janet Smith, Virtus coordinator by Monday, October 29th in order to continue being eligible to volunteer with children/youth.

Please direct any questions to Janet Smith at the Parish Office (703) 393-2158 or via email at jsmith@allsaintsva.org  Thank you for your cooperation.

Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

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 a live Virtus training seminar (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, November 13th at 7:00PM in the Art Room
Tuesday, December 4th at 7:00PM in the Art Room

Running with the Saints 5K

Only 10 days to the second annual Running with the Saints 5K!  We are well on our way to having over 200 people of all ages and abilities join our priests, teachers and staff for a fun morning! Registration is ongoing thru the day of the race.  You may turn in your forms to the front office or register online at www.runningwiththesaints.org thru THURSDAY NOVEMBER 1st.  You can also register in person on Friday, November 2nd between 2:30pm-7pm (in the school courtyard) or Saturday morning November 3rd at Harris Pavilion between 7am-8am.  Like all PTO activities, we rely on parent volunteers to make this event happen.  We are still in need of a few volunteers. Please contact Sue Ferguson at sferguson1@comcast.net for more information on volunteering.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, October 25th              

–          End of 1st Quarter – Adoration & Benediction (11:00 a.m.)

–          8th Grade Saints Café & Classroom Presentations

–          Noon Dismissal – Report Card Prep for Teachers

–          Middle School Movie Night (Gym/6:00 p.m.)

Friday, October 26th                  

–          Holiday: Mini-Institute for Diocesan Teachers

Tuesday, October 30th                

–          Paul VI High School 8th Grade Visit (8:30 a.m.)

Wednesday, October 31st            

–          Gift of Human Sexuality Presentation – II (Grades 6-8)

–          2nd Grade Pumpkin Day

–          Penny Bazaar (1:30 p.m.)

Thursday, November 1st              

–          All Saints Feast Day Mass & Virtue Awards Ceremony (10:00 a.m.)

–          Transition to Winter Uniforms

Friday, November 2nd                

–          1st Quarter Report Cards distributed to students

Saturday, November 3rd              

–          2nd Annual Running with the Saints 5K (Old Town Manassas/8:30 a.m.)

 

Links

–          Parent Survey 2012: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KYBNGPP 

–          Veterans Day Celebration Packet: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/10/2012-Veterans-Student-Packet.pdf

–          Running With the Saints Registration Form: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/10/runner-registrationform2012.pdf

–          Information Programs for Prospective Teachers:  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/10/Information-Programs-for-Prospective-Teachers.pdf

The Sentinel ~ October 17, 2012

Principal’s Message

While October is the month during which schools unite nationally in fostering “bully-free zones”, this is a commitment that we live out throughout the year at All Saints.  Through our Virtue Program and the full integration of our faith across the curriculum, students are encouraged to develop habits of respect, kindness, and compassion.  Over the course of years, these traits become embedded and part of the fabric of our students’ lives.  Nevertheless, it is vitally important that we explicitly remind our students of the dangers and consequences of bullying.  As such, this is an opportune moment for us to discuss this important issue with our students and to assess the progress we are making in striving to create a “bully-free” environment.

We now know and recognize that the challenge of bullying in our country is not going to simply disappear.  For this reason, our families and Catholic school are called to be counter-cultural, taking a clear stand against these behaviors.  It is our responsibility to guide the children in recognizing that each individual is created in the very image and likeness of God.  As such, respect and reverence should surround all interactions.  Similarly, the complexities and risks associated with technology in the 21st Century are a part of our day to day existence.  It remains our responsibility to teach the children how to navigate these information highways, always using technology in a manner that shows respect to one another and God’s creation.

This week I would like to invite all parents to participate in an anonymous, online survey for the purpose of assessing the level of bullying at All Saints Catholic School.  We estimate that it should take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete the survey.  Students in grades 3-8 will complete a corresponding survey during their computer class beginning this week.

Parents are asked to complete the survey by Friday, October 26th.  In advance, we thank you for your participation in our efforts to both assess our current climate and to establish benchmarks for future reference.  As this will be our fourth year of distributing a survey to parents on the topic of bullying, we look forward to analyzing the data to determine patterns and trends in our community and sharing the results with you in the weeks ahead.

If perhaps you are wondering what you can do as a parent to further support this initiative, I would offer the following suggestions:

1)       Take some time this week to review the topic of bullying with your son/daughter.  Help them to understand that the repeated, targeted nature of bullying is very hurtful, often resulting in wounds that last years, and in some cases a lifetime.  Help them to understand that all students have a right and expectation to be able to come to school each day to learn in an environment free of fear.

2)       Remind your child that, should he/she ever encounter an instance of bullying, it is vitally important that he/she share this information with a faculty or staff member.  If for any reason they are uncomfortable doing so, please contact your child’s teacher directly.  It is only with this type of information that we are able to take steps to help prevent future occurrences.

3)       Spend some time discussing with your child the practical steps that he/she can take to discourage bullying.  For example, sharing strategies or even role-playing appropriate responses can help to empower students not to laugh…not to participate…and to take a stand whenever they witness an instance of bullying.

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This week I would also like to provide you with an update regarding our Pre-Kindergarten program and an upcoming change in personnel.  Mrs. Davey, a long-standing member of our instructional team, will transition to part-time status effective Thursday, October 25th.  While she will continue to assist Mrs. Kardaras during the morning program, she has decided to resign from her afternoon role in order to pursue other opportunities related to her work as a free-lance editor and writer.

While we are saddened by the fact that Mrs. Davey will be unable to continue her fine work with PreK-3, we are delighted that she will continue as a member of the team, working with the students in the morning program.  In her place I have hired Mrs. Monica Carlin, a school parent who was a very active volunteer in the Pre-K program while her son was enrolled last year.  Additionally, she gained prior classroom experience as a substitute teacher in grades K-8 when she lived in Houston.   Already familiar with the procedures and routines, she has a strong understanding of the program and is delighted to be joining our staff.  With a cheerful demeanor and enthusiastic spirit, she will be a wonderful presence in our afternoon Pre-K.

In support of a seamless transition, Mrs. Carlin will “shadow” Mrs. Davey on Wednesday, October 24th and assume her new role on Monday, October 29th.

We thank Mrs. Davey for all that she has done in support of the afternoon program and we look forward to her continuing as a member of the morning team.

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With the onset of cooler temperatures, students are now permitted to begin wearing the Winter Uniform.  This applies to both the P.E. Uniform (i.e. sweatpants and sweatshirts) as well as the regular uniform (long sleeve shirts/blouses & sweaters).  This is a matter left to the discretion of parents until November 1st, the date at which all students are expected to begin wearing the Winter Uniform. 

Parent-Teacher Conferences ~ Appointment Slips

In the days ahead each student will receive a conference appointment slip confirming the date and time for the upcoming Parent-Teacher Conferences on Thursday, November 8th and Friday, November 9th.   If you did not receive this information, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher.

SCA to Host Red Ribbon Week

Next week the Student Council Association has planned a number of special events in support of our school-wide celebration of Red Ribbon Week, an annual opportunity for our students to take a stand against drug and alcohol abuse.  Please see the accompanying flyer for more information about this weeklong event, including a dress down day scheduled for Tuesday, October 23rd.  Thank you to the SCA for all of their efforts in encouraging our students to live drug free!

2nd Grade Sacraments Update

The Group III First Communion will take place on Saturday, May 18th rather than May 25th as originally published in our school calendar.

PTO Teacher Conference Day Luncheons

Every year, the All Saints Catholic School PTO holds a luncheon for the teachers, during teacher/parent conference days, to thank them for their hard work, dedication, and continuing perseverance to educate every student every day. This year the luncheons will be held on Thursday, November 8th and Friday, November 9th.  Donations and volunteers make the two-day luncheon a success! Please consider sharing your time, cooking talents and needed donations to this event. The teachers & staff appreciate the lovely lunch and thoughtfulness of the parents who provide this event for them.

Please use the link to sign-up for all donations & volunteer opportunities: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C054CA8AC2BA13-teacher.  Any questions, please feel free to contact Kate Bachman at KateBachman2002@aol.com

PVI Theater Fall Play

Fall is in the air and so is PVI Theater’s fall play, Tom Jones.  Based on the book of the same name (but not to be confused with the old movie or the old singer),  Tom Jones is a story filled with crazy characters, exciting fights, an epic chase, a blooming young romance, and an unfortunate foundling who is the most virtuous of them all.  Performances will be: November 8th at 7pm, November 9th at 7:30pm, November 10th at 7:30 pm, and November 11th at 2pm.  Tickets are $5 for students and seniors, and $10 for adults and may be purchased at the door.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Annual Fund Volunteer Opportunities

All Saints is preparing to launch an Annual Fund this fall and we could use your help!  We currently have openings for the following volunteer positions:

Grade Level Captains

Responsibilities — assist in getting the word out about the campaign to parents in your selected grade level and encourage participation of gifts of prayer, gifts of participation, and gifts of financial support.

Database/Gift Processing Volunteers

Responsibilities—add incoming gifts of prayer, participation and financial participation to our database, assist in processing offline financial gifts.

Proceeds from the Annual Fund will be used to provide tuition assistance, address technology needs, and advance curriculum initiatives. During our inaugural year, the campaign will be organized into the following divisions: Faculty/Staff Division, Parent Division, Alumni Division, Parents’ of Alumni Division.

We have already heard from parents interested in volunteering to help with the Annual Fund. If you would like to join our team, please contact Mrs. Janis DeVore at jdevore@allsaintsva.org or (703) 366-1645.  Thanks for your support!

Veterans Day Celebration

Join us as our school community honors the commitment of the men and women who have served our country in the United States Armed Forces. We cordially invite all active duty, reserve, former and retired military personnel to attend our school Mass on Monday, November 12th at 8:30 a.m. Following the Mass, there will be an assembly in the gym, followed by a reception for our honored guests in Father Kelley Hall.  Last week, we sent home a packet of information regarding our Veterans Wall Display, an annual tradition by which we show our pride and gratitude for the sacrifices of those in our community who have served our nation through military service. For your convenience, a link to the packet is provided at the bottom of this newsletter.

Revised Diocesan Code of Conduct – Requirement for All Volunteers – REMINDER

In response to rapidly changing technology, especially social media, and in order to continue providing a safe environment for our children and youth, the Diocese of Arlington has issued a new Code of Conduct.  This policy makes clear the behaviors that are acceptable and ensures proper monitoring of all young people.

Copies of this new Code of Conduct will be available beginning Thursday, October 11th at the School office and the Parish Office.  All clergy, employees and volunteers are required to read and acknowledge this document and return the completed acknowledgments to Janet Smith, Virtus coordinator by Monday, October 29th in order to continue being eligible to volunteer with children/youth.

Please direct any questions to Janet Smith at the Parish Office (703) 393-2158 or via email at jsmith@allsaintsva.org  Thank you for your cooperation.

Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

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 a live Virtus training seminar (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, November 13th at 7:00PM in the Art Room
Tuesday, December 4th at 7:00PM in the Art Room

Diocese of Arlington Information Programs for Prospective Teachers

The Diocese of Arlington has scheduled Information Programs for Prospective Teachers throughout the Diocese.  Sister Patricia Helene, IHM, former Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese and the current head of the Marymount University Catholic School Leadership Program and Elizabeth A. Roach, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Personal from the Diocese Office of Catholic Schools will present programs highlighting the opportunities and advantages of teaching in our Catholic Schools.  Please see linked flyer for more information.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, October 18th

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

Saturday, October 20th

–          PTO Bingo & Pizza Night – Cancelled

Monday, October 22nd

–          Red Ribbon Week sponsored by the SCA (see flyer for details)

–          Picture Make-up Day

Tuesday, October 23rd

–          Red Ribbon Week Dress-Down Day

–          Bishop O’Connell H.S. 8th Grade Visit

Wednesday, October 24th

–          Gift of Human Sexuality Presentation (I) for Grades 6-8

–          1st Grade Activity Day

Thursday, October 25th

–          End of 1st Quarter – Adoration & Benediction (11:00 a.m.)

–          Noon Dismissal – Report Card Prep for Teachers

–          Middle School Movie Night (Gym/6:00 p.m.)

Friday, October 26th

–          Holiday: Mini-Institute for Diocesan Teachers

 

Links

– Parent Survey 2012: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KYBNGPP 

– Red Ribbon Week Flyer: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/10/Red-Ribbon-Week-Flyer-2012.pdf

– Veterans Day Celebration Packet: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/10/2012-Veterans-Student-Packet.pdf

– PTO Teacher Conference Day Luncheons Donations & Volunteer Opportunities Information: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C054CA8AC2BA13-teacher

– Information Programs for Prospective Teachers ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/10/Information-Programs-for-Prospective-Teachers.pdf

The Sentinel ~ October 10, 2012

Principal’s Message

As you are aware, this year we have had a number of new teachers join our faculty at All Saints.  Part of the transition for our teachers has been that of helping those who are new to our community to become aware of the mission, culture and traditions which are such an important part of our day to day life.  At the same time, while we remain proud of the legacy for excellence that the faculty has established at All Saints through the years, we also recognize that the gifts, talents and vision of our new members will help us to enhance our program in the years to come.  It is, in essence, a balancing act by which we retain the “best practices” we have implemented while maintaining openness to new ideas and perspectives.  It is this dynamic that will ensure that our program continues to grow and flourish.

With this in mind, I invited the faculty to meet in small groups in August to discuss what it means to be a teacher at All Saints.  Each of the instructional teams identified a list of “values” that they believe have a place of prominence within the culture of our faculty.  After building consensus among the entire group, the teachers then discussed and defined each of the “values” which they espouse.  The results of this exercise, the Faculty Value Statements, follow below.  With a framed copy hanging in the Faculty Room, these statements serve as a daily reminder of the commitments that we embrace and provide an acknowledgment of who we are called to be as the faculty of All Saints Catholic School.

Witnessing the Faith

We live our faith actively to provide a witness to one another.  Through example, we demonstrate and guide the monthly virtues.

Leadership

Through our diverse gifts and talents, we demonstrate leadership in our encouragement and support of one another.

Collaboration

We work collaboratively in developing instructional strategies, designing methods of assessment, and addressing the vision of the school.

Life-long Learning

We demonstrate our commitment to ongoing professional development and continuous improvement.  We utilize technology to enhance the learning experience across the curriculum.

Differentiation

Though differentiation strategies, we embrace and recognize the changing student demographics and address individual needs and learning styles.

Parent Involvement

Recognizing that parents are the primary source of their child’s education, we collaborate with them to create a strong spiritual and academic foundation.

Professionalism

We respect each other’s opinions, knowledge and experience.  We communicate effectively and in a timely and positive manner with our school and parish community.

Dedication

We are dedicated to sharing our time, talents and treasures with our school community.  We foster a spirit of community through generosity and flexibility.

Nurturing

We foster a nurturing and loving environment, focused on developing the whole child.  We commit to encouraging students, faculty, staff and community to strive for their very best by acknowledging strengths and accomplishments.  To set up an environment that promotes student success, we establish consistent procedures and clear expectations.

Trust and Integrity

In acting with integrity, we will support each other and foster a sense of trust by handling day to day concerns with confidentiality and professionalism. 

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This week I would like to provide to you an update regarding the publication of the Family Directory.  Unfortunately, our efforts to streamline the process of verifying contact information has not been as effective as originally hoped.  With a participation rate of 80% among our school families, I made the decision to implement additional steps in the process so that the document might be more representative of our entire community.  For this reason, the process was delayed so that the office staff might contact individual families and verify information.  The final formatting of the document is now taking place and we anticipate sending it to the printer in the near future.  Thank you for your patience and understanding in this regard.

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Tomorrow and Friday I will be away on retreat with the principals of our diocese.  As I gather with colleagues in West Virginia for this annual event, please know of my prayers for our school community and the needs of our families. 

Revised Diocesan Code of Conduct – Requirement for All Volunteers

In response to rapidly changing technology and in order to continue providing a safe environment for our children and youth, the Diocese of Arlington has issued a new Code of Conduct.  This policy identifies the behaviors that are acceptable for employees and volunteers and ensures proper monitoring of all young people entrusted to our care.

Copies of this new Code of Conduct will be available beginning Thursday, October 11th at the School Office and the Parish Office.  All clergy, employees and volunteers are required to read the policy, sign the corresponding acknowledgment form, and return it to Mrs. Janet Smith, Virtus Coordinator by Monday, October 29th in order to continue being eligible to volunteer with children/youth.

Please direct any questions to Janet Smith at the Parish Office (703) 393-2158 or via email at jsmith@allsaintsva.org.  In advance, thank you for your cooperation and support of our commitment to maintaining a safe environment.

Catholic High School Options & Deferred Acceptance Program at Seton

In the Diocese of Arlington we are blessed with an outstanding selection of high school programs: Bishop Denis J. O’Connell (Arlington), Bishop Ireton (Alexandria), Paul VI (Fairfax), Seton (Manassas) and Pope John Paul the Great (Dumfries).  Although high school may be many years down the path for your family, we encourage you now to begin planning for the next step in your child’s Catholic education. 

Of the high schools in our diocese, Seton School is unique as it offers a program that begins at the 7th grade.  For a number of years, Mrs. Carroll, the principal, has graciously extended to the students of All Saints the option of deferred acceptance.  Through this arrangement, students at All Saints who apply for admission to Seton for their 7th or 8th grade years may defer their acceptance until 9th grade.  This, of course, is dependent upon each student continuing to meet the academic and behavioral criteria for acceptance at Seton.  It is important that we stress that students who wish to attend Seton School for their high school years are strongly encouraged to pursue this deferred acceptance option.  Students who wait until their 8th grade year to submit an application are less likely to be accepted due to the fact that the school maintains a full enrollment at the junior high level

The benefit of this partnership is that our students are able to complete their elementary and middle school years at All Saints, enjoying all of the opportunities for leadership, while being guaranteed a space for freshman year. 

We hope this information is helpful to you as you begin to plan for your child’s high school education.  Should you have any questions or if we can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.  

Veterans Day Celebration

Join us as our school community honors the commitment of the men and women who have served our country in the United States Armed Forces. We cordially invite all active duty, reserve, former and retired military personnel to attend our school Mass on Monday, November 12th at 8:30 a.m. Following the Mass, there will be a brief ceremony followed by a reception for our honored guests in Father Kelley Hall. 

Annual Fund Volunteer Opportunities

All Saints is preparing to launch an Annual Fund this fall and we could use your help!  We currently have openings for the following volunteer positions:

Grade Level Captains

Responsibilities — assist in getting the word out about the campaign to parents in your selected grade level and encourage participation of gifts of prayer, gifts of participation, and gifts of financial support.

 

Database/Gift Processing Volunteers

Responsibilities—add incoming gifts of prayer, participation and financial participation to our database, assist in processing offline financial gifts.

Proceeds from the Annual Fund will be used to provide tuition assistance, address technology needs, and advance curriculum initiatives. During our inaugural year, the campaign will be organized into the following divisions: Faculty/Staff Division, Parent Division, Alumni Division, Parents’ of Alumni Division.

We have already heard from parents interested in volunteering to help with the Annual Fund. If you would like to join our team, please contact Mrs. Janis DeVore at jdevore@allsaintsva.org or (703) 366-1645.  Thanks for your support!

Running with the Saints 5K Race – Saturday November 3rd

Please join us for All Saints Catholic School’s 2012 Running with the Saints 5K Race on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. starting at the Harris Pavilion in Old Town Manassas. Runners and walkers of all ability levels are welcome!  Paper registration forms were sent home with the oldest child last week, or you can print out a form using the link below.  For anyone interesting in helping with this event, there will be a meeting 7-8pm in Meeting Room 2 (enter from the back side of the school by the gym). For more information about unique sponsorship opportunities or to register online for the Running with the Saints 5K Race, please visit www.runningwiththesaints.org

Diocese of Arlington Information Programs for Prospective Teachers

The Diocese of Arlington has scheduled Information Programs for Prospective Teachers throughout the Diocese.  Sister Patricia Helene, IHM, former Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese and the current head of the Marymount University Catholic School Leadership Program and Elizabeth A. Roach, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Personal from the Diocese Office of Catholic Schools will present programs highlighting the opportunities and advantages of teaching in our Catholic Schools.  Please see linked flyer for more information.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

School Calendar Now Available Online!

Courtesy of the PTO, the entire school calendar, including the weekly schedule of after-school activities, is now available online through our school website.  As changes occur throughout the year, this digital version will be updated so that you can access this information at any time.  Special thanks to Mrs. Julia McGrath for posting all of the additional information and for keeping the calendar current for our community!

Lion’s Club Vision and Hearing Screening

Due to a scheduling change with the Lions’ Club, the annual Vision and Hearing Screening originally planned for October 10th has been postponed until Wednesday, December 5th

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 for 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.

Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

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 a live Virtus training seminar (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, November 13th at 7:00PM in the Art Room
Tuesday, December 4th at 7:00PM in the Art Room
 

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, October 10th            

Lions’ Club Screening – postponed to December 5th

Saturday, October 13th               

CYO sponsored Track Meet

Tuesday, October 16th                

1st Grade Field Trip to National Zoo (8:30-2:30)

Bishop Ireton H.S. Visit to 8th Grade

Thursday, October 18th              

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

Saturday, October 20th               

PTO Bingo & Pizza Night (Knights Hall/5:00-9:00 p.m.)

 

Links

–          Information Programs for Prospective Teachers ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/10/Information-Programs-for-Prospective-Teachers.pdf

–          Yearbook Cover Contest ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/10/Yearbook-cover-contest-info-2012-13-2.pdf

–          Band Attire/ Band Shirt Information ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/10/Band-Attire.pdf

–          Family Bingo Night Flier ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/10/October-2012-Flyer.pdf

The Sentinel ~ October 3, 2012

Principal’s Message

As noted in our last issue of The Sentinel, All Saints is preparing to launch an Annual Fund this fall and we could use your help!  We currently have openings for the following volunteer positions:

Grade Level Captains
Responsibilities — assist in getting the word out about the campaign to parents in your selected grade level and encourage participation of gifts of prayer, gifts of participation, and gifts of financial support.

Database/Gift Processing Volunteers
Responsibilities—add incoming gifts of prayer, participation and financial participation to our database, assist in processing offline financial gifts.

Proceeds from the Annual Fund will be used to provide tuition assistance, address technology needs, and advance curriculum initiatives. During our inaugural year, the campaign will be organized into the following divisions: Faculty/Staff Division, Parent Division, Alumni Division, Parents’ of Alumni Division.

We have already heard from parents interested in volunteering to help with the Annual Fund. If you would like to join our team, please contact Mrs. Janis DeVore at jdevore@allsaintsva.org or (703) 366-1645.  Thanks for your support!

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Tomorrow the 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.   (Note:  The presentation on Thursday evening will be preceded by a brief General Assembly PTO Meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m.)  As an incentive for parents to attend what promises to be an informative and highly engaging session, parents can earn “double the points” (10 Points!) by attending one of the workshops. 

Please invite friends, neighbors and colleagues!  Come “Celebrate Calm” with the PTO and All Saints community!

Virtue Program Awards Assembly & Prayer Service

We are pleased to announce and congratulate the following students who were selected by their teachers for having demonstrated Respect & Responsibility throughout the month of September.  These students were individually recognized at a ceremony following our school Mass last Friday.  In addition to receiving a certificate, each student was presented with a pin which they are invited to wear through the month of October and a note from his/her teacher indicating why they were selected for this special recognition.

Carter R. (PreK-1)

Scott T. (PreK-2)

Robbie G. (PreK-3)

Isabella R. (K-1)

Colin S. (K-2)

Sofia V. (1A)

Isaac F. (1B)

Elizabeth C. (2A)

William W. (2B)

Daniel C. (3A)

Alyssa N. (3B)

Julia W. (4A)

Natalia R. (4B)

Jeffrey R. (5A)

Jacob A. (5B)

Cameron W. (6A)

Lance C.n (6B)

Kaitlyn E. (7A)

Diana G. (7B)

Shannon H. (8A)

Marie T. (8B) 

October Virtue of the Month ~ Self Discipline

Students will be encouraged to demonstrate the virtue of self-discipline both at school and home through the following strategies:

1)      Follow the rules.

2)      Never interrupt someone who is talking.

3)      Get into and walk in line without talking.

4)      Be responsible for your space in the cafeteria or at the dinner table.

5)      Listen attentively to morning and afternoon announcements.

6)      Keep your feet and hands to yourself.  Never kick or hit anyone.

7)      Say only kind words.

8)      If you get angry, walk away from the situation until you are calm and can discuss it.

Prayer of the Month

Merciful Lord, let your Holy Spirit guide my life so that my soul may bear the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Renew my desire to be your faithful friend and servant, increase my loving dependence on you, and grant me that joy and peace of heart which comes from doing your holy will. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

School Calendar Now Available Online!

Courtesy of the PTO, the entire school calendar, including the weekly schedule of after-school activities, is now available online through our school website.  As changes occur throughout the year, this digital version will be updated so that you can access this information at any time.  Special thanks to Mrs. Julia McGrath for posting all of the additional information and for keeping the calendar current for our community!

Lion’s Club Vision and Hearing Screening

Due to a scheduling change with the Lions’ Club, the annual Vision and Hearing Screening originally planned for October 10th has been postponed until Wednesday, December 5th

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 for 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.

NEEDED:  PARENT COORDINATOR FOR LUNCH/RECESS VOLUNTEER.

We are seeking a parent to volunteer and coordinate a schedule for lunch/recess coverage.  We have three lunch periods in which we need help with coverage.  Along with the coverage we need a parent to volunteer and coordinate a schedule of parent volunteers to cover lunch/recess coverage.  The coordinator could earn 60 points for the school year.

The lunch/recess periods are as follows:

6-8   11:13-11:51

3-5 ~ 11:45-12:30

K-2 ~ 12:20 – 1:00

The coordinator does not necessarily have to be present at school to perform this job.  Their responsibility would be more of coordinating a schedule and having a process in place.  If interested in earning points as a coordinator or a volunteer please notify: Mrs. Campagna at ecampagna@allsaintsva.org.

Yearbook Cover Contest

Now is your chance!  The yearbook committee is once again hosting the annual Yearbook Cover Contest.  The committee is looking for a cover (front & back) that represents the spirit of All Saints Catholic School.  Please click on link below for more details. 

Running with the Saints 5K Race – Saturday November 3rd

Please join us for All Saints Catholic School’s 2012 Running with the Saints 5K Race on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. Starting at the Harris Pavilion in Old Town Manassas, this certified course will wind through nearby Manassas neighborhoods.  Runners and walkers of all ability levels are welcome!  Keep an eye for paper registration forms coming home with your student soon. For more information about unique sponsorship opportunities or to register online for the Running with the Saints 5K Race, please visit www.runningwiththesaints.org.  Proceeds from this event will benefit All Saints Catholic School

PTO Family Bingo Night

Join us as the PTO presents Family Bingo Night on Saturday, October 20th at 5:00pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall.  A link to the flier is located at the bottom of the Newsletter and at the Front Desk.

All Saints Band Parents

We will be placing an order for band shirts, please email any questions and your order with the student’s name, class/teacher, and shirt size to Pam Hardy at beabear@verizon.net .  See Attached flyer for more details.  Final day to submit orders will be Tuesday, October 23rd.

John Paul the Great Events and Invitations for Middle School Students

Open House – November 18, 2012

Learn more about all the GREAT things happening at Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School by attending their Open House on Sunday, November 18, from 1 – 4pm. (Presentation at 1:15.) Meet the Dominican Sisters, JP students, teachers, and parents while exploring their successful college prep curriculum, Bioethics program, House System, and more. The Open House will conclude with a PEP Rally and House Competition! For more information, please click here or  visit www.jpthegreat.org or call 703-445-0300.

More Special Middle School Invitations:

All Middle School students (grades 6 – 8) are invited to participate in these special events hosted just for you! More details to come, but for now, please Save-the-Date!

  1. Shadow at JP the Great: October – May. Click here for more info!
  2. Girls Lacrosse Clinic: October 27 & 28 and November 3 & 4. Contact: Coach Erin Dove: Erin.Dove@jpthegreat.org
  3. JP5K Run/Walk for Options: Support the Special Education Options Program! November 17, 2012. Contact: Megan Battle: Megan.battle@jpthegreat.org or Click here to register!
  4. Open House: Sunday, November 18, 1 – 4:00pm. Presentation begins at 1:15pm. Click here for more info!
  5. Free Admission to Wrestling Tournament: December 1. Contact: info@jpthegreat.org
  6. 2nd Annual Futsal Tournament: December 8. Contact: Coach Jay Jesse: Jay.Jesse@jpthegreat.org
  7. Band and Choir Music Festival: January 26. Contact: Music Director, Mrs. Kingett: Kelly.Kingett@jpthegreat.org
  8. Free Admission to V. Basketball Games: February 14. Contact: info@jpthegreat.org
  9. Preview Open House: March 14, 4 – 6pm. For Grades 5 – 7 (or anyone!) who wants to preview high school at JP! Contact: admissions@jpthegreat.org
IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

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 a live Virtus training seminar (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

Spirit Events

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! 

Upcoming Events

Thursday, October 4th             

Celebrate Calm Workshop –   hosted by the PTO

(Gym/7:00 p.m. with PTO General Assembly Meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m.)

Friday, October 5th                 

School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

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

Monday, October 8th              

Columbus Day Holiday

Tuesday, October 9th              

Gift of Human Sexuality Middle School Parent Presentation (Gym/7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, October 10th        

Lions’ Club Screening – postponed to December 5th

Coming Home with Students Today

–          Fall Individual Student Photographs ~ coming home with each student

–          Running with the Saints Registration Form ~ coming home with oldest student

–          Campbell’s Labels Program Information ~ coming home with oldest student

–          BoxTops for Education ~ coming home with each student

–          Letter to Sixth Grade Parents ~ coming home with each 6th grade student

Links

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

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

–          Yearbook Cover Contest ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/10/Yearbook-cover-contest-info-2012-13-2.pdf

–          Band Attire/ Band Shirt Information ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/10/Band-Attire.pdf

–          Family Bingo Night Flier ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/10/October-2012-Flyer.pdf