The Sentinel ~ November 28, 2012

The Sentinel ~ November 28, 2012

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

 

Message from the Principal

Within the last couple of weeks, I have twice been contacted by former parents of All Saints who wished to proudly share the success of their children who are now in high school and beyond.  Ironically, both families have students attending Osbourn Park High School and both shared the same story: Every graduate of All Saints attending the school recently received an Academic Award or were inducted into the National Honor Society.  At around the same time, I also received copies of the Honor Roll lists from Bishop O’Connell and Paul VI High Schools and I am pleased to announce that 15 of our former students achieved this academic recognition.

If the greatest measure of a school’s success is the accomplishments and goodness of its graduates, then we have much to celebrate at All Saints!  Through the dedication of our talented faculty & staff and with the steadfast support of our parent and parish community, students are provided a firm foundation of faith and excellence in learning.

This is, indeed, a special blessing for the now more than 570 students enrolled in our school and it is with a strong commitment to preserving this gift that last week All Saints launched The Legacy Fund, our first ever annual fund campaign.

By this time, all faculty, staff and parents should have received a brochure and letter outlining the details of this new development effort.   We now invite your prayerful discernment and participation through gifts of prayer, gifts of involvement and gifts of financial contribution.

In the days ahead you will receive a special message from Mrs. Holly  Stefonsky, former PTO President and long-time parent at All Saints, who has accepted the invitation to serve as the Parent Chairperson of our first annual fund effort.  I am grateful for her leadership as well as the commitment of the additional sixteen volunteer parents who have stepped forward to assist with this initiative.

We are truly excited about this new beginning for our school and look forward to our continued partnership with you.  Remember, your gift – no matter the size – will help provide for our current students and secure the future of our school! For more information about The Legacy Fund or to request additional brochures, please contact Mrs. Janis DeVore, Director of Marketing & Development, at jdevore@allsaintsva.org.

Year of Faith Scripture Presentation – Friday Evening

Please join All Saints Church for a special evening as we welcome Dr. Steven Smith, Ph.D., author of the book “The Word of the Lord: 7 Essential Principles for Catholic Scripture Study” to be held at All Saints Church on Friday, November 30th, at 7:00 p.m.  Dr. Smith, a noted Catholic speaker and professor of Scripture at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary is known for his passion, clarity and faithfulness in speaking about the Bible.  The Word of the Lord is filled with insights from the ages on how to ready, study and pray Scripture – so that we can come closer to Christ.  Dr. Smith will sign/dedicate copies of his new book, and have a limited number of his new “compassion series” (5-CD set) to The Word of the Lord.

Celebration of the Advent Season

Next week we will begin our annual journey of Advent, a time of preparation for the celebration of Christ’s birth at Christmas.  Amidst all of the joy and activity surrounding the preparations for the season, it is easy for us to lose sight of the fact that Advent is a beautiful season unto itself.

At  All Saints we have established several traditions that help to create a tone of anticipation and waiting, in essence a time during which we invite the children to prepare their hearts for the coming of  Christ.

Advent Wreath Prayer Services ~ Every Monday morning during Advent the students will gather for prayer around three separate wreaths in each of the wings of the school as we begin our day together.  There, the students and faculty will participate in age-appropriate prayer services through which the children will learn more about the tradition of the Advent wreath and meaning of the season.

Sacrament of Reconciliation ~ Each of the students in grades three through eight will have an opportunity to encounter Christ in this beautiful Sacrament of healing and forgiveness.  Our parish priests have scheduled sessions during the school day for each of these grade levels over the course of the next several weeks.

7th Annual Catholic Schools Care About Catholic Charities Week ~ Again this year, our students will provide financial support to Catholic Charities as part of an annual effort across our diocese.  On Thursday, December 6th, the Peace & Justice Players will sponsor a dress down day.  Students are invited to contribute $1.00 and dress in “holiday colors” and jeans.  All monies collected will be donated to Catholic Charities and benefit initiatives such as Christ House (a Catholic Charities Homeless Shelter) Christ House on Wheels and other programs.  To make this experience even more meaningful for our students, the children are encouraged to contribute the $1.00 from their own funds, perhaps by giving up the purchase of ice cream or pretzels at lunch.

Toys for Tots ~ Donations of unwrapped new toys are now being collected through Wednesday, December 12th.  Collection points are located by the front office and breezeway where students enter the building.

Blessing of the Advent Wreath

Lord our God,

we praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ:

He is Emmanuel, the hope of the peoples,

He is the wisdom that teaches and guides us,

He is the Savior of every nation.

Lord God,

let your blessing come upon us

as we light the candles of this wreath.

May the wreath and its light

be a sign of Christ’s promise to bring us salvation.

May he come quickly and not delay.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

A Prayer for Advent ~ Week I

All-powerful God,

increase our strength of will for doing good

that Christ may find an eager welcome at His coming

and call us to His side in the kingdom of heaven,

where He lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, forever and ever.  Amen.

Manassas Christmas Parade – This  Saturday!

Reserve the date for the 67th Annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade on December 1st!  This year’s theme is “A Storybook Christmas”.  If you are interested in participating in this year’s parade day activities attached is a permission slip.  Please complete and send to the school office no later than TODAY, Wednesday, November 28th.

We will meet at 9:40 am on Mathis Ave between Carriage Lane and Reb Yank Dr near Bowl America.  We are float number 34 in the lineup and anticipate being back at All Saints between 10:45 and 11:15, depending on the parade pace. For a map of the parade lineup, route and road closures please visit the website at www.gmchristmasparade.org  Come out and show your support sporting your most festive holiday attire! But also remember to dress for the weather!

As we will be presenting a living nativity this year we will be providing a limited number of costumes for our participants.  All costumes will fit over your winter attire and will be allocated on a first come first service basis.  So plan to get there early!

If you have any questions please email suechuckstevens1@yahoo.com or call Sue Stevens at 703-470-1344.

All Saints Christmas Pageant 2012

The annual Christmas Pageant as performed by students in kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th and 6th grades will take place on Thursday, December 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the church.  Students are asked to report to the gym at 6:30 p.m.

Grades K, 1, 2, 4, & 5 – Christmas Sunday Best Attire

6th Grade directors, lights, Readers, soloists, & Candle Lighters Christmas Sunday Best Attire

6th Grade Stage Crew & Stage Managers All Black Attire

6th Grade actors (characters in the pageant) = costumes into school by December 10th – Mrs. Reynolds has/will contact you regarding details.

If your son/daughter is unable to participate due to family obligations/conflicts, you MUST inform Mrs. Reynolds via email, phone, or in writing.  Students will receive their participation grade based on attendance.  Questions? email Mrs. Reynolds: nreynolds@allsaintsva.org

Family Directories 2012-2013

Copies of the new Family Directory were distributed to the oldest child in each family today.  In the event that you do not receive one, please contact Mrs. Kruppa at the front desk.  Again, this year the document was printed by J.M. Gaske through the financial support of local businesses.  When seeking local services, please take a moment to consider those companies that have shown support for our school by purchasing an advertisement in this annual publication.  We also wish to thank Mrs. Bruno, Mrs. Kruppa, and Mrs. D’Eugenio for collaborating on the design and layout, resulting in a first-class directory for our families.

NJHS Operation Turkey Benefits Victims of Superstorm Sandy

Thanks to the generosity of our students and the leadership of the NJHS, our community donated more than 1100 pounds of food items to benefit families impacted by the recent storm in New York and New Jersey.  Thank you, students, for your generosity!

Message & Prayer Request from the Pennefather Family

Dear All Saints Community,

Thank you for your many prayers throughout these past months.  We wanted to update you on Charbel’s health.  He has continued to develop normally hitting all of his developmental goals. Thanks be to God!! He turned four months today, November 25.  We continue to ask St. Charbel’s intercession for our Charbel’s complete healing this week as we prepare for an MRA scheduled for Dec. 3.  This MRA will be compared to one done in September to check on the development of the blood vessels in his brain.  We would so appreciate your continue prayers and continue to keep the All Saints Community in ours.

Prayer for the intercession of Saint Charbel Makhlouf

Lord, infinitely Holy and Glorified in Your Saints,
You have inspired Charbel, the saint monk, to lead the perfect life of a hermit.
We thank You for granting him the blessing and the strength to detach himself from the world
so that the heroism of the monastic virtues of poverty, obedience, and chastity,
could triumph in his hermitage. We beseech You to grant us the grace of loving and serving You,
following his example.
Almighty God, Who has manifested the power of St. Charbel's intercession
through his countless miracles and favours, grant us...
Complete healing of Charbel Pennefather
through his intercession.
Amen.
Our Father...Hail Mary...Glory Be...

Thank you,

The Pennefather Family

4th Annual “Evening with St. Nicholas

Friday December 14th beginning at 7pm in the church.  Cookies, Cocoa and pictures with St. Nicholas and Mother Seton to follow in the gym.

Please join us for what has become a beautiful tradition here at All Saints. The evening will begin with an Advent Prayer Service and traditional Advent carols in the church. The “Procession of the Shoes” will again be lead by St. Nicholas himself! St. Nicholas and Mother Seton will be available for photos (bring your own camera) afterwards in the gym.  For planning purposes, please visit the “Evening with St. Nicholas” link at www.allsaintsvaschool.org and RSVP today!

This very popular community-building event is designed to help us prepare for the Advent season. We ask that you bring a donation of new shoes in honor of St. Nicholas and his feast day. Monetary donations will also be accepted. Proceeds will go to House of Mercy. Donation guidelines are: NEW plain colors of tennis shoes- white, blue, black, tan, or brown. No character tennis shoes, please.  

We will need many hands (and donations) to make the evening a success.  Please go to www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0448AAAF2A1-evening  to volunteer your time.  Questions about volunteering- contact event co-chair Gina Michak at ginamichak@gmail.comAll volunteers at the event must be Virtus Trained and have completed the background check paperwork.

Food donations are needed for the evening’s refreshments. We are asking for Christmas cookies/decorated sugar cookies, (homemade or store bought), cocoa mix (packets or canisters) and mini-marshmallows. Cookies only, please. While the All Saints School community is always very generous when asked to donate baked goods, the simplicity of a cookie is all we need for this event. Thank you for your understanding and generosity.  Please go to www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0448AAAF2A1-evening   to donate!

Contact event co-chair Kate Bachman at katebachman2002@aol.com  with questions about food donations or to volunteer for the at home volunteer opportunities:

*  4 large boxes wrapped in Christmas wrapping paper to collect shoe donations.

*  Covering battery-operated candles with pink/purple paper for the advent wreath centerpieces

The PTO looks forward to seeing you on December 14th.

 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Enrollment Survey for Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten Programs 2013-2014

With the demand for Catholic education in our region and the reputation for excellence that our school enjoys, it is important that the office solicit information from current families regarding plans for enrollment in our Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs for the upcoming year.  As in the past, we will continue to give first consideration to current school families before reviewing new applications.

While completion of the attached survey does not guarantee enrollment, it is helpful for us to know how many current families plan to apply for these two programs.  Even if you have a child currently enrolled in the Pre-Kindergarten program, it is important that you notify us of your interest for next year’s Kindergarten.  Please submit all survey responses to the school office by Friday, November 30th.  Note: In addition to being linked to the newsletter, a copy of the Enrollment Survey is being sent home with the oldest child in each family today.

SCA Christmas Ornament Sale – Last Chance

The deadline for ordering the “Limited Edition” All Saints 2012 Christmas Ornament has been extended until Wednesday, December 5th.  Each ornament is $2.50 and checks should be made payable to All Saints School.  Please click on the link below for the order form.

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

The diocese 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 opportunity for completing the half-hour Virtus update:
Tuesday, December 4th at 7:00PM in the Art Room

 

Upcoming Events

Thursday, November 29th            

–          8th Grade High School Placement Test

Friday, November 30th

–          School Mass & Virtue Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)

–          Pep Rally for CYO Basketball Teams (Gym/11:30 a.m.)

–          Noon Dismissal – Professional Development

–          8th Grade vs. Seton Basketball Game (Seton/4:00 p.m.)

Saturday, December 1st              

–          Greater Manassas Christmas Parade (Float #34/Gathering at 9:40 a.m.)

Tuesday, December 4th               

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

Wednesday, December 5th

–          Lions’ Club Screening

–          Sacrament of Reconciliation – 3rd Grade

–          6th Grade Field Trip to Synagogue

Thursday, December 6th

–          Dress-Down Day to Benefit Catholic Charities, sponsored by the P&J Players

Friday, December 7th

–          School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

–          Sacrament of Reconciliation – 4th Grade

–          2nd Quarter Interim Reports

 

Going Home with Oldest Student

  • The 2012-2013 School Directory
  • Enrollment Survey for Pre-K, Kindergarten & NEW 1-8 Students

 

Links

The Sentinel ~ November 20, 2012

Message from the Principal

Once again it was wonderful to see so many students, parents, alumni and grandparents gathered for the annual Thanksgiving Luncheon.  We estimate that we served approximately 860 people and forwarded 200 pounds of leftovers to SERVE.  Over the course of more than two decades, the Thanksgiving Luncheon has truly evolved into a beloved tradition with many returning year after year to enjoy a time of food and fellowship.

None of this would be possible without our outstanding kitchen team.  I want to extend a special word of thanks to Mrs. Wendy Matner (Director of Cafeteria Services), Mrs. Liz Werling (Assistant), Mrs. Wilma Marsengill (Cafeteria Bookkeeper) and Mrs. Kris Walk (Assistant).  Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, they cooked and prepared food throughout the day and into the evening hours.  The quality of the food that they prepared for such a large crowd was nothing short of impressive.  I am immensely grateful for their dedication and their generous spirit!

The success of the luncheon was also made possible by the steadfast support of volunteers, many of whom return each year to offer assistance.  As so many of our volunteers have been supporting the effort through the years, they have specific experience and know exactly what needs to be done.  As such, the entire operation runs smoothly with staff and parents working hand in hand.  Thank you to all of our volunteers for your support of one of our most cherished traditions!

I also want to extend a word of appreciation to the members of our maintenance team, the unsung heroes who worked diligently to resolve some unexpected equipment issues.  Without their steadfast support, the event would not have been the success that it was.  Thank you, Mr. Bill Andre (Director of Facilities), Mr. Alex Paul and Mr. Jeff Vallimont.

I would be remiss if I did not take a moment to recognize and thank our parish priests, all of whom served all four sessions of the luncheon. While some restaurants are proud to earn four stars, we’re proud to have had four stars in our line-up!  Thank you, Fr. Bob, Fr. Juan, Fr. Jeb, and Fr. Melmer. Your presence and witty commentary added to the festivities!

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As we pause from our daily work and schedules to join family and friends to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, please know of my gratitude for your continued support of our school and its mission of providing an education of faith and excellence.  Happy Thanksgiving! 

A Prayer of Thanksgiving:

May God be gracious to us and bless us

and make his face to shine upon us.

The earth has yielded its increase;

God, our God, has blessed us.

May God continue to bless us;

let all the ends of the earth revere him.

            (Psalm 67)

 

We thank you for your gifts, merciful God,

and we ask you to give all people the food they need.

May we all be united one day

in the eternal singing of your praises,

through Christ, our Lord.

Amen.

(A Prayer Book for Catholic Families)

67th Annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade

Reserve the date for the 67th Annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade on December 1st!  This year’s theme is “A Storybook Christmas”.  If you are interested in participating in this year’s parade day activities attached is a permission slip.  Please complete and send to the school office no later than Wednesday, November 28th.

We will meet at 9:40 am on Mathis Ave between Carriage Lane and Reb Yank Dr near Bowl America.  We are float number 34 in the lineup and anticipate being back at All Saints between 10:45 and 11:15, depending on the parade pace. For a map of the parade lineup, route and road closures please visit the website at www.gmchristmasparade.org  Come out and show your support sporting your most festive holiday attire! But also remember to dress for the weather!

As we will be presenting a living nativity this year we will be providing a limited number of costumes for our participants.  All costumes will fit over your winter attire and will be allocated on a first come first service basis.  So plan to get there early!

If you have any questions please email suechuckstevens1@yahoo.com or call Sue Stevens at 703-470-1344.

4th Annual “Evening with St. Nicholas

Friday December 14th beginning at 7pm in the church.  Cookies, Cocoa and pictures with St. Nicholas and Mother Seton to follow in the gym.

Please join us for what has become a beautiful tradition here at All Saints. The evening will begin with an Advent Prayer Service and traditional Advent carols in the church. The “Procession of the Shoes” will again be lead by St. Nicholas himself! St. Nicholas and Mother Seton will be available for photos (bring your own camera) afterwards in the gym.  For planning purposes, please visit the “Evening with St. Nicholas” link at www.allsaintsvaschool.org and RSVP today!

This very popular community-building event is designed to help us prepare for the Advent season. We ask that you bring a donation of new shoes in honor of St. Nicholas and his feast day. Monetary donations will also be accepted. Proceeds will go to House of Mercy. Donation guidelines are : NEW plain colors of tennis shoes- white, blue, black, tan, or brown. No character tennis shoes, please.  

We will need many hands (and donations) to make the evening a success.  Please go to www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0448AAAF2A1-evening  to volunteer your time.  Questions about volunteering- contact event co-chair Gina Michak at ginamichak@gmail.comAll volunteers at the event must be Virtus Trained.

Food donations are needed for the evening’s refreshments. We are asking for Christmas cookies/decorated sugar cookies, (homemade or store bought), cocoa mix (packets or canisters) and mini-marshmallows. Cookies only, please. While the All Saints School community is always very generous when asked to donate baked goods, the simplicity of a cookie is all we need for this event. Thank you for your understanding and generosity.  Please go to www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0448AAAF2A1-evening   to donate!

Contact event co-chair Kate Bachman at katebachman2002@aol.com  with questions about food donations or to volunteer for the at home volunteer opportunities:

*  4 large boxes wrapped in Christmas wrapping paper to collect shoe donations.

*   Covering battery-operated candles with pink/purple paper for the advent wreath centerpieces

The PTO looks forward to seeing you on December 14th.

Paul VI Catholic High School

LIVE NATIVITY – Join us for the Christmas Story – see and hear the story of Christ’s birth.  Bring your family and take part in the census; enter the town of Bethlehem and be there for the Angels chorus.  There may not be room at the Inn but the storytellers are sure to warm you in the night’s chill.  Families are invited to sing treasured carols with us and feel the magic and love of the season in a very powerful way. We encourage you to dress as a visitor to Bethlehem, as a Shepherd, or Angel. Refreshments will be served afterwards in the cafeteria. Please join us and be a part of this magical evening Sunday, December 9, 2012  –  From 6:30pm to 8:00pm in the evening  –  10675 Fairfax Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030. Contact us with questions: campusministry@paulvi.net

College Night for parents of 7th & 8th Graders on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 7:15 pm at Paul VI Catholic High School. The following topics will be covered:

  • How to prepare in Grades 7 and 8 for a college prep high school curriculum
  • What to consider considering the right college “fit”
  • How colleges review applications
  • What financial assistance and scholarship funds are available
  • HOW PAUL VI HELPS STUDENTS NAVIGATE THE ROAD TO COLLEGE

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, November 20th

–          Thanksgiving Prayer Service & NJHS Food Drive (9:30 a.m.)

–          Noon Dismissal

Wednesday, November 21st

–          Thanksgiving Holiday

Thursday, November 22nd

–          Thanksgiving Holiday

Friday, November 23rd   

–          Thanksgiving Holiday

Thursday, November 29th

–          8th Grade High School Placement Test

Friday, November 30th

–          School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

–          Pep Rally for CYO Basketball Teams (Gym/11:30 a.m.)

–          Noon Dismissal – Professional Development

–          8th Grade vs. Seton Basketball Game (Seton/4:00 p.m.)

Saturday, December 1st  

Greater Manassas Christmas Parade

 

Going Home with Each Student

  • All Saints Annual Casino Night & Auction / Black Friday Half Page Flyer

Links

The Sentinel ~ November 14, 2012

Principal’s Message
While walking through the courtyard with students following our weekly Mass one morning, a first grade student looked up at me and said, “Mr. Conroy, God made the world.”  In response, I smiled and simply said “Yes.”  She then said, “Mr. Conroy, God made you too.”
The young student then looked up inquisitively and asked, “Did you know this?” My immediate response was “Yes, but the question is, how do you know this?” at which point she smiled and proclaimed, “My teacher told me.”
Herein lies a poignant example of the influence of a Catholic school education in the life of a young child.  How many countless other students have had a similar experience of formation and, as a result, have developed a closer relationship with Christ?
This week as we celebrate Discover Catholic Schools Week, we are reminded of the distinct mission of Catholic education and our commitment to providing our students with an exceptional academic foundation firmly rooted in the very best traditions of our faith.  However, it is not enough to simply recognize the benefits of such an experience.  Rather, we must ask ourselves, “What steps do we need to take now to ensure that the gift of a Catholic education remains available to not only our children, but the next generation?”
With a goal of continuing to meet present needs while ensuring long-term financial viability, All Saints Catholic School is launching The Legacy Fund, an annual fund campaign. Your gift to The Legacy Fund symbolizes your belief in our mission. In the days ahead, all parents, faculty & staff will receive additional information about this new initiative and we invite your prayerful discernment and participation through gifts of prayer, gifts of involvement and gifts of financial contribution.      
We are very excited about this new beginning for our school and look forward to our continued partnership.  Remember, your gift – no matter the size – will help provide for our current students and secure the future of our school!
Thanksgiving Luncheon ~ Schedule & Directions for Parents
Again this year we will be hosting four lunch seatings so as to provide more time and space for families to enjoy this special occasion.  The schedule 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

Parents are asked to arrive and sign in by the front office 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the lunch time for their child’s grade level.  There will be two sign-in tables at the front entrance of the school.

After signing in, parents are asked to report directly to their child’s classroom.  The homeroom teacher will provide guidance as to when families should begin to report to the cafeteria for the luncheon. 

(Note:  Parents attending back-to-back lunch sessions need not wait in line multiple times.  Rather, after enjoying lunch with their first child, they may remain seated in the cafeteria where they can watch for their son/daughter in the food service line.  Once the child has arrived at the front of the line and has been served, the parent is asked to meet the child there and lead him/her back to the table.)  

Reminder:  Payment for the Thanksgiving Luncheon is due by Thursday, November 15th.

Enrollment Survey for the Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten & New 1-8 Siblings for 2013-2014

With the demand for Catholic education in our region and the reputation for excellence that our school enjoys, it is important that the office solicit information from current families regarding plans for enrollment in our Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs, as well as any new siblings for grades 1 – 8 for the upcoming year.  As in the past, we will continue to give first consideration to current school families before reviewing new applications.    

While completion of the attached survey does not guarantee enrollment, it is helpful for us to know how many current families plan to apply.  Even if you have a child currently enrolled in the Pre-Kindergarten program, it is important that you notify us of your interest for next year’s Kindergarten.  Click on the following link for the survey form: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/11/Pre-K-K-New-Student-Survey.pdf Please submit all survey responses to the school office by Friday, November 30th. 

Cafeteria Menu Changes

The menu for this Thursday will be changed to Cheese Pizza Sticks and the dessert for Friday will be changed to Yogurt with Sliced Apples and Cinnamon Crunchies.

Rally For Reading at the Book Fair!

The All Saints All Star Book Fair is here! It is time to Cheer for Books…There are lots of great, NEW books for everyone! Take off on an adventure and stop by the school library now through November 19th.  We have the new Diary of the Wimpy Kid Book 7 which was just released on Nov. 13th along with many other new releases.

If you are all booked up during Book Fair week be sure to visit the online site at http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/allsaintsvaschool.   Click on the Shop Now icon at your convenience!  Don’t forget to look for your teacher’s online Wish List and donate a book or two to your order for their classroom.   All purchases benefit our school. See you there!

NJHS Operation Turkey

The National Junior Honor Society will again coordinate a canned food drive to provide for the less fortunate in our community during the upcoming holiday season.  The children will have an opportunity to place their donations in front of the altar in the church during our annual Thanksgiving Prayer Service after which the food will be delivered to Catholic Charities.  The students will gather in the church at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 20th for the prayer service.  All school parents are cordially invited to join us as we give thanks to God for the many blessings of this past year.

67th Annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade

Reserve the date for the 67th Annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade on December 1st!  This year’s theme is “A Storybook Christmas”.  If you are interested in participating in this year’s parade day activities attached is a permission slip.  Please complete and send to the school office no later than Wednesday, November 28th.

We will meet at 9:40 am on Mathis Ave between Carriage Lane and Reb Yank Dr near Bowl America.  We are float number 34 in the lineup and anticipate being back at All Saints between 10:45 and 11:15, depending on the parade pace. For a map of the parade lineup, route and road closures please visit the website at www.gmchristmasparade.org  Come out and show your support sporting your most festive holiday attire! But also remember to dress for the weather!

If you have any questions please email suechuckstevens1@yahoo.com or call Sue Stevens at 703-470-1344.

Save the Date!  4th Annual “Evening with St. Nicholas

The 4th Annual “Evening with St. Nicholas” will be held on Friday December 14th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the church.  Cookies, Cocoa and pictures with St. Nicholas and Mother Seton to follow in the gym.

Please join us for what has become a beautiful tradition here at All Saints. The evening will begin with an Advent Prayer Service and traditional Advent carols in the church. The “Procession of the Shoes” will again be lead by St. Nicholas himself! St. Nicholas and Mother Seton will be available for photos (bring your own camera) afterwards in the gym.  For planning purposes, please visit the “Evening with St. Nicholas” link at www.allsaintsvaschool.org and RSVP today!

This very popular community-building event is designed to help us prepare for the Advent season. Families will not be charged admission; rather, we ask that you bring a donation of new shoes in honor of St. Nicholas and his feast day. Monetary donations will also be accepted. Proceeds will go to House of Mercy. Donation guidelines are: NEW plain colors of tennis shoes- white, blue, black, tan, or brown. No character tennis shoes, please.  

As in the past, we will need many hands (and donations) to make the evening a success.  Please go to www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0448AAAF2A1-evening  to volunteer your time.  Questions about volunteering – contact event co-chair Gina Michak at ginamichak@gmail.comAll volunteers at the event MUST be Virtus Trained.

Food donations are needed for the evening’s refreshments. We are asking for Christmas cookies/decorated sugar cookies, (homemade or store bought), cocoa mix (packets OR canisters) and mini-marshmallows. Cookies only, please. While the All Saints School community is always very generous when asked to donate baked goods, the simplicity of a cookie is all we need for this event. Thank you for your understanding and generosity.  Please go to www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0448AAAF2A1-evening   to donate!

Contact event co-chair Kate Bachman at katebachman2002@aol.com  with questions about food donations or to volunteer for the at home volunteer opportunities:

*  4 large boxes wrapped in Christmas wrapping paper to collect shoe donations.   

*   Covering battery-operated candles with pink/purple paper for the advent wreath centerpieces

The PTO looks forward to seeing you on December 14th.

Pope John Paul the Great Open House – Nov 18th

All families are warmly invited to attend the Open House at Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School on Sunday, November 18, from 1 – 4pm. A presentation will begin in the Theater at 1:15pm. Meet the Dominican Sisters as well as the teachers, students, and parents of JP the Great. See for yourself why JP was recently named one of the Top 50 Catholic High Schools in the U.S. as you learn more about their successful college prep curriculum, Bioethics program, faith life, and more. Please see the attached flyer for more information, and for a list of special events and invitations for Middle School students. Questions? Please contact Ms. Jennifer Cole, Director of Admissions: admissions@jpthegreat.org.

PVI Cheerleading Clinic

Paul VI High School will be hosting a Cheerleading clinic on Saturday January 19th at PVI from 10 AM – 2 PM for Grades K-8.  Please click in link at the end of the newsletter for more information.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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.

Lion’s Club Vision and Hearing Screening

On Wednesday, December 5th, the third, fifth and seventh grade students are scheduled for a free Vision and Hearing Screening by the Lion’s Club.  Please sign and return the required permission slip for your son/daughter form to your child’s teacher by November 30th.   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 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.

Fall Handcraft Show Hosted by Father Juan Puigbó

Fr. Juan will host a Handcraft Show tomorrow (Thursday, November 15th) from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 to  8:00 p.m. in the foyer of the church. (Please note change in location from the foyer of the school gym to the foyer of the church.) A number of items will be on display and available for purchase, including beautiful wooden pieces handcrafted by Fr. Juan. There will also be fruitcakes, rosaries, and more! This will be a good opportunity to buy your Christmas gifts! 

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

The diocese 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 opportunity for completing the half-hour Virtus update:
Tuesday, December 4th at 7:00PM in the Art Room

Upcoming Events

Thursday, November 15th            

–          Open House for Prospective Parents (9:00 a.m.)

–          Diocesan Teacher Information Meeting (1:00 p.m.)

–          Fr. Juan’s Craft Show (2:00-4:00 p.m. & 6:00- 8:00 p.m.)

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

Friday, November 16th               

–          7th Grade Field Trip to Williamsburg (6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

Monday, November 19th             

–          2nd Grade Thanksgiving Presentation (10:00 a.m.)

–          Thanksgiving Luncheon

                        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

–          Book Fair Family Night (5:00-8:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, November 20th

–          Thanksgiving Prayer Service (9:30 a.m.)

–          Noon Dismissal

Wednesday, November 21st         

–          Thanksgiving Holiday begins

Thursday, November 29th            

–          8th Grade High School Placement Test

Friday, November 30th               

–          School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

–          Pep Rally for CYO Basketball Teams (11:30-11:50)

–          Noon Dismissal – Professional Development Day for Faculty

 

Going Home with Oldest Child

¨      SCA 2012 Ornament Flyer & Order Form

 

Links

The Sentinel ~ November 7, 2012

Principal’s Message

Every person has stress in their life.  When it happens (and it certainly will), all you need is a little time with Jesus.  These are words of wisdom from Erica, one of our fourth grade students, who included this insight on her “prayer corner” project that is now on display in the hallway. 

Walking through the building each day, I am often struck by the beautiful displays of student work which serve as a window into the learning and formation that is taking place inside each classroom.  The current display of “prayer corners”, images of small table displays that each student has designed in their home, is but one stellar example.    

The “prayer corner” display caught my attention in a particular way as we have just concluded our celebration of All Saints Day.  Through “Saints Rocks” (1st grade), “Saints Puppets” (2nd grade), “Saints Parade” (3rd grade) “Saints Banners” (4th grade), “Saints Brochures” (5th Grade) and the “Saints Café” (8th grade), the stories of saints came to life in our classrooms and hallways!  With great joy and enthusiasm our students shared what they have learned about the lives of these holy men and women. 

And yet the story does not end here.  Viewing the photos and descriptions of the “prayer corners” on display this week, I am reminded of the fact that these young people in our midst are “saints in the making”, living out in tangible ways the very mission of our school.  Taking a cue from the 4th grade class, let us all build “prayers corners” not only in our homes but in our hearts.

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On Saturday morning, 236 members of our community gathered at the Harris Pavilion for the 2nd Annual Running with the Saints 5K.  After an opening prayer led by Fr. Bob and the singing of the National Anthem by Mrs.  Reynolds, the runners and walkers followed a course through the scenic neighborhoods of Old Town Manassas.  A complete listing of winners by category is linked to this week’s newsletter.  Parents with photos to share from the event are invited to forward copies to Mrs. Janis DeVore, Director of Marketing & Development at jdevore@allsaintsva.org.

Once again, the success of the event was only possible through the vision and dedication of the PTO.  I want to especially thank Mr. Eddie Collins and Mrs. Sue Ferguson, event coordinators, who orchestrated a myriad of details in support of a first-class event.  Behind the scenes, they were assisted by key members of the PTO who coordinated the registration process, the design of tee-shirts, and marketing for the event.  Working together, they created a wonderful experience for our school and Greater Manassas community. 

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.

(Note:  As Seton School attends the 8:30 a.m. Mass every Monday morning, we will be gathering with their school community for this special occasion.  Students from both schools will be sharing the responsibility of liturgical ministries as we look forward to this opportunity to join together in recognizing our veterans.  Following the Mass, the students of All Saints will join the Seton community in praying a novena after which the Seton students will exit the church, followed by the All Saints community.)

Thanksgiving Luncheon ~ Schedule & Directions for Parents

Again this year we will be hosting four lunch seatings so as to provide more time and space for families to enjoy this special occasion.  The schedule 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

Parents are asked to arrive and sign in by the front office 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the lunch time for their child’s grade level.  There will be two sign-in tables at the front entrance of the school.

After signing in, parents are asked to report directly to their child’s classroom.  The homeroom teacher will provide guidance as to when families should begin to report to the cafeteria for the luncheon.

Reminder:  Payment for the Thanksgiving Luncheon is due by Thursday, November 15th.

Virtue of the Month ~ Awards Presentation

Congratulations to the following students who received special recognition at our monthly Virtue Prayer Service last Friday for having exemplified the Virtue of Self-Discipline during the month of October.

 

Mary Catherine Munsell (Pre-K1)

Caitlin Williams (Pre-K2)

Hannah Vollano (Pre-K3)

Sophia Rebholz (K1)

Taylor Woolf (K2)

Josseline Avila De La Trinidad (1A)

Selena Gutierrez (1B)

Rudy Gasser (2A)

Paulina Chavarria (2B)

Zachary Kreitzer (3A)

Michael Short (3B)

Emma Switzer (4A)

Jaime Gutierrez (4B)

Caroline Griffin (5A)

Adrienne Solano (5B)

Victoria Cerniglia (6A)

Elizabeth Foreman (6B)

Kelly Crocker (7A)

Joshua Abando (7B)

Kelly Talish (8A)

Vanessa Villalobos (8B)


Virtue of the Month ~ Gratitude

During the month of November, students will be encouraged to implement the following strategies:

  1. Thank Jesus each day for the sacrifice He made for you.  Look at the crucifix and say, “Thank you, Jesus”.
  2. Thank God for your special talents and use them to serve Him every day.
  3. Remember to say “Please” and “Thank you”.
  4. Show gratitude to all of your teachers.
  5. Remember to thank the ladies in the cafeteria for your lunch, milk or for helping you open your juice box or milk container.
  6. Tell your mom and dad you love them.
  7. Make a special effort to show gratitude to someone in your family each day.
  8. Say “Please” and “Thank you” at home.
  9. Thank a friend for being there for you.
  10. Be a good sport when you play.
  11. Thank God for your life, family, food and home each night.

Prayer of the Month

Dear Jesus,

We want to thank You for the many gifts You have given us, especially the gift of Yourself.

Accept our acts of courtesy and care as gifts of love to You.

Help us to imitate Your Mother Mary and to give glory to God through our words and actions.

We ask this in Your Holy Name.

Amen.

Tips for Parent-Teacher Conferences

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.

Visitor & Volunteer Parking

When visiting the school for a special event or to participate as a volunteer, parents are encouraged to park in the lot directly in front of the church.  Keeping in mind that funerals take place throughout the week and a cortège of cars sometimes forms in front of the main entranceway, parents are encouraged to park in the middle of the lot, not the spaces adjacent to the sidewalks nearest the church.  This will allow parents to easily exit the property when ready rather than waiting for the line of cars gathered for the funeral to depart.  

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.

Fall Handcraft Show Hosted by Father Juan Puigbó

Fr. Juan will host a Handcraft Show on Thursday, November 15th from 2pm to 4pm and from 6pm to 8pm at the entrance of the school gym. A number of items will be on display and available for purchase, including beautiful wooden pieces handcrafted by Fr. Juan. Also, we will have fruitcakes, rosaries, and more! This will be a good opportunity to buy your Christmas gifts! 

Volunteers needed to help in the Library during Book Fair

Please consider helping us at this year’s book fair. The dates are November 12-16, and Monday the 19th (the day of the Thanksgiving Luncheon).  Please note: Book Fair volunteers must be virtus trained.

Here’s a link to the sign up page, where you can pick your day and time to help: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0448AAAF2A1-book  Thanks in advance for any help you can give.

Save the Date4th Annual “Evening with St. NicholasFriday December 14th

The 4th Annual “Evening with St. Nicholas will be held on Friday, December 15ht beginning at 7pm in the church.  Cookies, Cocoa and pictures with St. Nicholas and Mother Seton to follow in the gym.

This very popular community-building event, is designed to help us prepare for the Advent season. Families will not be charged admission; rather, we ask that you bring a donation of new shoes in honor of St. Nicholas and his feast day. Monetary donations will also be accepted. Proceeds will go to House of Mercy. The House of Mercy shoe donation guidelines are : NEW plain colors of tennis shoes- white, blue, black, tan, or brown. No character tennis shoes, please.  

Volunteer opportunities will  be advertised in next week’s Sentinel.  We will need many hands (and donations) to make the evening a success.  The PTO looks forward to seeing you on December 14th.

ADD/ADHD and other childhood disorders – What Every Parent Should Know (Free Event)

National and International Award Winning Psychologist and Bestselling Author DR. DAVID STEIN

            Please join us to learn more about how targeting behaviors leads to success in the classroom,

improved reading levels and happier children.

 Saint James Catholic School

830 West Broad Street, Falls Church, Virginia  22046

Thursday, November 8th at 7:30pm

Heller Hall 

PVI “A Taste Of Americana” – What an evening of patriotism it will be!

This coming Nov. 13th may be a couple days after Veteran’s Day, but the patriotic celebration will be in ‘full  swing’ that evening at PVI!  The concert event will begin with Fairfax American Legion #177 posting the colors.  Musical selections will include toe-tapping favorites of Irving Berlin, John Philip Sousa, as well as sing- alongs and fiddle tunes. A special highlight will be the presentation of a flag flown over Ft. McHenry by the Knights of Columbus.  There is no admission fee for this concert, although audience members are asked to bring a donation of canned goods as part of the national “World Hunger Day”.  PVI is extending a personal invitation to local veterans to join in for this celebration of freedom and our nation’s heritage.  Veterans will be given special seating and are encouraged to wear medals and/or uniform for this special event. 

When:  Tuesday, Nov 13, 7 pm

Where: Donald Heet Auditorium, Paul VI Catholic High School, 10675 Fairfax Blvd. Fairfax

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 8th             

  • Paul VI High School 8th Grade Visit
  • Noon Dismissal
  • Parent-Teacher Conference Day

Friday, November 9th                 

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

Monday, November 12th             

  • Veterans’ Day Mass & Reception (8:30 a.m.)
  • Week of Book Fair (Please see link below for information about the Book Fair.)

Thursday, November 15th            

  • Open House for Prospective Parents (9:00 a.m.)
  • Diocesan Teacher Information Meeting (1:00 p.m.)
  • Fr. Juan’s Craft Show (2:00-4:00 p.m. & 6:00- 8:00 p.m.)
  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, November 16th               

  • 7th Grade Field Trip to Williamsburg (6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

Monday, November 19th             

  • 2nd Grade Thanksgiving Presentation (10:00 a.m.)
  • Thanksgiving Luncheon
  • Book Fair Family Night (5:00-8:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, November 20th

  • Thanksgiving Prayer Service (9:30 a.m.)
  • Noon Dismissal

Wednesday, November 21st         

  • Thanksgiving Holiday begins

 

Links

–          Book Fair Information ~  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/11/book-fair-12_ltr_to_families1.pdf

–          Tax Credit Information for Donations to Scholarship Organizations ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/11/Tax-Credit-for-Donations-to-Scholarship-Organizations.pdf

–          Guapos Promotion for Discover Catholic Schools Week ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/11/Guapos-Promotion-for-DCSW-2.pdf

–          Running with the Saints 5K Awards List ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/11/Running-With-the-Saints-5K-Results.pdf