The Sentinel ~ December 12, 2012


Message from the Principal

This week I wish to provide you with an update regarding the plans for the kindergarten classroom as Mrs. Cote prepares for the birth of her baby.  I am pleased to announce that Mrs. Traci Kessler will be serving as long-term substitute teacher for approximately two months beginning around the third week of January. 

Mrs. Kessler is a National Board Certified Teacher who earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Mississippi University for Women, a Master of Education Degree in Mild/Moderate Disabilities from William Carey College, and a Specialist Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi.  In addition to her ten years of experience teaching third grade in the Biloxi Public School District, she also has experience as a Title I teacher and an Academic Strategist.  In this capacity she supervised screenings of K-8 students, coordinated special education plans and assisted with professional development initiatives.  With extensive experience and credentialing, Mrs. Kessler will be a highly competent long-term sub during the period of Mrs. Cote’s maternity leave.

In support of a smooth transition, Mrs. Cote is beginning to complete advanced instructional planning for the time that she will be away and will be providing these details to Mrs. Kessler prior to her leave.  Additionally, Mrs. Kessler will be visiting and observing the classroom on January 7th & 8th and on a third date yet to be determined just prior to Mrs. Cote’s leave.  This will provide her an opportunity to gain an understanding of classroom procedures and a familiarity with our way of life at All Saints. 

In closing, I have every confidence that Mrs. Kessler will continue the good work begun by Mrs. Cote and with the support and assistance of Mrs. Brown, provide a nurturing and engaging learning environment for the children.  In the meantime, let us continue to remember Mrs. Cote and her husband in our prayers as they prepare for the birth of their baby.

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For the past several years, we have invited parents and students to complete a survey in October and again in the spring to assess the effectiveness of our bullying prevention program and intervention strategies.  The following links provide access to the results of our most recent survey administered this past fall:

Parent Survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/sr.aspx?sm=_2fa7ntvbdINa_2bQ6wPlgB0fJ_2b9Z4cfFBQqUDKn3iXDtZI_3d

Student Survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/sr.aspx?sm=rvSXKjizFsEPyQfMrGhIQX6AfJambS7Vl6Yi1m_2fTueU_3d

While our results show that All Saints Catholic School has a high degree of effectiveness in addressing bullying, it also pinpoints areas for further improvement.  For example, we know that our students and parents are especially concerned about social bullying and teasing. We also know that the places where bullying is most likely to occur is during recess and lunch. Subsequently, it is part of our plan to further increase supervision in these “hot spots.”

The following prevention strategies have been designed to address these concerns and others found in the survey.

  • In an effort to increase supervision at recess and lunch, additional parent volunteers will be trained and increasingly utilized.
  • Communication with parents about bullying prevention and intervention efforts will continue through the weekly newsletter, survey and school website.
  • Educational resources will be provided for parents on the Counselor’s Corner section of the All Saints Catholic School Homework Central website.
  • Parent letters will be sent home when an intervention presentation is given in their child’s classroom.
  •  In-service presentations will continue to be provided to faculty and staff twice yearly to report the findings of surveys and respond to concerns and questions. These presentations also include education to improve detection of bullying in the classroom and hallways.
  • Classroom lessons are provided by the counselor in September, during bullying awareness week, and on an as needed basis. These presentations focus on various aspects of bullying such as, bystander participation, defusing situations, and the effects of bullying and social isolation.
  • Virtues are taught, encouraged, and adopted by students, parents, and teachers. This counteracts bullying behaviors and attitudes.
  • To prevent relational aggression, all 4th grade girls are invited to participate in a GIRLS group. This group focuses on communication, common conflicts, friendship skills, and coping strategies.
  • To prevent social isolation, social skills groups are provided for students who are having difficulty making or keeping friends.
  • Anti-Bullying Week in January includes educational and spirit-related activities to prevent bullying and build an inclusive, encouraging community.

Intervention strategies that are currently in place include the following:

  • Students are referred to the counselor or assistant principal for bullying behaviors whereby they have an opportunity to discuss the situation and empathize with the person who is being hurt by their words or actions.
  • The parents of the children involved are contacted and asked to work with the school to resolve any issues contributing to the problem behaviors.
  • If the situation continues, it is addressed through disciplinary channels.

I wish to take a moment to thank Mrs. Karcher, our school counselor, for organizing the survey effort and for providing an analysis of parent and student responses.   Additionally, she provides meaningful support to students and resources to parents and teachers throughout the year that help us to create a “bully-free zone”.  I also want to thank Mrs. Campagna, our assistant principal, for her continued commitment to this effort as well.  Working closely with parents and students as needs arise, she strives to make each disciplinary response an opportunity for growth and learning for our students.

Prayer for the Third Week of Advent

Lord God, may we, your people, who look forward to the birthday of Christ, experience the joy of salvation and celebrate that feast with love and thanksgiving.  We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

Tuition Assistance Applications for 2013-2014

Applications for tuition assistance for the 2013-2014 academic year are now available at the front office.  Again this year the Diocese of Arlington has contracted with FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Company.  FACTS has established an on-line application process that can be initiated through the company website (www.factstuitionaid.com). 

The due dates for applications and supporting documentation are as follows:

High School                 January 28, 2013

Elementary School      March 18, 2013

NOTE: All families with children enrolled in both high school and elementary school will need to submit an application by the January high school deadline.

Please note that ALL applications and supporting documentation must be received by FACTS by the date listed above, not postmarked.  Applications are not considered complete until FACTS has received the supporting documentation.  Additionally, only those families who are verified by FACTS as having submitted all of the required supporting documentation will be eligible for diocesan tuition assistance.

An overview of the Diocesan Tuition Assistant Program can be found at the following link:  http://www.arlingtondiocese.org/catholicschools/tuition grant.php

Those families interested in applying for tuition assistance for the Pre-Kindergarten program are invited to complete a separate application available in our front office.  As the diocesan tuition assistance program pertains only to those students enrolled in grades K-12, the Pre-Kindergarten assistance program is distinct and managed by All Saints rather than FACTS Tuition.

Annual Fund Update

The Legacy Fund is now underway and members of our community are continuing to give generously of their time, talent and treasure in support of our mission.  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.      

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.

Confirmation Date Announced

8th Grade Confirmation will take place on Saturday, May 4th at 10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.  Details to follow from the Religious Education Office.

Update from the Pennefather Family

Thank you for your continued prayers for Charbel.  His neurologist called last night and told us the MRI done on Monday showed no change from the one done in September.  The good news is that the blood flow to the brain is not getting worse and Dr. Lavenstein does not anticipate that it will.  Charbel’s internal carotid artery continues to have significant stenosis and therefore significant reduction in blood flow through it, however, he does have “adequate compensatory blood flow” through other vessels and Dr. Lavenstein called him “stable”.    So that’s the update.  We continue to pray for St. Charbel’s intercession for his namesake’s complete healing but are grateful to learn that his condition does not seem to be degenerative.  The plan is to continue to monitor Charbel’s development.

Bob the children and myself are so grateful for your many prayers.  Please keep our little Charbel in your prayers.

God Bless you all

Have a blessed Advent

~ Beatrice and Bob Pennefather

Celebrate the feast of St. Nicholas and help House of Mercy at the same time

The Celebration will be held this Friday, December 14th, beginning at 7 p.m. in the church.  Remember to RSVP today!

Join the All Saints PTO for the 4th Annual “Evening with St. Nicholas”, and help us help the House of Mercy in their time of need. 

Terry and John Bisaga , from House of Mercy, will join us for this special evening. The shoes we collect that night will go to children whose parents go to the House of Mercy to select two gifts per child for Christmas. Two gifts! The shoes you donate will be a child’s Christmas gift.  Last year we collected 50 pairs of shoes- let’s double that this year and help twice as many children! Please bring a donation (or two!) of new shoes in honor of St. Nicholas and his feast day. Monetary donations will also be accepted. House of Mercy shoe donation guidelines are: NEW plain colors of tennis shoes- white, blue, black, tan, or brown. No character tennis shoes, please.   The shoes will be given away the next day!

We are happy to announce the details of the evening! Father Bob will preside over our Advent prayer service, and Mrs. Reynolds and members of Schola will sing traditional Advent carols. 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/news-events/calendar/evening-with-st-nicholas-rsvp-form to RSVP today.

Thank you to those who have already volunteered to help- we still need many hands (and donations) to make the evening a success!

VOLUNTEERS:  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.com. *All volunteers at the event must have completed the background check and be Virtus trained.

Contact event co-chair Kate Bachman at katebachman2002@aol.com with questions about food donations or to volunteer for an at home volunteer opportunity: Covering battery-operated candles with pink/purple paper for the advent wreath centerpieces (all supplies provided!)

FOOD DONATIONS: 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. Cookie donations can be sent in on Thursday Dec. 13th or Friday Dec. 14th. Cocoa donations can be sent in at any time to the attention of Kate Bachman. All volunteer opportunities & food donations count toward the Point for Parents program.

The PTO looks forward to seeing you on the 14th!

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

All Middle School students are invited to participate in these special events hosted just for you!

Band and Choir Music Festival: January 26. Attention singers and instrumentalists: Learn new music, meet new friends, and perform on the JP stage during our third annual event for middle school musicians! For more information, and to register, please click here. Questions? Please contact: Music Director, Mrs. Kingett: Kelly.Kingett@jpthegreat.org.

Free Admission to Varsity Basketball Games: (NEW DATE!) January 30. Girls play at 4:30pm, boys at 6:00pm. To add your name to the RSVP list, or just come by! For more information, please contact: info@jpthegreat.org

2nd Annual Futsal Tournament: (NEW DATE!): February 9, 2013. What’s Futsal?  A type of indoor soccer for boys and girls! Click here to learn more, and to register! Contact: Coach Jay Jesse: Jay.Jesse@jpthegreat.org

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

e-News Update: Check out the latest e-newsletter from John Paul!

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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

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 opportunities for completing the half-hour Virtus update all of which will take place in the Art Room beginning at 7: 00 p.m.

Tuesday, January 15th

Tuesday, February 12th

Thursday, March 7th

Thursday, April 11th

Monday, May 13th 

One presentation will take place in the afternoon: Thursday, February 7th at 2:15 PM in Meeting Room 1.

Open House for 2013-2014 School Year

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, January 17th beginning at 9:00 a.m.  All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about the 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.

Registration Schedule for the New Year

  • Re-Registration for Current Families             February 1-15, 2013
  • Registration for New Students                       February 8-March 1, 2013 (Including siblings for Pre-K & K)

Upcoming Events

Thursday, December 13th

–          1st Grade Activity Day (1:00-2:30 p.m.)               

–          Enrollment Management Team Meeting – cancelled                               

Friday, December 14th               

–          School Mass with Deacon Matthew Carroll preaching (8:30 a.m.)

–          Sacrament of Reconciliation – 7th Grade

–          Evening with St. Nicholas (church/7:00 p.m.)

Monday, December 17th

–          Sacrament of Reconciliation – Grade 8

Tuesday, December 18th

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

Wednesday, December 19th         

–          2nd Grade Christmas Around the World Celebration (10:00 a.m. – Noon)

–          Christmas Pageant Performance for Students (2:00 p.m.)

Thursday, December 20th            

–          Pre-Kindergarten Christmas Pageants (church/10:00 a.m. & 1:15 p.m.)

–          Christmas Pageant (church/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, December 21st               

–          School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

–          Classroom Christmas Parties (10:30 a.m.)

–          Noon Dismissal

Links

The Sentinel ~ December 5, 2012


Message from the Principal

On Saturday morning a number of students, including the All Saints cheerleaders, as well as parents gathered in Old Town to represent our school in the Greater Manassas Christmas Parade.  I want to thank Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Stevens for once again coordinating the design and construction of our school float and for providing the storage space during the weeks leading up to the event.  With the theme of A Storybook Christmas, the float depicted a Nativity Scene, the true meaning of the season!  Dressed as Mary, Joseph, angels, shepherds and wise-men, our students provided a visual representation of that first Christmas.   I want to also thank all of the volunteer parents who assisted with the construction of the float and helped to coordinate the logistics, ensuring that our children had both a safe and enjoyable time.

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On Friday the teachers will distribute 2nd Quarter Interim Reports to students who are not demonstrating satisfactory or better progress in their academics and/or social/work characteristics.  However, please note that the Middle School Team will no longer issue these mid-term reports as detailed information remains available via Edline.  All middle school parents are encouraged to visit this site regularly to review their son/daughter’s progress throughout the quarter. 

Annual Fund Update

The Legacy Fund is now underway and members of our community are continuing to give generously of their time, talent and treasure in support of our mission.  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.      

Legacy Fund FAQ

Did You Know … there is not an immediate deadline for participation in the annual fund? We are hoping to receive all participation forms and online contributions by February 28, 2013. However, as long as you submit your contribution by May 31, it will be reflected in our 2012-2013 annual report.

Did You Know … If your employer participates in the United Way, you can direct a set amount of your United Way gift to All Saints Catholic School? It’s as easy as designating All Saints as a recipient on your United Way contribution form. (Click on this link for a visual of the United Way Contribution Form:   http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/united-way-choose-section.jpg )
Here’s how to complete the United Way National Capital Area form:

  • Under the section entitled, “Choose How You Would Like Your Investment Directed,” check “Option D: Designate a Specific Nonprofit Organization.”
  • Select “Other nonprofit organization or other United Way must be a 501(c)3” and provide the following information: 

Nonprofit Name:                 All Saints Catholic School
EIN#:                                  52-1601987
Amount (per year):             $ ________
Address:                             9294 Stonewall Road, Manassas, VA  20110

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.

Please note that a minimum gift of $100 per nonprofit is required when making a contribution to a non-member nonprofit. If you have any questions, please contact Janis DeVore at jdevore@allsaintsva.org. Thank you for your support of our mission!

A Prayer for the Second Week of Advent

God of power and mercy,

Open our hearts in welcome.

Remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy,

So that we may share His wisdom

And become one with Him

When He comes in glory,

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

One God, forever and ever.

Amen.

 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 Gratitude during November.

Emilly Jaramillo (PreK-1)

Giovanni Parada (PreK-2)

Anthony Williams (PreK-3)

Gustavo Zeno (K1)

Olivia Ortiz (K2)

Christopher Castro (1A)

Austin Reid (1B)

Moira Haggerty (2A)

Logan Bigbee (2B)

Huyen Huynh (3A)

Maame Serwah Anobah-Manteaw (3B)

Liam Gannon (4A)

Lily Feltman (4B)

Thumay Huynh (5A)

Elizabeth Kwari (5B)

Brooke Stidham (6A)

Margaret Brisbin (6B)

Miguel Parada (7A)

Samantha Gutierrez (7B)

Ciara O’Rourke (8A)

Megan Stalker (8B)


Virtue of the Month ~ Generosity

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

  1. Give from your own money to help others in need.
  2. Give freely of your time without expecting anything in return.
  3. Ask for forgiveness when you have hurt someone and be willing to forgive them when they hurt you.
  4. Offer to help someone in class each day.
  5. Share your supplies with someone who forgot theirs.
  6. Do something helpful for someone at home without being asked.
  7. See if others want “second helpings” before taking some for yourself.
  8. Let someone else in your family choose the movie or television show you will watch together.
  9. Offer to help an older neighbor with a job like raking leaves or shoveling snow.
  10. Let another person ahead of you get a drink first at the water fountain.

Prayer of the Month ~ Prayer of St. Nicholas

Loving God, we thank you for
      the example of St. Nicholas,
      who fed the hungry,
      brought hope to the imprisoned,
      gave comfort to the lost,
      and taught the truth to all. 
May we strive to imitate him
      by putting you first in all we do. 
Give us the courage, love and strength
      of St. Nicholas, so that, like him,
      we may serve you through loving
      our brothers and sisters.  Amen

Open House for 2013-2014 School Year

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, January 17th beginning at 9:00 a.m.  All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about the 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.

Registration Schedule for the New Year

  • Re-Registration for Current Families       February 1-15, 2013
  • Registration for New Students                 February 8-March 1, 2013         

                              (Including siblings for Pre-K & K)

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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

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.  Survey responses were due to the school office by Friday, November 30th. 

LIBRARY NEWS TIS THE SEASON TO READ!

A big THANK YOU goes out to all parents, students, faculty and staff that supported our recent Scholastic Book Fair!  What a great way to have celebrated reading and raise funds for the school library. The theme All Star Readers kept the excitement building as we transformed the library into The Reading Zone with all sorts of sports memorabilia.    Students  enjoyed figuring out the throwback photographs displayed of the faculty and staff from their glory days of their youthJ  Also the All Saints Cheerleaders every morning announced the Book Fair guessing game winner through a clap, stomping, all out chant over the Intercom.    This fun-filled event could not be accomplished without our devoted All Saints families that graciously volunteered to make the Book Fair a huge success.  It truly is a team effort. Your generosity enabled the profits from the Book Fair sales to exceed over $12,000 earning the library $2,500 to spend on books and special school programs.

Directory Addition

Please add the following family to your school directory:   Egan, Steven & Elizabeth

703-530-0402

11340 Trenton Ct.

Bristow, VA  20136

Colin 8B, Noah 5A, Kiera 3B

Celebrate the feast of St. Nicholas and help House of Mercy at the same time!!

Join the All Saints PTO for the 4th Annual “Evening with St. Nicholas”, and help us help the House of Mercy in their time of need!  Join us Friday, December 14th beginning at 7pm in the church.  Remember to RSVP today!!

Terry and John Bisaga , from House of Mercy, will join us that evening. The shoes we collect that night will go to children whose parents go to the House of Mercy to select two gifts per child for Christmas. Two gifts! The shoes you donate will be a child’s Christmas gift. Last year we collected 50 pairs of shoes- let’s double that this year and help twice as many children! Please bring a donation (or two!) of new shoes in honor of St. Nicholas and his feast day. Monetary donations will also be accepted. House of Mercy shoe donation guidelines are: NEW plain colors of tennis shoes- white, blue, black, tan, or brown. No character tennis shoes, please.

We are happy to announce the details of the evening!  Father Bob will preside over our Advent prayer service, and  Mrs. Reynolds and members of Schola will sing traditional Advent carols.  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/news-events/calendar/evening-with-st-nicholas-rsvp-form  to RSVP today.

All volunteer opportunities & food donations count toward the Point for Parents program: Thank you to those who have already volunteered to help- but we still need many hands (and donations) to make the evening a success!

VOLUNTEERS: 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.com. *All volunteers at the event must have completed the background paperwork and be Virtus trained.

Contact event co-chair Kate Bachman at katebachman2002@aol.com with questions about food donations or to volunteer for an at home volunteer opportunity: * Covering battery-operated candles with pink/purple paper for the advent wreath centerpieces (all supplies provided!)

FOOD DONATIONS: 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. Cookie donations can be sent in on Thursday Dec. 13th or Friday Dec. 14th. Cocoa donations can be sent in at any time to the attention of Kate Bachman.

The PTO looks forward to seeing you on the 14th!

Casino/Auction Night Reminder & News Flash

REMINDER: Friday, December 7th is the deadline for submitting Auction items for the special raffle drawing for a reserved pew at the Christmas Mass of your choice AND a gift certificate to Ticonderoga Farms for your Christmas Tree! Print the flyer (see link below) and attach it to your item and drop it off in the school office anytime on Friday.  Drawing will be held on Monday morning!

NEWS FLASH: Save-the-Date for the Annual Casino Night & Auction – February 2nd, 2013!  FABULOUS silent and live auction items, including golf packages, ballet tickets and, THIS JUST IN: Disneyworld park passes for four people!  Don’t miss out — new items posted weekly on the PTO pages of the school website!  Questions?  Call Ann Potocnak (571 278 4199) or email allsaintspto@gmail.com.

Class Project Volunteers Needed for Casino/Auction Night
We need parent volunteer to offer their “helping hands”, time and talents to create and help with class projects to be auctioned off at Casino/ Auction Night.  In the past, each classroom has been responsible for a project within that class.  This year we will NOT be asking for parent volunteers from each class to come up with an idea and coordinate their efforts with teacher, parents and students to create an item.  Instead, we are forming a small committee of parent volunteers, led by Mrs. Debi Woolfrey, to coordinate with each class and many clubs to participate in creating items to represent each class or grade.  We now would like to open this up for any parent volunteer who wants to help with any of the class projects. Some of the fun ideas are an outdoor Jenga board, mosaic bird bath, collages of student art and handmade rosaries.

The committee has already selected very achievable, cost effective projects for each class.  Below are our volunteer and donation needs:

1) “Helping Hands” – parents who can lend their time and/or talents to complete a project with students.  You don’t have to be an artist – just a willingness to work with students on the assigned project

2) Artistic/ Creative Volunteers to work on design and layout of some of the projects. 

3) Volunteers who are interested in painting furniture (small pieces)- paint provided.

4) Donations: look for an upcoming list of supplies that families can donate to this effort OR families can donate gift cards to Michael’s so we can purchase supplies. We do have an immediate need for 6 2X4X8 boards to be donated.

If you can help in any of these ways or would like more information, please contact Debi Woolfrey as soon as possible at dwoolfrey@yahoo.com.  Earn points for parents for donations and time!

All Saints Cubmaster Randy Waddy Receives Bronze Pelican Award

Last month, Bishop Loverde and the Catholic Committee on Scouting and Campfire for the Diocese of Arlington recognized Cub Scout Pack 1188’s Cubmaster Randy Waddy with the Bronze Pelican Award.  The Bronze Pelican Award recognizes the recipient’s outstanding contribution to the spiritual development of Catholic youth in the programs of the Boy Scouts of America. The committee acknowledged Randy’s leadership in providing a strong Catholic emphasis in the pack through activities such as Religious Emblems, the annual Scout Mass, and numerous other service projects to the All Saints community.

Paul VI Catholic High School

PVI will be sponsoring a College Night for parents of 7th & 8th Graders on Tuesday, December 11th 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

Thursday, December 6th

–          Dress-Down Day to Benefit Catholic Charities, sponsored by the P&J Players (Jeans & Advent or Christmas Colors)

Friday, December 7th                 

–          School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

–          Sacrament of Reconciliation – 4th Grade

–          2nd Quarter Interim Reports

Monday, December 10th

–          Sacrament of Reconciliation – 5th Grade

Tuesday, December 11th

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

Wednesday, December 12th         

–          Sacrament of Reconciliation – 6th Grade

Thursday, December 13th            

–          1st Grade Activity Day (1:00-2:30 p.m.)                                         

Friday, December 14th               

–          School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

–          Sacrament of Reconciliation – 7th Grade

–          Evening with St. Nick (church/7:00 p.m.)

 

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