The Sentinel ~ January 23, 2013

Message from the Principal

Next week All Saints will join with schools across our country in celebrating Catholic Schools Week, an annual celebration of our heritage and distinct mission.  The theme selected for this year’s event is Catholic Schools Raise the Standards.  At All Saints we know this to be true.  With a commitment to academic excellence and more importantly, faith formation & character development, the faculty, staff, clergy and parents are united in their effort to provide our children with a life-changing educational experience.  This week we pause to give thanks for this gift of Catholic education and to rejoice in the blessings that All Saints offers to the children in our community.

The following is a list of special activities planned for the weeklong celebration.

Sunday, January 27th

All students are asked to wear their school uniform to Sunday Mass.

Monday, January 28th

Priest Appreciation Day ~ Students will offer special prayers and spiritual bouquets for our parish priests.

Tuesday, January 29th

Staff Appreciation Day ~ Coordinated by Teachers and Students

Wednesday, January 30th

Vocation Day Celebration & Prayer Service ~ Priests and religious from our region will visit with the students, sharing how they discovered their vocation and the various roles and ministries in which they now serve.

Thursday, January 31st

Student Appreciation Day ~ Optional Dress Down Day ($1.00 in support of our diocesan seminary); Free Ice Cream at Lunch & No Homework; Presentation of “A Midsummer Nights’ Dream” by the Drama Club.

Friday, February 1st

School Mass

Students will make small gifts for their teachers

Teacher Appreciation Day ~ Faculty & Staff Luncheon, hosted by the PTO, following Noon Dismissal

Saturday, February 2nd

Casino Night & Auction (Portuguese Community Center/6:30 p.m.)

Casino Night & Auction

On Saturday, February 2nd the PTO will host the annual Casino & Auction Night at the Portuguese Community Center beginning at 6:30 p.m.  In addition to being a beloved fund-raising event with a long history at All Saints, the annual auction provides a wonderful opportunity for parents, faculty, staff and community members to celebrate the success of our school.  I hope that many of you will be able to join us for this special evening which has become a highly-anticipated event for many.

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If you are planning on attending this community-building event, we ask that you please return your ticket orders by (or before) January 25 to help us with planning, though ticket sales will remain open until the evening of the event (we are selling them at the door).  If you did not receive a ticket package please contact us atallsaintspto@gmail.com.

We really have some wonderful prizes up for auction!  This year’s live auction will include a fabulous Disney Vacation opportunity!  Four (4) One-Day Park-Hopper Passes AND a four-night stay at a Disney condo (3-bedroom, 2-bath luxury condo located 1.5 miles from Walt Disney World, Orlando – go to disneycondo.com for pictures – it’s gorgeous!).  Your stay includes free use of the community’s multi-million dollar pool, movie, and sports complex; also, an autographed Redskins Quarterback Robert Griffin III jersey.  The silent auction and raffle prizes include a Kindle Fire; activities/outings coordinated by some of our wonderful teachers; and much, much more.  Please join us for a great time with great friends.

Volunteer Opportunity – Catholic Schools Week Luncheon

Interested in helping with this year’s Catholic Schools Week Appreciation Luncheon on Friday, February 1st?  We need help the night before and the day of.  We also need donations of specific food items. Help us make this year’s “Catholic Schools Week Appreciation Luncheon” a lovely event for our 60+ members of faculty and staff!  Go to : www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0448AAAF2A1-help to sign up today!

March for Life

On Friday, January 25th the students of All Saints will join their prayers with the thousands who will gather in Washington, D.C. at the annual March for Life.  As a school community we will pray for an end to abortion and for an increase in respect for the sanctity of life at all stages in our society.   While children who wish to attend the March for Life with their parents will be marked as absent, please know that this absence will not affect a child who otherwise would earn “Perfect Attendance” at the close of the year.  If your child will be attending the March, please notify his or her teacher no later than tomorrow.

Harris Teeter – $2,000 Bonus Check!

Thanks to the high level of participation among school families in Harris Teeter’s Together in Education program, All Saints received a check in the amount of $2,000 last week!  Thank you to those families who supported our effort by “linking” to the program.

The program runs from August 1st through May 31st each year.  However, participants are required to re-link each year.  Harris Teeter has made re-linking your VIC card easy in the following ways:

Register at checkout

Visit harristeeter.com, click on Together in Education

Call Customer Service at 1-800-432-6111

Those families who shop at Harris Teeter who have not yet relinked this year are encouraged to do so.  In advance, thank you for your continued support of this valuable program.

2012-2013 Yearbook Order Forms

Yearbook order forms were distributed to students today.  Look for them in backpacks this evening and be sure to place your order soon for the 2012-2013 book of memories.

Open House for 2013-2014 School Year – February 7th

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, February 7thbeginning 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.

Make Your Commitment to the Annual Fund Today

Our Making a Difference, Every Day Annual Fund campaign is now underway.  Not only are we receiving support from our faculty/staff and parent community, we are also hearing from parents of All Saints alumni who received our annual fund mailing and are supporting the school in appreciation of the strong faith and academic foundation that their children received at All Saints. We have also received three commitments of matching funds from donors who work for companies that offer a Matching Gift Program.*

As we greet the New Year, we invite you to use this time to recommit to our school through your prayerful discernment and participation in The Legacy Fund through gifts of prayer, involvement and financial contribution.

  • Remember, funds raised through the annual fund will be used to provide your child with new opportunities related to technology and math/science, and support efforts to provide tuition aid for families in need.
  • We are looking for 100% participation (through gifts of prayer, involvement and financial commitment)from our teachers/staff and parent community. This will allow us to ask for support from the broader community with the knowledge that the initiative is receiving full support from within.

How Can You Participate?

  • Complete a Participation Form – 2012/13 Annual Fund Brochure
  • Donate Online – Please note that if you donate online, you will also have an opportunity to add a gift of prayer and/or involvement after submitting a financial gift.

Help All Saints continue Making a Difference, Every Day. 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, please contact Parent Division Chairperson, Mrs. Holly Stefonsky or Director of Marketing & Development, Mrs. Janis DeVore at jdevore@allsaintsva.org.

*Did you know that you can double or even triple your gift? Many employers offer a Matching Gift Program to maximize your gifts to charitable organizations. Check with your human resources department for details. It’s as simple as enclosing a form from your employer along with your donation. We will do the rest!

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Calendar Correction – January 31st?

Thursday, January 31st was inadvertently not included on the official school calendar.  It will in fact be a regular day of school at All Saints.

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.

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, 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.

Registration Schedule for the New Year

  • Re-Registration for Current Families February 1-15, 2013
  • Registration for New Students             February 7-March 1, 2013    

                              (Including siblings for Pre-K & K)

Upcoming Events

Thursday, January 24th

–          2nd & 8th Grade Parents Evening of Prayer – sponsored by the Religious Education Department (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, January 25th

–          School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Sunday, January 27th

–          Catholic Schools Week – see schedule above

Friday, February 1st

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

–          Spelling Bee (gym/10:00 a.m.)

–          Noon Dismissal – Faculty & Staff Luncheon

–          Re-registration for 2013-2014 begins

Saturday, February 2nd

–          Casino Night & Auction (6:30 p.m.)

The Sentinel ~ January 16, 2013

Message from the Principal

This week I would like to ask that you keep two of our faculty and staff members in your thoughts and prayers in a special way as they have both experienced a significant loss within their families.

On Saturday, the father of Mr. Redman, our P.E. teacher, passed away unexpectedly after suffering a heart attack.  Since that time, Mr. Redman has been gathered with family and friends in upstate New York.  The funeral for his father is taking place today and he anticipates returning to Virginia with his family on Friday.

On Tuesday morning, the father of Mrs. D’Eugenio, our administrative assistant, passed away after a rapid decline in health.  His memorial service will take place at Pierce Funeral Home at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 27th.  Friends and loved ones are invited to gather and visit with the family beginning at 1:00 p.m.

I have assured both Mrs. D’Eugenio and Mr. Redman of our prayers and offered our steadfast support.    Your prayers and well-wishes for them during this most difficult time are greatly appreciated.

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On Saturday, February 2nd the PTO will host the annual Casino & Auction Night at the Portuguese Community Center beginning at 6:30 p.m.  In addition to being a beloved fund-raising event with a long history at All Saints, the annual auction provides a wonderful opportunity for parents, faculty, staff and community members to celebrate the success of our school.  I hope that many of you will be able to join us for this special evening which has become a highly-anticipated event for many.

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You should have received your ticket package for the much anticipated, much talked about Casino Night & Auction, Saturday, February 2nd. If you are planning on attending this community-building event, we ask that you please return your ticket orders by (or before) January 25 to help us with planning, though ticket sales will remain open until the evening of the event (we are selling them at the door). If you did not receive a ticket package please contact us at allsaintspto@gmail.com.

We really have some wonderful prizes up for auction!  This year’s live auction will include a fabulous Disney Vacation opportunity!  Four (4) One-Day Park-Hopper Passes AND a four-night stay at a Disney condo (3-bedroom, 2-bath luxury condo located 1.5 miles from Walt Disney World, Orlando – go to disneycondo.com for pictures – it’s gorgeous!). Your stay includes free use of the community’s multi-million dollar pool, movie, and sports complex; also, an autographed Redskins Quarterback Robert Griffin III jersey.  The silent auction and raffle prizes include a Kindle Fire; activities/outings coordinated by some of our wonderful teachers; and much, much more. Please join us for a great time with great friends.

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you,

Your PTO Team

National Geography Bee

Last Friday morning students in grades four through eight participated in the school-wide round of the National Geography Bee.  Congratulations to Vincent DiBisceglie, our school champion, who completed a written assessment earlier this week to determine whether he will qualify to advance to the state level competition.  Congratulations to Patrick Murray, who won second place, and to all of the following students who won first place in the classroom level competitions, thereby qualifying to participate in the school bee.

Lucy Avila de la Trinidad (4A)

Aidan Parker (4B)

Genevieve Valliere (5A)

Elizabeth Kwari (5B)

Madeleine Mangilit (6A)

Vincent DiBisceglie (6B)

Jessica Hall (7A)

Patrick Murray (7B)

Sarah Goldsmith (8A)

Bianka Tate (8B)

Lock-Down Drill – Tomorrow (January 17th @ 2:00 p.m.)

The next quarterly lock-down drill will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 17th.

(Please note: This drill has been scheduled for several weeks and is not in response to any concerns specific to All Saints.  Rather, it is another exercise by which we maintain a state of preparedness should the need ever arise to secure the facility and safeguard the children.)

8th Grade High School Placement Test Results

Individual results of the 8th Grade High School Placement Test are being distributed to students today, rather than on report card day, so that those interested in applying for scholarships to our Catholic high schools are able to submit the necessary paperwork prior to the deadline.

Volunteer Opportunity – Catholic Schools Week Luncheon

Interested in helping with this year’s Catholic Schools Week Appreciation Luncheon on Friday, February 1?  We need help the night before and the day of. We also need donations of specific food items. Help us make this year’s “Catholic Schools Week Appreciation Luncheon” a lovely event for our 60+ members of faculty and staff!  Go to : www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0448AAAF2A1-help to sign up today!

March for Life

On Friday, January 25th the students of All Saints will join their prayers with the thousands who will gather in Washington, D.C. at the annual March for Life.  As a school community we will pray for an end to abortion and for an increase in respect for the sanctity of life at all stages in our society.   While children who wish to attend the March for Life with their parents will be marked as absent, please know that this absence will not affect a child who otherwise would earn “Perfect Attendance” at the close of the year.  If your child will be attending the March, please notify his or her teacher via a note by the end of next week.

Make Your Commitment to the Annual Fund Today

Our Making a Difference, Every Day Annual Fund campaign is now underway.  Not only are we receiving support from our faculty/staff and parent community, we are also hearing from parents of All Saints alumni who received our annual fund mailing and are supporting the school in appreciation of the strong faith and academic foundation that their children received at All Saints. We have also received three commitments of matching funds from donors who work for companies that offer a Matching Gift Program.*

As we greet the New Year, we invite you to use this time to recommit to our school through your prayerful discernment and participation in The Legacy Fund through gifts of prayer, involvement and financial contribution.

  • Remember, funds raised through the annual fund will be used to provide your child with new opportunities related to technology and math/science, and support efforts to provide tuition aid for families in need.
  • We are looking for 100% participation (through gifts of prayer, involvement and financial commitment) from our teachers/staff and parent community. This will allow us to ask for support from the broader community with the knowledge that the initiative is receiving full support from within.

How Can You Participate?

  • Complete a Participation Form2012/13 Annual Fund Brochure
  • Donate Online – Please note that if you donate online, you will also have an opportunity to add a gift of prayer and/or involvement after submitting a financial gift.

Help All Saints continue Making a Difference, Every Day. 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, please contact Parent Division Chairperson, Mrs. Holly Stefonsky or Director of Marketing & Development, Mrs. Janis DeVore at jdevore@allsaintsva.org.

*Did you know that you can double or even triple your gift? Many employers offer a Matching Gift Program to maximize your gifts to charitable organizations. Check with your human resources department for details. It’s as simple as enclosing a form from your employer along with your donation. We will do the rest!

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Open House for 2013-2014 School Year – Tomorrow!

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.

8th Grade Graduation Announced

Graduation for the 8th Grade Class of 2013 will take place at 7:00 p.m. on the evening of Monday, June 10th.  The Mass & Ceremony will be followed by a reception in the gym.  All school families are cordially invited to attend this special event.

Calendar Correction – January 31st?

Thursday, January 31st was inadvertently not included on the official school calendar.  It will in fact be a regular day of school at All Saints.

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.

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, 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.

Registration Schedule for the New Year

  • Re-Registration for Current Families February 1-15, 2013
  • Registration for New Students             February 7-March 1, 2013    

                              (Including siblings for Pre-K & K)

Upcoming Events

Thursday, January 17th

Open House (9:00 a.m.)

Lock-Down Drill (2:00 p.m.)

Enrollment Management Team Meeting (art room/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, January 18th  

Holiday: Professional Development Day

Monday, January 21st   

Holiday: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday

Wednesday, January 23rd      

End of 2nd Quarter

Adoration & Benediction (2:00 p.m.)

Thursday, January 24th    

2nd & 8th Grade Parents Evening of Prayer – sponsored by the Religious Education Department (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, January 25th        

School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

The Sentinel ~ January 9, 2013


Message from the Pastor

Dear Teachers, Parents & Students,

Greetings in the New Year, a year of faith and hope for all of us.  We want to thank you for your lovely Christmas cards & notes written by the students, and the wonderful Omaha Steaks for Christmas.  We are going to have a special dinner together with thoughts of you and your kindness to us.  We look forward to celebrating Mass with you and visiting your classrooms.

Love & blessings,

Fr. Bob, Fr. Melmer, Fr. Juan, Fr. Jeb and “Shutters”

Message from the Principal

Happy New Year!  I hope that you and your family enjoyed the Christmas holiday and the many opportunities to celebrate the season. 

Next week our school will participate in Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week, a time during which we annually refocus our attention and direct our efforts toward the particular challenges associated with bullying.  Implemented as part of our program several years ago, this annual practice has raised the level of awareness among faculty, parents and students and provided an opportunity for us to recommit ourselves to establishing a bully free environment. 

The following is a list of strategies that we will implement next week in support of Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week. 

Monday:            School-wide Prayer Service (gym/8:15 a.m.)

                        Signing of Virtue Pledge at Lunch                      

Tuesday:            Ambassador Program presented in classrooms

                        Friendship Bracelets distributed to all students

Wednesday:       Buddy Activity

Thursday:          Peace & Justice Players visit classrooms

I am particularly enthused about a new initiative at All Saints, the Ambassador Program.  In an effort to ensure that faculty and staff are consistently aware of student-level concerns, one student will be selected in each class to serve in the role of “ambassador”.  By their good example, their positive interaction with classmates and their informal communication with faculty & staff, they will help to further transform our community into a “bully-free zone”.  What better way for our school to take a stand than for students to lead the way among their peers?  Within a school culture where students are already striving for goodness, I believe that this innovative approach has the potential of influencing day-to-day interactions at All Saints and even expanding into a much larger program in the future.    

The keys to reducing instances of bullying are education and communication.  When faculty, staff, parents and students share a keen awareness of the policies and are committed to engaging one another in meaningful conversation when challenges arise, it is then that we effectively address the issue of bullying.  In the event that you ever have a concern related to a bullying incident, please contact us so that we can be aware and assist in resolving the matter.  The teachers and staff stand ready and welcome any feedback or concerns that you may have.  Additionally, Mrs. Karcher, Mrs. Campagna and I continue to closely monitor and address any bullying concerns that arise.  Please know that you can contact any of us at any time.

There is no place for bullying in any school environment, most especially in a Catholic faith community.  Recognizing the inherent goodness and dignity of each individual, it is our mission to instill within each student a respect and reverence for the sacredness of life.  Founded upon Gospel principles, our school provides more than simply instruction and academic opportunity for students.  Rather, All Saints provides formation, integrating the very best of our faith tradition seamlessly across programs and curricula.  As such, it is the continual focus on moral development, particularly within the context of our Virtue Program, which provides a strong foundation for our students and, ultimately, helps us to create a climate free from bullying.    

I wish to thank Mrs. Karcher, our school counselor, as well as Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Izquierdo for their assistance and leadership in planning our Bully Awareness & Prevention Week.  I appreciate their dedication to this initiative and know that the students will continue to benefit from their efforts.

Virtue of the Month ~ Awards Presentation

Congratulations to the following students who received special recognition at our monthly Virtue Ceremony last Friday for having exemplified the Virtue of Generosity during December.

Joseph C. (PreK-1)

Julia F.(PreK-2)

Max N. (PreK-3)

Christopher S. (K1)

Isabella B. (K2)

Madelyn W. (1A)

Anna D. (1B)

Jacob Y. (2A)

Elizabeth K. (2B)

Ryan H.(3A)

Lilibeth B.(3B)

Grady B. (4A)

Erica W. (4B)

Eirian C. (5A)

Maria M. (5B)

Mathew W. (6A)

Victoria W. (6B)

Shelby U. (7A)

Bradley M. (7B)

Caton B. (8A)

Aiden T. (8B)

Prayer of the Month

O Father, give us the compassion you want us to have and teach us to embrace each other with compassionate arms, no matter what our age, color, history, or belief. Help us to remember that you are Life Itself, and that you are using every one of our unique gifts to bring us together with you once again.  Amen.

Virtue of the Month Program ~ Compassion

The following is a list of ways that we will encourage the students to practice the Virtue of Compassion during the month of January.

1)      Pray for those people who are hungry or homeless.

2)      Give money to the poor box in church from your own allowance.

3)      Give food or clothing to those in need.

4)      Help at home without being asked.

5)      Keep your room neat and orderly to help your parents.

6)      Make a pretty card or write a cheerful letter to someone who is sick or in a nursing home.

7)      Listen quietly when your friend is upset or angry and needs to talk.

8)      Visit relatives, neighbors, or friends that are sick.

9)      Include new students in your games.  Introduce them to your friends.

10)   If someone doesn’t understand a lesson or a game, offer to teach them.  Do not make fun of them.

11)   Make someone laugh when they are feeling sad.

12)   Be kind to everyone you meet.

Lock-Down Drill – January 17th (2:00 p.m.)

The next quarterly lock-down drill will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 17th

(Please note: This drill has been scheduled for several weeks and is not in response to any concerns specific to All Saints.  Rather, it is another exercise by which we maintain a state of preparedness should the need ever arise to secure the facility and safeguard the children.) 

Make Your Commitment to the Annual Fund Today

Our Making a Difference, Every Day Annual Fund campaign is now underway.  Not only are we receiving support from our faculty/staff and parent community, we are also hearing from parents of All Saints alumni who received our annual fund mailing and are supporting the school in appreciation of the strong faith and academic foundation that their children received at All Saints. We have also received three commitments of matching funds from donors who work for companies that offer a Matching Gift Program.*

As we greet the New Year, we invite you to use this time to recommit to our school through your prayerful discernment and participation in The Legacy Fund through gifts of prayer, involvement and financial contribution.

  • Remember, funds raised through the annual fund will be used to provide your child with new opportunities related to technology and math/science, and support efforts to provide tuition aid for families in need.
  • We are looking for 100% participation (through gifts of prayer, involvement and financial commitment) from our teachers/staff and parent community. This will allow us to ask for support from the broader community with the knowledge that the initiative is receiving full support from within.

How Can You Participate?

  • Complete a Participation Form2012/13 Annual Fund Brochure
  • Donate Online – Please note that if you donate online, you will also have an opportunity to add a gift of prayer and/or involvement after submitting a financial gift.

Help All Saints continue Making a Difference, Every Day. 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, please contact Parent Division Chairperson, Mrs. Holly Stefonsky or Director of Marketing & Development, Mrs. Janis DeVore at jdevore@allsaintsva.org.

*Did you know that you can double or even triple your gift? Many employers offer a Matching Gift Program to maximize your gifts to charitable organizations. Check with your human resources department for details. It’s as simple as enclosing a form from your employer along with your donation. We will do the rest!

8th Grade Graduation Announced

Graduation for the 8th Grade Class of 2013 will take place at 7:00 p.m. on the evening of Monday, June 10th.  The Mass & Ceremony will be followed by a reception in the gym.  All school families are cordially invited to attend this special event. 

“Souper Sunday” Collection after Weekend Masses

Members of the NJHS and SCA will be participating in a service project whereby they will be collecting funds to benefit House of Mercy.  During each Mass on January 12th and 13th, students will gather at all entrances to the Church with their “Souper Sunday” pots to accept donations in support of the efforts of House of Mercy.  There has always been tremendous support at this event, and the House of Mercy benefits significantly from the generosity of our community. 

Library Internship

All Saints is pleased to welcome Mrs. Lisa Fred, a graduate student at the University of South Carolina, who is completing a Master of Arts Degree in School Library Media.  Next week, Mrs. Fred will begin an internship at All Saints under the guidance and direction of Mrs. Coyle.  She will be observing and assisting in the library on Wednesdays and Fridays through the month of March. 

First Reconciliation – Reminder of Change

First Reconciliation for our second graders will take place on Saturday, February 23rd rather than March 2nd as previously announced.

Calendar Correction – January 31st?

Thursday, January 31st was inadvertently not included on the official school calendar.  It will in fact be a regular day of school at All Saints. 

Mother Teresa Outreach

Two years ago we began a new initiative at All Saints encouraging stewardship among our students.  This initiative, the Mother Teresa Outreach, invited students to make contributions to benefit the students of our sister school, St. Thomas, In Haiti.  To date, we have collected over $3000.00.

Beginning at our school Mass on Friday, January 11, we will begin collecting for the Mother Teresa Outreach.  Students will receive the collection envelopes on Thursday of this week, and again be invited to make contributions in the form of time, talent and treasure at each of our weekly Masses.   The fifth grade students will serve as ushers during school Masses.  All of the funds received through this program will directly benefit St. Thomas, helping to defer the cost of school lunches and supplies.  

Our goal is to cultivate a lifestyle of stewardship among our students.  In the words of Mother Teresa – “The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it.”  Students will learn that by doing small things, they can make a big difference in the life of someone else.

Boxtops Receipts

Thank you to the many families who continue to support our Boxtops for Education effort.  Last week our school received a check in the amount of $870.46.  Keep clipping those labels!

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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.

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.

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 7 – March 1, 2013(Including siblings for Pre-K & K)

Upcoming Events

Thursday, January 10th              

–          Free Ice Cream at Lunch, courtesy of Fr. Bob, on the occasion of the Redskins making the Playoffs!

Friday, January 11th                  

–          School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

–          Geography Bee (gym/10:00 a.m.)

–          Noon Dismissal (Faculty Meeting) 

Monday, January 14th                

–          Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week

Thursday, January 17th              

–          Open House (9:00 a.m.)

–          Lock-Down Drill (2:00 p.m.)

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

Friday, January 18th                  

–          Holiday: Professional Development Day

Monday, January 21st                

–          Holiday: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday

Wednesday, January 23rd           

–          End of 2nd Quarter

–          Adoration & Benediction (2:00 p.m.)