The Sentinel ~ February 27, 2013

Principal’s Message

Congratulations to the students in our second grade program who received the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time on Saturday morning.  Following a beautiful prayer service led by Fr. Bob, each of the children encountered Christ in this special Sacrament of healing and grace.  Congratulations to all of the children and thank you Mrs. Cummings and Mrs. Gurley for preparing them so well.

Professional Development Day ~ No School on Friday, March 8th

Next Friday our teachers will participate in a diocesan-wide day of professional development.  For this reason, there will be no classes or Extended Day Program on Friday, March 8th

 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Schedule of Lenten Confessions

Monday, March 11th                3rd grade

Wednesday, March 13th                       4th grade

Friday,             March 15th                   5th grade

Monday, March 18th                6th grade

Wednesday, March 20th                       7th grade

Friday,             March 22nd                   8th grade

Race for Education ~ Mailing Labels Past Due!

Preparations are now underway for the 8th Annual Race for Education which will be held on Thursday, May 2nd.  When reviewing the information packet, you will note that our goal for this year’s Race for Education is $45,000.  As is our tradition, we will continue to donate 15% of the proceeds to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, an organization that has received more than $100,000 from our community since the 1990’s.   The remaining funds from the 8th Annual Race for Education will be allocated to the PTO, ultimately benefitting the school through a general fund contribution that enables us to continue to purchase and maintain technology and other educational materials.

Although the deadline for submitting completed mailing labels was last Friday, students may continue to forward them to their teachers in the days ahead.  Should you have any questions about the process, please do not hesitate to contact the event coordinator, Mrs. Marjorie Collins.   (703-365-9686)

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!

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:

Elementary School      March 18, 2013

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.

Thursday, March 7th

Thursday, April 11th

Monday, May 13th

Registration Schedule for the New Year

  • Registration for New Students:    February 7 – March 1, 2013    (Including siblings for Pre-K & K)

Upcoming Events

Friday, March 1st

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

–          Stations of the Cross – Grades 3-5 (2:15 p.m.)

–          Final Day of Open Registration for New Students

–          3rd Quarter Interims (Grades 1-5)

Saturday, March 2nd

–          Diocesan Spelling Bee

Tuesday, March 5th

–          8th Grade Vocations Mass with Bishop Loverde (Holy Spirit Church/9:30-1:30)

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

Friday, March 8th

–          Holiday – Professional Development Day for Teachers

Saturday, March 9th

–          Jesus Day for 2nd Grade Students (9:00 a.m.)

–          Diocesan Teacher Job Fair (Paul VI High School/9:00-11:00 a.m.)

The Sentinel ~ February 20, 2013

Principal’s Message

As many of you are aware, Mrs. Cindy DiRenzo (kindergarten classroom assistant), has been absent from school recently due to illness.  Originally hospitalized two weeks ago, she has since been moved to a rehabilitation center in Fairfax.  The tremendous pain which she previously experienced due to internal arterial bleeding has greatly diminished.  However, she continues to exhibit other symptoms which are being closely monitored by her doctors.  It is important that I emphasize that, while her situation is serious and does require an extended period of care and recovery, her present condition is not life-threatening in nature.  Nonetheless, your prayers for her swift and full recovery are greatly appreciated.

As Mrs. DiRenzo will be absent for approximately 4-6 weeks, I’ve hired Mrs. Linda Byers as a substitute classroom assistant.  Mrs. Byers earned degrees in psychology, sociology and accounting from The Ohio State University.  After working in private industry for a number of years, she has most recently been a very active volunteer at All Saints, serving as a milk mom in the cafeteria, a pre-kindergarten & kindergarten volunteer, and a teacher of the Junior Achievement Program.  Already familiar with our school routines and possessing very strong organizational skills, Mrs. Byers will be a wonderful support to Mrs. Izquierdo and the students during Mrs. DiRenzo’s absence.  We welcome Mrs. Byers as she begins her new role at All Saints this week.

In addition to prayers, Mr. DiRenzo has indicated that meals provided several times per week would be very helpful to his family at this time.  Mrs. Nino has graciously offered to coordinate a Mealtrain effort on their behalf.  Any parents who are interested in preparing a dinner for the DiRenzo Family are encouraged to contact her at 703-392-5059 or jennifer.nino@gmail.com.

In advance, thank you for your prayers and well-wishes for Mrs. DiRenzo.  As additional details become available regarding her condition, I will forward them to you.

Message from the PTO President

Please join me in thanking Mrs. Linda Gaynord and the Knights of Columbus for hosting another fun Bingo night last Saturday.  Additionally, I offer thanks to Mrs. Megan Davies for organizing the Chuck E Cheese spirit day on this past Monday.  It takes many hands to accomplish all the activities of the All Saints PTO!

Next Monday, February 25 will be the third of our four annual PTO meetings for the general assembly. The meeting starts at 7:30 pm and lasts about an hour.  This meeting is titled “Celebrate Prayer”.  We are very privileged to have Father Hudgins as our guest speaker for this meeting.  Father Hudgins served as Parochial Vicar at All Saints from 2002-2006.  He later spent 4 years as Chaplain at Bishop O’Connell high school.  Father Hudgins is currently serving at St. Jude’s parish in Fredericksburg.  His homilies and as well as some teaching lectures and videos are available online at http://www.fatherhudgins.com/index.html.

We are truly fortunate that Fr Hudgins has agreed to take time from his very busy schedule to spend an evening with us at All Saints.  Please make every effort to attend this meeting so we can show him our appreciation.  A large audience is the best gift we can offer as thanks!  The evening will include a Lenten prayer service led by our SCA students, followed by Father Hudgins talk on improving prayer life in our families.  I ask you to join me for this special evening.

Paul IV Catholic High School

Paul VI 2013 Mission Team Hosts Community Event – family fun, live music, games and the best CHILI in all of Northern VA!  Mark your calendar for the Chili Cook-off on Sunday March 10th to be held at Paul VI Catholic High School, 10675 Fairfax Blvd in Fairfax from 5 to 6:30pm (rain or shine).  Groups are invited to enter the Chili contest, bring your family and neighbors. Donations will be accepted at the door and will help to offset the costs for this year’s trip to Belize.  All the details and entry forms can be found on the Campus Ministry website:   www.paulvi.net Questions Call Joyce Krolicki 703-352-0925 x330

Paul VI Girls & Boys Summer Basketball Camps:  June 17 – 21 / July 8 – 12 / July 22 – 26.

Grades 2 – 8.  More information & to register online please go to www.pvibasketball.com

St Leo the Great Mini-Hoopster Camp:  June 24 – 27.  Boys & Girls Grades K – 2.

For more information and to register online please go to www.pvibasketball.com

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Parent Meeting ~ FACTS Tuition Program (February 21st)

In an effort to provide you detailed information about the change in our tuition program, we will host a meeting for parents on Thursday, February 21st beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the gym.  A representative from FACTS Tuition Management will be available to answer any questions that you might have about this new partnership and the implementation process as we plan for the upcoming year.

Schedule of Lenten Confessions

Monday, March 11th                3rd grade

Wednesday, March 13th                       4th grade

Friday,             March 15th                   5th grade

Monday, March 18th                6th grade

Wednesday, March 20th                       7th grade

Friday,             March 22nd                   8th grade

Race for Education ~ Mailing Labels Now Due!

Preparations are now underway for the 8th Annual Race for Education which will be held on Thursday, May 2nd.  When reviewing the information packet, you will note that our goal for this year’s Race for Education is $45,000.  As is our tradition, we will continue to donate 15% of the proceeds to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, an organization that has received more than $100,000 from our community since the 1990’s.   The remaining funds from the 8th Annual Race for Education will be allocated to the PTO, ultimately benefitting the school through a general fund contribution that enables us to continue to purchase and maintain technology and other educational materials.

Although the deadline for submitting completed mailing labels was last Friday, students may continue to forward them to their teachers in the days ahead.  Should you have any questions about the process, please do not hesitate to contact the event coordinator, Mrs. Marjorie Collins.   (703-365-9686)

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!

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:

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.

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

  • Registration for New Students       February 7-March 1, 2013     (Including siblings for Pre-K & K)

Upcoming Events

Thursday, February 21st

–          Parent Meeting – FACTS Tuition Program (gym/7:00 p.m.)

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

Friday, February 22nd

–          School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

–          Stations of the Cross – Grades 6-8 (2:15 p.m.)

Saturday, February 23rd

–          1st Reconciliation for Second Grade (10:00 a.m.)

Monday, February 25th

–          PTO General Assembly Meeting: Celebrate Prayer – presented by Fr. Hudgins (Gym/7:30 p.m.)

Friday, March 1st

–          School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

–          Stations of the Cross – Grades 3-5 (2:15 p.m.)

–          Final Day of Open Registration for New Students

–          3rd Quarter Interims (Grades 1-5)

Links

¨       FACTS Tuition Management Brochure: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=FACTS-Brochure-POM-NL1-30-13.pdf

¨       GASKE Sponsors Form (For those interested in sponsoring school calendars, notepads, & directory by advertising): http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2013/01/Gaske-Ad-NL1-30-13.pdf

The Sentinel ~ February 13, 2013

Principal’s Message

As a community of faith, today we begin our journey through the season of Lent.  This morning our students gathered in the gymnasium for our annual “Farewell to the Alleluia Banner” prayer service, a tradition by which we remind the children that we will refrain from saying the word “Alleluia” until we celebrate the great joy of Easter.  To symbolize this, students from our 8th grade rolled the Alleluia Banner into a scroll and placed it in a special box where it will remain through the season of Lent.  Upon our return to school following the Easter holiday, the students will gather once again in the gym at which time the reverse will take place: the students will lift the cover of the box, unroll the banner, and lift it high as the children sing the “Easter Alleluia” and our pre-kindergartners fill the air with the sounds of noisemakers.  Through symbolism and music, our students come to recognize that something very special is happening and that this time of the year is distinct for us as a Catholic school community.

Following the prayer service this morning, the students processed over to church for our Ash Wednesday liturgy and were signed with ashes, a visible reminder of the call to “turn from sin and be faithful to the Gospel”.

Throughout the season, students will have a number of opportunities to enter more deeply into this life of faith.  The following is a list of our school-wide Lenten observances.

Sacrament of Reconciliation: Students in grades 3-8 will have an opportunity to receive the Sacrament during regular school hours.  A copy of the schedule follows below so that you might help your child as he/she thoughtfully prepares to encounter Christ in this beautiful Sacrament.

Stations of the Cross: The students will participate in this traditional Lenten prayer twice during the season, once in a small group setting and once when the entire school gathers.

Abstinence: Our cafeteria staff has designed a menu that reflects the practice of abstaining from meat on Ash Wednesday and Fridays during Lent.

Almsgiving: The SCA will once again sponsor the “Prayer & Pennies” Campaign, an annual fundraiser and outreach that will benefit a student in Africa and those served by the House of Mercy.  Students will be encouraged to make small sacrifices of their own, perhaps giving up ice cream at lunch, donating part of their allowance, etc. so that they may place coins in the jar outside their classroom in the morning during the week of March 11th.

7th Grade Passion Play:  On Holy Thursday, the 7th grade class will present the Passion Play, highlighting the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ.  This dramatic presentation will take place in the gym on March 28th, following our Handwashing Prayer Service in the church.

Through prayer and sacrifice, our students are reminded that this is a very special time of year.  Repeated year after year, these practices become part of the fabric of our students’ lives, providing them a foundation through the years to come.  This is the very essence of Catholic education…that through encounters with Christ, the lives of our students are transformed…now and forever.

Wishing you a blessed Lenten journey!

Schedule of Lenten Confessions

Monday, March 11th                3rd grade

Wednesday, March 13th                       4th grade

Friday,             March 15th                   5th grade

Monday, March 18th                6th grade

Wednesday, March 20th                       7th grade

Friday,             March 22nd                   8th grade

Re-Registration Forms ~ Due Friday!

Parents are reminded that all re-registration forms are due in the office on Friday, February 15th.  Since registration of new students began last week, it is important that parents return the forms by the deadline in order to insure that a place is reserved for each child who will be returning for the upcoming year.

Race for Education ~ Mailing Labels Due Friday!

Preparations are now underway for the 8th Annual Race for Education which will be held on Thursday, May 2nd.  When reviewing the information packet, you will note that our goal for this year’s Race for Education is $45,000.  As is our tradition, we will continue to donate 15% of the proceeds to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, an organization that has received more than $100,000 from our community since the 1990’s.   The remaining funds from the 8th Annual Race for Education will be allocated to the PTO, ultimately benefitting the school through a general fund contribution that enables us to continue to purchase and maintain technology and other educational materials. Students are asked to submit completed mailing labels by Friday, February 15th.  For additional information about this process and the incentives offered to students, please see the information packet.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the event coordinator, Mrs. Marjorie Collins, at 703-365-9686.

First in Carpool ~ Auction Winners!

Congratulations to the Bruno, Martinet and Mendo Families on winning “First in Carpool” at our recent Casino Night & Auction.  Each of these families will enjoy the privilege of being the first to leave carpool each day beginning now and extending through one year.

Chuck E Cheese Spirit Event

President’s Day is Monday February 18th and we have your play date covered! Join your family and friends from All Saints at Chuck E Cheese in Manassas. This fun-filled afternoon or evening will benefit your awesome school. The kids can get that positive energy out and you will have a positively great time chatting it up with fellow parents! 15% of the proceeds come back to our school and kids will get 10 free tokens with the stickers coming home with them. See you there!

 Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School ~ Upcoming Events

OPEN HOUSE: All are welcome to visit Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School during their final Open House of the year, March 14, from 4 – 6pm. This event is especially for younger children who want to preview high school, but students of all ages are encouraged to attend. A brief presentation will begin at 5pm, and you can also tour the building, meet JP teachers and students, and enjoy refreshments. Also, JP the Great is still accepting applications for admission. More information and to apply, please visit: www.jpthegreat.org or contact Jennifer Cole, Director of Admissions: admissions@jpthegreat.org.

SPRING TRAINING BASEBALL CAMP: Attention all baseball players in grades 6-7-8: You are invited to come train with the Wolves and improve your game by working on the fundamentals of baseball. You’ll learn from the coaches at JP the Great, while getting to know guys in middle school and high school. March 2 and 9, from 9am – 12pm. For more information, and to register, please click here. Or, visit: www.jpthegreat.org, or contact Coach Bob Czekaj: bob.cezkaj@jpthegreat.org.

Bishop O’Connell Dance Team Clinics for 7th & 8th Graders

The Bishop O’Connell Royalette Dance Team is offering technique clinics for dancers in Grades 7-11 to help them prepare for next season’s tryouts.  Regardless if your dancer plans to attend O’Connell next Fall, these clinics will provide your students with technique and skills to improve as a dancer, and the confidence to tryout for a high school dance team.  The clincs are open to everyone.  Details for our clinics can be found here:http://www.bishopoconnell.org/page.cfm?p=669These clinics are open to 7th graders who would like to get a head start in preparation for their high school tryout.

The Royalettes just returned from Orlando last weekend and competed in UDA’s Nationals Dance Team Championship and placed 21st in the Nation.

We hope you can join us. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

CYO Track & Field NEWS for the All Saints Roadrunners

There will be a Spring Track organizational meeting on Sunday, February 17th at 10:30 in Meeting Room One (1) in Father Kelly Hall – this is for all athletes who ran track and cross country last Fall AND those who wish to register for the first time this Spring.

Practices in preparation for the Spring Track Meet will begin mid-March. Contact Cathy Nowak (oncefitz@aol.com) or Ann Potocnak (potocnak3@comcast.net) for more information. Watch for news and information on the team Facebook page: CYO – All Saints Roadrunners

The All Saints Roadrunner Track Team is open to all 3rd-8th grade All Saint School and registered All Saints CCD students.  Each athlete must turn in a participant agreement and health form in order to compete.  Forms are available at www.nvjcyo.org – note that there are different forms for Track and Cross Country.

The mission of the Northern Virginia Junior Catholic Youth Organization (NVJCYO), through its member parishes, is to organize sports programs for parish youth from 3rd through 8th grades throughout the Diocese of Arlington, to reinforce Catholic values taught in parish schools and religious education programs.  It is an important component of the comprehensive approach to youth ministry in the Diocese.  The programs administered by NVJCYO are meant not only to encourage healthy physical activity but also to play a significant role in the development of Catholic values in the youth of the Diocese and these activities should foster cooperation, respect, sportsmanship, responsibility, leadership, competitiveness, fairness and courtesy.

***IMPORTANT REMINDERS***

Parent Meeting ~ FACTS Tuition Program (February 21st)

In an effort to provide you detailed information about the change in our tuition program, we will host a meeting for parents on Thursday, February 21st beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the gym.  A representative from FACTS Tuition Management will be available to answer any questions that you might have about this new partnership and the implementation process as we plan for the upcoming year.

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!

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.

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.

Message from the PTO President

Please mark your calendars with the following PTO events in the month ahead:

  • On Saturday, February 16, Linda Gaynord and the Knights of Columbus will host a Family Bingo night.  Please see the Sentinel for an attached flyer giving details regarding the cost, dinner menu and RSVP deadline.
  • Monday, February 18 is President’s day (a school holiday).  Drop in at Chuck E Cheese for an always popular spirit event.  Our school will receive a portion of the proceeds from your attendance.
  • Please make plans to attend the next PTO General Assembly meeting on Monday, February 25. The theme of this meeting is Celebrate Prayer.  Father James Hudgins will be our guest speaker.  Father Hudgins served as one of our parish priests several years ago and he was known for his strong homilies and teaching style.  There are several DVD’s available for check out in the parish library with lecture series that were given by Father Hudgins during his time at All Saints.   Father Hudgins has been asked to speak to us about prayer in family life as well as Catholic traditions that can serve to enhance our daily life and keep our goal of heaven ever present in our thoughts.  Click on the following link for an article written by Father Hudgins about prayer in the online version of the magazine “The Word Among Us”:  http://wau.org/resources/article/re_making_prayer_the_center_of_my_life/.

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, February 14th

–          SCA sponsored Valentine’s Dress Down Day to benefit the American Heart Association ($1.00)

Friday, February 15th

–          Re-registration closes

–          Race for Education mailing labels due

Saturday, February 16th

–          PTO Bingo Night (Knight’s Hall/5:00 p.m.)

Monday, February 18th

–          Holiday – Presidents’ Day

–          Spirit Event: Chuck E. Cheese (12:00-9:00 p.m.)

Thursday, February 21st

–          Parents Meeting – FACTS Tuition Program (gym/7:00 p.m.)

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

Friday, February 22nd

–          Stations of the Cross – Grades 6-8 (2:15 p.m.)

Saturday, February 23rd

–          1st Reconciliation for Second Grade (10:00 a.m.)

Links

¨       Valentine’s Dress Down Day Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Valentine-Flyer-2.pdf

¨      Father Hudgins article about prayer in the online version of the magazine “The Word Among Us”:  http://wau.org/resources/article/re_making_prayer_the_center_of_my_life/.

¨       FACTS Tuition Management Brochure: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=FACTS-Brochure-POM-NL1-30-13.pdf

¨       GASKE Sponsors Form (For those interested in sponsoring school calendars, notepads, & directory by advertising): http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2013/01/Gaske-Ad-NL1-30-13.pdf

¨       Parents Unite Flyer (For 5th through 8th grade parents to hear about parenting their “future teenagers”): http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2013/01/Parents-Unite-NL1-30-13.pdf

The Sentinel ~ February 6, 2013

Principal’s Message

Despite the light snow, more than two hundred parents and community members joined us on Saturday evening for the annual Casino Night & Auction.  As always, it was wonderful to see so many gathered together and enjoying one another’s company, all in support of our school.  From start to finish, the evening was a time of warm fellowship, good food, and lots of laughter.  This year I was delighted that prior members of our PTO leadership, even as far back as the 1990’s, joined us for the celebration.  It would seem that the bonds that link our community are timeless, rooted in a shared faith and treasured memories.

On behalf of the faculty, staff and students, I wish to thank the PTO and the Auction Committee for all of their efforts in support of the event.  I want to extend a special word of thanks to Mrs. Ann Potocnak and Mr. Richard Ulsh who served as Co-Chairs.  Throughout the past year they have worked with great dedication and creativity to organize a first-class event for our community.  I also want to thank Mr. Tessier who once again served as our auctioneer and did a terrific job of encouraging parents to “raise their numbers”.  Finally, I am grateful to the many volunteers who worked behind the scenes, tending to the many details which are so important for an event of this magnitude.  On behalf of the faculty, staff and students, thank you for your commitment to our school!

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With spring just around the corner, we are rapidly approaching “Race” season at All Saints!  Seven years ago All Saints Catholic School launched a tremendously successful fundraiser program, the Race for Education Through the years, the funds donated to our school by family and friends from around the country have enabled us to purchase an ACTIV Board system for every homeroom.  The funds have also supported a variety of other initiatives, including special recognitions for the faculty, the purchase of a kiln for the art room, and contributions to the general operating fund.

Preparations are now underway for the 8th Annual Race for Education which will be held on Thursday, May 2nd.  A packet of important information related to the event will be distributed to students at a special assembly on Friday afternoon.

When reviewing the information packet, you will note that our goal for this year’s Race for Education is $45,000.  As is our tradition, we will continue to donate 15% of the proceeds to St. Jude Childrens’ Research Hospital, an organization that has received $100,000 from our community since the 1990’s.

The remaining funds from the 8th Annual Race for Education will be allocated to the PTO, ultimately benefitting the school through a general fund contribution that enables us to continue to purchase and maintain technology and other educational materials. Students are asked to submit completed mailing labels by Friday, February 15th.  For additional information about this process and the incentives offered to students, please see the information packet.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the event coordinator, Mrs. Marjorie Collins, at 703-365-9686.

Message from the PTO President

Please join me in thanking some very generous parents who gave much of their time and talent to our school last week.  I’d like to offer thanks to Katherine Mills and all the fabulous room liaisons for their work in making Catholic School week special.  Friday afternoon was the annual luncheon hosted by the PTO as a treat to all the teachers, staff and priests.  Gina Michak and Zonia Garcia put on a first class luncheon and completely transformed Father Kelly Hall with lovely decorations.  I’d like to thank Ann Potocnak and Rich Ulsh and their many volunteers for a wonderful Auction & Casino.  We had 200 guests in attendance and there was a strong spirit of community and celebration in the air.  Thank you to all those who were able to join us in supporting the work of the PTO through this important event.

Please mark your calendars with the following PTO events in the month ahead.  On Saturday, February 16, Linda Gaynord and the Knights of Columbus will host a Family Bingo night.  Please see the Sentinel for an attached flyer giving details regarding the cost, dinner menu and RSVP deadline. Monday, February 18 is President’s day (a school holiday).  Drop in at Chuck E Cheese for an always popular spirit event.  Our school will receive a portion of the proceeds from your attendance.

Finally, I urge you to make plans to attend the next PTO General Assembly meeting on Monday, February 25.  The theme of this meeting is Celebrate Prayer.  I am delighted to announce that Father James Hudgins will be our guest speaker.  Father Hudgins served as one of our parish priests several years ago and he was known for his strong homilies and teaching style.  In fact, there are several DVD’s available for check out in the parish library with lecture series that were given by Father Hudgins during his time at All Saints.  We have asked Father Hudgins to speak to us about prayer in family life as well as Catholic traditions that can serve to enhance our daily life and keep our goal of heaven ever present in our thoughts.  I have linked an article written by Father Hudgins about prayer in the online version of the magazine “The Word Among Us”:  http://wau.org/resources/article/re_making_prayer_the_center_of_my_life/.

In gratitude for the many blessings of this school community,

Christian Cobb

Re-Registration Forms ~ Reminder

Parents are asked to complete all of the forms and return them to the office no later than Friday, February 15th.   Since registration of new students begins on February 7th, it is important that parents return the forms by the deadline in order to insure that a place is reserved for each child who will be returning for the upcoming year.  Note: Application packets for sibling students new to the school will be distributed to families on Thursday, February 7th.  Look for this information to come home with your children tomorrow.

Parent Meeting ~ FACTS Tuition Program (February 21st)

In an effort to provide you detailed information about the change in our tuition program, we will host a meeting for parents on Thursday, February 21st beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the gym.  A representative from FACTS Tuition Management will be available to answer any questions that you might have about this new partnership and the implementation process as we plan for the upcoming year.

Virtue of the Month Award Winners

Congratulations to the following students who received special recognition last week for having exemplified the Virtue of Compassion during January.

Logan R. (PreK-1)

Ellie Y. (PreK-2)

Gianna S. (PreK-3)

Ashley K. (K1)

Jennifer G. (K2)

Camden S. (1A)

Elizabeth R. (1B)

Joseph D. (2A)

Logan B. (2B)

Jacob C. (3A)

Jackson S. (3B)

Matthew K. (4A)

Kyleah A. (4B)

Christian C. (5A)

Patrick B. (5B)

Collin F. (6A)

Lauren S. (6B)

Lauren G. (7A)

Brightney V. (7B)

Jazmine K. (8A)

Carolyn K. (8B)

Virtue of the Month ~ Honesty

  1. Admit when you do something wrong.  Don’t put the blame on others.
  2. Do all of your own work and put your best effort into it.  Don’t look at other student’s papers.
  3. Be true to your word and your beliefs.
  4. If you forget your homework, tell the truth.  Accept the consequences.
  5. If you find money try to find out who it belongs to.
  6. Always ask before borrowing something.
  7. Give back what you borrow in good condition.
  8. Be honest when you correct your own paper or someone else’s.  Circle all the mistakes.
  9. If you make a promise, keep it.

Prayer of the Month

Lord Jesus,

You know me well and you see what is going on in my heart.

I am sure you understand me and want to help me.

Please give me the courage to resist temptations of all kinds,

and practice the virtue of Honesty in all I think, say, and do.

Let your Spirit rekindle in my heart the desire to act right,

and give me wonderful ideas to help others act right too.

Amen.

Spelling Bee Winners

Congratulations to Megan Stalker (8B) who was the winner of last week’s Spelling Bee and to Brooke Stidham (6A) who won second place in the event.  Megan will represent our school at the diocesan competition on Saturday, March 2nd.   The following is a list of grade level winners who participated in the annual school-wide bee.

6A:
Winner: Brooke S.
2nd Place: Jack T.

6B:
Winner: Mary T.
2nd Place: Elisa S.

7A:
Winner: Rachel C.
2nd Place: Reem V.

7B:
Winner: Drew D.

2nd place: Bradley M.
Alternate: Sammy G.

8A;
Winner: An N.

2nd place: Kelly T.

Alternate: Erika C.
8B:
Winner: Viv P.
2nd place: Megan S.

2014-2014 Fee Schedule Correction

There was an error in the Discount Fee Schedule distributed last week.  Note:  The correct tuition for a family with four students attending All Saints and paying tuition in full by May 31st is $13,443.  A copy of the correct discount fee schedule is linked to this week’s newsletter.

WINTER CABARET ~  presented by Upper Room Theatre Ministry of All Saints Church

  • Friday & Saturday Night, February 8-9 Doors open 6:30 and show starts 7:30pm

Musical Theatre Revue Broadway Song & Dance from past URTM Musical soloists

ONE ACT: “Check Please!” Comic Play presented by Teens on its way to competition

FOOLS! Comedy Improv ala Who’ Line is It Anyway?, this Catholic Comedy group will make you laugh

Mark Brandt Trio from 6:40-7:30pm, be entertained by brilliant music

Food & Drink Full Service Waiters from our Confirmation Class serve up excellent snacks, desserts, & drinks

  • Cost $7/person tickets sold at the door; box opens at 6:00pm; all proceeds support All Saints Youth Ministry

Volunteers Needed for Funeral Ministry

The All Saints Funeral Ministry is in need of volunteers to make or buy dishes for funeral receptions.  You will receive 10 Points for Parents for your donation.  Please contact Maria Foreman, 703-901-4663,mariafore@msn.com if you are interested in helping.

All Saints Band Shirt Order

All Saints Band Parents:  We will be placing an order for band shirts, please email any questions and your order with the student’s name, class/teacher, and shirt size to Pam Hardy at beabear@verizon.net .  See Attached flyer for more details.  Final day to submit orders will be Tuesday, February 26th.

***Reminder that girls have the option of wearing a Long Black Skirt.  Please make sure that the skirt is below the knee when sitting.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

2012-2013 Yearbook Order Forms

Yearbook order forms were distributed two weeks ago.  Be sure to place your order soon for the 2012-2013 book of memories.

Open House for 2013-2014 School Year – Tomorrow

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!

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

Wednesday, February 6th

–          Golf Tournament Committee Meeting (2:00 p.m.)

Thursday, February 7th

–          Open House (9:00 a.m.)

–          Open Registration for New Students Begins

Friday, February 8th

–          School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

–          Race for Education Kick-off Assembly (2:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, February 13th

–          Ash Wednesday Mass (10:00 a.m.)

Thursday, February 14th

–          SCA sponsored Valentine’s Dress Down Day to benefit the American Heart Association

Friday, February 15th

–          Re-registration closes

–          Race for Education mailing labels due

Saturday, February 16th

–          PTO Bingo Night (Knight’s Hall/5:00 p.m.)

 

Links

¨       Corrected Fee Scheudle ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=2-6-13-FEE-SCHEDULE-2013-2014.pdf

¨       Band Shirt Orders ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=2-6-13-Band-Shirt-Order-by-Feb-26-2013.pdf

¨      Father Hudgins article about prayer in the online version of the magazine “The Word Among Us”:  http://wau.org/resources/article/re_making_prayer_the_center_of_my_life/.

¨       FACTS Tuition Management Brochure: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=FACTS-Brochure-POM-NL1-30-13.pdf

¨       February Bingo Night Flyer: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2013/01/Bingo-Flyer-NL1-30-13.pdf

¨       GASKE Sponsors Form (For those interested in sponsoring school calendars, notepads, & directory by advertising): http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2013/01/Gaske-Ad-NL1-30-13.pdf

¨       Second Ten Commandments Hike Information & Flyer: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2013/01/2nd-10-Commandments-Hike-NL1-30-12.pdf    and

http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2013/01/2013-Ten-Commandments-Hike-Flyer-NL1-30-13.pdf

¨       Parents Unite Flyer (For 5th through 8th grade parents to hear about parenting their “future teenagers”): http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2013/01/Parents-Unite-NL1-30-13.pdf

The Sentinel ~ January 30, 2013

Principal’s Message

It has been a joy meeting prospective families who have visited the school recently to receive a tour or to attend one of our Open House events.  I thank you for continuing to share our success story as that is the number one way that parents in our community learn about All Saints.  In fact, just last week I had a chance encounter with a couple who had stopped by the school.  When I inquired whether they were visiting to participate in a tour, the father responded, “No, I’m not here for a tour.  I’m here to enroll my son.”  I smiled in response, recognizing that he had already heard wonderful things about our program and had made his decision, even before stepping through the front door of our school.  Again, thank you for sharing our story!

As we continue to plan for re-registration of current students and enrollment of new families, I wish to share with you this week some important information regarding our financial program for the upcoming year.

Important Re-registration Information

Friday each family will receive re-registration forms for the 2013-2014 academic year.   Parents are asked to complete all of the forms and return them to the office no later than Friday, February 15th.   Since registration of new students will begin on February 7th, it is important that parents return the enclosed forms by the deadline in order to insure that a place is reserved for each child who will be returning in the fall.

(Please note: Registration of students new to All Saints, including siblings who will be eligible by age for Pre-Kindergarten, will begin on February 7th.  Separate forms related to this initial registration process will automatically be sent home to parents who have already expressed interest in enrolling another child in our program.)

Tuition for grades K-8 will increase by 2% for the upcoming year.  This equates to the following increase per family per month:

            1 Child              $  9.80

2 Children         $15.70

3 Children         $21.30

4 Children         $26.90

Pre-Kindergarten tuition will increase from $2250 to $2400.

One of the reasons that we are able to maintain affordable tuition rates, one of the lowest in the Arlington Diocese, is through the continued support of our parish community.  In addition to providing significant funding for maintenance and utilities costs, the parish continues to provide subsidy to the school in the amount of $240,000 per year.  Subsequently, parishioners are extended a “discount” and are asked to pay less than what it actually costs the school/parish to provide educational services.  The parish is able to offer this discount with the understanding that those same families are contributing to and participating in the life of the parish on a regular basis.  We also continue to benefit from the generous support of our PTO.  In generating approximately $80,000 in annual revenue, the PTO helps defer the costs of both special projects as well as operating expenses.

New Tuition Management Company

Since the stability of our school and the quality of its programs are of the utmost importance, we consistently seek ways to make improvements that benefit everyone.  With this in mind, after research and much consideration, we have decided to partner with FACTS Management Company for the processing of tuition as well as financial aid assessments beginning with the 2013-2014 academic year.  With more than 50% of the schools in the Diocese of Arlington now working with FACTS, including three of the high schools, we will be partnering with a company that not only has a proven record of effectiveness in our region but that is also the most widely used by schools nationwide.

This decision has been based on a number of factors, all of which I believe will provide a higher level of convenience for parents and increased value for our school community.  Most significantly, I am confident that this new partnership will result in a more efficient tuition collection process, thereby reducing costs for the school.  As such, we are pleased to have been able to limit the rate of tuition increase to 2% for the new year.

One benefit of the FACTS program is that parents will now have three options for payment:

1)      Payment in Full (May 31st)

2)      Semester Payments (May 31st & November 30th)

3)      Monthly Payments (10th or 20th of each month, August – May)

Those parents who opt for the monthly program will submit payments via electronic funds transfer (EFT) using the FACTS automated payment system.  What this means is that parents will preauthorize their bank or credit card company to transfer funds to the school on one of the dates pre-selected by the school,  i.e. the 10th or 20thof each month.  This process will provide tremendous convenience for parents as the transfer of payment can be initiated from one’s computer using checking/savings accounts or credit card payments.  Parents can enjoy the confidence and peace of mind that comes from knowing that all payments are processed securely through a bank- to- bank transaction and that FACTS maintains physical, procedural, and electronic safeguards.

Linked to this week’s letter is an electronic brochure from FACTS that provides a brief overview as well as a list of frequently asked questions.  In an effort to provide you detailed information about this change in our tuition program, we will also host a meeting for parents on Thursday, February 21st beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the gym.

During the month of April all parents will receive an invite in the mail from FACTS that includes instructions regarding the selection of payment options for the upcoming year.  I am pleased to share with you that this enrollment process will be completely automated and that you will have the opportunity to enroll your family via a secure website in accordance with the payment plan you select.  The FACTS fee of $43.00 will only be applied to those families who enroll in the ten month payment plan.  Those families who opt to submit semi-annual payments will be assessed only a $10.00 fee.  As in the past, there is no fee for those who choose to submit payment in full by the close of May.  While these families need not enroll in the FACTS program, all payments will be submitted directly to FACTS via an invoice process.

One of the universal challenges in education is achieving a balance between our educational mission and financial stability.  It is precisely for this reason that we are enlisting the assistance of the FACTS Management Company.  With FACTS, however, the school maintains decision-making control.  As always, we will continue to work with families in the event that special circumstances or hardships arise during the school year.

Finally, I wish to share with you that there will be a change regarding the rate of discount for those families who opt to pay in full.  Rather than the previous rate of 5%, those parents who select this option will be eligible for a 2% tuition reduction.  This new calculation is aligned with current interest rate trends and corresponds with that which is available through the Diocesan Interest and Loan account into which tuition funds are deposited.

In summary, here is a list of key changes:

1)      FACTS will be our new tuition company.

2)      Parents will now have the additional option of submitting two payments over the course of the year.

3)      Families who enroll in the 10 month plan will submit all funds via electronic transfer.

4)      The rate of discount for Payment in Full will be 2%.

Again, much more information will be provided in the months ahead.  In the meantime, should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to let me know.

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On this occasion of Catholic Schools Week, we pause to celebrate our heritage and reflect on our mission.  Let us always remember that it is not our strong academics and sense of structure and order that set us apart, though these are tell-tale signs of a Catholic school.  Rather, it is the fact that our students encounter daily the person of Christ through prayer, the Sacraments and one another.  This experience, repeated day after day, month after month, year after year, is nothing short of life-changing and life-giving.

As a Catholic school, we do share in a tradition of academic excellence.  Within our classrooms and hallways, faculty & staff provide our children with the very best educational opportunities.  We are truly blessed to have such a talented and dynamic group of professionals working with the children each day.  Through their daily example, their passion for educating young people, and their professionalism, they have taken our school to great heights.  Through their commitment and with the generosity of our parish community, our students are afforded a first-class educational experience that integrates 21st Century learning tools with well-established best practices.

Of course, without the support of parents and our wonderful PTO, we would not have the tools and resources that are such an important part of our daily life.  At All Saints, parent involvement is recognized as fundamental to the success of our school and we are immensely grateful for the steadfast partnership that we enjoy with you.

On behalf of the faculty & staff, I wish to thank you for entrusting your children to us.  It remains a great privilege for us to have the opportunity to work closely with you in support of your child’s development.  We thank you for choosing All Saints and look forward to having your family as part of our “school family” for years to come.  Happy Catholic Schools Week!

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Message from the PTO president,

Dear Parents, There is so much going on at All Saints right now!  As I reminded you at Back-to-School night, every parent of an All Saints student is a member of the PTO.  You have ownership in all our many accomplishments.  I want to give you a brief update on what is going on right now through your PTO.

This Saturday, February 2 is the All Saints Casino & Auction.  The event takes place at the Portuguese Community Center, which is just a block away from the school behind the new townhouse development.  I especially want to encourage new families and all those who have never been to the auction before to join me there.  I was reluctant to attend as a new parent.  Social anxiety got the better of me.  However, I have since learned it is a VERY fun evening.  The casino is run by professionals who are there to help you have fun and all ‘gambling’ is done with funny (fake) money.  The atmosphere is relaxed and the hors d’oeuvres are tasty!  The auction is both live & silent.  There are items to bid on which suit many different interests and price ranges.  I can’t wait for you to see all the class gifts that the children have been working on, along with a dedicated group of volunteers.

In other PTO news, the teachers will be enjoying a delicious Catholic School Week luncheon on Friday afternoon which is being coordinated by Mrs. Gina Michak and Mrs. Zonia Garcia.   The children will receive free ice cream on Thursday as part of student appreciation day.  I am  very pleased to announce that Family Bingo night coordinated by Mrs. Linda Gaynord is on the schedule for February 16.  More information about Bingo is included in today’s Sentinel.

Last week the teachers received the mid year classroom refresher fund.  It is provided twice a year so that each teacher can purchase supplies to enhance their teaching supplies.  I am enclosing one of the thank you letter’s I received as a result of this gift.  This is a thank you note to you!

In gratitude for your gifts of time, talent, and treasure to the PTO,

Christian Cobb

Dear Mrs. Cobb and PTO members,

¡Gracias! Thank you for the mid-year classroom refresher fund! It was a very generous gift! I plan to use it towards new dry-erase markers and classroom decorations! As a new member of the All Saints community, I am in love with the culture created here. The parents, faculty and staff are ALL IN for the students. I feel so blessed to start my teaching career here! Thank you and the PTO for all that you do!

Sincerely,

Señor Roy

Catholic Schools Week Schedule

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.)

2013 Arlington Diocese Honor Band

Congratulations to the following students for being accepted into this year’s Arlington Diocese Honor Band:

Brightney Varghese – Clarinet

Nick Mills – Tuba

Chiera Ingignoli – Flute

Dylan Scheaffer – Tenor Sax

These students will attend rehearsals and a final performance at Bishop Ireton High School with about 85 other student musicians from around the diocese.

Calling all Labels!

Update on the Labels for Education Program

Thanks to the generosity of the All Saints Community our school has submitted over 7,000 to the Labels for

Education program during its Book Bonanza program.  As a result the school will be receiving 20 free library books courtesy of Scholastic Books.

The Labels for Education program is currently offerning a bonus points program.  So if you

have any Campbell’s or Pepperidge Farm (think Goldfish!) labels please turn them in.  We need

125 of each in order to collect another 1500 points.  Our goal is 15,000 points by the end of the

school year to allow Mr. Redmond to order new sports equipment for the school.

Update on the Boxtops for Education
Again thanks to the generosity of the All Saints community the school recently received a check

for over $800.  Our next submission deadline is March 1, 2013 so please send in those labels or

attach them to one of the sheets listed here!

http://www.labelsforeducation.com/Portals/0/assets/pdf/1Point%20Product%20UPC%20Collection%20Sheet.pdf

http://www.labelsforeducation.com/Portals/0/assets/pdf/5point%20Product%20UPC%20Collection%20Sheet.pdf
http://www.labelsforeducation.com/Portals/0/assets/pdf/10-Point%20Product%20UPC%20Collection%20Sheet.pdf
Thank you so much and God Bless you all!

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

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

2012-2013 Yearbook Order Forms

Yearbook order forms were distributed last week.  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 7th 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.

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!

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 entitledKeeping 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

Friday, February 1st

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

–          Middle School “Demerit Free Breakfast (9:30 a.m.)

–          Spelling Bee (gym/10:30 a.m.)

–          Noon Dismissal – Faculty & Staff Luncheon

–          Re-registration for 2013-2014 begins

Saturday, February 2nd

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

Monday, February 4th

–          SCA hot chocolate sale for middle school at lunch to benefit Christ House

Tuesday, February 5th

–          Picture Day: Teams, Clubs & Candids

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

Wednesday, February 6th

–          Golf Tournament Committee Meeting (2:00 p.m.)

Thursday, February 7th

–          Open House (9:00 a.m.)

–          Open Registration for New Students Begins

Friday, February 8th

–          Race for Education Kick-off Assembly (2:30 p.m.)

 

LINKS ~

¨       FACTS Tuition Management Brochure: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=FACTS-Brochure-POM-NL1-30-13.pdf

¨       February Bingo Night Flyer: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2013/01/Bingo-Flyer-NL1-30-13.pdf

¨       GASKE Sponsors Form (For those interested in sponsoring school calendars, notepads, & directory by advertising): http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2013/01/Gaske-Ad-NL1-30-13.pdf

¨       Second Ten Commandments Hike Information & Flyer: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2013/01/2nd-10-Commandments-Hike-NL1-30-12.pdf    and

http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2013/01/2013-Ten-Commandments-Hike-Flyer-NL1-30-13.pdf

¨       Parents Unite Flyer (For 5th through 8th grade parents to hear about parenting their “future teenagers”):  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2013/01/Parents-Unite-NL1-30-13.pdf