The Sentinel ~ March 27, 2013

Principal’s Message

As spring approaches, plans are already well underway for our end of year events & celebrations.  Due to inclement weather cancellations this year, it will be necessary for us to incorporate the three additional days of instruction included in our school calendar.  As such, Friday, June 14th will be the final day for students in grades 1-7.

The following is a list of key events that will mark the closing of the 2012-2013 academic year.

Wednesday, May 29th Field Day at Linton Hall School (Grades K-8)

Thursday, May 30th     Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten

Monday, June 10th       8th Grade Graduation Day (Mass & Ceremony at 7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, June 12th Kindergarten Luau

Thursday, June 13th     Kindergarten Graduation (10:00 a.m.)

Friday, June 14th          Final Day for Students in Grades 1-7

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On behalf of the faculty & staff, I wish you and your family a blessed celebration of Easter and a relaxing holiday!

Prayers & Pennies Outreach

Thanks to the generosity of our students, a total of $2,024.00 was raised through the recent Prayers and Pennies project sponsored by the Student Council Association.  These funds will be used to subsidize the education of a student in Africa who has benefitted from our support over the course of a number of years.

The following is a list of the winning classes for the grade level competitions:

K2                   3B                    6B

1A                   4A                   7B

2A                   5B                    8B

Congratulations to the students in the 5th grade who, having contributed a total of $347.18, won the grand prize for this year’s competition!

FACTS Tuition Program – 2013-2014

During the month of May all parents will receive an “invite” in the mail from FACTS that includes instructions regarding the selection of payment options for the upcoming year.  This enrollment process will be completely automated and 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.  Note:  This is a change from prior practice.  Rather than submitting payment in full to the school office, parents will be asked to forward these funds directly to FACTS.

Families from other parishes who have not yet requested an official letter confirming their registration are asked to do so as soon as possible.  It is our hope to have all of this information received prior to the close of April so that we can confirm tuition rates for each of our families prior to distributing the FACTS “invites” in May. Should you have any questions about this process or wish to verify the status of your paperwork, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio at 703-393-1490.

Virtue of the Month Award Winners

Congratulations to the following students who received special recognition this morning for having exemplified the Virtue of Cooperation during March.

PK1     Mikayla                     4A       Samantha A.

PK2     Isabel C.                    4B        Erin B.

PK3     Elaine B.                    5A       Abigail S.

K1       Matthew A.               5B        Bianca M.

K2       Grace T.                     6A       Madeleine M.

1A       Ester P.                       6B        Elisa S.

1B        Max S.                         7A       Rachel C.

2A       Noelle C.                     7B        Kimberly F.

2B        Kevin B.                      8A       Lauren Ashley J.

3A       Sarah B.                       8B        Megan W.

3B        Nina H.

Prayer of the Month

Dear God,

Thank you so much for this wonderful day.

Thanks for the friends who showed me the way.

Please help me today in all that I do,

and don’t forget God, how much I love you!

Virtue of the Month ~ Stewardship/Service

  1. Do random acts of kindness every day.
    1. Always be there to help a classmate or a teacher who needs you.
    2. Take care of all classroom furniture, books and papers.
    3. Take care of your library book and return it on time.
    4. Don’t waste paper.  Use both sides.
    5. Pick up paper, pencils, and items you see on the ground inside and outside, EVEN IF YOU DID NOT DROP THEM.  Put them in their proper place.
    6. Put all papers, cans, and bottles in the proper recycling bin.  Never throw away something that can be recycled, both at home and at school.
    7. Find ways to help at home BEFORE you are asked.  Examples: make your bed, clear the table, walk the dog, read to a little brother or sister, clean up your mess, take out the trash.
    8. Treat all nature with respect. (Flowers, grass, trees, water, pets, wild animals.)
    9.  Help all people in need, especially those less fortunate than yourself.  Give food, clothes, and money to the poor.  Smile at someone who looks sad.  Pray for all people in need around the world.

Diocesan Band Festival ~ Superior Rating for All Saints!

Last Saturday the students in the Advanced Band under the direction of Mr. Ward participated in the annual Diocesan Band Assessment at Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria.  Congratulations to the members of our band for earning not one, but two “Superior” ratings!  The band performed three pieces and was praised for the diversity and variety of styles in their program.  This marks the 35th time that the All Saints Band has scored superior at the diocesan band festival!  Thank you, Mr. Ward and Mr. Moccio, for the outstanding leadership and inspiration that you provide for our students!

The band will perform a spring concert for our community on Tuesday, May 21st beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Gym.

Kidstuff Sale sponsored by MARCH and the Squire Roses

When:  Saturday, April 6th 8am-12pm                        Where: Knights of Columbus Hall

Gently used items for sale – shoes, socks, clothes, coats, gloves, hats, toys, movies, books, baby gear, and kids furniture.  Donations would be gladly accepted and can be dropped off at Knights of Columbus Hall on Friday April 5th afternoon/evening.  Any items left over will be donated to House of Mercy or AAA Women for Choice. A portion of sales will be donated to AAA.

Please contact Kelley Witter kelleywitter@yahoo.com or Mary Lewandowski res19qf7@verizon.net for additional details/donation pickup/dropoff.

Message from the PTO President

On behalf of the PTO, I’d like to thank Mrs. Cathy Hammerstrom and her generous volunteers for making the March 20th Soup Supper so terrific!  It was well attended, well run and a great community event.  How wonderful that it also will help the poor in our area through more than $200 collected in free-will donations to the St. Vincent DePaul Society.

You are invited and encouraged to support All Saints Parish through another PTO event.  The All Saints Parish festival will again feature the very popular Cake Walk coordinated by Mrs. Tera Wolf and supported by our school families. You will find the Cake Walk sign-up form linked to today’s newsletter.

Finally, thank you all for your ongoing support of the Race for Education run by Mrs. Marjorie Collins.  It is because of your support of our fundraisers that we are able to accomplish the many community building activities throughout the year such as the Welcome Back BBQ and the Catholic School week luncheon.

Have a blessed Easter!

Christian Cobb

PTO President

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Terra Nova Testing Countdown ~ 3 Weeks!

As the week of standardized testing approaches, parents are asked to avoid scheduling appointments from Friday, April 19th – Tuesday, April 30th so that each student may participate in the testing as scheduled. (Note: Due to the holiday scheduled in support of the Parish Festival, testing will begin on Friday, April 19th.)

Field Day Announced ~ May 29th 

Field Day for Grades K-8 will take place on the grounds of Linton Hall School in Bristow on Wednesday, May 29th.  Mark your calendars now for what promises to be a great day of activities and fellowship for our school families.

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, April 11th

Monday, May 13th

Upcoming Events

Thursday, March 28th

–          Holy Thursday Prayer Service (Church/9:30 a.m.)

–          7th Grade Passion Play (Gym/10:45 a.m.)

–          Noon Dismissal

Friday, March 29th

–          Holiday – Good Friday

Monday, April 1st

–          Week of Easter Holiday

Saturday, April 6th

–          National Park Clean-Up Activity sponsored by Mrs. Slovenkay

Monday, April 8th

–          Classes Resume

–          Transition to “Summer Uniform”

–          Prayer Service (Gym/8:15 a.m.)

Tuesday, April 9th

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

Thursday, April 11th

–          Race for Education Volunteer Training (9:00 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.)

Friday, April 12th

–          8th Grade Confirmation Retreat

–          3rd Quarter Report Cards distributed to students

Links

Cake Walk Sign-Up Form:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050E45A5AA2FA57-cake

The Sentinel ~ March 20, 2013

Principal’s Message

During our annual celebration of Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week in January, we announced our plans to introduce the Ambassadors Program, a distinct opportunity for select students from each grade level to serve as positive role models and facilitators of communication between faculty, staff and students.  After attending an after school training coordinated by Mrs. Karcher and Mrs. Brown last week, the newly selected students were introduced as Ambassadors to their classmates yesterday and presented an official pin symbolizing their leadership role.  As part of the classroom ceremonies, the students made the following promises:

I promise to be a compassionate listener when a classmate comes to me with a bullying situation or conflict.

I promise to keep any information that is shared with me private from other students, only sharing it with a teacher, a staff member, or the counselor.

I will bring any concerns to an adult immediately.

I will treat all students with respect and be a good example by not participating in bullying behavior or being a bystander.

Congratulations to all of our new Ambassadors who will help us to create a bully-free zone at All Saints!

 

2A: Rudolph G. & Hailey R.

2B: Logan B. & Catherine G.

3A: Dan C. & Isabella C.n

3B: Jack S. & Alexa B.

4A: Grady B.& Jenna D.

4B: Natalia R. & Jacob U.

5A: Katherine D. & Paddy D.

5B: Bianca M. & Nico B.

6A: Collin F. & Brooke S.

6B: Lance C. & Hannah P.l

7A: Jessica H. & Chris D.

7B: Rachel E. & Drew D.

8A: Ayla P. & Daniel J.

8B: Dane L. & Vivienne P.

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Next week our Church celebrates the greatest mystery of our faith ~ the Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord and Savior.  As a school community, we prepare for our journey into the three holiest days of the year, the Triduum, through prayer and tradition.

Beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 28th, the students and faculty will gather in the church for our annual Holy Thursday Prayer Service.  After listening to Scripture readings and reflecting on the example of Jesus, each of the children will participate in the “hand-washing” ceremony that has become a long-standing tradition in our school.

Following the prayer service, the students will gather in the gym for the 7th grade portrayal of the Passion Play.  Through music and dramatic presentation, middle school students will prayerfully re-enact Christ’s passion and death.  As the students depart the gym in silence following the presentation, the tone will be set for their continued reflection and prayer over the course of the coming days.

All parents and guardians are cordially invited to join us in prayer and to witness these beautiful school traditions.

Terra Nova Testing Countdown ~ 4 Weeks!

As the week of standardized testing approaches, parents are asked to avoid scheduling appointments from Friday, April 19th – Tuesday, April 30th so that each student may participate in the testing as scheduled. (Note: Due to the holiday scheduled for the Parish Festival, testing will begin on Friday, April 19th.)

Annual Fund Update

Our Making a Difference, Every Day Annual Fund campaign is an on-going effort to provide our students with:

  • New opportunities related to technology, math and science in support of 21st century careers
  • Tuition aid for families in need

How Are We Doing?
We have already received completed commitments from over 50% of All Saints faculty/staff members and 10% of our parent community. We have received pledges for continued participation in school activities, and over 40 prayers of support, including:

  • During family prayer, we will dedicate one decade of the Rosary each week
  • Attend an extra Mass each week
  • Daily campaign prayer and Adoration

In terms of financial participation, we have received nearly $7,000 in financial gifts. (That’s with a relatively small percentage of respondents, so just imagine the possibilities once we receive everyone’s commitments.) Our next goal is to double our current contributions to reach the $14,000 mark before Easter, but we need your help.

Keep Forgetting to Turn in Your Commitment Form?

We are looking forward to hearing from you if you haven’t yet submitted your commitment form. Remember, there are 3 ways to participate. You can show your support through:

  • Gifts of Prayer
  • Gifts of Involvement
  • Gifts of Financial Participation

We invite you to use this time prior to Easter to recommit to our school through your prayerful discernment and participation in The Legacy Fund through gifts of prayer, involvement and financial contribution.

  • 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.

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.

***Important Message About Matching Gifts***

Does your company offer Matching Gifts? This is a great way to participate in our annual fund campaign and support the school by doubling or even tripling your gift! Check with your human resources department for details. It’s as easy as enclosing a form from your employer along with your donation. We’ll do the rest!

Spotlight Drama & Art Summer Camps this July – Registration Open

Available for all age groups, these Theatrical & Artistic one week camps are taught by area Catholic professionals involved in arts education.  Directed by All Saints Youth & Theatre Ministry Director, Rob Tessier, Spotlight on the Arts features Camp Broadway, Drama Bootcamp, Arts & Crafts Fun Camp, Art Explorer Camp, and Creative Kids Everything Camp.  Camp locations at All Saints School & at St. Mark School in Vienna.  Registrations are now open with an Early-Bird special available through Tax Day!  Copies of the brochure and registration are coming home today with each child.  For a pdf brochure & registration, simply go to the School Website front page or email SpotlightCamps@gmail.com.

NJHS Easter Basket Raffle

The NJHS will be raffling three Easter baskets.  The Easter baskets will be filled with candy, prizes, and many other goodies.  Tickets will be on sale all next week during the each shift for .50¢ each or 3 for $1.00.  Half of the proceeds will go to BARN.

A message from the Spirit Events Committee Chairperson
Greetings All Saints Family!

I wanted to thank so many of you for your support at our recent Spirit Events. As a result of your generous patronage at Chuck E. Cheese, we received a check for almost $1200! Whew hoo! Thank you all!

A special thank you to our wonderful teachers who kindly sacrificed their time at our Captain Pell’s evening this past Friday. I know that all who attended had a truly excellent meal!

Finally this is a reminder to mark your calendars for the date change for the Skate-n-Fun Zone evening. It has been changed to Thursday, April 25th from 6-8:30 p.m. We have the next day off due to the Parish Festival, so you can skate the night away while listening to wonderful Christian music! Hopefully we will see many of you there. If you would like to act as a chaperone, then please contact me. All volunteers at the event must be Virtus Trained and have completed the background check.

Thanks again for all of your support!
Megan Davies meggie.davies@verizon.net

 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Schedule of Lenten Confessions

Wednesday, March 20th                       7th grade

Friday,             March 22nd                   8th grade

Field Day Announced ~ May 29th 

Field Day for Grades K-8 will take place on the grounds of Linton Hall School in Bristow on Wednesday, May 29th.  Mark your calendars now for what promises to be a great day of activities and fellowship for our school families.

Help Plan our 13th Annual Golf Tournament
All Saints will be sponsoring its annual golf tournament on Monday, June 24th at Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, VA. We are looking for individuals to join our Golf Tournament Committee to help plan this fun-filled event. There are many ways to help with this “Points for Parents” activity and you don’t have to be a golfer to participate.  If you would like to join in our efforts to put together an outstanding golf event for our parish and school community, please contact Janis DeVore at jdevore@allsaintsva.org.

P.S. – Please note that you can choose to help with planning the event and/or assisting us on the day of the tournament.  Since the event will be held after the end of the school year, you can earn Points for Parents for the 2013-14 school year!                                                                             

8th Annual Race for Education

There are two opportunities coming up to help with the race and earn points for parents.

On March 25th, 26th, & 27th, we will gather after school, in the gym from 3 – 5 pm to prepare the mailers before they are mailed. All parents are welcome to help on any of these days to earn points for parents.  All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students can earn service hours by helping any of these days. Permission slips were sent home this week and a link is provided below. They need to be returned by Thursday, March 21, 2013.

The Race for Education will begin its Record Keeping phase the week of April 15th.  Anyone interested in volunteering should complete and return the volunteer form, linked below, or call or email Marjorie Collins at 703-365-9686, marjorie@ocfmail.com.

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, April 11th

Monday, May 13th

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, March 20th

–          Confessions – Grade 7

–          3rd Quarter Lock-Down Drill

–          PTO sponsored Lenten Soup Supper (Gym/5:00 – 6:45 p.m.)

Friday, March 22nd

–          School Mass & First Communions for Stefany Martinez (8th grade) and Jamie Jameson (7th grade) (8:30 a.m.)

–          Confessions – Grade 8

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

–          Peace & Justice Players Field Trip (3:10-4:45 p.m.)

Saturday, March 23rd

–          Diocesan Band Festival

Monday, March 25th

–          Spring Pictures (Students wear uniforms for class photos)

–          Confessions – Grade 6 (rescheduled)

Wednesday, March 27th

–          Virtues Ceremony (Gym/8:15 a.m.)

Thursday, March 28th

–          Holy Thursday Prayer Service (Church/9:30 a.m.)

–          7th Grade Passion Play (Gym/10:45 a.m.)

–          Noon Dismissal

Friday, March 29th

–          Holiday – Good Friday

Monday, April 1st

–          Week of Easter Holiday

Coming Home with Each Student

¨       School Picture Day Forms ~ Students are to wear school uniform for class pictures.

¨       2013 Spotlight on the Arts Summer  Brochure / Registration Form

Links

Spotlight on the Arts – Registration Open

Registration is now open for Camp Broadway, Drama Bootcamp, Arts & Crafts Fun Camp, Art Explorer Camp, or our newest addition for our youngest campers the Creative Kids Everything Camp! The two locations this year will be St. Mark in Vienna and All Saints in Manassas.

Camps will be held during the last two weeks in July. We’ve got some great additions to our Teaching Staff, so be sure to read the bios on the bottom of the inside page. As always, there are Early Bird Discounts & Multiple Child Discounts… $15 off per camp if submitted by Tax Day!

Spotlight on the Arts brochure

CYO Basketball – Season Recap

Congratulations to all of our winning CYO basketball teams and thank you to the coaches and parents who supported the program throughout the season.  We are proud of your accomplishments and your outstanding representation of our community!

8th Grade Boys (Coach Espos/Ella) – 3rd Place in regular season/2nd Place in Tournament

8th Grade Boys (Coach McCabe/Gaynord) – 3rd Place in regular season/Tournament Champions (Div. 5)

8th Grade Girls (Coach Caturano) – 3rd Place in regular season/Tournament Champions

8th Grade Girls (Coach Goldsmith) – 3rd Place in regular season/Tournament Champions (Div. 6)

7th Grade Boys (Coach Magee/Waddy) – 3rd Place in Tournament

7th Grade Boys (Coach Michak/Seigel) – 2nd Place in Tournament

7th Grade Girls (Coach Espos/Cadle) – 3rd Place in Tournament

7th Grade Girls (Coach Kreitzer/Kreitzer) – Regular season Champions

6th Grade Girls (Coach Carter) – 3rd Place in Tournament

5th Grade Boys (Coach Rice/Rice) – 2nd Place in Tournament

5th Grade Girls (Coach Seigel/Seigel) – Regular season Champions/Tournament Champions

4th Grade Girls (Coach Gray) – Sportsmanship Award

The Sentinel ~ March 5, 2013

Principal’s Message

This week I would like to provide you with an update regarding the results of our first ever Annual Fund effort.  With two months remaining for faculty, staff & parents to contribute, we remain excited about the potential of this endeavor and its impact on learning in our school community.

Our Making a Difference, Every Day Annual Fund campaign is an on-going effort to provide our students with:

  • New opportunities related to technology, math and science in support of 21st century careers
  • Tuition aid for families in need

How Are We Doing?
We have already received completed commitments from over 50% of All Saints faculty/staff members and 10% of our parent community. We have received pledges for continued participation in school activities, and over 40 prayers of support, including:

  • During family prayer, we will dedicate one decade of the Rosary each week
  • Attend an extra Mass each week
  • Daily campaign prayer and Adoration

In terms of financial participation, we have received nearly $7,000 in financial gifts. (That’s with a relatively small percentage of respondents, so just imagine the possibilities once we receive everyone’s commitments.) Our next goal is to double our current contributions to reach the $14,000 mark before Easter, but we need your help.

Keep Forgetting to Turn in Your Commitment Form?

We are looking forward to hearing from you if you haven’t yet submitted your commitment form. Remember, there are 3 ways to participate. You can show your support through:

  • Gifts of Prayer
  • Gifts of Involvement
  • Gifts of Financial Participation

We invite you to use this time prior to Easter to recommit to our school through your prayerful discernment and participation in The Legacy Fund through gifts of prayer, involvement and financial contribution.

  • § 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.

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.

***Important Message About Matching Gifts***
Does your company offer Matching Gifts? This is a great way to participate in our annual fund campaign and support the school by doubling or even tripling your gift! Check with your human resources department for details. It’s as easy as enclosing a form from your employer along with your donation. We’ll do the rest!

Virtue of the Month Award Winners

Congratulations to the following students who received special recognition last Friday for having exemplified the Virtue of Honesty during the month of February.

John F. (PreK-1)

Nicky D. (PreK-2)

Bryce C. (PreK-3)

Cecily K. (K1)

Mary H. (K2)

Matthew B. (1A)

Lukas M. (1B)

Charlotte Y. (2A)

Krysta D. (2B)

Quinton W. (3A)

Albert H. (3B)

Haley M.y (4A)

Elias C. (4B)

Alex S. (5A)

Nicholas B. (5B)

Vanessa M. (6A)

Alex C. (6B)

Melanie S. (7A)

Matthew D. (7B)

Aleksander C.l (8A)

Norberto N. (8B)

Virtue Prayer of the Month ~ Prayer for Cooperation

Jesus, our Friend, help me to accept myself and others with

love and kindness.  Help me to see you in each person I meet.

Show me how to be good and kind to everyone.  Keep me from

being selfish.  I want to follow your rules of love and

compassion.  I can do many wonderful things.  Stay by me

today, Jesus.  I know you love me and I love you.

Virtue Strategies of the Month

Strategies:

  1. Cooperate with your teacher.  Do your best to obey the rules and follow directions
  2. Say “please” when asking for things.
  3. Get in line quietly, without pushing, and don’t lag behind.
  4. Clean up around your desk area.
  5. Help a classmate when they need help.
  6. Take turns when playing.  Give someone else a chance.
  7. At home, do your chores cheerfully, without being asked.
  8. Cooperate at home.  Take turns and share with your brothers, sisters, and friends.
  9. Listen when others talk.  Respect their opinions.
  10. Always try to get along with everyone.

CYO Basketball Tournament & Regular Season Winners

Congratulations to all of our winning teams and thank you to the coaches and parents who supported the program throughout the season.  We are proud of your accomplishments and your outstanding representation of our community!

8th Grade Boys (Coach Espos/Ella) – 3rd Place in regular season/2nd Place in Tournament

8th Grade Boys (Coach McCabe/Gaynord) – 3rd Place in regular season/Tournament Champions (Div. 5)

8th Grade Girls (Coach Caturano) – 3rd Place in regular season/Tournament Champions

8th Grade Girls (Coach Goldsmith) – 3rd Place in regular season/Tournament Champions (Div. 6)

7th Grade Boys (Coach Magee/Waddy) – 3rd Place in Tournament

7th Grade Boys (Coach Michak/Seigel) – 2nd Place in Tournament

7th Grade Girls (Coach Espos/Cadle) – 3rd Place in Tournament

7th Grade Girls (Coach Kreitzer/Kreitzer) – Regular season Champions

6th Grade Girls (Coach Carter) – 3rd Place in Tournament

5th Grade Boys (Coach Rice/Rice) – 2nd Place in Tournament

5th Grade Girls (Coach Seigel/Seigel) – Regular season Champions/Tournament Champions

4th Grade Girls (Coach Gray) – Sportsmanship Award

Statewide Tornado Drill

At the invitation of our governor, on Tuesday, March 12th All Saints will participate in a statewide tornado drill at 9:45 a.m.  This drill will provide an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to practice our emergency response in the event of an unstable weather pattern.

Terra Nova Testing Countdown ~ 7 Weeks!

As the week of standardized testing approaches, parents are asked to avoid scheduling appointments from Monday, April 22nd – Tuesday, April 30th so that each student may participate in the testing as scheduled.

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IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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

On 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

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

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 date for applications and supporting documentation:  Elementary Schools      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

Upcoming Events

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.)

Monday, March 11th

–          Confessions – Grade 3

–          SCA sponsored Prayer & Penny Week (see flyer for details)

–          8th Grade Parent Meeting – End of Year Events & Graduation (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, March 12th

–          Statewide Tornado Drill (9:45 a.m.)

Wednesday, March 13th

–          Confessions – Grade 4

–          3rd Grade Field Trip to GMU Theater (11:30-2:30)

–          Lenten Soup Lunch sponsored by the Peace & Justice Players

Thursday, March 14th

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

Friday, March 15th

–          School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

–          Confessions – Grade 5

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

–          Spirit Event: Captain Pell’s

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Read the Most from Coast to Coast

All Saints students participate in "Read the Most from Coast to Coast."
All Saints students participate in “Read the Most from Coast to Coast.”

On Friday, March 1st, All Saints students participated in the “Read the Most from Coast to Coast” challenge, taking Accelerated Reader (AR) quizzes with students from across the country!  More than 29,000 educators from throughout the U.S. registered their students to take part in Renaissance Learning’s second nationwide reading challenge. All Saints library team of Mrs. Coyle and Mrs. Geary decided to participate as a way to encourage reading and support this fun goal-setting event.

The new one-day record of quizzes taken is 4,409,622, completely smashing the previous record of 3,581,992. That’s a lot of reading!!

Thank you All Saints students for demonstrating your love of reading.