Students Volunteer During Park Day

2013 Civil War Trust National Park Day
2013 Civil War Trust National Park Day

Instead of spending the last Saturday of Easter break relaxing, 18 seventh and eighth grade students at All Saints went to work cleaning the grounds of Bristoe Station Battlefield Park in Bristow, VA. Sponsored by the Civil War Trust, National Park Day is an annual event that invites volunteers from around the country to help maintain and preserve Civil War battlefield sites. The students were accompanied to this year’s April 6th event by middle school social studies teacher Mrs. Slovenkay and middle school literature teacher Mrs. Lewis.

A community service activity spearheaded by Mrs. Slovenkay, this is the 8th year that All Saints students have participated in Park Day. In previous years, students helped maintain trails, rake leaves, and clear trash at the Liberia Mansion and Signal Hill historic sites.

“The preservation of the Civil War sites is very relevant to our 7th grade history curriculum,” shares Mrs. Slovenkay. “It also reinforces the importance of good citizenship learned in 7th and 8th government lessons.” Being an environmental steward also ties into All Saints active virtue program as it provides students with a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate their civic virtues.

Adds Mrs. Slovenkay, “When I take students to this annual event, it is my fervent wish that children experience the great satisfaction and feelings of accomplishment when they give back to their community and that they will continue to responsibly participate in their communities. Just as we live our faith at All Saints, we live good citizenship as well.”

The Sentinel – April 24, 2013

Principal’s Message

Thanks to the students and parents of All Saints, our school mailed more than 5,600 letters requesting financial support for the 8th Annual Race for Education.  Prize Cards will be distributed next week to students who met the criteria and may be redeemed according to the following schedule:

Thursday, May 9th                      Designated Dress-Down Day

Tuesday, May 14th                      Designated Dress-Down Day

Wednesday, May 22nd                 Designated Dress-Down Day

Monday, June 3rd                       Designated Dress-Down Day

Thursday, June 6th                      Designated Dress-Down Day

Students may redeem pretzel and ice cream cards during the month of May on regularly scheduled purchase days.

The   8th Annual Race for Education is now only one week away.  On Thursday, May 2nd the entire school will participate in this event, which has been designed to raise funds for instructional technology and other essential educational needs.  Additionally, as is our tradition, 15% of all proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Childrens’ Research Hospital.

As of today, the counting team has already processed $12,072.00in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

By way of this letter we wish to extend an invitation for you to come out and watch your child(ren) walk or jog on Thursday, May 2nd.  The following is the schedule for this special event:

Grades Pre-K, K, 1 & 2              8:45a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

Grades 3-5                                 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Grades Pre-K3 & 6-8                  1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The students will be eating lunch at their regularly scheduled times in the cafeteria.

We hope that many of you will be able to join us for a wonderful day of fun and fellowship!

Spring Tuition Payments

As we approach the close of the school year, parents are reminded of the importance of making timely tuition payments.  With the final tuition payment due to the school during May, those families who have recently fallen behind schedule are asked to use the first two weeks of June as an opportunity to pay any outstanding tuition or fees.  Please remember, prompt payment of tuition is essential for the school to remain financially strong and to be able to cover the continued expenses of utilities and salaries for our faculty and staff.

Tuition Assistance Program

Last week the Tuition Assistance Committee finalized decisions based upon the financial analysis provided by FACTS.  All families who have applied for tuition assistance for 2013-2014 should receive a letter of response by early May.

Final Chance to Give to the Annual Fund

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

Now that the school has established an Annual Fund, we are required to produce an Annual Report at the end of the school year to account for the gifts that we’ve received during the campaign. The Annual Report will include a complete list of all prayer donors, as well as monetary donations that fall within our seven recognition levels (starting with “Friend of All Saints” at $75)

To allow us time to produce the annual report, we will be ending our current school year drive on Friday, May 10th.

Deadline: Friday, May 10, 2013

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

Your gift – no matter the size – can help provide additional math/science/technology initiatives for our current students and provide tuition aid for those with unexpected needs. 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.

How Can I Participate?

Thanks for your support!

Race for Education – CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!!!

We are one week away from the race and need volunteers for each of the race times. Volunteers will help track the children’s laps, pass out water and monitor the students as they run. All of these can be done while you are cheering your child on. The race takes place next Thursday, May 2nd!

The race times are:

PreK1, PreK2, K1, K2, 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B               8:45 to 9:45 a.m.

3A, 3B, 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B                                     10:15 to 11:15 a.m.

PreK3, 6A, 6B, 7A, 7B, 8A, 8B                          1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Volunteers are also needed to help with the counting of proceeds in the weeks ahead. For more information or if you are available to volunteer, please contact Marjorie Collins at 703-365-9686 or marjorie@ocfmail.com

National Junior Honor Society Back-Pack Drive

The National Junior Honor Society will be conducting a back-pack drive to assist Medical Missionaries as they journey to a Cherokee Indian Reservation in Oklahoma.  The back-packs will be made available to children of the reservation, where poverty and neglect among the children is very high.

We are asking for gently used back-packs only.  Bins will be located in the breezeway between the old and new wing. The drive will run from April 25 through May 3.  Please direct any questions to Vickie Bill, NJHS Moderator.

Spring Handcraft Show Hosted by Father Juan Puigbó

Fr. Juan will host a Handcraft Show on Tuesday, May 7th and Thursday, May 9th from 3pm to 8pm in the Library Side of the Church. A number of items will be on display and available for purchase, including beautiful wooden pieces handcrafted by Fr. Juan. Also, we will have the crosses made with the wood of the old Church! This will be a good opportunity to buy your seasonal gifts!

Message from the PTO

ATTN BAKERS!!  The parish and PTO need your support to make the Wild West Cake Walk of 2013 a success.  It is just a few days away and we are nearly halfway to our goal of 150 cakes.  Would you consider sharing your baking talents (or picking up something sweet and yummy at your local grocery)?  There are also a couple of spots left to volunteer for a one hour shift to run the cake walk on Saturday.  Each cake donated earns 5 points for parents and each hour volunteering at the festival is worth 10 points.  Donate as many cakes as you like… there is no limit!  Please use the following link to get all the details and to sign up to help: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050E45A5AA2FA57-cake

Our FINAL PTO MEETING of this school year will be Monday, April 29 starting at 7:30.  A short business meeting will be followed by a guest speaker from The Institute for the Psychological Sciences, which is a Catholic graduate school.  Our speaker, Ms. Elissa Kergosien, will be presenting information on how to help your child with anxiety and depression issues as well as helpful information in relaying troubling current events to your children.  Unfortunately, the news in the past few months alone has been very disturbing and our children need our help in processing this kind of information.  Don’t miss the chance to hear from an expert on this topic.  ALSO:  You will earn DOUBLE POINTS FOR PARENTS for your attendance.  That equates to 10 points for attending! We hope very much to see you there.  Please encourage other school parents to join you and feel free to bring neighbors, extended family members as this topic will pertain to anyone blessed with children in their lives.

Thank you in advance for all your support.  It has been a great year and we look forward to the last couple of months as we… “Race for Education” to the finish line of summer!

God bless,

Christian Cobb, PTO President

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Kindergarten Screening ~ No Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten on Monday, April 29th & May 6th

The Early Prevention of School Failure Screening for Kindergarten applicants will take place on Monday, April 29th & Monday, May 6th.  In order that the teachers may be available to administer the assessment, there will be no Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten classes on these two days.

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

One of the hallmarks of our school community is the high level of parent involvement that has helped the school achieve many goals in recent years.  As in the past, each family at All Saints has been asked to earn 60 volunteer points over the course of the current school year.  Those who are unable to do so are asked to submit a check at the conclusion of the year for any outstanding points that remain.  (1 point = $3.00)  As we begin the fourth quarter, parents are reminded to update their “points total” via our school website so that the database accurately reflects their contributions over the course of the entire year.

At the beginning of May, the office will issue individualized letters to each family, confirming the number of points reflected in the school database. For this reason, we ask that those families who have not recently updated the database via our school website do so by Friday, May 3rd. Those families who have not earned the required 60 points will be assessed a corresponding fee at a rate of $3.00 per point and asked to submit payment by the close of May.

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.

End of Year Calendar Confirmed

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

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 minute 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 another opportunity for completing the half-hour Virtus update which will take place in the Art Room beginning at 7: 00 p.m. on Monday, May 13th.

Upcoming Events

 

 

Thursday, April 25th  

 

–          Terra Nova Testing

 

–          Extended Day Afternoon Program: Moved to Art Room & Religion Room (#212) in the Middle School Wing to allow for set-up for Parish Festival in FKH

 

–          Spirit Event: Skate N’ Fun Zone (6:00-8:30 p.m.)

Friday, April 26th     

 

–          Holiday: Parish Festival

 

Saturday, April 27th

 

–          Parish Festival

 

Monday, April 29th  

 

–          EPSF Kindergarten Screening: No Pre-K or Kindergarten classes

 

–          Terra Nova Make-up Testing

 

–          PTO General Assembly Meeting: Anxiety, Depression & Strategies for Discussing Difficult News with Children (Gym/7:30 p.m.)

 

Tuesday, April 30th

 

–          Terra Nova Make-Up Testing

 

–          8th Grade Confirmation Rehearsal (6:30 p.m.)

 

Wednesday, May 1st    

 

–          SCA sponsored Dress Down for Earth Day

 

–          3rd Quarter Gold Medal Readers Celebration (1:30 p.m.)

 

–          Race for Education Prize Cards distributed to students

 

Thursday, May 2nd   

 

–          8th Annual Race for Education

 

Friday, May 3rd    

 

–          School Mass & May Crowning Ceremony

 

–          1st Communion & Graduation Photos

 

–          2nd & 8th Grade Prayer Service (2:00 p.m.)

 

–          Points for Parents Totals due

 

Saturday, May 4th  

 

–          8th Grade Confirmation (10:00 a.m.)

 

 

 

 

Links

The Sentinel – April 17, 2013

The Gift of Faith brings us Joy and Hope.

 

Principal’s Message

Beginning on Friday, all students in grades two through seven will participate in the Terra Nova standardized testing program.  As the days of testing quickly draw near, now is the time for us to complete the final “warm-up routines”.  Teachers have provided opportunities for a review of basic skills in the classroom and have been guiding the students through practice tests to familiarize them with the format and the process of “bubbling” answers. For parents interested in providing additional practice at home, there are a number of websites that provide opportunities for review and practice of basic skills.  A simple search using the keywords “Terra Nova” and “practice tests” will yield a number of sites that provide practice tests, games and activities related to math and language arts for specific grade levels.

Again this year, all diocesan students in grades three through seven will also participate in a brief assessment entitled “In-View”.  The In-View measures reasoning abilities related to academic success.  As such, it is designed to assess a child’s cognitive abilities in the following five areas:  sequences, analogies, quantitative reasoning (math), verbal reasoning (words) and verbal reasoning (context).

We wish to approach this period of standardized testing with the perspective that it is a weeklong celebration of learning, an opportunity for students to demonstrate all that they have learned this year.  Most importantly, when the results of the testing are received, teachers will be able to effectively plan instruction for the upcoming year, tailoring instruction to the needs of each classroom of learners.

In an effort to reduce any unnecessary stress for the students, teachers will not be scheduling any classroom tests or projects for the week of testing.  Additionally, teachers in grades two through seven will assign little to no homework throughout the week.

Students in grades 5 & 8 will also participate in the ACRE testing program, an assessment that measures each student’s understanding of the Catholic faith.  This testing will occur during regularly scheduled religion classes within the next two weeks.

The following is a list of test-taking tips that you may find helpful in preparing your son or daughter for the upcoming week of testing.

Test-Taking Tips & Strategies

1)      Reassure your child that he or she does not have to answer all of the questions correctly to pass.  It is not expected that students answer every question correctly.

2)      Tell your child to attempt to answer all of the questions and not to leave any blanks.  There is no penalty for guessing.

3)      Remind your child that the test is important.

4)      Explain to your child the importance of using time wisely.  If your child gets stuck on a question, encourage him or her to make the best guess or place a mark in the test booklet by that item and to return to it after finishing that section of the test.

5)      Make certain your child gets a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast before taking the test.

6)      Try to make the morning of the test a pleasant one.  Avoid stress.

7)      Be sure that your child arrives on time the day of the test.

8)      Remind your child to listen carefully to the instructions from the teacher and to read the directions and each question carefully.

9)      Encourage your child to stay focused on the test, even if other students finish early.

Kindergarten Screening ~ No Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten on Monday, April 29th & May 6th

The Early Prevention of School Failure Screening for Kindergarten applicants will take place on Monday, April 29th & Monday, May 6th.  In order that the teachers may be available to administer the assessment, there will be no Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten classes on these two days.

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

One of the hallmarks of our school community is the high level of parent involvement that has helped the school achieve many goals in recent years.  As in the past, each family at All Saints has been asked to earn 60 volunteer points over the course of the current school year.  Those who are unable to do so are asked to submit a check at the conclusion of the year for any outstanding points that remain.  (1 point = $3.00)  As we begin the fourth quarter, parents are reminded to update their “points total” via our school website so that the database accurately reflects their contributions over the course of the entire year.

At the beginning of May, the office will issue individualized letters to each family, confirming the number of points reflected in the school database. For this reason, we ask that those families who have not recently updated the database via our school website do so by Friday, May 3rd.  Those families who have not earned the required 60 points will be assessed a corresponding fee at a rate of $3.00 per point and asked to submit payment by the close of May.

All Saints Golf Tournament

All Saints will be sponsoring its 13th Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, June 24th at Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, VA. Proceeds from our 2013 tournament will support youth-centered programs offered through our school, and the Religious Education and Youth Ministry programs, including dynamic spiritual and service opportunities such as retreats, vacation bible school, and sacramental preparation.

  • Join Us for Golf!
    Register on your own or bring a foursome for a fun-filled day of golf that includes many chances to win prizes and raffle items. Golf is $150 per person and includes greens fees and cart, 18-hole Captain’s Choice complete with scenic mountain views, goodie bag, multiple contests, prize drawings, continental breakfast, lunch, dinner and awards ceremony.
  • Promote Your Company Through Sponsorship

With sponsorship options starting as low as $50 for a business card ad and only $100 for hole sponsorship this year, the All Saints Parish Golf Tournament provides an excellent marketing opportunity for local businesses.

For more information about golf or corporate sponsorship, please call Janis DeVore at (703) 366-1645 or visit our golf website at www.allsaintsgolf.com. Online registration now available!

Important Note:

We are still looking for volunteers to work the day of the tournament (Monday, June 24th) or to help secure sponsors or prizes prior to the event. It’s a great chance to get a jump start on your Points for Parents for the 2013-14 school year.  If you would like to help, please call Janis DeVore at (703) 366-1645!

8th Annual Race for Education

The donations for the Race for Education are rolling in and we are in need of volunteers to help process the mailers. We meet at the school on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday during the school day.  If you can volunteer to help with the record keeping phase of this fundraiser please contact Marjorie Collins at 703-365-9686 or marjorie@ocfmail  Thank you to all of the volunteers who have already donated their time!

Skate-n-Fun Zone Spirit Event

Greetings All Saints Families!  It is that time of year when we celebrate at the Skate-n-Fun Zone on Sudley Road. Our School Skate Party is on Thursday, April 25th from 6-8:30 p.m. Admission is $3, Children 3 and under are free, $4.50 skate rental, $4 Laser Storm and $4 Play Zone. We are very pleased to be blessed with Christian Music to have fun skating around. If you would like to volunteer as a chaperone and are in full compliance with Virtus requirements, then please contact me. I look forward to seeing you all there! God Bless, Megan Davies, Spirit Events Committee Chairperson, meggie.davies@verizon.net.

A Message from the PTO board…

I would like to personally encourage each of you to attend the final general assembly meeting. This year we have really tried to offer a service to parents at our PTO meetings by hosting excellent speakers on pertinent topics.  We know your time is valuable so we have selected timely and meaningful topics with dynamic presenters. Both the celebrate calm and celebrate prayer speakers were some of the best presentations I have ever heard. If you missed one or both of them, please don’t miss out on our final speaker covering the very timely topics of childhood anxiety and explaining upsetting current events to children. Also, take advantage of this PTO meeting and the cake walk to earn your points for parents before the end of the school year.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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.

End of Year Calendar Confirmed

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

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 minute 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 another opportunity for completing the half-hour Virtus update which will take place in the Art Room beginning at 7: 00 p.m. on Monday, May 13th.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Thursday, April 18th                  

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

Friday, April 19th                      

–          School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

–          Terra Nova Testing begins

–          8th Grade Confirmation Retreat

–          NJHS Induction Ceremony – rescheduled for May 10th (1:30 p.m.)

Monday, April 22nd                   

–          Terra Nova Testing

Tuesday, April 23rd                   

–          Terra Nova Testing

Wednesday, April 24th               

–          Terra Nova Testing

–          8th Grade Class Trip to Philadelphia (6:15 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.)

Thursday, April 25th                  

–          Terra Nova Testing

–          Extended Day Afternoon Program: Moved to Art Room & Religion Room (#212) in the Middle School Wing to allow for set-up for Parish Festival in FKH

–          Spirit Event: Skate N’ Fun Zone (6:00-8:30 p.m.)

Friday, April 26th                      

–          Holiday: Parish Festival

Monday, April 29th                    

–          EPSF Kindergarten Screening: No Pre-K or Kindergarten classes

–          Terra Nova Make-up Testing

–          PTO General Assembly Meeting: Anxiety, Depression & Strategies for Discussing Difficult News with Children (Gym/7:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, April 30th

–          Terra Nova Make-Up Testing

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Skate-n-Fun Zone Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=2013-04-25-Skate-Party-Flyer.jpg

The Sentinel ~ April 10, 2013


Principal’s Message

It is with sadness that I share with you the news of the passing of Mr. Tom Brady, the older brother of Mrs. Montano, third grade teacher.  After a period of unexpected illness, Mr. Brady passed away Friday evening in California surrounded by the love and care of his family members, including Mrs. Montano.  Mrs. Montano will remain in California through the weekend when the funeral will be taking place.

I have assured Mrs. Montano of the thoughts and prayers of our community and asked her to let me know if there is anything we can do to assist either her or her family at this time.  In the days ahead, let us pray for Mrs. Montano and for the repose of the soul of her brother, Tom.  May the presence of the Risen Christ during this season of Easter be a source of comfort and hope to their entire family during this difficult time.

8th Annual Race for Education

Thanks to the parents, students, and teachers of All Saints, our school mailed 5,620 mailers requesting financial support for the 8th Annual Race for Education. These mailers have already started to arrive with donations to our school. The Race for Education is in need of volunteers to help process these donations beginning April 16th during school hours on the following days, Tuesdays from 9-3, Wednesdays from 10-3, and Thursdays from 10-3. Any amount of time that you can volunteer will be greatly appreciated. There will be training tomorrow at the school for anyone interested in volunteering. The training times are April 11th at 10AM or at 2PM. If you cannot make either training time, please contact Marjorie Collins and another time can be arranged. Don’t forget you earn Points for Parents for each hour you volunteer! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Marjorie Collins at 703-365-9686 or marjorie@ocfmail.com

Message from the PTO Board…

Our FINAL general assembly meeting will be Monday, April 29 at 7:30 pm.  Our guest speaker is from theInstitute for the Psychological Sciences which is a Catholic graduate school of psychology offering master’s and doctoral degrees.  She will be discussing the very important topics of childhood anxiety & depression as well as how to relay upsetting current events to your children.  We have worked hard this year to bring you excellent speakers at each of our PTO meetings.  I hope you will join us at this final event.  As a special incentive, you will earn double points for parents for your attendance.  This means for a one hour meeting you can earn 10 points.  If you have been able to attend either the Celebrate Calm or the Celebrate Prayer meetings, I hope you will agree that the time was well spent.  Please join us for this final meeting and bring along your friends.  As this topic is important to anyone with children in their lives, it is open to the whole community.

The All Saints parish festival will be April 26 & 27.  The PTO supports our parish at this event by providing cakes and volunteers for the cake walk.  Our goal is to have 150 cakes for the event.  We are up to 37 cakes so far.  Please click on the link to sign up to donate cake(s).  Additionally several more volunteers are needed to work 1 hr shifts.  By providing a cake and working a shift, you can earn a quick 15 points.  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050E45A5AA2FA57-cake

Did you know that there is a Diocesan level PTO board?  It includes all diocesan schools K-12.  They meet 3 times per school year on Saturday mornings.  The DPTO is currently looking for nominations for new DPTO board officers.  If you are interested in learning more about that opportunity please contact me prior to the end of this week at cobbet@verizon.net.  If you would consider being an All Saints PTO representative for the DPTO board, I would like to tell you more about that position as well.  The representative would commit to attending the 3 meetings and sharing the information presented with our school’s PTO board.

Thanks for your support and Happy Easter!

Christian Cobb (PTO president)

Marie Miller & Chris Bray to offer Free Concert Sunday, April 14th at All Saints

These Catholic Musicians (Chris from Canada & Marie from Front Royal) both have their music playing nationally on Christian Radio.  They join together for an evening of upbeat and inspirational music this Sunday, April 14th in the All Saints Gym from 6:45-8:00pm.  Open to all ages, this is a free event, though donations will be accepted to support their music.  Bless yourself and your family by taking advantage of this remarkable opportunity to hear two young and upcoming Catholic artists.

To see a Chris Bray music video in advance, visit our website atwww.AllSaintsYouthMinistry.org or to hear Marie Miller’s music, visit her website atwww.mariemiller.net

All Saints Catholic Vacation Bible School:  SonWest Roundup!

Sponsored by the Religious Education Department

All Saints Catholic Vacation Bible School is now enrolling!  This year at “SonWest Roundup”, published by Ligouri, kids will saddle up and discover God’s ultimate power and His plan of salvation through Jesus.

The VBS will be held from June 24 to June 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Rising Kindergartners through rising 5th graders may register.  To register your children, simply click on the attached link below.  Return your completed form and payment to the RE Office (also the ASCS Office).  The deadline is 5/31/13 and spaces are limited!

Adult and 8th grade Volunteers:  Adult and 8th grade volunteers are needed to make VBS a success!  Rising 8th graders may earn up to 20 Confirmation Service Hours for 2013-2014.  If you or your rising 8th grader are interested in volunteering, click on the attached link(s) below.    Return the appropriate forms to the RE Office.  For information, contact Samantha Welsh, DRE at 703-393-2142 or swelsh@allsaintsva.org

Art & Theatre Camps led by Catholic Professional Educators and Artists

Excellent instruction in a safe, faith-based environment from teachers who have tremendous skills in the areas of Acting, Music, Dance, and Visual Arts…. Spotlight on the Arts Summer Camps will host two weeks worth of daycamps this July at All Saints led by Mr. Rob Tessier.  Members of surrounding parishes are also welcome to register for the sessions.  Programs are available for youth K-12.  Early Bird Discounts cut-offs are April 15th and May 30th.  Sign-up early and save… plus multiple child discounts also available!  To receive a Registration Brochure and Camps Descriptions with Instructor Bios, please emailSpotlightCamps@gmail.com or go to www.allsaintsvaschool.org and click on the Camp Icon.

Cub Scouts

Attention all boys in Kindergarten through 4th grade!  Cub Scout Dens are now forming for the 2013/2014 Scouting year!  Pack 1188 has been proudly serving the All Saints community for over 30 years and sponsored by the Knights of Columbus George Brent Council #5332.

Cub Scouts offers a range of age-appropriate programs that provide fun and adventure while helping build your son’s leadership, teamwork, faith, physical/mental fitness, and spirit of service and duty, helping him grow into a competent, caring, adult of good character.

Boys can start at any level and no prior experience is required. Our next pack meeting is in the Knights of Columbus Hall at 7 PM on Tuesday, April 16, 2013.

If you have a Scouting-age boy who might be interested, give us a call.  He can come to a Pack meeting, see what’s going on, and decide if it’s something, he wants to be a part of.  No pressure. No obligation.  To get the details call or e-mail either Cubmaster Randy Waddy, (703) 283-0717 / rrwaddy@yahoo.com or Committee Chair Tommy Reynolds at (703) 963-1281 / tommy.reynolds@verizon.net.

Spring Cleaning? – Don’t Forget the Uniform Exchange

The PTO uniform exchange is accepting current uniform donations to build up its supply in preparation for the next school year.  Donations to Uniform Exchange greatly benefit All Saints families and are a great way to reduce & reuse.  Donations can be brought to the school office; bags can be labeled by Family name and oldest child’s grade.  Family’s whose bags are labeled will receive credit which can be used in the future at the Uniform Exchange.  Any questions please contact Gemma Brophy at brophy3@comcast.net.

PVI 7th Annual Band & Strings Camp

7th Annual Band and Strings Camp @ Paul VI, June 17-21 8:30-noon.  Open to Diocesan and public school rising 5th-9th graders, optional jazz unit also offered.  Students prepare light pop, sacred, and classical selections, performance last day in historic Donald Heet Auditorium for family and friends. $80., questionsjsiegfried@paulvi.net

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Terra Nova Testing Countdown ~ 2 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.)

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.

End of Year Calendar Confirmed

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

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 minute 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, April 11th

–          Race for Education Volunteer Training (10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.)

Friday, April 12th

–          School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

–          8th Grade Confirmation Retreat

–          3rd Quarter Report Cards distributed to students

Monday, April 15th

–          Peace & Justice Players Field Trip– alent Show Presentation at a local nursing home (3:10-5:00 p.m.)

–          1st Grade PALS Testing begins

Thursday, April 18th

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

Friday, April 19th

–          School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

–          Terra Nova Testing begins

–          8th Grade Confirmation Retreat

–          NJHS Induction Ceremony – rescheduled for May

Links

  • All Saints Catholic Vacation Bible School Links ~

Registration Formhttp://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=VBS-Registration.pdf

Volunteer Formhttp://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=VBS-Volunteer-Form-2.pdf

8th Grade Volunteer Form:  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=8th-Grade-Volunteer-Form-2.pdf

  • PVI Summer Band Camp Links ~

Flyer: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=PVI-Summer-Band-Camp-FLYER-2013.pdf

Formshttp://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=PVI-Summer-Band-Camp-Forms-2013.pdf