The Sentinel – May 29, 2013

 Principal’s Message

If the greatest measure of the success of our school can be found in the accomplishments of our graduates, then the Ordination of Fr. Matthew Carroll, class of 1998, was certainly a high-water mark for the community of All Saints!

It was a great joy for members of the faculty & staff, along with school families, to witness the Mass of Ordination held at St. Dominic Church in Washington, D.C last Friday.  For me, one of the most poignant moments occurred at the end of the liturgy when, after the closing prayer, the Bishop knelt at the foot of the sanctuary in order to receive a blessing from each of the newly ordained.  As the entire congregation stood motionless observing this extraordinary moment, the silence was broken only by the ringing of the Angelus bells.  How graced we were to have witnessed the Ordination!  Our entire community rejoices in the fact that Fr. Matthew has dedicated himself to a life of service to Christ and the Church.

We will continue to celebrate and congratulate Fr. Matthew as he returns to All Saints on Friday to celebrate Mass with the school community.  All parents and families are cordially invited to attend the liturgy and to join us for this most special occasion.

Summer Learning Program

Over the course of the past month the faculty has discussed the merits of a summer learning program.  Recognizing that our curriculum during the school year is rigorous and that expectations are high for student learning, there is great value in the children having a respite during the months of summer.  On the other hand, studies have shown that students lose ground during the long vacation if not provided an opportunity to keep their skills sharp.  With these two perspectives in mind, as in prior years, the teachers have crafted a balanced plan specific for our school.  The following is a grade level summary of the Summer Learning Program for 2013.

(Note: Parents should select the summer learning assignments that correspond to the grade that their child will be entering in the fall.  For example, a student entering second grade would complete the Summer Book Program for rising 2nd graders.  A child entering third grade would complete the assignments outlined below for grades 3-5.)

Grade K            Learning packets designed by the Pre-K team will be distributed to parents

Grade 1-2          Summer Book (order SUMMER BOOK for next year’s grade level. For example: students in K will order SUMMBER BOOK for rising 1stgraders.)

Ordering Information:    Summerbook Company

305 Lyndale Drive

Hartsville, SC 27804

1-877-684-8502 (Toll Free)

www.summerbookcompany.com

Grades 3-5         Math Log & 2 Accelerated Reader Books

(Note: Each student is required to keep a Math log in which they complete 10 hours of work over the course of the summer.  Students may refer to our school website for recommended activities and math based websites.  After reading two Accelerated Reader books, students are asked to complete the corresponding AR tests upon their return to school.  These summer assignments will be due Friday of the first week of school and will be considered part of the first quarter participation grade.)

Grades 6-8         Students are asked to read selections (one book for grade 6/two books for grades 7 & 8) from the Middle School Summer Reading List and complete one of the corresponding follow up activities.  Additionally, students are expected to practice math skills for a minimum of thirty minutes per week, using a list of recommended websites and recording time on a log sheet.

(Note: A letter from the middle school team and a detailed overview of assignments are included as links to this week’s newsletter and are available for review on our website.  A copy of the recommended reading list will be posted on our school website as well.)

Race for Education Update: As of yesterday, the counting team has already processed $43,564.20 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

All Saints Catholic School Barnes & Noble Bookfair

Join Mrs. Coyle and Mrs. Geary for a good time and pick up your summer reading books on Saturday, June 8th from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble, Manassas.  See link below for a flyer.

Deadline Approaching to Register for Vacation Bible School!

The RE Department is still accepting registrations for Catholic Vacation Bible School.  Children in grades K – 5 can “saddle up” and join us for SonWest Roundup where all roads lead to Jesus.  The VBS will be held from June 24 to June 28 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.   The deadline for registrations is Friday, May 31.

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!  For more information, contact Samantha Welsh, DRE at 703-393-2142 or swelsh@allsaintsva.org.

Catholic High School News

Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School

“Be there for Boston” at Chick-Fil-A:   Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School is partnering with Semper Fi Fund and Chick-Fil-A to support the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. Visit Chick-Fil-A restaurants in Woodbridge (2425 PW Parkway) andManassas/Bristow (9939 Sowder Villiage Square) on Wednesday, June 5, from 3:30 – 7:00pm. Mention “Be there for Boston” and the Sempre Fi Fund will receive 15% of your total order. Funds raised will help wounded members of the armed forces visit wounded victims of the Boston bombing. A chicken sandwich never tasted so good! Thank you for your support!

Daughters of the King, Mother/Daughter Retreat

St. Rita’s will be hosting a Mother/Daughter Retreat August 23-25 for mom’s and their daughters grades 5-8.  All are welcome!  They will cover issues relevant to young women today – peer pressure, boys, body image, social media, friendships, virtues, etc. all lovingly taught from a Catholic perspective!  Come spend a weekend growing in faith and love for God with your daughter.  Also included is a modesty fashion show and tea party.  Spaces are limited, contact Julie Martin (571-501-4614 or jmmartin77@hotmail.com) for pricing and more information.  A flyer/poster for the retreat is linked below.

END OF YEAR INFORMATION

Cafeteria Program – End of Year Reminders

As we are approaching the end of the school year, please note:

1)      Notices of cafeteria payments now due will be sent home with students this week.  Families are asked to submit payment for any outstanding balances by May 31st and are encouraged to send in sufficient funds to cover the cost of lunches through the close of the year.

2)      Middle school students are not permitted to charge lunch payments during the month of June. If your middle school son/daughter does not have payment for lunch, he or she will receive a bologna & cheese sandwich.

Note:  The final day for students to redeem free ice cream cards is Friday, May 31st.  Pretzels are no longer available, as the final day for pretzels was Tuesday May 21st.

Thank you for your support of the end of year procedures.  Should you have any questions, please contact the cafeteria at 703-368-4400 (ext. 211).

EPI Presents – School Supplies for the 2013 – 2014 School Year

It’s that time of year again to start thinking about school supplies for the upcoming 2013-2014 School Year.

If you like connivance then Educational Products Inc. (EPI) has a solution for you. Starting June 1st through June 26th you can order your school supply kits on-line. www.epipacks.com and then enter our school ID #: ALL088.  Be sure to select the correct kit(s).

Watch your student’s folders for order forms.  Questions can be directed toallsaintssupplies@yahoo.com

The expected delivery date for all kits to All Saints School is August 16th.  The Kits will then be distributed to your child’s class room.

Seat Sacks, Backpacks, Party favors, and AR prizes (Grades 3 – 6) are not included in EPI’s School supply Kits and must be purchased separately.

Extended Day Program

Extended Day services will continue the next three weeks and be available before and after school through Thursday, June 13th.  There will be no Extended Day Program on Friday, June 14th.  All students will dismiss at 10:30 a.m. following the Closing Mass & Awards Ceremony.  Please make arrangements for your children to be picked up if you anticipate being unavailable at that time.

Report Cards

Report cards and awards will be issued on the final day of school, June 14th.  Since the office will have a record of your child’s final grades at the close of the year, you may retain these cards.

Medications

All medications must be picked up from the clinic no later than Thursday, June 13th.  Since students are not authorized to carry medication, it is necessary for parents to visit the clinic to pick up medications prior to the close of the year.  Medications remaining after the final day will be discarded.

Summer Office Hours

The school office will remain open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. during the months of June and August.  The office will be closed during the month of July.  The office will reopen on Thursday, August 1st. Should you need to contact school personnel during the summer months, please do not hesitate to leave a message on the answering machine. We will make every effort to return your call in a timely manner.

Important Dates for the Upcoming Year

¨       Orientation Day (Students and parents are invited to visit the school, meet new teachers, and pick up supply orders.) – Friday, August 23rd.

¨       7th Annual Back-to School Barbecue hosted by the PTO – Friday, August 23rd (5:30-7:30 p.m.)

¨       First Day of School ~ Noon Dismissal (Grades K-8) – Monday, August 26th

¨       First Day of Pre-Kindergarten – Wednesday, September 4th

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

FACTS Tuition Program – Payment Plans for 2013-2014

Those who have not already done so are reminded to respond to the FACTS email invitation by following the step-by-step instructions and enrolling in a tuition plan.  The deadline for signing up for all payment plans was May 20th.  Should you have any questions about the enrollment process or your tuition balance, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at 703-393-1490.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 30th

–          Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten – Picnic Celebration

–          7th Grade Field Trip to Manassas Battlefield (8:45 – 1:30)

Friday, May 31st

–          School Mass – Celebrated by Rev. Matthew Carroll (8:30 a.m.)

–          Middle School Assembly – Drugs, Alcohol & Gang Awareness/Prevention, sponsored by the Manassas Police Department

Monday, June 3rd

–          Race for Education Dress Down Day Option

–          Catholic Cup Religion Competition (8:30 a.m.)

–          4th Quarter Gold Medal Readers Celebration (1:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, June 4th

–          Race for Education Celebration

Awards Presentation (8:15 a.m.)

Pizza with the Principal

Classroom Movie & Popcorn Parties

–          Middle School Demerit-Free Breakfast (9:15 a.m.)

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

Wednesday, June 5th

–          2nd Grade Field Trip to National Basilica (8:00 – 2:30)

Thursday, June 6th

–          Race for Education Dress Down Day Option

–          8th Grade Ice Cream Social (2:00 p.m.)

Friday, June 7th             

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

–          8th Grade vs. Faculty/Staff Volleyball Game (2:00 p.m.)

Links

The Sentinel – May 22, 2013

Principal’s Message

As we approach the close of another academic year, it is important that we acknowledge and thank those members of the faculty and staff who will not be returning in the fall.  Each, in their own way, has contributed to the success of our school and has forever touched the lives of the children.

Mrs. Camille Karcher, our school counselor of five years, is resigning in anticipation of the birth of another child.  During her time with us, she has significantly influenced the life and culture of our school through her work with groups as well as individual students, parents and faculty. Additionally, she has coordinated our school-wide anti-bullying effort and recently helped to establish the new Student Ambassadors Program.  Most importantly, she has been a calm and compassionate presence, offering kind assistance and support to many in her role as counselor.

Mrs. Nichole Reynolds, who has been our music teacher for a combined total of five years, is resigning as she prepares for the birth of her first child.  Mrs. Reynolds will be greatly missed as she has made such a contribution to our school, not just in her role of music teacher but also as Director of the Schola.  It has been a joy to hear the children enthusiastically singing the hymns that she has selected and introduced to them within her music class.  Additionally, she has been instrumental in the design and presentation of our annual Christmas Pageant, a now beloved All Saints tradition!

Mrs. Kris Walk, who has worked as part of our Cafeteria Team for several years, will be leaving at the end of the year.  As her daughter transitions from All Saints to high school, she recognizes this as an opportunity to move forward as well, seeking new opportunities.  We thank her for her dedication and for all that she has done to support the very fine work of our cafeteria program.

Mrs. Monica Carlin, who joined our Pre-Kindergarten Team at the beginning of this past year, will be leaving as she and her family relocate to Texas during the summer months.  While with us only a short time, her sunny disposition and ever-present enthusiasm were wonderful qualities that were always in evidence in the Pre-K.

We wish all of our departing faculty & staff every success and blessing as they prepare for the next phase of their life journey!

End of Year Parent Survey ~ Bullying Initiative

During the first semester we distributed a parent survey on the topic of bullying in our community, the results of which were communicated via the weekly newsletter.  In an effort to measure progress and to ensure that we are aware of any concerns related to bullying in our community, all parents are invited to complete the follow up electronic survey prepared by our school counselor, Mrs. Karcher.  Parents are encouraged to visit the link to complete the survey.  Students in grades 3-8 will complete the electronic survey during their computer classes within the next two weeks.  In advance, we thank you for participating and providing feedback which helps us to plan for the future of our school.  Parent Survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/F2ZTMFH

Summer Learning Program

Over the course of the past month the faculty has discussed the merits of a summer learning program.  Recognizing that our curriculum during the school year is rigorous and that expectations are high for student learning, there is great value in the children having a respite during the months of summer.  On the other hand, studies have shown that students lose ground during the long vacation if not provided an opportunity to keep their skills sharp.  With these two perspectives in mind, as in prior years, the teachers have crafted a balanced plan specific for our school.  The following is a grade level summary of the Summer Learning Program for 2013.

(Note: Parents should select the summer learning assignments that correspond to the grade that their child will be entering in the fall.  For example, a student entering second grade would complete the Summer Book Program for rising 2ndgraders.  A child entering third grade would complete the assignments outlined below for grades 3-5.)

Grade K            Learning packets designed by the Pre-K team will be distributed to parents

Grade 1-2          Summer Book (order SUMMER BOOK for next year’s grade level. For example: students in K will order SUMMBER BOOK for rising 1st graders.)

Ordering Information:

Summerbook Company

305 Lyndale Drive

Hartsville, SC 27804

1-877-684-8502 (Toll Free)

www.summerbookcompany.com

Grades 3-5         Math Log & 2 Accelerated Reader Books

(Note: Each student is required to keep a Math log in which they complete 10 hours of work over the course of the summer.  Students may refer to our school website for recommended activities and math based websites.  After reading twoAccelerated Reader books, students are asked to complete the corresponding AR tests upon their return to school.  These summer assignments will be due Friday of the first week of school and will be considered part of the first quarter participation grade.)

Grades 6-8         Students are asked to read selections (one book for grade 6/two books for grades 7 & 8) from the Middle School Summer Reading List and complete one of the corresponding follow up activities.  Additionally, students are expected to practice math skills for a minimum of thirty minutes per week, using a list of recommended websites and recording time on a log sheet.

(Note: A letter from the middle school team and a detailed overview of assignments are included as links to this week’s newsletter and are available for review on our website.  A copy of the recommended reading list will be posted on our school website as well.)

All Saints Band Receives Superior Rating!

The All Saints Band attended the High Note Music Festival last Friday and performed three pieces for judging.  The opening work was a musical tribute to the 35th anniversary of the Garwood Whaley Music Program, which offers music instruction throughout the diocese.  The All Saints Band won the highest rating possible, Superior, scoring 92 points and 94 points out of 100 from the two judges.  Brian Norcross, one of the judges, and director at Franklin and Marshall College, stated the band played “very good and accurate” and had some “great musical repertoire”.  After the performance, the band visited Hershey Park and enjoyed a lunch catered by Hershey.  Now the Beginner Band, Advanced Band and the Intermediate Drums look forward toward a final concert school concert / ice cream social on Tuesday, May 28th.

Student Council Election Results

Last week approximately forty students participated in an election for a variety of offices for the 2012-2013 leadership of the Student Council Association.  Congratulations to the following students who were elected by the students in grades four through seven.

President                                                           Brightney V.

Vice President                                                    Kaelyn L.

Secretary/Historian                                             Rachel E.

School Spirit/Publicity                                        Trey C.

Finance                                                             Maddie M.

Health, Safety & Ecology                                   Nicholas D.

Religious Activities                                            Lance C.

Recorder Concert & “The History of Rock” A Spring Choral Concert

A recorder concert featuring the 3rd grade and “The History of Rock” Spring Choral Concert featuring the 7th & 8th Grades will be held Thursday, May 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in the School Gym.

**3rd Graders will report to homerooms with their recorders and 7th & 8th graders will report to the gym no later than 6:40 pm**

Dress code for students performing:

– Jeans (no leggings, shorts, skirts, or jeggings)

– Tennis shoes or uniform shoes

– Red, White, or  Blue tops or patriotic t-shirts (no tank tops, sleeveless, or low cut tops)

Please email Mrs. Reynolds with questions:  nreynolds@allsaintsva.org

NJHS Dress Down Day

The National Junior Honor Society will be sponsoring a dress down day on Tuesday, May 28.  A donation of $1.00 will be collected to benefit Fisher House, an organization providing “a home away from home” for military families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease, or injury.   Students should dress in RED, WHITE, OR BLUE!

Race for Education Update: As of yesterday, the counting team has already processed $34,358.00 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

RACE FOR EDUCATION

A big thank you to all the volunteers who have helped process the mailers for the Race for Education. We still have a bunch of mailers to process with donations for our school. We are looking for volunteers to come help this Thursday, May 23rd anytime from 10 AM to 3 PM. If you are able to volunteer some of your time, please contact Marjorie Collins at (703)365-9686 or marjorie@ocfmail.com

 

END OF YEAR INFORMATION

Cafeteria Program – End of Year Reminders

As we are approaching the end of the school year, please note:

1)      Notices of cafeteria payments now due will be sent home with students this week.  Families are asked to submit payment for any outstanding balances by May 31st and are encouraged to send in sufficient funds to cover the cost of lunches through the close of the year.

2)      Middle school students are not permitted to charge lunch payments during the month of June. If your middle school son/daughter does not have payment for lunch, he or she will receive a bologna & cheese sandwich.

Note:  The final day for students to redeem free ice cream cards is Friday, May 31st.  Pretzels are no longer available, as the final day for pretzels was Tuesday May 21st.

Thank you for your support of the end of year procedures.  Should you have any questions, please contact the cafeteria at 703-368-4400 (ext. 211).

Extended Day Program

Extended Day services will continue the next three weeks and be available before and after school through Thursday, June 13th.  There will be no Extended Day Program on Friday, June 14th.  All students will dismiss at 10:30 a.m. following the Closing Mass & Awards Ceremony.  Please make arrangements for your children to be picked up if you anticipate being unavailable at that time.

Report Cards

Report cards and awards will be issued on the final day of school, June 14th.  Since the office will have a record of your child’s final grades at the close of the year, you may retain these cards.

Medications

All medications must be picked up from the clinic no later than Thursday, June 13th.  Since students are not authorized to carry medication, it is necessary for parents to visit the clinic to pick up medications prior to the close of the year.  Medications remaining after the final day will be discarded.

Summer Office Hours

The school office will remain open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. during the months of June and August.  The office will be closed during the month of July.  The office will reopen on Thursday, August 1st. Should you need to contact school personnel during the summer months, please do not hesitate to leave a message on the answering machine. We will make every effort to return your call in a timely manner.

Important Dates for the Upcoming Year

¨       Orientation Day (Students and parents are invited to visit the school, meet new teachers, and pick up supply orders.) – Friday, August 23rd.

¨       7th Annual Back-to School Barbecue hosted by the PTO – Friday, August 23rd (5:30-7:30 p.m.)

¨       First Day of School ~ Noon Dismissal (Grades K-8) – Monday, August 26th

¨       First Day of Pre-Kindergarten – Wednesday, September 4th

High School News

John Paul the Great Summer Courses and Sports Camps

Register now for summer fun at Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School!  The talented coaches and teachers of JP are leading fun, instructional courses and camps for middle school and high school children. For more information, please visit www.jpthegreat.org, emailcamps@jpthegreat.org, or call 703-445-0300.

– Overview: please click here

– Academic and Enrichment Courses: please click here

– Sports Camps: please click here

JP the Great e-News Update: CLICK HERE TO READ e-News!

Paul VI Catholic High School

Paul VI Girls & Boys Summer Basketball Camps Discount Ends June 1:

June 17 – 21 / July 8 – 12 / July 22 – 26.  Grades 2 – 8.

St Leo The Great Mini-Hoopster Camp Discount Ends June 1:

June 24 – 27.  Boys & Girls Grades K – 2.

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

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Reminder: Pastor’s Holiday – Friday, May 24th

In celebration of the Ordination to the Priesthood of Matthew Carroll (All Saints Graduate, Class of 1998, and son of Mrs. Jane Carroll, Computer Teacher), Fr. Bob has declared a “Pastor’s Holiday” for Friday, May 24th. Rather than dismissing at noon as originally scheduled, school will be closed for the day, allowing members of the faculty, staff and school community to attend the Mass of Ordination in Washington, D.C.

FACTS Tuition Program – Payment Plans for 2013-2014

Those who have not already done so are reminded to respond to the FACTS email invitation by following the step-by-step instructions and enrolling in a tuition plan.  The deadline for signing up for all payment plans was May 20th.    Should you have any questions about the enrollment process or your tuition balance, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at 703-393-1490.

Ultimate Question Parent Survey

All parents are invited to participate in a general survey designed to measure your overall satisfaction with our school and the programs it offers.  Aligned with one of the goals of our five year plan, this initiative is designed to provide faculty, staff and administration with another source of feedback regarding parent perceptions.  Again this year we are using the Ultimate Question or Net Promoter Survey for this purpose.  The survey is comprised of one key question:  On a scale of 1-10, how confident are you in recommending All Saints Catholic School to family, friends and acquaintances?  A follow up question based upon each individual’s response yields additional information which can be used in planning future goals for the school.  Parents are asked to respond to the survey by Friday, May 24th.  (Please see the attached link to access this survey.)

Carpool Reminders

Parking: In recent weeks an increased number of parents have been parking in front of the church and walking their children from the dismissal area to their cars.  In the interest of student and parent safety and in consideration that all parents are expected to participate in the organized dismissal system, all parents are reminded to park only in those areas reserved for afternoon dismissal, i.e. Bays 1, 2 & 3 in the front lot and Bays 4 & 5 in the rear lot. (Note:  This expectation does not apply to those parents who have served as volunteers during the afternoon hours and have parked in front of the church.)

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

This week the office will issue individualized letters to each family, confirming the number of points reflected in the school database and a corresponding fee for unearned points.  Families are asked to submit payment for outstanding points by Wednesday, May 22nd.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 23rd

–          Spring Choral Concert – Grades 3, 7 & 8 (Gym/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, May 24th

–          Holiday – Ordination Day for Bro. Matthew Carroll

–          Ultimate Question Parent Survey Deadline

Monday, May 27th

–          Holiday – Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 28th

–          NJHS sponsored Dress-Down Day (Red, White & Blue)

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

–          Band Ice Cream Social

Wednesday, May 29th

–          Field Day at Linton Hall (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Thursday, May 30th

–          Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten – Picnic Celebration

–          7th Grade Field Trip to Manassas Battlefield (8:45 – 1:30)

Friday, May 31st

–          School Mass – Celebrated by Rev. Matthew Carroll (8:30 a.m.)

–          Middle School Assembly – Drugs, Alcohol & Gang Awareness/Prevention, sponsored by the Manassas Police Department

 

Links

Battle of the Books

Congratulations to our Battle of the Books team for their outstanding performance and 1st place finish in the Lightning Round of the “2013 Battle of the Books Competition!”

The Sentinel – May 15, 2013

Principal’s Message

It was a joy and an honor to witness many of our 2nd grade students receiving their First Communion on Saturday morning.  Other members of the second grade class will receive the Sacrament on Saturday and in the weeks ahead with their families.  We continue to remember all of them in our prayers and congratulate them on this wonderful occasion!

I want to take a moment to thank Mrs. Cummings and Mrs. Gurley for so thoughtfully preparing the children.  Through their careful planning and recognition of the fact that this Sacrament is the central focus of the second grade experience, they provided a wonderful environment of faith and learning for their students.

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For several decades the staff of All Saints Catholic School and the Diocese of Arlington have worked together to ensure compliance with the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA).  For example, twice annually our school is inspected in accordance with this act and any necessary steps are taken in order to maintain compliance and a safe environment for our students, staff and parents.

In accordance with this act, this notification is being provided to you to inform you that asbestos-containing materials are present in our school.  A copy of our school Management Plan contains the exact locations of any asbestos-containing materials and is maintained on file in the archives.  This plan, with documentation dating back to the 1980’s, is available for your review and inspection during normal school hours.  As such, please feel free to request information on or about our Management Plan and inspection findings.

Should you have any questions about this program, please do not hesitate to let me know. Most importantly, please know that this communication is not related to any concern or change in circumstance, rather it is simply an effort to publish this information in accordance with the act.

Race for Education Update: As of yesterday, the counting team has already processed $29,778 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

Ultimate Question Parent Survey

All parents are invited to participate in a general survey designed to measure your overall satisfaction with our school and the programs it offers.  Aligned with one of the goals of our five year plan, this initiative is designed to provide faculty, staff and administration with another source of feedback regarding parent perceptions.  Again this year we are using the Ultimate Question or Net Promoter Survey for this purpose.  The survey is comprised of one key question:  On a scale of 1-10, how confident are you in recommending All Saints Catholic School to family, friends and acquaintances?  A follow up question based upon each individual’s response yields additional information which can be used in planning future goals for the school.  Parents are asked to respond to the survey by Friday, May 24th.

Link to the Ultimate Question survey:             http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WMGFFW6

FACTS Tuition Program – Payment Plans for 2013-2014

Those who have not already done so are reminded to respond to the FACTS email invitation by following the step-by-step instructions and enrolling in a tuition plan for the new year by May 20th.

As this is the first year using this new program, the deadline for Payment in Full with a 2% discount has been extended.  Those wishing to receive the discount must sign-up through FACTS no later than May 20th and submit the full payment by June 10th.

Again, the deadline for signing up for all payment plans is May 20th. 

Should you have any questions about the enrollment process or your tuition balance, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at 703-393-1490.

Virtue of the Month Award Winners

Congratulations to the following students who were recognized following last Friday’s school Mass for having exemplified the Virtue of Stewardship during the month of April.

PK1      Grace A. and Julianna A.

PK2      Chimanga M.

PK3      Charlotte C.

K1        Julie S.

K2        Jessica C.

1A        Matthew K.

1B        Blake M.

2A        Jack M.

2B        Andrea R.

3A        Victoria B.

3B        Alexa B.

4A        Patrick R.

4B        Amelia S.

5A        Gabriel S.

5B        Nina M.

6A        Jack T.

6B        Emma P.

7A        Jamie J.

7B        Dylan S.

8A        Stanley D.

8B        Hayden A.

National Junior Honor Society Inductees

Congratulations to the following newly inducted members of the All Saints Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society.  These students were selected by a Faculty Council for having demonstrated the five qualities of service, leadership, character, citizenship, and scholarship.

Rachel C.

Kelly C.

Andrew D.

Christopher D.

Rachel E.

Kimberly F.

Lauren G.

Shannon H.

Rachel K.

Kaelyn L.

Andrew M.

Nicholas M.

Anya P.

Bianca P.

Dylan S.

Nate S.

Shelby U.

Brightney V.

Anthony Z.

4th Quarter Lock-Down Drill

The 4th Quarter Lock-Down Drill will take place on Monday, May 20th.  In an effort to more authentically measure the effectiveness of our school response, the exact time of this drill will not be announced.  (Please note: This drill has been scheduled for several weeks and is not in response to any concerns specific to All Saints.  Rather, it is another exercise by which we maintain a state of preparedness should the need ever arise to secure the facility and safeguard the children.)

SchoolMessenger – System Test – Monday, May 20th

The school will conduct a fourth quarter test of the SchoolMessenger System on Wednesday, May 22nd.  As in the past, all of the text and recorded messages will clearly communicate that it is only a test.

Race for Education

All Saints School has been blessed with an overwhelming response to support our school through Race for Education donations. We are looking for volunteers to help tomorrow, Thursday, May 16th, to help process these donations. Marjorie Collins will be at the school from 10 AM to 3 PM and will appreciate any amount of time you can volunteer. If you can help out, please contact Marjorie at 703-365-9686 or marjorie@ocfmail.com  Thank you!

Spirit Events

As you know, we have a half-day on Friday, May 17th. It is a perfect time to pop over to Chick-fil-A on Liberia Avenue for our Spirit Event.  You can go anytime from 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m. In fact, just bring your flyer and you can even go through the Drive-thru and our school earns 15% of the proceeds.  You know the kids love their food and let’s be honest, you know the adults do too!

We look forward to seeing you all there!  Also, if you would like to learn more about joining the Spirit Committee for next year, then please contact Megan Davies atmeggie.davies@verizon.net.  We are currently in the process of deciding which events to host next year.  It is a great way to get involved, and an easy way to earn Points for Parents!

5K Volunteer Opportunity for 2013-2014

Planning for the next years 5K is about to get underway!   This has been a great community event for the past two years and the foundation is well laid for it to continue.  We are looking for one or two people to step in and serve in a leadership role for this event.  If you have a heart for this fun and healthy family event, please contact the PTO Ways and Means Coordinator, Carol Rice ckrice@verizon.net.

Register Now for Vacation Bible School: SonWest Roundup!

The RE Department is still accepting registrations for Catholic Vacation Bible School.  Children in grades K – 5 can “saddle up” and join us for SonWest Roundup where all roads lead to Jesus.  The VBS will be held from June 24 to June 28 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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 high school volunteers are needed to make VBS a success!   A nursery is available for the younger children of volunteers.  If you are interested in volunteering, click on the attached link below.  For information, contact Samantha Welsh, DRE at 703-393-2142 orswelsh@allsaintsva.org.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Carpool Reminders

Right Turns Only: Parents are reminded of the importance of making only right turns when entering and exiting the property at the time of dismissal.  This practice will help to keep the flow of traffic moving on Stonewall Road and subsequently foster positive public relations with surrounding businesses and residents.

Parking: In recent weeks an increased number of parents have been parking in front of the church and walking their children from the dismissal area to their cars.  In the interest of student and parent safety and in consideration that all parents are expected to participate in the organized dismissal system, all parents are reminded to park only in those areas reserved for afternoon dismissal, i.e. Bays 1, 2 & 3 in the front lot and Bays 4 & 5 in the rear lot.

Note:  This expectation does not apply to those parents who have served as volunteers during the afternoon hours and have parked in front of the church.

Thank you parents for your support of our system which is designed to ensure a safe and efficient dismissal.

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

This week the office will issue individualized letters to each family, confirming the number of points reflected in the school database and a corresponding fee for unearned points.  Families are asked to submit payment for outstanding points by Wednesday, May 22nd.

Reminder: Pastor’s Holiday – Friday, May 24th

In celebration of the Ordination to the Priesthood of Matthew Carroll (All Saints Graduate, Class of 1998, and son of Mrs. Jane Carroll, Computer Teacher), Fr. Bob has declared a “Pastor’s Holiday” for Friday, May 24th. Rather than dismissing at noon as originally scheduled, school will be closed for the day, allowing members of the faculty, staff and school community to attend the Mass of Ordination in Washington, D.C.

Our school and parish rejoice in this special occasion and we continue to remember Deacon Matthew in our prayers during the final days of his priestly formation.

Field Day Reminder

Please send in your Field Day form with payment for lunch by Wednesday, May 22nd.  Please include your family name and the grades of your students.  Please do not hesitate to call the cafeteria at 703-368-4400, ext. 211 if you have any questions.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 16th

  • 4th Grade Field Trip – Mount Vernon (8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)
  • 6th Grade Field Trip – Medieval Times (8:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
  • 1st Communion – Group III Rehearsal (6:00 p.m.)
  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, May 17th                       

  • Band Trip – Hershey Park
  • Noon Dismissal
  • Spirit Event: Chick-fil-A

Saturday, May 18th                    

  • 1st Communion (10:00 a.m.)

Monday, May 20th                     

  • FACTS Tuition Plan Enrollment Due
  • 4th Quarter Lock-Down Drill

Tuesday, May 21st                     

  • Kindergarten Field Trip – Frying Pan Park (8:45-2:15)
  • Battle of the Books (7:30-1:30)
  • Band Concert (Gym/7:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 22nd                

  • Race for Education Dress Down Day
  • 6th Grade Brass Rubbing Presentation
  • 4th Quarter SchoolMessenger System Test
  • Points for Parents Fees due

Thursday, May 23rd                   

  • Spring Choral Concert – Grades 3, 7 & 8 (Gym/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, May 24th                       

  • Holiday – Ordination Day for Bro. Matthew Carroll

Monday, May 27th                     

  • Holiday – Memorial Day

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

The Sentinel – May 8, 2013

Principal’s Message

Congratulations to the members of our 8th grade class who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on Saturday.  I am so proud of each of them for the individual commitment they have made to their Catholic faith and pray that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that they experienced during the liturgy will guide them through their future years.  Thank you, Mr. Tessier, and all of the teachers who provided the students such wonderful religious formation during their years at All Saints.

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This week I wish to invite you to participate in a general survey designed to measure your overall satisfaction with our school and the programs it offers.  Aligned with one of the goals of our five year plan, this initiative is designed to provide faculty, staff and administration with another source of feedback regarding parent perceptions.  Again this year we will be using theUltimate Question or Net Promoter Survey for this purpose.  Designed at the Harvard Business School, the survey is widely used and recognized by organizations across our country, including businesses and corporations.  It is purposely designed to be very succinct with a built-in opportunity for open ended responses.

The survey is comprised of one key question:  On a scale of 1-10, how confident are you in recommending All Saints Catholic School to family, friends and acquaintances?  A follow up question based upon each individual’s response yields additional information which can be used in planning future goals for the school.

I do hope that many of you will take a few minutes to respond to this brief survey.  Your candid responses will help to provide an important perspective to us and inform our vision for the future.  Most importantly, this tool provides an opportunity to ensure that we are in step with parent perceptions and actively responding to the needs of our community members.  In advance, thank you for your support and participation.

Link to the Ultimate Question survey:             http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WMGFFW6

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Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends of All Saints gathered last Thursday in support of the 8th Annual Race for Education.  As always, the students ran with a lot of heart, enjoying the extra time outside and the opportunity to run for a great cause ~ their Catholic school!

I wish to again thank all of our donors from across the country and around the globe who so generously contributed to the success of this program.  As previously announced, 15% of the proceeds from the event will be sent directly to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

As of yesterday, the counting team has already processed $21,278 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

I want to thank Mrs. Marjorie Collins for serving as coordinator of our 8th Annual Race for Education.  She invested many hours in planning for the big day and continues to coordinate a team of volunteers who are assisting with the recording and depositing of the many contributions received in support of the event.  I am also grateful to those wonderful parents who worked behind the scenes on the day of the event.  The many supportive hands assisting with the hole-punching of race cards and water stations helped to insure a safe and enjoyable event for the children, start to finish!

FACTS Tuition Program – Enrollment in Payment Plans for 2013-2014

By this time you should have received an electronic “invite” from FACTS Tuition.  Parents are asked to respond to this email invitation, following the step-by-step instructions and enrolling in a tuition plan for the new year by May 20th.

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, please confirm your intent to pay in full by May 10th on the FACTS data base.  All payments will be submitted directly to FACTS via an invoice process for payments in full.  Should you have any questions about this process or your tuition balance, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio at 703-393-1490.

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

Within the next week the office will issue customized letters to each family that has not yet fulfilled the Points for Parents requirement for the 2012-2013 academic year.  The letter will confirm the number of points reflected in the school database and a corresponding fee for unearned points.  Families are asked to submit payment for outstanding points by Wednesday, May 22nd.

4th Quarter Lock-Down Drill

The 4th Quarter Lock-Down Drill will take place on Monday, May 20th.  (Please note: This drill has been scheduled for several weeks and is not in response to any concerns specific to All Saints.  Rather, it is another exercise by which we maintain a state of preparedness should the need ever arise to secure the facility and safeguard the children.)

Reminder: Pastor’s Holiday – Friday, May 24th

In celebration of the Ordination to the Priesthood of Matthew Carroll (All Saints Graduate, Class of 1998, and son of Mrs. Jane Carroll, Computer Teacher), Fr. Bob has declared a “Pastor’s Holiday” for Friday, May 24th. Rather than dismissing at noon as originally scheduled, school will be closed for the day, allowing members of the faculty, staff and school community to attend the Mass of Ordination in Washington, D.C.

Our school and parish rejoices in this special occasion and we continue to remember Deacon Matthew in our prayers during the final days of his priestly formation.

“Big Bash” Planning Meeting

Once a year, the All Saints PTO throws a party to celebrate the grown-ups that make our school community so great: parents, teachers, support staff, priests and parishioners.  Mark your calendars now for 11.16.13!  This event has formerly been referred to as the Casino & Auction.

This year’s event will be is going to be better than ever ‘cause we’re bringing the party to our house! In one of the first events held at the brand new Parish Activities Center, the PTO is putting on a brand new kind of party…and we want YOUR HELP.

All Saints PTO’s Big Bash featuring:

Casino Games

            Fun & Games & Music

            Live Auction

            Silent Auction

We have exciting enhancements planned, and would love to get your input, too. Please attend our first planning & volunteer meeting to make your voice & your ideas heard.

Date:                Thursday, May 9         

Time:              7pm

Place:               Meeting room 2 (Near Father Kelly Hall)

The more the merrier is our planning motto, and with that in mind:

•                      Attend the meeting with four (4) friends from our community ( OR, come with the email & phone number of four (4) parents/parishioners that you think would be interested in helping us plan our big November party)

•                      The five (5) of you will get our eternal gratitude!  And be entered into a drawing for a $25 Starbuck’s gift card!

Together, all of us can make the PTO’s big party fresh and fun.

“Big Bash Co-Chairs”

Elissa Hackerson & Christian Cobb

Spotlight on the Arts Summer Camps extends Early Bird Deadline to May 30th 

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 of day camps this July in Vienna & Manassas.  Members of surrounding parishes are also welcome to register for the sessions held at All Saints and St. Mark.  Programs are available for youth K-12.  In addition to Early Bird savings, there are also multiple child discounts available!  To receive a Registration Brochure and Camps Descriptions with Instructor Bios, please email SpotlightCamps@gmail.com or go to www.allsaintsvaschool.org and click on the Camp Icon.

Volunteer Opportunity for 2013-2014

The PTO is looking of a coordinator for the grocery store card program for the 2013-2014.  This PTO position involves coordinating the collection of the grocery store cards from school family and inputting them into each respective website (Giant, Harris Teeter, Safeway & Food Lion).  This program has the potential to earn several thousand dollars each year for the school; the majority of the work done in August and September.  If you are interested in this volunteer position for the next school year please contact PTO Ways and Means Coordinator, Carol Rice ckrice@verizon.net

HIGH SCHOOL NEWS

Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School News

Summer Courses and Sports Camps at John Paul the Great – Register now for summer fun at Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School! The talented coaches and teachers of JP are leading fun, instructional courses and camps for middle school and high school children. For more information, please visit www.jpthegreat.org, emailcamps@jpthegreat.org, or call 703-445-0300.

– Overview: please click here

– Academic and Enrichment Courses: please click here

– Sports Camps: please click here

H.O.P.E. Fest at John Paul the Great! – All are invited to come out for children’s games, free hotdogs, and live music at H.O.P.E. Fest 2013 on Saturday, May 18, from 4 – 8pm on the John Paul fields. H.O.P.E. Fest (Helping Other People Every Day) is a project of the JP National Honor Society to raise awareness about the issues of homelessness in our community and to help fill local food banks. Admission free with a donation of canned goods. For more information, please visit www.jpthegreat.org or call 703-445-0300.

Paul VI Catholic High School Summer 2013 Choral Camp

Summer 2013 Choral Camp to be held at PVI for rising 5-9th graders.  Monday – Friday, June 24th – June 28th.  See attached link for more information and sign-up forms.

Seton School

Summer 2013 Boys Basket Ball Camps with Coach Dan Vander Woude, Seton Boys Varsity Coach will be held this summer.  Please click on the link at the end of the newsletter for a flyer with more information regarding camps.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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.

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

Key Dates & Holidays for 2013-2014

August 26th                    First Day of School (Noon Dismissal)

September 2nd                Labor Day Holiday

October 14th                  Columbus Day Holiday

October 25th                  Professional Development Day (No School)

November 11th               Parent/Teacher Conferences (No School)

November 12th               Parent/Teacher Conferences (Noon Dismissal)

November 26th               Noon Dismissal for Thanksgiving

November 27-29th          Thanksgiving Holiday

December 23rd               Christmas Holiday Begins

January 6th                    Classes Resume

January 17th                   Professional Development Day (No School)

January 20th                   Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

February 17th                 Presidents’ Day Holiday

March 17th                     Professional Development Day (No School)

April 17th                      Holy Thursday (Noon Dismissal)

April 18th                      Good Friday Holiday

April 21st                      Easter Week Holiday

May 23rd                       Noon Dismissal – Memorial Day Weekend

May 26th                       Memorial Day Holiday

June 18th                       Last Day for Grades 1-7 (Tentative)

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, May 9th

–          Race for Education Dress Down Day option

–          4th Grade Mothers’ Tea, immediately following the 8:30 a.m. Mass

–          Fr. Juan’s Handcraft Show (church vestibule/3:00-8:00 p.m.)

–          Auction Committee Meeting (Mtg. Room 2 @ 7:00 p.m.)

Friday, May 10th

–          Final Deadline for Annual Fund Contributions

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

–          National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony (church/1:30 p.m.)

Saturday, May 11th

–          First Communion – Group I (10:00 a.m.)

Monday, May 13th

–          5th Grade Field Trip to Luray Caverns (8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, May 14th

–          Race for Education Dress Down Day option

–          Seniors Luncheon Band Concert

Wednesday, May 15th

–          Principal for a Day – Auction Item (Emma Parker, 6th Grade)

Thursday, May 16th

–          4th Grade Field Trip – Mount Vernon (8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)

–          6th Grade Field Trip – Medieval Times (8:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

–          1st Communion – Group III Rehearsal (6:00 p.m.)

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

Friday, May 17th

–          Band Trip – Hershey Park

–          Noon Dismissal

–          Spirit Event: Chick-fil-A

Saturday, May 18th

–          1st Communion (10:00 a.m.)

 

Links

Field Day

The 2013 All Saints Catholic School Field Day for Grades K-8 will take place on the grounds of Linton Hall School in Bristow on Wednesday, May 29th.  

The Sentinel – May 1, 2013

Principal’s Message

 

Tomorrow all of the students at All Saints will participate in the 8th Annual Race for Education.  As the largest fundraiser for our school community, the Race provides important financial support for initiatives that would otherwise be beyond our reach.

The following is a list of important reminders for all students and parents regarding the event.

1)      All students in grades K-8 are asked to wear their P.E. uniforms to school on Thursday. Students enrolled in the Pre-K are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing appropriate for running.

Note:  At the suggestion of several of our 6th grade students and as a sign of our support for those recently impacted by the tragedy in Boston, all students are encouraged to wear red, white and blue accessories for this event.

2)      While all students will be participating in the Race for Education activities, only those students who brought in sponsor names or a flat donation will be eligible for prizes.

3)      Students need not bring water bottles to the Race for Education.  Two water stations will be available to students throughout the race.

4)      Students who are absent on Thursday will be able to run a later date.

5)      Lunch will be served in the cafeteria at the regularly scheduled time.

Parents, relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend the event as a sign of support for all of our student runners.  We hope that many of you will be able to join us for a wonderful day of fun and fellowship!

The following is the schedule for this special event:

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

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

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

Prize Cards will be distributed 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.

As of today, the counting team has already processed $15,282.00 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

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In the days ahead all parents will receive an electronic “invite” from FACTS Tuition 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.

Should you have any questions about this process or your tuition balance, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio at 703-393-1490.

Prayer of the Month ~ Peace Prayer (by Kindergarten Students)

Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.

Lord, let me help sad people be happy.

Let me forgive those who hurt me.

And let me bring your love to all.

Amen

Virtue of the Month ~ Peacemaking

To foster the virtue of peacemaking, we will encourage the students to adopt the following practices:

  1. Be kind to all you meet today.
  2. Make peace with others at the end of the school day.
  3. Stay calm no matter what happens to you today.
  4. Say part of St. Francis’ Peace Prayer to yourself today.
  5. Apologize the minute you know that you have offended someone.
  6. Do an extra act of kindness for your family tonight.
  7. Take care of your family pet without complaining.
  8. Make peace with family members before going to sleep.
  9. Be a peacemaker.  Calm your friends while playing games.
  10. Greet your neighbor politely.
  11. Say a prayer for peace throughout the world.

5th Grade Parent Letter ~ Message from the Superintendent & Virginia Department of Heath

Every year the Virginia Department of Health distributes information regarding the HPV (vaccine) to rising 6th grade girls.  This relates to state legislation and our diocese cooperates by distributing this letter.  However, we also distribute a statement from the two Bishops of Virginia as included in a letter from the Virginia Catholic Education Association signed by the superintendents of Arlington and Richmond.  Tomorrow parents of rising 6th grade girls will receive a copy of the official letter from the Virginia Department of  Health as well as the letter from the Virginia Catholic Education Association.  The letters will be sent home in sealed envelopes with each of the 5th grade girls.  After reviewing the correspondence, should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office for more information.

Key Dates & Holidays for 2013-2014

August 26th                    First Day of School (Noon Dismissal)

September 2nd                Labor Day Holiday

October 14th                  Columbus Day Holiday

October 25th                  Professional Development Day (No School)

November 11th               Parent/Teacher Conferences (No School)

November 12th               Parent/Teacher Conferences (Noon Dismissal

November 26th               Noon Dismissal for Thanksgiving

November 27-29th          Thanksgiving Holiday

December 23rd               Christmas Holiday Begins

January 6th                    Classes Resume

January 17th                   Professional Development Day (No School)

January 20th                   Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

February 17th                 Presidents’ Day Holiday

March 17th                     Professional Development Day (No School)

April 17th                      Holy Thursday (Noon Dismissal)

April 18th                      Good Friday Holiday

April 21st                      Easter Week Holiday

May 23rd                       Noon Dismissal – Memorial Day Weekend

May 26th                       Memorial Day Holiday

June 18th                       Last Day for Grades 1-7 (Tentative)

Field Day

The 2013 All Saints Catholic School 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.  Attached to today’s newsletter is the Field Day Memo with the lunch order and volunteer sign-up form. Volunteers are need to help with lunch, sport activities, track & field events and games & contests.

Boxtops for Education

Thanks to the participation of school and parish families in the Boxtops for Education Program, last week we received a check in the amount of $1,280.30 .  Keep cutting and saving those labels!

Annual CYO Track & Field Meet

The All Saints Parish CYO Track & Field team, the Roadrunners, will compete this weekend in the Annual CYO Track & Field Meet, to be held at Falls Church High School.  Fifth-, Sixth-, Seventh- and Eighth-graders will compete on Saturday; and Third- and Fourth-graders compete on Sunday.  The team has grown to 40+ members this year; all members are All Saints Parishioners and all the students have had a great time at practices this Spring, under the guidance of Coach Cathy Nowak.  If your child would like to participate next year – get some exercise, make some new friends, and challenge herself/himself to the competition – contact Coach Nowak at oncefitz@aol.com or Ann Potocnak at potocnak3@comcast.net.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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.

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

The Early Prevention of School Failure Screening for Kindergarten applicants will take place on 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 Monday.

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)

Next week 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.

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

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!

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

Wednesday, May 1st

  •   SCA sponsored Dress Down for Earth Day
  •  3rd Quarter Gold Medal Readers Celebration (1:30 p.m.)

Thursday, May 2nd

  •  8th Annual Race for Education (see schedule above)

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.)

Monday, May 6th

  • Early Prevention of School Failure Screening – No Pre-K or Kindergarten classes

Tuesday, May 7th

  • World Language Exam for 8th Grade Students
  • Fr. Juan’s Handcraft Show (church vestibule/3:00-8:00 p.m.)
  • First Communion – Group I Rehearsal (6:00 p.m.)
  • PTO Executive Board Meeting (PLC/7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 8th

  •  7th & 8th Grade Field Trip to the Newseum & National Art Gallery
  • Mock Battle of the Books (Gym/1:45 p.m.)

Thursday, May 9th

  • Race for Education Dress Down Day option
  • 4th Grade Mothers’ Tea
  • Fr. Juan’s Handcraft Show (church vestibule/3:00-8:00 p.m.)

Friday, May 10th

  • Final Deadline for Annual Fund Contributions
  • School Mass & Virtues Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
  • National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony (church/1:30 p.m.)

Saturday, May 11th

  • First Communion – Group I (10:00 a.m.)

Links ~

–          Field Day Memo/Form: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Field_Day1.pdf