The Sentinel – August 28, 2013

Principal’s Message

As families were departing the Welcome Back Barbecue on Friday evening, one of our young students casually yet confidently stated, “I can’t wait to go to school tomorrow.”  His father, smiling in return, gently reminded him that the next day was Saturday and that he would have to wait two days…. 

This little boy’s eagerness, his anticipation for a new beginning, represents for me the spirit that surrounds our school this time of year. Parents, students, faculty & staff return to All Saints, with a sense of wonder and excitement for all that lies ahead. There is a renewed energy and commitment as we together embrace the mission of Catholic education, partnering with one another to provide our students with a strong academic foundation rooted in the very best traditions of our faith!

Each year we select a theme to serve as a focus for these efforts.  The theme for the 2013-2014 school year is the following: 

Each day with one heart, we are the hands of Jesus.

Selected by the faculty, this theme speaks to two concepts identified by Fr. Bob for our parish, i.e. the fact that we are “one parish” and that we are called to serve the poor in our midst.  As we continue to plan for the months ahead, these will serve as guiding principles for our school community.  Through continued dialogue among faculty, staff and student leadership, we will identify concrete and specific ways to incorporate this theme within the life of our school.  For example, with the opening of the new parish food pantry planned for this fall, opportunities will abound for our students to feel even more connected to the parish mission, for them to deepen their understanding of the needs that exist around us, and to develop habits of service and generosity that will last a lifetime.  That all may be saints…that is our call.  Let the journey begin! 

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I am pleased to announce that Miss Elizabeth Sartor will be teaching music for grades K-8 this year.  Miss Sartor is a graduate of Christendom College with a major in theology and a minor in liturgical music.  Having begun in the role of choir director at Seton during the spring, she has already gained experience leading young people and looks forward to starting her teaching career at All Saints.  Welcome, Miss Sartor!

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Undeterred by rain earlier in the day, hundreds of parents and students gathered behind the school on Friday evening for the 9th Annual Welcome Back Barbecue.  I want to again thank Mrs.  Janene Shaw, PTO Vice President, for coordinating the event and organizing the countless details.   I also wish to thank Mr. Jim Switzer for once again providing the music that helped to create a festive atmosphere.  Finally, I want to thank the parents and students who helped with the set-up, serving and clean-up following the event.  Working together they were a great example of the strong sense of community that surrounds All Saints!

Virtue of the Month

The Virtue of the Month for September will be Respect & Responsibility.  Throughout the first month of school we will adopt the following plan and strive to maintain these objectives throughout the course of the year.

1)      Wear your uniform with pride.

2)      Be reverent and quiet in church.

3)      Greet everyone cheerfully and by name.

4)      Listen quietly when others speak.

5)      Keep your desk and supplies neat.

6)      Stand at attention for the Pledge of Allegiance.

7)      Participate in Mass: Try to learn the responses and sing the hymns.

8)      Do your best work on every assignment.

9)      Turn all class assignments and homework in on time.

Virtue Prayer of the Month

Lord, teach me to be generous.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not to ask for reward,
save that of knowing that I do your will.

Emergency Information Form

Please complete the attached diocesan emergency form, one per child, and return it to the office by Friday, September 6th. This form is critically important in that it provides us with the necessary information to contact you in the event of an emergency.  Note:  Please be sure to provide two points of contact in the event of an emergency.

Afternoon Dismissal – Important Reminders

All parents will continue to have an assigned parking bay which will be used on days of inclement weather.  In order to help the students to understand the process, parents are asked to park in their assigned bays for the first two weeks of school.  After the first two weeks, we will return to the prior practice of “first in, first out”, meaning that parents assigned to the front parking lot will park in bay one as they arrive, followed by bay two and three.  Those assigned to the rear parking lot will park in bay four followed by bay five.  (Note:  It is very important that parents park only in their assigned area, i.e. front vs. back parking lots, as the system has been organized based on the total capacity for each parking area.)  On inclement weather days, parents will be asked to park in their assigned bays so that their children can walk directly to those areas. 

In an effort to ensure the safety and security of our students, children will only be released to their parents via the organized dismissal system.  Parents will not be permitted to pull their children from class lines as they exit the building or pick them up outside the main entrance at dismissal time.

2013-2014 School Calendars

The new calendars have arrived and will be sent home with the oldest child in each family today.  We are grateful to Mrs. Laurie Short who again this year designed our school calendar.  The calendar was printed by JM Gaske with the financial support of local businesses that purchased advertisements included in the publication.

Volunteer Opportunity – Playground & Cafeteria Supervision

The school is seeking VIRTUS compliant parents to assist with recess and lunch supervision from 11:10 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  All volunteers will receive training in playground supervision as well as allergy awareness and will earn Points for Parents.  Please contact Mrs. Holly Crocker at hollyscrocker@comcast.net for more information about this opportunity.  As she is hoping to finalize the schedule in the near future, those interested in helping with this program are encouraged to contact her within the next week.  In advance, thank you for your support and participation.

NJHS & SCA Service Project – Covering of Books for Students

The NJHS and SCA will sponsor a book covering service project on Thursday, August 29 from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  All parents who are interested in having NJHS and SCA members cover books for their child should plan to have them deliver the books to Mrs. Bill’s classroom by 3:00 p.m. Thursday.  All books should be placed in a clearly labeled bag which includes the child’s name, grade and teacher.    In addition, a role of clear contact paper should also be included with the books.  We will have brown paper available to cover textbooks.  Books will be returned to your child’s teacher by 8:00 a.m. Friday morning.  Members of the NJHS and SCA, as well as parent volunteers able to assist are asked to report to Mrs. Bill’s classroom by 3:15 p.m.

“Big Bash” to be hosted by PTO

Every 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.  Formerly known as the Casino & Auction, we have renamed this fun gathering the BIG BASHMark your calendars for this year’s Big Bash to be held on 11.16.13!

Our new party comes with an exciting theme, “HOLLYWOOD NIGHTS.” We hope you, your spouse and your friends will come and help us roll out the red carpet at our first ever BIG BASH event. This premiere event will be held on campus at the Parish Activities Center (aka The PAC)!

The PTO is working hard to put on this brand new of party…and we want YOUR HELP. Follow this link (http://vols.pt/wAStrq) to sign up at our online signup sheet organized by VolunteerSpot. We especially need help setting up, decorating, and cleaning up afterwards.  Let’s work together to make a terrific night out and earn some money for the school at the same time.  You may direct questions about volunteer opportunities to Christian Cobb at cobbet@me.com.

We are also looking for donations of Michael’s craft store gift cards in any amount to support the class gift projects.  Please contact Debi Woolfrey at: dbwoolfrey@yahoo.com if you are willing to make a donation (and earn points for parents)!

Please click here: http://vols.pt/wAStrq to sign up for All Saints PTO Big Bash on @VolunteerSpot today!

Opening School Mass

On Friday morning students in Grades 1-8 will gather in the church at 10:00 a.m. for the annual Opening of the School Year Mass.  All school parents and families are cordially invited to join us as we gather to pray for the success of this new year.

Back to School Night

Back to School Night & PTO Meeting (Parents of Grades 1-5) – Thursday, September 5th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the gym.  Following an opening presentation and introduction of the PTO Board, teachers in grades one through five will present an overview of programs in their classrooms.

Middle School Back to School Night (Parents of Grades 6-8) – Thursday, September 12th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the gym.  These sessions will provide parents with important information about our many programs and plans for the 2013-2014 school year.  For this reason, at least one parent from each family is required to attend this session.

Parent ~ Student Handbooks

The 2013-2014 Parent-Student Handbook can be accessed electronically via our website: www.allsaintsvaschool.org.  Please take some time to review the policies and procedures of our school and discuss them with your children.  Each family is asked to sign and return the acknowledgment form by Friday, September 6th.  Those families without access to the website are invited to contact the office to request a hard copy of the handbook.

Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

As part of the diocesan initiative to maintain a safe environment for all of our children, all volunteers with “substantial contact” with children are required to complete a background check prior to working in the school and to complete VIRTUS training within 45 days of commencing service.

In accordance with diocesan policy, full compliance for an adult parent volunteer is not required for openevents.  (An open event is one that is open to the public, infrequent and publicized, such as Field Day, concerts and special events/assemblies.)  However, full compliance is required for adult parent volunteers who wish to participate in closed events.  (A closed event is one that is not entirely open to the general public such as classroom activities, parties, field trips, etc.)  For this reason, all parents who wish to attend field trips or volunteer in support of classroom activities are required to complete the background check process and attend VIRTUS training. 

As we begin a new year, in accordance with diocesan policy, only those parents who have completed the criminal background check are eligible to volunteer in the school.  Those who have not yet completed the background check process may request a packet of forms from the front office.  

We are hosting two live VIRTUS training seminars (the 4-hour training).  To register for one of these two sessions, please visit www.virtus.org.

Saturday, September 21 (Father Kelley Hall/9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Saturday, November 9 (Father Kelley Hall/9:00 a.m. – 1:00  p.m.)

The diocese also requires volunteers who have completed the full VIRTUS training to attend an annual update entitled Keeping the Promise Alive.  This 30 minutes video training is a prerequisite for volunteering in the school.  The following is a list of upcoming sessions.  (Please note:  For planning purposes, volunteers are asked to confirm their intent to attend a session on the voicemail of Mrs. Janet Smith.  703.393.2158)

We have scheduled the following opportunities for completing the half-hour VIRTUS update:

Tuesday, September 10 (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Thursday, September 19 (Meeting Room 1/ 2:15 p.m.)

Tuesday, September 24 (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, October 8 (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, October 22 (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, November 12 (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, December 10 (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, January 14 (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, February 11 (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, March 11 (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, April 8 (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, May 13 (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Support our School…Sign-up Now for the New Year!

All Saints currently participates in the Giant A+ Bonus Bucks and Harris Teeter’s Together in Education programs. These programs provide cash to our school based on the amount that registered customers spend each school year. Each program requires re-registration each school-year. If you have not already provided your card information, please complete the 2013-2014 enrollment form at the end of the newsletter and return to the office marked to the attention:  Grocery Store Program Coordinator. Don’t forget to recruit family, friends, neighbors and coworkers by getting them to complete a form also. The coordinator will take care of registration for you!

We also benefit from Target’s Take Charge of Education program.  The REDcard is an actual debit or credit card.  For security purposes, please visit www.target.com/tcoe or call 1-800-316-6142 to designate our school, and then use your REDcard whenever you shop at Target to benefit All Saints.

Boxtops

Please remember to turn in boxtops to count for the summer collection. Please label the ziplock with your child’s homeroom and teacher’s name and submit it to the office by the close of this week.

Important Reminders

Directory Contact Information (Submission deadline) – Friday, September 6th

Upcoming Events

Thursday, August 29th
Pre-Kindergarten Orientation for Parents (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, August 30th
Opening School Mass (10:00 a.m.)

Monday, September 2nd
Labor Day Holiday

Tuesday, September 3rd
Pre-Kindergarten Open House (Morning Session ~ 9:00-11:00 a.m./Afternoon Session ~ 12:30-2:30 p.m.)

Band Instrument Demonstration for Students

PTO Board Meeting (Professional Learning Center/7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, September 4th
First Day of Pre-Kindergarten

Thursday, September 5th
Back to School Night for Grades 1-5 & PTO General Assembly Meeting (PAC/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, September 6th
Deadline for Submitting School Directory Contact Information

Parent-Student Handbook Acknowledgment Forms due

Emergency Forms due

ATTACHMENTS

Diocesan Emergency Form – http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/08/emergency-form.pdf

Grocery Program Registration Form 2013/2014 – http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2013/08/GroceryProgram2013-2014.pdf

Afternoon Dismissal – Revisions for the New Year

With the completion of the renovation of the Parish Activities Center, students dismissed in the front of the school will once again gather in the courtyard.  Assembled by grade level in lines facing the Parish Activity Center, the students will await their parents who will enter the courtyard via the sidewalk leading to the PAC, pick up their children, and continue to walk around the perimeter of the courtyard before returning to their cars. While this will be a slightly longer walk for parents than in prior years, the enclosure created by the new courtyard renovation provides a safer and more restricted area for pick-up during afternoon dismissal.

In an effort to ensure the safety and security of our students, children will only be released to their parents via the organized dismissal system.  Parents will not be permitted to pull their children from class lines as they exit the building or pick them up outside the main entrance at dismissal time. 

Two years ago we implemented a new carpool system by which each family has been assigned a specific parking area.  This was done in an effort to create a sense of predictability for the students so that on inclement weather days, they might walk directly to their assigned area.  However, in light of the fact that we have had only a handful of rainy day dismissals over the course of the past year, we will be modifying the carpool system accordingly.

All parents will continue to have an assigned parking bay which will be used on days of inclement weather.  In order to help the students to understand the process, parents are asked to park in their assigned bays for the first two weeks of school.  After the first two weeks, we will return to the prior practice of “first in, first out”, meaning that  parents assigned to the front parking lot will park in bay one as they arrive, followed by bay two and three.  Those assigned to the rear parking lot will park in bay four followed by bay five.  (Note:  It is very important that parents park only in their assigned area, i.e. front vs. back parking lots, as the system has been organized based on the total capacity for each parking area.)  On inclement weather days, parents will be asked to park in their assigned bays so that their children can walk directly to those areas.

Parents will once again be assigned one of five parking areas for afternoon dismissal based upon where their last name occurs in the alphabet.  Parking assignments for the new year will be posted on our school website in the coming weeks.  Additionally, copies of the procedures for afternoon dismissal as well as parking assignments will be available on Orientation Day.  All parents are asked to review these items prior to the first day of school.  Parents whose children will be walking to and from school are asked to provide written authorization to the office on Orientation Day.

Welcome to the New Year at All Saints!

Dear Parents and Friends of All Saints,

I hope this letter finds you and your family well and continuing to enjoy the summer.  With the first day of school just around the corner, I want to take a moment to share with you some highlights for the new year as well as a list of important reminders.

To begin with, I wish to extend a special word of welcome to those families who have just joined our All Saints community!  We are delighted that you have chosen a Catholic education for your children and even more pleased that you have decided to partner with All Saints.   Again, welcome to our All Saints family!

Over the course of the summer, we have undertaken a number of projects that will enhance both the facility as well as the overall instructional program.  The following is a list of some of the more significant changes.

New Writing Program~ As part of our five year plan, we will be introducing a common writing framework to be used in all reading & language arts classrooms for students in grades K-8.  After research and discussion, a faculty committee has selected a program entitled Empowering Writers.  Our goal for this initiative is for students and teachers to adopt a common language and expectation regarding the different types of writing, i.e. narrative, expository and persuasive.   Implementing a standard framework across the grade levels will allow for on-going reinforcement of previously learned skills and encourage more frequent writing across the curriculum.

Middle School Math Program ~ In recognition of the increase in enrollment in the middle school and in an effort to more authentically place students in the regular or advanced classes, I have hired a part-time math teacher, Mrs. Debi Woolfrey, to instruct one class of students in 6th grade math and 6th grade science.  (Note: Although the students are placed by ability in math, the schedule necessitates that they be grouped similarly in one other class, i.e. science) In addition to allowing for more effective student placement in the math program, having an additional teacher will reduce class size in a curriculum area that we are continuing to strengthen.  It is our plan that this position will expand over the course of the next two years as students advance to 7th & 8thgrade in either the regular or advanced programs.

Spanish Program ~ In order to sustain the very fine work that Mr. Roy has begun and in an effort to reduce his exceptionally heavy teaching load, I have hired a part-time teacher, Mrs. Helmick, to instruct first and second grade students in Spanish.  (Note:  As the time of these classes occurs when Mrs. Helmick would have been assisting with supervision in the cafeteria, there will be no impact on her current role of first grade assistant.)

Security System ~ When visiting the school, you will notice that exterior cameras have been placed outside the main access points and that an intercom/electronic buzzer system has been installed at the front door. During school hours, the front door will remain locked and visitors will be granted access by way of this new system.  Additionally, a second electronic access system has been installed on the double-wooden doors that lead into the school from the front office.  In order to gain access, visitors will again be required to sign-in and then be granted access by office staff using an electronic buzzer system.

Kitchen Expansion ~ In response to increased enrollment and high demand for the hot lunch program, we have expanded the kitchen.   With the addition of a new walk-in refrigerator and freezer, we will be better equipped to provide for the large number of students who now order lunch.

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We are pleased to welcome the following faculty & staff who will be joining us for the 2013-2014 school year.

Mrs. Debi Woolfrey (6th Grade Math & Science) – In response to the increase in middle school enrollment and in an effort to be able to more authentically place students within the math program, Mrs. Woolfrey will be teaching one class of 6th grade math and science.  Mrs. Woolfrey earned her Bachelor of Arts from Randolph-Macon College and a Masters of Education from Virginia Commonwealth University.  She previously taught fifth grade in Hanover County Public Schools where she organized and participated in a number of math and science initiatives at both the local and district levels.  With a great passion for science and math, she will be a terrific addition to our middle school team.

Mrs. Carolyn Helmick (1st & 2nd Grade Spanish) – In addition to continuing in her role of first grade assistant, Mrs. Helmick will be teaching Spanish to our first and second grade students.  This change in the foreign language program will lighten the course load for Mr. Roy who previously taught all students in grades 1-8, including the Spanish I program in the middle school.  Having recently earned her teaching license and having studied Spanish during her undergraduate years at George Mason University, Mrs. Helmick will provide our youngest learners with a wonderful introduction to this foreign language.

Mrs. Angela Slater (Counselor) – We are pleased to welcome Mrs. Angela Slater, mother of Amelia and Charlotte, to the position of part-time counselor.  Mrs. Slater earned her Bachelor of Social Work from James Madison University and a Master of Social Work from Arizona State University.  Specializing in program planning and administration, she previously coordinated services and counseling resources for students and families in a public school setting in Arizona.  With a strong faith perspective and a compassionate heart, she will provide a professional and calming presence within our school community through her role as counselor on Mondays, Wednesdays and through the morning hours on Thursdays.

Mrs. Emily Reid (Pre-Kindergarten Assistant) – We are pleased to welcome Mrs. Emily Reid, mother of Austin and Logan, to the position of Pre-Kindergarten assistant.  Mrs. Reid earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Virginia Tech and has recently worked in the business field, specializing in event planning. With strong organization skills and a wonderful sense of creativity, she will be a great addition to our vibrant Pre-Kindergarten team.

Mrs. Robin Speicher (Cafeteria Staff) – We are pleased to welcome Mrs. Robin Speicher, mother of Carolyn and the recently graduated Erika, to our cafeteria staff.  In addition to having served as a regular and highly committed volunteer at All Saints, Mrs. Speicher brings to her role her experience from the business world. Her attention to detail and dedication will make her an ideal member of our cafeteria team.

The one position that remains open at this time is that of the music teacher.  With interviews continuing, I remain hopeful that I will be able to identify the right candidate for our program in the weeks ahead.

Important Announcements for 2013-2014

Afternoon Dismissal – Revisions for the New Year

With the completion of the renovation of the Parish Activities Center, students dismissed in the front of the school will once again gather in the courtyard.  Assembled by grade level in lines facing the Parish Activity Center, the students will await their parents who will enter the courtyard via the sidewalk leading to the PAC, pick up their children, and continue to walk around the perimeter of the courtyard before returning to their cars. While this will be a slightly longer walk for parents than in prior years, the enclosure created by the new courtyard renovation provides a safer and more restricted area for pick-up during afternoon dismissal.

In an effort to ensure the safety and security of our students, children will only be released to their parents via the organized dismissal system.  Parents will not be permitted to pull their children from class lines as they exit the building or pick them up outside the main entrance at dismissal time. 

Two years ago we implemented a new carpool system by which each family has been assigned a specific parking area.  This was done in an effort to create a sense of predictability for the students so that on inclement weather days, they might walk directly to their assigned area.  However, in light of the fact that we have had only a handful of rainy day dismissals over the course of the past year, we will be modifying the carpool system accordingly.

All parents will continue to have an assigned parking bay which will be used on days of inclement weather.  In order to help the students to understand the process, parents are asked to park in their assigned bays for the first two weeks of school.  After the first two weeks, we will return to the prior practice of “first in, first out”, meaning that  parents assigned to the front parking lot will park in bay one as they arrive, followed by bay two and three.  Those assigned to the rear parking lot will park in bay four followed by bay five.  (Note:  It is very important that parents park only in their assigned area, i.e. front vs. back parking lots, as the system has been organized based on the total capacity for each parking area.)  On inclement weather days, parents will be asked to park in their assigned bays so that their children can walk directly to those areas.

Parents will once again be assigned one of five parking areas for afternoon dismissal based upon where their last name occurs in the alphabet.  Parking assignments for the new year will be posted on our school website in the coming weeks.  Additionally, copies of the procedures for afternoon dismissal as well as parking assignments will be available on Orientation Day.  All parents are asked to review these items prior to the first day of school.  Parents whose children will be walking to and from school are asked to provide written authorization to the office on Orientation Day.

Cafeteria Program – Updated Pricing

This year the cost of lunch in the cafeteria will remain the same ($3.00), however the price of milk will increase from $.16 to $.18.

Important Reminders

Orientation Day for Students in Grades K-8 (Friday, August 23rd from 9:00 a.m. to noon)

This day provides you and your child the opportunity to meet teachers and visit classrooms.  The classrooms will be open for visits until 11:00 a.m. while cafeteria ticket sales and distribution of information will continue in the gym until noon.    On Orientation Day, parents/visitors are invited to park in either the front or rear parking lots.

(Although the Pre-Kindergarten program will host a separate open house event, parents are welcome to visit the gym to pick-up important information at this time.)

¨       New families are invited to arrive early on Orientation Day.  Faculty and staff will be available to greet you and guide you through the school beginning at 9:00 a.m.  Returning families are asked to begin arriving at 9:30 a.m.

¨       Throughout the course of the morning, you are asked to keep your children with you at all times since the teachers will be occupied with meeting new students and will not be available to supervise the children.

First Day of School for Grades K-8 (Monday, August 26th)

8:00     Morning Bell

8:05     Classes Begin

Since you will already have had the opportunity on Orientation Day to meet teachers and visit classrooms, you are asked to drop off your children in the carpool line by 7:58 a.m.  Students will enter the building via the breezeway connecting the new facility to the original wing and report directly to their homerooms. The breezeway doors will open at 7:40 a.m. at which time the cars in the front of the carpool line will begin dropping off students at the direction of patrols and the supervising staff.  Any child dropped off before 7:40 a.m. must be escorted by a parent or guardian to the Extended Day Program in Father Kelley Hall.

Dismissal will occur at noon on Monday for students in grades Kindergarten through eight.  Dismissal for grades 1-8 will be at 3:00 p.m. for the remainder of the week.  However, the Kindergarten program will dismiss at noon for the entire first week of school.

Immunizations

Virginia law requires that parents of students enrolling in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten or first grade provide documentation of appropriate immunization for measles, mumps, and rubella.  All children who have not received a complete series of hepatitis B vaccine will be required to receive such immunization prior to entering the 6th grade.  Additionally, in accordance with the immunization requirements for the State of Virginia, all 6th grade students must receive a Tdap booster before returning to school in the fall. Please be aware that providing documentation of immunization is a necessary condition for enrollment at All Saints. Those students who have not received proper immunization will not be permitted to attend school. Should you have any questions about immunization requirements, please contact our school nurse, Mrs. Roth, at 703-368-4400.

Families and schools are now only able to access the MCH 213F (School Entrance Health Form) on-line.  Links to the form can be found on the Diocesan website on the following pages:

http://www.arlingtondiocese.org/catholicschools/forms.php

The form can also be downloaded from the Virginia Department of Health web site                                    http://www.vahealth.org/childadolescenthealth/schoolhealth/forms.htm

Background Checks  – Policies for School Parent Volunteers

As part of the diocesan initiative to maintain a safe environment for all of our children, all volunteers with “substantial contact” with children are required to complete a background check prior to working in the school and to complete VIRTUS training within 45 days of commencing service.

In accordance with diocesan policy, full compliance for an adult parent volunteer is not required for openevents.  (An open event is one that is open to the public, infrequent and publicized, such as Field Day, concerts and special events/assemblies.)  However, full compliance is required for adult parent volunteers who wish to participate in closed events.  (A closed event is one that is not entirely open to the general public such as classroom activities, parties, field trips, etc.)  For this reason, all parents who wish to attend field trips or volunteer in support of classroom activities are required to complete the background check process and attend VIRTUS training.

As we begin a new year, in accordance with diocesan policy, only those parents who have completed the criminal background check are eligible to volunteer in the school.  Those who have not yet completed the background check process may request a packet of forms from the front office.

Opening of School Mass

At 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 30th we will celebrate the beginning of the new year with a school-wide Mass. All parents are cordially invited to join us for this liturgy as we pray for God’s blessings on our community in the year ahead.

2013-2014 School Calendars

New calendars may be picked up on Orientation Day.  We are grateful to Mrs. Laurie Short who again this year designed our school calendar.  The calendar was printed by JM Gaske with the financial support of local businesses that purchased adverstisements included in the publication.

Parent/Student Handbook

Information related to the updated student handbook will be issued to all families via upcoming school newsletters and posted on our website.

School Supplies

Supply lists were distributed in the spring in order that you might take advantage of sales during the summer. Parents who ordered supplies through the school-organized supply project may pick them up on Orientation Day.  All students are asked to come to school prepared with supplies on the first day of classes.

Uniforms

An overview of uniform requirements follows below.

Girls Uniform (Grades K-5)

Navy, Gold & White Plaid Drop Waist Jumper

White Short Sleeve Peterpan Collar Blouse (Summer and Spring)

White Long Sleeve Peterpan Collar Blouse (Winter)

Navy Crew Neck Cardigan Sweater (Worn with jumper)

Black Athletic Shoes (Optional Shoe: Black Mary Jane Strap Shoe may be worn with jumper)

Navy ribbed or regular tights, navy knee-hi or white crew socks

Hair bows must be of solid color, matching a color in the uniform, i.e. navy, white or black

Girls Uniform (Grades 6-8)

Navy, Gold & White Plaid Wrap Around Kilt

White Short Sleeve Polo Shirt with school logo (Summer and Spring)

White Long Sleeve Buttondown Collar Blouse (Winter)

Navy with White Trim V-Neck Sweater Vest

Black Penny Loafer Shoe

Navy ribbed or regular tights, navy knee-hi or white crew socks

 

Boys Uniform (Grades K-5)

Grey Pleated Twill Pants

White Short Sleeve Polo Shirt with school logo (Summer and Spring)

White Long Sleeve Button-down Collar Shirt (Winter)

Grey Tie (Mass Days and Special Occasions)

Navy V-Neck Sweater Vest

Black Athletic Shoes

Navy Crew Socks (Year round with twill pants)

 

Boys Uniform (Grades 6-8)

Grey Poly/Wool Dress Pants

White Short Sleeve Polo Shirt with school logo (Summer and Spring)

White Long Sleeve Button-down Collar Shirt (Winter)

Navy/Grey Striped Tie

Navy with White Trim V-Neck Sweater Vest

Black Oxford Shoe

Navy crew socks (year round)

While the black athletic shoe remains the standard for all students in grades Kindergarten through five, girls in those grades may opt to wear the black Mary Jane, with the jumpers,(available for purchase through Flynn & O’Hara).  In the middle school, girls wear a black, rubber-soled penny loafer and boys wear a black, leather oxford shoe.

P.E. Uniform

Students in grades 6-8 “dress out” for P.E. class.  Middle school students are asked to bring their P.E. uniform, socks and athletic shoes to school on days when they will attend P.E. class.

The following is a summary of the P.E. uniform for students in grades K-8.

Light Steel Gym Tee Shirt with Silk Screen with school logo

Navy Micromesh Nylon Gym Shorts with Silk Screen with school logo

Navy Sweatshirt with Silk Screen Logo (Grades K-5)

Navy Sweatshirt with Embroidered Logo (Grades 6-8)

Solid black athletic tennis shoes

FACTS Tuition Program

Parents are reminded that the first tuition payment for the 2013-2014 school year is due in August and will be submitted directly to FACTS via the new electronic transfer system.  Should you have any questions about this program, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio at 703-393-1490.

Information for Kindergarten Families

Parents who have a Kindergartner starting at All Saints this year are invited to a special orientation meeting on Thursday, August 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in the art room.  Mrs. Katherine Izquierdo and Mrs. Elizabeth Cote will present an overview of the program and will be available to answer questions.

Information for Pre-Kindergarten Families

Parents who have a Pre-Kindergartner beginning at All Saints are invited to attend a special meeting on Thursday, August 29th at 7:00 p.m.  Mrs. Kardaras, Director of the Pre-Kindergarten, will highlight pertinent information about our program.  In addition, the rest of the program staff will be in attendance and available to answer any questions that you might have.

On Tuesday, September 3rd there will be a special Open House for all Pre-Kindergarten students and their parents from 9:00-11:00 a.m. for those enrolled in the morning session and from 12:30-2:30 p.m. for those in the afternoon session.  The program will officially begin on Wednesday, September 4th.

Pre-Kindergarten students do not wear a uniform.  Rather, they are asked to wear comfortable, casual clothing that is conducive to their participation in the various activities that will occur each day.

Upcoming Special Events – Back to School Night

Back to School Night & PTO Meeting (Parents of Grades 1-5) – Thursday, September 5th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Activities Center.  Following an opening presentation and introduction of the PTO Board, teachers in grades one through five will present an overview of programs in their classrooms.

Middle School Back to School Night (Parents of Grades 6-8) – Thursday, September 12th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Activities Center.  These sessions will provide parents with important information about our many programs and plans for the 2013-2014 school year.  For this reason, at least one parent from each family is required to attend this session.

All school families are cordially invited to attend the 9th Annual Welcome Back Barbecue hosted by the PTO. This popular and well-attended event provides a wonderful opportunity for families to visit with friends old and new as we begin another year together.  Once again this event is free of charge, courtesy of the PTO.  The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. on August 23rd and will take place on the parking lot and grassy area located behind the school.  Parents are asked to park in the front lot and to either walk around the school or pass through the breezeway entrances when arriving for the event.  Families are asked to bring lawn chairs and a cooler full of favorite drinks.  (Non-alcoholic beverages only)  Although there is no need to RSVP, should you have any questions or wish to volunteer to assist with the event, please contact Mrs. Janene Shaw at 703-330-4487.   Plan to join us for an evening of traditional barbecue items along with some tasty Cajun specialties and music!

In the days preceding the opening of school, should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 703-368-4400.  We look forward to seeing you in the weeks ahead!

 

Sincerely,

David E. Conroy, Jr.

Principal