Important Allergy Awareness Presentation – October 1st

On October 1st at 7pm in the PAC, the PTO will be sponsoring a General Assembly Meeting on a very important topic that you won’t want to miss.  We are so fortunate to have a wonderfully dynamic speaker from our very own school community- our beloved school nurse, Mrs. Jillian Roth, R.N.

In addition to her nursing qualifications and wonderful way with our students, what you may not know is that she is considered an Anaphylaxis Community Expert with a specialty in Epinephrine Resource School Nursing (one of four with this qualification in the state of Virginia).  Mrs. Roth will be speaking on food allergies and anaphylaxis- a topic which you may be surprised to hear effects a number of children in our own school and many in the community at large.

This is a must see presentation- even if your child does not have allergies, if your child has a friend who does- or any child with allergies spends any time at your house- these strategies can be life saving.  If you volunteer in the classroom or work with children, you can play a role in keeping children safe with this information.

In fact, we think that this presentation is so important; you can earn 10 Points for Parents for attending the General Assembly meeting on October 1st.

Want to earn 1/2 your Points for Parents for the entire year?!?  Attend all three General Assembly Meetings and you can earn 30 Points for Parents.

The Sentinel – September 25, 2013

Principal’s Message

On Friday all students in grades 1-8 will receive an interim report, a summary for parents that indicates each child’s progress at the mid-point of the quarter.

In advance of these reports, I would like to provide some clarification regarding the grading rubric for special subject classes, i.e. art, music, computer, physical education and Spanish in the lower grades.  Although progress reports may include percentage-based grades in some of these classes, these scores will automatically be translated into the following numerical score at the close of each quarter: 3, 2, 1 or X.  In order for students to be eligible for the honor roll, they will need to demonstrate satisfactory or better progress as indicated by a 2 (Satisfactory/Good) or 3 (Very Good) in these classes.

Related to this, after consultation with the teachers, I have decided that third grade students will not participate in the honor roll system, even though they will earn percentage-based grades.  The reason for this is that I believe that introducing this academic incentive may inadvertently create unnecessary stress for these still young learners.  The focus for these students should continue to be that of putting forth their best effort every day rather than striving for a particular percentage, a mathematical concept of which they have only a limited understanding.

After reviewing your child’s interim, do not hesitate to contact the teachers should you have any questions.  Although we are still learning this new system, we are more than happy to provide clarification regarding your son or daughter’s progress.

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Recently we initiated a test of our SchoolMessenger notification system, a process designed to allow us to quickly communicate important information to parents, faculty and staff.  As a result of the test we learned that our database is not currently mapped for distribution of text messages.  It is for this reason that you may not have received a test message via text.

In order to participate in the SMS messaging service, you must indicate your willingness to receive text messages to your phone.  The process is simple and only takes a few seconds to complete.

Simply text any one of the following words to the number 68453: subscribe, optin, yes

You’ll know you were successful if you receive the following reply message

You’re now registered with the SchoolMessenger notification service. Reply STOP to cancel, HELP for help.  Msg&data rates may apply. 3msgs/mo. Schoolmessenger.com/tm

All Saints will officially launch this service in the weeks ahead.  If you do not complete the opt-in process described above, you may receive a one-time opt-in invitation SMS message on Wednesday, October 9th This is to comply with wireless carrier requirements and to protect you against unsolicited text messages.  The message you will receive will be similar to the following.

All Saints Catholic School messages.  Reply Y for aprx 3 msgs/mo.  Txt HELP 4 info. Msg&data rates may apply.  School schoolmessenger.com/tm

So that you can continue to receive important messages from the school, we encourage you to reply with “Y” or “Yes” or “OPTIN” or “SUBSCRIBE” when you receive such a verification message.

To opt out of all text messages from SchoolMessenger, reply with STOP to the opt-in message or visit www.schoolmessenger.com/tm.

Please note: Although All Saints does not charge you for this service, it does not pay for text messages that may be incurred by you for sending or receiving text messages.  Check with your wireless carrier for possible charges.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office at 703-368-4400.

Middle School Program ~ The Gift of Human Sexuality

Central to the mission of Catholic education is a commitment to the formation of the whole person within the light of the teachings of the Gospel.  At All Saints our effort to educate all dimensions of the child ~ spiritual, intellectual, social, and emotional, has been an essential and consistent element of our mission.

As a Catholic school, All Saints also affirms the role of parents as the primary educators of their children and we are privileged to have the opportunity to work with you as partners in this regard.  During the past several years, we have grown increasingly concerned about the many confusing messages that society as a whole, and the media in particular, place before the young people of today, particularly in regards to the topic of human sexuality.  In this day and age it is increasingly important that we insure that the children learn the beautiful teachings of the Church on this topic and that they fully realize and understand the gift of human sexuality within this framework.  Not to share this information with the children leaves them unprepared for the world they face and the many choices that await them in the years ahead.

In recent years, All Saints Catholic School has implemented a middle school family life curriculum that supports our goal of educating the whole child.  The program is coordinated by the Diocesan Director of Youth Ministry, Mr. Kevin Bohli, and is tailored to the specific needs of each school community. The program consists of a parent presentation during which Mr. Bohli provides an outline of his presentations as well as resources for parents.  Following this presentation, he and an associate, Mrs. Celia Fruchterman, will meet with the students for three one hour lessons designed to provide the children with an understanding of the Church’s teachings on the topic of human sexuality.

One of the advantages of this program is the involvement of outside professionals.  In addition to their expertise and experience, Mr. Bohli and Mrs. Fruchterman are unfamiliar to the students, which may put the students at greater ease in asking questions and discussing this topic.  A second advantage of this program is that it is designed to take place in a single-sex setting; Mr. Bohli will address the boys and Mrs. Fruchterman will speak with the girls.  Finally, in accordance with diocesan policy, this program is designed as an opt-in opportunity for parents and students.  Accommodations will be made for those children whose parents prefer that they not participate in the program.

Parents of middle school students are invited to a presentation to be held on Wednesday, October 9th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the PAC.  As this is such a very important topic related to the development of your child, I ask that at least one parent from each family new to this program be present at the meeting.  Should you have any questions about this initiative, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Classroom Activity Fees

In an effort to reduce the number of times money is requested over the course of the school year for classroom activities and to provide a greater sense of predictability, last year we developed a new collection process.  Monies needed for classroom activities and parties are now collected at the beginning of the year through the classroom teacher and are kept in individual accounts at the parish office. 

Each homeroom teacher, in coordination with room parents, has estimated the approximate total cost of classroom activity and party expenses for the entire year.  This information will be communicated to you via a separate letter from the teachers this week.

Parents are asked to submit their activity fee no later than October 31.  Since each classroom will have an individual account, parents with multiple children in the school are asked to submit payment per child, rather than combining amounts into one check.   Should you have questions about this program, please do not hesitate to contact your Room Liaison.

Installation of SCA Officers & Representatives

On Friday afternoon the newly elected officers and class representatives were officially welcomed into the Student Council Association of All Saints Catholic School.  Mr. Robert Coleman was our keynote speaker, offering a perspective on leadership gained through his experiences as an attorney and substitute judge in Prince William County.  Brightney Varghese, newly elected SCA president, shared her vision, one of service to the poor in our local community through support of the new Bethany Food Pantry.

We congratulate the following students and wish them every success and blessing as they begin their year of student leadership!

Officers

President                                  Brightney V.

Vice President                          Kaelyn L.

Secretary/Historian                   Rachel E.

Finance                                      Maddeleine M.

Religious Activities                      Lance C.

Health/Safety/Ecology             Nicholas D.

School Spirit                            Trey C.

 

Class Representatives

4A                                           Sabrina Y.

4B                                           Ethan R.

5A                                           Christine T.

5B                                           Julia W.

6A                                           Katie A.

6B                                           Joey G.

7A                                           Lucy B.

7B                                           Jack H.

8A                                           Ethan B.

8B                                           Diana G.

Seeking Volunteers

Parents and Grandparents interested in helping out at recess and lunch either weekly or every other week.  Enjoy seeing your students during the school day while working with other wonderful All Saint’s parents and school staff to supervise all the students and ensure a safe and enjoyable recess and lunch for all.  We specifically need the following volunteers:

  •  One K1 Helper from 12:15-1:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  •  One K2 Helper from 12:15-1:00 pm on Thursdays and Fridays
  •  A Kitchen Helper to facilitate serving lunches on Fridays from 11:10 to 1:00 pm
  •  A few more Recess/Lunch Helpers to supervise students during all three lunch periods (11:10 am to 1:00 pm) on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Can’t commit to a full time schedule?  We also need volunteers who are willing to be flexible and fill in as needed.

Training sessions for volunteers will take place on Thursday, September 26th at 10 am in Meeting Room 2 and will last 50 minutes.  All volunteers must be VIRTUS certified, however, those in processing are encouraged to attend one of the training sessions this week.  Please contact Mrs. Holly Crocker athollyscrocker@comcast.net or 571 991-0773 for more information.

Big Bash News…

There are just a few days left to order at the $28 Early Bird Ticket price. So don’t delay, order your tickets today! Need an order form? There are three ways to get one:

1.      Check your oldest child’s backpack. He or she should have 3 order forms on Wednesday or Thursday. One is for you, and the other two are to give to friends/family that you’d like to bring to the Big Bash with you!

2.      Print the form from the website and send it in with your payment. You can also download it from the Sentinel.

3.      Order your tickets online with PayPal (using your account or credit card).

SUGGESTIONS NEEDED! We are looking for group game ideas – if you’ve got one, we’d love to hear about it. Visit the website to send in your suggestion with the contact form, or drop us a line atasptobigbash@gmail.com. Thanks ~ Christian and Elissa.

Big Bash links: 

Website: http://ptobigbash.com

Ticket Information: http://wiselightmarketing.com/ptobigbash/buy-big-bash-tickets/

Online Ticket Ordering: http://wiselightmarketing.com/ptobigbash/buy-your-big-bash-tickets-online/

Planning Calendar: http://wiselightmarketing.com/ptobigbash/planning-calendar/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/allsaintsptobigbash

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/2/100806208726508659866/

 

Paul VI Catholic High School News

Coach Allen’s Futures Basketball Clinics:  A great way to prepare for the upcoming basketball season.  Dates:  September 25th, October 2nd, 9th, 15th, and 23rd.  Go to www.pvibasketball.commore info!

Paul VI Girls & Boys Columbus Day Basketball Camp: Monday, October 14th, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.Cost: $55 per camper / Grades 2 – 8.  Please go to www.pvibasketball.com for more info & to register.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

PTO General Assembly Meeting ~ Presentation for Parents on Allergy Awareness

On October 1st at 7pm in the PAC we will have our next PTO General Assembly Meeting.  We are so fortunate to have a wonderfully dynamic speaker from our very own school community- our beloved school nurse, Mrs. Jillian Roth, R.N.

In addition to her nursing qualifications and wonderful way with our students, what you may not know is that she is considered an Anaphylaxis Community Expert with a specialty in Epinephrine Resource School Nursing (one of 4 with this qualification in the state of Virginia).  Mrs. Roth will be speaking on food allergies and anaphylaxis- a topic which you may be surprised to hear effects a number of children in our own school and many in the community at large.

This is a must see presentation- even if your child does not have allergies, if your child has a friend who does- or any child with allergies spends any time at your house- these strategies can be lifesaving.  If you volunteer in the classroom or work with children, you can play a role in keeping children safe with this information.

In fact, we think that this presentation is so important, you can earn 10 Points for Parents for attending the General Assembly meeting on October 1st.

Want to earn 1/2 your Points for Parents for the entire year?!?  Attend all 3 General Assembly Meetings and you can earn 30 Points for Parents.  In February we will have a speaker on Technology and our Children and in April- Homework Strategies. More information to follow on these speakers!

We look forward to seeing you there- Mrs. Angela Slater, PTO President.

8th Grade Parents Meeting (Wednesday, October 2nd)

Mrs. Slovenkay and Miss Zwisler will host a meeting for all 8th grade parents on Wednesday, October 2nd beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Meeting Room 2 located in the Father Kelley Wing. Important information will be shared regarding the high school application process and the special events & activities that are part of the 8th grade experience at All Saints.  At least one parent from each family is asked to attend this important session.

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.

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, 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:

Thursday, September 26(Meeting Room #2 / 2:15 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.)

Spirit Events Committee
Hey Everybody! It’s time to show our school some LOVE. It’s our first Spirit Event. Friday September 27th, 2013 @ Chick-fil-A on Liberia Ave. from 6:30a.m. until 9 p.m.. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner and fellowship with friends and your extended All Saints family. Invite a new family to join you.20% of the proceeds go to our beloved All Saints! It’s a noon dismissal day so make a lunch date! Hope to see you all there!

Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 26th     Spirit Week: Jeans & Jerseys Day

Playground Training for Volunteers (10:00      a.m.)

Friday, September 27th       Noon Dismissal: Professional Development for Faculty

School Mass & Virtue Awards Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)

Spirit Event: Chick-fil-a (Liberia Ave.)

1st Quarter Interims

Tuesday, October 1st              Paul VI High School – 8th Grade visit

PTO   General  Assembly  Meeting:  Allergy    Awareness, presented by Mrs. Jillian Roth (PAC/7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, October 2nd  8th Grade Parent Meeting (Meeting Room #2/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, October 4th               School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

St. Francis Blessing of the Animals (6:00 p.m.)

Links

·         Chick-fil-A Spirit Event Flyer: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=2013-09-09-Chick-Fil-A-revised.jpg

·         Big Bash links: 

Website: http://ptobigbash.com

Ticket Information: http://wiselightmarketing.com/ptobigbash/buy-big-bash-tickets/

Online Ticket Ordering: http://wiselightmarketing.com/ptobigbash/buy-your-big-bash-tickets-online/

Planning Calendar: http://wiselightmarketing.com/ptobigbash/planning-calendar/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/allsaintsptobigbash

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/2/100806208726508659866/

·         Updated Girl Scout Letter:  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=9-25-All-Saints-School-Girl-Scouts-Letter-2.pdf

§  Daisy Troop 1044  and Cadette Troop 2718 Meeting Timeshttp://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Daisy-1044-Cadette-3718-Meeting-Dates-2013-14.pdf

§  Junior Troop 2585 Meeting Dates

http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Junior-2585-Meeting-Dates-2013-14-2.pdf

The Sentinel – September 18, 2013


Principal’s Message

This year we have given increased attention to school safety and security, including revisions of some of our arrival and dismissal procedures.  I want to thank all parents for their support in this regard and for participating in these school-wide efforts.  With all parents participating in the organized arrival and dismissal process, the faculty and administration are better able to supervise and ensure the safety of all of our students.  Again, thank you for your support.    

The following is a list of additional reminders designed to help us maintain an arrival and dismissal system that is safe, efficient and courteous. 

Parking:

¨       Parents are asked not to park directly in front of the school building since this area is a designated fire lane.   Access to this area is restricted by traffic cones.

¨       Those visiting or volunteering in the school during the day are asked to park in the lot in front of the new church.  (Please refrain from parking in those spaces reserved for the clergy and from parking in Lot #2, directly across from the priests’ parking area, as this section is used by the parish staff.)

Arrival & Departure:

¨       When entering and exiting the property please use right turns only.  This will minimize the traffic that sometimes occurs on Stonewall Road, thereby helping us to maintain positive public relations with our neighbors. 

¨       Parents are asked not to exit the line after unloading children during morning arrival.  Rather, to ensure the safety of all students, drivers are asked to remain in the line of traffic and to wait for the car ahead to pull forward. 

¨       During morning arrival, students should exit from the passenger side of the vehicle.  This will eliminate the practice of having the children walk between cars.

¨       When arriving for afternoon dismissal, parents are reminded to use great caution when exiting their vehicle.  We recommend that parents not open their doors until the next row of cars has arrived in the adjacent parking spaces. 

¨       In that our dismissal process brings together many people, it is a time for discussion and community building.  However, once dismissal begins, we ask that parents wrap up conversations so that complete attention may be directed to the children and so that we might avoid any unnecessary delays.  

¨       For the safety of all involved, drivers are asked not to exit the carpool lines during afternoon dismissal unless directed by a staff member to do so.  Teachers only wave drivers forward after verifying that the adjacent lanes are clear of pedestrian traffic. 

¨       It is vitally important that all drivers be especially attentive, proceeding slowly and with caution.   Parents are asked to refrain from cell phone use when entering and exiting the property.

PTO General Assembly Meeting ~ Presentation for Parents on Allergy Awareness

On October 1st at 7pm in the PAC we will have our next PTO General Assembly Meeting.  We are so fortunate to have a wonderfully dynamic speaker from our very own school community- our beloved school nurse, Mrs. Jillian Roth, R.N.

In addition to her nursing qualifications and wonderful way with our students, what you may not know is that she is considered an Anaphylaxis Community Expert with a specialty in Epinephrine Resource School Nursing (one of 4 with this qualification in the state of Virginia).  Mrs. Roth will be speaking on food allergies and anaphylaxis- a topic which you may be surprised to hear effects a number of children in our own school and many in the community at large.

This is a must see presentation- even if your child does not have allergies, if your child has a friend who does- or any child with allergies spends any time at your house- these strategies can be life saving.  If you volunteer in the classroom or work with children, you can play a role in keeping children safe with this information.

In fact, we think that this presentation is so important, you can earn 10 Points for Parents for attending the General Assembly meeting on October 1st.

Want to earn 1/2 your Points for Parents for the entire year?!?  Attend all 3 General Assembly Meetings and you can earn 30 Points for Parents.  In February we will have a speaker on Technology and our Children and in April- Homework Strategies. More information to follow on these speakers!

We look forward to seeing you there- Mrs. Angela Slater, PTO President.

8th Grade Parents Meeting (Wednesday, October 2nd)

Mrs. Slovenkay and Miss Zwisler will host a meeting for all 8th grade parents on Wednesday, October 2nd beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Meeting Room 2 located in the Father Kelley Wing. Important information will be shared regarding the high school application process and the special events & activities that are part of the 8th grade experience at All Saints.  At least one parent from each family is asked to attend this important session. 

Lock-Down Drill ~ September 25th (10:00 a.m.)

Nine years ago our school-based Crisis Management Team implemented quarterly lock-down drills to familiarize students and staff with our security response plan.  Each drill is clearly introduced as a practice with teachers and staff providing age-appropriate instructions to the students.  The first drill for the year will occur on Wednesday, September 25th at 10:00 a.m.  (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.) 

Parents Unite – for parents of 5th through 12th graders

Come for an evening of Dinner, Practical Pointers, & Prayer for Parents of Teens & Future Teens ~ October 19th at All Saints in Manassas from 3:00pm to 8:30pm

Features of the Day

  • Dr. Michael Horne, Sr. Clare Hunter, Art & Laraine Bennett, Soren Johnson, China Briceno, and the Puigbo Family to offer workshops in English & Spanish
  • Topics include Social Media, Technology & Teens, Temperaments, Parenting, etc
  • Dinner & Desserts provided

$30/couple or $20/individual… Make it a Date!

 

Information & Registration Here:  http://allsaintsyouthministry.org/highschool/parents-unite/

Big Bash: Hollywood Nights – 11.16.2013

We have a new location, a DJ/Master of Ceremonies, a MAGICal performer, exciting games and fantastic food. Now we just need…YOU!

  • Buy Your Tickets: There are only 12 days left to get your Big Bash ticket at the lowest price we’ll offer ($28). Order online with your credit card here, or print the form in the Sentinel and return to school.Take advantage of $7 savings off full price and get your form in today!
  • Attend A Planning Meeting: The next one is September 19 at 7pm, Location TBD (hoping for the PAC). It’s a party for all of us, and we would love to have you be in on the plans. Can you join us for our next planning meeting? Send a note to asptobigbash@gmail.com. We can’t wait to share the latest plans with you & get YOUR feedback/ideas ~ hope you can make it! Elissa and Christian

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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.

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

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

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

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.)

Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 19th        Enrollment Management Team Meeting – Rescheduled

Friday, September 20th             School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

                                                SCA Installation Ceremony (PAC/1:30 p.m.)

Monday, September 23rd          SCA Sponsored Spirit Week (see flyer for details)

Tuesday, September 24th         Playground Training for Volunteers (10:00 a.m.)

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

Wednesday, September 25th    Lockdown Drill (10:00 a.m.)

Thursday, September 26th        Playground Training for Volunteers (10:00 a.m.)

Friday, September 27th             Noon Dismissal: Professional Development for Faculty

                                                School Mass & Virtue Awards Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)

                                                Spirit Event: Chick-fil-a (Liberia Ave.)

                                                1st Quarter Interims

                                               

Links

·         Chick-fil-A Spirit Event Flyer: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=2013-09-09-Chick-Fil-A-revised.jpg

·         Parents Unite Flyer: http://allsaintsyouthministry.org/highschool/parents-unite/

Big Bash links

Website: http://ptobigbash.com

Ticket Information: http://wiselightmarketing.com/ptobigbash/buy-big-bash-tickets/

Online Ticket Ordering: http://wiselightmarketing.com/ptobigbash/buy-your-big-bash-tickets-online/

Planning Calendar: http://wiselightmarketing.com/ptobigbash/planning-calendar/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/allsaintsptobigbash

Chick-fil-A Spirit Day – Friday, September 27

Friday, September 27, 2013 – Chick-fil-A  – 6:30am-9:00 p.m.

We’ve got spirit, yes we do…We’ve got spirit, show yours too!

Come on down to Chick-fil-A on Liberia on Friday September 27th from 6:30am to 9:30pm.  Make a play date or just stop by for breakfast, lunch or dinner. You can even use the drive-thru. Good food, great fun, and fellowship!

Remember 20% of the proceeds benefit All Saints Catholic School.

The Sentinel – September 11, 2013

September 11, 2013

 

 

Principal’s Message

The safety of your children is always a top priority at All Saints.  In recent years, in accordance with national initiatives and diocesan policy, we have taken additional steps to do our part to ensure that your children are in a safe place when they are participating in a program at All Saints Catholic School.  For example, all of our faculty, staff and volunteers are required to complete a background check as well as training.  As an additional measure, eight years ago we implemented the Formation in Christian Chastity Program to help your children recognize the steps they can take to keep themselves safe.

The Formation in Christian Chastity Program serves as an additional measure to assist us in establishing and maintaining a safe environment for our students.  As outlined in the materials, information is provided primarily to parents as a resource to be used in the formation of their children.  There is one classroom lesson for students in grades one through four and two lessons for those in grades five through eight.

We will be integrating the objectives of the program into our religion lessons in these grades during the last two weeks of September.  The entire curriculum can be accessed through the diocesan website: www.arlingtondiocese.org.  (Click on the Child Protection tab found under the heading of Education.  To view the grade level lesson plans, click on Training Programs followed by the tab for the Formation in Christian Chastity Program.)

You are encouraged to spend some time reviewing this information yourself and to then share pertinent aspects with your children.  Each of the “rules” contains some application to common sense safety tips that you may share with your children.  Other parts of the “rule” apply to some of the decisions that you make as parents for the safety of your children.  A question and answer segment provides some suggestions as to how you might best address these concerns with your children.  Our goal is to equip both you and your children with the knowledge that can help to keep them safe.

The essential point is that parents need to be involved with their children.  The more you know about the daily events of your child’s life, the better you are able to spot any danger signs that may surface.  The more regular communication you have with your children, the freer they are to come to you with their concerns.

Should you have any questions about the Formation in Christian Chastity Program or about the classroom lessons, please do not hesitate to let us know.  In the event that you would prefer to not have your child participate in the classroom training, please contact the front office to request an opt-out form.

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Thank you to the many families who responded to the email requesting carpool assistance for the Sherrill Family.  I am pleased to report that the Sherrill’s received an overwhelming response and that they are now partnered with another family…Yet another example of the strength of our community!

School Messenger Emergency Notification ~ SYSTEM TEST ~  Tomorrow (September 12th)

The Diocese of Arlington uses the School Messenger notification service to send important information to families through phone calls, emails, and text messages.  In the event of an emergency, All Saints Catholic School will activate the School Messenger system.  As the system will only be used for this purpose, parents can anticipate that any communications received via this program are critical and deserve particular attention.

In order to ensure the functionality and accuracy of the system, All Saints will conduct a test tomorrow morning.  A test message will be issued via recorded phone message, text and email to the emergency contacts of all students and staff at approximately 10:30 a.m. 

TARGET proceeds benefit All Saints!

Thanks to the support of those families registered to participate in TARGET’s rewards program, last week our school received a check in the amount of $1,637.38.  Thank you parents and friends of All Saints!

Spirit Events Committee
Hey Everybody!  It’s time to show our school some LOVE.  It’s our first Spirit Event.  Friday September 27th, 2013 @ Chick-fil-A on Liberia Ave. from 6:30a.m. until 9 p.m.  Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner and fellowship with friends and your extended All Saints family.  Invite a new family to join you.  20% of the proceeds go to our beloved All Saints!  It’s a noon dismissal day so make a lunch date! Hope to see you all there!

Cub Scouts

Attention all boys in 1st through 5th grade!  Cub Scout Dens are now forming for the 2013/2014 Scouting year! Pack 1188 has been proudly serving the All Saints community for over 30 years and sponsored by the Knights of Columbus George Brent Council #5332.  Cub Scouts offers a range of age-appropriate programs that provide fun and adventure while helping build your son’s leadership, teamwork, faith, physical/mental fitness and spirit of service and duty, helping him grow into a competent, caring, adult of good character.  Boys can start at any level and no prior experience is required. Our next pack meeting is in the Knights of Columbus Hall at 7 PM on Tuesday, September 17, 2013.  If you have a Scouting-age boy who might be interested, give us a call.  He can come to a Pack meeting, see what’s going on, and decide if it’s something, he wants to be a part of.  No pressure. No obligation.  To get the details call or e-mail Cubmaster Randy Waddy at(703) 283-0717 /rrwaddy@yahoo.com.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Middle School Back to School Night

Middle School Back to School Night (Parents of Grades 6-8) – Thursday, September 12th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the PAC.  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.

Schedule

7:00 p.m.         Presentation in the Parish Activities Center (PAC)

7:30 p.m.         First Classroom Session Begins

9:35 p.m.         End of Final Classroom Session

Volunteer Opportunity – Playground & Cafeteria Supervision

Thank you to those who have volunteered to help on the playground and cafeteria during lunch/recess.  The school still has openings for VIRTUS compliant parents and Grandparents to assist the school staff with recess and lunch supervision from 11:10 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and starting this week for parents and Grandparents to help specifically with the Kindergarten classes from 12:15-1:00 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 in this enjoyable volunteer position.

This Friday, September 13th, is the Priest’s BBQ.  Several VIRTUS compliant parents are needed to help the priests prepare and serve the food to the students.  Volunteers are needed from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  If you are interested in this opportunity to participate in this fun All Saints tradition please contact Holly Crocker at the email address above.

“Big Bash: Hollywood Nights”

Big Bash: Hollywood Nights is just 2 months, 4 days, 15 hours, 10 minutes and 20 seconds away! But who’s counting? Visit www.ptobigbash.com to see what we have in store for the evening, how you can donate or sponsor the event, volunteer opportunities and ticket prices. Also, watch a video of our featured performer, Max Major, in action, see samples of the scrumptious gourmet food we will serve. By the way, you can countdown the days to Big Bash with us. We put a countdown clock on the site!

Download the event ticket order form at www.ptobigbash.com, or in this week’s Sentinel, and send your payment into school. We hope to have online ordering functional by the end of the week.

Money Saving News!: The Big Bash: Hollywood Nights event ticket is being offered at 2012 prices for a limited time. Order your ticket(s) in September and pay $28/pp (that’s $7 off the full price ticket). Don’t miss out, the price goes up to $32 ($3 off the full price ticket) in October and $35 in November.

Emergency Information Form – Past Due

Completed Emergency Forms were due in 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.  Those families who have not yet submitted this information are asked to do so as soon as possible.

Parent ~ Student Handbooks – Past Due

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.  Parents who have not yet signed and returned the corresponding acknowledgement form are asked to do so.  Those families without access to the website are invited to contact the office to request a hard copy of the handbook.

Picture Day – Dress-Up Day Code

On special days designated by the principal, such as our Fall Picture Day, students may be out of uniform.  The following code is intended to encourage individuality and style within the framework of the virtue of modesty.  Girls: dresses or skirts (no bare shoulders or sleeveless) the length may not be shorter than two inches above the floor when kneeling), and dress slacks. The skirts and dress slacks may be worn with a white or colored blouse, or sweaters that are not form-fitting.  Not permitted:  Jeans or jeans-style slacks, jeggings, leggings, tight fitting blouses or blouses that expose any part of the midriff.  No athletic shoes other than the school style. No flip flops, sandals or high heels. Toes and heels must be covered.  Jewelry worn must be in accordance with uniform guidelines, such as only post earrings and no more than one.   Boys: shirts with a collar, sweater or sweater vest, dress pants in the style of the uniform trousers, belt, dress shoes.  Not permitted: Jeans or pants that resemble jeans, shorts, sweats, sneakers, t-shirts, except on specifically identified “dress down days”.

When it is determined that a student has reported to school dressed inappropriately, the student will be sent to the assistant principal who will contact the parents and request that they provide a school uniform for the student prior to his/her returning to class.

Student In-Service ~ Sexual Harassment, Our Policy & Response (Grades 6-8)

In accordance with diocesan policy, students in grades six through eight will participate in a brief classroom presentation within the next two weeks on the topic of the prevention of sexual harassment.  Mr. Conroy will visit each of the homeroom classes for approximately fifteen minutes, providing an overview of the diocesan policy and explaining to students how they should best respond if they encounter any behaviors of this nature.  Should you have any questions about this policy or presentation, please do not hesitate to contact the principal.

Use of Student Photos for Marketing Materials

In recent years, a formal marketing program has been implemented at All Saints and we are presently making a consistent effort to share the success of our program via local newspapers and our website.  It is important that parents understand that they retain the right to object to their son/daughter’s inclusion in these printed or electronic materials.  A “Waiver Information/Right to Object Form” (Appendix N) is located on the website within the forms section associated with the parent-student handbook.  Please note: If the form is not returned, we will assume that you waive your right to object.

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.

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:

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.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 12th        School Messenger Test Message (10:30 a.m.)

Middle School Night (PAC/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, September 13th             School Mass – Grades 1-8 (8:30 a.m.)

Priests’ Barbecue

Middle School Progress Reports

Monday, September 16th          Picture Day – Individual Photos

Formation in Christian Chastity Lessons begin (through 9/27)

Tuesday, September 17th         Room Liaisons Meeting (FKH/9:00 a.m.)

Band Lessons Begin

Friday, September 20th             SCA Installation Ceremony (PAC/1:30 p.m.)

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