The Sentinel – October 30, 2013

October 30, 2013

Principal’s Message

With the celebration of our Feast Day on Friday, I am reminded of the beautiful legacy of our school and the efforts of the many that have helped to create this community of faith and learning.  Without the pastoral leadership of our wonderful priests, the generous dedication of our talented faculty & staff, and the sustained support of committed parents and community members, All Saints would not be the success that it is today. 

One of the exciting ways that our school has experienced a new level of support has been through the Annual Fund, an initiative first launched last year.  This week I am pleased to share with you our Annual Giving Report that tells the success story of this initial effort.  With more than $10,000 raised and countless prayers offered for our community, this program has made a difference in our school!  The proceeds have supported tuition assistance, financed the replacement of projectors in classrooms, and helped to underwrite the cost of launching a STEM program at All Saints.  As a result, I am pleased to announce that on November 22nd we will host a special ceremony to celebrate a new corporate sponsorship and to introduce a middle school robotics program!  

Realizing that your participation has helped us to Make a Difference, Every Day, I invite you to thoughtfully consider your support of the 2nd Annual Fund which we will launch tomorrow.  As in the past, each family will receive an introductory letter and accompanying flyer outlining the goals of the program and our hopes for our school.  Again this year, we encourage you to make contributions of prayer, service and/or financial donations, all of which are important gifts that will help us sustain our mission now and into the future!

For more information on the Annual Fund, please click on the following link: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/alumnidevelopment/annual-fund/

Once on the Annual Fund page of the school website, click on the “Annual Giving 2012-13” image at the top of the page for a list of 2012-2013 contributors.

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This week I wish to announce that Mr. Mark Moccio, assistant band instructor, has resigned from his position due to schedule changes at his place of full time employment.  For the past five years Mr. Moccio has been an integral part of the band program, teaching small groups of instrumentalists and conducting both the beginner and advanced bands.  He has been very well regarded by the students and contributed to the legacy of the program.  We wish him every success and blessing during this time of transition and look forward to seeing him again when he returns for the Band Concert in December. 

In his place, we are pleased to welcome Miss Dana Zajko who will begin as assistant band instructor next Tuesday.  Miss Zajko earned her Bachelor of Music Degree from Temple University and a Master of Music Degree from George Mason University.  With previous experience teaching music in the Washington, D.C. and Prince George’s public schools systems, Miss Zajko brings a great deal of expertise to her new position.  Welcome, Miss Zajko!

Thanksgiving Luncheon

One of our cherished traditions at All Saints is the annual Thanksgiving Luncheon, a special meal prepared by the kitchen staff for students, parents, faculty & staff.  In an effort to accommodate all of the families who attend and to reduce wait time, we will again be hosting four lunch seatings this year.  The schedule for the Thanksgiving Luncheon is as follows:

            11:00-11:40     Grades 6-8

            11:40-12:20     Grades 4-5

            12:20-1:00       Grades 2-3

            1:00-1:40         Grades K-1

The arrival process will be the same as prior years with parents reporting directly to their son/daughter’s classroom.  There, they will wait with their children, and when called by grade level, report to the gym via the Father Kelley Wing.

So that the kitchen staff may begin planning for the event, please be sure to return your form no later than Thursday, November 21st.  We do hope that you will join us for this Thanksgiving tradition!

Yearbook Cover Contest

The yearbook committee is once again hosting the annual Yearbook Cover Contest.  The committee is looking for a cover (front & back) that represents the spirit of All Saints Catholic School.  Entries are due to Mrs. Knowles or Mrs. Carroll by Thursday, November 14th.  Please click on link below for more details. 

SCA Red Ribbon Week Proceeds

Thank you to the Student Council Association for planning such a successful celebration of Red Ribbon Week!  In addition to encouraging our students to make a lifelong commitment to living drug-free, our students raised $1,070.24 which will be forwarded to Youth for Tomorrow.  Thank you, students, for your leadership and generosity!

Penny Bazaar Cupcake Drop-Off

On Thursday October 31st, the Safety Patrols will be assisting with the cupcake drop-off during the morning carpool.  Additional safety patrols will be available to take the cupcakes directly from your car. This will minimize additional foot traffic during drop-off.  Thank you for your cupcake donations to Penny Bazaar!

Big Bash 2013 Tickets – Advanced Ticket Price Ends October 31

The Big Bash event ticket price is $32 through tomorrow, October 31. This covers the evening’s dinner, dessert, soft drinks, casino games and the entertainment (magician and DJ). You will also have the opportunity to participate in our live and silent auctions where you can bid on local business services, sports items, cultural and recreational experiences, amazing teacher and staff outings, classroom creations and more! 

On November 1, the price goes up to $35. Don’t delay – get your tickets for less today! See the office reception area or the website to order your tickets. 

Donations & Sponsors Still Needed For Big Bash: Hollywood Nights

It’s not too late to be a sponsor or donor to the Big Bash. We have amazing sponsorship benefits based on the cash amount given. For example, “Titanic” Sponsors contribute $250-$499 and receive website banner ads, social media advertising & table top advertising at the Big Bash. We take all sponsors from $1-$1000! See the site for details on benefits based on sponsorship level, or contact Elissa Hackerson or Christian Cobb at asptobigbash@gmail.com.

Donations of all kinds are needed for our live and silent auctions. While we are still looking for tickets to sporting and cultural events, business services and other popular auction items, we are also seeking the kind of products that you may have right in your own home. If you have new or mint condition children’s toys & clothes, new small appliances, furniture, etc. we would love to have those items, too! 

Don’t forget, All Saints families who donate or sponsor Big Bash are eligible for the Christmas Pew raffle. See website for details on how your donation or sponsorship could win a pew for your family at the All Saints Church Christmas Mass of your choice!

BoxTops for Education & Campbell’s Soup Labels Update

It’s Box Tops and Soup Labels submission time! We’ll be sending in all the Box Tops and Soup Labels we’ve collected by October 31th, 2013.  As of Thursday, October 23rd, we’ve collected 12,909 Box Tops and 3,691 Soup Labels in total. Wow. That’s a lot of labels!  That totals $1,290.90 in Box Tops dollars and $369.10 in Soup Labels dollars.

If you have Box Tops or Soup Labels you still need to get to me, we’ll include them in our March Submission date.

Once we send in all the Labels, our school will receive a check from General Mills/Labels for Education on or around December 15th, 2013. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at mariayeckel@yahoo.com or txt me at 703-201-4364. Thanks for all your help!

Here is the class ranking so far:

Mrs. Montano 3A at

2215 in total

Mrs. Honkus 5A at

1729 in total

Mrs. Gurley 2B at

1298 in total

Mrs. Nichols 1B at

1237 in total

Mrs. Harrill 1A at

1219 in total

Catholic High School News

John Paul the Great Open House – All are invited to the Fall Open House at Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School on Sunday, November 17, from 1 – 4pm. Meet the entire team of educators, tour the beautiful building, and learn more about John Paul’s successful programs. A presentation begins at 1:15 in the Theater. Pep-rally and House games begin at 3pm. For more information, please click here, visit www.jpthegreat.org, or, call 703.445.0300.

JP5K Run/Walk for Options – John Paul the Great is hosting the Third Annual JP5K Run for Options on Saturday, November 23, at 8am. Race proceeds benefit the students of the innovative and inclusive Options Program, providing teens with intellectual disabilities a rich and meaningful high school experience. For more information, please visit: www.jpthegreat.org, or to register for the race, visit: http://www.active.com/running/dumfries-va/3rd-annual-jp5k-2013.

Paul VI Catholic High School ~ 7th & 8th Grade Parents and Students are invited to the Fall Open House at Paul VI Catholic High School on Sunday, November 3rd, from 1 to 4 pm.

Paul VI will be hosting a Rally in the Alley on Friday, November 1st beginning at 6:00p.m. 7th and 8th Graders are invited to come for food, fun and free tee shirts. See attached a flyer with all the details. 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Veterans Day Celebration

Join us as our school community honors the commitment of the men and women who have served our country in the United States Armed Forces. We cordially invite all active duty, reserve, former and retired military personnel to attend our school Mass on Friday, November 8th at 8:30 a.m. Following the Mass, there will be a brief ceremony in the Parish Activity Center followed by a reception for our honored guests in Father Kelley Hall. 

Open House for 2014-2015 School Year

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, November 21st beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Parish Activities Center.  All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about our school are cordially invited to attend.  Following a presentation and introduction at 9:00 a.m., tours of the facility will be provided. For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at (703) 393-1490.

Pilgrim Virgin Statue Program ~ Sign up Now to Host Statue in your Home

Families who wish to host one of the Pilgrim Virgin Statues of Our Lady of Fatima can sign up online at the following link.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F084CAEAB22A02-pilgrim

Those interested in participating are encouraged to sign up for the first available week in order to avoid gaps in the schedule.  However, if there is an upcoming event or celebration that is particularly important to your family, i.e. wedding or anniversary, you are most welcome to host the statue during that specific week. 

While the statue of Mother Mary is in your home, families are encouraged to pray together either part or the entire 5-decade rosary for the intentions of our school as well as your private intentions.  Also, the school has purchased a DVD of “The Day the Sun Danced”, which presents the message of Fatima which was entrusted to three peasant children in Portugal in 1917.    

Should you have any questions about the program, please do not hesitate to contact either Mrs. Linda White (linda.white1016@gmail.com) or Mrs. Julie Mantooth (mantooth06@msn.com).

Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

The next live VIRTUS seminar (the 4-hour training ) will take place on Saturday, November 9th beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Father Kelley Hall.  To register, please visit www.virtus.org.

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, 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, October 31st           

          End of 1st Quarter

          8th Grade Saints Presentation (PAC/8:00-9:45 a.m.)

          Penny Bazaar (1:30 p.m.)

Friday, November 1st             

          All Saints Feast Day Mass (10:00 a.m.)

          Transition to Winter Uniforms

          Noon Dismissal – Report Card Prep

          Spirit Activity – Chick-fil-A (Liberia Avenue)

Monday, November 4th          

          John Paul the Great High School 8th Grade Visit

Tuesday, November 5th          

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

Wednesday, November 6th     

          Gift of Human Sexuality Presentation III (Grades 6-8)

Friday, November 8th             

          Veterans’ Day Mass & Program (8:30 a.m.)

          1st Quarter Report Cards distributed to students

Links

          Yearbook Cover Contest: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Yearbook-cover-contest-info-2013-14.pdf

          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/

Raffle Cover Letter: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Raffle-Cover-letter_vEEH.pdf

50-50 Raffle Tickets: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=50-50-raffle-ticket-BigBash2013v2.pdf

Prize Raffle Tickets: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Prize-raffle-ticket-BigBash2013v2.pdf

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

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

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

          PVI Rally in the Alley Flyer/Jr. High Football Night: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=PVI-Jr-High-Football-Night-Fall-2013.pdf

         John Paul the Great Options 5k Information: http://www.active.com/dumfries-va/running/3rd-annual-jp5k-2013

The Sentinel – October 23, 2013

Principal’s Message

This week I wish to provide you with a quick update and clarification regarding the SchoolMessenger text messaging service.  Two weeks ago the company initiated a one-time text message by which parents were invited to opt-in to receive future text communications sent by All Saints. In accordance with federal regulations, SchoolMessenger is only permitted to send the invitation once to each cell phone number.  For this reason, in the event that you did not receive the invitation on October 9th, it is most likely due to the fact that SchoolMessenger sent you a similar message in prior years.  You can, however, opt-in to the text message service at any time using short code.  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 parents are encouraged to opt-in to this program as All Saints will utilize text messaging in the event of an emergency or the need to communicate important information.  Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the front office.

Open House for 2014-2015 School Year

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, November 21st beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Parish Activities Center.  All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about our school are cordially invited to attend.  Following a presentation and introduction at 9:00 a.m., tours of the facility will be provided. For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at (703) 393-1490.

Author Book Signing Extended

If you missed the opportunity to purchase a signed copy of K.R. Flanagan’s Thane or Orphan there is still time left.    The library will be taking orders through Monday (Oct. 28) of next week.  Please state the name of the book that you want to purchase and who you want the copy addressed to for example Susan or the Smith Family.  Each book is $13.75 which includes tax, please make checks payable to Cash and have your son or daughter deliver the check to the library.

Veterans Day Celebration

Don’t forget that if you are submitting a new Veterans brick and/or Family Veteran Survey this year, the deadline to submit your materials is Friday, October 25th. 

Join us as our school community honors the commitment of the men and women who have served our country in the United States Armed Forces. We cordially invite all active duty, reserve, former and retired military personnel to attend our school Mass on Friday, November 8th at 8:30 a.m. Following the Mass, there will be a brief ceremony in the Parish Activity Center followed by a reception for our honored guests in Father Kelley Hall. 

TARGET Rewards!

Earlier this week we received a check in the amount of $250.00 from Target for our participation in their rewards program.  Thank you to those families who have credited their purchases back to All Saints!

Donations & Sponsors Still Needed For Big Bash: Hollywood Nights

It’s not too late to be a sponsor or donor to the Big Bash.  We have amazing sponsorship benefits based on the cash amount given.  For example, “Titanic” Sponsors contribute $250-$499 and receive website banner ads, social media advertising & table top advertising at the Big Bash.  We take all sponsors from $1-$1000!  See the site for details on benefits based on sponsorship level, or contact Elissa Hackerson or Christian Cobb at asptobigbash@gmail.com.

Donations of all kinds are needed for our live and silent auctions.  While we are still looking for tickets to sporting and cultural events, business services and other popular auction items, we are also seeking the kind of products that you may have right in your own home.  If you have new or mint condition children’s toys & clothes, new small appliances, furniture, etc. we would love to have those items, too! 

Don’t forget, All Saints families who donate or sponsor Big Bash are eligible for the Christmas Pew raffle.  See website for details on how your donation or sponsorship could win a pew for your family at the All Saints Church Christmas Mass of your choice!

PTO Teacher Conference Day Luncheons

Thank you for the generous response to volunteering and donating to this year’s PTO Teacher Conference Luncheons. Donations and volunteers make the two-day luncheon a success!  There are a few volunteer spots available as well as we are in need of donations (on loan) for fall décor.  This year the luncheons will be held on Monday, November 11thand Tuesday, November 12th. Please consider sharing your time, cooking talents and needed donations to this event. The teachers& staff appreciate the lovely lunch and thoughtfulness of the parents who provide this event for them.  Please use the link to sign-up for all donations & volunteer opportunities: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C054CA8AC2BA13-teacher1.Any questions, please feel free to contact Kate Bachman at KateBachman2002@aol.com

BoxTops for Education / Campell’s Labels Update

Would you believe 4,284 Box Tops have been collected in just two weeks!  That brings us to a total of 10,970 box tops ($1,097.00 dollars) as of October 18, 2013…and they are still coming in. Thank You to all the parents, teachers and students who have been turning them in. This is very exciting. The Box Top program has two main deadlines. Our first dead line is October 30th.  I will be mailing in our box full of Box Tops to get our first credit.  Please send in any/all Box Tops that you may have in by October 30th. It does not matter if they are on a collection sheet or in a zip lock bag. It does not matter if there is 1 or 100, just make sure the sheet or bag is clearly labeled with the student’s name (first/last) and class.

For the Soup Labels, we collected 1,222 in two weeks. That brings us to a total of 3,190 Labels for Education ($319.00 dollars) as of October 18, 2013…and they are still coming in too. Keep them coming! Let’s set a record this year!

High School News

John Paul the Great Open House ~ All are invited to the Fall Open House at Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School on Sunday, November 17, from 1 – 4pm. Meet the entire team of educators, tour the beautiful building, and learn more about John Paul’s successful programs and welcoming community. A presentation begins at 1:15 in the Theater. Pep-rally and House games begin at 3pm. For more information, please click here, or visit www.jpthegreat.org, or, call 703.445.0300.

John Paul the Great Options 5k Information ~ http://www.active.com/dumfries-va/running/3rd-annual-jp5k-2013

Paul VI Catholic High School ~ 7th & 8th Grade Parents and Students are invited to the Fall Open House at Paul VI Catholic High School on Sunday, November 3rd, from 1 to 4 pm.

Paul VI will be hosting a Rally in the Alley on Friday, November 1st beginning at 6:00p.m. 7th and 8th Graders are invited to come for food, fun and free tee shirts. See attached a flyer with all the details. 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Classroom Activity Fee Reminder

Thank you to those families who have already submitted the Classroom Activity Fee. 

If you have not already done so, please return your activity fee to your child’s homeroom teacher no later than Thursday, October 31st

Pilgrim Virgin Statue Program ~ Sign up Now to Host Statue in your Home

Families who wish to host one of the Pilgrim Virgin Statues of Our Lady of Fatima can sign up online at the following link.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F084CAEAB22A02-pilgrim

Those interested in participating are encouraged to sign up for the first available week in order to avoid gaps in the schedule.  However, if there is an upcoming event or celebration that is particularly important to your family, i.e. wedding or anniversary, you are most welcome to host the statue during that specific week. 

While the statue of Mother Mary is in your home, families are encouraged to pray together either part or the entire 5-decade rosary for the intentions of our school as well as your private intentions.  Also, the school has purchased a DVD of “The Day the Sun Danced”, which presents the message of Fatima which was entrusted to three peasant children in Portugal in 1917.    

Should you have any questions about the program, please do not hesitate to contact either Mrs. Linda White (linda.white1016@gmail.com) or Mrs. Julie Mantooth (mantooth06@msn.com).

Transition to Winter Uniforms

With the onset of cooler temperatures, students are now permitted to begin wearing the Winter Uniform.  This applies to both the P.E. Uniform (i.e. sweatpants and sweatshirts) as well as the regular uniform (long sleeve shirts/blouses & sweaters).  This is a matter left to the discretion of parents until November 1st, the date at which all students are expected to begin wearing the Winter Uniform. 

Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

The next live VIRTUS seminar (the 4-hour training ) will take place on Saturday, November 9th beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Father Kelley Hall.  To register, please visit www.virtus.org.

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, 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, October 24th           

          SCA sponsored Red Ribbon Dress Down Day

          3rd Grade Field Trip to Colvin Run Mill (8:45 – 2:00)

          Middle School Movie Night (PAC/6:00 p.m.)

Friday, October 25th               

          Diocesan Professional Development Day – No School

Wednesday, October 30th        

          Gift of Human Sexuality (Presentation II) – Grades 6-8

          1st Grade Field Trip to National Zoo (8:30-2:30)

          2nd Grade Pumpkin Day

          Eucharistic Adoration & Benediction (2:15 p.m.)

Thursday, October 31st           

          End of 1st Quarter

          8th Grade Saints Presentation (8:00-9:45 a.m.)

          Penny Bazaar (1:30 p.m.)

Friday, November 1st              

          All Saints Feast Day Mass (10:00 a.m.)

          Transition to Winter Uniforms

          Noon Dismissal – Report Card Prep

          Spirit Activity – Chick-fil-A (Liberia Avenue)

Links

          PVI Rally in the Alley Flyer/Jr. High Football Night: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=PVI-Jr-High-Football-Night-Fall-2013.pdf

         John Paul the Great Options 5k Information: http://www.active.com/dumfries-va/running/3rd-annual-jp5k-2013

          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/

Raffle Cover Letter: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Raffle-Cover-letter_vEEH.pdf

50-50 Raffle Tickets: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=50-50-raffle-ticket-BigBash2013v2.pdf

Prize Raffle Tickets: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Prize-raffle-ticket-BigBash2013v2.pdf

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

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

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

 

Important Notice regarding Pearson PowerSchool Grade Calculations

10/18/2013

Dear Parents & Guardians,

 Today I wish to provide you with an update regarding our new system Pearson PowerSchool and a technical error we discovered earlier this week.

 At the beginning of the year, each teacher incorporated his/her grading framework in the system by identifying corresponding “weights” for each type of assessment, i.e. tests, quizzes, classwork, homework, projects, etc.  On Wednesday we learned of a discrepancy by which the weighting, though applied to the entire year, was not incorporated within the first quarter.  This has since been resolved and the proper weighting verified for each class.

 Although the individual grades earned by students on tests and quizzes remain unchanged, the adjustment in the process of calculating grades has yielded a higher or lower quarterly grade for some.  While this change has resulted in only a minor variance for most students, particularly those in the middle school, some more significant variances exist in grades 3-5.

 To ensure that you have correct information regarding your child’s current performance, all teachers in grades 3-8 will issue progress reports on Monday, two weeks prior to the close of the quarter.  After reviewing, should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.

 I apologize for this error and any subsequent confusion regarding your child’s progress.  Again, while the majority of students are only marginally impacted, I thought it best to bring this to your attention today and to let you know of the steps we are taking to uphold the integrity of our grading system.

 Thank you for your patience and understanding.

 Kind regards,

 David E. Conroy, Jr.

Principal

Author to Visit All Saints

K. R. Flanagan, author of the Fæ Prince of Fir Manach series, a young adult, historical fantasy trilogy, will speak to students in grades 5-8 on Monday and be available to sign books.  After graduating from Norwich University, a private military college, Flanagan spent four years as an officer in the United States Coast Guard.  Her military training and experience allow her to write credible warriors, both male and female.  These characters inhabit a world that is a seamless blend of medieval historical fiction and fantasy built from her affection for and extensive knowledge of Irish, English, and Scottish history, myths, and legends.

Each book in the series can be purchased for $13.75 and signed by the author.  Please make checks payable to Cash.


K.R. Flanagan Visit – Flyer

The Sentinel – October 16, 2013

October 16, 2013

Principal’s Message

At the close of last school year All Saints Catholic School conducted a Net Promoter Survey to measure parents’ overall satisfaction with the school and its programs. The Net Promoter Score is obtained by asking parents a single question: “How likely is it that you would recommend our organization to a friend or colleague?” Respondents are asked to rate the organization on a 0 to 10 scale, where 10 is “extremely likely” and 0 is “not at all likely.” Additional follow-up questions are asked to gather specific feedback that can be acted upon to improve an organization’s interactions with its customers.

Based on the responses, respondents are categorized into one of three groups:

·         Promoters (9–10 rating)

·         Passives (7–8 rating)

·         Detractors (0–6 rating)

The percentage of Detractors is then subtracted from the percentage of Promoters to obtain a Net Promoter Score (NPS). An NPS can be as low as -100 or as high as +100.

All Saints received a total of 101 completed surveys. Although the survey was not limited to one per household, given the current number of school families, the response rate is loosely estimated at 28%. (The first time we ran the Net Promoter Survey in late 2011, we received a 54% response rate.)

All survey respondents were asked the following question to begin the survey:  How likely would you be to promote All Saints Catholic School to a friend or colleague (on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest)?

Overall, 101 survey respondents completed this question. In total, 48 survey respondents rated All Saints a 10, and 17 survey respondents rated All Saints a 9. Based on the total number of responses (101), the percentage of Promoters was 64% (65/101) vs. 74% in 2011.

A total of 17 survey respondents rated All Saints a 7 (10 responses) or 8 (7 responses) resulting in 17% of survey respondents. This percentage is similar to the 2011 survey in which 16% of survey respondents rated All Saints a 7 or 8.

In 2013, 19 survey respondents rated All Saints a 1 (2 responses), 2 (2 responses), 3 (2 responses), 4 (1 response), 5 (10 responses), or 6 (2 responses). Survey respondents who rated All Saints in the 0-6 range are considered Detractors. Based on the total number of responses, the percentage of Detractors was 19% (19/101). While there were also 19 survey respondents who were Detractors in 2011, they represented only 10% of the results at that time as a total of 186 parents participated in the survey. 

2013 Net Promoter Score = +45

% Promoters – % Detractors (+45 = 64% – 19%)

For Net Promoter Survey Graph – 2013 Results, please click on the following link: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Net-Promoter-Survey-2013-Results.pdf

Positive/Negative Feedback Analysis
While all positive feedback and constructive criticism is important, the following information highlights recurring positive and negative comments provided through the Net Promoter Survey.

Positive Feedback

All Saints received positive feedback regarding many aspects of the school. Themes voiced by a majority of survey respondents included the following:

  • Faculty and Staff – a significant number of survey respondents indicated that they rated All Saints highly due to the caring, concern, dedication, commitment and effectiveness of the teachers and staff.
  • School Environment – a significant number of survey respondents indicated that All Saints offers a warm environment and welcoming community.
  • Focus on Faith – a significant number of survey respondents indicated that they were pleased with the faith foundation being provided for their children.
  • Academics – a significant number of survey respondents indicated that they believe All Saints provides a quality education for their children.
  • Leadership – a number of survey respondents indicated that they were pleased with the leadership provided by the school administration.

Negative Feedback

All Saints received multiple negative comments regarding the following issues:

  • Middle School (6) – Three survey respondents who gave All Saints a 7/8 rating and three survey respondents who gave All Saints a 1-6 rating cited concerns about the middle school. 
  • Differentiated Learning (6) – one survey respondent who gave All Saints a 7/8 rating and five survey respondents who gave All Saints a 1-6 rating indicated they believe there is a lack of differentiated learning opportunities in the classroom.
  • Behavior/Discipline (4) – one survey respondent who rated All Saints a 7/8 and three survey respondents who gave All Saints a 1-6 rating cited concerns related to student behavior and a lack of discipline in the school.
  • Communication from Teachers (3) – one survey respondent who rated All Saints a 7/8 and two survey respondents who gave All Saints a 1-6 rating indicated that they would like to receive more communication related to their child’s progress from their teacher.
  • Projects and Homework (3) – two survey respondents who gave All Saints a 7/8 rating and one survey respondent who gave All Saints a 1 to 6 rating expressed concerns regarding homework.
  • Uniform (3) – three survey respondents who gave All Saints a 7/8 expressed concerns related to the new uniform. As in the 2011 survey, all of the uniform complaints came from survey respondents who rated All Saints a 7 or 8.
  • Class Size (3) – two survey respondents who gave All Saints a 7/8 and one survey respondent who gave All Saints a 1 to 6 rating expressed concerns related to large class sizes.
  • Resources (3) – three survey respondents who gave All Saints a 1-6 cited issues related to resources provided by the school. 
  • Community (2) – two survey respondents who gave All Saints a 7/8 indicated concerns over not feeling like part of the community. 

Conclusions

Based on documentation across industries, the average Net Promoter Score is in the +30 to +40 range.  Our score of +45 indicates that the majority of respondents are pleased with their experiences of All Saints Catholic School to the degree that they would recommend the program to family and friends.  The overall strengths of the school, as identified in the 2011 survey as well, remain the faculty & staff, environment, faith formation, academics and leadership.  Although each of the areas identified for growth represent feedback provided by no greater than 6% of respondents, in the interest of transparency, we wish to share this level of detail with you and to share with you how this information is already impacting our planning.

To begin with, we are pleased to see a decrease in the number of detractors commenting on the topic of projects and homework.  This is an area that the faculty has targeted over the course of the last year, most especially in the design of what we now refer to as “products.” Before assigning these long-range projects, teachers now complete a thoughtful planning process by which they analyze how learning will be measured and design a corresponding rubric.  This information is then provided to the administration for review and comment, all aimed at maximizing the learning that is taking place when we ask students to complete more complex, long-range tasks.

Of the areas identified above, I believe that two in particular deserve our thoughtful consideration and follow up.  The first pertains to that of the middle school.  With the increased enrollment in grades 6-8, the time is ripe for taking steps now to foster an experience for these students that is more distinct from that of the elementary grades.  We want our students in the middle school to exhibit a great sense of pride and belonging and to have enhanced opportunities for leadership.  To this end, I will be initiating a Leadership Council comprised of middle school students tasked with helping to clarify and communicate the mission and experience of our program.  I look forward to what I am sure will be fruitful dialogue with these students in the weeks and months ahead.  Additionally, at the beginning of the school year, the Middle School Team had an opportunity to review and discuss in detail a copy of the narrative responses from the survey.  The candid feedback inspired further reflection and dialogue among team members as they planned for the year ahead. 

The second area that merits attention is that of differentiation of instruction.  Although the faculty has participated in professional development opportunities on this topic in prior years, many of the new teachers in our program joined our school after the initial launch of this instructional initiative.  To address this gap, when school is closed for professional development next Friday, a number of our teachers will attend a Differentiation Seminar taking place at another school in our diocese.  This training, supplemented by the continued collaboration that is taking place surrounding the implementation of Empowering Writers and some of our more recent initiatives, will serve to enhance the teachers’ understanding of “best practice” as well as practical ways for addressing the diverse needs of learners in their classrooms.

On behalf of the faculty & staff, I do wish to thank those who participated in our survey last spring.  The authentic feedback provided both affirmation as well as encouragement for further refinement in a couple of areas.  We very much appreciate your participation in the dialogue and look forward to continued feedback in the years to come.

Pilgrim Virgin Statue Program ~ Sign up Now to Host Statue in your Home

In keeping with the Holy Father’s Consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary last Sunday, All Saints School families are invited to renew their devotion to Jesus through Mary in a special way.  Beginning Friday, October 18th two Statues of Our Lady of Fatima will begin traveling to the homes of our school families for a weeklong visit. 

Families that wish to participate can sign up online at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F084CAEAB22A02-pilgrim

Those interested in participating are encouraged to sign up for the first available week in order to avoid gaps in the schedule.  However, if there is an upcoming event or celebration that is particularly important to your family, i.e. wedding or anniversary, you are most welcome to host the statue during that specific week. 

While the statue of Mother Mary is in your home, families are encouraged to pray together either part or the entire 5-decade rosary for the intentions of our school as well as your private intentions.  Also, the school has purchased a DVD of “The Day the Sun Danced”, which presents the message of Fatima which was entrusted to three peasant children in Portugal in 1917.    

Should you have any questions about the program, please do not hesitate to contact either Mrs. Linda White (linda.white1016@gmail.com) or Mrs. Julie Mantooth (mantooth06@msn.com).

Transition to Winter Uniforms

With the onset of cooler temperatures, students are now permitted to begin wearing the Winter Uniform.  This applies to both the P.E. Uniform (i.e. sweatpants and sweatshirts) as well as the regular uniform (long sleeve shirts/blouses & sweaters).  This is a matter left to the discretion of parents until November 1st, the date at which all students are expected to begin wearing the Winter Uniform. 

Parent-Teacher Conferences ~ Appointment Slips

Within the next week each student will receive a conference appointment slip confirming the date and time for the upcoming Parent-Teacher Conferences on Monday, November 11th and Tuesday, November 12th.  If you do not receive this information, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher.

Author to Visit All Saints October 21st!

K. R. Flanagan, author of the Fæ Prince of Fir Manach series, a young adult, historical fantasy trilogy, will speak to students in grades 5-8 on Monday and be available to sign books.  After graduating from Norwich University, a private military college, Flanagan spent four years as an officer in the United States Coast Guard.  Her military training and experience allow her to write credible warriors, both male and female.  These characters inhabit a world that is a seamless blend of medieval historical fiction and fantasy built from her affection for and extensive knowledge of Irish, English, and Scottish history, myths, and legends.   Each book in the series can be purchased for $13.75 and signed by the author.  Please make checks payable to Cash.

Please click on the link at the end of today’s newsletter for the flyer.

SCA to Host Red Ribbon Week

Next week the Student Council Association has planned a number of special events in support of our school-wide celebration of Red Ribbon Week, an annual opportunity for our students to take a stand against drug and alcohol abuse.  Please see the accompanying flyer for more information about this weeklong event, including a dress down day scheduled for Thursday, October 24th.  Thank you to the SCA for all of their efforts in encouraging our students to live drug free!

PTO Teacher Conference Day Luncheons

Every year, the All Saints Catholic School PTO holds a luncheon for the teachers, during teacher/parent conference days, to thank them for their hard work, dedication, and continuing perseverance to educate every student every day. This year the luncheons will be held on Monday, November 11thand Tuesday, November 12th. Donations and volunteers make the two-day luncheon a success! Please consider sharing your time, cooking talents and needed donations to this event. The teachers& staff appreciate the lovely lunch and thoughtfulness of the parents who provide this event for them.  Please use the link to sign-up for all donations & volunteer opportunities: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C054CA8AC2BA13-teacher1

Any questions, please feel free to contact Kate Bachman at KateBachman2002@aol.com

Big Bash: Hollywood Nights

Would you like an “extra” $900 to spend in November? Do you have your eye on the Kindle Fire HD? Is there a little girl in your life that would love to own this year’s American Girl Doll of the Year, Saige? Would you like to spend an entire school year as the “first in line” at carpool? If yes is your answer to any of these questions, you’ll be glad to know that Big Bash: Hollywood Nights 50/50 and prize raffle tickets are now available for purchase and you could win one of those exciting prizes, and more!

Prize raffle ticket sheets come 6 tickets per sheet and cost $5 each, or buy all 6 tickets for $25. Big Bash Hollywood Nights raffle prizes are:  

  • Kindle Fire HD
  • $200 gift card from Flynn & O’Hara
  • American Girl Doll Of The Year – Saige 
  • All Saints Church Christmas Mass pew of choice  
  • First in Carpool parking privilege for one year
  • Waiver from annual points for parents requirement for one year

50/50 raffle tickets come 6 per sheet and cost $2 each, or buy all 6 tickets for $10. In recent years this prize has ranged from $800-$1,000.  What a nice Christmas bonus that will be for the winner! 

Both raffle tickets are available now for download at ptopbigbash.com! Ticket sheets will be sent home with your oldest or only child later this week. You can turn in your entry (tickets and check/cash) in the envelope the PTO provides with your raffle ticket sheets to school. If you send it in with your child, please confirm with his or her teacher that the envelope was received. We would not want to see your chances to win ruined because your entry was buried deep in a backpack or school desk! 

We will also sell raffle ticket at Big Bash: Hollywood Nights and beginning Thursday, you can pick up raffle ticket sheets at the school office to buy more chances to win – or to share with friends and family. The raffles are open to everyone! 

Reminder: Big Bash: Hollywood Nights event ticket prices are $32/pp, but go up next month to $35/pp. Buy your tickets today and save!

See you at the Big Bash! ~ Elissa & Christian (asptobigbash@gmail.com)

·          Raffle Cover Letter: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Raffle-Cover-letter_vEEH.pdf

·         50-50 Raffle Tickets: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=50-50-raffle-ticket-BigBash2013v2.pdf

·         Prize Raffle Tickets: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Prize-raffle-ticket-BigBash2013v2.pdf

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Lion’s Club Vision and Hearing Screening ~ Tomorrow

Tomorrow the third, fifth and seventh grade students are scheduled for a free Vision and Hearing Screening by the Lion’s Club.  Screening will begin at 9:00 A.M. Students who wear glasses should have them available for the vision portion of the screening.

Veterans Day Celebration

Join us as our school community honors the commitment of the men and women who have served our country in the United States Armed Forces. We cordially invite all active duty, reserve, former and retired military personnel to attend our school Mass on Friday, November 8th at 8:30 a.m. Following the Mass, there will be a brief ceremony in the Parish Activity Center followed by a reception for our honored guests in Father Kelley Hall. 

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:

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, October 17th           

          Lions’ Club Screening – Grades 3, 5 & 7

          Bishop O’Connell 8th Grade Visit

Friday, October 18th                

          Middle School Progress Reports

Monday, October 21st             

          Red Ribbon Week

          Picture Make-Up day

          Author Presentation for Grades 5-8

Wednesday, October 23rd       

          Gift of Human Sexuality (Presentation I) – Grades 6-8

Thursday, October 24th           

          SCA sponsored Red Ribbon Dress Down Day

          3rd Grade Field Trip to Colvin Run Mill

          Middle School Movie Night (PAC/6:00 p.m.)

Friday, October 25th                

          Diocesan Professional Development Day – No School

Links

          Net Promoter Survey Graph – 2013 Results: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Net-Promoter-Survey-2013-Results.pdf

          Author Visit ~ The Fae Prince of Fir Manach Trilogy: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Author-Visit-The-Fae-Prince-of-Fir-Manach-Trilogy.pdf

          Red Ribbon Week Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Red-Ribbon-Week-Flyer-2013.pdf

          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/

Raffle Cover Letter: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Raffle-Cover-letter_vEEH.pdf

50-50 Raffle Tickets: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=50-50-raffle-ticket-BigBash2013v2.pdf

Prize Raffle Tickets: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Prize-raffle-ticket-BigBash2013v2.pdf

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

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

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

SCA Red Ribbon Week

The SCA celebrates Red Ribbon Week October 21st – 24th.  Please click here for a flyer with information about items that the SCA will be selling and information about the dress down day on October 24th.  Money raised during Red Ribbon Week will benefit Youth for Tomorrow.