The Sentinel – December 18, 2013

12/18/2013

Principal’s Message

This week I wish to share with you a very special prayer intention.  Last week, Mr. Michael D’Eugenio, the husband of Joyce, our administrative assistant, was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer.  He will begin chemotherapy this week and continue to receive treatments each Friday in the coming months. 

Let us together remember Mr. D’Eugenio and his family in our prayers in a special way during this Advent & Christmas Season.  May they be uplifted and strengthened in the knowledge that so many of us are holding them close in thought and prayer at this time.

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One of the highlights of my Advent Season each year is walking the hallways and taking a few moments to review the beautiful work of the children displayed on the bulletin boards.  Using words and pictures, the students have shared how they are preparing their hearts for Christmas, even identifying “gifts” that they would like to give to the infant Savior.  As always, their sincere sentiments are poignant and a delight to read.  Amidst the rush of the days leading up to Christmas, I thought you might enjoy a few of these words to live by.

To Jesus: I will….

Try to be better

Help out without being asked

Don’t fight with brothers

Love everybody always

Go outside more

Encourage others often.

(3rd Grader)

Dear Jesus,

As I prepare for your birth I will be reverent and kind.  I will be generous and give the gift of a baby toy that makes funny noises and three red bird eggs and I will give you my baby blanket and my baby clothes. 

(2nd Grader)

Dear Jesus,

My gifts to you are…my love, my faith, my hope, to help others, prayers, be forgiving, show mercy, be kind, show respect, remember the reason for the season.

(4th Grader)

To Jesus:

A kind note, a coloring and activity pad, 9 pencils and a box of 64 crayons.

(3rd Grader)

This last one really made me smile.  This young student has decided not to simply give Jesus the twelve count box, but the deluxe 64 edition!  The message is the same – we give everything to Jesus.

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On Tuesday members of the Peace & Justice Players gathered together all of the Toys for Tots that our students contributed over the course of the past two weeks.  I know that the generosity of our students will truly brighten the Christmas holiday for those less fortunate.  I also want to thank the students for their generous support of the recent Dress Down Day to benefit Catholic Charities.  With an additional contribution of approximately $50.00 from the National Junior Honor Society, All Saints will be forwarding a check in the amount of $­­­500.00 to this organization for their use in assisting those in need in our diocesan community. 

We look forward to seeing many of you at the Band Concert tonight (PAC/7:00 p.m.) and the annual Christmas Pageant beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the church tomorrow evening.  Note: For the pageant, students are asked to report directly to their classrooms at 6:30 p.m.  The students will return to their homerooms following the performance where parents will meet them shortly thereafter. 

On behalf of the faculty & staff of All Saints Catholic School, I wish all of you a blessed Christmas Season!  May the holiday be filled with great joy as you gather with family and friends to celebrate the birth of our Savior!

Prayer for the Third Week of Advent

Lord God, may we, your people, who look forward to the birthday of Christ, experience the joy of salvation and celebrate that feast with love and thanksgiving.  We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

Registration Schedule for the New Year

  •   Re-Registration for Current Families February 3-14, 2014

 

  •   Registration for New Students             February 10-28, 2014

                              (Including siblings for Pre-K & K)

SAVE THE DATE!!!  ~ The Running with the Saints 5K

The Running with the Saints 5K will be on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 8:15 a.m. The Race Starts and Finishes at the front parking lot of All Saints Catholic School.  Click here to REGISTER TODAY:  http://www.imathlete.com/events/RunningWithTheSaints5kA planning and volunteer information meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 10:00 am for all interested in helping out.  For questions or additional information please contact Joan Coleman at jcoleman02@comcast.net or 703-895-9031.

High School News

Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School

JP the Great Music Festival: Musicians and singers in grades 6, 7, and 8 are invited to participate in Pope John Paul the Great’s annual Music Festival happening January 25, 2014! Come learn new music, perform with others in the diocese and with the JP Wolf Band, and make new friends! For more information, please visit their website:  http://www.jpthegreat.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/MS-Music-Festival-flyer-and-Registration.pdf.   Questions? Contact Mrs. Kelly Kingett, John Paul Music Director: kelly.kingett@jpthegreat.org or (703) 445-0316.

JP the Great News:  See what the Wolves have been up to so far this year by reading the latest edition of e-News Update. Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2014, and the first-round decision deadline is January 27. The date for the High School Placement Test is January 11, and pre-registration is required. For more information about admission and the test, please click here. For general information, please visit www.jpthegreat.org or call 703.445.0218.

PVI Catholic High School

Girls Winter Lacrosse Clinic at Paul VI Catholic HS, January 12th and/or 26th , 4-6PM come to one or both!

$40 per session, $75 for both (the camp will be held indoors in the gym).  Registration at www.pvigirlslax.net

Questions or Concerns, Please email Coach Alex Whitworth  at  awhitworth@paulvi.net

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

All Saints Christmas Pageant 2013

The annual Christmas Pageant as performed by students in kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th and 6th grades will take place on Thursday, December 19th at 7:00 p.m. in the church.  All students are asked to dress in their Christmas best and to report to their homeroom classrooms at 6:30 p.m. 

Please, direct any inquiries to Miss Sartor, at esartor@allsaintsva.org

Handcraft Show Hosted by Father Juan Puigbó

Fr. Juan will host a Handcraft Show on Thursday, December 19th from 2pm to 7pm in the Library Side of the Church. A number of items will be on display and available for purchase, including beautiful wooden pieces handcrafted by Fr. Juan. This will be a good opportunity to buy your seasonal gifts! 

Open House for 2013-2014 School Year

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, January 16th beginning at 9:00 a.m.  All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about the parish 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.

Annual Fund – Launched for 2nd Year!

Recently each family received an introductory letter and accompanying flyer outlining the goals of the Annual Fund.  Again this year, we invite 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!  All funds received will be used in support of tuition assistance, the purchase of math & science equipment, and the installation of WiFi access throughout the school.

Tuition Assistance Applications for 2014-2015

Applications for Tuition Assistance for the 2014-2015 academic year are now available at the front office.  Again this year the Diocese of Arlington has partnered with FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Company.  FACTS has also established an on-line application process that can be initiated through the company website (http://online.factsmgt.com/signin/3Q327)

The due dates for applications and supporting documentation are as follows:

High School                 January 27, 2014

Elementary School       March 17, 2014

NOTE: All families with children enrolled in both high school and elementary school will need to submit an application by the January high school deadline.

Please note that all applications and supporting documentation must be received by FACTS rather than postmarked by the dates listed above.  Applications are not complete until FACTS has received all of the supporting documentation.  Only those families who are verified by FACTS as having submitted all of the required supporting documentation will be eligible for diocesan tuition assistance.

An overview of the Diocesan Tuition Assistance Program can be found at the following link.

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

Should you have any questions or concerns about the application process, please do not hesitate to contact a FACTS Customer Care Representative at 1-866-441-4637 or our school office.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, December 18th    

          2nd Grade Christmas Around the World Celebration

          Band Concert (PAC/7:00 p.m.)

Thursday, December 19th       

          Pre-Kindergarten Christmas Pageants (10:00 a.m. & 1:15 p.m. in the church)

          Christmas Pageant (2:15 p.m. for students & 7:00 p.m. for parents in the church; students report to homeroom classrooms at 6:30 p.m.)

          Fr. Juan’s Handcraft Show (2:00-7:00 p.m. in the church)

Friday, December 20th            

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

          SCA sponsored Santa Hat Day (no cost)

          4th Grade Gingerbread House Project

          Classroom Christmas Parties (approximately 1:30 p.m.)

Monday, December 23rd         

          Christmas Holiday begins

Monday, January 6th              

          Classes Resume for the New Year

Tuesday, January 7th              

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

Thursday, January 9th            

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

Friday, January 10th               

          School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

          National Geography Bee (10:00 a.m.)

          Noon Dismissal (Faculty Meeting)

Running with the Saints 5K – Registration Now Open

Running with the Saints 5KSave the date!! The Running With The Saints 5K will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 8:15 a.m. The race will start and finish at the front parking lot of All Saints Catholic School. You can register online for the event now at http://www.imathlete.com/events/RunningWithTheSaints5k    

Want to Help with the Race?
A planning and volunteer information meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. for anyone interested in helping out.

For questions or additional information, please contact Joan Coleman at jcoleman02@comcast.net or 703-895-9031.

The Sentinel – December 11, 2013

December 11, 2013

Principal’s Message

Recently the Common Core Standards have received significant attention in the media and been a source of discussion and debate in both political and educational circles.  With this in mind, I thought it would be helpful to share with you some key perspectives that clarify the purpose and design of the Standards and also provide an understanding as to the extent to which they influence the curriculum of our school.

Perhaps a brief explanation of the nature of curriculum design in our diocese is a good place to begin.  Each year the diocese initiates the review and revision of one or more areas of our curriculum, for example math or social studies.  A committee comprised of staff from the Office of Catholic Schools and educators from around the diocese analyzes and considers nationally published standards, taking into consideration the various changes taking place in curriculum design.  After review and discussion, the committee is then tasked with designing curriculum standards that will best address the needs of the learners in our diocesan community.  The Diocese of Arlington has not adopted any national or Commonwealth set of standards, such as the Common Core or Standards of Learning, but rather seeks to study what is best and adapt it for our use. 

The Common Core Standards were written by educators at the request of the US Governors in an attempt to ensure that students across the country are held to the same standards of learning.

It is important to note that the Common Core Standards are neither a curriculum nor a text.  Rather, they are standards, i.e. statements of what a student should know and be able to do at a particular grade level.  (Example:  Solve word problems that call for addition of three whole numbers whose sum is less than or equal to 20.    Math Grade 1:  OA.A 2) A curriculum, on the other hand, includes what is taught, when it is taught, how it is taught and what materials are used.

Some of you have probably noted that some of our textbooks are beginning to include references to the Common Core.  This is due to the fact that 46 states, not including Virginia, have adopted the Common Core Standards.  As a matter of supply and demand, the textbook companies have begun to label their publications accordingly.  A key point to remember here is the fact that the textbooks we use are considered a resource, not the actual curriculum.  Each teacher plans instruction based upon the Diocesan curriculum, incorporating textbooks, strategies, manipulatives and technology in an effort to “deliver” the concepts and content in a manner that is engaging and effectively meets the needs of the learners.  The textbooks remain but one resource in a teacher’s toolbox.

In the public discussion regarding the Common Core, a few misperceptions have arisen. 

The Common Core forbids the teaching of Shakespeare.    This is not true.  The Common Core Standards do call for various types of reading materials:   fiction, non-fiction, poetry, etc.   Although the Diocese has not adopted the Common Core Standards, schools and teachers are encouraged to decide which actual readings are to be used in each of the literary areas, recognizing non-fiction as an essential element.       

The Common Core Standards are secularistic.    The Common Core Standards, by design, were written for the public schools in our country and as such do not incorporate our Catholic values.  The integration of our sacred faith tradition throughout the curriculum is what makes the enterprise of Catholic schools distinct and is in fact, essential to our mission.  

All student records will be kept in a common data base.   Not true.   The records of any student in the schools operated by the Diocese of Arlington are kept at the school or sent to a new school only upon the request of a parent.  No records are released to outside agencies, except in the case of a subpoena.    

I hope that this information is both helpful and insightful for you.  Should you have any questions or if I can be of further assistance in this regard, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time. 

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On Friday evening school families gathered to celebrate the Feast of St. Nicholas at a prayer service that began in the church and was followed by a reception in the Parish Activities Center.  Through music, readings and prayer, the children had an opportunity to learn more about the life and legacy of St. Nicholas, culminating in their presentation of new shoes at the foot of the altar.  It was beautiful to witness the children processing a few at a time up the main aisle where they then placed their donations in decorated boxes.  In total, the children and parents donated 83 pairs of shoes and $95.00, all of which will benefit the House of Mercy.  Thank you, Mrs. Gina Michak and Mrs. Katherine Bachman, for organizing such a lovely event for our community.  I also wish to thank the members of the National Junior Honor Society who served as ushers and the members of the Schola who led the music.   It truly was not only a student-centered but student-led event and a growing tradition for our community.

The following morning a number of students, including the All Saints cheerleaders, as well as parents gathered in Old Town to represent our school in the Greater Manassas Christmas Parade.  I want to thank Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Stevens for once again coordinating the design and construction of our school float and for providing the storage space during the weeks leading up to the event.  They have been whole-heartedly committed to this project for many years and I remain grateful for all they have done to lead the effort.  I want to also thank all of the volunteer parents who assisted with the construction of the float and helped to coordinate the logistics, ensuring that our children had both a safe and enjoyable time.

A Prayer for the Second Week of Advent

God of power and mercy,

Open our hearts in welcome.

Remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy,

So that we may share His wisdom

And become one with Him

When He comes in glory,

For He lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

One God, forever and ever.

Amen.

Handcraft Show Hosted by Father Juan Puigbó

Fr. Juan will host a Handcraft Show on Thursday, December 19th from 2pm to 7pm in the Library Side of the Church. A number of items will be on display and available for purchase, including beautiful wooden pieces handcrafted by Fr. Juan. This will be a good opportunity to buy your seasonal gifts! 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Our Lady of  Guadalupe Feast Day Mass – Tomorrow (10:00 a.m.)

All parents are cordially invited to join us for a special Mass in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Thursday, December 12th at 10:00 a.m. in the church.  In an effort to help our students understand the history of the feast day, a small group of students will re-enact the visitation of our Lady to Juan Diego just prior to the start of the Mass.  As Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patroness of Latin America, portions of the liturgy will be in Spanish and the music will be provided by professional mariachis.  We look forward to this multicultural celebration of our faith and hope that many of you will be able to join us for this special occasion.

All Saints Christmas Pageant 2013

The students have been working hard to prepare a wonderful Christmas Pageant, and would love for you and your loved ones to attend.  This year’s Christmas Pageant will take place on December 19th at 7:00 p.m. in the church.  

If you are the parent of a sixth grader, as six grade is the featured grade, we request that the 6th grade students arrive at 6:30, dressed in their Christmas best. 

If you are the parent of a student in K, 1, 2, 4, or 5 grades, we ask that those students arrive at 6:45, so that we can make sure they are seated in the proper area.  Again, please have them dressed in their Christmas best as well!    

Please, direct any inquiries to Miss Sartor, at esartor@allsaintsva.org

Open House for 2013-2014 School Year

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, January 16th beginning at 9:00 a.m.  All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about the parish 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.

Annual Fund – Launched for 2nd Year!

Recently each family received an introductory letter and accompanying flyer outlining the goals of the Annual Fund.  Again this year, we invite 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!  All funds received will be used in support of tuition assistance, the purchase of math & science equipment, and the installation of WiFi access throughout the school.

Tuition Assistance Applications for 2014-2015

Applications for Tuition Assistance for the 2014-2015 academic year are now available at the front office.  Again this year the Diocese of Arlington has partnered with FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Company.  FACTS has also established an on-line application process that can be initiated through the company website (http://online.factsmgt.com/signin/3Q327)

The due dates for applications and supporting documentation are as follows:

High School                January 27, 2014

Elementary School      March 17, 2014

NOTE: All families with children enrolled in both high school and elementary school will need to submit an application by the January high school deadline.

Please note that all applications and supporting documentation must be received by FACTS rather than postmarked by the dates listed above.  Applications are not complete until FACTS has received all of the supporting documentation.  Only those families who are verified by FACTS as having submitted all of the required supporting documentation will be eligible for diocesan tuition assistance.

An overview of the Diocesan Tuition Assistance Program can be found at the following link:

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

Should you have any questions or concerns about the application process, please do not hesitate to contact a FACTS Customer Care Representative at 1-866-441-4637 or our school office.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, December 12th       

          Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day Mass (10:00 a.m.)

          Presentation & Decade of the Rosary (9:50 a.m.)

Friday, December 13th                       

          Sacrament of Reconciliation – Grade 6

Monday, December 16th         

          Advent Prayer Services (8:15 a.m.)

          Sacrament of Reconciliation – Grade 8 (9:30 a.m.)

          3rd Grade Field Trip to GMU Theater

Tuesday, December 17th        

          Deadline for Toys for Tots donations, sponsored by Peace & Justice Players

Wednesday, December 18th    

          2nd Grade Christmas Around the World Celebration

          Band Concert – Tentatively rescheduled for 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 19th       

          Pre-Kindergarten Christmas Pageants (10:00 a.m. & 1:15 p.m. in the church)

          Christmas Pageant (2:15 p.m. for students & 7:00 p.m. for parents in the church)

          Fr. Juan’s Handcraft Show (2:00-7:00 p.m. in the church)

Friday, December 20th           

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

          SCA sponsored Santa Hat Day (no cost)

          4th Grade Gingerbread House Project

          Classroom Christmas Parties (approximately 1:30 p.m.)

Monday, December 23rd        

          Christmas Holiday begins

Monday, January 6th              

          Classes Resume for the New Year

Links

          Diocesan Tuition Assistance Overview: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Tuition-Assistance-2014-15-Overview.pdf

          Past Due ~ Enrollment Survey: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Pre-K-K-New-Student-Survey.pdf 

          PVI College Night for Junior High Students and Families: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=PVI-College-Night-Jr-High-FLYER-Dec-2013-2.pdf

          e-News Update from JP the Great: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=JPtheGreat-e-News-Update.pdf

The Sentinel – December 4. 2013

December 4, 2013

Principal’s Message

This week we have begun our annual journey of Advent, a time of preparation for the celebration of Christ’s birth at Christmas.  Amidst all of the joy and activity surrounding the preparations for the season, it is easy for us to lose sight of the fact that Advent is a beautiful season unto itself. 

At All Saints we have established several traditions that help to create a tone of anticipation and waiting, in essence a time during which we invite the children to prepare their hearts for the coming of  Christ. 

v  Advent Wreath Prayer Services ~ Every Monday morning during Advent the students will gather for prayer around three separate wreaths in each of the wings of the school as we begin our day together.  There, the students and faculty will participate in age-appropriate prayer services through which the children will learn more about the tradition of the Advent wreath and meaning of the season.

v  Sacrament of Reconciliation ~ Each of the students in grades three through eight will have an opportunity to encounter Christ in this beautiful Sacrament of healing and forgiveness.  Our parish priests have scheduled sessions during the school day for each of these grade levels over the course of the next several weeks. 

v  Toys for Tots Outreach ~ Donations of unwrapped new toys are now being collected through Tuesday, December 17th.  Collection points are located by the front office and breezeway where students enter the building. 

A Prayer for Advent ~ Week I

All-powerful God,

increase our strength of will for doing good

that Christ may find an eager welcome at His coming

and call us to His side in the kingdom of heaven,

where He lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, forever and ever.  Amen.

All Saints Christmas Pageant 2013

The students have been working hard to prepare a wonderful Christmas Pageant, and would love for you and your loved ones to attend.  This year’s Christmas Pageant will take place on December 19th at 7:00 p.m. in the church.  

If you are the parent of a sixth grader, as six grade is the featured grade, we request that the 6th grade students arrive at 6:30, dressed in their Christmas best. 

If you are the parent of a student in K, 1, 2, 4, or 5 grades, we ask that those students arrive at 6:45, so that we can make sure they are seated in the proper area.  Again, please have them dressed in their Christmas best as well!    

Please, direct any inquiries to Miss Sartor, at esartor@allsaintsva.org

Virtue of the Month ~ Awards Presentation

Congratulations to the following students who received special recognition at our monthly Virtue Prayer Service last week for having exemplified the Virtue of Gratitude during November.

Peter H.(PK1)

Presley H. (PK2)

Peter D. (PK3)

Greyson L. (K1)

Colleen C. (K2)

Mary H. (1A)

Liam M. (1B)

Austin R. (2A)

Sofia V. (2B)

Alisa M. (3A)

Mary C. (3B)

Anthony S. (4A)

Ethan R. (4B)

Awuraba A. (5A)

Lily F. (5B)

Katherine A. (6A)

Gabriel S. (6B)

Annaliese T. (7A)

Vanessa M. (7B)

Savanna M.(8A)

Lauren G. (8B)

Virtue of the Month ~ Generosity

During the month of December, students will be encouraged to implement the following strategies:

A.     Give from your own money to help others in need.

B.     Give freely of your time without expecting anything in return.

C.     Ask for forgiveness when you have hurt someone and be willing to forgive them when they hurt you.

D.     Offer to help someone in class each day.

E.      Share your supplies with someone who forgot theirs.

F.      Do something helpful for someone at home without being asked.

G.     See if others want “second helpings” before taking some for yourself.

H.     Let someone else in your family choose the movie or television show you will watch together.

I.        Offer to help an older neighbor with a job like raking leaves or shoveling snow.

J.       Let another person ahead of you get a drink first at the water fountain.

Prayer of the Month ~ Prayer of St. Nicholas

Loving God, we thank you for the example of St. Nicholas, who fed the hungry, brought hope to the imprisoned, gave comfort to the lost, and taught the truth to all.  May we strive to imitate him by putting you first in all we do.  Give us the courage, love and strength of St. Nicholas, so that, like him, we may serve you through loving our brothers and sisters.  Amen.

Bethany Food Pantry Cornucopia Outreach ~ Many Thanks!

Thanks to the generosity of our students and the leadership of the NJHS, our school donated 758.5 pounds of fresh food for our community.  The donations were compiled into dinners that were forwarded to families in need in Manassas.  Thank you for brightening the holiday for those less fortunate.

Book Fair – Another Great Success!

A big thank you goes out to all parents, students, faculty and staff that supported the recent Scholastic Book Fair!  What a great way to have celebrated reading and raise funds for the school library. The theme Reading Oasis: A Cool Place to Discover Hot Books transformed the library back to Ancient Egypt overflowing with hundreds of book treasures just waiting to be discovered.    This fun-filled event could not be accomplished without our devoted All Saints families who graciously volunteered to make the Book Fair a huge success.  A special thanks to Mrs. Gina Michak and Mrs. Johanna Catts for coordinating volunteers. It truly is a team effort.  Your generosity enabled the profits from the Book Fair sales to exceed over $12,000 earning the library $2,500 to spend on books and special school programs.

Our Lady of  Guadalupe Feast Day Mass

All parents are cordially invited to join us for a special Mass in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Thursday, December 12th at 10:00 a.m. in the church.  In an effort to help our students understand the history of the feast day, a small group of students will re-enact the visitation of our Lady to Juan Diego just prior to the start of the Mass.  As Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patroness of Latin America, portions of the liturgy will be in Spanish and the music will be provided by professional mariachis.  We look forward to this multicultural celebration of our faith and hope that many of you will be able to join us for this special occasion.

Open House for 2013-2014 School Year

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, January 16th beginning at 9:00 a.m.  All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about the parish 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.

TARGET/Grocery Programs Update

The All Saints grocery program fundraising effort is off to a good start!  We have already received $250 from Target and are accumulating rewards from the Giant A+ Bonus Bucks and Harris Teeter’s Together in Education programs. Thank you to all of the families, friends, and neighbors who have already registered or sent in their grocery registration information.  If you have not already provided your registration information, please complete the 2013-2014 enrollment form and return to school.  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.

This is a wonderful way to help All Saints while simply doing your regular shopping!  Attached to today’s newsletter is an updated Target/Grocery Program letter.

CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOLS

***POPE JOHN PAUL THE GREAT***

Please click on link below for a link to the JP the Great e-News.

***PVI NEWS***

PVI will be sponsoring a College Night for parents of 7th & 8th Graders on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at Paul VI Catholic High School. The following topics will be covered:

·         How to prepare in Grades 7 and 8 for a college prep high school curriculum

·         What to consider considering the right college “fit”

·         How colleges review applications

·         What financial assistance and scholarship funds are available

Please see attached flyer for more information.

Teacher workday coming up?  Annual Band and Strings Mini-Camp @ Paul VI, Thurs Jan 16, 6-8:30 pm, Fri Jan 17 9-4.  Open to Diocesan 5th-8th graders, early bird special $40. with additional sibling discount if postmarked by Jan 1st. Questions pvimusicboosters@gmail.com

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Annual Fund – Launched for 2nd Year!

Recently each family received an introductory letter and accompanying flyer outlining the goals of the Annual Fund.  Again this year, we invite 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!  All funds received will be used in support of tuition assistance, the purchase of math & science equipment, and the installation of WiFi access throughout the school.

Evening with St. Nicholas ~ Friday at 7:00 p.m.

The 5th Annual “Evening with St. Nicholas” is this Friday, December 6.  Join us beginning at 7pm in the church.  This year, we are celebrating on his feast day, with fellowship and light refreshments in the PAC.   This year the students in NJHS will be serving as ushers, greeters, and readers.  Members of the Schola will be leading the music.  Everyone is getting involved!

Please join us for what has become a beautiful tradition here at All Saints. The evening will begin with an Advent Prayer Service and traditional Advent carols in the church. The “Procession of the Shoes” will again be lead by St. Nicholas himself! St. Nicholas and Mother Seton will be available for photos (bring your own camera) afterwards in the PAC.   For planning purposes, please visit the “Evening with St. Nicholas” link at http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/news-events/calendar/evening-with-st-nicholas-rsvp-form and RSVP today.

This very popular community-building event is designed to help us prepare for the Advent season.  Once again, we will be collecting donations of new shoes , with the proceeds benefitting House of Mercy. Donation guidelines are NEW plain colors of tennis shoes- white, blue, black, tan, or brown. No character tennis shoes, please.   

Thank you to those who have already volunteered to help before or during the event.  We can always use help, so go to www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0448AAAF2A1-evening  to volunteer your time.  Questions about volunteering- contact event co-chair Gina Michak at ginamichak@gmail.com.  All volunteers at the event MUST be Virtus Certified.

Thanks to those already donating cookies or cocoa for the evening’s refreshments. We are asking for Christmas cookies/decorated sugar cookies, (homemade or store bought), cocoa mix (packets OR canisters) and mini-marshmallows. Cookies only, please. While the All Saints School community is always very generous when asked to donate baked goods, the simplicity of a cookie is all we need for this event. Thank you for your understanding and generosity.  Please go to www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0448AAAF2A1-evening   to donate! Donations of cocoa can be dropped off ANY day this week- attention Kate or Gina, at the front desk.  Cookie donations can be dropped off Thursday or Friday, at the front desk as well.  

Contact event co-chair Kate Bachman at katebachman2002@aol.com  with questions about food donations.

Tuition Assistance Applications for 2014-2015

Applications for Tuition Assistance for the 2014-2015 academic year are now available at the front office.  Again this year the Diocese of Arlington has partnered with FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Company.  FACTS has also established an on-line application process that can be initiated through the company website (http://online.factsmgt.com/signin/3Q327)

The due dates for applications and supporting documentation are as follows:

High School                 January 27, 2014

Elementary School       March 17, 2014

NOTE: All families with children enrolled in both high school and elementary school will need to submit an application by the January high school deadline.

Please note that all applications and supporting documentation must be received by FACTS rather than postmarked by the dates listed above.  Applications are not complete until FACTS has received all of the supporting documentation.  Only those families who are verified by FACTS as having submitted all of the required supporting documentation will be eligible for diocesan tuition assistance.

An overview of the Diocesan Tuition Assistance Program can be found at the following link.

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

Should you have any questions or concerns about the application process, please do not hesitate to contact a FACTS Customer Care Representative at 1-866-441-4637 or our school office.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, December 5th         

          8th Grade High School Placement Test

Friday, December 6th              

          School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

          Sacrament of Reconciliation – Grade 4

          CYO Pep Rally (Gym/2:15 p.m.)

          Evening with St. Nicholas (Church/7:00 p.m.)

Saturday, December 7th                      

          Manassas Christmas Parade – Meet at 10 am on Mathis Ave. between Reb Yank Dr. and Liberia Ave. near Nathan’s & movie theater.  Float #96. Anticipate being back at All Saints between 11:30-12:00.

Monday, December 9th                       

          Advent Prayer Services (8:15 a.m.)

          Sacrament of Reconciliation – Grade 5

Tuesday, December 10th         

          Band Concert (PAC/7:00 p.m.)

          VIRTUS update Training (Art room/7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, December 11th    

          Sacrament of Reconciliation – Grade 7

          1st Grade Activity Day

          6th Grade Field Trip to Synagogue (9:00 a.m. – Noon)

Thursday, December 12th       

          Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day Mass (10:00 a.m.)

Friday, December 13th                        

          Sacrament of Reconciliation – Grade 6

Links

          5th Annual “Evening with St. Nicholas” Flyer:  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=StNicholasflyer.pdf

          Christmas Parade Permission Slip:  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Christmas-Parade-2013-Permission-Slip.pdf

          Diocesan Tuition Assistance Overview: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Tuition-Assistance-2014-15-Overview.pdf

          Past Due ~ Enrollment Survey: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Pre-K-K-New-Student-Survey.pdf 

          Grocery Program/Target Letter Updated: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Grocery-Program-letter-2013-2014-with-TARGET.pdf

          PVI College Night for Junior High Students and Families: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=PVI-College-Night-Jr-High-FLYER-Dec-2013-2.pdf

          e-News Update from JP the Great: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=JPtheGreat-e-News-Update.pdf

Mrs. Vickie Coyle Selected as NCEA Distinguished Teacher

All Saints librarian Mrs. Vickie Coyle receives the NCEA Distinguished Teacher Award.
Mrs. Vickie Coyle honored at a surprise assembly to celebrate her selection for the NCEA Distinguished Teacher Award.
The National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) announced today that Mrs. Vickie Coyle, All Saints librarian, has been selected to receive the Distinguished Teacher Award presented by the Elementary Schools Department of the NCEA.

This award was established in 1981 and is presented to one teacher in each of the geographic regions into which the department divides the United States. All Saints is located in Region 4 which includes the states of Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Delaware, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia as well as Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia.

As a community we rejoice in the recognition that Mrs. Coyle is receiving for her outstanding contributions to Catholic education and for the impact that she has had on the students of All Saints. School principal Mr. David Conroy added, “While I have every confidence that Mrs. Coyle’s instructional leadership has been fundamental to the success of our school, particularly in the area of reading and language arts, the commitment to life-long reading that she has fostered in her students is the greater gift. Perhaps what has made her so effective is the wonderful sense of joy and aplomb that she brings to all of her endeavors. With a sparkling sense of humor and a radiant personality, the students are inspired by her commitment, her positive outlook and her steadfast belief in them. Indeed, Mrs. Coyle has helped to transform our school and lead our community from good to great.”

On behalf of All Saints Catholic School, congratulations, Mrs. Coyle! Let the celebration begin!