The Sentinel ~ Students Soar on ACRE Assessments

January 29, 2014

Message from the Principal

On this occasion of Catholic Schools Week, we pause to celebrate our heritage and reflect on our mission.  May we always remember that it is not our strong academics and sense of structure and order that set us apart, though these are tell-tale signs of a Catholic school.  Rather, it is the fact that, in our community, students encounter Christ through prayer, the Sacraments and one another.  This experience, lived and shared, day after day, month after month, year after year, is life-changing and life-giving. 

One way that we can objectively measure our students’ understanding of the Catholic faith is through the ACRE Test, an annual assessment that we administer to all 5th and 8th grade students.  Comprised of both cognitive as well as affective domains, the assessment sheds light not only on our students’ knowledge of doctrine but also their personal experience of the faith.   

The following is a summary of scores from the 2013 assessment, comparing the performance of our students with the diocesan average.    We can be immensely proud of the great work of the faculty & staff who partner with you in handing on the gift of our faith.  Indeed, through this process, both hearts and minds are transformed! 

Happy Catholic Schools Week!

 

 

ASCS

(5th)

Diocese

Average

ASCS

(8th )

Diocese

Average

Domain 1

God

89.6

88

95.1

91

Domain 2

Church

93.9

85

87.7

86

Domain 3

Liturgy & Sacraments

92.3

83

81.5

83

Domain 4

Revelation, Scripture, Faith

94.9

88

93.3

89

Domain 5

Life in Christ

79.5

71

88.7

89

Domain 6

Church History

86.4

72

88.8

79

Domain 7

Prayer/Religious Practices

86.4

74

87.7

83

Domain 8

Faith Literacy

89.6

85

84.4

81

Pillar 1

Creed

92.6

87

89.7

85

Pillar 2

Liturgy & Sacraments

91.6

81

84.3

83

Pillar 3

Morality

83.5

76

85.8

88

Pillar 4

Prayer

86.4

78

93

88

TOTAL

 

89.2

81

88.2

85

PTO to Sponsor Cyber Safety Presentation

On Monday, February 24th beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Mr. Andrew McGahan, Clinical Director of the Jewish Social Services Agency, will speak on the topic of Cyber Safety Awareness. 

As this presentation will address such an important matter, at least one parent from each family is asked to attend.  The presentation will take place in the Parish Activity Center from 7:00-9:00 p.m. with time for questions at the end of the evening.  Invite friends, neighbors and colleagues to what promises to be an insightful and empowering presentation for parents!

Science Fair Rescheduled

Due to the recent inclement weather and related closures, the middle school Science Fair has been postponed from February 6th to February 19th.

Lost and Found – Last Call!

There is an overflow of clothes with no name on the tags that have been left at school.   If your child is missing a jacket,sweatshirt, hat and/or lunch box, please come and lookthrough the lost and found.  We will keep items in the officethrough February 7th, before donating them to the homeless.

High School News

Paul VI Catholic High School

Paul VI Catholic High School would like to extend an invitation to CYO Basketball Team members to join them at their girls’ basketball game next Friday, January 31st beginning at 4:00PM.  All players wearing a CYO Basketball jersey will be admitted for free.  Please see the attached flyer for details. 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Registration Schedule for 2014-2015

  •   Re-Registration for Current Families February 5-21, 2014
  •   Registration for New Students             February 10-28, 2014

                              (Including siblings for Pre-K & K)

Open House for 2014-2015 School Year – February 13th

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, February 13th 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.

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:

Elementary School       March 17, 2014

Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

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

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

Tuesday, April 18th (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

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

Upcoming Events

Friday, January 31st               

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

          Middle School Demerit Free Breakfast

          Report Cards distributed to students

          Noon Dismissal: Faculty & Staff Luncheon for Catholic Schools Week

Saturday, February 1st           

          PTO sponsored Family Bingo (Knights’ Hall/5:00 p.m.)

Monday, February 3rd            

          Feast of St. Blaise – Blessing of Throats

Tuesday, February 4th            

          Picture Day: Teams, Clubs & Candids

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

Wednesday, February 5th        

          Golf Tournament Committee Meeting (2:00 p.m.)

Friday, February 7th               

          School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

          Race for Education Kick-off Assembly (2:30 p.m.)

Links

Mrs. Coyle Featured in The Catholic Herald

In December 2013, the National Catholic Education Association announced that Mrs. Vickie Coyle, our librarian, had been selected to receive the Distinguished Teacher Award.

The following is a link to an article in the Arlington Catholic Herald highlighting Mrs. Coyle’s great work and the recognition she is now receiving…. Wonderful reading as we celebrate Catholic Schools Week!

http://catholicherald.com/stories/Librarian-opens-books-to-open-minds,25157

Author to Visit During CSW

Children’s book author Sister Maria Grace Dateno, FSP is visiting All Saints during Catholic School Week on January 29th.  She will be speaking about her new Gospel Time Trekker book series for students in 1st through 4th grades.  Sister Maria Grace grew up in Springfield, Virginia, and met the Daughters of Saint Paul when she was fifteen years old.  She felt God calling her to help people know and love him. Since then, Sister Grace has edited a Catholic children’s magazine (My Friend), authored several children’s books, and now serves in the Pauline Books & Media Center in Alexandria, Virginia.

The six books in the Gospel Time Trekker series offers solid facts about the culture and landscape surrounding these pivotal moments in biblical times. Sister Maria Grace shows kids how they too can enter into the Bible and imagine what it was like to meet Jesus.   It is a wonderful opportunity for our students to hear her personal spiritual journey and the inspiration behind her writing process.

The Sentinel

January 16, 2014

Message from the Principal

Last Friday students in
grades four through eight participated in the school-wide round of the National
Geography Bee.  Congratulations to
Vincent DiBisceglie, our school champion, who completed a written assessment earlier
this week to determine whether he will qualify to advance to the state level
competition.  This is a distinct honor
for Vincent as this is his second consecutive year winning the event at All
Saints.!

Congratulations
to Eirian Crocker (2nd place), Nicholas Mills (3rd place)
and to all of the students who represented their classes in this school-wide competition. 

4A       Madison Schmeling   

4B        Zachary Kreitzer        

5A       Jack Malone              

5B        Lily Feltman

6A       Eirian Crocker             

6B        Kayla Koory

7A       Vincent DiBisceglie    

7B        Emma Parker             

8A       Rachel Chiramel         

8B        Nicholas Mills           

March for Life

On Wednesday, January 22nd
the students of All Saints will join their prayers with the thousands who will
gather in Washington, D.C. at the annual March for Life.  As a school community we will pray for an end
to abortion and for an increase in respect for the sanctity of life at all
stages in our society.   While children
who wish to attend the March for Life with their parents or the Youth Ministry
Program will be marked as absent, please know that this absence will not affect
a child who otherwise would earn “Perfect Attendance” at the close of
the year.  If your child will be
attending the March, please notify his or her teacher via a note by the end of the
week.   

Earn up to $400 in Tuition
Credit!*

Many of our families
initially hear about All Saints through a personal referral from an existing
school family. With Open House events scheduled for Thursday, January 16
and Thursday, February 13, we thought now would be the perfect time to
remind you about our New Student Referral Program.

Through
our New Student Referral Program, your family can receive a $200
tuition credit
for referring one new family or a $400 tuition
credit
for referring two new families! Details about the program can be
found on the New Student Referral Program form (see link below).

What
to do next:

ü  Invite your family and friends to attend our January
or February Open House so they can hear about our school and see it in action.

ü  Complete and submit a New Student Referral Form:
http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/new-student-referral-program/

ü  Remind the families you invite to list your name on
the Referral Form that will be included in their New Student Application
Packet.

5K T-shirt Design Contest for All Grades

This year we would like to have all the students participate
in a contest to design the front artwork for our 5K race shirt.  Any medium can be used as long as it is
flat…ink, pencil, crayon, or paint.  The
design should be in 2-colors and fit on an 8 ½ x 11 size paper so that it can
be scanned.  The theme is “Running with
the Saints.”  No text or graphic art
should be used…only original art created by the student.  There will be prizes for the 1st
and 2nd place winners in each grade and also for the Overall Winner.
The deadline for submission to Mrs.
Blair is February 12th.  For
more information, please contact Penny Starrs at 703-393-2283 or pennyrstarrs@live.com .  A link to the flyer can be found at the end
of the newsletter.

Family
Bingo Night

The
PTO sponsored Family Bingo Night will be held on February 1st at
5:00 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall.  Please see the flyer linked to
the newsletter for more information about the Family Bingo Night and Dinner
Pre-Order Form.

Volunteers Needed for Catholic Schools Week Luncheon

Catholic Schools
Week is 2 weeks away, and the highlight for the teachers, faculty, and staff is
always the luncheon at the end of the week on Friday, January 31st!
If you would like to help us make this year’s luncheon a success, please visit
our Sign –Up Genius page to see how you can get involved!  You will earn
points for parents for your time and donations.

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0448AAAF2A1-catholic1

Contact Gina Michak (ginamichak@gmail.com)
or Zonia Garcia (zgarcia40@gmail.com)
with questions or for more information.

Science Fair Volunteers Needed

The All Saint’s Science Fair is February 6th in
the Parish Activity Center. The Middle School students have been working hard
on their projects but many parent volunteers are needed to make the fair a
success. All volunteer activities earn points for parents. Even if you don’t
have a Middle School student, this is an exciting event you don’t want to
miss.  The following volunteers are
needed:  Judges, Breakfast Coordinator,
Breakfast Food Donations, Lunch Coordinator, Lunch Food Donations, Set-Up
Committee, and Take Down Committee. 

Please click on the following link for more
information
http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Science-Fair-Volunteers-Needed.pdf

BoxTops for Education/Labels for Education Update

November 1st, 2013
was the first submission deadline for boxtops. In only 2 months, our school
collected 13,628 boxtops! With a balance from last year, All Saints received
the first check last week of $1892.28. Thanks to all the parents, teachers,
students, and Parish. The next submission for boxtops is March 1st.
In this area, All Saints school is in 23rd place…I believe we can be
in first place. Let’s keep clipping!!! 

Current
Boxtop and Labels for Education numbers since Nov. 1st:

Box
Tops:                    5,053   =          $505.30

Labels for Education:  900      =          $
90.00

Class
Room Rankings

Mrs. Montano 3A        2590

Mrs. Honkus 5A           2534

Mrs. Harrill 1A             2270

Mrs. Gurley 2B             1744

Mrs. Nichols 1B            1661

Mrs. Cote K1               1487

Mrs. Lewis 7A             1027

The
rest of the class rooms were under 1000. I have left a list at the front office
if anyone would like to see what the exact classroom count is. Thank you!

Make Praying the Rosary a New Year’s
Resolution…

Please
join me, Mrs. Linda White, in the church near the statue of Our Blessed Mother
for a weekly rosary on Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m.  Our prayers will support the Pilgrim Virgin
Statue apostolate and specifically include the intentions of our school as well
as those of the families who are hosting the statues in their homes that week.   If you have any questions or suggestions,
please feel free to contact me at linda.white1016@gmail.com
.

Ten Commandments Hike 

Ten Commandments Hikes for youth
and families is said to have originated in Miami, FL around 1976.  Since then the hikes have spread
throughout the United States and are held at various times of the year,
depending on the locale.
The
goals and objectives for a Ten Commandments Hike are:

·
For youth and adults, it is an
opportunity to be introduced to other faiths and to reduce any misconceptions
or mistaken notions they may have about the religions of their friends and
neighbors.

·
For all participants, it is a review of the Ten Commandments, what they mean, and
how they are a fundamental component of most religions in America.

·
The hike is an opportunity to
stimulate youth to consider basic moral issues as well as differences and
similarities between religions.

·
The churches will be supporting an
activity that will help correct misinformation and biases caused by a lack of
knowledge about the religious beliefs of others.

Locally, a Ten Commandments Hike
has been conducted in Fredericksburg, VA every year since 1998 (except for
2010, when three feet on snow fell on that Fri/Sat in February). Here in
Manassas, the first Ten Commandments Hike was held on February 4, 2012.
This Hike was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, George Brent Council, and conducted
by Crew 1188 of Bull Run District, BSA.  Crew 1188 is
chartered by George Brent Council #5332 of the Knights of Columbus. 

On February 1, 2014 the third annual Ten
Commandments Hike will be held in Manassas. All are welcome.  For more information, please contact Matt
Carroll of George Brent Council & Crew 1188 at 703-368-9838.  The website http://mysite.verizon.net/res0vdag/ has information about the hike and how to register for it.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Registration Schedule for 2014-2015

  • Re-Registration for Current Families February 3-14, 2014
  • Registration
    for New Students             February 10-28,
    2014

                              (Including
siblings for Pre-K & K)

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.

Criminal
Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

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

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

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

Tuesday, April 18th
(Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

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

Upcoming
Events

Thursday,
January 16th
         


Open House
(PAC/9:00 a.m.)

Friday,
January 17th
              


Professional
Development Day – No Classes

Monday,
January 20th
           


Holiday – Martin
Luther King, Jr.

Wednesday,
January 22nd
      


March for Life


6th
Grade Field Trip to Synagogue – rescheduled (9:00-Noon)

Friday,
January 24th
              


End of 2nd
Quarter


School Mass (8:30
a.m.)


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

                                               

Links


Family Bingo Night w/Dinner Order Form: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2014/01/Bingo-February-2014.pdf


Science Fair
Volunteers – http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Science-Fair-Volunteers-Needed.pdf


The Running with the Saints 5K Sign-Up –http://www.imathlete.com/events/RunningWithTheSaints5k


Pilgrim Virtue
Statue online Sign-up –  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F084CAEAB22A02-pilgrim

Degrees for the 21st Century

As cited in edtechmagazine.com, college degrees of the future will focus on technology, data, security and robotics. A STEM education has never been so valuable, and the need for future employees in these fields is great. Estimates show that by 2018, the U.S. will have over 1.2 million unfilled jobs in science, technology, engineering and math.

Let’s take a look at the related college majors that are expected to flourish in the 21st Century:

Degrees of the 21st Century
Source: Degrees of the 21st Century

The Sentinel – January 8, 2014

January 8, 2014

Message from the Principal

Happy New Year!  I hope that you and your family enjoyed the Christmas holiday and the many opportunities to celebrate the season. 

With the start of the New Year, plans are already underway for 2014-2015.  As we prepare for our Open House events and registration for the upcoming year, I want to invite you to continue to share your experiences of All Saints with friends, neighbors and colleagues.  As the research has shown, the sentiments shared by current parents are the single most effective form of marketing for a school.  No doubt, the sense of pride that surrounds All Saints and the abiding sense of community have already compelled many of you to share our story, as evidenced by the growth in our enrollment over the past five years.  In advance, thank you for continuing to choose All Saints and for encouraging others to consider the gift of a Catholic education for their children!

Earn up to $400 in Tuition Credit!*

Many of our families initially hear about All Saints through a personal referral from an existing school family. With Open House events scheduled for Thursday, January 16 and Thursday, February 13, we thought now would be the perfect time to remind you about our New Student Referral Program.

Through our New Student Referral Program, your family can receive a $200 tuition credit for referring one new family or a $400 tuition credit for referring two new families!

Here’s how it works:

  • The New Student Referral Program is open to all parents or legal guardians with Pre-K through 8th grade students enrolled at All Saints, and teachers and staff from All Saints Catholic School. ­
  • Tuition credit awards will be given for referring new families to the school. To qualify for the incentive, referred students cannot have a sibling currently or previously enrolled at All Saints and the family cannot already be included in the All Saints Prospective Family Database.
  • To qualify, referrals must be acknowledged during the initial contact with the school. To receive tuition credit, the Referring Family must ensure that the Prospective Family submits the Referral Form included in the New Student Application Packet. 
  • All new students must meet standard enrollment criteria.
  • Tuition credits will be applied in October for students starting at the beginning of the school year. Credits for students starting through the end of December will be applied one month following the start date of the referred family. Tuition credit for students starting from January – May will be applied in October if the student remains enrolled at All Saints the following school year.
  • Families who have paid their tuition in full at the time of their referral, and teachers and staff making referrals, will receive an incentive check equal to the amount of the tuition credit.

*Each All Saints family can be awarded up to two referrals per school year for a maximum of $400 in tuition credit. The Student Referral Incentive Program is subject to review and modification. Interpretation of program parameters will be at the discretion of the Principal.

What to do next:

  • Invite your family and friends to attend our January or February Open House so they can hear about our school and see it in action.
  • Remind the families you invite to list your name on the Referral Form that will be included in their New Student Application Packet.

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 school are cordially invited to attend.  Following a presentation and introduction at 9:00 a.m., tours of the facility will be provided.

To RSVP for the Open House, please complete our online Open House Registration Form or contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio at (703) 393-1490 or jdeugenio@allsaintsva.org.

Rgistration Schedule for 2014-2015

  • Re-Registration for Current Families February 3-14, 2014
  • Registration for New Students             February 10-28, 2014

                              (Including siblings for Pre-K & K)

Annual Fund Update

Our Making a Difference, Every Day Annual Fund campaign is underway!  We have been receiving gifts of prayer, involvement and financial support, but we are hoping to hear from more members of our school community. As we greet the New Year, we invite you to use this time to recommit to the school through your prayerful discernment and participation in the Annual Fund through gifts of prayer, involvement and financial participation.

·         Remember, funds raised through the annual fund will be used for tuition assistance and to provide your child with new opportunities through the purchase of math and science equipment, and the installation of WiFi access in all school classrooms. Funds from last year’s campaign are being used to launch our new Robotics initiative!

·         If you are considering making year-end charitable contributions prior to tax season, remember that All Saints is a 501(c)3 organization.

·       We are looking for strong participation (through gifts of prayer, involvement and financial commitment) from our teachers/staff and parent community. This will allow us to ask for support from the broader community with the knowledge that the initiative is receiving full support from within.

How Can You Participate?

·         Complete a Participation Form2013/14 Annual Fund Brochure

·         Donate Online – Please note that if you donate online, you will also have an opportunity to add a gift of prayer and/or involvement after submitting a financial gift.

Help All Saints continue Making a Difference, Every Day. Your gift – no matter the size – will help provide for our current students and secure the future of our school. For more information, please contact Janis DeVore at jdevore@allsaintsva.org or (703) 366-1645.

*Did you know that you can double or even triple your gift? Many employers offer a Matching Gift Program to maximize your gifts to charitable organizations. Check with your human resources department for details. It’s as simple as enclosing a form from your employer along with your donation. We will do the rest!

Box Tops Success!

Thank you to the many students and parents who continue to save and submit Box Tops.  Earlier this week we received a check in the amount of $1,892.28.  Thank you for your continued support of this program!

Virtue of the Month ~ Awards Presentation

Congratulations to the following students who received special recognition at our monthly Virtue Ceremony for having exemplified the Virtue of Generosity during December:

Michael Zahorchak (PreK1)

Caroline Tuttle (PreK2)

Lilly Bartoli (PreK3)

Bryce Cooney (K1)

Lizzie Bachman (K2)

Jenna Feltman (1A)

Emma Kate Coleman (1B)

Caroline Gaynord (2A)

Selena Gutierrez (2B)

David Kresge (3A)

Elizabeth Crespo (3B)

Blake Stefonsky (4A)

Zachary Kreitzer (4B)

Kyleah Adesioye (5A)

Jillian Riley (5B)

Laura Cobb (6A)

Padraig DeBruyne (6B)

Alyssa Schnitzer (7A)

Noah Roussel (7B)

Kaitlyn Emmons (8A)

Rachel Dorman (8B)

Prayer of the Month – Prayer for Compassion

O Father, give us the compassion you want us to have and teach us to embrace each other with compassionate arms, no matter what our age, color, history, or belief. Help us to remember that you are Life Itself, and that you are using every one of our unique gifts to bring us together with you once again.  Amen.

Virtue of the Month Program ~ Compassion

The following is a list of ways that we will encourage the students to practice the Virtue of Compassion during the month of January.

1)      Pray for those people who are hungry or homeless.

2)      Give money to the poor box in church from your own allowance.

3)      Give food or clothing to those in need.

4)      Help at home without being asked.

5)      Keep your room neat and orderly to help your parents.

6)      Make a pretty card or write a cheerful letter to someone who is sick or in a nursing home.

7)      Listen quietly when your friend is upset or angry and needs to talk.

8)      Visit relatives, neighbors, or friends that are sick.

9)      Include new students in your games.  Introduce them to your friends.

10)  If someone doesn’t understand a lesson or a game, offer to teach them.  Do not make fun of them.

11)  Make someone laugh when they are feeling sad.

12)  Be kind to everyone you meet.

A Note from the School Nurse – Allergy Parent Support Group

Attention parents & Guardians:  If your child or someone in your family has food allergies, please join the Allergy Parent Support Group.  We will be meeting in Meeting Room #1 on Monday, January 15, 2014 at 10:00a.m.  This group is a place for families to talk about how food allergies have changed their lives, how they cope and a chance to lend support to others. Bring ideas, recipes and share your food allergy stories.  Please feel free to contact Mrs. Roth at jroth@allsaintsva.org or 703-368-4400 ext 207 with any questions.

NJHS “Souper Sunday”

The National Junior Honor Society and the Student Council Association of All Saints Catholic School will once again be participating in “Souper Sunday”, a collection during all Masses that will benefit House of Mercy.  Members of these two organizations will be accepting donations before and after all Masses on January 18th and 19th.  This annual collection is a generous gift that we have been able to provide House of Mercy with for many years now.  Thank you in advance for your support of this wonderful display of compassion and generosity.

Stewardship Envelopes

Students of All Saints will be receiving a box of collection envelopes the week of January 13th that they will begin using at our school Mass on January 17th.  Students should consider the gift of time, treasure, and talent when they prepare their envelope each week.  All donations will directly benefit our sister school in Haiti.  Please encourage your child to participate in this program as it is a wonderful way to practice the virtues we experience every day at All Saints.

Recess/Lunch Volunteers Needed
Additional volunteers are needed to assist the school staff supervise students during recess and lunch periods. Training on school rules and food allergy awareness is provided. This is a great way to see your child and their friends during the school day. The following positions are available:

  • 11:10 a.m.-1:00 p.m. every other week on Mondays and Thursdays
  • 11:40 a.m.-1:00 p.m. every other week on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • K1 Helper 12:15-1:00 p.m. every other Tuesday and every Wednesday
  • K2 Helper 12:15-1:00 p.m. every other Tuesday

To volunteer or for more information, please contact Holly Crocker at hollyscrocker@comcast.net. All volunteers must be up to date on their VIRTUS certification.

Science Fair Volunteers Needed
The All Saint’s Science Fair is February 6th in the Parish Activity Center. The Middle School students have been working hard on their projects but many parent volunteers are needed to make the fair a success. All volunteer activities earn points for parents. Even if you don’t have a Middle School student, this is an exciting event you don’t want to miss.  The following volunteers are needed:  Judges, Breakfast Coordinator, Breakfast Food Donations, Lunch Coordinator, Lunch Food Donations, Set-Up Committee, and Take Down Committee. 

Please click on the following link for more informationhttp://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Science-Fair-Volunteers-Needed.pdf

Happy New Year from the Spirit Events Committee!

Have you had enough turkey leftovers?  How about some yummy chicken?  We have our first Spirit Event for 2014 this Friday, January 10th, 2014 @ Chick fil-A on Liberia Ave. from 6:30 a.m. until 9 p.m.  Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner and fellowship with friends and your extended All Saints family.  Invite a new family to join you.  20% of the proceeds go our beloved All Saints!  It’s a noon dismissal day so make a lunch date! Hope to see you all there!  Flyer is attached below.

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

The Running with the Saints 5K will be on Saturday, March 22nd at 8:15 a.m. The Race Starts and Finishes at the front parking lot of All Saints Catholic School.  A planning and volunteer information meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 15th at 10:00 a.m. for all interested in helping out.  For questions or additional information please contact Joan Coleman at jcoleman02@comcast.net or 703-895-9031.  Click here to register for the race:  http://www.imathlete.com/events/RunningWithTheSaints5k. 

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.  There are two Statues of Our Lady of Fatima available to the homes of our school families for weeklong visits.  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).

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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, January 9th            

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

Friday, January 10th               

          School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

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

          Noon Dismissal (Faculty Meeting)

          Spirit Activity: Chick-Fil-A

Tuesday, January 14th             S

          Seniors’ Luncheon – hosted by 5th Grade

          2nd Quarter Lock-Down Drill

          VIRTUS Update Training (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

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

Wednesday, January 15th       

          6th Grade Field Trip to Synagogue

Thursday, January 16th          

          Open House (PAC/9:00 a.m.)

Friday, January 17th               

          Professional Development Day – No Classes

Links

          Science Fair Volunteers – http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Science-Fair-Volunteers-Needed.pdf

          Chick fil-A Flyer – http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=2014-1-10-Chick-Fil-A-revised.pdf

          The Running with the Saints 5K Sign-Up – http://www.imathlete.com/events/RunningWithTheSaints5k

          Pilgrim Virtue Statue online Sign-up –  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F084CAEAB22A02-pilgrim

Special Message from the Principal: Preparing for the Cold Weather

1/6/2013

Dear Parents & Guardians,

Happy New Year!

As we prepare for the arrival of severely cold weather tomorrow, I’d like to take a moment to share with you our plans for ensuring the safety and welfare of our students.  The following procedures will be in effect for Tuesday, January 7, 2014.

All outdoor activities will be cancelled.  Both P.E. classes and lunch recess will take place indoors.

The Safety Patrol Program will be suspended for the day.  Faculty members will supervise and assist with morning arrival on a rotating basis.

At the end of the day, we will dismiss using our “rainy day” procedures so as to minimize the time that the children are outside.  All parents are reminded to park in their assigned carpool bay so that the students know where to report when dismissed.

All students may wear the P.E. uniform, i.e. sweatshirts and sweatpants throughout the school day.

In accordance with our school policy, All Saints will follow the decision of Prince William County Schools in regards to any delays or cancellations.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the front office. (703-368-4400)

Stay warm!

Kind regards,

David E. Conroy, Jr.

Principal