The Sentinel – April 30, 2014

April 30, 2014

Message from the Principal

Thanks to all of our students and parents, we recently mailed approximately 5,600 letters requesting financial support for the 9th Annual Race for Education!  Prize Cards will be distributed tomorrow to students who met the criteria and may be redeemed according to the following schedule:

                                Wednesday, May 7th    Dress-Down Day Option

Tuesday, May 13th       Dress-Down Day Option

Wednesday, May 21st Dress-Down Day Option

Thursday, May 29th     Dress-Down Day Option

Tuesday, June 3rd         Dress-Down Day Option

Students may redeem pretzel and ice cream cards on regularly scheduled purchase days beginning next week and extending through the month of May.

The   9th Annual Race for Education is now only one week away.  On Thursday, May 8th the entire school will participate in this event, which has been designed to raise funds for instructional technology and other essential educational needs.  Additionally, as is our tradition, 15% of all proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Childrens’ Research Hospital. 

As of today, the counting team has already processed $16,596.00 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

By way of this letter we wish to extend an invitation for you to come out and watch your child(ren) walk or jog on Thursday, May 8th.  The following is the schedule for this special event:

            Grades Pre-K, K, 1 & 2                       8:45a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

            Grades 3-5                                            10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

            Grades Pre-K3 & 6-8                           1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The students will be eating lunch at their regularly scheduled times in the cafeteria.

We hope that many of you will be able to join us for a wonderful day of fun and fellowship!

5th Grade Parent Letter ~ Message from the Superintendent & Virginia Department of Heath

Every year the Virginia Department of Health distributes information regarding the HPV (vaccine) to rising 6th grade girls.  This relates to state legislation and our diocese cooperates by distributing this letter.  However, we also distribute a statement from the two Bishops of Virginia as included in a letter from the Virginia Catholic Education Association signed by the superintendents of Arlington and Richmond.  Tomorrow parents of rising 6th grade girls will receive a copy of the official letter from the Virginia Department of  Health as well as the letter from the Virginia Catholic Education Association.  The letters will be sent home in sealed envelopes with each of the 5th grade girls.  After reviewing the correspondence, should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office for more information.

CAKE WALK- PARISH FESTIVAL IN 2 DAYS!!  

We need more CAKES!!  Please consider donating a cake for the cake walk that is this Friday and Saturday.  Cakes can be dropped off at the school on Friday or Saturday.  (May 2nd & May 3rd)

We also need a couple more volunteers to run the Cake Walk – earn 10 points for a 1 hour shift.  This is a great way to participate and enjoy the festival while earning points for parents.  It is easy to sign-up using the link below. This is our school’s contribution to the wonderful Parish Festival.

Cake walk:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050E45A5AA2FA57-cake

Food donations needed for Kindergarten Screenings on Monday, May 5th

On Monday, May 5th, All Saints Catholic School will be having the second day of Kindergarten Screenings.  We are in need of food donations such as breakfast treats, muffins, donut holes, cookies, etc.  This is an easy way to earn points for parents and help us offer our hospitality to new families coming to our school.  Please use the link below to sign-up.  Thank you!

Kindergarten Screening:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A094CA9AD238-kindergarten2

Funeral Ministry Volunteers Needed

The All Saints Funeral Ministry needs volunteers next week with 2 funeral receptions.  Please follow the links to help on Wednesday or Thursday.  Each donation will earn you points for parents.  Any questions please contact Johanna Catts at Cattsfamily@yahoo.com.

All Saints Funeral Ministry: All Saints Funeral Wednesday May 7, 2014

View on www.signupgenius.com

 

All Saints Funeral Ministry: All Saints Funeral Thursday May 8, 2014

View on www.signupgenius.com  

Race for Education – VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED FOR RACE DAY…PLEASE SIGN UP!

The new total for donations made for the Race for Education as of Tuesday, April 29th is:

We are one week away from the 9th Annual Race for Education and we need volunteers to sign up for each of the race times.  Volunteers will help track the student’s laps, pass out water, and monitor the students as they run. All of these can be done while you are cheering on your child.  The race takes place on Thursday, May 8th!  Please sign up to volunteer here with our link through VolunteerSpot:  http://vols.pt/Xxpy5P

The race times are:

Grades PK1, PK2, K, 1 & 2     8:45a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

                 Grades 3-5                               10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

                 Grades PK3 & 6-8                   1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Volunteers are also needed to help with the counting of proceeds. If you are available to help any amount of time, please sign up here with our link through VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/Dktfuk

If you have any questions, please contact Marjorie Collins at: racefored@allsaintsvaschool.org .

HIGH SCHOOL NEWS

Celebrate the Canonization of Saint John Paul the Great!

Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School is hosting a number of canonization celebration events which are open to the public. Each event highlights a different aspect of the Saint and his talents, teachings, or interests. All are encouraged to attend! Events include: Professional Art Exhibit (opening night, May 6); Women’s Tea with reflections on the ‘Feminine Genius’ (May 9); The Jeweler’s Shop, a play written by Karol Wojtyla before he was pope (May 9); Dinner and Gala for adults (May 17); and, Potomac National’s Baseball Night (May 20). Please call 703-445-0300 or visit www.jpthegreat.org for more information about these and other events!

Important Reminders

Kindergarten Screening ~ No Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten on Monday, May 5th

The Early Prevention of School Failure Screening for Kindergarten applicants will take place on Monday, May 5thIn order that the teachers may be available to administer the assessment, there will be no Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten classes on Monday.

Tuition Assistance & FACTS Re-enrollment

As diocesan allocations related to the Special Tuition Assistance Program will not be announced until early May, final decisions regarding tuition assistance for our families will not occur until that time.  For this reason, notification for those families who have applied for assistance will not take place until mid-May.  Subsequently, the FACTS re-enrollment process and selection of online payment plans will not occur until mid-to-late May.  While our administrative process will be slightly delayed, we are pleased to make this adjustment as we strive to access as much funding as possible for our families.

Field Day Announced ~ May 19th 

Field Day for Grades K-8 will take place on the grounds of Linton Hall School in Bristow on Monday, May 19th.  Mark your calendars now for what promises to be a great day of activities and fellowship for our school families.

A payment form for lunch is included as a link to this week’s newsletter.

End of Year Calendar Confirmed

Monday, May 19th       Field Day at Linton Hall School – Grades K-8 (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Thursday, May 29th     Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten

Friday, June 13th          8th Grade Graduation Day (Mass & Ceremony at 4:00 p.m.)

Monday, June 16th       Kindergarten Luau

Tuesday, June 17th       Kindergarten Graduation (10:00 a.m.)

Wednesday, June 18th Final Day for Students in Grades 1-7

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

One of the hallmarks of our school community is the high level of parent involvement that has helped the school achieve many goals in recent years.  As in the past, each family at All Saints has been asked to earn 60 volunteer points over the course of the current school year.  Those who are unable to do so are asked to submit a check at the conclusion of the year for any outstanding points that remain.  (1 point = $3.00)  As we begin the fourth quarter, parents are reminded to update their “points total” via our school website so that the database accurately reflects their contributions over the course of the entire year. 

At the beginning of May, the office will issue individualized letters to each family, confirming the number of points reflected in the school database. For this reason, we ask that those families who have not recently updated the database via our school website do so by Friday, May 2nd.  Those families who have not earned the required 60 points will be assessed a corresponding fee at a rate of $3.00 per point and asked to submit payment by the close of May.

All Saints Parish Golf Tournament

All Saints will be sponsoring its 2014 Parish Golf Tournament on Monday, June 9th at Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, VA. Proceeds from our 2014 tournament will support youth-centered programs offered through our school, and the Religious Education and Youth Ministry programs, including dynamic spiritual and service opportunities such as retreats, vacation bible school, and sacramental preparation.

  • Join Us for Golf!
    Register on your own or bring a foursome for a fun-filled day of golf that includes many chances to win prizes and raffle items. Golf is $150 per person and includes greens fees and cart, 18-hole Captain’s Choice complete with scenic mountain views, a beautiful All Saints wind shirt, goodie bag, contests, prize drawings, continental breakfast, lunch, dinner and awards ceremony. It’s a fantastic value!!
  • Promote Your Company Through Sponsorship
    With sponsorship options starting as low as $50 for a business card ad and only $100 for hole sponsorship, the All Saints Parish Golf Tournament provides an excellent marketing opportunity for local businesses. A detailed list of sponsorship opportunities can be found in our 2014 All Saints Parish Golf Tournament brochure.

For more information about golf or corporate sponsorship, please call Janis DeVore at (703) 366-1645 or visit our golf website at www.allsaintsgolf.com

Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 1st                   

  • School Mass followed by May Crowning (8:30 a.m.)
  • First Communion & Graduation Photos (9:45 a.m.)
  • Extended Day Afternoon Program – Moved to Music Room and Primary Grade Classrooms to allow for Parish Festival preparations in Father Kelly Wing.  (Parents picking up children from the program are asked to park in front of the school, to enter via the front doors and to proceed to the end of the hallway on the first floor of the new building.)

Friday, May 2nd                      

  • Holiday – Parish Festival Prep Day
  • Points for Parents Updates due

Saturday, May 3rd                   

  • Parish Festival

Monday, May 4th                    

  • EPSF Screening – No PreK or K classes
  • 4th Grade Field Trip to George Mason University Theater (9:30-12:30)

Tuesday, May 6th                    

  • World Language Exemption Exam for 8th Grade Students
  • 8th Grade Confirmation Rehearsal (gym/6:00 p.m.)
  • PTO Executive Board Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 7th               

  • Race for Education Dress Down Day option

Thursday, May 8th                  

  • 9th Annual Race for Education (see schedule above)

Friday, May 9th                                   

  • School Mass & Virtues Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
  • 8th Grade Confirmation (7:00 p.m.)

Links

          Golf Tournament Brochure – 2014 All Saints Parish Golf Tournament brochure

          Golf Tournament Website – www.allsaintsgolf.com

          Annual Fund Brochure – 2013/14 Annual Fund Brochure

          Annual Fund Online Donations – http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/alumnidevelopment/annual-fund/   

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

Mrs. Coyle Receives National Award from NCEA

Mrs. Coyle and many members of our faculty and administration spent their Easter break a little differently this year. After traveling to Pittsburgh, they attended the National Catholic Educational Association’s (NCEA) national convention where Mrs. Coyle was presented with a 2014 Distinguished Teacher Award for her dedication and commitment to teaching excellence.

Mrs. Coyle was chosen from the more than 100,000 teachers who teach in the nation’s Catholic elementary schools and was recognized during a ceremony at the NCEA annual convention on April 22 in Pittsburgh, PA. The annual award honors teachers who have demonstrated a strong Catholic educational philosophy as well as exceptional ability and dedication.

“Each of these outstanding educators embodies the very best of Catholic education,” said Kathy Mears, executive director of the NCEA Department of Elementary Schools. “Their commitment to academic excellence and dedication to young people are the reasons parents choose Catholic schools.”

Congratulations, Mrs. Coyle and thank you for sharing  your gifts and talents with us at All Saints!

Related Story:

Manassas Library Opens Books to Open Minds – Katie Collins, The Catholic Herald

 

 

The Sentinel – April 16, 2014

April 16, 2014

Message from the Principal

As we continue to make plans for the upcoming year, one of our priorities is that of providing as much tuition assistance as possible for families in our community.  Through the generous and on-going support of our parish, the emergence of our Annual Fund, and the Diocesan Tuition Assistance program, we have been able to provide financial aid totaling more than $180,000 during the current year. 

In the hopes that we may be able to provide even greater support next year, we have submitted applications on behalf of our community for funding through the Diocese of Arlington Scholarship Foundation and a new Special Tuition Assistance Program.  (Note: Applications for these two programs were completed by the school and require no additional paperwork on the part of individual families.) 

As diocesan allocations related to the Special Tuition Assistance Program will not be announced until early May, final decisions regarding tuition assistance for our families will not occur until that time.  For this reason, notification for those families who have applied for assistance will not take place until mid-May.  Subsequently, the FACTS re-enrollment process and selection of online payment plans will not occur until mid-to-late May.  While our administrative process will be slightly delayed, we are pleased to make this adjustment as we strive to access as much funding as possible for our families.

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As announced earlier this year, Mrs. Vickie Coyle, our librarian, has been selected to receive the Distinguished Teacher Award presented by the Elementary Schools Department of the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA).  Fr. Bob, Mrs. Campagna and I will join Mrs. Coyle, along with six faculty members and staff of the Office of Catholic Schools, including our Superintendent, Sr. Bernadette McManigal, at the Convention and ceremony in Pittsburgh next week.  We look forward to celebrating with Mrs. Coyle and participating in professional development activities with Catholic educators from around the nation. Once again, congratulations, Mrs. Coyle!     

On behalf of the faculty & staff, I wish you and your family a blessed Holy Week and celebration of Easter!

PTO General Assembly Meeting ~ Homework Strategies to Reduce Homework Stress

Our final PTO General Assembly Meeting on Monday, April 28th will host Mr. Neil McNerney, author of the book “Homework: A parent’s guide to helping out without freaking out”.  The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the PAC.  

Questions to be addressed (taken from the website) will include: 

1.      When do I reward and when do I punish?

2.      How do I give advice without getting backtalk?

3.      How much should I review homework?

4.      How do I help my stressed out child who takes school too seriously?

5.      What do I say when my child says “I don’t care?”

6.      How do I help my disorganized child without feeling like I am his secretary?

We hope you find this pertinent presentation informative and helpful as you finish this year and look towards next year.  To celebrate the theme and as an extra incentive, any parent that attends will receive 1 homework pass that may be redeemed by each of their children.  If both parents are able to attend, the family will receive 2 passes for each child to use this year. Also- Points for Parents are earned for attending any PTO meetings. We will have a electronic sign-in at the presentation to record who will receive homework passes.  Please contact Angela Slater at pinoslater@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Middle School Students Win Honors at Science Fair

On Saturday morning ten students from our middle school participated in the Annual Diocesan Science Fair at Paul VI High School in Fairfax.  We are proud of their hard work and thank them for representing our school so well in this academic competition.  Congratulations to the following students who received special recognition for their projects and presentations.

Emma Downes – 1st Place in Microbiology

Mathew White – Honorable Mention in Microbiology

Collin Foster – Honorable Mention in Engineering

Race for Education – Dress Down Day Options

Students who earned “Dress Down Day” prize cards through the Race for Education may redeem them on the following days.

Wednesday, May 7

Tuesday, May 13

Wednesday, May 21

Thursday, May 29

Tuesday, June 3

All Saints Parish Golf Tournament

All Saints will be sponsoring its 2014 Parish Golf Tournament on Monday, June 9th at Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, VA. Proceeds from our 2014 tournament will support youth-centered programs offered through our school, and the Religious Education and Youth Ministry programs, including dynamic spiritual and service opportunities such as retreats, vacation bible school, and sacramental preparation.

  • Join Us for Golf!
    Register on your own or bring a foursome for a fun-filled day of golf that includes many chances to win prizes and raffle items. Golf is $150 per person and includes greens fees and cart, 18-hole Captain’s Choice complete with scenic mountain views, a beautiful All Saints wind shirt, goodie bag, contests, prize drawings, continental breakfast, lunch, dinner and awards ceremony. It’s a fantastic value!!
  • Promote Your Company Through Sponsorship
    With sponsorship options starting as low as $50 for a business card ad and only $100 for hole sponsorship, the All Saints Parish Golf Tournament provides an excellent marketing opportunity for local businesses. A detailed list of sponsorship opportunities can be found in our 2014 All Saints Parish Golf Tournament brochure.

For more information about golf or corporate sponsorship, please call Janis DeVore at (703) 366-1645 or visit our golf website at www.allsaintsgolf.com

From the Spirit Committee
The time has come to celebrate at the Skate-n-Fun Zone!  Our spirit event is on Thursday, April 24th from 6-8 p.m.  This is a special one to invite your friends and relatives.  It is an All Saints tradition.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Race for Education – CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!!!

The Race for Education donations have been arriving at the school daily and our total deposit as of today is:  $8,626.  We are three weeks away from the 9th Annual Race for Education and need volunteers to sign up for each of the race times.  Volunteers will help track the student’s laps, pass out water, and monitor the students as they run. All of these can be done while you are cheering on your child.  The race takes place on Thursday, May 8th!  Please sign up to volunteer here with our link through VolunteerSpot:  http://vols.pt/Xxpy5P  

The race times are:

PK1, PK2, K1, K2, 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B                             8:45 to 9:45 A.M.

3A, 3B, 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B                                               10:15 to 11:15 A.M.

PK3, 6A, 6B, 7A, 7B, 8A, 8B                                      1:30 to 2:30 P.M.

Volunteers are also needed to help with the counting of proceeds in the weeks ahead. If you are available to help any amount of time, please sign up here with our link through VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/Dktfuk

If you have any questions, please contact Marjorie Collins at: racefored@allsaintsvaschool.org

Important Reminders

Kindergarten Screening ~ No Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten on Monday, April 28th & May 5th

The Early Prevention of School Failure Screening for Kindergarten applicants will take place on Monday, April 28th & Monday, May 5th.  In order that the teachers may be available to administer the assessment, there will be no Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten classes on these two days.

Field Day Announced ~ May 19th 

Field Day for Grades K-8 will take place on the grounds of Linton Hall School in Bristow on Monday, May 19th.  Mark your calendars now for what promises to be a great day of activities and fellowship for our school families.

End of Year Calendar Confirmed

Monday, May 19th       Field Day at Linton Hall School – Grades K-8 (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Thursday, May 29th     Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten

Friday, June 13th          8th Grade Graduation Day (Mass & Ceremony at 4:00 p.m.)

Monday, June 16th       Kindergarten Luau

Tuesday, June 17th       Kindergarten Graduation (10:00 a.m.)

Wednesday, June 18th  Final Day for Students in Grades 1-7

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

One of the hallmarks of our school community is the high level of parent involvement that has helped the school achieve many goals in recent years.  As in the past, each family at All Saints has been asked to earn 60 volunteer points over the course of the current school year.  Those who are unable to do so are asked to submit a check at the conclusion of the year for any outstanding points that remain.  (1 point = $3.00)  As we begin the fourth quarter, parents are reminded to update their “points total” via our school website so that the database accurately reflects their contributions over the course of the entire year. 

At the beginning of May, the office will issue individualized letters to each family, confirming the number of points reflected in the school database. For this reason, we ask that those families who have not recently updated the database via our school website do so by Friday, May 2nd.  Those families who have not earned the required 60 points will be assessed a corresponding fee at a rate of $3.00 per point and asked to submit payment by the close of May.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 17th                

          Holy Thursday Prayer Service (Church/9:30 a.m.)

          7th Grade Passion Play (PAC/10:45 a.m.)

          Noon Dismissal

Friday, April 18th                    

          Holiday – Good Friday

Thursday, April 24th                

          Spirit Activity: Skate ‘N Fun Zone (6:00-8:00 p.m.)

Monday, April 28th                 

          Classes Resume

          EPSF Screening – No Pre-K or Kindergarten classes

          Prayer Service (PAC/8:30 a.m.)

          PTO General Assembly Meeting – Presentation on Homework Strategies for Parents (PAC/7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, April 30th             

          SCA sponsored Dress Down Day for Earth Day

Thursday, May 1st                   

          School Mass followed by May Crowning (8:30 a.m.)

          First Communion & Graduation Photos (9:45 a.m.)

Friday, May 2nd                      

          Holiday – Parish Festival Prep Day

Saturday, May 3rd                   

          Parish Festival

Links

          Skate Party Flyer (April 24th) – http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=2014-04-24-Skate-Party-Flyer.pdf

          Golf Tournament Brochure – 2014 All Saints Parish Golf Tournament brochure

          Golf Tournament Website – www.allsaintsgolf.com

          Spotlight on the Arts Summer Camps –  www.SpotlightSummerCamps.com

          Annual Fund Brochure – 2013/14 Annual Fund Brochure

          Annual Fund Online Donations – http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/alumnidevelopment/annual-fund/   

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

All Saints Featured in the Gainesville Times

This week’s edition of the Gainesville Times included a front page photo story featuring All Saints students hard at work mulching trails, clearing brush and picking up litter at Bristoe Battlefield on April 5th in Bristow, VA. Their efforts were in support of National Park Day, an annual event that invites volunteers from around the country to help maintain and preserve Civil War battlefield sites. This marks the 9th year that All Saints students have participated in Park Day under the direction of middle school social studies teacher Mrs. Slovenkay. Previous years, students have helped maintain trails and cleared debris and trash at the Liberia Mansion and Signal Hill historic sites.

“The preservation of the Civil War sites is very relevant to our 7th grade history curriculum,” shares Mrs. Slovenkay. “It also reinforces the importance of good citizenship learned in 7th and 8th government lessons.” Being an environmental steward also ties into All Saints active virtue program as it provides students with a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate their civic virtues.

Adds Mrs. Slovenkay, “When I take students to this annual event, it is my fervent wish that children experience the great satisfaction and feelings of accomplishment when they give back to their community and that they will continue to responsibly participate in their communities. Just as we live our faith at All Saints, we live good citizenship as well.”

The Sentinel – April 9, 2014

April 9, 2014

Message from the Principal

Next week our Church celebrates the greatest mystery of our faith ~ the Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord and Savior.  As a school community, we prepare for our journey into the three holiest days of the year, the Triduum, through prayer and tradition. 

Beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 17th, the students and faculty will gather in the church for our annual Holy Thursday Prayer Service.  After listening to Scripture readings and reflecting on the example of Jesus, each of the children will participate in the “hand-washing” ceremony that has become a long-standing tradition in our school. 

Following the prayer service, the students will gather in the Parish Activities Center at 10:45 a.m. for the 7th grade portrayal of the Passion Play.  Through music and dramatic presentation, middle school students will prayerfully re-enact Christ’s passion and death.  As the students depart the space in silence following the presentation, the tone will be set for their continued reflection and prayer over the course of the coming days.

All parents are cordially invited to join us in prayer and to witness these beautiful school traditions.

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After six years of dedicated service as a first grade classroom assistant, Mrs. Delaney has resigned from her position in order to pursue another employment opportunity.  During her time with us, Mrs. Delaney has been a wonderful staff member who has closely partnered with Mrs. Harrill in support of student learning.  Additionally, she has been a highly regarded team member among the classroom assistants, working side by side with them each day to supervise the cafeteria and playground.  While she will be missed in our community, I have every confidence that her skills will continue to shine as she transitions to her new position and I wish her every success and blessing. 

To fill the role of classroom assistant, I’ve hired Mrs. Janet Baldwin, a school parent who has a great deal of experience as a volunteer in our school.  Already familiar with the routines of the first grade program, she is excited to begin working with the children and Mrs. Harrill this week.  Welcome, Mrs. Baldwin! 

Field Day Announced ~ May 19th 

Field Day for Grades K-8 will take place on the grounds of Linton Hall School in Bristow on Monday, May 19th.  Mark your calendars now for what promises to be a great day of activities and fellowship for our school families.

End of Year Calendar Confirmed

Monday, May 19th                   Field Day at Linton Hall School – Grades K-8 (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Thursday, May 29th                 Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten

Friday, June 13th                      8th Grade Graduation Day (Mass & Ceremony at 4:00 p.m.)

Monday, June 16th                   Kindergarten Luau

Tuesday, June 17th                   Kindergarten Graduation (10:00 a.m.)

Wednesday, June 18th             Final Day for Students in Grades 1-7

National Junior Honor Society Inductees

Congratulations to the following newly inducted members of the All Saints Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society.  These students were selected by a Faculty Council for having demonstrated the five qualities of service, leadership, character, citizenship, and scholarship and welcomed into the organization at a special ceremony last Friday.


Lucy Becker

Josephine Carter

Lance Coleman

Matthew Delaney

Nicholas Delaney

Collin Foster

Lydia Goetz

Samantha Gutierrez

Jessica Hall

John Houser

Paola Linares

Bradley Magee

Madeleine Mangilit

Elena Mirus

Vanessa Morgan

Cameron Newborn

Vincent Olivera

Miguel Parada

Hannah Pell

Allison Talish

Annaliese Tamke

John Tessier

Mary Tran

Reem Varughese


Prayers & Pennies Outreach

Thanks to the generosity of our students, a total of $2,585 was raised through the recent Prayers and Pennies project sponsored by the Student Council Association to benefit House of Mercy.      

The following is a list of the winning classes for the grade level competitions:

K1

1A

2B

3B

4B

5A

6A

7A

8B


Congratulations to the students in the 5th grade who contributed a total of $488.33, winning the grand prize for this year’s competition!

All Saints Parish Golf Tournament

All Saints will be sponsoring its 2014 Parish Golf Tournament on Monday, June 9th at Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, VA. Proceeds from our 2014 tournament will support youth-centered programs offered through our school, and the Religious Education and Youth Ministry programs, including dynamic spiritual and service opportunities such as retreats, vacation bible school, and sacramental preparation.

  • Join Us for Golf!
    Register on your own or bring a foursome for a fun-filled day of golf that includes many chances to win prizes and raffle items. Golf is $150 per person and includes greens fees and cart, 18-hole Captain’s Choice complete with scenic mountain views, a beautiful All Saints wind shirt, goodie bag, contests, prize drawings, continental breakfast, lunch, dinner and awards ceremony. It’s a fantastic value!!
  • Promote Your Company Through Sponsorship
    With sponsorship options starting as low as $50 for a business card ad and only $100 for hole sponsorship, the All Saints Parish Golf Tournament provides an excellent marketing opportunity for local businesses. A detailed list of sponsorship opportunities can be found in our 2014 All Saints Parish Golf Tournament brochure.

For more information about golf or corporate sponsorship, please call Janis DeVore at (703) 366-1645 or visit our golf website at www.allsaintsgolf.com.      

NJHS Easter Basket Raffle

The National Junior Honor Society will be conducting an Easter Basket Raffle during all lunch shifts next week, with three winners being announced on Thursday, April 17.  Ticket prices will be $.50 for one or $1.00 for three.  Baskets will be on display at the front office and during lunch.  The proceeds from the sale will support the ministry of Father Juan in helping the poor in our local community.

9th Annual Race for Education

The Race for Education donations have been arriving at the school daily and our total deposit as of today is:  $4,130.  We are always looking for volunteers to help process the mailers during school hours, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  Please sign up through the Volunteer Spot link below and make sure to comment on the hours you are available.  Don’t forget, you can earn points for parents for your time.  If you have any questions, please contact Marjorie Collins at:  racefored@allsaintsvaschool.org .

From the Spirit Event Committee
Thank you to all who generously supported our Spirit Event at Captain Pell’s Restaurant. This was the best year ever! There were many new families as well as many familiar faces. A special thank you goes out to our fantastic teachers who kindly served on the night. Thanks again!

Our next Spirit Event will be held on Thursday, April 24th at the Skate-n-Fun Zone. It is from 6-8 p.m. The evening is a lot of fun! Also, as it is Easter break, you are welcome to bring friends and family. See you there!

Spotlight Summer Camps Early Bird Discount ends very soon!
Spotlight on the Arts Summer Camps offers Drama, Music, Art, and Creative camps for students from Pre-K through 12th grade.  Catholic Professionals with expertise in their disciplines and education instruct young people in the arts through these highly interactive day camps directed by Rob Tessier, All Saints Youth Minister and Director of Upper Room Theatre Ministry.  For times, descriptions, prices, full teacher bios, and online registration go to www.SpotlightSummerCamps.com .

Bishop O’Connell High School ~ Offering Practice High School Placement Test

The Practice High School Placement Test for 7th graders will be offered again this year. The test will be on May 10 and May 17 at Bishop O’Connell.  Over 100 students have already signed up so they are filling up fast.  If interested, students may obtain information and register online on the Bishop O’Connell website.

Cub Scout Dens Now Forming

Attention all boys in Kindergarten through 4th grade! Cub Scout Dens are now forming for the 2014/2015 Scouting year! Pack 1188 has been proudly serving the All Saints community for over 30 years and sponsored by the Knights of Columbus George Brent Council.  Boys can start at any level and no prior experience is required. Our next pack meeting is in the Knights of Columbus Hall at 7 PM on Tuesday, April 15th.  If you have a Scouting-age boy who might be interested, give us a call. He can come to a Pack meeting, see what’s going on, and decide if it’s something he wants to be a part of.  To get the details call or e-mail either Cubmaster Randy Waddy, (703) 283-0717 / rrwaddy@yahoo.com

Coach Dan Vander Woude’s Summer 2014 Boys Basketball Camps/Clinics

Coach Dan Vander Woude, Seton Boys Varsity Coach will once again be offering Summer Boys Basketball Camps/Clinics.  If you are interested, please go to www.danvwbasketball.wordpress.com for more information.

Important Reminders

Kindergarten Screening ~ No Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten on Monday, April 28th & May 5th

The Early Prevention of School Failure Screening for Kindergarten applicants will take place on Monday, April 28th & Monday, May 5thIn order that the teachers may be available to administer the assessment, there will be no Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten classes on these two days.

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

One of the hallmarks of our school community is the high level of parent involvement that has helped the school achieve many goals in recent years.  As in the past, each family at All Saints has been asked to earn 60 volunteer points over the course of the current school year.  Those who are unable to do so are asked to submit a check at the conclusion of the year for any outstanding points that remain.  (1 point = $3.00)  As we begin the fourth quarter, parents are reminded to update their “points total” via our school website so that the database accurately reflects their contributions over the course of the entire year. 

At the beginning of May, the office will issue individualized letters to each family, confirming the number of points reflected in the school database. For this reason, we ask that those families who have not recently updated the database via our school website do so by Friday, May 2nd.  Those families who have not earned the required 60 points will be assessed a corresponding fee at a rate of $3.00 per point and asked to submit payment by the close of May.

Final Presentation of the VIRTUS 30 Minute Update

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.  On Tuesday, May 13th the final presentation for the 2013-2014 school year will be presented at 2:15 p.m. in Meeting Room 2 (not at 7:00 p.m. as previously posted).  This change has been made in response to several requests from parents who cannot make the evening presentations.  For planning purposes, please contact Mrs. Janet Smith at 703-393-2158 to confirm your intent to attend.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, April 9th               

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

Thursday, April 10th                

          Stations of the Cross – Grades K-8 (2:00 p.m.)

Friday, April 11th                    

          8th Grade Class Trip to Annapolis

          School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Saturday, April 12th                

          Diocesan Science Fair

Monday, April 14th                 

          Terra Nova Make-up Testing

          Transition to Summer Uniforms

Tuesday, April 15th                 

  –       Terra Nova make-up Testing

Wednesday, April 16th             

          Spring Picture Day

          Gold Medal Readers Celebration (1:30 p.m.)

Thursday, April 17th                

          Holy Thursday Prayer Service (Church/9:30 a.m.)

          7th Grade Passion Play (PAC/10:45 a.m.)

          Noon Dismissal

Friday, April 18th                    

          Holiday – Good Friday

Links

          Golf Tournament Brochure – 2014 All Saints Parish Golf Tournament brochure

          Golf Tournament Website – www.allsaintsgolf.com

          Spotlight on the Arts Summer Camps –  www.SpotlightSummerCamps.com

          Race for Education Volunteer Hours Form – http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Mailer-prep-volunteer-flier-5.pdf

          Annual Fund Brochure – 2013/14 Annual Fund Brochure

         Annual Fund Online Donations – http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/alumnidevelopment/annual-fund/    

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

Pre-Kindergarten Openings for 2014-15

We currently have a few spots remaining in our Pre-Kindergarten Program for the 2014-15 school year. Designed for four year old children, our program offers half day classes, Monday – Thursday. As an All Saints Pre-Kindergarten student, your child will be well-prepared for Kindergarten and will enjoy learning in our faith-filled, nurturing community. There is no better time to secure your child’s placement in All Saints than in Pre-Kindergarten.

To find out more this opportunity or to apply, please contact Joyce D’Eugenio at (703) 393-1490 or jdeugenio@allsaintsva.org.

The Sentinel – April 2, 2014

April 2, 2014

Message from the Principal

It is with sadness that I share with you the news that the father of Mrs. Nichols, our first grade teacher, passed away Friday night after a period of prolonged illness.  Mrs. Nichols remains in Maryland at this time where family and friends are now gathered for funeral services scheduled for Thursday morning.  Additionally, we learned yesterday that Mrs. Nichols’ mother-in-law, who similarly had experienced a period of decline in her health, passed away Monday night.  Mr. Nichols has now traveled to Pennsylvania where he is helping to coordinate the arrangements for her funeral service.  I have assured Mrs. Nichols of our thoughts and prayers and asked her to let me know if there is anything we can do to assist either her or her family in the days ahead.

During this difficult time, may the Nichols Family be sustained by our prayers and comforted by the abiding presence of our Risen Savior.

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Beginning on Monday, all students in grades two through seven will participate in the Terra Nova standardized testing program.  As the days of testing quickly draw near, now is the time for us to complete the final “warm-up routines”.  Teachers have provided opportunities for a review of basic skills in the classroom and have been guiding the students through practice tests to familiarize them with the format and the process of “bubbling” answers. For parents interested in providing additional practice at home, there are a number of websites that provide opportunities for review and practice of basic skills.  A simple search using the keywords “Terra Nova” and “practice tests” will yield a number of sites that provide practice tests, games and activities related to math and language arts for specific grade levels.

Again this year, all diocesan students in grades three through seven will also participate in a brief assessment entitled “In-View”.  The In-View measures reasoning abilities related to academic success.  As such, it is designed to assess a child’s cognitive abilities in the following five areas:  sequences, analogies, quantitative reasoning (math), verbal reasoning (words) and verbal reasoning (context).

We wish to approach this period of standardized testing with the perspective that it is a weeklong celebration of learning, an opportunity for students to demonstrate all that they have learned this year.  Most importantly, when the results of the testing are received, teachers will be able to effectively plan instruction for the upcoming year, tailoring instruction to the needs of each classroom of learners. 

In an effort to reduce any unnecessary stress for the students, teachers will not be scheduling any classroom tests or projects for the week of testing.  Additionally, teachers in grades two through seven will assign little to no homework throughout the week.

Students in grades 5 & 8 will also participate in the ACRE testing program, an assessment that measures each student’s understanding of the Catholic faith.  This testing will occur during regularly scheduled religion classes within the next two weeks.   

The following is a list of test-taking tips that you may find helpful in preparing your son or daughter for the upcoming week of testing. 

Test-Taking Tips & Strategies

1)      Reassure your child that he or she does not have to answer all of the questions correctly to pass.  It is not expected that students answer every question correctly.

2)      Tell your child to attempt to answer all of the questions and not to leave any blanks.  There is no penalty for guessing.

3)      Remind your child that the test is important.

4)      Explain to your child the importance of using time wisely.  If your child gets stuck on a question, encourage him or her to make the best guess or place a mark in the test booklet by that item and to return to it after finishing that section of the test.

5)      Make certain your child gets a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast before taking the test.

6)      Try to make the morning of the test a pleasant one.  Avoid stress.

7)      Be sure that your child arrives on time the day of the test.

8)      Remind your child to listen carefully to the instructions from the teacher and to read the directions and each question carefully. 

9)      Encourage your child to stay focused on the test, even if other students finish early.

Virtue of the Month Award Winners

Congratulations to the following students who received special recognition last Friday for having exemplified the Virtue of Cooperation during March.

PK1     Isabella Hernandez-Zapata

PK2     Aceline Owusu

PK3     Axl Saylors

K1       Brooke Kresge

K2       John Fleisig

1A       Isabella Brown

1B        Isabella Ribeiro

2A       Faith Godeaux

2B        Emily Rivera

3A       Santiago Parada

3B        Isabella Ortiz

4A       Ryan Crocker

4B        Jacob Collins

5A       Morgan Shanz

5B        Ryan Shanz

6A       Trevor Cox

6B        Elizabeth Kwari

7A       Lucy Becker

7B        Mathew White

8A       Miguel Parada

8B        Samantha Gutierrez

Virtue of the Month ~ Stewardship/Service

1.         Do random acts of kindness every day.

2.         Always be there to help a classmate or a teacher who needs you.

3.         Take care of all classroom furniture, books and papers.

4.         Take care of your library book and return it on time.

5.         Don’t waste paper.  Use both sides.

6.         Pick up paper, pencils, and items you see on the ground inside and outside, EVEN IF YOU DID NOT DROP THEM.  Put them in their proper place.

7.         Put all papers, cans, and bottles in the proper recycling bin.  Never throw away something that can be recycled, both at home and at school.

8.         Find ways to help at home BEFORE you are asked.  Examples: make your bed, clear the table, walk the dog, read to a little brother or sister, clean up your mess, take out the trash.

9.         Treat all nature with respect. (Flowers, grass, trees, water, pets, wild animals.)

10.      Help all people in need, especially those less fortunate than yourself.  Give food, clothes, and money to the poor.  Smile at someone who looks sad.  Pray for all people in need around the world.

Prayer of the Month

Dear God,

Thank you so much for this wonderful day.

Thanks for the friends who showed me the way.

Please help me today in all that I do,

and don’t forget God, how much I love you!

Diocesan Band Festival ~ Superior Rating for All Saints!

Last Saturday the students in the Advanced Band under the direction of Mr. Ward participated in the annual Diocesan Band Festival at Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria.  Congratulations to the members of our band for earning “Superior” ratings!  This marks the 36th time that the All Saints Band has scored superior at the diocesan band festival!  Thank you, Mr. Ward and Ms. Zaiko, for your dedication and for the inspiration that you provide for our students!

The band will perform a spring concert for our community on Tuesday, May 20th beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the PAC. 

Kindergarten Screening ~ No Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten on Monday, April 28th & May 5th

The Early Prevention of School Failure Screening for Kindergarten applicants will take place on Monday, April 28th & Monday, May 5thIn order that the teachers may be available to administer the assessment, there will be no Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten classes on these two days.

Important Reminders from the School Nurse

With the change of seasons, there has been an increase of stomach bugs, upper respiratory infections and strep throat at All Saints.  I wanted to take this opportunity to go over some of the health policies in place to keep our community healthy:

-Children must be 24 hours free of vomiting/diarrhea in order to return to school.

-Children must be 24 hours fever free without medication in order to return to school.

-If a child is diagnosed with strep throat or another communicable illness requiring antibiotics- he/she must have 3 doses/24 hours of treatment prior to returning to school.

As always, let us all continue to stress the importance of hand washing, coughing/sneezing etiquette and tissue use.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

One of the hallmarks of our school community is the high level of parent involvement that has helped the school achieve many goals in recent years.  As in the past, each family at All Saints has been asked to earn 60 volunteer points over the course of the current school year.  Those who are unable to do so are asked to submit a check at the conclusion of the year for any outstanding points that remain.  (1 point = $3.00)  As we begin the fourth quarter, parents are reminded to update their “points total” via our school website so that the database accurately reflects their contributions over the course of the entire year. 

At the beginning of May, the office will issue individualized letters to each family, confirming the number of points reflected in the school database. For this reason, we ask that those families who have not recently updated the database via our school website do so by Friday, May 2nd.  Those families who have not earned the required 60 points will be assessed a corresponding fee at a rate of $3.00 per point and asked to submit payment by the close of May.

9th annual Race for Education

Thank you to all the parents and middle school students who gathered last week to help prep the Race for Education mailers. Our school mailed over 5,650 mailers to almost all 50 states…48 to be exact! Mailers were also sent to Australia, Canada, France, Guam, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines, and Puerto Rico…we are covering the globe! The donations have already begun to arrive at the school and we are looking for parent volunteers to help process the mailers during school hours, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at various time.  If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up through the Volunteer Spot link below. Make sure to comment on the hours you are available, any amount of time will be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, please contact Marjorie Collins at: racefored@allsaintsvaschool.org

Please sign up for Record Keeping Phase of Mailers – here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

   1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/Dktfuk
   2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot) 
   3. Sign up! Choose your spots – VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

All Saints School New Spirit Wear Line – On Sale starting today!!

All Saints is participating in a spirit gear drive and we need your help!  Showing your school spirit is a great way to encourage teamwork and camaraderie.  We’re proud of our school and we want to show off our gear!

Please shop using the one page flyer that will be sent home today, Wednesday, April 2nd OR go to www.SpiritGearDirect.com or look for the link on our school website to order on-line.  

We are accepting forms back any time before the deadline.  The last day to place an order is Wednesday, April 16th.  Our Spirit Wear items will be on display near the front office during the sale and we will be in the back and front lots during carpool several days each week. 

We are so excited to offer a variety of quality pieces which display our All Saints logo for children and adults!! Please let me know if you have any questions- Contact info: Kerryb17@verizon.net or 703-365-7327.

Uniform Exchange

It’s almost time to switch over to Summer Uniforms!  To help parents prepare the Uniform Closet will be open for sales on April 4 from 2:30 – 4:00 in the Gym Lobby.  If you know what items you need feel free to e-mail in advance and we will have it ready for pick up. The address is uniformexchange@allsaintsvaschool.org

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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).

Final Presentation of the VIRTUS 30 Minute Update

The diocese 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.  On Tuesday, May 13th the final presentation for the 2013-2014 school year will be presented at 2:15 p.m. in Meeting Room 2 (not at 7:00 p.m. as previously posted).  This change has been made in response to several requests from parents who cannot make the evening presentations.  For planning purposes, please contact Mrs. Janet Smith at 703-393-2158 to confirm your intent to attend.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, April 2nd              

          PTO Sponsored Lenten Soup Supper (5:00 p.m.)

          Spirit Wear Launch!

Thursday, April 3rd                 

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

Friday, April 4th                      

          Uniform Exchange Sale

          National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony (1:30 p.m.)

Saturday, April 5th                  

          2nd Grade Jesus Day

Monday, April 7th                   

          Terra Nova Standardized Testing begins

Tuesday, April 8th                   

          Seniors’ Luncheon, hosted by the 8th grade

          3rd Quarter Report Cards sent home with students

          Parent Portal reopens at 3:00 p.m.

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

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

Wednesday, April 9th               

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

Thursday, April 10th                

          Stations of the Cross – Grades K-8 (2:00 p.m.)

Friday, April 11th                    

          8th Grade Class Trip to Annapolis

          School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Saturday, April 12th                

          Diocesan Science Fair

Links

          Spotlight on the Arts Summer Camps –  www.SpotlightSummerCamps.com

          Race for Education Volunteer Hours Form – http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Mailer-prep-volunteer-flier-5.pdf

          Girl Scout Silver Award Flyer – http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Girls-Scout-Silver-Award-Flyer.pdf

          Annual Fund Brochure – 2013/14 Annual Fund Brochure

         Annual Fund Online Donations – http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/alumnidevelopment/annual-fund/   

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