The Sentinel – May 28, 2014

Message from the Principal

It is with sadness that I announce the passing of Sr. Laurence Bucher, O.S.B., who served as Principal of All Saints during the early decades of the school’s history.  She was one of many Benedictine Sisters of Bristow who led the school from the time of its founding in 1957 until 1990.  We remain grateful for the leadership of Sr. Laurence and the difference she made in the lives of the children and families of our community.  She is fondly remembered by the longest serving members of our faculty and her legacy continues to shine.  As the Benedictine Sisters gather this evening and tomorrow to recall the many lives and hearts touched by Sr. Laurence, may they be consoled by our prayers and well-wishes for their community.

This week I wish to also share with you the news that Mrs. Gurley, second grade teacher, will not be returning in the fall.  She will be moving to Florida this summer where her husband has recently accepted a new position, a transition that will actually place her only one hour from her family.  While this remains a wonderful opportunity for Mrs. Gurley, she will be missed in our community.  During her four years as a member of our faculty, she was a highly effective second grade teacher who with a quiet leadership style, initiated two major curriculum initiatives; the Daily 5 approach to literacy and Empowering Writers.  We are grateful for all that she has done for our program and wish both her and her husband every success and blessing as they prepare for this next chapter.

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What is it that you and your fellow parents value most in a Catholic education? What can we change to make these things – and others – even better?  Finally, how can we continue to challenge, nurture and care for our students — your children — as they grow into accomplished leaders, scholars, athletes, artists, and faithful servants of the communities in which we live? These are just some of the questions we as administrators and educators ask ourselves everyday.

Together with the Diocesan Office of Catholic Schools, we have embarked on an initiative to better understand what you, as parents, expect from a world-class Catholic school education and community of learning.  We want to determine how we are living up to those expectations today, with the goal being to more closely align our school with the things you care most about for your children going forward. To this end, the diocese has engaged an independent market research company, Brightline Strategies, to help us gather this critical information.  Having already facilitated a number of focus groups, this organization will now be reaching out by phone to randomly selected parents from our community to invite their participation in this dialogue.  In advance, I thank you for your support of this project which will benefit our school as we continue to plan for our future.  If for any reason you prefer not to be contacted, please notify Mrs. D’Eugenio so that we can follow up with the diocese accordingly.

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Finally, this week’s newsletter includes a special message from the PTO leadership regarding a change in the Room Liaison selection process effective at the start of the new school year.  I wish to thank Mrs. Angela Slater (President) and Mrs. Katherine Mills (Room Liaison Coordinator) for the assistance they have provided in designing a process that I believe will be both more objective and efficient.

As of yesterday, the counting team has already processed $40,040 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

Summer Learning Program

Recognizing that our curriculum during the school year is rigorous and that expectations are high for student learning, there is great value in the children having a respite during the months of summer.  On the other hand, studies have shown that students lose ground during the long vacation if not provided an opportunity to keep their skills sharp.  With these two perspectives in mind, as in prior years, the teachers have crafted a balanced plan specific for our school.  The following is a grade level summary of the Summer Learning Program for 2014.

(Note: Parents should select the summer learning assignments that correspond to the grade that their child will be entering in the fall.  For example, a student entering second grade would complete the Summer Book Program for rising 2nd graders.  A child entering third grade would complete the assignments outlined below for grades 3-5.)

Grade K          Learning Packets: Designed by the Pre-K team, these packets will be distributed to parents.

Grade 1-2       Summer Book: This is a wonderful series that has been used in the primary grades in recent years.  It includes diverse activities that target a variety of areas, including reading, math, science, social studies, and religion.

The Summer Book will be due on Friday of the first week of school and credit will be given to all students who complete the work.

Ordering Information: Summerbook Company

305 Lyndale Drive

Hartsville, SC 27804

1-877-684-8502 (Toll Free)

www.summerbookcompany.com

(Note: Order the Summer Book for the grade level that your child will begin in September.  For example, students in Kindergarten this year should complete the Summer Book for rising 1st graders.)

Grades 3-5      Math Packet & 2 Accelerated Reader Books

Teachers will distribute math packets that provide reinforcement of skills acquired during this past school year.  After reading two Accelerated Reader books, students are asked to complete the corresponding AR tests upon their return to school.  These summer assignments will be due Friday of the first week of school and will be considered part of the first quarter participation grade.

Grades 6-8      Students are asked to read selections (one book for grade 6/two books for grades 7 & 8) from the Middle School Summer Reading List and complete one of the corresponding follow up activities for each book chosen.  Additionally, teachers will provide Math Packets that focus on skill areas that they have specifically identified for practice and reinforcement.

(Note: A letter from the middle school team and a detailed overview of assignments are included as links to this week’s newsletter and are available for review on our website.  A copy of the recommended reading list will be posted on our school website as well.)

Carpool Network 2014-2015

All Saints parent Mr. Jim Griffin has once again volunteered to serve as a carpool coordinator. If you are interested in a carpool for your children, please email the following information to allsaintscarpool@hotmail.com and Mr. Griffin will put you in touch with other families in your area who have expressed an interest in carpooling.

Name:

Address:

Phone Number:

Preferred email contact:

Number of children you need transported:

Number of spaces in your vehicle for transporting others:

Prefer to drive morning or evening, or no preference?

Please be aware that the above information will be plotted on a map with a private URL that is only available to All Saints parents who have expressed an interest in carpooling.  The URL will be emailed directly to you and will not be available any other way or discoverable by any search engine.

Recognizing that parents are solely responsible for determining transportation arrangements to and from All Saints Catholic School, the school assumes no role in this process and neither recommends nor endorses any particular carpool arrangements.  In the unfortunate circumstance of an accident or injury, the parent’s own personal automobile liability is primary in the event of a claim.  Nonetheless, the school values the collective efforts of parents and is pleased to support this initiative by communicating the opportunity to parents.

Room Liaison Selection Process ~ Revised for 2014-2015

All Saints will have a new Room Liaison selection process next year that will attempt to address some parent concerns with the process as it is now.  A subcommittee of the PTO, with support from the administration, worked to update our current selection process.

To highlight:

  • Parents who are interested in being a room liaison next year will fill out a short application, with their classroom choice (1st, 2nd, etc. if you have more than one student).
  • Applicants for each class will be selected in random drawings, alternates will be drawn if necessary.
  • Each class will have two liaisons who will assist the teacher with communications and classroom activities.  For activities that need more volunteers, of course, all interested classroom parents will have an opportunity to volunteer
  • Each liaison will be eligible for 60 Points for Parents.
  • Applications will be available at the front office at the beginning of the school year.  Deadlines to be announced during our return to school.  Liaison selection will be completed in the first couple weeks of school.
  • We hope this streamlined process will keep complications to a minimum and match liaisons with their classes quickly.

Please contact Angela Slater at pinoslater@gmail.com if you have any questions about our new selection process.  I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of our current room liaisons for your dedication and commitment to assisting your classroom teachers and ensuring all of the classroom activities this year were successful for the children.  Wonderful job!  A special thank-you to Katherine Mills our Room Liaison Coordinator for all of her hard work to support both liaisons and teachers throughout the year.

Dive Into Books

GET A JUMP START ON SUMMER READING!

ALL SAINTS TEAMS UP WITH

BARNES AND NOBLE FOR A SUMMER BOOK FAIR!!!!

Summer reading is in the air and again this year the All Saints School Library will host an exciting Pre-Summer Book Fair at the Barnes and Noble store in Manassas on Saturday, June 7th.    Join Mrs. Coyle and Mrs. Geary as they dive into books to get you on the big wave of reading for the summer.  The library staff will be there from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm to greet and meet!    Also, the All Saints displays will be available in the Barnes and Noble store all day long!  Bring the attached printed flyer or tell the cashier at the store that you are from the All Saints School or parish because a percentage of the net sales will be contributed to the school.

If you are busy on Saturday and cannot attend the Book Fair at Barnes & Noble store….simply go online and use the All Saint Book Fair ID number when you checkout.    The Book Fair online dates will be 6/7/14 and will extend to 6/12/14.

Enter the following:  BN.COM/bookfairs

BoxTops for Education Update

Keep clipping the boxtops. We have collected 4117 boxtops in just under 2 months! The competition between the classrooms is close. I will wait until this coming Friday, May 30th, for the final count of combined boxtops and soup labels to announce the classroom winner. The classroom winner will receive a classroom party!  Below are the top six classrooms:

5A Mrs. Honkus            4861

3A Mrs. Montano         4555

1A Mrs. Harrill              3220

1B Mrs. Nichols            2825

2B Mrs. Gurley              2316

K1 Mrs. Cote                2213

Important Reminders

FACTS Enrollment Process for 2014-2015

All returning families should have received a customized email from FACTS confirming their tuition balance and payment plan for 2014-2015.  Similarly, all new families and those who have expressed interested in changing their plan from “Payment in Full by invoice” to a schedule of payments should have received a FACTS “invite” that provides detailed directions for establishing an account. All new families and those enrolling in the system for the first time are asked to complete this process by Friday, May 30th.

The deadline for Payment in Full has been extended to Tuesday, June 10th.

Annual Fund – Home Stretch to End the Year

As we near the end of the school year, we ask families who haven’t yet returned a pledge card to our Making a Difference, Every Day Annual Fund to do so today. We will be producing our year-end report shortly which includes the many gifts of prayer and financial support that we have already received, but we are hoping to hear from more members of our school community.

We have currently raised just over $7,000. We hope to reach last year’s results by raising a total of $11,000, so we have $4,000 to go.

Remember, funds raised through the annual fund will be used for tuition assistance and to provide your child with new opportunities through the installation of WiFi access in all school classrooms and the purchase of new math and science equipment.

You may recall that funds from last year’s campaign were used in conjunction with our business partnership with Leidos to launch our new Robotics initiative!

How Can You Participate?

  • Complete a Participation Form – 2013/14 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 of prayer and/or financial support – 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!

END OF YEAR INFORMATION

Cafeteria Program – End of Year Reminders

As we are approaching the end of the school year, please note that we will not allow any lunches to be charged

during the month of June.  At this time, you may purchase more lunches/drinks in advance, or when your balance has expired, you may pay on a daily basis.  If you do have monies on account, please make sure that it is used before the end of the school year as we do not give refunds.  Please call the cafeteria at 703-368-4400, ext. 211, if you have any questions or concerns.

School Supplies Program

Please order by returning this form along with your payment by June 23, 2014.

Make Checks Payable to:         ALL SAINTS CATHOLIC SCHOOL

OR

ORDER SECURELY ONLINE

Starting Now until June 23rd

1.  Go to www.epipacks.com, sales tax will be added at checkout

2.  Enter your School ID, ALL088

3.  Be sure to select the correct supply package for the grade level that your child will be entering in   

    the fall.  

4.  Follow the directions to complete your order

5.  Keep your online confirmation as your receipt.

The School Supply packages do not include special items such as seat sacks, back backs, party favors, or special pencils/pens or markers for AR prizes (Grades 2- 6), pillow case (Pre-K), and black sock (Grade 4).

Consult the School Supply list for special Items required by each grade.  Seat Sacks are ordered by the school for an additional charge.

School supplies will be available in the child’s classroom.

For questions, please email allsaintssupplies@yahoo.com

Extended Day Program

Extended Day services will continue the next three and a half weeks and be available before and after school through Tuesday, June 17th.  There will be no Extended Day Program on Wednesday, June 18th.  All students will dismiss at 10:30 a.m. following the Closing Mass & Awards Ceremony.  Please make arrangements for your children to be picked up if you anticipate being unavailable at that time.

Report Cards

Report cards and awards will be issued on the final day of school, June 18th.  Since the office will have a record of your child’s final grades at the close of the year, you may retain these cards.

Medications

All medications must be picked up from the clinic no later than Tuesday, June 17th.  Since students are not authorized to carry medication, it is necessary for parents to visit the clinic to pick up medications prior to the close of the year.  Medications remaining after the final day will be discarded.

Summer Office Hours

The school office will remain open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. during the months of June and August.  The office will be closed during the month of July.  The office will reopen on Tuesday, August 5th. Should you need to contact school personnel during the summer months, please do not hesitate to leave a message on the answering machine.  We will make every effort to return your call in a timely manner.

Important Dates for the Upcoming Year

¨       Orientation Day (Students and parents are invited to visit the school, meet new teachers, and pick up supply orders.) – Friday, August 22nd.

¨       8th Annual Back-to School Barbecue hosted by the PTO – Friday, August 22nd (5:30-7:30 p.m.)

¨       First Day of School ~ Noon Dismissal (Grades K-8) – Monday, August 25th

¨       First Day of Pre-Kindergarten – Wednesday, September 3rd

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, May 28th

  • Points for Parents Fees Due

Thursday, May 29th

  • Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten
  • Race for Education Dress Down Day Option

Friday, May 30th

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Middle School Demerit Free Breakfast (9:30 a.m.)
  • FACTS Enrollment Deadline for 2014-2015

Saturday, May 31st

  • Algebra Exemption Exam

Monday, June 2nd

  • 5th Grade Field Trip – Luray Caverns (8:00-2:30)

Tuesday, June 3rd

  • Free Ice Cream, Courtesy of Fr. Bob!
  • Race for Education Dress Down Day option
  • PTO Executive Board Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, June 4th

  • Planning for High School -7th Grade Parent Q & A Session with Mrs. Slovenkay (3:30-6:00 p.m.)
  • Parent Portal Closes at 3:00 p.m.

Friday, June 6th           

  • School Mass & Virtues Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
  • Race for Education Pizza Lunch, Awards Ceremony & Classroom Movie Celebration
  • 7th & 8th Grade Skate Party in the Gym (6:30-8:30 p.m.)

Saturday, June 7th

  • Barnes & Noble Book Fair (9:30-12:30)

Links

Links from Prior Newsletters

The Sentinel

May 21, 2014

Message from the Principal

As we approach the close of another academic year, it is important that we acknowledge and thank those members of the faculty and staff who will not be returning in the fall.  Each, in their own way, has contributed to the success of our school and has forever touched the lives of the children.

Mrs. Foeckler who joined our faculty last fall will be departing in June in order to prepare for the birth of her first child.  In addition to teaching all of the music classes and leading the Schola at Mass, Mrs. Foeckler directed the recent Spring Choral Concert and coordinated the music for our annual Christmas Pageant.  I am grateful for all of her efforts during her first year of teaching and wish her blessings as she anticipates the birth of her little one.

After twelve years in our program, Mrs. Knowles will be leaving her position as Pre-Kindergarten and middle school religion teacher in order to relocate to the West Coast where her husband has accepted a new position.  Mrs. Knowles has been a key member of the Pre-Kindergarten team who by her example and through her steadfast commitment has helped to create a reputation of stability and excellence in the program.  We are grateful for her years of service and wish her and her family every blessing as they begin this new journey.

After four and a half decades of devoted service, Mrs. McMahon will be departing at the close of the year and embarking on a second retirement.  We remain grateful for her more than ten years of dedication working part-time in our resource program following her retirement from full-time teaching.  Recognized as our on-site “handwriting expert”, Mrs. McMahon has assisted countless students in the writing process and offered remediation to those encountering difficulties in math and/or reading.  Her commitment to the school, marked by the passing of so many years, is extraordinary and second to none.  We thank her for her generosity and constancy over a lifetime of service to our community.

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It was a joy and an honor to witness many of our 2nd grade students receiving their First Communion on Saturday morning.  Other members of the second grade class will receive the Sacrament on Saturday and in the weeks ahead with their families.  We continue to remember all of them in our prayers and congratulate them on this wonderful occasion.

I want to take a moment to thank Mrs. Cummings and Mrs. Gurley for so thoughtfully preparing the children.  Through their careful planning and recognition of the fact that this Sacrament is the central focus of the second grade experience, they provided a wonderful environment of faith and learning for their students.

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Last week the school gathered in celebration of the 35th Anniversary of Fr. Bob’s ordination.  It was a joy-filled gathering as each grade level performed a song of tribute for our special guest of honor.  Indeed, there were very memorable renditions of “Hail to the Redskins” and “Take me out to the Ballgame”, all rewritten in celebration of our beloved pastor.  At the conclusion of the event, the school community presented to Fr. Bob a gift certificate for a two night’s stay as well as greens fees and a dining certificate for the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina.  Thanks to the generosity of one of our school families who contributed “points” for one night and the outpouring of support from the children totaling $578.13, we’re able to send Fr. Bob on a well-deserved getaway.  Thank you, Fr. Bob, for all that you do for our community and congratulations on 35th years of dedicated service as a priest!

As of yesterday, the counting team has already processed $36,765.00 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

Annual Fund – Home Stretch to End the Year

As we near the end of the school year, we ask families who haven’t yet returned a pledge card to our Making a Difference, Every Day Annual Fund to do so today. We will be producing our year-end report shortly which includes the many gifts of prayer and financial support that we have already received, but we are hoping to hear from more members of our school community.

We have currently raised just over $7,000. We hope to reach last year’s results by raising a total of $11,000, so we have $4,000 to go.

Remember, funds raised through the annual fund will be used for tuition assistance and to provide your child with new opportunities through the installation of WiFi access in all school classrooms and the purchase of new math and science equipment.

You may recall that funds from last year’s campaign were used in conjunction with our business partnership with Leidos to launch our new Robotics initiative!

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 of prayer and/or financial support – 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!

Student Council Election Results

Last week a number of students participated in an election for a variety of offices for the 2014-2015 leadership of the Student Council Association.  Congratulations to the following students who were elected by the students in grades four through seven.

President                                                          Nicholas Delaney

Vice President                                                  Jack Houser

Secretary/Historian                                          Allison Talish

School Spirit/Publicity                                     Bianca Misterio

Finance                                                             Zachary Mills

Health, Safety & Ecology                                Elizabeth Kwari

Religious Activities                                          Gabriel Short

Ambassador Program Announcement from Angela Slater, School Counselor

Last year in our school community the Ambassador Program was launched.  The Ambassador Program is an integral part of our ongoing efforts to both deter and address bullying behaviors in our school community.  In grades 2nd-8th, students are chosen to serve as the role of ambassador in their class.  As ambassadors they will endeavor to set a good example, be a leader, be available to listen to students who bring peer concerns to them and help facilitate communicating those concerns to faculty and staff.   I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs. Brown for partnering with me to implement this program.

We are very proud of the students chosen for this program.  As we are launching this late in the year, we are hopeful to have this year’s students retain their roll as Ambassadors for next year.  The student Ambassadors are:

2A – Maddie Woolfrey & Jack Stidham

2B – Josseline Avila & Isaac Fleisig

3A – Kevin Balagtas & Moira Haggerty

3B – Mary Collins & Eliza Rhodes

4A – Sloan Helmick & Max Volk

4B – Beverly Appiatse & Juan Santos

5A – Jenna Delaney & Morgan Shanz

5B – Lily Feltman & Ryan Shanz

6A – Jordan Karcher & Zachary Mills

6B – Paddy DeBruyne & Thumay Huynh

7A – Mussie Adiamseged & Annaliese Tamke

7B – Collin Foster & Mary Tran

8A – Drew Davey & Kim Ferguson

8B – Lauren Goldsmith & Walter Seigel

BoxTops for Education Update

Students, Parents, and Teachers…Would you believe…from all your efforts All Saints has received $3,011.64 in checks so far from those little tiny box tops everyone has been turning in! Way to go All Saints!!!  We’re not even done yet.  We also have collected 3,107 box tops (counted May 5th)…and I have a bag full to still count.

The winning class will be announced next Wednesday (May 28th) with a party to follow.  Keep those box tops rolling in. Thank you!

END OF YEAR INFORMATION

Cafeteria Program – End of Year Reminders

As we are approaching the end of the school year, please note that we will not allow any lunches to be charged

during the month of June.  At this time, you may purchase more lunches/drinks in advance, or when your balance has expired, you may pay on a daily basis.  If you do have monies on account, please make sure that it is used before the end of the school year as we do not give refunds.  Please call the cafeteria at 703-368-4400, ext. 211, if you have any questions or concerns.

Extended Day Program

Extended Day services will continue the next three and a half weeks and be available before and after school through Tuesday, June 17thThere will be no Extended Day Program on Wednesday, June 18th.  All students will dismiss at 10:30 a.m. following the Closing Mass & Awards Ceremony.  Please make arrangements for your children to be picked up if you anticipate being unavailable at that time.

Report Cards

Report cards and awards will be issued on the final day of school, June 18th.  Since the office will have a record of your child’s final grades at the close of the year, you may retain these cards.

Medications

All medications must be picked up from the clinic no later than Tuesday, June 17th.  Since students are not authorized to carry medication, it is necessary for parents to visit the clinic to pick up medications prior to the close of the year.  Medications remaining after the final day will be discarded.

Summer Office Hours

The school office will remain open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. during the months of June and August.  The office will be closed during the month of July.  The office will reopen on Tuesday, August 5th. Should you need to contact school personnel during the summer months, please do not hesitate to leave a message on the answering machine.  We will make every effort to return your call in a timely manner.

Important Dates for the Upcoming Year

  • Orientation Day (Students and parents are invited to visit the school, meet new teachers, and pick up supply orders.) – Friday, August 22nd.
  • 8th Annual Back-to School Barbecue hosted by the PTO – Friday, August 22nd (5:30-7:30 p.m.)
  • First Day of School ~ Noon Dismissal (Grades K-8) – Monday, August 25th
  • First Day of Pre-Kindergarten – Wednesday, September 3rd

Important Reminders

FACTS Enrollment Process for 2014-2015

All returning families should have received a customized email from FACTS confirming their tuition balance and payment plan for 2014-2015.  Similarly, all new families and those who have expressed interested in changing their plan from “Payment in Full by invoice” to a schedule of payments should have received a FACTS “invite” that provides detailed directions for establishing an account. All new families and those enrolling in the system for the first time are asked to complete this process by Friday, May 30th.

The deadline for Payment in Full has been extended to Tuesday, June 10th.

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

Those families who received letters confirming the amount now due for outstanding Points for Parents are asked to submit payment by Wednesday, May 28th.      

End of Year Parent Survey ~ Anti-Bullying Initiative

During the first semester we distributed a parent survey on the topic of bullying in our community, the results of which were communicated via the weekly newsletter.  In an effort to measure progress and to ensure that we are aware of any concerns related to bullying in our community, all parents are invited to complete the follow up electronic survey prepared by our school counselor, Mrs. Slater.  Parents are encouraged to visit the link to complete the survey.  Students in grades 3-8 will complete the electronic survey during their computer classes within the next two weeks.  In advance, we thank you for participating and providing feedback which helps us to plan for the future of our school.  Link to survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BWQDL6W

Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 22nd

  • 4th Grade Mothers’ Tea
  • 6th Grade Field Trip to Medieval Times (8:45 – 3:00)
  • 7th Grade Iowa Test of Algebra Readiness

Friday, May 23rd

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Noon Dismissal

Saturday, May 24th

  • 1st Communion – Group III (10:00 a.m.)

Monday, May 26th

  • Holiday – Memorial Day

Wednesday, May 28th

  • Points for Parents Fees Due
  • 4th Grade Field Trip to Mount Vernon
  • 7th Grade Field Trip to Manassas Battlefield

Thursday, May 29th

  • Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten
  • Race for Education Dress Down Day Option

Friday, May 30th

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Middle School Demerit Free Breakfast (9:30 a.m.)
  • FACT Enrollment Deadline for 2014-2015

Links

 

The Sentinel – May 7, 2014

May 7, 2014

Message from the Principal

Tomorrow all students will participate in the 9th Annual Race for Education.  As the largest fundraiser for our school community, the Race provides important financial support for initiatives that would otherwise be beyond our reach.

The following is a list of important reminders for all students and parents regarding the event.

1)      All students in grades K-8 are asked to wear their P.E. uniforms to school on Thursday.  Students enrolled in the Pre-K are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing appropriate for running.

2)      While all students will be participating in the Race for Education activities, only those students who brought in sponsor names or a flat donation will be eligible for prizes.

3)      Students need not bring water bottles to the Race for Education.  Two water stations will be available to students throughout the race.

4)      Students who are absent on Thursday will be able to run a later date.

5)      Lunch will be served in the cafeteria at the regularly scheduled time.

Parents, relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend the event as a sign of support for all of our student runners.  We hope that many of you will be able to join us for a wonderful day of fun and fellowship!

The following is the schedule for this special event:

Grades Pre-K, K, 1 & 2 8:45a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Grades 3-5 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Grades Pre-K3 & 6-8 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Prize Cards have been distributed 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 this week and extending through the month of May.

As of today, the counting team has already processed $24,023 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day! Thank you to all students, parents, relatives and friends of our community for your steadfast support!

Prayer of the Month ~ Peace Prayer

Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.

Lord, let me help sad people be happy.

Let me forgive those who hurt me.

And let me bring your love to all.

Amen

Virtue of the Month ~ Peacemaking

To foster the virtue of peacemaking, we will encourage the students to adopt the following practices:

  1. Be kind to all you meet today.
  2. Make peace with others at the end of the school day.
  3. Stay calm no matter what happens to you today.
  4. Say part of St. Francis’ Peace Prayer to yourself today.
  5. Apologize the minute you know that you have offended someone.
  6. Do an extra act of kindness for your family tonight.
  7. Take care of your family pet without complaining.
  8. Make peace with family members before going to sleep.
  9. Be a peacemaker.  Calm your friends while playing games.
  10. Greet your neighbor politely.
  11. Say a prayer for peace throughout the world.

Key Dates & Holidays for 2014-2015

The following is the schedule of holidays for the upcoming academic year.  Additionally, there will be a noon dismissal on the first and third Friday of each month in order that the faculty may complete a comprehensive self-study document as part of the Design for Excellence re-accreditation process.

August 25th First Day of School (Noon Dismissal)
September 1st Labor Day Holiday
October 13th Columbus Day Holiday
October 31st Professional Development Day (No School)
November 10th Parent/Teacher Conferences (No School)
November 11th Parent/Teacher Conferences (Noon Dismissal)
November 25th Noon Dismissal for Thanksgiving
November 26-28th Thanksgiving Holiday
December 22nd Christmas Holiday Begins
January 5th Classes Resume
January 16th Professional Development Day (No School)
January 19th Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
February 16th Presidents’ Day Holiday
March 16th Professional Development Day (No School)
April 2nd Holy Thursday (Noon Dismissal)
April 3rd Good Friday Holiday
April 6th Easter Week Holiday
May 22nd Noon Dismissal – Memorial Day Weekend
May 25th Memorial Day Holiday
June 16th Last Day for Grades 1-7 (Tentative)

Student Art Work Selected for Exhibit

Congratulations to Christopher Kleha (8th Grade) and Bridgette Magee (4th Grade) whose art work has been selected to appear in an exhibit from May 6-18 at John Paul the Great High School.  Additionally, the Sacred Heart Mosaic created by the 6th grade last year will also be included in the show.  The exhibit is a celebration of the canonization of Pope John Paul II and will include a number of festivities, all of which are listed on the high school website.

Important Reminders

Field Day ~ 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.

Spotlight on the Arts Summer Camps this July in Theatre & Art
Early Bird Registration through May at www.SpotlightSummerCamps.com

Camps in the arts for high school, middle, elementary & rising kindergarten, these Theatrical & Artistic one week camps are taught by area Catholic professionals involved in arts education and performance.  Directed by All Saints Youth & Theatre Ministry Director, Rob Tessier, Spotlight on the Arts features Camp Broadway, Drama Bootcamp, Arts & Crafts Fun Camp, Art Explorer Camp, and Creative Kids Everything Camp.  Camp locations in Manassas & Vienna. Camp & Instructor descriptions are at www.SpotlightSummerCamps.com

Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 8th

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

Friday, May 9th            

  • School Mass & Virtues Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
  • 2nd & 8th Grade Prayer Service (2:15 p.m.)
  • 8th Grade Confirmation (7:00 p.m.)

Monday, May 12th

  • Special Student Assembly (PAC/1:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, May 13th  

  • Seniors’ Luncheon – hosted by 4th Grade
  • Race for Education Dress Down Day Option
  • First Communion Group I Rehearsal (6:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 14th     

  • SCA Speeches & Election

Thursday, May 15th                

  • Spring Choral Concert (PAC/7:00 p.m.)
  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, May 16th

  • Band Trip to Hershey Park (5:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.)
  • Noon Dismissal – Professional Development for Faculty

Saturday, May 17th     

  • 8th Grade Algebra Exemption Exam Practice Session (9:00-10:30 a.m.)
  • First Communion Group I (10:00 a.m.)

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