Newsletter Correction: PTO & School Safety Meeting – Tuesday, October 7th (7:00 p.m.)

Dear Parents & Guardians,

The next General Assembly Meeting of the PTO will take place on Tuesday, October 7th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Activities Center, not tomorrow evening as announced in last week’s newsletter.  I apologize for any inconvenience or confusion this may have caused.

An overview of our school response plan, designed in coordination with community partners, will be presented.  As this meeting will provide essential information for parents regarding our emergency response plan, at least one parent from each family should plan to attend.  Please note:  Students may not attend this meeting as this session is designed specifically for parents.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office.

 

Kind regards,

David E. Conroy, Jr.

Principal

The Sentinel

September 24, 2014

Principal’s Message

This week I would like to share with you some important reminders regarding morning arrival as well as one procedural change involving the Safety Patrol.

Morning Drop-off of Safety Patrols – Beginning this week, parents of Safety Patrols assigned morning duty are invited to drop off their child directly in front of the school entrance.  Drivers may enter the property from Route 28 and then proceed around the rear of the church through the faculty/staff parking area.  After turning right onto the drive that runs parallel with the school, Safety Patrols will exit their vehicles near the front entrance and gather at the flagpole.  Patrols are asked to arrive between 7:30-7:40 a.m., the time during which Mr. Redman will supervise the arrival process and coordinate the repositioning of traffic cones.  It is our hope that this new procedure will eliminate the need for Safety Patrols having to be dropped off in the front parking lot and then crossing through a lane of cars as parents arrive for morning drop off.

Supervision of Students– Recently an increasing number of students have been dropped off prior to the start of morning arrival.  Since students are not supervised by faculty and staff until 7:40 a.m., the time at which the morning arrival process begins, it is important that students remain in their vehicles until Safety Patrols and faculty members are present.  In accordance with school policy, students who arrive prior to 7:40 a.m. must be escorted to the Extended Day Program by their parents.

Two-Minute Warning Bell– Each day the office rings a “2 minute warning bell”, the time at which the Safety Patrols and supervising faculty members return to the building.  (Note:  Two minutes has been identified as the approximate time required for a child to exit a vehicle and report to his or her classroom.  Therefore, any parent dropping off a child at 7:58 a.m. or later is required to sign-in his or her child at the front office.)  This policy exists to ensure the safe arrival of all of our students.  In the rear parking lot, teachers will rope off the entrance to signify that the school day has begun and to remind parents who arrive after that time to park in the front lot and escort their child into the building.

Thank you for your support of these procedures that are designed to safeguard our students during morning arrival.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the front office for more information.

School Safety Presentation ~ October 7th (7:00 p.m.)

All parents are cordially invited to the next General Assembly Meeting of the PTO that will take place on Wednesday, October 7th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Activities Center.  An overview of our school response plan, designed in coordination with community partners, will be presented.  As this meeting will provide essential information for parents regarding our emergency response plan, at least one parent from each family should plan to attend.

Middle School Program ~ The Gift of Human Sexuality

Central to the mission of Catholic education is a commitment to the formation of the whole person within the light of the teachings of the Gospel.  At All Saints our effort to educate all dimensions of the child ~ spiritual, intellectual, social, and emotional, has been an essential and consistent element of our mission.

As a Catholic school, All Saints also affirms the role of parents as the primary educators of their children and we are privileged to have the opportunity to work with you as partners in this regard.  During the past several years, we have grown increasingly concerned about the many confusing messages that society as a whole, and the media in particular, place before the young people of today, particularly in regards to the topic of human sexuality.  In this day and age it is increasingly important that we insure that the children learn the beautiful teachings of the Church on this topic and that they fully realize and understand the gift of human sexuality within this framework.  Not to share this information with the children leaves them unprepared for the world they face and the many choices that await them in the years ahead.

In recent years, All Saints Catholic School has implemented a middle school family life curriculum that supports our goal of educating the whole child.  The program is coordinated by the Diocesan Director of Youth Ministry, Mr. Kevin Bohli, and is tailored to the specific needs of each school community. The program consists of a parent presentation during which Mr. Bohli provides an outline of his presentations as well as resources for parents.  Following this presentation, he and an associate, Mrs. Celia Fruchterman, will meet with the students for three one hour lessons designed to provide the children with an understanding of the Church’s teachings on the topic of human sexuality.

One of the advantages of this program is the involvement of outside professionals.  In addition to their expertise and experience, Mr. Bohli and Mrs. Fruchterman are unfamiliar to the students, which may put the students at greater ease in asking questions and discussing this topic.  A second advantage of this program is that it is designed to take place in a single-sex setting; Mr. Bohli will address the boys and Mrs. Fruchterman will speak with the girls.  Finally, in accordance with diocesan policy, this program is designed as an opt-in opportunity for parents and students.  Accommodations will be made for those children whose parents prefer that they not participate in the program.

Parents of middle school students are invited to a presentation to be held on Wednesday, October 8th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the PAC.  As this is such a very important topic related to the development of your child, I ask that at least one parent from each family new to this program be present at the meeting.  Should you have any questions about this initiative, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Installation of SCA Officers & Representatives

Last Thursday the newly elected officers and class representatives were officially welcomed into the Student Council Association of All Saints Catholic School.  Mrs. Campagna, our assistant principal, was the keynote speaker, offering insights on the importance of character and integrity for those called to leadership roles.

The following is an excerpt from the speech presented by Nicholas Delaney, newly elected SCA president, in which he invited all of the students to assume an even more active role in our school.

The SCA Board has already met and I was excited to present our new ideas to the moderators.  I am committed to bringing these ideas to life, with the hope that, this year, the SCA will become even more involved in the school community, but I don’t just want the SCA members to be active.  I want each one of you, the student body, to challenge yourselves to become more involved in the life of the school.  Join a club; participate in our school community fundraisers, reach out to make a new friend. Let our promise to show mercy and kindness become a living reality every day.

We congratulate the following students and wish them every success and blessing as they begin their year of student leadership!

Officers  
President Nicholas Delaney
Vice President Jack Houser
Secretary/Historian Allison Talish
Finance Zachary Mills
Religious Activities Gabriel Short
Health/Safety/Ecology Elizabeth Kwari
School Spirit Bianca Misterio

 

Class Representatives  
4A Elizabeth Karcher
4B Mary Collins
5A Chloe Davies
5B Camila Vazquez
6A Grady Backman
6B Davelyn Sama
7A Vincent DiMauro
7b Joey Gould
8A Ellis Colvin
8B Jack Tessier

 

Library Team Featured in  Scholastic Bookfair Flyer!

Congratulations to Mrs. Coyle and Mrs. Geary for having been selected to be included in the national marketing materials for Scholastic Bookfairs!  A photo from last year’s “Night at the Museum” Bookfair at All Saints has been included in the 2014-2015 flyer.  Thank you, Mrs. Coyle and Mrs. Geary, for your continued creativity and enthusiasm for reading!

2014 Casino & Auction – “A Black & White Event”

Tickets on sale now!  Your ticket includes a gourmet dinner, dessert, beverages, live & silent auction, 3 hours of casino play with funny money, casino raffle prizes, photo booth and dancing.  Door prize drawings at 7:15pm.  Attire is business casual/cocktailCash bar serving beer, wine and specialty drinks will be available.  Early bird price of $30 per person ends September 30. For more information visit the All Saints website or contact allsaintsauction@allsaintsvaschool.org  

Uniform Exchange

The Uniform Exchange will have a table set up at the PTO Meeting on October 7th.  If you have an order you would like to pick up at the PTO Meeting please send it to Dawn Myers at uniformexchange@allsaintsvaschool.org by October 1st.  Please send in any items you have for either an exchange, a credit, or for donation by October 1st.

From the Spirit Committee
Are you looking to meet up with your All Saints friends? Or perhaps you are new to the school and would like to get to know people in our school community. Please stop by Chick-fil-A on Liberia Avenue Friday, September 26th. In an effort to reduce photocopying charges, please will you kindly print out and bring the attached flyer to ensure the school is credited properly. We look forward to seeing you there!

HELP WANTED! ~ The PTO needs your help!

We are currently looking for volunteers to coordinate the following events-

  • The Penny Bazaar (October) Set-up and coordination of the cupcake drop-off during morning carpool with the safety patrol.  Coordinate the event set-up, confirm class games with the room liaisons, and plan with the cafeteria staff use of gym space for cupcake storage during the day and sale during the event.
  • The Christmas Parade (December) Coordinate the application process with the parade committee.  Design and build a parade float in accordance with the year’s theme. Recruit and coordinate all volunteers to help decorate/build float.  Deliver, drive and disassemble float on parade day.  Coordinate and supervise all riders and volunteers on parade day.

If you have any questions about the volunteer opportunites mentioned or are interested in receiving emails with upcoming volunteer opportunities please send an email with your name and email address to schoolvolunteers@allsaintsvaschool.org.

We are in the process of updating our list of volunteers who receive this email. Any email list you may have been on in previous years has become obsolete. Thank you – Johanna Catts

Fall Handcraft Show Hosted by Father Juan Puigbó

Father Juan and Centro Vocare will host a Handcraft Show on Tuesday, October 7th from 4pm to 8pm and on Saturday, October 11th from 10am to 2pm at Centro Vocare: 8201 Euclid Ct Manassas Park, VA 20111. 202- 734-168. A number of items will be on display and available for purchase, including beautiful wooden pieces handcrafted by Fr. Juan. This will be a good opportunity to buy your seasonal gifts! All the proceeds are to support different apostolates for immigrant families.

Exposición de Arte en Madera ofrecida por el Padre Juan

El Padre Juan y el Centro Vocare les invita a la Exposición de Arte en Madera que tendrá lugar el martes 7 de octubre de 4pm a 8pm y el sábado 11 de octubre de 10am a 2pm en el Centro Vocare: 8201 Euclid Ct Manassas Park, VA 20111. Teléfono: 202- 734-168. Una gran variedad de artículos en madera hechos a mano por el Padre Juan estarán disponibles para la venta. ¡Será una buena oportunidad para comprar los regalos de esta temporada! Lo recaudado ayudará a financiar las actividades del Centro Vocare.

CBN Prince William Chapter ~ October Meeting Announcement

Please join the Catholic Business Network – Prince William Chapter for our October monthly networking breakfast. Come by yourself or bring a friend and see what CBN is all about!

Speaker:    Craig Stewart III – Vice President, Bernstein Global Wealth Management

Topic:          Craig will discuss his father’s book,Marvels of Charity,” a definitive history of American Sisters and Nuns. A free copy of the book will be given away during the event.

Date:           Friday, October 17th

Time:          7:30 – 9:00AM

Place:          Mimi’s Café, 5005 Wellington Road, Gainesville VA

Breakfast $15.00
RSVP at (703) 396-8205 ext. 101 or princewilliam@cbnnova.org

For more information about the CBN Prince William Chapter, please visit http://www.cbnpwc.org/.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

DFE Visiting Team Report – Noon Dismissal (March 27th)

School will dismiss at noon on Friday, March 27th in order that the DFE Visiting Team may present a summary report to the pastor, principal and faculty beginning at 12:30 p.m.

8th Grade Parents Meeting (Wednesday, October 1st)

Mrs. Slovenkay and Miss Zwisler will host a meeting for all 8th grade parents on Wednesday, October 1st beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Activity Center.  Important information will be shared regarding the high school application process and the special events & activities that are part of the 8th grade experience at All Saints.  At least one parent from each family is asked to attend this important session.

Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

We have scheduled the following opportunities for completing the half-hour VIRTUS update:

Wednesday, September 24th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 PM

Wednesday, October 1st in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 PM

Tuesday, November 4th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 PM

Tuesday, December 2nd in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 PM

Tuesday, January 6th in Meeting Room 2 at 7:00 PM

Tuesday, February 3rd in Meeting Room 2 at 7:00 PM

Thursday, February 12th in Meeting Room 2 at 2:15 PM

Wednesday, March 4th in Meeting Room 2 at 7:00 PM

We are requesting advance registration by telephone or email for this brief update.  Attendance will be taken to ensure that you receive credit for completing the training.  If you have any questions or to register, please call Mrs. Janet Smith, Virtus Coordinator at the Parish Office, (703) 393-2158 or email her at jsmith@allsaintsva.org

(Note:  As Mrs. Smith will be out of the office from September 30th – October 14th, volunteers are encouraged to submit background check forms by September 22nd so that they may be processed in advance.)

Pilgrim Virgin Statue Rotation~ 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 year, All Saints School families are invited to renew their devotion to Jesus through Mary in a special way.  Beginning Friday, October 10, two statues of Our Lady of Fatima will begin traveling to the homes of our school families for a week long visit.

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

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

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

Should you have any questions about the program, please do not hesitate to contact the rotation coordinator, Julie Mantooth (mantooth06@msn.com).

Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 25th Paul VI High School presentation to 8th Grade

Friday, September 26th

 

 

School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Noon Dismissal – Professional Development Day

Spirit Event: Chick-fil-A (6:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, September 30th PTO Executive Board Meeting (PLC/7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, October 1st

 

Lock-Down Drill

8th Grade Parent Meeting (PAC/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, October 3rd

 

 

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

Noon Dismissal – DFE Meeting

Spirit Event: Chick-fil-A (6:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.)

Links

2014 Casino & Auction – https://allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/pto/all-saints-casino-night-auction/

Chick-fil-A Flyer (with info.) – https://allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=2014sept-Chick-Fil-A-with-info.pdf

EMERGENCY CARE FORM – http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/08/emergency-form.pdf

Grocery Program Sign-Up (which includes Target) – https://allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Grocery-Program-letter-2014-2015-with-TARGET.pdf

 

Going Home with Youngest Child Today –      BoxTops for Education Handouts

The Sentinel

September 17, 2014

Principal’s Message

In the last few weeks I have received several questions regarding the position of the Diocese in regards to the Common Core Standards.  Recognizing that there are probably other parents who are pondering this same question, this week I am providing to you an overview of the diocesan perspective, a message originally shared in one of last year’s newsletters.  I hope that you find the information helpful and informative.  Should you have any questions or if I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to let me know.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Common Core Standards are secularistic.    The Common Core Standards, by design, were written for the public schools in our country and as such do not incorporate our Catholic values.   

The integration of our sacred faith tradition throughout the curriculum is what makes the enterprise of Catholic schools distinct and is in fact, essential to our mission.  

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

DFE Parent Survey – Responses due Friday!

Below is a link to the 2014 DFE Parent Survey, a questionnaire that we distributed to each family last week.  All parents are asked to respond to the survey no later than Friday, September 19th.

The feedback that you provide is an important part of the review process and will guide the faculty as we plan for the future of our school.  Please know that we truly value your time and appreciate your participation. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office.  In advance, thank you for your participation.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/F7M8D3X

Uniform Policy Update – Sweaters & Sweatshirts

In recognition that the classrooms are sometimes cool during the warmer months, students are now permitted to wear the following with their Summer Uniform.

Girls (K-5) – Uniform Sweater

Boys (K-5) – P.E. Sweatshirt

Boys & Girls (6-8) – P.E. Sweatshirt

(Note:  Students may only wear the uniform sweatshirt, not the Spirit Wear hoodie.)

PUBLIC NOTIFICATION – Special Milk Program School Year 2014-2015

All Saints Catholic School offers the Special Milk Program for Children.  The school operates under the regulations relating to non-discrimination in accordance with the following policy.

The U.S Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

DFE Visiting Team Report – Noon Dismissal (March 27th)

School will dismiss at noon on Friday, March 27th in order that the DFE Visiting Team may present a summary report to the pastor, principal and faculty beginning at 12:30 p.m.

School Messenger Emergency Notification ~ Results of Test

Last week’s test of the SchoolMessenger notification system was a success.  In the event that you did not receive messages via phone, text or email, please contact the school office so that we may update your contact information accordingly.

(Note:  The test message was sent to all contact numbers for each child enrolled.  Future messages will be sent per family to avoid this redundancy.)

8th Grade Parents Meeting (Wednesday, October 1st)

Mrs. Slovenkay and Miss Zwisler will host a meeting for all 8th grade parents on Wednesday, October 1st beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Activity Center.  Important information will be shared regarding the high school application process and the special events & activities that are part of the 8th grade experience at All Saints.  At least one parent from each family is asked to attend this important session.

Lunch Menu Change

The following menu changes are being made due to the discontinuation of several pizza products.

  • Thursday, Sept. 18th, the cafeteria will serve MEATBALL Pizza Pockets instead of Pepperoni Pizza Pockets
  • Thursday, Sept. 25th, the cafeteria will serve CHEESE Pizza instead of the Italian Flatbread Pizza.

2014 Casino & Auction – “A Black & White Event”

Invitations for the 2014 Casino & Auction are going home with your youngest child by tomorrow, Thursday, September 18th.  Don’t miss your chance for the early bird ticket price of $30 per person.  Tickets include a gourmet dinner, dessert, beverages, live & silent auction, 3 hours of casino play with funny money, casino raffle prizes, photo booth and dancing, as well as door prize drawings at 7:15pm.  Attire is business casual/cocktailCash bar serving beer, wine and specialty drinks will be available.  Early bird price ends September 30. For more information visit the All Saints website or contact allsaintsauction@allsaintsvaschool.org  

Pilgrim Virgin Statue Rotation~ 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 year, All Saints School families are invited to renew their devotion to Jesus through Mary in a special way.  Beginning Friday, October 10, two statues of Our Lady of Fatima will begin traveling to the homes of our school families for a week long visit.

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

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

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

Should you have any questions about the program, please do not hesitate to contact the rotation coordinator, Julie Mantooth (mantooth06@msn.com).

From the Spirit Committee
Are you looking to meet up with your All Saints friends? Or perhaps you are new to the school and would like to get to know people in our school community. Please stop by Chick-fil-A on Liberia Avenue either Friday, September 19th or the 26th. In an effort to reduce photocopying charges, please will you kindly print out and bring the attached flyer to ensure the school is credited properly. We look forward to seeing you there!

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

We have scheduled the following opportunities for completing the half-hour VIRTUS update:

  • Thursday, September 18th in Father Kelley Hall at 2:15 PM (Note:  For this session, pre-registration by September 16th is required.)
  • Wednesday, September 24th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, October 1st in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 PM

We are requesting advance registration by telephone or email for this brief update.  Attendance will be taken to ensure that you receive credit for completing the training.  If you have any questions or to register, please call Mrs. Janet Smith, Virtus Coordinator at the Parish Office, (703) 393-2158 or email her at jsmith@allsaintsva.org

(Note:  As Mrs. Smith will be out of the office from September 30th – October 14th, volunteers are encouraged to submit background check forms by September 22nd so that they may be processed in advance.)

Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 18th

  • Room Liaisons Meeting (FKH/9:00 a.m.)
  • SCA Installation Ceremony (PAC/1:30 p.m.)
  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting – cancelled

Friday, September 19th

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Noon Dismissal – DFE Faculty Meeting
  • Spirit Event: Chick-fil-A (6:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
  • DFE Parent Survey Deadline

Sunday, September 21st

  • Ministry Sunday

Wednesday, September 24th

  • Paul VI High School presentation to 8th Grade (8:30 a.m.)

Friday, September 26th

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Noon Dismissal – Professional Development Day
  • Spirit Event: Chick-fil-A (6:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.)

 

Links

2014 Casino & Auction – https://allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/pto/all-saints-casino-night-auction/

2014 All Saints Girl Scout Letter – https://allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=All-Saints-School-Girl-Scouts-Letter.pdf

Chick-fil-A Flyer (with info.) – https://allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=2014sept-Chick-Fil-A-with-info.pdf

EMERGENCY CARE FORM – http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/08/emergency-form.pdf

Grocery Program Sign-Up (which includes Target) – https://allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Grocery-Program-letter-2014-2015-with-TARGET.pdf

 

Going Home with Youngest Child Today –      BoxTops for Education Handouts

The Sentinel

September 10, 2014

Principal’s Message

The safety of your children is always a top priority at All Saints.  In recent years, in accordance with national initiatives and diocesan policy, we have taken additional steps to do our part to ensure that your children are in a safe place when they are participating in a program at All Saints Catholic School.  For example, all of our faculty, staff and volunteers are required to complete a background check as well as training.  As an additional measure, nine years ago we implemented the Formation in Christian Chastity Program to help your children recognize the steps they can take to keep themselves safe.

The Formation in Christian Chastity Program serves as an additional measure to assist us in establishing and maintaining a safe environment for our students.  As outlined in the materials, information is provided primarily to parents as a resource to be used in the formation of their children.  There is one classroom lesson for students in grades one through four and two lessons for those in grades five through eight.

We will be integrating the objectives of the program into our religion lessons in these grades during the last two weeks of September.  The entire curriculum can be accessed through the diocesan website: www.arlingtondiocese.org.  (Click on the Child Protection tab found under the heading of Education.  To view the grade level lesson plans, click on Training Programs followed by the tab for the Formation in Christian Chastity Program.)

You are encouraged to spend some time reviewing this information yourself and to then share pertinent aspects with your children.  Each of the “rules” contains some application to common sense safety tips that you may share with your children.  Other parts of the “rule” apply to some of the decisions that you make as parents for the safety of your children.  A question and answer segment provides some suggestions as to how you might best address these concerns with your children.  Our goal is to equip both you and your children with the knowledge that can help to keep them safe.

The essential point is that parents need to be involved with their children.  The more you know about the daily events of your child’s life, the better you are able to spot any danger signs that may surface.  The more regular communication you have with your children, the freer they are to come to you with their concerns.

Should you have any questions about the Formation in Christian Chastity Program or about the classroom lessons, please do not hesitate to let us know.  In the event that you would prefer to not have your child participate in the classroom training, please contact the front office to request an opt-out form.

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The Design for Excellence re-accreditation process is officially underway at All Saints!  Over the course of the next several months the faculty will complete a thorough self-study process by which they will respond to a series of questions and document many aspects of our program.

In support of this process, tomorrow the office will distribute an electronic survey to each family, requesting feedback on a range of topics.  Although we estimate that completion of the survey will only require 5-10 minutes, please know that the information you provide will be very important as we review our current program and plan for the future.  We ask that parents respond to the survey no later than Friday, September 19th.  Check your inbox tomorrow for this special survey.

Middle School Back to School Night (Classrooms/7:00 p.m.)

Back to School Night for parents of students in grades 6-8 will take place tomorrow evening beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Please note:  Parents are asked to report directly to their son or daughter’s homeroom classroom rather than the Parish Activity Center.

Take-Home Forms ~ Revised Process

This year important forms to be sent home will be distributed via the youngest child in a family.  Parents are reminded to check their child’s take-home folder for forms and periodic flyers.

Picture Day – Dress-Up Day Code

On special days designated by the principal, such as our Fall Picture Day, students may dress out of uniform.  The following code is intended to encourage individuality and style within the framework of the virtue of modesty.  Girls: Dresses/skirts (no bare shoulders or sleeveless) with the length no shorter than two inches above the floor when kneeling or dress slacks. The skirts and dress slacks may be worn with a white or colored blouse, or sweaters that are not form-fitting.  Not permitted:  Jeans or jeans-style slacks, jeggings, leggings, tight fitting blouses or blouses that expose any part of the midriff.  No athletic shoes other than the school style. No flip flops, sandals or high heels. Toes and heels must be covered.  Jewelry worn must be in accordance with uniform guidelines, such as only one pair of post earrings.  Boys: Shirts with a collar, sweater or sweater vest, dress pants in the style of the uniform trousers, belt, dress shoes.  Not permitted: Jeans or pants that resemble jeans, shorts, sweats, sneakers or t-shirts.

When it is determined that a student has reported to school dressed inappropriately, the student will be sent to the assistant principal who will contact the parents and request that they provide a school uniform for the student prior to his/her returning to class.

TARGET proceeds benefit All Saints!

Thanks to the support of those families registered to participate in TARGET’s rewards program, last week our school received a check in the amount of $1,917.90.  Thank you parents and friends of All Saints!

Grocery Store Programs

Now thru October 28th, Harris Teeter is giving the opportunity for us to earn double credits!  When parents, family, and friends who have VIC cards linked to All Saints purchase Harris Teeter brands, our school earns double the credit.  Also, when you shop their online Express Lane, All Saints will earn 10% of the order total.  This is a tremendous way to further support our school!

The Giant A+ School Rewards program begins on October 3rd and runs through March 19th.  This is another way to support All Saints while doing your regular grocery shopping.

You can register yourself via the Harris Teeter, Giant, and Target websites.  If you would rather the coordinator to register your Harris Teeter or Giant card, simply fill out the registration form in the links section of The Sentinel or in the Grocery Program section of the school’s website.  As the Target REDcard is an actual credit or debit card, we ask that you register yourself for that program.

Parents, Teachers and Students…It’s BoxtopsTime!

Please turn in all your collected boxtops. They do not have to be neatly trimmed, they do not have to be glued or taped to a paper…just put them into a Ziploc bag and turn them in! Please remember to put your student’s first/last name, grade, and teacher (A or B) with a sharpie. A welcome back to school package complete with coupons to come home next week!

2014 All Saints Casino & Auction

The 2014 All Saints Casino & Auction is looking for donations from businesses or families for our live and silent auction as well as our raffles and prizes.  Timeshares, travel miles, sports tickets, or gift items are desired.  Attached please find more information on how to make a donation to make the event a huge success or please contact the planning team at solicitations@allsaintsvaschool.org

Attention All Boys in 1st Through 5th Grade

Cub Scout Dens are now forming for the 2014/2015 Scouting year!  Pack 1188 has been proudly serving the All Saints community for 40 years and sponsored by the Knights of Columbus George Brent Council #5332.  Cub Scouts offers a range of age-appropriate programs that provide fun and adventure while helping build your son’s leadership, teamwork, faith, physical/mental fitness, and spirit of service and duty, helping him grow into a competent, caring, adult of good character.  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, September 16, 2014.  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.  No pressure. No obligation.  To get the details call or e-mail Cubmaster Randy Waddy at(703) 283-0717 / rrwaddy@yahoo.com

Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge

All boys and girls between the ages 9-14 are invited to participate in the 2014 Knights of ColumbusSoccer Challenge sponsored by our George Brent Council.  The challenge will be held on Friday September 19 at 6:30pm at All Saints Church Engstrom Field (near the playground behind the school).  There is no cost to participate, no equipment is needed, and no team to join.  This is our 3rd annual penalty kick competition that challenges youth on the soccer ball’s placement in the goal.  Local winners will be awarded prizes and will be eligible to compete in District, State, and International levels of the competition.  Two years ago our very own “All Saint” Nicholas Foeckler was the International Champion for 11 year old boys.  I encourage you to come by and see if you can match Nicholas Foeckler and be the next Champion from All Saints!  All participants must have written parental consent on the entry form.  Entry forms will be available at the event.  If you would like additional information please contact Tommy Reynolds at tommy.reynolds@verizon.net . tommy.reynolds@verizon.net .

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

School Messenger Emergency Notification ~ SYSTEM TEST ~  September 12th

The Diocese of Arlington uses the School Messenger notification service to send important information to families through phone calls, emails, and text messages.  In the event of an emergency, All Saints Catholic School will activate the School Messenger system.  As the system will only be used for this purpose, parents can anticipate that any communications received via this program are critical and deserve particular attention.

In order to participate in the SMS messaging service, you must indicate your willingness to receive text messages to your phone.  The process is simple and only takes a few seconds to complete.

Simply text any one of the following words to the number 68453: subscribe, optin, yes

You’ll know you were successful if you receive the following reply message:

You’re now registered with the SchoolMessenger notification service.  Reply STOP to cancel, HELP for help.  Msg&data rates may apply.  3msg/mo. Schoolmessenger.com/tm

In order to ensure the functionality and accuracy of the system, All Saints will conduct a test on Friday, September 12th.  A test message will be issued via recorded phone message, text and email to the emergency contacts of all students and staff at approximately 10:30 a.m. 

 

Student In-Service ~ Sexual Harassment, Our Policy & Response (Grades 6-8)

In accordance with diocesan policy, students in grades six through eight will participate in a brief classroom presentation within the next two weeks on the topic of the prevention of sexual harassment.  Mr. Conroy will visit each of the homeroom classes for approximately fifteen minutes, providing an overview of the diocesan policy and explaining to students how they should best respond if they encounter any behaviors of this nature.  Should you have any questions about this policy or presentation, please do not hesitate to contact the principal.

 

Use of Student Photos for Marketing Materials

In recent years, a formal marketing program has been implemented at All Saints and we are presently making a consistent effort to share the success of our program via local newspapers and our website.  It is important that parents understand that they retain the right to object to their son/daughter’s inclusion in these printed or electronic materials.  A “Waiver Information/Right to Object Form” (Appendix N) is located on the website within the forms section associated with the parent-student handbook.  Please note: If the form is not returned, we will assume that you waive your right to object.

 

Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

As part of the diocesan initiative to maintain a safe environment for all of our children, all volunteers with “substantial contact” with children are required to complete a background check prior to working in the school and to complete VIRTUS training within 45 days of commencing service.  To register for an upcoming training, please visit www.virtus.org.

 

In accordance with diocesan policy, full compliance for an adult parent volunteer is not required for open events.  (An open event is one that is open to the public, infrequent and publicized, such as Field Day, concerts and special events/assemblies.)  However, full compliance is required for adult parent volunteers who wish to participate in closed events.  (A closed event is one that is not entirely open to the general public such as classroom activities, parties, field trips, etc.)  For this reason, all parents who wish to attend field trips or volunteer in support of classroom activities are required to complete the background check process and attend VIRTUS training. 

 

As we begin a new year, in accordance with diocesan policy, only those parents who have completed the criminal background check are eligible to volunteer in the school.  Those who have not yet completed the background check process may request a packet of forms from the front office.  

 

The diocese also requires volunteers who have completed the full VIRTUS training to attend an annual update entitled Keeping the Promise Alive.  This 30 minute video training is a prerequisite for volunteering in the school.  The following is a list of upcoming sessions.

 

We have scheduled the following opportunities for completing the half-hour VIRTUS update:
Wednesday, September 10th in the Art Room at 7:00 PM

Tuesday, September 16th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 PM

Thursday, September 18th in Father Kelley Hall at 2:15 PM

Note:  For this session, pre-registration by September 16th is required.

Wednesday, September 24th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 PM

Wednesday, October 1st in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 PM

 

We are requesting advance registration by telephone or email for this brief update.  Attendance will be taken to ensure that you receive credit for completing the training.  If you have any questions or to register, please call Mrs. Janet Smith, Virtus Coordinator at the Parish Office, (703) 393-2158 or email her at jsmith@allsaintsva.org

 

(Note:  As Mrs. Smith will be out of the office from September 30th – October 14th, volunteers are encouraged to submit background check forms by September 22nd so that they may be processed in advance.)

 

Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 11th

  • Middle School Night (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, September 12th

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Priests’ Barbecue (11:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
  • School Messenger Test (10:30 a.m.)

Monday, September 15th

  • Fall Picture Day
  • Formation in Christian Chastity Program begins

Thursday, September 18th

  • Room Liaisons Meeting (9:00 a.m.)
  • SCA Installation Ceremony (PAC/1:30 p.m.)
  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting – cancelled

Friday, September 19th

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Noon Dismissal – DFE Faculty Meeting
  • Spirit Event: Chick-fil-A (6:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.)

 

Links

2014 Casino & Auction Information Form – https://allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Solicitation-Form-2014.pdf

EMERGENCY CARE FORM – http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/08/emergency-form.pdf

Grocery Program Sign-Up (which includes Target) – https://allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Grocery-Program-letter-2014-2015-with-TARGET.pdf

Special Message from the Principal: Cafeteria Software

September 3, 2014

 

Dear Parents & Guardians,

At the close of the summer we experienced a server failure which impacted our school network.  Although systems and operations have been restored, repair of the cafeteria program remains a work in progress.  Our technology team is currently working with the company from which we purchased the software to restore the program.  During this interim period, all transactions in the cafeteria are being recorded manually and will be entered into the system once it is fully restored.

For this reason, please be aware of the following:

Any payments submitted electronically for the cafeteria should be reflected online through the PayforIt system.  However, daily transactions in the form of cash or checks related to cafeteria purchases will not be reflected until our system is restored.  If you would like to verify purchases made to date, please contact the cafeteria staff who can provide you with this information.

Thank you for your patience as we work to resolve this issue.  Again, should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the cafeteria.

Kind regards,

David E. Conroy, Jr.

Principal

The Sentinel

September 3, 2014

Principal’s Message

Each spring students in grades two through seven participate in the Terra Nova, a nationally normed standardized testing program.  The results of this annual assessment provide data with which we can determine the strengths of our curriculum as well as areas for future growth and improvement.  Most importantly, the data becomes the basis for the annual instructional goal-setting process by which the teachers customize instruction so as to more effectively meet the needs of the children in our classrooms.

In recent years the Office of Catholic Schools began an initiative to consider whether this current test best meets the needs of our students and to discern the potential for future online testing.  While the process remains dynamic with a number of the details yet to be confirmed, I can share with you the following changes regarding the diocesan testing program.

2014-2015       We will continue to administer the Terra Nova, but only to grades 3-7.  In accordance with diocesan recommendations, we will no longer administer the program to second graders since studies have shown that testing such young students may yield results that are statistically unreliable.  Feedback on student learning will be based upon classroom assessments in math and language arts.

2015-2016       Adoption of new test with Social Studies and Science no longer included in the battery.  Online testing will be available though not required of schools.

2016-2017       Online testing will be required of all schools.

One of the benefits of online testing will be the fact that the data can be compiled very rapidly, thereby opening up the possibility for testing at multiple points in the year.  Subsequently, teachers would be better able to measure student growth and progress.  This remains a point of discussion at this time with details yet to be finalized.  As additional information becomes available over the course of the year, I will provide updates via our weekly newsletter.

New Parent Coffee

All new parents are invited to enjoy “coffee with the principal” on Tuesday, September 9th beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Parish Activities Center.  Following a brief presentation, there will be time for questions and discussion about our school community and its many programs.  Babysitting services will be offered in an adjacent meeting room.  Plan to attend and meet other new families who have recently joined our community!

Emergency Information Form

Please complete the diocesan emergency form and return it to the office by Friday, September 5th. This form is critically important in that it provides us with the necessary information to contact you in the event of an emergency.

School Messenger Emergency Notification ~ SYSTEM TEST ~  September 12th

The Diocese of Arlington uses the School Messenger notification service to send important information to families through phone calls, emails, and text messages.  In the event of an emergency, All Saints Catholic School will activate the School Messenger system.  As the system will only be used for this purpose, parents can anticipate that any communications received via this program are critical and deserve particular attention.

In order to ensure the functionality and accuracy of the system, All Saints will conduct a test on Friday, September 12th.  A test message will be issued via recorded phone message, text and email to the emergency contacts of all students and staff at approximately 10:30 a.m. 

In accordance with wireless carrier requirements and to protect against unsolicited text messages, during the year you may receive a text message providing you the opportunity to “opt in” should you wish to receive important School Messenger announcements via text message.

The message you receive will be similar to the following:

“Please OPTIN to receive TXT alerts from <<Customer Name>>.Rply OPTIN 2 register, STOP 2 OPTOUT www.schoolmessenger.com/txt Msg&Data Rates May Apply”

So that you may receive important communications from All Saints via text message, we encourage you to reply with “OPTIN” when you receive such a verification message.

To opt out of all text messages from SchoolMessenger, including the verification message, go to http://www.schoolmessenger.com/txtmsg/ or reply STOP to the opt-in message you receive.

The Diocese and the school do not pay for text message charges that may be incurred by the user. Check with your wireless carrier for possible charges.

CYO TRACK & FIELD/CROSS COUNTRY TEAM Organizational Meeting – Thursday, September 4th at 7pm in the Gym

Thursday night’s meeting is a great opportunity to learn more about the program — our new Head Coaches, Maria Bright and Emma Amison, are BRINGING IT! this year, and we are excited! Assistant Coach Kim Ulrich is looking forward to working with our distance runners, and reminds parents that she’d like some company: we have slots open for additional Assistant Coaches — come to the meeting and find out more!  Runners are welcome to attend the meeting, but note that this is NOT a practice night — we’re collecting registrations and giving out information about the program.

Student In-Service ~ Sexual Harassment, Our Policy & Response (Grades 6-8)

In accordance with diocesan policy, students in grades six through eight will participate in a brief classroom presentation within the next two weeks on the topic of the prevention of sexual harassment.  Mr. Conroy will visit each of the homeroom classes for approximately fifteen minutes, providing an overview of the diocesan policy and explaining to students how they should best respond if they encounter any behaviors of this nature.  Should you have any questions about this policy or presentation, please do not hesitate to contact the principal.

Use of Student Photos for Marketing Materials

In recent years, a formal marketing program has been implemented at All Saints and we are presently making a consistent effort to share the success of our program via local newspapers and our website.  It is important that parents understand that they retain the right to object to their son/daughter’s inclusion in these printed or electronic materials.  A “Waiver Information/Right to Object Form” (Appendix N) is located on the website within the forms section associated with the parent-student handbook.  Please note: If the form is not returned, we will assume that you waive your right to object.

Morning Arrival ~ Tips for Parents

With the Pre-Kindergarten program now in session, there is increased traffic in the rear parking lot during morning arrival.  So that each child in the Pre-K may be escorted into the classroom by a member of the staff, all Pre-Kindergarten families are required to arrive via the rear lot.  However, all other school families have the option of using either the front or rear lots during morning arrival.  If there is a line of traffic entering the rear lot, parents are encouraged to use the front lot as an alternative.  Additionally, parents are reminded to enter and exit the property using right turns only so as to maintain a steady flow of traffic on neighborhood streets.

Volunteer Opportunity – Playground & Cafeteria Supervision

The school is seeking VIRTUS compliant parents to assist with recess and lunch supervision from 11:10 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  All volunteers will receive training in playground supervision as well as allergy awareness and will earn Points for Parents.  Please contact Mrs. Floribel Fleisig at ffleisig@hotmail.com for more information about this opportunity.

2014 All Saints Casino & Auction

The 2014 All Saints Casino & Auction is looking for donations from businesses or families for our live and silent auction as well as our raffles and prizes.  Timeshares, travel miles, sports tickets, or gift items are desired.  Attached please find more information on how to make a donation to make the event a huge success or please contact the planning team at solicitations@allsaintsvaschool.org

Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in receiving emails with upcoming volunteer opportunities please send an email with your name and email address to schoolvolunteers@allsaintsvaschool.org.  We are in the process of updating our list of volunteers who receive this email.  Any email list you may have been on in previous years has become obsolete.

From the Spirit Events Committee
Remember all DFE early dismissals before Lent are Chick-fil-A on Liberia Avenue Spirit Events. For the month of September these will be: September 5, 19, and 26. Mention All Saints, take the flyer with you, and the school will receive 20% of the proceeds as well. You can go anytime between 6:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. To cut down on photocopying costs, please use the attached template and bring it to Chick-fil-A. We look forward to seeing you there!

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Middle School Night

Middle School Back to School Night (Parents of Grades 6-8) – Thursday, September 11th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Activities Center.

Parent ~ Student Handbooks

The 2014-2015 Parent-Student Handbook can be accessed electronically via our website: www.allsaintsvaschool.org.  Please take some time to review the policies and procedures of our school and discuss them with your children.  Each family is asked to sign and return the acknowledgment form by Friday, September 5th.  Those families without access to the website are invited to contact the office to request a hard copy of the handbook.

Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

As part of the diocesan initiative to maintain a safe environment for all of our children, all volunteers with “substantial contact” with children are required to complete a background check prior to working in the school and to complete VIRTUS training within 45 days of commencing service.  To register for an upcoming training, please visit www.virtus.org.

In accordance with diocesan policy, full compliance for an adult parent volunteer is not required for open events.  (An open event is one that is open to the public, infrequent and publicized, such as Field Day, concerts and special events/assemblies.)  However, full compliance is required for adult parent volunteers who wish to participate in closed events.  (A closed event is one that is not entirely open to the general public such as classroom activities, parties, field trips, etc.)  For this reason, all parents who wish to attend field trips or volunteer in support of classroom activities are required to complete the background check process and attend VIRTUS training. 

As we begin a new year, in accordance with diocesan policy, only those parents who have completed the criminal background check are eligible to volunteer in the school.  Those who have not yet completed the background check process may request a packet of forms from the front office.  

The diocese also requires volunteers who have completed the full VIRTUS training to attend an annual update entitled Keeping the Promise Alive.  This 30 minute video training is a prerequisite for volunteering in the school.  The following is a list of upcoming sessions.

We have scheduled the following opportunities for completing the half-hour VIRTUS update:
Thursday, September 4th in FKH at 7:00 PM

Wednesday, September 10th in the Art Room at 7:00 PM

Tuesday, September 16th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 PM

Thursday, September 18th in Meeting Room 2 at 2:15 PM

Note:  For this session, pre-registration by September 16th is required.

Wednesday, September 24th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 PM

Wednesday, October 1st in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 PM

We are requesting advance registration by telephone or email for this brief update.  Attendance will be taken to ensure that you receive credit for completing the training.  If you have any questions or to register, please call Mrs. Janet Smith, Virtus Coordinator at the Parish Office, (703) 393-2158 or email her at jsmith@allsaintsva.org

(Note:  As Mrs. Smith will be out of the office from September 30th – October 14th, volunteers are encouraged to submit background check forms by September 22nd so that they may be processed in advance.)

Upcoming Events

Friday, September 5th            

  • Deadline for Submitting School Directory Contact Information
  • Parent-Student Handbook Acknowledgment Forms due
  • Emergency Forms due
  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • New Student Breakfast – Donuts & Juice (9:30 a.m.)
  • Noon Dismissal – DFE Faculty Meeting
  • Spirit Event: Chick-fil-A (6:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, September 9th

  • 6th Grade Field Trip to the Edge
  • New Parent Coffee (PAC/9:00 a.m.)
  • Band Parents Meeting (6:45 Returning Parents/7:30 New Parents)
  • PTO Executive Board Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Thursday, September 11th   

  • Middle School Night (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, September 12th    

  • Priests’ Barbecue
  • School Messenger Test (10:30 a.m.)

Links

School Directory – Contact Information Due Friday

September 2, 2014

 

Dear Parents & Guardians,

All parents are reminded to confirm their subscription to the weekly school newsletter and to provide contact information to be included in the 2014-2015 Family Directory. The deadline for submitting information for the Directory is Friday, September 5th.

To complete this process, please select one of the links below by which new families can submit their information and returning families may either confirm or update their contact information.

NEW FAMILIES

1) Visit http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/newsletter-directory-listing/

2) Enter the primary email to be used for the directory listing.

3) Select “School Directory Listing” from the dropdown box.

4) Enter contact and student information.

4) Select the “Subscribe Now” button to confirm entry.

5) When you receive a confirmation email to confirm the listing, follow the steps in the email. If you do not receive the confirmation email, please check your spam folders. You can also add newsletter@allsaintsvaschool.org to your contacts or white list to insure the emails are not redirected to your spam folders.

6) If you make an error, you can visit http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/newsletter-directory-listing/manage-subscriptions/ and enter the primary email to edit your listing.

RETURNING FAMILIES

1) Visit http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/newsletter-directory-listing/manage-subscriptions/

2) Enter the primary email used last year for the directory listing and submit. This will generate a confirmation email which will provide information for confirming or updating your directory listing.

3) Review the “Additional Data” section. Select “No Changes for 2014/2015” if all contact information is correct (student information will be edited when directory data is verified by office staff) or “Returning Family w/ 2014/2015 Changes” if you make changes to the listing.

4) Select “Save Profile” to confirm the listing.

Should you have any questions about the process, please do not hesitate contact the front office at 703-368-4400.

Kind regards,

David E. Conroy, Jr.
Principal