The Sentinel – December 17, 2014

Principal’s Message

Perhaps there is no place more exciting during the month of December than an elementary school!  The anticipation for Christmas is almost tangible in the classrooms and hallways.  One of the great joys for me each year is in taking a few minutes to read the work that the students and teachers have posted on the bulletin boards.  Using words and pictures, the children have shared how they are preparing their hearts for Christmas, even identifying “gifts” that they would like to give to the Infant Savior. Amidst the busyness of these closing days of Advent, I thought you might enjoy reading a few of their heartfelt and charming thoughts.

My gifts to Jesus are….

Give food to the poor

Try harder to do things more holy

Do chores happily

Help my neighbor shovel his snow

Be a kinder person to my siblings

Always be joyful!

Give you my heart

 

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We look forward to seeing many of you at the Christmas Pageant beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the church tomorrow evening.  With a portrayal of the Nativity Story through text and music, the presentation provides a beautiful moment of reflection for our community.

A few important reminders:

  • As the Pageant will again be taking place in the church, it is important that we maintain a spirit of reverence.
  • Once the Pageant begins, parents are asked to remain seated and to be mindful of those around them when taking photos.
  • Students in Grades K, 1, 4, and 5 are asked to dress in their Christmas Best. Some students in Grade 6 will be in costume (as noted by their character), others will be in Christmas Best. (A separate notification was sent to Grade 6 parents.)
  • Students are asked to report directly to their classrooms at 6:30 p.m.  The students will return to their homerooms following the performance where parents will meet them shortly thereafter.

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

 

Prayer for the Third Week of Advent

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

 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

3rd Annual Fund

By now all families should have received the introductory letter and brochure with information regarding the 3rd Annual Fund.  Please take a few minutes to consider how you might be able to support us in meeting our goals.  All of the funds from the 2014-2015 Annual Fund will be allocated to STEM programs and mobile technology.

If you have an interest in volunteering on the All Saints Annual Fund Committee, please contact Janis DeVore via email at jdevore@allsaintava.org.

 

Tuition Assistance Applications for 2015-2016

Applications for Tuition Assistance for the 2015-2016 academic year are now available.  Again this year the Diocese of Arlington has partnered with FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Company.  FACTS has established an on-line application process that can be initiated through the company website (http://online.factsmgt.com/signin/3Q327)

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

High School                 January 23, 2015

Elementary School       March 16, 2015

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

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

All supporting documentation can be uploaded in pdf format online.  Documentation can also be faxed to 1-866-315-9264 or mailed to the address below. Please be sure to include the applicant ID on all faxed or mailed correspondence.

FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment
P.O. Box 82524
Lincoln, NE  68501-2524

Those families interested in applying for Tuition Assistance for the Pre-Kindergarten program are invited to complete the FACTS process as well.  Although pre-school students are not eligible for financial assistance through the diocese, the analysis provided by FACTS will guide the process for determining disbursements from funding providing by our school and parish.

An overview of the Diocesan Tuition Assistance Program can be found at the following link:
http://www.arlingtondiocese.org/catholicschools/tuition_grant.php

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

 

Open House for 2015-2016 School Year

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Wednesday, January 14th beginning at 9:00 a.m.  All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about the parish school are cordially invited to attend.  Following a presentation and introduction at 9:00 a.m., tours of the facility will be provided. For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at (703) 393-1490.

 

Upcoming Events

Thursday, December 18th

Confessions – 5A 9:15 a.m./5B 11:00 a.m.Pre-Kindergarten Pageant (Church/10:00 a.m. & 1:15 p.m.)

Christmas Pageant (Church/2:15 p.m. for students & 7:00 p.m. for parents with students reporting directly to classrooms by 6:30 p.m.)

Friday, December 19th

School Mass (8:30 a.m.)SCA sponsored Santa Hat Day

Confessions – 7B (9:15 a.m.)

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

Monday, January 5th Classes Resume
Tuesday, January 6th PTO Executive Board Meeting (7:00 p.m.)
Friday, January 9th

School Mass & Virtues Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)National Geography Bee (10:00 a.m.)

Noon Dismissal – DFE Meeting

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

 

Villanova Professor Discusses Antarctica

What to wear in Antarctica
What would you wear on a trip to Antarctica?

What an interesting and fact-filled morning for our fourth grade students who had the privilege of meeting Villanova University professor Dr. Steven Goldsmith and learning about his upcoming trip to Antarctica. Dr. Goldsmith will be traveling near the South Pole to an area called the McMurdo Dry Valleys. This row of snow-free valleys in Antarctica represent an extreme desert environment, making them the perfect backdrop to Dr. Goldsmith’s scientific work involving rocks, water and minerals.

Currently summer in Antarctica (with average temperatures approximately 26.8 degrees), melting snow and ice cause running streams of water to form in the region. Dr. Goldsmith and other scientists on the expedition will collect water samples and mud samples to test the chemistry of the stream and mud. He will also bring back dirt samples that Villanova students will test to determine the origin of the dirt that sweeps into that area of Antarctica. The McMurdo Dry Valleys are believed to be the closest environment on earth to Mars. Experiments related to this expedition will be used to help scientists working on experiments with the Mars Rover.

Thank you, Dr. Goldsmith for enlightening our students on your fascinating scientific research in Antarctica!

Receive up to $400 off tuition

Dear Parents & Guardians,
Many of our families initially hear about All Saints through a personal referral from an existing school family. Here’s an opportunity to be rewarded you for promoting All Saints to your family and friends!

Through our New Student Referral Program, your family can receive a $200 tuition credit for the 2015-16 school year for referring one new family or a $400 tuition credit for referring two new families.

If you know of a family who may have an interest in attending All Saints, let them know about our upcoming Open House events (including one this Thursday morning): 

  • Thursday, November 20th at 9:00AM
  • Wednesday, January 14th at 9:00AM
  • Thursday, February 12th at 9:00AM

Registering for an Open House is as simple as completing our online registration form: All Saints Open House Registration

For complete details about how to participate in our New Student Referral Program,  please see our New Student Referral Form.

Help us spread the word about the many blessings of an All Saints Catholic School education!

Kind regards,

David E. Conroy, Jr.

Principal

The Miracle of the Pink Roses

In celebration of the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, All Saints students re-enacted “The Miracle of the Pink Roses” accompanied by the glorious sounds of the professional Mariachi band,  Mariachi Son De America. Prior to Mass, students honored our Blessed Mother with a decade of the Rosary in Spanish.

 

The Story of the Miracle of the Pink Roses
At dawn on December 9, 531, on Tepeyac Hill near what is now Mexico City, Our Blessed Mother appeared to Juan Diego, an Aztec Indian.  Juan Diego lived a simple life as a weaver, farmer, and laborer. That morning, as Juan passed Tepeyac Hill, he heard music and saw a glowing cloud encircled by a rainbow. A woman’s voice called him to the top of the hill. There he saw a beautiful young woman dressed like an Aztec princess. She said she was the Virgin Mary and asked Juan to tell the bishop to build a church on that site. She said, “I vividly desire that a church be built on this site, so that in it I can be present and give my love, compassion, help, and defense, for I am your most devoted mother . . . to hear your laments and to remedy all your miseries, pains, and sufferings.”

The bishop was kind but skeptical. He asked Juan to bring proof of the Lady’s identity. Before Juan could go back, he found out his uncle was dying. Hurrying to get a priest, Juan missed his meeting. The Lady, however, met him on his path and told him that his uncle had been cured. She then told Juan to climb to the top of the hill where they first met. Juan was shocked to find flowers growing in the frozen soil. He gathered them in his cloak and took them at once to the bishop.

Juan Diego told the bishop what had happened and opened his cloak. The flowers that fell to the ground were Castilian roses (which were not grown in Mexico). But the bishop’s eyes were on the glowing image of the Lady imprinted inside Juan’s cloak. Soon after, a church was built on the site where our Lady appeared, and thousands converted to Christianity. Our Lady of Guadalupe was declared the patroness of the Americas.

Juan Diego’s preserved cloak can still be seen behind the main altar in the new Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, near the original Basilica site. Millions from all over Mexico and the world make their way to venerate Our Blessed Mother and to implore her intercession. Juan Diego was canonized on July 31, 2002 as Saint Juan Diego by Pope John Paul II. The Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Patroness of the Americas, is December 12th.

The Sentinel – December 10, 2014

December 10, 2014

Principal’s Message

On Friday evening school families once again gathered to celebrate the Feast of St. Nicholas at a prayer service that began in the church and was followed by a reception in the Parish Activities Center.  Through music, readings and prayer, the children had an opportunity to learn more about the life and legacy of St. Nicholas, culminating in their presentation of new shoes at the foot of the altar.  It was beautiful to witness the children processing a few at a time up the main aisle where they then placed their donations in decorated boxes.  In total, the children donated 110 pairs of new shoes and $50 in gifts to benefit the House of Mercy.  Thank you, Mrs. Katherine Bachman, for organizing such a lovely event for our community.  I also wish to thank the middle school students who served as ushers and the members of the Schola who led the music.   It was not only a student-centered but student-led event and a growing tradition for our community.

The following morning a number of students and parents gathered in Old Town to represent our school in the Greater Manassas Christmas Parade.  I want to thank Mr. Mark Stidham for coordinating the design and construction of our school float and for managing the details in support of our participation in this community-wide event.  I want to also thank all of the volunteer parents who assisted with the project and who supervised the children, ensuring that everyone had a safe and enjoyable time – despite the rainy conditions!

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On Saturday, Miss Heim, our Pre-Kindergarten and 6th grade religion teacher, will be getting married.  We wish her and her husband to be, Mr. Nate Parriott, abundant blessings now and into the future!

A Prayer for the Second Week of Advent

God of power and mercy,

Open our hearts in welcome.

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

So that we may share His wisdom

And become one with Him

When He comes in glory,

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

One God, forever and ever.

Amen.

Virtue Awards Winners

Congratulations to the following students who received special recognition last Friday for having demonstrated the Virtue of Gratitude during the month of November.

PK1 Jacob Fleming 2A Michael Horne 5B Isabelle Tate
PK2 Nora O’Neill 2B Cecily Kennedy 6A Nathan Pora
PK3 Cameron Rochon 3A William Foster 6B Jillian Riley
K1 Marcelina Slaiby 3B Taylor Gray 7A Nicole Newgen
K2 Aoife Haggerty 4A Joseph Corrigan 7B Gabriel Cabello
1A Greyson Levesque 4B Luke Tessier 8A Elena Mirus
1B Eleanor Yaworsky 5A Jennifer Argueta 8B Lindsey Owings

 

Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day Mass – Friday (8:30 a.m.)

All parents are cordially invited to join us for a special Mass in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Friday, December 12th at 8:30 a.m. in the church. As Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patroness of Latin America, a couple of prayers during the liturgy will be in Spanish.  Additionally, at the end of the Mass, a professional mariachi band will provide music as students process by the shrine to Our Lady in honor of the feast day.  We look forward to this multicultural celebration of our faith and hope that many of you will be able to join us for this special occasion.

All Saints Christmas Pageant

The students of Grades K, 1, 4, 5, and 6 will be participating in the All Saints Catholic School annual Christmas Pageant, The Living Crèche. Over the last several weeks, the students have been preparing songs in music class to help portray this beautiful story. Please note the following information:

Date: Thursday, December 18, 2014

Time: 7:00PM

(Grade K, 1, 4, 5 students report to their homeroom by 6:30PM. Grade 6 report to 6th grade rooms by 6:25PM.)

Place: All Saints Catholic Church

Students in Grades K, 1, 4, and 5 are asked to dress in their Christmas Best. Some students in Grade 6 will be in costume (as noted by their character), others will be in Christmas Best. (A separate notification was sent to Grade 6 parents.)

Please contact Mrs. Kathryn Thompson kthompson@allsaintsva.org with any questions.

2015 – 2016 Tuition Assistance Applications

Paper Copies of the Tuition Assistance Applications are now available in the school office.  If you would prefer to have a paper application instead of applying electronically, please stop by or call the office to request a copy.

Catholic High School News

PVI College Night for Families of Students in Grades 7 & 8

Come learn about:

  • How to prepare in Grades 7 and 8 for a college prep high school curriculum.
  • What to consider when looking for the right college “fit.”
  • How colleges review applications.
  • How Paul VI Helps Student Navigate the Road to College

Date:  Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Where:  Paul VI Catholic High School, 10675 Fairfax Blvd., Fairfax, Virginia

Time:  7:15 – 8:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Mrs. Battle, PVI’s College and Career Specialist, at lbattle@paulvi.net or 703 352-0925.

Middle School Events at JP

John Paul the Great high school is hosting a number of events for middle school students! Register today for the Band and Choir Music Festival, 3v3 Soccer Tournament, Baseball Clinic, and more! For more information, please call 703.445.0300 or visit: http://www.jpthegreat.org/admissions/visiting/special-middle-school-invitations/

Bishop O’Connell Holiday Kids Clinic for Grades K-5

The O’Connell Dance Team would like to extend an invitation to students in Grades K-5 for a Holiday Kids Clinic on Saturday, December 20th at O’Connell High School. It’ the perfect opportunity for parents to finish their last minute shopping and those holiday errands. Please click on the links below for more information, a flyer and waiver form.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

3rd Annual Fund

By now all families should have received the introductory letter and brochure with information regarding the 3rd Annual Fund.  Please take a few minutes to consider how you might be able to support us in meeting our goals.  All of the funds from the 2014-2015 Annual Fund will be allocated to STEM programs and mobile technology.

Tuition Assistance Applications for 2015-2016

Applications for Tuition Assistance for the 2015-2016 academic year are now available.  Again this year the Diocese of Arlington has partnered with FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Company.  FACTS has established an on-line application process that can be initiated through the company website (http://online.factsmgt.com/signin/3Q327)

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

High School                 January 23, 2015

Elementary School       March 16, 2015

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

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

All supporting documentation can be uploaded in pdf format online.  Documentation can also be faxed to 1-866-315-9264 or mailed to the address below. Please be sure to include the applicant ID on all faxed or mailed correspondence.

FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment

P.O. Box 82524

Lincoln, NE  68501-2524

Those families interested in applying for Tuition Assistance for the Pre-Kindergarten program are invited to complete the FACTS process as well.  Although pre-school students are not eligible for financial assistance through the diocese, the analysis provided by FACTS will guide the process for determining disbursements from funding providing by our school and parish.

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

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

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

Open House for 2015-2016 School Year

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Wednesday, January 14th beginning at 9:00 a.m.  All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about the parish school are cordially invited to attend.  Following a presentation and introduction at 9:00 a.m., tours of the facility will be provided. For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at (703) 393-1490.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, December 11th

  • Confessions – 8B (9:15 a.m.)
  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, December 12th

  • School Mass – Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day (8:30 a.m.)

Monday, December 15th

  • 2nd Grade Christmas around the World Celebration (PAC)
  • Confessions – Grade 6 (9:30 a.m.)

Tuesday, December 16th

  • 1st Grade Activity Day (1:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, December 17th

  • Confessions – Grade 7 (9:15 a.m.)

Thursday, December 18th

  • Confessions – 5A (9:15 a.m.)
  • Pre-Kindergarten Pageant (Church/10:00 a.m. & 1:15 p.m.)
  • Christmas Pageant (Church/2:15 p.m. for students & 7:00 p.m. for parents)

Friday, December 19th

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • SCA sponsored Santa Hat Day
  • Confessions – 5B (9:30 a.m.)
  • Classroom Christmas Parties (1:30 p.m.)

Links

Computer Science Education Week

Did you know that December 8-14, 2014 has been deemed Computer Science Education Week? Mrs. Carroll will be expanding our students problem-solving, creativity and logic skills by participating in the “Hour of Code” Event with grades 3-8. The event is designed to demystify coding and introduce students to 21st century career paths.

Check out the Computer Science Education Week “Hour of Code” website and try your hand at coding.

The Sentinel – December 3, 2014

December 3, 2014

Principal’s Message

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

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

  • Advent Wreath Prayer Services ~ On Monday morning the students gathered in the Parish Activities Center for a school-wide prayer service highlighting the meaning of the Advent Wreath. During the second and third weeks of Advent, students will gather around three separate wreaths in each of the wings of the school where they will participate in grade level prayer services.
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation ~ Each of the students in grades three through eight will have an opportunity to encounter Christ in this beautiful Sacrament of healing and forgiveness. Our parish priests have scheduled sessions during the school day for each of these grade levels over the course of the next several weeks.
  • Toys for Tots ~ The Peace & Justice Players will once again sponsor the Toys for Tots drive beginning this week and extending through Monday, December 15th.

A Prayer for Advent ~ Week I

All-powerful God,

increase our strength of will for doing good

that Christ may find an eager welcome at His coming

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

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

one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Tuition Assistance Applications for 2015-2016

Applications for Tuition Assistance for the 2015-2016 academic year are now available. Again this year the Diocese of Arlington has partnered with FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Company. FACTS has established an on-line application process that can be initiated through the company website (http://online.factsmgt.com/signin/3Q327)

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

High School                 January 23, 2015

Elementary School       March 16, 2015

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

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

All supporting documentation can be uploaded in pdf format online. Documentation can also be faxed to 1-866-315-9264 or mailed to the address below. Please be sure to include the applicant ID on all faxed or mailed correspondence.

FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment

P.O. Box 82524

Lincoln, NE 68501-2524

Those families interested in applying for Tuition Assistance for the Pre-Kindergarten program are invited to complete the FACTS process as well. Although pre-school students are not eligible for financial assistance through the diocese, the analysis provided by FACTS will guide the process for determining disbursements from funding providing by our school and parish.

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

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

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

Virtue of the Month ~ Generosity

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

  1. Give from your own money to help others in need.
  2. Give freely of your time without expecting anything in return.
  3. Ask for forgiveness when you have hurt someone and be willing to forgive them when they hurt you.
  4. Offer to help someone in class each day.
  5. Share your supplies with someone who forgot theirs.
  6. Do something helpful for someone at home without being asked.
  7. See if others want “second helpings” before taking some for yourself.
  8. Let someone else in your family choose the movie or television show you will watch together.
  9. Offer to help an older neighbor with a job like raking leaves or shoveling snow.
  10. Let another person ahead of you get a drink first at the water fountain.

Prayer of the Month ~ Prayer of St. Nicholas

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

All Saints Christmas Pageant

The students of Grades K, 1, 4, 5, and 6 will be participating in the All Saints Catholic School annual Christmas Pageant, The Living Crèche. Over the last several weeks, the students have been preparing songs in music class to help portray this beautiful story. Please note the following information:

Date:    Thursday, December 18, 2014

Time:   7:00PM

(Grade K, 1, 4, 5 students report to their homeroom by 6:30PM. Grade 6 report to 6th grade rooms by 6:25PM.)

Place:   All Saints Catholic Church

Students in Grades K, 1, 4, and 5 are asked to dress in their Christmas Best. Some students in Grade 6 will be in costume (as noted by their character), others will be in Christmas Best. (A separate notification was sent to Grade 6 parents.)

Please contact Mrs. Kathryn Thompson kthompson@allsaintsva.org with any questions.

Bethany Food Pantry Outreach ~ Many Thanks!

Thanks to the generosity of our students and the leadership of the NJHS, our school donated more than a half tone of fresh food to the Bethany Food Pantry. Members of the NJHS packaged the food into 60 meals for families in our community. Thank you, students, for brightening the holiday for those less fortunate.

Many Thanks from the Library

A big THANK YOU goes out to all parents, students and teachers that supported the recent Scholastic Book Fair!  What a great way to have celebrated reading and raise funds for the school library. The medieval theme kept the suspense building as the library was transformed into the Kingdom of Reading!  Students entered Castle Readalot through an authentic drawbridge along with knights, dragons and books galore.  The final event to close out the busy week was having a royal feast on books during the Thanksgiving Luncheon….so much appreciation for the patience of parents and grandparents waiting in line to purchase books.  A special thanks to Mrs. Johanna Catts for coordinating volunteers throughout the week. This fun-filled event could not be accomplished without our devoted All Saints families that graciously donate their time to make the Book Fair a huge success.    Your generosity enabled the profits from the Book Fair sales to exceed over $12,000 earning the library $3,000 to spend on books and special school programs.

Open House for 2015-2016 School Year

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Wednesday, January 14th beginning at 9:00 a.m. All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about the parish school are cordially invited to attend. Following a presentation and introduction at 9:00 a.m., tours of the facility will be provided. For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at (703) 393-1490.

2014 Casino & Auction

The Casino & Auction was an enormous success due to the commitment of a large team of volunteers.  Planning for next year will quickly be underway; if you are interested in being a part of the team for next year please email Carol Rice at auction@allsaintsvaschool.org

Labels For Education

Parents…This is the perfect time of year to start collecting soup labels once again.  The Labels for Education program is a great way for our school to collect UPCs and beverage/sauce caps from participating products to earn points that can be redeemed for FREE educational merchandise.  Simply save the labels, put them into a Ziploc bag and turn them into the school.  Thank you for all of your support.

High School News

  • St. John Paul the Great Soccer & Music Events for Middle Schoolers: Saint John Paul the Great invites middle school students to participate in their annual 3v3 Soccer Tournament (Jan 10) and their annual Band and Choir Music Festival (Jan 24). For more information about each event, and to register, please visit: http://www.jpthegreat.org/admissions/visiting/special-middle-school-invitations/. Free t-shirt guaranteed to those who register by December 19! Questions? Please email: info@jpthegreat.org or call 703.445.0218.
  • Paul VI Catholic High School invites you to our Live Nativity Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 from 4 – 5:30pm   The miracle of the Christmas Story comes alive and you see and hear the story of Christ’s birth.  Families are invited to sing treasured carols with us and feel the magic and love of the season in a very powerful way. Refreshments will be served afterwards in the cafeteria. Dress as a visitor to Bethlehem, Shepherd, or Angel.  campusministry@paulvi.net. The Live Nativity flyer is attached

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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

The 6th Annual “Evening with St. Nicholas” is this Friday, December 5.  Join us beginning at 7:00pm in the church.  All Saints students in NJHS & SCA will be serving as ushers, greeters, and readers as well as members of the Schola Choir who will be leading the music.  Everyone is getting involved!

Please join us for what has become a beautiful tradition here at All Saints. The evening will begin with an Advent Prayer Service and traditional Advent carols in the church. The “Procession of the Shoes” will again be led by St. Nicholas himself! St. Nicholas and Mother Seton will be available for photos (bring your own camera) afterwards in the PAC.

For planning purposes, please visit the “Evening with St. Nicholas” link at http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/news-events/calendar/evening-with-st-nicholas-rsvp-form and RSVP today!

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

Thank you to those who have already volunteered to help before or during the event.  We can always use help, so go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c054ca8ac2ba13-join to volunteer your time.

Thank you to those already donating cookies or cocoa for the evening’s refreshments. Donations of cocoa can be dropped off ANY day this week- attention Kate, at the front desk.  Cookie donations can be dropped off Friday 8:00am – 12:00pm, at the front desk.  

Have a question about volunteering or donations? Contact event chair Kate Bachman at katebachman2002@aol.com

Family Directory

Copies of the 2014-2015 Family Directory were distributed to students in November. In the event that you did not receive one, copies are available at the front office. Also, if you submitted an entry for the Directory and it is not in the publication, please contact the front office by Friday, so that we may include your contact information in an addendum.

3rd Annual Fund

By now all families should have received the introductory letter and brochure with information regarding the 3rd Annual Fund. Please take a few minutes to consider how you might be able to support us in meeting our goals. All of the funds from the 2014-2015 Annual Fund will be allocated to STEM programs and mobile technology.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, December 4th         

–          8th Grade High School Placement Test

Friday, December 5th              

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

–          Confessions – Grade 3 (9:30 a.m.)

–          Noon Dismissal – DFE Meeting

–          Deadline: Bullying Surveys Due

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

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

Saturday, December 6th          

–          Manassas Christmas Parade (10:00 a.m.)

Monday, December 8th           

–          School Mass – Immaculate Conception Feast Day (8:30 a.m.)

–          Confessions – Grade 4 (9:30 a.m.)

Tuesday, December 9th           

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

–          Confessions – 8A (9:15 a.m.)

Thursday, December 11th       

–          Confessions – 8B (9:15 a.m.)

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

Friday, December 12th            

–          School Mass – Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day (8:30 a.m.)

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