Drama Club Shines on Shakespearean Stage

The Tempest - 2015The All Saints Drama Club, led by Mrs. Lewis and Ms. Zwisler, was a delight to watch this morning in back-to-back performances of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Taming of the Shrew. Audience members from 4-5 for The Tempest and grades 6-8 for Taming of the Shrew were rapt with attention as they followed the movement and storyline of each play.

The Tempest
The Tempest is set on a remote island, where Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, plots to restore his daughter Miranda to her rightful place. He conjures up a storm to lure his corrupt brother Antonio and King Alonso of Naples to the island. Led by Vanessa Morgan as the sorceress Prospera, the cast included 18 students with characters as diverse as the spirit Arial (Eirian Crocker) and the lurid monster Caliban (Jack Tessier).

Taming of the Shrew
Taming of the Shrew  is the story of true love that starts out with the insults of a shrew (Kate) and the brash retorts of her suitor (Petruchio). Kate must be married before her sister, Bianca can even think of being a bride. Will Kate be married soon enough, and will she survive the taming campaign of her husband? This large cast of 23 students worked well together, featuring Kate (Natalie Collier) as the difficult sister and confident Petruchio (Gabriel Cabello) as her would be suitor.

Annaliese Tamke served as Mistress of Revels for both plays, and the “Can’t Do Without Stage Crew” led by Joey Gould and Elizabeth Orsi, included Zoe Callen on sound, Drew Rice and Jack Tessier on lights, and props master Josh Dawson.

The Drama Club is made up of All Saints students from seventh and eighth grade. The club was particularly ambitious this year, bringing not one but two classic plays to the stage. Throughout both performances this morning, the actors delivered their lines with clarity and enthusiasm, and impressed all with the way they brought Shakespeare to life for those in attendance.

The Drama Club will be back with an evening performance of both plays on Wednesday, May 6th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Activity Center.

Drama Club Program

Scene Guide

Visit from Tom Kierein, NBC4 Meteorologist

Tom Kierein makes weather presentation to grades K-3.All Saints was pleased to welcome NBC4 Meteorologist and author Tom Kierein back to All Saints for a fun and informative weather assembly for students in kindergarten through third grade, Fifth grade teacher Mrs. Honkus arranged the visit in conjunction with the students’ study of weather in science.

During his interactive presentation, Mr. Kierein discussed the causes of various types of weather, how computer models of the atmosphere help predict the weather, and the importance of keeping safe in bad weather. He also showed students pages from a 3-D book that he published about weather.

We learned that Mr. Kierein’s favorite weather is snow, because it is the most challenging to accurately predict. To keep everyone informed about the weather, Mr. Kierein begins each day quite early to assess the latest weather patterns, and takes the equivalent of a seven question test each day focused on what the weather will be like for the week to come.

Enjoyed by students and faculty alike, this look at weather was both interesting and engaging. We wish to thank Mr. Tom Kierein for taking time out of his busy day to spend the morning with All Saints and to share his knowledge and insights with our students!

The Sentinel – April 22, 2015

Principal’s Message

As we make plans for the upcoming year, one of our priorities is that of continuing to provide as much tuition assistance as possible for families in our community.  Through the generous and on-going support of our parish, the emergence of the Annual Fund, and the Diocesan Tuition Assistance program, we have been able to provide financial aid totaling approximately $215,000 for the 2014-2015 academic year.

In an effort to secure as much financial support as possible for our community, we recently submitted applications on behalf of our school families for funding through the Diocese of Arlington Scholarship Foundation and the Special Tuition Assistance Program (Note: Applications for these two distinct programs have been completed by the school and require no additional paperwork on the part of individual families.)

Diocesan allocations related to all of these sources of tuition assistance will be confirmed in the weeks ahead. Once these recommendations are received, final decisions regarding tuition assistance for our families will be determined.  For this reason, notification of tuition assistance funding for those who have applied will not take place until mid-May.  The FACTS re-enrollment process for 2015-2016 and selection of online payment plans will occur mid-to-late May with June 10th being the deadline for payment in full with a 2% discount.

Should you have any questions about this process or if we can be of assistance in this regard, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.

PTO General Assembly Meeting – April 28 (7:00 p.m.)

Dr. Pat McCormack, IHM will be the presenter for our final PTO General Assembly meeting that will take place on Tuesday, April 28th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Activities Center.

Dr. McCormack is a nationally recognized speaker who is an expert in child development & faith formation and has recently been invited to present at the upcoming World Meeting of Families.  The topic of her presentation will be Factors of Home and School that Foster Authentic Self-Esteem. 

Authentic self-esteem is the foundation for life success. If helping children to develop self-control, self-esteem, good character and a strong conscience is an interest close to your heart, do not miss this presentation. Guiding the lifelong process of soul formation is the primary responsibility of parents. It is also the mission of teachers. Both parents and teachers contribute vitally to the soul formation of a child when they communicate genuine affection and foster lifelong development of security, autonomy, initiative and industry.

Join us for what promises to be an insightful and inspiring presentation!

Middle School Students Win Honors at Science Fair

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

Jack Tessier – 2nd Place in Behavioral & Social Sciences

Nicholas Delaney – 3rd Place in Computer Science

Mary Tran – 3rd Place in Mathematics

Elizabeth Kwari – Honorable Mention in Engineering

Race for Education – Dress Down Day Options

Students who earned “Dress Down Day” prize cards through the Race for Education may redeem them on the following days. (Prize cards will be distributed to students tomorrow.)

Wednesday, May 6

Tuesday, May 12

Wednesday, May 20

Thursday, May 28

Tuesday, June 2

Harris Teeter – Thank you for your Support!

Thanks to the support of families in our community who participate in the Harris Teeter rewards program, All Saints received a check in the amount of $295.12 last week.

Spring Choral & Recorder Concert 2015

An Evening Celebrating Music & Film

WHERE: All Saints PAC

WHEN: Thursday, May 14th @ 7:00 pm

WHO: 3rd, 7th & 8th grades will perform

DRESS CODE: jeans (no shorts or skirts) & blue or white top (no sleeveless shirts) OR” spirit wear” t-shirt OR uniform polo shirt, & uniform shoes/socks

IMPORTANT NOTES: 

  1. Students will report to homeroom teachers in the PAC at 6:45 pm for attendance and then go to their spots for the concert.
  2. All students will receive a participation grade for performing in the concert. If your child has a conflict, please email Mrs. Reynolds nreynolds@allsaintsva.org to excuse them for the evening. Any students unaccounted for will receive a zero grade if Mrs. Reynolds does not receive an email excusing the student from participating.

Hope you can join us for the fun!

POINTS FOR PARENTS SURVEY

The PTO is seeking your input and opinion on your family’s experience with the current Points for Parents program.  Please click on the following link for a brief nine question survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LB6TY66

VOLUNTEERISM REVAMP COMMITTEE

The PTO is looking into reviewing the current Points for Parents program and making a recommendations for changing the current program.  We are looking for a commitment of at least three of the four following meetings.

May 6th at 7:30pm

May 13th at 7:30pm

May 17th at 7:30pm

May 20th at 7:30pm

If you would be interested in serving on this committee or would like more information, please contact Carol Rice at ckrice@verizon.net.

Catholic Business Network – Spring Family Day

The Catholic Business Network of Northern Virginia will be having a Spring Family Day on Sunday, May 17th at Lake Accotink in Springfield to benefit Catholic Education and scholarships in the Diocese of Arlington.  Please see linked flyer for additional information.

Volunteer Opportunities

Parish Festival Cake Walk

VOLUNTEERS! VOLUNTEERS! VOLUNTEERS!

Volunteers are still needed for Saturday to run the Cake Walk during the Parish Festival. The following shifts are still available(10 points per hour)  –

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. (2) 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. (1)
2 p.m. – 3 p.m. (1) 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. (1)
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. (2) 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. (2)

Cake donations are still needed as well with 10 out of 18 classes with 5 or more cake donations (5 points each donation). Lets make this year our best year for donations!

Please follow the link below to sign up:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e45a5aa2fa57-cake3

(look at the top of the page for the tab to each sign up)

If you have any questions please contact Tera Woolf Tera200@aol.com

Volunteers & Food Donations are Needed for Kindergarten Screenings on Monday, April 27

On Monday, April 27th, All Saints Catholic School will be having the first day of Kindergarten Screenings.  We are in need of volunteers and finger food donations. This is an easy way to earn points for parents and help us offer our hospitality to new & current families coming to our school. This is a great opportunity to volunteer for a shift and bring your small children. The following shifts are still available –

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Please use link http://vols.pt/6zc6UHto sign-up. Thank you!

Junior Achievement

April is National Financial Literacy Month! Financial literacy is understanding how money works – how to earn money, spend wisely, save for the future, invest and give back. Please consider giving some of your time to teach Junior Achievement this Spring. Details and sign up info are located here: http://vols.pt/5qQPGR

Any questions please contact Kat Champney Kat_Champney@yahoo.com

The following classes are still in need of a Volunteer: K1, 1B, 4A, 6A, 6B, 7A, 7B and 8A

10th Annual Race for Education

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS FOR RACE DAY ON THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2015!

We are two weeks away from the 10th Annual Race for Education and we need volunteers to sign up for each of the race times. Volunteers will help track the student’s laps, pass out water, and monitor the students as they run. All of these can be done while you are cheering on your child. The race takes place on Thursday, May 7th!  Please sign up to volunteer here with our link through VolunteerSpot:  http://vols.pt/FXo44u

The race times are:

PreK-1, PreK-2, K1, K2, 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B 8:45 to 9:45 A.M.
3A, 3B, 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B 10:15 to 11:15 A.M.
PreK3, 6A, 6B, 7A, 7B, 8A, 8B 1:30 to 2:30 P.M.

Our new total for donations made for the Race for Education as of Tuesday, April 21st is:  $12,076.78.

Volunteers are also needed to help with the counting of proceeds. If you are available to help any amount of time, please sign up here with our link through VolunteerSpot:  http://vols.pt/4UBVxk

If you have any questions about the Race for Education, please contact Mrs. Marjorie Collins or Mrs. Liz Stogran at: racefored@allsaintsvaschool.org

Catholic High School News

Paul VI Catholic High School Volleyball Program

Paul VI High School Volleyball Program will be hosting its annual Youth Development Camp for boys and girls June 22-25, 2015. Campers will learn the fundamentals of volleyball in a fun and focused atmosphere.  To learn more about our camps or to register please go to www.pvivball.com

Paul VI Catholic High School Basketball Program – Flyers Linked Below

For information regarding PVI Girls & Boys Basketball Camps, Coach Allen’s Shooting Academy and St. Leo the Great Mini-Hoopster Camps, please see flyers linked below or go to www.pvibasketball.com where all information is available.

Paul VI Production of “The Addams Family”

The PVI Players & ITS present Andrew Lippa’s The Addams Family, a musical production.  Please see linked flyer for information and ticket order form.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Graduation Day – Noon Dismissal (June 12th)

Since 8th Grade Graduation will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the church on Friday, June 12th, school will dismiss at noon that day.

End of Year Calendar Confirmed

Monday, May 18th       Field Day at Linton Hall School – Grades K-8 (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Thursday, May 28th     Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten

Thursday, June 11th     Kindergarten Luau

Friday, June 12th          8th Grade Graduation Day (Mass & Ceremony at 4:00 p.m.)

Monday, June 15th       Kindergarten Graduation (Church/10:00 a.m.)

Tuesday, June 16th       Final Day for Students in Grades 1-7

Key Dates & Holidays for 2015-2016

The following is the schedule of key dates and holidays for the upcoming academic year.

August 31st                  First Day of School (Noon Dismissal)

September 7th               Labor Day Holiday

October 12th                 Columbus Day Holiday

October 30th                 Professional Development Day (No School)

November 12th                         Parent/Teacher Conferences (Noon Dismissal)

November 13th                         Parent/Teacher Conferences (No School)

November 24th                         Noon Dismissal for Thanksgiving

November 25-27th       Thanksgiving Holiday

December 22nd                         Noon Dismissal – Christmas Holiday Begins

January 4th                   Classes Resume

January 15th                 Professional Development Day (No School)

January 18th                 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

February 15th               Presidents’ Day Holiday

March 14th                   Professional Development Day (No School)

March 24th                   Holy Thursday (Noon Dismissal)

March 25th                   Good Friday Holiday

March 28th                   Easter Week Holiday

May 30th                      Memorial Day Holiday

June 22nd                     Last Day for Grades 1-7 (Tentative – 5 Make-Up Days Included)

Kindergarten Screening ~ No Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten on Monday, April 27th & May 4th

The Early Prevention of School Failure Screening for Kindergarten applicants will take place on Monday, April 27th & Monday, May 4thIn order that the teachers may be available to administer the assessment, there will be no Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten classes on these two days.

A special Spirit Event for Pre-K and Kindergarten Students and Families has been planned for these two days.  All Pre-K and Kindergarten students are cordially invited to a Spirit Event at Bounce Mania.  You can go from 10-1 and 2-6. This is a wonderful time to catch up with your friends from school.  New families attending the screening are being invited, so they can feel a part of our All Saints Catholic School family.  Remember to mention that you are from All Saints and 20% of the proceeds will go back to the school.  A flyer is linked below.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

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

At the beginning of May, the office will issue individualized letters to each family, confirming the number of points reflected in the school database. For this reason, we ask that those families who have not recently updated the database via our school website do so by Friday, May 1st.  Those families who have not earned the required 60 points will be assessed a corresponding fee at a rate of $3.00 per point and asked to submit payment by the close of May.

VIRTUS  Training Update

A 30-minute video “Keeping the Promise Alive” is a review of the warning signs of abuse and the steps we can take to keep our children safe that is required by our Diocese every year for all clergy, employees and any volunteers who have contact with children.

This valuable reminder will be presented on Tuesday, May 5th at 7:00PM in Meeting Room 2.   We are requesting that you register in advance by contacting Janet Smith at jsmith@allsaintsva.org or by phone at (703) 393-2158.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 23rd               

  • 8th Grade Class Trip to Annapolis (6:45 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
  • Race for Education Prize Cards distributed to students
  • Extended Day Afternoon Program – Moved to Music Room and First Grade Classroom to allow for Parish Festival preparations in Father Kelly Wing.

Friday, April 24th                    

  • Holiday – Parish Festival Prep Day

Saturday, April 25th                

  • Parish Festival

Monday, April 27th                 

  • EPSF Screening – No Kindergarten/Pre-Kindergarten Classes (Spirit Event: Bounce Mania 10:00-1:00 & 2:00-6:00)
  • Terra Nova Make-Up Testing
  • Peace & Justice Players After School Field Trip to SERVE

Tuesday, April 28th                 

  • Terra Nova Make-Up Testing
  • 5th Grade ACRE Test
  • 8th Grade Confirmation Rehearsal (6:30 p.m.)
  • PTO General Assembly Meeting – Factors of Home and School that Foster Authentic Self-Esteem. (PAC/7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, April 29th             

  • 5th Grade ACRE Test
  • Weather Presentation by NBC4 Meteorologist, Tom Kierein (Grades K-3/10:00 a.m.)
  • Principal for a Day (Auction Winner) – Alyssa Neuman
  • SCA Election Information Meeting (2:15 p.m.)

Thursday, April 30th               

  • Drama Club Performance (PAC/9:00 a.m. for Grades 4&5 and 10:00 a.m. for Middle School)

Note: Evening performance scheduled for May 6th (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, May 1st                       

  • School Mass & May Crowning (8:30 a.m.)
  • 1st Communion & Graduation Photos (9:45 a.m.)
  • Point for Parents Totals due

Links

 

 

The Sentinel – April 15, 2015

Principal’s Message

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

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

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

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

Students in grades 5 & 8 will also participate in the ACRE testing program, an assessment that measures each student’s understanding of the Catholic faith.  As All Saints has been selected as a pilot school for on-line testing, students will complete this assessment in the computer lab.

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

  1. Reassure your child that he or she does not have to answer all of the questions correctly to pass. It is not expected that students answer every question correctly.
  2. Tell your child to attempt to answer all of the questions and not to leave any blanks. There is no penalty for guessing.
  3. Remind your child that the test is important.
  4. Explain to your child the importance of using time wisely. If your child gets stuck on a question, encourage him or her to make the best guess or place a mark in the test booklet by that item and to return to it after finishing that section of the test.
  5. Make certain your child gets a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast before taking the test.
  6. Try to make the morning of the test a pleasant one. Avoid stress.
  7. Be sure that your child arrives on time the day of the test.
  8. Remind your child to listen carefully to the instructions from the teacher and to read the directions and each question carefully.
  9. Encourage your child to stay focused on the test, even if other students finish early.

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This week I also wish to share with you two additional staffing changes for the 2015-2016 academic year.  Ms. Rebecca Zwisler, middle school language arts teacher, has accepted a position at the American School in Tangier, Morocco for the upcoming year.  Having lived around the world, this opportunity opens up wonderful possibilities for her to travel throughout Europe and Northern Africa.  We thank her for her years of dedication and for all that she has done to contribute to the success of the language arts curriculum, one of the strengths of our academic program.

Mrs. Janis DeVore, Director of Marketing and Development, has also decided to resign from her position at the close of this year.  While working part-time at All Saints, she has expanded her own business and is experiencing great success in private industry.  Over the course of the past eight years, she has been highly effective in advancing the mission and “brand” of All Saints.  During a time of remarkable growth and accomplishment for our school, we were blessed to have such a talented person dedicated to promoting our story within the community.    Thank you, Mrs. DeVore, for having so generously shared your gifts and expertise in support of our school.

Key Dates & Holidays for 2015-2016

The following is the schedule of key dates and holidays for the upcoming academic year.

August 31st                  First Day of School (Noon Dismissal)

September 7th             Labor Day Holiday

October 12th                Columbus Day Holiday

October 30th                Professional Development Day (No School)

November 12th            Parent/Teacher Conferences (Noon Dismissal)

November 13th              Parent/Teacher Conferences (No School)

November 24th             Noon Dismissal for Thanksgiving

November 25-27th       Thanksgiving Holiday

December 22nd            Noon Dismissal – Christmas Holiday Begins

January 4th                  Classes Resume

January 15th                 Professional Development Day (No School)

January 18th                 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

February 15th               Presidents’ Day Holiday

March 14th                   Professional Development Day (No School)

March 24th                   Holy Thursday (Noon Dismissal)

March 25th                   Good Friday Holiday

March 28th                   Easter Week Holiday

May 30th                      Memorial Day Holiday

June 22nd                     Last Day for Grades 1-7 (Tentative – 5 Make-Up Days Included)

10th Annual Race for Education

The donations for the Race for Education have been arriving at the school daily and our total deposit as of today is: $5,720.00. 

We are still looking for parent volunteers to help with our record keeping. We meet at the school on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in various time and locations to process the Race mailers. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up through this Volunteer Spot link:  http://vols.pt/4UBVxk  Make sure to comment on the hours you are available and know that any amount of time will be greatly appreciated.  ***Next week we will be meeting in the St. Joseph conference room in the PAC during the following times:

Tuesday, April 21st: 10 AM – 2 PM

Wednesday, April 22nd: 10 AM – 2 PM

Thursday, April 23rd: 10 AM – 2 PM

If you have any questions about the Race for Education, please contact Mrs. Marjorie Collins or Mrs. Liz Stogran at: racefored@allsaintsvaschool.org

Volunteer Opportunities

Junior Achievement

April is National Financial Literacy Month! Financial literacy is understanding how money works – how to earn money, spend wisely, save for the future, invest and give back. Please consider giving some of your time to teach Junior Achievement this Spring. Details and sign up info are located here: http://vols.pt/5qQPGR

Parish Festival Cake Walk

The Parish Festival Cake Walk needs Volunteers to run the cake walk (10 points per hour) and cake donations (5 points each donation).  The sign up has 2 tabs at the top for each sign up. Please follow the link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e45a5aa2fa57-cake3 or contact Tera Woolf Tera200@aol.com.         ()

Food donations needed for Kindergarten Screenings on Monday, April 27

On Monday, April 27th, All Saints Catholic School will be having the first day of Kindergarten Screenings.  We are in need of volunteers and finger food donations. This is an easy way to earn points for parents and help us offer our hospitality to new & current families coming to our school. Please use link http://vols.pt/6zc6UH

to sign-up. Thank you!

Catholic High Schools

Bishop O’Connell

Pre-HSPT – We are now accepting registrations for the Pre-HSPT. This is an opportunity for 7th graders to take a practice HSPT. The HSPT is required for 8th graders and this gives students a chance to see what the test is like. The test will be held at Bishop O’Connell on May 9 and May 16. More information and registration can be found here: http://www.bishopoconnell.org/page.cfm?p=1152

HIGH SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE – Sunday, Apr. 19 – Families of middle school students are invited to visit Bishop O’Connell High School on Sunday, April 19 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a presentation in the auditorium at 1 p.m. followed by classroom activities and much more. Meet the faculty, administration, students and coaches of this 2014 School of Excellence! For more information, visit www.bishopoconnell.org/open or call 703-237-1433.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Graduation Day – Noon Dismissal (June 12th)

Since 8th Grade Graduation will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the church on Friday, June 12th, school will dismiss at noon that day.

End of Year Calendar Confirmed

Monday, May 18th       Field Day at Linton Hall School – Grades K-8 (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Thursday, May 28th     Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten

Thursday, June 11th     Kindergarten Luau

Friday, June 12th          8th Grade Graduation Day (Mass & Ceremony at 4:00 p.m.)

Monday, June 15th       Kindergarten Graduation (Church/10:00 a.m.)

Tuesday, June 16th       Final Day for Students in Grades 1-7

Kindergarten Screening ~ No Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten on Monday, April 27th & May 4th

The Early Prevention of School Failure Screening for Kindergarten applicants will take place on Monday, April 27th & Monday, May 4thIn order that the teachers may be available to administer the assessment, there will be no Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten classes on these two days.

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

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

At the beginning of May, the office will issue individualized letters to each family, confirming the number of points reflected in the school database. For this reason, we ask that those families who have not recently updated the database via our school website do so by Friday, May 1st.  Those families who have not earned the required 60 points will be assessed a corresponding fee at a rate of $3.00 per point and asked to submit payment by the close of May.

VIRTUS  Training Update

A 30-minute video “Keeping the Promise Alive” is a review of the warning signs of abuse and the steps we can take to keep our children safe that is required by our Diocese every year for all clergy, employees and any volunteers who have contact with children.

This valuable reminder will be presented on Tuesday, May 5th at 7:00PM in Meeting Room 2.   We are requesting that you register in advance by contacting Janet Smith at jsmith@allsaintsva.org or by phone at (703) 393-2158.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 16th                

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

Friday, April 17th                    

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony (1:30 p.m.)
  • 3rd Quarter Report Cards sent home

Saturday, April 18th                

  • 2nd Grade Jesus Day
  • Diocesan Science Fair

Monday, April 20th

  • Week of Terra Nova & ACRE Testing

Wednesday, April 22nd

  • Gold Medal Readers Celebration (1:30 p.m.)
  • Golf Tournament Committee Meeting (2:00 p.m.)

Thursday, April 23rd

  • 8th Grade Class Trip to Annapolis (6:45 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

Friday, April 24th

  • Holiday – Parish Festival Prep Day

Saturday, April 25th

  • Parish Festival

Monday, April 27th

  • EPSF Screening – No Kindergarten/Pre-Kindergarten Classes (Spirit Event: Bounce Mania 10:00-1:00 & 2:00-5:00)
  • Terra Nova Make-Up Testing

Tuesday, April 28th

  • Terra Nova Make-Up Testing
  • Confirmation Rehearsal (6:30 p.m.)
  • PTO General Assembly Meeting (PAC/7:00 p.m.)

Links

The Sentinel – April 1, 2015

Principal’s Message

This week I am pleased to share with you that on Friday afternoon, the Design for Excellence Visiting Team announced that it is recommending continued full accreditation for All Saints Catholic School.  A copy of their report, including a list of commendations and recommendations, has been provided to Sr. Karl Ann, Assistant Superintendent of Schools, who will present it to the Virginia Catholic Education Association.  After review, the VCEA committee will make the final determination regarding our status at their meeting in May.

From start to finish, the Team Visit was a time of great affirmation for our community.  The members repeatedly commented on the joyful atmosphere of our school, the passion and energy of the faculty & staff, and the dynamic way in which the faith is lived and shared each day.  Without question, they saw our school at it’s very best, but in essence, they witnessed who we are each day of the year.  I am grateful to the faculty and staff who worked so hard during the self-study process, but more importantly, who have created the legacy of All Saints through their dedication over the course of many years.

In a particular way, I would like to thank Mrs. Campagna who served as the Chairperson for the self-study project.  Throughout the year she provided clear direction, steady guidance and strong support to the faculty and staff through each step of the process.  As this was her second time serving in this capacity at All Saints, she brought both experience and great insight to the project.

I would also like to thank the PTO for the warm hospitality that they extended to the Visiting Team.  Working quietly behind the scenes, Mrs. Katherine Mills and Mrs. Marjorie Collins coordinated and served all of the meals for the group.  I appreciate their dedication and long hours, all of which ensured that the Team was well cared for during their visit.  Thank you to those parents who generously prepared and donated food items throughout the week.  The Team experienced an outpouring of support that enabled them to focus on the task at hand.

So what are the next steps?  During April the faculty will review the entire report and begin the process of creating a five year plan that incorporates all of the goals that we have previously identified as well as the recommendations from the Visiting Team.  With the reaccreditation visit now complete, our focus shifts to envisioning the future of All Saints, one that is bright and full of great promise!

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

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

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

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

Graduation Day – Noon Dismissal (June 12th)

Since 8th Grade Graduation will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the church on Friday, June 12th, school will dismiss at noon that day.

End of Year Calendar Confirmed

Monday, May 18th       Field Day at Linton Hall School – Grades K-8 (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Thursday, May 28th     Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten

Thursday, June 11th     Kindergarten Luau

Friday, June 12th          8th Grade Graduation Day (Mass & Ceremony at 4:00 p.m.)

Monday, June 15th       Kindergarten Graduation (Church/10:00 a.m.)

Tuesday, June 16th       Final Day for Students in Grades 1-7

Virtue of the Month Award Winners

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

PK1     Dominic Diiorio 4A       Kateri Mantooth
PK2     Liam Vo 4B        Olivia Sayani
PK3     William Vincent 5A       Victoria Bruno
K1       Michael Munsell 5B        Johnathan Fleming
K2       Emma Woolf 6A       Leah Biwott
1A       Josephine Cole 6B        Haley McVey
1B        Abigail Weigler 7A       Joshua Eddy
2A       Joseph Fleming 7B        Brianna Wydajewski
2B        Liam McVey 8A       Malaika Biwott
3A       Josseline Avila De La Trinidad 8B        Cameron Meyer
3B        Emily Sherman

Virtue of the Month ~ Stewardship/Service

  1. Do random acts of kindness every day.
  2. Always be there to help a classmate or a teacher who needs you.
  3. Take care of all classroom furniture, books and papers.
  4. Take care of your library book and return it on time.
  5. Don’t waste paper. Use both sides.
  6. Pick up paper, pencils, and items you see on the ground inside and outside, EVEN IF YOU DID NOT DROP THEM. Put them in their proper place.
  7. Put all papers, cans, and bottles in the proper recycling bin. Never throw away something that can be recycled, both at home and at school.
  8. Find ways to help at home BEFORE you are asked. Examples: make your bed, clear the table, walk the dog, read to a little brother or sister, clean up your mess, take out the trash.
  9. Treat all nature with respect. (Flowers, grass, trees, water, pets, wild animals.)
  10. Help all people in need, especially those less fortunate than yourself.  Give food, clothes, and money to the poor.  Smile at someone who looks sad.  Pray for all people in need around the world.

Prayer of the Month

Dear God,

Thank you so much for this wonderful day.

Thanks for the friends who showed me the way.

Please help me today in all that I do,

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

Diocesan Band Festival ~ Superior Rating for All Saints!

Last Saturday the students in the Advanced Band under the direction of Mr. Ward participated in the annual Diocesan Band Festival at Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria.  Congratulations to the members of our band for earning “Superior” ratings!  This marks the 37th time that the All Saints Band has scored superior at the diocesan band festival!  Thank you, Mr. Ward and Mr. Clifford for your dedication and for the inspiration that you provide for our students!

The band will perform a spring concert for our community on Tuesday, May 19th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the PAC.

Kindergarten Screening ~ No Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten on Monday, April 27th & May 4th

The Early Prevention of School Failure Screening for Kindergarten applicants will take place on Monday, April 27th & Monday, May 4thIn order that the teachers may be available to administer the assessment, there will be no Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten classes on these two days.

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

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

At the beginning of May, the office will issue individualized letters to each family, confirming the number of points reflected in the school database. For this reason, we ask that those families who have not recently updated the database via our school website do so by Friday, May 1st.  Those families who have not earned the required 60 points will be assessed a corresponding fee at a rate of $3.00 per point and asked to submit payment by the close of May.

Parish Festival Cake Walk

ATTN BAKERS!!  The parish and PTO need your support to make the 2015 cake walk a success. Would you consider sharing your baking talents (or picking up something sweet and yummy at your local grocery)?  Or would you share your time volunteering for a one hour shift to run the cake walk?  Each cake donated earns 5 points for parents and each hour volunteering at the festival is worth 10 points.  Donate as many cakes as you like… there is no limit!  Please use the following link to get all the details and to sign up to help, at the top of the sign up you will notice 2 separate tabs; one for cake donations and one for volunteering a shift.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e45a5aa2fa57-cake

From the Spirit Event Committee

Thank you to all who generously supported our Spirit Event at Captain Pell’sRestaurant. A special thank you goes out to our fantastic teacherswho kindly served on the night. Thanks again!

Our next Spirit Event will be held on Thursday, April 9th at the Skate-n-FunZone. It is from 6-8 p.m. The evening is a lot of fun! Also, as it is Easterbreak, you are welcome to bring friends and family. See you there!

Catholic High School News

Bishop Ireton ~ “Spring First Look” an event for 6th and 7th graders. While not a full open house, this is a chance for 6th and 7th grade families eager to start looking at Catholic high schools to start gathering information about Bishop Ireton prior to the Fall Open House.  Please see the flyer linked to the newsletter advertising the “Spring First Look” event, which will be held on Thursday, April 23, at 6:30 pm.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Terra Nova Testing Countdown ~ 3 Weeks!

As the week of standardized testing approaches, parents are asked to avoid scheduling appointments from Monday, April 20th – Tuesday, April 28th so that each student may participate in the testing as scheduled.

VIRTUS  Training Update

A 30-minute video “Keeping the Promise Alive” is a review of the warning signs of abuse and the steps we can take to keep our children safe that is required by our Diocese every year for all clergy, employees and any volunteers who have contact with children.

This valuable reminder will be presented on Wednesday, April 8th at 7:00PM in Meeting Room 1 and on Tuesday, May 5th at 7:00PM in Meeting Room 2.   We are requesting that you register in advance by contacting Janet Smith at jsmith@allsaintsva.org or by phone at (703) 393-2158.

3rd Annual Kid Stuff Sale and More….

Please join us for our 3rd Annual Kid Stuff Sale and More…. sponsored by MARCH homeschool and K of C Squire Roses to benefit AAA Women for Choice on Saturday, April 11, from 7am-12noon at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 9290 Stonewall Rd. Manassas.  Maternity, infant, child, and teen clothing, shoes, baby equipment, furniture, toys, books, and more will be priced to sell!  We are also gratefully accepting tax-deductible donated items from parishioners who want to support this worthy cause.  Please contact Mary Lewandowski, res19qf7@verizon.net or at 703-335-7471 or Kelley Witter, kelleywitter@yahoo.com or at 703-257-5619 for more information.  (Any remaining merchandise will be given to a charitable organization)

Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 2nd                

  • Holy Thursday Prayer Service (Church/9:30 a.m.)
  • 7th Grade Passion Play (PAC/10:45 a.m.)
  • End of Third Quarter
  • Noon Dismissal

Friday, April 3rd                     

  • Holiday – Good Friday

Monday, April 6th                   

  • Week of Easter Holiday

Thursday, April 9th                 

  • Spirit Event: Skate N’ Fun Zone (6:00-8:00 p.m.)

Monday, April 13th                 

  • Classes Resume
  • Change to Summer Uniforms

Tuesday, April 14th                 

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

Thursday, April 16th               

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

Friday, April 17th                   

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony (1:30 p.m.)
  • 3rd Quarter Report Cards sent home

Saturday, April 18th                

  • 2nd Grade Jesus Day
  • Diocesan Science Fair

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