The Sentinel ~ October 28, 2015

Principal’s Message

This week I wish to share with you a change regarding the Diocesan Tuition Assistance Program.  Effective this November, schools in the Arlington Diocese will now partner with SMART Aid for the processing and independent review of applications for financial assistance submitted by school families.  It is important to note that we will continue to work with FACTS for the processing of tuition payments.

Applications for financial aid through SMART for the 2016-2017 academic year will be available shortly.  More than anything, I wanted you to be aware of this change in procedure as it will soon be reflected on both diocesan and school-based websites and communications.

As we transition to SMART, know that our parish and school commitment to providing tuition assistance to families will remain strong.  Over the course of the past five years, the total dollar amount allotted to those with demonstrated need has increased each year.  Through the generosity of the parish and school community, private donors, the Diocesan Tuition Assistance Program and the Scholarship Foundation, we have been pleased to provide nearly a quarter of a million dollars in assistance for the 2015-2016 year.  Through the kindness and stewardship of many, the gift of a Catholic education is made a reality for those who otherwise might not receive the blessing – and it is an investment of untold and eternal benefits!

Thank you to those who have supported our Annual Fund and who have so generously supported our mission!

Open House for 2016-2017 School Year

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, November 19th beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Father Kelley Hall. All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about our 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.

Virtues Ceremony & Prayer Service

We are pleased to announce and congratulate the following students who were selected by their teachers for having demonstrated Self-Discipline throughout the month of October.  These students were individually recognized at a ceremony following our school Mass on Friday. In addition to receiving a certificate, students were presented with pins, which they are invited to wear through the month of November and a note from their teacher indicating why they were selected for this special recognition.

PK1     Joey C.
PK2     Luke M.
PK3     Nicole P.
K1       Calleigh D.
K2       George W.
1A       Lily Grace R.
1B        Anthony Iskenderoglu
2A       Caitlin W.
2B        Isabel C.
3A       Colin S.
3B        Sophia R.
4A       Jocelyn M.
4B        Joseph M.
5A       Kateri M.
5B        Annie C.
6A       Beverly A.
6B        Yohannes A.
7A       Morgan S.
7B        Erin B.
8A       Elizabeth K.
8B        Emily G.

Virtue of the Month ~ Gratitude

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

  1. Thank Jesus each day for the sacrifice He made for you. Look at the crucifix and say, “Thank you, Jesus”.
  2. Thank God for your special talents and use them to serve Him every day.
  3. Remember to say “Please” and “Thank you”.
  4. Show gratitude to all of your teachers.
  5. Remember to thank the ladies in the cafeteria for your lunch, milk or for helping you open your juice box or milk container.
  6. Tell your mom and dad you love them.
  7. Make a special effort to show gratitude to someone in your family each day.
  8. Say “Please” and “Thank you” at home.
  9. Thank a friend for being there for you.
  10. Be a good sport when you play.
  11. Thank God for your life, family, food and home each night.

Prayer of the Month

Dear Jesus,

We want to thank You for the many gifts You have given us, especially the gift of Yourself.

Accept our acts of courtesy and care as gifts of love to You.

Help us to imitate Your Mother Mary and to give glory to God through our words and actions.

We ask this in Your Holy Name.

Amen.

SCA Red Ribbon Week Proceeds

Thank you to the Student Council Association for planning such a successful celebration of Red Ribbon Week!  In addition to encouraging our students to make a lifelong commitment to living drug-free, our students raised $1,018.75 which will be forwarded to Youth for Tomorrow.  Thank you, students, for your leadership and generosity!

Lion’s Club Vision and Hearing Screening

On Monday, November 9th the third, fifth and seventh grade students are scheduled for a free Vision and Hearing Screening by the Lion’s Club.  Screening will begin at 9:00 A.M.

A permission form will be sent home next Monday and is necessary for your son/daughter to participate in the Hearing and Vision Screening.  Please sign and return the form to your child’s teacher by November 9thNo screening will be conducted without a signed parental consent form.  Students who wear glasses should have them available for the vision portion of the screening.

Spring Choral Concert – Change of Date

The Spring Choral concert originally scheduled for Thursday, May 12th will take place on Wednesday, May 4th at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Activity Center.

PTO Teacher Conference Day Luncheons

Every year, the All Saints Catholic School PTO holds a luncheon for the teachers, during teacher/parent conference days, to thank them for their hard work, dedication, and continuing perseverance to educate every student every day.  This year the luncheons will be held on Thursday, November 12th and Friday, November 13th.  Donations and volunteers make the two-day luncheon a success!  Please consider sharing your time, cooking talents and needed donations to this event.  The teachers& staff appreciate the lovely lunches and thoughtfulness of the parents who provide this event for them.

Please use the link to sign-up for all donations & volunteer opportunities: www.helpcounterweb.com/volunteer

Any questions, please feel free to contact Ashli Thompson, 540-588-4904 or teacherluncheon2015@gmail.com

Thank you in advance & God bless you,

Ashli Thompson

Penny Bazaar Cupcake Drop Off!

On Thursday, October 29th, the Safety Patrol will be assisting with the cupcake drop-off during the morning carpool.  Additional patrols will be available to take the cupcakes directly from your car as this will minimize the foot traffic during drop-off.  Volunteers are still needed!!  If you can offer any amount of time or cupcake donation for the event, please following the link to sign up: https://www.helpcounterweb.com/ci/volunteer.

Casino & Auction Night- November 21, 2015 6-11pm in the PAC

How would your child like to be Principal for the day?!  How about tickets to Disney?  Don’t miss all of the great things that will available on the live and silent auction this year.  Here’s just a sneak at what we have available so far:  Principal for a day, 4 Disney one day park hopper passes, Dinner with Father Lee, Father Juan’s wonderful Paella dinner for up to 8 people at your home, 1-month membership to Element Fitness, Showcase Dance Studio gift certificate/gift basket, sports memorabilia and much much more!

We are always welcoming additional donations!  To make a donation or to inquire about how your business can become an event or program sponsor, please contact allsaintsauction@allsaintsvaschool.org.

Tickets are on sale for $40/person until November 2. Regular price: $45/person. Tickets can be purchased online at www.mkt.com/all-saints-catholic-church.

Box Tops for Education

Students, Parents and Teachers…Box Top submission time is one week away. Please submit all box tops by the morning of 10/29/2015. It does not matter if the box top sheets are full, half-full, or even has 1 box top on it. Please submit them all. Box tops thrown into a zip lock bag are great too! Just remember to label each submission with your child’s first/last name, Teacher and Class.

So far, with this summer’s collection and fall’s collection of box tops, we can expect a check in the amount of $1,652.30 mid-December. What a blessing that will be for our school. Thank you for all your efforts. Here are the top four classes with the box top and soup label counts:

Mrs. Montano  3A       672

Mrs. Honkus    5A       465

Mrs. Kardaras  PK3    458

Mrs. Harrill      1A        448

High School News

Invitations from Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School

  • OPEN HOUSE:Sunday, November 15, 1-4pm. The first 100 8th graders to pre-register receive a free t-shirt! For more info, please visit org/admissions/visiting/open-house/
  • SHADOW: 8th graders can be a Wolf for a Day! Please schedule your shadow visit today by visiting: org/admissions/visiting/
  • JP5K RUN for Options:Saturday, November 21, 2015. Supports the Options special education program. All are welcome! For more info, please click here.

For more information about events or admission, please visit jpthegreat.org or call 703.445.0314.

Paul VI Catholic High School

PVI Players presents William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Thurs, Nov. 19 (7:00 pm), Fri & Sat, Nov. 20 & 21 (7:30 pm) & Sun, Nov. 22 (2:00 pm). Tickets $5.00 students/seniors, $10.00 adults, Family Package discount available. Tickets go on sale Nov. 9. Visit www.paulvi.net/producers for ticket order form & more info, or call Mrs. Katherine Miller, 703-352-0925, ext. 371. Paul VI High School, 10675 Fairfax Blvd., Fairfax, VA 22030.  See link below for flyer and a free admission ticket for 7th & 8th graders considering PVI.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Veterans Day Celebration

Join us as our school community honors the commitment of the men and women who have served our country in the United States Armed Forces. We cordially invite all active duty, reserve, former and retired military personnel to attend our school Mass on Tuesday, November 11th at 8:30 a.m. Following the Mass, there will be an assembly in the PAC with American Legion Post 10 and featured speaker Amy Looney of the Travis Manion Foundation. A reception for all honored guests will follow in Father Kelley Hall. All are welcome!

Last week, we sent home a Veterans Packet with information on completing our Family Veterans’ Survey and commemorative paper brick for the wall that we will begin displaying outside of our Pre-Kindergarten classrooms just prior to Veterans’ Day.

As a reminder, all veterans bricks and family surveys are due by Thursday, October 29th. See Veterans Celebration Packet link at bottom for additional information.

Parent – Teacher Conferences

Last week teachers distributed appointment slips confirming the date and time for the upcoming Parent-Teacher Conferences scheduled for November 12th & 13th.  If you did not receive this information, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher.

Last year, in an effort to provide middle school parents with the opportunity to speak with a number of teachers, the team hosted drop-in conferences for grades 6-8.  However, given the high turn-out of parents for conferences and the resulting wait-time, we have decided to revert to the previous model of scheduling appointments with the homeroom teacher.  However, middle school parents are most welcome to contact other teachers to request an additional conference for that same day or another time that is mutually convenient.

Classroom Activity Fee Reminder

Thank you to those families who have already submitted the Classroom Activity Fee.

If you have not already done so, please return your activity fee to your child’s homeroom teacher no later than tomorrow, October 29th.

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. 

Register for the training course at www.virtus.org for one of these upcoming sessions:

Saturday, October 31st, Church of St. James in Falls Church at 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, October 31st, Church of St. Timothy in Chantilly at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, November 3rd, Church of the Holy Trinity in Gainesville at 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 4th, Church of the Holy Family in Dale City at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 7th, Saint John the Evangelist School in Warrenton at 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, November 14th, Church of the Holy Family in Dale City at 9:00 a.m. (Spanish Session)

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:

Tuesday, Nov. 10th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 1st in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 p.m.

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

Upcoming Events

Thursday, October 29th           

  • Final Day of the 1st Quarter
  • School Mass & Feast Day Celebration (8:30 a.m.)
  • 8th Grade “Saints Alive” Presentation following Mass
  • Penny Bazaar (1:30-2:30 p.m.)
  • PowerSchool Parent Portal closes at 3:00 p.m. for Report Card Preparation
  • Middle School Activity Night (Parish Activity Center/7:00 – 8:30 p.m.)
  • Deadline: Classroom Activity Fees

Friday, October 30th

  • Holiday – Diocesan Professional Development Day
  • Spirit Event: Bouncemania (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Monday, November 2nd           

  • Vocations Awareness Week
  • Free Ice Cream in Celebration of our Feast Day!
  • Change to Winter Uniforms

Tuesday, November 3rd

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

Wednesday, November 4th

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

Thursday, November 5th

  • 7th Grade Field Trip to Williamsburg (6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

Friday, November 6th

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Report Cards sent Home

 Links

The Sentinel ~ October 21, 2015

Principal’s Message

A prevalent thought in educational circles and across society at large is the notion that, as individuals, we have unlimited growth potential but that it is often stifled by our own mental framework.  This is the premise of the current bestselling book Mindset in which the author, Carol Dweck, draws a distinction between a “fixed mindset” and a “growth mindset” and highlights the profound difference that can occur when one chooses to change his or her perspective.

Recognizing that the core message of this book might influence how we motivate and teach our students, the faculty has formed a book club and are currently making their way through this text.

During our first meeting last week, Mrs. Coyle shared an inspiring story that illustrates how a “growth mindset’ can influence our response to daily experiences. As she was introducing a group of kindergartners to a new computer activity, she encouraged them to have a positive attitude and to put forth their best effort.  At the end of her message, one of the little boys raised his hand and stated, “It’s very important that we try, because this is how we learn.  We want to try because we want to learn.”  What a wonderful example of a “growth mindset”!

Toward the close of our book club meeting, I invited the faculty to compose short statements that identify how this new way of thinking transforms our learning community.  The following is a list of statements that they generated and which serve as both inspiration and affirmation for the year ahead.

  • Because we believe we influence their mindset, our school produces students who love learning.
  • Because we know that a mindset is not set in stone, our students’ potential is unlimited.
  • Because we see the positive in growth mindset, our school is a safe place to learn life lessons and embrace the imperfect and challenges.
  • Because we create a safe environment to make mistakes, our students are risk takers in learning.
  • Because we have a motivated faculty, our students grow and succeed beyond their potential.

For those who wish to instill in their children a desire for growth and challenge, as well as a zeal for life-long learning, I highly recommend this text.  Do not be surprised if it changes how you and your family view the challenges and opportunities of day to day life and the words that you use to support and encourage one another.  Join us on this journey of reading – and learning!

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I also wish to share with you today that Mrs. Baldwin, instructional assistant in Mrs. Harrill’s first grade classroom, will be undergoing surgery on Friday and on medical leave for approximately six to eight weeks.  During her absence, Mrs. Linda Byers will serve as substitute assistant.  In addition to having two children enrolled in our school and being already familiar with our program, Mrs. Byers previously worked as a substitute assistant in a kindergarten classroom several years ago.  Organized, dedicated and hard-working, she will provide steady support to the students as they continue with the learning routines that Mrs. Harrill and Mrs. Baldwin have established since the start of the school year.

In the days ahead, let us pray for the success of Mrs. Baldwin’s surgery and her swift recovery.

Veterans Day Celebration

Join us as our school community honors the commitment of the men and women who have served our country in the United States Armed Forces. We cordially invite all active duty, reserve, former and retired military personnel to attend our school Mass on Wednesday, November 11th at 8:30 a.m. Following the Mass, there will be a ceremony in the Parish Activity Center and a reception for our honored guests in Father Kelley Hall.

Do you want your child to be in the All Saints Catholic School Yearbook?

If you have not already done so, please go on to PowerSchool and complete 2015-2016 Media Consent Form (Waiver – Right to Object) for each of your children.  Below are step-by-step instructions to assist you in completing this form:

  1. Login to the Power School Parent Portal at https://arlingtondiocese.powerschool.com/public/home.html
  2. Select your child’s name and click on the “Waiver – Right to Object”button in the left navigation.
  3. The “Waiver – Right to Object” feature allows you to indicate whether we have your permission to include your child’s image in Video, Audio, School Pictures, Yearbook, Internet (including the All Saints school website), Television, School Literature and Print. The system will allow you to opt-in to each by checking the corresponding fields.
  4. When you have completed your selections, please click “Save.”

Only students for whom we have consent will be included in the yearbook, team photos, school marketing efforts, etc.

  1. Important: you must complete a Media Consent Form for each of your children.

Special note to Pre-K and Kindergarten Parents:  The Power School Parent Portal is now closed for students in Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten.  Paper copies of the forms were sent home last week for students who still needed the form.  Please make sure that you complete this form and submit it to the school office by the deadline.

The deadline to complete the Media Consent Form in PowerSchool is Friday, October 23, 2015.

As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (703) 368-4400 or via email at office@allsaintsva.org.

Attention All Students

Would you like your artwork on the cover of the 2015-2016 All Saints Catholic School Yearbook???  The yearbook committee is hosting the annual Yearbook Cover Contest.  Click on the link at the bottom of the newsletter for more information.  Entries are due by Monday, November 16th.

Penny Bazaar Cupcake Sale – Volunteers Needed!

Volunteers are needed to sell cupcakes and lemonade during the Penny Bazaar on October 29th.  If you can offer any amount of time or cupcake donation for the event, please following the link to sign up: https://www.helpcounterweb.com/ci/volunteer.  Thank you in advance!

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Casino & Auction Night

A reminder that our Casino & Auction Night is on Saturday, November 21 from 6-11:00 PM in the PAC!

A Romantic European Evening  

Are you creative or crafty?!  Help is still needed for the classroom auction items.  If you are not able to help with the actual item, but want to help in someway we are always accepting gift cards to places like Michael’s, A.C. Moore or Costco to help with supplies.  Please let us know if you can help out in anyway!  Donations can be applied to your Family Stewardship Shares!

Tickets are on sale for $40/person until November 2. Regular price: $45/person. Tickets can be purchased online at www.mkt.com/all-saints-catholic-church.

We are also accepting donations from families for items, including timeshares, travel miles, tickets to sporting events, gift cards, etc. To make a donation or to inquire about how your business can become an event or program sponsor, please contact allsaintsauction@allsaintsvaschool.org.

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High School News

Paul VI Catholic High School

PVI will be hosting our annual Open House on Sunday, November 1st from 1 to 4PMGroup presentations will take place at 1:15 and 2:15 in Father Heet Auditorium.  This is a perfect opportunity for 6th, 7th and 8thgraders and their families to explore the benefits of a Catholic high school education.  Visit www.paulvi.net or email ehanley@pvipanther.net for additional information about PVI. Current 8th graders are encouraged to set up a Panther for a Day experience by emailing gfarello@pvipanther.net.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Parent – Teacher Conferences

Last week teachers distributed appointment slips confirming the date and time for the upcoming Parent-Teacher Conferences scheduled for November 12th & 13th.  If you did not receive this information, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher.

Last year, in an effort to provide middle school parents with the opportunity to speak with a number of teachers, the team hosted drop-in conferences for grades 6-8.  However, given the high turn-out of parents for conferences and the resulting wait-time, we have decided to revert to the previous model of scheduling appointments with the homeroom teacher.  However, middle school parents are most welcome to contact other teachers to request an additional conference for that same day or another time that is mutually convenient.

Classroom Activity Fee Reminder

Thank you to those families who have already submitted the Classroom Activity Fee.

If you have not already done so, please return your activity fee to your child’s homeroom teacher no later than Thursday, October 29th.

Veterans Day Celebration

Join us as our school community honors the commitment of the men and women who have served our country in the United States Armed Forces. We cordially invite all active duty, reserve, former and retired military personnel to attend our school Mass on Tuesday, November 11th at 8:30 a.m. Following the Mass, there will be an assembly in the PAC with American Legion Post 10 and featured speaker Amy Looney of the Travis Manion Foundation. A reception for all honored guests will follow in Father Kelley Hall. All are welcome!

Last week, we sent home a Veterans Packet with information on completing our Family Veterans’ Survey and commemorative paper brick for the wall that we will begin displaying outside of our Pre-Kindergarten classrooms just prior to Veterans’ Day. For your convenience, we have also included a link to the packet at the bottom of today’s newsletter. 

All Saints to Host Presentation on Dyslexia (October 27th at 7:00 p.m.)

In coordination with the Office of Catholic Schools, All Saints is pleased to host a regional presentation for parents on the topic of dyslexia.  Our speaker, Ms. Christina Fox, will provide an overview of dyslexia as well as helpful strategies for use by parents and teachers.  For more information about this presentation, please see the link in today’s newsletter.

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 openevents.  (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. 

Register for the training course at www.virtus.org for one of these upcoming sessions:

Thursday, October 22nd, Church of the Nativity in Burke at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 24th, Church of the Nativity in Burke at 8:30 a.m.

Saturday, October 24th, Church of Good Shepherd in Alexandria at 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, October 31st, Church of St. James in Falls Church at 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, October 31st, Church of St. Timothy in Chantilly at 10:00 a.m.

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:

Tuesday, Oct. 27th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 10th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 1st in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 p.m.

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 atjsmith@allsaintsva.org

Upcoming Events

Thursday, October 22nd    

  • SCA sponsored Red Ribbon Dress Down Day
  • 1st Grade Activity Day

Friday, October 23rd     

  • School Mass & Virtues Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
  • Deadline: Media Consent Form (PowerSchool)

Monday, October 26th    

  • 2nd Grade Pumpkin Day

Tuesday, October 27th      

  • 1st Grade Field Trip to National Zoo (8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)
  • John Paul the Great 8th Grade Visit (10:15 a.m.)
  • Dyslexia Presentation (Parish Activity Center/7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, October 28th       

  • Gift of Human Sexuality Presentation III

Thursday, October 29th   

  • Final Day of the 1st Quarter
  • School Mass & Feast Day Celebration (8:30 a.m.)
  • 8th Grade Saints Presentation following Mass
  • Penny Bazaar (1:30-2:30 p.m.)
  • Middle School Activity Night (Parish Activity Center/7:00 – 8:30 p.m.)
  • Deadline: Classroom Activity Fees

Friday, October 30th

  • Holiday – Diocesan Professional Development Day
  • Spirit Event: Bouncemania (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Links

The Sentinel ~ October 14, 2015

October 14, 2015

Principal’s Message

At All Saints the safety and security of our students, faculty, staff and parents is of utmost importance.  For this reason, we have invested time and resources through the years in an effort to design a comprehensive response plan to be implemented in the event of a school crisis.  This week I wish to provide to you an annual reminder regarding one aspect of this plan.

The following is a summary of important information related to our relocation and reunification plan in the event of an emergency.  As this pertains to the safety and security of our students, this information is provided only to school parents and is for internal use within our school community.

Please see your email for more details.

 

Seton School – Deferred Acceptance Program

In the Diocese of Arlington we are blessed with an outstanding selection of high school programs: Bishop Denis J. O’Connell (Arlington), Bishop Ireton (Alexandria), Paul VI (Fairfax), Saint John Paul the Great (Dumfries), Seton (Manassas) and Oakcrest (McLean).

Seton School is unique among these options, offering a program that begins at the 7th grade.  For a number of years, Mrs. Carroll, the principal, has graciously extended to the students of All Saints the option of deferred acceptance.  Through this arrangement, students at All Saints who apply for admission to Seton for their 7th or 8th grade years may defer their acceptance until 9th grade.  This, of course, is dependent upon each student continuing to meet the academic and behavioral criteria for acceptance at Seton.

The benefit of this partnership is that our students are able to complete their elementary and middle school years at All Saints, enjoying all of the opportunities for leadership, while being guaranteed a space for their freshman year.  It is important, however, that students who wish to complete the program at All Saints and then attend Seton School for their high school years pursue this deferred acceptance option.

Should you have any questions about this arrangement or about any of the high school programs, please do not hesitate to contact the office for additional information.

Parent – Teacher Conferences

Within the next week each student in grades PK-8 will receive a conference appointment slip confirming the date and time for the upcoming Parent-Teacher Conferences scheduled for November 12th & 13th.  If you do not receive this information, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher.

Last year, in an effort to provide middle school parents with the opportunity to speak with a number of teachers, the team hosted drop-in conferences for grades 6-8.  However, given the high turn-out of parents for conferences and the resulting wait-time, we have decided to revert to the previous model of scheduling appointments with the homeroom teacher.  However, middle school parents are most welcome to contact other teachers to request an additional conference for that same day or another time that is mutually convenient.

Veterans Day Celebration

Join us as our school community honors the commitment of the men and women who have served our country in the United States Armed Forces. We cordially invite all active duty, reserve, former and retired military personnel to attend our school Mass on Tuesday, November 11th at 8:30 a.m. Following the Mass, there will be an assembly in the PAC with American Legion Post 10 and featured speaker Amy Looney of the Travis Manion Foundation. A reception for all honored guests will follow in Father Kelley Hall. All are welcome!

Last week, we sent home a Veterans Packet with information on completing our Family Veterans’ Survey and commemorative paper brick for the wall that we will begin displaying outside of our Pre-Kindergarten classrooms just prior to Veterans’ Day. For your convenience, we have also included a link to the packet at the bottom of today’s newsletter. 

SCA Celebrates Red Ribbon Week

The SCA Red Ribbon Week will be held October 21st – 23rd.  Funds raised will benefit “Youth for Tomorrow”.  Please see the flyer linked below for more information.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

All Saints to Host Presentation on Dyslexia (October 27th at 7:00 p.m.)

In coordination with the Office of Catholic Schools, All Saints is pleased to host a regional presentation for parents on the topic of dyslexia.  Our speaker, Ms. Christina Fox, will provide an overview of dyslexia as well as helpful strategies for use by parents and teachers.  For more information about this presentation, please see the link in today’s newsletter.

8th Grade Parents Meeting (Tomorrow evening!)

Mrs. Slovenkay and Mrs. Kessinger will host a meeting for all 8th grade parents on Thursday, October 15th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Father Kelley Hall.  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

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. 

Register for the training course at www.virtus.org for one of these upcoming September sessions:

Thursday, October 15th, Church of St. Joseph in Herndon at 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 22nd, Church of the Nativity in Burke at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 24th, Church of the Nativity in Burke at 8:30 a.m.

Saturday, October 24th, Church of Good Shepherd in Alexandria at 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, October 31st, Church of St. James in Falls Church at 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, October 31st, Church of St. Timothy in Chantilly at 10:00 a.m.

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:

Tuesday, Oct. 27th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 10th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 1st in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 p.m.

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

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, October 14th

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

Thursday, October 15th

  • Bishop O’Connell 8th Grade Presentation (12:30 p.m.)
  • 8th Grade Parent Meeting (FKH/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, October 16th

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Monday, October 19th

  • Picture Make-Up Day

Tuesday, October 20th

  • Kindergarten Field Trip to Cows N Corn (8:45 – 2:30)

Wednesday, October 21st

  • SCA sponsored Red Ribbon Week Celebration (see link below for details)
  • Gift of Human Sexuality Presentation II – Middle School
  • Adoration & Benediction (2:15 p.m.)

Thursday, October 22nd

  • SCA sponsored Red Ribbon Dress Down Day
  • 1st Grade Activity Day

Friday, October 23rd

  • School Mass & Virtues Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
  • Deadline: Media Consent Form (PowerSchool)

 Links

Host the Pilgrim Virgin Statue in Your Home

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Beginning in October, the month devoted to the Holy Rosary, All Saints School families are invited to renew their devotion to Jesus through Mary in a special way.  After being blessed at the school Mass on October 9th, two statues of Our Lady of Fatima are now 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.

While the statue of the Blessed Mother is in the 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.

To create awareness about the program, the two statues began traveling from classroom to classroom last week.  In addition to informing the students of the opportunity to host one of the statues in their home, the teachers are leading the students in praying a novena that will conclude on October 8th, one day prior to the start of the program.

Should you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the rotation coordinator, Mrs. Julie Mantooth.

The Sentinel ~ October 7, 2015

Principal’s Message

This week I would like to share with you some important annual reminders regarding morning arrival and afternoon dismissal.

Supervision of Students during 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.

To ensure an orderly and safe process, all parents and students arriving by vehicle are required to participate in the school-organized and supervised drop-off process.  Parents are asked not to park and walk their children to the courtyard or entranceway. 

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:  The period of two minutes was identified as this is approximately the 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 escort his or her child to 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 that they need to park in the front lot and escort their child into the building.

Afternoon Dismissal – In order to ensure the safety of all students and to maintain a dismissal process that is both fair and efficient, all parents are asked to park in assigned bays and to follow the directions of teachers when picking up children and exiting the lot.

Parents, other than those picking up Pre-Kindergarten children and those awaiting the dismissal of students from after school activities such as safety patrol or band practice, are not permitted to park in front of the church.  Additionally, parents are asked not to park on Stonewall Road unless picking up students from the Extended Day Program. 

Entering & Exiting the Property – So as to maintain the flow of traffic on the streets surrounding the parish property, parents are asked to make only right turns when entering and exiting during arrival and dismissal.  Parents are also asked to be particularly mindful of other drivers on Stonewall Road, ensuring that the flow of traffic is able to continue unimpeded.  If a line forms at the entrance to All Saints, be sure that sufficient space exists for other cars to pass.  This will help us to maintain positive public relations with community members and local businesses.

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

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Tomorrow and Friday I will be away on retreat with the principals of our diocese.  As I gather with colleagues in West Virginia for this annual event, please know of my prayers for our school community and the needs of our families. 

All Saints to Host Presentation on Dyslexia (October 27th at 7:00 p.m.)

In coordination with the Office of Catholic Schools, All Saints is pleased to host a regional presentation for parents on the topic of dyslexia.  Our speaker, Ms. Christina Fox, will provide an overview of dyslexia as well as helpful strategies for use by parents and teachers.  For more information about this presentation, please see the link in today’s newsletter.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Pilgrim Virgin Statue Rotation~ Sign up Now to Host Statue in your Home

Beginning in October, the month devoted to the Holy Rosary, All Saints School families are invited to renew their devotion to Jesus through Mary in a special way.  Beginning Friday, October 9, after being blessed at the school Mass, 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.

While the statue of the Blessed Mother is in the 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.

To create awareness about the program, the two statues began traveling from classroom to classroom last week.  In addition to informing the students of the opportunity to host one of the statues in their home, the teachers are leading the students in praying a novena that will conclude on October 8th, one day prior to the start of the program.

Should you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the rotation coordinator, Mrs. Julie Mantooth (mantooth06@msn.com).

Middle School Program ~ The Gift of Human Sexuality (Father Kelley Hall)

Parents of middle school students are invited to a presentation to be held tonight beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Father Kelley Hall.  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 the office for more information.

8th Grade Parents Meeting (Thursday, October 15th)

Mrs. Slovenkay and Mrs. Kessinger will host a meeting for all 8th grade parents on Thursday, October 15th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Father Kelley Hall.  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

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. 

Register for the training course at www.virtus.org for one of these upcoming September sessions:

Saturday, October 10th, Church of Holy Spirit in Annandale at 8:00 a.m.

Thursday, October 15th, Church of St. Joseph in Herndon at 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 22nd, Church of the Nativity in Burke at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 24th, Church of the Nativity in Burke at 8:30 a.m.

Saturday, October 24th, Church of Good Shepherd in Alexandria at 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, October 31st, Church of St. James in Falls Church at 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, October 31st, Church of St. Timothy in Chantilly at 10:00 a.m.

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:

Tuesday, Oct. 13th in Meeting Room 2 at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 27th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 10th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 1st in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 p.m.

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

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, October 7th          

  • Gift of Human Sexuality Parent Presentation (FKH/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, October 9th                 

  • School Mass & Blessing of Families Hosting the Pilgrim Virgin Statues (8:30 a.m.)
  • Final Deadline for School Directory Submissions

Monday, October 12th            

  • Holiday – Columbus Day

Wednesday, October 14th        

  • Gift of Human Sexuality Presentation I – Middle School
  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Thursday, October 15th           

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

 Links