Evening with St. Nicholas – Friday, Dec. 4

All Saints PTO invites you to join us on Friday, December 4, 2015 at 7:00 pm for our 7th Annual Evening with St. Nicholas.

The evening will begin with an Advent Prayer Service and traditional Advent carols in the church. The “Procession of the Shoes” will again be led by St. Nicholas himself! Fellowship, light refreshments and photo taking opportunities (bring your own camera) with St. Nicholas and Mother Seton will be available afterwards in the Parish Activity Center.

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

DONATIONS AND VOLUNTEERS welcome! *Family Stewardship Opportunity* Please consider sharing your time and donations in support of this wonderful event.

Manassas Christmas Parade Float

Once again All Saints Catholic School will host a float in the annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 5th in Manassas, VA. Mr. Cooney has been working on the design and construction of the float and it promises to be a beautiful representation of our school community.

For more details about the event, including a permission slip for participation, please see the link that follows below. Parents are asked to forward completed permission slips to the office by Wednesday, December 2nd.

Christmas Parade Permission Slip 2015

Manassas Christmas Parade – Participant Information

The Sentinel ~ November 24, 2015

 

Principal’s Message

This past weekend school parents, parishioners and community members gathered for A Romantic European Evening, the theme of our annual Auction & Casino event.  Once again, it was a time of wonderful fellowship, fine food, exciting auction items and casino-style games, all in support of our school.

Such a large-scale fundraiser was only made possible through the dedication of a hard-working team.   I wish to thank the following members of the PTO who contributed to the success of the evening:  Mrs. Rebecca Johnson (Auction/Casino Chair), Mrs. Michelle Suppers (PTO President), Mrs. Kristi Hernandez (PTO Ways and Means Chair), Mrs. Katherine Mills (PTO Hospitality Chair) and Mrs. Marjorie Collins and Mrs. Carol Rice, both of whom have held a variety of roles through the years and generously shared their experience and expertise.  I also want to thank Mr. Rob Tessier (Youth Minister & Middle School Religion Teacher) for once again bringing a great deal of energy and humor to his role as auctioneer.  Finally, I wish to acknowledge and thank the catering team of Pampa’s Fox who prepared and served a first-class meal with European flair.  Thank you to everyone who contributed and to those who supported the event through their attendance.

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS

ROYAL FLUSH

Jordan Contractors

Miller Toyota Scion

Pampa’s Fox Catering

FULL HOUSE

Skyline Concrete Pumping

 STRAIGHT

Conrad Inc.

Novec

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The Cafeteria Staff did a tremendous job of feeding approximately 850 students, parents and staff who joined us for the annual Thanksgiving Luncheon yesterday.  I want to thank them for their dedication and professionalism in coordinating such a large undertaking for our community.  Beginning at around 7:00 a.m. Sunday morning, they worked through the day to prepare the great feast.  I want to extend a special word of thanks to Mrs. Wendy Matner (Director of Cafeteria Services), Mrs. Liz Werling (Assistant), Mrs. Wilma Marsengill (Cafeteria Bookkeeper) and Mrs. Robin Speicher (Assistant).

The success of the luncheon was also made possible through the steadfast support of volunteers, many of whom return each year to offer assistance.  As so many of our volunteers have been supporting the effort through the years, they have specific experience and know exactly what needs to be done.  As such, the entire operation runs smoothly with staff and parents working hand in hand.  I especially wish to thank Mrs. Gina Michak for assisting with the decorating and set-up and Mr. Billy Pell for slicing the turkeys and refilling the serving tables during the event.  Both of them are former school parents who, though their children are no longer enrolled, returned to help us for yet another year.

I also want to extend a word of appreciation to the members of our maintenance team who worked diligently behind the scenes in support of the event.  Without their commitment, the event would not have been the success that it was.  Thank you, Mr. Bill Andre (Director of Facilities), Mr. Alex Paul, Mrs. Myra Hayde and Mr. Javier Enriquez.

One of the highlights of the luncheon is the fact that our parish priests assist with the serving of food.  We thank them for their continued care and commitment to the school as so clearly evidenced by their support and involvement.

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This week I also wish to share with you the news that Mrs. Jillian Roth, our school nurse, has accepted a new position as a primary charge nurse at a hospital beginning in January.  While we are sad to see her leave our school, we congratulate her on this wonderful opportunity for professional growth and advancement.  Thank you, Mrs. Roth, for your dedication and the compassionate care that you provided to students, faculty, staff and parents during your years with us.

As we pause from our daily labors to join family and friends and to celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday, please know of my gratitude for your continued support of our school and its mission of providing an education of faith and academic excellence.  Thank you for choosing our school for your family.  Happy Thanksgiving! 

A Prayer of Thanksgiving:

May God be gracious to us and bless us

and make his face to shine upon us.

The earth has yielded its increase;

God, our God, has blessed us.

May God continue to bless us;

let all the ends of the earth revere him.

            (Psalm 67)

We thank you for your gifts, merciful God,

and we ask you to give all people the food they need.

May we all be united one day

in the eternal singing of your praises,

through Christ, our Lord.

Amen.

(A Prayer Book for Catholic Families)

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IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Applications for New Students (2016-2017)

Current families who wish to enroll a new student in grades Pre-Kindergarten through eight for the 2016-2017 academic year are invited to request an application via email at the following address: office@allsaintsva.org.

As requests are received, applications will be sent home to families with the youngest child currently enrolled in our school.  As in the past, we will continue to give first consideration to current school families before reviewing applications from new families. For this reason, it is important that current families submit their forms in advance of the deadline of February 26th.

Pre-K Families: Important Kindergarten Survey

This week all Pre-Kindergarten parents will receive an electronic survey by which they are asked to confirm their interest in continued enrollment for their child in the Kindergarten program next year.  Although it will still be necessary for parents to complete the re-registration forms in February, this early information is important for our enrollment planning for 2016-2017.

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 the upcoming session:

Saturday, December 5th, The Church of St. Veronica in Chantilly at 9:30 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, Dec. 1st in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 12th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 9th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 11th in Meeting Room 2 at 2:15 p.m.

Tuesday, March 15th in Meeting Room 2 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, November 25th

  • Thanksgiving Holiday begins

Monday, November 30th

  • Catholic Schools Care About Catholic Charities Week
  • Advent Prayer Service (PAC/8:15 a.m.)

Tuesday, December 1st           

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

Thursday, December 3rd

  • 8th Grade High School Placement Test

Friday, December 4th

  • School Mass & Virtues Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
  • Evening with St. Nicholas Prayer Service (7:00 p.m.)

Saturday, December 5th

  • Manassas Christmas Parade

Links

The Sentinel ~ November 18, 2015

 

Principal’s Message

Plans for the upcoming school year at All Saints are already underway!  Applications for new students for academic year 2016-2017 will be available beginning tomorrow to coincide with our first Open House of the season.  Completed applications returned to the office on or before Friday, February 26th will receive first consideration for any openings for the upcoming year.  Re-registration of current students will take place in February.

Current Families Enrolling a New Student (2016-2017)

This week all current families who wish to enroll a new student in grades Pre-Kindergarten through eight for the 2016-2017 academic year are invited to request an application via email at the following address: office@allsaintsva.org.

As requests are received, applications will be sent home to families with the youngest child currently enrolled in our school.  As in the past, we will continue to give first consideration to current school families before reviewing applications from new families. For this reason, it is important that current families submit their forms in advance of the deadline of February 26th.

Pre-K Families: Important Kindergarten Survey

Within the next week, all Pre-Kindergarten parents will receive an electronic survey by which they are asked to confirm their interest in continued enrollment for their child in the Kindergarten program next year.  Although it will still be necessary for parents to complete the re-registration forms in February, this early information is important for our enrollment planning for 2015-2016.

Should you have any questions about the application process, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, Administrative Assistant, at 703-393-1490.

Casino & Auction Night – 3 Days Remaining!

The November 21st Casino & Auction “A Romantic European Evening” is just days away!  It is not too late to order your tickets. Ticket price of $45 per person includes a delicious catered dinner & desserts, live & silent auction, 3 hours of casino play, photo booth, formal picture and overall fun with fellow All Saints parents/parishioners.  Attire for the evening is Sunday best, business or business casual.

The “Buy It Now” photos will be available for anyone in the class to order at our special Auction Preview this Friday, November 20th from 8:00 – 9:30 after drop off and 1:30 – 2:30 before dismissal.

Some of the great Live auction items we have this year: Dinner with Father Lee, Father Juan’s Paella Dinner, Argentinean Asado provided by Pampa’s Fox, Will Preparations by Daniel A. Harvill Attorney at Law, Tax Preparations by Render Unto Caesar, Custom Pastel Portrait Painting, Principal for Day, Disney Vacation package and 1st in Carpool!

Other Silent auction items include: unique class items made by each grade, autographed sports memorabilia, a $500 orthodontist gift certificate, Ski lift tickets, VIP DC United tickets, special student activities with teachers – including the famous PE Teacher for the Day – and much more!

If you can’t make it on Saturday, you do not need to be present to participate in the 50/50 raffle or raffle for items such as American Girl Doll of the Year – Grace or your very own Chromebook!

Don’t wait! Order your event or raffle tickets now at http://www.mkt.com/all-saints-catholic-church or pickup a form at the front office.

Hope to see everyone this Saturday, November 21st from 6-11!

Thanksgiving Prayer Service & Fresh Food Drive

The All Saints Catholic School annual Thanksgiving Prayer Service will be held on Tuesday, November 24 at 9:30 am.  In collaboration with the Parish, we will once again be collecting fresh food to benefit the Bethany Food Pantry.  These collections will serve approximately 60 families and assist them in preparing a Thanksgiving meal.  In an effort to evenly distribute our collection among the Thanksgiving meal bags, we are asking for grade-level donations as follows with the donation amount being able to serve a family of four.  With the generosity of our school community in providing the items below, many families will enjoy a beautiful meal on Thanksgiving Day.

Pre-Kindergarten          Fresh Celery and Onions

Kindergarten                  Fresh Carrots

First                                 White Potatoes and a Can of Chicken Broth

Second                           Stuffing Mix and a Large Jar/Can of Gravy

Third                               Fresh Broccoli or Green Beans

Fourth                             Fresh Butternut Squash, Yellow Squash, or Zucchini

Fifth                                 Apples or Oranges

Sixth                                Sweet Potatoes and a Large Jar/Can of Gravy

Seventh                          Cake or Cookies Mixes

Eighth                               Bags of Fresh Cranberries

Congratulations to the following students who won first place in their divisions in the recent Lego Contest sponsored by the library in support of our bookfair theme – Full STEM Ahead! Lego Contest Winners

Red Division – Jonathon Redman (1B)

White Division – Sarah Reynolds (3A)

Blue Division – Brianna Wydajewski (8B), Joseph Corrigan (5B) and Nicholas Bouril (3B)

Dozens of students participated in this contest by which they designed models depicting an aspect of our All Saints campus.  Be sure to take a look at our student creations that will remain on display in the Book Fair through Monday, November 23rd.

PTO Teacher Conference Day Luncheons – Thank You!

Thank you to the many parents who provided donations in support of last week’s Teacher Conference Luncheons.  The teachers & staff enjoyed the delicious food and appreciated the thoughtfulness of the parents who so generously contributed.  Thank you, Mrs. Thompson, for all you did to organize and coordinate both luncheons.

Candy for the Troops

Thanks to the contributions of many students, our school was able to ship 145 pounds of candy to military service men and women.  Thank you, Mrs. Cole, for once again organizing this effort on behalf of our community.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

New Student Referral Program

Through our New Student Referral Program, your family can receive a $200 tuition credit for referring one new family or a $400 tuition credit for referring two new families!
Here’s how it works:

  • The New Student Referral Program is open to all parents or legal guardians with Pre-K through 8th grade students enrolled at All Saints, and teachers and staff from All Saints Catholic School. ­
  • Tuition credit awards will be given for referring new families to the school. To qualify for the incentive, referred students cannot have a sibling currently or previously enrolled at All Saints, and the family cannot already be included in the All Saints Prospective Family Database.
  • To qualify, referrals must be acknowledged during the initial contact with the school. To receive tuition credit, the Referring Family must ensure that the Prospective Family submits the Referral Form included in the New Student Application Packet.
  • All new students must meet standard enrollment criteria.
  • Tuition credits will be applied in October for students starting at the beginning of the school year. Credits for students starting through the end of December will be applied one month following the start date of the referred family. Tuition credit for students starting from January – May will be applied in October if the student remains enrolled at All Saints the following school year.
  • Families who have paid their tuition in full at the time of their referral, and teachers and staff making referrals, will receive an incentive check equal to the amount of the tuition credit.

*Each All Saints family can be awarded up to two referrals per school year for a maximum of $400 in tuition credit. The Student Referral Incentive Program is subject to review and modification. Interpretation of program parameters will be at the discretion of the Principal.

What to do next:

  • Invite your family and friends to attend one of our upcoming Open Houses: November 19th, January 13th, February 11th.
  • Complete and submit a New Student Referral Form: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/new-student-referral-program/
  • Remind the families you invite to list your name on the Referral Form that will be included in their New Student Application Packet.

Thanksgiving Luncheon – Monday, November 23rd

Parents are asked to arrive and sign in at the front office fifteen minutes prior to their child’s assigned lunch time.  After signing in, parents are asked to report directly to their child’s classroom.  The homeroom teacher will provide guidance as to when families should begin to report to the cafeteria for the luncheon.

The schedule for the Thanksgiving Luncheon is as follows:

11:00-11:40     Grades 6-8

11:40-12:20     Grades 4-5

12:20-1:00       Grades 2-3

1:00-1:40         Grades K-1

(Note:  Parents attending back-to-back lunch sessions need not wait in line multiple times.  Rather, after enjoying lunch with their first child, they may remain seated in the cafeteria where they can watch for their son/daughter in the food service line.  Once the child has arrived at the front of the line and has been served, the parent is asked to meet the child there and lead him/her back to the table.)

So that the kitchen staff may begin planning for the event, please be sure to return your order form no later than tomorrow, Thursday, November 19th.  We do hope that you will join us for this Thanksgiving tradition!

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:

Sunday, November 22nd, Our Lady of Good Counsel School in Vienna at 10:00 a.m.

Saturday, December 5th, The Church of St. Veronica in Chantilly at 9:30 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, Dec. 1st in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 12th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 9th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 11th in Meeting Room 2 at 2:15 p.m.

Tuesday, March 15th in Meeting Room 2 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.

Carpool Rosary
Greetings All Saints Family! Are you looking to deepen your faith? Have you tried to pray the rosary daily and not always been able to find the time to do so? Carpool Rosary is the perfect opportunity to express our gratitude to our Blessed Mother and to ask for her intercession.  This year we will be meeting on School Mass days, just after drop off, around 8:05 a.m. Although usually on Fridays, some school Masses will fall during the week. Please meet at the Our Lady of Fatima statue, which is located in the church on the left hand side (where the Wednesday morning prayer group meets). For additional information, please contact Julie Mantooth (mantooth06@msn.com) or Megan Davies (meggie.davies@verizon.net).

Upcoming Events

Thursday, November 19th       

  • Spirit Week – Teacher Swap Day (2:15 p.m.)
  • Open House (PAC/9:00 a.m.)
  • Deadline: Thanksgiving Luncheon Orders
  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, November 20th                        

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Spirit Week – Student Assembly (2:30 p.m.)

Saturday, November 21st        

  • Casino & Auction Night (PAC/6:00 p.m.)

Monday, November 23rd         

  • 2nd Grade Pilgrims & Native Americans Presentation (PAC/10:00)
  • Thanksgiving Luncheon (see schedule above)

Tuesday, November 24th         

  • Thanksgiving Prayer Service (9:30 a.m.)
  • Noon Dismissal

Wednesday, November 25th    

  • Thanksgiving Holiday begins

Links

The Sentinel ~ November 11, 2015

 

Principal’s Message

One of the great joys of being principal is that of observing the growth of students over the course of their time at All Saints.  While the teachers have much greater insight into each child’s performance over the course of one year, the vantage point of the school administration is that of the larger trajectory, i.e. the journey of a student from the time of enrollment through graduation.

While reviewing report cards last week I was struck yet again by the strong and steady progress of our students.  Whether it is a young child who has grappled with what it means to be part of a group and to get along well with others or the student who has previously struggled in the learning process, the efforts made by teachers and parents over the course of time yield tremendous dividends.  To borrow terminology from the world of business and finance, we might argue that the longer a student is enrolled in a Catholic school, the greater the “return on investment”.    In the end we know that the formation of a young person’s heart, mind and soul, is truly an investment that yields eternal rewards.

As we prepare for our first Open House that will take place on Thursday, November 19th, I invite you to share with your colleagues, friends and neighbors the message and mission of All Saints.  Studies consistently show that the number one driver of a school’s enrollment is what parents share in the community.   While our alumni represent our best success stories, you are our best ambassadors!

Through our New Student Referral Program, your family can receive a $200 tuition credit for referring one new family or a $400 tuition credit for referring two new families!

Here’s how it works:

  • The New Student Referral Program is open to all parents or legal guardians with Pre-K through 8th grade students enrolled at All Saints, and teachers and staff from All Saints Catholic School. ­
  • Tuition credit awards will be given for referring new families to the school. To qualify for the incentive, referred students cannot have a sibling currently or previously enrolled at All Saints, and the family cannot already be included in the All Saints Prospective Family Database.
  • To qualify, referrals must be acknowledged during the initial contact with the school. To receive tuition credit, the Referring Family must ensure that the Prospective Family submits the Referral Form included in the New Student Application Packet.
  • All new students must meet standard enrollment criteria.
  • Tuition credits will be applied in October for students starting at the beginning of the school year. Credits for students starting through the end of December will be applied one month following the start date of the referred family. Tuition credit for students starting from January – May will be applied in October if the student remains enrolled at All Saints the following school year.
  • Families who have paid their tuition in full at the time of their referral, and teachers and staff making referrals, will receive an incentive check equal to the amount of the tuition credit.

*Each All Saints family can be awarded up to two referrals per school year for a maximum of $400 in tuition credit. The Student Referral Incentive Program is subject to review and modification. Interpretation of program parameters will be at the discretion of the Principal.

What to do next:

  • Invite your family and friends to attend one of our upcoming Open Houses: November 19th, January 13th, February 11th.
  • Complete and submit a New Student Referral Form: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/new-student-referral-program/
  • Remind the families you invite to list your name on the Referral Form that will be included in their New Student Application Packet.

Applications for new students for academic year 2016-2017 will be available beginning on November 19th.  Applications for new students received on or before Friday, February 26th will receive first consideration for any openings for the upcoming year.  (Note:  Re-registration of current students will take place in February.)

PTO General Assembly Meeting – Financial Planning Tips for Parents

The presentation by Mr. Shak Hill originally scheduled for October 6th has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 23rd.

Mr. Shak Hill, a certified financial planner and recognized speaker, will provide an overview of the College America 529 plan and address any questions that parents might have related to this topic.

Plan now to join us as we continue our commitment to offering a series of high quality speakers and relevant topics for our parent community!

Book Fair 2015

POWER UP and get ready to connect with books at the Book Fair!    The All Saints Catholic School Library is gearing up to bring students an exceptional selection of books, educational games and STEM activities through this year’s event.  Mark your calendars for November 16th-23rd as we go FULL STEM AHEAD WITH BOOKS!  Be sure to read the attachment for more details.  Also, if you are interested in volunteering at the Book Fair there are still time slots available check out the Family Stewardship program online through the school web site.

Casino & Auction “A Romantic European Evening”

The November 21st Casino & Auction “A Romantic European Evening” is less than two weeks away!  Ticket price of $45 per person includes a gourmet dinner & desserts, live & silent auction, 3 hours of casino play, photo booth, formal picture and overall fun with fellow All Saints parents/parishioners.  Attire for the evening is Sunday best, business or business casual.

Some of the classrooms will have a “sneak peek” of their classroom item or “Buy It Now” pictures on display during the Parent Teacher Conferences.   The “Buy It Now” photos will be available for anyone in the class to purchase starting Friday, November 20th.

Here are some of the great Live auction items we have this year:

Dinner with Father Lee

Father Juan’s Paella Dinner

Argentinean Asado provided by Pampa’s Fox

Will Preparations by Daniel A. Harvill Attorney at Law

Tax Preparations by Render Unto Caesar

Custom Oil Portrait Painting

Principal for Day

Disney Vacation package

and 1st in Carpool!

You can order your tickets online at http://www.mkt.com/all-saints-catholic-church or pickup a form at the front office.  Hope to see everyone there!

Bishop Ireton Theatre Arts

Bishop Ireton High School’s fall performance of Arsenic and Old Lace will be held one weekend only November 12th, 13th, & 14th.  Please click on the link below for more information.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Report Cards & Parent-Teacher Conferences

In preparation for the parent-teacher conferences, please take some time to review all of the information provided by the teacher, noting any special areas of success or difficulty.  Additionally, we encourage you to speak with your child to determine if there is anything that he or she would like you to address with the teacher.  Please feel free to make a list of any questions or concerns that you wish to discuss during the conference.  The teachers are committed to addressing the development of your child and welcome any questions you might have.  Recognizing that experiences in the home also affect a child’s performance at school, the conference provides an opportunity to discuss any changes in routine, significant events, such as the death of a close relative or pet, or any other occurrences that might be affecting your child.  The better the teacher understands the specific needs of each of the children, the better he or she will be able to assist them in their learning.

Thanksgiving Luncheon

The schedule for the Thanksgiving Luncheon is as follows:

11:00-11:40     Grades 6-8

11:40-12:20     Grades 4-5

12:20-1:00       Grades 2-3

1:00-1:40         Grades K-1

The arrival process will be the same as prior years with parents reporting directly to their son/daughter’s classroom.  There, they will wait with their children, and when called by grade level, report to the cafeteria via the Father Kelley Wing.

So that the kitchen staff may begin planning for the event, please be sure to return your order form no later than Thursday, November 19th.  We do hope that you will join us for this Thanksgiving tradition!

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 the Parish Activity Center.  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.

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

Carpool Rosary
Greetings All Saints Family! Are you looking to deepen your faith? Have you tried to pray the rosary daily and not always been able to find the time to do so? Carpool Rosary is the perfect opportunity to express our gratitude to our Blessed Mother and to ask for her intercession.  This year we will be meeting on School Mass days, just after drop off, around 8:05 a.m. Although usually on Fridays, some school Masses will fall during the week. Please meet at the Our Lady of Fatima statue, which is located in the church on the left hand side (where the Wednesday morning prayer group meets). For additional information, please contact Julie Mantooth (mantooth06@msn.com) or Megan Davies (meggie.davies@verizon.net).

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:

Sunday, November 15th, Sacred Heart Academy in Winchester at 10:30 a.m.

Monday, November 16th, The Church of Christ the Redeemer in Sterling at 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 22nd, Our Lady of Good Counsel School in Vienna at 10:00 a.m.

Saturday, December 5th, The Church of St. Veronica in Chantilly at 9:30 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, Dec. 1st in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 12th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 9th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 11th in Meeting Room 2 at 2:15 p.m.

Tuesday, March 15th in Meeting Room 2 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, November 12th       

  • Noon Dismissal – Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Spirit Event: Chuck E. Cheese (11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.)

Friday, November 13th                        

  • Holiday – Parent/Teacher Conferences

Monday, November 16th         

  • Spirit Week (See Flyer for Details) – Blue & White Day
  • Discover Catholic Schools Week
  • Book Fair Opens and Continues Through November 23rd

Tuesday, November 17th         

  • Spirit Week – Class Color Day
  • 3rd Grade Field Trip to Colvin Run Mill (8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, November 18th    

  • Spirit Week – Jeans & Jerseys Day

Thursday, November 19th       

  • Spirit Week – Teacher Swap Day (2:15 p.m.)
  • Open House (PAC/9:00 a.m.)
  • Deadline: Thanksgiving Luncheon Orders
  • Enrollment Management Team (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, November 20th                        

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Spirit Week – Student Assembly (2:30 p.m.)

Saturday, November 21st        

  • Casino & Auction Night (PAC/6:00 p.m.)

Links

The Sentinel ~ November 4, 2015

 

Principal’s Message

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

In recent years the Office of Catholic Schools completed a review process to determine whether this current test best meets the needs of our students and to discern the potential for online testing.  After a period of research and consultation, the diocese has begun to transition to computerized testing through Scantron.  Nine schools are piloting the program during 2015-2016 and All Saints will implement the new testing protocols beginning with the 2016-2017 academic year.

One of the benefits of this new approach to testing is that the data will be compiled and analyzed very rapidly, providing teachers and administrators immediate feedback regarding the needs of the learners.  This efficient process will allow us to assess student learning three times throughout the year.  The first administration of the test will establish an individual baseline for each student from which progress can be measured throughout the year.  Although the battery of math, reading and language arts will be administered several times, the time allotted to the process is actually reduced.  Instead of investing the better part of one week for standardized testing, each grade level will test for approximately 1-2 hours within a three week window.  This process will occur at the beginning, middle and end of the academic year.

So as to prepare for online testing, we are providing our students more frequent experiences of computerized assessments.  With access to the computer lab, media/library center, and a mobile cart of Chromebooks, students now have greater opportunities to demonstrate their learning through classroom-based computerized tests.

For this year, the results of Terra Nova testing remain an important measure of student learning.  With this in mind, this week I am providing to you several testing charts which are linked to this letter and that will also be available for your review on our website.  The bar graphs are designed to provide a quick overview of grade level performance in reading, language arts and math for the test administered last spring and also include a comparison to diocesan averages.  All of the scores are percentile based, comparing the performance of our students and the entire diocese to that of the national norm group.

In the majority of grade levels across all three batteries of the test, our students surpassed the benchmark for top ten performance, i.e. 75 percentile.  Our students excelled in the reading and language arts sections, frequently scoring above the diocese average.    In mathematics, our students generally scored just below diocesan average, with the exception of the fifth grade which obtained a composite score well above the norm.

Mathematics continues to be an area for improvement as we strive to not only strengthen performance as measured by standardized testing but to better prepare our students for future opportunities in STEM related fields.  Through increased use of differentiation we are now more effectively targeting the needs of students in the math classroom.  Already the teachers have begun the process of pre-assessing students to gain insights into their current level of understanding prior to beginning a chapter or unit of study.  The results of this pre-testing enable the teachers to place students in flexible ability groups and to customize the learning for those who have demonstrated non-mastery, partial mastery or full mastery of concepts.  The resulting tiered approach allows students to be engaged in the learning process in a manner that is relevant to their current level of understanding.

Additionally, the teachers have already completed a process entitled Planning for Instruction, by which they have crafted clear, instructional goals that are linked to the Terra Nova data.  With the recognition of patterns across grade levels, there is the opportunity for teachers to collaborate and share new ideas and strategies.  With everyone moving in the same direction and with a prevailing “growth mindset”, I know that the efforts of our faculty will provide an enriched and even more challenging learning environment for our students.

Report Cards & Parent-Teacher Conferences

On Friday teachers will distribute first quarter report cards to students in grades 1-8 and progress reports for those in Kindergarten.  In preparation for the parent-teacher conferences next week, please take some time to review all of the information provided by the teacher, noting any special areas of success or difficulty.  Additionally, we encourage you to speak with your child to determine if there is anything that he or she would like you to address with the teacher.  Please feel free to make a list of any questions or concerns that you wish to discuss during the conference.  While the time for conferences is limited, the teachers are committed to addressing the development of your child and welcome any questions you might have.  Recognizing that experiences in the home also affect a child’s performance at school, the conference provides an opportunity to discuss any changes in routine, significant events, such as the death of a close relative or pet, or any other occurrences that might be affecting your child.  The better the teacher understands the specific needs of each of the children, the better he or she will be able to assist them in their learning.

Prospective Teacher Information Meeting (Tuesday, 1:00 p.m.)

Are you interested in teaching for the Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Arlington? There are 44 schools within the Diocese offering instructional programs for all ages from pre-school through high school. Perhaps your certification has expired, or perhaps you are thinking of changing careers or returning to teaching after a period of absence. Do you have questions about qualifications to teach? Would you like to learn more about the mission of teaching in a Catholic School in a nurturing and caring, Christ-centered environment? Plan to attend the Information Program for Prospective Teachers on Tuesday, November 10th from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in the Art Room.  Sister Patricia Helene, IHM, head of the Marymount University Catholic School Leadership Program, Sister Karl Ann Homberg, SSJ, Assistant Superintendent for School Leadership and Janet Vetrano, Office of Catholic Schools Licensure Specialist will provide details about the opportunities and advantages of teaching in our Catholic Schools.

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Full STEM Ahead….

THE BOOK FAIR IS ON THE RADAR AND IS HEADING TO ALL SAINTS!!!

The All Saints Library is GEARING UP and celebrating the POWER OF READING in this year’s Book Fair.  Please mark your calendar dates for November 16th through November 23rd as the library transforms its space!   Excitement is already building literally as students use their savvy engineering skills to enter the Lego Book Fair Contest.   Check out the attachments to get energized by the Book Fair.

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Casino & Auction Night

The November 21st Casino & Auction “A Romantic European Evening” is a little over two weeks away.  Ticket price of $45 per person includes a gourmet dinner & desserts, live & silent auction, 3 hours of casino play and a photo booth.  Attire for the evening is Sunday best, business or business casual.  Don’t miss out on this wonderful evening with other All Saints families, teachers, priests and staff!

We are always welcoming additional volunteers and donations!  To make a donation or to inquire about how your business can become an event or program sponsor, please contact allsaintsauction@allsaintsvaschool.org.  To volunteer, please click on the link and see what opportunities we have available https://www.helpcounterweb.com/ci/signup/140e97a50f4.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.mkt.com/all-saints-catholic-church

Greater Manassas Veteran’s Day Parade
Don’t miss the Manassas Veteran’s Day Parade on Saturday, November 7 beginning at 11:00am in Old Town Manassas. This year’s parade will highlight Women in the Military. For additional information and details on the parade route, please see the Veteran’s Day Parade website at www.vetpar.org.

Carpool Rosary
Greetings All Saints Family! Are you looking to deepen your faith? Have you tried to pray the rosary daily and not always been able to find the time to do so? Carpool Rosary is the perfect opportunity to express our gratitude to our Blessed Mother and to ask for her intercession.  This year we will be meeting on School Mass days, just after drop off, around 8:05 a.m. Although usually on Fridays, some school Masses will fall during the week. Please meet at the Our Lady of Fatima statue, which is located in the church on the left hand side (where the Wednesday morning prayer group meets). For additional information, please contact Julie Mantooth (mantooth06@msn.com) or Megan Davies (meggie.davies@verizon.net).

Box Tops for Education

Students, Parents and Teachers…THANK YOU and what a great job everyone did!

With this summer’s collection and November 2nd submission of box tops, we can expect a check in the amount of $1,745.20 mid-December. Thank you for all your efforts. Here are the top four classes with the box top and soup label counts:

Mrs. Montano      3A       792

Mrs. Harrill           1A       542

Mrs. Honkus        5A       484

Mrs. Cummings   2A      466

(Note: all the classes in the lead are A classes)

Do not stop collecting! We have another submission date in the New Year. Keep clipping, ripping and turning in those box tops! Thank you all again.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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 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.

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!

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

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.

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.

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.

Tuesday, Jan. 12th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 9th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 11th in Meeting Room 2 at 2:15 p.m.

Tuesday, March 15th in Meeting Room 2 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, 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

Monday, November 9th                       

  • Lions’ Club Screening

Tuesday, November 10th         

  • Teacher Information Session (Art Room/1:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, November 11th    

  • Veterans Day Mass & Assembly (8:30 a.m.)

Thursday, November 12th       

  • Noon Dismissal – Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Spirit Event: Chuck E. Cheese (11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.)

Friday, November 13th                        

  • Holiday – Parent/Teacher Conferences

 Links