The Sentinel – February 24, 2016

Principal’s Message

Last evening as parents gathered for the PTO General Assembly Meeting, they witnessed firsthand the new STEM initiatives that we’ve launched over the course of this year.  Thanks to the generosity of community members and those who have supported our Annual Fund in prior years, we have been able to provide our students with these new and engaging learning experiences.

Next Monday we will launch our 4th Annual Fund, an opportunity for parents, parishioners and friends of All Saints to support our efforts through gifts of prayer, involvement and financial contributions.  Look for additional details about this program next Monday.

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With the presidential primary scheduled for next Tuesday, March 1st, I want to confirm that All Saints Catholic School will be open that day.  Although Prince William County Schools will be closed, since we are not a polling location, we will follow a normal operating schedule.

Field Day – Tuesday, May 31st

Once again, Field Day will take place on the grounds of Linton Hall School on Tuesday, May 31st.  Mark your calendars and plan now to join us for a day of outdoor activities!

TARGET Proceeds to Benefit All Saints

Thanks to the participation of many families in the TARGET rewards program, All Saints received a check in the amount of $1,843.37 last week.   Thank you for your continued support!

Prayer & Penny Week

The SCA will be sponsoring Prayer & Penny Week, March 7th – March 11th.  Money raised will go to support Building the House.  Information is provided in the flyer linked to today’s newsletter.

Box tops, Box tops, Box tops…think nothing but box tops!

Teachers, parents and students: we have another important submission date coming up, March 3rd.

Since the last submission in November, we’ve collected 9,532 box tops!  We have just a little less than 2 weeks to go.  Please submit all box tops, even if it’s just 2.  E-mail, call, or go to your neighbors and family too for box tops.  Here are the top 5 classes:

3A – Mrs. Montano   2,727

1A – Mrs. Harrill   1,517

2A – Mrs. Cummings   1,397

5A – Mrs. Honkus    1,099

K1 – Mrs. Feltman   931

Campbell’s Soup Label Program Update

We have recently been informed that the Labels for Education program will be ending at the end of this school year.  The soup labels that you all have collected over the years have been a huge benefit to our school, but due to the nationwide decline in participation over the past few years Campbell’s has decided to wind down the program.  This DOES NOT affect the Box Tops program, only the soup labels.  Now more than ever we ask you to turn in all labels so we can receive credit for them before August 2016.  On behalf of the All Saints PTO, we wholeheartedly appreciate all efforts put forth to collect labels and turn them into our school.  Thank you, Nikki Coughlin, Labels for Education Coordinator .

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Registration Schedule for 2016-2017

  • Re-Registration for Current Students Past Due
  • Registration Deadline for New Students February 26th

Tuition Assistance Applications for 2016-2017

Applications for Tuition Assistance for the 2016-2017 academic year are now available.  A copy of the online application can be found at the following website: www.smartaidforparents.com.

The school code for All Saints Catholic School is 03089.

Due dates for submission of applications and supporting documentation are as follows:

Elementary Schools     March 14, 2016

Join Our Parish Golf Committee
The All Saints Parish Golf Tournament will take place on Monday, May 23 at 10:00AM at the Piedmont Club in Haymarket, VA. If you have an interest in joining our golf planning committee to assist in procuring sponsors and prizes or assist on the day of the event, please contact Janis DeVore at (703) 366-1645 or jdevore@allsaintsva.org.

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, February 27th, St. James School in Falls Church at 8:30 a.m.

Thursday, March 3rd, The Church of St. Agnes in Arlington at 6:00 p.m.

Monday, March 7th, The Chruch of St. Philip in Falls Church at 6:00 p.m.

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.  

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, February 24th      

  • PTO Sponsored Lenten Soup Supper (5:00-7:00 p.m.)

Friday, February 26th             

  • School Mass & Virtues Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
  • Application Deadline for New Students

Saturday, February 27th                     

  • Diocesan PTO Meeting (9:00 – 11:00 a.m.)
  • Diocesan Spelling Bee (St. Thomas More Cathedral School/9:30 a.m.)

Tuesday, March 1st                 

  • Band Concert (2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.)
  • PTO Executive Board Meeting – Rescheduled for March 8th (7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, March 2nd                       

  • Stations of the Cross for Grades 6-8 (2:15 p.m.)

Saturday, March 5th               

  • Diocesan Band Festival

Links

Mrs. Slovenkay Selected for Catholic Teacher Award

TMrs. Libby Slovenkay, All Saints social studies teachers, to receive PWC-CBN Catholic Teacher Award.he Prince William Chapter of the Catholic Business Network (PWC-CBN) is honoring outstanding Catholic educators through its first annual PWC-CBN Catholic Teacher Awards Program.

We are pleased to announce that Mrs. Libby Slovenkay, All Saints middle school social studies teacher, has been selected by the Prince William CBN chapter to receive a 2016 Catholic Teacher Award. The award is presented to teachers for excellence in teaching as demonstrated through the creative engagement of students, proven leadership, and a commitment to serving others.

Mrs. Slovenkay will be honored at the March meeting of the Prince William Catholic Business Network to take place on Wednesday, March 2 at Grafton Street Restaurant in Gainesville, VA.

Congratulations, Mrs. Slovenkay, and thank you for your years of dedicated service to our school community!

The Sentinel – February 17, 2016

Principal’s Message

Last week the shipment of new Chromebooks for the middle school arrived and will be deployed within the near future.  Again, we are very grateful for the tremendous generosity of an anonymous donor whose contribution of $50,000 in support of technology initiatives allowed us to take this step forward, well in advance of our target goal of September.

This year, indeed, has been a time of accelerated growth and change in learning at All Saints.  Through integration of Chromebooks and Google Classroom in the middle school, the learning environment is continuing to be transformed as faculty and students discover new and powerful ways of communicating and exchanging information.  Additionally, our younger students are gaining a foundation in STEM through their hands-on experiences with the Lego programs.

At next week’s PTO General Assembly Meeting, we look forward to showcasing all of these programs with you beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Parents are invited to arrive early for the meeting in order to spend a few minutes observing and interacting with teachers and students as they share some of the highlights from our STEM programs.  Please plan to join us Tuesday evening for an inside look at learning at All Saints!

Re-Registration Forms ~ Due Friday, February 19th 

Re-registration forms are due in the office on Friday, February 19th.   Registration of students new to All Saints, including siblings who will be eligible by age for Pre-Kindergarten, has already begun.  Separate forms related to this initial registration process have been sent home to parents who have already expressed interest in enrolling another child in our program.  If you are interested in enrolling another child from your family and have not yet requested forms, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio at 703-393-1490 or office@allsaintsva.org.

11th Annual Race for Education ~ Mailing Labels Due Tomorrow!

The deadline has been extended! Students are asked to submit completed mailing labels by tomorrow, Thursday, February 18th.  For additional information about this process and the incentives offered to students, please see the information packet.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the event coordinator, Mrs. Marjorie Collins, at 703-365-9686.

Spelling Bee Winners!

Congratulations to Emma Switzer (7th grade) who won our school-wide Spelling Bee, to Gabe Short (8th grade) who placed second, and to all of the classroom champions who participated in the event.  Emma will represent All Saints at the diocesan-wide competition to be held on Saturday, February 27th.

Lillian Byers 6A

Sloane Helmick 6A

Wystan Byers 6B

Yohannes Adiamseged 6B

Emma Switzer 7A

Elias Castle 7A

Bernadette Kwari 7B

Peter Tessier 7B

Elizabeth Kwari 8A

Gabriel Cabello 8A

Mary Abando 8B

Gabriel Short 8B

Family Bingo Night

Family Bingo Night will be held on Saturday, March 12 in the Knights’ Hall.  Dinner of hamburgers and hotdogs will be available starting at 5:00 p.m. prior to playing bingo at 6:00 p.m.  If you have any items that you would like to donate as prizes, please leave them at the School Office or you may deliver them to Linda Gaynord at the Parish Office.  Please see flyer linked below.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Respect Life Outreach

The Peace & Justice Players is organizing a collection of baby items that will now extend through Wednesday, February 24th to benefit AAA Women for Choice in Manassas.  Students and families are invited to donate diapers, bottles, food, clothes, baby powder, strollers and car seats.

PTO Meeting ~ Financial Planning Tips for Parents (February 23rd)

Are you looking ahead to the future and the next steps in your child’s education?  Are you concerned about the rising costs of higher education and wondering how best to prepare?  If so, you won’t want to miss the PTO General Assembly Meeting on Tuesday, February 23rd beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Activities Center.

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! Remember, arrive early to see firsthand some of the highlights from our STEM initiatives!

Tuition Assistance Applications for 2016-2017

Applications for Tuition Assistance for the 2016-2017 academic year are now available.  A copy of the online application can be found at the following website: www.smartaidforparents.com.

The school code for All Saints Catholic School is 03089.

Due dates for submission of applications and supporting documentation are as follows:

Elementary School       March 14, 2016

Join Our Parish Golf Committee
The All Saints Parish Golf Tournament will take place on Monday, May 23 at 10:00AM at the Piedmont Club in Haymarket, VA. If you have an interest in joining our golf planning committee to assist in procuring sponsors and prizes or assist on the day of the event, please contact Janis DeVore at (703) 366-1645 or jdevore@allsaintsva.org.

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, February 20th, St. Theresa School in Ashburn at 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, February 27th, St. James School in Falls Church at 8:30 a.m.

Thursday, March 3rd, The Church of St. Agnes in Arlington at 6:00 p.m.

Monday, March 7th, The Chruch of St. Philip in Falls Church at 6:00 p.m.

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.  

All Saints School Spirit Wear  – Deadline Extended to Friday, February 19th

Showing your school spirit is a great way to encourage teamwork and camaraderie.  We’re proud of our school and we want to show off our gear!  Spirit Wear items are on display near the front office.

Order by using the one page flyer that was sent home OR order online by going to Spirit Gear Drive or click on the link on our school website.

If you have any questions please send an email to Kerryb17@verizon.net or call 703-365-7327.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, February 18th         

  • Stations of the Cross – Grades K-2 (2:15 p.m.)

Friday, February 19th             

  • Re-Registration Deadline
  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Catholic High School Decisions Mailed to Families

Monday, February 22nd                      

  • Penance Service for Grades 3-5 (10:00 a.m.)

Tuesday, February 23rd                      

  • PTO General Membership Meeting – STEM Program Demonstrations (PAC/6:30 p.m.) & College Savings Plan Presentation (PAC/7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, February 24th      

  • Golf Tournament Committee Meeting (2:00 p.m.)
  • Stations of the Cross for Grades 3-5 (2:15 p.m.)
  • PTO Sponsored Lenten Soup Supper (5:00 – 7:00 p.m.)

Friday, February 26th             

  • School Mass & Virtues Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
  • Application Deadline for New Students

Saturday, February 27th

  • Diocesan PTO Meeting (9:00 – 11:00 a.m.)
  • Diocesan Spelling Bee (St. Thomas More Cathedral School)

Links

Order Your Mulch by March 4

Spring is just around the corner … really it is!

Get 100% organic, premium select, double-shredded hardwood mulch from All Saints Youth Ministry and support a great cause while taking care of your yard.

Proceeds support high school students attending the summer Diocesan WorkCamp in Shenandoah County, VA and the Banica Mission in Haiti.

All pricing and FREE delivery options are included below. Please complete and submit the form below by March 4, 2016 at 5:00pm.

All Saints Youth Ministry – Mulch Sale

A Lenten Invitation

As we begin the Season of Lent, I wish to invite you to join with our school community in learning more about our Catholic faith.

Through the generosity of the PTO, this week each family will receive one copy of The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic by Matthew Kelly.  Clear and simple in approach, the book outlines practical strategies for more fully embracing a life of faith through prayer, study, generosity and evangelization.

As an incentive to participate in this voluntary journey of faith formation, parents who read the book are eligible to earn two Stewardship Shares for a combined total of four per family.

In the weeks ahead, members of the PTO leadership will send messages of encouragement and insight from their own reading of the text.

And as we plan for the PTO General Membership Meeting on April 26th, perhaps we will even host a “Gold Medal Reader Celebration” for parents!

We hope that you will take some time during this season to read, reflect and pray with us as we continue to discover the great gift of our Catholic faith.

Wishing you blessings during this Season of Lent!

The Sentinel – February 10, 2016

 

Principal’s Message

Recently a few questions have arisen regarding our procedures for “rainy day dismissal” and for this reason I thought it would be helpful to include some reminders in this week’s newsletter.

On rainy day dismissal days, it is important that parents park in their assigned “bay”.  This creates a sense of predictability for the students, particularly the younger ones, as they look for their parents during dismissal.  Additionally, it results in a more efficient process as it is easier to reunite parents and students.  In the event that parents do not park in their assigned bays on such days, it is well possible that some sections of the lot will be filled beyond capacity necessitating that some park in other areas.  The key is for everyone to make their best effort to park in the proper bay.  Keep in mind that this is only required on rainy day dismissal days.  On all other days parents are asked to simply park in their assigned lot, i.e. front vs. back.

It is quite understandable that there are questions associated with “rainy day dismissal”, particularly in light of the fact that it occurs so infrequently that we do not really have the opportunity for it to develop into a smooth routine.  However, working together, we can maintain a process that is always courteous, efficient, and most importantly, safe for our students – even on the most challenging of weather days.

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Congratulations to our second grade students who encountered Jesus in the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time yesterday.  Let us continue to remember them in our prayers during their special year as they prepare for First Communion during the spring.

Re-Registration Forms ~ Due Friday, February 19th 

Re-registration forms are due in the office on Friday, February 19th.   Registration of students new to All Saints, including siblings who will be eligible by age for Pre-Kindergarten, has already begun.  Separate forms related to this initial registration process have been sent home to parents who have already expressed interest in enrolling another child in our program.  If you are interested in enrolling another child from your family and have not yet requested forms, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio at 703-393-1490 or office@allsaintsva.org.

11th Annual Race for Education ~ Mailing Labels Due Friday!

Preparations are now underway for the 11th Annual Race for Education which will be held on Thursday, May 5th.   When reviewing the information packet, you will note that our goal for this year’s Race for Education is $50,000.  As is our tradition, we will continue to donate 15% of the proceeds to St. Jude’s Childrens’ Research Hospital, an organization that has received more than $100,000 from our community since the 1990’s.   The remaining funds from the 11th Annual Race for Education will be allocated for resources to support student learning initiatives and faculty enrichment.

Students are asked to submit completed mailing labels by Friday, February 12th.  For additional information about this process and the incentives offered to students, please see the information packet.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the event coordinator, Mrs. Marjorie Collins, at 703-365-9686.

Catholic Cup Competition

As part of our Catholic Schools Week celebration, students participated in the annual “Catholic Cup”, an academic style competition that showcases their knowledge and understanding of the faith.  Congratulations to Eirian Crocker (8th Grade) who won first place in the event, to Chloe Davies (6th Grade) who placed second, and to all of the class champions who participated.

Camden S. (4A)
Anna D.s (4B)
Anthony O. (5A)
Joseph C. (5B)
Daniel C. (6A)
Chloe D. (6B)
Nicholas F. (7A)
Abigail Y. (7B)
Eirian C. (8A)
Gabriel S. (8B)

Virtue Award Winners

Congratulations to the following students who received special recognition last Friday following our school Mass for having demonstrated the Virtue of Empathy & Compassion during the month of January.

PK1     Delaney D.
PK2     Sam W.
PK3     Liam G.
K1       Luca M.
K2       Addison T.
1A       Isabella H.a
1B        Anne T.
2A       Carter R.
2B        Mary M.
3A       Joseph F.
3B        Liliana M.
4A       Liam D.
4B        Josseline A.
5A       Jack P.
5B        Krysta D.
6A       Kimberly G.
6B        Michael S.
7A       Amelia S.
7B        Ryan S.
8A       Brianna M.
8B        Katherine D.

Yearbook Order Forms

It’s time to order the 2015 – 2016 All Saints Catholic School Yearbook.  The cost for each book is $21.  Order form and payment must be received by March 31st to guarantee a copy of the yearbook!   Please go to the link at the end of the newsletter to obtain the order form.

Ten Commandments Hike

Saturday, Feb. 13, 9:00 am – 1:30 p.m. Registration starts at 8:30 am at the PAC of All Saints Church.  This activity is a circuit hike (about 4 miles) through the City of Manassas with stops at 4 churches.  At each stop a church representative will conduct an interactive discussion with the participants about two or three of the Ten Commandments along with a brief introduction to their particular religious denomination.  The following churches will be participating in the hike this year:  All Saints Catholic Church, Grace United Methodist Church, Victory Fellowship Church, and First New Birth Baptist Church.  There is no cost for this event. Anyone who completes the hike will receive a patch if they donate a non-perishable food item from the following list: box of cereal, can of tuna/chicken, jar of peanut butter or box of dry pasta with a plastic jar of pasta sauce.  The donations will be collected prior to the hike and the patches will be given out upon completion of the hike. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, George Brent Council #5332, and run by Boy Scout Crew 1188.

For more information visit Manassas Ten Commandments Hike website:  http://nealbscott.wix.com/ten-commandment-hike  or contact Matt Carroll at 703-477-9838.

From the Spirit Events Committee
President’s Day is Monday February 15th and we have your play date covered! Join your family and friends from All Saints at Chuck E Cheese in Manassas.  This fun-filled afternoon or evening will benefit your awesome school.  The kids can get that positive energy out and you will have a positively great time chatting with fellow parents! 15% of the proceeds come back to our school and kids will get 10 free tokens with the stickers coming home with them. See you there!

Family Bingo Night – SAVE THE DATE!

Family Bingo Night has been scheduled for Saturday, March 12 in the Knights’ Hall.  Dinner of hamburgers and hotdogs will be available starting at 5:00pm prior to playing bingo at 6:00pm.  If you have any items that you would like to donate as prizes, please leave them at the School Office or you may deliver them to Linda Gaynord at the Parish Office.  Watch for a flier in late February.

St. John Paul the Great High School News

‘PED’ Talk for Parents

John Paul the Great High School invites all those who parent teens to participate in their upcoming PED talk on Saturday, February 20. A take-off on the popular TED talks that provide inspiration on a variety of topics, the JP PED event focuses on Parenting, Education, and Discussion. The keynote talk will be by Matthew Warner (“How to help your Catholic teen make a mess, be a fool and Evangelize the World”). For more information, and to register, please click here, or contact JP Family Association president, Mark Randall: jpfamilyassocation@jpthegreat.org, or call 703.445.0300.

John Paul OPEN HOUSE

The Spring Preview Open House on Thursday, March 17, from 4 – 6pm, is primarily for younger students who wish to preview high school, but all are welcome to attend! A brief presentation will begin at 4:15pm. Meet Students, Teachers, Parents, and enjoy green treats in honor of St. Patrick! For more information and to register, please visit www.jpthegreat.org or call 703.445.0314.

Upcoming Events for Middle School Students

John Paul the Great High School is hosting a number of events for middle-school-aged students: 3v3 Soccer Tournament (Feb 20); Music Festival (Feb 27); and, Baseball Clinic (March 5). For more information on each event, including how to register, please visit http://www.jpthegreat.org/admissions/visiting/special-middle-school-invitations/ or call 703.445.0314.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Open House for 2016-2017 School Year – Tomorrow!

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, February 11th beginning at 9:00 a.m.  All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about the parish school are cordially invited to attend.  Following a demonstration of our new STEM programs and presentation by the principal, tours of the facility will be provided. For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at (703) 393-1490.

Respect Life Outreach

The Peace & Justice Players is organizing a collection of baby items that will now extend through Wednesday, February 24th to benefit AAA Women for Choice in Manassas.  Students and families are invited to donate diapers, bottles, food, clothes, baby powder, strollers and car seats.

Band Concert

The band concert has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 16th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Activity Center.

PTO Meeting ~ Financial Planning Tips for Parents (February 23rd)

Are you looking ahead to the future and the next steps in your child’s education?  Are you concerned about the rising costs of higher education and wondering how best to prepare?  If so, you won’t want to miss the PTO General Assembly Meeting on Tuesday, February 23rd beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Activities Center.

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!

Tuition Assistance Applications for 2016-2017

Applications for Tuition Assistance for the 2016-2017 academic year are now available.  A copy of the online application can be found at the following website: www.smartaidforparents.com.

The school code for All Saints Catholic School is 03089.

Due dates for submission of applications and supporting documentation are as follows:

Elementary School       March 14, 2016

All Saints School Spirit Wear Line – On Sale now!!

All Saints is participating in a spirit gear drive and we need your help!  Showing your school spirit is a great way to encourage teamwork and camaraderie.  We’re proud of our school and we want to show off our gear!

Please shop using the one page flyer that was sent home this week OR go to Spirit Gear Drive or look for the link on our school website to order on-line.

We are accepting forms back any time before the deadline.  The last day to place an order is Monday, February 15th.  Our Spirit Wear items will be on display near the front office during the sale.

We are so excited to offer a variety of quality pieces which display our All Saints logo for children and adults!! Please let me know if you have any questions- Contact info: Kerryb17@verizon.net or 703-365-7327.

Join Our Parish Golf Committee
The All Saints Parish Golf Tournament will take place on Monday, May 23 at 10:00AM at the Piedmont Club in Haymarket, VA. If you have an interest in joining our golf planning committee to assist in procuring sponsors and prizes or assist on the day of the event, please contact Janis DeVore at (703) 366-1645 or jdevore@allsaintsva.org.

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, February 20th, St. Theresa School in Ashburn at 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, February 27th, St. James School in Falls Church at 8:30 a.m.

Thursday, March 3rd, The Church of St. Agnes in Arlington at 6:00 p.m.

Monday, March 7th, The Chruch of St. Philip in Falls Church at 6:00 p.m.

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.  

Upcoming Events

Thursday, February 11th

  • Open House (9:00 a.m.)
  • 1st Grade Activity Day
  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, February 12th

  • SCA sponsored Valentine’s Dress Down Day (see flyer for details)
  • Race for Education Mailing Labels due
  • Middle School Demerit Free Breakfast (9:00 a.m.)
  • Valentine’s Day Parties (K-5)

Monday, February 15th                      

  • Holiday – Presidents Day
  • Spirit Event: Chuck E. Cheese (12:00-9:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, February 16th                      

  • Band Concert (PAC/2:00 & 7:00 p.m.)

Thursday, February 18th         

  • Stations of the Cross – Grades K-2 (2:15 p.m.)

Friday, February 19th             

  • Re-Registration Deadline

Links