Celebrating the Triduum

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

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

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

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

5,800 Race for Education Mailers

11th Annual Race for Education

Thank you to all the parents and middle school students who gathered last week to help prep the Race for Education mailers! Our school mailed over 5800 mailers to all 50 states, as well as Australia, Canada, France, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, and the United Kingdom. All Saints is worldwide!

Hopefully, many have already started receiving our Race for Education mailers. This year, there is a new way to donate through our online donation link. Please make one donation transaction for all the runners you are sponsoring. Fill in all your information and don’t forget to use the memo box to indicate to which runner and classroom you are donating.

Here is the online link: http://allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/pto/race-for-education

Thank you for your support to make this fundraiser successful!

Marjorie Collins
Race for Education Coordinator

"Faustina" Coming April 3

Faustina Messenger of Divine Mercy - April 3 - All Saints Catholic Church

Saint Luke Productions presents Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy. Faustina is based on the life and message of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938), a Polish visionary whose personal encounters with Jesus have inspired a devotion to Christ’s Divine Mercy. A parallel modern story within the drama offers audiences a compelling personal connection to the current moral issues of our times.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

3:00 p.m.

(Beginning with Divine Mercy Chaplet)

All Saints Parish Activity Center 9310 Stonewall Road

Manassas, VA 20110

Admission: Free-Will OfferingSuitable for Ages 13 & Up

Information: Contact All Saints Catholic ChurchCall (703) 368-4500, email divinemercy@allsaintsva.org

or visit www.allsaintsvachurch.org

A powerful drama for the Year of Mercy.
Learn more about this riveting live production…

“I encountered Faustina and the message of Divine Mercy on a new and deeper level. And that’s saying something.”– Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC “If you have an opportunity to see this production…run, don’t walk!”

– Patricia, NY

“I saw Faustina last night and it was absolutely fabulous! When we left the show, it was as if people were spellbound; we were blown away. I cannot stop thinking about it and the message.”

– Jeanne, WI


Don’t miss FAUSTINA – a gripping live production,

that will open hearts to Christ’s Divine Mercy.
PLAY TRAILER
or email divinemercy@allsaintsva.orgfor more information.

Race for Education Gearing Up

On Thursday, May 5, 2016, All Saints Catholic School will be participating in our 11th annual Race for Education. Our goal this year is $50,000 to help support student learning initiatives and faculty enrichment. As always, 15% of all proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Mailers are being sent out this week . . . Find out more including the May 5th race time schedule for each grade level.

Little Medical School

All Saints introduces Little Medical School STEM programWe are pleased to announce an exciting new partnership between All Saints Catholic School and the Little Medical School, an after school program that encourages elementary students to explore the inspiring world of health and medicine.

Through hands-on interactive demonstrations, crafts and games, the Little Medical School teaches children how the body and organs work, introduces them to medical instruments, and explores the skills that real surgeons use in surgery.

The concept is to offer small classes of 12 students led by a trained Little Medical School teacher to ensure individual attention. Our instructor will be long-time alumni parent, Mrs. Beth Ross. At the completion of the program, each child will receive a diploma and their own real stethoscope.

As part of our efforts to continue offering enriching STEM-related opportunities, we will pilot this program at the third grade level this spring. More information about the Little Medical School, including the pricing and class schedule, will be sent home shortly with each third grade student.

We look forward to this new partnership in support of student learning and the potential for expansion of this program in the future!

The Sentinel – March 16, 2016

Principal’s Message

Last Friday both Mrs. Campagna and I had the honor of reviewing and selecting the top three 6th grade artistic representations of Pi, the mathematical relationship that defines the correlation between the distance across a circle and the distance around a circle.  Using bright colors, clever turns of phrase, and mathematical humor, the students decorated paper plates in celebration of “Pi Day” which falls on March 14th.  We were both impressed with the students’ creativity and their obvious efforts in designing eye-catching projects.

Congratulations to the following 6th grade students:

Katy Jo McDermott (1st place)

Lizzie Mangilit (2nd place)

Jacob Collins (3rd place)

Additionally, the students also showcased their memorization skills by reciting the value of Pi to as many decimal places as possible.  During the final round competition held yesterday, Erin Balagtas recited Pi to 259 decimal places!  I was so proud of our students’ commitment and their enthusiasm for this event.  At a time when some in society question the value of memorization, it was inspiring to see our students embracing the challenge and excelling beyond expectations.

Congratulations to the following classroom winners of the Pi Memorization Contest:

Erin Balagtas (7B) – Winner

Sloane Helmick (6A)

Zack Kreitzer (6A)

Alexia Mendiola (6B)

Nicholas Ferguson (7A)

Lucila Avila de la Trinidad (7A)

Madelyn Vo (7B)

Eirian Crocker (8A)

Brianna Montgomery (8A)

Emily Gomez (8B)

These “outside the box” learning experiences are but a couple of examples of the ways that the teachers are challenging the students and fostering a math culture.  And if the turnout of thirty students at the first after school meeting of the Math Club is any indicator, the students are really developing an interest and enthusiasm for the topic!

In order to provide our 5th grade students with a glimpse of the range of learning opportunities that await them in middle school, on Friday they will participate in a “Middle School Experience”.  During a 45 minute visit, the students will rotate through three classrooms and gain a first-hand experience of the energy and excitement that surrounds learning in our middle school.

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This week I wish to share with you an additional change in staffing as we look ahead to the coming year.  Mrs. Jennifer Smith, 7th grade homeroom and middle school language arts teacher, has decided that she will not be returning in the fall in order to pursue other opportunities in the field of education.  We thank her for all of her efforts this past year and wish her every success and blessing in her future endeavors.

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I look forward to seeing many of you at the 5K Running with the Saints event on Saturday morning.  With the new contest by which participants are encouraged to wear saints’ costumes for the event, I am excited with the prospect of seeing holy men and women of God running through the streets of Manassas…a unique approach to the New Evangelization!

Pre-Kindergarten Openings for 2016-2017

Openings are still available in the Pre-Kindergarten Program for four year old students for the 2016-2017 school year.  This is a great opportunity for families in our community who may be hoping to send their child to All Saints but have heard that openings are limited due to high demand.  Please invite families who may be interested in the Pre-Kindergarten program to contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio at (703) 393-1490 or jdeugenio@allsaintsva.org for more information.

Remember, current parents who refer families into our program may earn up to $400.00 in tuition credit per year through our New Student Referral Program!

11th ANNUAL RACE FOR EDUCATION

Mark your calendars for the 11th Annual Race for Education to take place on Thursday, May 5, 2016!

Volunteer opportunities to earn shares are available the day of the race and also taking place this week after school. Volunteers will gather in Meeting Room 2 from 3-5 PM to prepare the Race mailers before they are mailed later this week. If you are interested in volunteering please sign up on the HelpCounter link:  https://www.helpcounterweb.com/ci/signup/140e99d6da9

 4th Annual Kid Stuff Sale

Please join us for our 4th Annual Kid Stuff Sale (and More!), sponsored by MARCH homeschool group and K of C Squire Roses to benefit AAA Women for Choice on Saturday, April 2, from 7am-12 noon at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 9290 Stonewall Rd. Manassas (next to All Saints).  Maternity, infant, child, and teen clothing, shoes, baby equipment, furniture, toys, books, household items and more will be priced to sell!  We are also gratefully accepting tax-deductible donated items from parishioners who want to support this worthy cause.  Please contact Mary Lewandowski, res19qf7@verizon.net or at 703-335-7471 or Kelley Witter, kelleywitter@yahoo.com or at 703-257-5619 for more information.  (Any remaining merchandise will be given to a charitable organization)

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

End of Year Calendar & Events

With the transition to spring-like weather, we are now able to confirm the end of year calendar.

Thursday, June 2nd     

  • Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten

Friday, June 10th        

  • 8th Grade Graduation (4:00 p.m.)
  • Note: Noon Dismissal for Grades K-7

Thursday, June 16th    

  • Kindergarten Graduation (10:00 a.m.)

Friday, June 17th        

  • Final Day of School for Students in Grades 1-7 (11:00 a.m. Dismissal)

Title I Special Event

All Title I students and parents are invited to a special evening of storytelling to be held at 6:30 p.m.  on Tuesday, April 26th at St. Michael School.  Through puppetry and magic the performer will retell classic stories.  All Title I students who attend will be provided pizza and a drink and be given a book and activity to take home.

Terra Nova Testing Reminder

As the week of standardized testing approaches, parents are asked to avoid scheduling appointments from Monday, April 18th – Tuesday, April 26th so that each student may participate in the testing as scheduled.

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.

St. John Paul the Great 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, and 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.

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, March 19th, Church of St. Jude in Fredericksburg at 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, March 19th, Marymount University in Arlington at 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, April 2nd, Church of Queen of Apostles in Alexandria at 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, April 9th, Church of St. Francis of Assisi in Triangle at 10:00 a.m.

Saturday, April 23rd, Church of Good Shepherd in Alexandria at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, April 26th, Church of the Holy Trinity in Gainesville 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, March 17th

  • School Mass for the Feast of St. Patrick (8:30 a.m.)

Friday, March 18th

  • SCA Sponsored St. Patrick’s Dress Down Day
  • 5th Grade “Middle School” Experience – Looking Ahead to Next Year

Saturday, March 19th

  • 5th Annual Running with the Saints 5K (8:15 a.m.)

Tuesday, March 22nd

  • State-wide Tornado Drill

Wednesday, March 23rd

  • Peace & Justice Sponsored Lenten Soup Luncheon

Thursday, March 24th

  • Holy Thursday Prayer Service (9:30 a.m.)
  • 7th Grade Passion Play (10:45 a.m.)
  • Noon Dismissal

Friday, March 25th

  • Holiday – Good Friday

Links

Running with the Saints 5K – Saturday

Please join us for All Saints Catholic School’s annual Running with the Saints 5K on Saturday, March 19 at 8:15AM. The event features Bib Tag timing & live results for race enthusiasts, musical entertainment, and a family-friendly atmosphere. Athletes, runners, joggers and walkers of all ages and abilities are welcome! Fantastic age group awards! Everyone receives a finisher ribbon. Top 3 in each age group receive a medal and prize!

Starting and finishing at All Saints Catholic School in Manassas, VA, this USATF certified 5K run heads down Stonewall Road and through the picturesque Robnel and Owen’s Wood neighborhoods in Manassas.

PACKET PICK-UP and In-Person Registration will take place at All Saints Parish Activity Center (PAC)  on:

  • Friday, March 18, 2016, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Saturday, March 19, 2016, 6:30 am – 7:30 am

Register online by 3/16 or during packet pickup in the PAC on Friday, March 18 from 2-6:00PM or Saturday, March 19 from 6:30-7:30AM.


 

2016 Running with the Saints 5K Sponsors

We want to sincerely thank the following race sponsors for their support of this fun-filled family event:
 
SILVER SPONSOR:
Bridge Title

BRONZE SPONSORS:
The Bigger the Better Canine Camp
Erie Insurance – Frank Spicer
New York Life Insurance – Estela Solis
The Running Store
Bounce Mania
Sporting Smiles Pediatric Dentisty and Family Orthodontics
WDP & Associates
Season’s Services

FRIENDS OF THE RACE:
Camille Karcher, LPC, PLLC
Render Unto Caesar for Tax Prep – Jim Griffin
Vera’s Catering

Special Thanks:
Bristow Area Tri and Swim (BRATS) Timing Company
Center Street Studios