All Saints Band Wins First Place

Congratulations to the All Saints Band for scoring our highest point score ever with an overall average score 96.6 out of 100 at the 2016 Kings Dominion Band Festival!

The All Saints band won 1st place in the Middle School Division and highest point score in all categories at this year’s Festival. Great job everyone! Our thanks to Mr. Barry Ward and Mr. Mark Sawasky for their leadership and guidance throughout the year!

The Sentinel – May 25, 2016

Principal’s Message

This week I wish to inform you of a matter related to student safety that recently came to the attention of our diocesan school system.  Last week the Catholic Schools Office of the Archdiocese of Washington became aware of a disturbing scam being conducted via telephone recently and issued the following statement:

An unidentified individual has called parents, claimed to have kidnapped a child of theirs, and demanded ransom. In both cases we are aware of – one involving a parent at an archdiocesan school, and the other a parent at a local private school – the claims have been false, with the children safe and accounted for. In one of the cases, the caller purported to put the kidnapped child on the phone and have her ask for help. If you receive a call like this, please call the police immediately.

While there is no reason to believe that the families in our community in particular will encounter this scam, I felt it important to share this information with you.  As always, the safety of our students is our highest priority and we will ever be diligent in this regard.

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It was wonderful to see the many parents and relatives who gathered in support of the 11th Annual Race for Education last Thursday.  The extra volunteer hands helped to ensure a safe and enjoyable event for all of the children.  Many thanks to one and all for your support and participation.  I also wish to thank all of our donors from across the country and around the globe who once again so generously contributed to the success of this fundraiser!

As of yesterday, the counting team has already processed a large number of donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

None of this would have been possible without the dedication of the event chairperson who coordinated all of the details from start to finish.  I want to offer a special word of thanks to Mrs. Marjorie Collins for her commitment and enthusiastic leadership.  Once again this year she invested many hours in planning for the Race and guided a team of volunteers tasked with the recording and depositing of the contributions.  Thank you, Mrs. Collins, as well as the many volunteers who supported the effort, for your dedication and continued service to our school!

Stewardship Shares ~ Year End Totals
Last week the office issued individualized letters to families, confirming the number of any outstanding Shares and the corresponding fee.  Families are reminded to submit payment to the office for any unearned Stewardship Shares by Friday, June 3rd.

Carpool Network 2016-2017
All Saints parent Mr. Jim Griffin has once again volunteered to serve as a carpool coordinator. If you are interested in a carpool for your children, please email the following information to allsaintscarpool@hotmail.com and Mr. Griffin will put you in touch with other families in your area who have expressed an interest in carpooling.

Name:
Address:
Phone Number:
Preferred email contact:
Number of children you need transported:
Number of spaces in your vehicle for transporting others:
Prefer to drive morning or evening, or no preference?

Please be aware that the above information will be plotted on a map with a private URL that is only available to All Saints parents who have expressed an interest in carpooling.  The URL will be emailed directly to you and will not be available any other way or discoverable by any search engine.

Recognizing that parents are solely responsible for determining transportation arrangements to and from All Saints Catholic School, the school assumes no role in this process and neither recommends nor endorses any particular carpool arrangements.  In the unfortunate circumstance of an accident or injury, the parent’s own personal automobile liability is primary in the event of a claim.  Nonetheless, the school values the collective efforts of parents and is pleased to support this initiative by communicating the opportunity to parents.

Chess Club – Seeking Volunteers for 2016-2017
Do you enjoy chess and are you seeking opportunities to be more involved in our school community?  The Chess Club is need of new moderators for the upcoming school year.  We thank Mr. and Mrs. Kreitzer who have served in this capacity for the past several years and who remain available to share details about the program with parents interested in learning more.  For more information, please contact them at kreitzers@me.com.

2015-2016 Annual Fund
Just a reminder that our 2015-16 Annual Fund campaign is coming to a close on Tuesday, May 31st.  To ensure that our students are equipped with the necessary skills for the careers of the future, our 2015-2016 Annual Fund will continue its STEM focus with proceeds benefiting:

  • Science Initiatives – expanding science opportunities in the lower grades and upgrading equipment in our Science Lab.
  • Technology in the Classroom – implementing emergent teaching technologies to supplement ACTIVBoards throughout the school.

Once again, we ask that you prayerfully reflect on the difference that All Saints makes in your life and show your support through:

  • Gifts of Prayer
  • Gifts of Involvement
  • Gifts of Financial Participation

Make a Commitment Today
We hope you will choose to participate in this year’s Annual Fund campaign by sharing your gifts of prayer, involvement and financial participation.  Your gift – no matter the size – will provide for our students both now and in the future.

What’s My Next Step?
Simply print our Annual Fund brochure and send in your participation form through your child’s teacher or make a donation online through our website atwww.allsaintsvaschool.org.
Help support the legacy of an All Saints education as we Empower the Next Generation of Learners.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Field Day Reminder
Please send in your Field Day Form with payment for lunch as soon as possible.

FACTS Enrollment Process for 2016-2017
All returning families should have received a customized email from FACTS confirming their tuition balance and payment plan for 2016-2017.  Similarly, all new families and those who have expressed interested in changing their plan from “Payment in Full by invoice” to a schedule of payments should have received a FACTS “invite” that provides detailed directions for establishing an account. All new families and those enrolling in the system for the first time are asked to complete this process by Friday, May 27th.

Graduation Day – Noon Dismissal (June 10th)
Since 8th Grade Graduation will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the church on Friday, June 10th, school will dismiss at noon that day.

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!

Celebrating Our Graduating 8th Graders!
We are asking the school community to help celebrate our 8th grade graduates by providing sweet treats for the graduation reception.   We need approximately 40 dozen cookies/bars for several hundred people.   You can drop your donation starting on Thursday June 9th at the front office, or by noon at the PAC on Friday June 10th.  Please click this link to sign up.    https://www.helpcounterweb.com/ci/signup/140ea245538.  Thank you for your help making this celebration a special one! Contact Sue Ferguson at susan.v.ferguson@me.com with any questions.

END OF YEAR INFORMATION

School Supplies Program
It’s supply time!!  I know we’re almost done with the 2015 – 2016 school year, but we’re already looking ahead to this fall!!  Online supply orders are now available and will be open through July 15th. You can order your child’s school supplies and have them ready and waiting for you when you arrive for orientation!!  Kindergarten students no longer need to purchase seat sacks at orientation as they are available as part of their new supply pack!!  Middle School students also no longer need to pay for locker shelves and a lock if they already have them.  They are no longer included in the supply pack. However, they ARE available as a separate item and can be purchased individually as needed!!  1st – 4th grade parents can also purchase replacement seat sacks online as needed instead of paying at orientation!!  Please see the attached flyer for more information including the website and code for our personal supply list!!   The EPI Online School Supply Order Information Form is linked below.  If you have any questions please email Rebecca Johnson atRLJohnson29@gmail.com

Extended Day Program
Extended Day services will continue for the next three weeks and be available before and after school through Thursday, June 16thThere will be no Extended Day Program on Friday, June 17th.  All students will dismiss at11:00 a.m. following the Closing Mass & Awards Ceremony.  Please make arrangements for your children to be picked up if you anticipate being unavailable at that time.

Report Cards
Report cards and awards will be issued on the final day of school, June 17th.  Since the office will have a record of your child’s final grades at the close of the year, you may retain these cards.

Medications
All medications must be picked up from the clinic no later than Thursday, June 16th.  Since students are not authorized to carry medication, it is necessary for parents to visit the clinic to pick up medications prior to the close of the year.  Medications remaining after the final day will be discarded.

Summer Office Hours
The school office will remain open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

during the months of June and August.  Should you need to contact school personnel during the summer months, please do not hesitate to leave a message on the answering machine or contact us via email.  We will make every effort to assist you in a timely manner.

Important Dates for the Upcoming Year

  • Orientation Day (Students and parents are invited to visit the school, meet new teachers, and pick up supply orders.) – Friday, August 26th.
  • 10th Annual Back-to School Barbecue hosted by the PTO – Friday, August 26th (5:30-7:30 p.m.)
  • First Day of School ~ Noon Dismissal (Grades K-8) – Monday, August 29th
  • First Day of Pre-Kindergarten – Wednesday, September 7th

Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 26th

  • Race for Education Dress Down Day Option
  • 6th Grade Field Trip to Medieval Times

Friday, May 27th

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • FACTS Tuition Enrollment Deadline

Monday, May 30th

  • Holiday – Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 31st

  • Field Day (Linton Hall School/9:00-1:00)

Wednesday, June 1st

  • Race for Education Dress Down Day Option
  • 7th Grade Field Trip to Manassas Battlefield

Thursday, June 2nd

  • Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten

Friday, June 3rd                               

  • School Mass & Virtues Award Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
  • Safety Presentation by Manassas City Police Department for Grades 6-8 (2:00-2:45 p.m.)

Saturday, June 4th

  • Algebra I Exemption Exam
  • Book Worm Book Sale (9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.)

Links

The Sentinel – May 18, 2016

Principal’s Message

It was a joy and an honor to witness many of our 2nd grade students receiving their First Communion over the course of the past two weeks.  We continue to remember all of them in our prayers and congratulate them on this wonderful occasion.  I want to take a moment to thank Mrs. Cummings and Mrs. Burnett for so thoughtfully preparing the children.  Through their careful planning and recognition of the fact that this Sacrament is the central focus of the second grade experience, they provided an environment of faith and learning for their students.

Congratulations as well to the members of our 8th grade class who received the Sacrament of Confirmation last evening.  I am so proud of each of them for the individual commitment they have made to their Catholic faith and pray that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that they experienced will guide them through their future years.  Thank you, Mr. Tessier, and all of the teachers who provided the students such wonderful religious formation during their years at All Saints.

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Tomorrow all students will participate in the 11th Annual Race for EducationAs the largest fundraiser for our school community, the Race provides important financial support for initiatives that would otherwise be beyond our reach.

The following is a list of important reminders for all students and parents regarding the event.
1.    All students in grades K-8 are asked to wear their P.E. uniforms to school on Thursday.  Students enrolled in the Pre-K are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing appropriate for running.  Note: Students may wear either the uniform P.E. shoes or running/athletic shoes for the day.

2.    While all students will be participating in the Race for Educationactivities, only those students who brought in sponsor names or a flat donation will be eligible for prizes.

3.    Students need not bring water bottles to the Race for Education.  Two water stations will be available to students throughout the race.

4.    Lunch will be served in the cafeteria at the regularly scheduled time.
Parents, relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend the event as a sign of support for all of our student runners.  We hope that many of you will be able to join us for a wonderful day of fun and fellowship!

We still need volunteers to sign up for each of the race times. Volunteers will help track the students’ laps, pass out water, or monitor the students as they run. All of these volunteer positions can be done while you are cheering on your child. Please sign up to volunteer through the HelpCounter link:
https://www.helpcounterweb.com/ci/signup/140e99d6da9
If you have any questions about the Race for Education, please contact Mrs. Marjorie Collins at  marjorie@ocfmail.com.
The following is the schedule for this special event:

Grades Pre-K, K, 1 & 2             8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
Grades 3-5                               10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Grades Pre-K3 & 6-8               1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

As of yesterday, the counting team has already processed $44,358.28 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day! 

We are still accepting donations! Please remind your family and friends that they can return the blue mailers with their donations or make a credit card donation online at https://allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/pto/race-for-education.  Please use the memo box online to indicate to which runner & classroom you are donating.

Thank you to all students, parents, relatives and friends of our community for your steadfast support!  We also want to extend a special word of thanks to the many volunteers who have helped process the mailers including Mrs. Maria Murray, Mrs. Caeli Volk, Mrs. Kim Huynh, Mrs. Floribel Fleisig, Mrs. Nakiea Nesbitt, Mrs. Maria Mendoza, Mrs. Danessa Quispe, Mrs. Kristina Mirus, Mrs. Fuzzy Reynolds, Mrs. Tricia Sheeran, Mrs. Cathy Bruniger, Mrs. Elizabeth Egan, and Mrs. Marla Trunzo!

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I am pleased to announce that Mrs. Jillian Roth will be returning as our school nurse for the 2016-2017 academic year. While she has very much enjoyed her work in a hospital setting after leaving All Saints in January, she looks forward to once again being part of our vibrant, faith-filled community.  Welcome back, Mrs. Roth!

Target Take Charge of Education Proceeds
Thanks to the participation of families in our community, All Saints received a check this past week in the amount of $900.00 for our participation in this program sponsored by Target. Thank you to our many supporters who credited their purchases to our school!

Virtue Award Winners
Congratulations to the following students who were recognized last Friday for having demonstrated the Virtue of Stewardship during the month of April.

Leah Cooper (PK1)
Mark Tessier (PK2)
Kean Kristiansen (PK3)
Thomas McGrath (K1)
Grace Gregory (K2)
Ariana Aldeguer (1A)
Aceline Owusu (1B)
Josephine Cole (2A)
Isabella Ventura (2B)
Isabella Brown (3A)
Lucia Miller (3B)
Sarah Lima (4A)
Isaac Fleisig (4B)
Catherine Griffin (5A)
Isabella Mancini (5B)
Paul Valliere (6A)
Anthony Suppers (6B)
Megan Rivera (7A)
Peter Tessier (7B)
Joseph Gould (8A)
Mary Abando (8B)

Student Council Election Results
Last Thursday a number of students participated in an election for leadership positions in the Student Council Association for 2016-2017.  Congratulations to the following candidates who were elected by students in grades four through seven.

President                                                          Jack Malone
Vice President                                                  Abby Yelvington
Secretary                                                          Erin Balagtas
School Spirit/Publicity                                       Christina Santiago
Finance                                                            Timothy Mills
Health, Safety & Ecology                                 Victoria Bruno
Religious Activities                                           Lily Feltman

Field Day Reminder
Parents are asked to submit Field Day Forms with payment for lunch no later than next Tuesday, May 24th so that the cafeteria staff can plan accordingly.

 

VIRTUS Live Training

All Saints Parish has added a live Virtus training on June 18, 2016 beginning at9:00AM in Father Kelley Hall.  Please mark your calendars if you need to attend the initial full Virtus training.

Join Us for Golf 

Calling All Golfers … Join us for the All Saints Parish Golf Tournament on Monday, May 23 at Piedmont Club in Haymarket beginning at 10:00AM. Golf includes:

·  $10,000 Hole-In-One Contest

·  Prizes for the top three teams

·  Golfer gift and goodie bag

·  Fun contests throughout, including Longest Drive, Closest to the Pastor and Black Jack

·  Raffle prizes

·  Continental breakfast, lunch, dinner and awards ceremony!
Proceeds benefit All Saints Catholic School and All Saints youth programs.

Not a golfer but still want to support the school? 
Hole sponsorships start at only $100 and are a great way to promote your business to our large parish and school community!

Register for Golf or Sponsorship by visiting our website at AllSaintsGolf.com.

Singing Camps for Girls
Maryan Vander Woude is offering Singing Camps for girls ages 7 – 11 at Seton School in the Corpus Christi building this summer.
Camp Weeks: June 6 -11 OR July 18 -22 from 9:30 – noon.
Cost: $75 (sibling discount available).
For registration forms, see https://singinginthesummer.wordpress.com.

Basketball Camps for Boys
Coach Dan Vander Woude is offering basketball camps for boys this summer at Seton:

Jr. Skills and Drills Camp (6-8 year old boys)
July 18-22, 9:30 – noon
Cost: $60 ($40 2nd child)

Skills & Drills Camp (9-12 year old boys)
June 27 – July 1 August 1 – 5, 9:30 – 2:00 pm.
Cost: $75 ($45 2nd child)

Advanced Camp:  Playing Team Offense and Defense at a Higher Level, (Rising 8th – 11th grade boys)
June 20 – 24, 9:30 – 2 pm
Cost: $75 ($45 2nd child)

Ball-Handling Clinic – For MOTIVATED PLAYERS (6th – 12th grade boys)
July 11 – 15;   9:30 – 11:30
Cost: $60 ($40 2nd child)

Shooting Clinic For MOTIVATED PLAYERS (6th – 12th grade boys)
July 11 – 15; noon – 2:00 August 8 – 12; 1:00-3:00
Cost: $60 ($40 2nd child)

For more information, see danvwbasketball.wordpress.com
IMPORTANT REMINDERS
Tuition Assistance Awards & FACTS Enrollment Process for 2016-2017
Tuition assistance awards will be finalized this week and communicated to applicants via an official letter.

All returning families will receive a customized email from FACTS confirming their tuition balance and payment plan for 2016-2017.  All new families and those who have expressed interest in changing their plan from “Payment in Full by invoice” to a schedule of payments will receive a FACTS “invite” on Friday, May 20th that will provide detailed directions for establishing an account. All new families and those enrolling in the system for the first time are asked to complete this process by Friday, May 27th.

The deadline for Payment in Full is Friday, June 10th.

Graduation Day – Noon Dismissal (June 10th)
Since 8th Grade Graduation will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the church on Friday, June 10th, school will dismiss at noon that day.

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!
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:
Thursday, May 19th, Church of St. John the Apostle in Leesburg at 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 21st, Church of Our Lady of Angels in Woodbridge at 9:30 a.m.(English & Spanish sessions)
Wednesday, May 25th, Church of St. Timothy in Chantilly at 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 7th, Church of the Nativity in Burke at 6:30 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, May 19th

·  Race for Education (see schedule above)

Friday, May 20th

·  Band Trip to King’s Dominion

·  School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

·  Noon Dismissal

Monday, May 23rd

·  8th Grade Field Trip to Philadelphia

·  4th Grade Field Trip to Mount Vernon

·  3rd Grade Field Trip to GMU Theater

·  Golf Tournament (Piedmont)

Tuesday, May 24th

·  Battle of the Books

·  Spring Band Concert (2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 25th

·  Race for Education Dress Down Day Option

·  2nd & 8th Grade Prayer Service (2:15 p.m.)

Thursday, May 26th

·  Race for Education Dress Down Day Option

·  6th Grade Field Trip to Medieval Times

Friday, May 27th

·  FACTS Tuition Enrollment Deadline

Monday, May 30th

·  Holiday – Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 31st

·  Field Day (Linton Hall School/9:00-1:00)
Links

·  SCA Sponsored End of the Year Raffle (to benefit the house in Banica, Dominican Republic)

·  2016 Field Day Flyer

·  2016 Spotlight On The Arts Summer Camps

·  Pilgrim Virgin Statue Sign-Up

 

11th Annual Race for Education – May 19

On Thursday, May 19, All Saints 11th Annual Race for Education will take place during the following Race times:PreK1, PreK2, K1, K2, 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B –  8:45 to 9:45 A.M.3A, 3B, 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B – 10:15 to 11:15 A.M.PreK3, 6A, 6B, 7A, 7B, 8A, 8B – 1:15 to 2:15 A.M.

All parents and family are welcome to join us in cheering on the students as they run. We still need volunteers to help with the Race throughout the day. If you are able to volunteer, please sign up to volunteer through the HelpCounter link: https://www.helpcounterweb.com/ci/signup/140e99d6da9

If you have any questions about the Race for Education, please contact Mrs. Marjorie Collins at marjorie@ocfmail.com

 

 

 

The Sentinel – May 11, 2016

Principal’s Message

This week I would like to provide you with an update regarding some changes in staffing.  Mrs. Bethany Adams, our school nurse, resigned from her position last week due to a relocation to Florida.  Although she was only a member of our community for several months, we remain grateful for the care and compassion that she provided for students visiting the clinic.  We wish her and her family every success and blessing as they begin this new transition.  For the remainder of the year, the clinic will be staffed on most days by Mrs. Jillian Roth and Mrs. Karen Collins, our two substitute registered nurses.  We thank them for their commitment to our school and the health needs of the children.

Additionally, I wish to share with you the news of a change within our Title I program.  Ms. Cassandra Putnam, who helped to launch Title I at All Saints and who has been highly effective in her role, will be transferring to two schools nearer her residence.  A new teacher is being assigned to All Saints through the Title I program with the specifics to be announced to our community later this spring.

As we look ahead to 2016-2017, I am pleased to announce the following changes and new hires:

Mrs. Sandy Weitendorf (First Grade Assistant) – Effective in the fall, Mrs. Weitendorf (Pre-Kindergarten Assistant) will transition to a full-time role as a first grade assistant in Mrs. Nichol’s classroom.  Having served as a long-term substitute first grade assistant several years ago prior to accepting the role of Pre-Kindergarten assistant, this is a position with which she is already very familiar.

Mrs. Stephanie Filippone (Pre-Kindergarten Assistant) – After completing her first year as a member of our Pre-Kindergarten team, Mrs. Filippone will transition from the afternoon to the morning session of the program beginning in the fall.

Mrs. Belkis Mitter (Spanish Teacher, Grades 1-2) – In addition to continuing to serve as the Director of Extended Day, Mrs. Mitter will assume responsibility for the instruction and assessment of first and second grade students in the Spanish program.  With her bilingual skills as well as her experience in having hosted a Spanish Club at her previous school, she is well prepared and excited for the opportunity of introducing our students to their study of foreign language.

Mrs. Melissa DeBruyne (Middle School Language Arts) – As a long-term substitute language arts teacher at All Saints during the spring semester of 2012, Mrs. DeBruyne has already developed a comprehensive understanding of the routines and curriculum of our middle school program.   She and her family relocated to Northern Virginia from Washington State where she was employed as a librarian and enrichment coordinator at St. Monica Parish.  Prior to that time, she taught middle school language arts for a number of years in New Hampshire.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from St. Michael’s College in Vermont and a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Southern Maine.  In addition to her classroom experience, she served as a consultant in both New Hampshire and Washington in the areas of differentiation of instruction and alternative assessment.  With a passion for the writing process, Mrs. DeBruyne will be a wonderful addition to our middle school team.

Miss Sharon Zerhusen (Resource) – Miss Zerhusen will join our faculty next year as a resource teacher, assisting students in the lower grades.  With five years of classroom experience, Miss Zerhusen comes to All Saints from St. Thomas Aquinas Regional School where for the past year and a half she has taught fifth grade.  Miss Zerhusen earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania and a Master of Education Degree in Literacy as a Reading Specialist from Loyola University in Baltimore.  With a heart for students who struggle in the learning process, Miss Zerhusen will further strengthen our efforts to meet the diverse needs of our students.
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For several decades the staff of All Saints Catholic School and the Diocese of Arlington have worked together to ensure compliance with the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA).  For example, twice annually our school is inspected in accordance with this act and any necessary steps are taken in order to maintain compliance and a safe environment for our students, staff and parents.

In accordance with this act, this notification is being provided to you to inform you that asbestos-containing materials are present in our school.  A copy of our school Management Plan contains the exact locations of any asbestos-containing materials and is maintained on file in the archives.  This plan, with documentation dating back to the 1980’s, is available for your review and inspection during normal school hours.  As such, please feel free to request information on or about our Management Plan and inspection findings.

Should you have any questions about this program, please do not hesitate to let me know.  Most importantly, please know that this communication is not related to any concern or change in circumstance, rather it is simply an effort to publish this information in accordance with the act.

Tuition Assistance Awards & FACTS Enrollment Process for 2016-2017
Friday is the deadline for those who wish to make a change to their payment plan for 2016-2017.  Those who wish to continue with the same payment schedule need not respond to the FACTS email of last Friday as they will automatically be re-enrolled in their current plan.

Tuition assistance awards will be finalized within the next week and communicated to applicants via an official letter.

All returning families will receive a customized email from FACTS confirming their tuition balance and payment plan for 2016-2017.  All new families and those who have expressed interest in changing their plan from “Payment in Full by invoice” to a schedule of payments will receive a FACTS “invite” on Friday, May 20th that will provide detailed directions for establishing an account. All new families and those enrolling in the system for the first time are asked to complete this process by Friday, May 27th.

The deadline for Payment in Full is Friday, June 10th.

End of Year Bullying Survey
As part of our commitment to promoting a bully-free environment, at the close of each year we invite parents to participate in a post survey regarding their child’s experience at All Saints.  A link to the survey follows below.  In advance, we thank you for your participation and support of this important process.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WMBHKSY

Boxtops for Education
Thanks to the generous support of families in our community, All Saints received a check in the amount of $1203.00 for our participation in this program.

Knights of Columbus BBQ Dinner
The 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Bishop J. Louis Flaherty Assembly is having an Authentic Pit-Cooked North Carolina Style BBQ Dinner on Saturday, May 21, 2016.  That means Smoked Pork, cooked low and slow for 12-15 hours using smoke from the finest local hardwoods available…hickory and oak.  All BBQ dinners include one pulled-pork sandwich and three sides (Cole Slaw, Potato Salad and Baked Beans) for $8.00.  Drinks (Beer, Wine, Sodas and Water) will be sold separately.  Dinners will be served at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 9290 Stonewall Road, Manassas, VA from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  All are welcome (parishioners, family and friends) and all proceeds go to 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Charitable Projects.  If interested, kindly RSVP by Thursday, May 12, 2016.  Please indicate the number of people that will be attending to the following email: bbqbf1678@verizon.net
IMPORTANT REMINDERS
Graduation Day – Noon Dismissal (June 10th)
Since 8th Grade Graduation will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the church on Friday, June 10th, school will dismiss at noon that day.

Important Dates & Holidays for 2016-2017
August 29th                         First Day of School (Noon Dismissal)
September 5th               Labor Day Holiday
October 10th                  Columbus Day Holiday
October 28th                  Professional Development Day (No School)
November 7th                Parent/Teacher Conferences (No School)
November 8th                Parent/Teacher Conferences (Noon Dismissal)
November 11th              Veterans’ Day (Noon Dismissal)
November 22nd             Noon Dismissal for Thanksgiving
November 23rd-25th     Thanksgiving Holiday
December 21st              Noon Dismissal – Christmas Holiday Begins
January 3rd                    Classes Resume
January 16th                  Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
January 17th                  Professional Development Day (No School)
February 20th                 Presidents’ Day Holiday
March 13th                     Professional Development Day (No School)
April 13th                        Holy Thursday (Noon Dismissal)
April 14th                        Good Friday Holiday
April 17th                        Easter Week Holiday
May 29th                         Memorial Day Holiday
June 16                          Last Day for Grades 1-7 (Tentative – 3 Make-Up Days                   included)

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!

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 foropen 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:
Thursday, May 19th, Church of St. John the Apostle in Leesburg at 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 21st, Church of Our Lady of Angels in Woodbridge at 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday, May 25th, Church of St. Timothy in Chantilly at 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 7th, Church of the Nativity in Burke at 6:30 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, May 12th

  • SCA Speeches & Election (1:30 p.m.)
  • 8th Grade Confirmation Rehearsal (6:00 p.m.)

Friday, May 13th

  • Mass & Virtue Awards Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
  • Noon Dismissal (Professional Development Day)
  • Spirit Event: Chick-fil-A
  • 6th -7th Grade Skate Night (Gym. /5:00-7:00 p.m.)
  • Deadline for Submitting Changes for FACTS Payment Plans

Saturday, May 14th

  • Algebra I Practice Exam (8:30-10:00 a.m.)
  • First Communion – Group III (10:00 a.m.)

Monday, May 16th

  • SCA Sponsored Dress-Down Day (see flyer)

Tuesday, May 17th

  • Iowa Algebra Readiness Exam – 7th Grade
  • 8th Grade Confirmation (7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 18th

  • 5th & 6th Grade Math Placement Tests
  • Safety Presentation by Manassas City Police for K-5 (2:00 p.m.)

Thursday, May 19th

  • Race for Education

Friday, May 20th

  • Band Trip to King’s Dominion
  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Noon Dismissal

Links

Openings Available for Pre-Kindergarten

Openings are still available in our 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!

The Sentinel – May 4, 2016

Principal’s Message

Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde announced yesterday the appointment of Ms. Jennifer Bigelow to Superintendent of Schools for the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, effective July 5th. Ms. Bigelow will succeed Sister Bernadette McManigal, B.V.M., whose June 30, 2016, retirement after eight years of service was announced last year. A link to the official press release follows below:

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In recent years Bishop Loverde has been in the forefront on the issue of the harm caused by pornography and addressed this issue in his pastoral letter entitled Bought with a Price.  Now there is a renewed emphasis on the societal as well as personal harm caused by this exposure, a topic that is even being addressed by the mainstream media.

The following is a link to an article written by Bishop Loverde that highlights this epidemic and that has been published in First Things, a national journal of religion and public life.

Recognizing your role as the primary educators of your children and your commitment to safeguarding them during their formative years, I thought it important to share this resource with you.

Race for Education – Rescheduled (May 19)
Due to a forecast of rain for tomorrow afternoon, the Race for Education has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 19th.  Tomorrow will be a regular instructional day for students.

We remain grateful for the support of those who had planned to attend the event and hope that you will be able to join us in two weeks!

The Race total for this week: $40,773.28.

5th Grade Parent Letter ~ Message from the Superintendent & Virginia Department of Heath
Every year the Virginia Department of Health distributes information regarding the HPV (vaccine) to rising 6th grade girls.  This relates to state legislation and our diocese cooperates by distributing this letter.  However, we also distribute a statement from the two Bishops of Virginia as included in a letter from the Virginia Catholic Education Association signed by the superintendents of Arlington and Richmond.  Within the next week parents of rising 6th grade girls as well as boys will receive a copy of the official letter from the Virginia Department of Health and the letter from the Virginia Catholic Education Association.  The letters will be sent home in sealed envelopes with each of the students.  After reviewing the correspondence, should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office for more information.

Prayer of the Month – Peace Prayer
Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.
Lord, let me help sad people be happy.
Let me forgive those who hurt me.
And let me bring your love to all.
Amen

Virtue of the Month ~ Peacemaking
To foster the virtue of peacemaking, we will encourage the students to adopt the following practices:

  1. Be kind to all you meet today.
  2. Make peace with others at the end of the school day.
  3. Stay calm no matter what happens to you today.
  4. Say part of St. Francis’ Peace Prayer to yourself today.
  5. Apologize the minute you know that you have offended someone.
  6. Do an extra act of kindness for your family tonight.
  7. Take care of your family pet without complaining.
  8. Make peace with family members before going to sleep.
  9. Be a peacemaker.  Calm your friends while playing games.
  10. Greet your neighbor politely.
  11. Say a prayer for peace throughout the world.

Message from the Spirit Events Committee
We will be hosting our last Spirit Event for the school year on Friday, May 13th.  Come to Chick-fil-A on Liberia Ave. from 6:30 a.m. until 9 p.m.  Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner and fellowship with friends and your extended All Saints family.  20% of the proceeds go to our beloved All Saints!  It’s a noon dismissal day so make a lunch date!  Hope to see you all there!

Also, if you are interested in joining the Spirit Events Committee next year, please contact Megan Davies at meggie.davies@verizon.net

Coach Dan Vander Woude’s Summer 2016 Boys Basketball Camps
6-8 yr. olds:  July 18-22; 9:30-noon, $60
9-12 yr. olds:  June 27-July 1/ Aug. 1-5; 9:30-2:00, $75
13-17 yr. olds:  June 20-24; 9:30-2:00, $75
Shooting Clinics:11-17 yr. olds, July 11-15; noon-2:00 pm, $60/ Aug. 8-12; 1:00-3:00, $60
Ball-Handling Clinic: 11-17 yr. olds, July 11-15; 9:30-11:30, $60

www.danvwbasketball.wordpress.com for more details or email Coach VW atsetonschool@aol.com

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Stewardship Shares Program ~ Year End Totals
One of the hallmarks of our school community is the high level of parent involvement that has helped the school achieve many goals in recent years.  This year each family at All Saints has been asked to earn 25 Stewardship Shares.  Those who are unable to do so are asked to submit a check at the conclusion of the year for any outstanding “shares” that remain.  (1 share = $20.00)

In the week ahead, the office will issue individualized letters to each family, confirming the number of shares reflected in the school database.For this reason, we ask that those families who have not recently updated their totals to do so by Friday, May 6th. 

Graduation Day – Noon Dismissal (June 10th)
Since 8th Grade Graduation will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the church on Friday, June 10th, school will dismiss at noon that day.

Important Dates & Holidays for 2016-2017
August 29th  –                 First Day of School (Noon Dismissal)
September 5th               Labor Day Holiday
October 10th                Columbus Day Holiday
October 28th                 Professional Development Day (No School)
November 7th               Parent/Teacher Conferences (No School)
November 8th               Parent/Teacher Conferences (Noon Dismissal)
November 11th               Veterans’ Day (Noon Dismissal)
November 22nd            Noon Dismissal for Thanksgiving
November 23rd-25th     Thanksgiving Holiday
December 21st             Noon Dismissal – Christmas Holiday Begins
January 3rd                   Classes Resume
January 16th                 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
January 17th                 Professional Development Day (No School)
February 20th               Presidents’ Day Holiday
March 13th                   Professional Development Day (No School)
April 13th                      Holy Thursday (Noon Dismissal)
April 14th                      Good Friday Holiday
April 17th                      Easter Week Holiday
May 29th                      Memorial Day Holiday
June 16                        Last Day for Grades 1-7
(Tentative – 3 Make-Up Days Included)

Tuition Assistance & FACTS Re-enrollment
Final decisions regarding tuition assistance for families who have applied will be determined and announced mid-May.  The FACTS re-enrollment process for 2016-2017 and selection of online payment plans will occur mid-to-late May with June 10th being the deadline for payment in full with a 2% discount.

Race for Education – Prize Cards
Students who earned “Dress Down Day” prize cards through the Race for Education may redeem them on the following days.

Tuesday, May 3
Wednesday, May 11
Thursday, May 19
Wednesday, May 25
Wednesday, June 1

Students may redeem pretzel and ice cream cards on regularly scheduled purchase days beginning this week and extending through the month of May.

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!

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:
Thursday, May 19th, Church of St. John the Apostle in Leesburg at 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 21st, Church of Our Lady of Angels in Woodbridge at 9:30 a.m. (English & Spanish sessions)
Wednesday, May 25th, Church of St. Timothy in Chantilly at 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 7th, Church of the Nativity in Burke at 6:30 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, May 4th

  • Spring Choral Concert – Grades 3, 7 & 8 (PAC/7:00 p.m.)

Thursday, May 5th

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

Friday, May 6th

  • School Mass & May Crowning in the Church (8:30 a.m.)
  • First Communion & Graduation Pictures (9:45 a.m.)
  • Deadline for Submitting “Stewardship Shares”

Saturday, May 7th

  • First Communion – Group I (10:00 a.m.)

Monday, May 9th

  • First Communion – Group III Rehearsal (6:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, May 10th

  • World Language Exam for 8th Grade
  • Seniors’ Luncheon Band Concert (12:45 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 11th

  • 6th Grade Medieval Brass Rubbings Presentation
  • Race for Education Dress Down Day Option

Thursday, May 12th

  • SCA Speeches & Election (1:30 p.m.)
  • 8th Grade Confirmation Rehearsal (6:00 p.m.)

Friday, May 13th

  • Mass & Virtue Awards Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
  • Noon Dismissal (Professional Development Day)
  • Spirit Event: Chick-fil-A
  • 6th -7th Grade Skate Night (Gym. /5:00-7:00 p.m.)

Saturday, May 14th

  • Algebra I Practice Exam (8:30-10:00 a.m.)
  • First Communion – Group III (10:00 a.m.)

Links