Thanksgiving Luncheon

One of our cherished traditions at All Saints is the annual Thanksgiving Luncheon, a special meal prepared by the kitchen staff for students, parents, faculty & staff.  In an effort to accommodate all of the families who attend and to reduce wait time, we will again be hosting four lunch seatings this year.  The schedule for the Thanksgiving Luncheon is as follows:

11:00-11:40     Grades 6-8
11:40-12:20     Grades 4-5
12:20-1:00       Grades 2-3
1:00-1:40         Grades K-1

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

So that the kitchen staff may begin planning for the event, please be sure to return your Thanksgiving Luncheon Order Form no later than Thursday, November 17th.  We do hope that you will join us for this Thanksgiving tradition!

Junior Achievement Volunteers Needed

Junior Achievement Volunteers Needed
Good morning! This year Junior Achievement’s “season” is from October through April.  We’re hoping that if it wasn’t a good fit in previous years then this change can make the program more available than it was before.  Classes that currently do not have a volunteer are: K1, K2, 2B, 6B, 8A and 8B.  Schedules are coordinated between the volunteer and the teacher so you can choose which dates and times work for your and your teacher.  There is a great deal of flexibility between now and April so while we may be in the middle of multiple extracurricular commitments already (fall sports, etc), you can sign up now for class dates during a less stressful time. In you are interested, please feel free to contact me through any of the methods below.  Thank you very much for your consideration and I hope that everyone has a great day!  kat.champney@gmail.com 571-264-6040.

Take Our Online Bullying Survey

Through the Virtue Program and the full integration of our faith across the curriculum, students at All Saints are encouraged to develop habits of respect, kindness, and compassion.  Over the course of years, these traits become part of the fabric of our students’ lives.  Nevertheless, it is vitally important that we explicitly remind our students of the dangers and consequences of bullying.

In accordance with our school and diocesan policy, this week I would like to invite all parents to participate in an anonymous, online survey for the purpose of assessing the level of bullying at All Saints Catholic School.  We estimate that it should take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete the survey.  Students in grades 3-8 will complete a corresponding survey during their computer class.

Parents are asked to complete the survey by Friday, November 4th.  In advance, we thank you for your participation in our efforts to both assess our current climate and to establish benchmarks for future reference.

The Sentinel – October 26, 2016

Principal’s Message

Through the Virtue Program and the full integration of our faith across the curriculum, students at All Saints are encouraged to develop habits of respect, kindness, and compassion.  Over the course of years, these traits become part of the fabric of our students’ lives.  Nevertheless, it is vitally important that we explicitly remind our students of the dangers and consequences of bullying.

In accordance with our school and diocesan policy, this week I would like to invite all parents to participate in an anonymous, online survey for the purpose of assessing the level of bullying at All Saints Catholic School.  We estimate that it should take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete the survey.  Students in grades 3-8 will complete a corresponding survey during their computer class.

Parents are asked to complete the survey by Friday, November 4th.  In advance, we thank you for your participation in our efforts to both assess our current climate and to establish benchmarks for future reference.

If perhaps you are wondering what you can do as a parent to further support this initiative, we would offer the following suggestions:

  1. Take some time this week to review the topic of bullying with your son/daughter.  Help them to understand that the repeated, targeted nature of bullying is very hurtful, often resulting in wounds that last years and in some cases a lifetime.  Help them to understand that all students have a right and expectation to be able to come to school each day to learn in an environment free of fear.
  2. Remind your child that, should he/she ever encounter an instance of bullying, it is vitally important that he/she share this information with a faculty or staff member.  If for any reason they are uncomfortable doing so, please contact your child’s teacher directly.  It is only with this type of information that we are able to take steps to help prevent future occurrences.
  3. Spend some time discussing with your child the practical steps that he/she can take to discourage bullying.  For example, sharing strategies or even role-playing appropriate responses can help to empower students not to laugh, not to participate, and to take a stand whenever they witness an instance of bullying.

This year our school will also reinitiate the Ambassador Program.  The Ambassador Program is a leadership opportunity for 2nd-8th grade students to promote peer to peer reporting of bullying behaviors on campus.  Ambassadors are trained to help students “get the help” they need if they are being bullied.  They are trained to look and listen: look for bullying situations and get help from an adult and listen to their peers who may need help. A flyer will be sent home explaining how to apply for those students who are interested in participating in the Ambassador Program.  There will be monthly meetings and students will lead and participate in anti-bullying week activities in the spring. Should you have any questions about the program, please contact Mrs. Angela Slater, School Counselor, at 703-368-4400 (Ext. 213) or at aslater@allsaintsva.org.
 

VideoChat - October 26, 2016

 

Open House for 2016-2017 School Year
All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, November 17 beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Father Kelley Hall. All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about our school are cordially invited to attend. Following a presentation and introduction at 9:00 a.m., tours of the facility will be provided. For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at (703) 393-1490.

PTO Teacher Conference Day Luncheons
Every year, the All Saints Catholic School PTO holds a luncheon for the teachers, during teacher/parent conference days, to thank them for their hard work, dedication, and continuing perseverance to educate every student every day. This year the luncheons will be held on Monday, November 7th and Tuesday, November 8th. Donations and volunteers make the two-day luncheon a success! Please consider sharing your time, cooking talents and needed donations to this event. The teachers & staff appreciate the lovely lunches and thoughtfulness of the parents who provide this event for them.

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

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

Thank you in advance & God bless you,
Ashli Thompson

Thanksgiving Luncheon
One of our cherished traditions at All Saints is the annual Thanksgiving Luncheon, a special meal prepared by the kitchen staff for students, parents, faculty & staff.  In an effort to accommodate all of the families who attend and to reduce wait time, we will again be hosting four lunch seatings this year.  The schedule for the Thanksgiving Luncheon is as follows:

11:00-11:40     Grades 6-8
11:40-12:20     Grades 4-5
12:20-1:00       Grades 2-3
1:00-1:40         Grades K-1

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

So that the kitchen staff may begin planning for the event, please be sure to return your order form no later than Thursday, November 17th.  We do hope that you will join us for this Thanksgiving tradition!

Junior Achievement Volunteers Needed
Good morning! This year Junior Achievement’s “season” is from October through April.  We’re hoping that if it wasn’t a good fit in previous years then this change can make the program more available than it was before.  Classes that currently do not have a volunteer are: K1, K2, 2B, 6B, 8A and 8B.  Schedules are coordinated between the volunteer and the teacher so you can choose which dates and times work for your and your teacher.  There is a great deal of flexibility between now and April so while we may be in the middle of multiple extracurricular commitments already (fall sports, etc), you can sign up now for class dates during a less stressful time. In you are interested, please feel free to contact me through any of the methods below.  Thank you very much for your consideration and I hope that everyone has a great day!  kat.champney@gmail.com 571-264-6040(or just PM me on facebook).

CASINO & AUCTION NIGHT 2016!

Curious of what items/services or adventures that will be available for you to bid on at Casino & Auction Night?!  We will be updating the All Saints Catholic School Casino & Auction Night event page on Facebook and school website with all of the great things that will be available.  Also keep an eye out for some of the items we will be highlighting in the Sentinel.

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes of your favorite local morning, midday or evening news?  If you have, here’s your chance to find out!  NBC 4 meteorologist, Mr. Tom Kierein, has generously and happily donated his time to take around a group of 10 to tour their entire NBC facility!
What a cool and educational experience!
Come join the night of fun and fellowship!

Reminder that ticket prices go up November 7th!  https://www.mkt.com/all-saints-catholic-church

Box Tops for Education
October 31st will be the deadline for the fall Box Top submission. Please turn in every single box top you can find. Turn in all collection sheets too, even if they are not full. So far, we’ve collected 15,165 box tops for the Oct. 31stsubmission. Go All Saints! Here are the top 4 collection classrooms:

693 – Pre-K1,2 & 3 Mrs. Parriott/Mrs. Rogers
519 – 3A Mrs. Montano
484 – 2B Mrs. Burnett
449 – 1A Mrs. Harrill
IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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

Classroom Activity Fee Reminder
Thank you to those families who have already submitted the Classroom Activity Fee.
If you have not already done so, please return your activity fee to your child’s homeroom teacher no later than tomorrow, October 27th.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, October 27th                       

  • End of 1st Quarter
  • 1st Grade Field Trip to the National Zoo
  • Adoration & Benediction (2:15 p.m.)
  • PowerSchool Parent Portal Closes at 3:00 p.m.
  • Middle School Activity Night (7:00 p.m.) – Cancelled
  • 60th Anniversary Planning Committee (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, October 28th               

  • No School – Diocesan Professional Development Day

Saturday, October 29th                       

  • VIRTUS Training (9:00 a.m.)

Monday, October 31st             

  • SCA Sponsored Dress-Down Day ($1.00)
  • 2nd Grade Pumpkin Day (9:00-11:00 a.m.)
  • Penny Bazaar (1:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, November 1st                       

  • Change to Winter Uniforms
  • All Saints Feast Day Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Saints Alive 8th Grade Presentations in the Parish Activity Center following Mass
  • Free Ice Cream in celebration of our Feast Day, courtesy of the PTO (Note: There will be no pretzel sales.)

Wednesday, November 2nd      

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

Friday, November 4th              

  • 1st Quarter Report Cards Sent Home
  • PowerSchool Parent Portal Reopens
  • Deadline: Parent Bullying Survey

Newsletter Links

 

Ambassador Program

The All Saints Ambassador Program is a leadership opportunity for 2nd-8th grade students to promote peer to peer reporting of bullying behaviors on campus.  Ambassadors are trained to help students “get the help” they need if they are being bullied.  They are trained to look and listen: look for bullying situations and get help from an adult and listen to their peers who may need help.

A flyer will be sent home explaining how to apply for those students who are interested in participating in the Ambassador Program.  There will be monthly meetings and students will lead and participate in anti-bullying week activities in the spring. Should you have any questions about the program, please contact Mrs. Angela Slater, School Counselor, at 703-368-4400 (Ext. 213) or at aslater@allsaintsva.org.

The Sentinel – October 19, 2016

Principal’s Message

October is a time during which we emphasize the fundamental dignity of every human life, regardless of age or circumstance.  It is a time during which we renew our commitment to lives of service rooted in the recognition that each person, created in the very image and likeness of God, is sacred and that every life is a treasure of immeasurable worth.

In recognition of Respect Life Month, both this week and next the teachers will be sharing this message with our students and encouraging their participation in several activities. 

Within religion classes, students will be invited to bring to school two or more pictures that convey respect for life cut from a magazine or newspaper.  These will be assembled into a collage in the classrooms and posted on the doors for visitors and students to view as they walk through the school.

Each grade level will also spiritually adopt one local agency that provides services and assistance to individuals in our community.  Additionally, each grade level will host a discussion to determine whether the students would like to take up a monetary collection or donate specific items to benefit the specific charity.  Through this direct outreach and prayer commitment, our students will learn about how our Church and community are each day affirming the life and dignity of individuals in need of our care.

The following is a list of the organizations and ministries that our students will “adopt” through the remainder of this month.

  • Saint Vincent de Paul (Pre-Kindergarten)
  • Saint Lucy Project (Kindergarten)
  • Birthright (1st Grade)
  • Gabriel Homes (2nd Grade)
  • Saint Margaret of Cortona (3rd Grade)
  • Arbor Terrace at Sudley Manor (4th Grade)
  • Gabriel Project (5th Grade)
  • Divine Mercy Care (6th Grade)
  • Birmingham Green (7th Grade)
  • House of Mercy (8th Grade)

I want to thank the members of the National Junior Honor Society for helping to organize these efforts and for designing three Respect Life bulletin boards in the school.  Additionally, I also wish to extend a word of gratitude to Mrs. Fifield and Mrs. Barvick for their gracious assistance in researching ideas for a school-wide observance of Respect Life Month.

Principal"s VideoChat - October 19, 2016

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

Penny Bazaar Cupcake Sale – Volunteers Needed!
Volunteers are needed to sell cupcakes and lemonade during the Penny Bazaar on October 31st.   If you can offer any amount of time or cupcake donation for the event, please follow the link below.  Thank you in advance!
https://www.helpcounterweb.com/ci/volunteer

Casino & Auction Night 2016
We are only ONE MONTH away from this fun and exciting night!  Please make sure to get your tickets at the low price of $40.00 while you can.  You can purchase your tickets online at https://www.mkt.com/all-saints-catholic-church or send in your ticket order form, along with raffle tickets, in with your child in an envelope marked “CASINO & AUCTION”.

Heads or Tails is BACK!
We added another opportunity for you to win a great prize at Casino & Auction Night.  For those who haven’t played it before, you will purchase a bead necklace at the event for only $5.00/each or 3 for $12.00 in order to participate.  There is no limit on bead purchases, so the more you buy the better your odds of winning are.  The AWESOME prize for this game?  A brand new Kindle Fire HD8!

For more information, please make sure to check out our event page on the official All Saints Catholic School Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/events/1589442324685124/

Please keep a look out for updates of all the great items you can bid on and win at the Casino & Auction night.  We cannot thank everyone enough for all of their incredible support for this event so far!  We are always accepting items/services donations.  We promise that there is something for everyone, so don’t miss out!

https://allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2016/09/auction-casino-form-solicitations-2016-FINAL.pdf
Catholic High School News
Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School Invitations

  •          ‘Divine Mercy’ Movie Screening – All are invited to a special screening of the documentary ‘The Original Image of Divine Mercy: The Untold Story of an Unknown Masterpiece,’ at Saint John Paul the Great High School on Wednesday, November 2. Doors open at 6:30pm, film begins at 7:00pm. Free. The official trailer can be viewed at www.divinemercyfilm.com. Conclude the Year of Mercy by delving more deeply into the devotion beloved by Saint John Paul II. 703.445.0300.
  •          Basketball Tournament: Boys and girls in grades 6 – 12 are invited to play in our 3v3 tournament on Saturday, October 29. For more info, and to pre-register, please email:basketball.tournament@jpthegreat.org
  •          OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, November 13, 1-4pm (Presentation at 1:15pm). The first 100 8th graders to pre-register receive a free t-shirt! For more info, please visit jpthegreat.org/admissions/visiting/open-house/
  •          SHADOW: 8th graders can be a Wolf for a Day! Please schedule your shadow visit today by visiting: jpthegreat.org/admissions/visiting/
  •          JP5K RUN for Options: Saturday, November 19, 2016. Supports the Options special education program. All are welcome! http://www.jpthegreat.org/about-us/the-family-association/jp5k-runwalk/

 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS
Classroom Activity Fee Reminder
Thank you to those families who have already submitted the Classroom Activity Fee.
If you have not already done so, please return your activity fee to your child’s homeroom teacher no later than Thursday, October 27th.

Sponsor an Ad
J.M. Gaske, Inc. is the company that prints free school calendars, directories, folders, excuse pads and calendar magnets.  In order to provide these items to the school at no cost, they are looking for businesses to help underwrite the cost.  If you would like to participate in the ad program, please complete the bottom portion of the form and return it to the school office, or call J.M. Gaske directly at (410)750-7700.
Sponsor Form: Business Advertising Form from J.M. Gaske Inc.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, October 20th                       

  • Bishop Ireton 8th Grade Presentation (10:00 a.m.)

Sunday, October 23rd             

  • Spirit Event: Skate-N-Fun Zone (5:30-7:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, October 25th                        

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Wednesday, October 26th        

  • Gift of Human Sexuality Presentation III (Grades 6-8)
  • Title I Parent Meeting (FKH/7:00 p.m.)

Thursday, October 27th                       

  • End of 1st Quarter
  • 1st Grade Field Trip to the National Zoo
  • Adoration & Benediction (2:15 p.m.)
  • Middle School Activity Night (7:00 p.m.)
  • 60th Anniversary Planning Committee (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, October 28th               

  • No School – Diocesan Professional Development Day

Saturday, October 29th                       

  • VIRTUS Training (9:00 a.m.)

Newsletter Links

The Sentinel – October 12, 2016

Tomorrow we will initiate our first lockdown drill of the new year.  The exercise will take place at 9:30 a.m. and all students will be reminded of procedures prior to the drill.  During the rest of the year, these drills will be unannounced so that the faculty, staff and students have an opportunity to authentically practice our response plan. Please note that this drill is not in response to any specific concern, but rather part of our on-going commitment to maintaining a safe and secure environment for our students. Should you have any questions or wish to discuss, please do not hesitate to contact the office.

 

Principal's Blog - VideoChat


General Assembly PTO Meeting – “Technology, Learning & The Future of All Saints”

Join us next Tuesday, October 18th at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Activity Center for our next PTO General Assembly Meeting.  Our presenter will be Mr. Conroy who will be speaking on the topic of technology and how it impacts learning and the future of our school.

Parent – Teacher Conferences
Within the next week each student in grades PK-8 will receive a conference appointment slip confirming the date and time for the upcoming Parent-Teacher Conferences scheduled for November 7th & 8th.  If you do not receive this information, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher.

P.E. Uniforms during Weather Transition
As the temperatures fluctuate between warm afternoons and unseasonably cool mornings, students are welcome to wear P.E. sweatpants instead of shorts.

Sponsor an Ad
J.M. Gaske, Inc. is the company that prints free school calendars, directories, folders, excuse pads and calendar magnets.  In order to provide these items to the school at no cost, they are looking for businesses to help underwrite the cost.  If you would like to participate in the ad program, please complete the bottom portion of the form and return it to the school office, or call J.M. Gaske directly at (410)750-7700.
Sponsor Form: Business Advertising Form from J.M. Gaske Inc.

Casino & Auction Night 2016
A BIG thank you to all the great companies, families and parishioners that have already sponsored, donated and purchased ads so far. Your generosity has been incredible and putting us on track to make this a spectacular event!  If you are interested in purchasing an ad in the event program, donating or sponsoring there is still time.  Don’t forget to check out and support our sponsors and those who have donated to this fundraising event!
https://allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/pto/all-saints-casino-night-auction/

Purchase your tickets at the $40.00 price while you can!  Please note: if you are volunteering to help with this event, you are able to purchase your ticket at the early bird price anytime.  https://www.mkt.com/all-saints-catholic-church

There’s something for everyone!  Just a sneak at what will be available in the silent auction: 
A week of Vander Woude basketball camp
A family 4 pack to the Children’s Museum
4 admission tickets to the Nascar Hall of Fame
Tasting & tour for 8 at Old Bust Head Brewery
Autographed John Wall photo
Capture the Moment photo session
Nationals tickets
Kayaking/canoeing/paddle boarding through BoatinginDC
…and MUCH more!

Don’t miss out of this fun time!

We are also still in need of a decorations coordinator/team.  If you have any interest in helping with this part of the event or curious of what else you can help with, please take a moment to look and sign-up on HelpCounter.

To Volunteer: https://www.helpcounterweb.com/ci/signup/140e97a50f4
Solicitation Form:  https://www.mkt.com/all-saints-catholic-churchallsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2016/09/auction-casino-form-solicitations-2016-FINAL.pdf

Box Tops for Education
Teachers, Parents and Students!  We only have until October 31st until our first Box Top submission for the 2016-2017 year.  We would love to make this a record submission year.  At the end of the year, the class room that submits the most Box Tops is awarded with a Box Top party!  So far, here are the top 4 classrooms:

491 – Pre-K1,2 & 3 Mrs. Parriott/Mrs. Rogers
386 – 3A Mrs. Montano (last year’s winner)
358 – 3B Ms. Reilly
356 – 7A Mrs. DeBruyne – 7A

There are schools who collect as many as 200,000 box tops in a year! How do they do it? They send out e-mails/letters to all their relatives, grandparents, neighbors and ask them to collect for their school. We could do that too! Tap into your relatives, grandparents and neighbors and ask them to collect box tops for All Saints!

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

8th Grade Parents Meeting (Monday, October 17th)
Mrs. Slovenkay and Mrs. Kessinger will host a meeting for all 8th grade parents on Monday, October 17th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Art Room.  Important information will be shared regarding the high school application process and the special events & activities that are part of the 8th grade experience at All Saints.  At least one parent from each 8th grade family is asked to attend this important session.

Veterans Day Mass, Assembly & Reception
Join us as our school community honors the commitment of the men and women who have served our country in the United States Armed Forces. We cordially invite all active duty, reserve, former and retired military personnel to attend our school Mass on Friday, November 11 at 8:30 a.m. After Mass, there will be a Veterans assembly in the PAC, followed by a reception for our honored guests in Father Kelley Hall.

Students will be receiving a packet of information through their classroom teachers about our Veterans Wall of Honor, an annual tradition through which we show our gratitude for those within our school community who have served our nation through military service. For your convenience, a link to the packet is provided at the bottom of this newsletter.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, October 13th           

  • Lockdown Drill (9:30 a.m.)
  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, October 14th

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Lions’ Club Screening (9:30 a.m.)

Monday, October 17th

  • St. John Paul the Great 8th Grade Presentation (8:45 a.m.)
  • Picture Make-Up Day
  • 8th Grade Parent Meeting (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, October 18th

  • School Mass – Feast of St. Luke (8:30 a.m.)
  • Paul VI High School 8th Grade Presentation (1:00 p.m.)
  • PTO General Assembly Meeting – “Technology, Learning and the Future of All Saints” (PAC/7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, October 19th

  • Gift of Human Sexuality Presentation II (Grades 6-8)

Thursday, October 20th

  • Bishop Ireton 8th Grade Presentation (10:00 a.m.)

Newsletter Links

Box Tops for Education – Oct. 31 Deadline

Teachers, Parents and Students! We only have until October 31st until our first Box Top submission for the 2016-2017 year. We would love to make this a record submission year. At the end of the year, the class room that submits the most Box Tops is awarded with a Box Top party! So far, here are the top 4 classrooms:

491 – Pre-K1,2 & 3 Mrs. Parriott/Mrs. Rogers
386 – 3A Mrs. Montano (last year’s winner)
358 – 3B Ms. Reilly
356 – 7A Mrs. DeBruyne – 7A

There are schools who collect as many as 200,000 box tops in a year! How do they do it? They send out e-mails/letters to all their relatives, grandparents, neighbors and ask them to collect for their school. We could do that too! Tap into your relatives, grandparents and neighbors and ask them to collect box tops for All Saints!