The Sentinel – November 30, 2016

Principal’s Message
Last week the students contributed more than a thousand pounds of food during our annual Thanksgiving Prayer Service.  Following the event,  representatives from the National Junior Honor Society arranged the donations into 37 pre-packaged meals that were later distributed to families in need through the Bethany Food Pantry.  Additionally, thanks to the very generous response of families in our community, our school received $1,453.00 to benefit the St. Lucy Project as part of Catholic Schools Care about Catholic Charities Week.  Through these two outreach programs, our school is truly making a difference in the lives of the poor in our region.

This week we have begun our annual journey of Advent, a time of preparation for the celebration of Christ’s birth.  Amidst all of the joy and activity surrounding the preparations for the season, it is easy for us to lose sight of the fact that Advent is a beautiful season unto itself.  At All Saints we have established several traditions that help to create a tone of anticipation and waiting as we prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ.

Advent Wreath Prayer Services ~ On Monday morning the students gathered in the Parish Activities Center for a school-wide prayer service highlighting the meaning of the Advent Wreath.  During the second, third and fourth weeks of Advent, each Monday students will gather around three separate wreaths in each of the wings of the school where they will participate in grade level prayer services.

Sacrament of Reconciliation ~ Each of the students in grades three through eight have had an opportunity to encounter Christ in this beautiful Sacrament of healing and forgiveness.  Rather than scheduling confessions by grade level, this year our students attended one of two communal Penance Services: Grades 6-8 this past Monday and Grades 3-5 today.

Mitten Collection ~ The Peace & Justice Players is sponsoring a collection of mittens for the poor in our community.  Students are invited to “lend a hand” by donating a pair or two by December 16th.

A Prayer for Advent ~ Week I
All-powerful God,
increase our strength of will for doing good
that Christ may find an eager welcome at His coming
and call us to His side in the kingdom of heaven,
where He lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.  Amen.

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Inclement Weather Policy – Revised for 2016-2017
Effective this year there is a revision to the All Saints Catholic School inclement weather policy.

For the sake of consistency and predictability for parents, All Saints Catholic School will follow all decisions announced by Prince William County Public Schools regarding cancellations, delays or early releases due to inclement weather and will not be making independent decisions.
All Saints Catholic School will only make independent decisions in response to inclement weather when Prince William County Schools have a previously scheduled closure on a day on which All Saints is scheduled to be open. (i.e. PWCS Teacher Work days, etc.) Such changes will be communicated via the School Messenger System.

Announcements regarding decisions made by Prince William County Public Schools related to inclement weather are broadcast widely and also posted on the school system website.

To sign up to receive alert messages from Prince William County, please visit the link below.

PWCS Sign-Up for Emergency Notification App

Tuition Assistance Applications for 2017-2018
As announced earlier this month, the Diocese of Arlington has determined that FACTS Tuition Aid will now review applications for tuition assistance and provide recommendations to school and parish administration.

The application for tuition assistance for the 2017-2018 academic year is now available and can be found at the following link.

FACTS Tuition Assistance Application.

Due dates for submission of applications and supporting documentation are as follows:
High School                 January 23, 2017
Elementary School       March 17, 2017

NOTE: All families with children enrolled in both high school and elementary school will need to submit an application by the January high school deadline.

All applications and supporting documentation must be received by FACTS by the deadlines listed above to be considered. Only complete applications will be considered. Late applications will be handled as they arrive and as funds allow.

Families interested in applying for Tuition Assistance for the Pre-Kindergarten program are also invited to complete the FACTS process. Although pre-kindergarten students are not eligible for financial assistance through the diocese, the analysis provided by FACTS will guide the process for determining disbursements from funding through our school and parish.

Virtues in Practice
Virtue for the Month of December: Generosity
Definition: Giving without counting the cost
Saints of the Month: St. Nicholas (PreK-2), St. Mary Magdalene (3-5), St. Maximilian Kolbe (6-8)

Bishop O’Connell Catholic High School Holiday Dance Clinics
Bishop O’Connell will be hosting 2 Holiday Dance Clinics on Sunday, December ?4th.

  • Grades K-?4       – Holiday Kids Clinic  ?9:?00am – 12:?00 pm
  • Grades ?5-1?1      – Holiday Dance Clinic 1:?00?pm – ?3:?00pm

It’s the perfect opportunity for parents to ?get some shopping ?done and ?run those holiday errands.

For discount, pre-register at: www.bishopoconnell.org/holidayclinics. Questions can be sent to dance@bishopoconnell.org.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Applications for New Students (2017-2018)
All current families who wish to enroll a new student in grades Pre-Kindergarten through eight are invited to request an application via email at the following address: office@allsaintsva.org.  As requests are received, applications will be sent home to families with the youngest child currently enrolled in our school.

Completed applications returned to the office on or before Friday, February 24th will receive first consideration for any openings for the 2017-2018 academic year.  As in the past, re-registration of currently enrolled students will take place in February.

Should you have any questions about the application process, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, Administrative Assistant, at 703-393-1490.
Manassas Christmas Parade – December 3rd
Permission slips are due to the school office by Friday, December 2ndGathering time is Saturday, December 3rd at 9:30 a.m. on Reb Yank Drive near Bowl America.  For more details about where to meet and the permission slip for participation, please see the following links:

 

Upcoming Events

Thursday, December 1st

  • 8th Grade High School Placement Test

Friday, December 2nd

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Evening with St. Nicholas (7:00 p.m.)

Saturday, December 3rd

  • Manassas Christmas Parade (9:30 a.m.)

Monday, December 5th

  • CYO Fall Awards Dinner for Track & Field and Cross Country (PAC/6:00-8:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, December 6th

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

Thursday, December 8th

  • Feast of Immaculate Conception Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • 1st Grade Activity Day (1:00-3:00 p.m.)
  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, December 9th

  • 2nd Quarter Interims

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Evening with St. Nicholas – Friday, Dec. 2

Our 8th Annual Evening with St. Nicholas will take place on Friday, December 2nd.

The evening will begin with an Advent Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. in the church. The “Procession of the Shoes” will again be led by St. Nicholas himself! St. Nicholas and Mother Seton will be available for photos (bring your own camera) afterwards in the Parish Activities Center.

Once again, we will be collecting donations of new shoes, with the proceeds benefitting House of Mercy. Donation guidelines are: NEW plain colors of tennis shoes- white, blue, black, tan, or brown. No character tennis shoes, please.

Have a question about volunteering or donations? Contact event co-chair Mrs. Sarah Roccograndi at Sarah.Roccograndi@gmail.com

The Sentinel – November 22, 2016

Principal’s Message

On Saturday evening our community gathered for the annual Auction & Casino Night, a wonderful time of fellowship, fine food, casino-style games and exciting auction items. At the conclusion of the live auction, this year we incorporated a special appeal, providing parents an opportunity to contribute to the expansion of the technology infrastructure at All Saints.

We are immensely grateful for the generous support of our school families and parishioners who through their donations provided funding for the purchase of 6 IPads, 11 Chromebooks and $1,500 for additional devices! It was heartwarming to see so many giving so generously to benefit our students!

Such a large-scale event was only possible through the dedication of a hard-working team. I wish to thank Mrs. Michelle Suppers & Mrs. Marjorie Collins (Co-Chairs), the members of the PTO Executive Board and the many volunteers who worked behind the scenes tending to every detail. I also want to thank Mr. Rob Tessier (Youth Minister & Middle School Religion Teacher) for once again bringing a great deal of energy and wit to his role as auctioneer. Finally, I wish to acknowledge and thank the catering team of Pampa’s Fox who prepared and served another first-class meal.

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS

ROYAL FLUSH
Miller Toyota Scion
Pampa’s Fox Catering

FOUR OF A KIND
Darlene Cheatham
The Bigger the Better Canine Camp LLC

FULL HOUSE
Tony’s NY Pizza

STRAIGHT
Bishop O’Connell High School
From Gina’s Kitchen

THREE OF A KIND
Camille Karcher, LPC
Jane & Matt Mirko
Splash & Dash Car Wash

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The Cafeteria Staff did a tremendous job of feeding more than 800 students, parents and staff who joined us for the annual Thanksgiving Luncheon yesterday. I want to thank them for their dedication and professionalism in coordinating such a large undertaking for our community. Beginning at around 7:00 a.m. Sunday morning, they worked through the day to prepare the great feast. I want to extend a special word of thanks to Mrs. Wendy Matner (Director of Cafeteria Services), Mrs. Liz Werling (Assistant), Mrs. Wilma Marsengill (Cafeteria Bookkeeper) and Mrs. Robin Speicher (Assistant).

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

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

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

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Applications for New Students (2017-2018)
All current families who wish to enroll a new student in grades Pre-Kindergarten through eight are invited to request an application via email at the following address: office@allsaintsva.org. As requests are received, applications will be sent home to families with the youngest child currently enrolled in our school.

Completed applications returned to the office on or before Friday, February 24th will receive first consideration for any openings for the 2017-2018 academic year. As in the past, re-registration of currently enrolled students will take place in February.

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

Evening with St. Nicholas – December 2nd (7:00 p.m.)
The 8th Annual Evening with St. Nicholas will take place on Friday, December 2nd.

The evening will begin with an Advent Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. in the church. The “Procession of the Shoes” will again be led by St. Nicholas himself! St. Nicholas and Mother Seton will be available for photos (bring your own camera) afterwards in the Parish Activities Center.

Once again, we will be collecting donations of new shoes, with the proceeds benefitting House of Mercy. Donation guidelines are: NEW plain colors of tennis shoes- white, blue, black, tan, or brown. No character tennis shoes, please.

Thank you to those who have already volunteered to help before or during the event. We can always use help, so go to https://www.helpcounterweb.com/ci/volunteer/homePage to volunteer your time.

Have a question about volunteering or donations? Contact event co-chair Mrs. Sarah Roccograndi at Sarah.Roccograndi@gmail.com

Manassas Christmas Parade – December 3rd
Once again All Saints Catholic School will participate in the annual parade! For more details about the event, including a permission slip for participation, please see the link that follows below. Parents are asked to forward permission slips to the office by Wednesday, November 30th.

Link: Christmas Parade Permission Slip 2016


UPCOMING EVENTS

Wednesday, November 23

  • Thanksgiving Holiday Begins

Sunday, November 27th          

  • First Sunday of Advent
  • Catholic Schools Care about Catholic Charities Week

Monday, November 28th

  • Advent Prayer Service (8:15 a.m.)
  • Penance Service Grades 6-8 (1:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, November 29th

  • Micron Community Tour (5:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, November 30th

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

Thursday, December 1st

  • 8th Grade High School Placement Test

Friday, December 2nd

  • Evening with St. Nicholas (7:00 p.m.)

Saturday, December 3rd          

  • Manassas Christmas Parade


NEWSLETTER LINKS

•FACTS application: https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/3Q327
FACTS Financial Aid Information Flyer 2017-18
•Pilgrim Virgin Statue: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F084CAEAB22A02-pilgrim

Donate Yarn for Scarves to Benefit The Barn

As part of our continued effort of living the virtues of stewardship and generosity, Extended Day will be arm knitting scarves to benefit the women living in Transitional Housing at The Barn in Bristow (learn all about it at www.barninc.org ).

We at Extended Day are currently taking donations of very thick yarn (2 per scarf approximately) so that our students can complete this project by the first half of December. The yarn can be dropped at the school office, or anytime when Extended Day is in session.

Thank you in advance for your usual, kind generosity.

Thanksgiving Prayer Service & Food Drive Donations

The All Saints Catholic School Annual Thanksgiving Prayer Service will be held on Tuesday, November 22nd at 9:30 am. In collaboration with the parish, we will once again be collecting fresh food to provide sixty families a Thanksgiving dinner through a partnership with the Bethany Food Pantry.

In an effort to evenly distribute our collection among the Thanksgiving meal bags, we are asking for grade-level donations as follows. Through the generosity of our school community in providing the items below, many families will enjoy a beautiful meal on Thanksgiving Day.

Pre-Kindergarten — Cereal (hot or cold)
Kindergarten ——– 1-pound bag of fresh carrots
Grade 1 ————– One bottle of juice or one can of coffee
Grade 2 ————– 5-pound bag of fresh white potatoes
Grade 3 ————– 5-pound bag of fresh sweet potatoes
Grade 4 ————– One fresh butternut or acorn squash
Grade 5 ————– 1 canned ham
Grade 6 ————– 2 cans of fruit
Grade 7 ————– 2 cans of corn
Grade 8 ————– 2 boxes of cake mix with icing or cookie mix

The Sentinel – November 16, 2016

Principal’s Message
Plans for the upcoming school year at All Saints are already underway!  Applications for new students for academic year 2017-2018 will be available beginning tomorrow to coincide with our first Open House of the season.  All current families who wish to enroll a new student in grades Pre-Kindergarten through eight are invited to request an application via email at the following address: office@allsaintsva.org.  As requests are received, applications will be sent home to families with the youngest child currently enrolled in our school.

Completed applications returned to the office on or before Friday, February 24th will receive first consideration for any openings for the 2017-2018 academic year.  As in the past, re-registration of currently enrolled students will take place in February.

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

 

IT’S A NEW DAY IN PRE-K (PRE-K TEAM)
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This week I am pleased to announce that our 8th grade students will visit Finance Park in March as the culmination of their participation in the Junior Achievement program.  Located in Fairfax County, the facility provides students hands-on experience through a simulation of the different aspects of running a retail operation.  In a “mini-mall” environment, students will apply the concepts they have learned through the curriculum.  Thank you, Mrs. Slovenkay, for teaching the 8th grade curriculum and Mrs. Champney for all of your efforts in coordinating the details of this program.

Thanksgiving Prayer Service & Fresh Food Drive
The All Saints Catholic School Annual Thanksgiving Prayer Service will be held on Tuesday, November 22nd at 9:30 am.  In collaboration with the parish, we will once again be collecting fresh food to provide sixty families a Thanksgiving dinner through a partnership with the Bethany Food Pantry.  In an effort to evenly distribute our collection among the Thanksgiving meal bags, we are asking for grade-level donations as follows.  Through the generosity of our school community in providing the items below, many families will enjoy a beautiful meal on Thanksgiving Day.

Pre-Kindergarten — Cereal (hot or cold)
Kindergarten ——– 1-pound bag of fresh carrots
Grade 1 ————– One bottle of juice or one can of coffee
Grade 2 ————– 5-pound bag of fresh white potatoes
Grade 3 ————– 5-pound bag of fresh sweet potatoes
Grade 4 ————– One fresh butternut or acorn squash
Grade 5 ————– 1 canned ham
Grade 6 ————– 2 cans of fruit
Grade 7 ————– 2 cans of corn
Grade 8 ————– 2 boxes of cake mix with icing or cookie mix

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

Evening with St. Nicholas – December 2nd (7:00 p.m.)
The 8th Annual Evening with St. Nicholas will take place on Friday, December 2nd.
Please join us for what has become a beautiful tradition at All Saints. The evening will begin with an Advent Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. in the church. The “Procession of the Shoes” will again be led by St. Nicholas himself! St. Nicholas and Mother Seton will be available for photos (bring your own camera) afterwards in the Parish Activities Center.
Once again, we will be collecting donations of new shoes, with the proceeds benefitting House of Mercy. Donation guidelines are: NEW plain colors of tennis shoes- white, blue, black, tan, or brown. No character tennis shoes, please.   
Thank you to those who have already volunteered to help before or during the event.  We can always use help, so go to https://www.helpcounterweb.com/ci/volunteer/homePage  to volunteer your time.
Have a question about volunteering or donations? Contact event co-chair Mrs. Sarah Roccograndi at Sarah.Roccograndi@gmail.com
Manassas Christmas Parade – December 3rd
Once again All Saints Catholic School will participate in the annual parade!  Mr. Cooney and additional volunteers have been working on the design and construction of a float that incorporates our school theme: We have found the Messiah, Come and you will see. 
For more details about the event, including a permission slip for participation, please see the link that follows below.  Parents are asked to forward permission slips to the office by Wednesday, November 30th.

Link:  Christmas Parade Permission Slip 2016

Step Right Up …There is still time to see the most amazing Book Fair on Earth! 
The Book Fair kicked off the week with author Jennifer Chambliss Bertman talking about her New York Times best selling novel  “Book Scavenger” and gave students their first clue to find a book that was hidden in the school.  The excitement continues as the All Saints Library celebrates books and brings to you the best reads in town through November 21st. The Thanksgiving Luncheon is a perfect time to wrap up the event and Feast on Books!

Message from Extended Day Director, Belkis Mitter, To Extended Day Parents
Dear Extended Day Parents,

As part of our continued effort of living the virtues of stewardship and generosity, Extended Day will be arm knitting scarves to benefit the women living in Transitional Housing at The Barn in Bristow (learn all about it at www.barninc.org ).

We at Extended Day are currently taking donations of very thick yarn (2 per scarf approximately) so that our students can complete this project by the first half of December. The yarn can be dropped at the school office, or anytime when Extended Day is in session.

I thank you in advance for your usual, kind generosity, and remain.

In Christ,
Belkis Mitter

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Thanksgiving Luncheon – Monday, November 21st 
Parents are asked to arrive and sign in at the front office fifteen minutes prior to their child’s assigned lunch time.  After signing in, parents are asked to report directly to their child’s classroom.  The homeroom teacher will provide guidance as to when families should begin to report to the cafeteria for the luncheon.

The schedule for the Thanksgiving Luncheon is as follows:

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

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

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

Open House for 2016-2017 School Year – Tomorrow @ 9:00 a.m.
All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, November 17thbeginning 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.

Running With the Saints 5K Committee Needs Your Help – No Running Involved! Preparations for the March 25, 2017 Running With the Saints 5K have already begun and we need your help. No Virtus training necessary and shares can be earned on your own time schedule! Please contact Joan Coleman at jcoleman02@comcast.net for more information!

Upcoming Events

Thursday, November 17th       

  • Open House (PAC/9:00 a.m.)
  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting (PLC/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, November 18th                        

  • 7th Grade Field Trip to Williamsburg
  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Saturday, November 19th        

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

Monday, November 21st         

  • 2nd Grade Pilgrim & Native American Presentation (PAC/10:00)
  • Thanksgiving Luncheon

Tuesday, November 22nd         

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

Wednesday, November 23      

  • Thanksgiving Holiday Begins

Sunday, November 27th                      

  • First Sunday of Advent
  • Catholic Schools Care about Catholic Charities Week

Monday, November 28th         

  • Advent Prayer Service (8:15 a.m.)
  • Penance Service Grades 6-8 (1:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, November 30th    

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

Thursday, December 1st          

  • 8th Grade High School Placement Test

Friday, December 2nd             

  • Evening with St. Nicholas (7:00 p.m.)

Saturday, December 3rd                      

  • Manassas Christmas Parade

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