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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