The Sentinel – January 25, 2017

Principal’s Message

Next week All Saints will join with schools across our country in celebrating Catholic Schools Week, an annual opportunity to highlight our heritage and distinct mission.  The theme will once again be Catholic Schools ~ Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.

This is the type of community that we strive to cultivate each day at All Saints.  With a commitment to faith formation and academic excellence, the faculty, staff, clergy and parents are united in their efforts to provide our children an experience that is truly life-changing. Next week we pause to give thanks for the gift of Catholic education and the many blessings we share as members of the All Saints community.

The following is a list of special activities planned for the week-long celebration.

Sunday, January 29th              Celebrate Your Parish
All students are encouraged to wear their school uniform to Mass this weekend.

Monday, January 30th             Celebrate Your School
Dress Down Day ($1.00 to benefit Catholic Charities)
Free Ice Cream at lunch, courtesy of the PTO

Tuesday, January 31st             Celebrate Your Students  
Buddy Activity during which students will create displays based on the theme of Catholic Schools Week
No Homework Day

Wednesday, February 1st         Celebrate the Nation
Sharing of schools news and events on social media (#CSW17)

Thursday, February 2nd           Celebrate Vocations
Students will write letters of appreciation to our parish priests
Classes will visit the Adoration Chapel to pray for vocations

Friday, February 3rd                Celebrate Faculty & Staff
Mass at 8:30 a.m.
St. Blaise Blessing of Throats
Noon Dismissal
Faculty & Staff Luncheon, courtesy of the PTO

I am excited to share with you the news that Bishop Burbidge will visit our school on Friday of Catholic Schools Week.  He will be the celebrant for our school Mass (previously scheduled for Thursday), will address the students at a series of grade level assemblies, and attend the faculty/staff luncheon.  Indeed, it will be a great honor and blessing for our school to host the bishop on the occasion of Catholic Schools Week! 

Bishop Burbidge Letter on Catholic Schools Week
Science Fair WinnersPrincipal's Weekly VideoChat

Congratulations to the following winners of the annual middle school science fair.  Thank you, Mrs. Cottingham and Mrs. Woolfrey, for your dedication and for all that you did to guide the students through the process.

Behavioral & Social Science
3rd place – Chloe Davies
2nd place – Christina Santiago
1st place – Julia Woolfrey

Biochemistry
1st place – Skyler Yann

Botany
3rd place – Sabrina Yap and Juan Santos (tie)
2nd place – Yohannes Adiamseged
1st place – Abby Yelvington

Chemistry
3rd place – Talia Dickson
2nd place – Mike Short
1st place – Katie Ulrich

Computer Science
1st place – Zack Kreitzer/Arianna Delgado (tie)

Earth & Space Science
1st place – Amelia Slater

Engineering
2nd place – Lex Hartung
1st place – Nate Pora

Mathematics
2nd place – Aidan Thompson
1st place – Tim Mills

Medicine & Health
2nd place – Beverley Appiatse
1st place – Patrick McCurdy

Microbiology
2nd place – Claire Larrabee
1st place – Erin Balagtas

Physics
3rd place – Lizzie Mangilit
2nd place – Lily Newgen
1st place – Bernadette Kwari

Overall
3rd runner-up – Patrick McCurdy
2nd runner-up – Aidan Thompson
1st runner-up – Bernadette Kwari
Grand Champion – Julia Woolfrey

Representing All Saints at the Diocesan Science Fair:
Patrick McCurdy
Aidan Thompson
Bernadette Kwari
Julia Woolfrey
Jacob Collins
Chloe Davies
Zack Kreitzer
Nate Pora
Katie Ulrich
Amelia Slater

Catholic Schools Week Luncheon
Volunteers and donations are needed for the Catholic Schools Week Luncheon on Friday February 3rd.  Please visit https://www.helpcounterweb.com/ci/volunteer to see the opportunities still available.    If you have any questions please contact Sarah Roccograndi at Sarah.Roccograndi@gmail.com or 703-489-0598.
IMPORTANT REMINDERS
March for Life
On Friday, January 27th the students of All Saints will join their prayers with the thousands who will gather in Washington, D.C. at the annual March for Life.  As a school community we will pray for an increase in respect for the sanctity of life at all stages in our society.   While children who wish to attend the March for Life with their parents or the Youth Ministry Program will be marked as absent, please know that this absence will not affect a child who otherwise would earn “Perfect Attendance” at the close of the year.  If your child will be attending the March, please notify his or her teacher via a note by the end of next week.

Registration Schedule for 2017-2018
Current families who wish to enroll a new student in grades Pre-Kindergarten through eight for the 2017-2018 academic year are invited to request an application via email at the following address: office@allsaintsva.org.  Applications will be sent home to families with the youngest child currently enrolled in our school.

Re-registration forms for current students will be sent home to families early in February.

Tuition Assistance Applications for 2017-2018

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:
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.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, January 26th

  • PowerSchool Parent Portal Closes at 3:00 p.m.

Friday, January 27th

  • End of 2nd Quarter
  • Adoration & Benediction (2:15 p.m.)

Saturday, January 28th

  • First Reconciliation for 2nd Grade (10:00 a.m.)

Sunday, January 29th

  • Catholic Schools Week (see schedule above)

Tuesday, January 31st

  • Picture Day – Teams, Clubs & Candids

Thursday, February 2nd

  • School Mass – Moved to Friday

Friday, February 3rd

  • School Mass with Bishop Burbidge & St. Blaise Blessing of Throats (8:30 a.m.)
  • Noon Dismissal
  • Faculty/Staff Luncheon (12:30 p.m.)

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