The Sentinel – February 22, 2017

Principal’s Message

This year, in an effort to provide our students with an enriched learning environment, we have implemented a block schedule for math and science in the middle school on Monday and Tuesday of each week.  Subsequently, students attend math and science for one ninety minute session over the course of two days.  This arrangement has allowed for more in-depth discussion of concepts, differentiation through small group instruction and additional science labs and experiments.  The block schedule concept has also enabled us to slow the tempo of the day for our middle school students, providing them the time to think more deeply about their learning. 
 
As an extension of this initiative and a means to further explore block scheduling for our middle school, we are now in the process of implementing a six week trial during which we will also block schedule math and science on Wednesday and Thursday of each week.  I am grateful to Mrs. Bill, Mrs. Woolfrey and Mrs. Cottingham for their initiative and efforts in this regard.  While we are not yet in a position to determine whether this is a schedule that we will continue to implement and potentially expand further in the future, we are excited to try this strategy in an effort to advance student learning.
 
Speaking of learning…Enjoy this VideoChat that highlights our “star readers” from last week’s Gold Medal Reader Celebration!
 

 
Application Deadline
If you are interested in enrolling another child from your family and have not yet requested forms, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio at 703-393-1490 or office@allsaintsva.orgApplication forms for new students are due by Friday, February 24.
 
HIGH SCHOOL NEWS
Spring Open House at JP the Great
The Spring Open House at John Paul is primarily hosted for grade school children who would like to preview high school, but all are welcome! Join us Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 4 – 6pm. Presentation begins at 4:15pm. Gift with pre-registration! Please click here to register!

Special Events for Middle School Students at JP
All middle school students are encouraged to visit JP to meet our students and coaches and make new friends! There are a number of events coming up! Visit our website for more information, or see links below:

 
IMPORTANT REMINDERS
 
Title I Meeting for Parents & Students – March 23rd (New Date!)
Students enrolled in the Title I program and their parents are invited to a special evening event on March 23rd from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at St. Michael School.  (Please note the change of date from March 16th.) Title I staff will host a session entitled Reading Magic at Home: Tips & Tricks.  For more details about the event, please see the link below.
 
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.
 
The due date for submission of applications and supporting documentation is March 17, 2017.
 
All applications and supporting documentation must be received by FACTS by the deadline 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
Friday, February 24th               

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Application Deadline for New Students

Saturday, February 25th            

  • Diocesan PTO Meeting
  • 2nd Grade Jesus Day

Wednesday, March 1st               

  • Farewell to the Alleluia Prayer Service (PAC/9:30 a.m.)
  • Ash Wednesday Mass (10:00 a.m.)

Thursday, March 2nd                 

  • Spirit Event: Skate N’ Fun Zone (6:00-8:00 p.m.)

Friday, March 3rd                     

  • 3rd Quarter Interims

 
SAVE THE DATE – All Saints School PTO presents Family Bingo Night on Saturday, March 18th at 5:00pm; a flier will be forthcoming.
 
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Robotics Team in VA State Championship

Congratulations to the All Saints Robotics team which in their first year of competition qualified to participate in the Virginia State Championship in Doswell, VA this past Friday. Our team finished 17th in the Alliance Challenge and 15th in the Skills Challenge at States, and can’t wait to apply all they learned from competing in this high level competition.

The Sentinel – February 15, 2017

Principal’s Message

Last week I fielded a few questions regarding the change in application/re-registration fees and thought it would be helpful to share the same information in this week’s newsletter.

The decision to increase the fees to $125 per student with a family maximum of $250 was the result of an analysis of fees across the diocese.  What we learned through the process is not simply that our fee is below average, but that we are ranked as the most affordable of all schools in this category.  In an effort to maintain a fee structure that communicates value as well as affordability, we implemented this fee increase for the 2017-2018 academic year.

We do recognize that families continue to sacrifice financially in order to give their children the gift of a Catholic education.  With this in mind, please know that if the change in fees and the re-registration deadline of Fridaypresents a particular challenge for your family, you are most welcome to contact me to discuss an extension.  And, of course, should you have any follow up questions or wish to discuss further, please do not hesitate to let me know.

Re-Registration Deadline – Friday
Re-registration forms are due in the office on Friday, February 17th.   Forms submitted after this date will require a $25.00 late fee.  Applications for students new to All Saints, including siblings who will be eligible by age for Pre-Kindergarten, are also available.  If you are interested in enrolling another child from your family and have not yet requested forms, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio at 703-393-1490 or office@allsaintsva.org.  Application forms for new students are due by Friday, February 24.

 

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Box Tops Reminder
Box Tops: Keep sending them all in. If they are loose, just send them in a zip lock bag to school. If you place them on a sheet, please tape or glue, do not staple. The submission date is March 1, 2017. We’re trying to reach 10,000 and we’re nearly there. Here are the top 4 classes:

1,712 – 7A Mrs. DeBruyne
1,545 – 1A Mrs. Harrill
1,544 – Pre-K1, 2 & 3 Mrs. Parriott/Mrs. Rogers
1,004 – 6B Mrs. Cottingham
 
IMPORTANT REMINDERS
PTO General Assembly Meeting – Math Fun Night!
The next PTO General Assembly Meeting will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 21st.  Through our partnership with Micron, we are pleased to host a Family Math Night for students and parents in grades K-5.  As students move from station to station in the Parish Activity Center, they will have an opportunity to complete engaging activities that promote an understanding and appreciation for mathematics.

Title I Meeting for Parents & Students
Students enrolled in the Title I program and their parents are invited to a special evening event on March 16thfrom 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at St. Michael School.  Title I staff will host a session entitled Reading Magic at Home: Tips & Tricks.  For more details about the event, please see the link below.

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, February 16th

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

Friday, February 17th

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Re-registration Deadline for Returning Students
  • Vex IQ State Championship Robotics Tournament

Monday, February 20th

  • Holiday – Presidents’ Day
  • Spirit Event: Chuck E. Cheese (12:00-9:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, February 21st

  • PTO General Assembly Meeting & Math Night for K-5 (PAC/7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, February 22nd

  • 60th Anniversary Planning Committee Meeting (2:00 p.m.)

Friday, February 24th

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Application Deadline for New Students

Saturday, February 25th

  • Diocesan PTO Meeting
  • 2nd Grade Jesus Day

Newsletter Links

 

The Sentinel – February 8, 2017

Principal’s Message

This week I wish to congratulate the members of the All Saints Robotics Team on their outstanding success at a competition held in Maryland this past Saturday.  The girls’ team (Bernadette Kwari, Samantha Amancio & Aeryn Potocnak) won first place in the Programming Skills Challenge.  The boys (Nicholas Ferguson and Nate Pora) finished as runner-up in the Programming Skills Challenge and in the top three in the Alliance Challenge.

The Robotics Team received an invitation yesterday to be one of twenty-three teams competing in the VEX IQ State Championship that will take place next week!

We can all be so proud of our students’ success, made that much more special as it was the first competitive robotics event in which our school has participated!  I want to also thank and congratulate Mr. Roy and Mrs. Bill who serve as the moderators of the club and who have provided the leadership and vision for the team.  I also want to thank Mrs. Carroll, computer teacher, who has introduced the middle school students to online programming during their technology class.  The STEM efforts that we initiated several years ago are providing our students with a strong foundation, a fact that was confirmed at Saturday’s event!

Again, congratulations Robotics Team!

Principal's VideoChat

12th Annual Race for Education
Preparations are now underway for the 12th Annual Race for Education which will be held on Thursday, May 4th.  A packet of important information related to the event was distributed to students at a special assembly on Monday afternoon. Our goal for this year’s Race for Education is $50,000.  As is our tradition, we will continue to donate 15% of the proceeds to St. Jude Childrens’ Research Hospital, an organization that has received more than $100,000 from our community since the 1990’s.   The remaining funds from the 12th Annual Race for Education will be allocated to PTO initiatives and the advancement of technology.

Students are asked to submit completed mailing labels by Monday, February 13th.  For additional information about this process and the incentives offered to students, please see the information packet.  Should you have any questions, please contact the event coordinator, Mrs. Marjorie Collins, at 703-365-9686.

PTO General Assembly Meeting – Math Fun Night!
The next PTO General Assembly Meeting will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 21st.  Through our partnership with Micron, we are pleased to host a Family Math Night for students and parents in grades K-5.  As students move from station to station in the Parish Activity Center, they will have an opportunity to complete engaging activities that promote an understanding and appreciation for mathematics.

We are seeking a few parent volunteers to assist with the coordination and set-up for the event.  If you have a particular interest in the field of math and would like to volunteer, please contact Mr. Conroy via email at dconroy@allsaintsva.org by the close of this week to learn more about this opportunity.

Title I Meeting for Parents & Students
Students enrolled in the Title I program and their parents are invited to a special evening event on March 16th from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at St. Michael School.  Title I staff will host a session entitled Reading Magic at Home: Tips & Tricks.  For more details about the event, please see the link below.

Special Message from the Nurse
Please see the link below for a message from Mrs. Roth that includes important reminders about school policy, specifically the guidelines for determining when a child should be absent due to symptoms.

“Protecting God’s Children” Evening Session
All Saints Church will be hosting and evening session of the live training “Protecting God’s Children” on Thursday March 23rd beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Father Kelly Hall.  Volunteers who need to complete this requirement, should sign up early to attend this is a convenient session in order to move into full compliance.  This is the first evening session, scheduled to accommodate those who cannot attend on the weekend sessions.

Yearbook Order Forms

It’s time to order the 2016 – 2017 All Saints Catholic School Yearbook.  The cost for each book is $21.  Order form and payment must be received by March 31st to guarantee a copy of the yearbook!   Please go to the link at the end of the newsletter to obtain the order form.

From the Spirit Events Committee
Monday February 20th is our annual All Saints Chuck E. Cheese event.  Please join us from 12-9 p.m. This fun-filled afternoon or evening will benefit your awesome school. The kids can get that positive energy out and you will have a positively great time chatting with fellow parents! 15% of the proceeds come back to our school, so don’t forget to mention All Saints and bring the flyer. See you there!

Box Tops Reminder
March 3rd, 2017 is our next big box top deadline. Please submit all box tops by March 1stfor this deadline. Currently, we have collected 5,758 box tops since our November 3rdsubmission. Here are the top 4 classrooms:

1,526 – Pre-K1, 2 & 3 Mrs. Parriott/Mrs. Rogers
1,459 – 1A Mrs. Harrill
923 – 6B Mrs. Cottingham
904 – 1A Mrs. Montano

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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, February 9th

  • Open House (PAC/9:00 a.m.)

Friday, February 10th

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Middle School Demerit Free Breakfast (9:15 a.m.)

Tuesday, February 14th

  • SCA sponsored St. Valentine’s Dress Down Day ($1.00)
  • Valentine’s Day Parties (K-5)

Thursday, February 16th

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

Friday, February 17th             

  • Re-registration Deadline for Returning Students

Newsletter Links

12th Annual Race for Education

Preparations are now underway for the 12th Annual Race for Education which will be held on Thursday, May 4th.  A packet of important information related to the event was distributed to students at a special assembly on Monday afternoon. Our goal for this year’s Race for Education is $50,000.  As is our tradition, we will continue to donate 15% of the proceeds to St. Jude Childrens’ Research Hospital, an organization that has received more than $100,000 from our community since the 1990’s.   The remaining funds from the 12th Annual Race for Education will be allocated to PTO initiatives and the advancement of technology.

Students are asked to submit completed mailing labels by Monday, February 13th.  For additional information about this process and the incentives offered to students, please see the information packet.  Should you have any questions, please contact the event coordinator, Mrs. Marjorie Collins, at 703-365-9686.

The Sentinel – February 1, 2017

Principal’s Message

Today each family will receive Re-Registration Forms for the 2017-2018 academic year.   Parents are asked to complete all of the forms and return them to the office no later than Friday, February 17th.  Forms submitted after this date will require a $25.00 late fee.

This year, in addition to including the name of your parish, we ask that you also provide your parish registration number.  This will allow us to more efficiently verify parish registration as we confirm tuition plans for each family.

Registration of students new to All Saints, including siblings who will be eligible by age for Pre-Kindergarten, has already begun.  Separate forms related to this initial registration process have been sent home to parents who have already expressed interest in enrolling another child in our program.  If you are interested in enrolling another child from your family and have not yet requested forms, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio at 703-393-1490 or office@allsaintsva.org.

As we plan for the upcoming year, it is our goal to continue to provide the same commitment to excellence, the same level of service, and the same quality that you have come to associate with the All Saints’ experience.  At the same time, we want to continue to bolster salaries for our faculty and staff who are so dedicated to our mission and continue to advance our programs. 

In order to sustain these commitments, we will increase tuition by 3% for the 2017-2018 academic year.  (Note: This amount includes the annual Classroom Activity Fee which will eliminate the need for a separate collection during the fall semester.)

Although there will be no change to the rate of sibling discount, we are revising the annual application/re-registration fee.  Effective today, the application/re-registration fee will be $125 per student with a maximum of $250 per family.

The following is a schedule of the in-parish tuition rates for 2017-2018.  The actual per student cost of education is included as a point of reference.  We are grateful for the continued support of the diocese, the parish, PTO and individual donors who enable us to maintain a high degree of affordability for families in our community.

All Saints Tuition Chart: 2017-2018

 

Principal's Weekly VideoChat - February 2, 2017

Virtues in Practice
Virtue for the Month of February: Honesty
Definition: Being trustworthy and true.
Saints: Blessed Jacinta & Francesco Marto (PK-2), St. Kateri Tekakwitha (Gr. 3-5), St. Athanasius (Gr. 6-8)

Open House for 2017-2018 School Year – February 9th
All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, February 9th beginning at 9:00 a.m.  All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about the parish school are cordially invited to attend.  Following a demonstration of our new STEM programs and presentation by the principal, tours of the facility will be provided. For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at (703) 393-1490.

Middle School Winners – American Legion Writing Contest
Congratulations to Chloe Davies (1st Place) and Lizzie Mangilit (2nd Place) for their award-winning submissions to the American Legion Writing Contest!

Catholic Schools Week Luncheon
Volunteers are needed to serve for the Catholic Schools Week Luncheon on Friday February 3rd.  Please visit https://www.helpcounterweb.com/ci/volunteer to see the opportunities still available.   VIRTUS compliance is not a requirement for this volunteer activity.  If you have any questions please contact Sarah Roccograndi at Sarah.Roccograndi@gmail.com or 703-489-0598.
IMPORTANT REMINDERS
Bishop Michael Burbidge – Visiting All Saints on Friday!
We are excited that Bishop Burbidge will visit our school this Friday.  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!

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, February 2nd          

  • School Mass – Moved to Friday

Friday, February 3rd               

  • School Mass with Bishop Burbidge & St. Blaise Blessing of Throats (8:30 a.m.)
  • 2nd Quarter Report Cards & Scantron Testing Results Distributed to Students
  • Noon Dismissal
  • Faculty/Staff Luncheon (12:30 p.m.)

Monday, February 6th            

  • Race for Education Kick-Off Assembly (2:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, February 7th            

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

Wednesday, February 8th        

  • Gold Medal Readers Celebration (1:15 p.m.)

Thursday, February 9th           

  • Open House (PAC/9:00 a.m.)

Friday, February 10th             

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Middle School Demerit Free Breakfast (9:30 a.m.)

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