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!

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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

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