The Sentinel – March 29, 2017

Principal’s Message

This week I would like to share with you some important updates regarding our faculty and staff as well as changes for the 2017-2018 academic year. 
 
Next year Mrs. Parriott will transition to a full-time position in the expanded Pre-Kindergarten program where she will teach the full day class.  Mrs. Rogers, Director of Pre-Kindergarten, will teach the half day classes which will provide her time each Friday to dedicate to her leadership of the program.
 
Mrs. Burnett (2nd Grade Teacher) is now preparing for the birth of her first child.  As such, she has decided that she will not be returning next year in order to care for her little one.  We thank her for her dedication during her years with us and for so beautifully preparing her second grade students to receive their Sacraments.  We wish her and her husband continued blessings as they prepare for the birth of their child.
 
Mrs. Jemielity (Resource Teacher) is also expecting her first child and will similarly not be returning in the fall.  Although only a member of our faculty for one year, she has been highly effective in providing direct services to students in our resource program and in providing guidance to faculty and parents alike.  We wish her and husband blessings as well as they prepare for the birth of their baby.
 
Mrs. Kessinger (8th Grade Teacher/Middle School Literature) will not be returning as she is planning to relocate to Pennsylvania to be nearer to her family.  We thank her for her commitment of the past two years and for the ways that she has enlivened the students’ experience of literature through her creative approach and integration of technology. 
 
Mrs. Filippone (Pre-Kindergarten Assistant) has decided not to return next year in order to pursue other opportunities.  We thank her for her dedication to the program and for the kindness and care she has provided to our youngest learners. 
 
Mrs. Geary (Library Assistant) has also decided to resign from her position at the end of this year in order to pursue other opportunities. Through her many years at All Saints, she has been a very important part of our library team and has fostered a love of reading among the students.   Her enthusiasm, always on display through her brightly-colored costumes and her birthday serenades in the cafeteria, will be greatly missed.


As part of our five year plan, a faculty committee is now evaluating our kindergarten screening process and researching other instruments to be implemented in the spring of 2018. For now, we will continue with the administration of the Early Prevention of School Failure Screening (EPSF) in May. However, this year we will only screen new students, those on the kindergarten waitlist and those in pre-kindergarten for whom a question may exist regarding kindergarten readiness. This decision has been made in the recognition that it is not necessary to screen all of our pre-kindergarten students since their teachers observe their growth and performance on a daily basis and through on-going classroom assessments.
 
As included in our school calendar, there will be no pre-kindergarten or kindergarten classes on Monday, May 1st or Monday, May 8th.  The two days will be used for the administration of the screening and analysis of the results.

Principal's VideoChat - March 29, 2017
 
Running with the Saints 5K
On Saturday morning nearly 200 people gathered at the Parish Activity Center for the annual Running with the Saints 5K.  It was wonderful to see so many students, teachers, parents, parishioners, and local members of the community all joining together in support of our school.  We thank, Fr. Juan, for once again taking to his bicycle and leading the way through the streets of Manassas.  I want to especially thank Mrs. Joan Coleman and the members of the committee (Mrs. Sue Haggerty, Mrs. Caeli Volk, Mrs. Kate Cooney, Mrs. Jeanine Fehrman and Mrs. Chrissie Vazquez) who worked so diligently for months to prepare for the event.  Their collective efforts resulted in a safe and enjoyable event for everyone.  I also want to thank Mr. Jim Switzer for assisting with the sound equipment again this year and Mrs. Amy Godeaux for her wonderful singing of the National Anthem. It was a beautiful day for our community and one in which our school pride was on display in the surrounding neighborhood!
 
Thank you to our Running with the Saints 5K Sponsors:

Silver Sponsor:
Alterra Home Loans & Metropolitan Tile – Sandra Saunders

Bronze Sponsors:
Knights of Columbus Bishop J. Louis Flaherty Assembly
The Bigger the Better Canine Camp Traci Morris-Cole
Summit Roofing Joe Ortiz
Bounce Mania Slaiby Family
Smoothie King
Acute & Wellness Chiropractic Clinic
The Running Store
Sporting Smiles Pediatric Dentistry & Family Orthodontics Dr. Khurana
WDP & Associates
Season’s Services Claudia Zupata
Orange Monkey
Chick Fil A Liberia
The Cheatham Family

Friends of the 5K:
Loveless & Porter Architects
Camille Karcher, LPC
Gina’s Kitchen
Carousel Children’s Academy
Anonymous Donor
 
End of Year Calendar & Events
With the transition to spring-like weather, we are now able to confirm the end of year calendar.

Wednesday, May 31st  Field Day – Grades K-8 (Linton Hall School)
Thursday, June 1st       Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten
Friday, June 9th            8th Grade Graduation (4:00 p.m.)
                                     Note: Noon Dismissal for Grades K-7
Thursday, June 15th     Kindergarten Graduation (10:00 a.m.)
Friday, June 16th          Final Day of School for Students in Grades 1-7 (11:00a.m.Dismissal)
 
Carpool Rosary
Please join us each week prior to the school Mass to pray the Rosary for the intentions of those in our school community. This is the “Carpool Rosary” gathering. We meet in the church vestibule on the left side near the statue of Our Lady of Fatima. This week we will meet just after 8 a.m. on Friday, March 31. For more information, please contact Julie Mantooth at Mantooth06@msn.com. Reminders and updates may also be found on the All Saints Prayer Group and All Saints Parents Group Pages on Facebook.
 
12th Annual Race for Education
Donations have begun to arrive at the school and we are looking for parent volunteers to help with our record keeping process. We will meet on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at various times and locations beginning next week throughout the month of April. If you are interested in volunteering any amount of time, please sign-up and check this HelpCounter link for dates, times and more information:  https://www.helpcounterweb.com/ci/signup/140e99d6da9
 
This year we are offering again a link to donate online to our Race for Education. When donating online, please remember to make one donation transaction for all the runners you are sponsoring and use the memo box online to indicate to which runner and classroom you are donating. 
Here is the online link:  https://allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/pto/race-for-education/
 
If you have any questions about the Race for Education, please contact Marjorie Collins at marjorie@ocfmail.com
 
Theatre & Art Day Camps in a Catholic Environment at All Saints
Enroll your child in a fun and exciting camp this July dedicated to teaching excellence in the arts.  Instructors are top notch in their field in topics such as visual art, dance, singing, acting, improvisation, crafts, and more.  Opportunities from K through High School make Spotlight on the Arts Summer Camps perfect for the whole family.  For over 10 years, Rob Tessier has offered these camps withing the Arlington Diocese… and this month registration is offered at a discounted rate.  Go to www.SpotlightSummerCamps.com to learn more!
 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

 
Pre-Kindergarten Openings for 2017-2018
Openings are still available in the half day classes of the Pre-Kindergarten Program for the 2017-2018 school year.  This is a great opportunity for families in our community who may be hoping to send their child to All Saints but have heard that openings are limited due to high demand.  Please invite families who may be interested in the Pre-Kindergarten program to contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio at (703) 393-1490 or jdeugenio@allsaintsva.org for more information. 
 
Remember, current parents who refer families into our program may earn up to $400.00 in tuition credit per year through our New Student Referral Program!
 
NJHS Easter Food Collection
In conjunction with the Lenten Rice Bowl initiative, All Saints Catholic School families are invited to participate in a food drive to assist the Bethany Food Pantry in providing an Easter meal for less fortunate families in our community.
 
During each week of Lent, grade levels are invited to donate items as listed below.  The students of the National Junior Honor Society will then package meals on Holy Thursdayand they will be distributed by the food pantry staff on Good Friday.


Upcoming Events
Friday, March 31st                  

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Spelling Bee (PAC/1:30 p.m.)
  • Deadline: Yearbook Orders
  • 8th Grade Confirmation Retreat

Saturday, April 1st                   

  • Diocesan Band Festival (Bishop Ireton)

Monday, April 3rd                   

  • Transition to Summer Uniforms
  • Bullying Awareness Week Assembly (PAC/2:15 p.m.)
  • Lenten Penance Service – Grades 6-7 (10:00 a.m.)

Tuesday, April 4th                   

  • 60th Anniversary Planning Committee (PLC/2:00 p.m.)
  • Little Medical School – 3rd Grade (3:00-4:05 p.m.)
  • 8th Grade Parent Graduation Meeting (PAC/7:00 p.m.)
  • PTO Board Meeting (PLC/7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, April 5th              

  • Middle School Chastity Lessons – rescheduled from snow day
  • Lenten Soup Supper, sponsored by the PTO (5:00 – 7:00 p.m.)
  • PowerSchool Parent Portal Closes – Report Card Preparation

Thursday, April 6th                 

  • Stations of the Cross – Grades K-8 (2:15 p.m.)
  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting (PLC/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, April 7th                      

  • 8th Grade Class Trip to Annapolis (7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
  • School Mass – St. John Baptiste De La Salle (8:30 a.m.)
  • End of 3rd Quarter

Saturday, April 8th                  

  • Diocesan Science Fair

                                               
Newsletter Links

 

Thanks for Supporting the 5K

Our sixth annual “Running with the Saints” 5K was a great success! We would like to thank Fr. Lee for leading us in prayer, Fr. Juan for being our bike lead, Mr. Conroy for serving as race starter, Amy Godeaux for singing the National Anthem, and Jim Switzer for the music and announcements. We also appreciate the hard work and dedication of our 5K committee members: Sue Haggerty, Caeli Volk, Kate Cooney, Jeanine Fehrman and Chrissie Vazquez, and all the volunteers who helped on race day!  

Running with the Saints 5K – 2017 Sponsors

Silver Sponsor:

  • Alterra Home Loans & Metropolitan Tile – Sandra Saunders

Bronze Sponsors:

  • Knights of Columbus Bishop J. Louis Flaherty Assembly
  • The Bigger the Better Canine Camp Traci Morris-Cole
  • Summit Roofing Joe Ortiz
  • Bounce Mania Slaiby Family
  • Smoothie King
  • Acute & Wellness Chiropractic Clinic
  • The Running Store
  • Sporting Smiles Pediatric Dentistry & Family Orthodontics Dr. Khurana
  • WDP & Associates
  • Season’s Services Claudia Zupata
  • Orange Monkey
  • Chik Fil A Liberia
  • The Cheatham Family

Friends of the 5K:

  • Loveless & Porter Architects
  • Camille Karcher, LPC
  • Gina’s Kitchen
  • Carousel Children’s Academy
  • Anonymous Donor

Spotlight on the Arts Summer Camps

Theatre & Art Day Camps in a Catholic Environment at All Saints

Enroll your child in a fun and exciting camp this July dedicated to teaching excellence in the arts.  Instructors are top notch in their field in topics such as visual art, dance, singing, acting, improvisation, crafts, and more.  Opportunities from K through High School make Spotlight on the Arts Summer Camps perfect for the whole family.  For over 10 years, Rob Tessier has offered these camps withing the Arlington Diocese… and this month registration is offered at a discounted rate.  Go to www.SpotlightSummerCamps.com to learn more!

Spotlight on the Arts – Brochure

The Sentinel – March 22, 2017

Principal’s Message

This week we are half way through our Lenten journey, an ideal moment to pause and reflect on how we are growing in our relationship with Christ during this sacred time.  Walking through the hallways, there is much inspiration to be found in the displays created by the children that remind us of the season and that highlight the sacrifices they are each making.  From cleverly designed license plates to paper shoes that represent the “walk with Jesus”, the bulletin boards give us a glimpse into the hearts of the children and their desire to live the Gospel – a source of inspiration for all of us during our Lenten journey.

Principal's Blog - VideoChat
 

Looking for more Lenten inspiration?  Here is a link to a wonderful resource from The Dynamic Catholic. 
 
Dynamic Catholic – Best Lent Ever
 
Wishing you continued Lenten blessings!
 
Box Tops for Education
We have collected 1,028 box tops in just 2 weeks. We have one more submission at the end of the school year. Here are the top 4 classes. Remember, the class that turns in the most box tops receives a free box top party which includes cupcakes, rice crispy treats, candy, juice/milk, and special prizes. Keep clipping!
 
2,162 – 7A Mrs. DeBruyne
1,772 – Pre-K1, 2 & 3 Mrs. Parriott/Mrs. Rogers
1,735 – 1A Mrs. Harrill
1,233 – 6B Mrs. Cottingham
 
5th Annual Kid Stuff Sale
Please join us for our 5th Annual Kid Stuff Sale (and More!), sponsored by MARCH homeschool group and K of C Squire Roses to benefit AAA Women for Choice on Saturday, April 8th, from 7am-12 noon at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 9290 Stonewall Rd. Manassas (next to All Saints).  Maternity, infant, child, and teen clothing, shoes, baby equipment, furniture, toys, books, household items and more will be priced to sell!  We are also gratefully accepting tax-deductible donated items from parishioners and others who want to support this worthy cause.  Please contact Mary Lewandowski, res19qf7@verizon.net or at 703-335-7471 or Kelley Witter, kelleywitter@yahoo.com or at 703-257-5619 for more information.  (Any remaining merchandise will be given to a charitable organization)
 
 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

 
Pre-Kindergarten Openings for 2017-2018
Openings are still available in the half day classes of the Pre-Kindergarten Program for the 2017-2018 school year.  This is a great opportunity for families in our community who may be hoping to send their child to All Saints but have heard that openings are limited due to high demand.  Please invite families who may be interested in the Pre-Kindergarten program to contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio at (703) 393-1490 or jdeugenio@allsaintsva.org for more information. 
 
Remember, current parents who refer families into our program may earn up to $400.00 in tuition credit per year through our New Student Referral Program!
 
NJHS Easter Food Collection
In conjunction with the Lenten Rice Bowl initiative, All Saints Catholic School families are invited to participate in a food drive to assist the Bethany Food Pantry in providing an Easter meal for less fortunate families in our community.
 
During each week of Lent, grade levels are invited to donate items as listed below.  The students of the National Junior Honor Society will then package meals on Holy Thursdayand they will be distributed by the food pantry staff on Good Friday.
 

Upcoming Events
Thursday, March 23rd             

  • Stations of the Cross – Grades 6-8 (2:15 p.m.)
  • VIRTUS Training (FKH/6:30 p.m.)
  • Title I Workshop (St. Michael School/6:30 – 8:30 p.m.)
  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting (PLC/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, March 24th                 

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • 8th Grade Confirmation Retreat
  • Spirit Event: Captain Pell’s (2:00-10:00 p.m.)

Saturday, March 25th             

  • 5th Annual Running with the Saints 5K (PAC/8:15 a.m.)

Tuesday, March 28th               

  • Little Medical School (3rd Grade/3:00-4:05)

Friday, March 31st                 

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Spelling Bee (PAC/1:30 p.m.)
  • Deadline: Yearbook Orders
  • 8th Grade Confirmation Retreat

 
Newsletter Links

Chloe Davies Wins VA State American Legion Essay Contest

All Saints middle school student Chloe Davies and her language arts teacher Mrs. Melissa DeBruyne were overjoyed when they learned that Chloe’s essay for the American Legion Middle School Essay Contest won at the district level. This was the first year that All Saints students participated in the contest through American Legion Post 10 in Manassas. When they learned the news that Chloe’s essay on the writing prompt, “I Like Living in America Because …” was selected as the winning entry for the state of Virginia, they were ecstatic.

In a gathering before All Saints students and faculty, Commander Toni Barber from American Legion Post 10 presented Chloe with a certificate, pin and award to mark this special achievement. Commander Barber also gave recognition to All Saints middle school language arts teacher Mrs. DeBruyne for her work in introducing the contest at All Saints. The event was a homecoming for Commander Barber whose daughter is an All Saints alumnus. At the end of the award presentation, Chloe read her essay which highlighted the experience of her father coming to America, and the joy of living in a “land of opportunity” with freedom at its core. 

Congratulations to Chloe Davies on receiving this recognition, and for sharing her gift of writing and love of country. Our sincere thanks to American Legion Post 10 for their continued support of our school, and Post 10 Commander Barber and Gunny Lewis for making the award presentation a memorable event for our entire student body.

Read the Arlington Catholic Herald’s article on Chloe Davies

 

All Saints student Chloe Davies wins Virginia state writing contest award from the American Legion.

The Sentinel – March 16, 2017

Principal’s Message

Just as we thought we were going to move right into spring without even a hint of winter, a late in the season storm surprised us all.  It would seem that the prayers of the students (and teachers!) were answered.  I do hope that everyone enjoyed the unexpected holiday and that it was a time of rest and relaxation for your family.
 
At the close of this month, when any potential for additional inclement weather has passed, we will finalize the calendar for the end of the year.  Look for these details pertaining to graduation and other end of the year ceremonies in the March 29th newsletter. 
 
(Thank you, Mr. Andre and the Facilities Staff, for working diligently to clear the parking lots, sidewalks and courtyard so thoroughly for the reopening of school.  Job well done!)
 
Pre-Kindergarten Openings for 2017-2018
Openings are still available in the half day classes of the Pre-Kindergarten Program for the 2017-2018 school year.  This is a great opportunity for families in our community who may be hoping to send their child to All Saints but have heard that openings are limited due to high demand.  Please invite families who may be interested in the Pre-Kindergarten program to contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio at (703) 393-1490 or jdeugenio@allsaintsva.org for more information. 
 
Remember, current parents who refer families into our program may earn up to $400.00 in tuition credit per year through our New Student Referral Program!
 

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!

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Lenten Holy Hours – Fr. Noah
Father Noah will lead a Holy Hour for Men on Monday, March 20th (Solemnity of St. Joseph) at 8:00 p.m. and for women on Tuesday, April 4 at 8 p.m. Both will take place at All Saints Church and will include a brief reflection, rosary, time for silent prayer, and benediction.
 
Come be refreshed by the Lord through prayer during this Lenten season!
 
NJHS Easter Food Collection
In conjunction with the Lenten Rice Bowl initiative, All Saints Catholic School families are invited to participate in a food drive to assist the Bethany Food Pantry in providing an Easter meal for less fortunate families in our community.
 
During each week of Lent, grade levels are invited to donate items as listed below.  The students of the National Junior Honor Society will then package meals on Holy Thursday and they will be distributed by the food pantry staff on Good Friday.

 Upcoming Events
Thursday, March 16th             

  • NJHS sponsored St. Patrick’s Dress Down Day ($1.00)
  • 60th Anniversary Planning Committee Meeting (2:00 p.m.)
  • Stations of the Cross – Grades 3-5 (2:15 p.m.)

Friday, March 17th                 

  • School Mass – St. Patrick’s Day (8:30 a.m.)
  • Deadline: FACTS Tuition Assistance Applications

Saturday, March 18th             

  • Catholic High School Registration
  • PTO Bingo (Knights’ Hall/5:00-8:00 p.m.)

Monday, March 20th               

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

Tuesday, March 21st               

  • State-wide Tornado Drill (9:45 a.m.)

Wednesday, March 22nd         

  • PTO Helping Hands (PAC/8:15-11:15 a.m.)

Thursday, March 23rd             

  • Stations of the Cross – Grades 6-8 (2:15 p.m.)
  • VIRTUS Training (FKH/6:30 p.m.)
  • Title I Workshop (St. Michael School/6:30 – 8:30 p.m.)
  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting (PLC/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, March 24th                 

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • 8th Grade Confirmation Retreat
  • Spirit Event: Captain Pell’s (2:00-10:00 p.m.)

Saturday, March 25th             

  • 5th Annual Running with the Saints 5K (8:15 a.m.)

 
Newsletter Links

The Sentinel – March 8, 2017

Principal’s Message

This week I would like to provide a brief update regarding technology and learning at All Saints.  Thanks to the generosity of parents and members of our community who attended our Auction & Casino Night, we purchased and deployed 11 additional Chromebooks in the Library/Media Center last week.  With these additional devices, thirty students can now access technology at the same time in this space.  Again, through the support of the community, we also purchased 11 iPads that will be used in the Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and 1st & 2ndGrade classrooms.  With these additional technologies we will be better able to differentiate learning for our students and provide small group instruction. 

One example of how this is already occurring can be seen in one of the 3rd and 4th grade classrooms where we are currently piloting STAR Math, an online assessment tool that automatically places students into learning groups within Accelerated Math 2.0.  Our hope is that the data generated through this process will allow the faculty to quickly and easily create customized learning paths for students.  This will provide our students with the opportunity to practice and further develop specific skills in which they have not yet shown full mastery.

Our professional development day on Monday will focus on this initiative in the afternoon.  Teachers will learn more about how to use the Accelerated Math 2.0 system to provide targeted reinforcement of skills.  This will take place after the teachers participate in a diocesan-sponsored morning session that will provide additional guidance regarding the interpretation and use of Scantron scores.

Our efforts are increasingly aimed at gaining a very clear picture of each student’s learning levels and then planning instruction accordingly – a process that simply would not be possible without your generous support of our technology infrastructure.    
 

Principal's VideoChat - March 8, 2017
This week I invite you to pray for the repose of the soul of Mrs. Joyce Smith, the mother of Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, who passed away last week.  May Mrs. D’Eugenio and her family be consoled by our prayers and comforted by the presence of Our Risen Savior.

 

Lenten Holy Hours –  Fr. Noah
Come join us for a Holy Hour for Children tomorrow evening, March 9th, from 4:00-5:00 p.m. with Father Noah. Families will gather in front of the parish library where the children will be invited to draw/write a letter to Jesus from 4:00-4:20 p.m. after which they will process into the church for exposition. The time in front of our Lord will include a decade of the rosary, a Lenten reflection, presentation of the letters to Jesus, and a concluding benediction.
 
Father Noah will also lead a Holy Hour for Men on Monday, March 20th (Solemnity of St. Joseph) at 8:00 p.m.and for women on Tuesday, April 4 at 8 p.m. Both will take place at All Saints Church and will include a brief reflection, rosary, time for silent prayer, and benediction.
 
Come be refreshed by the Lord through prayer during this Lenten season!
 
NJHS Easter Food Collection
In conjunction with the Lenten Rice Bowl initiative, All Saints Catholic School families are invited to participate in a food drive to assist the Bethany Food Pantry in providing an Easter meal for less fortunate families in our community.
 
During each week of Lent, grade levels are invited to donate items as listed below.  The students of the National Junior Honor Society will then package meals on Holy Thursday and they will be distributed by the food pantry staff on Good Friday.

 
Title I Family Reading Magic at Home: Tips & Tricks
The NESI Title “Reading Magic” workshop has been changed to March 23rd from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. Michael’s School in Annadale.  Parents are asked to RSVP by March 6th.   Please see the attached flyer for schedule and reservation for the workshop.
 
Box Tops for Education
We will be submitting 8,458 box tops at the end of this week.  Please send in any and all box tops!  We will be submitting one more time at the end of the school year.  The classroom with the most submitted box tops/labels for education will receive a Box Top Party!  We will serve cupcakes, treats, drinks, candy and prizes.  It’s a party your child does not want to miss.  Here are the top five classes in the running:
 
2,024 – 7A Mrs. DeBruyne
1,639 – Pre-K1, 2 & 3 Mrs. Parriott/Mrs. Rogers
1,567 – 1A Mrs. Harrill
1113 – 6B Mrs. Cottingham
1004 – 1A Mrs. Montano
 
Thank you, and keep clipping!  ~ Mrs.
 
Family Bingo Night
All Saints PTO presents Family Bingo Night on Saturday, March 18th in the Knights of Columbus Hall.  Dinner will be served between 5:00-5:45pm; bingo games will begin at 6:00pm. For planning purposes, please remember to turn in your Bingo pre-order form by Tuesday, March 14! (Please see flyer linked below.)
 
Operation Helping Hands
Operation Helping Hands is a parent helping day on Wednesday, March 15.  Parents will meet in the PAC starting at 8:15 am and will work until 11:15 am on Race for Education mailers and prep projects for the teachers.  While working, there will be coffee, snacks and conversation.  Younger siblings are welcome, some small toys will be available but feel free to bring items to keep your child occupied.  For planning purposes, you are asked to sign-up for this event on Help Counter: https://www.helpcounterweb.com/ci/signup/140ea4771ed Any questions, please contact Carol Rice: ckrice@verizon.net
 
Spotlight on the Arts Summer Camps in Theatre & Art this July: 
Expert Instructors in Drama, Music, Dance, and Art are providing one week camps this July for students in Elementary, Middle School, and High School.  Learn from some of the areas top Artists and Catholic teachers through Camp Broadway, Art Explorer, Drama Bootcamp, and Arts & Crafts Fun Camp.  Registration is $25 off per camp through April 15th.  Plus, families registering 3 or more kids can take an additional 10% off.  All of the details can be found at www.SpotlightSummerCamps.com
 

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:
 
·         February 25: 3v3 Basketball Tournament / To find out more and register, please click here! / to pay, please click here! / View event flyer here!
·         March 4: Baseball Clinic / For grades 5 – 8 / To find out more and register, please click here! / To pay, please click here! / View event flyer here!
·         March 16: Spring Open House / 4-6pm / All are welcome, especially younger students who wish to pre-view high school at JP. Gift with pre-registration! More info here!
·         April 8: JP5K Run/Walk for Options / Join us in raising awareness and funds for our outstanding Options Program! More info here!
·         May 5 – 7: Beauty and the Beast, performed by JP Drama. For more information, and to purchase tickets, please click here!
 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

 
Professional Development Day ~ No School on Monday, March 13th
On Monday, March 13th our teachers will participate in a diocesan-wide day of professional development.  For this reason, there will be no classes or Extended Day Program that day. 
 
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 23rdfrom 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.
 
Upcoming Events
Thursday, March 9th               

  • Stations of the Cross – Grades K-2 (2:15 p.m.)
  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, March 10th                 

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • CYO Basketball Challenge Cup ~ Girls Game (4:30 p.m.)  /  Boys Game (5:45 pm.)

Saturday, March 11th             

  • Diocesan Job Fair (Paul VI High School/9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.)

Sunday, March 12th                

  • CYO Banquet (Gym) ~            Grades 3-5 (12:00-2:00 p.m.)  /  Grades 6-8 (3:00-5:00 p.m.)

Monday, March 13th               

  • Holiday – Diocesan Professional Development Day

Tuesday, March 14th               

  • 8th Grade Field Trip to Finance Park (Junior Achievement)
  • Little Medical School (3rd Grade)

Wednesday, March 15th                      

  • PTO Helping Hands (PAC/8:15-11:15 a.m.)

Thursday, March 16th             

  • NJHS sponsored St. Patrick’s Dress Down Day ($1.00)
  • 60th Anniversary Planning Committee Meeting (2:00 p.m.)
  • Stations of the Cross – Grades 3-5 (2:15 p.m.)

Friday, March 17th                 

  • School Mass – St. Patrick’s Day (8:30 a.m.)
  • Deadline: FACTS Tuition Assistance Applications

Saturday, March 18th             

  • Catholic High School Registration
  • PTO Bingo (Knights’ Hall/5:00-8:00 p.m.)

 
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Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl

Message from Mr. Conroy

Today, Ash Wednesday, we begin our Lenten journey.  This Lent our school community will participate in CRS Rice Bowl, a faith-in-action program that invites us to encounter anew ourselves, our neighbors and our God.
 
Each of the students has received a cardboard rice bowl into which they can place their donations during Lent.  All of the funds will benefit CRS Rice Bowl which is sponsored by Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. Catholic Relief Services is motivated by the example of Jesus Christ to assist poor and suffering people in more than 100 countries on the basis of need, without regard to race, religion or nationality. 
 
While the act of sacrificial giving is an important part of our Lenten tradition, the experience takes on even greater meaning when our students understand the plight of those less fortunate and recognize the difference that they can make to alleviate suffering.  So that the children may develop this appreciation of the needs of those around the world, each week of Lent the teachers will lead discussions and lessons using the materials made available by Catholic Relief Services.
 
I encourage you to take time as a family as well each week to discuss this initiative.  Each Monday I will forward to you a weekly message that provides a copy of our Lenten prayer, a practical challenge in support of sacrificial giving, and a perspective from CRS highlighting the life experiences of a family living in one of five nations (India, Zambia, El Salvador, Mexico & Ethiopia) selected for this year’s program.
 
Here are some strategies that you may wish to consider in shaping your own family’s Lenten plan:
 

  • Use your CRS Rice Bowl and Lenten Calendar daily to guide your Lenten prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
  • As a family, read the Stories of Hope and daily reflections to inspire your Lenten journey—and guide your Lenten almsgiving.
  • Prepare simple meatless meals on Fridays throughout Lent, in solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world.  Recipes for simple meals from the five nations can be found on the CRS website.  Additionally, each grade level will be invited to bring a specific food item to school during Lent to benefit local families through our parish food pantry. The students of the NJHS will coordinate this effort and assemble all of the items prior to the holiday.

 
Be sure to visit crsricebowl.org to watch videos of the people and communities your Lenten gifts will change through CRS Rice Bowl.
 
At the end of Lent, families will be asked to convert the contributions from their children into a check to be submitted to All Saints after which our school will forward all of the funds to CRS.
 
Thank you for participating in CRS Rice Bowl with your family this Lent. I pray that it is a blessed season for you and your children and a time during which we will all encounter Christ more deeply as we respond to His call to serve one another.

The Sentinel – March 1, 2017

The Sentinel

March 1, 2017

Principal’s Message 

Today, Ash Wednesday, we begin our Lenten journey.  This Lent our school community will participate in CRS Rice Bowl, a faith-in-action program that invites us to encounter anew ourselves, our neighbors and our God.
 
Each of the students has received a cardboard rice bowl into which they can place their donations during Lent.  All of the funds will benefit CRS Rice Bowl which is sponsored by Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. Catholic Relief Services is motivated by the example of Jesus Christ to assist poor and suffering people in more than 100 countries on the basis of need, without regard to race, religion or nationality. 
 
While the act of sacrificial giving is an important part of our Lenten tradition, the experience takes on even greater meaning when our students understand the plight of those less fortunate and recognize the difference that they can make to alleviate suffering.  So that the children may develop this appreciation of the needs of those around the world, each week of Lent the teachers will lead discussions and lessons using the materials made available by Catholic Relief Services.
 
I encourage you to take time as a family as well each week to discuss this initiative.  Each Monday I will forward to you a weekly message that provides a copy of our Lenten prayer, a practical challenge in support of sacrificial giving, and a perspective from CRS highlighting the life experiences of a family living in one of five nations (India, Zambia, El Salvador, Mexico & Ethiopia) selected for this year’s program.
 
Here are some strategies that you may wish to consider in shaping your own family’s Lenten plan:
 

  • Use your CRS Rice Bowl and Lenten Calendar daily to guide your Lenten prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
  • As a family, read the Stories of Hope and daily reflections to inspire your Lenten journey—and guide your Lenten almsgiving.
  • Prepare simple meatless meals on Fridays throughout Lent, in solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world.  Recipes for simple meals from the five nations can be found on the CRS website.  Additionally, each grade level will be invited to bring a specific food item to school during Lent to benefit local families through our parish food pantry. The students of the NJHS will coordinate this effort and assemble all of the items prior to the holiday.

 
Be sure to visit crsricebowl.org to watch videos of the people and communities your Lenten gifts will change through CRS Rice Bowl.
 
At the end of Lent, families will be asked to convert the contributions from their children into a check to be submitted to All Saints after which our school will forward all of the funds to CRS.
 
Thank you for participating in CRS Rice Bowl with your family this Lent. I pray that it is a blessed season for you and your children and a time during which we will all encounter Christ more deeply as we respond to His call to serve one another.

VideoChat - CSR Rice Bowl
 
God of all people,
You walk with us on our life’s journey.
You know our joys and struggles.
You know us better than we know ourselves.
This Lenten season, may we too learn to walk with others.
Through prayer, fasting and almsgiving, may we encounter you in our neighbors in need and live your call to serve our human family.
Amen.
 
(Did you know that CRS Rice Bowl has a free Lenten app? Download it for iPhone
or Android devices and get daily Lenten reflections right on your phone.)
 
Virtues in Practice
Virtue of the Month: Mercy
Definition: Caring for those who suffer
Saints: St. John Vianney (Gr. PK-2), St. Faustina (Gr. 3-5), St. Teresa of Calcutta (Gr. 6-8)
 
Family Bingo Night
All Saints PTO presents Family Bingo Night on Saturday, March 18th in the Knights of Columbus Hall.  Dinner will be served between 5:00-5:45pm; bingo games will begin at 6:00pm. If you have any items that you would like to donate as prizes, please leave them at the School Office (labeled “BINGO”) or you may deliver them to Linda Gaynord at the Parish Office. (Please see flyer linked below.)
 
From the Spirit Event Committee
Hopefully, you will recall that Skate-n-Fun Zone has created a Spirit Event fundraiser.  We have had 2 skating parties already and we have 2 more to go. Our next skating party will be on Thursday, March 2nd from 6-8 p.m.  It costs $8 and that includes admission, skate rental, a slice of pizza, a 12 oz. drink, and 4 tokens.  Please bring the flyer with you to receive this special price.  After we host the 4 parties, our school will receive a check for $1,000, which will be greatly appreciated.  We hope you can join us for the parties!  (See flyer linked below.)
 
Running With the Saints 5K T-Shirt Contest Winner!!  
We are happy to announce that the design from Savanna Loy in 4B was chosen as this year’s T-shirt contest Winner! Coming in a close 2nd place was Kiran Kapur from 4B. Thank you to everyone who submitted a drawing!
 
REGISTER TODAY FOR THE RUNNING WITH THE SAINTS 5K MARCH 25, 2017 at 8:15 a.m. and guarantee your t-shirt!  
A link for paper applications is below or sign up on IMATHLETE.COM – just search for Running With the Saints 5K!  We are still seeking SPONSORS for the event. Please contact Joan Coleman at info@runningwiththesaints.org.
 
 
 
IMPORTANT REMINDERS
 
Professional Development Day ~ No School on Monday, March 13th
On Monday, March 13th our teachers will participate in a diocesan-wide day of professional development.  For this reason, there will be no classes or Extended Day Program that day. 
 
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

Thursday, March 2nd Book Character Day (Students are invited to bring a copy of their favorite book to school and to dress as their favorite character.)
  Spirit Event: Skate-N-Fun Zone (6:00-8:00 p.m.)
Friday, March 3rd 3rd Quarter Interims
Tuesday, March 7th 8th Grade Vocations Mass (Holy Spirit Church)
PTO Executive Board Meeting (7:00 p.m.)
Thursday, March 9th Stations of the Cross – Grades K-2 (2:15 p.m.)
  Enrollment Management Team Mtg. (7:00 p.m.)
Friday, March 10th CYO Basketball Challenge Cup
 – Girls Game (4:30 p.m.)
 – Boys Game (5:45 pm.)
Saturday, March 11th Diocesan Job Fair (Paul VI High School)
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

 
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