March 1, 2017
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.
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.
(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.
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.
|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.