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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