April 25, 2017

2009 BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE

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:  http://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

                                               
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