The Sentinel – April 26, 2017

Principal’s Message
The   12th Annual Race for Education is now only one week away.  On Thursday, May 4th the entire school will participate in this event that will raise funds to support PTO initiatives and the advancement of technology.  Additionally, as is our tradition, 15% of all proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Childrens’ Research Hospital. 

By way of this letter we wish to extend an invitation for you to come out and watch your child(ren) walk or jog on Thursday, May 4.  The following is the schedule for this special event:

Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2: 8:45-9:45AM
Grades 3-5: 10:15 – 11:15AM
Grades Pre-K 3, 6-8: 1:15 – 2:15PM
 
There are many opportunities to earn shares by volunteering on Race Day.  All of the volunteer opportunities can be done while you are cheering on your child. If you are interested in helping out, please sign up on our HelpCounter link at: https://www.helpcounterweb.com/ci/signup/140e99d6da9
 
Parent volunteers meet weekly to process race donations. Our total for donations for this year’s Race for Education as of Thursday, April 13 is: $22,047.
 
If you have any questions about our Race for Education, please contact Mrs. Marjorie Collins at: marjorie@ocfmail.com
 
We hope that many of you will be able to join us for a wonderful day of fun and fellowship!
 
This week I have the opportunity to serve on the DFE Visiting Team for Blessed Sacrament School in Alexandria and will be away from All Saints until Friday afternoon.  One of the joys of this work is the opportunity to witness first-hand the ways that another school lives and shares the mission of Catholic education.  I look forward to my visit and will continue to keep the intentions of our families and school community in my prayers during my time away.
 
Middle School 1:1 Device Program Announced!
All Saints is pleased to announce that we will transition to a one-to-one device program in the middle school beginning in the 2017-2018 academic year.  Students in the program will have access to a Chromebook for their use throughout the school day and at home.
 
Parents of fifth through seventh grade students are invited to an information meeting to be held on Wednesday, May 17th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Activity Center.  The session will include a summary of our plans for further integrating technology and learning, an introduction to the key policies and procedures for the program, and an overview of the fee structure.  We hope that many parents will join us as we share our vision for the year ahead!
 
FACTS Enrollment & Tuition Assistance Update
As we make plans for the upcoming year, one of our priorities is that of continuing to provide as much tuition assistance as possible for families in our community.  Through the generous and on-going support of our parish and the diocese, we have been able to provide financial aid totaling more than $300,000 for the 2016-2017 academic year.  
 
In an effort to secure as much financial support as possible for our community, we recently submitted applications on behalf of our school families for funding through the Diocese of Arlington Scholarship Foundation and the St. Beatrice Special Tuition Assistance Program (Note: Applications for these two distinct programs have been completed by school personnel and require no additional paperwork on the part of individual families.) 
 
Diocesan allocations related to all of these sources of tuition assistance will be confirmed in the weeks ahead. Once these recommendations are received, final decisions regarding tuition assistance for our families will be determined.  For this reason, notification of tuition assistance funding for those who have applied will not take place until mid-May.  The FACTS re-enrollment process for 2017-2018 and selection of online tuition payment plans will also occur during May with June 9 being the deadline for payment in full with a 2% discount. 
 
Should you have any questions about this process or if we can be of assistance in this regard, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.
 
Race for Education – Prize Cards
Students who earned “Dress Down Day” prize cards through the Race for Education may redeem them on the following days.
 
Tuesday, May 2
Tuesday, May 9
Thursday, May 18  
Wednesday, May 24
Tuesday, May 30
 
Students may begin redeeming Free Pretzel Cards on Tuesday, May 2 and Free Ice Cream Cards on Friday, May 5.
 
Stewardship Shares Program ~ Year End Totals
One of the hallmarks of our school community is the high level of parent involvement that has helped the school achieve many goals in recent years.  Again this year each family at All Saints has been asked to earn 25 Stewardship Shares.  Those who are unable to do so are asked to submit a check at the conclusion of the year for any outstanding “shares” that remain.  (1 share = $20.00)  As we begin the fourth quarter, parents are reminded to update their “shares total” online so that the database accurately reflects their contributions over the course of the entire year. 
 
At the beginning of May, the office will issue individualized letters to each family, confirming the number of shares reflected in the school database. For this reason, we ask that those families who have not recently updated their totals to do so by Friday, May 5. 
 
Important Dates & Holidays for 2017-2018

Important Dates 2017-2018

 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS
Kindergarten Screening ~ No Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten Classes on May 1st & May 8
The Early Prevention of School Failure Screening for Kindergarten applicants will take place in May.  In order that the teachers may be available to administer the assessment and analyze the results, there will be no Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten classes on May 1st or May 8th
 
End of Year Calendar & Events
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 (11:00 a.m.
                                         Dismissal)
 
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!
 
Upcoming Events
Thursday, April 27th                

  • National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony (PAC/1:30)
  • Extended Day – Afternoon Program moved to Art Room

Friday, April 28th                    

  • Holiday – Parish Festival Prep Day

Monday, May 1st                    

  • EPSF Kindergarten Screening – No Pre-K or Kindergarten       

Tuesday, May 2nd                    

  • Race for Education Dress Down Day Option
  • Little Veterinarian School – 4th Grade (3:00-4:05 p.m.)
  • Confirmation Rehearsal for May 8th Liturgy (6:00 p.m.)
  • PTO Executive Board Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Thursday, May 4th                  

  • 12th Annual Race for Education (see schedule above)
  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting (7:00 p.m.)
  • Confirmation Rehearsal for May 9th Liturgy (6:00 p.m.)

Friday, May 5th                                   

  • School Mass & May Crowning Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
  • Graduation & First Communion Photos (9:30 a.m.)
  • Deadline: Submission of Stewardship Shares Updates

                                               
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The Sentinel – April 12, 2017

Principal’s Message

This week our Church celebrates the greatest mystery of our faith ~ the Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord and Savior.  As a school community, we prepare for our journey into the three holiest days of the year, the Triduum, through prayer and tradition. 
 
Beginning at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow morning, the students and faculty will gather in the church for our annual Holy Thursday Prayer Service.  After listening to Scripture readings and reflecting on the example of Jesus, each of the children will participate in the “hand-washing” ceremony that has become a long-standing tradition in our school. 
 
Following the prayer service, the students will gather in the Parish Activities Center at 10:45 a.m. for the 7th grade portrayal of the Passion Play.  Through music and dramatic presentation, middle school students will prayerfully re-enact Christ’s passion and death.  As the students depart the space in silence following the presentation, the tone will be set for their continued reflection and prayer over the course of the coming days.
 
All parents are cordially invited to join us in prayer and to witness these beautiful school traditions.
 

All Saints weekly video
 
This week I wish to share with you an additional change in faculty for the upcoming school year.  Mrs. Montano, third grade teacher, has announced that she will retire at the close of the 2016-2017 academic year.  After seventeen years of faith-filled service to our school, she looks forward to this next phase in her life and more opportunities to travel and spend time with family.  Thank you, Mrs. Montano, for your dedication and for the many ways you have contributed to our school community.  We appreciate your commitment over the course of many years and wish you every continued success and blessing.
 
On behalf of the faculty & staff, I wish all of you a blessed celebration of Easter and an enjoyable holiday with your family.
 
House-Building Project – Presentation by Fr. Keith O’Hare
Last school year, the students of All Saints raised $5,000 to fund the construction of a new home in the Dominican Republic, the location of the diocesan mission.  This effort was a practical outreach inspired by our theme for 2015-2016 – Building God’s House, With Kindness & Mercy.
Fr. Keith O’Hare, who currently serves as pastor of the parish in the Dominican Republic, will visit All Saints to share photos and stories from the project on Monday, April 24th at 2:00 p.m. in the Parish Activities Center.  Parents are cordially invited to join us for this assembly which will demonstrate to the students how their generosity has forever changed the life of a family in need.
 
Middle School Student Wins 1st Place in Division at Science Fair
On Saturday morning nine students from our middle school participated in the Annual Diocesan Science Fair at Paul VI High School in Fairfax.  We are proud of their hard work and thank them for representing our school so well in this academic competition.  Congratulations to Aidan Thompson (7th Grade) on winning First Place in the Mathematics Division.  Thank you, Mrs. Cottingham and Mrs. Woolfrey, for coordinating the annual science fair effort and for providing guidance to our students each step of the way.
 
 Boy Scout Troop 1188’s Patriotic American Flag Sale
 – Our Nation’s flag is a symbol of freedom and reminds us of all who have sacrificed to preserve our liberties. We hope to encourage others to patriotically fly “Old Glory” and increase our community spirit by proudly flying our Nation’s flag. Towards that goal, the Boy Scout Troop 1188 of All Saints are selling patriotic items including traditional American Flags & poles, garden flags and lapel flag pins. This project will also help raise funds for our Boy Scout Troop. All items $20 and under. We are also looking for flag sponsors at $60, $110 land $250 levels (includes flag). For more information, to make purchase or to become a sponsor, please contact Leslie Corrigan 410-409-9024 or email to Leslie.Corrigan@Nationwide.com . Thank you for your support!

 High School News

Bishop O’Connell Catholic High School
Pre-HSPT = May 13 or May 20, 9AM to noon, at Bishop O’Connell High School. This is a chance to take a practice HSPT exam. The cost is $40 and students will receive a copy of the score report in June. These two dates are the only opportunities to take the practice test. Click here for more information and to register
 
Spring Drama Production = April 6-9 at Bishop O’Connell High School. The O’Connell Drama Department presents: Into the WoodsClick here for more information or to purchase tickets.
 
Summer Camps = We are now accepting registrations for our sports camps. We will have multiple camps throughout the summer. Click here for more information about our various summer camps.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

PTO General Assembly Meeting – Literacy Night for Parents (April 25th)
Parents of students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 2nd are invited to attend a special workshop entitled The Language of Literacy: Making Reading Fun presented by Mrs. Jemielity, one of our resource teachers, on Tuesday, April 25th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Activities Center
 
The aim of the presentation is to show parents the progression from foundational reading skills to reading for meaning that leads to comprehension.  Each step of the reading process will be clearly explained and parents will be given the opportunity to learn about activities that can be used at home to reinforce reading.  If you have ever wondered about the steps by which a child learns to read or have a young emerging reader in your family, this is a presentation you won’t want to miss.  Please invite friends, neighbors and colleagues to what will be a very informative overview of the reading process for parents. 
 
Kindergarten Screening ~ No Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten Classes on May 1st & May 8th
The Early Prevention of School Failure Screening for Kindergarten applicants will take place in May.  In order that the teachers may be available to administer the assessment and analyze the results, there will be no Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten classes on May 1st or May 8th
 
End of Year Calendar & Events
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 (11:00 a.m.
Dismissal)
 
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!
 
From the Spirit Events Committee
Thursday, April 20th is our last Skate-n-Fun Zone Spirit Event for this year. This is during Easter Break, so no need to worry about getting up early for school. We can go between 6-8 p.m. Admission is $8 and includes skate rental, 4 free tokens, a slice of pizza, and a 12 oz. soda. We look forward to seeing you there!
 
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!
 
Upcoming Events
Thursday, April 13th                

  • Holy Thursday Prayer Service (Church/9:30 a.m.)
  • 7th Grade Passion Play (PAC/10:45 a.m.)
  • Report Cards Distributed to Students
  • Noon Dismissal
  • PowerSchool Parent Portal Re-Opens

Friday, April 14th                    

  • Holiday – Good Friday

Monday, April 17th                 

  • Easter Week Holiday Begins

Thursday, April 20th                

  • Spirit Event: Skate N’ Fun Zone (6:00-8:00 p.m.)

Monday, April 24th                 

  • Classes Resume
  • Alleluia Prayer Service (PAC/8:15 a.m.)
  • Race for Education Prize Cards Distributed
  • Assembly – Presentation by Fr. Keith O’Hare (PAC/2:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, April 25th                 

  • School Mass – St. Mark (8:30 a.m.)
  • PTO General Assembly Meeting – Literacy Night for Parents of  Pre-K – 2nd Grade (PAC/7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, April 26th             

  • ACRE Religion Assessment (5th Grade)

Thursday, April 27th                

  • ACRE Religion Assessment (8th Grade)
  • National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony (PAC/1:30)
  • Extended Day – Afternoon Program moved to Art Room

Friday, April 28th                    

  • Holiday – Parish Festival Prep Day

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Band Gets 39th Superior Rating in a Row

The All Saints Band once again earned the highest ratings at the 2017 Arlington Diocese Band Festival, with judges awarding our band’s performance with a Superior rating.  The auditorium at Bishop Ireton High School was filled with All Saints band parents and guests from other schools. Both the beginner and advanced bands are now looking forward to performing at the High Note Music Festival at Hershey Park. Congratulations to our advanced band for making this our 39th straight Superior Rating at the festival.  Thank you, Mr. Ward and Mr. Sawasky for your leadership and commitment to excellence in the program!