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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