Band Wins Recognition at Music Festival!

Last Friday both the All Saints beginner and advanced bands performed at the High Note Music Festival in Hershey, Pennsylvania.  Our advanced band performed extremely well and was awarded “Superior” ratings from both judges.  Our beginner band, performing for the first time ever at the Festival, earned “Excellent” ratings from the judges and played their best ever. The trip to Hershey was a tremendous success, beginning with a traditional Amish breakfast in Lancaster, followed by the bands’ performances and the remainder of the day spent at Hershey Park.  Congratulations to Mr. Ward, Mr. Sawasky and all of the students on this wonderful achievement!

The Sentinel – May 24, 2017

Principal’s Message

On Monday afternoon our students gathered in the Parish Activity Center for a very special surprise assembly – the launch of our celebration of the 60th Anniversary of All Saints Catholic School!  Behind the scenes throughout this past year, a committee comprised of community members has been planning a multi-day event in September that will highlight our legacy and mission over the past six decades.  Mark your calendars now for what promises to be an exciting time with great food, entertainment and fellowship.
September 22nd – An Evening under the Stars
All school families, alumni, parishioners and community members are invited to join us for a festival in the courtyard on Friday evening, complete with live music, a variety of food trucks, tours of the school and activities for the family. 
 
September 23rd – Mass & Reception
The highlight of the weekend will be the 60th Anniversary Mass that will take place in the church at 10:00 a.m. The liturgy will be followed by a catered reception in the Parish Activity Center.
 
To help our students understand the meaning of “anniversary”, our assembly on Monday afternoon included a humorous skit performed by members of the faculty and staff, as well as Fr. Juan, in the role of St. Juan Diego!  This was followed by a video presentation highlighting the development of our school and facilities through the years.  And, as you may have heard, there was the official “reveal” of our school mascot – the Eagle!
 
All Saints has been a place of great blessings for many through the decades and we look forward to celebrating our history in the year ahead.
 
Happy 60th Anniversary All Saints!
 
VideoChat - Eagle Mascot
 
Band Wins Recognition at Music Festival!
Last Friday both the All Saints beginner and advanced bands performed at the High Note Music Festival in Hershey, Pennsylvania.  Our advanced band performed extremely well and was awarded “Superior” ratings from both judges.  Our beginner band, performing for the first time ever at the Festival, earned “Excellent” ratings from the judges and played their best ever. The trip to Hershey was a tremendous success, beginning with a traditional Amish breakfast in Lancaster, followed by the bands’ performances and the remainder of the day spent at Hershey Park.  Congratulations to Mr. Ward, Mr. Sawasky and all of the students on this wonderful achievement!
 
Student Council Election Results
Last week a number of students participated in an election for leadership positions in the Student Council Association for 2017-2018.  Congratulations to the following candidates who were elected by students in grades four through seven. 
 
President   –   Chloe Davies                           
Vice President   –   Juan Santos
Secretary   –   Kateri Mantooth
School Spirit/Publicity   –   Mahlia Slaiby
Finance   –   Timothy Mills
Health, Safety & Ecology   –   Jack Morad
Religious Activities   –   Mike Short
 
5th Grade Parent Letter ~ Message from the Superintendent & Virginia Department of Heath
Every year the Virginia Department of Health distributes information regarding the HPV (vaccine) to rising 6th grade girls.  This relates to state legislation and our diocese cooperates by distributing this letter.  However, we also distribute a letter from Dr. Bigelow, Superintendent of Schools, which includes statements and insights from the two Bishops of Virginia.  Tomorrow the parents of rising 6th grade students will receive copies of these two letters in sealed envelopes.  After reviewing the correspondence, should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office for more information.
 
Cafeteria Reminder
Beginning Thursday, June 1st, students will be unable to charge lunches and/or drinks on accounts with zero or negative balances.  Parents may either put money on their child’s lunch account or purchase lunch/drinks on a daily basis with cash.  If a child does not have money on account and does not bring payment, we will offer a cold sandwich only at no charge.  Any monies on account at the end of this school year will be carried over to next year.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the cafeteria at 703-368-4400 (Ext. 211).
 
PTO Bounce Mania Spirit Event
The PTO will be hosting a Spirit Day at Bounce Mania on Thursday, June 1st from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM.  Come enjoy Bounce Mania’s giant inflatables while supporting All Saints.  A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit our school.  Bounce Mania is located at 7679 Limestone Drive, Suite 100 in Gainesville.  Please see flyer for pricing and additional information! 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

 
Graduation Day – Noon Dismissal (June 9th)
Since 8th Grade Graduation will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the church on Friday, June 9th, school will dismiss at noon that day.
 
Stewardship Shares ~ Year End Totals
Last week the office issued individualized letters to families, confirming the number of any outstanding Shares and the corresponding fee.  Families are reminded to submit payment to the office for any unearned Stewardship Shares by Friday, June 2nd.     
 
Tuition Assistance Awards & FACTS Enrollment Process for 2017-2018
Diocesan allocations for tuition assistance were finalized on Monday.  As such, we are now in the process of confirming tuition amounts and coordinating these details with FACTS. 
 
All returning families will soon receive a customized email from FACTS confirming their tuition balance and payment plan for 2017-2018.  All new families and those who have expressed interest in changing their plan from “Payment in Full by invoice” to a schedule of payments will receive a FACTS “invite” that will provide detailed directions for establishing an account.
 
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!
 
Broadway Training & Art Exploring in local Catholic Parish Summer Day Camps…
This July, Nativity Parish and All Saints Parish are hosting day camps in Art & Drama for ages as young as Kindergarten and as old as High School.  All instructors have professional backgrounds that include Ringling Brothers, Arena Stage, The Corcoran Gallery, Lincoln Center, and Wolf Trap.  Additionally, most instructors are teachers at Arlington Diocesan Schools.  A variety of different camps are offered Mondaythrough Friday for a one week period. 
Visit www.SpotlightSummerCamps.com to take advantage of $10 off in May.
 

END OF YEAR INFORMATION

 
Extended Day Program
Extended Day services will continue for the next three weeks and be available before and after school through Thursday, June 15thThere will be no Extended Day Program on Friday, June 16th.  All students will dismiss at 11:00 a.m. following the Closing Mass & Awards Ceremony.  Please make arrangements for your children to be picked up if you anticipate being unavailable at that time.
 
Report Cards
Report cards and awards will be issued on the final day of school, June 16th.  Since the office will have a record of your child’s final grades at the close of the year, you may retain these cards.
 
Medications
All medications must be picked up from the clinic no later than Thursday, June 15th.  Since students are not authorized to carry medication, it is necessary for parents to visit the clinic to pick up medications prior to the close of the year.  Medications remaining after the final day will be discarded. 
 
Summer Office Hours
The school office will remain open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. during the months of June and August.  Should you need to contact school personnel during the summer months, please do not hesitate to leave a message on the answering machine or contact us via email.  We will make every effort to assist you in a timely manner.
 

Important Dates for the Upcoming Year

  • Orientation Day (Students and parents are invited to visit the school, meet new teachers, and pick up supply orders.) – Friday, August 25th.  
  • 11th Annual Back-to School Barbecue hosted by the PTO – Friday, August 25th (5:30-7:30 p.m.)
  • First Day of School ~ Noon Dismissal (Grades K-8) – Monday, August 28th      
  • First Day of Pre-Kindergarten – Wednesday, September 6th    

 

Upcoming Events
Thursday, May 25th                

  • 4th Grade Mother’s Presentation (FKH following 8:30 Mass)

Friday, May 26th                     

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Monday, May 29th                  

  • Holiday – Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 30th                  

  • Race for Education Dress Down Day Option
  • 2nd Grade Field Trip – Franciscan Monastery (7:00– 2:30)
  • 4th Grade Field Trip – Mount Vernon (8:00 – 2:30)
  • Little Veterinarian School – 4th Grade (3:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 31st              

  • Field Day – K-8 (Linton Hall/9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) (Deadline for Lunch Orders – Friday, May 26th)
  • PowerSchool Parent Portal Closes (3:00 p.m.)

Thursday, June 1st                  

  • Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten
  • NJHS Sponsored Red, White & Blue Dress Down Day ($1.00)
  • Spirit Event: Bounce Mania (10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

Friday, June 2nd                      

  • School Mass – Feast of the Sacred Heart (8:30 a.m.)
  • Deadline: Stewardship Shares Payments

Saturday, June 3rd                  

  • 8th Grade Algebra Exemption Exam

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All Saints Announces Plans for 60th Anniversary Celebration

All Saints announced plans to celebrate the school’s 60th anniversary in style during a surprise student assembly on Monday, May 22. The event featured a birthday skit written by former All Saints teacher Mrs. Lewis and performed by an all-star cast of All Saints teachers and clergy (Fr. Juan). The Master of Ceremony was none other than Mr. Tessier, All Saints religion teacher and Director of Youth Ministry. The end of the skit featured the introduction of a surprise guest … the All Saints Eagle mascot.

Join Us in September 2017

Mark your calendars to celebrate the school’s 60th anniversary on September 22-23, 2017.

  • Friday, September 22 (6-9:00 PM) – An Evening Under the Stars in the All Saints Courtyard.
    The event will feature music and entertainment, food trucks, alumni displays, and activities throughout the event.
  • Saturday, September 23 (10:00 AM) – 60th Anniversary Mass followed by a reception in the Parish Activity Center

Current families, alumni, alumni parents, teachers, former teachers, All Saints parishioners, and community members are invited to share in this special celebration!

 

All Saints Announces Plans for 60th Anniversary Celebration

All Saints announced plans to celebrate the school’s 60th anniversary in style during a surprise student assembly on Monday, May 22. The event featured a birthday skit written by former All Saints teacher Mrs. Lewis and performed by an all-star cast of All Saints teachers and clergy (Fr. Juan). The Master of Ceremony was none other than Mr. Tessier, All Saints religion teacher and Director of Youth Ministry. The end of the skit featured the introduction of a surprise guest … the All Saints Eagle mascot.

 

 
 

Join Us in September 2017

Mark your calendars to celebrate the school’s 60th anniversary on September 22-23, 2017.

  • Friday, September 22 (6-9:00 PM) – An Evening Under the Stars in the All Saints Courtyard.
    The event will feature music and entertainment, food trucks, alumni displays, and activities throughout the event.
  • Saturday, September 23 (10:00 AM) – 60th Anniversary Mass followed by a reception in the Parish Activity Center

Current families, alumni, alumni parents, teachers, former teachers, All Saints parishioners, and community members are invited to share in this special celebration!

Third Graders Featured on WGTS Pledge of Allegiance

All Saints’ third grade students will be featured on WGTS 91.9 radio saying the Pledge of Allegiance this coming week at 7:10 AM. Tune in from Monday, May 22 through Friday, May 26 at 7:10 AM to hear our third graders. Each day, the Pledge will be dedicated to a different military service person. Our thanks to WGTS 91.9 for giving us the opportunity to be a part of this program!

Third Graders Featured on WGTS Pledge of Allegiance

All Saints’ third grade students will be featured on WGTS 91.9 radio saying the Pledge of Allegiance this coming week at 7:10 AM. Tune in from Monday, May 22 through Friday, May 26 at 7:10 AM to hear our third graders. Each day, the Pledge will be dedicated to a different military service person. Our thanks to WGTS 91.9 for giving us the opportunity to be a part of this program!

The Sentinel – May 17, 2017

Principal’s Message

It was a joy and an honor to witness many of our 2nd grade students receiving their First Communion on Saturday, the first of several celebrations in which students from the school are participating.  We continue to remember all of them in our prayers and congratulate them on this wonderful occasion.  I want to take a moment to thank Mrs. Cummings and Mrs. Burnett for so thoughtfully preparing the children.  Through their careful planning and recognition of the fact that this Sacrament is the central focus of the second grade experience, they have provided an environment of faith and learning for their students.
 
Congratulations as well to the members of our 8th grade class who received the Sacrament of Confirmation last week.  I am so proud of each of them for the individual commitment they have made to their Catholic faith and pray that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that they experienced will guide them through their future years.  Thank you, Mr. Tessier, Mrs. Parriott and all of the teachers who provided the students such wonderful religious formation during their years at All Saints.
 
Field Day Flyer & Lunch Order Form
Field Day for K-8 students will take place on Wednesday, May 31st from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on the grounds of Linton Hall School.  For additional details about this annual event, including a form for placing lunch orders, please see the link in today’s newsletter.
 
Stewardship Shares Program
Thank you to the many families who have updated their Stewardship Shares count online and who have already fulfilled their volunteer requirement for the year.  We appreciate your commitment to the mission of our school and value our partnership with you. 
 
Parents who have not yet completed their shares requirement will receive a reminder notification from the office with the request for payment for unfulfilled shares by Friday, June 2nd.   Should you have any questions about this program or your balance, please do not hesitate to contact the office.
 
Broadway Training & Art Exploring in local Catholic Parish Summer Day Camps…
This July, Nativity Parish and All Saints Parish are hosting day camps in Art & Drama for ages as young as Kindergarten and as old as High School.  All instructors have professional backgrounds that include Ringling Brothers, Arena Stage, The Corcoran Gallery, Lincoln Center, and Wolf Trap.  Additionally, most instructors are teachers at Arlington Diocesan Schools.  A variety of different camps are offered Monday through Friday for a one week period. 
Visit www.SpotlightSummerCamps.com to take advantage of $10 off in May.
 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

 
Tuition Assistance Awards & FACTS Enrollment Process for 2017-2018
Tuition assistance awards will be finalized within the next week and communicated to applicants via an official letter.
 
All returning families will receive a customized email from FACTS confirming their tuition balance and payment plan for 2017-2018.  All new families and those who have expressed interest in changing their plan from “Payment in Full by invoice” to a schedule of payments will receive a FACTS “invite” on Friday, May 19th that will provide detailed directions for establishing an account. All new families and those enrolling in the system for the first time are asked to complete this process by Friday, May 26th.
 
The deadline for Payment in Full with a 2% discount is Friday, June 9th.
 
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
Wednesday, May 17th             

  • Middle School Parent Meeting – 1:1 Device Program (PAC/7:00 p.m.)

Thursday, May 18th                

  • Race for Education Dress Down Day Option
  • Middle School Skate Night (Gym/6:00-8:00 p.m.)

Friday, May 19th                     

  • Band Trip – Hershey Park (6:15 a.m. – 10:15 p.m.)
  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)                                 
  • Noon Dismissal
  • Deadline: Parent Satisfaction Survey

Saturday, May 20th                 

  • First Communion (10:00 a.m.)

Monday, May 22nd                  

  • 1st Grade First Communion Parent Meeting (PAC/7:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, May 23rd                  

  • Battle of the Books Competition
  • Little Veterinarian School – 4th Grade (3:00 p.m.)
  • Spring Band Concert (2:00 & 7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 24th             

  • Race for Education Dress Down Day Option
  • Kindergarten Field Trip to Frying Pan Park (9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

Thursday, May 25th                

  • 4th Grade Mother’s Presentation (FKH following 8:30 Mass)

Friday, May 26th                     

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • FACTS Tuition Enrollment Deadline

 
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Our Lady of Fatima Miraculous Medals

In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the appearance of Our Lady at Fatima, on Friday each of our students received a blessed Miraculous Medal as well as a book of the Fatima story.

These gifts have been provided through the generosity of Mrs. Eileen Heim, grandmother of Mrs. Parriott, who wishes that each family have the opportunity to learn more about devotion to Our Lady on the occasion of this special Feast Day.

Box Tops for Education Final Days

Box Tops for Education
The end of the year for Box Tops collection is coming! Since our last submission, we’ve collected 4,473 box tops! Who is in the lead? See the top four classes:

2,344 – 7A Mrs. DeBruyne
2,209 – 6B Mrs. Cottingham
2,171 – Pre-K1, 2 & 3 Mrs. Parriott/Mrs. Rogers
2,010 – 1A Mrs. Harrill

The gap has narrowed! Which class will be the lucky class to have a box top party? Only time will tell. Please turn in all box tops. Thank you!

The Sentinel – May 10, 2017

Principal’s Message
This week I wish to invite you to participate in a general survey designed to measure your overall satisfaction with our school and the programs it offers. This initiative is designed to provide faculty, staff and administration with another source of feedback regarding parent perceptions. 

The survey is comprised of one key question:  On a scale of 1-10, how confident are you in recommending All Saints Catholic School to family, friends and acquaintances?  A follow up question based upon each individual’s response yields additional information which can be used in planning future goals for our school.

I do hope that many of you will take a few minutes to respond to this brief survey.  Your candid responses will help to provide an important perspective for us and inform our vision for the future.  Most importantly, this tool provides an opportunity to ensure that we are in step with parent perceptions and actively responding to the needs of our community members.  In advance, thank you for your support and participation.

 
Principal's VideoChat - May 10, 2017

Annual Asbestos Notification
For several decades the staff of All Saints Catholic School and the Diocese of Arlington have worked together to ensure compliance with the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA).  For example, twice annually our school is inspected in accordance with this act and any necessary steps are taken in order to maintain compliance and a safe environment for our students, staff and parents. 
 
In accordance with this act, this notification is being provided to you to inform you that asbestos-containing materials are present in our school.  A copy of our school Management Plan contains the exact locations of any asbestos-containing materials and is maintained on file in the archives.  This plan, with documentation dating back to the 1980’s, is available for your review and inspection during normal school hours.  As such, please feel free to request information on or about our Management Plan and inspection findings. 
 
Should you have any questions about this program, please do not hesitate to let me know.  Most importantly, please know that this communication is not related to any concern or change in circumstance, rather it is simply an effort to publish this information in accordance with the act.
 
Tuition Assistance Awards & FACTS Enrollment Process for 2017-2018
Friday is the deadline for those who wish to make a change to their payment plan for 2017-2018.  Those who wish to continue with the same payment schedule need not respond to the FACTS email of last Friday as they will automatically be re-enrolled in their current plan. 
 
Tuition assistance awards will be finalized within the next couple of weeks and communicated to applicants via an official letter.
 
All returning families will receive a customized email from FACTS confirming their tuition balance and payment plan for 2017-2018.  All new families and those who have expressed interest in changing their plan from “Payment in Full by invoice” to a schedule of payments will receive a FACTS “invite” on Friday, May 19th that will provide detailed directions for establishing an account. All new families and those enrolling in the system for the first time are asked to complete this process by Friday, May 26th.
 
The deadline for Payment in Full with a 2% discount is Friday, June 9th.
 
12th Annual Race for Education
Thank you to all the parents and family who volunteered and came out to cheer on our students last Thursday, May 4th for our 12th Annual Race for Education. It was beautiful to see all the students honoring Michael Munsell by wearing the color orange. We are still accepting donations through the school office and the online donation link:
https://allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/pto/race-for-education/
 
As of yesterday our Race deposit total is: $44,509.00.
 
If you have any questions about our Race for Education, please contact Mrs. Marjorie Collins at: marjorie@ocfmail.com
 
Spirit Events Committee Update
This year’s last Liberia Avenue Chick-fil-A Spirit Event will be held this Friday, May 12thfrom 6:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.  Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner and fellowship with friends and your extended All Saints family.  20% of the proceeds go to our beloved All Saints!  It’s a noon dismissal day so make a lunch date! Don’t forget that our event is only being held at the Liberia Avenue restaurant. Hope to see you all there!
 
Box Tops for Education
The end of the year for Box Tops collection is coming! Since our last submission, we’ve collected 4,473 box tops! Who is in the lead? See the top four classes:
 
2,344 – 7A Mrs. DeBruyne
2,209 – 6B Mrs. Cottingham
2,171 – Pre-K1, 2 & 3 Mrs. Parriott/Mrs. Rogers
2,010 – 1A Mrs. Harrill
 
The gap has narrowed! Which class will be the lucky class to have a box top party? Only time will tell. Please turn in all box tops. Thank you!  Maria Yeckel
 
Paul VI Catholic High School Summer Camps
Looking for something to do this summer? Consider joining us at one of our many different summer camps being hosted at Paul VI Catholic High School.
Visit: http://pvisports.net/main/campsclinics
 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

 
Middle School 1:1 Device Program – Parent Meeting (May 17th @ 7:00 p.m.)
Parents of fifth through seventh grade students are invited to an information meeting on the topic of the Middle School 1:1 Program 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 & 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!
 
Graduation Day – Noon Dismissal (June 9th)
Since 8th Grade Graduation will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the church on Friday, June 9th, school will dismiss at noon that day.
 
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, May 11th                

  • Spring Choral Concert – 7th & 8th Grades (PAC/2:00 & 7:00 p.m.)

Friday, May 12th                     

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Interims Issued for 4th Quarter
  • Noon Dismissal – Professional Development Day
  • Spirit Event: Chick-Fil-A (6:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.)
  • Deadline for Submitting Changes for FACTS Payment Plans

Saturday, May 13th                 

  • 2nd Grade First Communion (10:00 a.m.)

Tuesday, May 16th                  

  • Seniors’ Luncheon Band Concert (12:30 p.m.)
  • Little Veterinarian School – 4th Grade (3:00 p.m.)
  • First Communion Rehearsal (6:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 17th             

  • SCA Election Speeches (PAC/1:15 p.m.)
  • Middle School Parent Meeting – 1:1 Device Program (PAC/7:00 p.m.)

Thursday, May 18th                

  • Race for Education Dress Down Day Option
  • Middle School Skate Night (Gym/6:00-8:00 p.m.)

Friday, May 19th                     

  • Band Trip – Hershey Park (6:15 a.m. – 10:15 p.m.)
  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)                                 
  • Noon Dismissal

Saturday, May 20th                 

  • First Communion (10:00 a.m.)

 
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