The Sentinel – May 3, 2017

Principal’s Message

It is with great joy that I share with you the news that the Munsell Family learned yesterday that Michael’s cancer is now in remission.  Although he will continue to receive chemotherapy treatments, they will be at a reduced level.  Let us give thanks to God for the success of Michael’s treatment and pray that he and his family continue to be surrounded by the healing presence of our Risen Savior.
 
Tomorrow all students will participate in the 12th Annual Race for EducationThe following is a list of important reminders for all students and parents regarding the event.
 
This year, as a sign of our support, we are pleased to dedicate our event to Michael Munsell.  As he runs his race against cancer, may he know of our continued prayers and well-wishes. 
 
As orange is the official color for pediatric leukemia, all students are invited to accessorize their P.E. uniforms with orange (or other brightly colored) items, i.e. socks, hats, ribbons, hair bows, sunglasses, etc.
 

  1. All students in grades K-8 are asked to wear their P.E. uniforms to school on Thursday. As the morning temperatures will be cool, students are welcome to wear their P.E. sweatpants/sweatshirts. Students enrolled in the Pre-K are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing appropriate for running. Note: Students may wear either the uniform P.E. shoes or running/athletic shoes for the day.
  2. While all students will be participating in the Race for Education activities, only those students who brought in sponsor names or a flat donation will be eligible for prizes.
  3. Students need not bring water bottles to the Race for Education.  Two water stations will be available to students throughout the race.
  4. Lunch will be served in the cafeteria at the regularly scheduled time.

 
Parents, relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend the event as a sign of support for all of our student runners. We hope that many of you will be able to join us for a wonderful day of fun and fellowship!
 
There are many opportunities to earn shares by volunteering on Race Day, all of which can be completed while you are cheering on your child. Volunteers are still needed to track the students’ laps, pass out water, and to supervise the students as they run.  If you are interested in helping out, please sign up on our HelpCounter.
 
If you have any questions about our Race for Education, please contact Mrs. Marjorie Collins at: marjorie@ocfmail.com

Prize Cards for Dress-Down Days have been distributed to students who met the criteria and may be redeemed on the following days:
 
Tuesday, May 9th
Thursday, May 18th  
Wednesday, May 24th
Tuesday, May 30th
 
Students may redeem pretzel and ice cream cards on regularly scheduled purchase days.  The first day for free ice cream is Friday, May 5th.
 
As of yesterday, the counting team has already processed $40,431 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day! Thank you to all students, parents, relatives and friends of our community for your steadfast support! 

Update on Mrs. Slovenkay
This week I wish to provide to you an update regarding Mrs. Slovenkay who has been on medical leave while she receives treatment for her cancer diagnosis.  She will be completing her sixth chemotherapy session this week and starting radiation treatments during the summer months.  Because of this extended treatment plan and the time for rest and recovery that will be required, Mrs. Slovenkay has made the decision to resign from her position at All Saints. 
 
Mrs. Slovenkay has been a strong and steady presence in the middle school for more than a decade.  In addition to inspiring her students in the subject of social studies and providing them a solid foundation in note-taking and study skills, she has also served as the Middle School Team Leader.  Her influence and leadership within the school, particularly in her guidance of our students’ transition to high school, will be greatly missed. 
 
Let us continue to pray for Mrs. Slovenkay as she begins this next phase of her treatment.  May she be surrounded by the healing presence of Christ and strengthened by the love and prayers of our community. 
 
VideoChat - May 3, 2017
 
Share Your All Saints Experience!
In this digital savvy age, parents increasingly look to online reviews when making decisions regarding the selection of a school for their children.  With this in mind, we know that maintaining a strong online image is exceedingly important.  We encourage you to post reviews on one or more of the prominent sites listed below whenever you feel inspired by your All Saints experience.   
 

 
Rice Bowl Program – Thank You!
Thank you to the many families who participated in our Lenten Rice Bowl Program.  Through your generosity we are forwarding to Catholic Relief Services a check in the amount of $4,054.96.  Thank you for making a difference in the lives of the poor around the world.
 
Virtues in Practice
Virtue for the Month of May: Zeal
Definition: Being driven by an intense love for God.
Saints: St. Paul (PreK-2), St. Dominic (Gr. 3-5), St. Francis Xavier (Gr. 6-8)
 
National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony
Congratulations to the following students who were inducted into the NJHS last week after having been selected by the Faculty Council for demonstrating the five pillars of the society: scholarship, character, leadership, service and citizenship.  Thank you, Mrs. Coleman, for serving as our keynote speaker and for sharing so eloquently your reflections on leadership.
 
Beverley Appiatse
Alexa Brophy
Daniel Coleman
Jacob Collins
Ryan Crocker
Chloe Davies
Zachary Krietzer
Bridgette Magee
Lauren Mangilit
Kathryn McDermott
Alexia Mendiola
Timothy Mills
Christina Santiago
Michael Short
Isabelle Tate
Varun Varma
Sabrina Yap
 
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.
 
KEEPING OUR CHILDREN SAFE
Do you know the warning signs for the sexual abuse of children?
Do you know the difference between contact that is safe and contact that could be harmful?  Would you like to be better equipped to protect your young ones from danger?
 
All Saints is hosting a Virtus (pronounced vur-toose) seminar in SPANISH on Fridayevening on May 26th beginning at 6:30PM in Meeting Room 2.  Required for all clergy and employees and also for any volunteers who have significant contact with children/youth under 18, this valuable training is available to all adults who register online at www.virtus.org  
           
I am available to help our prospective volunteers register for this important training.
 
Janet Smith is available to help prospective volunteers.  She can be reached by email: jsmith@allsaintsva.org or telephone: (703) 393-2158.
 
Coach Dan Vander Woude’s 2017 Summer Boys Basketball Camps
6-8 yr. olds:  July 17; 9:30-noon, $65
9-12 yr.olds:  June 26, Aug. 7; 9:30-2:00, $80
13-17 yr. olds:  June 19; 9:30-2:00, $80
 
For more details:  www.danvwbasketball.wordpress.com
703-367-7871, dvanderwoude@setonschool.net
 

All Saints School Spirit Wear Line – On Sale now!!

All Saints is participating in a spirit gear drive and we need your help!  Showing your school spirit is a great way to encourage teamwork and camaraderie.  We’re proud of our school and we want to show off our gear!

Please shop using the one page flyer that will be sent home this week OR go to Spirit Gear Drive or look for the link on our school website to order on-line.  Additionally, we will be sending home a separate one page flyer for sale of All Saints water bottles.  This item can only be purchased via order form through the school.  It is not available for purchase online and cannot count as one of your three items to get discount on t-shirt.
We are accepting forms back any time before the deadline.  The last day to place an order is Friday, May 12th.  Our Spirit Wear items will be on display near the front office later this week.
We are so excited to offer a variety of quality pieces which display our All Saints logo for children and adults!! Please let me know if you have any questions- Contact info: Kerry Balagtas at  Kerryb17@verizon.net or 571-237-8286.
 

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!
 
FACTS Enrollment & Tuition Assistance Update
Notification of tuition assistance funding for those who have applied will take place mid-May.  The FACTS re-enrollment process for 2017-2018 and selection of online tuition payment plans will also occur during May with June 9th 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.
 
Stewardship Shares Program ~ Year End Totals
As we are now in 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 5th. 
 
Important Dates & Holidays for 2017-2018

 
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 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

Monday, May 8th                    

  • EPSF Kindergarten Screening – No Pre-K/Kindergarten Classes
  • Scantron Testing Begins & Continues through May 26th
  • 8th Grade Confirmation (7:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, May 9th                    

  • Race for Education – Dress Down Day Option

Wednesday, May 10th             

  • 8th Grade World Language Exemption Exam
  • 6th Grade Medieval Brass Rubbings Presentation
  • 5th Grade Field Trip to Luray Caverns
  • First Communion Rehearsal (5:30 p.m.)

Thursday, May 11th                

  • Spring Choral Concert (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.)

Saturday, May 13th                 

  • First Communion (10:00 a.m.)

 
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