Use of Student Photos for Marketing Materials

Over the course of the past three years, a formal marketing program has been implemented at All Saints and we are presently making a consistent effort to share the success of our program via local newspapers and our website.  It is important that parents understand that they retain the right to object to their son/daughter’s inclusion in these printed or electronic materials.
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The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 1

Principal’s Message

What a joy it was to welcome our students on Monday morning for another year of learning and formation in the beautiful environment that is All Saints Catholic School! The new church and courtyard provide a visible witness of the strong faith and sense of community that surround our parish and school.  How blessed we are to be part of such a sacred space!

Yet even more important than the bricks and mortar, which together form the structure of our new church, are the hearts and minds of our students which are daily formed into the likeness of Christ. This is our mission as a Catholic school and our most distinguishing characteristic.  Our very name echoes the call…that all may be saints!

As announced during the summer months, our parish theme for the year ahead will be Living Stones. During our school-wide assembly yesterday, I invited the students to reflect on this and to share within their classrooms their own ideas as to how we can make this theme a focal point for our school community.  I’ve also encouraged the students to submit their ideas as to how we might incorporate this concept into a daily quote or motto to be included in all of our public address announcements and publications.

One of the attributes of our school is that we cherish and share the very best of our Catholic faith and traditions.  As such, beginning this year we will incorporate a new prayer, the Angelus, into the daily life and culture of our school.  With the ringing of the church bells at noon each day, the faculty, staff and students will pause to pray the Angelus as it is recited over the public address system.  A series of threeHail Mary’s and responses, the Angelus is a prayerful remembrance of the moment of Incarnation, when God sent His Son into the world so that we might all experience salvation.  The ringing of the “Angelus bell” signifies this announcement and sends a message of good-will to everyone on Earth.  As the bell chimes at noon each day, our students will pause ~ in classrooms, hallways, cafeteria and playground ~ to prayerfully recall the mystery of Christ’s infinite love and Mary’s participation in the plan for our salvation.  As you visit our school throughout the year, we invite you to pray with us as we incorporate this 700 year old devotion into our program.

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Behind the scenes a number of parents and children have worked diligently to prepare for the new year.  I would like to take this opportunity to both commend and thank them for their generous support of our school.

6th Annual Back to School Barbecue ~ Led by Mrs. Monique Schmeling, a large number of volunteer parents and students helped to feed an estimated crowd of 700+  at our annual kick-off event.  I thank each of them for their spirit of hospitality and service which was so clearly evident on Friday evening.  I especially wish to thank Mrs. Schmeling for all of her efforts in coordinating the many details of the event, beginning with advanced planning early in the spring.  Again this year the event was made possible by funding provided by the PTO and offered to families free of charge in gratitude for all that our school parents do to support the mission of All Saints throughout the year.  I also wish to extend a word of thanks to the many volunteers ~ parents and middle school students ~ who assisted with the event.  Through their participation, the entire food service operation ran smoothly and efficiently.

School Landscaping ~ Last week Mrs. Crocker and her children spent the better part of a day weeding and cleaning out the flower beds adjacent to the school.  I thank them for once again helping the school to “look it’s best” on opening day!

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Thank you to the many members of our community who have supported the Marsengill Family through prayer and outreach.  Phillip is now at home, surrounded by the care and support of his family and friends and he continues to receive chemotherapy treatments.  Mrs. Marsengill will continue to work in our cafeteria program two days per week.  I am pleased to announce that Mrs. Kris Walk, a school parent and regular volunteer in the cafeteria last year, has joined our staff as substitute cafeteria bookkeeper on those days when Mrs. Marsengill will be at home caring for her son.  Welcome, Mrs. Walk!

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The Virtue of the Month for September will be Respect & Responsibility. Throughout the first month of school we will adopt the following plan and strive to maintain these objectives throughout the course of the year.

1)       Wear your uniform with pride.

2)       Be reverent and quiet in church.

3)       Greet everyone cheerfully and by name.

4)       Listen quietly when others speak.

5)       Learn your daily prayers.

6)       Keep your desk and supplies neat.

7)      Stand at attention for the Pledge of Allegiance.

8)       Participate in Mass: Try to learn the responses and sing the hymns.

9)       Do your best work on every assignment.

10)    Turn all class assignments and homework in on time.

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Electronic Newsletter

The weekly newsletter will again be distributed electronically to parents via an email distribution list. Parents who have not yet registered to receive the mailing are encouraged to do so via our website ~www.allsaintsvaschool.org.  (Please note: Registration for the newsletter is separate from the registration process for the emergency email alert system which is also found on the website.  Parents experiencing difficulty receiving the email newsletter are asked to contact the office.)  Occasionally, it will be necessary to distribute hard copies of forms, such as in the case of the Emergency Forms being sent home this week.  On those occasions, the forms and newsletter will be distributed using a “take-home” folder from your child’s classroom.  Wednesday will continue to be the day on which newsletters and important forms are distributed.

Opening School Mass

On Friday morning students in Grades 1-8 will gather in the new church at 10:00 a.m. for the annual Opening of the School Year Mass.  All school parents and families are cordially invited to join us as we gather to pray for the success of this new year.

Calendar Change ~ SCA Installation Ceremony

The Installation Ceremony for the newly elected members of the Student Council Association has been rescheduled from Friday, September 10th to Friday, September 17th.  The event will take place at 1:30 p.m. in the Parish Activities Center (the old church).

Parent ~ Student Handbooks

The 2010-2011 Parent-Student Handbook can be accessed electronically via our website:www.allsaintsvaschool.org.  Please take some time to review the policies and procedures of our school and discuss them with your children.  Each family is asked to sign and return the acknowledgment form distributed today by Friday, September 10th.  Those families without access to the website are invited to contact the office to request a hard copy of the handbook.

Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

As part of the diocesan initiative to maintain a safe environment for all of our children, all volunteers with “significant contact” with children are required to complete a background check prior to working in the school.  As we begin a new year, in accordance with diocesan policy, only those parents who have completed the criminal background check are eligible to volunteer in positions that involve contact with students. Those who will be volunteering in the school on a regular basis or even repeatedly are required to complete the background check.  Those who have not yet completed the background check process are invited to request a packet of forms from the school or parish office.

An additional component of the safe environment program established by the Diocese of Arlington is mandatory training for volunteers on the topic of child abuse prevention.  The full VIRTUS program, entitled Protecting God’s Children will next be offered at All Saints on Saturday, September 18th from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in Father Kelley Hall.  All volunteers who have not previously attended the seminar are asked to register on-line in order to receive credit for attending this upcoming session. (www.virtus.org)

The diocese also requires volunteers who have completed this training to attend an annual update entitled Keeping the Promise Alive.  This 30 minutes video training is a prerequisite for volunteering in the school.  The following is a list of upcoming sessions.  (Please note:  For planning purposes, volunteers are asked to confirm their intent to attend a session on the voicemail of Mrs. Janet Smith. 703.393.2158)

Wednesday, September 1st in the Art Room at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 8th in Meeting Room 1 at 6:30 p.m.

Monday, September 13th in Spanish in the Art Room at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 14th in Spanish in the Art Room at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 15th in Meeting Room 1 at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 28th as part of the PTO Volunteer Fair at 2:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

Emergency Information Form

Please complete the form distributed today and return it to the office by Friday, September 3rd. This form is critically important in that it provides us with the necessary information to contact you in the event of an emergency.

Upcoming Events

  • Pre-Kindergarten Orientation for Parents ~ Thursday, September 2nd (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)
  • Opening School Mass ~ Friday, September 3rd (10:00 a.m.)

§ Labor Day Holiday ~ Monday, September 6th

  • Pre-Kindergarten Open House ~ Tuesday, September 7th (Morning Session ~ 9:00-11:00 a.m./Afternoon Session ~ 12:30-2:30 p.m.)
  • Band Parents Meeting ~ Tuesday, September 7th (Returning parents @ 6:45 p.m./ new parents @ 7:30 p.m. in the Music Room)

§ PTO Board Meeting ~ Tuesday, September 7th (Professional Learning Center/7:00 p.m.)

  • First Day of Pre-Kindergarten ~ Wednesday, September 8th
  • Back to School Night for Grades 1-5 ~ Thursday, September 9th (Gym/7:00 p.m.)

 

Going home with EACH STUDENT TODAY

Emergency Forms ~ Each student in the school is receiving an emergency form.  Please complete one emergency form for each of your children and return the forms by Friday, September 3rd.

LINKS

Cub Scout Dens are now forming!  Did you know that All Saints School has a Cub Scout? Check out this link for more information. ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/09/pack-1188.pdf

 

Mini-Retreat for PARENTS of TEENS ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/09/PARENTSofTeensRETREAT2010.pdf

Principal’s August 2010 Newsletter

Dear Parents and Friends of All Saints,

Summer Greetings! I hope this letter finds you well and continuing to enjoy opportunities for rest and relaxation.  With little more than three weeks remaining before the first day of school, I wish to take a moment to share with you some important information related to the start of the new year.

I also wish to extend a warm word of welcome to those families who have just joined our All Saints community. I am delighted that you have chosen a Catholic education for your children and even more pleased that your decision has led you to All Saints!

Although school has been closed, there has been no shortage of activity on campus during the summer months.  If you haven’t visited the parish site since the final days of school, you are in for a real surprise!  As the church construction project has been brought to completion, the area directly in front of the school has been redesigned and landscaped in preparation for the dedication ceremony on August 14th.  The transformation is remarkable, creating an outdoor gathering space that is attractive and inviting for visitors and members of our community.

Each year our school and parish select a theme that serves as a focal point for our prayer and reflection.  This year our theme will be Living Stones, a reminder that each of us is called to give witness to the presence of Christ in our daily lives.  Through our words and by our example, we are called to inspire the children to lives of faith.  As a Catholic school community, this is our single most important task…building hearts, minds, and souls in the likeness of Jesus.

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As announced during the spring, we are pleased to welcome the following individuals who will be joining our faculty & staff for the 2010-2011 school year.

Mrs. Mary Gurley (Varela) ~ 2nd Grade

Mrs. Gurley is a graduate of Canisius College in Buffalo, New York where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in science.  For the past three years she has served as the Kindergarten teacher at Incarnation Catholic School, a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in Sarasota, Florida.  She has training and experience in differentiation of instruction as well as the use of creative drama and literacy centers to enhance the reading and writing program.  Through her knowledge of curriculum, strong organizational skills, and enthusiastic personality, she will be a wonderful addition to the faculty at our school.

Miss Michele Ritner ~ 4th Grade

Miss Ritner, a graduate of All Saints Catholic School and a former long-term substitute teacher in our program, is also already well acquainted with our mission and culture.  She completed her student teaching experience in the Prince William County School system and graduated with a Masters in Education from James Madison University this past spring.  It is a great joy for our school community to be able to welcome back one of our former students as she begins her career in education!

Miss Christine Gahagan ~ Music

Miss Gahagan is a recent graduate of The Catholic University of America with a Bachelor of Music Degree.  While at Catholic University, Miss Gahagan was the recipient of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music Distinguished Scholar Award for Service.  She has served as the Manager of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Choir as well as the Co-Manager of the Catholic University of America Chorus.  With experience in musical theatre and performance, as well as liturgy, Miss Gahagan brings a strong skill-set to the music program at All Saints.

Miss Allison Sarmuksnis ~ 1st Grade Assistant

For the past year, Miss Sarmuksnis has worked as a kindergarten assistant at Our Lady of Good Counsel School in Vienna.  She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University and has recently completed the coursework necessary to earn her state teaching license through the University of Virginia.  With experience and expertise in the Word Study approach, she will be a wonderful addition to our first grade program.

Mrs. Rosemary Antunes ~ Nurse

Mrs. Antunes is a graduate of St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing and has thirty years experience as a registered nurse.  Most recently, she has served as the school nurse at Christendom College and has worked in the labor and delivery unit at Fauquier Hospital.  With extensive experience in a variety of settings, Mrs. Antunes will bring a high level of competency and professionalism to her role as our school nurse.

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Miss Joanna McCullough ~Middle School Math Teacher

As announced during the spring semester, Miss McCullough will be our new middle school math teacher.  During the past year, she served as fourth grade teacher and, as such, is already familiar with diocesan and school procedures.  Miss McCullough joined the All Saints faculty last summer after graduating from Franciscan University with an undergraduate degree in education and a concentration in middle school math and social studies.  Her mastery of the curriculum, coupled with her demonstrated ability to engage all of the learners in her classroom, will further advance the program and our students’ understanding of math.

As you prepare for the beginning of the new school year, I hope that the following information will prove helpful.

Orientation Day for Students in Grades K-8: Friday, August 27th from 9:00 a.m. to noon.  The classrooms will be open for visits until 11:00 a.m. while cafeteria ticket sales and distribution of information will continue in the gym until noon.  This day provides you and your child the opportunity to meet teachers and visit classrooms.  On Orientation Day, parents/visitors are invited to park in either the front or rear parking lot.  Lunch and milk tickets will be available for purchase and the Uniform Exchange will be open.  (Although the Pre-Kindergarten program will host a separate open house event, parents are welcome to visit the gym to pick-up important information at this time.)

¨       New families are invited to arrive early on Orientation Day.  All faculty and staff will be available to greet you and guide you through the school beginning at 9:00 a.m.  Returning families are asked to begin arriving at 9:30 a.m.

¨       Throughout the course of the morning, you are asked to keep your children with you at all times since the teachers will be occupied with meeting new students and will not be available to supervise children.

First Days of School: Grades K-8; Monday, August 30th.

8:10     Tardy Bell

8:15     Classes Begin

Since you will already have had the opportunity on Orientation Day to meet teachers and visit classrooms, you are asked to drop off your children in the carpool line by 8:05 a.m.  Students will enter the building via the breezeway connecting the new facility to the original wing and report directly to their homerooms. The breezeway doors will open at 7:50, at which time the cars in the front of the carpool line will begin dropping off students at the direction of patrols and the supervising staff.  Any child dropped off before 7:50 a.m. must be escorted to the Extended Day Program in Father Kelley Hall by a parent or guardian.

Dismissal will occur at noon on Monday for students in grades Kindergarten through eight. Dismissal for grades 1-8 will be at 3:00 p.m. for the remainder of the week.  However, the Kindergarten program will dismiss at noon for the entire first week of school.

At 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 3rd we will celebrate the beginning of the new year with a school-wide Mass.  All parents are cordially invited to join us for this liturgy as we pray for God’s blessings on our community in the year ahead.

Immunizations: Virginia law requires that parents of students enrolling in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten or first grade provide documentation of appropriate immunization for measles, mumps, and rubella.  All children who have not received a complete series of hepatitis B vaccine will be required to receive such immunization prior to entering the 6th grade. Additionally, in accordance with the immunization requirements for the State of Virginia, all 6th grade students must receive a Tdap booster before returning to school in the fall. Please be aware that providing documentation of immunization is a necessary condition for enrollment at All Saints. Those students who have not received proper immunization will not be permitted to attend school. Should you have any questions about immunization requirements, please contact our school nurse, Mrs. Antunes, at 703-368-4400.

Recently we were informed that the Virginia Department of Health no longer provides hard copies of the school entrance health form to private/parochial schools, physician offices, and day care/child care facilities in response to state agency financial cutbacks.

Effectively immediately, families and schools will only be able to access the MCH 213F (School Entrance Health Form) on-line.  Links to the form can be found on the Diocesan website on the following pages:

http://www.arlingtondiocese.org/catholicschools/forms.php

The form can also be downloaded from the Virginia Department of Health web site                                     http://www.vahealth.org/childadolescenthealth/schoolhealth/forms.htm

Carpool Information:

As we begin the new school year, we will continue to use the revised afternoon dismissal process that was introduced during the spring semester.  As such, parents will again be assigned one of five parking areas based upon where their last name occurs in the alphabet.  Please be sure to stop by the “Carpool Table” on Orientation Day to confirm your assigned parking area.  Maps and directions explaining the dismissal process will be available.  All parents are asked to pick up and review these items prior to the first day of school.  Additionally, parents whose children will be walking to and from school will be asked to provide this information at that time.

2010-2011 School Calendar: New calendars may be picked up on Orientation Day.  We are grateful to Mrs. Laurie Short who again this year designed our school calendar.  The calendar was printed by JM Gaske with the financial support of local businesses that purchased adverstisements included in the publication.

Parent/Student Handbook: Information related to the updated student handbook will be issued to all families via the website and upcoming school newsletters.

Supplies: Supply lists were distributed in the spring in order that you might take advantage of sales during the summer.  Newly registered families received one at the time of acceptance.  Parents who ordered supplies through the school-organized supply project may pick them up on Orientation Day. All students are asked to come to school prepared with supplies on the first day of classes.

Uniforms: Students in grades 1-8 are required to wear the full school uniform during the school day and at designated school functions.  The following is a description of the uniform code for the “summer” months.

Summer Uniform: This uniform is worn from the first day of school through the month of October and from April 4th to the final day of school.  All of the items listed below, with the exception of socks, are to be purchased from Flynn and O’Hara Uniform Company. (703-503-5966).

¨       Khaki shorts

¨       Navy blue or white golf shirts

¨       White socks (Please note: Students are required to wear crew socks that can be folded over at the ankle.  Ankle socks are not acceptable.)

Optional –Khaki slacks (boys and girls, Gr.1-8), Khaki skirts (girls, Gr.5-8)

Shoes: Plain black leather athletic shoes only.  Shoes must not include white or colored stripes, blinking lights, etc.  Hightops are not permitted.

As we begin the year, it is important that all students wear the uniform as outlined in our student handbook.  Throughout the first several weeks of school, teachers will be particularly attentive to this policy in order that we may have a student population that is both uniform and neat in appearance.

P.E. Uniform: Students in grades 6-8 “dress out” for P.E. class.  (Those in kindergarten wear the P.E. uniform every             day, while those in first through fifth grade wear their P.E. uniform all day on days when     they attend P.E.)  Middle school students are asked to bring their P.E. uniform to school on days when they will attend P.E. class.  They may also wish to bring a pair of socks and athletic shoes depending upon the style of their particular uniform shoe.

The following is a summary of the new P.E. uniform for students in grades K-8.

Light Steel Gym Tee Shirt with Silk Screen Logo

Navy Micromesh Nylon Gym Shorts with Silk Screen Logo

Navy Sweatshirt with Silk Screen Logo (Grades K-5)

Navy Sweatshirt with Embroidered Logo (Grades 6-8)

Note: The previous P.E. uniform (royal blue shorts, sweatpants, and sweatshirts & white tee shirts) is             grandfathered for the 2010-2011 school year.  Students may continue to wear these articles during this        year of transition.

Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers ~ Fingerprinting Session

As part of the diocesan initiative to maintain a safe environment for all of our children, all volunteers with “significant contact” with children are required to complete a background check prior to working in the school.  As we begin a new year, in accordance with diocesan policy, only those parents who have completed the criminal background check are eligible to volunteer in positions that involve contact with students. Those who might visit the classroom for a special presentation once per year need not complete the background check process.  However, those who will be volunteering in the school on a regular basis or even repeatedly are required to complete the background check.  Those who have not yet completed the background check process may request a packet of forms from the front office.

Information for Kindergarten Families:

Parent Orientation Meeting: Parents who have a Kindergartner starting at All Saints this year are invited to a special orientation meeting on Thursday, August 26th at 7:00 p.m. in the art room.  Mrs. Marsha Vice and Mrs. Katherine Izquierdo will present an overview of the program and will be available to answer questions.

Uniforms: Kindergartners wear the All Saints P.E. uniform each day.

Information for Pre-Kindergarten Families:

Parent Orientation Meeting: Parents who have a Pre-Kindergartner beginning at All Saints are invited to attend a special meeting on Thursday, September 2nd at 7:00 p.m.  Mrs. Kardaras, Director of the Pre-Kindergarten, will highlight pertinent information about our program.  In addition, the rest of the program staff will be in attendance and available to answer any questions that you might have.

Pre-Kindergarten Open House: On Tuesday, September 7th there will be a special Open House for all Pre-Kindergarten students and their parents from 9:00-11:00 a.m. for those enrolled in the morning session and from 12:30-2:30 p.m. for those in the afternoon session.  The program will officially begin on Wednesday, September 8th.

Pre-Kindergarten students do not wear a uniform.  Rather, they are asked to wear comfortable, casual clothing that is conducive to their participation in the various activities that will occur each day.

ø      Back-to-School Night will be held on Thursday, September 9th at 7:00 p.m. in the gym.  Following an opening presentation, teachers in grades one through five will present an overview of their individual programs.  A separate Back-to School program will be held for Middle School parents on Thursday, September 16th beginning at 7:00 p.m. These sessions will provide parents with important information about our many programs and our plans for the 2010-2011 academic year.  For this reason, at least one parent from each family is required to attend the sessions that pertain to their child.

Remember to mark your calendar for the 6th Annual Welcome Back Barbecue hosted by the PTO.  This popular and well-attended event provides a wonderful opportunity for families to visit with friends old and new as we begin another year together.  This year the event is again being catered byPizzeria Uno.  The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and will take place on the parking lot and grassy area located behind the school.  Parents are asked to park in the front lot and to either walk around the school or pass through the breezeway entrances when arriving for the event.  Families are asked to bring lawn chairs and a cooler full of favorite drinks.  (non-alcoholic beverages only)  Although there is no need to RSVP, should you have any questions or wish to volunteer to assist with the event, please contact Mrs. Monique Schmeling at 703-791-0930.

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In closing, as you are already probably aware, the Benedictine Sisters in Bristow suffered a terrible tragedy on Sunday morning when three of the sisters were involved in a head-on collision on Route 619 while returning to the monastery to begin a week long retreat.  Sr. Denise was killed in the accident and the other two sisters suffered serious injuries and were subsequently taken to Fairfax Hospital.

The Benedictine Sisters founded All Saints School on their property in 1957 and have since maintained a special connection with our community.  Let us pray that they may be comforted and consoled by the presence of Christ, our Risen Lord, during this very difficult time.

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In the days preceding the opening of school, should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at 703-368-4400.  Enjoy the remaining weeks of summer!

Sincerely,

David E. Conroy, Jr.

Principal

 

P.S. What better way to enjoy the summer season than with good food and good friends! Families of All Saints will be gathering at Captain Pell’s Restaurant in Fairfax on Friday evening!  Plan to stop by and meet friends both old and new!  For more information, please see the attached flyer.

 

Link to Captain Pell’s Restaurant Flyer:

http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/08/2010-8-6-Captain-Pells.jpg

Electronic Newsletter

The weekly newsletter will again be distributed electronically to parents via an email distribution list. Parents who have not yet registered to receive the mailing are encouraged to do so here. Wednesday will continue to be the day on which newsletters and important forms are distributed.

The Sentinel – Volume 10, Issue 21

Message from the Principal

Last fall one of the school parents shared with me a brief story that in many ways captures the essence of a Catholic school education. On the Feast Day of the Archangels, her two sons came home from school and, bounding through the door, inquired as to whether they would be having a special dinner in honor of the occasion. I find this story very compelling as it speaks not only to their recognition of the feast day, but their sincere desire to celebrate it as a family. Not only did they hear the Good News that day, they felt compelled to live it and share it. This is the true benefit of a Catholic education ~ lives formed in faith!

Next week we join with Catholic schools across our nation to celebrate Catholic Schools Week, an annual occasion during which we highlight our distinct mission and legacy. As in prior years, special activities have been planned for each day of the week. (For a full listing of activities, please see the Catholic Schools Week Activity Calendar which is linked to this week’s newsletter.) A number of the events have been designed to coincide with the Church’s celebration of the Year of the Priest. For example, in addition to honoring the clergy of All Saints, we will be hosting a Vocation Day during which a number of seminarians, clergy members as well as religious will share their vocation story with our students. It is our hope that through this experience the students will both be reminded and encouraged to consider the fact that God may be calling them to a special life of service as a priest or member of a religious community.

Catholic Schools Week will begin with an Open House event on Sunday morning from 8:00 a.m. – noon. Although specifically designed for prospective families, this event provides a wonderful opportunity for current families to tour the school and visit the classrooms. In prior years, the mix of both current and future families has provided a great way for others in our community to learn about our school.

Our celebration will culminate with a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Loverde in recognition of our status as a Blue Ribbon School. Please note: So as to accommodate the bishop’s schedule, the school Mass will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 5th. All school parents are cordially invited to attend this very special liturgy.

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I am pleased to share with you that Mr. Richardson has made great progress in his recovery from surgery and resumed some of his teaching responsibilities on Tuesday. In an effort to provide support to him during his time of recovery, Mrs. Matthews will continue teaching three classes for at least the next two weeks. She will continue to serve as long-term substitute teacher for the Algebra I, 8th Grade Math and 7th Grade Pre-Algebra classes. I am grateful for the expertise and enthusiasm that she brings to the classroom and am confident that the students will continue to advance with her guidance.

I would be remiss if I did not thank Mrs. Mancini for all that she has done for our math program over the course of the last six weeks. She has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to our school and a genuine concern for our students. I am immensely grateful for all of her efforts in maintaining a sense of continuity in our program.

Open House for Prospecitve Teachers ~ COME JOIN US!
Are you interested in teaching for the Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Arlington? There are 43 schools within the Diocese offering instructional programs for all ages from pre-school through high school. Perhaps your certification has expired, or perhaps you are thinking of changing careers or returning to teaching after a period of absence. Do you have questions about qualifications to teach? Would you like to learn more about the mission of teaching in a Catholic School in a nurturing and caring, Christ-centered environment? Please come to one of the following Open Houses for Prospective Teachers scheduled throughout the Diocese and meet with Sister Patricia Helene, IHM, former Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese and current head of the Marymount University Catholic School Leadership Program, and Elizabeth A. Roach, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Personnel from the Diocesan Office of Catholic Schools, to learn more about the opportunities and advantages of teaching in our Catholic Schools. No registration is required.

St. Thomas More Cathedral School Tuesday, February 2, 2010
105 North Thomas Street 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Arlington, VA 22203
703-528-1547

St. Francis of Assisi School Wednesday, February 3, 2010
18825 Fuller Heights Road 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Triangle, VA 22172
703-221-3868

All Saints School Thursday, February 4, 2010
9294 Stonewall Road 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Manassas, VA 20110
703-368-4400

Open House for 2010-2011 School Year
All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, February 11th beginning at 9:00 a.m. All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about the parish school are cordially invited to attend. Following a presentation and introduction at 9:00 a.m., tours of the facility will be provided. For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at (703) 393-1490.

Science Fair Judges ~ 10 More Needed!
Mrs. Hammang, middle school science teacher, is seeking ten more judges to assist with the Science Fair on Thursday, February 18th. Parents and community members with a background in math and/or science are encouraged to contact her directly for more information. (phammang@allsaintsva.org)

Registration Schedule for the New Year
ø Re-Registration for Current Families February 3-12, 2010
ø Registration for New Students February 10-March 3, 2010
(Including siblings for Pre-K & K)

Tuition Assistance Applications
Applications for tuition assistance for the 2010-2011 academic year are available in both English and Spanish at the front office. Again this year the Diocese of Arlington has contracted with FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Company. FACTS has established an on-line application process that can be initiated through the company website (www.factstuitionaid.com.) The deadline for first consideration, for which the majority of diocesan funds are allocated, is Monday, March 15th. Please note: The application must be received by FACTS, not postmarked, by this date. For more information about this program, please see the attached flyer.

Cafeteria Menu Change
Due to the postponement of the Science Fair, the cafeteria will be serving the students lunch on Thursday, Jan. 28th. The lunch for Thursday will be Chili Mac (chili served over macaroni & topped with cheese), Fritos, and Chilled Mixed Fruit.

Are you in need of some Parent Points? ~ Volunteers Needed
Come and help us at the Sunday Open House, January 31 and earn 3 points for every hour you help. Can’t make it? Consider a donation and receive 5 points. The refreshments may be delivered on Friday, January 29th (if they will keep) to the front office or to the Gym on Sunday before 8:30am. If you can’t do either of those times, let us know and we will setup for other arrangements. Set-up begins at 8:00am. We will be there throughout the duration of the Open House.

Clean-up will begin around noon. It is through everyone’s contribution and hard work that makes the Open House such a success.

Some suggestions for the refreshments are: Breakfast breads, cookies, muffins, coffee cake, brownies, fruit and juices These can be homemade or store bought.

Feel free to contact either one of us for any further information. Lilia Fulgencio – lilia.fulgencio@bt.com or
Karina Rodriguez – karyrdz@gmail.com

February Open House Nursery Volunteers Needed
Volunteers are needed to help with the open house nursery on February 11th, 8:45 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Volunteers must be Virtus approved. Anyone wishing to volunteer may contact Carol Rice at 571-261-1008 or by email at ckrice@verizon.net . Volunteers may bring their own younger children if needed.

Spirit News ~ Coming Up!
Come join other All Saints families for ice skating at the Harris Pavilion and/or dinner at Foster’s Grille in Old Town Manassas on Friday, January 29th. Ice skating is from 3 to 6 pm and costs $5 including skate rental. Eat at Foster’s between 4 and 7 pm and 10% of the money will be donated to All Saints School. Everyone is welcome so invite your friends, neighbors, and other All Saints parishioners. Be sure to print and present the flyer when you order your food at Foster’s so that All Saints school will get a portion of the proceeds. The Harris Pavilion and Foster’s Grille are located at 9417 West Street in Old Town Manassas.

As promised, here are the results from the skate party last week at the Skate-N-Fun Zone. We had over 75 paid admissions despite the threat of freezing rain and a good time was had by all.

Red Light Green Light winner – Steven S. runner up – Mikey W.
Laser Tag (First Round) – Girls 154 Boys 125 ~ No races for PreK, Kindergarten, or 1st Grade

2nd Grade Boys winner – Alex K.
Girls winner – Adrienne S.
Girls runner up – Eirian C.
3rd Grade Boys winner – Vincente B.
Girls winner – Natalie C.
4th Grade Boys winner – Walter S.
Boys runner up – Drew D.
Girls winner – Rachel K.
Girls runner up – Kelly C.
5th Grade Boys winner – Armando F.
Boys runner up – Colin E.
Girls winner – Erika S.
6th Grade Boys winner – Brandon M.
Boys runner up – Steven S.
Girls winner – Cara R.
Graduates winner Mikey W.
Adults Men – Walter S.
Women – Jessica K.

Upcoming Events
Friday, January 29th ~ 2nd Quarter Report Cards sent home; Spirit Activity: Ice Skating at the Pavilion (3:00-6:00 p.m.) & Dinner at Fosters (4:00-7:00 p.m.)
Sunday, January 31st ~ Catholic Schools Week Open House, 8:00 – noon
Monday, February 1st ~ Staff Appreciation Day & Ice Cream for Students
Tuesday, February 2nd ~ Priest Appreciation Day; Enrollment Management Team Meeting (FKH/7:00 p.m.); PTO Executive Board Meeting (Jr. Library/7:00 p.m.)
Wednesday, February 3rd ~ Vocation Day
Thursday, February 4th ~ Community Service & Student Appreciation Day (Dress Down Day & No Homework); Diocesan Teacher Information Meeting (music room/1:00 p.m.); Spelling Bee (gym/1:30 p.m.)
Friday, February 5th ~ Teacher Appreciation Day; Mass with the Bishop (10:00 a.m.); Noon Dismissal; Faculty & Staff Luncheon
Saturday, February 6th ~ PTO Pizza & Bingo Night (Knights’ Hall/5:00-9:00 p.m.)

Links
Catholic Schools Week Activity Calendar ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/2010/01/27/catholic-schools-week-event-schedule/
Spirit Event Flyers – Ice Skating and Fosters ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/2010-01-29FostersandIceSkating.jpg
Pope John Paul the Great High School e-NewsUpdate ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/e-NewsUpdate-January212010.pdf

The Sentinel – Volume 10, Issue 20

Message from the Principal

In the days following the earthquake in Haiti, several of the children at All Saints approached me with ideas as to how our community can provide support to those in need. Moved by the tragedy unfolding before their eyes through news reports, they were compelled to step forward to make a difference. I am so proud of their generosity and initiative.

As a Catholic school community, the catastrophe in Haiti is an important teachable moment in the lives of our children. Through meaningful outreach they can join with the international community currently providing aid and at the same time, know that they, in their own way are connected and contributing. With the stories and images surrounding us each day, it is important that the children have an opportunity to become involved, thereby helping them to process and participate in this time of crisis. Most importantly, in doing so, they will be living the Gospel message.

Our pastor, Fr. Cilinski, has outlined the ways that our parish will work together to provide earthquake relief. I invite the children to participate through these same three activities:

Prayer ~ We will continue to remember the people of Haiti in our daily prayers and during our school Masses.

Financial Contributions ~ Several years ago All Saints Catholic School raised money during the season of Advent to help fund the purchase of electricity for the L’ouverture Cleary School in Haiti. Some of you may recall the small wooden schoolhouse on display in the entrance to the gym. As the students deposited their contributions in the schoolhouse, the lights literally burned brighter and brighter. This same schoolhouse will be on display beginning this week, providing the students an opportunity to make personal contributions to the relief effort. By making individual sacrifices, such as donating their ice cream or pretzel money, the children can experience a very personal connection with the relief effort. The funds collected will be forwarded to Catholic Relief Services.

Donations of Supplies ~ The students are invited to donate soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hand cleaner, summer clothing and flat shoes. These items will be forwarded to Dr. Irwin and the Medical Missionaries who will be providing direct medical assistance at the end of January. Boxes for these donations will be placed in the new breezeway and at the front office, courtesy of the Student Council Association.

March for Life
On Friday, January 22nd the students of All Saints will join their prayers with the thousands who will gather in Washington, D.C. at the annual March for Life. As a school community we will pray for an end to abortion and for an increase in respect for the sanctity of life at all stages in our society. While children who wish to attend the March for Life with their parents will be marked as absent, please know that this absence will not affect a child who otherwise would earn “Perfect Attendance” at the close of the year. If your child will be attending the March, please notify his or her teacher via a note by the end of this week.

Lock-Down Drill
The second drill for the year will occur on Friday, January 22nd at 10:30 a.m. (Please note: This drill has been scheduled for several weeks and is not in response to any concerns specific to All Saints. Rather, it is another exercise by which we maintain a state of preparedness should the need ever arise to secure the facility and safeguard the children.)

Open House for 2010-2011 School Year
All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents tomorrow beginning at 9:00 a.m. All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about the parish school are cordially invited to attend. Following a presentation and introduction at 9:00 a.m., tours of the facility will be provided. For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at (703) 393-1490.

VIRTUS Update
The diocese requires volunteers who have completed the four hour VIRTUS training to attend an annual update entitled Keeping the Promise Alive. This 30 minute video training is a prerequisite for volunteering in the school. The next training session will take place tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. in Meeting Room 1. (Please note: Those volunteers who attended the VIRTUS update session during the fall semester need not attend. This session is specifically for those who viewed the 30 minute training last winter or who have not yet participated in the follow up training. Should you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Janet Smith, VIRTUS coordinator, at 703-368-4500.)

Registration Schedule for the New Year
ø Re-Registration for Current Families February 1-12, 2010
ø Registration for New Students February 10-March 3, 2010
(Including siblings for Pre-K & K)

Tuition Assistance Applications
Applications for tuition assistance for the 2010-2011 academic year are available in both English and Spanish at the front office. Again this year the Diocese of Arlington has contracted with FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Company. FACTS has established an on-line application process that can be initiated through the company website (www.factstuitionaid.com.) The deadline for first consideration, for which the majority of diocesan funds are allocated, is Monday, March 15th. Please note: The application must be received by FACTS, not postmarked, by this date. For more information about this program, please see the attached flyer.

Important Reminder ~ today is Gianni’s Pick-Up Day!
Gianni’s products will be available for pick up TODAY ~ Wednesday, January 20th from 2:30-7:00 in the school gym. Please make arrangements to pick up your items during this timeframe. Thank you for your support. If you would like to volunteer and help with distribution please contact Siobhan Tabor at 703-361-4532.

PTO NEWS
The by-laws have been amended to reflect four PTO General Assembly Meetings per school year. Please follow the link ( http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/pto/bylaws-amendment/ ) to cast your vote on the new amendment. If you have any questions, please contact Joan Coleman at jcoleman02@comcast.net or (703) 368-7989.

Family Pizza and Bingo Night
The PTO sponsored Family Pizza and Bingo Night will be held Saturday, February 6that 5:00pm in the Knights of Columbus Hall. Please click on the link below for a flyer with more information and the pre-order pizza/bingo form. If you have any questions, please contact Linda Gaynord at lbgaynord@aol.com or 703-393-1430. Pre-order pizza/bingo forms are due your child’s teacher by Friday, January 29th.

Spirit News
Reminder, the roller skating party at the Skate-N-Fun Zone is tomorrow night, January 21st from 6 to 8:30 pm. This is a fun night out for the whole family. Join us for lots of skating and exercise. Test your skills in the limbo contest or against your fellow classmates in the skating races. The winners of these events will be published in the school newsletter next week. The cost is $3.75 for admission, $3.75 for skate rental (personal skates with brakes welcome). Also available are the moon bounce for $2 and Laser Tag for $2. Need an easy dinner? A large pizza and a pitcher of soda is $13.99. Easily earn 5 Points for Parents. Call Holly Crocker at 703 330-8329 and volunteer as a chaperone for the event. The Skate-N-Fun Zone is located at 7878 Sudley Road in Manassas across from the Kmart shopping center.

Coming Up! ~ Come join other All Saints families for ice skating at the Harris Pavilion and/or dinner at Foster’s Grille in Old Town Manassas on Friday, January 29th. Ice skating is from 3 to 6 pm and costs $5 including skate rental. Eat at Foster’s between 4 and 7 pm and 10% of the money will be donated to All Saints School. Everyone is welcome so invite your friends, neighbors, and other All Saints parishioners. Be sure to say that you’re with All Saints when you order your food at Foster’s so that we will get credit. The Harris Pavilion and Foster’s Grille are located at 9417 West Street in Old Town Manassas.

Upcoming Events
Wednesday, January 20th ~ Gianni’s Pizza Pick-up (Gym Lobby/2:30-7:00 p.m.)
Thursday, January 21st ~ Open House (FKH/9:00 a.m.); Adoration & Benediction (2:15 p.m.); VIRTUS Update Training (Meeting Room 1 @ 2:00 p.m.); Skate Party at Skate & Fun Zone (6:00-8:30 p.m.)
Friday, January 22nd ~ School Mass (8:30 a.m.); Lock-Down Drill (10:30 a.m); Middle School “Demerit Free” Breakfast (9:30 a.m.); End of 2nd Quarter; Noon Dismissal (Report Card Prep); Deadline for Applications to Catholic High Schools
Monday, January 25th ~ Holiday ~ Teacher Professional Development Day
Friday, January 29th ~ 2nd Quarter Report Cards sent home; Spirit Activity: Ice Skating at the Pavilion (3:00-6:00 p.m.) & Dinner at Fosters (4:00-7:00 p.m.)

Links
PTO Bylaws Voting Link ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/pto/bylaws-amendment/
Family Pizza/Bingo Night Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/bingo-flyer-2010.pdf
Spirit Event Flyers – Skate-N-Fun Zone and Fosters ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/2010-01-29FostersandIceSkating.jpg

The Sentinel – Volume 10, Issue 19

Message from the Principal

One of the wonderful qualities of our school is the high level of energy and enthusiasm that surrounds our programs. From the continued pursuit of excellence by teachers and students to the generosity of our PTO and parent volunteers, All Saints is an exciting place to be.

This week I wish to draw your attention to an innovative strategy now being utilized in the library. Integrating technology and literacy, Mrs. Coyle and Mrs. Geary have launched Book Chatter, a series of podcasts featuring students of All Saints. Already, three volunteer students have recorded brief reviews of a favorite book. These reviews are posted on our school website for parents and students to enjoy. This is just one more example of how All Saints is committed to providing a first-class educational experience for students of the 21st Century!

And speaking of academic excellence, I wish to congratulate Brian Owings for winning first place in last week’s National Geography Bee. He will now complete a written exam to determine his eligibility for participation in the state-wide competition. I also want to congratulate Nichole Bill for achieving runner-up status in the event. I am proud of all of the students who represented their homeroom classes in what has become a much anticipated academic tournament at All Saints.

March for Life
On Friday, January 22nd the students of All Saints will join their prayers with the thousands who will gather in Washington, D.C. at the annual March for Life. As a school community we will pray for an end to abortion and for an increase in respect for the sanctity of life at all stages in our society. While children who wish to attend the March for Life with their parents will be marked as absent, please know that this absence will not affect a child who otherwise would earn “Perfect Attendance” at the close of the year. If your child will be attending the March, please notify his or her teacher via a note by the end of this week.

Lock-Down Drill
The second drill for the year will occur on Friday, January 22nd at 10:30 a.m. (Please note: This drill has been scheduled for several weeks and is not in response to any concerns specific to All Saints. Rather, it is another exercise by which we maintain a state of preparedness should the need ever arise to secure the facility and safeguard the children.)

Open House for 2010-2011 School Year
All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, January 21st beginning at 9:00 a.m. All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about the parish school are cordially invited to attend. Following a presentation and introduction at 9:00 a.m., tours of the facility will be provided. For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at (703) 393-1490.

VIRTUS Update
The diocese requires volunteers who have completed the four hour VIRTUS training to attend an annual update entitled Keeping the Promise Alive. This 30 minute video training is a prerequisite for volunteering in the school. The next training session will take place on Thursday, January 21st beginning at 2:00 p.m. in Meeting Room 1. (Please note: Those volunteers who attended the VIRTUS update session during the fall semester need not attend. This session is specifically for those who viewed the 30 minute training last winter or who have not yet participated in the follow up training. Should you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Janet Smith, VIRTUS coordinator, at 703-368-4500.)

Registration Schedule for the New Year

ø Re-Registration for Current Families February 1-12, 2010
ø Registration for New Students February 10-March 3, 2010
(Including siblings for Pre-K & K)

Tuition Assistance Applications
Applications for tuition assistance for the 2010-2011 academic year are available in both English and Spanish at the front office. Again this year the Diocese of Arlington has contracted with FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Company. FACTS has established an on-line application process that can be initiated through the company website (www.factstuitionaid.com.) The deadline for first consideration, for which the majority of diocesan funds are allocated, is Monday, March 15th. Please note: The application must be received by FACTS, not postmarked, by this date. For more information about this program, please see the attached flyer.

Vocations Awareness Week
This week All Saints joins schools throughout our diocese in celebrating Vocations Awareness Week. This annual event provides students an opportunity to both reflect upon the fact that God is calling each of them to a particular vocation and to offer prayers of support for those who have answered the call to a life of service as priests, deacons, brothers or sisters. To encourage greater awareness of this celebration, All Saints is participating in the Vocation Spiritual Olympics. This week students are earning points through prayers or sacrifices that they offer, each aligned with a particular Winter Olympic Sport. At the conclusion of the week, All Saints will submit to the diocese the total number of points achieved by our school and in the coming weeks we will recognize the students in our program with the highest number of points earned. For more information about this program, please follow the link to Vocation Spiritual Olympics.

Bishop Paul S. Loverde to Celebrate Blue Ribbon Mass
In September 2009, the U.S. Department of Education announced its selection of All Saints Catholic School as a 2009 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. We are very pleased to announce that Bishop Paul S. Loverde will celebrate a special Mass with the All Saints community in honor of this achievement. Our All Saints Catholic School Blue Ribbon Mass will be held during Catholic Schools Week on Friday, February 5, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. All are welcome to join us as we celebrate together with Bishop Loverde and the All Saints school and parish community.

Spirit News
We have a new event this Saturday, January 16th. Shop at the Green Kids Consignment Store anytime between 10 am and 7 pm and 10% of the proceeds will be donated to All Saints School. This is their Grand Opening. Please print the flyer attached to this newsletter or from the school’s website and present it at the time of sale for the school to receive credit. Green Kids is located in Bristow in the Harris Teeter shopping center at the corner of Rt. 28 and Linton Hall Road.
Mark your calendar, the roller skating party at the Skate-N-Fun Zone is on Thursday night, January 21st from 6 to 8:30 pm. This is a fun night out for the whole family. Join us for lots of skating and exercise. Test your skills in the limbo contest or against your fellow classmates in the skating races. The winners of these events will be published in the school newsletter. The cost is $3.75 for admission, $3.75 for skate rental (personal skates with brakes welcome). Also available are the moon bounce for $2 and Laser Tag for $2. Need an easy dinner? A large pizza and a pitcher of soda is $13.99. Easily earn 5 Points for Parents. Call Holly Crocker at 703 330-8329 and volunteer as a chaperone for the event. The Skate-N-Fun Zone is located at 7878 Sudley Road in Manassas across from the Kmart shopping center.

PVI Summer Basketball Camps
Paul VI Summer Basketball Camps for Boys & Girls: June 21 – 25 / July 12 – 16 / July 26 -30. The July 12 – 16 camp will take place at St Leo the Great. $190.00 per camper. Camp is for rising 3rd – 9th graders. Discounted rates offered for attending 2 or all 3 camps. Please contact Scott Allen at coachsallen@aol.com for further information and registration.
St Leo the Great Mini Hoopster Camps for Boys & Girls: June 28 – July 1 / July 19 – 22. Boys 9 am – 12 pm / Girls 1 pm – 4 pm. $100.00 per camper. Camp is for rising 1st – 3rd graders from all schools. Please contact Scott Allen at coachsallen@aol.com for further information and registration.

Upcoming Events
Wednesday, January 13th ~ Evening of Prayer for 2nd & 8th Grade Parents (church/7:00-8:00 p.m.); Confirmation Retreat Meeting for Parents (8:00-8:30 p.m.)
Thursday, January 14th ~ School Council Meeting ~ cancelled
Friday, January 15th ~ School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
Monday, January 18th ~ Holiday ~Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday
Wednesday, January 20th ~ Gianni’s Pizza Pick-up (Gym Lobby/2:30-7:00 p.m.)
Thursday, January 21st ~ Open House (FKH/9:00 a.m.); Adoration & Benediction (2:15 p.m.); VIRTUS Update Training (Meeting Room 1 @ 2:00 p.m.); Skate Party at Skate & Fun Zone (6:00-8:30 p.m.)
Friday, January 22nd ~ School Mass (8:30 a.m.); Lock-Down Drill (10:30 a.m); Middle School “Demerit Free” Breakfast (9:30 a.m.); End of 2nd Quarter; Noon Dismissal (Report Card Prep); Deadline for Applications to Catholic High Schools

Links
¨ Vocation Spiritual Olympics ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/National-Vocations-Week2010.pdf
¨ Skate Party Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/2010-01-21-Skate-Party-Flyer.jpg
¨ Green Kids Event Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/2010-01-16-Green-Kids.jpg
¨ PVI Athletic Close Up Night ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/pvi-athletic-close-up.pdf

The Sentinel – Volume 10, Issue 18

Message from the Principal

Happy New Year! I hope that you enjoyed a beautiful celebration of Christmas, made all the more memorable by the historic snowstorm.

In accordance with diocesan policy regarding inclement weather, our school is required to make-up the first five “snow days” that occur during the year. As announced last spring, these days will be rescheduled during the week of Easter. (In recent years the make-up days have been added to the end of the year. In consideration of the fact that the final day of school without any inclement weather is Wednesday, June 16th, an alternate option was identified by a faculty committee last year when it was realized that adding days to the end of the year may have resulted in our final day occurring on Wednesday, June 23rd.) Subsequently, Thursday, April 8th and Friday, April 9th will serve as our first two make-up days. In the event of additional inclement weather, Wednesday April 7th would serve as our third day and Tuesday, April 6th would serve as the fourth. Monday, April 5th will be reserved for the Easter holiday with the fifth day, if necessary, added to the end of the year.

Virtue of the Month Program ~ Compassion (Caring)
For some children, KINDNESS might be a good way to explain this virtue.
Pray for those people who are hungry or homeless.
Give money to the poor box in church from your own allowance.
Give food or clothing to those in need.
Help at home without being asked.
Keep your room neat and orderly to help your parents.
Make a pretty card or write a cheerful letter to someone who is sick or in a nursing home.
Listen quietly when your friend is upset or angry and needs to talk.
Visit relatives, neighbors, or friends that are sick.
Include new students in your games. Introduce them to your friends.
If someone doesn’t understand a lesson or a game, offer to teach them. Do not make fun of them.
Make someone laugh when they are feeling sad.
Be kind to everyone you meet.

Prayer of the Month
Prayer for Compassion
O Father, give us the compassion you want us to have and teach us to embrace each other with compassionate arms, no matter what our age, color, history, or belief. Help us to remember that you are Life Itself, and that you are using every one of our unique gifts to bring us together with you once again. Amen.

Open House for 2010-2011 School Year
All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, January 21st beginning at 9:00 a.m. All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about the parish school are cordially invited to attend. Following a presentation and introduction at 9:00 a.m., tours of the facility will be provided. For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at (703) 393-1490.

VIRTUS Update
The diocese requires volunteers who have completed the four hour VIRTUS training to attend an annual update entitled Keeping the Promise Alive. This 30 minute video training is a prerequisite for volunteering in the school. The next training session will take place on Thursday, January 21st beginning at 2:00 p.m. in Meeting Room 1. (Please note: Those volunteers who attended the VIRTUS update session during the fall semester need not attend. This session is specifically for those who viewed the 30 minute training last winter or who have not yet participated in the follow up training. Should you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Janet Smith, VIRTUS coordinator, at 703-368-4500.)

Stewardship Envelopes
This week we will distribute stewardship envelopes for the new calendar year. We invite you to take some time to discuss with your children the importance of sharing their time, talent and treasure with those in need each week. While we traditionally think of these envelopes as the means by which financial contributions are made to the church, please note that this is only one aspect of the program. On the back of each envelope is a place for each child to indicate what they have done for God each week. It is our hope that all of the students in the school will see this as an opportunity, regardless of age or grade, to help build the Kingdom of God through charitable deeds and generosity on a weekly basis.

Registration Schedule for the New Year

ø Re-Registration for Current Families February 1-12, 2010
ø Registration for New Students February 10-March 3, 2010
(Including siblings for Pre-K & K)

Tuition Assistance Applications
Applications for tuition assistance for the 2010-2011 academic year are available in both English and Spanish at the front office. Again this year the Diocese of Arlington has contracted with FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Company. FACTS has established an on-line application process that can be initiated through the company website (www.factstuitionaid.com.) The deadline for first consideration, for which the majority of diocesan funds are allocated, is Monday, March 15th. Please note: The application must be received by FACTS, not postmarked, by this date. For more information about this program, please see the attached flyer.

Cafeteria News
The dessert on the lunch menu for next Tuesday, Jan. 12th will be changed to include a funnel cake instead of a brownie as originally scheduled. Those students who do not wish to order the school lunch will be given the opportunity to purchase a funnel cake for $0.75. All of the proceeds will be donated to the 8th grade graduation fund. Due to this change, there will be no soft pretzel or ice cream sales this day.

Running Club ~ Running Club will begin on Wednesday, January 20th.

Open House for Prospecitve Teachers ~ COME JOIN US!
Are you interested in teaching for the Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Arlington? There are 43 schools within the Diocese offering instructional programs for all ages from pre-school through high school. Perhaps your certification has expired, or perhaps you are thinking of changing careers or returning to teaching after a period of absence. Do you have questions about qualifications to teach? Would you like to learn more about the mission of teaching in a Catholic School in a nurturing and caring, Christ-centered environment? Please come to one of the following Open Houses for Prospective Teachers scheduled throughout the Diocese and meet with Sister Patricia Helene, IHM, former Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese and current head of the Marymount University Catholic School Leadership Program, and Elizabeth A. Roach, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Personnel from the Diocesan Office of Catholic Schools, to learn more about the opportunities and advantages of teaching in our Catholic Schools. No registration is required.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
|St. Thomas More Cathedral School
105 North Thomas Street
Arlington, VA 22203
703-528-1547

Wednesday, February 3, 2010:  1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
St. Francis of Assisi School
18825 Fuller Heights Road
Triangle, VA 22172
703-221-3868

Thursday, February 4, 2010: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
All Saints School
9294 Stonewall Road
Manassas, VA 20110
703-368-4400

Open House Nursery Volunteers Needed
Volunteers are needed to help with the open house nursery on January 21st and February 11th, 8:45 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Volunteers must be Virtus approved. Anyone wishing to volunteer may contact Carol Rice at 571-261-1008 or by email at ckrice@verizon.net . Volunteers may bring their own younger children if needed.

Personal Finance Seminar
The Adult Education Ministry will present its winter personal finance seminars during February and March, 2010. The 6-session seminars are free and are designed to assist married/engaged couples and single adults in managing their personal finances.

The seminars are based on the Veritas Financial Ministries popular 7 Steps to Financial Freedom series and incorporate Catholic principles of Personal finance throughout the curriculum.

Two introductory sessions to explain the course offerings and the schedule of classes will be offered: Tues. January 19 at 7pm in Room 2 and Thurs. January 21 at 7pm in Room 2.

All married/engaged couples and single adults are invited. Start your new year off by getting your financial affairs in order!

For further information please contact: Norm Desmarais at 703 791 4051 / desmarais6@verizon.net or Chris McConnell at 703 361 4238 / cmcconnell22@comcast.net . http://veritasfinancialministries.com/

Upcoming Events
Friday, January 8th ~ National Geography Bee (Gym/9:45 a.m.); Noon Dismissal (Faculty Meeting)
Wednesday, January 13th ~ Evening of Prayer for 2nd & 8th Grade Parents (church/7:00-8:00 p.m.);
Confirmation Retreat Meeting for Parents (8:00-8:30 p.m.)
Thursday, January 14th ~ School Council Meeting ~ cancelled
Monday, January 18th ~ Holiday ~ Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday

The Sentinel – Volume 10, Issue 17

Message from the Principal


I am pleased to share with you that both Mrs. Bill and Mr. Richardson are doing well and resting at home following their surgeries last week. They are both in good spirits and are surrounded by the love and support of family and friends. Let us continue to keep them in our prayers during their weeks of recuperation.
I would ask that you also keep Mrs. Engstrom, our P.E. teacher, in your prayers this week. She underwent oral surgery yesterday and will be out on leave through the remaining days leading up to the Christmas holiday. While she is absent Mrs. Stephanie Carley and Mrs. Lisa Stevens will serve as substitute teachers.

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It has been a joy to stand in the breezeway entrance each morning and to observe the students bringing in toys. As of today, our school community has donated over 200 items for the Toys for Tots program. Additionally, the children have contributed more than $250.00 to benefit the ministries of Catholic Charities.

This morning one of the teachers shared with me that her class had collected $36.00 in support of this effort. She then went on to say that after making a contribution, one of her students went home and requested the opportunity to earn more money by completing household chores. He returned shortly thereafter with an additional $5.00 to donate to the cause. What a great example of sacrificial giving! Thank you, students, for your continued generosity and goodness!

On behalf of the faculty & staff of All Saints Catholic School, I wish all of you a blessed Christmas Season! May the holiday be filled with great joy as you gather with family and friends to celebrate the birth of our Savior!

A Prayer for Advent ~ Week III
Lord God,
may we, your people,
who look forward to the birthday of Christ,
experience the joy of salvation
and celebrate that feast with love and thanksgiving.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Christmas Choral Concert
Students in grades K, 2, 6 & 8 will perform a Christmas concert tomorrow evening beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the church. All school families are cordially invited to attend and enjoy the pageant prepared by Miss Dalusung and Mr. Tessier.

Open House for 2010-2011 School Year
All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, January 21st beginning at 9:00 a.m. All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about the parish school are cordially invited to attend. Following a presentation and introduction at 9:00 a.m., tours of the facility will be provided. For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at (703) 393-1490.

Registration Schedule for the New Year
ø Re-Registration for Current Families February 1-12, 2010
ø Registration for New Students February 10-March 3, 2010
(Including siblings for Pre-K & K)

Tuition Assistance Applications
Applications for tuition assistance for the 2010-2011 academic year are available in both English and Spanish at the front office. Again this year the Diocese of Arlington has contracted with FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Company. FACTS has established an on-line application process that can be initiated through the company website (www.factstuitionaid.com.) The deadline for first consideration, for which the majority of diocesan funds are allocated, is Monday, March 15th. Please note: The application must be received by FACTS, not postmarked, by this date.

A Message from St. Bernadette McManigal, BVM ~ Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Arlington
The guidance department of each high school in the diocese received a notice from Mount St. Mary’s College in Emmitsburg regarding an offer of a scholarship for four years, valued at $68,000. One person from our diocese will receive this award. Applications are due at the college by February 1st. The selection, made in conjunction with the superintendent’s office, is made between February 5th and March 1st.

Science Fair Judges Needed
Are you curious about the natural world, wonder how things work, or enjoy learning new things? If you answered yes to any of these questions or if you just enjoy reading and learning about scientific topics, All Saints Catholic School would like to invite you to serve as a Science Fair Judge for our school fair on Thursday, January 28, from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM (includes lunch). We are currently seeking approximately 20 – 25 volunteer judges to evaluate the academic and creative efforts of our middle school students. Judges are needed in the following categories: Behavioral and Social Sciences, Biochemistry, Botany, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth and Space Sciences, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Mathematics, Medicine and Health, Microbiology, Physics, and Zoology. If you can share your time and talents for this event or have any questions, please contact Phyllis Hammang at phammang@allsaintsva.org, or 703-368-4400 X219.

Gianni’s Pizza Fundraiser
Back by popular demand is our Gianni’s fundraiser! Order forms will go home with each child today. Please be sure to ask friends, neighbors, and relatives for their orders over the holidays. Order forms and payment due Wed., January 6. Happy selling!!!

Upcoming Events
Thursday, December 17th ~ 3rd Grade Field Trip to GMU Theater Production; Pre-Kindergarten Christmas Pageant (10:00 a.m. & 1:150 p.m.); Christmas Choral Concert for Grades K, 2,6,8 (church/7:30 p.m.)
Friday, December 18th ~ School Mass (8:30 a.m.); 2nd Grade Christmas Around the World Project
Monday, December 21st ~ Drama Club Presentations
Tuesday, December 22nd ~ Band Concert (9:45 a.m.); Classroom Christmas Parties (10:30 a.m.); Noon Dismissal
Wednesday, December 23rd ~ Christmas Holiday Begins
Monday, January 4th ~ Classes Resume
Tuesday, January 5th ~ PTO Executive Board Meeting (Jr. Library/7:00 p.m.)
Friday, January 8th ~ National Geography Bee (9:45 a.m.); Noon Dismissal (Faculty Meeting)

Going Home with Each Student

  • Giovanni Pizza Information and Order Forms

Links

  • Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School e-News Update http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/e-NewsUpdate-December112009.pdf

The Sentinel – Issue 10, Volume 16

Message from the Principal

This week we have begun our annual journey of Advent, a time of preparation for the celebration of Christ’s birth at Christmas. Amidst all of the joy and activity surrounding the preparations for the season, it is easy for us to lose sight of the fact that Advent is a beautiful season unto itself.

At All Saints we have established several traditions that help to create a tone of anticipation and waiting, in essence a time during which we invite the children to prepare their hearts for the coming of Christ.

  • Advent Wreath Prayer Services ~ Every Monday morning during Advent the students will gather for prayer around three separate wreaths in each of the wings of the school as we begin our day together.
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation ~ Each of the students in grades three through eight will have an opportunity to encounter Christ in this beautiful Sacrament of healing and forgiveness. Our parish priests have scheduled sessions during the school day for each of these grade levels over the course of the next several weeks. A special opportunity for parents has been scheduled from 2:00-3:00 p.m. on Monday, December 14th.
  • 4th Annual Catholic Schools Care About Catholic Charities Week ~ Through small personal sacrifices (perhaps giving up an ice cream or pretzel during lunch) we are asking that each student make a donation of $1.00. All donations will be dedicated to Christ House, a Catholic Charities Homeless Shelter, Christ House on Wheels and other Catholic Charities programs. In addition to helping provide for the poor, our students will gain a greater awareness of the needs of others right in our own diocese through participation in this important outreach.
  • Toys for Tots ~ In celebration and thanksgiving for our school’s receipt of the 2009 No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award, our December outreach will be a toy drive to benefit Toys for Tots. Donations of unwrapped new toys will be collected from Friday, December 4 through Friday, December 18th. Collection Boxes will be located by the front office and breezeway as students enter the building.

Blessing the Advent Wreath
Lord our God,
we praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ:
He is Emmanuel, the hope of the peoples,
He is the wisdom that teaches and guides us,
He is the Savior of every nation.
Lord God,
let your blessing come upon us
as we light the candles of this wreath.
May the wreath and its light
be a sign of Christ’s promise to bring us salvation.
May he come quickly and not delay.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Prayer for Advent ~ Week I
All-powerful God,
increase our strength of will for doing good
that Christ may find an eager welcome at His coming
and call us to His side in the kingdom of heaven,
where He lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Virtue of the Month ~ Generosity
During the month of December, students are encouraged to implement the following strategies:
1) Give from your own money to help others in need.
2) Give freely of your time without expecting anything in return.
3) Ask for forgiveness when you have hurt someone and be willing to forgive them when they hurt you.
4) Offer to help someone in class each day.
5) Share your supplies with someone who forgot theirs.
6) Do something helpful for someone at home without being asked.
7) See if others want “second helpings” before taking some for yourself.
8) Let someone else in your family choose the movie or television show you will watch together.
9) Offer to help an older neighbor with a job like raking leaves or shoveling snow.
10) Let another person ahead of you get a drink first at the water fountain.

Prayer for the Month ~ St. Nicholas Prayer
Loving God, we thank you for
the example of St. Nicholas,
who fed the hungry,
brought hope to the imprisoned,
gave comfort to the lost,
and taught the truth to all.
May we strive to imitate him
by putting you first in all we do.
Give us the courage, love and strength
of St. Nicholas, so that, like him,
we may serve you through loving
our brothers and sisters. Amen.

Rainy Day Carpool ~ Revisions & Future Plans
In an effort to improve upon the rainy day dismissal process, we are implementing the following procedures beginning today.

Cars arriving in the overflow lot via the rear entranceway will be directed to park in Section I of the front lot, similar to the process used each afternoon. Once these cars are all parked, a call will be made for all remaining students in the building to exit and proceed to their cars. For this reason, teachers will not be collecting carpool numbers from cars in the overflow line.

Due to the business of the closing of a school day, any parent wishing to check out their child/ren at the end of the day must do so by 2:45 p.m. (Parent-Student Handbook, p. 23). In accordance with this policy, the office staff will no longer call students to the office after 2:45 p.m.

These are two strategies that we believe will improve the efficiency and organization of the existing dismissal process. Additionally, a faculty committee has already been at work identifying a new model to be used on inclement weather days. Once finalized and approved, this plan will be communicated to parents via the weekly letter.

VIRTUS Training ~ Required Update
Last year the diocese introduced a required annual follow up training for all parents and volunteers entitled Protecting God’s Children. This mandatory video training is specifically designed for those who have previously attended the VIRTUS seminar. The session is approximately 30 minutes in length, providing important reminders about strategies for insuring the continued safety of young people in our community.

A session for all parishioners has been scheduled for Saturday, December 5th at 10:30 a.m. in Meeting Room 1.
There will be a special daytime training for school parents on Thursday, December 10th in Father Kelley Hall beginning at 2:00 p.m. In an effort to make this training as convenient as possible for parents, it has been scheduled to coincide with school dismissal.

Inclement Weather
In the event of inclement weather, All Saints Catholic School follows the decision of Prince William County Public School System. If the county schools decide to close, All Saints is closed for the day and all related activities are cancelled. Similarly, if the county schools decide to open late or dismiss early, All Saints responds in the same manner. Note: Should the county system announce a delayed opening on a day for which a noon dismissal is scheduled at All Saints, the early release is cancelled and school ends at 3:00 p.m.

December Outreach
In celebration and thanksgiving for our school’s receipt of the 2009 No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School of Excellence our December outreach will be a toy drive to benefit Toys for Tots. Please click on link at end of the newsletter for more information.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Manassas Christmas Parade
All Saints Catholic School will once again be participating in the Manassas Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 5th at 10AM in Old Town Manassas. All Saints children are invited to ride on the float. A permission slip is attached and is required for each child. Float participants need to be there by 9:15 and should be dressed appropriately for the weather.

This year our position number is 72 GREEN which puts us near Nathan’s on Mathis Ave. You may park in the lot behind Nathan’s and bring your child to the check in area by the float. However parking is limited to drop off only. Children should be picked up at All Saints by the Church immediately following the parade.

This years float is a live Nativity! We are in need of children to fill various roles. Please contact Sue Stevens at suechuckstevens1@yahoo.com if your child would like to participate. Look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday!

An Evening with St. Nicholas: Friday, December 4th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Join the 300 + people who have already RSVP’d for carols, cookies, cocoa, and a chance to help the “House of Mercy”.
Please bring a donation (or two) of new shoes in honor of St. Nicholas and his feast day. Proceeds will go to House of Mercy. House of Mercy shoe donation guidelines are: NEW plain colors of tennis shoes- white, blue, black, tan, or brown. No character tennis shoes, please. Monetary donations (cash and checks) will also be accepted. Please make checks out the “All Saints Catholic Church”, and in the memo section write “House of Mercy”.

Plan on coming and haven’t RSVP’d yet? There’s still time. Visit the “Evening with St. Nicholas” link on the school website at www.allsaintsvaschool.org. We want to make sure there’s enough cookies and cocoa for all!
Donations of cocoa mix and mini- marshmallows are still being accepted. Please contact Gina Michak at (703-330-8099) if you’d like to donate or volunteer and earn “points for parents”.

Upcoming Events
Thursday, December 3rd ~ High School Placement Test
Friday, December 4th ~ 4th Grade Sacrament of Reconciliation; Evening with St. Nick (6:30 – 8:30 a.m.)
Saturday, December 5th ~ Greater Manassas Christmas Parade (10:00 a.m.); VIRTUS Update Video (10:30 a.m.)
Monday, December 7th ~ 5th Grade Sacrament of Reconciliation; Peace & Justice Players after school Field Trip to SERVE
Tuesday, December 8th ~ Immaculate Conception Feast Day Mass (10:00 a.m.)
Wednesday, December 9th ~ 6th Grade Sacrament of Reconciliation; Band Concert (gym/7:30 p.m.)
Thursday, December 10th ~ VIRTUS Update Video (2:00 p.m.)
Friday, December 11th ~ 7th Grade Sacrament of Reconciliation; Interims issued for 2nd Quarter

Links
Blue Ribbon December Outreach ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/2009/12/02/december-outreach-for-toys-for-tots/