The Sentinel – April 22, 2015

Principal’s Message

As we make plans for the upcoming year, one of our priorities is that of continuing to provide as much tuition assistance as possible for families in our community.  Through the generous and on-going support of our parish, the emergence of the Annual Fund, and the Diocesan Tuition Assistance program, we have been able to provide financial aid totaling approximately $215,000 for the 2014-2015 academic year.

In an effort to secure as much financial support as possible for our community, we recently submitted applications on behalf of our school families for funding through the Diocese of Arlington Scholarship Foundation and the Special Tuition Assistance Program (Note: Applications for these two distinct programs have been completed by the school and require no additional paperwork on the part of individual families.)

Diocesan allocations related to all of these sources of tuition assistance will be confirmed in the weeks ahead. Once these recommendations are received, final decisions regarding tuition assistance for our families will be determined.  For this reason, notification of tuition assistance funding for those who have applied will not take place until mid-May.  The FACTS re-enrollment process for 2015-2016 and selection of online payment plans will occur mid-to-late May with June 10th 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.

PTO General Assembly Meeting – April 28 (7:00 p.m.)

Dr. Pat McCormack, IHM will be the presenter for our final PTO General Assembly meeting that will take place on Tuesday, April 28th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Activities Center.

Dr. McCormack is a nationally recognized speaker who is an expert in child development & faith formation and has recently been invited to present at the upcoming World Meeting of Families.  The topic of her presentation will be Factors of Home and School that Foster Authentic Self-Esteem. 

Authentic self-esteem is the foundation for life success. If helping children to develop self-control, self-esteem, good character and a strong conscience is an interest close to your heart, do not miss this presentation. Guiding the lifelong process of soul formation is the primary responsibility of parents. It is also the mission of teachers. Both parents and teachers contribute vitally to the soul formation of a child when they communicate genuine affection and foster lifelong development of security, autonomy, initiative and industry.

Join us for what promises to be an insightful and inspiring presentation!

Middle School Students Win Honors at Science Fair

On Saturday morning ten students from our middle school participated in the Annual Diocesan Science Fair at Paul VI High School in Fairfax.  We are proud of their hard work and thank them for representing our school so well in this academic competition.  Congratulations to the following students who received special recognition for their projects and presentations.

Jack Tessier – 2nd Place in Behavioral & Social Sciences

Nicholas Delaney – 3rd Place in Computer Science

Mary Tran – 3rd Place in Mathematics

Elizabeth Kwari – Honorable Mention in Engineering

Race for Education – Dress Down Day Options

Students who earned “Dress Down Day” prize cards through the Race for Education may redeem them on the following days. (Prize cards will be distributed to students tomorrow.)

Wednesday, May 6

Tuesday, May 12

Wednesday, May 20

Thursday, May 28

Tuesday, June 2

Harris Teeter – Thank you for your Support!

Thanks to the support of families in our community who participate in the Harris Teeter rewards program, All Saints received a check in the amount of $295.12 last week.

Spring Choral & Recorder Concert 2015

An Evening Celebrating Music & Film

WHERE: All Saints PAC

WHEN: Thursday, May 14th @ 7:00 pm

WHO: 3rd, 7th & 8th grades will perform

DRESS CODE: jeans (no shorts or skirts) & blue or white top (no sleeveless shirts) OR” spirit wear” t-shirt OR uniform polo shirt, & uniform shoes/socks

IMPORTANT NOTES: 

  1. Students will report to homeroom teachers in the PAC at 6:45 pm for attendance and then go to their spots for the concert.
  2. All students will receive a participation grade for performing in the concert. If your child has a conflict, please email Mrs. Reynolds nreynolds@allsaintsva.org to excuse them for the evening. Any students unaccounted for will receive a zero grade if Mrs. Reynolds does not receive an email excusing the student from participating.

Hope you can join us for the fun!

POINTS FOR PARENTS SURVEY

The PTO is seeking your input and opinion on your family’s experience with the current Points for Parents program.  Please click on the following link for a brief nine question survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LB6TY66

VOLUNTEERISM REVAMP COMMITTEE

The PTO is looking into reviewing the current Points for Parents program and making a recommendations for changing the current program.  We are looking for a commitment of at least three of the four following meetings.

May 6th at 7:30pm

May 13th at 7:30pm

May 17th at 7:30pm

May 20th at 7:30pm

If you would be interested in serving on this committee or would like more information, please contact Carol Rice at ckrice@verizon.net.

Catholic Business Network – Spring Family Day

The Catholic Business Network of Northern Virginia will be having a Spring Family Day on Sunday, May 17th at Lake Accotink in Springfield to benefit Catholic Education and scholarships in the Diocese of Arlington.  Please see linked flyer for additional information.

Volunteer Opportunities

Parish Festival Cake Walk

VOLUNTEERS! VOLUNTEERS! VOLUNTEERS!

Volunteers are still needed for Saturday to run the Cake Walk during the Parish Festival. The following shifts are still available(10 points per hour)  –

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. (2) 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. (1)
2 p.m. – 3 p.m. (1) 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. (1)
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. (2) 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. (2)

Cake donations are still needed as well with 10 out of 18 classes with 5 or more cake donations (5 points each donation). Lets make this year our best year for donations!

Please follow the link below to sign up:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e45a5aa2fa57-cake3

(look at the top of the page for the tab to each sign up)

If you have any questions please contact Tera Woolf Tera200@aol.com

Volunteers & Food Donations are Needed for Kindergarten Screenings on Monday, April 27

On Monday, April 27th, All Saints Catholic School will be having the first day of Kindergarten Screenings.  We are in need of volunteers and finger food donations. This is an easy way to earn points for parents and help us offer our hospitality to new & current families coming to our school. This is a great opportunity to volunteer for a shift and bring your small children. The following shifts are still available –

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Please use link http://vols.pt/6zc6UHto sign-up. Thank you!

Junior Achievement

April is National Financial Literacy Month! Financial literacy is understanding how money works – how to earn money, spend wisely, save for the future, invest and give back. Please consider giving some of your time to teach Junior Achievement this Spring. Details and sign up info are located here: http://vols.pt/5qQPGR

Any questions please contact Kat Champney Kat_Champney@yahoo.com

The following classes are still in need of a Volunteer: K1, 1B, 4A, 6A, 6B, 7A, 7B and 8A

10th Annual Race for Education

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS FOR RACE DAY ON THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2015!

We are two weeks away from the 10th Annual Race for Education and we need volunteers to sign up for each of the race times. Volunteers will help track the student’s laps, pass out water, and monitor the students as they run. All of these can be done while you are cheering on your child. The race takes place on Thursday, May 7th!  Please sign up to volunteer here with our link through VolunteerSpot:  http://vols.pt/FXo44u

The race times are:

PreK-1, PreK-2, K1, K2, 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B 8:45 to 9:45 A.M.
3A, 3B, 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B 10:15 to 11:15 A.M.
PreK3, 6A, 6B, 7A, 7B, 8A, 8B 1:30 to 2:30 P.M.

Our new total for donations made for the Race for Education as of Tuesday, April 21st is:  $12,076.78.

Volunteers are also needed to help with the counting of proceeds. If you are available to help any amount of time, please sign up here with our link through VolunteerSpot:  http://vols.pt/4UBVxk

If you have any questions about the Race for Education, please contact Mrs. Marjorie Collins or Mrs. Liz Stogran at: racefored@allsaintsvaschool.org

Catholic High School News

Paul VI Catholic High School Volleyball Program

Paul VI High School Volleyball Program will be hosting its annual Youth Development Camp for boys and girls June 22-25, 2015. Campers will learn the fundamentals of volleyball in a fun and focused atmosphere.  To learn more about our camps or to register please go to www.pvivball.com

Paul VI Catholic High School Basketball Program – Flyers Linked Below

For information regarding PVI Girls & Boys Basketball Camps, Coach Allen’s Shooting Academy and St. Leo the Great Mini-Hoopster Camps, please see flyers linked below or go to www.pvibasketball.com where all information is available.

Paul VI Production of “The Addams Family”

The PVI Players & ITS present Andrew Lippa’s The Addams Family, a musical production.  Please see linked flyer for information and ticket order form.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Graduation Day – Noon Dismissal (June 12th)

Since 8th Grade Graduation will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the church on Friday, June 12th, school will dismiss at noon that day.

End of Year Calendar Confirmed

Monday, May 18th       Field Day at Linton Hall School – Grades K-8 (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Thursday, May 28th     Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten

Thursday, June 11th     Kindergarten Luau

Friday, June 12th          8th Grade Graduation Day (Mass & Ceremony at 4:00 p.m.)

Monday, June 15th       Kindergarten Graduation (Church/10:00 a.m.)

Tuesday, June 16th       Final Day for Students in Grades 1-7

Key Dates & Holidays for 2015-2016

The following is the schedule of key dates and holidays for the upcoming academic year.

August 31st                  First Day of School (Noon Dismissal)

September 7th               Labor Day Holiday

October 12th                 Columbus Day Holiday

October 30th                 Professional Development Day (No School)

November 12th                         Parent/Teacher Conferences (Noon Dismissal)

November 13th                         Parent/Teacher Conferences (No School)

November 24th                         Noon Dismissal for Thanksgiving

November 25-27th       Thanksgiving Holiday

December 22nd                         Noon Dismissal – Christmas Holiday Begins

January 4th                   Classes Resume

January 15th                 Professional Development Day (No School)

January 18th                 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

February 15th               Presidents’ Day Holiday

March 14th                   Professional Development Day (No School)

March 24th                   Holy Thursday (Noon Dismissal)

March 25th                   Good Friday Holiday

March 28th                   Easter Week Holiday

May 30th                      Memorial Day Holiday

June 22nd                     Last Day for Grades 1-7 (Tentative – 5 Make-Up Days Included)

Kindergarten Screening ~ No Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten on Monday, April 27th & May 4th

The Early Prevention of School Failure Screening for Kindergarten applicants will take place on Monday, April 27th & Monday, May 4thIn order that the teachers may be available to administer the assessment, there will be no Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten classes on these two days.

A special Spirit Event for Pre-K and Kindergarten Students and Families has been planned for these two days.  All Pre-K and Kindergarten students are cordially invited to a Spirit Event at Bounce Mania.  You can go from 10-1 and 2-6. This is a wonderful time to catch up with your friends from school.  New families attending the screening are being invited, so they can feel a part of our All Saints Catholic School family.  Remember to mention that you are from All Saints and 20% of the proceeds will go back to the school.  A flyer is linked below.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

One of the hallmarks of our school community is the high level of parent involvement that has helped the school achieve many goals in recent years.  As in the past, each family at All Saints has been asked to earn 60 volunteer points over the course of the current school year.  Those who are unable to do so are asked to submit a check at the conclusion of the year for any outstanding points that remain.  (1 point = $3.00)  As we begin the fourth quarter, parents are reminded to update their “points total” via our school website 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 points reflected in the school database. For this reason, we ask that those families who have not recently updated the database via our school website do so by Friday, May 1st.  Those families who have not earned the required 60 points will be assessed a corresponding fee at a rate of $3.00 per point and asked to submit payment by the close of May.

VIRTUS  Training Update

A 30-minute video “Keeping the Promise Alive” is a review of the warning signs of abuse and the steps we can take to keep our children safe that is required by our Diocese every year for all clergy, employees and any volunteers who have contact with children.

This valuable reminder will be presented on Tuesday, May 5th at 7:00PM in Meeting Room 2.   We are requesting that you register in advance by contacting Janet Smith at jsmith@allsaintsva.org or by phone at (703) 393-2158.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 23rd               

  • 8th Grade Class Trip to Annapolis (6:45 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
  • Race for Education Prize Cards distributed to students
  • Extended Day Afternoon Program – Moved to Music Room and First Grade Classroom to allow for Parish Festival preparations in Father Kelly Wing.

Friday, April 24th                    

  • Holiday – Parish Festival Prep Day

Saturday, April 25th                

  • Parish Festival

Monday, April 27th                 

  • EPSF Screening – No Kindergarten/Pre-Kindergarten Classes (Spirit Event: Bounce Mania 10:00-1:00 & 2:00-6:00)
  • Terra Nova Make-Up Testing
  • Peace & Justice Players After School Field Trip to SERVE

Tuesday, April 28th                 

  • Terra Nova Make-Up Testing
  • 5th Grade ACRE Test
  • 8th Grade Confirmation Rehearsal (6:30 p.m.)
  • PTO General Assembly Meeting – Factors of Home and School that Foster Authentic Self-Esteem. (PAC/7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, April 29th             

  • 5th Grade ACRE Test
  • Weather Presentation by NBC4 Meteorologist, Tom Kierein (Grades K-3/10:00 a.m.)
  • Principal for a Day (Auction Winner) – Alyssa Neuman
  • SCA Election Information Meeting (2:15 p.m.)

Thursday, April 30th               

  • Drama Club Performance (PAC/9:00 a.m. for Grades 4&5 and 10:00 a.m. for Middle School)

Note: Evening performance scheduled for May 6th (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, May 1st                       

  • School Mass & May Crowning (8:30 a.m.)
  • 1st Communion & Graduation Photos (9:45 a.m.)
  • Point for Parents Totals due

Links

 

 

The Sentinel – April 15, 2015

Principal’s Message

Beginning on Monday, all students in grades three through seven will participate in the Terra Nova standardized testing program.  As the days of testing quickly draw near, now is the time for us to complete the final “warm-up routines”.  Teachers have provided opportunities for a review of basic skills in the classroom and have been guiding the students through practice tests to familiarize them with the format and the process of “bubbling” answers. For parents interested in providing additional practice at home, there are a number of websites that provide opportunities for review and practice of basic skills.  A simple search using the keywords “Terra Nova” and “practice tests” will yield a number of sites that provide practice tests, games and activities related to math and language arts for specific grade levels.

Again this year, all diocesan students in grades three through seven will also participate in a brief assessment entitled “In-View”.  The In-View measures reasoning abilities related to academic success.  As such, it is designed to assess a child’s cognitive abilities in the following five areas:  sequences, analogies, quantitative reasoning (math), verbal reasoning (words) and verbal reasoning (context).  This brief assessment will be administered to students on Friday morning in advance of the Terra Nova battery next week.

We wish to approach this period of standardized testing with the perspective that it is a weeklong celebration of learning, an opportunity for students to demonstrate all that they have learned this year.  Most importantly, when the results of the testing are received, teachers will be able to effectively plan instruction for the upcoming year, tailoring instruction to the needs of each classroom of learners.

In an effort to reduce any unnecessary stress for the students, teachers will not be scheduling any classroom tests or projects for the week of testing.  Additionally, teachers in grades three through seven will assign little to no homework throughout the week.

Students in grades 5 & 8 will also participate in the ACRE testing program, an assessment that measures each student’s understanding of the Catholic faith.  As All Saints has been selected as a pilot school for on-line testing, students will complete this assessment in the computer lab.

The following is a list of test-taking tips that you may find helpful in preparing your son or daughter for the upcoming week of testing.

  1. Reassure your child that he or she does not have to answer all of the questions correctly to pass. It is not expected that students answer every question correctly.
  2. Tell your child to attempt to answer all of the questions and not to leave any blanks. There is no penalty for guessing.
  3. Remind your child that the test is important.
  4. Explain to your child the importance of using time wisely. If your child gets stuck on a question, encourage him or her to make the best guess or place a mark in the test booklet by that item and to return to it after finishing that section of the test.
  5. Make certain your child gets a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast before taking the test.
  6. Try to make the morning of the test a pleasant one. Avoid stress.
  7. Be sure that your child arrives on time the day of the test.
  8. Remind your child to listen carefully to the instructions from the teacher and to read the directions and each question carefully.
  9. Encourage your child to stay focused on the test, even if other students finish early.

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This week I also wish to share with you two additional staffing changes for the 2015-2016 academic year.  Ms. Rebecca Zwisler, middle school language arts teacher, has accepted a position at the American School in Tangier, Morocco for the upcoming year.  Having lived around the world, this opportunity opens up wonderful possibilities for her to travel throughout Europe and Northern Africa.  We thank her for her years of dedication and for all that she has done to contribute to the success of the language arts curriculum, one of the strengths of our academic program.

Mrs. Janis DeVore, Director of Marketing and Development, has also decided to resign from her position at the close of this year.  While working part-time at All Saints, she has expanded her own business and is experiencing great success in private industry.  Over the course of the past eight years, she has been highly effective in advancing the mission and “brand” of All Saints.  During a time of remarkable growth and accomplishment for our school, we were blessed to have such a talented person dedicated to promoting our story within the community.    Thank you, Mrs. DeVore, for having so generously shared your gifts and expertise in support of our school.

Key Dates & Holidays for 2015-2016

The following is the schedule of key dates and holidays for the upcoming academic year.

August 31st                  First Day of School (Noon Dismissal)

September 7th             Labor Day Holiday

October 12th                Columbus Day Holiday

October 30th                Professional Development Day (No School)

November 12th            Parent/Teacher Conferences (Noon Dismissal)

November 13th              Parent/Teacher Conferences (No School)

November 24th             Noon Dismissal for Thanksgiving

November 25-27th       Thanksgiving Holiday

December 22nd            Noon Dismissal – Christmas Holiday Begins

January 4th                  Classes Resume

January 15th                 Professional Development Day (No School)

January 18th                 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

February 15th               Presidents’ Day Holiday

March 14th                   Professional Development Day (No School)

March 24th                   Holy Thursday (Noon Dismissal)

March 25th                   Good Friday Holiday

March 28th                   Easter Week Holiday

May 30th                      Memorial Day Holiday

June 22nd                     Last Day for Grades 1-7 (Tentative – 5 Make-Up Days Included)

10th Annual Race for Education

The donations for the Race for Education have been arriving at the school daily and our total deposit as of today is: $5,720.00. 

We are still looking for parent volunteers to help with our record keeping. We meet at the school on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in various time and locations to process the Race mailers. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up through this Volunteer Spot link:  http://vols.pt/4UBVxk  Make sure to comment on the hours you are available and know that any amount of time will be greatly appreciated.  ***Next week we will be meeting in the St. Joseph conference room in the PAC during the following times:

Tuesday, April 21st: 10 AM – 2 PM

Wednesday, April 22nd: 10 AM – 2 PM

Thursday, April 23rd: 10 AM – 2 PM

If you have any questions about the Race for Education, please contact Mrs. Marjorie Collins or Mrs. Liz Stogran at: racefored@allsaintsvaschool.org

Volunteer Opportunities

Junior Achievement

April is National Financial Literacy Month! Financial literacy is understanding how money works – how to earn money, spend wisely, save for the future, invest and give back. Please consider giving some of your time to teach Junior Achievement this Spring. Details and sign up info are located here: http://vols.pt/5qQPGR

Parish Festival Cake Walk

The Parish Festival Cake Walk needs Volunteers to run the cake walk (10 points per hour) and cake donations (5 points each donation).  The sign up has 2 tabs at the top for each sign up. Please follow the link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e45a5aa2fa57-cake3 or contact Tera Woolf Tera200@aol.com.         ()

Food donations needed for Kindergarten Screenings on Monday, April 27

On Monday, April 27th, All Saints Catholic School will be having the first day of Kindergarten Screenings.  We are in need of volunteers and finger food donations. This is an easy way to earn points for parents and help us offer our hospitality to new & current families coming to our school. Please use link http://vols.pt/6zc6UH

to sign-up. Thank you!

Catholic High Schools

Bishop O’Connell

Pre-HSPT – We are now accepting registrations for the Pre-HSPT. This is an opportunity for 7th graders to take a practice HSPT. The HSPT is required for 8th graders and this gives students a chance to see what the test is like. The test will be held at Bishop O’Connell on May 9 and May 16. More information and registration can be found here: http://www.bishopoconnell.org/page.cfm?p=1152

HIGH SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE – Sunday, Apr. 19 – Families of middle school students are invited to visit Bishop O’Connell High School on Sunday, April 19 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a presentation in the auditorium at 1 p.m. followed by classroom activities and much more. Meet the faculty, administration, students and coaches of this 2014 School of Excellence! For more information, visit www.bishopoconnell.org/open or call 703-237-1433.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Graduation Day – Noon Dismissal (June 12th)

Since 8th Grade Graduation will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the church on Friday, June 12th, school will dismiss at noon that day.

End of Year Calendar Confirmed

Monday, May 18th       Field Day at Linton Hall School – Grades K-8 (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Thursday, May 28th     Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten

Thursday, June 11th     Kindergarten Luau

Friday, June 12th          8th Grade Graduation Day (Mass & Ceremony at 4:00 p.m.)

Monday, June 15th       Kindergarten Graduation (Church/10:00 a.m.)

Tuesday, June 16th       Final Day for Students in Grades 1-7

Kindergarten Screening ~ No Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten on Monday, April 27th & May 4th

The Early Prevention of School Failure Screening for Kindergarten applicants will take place on Monday, April 27th & Monday, May 4thIn order that the teachers may be available to administer the assessment, there will be no Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten classes on these two days.

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

One of the hallmarks of our school community is the high level of parent involvement that has helped the school achieve many goals in recent years.  As in the past, each family at All Saints has been asked to earn 60 volunteer points over the course of the current school year.  Those who are unable to do so are asked to submit a check at the conclusion of the year for any outstanding points that remain.  (1 point = $3.00)  As we begin the fourth quarter, parents are reminded to update their “points total” via our school website 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 points reflected in the school database. For this reason, we ask that those families who have not recently updated the database via our school website do so by Friday, May 1st.  Those families who have not earned the required 60 points will be assessed a corresponding fee at a rate of $3.00 per point and asked to submit payment by the close of May.

VIRTUS  Training Update

A 30-minute video “Keeping the Promise Alive” is a review of the warning signs of abuse and the steps we can take to keep our children safe that is required by our Diocese every year for all clergy, employees and any volunteers who have contact with children.

This valuable reminder will be presented on Tuesday, May 5th at 7:00PM in Meeting Room 2.   We are requesting that you register in advance by contacting Janet Smith at jsmith@allsaintsva.org or by phone at (703) 393-2158.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 16th                

  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, April 17th                    

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony (1:30 p.m.)
  • 3rd Quarter Report Cards sent home

Saturday, April 18th                

  • 2nd Grade Jesus Day
  • Diocesan Science Fair

Monday, April 20th

  • Week of Terra Nova & ACRE Testing

Wednesday, April 22nd

  • Gold Medal Readers Celebration (1:30 p.m.)
  • Golf Tournament Committee Meeting (2:00 p.m.)

Thursday, April 23rd

  • 8th Grade Class Trip to Annapolis (6:45 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

Friday, April 24th

  • Holiday – Parish Festival Prep Day

Saturday, April 25th

  • Parish Festival

Monday, April 27th

  • EPSF Screening – No Kindergarten/Pre-Kindergarten Classes (Spirit Event: Bounce Mania 10:00-1:00 & 2:00-5:00)
  • Terra Nova Make-Up Testing

Tuesday, April 28th

  • Terra Nova Make-Up Testing
  • Confirmation Rehearsal (6:30 p.m.)
  • PTO General Assembly Meeting (PAC/7:00 p.m.)

Links

The Sentinel – April 1, 2015

Principal’s Message

This week I am pleased to share with you that on Friday afternoon, the Design for Excellence Visiting Team announced that it is recommending continued full accreditation for All Saints Catholic School.  A copy of their report, including a list of commendations and recommendations, has been provided to Sr. Karl Ann, Assistant Superintendent of Schools, who will present it to the Virginia Catholic Education Association.  After review, the VCEA committee will make the final determination regarding our status at their meeting in May.

From start to finish, the Team Visit was a time of great affirmation for our community.  The members repeatedly commented on the joyful atmosphere of our school, the passion and energy of the faculty & staff, and the dynamic way in which the faith is lived and shared each day.  Without question, they saw our school at it’s very best, but in essence, they witnessed who we are each day of the year.  I am grateful to the faculty and staff who worked so hard during the self-study process, but more importantly, who have created the legacy of All Saints through their dedication over the course of many years.

In a particular way, I would like to thank Mrs. Campagna who served as the Chairperson for the self-study project.  Throughout the year she provided clear direction, steady guidance and strong support to the faculty and staff through each step of the process.  As this was her second time serving in this capacity at All Saints, she brought both experience and great insight to the project.

I would also like to thank the PTO for the warm hospitality that they extended to the Visiting Team.  Working quietly behind the scenes, Mrs. Katherine Mills and Mrs. Marjorie Collins coordinated and served all of the meals for the group.  I appreciate their dedication and long hours, all of which ensured that the Team was well cared for during their visit.  Thank you to those parents who generously prepared and donated food items throughout the week.  The Team experienced an outpouring of support that enabled them to focus on the task at hand.

So what are the next steps?  During April the faculty will review the entire report and begin the process of creating a five year plan that incorporates all of the goals that we have previously identified as well as the recommendations from the Visiting Team.  With the reaccreditation visit now complete, our focus shifts to envisioning the future of All Saints, one that is bright and full of great promise!

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This week our Church celebrates the greatest mystery of our faith ~ the Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord and Savior.  As a school community, we prepare for our journey into the three holiest days of the year, the Triduum, through prayer and tradition.

Beginning at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow morning, the students and faculty will gather in the church for our annual Holy Thursday Prayer Service.  After listening to Scripture readings and reflecting on the example of Jesus, each of the children will participate in the “hand-washing” ceremony that has become a long-standing tradition in our school.

Following the prayer service, the students will gather in the Parish Activities Center at 10:45 a.m. for the 7th grade portrayal of the Passion Play.  Through music and dramatic presentation, middle school students will prayerfully re-enact Christ’s passion and death.  As the students depart the space in silence following the presentation, the tone will be set for their continued reflection and prayer over the course of the coming days.

All parents are cordially invited to join us in prayer and to witness these beautiful school traditions.

Graduation Day – Noon Dismissal (June 12th)

Since 8th Grade Graduation will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the church on Friday, June 12th, school will dismiss at noon that day.

End of Year Calendar Confirmed

Monday, May 18th       Field Day at Linton Hall School – Grades K-8 (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Thursday, May 28th     Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten

Thursday, June 11th     Kindergarten Luau

Friday, June 12th          8th Grade Graduation Day (Mass & Ceremony at 4:00 p.m.)

Monday, June 15th       Kindergarten Graduation (Church/10:00 a.m.)

Tuesday, June 16th       Final Day for Students in Grades 1-7

Virtue of the Month Award Winners

Congratulations to the following students who received special recognition last Friday for having exemplified the Virtue of Cooperation during March.

PK1     Dominic Diiorio 4A       Kateri Mantooth
PK2     Liam Vo 4B        Olivia Sayani
PK3     William Vincent 5A       Victoria Bruno
K1       Michael Munsell 5B        Johnathan Fleming
K2       Emma Woolf 6A       Leah Biwott
1A       Josephine Cole 6B        Haley McVey
1B        Abigail Weigler 7A       Joshua Eddy
2A       Joseph Fleming 7B        Brianna Wydajewski
2B        Liam McVey 8A       Malaika Biwott
3A       Josseline Avila De La Trinidad 8B        Cameron Meyer
3B        Emily Sherman

Virtue of the Month ~ Stewardship/Service

  1. Do random acts of kindness every day.
  2. Always be there to help a classmate or a teacher who needs you.
  3. Take care of all classroom furniture, books and papers.
  4. Take care of your library book and return it on time.
  5. Don’t waste paper. Use both sides.
  6. Pick up paper, pencils, and items you see on the ground inside and outside, EVEN IF YOU DID NOT DROP THEM. Put them in their proper place.
  7. Put all papers, cans, and bottles in the proper recycling bin. Never throw away something that can be recycled, both at home and at school.
  8. Find ways to help at home BEFORE you are asked. Examples: make your bed, clear the table, walk the dog, read to a little brother or sister, clean up your mess, take out the trash.
  9. Treat all nature with respect. (Flowers, grass, trees, water, pets, wild animals.)
  10. Help all people in need, especially those less fortunate than yourself.  Give food, clothes, and money to the poor.  Smile at someone who looks sad.  Pray for all people in need around the world.

Prayer of the Month

Dear God,

Thank you so much for this wonderful day.

Thanks for the friends who showed me the way.

Please help me today in all that I do,

and don’t forget God, how much I love you!

Diocesan Band Festival ~ Superior Rating for All Saints!

Last Saturday the students in the Advanced Band under the direction of Mr. Ward participated in the annual Diocesan Band Festival at Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria.  Congratulations to the members of our band for earning “Superior” ratings!  This marks the 37th time that the All Saints Band has scored superior at the diocesan band festival!  Thank you, Mr. Ward and Mr. Clifford for your dedication and for the inspiration that you provide for our students!

The band will perform a spring concert for our community on Tuesday, May 19th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the PAC.

Kindergarten Screening ~ No Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten on Monday, April 27th & May 4th

The Early Prevention of School Failure Screening for Kindergarten applicants will take place on Monday, April 27th & Monday, May 4thIn order that the teachers may be available to administer the assessment, there will be no Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten classes on these two days.

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

One of the hallmarks of our school community is the high level of parent involvement that has helped the school achieve many goals in recent years.  As in the past, each family at All Saints has been asked to earn 60 volunteer points over the course of the current school year.  Those who are unable to do so are asked to submit a check at the conclusion of the year for any outstanding points that remain.  (1 point = $3.00)  As we begin the fourth quarter, parents are reminded to update their “points total” via our school website 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 points reflected in the school database. For this reason, we ask that those families who have not recently updated the database via our school website do so by Friday, May 1st.  Those families who have not earned the required 60 points will be assessed a corresponding fee at a rate of $3.00 per point and asked to submit payment by the close of May.

Parish Festival Cake Walk

ATTN BAKERS!!  The parish and PTO need your support to make the 2015 cake walk a success. Would you consider sharing your baking talents (or picking up something sweet and yummy at your local grocery)?  Or would you share your time volunteering for a one hour shift to run the cake walk?  Each cake donated earns 5 points for parents and each hour volunteering at the festival is worth 10 points.  Donate as many cakes as you like… there is no limit!  Please use the following link to get all the details and to sign up to help, at the top of the sign up you will notice 2 separate tabs; one for cake donations and one for volunteering a shift.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e45a5aa2fa57-cake

From the Spirit Event Committee

Thank you to all who generously supported our Spirit Event at Captain Pell’sRestaurant. A special thank you goes out to our fantastic teacherswho kindly served on the night. Thanks again!

Our next Spirit Event will be held on Thursday, April 9th at the Skate-n-FunZone. It is from 6-8 p.m. The evening is a lot of fun! Also, as it is Easterbreak, you are welcome to bring friends and family. See you there!

Catholic High School News

Bishop Ireton ~ “Spring First Look” an event for 6th and 7th graders. While not a full open house, this is a chance for 6th and 7th grade families eager to start looking at Catholic high schools to start gathering information about Bishop Ireton prior to the Fall Open House.  Please see the flyer linked to the newsletter advertising the “Spring First Look” event, which will be held on Thursday, April 23, at 6:30 pm.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Terra Nova Testing Countdown ~ 3 Weeks!

As the week of standardized testing approaches, parents are asked to avoid scheduling appointments from Monday, April 20th – Tuesday, April 28th so that each student may participate in the testing as scheduled.

VIRTUS  Training Update

A 30-minute video “Keeping the Promise Alive” is a review of the warning signs of abuse and the steps we can take to keep our children safe that is required by our Diocese every year for all clergy, employees and any volunteers who have contact with children.

This valuable reminder will be presented on Wednesday, April 8th at 7:00PM in Meeting Room 1 and on Tuesday, May 5th at 7:00PM in Meeting Room 2.   We are requesting that you register in advance by contacting Janet Smith at jsmith@allsaintsva.org or by phone at (703) 393-2158.

3rd Annual Kid Stuff Sale and More….

Please join us for our 3rd Annual Kid Stuff Sale and More…. sponsored by MARCH homeschool and K of C Squire Roses to benefit AAA Women for Choice on Saturday, April 11, from 7am-12noon at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 9290 Stonewall Rd. Manassas.  Maternity, infant, child, and teen clothing, shoes, baby equipment, furniture, toys, books, and more will be priced to sell!  We are also gratefully accepting tax-deductible donated items from parishioners who want to support this worthy cause.  Please contact Mary Lewandowski, res19qf7@verizon.net or at 703-335-7471 or Kelley Witter, kelleywitter@yahoo.com or at 703-257-5619 for more information.  (Any remaining merchandise will be given to a charitable organization)

Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 2nd                

  • Holy Thursday Prayer Service (Church/9:30 a.m.)
  • 7th Grade Passion Play (PAC/10:45 a.m.)
  • End of Third Quarter
  • Noon Dismissal

Friday, April 3rd                     

  • Holiday – Good Friday

Monday, April 6th                   

  • Week of Easter Holiday

Thursday, April 9th                 

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

Monday, April 13th                 

  • Classes Resume
  • Change to Summer Uniforms

Tuesday, April 14th                 

  • PTO Executive Board Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Thursday, April 16th               

  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, April 17th                   

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony (1:30 p.m.)
  • 3rd Quarter Report Cards sent home

Saturday, April 18th                

  • 2nd Grade Jesus Day
  • Diocesan Science Fair

Links

The Sentinel – March 25, 2015

Principal’s Message

Last evening we welcomed the DFE Visiting Team to All Saints at a reception that began at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Activity Center.  As part of the festivities, we showcased the mission and culture of our school through a video presentation as well as an encore performance of Saints Alive.  Dressed in the likeness of particular saints, members of the 8th grade class posed as statues in the courtyard, coming to life for our visitors and presenting one minute monologues.  I am very proud of these young people for their outstanding example and for the time that they invested in preparing for the Opening Ceremony.  I could not think of a better way for us to begin the week of visitation than by having our students provide such a compelling witness of faith and learning.  Thank you, Mr. Tessier, middle school religion and theater arts teacher, for coaching and guiding the students in preparation for the event.

The following is a list of students who participated in the Saints Alive presentation.

Clara Bennett (Blessed Teresa? ? of Calcutta)?

Natalie Collier (St.Kateri Tekawitha)

?Elena Mirus (St. Therese of Lisieux)

?Hannah Pell (?St. Margaret Mary Alocoque)?

?Annaliese Tamke (?St. Bernadette)?

Mary Tran (?St. Joan of Arc)

Alex Chavarria (?St. Dominic Savio)?

Lance Coleman (?St. ?Paul)

Ellis Colvin (?St. Leo the Great)?

Cameron Meyer (?St. ?Ig?natius of Anti?och)?

?Trey Campagna (Tour Guide)

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On Saturday morning, 259 people of all ages gathered in the courtyard for the annual Running with the Saints 5K, our largest turnout ever for this event.  It was great to see students, teachers, parents, parishioners, and local members of the community all joining together in support of our school.  This year we had several “shepherds” guiding the flock through the streets of Manassas, including both Fr. Lee and Fr. Bob.  A particularly memorable moment was seeing Fr. Juan leading the pack in his decorated recumbent bike!

I want to take a moment to thank Mrs. Joan Coleman, Mrs. Penny Starrs and Mrs. Wendy Comeau for once again coordinating the race and the numerous volunteers who provided such great support.  Their attention to the many important details behind the scenes ensured a safe and enjoyable experience for all of the participants. I also wish to thank Mr. Jim Switzer for his assistance with sound and music, Mrs. Amy Godeaux for her beautiful rendition of the National Anthem, and Mrs. Lucia Bruno for helping to get all of the runners warmed up for the race.

If you have any feedback or questions about the Running With the Saints 5K, please contact the committee at info@runningwiththesaints.org and visit our website at www.runningwiththesaints.org.

10th Annual Race for Education

Thank you to all the parents and middle school students who gathered last week to help prep the Race for Education mailers. Our school mailed over 6,000 mailers to 48 states, 2 US territories: Guam & Philippines, and 9 countries: Australia, Canada, France, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Mexico, and UK. All Saints is covering the globe!

Soon the donations will begin to arrive at the school and we are looking for parent volunteers to help with our record keeping by processing the Race mailers at the school. We will meet on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at various time. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up through this Volunteer Spot link:  http://vols.pt/4UBVxk  Make sure to comment on the hours you are available and know that any amount of time will be greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions about the Race for Education, please contact Mrs. Marjorie Collins or Mrs. Liz Stogran at: racefored@allsaintsvaschool.org

Family Science Night

On Tuesday, March 31, 2015, the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE; http://ncesse.org) and the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum will be holding a Family Science Night.  It is a school field trip to the Museum for families, after the close of normal hours, just for the parents, students, and educators from Arlington Diocese.  The idea is to provide a family learning experience in the space sciences that are taught in the classroom.  Please see the Family Science Nigh Invitation linked below for more information.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Kindergarten Openings for 2015-16

We currently have a few spots remaining in our Kindergarten Program for the 2015-2016 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 Kindergarten program to contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio at (703) 393-1490 or jdeugenio@allsaintsva.org for more information.  Current families who refer families into our program may earn up to $400.00 in tuition credit through our New Student Referral Program!

Terra Nova Testing Countdown ~ 4 Weeks!

As the week of standardized testing approaches, parents are asked to avoid scheduling appointments from Monday, April 20th – Tuesday, April 28th so that each student may participate in the testing as scheduled.

VIRTUS  Training Update

A 30-minute video “Keeping the Promise Alive” is a review of the warning signs of abuse and the steps we can take to keep our children safe that is required by our Diocese every year for all clergy, employees and any volunteers who have contact with children.

This valuable reminder will be presented on Wednesday, April 8th at 7:00PM in Meeting Room 1 and on Tuesday, May 5th at 7:00PM in Meeting Room 2.   We are requesting that you register in advance by contacting Janet Smith at jsmith@allsaintsva.org or by phone at (703) 393-2158.

Spotlight Theatre & Art Summer Camps this July- Registration Open

Available for all age groups, these Theatrical & Artistic one week camps are taught by area Catholic professionals involved in arts education.  Directed by All Saints Youth & Theatre Ministry Director, Rob Tessier, Spotlight on the Arts features Camp Broadway, Drama Bootcamp, Arts & Crafts Fun Camp, Art Explorer Camp, and Creative Kids Everything Camp.  Camp locations are at Nativity Parish in Burke, All Saints in Manassas, & OLGC in Vienna.  Registrations are now open with a an Early-Bird special available through Tax Day!  To Register online or learn more, go to www.SpotlightSummerCamps.com

3rd Annual Kid Stuff Sale and More….

Please join us for our 3rd Annual Kid Stuff Sale and More…. sponsored by MARCH homeschool and K of C Squire Roses to benefit AAA Women for Choice on Saturday, April 11, from 7am-12noon at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 9290 Stonewall Rd. Manassas.  Maternity, infant, child, and teen clothing, shoes, baby equipment, furniture, toys, books, and more will be priced to sell!  We are also gratefully accepting tax-deductible donated items from parishioners who want to support this worthy cause.  Please contact Mary Lewandowski, res19qf7@verizon.net or at 703-335-7471 or Kelley Witter, kelleywitter@yahoo.com or at 703-257-5619 for more information.  (Any remaining merchandise will be given to a charitable organization)

Upcoming Events

Thursday, March 26th            

  • Stations of the Cross – Grades 3-5 (2:15 p.m.)

Friday, March 27th                 

  • Mass & Virtues Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
  • Noon Dismissal (Presentation of DFE Summary Report)

Saturday, March 28th             

  • Garwood Whaley Band Festival
  • CYO Banquet (Grades 3-5 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. & Grades 6-8 from 3:00-5:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, March 31st               

  • Yearbook Orders Due

Wednesday, April 1st              

  • Spring Pictures (Students Wear Uniforms for Class Pictures)
  • Parent Portal Closes at 3:00 p.m. for Report Card Prep

Thursday, April 2nd                

  • Holy Thursday Prayer Service (Church/9:30 a.m.)
  • 7th Grade Passion Play (PAC/10:45 a.m.)
  • End of Third Quarter
  • Noon Dismissal

Friday, April 3rd                     

  • Holiday – Good Friday

Monday, April 6th                   

  • Week of Easter Holiday

 

Coming Home with Each Student Today

  • Spring Picture Order Forms

Links

The Sentinel – March 18, 2015

 

Principal’s Message

Occurring only once every six years, next week All Saints Catholic School will host the Design for Excellence Visiting Team which is tasked with completing a thorough evaluation of our school.  In addition to offering commendations and identifying goals for future improvements, the team will provide a recommendation regarding our status as an accredited school.  From an institutional perspective, this is one of the most significant moments in the life of our school community.  However, it is with great confidence that we welcome this team of professional educators.

This week I would like to share with you some of the highlights of the visit.

Tuesday, March 24thThe Visiting Team will arrive at 4:00 p.m. and complete an orientation and a tour of the facilities.  We will officially welcome the team to our school community during the Opening Reception.  In addition to the faculty and staff, the reception will be attended by our pastor and parish leadership, members of the Office of Catholic Schools, the Parish Finance Council, and representatives of the PTO Executive Board.

We are pleased that members of the 8th Grade Class of 2015 will also join us for an encore presentation of Saints Alive, a celebration of our Feast Day during which each student will recite a brief biographical sketch while dressed in the likeness of a particular saint.  The students will be prepositioned in the courtyard as “statues”, coming to life and sharing their stories as the Visiting Team enjoys a guided tour.

Wednesday, March 25thInterviews of faculty and staff members as well as the pastor and PTO President; classroom observations

Thursday, March 26thInterviews of faculty and staff members as well as the principal and SCA President; classroom observations

Friday, March 27thSchool Mass at 8:30 a.m. followed by the Virtues Ceremony and a noon dismissal. At 12:30 p.m. the Visiting Team will present to the faculty and staff a summary report.

The faculty and staff have worked with great commitment and a generous spirit throughout the year to prepare for the upcoming week.  More importantly, they have labored with tremendous dedication over the course of years to create the legacy that is All Saints.  Next week is our opportunity to truly showcase the gift that our school is to the parish and surrounding community!

Kindergarten Openings for 2015-16

We currently have a few spots remaining in our Kindergarten Program for the 2015-2016 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 Kindergarten program to contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio at (703) 393-1490 or jdeugenio@allsaintsva.org for more information.  Current families who refer families into our program may earn up to $400.00 in tuition credit through our New Student Referral Program!

February Virtue of the Month Winners

Congratulations to the following students who were recognized last week for their outstanding example of the Virtue of Honesty during the month of February.

Addison Croson (PK1) Orla Haggerty (2B) Jacob Ullman (6B)
Abbie Comeau (PK2) Ivana Alakroush (3A) Adrienne Solano (7A)
Alexa Singson (PK3) Angelina Yann (3B) Noah Castle (7A)
Luke Rebholz (K1) Grace McVey (4A) Bianca Misterio (7B)
Dane Grill (K2) Jack Pora (4B) Olivia Woolfrey (8A)
Luke Valliere (1A) Maximilian Volk (5A) Vanessa Morgan (8B)
Giovanni Parada (1B) Juan Santos (5B)
Stephan Solano (2A) Michael Dominguez (6A)

Catholic Cup Religion Bee

Last Thursday class representatives from grades four through eight competed in the annual Catholic Cup Religion Bee, an opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge of the faith.  Congratulations to Jack Tessier (8B) who won first place and to Elena Mirus (8A) who placed second. The following is the list of class champions who participated in this exciting event.

Seli Agbolosu-Amison (4A) Kyle Da Re (6B)
Moira Haggerty (4B) Eirian Crocker (7A)
Chloe Davies (5A) Zachary Mills (7B)
Lilibeth Byers (5B) Elena Mirus (8A)
Maddy Vo (6A) Jack Tessier (8B)

Prayers & Pennies Outreach

Thanks to the generosity of our students, a total of $1,741.85 was raised through the recent Prayers and Pennies project sponsored by the Student Council Association to benefit Leukemia research.

The following is a list of the winning classes of the grade level competitions:

K1 3A 6B
1A 4A 7A
2A 5A 8B

Congratulations to the students in the 4th grade who contributed a total of $318.70, winning the grand prize for this year’s competition!

Spirit Event ~ Captain Pell’s Crab House

Are you tired of grilled cheese, spaghetti with no meat, and cheese pizza?  Well, come over to Captain Pell’s Crabhouse and enjoy some great seafood!  Let some of your favorite teachers help you kick the Friday humdrum.  They will be serving up the best on March 20th.  You might even see some special invited guests while you are there. You can choose to eat in or carryout at this great kid-friendly establishment.  Simply mention that you attend All Saints Catholic School and 15% of your purchase will be donated to our school!  What a delicious way to give back during the Lenten season.  Let’s come together and give back to our great school!

Junior Achievement Program

This year the Junior Achievement program has been extended to include the middle school.  Volunteers are needed for each classroom.  To sign up follow the Volunteer Spot link: http://vols.pt/5qQPGR . If you have any questions, please contact Kat Champney at kat.champney@gmail.com.

What is Junior Achievement?

Junior Achievement Junior Achievement motivates students to develop the skills needed to experience the realities and opportunities of the 21st-century global marketplace; developing the confidence to enter the workforce and contribute to economic growth.

Our program curriculum fosters work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy skills, utilizing experiential learning to inspire kids to dream big and reach their potential. This year, over 53,000
students in Greater Washington will participate in Junior Achievement programs.

VIRTUS  Training Update

A 30-minute video “Keeping the Promise Alive” is a review of the warning signs of abuse and the steps we can take to keep our children safe that is required by our Diocese every year for all clergy, employees and any volunteers who have contact with children.

This valuable reminder will be presented on Wednesday, April 8th at 7:00PM in Meeting Room 1 and on Tuesday, May 5th at 7:00PM in Meeting Room 2.   We are requesting that you register in advance by contacting Janet Smith at jsmith@allsaintsva.org or by phone at (703) 393-2158.

3rd Annual Kid Stuff Sale and More….

Please join us for our 3rd Annual Kid Stuff Sale and More…. sponsored by MARCH homeschool and K of C Squire Roses to benefit AAA Women for Choice on Saturday, April 11, from 7am-12noon at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 9290 Stonewall Rd. Manassas.  Maternity, infant, child, and teen clothing, shoes, baby equipment, furniture, toys, books, and more will be priced to sell!  We are also gratefully accepting tax-deductible donated items from parishioners who want to support this worthy cause.  Please contact Mary Lewandowski, res19qf7@verizon.net or at 703-335-7471 or Kelley Witter, kelleywitter@yahoo.com or at 703-257-5619 for more information.  (Any remaining merchandise will be given to a charitable organization)

High School News

Bishop O’Connell – United States Service Academy Night

United States Service Academy Night will be held at Bishop O’Connell High School at 7PM on March 26, 2015 in the high school auditorium.  Representatives from the following academies will be on sight:  United States Military Academy (West Point, NY), Unites States Naval Academy (Annapolis, MD), United States Air Force Academy (Colorado Springs CO), U.S, Coast Guard Academy (New London, CT) and the United States Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point, NY).  Also, Ms. Sharon E. Stark, District Director, Office of Congressman Gerald E. Connoly, will discuss the appointment process, emphasizing that there some differences in the process with other congressional jurisdictions.

Each service academy and Ms. Stark will present a 10 minute PowerPoint presentation in the auditorium followed by breakout sessions for questions and answers.  There will be an opportunity for participants to attend up to three 20 minute break out sessions. Academy representatives will have information brochures and other handouts available for the participants.

Please RSVP to Dr. Stabile no later than March 23, 2015at dstabile@bishopoconnell.org, and for questions 703 599-6942 or 703 237-1413.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Terra Nova Testing Countdown ~ 5 Weeks!

As the week of standardized testing approaches, parents are asked to avoid scheduling appointments from Monday, April 20th – Tuesday, April 28th so that each student may participate in the testing as scheduled.

Upcoming Events

Friday, March 20th

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Spirit Event: Captain Pell’s (3:00-9:00 p.m.)
  • 8th Grade Confirmation Retreat

Saturday, March 21st

  • 3rd Annual Running with the Saints 5K (8:15 a.m.)

Tuesday, March 24th

  • Cafeteria Closed – Each student should bring a lunch and drink
  • DFE Visiting Team arrives

Thursday, March 26th

  • Stations of the Cross – Grades 3-5 (2:15 p.m.)

Friday, March 27th

  • Mass & Virtues Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
  • Noon Dismissal (Presentation of DFE Summary Report)

Saturday, March 28th

  • Garwood Whaley Band Festival
  • CYO Banquet (Grades 3-5 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. & Grades 6-8 from 3:00-5:00 p.m.)

Links

The Sentinel – March 11, 2015

Principal’s Message

Around the early part of February the thought occurred to me that, perhaps, we would pass through the entire winter season without any measurable snow.  Nothing could have been further from the truth as the late arriving “clippers” and “nor-easters” lined up and impacted our schedule for several weeks in a row.

At this time, while it is not necessary to add instructional days during the week of Easter or at the end of the year beyond those already built into the calendar, we will be extending school to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, June 5th rather than dismissing at noon.  With this minor adjustment, we will meet the diocesan calendar requirements for this year.  The final day of school remains Tuesday, June 16th.  Graduation will take place at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 12th.

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As we approach the close of the school year, I’d like to share some news regarding changes in staffing as we plan for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Mrs. Thompson, our music teacher, has decided that she will not return next year so that she can stay at home with her soon to be born baby.  We thank her for her creativity in the classroom and for all that she did this past year to provide an engaging learning environment for our students.

Mrs. Gaubert, one of our middle school math teachers, will be relocating to Baton Rouge this summer.  Originally from Louisiana, the opportunity to return to her home state will allow her to be closer to her family.  We thank her for her enthusiasm and efforts during her years at All Saints and wish her every success and blessing during her time of transition.

After nearly four decades of teaching excellence at All Saints, Mrs. Lewis has decided that she will begin her retirement at the end of this year.  Having touched the hearts and minds of more than a thousand students during her time in our community, Mrs. Lewis is truly a legacy in our school and deeply admired by faculty, staff, students and parents, past and present.  We look forward to recognizing and thanking her for her many years of devoted service at a community-wide gathering at the end of the school year.  Look for details on this special event in the months ahead!

Middle School Student Invited to State Competition!

Congratulations to Kyle Da Re (6th grade), who after winning our school-wide Geography Bee, completed a written test and has now been selected to participate in the Virginia State Geography Bee.  We wish Kyle every success and blessing in this prestigious event!

Statewide Tornado Drill

On Tuesday, March 17th All Saints will participate in a statewide tornado drill at 9:45 a.m.  This drill will provide an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to practice our emergency response in the event of an unstable weather pattern.

10th Annual Race for Education

The 10th annual Race for Education is just a few months away on Thursday, May 7, 2015!  Mark your calendars now to come cheer on our students as they run to raise money for St. Jude’s and our school!

There are two opportunities coming up for Volunteers who have completed the background check and are VIRTUS certified to help with the Race and earn points for parents.

1)  On March 17th, 18th, & 19thwe will gather after school in Meeting Room 2 from 3-5 pm to prepare the Race mailers before they are mailed.  All parents are welcome to help on any of these days to earn points for parents.  Any qualified parents who are interested in volunteering can sign up through our Volunteer Spot link at: http://vols.pt/M9sBXB

All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students can earn service hours by helping any of these days.  Permission slips were sent home this week and a link is provided below.  Please return the permission slips to the front office by Tuesday, March 17, 2015.

2)  The Race for Education will begin its Record Keeping on March 31, 2015. Volunteers will meet during school hours to process donations that come into the school.  Stay tuned for more information to come.

If you are interested in volunteering with the Race for Education in any way, please contact Marjorie Collins or Liz Stogran at racefored@allsaintsvaschool.org.

Spirit Event ~ Captain Pell’s Crab House

Are you tired of grilled cheese, spaghetti with no meat, and cheese pizza?  Well, come over to Captain Pell’s Crabhouse and enjoy some great seafood!  Let some of your favorite teachers help you kick the Friday humdrum.  They will be serving up the best on March 20th.  You might even see some special invited guests while you are there.  You can choose to eat in or carryout at this great kid-friendly establishment.  Simply mention that you attend All Saints Catholic School and 15% of your purchase will be donated to our school!  What a delicious way to give back during the Lenten season.  Let’s come together and give back to our great school!

Spotlight Theatre & Art Summer Camps this July- Registration Open

Available for all age groups, these Theatrical & Artistic one week camps are taught by area Catholic professionals involved in arts education.  Directed by All Saints Youth & Theatre Ministry Director, Rob Tessier, Spotlight on the Arts features Camp Broadway, Drama Bootcamp, Arts & Crafts Fun Camp, Art Explorer Camp, and Creative Kids Everything Camp.  Camp locations are at Nativity Parish in Burke, All Saints in Manassas, & OLGC in Vienna.  Registrations are now open with a an Early-Bird special available through Tax Day!  To Register online or learn more, go to www.SpotlightSummerCamps.com

HIGH SCHOOL NEWS

John Paul Open House

Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School will host their Spring Open House on Thursday, March 19 from 4 – 6pm. Designed for younger students who want to preview high school, but all are welcome to attend. Meet JP teachers and students. Presentation at 4:15pm in the Theater. Applications for admission and financial aid are still being accepted for the 2015-2016 school year.

Pre-registrations welcome: www.jpthegreat.org or admissions@jpthegreat.org.

Paul VI Catholic High School

Paul VI Catholic High School will hold their Chili Cook-off on Sunday, March 22th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm in the PVI cafeteria.  There will be LIVE Music – games for the little ones and GREAT CHILI submitted by PVI friends and families.  Judges are from local Restaurants, special guests, PVI Administration and our very own Father Kelly!  Proceeds will support our Mission Team going to Bánica:  45 students will travel this June to work along-side the people of Bánica. All donations are welcome and appreciated ($8.00 per person donation suggested).  If you would like to submit a pot of chili please contact Campusminsitry@paulvi.net

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Professional Development Day ~ No School on Monday, March 16th

On Monday, March 16th our teachers will participate in a diocesan-wide day of professional development.  For this reason, there will be no classes or Extended Day Program that day.

Terra Nova Testing Countdown ~ 6 Weeks!

As the week of standardized testing approaches, parents are asked to avoid scheduling appointments from Monday, April 20th – Tuesday, April 28th so that each student may participate in the testing as scheduled.

Field Day

Field Day has been scheduled for Monday, May 18th and will once again take place on the grounds of Linton Hall School.  Mark your calendars now and plan to attend this wonderful day of fun and fellowship for our students.

Tuition Assistance Applications for 2015-2016 – Deadline of Monday, March 16th

Applications for Tuition Assistance for the 2015-2016 academic year are now available.  Again this year the Diocese of Arlington has partnered with FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Company.  FACTS has established an on-line application process that can be initiated through the company website (http://online.factsmgt.com/signin/3Q327)

The due dates for applications and supporting documentation for Elementary Schools is March 16, 2015.

Please note that all applications and supporting documentation must be received by FACTS rather than postmarked by the dates listed above.  Applications are not complete until FACTS has received all of the supporting documentation.  Only those families who are verified by FACTS as having submitted all of the required supporting documentation will be eligible for diocesan tuition assistance.

Should you have any questions or concerns about the application process, please do not hesitate to contact a FACTS Customer Care Representative at 1-866-441-4637 or our school office.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, March 12th             

  • Confessions – 4B (9:15 a.m.)
  • Catholic Cup Religion Bee (PAC/10:00 a.m.)
  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, March 13th                 

  • School Mass & Virtues Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
  • Confessions – 3A (9:30 a.m.)
  • 8th Grade Confirmation Retreat

Saturday, March 14th             

  • Diocesan Job Fair (Paul VI High School/9:00-11:00 a.m.)

Monday, March 16th               

  • Holiday – Professional Development Day
  • Tuition Assistance Application Deadline

Tuesday, March 17th               

  • NJHS sponsored St. Patrick’s Dress Down Day
  • State-wide Tornado Drill (9:45 a.m.)

Wednesday, March 18th          

  • Confessions – 3B (9:15 a.m.)
  • Peace & Justice Players sponsored Lenten Soup Lunch
  • Stations of the Cross – Grades 6-8 (2:15 p.m.)
  • PTO sponsored Lenten Soup Supper (PAC/5:00 – 7:00 p.m.)
  • 8th Grade Graduation Parent Meeting (FKH/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, March 20th                 

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Spirit Event: Captain Pell’s (3:00-9:00 p.m.)
  • 8th Grade Confirmation Retreat

Saturday, March 21st              

  • 3rd Annual Running with the Saints 5K

Links

The Sentinel – March 4, 2015

Principal’s Message

Last week during afternoon dismissal I happened to be walking by the kindergarten line when one of the children noticed the small bronze colored crucifix in the front of the courtyard.  As he gazed at the image, he turned to one of his classmates and said, “That’s Jesus when he was dying on the cross.  That’s so sad.”  Through the words of a five year old I was immediately reminded of the sacrifice that Christ made for all of us, a grace-filled moment during this season of Lent.

Throughout the season, students will have a number of opportunities to enter more deeply into this life of faith.  The following is a list of our school-wide Lenten observances.

Sacrament of Reconciliation: Students in grades 3-8 will have an opportunity to receive the Sacrament during regular school hours.

Stations of the Cross: The students will participate in this traditional Lenten prayer twice during the season, once in a small group setting and once when the entire school gathers.

Abstinence: Our cafeteria staff has designed a menu that reflects the practice of abstaining from meat on Ash Wednesday and Fridays during Lent.

Almsgiving: The SCA sponsored the “Prayer & Pennies” Campaign, an annual fundraiser and outreach program.  Additionally, the Peace & Justice Players will sponsor a Lenten Soup Lunch on Wednesday, March 18th with the proceeds to benefit Heifer International, an organization committed to ending hunger in our world.

7th Grade Passion Play:  On Holy Thursday, the 7th grade class will present the Passion Play, highlighting the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ.  This dramatic presentation will take place in the Parish Activity Center at 10:45 a.m. on April 2nd following the Handwashing Prayer Service in the church.

Through prayer and sacrifice, our students are reminded that this is a very special time of year.  Repeated year after year, these practices become part of the fabric of our students’ lives, providing them a foundation for the years to come.  This is the very essence of Catholic education…that through encounters with Christ, the lives of our students are transformed, now and forever.

Wishing you a blessed Lenten journey!

Terra Nova Testing Countdown ~ 7 Weeks!

As the week of standardized testing approaches, parents are asked to avoid scheduling appointments from Monday, April 20th – Tuesday, April 28th so that each student may participate in the testing as scheduled.

Professional Development Day ~ No School on Monday, March 16th

On Monday, March 16th our teachers will participate in a diocesan-wide day of professional development.  For this reason, there will be no classes or Extended Day Program that day.

Field Day

Field Day has been scheduled for Monday, May 18th and will once again take place on the grounds of Linton Hall School.  Mark your calendars now and plan to attend this wonderful day of fun and fellowship for our students.

Chick-fil-A Spirit Event Cancelled

The Spirit Event previously scheduled to take place on Friday, March 6th at Chick-fil-A has been cancelled.

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 was sent home last week OR go to www.SpiritGearDirect.com or look for the link on our school website to order on-line.  There are additional order forms available at the front office.  Link: https://allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2015/03/SpiritGearFlyer_6139370.pdf

There is one change to the order form. The embroidery on the grey zip hoodie will be in navy for the letters, not white.

We are accepting forms back any time before the deadline.  The last day to place an order is Tuesday, March 10th.  Our Spirit Wear items will be on display near the front office during the sale.

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: Kerryb17@verizon.net or 703-365-7327.

BoxTops for Education

Parents, Teachers and Students…WE HAVE ANOTHER CHECK COMING FROM BOX TOPS for EDUCATION!  Yes we do.  We did it again.  We collected 9,467 box tops, so, All Saints will be getting another check for $956.70 in 4-6 weeks.  But, we are not finished yet.  We need to keep collecting box tops.  Send in all box tops in with your student’s name (first/last) and the grade and teacher.  Let’s keep clipping!  Here are the 4 top box top collecting classes:

1B Mrs. Nichols 2307
2B Mrs. Burnett 1795
3B Mrs. Reilly 1638
5B Mrs. Bill 1638

VIRTUS Annual Update for Volunteers – Tonight

The diocese requires volunteers who have completed the full 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.

We have scheduled an opportunities for completing the half-hour VIRTUS update TONIGHT, Wednesday, March 4th at 7:00 p.m. in Meeting Room 2.

Attendance will be taken to ensure that you receive credit for completing the training.  If you have any questions or to register, please call Mrs. Janet Smith, VIRTUS Coordinator at the Parish Office, (703) 393-2158 or email her at jsmith@allsaintsva.org

Keeping Our Children Safe

All Saints is hosting a Virtus seminar in SPANISH on Saturday, April 11th in Fr. Kelley Hall – four hours that could make a BIG difference in the lives of our children and youth.  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

Education and awareness can be powerful tools in protecting God’s children from harm.  Let’s continue working to ensure that our faith community is a safe and protected environment for the youngest members of our parish.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

PTO Presentation – Books Available for Purchase

Additional copies of Protecting Your Children on the Internet are available for purchase for $20.00 (cash or check) at the front office.

Band Trip Confirmed – June 5th

Due to inclement weather and subsequent closures this year, the Band Trip will take place on the later of the two dates included in the school calendar, i.e. Friday, June 5th.  Please disregard the earlier date of Friday, May 22nd.

Tuition Assistance Applications for 2015-2016

Applications for Tuition Assistance for the 2015-2016 academic year are now available.  Again this year the Diocese of Arlington has partnered with FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Company.  FACTS has established an on-line application process that can be initiated through the company website (http://online.factsmgt.com/signin/3Q327)

The due dates for applications and supporting documents for Elementary Schools is March 16, 2015.

Please note that all applications and supporting documentation must be received by FACTS rather than postmarked by March 16th.  Applications are not complete until FACTS has received all of the supporting documentation.  Only those families who are verified by FACTS as having submitted all of the required supporting documentation will be eligible for diocesan tuition assistance.

Should you have any questions or concerns about the application process, please do not hesitate to contact a FACTS Customer Care Representative at 1-866-441-4637 or our school office.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, March 5th

  • Confessions – 7B (9:15 a.m.)
  • New Student Registration Deadline

Friday, March 6th

  • School Mass & Virtues Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
  • Confessions – 6A & 6B (9:30 a.m.)
  • Noon Dismissal – DFE Meeting

Saturday, March 7th

  • Diocesan Spelling Bee

Monday, March 9th

  • Confessions – 5A & 5B (9:30 a.m.)
  • Peace & Justice Players Field Trip to SERVE (3:00-6:15 p.m.)

Tuesday, March 10th

  • Confessions – 4A (9:15 a.m.)

Wednesday, March 11th

  • Stations of the Cross for Grades K-2 (2:15 p.m.)

Thursday, March 12th

  • Confessions – 4B (9:15 a.m.)
  • Catholic Cup Religion Bee (PAC/10:00 a.m.)
  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, March 13th

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Confessions – 3A (9:30 a.m.)
  • 8th Grade Confirmation Retreat

Links

The Sentinel – February 25, 2015

Last week I shared with you an update regarding the Design for Excellence project as well as the results of the parent survey that we administered during the fall semester.  In analyzing the data, we noted that 80% of parents who responded indicated that they “strongly agree” or “agree” that they are satisfied with the quality of homework assigned to their children.  While this represents a strong approval rating, some of the feedback received within the narrative responses has been insightful and raised compelling questions that deserve further consideration.  For this reason, three weeks ago I discussed with the faculty a new procedure that will create a greater awareness regarding expectations and establish a process in support of consistency across grade levels.

Beginning this week, each teacher will post on Homework Central the expected time of completion for each assigned task.  The suggested times are a means by which each teacher can verify that the sum total of work assigned is reasonable and within the guidelines.  Although the times do not serve as a predictor for the experience of each student, as this is affected by ability levels, time management skills and motivation, they should represent a fair approximation of the typical time needed for a child to complete the work.

A thorough review and potential revision of our homework policy will require research and substantive discussion among the faculty, a task which we will undertake in the coming year once our current reaccreditation project is completed.  For now, we are making incremental changes to foster greater consistency across grade levels and subject areas.  Our goal is to continue to provide an experience of learning that is rigorous, yet balanced and reasonable.

We appreciate the feedback that you’ve provided through this process and look forward to sharing with you the details of our progress in the year ahead.

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A few weeks ago I shared with you the exciting news that All Saints is beginning a Title I program to assist students in the areas of reading and math.  I am pleased to announce that Ms. Cassandra Putnam has joined our community as Title I teacher and has begun meeting with students this week.  After assessing their individual learning needs, she will be customizing a learning plan for each of the children in the program.  Title I services will be provided in the Professional Learning Center on the second floor of the new wing.

Welcome to All Saints, Ms. Putnam!

PTO Presentation – Books Available for Purchase

Those interested in receiving a copy of the PowerPoint presentation from the meeting on Monday evening may request one via office@allsaintsva.org.  Additional copies of Protecting Your Children on the Internet are available for purchase for $20.00 (cash or check) at the front office.

Cafeteria MENU CHANGE for Friday, February 27th

The Menu for Friday, February 27th will be: Chinese Vegetable Egg Roll, Oriental Vegetables, Oriental Rice, and Mandarin Oranges.

TARGET Proceeds to Benefit All Saints

Thanks to the participation of many families in the TARGET rewards program, All Saints received a check in the amount of $936.78 last week.   Thank you for your continued support!

All Saints School PTO Sponsored Lenten Soup Kitchen

Lent is here and that means Wednesday Soup kitchen!  This is a wonderful All Saints tradition.  Please sign up to help and/or send in needed donations.  Most importantly plan on attending.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0f4ba5ac2fa02-help

Running with the Saints 5K T-Shirt Design

The 5K Committee would like to thank all the Race T-Shirt entries!  Although the choice was a difficult one, our top winner is Lizzie Mangilit in 5A.  Her design will grace our Race T-shirts this year.  She will also receive a $20 gift card to Sweet Frog.  Our two Honorable Mentions will be awarded to Jorge Cruz in 8B and Josseline Avila in 3A.  They will both receive $10 gift cards to Sweet Frog.  All students submitting an entry will be receiving their ice cream cards this Friday.

All Saints School Spirit Wear Line – On Sale starting today!!

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 today, Wednesday, February 25th OR go to www.SpiritGearDirect.com or look for the link on our school website to order on-line.

We are accepting forms back any time before the deadline.  The last day to place an order is Tuesday, March 10th.  Our Spirit Wear items will be on display near the front office during the sale.

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: Kerryb17@verizon.net or 703-365-7327.

BoxTops for Education and Labels for Education

Parents, students and teachers…we have another submission coming up March 2, 2015.  Please send in ALL your box tops and soup labels (labels for education) by this Friday 2/27/2015.  We have over 10,000 box tops collected since the November submission.  Thank you all for being such great box top collectors!

CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOLS

John Paul Open House

Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School will host their Spring Open House on Thursday, March 19 from 4 – 6pm. Designed for younger students who want to preview high school, but all are welcome to attend. Meet JP teachers and students. Presentation at 4:15pm in the Theater. Pre-registrations welcome: www.jpthegreat.org or admissions@jpthegreat.org. Applications for admission and financial aid are still being accepted for the 2015-2016 school year.

New Source of Tuition Assistance Available at St. John Paul the Great

Thought about applying to Saint John Paul the Great High School, but aren’t sure you can afford it? There is a NEW source of tuition assistance available to students transferring from public school, and who meet certain financial qualifications. In addition, applications for standard financial aid and admissions are still being accepted. Please visit www.jpthegreat.org or call Jennifer Cole, Admissions Director: 703.445.0217.

Bishop O’Connell High School Dance Team Technique Clinics

The Bishop O’Connell Royalette Dance Team is offering technique clinics for dancers in Grades 6-11.  We want to help prepare those interested in next season’s tryouts.  Regardless if your dancer plans to attend O’Connell next fall, these clinics will provide your students with technique and skills to improve as a dancer, and the confidence to try out for a high school dance team.

The technique clinics are open to everyone.  Details for our clinics can be found here:

http://www.bishopoconnell.org/page.cfm?p=669These clinics are open to 6th graders who would like to get a head start in preparation for their high school tryout.

PRINTABLE WAIVER: http://www.bishopoconnell.org/uploaded/Athletics/Royalettes/15-16_tech-try_waiver.pdf

The Royalettes just recently returned from Orlando and competed in UDA’s Nationals Dance Team Championship.  We hope you can join us. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Registration Schedule for 2015-2016

  • Registration for New Students ~  February 11-27, 2015  ~  (Including siblings for Pre-K & K)

Band Trip Confirmed – June 5th

Due to inclement weather and subsequent closures this year, the Band Trip will take place on the later of the two dates included in the school calendar, i.e. Friday, June 5th.  Please disregard the earlier date of Friday, May 22nd.

Tuition Assistance Applications for 2015-2016

Applications for Tuition Assistance for the 2015-2016 academic year are now available.  Again this year the Diocese of Arlington has partnered with FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Company.  FACTS has established an on-line application process that can be initiated through the company website (http://online.factsmgt.com/signin/3Q327)

The due dates for applications and supporting documentation are as follows:

Elementary School       March 16, 2015

Please note that all applications and supporting documentation must be received by FACTS rather than postmarked by the dates listed above.  Applications are not complete until FACTS has received all of the supporting documentation.  Only those families who are verified by FACTS as having submitted all of the required supporting documentation will be eligible for diocesan tuition assistance.

Should you have any questions or concerns about the application process, please do not hesitate to contact a FACTS Customer Care Representative at 1-866-441-4637 or our school office.

VIRTUS Annual Update for Volunteers

The diocese requires volunteers who have completed the full 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.

We have scheduled an opportunities for completing the half-hour VIRTUS update on Wednesday, March 24th at 7:00 p.m. in Meeting Room 2.

Attendance will be taken to ensure that you receive credit for completing the training.  If you have any questions or to register, please call Mrs. Janet Smith, VIRTUS Coordinator at the Parish Office, (703) 393-2158 or email her at jsmith@allsaintsva.org

Upcoming Events

Friday, February 27th             

  • Registration Deadline for New Students
  • School Mass & Virtues Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
  • Assembly for Grades K-5 (Blue Sky Puppet Theater – Peaceful Conflict Resolution/PAC/2:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, March 3rd                

  • PTO Executive Board Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, March 4th            

  • Stations of the Cross for Grades K-8 (2:15 p.m.)

Friday, March 6th                   

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Noon Dismissal – DFE Meeting
  • Spirit Event: Chick-fil-A (6:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.)

Links

The Sentinel – February 18, 2015

This week I would like to provide you with an update regarding the Design for Excellence reaccreditation project. Last Friday we sent the nearly two hundred page self-study document to the printer.  It is a comprehensive narrative that provides key information about our program in eight sections: Faith Formation, Leadership, Curriculum, Personnel, Services, Governance & Finance, Demographics and Facilities.

I want to thank the faculty and staff for working so diligently and at an accelerated pace since the beginning of the year to complete the project.  Each teacher served as the member of a committee that was responsible for responding to a specific series of questions related to one of the eight sections.  After gathering information, each committee then presented a preliminary report to the faculty at large for review and comment.  Through this consensus-building process the teachers had an opportunity to thoughtfully reflect on all aspects of our school and to identify objectives for future growth and improvement.  Occurring only every six years, it is a mammoth undertaking that requires tremendous commitment on the part of the faculty and staff.  I remain grateful for their steadfastness and dedication in completing this project which is essential, not only for reaccreditation, but for outlining a plan for the future of our school.

With the self-study document now complete, each of the committees is focused on gathering “evidence” in support of the minimum standards that govern accreditation.  Each committee is compiling a broad range of documents and photos that provide clear evidence that we meet or exceed the minimum standards.  All of this information will then be reviewed by the Steering Committee and placed in binders in advance of the arrival of the Visiting Team on March 24th.

This week I would also like to thank you for your completion of the DFE Parent Survey which we administered during the fall semester.  Approximately 70% of the parent community responded to the survey.  The high rate of participation suggests that parents in our school value the opportunity to provide feedback and recognize the significance of the Design for Excellence reaccreditation process.

The following charts summarize the parent response to the quantitative questions.  The data indicates that parents are overwhelming pleased with the commitment of the faculty, the leadership of the school, the experience of faith formation, and the overall rigor and effectiveness of the academic program.

LINK TO PARENT SURVEY CHARTS: Parent Survey Results 2015  

As part of the survey, numerous parents provided substantive feedback via the narrative response questions.  While the positive responses were very affirming of the overall experience of All Saints, the constructive feedback has helped the faculty and staff to identify opportunities by which we might increase effectiveness and the level of parent satisfaction.

Parents identified the following topics as areas for continued focus.  Although generally only 6%-8% of respondents identified any of these individual areas within their narrative response (the exception being that of recess concerns as represented by 13%), they remain viable opportunities for continued improvement as we strive to provide a world-class educational environment.  Each of the areas is followed by a list of strategies that the faculty have identified for future implementation.

Differentiated Instruction

  • Identify and implement additional strategies to respond to the varied needs of learners within a large classroom setting.
  • Incorporate flexible grouping strategies in order to address the individual needs of students in reading and math.

Math

  • Increase awareness of vertical alignment within the curriculum and plan lessons accordingly.
  • Create a manipulatives/resource library for all grade levels to utilize.
  • Explore the use of math websites and resources that can be used at school and at home for the reinforcement of skills.

Homework

  • Evaluate current homework strategies and implement procedures in support of a balanced approach that conforms to research and best practice.
  • Incorporate greater use of technology to support student learning and reinforcement of skills.
  • Encourage homework procedures and expectations specifically designed to add value to the learning experience.

Environment & Classroom Management

  • Evaluate current classroom management strategies to ensure a consistent school-wide approach that is positive and formative in nature.
  • Continue to implement strategies to nurture positive relationships between faculty, staff, students and parents.

Dismissal/Carpool Procedures

  • Continue to monitor arrival and dismissal procedures, implementing adjustments as necessary, in support of compliance, safety and efficiency.

Recess

  • A number of parents referenced recess, particularly in regards to grades three through five, as a priority for immediate change. Parents expressed concern that the time allotted for recess was interrupted by students being required to stop and pray The Angelus at noon.  After review of the survey results and consideration of the schedule, the length of recess was revised during the fall semester to ensure that students in these grades have the same amount of time for uninterrupted play as those in the primary and middle school grades.

When the Visiting Team departs on Friday, March 27th, the Chairperson will present to the faculty and administration a summary report that will include the team’s determination regarding our accreditation, as well as commendations and recommendations for our future.  Over the course of the summer, all of the recommendations that the faculty have already identified as well as those from the Visiting Team will be used for the development of a Five Year Plan for our school.

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During the first semester, parents also had an opportunity to participate in the annual bullying survey.  While the response was very limited (approximately 23 parents), we value the feedback as it helps us maintain an awareness of the impact of this important issue in our community.  In an effort to update our message to the students, this year we have decided to host a special assembly for students in the lower grades.  Through the generous support of the PTO, Blue Sky Puppet Theater will present “Building Bridges”, an approach to peaceful conflict resolution, for grades K-5 on Friday, February 27th.  As the students in the lower grades sometimes confuse bullying with other behaviors related to friendship issues and disagreements, we believe that this presentation will increase their understanding, equipping them with effective ways to respond to a wider variety of social situations.

PTO General Assembly Meeting & Parent Presentation

Mr. Gregory Smith will speak on the topic of “Protecting your Children on the Internet” at the PTO General Assembly Meeting on Tuesday, February 24th beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Highlights from the presentation will include grade-level recommendations to be considered in both purchasing and managing devices as well as the “Top Six Things for Parents to Do Now”.

As this is such an important topic, parents who attend the presentation will be provided one Free Homework Pass for each of their children.

Copies of Gregory Smith’s book entitled Protecting Your Children on the Internet will be available for purchase for $20.00, cash or check only.

The presentation will take place in the Parish Activity Center from 7:00-8:30 p.m. with time for questions at the end of the evening.  Invite friends, neighbors and colleagues to what promises to be an insightful and important presentation for parents!

Re-Registration Forms ~ Due Friday, February 20th 

Parents are reminded that all re-registration forms are due in the office on Friday, February 20th.   Application packets for siblings new to All Saints were sent home last week to all families who responded to the enrollment survey in November.  In the event that you did not receive an application or wish to request one for another child, please do not hesitate to contact the office.

Band Trip Confirmed – June 5th

Due to inclement weather and subsequent closures this year, the Band Trip will take place on the latter of the two dates included in the school calendar, i.e. Friday, June 5th.  Please disregard the earlier date of Friday, May 22nd.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Registration Schedule for 2015-2016

  • Re-Registration for Current Families February 4-20, 2015
  • Registration for New Students February 11-27, 2015

                              (Including siblings for Pre-K & K)

Tuition Assistance Applications for 2015-2016

Applications for Tuition Assistance for the 2015-2016 academic year are now available.  Again this year the Diocese of Arlington has partnered with FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Company.  FACTS has established an on-line application process that can be initiated through the company website (http://online.factsmgt.com/signin/3Q327)

The due dates for applications and supporting documentation are as follows:

Elementary School       March 16, 2015

Please note that all applications and supporting documentation must be received by FACTS rather than postmarked by the dates listed above.  Applications are not complete until FACTS has received all of the supporting documentation.  Only those families who are verified by FACTS as having submitted all of the required supporting documentation will be eligible for diocesan tuition assistance.

Should you have any questions or concerns about the application process, please do not hesitate to contact a FACTS Customer Care Representative at 1-866-441-4637 or our school office.

Upcoming Events

Friday, February 20th             

  • Re-Registration Deadline
  • Noon Dismissal Cancelled – Dismissal at 3:00 p.m.
  • Visit by Title I Teacher & Introduction to Students

Monday, February 23rd          

  • SCA sponsored Prayer & Penny Week

Tuesday, February 24th          

  • PTO General Assembly Meeting: Protecting Your Children on the Internet (PAC/7:00 p.m.). Free Homework Pass for Children of Parents who Attend

Friday, February 27th             

  • Registration Deadline for New Students
  • School Mass & Virtues Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
  • Assembly for Grades K-5 (Blue Sky Puppet Theater – Peaceful Conflict Resolution/PAC/2:00 p.m.)

Links

The Sentinel – February 11, 2015

Principal’s Message

In last week’s newsletter we announced that Mr. Gregory Smith will be speaking on the topic of “Protecting your Children on the Internet” at the PTO General Assembly Meeting on Tuesday, February 24th beginning at 7:00 p.m.  This is in response to requests from parents in the community for additional guidance regarding how best to manage technology devices and safeguard their children.

Highlights from the presentation will include grade-level recommendations to be considered in both purchasing and managing devices as well as the “Top Six Things for Parents to Do Now”.

As this is such an important topic, parents who attend the presentation will be provided one Free Homework Pass for each of their children.

An internationally recognized IT executive with 27 years of experience, Mr. Smith currently serves as the Chief Technology Officer for a firm in the Washington DC area.  He is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and a published author who has contributed to dozens of articles on a variety of technology and business topics in the Wall Street Journal, eWeek, Computer World, CIO, and Information Week magazines.

Copies of his book entitled Protecting Your Children on the Internet will be available for purchase for $20.00, cash or check only.

The presentation will take place in the Parish Activity Center from 7:00-8:30 p.m. with time for questions at the end of the evening.  Invite friends, neighbors and colleagues to what promises to be an insightful and important presentation for parents!

Re-Registration Forms ~ Due Friday, February 20th 

Parents are reminded that all re-registration forms are due in the office on Friday, February 20th.   Since registration of new students begins this week, it is important that parents return the forms by the deadline in order to ensure that a place is reserved for each child who will be returning for the upcoming year.

Note: Application packets for siblings new to All Saints are being sent home today to all families who responded to the enrollment survey in November.  In the event that you do not receive an application or wish to request one for another child, please do not hesitate to contact the office.

Race for Education ~ Mailing Labels Due Friday!

Preparations are now underway for the 10th Annual Race for Education which will be held on Thursday, May 7th.   When reviewing the information packet, you will note that our goal for this year’s Race for Education is $50,000.  As is our tradition, we will continue to donate 15% of the proceeds to St. Jude’s Childrens’ Research Hospital, an organization that has received more than $100,000 from our community since the 1990’s.   The remaining funds from the 10th Annual Race for Education will be allocated for resources to support student learning initiatives and faculty enrichment.

Students are asked to submit completed mailing labels by Friday, February 13th.  For additional information about this process and the incentives offered to students, please see the information packet.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the event coordinator, Mrs. Marjorie Collins, at 703-365-9686.

Yearbook Order Forms

It’s time to order the 2014 – 2015 All Saints Catholic School Yearbook.  The cost for each book is $21.  Orders are due no later than March 31st.  Please go to the link at the end of the newsletter to obtain the order form.

From the Spirit Events Committee

On Monday, February 16th, President’s Day, we will hold our annual spirit event at Chuck E. Cheese in Manassas. Come anytime between 12-9 and mention All Saints. Also, if you bring the sticker received in school you will receive free tokens. See you there!

VIRTUS Annual Update for Volunteers

The diocese requires volunteers who have completed the full 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.

We have scheduled the following opportunities for completing the half-hour VIRTUS update:

  • Thursday, Feb. 12th at 2:15PM in Meeting Room 2.  (Please note: This is the only afternoon session scheduled at the present time.)
  • Wednesday, March 4th at 7:00PM in Meeting Room 2.

Attendance will be taken to ensure that you receive credit for completing the training.  If you have any questions or to register, please call Mrs. Janet Smith, Virtus Coordinator at the Parish Office, (703) 393-2158 or email her at jsmith@allsaintsva.org

Pope John Paul the Great to Host a Seminar: “Guiding the College-Bond Athlete”

In an effort to educate high school parents and athletes about athletic scholarships and the college recruiting process, Dynamite Sports will conduct an hour long seminar entitled “Guiding the College-Bound Athlete” on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., in the Saint John Paul the Great High School Theater.  Please see the link at the bottom of today’s newsletter for more information.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Registration Schedule for 2015-2016

  • Re-Registration for Current Families February 4-20, 2015
  • Registration for New Students February 11-27, 2015 (Including siblings for Pre-K & K)

 Open House for 2015-2016 School Year – Tomorrow (February 12th)

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, February 12th 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.

Tuition Assistance Applications for 2015-2016

Applications for Tuition Assistance for the 2015-2016 academic year are now available.  Again this year the Diocese of Arlington has partnered with FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Company.  FACTS has established an on-line application process that can be initiated through the company website (http://online.factsmgt.com/signin/3Q327)

The due dates for applications and supporting documentation are as follows:

Elementary School       March 16, 2015

Please note that all applications and supporting documentation must be received by FACTS rather than postmarked by the dates listed above.  Applications are not complete until FACTS has received all of the supporting documentation.  Only those families who are verified by FACTS as having submitted all of the required supporting documentation will be eligible for diocesan tuition assistance.

Should you have any questions or concerns about the application process, please do not hesitate to contact a FACTS Customer Care Representative at 1-866-441-4637 or our school office.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, February 12th         

  • Open House (9:00 a.m.)
  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, February 13th             

  • Race for Education mailers due

Monday, February 16th                      

  • Holiday – Presidents’ Day
  • Spirit Event: Chuck E. Cheese (12:00-9:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, February 18th      

  • Farewell to the Alleluia Prayer Service (PAC/9:30 a.m.)
  • Ash Wednesday School Mass (10:00 a.m.)

Thursday, February 19th         

  • SCA Representatives to Visit Paul VI High School Options Program

Friday, February 20th             

  • Re-Registration Deadline
  • Noon Dismissal – DFE Meeting

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