Box Tops for Education
The end of the year for Box Tops collection is coming! Since our last submission, we’ve collected 4,473 box tops! Who is in the lead? See the top four classes:
2,344 – 7A Mrs. DeBruyne
2,209 – 6B Mrs. Cottingham
2,171 – Pre-K1, 2 & 3 Mrs. Parriott/Mrs. Rogers
2,010 – 1A Mrs. Harrill
The gap has narrowed! Which class will be the lucky class to have a box top party? Only time will tell. Please turn in all box tops. Thank you!
Congratulations to the following students who were inducted into the NJHS last week after having been selected by the Faculty Council for demonstrating the five pillars of the society: scholarship, character, leadership, service and citizenship. Thank you, Mrs. Coleman, for serving as our keynote speaker and for sharing so eloquently your reflections on leadership.
Have you heard about All Saints “Baby Blanket Club?” This ad-hoc, after-school club formed by our sixth grade students and sponsored by Mrs. Parriott and Mrs. Woolfrey, meet to complete activities in support of the Tepeyac Center. Read about their inspiring story in the Arlington Catholic Herald!
Sixth Graders Create Baby Blanket Club
The All Saints Band once again earned the highest ratings at the 2017 Arlington Diocese Band Festival, with judges awarding our band’s performance with a Superior rating. The auditorium at Bishop Ireton High School was filled with All Saints band parents and guests from other schools. Both the beginner and advanced bands are now looking forward to performing at the High Note Music Festival at Hershey Park. Congratulations to our advanced band for making this our 39th straight Superior Rating at the festival. Thank you, Mr. Ward and Mr. Sawasky for your leadership and commitment to excellence in the program!
Spelling Bee Winners
Congratulations to the following classroom champions who participated in our annual Spelling Bee last Friday and to our overall school winners.
School Champion: Anthony Olivera
2nd Place: Nicholas Ferguson
3rd Place: Anna Downes
Andrew Trunzo and Liam Nino
Amelia Webb and Savanna Loy
Joey Munsell and Jack Stidham
Anna Downes and Germaine Wanjara
Anthony Olivera and Joe Corrigan
Mary Collins and Vlad Rapolti
Katy Jo McDermott and Sabrina Yap
Kimberly Garces and Alec Kelly
Katie Ulrich and Nicholas Ferguson
Christine Tran and Samantha Amancio
All Saints kicked off Bullying Awareness Week with a student assembly complete with a skit featuring our very own teachers. Photos/video will be available shortly!
As we kick off Bullying Awareness Week, Mrs. Slater would like to thank the following students who have been named 2017 Student Ambassadors and have assisted with the preparation for this week’s activities:
Mary Catherine Munsell
Emma Kate Coleman
Leslie Avila de la Trinidad
Our sixth annual “Running with the Saints” 5K was a great success! We would like to thank Fr. Lee for leading us in prayer, Fr. Juan for being our bike lead, Mr. Conroy for serving as race starter, Amy Godeaux for singing the National Anthem, and Jim Switzer for the music and announcements. We also appreciate the hard work and dedication of our 5K committee members: Sue Haggerty, Caeli Volk, Kate Cooney, Jeanine Fehrman and Chrissie Vazquez, and all the volunteers who helped on race day!
Running with the Saints 5K – 2017 Sponsors
- Alterra Home Loans & Metropolitan Tile – Sandra Saunders
- Knights of Columbus Bishop J. Louis Flaherty Assembly
- The Bigger the Better Canine Camp –Traci Morris-Cole
- Summit Roofing – Joe Ortiz
- Bounce Mania – Slaiby Family
- Smoothie King
- Acute & Wellness Chiropractic Clinic
- The Running Store
- Sporting Smiles Pediatric Dentistry & Family Orthodontics – Dr. Khurana
- WDP & Associates
- Season’s Services – Claudia Zupata
- Orange Monkey
- Chik Fil A – Liberia
- The Cheatham Family
Friends of the 5K:
- Loveless & Porter Architects
- Camille Karcher, LPC
- Gina’s Kitchen
- Carousel Children’s Academy
- Anonymous Donor
All Saints middle school student Chloe Davies and her language arts teacher Mrs. Melissa DeBruyne were overjoyed when they learned that Chloe’s essay for the American Legion Middle School Essay Contest won at the district level. This was the first year that All Saints students participated in the contest through American Legion Post 10 in Manassas. When they learned the news that Chloe’s essay on the writing prompt, “I Like Living in America Because …” was selected as the winning entry for the state of Virginia, they were ecstatic.
In a gathering before All Saints students and faculty, Commander Toni Barber from American Legion Post 10 presented Chloe with a certificate, pin and award to mark this special achievement. Commander Barber also gave recognition to All Saints middle school language arts teacher Mrs. DeBruyne for her work in introducing the contest at All Saints. The event was a homecoming for Commander Barber whose daughter is an All Saints alumnus. At the end of the award presentation, Chloe read her essay which highlighted the experience of her father coming to America, and the joy of living in a “land of opportunity” with freedom at its core.
Congratulations to Chloe Davies on receiving this recognition, and for sharing her gift of writing and love of country. Our sincere thanks to American Legion Post 10 for their continued support of our school, and Post 10 Commander Barber and Gunny Lewis for making the award presentation a memorable event for our entire student body.
Read the Arlington Catholic Herald’s article on Chloe Davies
Message from Mr. Conroy
Today, Ash Wednesday, we begin our Lenten journey. This Lent our school community will participate in CRS Rice Bowl, a faith-in-action program that invites us to encounter anew ourselves, our neighbors and our God.
Each of the students has received a cardboard rice bowl into which they can place their donations during Lent. All of the funds will benefit CRS Rice Bowl which is sponsored by Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. Catholic Relief Services is motivated by the example of Jesus Christ to assist poor and suffering people in more than 100 countries on the basis of need, without regard to race, religion or nationality.
While the act of sacrificial giving is an important part of our Lenten tradition, the experience takes on even greater meaning when our students understand the plight of those less fortunate and recognize the difference that they can make to alleviate suffering. So that the children may develop this appreciation of the needs of those around the world, each week of Lent the teachers will lead discussions and lessons using the materials made available by Catholic Relief Services.
I encourage you to take time as a family as well each week to discuss this initiative. Each Monday I will forward to you a weekly message that provides a copy of our Lenten prayer, a practical challenge in support of sacrificial giving, and a perspective from CRS highlighting the life experiences of a family living in one of five nations (India, Zambia, El Salvador, Mexico & Ethiopia) selected for this year’s program.
Here are some strategies that you may wish to consider in shaping your own family’s Lenten plan:
- Use your CRS Rice Bowl and Lenten Calendar daily to guide your Lenten prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
- As a family, read the Stories of Hope and daily reflections to inspire your Lenten journey—and guide your Lenten almsgiving.
- Prepare simple meatless meals on Fridays throughout Lent, in solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world. Recipes for simple meals from the five nations can be found on the CRS website. Additionally, each grade level will be invited to bring a specific food item to school during Lent to benefit local families through our parish food pantry. The students of the NJHS will coordinate this effort and assemble all of the items prior to the holiday.
Be sure to visit crsricebowl.org to watch videos of the people and communities your Lenten gifts will change through CRS Rice Bowl.
At the end of Lent, families will be asked to convert the contributions from their children into a check to be submitted to All Saints after which our school will forward all of the funds to CRS.
Thank you for participating in CRS Rice Bowl with your family this Lent. I pray that it is a blessed season for you and your children and a time during which we will all encounter Christ more deeply as we respond to His call to serve one another.