Enroll your child in a fun and exciting camp this July dedicated to teaching excellence in the arts. Instructors are top notch in their field in topics such as visual art, dance, singing, acting, improvisation, crafts, and more. Opportunities from K through High School make Spotlight on the Arts Summer Camps perfect for the whole family. For over 10 years, Rob Tessier has offered these camps withing the Arlington Diocese… and this month registration is offered at a discounted rate. Go to www.SpotlightSummerCamps.com to learn more!
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.
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.
Congratulations to the All Saints Robotics team which in their first year of competition qualified to participate in the Virginia State Championship in Doswell, VA this past Friday. Our team finished 17th in the Alliance Challenge and 15th in the Skills Challenge at States, and can’t wait to apply all they learned from competing in this high level competition.
Preparations are now underway for the 12th Annual Race for Education which will be held on Thursday, May 4th. A packet of important information related to the event was distributed to students at a special assembly on Monday afternoon. 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 Childrens’ Research Hospital, an organization that has received more than $100,000 from our community since the 1990’s. The remaining funds from the 12th Annual Race for Education will be allocated to PTO initiatives and the advancement of technology.
Students are asked to submit completed mailing labels by Monday, 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 contact the event coordinator, Mrs. Marjorie Collins, at 703-365-9686.
Congratulations to All Saints students Chloe Davies (1st Place) and Lizzie Mangilit (2nd Place) for their award-winning submissions to the American Legion Writing Contest. Our thanks to American Legion Post 10 in Manassas for its continuing partnership with our school.
It’s time to order the 2016 – 2017 All Saints Catholic School Yearbook. The cost for each book is $21. Order form and payment must be received by March 31st to guarantee a copy of the yearbook!
Congratulations to the following winners of our annual middle school science fair. Thank you, Mrs. Cottingham and Mrs. Woolfrey, for your dedication and for all that you did to guide the students through the process.
Behavioral & Social Science
3rd place – Chloe Davies
2nd place – Christina Santiago
1st place – Julia Woolfrey
1st place – Skyler Yann
3rd place – Sabrina Yap and Juan Santos (tie)
2nd place – Yohannes Adiamseged
1st place – Abby Yelvington
3rd place – Talia Dickson
2nd place – Mike Short
1st place – Katie Ulrich
1st place – Zack Kreitzer/Arianna Delgado (tie)
Earth & Space Science
1st place – Amelia Slater
2nd place – Lex Hartung
1st place – Nate Pora
2nd place – Aidan Thompson
1st place – Tim Mills
Medicine & Health
2nd place – Beverley Appiatse
1st place – Patrick McCurdy
2nd place – Claire Larrabee
1st place – Erin Balagtas
3rd place – Lizzie Mangilit
2nd place – Lily Newgen
1st place – Bernadette Kwari
3rd runner-up – Patrick McCurdy
2nd runner-up – Aidan Thompson
1st runner-up – Bernadette Kwari
Grand Champion – Julia Woolfrey
Representing All Saints at the Diocesan Science Fair:
Beginning with the 2017-18 school year, All Saints Catholic School will begin offering three Pre-Kindergarten options for four year old children:
• Full Day, 5 Day (8:00 am – 3:00 pm)
• Half Day, 5 Day (8:00 – 11:00 am)
• Half Day, 4 Day (12:00 noon – 3:00 pm)
Now you can choose the option that best meets your child’s needs!
Looking for a pre-kindergarten or preschool program for your child in the Manassas, Bristow, Gainesville, Haymarket, VA area?
- Read More About All Saints’ Pre-Kindergarten Program
- RSVP to attend either our January 11 or February 9 Open House.
Did you know it’s “Restaurant Week” in fifth grade? Students are putting their math skills into real world application by learning how math is used in a restaurant setting, from learning how to calculate a tip using percentages and decimals to understanding how to double a recipe using fractions.
The connection to everyday life doesn’t stop there. Students are learning social skills related to restaurant etiquette and developing cultural awareness by investigating how McDonald’s restaurants tailor their menu based on their global location. To round out the week, each fifth grader will participate in a “book tasting” to showcase their summarizing skills.
During the book tasting, students will write a short synopsis of a novel or short story to give others an overview of their book. After leaving these written summaries on their desks, students will travel to the other desks in their classroom to get a taste of each book. Based on the results of their “tasting,” students select the novel or short story that interests them the most.
All Saints fifth graders give Restaurant Week a thumbs-up, superior review. What a fun way to learn!