Service Activities Throughout Advent

Next week we will begin our annual journey of Advent, a time of preparation for the
celebration of Christ’s birth. Through the years at All Saints we have established
several traditions that help to create a tone of anticipation and waiting as we prepare our hearts to celebrate the coming of our Savior.

Advent Wreath Prayer Services ~ On Monday morning the students will assemble in the Parish Activities Center for a school-wide prayer service highlighting the meaning of the Advent Wreath. During the second and third weeks of Advent, each Monday students will gather around three separate wreaths in each of the wings of the school where they will participate in grade level prayer services.
Sacrament of Reconciliation ~ Each of the students in grades three through eight
have already had an opportunity to encounter Christ in this beautiful Sacrament of
healing and forgiveness during two Penance Services that occurred earlier this week.

Bethany Food Pantry Collection ~ Our theme for the December collection
is “Desserts”. On December 20th, students are invited to bring in dessert items (cake mix, icing mix, cookie mix, brownie mix, pie filling, pie shells, etc.). Items should be able to maintain shelf life and not require refrigeration. Collection of these items will occur in the breezeway during morning arrival after which students from the National Junior  Honor Society will then deliver items to the food pantry.

Saint Gabriel Mission Outreach ~ The National Junior Honor Society will be preparing goodie bags containing candy and a coloring book to be distributed to 200 children after Mass on Christmas Day at St. Gabriel Mission.

Mitten Collection ~ The Peace & Justice Players are sponsoring a collection of mittens for the poor in our community. Students are invited to “lend a hand” by donating a pair or two by January 12.

Advent Parish Holy Hour

Please come to the All Saints parish Advent Holy Hour on Monday, December 4 at 8:00 pm in the church. Fr. Noah will give a brief Advent-themed reflection. We will also pray the rosary together, and have time for silent prayer and benediction. All are invited to participate in this time of prayer, as we prepare for the coming of Christ at Christmas.

Fr. Noah will also lead a Children’s Holy Hour on Thursday, December 14 at 4:00 pm. Students (and parents) of all ages are welcome! Meet outside the parish library (at the church entrance nearest to the main entrance of the school).

NJHS Thanksgiving Food Drive

Last week our students contributed approximately 1,600 pounds of food during our
annual Thanksgiving Prayer Service. It was a beautiful sight to behold as the children placed all of their donations at the foot of the altar.

Following the prayer service, representatives from the National Junior Honor Society transported all of the food to the Parish Activities Center where they divided it into 75 pre-packaged meals that were later distributed to families in need through the Bethany Food Pantry. Additionally, our school collected several dozen turkeys that were provided directly to the poor in our community. Thank you for your wonderful generosity and for helping your children to experience Thanksgiving as a time of giving.

Breakfast Time Collection – Nov. 30

In partnership with the All Saints Catholic Church Bethany Food Pantry, our school will begin a new initiative to provide food donations for those in our community who are served by the pantry. This initiative will replace the prior year grade level monthly donations and will move to a school wide effort. Each month, on one particular day, we will collect “themed-based” items.

For example, for the end of the month of November, our theme is “Breakfast Time” and students will be invited to bring in breakfast items (cold cereal, hot cereal, pancake mix, syrup, shelf milk, juice, canned fruit, etc.). Collection of these items will occur in the breezeway during morning arrival, and students from the National Junior Honor Society will then deliver items to the food pantry.

The November Breakfast Time Collection will occur on Thursday, November
30th between 7:40 am and 8:00 am. We hope that you will consider donating a themed item to help those in our community who are less fortunate.

Revised Carpool Procedures

To eliminate the need for pre-kindergarten parents with siblings to walk across the courtyard to pick-up additional children prior to returning to their cars, beginning on Monday, siblings and carpool companions of afternoon pre-kindergarten students will exit the front doors of the school immediately following the pre-kindergarten children.  They will report to the dismissal area used for the pre-kindergarten, i.e. the sidewalk directly adjacent to the driveway across from the church.  After the pre-kindergarten parents have picked up all of their children at that location, they will return directly to their cars parked in front of the church.

Due to the business of the closing of a school day and these new procedures, parents wishing to check out their child/ren at the end of the school day must do so by 2:45 p.m.  Similarly, parents who wish to communicate a change regarding pick-up arrangements and/or use of the Extended Day program should contact the office by 2:45 p.m.

Tuesday, October 17 – Revision of Afternoon Dismissal Process for the Front Parking Lot
To increase efficiency by allowing two simultaneous lanes of traffic to exit the property, parents in the front parking lot are asked to park in accordance with their preference.  Those wishing to exit via Route 28/Center Street should park in Bays 1 & 2.  Those wishing to exit via Stonewall Road should park in Bay 3.  Vehicles will be dismissed beginning with the lane closest to the exit.  For example, in Bay 1, the first row of vehicles closest to the church will exit first and be followed by the remaining rows in Bays 1 & 2.  In Bay 3, the last row which is nearest Stonewall Road, will be dismissed first, followed by the remaining rows in the bay.  In short, we will continue with the practice of “first in, first out” and begin dismissing vehicles from the outer most rows.  Orange safety cones will be used to divide the two sections of traffic.  Parents who arrive late will continued to queue behind the rows of parked cars and proceed to Bay 1 once the lanes are clear.

We look forward to implementing these changes beginning next week and hope that they result in an even more efficient and safe dismissal process for our students and parents.  Should you have any questions about these changes, please do not hesitate to let us know.  Again, thank you to all who participated in the survey process.

Middle School Introduces One-to-One Device Program

All Saints is pleased to announce that we will transition to a one-to-one device program in the middle school beginning in the 2017-2018 academic year. Students in the program will have access to a Chromebook for their use throughout the school day and at home.

As announced at the parent meeting in May, this initiative will provide each of the students in grades six through eight with access to a Chromebook. This advancement will enable us to increase technology integration across the curriculum and expand our commitment to differentiation of learning.

What do we need to know at this time?

During the 2017-2018 academic year, all 6th & 7th grade students will receive a new Chromebook for use both at school and home. Students in 8th grade will have access to the mobile cart of Chromebooks during the school day.

The Chromebooks for 6th & 7th grade will be made available on a “lease to own” model. Parents will pay an annual fee during August and retain the device upon graduation. The fee for the first two years will be $125 with a smaller fee of $100 during the 8th grade year.

What are the next steps?

During the month of July, I will forward to all middle school parents copies of the Technology Acceptable Use Policy Handbook & Agreement, the Student/Parent Chromebook Technology Use and Support Fee Agreement, and the Chromebook Sign-Off and Pledge.

The $125 fee and corresponding forms will be due on Orientation Day, August 25th. The Chromebooks will be distributed to students during the first two weeks of school.

We look forward to implementing this program that will continue to transform the teaching and learning process at All Saints.

60th Anniversary Celebration

Calling All Alums … All Saints Catholic School will be celebrating its 60th Anniversary with two very special events in September 2017.

  • Friday, September 22An Evening Under the Stars in the All Saints courtyard with music, entertainment, food trucks, alumni displays, children’s activities, a photo booth, and more!
  • Saturday, September 23 – 60th Anniversary Mass and Reception – 10:00 AM, All Saints Church

We are trying to get the word out to All Saints alumni to invite them to these special events to connect with old friends and reminisce about their days at All Saints.

  • Facebook – If you are an alumnus of All Saints, please follow our Alumni Facebook page (facebook.com/allsaintsvaalumni) and RSVP for our 60th Anniversary events.
  • Alumni Displays – We are looking for photos and other school related items to include in our alumni displays. If you have anything to lend, please contact Janis DeVore at development@allsaintsva.org.
  • Spread the News – Help us spread the word about All Saints Catholic School’s 60th Anniversary by passing this information on to any All Saints alumni you know!

 

 

Openings for the 2017-18 School Year

Are you interested in having your child attend All Saints in the 2017-18 school year? We currently have openings in our Half Day Pre-Kindergarten Program and additional grade levels.

If you would like a tour of the school or to request an application, please contact Joyce D’Eugenio at (703) 393-1490 or jdeugenio@allsaintsva.org.