Thanksgiving Prayer Service & Fresh Food Drive
The annual Thanksgiving Prayer Service will be held on Tuesday, November 21st at 9:30 am. Through a partnership with the Bethany Food Pantry, members of the National Junior Honor Society will once again be collecting fresh food to provide families in need with a Thanksgiving meal.
In an effort to evenly distribute our collection, we are asking for grade-level donations as follows.
Pre-Kindergarten —1 package of tortillas
Kindergarten ——– 1 pound bag of fresh carrots
Grade 1 ————– 1 acorn squash or butternut squash
Grade 2 ————– 5-pound bag of fresh white potatoes
Grade 3 ————– 5-pound bag of fresh sweet potatoes
Grade 4 ————– 1 canned ham
Grade 5 ————– 1 bag of apples and oranges
Grade 6 ————– 1 bag of onions
Grade 7 ————– 2 boxes of stuffing (Stovetop)
Grade 8 ————– 2 boxes of cake mix with icing, pie crust with filling, or cookie mix
New this year, we are asking that any family who would like to donate a turkey, turkey breast, or whole chicken, to drop them off at the front office during morning arrival on Tuesday.
Through the generosity of our school community, many families will enjoy a beautiful meal on Thanksgiving Day.
Please join All Saints Catholic School for our annual “Evening with St. Nicholas” on Tuesday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m. in the church. The evening will begin with an Advent Prayer Service and traditional Advent carols in the church. The “Procession of the Shoes” will again be led by St. Nicholas and Mother Seton. We will be collecting donations of new shoes, with the proceeds benefitting House of Mercy. Donation guidelines are as follows: NEW plain color tennis shoes in white, blue, black, tan or brown. No character sneakers, please.
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.
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.
All Saints teachers have prepared a list of learning activities for each of the grade levels designed to reinforce math skills and to encourage reading during the summer break. After reviewing the assignments, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher should you have any questions.
All Saints announced plans to celebrate the school’s 60th anniversary in style during a surprise student assembly on Monday, May 22. The event featured a birthday skit written by former All Saints teacher Mrs. Lewis and performed by an all-star cast of All Saints teachers and clergy (Fr. Juan). The Master of Ceremony was none other than Mr. Tessier, All Saints religion teacher and Director of Youth Ministry. The end of the skit featured the introduction of a surprise guest … the All Saints Eagle mascot.
Join Us in September 2017
Mark your calendars to celebrate the school’s 60th anniversary on September 22-23, 2017.
Friday, September 22 (6-9:00 PM) – An Evening Under the Stars in the All Saints Courtyard.
The event will feature music and entertainment, food trucks, alumni displays, and activities throughout the event.
Saturday, September 23 (10:00 AM) – 60th Anniversary Mass followed by a reception in the Parish Activity Center
Current families, alumni, alumni parents, teachers, former teachers, All Saints parishioners, and community members are invited to share in this special celebration!
Theatre & Art Day Camps in a Catholic Environment at All Saints
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!