The Sentinel – Volume 10, Issue 39

Message from the Principal

On Friday evening families and friends gathered with the 8th Grade Class of 2010 to celebrate their successful completion of the program and to wish them continued success and blessings as they transition to high school.

For the first time in the history of the school, graduation marked the end of a ten year journey as a number of the students were members of the first Pre-Kindergarten class at All Saints.  Begun in 2000, the Pre-Kindergarten program now celebrates ten years of introducing students and families to All Saints and providing the children with a strong educational foundation.

While graduation represented an important milestone for our graduates, it was also a significant moment for a number of families for whom this was their final All Saints graduation.  This week I would like to acknowledge those families who have been a part of our school family for more than ten years and whose youngest child has now graduated.  I thank them for their commitment to Catholic education and for having chosen All Saints Catholic School.

Somerville Family                   11 Years

Werling Family                        12 Years

Dalton Family                          13 Years

Kardaras Family                     17 Years

Burns Family                          19 Years

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I am pleased to announce this week that all positions are now filled and that we have a complete faculty and staff for the 2010-2011 academic year.

Miss Christine Gahagan will be joining our faculty as the new music teacher.  Miss Gahagan is a recent graduate of The Catholic University of America with a Bachelor of Music Degree.  While at Catholic University, Miss Gahagan was the recipient of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music Distinguished Scholar Award for Service.  She has served as the Manager of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Choir as well as the Co-Manager of the Catholic University of America Chorus.  With experience in musical theatre and performance, as well as liturgy, Miss Gahagan brings a strong skill-set to the music program at All Saints.

Mrs. Rosemary Antunes will join our staff as the new school nurse.  Mrs. Antunes is a graduate of St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing and has thirty years experience as a registered nurse.  Most recently, she has served as the school nurse at Christendom College and has worked in the labor and delivery unit at Fauquier Hospital.  With extensive experience in a variety of settings, Mrs. Antunes will bring a high level of competency and professionalism to her role as our school nurse.

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This past year has been an extraordinary time for All Saints Catholic School and will long be remembered as a grace-filled moment in our history.  We have celebrated our distinction as a 2009 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and Top 100 School of Virginia as selected by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth.  Our band achieved 2nd place in the middle school division during their first year competing at this level.  The Battle of the Books team won 2nd place in an event in which more than 15 diocesan schools were represented.  The students of All Saints far exceeded our goal for the Accelerated Reader program, surpassing 22,000 points.  It is no wonder that these same students scored at unprecedented levels on our annual assessment, the Terra Nova standardized testing program.  Most importantly, and central to our mission, our students have grown in faith and virtue with each passing day.

Legacies are not built over night, and neither are institutions of educational excellence.  I remain immensely grateful for the dedication and initiative of the faculty and staff, an impassioned group of professionals who seek and give their best for the students in our school.  I am also grateful to the countless parents who work tirelessly behind the scenes to help in ways both big and small.  Through their partnership, wonderful things are happening for the children in our program. With God’s grace and blessing, All Saints Catholic School will continue to shine as a beacon for families seeking a dynamic Catholic environment of faith formation and academic rigor for many years to come.

On behalf of the faculty and staff, I wish to convey our gratitude for the privilege of having worked with your children this past year.  They are precious gifts and we treasure the opportunity to have partnered with you on this journey over the course of the past ten months.

I wish all of you a safe, relaxing and peaceful summer holiday and look forward to your return in August.

2010-2011 Casino & Auction

The team for the 2010-2011 Casino and Auction night is underway.  If you would like to be a part of making this exciting event happen, please contact Carol Rice 571-261-1008 or ckrice@verizon.net.  We are especially in need of parents who will contact businesses to solicit for donations for the auction and casino prizes.

PVI Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO)

Paul VI Catholic High School PTO Recycling/Shredding Event on June 19th

Do you e old files, records, receipts, magazines, books (yes, books!), or other papers that you would like to get rid of?  The Paul VI Catholic High School PTO will be holding a recycling and shredding fundraiser in the PVI back parking lot on Saturday, June 19th, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  As always, the proceeds will go toward the PTO’s PVI Teacher Scholarship Program, and the donation will be $8.00 per box (12”x10”x15”).  The items to be shredded also can be brought in any container, and we will estimate the quantity.  Please help us to help you and benefit a most valuable cause – our PVI teachers!

End of Year Reminders

Summer Learning Program 2010

During the last few weeks the faculty has discussed the merits of a summer learning program.  Recognizing that our curriculum during the school year is rigorous and that expectations are high for student learning, there is great value in the children having a respite during the months of summer.  On the other hand, studies have shown that students lose ground during the long vacation if not provided an opportunity to keep their skills sharp.  With these two perspectives in mind, as in prior years, the teachers have crafted a balanced plan specific for our school.  The following is a grade level summary of the Summer Learning Program.

Grade K-2         Summer Book (order SUMMER BOOK for next year’s grade level. For example: students in K will order SUMMBER BOOK for rising 1stgrader.)

Ordering Information:              Summerbook Company

305 Lyndale Drive

Hartsville,SC 27804

757-678-4001

www.summerbookcompany.com

Grades 3-5        Math Log & 2 Accelerated Readers Books

Grades 6-8        Read one book and complete one of three follow up activities as well as a Math Log

(Note: An overview of the options for middle school students, the Summer Math Log, Math Log Instructions are included as links at the end of the newsletter and will be posted on the school website.  The Middle School Summer Reading List is attached to this week’s newsletter.)

School Supplies Program

Today, each student will be receiving a copy of the School Supply Pack Order Form to order prepackaged supplies for the 2010-2011 school year.  For your convenience the form is also being linked to this newsletter and will be available on the school website.  Although the deadline printed on the form is July 1, 2010, the deadline to turn in paper copies along with payments isJune 16th.  You may continue to order packs online until June 30th.  School supplies will be available for pick up on Orientation Day, August 27, 2010.

Order SECURELY ON LINE

Starting May 24 until June 30th

1. Go to www.epipacks.com

2. Enter your School ID: ALL088

3. Follow the directions to complete your order

Report Cards

Report cards and awards will be issued on the final day of school, June 16th.  Since the office will have a record of your child’s final grades at the close of the year, you may retain these cards.

Summer Office Hours

The school office will remain open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. during the months of June and August.  The office will be closed during the month of July.  The office will reopen on Tuesday, August 3rd.  Should you need to contact school personnel during the summer months, please do not hesitate to leave a message on the answering machine. We will make every effort to return your call in a timely manner.

Important Dates for the Upcoming Year

¨       Flynn & O’Hara Uniform Sale and Uniform Exchange (FKH & Mtg. Room 1 from 9:00 a.m. – noon) –Tuesday, August 3rd

¨       Spirit Activity: Captain Pell’s Seafood in Fairfax – Friday, August 6th

¨       Orientation Day (Students and parents are invited to visit the school, meet new teachers, and pick up supply orders.) – Friday, August 27th.

¨       6th Annual Back-to School Barbecue hosted by the PTO – Friday, August 27th, (5:30-7:30 p.m.)

¨       First Day of School ~ Noon Dismissal (Grades K-8) – Monday, August 30th

¨       First Day of Pre-Kindergarten – Wednesday, September 8th

Links

4  K-2 Summer Books from Summerbook Company ~ www.summerbookcompany.com

4  Middle School Summer Math Log ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/05/summer-math-log-2010.pdf

4  Middle School Summer Math Log Instructions ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/summer-requirements-program/

4  Middle School Summer Reading Requirements ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/summer-requirements-program/

4  Middle School Summer Reading List ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/06/2010_Middle_School_Summer_Reading_List.pdf

4  School Supply Packs Order Form ~  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/05/schoolsupplyorder-2010.pdf

4  School Supply Packs Online Ordering ~ www.epipacks.com

The Sentinel – Volume 10, Issue 38

Message from the Principal

For the second year in a row we enjoyed spectacular weather for our annual Field Day celebration.  It was wonderful to see so many parents in attendance, assisting with the games and enjoying the day with their children and other families.  Field Day is, in fact, one of our great traditions, marking the end of the year and providing the students with a day of exciting outdoor games.  One of the parents I spoke with shared with me that as his second child enters kindergarten next year, he will be making a commitment to him to attend all of his Field Day events over the course of the next nine years.  Now that’s a family tradition! Thank you to the many families, new and veterans, who came out to enjoy the day with our community.

I want to thank Mrs. Engstrom for all that she did to coordinate the many logistics of the day.  Working behind the scenes, she managed all of the many details that are essential for a safe and enjoyable event.  I also want to thank the members of our cafeteria and maintenance staff for delivering and distributing lunch for students and parents.

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The end of year festivities will continue throughout this week and through the final days of school.  For details about all of our special celebrations, please see the upcoming events listed below.

I wish to extend a special invitation to all families to attend the events planned in celebration of graduation day.  All of the students will gather in the church at 9:30 a.m. on Friday to observe the Pass-it-On Ceremony, an annual tradition and prayer service during which the 8th grade students “pass on” their leadership role to the rising 7th grade class as symbolized by the handing on of  the 8th grade honor medals. Following a special breakfast for the graduates, the 8th grade students will participate in the Walk of Honor, a custom by which all of the students in grades K-7 line the hallways and applaud for the graduates as they exit the building for the final time as students.  The celebration culminates with a Mass at 7:00 p.m. followed by the graduation ceremony and reception in the gym.  I hope that you and your family will be able to join us for some of these special moments as we congratulate our 8th grade students.

Brown Bag Lunch Day ~ Friday, June 11th

Since the cafeteria staff will be cooking breakfast for the 8th grade class and preparations will be underway for the evening reception, there will be no cafeteria services on Friday.  All students are asked to bring both a lunch and drink to school.

Race for Education ~ Additional Dress Down Day Options

Students may still redeem dress down day cards on Thursday, June 10th.  Although the entire student body will be wearing P.E. uniforms to participate in the Accelerated Reader celebration, students with prize cards may redeem them and “dress down” for the day.

Accelerated Reader Celebration ~ Postponed until Thursday due to Weather.

In recognition of the students’ high level of participation in the A.R. program, a special surprise activity has been scheduled for all of the classes to enjoy.  All students in grades K-8 are invited to wear their P.E. uniform to school on Thursday, June 10th for this celebration

Race for Education ~ Contribution Update

As of today, the counting team has already processed $ 45,292 in donations!

It’s Not to Late to Order the 2009 – 2010 All Saints Catholic School Yearbook!

You won’t want to miss out on this beautiful yearbook, filled with memories and dedicated to the students and alumni of our school.  If you haven’t ordered the 2009-2010 Yearbook, there are extras available for purchase at the front office.  The yearbooks are $21.00 each.  Checks should be made payable to All Saints.

Spirit News ~ Last Spirit Event of the School Year!

Here’s a fun and easy way to celebrate the end of school and start of summer vacation. Come join us at Swirlie’s ice creamafter school dismisses on Wednesday anytime between 11 am and 9 pm and receive 15% off your totalorder. Swirlie’s is located in the Burger King parking lot at 9901 Pennsylvania Ave (Rt. 28 near the 234 bypass and Manassas Airport.)

Many thanks to all of you that have joined us for our Spirit Events. Watch for information for a summer Spirit Event and one on the first day of school! Have a great summer!

Summer Camps

Paul VI Boys & Girls Summer Basketball Camps: June 21 – 25 / July 12 – 16 / July 26-30.  Space is available.  Please contact Scott Allen to register at coachsallen@aol.com or 703-856-7157

St Leo The Great Mini-Hoopster Camps: June 28 – July 1 / July 19 – 22.  Open to All Rising First Graders – Rising 3rd Graders.  Cost $100.00 per session or $175.00 for both.  Boys Session 9 am – 12 pm / Girls Session 1 pm – 4 pm.  Please Contact Scott Allen at coachsallen@aol.com /703-856-7157 to sign up

End of Year Reminders

Summer Learning Program 2010

During the last few weeks the faculty has discussed the merits of a summer learning program.  Recognizing that our curriculum during the school year is rigorous and that expectations are high for student learning, there is great value in the children having a respite during the months of summer.  On the other hand, studies have shown that students lose ground during the long vacation if not provided an opportunity to keep their skills sharp.  With these two perspectives in mind, as in prior years, the teachers have crafted a balanced plan specific for our school.  The following is a grade level summary of the Summer Learning Program.

Grade K-2         Summer Book (order SUMMER BOOK for next year’s grade level. For example: students in K will order SUMMBER BOOK for rising 1stgrader.)

Ordering Information:             Summerbook Company

305 Lyndale Drive

Hartsville,SC 27804

757-678-4001

www.summerbookcompany.com

Grades 3-5         Math Log & 2 Accelerated Readers Books

Grades 6-8         Read one book and complete one of three follow up activities as well as a Math Log

(Note: An overview of the options for middle school students, the Summer Math Log, Math Log Instructions are included as links at the end of the newsletter and will be posted on the school website.  The Middle School Summer Reading List is attached to this week’s newsletter.)

School Supplies Program

Today, each student will be receiving a copy of the School Supply Pack Order Form to order prepackaged supplies for the 2010-2011 school year.  For your convenience the form is also being linked to this newsletter and will be available on the school website.  Although the deadline printed on the form is July 1, 2010, the deadline to turn in paper copies along with payments isJune 16th.  You may continue to order packs online until June 30th.  School supplies will be available for pick up on Orientation Day, August 27, 2010.

Order SECURELY ON LINE

Starting May 24 until June 30th

1. Go to www.epipacks.com

2. Enter your School ID: ALL088

3. Follow the directions to complete your order

Cafeteria Lunch Payments

As we are approaching the end of the school year we would like to remind all parents that all monies owed to the cafeteria must be paid promptly.  Notices of monies owed and monies still on account were sent home with all students last week. Also, beginning on June 1st, the middle school students will not be able to charge any lunches.  They must either have money on account, pay in advance or pay on a daily basis. Otherwise, they will receive a bologna and cheese sandwich for lunch. Thank you for your help and please call if you have any questions.

Extended Day Program

Extended Day services will continue the next three weeks and be available before and after school through Tuesday, June 15thThere will be no Extended Day Program on Wednesday, June 16th.  All students will dismiss at 10:30 a.m. following the Closing Mass & Awards Ceremony.  Please make arrangements for your children to be picked up if you anticipate being unavailable at that time.

Report Cards

Report cards and awards will be issued on the final day of school, June 16th.  Since the office will have a record of your child’s final grades at the close of the year, you may retain these cards.

Medications

All medications must be picked up from the clinic no later than Monday, June 14th.  Since students are not authorized to carry medication, it is necessary for parents to visit the clinic to pick up medications prior to the close of the year.  Medications remaining after the final day will be discarded.

Summer Office Hours

The school office will remain open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. during the months of June and August.  The office will be closed during the month of July.  The office will reopen on Tuesday, August 3rd.  Should you need to contact school personnel during the summer months, please do not hesitate to leave a message on the answering machine. We will make every effort to return your call in a timely manner.

Important Dates for the Upcoming Year

¨       Orientation Day (Students and parents are invited to visit the school, meet new teachers, and pick up supply orders.) – Friday, August 27th.

¨       6th Annual Back-to School Barbecue hosted by the PTO – Friday, August 27th, (5:30-7:30 p.m.)

¨       First Day of School ~ Noon Dismissal (Grades K-8) – Monday, August 30th

¨       First Day of Pre-Kindergarten – Wednesday, September 8th

Upcoming Events

Thursday, June 10th Accelerated Reader Surprise Celebration ~ P.E. Uniforms

Race for Education Dress Down Day option

Race for Education Movie & Popcorn Parties (1:15 p.m.)

8th Grade Ice Cream Social (2:00 p.m.)

Friday, June 11th Cafeteria Closed: Students Bring Lunch & Drink

Graduation Day

Pass-it-On Ceremony (church/9:30 a.m.)

Graduation Breakfast ~ students only (10:00 a.m.)

Walk of Honor (11:00 a.m.)

Graduation Mass & Reception (7:00 p.m.)

Monday, June 14th Kindergarten Luau

Tuesday, June 15th Kindergarten Program & Final Day (church/10:00 a.m.)

End of Year Classroom Parties (1:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, June 16th Closing Mass & Awards Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)

Final Dismissal (10:30 a.m./No Extended Day Program)

Spirit Activity: Swirlies Ice Cream

Links

4  Spirit Event Swirlies Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/06/2010-06-16Swirlies.jpg

4  K-2 Summer Books from Summerbook Company ~ www.summerbookcompany.com

4  Middle School Summer Math Log ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/05/summer-math-log-2010.pdf

4  Middle School Summer Math Log Instructions ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/summer-requirements-program/

4  Middle School Summer Reading Requirements ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/summer-requirements-program/

4  Middle School Summer Reading List ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/06/2010_Middle_School_Summer_Reading_List.pdf

4  School Supply Packs Order Form ~  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/05/schoolsupplyorder-2010.pdf

4  School Supply Packs Online Ordering ~ www.epipacks.com

4  All Saints Church Living Stones Form ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/06/LivingStones.pdf

The Sentinel – Volume 10, Issue 37

Message from the Principal

Following the announcement of our Blue Ribbon status in September, occasionally I would encounter the following question:Now that All Saints has achieved this level of success, will it become a case of business as usual with the school having already reached its peak? To discern an answer to this question, one need look no further than the results of our Terra Nova standardized tests.

I am excited to share with you that some of our grade levels achieved unprecedented scores on this year’s assessment.  In summary, I am particularly pleased with the math scores in the lower grades as well as the continued level of achievement in language arts and reading, the two areas that have previously been identified as curriculum strengths at All Saints.

The attached charts provide a quick overview of our scores in the three areas of mathematics, reading and language arts. (Although the diocesan averages in these batteries have not yet been released, I wanted to forward this information to you as soon as possible as it provides a wonderful affirmation for our teachers, students and parents.)

The key to our continued success on this annual assessment remains the teachers.  Their awareness of student needs,identification of clear learning goals, and steadfast commitment to progress are evident in these scores and our improvement through the years.

I would like to offer a final perspective, one which makes me so proud of our students and teachers: The criteria for applying for Blue Ribbon status is that students in the highest grade level tested must score within the top percent of the norm group.  With 75 percentile identified as the “cut score”, grade level averages in the 80 and 90 percentiles are truly something to celebrate!

Back to the original question…..It is the teachers’ commitment to excellence which enabled our school to achieve Blue Ribbon status.  It is their commitment to continued advancement that ensures a very bright future for the families of All Saints!

Congratulations students, teachers and parents of All Saints Catholic School!

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This week I wish to also share with you that Mrs. Carolyn Helmick, first grade assistant, has decided to resign from her position at the close of this school year.  For the past four years, Mrs. Helmick has been a very important part of our primary program, providing meaningful support to a number of teachers through the years and assisting students in the learning process.  I am grateful for her steadfast commitment and all she has done to support the program during her time with us.  We look forward to continuing to see her in our community next year as she transitions to the role of a substitute teacher.

I am pleased to announce that Miss Allison Sarmuksnis will be serving as our new first grade assistant.  For the past year, Miss Sarmuksnis has worked as a kindergarten assistant at Our Lady of Good Counsel School in Vienna.  She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University and has recently completed the coursework necessary to earn her state teaching license through the University of Virginia.  With experience and expertise in the Word Study approach, she will be a wonderful addition to our first grade program.

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As many of you are aware, this past year has been particularly difficult for Mrs. Hammang as her mother has experienced a decline in health.  As the primary care-giver for her mother, Mrs. Hammang has been very busy with hospital visits and the coordination of resources.  In an effort to provide support to both Mrs. Hammang and her family, a number of school parents have begun to coordinate the preparation of meals.  Families interested in participating in this outreach are encouraged to contact Mrs. Cathy Pell at 703-772-4378.

Race for Education ~ Additional Dress Down Day Options

Student participation in the Race for Education has been very high this year with some children earning more prize cards than ever.  For this reason, two additional dress down days have been identified for students who wish to redeem their prizes.

Thursday, June 3rd

Thursday, June 10th

Retirement Mass for Mrs. Evans

In appreciation for all that she has done for our community and in celebration of her years of service, the school and parish are cordially invited to attend a Retirement Mass in Honor of Mrs. Evans on Thursday, June 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in the church.

Accelerated Reader Celebration!

In recognition of the students’ high level of participation in the A.R. program, a special surprise activity has been scheduled for all of the classes to enjoy.  All students, K-8 are invited to wear their P.E. uniform to school on Wednesday, June 9th for this celebration

VIRTUS Training Scheduled for June

The next opportunity for the 3-hour VIRTUS presentation entitled “Protecting God’s Children” has been scheduled for Saturday, June 5th in FKH beginning at 8:30 a.m.  This is the full length training which is a prerequisite for volunteering in the school.  Any new or returning parents who have not yet attended the training are encouraged to attend and may register on line at virtus.org.

Field Day Lunch Orders

Parents interested in ordering lunch for Field Day are asked to submit forms & payments as soon as possible so that the cafeteria staff can plan accordingly for the event.

Race for Education ~ Contribution Update

As of today, the counting team has  processed close to $40,000 in donations!

All Saints Church ~ Living Stones

Over sixteen years ago, parishioners purchased bricks for the new church.  Now that we are almost ready to move into the new facility, we are once again offering an opportunity to purchase bricks that will become a permanent part of our new courtyard which will be installed before our dedication.

For a minimum offering of $100, you may purchase a brick that will be personally engraved up to three lines that could include your family name, one for each member of your family or a memorial to a loved one.

If you are interested in this living memorial, please compete the form linked below and return the form to the Parish Office.  All purchases must be made prior to June 14th.

Spirit News ~ Coming up!

Miniature golf and ice cream anyone? Come join the fun this Friday, June 4th for ice cream and miniature golf at Nathan’s ice cream and the Magic Putting Place from 3:30 p.m. until closing (10 and 9:30 respectively). The discounted cost for golf is $3 per player for 18 holes. Please bring the attached flyer to the event and both businesses will donate a portion of the proceeds to the school. The rain date for this event is Sunday, June 6th. Nathan’s and the Magic Putting Place are located next to each other at 8948 and 8902 Mathis Avenue in Manassas.

Looking for a fun way to earn points for parents next year? The Spirit Committee needs fun people and new ideas for next year’s spirit events. This is a great way to make community business contacts, host parties without the traditional hassles, and to learn the tremendous contribution that the PTO makes to the school. This position is worth 60 points for parents and requires 5-6 hours per month.  This is a great opportunity for friends to work together and to have fun while doing it.  For more information contact Holly Crocker at (703) 330-8329 or Holly Stefonsky at (703) 754-9386.

End of Year Reminders

End of Year Calendar

Field Day ~ Monday, June 7th (Linton Hall School)

8th Grade Graduation ~ Friday, June 11th (7:00 p.m.)

Kindergarten Luau ~ Monday, June 14th

Kindergarten Program & Final Day ~ Tuesday, June 15th (10:00 a.m.)

Final Day for Grades 1-7 ~ Wednesday, June 16th (10:30 a.m. dismissal)

Summer Learning Program 2010

During the last few weeks the faculty has discussed the merits of a summer learning program.  Recognizing that our curriculum during the school year is rigorous and that expectations are high for student learning, there is great value in the children having a respite during the months of summer.  On the other hand, studies have shown that students lose ground during the long vacation if not provided an opportunity to keep their skills sharp.  With these two perspectives in mind, as in prior years, the teachers have crafted a balanced plan specific for our school.  The following is a grade level summary of the Summer Learning Program.

Grade K-2         Summer Book (order SUMMER BOOK for next year’s grade level. For example: students in K will order SUMMBER BOOK for rising 1stgrader.)

Ordering Information:             Summerbook Company

305 Lyndale Drive

Hartsville,SC 27804

757-678-4001

www.summerbookcompany.com

Grades 3-5         Math Log & 2 Accelerated Readers Books

Grades 6-8         Read one book and complete one of three follow up activities as well as a Math Log

(Note: An overview of the options for middle school students, the Summer Math Log, Math Log Instructions are included as links at the end of the newsletter and will be posted on the school website.  The Middle School Summer Reading List is attached to this week’s newsletter.)

School Supplies Program

Today, each student will be receiving a copy of the School Supply Pack Order Form to order prepackaged supplies for the 2010-2011 school year.  For your convenience the form is also being linked to this newsletter and will be available on the school website.  Although the deadline printed on the form is July 1, 2010, the deadline to turn in paper copies along with payments isJune 16th.  You may continue to order packs online until June 30th.  School supplies will be available for pick up on Orientation Day, August 27, 2010.

Order SECURELY ON LINE

Starting May 24 until June 30th

1. Go to www.epipacks.com

2. Enter your School ID: ALL088

3. Follow the directions to complete your order

Cafeteria Lunch Payments

As we are approaching the end of the school year we would like to remind all parents that all monies owed to the cafeteria must be paid promptly.  Notices of monies owed and monies still on account were sent home with all students last week. Also, beginning on June 1st, the middle school students will not be able to charge any lunches.  They must either have money on account, pay in advance or pay on a daily basis. Otherwise, they will receive a bologna and cheese sandwich for lunch. Thank you for your help and please call if you have any questions.

Extended Day Program

Extended Day services will continue the next three weeks and be available before and after school through Tuesday, June 15thThere will be no Extended Day Program on Wednesday, June 16th.  All students will dismiss at 10:30 a.m. following the Closing Mass & Awards Ceremony.  Please make arrangements for your children to be picked up if you anticipate being unavailable at that time.

Report Cards

Report cards and awards will be issued on the final day of school, June 16th.  Since the office will have a record of your child’s final grades at the close of the year, you may retain these cards.

Medications

All medications must be picked up from the clinic no later than Monday, June 14th.  Since students are not authorized to carry medication, it is necessary for parents to visit the clinic to pick up medications prior to the close of the year.  Medications remaining after the final day will be discarded.

Summer Office Hours

The school office will remain open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. during the months of June and August.  The office will be closed during the month of July.  The office will reopen on Tuesday, August 3rd.  Should you need to contact school personnel during the summer months, please do not hesitate to leave a message on the answering machine. We will make every effort to return your call in a timely manner.

Important Dates for the Upcoming Year

¨       Orientation Day (Students and parents are invited to visit the school, meet new teachers, and pick up supply orders.) – Friday, August 27th.

¨       6th Annual Back-to School Barbecue hosted by the PTO – Friday, August 27th, (5:30-7:30 p.m.)

¨       First Day of School ~ Noon Dismissal (Grades K-8) – Monday, August 30th

¨       First Day of Pre-Kindergarten – Wednesday, September 8th

Upcoming Events

Thursday, June 3rd Race for Education Dress Down Day option

Retirement Mass for Mrs. Evans (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, June 4th Breakfast in Honor of “Demerit Free” Middle School Students

Spirit Activity: Nathan’s & Magic Putting Place (3:30 p.m.)

Saturday, June 5th VIRTUS 3 Hour Training for Volunteers (FKH/8:30 a.m.)

Monday, June 7th Field Day (Linton Hall School/9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, June 8th 2nd Grade Field Trip to Shrine (8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, June 9th Accelerated Reader ~ Surprise Celebration for Students

Race for Education Awards Ceremony (1:45 p.m.)

8th Grade vs. Faculty Volleyball Game (2:00 p.m.)

Thursday, June 10th Race for Education Dress Down Day option

Race for Education Movie & Popcorn Parties

8th Grade Ice Cream Social

Friday, June 11th Graduation Day

Pass-it-On Ceremony (church/9:30 a.m.)

Graduation Breakfast ~ students only (10:00 a.m.)

Walk of Honor (11:00 a.m.)

Graduation Mass & Reception (7:00 p.m.)

Links

4  Terra Nova Test Score Charts ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/06/testing2009-2010.pdf

4  K-2 Summer Books from Summerbook Company ~ www.summerbookcompany.com

4  Middle School Summer Math Log ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/05/summer-math-log-2010.pdf

4  Middle School Summer Math Log Instructions ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/summer-requirements-program/

4  Middle School Summer Reading Requirements ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/summer-requirements-program/

4  Middle School Summer Reading List ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/06/2010_Middle_School_Summer_Reading_List.pdf

4  School Supply Packs Order Form ~  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/05/schoolsupplyorder-2010.pdf

4  School Supply Packs Online Ordering ~ www.epipacks.com

4  Nathan’s Spirit Event Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/06/2010-06-04Nathans.jpg

4  All Saints Church Living Stones Form ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/06/LivingStones.pdf

The Sentinel – Volume 10, Issue 36

Message from the Principal

On Monday afternoon the students gathered in the gym for a surprise assembly in honor of Fr. Bob on the occasion of his 10thanniversary as pastor of All Saints.  Through songs, dance and poetry, each grade level of students presented tributes incorporating those things which are most dear to Fr. Bob ~ faith, fellowship, Shutters (his stuffed penguin), music, and of course, the Redskins!

The program concluded with a PowerPoint presentation of photos of Fr. Bob over the course of the past ten years.  With James Taylor’s You’ve Got a Friend as the background track, it was a stirring tribute to our beloved pastor, highlighting the countless ways that he has touched so many lives during his time with us.

As a school community we thank Fr. Bob, not only for his leadership, but for the care and love he has shown to students, faculty and parents.  Through his example, we have all been inspired to grow in our faith and in communion with one another.  May we be blessed with 10+ more years!

Thank you, Fr. Bob, for ten years of dedicated and faithful service to our community!

Summer Learning Program 2010

During the last few weeks the faculty has discussed the merits of a summer learning program.  Recognizing that our curriculum during the school year is rigorous and that expectations are high for student learning, there is great value in the children having a respite during the months of summer.  On the other hand, studies have shown that students lose ground during the long vacation if not provided an opportunity to keep their skills sharp.  With these two perspectives in mind, as in prior years, the teachers have crafted a balanced plan specific for our school.  The following is a grade level summary of the Summer Learning Program.

Grade K-2         Summer Book (order SUMMER BOOK for next year’s grade level. For example: students in K will order SUMMBER BOOK for rising 1stgrader.)

Ordering Information:             Summerbook Company

305 Lyndale Drive

Hartsville,SC 27804

757-678-4001

www.summerbookcompany.com

Grades 3-5         Math Log & 2 Accelerated Readers Books

Grades 6-8         Read one book and complete one of three follow up activities as well as a Math Log

(Note: An overview of the options for middle school students, the Summer Math Log, Math Log Instructions are included as links at the end of the newsletter and will be posted on the school website.  The Middle School Summer Reading List will be sent out in next week’s newsletter and will also be added on the website.)

School Supplies Program

Today, each student will be receiving a copy of the School Supply Pack Order Form to order prepackaged supplies for the 2010-2011 school year.  For your convenience the form is also being linked to this newsletter and will be available on the school website.  Although the deadline printed on the form is July 1, 2010, the deadline to turn in paper copies along with payments isJune 16th.  You may continue to order packs online until June 30th.  School supplies will be available for pick up on Orientation Day, August 27, 2010.

Order SECURELY ON LINE

Starting May 24 until June 30th

1. Go to www.epipacks.com

2. Enter your School ID: ALL088

3. Follow the directions to complete your order

Parent Surveys ~ Bullying Initiative & the Virtue Program

As we approach the end of the academic year, we would like to request parent feedback on two aspects of our program, both of which are related to student formation.  The first is the follow up survey that is part of our Bullying Program.  An initial survey was distributed to parents in the fall, the results of which were recently communicated via the weekly newsletter.  In an effort to measure progress and to ensure that we are aware of any concerns related to bullying in our community, all parents are invited to complete the electronic survey prepared by our school counselor, Mrs. Karcher.  Parents are encouraged to visit the following link to complete the survey:

As we approach the end of the academic year, we would like to request parent feedback on two aspects of our program, both of which are related to student formation.  The first is the follow up survey that is part of our Bullying Program.  An initial survey was distributed to parents in the fall, the results of which were recently communicated via the weekly newsletter.  In an effort to measure progress and to ensure that we are aware of any concerns related to bullying in our community, all parents are invited to complete the electronic survey prepared by our school counselor, Mrs. Karcher.  The anonymous survey takes approximately 5 minutes to complete.  Students and Parents are encouraged to visit the following links to complete the survey:

ø      K-2 Student Survey (parents please help your K-2nd grader) complete the following survey:http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/N8JX667

ø      3rd-8th Grade Student Survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/H5HT37F

ø      Parent Survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/N8PJTRZ

The second survey pertains to the effectiveness of our Virtue Program.  This past year, Mrs. Evans and Mrs. Cummings, second grade teachers, have built their professional goals around the re-introduction of this program across all grade levels.  As such, they would like to request your feedback and input to be used in planning the program for next year.  After completing the attached survey, please forward your responses to the front office.

Volunteer Appreciation Mass

All volunteers are cordially invited to attend our school Mass on Friday, May 28th.  During the Mass there will be a special moment of recognition for all of our volunteers as we thank God for the blessing they have been to our community this past year.

Retirement Mass for Mrs. Evans

In appreciation for all that she has done for our community and in celebration of her years of service, the school and parish are cordially invited to attend a Retirement Mass in Honor of Mrs. Evans on Thursday, June 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in the church.

VIRTUS Training Scheduled for June

The next opportunity for the 3-hour VIRTUS presentation entitled “Protecting God’s Children” has been scheduled for Saturday, June 5th in FKH beginning at 8:30 a.m.  This is the full length training which is a prerequisite for volunteering in the school.  Any new or returning parents who have not yet attended the training are encouraged to attend and may register on line at virtus.org.

Race for Education ~ Contribution Update

As of today, the counting team has already processed $ 33,000 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

Tuition Discount for Payment in Full

Parents who submit payment in full for 2010-2011 tuition are eligible for a 5% discount if the payment is received in the office no later than 3:00 p.m. on May 28, 2010.  For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at 703-368-4400.

Spring Tuition Payments

As we approach the close of the school year, parents are reminded of the importance of making timely tuition payments.  With the final tuition payment due to the school during May, those families who have recently fallen behind schedule during this time of continued economic challenge are asked to use the first two weeks of June as an opportunity to pay any outstanding tuition or fees.  Please remember, prompt payment of tuition is essential for the school to remain financially strong and to be able to cover the continued expenses of utilities and salaries for our faculty and staff.

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

This week the office will issue individualized letters to each family, confirming the number of points reflected in the school database and a corresponding fee for unearned points.  Families are asked to submit payment for outstanding points by Friday, May 28th.

Spirit News ~ Coming up!

Miniature golf and ice cream anyone? Come join the fun on Friday, June 4th for ice cream and miniature golf at Nathan’s ice cream and the Magic Putting Place from 3:30 p.m. until closing (10 and 9:30 respectively). The discounted cost for golf is $3 per player for 18 holes. Please bring the attached flyer to the event and both businesses will donate a portion of the proceeds to the school. Nathan’s and the Magic Putting Place are located next to each other at 8948 and 8902 Mathis Avenue in Manassas.

Looking for a fun way to earn points for parents next year? The Spirit Committee needs fun people and new ideas for next year’s spirit events. This is a great way to make community business contacts, host parties without the traditional hassles, and to learn the tremendous contribution that the PTO makes to the school. This position is worth 60 points for parents and requires 5-6 hours per month.  This is a great opportunity for friends to work together and to have fun while doing it. For more information contact: Holly Crocker at 703-330-8329 or Holly Stefonsky at 703-754-9386.

End of Year Reminders

End of Year Calendar:

Final Day for Pre-Kindergarten ~ Thursday, May 27th

Field Day ~ Monday, June 7th (Linton Hall School)

8th Grade Graduation ~ Friday, June 11th (7:00 p.m.)

Kindergarten Luau ~ Monday, June 14th

Kindergarten Program & Final Day ~ Tuesday, June 15th (10:00 a.m.)

Final Day for Grades 1-7 ~ Wednesday, June 16th (10:30 a.m. dismissal)

Cafeteria Lunch Payments:

As we are approaching the end of the school year we would like to remind all parents that all monies owed to the cafeteria must be paid promptly.  Notices of monies owed and monies still on account were sent home with all students last week. Also, beginning on June 1st, the middle school students will not be able to charge any lunches.  They must either have money on account, pay in advance or pay on a daily basis. Otherwise, they will receive a bologna and cheese sandwich for lunch. Thank you for your help and please call if you have any questions.

Extended Day Program: Extended Day services will continue the next three weeks and be available before and after school through Tuesday, June 15th.  There will be no Extended Day Program on Wednesday, June 16th.  All students will dismiss at 10:30 a.m. following the Closing Mass & Awards Ceremony.  Please make arrangements for your children to be picked up if you anticipate being unavailable at that time.

Report Cards: Report cards and awards will be issued on the final day of school, June 16th.  Since the office will have a record of your child’s final grades at the close of the year, you may retain these cards.

Medications: All medications must be picked up from the clinic no later than Monday, June 14th.  Since students are not authorized to carry medication, it is necessary for parents to visit the clinic to pick up medications prior to the close of the year. Medications remaining after the final day will be discarded.

Summer Office Hours: The school office will remain open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. during the months of June and August.  The office will be closed during the month of July.  The office will reopen on Tuesday, August 3rd.  Should you need to contact school personnel during the summer months, please do not hesitate to leave a message on the answering machine.  We will make every effort to return your call in a timely manner.

Important Dates for the Upcoming Year

¨       Orientation Day (Students and parents are invited to visit the school, meet new teachers, and pick up supply orders.) – Friday, August 27th.

¨       6th Annual Back-to School Barbecue hosted by the PTO – Friday, August 27th, (5:30-7:30 p.m.)

¨       First Day of School ~ Noon Dismissal (Grades K-8) – Monday, August 30th

¨       First Day of Pre-Kindergarten – Wednesday, September 8th

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, May 26th 6th Grade Field Trip ~ Medieval Times

5th Grade Field Trip ~ Baltimore

Thursday, May 27th Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten

Friday, May 28th Point for Parents Fees due

Deadline for Payment in Full with 5% Tuition Discount

Volunteer Appreciation Mass (8:30 a.m.)

2nd Grade Fiesta

Monday, May 31st Holiday ~ Memorial Day

Tuesday, June 1st 7th Grade Field Trip ~ Manassas Battlefield

PTO Executive Board Meeting

Wednesday, June 2nd 4th Quarter Gold Medal Readers Celebration

Thursday, June 3rd Retirement Mass for Mrs. Evans (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, June 4th Breakfast in Honor of “Demerit Free” Middle School Students

Saturday, June 5th Algebra Exemption Exam

Being sent home with each student:

4   School Supply Pack Order Forms

Links

4  K-2 Summer Books from Summerbook Company ~ www.summerbookcompany.com

4  Middle School Summer Math Log ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/05/summer-math-log-2010.pdf

4  Middle School Summer Math Log Instructions ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/summer-requirements-program/

4  Middle School Summer Reading Requirements ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/summer-requirements-program/

4  School Supply Packs Order Form ~  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/05/schoolsupplyorder-2010.pdf

4  School Supply Packs Online Ordering ~ www.epipacks.com

4  K-2 Student Survey (parents please help your K-2nd grader) ~ http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/N8JX667

4  3rd-8th Grade Student Survey ~ http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/H5HT37F

4  Parent Survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/N8PJTRZ

4  Parish Volunteer Mass & Reception ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/05/VolunteerRecep-june23.pdf

The Sentinel – Volume 10, Issue 35

Message from the Principal

The celebration of our distinction as a 2009 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence continued last Thursday as our community gathered for Mass with Bishop Loverde.  The special liturgy provided us with an opportunity to thank God for the many blessings we have received as a school and, more importantly, the many wonderful people who are part of our story.  It was truly a joy to have Bishop Loverde as our celebrant and to know of his pride in our success.  In recognition of our Blue Ribbon status, Bishop Loverde has granted our community a “day off from school”.  As such, All Saints will not be required to make up the required third “snow day”.  The final day of school will be Wednesday, June 16th.

Our school was also honored to have Senator Charles Colgan in attendance at our Mass of celebration.  Senator Colgan is the longest serving member of the Virginia State Senate and a long-time parishioner of All Saints.  Senator Colgan presented our community with Senate Joint Resolution 148, an official commendation for All Saints Catholic School.  A beautifully framed copy of the document will be displayed at the front entrance of the school.

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As announced at last week’s concert, this year our band competed at the middle school level at the Music in the Parks event in Hershey, Pennsylvania.  As the band has previously participated at the elementary level, this change has provided an opportunity for a higher level of competition for our students.

I am proud to announce that our band received a rating of “Excellent” and a second-place finish at this year’s event.  The fact that our students performed so well, competing with five other middle school bands, is a strong testament to the dedication of the students as well as the leadership of the directors.  Congratulations to Mr. Ward, Mr. Moccio and all of the students on this outstanding accomplishment!

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Despite steady rain and a chilly wind off Bull Run Mountain, the 10th Annual Golf Tournament held at Evergreen Country Club on Monday was a great success.  Once again, it was wonderful to see so many parishioners and community members returning for another day of fellowship and fundraising in support of our parish school.  I wish to thank our title sponsors, the Knights of Columbus and Anderson Construction Company, for their continued generosity and support of this event.

The success of the tournament was dependent upon the dedication of a number of school parents.  Led by Mr. Jim Switzer, tournament chairperson, they worked diligently behind the scenes for months, coordinating marketing efforts, ticket sales, corporate sponsorship, and the many details that are essential to insuring a smoothly-run event.  I am truly grateful for their many hours of service.

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This week I wish to share with you that two additional members of our professional staff will not be returning next year.  Miss Nichole Dalusung, music teacher, has resigned her position in order to devote more time to her graduate studies.  During this past semester she has fulfilled the requirements for a Masters Degree in Music and will commence her doctoral studies in the fall.  During her three years as our music teacher, Miss Dalusung has made a wonderful contribution to our school community. Through her love of music and her love of the Catholic faith she has been a wonderful example for her students.  We will long remember her work in preparing the children so beautifully for the annual Christmas pageant.

Mrs. Sniffen, our school nurse, has also decided to resign at the close of this year in order to pursue other professional opportunities.  With a deep knowledge of the nursing profession and extensive experience in the health care field, Mrs. Sniffen has provided first-class care for the students, faculty and staff of All Saints over the course of the past several years.  We are grateful for her professionalism and expertise and all that she has done in support of the health and well-being of our community.

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As we approach the end of the academic year, we would like to request parent feedback on two aspects of our program, both of which are related to student formation.  The first is the follow up survey that is part of our Bullying Program.  An initial survey was distributed to parents in the fall, the results of which were recently communicated via the weekly newsletter.  In an effort to measure progress and to ensure that we are aware of any concerns related to bullying in our community, all parents are invited to complete the electronic survey prepared by our school counselor, Mrs. Karcher.  Parents are encouraged to visit the following link to complete the survey:

ø      K-2 Student Survey (parents please help your K-2nd grader) complete the following survey:http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/N8JX667

ø      3rd-8th Grade Student Survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/H5HT37F

ø      Parent Survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/N8PJTRZ

The second survey pertains to the effectiveness of our Virtue Program.  This past year, Mrs. Evans and Mrs. Cummings, second grade teachers, have built their professional goals around the re-introduction of this program across all grade levels.  As such, they would like to request your feedback and input to be used in planning the program for next year.  After completing the attached survey, please forward your responses to the front office.

It is estimated that completion of both surveys will only require several minutes.  However, the information you provide is vitally important.  In advance, thank you for your participation of our efforts to continue to advance in excellence!

Student Council Election Results

On Monday the students in grades four through seven participated in the annual Student Council Association election. Congratulations to the following students who were selected by their peers to serve as leaders of this important organization during the 2010-2011 school year.

President   –   Caroline R.

Vice President – Monica G.

Secretary/Historian – Samantha E.

School Spirit/Publicity – Will P.

Finance  – Brandon M.

Health, Safety & Ecology  – Christine M.

Religious Activities/Academic Life  – Mary Kate H.

Pennies for Love ~ Outpouring of Generosity!

Thanks to the generosity of the students, the SCA collected $1,461.20 in support of Paul VI’s Options Program and a continued scholarship for one student in Kenya, Africa.

Congratulations to the 4th Grade class for winning the contest by collecting a grand total of $321.86.

Volunteer Appreciation Mass

All volunteers are cordially invited to attend our school Mass on Friday, May 28th.  During the Mass there will be a special moment of recognition for all of our volunteers as we thank God for the blessing they have been to our community this past year.

Race for Education ~ Contribution Update

As of today, the counting team has already processed $ 29,000 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

As previously announced, 15% of the proceeds from the event will be sent directly to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.  Again this year, the funds will be earmarked for the fund begun by Catie O’Brien, a Catholic school student from Pennsylvania who died of cancer in January of 2009.  Her wish was to raise enough money to have all of the expenses paid in her name at St. Jude’s Hospital one day a year.

Tuition Discount for Payment in Full

Parents who submit payment in full for 2010-2011 tuition are eligible for a 5% discount if the payment is received in the office no later than 3:00 p.m. on May 28, 2010.  For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at 703-368-4400.

Spring Tuition Payments

As we approach the close of the school year, parents are reminded of the importance of making timely tuition payments.  With the final tuition payment due to the school during May, those families who have recently fallen behind schedule during this time of continued economic challenge are asked to use the first two weeks of June as an opportunity to pay any outstanding tuition or fees.  Please remember, prompt payment of tuition is essential for the school to remain financially strong and to be able to cover the continued expenses of utilities and salaries for our faculty and staff.

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

This week the office will issue individualized letters to each family, confirming the number of points reflected in the school database and a corresponding fee for unearned points.  Families are asked to submit payment for outstanding points by Friday, May 28th

Retirement Mass for Mrs. Evans

In appreciation for all that she has done for our community and in celebration of her years of service, the school and parish are cordially invited to attend a Retirement Mass in Honor of Mrs. Evans on Thursday, June 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in the church.

VIRTUS Update Training Sessions

One of the diocesan requirements regarding the safe environment initiative is that of annual VIRTUS training.  Through attendance at the 30 minute video training, faculty, staff and volunteers alike are reminded of important practical measures that we can implement to maintain a safe environment.  Those who have not yet attended the VIRTUS update training ~ or did so during the winter/spring of 2009 ~ are required to attend one of the sessions in order to maintain full compliance with the program and eligibility for volunteering. While there is no need to register on-line for this session, for planning purposes please contact Mrs. Janet Smith, VIRTUS coordinator, to confirm your plans to attend.

The next VIRTUS update training has been scheduled for Saturday, May 22nd (Meeting Room 1 @ 10:30 a.m.)

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Race for Education ~ Schedule for Redemption of Prize Cards

Thanks to the students and parents of All Saints, our school mailed 5,300 letters requesting financial support for the 5th Annual Race for Education.  Prize Cards have already been distributed to students who met the criteria and may be redeemed according to the following schedule:

Tuesday, May 25th Designated Dress-Down Day

End of Year Calendar

Field Day ~ Monday, June 7th (Linton Hall School)
Final Day for Pre-Kindergarten ~ Thursday, May 27th
8th Grade Graduation ~ Friday, June 11th (7:00 p.m.)
Kindergarten Luau ~ Monday, June 14th
Kindergarten Program & Final Day ~ Tuesday, June 15th (10:00 a.m.)
Final Day for Grades 1-7 ~ Wednesday, June 16th (10:30 a.m. dismissal)

Many of our current families learned about the value of an All Saints education through a personal reference from an existing school family.  Again this year we would like to reward you for promoting the school to your family and friends!  Through theNew Student Referral Program, your family can receive a $200.00 tuition credit for referring a new family to All Saints Catholic School.  For more information about this program, please see the attached flyer.  Help to spread the word about the success and tradition of All Saints Catholic School!

Spirit News – Coming up!

Join us this Friday, May 21st, for swimming at the Freedom Center anytime between 3:30-9 pm.  All swimmers pay only $4. Splash in the leisure pool, slide down the water slide or jump off the diving board. There’s something for everyone! What a great way to spend a Friday afternoon or evening with your friends. No RSVP required. Please bring the flyer and turn it in at the front desk when you pay. Reminder, no food is allowed at the Freedom Center so plan accordingly. The Freedom Center is located at 10900 University Blvd, Manassas, VA 20110 703 993-8444.

Looking for a fun way to contribute your talents to the school next year? The Spirit Committee needs fun people and new ideas for next year’s spirit events. This is a great way to make community business contacts, host parties without the traditional hassles, and to learn the tremendous contribution that the PTO makes to the school. This position is worth 60 points for parents and requires 5-6 hours per month.  This is a great opportunity for friends to work together and to have fun while doing it. For more information contact Holly Crocker at 703 330-8329 or Holly Stephonsky at 703 754-9386.

VOLUNTEER CORNER

Did you enjoy meeting with friends this year at Chuck E. Cheese’s, Chik-Fil-A and Bowl America? Then please consider being a part of the Spirit Committee for the 2010-2011 year!  We welcome your ideas-please contact Holly Stefonsky at 703-754-9386.

Open House and Summer Camps at JP the Great High School

First, have you heard? JP is offering summer camps! Rising 6-9th graders are encouraged to discover summer fun in our sports camps and enrichment classes. For more information, please contact Miss Wright: 703-445-0305. Second, ourPreview Open House for 5 – 7th graders is back! Join us Wednesday, June 2nd from 7-8:30pm. Meet our principal, teachers, and WOLF mascot while learning more about your new high school! Contact Ms. Cole for more information: 703-445-0300, or visit www.jpthegreat.org

Cat Chat Live!

This is an amazing performance that will help your little ones grow in their faith.

When:  Sat., May 22nd – 1:00 pm (family concert)

Where: St. John the Evangelist Catholic School, 111 King Street, Warrenton, VA

http://www.catchat.ca/concerts/concertInfo.php?cid=052210

For Tickets: Contact Teresa Paccassi @ 540-878-6900

Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 20th Spring Choral Concert ~ Grades 5 & 7 (gym/7:30 p.m.)

Friday, May 21st 4th Grade Field Trip to Mount Vernon

Spirit Activity: Freedom Center (3:30-9:00 p.m.)

Saturday, May 22nd VIRTUS Update Training (Mtg. Room 1 @ 10:30 a.m.)

Tuesday, May 25th Race for Education Dress Down Day Option

Race for Education Pizza Lunch Celebration

Band Concert for School (Gym/2:00 p.m.)

Band Ice Cream Social (2:30 p.m.)

Enrollment Management Team Meeting (art room/7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 26th 6th Grade Field Trip ~ Medieval Times

5th Grade Field Trip ~ Baltimore

Thursday, May 27th Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten

Friday, May 28th Point for Parents Fees due

Deadline for Payment in Full with 5% Tuition Discount

Volunteer Appreciation Mass (8:30 a.m.)

2nd Grade Fiesta

Coming Home with Each Child

ø      Field Day Flyer

Coming Home with 5th – 7th Graders

ø      JP the Great Preview Open House for 5th – 7th Grade Students

Links

§  Invitation for Mary Ann Evans’ Retirement Mass Celebration ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/05/Evansinvite.jpg

§  Parent Virtus Program Survey ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/05/ParentVirtuesSurvey.pdf

§  Field Day ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/05/field-day-2010.pdf

§  Spirit Event Flyer for Freedom Center ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/05/2010-05-21FreedomCenter.jpg

§  Back to School BBQ Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/pto/back-to-school-bbq/

§  Pope John Paul the Great High School Preview Open House Flyer for 5th – 7th Graders ~http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/05/PreviewOpenHouse-June2010.pdf

The Sentinel – Volume 10, Issue 34

Message from the Principal

It has been a joy and a privilege to observe our second grade students receiving their First Communion over the course of the past two weeks.  I am so proud of each of them and our school community rejoices in their reception of this Sacrament for the first time.  May they always be as close to Jesus as they are at this moment!  I wish to thank our second grade teachers, Mrs. Cummings and Mrs. Evans, for so beautifully preparing the children.  Through their teaching and by their example they inspire the children to grow in their faith each day.

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Thank you to all parents and guardians for your support of the new dismissal system.  More than one week into the routine, the revised process seems to be working well.  With this said, we invite any feedback that you wish to offer in helping us to further refine the system.  The summer time will provide us an opportunity to make “minor adjustments” as we plan for the 2010-2011 academic year.

A couple of reminders in regards to parking:

It is very important that school parents refrain from parking in the spaces reserved for members of the clergy.  (The parking spaces reserved for the priests and deacons are located adjacent to the parish office building, directly in front of the school.)  By the nature of their ministry, the priests and deacons need to be able to quickly come and go as they respond to the needs of the parish community, most especially emergency calls.

Many of the parish staff park in the area just behind those spaces reserved for the clergy, directly adjacent to Bay 1.  While the lot is not identified as reserved for parish staff, given the fact that they too have varying hours that sometimes extend into the late evening, I would like to request that school parents and volunteers refrain from parking in this lot as well.  All visiting parents are asked to park in the lot directly in front of the construction site.

In advance, thank you for your cooperation with these requests.  As members of an exceptionally large and vibrant community, it is important that we do our part to maintain an environment of courtesy and respect.

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Once again it was wonderful to see the students running with such spirit at our annual Race for Education!  Their enthusiasm was matched only by that of their parents who cheered them on from the sidelines and in a number of cases, participated in the event.  I wish to again thank all of our donors from across the country and around the globe who so generously contributed to the success of this program.

As of today, the counting team has already processed $24,000. in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

As previously announced, 15% of the proceeds from the event will be sent directly to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.  Again this year, the funds will be earmarked for the fund begun by Catie O’Brien, a Catholic school student from Pennsylvania who died of cancer in January of 2009.  Her wish was to raise enough money to have all of the expenses paid in her name at St. Jude’s Hospital one day a year.

I want to thank Mrs. Beth Ross and Mrs. Marjorie Collins for serving as co-coordinators of our 5th Annual Race for Education. They invested many hours in planning for the big day and continue to volunteer in the school each week, recording and depositing the many contributions.  I am also grateful to the volunteers who worked behind the scenes, processing mailers and assisting on the day of the event.  The many supportive hands assisting with the hole-punching of race cards and water stations helped to insure a safe and enjoyable event for the children, start to finish!

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This year the State of Virginia has implemented several changes related to required immunizations for school attendance.  As these updates are specific to grade levels and affect students at the time of entry or transfer to another school, I have asked our school nurse to compile a summary as a helpful guide to our parent community.  Attached to this week’s newsletter, please find a copy of this document: 2010-2011 New School Physical/Immunization Requirements.  Please give this information careful attention and do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Sniffen should you have any questions about the requirements.

A recent Virginia law requires the state Department of Health to provide parents of rising sixth grade girls with information on HPV and HPV vaccines.  According to this law, schools (including nonpublic schools) are responsible for providing this information to those parents before the end of the current school year.  As such, within the next couple of weeks a letter from the State of Virginia will be forwarded to parents of rising sixth grade girls.  This correspondence will be preceded by a letter from the Virginia Catholic Conference in which the two bishops of our state have provided guidance to parents in making a decision relative to this immunization.

Welcome Miss. Varela ~ New 2nd Grade Teacher

Miss Mary Varela has accepted the position of 2nd grade teacher at All Saints beginning with the 2010-2011 academic year. Miss Varela is a graduate of Canisius College in Buffalo, New York where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in science.  For the past three years she has served as the Kindergarten teacher at Incarnation Catholic School, a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in Sarasota, Florida.  She has training and experience in differentiation of instruction as well as the use of creative drama and literacy centers to enhance the reading and writing program.  Through her knowledge of curriculum, strong organizational skills, and enthusiastic personality, she will be a wonderful addition to the faculty at our school.

10th Annual Golf Tournament ~ Evergreen Country Club

On Monday, May 17th All Saints Parish will host the 10th Annual Golf Tournament at Evergreen Golf & Country Club in Haymarket, Virginia. The monies raised through the Golf Tournament will be used to support the work of the PTO, an organization that enhances the programs and facilities of All Saints Catholic School through annual fundraising initiatives. The financial contributions of individuals and businesses over the last several years have funded major projects in our school, such as the installation of a state-of-the-art computer lab and media center, a new playground, and an interactive electronic whiteboard in every classroom, Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade.

As a first-class fundraiser that is being promoted in the surrounding community, the tournament provides a wonderful opportunity for local businesses to advertise their goods/services.  For more information about corporate sponsorship and ticket information, please visit us online at www.AllSaintsGolf.com. You may also email us at info@allsaintsgolf.com or contact Jim Switzer at 571-330-8381.

Student Outreach ~ Earthquake Relief

Through the generosity of our students, $425.53 has been contributed in support of earthquake relief for Haiti.  Additionally, through the sale of “Haiti Bracelets”, a total of $361.70 has been received in support of this important outreach.  Thank you to Josephine Bennett, Megan Stalker, Katie Walk and Allison Rice for organizing this wonderful project!

Tuition Assistance Program

The Tuition Assistance Committee has completed the process of reviewing the financial analysis provided by FACTS.  All families who have applied for tuition assistance for 2010-2011 should receive a letter of response within the next ten days.

Tuition Discount for Payment in Full

Parents who submit payment in full for 2010-2011 tuition are eligible for a 5% discount if the payment is received in the office no later than 3:00 p.m. on May 28, 2010.  For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at 703-368-4400.

Spring Tuition Payments

As we approach the close of the school year, parents are reminded of the importance of making timely tuition payments.  With the final tuition payment due to the school during May, those families who have recently fallen behind schedule during this time of continued economic challenge are asked to use the first two weeks of June as an opportunity to pay any outstanding tuition or fees.  Please remember, prompt payment of tuition is essential for the school to remain financially strong and to be able to cover the continued expenses of utilities and salaries for our faculty and staff.

Faculty Member to serve on DFE Visiting Team

For the remainder of the week, Mrs. Sweeney will be serving on the Design for Excellence Visiting Team at St. Rita School in Alexandria.  We congratulate her on being selected for this important role and wish her every success during the experience.

“Blue Ribbon Mass” with Bishop Loverde

The mass in celebration of our school’s recognition as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence will take place tomorrow at 10:00 a.m.  All school families and friends are cordially invited to join us for this special time of prayer and thanksgiving.

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

This week the office will issue individualized letters to each family, confirming the number of points reflected in the school database and a corresponding fee for unearned points.  Families are asked to submit payment for outstanding points by Friday, May 28th

Retirement Mass for Mrs. Evans

In appreciation for all that she has done for our community and in celebration of her years of service, the school and parish are cordially invited to attend a Retirement Mass in Honor of Mrs. Evans on Thursday, June 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in the church.

VIRTUS Update Training Sessions

One of the diocesan requirements regarding the safe environment initiative is that of annual VIRTUS training.  Through attendance at the 30 minute video training, faculty, staff and volunteers alike are reminded of important practical measures that we can implement to maintain a safe environment.  Those who have not yet attended the VIRTUS update training ~ or did so during the winter/spring of 2009 ~ are required to attend one of the sessions in order to maintain full compliance with the program and eligibility for volunteering. While there is no need to register on-line for this session, for planning purposes please contact Mrs. Janet Smith, VIRTUS coordinator, to confirm your plans to attend.

The next VIRTUS update training has been scheduled for Saturday, May 22nd (Meeting Room 1 @ 10:30 a.m.)

All Saints Spring Choral Concert

Join us in the gym on Thursday May 20that 7:30 pm for the All Saints Spring Choral Concert, I’m Gonna Sing when the Spirit Says Sing! – an evening of Spirituals and other “toe-tapping” songs featuring the 5th and 7th grade.

5th and 7th graders should report to the gym at 7:15 pm. Dress code for concert: jean bottoms (capris/long pants- no shorts/skirts), summer uniform shoes/socks, solid color top (any color, no large words/logos across the front please).

Blue Ribbon Outreach for May

In celebration of our Blue Ribbon status we will be collecting items for Birth Right this month.  A list of requested items follows:

Formula-Similac Advnced                    Books, such as What to Expect When You’re Expecting

Diapers                                                   Baby Wipes

Baby Shampoo                                      Baby Lotion

Walmart Gift Cards                                Baby Clothes (0 – 9 mos.) New or gently used.

No clothes larger than 9 mos.

Note: Birthright can not accept furniture, car seats, cribs, swings, baby baths, etc.

Spirit News ~ Coming up!

Make plans now for swimming at the Freedom Center on Friday, May 21st from 3:30-9 pm. All swimmers pay only $4. This was a great event last year and we had nearly the whole place to ourselves. Come join the fun in the leisure pool with the dumping buckets, slide down the water slide or jump off the diving board. There’s something for everyone! No RSVP required. Please bring the flyer and turn it in at the front desk when you pay. Reminder, no food is allowed at the Freedom Center so plan accordingly. The Freedom Center is located at 10900 University Blvd, Manassas, VA 20110 703 993-8444.

Drama & Art Camps in Catholic Setting:  Early Bird Discounts!

All Saints in Manassas & St. Mark in Vienna are hosting the Spotlight on the Arts Summer Camps which features one week day camps for youth from Pre-K through 12th grade held at the end of July.  There are a variety of camp offerings including Art Explorer Camp, Arts & Crafts Fun Camp, Drama Bootcamp, and Camp Broadway.  These camps are taught by Catholics with extensive training in their fields in addition to experience working with young people.  There are early bird discounts offered for registrations received in the next few weeks.

To get the brochure on-line go to http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=SpotlightontheArtsCamps2010.pdf or contact Rob Tessier, Camp Director, attessier@allsaintsva.org or 703-393-2141.

Important News from JP the Great High School

First, have you heard? JP is offering summer camps! Rising 6-9th graders are encouraged to discover summer fun in our sports camps and enrichment classes. For more information, please contact Miss Wright: 703-445-0305. Second, ourpreview night for 5 – 7th graders is back! Join us June 2nd from 7-8pm for an open house. Learn more about your new high school! Contact Ms. Cole for more information: 703-445-0300, or visit www.jpthegreat.org.

PVI Girl’s Soccer Camp

Girl’s Summer Soccer Camp at Paul VI Catholic High School. July 5-9th. Ages 7-13. Information and Registration Form available at paulvi.net- athletics-girl’s team- soccer”.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Race for Education ~ Schedule for Redemption of Prize Cards

Thanks to the students and parents of All Saints, our school mailed 5,300 letters requesting financial support for the 5th Annual Race for Education.  Prize Cards have already been distributed to students who met the criteria and may be redeemed according to the following schedule:

Tuesday, May 18th Designated Dress-Down Day

Tuesday, May 25th Designated Dress-Down Day

End of Year Calendar

Field Day ~ Monday, June 7th (Linton Hall School)

Final Day for Pre-Kindergarten ~ Thursday, May 27th

8th Grade Graduation ~ Friday, June 11th (7:00 p.m.)

Kindergarten Luau ~ Monday, June 14th

Kindergarten Program & Final Day ~ Tuesday, June 15th (10:00 a.m.)

Final Day for Grades 1-7 ~ Wednesday, June 16th (10:30 a.m. dismissal)

Message from Splendid Portraits

The Staff at Splendid Portraits hopes that you are delighted with your Spring Portraits.  If you plan to return any of your Spring Pictures, please return them to the school office.

Many of our current families learned about the value of an All Saints education through a personal reference from an existing school family.  Again this year we would like to reward you for promoting the school to your family and friends!  Through theNew Student Referral Program, your family can receive a $200.00 tuition credit for referring a new family to All Saints Catholic School.  For more information about this program, please see the attached flyer.  Help to spread the word about the success and tradition of All Saints Catholic School!

Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 13th Blue Ribbon Mass with the Bishop (10:00 a.m.)

4th Quarter Interims

Friday, May 14th Band Trip to Hershey Park (5:45 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.)

Great Ghost Chase at Linton Hall School for members of the Running Club

Noon Dismissal

Monday, May 17th 10th Annual Golf Tournament ~ Evergreen Country Club

SCA Speeches & Election for 2010-2011

Tuesday, May 18th Race for Education Dress Down Day Option

EPSF Kindergarten Screening Parent Meeting (Art Room/7:00)

Wednesday, May 19th SCA sponsored Dress in Red Day for Red Ribbon Celebration

Drug & Alcohol Abuse Presentation, Manassas City Police representative ~ Grades 4-8

Thursday, May 20th Spring Choral Concert ~ Grades 5 & 7 (gym/7:30 p.m.)

Friday, May 21st 4th Grade Field Trip to Mount Vernon

Spirit Activity: Freedom Center (3:30-9:00 p.m.)

Saturday, May 22nd VIRTUS Update Training (Mtg. Room 1 @ 10:30 a.m.)

Items Going Home With Oldest Child

§  American Red Cross 8th Annual Frances Kelly Blood Drive flyer

Links

§  2010 – 2011 Physical and Immunization Requirements ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/health-and-wellness/physicalimmunization-requirements/

§  Red Ribbon Day Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/05/Red_Ribbon_Flyer-2010.pdf

§  Spirit Event Flyer for Freedom Center ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/05/2010-05-21FreedomCenter.jpg

§  Bishop O’Connell Summer Baseball Camp Flyer ~ Summer Baseball Camp at Bishop O’Connell High School

The Sentinel – Volume 10, Issue 33

Message from the Principal

After observing the first two days of our new afternoon dismissal, I am very pleased with the progress we are making.  Again, I wish to thank all parents and guardians for their careful attention to the details.  With all of us working together, we have implemented a complex new system with minimal disruption.  I also want to congratulate Mrs. Campagna and the faculty on a job very well done.  Through their dedication and commitment to “getting it right”, they have successfully designed and implemented an effective new carpool system for our community.  What an outstanding team they are!

For the past several days we have been blessed with dry weather, providing ideal conditions for introducing the new program. Now that everyone is familiar with the new procedures and we have experienced a level of success, it is important that we turn our focus to the process for “rainy day dismissal”.

The good news is that the process for “rainy day” dismissal is nearly identical to that of our “regular” dismissal.  Parents are asked to park in the same assigned bays and the traffic patterns will remain the same.  The one change is that the students will not gather in lines for carpool pick up.  Rather, parents will be asked to stand directly in front of the row of cars in which their vehicles are parked.  The students will exit the building in an orderly fashion and look for their parents standing at the front of a row in their assigned bay.  Once they see their parents, the students will walk directly to them across the parking lot.  Faculty members will be present to monitor this process and there will be an assigned staff member on both sides of the building to gather and supervise those students who do not immediately see their parents.

On Friday of this week, All Saints will host it’s first “rainy day simulation” to provide both parents and students an opportunity to practice this new procedure.  This will also allow us to review the process and make any needed adjustments prior to any inclement weather.

The additional good news is that if this works ~ and I have every confidence that it will ~ the calling of numbers over the PA system will be a thing of the past.  At the end of the day, I believe we will have identified a system that is predictable and easier to execute regardless of weather conditions.  Thanks for your continued support and patience during the transition!

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Linked to this week’s newsletter is an important memo from our Superintendent, Sr. Bernadette McManigal regarding a recent voluntary recall of more than 40 over-the-counter medications for infants and children.  Please take a moment to review the list of attached medications and to review the guidance provided by the Office of Catholic Schools.  Should you have any questions about this recall or need to replace medications you have provided to our clinic, please contact Mrs. Sniffen at 703-368-4400.

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Tomorrow all of the students at All Saints will participate in the 5th Annual Race for Education. As the largest fundraiser for the school community, the Race provides important financial support for initiatives that would otherwise be beyond reach.

The following are a list of important reminders for all students and parents regarding Thursday’s event.

1)       All students in grades K-8 are asked to wear their P.E. uniforms to school on Thursday.  Students enrolled in the Pre-K are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing appropriate for running.

2)       While all students will be participating in the Race for Education activities, only those students who brought in sponsor names or a flat donation will be eligible for prizes.

3)       Students need not bring water bottles to the Race for Education.  Two water stations will be available to students throughout the race.

4)       Students who are absent on Thursday will be able to run a later date.

5)       Lunch will be served in the cafeteria at the regularly scheduled time.

The schedule for Thursday’s Race is as follows.  We hope that many of you will be able to join us for a wonderful day of fun and fellowship!

Grades Pre-K, K & 1             8:45 to 9:45 a.m.

Grades 2-3                             10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Grades 6-8                             12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Grades Pre-K3, 4-5               1:45 to 2:45 p.m.

As of today, the counting team has already processed more than $19,300 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

It is not too late to volunteer to assist with the event.  If you would like to help, please contact Mrs. Marjorie Collins at 703-365-9686. This is a great opportunity for parents to show support for the school and at the same time earn Points for Parents!  Please plan to join us for what promises to be a great day of fun and fellowship!

“Blue Ribbon Mass” with Bishop Loverde

The mass in celebration of our school’s recognition as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 13th at 10:00 a.m.  All school families and friends are cordially invited to join us for this special time of prayer and thanksgiving.

Retirement Mass for Mrs. Evans

In appreciation for all that she has done for our community and in celebration of her years of service, the school and parish are cordially invited to attend a Retirement Mass in Honor of Mrs. Evans on Thursday, June 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in the church.

10th Annual Golf Tournament ~ Evergreen Country Club

On Monday, May 17th All Saints Parish will host the 10th Annual Golf Tournament at Evergreen Golf & Country Club in Haymarket, Virginia. The monies raised through the Golf Tournament will be used to support the work of the PTO, an organization that enhances the programs and facilities of All Saints Catholic School through annual fundraising initiatives. The financial contributions of individuals and businesses over the last several years have funded major projects in our school, such as the installation of a state-of-the-art computer lab and media center, a new playground, and an interactive electronic whiteboard in every classroom, Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade.

As a first-class fundraiser that is being promoted in the surrounding community, the tournament provides a wonderful opportunity for local businesses to advertise their goods/services.  For more information about corporate sponsorship and ticket information, please visit us online at www.AllSaintsGolf.com. You may also email us at info@allsaintsgolf.com or contact Jim Switzer at 571-330-8381.

Virtue of the Month ~ Peacemaking

To foster the virtue of peacemaking, we will encourage the students to adopt the following practices:

  1. Be kind to all you meet today.
  2. Make peace with others at the end of the school day.
  3. Stay calm no matter what happens to you today.
  4. Say part of St. Francis’ Peace Prayer to yourself today.
  5. Apologize the minute you know that you have offended someone.
  6. Do an extra act of kindness for your family tonight.
  7. Take care of your family pet without complaining.
  8. Make peace with family members before going to sleep.
  9. Be a peacemaker.  Calm your friends while playing games.
  10. Greet your neighbor politely.
  11. Say a prayer for peace throughout the world.

Prayer of the Month ~ Peace Prayer

Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.

Lord, let me help sad people be happy.

Let me forgive those who hurt me.

And let me bring your love to all.

Amen

VIRTUS Update Training Sessions

One of the diocesan requirements regarding the safe environment initiative is that of annual VIRTUS training.  Through attendance at the 30 minute video training, faculty, staff and volunteers alike are reminded of important practical measures that we can implement to maintain a safe environment.  Those who have not yet attended the VIRTUS update training ~ or did so during the winter/spring of 2009 ~ are required to attend one of the sessions in order to maintain full compliance with the program and eligibility for volunteering. While there is no need to register on-line for this session, for planning purposes please contact Mrs. Janet Smith, VIRTUS coordinator, to confirm your plans to attend.

The next VIRTUS update training has been scheduled for Saturday, May 22nd (Meeting Room 1 @ 10:30 a.m.)

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Race for Education ~ Schedule for Redemption of Prize Cards

Thanks to the students and parents of All Saints, our school mailed 5,300 letters requesting financial support for the 5th Annual Race for Education.  Prize Cards have already been distributed to students who met the criteria and may be redeemed according to the following schedule:

Tuesday, May 4th Designated Dress-Down Day

Tuesday, May 18th Designated Dress-Down Day

Tuesday, May 25th Designated Dress-Down Day

End of Year Calendar

Field Day ~ Monday, June 7th (Linton Hall School)

Final Day for Pre-Kindergarten ~ Thursday, May 27th

8th Grade Graduation ~ Friday, June 11th (7:00 p.m.)

Kindergarten Luau ~ Monday, June 14th

Kindergarten Program & Final Day ~ Tuesday, June 15th (10:00 a.m.)

Final Day for Grades 1-7 ~ Wednesday, June 16th (10:30 a.m. dismissal)

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

Within the next week the office will issue individualized letters to each family, confirming the number of points reflected in the school database and a corresponding fee for unearned points.  Families are asked to submit payment for outstanding points by Friday, May 28th

Many of our current families learned about the value of an All Saints education through a personal reference from an existing school family.  Again this year we would like to reward you for promoting the school to your family and friends!  Through theNew Student Referral Program, your family can receive a $200.00 tuition credit for referring a new family to All Saints Catholic School.  For more information about this program, please see the attached flyer.  Help to spread the word about the success and tradition of All Saints Catholic School!

Spirit News ~ Coming Up!

Come join us for lunch at Chick-Fil-A next Monday, May 10th after the noon dismissal. Invite your friends, carpool buddies and anyone whom you want to visit with while your children play with their friends. Bring the flyer and the school will receive 15% of the sales. Chick-Fil-A is located off of Rt 28 near the Super Target at 9939 Sowder Village Square, Manassas, VA 20109 703 365-9292.

Make plans now for swimming at the Freedom Center on Friday, May 21st from 3:30-9 pm. All swimmers pay only $4. This was a great event last year and we had nearly the whole place to ourselves. Come join the fun in the leisure pool with the dumping buckets, slide down the water slide or jump off the diving board. There’s something for everyone! No RSVP required. Please bring the flyer and turn it in at the front desk when you pay. Reminder, no food is allowed at the Freedom Center so plan accordingly. The Freedom Center is located at 10900 University Blvd, Manassas, VA 20110 703 993-8444.

Basketball Camps

4Paul VI Boys & Girls Summer Basketball Camps: June 21 – 24 / July 12 – 16 / July 26-30.  Space is available.  Please contact Scott Allen to register at coachsallen@aol.com or 703-856-7157

4St Leo The Great Mini-Hoopster Camps. June 28 – July 1 / July 19 – 22.  All Rising First Graders – Rising 3rd Graders.

$100.00 per session or $175.00 for both.  Boys Session 9 am – 12 pm / Girls Session 1 pm – 4 pm.

Please Contact Scott Allen at coachsallen@aol.com /703-856-7157 to sign up

Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 6th 5th Annual Race for Education

Friday, May 7th School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

May Crowning, immediately following Mass

Graduation & First Communion Photos (9:45 a.m.)

Saturday, May 8th First Communion (10:30 a.m.)

Monday, May 10th Noon Dismissal ~ Professional Development (Curriculum Mapping)

Spirit Activity: Chick Fil-A (see link for details)

Tuesday, May 11th 8th Grade Foreign Language Exam

Battle of the Books

Band Concert (Gym/7:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 12th 7th Grade Field Trip to National Art Gallery

Thursday, May 13th Blue Ribbon Mass with the Bishop (10:00 a.m.)

Friday, May 14th Band Trip to Hershey Park

Great Ghost Chase at Linton Hall School for members of the Running Club

Noon Dismissal

Links

§  Voluntary Medication Recall Notice for 40 Over the Counter Medications  ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/05/McNeilRecall.pdf

§  Spirit Event Flyer for Chick-Fil-A ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/05/2010-5-10-Chick-Fil-A.jpg

§  Spirit Event Flyer for Freedom Center ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/05/2010-05-21FreedomCenter.jpg

§  Cat.Chat Live coming to St. John the Evangelist Catholic School, Sat., May 22 at 1:00 p.m. (see flyer for details) ~http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/05/catchatflyer.pdf

The Sentinel – Volume 10, Issue 32

Message from the Principal

As announced earlier in the year, one of our current goals is that of updating the existing dismissal procedures, frequently referred to as “afternoon carpool”.  The impetus for this has been our experience of rainy day dismissal, particularly during the first semester.  Recognizing the complexity of the system and the tendency for a breakdown in the process, we have been working toward a better solution.

What began, however, with a focus on the process for rainy day dismissal has expanded to a review and revision of the entire dismissal system.  Recognizing that the recent growth of the school has required daily overflow parking, it is important that we identify an alternative procedure, one that will better meet our current needs and allow for future growth.  As such, this week I wish to share with you the details of a new dismissal process that we will initiate on Monday, May 3rd.

To summarize, the objectives of the new carpool system are as follows:  To maintain a dismissal process that safeguards the students, parents and faculty, while increasing efficiency and providing for additional parking.

It is important that I emphasize that our goal is not to expedite the process.  On a typical day the entire dismissal process occurs over the course of 15-20 minutes.  Given the numbers of students and parents, I do not feel that we can improve upon this without compromising safety.  However, I am confident that we can maintain the current rate of dismissal in a manner that isless complicated and subsequently, less prone to challenges, particularly on inclement weather days.

In redesigning the dismissal process, we have identified three key strategies:

1)       Minimize the movement of students and parents by having the children report directly to their cars on inclement weather days, rather than re-assembling in the building.

2)       Maximize efficiency by continuing to load numerous cards simultaneously rather than adopting a “flow through” concept by which cars are loaded only a few at a time.

3)       Increase parking for parents by utilizing both the front and rear parking lots.

In essence, we will continue to dismiss in the same manner, but we will also use the parking lot behind the school as a staging area.  This will eliminate the need for overflow parking and allow for continued growth.  The most significant change for parents is that cars will no longer park in the order that they arrive.  Rather, parents will be assigned parking in one of five bays based on their last name.  This will create a sense of predictability for both students and parents, particularly on rainy days.  As such, it will no longer be necessary to call students by carpool numbers since they will simply report to their assigned carpool bay. (All of this is explained in much greater detail in the guidelines linked to this newsletter.)

So as to implement this new system in the most manageable way possible, the first day of the new dismissal process will occur on Monday, May 3rd when both Pre-K and Kindergarten classes are not in session due to EPSF screening.  The process will be repeated and fine-tuned as needed on Tuesday, May 4th, when there is also a significantly smaller number of cars at dismissal because of after school band practice.  These two days will provide us the opportunity to assess the new system and make any necessary adjustments prior to Wednesday, May 5th.

As carpool drivers, the most important information of which you need to be aware is the following, the answers to which can be found on the attached map and guidelines:

1)       Which entrance do I use when entering the property?

2)       Where do I park my car?

3)       Which exits do I use when departing?

So as to help the students clearly understand the new process, we will stage a rehearsal during the school day with them tomorrow.

In advance, thank you for your careful attention to the attached guidelines and support for this new process.  As with any major change, we can expect some “growing pains” and challenges.  However, I am convinced that the end result will be one that is more effective for our school and reflects the commitment to safety, organization and professionalism that we all value in our community.

I would be remiss if I did not thank Mrs. Campagna, Assistant Principal, the faculty, and volunteer parents who have contributed to the design of this new process.  I appreciate their investment of time and energy and especially thank Mrs. Campagna for spearheading the project.

Look for reminders and updates in the days ahead….

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This week I wish to also share some important news regarding one of our beloved teachers at All Saints.  After 22 years of dedicated service, Mrs. MaryAnn Evans has decided to retire at the close of this school year.  In beginning this next phase in her life, she will have the opportunity to spend more time with her family, including her beautiful grandson.

Through her many years at our school, Mrs. Evans has touched the hearts of countless children and parents and is truly part of the fabric of our school community.  In her role as 2nd grade teacher, she has guided the children and prepared them for that very special moment, the time at which they experience Jesus in their First Communion.

In appreciation for all that she has done for our community and in celebration of her life of service, the school and parish are cordially invited to attend a Retirement Mass in Honor of Mrs. Evans on Thursday, June 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in the church. I hope that many of you will be able to join us as we thank Mrs. Evans for the difference she has made in the lives of the children.

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The 5th Annual Race for Education is less than two weeks away.  On Thursday, May 6th, the entire school will participate in this event, which has been designed to raise funds for essential classroom materials.  Additionally, as is our tradition, 15% of all proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

I am pleased to share with you that we have already collected over $14,000 in contributions.  We are truly thankful for the generous response of parents, relatives, and friends of All Saints Catholic School.

By way of this letter I wish to extend an invitation for you to come out and watch your child(ren) walk or jog next Thursday.  The following is the schedule for this special event:

Grades Pre-K 1 & Pk2, K & 1               8:45 to 9:45 a.m.

Grades 2-3                                             10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Grades 6-8                                             2:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Grades Pre-K3, 4-5                               1:45 to 2:45 p.m.

The students will be eating lunch at their regular times in the cafeteria.

We hope that many of you will be able to join us for a wonderful day of fun and fellowship!

NOTE: There is still a need for volunteers at all of the sessions of the race next week. Volunteers will help track the children’s laps and pass out water, both which can be done while you are cheering your child on.  Please contact Marjorie Collins at 703-365-9686 or marjorie@ocfmail.com if you are available to help. Thank you to the parents who have already signed up to volunteer!

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On Thursday and Friday of this week, I will be attending the annual diocesan principals’ retreat in Maryland.  Please know of my prayers for our school and families in the days ahead.  I look forward to joining many of you on Saturday morning as we witness and celebrate our 2nd grade students receiving their First Communion.

10th Annual Golf Tournament ~ Evergreen Country Club

On Monday, May 17th All Saints Parish will host the 10th Annual Golf Tournament at Evergreen Golf & Country Club in Haymarket, Virginia. The monies raised through the Golf Tournament will be used to support the work of the PTO, an organization that enhances the programs and facilities of All Saints Catholic School through annual fundraising initiatives. The financial contributions of individuals and businesses over the last several years have funded major projects in our school, such as the installation of a state-of-the-art computer lab and media center, a new playground, and an interactive electronic whiteboard in every classroom, Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade.

As a first-class fundraiser that is being promoted in the surrounding community, the tournament provides a wonderful opportunity for local businesses to advertise their goods/services.  For more information about corporate sponsorship and ticket information, please visit us online at www.AllSaintsGolf.com. You may also email us at info@allsaintsgolf.com or contact Jim Switzer at 571-330-8381.

All Saints Catholic School Participates in Diocesan Music Festival

On Saturday, April 17th, students from All Saints Catholic School participated in the Diocesan Music Festival at Pope John Paul the Great High School.  Choirs and music groups from Catholic elementary and high schools from across the Diocese performed for each other and received comments from adjudicators who are highly specialized in the music education and choral conducting field.  Our students performed two songs: “How Deep the Riches” and “Hosanna Processional.”  The students sang beautifully and received great comments speaking of their “sweet voices,” “great composure,” and “very enjoyable performance”.  The students who participated truly enjoyed sharing their joy of singing with others and the appreciated the opportunity to hear other choirs from across the Diocese.  The following students participated in the Diocesan Music Festival: Kaitlin Andres, Josephine Bennett, Caroline Birmingham, Gwen Blasco, Caton Brisbin, Mary-Margaret Burns, Leslie Chang, Erika Corchado, Meredith Hackerson, Lauren Jerothe, Carolyn Karcher, Vivienne Penders, Allison Rice, Danyelle Rinker, Lorraine Saupan, Megan Stalker, and Katie Walk.  Thank you to all of these students for so beautifully representing All Saints Catholic School and to Miss Dalusung for preparing the students and coordinating the school’s participation in the music festival.

Three All Saints 7th Graders Capture Prizes At Diocesan Science Fair

What trait does Jiminy Cricket, the Disney animated character that tries to guide the puppet Pinocchio, share in common with the subjects of the science fair project studied by All Saints Catholic School 7th grader, Monica Gonzalez?  If you guessed the ability to communicate you’d be right.  In her science fair project entitled “Can You Hear Me,the budding scientist studied the effect of temperature on the communication habits of crickets.  As part of her study, Ms. Gonzalez recorded the chirping of crickets and then designed two chambers of different temperatures to observe in which temperatures crickets would be more likely to communicate.  For her efforts, the 7th grader captured a third place award in the field of Zoology at the annual Diocese of Arlington Science Fair competition held on Saturday, April 24, at Paul VI High School in Fairfax.

Also winning a third place award at the Diocesan Fair was fellow seventh grader, Heather Barnes for her project “Water as Fuel.”  Choosing Environmental Science as her category, Ms. Barnes explored the practical value of using a Stirling engine, an external combustion engine known for its high efficiency, quiet operation and use of renewable clean energy, rather than a traditional internal combustion engine which creates pollution and uses scarce resources.  While testing to determine if temperature affects the output of a Stirling engine, the young scientist built a small engine which she operated at different temperature extremes.

“Shhh!  Is It Quiet Now” was the title of the science fair project of seventh grader, Gwendolyn Blasco who merited an honorable mention in the category of Physics during the Diocesan competition. Competing in a category with 53 entrants from 25 schools of the Arlington Diocese Ms. Blasco investigated which type of insulation would best sound-proof a room.

Additional participants at the Diocese of Arlington Science Fair who represented All Saints Catholic School included: Alyssa DeRaymond, Isabella Meier, Ellen Orsi, and Harrison Tamke – Grade 8, and Patrick Fall – Grade 7. 

All Saints Alumnus Raising Funds for Leukemia & Lymphoma Research

Aura Novak (former All Saints student) and Cristina Krukar, both 2001 graduates of Paul VI Catholic High School, are hoping to raise $50,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2010 Man & Woman of the Year campaign. Each year the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society recognizes men and women throughout the U.S. who raise the most funds in their community for blood-cancer research and patient support.

Aura Novak was recently nominated as a 2010 Woman of the Year candidate and has dedicated her campaign to Krukar who was diagnosed with diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia in April of 2007 at age 23. She underwent aggressive treatment and since late 2009 has been in the early stages of remission. Her doctor will consider her in full remission after five years without relapse.

The goal of “Team Cristina’s Fight” is to raise $50,000 between April 8 and June 12. The team will host a number of fundraising events, including:  Team Cristina’s Fight bake sale May 8, Habitat for Humanity yard sale, 1760 Reston Pkwy., Reston, 8 a.m. to noon; and the South Riding Golf Tournament May 22, South Riding Golf Course, 43237 Golf View Dr., South Riding, 1 p.m.

To RSVP or for more information, contact Aura Novak at 571/241-6303 or auranovak@gmail.com. Donations can also be made online at nca.mwoy.llsevent.org/AuraNovak by June 12, 2010.

Parish Festival Cake Walk ~ Note of Thanks

Thanks so much to all who participated in the Cake Walk this year!   Your time was very much appreciated and your enthusiasm is a wonderful example to all.  Thank you to all the families who provided the marvelous cakes.  Special thanks to the Tara Wolfe who was on site for most of the festival to make sure it all ran smoothly.  This was an awesome community effort.  All of you are to be commended for your efforts and support of the Parish Festival.  Thank you!

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Race for Education ~ Schedule for Redemption of Prize Cards

Thanks to the students and parents of All Saints, our school mailed 5,300 letters requesting financial support for the 5th Annual Race for Education.  Prize Cards have already been distributed to students who met the criteria and may be redeemed according to the following schedule:

Tuesday, April 27th Students may begin redeeming Free Pretzel Cards

Tuesday, May 4th Designated Dress-Down Day

Thursday, May 6th Students may begin redeeming Free Ice Cream Cards

Tuesday, May 18th Designated Dress-Down Day

Tuesday, May 25th Designated Dress-Down Day

End of Year Calendar

Field Day ~ Monday, June 7th (Linton Hall School)

Final Day for Pre-Kindergarten ~ Thursday, May 27th

8th Grade Graduation ~ Friday, June 11th (7:00 p.m.)

Kindergarten Luau ~ Monday, June 14th

Kindergarten Program & Final Day ~ Tuesday, June 15th (10:00 a.m.)

Final Day for Grades 1-7 ~ Wednesday, June 16th (10:30 a.m. dismissal)

Kindergarten Screening

The Early Prevention of School Failure Screening for Kindergarten applicants will take place on Monday, May 3rd.  In 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” 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 do so by Friday, April 30th. 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.

Mass with Bishop Loverde ~ Rescheduled ~REMINDER

The mass in celebration of our school’s recognition as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 13th at 10:00 a.m.  All school families and friends are cordially invited to join us for this special time of prayer and thanksgiving.

Many of our current families learned about the value of an All Saints education through a personal reference from an existing school family.  Again this year we would like to reward you for promoting the school to your family and friends!  Through theNew Student Referral Program, your family can receive a $200.00 tuition credit for referring a new family to All Saints Catholic School.  For more information about this program, please see the attached flyer.  Help to spread the word about the success and tradition of All Saints Catholic School!

Upcoming Events

Friday, April 30th Points for Parents ~ Deadline for Parents to update database

Saturday, May 1st First Communion (10:30 a.m.)

Monday, May 3rd EPSF Kindergarten Screening (No PreK or K classes)

4th Grade Mothers’ Tea

New Carpool System begins

Tuesday, May 4th SCA Election Information Meeting for Middle School

PTO Board Meeting (Jr. Library/7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 5th Battle of the Books

Thursday, May 6th 5th Annual Race for Education

Friday, May 7th May Crowning, immediately following Mass

Graduation & First Communion Photos

Saturday, May 8th First Communion (10:30 a.m.)

Coming Home With Oldest Child

§  PTO Election Ballot (also available under links)

Coming Home with 6 – 8 Grade Students

§  Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School Summer Camps Information Packet

***Spring Pictures Coming Home with Students Who Ordered Them***

LINKS

§  New Dismissal Guidelines ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/04/PMDISMISSALPROCEDURES-Parents.pdf

§  Dismissal Bays~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/04/Dismissal-Bays.pdf

§  PTO Election Ballot ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/04/pto-election-ballot-2010.pdf

§  John Paul the Great High School Summer Camps for Rising 6-9th Graders ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/04/jpg-summer-camp.pdf

§  e-News Update from JP the Great Catholic High School ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/04/e-News-April-21-2010.pdf

§  Spotlight on the Arts Brochure ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=SpotlightontheArtsCamps2010.pdf

The Sentinel – Volume 10, Issue 31

Message from the Principal

Congratulations to the members of our 8th grade class who were confirmed on Saturday.  We rejoice in their commitment to their faith and welcome them as full members of our Church! Let us pray that the outpouring of the Spirit experienced in this Sacrament will continue to inspire and guide our students in the years ahead.

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This week I wish to share with you the results of the Bullying Survey completed by parents and students during the first semester.  I wish to first thank Mrs. Karcher, school counselor, for all of the time and energy she invested in this important project.  I also want to thank Mr. and Mrs. Bill for tabulating the results and organizing the data.  A summary report of the survey is linked to this week’s newsletter.

In general, I am pleased with the results and believe that we are making progress regarding this important challenge.  The statistics compiled by Mrs. Karcher confirm that All Saints is a place where the majority of students feel safe.  I attribute much of this to the fact that the staff has been proactive in helping the students develop healthy, positive relationships and responsive when needs or concerns have arisen.

While the responses of many confirm that bullying is not a significant problem at All Saints, it remains a very real challenge for those who encounter instances of teasing and bullying.  As long as one case of bullying exists, there is work to be done.

As such, these survey results are not an endpoint, but rather a benchmark to better help us measure progress in the years ahead.  Maintaining an environment of respect remains one of our top priorities at All Saints, one towards which we continue to direct focused effort and resources.  To this end, we will issue one more bullying survey prior to the close of the year.  It is our plan to distribute this second survey electronically, enabling us to more efficiently compile the data.  You will also note from the report provided by Mrs. Karcher that there are additional strategies we have identified for the upcoming year.  Combined with the measures already in place, I am hopeful that we will continue to make steady progress in establishing a “bully free zone” at All Saints.

Thank you, parents, faculty & staff, for continuing to instill in the children the virtues of respect and kindness!

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I am pleased to announce this week that Mrs. Janis DeVore will serve as the Director of Marketing & Development beginning with the 2010-2011 school year.  Having served as the Coordinator of the emerging program, she has demonstrated tremendous effectiveness in communicating the success story of All Saints to the surrounding community.  While continuing to serve as the point person for our marketing and development efforts, she will also coordinate the new Enrollment Management Initiative.  Through this program, it is our goal to implement strategic year-round strategies in support of student recruitment and retention.

We congratulate Mrs. DeVore on this promotion and thank her for the good work she has already begun. Through her efforts directed at advancing our mission, she will help to ensure that the gift of Catholic education remains available for future generations of children at All Saints.

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A Glimpse Ahead: The New Carpool System …Details next week…

10th Annual Golf Tournament ~ Evergreen Country Club

On Monday, May 17th All Saints Parish will host the 10th Annual Golf Tournament at Evergreen Golf & Country Club in Haymarket, Virginia. The monies raised through the Golf Tournament will be used to support the work of the PTO, an organization that enhances the programs and facilities of All Saints Catholic School through annual fundraising initiatives. The financial contributions of individuals and businesses over the last several years have funded major projects in our school, such as the installation of a state-of-the-art computer lab and media center, a new playground, and an interactive electronic whiteboard in every classroom, Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade.

As a first-class fundraiser that is being promoted in the surrounding community, the tournament provides a wonderful opportunity for local businesses to advertise their goods/services.  For more information about corporate sponsorship and ticket information, please visit us online at www.AllSaintsGolf.com. You may also email us at info@allsaintsgolf.com or contact Jim Switzer at 571-330-8381.

Race for Education ~ Schedule for Redemption of Prize Cards

Thanks to the students and parents of All Saints, our school mailed 5,300 letters requesting financial support for the 5th Annual Race for Education.  Prize Cards have already been distributed to students who met the criteria and may be redeemed according to the following schedule:

Tuesday, April 27th Students may begin redeeming Free Pretzel Cards
Thursday, April 29th Students may begin redeeming Free Ice Cream Cards
Tuesday, May 4th Designated Dress-Down Day
Tuesday, May 18th Deisgnated Dress-Down Day
Tuesday, May 25th Designated Dress-Down Day

End of Year Calendar

Field Day ~ Monday, June 7th (Linton Hall School)
Final Day for Pre-Kindergarten ~ Thursday, May 27th

8th Grade Graduation ~ Friday, June 11th (7:00 p.m.)

Kindergarten Luau ~ Monday, June 14th

Kindergarten Program & Final Day ~ Tuesday, June 15th (10:00 a.m.)

Final Day for Grades 1-7 ~ Wednesday, June 16th (10:30 a.m. dismissal)

Kindergarten Screening

The Early Prevention of School Failure Screening for Kindergarten applicants will take place on Monday, April 26th and Monday, May 3rd.  In 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” 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 do so by Friday, April 30th. 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.

Mass with Bishop Loverde ~ Rescheduled ~REMINDER

The mass in celebration of our school’s recognition as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 13th at 10:00 a.m.  All school families and friends are cordially invited to join us for this special time of prayer and thanksgiving.

VIRTUS Update Training Sessions

One of the diocesan requirements regarding the safe environment initiative is that of annual VIRTUS training.  Through attendance at the 30 minute video training, faculty, staff and volunteers alike are reminded of important practical measures that we can implement to maintain a safe environment.  Those who have not yet attended the VIRTUS update training ~ or did so during the winter/spring of 2009 ~ are required to attend one of the sessions in order to maintain full compliance with the program and eligibility for volunteering. While there is no need to register on-line for this session, for planning purposes please contact Mrs. Janet Smith, VIRTUS coordinator, to confirm your plans to attend.

The VIRTUS update trainings will occur on the following dates:                         Monday, April 26th 7:00 p.m. (Library)

Many of our current families learned about the value of an All Saints education through a personal reference from an existing school family.  Again this year we would like to reward you for promoting the school to your family and friends!  Through theNew Student Referral Program, your family can receive a $200.00 tuition credit for referring a new family to All Saints Catholic School.  For more information about this program, please see the attached flyer.  Help to spread the word about the success and tradition of All Saints Catholic School!

Alumni Ambassador Program

All Saints is excited to announce the launch of a new alumni initiative called the Alumni Ambassador Program which will encourage alumni to come back to All Saints to work with current students or assist faculty/staff with special projects. Information about the program will be included on the school website, in the All Saints parish bulletin, and in the next issue of The Sentinel. Annette Lewis will be coordinating with the faculty to determine areas in which assistance is needed, and Janis DeVore will be the contact person for alumni who are interested in participating in the program. Below is a write-up regarding the program:

Are you a former All Saints Catholic School student? Are you interested in gaining service hours by supporting your alma mater?

Would you like experience working in a school setting? Join All Saints new Alumni Ambassador Program and you can assist faculty with special projects or share your knowledge with current All Saints students. Assist with reading groups in the younger classrooms or provide tutoring assistance for students in Extended Day. Help Mrs. Lewis organize costumes or design eye-popping bulletin boards. Many opportunities are available!

To participate in this exciting new program, please visit our website at www.allsaintsvaschool.org and click on the Alumni/Development tab or contact Janis DeVore at (703) 368-4400 x 212. Stay connected through All Saints new Alumni Ambassador Program!

~ A Special Note of Thanks ~

To Our All Saints Family,

As many of you know our family has welcomed the very early arrival of our new son, Samuel David.  He was born March, 19th, two months premature and weighed just two pounds and ten ounces.  Samuel has been in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Prince William Hospital since his arrival.  During this time we have received an abundance of delicious meals and wonderful gifts.  We are so grateful to those who have provided these things and for the thoughts and prayers of everyone.  This has been a very busy, stressful, and difficult time for us and the help we have received has made things much more manageable.  We have been truly blessed by the amount of help we have received from various families here at All Saints.  While writing this Thank You, I struggle to find the right words to show the measure of our gratitude.  We never expected so many people to come together for our family and are amazed by everyone’s generosity.  My mother, K-1 teacher, Mrs. Vice has always told us how wonderful and thoughtful the All Saints Community is, and now that we are on the receiving end we are still in awe.  We want to thank everyone in our All Saints Family we appreciate everything you’ve done for us.

God Bless,

Monica, Linwood, Noah and Samuel Parsons

Cafeteria Change for Thursday, April 22nd

The cafeteria will not be offering egg salad sandwiches on white bread.  Pepperoni Pizza will be the only option for purchasing lunch on Thursday. 

Cake Walk Reminder

Thanks to everyone who is volunteering time or cakes for the Parish Festival this weekend.  Just a reminder that if you signed up to bring a cake, you can drop them any time Friday in MRS. CUMMINGS’ room (NOTE: this is different from the Sunday bulletin).  We still have a few time slots open – especially in the 5pm-7pm timeframe on Saturday.  If you can help out, please contact Sue Ferguson at sferguson1@comcast.net or 703-331-3878.

Race for Education

The Race for Education is quickly approaching and we are in need of volunteers for the day of the race. The entire school will participate on Thursday, May 6th. Volunteers will help track the children’s laps and pass out water, both which can be done while you are cheering your child on. The schedule for the race is:

Grades Pre-K1, PK2, K & 1                  8:45 to 9:45 a.m.

Grades 2-3                                             10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Grades 6-8                                             12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Grades Pre-K3, 4-5                               1:45 to 2:45 p.m.

If you would like to help out with this event please contact Marjorie Collins at 703-365-9686 or marjorie@ocfmail.com.  This is a great opportunity for parents to earn those last few Points for Parents!

Announcements from the PTO

The next PTO General Assembly Meeting will be held on Monday April 26th 7:30pm. Please join us for our last PTO General Assembly Meeting of the year on Monday April 26 at 7:30pm in the school gym.  We will be discussing our newest fundraising ideas as well as recapping the years events.  Also, meet the candidates for the PTO Executive Board elections.  The Uniform Exchange will also take place. If you have any questions, please contact Joan Coleman atjcoleman02@comcast.net.

LOST & FOUND ~ Please collect any lost articles from the lost and found bin by Friday April 23rd.  Any articles not claimed will be added to the PTO Uniform Exchange.  For questions regarding the uniform exchange, please contact Debbie Street atstreetfamily3@aol.com.

Paul VI Catholic High School ~ Preview to High School

A Special Invitation to Parents of 6th and 7th Grade Students ~ Explore the merits of a Catholic High School Education ~ Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.  Meet our Principal, Administration, Faculty and Students. Get a jump start on your future.  See for yourself what makes PVI a special place.

Bishop O’Connell Catholic High School ~ Preview for 7th Graders

Just starting to explore your high school options?  Join us for an hour to find out more about what Bishop O’Connell has to offer.  You’ll hear from current students and their parents, teachers and the director of admissions.  Learn about academic offerings, extracurricular opportunities and the application process.  When? 5 PM – 6 PM, Saturday, April 24, Upper Gym, Bishop O’Connell High School. Students attending will receive a free pass for their families to attend the Festival of the Arts which will be held from 6 – 9 PM!  You do not need to RSVP — we’ll see you there!  Questions may be directed to Mary McAlevy, Director of Admissions, at 703-237-1433.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 22nd School Council Meeting ~ cancelled

Friday, April 23rd Holiday ~ Parish Festival Prep Day

Saturday, April 24th Parish Festival (4th Grade Performance: 2:15-2:45 p.m.)

Diocesan Science Fair

Monday, April 26th EPSF Kindergarten Screening ~ No PreK or K classes

SCA sponsored Pennies for Love project begins

Terra Nova Make Up Day

VIRTUS Video Update (Library/7:00 p.m.)

PTO General Assembly Meeting (Gym/7:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, April 27th Terra Nova Make Up Day

Principal for a Day, Lance Coleman (Auction Winner)

Gold Medal Readers Celebration (1:15 p.m.)

Wednesday, April 28th Earth Day Celebration, sponsored by the SCA

Dress Down Day

Earth Hour ~ limited use of electricity (1:45-2:45 p.m.)

Links

§         Summary of Bullying Survey ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/04/Student_Survey_on_Bullying.pdf

§         Earth Day Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/04/EarthDay2010.pdf

§         Pennies for Love Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/04/PenniesforLove2010.pdf

The Sentinel – Volume 10, Issue 30

Message from the Principal

Next week all students in grades two through seven will participate in the Terra Nova standardized testing program.  As the week of testing quickly draws 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, we wish to approach next week’s testing with the perspective that it is a weeklong celebration of learning. 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 two through seven will assigning 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 their faith.  This testing will occur within the context of regularly scheduled religion classes.

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

Test-Taking Tips

1)       Reassure your child that he or she does not have to answer all 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.

***Important Parent Survey Regarding Afternoon Dismissal***

In order to best serve our families at dismissal, we need to update our carpool information.  Please complete the questionnaire coming home with you children today and return it to your child’s teacher by Friday, April 16th.  Although each child will be bringing home a copy of the survey, only one copy of the survey per family is needed.  A copy of the questionnaire is also being linked to this newsletter.  Thank you for your assistance by providing this information.

10th Annual Golf Tournament ~ Evergreen Country Club

On Monday, May 17th All Saints Parish will host the 10th Annual Golf Tournament at Evergreen Golf & Country Club in Haymarket, Virginia. The monies raised through the Golf Tournament will be used to support the work of the PTO, an organization that enhances the programs and facilities of All Saints Catholic School through annual fundraising initiatives. The financial contributions of individuals and businesses over the last several years have funded major projects in our school, such as the installation of a state-of-the-art computer lab and media center, a new playground, and an interactive electronic whiteboard in every classroom, Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade.

As a first-class fundraiser that is being promoted in the surrounding community, the tournament provides a wonderful opportunity for local businesses to advertise their goods/services.  For more information about corporate sponsorship and ticket information, please visit us online at www.AllSaintsGolf.com. You may also email us at info@allsaintsgolf.com or contact Jim Switzer at 571-330-8381.

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!

End of Year Calendar

Field Day ~ Monday, June 7th (Linton Hall School)

Final Day for Pre-Kindergarten ~ Thursday, May 27th

8th Grade Graduation ~ Friday, June 11th (7:00 p.m.)

Kindergarten Luau ~ Monday, June 14th

Kindergarten Program & Final Day ~ Tuesday, June 15th (10:00 a.m.)

Final Day for Grades 1-7 ~ Wednesday, June 16th (10:30 a.m. dismissal)

Faculty Member to serve on DFE Visiting Team

For the remainder of the week, Mrs. Vice will be serving on the Design for Excellence Visiting Team at Holy Cross Academy in Fredericksburg.  We congratulate her on being selected for this important role and wish her every success during the experience.

Kindergarten Screening

The Early Prevention of School Failure Screening for Kindergarten applicants will take place on Monday, April 26th and Monday, May 3rd.  In 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” 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 do so by Friday, April 30th. 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.

Mass with Bishop Loverde ~ Rescheduled ~REMINDER

The mass in celebration of our school’s recognition as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 13th at 10:00 a.m.  All school families and friends are cordially invited to join us for this special time of prayer and thanksgiving.

4th Grade “Celebration of America” Mini Concert

“A Celebration of America – a concert of American folk tunes and patriotic favorites featuring All Saints 4th Graders at the outdoor entertainment venue @ this year’s Parish Festival!

When: Saturday, April 24, 2010, 2:15-2:45 pm

Where: the back parking lot of the school across from the gym entrance.

Please have children arrive no later than 2 pm wearing jeans and a red, white, blue, or other kind of patriotic shirt.  Join us for this exciting oppotunity in celebrating our children, our Parish, our School, and our country! Questions may be directed to Miss Dalusung: ndalusung@allsaintsva.org

VIRTUS Update Training Sessions

One of the diocesan requirements regarding the safe environment initiative is that of annual VIRTUS training.  Through attendance at the 30 minute video training, faculty, staff and volunteers alike are reminded of important practical measures that we can implement to maintain a safe environment.  Those who have not yet attended the VIRTUS update training ~ or did so during the winter/spring of 2009 ~ are required to attend one of the sessions in order to maintain full compliance with the program and eligibility for volunteering. While there is no need to register on-line for this session, for planning purposes please contact Mrs. Janet Smith, VIRTUS coordinator, to confirm your plans to attend.

The VIRTUS update trainings will occur on the following dates:              Monday, April 26th 7:00 p.m. (Library)

Many of our current families learned about the value of an All Saints education through a personal reference from an existing school family.  Again this year we would like to reward you for promoting the school to your family and friends!  Through the New Student Referral Program, your family can receive a $200.00 tuition credit for referring a new family to All Saints Catholic School.  For more information about this program, please see the attached flyer.  Help to spread the word about the success and tradition of All Saints Catholic School!

Race for Education

Thanks to your great participation, the Race for Education mailed 5300 mailers! This is one of the largest amounts we’ve ever mailed.   We sent mailers to all 50 states as well as Canada, India, France, Ireland, Philippines, and Puerto Rico.  The responses are already coming in and we need  volunteers to help process the mailers.  If you would be interested in helping process the mailers please fill out the volunteer form linked below.

The Cake Walk is Coming!

The Parish Festival will be held on Friday April 23rd and Saturday April 24th.  This is an annual event staffed by parish organizations.  All Saints School families will once again staff the famous cakewalk at the Festival this year.  As many of you know the cake walk is one of the most visited and exciting games at the festival, and raises a lot of money for the parish.  It is a great opportunity for families to earn points and have a lot of fun.  Click on link below for the flyer with more details.

Paul VI Catholic High School

§         Preview to High School ~ A special Invitation to Parents of 6th & 7th Grade Students.  Explore the merits of a Catholic High School Education.  Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.  Meet our Principal, Administration, Faculty and Students.  Get a jump start on your future.  See for yourself what makes PVI a special place.  Reserve your place at (703)352-0925 ext. 331 or ehanley@paulvi.net.

§         CASINO NIGHT 2010  “PANTHER ALL-STAR CASINO NIGHT” ~ Wear your favorite player’s or team jersey and join us for an evening of fun, friendship, gambling, food and drink on Saturday, May 1 at 7pm in the Activity Center. Register at www.paulvi.net – click Casino Night, print and mail in the registration form, or click on the 2nd pair of RED DICE to register on line.  For additional information, please contact Suzanne Knight at suzanneknight@verizon.net or Katy Mahoney at kmahoney@eckertseamans.com.

§         Paul VI Football “Mulch Madness Sale, Sunday, April 25, 2010 from 12:30 – 5:30pm. – 3.0 cu ft per bag of West Virginia, Pesticide –Free Hardwood Mulch – Cost:  $4.00 per bag for pick-up at Paul VI or $5.00 per bag delivered to your house, minimum 5 bag delivery. To order:  Please call Susan Underwood at 703-980-1795 or email orders tosaunderwood@cox.net

§         Paul VI Girls Summer Lacrosse Camp- July 19-23

Camp is for rising 2nd through 9th graders. 9-1pm at PVI High School Track field.  $150 per camper.  Registration form at:http://www.paulvi.net/athletics/2010GirlsLacrosseCamp.pdf For more info email: pvigirlslaxcamp@gmail.com

§         PVI CLASS OF 2014 ~ The Music Man is coming to Paul VI Catholic High School on April 16th, 17th, and 18th, and we would like to invite all incoming PVI freshmen to join the excitement. There’s trouble in River City when con man Harold Hill shows up selling boys bands to unsuspecting families in The Music Man, one of Broadway’s most famous musical comedies. Shows start at 7:30 on April 16th and 17th, and 2:00 on April 18th.   Students in the Class of 2014 who bring this email will get in free; others may buy tickets at the door, or online at www.paulvi.net.   The cast includes all your favorite PVI actors, plus, the singing talents of four of our faculty, Mr. Moore (Latin), Mr. O’Leary (Math), Dr. Rozmajzl (Science), and Mr. Vittes (Spanish) as the Barbershop Quartet.  Meet your future classmates, and maybe a teacher or two at this very special show.  You won’t want to miss it!

§         Check out PVI Website for more Camp Brochures.  Go to the PVI website under Current Students & Parent link.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 15th VIRTUS Update Training (FKH/8:30 a.m.)

3rd Quarter Report Cards sent home

Friday, April 16th 2nd & 8th Grade Prayer Service (2:15 p.m.)

Saturday, April 17th 8th Grade Confirmation (10:00 a.m.)

Monday, April 19th Week of Terra Nova Testing

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

Thursday, April 22nd School Council Meeting ~ cancelled

Friday, April 23rd Holiday ~ Parish Festival Prep Day

Saturday, April 24th Parish Festival (4th Grade Performance: 2:15-2:45 p.m.)

Diocesan Science Fair

Links

4   Afternoon Dismissal Questionnaire ~  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/04/pm-dismissal.pdf

4   Race for Education Volunteer Form ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/04/2010-race-for-education-volunteer.pdf

4   Cake Walk Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/04/2010-cake-walk.pdf