The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 1

The Sentinel ~ August 31, 2011

 

Principal’s Message

It was wonderful to welcome back our students and families for the first day of school on Monday. It is always a joy to witness the smiles and enthusiasm of the children as they return to All Saints, a place that for many has become a “second home”.  Anchored in the cherished traditions of our faith, our school provides a safe and nurturing environment where the students are encouraged to excel academically and to grow in wisdom and grace each day. 

With the perspective that faith formation is our top priority as a Catholic school community, this week I would like to share with you our new theme as well as two other areas of focus for the year ahead.

The theme for the 2011-2012 academic year is Seek Christ in one another; Welcome Him into your Heart.  This phrase, which will be announced at the start and close of each school day, correlates with the parish-wide vision for the new year.  Rather than seeking an entirely new theme, Fr. Bob has recommended that we return to the concept of “hospitality”, one which was embraced by our school and parish in 2003.  As such, this theme provides both an invitation and a reminder for us to reflect not only on the ways that we interact with one another, but also in how we welcome the stranger, the poor and the oppressed.  It provides an opportunity for our students to live out the very goal of Catholic education: personal sanctification and a subsequent commitment to social change in the light of the Gospel message.

A second focal point for the school this year will be a continued commitment to the Virtue Program. Begun more than a decade ago at All Saints, the Virtue Program is a systematic approach to fostering character formation in our students.  The purpose of the Virtues Curriculum is to instill in each child a desire to practice Catholic virtues both at home and at school.  Although specific, structured lessons are presented on a regular basis, the core of the program is the recognition of the many “teachable moments” that arise each day.  The goal is to make the practice of Catholic virtues not just another subject, but a way of life for each student. 

This year the Virtue Program will be enhanced by a school-wide assembly each month during which we will introduce the new virtue to the students along with a corresponding prayer.  Additionally, each month each of the homeroom teachers will identify one girl and boy who have exemplified the Virtue of the Month.  During our school-wide gathering these students will be recognized and presented with a special certificate in acknowledgment of their outstanding example.

A third focus for the year will be the implementation of the 3rd Edition of the Roman Missal which will occur in Advent.  It is vitally important that we take time as a school community to teach the children the new responses for the Mass as well as the corresponding music.  However, even more important than this is the opportunity to explain to the students the meaning behind the changes and to foster even greater participation and reverence as we together learn the new responses for the liturgy.  It is our hope that our school community will experience a particularly grace-filled year as we reflect on the richness of the Mass, the source and summit of our life of prayer.

And speaking of prayer, this year the PTO is sponsoring a Weekly Rosary gathering for parents that will coincide with afternoon dismissal.   In addition to providing a prayerful recollection of the life of Christ, this time of prayer will also create a moment of peace and solace just prior to the busyness of afternoon dismissal.  The PTO invites parents who are interested in participating to gather around the Statue of Mary in the courtyard on Thursdays at 2:40 p.m., beginning tomorrow, September 1st.  In the event of inclement weather, parents are invited to gather in the church. Should you have any questions about this new program, please contact our coordinator, Ms. Megan Davies at 703-330-4516.

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Blessed with a day of abundant sunshine – between earthquake and hurricane – the 7th Annual Welcome Back Barbecue was a wonderful gathering for both new and returning school families.  I want to thank Mrs. Janene Shaw, coordinator, for organizing the many details that led to a flawless event.  I also wish to thank Mr. Jim Switzer and Mr. Mike Zahorchak for providing the music which helped to make the occasion even more festive.  Finally, I want to thank the PTO for their generous financial support and the many volunteers, both parents and students, who helped with set-up, serving, face-painting, and clean-up.  Working together, they were a wonderful example of the strong sense of community that surrounds All Saints!

Next Week: Curriculum & Learning ~ Goals for the New Year

Virtue of the Month

The Virtue of the Month for September will be Respect & Responsibility.  Throughout the first month of school we will adopt the following plan and strive to maintain these objectives throughout the course of the year.

1)       Wear your uniform with pride.

2)       Be reverent and quiet in church.

3)       Greet everyone cheerfully and by name.

4)       Listen quietly when others speak.

5)       Keep your desk and supplies neat.

6)      Stand at attention for the Pledge of Allegiance.

7)       Participate in Mass: Try to learn the responses and sing the hymns.

8)       Do your best work on every assignment.

9)       Turn all class assignments and homework in on time.

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Electronic Newsletter

The weekly newsletter will again be distributed electronically to parents via an email distribution list. Parents who have not yet registered to receive the mailing are encouraged to do so via our website ~www.allsaintsvaschool.org.  On those occasions when it is necessary to distribute hard copies of forms, we will utilize the “take-home” folder in your child’s classroom.  Wednesday will continue to be the day on which newsletters and important forms are distributed.

Opening School Mass

On Friday morning students in Grades 1-8 will gather in the church at 10:00 a.m. for the annual Opening of the School Year Mass.  All school parents and families are cordially invited to join us as we gather to pray for the success of this new year.    

Parent ~ Student Handbooks

The 2011-2012 Parent-Student Handbook can be accessed electronically via our website:www.allsaintsvaschool.org.  Please take some time to review the policies and procedures of our school and discuss them with your children.  Each family is asked to sign and return the acknowledgment form distributed today by Friday, September 9th.  Those families without access to the website are invited to contact the office to request a hard copy of the handbook.

 

Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

As part of the diocesan initiative to maintain a safe environment for all of our children, all volunteers with “significant contact” with children are required to complete a background check prior to working in the school.  As we begin a new year, in accordance with diocesan policy, only those parents who have completed the criminal background check are eligible to volunteer in positions that involve contact with students.  Those who will be volunteering in the school on a regular basis or even repeatedly are required to complete the background check.  Those who have not yet completed the background check process are invited to request a packet of forms from the school or parish office.

 

The diocese also requires volunteers who have completed the full VIRTUS training to attend an annual update entitled Keeping the Promise Alive.  This 30 minutes video training is a prerequisite for volunteering in the school.  The following is a list of upcoming sessions.  (Please note:  For planning purposes, volunteers are asked to confirm their intent to attend a session on the voicemail of Mrs. Janet Smith.  703.393.2158)

            Wednesday, August 31st                        6:30PM in the Art Room

Wednesday, August 31st                        8:30PM in Meeting Room 1

Tuesday, September 13th                      2:15PM in FKH

Tuesday, September 27th                      2:15PM in FKH

7:00PM in the Library

8:15PM in the Library

Emergency Information Form

Please complete the linked diocesan emergency form and return it to the office by Friday, September 2nd. This form is critically important in that it provides us with the necessary information to contact you in the event of an emergency.

This year we are forwarding a link to the diocesan emergency information form:http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/08/emergency-care-form.pdf

You may complete the form electronically, print out the completed form, sign it and return it to the school.  This will help you in filling out the forms and with multiple children you can just change the student name, grade, and specific health information for each child.  Remember, we need to have one form on file for each child.

If you do not have access to a computer and need to have a hard copy of the form, just contact the school office and a form will be sent home to you.

Boxtops for Education

Please remember to turn in box tops to count for the summer collection.  Please label the Ziplock bag with your child’s homeroom and teacher’s name and submit it to the office by the close of the week.

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, September 1st ~      Pre-Kindergarten Orientation for Parents (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)
  • Friday, September 2nd ~           Opening School Mass (10:00 a.m.)

§ Monday, September 5th ~         Labor Day Holiday

  • Tuesday, September 6th ~         Pre-Kindergarten Open House (Morning Session ~ 9:00-11:00

a.m./Afternoon Session ~ 12:30-2:30 p.m.)

Band Parents Meeting (Returning parents @ 6:45 p.m. / new parents @ 7:30 p.m. in the Music Room)   

              PTO Board Meeting (Professional Learning Center/7:00 p.m.)

  • Wednesday, September 7th ~    First Day of Pre-Kindergarten

NJHS Book Wrapping Service (3:30 p.m.)

  • Thursday, September 8th ~       Back to School Night for Grades 1-5 (Gym/7:00 p.m.)

 

Links

ø  Diocesan Emergency Care Information Form ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/08/emergency-care-form.pdf

ø  Girl Scout Letter ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/student-activities/scouting/

The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 40

Living Stones on the Pathway to Heaven…

Message from the Principal

On Friday evening families and friends gathered with the 8th Grade Class of 2011 to celebrate their successful completion of the program and to wish them continued success and blessings as they transition to high school.

While the ceremony 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 twelve or more 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.

Gonzalez Family                   12 Years

Sinner Family                        12 Years

Barnes Family                       13 Years

Ramsden Family                   13 Years

Roberts Family                      14 Years

Otten Family                          15 Years

Ella Family                             18 Years

Morgan Family                       19 Years

Wiles Family                          22 Years

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Tomorrow morning we will gather in the church at 8:30 a.m. for our Closing Mass & Awards Ceremony. At approximately 10:00 a.m., immediately following the ceremony, the students will return to their classrooms where they will receive their final report cards and participate in closing activities.  During the thirty minute period between the end of the Awards Ceremony and dismissal at 10:30 a.m., the PTO will provide refreshments for parents in the courtyard in front of the Parish Activities Center.

We will use our regular dismissal process when we release the students at 10:30 a.m.  So that parents do not have to move their cars in preparation for dismissal, all those who plan to attend the Mass and Awards Ceremony are asked to park in their assigned bays in either the front or rear lots.

(Please note: There will be no Extended Day Program on Thursday, 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.)

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This year has been a time of continued blessings and success for All Saints Catholic School. For the first time in the history of our program, the students in our middle school earned First Place among dozens of teams competing in the Diocesan Science Fair.  In January the students of the Peace & Justice Players brought national recognition to All Saints when they were featured in a journal of Catholic education.  Through their example of service in action, the Peace & Justice Players gave witness to the very best qualities of our school …. the virtues that we live and share each day.

At the heart of our success story is the continued dedication of our faculty & staff.  They are a remarkably talented group of professionals who each day demonstrate a tremendous sense of caring and a commitment to excellence.  They are supported by countless parents who generously share their time and expertise in so many ways.  With a common vision, our faculty and parents have created a partnership which has resulted in an exceedingly strong sense of community where wonderful things happen each day for the children in our school. 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.

Thank you for choosing All Saints for your family.  It has been a pleasure and a joy working with your children and we look forward to another exciting year of learning and faith formation!  On behalf of the faculty & staff of All Saints, I wish all of you a relaxing and enjoyable summer holiday.

New Textbook Policy

In recent years, on a limited basis we have been able to provide duplicate copies of student textbooks to students with special learning needs and those who might benefit from this particular accommodation.  With the increase in student enrollment which is expected to continue into the new year, these extra textbooks are no longer available to loan to families for this purpose.  Subsequently, effective next year, families who wish to have access to an extra set of textbooks will be asked to purchase them directly from the publisher or a bookseller.  For this reason, we have compiled a master list of all student textbooks, including ISBN numbers and publisher information, so that those families who wish to purchase a set of books for use at home may do so.  The textbook list can be found as a link to this week’s newsletter and will be posted on our website.  Many of the books we use are available at reduced pricing at used books sites.  Should you have any questions about this new policy or the textbook information provided, please do not hesitate to let us know.

Box Tops for Education

2A and 4A were treated to a cereal breakfast for having the highest number of boxtops for the March / April collection. Our final collection for May was won by 2A and 8B. 2A will be taking home some ‘bubble’ fun and 8B departed with  ‘Nerds’ as they graduated! The total earned for the year was $1962.00.  Since 2005, the school has earned $12,770. Keep collecting the Boxtops throughout the summer. Get creative and ask your neighbors, relatives, co-workers, etc.  It’s easy cash for the school. You can go to the link to download summer collection sheets. Use as many as you need or collect them in a baggie. Please label the sheets or baggies with next years homeroom and teacher name. The summer contest collection deadline will be the first Friday of school. For a complete listing of where to find boxtops, go towww.btfe.com . Thank you for supporting this program and All Saints.

Coach Dan Vander Woude Summer Basketball Camps for Boys

Coach Dan Vander Woude summer basketball camps for boys are held at Seton School, 9314, Maple St, Manassas.  Please go to www.danvwbasketball.wordpress.com for camp dates/times.  These are the most affordable Camps in the area for all ages and abilities with hands on instruction from Coach Vander Woude himself (Shooting/Ballhandling Clinics, Skills/Drills Camp, Advanced team concepts for high schoolers).

PVI Girls Lacrosse Camp

July 18- 21, PVI Girls Lacrosse Camp for girls grades 2 through 8 9-1 pm M-Th. $150  and all campers receive a PVI camp t-shirt.  Learn and practice the skills of this exciting sport!!  For more information email pvigirlslaxcamp@gmail.com or registration form at http://www.paulvi.net/Document.Doc?id=299.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Diocesan Survey for Families Not Returning

Families who will not be returning to All Saints for the upcoming year are encouraged to complete a parent survey designed by the diocese.  The survey can be found at the following website:

http://elementarywithdrawalsurvey1011.questionpro.com

In advance, thank you for providing feedback that will be helpful to the diocese and our school as we continue to plan for the future.

Summer Learning Program 2011

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.

(Note: Parents should select the summer learning assignments that correspond to the grade that their child will be entering in the fall.  For example, a student entering second grade would complete the Summer Book Program for rising 2nd graders.  A child entering third grade would complete the assignments outlined below for grades 3-5.)

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 1st graders.)

Ordering Information:             Summerbook Company

305 Lyndale Drive

Hartsville, SC 27804

1-877-684-8502 (Toll Free)

www.summerbookcompany.com

Grades 3-5             Math Log & 2 Accelerated Readers Books

(Note: Each student is required to keep a Math log in which they complete six hours of work over the course of the summer.  Students may refer to our school website for recommended activities and math based websites.  After reading two Accelerated Reader books, students are asked to create a book jacket for each story.  Each student will have an opportunity to present one of their books orally to the class next year.  These summer assignments will be due Friday of the first week of school and will be considered part of the first quarter participation grade.)

Grades 6-8             Read selections (one book for grades 6-7/two books for grade 8) from the Middle School Summer Reading List and complete one of three follow up activities per book as well as a Math Log.

(Note: An overview of the requirements for middle school students, i.e. the Summer Math Log, Math Log Instructions and Middle School Summer Reading List & Activities are included as links to this week’s newsletter and will also be available for review on our school website.)

Pre-Packaged School Supply Orders

The EPI pre-packaged school supply order forms are being sent home with students today and a link to the form is listed at the end of the newsletter under links. Parents who wish to submit the order form with a check to the school may do so until 6-17-2011.  Packets may be ordered on-line atwww.epipacks.com until 7-1-2011.  When ordering online, enter school ID ALL088.  Any questions regarding the pre-packaged supplies may be directed to: allsaintssupplies@yahoo.com.  For those who wish to purchase supplies on their own, you will find a copy of the regular School Supply List linked to this newsletter.

Flynn & O’Hara ~ New Uniform Purchases

Beginning this summer, Flynn & O’Hara will offer two “priority days” for our school at their Fairfax store. From 9:00 a.m. until noon on July 12th and July 21st, Flynn & O’Hara will provide special staff support and guidance to families from our community.  While the store will remain open for customers from other schools, Flynn & O’Hara will make a special effort to prepare for and accommodate the needs of families from All Saints.  On these days, Flynn & O’Hara will offer free shipping to customer’s homes for items not in stock.  (Please note: These priority days will replace the on-site sale day that has previously occurred during the first week of August.)

 

Immunization & Health Records Requirements for 2011-2012

To the parents of Pre-K students arriving in Fall 2011:

Welcome!  My name is Mrs. Rosemary Antunes, RN, the School Nurse at All Saints. To get off on the right foot health-wise, the State requires parents of Pre-K students to submit the following:

1.        An immunization form must be in the child’s record by the date of the child’s admission.   The first day of Pre-K is Wednesday, September 7th, 2011.

2.        Immunizations must be recorded and dated on either the Health Dept. form (MCH 213F or MCH 213G) or a physician’s form, include the child’s name, and be signed or stamped and dated by a licensed physician, the physician’s designee, or an official of a local health department.

3.        For all immunizations a child receives after 7/1/11, the form must contain a statement (typed or handwritten) that the child is adequately immunized.

The current Form MCH213G is available at the following website:

http://www.vahealth.org/childadolescenthealth/schoolhealth/forms.htm

If your child has any chronic health conditions, such as food or substance allergy or asthma, the necessary forms are available under “Education,” and the “Parents” portion of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington website. Click on “Forms.”  Be sure to submit an Authorization Form for the medication along with the Action Plan for the condition.  All medications must be brought in by the parents, not by the child.  If a child needs an Epi-Pen, please bring two — one for the class, one for the Nurse’s Clinic.

To the parents of Kindergarten students arriving in Fall 2011:

A new Physical Exam is necessary, dated less than one year from the time of admission. Kindergarten begins on Monday, August 29th.  This Exam should be on, or accompanied by, the Virginia Department of Health form MCH 213G.  (See the website above for the form).  Tip:  Print out the MCH213G and hand it to the physician before the physical exam for this year, if possible, so as to avoid an additional charge to complete it out outside the office visit.  The Physical must include all the immunizations required by the Commonwealth of Virginia as indicated by the chart on the following website:

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/schedules/downloads/child/0-6yrs-schedule-pr.pdf

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 2nd.  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 26th.

¨       7th Annual Back-to School Barbecue hosted by the PTO – Friday, August 26th, (5:30-7:30 p.m.)

¨       First Day of School ~ Noon Dismissal (Grades K-8) – Monday, August 29th

¨       First Day of Pre-Kindergarten – Wednesday, September 7th

Upcoming Events

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

Final Dismissal for Grades 1-7 (10:30 a.m.)

(Note: This year the PTO will host a reception with cookies and drinks for parents in the courtyard immediately following the Mass & Awards Ceremony.  On the final day, parents who will be in attendance for the festivities are asked to park in their assigned carpool sections as we will be having a regular dismissal beginning at 10:30 a.m.  The back parking lot will be open for parking for those who will be joining us for the Mass and ceremony.)

Links

The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 39

Living Stones on the Pathway to Heaven…

Message from the Principal

Last Friday we celebrated the success of the 6th Annual Race for Education, a unique event that has emerged as our most significant fundraiser at All Saints.  Over the course of the past six years, the program has generated more than $200,000 in support of our school and special initiatives.  As we have been the recipient of tremendous generosity from family and friends from around the world, it is fitting that we share the fruits of our success with one of our long-term partners, St. Judes Childrens’ Research Hospital.

I am pleased to share with you today that we surpassed our goal, raising a grand total of $43,492.90. On Monday the PTO Board and I processed the paperwork to generate a check in the amount of $6524.00 to be donated to St. Judes.  This contribution will bring the total contributions from All Saints to St. Judes to just over $100,000!  Thank you, family & friends for your continued support of All Saints and our commitment to helping others along the way.

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This week I would also like to announce that Mrs. Rakshys, 5th grade teacher, has decided to resign from her position at the close of this year.  Her resignation follows a period of discernment during which she has thoughtfully considered the present and future needs of her family.  It is for this reason that she has decided not to return to All Saints for the upcoming year.

Those of you who have had the opportunity to know Mrs. Rakshys can attest to her dedication to our school.  She has shown a tremendous commitment to her students and has prepared them very well for the middle school experience.  Her solid understanding of the instructional process and her love of her Catholic faith have been a gift to our school.  We wish her every success and blessing as she departs All Saints to pursue new horizons.

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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 thePass-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 8thgrade students.

Brown Bag Lunch Day ~ Friday, June 10th

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.

Diocesan Survey for Families Not Returning

Families who will not be returning to All Saints for the upcoming year are encouraged to complete a parent survey designed by the diocese.  The survey can be found at the following website: http://elementarywithdrawalsurvey1011.questionpro.com

In advance, thank you for providing feedback that will be helpful to the diocese and our school as we continue to plan for the future.

From School Nurse – To the Parents of rising 6th Graders:

The Commonwealth of Virginia requires a Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis booster in the adult dosage, commonly known as Tdap, prior to entrance  into 6th grade.  A physical exam is not required.   The following website lists the recommended schedule of immunizations:

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/schedules/child-schedule.htm#parentsteen. Discuss with your Primary Care Provider which ones he/she recommends giving in addition to the Tdap. Thank you for your attention to this requirement.  Hope you have a happy, healthy summer!

Pre-Packaged School Supply Orders

The EPI pre-packaged school supply order forms are being sent home with students today and a link to the form is listed at the end of the newsletter under links. Parents who wish to submit the order form with a check to the school may do so until 6-17-2011.  Packets may be ordered on-line atwww.epipacks.com until 7-1-2011.  When ordering online, enter school ID ALL088.  Any questions regarding the pre-packaged supplies may be directed to: allsaintssupplies@yahoo.com.  For those who wish to purchase supplies on their own, you will find a copy of the regular School Supply List linked to this newsletter.

Need a gift for a Dad, Grad, or summer birthday??

Remember that our online magazine subscription website is open throughout the summer!! Visitwww.QSP.com and enter code 425091453 to ensure that proceeds go to All Saints- thank you for your continued support of our school!

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Summer Learning Program 2011

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.

(Note: Parents should select the summer learning assignments that correspond to the grade that their child will be entering in the fall.  For example, a student entering second grade would complete the Summer Book Program for rising 2nd graders.  A child entering third grade would complete the assignments outlined below for grades 3-5.)

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 1stgraders.)

Ordering Information:             Summerbook Company

305 Lyndale Drive

Hartsville, SC 27804

1-877-684-8502 (Toll Free)

www.summerbookcompany.com

Grades 3-5             Math Log & 2 Accelerated Readers Books

(Note: Each student is required to keep a Math log in which they complete six hours of work over the course of the summer.  Students may refer to our school website for recommended activities and math based websites.  After reading two Accelerated Reader books, students are asked to create a book jacket for each story.  Each student will have an opportunity to present one of their books orally to the class next year.  These summer assignments will be due Friday of the first week of school and will be considered part of the first quarter participation grade.)

Grades 6-8             Read selections (one book for grades 6-7/two books for grade 8) from the Middle School Summer Reading List and complete one of three follow up activities per book as well as a Math Log.

(Note: An overview of the requirements for middle school students, i.e. the Summer Math Log, Math Log Instructions and Middle School Summer Reading List & Activities are included as links to this week’s newsletter and will also be available for review on our school website.)

Flynn & O’Hara ~ New Uniform Purchases

Beginning this summer, Flynn & O’Hara will offer two “priority days” for our school at their Fairfax store. From 9:00 a.m. until noon on July 12th and July 21st, Flynn & O’Hara will provide special staff support and guidance to families from our community.  While the store will remain open for customers from other schools, Flynn & O’Hara will make a special effort to prepare for and accommodate the needs of families from All Saints.  On these days, Flynn & O’Hara will offer free shipping to customer’s homes for items not in stock.  (Please note: These priority days will replace the on-site sale day that has previously occurred during the first week of August.)  A copy of the uniform order form is linked to this newsletter, however if you need a paper copy, copies are available at the front office.

Immunization & Health Records Requirements for 2011-2012

To the parents of Pre-K students arriving in Fall 2011:

Welcome!  My name is Mrs. Rosemary Antunes, RN, the School Nurse at All Saints. To get off on the right foot health-wise, the State requires parents of Pre-K students to submit the following:

1.        An immunization form must be in the child’s record by the date of the child’s admission.   The first day of Pre-K is Wednesday, September 7th, 2011.

2.        Immunizations must be recorded and dated on either the Health Dept. form (MCH 213F or MCH 213G) or a physician’s form, include the child’s name, and be signed or stamped and dated by a licensed physician, the physician’s designee, or an official of a local health department.

3.        For all immunizations a child receives after 7/1/11, the form must contain a statement (typed or handwritten) that the child is adequately immunized.

The current Form MCH213G is available at the following website: http://www.vahealth.org/childadolescenthealth/schoolhealth/forms.htm

If your child has any chronic health conditions, such as food or substance allergy or asthma, the necessary forms are available under “Education,” and the “Parents” portion of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington website. Click on “Forms.”  Be sure to submit an Authorization Form for the medication along with the Action Plan for the condition.  All medications must be brought in by the parents, not by the child.  If a child needs an Epi-Pen, please bring two — one for the class, one for the Nurse’s Clinic.

To the parents of Kindergarten students arriving in Fall 2011:

A new Physical Exam is necessary, dated less than one year from the time of admission. Kindergarten begins on Monday, August 29th.  This Exam should be on, or accompanied by, the Virginia Department of Health form MCH 213G.  (See the website above for the form).  Tip:  Print out the MCH213G and hand it to the physician before the physical exam for this year, if possible, so as to avoid an additional charge to complete it out outside the office visit.  The Physical must include all the immunizations required by the Commonwealth of Virginia as indicated by the chart on the following website:http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/schedules/downloads/child/0-6yrs-schedule-pr.pdf

Cafeteria Procedures

Middle school students are not permitted to charge lunch payments during the month of June.  If your middle school son/daughter does not have payment for lunch, he or she will receive a bologna & cheese sandwich.

Extended Day Program

Extended Day services will continue the next three weeks and be available before and after school through Wednesday, June 15th. There will be no Extended Day Program on Thursday, 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 Tuesday, 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 2nd.  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 26th.

¨       7th Annual Back-to School Barbecue hosted by the PTO – Friday, August 26th, (5:30-7:30 p.m.)

¨       First Day of School ~ Noon Dismissal (Grades K-8) – Monday, August 29th

¨       First Day of Pre-Kindergarten – Wednesday, September 7th

VIRTUS Update Training Sessions

The next presentation of the “Protecting God’s Children” seminar, the four hour VIRTUS training session which is required for all who wish to become eligible to volunteer in the school, will take place on Saturday, June 11th beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Father Kelley Hall.

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.

Upcoming Events

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

Thursday, June 9th 2nd Grade Field Trip to the Basilica (8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)

1st Grade Ice Cream Party (1:15 p.m.)

Friday, June 10th 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.)

Mass & Ceremony (7:00 p.m.)

Saturday, June 11th VIRTUS Training (FKH/9:00 a.m.)

Tuesday, June 14th Kindergarten Luau (10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, June 15th Transition Ceremony for Students Entering 6th Grade (8:30 a.m.)

Kindergarten Graduation (PAC/10:00 a.m.)

Classroom Parties (1:30 p.m.)

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

Final Dismissal for Grades 1-7 (10:30 a.m.)

(Note: This year the PTO will host a reception with cookies and drinks for parents in the courtyard immediately following the Mass & Awards Ceremony.  On the final day, parents who will be in attendance for the festivities are asked to park in their assigned carpool sections as we will be having a regular dismissal beginning at 10:30 a.m.  The back parking lot will be open for parking for those who will be joining us for the Mass and ceremony.)

Links

The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 38

Living Stones on the Pathway to Heaven…

Message from the Principal

Last week we received the results of the standardized testing program for students in grades two through seven who participated in this assessment during April.  In addition to providing an objective measure of each student’s level of mastery in reading, math and language arts, the data is beneficial for the planning of future instruction.  The teachers have already received copies of class summaries as well as individual student reports, both of which they will reference during the month of June when they complete the Planning for Instruction process for the 2011-2012 academic year.  Using this approach, the teachers will identify those students who obtained full mastery, partial mastery or not-mastery for each objective of the assessment.  After analyzing trends and patterns, they will then identify 2-3 instructional goals for the new year.  Through the years this process has enabled the faculty to narrow the lense of instruction to more effectively meet the learning needs of each group of students.

A summary of test results can be found by following the links at the end of this newsletter.  Although we have had the results for only one week, I wish to offer a preliminary analysis and share some key insights.

It is very important to recognize that our students completed the Terra Nova, 3rd edition. This updated assessment includes revisions and reformatting that resulted in a new testing experience for students across the diocese.  As such, it is difficult to directly compare the test results from the current year with those from the previous.

During this first year of implementation, scores across the diocese dropped in nearly every area, in some cases by as many as 7-9 percentage points.  The scores for All Saints are consistent with this trend and reflect the fact that our students participated in a new assessment.  As a point of reference, I’ve provided a direct comparison between our students’ performance and the diocesan averages.  I believe this approach provides an objective benchmark by which we can measure the effectiveness of our program.

After review of the data, it is interesting to note that mathematics is now the strength of our school as evidenced by the fact that students in the elementary grades significantly surpassed the diocesan averages.  The continued success of the math program is a credit to the high quality of instruction in the classrooms that places emphasis on “computational fluency”, i.e. the ability of students to complete problems efficiently and accurately.  Complemented by opportunities for daily practice and reinforcement, our students gain both mastery and confidence in the fundamentals of mathematics.

With scores that lag slightly below the diocesan average, reading is an area for specific analysis and reflection.  With a well-established reading culture in place, as seen through the success of theAccelerated Reader program and other innovative reading initiatives, it will be important for us to gain a better understanding as to which aspects of this test are most challenging for our students.  This will be a task for the summer and a discussion point among the faculty as we plan for the new year.

Finally, I wish to provide an important perspective.  When we applied for the Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award in 2009, the cut score for eligibility at that time was 75 percentile for students in the highest grade tested.  We should take great pride in the fact that most grade levels this year surpassed this benchmark in each area of the test.  Objectively, our students scored exceptionally well when compared with the national norm group.

Ahead lays the opportunity to build upon this success story and to strengthen even further the academic program for which our school has gained recognition.  I look forward to working with the faculty in support of this cause as we begin the annual process of identifying learning goals for the year ahead.  Most importantly, I am very proud of our teachers for their commitment to excellence and I wish to congratulate our students for another successful year of learning.

Field Day ~ Parking Information

Tomorrow our students will gather for Field Day from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the grounds of Linton Hall School.  As Linton Hall School is still in session and will be celebrating their Pre-Kindergarten Graduation, it is important that we give careful attention to the following procedures.

Parents who will be participating in the Field Day events are asked to park on the outer edge of the circular driveway in front of the Monastery.  As in prior years, when the circle is full, parents will be asked to park in the grass on both sides of the entranceway leading to the school.  Please note: The individual parking spaces located directly behind the school are reserved for Linton Hall parents who will be attending the Pre-Kindergarten event.  Linton Hall faculty and staff will be parking on the far end of the basketball courts prior to our arrival.

Field Day Lunch Orders

Families who have not yet submitted orders and payment for lunch on Field Day (June 2nd) are asked to do so by Friday of this week.

Flynn & O’Hara ~ New Uniform Purchases

Beginning this summer, Flynn & O’Hara will offer two “priority days” for our school at their Fairfax store. From 9:00 a.m. until noon on July 12th and July 21st, Flynn & O’Hara will provide special staff support and guidance to families from our community.  While the store will remain open for customers from other schools, Flynn & O’Hara will make a special effort to prepare for and accommodate the needs of families from All Saints.  On these days, Flynn & O’Hara will offer free shipping to customer’s homes for items not in stock.  (Please note: These priority days will replace the on-site sale day that has previously occurred during the first week of August.)

Student Council Election Results

Last Thursday twenty-eight students participated in an election for a variety of offices for the 2011-2012 leadership of the Student Council Association.  Congratulations to the following students who were elected by the students in grades four through seven.

President                                                                Bridget K.

Vice President                                                       Brandon M.

Secretary/Historian                                                Sidney Y.

School Spirit/Publicity                                           Nicole B.

Finance                                                                   Vivienne P.

Health, Safety & Ecology                                      Erika C.

Religious Activities/Academic Life                       Megan S.

Immunization & Health Records Requirements for 2011-2012

To the parents of Pre-K students arriving in Fall 2011:

Welcome!  My name is Mrs. Rosemary Antunes, RN, the School Nurse at All Saints. To get off on the right foot health-wise, the State requires parents of Pre-K students to submit the following:

1.        An immunization form must be in the child’s record by the date of the child’s admission.   The first day of Pre-K is Wednesday, September 7th, 2011.

2.        Immunizations must be recorded and dated on either the Health Dept. form (MCH 213F or MCH 213G) or a physician’s form, include the child’s name, and be signed or stamped and dated by a licensed physician, the physician’s designee, or an official of a local health department.

3.        For all immunizations a child receives after 7/1/11, the form must contain a statement (typed or handwritten) that the child is adequately immunized.

The current Form MCH213G is available at the following website: http://www.vahealth.org/childadolescenthealth/schoolhealth/forms.htm

If your child has any chronic health conditions, such as food or substance allergy or asthma, the necessary forms are available under “Education,” and the “Parents” portion of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington website. Click on “Forms.”  Be sure to submit an Authorization Form for the medication along with the Action Plan for the condition.  All medications must be brought in by the parents, not by the child.  If a child needs an Epi-Pen, please bring two — one for the class, one for the Nurse’s Clinic.

To the parents of Kindergarten students arriving in Fall 2011:

A new Physical Exam is necessary, dated less than one year from the time of admission. Kindergarten begins on Monday, August 29th.  This Exam should be on, or accompanied by, the Virginia Department of Health form MCH 213G.  (See the website above for the form).  Tip: Print out the MCH213G and hand it to the physician before the physical exam for this year, if possible, so as to avoid an additional charge to complete it out outside the office visit.  The Physical must include all the immunizations required by the Commonwealth of Virginia as indicated by the chart on the following website:

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/schedules/downloads/child/0-6yrs-schedule-pr.pdf

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

Families were asked to submit points for parents or make payment for outstanding points by Wednesday, May 25th.  Since that deadline has past, you are no longer able to add points into the system through the website.  If you have not already done so, please submit payments to the school office for any outstanding points. If there is a dispute of the amount of points or you have more points to add to your total, please send a note to Mrs. Irene Kruppa.

Parents of Rising 6th Graders and New Middle School Students

Please check the school website for tips and suggestions for a smooth orientation day and first day of school.  Just click on the following link for information including links to the handout “Organizing Materials” and an “Orientation Day Checklist”:

http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/academics/middle-school/new-middle-school-families/

PTO Elections

The PTO Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the results of the elections for officers for the upcoming school year. Thank you to all who were willing to serve, and to all who took the time to submit nominations and ballots. The PTO could not operate without your generous cooperation. We look forward to a great year!

President-Elect: Christian Cobb

Secretary: Joe Ortiz

Treasurer: Elissa Hackerson

Spirit Event Committee Update from Megan Davies

I wanted to thank everyone for coming out to the Chick-fil-A spirit event this past Thursday. We had a really good turnout and made over $248 for our PTO. Way to go All Saints! We have had some interest for joining the Spirit Event Committee. You are very welcome to join, just send me an email (meggie.davies@verizon.net) We are at an exciting time of planning for next year. If you would like to be at the grass-roots level of planning and organization, then please let me know.

Hey everyone! Can you believe the year is almost over? We are ending on a bang with a two for one Spirit Event!

Come on down and Putt it up with us at the Magic Putting Place and then top it off with some super delicious Shaved ice or ice cream from Nathan’s Dairy Bar!

At Magic Putting place, you pay $3 for 18 holes for the kids and 50% of the sales goes back to All Saints.  You can golf from 11am to 9pm on June 3rd.

Nathan’s will be serving up it’s fabulous shaved ice and awesome ice cream from 11am to 10pm and at Nathan’s 20% of your sale comes back to our fabulous All Saints.

So come on out and celebrate the end of an awesome year with friends! This two for one event is a great hole in one! See you there.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Summer Learning Program 2011

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.

(Note: Parents should select the summer learning assignments that correspond to the grade that their child will be entering in the fall.  For example, a student entering second grade would complete the Summer Book Program for rising 2nd graders.  A child entering third grade would complete the assignments outlined below for grades 3-5.)

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 1st graders.)

Ordering Information:             Summerbook Company

305 Lyndale Drive

Hartsville, SC 27804

1-877-684-8502 (Toll Free)

www.summerbookcompany.com

Grades 3-5             Math Log & 2 Accelerated Readers Books

(Note: Each student is required to keep a Math log in which they complete six hours of work over the course of the summer.  Students may refer to our school website for recommended activities and math based websites.  After reading two Accelerated Readerbooks, students are asked to create a book jacket for each story.  Each student will have an opportunity to present one of their books orally to the class next year.  These summer assignments will be due Friday of the first week of school and will be considered part of the first quarter participation grade.)

Grades 6-8             Read selections (one book for grades 6-7/two books for grade 8) from the Middle School Summer Reading List and complete one of three follow up activities per book as well as a Math Log.

(Note: An overview of the requirements for middle school students, i.e. the Summer Math Log, Math Log Instructions and Middle School Summer Reading List & Activities are included as links to this week’s newsletter and will also be available for review on our school website.)

Cafeteria Procedures

As we are approaching the end of the school year, please note: Middle school students are not permitted to charge lunch payments during the month of June.  If your middle school son/daughter does not have payment for lunch, he or she will receive a bologna & cheese sandwich.

Note:  June 3rd will be the final day to redeem the Race for Education prizes.

Thank you for your support of these end of year procedures.  Should you have any questions, please contact the cafeteria at 703-368-4400 (ext. 211).

Extended Day Program

Extended Day services will continue the next three weeks and be available before and after school through Wednesday, June 15th. There will be no Extended Day Program on Thursday, 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 Tuesday, 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 2nd.  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 26th.

¨       7th Annual Back-to School Barbecue hosted by the PTO – Friday, August 26th, (5:30-7:30 p.m.)

¨       First Day of School ~ Noon Dismissal (Grades K-8) – Monday, August 29th

¨       First Day of Pre-Kindergarten – Wednesday, September 7th

VIRTUS Update Training Sessions

The next presentation of the “Protecting God’s Children” seminar, the four hour VIRTUS training session which is required for all who wish to become eligible to volunteer in the school, will take place on Saturday, June 11th beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Father Kelley Hall.

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.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, June 1st 2nd Grade Mexican Fiesta

Thursday, June 2nd Field Day at Linton Hall School (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Friday, June 3rd School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Race for Education Celebration (awards assembly, pizza lunch & movies)

Spirit Activity: Nathan’s Ice Cream and Mini-Golf

Saturday, June 4th 8th Grade Algebra Exemption Exam

NJHS Scrabble Tournament (FKH/6:30-9:00 p.m.)

Monday, June 6th Middle School Demerit Free Breakfast (9:15 a.m.)

Tuesday, June 7th 4th Quarter Gold Medal Readers Celebration (1:30 p.m.)

PTO Executive Board Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

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

Thursday, June 9th 2nd Grade Field Trip to the Basilica (8:00 a.m. – 2:30  p.m.)

1st Grade Ice Cream Party (1:15 p.m.)

Friday, June 10th Graduation Day

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

Graduation Breakfast (10:00 a.m.)

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

Mass & Ceremony (7:00 p.m.)

Links:

  • Testing Charts ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/06/TestingCharts2010-2011.pdf
  • Information for Rising 6th & New Middle School Students ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/academics/middle-school/new-middle-school-families/
  • Invitation to the Parish Volunteer Reception ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/06/Volunteer-Reception-2011.pdf
  • Nathan’s Spirit Event Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/06/2011-06-04-Nathans-jp.jpg
  • Summer Learning Program-Go to this page and click on the grade level you are interested in. ~http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/summer-requirements-program/
  • Summer Learning Program/Middle School Reading List ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/05/2011_Middle_School_Summer_Reading.pdf
  • Scrabble Tournament Flyer ~  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/05/scrabbletournamentad.pdf

The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 37

Living Stones on the Pathway to Heaven…

Message from the Principal

This week I would like to congratulate those second graders who received Jesus in the Eucharist for the first time last Saturday as well as those who will be receiving their First Communion in the weeks ahead. I am very proud of each of them and consider it a privilege to have witnessed this special grace-filled moment.  Congratulations to all of their parents, who as the primary educators, led their children to the table of the Lord.  Thank you, Mrs. Cummings and Mrs. Gurley, for providing the instruction and guidance which helped prepare the children so beautifully for this encounter with Christ.

Summer Learning Program 2011

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.

(Note: Parents should select the summer learning assignments that correspond to the grade that their child will be entering in the fall.  For example, a student entering second grade would complete the Summer Book Program for rising 2nd graders.  A child entering third grade would complete the assignments outlined below for grades 3-5.)

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 1st graders.)

Ordering Information:             Summerbook Company

305 Lyndale Drive

Hartsville, SC 27804

1-877-684-8502 (Toll Free)

www.summerbookcompany.com

Grades 3-5         Math Log & 2 Accelerated Readers Books

(Note: Each student is required to keep a Math log in which they complete six hours of work over the course of the summer.  Students may refer to our school website for recommended activities and math based websites.  After reading two Accelerated Reader books, students are asked to create a book jacket for each story.  Each student will have an opportunity to present one of their books orally to the class next year.  These summer assignments will be due Friday of the first week of school and will be considered part of the first quarter participation grade.)

Grades 6-8             Read selections (one book for grades 6-7/two books for grade 8) from the Middle School Summer Reading List and complete one of three follow up activities per book as well as a Math Log.

(Note: An overview of the requirements for middle school students, i.e. the Summer Math Log, Math Log Instructions and Middle School Summer Reading List & Activities are included as links to this week’s newsletter and will also be available for review on our school website.)

As of the close of April, the students of All Saints Catholic School have contributed $1595.04 to benefit our sister school in Haiti, providing direct funding for lunches and school supplies.  Thank you, students, for your generosity.  You are truly helping to make a difference!

End of Year Parent Survey ~ Bullying Initiative

During the first semester we distributed a parent survey on the topic of bullying in our community, the results of which were 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 follow up electronic survey prepared by our school counselor, Mrs. Karcher. Parents are encouraged to visit the following link to complete the survey.  In advance, we thank you for participating and providing feedback which helps us to plan for the future of our school.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/T9FHHY5

Students in grades 3-8 will complete the electronic survey during their computer classes within the next two weeks.  Parents of K-2 students who wish to provide feedback regarding their child’s experience are invited to do so via the following link:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TYH6SVF

As of last Friday, the Race for Education counting team has processed $40,039.75 in donations! Thank you students and parents for your strong support of this fundraiser!

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

End of Year Calendar

Final Day for Pre-Kindergarten ~ Thursday, May 26th

Field Day ~ Thursday, June 2nd (Linton Hall School)

8th Grade Graduation ~ Friday, June 10th (7:00 p.m.)

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

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

Cafeteria Procedures

As we are approaching the end of the school year, please note:

1)       Notices of cafeteria payments now due will be sent home with students this week.  Families are asked to submit payment for any outstanding balances by May 31st and are encouraged to send in sufficient funds to cover the cost of lunches through the close of the year.

2)       Middle school students are not permitted to charge lunch payments during the month of June.  If your middle school son/daughter does not have payment for lunch, he or she will receive a bologna & cheese sandwich.

Note:  All students may redeem free pretzel cards on Tuesday, May 31st, the final day of pretzel sales. All students may redeem free ice cream cards next Wednesday, June 1st and Friday, June 3rd.   June 3rd will be the final day to redeem these Race for Education prizes.

Thank you for your support of these end of year procedures.  Should you have any questions, please contact the cafeteria at 703-368-4400 (ext. 211).

Field Day Lunch Orders

Families who have not yet submitted orders and payment for lunch on Field Day (June 2nd) are asked to do so by Friday of this week.

New “Adopt-A-Garden” Initiative Seeks Volunteers

All Saint’s Campus Beautification Team is looking for volunteers to join our new Adopt-A-Garden initiative to help maintain our parish and school gardens as a tranquil place for peaceful reflection.  Volunteers will “adopt” a specific garden bed or section of landscaping and maintain the appearance of their small assigned area.  Adopt-A-Garden is a perfect ministry for those who enjoy gardening.  We will provide any necessary training. Individuals and families welcome! Adopting a garden earns volunteers 20 Points for Parents.

Extended Day Program

Extended Day services will continue the next three weeks and be available before and after school through Wednesday, June 15th. There will be no Extended Day Program on Thursday, 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 Tuesday, 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 2nd.  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 26th.

¨       7th Annual Back-to School Barbecue hosted by the PTO – Friday, August 26th, (5:30-7:30 p.m.)

¨       First Day of School ~ Noon Dismissal (Grades K-8) – Monday, August 29th

¨       First Day of Pre-Kindergarten – Wednesday, September 7th

VIRTUS Update Training Sessions

The next presentation of the “Protecting God’s Children” seminar, the four hour VIRTUS training session which is required for all who wish to become eligible to volunteer in the school, will take place on Saturday, June 11th beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Father Kelley Hall.

Tuition Discount for Payment in Full

Parents who submit payment in full for the 2011-2012 academic year are eligible for a 5% discount if the payment is received in the office no later than 3:00 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday, May 26th. For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at 703-393-1490.

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.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 26th Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten

SCA Speeches & Election (1:00 p.m.)

Spirit Activity: Chick-Fil-A (6:30-9:30 p.m.)

Friday, May 27th School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Noon Dismissal

Saturday, May 28th First Communion (10:30 a.m.)

Monday, May 30th Holiday ~ Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 31st Race for Education Dress Down Day option

1st Grade Field Trip to National Zoo (8:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m.)

7th Grade Field Trip to Manassas Battlefield (9:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, June 1st 2nd Grade Mexican Fiesta

Thursday, June 2nd Field Day at Linton Hall School (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Friday, June 3rd School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Race for Education Celebration (pizza lunch & movies)

Spirit Activity: Nathan’s Ice Cream and Mini-Golf

Saturday, June 4th 8th Grade Algebra Exemption Exam

NJHS Scrabble Tournament (FKH/6:30-9:00 p.m.)

 

Links:

  • Summer Learning Program-Go to this page and click on the grade level you are interested in. ~http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/summer-requirements-program/
  • Summer Learning Program/Middle School Reading List ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/05/2011_Middle_School_Summer_Reading.pdf
  • Scrabble Tournament Flyer ~  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/05/scrabbletournamentad.pdf

The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 36

Message from the Principal

Despite a forecast of inclement weather on Monday, the 11th Annual Golf Tournament was blessed with abundant sunshine and fair weather skies.  Once again the tournament was held at Evergreen Country Club, a beautiful setting located at the foot of Bull Run Mountain.  It was great to see so many parishioners and community members returning for yet another day of fellowship and fundraising in support of our school.  I want to thank our title sponsors, the George Brent Council of the Knights of Columbus and the Anderson Construction Company, for their continued support and generosity.  I am also grateful to Mr. Jim Switzer, tournament chairperson, and the dedicated group of volunteers who worked behind the scenes to coordinate the marketing efforts, corporate sponsorship and the countless details that ensured a smoothly-run event.  Thank you, PTO, for your continued commitment to fundraising and community-building!

An update regarding the diocesan field trip policy:  As of last Thursday, the restriction regarding field trips to Washington, D.C. has now been lifted.  With this knowledge, the second grade teachers are once again exploring the option of a trip to the National Shrine and the first grade team is considering the possibility of a trip to the National Zoo due to the cancellation of this week’s trip due to inclement weather.

As we approach the end of the school year, I wish to share with you a calendar change for the 2011-2012 academic year so that those who wish to make travel plans can begin to do so.  This year I have decided to extend the Thanksgiving Holiday by one day, allowing those families who travel out of the region an opportunity to do so prior to the heaviest traffic day of the year.  As such, school will dismiss at noon on Tuesday, November 22nd.  (In order to fulfill the diocesan requirement regarding the required number of days of instruction, we will close for only 1.5 days for Parent-Teacher Conferences rather than two full days.)

Two weeks ago our band competed at the middle school level at the Music in the Parks event at Kings Dominion.  I am proud to announce that our band received a rating of “Superior”, the highest score given by the judges.  The fact that our students performed so well 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!  The legacy of the band at All Saints continues!

As of the close of April, the students of All Saints Catholic School have contributed $1595.04 to benefit our sister school in Haiti, providing direct funding for lunches and school supplies. Thank you, students, for your generosity.  You are truly helping to make a difference!

End of Year Parent Survey ~ Bullying Initiative

During the first semester we distributed a parent survey on the topic of bullying in our community, the results of which were 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 follow up electronic survey prepared by our school counselor, Mrs. Karcher. Parents are encouraged to visit the following link to complete the survey.  In advance, we thank you for participating and providing feedback which helps us to plan for the future of our school.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/T9FHHY5

6th Grade Parent Letter ~ Message from the Superintendent & Virginia Department of Heath

Every year the Virginia Department of Health distributes information regarding the HPV (vaccine) to rising 6th grade girls.  This relates to state legislation and our diocese cooperates by distributing this letter.  However, we also distribute a statement from the two Bishops of Virginia as included in a letter from the Virginia Catholic Education Association signed by the superintendents of Arlington and Richmond.  Today parents of rising 6th grade girls will receive a copy of the official letter from the Virginia Department of  Health as well as the letter from the Virginia Catholic Education Association.  The letters will be sent home in sealed envelopes with each of the 5th grade girls.  After reviewing the correspondence, should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office for more information.

Cafeteria Reminders

As we are approaching the end of the school year, please note:

1)       Notices of cafeteria payments now due will be sent home with students this week.  Families are asked to submit payment for any outstanding balances by May 31st and are encouraged to send in sufficient funds to cover the cost of lunches through the close of the year.

2)       Middle school students are not permitted to charge lunch payments during the month of June.  If your middle school son/daughter does not have payment for lunch, he or she will receive a bologna & cheese sandwich.

Thank you for your support of these end of year procedures.  Should you have any questions, please contact the cafeteria at 703-368-4400 (ext. 211).

As of last Friday, the Race for Education counting team has already processed $26,253.75 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

PTO Elections

Coming home today with your oldest child is the ballot for PTO officers for the coming school year. Please take a moment to fill the ballot out and return it to school, attention of “PTO Nominations Committee”.  For your convenience, the ballot is also attached as a link to this week’s newsletter.  Thank you in advance for your support of the PTO! We would also like to thank the nominees for each office for their willingness to serve the school through the PTO.

Spirit Event Committee

Spirit Events are community building activities that give students and their families a chance to visit and to do fun things together. Also, it can be a wonderful fundraising opportunity for our PTO as well. Holly Crocker has acted as Spirit Event Coordinator in the past and did a wonderful job. The position will now involve a change where there will be a Spirit Event Committee. I have agreed to act as the Spirit Event Committee Chairperson, unless someone else wishes to have that honor. However, I will need to have people on the committee to help. I wish to enlist as many volunteers as possible to contribute to the committee.

Within the committee, people can choose a particular Spirit Event they wish to coordinate and then 20Points for Parents will be available for each event coordinated. If you wish to be part of the Spirit Event Committee, then please email Megan Davies at meggie.davies@verizon.net

Spirit Event

Hey everyone!  Can you believe the year is almost over?  We are ending on a bang with a two for one Spirit Event!

Come on down and Putt it up with us at the Magic Putting Place and then top it off with some super delicious Shaved ice or ice cream from Nathan’s Dairy Bar!

At Magic Putting place, you pay $3 for 18 holes for the kids and 50% of the sales goes back to All Saints.  You can golf from 11 am to 9 pm on June 3rd.  Nathan’s will be serving up it’s fabulous shaved ice and awesome ice cream from 11 am to 10 pm and at Nathan’s 20% of your sale comes back to our fabulous All Saints.

So come on out and celebrate the end of an awesome year with friends! This two for one event is a great hole in one!  See you all there.

All Saints Catholic Vacation Bible School / Confirmation Service Hours

All Saints is offering a Catholic Vacation Bible School this summer!  The theme is SonSurf Beach Bash!  VBS will be held June 27-July 1st from 8:30 to noon.  We are accepting rising kindergartners through rising 5th graders.  To register, simply click on the attached link below.  Return your completed form the RE Office (also the ASCS Office).  You may also download these forms at www.allsaintsva.org.  The deadline is 6/3/11 and spaces are limited!

Adult and 8th grade volunteers are needed to make VBS a success!  Rising 8th graders may earn up to 20 Confirmation Service Hours.  If you or your rising 8th grader are interested in volunteering, click on the attached link(s) below.    Return the appropriate forms to the RE Office.  For information, contact Samantha Welsh, DRE at 703-393-2142 or swelsh@allsaintsva.org.

Summer Experience for Middle School Students

Expand your horizons this summer with one- and two-week programs for rising 7th, 8th, and 9th graders at Bishop O’Connell High School, 6600 Little Falls Road, Arlington, Va. Sign up for the Leadership Academy, Experiencing the Arts and Sciences and Musical Theater and Glee Showcase. Sessions run July 11 – 22. For more information, visit  http://www.bishopoconnell.org/summerexperience

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Spring Choral Concert ~ Time Changed to 7:00 p.m.

The Spring Choral Concert (grades 1, 3, 5 & 7) scheduled for Thursday, May 19th will begin at 7:00 p.m. rather than 7:30 p.m. as published in our school calendar.

Student attire: A solid, colored shirt to be tucked-in to black pants. Black footwear.

Arrival time: 6:25pm, concert to start promptly at 7pm.

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 this year ~ or did so during the winter/spring of 2010 ~ are required to attend one of the sessions in order to maintain full compliance with the program and eligibility for volunteering. The next VIRTUS update training has been scheduled for Saturday, May 21st at 10:30 a.m. in the Art Room.  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. (703-368-4400)

The next presentation of the “Protecting God’s Children” seminar, the four hour VIRTUS training session which is required for all who wish to become eligible to volunteer in the school, will take place on Saturday, June 11th beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Father Kelley Hall.

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 Wednesday, May 25th.    

Tuition Discount for Payment in Full

Parents who submit payment in full for the 2011-2012 academic year are eligible for a 5% discount if the payment is received in the office no later than 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 26th.  For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at 703-393-1490.

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.

6th 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:

Thursday, May 19th Designated Dress-Down Day

Tuesday, May 24th Designated Dress-Down Day

Tuesday, May 31st Designated Dress-Down Day

Students may redeem pretzel and ice cream cards during the month of May on regularly scheduled purchase days.

End of Year Calendar

Final Day for Pre-Kindergarten ~ Thursday, May 26th

Field Day ~ Thursday, June 2nd (Linton Hall School)

8th Grade Graduation ~ Friday, June 10th (7:00 p.m.)

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

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

New “Adopt-A-Garden” Initiative Seeks Volunteers

All Saint’s Campus Beautification Team is looking for volunteers to join our new Adopt-A-Garden initiative to help maintain our parish and school gardens as a tranquil place for peaceful reflection. Volunteers will “adopt” a specific garden bed or section of landscaping and maintain the appearance of their small assigned area. Adopt-A-Garden is a perfect ministry for those who enjoy gardening. We will provide any necessary training. Individuals and families welcome! Volunteers through this program are eligible for Points for Parents. 

Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 19th Race for Education Dress Down Day Option

Choral Concert for Grades 1, 3, 5 & 7 (PAC/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, May 20th 4th Grade Field Trip to Mount Vernon (8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)

6th Grade Field Trip to Medieval Times (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Senior Mentors Appreciation Reception (1:30 p.m.)

Saturday, May 21st First Communion (10:30 a.m.)

VIRTUS Update (Art Room/10:30 a.m.)

Monday, May 23rd Media Mindfulness Presentation for Middle School, courtesy of the Daughters of St. Paul

Tuesday, May 24th Race for Education Dress Down Day Option

Band Concert (1:45 p.m.) & Ice Cream Social (2:15 p.m.)

EPSF Parent Meeting (FKH/7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 25th 6th Grade Brass Rubbings Presentation

Points for Parents payments due

Thursday, May 26th Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten

SCA Speeches & Election (1:00 p.m.)

Spirit Activity: Chick-Fil-A (6:30-9:30 p.m.)

Friday, May 27th Noon Dismissal

Links

  • PTO Ballot ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/05/pto-ballot-2011.pdf
  • Vacation Bible School Volunteer Form ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/05/VBS-Volunteer-Form.pdf
  • Vacation Bible School 8th Grade Volunteer Form ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/05/VBS-8th-Grade-Volunteer-Form.pdf
  • Vacation Bible School Registration Form ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/05/VBS-Registration.pdf
  • · Field Day Memo / Form ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/05/field-day-2011.pdf

The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 35

Message from the Principal

Congratulations to the members of our 8th grade class who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on Saturday.  I am so proud of each of them for the individual commitment they have made to their Catholic faith and pray that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that they experienced during the liturgy will guide them through their future years.  As a community, we were honored that Bishop Loverde was able to be present and served as our celebrant.  As in the past, he spoke powerfully and specifically about the ways that our young people will be empowered by the Holy Spirit to make choices aligned with the Gospel message and in support of life, ultimately allowing them to live in good health, happiness and freedom.  It was, indeed, a beautiful day for our parish and school community.

Only two days prior our students gathered for the annual May Crowning.  Undeterred by rain, the event took place in the new church.  It was both impressive and touching to see our 2nd grade students, dressed in their First Communion attire, lined up along side the 8th grade students in their graduation suits and dresses.  It was a reverent, prayerful tribute to Our Lady as we began the month of May.  Congratulations to Grace Bennett and Alex Otten, who were randomly selected to crown the statue of the Blessed Mother at the culmination of the ceremony.

As the clouds parted on Thursday morning, we were blessed with “picture perfect” weather for the 6thAnnual Race for Education. Once again it was wonderful to see the students running with such spirit! 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 previously announced, 15% of the proceeds from the event will be sent directly to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

As of last Friday, the counting team has already processed $26,253.75 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

I want to thank Mrs. Beth Ross and Mrs. Marjorie Collins for serving as co-coordinators of our 6th 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 week I also wish to share with you the news that Mrs. Otzaizo has decided that she will not be returning to teach first grade at All Saints for the 2011-2012 academic year.  Instead, she is hoping to pursue her professional goal of becoming a reading specialist and also looks forward to the possibility of additional time with her newborn baby, Elijah.    Mrs. Otaizo’s departure from All Saints will be a significant loss for our program.  In addition to maintaining a highly effective classroom and demonstrating a wonderful sense of care and concern for her students, Mrs. Otaizo has contributed to the advancement of our literacy program through her knowledge and expertise in the Word Study approach.  Over the course of the past couple of years, the guidance and encouragement she has provided has been instrumental in this methodology being introduced at other grade levels.  We thank Mrs. Otaizo for her dedication and all that she has done for our students and wish her every success and blessing as she pursues other opportunities.

Spring Choral Concert ~ Time Changed to 7:00 p.m.

The Spring Choral Concert (grades 1, 3, 5 & 7) scheduled for Thursday, May 19th will begin at 7:00 p.m. rather than 7:30 p.m. as published in our school calendar.

Student attire:         A solid, colored shirt to be tucked-in to black pants. Black footwear.

Arrival time:           6:25pm, concert to start promptly at 7pm.

4th Quarter Lock-Down Drill

The 4th Quarter Lock-Down Drill will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 17th.  (Please note: This drill has been scheduled for several weeks and is not in response to any concerns specific to All Saints. Rather, it is another exercise by which we maintain a state of preparedness should the need ever arise to secure the facility and safeguard the children.) 

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 this year ~ or did so during the winter/spring of 2010 ~ are required to attend one of the sessions in order to maintain full compliance with the program and eligibility for volunteering. The next VIRTUS update training has been scheduled for Saturday, May 21st at 10:30 a.m. in the Art Room.  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. (703-368-4400)

The next presentation of the “Protecting God’s Children” seminar, the four hour VIRTUS training session which is required for all who wish to become eligible to volunteer in the school, will take place on Saturday, June 11th beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Father Kelley Hall.

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

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 Wednesday, May 25th.    

Tuition Discount for Payment in Full

Parents who submit payment in full for the 2011-2012 academic year are eligible for a 5% discount if the payment is received in the office no later than 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 26th.  For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at 703-393-1490.

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.

Golf Tournament

Come out and join us for a round of golf! All Saints will be sponsoring its 11th Annual All Saints Golf Tournament on this coming Monday, May 16th at Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, VA. The tournament starts with lunch and a shotgun start at 11:00am, followed by a dinner buffet.

Funds raised through sponsorship of our golf tournament continue to support major projects in our school, while providing an excellent opportunity for local businesses to advertise their services. To learn about sponsorship opportunities to fit every budget or to register for golf, visit www.AllSaintsGolf.com. For additional information, please contact Jim Switzer at (571) 330-8381 or info@allsaintsgolf.com.

New “Adopt-A-Garden” Initiative Seeks Volunteers

All Saint’s Campus Beautification Team is looking for volunteers to join our new Adopt-A-Gardeninitiative to help maintain our parish and school gardens as a tranquil place for peaceful reflection. Volunteers will “adopt” a specific garden bed or section of landscaping and maintain the appearance of their small assigned area. Adopt-A-Garden is a perfect ministry for those who enjoy gardening. We will provide any necessary training. Individuals and families welcome!

Volunteers through this program are eligible for Points for Parents. 

Spirit Event News

On Thursday, May 26th from 6:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., we will hold a Spirit Event at Chick-fil-A at Signal Hill, 9506 Liberia Avenue, Manassas, VA 20110. You have the entire day to enjoy their good food and meet up with your All Saints family. Our school will earn 20% of the proceeds. You will be receiving cards from Chick-fil-A in your classes. We look forward to meeting you there.  Please click on link below for a Chick-fil-A flyer.

Drama & Art Summer Day Camps for Catholic Families and Friends!
Locations include All Saints in Manassas and St. Veronica in Chantilly during the last two weeks of July!  Instruction provided by Catholic professionals in the field of theatre, art, dance, and music.

Drama Bootcamp for rising K-9th graders: boost skills in acting, improvisation, speech, mime, and movement in this “everything drama” camp.

Arts & Crafts Fun Camp for rising K-2nd graders: perfect for kids that wants to explore drawing, sculpture, clay, painting and much more.

Art Explorer Camp for rising 3rd-6th graders: intermediate & advanced projects each day that will continue to develop a love visual arts.

Camp Broadway for rising 3rd-12th graders: improve acting, singing, and dance skills  daily and conclude with a final performance.

Early Birds:  Sign up by May 15th for $10 off per camp and by June 15th for $5 off per camp.

Download the Camp Brochure to learn about each instructor and print a registration or contactSpotlightCamps@gmail.com

For a brochure, visit  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=camps2011_web.pdf

PVI Basketball Camps

Paul VI Girls & Boys Summer Basketball Camps: June 20 – 24 / July 5 – 8 / July 11 – 15 / July 25 29.  For summer camp info & registration form please go to www.pvibasketball.com.

Bishop Ireton High School Summer Classes and Workshops

Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, VA is offering summer classes and workshops not only for our future students but also for students bound for any high school.   Bishop Ireton offers transition to 9th grade workshops for incoming freshmen students and these workshops are open to any student who has just finished 8th grade and is preparing for high school.  The workshops are designed to help students prepare academically and introduces them to some of the expectations and skills needed to succeed while in high school.  For more information about the workshop, please click on the following link http://www.bishopireton.org/document.doc?id=445 which provides course description, tuition, dates and times.  There is also see link at the end of this newsletter for a flyer about classes and workshops offered by Bishop Ireton High School.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

6th 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:

Thursday, May 19th Designated Dress-Down Day

Tuesday, May 24th Designated Dress-Down Day

Tuesday, May 31st Designated Dress-Down Day

Students may redeem pretzel and ice cream cards during the month of May on regularly scheduled purchase days.

End of Year Calendar

Final Day for Pre-Kindergarten ~ Thursday, May 26th

Field Day ~ Thursday, June 2nd (Linton Hall School)

8th Grade Graduation ~ Friday, June 10th (7:00 p.m.)

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

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

Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 12th 5th Grade Field Trip to Baltimore (8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

3rd Quarter Interims distributed to students

Enrollment Management Team Meeting (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, May 13th Holiday ~ Parish Festival Prep Day

Saturday, May 14th Parish Festival

Monday, May 16th SCA sponsored Earth Day Dress Down Day

SCA Election Information Meeting

11th Annual Golf Tournament (Evergreen Country Club)

Tuesday, May 17th 1st Grade Field Trip to Leesburg Animal Park (8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

7th & 8th Grade Field Trip to Montpelier (7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)

4th Quarter Lock-Down Drill (10:00 a.m.)

Wednesday, May 18th School Mass in Honor of Fr. Melmer’s 20th Anniversary of Ordination (8:30 a.m.)

Thursday, May 19th Race for Education Dress Down Day Option

Choral Concert for Grades 1, 3, 5 & 7 (PAC/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, May 20th 4th Grade Field Trip to Mount Vernon (8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)

6th Grade Field Trip to Medieval Times (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Senior Mentors Appreciation Reception (1:30 p.m.)

 

Coming Home with Oldest Child Today

  • Field Day Memo / Form

Links

  • · Field Day Memo / Form ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/05/field-day-2011.pdf
  • · Chick-fil-A Spirit Event Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/05/2011-5-26-Chick-Fil-A.jpg
  • Golf Tournament Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/04/golf-tournament-8.5×11.pdf
  • · Cub Scout Pack 1188 Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/05/Pack1188-bulletin.pdf
  • · Casting Call for “Annie” ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/04/casting-call-annie.pdf
  • · Bishop Ireton Catholic High School Summer Classes & Workshops Flyer ~http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/05/Bishop-Ireton-HS-2011.pdf
  • · Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School E-News:  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/05/e-News-Update-January-March-2011.pdf
  • · Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School Open House Flyer:  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/05/Open-House-and-invitations-May-2011.pdf

The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 34

Message from the Principal

This week I wish to share with you an important update regarding our field trip policy for the remainder of the school year.  In consideration of the current world situation, our superintendent, Sr. Bernadette McManigal, has advised that schools refrain from any field trips to Washington, D.C. or any other locations that may be the site of demonstrations or protests. As such, it will be necessary for us to rearrange or cancel several trips previously planned for the closing weeks of school.  The following grade levels will be affected by this change:

1st Grade (National Zoo)

2nd Grade (National Basilica)

7th & 8th Grades (Smithsonian)

Please note:  Both the 5th grade trip to Baltimore and the 4th grade trip to Mount Vernon will continue as planned.

Recognizing that this will be a disappointment to the children, the teachers are already researching possible alternatives and will forward details to you as they become known.  In advance, thank you for your understanding as we adjust our plans for the coming weeks.

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Tomorrow all of the students at All Saints will participate in the 6th 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 our reach.

The following is a list of important reminders for all students and parents regarding the 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.

Parents, relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend the event as a sign of support for all of our student runners.  We hope that many of you will be able to join us for a wonderful day of fun and fellowship!

The following is the schedule for this special event:

Grades Pre-K, K, 1 & 2                         8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Grades 3-5                                             10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Grades Pre-K3 & 6-8                             1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

As of today, the counting team has already processed $19,668.75 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

Race for Education: CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!!! We are still in need of volunteers for each of the race times! Volunteers will help track the children’s laps, pass out water, and monitor the students as they run. All of these can be done while you are cheering your child on. The race takes place TOMORROW, Thursday, May 5th! Please contact Marjorie Collins at 703-365-9686 ormarjoriecollins@me.com if you are available to help. Thank you to the parents who have already signed up to volunteer!

Spanish Teacher Announced for 2011-2012

Miss Mary Simms will join our faculty as Spanish teacher for the upcoming school year.  Miss Simms is a graduate of the University of Illinois where she earned a Bachelor of Education Degree with a concentration in Language Arts.  Following her graduation, she spent three years teaching second grade at St. Roberto Institute in Mexico where she was immersed in the Spanish language.  In 2008 she began employment at Blessed Sacrament School in Illinois where she developed and implemented a Spanish curriculum for grades K-8.  In addition to her educational experience, Miss Simms has also worked as a bilingual coordinator and a translator for the United States Department of Agriculture.  Miss Simms is highly regarded in her current school for her creativity, classroom effectiveness and the rapport she has established with parents and students alike.  We welcome Miss Simms to our All Saints community!

Miss Dalusung to Return as Music Teacher

All Saints is pleased to welcome back Miss Nichole Dalusung as music teacher and director of the Schola for the 2011-2012 academic year.  Having built a beautiful program during her years in our school, it is a blessing for us that she has decided to return to continue the good work she has previously begun.

 

We wish to thank Miss Ann Marie White, the current music substitute, for her very fine work during this second semester.  We are grateful for her commitment and all that she has done and continues to do in support of the music program.  Her enthusiasm in the classroom has been infectious and a source of inspiration for our students.  We wish her every continued success and blessing as she pursues professional opportunities and graduate studies.

Prayer of the Month

Peace Prayer ~ By Kindergarten Students

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

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.

Spring Choral Concert ~ Time Changed to 7:00 p.m.

The Spring Choral Concert (grades 1, 3, 5 & 7) scheduled for Thursday, May 19th will begin at 7:00 p.m. rather than 7:30 p.m. as published in our school calendar.

Chess Club T-Shirts

In recognition of the successful year for our Chess Club, all members are invited to wear their special Chess Club shirts in place of their school polo shirts on Monday, May 9th.

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 this year ~ or did so during the winter/spring of 2010 ~ are required to attend one of the sessions in order to maintain full compliance with the program and eligibility for volunteering. The next VIRTUS update training has been scheduled for Saturday, May 21st at 10:30 a.m. in the Art Room.  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. (703-368-4400)

The next presentation of the “Protecting God’s Children” seminar, the four hour VIRTUS training session which is required for all who wish to become eligible to volunteer in the school, will take place on Saturday, June 11th beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Father Kelley Hall.

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 Wednesday, May 25th.    

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 2011-2012 should receive a letter of response within the next ten days.

Tuition Discount for Payment in Full

Parents who submit payment in full for the 2011-2012 academic year are eligible for a 5% discount if the payment is received in the office no later than 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 26th.  For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at 703-393-1490.

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.

Golf Tournament

Come out and join us for a round of golf! All Saints will be sponsoring its 11th Annual All Saints Golf Tournament on Monday, May 16th at Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, VA. The tournament starts with lunch and a shotgun start at 11:00am, followed by a dinner buffet.

Funds raised through sponsorship of our golf tournament continue to support major projects in our school, while providing an excellent opportunity for local businesses to advertise their services. To learn about sponsorship opportunities to fit every budget or to register for golf, visit www.AllSaintsGolf.com. For additional information, please contact Jim Switzer at (571) 330-8381 or info@allsaintsgolf.com.

Seeking Volunteers ~ Clinic Paperwork

The clinic is seeking a couple of volunteers who have already completed the background check to assist with filing and organizational tasks as we prepare for the 2011-2012 academic year.  Any parents interested in this volunteer opportunity are encouraged to contact Mrs. Antunes, school nurse, at 703-368-4400.

PTO Nominations

Please remember to turn in your PTO Nominations. The Nomination’s Committee will be compiling the names into a ballot to be distributed within the next week.

All Saints Students Place in the 27th Annual Arbor Day Celebration Art Contest

Several of our students participated in an art contest by the 27th Annual Arbor Day Celebration by the City of Manassas.  Participants made drawings of trees in Manassas and two students from All Saints Catholic School placed in the event.  Ellen Morad won 1st place in the fourth grade division and Thumay Huynh won 3rd place in the third grade division.  Ellie’s and Thumay’s drawings were selected out of a total of 754 entries from 6 Manassas City schools.

On April 29th, at the Old Manassas Courthouse, the winners were presented with trophies and certificates.  In addition, the first place winners were awarded Oak tree saplings to plant in their yards at home.

Cub Scouts

Attention all boys in Kindergarten through 4th grade!  Cub Scout Dens are now forming for the 2011/2012 Scouting year! Pack 1188 has been proudly serving the All Saints community for over 30 years and is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus George Brent Council #5332.  Please see the link below for more information.

Box Tops for Education Update

We just received another check from General Mills Box Tops for Education in the amount of $1,232.40.  Thank you for your support of this fundraising program!

PVI Band Camp

PVI will be having a Band Camp for rising 5th-9th graders during the week of June 20.   $110 per student, payment includes camp fee, snacks/drinks, t-shirt, and Sat. evening Drum Corps Int’l event admission.   Daily curriculum includes sectionals, full band rehearsal, and jazz fundamentals elective.  Questions/applications – Mrs. Jan Siegfried, jsiegfried@paulvi.net.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Kindergarten Screening ~ No Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten on Monday, May 9th

The Early Prevention of School Failure Screening for Kindergarten applicants will take place on Monday, May 9th.  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.

6th 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 10th Designated Dress-Down Day

Thursday, May 19th Designated Dress-Down Day

Tuesday, May 24th Designated Dress-Down Day

Tuesday, May 31st Designated Dress-Down Day

Students may redeem pretzel and ice cream cards during the month of May on regularly scheduled purchase days.

End of Year Calendar

Final Day for Pre-Kindergarten ~ Thursday, May 26th

Field Day ~ Thursday, June 2nd (Linton Hall School)

8th Grade Graduation ~ Friday, June 10th (7:00 p.m.)

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

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

Calendar Change ~ ½ Day in May Rescheduled

The half day of school published in our calendar for Monday, May 9th has been moved to Friday, May 6th.  In light of the fact that a large number of students in grades 4-8 will be attending the Band Trip on May 6th, from an instructional standpoint it makes good sense to move the half day to this date.  The EPSF Screening is still scheduled for Monday, May 9th.  As such, there will be no Pre-K or Kindergarten classes on that day as previously announced.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 5th 6th Annual Race for Education

Friday, May 6th Band Trip ~ Kings Dominion

Noon Dismissal (Curriculum Mapping)

Saturday, May 7th 8th Grade Confirmation (10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.)

Monday, May 9th EPSF Screening ~ No Pre-K or Kindergarten classes

Chess Club ~ Opportunity to Wear Club Shirts

Peace & Justice Players after school Field Trip to SERVE

Tuesday, May 10th Race for Education Dress Down Day option

8th Grade Foreign Language Exam

Seniors’ Luncheon Band Concert

Honor Band Concert (Bishop Ireton High School)

Wednesday, May 11th 4th Grade Mass & Mothers’ Tea (8:30 a.m.)

Battle of the Books Competition

Kindergarten Field Trip to Frying Pan Park (9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

Thursday, May 12th 5th Grade Field Trip to Baltimore (8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

7th & 8th Grade Field Trip to Washington, D.C. – Canceled

3rd Quarter Interims distributed to students

Enrollment Management Team Meeting (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, May 13th Holiday ~ Parish Festival Prep Day

Saturday, May 14th Parish Festival

Coming Home with Oldest Child Today

  • 9th Annual Frances Kelly Blood Drive Flyer

Links

The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 33

Living Stones on the Pathway to Heaven…

Message from the Principal

This week our Church celebrates the greatest mystery of our faith ~ the Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord and Savior.  As a school community, we prepare for our journey into the three holiest days of the year, the Triduum, through prayer and tradition.

Beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, the students and faculty will gather in the church for our annualHoly Thursday Prayer Service.  After listening to Scripture readings and reflecting on the example of Jesus, each of the children will participate in the “hand-washing” ceremony that has become a long-standing tradition in our school.

Following the prayer service, the students will gather in the gym for the 7th grade portrayal of thePassion Play.  Through music and dramatic presentation, middle school students will prayerfully re-enact Christ’s passion and death.  As the students depart the gym in silence following the presentation, the tone is set for their continued reflection and prayer over the course of the coming days.

All parents and guardians are cordially invited to join us in prayer and to witness these beautiful school traditions. On behalf of the faculty & staff, I wish you and your family a blessed celebration of Easter and a relaxing holiday.

Kindergarten Screening ~ No Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten on Monday, May 2nd & 9th

The Early Prevention of School Failure Screening for Kindergarten applicants will take place on Monday, May 2nd & Monday, May 9th.  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.

6th Annual Race for Education

Thanks to the students and parents of All Saints, our school mailed approximately 5,700 letters requesting financial support for the 6th 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 3rd Designated Dress-Down Day

Tuesday, May 10th Designated Dress-Down Day

Thursday, May 19th Designated Dress-Down Day

Tuesday, May 24th Designated Dress-Down Day

Tuesday, May 31st Designated Dress-Down Day

Students may redeem pretzel and ice cream cards during the month of May on regularly scheduled purchase days.

As of yesterday, the counting team has already deposited $15,862.00 in support of this event…and the return mailers keep flowing into school each day!  Thank you, friends and relatives for your generous support!

The  6th Annual Race for Education is now only two weeks away.  On Thursday, May 5th, the entire school will participate in this event, which has been designed to raise funds for instructional technology and other essential educational needs.  Additionally, as is our tradition, 15% of all proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Childrens’ Research Hospital.

By way of this letter we wish to extend an invitation for you to come out and watch your child(ren) walk or jog on Thursday, May 5th.  The following is the schedule for this special event:

Grades Pre-K, K, 1 & 2                         8:45a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

Grades 3-5                                             10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Grades Pre-K3 & 6-8                             1:30 p.m. to 2:30 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!

SCA Pennies for Love ~ A Record Success!

Thanks to the generous support of our students, the SCA collected $2,771.90 through the recent Pennies for Love program.  Approximately $1,000 will be used to pay the tuition of a student in Africa whom the SCA has sponsored over the course of many years.   The remaining funds will be forwarded to the Knights of Columbus in support of their outreach to Japan to provide relief for those impacted by the recent earthquake.

Congratulations to the third grade, our grand prize winners, who contributed a total of $487.89.  That is a lot of pennies, nickels and dimes!

All Saints Golf Tournament ~ Monday, May 16th

Come out and join us for a round of golf! All Saints will be sponsoring its 11th Annual All Saints Golf Tournament on Monday, May 16th at Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, VA. The tournament starts with lunch and a shotgun start at 11:00am, followed by a dinner buffet.

Funds raised through sponsorship of our golf tournament continue to support major projects in our school, while providing an excellent opportunity for local businesses to advertise their services. To learn about sponsorship opportunities to fit every budget or to register for golf, visit www.AllSaintsGolf.com. For additional information, please contact Jim Switzer at (571) 330-8381 or info@allsaintsgolf.com.

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 via our school website do so by Friday, April 29th. 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.

Seeking Volunteers ~ Clinic Paperwork

The clinic is seeking a couple of volunteers who have already completed the background check to assist with filing and organizational tasks as we prepare for the 2011-2012 academic year.  Any parents interested in this volunteer opportunity are encouraged to contact Mrs. Antunes, school nurse, at 703-368-4400.

Spirit Input for 4 -20-2011

Don’t Forget! Our annual skate party is on April 28th from 6-8:30 pm at the Skate-n-Fun Zone. This year we are trying something new and doing it during Spring Break so that folks can take advantage of the full skating time and not have to worry about going to school the next day. Also new this year is the ability to invite friends, family and neighbors that are not members of All Saints. This way you can have the best of both worlds and skate with your friends from all walks of life. We will have special games and announcements to make your guests feel most welcome. The cost is $3.75 for admission, $4.25 for skate rental (personal skates are welcome), $2 for Laser Storm and $3 for the new Play Zone. Have dinner there and eat a large cheese pizza and a pitcher of soda for $15.99/$16.99 for a pepperoni pizza. We also need adult chaperones so if you’d like to volunteer please contact Holly Crocker at 703 30-8329 or thcrock@comcast.net.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

End of Year Calendar

Final Day for Pre-Kindergarten ~ Thursday, May 26th

Field Day ~ Thursday, June 2nd (Linton Hall School)

8th Grade Graduation ~ Friday, June 10th (7:00 p.m.)

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

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

Calendar Change ~ ½ Day in May Rescheduled

The half day of school published in our calendar for Monday, May 9th has been moved to Friday, May 6th.  In light of the fact that a large number of students in grades 4-8 will be attending the Band Trip on May 6th, from an instructional standpoint it makes good sense to move the half day to this date.  The EPSF Screening is still scheduled for Monday, May 9th.  As such, there will be no Pre-K or Kindergarten classes on that day as previously announced.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 21st Holy Thursday Hand-Washing Prayer Service (church/9:30 a.m.)

7th Grade Passion Play (gym/10:45 a.m.)

Noon Dismissal

Good Friday, April 22nd Holiday

Monday, May 2nd School Resumes

EPSF Screening ~ No Prekindergarten or Kindergarten classes

Tuesday, May 3rd Race for Education Dress-Down Day Option

Confirmation Rehearsal (church/6:30 p.m.)

Spring Band Concert (PAC/8:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 4th School Mass & May Crowning (8:30 a.m.)

1st Communion & Graduation Photos (9:30 a.m.)

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

Thursday, May 5th 6th Annual Race for Education

Friday, May 6th Band Trip ~ Hershey Park

Noon Dismissal (Curriculum Mapping)

Saturday, May 7th 8th Grade Confirmation (10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.)

 

Being Sent Home Today

  • All Grade Levels            Class/Spring Pictures
  • PK – 6th Grade               Box Tops Collection Forms
  • 2nd Grade                      First Holy Communion Picture Forms
  • 6 & 7th Grade                Paul VI Preview to High School Flyers

Links

  • PTO Nominations Letter ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/04/pto-nominations-2011.pdf
  • Golf Tournament Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/04/golf-tournament-8.5×11.pdf
  • Skate Party Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/04/2011-04-28-Skate-Party-Flyer.jpg
  • Casting Call for “Annie” ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/04/casting-call-annie.pdf
  • · Race for Education Volunteer Form ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/04/rfe-volunteer-2011.pdf
  • Parish Festival Cake Walk Flyer/Volunteer Sign-Up ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/04/2011Cakewalksignup.pdf

The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 32

Living Stones on the Pathway to Heaven…

Message from the Principal

This week I wish to provide an update regarding the implementation of the new uniform as well as a clarification regarding the shoe policy.  After consideration of the cost of the adult size shoes for middle school students, the Uniform Committee has decided to revise the shoe policy to allow parents to purchase shoes from the vendor of their choice. While there will still be a “uniform shoe” available for purchase through Flynn & O’Hara, families will be able to shop around for the best price.

The following will be our shoe policy beginning in 2011-2012.  (Note: As the current uniform is grandfathered for one year, the oxford shoes & penny loafers for middle school students will not be a required part of the uniform until the fall of 2012.  During the upcoming year, middle school students may continue to wear the black athletic shoe.)

Boys (K-5)              Black Athletic Shoe ~ standard low cut tennis shoes; high tops and basketball shoes are not acceptable

Girls (K-5)              Black Athletic Shoe ~ standard low cut tennis shoes; high tops and basketball shoes are not acceptable

Optional Shoe ~ Black Mary Jane to be purchased from vendor of choice

Boys (6-8)              Required Shoe (2012)  ~ Black, tie oxford (rubber-soled, non-marking)

Grandfathered Shoe (2011) ~ Black Athletic Shoe ~ standard low cut tennis shoes; high tops and basketball shoes are not acceptable

Girls (6-8)               Required Shoe (2012) ~ Black leather penny loafer (rubber-soled, non-marking)

Grandfathered Shoe (2011) ~ Black Athletic Shoe ~ standard low cut tennis shoes; high tops and basketball shoes are not acceptable

The new uniform will be available for purchase beginning in June. In the meantime, the current spring/fall uniform remains available for parents who wish to purchase items for the remainder of this year and for the grandfather period of 2011-2012.  Attached to this week’s letter is a flyer providing information about a “closeout” sale on the navy blue golf shirts.  These will be sold at a 50% discount while supplies last and may be worn during the grandfather period.

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The next PTO General Assembly Meeting will take place on Monday evening beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Father Kelley Hall.  The guest speaker for the event will be Sr. Andrew, a Daughter of St. Paul, who will speak on the topic of Media Mindfulness.  The PTO is pleased to sponsor this informational evening during which parents will learn strategies related to Internet safety as well as how to approach technology from a faith perspective.  For more details as well as information about the Daughters of St. Paul Book Fair which will also take place on Monday, please see the attached link.

New Uniform: Questions & Answers from Week 2

The following is a list of questions submitted by parents last week via the “Question & Answer” box in the lobby

of the school.

Q:            Can they wear Mary Jane shoes now?

A:            No, students will continue wearing the current uniform through the close of this year. They will then have the option of wearing the new uniform, including the shoes, as we begin the 2011-2012 academic year.

Q:            If we choose the Mary Jane shoes, do the girls still wear an athletic shoe on P.E. days or can they wear the Mary Jane’s?

A:            On P.E. days all girls in grades K-5 should wear the black athletic shoe.  This is a more practical shoe for the activities that will occur during P.E. class.

Q:            Will boys in grades K-5 have to wear ties?

A:            Yes, boys in grades K-5 will wear ties during the winter season on Mass days (Fridays) and for other special occasions, i.e. All Saints Feast Day, Picture Day, etc.

Q:            Will the khaki shorts be worn in the coming fall and spring?

A:            Yes, the current spring/fall uniform will be grandfathered through the 2011-2012 school year and as such remains an option for students.

Q:            Why are there new uniforms?

A:            The majority of parents who responded to the survey during the first semester indicated their support for a substantive change of the uniform at this time.

 

Q:            I’ll miss the blue shirts (buttondown & polo) as laundry will be a lot worse and I’m not so sure it will be too pretty after lunch!  Is there any chance they will come back?

A:            One of the objectives of the Uniform Committee has been to streamline the number of options and to create a more “uniform” look for the student body.  It is for this reason that the Committee decided to require the white shirts for all students.  At this time the Committee does not anticipate a revision to this aspect of the uniform.

Q:            What should we do with all the old uniforms?  Any organized collection or charity?

A:            This remains a work in progress.  If we are able to identify a school or charity that might benefit from donations of our old uniforms, this information will be communicated via the newsletter.

Q:            Do the white polo shirts have to have the All Saints’ logo on them?

A:            Yes, as our students provide a wonderful example in our community, the shirts and sweaters will be embroidered with our logo.

Q:            Does the vest have to be worn in the spring when it’s 80-90 degrees outside?

A:            No, the sweater vests are only required during the winter season.  During the spring and fall months, the vests are optional and may be worn with the polo shirts.

Q:            Will my child going into the 5th grade next year be able to wear his brother’s 5th grade pants from this year?

A:            Yes, the current 5th grade uniform will be grandfathered for one full year.

Q:            Is there an option for the middle school to wear a short sleeve oxford shirt in addition to the long sleeve?  I keep hearing how hot the rooms are upstairs and maybe a short sleeve shirt would look much nicer than the long sleeves rolled up.  Also, cuffs on white long sleeve shirts are going to be difficult to keep clean.

A:            No, all students will wear long sleeves during the winter months as this will create a more consistent look as well as a more formal appearance that corresponds with the style of the new uniform.  The short sleeve shirts, however, are standard during the warmer months of spring & fall.

Q:            Would you consider the option of walking shorts during the spring/fall?

A:            In responding to the results of the parent survey, the committee selected one uniform to be worn throughout the year with only minor seasonal modifications.  The result is a uniform that is significantly streamlined, easier to manage, and more cost effective for parents. Additionally, the more formal look better represents the image of our school as a community of excellence.  It is for these reasons that the Committee eliminated the current option of shorts during the warmer months.

Q:            For sixth grade, is the school uniform grandfathered for one or two years?

A:            The grandfather period is one year for all grades with the exception of those students entering seventh grade in the fall of 2011 who will  have a two year grandfather period.

Q:            Explain grandfathering better…only winter uniforms allowed or is it by season?

A:            The entire uniform as currently worn will be grandfathered through next year.  This means that students may wear the khakis and polo shirts during the spring/fall months and the existing grey uniform during the winter.  Students also have the flexibility of wearing the khaki and polo shirts during the warmer months and wearing the new uniform during the winter months or wearing the new uniform from day one through the close of the year.

Q:            Do you have to wear those particular shoes?

A:            Yes, students will be required to wear shoes that meet the guidelines provided by the school as outlined above, but these may be purchased from the vendor of choice.

Q:            Do we have to wear the vest?  It is optional?

A:            The vest is a required component during the winter months and optional during the spring/fall seasons.

Q:            Do 5th graders have to wear the new uniform?

A:            No, fifth grade students may continue to wear the existing uniform during the grandfather period of 2011-2012.  However, should they wish to wear the new uniform, they are extended the privilege of wearing the middle school uniform which beginning in August 2012 will be exclusive to students in grades 6-8.

Parents who have additional questions that have not yet been addressed are invited to submit them electronically to the following address: office@allsaintsva.org.

Diocesan Band Festival ~ Superior Rating for All Saints!

On Saturday, April 2nd the students in the advanced band under the direction of Mr. Ward participated in the annual Diocesan Band Festival at Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria.  Congratulations to the members of our band for earning a “Superior” rating at this year’s event.  Thank you, Mr. Ward, for continuing to inspire our young people!

The band will perform a spring concert for our community on Tuesday, May 3rd beginning at 8:00 p.m. in the Parish Activities Center.  Originally scheduled for 7:30 p.m., the concert has been delayed by thirty minutes so as to accommodate those members of the 8th grade who will be attending the Confirmation Rehearsal beginning at 6:30 p.m. that same evening.

All Saints Golf Tournament ~ Monday, May 16th

Come out and join us for a round of golf! All Saints will be sponsoring its 11th Annual All Saints Golf Tournament on Monday, May 16th at Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, VA. The tournament starts with lunch and a shotgun start at 11:00am, followed by a dinner buffet.

Funds raised through sponsorship of our golf tournament continue to support major projects in our school, while providing an excellent opportunity for local businesses to advertise their services. To learn about sponsorship opportunities to fit every budget or to register for golf, visitwww.AllSaintsGolf.com. For additional information, please contact Jim Switzer at (571) 330-8381 orinfo@allsaintsgolf.com.

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 via our school website do so by Friday, April 29th. 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.

Seeking Volunteers ~ Clinic Paperwork

The clinic is seeking a couple of volunteers who have already completed the background check to assist with filing and organizational tasks as we prepare for the 2011-2012 academic year.  Any parents interested in this volunteer opportunity are encouraged to contact Mrs. Antunes, school nurse, at 703-368-4400.

Living Stations of the Cross

  • What? The Living Stations of the Cross will be for the whole community.  Performers are teens from Soldados de Dios (Hispanic Teen Ministry) and Upper Room Theatre Ministry of All Saints.
  • Where? All Saints Parish in the new Church, 9300 Stonewall Rd, Manassas
  • When? Friday, April 15th at 7:00pm
  • How? The narrations are in English and Spanish.  Each station is a “freeze-frame” with bi-lingual narration.
  • Why? This collaboration between the English and Spanish communities has been truly unifying.  As All Saints is experiencing Lent for the first time in its new Church building, we are witnessing great strides this year in unity development between the Latin and Anglo communities.  The teens of All Saints have been connecting throughout the year on a number of levels.  Now, they are working together to perform a dramatic representation the Stations of the Cross.

CASTING CALL for “ANNIE” ~ Celebrating 10 years of Theatre Ministry

*** 3 roles for girls between K-7th; over 30 roles for guys & gals in 8th, HS, College, and Young Adults in their 20s & 30s; 1 possible role for a man older than 40; and 1 role for a mid-large size dog of sandy-blonde coloration.

Director: Rob Tessier, Choreographer: Vickie Taylor, Music Director: Cathy Drummond, Vocal Director: Chris Zavadowski

SIGN-UPS Begin May 1st by emailing or calling 703-393-2141 or signing up on Youth Ministry Bulletin Board see flyer linked to this newsletter for more information.

Final PTO General Assembly Meeting of the Year

Monday, April 18th, 7:30 pm, Father Kelley Hall

Uniform Exchange starts at 7:00

Guest Speaker(s) Daughters of St. Paul on Media Mindfulness

Learn how to teach your kids to be wise media consumers with this faith-based talk.

Extra Bonus: Earn Points for Parents for Attending

Spirit Events

Weather permitting we will be working on the campus again this next Saturday, April 16th from 9 am -12 pm or for however long fits with your schedule. Everyone is welcome and no experience is necessary, however, children younger than 6th grade need adult chaperones. If you’d like to help but this timeframe doesn’t work for you, please contact Holly Crocker at 703 330-8329 or via email tothcrock@comcast.net to make special arrangements. What we’ve completed so far looks beautiful. Thank you so much to everyone who has helped with this special project so far.  Father Bob, Mr. Conroy, the teachers and staff, and Campus Beautification team leaders really appreciate all of your efforts!  Only 12 days until Easter!

Mark your calendars! Our annual skate party is on April 28th from 6-8:30 pm at the Skate-n-Fun Zone. This year we are trying something new and doing it during Spring Break so that folks can take advantage of the full skating time and not have to worry about going to school the next day. Also new this year is the ability to invite friends, family and neighbors that are not members of All Saints. This way you can have the best of both worlds and skate with your friends from all walks of life. We will have special games and announcements to make your guests feel most welcome. The cost is $3.75 for admission, $4.25 for skate rental (personal skates are welcome), $2 for Laser Storm and $3 for the new Play Zone. Have dinner there and eat a large cheese pizza and a pitcher of soda for $15.99/$16.99 for a pepperoni pizza. We also need adult chaperones so if you’d like to volunteer please contact Holly Crocker at 703 30-8329 or thcrock@comcast.net.

First Annual All Saints 5K!

Are you a runner? Do your kids like to run? Consider being involved in the First Annual All Saints 5K!  A planning committee is currently being formed- for more information please contact Eddie Collins at edward_collins@me.com.

PVI News

Mark your calendars – PVI will be hosting a Preview to High School for 6th and 7th graders and their families.  This event will take place at Paul VI Catholic High School on May 12th at 7:00 p.m.  Flyers will be coming out soon.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

End of Year Calendar

Final Day for Pre-Kindergarten ~ Thursday, May 26th

Field Day ~ Thursday, June 2nd (Linton Hall School)

8th Grade Graduation ~ Friday, June 10th (7:00 p.m.)

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

Final Day for Grades 1-7 ~ Thursday, 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 2nd & Monday, May 9th.  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.

New Student Referral Program

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!

Calendar Change ~ ½ Day in May Rescheduled

The half day of school published in our calendar for Monday, May 9th has been moved to Friday, May 6th.  In light of the fact that a large number of students in grades 4-8 will be attending the Band Trip on May 6th, from an instructional standpoint it makes good sense to move the half day to this date.  The EPSF Screening is still scheduled for Monday, May 9th.  As such, there will be no Pre-K or Kindergarten classes on that day as previously announced.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 14th 8th Grade Field Trip to Annapolis (8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

Enrollment Management Meeting ~ CANCELED

Friday, April 15th School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Stations of the Cross ~ Grades 6-8 (2:00 p.m.)

Spirit Activity: Captain Pell’s (2:00-11:00 p.m.)

Monday, April 18th Terra Nova Make-up Day

Book Fair sponsored by the Daughters of St. Paul

Thursday, April 14th 8th Grade Field Trip to Annapolis (8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

Enrollment Management Meeting ~ CANCELED

Friday, April 15th School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Stations of the Cross ~ Grades 6-8 (2:00 p.m.)

Spirit Activity: Captain Pell’s (2:00-11:00 p.m.)

Monday, April 18th Terra Nova Make-up Day

Book Fair sponsored by the Daughters of St. Paul

PTO General Membership Meeting: Presentation on Media Mindfulness by the Daughters of St. Paul

Tuesday, April 19th Terra Nova Make-up Day

8th Grade ACRE Testing

Wednesday, April 20th 5th Grade ACRE Testing

8th Grade ACRE Testing

Thursday, April 21st Holy Thursday Hand-Washing Prayer Service (9:30 a.m.)

7th Grade Passion Play (10:45 a.m.)

Noon Dismissal

Good Friday, April 22nd Holiday

Going with each student today:

  • Flyer for Dramatization of Leonardo Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” presented by the Knights of Columbus
  • Parish Festival Cake Walk Flyer with Sign-Up for Volunteer Opportunities

Links

  • · JClub Catholic Book Fair Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/04/JClub-Book-Fair.pdf
  • Final PTO General Assembly Meeting Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/04/pto-meeting-april18.pdf
  • PTO Nominations Letter ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/04/pto-nominations-2011.pdf
  • Flyer for Dramatization of Leonardo Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” presented by the Knights of Columbus ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/04/Last-Supper_2011.pd
  • Captain Pell’s Fundraiser Flyer ~  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/04/captain-pells-april15.pdf
  • · Skate Party Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/04/2011-04-28-Skate-Party-Flyer.jpg
  • Flynn & O’Hara Blue Polo Shirt Closeout Sale Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/04/All-saints-closeout-navy-polo-shirt.pdf
  • Casting Call for “Annie” ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/04/casting-call-annie.pdf
  • · Race for Education Volunteer Form ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/04/rfe-volunteer-2011.pdf
  • Parish Festival Cake Walk Flyer/Volunteer Sign-Up ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/04/2011Cakewalksignup.pdf