The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 40

Seek Christ in one another; welcome Him into your heart

Principal’s Message

On Monday evening families and friends gathered with the 8th Grade Class of 2012 to celebrate their successful completion of our 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 more than ten years and whose youngest child has now graduated.  I thank them for their commitment to Catholic education and for having chosen All Saints Catholic School.

Dymond Family                     11 Years

Ross Family                           11 Years

Bill Family                              11 Years

Andre Family                         11 Years

Spinosa Family                      12 Years

Knowles Family                     13 Years

Post Family                            13 Years

Bond Family                           14 Years

Perez Family                         15 Years

 

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Last week we celebrated the success of the 7th Annual Race for Education, a unique event that has emerged as our most significant fundraiser at All Saints.  Over the course of the past seven years, the program has generated approximately $250,000 in support of special initiatives.  It is through this effort that our school has been able to invest significantly in technology, installing an ACTIV Board in every classroom.

I am pleased to share with you today that we nearly reached our goal, raising a grand total of $43,995.  In the days ahead, the PTO Board and I will process the paperwork to generate a check in the amount of $6,578 to be donated to St. Jude’s.  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.  The rest of the funds will be used in support of technology and other educational resources for the classrooms.

The following is a listing of the winners from this year’s event.

Grades Pre-Kindergarten – 2

Boys       Ryan G. (K1) 25 laps

Quentin W. (2A) 25 laps

Girls        Jamie C. (2A) 19 laps

Grades 3-5

Boys       Tied with 26 laps each:

Alexander K. (4A)

Jorge C. (5B)

William G. (5B)

Girls        Victoria W. (5A) 22 laps

Grades 6-8

Boys       Zachary N. (7A) 26 laps

John R. (7B) 26 laps

Girls        Lydia G. (6B) 24 laps

Megan S. (7A) 24 laps

Katherine W. (7A) 24 laps

Nichole R.(7B) 24 laps

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 year has been a time of continued blessings and success for All Saints.  With a record enrollment and test scores that continue to place our students in the top 10% of the nation, we can be very proud of our school.  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 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. 

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://withdrawal2012.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.

PTO Election Information

Congratulations to Mrs. Angela Slater who was elected President-Elect via electronic ballot last week.  We are grateful for her interest and her generosity in sharing her gifts and talents in this leadership role.

 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Summer Learning Program

Over the course of the past month 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 for 2012.

(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 Reader Books

(Note: Each student is required to keep a Math log in which they complete 10 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 complete the corresponding AR tests upon their return to school.  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          Students are asked to read selections (one book for grade 6/two books for grades 7 & 8) from the Middle School Summer Reading List and complete one of the corresponding follow up activities for each book.  Additionally, students are asked to complete the math reinforcement packet that will be distributed prior to the final day of school.

(Note: A letter from the middle school team, a detailed overview of assignments, and the middle school summer reading list are included as links to this week’s newsletter and are available for review on our website.)

Uniform Reminders for 2012-2013

As next year will be the first year of full implementation of the new uniform, an overview of the requirements is being provided this week for easy reference.  This information can also be found on the school website at www.allsaintsvaschool.org.

 

All students will be expected to wear the new uniform beginning with the 2012-2013 academic year.  The one exception to this will be for those students entering 8th grade in the fall for whom the current uniform has been grandfathered for two years.

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.)

Flynn & O’Hara will host two special sale days at the Fairfax Store on July 12th & July 24th during which the staff will be specifically trained to assist our families in the purchase of merchandise.  Due to a high turnout at last summer’s sale days, the hours are being extended from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. this year.

Flynn & O’Hara will also host an on-site measuring day in Father Kelley Hall on August 9th from 9:00 a.m. until noon.

Girls Uniform (Grades K-5)

Navy, Gold & White Plaid Drop Waist Jumper

White Long Sleeve Peterpan Collar Blouse (Spring/Fall: White Short Sleeve Peterpan Collar Blouse)

Navy Crew Neck Cardigan Sweater

Black Athletic Shoes (Optional Shoe: Black Mary Jane Strap Shoe)

Girls Uniform (Grades 6-8)

Navy, Gold & White Plaid Wrap Around Kilt

White Long Sleeve Button-down Collar Blouse (Spring/Fall: White Short Sleeve Polo Shirt)

Navy with White Trim V-Neck Sweater Vest

Black Penny Loafer Shoe

Boys Uniform (Grades K-5)

Grey Pleated Twill Pants

White Long Sleeve Button-down Collar Shirt (Spring/Fall: White Short Sleeve Polo Shirt)

Grey Tie (Mass Days and Special Occasions)

Navy V-Neck Sweater Vest

Black Athletic Shoes

Boys Uniform (Grades 6-8)

Grey Poly/Wool Dress Pants

White Long Sleeve Button-down Collar Shirt (Spring/Fall: White Short Sleeve Polo Shirt)

Navy/Grey Striped Tie

Navy with White Trim V-Neck Sweater Vest

Black Oxford Shoe

With the selection of a more formal uniform, the committee decided to select shoes that would better coordinate with the overall appearance and styling of the updated look.  While the black athletic shoe remains the standard for all students in grades Kindergarten through five, girls in those grades may opt to wear the black Mary Jane available for purchase through Flynn & O’Hara.  In the middle school, the committee selected a black, rubber-soled penny loafer as the uniform shoe for girls and a black, leather oxford as the standard for boys.  Students in the middle school will continue to bring athletic shoes of their choice to school on days when changing into the P.E. uniform.

Immunization & Health Records Requirements for 2012-2013

To the parents of Pre-K students arriving in Fall 2012:

The State of Virginia 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 5th, 2012.

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 7/1/12, 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 2012:

A new Physical Exam is necessary, dated less than one year from the time of admission. Kindergarten begins on Monday, August 27th.  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

All Saints Golf Tournament

Due to rain, the All Saints Parish Golf Tournament has been rescheduled to Monday, June 25st at Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, VA at 10:00AM. Enjoy great giveaways, prizes and raffles, while playing a beautiful course complete with mountain views.

Proceeds from our 2012 tournament will support youth-centered programs at All Saints, including spiritual retreats for area teens, sacramental preparation activities, new CYO basketball uniforms, and facility renovations in our parish gym and school.

Join Us For Golf ~ Due to the change in date, we are extending our early bird discount. Register now for golf and pay $150, that’s a savings of $15 per person.

Day of golf includes:

  • Greens fees and cart
  • 18-hole Captain’s Choice complete with scenic mountain views
  • Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams
  • Premium giveaways and goodie bag
  • Fun contests throughout the event, including a $10,000 Hole-in-One Contest
  • Prize drawings
  • Silent auction for exclusive sports collectibles
  • Continental breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Awards ceremony

Promote Your Company Through Sponsorship ~ With sponsorship opportunities available to fit any budget, the All Saints Golf Tournament provides an excellent marketing opportunity for local businesses.

For more information about corporate sponsorship or golf, please call Janis DeVore at (703) 366-1645 or visit our golf website at www.allsaintsgolf.com

Pre-Packaged School Supply Orders

EPI pre-packaged school supplies may still be ordered on-line at www.epipacks.com until 7-1-2012.  When ordering online, enter school ID#ALL088.  Any questions regarding the pre-packaged supplies may be directed to:allsaintssupplies@yahoo.com.

Report Cards

Report cards and awards will be issued on the final day of school, June 13th.  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 Thursday, 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 24th.

¨       7th Annual Back-to School Barbecue hosted by the PTO – Friday, August 24th, (5:30-7:30 p.m.)

¨       First Day of School ~ Noon Dismissal (Grades K-8) – Monday, August 27th

¨       First Day of Pre-Kindergarten – Wednesday, September 5th

Schedule Changes for 2012-2013 Academic Year

ø  Change the Official Start Time of the Day to 8:00 a.m. (10 minute gain).  Carpool will begin at 7:45 a.m. and conclude at 8:00 a.m.

ø  Change the Official End Time to 3:00 p.m. (5 minute gain)

ø  Reduce the Travel Time between Middle School Classes from 3 Minutes to 2 Minutes (6 minute gain)

ø  Reduce the Length of Middle School Lunch/Recess by 7 minutes providing students with a 38 minute combined period (7 minute gain)

Link 2012-2013 Supply List ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/supply-lists/

The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 39

Seek Christ in one another; welcome Him into your heart

Principal’s Message

This week I am delighted to share with you the news that I have hired a middle school language arts teacher and that we now have a full faculty & staff for the 2012-2013 academic year!

Miss Rebecca Zwisler will be joining our team, serving as 8th grade homeroom and language arts teacher for all middle school students.  Miss Zwisler earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature from Saint Mary’s College (Notre Dame) and completed a Master of Arts in Secondary Education from The Catholic University of America last October.  She completed her student teaching at St. Anselm’s Abbey in Washington, DC and has been employed as a substitute teacher in a number of private schools as well as the Alexandria City School System since that time.  Catholic school educated, she looks forward to both teaching and serving as a role model for the students in our middle school.  With refined communication skills and an innovative approach in the classroom, she will be a wonderful addition to our vibrant middle school faculty.

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

Summer Learning Program

Over the course of the past month 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 for 2012.

(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 Reader Books

(Note: Each student is required to keep a Math log in which they complete 10 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 complete the corresponding AR tests upon their return to school.  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        Students are asked to read selections (one book for grade 6/two books for grades 7 & 8) from the Middle School Summer Reading List and complete one of the corresponding follow up activities.  Additionally, students are asked to complete the math reinforcement packet that will be distributed prior to the final day of school.

(Note: A letter from the middle school team, a detailed overview of assignments, and the middle school summer reading list are included as links to this week’s newsletter and are available for review on our website.)

Uniform Reminders for 2012-2013

As next year will be the first year of full implementation of the new uniform, an overview is being provided this week for easy reference.  This information can also be found on the school website at www.allsaintsvaschool.org.

All students will be expected to wear the new uniform beginning with the 2012-2013 academic year.  The one exception will be for those students entering 8th grade in the fall for whom the current uniform has been grandfathered for two years.

Flynn & O’Hara will again offer two “priority days” for our school at their Fairfax store.  From 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on July 12th and July 24th, 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.

Flynn & O’Hara will also host an on-site measuring day in Father Kelley Hall on August 9th from 9:00 a.m. until noon.

Girls Uniform (Grades K-5)

Navy, Gold & White Plaid Drop Waist Jumper

White Long Sleeve Peterpan Collar Blouse (Spring/Fall: White Short Sleeve Peterpan Collar Blouse)

Navy Crew Neck Cardigan Sweater

Black Athletic Shoes (Optional Shoe: Black Mary Jane Strap Shoe)

Girls Uniform (Grades 6-8)

Navy, Gold & White Plaid Wrap Around Kilt

White Long Sleeve Button-down Collar Blouse (Spring/Fall: White Short Sleeve Polo Shirt)

Navy with White Trim V-Neck Sweater Vest

Black Penny Loafer Shoe

Boys Uniform (Grades K-5)

Grey Pleated Twill Pants

White Long Sleeve Button-down Collar Shirt (Spring/Fall: White Short Sleeve Polo Shirt)

Grey Tie (Mass Days and Special Occasions)

Navy V-Neck Sweater Vest

Black Athletic Shoes

Boys Uniform (Grades 6-8)

Grey Poly/Wool Dress Pants

White Long Sleeve Button-down Collar Shirt (Spring/Fall: White Short Sleeve Polo Shirt)

Navy/Grey Striped Tie

Navy with White Trim V-Neck Sweater Vest

Black Oxford Shoe

While the black athletic shoe remains the standard for all students in grades Kindergarten through five, girls in those grades may opt to wear the black Mary Jane available for purchase through Flynn & O’Hara.  In the middle school, a black, rubber-soled penny loafer serves as the uniform shoe for girls and a black, leather oxford as the standard for boys.  Students in the middle school will continue to bring athletic shoes of their choice to school on days when changing into the P.E. uniform.

PTO Election Information

PTO by-laws require that we have an official ballot for open positions in the event there is a write-in candidate. For the 2012-2013 school year, the office of President will be held by Christian Cobb. The Secretary and Treasurer are two-year terms being continued by Joe Ortiz and Elissa Hackerson, respectively.

The members of the PTO will need to officially vote on the position of President Elect. 

The job description for this position is as follows: The President Elect shall sit as aide to the President and shall perform the duties of the President in the absence or inability of that officer to serve; perform other delegated duties as assigned; and shall succeed to the office and perform the duties of the President if that office is vacated at any time by the incumbent during his/her term. The President Elect shall succeed the President at the end of the President’s term.

Please click on the link below to vote for Angela Slater or a write-in candidate for the position of PTO President Elect for the 2012-2013 school year. The deadline to vote is Friday, June 8, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QPWL57T

Brown Bag Lunch Day ~ Monday, June 11th

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

Giant A+ Proceeds

Thanks to the participation of school and parish families in the A+ Program sponsored by Giant Food, last week All Saints received a check in the amount of $2051.62.  Thank you to all parents who signed up for the program this year!

NJHS Ends Year With Election of Officers and Ice Cream Social

With bowls filled with strawberry, vanilla, and cookie dough ice cream, NJHS members of All Saints Catholic School celebrated the end of a successful year of community service and fun on Monday, June 4.  Seventh grade members saluted the eighth grade NJHS members by bringing all of the fixings for a scrumptious ice cream social.  Faculty co-coordinators, Mrs. Vicki Bill and Mrs. Phyllis Hammang, thanked the graduating students for their outstanding commitment to service this year during which they logged more than 100 hours of service tutoring lower grade children.  They also raised $3200 to support the local needy served by House of Mercy, and collected hundreds of pounds of canned and boxed goods to benefit SERVE of Manassas. During the meeting, seventh grade members also elected officers for the 2012-2013 academic year. Elected to be Secretary was Ciara O’Rourke.  NJHS’ new treasurer is Sarah Goldsmith.  Megan Stalker will assume the duties of Vice President, while Caton Brisbin will lead the group as its President.

 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Immunization & Health Records Requirements for 2012-2013

To the parents of Pre-K students arriving in Fall 2012:

The State of Virginia 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 5th, 2012.

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 7/1/12, 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 2012:

A new Physical Exam is necessary, dated less than one year from the time of admission. Kindergarten begins on Monday, August 27th.  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

All Saints Golf Tournament

Due to rain, the All Saints Parish Golf Tournament has been rescheduled to Monday, June 25st at Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, VA at 10:00AM. Enjoy great giveaways, prizes and raffles, while playing a beautiful course complete with mountain views.

Proceeds from our 2012 tournament will support youth-centered programs at All Saints, including spiritual retreats for area teens, sacramental preparation activities, new CYO basketball uniforms, and facility renovations in our parish gym and school.

***Join Us For Golf***

Due to the change in date, we are extending our early bird discount. Register now for golf and pay $150, that’s a savings of $15 per person.

Day of golf includes:

  • Greens fees and cart
  • 18-hole Captain’s Choice complete with scenic mountain views
  • Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams
  • Premium giveaways and goodie bag
  • Fun contests throughout the event, including a $10,000 Hole-in-One Contest
  • Prize drawings
  • Silent auction for exclusive sports collectibles
  • Continental breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Awards ceremony

Promote Your Company Through Sponsorship

With sponsorship opportunities available to fit any budget, the All Saints Golf Tournament provides an excellent marketing opportunity for local businesses.

For more information about corporate sponsorship or golf, please call Janis DeVore at (703) 366-1645 or visit our golf website at www.allsaintsgolf.com.

Cafeteria Program – End of Year 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.

Note:  All students may redeem free pretzel cards on Tuesday, May 22nd, the final day of pretzel sales.  The final day for students to redeem free ice cream cards is Thursday, May 31st.

Thank you for your support of these end of year procedures.  Should you have any questions, please contact the cafeteria at703-368-4400 (ext. 211).

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 6-8-2012.  Packets may be ordered on-line at www.epipacks.com until 7-1-2012.  When ordering online, enter school ID#ALL088.  Any questions regarding the pre-packaged supplies may be directed to: allsaintssupplies@yahoo.com.

Extended Day Program

Extended Day services will continue the next three weeks and be available before and after school through Tuesday, June 12th.  There will be no Extended Day Program on Wednesday, June 13th.  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 13th.  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 12th.  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 Thursday, 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 24th.

¨       7th Annual Back-to School Barbecue hosted by the PTO – Friday, August 24th, (5:30-7:30 p.m.)

¨       First Day of School ~ Noon Dismissal (Grades K-8) – Monday, August 27th

¨       First Day of Pre-Kindergarten – Wednesday, September 5th

Schedule Changes for 2012-2013 Academic Year

ø  Change the Official Start Time of the Day to 8:00 a.m. (10 minute gain).  Carpool will begin at 7:45 a.m. and conclude at 8:00 a.m.

ø  Change the Official End Time to 3:00 p.m. (5 minute gain)

ø  Reduce the Travel Time between Middle School Classes from 3 Minutes to 2 Minutes (6 minute gain)

ø  Reduce the Length of Middle School Lunch/Recess by 7 minutes providing students with a 38 minute combined period (7 minute gain)

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.

PVI Cheerleading Clinic

Paul VI Summer Cheerleading Clinic for anyone grades K-8 on Saturday July 28th from 10am – 2pm.  See flyer linked below for more details.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, June 7th                             Kindergarten Luau Celebration

                                  1st Grade Ice Cream Social (1:30 p.m.)

Friday, June 8th                                  Mass & Virtue Awards Presentation (8:30 a.m.)

                                  Kindergarten Graduation (10:00 a.m.)

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

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

Monday, June 11th                             Graduation Day

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

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

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

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

                                  Brown Bag Lunch Day for Students in Grades 1-7

Tuesday, June 12th                             Transition Ceremony for Students Entering 6th Grade (8:30 a.m.)

                                  Classroom Parties (1:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, June 13th                       Closing Mass & Awards Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)

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

                                                  Note: Extended Day Program Not Available

(Note: 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

  • ·         Link to vote for PTO President Elect for the 2012-2013 school year ~ http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QPWL57T
  • PVI Summer Cheerleading Clinic ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/04/PVI-Cheerleading-Clinic-Summer-2012.pdf
  • Pre-Packaged Supplies Online Orders ~ www.epipacks.com
  • Summer Learning Program (Also accessible by just clicking on the “Summer Learning” graphic on the webpage)

http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/summer-requirements-program/

  • Nurse’s Spring Reminders ~ Revised

http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/05/Nurses-Spring-Reminders.pdf

The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 38

Seek Christ in one another; welcome Him into your heart

Principal’s Message

This week I would like to announce the new members of the faculty & staff who will be joining our school community for the 2012-2013 academic year.  I am particularly pleased with their level of expertise and know that they will each be a wonderful addition to our team.

Mr. Benjamin Roy (Spanish) – After little more than a month serving as our long-term substitute Spanish teacher, Mr. Roy has demonstrated a strong commitment to our program and has quickly acclimated to life at All Saints.  His enthusiasm and creativity have endeared him to the students with whom he has already established wonderful rapport.  I am grateful that Mr. Roy was able to assist us during a time of transition this year and I am delighted that he will be continuing as our full-time Spanish teacher for 2012-2013.

Mrs. Elizabeth Cote (Kindergarten) – Mrs. Cote earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire and for the past six years has taught kindergarten at Saint Mary’s School in Alexandria.  Already familiar with the diocesan curriculum and highly experienced at this grade level, Mrs. Cote will be a strong addition to our already outstanding primary team.  Her experience in teacher collaboration, particularly in regards to the development of a school-wide writing framework, will be an asset for our school as our teachers begin to focus their efforts on a similar initiative in the coming year.

Mr. Phillip Dwane (4th Grade) – A beloved former member of our community, Mr. Dwane returns to the same classroom in which he taught from 2002 – 2006.  After leaving All Saints, Mr. Dwane and his family moved west to be nearer his family. Since his return to Northern Virginia, he has been teaching at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Vienna.  Best remembered for his genuine love of the Catholic faith, his enthusiasm, and his masterful management of the classroom, it will be wonderful to have Mr. Dwane return as a member of our faculty.

Mrs. Lorie Gaubert (Middle School Math) – Mrs. Gaubert earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary  Education and has completed graduate coursework at the University of New Orleans, Loyola University and the University of Tennessee. With nearly twenty years experience teaching in both public  and Catholic school systems, she has fine-tuned her craft and established a reputation of excellence in teaching.  She has proven herself as a results-oriented teacher who uses interactive strategies to engage students in the learning process.  While her creative leadership and success in the classroom have won the respect of many, it is her understanding of student needs and her ability to convey a sense of trust and caring that has so deeply impacted her students.

Mr. Paul Redman (Physical Education) – Mr. Redman earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health, Wellness and Nutrition from Buffalo State College in New York and a Master of Science Degree in Education with a concentration in Physical Education from Canisius College.  Since completing his student teaching at Freedom High School in Loudoun County, he has served as the Director of Admissions, Assistant Principal and Special Projects Coordinator at the Boyd School in Chantilly. Catholic school educated, Mr. Redman looks forward to the opportunity of teaching at All Saints and to encouraging each student’s continued development in a positive and nurturing environment.

Mrs. Jillian Roth (Nurse) – Mrs. Roth joins our school community after working most recently at Prince William Hospital and INOVA Fairfax where she specialized in labor and delivery.  She completed her Associates Degree in Nursing at Orange County Community College in New York and is currently a licensed registered nurse in Virginia.  In addition to her training and licensure related to labor and delivery, she maintains credentialing in basic life support as well as cardiac life support.  With a joyful disposition and great enthusiasm for the opportunity of working as a Catholic school nurse, Mrs. Roth will continue our school’s commitment to providing first-class care for all of our students.

With the exception of middle school language arts, all faculty and staff positions are now filled for the upcoming year.  As details are confirmed regarding the hiring of a candidate for this final opening, I will forward the details to you in an upcoming newsletter.

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Congratulations to the All Saints Battle of the Books Team!  The All Saints Team took First Place in the Blue Division earning a perfect verbal score.   This year’s Diocesan competition involved 21 schools in an intense three hour evaluation of student comprehension of sixteen books.  Our five member team was the only group to achieve a perfect score in this year’s verbal round.  Applause and cheers for Kimberly Ferguson, spokesperson, Rachel C., Abby C., Emma D. and Brightney V. and all of the Battle of the Books participants.  All Saints prevailed with great determination and represented our school well!  Thank you Mrs. Coyle and Mrs. McCabe for your stellar commitment to this program!

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This week I would ask that you remember the Wisniewski Family in your prayers.  Both Mr. Wisniewski’s father and uncle passed away last weekend.  Additionally, Mrs. Wisniewski’s mother has been hospitalized for what seems to be congested heart failure.  Let us remember their entire family in our thoughts and prayers during this exceedingly difficult time.  May they be comforted by the presence of the Risen Christ.

Retirement Mass & Reception for Mrs. Engstrom and Mrs. Vice

All students, parents, faculty & staff are cordially invited to attend a Retirement Mass & Farewell Celebration for Mrs. Engstrom and Mrs. Vice tonight beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the church.  The liturgy will be followed by a light dessert reception in the gym. Families in attendance are cordially invited to bring a tray of cookies or brownies in support of the event.  Please join us as we celebrate the life and careers of these two extraordinary teachers!

Field Day ~ Parking Information

Next Tuesday, June 5th, 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, 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.  Parking on the inside of the circle is not permitted as it is vitally important that there be sufficient space for emergency vehicles to access the monastery should any of the Benedictine Sisters need care. 

As in prior years, when the circle is full, parents are asked to park on 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 staff and parents.

We are seeking additional volunteers to assist with the many games and activities.  For additional information or to confirm your interest, please contact Mrs. Peggy Enstrom, P.E. teacher, at mengstrom@allsaintsva.org.

Summer Learning Program

Over the course of the past month 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 for 2012.

(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 Reader Books

(Note: Each student is required to keep a Math log in which they complete 10 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 complete the corresponding AR tests upon their return to school.  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         Students are asked to read selections (one book for grade 6/two books for grades 7 & 8) from the Middle School Summer Reading List and complete one of the corresponding follow up activities.  Additionally, students are asked to complete the math reinforcement packet that will be distributed prior to the final day of school.

(Note: A letter from the middle school team, a detailed overview of assignments, and the middle school summer reading list are included as links to this week’s newsletter and are available for review on our website.)

As of yesterday, the counting team has already processed $39,668 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

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.

Parent Survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CX6XR8V

Students in grades 3-8 will complete the electronic survey during their computer classes within the next two weeks.

Calling all Books!

All library books are due back no later than Friday, June 1st, the time at which the library will begin the end of the year inventory process.  Remember there is no late fee for overdue books, only a replacement cost if the book is lost or damaged.  Please look for the library overdue notices and follow up to clear your account.  Thank you!

DIVE INTO BOOKS….ALL SAINTS TEAMS UP WITHBARNES

AND NOBLE FOR A SUMMER BOOK FAIR!!!!

Summer reading is in the air and this year the All Saints School Library will host an exciting Book Fair at the Barnes and Noble store in Manassas on Saturday, June 2nd.    Join Mrs. Coyle and Mrs. Geary as they surf through books to get you on the big wave of reading for the summer.  The library staff will be there from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm to treat and greet!    Also, the All Saints displays will be available in the Barnes and Noble store all day long with special selections picked by the library and teachers.   Do not forget to tell the cashier at the store that you are from All Saints School or parish because a percentage of the net sales will be contributed to the school.

Barnes & Noble Book Fair & Vouchers ~

http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/05/BN_Bookfair_Flyer_with_Vouchers.pdf

If you are busy on Saturday and cannot attend the Book Fair at Barnes & Noble store….simply go online and use the All Saint Bookfair ID number when you checkout.    The Book Fair online dates will be 6/2/12 and will extend to 6/9/12.

Enter the following:  BN.COM/bookfairs                Bookfair ID   10757516

 

All Saints Golf Tournament

Due to rain, the All Saints Parish Golf Tournament has been rescheduled to Monday, June 25st at Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, VA at 10:00AM. Enjoy great giveaways, prizes and raffles, while playing a beautiful course complete with mountain views.

Proceeds from our 2012 tournament will support youth-centered programs at All Saints, including spiritual retreats for area teens, sacramental preparation activities, new CYO basketball uniforms, and facility renovations in our parish gym and school.

***Join Us For Golf***
Due to the change in date, we are extending our early bird discount. Register now for golf and pay $150, that’s a savings of $15 per person.

Day of golf includes:

  • Greens fees and cart
  • 18-hole Captain’s Choice complete with scenic mountain views
  • Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams
  • Premium giveaways and goodie bag
  • Fun contests throughout the event, including a $10,000 Hole-in-One Contest
  • Prize drawings
  • Silent auction for exclusive sports collectibles
  • Continental breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Awards ceremony

Promote Your Company Through Sponsorship

With sponsorship opportunities available to fit any budget, the All Saints Golf Tournament provides an excellent marketing opportunity for local businesses.

For more information about corporate sponsorship or golf, please call Janis DeVore at (703) 366-1645 or visit our golf website at www.allsaintsgolf.com.

Cafeteria Program – End of Year 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.

Note:  All students may redeem free pretzel cards on Tuesday, May 22nd, the final day of pretzel sales.  The final day for students to redeem free ice cream cards is Thursday, May 31st.

Thank you for your support of these end of year procedures.  Should you have any questions, please contact the cafeteria at703-368-4400 (ext. 211).

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 6-8-2012.  Packets may be ordered on-line at www.epipacks.com until 7-1-2012.  When ordering online, enter school ID#ALL088.  Any questions regarding the pre-packaged supplies may be directed to: allsaintssupplies@yahoo.com.

Field Day Lunch Orders

Families who have not yet submitted orders and payment for lunch on Field Day (June 5th) are asked to do so by Friday of this week.

Extended Day Program

Extended Day services will continue the next three weeks and be available before and after school through Tuesday, June 12th.  There will be no Extended Day Program on Wednesday, June 13th.  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 13th.  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 12th.  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 Thursday, 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 24th.

¨       7th Annual Back-to School Barbecue hosted by the PTO – Friday, August 24th, (5:30-7:30 p.m.)

¨       First Day of School ~ Noon Dismissal (Grades K-8) – Monday, August 27th

¨       First Day of Pre-Kindergarten – Wednesday, September 5th

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Schedule Changes for 2012-2013 Academic Year

ø  Change the Official Start Time of the Day to 8:00 a.m. (10 minute gain).  Carpool will begin at 7:45 a.m. and conclude at 8:00 a.m.

ø  Change the Official End Time to 3:00 p.m. (5 minute gain)

ø  Reduce the Travel Time between Middle School Classes from 3 Minutes to 2 Minutes (6 minute gain)

ø  Reduce the Length of Middle School Lunch/Recess by 7 minutes providing students with a 38 minute combined period (7 minute gain)

Tuition Discount for Payment in Full

Parents who submit payment in full for the 2012-2013 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 31st.  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.

End of Year Calendar Confirmed

Thursday, May 31st                Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten

Tuesday, June 5th                   Field Day at Linton Hall School

Thursday, June 7th                 Kindergarten Luau

Friday, June 8th                      Kindergarten Graduation

Monday, June 11th 8th            Grade Graduation Day

Wednesday, June 13th           Final Day for Students in Grades 1-7

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, May 30th                  Race for Education Dress Down Day option

                                                                6th Grade Medieval Brass Rubbings Presentation

                                                                Retirement Mass & Farewell Celebration for Mrs. Engstrom & Mrs. Vice (7:00 p.m.)

Thursday, May 31st                     Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten – End of Year Picnic & Celebration

                                                                Deadline for Payment in Full for 2012-2013 with 5% Discount

                                                                Gold Medal Readers Celebration (1:30 p.m.)

Friday, June 1st                          School Mass & Presentation to Honor Senior Mentors (8:30 a.m.)

2nd Grade Mexican Fiesta

                                                                All Books due Back in Library

                                                                Drama Club Presentation for Club Members (3:30 p.m.)

Saturday, June 2nd                      8th Grade Algebra Exemption Exam

Barnes & Noble Book Fair (9:30-12:30)

Monday, June 4th                       Race for Education Celebration & Awards Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)

                                                                                Pizza Lunch with the Principal

                                                                                Classroom Movies & Popcorn Parties

Tuesday, June 5th                       Field Day & Accelerated Reader Celebration at Linton Hall School (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

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

                                                                VIRTUS Update Training (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, June 6th                   2nd Grade Field Trip to National Shrine (8:00 – 2:30)

                                                                1st Grade Field Trip to Air & Space Museum (9:30-1:30)

                                                                3rd Grade (Mrs. Reilly’s Class) Presentation for Parents (2:00 p.m.)

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

Thursday, June 7th                      Kindergarten Luau Celebration

                                                                1st Grade Ice Cream Social (1:30 p.m.)

Friday, June 8th                         Mass & Virtue Awards Presentation (8:30 a.m.)

                                                                Kindergarten Graduation (10:00 a.m.)

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

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

 

Coming Home with Oldest Child in School

  • School Supply Order Forms
  • Free Shaved Ice Coupon from 3 Scoops

 

Links

  • Pre-Packaged Supplies Online Orders ~ www.epipacks.com
  • Summer Learning Program (Also accessible by just clicking on the “Summer Learning” graphic on the webpage)

http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/summer-requirements-program/ 

  • Nurse’s Spring Reminders ~ Revised

http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/05/Nurses-Spring-Reminders.pdf

  • Barnes & Noble Book Fair & Vouchers ~

http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/05/BN_Bookfair_Flyer_with_Vouchers.pdf

 

The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 37

Seek Christ in one another; welcome Him into your heart

 

Principal’s Message

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.  Thank you, Mr. Tessier, and all of the teachers who provided the students such wonderful religious formation during their years at All Saints.

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On Wednesday, May 9, an email was sent to all school families asking you to complete a short online survey regarding whether the school should move from our current PTO focused fundraising efforts to an Annual Fund approach to generating revenue for the school.

A total of 101 school families completed the survey with the following results:

  • 36% indicated they would support an Annual Fund
  • 27% indicated they would not support an Annual Fund
  • 38% were undecided

In a supplemental comments section, many of those who were undecided indicated that they were not familiar with an Annual Fund and were unsure of how they worked.   To clarify, an Annual Fund provides a way for an organization to solicit financial gifts on a regular basis from a wide range of potential donors. Nonprofit institutions tend to rely on Annual Funds for a substantial percentage of their income.  Through an Annual Fund, parents, parishioners, alumni, past parents and friends of our community would be invited to consider making a financial gift, as well as a gift of prayer, in support of the mission of our school.

As a significant number of respondents have indicated that they are undecided on this initiative, there is more work to be done in providing a better explanation of the program to our parent community.   In August we will provide additional detailed information regarding how an Annual Fund would work at All Saints and the effect it would have on the PTO budget.  While a decision has not yet been made as to whether we will launch such an initiative, we look forward to continuing the dialogue and discerning the possibilities at the beginning of 2012-2013.  Thank you for your participation in this important survey.

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This week I wish to provide an update to our community regarding Mrs. Johnson and the third grade program.  As you are aware, Mrs. Johnson has been on medical leave since August, the time during which she has undergone extensive treatments for her cancer diagnosis.  She has recently completed another series of intensive chemotherapy in the hope that she will be eligible for a procedure during the summer months.  With this in mind and in order to be able to focus solely on her health, Mrs. Johnson has submitted her resignation.  I remain hopeful that this is a short term measure and that she will be able to return to our faculty one day.

I do ask that you continue to remember Mrs. Johnson in your prayers in the weeks ahead as she continues her journey.  As the original treatments were not as effective as originally hoped, she now awaits the results of her recent series and the details of the next step in her treatment plan. Let us pray that she will experience the healing presence of Christ and be comforted by the continued love and prayers of our community.

Ms. Elizabeth Reilly, long-term substitute teacher, has accepted my offer to join the faculty next year as third grade teacher.  I remain grateful for all that Ms. Reilly has done in support of the program since she joined our community last December.  Her love of the Catholic faith, which she incorporates in the classroom through music and dance, as well as her enthusiasm for teaching have been a gift for the children.

Retirement Mass & Reception for Mrs. Engstrom and Mrs. Vice

All students, parents, faculty & staff are cordially invited to attend a Retirement Mass & Farewell Celebration for Mrs. Engstrom and Mrs. Vice on Wednesday, May 30th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the church.  The liturgy will be followed by a light dessert reception in the gym.  Families in attendance are cordially invited to bring a tray of cookies or brownies in support of the event. Please join us as we celebrate the life and careers of these two extraordinary teachers!

Note:  For planning purposes, those families who wish to contribute a tray of desserts are asked to contact Mrs. Wendy Matner at wmatner@allsaintsva.org.

Summer Learning Program

Over the course of the past month 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 for 2012.

(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 Reader Books

(Note: Each student is required to keep a Math log in which they complete 10 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 complete the corresponding AR tests upon their return to school.  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             Students are asked to read selections (one book for grade 6/two books for grades 7 & 8) from the Middle School Summer Reading List and complete one of the corresponding follow up activities.  Additionally, students are asked to complete the math reinforcement packet that will be distributed prior to the final day of school.

(Note: A letter from the middle school team, a detailed overview of assignments, and the middle school summer reading list are included as a link to this week’s newsletter and are available for review on our website.)

 

As of yesterday, the counting team has already processed $35,948 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

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.

Parent Survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CX6XR8V

Students in grades 3-8 will complete the electronic survey during their computer classes within the next two weeks.

Spring Choral Concert

The Spring Choral Concert scheduled for Thursday, May 24th will begin at 7:00 p.m. rather than 7:30 p.m. as published in our school calendar.

Student Council Election Results

Last week approximately forty students participated in an election for a variety of offices for the 2012-2013 leadership of the Student Council Association.  Congratulations to the following students who were elected by the students in grades four through seven.

President                                                                Allison Rice

Vice President                                                       Josephine Bennett

Secretary/Historian                                                Kelly Crocker

School Spirit/Publicity                                           Savanna Malone

Finance                                                                   Nicholas Mills

Health, Safety & Ecology                                      Drew Michak

Religious Activities/Academic Life                       Rachel Kreitzer

All Saints Golf Tournament Rescheduled to June 25th

Due to rain, the All Saints Parish Golf Tournament has been rescheduled to Monday, June 25st at Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, VA at 10:00AM. Enjoy great giveaways, prizes and raffles, while playing a beautiful course complete with mountain views.

Proceeds from our 2012 tournament will support youth-centered programs at All Saints, including spiritual retreats for area teens, sacramental preparation activities, new CYO basketball uniforms, and facility renovations in our parish gym and school.

***Join Us For Golf***
Due to the change in date, we are extending our early bird discount. Register now for golf and pay $150, that’s a savings of $15 per person.

Day of golf includes:

  • Greens fees and cart
  • 18-hole Captain’s Choice complete with scenic mountain views
  • Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams
  • Premium giveaways and goodie bag
  • Fun contests throughout the event, including a $10,000 Hole-in-One Contest
  • Prize drawings
  • Silent auction for exclusive sports collectibles
  • Continental breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Awards ceremony

Promote Your Company Through Sponsorship

With sponsorship opportunities available to fit any budget, the All Saints Golf Tournament provides an excellent marketing opportunity for local businesses.

For more information about corporate sponsorship or golf, please call Janis DeVore at (703) 366-1645 or visit our golf website at www.allsaintsgolf.com.

Cafeteria Program – End of Year 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.

Note:  All students may redeem free pretzel cards on Tuesday, May 22nd, the final day of pretzel sales.  The final day for students to redeem free ice cream cards is Thursday, May 31st.

Thank you for your support of these end of year procedures.  Should you have any questions, please contact the cafeteria at703-368-4400 (ext. 211).

Field Day Lunch Orders

Families who have not yet submitted orders and payment for lunch on Field Day (June 5th) are asked to do so by Friday of this week.

Extended Day Program

Extended Day services will continue the next three weeks and be available before and after school through Tuesday, June 12th.  There will be no Extended Day Program on Wednesday, June 13th.  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 13th.  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 12th.  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 Thursday, 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 24th.

¨       7th Annual Back-to School Barbecue hosted by the PTO – Friday, August 24th, (5:30-7:30 p.m.)

¨       First Day of School ~ Noon Dismissal (Grades K-8) – Monday, August 27th

¨       First Day of Pre-Kindergarten – Wednesday, September 5th

VIRTUS 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 9th beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Father Kelley Hall.  Please register online at www.virtus.org choosing “The Diocese of Arlington, VA” and then “The Church of All Saints”.  If you have any questions, please call Janet Smith in the parish office, at (703) 393-2158.  Education and awareness can be powerful tools in protecting God’s children from harm.  Let’s continue working to ensure that our faith community is a safe and protected environment for the youngest members of our parish.

Paul VI Basketball Camps

–          Paul VI Girls & Boys Summer Basketball Camps. June 18-22 / July 9-13 / July 23-27…Grades 2 – 8. (9:00 am – 4:00 pm)

–          St Leo the Great Mini-Hoopster Camp.  June 25 – 28…Girls & Boys in Grades K – 2.  (9:00 am – 1:30 pm)

Please visit www.pvibasketball.com to register and all camp information

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Schedule Changes for 2012-2013 Academic Year

ø  Change the Official Start Time of the Day to 8:00 a.m. (10 minute gain).  Carpool will begin at 7:45 a.m. and conclude at 8:00 a.m.

ø  Change the Official End Time to 3:00 p.m. (5 minute gain)

ø  Reduce the Travel Time between Middle School Classes from 3 Minutes to 2 Minutes (6 minute gain)

ø  Reduce the Length of Middle School Lunch/Recess by 7 minutes providing students with a 38 minute combined period (7 minute gain)

7th Annual Race for Education

Prize Cards have been distributed to students who met the criteria and may be redeemed according to the following schedule:

Wednesday, May 23rd                            Designated Dress-Down Day

Wednesday, May 30th                            Designated Dress-Down Day

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

Tuition Discount for Payment in Full

Parents who submit payment in full for the 2012-2013 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 31st.  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.

End of Year Calendar Confirmed

Thursday, May 31st                Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten

Tuesday, June 5th                   Field Day at Linton Hall School

Thursday, June 7th                 Kindergarten Luau

Friday, June 8th                      Kindergarten Graduation

Monday, June 11th 8th Grade Graduation Day

Wednesday, June 13th           Final Day for Students in Grades 1-7

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, May 23rd                 Points for Parents Bills due

                  Race for Education Dress Down Day option

Thursday, May 24th                    6th Grade Field Trip to Medieval Times (8:45-3:00)

                  Spring Choral Concert – Grades 1,3,4,5 & 7(PAC/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, May 25th                        Mass (8:30 a.m.)

                  Middle School Demerit Free Breakfast (9:30 a.m.)

                                                                Noon Dismissal

Monday, May 28th                      Holiday – Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 29th                      7th Grade Field Trip to Manassas Battlefield (8:45-1:30)

Band Ice Cream Social (2:15 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 30th                  Race for Education Dress Down Day option

                                                                6th Grade Medieval Brass Rubbings Presentation

                                                                Retirement Mass & Farewell Celebration for Mrs. Engstrom & Mrs. Vice (7:00 p.m.)

Thursday, May 31st                     Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten – End of Year Picnic & Celebration

                                                                Deadline for Payment in Full for 2012-2013 with 5% Discount

                                                                Gold Medal Readers Celebration (1:30 p.m.)

Friday, June 1st                          2nd Grade Mexican Fiesta

                                                                All Books due Back in Library

Saturday, June 2nd                      8th Grade Algebra Exemption Exam

Barnes & Noble Book Fair (9:30-12:30) (See link below for flyer & vouchers)

 

Links:

  • Summer Learning Program (Also accessible by just clicking on the “Summer Learning” graphic on the webpage)

http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/summer-requirements-program/ 

  • Nurse’s Spring Reminders ~ Revised

http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/05/Nurses-Spring-Reminders.pdf

  • Barnes & Noble Book Fair & Vouchers ~

http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/05/BN_Bookfair_Flyer_with_Vouchers.pdf

  • Vacation Bible School Registration Form ~

http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/04/VBSRegistration.pdf

  • Vacation Bible School High School and Adult Volunteer Form ~

http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/04/VBSVolunteerForm.pdf

The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 36

Seek Christ in one another; welcome Him into your heart

Principal’s Message

On Monday evening the Manassas City Council continued their deliberation on the request for a special use permit for the addition of a crematorium at Pierce Funeral Home.  After consideration of the data provided through staff reports and the parties involved in the matter, the council ultimately voted in support of the measure.

Sensitive to the concerns of neighbors and local businesses, Pierce Funeral Home has implemented new strategies to further mitigate concerns relative to emissions.  For example, they have contracted with a company in Florida that will remotely monitor the system, providing an additional safeguard regarding chemical dispersions.  The system will also be equipped with an alarm that will activate should the level of chemical emissions rise above the acceptable threshold.  The system itself will be state-of-the-art, designed to optimize the combustion process so as to burn off any chemicals released during the cremation process.  Through these measures I believe the funeral home has demonstrated a good faith effort in addressing and reducing any concerns that have been expressed regarding emissions and I have every confidence that they will maintain this sensitivity as they move forward with their plans for expansion.

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Last week I had an opportunity to attend a meeting of diocesan principals for our final gathering of the academic year.  One of the significant items discussed at the session is the fact that pornography now ranks as the number one industry in the United States.  As we strive to safeguard our children from this danger, it is important that we maintain an awareness of the role of media in our lives and recognize the resources that are available to assist families in addressing challenges in this area.  Our Bishop has taken a proactive stance on this topic through his writing of a pastoral letter entitled Bought with a Price. Additionally, at the beginning of Lent, the diocese rolled out a resource in the form of online supports that can be found on the diocesan website.  Those seeking additional information are invited to visit the homepage at www.arlingtondiocese.org.

Retirement Mass & Reception for Mrs. Engstrom and Mrs. Vice

All students, parents, faculty & staff are cordially invited to attend a Retirement Mass & Farewell Celebration for Mrs. Engstrom and Mrs. Vice on Wednesday, May 30th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the church.  The liturgy will be followed by a light dessert reception in the gym.  Families in attendance are cordially invited to bring a tray of cookies or brownies in support of the event. Please join us as we celebrate the life and careers of these two extraordinary teachers!

Note:  For planning purposes, those families who wish to contribute a tray of desserts are asked to contact Mrs. Wendy Matner at wmatner@allsaintsva.org.

As of yesterday, the counting team has already processed $30,838 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

 

Spring Choral & Recorder Concert

Spring Choral & Recorder Concert: Thursday, May 24th @ 7:00 p.m. – PAC

(Please note time:  7:00 p.m. rather than 7:30 p.m. as published in our school calendar).

Featuring songs from around the world and soprano recorder music by 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, & 7th Grades! All students should wear the Summer Uniform they wear on Mass days and report to homerooms at 6:30 p.m. to line up. 3rd & 4th Graders should bring their recorders.  Questions: email Miss Dalusung ndalusung@allsaintsva.org.

All Saints Golf Tournament

All Saints will be sponsoring its 12th Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, May 21st at Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, VA. Proceeds from our 2012 tournament will support youth-centered programs at All Saints, including spiritual retreats for area teens, sacramental preparation activities, and facility renovations in our parish gym and school.

  • Early Bird Special!
    Register for golf by April 30th and you’ll pay $150, a savings of $15 per golfer. Golf includes greens fees and cart, 18-hole Captain’s Choice complete with scenic mountain views, goodie bag, multiple contests, prize drawings, continental breakfast, lunch, dinner and awards ceremony.

For families with 8th grade students, the tournament will be on the Monday following Confirmation. If you have family members coming into town who like to golf, consider asking them to join you for the tournament on Monday!

  • Promote Your Company Through Sponsorship
    With sponsorship opportunities available to fit any budget, the All Saints Golf Tournament provides an excellent marketing opportunity for local businesses. For more information about corporate sponsorship or golf, please call Janis DeVore at(703) 366-1645 or visit our golf website at www.allsaintsgolf.com.

Cafeteria Program – End of Year 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.

Note:  All students may redeem free pretzel cards on Tuesday, May 22nd, the final day of pretzel sales.  The final day for students to redeem free ice cream cards is Thursday, May 31st.

Thank you for your support of these end of year procedures.  Should you have any questions, please contact the cafeteria at703-368-4400 (ext. 211).

Co-Chair Needed for “Evening with St. Nicholas” 2012

The PTO sponsored “Evening with St. Nicholas” committee is already starting to plan for the next school year!

We are in need of a “co-chair” willing to “shadow” the current chairperson.  If you are interested in helping to ensure that this popular family event continues as a tradition in the future, please contact Gina Michak at ginamichak@gmail.com for details.  If you would like to be on the committee for planning and pre-event help, drop an email to Gina at that address as well.   Thanks again for your help!

All Saints Catholic Vacation Bible School Now Enrolling!!

Join All Saints for “SonRise National Park” VBS from June 25 – June 29!    Kids will be awestruck by snow-capped mountains, thundering waterfalls, wildflower meadows bursting with color, and amazing animals like soaring eagles, friendly huskies, and herds of caribou. As kids explore SonRise National Park, they’ll learn the most important survival skill of all: they can always depend on Jesus and His promises of true peace, true riches, true power, true love, and true hope!

VBS will be 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day for 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 6/1/12 and spaces are limited!

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Schedule Changes for 2012-2013 Academic Year

ø  Change the Official Start Time of the Day to 8:00 a.m. (10 minute gain).  Carpool will begin at 7:45 a.m. and conclude at 8:00 a.m.

ø  Change the Official End Time to 3:00 p.m. (5 minute gain)

ø  Reduce the Travel Time between Middle School Classes from 3 Minutes to 2 Minutes (6 minute gain)

ø  Reduce the Length of Middle School Lunch/Recess by 7 minutes providing students with a 38 minute combined period (7 minute gain)

7th Annual Race for Education

Prize Cards have been distributed to students who met the criteria and may be redeemed according to the following schedule:

Wednesday, May 23rd                            Designated Dress-Down Day

Wednesday, May 30th                            Designated Dress-Down Day

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

Tuition Assistance Program

The Tuition Assistance Committee finalized decisions on Monday.  As such, letters to all families who have applied for grants will be mailed by Friday and should be received by early next week.

Tuition Discount for Payment in Full

Parents who submit payment in full for the 2012-2013 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 31st.  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.

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 23rd.    

End of Year Calendar Confirmed

Thursday, May 31st                Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten

Tuesday, June 5th                   Field Day at Linton Hall School

Thursday, June 7th                 Kindergarten Luau

Friday, June 8th                      Kindergarten Graduation

Monday, June 11th 8th           Grade Graduation Day

Wednesday, June 13th           Final Day for Students in Grades 1-7

Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 17th                    4th Grade Mother’s Tea (8:30 Mass to be followed by presentation)

                                  Confirmation Rehearsal (6:30 p.m.)

Friday, May 18th                        Mass (8:30 a.m.)

                                  4th Grade Field Trip to Mount Vernon (8:30-2:30)

Saturday, May 19th                     Confirmation (2:00 p.m.)

Monday, May 21st                      12th Annual Golf Tournament – Evergreen Country Club

Tuesday, May 22nd                     Kindergarten Field Trip to Farm (8:30 – 2:30)

                                  3rd Grade Field to GMU Theater (11:30 – 2:30)

                                  Battle of the Books Competition

                                  Band Concert for Students (2:00 p.m.)

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

Wednesday, May 23rd                 Points for Parents Bills due

                  Race for Education Dress Down Day option

Thursday, May 24th                    6th Grade Field Trip to Medieval Times (8:45-3:00)

                                  Spring Choral Concert (PAC/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, May 25th                        Mass (8:30 a.m.)

                                  Noon Dismissal

 

Going Home with Oldest Child

  • Field Day Flyer/Form
  • 10th Annual Frances Kelly Blood Drive Flyer

 

Links:

  • Vacation Bible School Registration Form ~

http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/04/VBSRegistration.pdf

  • Vacation Bible School High School and Adult Volunteer Form ~

http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/04/VBSVolunteerForm.pdf

  • Summer Boys Basketball Camp – (Coach Dan Vander Woude-Seton Boys Varsity Coach) – Page 1

http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/05/2012_Skills_and_Drills_Page_11.pdf

  • Summer Boys Basketball Camp – Page 2

http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/05/2012_Skills__Drills_Page_2.pdf

The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 35

Seek Christ in one another; welcome Him into your heart

Principal’s Message

As we approach the close of another academic year, it is important that we acknowledge and thank those members of the faculty and staff who will not be returning in the fall.  Each, in their own way, has contributed to the success of our school and has forever touched the lives of the children.

I wish to first recognize and thank Mrs. Melissa DeBruyne for her fine work as middle school language arts teacher during the second semester.  When the position became open in January, I was delighted to have learned of her background and expertise and so pleased that she agreed to teach for us for the remainder of the year.  While she has enjoyed her time as a faculty member, she has decided that she will be unable to extend the commitment into the new year.  We do look forward, however, to her continued involvement as a parent in our community.

As previously announced earlier this semester, Mrs. Christina Brown, math teacher, is resigning at the end of the year as she prepares for the birth of her baby in September.  While she has been a member of our faculty for only one year, she has provided a very sound mathematics foundation for students in the middle school.

After two years of teaching at All Saints, Mrs. Hillyard has decided to resign at the conclusion of this year in order to pursue other opportunities in the field of education.  It has been a joy to have welcomed Mrs. Hillyard, a graduate of All Saints, back to our community and to have witnessed the beginning of her teaching career.  We wish her every success and blessing as she continues to share her gift of teaching.

Commuting a great distance from Front Royal each day, Mrs. Antunes, school nurse, has also decided that she will not be returning in the fall.  I am grateful for the care and concern that she has demonstrated for students and faculty during her two years in our community.  With thoroughness and professionalism, she has promoted wellness in our school and been a source of comfort for those ill or injured in our community.

It is with a profound sense of gratitude for their commitment to our school that I announce the departure of two teachers whose time at All Saints is marked by decades rather than years.  After twenty-four years of service as our P.E. teacher, Mrs. Engstrom will be retiring at the close of this year.  More than just a P.E. teacher, she has coordinated the Health & Wellness initiative, moderated the Safety Patrol program, and facilitated our annual Field Day event.  While her impact in our community has been significant and lasting, it is her servant’s heart and patient manner that have earned her the admiration of students, parents and faculty alike.

Additionally, Mrs. Vice has decided that this will also be her final year of teaching at All Saints.  After a sixteen year span during which she advanced from part-time cafeteria assistant to lead kindergarten teacher, she will be relocating to the coast where she and her husband will begin the next phase in their lives.  With her trademark sense of humor and down to earth approach, she has been a highly regarded member of the faculty who has truly made a difference in the instructional program at All Saints.

All students, parents, faculty & staff are cordially invited to attend a Retirement Mass & Farewell Celebration for Mrs. Engstrom and Mrs. Vice on Wednesday, May 30th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the church.  The liturgy will be followed by a light dessert reception in the gym.  Families in attendance are cordially invited to bring a tray of cookies or brownies in support of the event.  Please join us as we celebrate the life and careers of these two extraordinary teachers!

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It was a joy and an honor to witness many of our 2nd grade students receiving their First Communion on Saturday morning.  In the days leading up to the special occasion, a number of the children shared their excitement and told me just how much they were looking forward to the May Crowning and their First Communion.  Their enthusiasm for their faith is an inspiration for all of us at All Saints.  Congratulations, 2nd graders, and thank you for your example.

I want to take a moment to thank Mrs. Cummings and Mrs. Gurley for so thoughtfully preparing the children for this beautiful moment in their lives.  Through their careful planning and recognition of the fact that this Sacrament is the central focus of the second grade experience, they provided a wonderful environment of faith and learning through each day of the year.

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Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends of All Saints gathered last Thursday in support of the 7th Annual Race for Education.  As always, the students ran with a lot of heart, enjoying the extra time outside and the opportunity to run in support of a great cause ~ their Catholic school.

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. Judes Children’s Hospital.

As of yesterday, the counting team has already processed $19,423.00 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

I also wish to thank Mrs. Beth Ross and Mrs. Marjorie Collins for serving as co-coordinators of our 7th 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!

As her daughter will be graduating in June, Mrs. Ross will conclude her leadership of the Race for Education this spring.  I am particularly grateful for the long-term dedication she has demonstrated as event coordinator since the inception of the Race for Education at All Saints in 2006.  In 2005 when we began to learn about the fundraising program and what it might mean for our community, Mrs. Ross was quick to volunteer her time as the leader of the initiative.  Since those early days, she has enthusiastically lead the program, investing countless hours each year in planning as well as processing donations as they are received.  I want to take this opportunity, on behalf of the All Saints Catholic School community, to thank Mrs. Ross for leading this very successful fundraising program.  Through the success of the Race, All Saints has acquired an ACTIV Board for every classroom, slowed the rate of tuition increase and benefitted the research efforts of the St. Judes Childrens’ Research Hospital.  Thank you, Mrs. Ross!

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As we look to the future of our school, it is increasingly important that we take a strategic approach to our financial planning and fundraising.  Later today all parents will receive a brief email outlining a new development effort that is currently under consideration for the 2012-2013 academic year.  Additionally, parents are being provided a link to an electronic survey. Recognizing that the feedback you provide is important for our planning and critical for our success, we welcome your candid response to three brief questions.  Again, look for this email later today and thank you, in advance, for your thoughts as we look to the future of All Saints.

All Saints Golf Tournament

All Saints will be sponsoring its 12th Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, May 21st at Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, VA. Proceeds from our 2012 tournament will support youth-centered programs at All Saints, including spiritual retreats for area teens, sacramental preparation activities, and facility renovations in our parish gym and school.

  • Early Bird Special!
    Register for golf by April 30th and you’ll pay $150, a savings of $15 per golfer. Golf includes greens fees and cart, 18-hole Captain’s Choice complete with scenic mountain views, goodie bag, multiple contests, prize drawings, continental breakfast, lunch, dinner and awards ceremony.

For families with 8th grade students, the tournament will be on the Monday following Confirmation. If you have family members coming into town who like to golf, consider asking them to join you for the tournament on Monday!

  • Promote Your Company Through Sponsorship
    With sponsorship opportunities available to fit any budget, the All Saints Golf Tournament provides an excellent marketing opportunity for local businesses. For more information about corporate sponsorship or golf, please call Janis DeVore at(703) 366-1645 or visit our golf website at www.allsaintsgolf.com.

4th Quarter Lock-Down Drill

The 4th Quarter Lock-Down Drill will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 16th.  (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.) 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Schedule Changes for 2012-2013 Academic Year

ø  Change the Official Start Time of the Day to 8:00 a.m. (10 minute gain).  Carpool will begin at 7:45 a.m. and conclude at 8:00 a.m.

ø  Change the Official End Time to 3:00 p.m. (5 minute gain)

ø  Reduce the Travel Time between Middle School Classes from 3 Minutes to 2 Minutes (6 minute gain)

ø  Reduce the Length of Middle School Lunch/Recess by 7 minutes providing students with a 38 minute combined period (7 minute gain)

7th Annual Race for Education

Prize Cards have been distributed to students who met the criteria and may be redeemed according to the following schedule:

Thursday, May 10th                                Designated Dress-Down Day

Tuesday, May 15th                                 Designated Dress-Down Day

Wednesday, May 23rd                            Designated Dress-Down Day

Wednesday, May 30th                            Designated Dress-Down Day

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

Sharing our Story…Greatschools.org

The most effective marketing for a school occurs when current parents share their positive observations and experience with others they meet in the community.  In the 21st Century, much of this now occurs on the web at sites such aswww.greatschools.org.  Periodically at All Saints We invite parents to post their sentiments on this website as it is frequently referenced by parents new to the area who are researching options for their children.  As our most recent posting is from February 2009, parents are encouraged to take a few minutes in the weeks ahead to post their comments.  Additionally, if you have a Google account, you may also wish to include a review on our Google Places page.  In advance, thank you for helping create a legacy ~ rigorous academic formation in the best tradition of our Catholic faith!

Tuition Assistance Program

The Tuition Assistance Committee will finalize decisions next week based upon the financial analysis provided by FACTS.  All families who have applied for tuition assistance for 2012-2013 should receive a letter of response by May 18th.

Tuition Discount for Payment in Full

Parents who submit payment in full for the 2012-2013 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 31st.  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.

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 23rd.    

End of Year Calendar Confirmed

Thursday, May 31st                Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten

Tuesday, June 5th                   Field Day at Linton Hall School

Thursday, June 7th                 Kindergarten Luau

Friday, June 8th                      Kindergarten Graduation

Monday, June 11th 8th           Grade Graduation Day

Wednesday, June 13th           Final Day for Students in Grades 1-7

Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 10th                          Race for Education Dress Down Day Option

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

Friday, May 11th                       Band Trip to Busch Gardens (5:45 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.)

                 School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

                                 Noon Dismissal

Saturday, May 12th                     First Communion – Group III (10:30 a.m.)

Monday, May 14th                     4th Quarter Interims distributed to students

Tuesday, May 15th                     Principal for a Day (Congratulations, Kenneth Vande Linde, whose parents won this item at the Casino & Auction Night)

Wednesday, May 16th                Kindergarten Field Trip to Farm (8:30 – 2:30)

                                Lock Down Drill (10:00 a.m.)

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

Thursday, May 17th                   4th Grade Mother’s Tea (8:30 Mass to be followed by presentation)

                                Confirmation Rehearsal (6:30 p.m.)

Friday, May 18th                      Mass (8:30 a.m.)

                 4th Grade Field Trip to Mount Vernon (8:30-2:30)

Saturday, May 19th                   Confirmation (2:00 p.m.)

 

The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 34

Seek Christ in one another; welcome Him into your heart

Principal’s Message

Tomorrow all of the students at All Saints will participate in the 7th 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.  As the forecast is for warmer than normal temperatures, students are reminded of the importance of wearing sunscreen.

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                         8:45a.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.

Prize Cards have been distributed to students who met the criteria and may be redeemed according to the following schedule:

Tuesday, May 8th                                   Designated Dress-Down Day

Thursday, May 10th                                Designated Dress-Down Day

Tuesday, May 15th                                 Designated Dress-Down Day

Wednesday, May 23rd                            Designated Dress-Down Day

Wednesday, May 30th                            Designated Dress-Down Day

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

As of today, the counting team has already processed close to $13,000 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

Race for Education –Volunteers

Volunteers are still welcom for each of the race times. Volunteer to help track the children’s laps, pass out water, and monitor the students as they run. The race takes place tomorrow, Thursday, May 3rd!

The race times are:

PreK1, PreK2, K1, K2, 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B                 8:45 to 9:45 a.m.

3A, 3B, 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B                                          10:15 to 11:15 a.m.

PreK3, 6A, 6B, 7A, 7B, 8A, 8B                             1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Additional volunteers are needed to help with the counting of proceeds in the weeks ahead.  For more information or if you are available to volunteer, please contact Marjorie Collins at 703-365-9686 or marjorie@ocfmail.com.

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As Mrs. Honkus’ due date draws near, I wish to provide to you an update regarding the plans for the fifth grade classroom.  I am pleased to announce that Mrs. Debbie Woolfrey will serve as long-term substitute teacher beginning approximately Friday, May 11th through the close of the year.  Many of you know Mrs. Woolfrey as her daughters attend All Saints and she has been an on-call substitute for a number of grade levels this past year.

Mrs. Woolfrey earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a minor in Elementary Education from Randolph-Macon College and a Master of Arts Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.  For seven years she taught fifth grade in the Hanover County Public School system where she was nominated to receive an Award for Teaching Excellence.  With particular expertise and experience in the teaching of science, she will be a wonderful substitute for Mrs. Honkus who has served as science teacher for both fifth grade classes.

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This past weekend the Virginia State Squires and Squire Roses, the officially sponsored youth organization of the Knights of Columbus, held their 5th Annual State Convention in the Virginia Beach area.  As part of the Convention, the State Squires Circles celebrated the top accomplishments of the Squires and their Circles in six categories.  This year our Circle won top honors in two of the six categories.  Additionally, Sean Gaynord (7th grade) was selected as the Virginia State Squire of the Year in recognition of his leadership within the organization and his service to the parish and surrounding community. Congratulations, Sean!

Prayer of the Month ~ Peace Prayer

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

Lord, let me help sad people be happy.

Let me forgive those who hurt me.

And let me bring your love to all.

Amen

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.

All Saints Golf Tournament

All Saints will be sponsoring its 12th Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, May 21st at Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, VA. Proceeds from our 2012 tournament will support youth-centered programs at All Saints, including spiritual retreats for area teens, sacramental preparation activities, and facility renovations in our parish gym and school.

  • Early Bird Special!

Register for golf by April 30th and you’ll pay $150, a savings of $15 per golfer. Golf includes greens fees and cart, 18-hole Captain’s Choice complete with scenic mountain views, goodie bag, multiple contests, prize drawings, continental breakfast, lunch, dinner and awards ceremony.

For families with 8th grade students, the tournament will be on the Monday following Confirmation. If you have family members coming into town who like to golf, consider asking them to join you for the tournament on Monday!

  • Promote Your Company Through Sponsorship

With sponsorship opportunities available to fit any budget, the All Saints Golf Tournament provides an excellent marketing opportunity for local businesses. For more information about corporate sponsorship or golf, please call Janis DeVore at(703) 366-1645 or visit our golf website at www.allsaintsgolf.com.

5th 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.  Tomorrow 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.

Tuition Assistance Program

The Tuition Assistance Committee will finalize decisions next week based upon the financial analysis provided by FACTS.  All families who have applied for tuition assistance for 2012-2013 should receive a letter of response by May 18th.

Tuition Discount for Payment in Full

Parents who submit payment in full for the 2012-2013 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 31st.  For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at 703-393-1490.

2nd Annual Running with the Saints 5K – Help Wanted

Help wanted for the 2nd annual All Saints Running with the Saints 5K.  The race committee is looking for a volunteer willing to help solicit sponsors for the race.  We plan to target health related businesses, such as sporting good stores, gyms, and medical offices with a wellness or sport related specialty.  We need help compiling and updating a sponsorship database and to send out letters and follow up as needed.  Consider lending your talent to this effort!  Please contact Eddie Collins atecollins@ocfmail.com if you are interested or have any questions.  Thanks!!

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.

Grocery Receipts Program Update

Thank you for your continued support of local grocery receipt programs.  The following is a summary of proceeds received this year through your participation.

GIANT                    $2051.62

Harris Teeter          $847.76

Safeway escrip      $341.96

Bloom stores will be converted to the Food Lion banner.  Our school was automatically enrolled in the Food Lion MVP Classroom rewards program. The website is http://www.foodlion.com/CommunityOutreach/MVPRewards .  If you scroll down to Register your MVP Card and enter your card number, All Saints will earn 50 points for each card linked to the program by May 31, 2012.

Senator Colgan Featured Speaker at CBN Meeting

State Senator Charles J. Colgan will be the guest speaker at the May 18th meeting of the Catholic Business Network of Nova-PW Chapter.  Senator Colgan will be discussing the importance of Catholic education and how faith has impacted his life journey through business and politics.

The Catholic Business Network of Nova-PW Chapter

Date: Friday, May 18th

Speaker: State Senator Charles J. Colgan                                                                    

Time: 7:15 a.m. – 9 a.m. Networking- Breakfast @ 8am-Guest Speaker

Place: Mimi’s Café, Wellington Road, Gainesville VA

Breakfast $15.00 – RSVP suggested. 

RSVP at 703-396-8205 ext. 101 or princewilliam@cbnnova.org

For more information about CBNNova at www.cbnnova.org.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Schedule Changes for 2012-2013 Academic Year

ø  Change the Official Start Time of the Day to 8:00 a.m. (10 minute gain).  Carpool will begin at 7:45 a.m. and conclude at 8:00 a.m.

ø  Change the Official End Time to 3:00 p.m. (5 minute gain)

ø  Reduce the Travel Time between Middle School Classes from 3 Minutes to 2 Minutes (6 minute gain)

ø  Reduce the Length of Middle School Lunch/Recess by 7 minutes providing students with a 38 minute combined period (7 minute gain)

Sharing our Story…Greatschools.org

The most effective marketing for a school occurs when current parents share their positive observations and experience with others they meet in the community.  In the 21st Century, much of this now occurs on the web at sites such aswww.greatschools.org.  Periodically at All Saints We invite parents to post their sentiments on this website as it is frequently referenced by parents new to the area who are researching options for their children.  As our most recent posting is from February 2009, parents are encouraged to take a few minutes in the weeks ahead to post their comments.  Additionally, if you have a Google account, you may also wish to include a review on our Google Places page.  In advance, thank you for helping create a legacy ~ rigorous academic formation in the best tradition of our Catholic faith!

Carpool Reminders

Right Turns Only: Parents are reminded of the importance of making only right turns when entering and exiting the property at the time of dismissal.  This practice will help to keep the flow of traffic moving on Stonewall Road and subsequently foster positive public relations with surrounding businesses and residents.

ParkingIn recent weeks an increased number of parents have been parking in front of the church and walking their children from the dismissal area to their cars.  In the interest of student and parent safety and in consideration that all parents are expected to participate in the organized dismissal system, all parents are reminded to park only in those areas reserved for afternoon dismissal, i.e. Bays 1, 2 & 3 in the front lot and Bays 4 & 5 in the rear lot.

Note:  This expectation does not apply to those parents who have served as volunteers during the afternoon hours and have parked in front of the church.  Additionally, families encountering particular challenges related to the dismissal system are invited to contact the school office to discuss the possibility of a parking pass and exemption.

Thank you parents for your support of our system which is designed to ensure a safe and efficient dismissal.

Kindergarten Screening ~ No Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten on Monday, May 7th

The Early Prevention of School Failure Screening for Kindergarten applicants will take place on Monday, May 7th. In order that the teachers may be available to administer the assessment, there will be no Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten classes on these two days.

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

One of the hallmarks of our school community is the high level of parent involvement that has helped the school achieve many goals in recent years.  As in the past, each family at All Saints has been asked to earn 60 volunteer points over the course of the current school year.  Those who are unable to do so are asked to submit a check at the conclusion of the year for any outstanding points that remain.  (1 point = $3.00)  As we begin the fourth quarter, parents are reminded to update their “points total” so that the database accurately reflects their contributions over the course of the entire year.

At the beginning of May, the office will issue individualized letters to each family, confirming the number of points reflected in the school database. For this reason, we ask that those families who have not recently updated the database via our school website do so by Friday, May 4th.  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.

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 23rd.    

End of Year Calendar Confirmed

Thursday, May 31st                Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten

Tuesday, June 5th                   Field Day at Linton Hall School

Thursday, June 7th                 Kindergarten Luau

Friday, June 8th                      Kindergarten Graduation

Monday, June 11th                 8th Grade Graduation Day

Wednesday, June 13th           Final Day for Students in Grades 1-7

Spring Handcraft Show Hosted by Father Juan Puigbó

Fr. Juan will host a Handcraft Show on Thursday, May 3rd from 2pm to 4pm and from 6pm to 8pm at the entrance of the school gym. A number of items will be on display and available for purchase, including beautiful wooden pieces handcrafted by Fr. Juan.  This will be a good opportunity to buy your seasonal gifts!  For more information, please see the flyer linked to this week’s newsletter.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 3rd                      7th Annual Race for Education (see schedule above)

                  Fr. Juan’s Handcraft Show (gym entrance/2:00-4:00 & 6:00-8:00 p.m.)

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

First Communion & Graduation Photos (following May Crowning in the courtyard)

Virtue of the Month Ceremony (gym/2:30 p.m.)

                                  Points for Parents Updates due (submit electronically via website)

Saturday, May 5th                       First Communion – Group I (10:30 a.m.)

Monday, May 7th                        EPSF Kindergarten Screening – No Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten classes             

                                                                  Battle of Books Practice Meet (9:30-10:30 a.m.)

Tuesday, May 8th                        8th Grade Foreign Language Exemption Exam

                  Race for Education Dress Down Day Option

                                  Band Concert for Senior’s Luncheon (12:30 p.m.)

                                  First Communion – Group III Rehearsal (6:00 p.m.)

                              &nbs

The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 33

Seek Christ in one another; welcome Him into your heart

Principal’s Message

This year the Arlington Diocese has revised the calendar/schedule policy to coincide with the state-wide requirement for schools to provide six hours of instructional time per day.  Subsequently, the daily schedule at All Saints will reflect an increase from the previously required five and one-half hours to six hours of instruction effective with the start of the 2012-2013 academic year.  Additionally, the diocese will now require that travel time between classes must be incorporated in the schedule outside of the time allocated for instruction.

The impact of this policy change on our daily life at All Saints will be minimal since we presently exceed the requirement for 5.5 hours of instruction each day.  In fact, our current schedule is only 10 minutes short of the 6 hour requirement for instructional time.  However, in order to account for travel time between classes in the middle school program, we need to account for an additional 18 minutes per day to achieve full compliance with the new policy.

In considering the possibilities for implementing schedule changes, I have given priority to two basic assumptions: 1) Changes to the length of the school day, to the extent possible, should be minimally disruptive to existing faculty & family schedules and 2) In recognition of the importance of time for free play and socialization, all students should continue to enjoy a daily combined period of lunch & recess.

Given these parameters, the following is an overview of the changes in the daily schedule that will be implemented with the start of the new year.

Schedule Changes for 2012-2013 Academic Year

ø  Change the Official Start Time of the Day to 8:00 a.m. (10 minute gain).  Carpool will begin at 7:45 a.m. and conclude at 8:00 a.m.

ø  Change the Official End Time to 3:00 p.m. (5 minute gain)

ø  Reduce the Travel Time between Middle School Classes from 3 Minutes to 2 Minutes (6 minute gain)

ø  Reduce the Length of Middle School Lunch/Recess by 7 minutes providing students with a 38 minute combined period (7 minute gain)

Although the impact on the entire schedule is rather insignificant, I wanted to communicate this change to you now so that you can plan accordingly for the year ahead.  Bottom line, next year we’ll be operating on an 8:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m. schedule with a few adjustments inside the school day.  Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to let me know.

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Last Thursday our school hosted the first annual “Catholic Cup”, an academic competition built around knowledge of our faith. Identified as a strategy in support of faith formation in our strategic five year plan, the event provided an opportunity to showcase the depth of knowledge that our students have acquired in their faith during their years at All Saints.  I want to thank Mr. Tessier and Mrs. Bill, event co-chairs, who designed the entire competition, including all of the rules and questions.  We are hopeful that the event will become another exciting tradition for our school and potentially become an initiative embraced by our other schools, perhaps resulting in a diocesan level competition.

Congratulations to Chiera I. (6A) on winning First Place in the event and to Stan D. (7B) on winning Runner-up.  The excitement in the Parish Activities Center rose to a fever pitch as they answered question after question during the final round competition!

Congratulations to the following students who won first place in the classroom rounds and represented their grade level in the school-wide event.

Jacob A. (4A)

Mary A. (4B)

Rachel W. (5A)

Jack T. (5B)

Chiera I. (6A)

Patrick M. (6B)

Sarah G. (7A)

Stan D. (7B)

McKenna D. (8A)

Emma K. (8B)


7th Annual Race for Education

Thanks to the students and parents of All Saints, our school mailed more than 5,200 letters requesting financial support for the7th Annual Race for Education.  Prize Cards are now being distributed to students who met the criteria and may be redeemed according to the following schedule:

Tuesday, May 8th                                   Designated Dress-Down Day

Thursday, May 10th                                Designated Dress-Down Day

Tuesday, May 15th                                 Designated Dress-Down Day

Wednesday, May 23rd                            Designated Dress-Down Day

Wednesday, May 30th                            Designated Dress-Down Day

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

The  7th Annual Race for Education is now only one week away.  On Thursday, May 3rd 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 3rd.  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 regularly scheduled times in the cafeteria.

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

Sharing our Story…Greatschools.org

The most effective marketing for a school occurs when current parents share their positive observations and experiences with others they meet in the community.  In the 21st Century, much of this now occurs on the web at sites such aswww.greatschools.org.  Periodically at All Saints we invite parents to post their sentiments on this website as it is frequently referenced by parents new to the area who are researching options for their children.  As our most recent posting is from February 2009, parents are encouraged to take a few minutes in the weeks ahead to post their comments.  Additionally, if you have a Google account, you may also wish to include a review on our Google Places page.  In advance, thank you for helping create a legacy ~ rigorous academic formation in the best tradition of our Catholic faith!

Carpool Reminders

Right Turns Only: Parents are reminded of the importance of making only right turns when entering and exiting the property at the time of dismissal.  This practice will help to keep the flow of traffic moving on Stonewall Road and subsequently foster positive public relations with surrounding businesses and residents.

Parking: In recent weeks an increased number of parents have been parking in front of the church and walking their children from the dismissal area to their cars.  In the interest of student and parent safety and in consideration that all parents are expected to participate in the organized dismissal system, all parents are reminded to park only in those areas reserved for afternoon dismissal, i.e. Bays 1, 2 & 3 in the front lot and Bays 4 & 5 in the rear lot.

Note:  This expectation does not apply to those parents who have served as volunteers during the afternoon hours and have parked in front of the church.  Additionally, families encountering particular challenges related to the dismissal system are invited to contact the school office to discuss the possibility of a parking pass and exemption.

Thank you parents for your support of our system which is designed to ensure a safe and efficient dismissal.

Kindergarten Screening ~ No Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten on Monday, April 30th & May 7th

The Early Prevention of School Failure Screening for Kindergarten applicants will take place on Monday, April 30th& Monday, May 7th.  In order that the teachers may be available to administer the assessment, there will be no Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten classes on these two days.

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

One of the hallmarks of our school community is the high level of parent involvement that has helped the school achieve many goals in recent years.  As in the past, each family at All Saints has been asked to earn 60 volunteer points over the course of the current school year.  Those who are unable to do so are asked to submit a check at the conclusion of the year for any outstanding points that remain.  (1 point = $3.00)  As we begin the fourth quarter, parents are reminded to update their “points total” so that the database accurately reflects their contributions over the course of the entire year.

At the beginning of May, the office will issue individualized letters to each family, confirming the number of points reflected in the school database. For this reason, we ask that those families who have not recently updated the database via our school website do so by Friday, May 4th.  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.

All Saints Golf Tournament

All Saints will be sponsoring its 12th Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, May 21st at Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, VA. Proceeds from our 2012 tournament will support youth-centered programs at All Saints, including spiritual retreats for area teens, sacramental preparation activities, and facility renovations in our parish gym and school.

  • Early Bird Special!

Register for golf by April 30th and you’ll pay $150, a savings of $15 per golfer. Golf includes greens fees and cart, 18-hole Captain’s Choice complete with scenic mountain views, goodie bag, multiple contests, prize drawings, continental breakfast, lunch, dinner and awards ceremony.

For families with 8th grade students, the tournament will be on the Monday following Confirmation. If you have family members coming into town who like to golf, consider asking them to join you for the tournament on Monday!

  • Promote Your Company Through Sponsorship

With sponsorship opportunities available to fit any budget, the All Saints Golf Tournament provides an excellent marketing opportunity for local businesses. For more information about corporate sponsorship or golf, please call Janis DeVore at(703) 366-1645 or visit our golf website at www.allsaintsgolf.com.

Spring Handcraft Show Hosted by Father Juan Puigbó

Fr. Juan will host a Handcraft Show on Thursday, May 3rd from 2pm to 4pm and from 6pm to 8pm at the entrance of the school gym. A number of items will be on display and available for purchase, including beautiful wooden pieces handcrafted by Fr. Juan.  This will be a good opportunity to buy your seasonal gifts!  For more information, please see the flyer linked to this week’s newsletter.

Parish Festival Cake Walk Reminder

Please remember to bring your cakes for the Cake Walk this weekend!  We have not met our goal of 10 cakes per class…so we need more cakes. You may send their cake to school with your child on Thursday if you would like or bring it with you to the festival.

Race for Education – CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!!!

We are one week away from the race and need 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 next Thursday, May 3rd!

The race times are:

PreK1, PreK2, K1, K2, 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B                 8:45 to 9:45 a.m.

3A, 3B, 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B                                          10:15 to 11:15 a.m.

PreK3, 6A, 6B, 7A, 7B, 8A, 8B                             1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Volunteers are also needed to help with the counting of proceeds in the weeks ahead.  For more information or if you are available to volunteer, please contact Marjorie Collins at 703-365-9686 or marjorie@ocfmail.com.

PVI News

  • Preview to High School for 6th and 7th graders and their families.  This event for 6th & 7th graders will take place at Paul VI Catholic High School on May 3rd at 7:00 p.m. and is a wonderful opportunity for the students and their families to begin to think about the different choices for high school. All those in attendance will be entered in a drawing for a new IPAD.
  • Paul VI Girls Summer Lacrosse Camp– July 16-19.  Camp is for rising 2nd through rising 9th graders. 9-1pm at PVI High School Track field.  Early bird discounts available.  Registration form at: http://www.paulvi.net/document.doc?id=718 ,For more info email: CConques@paulvi.net

End of Year Calendar Confirmed

Thursday, May 31st                Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten

Tuesday, June 5th                   Field Day at Linton Hall School

Thursday, June 7th                 Kindergarten Luau

Friday, June 8th                      Kindergarten Graduation

Monday, June 11th 8th           Grade Graduation Day

Wednesday, June 13th           Final Day for Students in Grades 1-7

Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 26th                   8th Grade Class Trip to Annapolis, Maryland (7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

Friday, April 27th                        Holiday: Parish Festival Prep Day

Saturday, April 28th                   Parish Festival (see flyer for details)

Monday, April 30th                     EPSF Screening: No Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten classes

PTO General Assembly Meeting: Presentation on the Terra Nova Standardized Testing

Program (PAC/7:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, May 1st                      SCA sponsored Earth Day Dress Down Day

First Communion – Group I Practice (6:00 p.m.)

                                  VIRTUS Update Training (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

                                  PTO Executive Board Meeting – rescheduled for May 8th (7:00 p.m.)

Thursday, May 3rd                    7th Annual Race for Education

                  Fr. Juan’s Handcraft Show (gym entrance/2:00-4:00 & 6:00-8:00 p.m.)

Friday, May 4th                         School Mass & May Crowning Ceremony

First Communion & Graduation Photos (following May Crowning in the courtyard)

Virtue of the Month Ceremony (gym/2:30 p.m.)

                                  Points for Parents Updates due (submit electronically via website)

Saturday, May 5th                     First Communion – Group I (10:30 a.m.)

 

Links                                      

  • NJHS Mother’s Day and/or Father’s Day Gift Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/04/Mothers-Day-Gift.pdf
  • Golf Tournament Brochure ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/04/all-saints-golf.pdf
  • Spring Craft Show ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/04/Spring_Handcraft_Show-_2012.pdf
  • Parish Old West Festival Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/04/OLD_WEST_FESTIVAL3.pdf
  • Yearbook Order Form ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/01/YearbookOrderForm2012.pdf

 

The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 32

Seek Christ in one another; welcome Him into your heart

 

Principal’s Message

Today I wish to share with you the news that Miss Simms, our Spanish teacher, submitted her resignation on Monday.  Due to medical reasons, she has determined that she will be unable to complete the academic year at All Saints.  Her departure from our school will be a great loss for our community as she has been a vibrant presence in the classroom and is beloved by the children.  I am grateful for the enthusiasm that she brought to the classroom this year and all of the time and energy she invested in advancing our foreign language program.

To continue the fine work that Miss Simms has begun, I have hired Mr. Benjamin Roy to serve as our Spanish teacher for the remainder of the year.  Mr. Roy is a recent graduate of Penn State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in World Languages Education, specializing in teaching Spanish for grades K-12.  A product of Catholic schools, he values the formation he has received and looks forward to working at All Saints as he begins his professional career.  Mr. Roy’s training in current methodology, his enthusiasm for teaching and his appreciation for the distinct nature of a Catholic school community will ensure that the students remain engaged and learning through the final weeks of school.  Welcome, Mr. Roy!  

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Next week all students in grades two through seven will participate in the Terra Nova standardized testing program.  As the week of testing quickly draws near, now is the time for us to complete the final “warm-up routines”.  Teachers have provided opportunities for a review of basic skills in the classroom and have been guiding the students through practice tests to familiarize them with the format and the process of “bubbling” answers. For parents interested in providing additional practice at home, there are a number of websites that provide opportunities for review and practice of basic skills.  A simple search using the keywords “Terra Nova” and “practice tests” will yield a number of sites that provide practice tests, games and activities related to math and language arts for specific grade levels.

Again this year, all diocesan students in grades three through seven will also participate in a brief assessment entitled “In-View”.  The In-View measures reasoning abilities related to academic success.  As such, it is designed to assess a child’s cognitive abilities in the following five areas:  sequences, analogies, quantitative reasoning (math), verbal reasoning (words) and verbal reasoning (context).

We wish to approach next week’s testing with the perspective that it is a weeklong celebration of learning.  In an effort to reduce any unnecessary stress for the students, teachers will not be scheduling any classroom tests or projects for the week of testing.  Additionally, teachers in grades two through seven will assign little to no homework throughout the week.

Students in grades 5 & 8 will also participate in the ACRE testing program, an assessment that measures each student’s understanding of their faith.  This testing will occur during regularly scheduled religion classes within the next two weeks.   

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

Test-Taking Tips & Strategies

1)       Reassure your child that he or she does not have to answer all of the questions correctly to pass.  It is not expected that students answer every question correctly.

2)       Tell your child to attempt to answer all of the questions and not to leave any blanks.  There is no penalty for guessing.

3)       Remind your child that the test is important.

4)       Explain to your child the importance of using time wisely.  If your child gets stuck on a question, encourage him or her to make the best guess or place a mark in the test booklet by that item and to return to it after finishing that section of the test.

5)       Make certain your child gets a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast before taking the test.

6)       Try to make the morning of the test a pleasant one.  Avoid stress.

7)       Be sure that your child arrives on time the day of the test.

8)       Remind your child to listen carefully to the instructions from the teacher and to read the directions and each question carefully. 

9)       Encourage your child to stay focused on the test, even if other students finish early.

Carpool Reminders

In recent weeks an increased number of parents have been parking in front of the church and walking their children from the dismissal area to their cars.  In the interest of student and parent safety and in consideration that all parents are expected to participate in the organized dismissal system, all parents are reminded to park only in those areas reserved for afternoon dismissal, i.e. Bays 1, 2 & 3 in the front lot and Bays 4 & 5 in the rear lot.

Note:  This expectation does not apply to those parents who have served as volunteers during the afternoon hours and have parked in front of the church.  Additionally, families encountering particular challenges related to the dismissal system are invited to contact the school office to discuss the possibility of a parking pass and exemption.

Thank you parents for your support of our system which is designed to ensure a safe and efficient dismissal. 

Kindergarten Screening ~ No Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten on Monday, April 30th & May 7th

The Early Prevention of School Failure Screening for Kindergarten applicants will take place on Monday, April 30th& Monday, May 7th.  In order that the teachers may be available to administer the assessment, there will be no Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten classes on these two days.

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

One of the hallmarks of our school community is the high level of parent involvement that has helped the school achieve many goals in recent years.  As in the past, each family at All Saints has been asked to earn 60 volunteer points over the course of the current school year.  Those who are unable to do so are asked to submit a check at the conclusion of the year for any outstanding points that remain.  (1 point = $3.00)  As we begin the fourth quarter, parents are reminded to update their “points total” so that the database accurately reflects their contributions over the course of the entire year. 

At the beginning of May, the office will issue individualized letters to each family, confirming the number of points reflected in the school database. For this reason, we ask that those families who have not recently updated the database via our school website  do so by Friday, May 4th.  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.

Spring/Summer Uniform Code

The students will have the option only this school year to wear the new or old school uniform.  For a detailed list of the Spring/Summer Uniform Dress code, please click on the link at the end of today’s newsletter.

All Saints Golf Tournament

All Saints will be sponsoring its 12th Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, May 21st at Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, VA. Proceeds from our 2012 tournament will support youth-centered programs at All Saints, including spiritual retreats for area teens, sacramental preparation activities, and facility renovations in our parish gym and school.

  • Early Bird Special!

Register for golf by April 30th and you’ll pay $150, a savings of $15 per golfer. Golf includes greens fees and cart, 18-hole Captain’s Choice complete with scenic mountain views, goodie bag, multiple contests, prize drawings, continental breakfast, lunch, dinner and awards ceremony.

For families with 8th grade students, the tournament will be on the Monday following Confirmation. If you have family members coming into town who like to golf, consider asking them to join you for the tournament on Monday!

  • Promote Your Company Through Sponsorship

With sponsorship opportunities available to fit any budget, the All Saints Golf Tournament provides an excellent marketing opportunity for local businesses. For more information about corporate sponsorship or golf, please call Janis DeVore at(703) 366-1645 or visit our golf website at www.allsaintsgolf.com.

NJHS Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Gift Project

Members of the All Saints Catholic School NJHS will be conducting a project to provide the opportunity for students to order a Mother’s Day and/or Father’s Day Gift.  Students will have the opportunity to have their portrait taken (family or individual) and will be provided with a 5×7 portrait in an 8 x 10 student decorated mat.  The cost of each portrait is $5.00.  Please see the attached flyer which includes additional details, as well as an order form.  Order forms will need to be submitted by April 23.   Please contact Mrs. Vickie Bill (vbill@allsaintsva.org) or Mrs. Hammang (phammang@allsaintsva.org) with any questions.  This will be a great way for students to show their love for mom or dad with a beautifully decorated portrait!

Parish Festival White Elephant Sale

First it is hot, next it is cold, then it rains … what does all this mean?   That it is Spring and time for the All Saints Parish Festival White Elephant room, toy room and book room!  Start sorting your books, raid the unused toys from your children and pack boxes of all that stuff in cupboards and closets to donate for the White Elephant sale. 

Drop off will begin on Monday, April 23 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Meeting Room 1.  Please make sure all items are clean and ready for resale.  We do not take clothing (this means shoes, belts, blankets, sheets, etc.), exercise equipment, or stuffed animals.    Receipts are available for tax purposes, please ask for one if we forget to offer it.   Have questions, want to volunteer to sort or sell, please contact Cyndi Higginbottom (703-361-8461) at slhetc@verizon.net or Claire Golazewski (703-393-0953) at gooski7@verizon.net

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

End of Year Calendar Confirmed

Thursday, May 31st                Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten

Tuesday, June 5th                   Field Day at Linton Hall School

Thursday, June 7th                 Kindergarten Luau

Friday, June 8th                      Kindergarten Graduation

Monday, June 11th 8th Grade Graduation Day

Wednesday, June 13th           Final Day for Students in Grades 1-7

Yearbook Orders

Did you know that you can still order school yearbooks?  Yes, it isn’t too late!  Just click on the link at the end of the newsletter and sent your order form and check to the school office, Attn: Yearbook Orders.

Spotlight on the Arts Drama & Art Summer Camps

Spotlight on the Arts Drama & Art Summer Camps offers dynamic day camps for Catholic Families and friends!

Instruction is provided by professionally trained Catholic artists who offer courses in drama, musical theatre, and visual art:

Locations:  All Saints in Manassas and St. Veronica in Chantilly9:30am-3:00pm day camps open to families inside and outside these parish communities.

Offerings:  Drama Bootcamp for rising K-9th graders: boost skills in acting, improvisation, speech, mime, and movement in this “everything drama” camp that is a ton of fun; excellent for those looking to try drama for the first time or those simply seeking to improve their skills… July 16th-19th at St. Veronica or July 23rd -26th at All Saints, $170 (classes split by age)… Early Bird & Multiple Child Discounts!

Arts & Crafts Fun Camp for rising K-2nd gradersexplore a new technique every day; perfect camp for the student that wants to explore multiple forms of visual art from sculpture to stain glass to painting to drawing and much more… July 16th-20th at All Saints or July 23rd-27th at St. Veronica, $200 plus $30 art fee… Early Bird & Multiple Child Discounts!

Art Explorer Camp for rising 3rd-6th gradersstudents will be advanced into new projects each day as they continue to develop a love for many forms of visual arts including watercolor, sculpture, canvas, and pottery to name a few… July 16th-20th at St. Veronica or July 23rd -27th at All Saints, $200 plus $30 art fee … Early Bird & Multiple Child Discounts!

Camp Broadway for rising 3rd-12th gradersimprove acting, singing, and dance skills; a great camp to prepare anyone to be cast in a play or musical.  Daily training and rehearsal collaborates in a final student performance on stage for families and friends of camp participants… July 16th-20th at All Saints or July 23rd-27th at St. Veronica, $170 (classes split by age)… Early Bird & Multiple Child Discounts!

Download the Camp Brochure to learn about each instructor and print a registration.  Any registrations post-marked by April 20th receive a $15 off discount per camp.  To learn more, visit http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=camps2012.pdf.  You can also contact SpotlightCamps@gmail.com

Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 19th                          1st Annual “Catholic Cup” Competition (10:00 a.m.)

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

Saturday, April 21st                           Diocesan Science Fair 

Monday, April 23rd                           Week of Terra Nova Standardized Testing & ACRE Testing for Grades 5 & 8

Thursday, April 26th                          8th Grade Class Trip to Annapolis, Maryland (7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

Friday, April 27th                              Holiday: Parish Festival Prep Day

Saturday, April 28th                          Parish Festival (see flyer for details)

Monday, April 30th                            EPSF Screening: No Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten classes

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

Coming Home with Students Today

  • Spring Pictures
  • Gr. 4-8 ~ Voucher for Pope John Paul the Great presentation of “Willy Wonka”

Links                                      

  • SPRING/SUMMER UNIFORM DRESS CODE ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/04/Spring_Uniform.pdf
  • Nurse’s Spring Reminders ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/04/Nurses_Spring_Reminders.pdf
  • NJHS Mother’s Day and/or Father’s Day Gift Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/04/Mothers-Day-Gift.pdf
  • Golf Tournament Brochure ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/04/all-saints-golf.pdf
  • Parish Old West Festival Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/04/OLD_WEST_FESTIVAL3.pdf
  • Yearbook Order Form ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/01/YearbookOrderForm2012.pdf

The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 31

Seek Christ in one another; welcome Him into your heart

Principal’s Message

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.

Virtue of the Month Award Winners

Congratulations to the following students who received special recognition last week for having exemplified the Virtue of Cooperation during March.

 

Sarah R. (PK1)

Oscar C. (PK2)

Gabriel L. (PK3)

Anya M. (K1)

Elizabeth R. (K2)

Ivanna R. (1A)

Will W. (1B)

Alexa B. (2A)

Isabelle T. (2B)

Peter T. (3A)

Erica W. (3B)

Jeffrey R. (4A)

Eirian C. (4B)

Mathew W. (5A)

Maria M. (5B)

Kanoa A. (6A)

Cameron N. (6B)

Ciara O. (7A)

Dane L. (7B)

Cara R. (8A)

Colin H. (8B)


Virtue of the Month ~ Stewardship/Service

1.           Do random acts of kindness every day.

2.           Always be there to help a classmate or a teacher who needs you.

3.           Take care of all classroom furniture, books and papers.

4.           Take care of your library book and return it on time.

5.           Don’t waste paper.  Use both sides.

6.           Pick up paper, pencils, and items you see on the ground inside and outside, EVEN IF YOU DID NOT DROP THEM.  Put them in their proper place.

7.           Put all papers, cans, and bottles in the proper recycling bin.  Never throw away something that can be recycled, both at home and at school.

8.           Find ways to help at home BEFORE you are asked.  Examples: make your bed, clear the table, walk the dog, read to a little brother or sister, clean up your mess, take out the trash.

9.           Treat all nature with respect. (Flowers, grass, trees, water, pets, wild animals.)

10.         Help all people in need, especially those less fortunate than yourself.  Give food, clothes, and money to the poor.  Smile at someone who looks sad.  Pray for all people in need around the world.

Prayer of the Month

Dear God,

Thank you so much for this wonderful day.

Thanks for the friends who showed me the way.

Please help me today in all that I do, and don’t forget God, how much I love you!

Diocesan Band Festival ~ Superior Rating for All Saints!

Last Saturday the students in the Advanced Band under the direction of Mr. Ward participated in the annual Diocesan Band Assessment at Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria.  Congratulations to the members of our band for once again earning a “Superior” rating!  Thank you, Mr. Ward and Mr. Moccio, for continuing to inspire our students!

The band will perform a spring concert for our community on Tuesday, May 22nd beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Gym. 

End of Year Calendar Confirmed

As we have canceled school only once this year due to inclement weather (flooding in September), the final day of school for students in grades 1-7 will be Wednesday, June 13th.  The following is a list of key events that mark the closing of the 2011-2012 academic year.  (Note: Kindergarten Graduation will take place one day earlier than previously announced in our school calendar.)

Thursday, May 31st                Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten

Tuesday, June 5th                   Field Day at Linton Hall School

Thursday, June 7th                 Kindergarten Luau

Friday, June 8th                      Kindergarten Graduation

Monday, June 11th 8th Grade Graduation Day

Wednesday, June 13th           Final Day for Students in Grades 1-7

All Saints Golf Tournament

All Saints will be sponsoring its 12th Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, May 21st at Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, VA. Proceeds from our 2012 tournament will support youth-centered programs at All Saints, including spiritual retreats for area teens, sacramental preparation activities, and facility renovations in our parish gym and school.

  • Early Bird Special!

Register for golf by April 30th and you’ll pay $150, a savings of $15 per golfer. Golf includes greens fees and cart, 18-hole Captain’s Choice complete with scenic mountain views, goodie bag, multiple contests, prize drawings, continental breakfast, lunch, dinner and awards ceremony.

For families with 8th grade students, the tournament will be on the Monday following Confirmation. If you have family members coming into town who like to golf, consider asking them to join you for the tournament on Monday!

  • Promote Your Company Through Sponsorship

With sponsorship opportunities available to fit any budget, the All Saints Golf Tournament provides an excellent marketing opportunity for local businesses. For more information about corporate sponsorship or golf, please call Janis DeVore at (703) 366-1645 or visit our golf website atwww.allsaintsgolf.com.

8th Grade Graduation Meeting for Parents

A special meeting for parents of all 8th grade students will take place on Tuesday, April 17th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Art Room.  The administration and 8th grade team will provide detailed information regarding the class trip to Annapolis as well as the events surrounding all of the graduation festivities.  At least one parent from each 8th grade family is asked to be in attendance at this informational session.

Terra Nova Testing Countdown ~ 3 Weeks!

As the week of standardized testing approaches, parents are asked to avoid scheduling appointments from Monday, April 23rd – Tuesday, May 1st so that each student may participate in the testing as scheduled.

Spotlight on the Arts Drama & Art Summer Camps

Spotlight on the Arts Drama & Art Summer Camps offers dynamic day camps for Catholic Families and friends!

Instruction is provided by professionally trained Catholic artists who offer courses in drama, musical theatre, and visual art:

Locations:  All Saints in Manassas and St. Veronica in Chantilly; 9:30am-3:00pm day camps open to families inside and outside these parish communities.

Offerings:  Drama Bootcamp for rising K-9th graders: boost skills in acting, improvisation, speech, mime, and movement in this “everything drama” camp that is a ton of fun; excellent for those looking to try drama for the first time or those simply seeking to improve their skills… July 16th-19th at St. Veronica or July 23rd -26th at All Saints, $170 (classes split by age)… Early Bird & Multiple Child Discounts!

Arts & Crafts Fun Camp for rising K-2nd graders: explore a new technique every day; perfect camp for the student that wants to explore multiple forms of visual art from sculpture to stain glass to painting to drawing and much more… July 16th-20th at All Saints or July 23rd-27th at St. Veronica, $200 plus $30 art fee… Early Bird & Multiple Child Discounts!

Art Explorer Camp for rising 3rd-6th graders: students will be advanced into new projects each day as they continue to develop a love for many forms of visual arts including watercolor, sculpture, canvas, and pottery to name a few… July 16th-20th at St. Veronica or July 23rd -27th at All Saints, $200 plus $30 art fee … Early Bird & Multiple Child Discounts!

Camp Broadway for rising 3rd-12th graders: improve acting, singing, and dance skills; a great camp to prepare anyone to be cast in a play or musical.  Daily training and rehearsal collaborates in a final student performance on stage for families and friends of camp participants… July 16th-20th at All Saints or July 23rd-27th at St. Veronica, $170 (classes split by age)… Early Bird & Multiple Child Discounts!

Download the Camp Brochure to learn about each instructor and print a registration.  Any registrations post-marked by April 20th receive a $15 off discount per camp.  To learn more, visithttp://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=camps2012.pdf.  You can also contact SpotlightCamps@gmail.com

7th Annual Race for Education

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS…The Race for Education will begin its Record Keeping phase on Tuesday, April 17th.  Anyone interested in volunteering please call or email Marjorie Collins at703-365-9686marjorie@ocfmail.com

Adopt-A-Garden

Spring is here and the gardens are bursting forth with beautiful blooms.  Please help us keep them beautiful by picking up litter and removing weeds from your adopted garden on a regular basis. If you have any questions about your garden or if don’t have one and would like to adopt one, please contact Mrs. Holly Crocker at 703 330-8329. Families with adopted gardens earn 20 points for parents for helping to take care of the campus.

All Saints Catholic Vacation Bible School / Confirmation 2013 Service Hours

All Saints Catholic Vacation Bible School is now enrolling!   This year’s theme is Ligouri Publications’ SonRise National Parks.  As kids explore SonRise National Park, they’ll learn the most important survival skill of all: they can always depend on Jesus!

VBS will be held June 25 to June 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for 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 6/1/12 and spaces are limited!

Volunteers:

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.

Cub Scout Dens Now Forming

Attention all boys in Kindergarten through 4th grade!  Cub Scout Dens are now forming for the 2012/2013 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.

PVI to hold “Preview to High Schools” for 6th & 7th Graders

Paul VI Catholic High School will hold a Preview to High Schools for 6th and 7th grade students and their families on May 3rd at 7:00 PM.  This will be a wonderful opportunity for the students and their families to begin to think about the different choices for high school. All those in attendance will be enter in a drawing for a new IPAD.

John Michael Talbot Coming To Holy Trinity Parish

Popular Christian music pioneer John Michael Talbot will be coming to Holy Trinity Catholic Church on April 26th at 7:00 PM for one special evening of music, teaching and prayer. No tickets are required. A Love Offering will be requested to support John Michael’s ministry and community.

John Michael Talbot is one of the pioneering artists of what has become known as Contemporary Christian Music. He is recognized as Catholic music’s most popular artist with over 4 million sales and compositions published in hymnals throughout the world. His newest album, “Worship and Bow Down” is the 53rd album in his 37 years in Christian music ministry and features his “Mass of Rebirth”.

A respected (and prolific) author, John Michael’s 24th book “Blessings of St. Benedict” was published this past this September, 2011 from Liturgical Press.

John Michael leads his very active ministry from the Little Portion Hermitage where he is the founder and Minister General of the Brothers and Sisters of Charity. His artistic and humanitarian efforts have been recognized with awards from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the Gospel Music Association, Mercy Corps and the Mother Teresa award.

For more information please see flyer linked below, call the Holy Trinity parish office at 703-753-6700or visit the following sites: http://www.facebook.com/johnmichaeltalbot andhttp://www.johnmichaeltalbot.com/

20th Annual Boys and Girls Basketball Camp at Catholic University

Camp Sessions:  Week 1 (June 18-22), Week 2 (July 16-20), Week 3 (August 13-17).  For more info please call 202-319-6046 or on the web at www.cardinalbasketballacademy.com or emailhowes@cua.edu

Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 5th                     Holy Thursday Hand-Washing Prayer Service (Church/9:30 a.m.)

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

                                  3rd Quarter Report Cards distributed

                                  Noon Dismissal

Friday, April 6th                         Holiday: Good Friday

Monday, April 9th                       Holiday: Week of Easter

Thursday, April 12th                   Spirit Activity: Skate N Fun Zone (6:00-8:30 p.m.)

Monday, April 16th                     Classes Resume

Tuesday, April 17th                     8th Grade Graduation Parent Meeting (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Thursday, April 19th                   1st Annual “Catholic Cup” Competition (2:00 p.m.)

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

Saturday, April 21st                    Diocesan Science Fair

  • Bishop O’Connell Summer Football Camps ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/04/Bishop-OConnell-2012-Football-Camp.pdf
  • John Michael Talbot Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/04/JMTalbot-Flyer.pdf
  • PVI Summer Cheerleading Clinic ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/04/PVI-Cheerleading-Clinic-Summer-2012.pdf
  • Cub Scout Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/04/Cub-Scout-Flyer.pdf
  • VBS 8th Grade Confirmation Service Hour Opportunities – http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/04/8thGradeVolunteerForm.pdf
  • VBS Registration Form – http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/04/VBSRegistration.pdf
  • VBS Volunteer Form – http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/04/VBSVolunteerForm.pdf