The Sentinel – January 8, 2014

January 8, 2014

Message from the Principal

Happy New Year!  I hope that you and your family enjoyed the Christmas holiday and the many opportunities to celebrate the season. 

With the start of the New Year, plans are already underway for 2014-2015.  As we prepare for our Open House events and registration for the upcoming year, I want to invite you to continue to share your experiences of All Saints with friends, neighbors and colleagues.  As the research has shown, the sentiments shared by current parents are the single most effective form of marketing for a school.  No doubt, the sense of pride that surrounds All Saints and the abiding sense of community have already compelled many of you to share our story, as evidenced by the growth in our enrollment over the past five years.  In advance, thank you for continuing to choose All Saints and for encouraging others to consider the gift of a Catholic education for their children!

Earn up to $400 in Tuition Credit!*

Many of our families initially hear about All Saints through a personal referral from an existing school family. With Open House events scheduled for Thursday, January 16 and Thursday, February 13, we thought now would be the perfect time to remind you about our New Student Referral Program.

Through our New Student Referral Program, your family can receive a $200 tuition credit for referring one new family or a $400 tuition credit for referring two new families!

Here’s how it works:

  • The New Student Referral Program is open to all parents or legal guardians with Pre-K through 8th grade students enrolled at All Saints, and teachers and staff from All Saints Catholic School. ­
  • Tuition credit awards will be given for referring new families to the school. To qualify for the incentive, referred students cannot have a sibling currently or previously enrolled at All Saints and the family cannot already be included in the All Saints Prospective Family Database.
  • To qualify, referrals must be acknowledged during the initial contact with the school. To receive tuition credit, the Referring Family must ensure that the Prospective Family submits the Referral Form included in the New Student Application Packet. 
  • All new students must meet standard enrollment criteria.
  • Tuition credits will be applied in October for students starting at the beginning of the school year. Credits for students starting through the end of December will be applied one month following the start date of the referred family. Tuition credit for students starting from January – May will be applied in October if the student remains enrolled at All Saints the following school year.
  • Families who have paid their tuition in full at the time of their referral, and teachers and staff making referrals, will receive an incentive check equal to the amount of the tuition credit.

*Each All Saints family can be awarded up to two referrals per school year for a maximum of $400 in tuition credit. The Student Referral Incentive Program is subject to review and modification. Interpretation of program parameters will be at the discretion of the Principal.

What to do next:

  • Invite your family and friends to attend our January or February Open House so they can hear about our school and see it in action.
  • Remind the families you invite to list your name on the Referral Form that will be included in their New Student Application Packet.

Open House for 2013-2014 School Year

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, January 16th beginning at 9:00 a.m.  All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about the school are cordially invited to attend.  Following a presentation and introduction at 9:00 a.m., tours of the facility will be provided.

To RSVP for the Open House, please complete our online Open House Registration Form or contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio at (703) 393-1490 or jdeugenio@allsaintsva.org.

Rgistration Schedule for 2014-2015

  • Re-Registration for Current Families February 3-14, 2014
  • Registration for New Students             February 10-28, 2014

                              (Including siblings for Pre-K & K)

Annual Fund Update

Our Making a Difference, Every Day Annual Fund campaign is underway!  We have been receiving gifts of prayer, involvement and financial support, but we are hoping to hear from more members of our school community. As we greet the New Year, we invite you to use this time to recommit to the school through your prayerful discernment and participation in the Annual Fund through gifts of prayer, involvement and financial participation.

·         Remember, funds raised through the annual fund will be used for tuition assistance and to provide your child with new opportunities through the purchase of math and science equipment, and the installation of WiFi access in all school classrooms. Funds from last year’s campaign are being used to launch our new Robotics initiative!

·         If you are considering making year-end charitable contributions prior to tax season, remember that All Saints is a 501(c)3 organization.

·       We are looking for strong participation (through gifts of prayer, involvement and financial commitment) from our teachers/staff and parent community. This will allow us to ask for support from the broader community with the knowledge that the initiative is receiving full support from within.

How Can You Participate?

·         Complete a Participation Form2013/14 Annual Fund Brochure

·         Donate Online – Please note that if you donate online, you will also have an opportunity to add a gift of prayer and/or involvement after submitting a financial gift.

Help All Saints continue Making a Difference, Every Day. Your gift – no matter the size – will help provide for our current students and secure the future of our school. For more information, please contact Janis DeVore at jdevore@allsaintsva.org or (703) 366-1645.

*Did you know that you can double or even triple your gift? Many employers offer a Matching Gift Program to maximize your gifts to charitable organizations. Check with your human resources department for details. It’s as simple as enclosing a form from your employer along with your donation. We will do the rest!

Box Tops Success!

Thank you to the many students and parents who continue to save and submit Box Tops.  Earlier this week we received a check in the amount of $1,892.28.  Thank you for your continued support of this program!

Virtue of the Month ~ Awards Presentation

Congratulations to the following students who received special recognition at our monthly Virtue Ceremony for having exemplified the Virtue of Generosity during December:

Michael Zahorchak (PreK1)

Caroline Tuttle (PreK2)

Lilly Bartoli (PreK3)

Bryce Cooney (K1)

Lizzie Bachman (K2)

Jenna Feltman (1A)

Emma Kate Coleman (1B)

Caroline Gaynord (2A)

Selena Gutierrez (2B)

David Kresge (3A)

Elizabeth Crespo (3B)

Blake Stefonsky (4A)

Zachary Kreitzer (4B)

Kyleah Adesioye (5A)

Jillian Riley (5B)

Laura Cobb (6A)

Padraig DeBruyne (6B)

Alyssa Schnitzer (7A)

Noah Roussel (7B)

Kaitlyn Emmons (8A)

Rachel Dorman (8B)

Prayer of the Month – Prayer for Compassion

O Father, give us the compassion you want us to have and teach us to embrace each other with compassionate arms, no matter what our age, color, history, or belief. Help us to remember that you are Life Itself, and that you are using every one of our unique gifts to bring us together with you once again.  Amen.

Virtue of the Month Program ~ Compassion

The following is a list of ways that we will encourage the students to practice the Virtue of Compassion during the month of January.

1)      Pray for those people who are hungry or homeless.

2)      Give money to the poor box in church from your own allowance.

3)      Give food or clothing to those in need.

4)      Help at home without being asked.

5)      Keep your room neat and orderly to help your parents.

6)      Make a pretty card or write a cheerful letter to someone who is sick or in a nursing home.

7)      Listen quietly when your friend is upset or angry and needs to talk.

8)      Visit relatives, neighbors, or friends that are sick.

9)      Include new students in your games.  Introduce them to your friends.

10)  If someone doesn’t understand a lesson or a game, offer to teach them.  Do not make fun of them.

11)  Make someone laugh when they are feeling sad.

12)  Be kind to everyone you meet.

A Note from the School Nurse – Allergy Parent Support Group

Attention parents & Guardians:  If your child or someone in your family has food allergies, please join the Allergy Parent Support Group.  We will be meeting in Meeting Room #1 on Monday, January 15, 2014 at 10:00a.m.  This group is a place for families to talk about how food allergies have changed their lives, how they cope and a chance to lend support to others. Bring ideas, recipes and share your food allergy stories.  Please feel free to contact Mrs. Roth at jroth@allsaintsva.org or 703-368-4400 ext 207 with any questions.

NJHS “Souper Sunday”

The National Junior Honor Society and the Student Council Association of All Saints Catholic School will once again be participating in “Souper Sunday”, a collection during all Masses that will benefit House of Mercy.  Members of these two organizations will be accepting donations before and after all Masses on January 18th and 19th.  This annual collection is a generous gift that we have been able to provide House of Mercy with for many years now.  Thank you in advance for your support of this wonderful display of compassion and generosity.

Stewardship Envelopes

Students of All Saints will be receiving a box of collection envelopes the week of January 13th that they will begin using at our school Mass on January 17th.  Students should consider the gift of time, treasure, and talent when they prepare their envelope each week.  All donations will directly benefit our sister school in Haiti.  Please encourage your child to participate in this program as it is a wonderful way to practice the virtues we experience every day at All Saints.

Recess/Lunch Volunteers Needed
Additional volunteers are needed to assist the school staff supervise students during recess and lunch periods. Training on school rules and food allergy awareness is provided. This is a great way to see your child and their friends during the school day. The following positions are available:

  • 11:10 a.m.-1:00 p.m. every other week on Mondays and Thursdays
  • 11:40 a.m.-1:00 p.m. every other week on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • K1 Helper 12:15-1:00 p.m. every other Tuesday and every Wednesday
  • K2 Helper 12:15-1:00 p.m. every other Tuesday

To volunteer or for more information, please contact Holly Crocker at hollyscrocker@comcast.net. All volunteers must be up to date on their VIRTUS certification.

Science Fair Volunteers Needed
The All Saint’s Science Fair is February 6th in the Parish Activity Center. The Middle School students have been working hard on their projects but many parent volunteers are needed to make the fair a success. All volunteer activities earn points for parents. Even if you don’t have a Middle School student, this is an exciting event you don’t want to miss.  The following volunteers are needed:  Judges, Breakfast Coordinator, Breakfast Food Donations, Lunch Coordinator, Lunch Food Donations, Set-Up Committee, and Take Down Committee. 

Please click on the following link for more informationhttp://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Science-Fair-Volunteers-Needed.pdf

Happy New Year from the Spirit Events Committee!

Have you had enough turkey leftovers?  How about some yummy chicken?  We have our first Spirit Event for 2014 this Friday, January 10th, 2014 @ Chick fil-A on Liberia Ave. from 6:30 a.m. until 9 p.m.  Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner and fellowship with friends and your extended All Saints family.  Invite a new family to join you.  20% of the proceeds go our beloved All Saints!  It’s a noon dismissal day so make a lunch date! Hope to see you all there!  Flyer is attached below.

SAVE THE DATE!!!  ~ The Running with the Saints 5K

The Running with the Saints 5K will be on Saturday, March 22nd at 8:15 a.m. The Race Starts and Finishes at the front parking lot of All Saints Catholic School.  A planning and volunteer information meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 15th at 10:00 a.m. for all interested in helping out.  For questions or additional information please contact Joan Coleman at jcoleman02@comcast.net or 703-895-9031.  Click here to register for the race:  http://www.imathlete.com/events/RunningWithTheSaints5k. 

Pilgrim Virgin Statue Program ~ Sign up Now to Host Statue in your Home

In keeping with the Holy Father’s Consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary last Sunday, All Saints School families are invited to renew their devotion to Jesus through Mary in a special way.  There are two Statues of Our Lady of Fatima available to the homes of our school families for weeklong visits.  Sign up online at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F084CAEAB22A02-pilgrim

Those interested in participating are encouraged to sign up for the first available week in order to avoid gaps in the schedule.  However, if there is an upcoming event or celebration that is particularly important to your family, i.e. wedding or anniversary, you are most welcome to host the statue during that specific week. 

While the statue of Mother Mary is in your home, families are encouraged to pray together either part or the entire 5-decade rosary for the intentions of our school as well as your private intentions.  Also, the school has purchased a DVD of “The Day the Sun Danced”, which presents the message of Fatima which was entrusted to three peasant children in Portugal in 1917.    

Should you have any questions about the program, please do not hesitate to contact either Mrs. Linda White (linda.white1016@gmail.com) or Mrs. Julie Mantooth (mantooth06@msn.com).

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Tuition Assistance Applications for 2014-2015

Applications for Tuition Assistance for the 2014-2015 academic year are now available at the front office.  Again this year the Diocese of Arlington has partnered with FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Company.  FACTS has also established an on-line application process that can be initiated through the company website (http://online.factsmgt.com/signin/3Q327)

The due dates for applications and supporting documentation are as follows:

High School                 January 27, 2014

Elementary School       March 17, 2014

NOTE: All families with children enrolled in both high school and elementary school will need to submit an application by the January high school deadline.

Please note that all applications and supporting documentation must be received by FACTS rather than postmarked by the dates listed above.  Applications are not complete until FACTS has received all of the supporting documentation.  Only those families who are verified by FACTS as having submitted all of the required supporting documentation will be eligible for diocesan tuition assistance.

An overview of the Diocesan Tuition Assistance Program can be found at the following link.

http://www.arlingtondiocese.org/catholicschools/tuition_grant.php

Should you have any questions or concerns about the application process, please do not hesitate to contact a FACTS Customer Care Representative at 1-866-441-4637 or our school office.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, January 9th            

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

Friday, January 10th               

          School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

          National Geography Bee (PAC/10:00 a.m.)

          Noon Dismissal (Faculty Meeting)

          Spirit Activity: Chick-Fil-A

Tuesday, January 14th             S

          Seniors’ Luncheon – hosted by 5th Grade

          2nd Quarter Lock-Down Drill

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

          PTO Executive Board Meeting – rescheduled (PLC/7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, January 15th       

          6th Grade Field Trip to Synagogue

Thursday, January 16th          

          Open House (PAC/9:00 a.m.)

Friday, January 17th               

          Professional Development Day – No Classes

Links

          Science Fair Volunteers – http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Science-Fair-Volunteers-Needed.pdf

          Chick fil-A Flyer – http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=2014-1-10-Chick-Fil-A-revised.pdf

          The Running with the Saints 5K Sign-Up – http://www.imathlete.com/events/RunningWithTheSaints5k

          Pilgrim Virtue Statue online Sign-up –  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F084CAEAB22A02-pilgrim

The Sentinel – June 12, 2013

Principal’s Message

On Monday evening, families and friends gathered with the 8th Grade Class of 2013 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 participating in their final All Saints graduation after many years in our community.  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.

Newton Family (13 Years)

Stalker/Stangl Family (13 Years)

Wilson Family (13 Years)

McCabe Family (15 Years)

Rivenburg Family (16 Years)

Jorquera Family (19 Years)

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Last week we celebrated the success of the 8th Annual Race for Education, a unique event that has emerged as our most significant fundraiser at All Saints.  Over the course of the past eight years, the program has generated approximately $300,000 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 surpassed our goal of $45,000, raising a grand total of nearly $49,500.  Anticipating additional proceeds during the summer months, the PTO has already processed the paperwork to generate a check in the amount of $7,500 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.

Thank you, students, parents, relatives and friends for your continued support of All Saints and our commitment to helping others along the way!

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It seems like only yesterday we had to close due to winter weather, yet the final days of school are now upon us! Another year has passed and it has been a time of wonderful blessings and continued success for All Saints! 

As I reflect upon our mission, I believe that what makes our school distinct is that it truly is a faith-filled, caring community.  It is a Christ-centered environment anchored in the very best traditions of our Catholic faith, characterized by a vibrant and joyful spirit.  It is, in fact, a small community of faith where students learn and grow each day, united in their shared belief and guided by the Holy Spirit.  What a tremendous gift it is to share in this experience of Catholic education and to walk the halls of this sacred space each day.  On behalf of our faculty and staff, thank you for choosing our school for your family.  Your children are your most precious gift and we are blessed to be in partnership with you. 

May the summer season be a time of rest and relaxation for you and your loved ones!  We look forward to your return in August when we will together continue the journey. 

Extended Day Program – Final Day (Thursday, June 13th)

There will be no Extended Day Program on Friday, June 14th.  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.

Flynn & O’Hara to Host Exclusive Event for All Saints

School families are invited to attend an In-Store Trunk Show hosted by Flynn & O’Hara on June 25th from 5:00-9:00 p.m.  In order to provide you with a boutique shopping experience and to offer the highest quality service, the store will be open exclusively to members of our community who may also request a specific appointment time.  Additional details regarding this event as well as order forms can be found by following the link attached to this week’s newsletter.

The Safety Patrol Program for the 2013/2014

The Safety Patrol Program for the 2013-2014 school year is underway.  Training has been occurring for rising 5th and 6th grade students.  They have all done a wonderful job, and we look forward to their involvement for the upcoming school year.  In an effort to effectively communicate with our new safety patrols, we have established a web site for Safety Patrols under Homework Central.  This site will contain important dates and information for the safety patrols, and will be the primary means for communicating the duty schedule.  Each patrol is responsible for checking the site to determine when they are scheduled to patrol.  It will be their responsibility to ensure that they are prepared to cover when scheduled.  We would like to extend a special thank you to our parents for the support you provide your child in this important position.

Final Message from the PTO President

Our school year is over and I am filled with gratitude for the experience of being your PTO president this past year.  It was a wonderful experience and that is because of the many, many generous people who rose to every occasion to provide the needed time, talent and treasure to help make All Saints Catholic school a great place to be.

I wish to especially recognize the room liaisons for their efforts throughout the year.  There is no other volunteer position that more directly affects the daily lives of the students and the teachers.  I wish I could shower you all with fabulous gifts but instead I can only offer my sincere gratitude and admiration.

Thank you also to the fabulous parents and teachers who served on the executive board.  You have a tremendous dedication to our mission of fund raising and community building.  You each served the PTO with grace and good cheer.

Angela Slater is now taking the reins as the new PTO president.  She has a real passion for volunteering and is eager to make every parent feel welcome and included in our community. Please continue to lend your support as she leads us for the 2013-14 academic year!

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 2013.

 

(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            Learning packets designed by the Pre-K team will be distributed to parents

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

Ordering Information:    Summerbook Company

305 Lyndale Drive

Hartsville, SC 27804

1-877-684-8502 (Toll Free)

www.summerbookcompany.com

Grades 3-5         Math Log & 2 Accelerated 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 expected to practice math skills for a minimum of thirty minutes per week, using a list of recommended websites and recording time on a log sheet.

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

Immunization & Health Records Requirements for 2013-2014

To the parents of Pre-K students arriving in Fall 2013:

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 4th, 2013.

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 7/1/13, 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 2013:

A new Physical Exam is necessary, dated less than one year from the time of admission. Kindergarten begins on Monday, August 26th.  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

2013 – 2014 School Supplies Program

If you like convenience then Educational Products Inc. (EPI) has a solution for you. Starting June 1st through June 26th you can order your school supply kits on-line. www.epipacks.comand then enter our school ID #: ALL088.  Be sure to select the correct kit(s).  Questions can be directed to allsaintssupplies@yahoo.com

The expected delivery date for all kits to All Saints School is August 16th.  The Kits will then be distributed to your child’s class room.

Seat Sacks, Backpacks, Party favors, and AR prizes (Grades 3 – 6) are not included in EPI’s School supply Kits and must be purchased separately.

Report Cards

Report cards and awards will be issued on the final day of school, June 14th.  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 Thursday, June 13th.  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 1st. 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 23rd.

¨       7th Annual Back-to School Barbecue hosted by the PTO – Friday, August 23rd (5:30-7:30 p.m.)

¨       First Day of School ~ Noon Dismissal (Grades K-8) – Monday, August 26th

¨       First Day of Pre-Kindergarten – Wednesday, September 4th

All Saints Parish 2013 Golf Tournament

With the less than two weeks away, now is the time to register to golf in the tournament, sponsor a hole to promote your business (only $100), or place a business card ad in the program for $50. All proceeds from the tournament will support youth-centered programs at the school and parish. The tournament will be held on Monday, June 24th at Evergreen Country Club with tee-off at 10:00 a.m. Come for a great day of golf chock full of opportunities to win prizes, including first, second and third place team prizes, closest to the pastor, longest drive, putting contest, blackjack contest, and a $10,000 Hole-in-One prize! Signup today!!

Register online or print our 2013 Golf Tournament Sponsor/Golfer Registration Formhttp://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2013/06/2013_Golf_Brochure_BULLETIN.pdf .

Upcoming Events

Thursday, June 13th

–          Kindergarten Graduation (10:00 a.m.)

–          End of Year Classroom Parties during afternoon

Friday, June 14th

–          Closing Mass & End of Year 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.)

Monday, June 24th

–          Golf Tournament

Links

 

 

The Sentinel – June 5, 2013

Principal’s Message

On Monday morning class representatives from grades 4-8 participated in the 2nd Annual Catholic Challenge Cup, an academic style competition that highlights our students’ knowledge of their faith.  Once again, it was a great joy to witness the enthusiasm that the students demonstrated for the event and their support for one another.  Where else but in a Catholic school can one observe hundreds of young people cheering one another on as they celebrate their knowledge of Church doctrine!  Congratulations to Mussie Adiamseged (6B), winner of the competition, and to Emma Downes (7A), who placed second!

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, at 11:15 a.m. 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.

Flynn & O’Hara to Host Exclusive Event for All Saints

School families are invited to attend an In-Store Trunk Show hosted by Flynn & O’Hara on June 25th from 5:00-9:00 p.m.  In order to provide you with a boutique shopping experience and to offer the highest quality service, the store will be open exclusively to members of our community who may also request a specific appointment time.  Additional details regarding this event as well as order forms can be found by following the link attached to this week’s newsletter.

Brown Bag Lunch Day ~ Monday, June 10th

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

All Saints Parish 2013 Golf Tournament

With the less than three weeks away, now is the time to register to golf in the tournament, sponsor a hole to promote your business (only $100), or place a business card ad in the program for $50. All proceeds from the tournament will support youth-centered programs at the school and parish. The tournament will be held on Monday, June 24th at Evergreen Country Club with tee-off at 10:00 a.m. Come for a great day of golf chock full of opportunities to win prizes, including first, second and third place team prizes, closest to the pastor, longest drive, putting contest, blackjack contest, and a $10,000 Hole-in-One prize! Signup today!!

Register online or print our 2013 Golf Tournament Sponsor/Golfer Registration Formhttp://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2013/06/2013_Golf_Brochure_BULLETIN.pdf .

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 $1,936.81.  Thank you to all parents who signed up for the program this year!

Race for Education Update: As of yesterday, the counting team has already processed $49,035.50 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

Immunization & Health Records Requirements for 2013-2014

To the parents of Pre-K students arriving in Fall 2013:

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 4th, 2013.
  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 7/1/13, 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 2013:

A new Physical Exam is necessary, dated less than one year from the time of admission. Kindergarten begins on Monday, August 26th.  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

Please remember that rising sixth graders or students that are 11 years old are required to receive their Tdap (tetanus booster).  This is a Virginia Department of Health requirement.  Please provide All Saints Catholic School with proof that your child has received this immunization by August 1, 2013.  If your child turns 11 years old during the 2013-2014 school year, please bring in their updated immunization record immediately after they have received their Tdap.

DIVE INTO BOOKS….ALL SAINTS TEAMS UP WITH

BARNES 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 8th.    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!  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.

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 6/8/13 and will extend to 6/13/13.

Enter the following:  BN.COM/bookfairs

Bookfair ID   11113966

All Saints Band Program –  June 2nd, 2013

Welcome new players 4th – 7th grade!  ~  The 2013 – 2014 All Saints Band Program is hoping to expand the special instrumentation group of instruments in our band.  Any student who may wish to play in the Advanced Band on a trombone, baritone, bass clarinet or tenor sax may apply, and the band is making special arrangement for instrument rental/or purchase in order to provide these expensive instruments and possibly some private instruction.  Band students who play other instruments may wish to change over and new students in grades 5th – 8th who want to newly join are welcome to reply to Mr. Ward at The3wardsdad@aol.com.  Summer is a great time to try new things and then continue in the band next year. The All Saints band has a great reputation, and we hope that, particularly new students, will want to take advantage of the experiences.

Message from the Upcoming PTO president – Angela Slater

Thank-you to Christian Cobb, Current PTO President for her outstanding leadership and endless behind the scenes work. We had a successful year thanks to her leadership and the many, many hard working volunteers who lent their time for fundraiser’s, community builders and teacher and student appreciation activities.

We will be sending out a PTO Ballot for next year’s Executive Board. We have had some great parents step forward. Please participate in the vote for these offices for next year.

Thank-you and I look forward to working with each of you next year,

Angela Slater

Catholic High Schools – Activities & Information

Paul VI Catholic High School

  • Invitation to 8th grade boys – The Boys Lacrosse Program at Paul VI Catholic High School will be hosting a College Recruiting Forum for our current PVI boys lacrosse players and incoming  freshman boys. Parents and siblings are also invited to join us and learn about the college recruiting process for boys lacrosse players. – Please join us in the PVI auditorium on Sunday, June 9 from 6:00-8:00pm.  We will be asking attendees to donate $5.00 per person to support the boys lacrosse program’s Operation Warrior Outreach (OWO)..  This will be used to help cover the cost of bi-monthly shipments of donated goods to our US troops in Afghanistan. Come out to support the Boy’s Lacrosse Program and feel free to invite any friends who are boys lacrosse players that have an interest in playing lacrosse in college…and may have interest in attending PVI 🙂
  • Paul VI Panthers Cross Country team will be having a meeting for rising freshman (boys and girls) on Wednesday June 5th, 2013 at 7pm in the Paul VI cafeteria.  Anybody interested in running cross country should attend!  If unable to attend, email Coach Gesker (jgesker@paulvi.net) to receive the information that will be distributed at the meeting. Information can also be found in the Monday June 3 issue of the Panther Pressbox.
  • For Information about the PVI Summer 2013 Choral Camp for rising 5th – 9th graders and the PVI Summer Band Camp for rising 5th – 9th graders, please click on links at the end of today’s newsletter.

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 2013.

(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            Learning packets designed by the Pre-K team will be distributed to parents

Grade 1-2          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 expected to practice math skills for a minimum of thirty minutes per week, using a list of recommended websites and recording time on a log sheet.

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

FACTS Tuition Program – Payment Plans for 2013-2014

Those who have not already done so are reminded to respond to the FACTS email invitation by following the step-by-step instructions and enrolling in a tuition plan.  The deadline for signing up for all payment plans was May 20th.    Should you have any questions about the enrollment process or your tuition balance, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at 703-393-1490.

 

END OF YEAR INFORMATION

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:  The final day for students to redeem free ice cream cards is Friday, May 31st.  Pretzels are no longer available, as the final day for pretzels was Tuesday May 21st.

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

School Supplies Program

It’s that time of year again to start thinking about school supplies for the upcoming 2013-2014 School Year.

If you like convenience then Educational Products Inc. (EPI) has a solution for you. Starting June 1st through June 26th you can order your school supply kits on-line. www.epipacks.com and then enter our school ID #: ALL088.  Be sure to select the correct kit(s).

Watch your student’s folders for order forms.  Questions can be directed to allsaintssupplies@yahoo.com

The expected delivery date for all kits to All Saints School is August 16th.  The Kits will then be distributed to your child’s class room.

Seat Sacks, Backpacks, Party favors, and AR prizes (Grades 3 – 6) are not included in EPI’s School supply Kits and must be purchased separately.

Extended Day Program

Extended Day services will continue the next three weeks and be available before and after school through Thursday, June 13th.  There will be no Extended Day Program on Friday, June 14th.  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 14th.  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 Thursday, June 13th.  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 1st. 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 23rd.

¨       7th Annual Back-to School Barbecue hosted by the PTO – Friday, August 23rd (5:30-7:30 p.m.)

¨       First Day of School ~ Noon Dismissal (Grades K-8) – Monday, August 26th

¨       First Day of Pre-Kindergarten – Wednesday, September 4th

UPCOMING EVENTS

Thursday, June 6th                   

–          Race for Education Dress Down Day Option

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

–          Golf Tournament Committee Meeting (2:00 p.m.)

Friday, June 7th                                    

–          School Mass & Virtues Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)

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

Monday, June 10th                    

–          Graduation Day

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

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

Walk of Honor (11:15 a.m.)

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

–          Brown Bag Lunch Day for Students in Grades 1-7

Tuesday, June 11th

–          2nd Grade Fiesta

–          Seniors’ Luncheon hosted by the 5th Grade

Wednesday, June 12th               

–          Transition Ceremony for Students Entering 6th Grade (8:30 a.m.)

–          Kindergarten Luau

Thursday, June 13th                  

–          Kindergarten Graduation (10:00 a.m.)

–          End of Year Classroom Parties during afternoon

Friday, June 14th                      

–          Closing Mass & End of Year 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 ~

The Sentinel – May 29, 2013

 Principal’s Message

If the greatest measure of the success of our school can be found in the accomplishments of our graduates, then the Ordination of Fr. Matthew Carroll, class of 1998, was certainly a high-water mark for the community of All Saints!

It was a great joy for members of the faculty & staff, along with school families, to witness the Mass of Ordination held at St. Dominic Church in Washington, D.C last Friday.  For me, one of the most poignant moments occurred at the end of the liturgy when, after the closing prayer, the Bishop knelt at the foot of the sanctuary in order to receive a blessing from each of the newly ordained.  As the entire congregation stood motionless observing this extraordinary moment, the silence was broken only by the ringing of the Angelus bells.  How graced we were to have witnessed the Ordination!  Our entire community rejoices in the fact that Fr. Matthew has dedicated himself to a life of service to Christ and the Church.

We will continue to celebrate and congratulate Fr. Matthew as he returns to All Saints on Friday to celebrate Mass with the school community.  All parents and families are cordially invited to attend the liturgy and to join us for this most special occasion.

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 2013.

(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            Learning packets designed by the Pre-K team will be distributed to parents

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

Ordering Information:    Summerbook Company

305 Lyndale Drive

Hartsville, SC 27804

1-877-684-8502 (Toll Free)

www.summerbookcompany.com

Grades 3-5         Math Log & 2 Accelerated 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 expected to practice math skills for a minimum of thirty minutes per week, using a list of recommended websites and recording time on a log sheet.

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

Race for Education Update: As of yesterday, the counting team has already processed $43,564.20 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

All Saints Catholic School Barnes & Noble Bookfair

Join Mrs. Coyle and Mrs. Geary for a good time and pick up your summer reading books on Saturday, June 8th from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble, Manassas.  See link below for a flyer.

Deadline Approaching to Register for Vacation Bible School!

The RE Department is still accepting registrations for Catholic Vacation Bible School.  Children in grades K – 5 can “saddle up” and join us for SonWest Roundup where all roads lead to Jesus.  The VBS will be held from June 24 to June 28 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.   The deadline for registrations is Friday, May 31.

To register your children, simply click on the attached link below.  Return your completed form and payment to the RE Office (also the ASCS Office).  The deadline is 5/31/13 and spaces are limited!  For more information, contact Samantha Welsh, DRE at 703-393-2142 or swelsh@allsaintsva.org.

Catholic High School News

Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School

“Be there for Boston” at Chick-Fil-A:   Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School is partnering with Semper Fi Fund and Chick-Fil-A to support the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. Visit Chick-Fil-A restaurants in Woodbridge (2425 PW Parkway) andManassas/Bristow (9939 Sowder Villiage Square) on Wednesday, June 5, from 3:30 – 7:00pm. Mention “Be there for Boston” and the Sempre Fi Fund will receive 15% of your total order. Funds raised will help wounded members of the armed forces visit wounded victims of the Boston bombing. A chicken sandwich never tasted so good! Thank you for your support!

Daughters of the King, Mother/Daughter Retreat

St. Rita’s will be hosting a Mother/Daughter Retreat August 23-25 for mom’s and their daughters grades 5-8.  All are welcome!  They will cover issues relevant to young women today – peer pressure, boys, body image, social media, friendships, virtues, etc. all lovingly taught from a Catholic perspective!  Come spend a weekend growing in faith and love for God with your daughter.  Also included is a modesty fashion show and tea party.  Spaces are limited, contact Julie Martin (571-501-4614 or jmmartin77@hotmail.com) for pricing and more information.  A flyer/poster for the retreat is linked below.

END OF YEAR INFORMATION

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:  The final day for students to redeem free ice cream cards is Friday, May 31st.  Pretzels are no longer available, as the final day for pretzels was Tuesday May 21st.

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

EPI Presents – School Supplies for the 2013 – 2014 School Year

It’s that time of year again to start thinking about school supplies for the upcoming 2013-2014 School Year.

If you like connivance then Educational Products Inc. (EPI) has a solution for you. Starting June 1st through June 26th you can order your school supply kits on-line. www.epipacks.com and then enter our school ID #: ALL088.  Be sure to select the correct kit(s).

Watch your student’s folders for order forms.  Questions can be directed toallsaintssupplies@yahoo.com

The expected delivery date for all kits to All Saints School is August 16th.  The Kits will then be distributed to your child’s class room.

Seat Sacks, Backpacks, Party favors, and AR prizes (Grades 3 – 6) are not included in EPI’s School supply Kits and must be purchased separately.

Extended Day Program

Extended Day services will continue the next three weeks and be available before and after school through Thursday, June 13th.  There will be no Extended Day Program on Friday, June 14th.  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 14th.  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 Thursday, June 13th.  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 1st. 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 23rd.

¨       7th Annual Back-to School Barbecue hosted by the PTO – Friday, August 23rd (5:30-7:30 p.m.)

¨       First Day of School ~ Noon Dismissal (Grades K-8) – Monday, August 26th

¨       First Day of Pre-Kindergarten – Wednesday, September 4th

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

FACTS Tuition Program – Payment Plans for 2013-2014

Those who have not already done so are reminded to respond to the FACTS email invitation by following the step-by-step instructions and enrolling in a tuition plan.  The deadline for signing up for all payment plans was May 20th.  Should you have any questions about the enrollment process or your tuition balance, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at 703-393-1490.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 30th

–          Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten – Picnic Celebration

–          7th Grade Field Trip to Manassas Battlefield (8:45 – 1:30)

Friday, May 31st

–          School Mass – Celebrated by Rev. Matthew Carroll (8:30 a.m.)

–          Middle School Assembly – Drugs, Alcohol & Gang Awareness/Prevention, sponsored by the Manassas Police Department

Monday, June 3rd

–          Race for Education Dress Down Day Option

–          Catholic Cup Religion Competition (8:30 a.m.)

–          4th Quarter Gold Medal Readers Celebration (1:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, June 4th

–          Race for Education Celebration

Awards Presentation (8:15 a.m.)

Pizza with the Principal

Classroom Movie & Popcorn Parties

–          Middle School Demerit-Free Breakfast (9:15 a.m.)

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

Wednesday, June 5th

–          2nd Grade Field Trip to National Basilica (8:00 – 2:30)

Thursday, June 6th

–          Race for Education Dress Down Day Option

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

Friday, June 7th             

–          School Mass & Virtues Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)

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

Links

The Sentinel – May 22, 2013

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.

Mrs. Camille Karcher, our school counselor of five years, is resigning in anticipation of the birth of another child.  During her time with us, she has significantly influenced the life and culture of our school through her work with groups as well as individual students, parents and faculty. Additionally, she has coordinated our school-wide anti-bullying effort and recently helped to establish the new Student Ambassadors Program.  Most importantly, she has been a calm and compassionate presence, offering kind assistance and support to many in her role as counselor.

Mrs. Nichole Reynolds, who has been our music teacher for a combined total of five years, is resigning as she prepares for the birth of her first child.  Mrs. Reynolds will be greatly missed as she has made such a contribution to our school, not just in her role of music teacher but also as Director of the Schola.  It has been a joy to hear the children enthusiastically singing the hymns that she has selected and introduced to them within her music class.  Additionally, she has been instrumental in the design and presentation of our annual Christmas Pageant, a now beloved All Saints tradition!

Mrs. Kris Walk, who has worked as part of our Cafeteria Team for several years, will be leaving at the end of the year.  As her daughter transitions from All Saints to high school, she recognizes this as an opportunity to move forward as well, seeking new opportunities.  We thank her for her dedication and for all that she has done to support the very fine work of our cafeteria program.

Mrs. Monica Carlin, who joined our Pre-Kindergarten Team at the beginning of this past year, will be leaving as she and her family relocate to Texas during the summer months.  While with us only a short time, her sunny disposition and ever-present enthusiasm were wonderful qualities that were always in evidence in the Pre-K.

We wish all of our departing faculty & staff every success and blessing as they prepare for the next phase of their life journey!

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 link to complete the survey.  Students in grades 3-8 will complete the electronic survey during their computer classes within the next two weeks.  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/F2ZTMFH

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 2013.

(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 2ndgraders.  A child entering third grade would complete the assignments outlined below for grades 3-5.)

Grade K            Learning packets designed by the Pre-K team will be distributed to parents

Grade 1-2          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 twoAccelerated 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 expected to practice math skills for a minimum of thirty minutes per week, using a list of recommended websites and recording time on a log sheet.

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

All Saints Band Receives Superior Rating!

The All Saints Band attended the High Note Music Festival last Friday and performed three pieces for judging.  The opening work was a musical tribute to the 35th anniversary of the Garwood Whaley Music Program, which offers music instruction throughout the diocese.  The All Saints Band won the highest rating possible, Superior, scoring 92 points and 94 points out of 100 from the two judges.  Brian Norcross, one of the judges, and director at Franklin and Marshall College, stated the band played “very good and accurate” and had some “great musical repertoire”.  After the performance, the band visited Hershey Park and enjoyed a lunch catered by Hershey.  Now the Beginner Band, Advanced Band and the Intermediate Drums look forward toward a final concert school concert / ice cream social on Tuesday, May 28th.

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                                                           Brightney V.

Vice President                                                    Kaelyn L.

Secretary/Historian                                             Rachel E.

School Spirit/Publicity                                        Trey C.

Finance                                                             Maddie M.

Health, Safety & Ecology                                   Nicholas D.

Religious Activities                                            Lance C.

Recorder Concert & “The History of Rock” A Spring Choral Concert

A recorder concert featuring the 3rd grade and “The History of Rock” Spring Choral Concert featuring the 7th & 8th Grades will be held Thursday, May 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in the School Gym.

**3rd Graders will report to homerooms with their recorders and 7th & 8th graders will report to the gym no later than 6:40 pm**

Dress code for students performing:

– Jeans (no leggings, shorts, skirts, or jeggings)

– Tennis shoes or uniform shoes

– Red, White, or  Blue tops or patriotic t-shirts (no tank tops, sleeveless, or low cut tops)

Please email Mrs. Reynolds with questions:  nreynolds@allsaintsva.org

NJHS Dress Down Day

The National Junior Honor Society will be sponsoring a dress down day on Tuesday, May 28.  A donation of $1.00 will be collected to benefit Fisher House, an organization providing “a home away from home” for military families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease, or injury.   Students should dress in RED, WHITE, OR BLUE!

Race for Education Update: As of yesterday, the counting team has already processed $34,358.00 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

RACE FOR EDUCATION

A big thank you to all the volunteers who have helped process the mailers for the Race for Education. We still have a bunch of mailers to process with donations for our school. We are looking for volunteers to come help this Thursday, May 23rd anytime from 10 AM to 3 PM. If you are able to volunteer some of your time, please contact Marjorie Collins at (703)365-9686 or marjorie@ocfmail.com

 

END OF YEAR INFORMATION

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:  The final day for students to redeem free ice cream cards is Friday, May 31st.  Pretzels are no longer available, as the final day for pretzels was Tuesday May 21st.

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

Extended Day Program

Extended Day services will continue the next three weeks and be available before and after school through Thursday, June 13th.  There will be no Extended Day Program on Friday, June 14th.  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 14th.  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 Thursday, June 13th.  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 1st. 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 23rd.

¨       7th Annual Back-to School Barbecue hosted by the PTO – Friday, August 23rd (5:30-7:30 p.m.)

¨       First Day of School ~ Noon Dismissal (Grades K-8) – Monday, August 26th

¨       First Day of Pre-Kindergarten – Wednesday, September 4th

High School News

John Paul the Great Summer Courses and Sports Camps

Register now for summer fun at Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School!  The talented coaches and teachers of JP are leading fun, instructional courses and camps for middle school and high school children. For more information, please visit www.jpthegreat.org, emailcamps@jpthegreat.org, or call 703-445-0300.

– Overview: please click here

– Academic and Enrichment Courses: please click here

– Sports Camps: please click here

JP the Great e-News Update: CLICK HERE TO READ e-News!

Paul VI Catholic High School

Paul VI Girls & Boys Summer Basketball Camps Discount Ends June 1:

June 17 – 21 / July 8 – 12 / July 22 – 26.  Grades 2 – 8.

St Leo The Great Mini-Hoopster Camp Discount Ends June 1:

June 24 – 27.  Boys & Girls Grades K – 2.

For more information and to register online please go to www.pvibasketball.com

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Reminder: Pastor’s Holiday – Friday, May 24th

In celebration of the Ordination to the Priesthood of Matthew Carroll (All Saints Graduate, Class of 1998, and son of Mrs. Jane Carroll, Computer Teacher), Fr. Bob has declared a “Pastor’s Holiday” for Friday, May 24th. Rather than dismissing at noon as originally scheduled, school will be closed for the day, allowing members of the faculty, staff and school community to attend the Mass of Ordination in Washington, D.C.

FACTS Tuition Program – Payment Plans for 2013-2014

Those who have not already done so are reminded to respond to the FACTS email invitation by following the step-by-step instructions and enrolling in a tuition plan.  The deadline for signing up for all payment plans was May 20th.    Should you have any questions about the enrollment process or your tuition balance, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at 703-393-1490.

Ultimate Question Parent Survey

All parents are invited to participate in a general survey designed to measure your overall satisfaction with our school and the programs it offers.  Aligned with one of the goals of our five year plan, this initiative is designed to provide faculty, staff and administration with another source of feedback regarding parent perceptions.  Again this year we are using the Ultimate Question or Net Promoter Survey for this purpose.  The survey is comprised of one key question:  On a scale of 1-10, how confident are you in recommending All Saints Catholic School to family, friends and acquaintances?  A follow up question based upon each individual’s response yields additional information which can be used in planning future goals for the school.  Parents are asked to respond to the survey by Friday, May 24th.  (Please see the attached link to access this survey.)

Carpool Reminders

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.)

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 22nd.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 23rd

–          Spring Choral Concert – Grades 3, 7 & 8 (Gym/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, May 24th

–          Holiday – Ordination Day for Bro. Matthew Carroll

–          Ultimate Question Parent Survey Deadline

Monday, May 27th

–          Holiday – Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 28th

–          NJHS sponsored Dress-Down Day (Red, White & Blue)

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

–          Band Ice Cream Social

Wednesday, May 29th

–          Field Day at Linton Hall (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Thursday, May 30th

–          Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten – Picnic Celebration

–          7th Grade Field Trip to Manassas Battlefield (8:45 – 1:30)

Friday, May 31st

–          School Mass – Celebrated by Rev. Matthew Carroll (8:30 a.m.)

–          Middle School Assembly – Drugs, Alcohol & Gang Awareness/Prevention, sponsored by the Manassas Police Department

 

Links

The Sentinel – May 15, 2013

Principal’s Message

It was a joy and an honor to witness many of our 2nd grade students receiving their First Communion on Saturday morning.  Other members of the second grade class will receive the Sacrament on Saturday and in the weeks ahead with their families.  We continue to remember all of them in our prayers and congratulate them on this wonderful occasion!

I want to take a moment to thank Mrs. Cummings and Mrs. Gurley for so thoughtfully preparing the children.  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 for their students.

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For several decades the staff of All Saints Catholic School and the Diocese of Arlington have worked together to ensure compliance with the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA).  For example, twice annually our school is inspected in accordance with this act and any necessary steps are taken in order to maintain compliance and a safe environment for our students, staff and parents.

In accordance with this act, this notification is being provided to you to inform you that asbestos-containing materials are present in our school.  A copy of our school Management Plan contains the exact locations of any asbestos-containing materials and is maintained on file in the archives.  This plan, with documentation dating back to the 1980’s, is available for your review and inspection during normal school hours.  As such, please feel free to request information on or about our Management Plan and inspection findings.

Should you have any questions about this program, please do not hesitate to let me know. Most importantly, please know that this communication is not related to any concern or change in circumstance, rather it is simply an effort to publish this information in accordance with the act.

Race for Education Update: As of yesterday, the counting team has already processed $29,778 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

Ultimate Question Parent Survey

All parents are invited to participate in a general survey designed to measure your overall satisfaction with our school and the programs it offers.  Aligned with one of the goals of our five year plan, this initiative is designed to provide faculty, staff and administration with another source of feedback regarding parent perceptions.  Again this year we are using the Ultimate Question or Net Promoter Survey for this purpose.  The survey is comprised of one key question:  On a scale of 1-10, how confident are you in recommending All Saints Catholic School to family, friends and acquaintances?  A follow up question based upon each individual’s response yields additional information which can be used in planning future goals for the school.  Parents are asked to respond to the survey by Friday, May 24th.

Link to the Ultimate Question survey:             http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WMGFFW6

FACTS Tuition Program – Payment Plans for 2013-2014

Those who have not already done so are reminded to respond to the FACTS email invitation by following the step-by-step instructions and enrolling in a tuition plan for the new year by May 20th.

As this is the first year using this new program, the deadline for Payment in Full with a 2% discount has been extended.  Those wishing to receive the discount must sign-up through FACTS no later than May 20th and submit the full payment by June 10th.

Again, the deadline for signing up for all payment plans is May 20th. 

Should you have any questions about the enrollment process or your tuition balance, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at 703-393-1490.

Virtue of the Month Award Winners

Congratulations to the following students who were recognized following last Friday’s school Mass for having exemplified the Virtue of Stewardship during the month of April.

PK1      Grace A. and Julianna A.

PK2      Chimanga M.

PK3      Charlotte C.

K1        Julie S.

K2        Jessica C.

1A        Matthew K.

1B        Blake M.

2A        Jack M.

2B        Andrea R.

3A        Victoria B.

3B        Alexa B.

4A        Patrick R.

4B        Amelia S.

5A        Gabriel S.

5B        Nina M.

6A        Jack T.

6B        Emma P.

7A        Jamie J.

7B        Dylan S.

8A        Stanley D.

8B        Hayden A.

National Junior Honor Society Inductees

Congratulations to the following newly inducted members of the All Saints Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society.  These students were selected by a Faculty Council for having demonstrated the five qualities of service, leadership, character, citizenship, and scholarship.

Rachel C.

Kelly C.

Andrew D.

Christopher D.

Rachel E.

Kimberly F.

Lauren G.

Shannon H.

Rachel K.

Kaelyn L.

Andrew M.

Nicholas M.

Anya P.

Bianca P.

Dylan S.

Nate S.

Shelby U.

Brightney V.

Anthony Z.

4th Quarter Lock-Down Drill

The 4th Quarter Lock-Down Drill will take place on Monday, May 20th.  In an effort to more authentically measure the effectiveness of our school response, the exact time of this drill will not be announced.  (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.)

SchoolMessenger – System Test – Monday, May 20th

The school will conduct a fourth quarter test of the SchoolMessenger System on Wednesday, May 22nd.  As in the past, all of the text and recorded messages will clearly communicate that it is only a test.

Race for Education

All Saints School has been blessed with an overwhelming response to support our school through Race for Education donations. We are looking for volunteers to help tomorrow, Thursday, May 16th, to help process these donations. Marjorie Collins will be at the school from 10 AM to 3 PM and will appreciate any amount of time you can volunteer. If you can help out, please contact Marjorie at 703-365-9686 or marjorie@ocfmail.com  Thank you!

Spirit Events

As you know, we have a half-day on Friday, May 17th. It is a perfect time to pop over to Chick-fil-A on Liberia Avenue for our Spirit Event.  You can go anytime from 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m. In fact, just bring your flyer and you can even go through the Drive-thru and our school earns 15% of the proceeds.  You know the kids love their food and let’s be honest, you know the adults do too!

We look forward to seeing you all there!  Also, if you would like to learn more about joining the Spirit Committee for next year, then please contact Megan Davies atmeggie.davies@verizon.net.  We are currently in the process of deciding which events to host next year.  It is a great way to get involved, and an easy way to earn Points for Parents!

5K Volunteer Opportunity for 2013-2014

Planning for the next years 5K is about to get underway!   This has been a great community event for the past two years and the foundation is well laid for it to continue.  We are looking for one or two people to step in and serve in a leadership role for this event.  If you have a heart for this fun and healthy family event, please contact the PTO Ways and Means Coordinator, Carol Rice ckrice@verizon.net.

Register Now for Vacation Bible School: SonWest Roundup!

The RE Department is still accepting registrations for Catholic Vacation Bible School.  Children in grades K – 5 can “saddle up” and join us for SonWest Roundup where all roads lead to Jesus.  The VBS will be held from June 24 to June 28 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

To register your children, simply click on the attached link below.  Return your completed form and payment to the RE Office (also the ASCS Office).  The deadline is 5/31/13 and spaces are limited!

Adult and high school volunteers are needed to make VBS a success!   A nursery is available for the younger children of volunteers.  If you are interested in volunteering, click on the attached link below.  For information, contact Samantha Welsh, DRE at 703-393-2142 orswelsh@allsaintsva.org.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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.

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

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 22nd.

Reminder: Pastor’s Holiday – Friday, May 24th

In celebration of the Ordination to the Priesthood of Matthew Carroll (All Saints Graduate, Class of 1998, and son of Mrs. Jane Carroll, Computer Teacher), Fr. Bob has declared a “Pastor’s Holiday” for Friday, May 24th. Rather than dismissing at noon as originally scheduled, school will be closed for the day, allowing members of the faculty, staff and school community to attend the Mass of Ordination in Washington, D.C.

Our school and parish rejoice in this special occasion and we continue to remember Deacon Matthew in our prayers during the final days of his priestly formation.

Field Day Reminder

Please send in your Field Day form with payment for lunch by Wednesday, May 22nd.  Please include your family name and the grades of your students.  Please do not hesitate to call the cafeteria at 703-368-4400, ext. 211 if you have any questions.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 16th

  • 4th Grade Field Trip – Mount Vernon (8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)
  • 6th Grade Field Trip – Medieval Times (8:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
  • 1st Communion – Group III Rehearsal (6:00 p.m.)
  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, May 17th                       

  • Band Trip – Hershey Park
  • Noon Dismissal
  • Spirit Event: Chick-fil-A

Saturday, May 18th                    

  • 1st Communion (10:00 a.m.)

Monday, May 20th                     

  • FACTS Tuition Plan Enrollment Due
  • 4th Quarter Lock-Down Drill

Tuesday, May 21st                     

  • Kindergarten Field Trip – Frying Pan Park (8:45-2:15)
  • Battle of the Books (7:30-1:30)
  • Band Concert (Gym/7:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 22nd                

  • Race for Education Dress Down Day
  • 6th Grade Brass Rubbing Presentation
  • 4th Quarter SchoolMessenger System Test
  • Points for Parents Fees due

Thursday, May 23rd                   

  • Spring Choral Concert – Grades 3, 7 & 8 (Gym/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, May 24th                       

  • Holiday – Ordination Day for Bro. Matthew Carroll

Monday, May 27th                     

  • Holiday – Memorial Day

Links

Registration Formhttp://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=VBS-Registration.pdf

Volunteer Formhttp://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins /download-monitor/download.php?id=VBS-Volunteer-Form-2.pdf

The Sentinel – May 8, 2013

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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This week I wish to invite you to participate in a general survey designed to measure your overall satisfaction with our school and the programs it offers.  Aligned with one of the goals of our five year plan, this initiative is designed to provide faculty, staff and administration with another source of feedback regarding parent perceptions.  Again this year we will be using theUltimate Question or Net Promoter Survey for this purpose.  Designed at the Harvard Business School, the survey is widely used and recognized by organizations across our country, including businesses and corporations.  It is purposely designed to be very succinct with a built-in opportunity for open ended responses.

The survey is comprised of one key question:  On a scale of 1-10, how confident are you in recommending All Saints Catholic School to family, friends and acquaintances?  A follow up question based upon each individual’s response yields additional information which can be used in planning future goals for the school.

I do hope that many of you will take a few minutes to respond to this brief survey.  Your candid responses will help to provide an important perspective to us and inform our vision for the future.  Most importantly, this tool provides an opportunity to ensure that we are in step with parent perceptions and actively responding to the needs of our community members.  In advance, thank you for your support and participation.

Link to the Ultimate Question survey:             http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WMGFFW6

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Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends of All Saints gathered last Thursday in support of the 8th Annual Race for Education.  As always, the students ran with a lot of heart, enjoying the extra time outside and the opportunity to run for 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. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

As of yesterday, the counting team has already processed $21,278 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

I want to thank Mrs. Marjorie Collins for serving as coordinator of our 8th Annual Race for Education.  She invested many hours in planning for the big day and continues to coordinate a team of volunteers who are assisting with the recording and depositing of the many contributions received in support of the event.  I am also grateful to those wonderful parents who worked behind the scenes 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!

FACTS Tuition Program – Enrollment in Payment Plans for 2013-2014

By this time you should have received an electronic “invite” from FACTS Tuition.  Parents are asked to respond to this email invitation, following the step-by-step instructions and enrolling in a tuition plan for the new year by May 20th.

The FACTS fee of $43.00 will only be applied to those families who enroll in the ten month payment plan.  Those families who opt to submit semi-annual payments will be assessed only a $10.00 fee.  As in the past, there is no fee for those who choose to submit payment in full by the close of May.  While these families need not enroll in the FACTS program, please confirm your intent to pay in full by May 10th on the FACTS data base.  All payments will be submitted directly to FACTS via an invoice process for payments in full.  Should you have any questions about this process or your tuition balance, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio at 703-393-1490.

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

Within the next week the office will issue customized letters to each family that has not yet fulfilled the Points for Parents requirement for the 2012-2013 academic year.  The letter will confirm 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 22nd.

4th Quarter Lock-Down Drill

The 4th Quarter Lock-Down Drill will take place on Monday, May 20th.  (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.)

Reminder: Pastor’s Holiday – Friday, May 24th

In celebration of the Ordination to the Priesthood of Matthew Carroll (All Saints Graduate, Class of 1998, and son of Mrs. Jane Carroll, Computer Teacher), Fr. Bob has declared a “Pastor’s Holiday” for Friday, May 24th. Rather than dismissing at noon as originally scheduled, school will be closed for the day, allowing members of the faculty, staff and school community to attend the Mass of Ordination in Washington, D.C.

Our school and parish rejoices in this special occasion and we continue to remember Deacon Matthew in our prayers during the final days of his priestly formation.

“Big Bash” Planning Meeting

Once a year, the All Saints PTO throws a party to celebrate the grown-ups that make our school community so great: parents, teachers, support staff, priests and parishioners.  Mark your calendars now for 11.16.13!  This event has formerly been referred to as the Casino & Auction.

This year’s event will be is going to be better than ever ‘cause we’re bringing the party to our house! In one of the first events held at the brand new Parish Activities Center, the PTO is putting on a brand new kind of party…and we want YOUR HELP.

All Saints PTO’s Big Bash featuring:

Casino Games

            Fun & Games & Music

            Live Auction

            Silent Auction

We have exciting enhancements planned, and would love to get your input, too. Please attend our first planning & volunteer meeting to make your voice & your ideas heard.

Date:                Thursday, May 9         

Time:              7pm

Place:               Meeting room 2 (Near Father Kelly Hall)

The more the merrier is our planning motto, and with that in mind:

•                      Attend the meeting with four (4) friends from our community ( OR, come with the email & phone number of four (4) parents/parishioners that you think would be interested in helping us plan our big November party)

•                      The five (5) of you will get our eternal gratitude!  And be entered into a drawing for a $25 Starbuck’s gift card!

Together, all of us can make the PTO’s big party fresh and fun.

“Big Bash Co-Chairs”

Elissa Hackerson & Christian Cobb

Spotlight on the Arts Summer Camps extends Early Bird Deadline to May 30th 

Excellent instruction in a safe, faith-based environment from teachers who have tremendous skills in the areas of Acting, Music, Dance, and Visual Arts…. Spotlight on the Arts Summer Camps will host two weeks of day camps this July in Vienna & Manassas.  Members of surrounding parishes are also welcome to register for the sessions held at All Saints and St. Mark.  Programs are available for youth K-12.  In addition to Early Bird savings, there are also multiple child discounts available!  To receive a Registration Brochure and Camps Descriptions with Instructor Bios, please email SpotlightCamps@gmail.com or go to www.allsaintsvaschool.org and click on the Camp Icon.

Volunteer Opportunity for 2013-2014

The PTO is looking of a coordinator for the grocery store card program for the 2013-2014.  This PTO position involves coordinating the collection of the grocery store cards from school family and inputting them into each respective website (Giant, Harris Teeter, Safeway & Food Lion).  This program has the potential to earn several thousand dollars each year for the school; the majority of the work done in August and September.  If you are interested in this volunteer position for the next school year please contact PTO Ways and Means Coordinator, Carol Rice ckrice@verizon.net

HIGH SCHOOL NEWS

Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School News

Summer Courses and Sports Camps at John Paul the Great – Register now for summer fun at Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School! The talented coaches and teachers of JP are leading fun, instructional courses and camps for middle school and high school children. For more information, please visit www.jpthegreat.org, emailcamps@jpthegreat.org, or call 703-445-0300.

– Overview: please click here

– Academic and Enrichment Courses: please click here

– Sports Camps: please click here

H.O.P.E. Fest at John Paul the Great! – All are invited to come out for children’s games, free hotdogs, and live music at H.O.P.E. Fest 2013 on Saturday, May 18, from 4 – 8pm on the John Paul fields. H.O.P.E. Fest (Helping Other People Every Day) is a project of the JP National Honor Society to raise awareness about the issues of homelessness in our community and to help fill local food banks. Admission free with a donation of canned goods. For more information, please visit www.jpthegreat.org or call 703-445-0300.

Paul VI Catholic High School Summer 2013 Choral Camp

Summer 2013 Choral Camp to be held at PVI for rising 5-9th graders.  Monday – Friday, June 24th – June 28th.  See attached link for more information and sign-up forms.

Seton School

Summer 2013 Boys Basket Ball Camps with Coach Dan Vander Woude, Seton Boys Varsity Coach will be held this summer.  Please click on the link at the end of the newsletter for a flyer with more information regarding camps.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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 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

Wednesday, May 29th     Field Day at Linton Hall School (Grades K-8)

Thursday, May 30th        Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten

Monday, June 10th          8th Grade Graduation Day (Mass & Ceremony at 7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, June 12th     Kindergarten Luau

Thursday, June 13th        Kindergarten Graduation (10:00 a.m.)

Friday, June 14th            Final Day for Students in Grades 1-7

Key Dates & Holidays for 2013-2014

August 26th                    First Day of School (Noon Dismissal)

September 2nd                Labor Day Holiday

October 14th                  Columbus Day Holiday

October 25th                  Professional Development Day (No School)

November 11th               Parent/Teacher Conferences (No School)

November 12th               Parent/Teacher Conferences (Noon Dismissal)

November 26th               Noon Dismissal for Thanksgiving

November 27-29th          Thanksgiving Holiday

December 23rd               Christmas Holiday Begins

January 6th                    Classes Resume

January 17th                   Professional Development Day (No School)

January 20th                   Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

February 17th                 Presidents’ Day Holiday

March 17th                     Professional Development Day (No School)

April 17th                      Holy Thursday (Noon Dismissal)

April 18th                      Good Friday Holiday

April 21st                      Easter Week Holiday

May 23rd                       Noon Dismissal – Memorial Day Weekend

May 26th                       Memorial Day Holiday

June 18th                       Last Day for Grades 1-7 (Tentative)

Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

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

We have another opportunity for completing the half-hour Virtus update which will take place in the Art Room beginning at 7: 00 p.m. on Monday, May 13th.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 9th

–          Race for Education Dress Down Day option

–          4th Grade Mothers’ Tea, immediately following the 8:30 a.m. Mass

–          Fr. Juan’s Handcraft Show (church vestibule/3:00-8:00 p.m.)

–          Auction Committee Meeting (Mtg. Room 2 @ 7:00 p.m.)

Friday, May 10th

–          Final Deadline for Annual Fund Contributions

–          School Mass & Virtues Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)

–          National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony (church/1:30 p.m.)

Saturday, May 11th

–          First Communion – Group I (10:00 a.m.)

Monday, May 13th

–          5th Grade Field Trip to Luray Caverns (8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, May 14th

–          Race for Education Dress Down Day option

–          Seniors Luncheon Band Concert

Wednesday, May 15th

–          Principal for a Day – Auction Item (Emma Parker, 6th Grade)

Thursday, May 16th

–          4th Grade Field Trip – Mount Vernon (8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)

–          6th Grade Field Trip – Medieval Times (8:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

–          1st Communion – Group III Rehearsal (6:00 p.m.)

–          Enrollment Management Team Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, May 17th

–          Band Trip – Hershey Park

–          Noon Dismissal

–          Spirit Event: Chick-fil-A

Saturday, May 18th

–          1st Communion (10:00 a.m.)

 

Links

The Sentinel – May 1, 2013

Principal’s Message

 

Tomorrow all of the students at All Saints will participate in the 8th Annual Race for Education.  As the largest fundraiser for our 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.

Note:  At the suggestion of several of our 6th grade students and as a sign of our support for those recently impacted by the tragedy in Boston, all students are encouraged to wear red, white and blue accessories for this event.

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 will be distributed to students who met the criteria and may be redeemed according to the following schedule:

Thursday, May 9th                      Designated Dress-Down Day

Tuesday, May 14th                      Designated Dress-Down Day

Wednesday, May 22nd                 Designated Dress-Down Day

Monday, June 3rd                       Designated Dress-Down Day

Thursday, June 6th                      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 $15,282.00 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

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In the days ahead all parents will receive an electronic “invite” from FACTS Tuition that includes instructions regarding the selection of payment options for the upcoming year.  This enrollment process will be completely automated and you will have the opportunity to enroll your family via a secure website in accordance with the payment plan you select.  The FACTS fee of $43.00 will only be applied to those families who enroll in the ten month payment plan. Those families who opt to submit semi-annual payments will be assessed only a $10.00 fee.

As in the past, there is no fee for those who choose to submit payment in full by the close of May.  While these families need not enroll in the FACTS program, all payments will be submitted directly to FACTS via an invoice process.  Note:  This is a change from prior practice.  Rather than submitting payment in full to the school office, parents will be asked to forward these funds directly to FACTS.

Should you have any questions about this process or your tuition balance, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio at 703-393-1490.

Prayer of the Month ~ Peace Prayer (by Kindergarten Students)

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

Lord, let me help sad people be happy.

Let me forgive those who hurt me.

And let me bring your love to all.

Amen

Virtue of the Month ~ Peacemaking

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

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

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.

Key Dates & Holidays for 2013-2014

August 26th                    First Day of School (Noon Dismissal)

September 2nd                Labor Day Holiday

October 14th                  Columbus Day Holiday

October 25th                  Professional Development Day (No School)

November 11th               Parent/Teacher Conferences (No School)

November 12th               Parent/Teacher Conferences (Noon Dismissal

November 26th               Noon Dismissal for Thanksgiving

November 27-29th          Thanksgiving Holiday

December 23rd               Christmas Holiday Begins

January 6th                    Classes Resume

January 17th                   Professional Development Day (No School)

January 20th                   Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

February 17th                 Presidents’ Day Holiday

March 17th                     Professional Development Day (No School)

April 17th                      Holy Thursday (Noon Dismissal)

April 18th                      Good Friday Holiday

April 21st                      Easter Week Holiday

May 23rd                       Noon Dismissal – Memorial Day Weekend

May 26th                       Memorial Day Holiday

June 18th                       Last Day for Grades 1-7 (Tentative)

Field Day

The 2013 All Saints Catholic School Field Day for Grades K-8 will take place on the grounds of Linton Hall School in Bristow on Wednesday, May 29th.  Mark your calendars now for what promises to be a great day of activities and fellowship for our school families.  Attached to today’s newsletter is the Field Day Memo with the lunch order and volunteer sign-up form. Volunteers are need to help with lunch, sport activities, track & field events and games & contests.

Boxtops for Education

Thanks to the participation of school and parish families in the Boxtops for Education Program, last week we received a check in the amount of $1,280.30 .  Keep cutting and saving those labels!

Annual CYO Track & Field Meet

The All Saints Parish CYO Track & Field team, the Roadrunners, will compete this weekend in the Annual CYO Track & Field Meet, to be held at Falls Church High School.  Fifth-, Sixth-, Seventh- and Eighth-graders will compete on Saturday; and Third- and Fourth-graders compete on Sunday.  The team has grown to 40+ members this year; all members are All Saints Parishioners and all the students have had a great time at practices this Spring, under the guidance of Coach Cathy Nowak.  If your child would like to participate next year – get some exercise, make some new friends, and challenge herself/himself to the competition – contact Coach Nowak at oncefitz@aol.com or Ann Potocnak at potocnak3@comcast.net.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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 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.

Kindergarten Screening ~ No Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten on Monday, May 6th

The Early Prevention of School Failure Screening for Kindergarten applicants will take place on Monday, May 6th.  In order that the teachers may be available to administer the assessment, there will be no Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten classes on Monday.

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)

Next week 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 3rd.  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.

End of Year Calendar Confirmed

Wednesday, May 29th     Field Day at Linton Hall School (Grades K-8)

Thursday, May 30th        Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten

Monday, June 10th          8th Grade Graduation Day (Mass & Ceremony at 7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, June 12th     Kindergarten Luau

Thursday, June 13th        Kindergarten Graduation (10:00 a.m.)

Friday, June 14th            Final Day for Students in Grades 1-7

Spring Handcraft Show Hosted by Father Juan Puigbó

Fr. Juan will host a Handcraft Show on Tuesday, May 7th and Thursday, May 9th from 3pm to 8pm in the Library Side of the Church. A number of items will be on display and available for purchase, including beautiful wooden pieces handcrafted by Fr. Juan. Also, we will have the crosses made with the wood of the old Church! This will be a good opportunity to buy your seasonal gifts!

Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

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

We have another opportunity for completing the half-hour Virtus update which will take place in the Art Room beginning at 7: 00 p.m. on Monday, May 13th.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, May 1st

  •   SCA sponsored Dress Down for Earth Day
  •  3rd Quarter Gold Medal Readers Celebration (1:30 p.m.)

Thursday, May 2nd

  •  8th Annual Race for Education (see schedule above)

Friday, May 3rd

  • School Mass & May Crowning Ceremony
  • 1st Communion & Graduation Photos
  •  2nd & 8th Grade Prayer Service (2:00 p.m.)
  • Points for Parents Totals due

Saturday, May 4th

  • 8th Grade Confirmation (10:00 a.m.)

Monday, May 6th

  • Early Prevention of School Failure Screening – No Pre-K or Kindergarten classes

Tuesday, May 7th

  • World Language Exam for 8th Grade Students
  • Fr. Juan’s Handcraft Show (church vestibule/3:00-8:00 p.m.)
  • First Communion – Group I Rehearsal (6:00 p.m.)
  • PTO Executive Board Meeting (PLC/7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 8th

  •  7th & 8th Grade Field Trip to the Newseum & National Art Gallery
  • Mock Battle of the Books (Gym/1:45 p.m.)

Thursday, May 9th

  • Race for Education Dress Down Day option
  • 4th Grade Mothers’ Tea
  • Fr. Juan’s Handcraft Show (church vestibule/3:00-8:00 p.m.)

Friday, May 10th

  • Final Deadline for Annual Fund Contributions
  • School Mass & Virtues Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
  • National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony (church/1:30 p.m.)

Saturday, May 11th

  • First Communion – Group I (10:00 a.m.)

Links ~

–          Field Day Memo/Form: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Field_Day1.pdf

The Sentinel – April 24, 2013

Principal’s Message

Thanks to the students and parents of All Saints, our school mailed more than 5,600 letters requesting financial support for the 8th Annual Race for Education.  Prize Cards will be distributed next week to students who met the criteria and may be redeemed according to the following schedule:

Thursday, May 9th                      Designated Dress-Down Day

Tuesday, May 14th                      Designated Dress-Down Day

Wednesday, May 22nd                 Designated Dress-Down Day

Monday, June 3rd                       Designated Dress-Down Day

Thursday, June 6th                      Designated Dress-Down Day

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

The   8th Annual Race for Education is now only one week away.  On Thursday, May 2nd 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.

As of today, the counting team has already processed $12,072.00in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

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 2nd.  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!

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 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.

Tuition Assistance Program

Last week the Tuition Assistance Committee finalized decisions based upon the financial analysis provided by FACTS.  All families who have applied for tuition assistance for 2013-2014 should receive a letter of response by early May.

Final Chance to Give to the Annual Fund

Our Making a Difference, Every Day Annual Fund campaign is an on-going effort to provide our students with:

  • New opportunities related to technology, math and science in support of 21st century careers
  • Tuition aid for families in need

Now that the school has established an Annual Fund, we are required to produce an Annual Report at the end of the school year to account for the gifts that we’ve received during the campaign. The Annual Report will include a complete list of all prayer donors, as well as monetary donations that fall within our seven recognition levels (starting with “Friend of All Saints” at $75)

To allow us time to produce the annual report, we will be ending our current school year drive on Friday, May 10th.

Deadline: Friday, May 10, 2013

If you haven’t yet submitted your commitment form, remember, there are 3 ways to participate. You can show your support through:

  • Gifts of Prayer
  • Gifts of Involvement
  • Gifts of Financial Participation

Your gift – no matter the size – can help provide additional math/science/technology initiatives for our current students and provide tuition aid for those with unexpected needs. For more information about The Legacy Fund, please contact Parent Division Chairperson, Mrs. Holly Stefonsky or Director of Marketing & Development, Mrs. Janis DeVore at jdevore@allsaintsva.org.

How Can I Participate?

Thanks for your support!

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 2nd!

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

National Junior Honor Society Back-Pack Drive

The National Junior Honor Society will be conducting a back-pack drive to assist Medical Missionaries as they journey to a Cherokee Indian Reservation in Oklahoma.  The back-packs will be made available to children of the reservation, where poverty and neglect among the children is very high.

We are asking for gently used back-packs only.  Bins will be located in the breezeway between the old and new wing. The drive will run from April 25 through May 3.  Please direct any questions to Vickie Bill, NJHS Moderator.

Spring Handcraft Show Hosted by Father Juan Puigbó

Fr. Juan will host a Handcraft Show on Tuesday, May 7th and Thursday, May 9th from 3pm to 8pm in the Library Side of the Church. A number of items will be on display and available for purchase, including beautiful wooden pieces handcrafted by Fr. Juan. Also, we will have the crosses made with the wood of the old Church! This will be a good opportunity to buy your seasonal gifts!

Message from the PTO

ATTN BAKERS!!  The parish and PTO need your support to make the Wild West Cake Walk of 2013 a success.  It is just a few days away and we are nearly halfway to our goal of 150 cakes.  Would you consider sharing your baking talents (or picking up something sweet and yummy at your local grocery)?  There are also a couple of spots left to volunteer for a one hour shift to run the cake walk on Saturday.  Each cake donated earns 5 points for parents and each hour volunteering at the festival is worth 10 points.  Donate as many cakes as you like… there is no limit!  Please use the following link to get all the details and to sign up to help: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050E45A5AA2FA57-cake

Our FINAL PTO MEETING of this school year will be Monday, April 29 starting at 7:30.  A short business meeting will be followed by a guest speaker from The Institute for the Psychological Sciences, which is a Catholic graduate school.  Our speaker, Ms. Elissa Kergosien, will be presenting information on how to help your child with anxiety and depression issues as well as helpful information in relaying troubling current events to your children.  Unfortunately, the news in the past few months alone has been very disturbing and our children need our help in processing this kind of information.  Don’t miss the chance to hear from an expert on this topic.  ALSO:  You will earn DOUBLE POINTS FOR PARENTS for your attendance.  That equates to 10 points for attending! We hope very much to see you there.  Please encourage other school parents to join you and feel free to bring neighbors, extended family members as this topic will pertain to anyone blessed with children in their lives.

Thank you in advance for all your support.  It has been a great year and we look forward to the last couple of months as we… “Race for Education” to the finish line of summer!

God bless,

Christian Cobb, PTO President

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Kindergarten Screening ~ No Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten on Monday, April 29th & May 6th

The Early Prevention of School Failure Screening for Kindergarten applicants will take place on Monday, April 29th & Monday, May 6th.  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” via our school website 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 3rd. 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.

FACTS Tuition Program – 2013-2014

During the month of May all parents will receive an “invite” in the mail from FACTS that includes instructions regarding the selection of payment options for the upcoming year.  This enrollment process will be completely automated and you will have the opportunity to enroll your family via a secure website in accordance with the payment plan you select.  The FACTS fee of $43.00 will only be applied to those families who enroll in the ten month payment plan.  Those families who opt to submit semi-annual payments will be assessed only a $10.00 fee.

As in the past, there is no fee for those who choose to submit payment in full by the close of May.  While these families need not enroll in the FACTS program, all payments will be submitted directly to FACTS via an invoice process.  Note:  This is a change from prior practice.  Rather than submitting payment in full to the school office, parents will be asked to forward these funds directly to FACTS.

Families from other parishes who have not yet requested an official letter confirming their registration are asked to do so as soon as possible.  It is our hope to have all of this information received prior to the close of April so that we can confirm tuition rates for each of our families prior to distributing the FACTS “invites” in May. Should you have any questions about this process or wish to verify the status of your paperwork, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio at 703-393-1490.

End of Year Calendar Confirmed

Wednesday, May 29th     Field Day at Linton Hall School (Grades K-8)

Thursday, May 30th        Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten

Monday, June 10th          8th Grade Graduation Day (Mass & Ceremony at 7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, June 12th     Kindergarten Luau

Thursday, June 13th        Kindergarten Graduation (10:00 a.m.)

Friday, June 14th            Final Day for Students in Grades 1-7

Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

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

We have another opportunity for completing the half-hour Virtus update which will take place in the Art Room beginning at 7: 00 p.m. on Monday, May 13th.

Upcoming Events

 

 

Thursday, April 25th  

 

–          Terra Nova Testing

 

–          Extended Day Afternoon Program: Moved to Art Room & Religion Room (#212) in the Middle School Wing to allow for set-up for Parish Festival in FKH

 

–          Spirit Event: Skate N’ Fun Zone (6:00-8:30 p.m.)

Friday, April 26th     

 

–          Holiday: Parish Festival

 

Saturday, April 27th

 

–          Parish Festival

 

Monday, April 29th  

 

–          EPSF Kindergarten Screening: No Pre-K or Kindergarten classes

 

–          Terra Nova Make-up Testing

 

–          PTO General Assembly Meeting: Anxiety, Depression & Strategies for Discussing Difficult News with Children (Gym/7:30 p.m.)

 

Tuesday, April 30th

 

–          Terra Nova Make-Up Testing

 

–          8th Grade Confirmation Rehearsal (6:30 p.m.)

 

Wednesday, May 1st    

 

–          SCA sponsored Dress Down for Earth Day

 

–          3rd Quarter Gold Medal Readers Celebration (1:30 p.m.)

 

–          Race for Education Prize Cards distributed to students

 

Thursday, May 2nd   

 

–          8th Annual Race for Education

 

Friday, May 3rd    

 

–          School Mass & May Crowning Ceremony

 

–          1st Communion & Graduation Photos

 

–          2nd & 8th Grade Prayer Service (2:00 p.m.)

 

–          Points for Parents Totals due

 

Saturday, May 4th  

 

–          8th Grade Confirmation (10:00 a.m.)

 

 

 

 

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The Sentinel – April 17, 2013

The Gift of Faith brings us Joy and Hope.

 

Principal’s Message

Beginning on Friday, all students in grades two through seven will participate in the Terra Nova standardized testing program.  As the days of testing quickly draw 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 this period of standardized testing with the perspective that it is a weeklong celebration of learning, an opportunity for students to demonstrate all that they have learned this year.  Most importantly, when the results of the testing are received, teachers will be able to effectively plan instruction for the upcoming year, tailoring instruction to the needs of each classroom of learners.

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 the Catholic 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.

Kindergarten Screening ~ No Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten on Monday, April 29th & May 6th

The Early Prevention of School Failure Screening for Kindergarten applicants will take place on Monday, April 29th & Monday, May 6th.  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” via our school website 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 3rd.  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 13th Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, June 24th at Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, VA. Proceeds from our 2013 tournament will support youth-centered programs offered through our school, and the Religious Education and Youth Ministry programs, including dynamic spiritual and service opportunities such as retreats, vacation bible school, and sacramental preparation.

  • Join Us for Golf!
    Register on your own or bring a foursome for a fun-filled day of golf that includes many chances to win prizes and raffle items. Golf is $150 per person and 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.
  • Promote Your Company Through Sponsorship

With sponsorship options starting as low as $50 for a business card ad and only $100 for hole sponsorship this year, the All Saints Parish Golf Tournament provides an excellent marketing opportunity for local businesses.

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

Important Note:

We are still looking for volunteers to work the day of the tournament (Monday, June 24th) or to help secure sponsors or prizes prior to the event. It’s a great chance to get a jump start on your Points for Parents for the 2013-14 school year.  If you would like to help, please call Janis DeVore at (703) 366-1645!

8th Annual Race for Education

The donations for the Race for Education are rolling in and we are in need of volunteers to help process the mailers. We meet at the school on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday during the school day.  If you can volunteer to help with the record keeping phase of this fundraiser please contact Marjorie Collins at 703-365-9686 or marjorie@ocfmail  Thank you to all of the volunteers who have already donated their time!

Skate-n-Fun Zone Spirit Event

Greetings All Saints Families!  It is that time of year when we celebrate at the Skate-n-Fun Zone on Sudley Road. Our School Skate Party is on Thursday, April 25th from 6-8:30 p.m. Admission is $3, Children 3 and under are free, $4.50 skate rental, $4 Laser Storm and $4 Play Zone. We are very pleased to be blessed with Christian Music to have fun skating around. If you would like to volunteer as a chaperone and are in full compliance with Virtus requirements, then please contact me. I look forward to seeing you all there! God Bless, Megan Davies, Spirit Events Committee Chairperson, meggie.davies@verizon.net.

A Message from the PTO board…

I would like to personally encourage each of you to attend the final general assembly meeting. This year we have really tried to offer a service to parents at our PTO meetings by hosting excellent speakers on pertinent topics.  We know your time is valuable so we have selected timely and meaningful topics with dynamic presenters. Both the celebrate calm and celebrate prayer speakers were some of the best presentations I have ever heard. If you missed one or both of them, please don’t miss out on our final speaker covering the very timely topics of childhood anxiety and explaining upsetting current events to children. Also, take advantage of this PTO meeting and the cake walk to earn your points for parents before the end of the school year.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

FACTS Tuition Program – 2013-2014

During the month of May all parents will receive an “invite” in the mail from FACTS that includes instructions regarding the selection of payment options for the upcoming year.  This enrollment process will be completely automated and you will have the opportunity to enroll your family via a secure website in accordance with the payment plan you select.  The FACTS fee of $43.00 will only be applied to those families who enroll in the ten month payment plan.  Those families who opt to submit semi-annual payments will be assessed only a $10.00 fee.

As in the past, there is no fee for those who choose to submit payment in full by the close of May.  While these families need not enroll in the FACTS program, all payments will be submitted directly to FACTS via an invoice process.  Note:  This is a change from prior practice.  Rather than submitting payment in full to the school office, parents will be asked to forward these funds directly to FACTS.

Families from other parishes who have not yet requested an official letter confirming their registration are asked to do so as soon as possible.  It is our hope to have all of this information received prior to the close of April so that we can confirm tuition rates for each of our families prior to distributing the FACTS “invites” in May. Should you have any questions about this process or wish to verify the status of your paperwork, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio at 703-393-1490.

End of Year Calendar Confirmed

Wednesday, May 29th     Field Day at Linton Hall School (Grades K-8)

Thursday, May 30th        Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten

Monday, June 10th          8th Grade Graduation Day (Mass & Ceremony at 7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, June 12th     Kindergarten Luau

Thursday, June 13th        Kindergarten Graduation (10:00 a.m.)

Friday, June 14th            Final Day for Students in Grades 1-7

Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

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

We have another opportunity for completing the half-hour Virtus update which will take place in the Art Room beginning at 7: 00 p.m. on Monday, May 13th.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Thursday, April 18th                  

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

Friday, April 19th                      

–          School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

–          Terra Nova Testing begins

–          8th Grade Confirmation Retreat

–          NJHS Induction Ceremony – rescheduled for May 10th (1:30 p.m.)

Monday, April 22nd                   

–          Terra Nova Testing

Tuesday, April 23rd                   

–          Terra Nova Testing

Wednesday, April 24th               

–          Terra Nova Testing

–          8th Grade Class Trip to Philadelphia (6:15 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.)

Thursday, April 25th                  

–          Terra Nova Testing

–          Extended Day Afternoon Program: Moved to Art Room & Religion Room (#212) in the Middle School Wing to allow for set-up for Parish Festival in FKH

–          Spirit Event: Skate N’ Fun Zone (6:00-8:30 p.m.)

Friday, April 26th                      

–          Holiday: Parish Festival

Monday, April 29th                    

–          EPSF Kindergarten Screening: No Pre-K or Kindergarten classes

–          Terra Nova Make-up Testing

–          PTO General Assembly Meeting: Anxiety, Depression & Strategies for Discussing Difficult News with Children (Gym/7:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, April 30th

–          Terra Nova Make-Up Testing

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