The Sentinel – June 18, 2014

Message from the Principal

On Friday afternoon, families and friends gathered with the 8th Grade Class of 2014 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.

Davey Family (12 Years)

Seigel Family (12 Years)

Michak Family (15 Years)

Marsengill Family (17 Years)

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As the school year draws to a close and we bid a sad farewell to Fr. Bob and Fr. Jeb, I am reminded of the abundant blessings that our school has experienced in recent years and what a special time this has been.  From being named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 2009 to the selection of our librarian, Mrs. Coyle, as an NCEA Distinguished Teacher of the Year, we have had many reasons to celebrate and our program has grown from strength to strength.  It has been a remarkable time in the life of our school and parish, one that inspires both thankfulness and an abiding sense of hope as we look to the future and entrust our cares and plans to God.

Already the new robotics program is underway and we are enhancing our commitment to technology as we upgrade our infrastructure this summer, enabling us to take the first step in exploring how mobile technologies might impact learning.  Indeed, the future of learning looks bright and full of yet unknown possibilities for our students!

In the end, however, it is not the technology, the facilities or even the learning that makes our school distinct.  Rather, it is our mission to create a faith-filled, caring community that sets us apart.  All Saints 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 for us to walk the halls of this sacred space, our Catholic school.

On behalf of the faculty and staff, thank you for choosing All Saints!  Your children are your most precious gift and we are grateful that you entrust them to our care.

Wishing you a relaxing and enjoyable summer holiday!  See you in August!

PTO Ballot: 

Please cast your vote for the Vice-President position on the PTO Executive Board for 2014-2015 school year.  Thank-you for taking the time.  Click the attached link to connect to Survey Monkey and cast your vote today!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3WCPJF5

Business Sponsors Needed

The annual Casino & Auction will take place November 15, 2014 at the Parish Activity Center. The 2013 event was attended by over 200 guests and raised nearly $10,000 for the support of the school. Business sponsorships are vital in the success of this event.  Sponsorships range from $500 to $5000.  Sponsorship will include your business name on the website, program, church bulletin and multiple other marketing materials.  If interested, please contact Carol Rice at ckrice@verizon.net or 703-380-5990.

Uniform Exchange Drop-off

If you have gently used uniforms you would like to contribute to the PTO Uniform exchange, you are welcome to leave your items in a bag labeled with your family’s name in the school office.  Credit towards a future Uniform Exchange item will be issued.  The school office will be open through the end of June for donation drop-off.

Important Reminders

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 2014.

(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, these packets will be distributed to parents.

Grade 1-2        Summer Book: This is a wonderful series that has been used in the primary grades in recent years.  It includes diverse activities that target a variety of areas, including reading, math, science, social studies, and religion.

The Summer Book will be due on Friday of the first week of school and credit will be given to all students who complete the work.

Ordering Information: Summerbook Company

305 Lyndale Drive

Hartsville, SC 27804

1-877-684-8502 (Toll Free)

www.summerbookcompany.com

(Note: Order the Summer Book for the grade level that your child will begin in September.  For example, students in Kindergarten this year should complete the Summer Book for rising 1st graders.)

Grades 3-5       Math Packet & 2 Accelerated Reader Books

Teachers will distribute math packets that provide reinforcement of skills acquired during this past school year.  After reading two Accelerated Reader books, students are asked to complete the corresponding AR tests upon their return to school.  These summer assignments will be due Friday of the first week of school and will be considered part of the first quarter participation grade.

Grades 6-8       Students are asked to read selections (one book for grade 6/two books for grades 7 & 8) from the Middle School Summer Reading List and complete one of the corresponding follow up activities for each book chosen.  Additionally, teachers will provide Math Packets that focus on skill areas that they have specifically identified for practice and reinforcement.

(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 2014-2015

To the parents of Pre-K students arriving in Fall 2014:

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 3rd, 2014.
  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 7/1/14, 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 per prescription dosage recommendations.

To the parents of Kindergarten students arriving in Fall 2014:

A new Physical Exam is necessary, dated less than one year from the time of admission. Kindergarten begins on Monday, August 25th.  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

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

School families are invited to attend a special event hosted by Flynn & O’Hara on July 31st from 5:30-8:30 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.

END OF YEAR INFORMATION

School Supplies Program

Please order by returning this form along with your payment by June 23, 2014.

Make Checks Payable to:         ALL SAINTS CATHOLIC SCHOOL

OR

ORDER SECURELY ONLINE

Starting Now until June 23rd

1.  Go to www.epipacks.com, sales tax will be added at checkout

2.  Enter your School ID, ALL088

3.  Be sure to select the correct supply package for the grade level that your child will be entering in  

     the fall.  

4.  Follow the directions to complete your order

5.  Keep your online confirmation as your receipt.

The School Supply packages do not include special items such as seat sacks, back backs, party favors, or special pencils/pens or markers for AR prizes (Grades 2- 6), pillow case (Pre-K), and black sock (Grade 4).

Consult the School Supply list for special Items required by each grade.  Seat Sacks are ordered by the school for an additional charge.

School supplies will be available in the child’s classroom.  For questions, please emailallsaintssupplies@yahoo.com

Summer Office Hours

The school office will remain open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. during the months of June and August.  The office will be closed during the month of July.  The office will reopen on Tuesday, August 5th. 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 22nd.

¨       8th Annual Back-to School Barbecue hosted by the PTO – Friday, August 22nd (5:30-7:30 p.m.)

¨       First Day of School ~ Noon Dismissal (Grades K-8) – Monday, August 25th

¨       First Day of Pre-Kindergarten – Wednesday, September 3rd

Links

The Sentinel – June 11, 2014

June 11, 2014

Message from the Principal

As announced by the Diocese on Saturday and at all of the recent weekend Masses, two of our beloved priests, Fr. Bob and Fr. Jeb, are receiving new assignments and will departing All Saints on Wednesday, June 25th.  Fr.  Bob will be the Pastor of the Church of the Nativity in Burke and Fr. Jeb will be Parochial Vicar at the Church of Saint Anthony in Falls Church.

As a school community we have been immensely blessed in having Fr. Bob as our pastor for fourteen years.  One need only look at the new church, the courtyard and renovated Parish Activities Center to see how much our community has thrived under his faith-filled and exuberant leadership.  The vibrancy of our parish and school, so evident in the expanded facilities and grounds, remains an outward expression of the inner beauty of our community which Fr. Bob has fostered with great care and devotion.

As we gather for the Closing School Mass next Wednesday, we will have an opportunity to express our gratitude for Fr. Bob and Fr. Jeb for all that they have done for our school community.

Fr. Lee Roos, who has most recently served as Pastor of St. Agnes in Arlington, will be the new Pastor of All Saints. Additionally, Fr. Mauricio Pineda, newly ordained, will join our parish as Parochial Vicar.

As we look to the future, we trust in the continued guidance of the Holy Spirit and ask God’s blessings for all of our priests who serve so faithfully and by their example, lead us to Christ.

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Last Friday we celebrated the success of the 9th Annual Race for Education, a unique event that has emerged as our most significant fundraiser at All Saints.  I am pleased to share with you that we have received $47,301.67 in contributions, nearly reaching our goal of $50,000.  If you or a family member has not yet sent in your Race donations, we are still accepting them.

In the weeks ahead the PTO will process the paperwork to generate a check for 15% of the proceeds which will 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. Jude 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!

Graduation Day  – Friday/Noon Dismissal

Students will gather in the church at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, June 13th 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 4:00 p.m. followed by the Graduation Ceremony and a reception in the Parish Activities Center.  All families are cordially invited to join us for these special moments as we congratulate our 8th grade students.

Important Reminder:  As Graduation will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 13th, there will be a noon dismissal for students in grades K-7.  Extended Day services will remain available.

Virtue Award Winners

Congratulations to the following students who were recognized last Friday for having exemplified the Virtue of Peacemaking during the month of May.

Marcelina Slaiby (PK1)

Dominic Brown (PK2)

Harper Fontaine (PK3)

Scott Tuttle (K1)

Arely Gutierrez (K2)

Ashton Hargus (1A)

Ashley Kupferer (1B)

Madelyn Woolfrey (2A)

Josseline Avila De La Trinidad (2B)

Jack Morad (3A)

William Woolf (3B)

Franny Barvick (4A)

Alexa Brophy (4B)

Alejandro Melchiorre (5A)

Lucy Ciskanik (5B)

Zachary Mills (6A)

Jeffrey Mancini (6B)

Olivia Woolfrey (7A)

Vicente Barrera (7B)

Brightney Varghese (8A)

Joshua Abando (8B)

From the Spirit Events Committee:

It is with sincere gratitude that I thank all of the wonderful families who supported the All Saints Catholic School Spirit Events this past year. We have earned over $2,167, which is amazing. This will truly help our school. You have shown such dedication to our school community. Thank you very much!

Also, our Spirit Events Committee is in need of an Advertising Assistant to help with the large signs put out on days of the events to increase awareness. If you are interested in helping serve in this capacity, please contact Megan Davies at meggie.davies@verizon.net. This is an easy way to earn Points for Parents.

PVI & St. Leo the Great Basketball Camps

Paul VI Girls & Boys Basketball Camps:  Grades 2 – 8…June 23 – 27. July 7 – 11, & July 21 – 25
Further Info and Register at www.pvibasketball.com

St. Leo the Great Mini Hoopster Camp:  Located at St Leo the Great… July 14 – 17 for Boys & Girls Gr. K – 2. Further Info and Register at www.pvibasketball.com

Important Reminders

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 2014.

(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, these packets will be distributed to parents.

Grade 1-2        Summer Book: This is a wonderful series that has been used in the primary grades in recent years.  It includes diverse activities that target a variety of areas, including reading, math, science, social studies, and religion.

The Summer Book will be due on Friday of the first week of school and credit will be given to all students who complete the work.

Ordering Information: Summerbook Company

305 Lyndale Drive

Hartsville, SC 27804

1-877-684-8502 (Toll Free)

www.summerbookcompany.com

(Note: Order the Summer Book for the grade level that your child will begin in September.  For example, students in Kindergarten this year should complete the Summer Book for rising 1st graders.)

Grades 3-5       Math Packet & 2 Accelerated Reader Books

Teachers will distribute math packets that provide reinforcement of skills acquired during this past school year.  After reading two Accelerated Reader books, students are asked to complete the corresponding AR tests upon their return to school.  These summer assignments will be due Friday of the first week of school and will be considered part of the first quarter participation grade.

Grades 6-8       Students are asked to read selections (one book for grade 6/two books for grades 7 & 8) from the Middle School Summer Reading List and complete one of the corresponding follow up activities for each book chosen.  Additionally, teachers will provide Math Packets that focus on skill areas that they have specifically identified for practice and reinforcement.

(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 2014-2015

To the parents of Pre-K students arriving in Fall 2014:

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 3rd, 2014.
  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 7/1/14, 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 per prescription dosage recommendations.

To the parents of Kindergarten students arriving in Fall 2014:

A new Physical Exam is necessary, dated less than one year from the time of admission. Kindergarten begins on Monday, August 25th.  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

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

School families are invited to attend a special event hosted by Flynn & O’Hara on July 31st from 5:30-8:30 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.

END OF YEAR INFORMATION

Cafeteria Program – End of Year Reminders

As we are approaching the end of the school year, please note that we will not allow any lunches to be charged

during the month of June.  At this time, you may purchase more lunches/drinks in advance, or when your balance has expired, you may pay on a daily basis.  If you do have monies on account, please make sure that it is used before the end of the school year as we do not give refunds.  Please call the cafeteria at 703-368-4400, ext. 211, if you have any questions or concerns.

School Supplies Program

Please order by returning this form along with your payment by June 23, 2014.

Make Checks Payable to:         ALL SAINTS CATHOLIC SCHOOL

OR

ORDER SECURELY ONLINE

Starting Now until June 23rd

1.  Go to www.epipacks.com, sales tax will be added at checkout

2.  Enter your School ID, ALL088

3.  Be sure to select the correct supply package for the grade level that your child will be entering in  

     the fall.  

4.  Follow the directions to complete your order

5.  Keep your online confirmation as your receipt.

The School Supply packages do not include special items such as seat sacks, back backs, party favors, or special pencils/pens or markers for AR prizes (Grades 2- 6), pillow case (Pre-K), and black sock (Grade 4).

Consult the School Supply list for special Items required by each grade.  Seat Sacks are ordered by the school for an additional charge.

School supplies will be available in the child’s classroom.  For questions, please email allsaintssupplies@yahoo.com

Extended Day Program

Extended Day services will continue the next three and a half weeks and be available before and after school through Tuesday, June 17thThere will be no Extended Day Program on Wednesday, June 18th.  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 18th.  Since the office will have a record of your child’s final grades at the close of the year, you may retain these cards.

Medications

All medications must be picked up from the clinic no later than Tuesday, June 17th.  Since students are not authorized to carry medication, it is necessary for parents to visit the clinic to pick up medications prior to the close of the year.  Medications remaining after the final day will be discarded.

Summer Office Hours

The school office will remain open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. during the months of June and August.  The office will be closed during the month of July.  The office will reopen on Tuesday, August 5th. 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 22nd.

¨       8th Annual Back-to School Barbecue hosted by the PTO – Friday, August 22nd (5:30-7:30 p.m.)

¨       First Day of School ~ Noon Dismissal (Grades K-8) – Monday, August 25th

¨       First Day of Pre-Kindergarten – Wednesday, September 3rd

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, June 11th

–          2nd Grade Field Trip to the Basilica

–          8th Grade Ice Cream Social

Thursday, June 12th

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

Note: Weather permitting, this year’s event will take place on the                                   soccer field.  Parents who wish to attend are invited to bring                                             beach chairs.

Friday, June 13th

–          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.)

–          Noon Dismissal for Grades K-7

–          Graduation Mass & Ceremony (church/4:00 p.m.)

Saturday, June 14th

–          VIRTUS Four Hour Training (9:00 a.m.)

Monday, June 16th

–          5th Grade Transition Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)

–          Kindergarten Luau (11:45-1:30)

Tuesday, June 17th

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

–          Classroom Parties (1:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, June 18th

–          Closing Mass & Awards Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)

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

Coming home with each student today

¨      Bowl America Rolling Rewards Honor Roll Program Flyer

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The Sentinel – June 4, 2014

June 4, 2014

Message from Our Pastor ~ Fr. Bob

Dear Students, Teachers & Parents,

Thank you for making my 35th anniversary of ordination so special.  The school assembly, the video presentation, and the creative and spirited songs by each grade touched my heart.  The spiritual bouquets have given me much grace.  Thank you for the wonderful golf trip to Chesapeake which I will enjoy this summer.  I am overwhelmed by your thoughtful and generous gift.  Thanks especially for the love and support you have given me in my priesthood.  All Saints School Community is so beautiful and dear to my heart.  It is a center of joy and faith in the parish.

Love & blessings,

Fr. Bob

Message from the Principal

I wish to extend a special invitation to all families to attend the events planned in celebration of Graduation Day.  All of the students will gather in the church at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, June 13th 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 4:00 p.m. followed by the Graduation Ceremony and a reception in the Parish Activities Center.  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.

Important Reminder:  As Graduation will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 13th, there will be a noon dismissal for students in grades K-7.  Extended Day services will remain available.

As of yesterday, the counting team has already processed $42,360.67 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

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

School families are invited to attend a special event hosted by Flynn & O’Hara on July 31st from 5:30-8:30 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. 

Giant A+ Proceeds

Thanks to the participation of school and parish families in the Giant A+ School Rewards Program, last week All Saints received a check in the amount of $1,850.22.  Thank you to all parents who signed up for the program this year!

Immunization & Health Records Requirements for 2014-2015

To the parents of Pre-K students arriving in Fall 2014:

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 3rd, 2014.

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 7/1/14, 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 per prescription dosage recommendations.

To the parents of Kindergarten students arriving in Fall 2014:

A new Physical Exam is necessary, dated less than one year from the time of admission. Kindergarten begins on Monday, August 25th.  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

Meal Train for Mr. Redman & Family

A Meal Train was created for Mr. Redman and Family following the birth of their son.  If you are interested in signing up, please go to the following Meal Train link:  http://www.mealtrain.com/?id=mbmmsn2r2e3t 

All Call for PTO Volunteers

Would you like to get more involved with the PTO next year?  This is a great way to earn Points for Parents, enhance our school community and meet other school parents.  We have positions both big and small!

We have several open positions such as Kindergarten Screening Coordinator, Christmas Parade Chair, Penny Bazaar Coordinator, Pilgrim Statue/Rosary Coordinator.  If you are interested in any of these positions or would like to learn more about becoming an Executive Board member, please contact Angela Slater at pinoslater@gmail.com or Janene Shaw at janene.shaw@mwaa.com.

BoxTops for Education / Campbell’s Soup Labels Update

And the winner is: Mrs. Honkus 5A with 5,477 boxtops/soup lables!  Mrs. Montano 3A was a close second at 4,791 boxtops/soup labels…and Mrs. Harrill was quickly closing the gap.  Mrs. Honkus’ class will receive a boxtop party!!!

But, we don’t need to stop there. Summer time is the best time to collect boxtops and soup labels. There will be a package going home with the oldest kids at the end of the school year. I encourage all families to contact at least 5 friends/families to help them collect labels. I spoke to one parent whose child submitted 2200 labels! I asked them how they got so many. The mom simply said she contacted her neighbor and asked her for her labels!  In no time, All Saints will be the highest boxtop/soup label collecting school! Thank you all.

Important Reminders

FACTS Enrollment Process for 2014-2015

All returning families should have received a customized email from FACTS confirming their tuition balance and payment plan for 2014-2015.  Similarly, all new families and those who have expressed interested in changing their plan from “Payment in Full by invoice” to a schedule of payments should have received a FACTS “invite” that provides detailed directions for establishing an account. All new families and those enrolling in the system for the first time were asked to complete this process by Friday, May 30th.

The deadline for Payment in Full has been extended to Tuesday, June 10th.

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 2014.

(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, these packets will be distributed to parents.

Grade 1-2        Summer Book: This is a wonderful series that has been used in the primary grades in recent years.  It includes diverse activities that target a variety of areas, including reading, math, science, social studies, and religion. 

                        The Summer Book will be due on Friday of the first week of school and credit will be given to all students who complete the work.

                                    Ordering Information: Summerbook Company

305 Lyndale Drive

Hartsville, SC 27804

1-877-684-8502 (Toll Free)

                                                                        www.summerbookcompany.com

(Note: Order the Summer Book for the grade level that your child will begin in September.  For example, students in Kindergarten this year should complete the Summer Book for rising 1st graders.)

Grades 3-5       Math Packet & 2 Accelerated Reader Books

Teachers will distribute math packets that provide reinforcement of skills acquired during this past school year.  After reading two Accelerated Reader books, students are asked to complete the corresponding AR tests upon their return to school.  These summer assignments will be due Friday of the first week of school and will be considered part of the first quarter participation grade.

Grades 6-8       Students are asked to read selections (one book for grade 6/two books for grades 7 & 8) from the Middle School Summer Reading List and complete one of the corresponding follow up activities for each book chosen.  Additionally, teachers will provide Math Packets that focus on skill areas that they have specifically identified for practice and reinforcement. 

(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.)

Carpool Network 2014-2015

All Saints parent Mr. Jim Griffin has once again volunteered to serve as a carpool coordinator. If you are interested in a carpool for your children, please email the following information to allsaintscarpool@hotmail.com and Mr. Griffin will put you in touch with other families in your area who have expressed an interest in carpooling.

Name:

Address:

Phone Number:

Preferred email contact:

Number of children you need transported:

Number of spaces in your vehicle for transporting others:

Prefer to drive morning or evening, or no preference?

Please be aware that the above information will be plotted on a map with a private URL that is only available to All Saints parents who have expressed an interest in carpooling.  The URL will be emailed directly to you and will not be available any other way or discoverable by any search engine.

Recognizing that parents are solely responsible for determining transportation arrangements to and from All Saints Catholic School, the school assumes no role in this process and neither recommends nor endorses any particular carpool arrangements.  In the unfortunate circumstance of an accident or injury, the parent’s own personal automobile liability is primary in the event of a claim.  Nonetheless, the school values the collective efforts of parents and is pleased to support this initiative by communicating the opportunity to parents.

Room Liaison Selection Process ~ Revised for 2014-2015

All Saints will have a new Room Liaison selection process next year that will attempt to address some parent concerns with the process as it is now.  A subcommittee of the PTO, with support from the administration, worked to update our current selection process.

To highlight:

  • Parents who are interested in being a room liaison next year will fill out a short application, with their classroom choice (1st, 2nd, etc. if you have more than one student).  
  • Applicants for each class will be selected in random drawings, alternates will be drawn if necessary.  
  • Each class will have two liaisons who will assist the teacher with communications and classroom activities.  For activities that need more volunteers, of course, all interested classroom parents will have an opportunity to volunteer
  • Each liaison will be eligible for 60 Points for Parents.
  • Applications will be available at the front office at the beginning of the school year.  Deadlines to be announced during our return to school.  Liaison selection will be completed in the first couple weeks of school.
  • We hope this streamlined process will keep complications to a minimum and match liaisons with their classes quickly.

Please contact Angela Slater at pinoslater@gmail.com if you have any questions about our new selection process.  I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of our current room liaisons for your dedication and commitment to assisting your classroom teachers and ensuring all of the classroom activities this year were successful for the children.  Wonderful job!  A special thank-you to Katherine Mills our Room Liaison Coordinator for all of her hard work to support both liaisons and teachers throughout the year.

End of Year Information

Cafeteria Program – End of Year Reminders

As we are approaching the end of the school year, please note that we will not allow any lunches to be charged

during the month of June.  At this time, you may purchase more lunches/drinks in advance, or when your balance has expired, you may pay on a daily basis.  If you do have monies on account, please make sure that it is used before the end of the school year as we do not give refunds.  Please call the cafeteria at 703-368-4400, ext. 211, if you have any questions or concerns.

School Supplies Program

Please order by returning this form along with your payment by June 23, 2014.

Make Checks Payable to:         ALL SAINTS CATHOLIC SCHOOL

OR

ORDER SECURELY ONLINE

Starting Now until June 23rd

1.  Go to www.epipacks.com, sales tax will be added at checkout

2.  Enter your School ID, ALL088

3.  Be sure to select the correct supply package for the grade level that your child will be entering in  

     the fall.  

4.  Follow the directions to complete your order

5.  Keep your online confirmation as your receipt.

The School Supply packages do not include special items such as seat sacks, back backs, party favors, or special pencils/pens or markers for AR prizes (Grades 2- 6), pillow case (Pre-K), and black sock (Grade 4).

Consult the School Supply list for special Items required by each grade.  Seat Sacks are ordered by the school for an additional charge.    

School supplies will be available in the child’s classroom. 

For questions, please email allsaintssupplies@yahoo.com

Extended Day Program

Extended Day services will continue the next three and a half weeks and be available before and after school through Tuesday, June 17thThere will be no Extended Day Program on Wednesday, June 18th.  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 18th.  Since the office will have a record of your child’s final grades at the close of the year, you may retain these cards.

Medications

All medications must be picked up from the clinic no later than Tuesday, June 17th.  Since students are not authorized to carry medication, it is necessary for parents to visit the clinic to pick up medications prior to the close of the year.  Medications remaining after the final day will be discarded. 

Summer Office Hours

The school office will remain open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. during the months of June and August.  The office will be closed during the month of July.  The office will reopen on Tuesday, August 5th. 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.

Dive Into Books

Get a Jump Start on Summer Reading!  All Saints teams up with Barnes and Noble for a Summer Book Fair!!! 

Summer reading is in the air and again this year the All Saints School Library will host an exciting Pre-Summer Book Fair at the Barnes and Noble store in Manassas on Saturday, June 7th.    Join Mrs. Coyle and Mrs. Geary as they dive into 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 greet and meet!    Also, the All Saints displays will be available in the Barnes and Noble store all day long!  Bring the attached printed flyer or tell the cashier at the store that you are from the 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 Book Fair ID number when you checkout.    The Book Fair online dates will be 6/7/14 and will extend to 6/12/14.

Enter the following:  BN.COM/bookfairs

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 22nd.   

¨       8th Annual Back-to School Barbecue hosted by the PTO – Friday, August 22nd (5:30-7:30 p.m.)

¨       First Day of School ~ Noon Dismissal (Grades K-8) – Monday, August 25th    

¨       First Day of Pre-Kindergarten – Wednesday, September 3rd    

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, June 4th               

  • Planning for High School -7th Grade Parent Q & A Session with Mrs. Slovenkay (3:30-6:00 p.m.)
  • Parent Portal Closes at 3:00 p.m.

Friday, June 6th

  • School Mass & Virtues Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
  • Race for Education Pizza Lunch, Awards Ceremony & Classroom Movie Celebration
  • 7th & 8th Grade Skate Party in the Gym (6:30-8:30 p.m.)

Saturday, June 7th                  

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

Monday, June 9th                    

  • Golf Tournament – Evergreen Country Club
  • Gold Medal Readers Celebration (1:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, June 10th                  

  • Seniors Luncheon – hosted by 5th Grade
  • Payment in Full Deadline for FACTS Tuition (2014-2015)

Wednesday, June 11th             

  • 2nd Grade Field Trip to the Basilica
  • 8th Grade Ice Cream Social

Thursday, June 12th                

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

Friday, June 13th                    

  • 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.)
  • Noon Dismissal for Grades K-7
  • Graduation Mass & Ceremony (church/4:00 p.m.)

Links

          Pre-Packaged School Supply Packets Order Form –  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=SchoolSupplyPks14-15.pdf

          All Saints Catholic School 2014-2015 Supply List – http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=SUPPLIES-LIST-14-15.pdf

          Middle School Summer Reading Cover Letter – http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Summer-reading-Cover-Letter-2014.pdf

          Middle School Summer Reading Program Information – http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Summer-Reading-Program-2014.pdf

          Barnes & Noble Book Fair Flyer – http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=BN-BOOKFAIR-FLYER-11×17-Color-2.pdf

          Anti-Bullying Survey – https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BWQDL6W

          Golf Tournament Brochure – 2014 All Saints Parish Golf Tournament brochure

          Golf Tournament Website – www.allsaintsgolf.com

          Annual Fund Brochure – 2013/14 Annual Fund Brochure

          Annual Fund Online Donations – http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/alumnidevelopment/annual-fund/   

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

The Sentinel – May 28, 2014

Message from the Principal

It is with sadness that I announce the passing of Sr. Laurence Bucher, O.S.B., who served as Principal of All Saints during the early decades of the school’s history.  She was one of many Benedictine Sisters of Bristow who led the school from the time of its founding in 1957 until 1990.  We remain grateful for the leadership of Sr. Laurence and the difference she made in the lives of the children and families of our community.  She is fondly remembered by the longest serving members of our faculty and her legacy continues to shine.  As the Benedictine Sisters gather this evening and tomorrow to recall the many lives and hearts touched by Sr. Laurence, may they be consoled by our prayers and well-wishes for their community.

This week I wish to also share with you the news that Mrs. Gurley, second grade teacher, will not be returning in the fall.  She will be moving to Florida this summer where her husband has recently accepted a new position, a transition that will actually place her only one hour from her family.  While this remains a wonderful opportunity for Mrs. Gurley, she will be missed in our community.  During her four years as a member of our faculty, she was a highly effective second grade teacher who with a quiet leadership style, initiated two major curriculum initiatives; the Daily 5 approach to literacy and Empowering Writers.  We are grateful for all that she has done for our program and wish both her and her husband every success and blessing as they prepare for this next chapter.

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What is it that you and your fellow parents value most in a Catholic education? What can we change to make these things – and others – even better?  Finally, how can we continue to challenge, nurture and care for our students — your children — as they grow into accomplished leaders, scholars, athletes, artists, and faithful servants of the communities in which we live? These are just some of the questions we as administrators and educators ask ourselves everyday.

Together with the Diocesan Office of Catholic Schools, we have embarked on an initiative to better understand what you, as parents, expect from a world-class Catholic school education and community of learning.  We want to determine how we are living up to those expectations today, with the goal being to more closely align our school with the things you care most about for your children going forward. To this end, the diocese has engaged an independent market research company, Brightline Strategies, to help us gather this critical information.  Having already facilitated a number of focus groups, this organization will now be reaching out by phone to randomly selected parents from our community to invite their participation in this dialogue.  In advance, I thank you for your support of this project which will benefit our school as we continue to plan for our future.  If for any reason you prefer not to be contacted, please notify Mrs. D’Eugenio so that we can follow up with the diocese accordingly.

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Finally, this week’s newsletter includes a special message from the PTO leadership regarding a change in the Room Liaison selection process effective at the start of the new school year.  I wish to thank Mrs. Angela Slater (President) and Mrs. Katherine Mills (Room Liaison Coordinator) for the assistance they have provided in designing a process that I believe will be both more objective and efficient.

As of yesterday, the counting team has already processed $40,040 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

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 2014.

(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, these packets will be distributed to parents.

Grade 1-2       Summer Book: This is a wonderful series that has been used in the primary grades in recent years.  It includes diverse activities that target a variety of areas, including reading, math, science, social studies, and religion.

The Summer Book will be due on Friday of the first week of school and credit will be given to all students who complete the work.

Ordering Information: Summerbook Company

305 Lyndale Drive

Hartsville, SC 27804

1-877-684-8502 (Toll Free)

www.summerbookcompany.com

(Note: Order the Summer Book for the grade level that your child will begin in September.  For example, students in Kindergarten this year should complete the Summer Book for rising 1st graders.)

Grades 3-5      Math Packet & 2 Accelerated Reader Books

Teachers will distribute math packets that provide reinforcement of skills acquired during this past school year.  After reading two Accelerated Reader books, students are asked to complete the corresponding AR tests upon their return to school.  These summer assignments will be due Friday of the first week of school and will be considered part of the first quarter participation grade.

Grades 6-8      Students are asked to read selections (one book for grade 6/two books for grades 7 & 8) from the Middle School Summer Reading List and complete one of the corresponding follow up activities for each book chosen.  Additionally, teachers will provide Math Packets that focus on skill areas that they have specifically identified for practice and reinforcement.

(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.)

Carpool Network 2014-2015

All Saints parent Mr. Jim Griffin has once again volunteered to serve as a carpool coordinator. If you are interested in a carpool for your children, please email the following information to allsaintscarpool@hotmail.com and Mr. Griffin will put you in touch with other families in your area who have expressed an interest in carpooling.

Name:

Address:

Phone Number:

Preferred email contact:

Number of children you need transported:

Number of spaces in your vehicle for transporting others:

Prefer to drive morning or evening, or no preference?

Please be aware that the above information will be plotted on a map with a private URL that is only available to All Saints parents who have expressed an interest in carpooling.  The URL will be emailed directly to you and will not be available any other way or discoverable by any search engine.

Recognizing that parents are solely responsible for determining transportation arrangements to and from All Saints Catholic School, the school assumes no role in this process and neither recommends nor endorses any particular carpool arrangements.  In the unfortunate circumstance of an accident or injury, the parent’s own personal automobile liability is primary in the event of a claim.  Nonetheless, the school values the collective efforts of parents and is pleased to support this initiative by communicating the opportunity to parents.

Room Liaison Selection Process ~ Revised for 2014-2015

All Saints will have a new Room Liaison selection process next year that will attempt to address some parent concerns with the process as it is now.  A subcommittee of the PTO, with support from the administration, worked to update our current selection process.

To highlight:

  • Parents who are interested in being a room liaison next year will fill out a short application, with their classroom choice (1st, 2nd, etc. if you have more than one student).
  • Applicants for each class will be selected in random drawings, alternates will be drawn if necessary.
  • Each class will have two liaisons who will assist the teacher with communications and classroom activities.  For activities that need more volunteers, of course, all interested classroom parents will have an opportunity to volunteer
  • Each liaison will be eligible for 60 Points for Parents.
  • Applications will be available at the front office at the beginning of the school year.  Deadlines to be announced during our return to school.  Liaison selection will be completed in the first couple weeks of school.
  • We hope this streamlined process will keep complications to a minimum and match liaisons with their classes quickly.

Please contact Angela Slater at pinoslater@gmail.com if you have any questions about our new selection process.  I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of our current room liaisons for your dedication and commitment to assisting your classroom teachers and ensuring all of the classroom activities this year were successful for the children.  Wonderful job!  A special thank-you to Katherine Mills our Room Liaison Coordinator for all of her hard work to support both liaisons and teachers throughout the year.

Dive Into Books

GET A JUMP START ON SUMMER READING!

ALL SAINTS TEAMS UP WITH

BARNES AND NOBLE FOR A SUMMER BOOK FAIR!!!!

Summer reading is in the air and again this year the All Saints School Library will host an exciting Pre-Summer Book Fair at the Barnes and Noble store in Manassas on Saturday, June 7th.    Join Mrs. Coyle and Mrs. Geary as they dive into 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 greet and meet!    Also, the All Saints displays will be available in the Barnes and Noble store all day long!  Bring the attached printed flyer or tell the cashier at the store that you are from the 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 Book Fair ID number when you checkout.    The Book Fair online dates will be 6/7/14 and will extend to 6/12/14.

Enter the following:  BN.COM/bookfairs

BoxTops for Education Update

Keep clipping the boxtops. We have collected 4117 boxtops in just under 2 months! The competition between the classrooms is close. I will wait until this coming Friday, May 30th, for the final count of combined boxtops and soup labels to announce the classroom winner. The classroom winner will receive a classroom party!  Below are the top six classrooms:

5A Mrs. Honkus            4861

3A Mrs. Montano         4555

1A Mrs. Harrill              3220

1B Mrs. Nichols            2825

2B Mrs. Gurley              2316

K1 Mrs. Cote                2213

Important Reminders

FACTS Enrollment Process for 2014-2015

All returning families should have received a customized email from FACTS confirming their tuition balance and payment plan for 2014-2015.  Similarly, all new families and those who have expressed interested in changing their plan from “Payment in Full by invoice” to a schedule of payments should have received a FACTS “invite” that provides detailed directions for establishing an account. All new families and those enrolling in the system for the first time are asked to complete this process by Friday, May 30th.

The deadline for Payment in Full has been extended to Tuesday, June 10th.

Annual Fund – Home Stretch to End the Year

As we near the end of the school year, we ask families who haven’t yet returned a pledge card to our Making a Difference, Every Day Annual Fund to do so today. We will be producing our year-end report shortly which includes the many gifts of prayer and financial support that we have already received, but we are hoping to hear from more members of our school community.

We have currently raised just over $7,000. We hope to reach last year’s results by raising a total of $11,000, so we have $4,000 to go.

Remember, funds raised through the annual fund will be used for tuition assistance and to provide your child with new opportunities through the installation of WiFi access in all school classrooms and the purchase of new math and science equipment.

You may recall that funds from last year’s campaign were used in conjunction with our business partnership with Leidos to launch our new Robotics initiative!

How Can You Participate?

  • Complete a Participation Form – 2013/14 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 of prayer and/or financial support – 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!

END OF YEAR INFORMATION

Cafeteria Program – End of Year Reminders

As we are approaching the end of the school year, please note that we will not allow any lunches to be charged

during the month of June.  At this time, you may purchase more lunches/drinks in advance, or when your balance has expired, you may pay on a daily basis.  If you do have monies on account, please make sure that it is used before the end of the school year as we do not give refunds.  Please call the cafeteria at 703-368-4400, ext. 211, if you have any questions or concerns.

School Supplies Program

Please order by returning this form along with your payment by June 23, 2014.

Make Checks Payable to:         ALL SAINTS CATHOLIC SCHOOL

OR

ORDER SECURELY ONLINE

Starting Now until June 23rd

1.  Go to www.epipacks.com, sales tax will be added at checkout

2.  Enter your School ID, ALL088

3.  Be sure to select the correct supply package for the grade level that your child will be entering in   

    the fall.  

4.  Follow the directions to complete your order

5.  Keep your online confirmation as your receipt.

The School Supply packages do not include special items such as seat sacks, back backs, party favors, or special pencils/pens or markers for AR prizes (Grades 2- 6), pillow case (Pre-K), and black sock (Grade 4).

Consult the School Supply list for special Items required by each grade.  Seat Sacks are ordered by the school for an additional charge.

School supplies will be available in the child’s classroom.

For questions, please email allsaintssupplies@yahoo.com

Extended Day Program

Extended Day services will continue the next three and a half weeks and be available before and after school through Tuesday, June 17th.  There will be no Extended Day Program on Wednesday, June 18th.  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 18th.  Since the office will have a record of your child’s final grades at the close of the year, you may retain these cards.

Medications

All medications must be picked up from the clinic no later than Tuesday, June 17th.  Since students are not authorized to carry medication, it is necessary for parents to visit the clinic to pick up medications prior to the close of the year.  Medications remaining after the final day will be discarded.

Summer Office Hours

The school office will remain open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. during the months of June and August.  The office will be closed during the month of July.  The office will reopen on Tuesday, August 5th. 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 22nd.

¨       8th Annual Back-to School Barbecue hosted by the PTO – Friday, August 22nd (5:30-7:30 p.m.)

¨       First Day of School ~ Noon Dismissal (Grades K-8) – Monday, August 25th

¨       First Day of Pre-Kindergarten – Wednesday, September 3rd

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, May 28th

  • Points for Parents Fees Due

Thursday, May 29th

  • Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten
  • Race for Education Dress Down Day Option

Friday, May 30th

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Middle School Demerit Free Breakfast (9:30 a.m.)
  • FACTS Enrollment Deadline for 2014-2015

Saturday, May 31st

  • Algebra Exemption Exam

Monday, June 2nd

  • 5th Grade Field Trip – Luray Caverns (8:00-2:30)

Tuesday, June 3rd

  • Free Ice Cream, Courtesy of Fr. Bob!
  • Race for Education Dress Down Day option
  • PTO Executive Board Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, June 4th

  • Planning for High School -7th Grade Parent Q & A Session with Mrs. Slovenkay (3:30-6:00 p.m.)
  • Parent Portal Closes at 3:00 p.m.

Friday, June 6th           

  • School Mass & Virtues Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
  • Race for Education Pizza Lunch, Awards Ceremony & Classroom Movie Celebration
  • 7th & 8th Grade Skate Party in the Gym (6:30-8:30 p.m.)

Saturday, June 7th

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

Links

Links from Prior Newsletters

The Sentinel

May 21, 2014

Message from the Principal

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. Foeckler who joined our faculty last fall will be departing in June in order to prepare for the birth of her first child.  In addition to teaching all of the music classes and leading the Schola at Mass, Mrs. Foeckler directed the recent Spring Choral Concert and coordinated the music for our annual Christmas Pageant.  I am grateful for all of her efforts during her first year of teaching and wish her blessings as she anticipates the birth of her little one.

After twelve years in our program, Mrs. Knowles will be leaving her position as Pre-Kindergarten and middle school religion teacher in order to relocate to the West Coast where her husband has accepted a new position.  Mrs. Knowles has been a key member of the Pre-Kindergarten team who by her example and through her steadfast commitment has helped to create a reputation of stability and excellence in the program.  We are grateful for her years of service and wish her and her family every blessing as they begin this new journey.

After four and a half decades of devoted service, Mrs. McMahon will be departing at the close of the year and embarking on a second retirement.  We remain grateful for her more than ten years of dedication working part-time in our resource program following her retirement from full-time teaching.  Recognized as our on-site “handwriting expert”, Mrs. McMahon has assisted countless students in the writing process and offered remediation to those encountering difficulties in math and/or reading.  Her commitment to the school, marked by the passing of so many years, is extraordinary and second to none.  We thank her for her generosity and constancy over a lifetime of service to our community.

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It was a joy and an honor to witness many of our 2nd grade students receiving their First Communion on Saturday morning.  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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Last week the school gathered in celebration of the 35th Anniversary of Fr. Bob’s ordination.  It was a joy-filled gathering as each grade level performed a song of tribute for our special guest of honor.  Indeed, there were very memorable renditions of “Hail to the Redskins” and “Take me out to the Ballgame”, all rewritten in celebration of our beloved pastor.  At the conclusion of the event, the school community presented to Fr. Bob a gift certificate for a two night’s stay as well as greens fees and a dining certificate for the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina.  Thanks to the generosity of one of our school families who contributed “points” for one night and the outpouring of support from the children totaling $578.13, we’re able to send Fr. Bob on a well-deserved getaway.  Thank you, Fr. Bob, for all that you do for our community and congratulations on 35th years of dedicated service as a priest!

As of yesterday, the counting team has already processed $36,765.00 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

Annual Fund – Home Stretch to End the Year

As we near the end of the school year, we ask families who haven’t yet returned a pledge card to our Making a Difference, Every Day Annual Fund to do so today. We will be producing our year-end report shortly which includes the many gifts of prayer and financial support that we have already received, but we are hoping to hear from more members of our school community.

We have currently raised just over $7,000. We hope to reach last year’s results by raising a total of $11,000, so we have $4,000 to go.

Remember, funds raised through the annual fund will be used for tuition assistance and to provide your child with new opportunities through the installation of WiFi access in all school classrooms and the purchase of new math and science equipment.

You may recall that funds from last year’s campaign were used in conjunction with our business partnership with Leidos to launch our new Robotics initiative!

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 of prayer and/or financial support – 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!

Student Council Election Results

Last week a number of students participated in an election for a variety of offices for the 2014-2015 leadership of the Student Council Association.  Congratulations to the following students who were elected by the students in grades four through seven.

President                                                          Nicholas Delaney

Vice President                                                  Jack Houser

Secretary/Historian                                          Allison Talish

School Spirit/Publicity                                     Bianca Misterio

Finance                                                             Zachary Mills

Health, Safety & Ecology                                Elizabeth Kwari

Religious Activities                                          Gabriel Short

Ambassador Program Announcement from Angela Slater, School Counselor

Last year in our school community the Ambassador Program was launched.  The Ambassador Program is an integral part of our ongoing efforts to both deter and address bullying behaviors in our school community.  In grades 2nd-8th, students are chosen to serve as the role of ambassador in their class.  As ambassadors they will endeavor to set a good example, be a leader, be available to listen to students who bring peer concerns to them and help facilitate communicating those concerns to faculty and staff.   I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs. Brown for partnering with me to implement this program.

We are very proud of the students chosen for this program.  As we are launching this late in the year, we are hopeful to have this year’s students retain their roll as Ambassadors for next year.  The student Ambassadors are:

2A – Maddie Woolfrey & Jack Stidham

2B – Josseline Avila & Isaac Fleisig

3A – Kevin Balagtas & Moira Haggerty

3B – Mary Collins & Eliza Rhodes

4A – Sloan Helmick & Max Volk

4B – Beverly Appiatse & Juan Santos

5A – Jenna Delaney & Morgan Shanz

5B – Lily Feltman & Ryan Shanz

6A – Jordan Karcher & Zachary Mills

6B – Paddy DeBruyne & Thumay Huynh

7A – Mussie Adiamseged & Annaliese Tamke

7B – Collin Foster & Mary Tran

8A – Drew Davey & Kim Ferguson

8B – Lauren Goldsmith & Walter Seigel

BoxTops for Education Update

Students, Parents, and Teachers…Would you believe…from all your efforts All Saints has received $3,011.64 in checks so far from those little tiny box tops everyone has been turning in! Way to go All Saints!!!  We’re not even done yet.  We also have collected 3,107 box tops (counted May 5th)…and I have a bag full to still count.

The winning class will be announced next Wednesday (May 28th) with a party to follow.  Keep those box tops rolling in. Thank you!

END OF YEAR INFORMATION

Cafeteria Program – End of Year Reminders

As we are approaching the end of the school year, please note that we will not allow any lunches to be charged

during the month of June.  At this time, you may purchase more lunches/drinks in advance, or when your balance has expired, you may pay on a daily basis.  If you do have monies on account, please make sure that it is used before the end of the school year as we do not give refunds.  Please call the cafeteria at 703-368-4400, ext. 211, if you have any questions or concerns.

Extended Day Program

Extended Day services will continue the next three and a half weeks and be available before and after school through Tuesday, June 17thThere will be no Extended Day Program on Wednesday, June 18th.  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 18th.  Since the office will have a record of your child’s final grades at the close of the year, you may retain these cards.

Medications

All medications must be picked up from the clinic no later than Tuesday, June 17th.  Since students are not authorized to carry medication, it is necessary for parents to visit the clinic to pick up medications prior to the close of the year.  Medications remaining after the final day will be discarded.

Summer Office Hours

The school office will remain open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. during the months of June and August.  The office will be closed during the month of July.  The office will reopen on Tuesday, August 5th. 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 22nd.
  • 8th Annual Back-to School Barbecue hosted by the PTO – Friday, August 22nd (5:30-7:30 p.m.)
  • First Day of School ~ Noon Dismissal (Grades K-8) – Monday, August 25th
  • First Day of Pre-Kindergarten – Wednesday, September 3rd

Important Reminders

FACTS Enrollment Process for 2014-2015

All returning families should have received a customized email from FACTS confirming their tuition balance and payment plan for 2014-2015.  Similarly, all new families and those who have expressed interested in changing their plan from “Payment in Full by invoice” to a schedule of payments should have received a FACTS “invite” that provides detailed directions for establishing an account. All new families and those enrolling in the system for the first time are asked to complete this process by Friday, May 30th.

The deadline for Payment in Full has been extended to Tuesday, June 10th.

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

Those families who received letters confirming the amount now due for outstanding Points for Parents are asked to submit payment by Wednesday, May 28th.      

End of Year Parent Survey ~ Anti-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. Slater.  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.  Link to survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BWQDL6W

Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 22nd

  • 4th Grade Mothers’ Tea
  • 6th Grade Field Trip to Medieval Times (8:45 – 3:00)
  • 7th Grade Iowa Test of Algebra Readiness

Friday, May 23rd

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Noon Dismissal

Saturday, May 24th

  • 1st Communion – Group III (10:00 a.m.)

Monday, May 26th

  • Holiday – Memorial Day

Wednesday, May 28th

  • Points for Parents Fees Due
  • 4th Grade Field Trip to Mount Vernon
  • 7th Grade Field Trip to Manassas Battlefield

Thursday, May 29th

  • Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten
  • Race for Education Dress Down Day Option

Friday, May 30th

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Middle School Demerit Free Breakfast (9:30 a.m.)
  • FACT Enrollment Deadline for 2014-2015

Links

 

The Sentinel – May 7, 2014

May 7, 2014

Message from the Principal

Tomorrow all students will participate in the 9th 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.

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

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

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

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

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

The following is the schedule for this special event:

Grades Pre-K, K, 1 & 2 8:45a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Grades 3-5 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Grades Pre-K3 & 6-8 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

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

Wednesday, May 7th Dress-Down Day Option
Tuesday, May 13th Dress-Down Day Option
Wednesday, May 21st Dress-Down Day Option
Thursday, May 29th Dress-Down Day Option
Tuesday, June 3rd Dress-Down Day Option

Students may redeem pretzel and ice cream cards on regularly scheduled purchase days beginning this week and extending through the month of May.

As of today, the counting team has already processed $24,023 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day! Thank you to all students, parents, relatives and friends of our community for your steadfast support!

Prayer of the Month ~ Peace Prayer

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

Lord, let me help sad people be happy.

Let me forgive those who hurt me.

And let me bring your love to all.

Amen

Virtue of the Month ~ Peacemaking

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

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

Key Dates & Holidays for 2014-2015

The following is the schedule of holidays for the upcoming academic year.  Additionally, there will be a noon dismissal on the first and third Friday of each month in order that the faculty may complete a comprehensive self-study document as part of the Design for Excellence re-accreditation process.

August 25th First Day of School (Noon Dismissal)
September 1st Labor Day Holiday
October 13th Columbus Day Holiday
October 31st Professional Development Day (No School)
November 10th Parent/Teacher Conferences (No School)
November 11th Parent/Teacher Conferences (Noon Dismissal)
November 25th Noon Dismissal for Thanksgiving
November 26-28th Thanksgiving Holiday
December 22nd Christmas Holiday Begins
January 5th Classes Resume
January 16th Professional Development Day (No School)
January 19th Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
February 16th Presidents’ Day Holiday
March 16th Professional Development Day (No School)
April 2nd Holy Thursday (Noon Dismissal)
April 3rd Good Friday Holiday
April 6th Easter Week Holiday
May 22nd Noon Dismissal – Memorial Day Weekend
May 25th Memorial Day Holiday
June 16th Last Day for Grades 1-7 (Tentative)

Student Art Work Selected for Exhibit

Congratulations to Christopher Kleha (8th Grade) and Bridgette Magee (4th Grade) whose art work has been selected to appear in an exhibit from May 6-18 at John Paul the Great High School.  Additionally, the Sacred Heart Mosaic created by the 6th grade last year will also be included in the show.  The exhibit is a celebration of the canonization of Pope John Paul II and will include a number of festivities, all of which are listed on the high school website.

Important Reminders

Field Day ~ May 19th 

Field Day for Grades K-8 will take place on the grounds of Linton Hall School in Bristow on Monday, May 19th.  Mark your calendars now for what promises to be a great day of activities and fellowship for our school families.

A payment form for lunch is included as a link to this week’s newsletter.

Spotlight on the Arts Summer Camps this July in Theatre & Art
Early Bird Registration through May at www.SpotlightSummerCamps.com

Camps in the arts for high school, middle, elementary & rising kindergarten, these Theatrical & Artistic one week camps are taught by area Catholic professionals involved in arts education and performance.  Directed by All Saints Youth & Theatre Ministry Director, Rob Tessier, Spotlight on the Arts features Camp Broadway, Drama Bootcamp, Arts & Crafts Fun Camp, Art Explorer Camp, and Creative Kids Everything Camp.  Camp locations in Manassas & Vienna. Camp & Instructor descriptions are at www.SpotlightSummerCamps.com

Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 8th

  • 9th Annual Race for Education (see schedule above)

Friday, May 9th            

  • School Mass & Virtues Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
  • 2nd & 8th Grade Prayer Service (2:15 p.m.)
  • 8th Grade Confirmation (7:00 p.m.)

Monday, May 12th

  • Special Student Assembly (PAC/1:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, May 13th  

  • Seniors’ Luncheon – hosted by 4th Grade
  • Race for Education Dress Down Day Option
  • First Communion Group I Rehearsal (6:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 14th     

  • SCA Speeches & Election

Thursday, May 15th                

  • Spring Choral Concert (PAC/7:00 p.m.)
  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, May 16th

  • Band Trip to Hershey Park (5:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.)
  • Noon Dismissal – Professional Development for Faculty

Saturday, May 17th     

  • 8th Grade Algebra Exemption Exam Practice Session (9:00-10:30 a.m.)
  • First Communion Group I (10:00 a.m.)

Links

 

 

The Sentinel – April 30, 2014

April 30, 2014

Message from the Principal

Thanks to all of our students and parents, we recently mailed approximately 5,600 letters requesting financial support for the 9th Annual Race for Education!  Prize Cards will be distributed tomorrow to students who met the criteria and may be redeemed according to the following schedule:

                                Wednesday, May 7th    Dress-Down Day Option

Tuesday, May 13th       Dress-Down Day Option

Wednesday, May 21st Dress-Down Day Option

Thursday, May 29th     Dress-Down Day Option

Tuesday, June 3rd         Dress-Down Day Option

Students may redeem pretzel and ice cream cards on regularly scheduled purchase days beginning next week and extending through the month of May.

The   9th Annual Race for Education is now only one week away.  On Thursday, May 8th 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 $16,596.00 in 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 8th.  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!

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.

CAKE WALK- PARISH FESTIVAL IN 2 DAYS!!  

We need more CAKES!!  Please consider donating a cake for the cake walk that is this Friday and Saturday.  Cakes can be dropped off at the school on Friday or Saturday.  (May 2nd & May 3rd)

We also need a couple more volunteers to run the Cake Walk – earn 10 points for a 1 hour shift.  This is a great way to participate and enjoy the festival while earning points for parents.  It is easy to sign-up using the link below. This is our school’s contribution to the wonderful Parish Festival.

Cake walk:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050E45A5AA2FA57-cake

Food donations needed for Kindergarten Screenings on Monday, May 5th

On Monday, May 5th, All Saints Catholic School will be having the second day of Kindergarten Screenings.  We are in need of food donations such as breakfast treats, muffins, donut holes, cookies, etc.  This is an easy way to earn points for parents and help us offer our hospitality to new families coming to our school.  Please use the link below to sign-up.  Thank you!

Kindergarten Screening:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A094CA9AD238-kindergarten2

Funeral Ministry Volunteers Needed

The All Saints Funeral Ministry needs volunteers next week with 2 funeral receptions.  Please follow the links to help on Wednesday or Thursday.  Each donation will earn you points for parents.  Any questions please contact Johanna Catts at Cattsfamily@yahoo.com.

All Saints Funeral Ministry: All Saints Funeral Wednesday May 7, 2014

View on www.signupgenius.com

 

All Saints Funeral Ministry: All Saints Funeral Thursday May 8, 2014

View on www.signupgenius.com  

Race for Education – VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED FOR RACE DAY…PLEASE SIGN UP!

The new total for donations made for the Race for Education as of Tuesday, April 29th is:

We are one week away from the 9th Annual Race for Education and we need volunteers to sign up for each of the race times.  Volunteers will help track the student’s laps, pass out water, and monitor the students as they run. All of these can be done while you are cheering on your child.  The race takes place on Thursday, May 8th!  Please sign up to volunteer here with our link through VolunteerSpot:  http://vols.pt/Xxpy5P

The race times are:

Grades PK1, PK2, K, 1 & 2     8:45a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

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

                 Grades PK3 & 6-8                   1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Volunteers are also needed to help with the counting of proceeds. If you are available to help any amount of time, please sign up here with our link through VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/Dktfuk

If you have any questions, please contact Marjorie Collins at: racefored@allsaintsvaschool.org .

HIGH SCHOOL NEWS

Celebrate the Canonization of Saint John Paul the Great!

Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School is hosting a number of canonization celebration events which are open to the public. Each event highlights a different aspect of the Saint and his talents, teachings, or interests. All are encouraged to attend! Events include: Professional Art Exhibit (opening night, May 6); Women’s Tea with reflections on the ‘Feminine Genius’ (May 9); The Jeweler’s Shop, a play written by Karol Wojtyla before he was pope (May 9); Dinner and Gala for adults (May 17); and, Potomac National’s Baseball Night (May 20). Please call 703-445-0300 or visit www.jpthegreat.org for more information about these and other events!

Important Reminders

Kindergarten Screening ~ No Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten on Monday, May 5th

The Early Prevention of School Failure Screening for Kindergarten applicants will take place on Monday, May 5thIn order that the teachers may be available to administer the assessment, there will be no Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten classes on Monday.

Tuition Assistance & FACTS Re-enrollment

As diocesan allocations related to the Special Tuition Assistance Program will not be announced until early May, final decisions regarding tuition assistance for our families will not occur until that time.  For this reason, notification for those families who have applied for assistance will not take place until mid-May.  Subsequently, the FACTS re-enrollment process and selection of online payment plans will not occur until mid-to-late May.  While our administrative process will be slightly delayed, we are pleased to make this adjustment as we strive to access as much funding as possible for our families.

Field Day Announced ~ May 19th 

Field Day for Grades K-8 will take place on the grounds of Linton Hall School in Bristow on Monday, May 19th.  Mark your calendars now for what promises to be a great day of activities and fellowship for our school families.

A payment form for lunch is included as a link to this week’s newsletter.

End of Year Calendar Confirmed

Monday, May 19th       Field Day at Linton Hall School – Grades K-8 (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Thursday, May 29th     Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten

Friday, June 13th          8th Grade Graduation Day (Mass & Ceremony at 4:00 p.m.)

Monday, June 16th       Kindergarten Luau

Tuesday, June 17th       Kindergarten Graduation (10:00 a.m.)

Wednesday, June 18th Final Day for Students in Grades 1-7

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 2nd.  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 Parish Golf Tournament

All Saints will be sponsoring its 2014 Parish Golf Tournament on Monday, June 9th at Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, VA. Proceeds from our 2014 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, a beautiful All Saints wind shirt, goodie bag, contests, prize drawings, continental breakfast, lunch, dinner and awards ceremony. It’s a fantastic value!!
  • Promote Your Company Through Sponsorship
    With sponsorship options starting as low as $50 for a business card ad and only $100 for hole sponsorship, the All Saints Parish Golf Tournament provides an excellent marketing opportunity for local businesses. A detailed list of sponsorship opportunities can be found in our 2014 All Saints Parish Golf Tournament brochure.

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

Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 1st                   

  • School Mass followed by May Crowning (8:30 a.m.)
  • First Communion & Graduation Photos (9:45 a.m.)
  • Extended Day Afternoon Program – Moved to Music Room and Primary Grade Classrooms to allow for Parish Festival preparations in Father Kelly Wing.  (Parents picking up children from the program are asked to park in front of the school, to enter via the front doors and to proceed to the end of the hallway on the first floor of the new building.)

Friday, May 2nd                      

  • Holiday – Parish Festival Prep Day
  • Points for Parents Updates due

Saturday, May 3rd                   

  • Parish Festival

Monday, May 4th                    

  • EPSF Screening – No PreK or K classes
  • 4th Grade Field Trip to George Mason University Theater (9:30-12:30)

Tuesday, May 6th                    

  • World Language Exemption Exam for 8th Grade Students
  • 8th Grade Confirmation Rehearsal (gym/6:00 p.m.)
  • PTO Executive Board Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 7th               

  • Race for Education Dress Down Day option

Thursday, May 8th                  

  • 9th Annual Race for Education (see schedule above)

Friday, May 9th                                   

  • School Mass & Virtues Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
  • 8th Grade Confirmation (7:00 p.m.)

Links

          Golf Tournament Brochure – 2014 All Saints Parish Golf Tournament brochure

          Golf Tournament Website – www.allsaintsgolf.com

          Annual Fund Brochure – 2013/14 Annual Fund Brochure

          Annual Fund Online Donations – http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/alumnidevelopment/annual-fund/   

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

The Sentinel – April 16, 2014

April 16, 2014

Message from the Principal

As we continue to make plans for the upcoming year, one of our priorities is that of providing as much tuition assistance as possible for families in our community.  Through the generous and on-going support of our parish, the emergence of our Annual Fund, and the Diocesan Tuition Assistance program, we have been able to provide financial aid totaling more than $180,000 during the current year. 

In the hopes that we may be able to provide even greater support next year, we have submitted applications on behalf of our community for funding through the Diocese of Arlington Scholarship Foundation and a new Special Tuition Assistance Program.  (Note: Applications for these two programs were completed by the school and require no additional paperwork on the part of individual families.) 

As diocesan allocations related to the Special Tuition Assistance Program will not be announced until early May, final decisions regarding tuition assistance for our families will not occur until that time.  For this reason, notification for those families who have applied for assistance will not take place until mid-May.  Subsequently, the FACTS re-enrollment process and selection of online payment plans will not occur until mid-to-late May.  While our administrative process will be slightly delayed, we are pleased to make this adjustment as we strive to access as much funding as possible for our families.

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As announced earlier this year, Mrs. Vickie Coyle, our librarian, has been selected to receive the Distinguished Teacher Award presented by the Elementary Schools Department of the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA).  Fr. Bob, Mrs. Campagna and I will join Mrs. Coyle, along with six faculty members and staff of the Office of Catholic Schools, including our Superintendent, Sr. Bernadette McManigal, at the Convention and ceremony in Pittsburgh next week.  We look forward to celebrating with Mrs. Coyle and participating in professional development activities with Catholic educators from around the nation. Once again, congratulations, Mrs. Coyle!     

On behalf of the faculty & staff, I wish you and your family a blessed Holy Week and celebration of Easter!

PTO General Assembly Meeting ~ Homework Strategies to Reduce Homework Stress

Our final PTO General Assembly Meeting on Monday, April 28th will host Mr. Neil McNerney, author of the book “Homework: A parent’s guide to helping out without freaking out”.  The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the PAC.  

Questions to be addressed (taken from the website) will include: 

1.      When do I reward and when do I punish?

2.      How do I give advice without getting backtalk?

3.      How much should I review homework?

4.      How do I help my stressed out child who takes school too seriously?

5.      What do I say when my child says “I don’t care?”

6.      How do I help my disorganized child without feeling like I am his secretary?

We hope you find this pertinent presentation informative and helpful as you finish this year and look towards next year.  To celebrate the theme and as an extra incentive, any parent that attends will receive 1 homework pass that may be redeemed by each of their children.  If both parents are able to attend, the family will receive 2 passes for each child to use this year. Also- Points for Parents are earned for attending any PTO meetings. We will have a electronic sign-in at the presentation to record who will receive homework passes.  Please contact Angela Slater at pinoslater@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Middle School Students Win Honors at Science Fair

On Saturday morning ten students from our middle school participated in the Annual Diocesan Science Fair at Paul VI High School in Fairfax.  We are proud of their hard work and thank them for representing our school so well in this academic competition.  Congratulations to the following students who received special recognition for their projects and presentations.

Emma Downes – 1st Place in Microbiology

Mathew White – Honorable Mention in Microbiology

Collin Foster – Honorable Mention in Engineering

Race for Education – Dress Down Day Options

Students who earned “Dress Down Day” prize cards through the Race for Education may redeem them on the following days.

Wednesday, May 7

Tuesday, May 13

Wednesday, May 21

Thursday, May 29

Tuesday, June 3

All Saints Parish Golf Tournament

All Saints will be sponsoring its 2014 Parish Golf Tournament on Monday, June 9th at Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, VA. Proceeds from our 2014 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, a beautiful All Saints wind shirt, goodie bag, contests, prize drawings, continental breakfast, lunch, dinner and awards ceremony. It’s a fantastic value!!
  • Promote Your Company Through Sponsorship
    With sponsorship options starting as low as $50 for a business card ad and only $100 for hole sponsorship, the All Saints Parish Golf Tournament provides an excellent marketing opportunity for local businesses. A detailed list of sponsorship opportunities can be found in our 2014 All Saints Parish Golf Tournament brochure.

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

From the Spirit Committee
The time has come to celebrate at the Skate-n-Fun Zone!  Our spirit event is on Thursday, April 24th from 6-8 p.m.  This is a special one to invite your friends and relatives.  It is an All Saints tradition.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Race for Education – CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!!!

The Race for Education donations have been arriving at the school daily and our total deposit as of today is:  $8,626.  We are three weeks away from the 9th Annual Race for Education and need volunteers to sign up for each of the race times.  Volunteers will help track the student’s laps, pass out water, and monitor the students as they run. All of these can be done while you are cheering on your child.  The race takes place on Thursday, May 8th!  Please sign up to volunteer here with our link through VolunteerSpot:  http://vols.pt/Xxpy5P  

The race times are:

PK1, PK2, 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.

PK3, 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. If you are available to help any amount of time, please sign up here with our link through VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/Dktfuk

If you have any questions, please contact Marjorie Collins at: racefored@allsaintsvaschool.org

Important Reminders

Kindergarten Screening ~ No Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten on Monday, April 28th & May 5th

The Early Prevention of School Failure Screening for Kindergarten applicants will take place on Monday, April 28th & Monday, May 5th.  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.

Field Day Announced ~ May 19th 

Field Day for Grades K-8 will take place on the grounds of Linton Hall School in Bristow on Monday, May 19th.  Mark your calendars now for what promises to be a great day of activities and fellowship for our school families.

End of Year Calendar Confirmed

Monday, May 19th       Field Day at Linton Hall School – Grades K-8 (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Thursday, May 29th     Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten

Friday, June 13th          8th Grade Graduation Day (Mass & Ceremony at 4:00 p.m.)

Monday, June 16th       Kindergarten Luau

Tuesday, June 17th       Kindergarten Graduation (10:00 a.m.)

Wednesday, June 18th  Final Day for Students in Grades 1-7

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 2nd.  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.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 17th                

          Holy Thursday Prayer Service (Church/9:30 a.m.)

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

          Noon Dismissal

Friday, April 18th                    

          Holiday – Good Friday

Thursday, April 24th                

          Spirit Activity: Skate ‘N Fun Zone (6:00-8:00 p.m.)

Monday, April 28th                 

          Classes Resume

          EPSF Screening – No Pre-K or Kindergarten classes

          Prayer Service (PAC/8:30 a.m.)

          PTO General Assembly Meeting – Presentation on Homework Strategies for Parents (PAC/7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, April 30th             

          SCA sponsored Dress Down Day for Earth Day

Thursday, May 1st                   

          School Mass followed by May Crowning (8:30 a.m.)

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

Friday, May 2nd                      

          Holiday – Parish Festival Prep Day

Saturday, May 3rd                   

          Parish Festival

Links

          Skate Party Flyer (April 24th) – http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=2014-04-24-Skate-Party-Flyer.pdf

          Golf Tournament Brochure – 2014 All Saints Parish Golf Tournament brochure

          Golf Tournament Website – www.allsaintsgolf.com

          Spotlight on the Arts Summer Camps –  www.SpotlightSummerCamps.com

          Annual Fund Brochure – 2013/14 Annual Fund Brochure

          Annual Fund Online Donations – http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/alumnidevelopment/annual-fund/   

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

The Sentinel – April 9, 2014

April 9, 2014

Message from the Principal

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

Beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 17th, the students and faculty will gather in the church for our annual Holy Thursday Prayer Service.  After listening to Scripture readings and reflecting on the example of Jesus, each of the children will participate in the “hand-washing” ceremony that has become a long-standing tradition in our school. 

Following the prayer service, the students will gather in the Parish Activities Center at 10:45 a.m. for the 7th grade portrayal of the Passion Play.  Through music and dramatic presentation, middle school students will prayerfully re-enact Christ’s passion and death.  As the students depart the space in silence following the presentation, the tone will be set for their continued reflection and prayer over the course of the coming days.

All parents are cordially invited to join us in prayer and to witness these beautiful school traditions.

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After six years of dedicated service as a first grade classroom assistant, Mrs. Delaney has resigned from her position in order to pursue another employment opportunity.  During her time with us, Mrs. Delaney has been a wonderful staff member who has closely partnered with Mrs. Harrill in support of student learning.  Additionally, she has been a highly regarded team member among the classroom assistants, working side by side with them each day to supervise the cafeteria and playground.  While she will be missed in our community, I have every confidence that her skills will continue to shine as she transitions to her new position and I wish her every success and blessing. 

To fill the role of classroom assistant, I’ve hired Mrs. Janet Baldwin, a school parent who has a great deal of experience as a volunteer in our school.  Already familiar with the routines of the first grade program, she is excited to begin working with the children and Mrs. Harrill this week.  Welcome, Mrs. Baldwin! 

Field Day Announced ~ May 19th 

Field Day for Grades K-8 will take place on the grounds of Linton Hall School in Bristow on Monday, May 19th.  Mark your calendars now for what promises to be a great day of activities and fellowship for our school families.

End of Year Calendar Confirmed

Monday, May 19th                   Field Day at Linton Hall School – Grades K-8 (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Thursday, May 29th                 Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten

Friday, June 13th                      8th Grade Graduation Day (Mass & Ceremony at 4:00 p.m.)

Monday, June 16th                   Kindergarten Luau

Tuesday, June 17th                   Kindergarten Graduation (10:00 a.m.)

Wednesday, June 18th             Final Day for Students in Grades 1-7

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 and welcomed into the organization at a special ceremony last Friday.


Lucy Becker

Josephine Carter

Lance Coleman

Matthew Delaney

Nicholas Delaney

Collin Foster

Lydia Goetz

Samantha Gutierrez

Jessica Hall

John Houser

Paola Linares

Bradley Magee

Madeleine Mangilit

Elena Mirus

Vanessa Morgan

Cameron Newborn

Vincent Olivera

Miguel Parada

Hannah Pell

Allison Talish

Annaliese Tamke

John Tessier

Mary Tran

Reem Varughese


Prayers & Pennies Outreach

Thanks to the generosity of our students, a total of $2,585 was raised through the recent Prayers and Pennies project sponsored by the Student Council Association to benefit House of Mercy.      

The following is a list of the winning classes for the grade level competitions:

K1

1A

2B

3B

4B

5A

6A

7A

8B


Congratulations to the students in the 5th grade who contributed a total of $488.33, winning the grand prize for this year’s competition!

All Saints Parish Golf Tournament

All Saints will be sponsoring its 2014 Parish Golf Tournament on Monday, June 9th at Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, VA. Proceeds from our 2014 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, a beautiful All Saints wind shirt, goodie bag, contests, prize drawings, continental breakfast, lunch, dinner and awards ceremony. It’s a fantastic value!!
  • Promote Your Company Through Sponsorship
    With sponsorship options starting as low as $50 for a business card ad and only $100 for hole sponsorship, the All Saints Parish Golf Tournament provides an excellent marketing opportunity for local businesses. A detailed list of sponsorship opportunities can be found in our 2014 All Saints Parish Golf Tournament brochure.

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.      

NJHS Easter Basket Raffle

The National Junior Honor Society will be conducting an Easter Basket Raffle during all lunch shifts next week, with three winners being announced on Thursday, April 17.  Ticket prices will be $.50 for one or $1.00 for three.  Baskets will be on display at the front office and during lunch.  The proceeds from the sale will support the ministry of Father Juan in helping the poor in our local community.

9th Annual Race for Education

The Race for Education donations have been arriving at the school daily and our total deposit as of today is:  $4,130.  We are always looking for volunteers to help process the mailers during school hours, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  Please sign up through the Volunteer Spot link below and make sure to comment on the hours you are available.  Don’t forget, you can earn points for parents for your time.  If you have any questions, please contact Marjorie Collins at:  racefored@allsaintsvaschool.org .

From the Spirit Event Committee
Thank you to all who generously supported our Spirit Event at Captain Pell’s Restaurant. This was the best year ever! There were many new families as well as many familiar faces. A special thank you goes out to our fantastic teachers who kindly served on the night. Thanks again!

Our next Spirit Event will be held on Thursday, April 24th at the Skate-n-Fun Zone. It is from 6-8 p.m. The evening is a lot of fun! Also, as it is Easter break, you are welcome to bring friends and family. See you there!

Spotlight Summer Camps Early Bird Discount ends very soon!
Spotlight on the Arts Summer Camps offers Drama, Music, Art, and Creative camps for students from Pre-K through 12th grade.  Catholic Professionals with expertise in their disciplines and education instruct young people in the arts through these highly interactive day camps directed by Rob Tessier, All Saints Youth Minister and Director of Upper Room Theatre Ministry.  For times, descriptions, prices, full teacher bios, and online registration go to www.SpotlightSummerCamps.com .

Bishop O’Connell High School ~ Offering Practice High School Placement Test

The Practice High School Placement Test for 7th graders will be offered again this year. The test will be on May 10 and May 17 at Bishop O’Connell.  Over 100 students have already signed up so they are filling up fast.  If interested, students may obtain information and register online on the Bishop O’Connell website.

Cub Scout Dens Now Forming

Attention all boys in Kindergarten through 4th grade! Cub Scout Dens are now forming for the 2014/2015 Scouting year! Pack 1188 has been proudly serving the All Saints community for over 30 years and sponsored by the Knights of Columbus George Brent Council.  Boys can start at any level and no prior experience is required. Our next pack meeting is in the Knights of Columbus Hall at 7 PM on Tuesday, April 15th.  If you have a Scouting-age boy who might be interested, give us a call. He can come to a Pack meeting, see what’s going on, and decide if it’s something he wants to be a part of.  To get the details call or e-mail either Cubmaster Randy Waddy, (703) 283-0717 / rrwaddy@yahoo.com

Coach Dan Vander Woude’s Summer 2014 Boys Basketball Camps/Clinics

Coach Dan Vander Woude, Seton Boys Varsity Coach will once again be offering Summer Boys Basketball Camps/Clinics.  If you are interested, please go to www.danvwbasketball.wordpress.com for more information.

Important Reminders

Kindergarten Screening ~ No Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten on Monday, April 28th & May 5th

The Early Prevention of School Failure Screening for Kindergarten applicants will take place on Monday, April 28th & Monday, May 5thIn 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 2nd.  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.

Final Presentation of the VIRTUS 30 Minute Update

The diocese also requires volunteers who have completed the full VIRTUS training to attend an annual update entitled Keeping the Promise Alive.  This 30 minutes video training is a prerequisite for volunteering in the school.  On Tuesday, May 13th the final presentation for the 2013-2014 school year will be presented at 2:15 p.m. in Meeting Room 2 (not at 7:00 p.m. as previously posted).  This change has been made in response to several requests from parents who cannot make the evening presentations.  For planning purposes, please contact Mrs. Janet Smith at 703-393-2158 to confirm your intent to attend.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, April 9th               

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

Thursday, April 10th                

          Stations of the Cross – Grades K-8 (2:00 p.m.)

Friday, April 11th                    

          8th Grade Class Trip to Annapolis

          School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Saturday, April 12th                

          Diocesan Science Fair

Monday, April 14th                 

          Terra Nova Make-up Testing

          Transition to Summer Uniforms

Tuesday, April 15th                 

  –       Terra Nova make-up Testing

Wednesday, April 16th             

          Spring Picture Day

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

Thursday, April 17th                

          Holy Thursday Prayer Service (Church/9:30 a.m.)

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

          Noon Dismissal

Friday, April 18th                    

          Holiday – Good Friday

Links

          Golf Tournament Brochure – 2014 All Saints Parish Golf Tournament brochure

          Golf Tournament Website – www.allsaintsgolf.com

          Spotlight on the Arts Summer Camps –  www.SpotlightSummerCamps.com

          Race for Education Volunteer Hours Form – http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Mailer-prep-volunteer-flier-5.pdf

          Annual Fund Brochure – 2013/14 Annual Fund Brochure

         Annual Fund Online Donations – http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/alumnidevelopment/annual-fund/    

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

The Sentinel – April 2, 2014

April 2, 2014

Message from the Principal

It is with sadness that I share with you the news that the father of Mrs. Nichols, our first grade teacher, passed away Friday night after a period of prolonged illness.  Mrs. Nichols remains in Maryland at this time where family and friends are now gathered for funeral services scheduled for Thursday morning.  Additionally, we learned yesterday that Mrs. Nichols’ mother-in-law, who similarly had experienced a period of decline in her health, passed away Monday night.  Mr. Nichols has now traveled to Pennsylvania where he is helping to coordinate the arrangements for her funeral service.  I have assured Mrs. Nichols of our thoughts and prayers and asked her to let me know if there is anything we can do to assist either her or her family in the days ahead.

During this difficult time, may the Nichols Family be sustained by our prayers and comforted by the abiding presence of our Risen Savior.

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Beginning on Monday, 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.

Virtue of the Month Award Winners

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

PK1     Isabella Hernandez-Zapata

PK2     Aceline Owusu

PK3     Axl Saylors

K1       Brooke Kresge

K2       John Fleisig

1A       Isabella Brown

1B        Isabella Ribeiro

2A       Faith Godeaux

2B        Emily Rivera

3A       Santiago Parada

3B        Isabella Ortiz

4A       Ryan Crocker

4B        Jacob Collins

5A       Morgan Shanz

5B        Ryan Shanz

6A       Trevor Cox

6B        Elizabeth Kwari

7A       Lucy Becker

7B        Mathew White

8A       Miguel Parada

8B        Samantha Gutierrez

Virtue of the Month ~ Stewardship/Service

1.         Do random acts of kindness every day.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prayer of the Month

Dear God,

Thank you so much for this wonderful day.

Thanks for the friends who showed me the way.

Please help me today in all that I do,

and don’t forget God, how much I love you!

Diocesan Band Festival ~ Superior Rating for All Saints!

Last Saturday the students in the Advanced Band under the direction of Mr. Ward participated in the annual Diocesan Band Festival at Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria.  Congratulations to the members of our band for earning “Superior” ratings!  This marks the 36th time that the All Saints Band has scored superior at the diocesan band festival!  Thank you, Mr. Ward and Ms. Zaiko, for your dedication and for the inspiration that you provide for our students!

The band will perform a spring concert for our community on Tuesday, May 20th beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the PAC. 

Kindergarten Screening ~ No Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten on Monday, April 28th & May 5th

The Early Prevention of School Failure Screening for Kindergarten applicants will take place on Monday, April 28th & Monday, May 5thIn order that the teachers may be available to administer the assessment, there will be no Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten classes on these two days.

Important Reminders from the School Nurse

With the change of seasons, there has been an increase of stomach bugs, upper respiratory infections and strep throat at All Saints.  I wanted to take this opportunity to go over some of the health policies in place to keep our community healthy:

-Children must be 24 hours free of vomiting/diarrhea in order to return to school.

-Children must be 24 hours fever free without medication in order to return to school.

-If a child is diagnosed with strep throat or another communicable illness requiring antibiotics- he/she must have 3 doses/24 hours of treatment prior to returning to school.

As always, let us all continue to stress the importance of hand washing, coughing/sneezing etiquette and tissue use.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

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 2nd.  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.

9th annual Race for Education

Thank you to all the parents and middle school students who gathered last week to help prep the Race for Education mailers. Our school mailed over 5,650 mailers to almost all 50 states…48 to be exact! Mailers were also sent to Australia, Canada, France, Guam, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines, and Puerto Rico…we are covering the globe! The donations have already begun to arrive at the school and we are looking for parent volunteers to help process the mailers during school hours, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at various time.  If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up through the Volunteer Spot link below. Make sure to comment on the hours you are available, any amount of time will be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, please contact Marjorie Collins at: racefored@allsaintsvaschool.org

Please sign up for Record Keeping Phase of Mailers – here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

   1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/Dktfuk
   2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot) 
   3. Sign up! Choose your spots – VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

All Saints School New Spirit Wear Line – On Sale starting today!!

All Saints is participating in a spirit gear drive and we need your help!  Showing your school spirit is a great way to encourage teamwork and camaraderie.  We’re proud of our school and we want to show off our gear!

Please shop using the one page flyer that will be sent home today, Wednesday, April 2nd OR go to www.SpiritGearDirect.com or look for the link on our school website to order on-line.  

We are accepting forms back any time before the deadline.  The last day to place an order is Wednesday, April 16th.  Our Spirit Wear items will be on display near the front office during the sale and we will be in the back and front lots during carpool several days each week. 

We are so excited to offer a variety of quality pieces which display our All Saints logo for children and adults!! Please let me know if you have any questions- Contact info: Kerryb17@verizon.net or 703-365-7327.

Uniform Exchange

It’s almost time to switch over to Summer Uniforms!  To help parents prepare the Uniform Closet will be open for sales on April 4 from 2:30 – 4:00 in the Gym Lobby.  If you know what items you need feel free to e-mail in advance and we will have it ready for pick up. The address is uniformexchange@allsaintsvaschool.org

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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).

Final Presentation of the VIRTUS 30 Minute Update

The diocese requires volunteers who have completed the full VIRTUS training to attend an annual update entitled Keeping the Promise Alive.  This 30 minutes video training is a prerequisite for volunteering in the school.  On Tuesday, May 13th the final presentation for the 2013-2014 school year will be presented at 2:15 p.m. in Meeting Room 2 (not at 7:00 p.m. as previously posted).  This change has been made in response to several requests from parents who cannot make the evening presentations.  For planning purposes, please contact Mrs. Janet Smith at 703-393-2158 to confirm your intent to attend.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, April 2nd              

          PTO Sponsored Lenten Soup Supper (5:00 p.m.)

          Spirit Wear Launch!

Thursday, April 3rd                 

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

Friday, April 4th                      

          Uniform Exchange Sale

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

Saturday, April 5th                  

          2nd Grade Jesus Day

Monday, April 7th                   

          Terra Nova Standardized Testing begins

Tuesday, April 8th                   

          Seniors’ Luncheon, hosted by the 8th grade

          3rd Quarter Report Cards sent home with students

          Parent Portal reopens at 3:00 p.m.

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

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

Wednesday, April 9th               

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

Thursday, April 10th                

          Stations of the Cross – Grades K-8 (2:00 p.m.)

Friday, April 11th                    

          8th Grade Class Trip to Annapolis

          School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Saturday, April 12th                

          Diocesan Science Fair

Links

          Spotlight on the Arts Summer Camps –  www.SpotlightSummerCamps.com

          Race for Education Volunteer Hours Form – http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Mailer-prep-volunteer-flier-5.pdf

          Girl Scout Silver Award Flyer – http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Girls-Scout-Silver-Award-Flyer.pdf

          Annual Fund Brochure – 2013/14 Annual Fund Brochure

         Annual Fund Online Donations – http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/alumnidevelopment/annual-fund/   

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