The Sentinel – June 8, 2016

Principal’s Message
On Monday morning we celebrated the success of the 11th Annual Race for Education, a unique event that has been another source of significant funding for our school through the years. I am pleased to share with you that we have received $47,422 in contributions, nearly reaching our goal of $50,000. In the week ahead, the PTO will process the paperwork to generate a check for 15% of the proceeds which will be donated to St. Jude’s. Once again, thank you, students, parents, relatives and friends for your continued support of All Saints!

The following is a list of winners from the 2016 Race for Education.

Lap Winners:
K – 2: Elliot Comeau & Sedemm Agbolosu-Amison (24 laps),
Abbie Comeau (21 laps)

3 – 5: David Grimaldo Lopez (32 laps), Cecilia Vazquez (27 laps)

6 -8: Zachary Kreitzer, Ryan Crocker & Juan Sebastian (28 laps), Mary Carley & Aeryn Potocnak (23 laps)

Class Winners – $100 in Educational Materials
PK-2: Mrs. Cummings
3 – 5: Mrs. Montano
6 – 8: Mrs. Cottingham & Mrs. Kessinger

Graduation Day – Friday/Noon Dismissal
I wish to extend a special invitation to all families to attend the events planned in celebration of Graduation Day. All of the students will gather in the church at 9:30 a.m. on Friday to observe the Pass-it-On Ceremony, an annual tradition and prayer service during which the 8th grade students “pass on” their leadership role to the rising 7th grade class as symbolized by the handing on of the 8th grade honor medals. Following a special breakfast for the graduates, at 11:00 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 10th, school will dismiss at noon 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.

Kaitlyn Byrdy (K1)
Claire Williams (K2)
Dane Grill (1A)
Jonathan Redman (1B)
Connor Roccograndi (2A)
John Fleisig (2B)
Jenna Feltman (3A)
Noah Mendiola (3B)
Sydney Vo (4A)
Taylor Henman (4B)
Noelle Castle (5A)
Macallan Greissinger (5B)
Varun Varma (6A)
Alexa Roussel (6B)
Emma Switzer (7A)
Savannah Halstead (7B)
Gabriel Cabello (8A)
Jacob Andres (8B)

2016 Parish Golf Tournament Sponsors
Our thanks to the many golfers, businesses and individuals who supported our recent All Saints Parish Golf Tournament at the Piedmont Club. We also want to thank the dedicated members of our 2016 golf committee: Traci Cole, Janis DeVore, Linda Gaynord, Charles Kapur, Andres Lopez and Renee Wydajewski. Funds raised through the event will support our parish school and youth programs offered through All Saints’ Religious Education and Youth Ministry Programs.

Title Sponsor:
Knights of Columbus – George Brent Council #5332

Archangel Sponsor:
Church of the Nativity
Dunegan Orthodontics

Specialty Sponsors:
Black Jack Sponsor – Tony’s New York Pizza
Beverage Cart Sponsor – Dominion Eye Care
Breakfast Sponsor – Summit Roofing Contractors
Putting Contest – Manus Dei, Inc.
Longest Drive – Flynn & O’Hara
Lunch Sponsor – Miller Toyota Scion
Closest to the Pastor – Pierce Funeral Home
Hole-in-One – Capital Bank, N.A.
Cart Sponsor – John C. Grimberg Company, Inc.

Hole Sponsors:
Ball-istic
Battlefield Auto Service Center
Bounce Mania
Boyd & Parker Events
Choice Limousine
City Tavern
Corrigan Nationwide Insurance
Elemental Business Works, LLC
FACTS Management Company
Zonia Garcia, Realtor
JK Enterprise Landscape Supply, LLC
Timothy Mayer, Knights of Columbus Insurance
Meridian Imaging Solutions
Old Town Sports Pub
Schenck Foods
Splendid Portraits
Michael R. Ward, All Saints Adult Mixed Choir
The Bigger The Better Canine Camp
Tropical Smoothie CaféBristow United Sportsplex

2016 Business Card Sponsors:
Patricia Lopez-Boggio – Cuzzi Realty; JK Enterprise Landscape Supply, LLC; Meridian Imaging Solutions; Rob Ross – MVB Mortgage

Prize Donors:
Ashton Family Restaurant; BadWolf Brewing Company; Bella Vita Italian Eatery; Carmello’s Restaurant, CJ Finz; City Tavern; Best Western Hotels & Resorts; Broad Run Golf Club; Dogs Gone Wild; Don Lencho Restaurant; Golf Smith; Mariachi’s Tequileria & Restaurant; Old Town Sports Pub; Piedmont Golf Club; PR Partners; Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews; Thai Peppers; The Bone (Manassas); The Man Cave; The Winery at LaGrange; Tony’s New York Pizza

Giant A+ Rewards
Thanks to the participation of families in our school and parish community, All Saints received a check from Giant in the amount of $2,282.13 last week. Thank you to those who participated in this program!

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Immunization & Health Records Requirements for 2016-2017
To the parents of Pre-K students arriving in Fall 2016:

The State of Virginia requires parents of Pre-K students submit the following:

An immunization form must be in the child’s record by the date of the child’s admission. The first day of Pre-K is Wednesday, September 7th, 2016.
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.
For all immunizations a child receives after 7/1/16, 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 2016:
A new Physical Exam is necessary, dated less than one year from the time of admission. Kindergarten begins on Monday, August 29th. This Exam should be on, or accompanied by, the Virginia Department of Health form MCH 213G. (See the website above for the form). Tip: Print out the MCH213G and hand it to the physician before the physical exam for this year, if possible, so as to avoid an additional charge to complete it 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

Carpool Network 2016-2017
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.

END OF YEAR INFORMATION

School Supplies Program
It’s supply time!! I know we’re almost done with the 2015 – 2016 school year, but we’re already looking ahead to this fall!! Online supply orders are now available and will be open through July 15th. You can order your child’s school supplies and have them ready and waiting for you when you arrive for orientation!! Kindergarten students no longer need to purchase seat sacks at orientation as they are available as part of their new supply pack!! Middle School students also no longer need to pay for locker shelves and a lock if they already have them. They are no longer included in the supply pack. However, they ARE available as a separate item and can be purchased individually as needed!! 1st – 4th grade parents can also purchase replacement seat sacks online as needed instead of paying at orientation!! Please see the attached flyer for more information including the website and code for our personal supply list!! The EPI Online School Supply Order Information Form is linked below. If you have any questions please email Rebecca Johnson at RLJohnson29@gmail.com

Extended Day Program
Extended Day services will continue for the next two weeks and be available before and after school through Thursday, June 16th. There will be no Extended Day Program on Friday, June 17th. All students will dismiss at 11:00 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 17th. Since the office will have a record of your child’s final grades at the close of the year, you may retain these cards.

Medications
All medications must be picked up from the clinic no later than Thursday, June 16th. 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. Should you need to contact school personnel during the summer months, please do not hesitate to leave a message on the answering machine or contact us via email. We will make every effort to assist you in a timely manner.

Important Dates for the Upcoming Year

Friday, August 26 (5:30-7:30 p.m.)
– Orientation Day (Students and parents are invited to visit the school, meet new teachers, and pick up supply orders.)
– 10th Annual Back-to School Barbecue hosted by the PTO

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

Wednesday, September 7
First Day of Pre-Kindergarten

Upcoming Events
Thursday, June 9
8th Grade vs. Faculty/Staff Volleyball Game (2:00 p.m.)

Friday, June 10 – Graduation Day
– Pass-it-On Ceremony (9:30 a.m.)
– Graduation Breakfast (10:00 a.m.)
– Walk of Honor (11:00 a.m.)
– Noon Dismissal
– Graduation Mass & Ceremony (4:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, June 14
– Deadline: Tuition Payment in Full with 2% Discount for 2016-2017
– 5th Grade Stepping Up Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)

Thursday, June 16
– Kindergarten Graduation (church/10:00 a.m.)
– 2nd Grade Fiesta (PAC/12:00-2:30 p.m.)
– Classroom End of Year Parties (1:30 p.m.)
– Last Day of Extended Day Program

Friday, June 17
– Closing Mass & Awards Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
– Final Dismissal (11:00 a.m.)
– No Extended Day Program

Links
Pre-Packaged School Supplies Order Information
Summer Volleyball Camp
2016 Spotlight On The Arts Summer Camps
Pilgrim Virgin Statue Sign-Up

The Sentinel – June 1, 2016

Principal’s Message

This week I wish to share with you a couple of additional changes in staffing for the upcoming year.  After sixteen years as our Pre-Kindergarten Director, Mrs. Kardaras has decided to resign from her position in order to be able to devote more time to her family and to pursue other opportunities.  I want to thank her for her leadership and for creating a program that is widely recognized for providing our youngest learners with a wonderful introduction to the world of learning.  Our Pre-Kindergarten is truly a nurturing and joyful environment and Mrs. Kardaras is credited with fostering such a warm and supportive atmosphere for the children.  We wish her God’s continued blessings and success as she begins this new phase in her life.

I also want to inform you of the fact that Mrs. Karen Davey, Pre-Kindergarten assistant, will also not be returning in the fall.  Through her years in the program, Mrs. Davey has also been a strong contributor to the success of the Pre-Kindergarten.  She has partnered closely with Mrs. Kardaras and shown great care for the children.  Her strong organizational skills and attention to detail will certainly be missed.  Her departure from the Pre-Kindergarten will afford her more time for her other work as a writer.  We thank her for her goodness and wish her every good blessing!
*****************************************************************************
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 at9:30 a.m. on Friday, June 10th 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, at11:00 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 10th, school will dismiss at noon for students in grades K-7. Extended Day services will remain available.
******************************************************************************

After weeks of unpredictable weather and more than our fair share of rainy days, we were truly blessed with great conditions for yesterday’s Field Day.  I want to thank the many parents who attended and served as volunteers.  Such a large undertaking would not have been possible without the support of many hands.  I want to extend a special word of thanks to the following faculty & staff for all of their efforts:

Mr. Redman (P.E. Teacher) – For organizing all of the events and for even introducing some new activities to keep the experience fresh and exciting for our students.

Mrs. Coyle (Librarian) – For scheduling and overseeing all of the logistics related to the Accelerated Reader surprise which is always a highlight for the children.

Mrs. Matner, Mrs. Marsengill, Mrs. Werling & Mrs. Speicher (Kitchen Staff) – For preparing the lunch and literally taking it on the road to provide for our students, staff and parents.

Mr. Andre, Mr. Paul and Mrs. Hayde (Maintenance Department) – For coordinating the delivery of equipment, tables and the all-important ice cream!

Mrs. Roth (Substitute Nurse) – For providing top notch care for students who were injured or not feeling well throughout the day.

Summer Learning Program 2016

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 1st graders.)

Grades 3-5
Math Packet & 2 Accelerated Reader Books
The teachers will distribute math packets that provide reinforcement of skills acquired 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

Reading
Students are asked to choose ONE of the books listed below that corresponds with their grade level. Each grade level will read a novel that directly relates to material they will be studying in social studies.  Students are asked to read the book and complete a multiple choice assessment on the novel at the beginning of the year.  The assessment will relate specifically to the story, characters, setting, and history of the novel.  This is not an optional assignment. Additionally, students will write an essay in social studies class to be submitted to Mrs. Slovenkay.  This assignment will serve as a writing sample at the start of the school year.


 Rising 6th graders:

·  Voyage with Jason by Ken Catran

·  Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare

·  The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Rising 7th graders:

·  My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier

·  The Secret of Sarah Revere by Ann Rinaldi

·  Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
Rising 8th graders:

·  The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank

·  Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen

Math
The Middle School Math Team will require students complete ten mini lessons/assignments over the course of the summer.  These lessons/assignments will be accessible through Google Classroom beginning June 17, 2016 and should be completed by Friday, August 26, 2016.  All students are asked to submit responses via Google Classroom.  Students new to All Saints Catholic School in the Fall will be provided a hard copy.

Immunization & Health Records Requirements for 2016-2017
To the parents of Pre-K students arriving in Fall 2016:
The State of Virginia requires parents of Pre-K students submit the following:

1.    An immunization form must be in the child’s record by the date of the child’s admission.   The first day of Pre-K is Wednesday, September 7th, 2016.

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 7/1/16, 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.vdh.virginia.gov/content/uploads/sites/11/2016/04/schoolform.pdf

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 2016:
A new Physical Exam is necessary, dated less than one year from the time of admission. Kindergarten begins on Monday, August 29th.  This Exam should be on, or accompanied by, the Virginia Department of Health form MCH 213G.  (See the website above for the form).  Tip:  Print out the MCH213G and hand it to the physician before the physical exam for this year, if possible, so as to avoid an additional charge to complete it 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.vdh.virginia.gov/immunization/requirements/

Stewardship Shares ~ Year End Totals
Families are reminded to submit payment to the office for any unearned Stewardship Shares by Friday, June 3rd.

LIGHTS, CAMERA, READ!
With less than a week to go, activities are shaping up for this year’s Behind the Scenes Summer Book Fair at Bookworm Central.   Mrs. Coyle and Mrs. Geary will be directing an All Star Production featuring Blockbuster Books, Oscar Winning Educational Games and the hottest summer titles that everyone will want to read!  Bookworm Central located at 12193 Livingston Rd, Manassas, VA 20109 will open their warehouses just for the All Saints community on Saturday June 4th, 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.  What a great way for students to see firsthand behind the scenes this local business which provides literacy opportunities throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.  Be sure to come out and be part of the All Star Cast at Bookworm Central! The library will receive a 25% book profit off of all purchases.

Carpool Network 2016-2017
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.

Chess Club – Seeking Volunteers for 2016-2017
Do you enjoy chess and are you seeking opportunities to be more involved in our school community?  The Chess Club is need of new moderators for the upcoming school year.  We thank Mr. and Mrs. Kreitzer who have served in this capacity for the past several years and who remain available to share details about the program with parents interested in learning more.  For more information, please contact them at kreitzers@me.com.

Box Tops for Education
Parents, Teachers and Students…we’re on the last stretch of collecting box tops for the 2015-16 year. Since the last submission, we’ve collected 7,462 box tops. To date, that is a record for All Saints! Please look in your pantry, your neighbors pantry, and ask relatives to look in their pantry for any and all box tops. Please do not save them until next year. We cannot turn in expired box tops. Turn in any and ALL box tops in by June 10th, even if it’s just one little box tops. They add up quickly. Thank you all for such a great year!
IMPORTANT REMINDERS

 

Pre-Kindergarten Openings for 2016-2017
Openings are still available in the Pre-Kindergarten Program for four year old students for the 2016-2017 school year.  This is a great opportunity for families in our community who may be hoping to send their child to All Saints but have heard that openings are limited due to high demand.  Please invite families who may be interested in the Pre-Kindergarten program to contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio at (703) 393-1490 or jdeugenio@allsaintsva.org for more information.

Remember, current parents who refer families into our program may earn up to $400.00 in tuition credit per year through our New Student Referral Program!
END OF YEAR INFORMATION
School Supplies Program
It’s supply time!!  I know we’re almost done with the 2015 – 2016 school year, but we’re already looking ahead to this fall!!  Online supply orders are now available and will be open through July 15th. You can order your child’s school supplies and have them ready and waiting for you when you arrive for orientation!!  Kindergarten students no longer need to purchase seat sacks at orientation as they are available as part of their new supply pack!!  Middle School students also no longer need to pay for locker shelves and a lock if they already have them.  They are no longer included in the supply pack. However, they ARE available as a separate item and can be purchased individually as needed!!  1st – 4th grade parents can also purchase replacement seat sacks online as needed instead of paying at orientation!!  Please see the attached flyer for more information including the website and code for our personal supply list!!   The EPI Online School Supply Order Information Form is linked below.  If you have any questions please email Rebecca Johnson atRLJohnson29@gmail.com

Extended Day Program
Extended Day services will continue for the next two weeks and be available before and after school through Thursday, June 16th.  There will be no Extended Day Program on Friday, June 17th.  All students will dismiss at11:00 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 17th.  Since the office will have a record of your child’s final grades at the close of the year, you may retain these cards.

Medications
All medications must be picked up from the clinic no later than Thursday, June 16th.  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.  Should you need to contact school personnel during the summer months, please do not hesitate to leave a message on the answering machine or contact us via email.  We will make every effort to assist you in a timely manner.
Important Dates for the Upcoming Year

·  Orientation Day (Students and parents are invited to visit the school, meet new teachers, and pick up supply orders.) – Friday, August 26th.

·  10th Annual Back-to School Barbecue hosted by the PTO – Friday, August 26th (5:30-7:30 p.m.)

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

Thursday, June 2nd

·  Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten

Friday, June 3rd

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

·  Safety Presentation by Manassas City Police Department for Grades 6-8 (2:00-2:45 p.m.) – Cancelled

Saturday, June 4th

·  Algebra I Exemption Exam

·  Book Worm Book Sale (9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.)

Monday, June 6th

·  Race for Education Awards Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)

Pizza with the Principal
Movie & Popcorn Parties
Tuesday, June 7th

·  Last Day of Title I Classes

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

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

Wednesday, June 8th

·  2nd Grade Field Trip to National Basilica

·  8th Grade Ice Cream Social

Thursday, June 9th

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

Friday, June 10th

·  Graduation Day

Pass-it-On Ceremony (9:30 a.m.)
Graduation Breakfast (10:00 a.m.)
Walk of Honor (11:00 a.m.)
Noon Dismissal
Graduation Mass & Ceremony (4:00 p.m.)

·  Deadline: Payment in Full with 2% Discount for 2016-2017
Links

·  LIGHTS CAMERA READ Bookfair flyer

·  Pre-Packaged School Supplies Order Information

·  Mr. P’s Girls Basketball Camp

·  2016 Field Day Flyer

·  2016 Spotlight On The Arts Summer Camps

·  Pilgrim Virgin Statue Sign-Up

 

The Sentinel – May 25, 2016

Principal’s Message

This week I wish to inform you of a matter related to student safety that recently came to the attention of our diocesan school system.  Last week the Catholic Schools Office of the Archdiocese of Washington became aware of a disturbing scam being conducted via telephone recently and issued the following statement:

An unidentified individual has called parents, claimed to have kidnapped a child of theirs, and demanded ransom. In both cases we are aware of – one involving a parent at an archdiocesan school, and the other a parent at a local private school – the claims have been false, with the children safe and accounted for. In one of the cases, the caller purported to put the kidnapped child on the phone and have her ask for help. If you receive a call like this, please call the police immediately.

While there is no reason to believe that the families in our community in particular will encounter this scam, I felt it important to share this information with you.  As always, the safety of our students is our highest priority and we will ever be diligent in this regard.

******************************************************************************

It was wonderful to see the many parents and relatives who gathered in support of the 11th Annual Race for Education last Thursday.  The extra volunteer hands helped to ensure a safe and enjoyable event for all of the children.  Many thanks to one and all for your support and participation.  I also wish to thank all of our donors from across the country and around the globe who once again so generously contributed to the success of this fundraiser!

As of yesterday, the counting team has already processed a large number of donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

None of this would have been possible without the dedication of the event chairperson who coordinated all of the details from start to finish.  I want to offer a special word of thanks to Mrs. Marjorie Collins for her commitment and enthusiastic leadership.  Once again this year she invested many hours in planning for the Race and guided a team of volunteers tasked with the recording and depositing of the contributions.  Thank you, Mrs. Collins, as well as the many volunteers who supported the effort, for your dedication and continued service to our school!

Stewardship Shares ~ Year End Totals
Last week the office issued individualized letters to families, confirming the number of any outstanding Shares and the corresponding fee.  Families are reminded to submit payment to the office for any unearned Stewardship Shares by Friday, June 3rd.

Carpool Network 2016-2017
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.

Chess Club – Seeking Volunteers for 2016-2017
Do you enjoy chess and are you seeking opportunities to be more involved in our school community?  The Chess Club is need of new moderators for the upcoming school year.  We thank Mr. and Mrs. Kreitzer who have served in this capacity for the past several years and who remain available to share details about the program with parents interested in learning more.  For more information, please contact them at kreitzers@me.com.

2015-2016 Annual Fund
Just a reminder that our 2015-16 Annual Fund campaign is coming to a close on Tuesday, May 31st.  To ensure that our students are equipped with the necessary skills for the careers of the future, our 2015-2016 Annual Fund will continue its STEM focus with proceeds benefiting:

  • Science Initiatives – expanding science opportunities in the lower grades and upgrading equipment in our Science Lab.
  • Technology in the Classroom – implementing emergent teaching technologies to supplement ACTIVBoards throughout the school.

Once again, we ask that you prayerfully reflect on the difference that All Saints makes in your life and show your support through:

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

Make a Commitment Today
We hope you will choose to participate in this year’s Annual Fund campaign by sharing your gifts of prayer, involvement and financial participation.  Your gift – no matter the size – will provide for our students both now and in the future.

What’s My Next Step?
Simply print our Annual Fund brochure and send in your participation form through your child’s teacher or make a donation online through our website atwww.allsaintsvaschool.org.
Help support the legacy of an All Saints education as we Empower the Next Generation of Learners.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Field Day Reminder
Please send in your Field Day Form with payment for lunch as soon as possible.

FACTS Enrollment Process for 2016-2017
All returning families should have received a customized email from FACTS confirming their tuition balance and payment plan for 2016-2017.  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 27th.

Graduation Day – Noon Dismissal (June 10th)
Since 8th Grade Graduation will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the church on Friday, June 10th, school will dismiss at noon that day.

Pre-Kindergarten Openings for 2016-2017
Openings are still available in the Pre-Kindergarten Program for four year old students for the 2016-2017 school year.  This is a great opportunity for families in our community who may be hoping to send their child to All Saints but have heard that openings are limited due to high demand.  Please invite families who may be interested in the Pre-Kindergarten program to contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio at (703) 393-1490 or jdeugenio@allsaintsva.org for more information.

Remember, current parents who refer families into our program may earn up to $400.00 in tuition credit per year through our New Student Referral Program!

Celebrating Our Graduating 8th Graders!
We are asking the school community to help celebrate our 8th grade graduates by providing sweet treats for the graduation reception.   We need approximately 40 dozen cookies/bars for several hundred people.   You can drop your donation starting on Thursday June 9th at the front office, or by noon at the PAC on Friday June 10th.  Please click this link to sign up.    https://www.helpcounterweb.com/ci/signup/140ea245538.  Thank you for your help making this celebration a special one! Contact Sue Ferguson at susan.v.ferguson@me.com with any questions.

END OF YEAR INFORMATION

School Supplies Program
It’s supply time!!  I know we’re almost done with the 2015 – 2016 school year, but we’re already looking ahead to this fall!!  Online supply orders are now available and will be open through July 15th. You can order your child’s school supplies and have them ready and waiting for you when you arrive for orientation!!  Kindergarten students no longer need to purchase seat sacks at orientation as they are available as part of their new supply pack!!  Middle School students also no longer need to pay for locker shelves and a lock if they already have them.  They are no longer included in the supply pack. However, they ARE available as a separate item and can be purchased individually as needed!!  1st – 4th grade parents can also purchase replacement seat sacks online as needed instead of paying at orientation!!  Please see the attached flyer for more information including the website and code for our personal supply list!!   The EPI Online School Supply Order Information Form is linked below.  If you have any questions please email Rebecca Johnson atRLJohnson29@gmail.com

Extended Day Program
Extended Day services will continue for the next three weeks and be available before and after school through Thursday, June 16thThere will be no Extended Day Program on Friday, June 17th.  All students will dismiss at11:00 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 17th.  Since the office will have a record of your child’s final grades at the close of the year, you may retain these cards.

Medications
All medications must be picked up from the clinic no later than Thursday, June 16th.  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.  Should you need to contact school personnel during the summer months, please do not hesitate to leave a message on the answering machine or contact us via email.  We will make every effort to assist you in a timely manner.

Important Dates for the Upcoming Year

  • Orientation Day (Students and parents are invited to visit the school, meet new teachers, and pick up supply orders.) – Friday, August 26th.
  • 10th Annual Back-to School Barbecue hosted by the PTO – Friday, August 26th (5:30-7:30 p.m.)
  • First Day of School ~ Noon Dismissal (Grades K-8) – Monday, August 29th
  • First Day of Pre-Kindergarten – Wednesday, September 7th

Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 26th

  • Race for Education Dress Down Day Option
  • 6th Grade Field Trip to Medieval Times

Friday, May 27th

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • FACTS Tuition Enrollment Deadline

Monday, May 30th

  • Holiday – Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 31st

  • Field Day (Linton Hall School/9:00-1:00)

Wednesday, June 1st

  • Race for Education Dress Down Day Option
  • 7th Grade Field Trip to Manassas Battlefield

Thursday, June 2nd

  • Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten

Friday, June 3rd                               

  • School Mass & Virtues Award Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
  • Safety Presentation by Manassas City Police Department for Grades 6-8 (2:00-2:45 p.m.)

Saturday, June 4th

  • Algebra I Exemption Exam
  • Book Worm Book Sale (9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.)

Links

The Sentinel – May 18, 2016

Principal’s Message

It was a joy and an honor to witness many of our 2nd grade students receiving their First Communion over the course of the past two weeks.  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. Burnett 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 an environment of faith and learning for their students.

Congratulations as well to the members of our 8th grade class who received the Sacrament of Confirmation last evening.  I am so proud of each of them for the individual commitment they have made to their Catholic faith and pray that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that they experienced will guide them through their future years.  Thank you, Mr. Tessier, and all of the teachers who provided the students such wonderful religious formation during their years at All Saints.

******************************************************************************

Tomorrow all students will participate in the 11th Annual Race for EducationAs the largest fundraiser for our school community, the Race provides important financial support for initiatives that would otherwise be beyond our reach.

The following is a list of important reminders for all students and parents regarding the event.
1.    All students in grades K-8 are asked to wear their P.E. uniforms to school on Thursday.  Students enrolled in the Pre-K are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing appropriate for running.  Note: Students may wear either the uniform P.E. shoes or running/athletic shoes for the day.

2.    While all students will be participating in the Race for Educationactivities, 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.    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!

We still need volunteers to sign up for each of the race times. Volunteers will help track the students’ laps, pass out water, or monitor the students as they run. All of these volunteer positions can be done while you are cheering on your child. Please sign up to volunteer through the HelpCounter link:
https://www.helpcounterweb.com/ci/signup/140e99d6da9
If you have any questions about the Race for Education, please contact Mrs. Marjorie Collins at  marjorie@ocfmail.com.
The following is the schedule for this special event:

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

As of yesterday, the counting team has already processed $44,358.28 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day! 

We are still accepting donations! Please remind your family and friends that they can return the blue mailers with their donations or make a credit card donation online at https://allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/pto/race-for-education.  Please use the memo box online to indicate to which runner & classroom you are donating.

Thank you to all students, parents, relatives and friends of our community for your steadfast support!  We also want to extend a special word of thanks to the many volunteers who have helped process the mailers including Mrs. Maria Murray, Mrs. Caeli Volk, Mrs. Kim Huynh, Mrs. Floribel Fleisig, Mrs. Nakiea Nesbitt, Mrs. Maria Mendoza, Mrs. Danessa Quispe, Mrs. Kristina Mirus, Mrs. Fuzzy Reynolds, Mrs. Tricia Sheeran, Mrs. Cathy Bruniger, Mrs. Elizabeth Egan, and Mrs. Marla Trunzo!

******************************************************************************
I am pleased to announce that Mrs. Jillian Roth will be returning as our school nurse for the 2016-2017 academic year. While she has very much enjoyed her work in a hospital setting after leaving All Saints in January, she looks forward to once again being part of our vibrant, faith-filled community.  Welcome back, Mrs. Roth!

Target Take Charge of Education Proceeds
Thanks to the participation of families in our community, All Saints received a check this past week in the amount of $900.00 for our participation in this program sponsored by Target. Thank you to our many supporters who credited their purchases to our school!

Virtue Award Winners
Congratulations to the following students who were recognized last Friday for having demonstrated the Virtue of Stewardship during the month of April.

Leah Cooper (PK1)
Mark Tessier (PK2)
Kean Kristiansen (PK3)
Thomas McGrath (K1)
Grace Gregory (K2)
Ariana Aldeguer (1A)
Aceline Owusu (1B)
Josephine Cole (2A)
Isabella Ventura (2B)
Isabella Brown (3A)
Lucia Miller (3B)
Sarah Lima (4A)
Isaac Fleisig (4B)
Catherine Griffin (5A)
Isabella Mancini (5B)
Paul Valliere (6A)
Anthony Suppers (6B)
Megan Rivera (7A)
Peter Tessier (7B)
Joseph Gould (8A)
Mary Abando (8B)

Student Council Election Results
Last Thursday a number of students participated in an election for leadership positions in the Student Council Association for 2016-2017.  Congratulations to the following candidates who were elected by students in grades four through seven.

President                                                          Jack Malone
Vice President                                                  Abby Yelvington
Secretary                                                          Erin Balagtas
School Spirit/Publicity                                       Christina Santiago
Finance                                                            Timothy Mills
Health, Safety & Ecology                                 Victoria Bruno
Religious Activities                                           Lily Feltman

Field Day Reminder
Parents are asked to submit Field Day Forms with payment for lunch no later than next Tuesday, May 24th so that the cafeteria staff can plan accordingly.

 

VIRTUS Live Training

All Saints Parish has added a live Virtus training on June 18, 2016 beginning at9:00AM in Father Kelley Hall.  Please mark your calendars if you need to attend the initial full Virtus training.

Join Us for Golf 

Calling All Golfers … Join us for the All Saints Parish Golf Tournament on Monday, May 23 at Piedmont Club in Haymarket beginning at 10:00AM. Golf includes:

·  $10,000 Hole-In-One Contest

·  Prizes for the top three teams

·  Golfer gift and goodie bag

·  Fun contests throughout, including Longest Drive, Closest to the Pastor and Black Jack

·  Raffle prizes

·  Continental breakfast, lunch, dinner and awards ceremony!
Proceeds benefit All Saints Catholic School and All Saints youth programs.

Not a golfer but still want to support the school? 
Hole sponsorships start at only $100 and are a great way to promote your business to our large parish and school community!

Register for Golf or Sponsorship by visiting our website at AllSaintsGolf.com.

Singing Camps for Girls
Maryan Vander Woude is offering Singing Camps for girls ages 7 – 11 at Seton School in the Corpus Christi building this summer.
Camp Weeks: June 6 -11 OR July 18 -22 from 9:30 – noon.
Cost: $75 (sibling discount available).
For registration forms, see https://singinginthesummer.wordpress.com.

Basketball Camps for Boys
Coach Dan Vander Woude is offering basketball camps for boys this summer at Seton:

Jr. Skills and Drills Camp (6-8 year old boys)
July 18-22, 9:30 – noon
Cost: $60 ($40 2nd child)

Skills & Drills Camp (9-12 year old boys)
June 27 – July 1 August 1 – 5, 9:30 – 2:00 pm.
Cost: $75 ($45 2nd child)

Advanced Camp:  Playing Team Offense and Defense at a Higher Level, (Rising 8th – 11th grade boys)
June 20 – 24, 9:30 – 2 pm
Cost: $75 ($45 2nd child)

Ball-Handling Clinic – For MOTIVATED PLAYERS (6th – 12th grade boys)
July 11 – 15;   9:30 – 11:30
Cost: $60 ($40 2nd child)

Shooting Clinic For MOTIVATED PLAYERS (6th – 12th grade boys)
July 11 – 15; noon – 2:00 August 8 – 12; 1:00-3:00
Cost: $60 ($40 2nd child)

For more information, see danvwbasketball.wordpress.com
IMPORTANT REMINDERS
Tuition Assistance Awards & FACTS Enrollment Process for 2016-2017
Tuition assistance awards will be finalized this week and communicated to applicants via an official letter.

All returning families will receive a customized email from FACTS confirming their tuition balance and payment plan for 2016-2017.  All new families and those who have expressed interest in changing their plan from “Payment in Full by invoice” to a schedule of payments will receive a FACTS “invite” on Friday, May 20th that will provide 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 27th.

The deadline for Payment in Full is Friday, June 10th.

Graduation Day – Noon Dismissal (June 10th)
Since 8th Grade Graduation will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the church on Friday, June 10th, school will dismiss at noon that day.

Pre-Kindergarten Openings for 2016-2017
Openings are still available in the Pre-Kindergarten Program for four year old students for the 2016-2017 school year.  This is a great opportunity for families in our community who may be hoping to send their child to All Saints but have heard that openings are limited due to high demand.  Please invite families who may be interested in the Pre-Kindergarten program to contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio at (703) 393-1490 or jdeugenio@allsaintsva.org for more information.

Remember, current parents who refer families into our program may earn up to $400.00 in tuition credit per year through our New Student Referral Program!
Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

As part of the diocesan initiative to maintain a safe environment for all of our children, all volunteers with “substantial contact” with children are required to complete a background check prior to working in the school and to complete VIRTUS training within 45 days of commencing service.  To register for an upcoming training, please visit www.virtus.org.
In accordance with diocesan policy, full compliance for an adult parent volunteer is not required for open events.  (An open event is one that is open to the public, infrequent and publicized, such as Field Day, concerts and special events/assemblies.)  However, full compliance is required for adult parent volunteers who wish to participate in closed events.  (A closed event is one that is not entirely open to the general public such as classroom activities, parties, field trips, etc.)  For this reason, all parents who wish to attend field trips or volunteer in support of classroom activities are required to complete the background check process and attend VIRTUS training.  

Register for the training course at www.virtus.org for the upcoming session:
Thursday, May 19th, Church of St. John the Apostle in Leesburg at 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 21st, Church of Our Lady of Angels in Woodbridge at 9:30 a.m.(English & Spanish sessions)
Wednesday, May 25th, Church of St. Timothy in Chantilly at 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 7th, Church of the Nativity in Burke at 6:30 p.m.

In accordance with diocesan policy, only those parents who have completed the criminal background check are eligible to volunteer in the school.  Those who have not yet completed the background check process may request a packet of forms from the front office.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 19th

·  Race for Education (see schedule above)

Friday, May 20th

·  Band Trip to King’s Dominion

·  School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

·  Noon Dismissal

Monday, May 23rd

·  8th Grade Field Trip to Philadelphia

·  4th Grade Field Trip to Mount Vernon

·  3rd Grade Field Trip to GMU Theater

·  Golf Tournament (Piedmont)

Tuesday, May 24th

·  Battle of the Books

·  Spring Band Concert (2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 25th

·  Race for Education Dress Down Day Option

·  2nd & 8th Grade Prayer Service (2:15 p.m.)

Thursday, May 26th

·  Race for Education Dress Down Day Option

·  6th Grade Field Trip to Medieval Times

Friday, May 27th

·  FACTS Tuition Enrollment Deadline

Monday, May 30th

·  Holiday – Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 31st

·  Field Day (Linton Hall School/9:00-1:00)
Links

·  SCA Sponsored End of the Year Raffle (to benefit the house in Banica, Dominican Republic)

·  2016 Field Day Flyer

·  2016 Spotlight On The Arts Summer Camps

·  Pilgrim Virgin Statue Sign-Up

 

The Sentinel – May 11, 2016

Principal’s Message

This week I would like to provide you with an update regarding some changes in staffing.  Mrs. Bethany Adams, our school nurse, resigned from her position last week due to a relocation to Florida.  Although she was only a member of our community for several months, we remain grateful for the care and compassion that she provided for students visiting the clinic.  We wish her and her family every success and blessing as they begin this new transition.  For the remainder of the year, the clinic will be staffed on most days by Mrs. Jillian Roth and Mrs. Karen Collins, our two substitute registered nurses.  We thank them for their commitment to our school and the health needs of the children.

Additionally, I wish to share with you the news of a change within our Title I program.  Ms. Cassandra Putnam, who helped to launch Title I at All Saints and who has been highly effective in her role, will be transferring to two schools nearer her residence.  A new teacher is being assigned to All Saints through the Title I program with the specifics to be announced to our community later this spring.

As we look ahead to 2016-2017, I am pleased to announce the following changes and new hires:

Mrs. Sandy Weitendorf (First Grade Assistant) – Effective in the fall, Mrs. Weitendorf (Pre-Kindergarten Assistant) will transition to a full-time role as a first grade assistant in Mrs. Nichol’s classroom.  Having served as a long-term substitute first grade assistant several years ago prior to accepting the role of Pre-Kindergarten assistant, this is a position with which she is already very familiar.

Mrs. Stephanie Filippone (Pre-Kindergarten Assistant) – After completing her first year as a member of our Pre-Kindergarten team, Mrs. Filippone will transition from the afternoon to the morning session of the program beginning in the fall.

Mrs. Belkis Mitter (Spanish Teacher, Grades 1-2) – In addition to continuing to serve as the Director of Extended Day, Mrs. Mitter will assume responsibility for the instruction and assessment of first and second grade students in the Spanish program.  With her bilingual skills as well as her experience in having hosted a Spanish Club at her previous school, she is well prepared and excited for the opportunity of introducing our students to their study of foreign language.

Mrs. Melissa DeBruyne (Middle School Language Arts) – As a long-term substitute language arts teacher at All Saints during the spring semester of 2012, Mrs. DeBruyne has already developed a comprehensive understanding of the routines and curriculum of our middle school program.   She and her family relocated to Northern Virginia from Washington State where she was employed as a librarian and enrichment coordinator at St. Monica Parish.  Prior to that time, she taught middle school language arts for a number of years in New Hampshire.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from St. Michael’s College in Vermont and a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Southern Maine.  In addition to her classroom experience, she served as a consultant in both New Hampshire and Washington in the areas of differentiation of instruction and alternative assessment.  With a passion for the writing process, Mrs. DeBruyne will be a wonderful addition to our middle school team.

Miss Sharon Zerhusen (Resource) – Miss Zerhusen will join our faculty next year as a resource teacher, assisting students in the lower grades.  With five years of classroom experience, Miss Zerhusen comes to All Saints from St. Thomas Aquinas Regional School where for the past year and a half she has taught fifth grade.  Miss Zerhusen earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania and a Master of Education Degree in Literacy as a Reading Specialist from Loyola University in Baltimore.  With a heart for students who struggle in the learning process, Miss Zerhusen will further strengthen our efforts to meet the diverse needs of our students.
******************************************************************************

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

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

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

Tuition Assistance Awards & FACTS Enrollment Process for 2016-2017
Friday is the deadline for those who wish to make a change to their payment plan for 2016-2017.  Those who wish to continue with the same payment schedule need not respond to the FACTS email of last Friday as they will automatically be re-enrolled in their current plan.

Tuition assistance awards will be finalized within the next week and communicated to applicants via an official letter.

All returning families will receive a customized email from FACTS confirming their tuition balance and payment plan for 2016-2017.  All new families and those who have expressed interest in changing their plan from “Payment in Full by invoice” to a schedule of payments will receive a FACTS “invite” on Friday, May 20th that will provide 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 27th.

The deadline for Payment in Full is Friday, June 10th.

End of Year Bullying Survey
As part of our commitment to promoting a bully-free environment, at the close of each year we invite parents to participate in a post survey regarding their child’s experience at All Saints.  A link to the survey follows below.  In advance, we thank you for your participation and support of this important process.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WMBHKSY

Boxtops for Education
Thanks to the generous support of families in our community, All Saints received a check in the amount of $1203.00 for our participation in this program.

Knights of Columbus BBQ Dinner
The 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Bishop J. Louis Flaherty Assembly is having an Authentic Pit-Cooked North Carolina Style BBQ Dinner on Saturday, May 21, 2016.  That means Smoked Pork, cooked low and slow for 12-15 hours using smoke from the finest local hardwoods available…hickory and oak.  All BBQ dinners include one pulled-pork sandwich and three sides (Cole Slaw, Potato Salad and Baked Beans) for $8.00.  Drinks (Beer, Wine, Sodas and Water) will be sold separately.  Dinners will be served at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 9290 Stonewall Road, Manassas, VA from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  All are welcome (parishioners, family and friends) and all proceeds go to 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Charitable Projects.  If interested, kindly RSVP by Thursday, May 12, 2016.  Please indicate the number of people that will be attending to the following email: bbqbf1678@verizon.net
IMPORTANT REMINDERS
Graduation Day – Noon Dismissal (June 10th)
Since 8th Grade Graduation will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the church on Friday, June 10th, school will dismiss at noon that day.

Important Dates & Holidays for 2016-2017
August 29th                         First Day of School (Noon Dismissal)
September 5th               Labor Day Holiday
October 10th                  Columbus Day Holiday
October 28th                  Professional Development Day (No School)
November 7th                Parent/Teacher Conferences (No School)
November 8th                Parent/Teacher Conferences (Noon Dismissal)
November 11th              Veterans’ Day (Noon Dismissal)
November 22nd             Noon Dismissal for Thanksgiving
November 23rd-25th     Thanksgiving Holiday
December 21st              Noon Dismissal – Christmas Holiday Begins
January 3rd                    Classes Resume
January 16th                  Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
January 17th                  Professional Development Day (No School)
February 20th                 Presidents’ Day Holiday
March 13th                     Professional Development Day (No School)
April 13th                        Holy Thursday (Noon Dismissal)
April 14th                        Good Friday Holiday
April 17th                        Easter Week Holiday
May 29th                         Memorial Day Holiday
June 16                          Last Day for Grades 1-7 (Tentative – 3 Make-Up Days                   included)

Pre-Kindergarten Openings for 2016-2017
Openings are still available in the Pre-Kindergarten Program for four year old students for the 2016-2017 school year.  This is a great opportunity for families in our community who may be hoping to send their child to All Saints but have heard that openings are limited due to high demand.  Please invite families who may be interested in the Pre-Kindergarten program to contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio at (703) 393-1490 or jdeugenio@allsaintsva.org for more information.

Remember, current parents who refer families into our program may earn up to $400.00 in tuition credit per year through our New Student Referral Program!

Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

As part of the diocesan initiative to maintain a safe environment for all of our children, all volunteers with “substantial contact” with children are required to complete a background check prior to working in the school and to complete VIRTUS training within 45 days of commencing service.  To register for an upcoming training, please visit www.virtus.org.
In accordance with diocesan policy, full compliance for an adult parent volunteer is not required foropen events.  (An open event is one that is open to the public, infrequent and publicized, such as Field Day, concerts and special events/assemblies.)  However, full compliance is required for adult parent volunteers who wish to participate in closed events.  (A closed event is one that is not entirely open to the general public such as classroom activities, parties, field trips, etc.)  For this reason, all parents who wish to attend field trips or volunteer in support of classroom activities are required to complete the background check process and attend VIRTUS training. 
Register for the training course at www.virtus.org for the upcoming session:
Thursday, May 19th, Church of St. John the Apostle in Leesburg at 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 21st, Church of Our Lady of Angels in Woodbridge at 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday, May 25th, Church of St. Timothy in Chantilly at 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 7th, Church of the Nativity in Burke at 6:30 p.m.

In accordance with diocesan policy, only those parents who have completed the criminal background check are eligible to volunteer in the school.  Those who have not yet completed the background check process may request a packet of forms from the front office.  

Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 12th

  • SCA Speeches & Election (1:30 p.m.)
  • 8th Grade Confirmation Rehearsal (6:00 p.m.)

Friday, May 13th

  • Mass & Virtue Awards Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
  • Noon Dismissal (Professional Development Day)
  • Spirit Event: Chick-fil-A
  • 6th -7th Grade Skate Night (Gym. /5:00-7:00 p.m.)
  • Deadline for Submitting Changes for FACTS Payment Plans

Saturday, May 14th

  • Algebra I Practice Exam (8:30-10:00 a.m.)
  • First Communion – Group III (10:00 a.m.)

Monday, May 16th

  • SCA Sponsored Dress-Down Day (see flyer)

Tuesday, May 17th

  • Iowa Algebra Readiness Exam – 7th Grade
  • 8th Grade Confirmation (7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 18th

  • 5th & 6th Grade Math Placement Tests
  • Safety Presentation by Manassas City Police for K-5 (2:00 p.m.)

Thursday, May 19th

  • Race for Education

Friday, May 20th

  • Band Trip to King’s Dominion
  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Noon Dismissal

Links

The Sentinel – May 4, 2016

Principal’s Message

Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde announced yesterday the appointment of Ms. Jennifer Bigelow to Superintendent of Schools for the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, effective July 5th. Ms. Bigelow will succeed Sister Bernadette McManigal, B.V.M., whose June 30, 2016, retirement after eight years of service was announced last year. A link to the official press release follows below:

******************************************************************************

In recent years Bishop Loverde has been in the forefront on the issue of the harm caused by pornography and addressed this issue in his pastoral letter entitled Bought with a Price.  Now there is a renewed emphasis on the societal as well as personal harm caused by this exposure, a topic that is even being addressed by the mainstream media.

The following is a link to an article written by Bishop Loverde that highlights this epidemic and that has been published in First Things, a national journal of religion and public life.

Recognizing your role as the primary educators of your children and your commitment to safeguarding them during their formative years, I thought it important to share this resource with you.

Race for Education – Rescheduled (May 19)
Due to a forecast of rain for tomorrow afternoon, the Race for Education has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 19th.  Tomorrow will be a regular instructional day for students.

We remain grateful for the support of those who had planned to attend the event and hope that you will be able to join us in two weeks!

The Race total for this week: $40,773.28.

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.  Within the next week parents of rising 6th grade girls as well as boys will receive a copy of the official letter from the Virginia Department of Health and the letter from the Virginia Catholic Education Association.  The letters will be sent home in sealed envelopes with each of the students.  After reviewing the correspondence, should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office for more information.

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.

Message from the Spirit Events Committee
We will be hosting our last Spirit Event for the school year on Friday, May 13th.  Come to Chick-fil-A on Liberia Ave. from 6:30 a.m. until 9 p.m.  Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner and fellowship with friends and your extended All Saints family.  20% of the proceeds go to our beloved All Saints!  It’s a noon dismissal day so make a lunch date!  Hope to see you all there!

Also, if you are interested in joining the Spirit Events Committee next year, please contact Megan Davies at meggie.davies@verizon.net

Coach Dan Vander Woude’s Summer 2016 Boys Basketball Camps
6-8 yr. olds:  July 18-22; 9:30-noon, $60
9-12 yr. olds:  June 27-July 1/ Aug. 1-5; 9:30-2:00, $75
13-17 yr. olds:  June 20-24; 9:30-2:00, $75
Shooting Clinics:11-17 yr. olds, July 11-15; noon-2:00 pm, $60/ Aug. 8-12; 1:00-3:00, $60
Ball-Handling Clinic: 11-17 yr. olds, July 11-15; 9:30-11:30, $60

www.danvwbasketball.wordpress.com for more details or email Coach VW atsetonschool@aol.com

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Stewardship Shares 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.  This year each family at All Saints has been asked to earn 25 Stewardship Shares.  Those who are unable to do so are asked to submit a check at the conclusion of the year for any outstanding “shares” that remain.  (1 share = $20.00)

In the week ahead, the office will issue individualized letters to each family, confirming the number of shares reflected in the school database.For this reason, we ask that those families who have not recently updated their totals to do so by Friday, May 6th. 

Graduation Day – Noon Dismissal (June 10th)
Since 8th Grade Graduation will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the church on Friday, June 10th, school will dismiss at noon that day.

Important Dates & Holidays for 2016-2017
August 29th  –                 First Day of School (Noon Dismissal)
September 5th               Labor Day Holiday
October 10th                Columbus Day Holiday
October 28th                 Professional Development Day (No School)
November 7th               Parent/Teacher Conferences (No School)
November 8th               Parent/Teacher Conferences (Noon Dismissal)
November 11th               Veterans’ Day (Noon Dismissal)
November 22nd            Noon Dismissal for Thanksgiving
November 23rd-25th     Thanksgiving Holiday
December 21st             Noon Dismissal – Christmas Holiday Begins
January 3rd                   Classes Resume
January 16th                 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
January 17th                 Professional Development Day (No School)
February 20th               Presidents’ Day Holiday
March 13th                   Professional Development Day (No School)
April 13th                      Holy Thursday (Noon Dismissal)
April 14th                      Good Friday Holiday
April 17th                      Easter Week Holiday
May 29th                      Memorial Day Holiday
June 16                        Last Day for Grades 1-7
(Tentative – 3 Make-Up Days Included)

Tuition Assistance & FACTS Re-enrollment
Final decisions regarding tuition assistance for families who have applied will be determined and announced mid-May.  The FACTS re-enrollment process for 2016-2017 and selection of online payment plans will occur mid-to-late May with June 10th being the deadline for payment in full with a 2% discount.

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

Tuesday, May 3
Wednesday, May 11
Thursday, May 19
Wednesday, May 25
Wednesday, June 1

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

Pre-Kindergarten Openings for 2016-2017
Openings are still available in the Pre-Kindergarten Program for four year old students for the 2016-2017 school year.  This is a great opportunity for families in our community who may be hoping to send their child to All Saints but have heard that openings are limited due to high demand.  Please invite families who may be interested in the Pre-Kindergarten program to contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio at (703) 393-1490 or jdeugenio@allsaintsva.org for more information.

Remember, current parents who refer families into our program may earn up to $400.00 in tuition credit per year through our New Student Referral Program!

Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

As part of the diocesan initiative to maintain a safe environment for all of our children, all volunteers with “substantial contact” with children are required to complete a background check prior to working in the school and to complete VIRTUS training within 45 days of commencing service.  To register for an upcoming training, please visit www.virtus.org.
In accordance with diocesan policy, full compliance for an adult parent volunteer is not required for open events.  (An open event is one that is open to the public, infrequent and publicized, such as Field Day, concerts and special events/assemblies.)  However, full compliance is required for adult parent volunteers who wish to participate in closed events.  (A closed event is one that is not entirely open to the general public such as classroom activities, parties, field trips, etc.)  For this reason, all parents who wish to attend field trips or volunteer in support of classroom activities are required to complete the background check process and attend VIRTUS training. 
Register for the training course at www.virtus.org for the upcoming session:
Thursday, May 19th, Church of St. John the Apostle in Leesburg at 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 21st, Church of Our Lady of Angels in Woodbridge at 9:30 a.m. (English & Spanish sessions)
Wednesday, May 25th, Church of St. Timothy in Chantilly at 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 7th, Church of the Nativity in Burke at 6:30 p.m.
In accordance with diocesan policy, only those parents who have completed the criminal background check are eligible to volunteer in the school.  Those who have not yet completed the background check process may request a packet of forms from the front office.  

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, May 4th

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

Thursday, May 5th

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

Friday, May 6th

  • School Mass & May Crowning in the Church (8:30 a.m.)
  • First Communion & Graduation Pictures (9:45 a.m.)
  • Deadline for Submitting “Stewardship Shares”

Saturday, May 7th

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

Monday, May 9th

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

Tuesday, May 10th

  • World Language Exam for 8th Grade
  • Seniors’ Luncheon Band Concert (12:45 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 11th

  • 6th Grade Medieval Brass Rubbings Presentation
  • Race for Education Dress Down Day Option

Thursday, May 12th

  • SCA Speeches & Election (1:30 p.m.)
  • 8th Grade Confirmation Rehearsal (6:00 p.m.)

Friday, May 13th

  • Mass & Virtue Awards Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
  • Noon Dismissal (Professional Development Day)
  • Spirit Event: Chick-fil-A
  • 6th -7th Grade Skate Night (Gym. /5:00-7:00 p.m.)

Saturday, May 14th

  • Algebra I Practice Exam (8:30-10:00 a.m.)
  • First Communion – Group III (10:00 a.m.)

Links

The Sentinel – April 13, 2016

Principal’s Message

Last week I enjoyed a wonderful surprise as the faculty, staff and students celebrated my twenty years at All Saints, the highlight of which was a heart-warming assembly on Wednesday morning.  Each of the grade levels presented thoughtful mementos and some even performed songs, culminating with the presentation of a very generous gift card that the school purchased from donations from the children.

One of the more memorable moments was a slideshow of photos taken over the course of the past two decades.  Needless to say, the students really enjoyed seeing the “before” and “after” pictures!  It was a terrific celebration and I remain so grateful for the generosity of the community in marking this milestone.  It continues to be a great joy for me to serve as principal of All Saints and I consider myself tremendously blessed to be part of such a dynamic, faith-filled community.

******************************************************************************

Beginning on Monday, all students in grades three 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).  This brief assessment will be administered to students on Monday morning.

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 three 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.  Students will complete this online assessment in the computer lab.

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.

  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 Award Winners
Congratulations to the following students who were recognized for their demonstration of the Virtue of Cooperation following our school Mass last Thursday.

Kate Gregory (PK1)
Anna Lima (PK2)
Keira Reynolds (PK3)
Taylor Kessinger (K1)
JJ Hernandez (K2)
Kyleigh Fifield (1A)
Lauren Balagtas (1B)
Grace Algeier (2A)
Arely Gutierrez (2B)
Emma Kate Coleman (3A)
Kiran Kapur (3B)
Anya Murray (4A)
Emily Rivera (4B)
Mary Collins (5A)
Mahlia Slaiby (5B)
Sloane Helmick (6A)
Alexia Mendiola (6B)
Tanya Benitez (7A)
Matthew Kleha (7B)
Salma Cruz (8A)
Nico Bruno (8B)

“Daughters of the King” A day of Faith, Friends, and Fashion
Keynote speaker:  Sister Clare Hunter!  
Saturday, April 23rd, 2 – 8pm, $20 at Seton School
Geared for today’s Christian young ladies living in a “Crazy World,” experience amazing talks, a health and beauty boutique, along with dinner and an entertaining fashion show.
This is appropriate for both HS and MS girls; sessions will be separated this way.
For more information, email:  DOTK2016@gmail.com
The link to sign up is here:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090f4da4af2ba02-youare

High School News

Paul VI Catholic High School
Coach Allen’s Summer Basketball Camps at St Leo’s & Paul VI
June 20 – 24, June 27 – 30, July 18 – 22, July 25 – 29
Boys & Girls Grades 2 – 9….9 am – 4 pm
Info & Register at www.pvibasketball.com

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Kindergarten Screening ~ No Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten on Monday, April 25th & May 2nd
The Early Prevention of School Failure Screening for Kindergarten applicants will take place on Monday, April 25th & Monday, May 2nd.  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.

Back by Popular Demand – Sr. Patricia McCormack (April 26th)
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Pat McCormack, IHM will be the presenter for our final PTO General Assembly meeting that will take place on Tuesday, April 26th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Activities Center.

In 2015 Sister Pat shared with our community the basic elements of self-esteem (Security, Autonomy, Initiative, and Industry).  When she returns in April she will help parents to “connect the dots” between those elements and behavior.

Self-esteem and self-mastery are two sides of one coin! If helping a child to grow into a person who is responsible, self-disciplined, respectful, self-reliant and resilient is a recurring theme of your heart, do not miss this presentation. Parents lead children to develop self-discipline when they:

• understand the basic needs that motivate children
• identify how to avert misbehavior
• know how to “read” the danger signs
• determine responses that lead to conversion and re-connection
• exercise a pro-active style of authority

These dynamics of self-discipline are learnable skills and they are the focus of this presentation.  Related materials will be available for purchase.

Join us for what promises to be an insightful and inspiring presentation!

Pre-Kindergarten Openings for 2016-2017
Openings are still available in the Pre-Kindergarten Program for four year old students for the 2016-2017 school year.  This is a great opportunity for families in our community who may be hoping to send their child to All Saints but have heard that openings are limited due to high demand.  Please invite families who may be interested in the Pre-Kindergarten program to contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio at (703) 393-1490 or jdeugenio@allsaintsva.org for more information.
Remember, current parents who refer families into our program may earn up to $400.00 in tuition credit per year through our New Student Referral Program!

End of Year Calendar & Events
Thursday, June 2nd
– Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten
Friday, June 10th
– 8th Grade Graduation (4:00 p.m.)
Note: Noon Dismissal for Grades K-7
Thursday, June 16th
– Kindergarten Graduation (10:00 a.m.)
Friday, June 17th
– Final Day of School for Students in Grades 1-7 (11:00 a.m. Dismissal)

Title I Special Event
All Title I students and parents are invited to a special evening of storytelling to be held at 6:30 p.m.on Tuesday, April 26th at St. Michael School.Through puppetry and magic the performer will retell classic stories.All Title I students who attend will be provided pizza and a drink and be given a book and activity to take home.

Spotlight on the Arts Summer Camps in Theatre & Art this July
Expert Instructors in Drama, Music, Dance, and Art are providing one week camps this July for students as young as Pre-K and as old as high school.  Learn from some of the areas top Catholic teachers within the creative arts through camps like Camp Broadway, Art Explorer, Drama Bootcamp, Creative Kindergarten, and Art Fun Camp.  Registration is $20 off per camp through April 15th.  Plus, families registering 3 or more kids can take an additional 10% off.  All of the details can be found at www.SpotlightSummerCamps.com

Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

As part of the diocesan initiative to maintain a safe environment for all of our children, all volunteers with “substantial contact” with children are required to complete a background check prior to working in the school and to complete VIRTUS training within 45 days of commencing service.  To register for an upcoming training, please visit www.virtus.org.

In accordance with diocesan policy, full compliance for an adult parent volunteer is not required for open events.  (An open event is one that is open to the public, infrequent and publicized, such as Field Day, concerts and special events/assemblies.)  However, full compliance is required for adult parent volunteers who wish to participate in closed events.  (A closed event is one that is not entirely open to the general public such as classroom activities, parties, field trips, etc.)  For this reason, all parents who wish to attend field trips or volunteer in support of classroom activities are required to complete the background check process and attend VIRTUS training.  

Register for the training course at www.virtus.org for the upcoming session:
Saturday, April 23rd, Church of Good Shepherd in Alexandria at 10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, April 26th, Church of the Holy Trinity in Gainesville at 6:00 p.m.

In accordance with diocesan policy, only those parents who have completed the criminal background check are eligible to volunteer in the school.  Those who have not yet completed the background check process may request a packet of forms from the front office.  

Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 14th

  • SCA Sponsored Earth Day Dress Down Day
  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, April 15th

  • End of 3rd Quarter
  • Free Ice Cream, Courtesy of Fr. Lee
  • National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony (1:30 p.m.)
  • Confirmation Retreat

Saturday, April 16th

  • Diocesan Science Fair

Monday, April 18th

  • Week of Terra Nova & ACRE Testing

Wednesday, April 20th

  • Golf Tournament Committee Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, April 22nd

  • 8th Grade Trip to Philadelphia
  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Distribution of Race for Education Prize Cards
  • Adoration & Benediction (2:15 p.m.)
  • 3rd Quarter Report Cards sent Home

Saturday, April 23rd

  • 2nd Grade Jesus Day

Links

The Sentinel – March 16, 2016

Principal’s Message

Last Friday both Mrs. Campagna and I had the honor of reviewing and selecting the top three 6th grade artistic representations of Pi, the mathematical relationship that defines the correlation between the distance across a circle and the distance around a circle.  Using bright colors, clever turns of phrase, and mathematical humor, the students decorated paper plates in celebration of “Pi Day” which falls on March 14th.  We were both impressed with the students’ creativity and their obvious efforts in designing eye-catching projects.

Congratulations to the following 6th grade students:

Katy Jo McDermott (1st place)

Lizzie Mangilit (2nd place)

Jacob Collins (3rd place)

Additionally, the students also showcased their memorization skills by reciting the value of Pi to as many decimal places as possible.  During the final round competition held yesterday, Erin Balagtas recited Pi to 259 decimal places!  I was so proud of our students’ commitment and their enthusiasm for this event.  At a time when some in society question the value of memorization, it was inspiring to see our students embracing the challenge and excelling beyond expectations.

Congratulations to the following classroom winners of the Pi Memorization Contest:

Erin Balagtas (7B) – Winner

Sloane Helmick (6A)

Zack Kreitzer (6A)

Alexia Mendiola (6B)

Nicholas Ferguson (7A)

Lucila Avila de la Trinidad (7A)

Madelyn Vo (7B)

Eirian Crocker (8A)

Brianna Montgomery (8A)

Emily Gomez (8B)

These “outside the box” learning experiences are but a couple of examples of the ways that the teachers are challenging the students and fostering a math culture.  And if the turnout of thirty students at the first after school meeting of the Math Club is any indicator, the students are really developing an interest and enthusiasm for the topic!

In order to provide our 5th grade students with a glimpse of the range of learning opportunities that await them in middle school, on Friday they will participate in a “Middle School Experience”.  During a 45 minute visit, the students will rotate through three classrooms and gain a first-hand experience of the energy and excitement that surrounds learning in our middle school.

************************************************************************

This week I wish to share with you an additional change in staffing as we look ahead to the coming year.  Mrs. Jennifer Smith, 7th grade homeroom and middle school language arts teacher, has decided that she will not be returning in the fall in order to pursue other opportunities in the field of education.  We thank her for all of her efforts this past year and wish her every success and blessing in her future endeavors.

************************************************************************

I look forward to seeing many of you at the 5K Running with the Saints event on Saturday morning.  With the new contest by which participants are encouraged to wear saints’ costumes for the event, I am excited with the prospect of seeing holy men and women of God running through the streets of Manassas…a unique approach to the New Evangelization!

Pre-Kindergarten Openings for 2016-2017

Openings are still available in the Pre-Kindergarten Program for four year old students for the 2016-2017 school year.  This is a great opportunity for families in our community who may be hoping to send their child to All Saints but have heard that openings are limited due to high demand.  Please invite families who may be interested in the Pre-Kindergarten program to contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio at (703) 393-1490 or jdeugenio@allsaintsva.org for more information.

Remember, current parents who refer families into our program may earn up to $400.00 in tuition credit per year through our New Student Referral Program!

11th ANNUAL RACE FOR EDUCATION

Mark your calendars for the 11th Annual Race for Education to take place on Thursday, May 5, 2016!

Volunteer opportunities to earn shares are available the day of the race and also taking place this week after school. Volunteers will gather in Meeting Room 2 from 3-5 PM to prepare the Race mailers before they are mailed later this week. If you are interested in volunteering please sign up on the HelpCounter link:  https://www.helpcounterweb.com/ci/signup/140e99d6da9

 4th Annual Kid Stuff Sale

Please join us for our 4th Annual Kid Stuff Sale (and More!), sponsored by MARCH homeschool group and K of C Squire Roses to benefit AAA Women for Choice on Saturday, April 2, from 7am-12 noon at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 9290 Stonewall Rd. Manassas (next to All Saints).  Maternity, infant, child, and teen clothing, shoes, baby equipment, furniture, toys, books, household items and more will be priced to sell!  We are also gratefully accepting tax-deductible donated items from parishioners who want to support this worthy cause.  Please contact Mary Lewandowski, res19qf7@verizon.net or at 703-335-7471 or Kelley Witter, kelleywitter@yahoo.com or at 703-257-5619 for more information.  (Any remaining merchandise will be given to a charitable organization)

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

End of Year Calendar & Events

With the transition to spring-like weather, we are now able to confirm the end of year calendar.

Thursday, June 2nd     

  • Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten

Friday, June 10th        

  • 8th Grade Graduation (4:00 p.m.)
  • Note: Noon Dismissal for Grades K-7

Thursday, June 16th    

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

Friday, June 17th        

  • Final Day of School for Students in Grades 1-7 (11:00 a.m. Dismissal)

Title I Special Event

All Title I students and parents are invited to a special evening of storytelling to be held at 6:30 p.m.  on Tuesday, April 26th at St. Michael School.  Through puppetry and magic the performer will retell classic stories.  All Title I students who attend will be provided pizza and a drink and be given a book and activity to take home.

Terra Nova Testing Reminder

As the week of standardized testing approaches, parents are asked to avoid scheduling appointments from Monday, April 18th – Tuesday, April 26th so that each student may participate in the testing as scheduled.

Join Our Parish Golf Committee
The All Saints Parish Golf Tournament will take place on Monday, May 23 at 10:00AM at the Piedmont Club in Haymarket, VA. If you have an interest in joining our golf planning committee to assist in procuring sponsors and prizes or assist on the day of the event, please contact Janis DeVore at (703) 366-1645 or jdevore@allsaintsva.org.

St. John Paul the Great OPEN HOUSE

The Spring Preview Open House on Thursday, March 17, from 4 – 6pm, is primarily for younger students who wish to preview high school, but all are welcome to attend! A brief presentation will begin at 4:15pm. Meet Students, teachers, and parents, and enjoy green treats in honor of St. Patrick! For more information and to register, please visit www.jpthegreat.org or call 703.445.0314.

Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

As part of the diocesan initiative to maintain a safe environment for all of our children, all volunteers with “substantial contact” with children are required to complete a background check prior to working in the school and to complete VIRTUS training within 45 days of commencing service.  To register for an upcoming training, please visit www.virtus.org.

In accordance with diocesan policy, full compliance for an adult parent volunteer is not required for open events.  (An open event is one that is open to the public, infrequent and publicized, such as Field Day, concerts and special events/assemblies.)  However, full compliance is required for adult parent volunteers who wish to participate in closed events.  (A closed event is one that is not entirely open to the general public such as classroom activities, parties, field trips, etc.)  For this reason, all parents who wish to attend field trips or volunteer in support of classroom activities are required to complete the background check process and attend VIRTUS training. 

Register for the training course at www.virtus.org for the upcoming session:

Saturday, March 19th, Church of St. Jude in Fredericksburg at 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, March 19th, Marymount University in Arlington at 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, April 2nd, Church of Queen of Apostles in Alexandria at 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, April 9th, Church of St. Francis of Assisi in Triangle at 10:00 a.m.

Saturday, April 23rd, Church of Good Shepherd in Alexandria at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, April 26th, Church of the Holy Trinity in Gainesville at 6:00 p.m.

In accordance with diocesan policy, only those parents who have completed the criminal background check are eligible to volunteer in the school.  Those who have not yet completed the background check process may request a packet of forms from the front office.  

Upcoming Events

Thursday, March 17th

  • School Mass for the Feast of St. Patrick (8:30 a.m.)

Friday, March 18th

  • SCA Sponsored St. Patrick’s Dress Down Day
  • 5th Grade “Middle School” Experience – Looking Ahead to Next Year

Saturday, March 19th

  • 5th Annual Running with the Saints 5K (8:15 a.m.)

Tuesday, March 22nd

  • State-wide Tornado Drill

Wednesday, March 23rd

  • Peace & Justice Sponsored Lenten Soup Luncheon

Thursday, March 24th

  • Holy Thursday Prayer Service (9:30 a.m.)
  • 7th Grade Passion Play (10:45 a.m.)
  • Noon Dismissal

Friday, March 25th

  • Holiday – Good Friday

Links

The Sentinel – February 24, 2016

Principal’s Message

Last evening as parents gathered for the PTO General Assembly Meeting, they witnessed firsthand the new STEM initiatives that we’ve launched over the course of this year.  Thanks to the generosity of community members and those who have supported our Annual Fund in prior years, we have been able to provide our students with these new and engaging learning experiences.

Next Monday we will launch our 4th Annual Fund, an opportunity for parents, parishioners and friends of All Saints to support our efforts through gifts of prayer, involvement and financial contributions.  Look for additional details about this program next Monday.

*****************************************************************************

With the presidential primary scheduled for next Tuesday, March 1st, I want to confirm that All Saints Catholic School will be open that day.  Although Prince William County Schools will be closed, since we are not a polling location, we will follow a normal operating schedule.

Field Day – Tuesday, May 31st

Once again, Field Day will take place on the grounds of Linton Hall School on Tuesday, May 31st.  Mark your calendars and plan now to join us for a day of outdoor activities!

TARGET Proceeds to Benefit All Saints

Thanks to the participation of many families in the TARGET rewards program, All Saints received a check in the amount of $1,843.37 last week.   Thank you for your continued support!

Prayer & Penny Week

The SCA will be sponsoring Prayer & Penny Week, March 7th – March 11th.  Money raised will go to support Building the House.  Information is provided in the flyer linked to today’s newsletter.

Box tops, Box tops, Box tops…think nothing but box tops!

Teachers, parents and students: we have another important submission date coming up, March 3rd.

Since the last submission in November, we’ve collected 9,532 box tops!  We have just a little less than 2 weeks to go.  Please submit all box tops, even if it’s just 2.  E-mail, call, or go to your neighbors and family too for box tops.  Here are the top 5 classes:

3A – Mrs. Montano   2,727

1A – Mrs. Harrill   1,517

2A – Mrs. Cummings   1,397

5A – Mrs. Honkus    1,099

K1 – Mrs. Feltman   931

Campbell’s Soup Label Program Update

We have recently been informed that the Labels for Education program will be ending at the end of this school year.  The soup labels that you all have collected over the years have been a huge benefit to our school, but due to the nationwide decline in participation over the past few years Campbell’s has decided to wind down the program.  This DOES NOT affect the Box Tops program, only the soup labels.  Now more than ever we ask you to turn in all labels so we can receive credit for them before August 2016.  On behalf of the All Saints PTO, we wholeheartedly appreciate all efforts put forth to collect labels and turn them into our school.  Thank you, Nikki Coughlin, Labels for Education Coordinator .

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Registration Schedule for 2016-2017

  • Re-Registration for Current Students Past Due
  • Registration Deadline for New Students February 26th

Tuition Assistance Applications for 2016-2017

Applications for Tuition Assistance for the 2016-2017 academic year are now available.  A copy of the online application can be found at the following website: www.smartaidforparents.com.

The school code for All Saints Catholic School is 03089.

Due dates for submission of applications and supporting documentation are as follows:

Elementary Schools     March 14, 2016

Join Our Parish Golf Committee
The All Saints Parish Golf Tournament will take place on Monday, May 23 at 10:00AM at the Piedmont Club in Haymarket, VA. If you have an interest in joining our golf planning committee to assist in procuring sponsors and prizes or assist on the day of the event, please contact Janis DeVore at (703) 366-1645 or jdevore@allsaintsva.org.

Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

As part of the diocesan initiative to maintain a safe environment for all of our children, all volunteers with “substantial contact” with children are required to complete a background check prior to working in the school and to complete VIRTUS training within 45 days of commencing service.  To register for an upcoming training, please visit www.virtus.org.

In accordance with diocesan policy, full compliance for an adult parent volunteer is not required for open events.  (An open event is one that is open to the public, infrequent and publicized, such as Field Day, concerts and special events/assemblies.)  However, full compliance is required for adult parent volunteers who wish to participate in closed events.  (A closed event is one that is not entirely open to the general public such as classroom activities, parties, field trips, etc.)  For this reason, all parents who wish to attend field trips or volunteer in support of classroom activities are required to complete the background check process and attend VIRTUS training. 

Register for the training course at www.virtus.org for the upcoming session:

Saturday, February 27th, St. James School in Falls Church at 8:30 a.m.

Thursday, March 3rd, The Church of St. Agnes in Arlington at 6:00 p.m.

Monday, March 7th, The Chruch of St. Philip in Falls Church at 6:00 p.m.

In accordance with diocesan policy, only those parents who have completed the criminal background check are eligible to volunteer in the school.  Those who have not yet completed the background check process may request a packet of forms from the front office.  

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, February 24th      

  • PTO Sponsored Lenten Soup Supper (5:00-7:00 p.m.)

Friday, February 26th             

  • School Mass & Virtues Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
  • Application Deadline for New Students

Saturday, February 27th                     

  • Diocesan PTO Meeting (9:00 – 11:00 a.m.)
  • Diocesan Spelling Bee (St. Thomas More Cathedral School/9:30 a.m.)

Tuesday, March 1st                 

  • Band Concert (2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.)
  • PTO Executive Board Meeting – Rescheduled for March 8th (7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, March 2nd                       

  • Stations of the Cross for Grades 6-8 (2:15 p.m.)

Saturday, March 5th               

  • Diocesan Band Festival

Links

The Sentinel – February 17, 2016

Principal’s Message

Last week the shipment of new Chromebooks for the middle school arrived and will be deployed within the near future.  Again, we are very grateful for the tremendous generosity of an anonymous donor whose contribution of $50,000 in support of technology initiatives allowed us to take this step forward, well in advance of our target goal of September.

This year, indeed, has been a time of accelerated growth and change in learning at All Saints.  Through integration of Chromebooks and Google Classroom in the middle school, the learning environment is continuing to be transformed as faculty and students discover new and powerful ways of communicating and exchanging information.  Additionally, our younger students are gaining a foundation in STEM through their hands-on experiences with the Lego programs.

At next week’s PTO General Assembly Meeting, we look forward to showcasing all of these programs with you beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Parents are invited to arrive early for the meeting in order to spend a few minutes observing and interacting with teachers and students as they share some of the highlights from our STEM programs.  Please plan to join us Tuesday evening for an inside look at learning at All Saints!

Re-Registration Forms ~ Due Friday, February 19th 

Re-registration forms are due in the office on Friday, February 19th.   Registration of students new to All Saints, including siblings who will be eligible by age for Pre-Kindergarten, has already begun.  Separate forms related to this initial registration process have been sent home to parents who have already expressed interest in enrolling another child in our program.  If you are interested in enrolling another child from your family and have not yet requested forms, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio at 703-393-1490 or office@allsaintsva.org.

11th Annual Race for Education ~ Mailing Labels Due Tomorrow!

The deadline has been extended! Students are asked to submit completed mailing labels by tomorrow, Thursday, February 18th.  For additional information about this process and the incentives offered to students, please see the information packet.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the event coordinator, Mrs. Marjorie Collins, at 703-365-9686.

Spelling Bee Winners!

Congratulations to Emma Switzer (7th grade) who won our school-wide Spelling Bee, to Gabe Short (8th grade) who placed second, and to all of the classroom champions who participated in the event.  Emma will represent All Saints at the diocesan-wide competition to be held on Saturday, February 27th.

Lillian Byers 6A

Sloane Helmick 6A

Wystan Byers 6B

Yohannes Adiamseged 6B

Emma Switzer 7A

Elias Castle 7A

Bernadette Kwari 7B

Peter Tessier 7B

Elizabeth Kwari 8A

Gabriel Cabello 8A

Mary Abando 8B

Gabriel Short 8B

Family Bingo Night

Family Bingo Night will be held on Saturday, March 12 in the Knights’ Hall.  Dinner of hamburgers and hotdogs will be available starting at 5:00 p.m. prior to playing bingo at 6:00 p.m.  If you have any items that you would like to donate as prizes, please leave them at the School Office or you may deliver them to Linda Gaynord at the Parish Office.  Please see flyer linked below.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Respect Life Outreach

The Peace & Justice Players is organizing a collection of baby items that will now extend through Wednesday, February 24th to benefit AAA Women for Choice in Manassas.  Students and families are invited to donate diapers, bottles, food, clothes, baby powder, strollers and car seats.

PTO Meeting ~ Financial Planning Tips for Parents (February 23rd)

Are you looking ahead to the future and the next steps in your child’s education?  Are you concerned about the rising costs of higher education and wondering how best to prepare?  If so, you won’t want to miss the PTO General Assembly Meeting on Tuesday, February 23rd beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Activities Center.

Mr. Shak Hill, a certified financial planner and recognized speaker, will provide an overview of the College America 529 plan and address any questions that parents might have related to this topic.

Plan now to join us as we continue our commitment to offering a series of high quality speakers and relevant topics for our parent community! Remember, arrive early to see firsthand some of the highlights from our STEM initiatives!

Tuition Assistance Applications for 2016-2017

Applications for Tuition Assistance for the 2016-2017 academic year are now available.  A copy of the online application can be found at the following website: www.smartaidforparents.com.

The school code for All Saints Catholic School is 03089.

Due dates for submission of applications and supporting documentation are as follows:

Elementary School       March 14, 2016

Join Our Parish Golf Committee
The All Saints Parish Golf Tournament will take place on Monday, May 23 at 10:00AM at the Piedmont Club in Haymarket, VA. If you have an interest in joining our golf planning committee to assist in procuring sponsors and prizes or assist on the day of the event, please contact Janis DeVore at (703) 366-1645 or jdevore@allsaintsva.org.

Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

As part of the diocesan initiative to maintain a safe environment for all of our children, all volunteers with “substantial contact” with children are required to complete a background check prior to working in the school and to complete VIRTUS training within 45 days of commencing service.  To register for an upcoming training, please visit www.virtus.org.

In accordance with diocesan policy, full compliance for an adult parent volunteer is not required for open events.  (An open event is one that is open to the public, infrequent and publicized, such as Field Day, concerts and special events/assemblies.)  However, full compliance is required for adult parent volunteers who wish to participate in closed events.  (A closed event is one that is not entirely open to the general public such as classroom activities, parties, field trips, etc.)  For this reason, all parents who wish to attend field trips or volunteer in support of classroom activities are required to complete the background check process and attend VIRTUS training. 

Register for the training course at www.virtus.org for the upcoming session:

Saturday, February 20th, St. Theresa School in Ashburn at 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, February 27th, St. James School in Falls Church at 8:30 a.m.

Thursday, March 3rd, The Church of St. Agnes in Arlington at 6:00 p.m.

Monday, March 7th, The Chruch of St. Philip in Falls Church at 6:00 p.m.

In accordance with diocesan policy, only those parents who have completed the criminal background check are eligible to volunteer in the school.  Those who have not yet completed the background check process may request a packet of forms from the front office.  

All Saints School Spirit Wear  – Deadline Extended to Friday, February 19th

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!  Spirit Wear items are on display near the front office.

Order by using the one page flyer that was sent home OR order online by going to Spirit Gear Drive or click on the link on our school website.

If you have any questions please send an email to Kerryb17@verizon.net or call 703-365-7327.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, February 18th         

  • Stations of the Cross – Grades K-2 (2:15 p.m.)

Friday, February 19th             

  • Re-Registration Deadline
  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Catholic High School Decisions Mailed to Families

Monday, February 22nd                      

  • Penance Service for Grades 3-5 (10:00 a.m.)

Tuesday, February 23rd                      

  • PTO General Membership Meeting – STEM Program Demonstrations (PAC/6:30 p.m.) & College Savings Plan Presentation (PAC/7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, February 24th      

  • Golf Tournament Committee Meeting (2:00 p.m.)
  • Stations of the Cross for Grades 3-5 (2:15 p.m.)
  • PTO Sponsored Lenten Soup Supper (5:00 – 7:00 p.m.)

Friday, February 26th             

  • School Mass & Virtues Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
  • Application Deadline for New Students

Saturday, February 27th

  • Diocesan PTO Meeting (9:00 – 11:00 a.m.)
  • Diocesan Spelling Bee (St. Thomas More Cathedral School)

Links