The Sentinel – April 30, 2014

April 30, 2014

Message from the Principal

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

                                Wednesday, May 7th    Dress-Down Day Option

Tuesday, May 13th       Dress-Down Day Option

Wednesday, May 21st Dress-Down Day Option

Thursday, May 29th     Dress-Down Day Option

Tuesday, June 3rd         Dress-Down Day Option

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

The   9th Annual Race for Education is now only one week away.  On Thursday, May 8th the entire school will participate in this event, which has been designed to raise funds for instructional technology and other essential educational needs.  Additionally, as is our tradition, 15% of all proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Childrens’ Research Hospital. 

As of today, the counting team has already processed $16,596.00 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

By way of this letter we wish to extend an invitation for you to come out and watch your child(ren) walk or jog on Thursday, May 8th.  The following is the schedule for this special event:

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

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

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

The students will be eating lunch at their regularly scheduled times in the cafeteria.

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

5th Grade Parent Letter ~ Message from the Superintendent & Virginia Department of Heath

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

CAKE WALK- PARISH FESTIVAL IN 2 DAYS!!  

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

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

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

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

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

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

Funeral Ministry Volunteers Needed

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

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

View on www.signupgenius.com

 

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

View on www.signupgenius.com  

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

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

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

The race times are:

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

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

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

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

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

HIGH SCHOOL NEWS

Celebrate the Canonization of Saint John Paul the Great!

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

Important Reminders

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

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

Tuition Assistance & FACTS Re-enrollment

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

Field Day Announced ~ May 19th 

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

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

End of Year Calendar Confirmed

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

Thursday, May 29th     Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten

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

Monday, June 16th       Kindergarten Luau

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

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

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

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

At the beginning of May, the office will issue individualized letters to each family, confirming the number of points reflected in the school database. For this reason, we ask that those families who have not recently updated the database via our school website do so by Friday, May 2nd.  Those families who have not earned the required 60 points will be assessed a corresponding fee at a rate of $3.00 per point and asked to submit payment by the close of May.

All Saints Parish Golf Tournament

All Saints will be sponsoring its 2014 Parish Golf Tournament on Monday, June 9th at Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, VA. Proceeds from our 2014 tournament will support youth-centered programs offered through our school, and the Religious Education and Youth Ministry programs, including dynamic spiritual and service opportunities such as retreats, vacation bible school, and sacramental preparation.

  • Join Us for Golf!
    Register on your own or bring a foursome for a fun-filled day of golf that includes many chances to win prizes and raffle items. Golf is $150 per person and includes greens fees and cart, 18-hole Captain’s Choice complete with scenic mountain views, a beautiful All Saints wind shirt, goodie bag, contests, prize drawings, continental breakfast, lunch, dinner and awards ceremony. It’s a fantastic value!!
  • Promote Your Company Through Sponsorship
    With sponsorship options starting as low as $50 for a business card ad and only $100 for hole sponsorship, the All Saints Parish Golf Tournament provides an excellent marketing opportunity for local businesses. A detailed list of sponsorship opportunities can be found in our 2014 All Saints Parish Golf Tournament brochure.

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

Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 1st                   

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

Friday, May 2nd                      

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

Saturday, May 3rd                   

  • Parish Festival

Monday, May 4th                    

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

Tuesday, May 6th                    

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

Wednesday, May 7th               

  • Race for Education Dress Down Day option

Thursday, May 8th                  

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

Friday, May 9th                                   

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

Links

          Golf Tournament Brochure – 2014 All Saints Parish Golf Tournament brochure

          Golf Tournament Website – www.allsaintsgolf.com

          Annual Fund Brochure – 2013/14 Annual Fund Brochure

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

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