All Saints Catholic School | Manassas, Virginia http://allsaintsvaschool.org All Saints Catholic School, 2009 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:43:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.9 Exciting Initiatives Announced for 2016-17 http://allsaintsvaschool.org/2016/08/24/exciting-new-initiatives-2016-2017/ http://allsaintsvaschool.org/2016/08/24/exciting-new-initiatives-2016-2017/#respond Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:22:41 +0000 http://allsaintsvaschool.org/?p=12299 As announced in the August Principal’s letter, the following is a list of some exciting initiatives that All Saints will be undertaking now and in the year ahead! Restroom Renovation – Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of a member of our community, the renovation of the restrooms in the old wing (grades 2-5) is fully funded […]

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As announced in the August Principal’s letter, the following is a list of some exciting initiatives that All Saints will be undertaking now and in the year ahead!

  • Restroom Renovation – Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of a member of our community, the renovation of the restrooms in the old wing (grades 2-5) is fully funded and now underway. The demolition is complete and we are on track for completion of the project right around opening day.
  • Virtues Program – As one of our Five Year Plan goals, the faculty evaluated our existing Virtues Program and researched options for implementing a new framework that will place even greater emphasis on the teaching and modeling of Catholic virtues. I am pleased to share with you that the faculty has selected the Virtues in Practice program designed by the Nashville Dominicans. One of the key changes is that we will discontinue the practice of acknowledging individual students on a monthly basis as we incorporate more substantive lessons within the religion curriculum. Our goal is to infuse even greater meaning into the program so as to promote authentic lives of virtue among our students.
  • IPads & Chromebooks – Again, thanks to the generosity of a donor, during the summer we purchased additional devices for our school that will increase student access to technology and allow for greater differentiation of instruction. We will be introducing five IPads into each of the Kindergarten through second grade classrooms and a mobile cart of thirty Chromebooks to be shared among grades three through five.
  • Scantron Testing – As a diocesan school, All Saints will be adopting Scantron as our standardized testing program beginning this year. Rather than administering Terra Nova in the spring, students will complete three shorter series of tests in math, reading and language arts in the fall, winter and spring. As the testing will take place online, teachers will have access to immediate results and data. Additionally, as the test is driven by technology, it is adaptive in nature, with each test being customized to the ability of each student. Administered three times over the course of the year, it will provide data with which the teachers can tailor instruction and measure student growth.
  • Accelerated Math – For many years, the Accelerated Reader program has been a fundamental aspect of our curriculum. Beginning this year, we will implement Accelerated Math in grades 1-8. This online program will allow teachers to customize learning tasks for students based upon assessment data and will be a focus for the use of the newly purchased IPads and Chromebooks.
  • Micron Partnership – With the assistance of school parents currently employed at Micron, All Saints is beginning a partnership with this high-tech firm located just south of our campus on Route 28. In support of STEM education, employees will teach hands-on lessons to students in grades three and five during the spring months and our school will have access to Math Kits to be used for a special evening event for families that promotes math education. Look for more details on these exciting programs in the future!

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School Handbooks Available Online http://allsaintsvaschool.org/2016/08/23/parent-student-handbooks-for-elementary-middle-and-pre-k/ http://allsaintsvaschool.org/2016/08/23/parent-student-handbooks-for-elementary-middle-and-pre-k/#respond Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:04:46 +0000 http://allsaintsvaschool.org/?p=12311 The All Saints 2016-17 Parent/Student Handbooks are now available online for our elementary/middle school students and pre-kindergarten classes. Please plan to review the handbook(s) and sign and return the acknowledgement on the final page by Friday, September 9, 2016. All Saints Student/Parent Handbooks

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The All Saints 2016-17 Parent/Student Handbooks are now available online for our elementary/middle school students and pre-kindergarten classes. Please plan to review the handbook(s) and sign and return the acknowledgement on the final page by Friday, September 9, 2016.

All Saints Student/Parent Handbooks

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Principal’s August 2016 Letter http://allsaintsvaschool.org/2016/08/16/principals-august-2016-letter/ http://allsaintsvaschool.org/2016/08/16/principals-august-2016-letter/#respond Tue, 16 Aug 2016 11:52:27 +0000 http://allsaintsvaschool.org/?p=12284 Don’t miss all of the news about our upcoming 2016/17 school year in Mr. Conroy’s August 2016 letter. Take a peak at our new exciting initiatives, meet our newest teachers, and get everything ready for the start of the school year. We can’t wait to get started! http://allsaintsvaschool.org/2016/08/16/august-2016-parent-letter/

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Don’t miss all of the news about our upcoming 2016/17 school year in Mr. Conroy’s August 2016 letter. Take a peak at our new exciting initiatives, meet our newest teachers, and get everything ready for the start of the school year. We can’t wait to get started!

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August 3, 2016

Dear Parents and Friends of All Saints,

Greetings! I hope that you and your family are continuing to enjoy the summer season! With the turn of another page of the calendar and the start of “Back to School” sales, we are reminded that the new year is just around the corner. With this mind, I wish to share with you some exciting news about the year ahead and to provide important reminders and information.
To begin with, I wish to extend a special word of welcome to those families who have just joined our All Saints community! We are delighted that you have chosen a Catholic education for your children and even more pleased that you have selected All Saints. Again, welcome to our All Saints family!

The following is a list of major initiatives that we are undertaking now and in the year ahead.

Restroom Renovation – Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of a member of our community, the renovation of the restrooms in the old wing (grades 2-5) is fully funded and now underway. The demolition is complete and we are on track for completion of the project right around opening day.

Virtues Program – As one of our Five Year Plan goals, the faculty evaluated our existing Virtues Program and researched options for implementing a new framework that will place even greater emphasis on the teaching and modeling of Catholic virtues. I am pleased to share with you that the faculty has selected the Virtues in Practice program designed by the Nashville Dominicans. One of the key changes is that we will discontinue the practice of acknowledging individual students on a monthly basis as we incorporate more substantive lessons within the religion curriculum. Our goal is to infuse even greater meaning into the program so as to promote authentic lives of virtue among our students.

IPads & Chromebooks – Again, thanks to the generosity of a donor, during the summer we purchased additional devices for our school that will increase student access to technology and allow for greater differentiation of instruction. We will be introducing five IPads into each of the Kindergarten through second grade classrooms and a mobile cart of thirty Chromebooks to be shared among grades three through five.

Scantron Testing – As a diocesan school, All Saints will be adopting Scantron as our standardized testing program beginning this year. Rather than administering Terra Nova in the spring, students will complete three shorter series of tests in math, reading and language arts in the fall, winter and spring. As the testing will take place online, teachers will have access to immediate results and data. Additionally, as the test is driven by technology, it is adaptive in nature, with each test being customized to the ability of each student. Administered three times over the course of the year, it will provide data with which the teachers can tailor instruction and measure student growth.

Accelerated Math – For many years, the Accelerated Reader program has been a fundamental aspect of our curriculum. Beginning this year, we will implement Accelerated Math in grades 1-8. This online program will allow teachers to customize learning tasks for students based upon assessment data and will be a focus for the use of the newly purchased IPads and Chromebooks.

Micron Partnership – With the assistance of school parents currently employed at Micron, All Saints is beginning a partnership with this high-tech firm located just south of our campus on Route 28. In support of STEM education, employees will teach hands-on lessons to students in grades three and five during the spring months and our school will have access to Math Kits to be used for a special evening event for families that promotes math education. Look for more details on these exciting programs in the future!

Welcome New Faculty & Staff!

Mrs. Nicole Coughlin (Pre-Kindergarten Assistant) – After serving as a parent volunteer in the Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classrooms for the past three years, Mrs. Coughlin will be joining our staff as a morning and afternoon Pre-Kindergarten Assistant. In addition to her experience and understanding of our program, Mrs. Coughlin brings strong communication and organizational skills developed through her years in the business world.

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.

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. Mandy Rogers (Pre-Kindergarten Director/Teacher) – Mrs. Rogers joins our program after teaching kindergarten for the past three years at St. Michael’s Academy in Haymarket where she also served as the lead teacher for her team. Mrs. Rogers earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Iowa State University. In addition to having worked in the education field, she has previously been a business owner and will bring a wide-range of skills and experience to her leadership position in the Pre-Kindergarten. With an enthusiastic spirit and creative flair, Mrs. Rogers will be instrumental in leading the program into the future.

Miss Sharon Zerhusen (Resource) – Miss Zerhusen will join our faculty 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 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. We congratulate her on her wedding later this month and look forward to welcoming her to our All Saints community as Mrs. Sharon Jemielity.

As announced during the spring, there are also a couple of changes regarding staff. Mrs. Sandy Weitendorf will transition from the Pre-Kindergarten classroom to a full-time role as a first grade assistant in Mrs. Nichol’s classroom. Additionally, Mrs. Stephanie Filippone will transition from her role as an assistant in the afternoon Pre-Kindergarten session to the morning program.

Important Reminders

Orientation Day for Students in Grades K-8 (Friday, August 26th from 9:00 a.m. to noon)
This day provides you and your child the opportunity to meet teachers and visit classrooms. The classrooms will be open for visits until 11:00 a.m. while cafeteria ticket sales and distribution of information will continue in the gym until noon. On Orientation Day, parents/visitors are invited to park in either the front or rear parking lots.

(Although the Pre-Kindergarten program will host a separate open house event, parents are welcome to visit the gym to pick-up important information at this time.)

•New families are invited to arrive early on Orientation Day. Faculty and staff will be available to greet you and guide you through the school beginning at 9:00 a.m. Returning families are asked to begin arriving at 9:30 a.m.
•Throughout the course of the morning, you are asked to keep your children with you at all times since the teachers will be occupied with meeting new students and will not be available to supervise the children.

First Day of School for Grades K-8 (Monday, August 29th)

8:00 Morning Bell
8:05 Classes Begin
Since you will already have had the opportunity on Orientation Day to meet teachers and visit classrooms, you are asked to drop off your children in the carpool line by 7:58 a.m. Students will enter the building via the breezeway connecting the new facility to the original wing and report directly to their homerooms. The breezeway doors will open at 7:40 a.m. at which time the cars in the front of the carpool line will begin dropping off students at the direction of patrols and the supervising staff. Any child dropped off before 7:40 a.m. must be escorted by a parent or guardian to the Extended Day Program in Father Kelley Hall.
Dismissal will occur at noon on Monday for students in grades Kindergarten through eight. Dismissal for grades 1-8 will be at 3:00 p.m. for the remainder of the week. However, the Kindergarten program will dismiss at noon for the entire first week of school.

Dismissal Procedures
Parents will once again be assigned one of five parking areas for afternoon dismissal based upon where their last name occurs in the alphabet. Parking assignments for the new year will be posted on our school website in the coming weeks. Additionally, copies of the procedures for afternoon dismissal as well as parking assignments will be available on Orientation Day. All parents are asked to review these items prior to the first day of school. Parents whose children will be walking to and from school are asked to provide written authorization to the office on Orientation Day.

Parents are assigned a parking bay in order to create a sense of predictability for the students so that on rainy days the children may walk directly to their assigned area rather than waiting in lines. On all other days, we will continue to use the “first in, first out” approach, meaning that parents assigned to the front parking lot will park in bay one as they arrive, followed by bay two and three. Those assigned to the rear parking lot will park in bay four followed by bay five. (Note: It is very important that parents park only in their assigned area, i.e. front vs. back parking lots, as the system has been organized based on the total capacity for each parking area.)

In an effort to ensure the safety and security of our students, children will only be released to their parents via the organized dismissal system. Only parents completing volunteer hours during the school day, as well as those who are parents of Safety Patrols or students attending after-school activities, are permitted to park in front of the church.

Immunizations
Virginia law requires that parents of students enrolling in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten or first grade provide documentation of appropriate immunization for measles, mumps, and rubella. All children who have not received a complete series of hepatitis B vaccine will be required to receive such immunization prior to entering the 6th grade. Additionally, in accordance with the immunization requirements for the State of Virginia, all 6th grade students must receive a Tdap booster before returning to school in the fall. Please be aware that providing documentation of immunization is a necessary condition for enrollment at All Saints. Those students who have not received proper immunization will not be permitted to attend school. Should you have any questions about immunization requirements, please contact our school nurse, Mrs. Roth, at 703-368-4400.
Families and schools are now able to access the MCH 213F (School Entrance Health Form) on-line. A link to the form on the Diocesan website follows below:
http://www.arlingtondiocese.org/catholicschools/forms.php

Background Checks – Policies for School Parent Volunteers
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.

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.

As we begin a new year, in accordance with diocesan policy, only those parents who have completed the criminal background check are eligible to volunteer in the school. As it typically takes approximately six weeks for the diocesan office to process completed forms, parents are encouraged to complete this paperwork prior to the start of the new year if interested in volunteering in the school during the fall semester. Those who have not yet completed the background check process may request a packet of forms from either the school or parish offices.

Opening of School Mass
At 8:30 a.m. on Friday, September 2nd we will celebrate the beginning of the new year with a school-wide Mass. All parents are cordially invited to join us for this liturgy as we unite our hearts in prayer asking for God’s continued blessings on our school community in the year ahead.

2016-2017 School Calendars
New calendars may be picked up on Orientation Day. We are grateful to Mrs. Laurie Short who again this year designed our school calendar. The calendar was printed by JM Gaske with the financial support of local businesses that purchased adverstisements included in the publication.

Parent/Student Handbook
Information related to the updated student handbook and corresponding acknowledgment forms will be issued to all families via upcoming school newsletters and posted on our website.

School Supplies
Supply lists were distributed in the spring in order that you might take advantage of sales during the summer. A complete list of supplies remains available for review on our website. Parents who ordered supplies through the school-organized supply project may pick them up on Orientation Day. All students are asked to come to school prepared with supplies on the first day of classes.

Uniforms
An overview of uniform requirements follows below.

Girls Uniform (Grades K-5)

Navy, Gold & White Plaid Drop Waist Jumper
White Short Sleeve Peterpan Collar Blouse (Summer and Spring)
White Long Sleeve Peterpan Collar Blouse (Winter)
Navy Crew Neck Cardigan Sweater (Worn with jumper)
Low Cut Black Athletic Shoes (Optional Shoe: Solid black leather Mary Jane Strap Shoe may be worn with jumper)
Navy ribbed or regular tights, navy knee-hi or white crew socks
Hair bows must be of solid color, matching a color in the uniform, i.e. navy, white or black

Girls Uniform (Grades 6-8)

Navy, Gold & White Plaid Wrap Around Kilt
White Short Sleeve Polo Shirt with school logo (Summer and Spring)
White Long Sleeve Buttondown Collar Blouse (Winter)
Navy with White Trim V-Neck Sweater Vest (worn with winter blouse)
Solid Black Leather Penny Loafer Shoe
Navy ribbed or regular tights, navy knee-hi or white crew socks

Boys Uniform (Grades K-5)

Grey Pleated Twill Pants
White Short Sleeve Polo Shirt with school logo (Summer and Spring)
White Long Sleeve Button-down Collar Shirt (Winter)
Grey Tie (Mass Days and Special Occasions – worn with winter shirt and must be purchased from Flynn & O’Hara)
Navy V-Neck Sweater Vest (Winter uniform)
Low Cut Black Athletic Shoes
Black or Navy Crew Socks (Year round with twill pants)
Black Belt

Boys Uniform (Grades 6-8)

Grey Poly/Wool Dress Pants
White Short Sleeve Polo Shirt with school logo (Summer and Spring)
White Long Sleeve Button-down Collar Shirt (Winter)
Navy/Grey Striped Tie (Worn with winter shirt and must be purchased from Flynn & O’Hara)
Navy with White Trim V-Neck Sweater Vest (Winter uniform)
Solid Black Leather Oxford Shoe
Black or Navy crew socks (year round)
Black Belt

While the black athletic shoe remains the standard for all students in grades Kindergarten through five, girls in those grades may opt to wear the black Mary Jane with the jumpers, available for purchase through Flynn & O’Hara. In the middle school, girls wear a black, rubber-soled penny loafer and boys wear a black, leather oxford shoe.

P.E. Uniform
Students in grades 6-8 “dress out” for P.E. class. Middle school students are asked to bring their P.E. uniform, socks and athletic shoes to school on days when they will attend P.E. class.
The following is a summary of the P.E. uniform for students in grades K-8.
Light Steel Gym Tee Shirt with Silk Screen with school logo
Navy Micromesh Nylon Gym Shorts with Silk Screen with school logo
Navy Sweatshirt with Silk Screen Logo (Grades K-8)
Low Cut Solid Black Athletic Shoes (Grades K-5)
Middle School Students may wear athletic shoes of any color

FACTS Tuition Program
Parents are reminded that the first tuition payment for the 2016-2017 school year is due in August and will be submitted directly to FACTS via electronic funds transfer. Should you have any questions about this program, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio at 703-393-1490.
Information for Kindergarten Families
Parents who have a Kindergartner starting at All Saints this year are invited to a special orientation meeting on Thursday, August 25th at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Activity Center. Mrs. Katherine Izquierdo and Mrs. Julie Feltman will present an overview of the program and will be available to answer questions.
Information for Pre-Kindergarten Families
Parents who have a Pre-Kindergartner beginning at All Saints are invited to attend a special meeting on Thursday, September 1st at 7:00 p.m. Mrs. Mandy Rogers, Director of the Pre-Kindergarten, will highlight pertinent information about our program. In addition, the program staff will be in attendance and available to answer any questions that you might have.
On Tuesday, September 6th there will be a special Open House for all Pre-Kindergarten students and their parents from 9:00-11:00 a.m. for those enrolled in the morning session and from 12:30-2:30 p.m. for those in the afternoon session. The program will officially begin on Wednesday, September 7th.
Pre-Kindergarten students do not wear a uniform. Rather, they are asked to wear comfortable, casual clothing that is conducive to their participation in the various activities planned for each day.

Upcoming Special Events – Back to School Night & Welcome Back Barbecue

Back to School Night & PTO Meeting (Parents of Grades 1-5) – Tuesday, September 6th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Activities Center. Following an opening presentation and introduction of the PTO Board, teachers in grades one through five will present an overview of programs in their classrooms.
Middle School Back to School Night (Parents of Grades 6-8) – Thursday, September 15th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Activities Center.
These sessions will provide parents with important information about our many programs and plans for the 2016-2017 school year. For this reason, at least one parent from each family is required to attend Back to School Night.

All school families are cordially invited to attend the 12th Annual Welcome Back Barbecue hosted by the PTO. This popular and well-attended event provides a wonderful opportunity for families to visit with friends old and new as we begin another year together. Once again this event is free of charge, courtesy of the PTO. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. on August 26th and will take place on the parking lot and grassy area located behind the school. Parents are asked to park in the front lot and to either walk around the school or pass through the breezeway entrances when arriving for the event. Families are asked to bring lawn chairs and a cooler full of favorite drinks. (Non-alcoholic beverages only) Although there is no need to RSVP, should you have any questions or wish to volunteer to assist with the event, please contact Juan and Beth Rivera at we4riveras@verizon.net. Volunteers are still needed to assist with set-up, serving and clean-up. Plan to join us for an evening of barbecue and fellowship!
In the days preceding the opening of school, should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 703-368-4400. We look forward to seeing you in the weeks ahead and again, a very warm welcome to our new families!
In Christ,

David E. Conroy, Jr.
Principal

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8th Grade Graduation http://allsaintsvaschool.org/2016/06/10/congratulations-graduates/ http://allsaintsvaschool.org/2016/06/10/congratulations-graduates/#respond Fri, 10 Jun 2016 21:00:41 +0000 http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/?p=4706 Wishing our class of 2016 many blessings and continued success as they begin high school.

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Our 8th grade students prepare to pass their leadership role to the 7th grade during our “Pass It On” ceremony, a beloved All Saints tradition.

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8th Grade vs. Faculty/Staff Volleyball Game http://allsaintsvaschool.org/2016/06/09/8th-grade-vs-facultystaff-volleyball-game-2/ http://allsaintsvaschool.org/2016/06/09/8th-grade-vs-facultystaff-volleyball-game-2/#respond Thu, 09 Jun 2016 20:49:55 +0000 http://allsaintsvaschool.org/?p=9765 Members of the 8th grade are greeted by their adoring fans during our annual volleyball match-up.

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The Sentinel – June 8, 2016 http://allsaintsvaschool.org/2016/06/09/the-sentinel-june-8-2016/ http://allsaintsvaschool.org/2016/06/09/the-sentinel-june-8-2016/#respond Thu, 09 Jun 2016 13:28:44 +0000 http://allsaintsvaschool.org/?p=12195 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 […]

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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

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Attention Middle School students and families:

We are looking forward to seeing you on orientation day!  Come meet and greet your teachers and see your friends that you’ve missed all summer!  Bring your smiles, but don’t bring all your school supplies just yet!  It can be a little crazy and frantic with beginning of the year excitement on orientation day, so here are some suggestions of what to bring on orientation day and what to bring on the first day of school.

On orientation day, DO bring your locker shelves and any locker decorations you might want to put inside like magnetic white message boards, magnetic pencil cups, mirrors, or decorative magnets.  Feel free to set up your locker in preparation for the first day of school!  Please also bring items from the supply list such as tissues, wipes, hand sanitizer, and paper towels and leave them in your homeroom classroom.

Organizing Materials Handout
While you are visiting at orientation, remember to pick up the handout labeledOrganizing Materials,” or you may download the same handout by clicking on the following link:
http://allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2016/05/Organizing-Materials-2016-17.pdf

Use this handout at home to assemble and label your notebooks, folders, and binders.

At home, go ahead and put dividers in your binders, pencils and pens in your pencil cases, art supplies in your art case, and label your notebooks, folders, and pocket dividers just like the “Organizing Materials” handout explains.  Bring these on the first day of school.

Book Covers
Remember to save a few brown paper bags from the grocery store as they make great bookcovers.  Check out  Make a Paper Bag Book Cover or  Paper Book Covers for step-by-step directions on how to make a book cover from a brown paper grocery bag.

Below is a version of the supply list, sorted by what to bring on the first day and what to bring to orientation.

Supplies for GRADE 6, 7, & 8*

Bring to Orientation

  • 1 combination lock – no directional locks
  • 2 TALL locker shelves – TALL ENOUGH FOR A BINDER TO FIT UNDER
  • 1 dozen pencils for your homeroom
  • 1 pkg. loose leaf paper to leave in your homeroom
  • 1 box of tissues
  • Disinfectant wipes (6th grade – one for art and two for homeroom; 7th and 8th grades – 1 box only for art)
  • Liquid antibacterial hand sanitizer (7th grade only – 2 bottles)
  • Paper towels (8th grade only – 2 rolls)
  • Any magnetic locker “decorations” – magnetic white memo board, mirrors, pencil holders

Assemble at home and bring the first day of school

  • 6* marbleized composition books (label:  Math, English, Science, Literature, Religion, Spanish, (*1 extra for the 7th grade “Me Book” in Literature and for any new 8th graders)
  • 1 red binder labeled Social Studies (3 ring binder – 1.5 inches width), with 5 tabbed, plastic, pocket dividers and a supply of loose leaf paper inside
  • 1 binder for general use (3 ring binder – 1.5 inches width), with 8 tabbed, plastic, pocket dividers with a supply of loose leaf and graph paper inside
  • 1 spiral notebook (3 subjects with pockets) – labeled English (Sections labeled Grammar, Spelling, Writing)
  • 2 folders – 1 labeled “Library”, 1 labeled “Spanish”
  • 7 paper 2-pocket folders (1 each red, orange, blue, green, yellow, purple & gray to be used as “test” folders for each class) DO NOT LABEL THESE.
  • 2 pencil cases (not boxes) – one for everyday use and one for Art
  • Fill one pencil case with art supplies:  scissors, glue, colored markers, colored pencils, 2 pencils, 1 eraser
  • Fill the second pencil case with:
  • 12 #2 pencils
  • Eraser
  • 2 black pens, 2 blue pens, 2 red pens,
  • 2 black sharpie pens
  • 2 thin highlighters
  • Thin markers
  • 1 set of colored pencils (24 count) for use in science and social studies (keep these in your locker until needed)
  • 1 pkg. loose leaf paper (500 count – college rule) – put a supply of paper in each binder
  • 1 pair of inexpensive earbuds (to be left at school to use with Chromebooks)
  • 3 packages of scotch tape for math
  • 1 package 3×5 ruled index cards (100 count) for Social Studies
  • 2 packages post-it type adhesive flags/tags for assignment book and Literature
  • 2 pkgs. graph paper (50 count – with ¼ inch squares) – put in general binder for math
  • 1 package fun design pencils/pens or markers for AR prizes

Keep at home for use later in the year

  • 1 blue binder for Science Fair with 5 tabbed, plastic dividers with pockets inside (3 ring binder – 1 inch width) w/ pockets in the front & back (7th and 8th grades only)
  • 1 pkg. loose leaf paper (500 count – college rule)
  • 1 dozen #2 pencils
  • 4 blue pens, 4 black pens, 4 red pens
  • 4 thin highlighters
  • 2 pkgs. 3×5 ruled white Index cards (100 ct.) for Social Studies
  • 1 roll clear contact paper to cover workbooks
  • Brown paper for covering textbooks

No trapper keepers, white out, or book socks please. (Book socks stress the bindings of expensive textbooks and trapper keepers don’t fit in lockers easily.)

Please see this link if you are interested in purchasing a School Supply Pack vs. purchasing supplies on your own.

Have fun organizing and enjoy the remainder of the summer!

* Also check Special Subject Supply List for additional required supplies.

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