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The Sentinel – January 21, 2015 http://allsaintsvaschool.org/2015/01/21/sentinel-january-21-2015/ http://allsaintsvaschool.org/2015/01/21/sentinel-january-21-2015/#respond Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:09:07 +0000 http://allsaintsvaschool.org/?p=9193 January 21, 2015 Principal’s Message Next week All Saints will join with schools across our country in celebrating Catholic Schools Week, an annual opportunity to highlight our heritage and distinct mission. The theme selected for this year is Catholic Schools ~ Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service. At All Saints, this is exactly the type […]

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January 21, 2015

Principal’s Message

Next week All Saints will join with schools across our country in celebrating Catholic Schools Week, an annual opportunity to highlight our heritage and distinct mission. The theme selected for this year is Catholic Schools ~ Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.

At All Saints, this is exactly the type of community we cultivate each day. With a commitment to academic excellence and more importantly, faith formation & character development, the faculty, staff, clergy and parents are united in their efforts to provide our children with a life-changing educational experience. Next week we pause to give thanks for the gift of Catholic education and the many blessings we share as members of the All Saints community.

The following is a list of special activities planned for the weeklong celebration.

Sunday, January 25th Saturday/Sunday Mass ~ All students are asked to wear their school uniform to Mass this weekend. Students who have been selected from the Middle School will share a short reflection on the topic of what a Catholic school education has meant to them.
Monday, January 26th Vocation Day ~ Deacon Thomas and China Briceno, Assistant Director of the Youth Ministry, will host a “Vocation Reflection Discernment” for students in grades five through eight and visit classrooms in grades one through four.
Tuesday, January 27th Student Appreciation Day ~ Dress Down Day, Free Ice Cream at Lunch and No Homework.Band Concert at 2:00 p.m. for Students and 7:00 p.m. for Parents
Wednesday, January 28th Priest Appreciation Day ~ Students will offer special prayers and spiritual bouquets for our parish priests.
Thursday, January 29th Staff Appreciation Day ~ Teachers, Students & Room Liaisons will work together to show their appreciation for members of the staff.
Friday, January 30th     Teacher Appreciation Day ~ Students will make small gifts for their teachers.Faculty & Staff Luncheon, hosted by the PTO, following Noon Dismissal

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As we welcome back Mrs. Cote after her time of leave to care for her newborn baby, I would like to take a moment to thank Mrs. Feltman for her wonderful work as a long-term substitute in the kindergarten classroom. With great energy and enthusiasm she kept the children engaged and right on track in the learning process. Thank you, Mrs. Feltman, for your dedication to our program!

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

March for Life

Tomorrow the students of All Saints will join their prayers with the thousands who will gather in Washington, D.C. at the annual March for Life. As a school community we will pray for an increase in respect for the sanctity of life at all stages in our society.   While children who wish to attend the March for Life with their parents or the Youth Ministry Program will be marked as absent, please know that this absence will not affect a child who otherwise would earn “Perfect Attendance” at the close of the year. If your child will be attending the March, please notify his or her teacher via a note by the end of the week.

Registration Schedule for 2015-2016

  • Re-Registration for Current Families February 4-20, 2015
  • Registration for New Students             February 11-27, 2015

                              (Including siblings for Pre-K & K)

New Student Referral Program – Earn up to $400 in Tuition Credit!*

Many of our families initially hear about All Saints through a personal referral from an existing school family. With Open House events scheduled for Wednesday, January 14 and Thursday, February 12, we thought now would be the perfect time to remind you about our New Student Referral Program.

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

Here’s how it works:

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

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

What to do next:

ü  Invite your family and friends to attend our January or February Open House so they can hear about our school and see it in action.

ü  Complete and submit a New Student Referral Form: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/new-student-referral-program/

ü  Remind the families you invite to list your name on the Referral Form that will be included in their New Student Application Packet.

Tuition Assistance Applications for 2015-2016

Applications for Tuition Assistance for the 2015-2016 academic year are now available. Again this year the Diocese of Arlington has partnered with FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Company. FACTS has established an on-line application process that can be initiated through the company website (http://online.factsmgt.com/signin/3Q327)

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

High School                 January 23, 2015

Elementary School       March 16, 2015

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

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

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

Upcoming Events

Thursday, January 22nd

–          March for Life

–          Eucharistic Adoration & Benediction (2:15 p.m.)

–          Parent Portal closes at 3:00 p.m. for Report Card Prep

Friday, January 23rd

–          End of 2nd Quarter

–          School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

–          Noon Dismissal – DFE Meeting

–          Catholic High School Application Deadline

–          Tuition Assistance Application Deadline for Families with a Child in Catholic High School Next Year

–          Spirit Event: Chick-fil-A (6:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.)

Sunday, January 25th

–          Catholic Schools Week (see schedule above for details)

Tuesday, January 27th

–          Student Appreciation Day: Dress Down Day, Free Ice Cream and No Homework (Note: No pretzel sales in cafeteria)

–          Band Concert (PAC/2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, January 28th

–          Open House (PAC/9:00 a.m.) – rescheduled from January 14th

Friday, January 30th

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

–          Middle School Demerit Free Breakfast (9:30 a.m.)

–          2nd Quarter Report Cards sent home

–          Noon Dismissal – Faculty/Staff Luncheon for Catholic Schools Week

–          Spirit Event: Chick-fil-A (6:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.)

Saturday, January 31st

–          First Reconciliation for 2nd Grade (10:00 a.m.)

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All Saints Catholic School will be hosting an Open House on Wednesday, January 28th at 9:00 a.m. All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about the parish school are cordially invited to attend. Following a presentation and introduction, tours of the facility will be provided.

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

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running5k-bannerPut those New Year’s Resolutions to good use by signing up for the Running With The Saints 5K to be held on Saturday, March 21st at 8:15 a.m. Easy on-line registration is now available at imathlete.com (just search for Running With The Saints). All age levels and abilities are welcome – walkers, joggers and jogger strollers, as well as competitive athletes! We will have great age group prizes and indoor waiting area in the PAC for before and after the race! SIGN UP TODAY! For questions or more information, please contact Joan Coleman at info@runningwiththesaints.org.

5K SPONSORS NEEDED!
Help us provide a fantastic 5K experience for All Saints and the community by sponsoring the Running with the Saints 5K. Individual, small business and corporate sponsors are welcome! Several different levels of contribution are available. Please check out our race website at runningwiththesaints.org for sponsorship information.

For questions or more information, please contact Joan Coleman at info@runningwiththesaints.org

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Principal’s Message

On Friday students in grades four through eight participated in the school-wide round of the National Geography Bee. Congratulations to our school champion, Kyle Da Re (6th grade), who has now completed a written assessment to determine whether he will qualify to advance to the state level competition. Congratulations to Emma Parker (8th grade) who won second place and to all of the students who represented their classes in this academic event.

Thank You from Joyce D’Eugenio & Family

Dear Fr. Lee, Fr. Bob, Fr. Melmer, Fr. Juan, Fr. Mauricio, All Saints Parish Staff, Funeral Ministry

Volunteers, Mr. Conroy, Mrs. Campagna, Faculty, Staff, Families and Students of All Saints Catholic School,

I will never be able to find the words to thank you all for the kindness you have shown to me and my family over the past year while Michael was sick and at the time of his passing. Your prayers and support lifted us up many times while he was going through his treatments. The kind words, hugs, cards, prayers, flowers, spiritual bouquets, offers of meals and of help were greatly appreciated.

I know that I am blessed to work in a place where I am not just an employee, but a member of a loving & caring spiritual family. It has been a very tough year, but I can rest knowing the Michael is no longer suffering from cancer and that he has been delivered into the hands of God. I look forward to seeing him again one day.

The funeral mass was so touching and beautiful beginning with the honor of having four priests, the support of the school faculty, staff, and students at the mass and ending with the students lining the exit from the church. After the burial, the Funeral Ministry went above and beyond to provide delicious food and fellowship to family and friends.

Thank you and God bless you all.

Joyce D’Eugenio & Family

March for Life

On Thursday, January 22nd the students of All Saints will join their prayers with the thousands who will gather in Washington, D.C. at the annual March for Life. As a school community we will pray for an increase in respect for the sanctity of life at all stages in our society.   While children who wish to attend the March for Life with their parents or the Youth Ministry Program will be marked as absent, please know that this absence will not affect a child who otherwise would earn “Perfect Attendance” at the close of the year. If your child will be attending the March, please notify his or her teacher via a note by the end of the week.

Newsletter Addendum

There were some of our school families were not included in the School Directory 2014-2015 and would like their information be included in an addendum to the directory. The addendum to the directory is linked below.

Virtue Award Winners

Congratulations to the following students who were recognized on Friday for their demonstration of the Virtue of Generosity during the month of December.

Thomas McGrath (PK1)

Ike Cole  (PK2)

Kassandra Onate  (PK3)

Dominic Brown (K1)

Angel Grimaldo-Lopez (K2)

Aisling Reynolds (1A)

Gianna Starrs (1B)

Leslie Avila De La Trinidad (2A)

Haley Fifield (2B)

Alexander Iskenderoglu (3A)

David Grimaldo-Lopez (3B)

Lavish Ghori (4A)

Kevin Balagtas (4B)

Albert Hasbun (5A)

Ryan Hasbun (5B)

Jack Malone (6A)

Matthew Kleha (6B)

Nicholas Zervoudis (7A)

Victor Diaz (7B)

Hannah Pell (8A)

Carolina Vasquez (8B)

Box Tops Proceeds

Thanks to the continued efforts of many parents and students who regularly clip box tops, last week we received a check in the amount of $1,889.45. Thank you for your steadfast support of this program!

RUNNING WITH THE SAINTS 5K – MARCH 21st at 8:15 a.m.

Put those New Year’s Resolutions to good use by signing up for the Running With The Saints 5K!  Easy on-line registration is now available at imathlete.com (just search for Running With The Saints).  Paper registrations are being sent home as well.  All age levels and abilities are welcome – walkers, joggers and jogger strollers, as well as competitive athletes!  We will have great age group prizes and indoor waiting area in the PAC for before and after the race!  SIGN UP TODAY! For questions or more information, please contact Joan Coleman at info@runningwiththesaints.org.

5K SPONSORS NEEDED!  Help us provide a fantastic 5K experience for All Saints and the community – sponsor our race!  Individual, small business and corporate sponsors are welcome!  Several different levels of contribution are available!  Please see the flyer being sent home today or check out the website – runningwiththesaints.org.  Questions or more information, please contact Joan Coleman at info@runningwiththesaints.org

5K T-SHIRT CONTEST!  See your artwork on our Race shirt – design our t-shirt for this year’s Running With The Saints 5K.  All Grades are invited to participate.  Entries are due February 13th. Free ice cream card for anyone who submits an entry!  1st place gets their design on the t-shirts as well as a $20 gift card. 2nd place will receive a $10 gift card.  Please see the flyer being sent home today for more information. Any questions, please contact Penny Starrs at info@runningwiththesaints.org

The Science Fair Is Next Week

The All Saints School Science Fair is next Wednesday, January 21st in the Parish Activity Center. The Fair will be open to the Community for viewing from 5:30-6:30 pm that evening followed by the Formal Awards Presentation from 6:30-7:15 pm. Parents of Middle School students are cordially invited to attend the Awards Ceremony. Students attending should wear their Sunday best.

Science Fair Volunteers Needed Judges – We still need a few judges. If you love science and understand the scientific process, please consider being a judge. The PAC will open at 7:40 for judges to have breakfast and walk around to see the projects. Orientation starts at 8 am and judging begins shortly thereafter. Judging will finish about 2 pm. Come join us and see what mysteries of science our students have discovered. Projects are in the following categories: Astronomy, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Biochemistry, Botany, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Science, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Mathematics, Microbiology, Physics, and Zoology.

Breakfast and Lunch Food Donations – Donations such as cream cheese, breakfast casseroles, apples, clementines, fruit juice, granola bars, side salads, fruit salad, desserts and utensils are needed. Food donations need to be dropped off on Tuesday, January 20th. See the link to the Sign Up Genius

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e4eaeaf22a46-allsaints9/

Set Up committee – Volunteers are needed to help set up the Science Fair all day on Tuesday. A few volunteers for a few hours throughout the day would be helpful.

Runners – Two parents are needed to bring the students between their classes in the Middle School wing and the PAC from 8 am until 12:45 pm on the 21st. Knowledge of the Middle School classrooms and teachers is helpful for this duty.

Data Input – One more volunteer is needed to input the judges’ scores into excel spreadsheets on laptop computers from 8 am to 3 pm on the day of the fair to determine the winners.

Take Down Committee – Volunteers are needed on Thursday afternoon before carpool to return the PAC to its original state.

If you would like to help with this year’s Science Fair or have any questions, please contact Holly Crocker at hollyscrocker@comcast.net or (571) 991-0773.

High School News

John Paul Band and Choir Music Festival for Middle School Students

Saint John Paul the Great invites middle school students (grades 6, 7, and 8) to participate in their annual Middle School Band and Choir Music Festival on January 24. Late registrations are still being accepted! For more information, please visit:http://www.jpthegreat.org/admissions/visiting/special-middle-school-invitations/ or contact Music Diretor, Mrs. Kelly Kingett: Kelly.kingett@jpthegreat.org. Free Music Festival t-shirt and lunch included with registration!

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Registration Schedule for 2015-2016

  • Re-Registration for Current Families February 4-20, 2015
  • Registration for New Students             February 11-27, 2015

                              (Including siblings for Pre-K & K)

New Student Referral Program – Earn up to $400 in Tuition Credit!*

Many of our families initially hear about All Saints through a personal referral from an existing school family. With Open House events scheduled for Wednesday, January 14 and Thursday, February 12, we thought now would be the perfect time to remind you about our New Student Referral Program.

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

Here’s how it works:

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

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

What to do next:

  • Invite your family and friends to attend our January or February Open House so they can hear about our school and see it in action.
  • Complete and submit a New Student Referral Form: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/new-student-referral-program/
  • Remind the families you invite to list your name on the Referral Form that will be included in their New Student Application Packet.

Annual Fund Update

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

  • Remember, funds raised through the annual fund will be used for STEM programs and mobile technology.
  • We are looking for strong participation (through gifts of prayer, involvement and financial commitment) from our teachers/staff and parent community. This will allow us to ask for support from the broader community with the knowledge that the initiative is receiving full support from within.

How Can You Participate?

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

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

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

Tuition Assistance Applications for 2015-2016

Applications for Tuition Assistance for the 2015-2016 academic year are now available. Again this year the Diocese of Arlington has partnered with FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Company. FACTS has established an on-line application process that can be initiated through the company website (http://online.factsmgt.com/signin/3Q327)

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

High School                 January 23, 2015

Elementary School       March 16, 2015

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

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

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

Upcoming Events

Thursday, January 15th          

–          7th-8th Grade Field Trip to Shakespeare Theater (7:00 – 2:30)

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

Friday, January 16th               

–          Holiday – Diocesan Professional Development Day

Monday, January 19th            

–          Holiday – Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday

Wednesday, January 21st        

–          Middle School Science Fair

Thursday, January 22nd          

–          March for Life

–          Eucharistic Adoration & Benediction (2:15 p.m.)

Friday, January 23rd              

–          End of 2nd Quarter

–          School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

–          Noon Dismissal – DFE Meeting

–          Catholic High School Application Deadline

–          Tuition Assistance Application Deadline for Families with a Child in Catholic High School Next Year

–          Spirit Event: Chick-fil-A (6:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.)

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The Sentinel – January 7, 2015 http://allsaintsvaschool.org/2015/01/07/sentinel-january-7-2015/ http://allsaintsvaschool.org/2015/01/07/sentinel-january-7-2015/#respond Wed, 07 Jan 2015 11:27:34 +0000 http://allsaintsvaschool.org/?p=9135 January 7, 2015 Principal’s Message Happy New Year!  I hope that you and your family enjoyed the Christmas holiday and the many opportunities to celebrate the season.  Without question, yesterday’s morning arrival was one of the most challenging in recent memory, prompting consideration as to whether it might be more effective for All Saints to […]

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January 7, 2015

Principal’s Message

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

Without question, yesterday’s morning arrival was one of the most challenging in recent memory, prompting consideration as to whether it might be more effective for All Saints to make an independent decision in response to inclement weather events.  This is a question that arises from time to time, particularly following a difficult call.  I remain confident that it is best for us to rely on the extensive resources available to the county in making weather-related decisions.  In order to maintain a consistent protocol and sense of predictability, we will continue to adhere to the decisions of the county during and immediately following any weather event.  With that said, it is important that parents always defer to their best judgment if they deem that conditions are unsafe, a course of action that many families took yesterday in deciding to remain at home.

As the day came to a close, I spoke with a school parent who shared with me that she has spent her entire life in Prince William County and has never experienced such circumstances.  Perhaps that is a good perspective for us to maintain, recognizing yesterday as an anomaly within a process that typically serves us quite well.

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With the start of the New Year, plans are already underway for 2015-2016.  As we prepare for our Open House events and registration, I want to encourage you to once again share the success story of All Saints with the surrounding community.  Research has shown that the sentiments and opinions expressed by current parents are the single most effective form of marketing for a school.  I know that the pride that surrounds our school and the abiding sense of community have already inspired many of you to tell your neighbors, friends and colleagues about our program.  We thank you for continuing to choose All Saints for your family and for inviting others to consider the gift of a Catholic education for their children!

Earn up to $400 in Tuition Credit!*

Many of our families initially hear about All Saints through a personal referral from an existing school family. With Open House events scheduled for Wednesday, January 14 and Thursday, February 12, we thought now would be the perfect time to remind you about our New Student Referral Program. (See link for form below.)

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

Here’s how it works:

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

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

What to do next:

  • Invite your family and friends to attend our January or February Open House so they can hear about our school and see it in action.
  • Complete and submit a New Student Referral Form: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/new-student-referral-program/
  • Remind the families you invite to list your name on the Referral Form that will be included in their New Student Application Packet.

Open House for 2015-2016 School Year

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Wednesday, January 14th beginning at 9:00 a.m.  All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about the parish school are cordially invited to attend.  Following a presentation and introduction at 9:00 a.m., tours of the facility will be provided. For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at (703) 393-1490.

Registration Schedule for 2015-2016

  • Re-Registration for Current Families February 4-20, 2015
  • Registration for New Students February 11-27, 2015

                              (Including siblings for Pre-K & K)

Annual Fund Update

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

  • Remember, funds raised through the annual fund will be used for STEM programs and mobile technology.
  • We are looking for strong participation (through gifts of prayer, involvement and financial commitment) from our teachers/staff and parent community. This will allow us to ask for support from the broader community with the knowledge that the initiative is receiving full support from within.

How Can You Participate?

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

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

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

Prayer of the Month – Prayer for Compassion

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

Virtue of the Month Program ~ Compassion

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

  • Pray for those people who are hungry or homeless.
  • Give money to the poor box in church from your own allowance.
  • Give food or clothing to those in need.
  • Help at home without being asked.
  • Keep your room neat and orderly to help your parents.
  • Make a pretty card or write a cheerful letter to someone who is sick or in a nursing home.
  • Listen quietly when your friend is upset or angry and needs to talk.
  • Visit relatives, neighbors, or friends that are sick.
  • Include new students in your games. Introduce them to your friends.
  • If someone doesn’t understand a lesson or a game, offer to teach them. Do not make fun of them.
  • Make someone laugh when they are feeling sad.
  • Be kind to everyone you meet.

Science Fair Volunteers Needed
The All Saints Science Fair is January 21st in the Parish Activity Center. The Middle School students have been working hard on their projects but many volunteers are needed to make the Science Fair a success. Just a love of science is all that’s needed.  All volunteers earn Points for Parents. Even if you don’t have a Middle School student, this is an exciting event you don’t want to miss. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all volunteers the day of the Science Fair.

  • Judges – We need judges to evaluate the scientific efforts of our middle school students. The PAC will open at 7:40 for judges to have breakfast and walk around to see the projects. Orientation starts at 8 am and judging begins shortly thereafter. Judging will finish after lunch about 2 pm. Come join us and see what mysteries of science our students have discovered. Judges are needed in the following categories: Behavioral and Social Sciences, Biochemistry, Botany, Chemistry, Earth and Space Sciences, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Medicine and Health, Microbiology, Physics, and Zoology.
  • Breakfast and Lunch Food Donations – Donations such as bagels, cream cheese muffins, breakfast casseroles, fruit salad, yogurt, donuts and orange juice, side salads, and desserts are needed. Donations for breakfast need to be dropped off on Tuesday, January 20th and the lunch needs to be delivered to the PAC by 10 am on Wednesday, January 21st.
  • Set Up Committee – Volunteers are needed to help set up the Science Fair Tuesday starting around 8 am but will be needed all day.
  • Data Input – Three volunteers needed to input the judges score into the spreadsheets on the computers to generate determine the winners from 8 to 3 on the day of the fair.
  • Take Down Committee – Volunteers are needed on Thursday afternoon before carpool to return the PAC to its original state.

If you would like to help with this year’s Science Fair or have any questions, please contact Holly Crocker at hollyscrocker@comast.net or (571) 991-0773.

From the Spirit Events Committee
Happy New Year All Saints Family! We hope that you had an enjoyable break and that you are ready for the excitement in 2015. If you are looking to meet up with your All Saints community, then stop by Chick-fil-A on Liberia Avenue on Friday, January 9th, 23rd, and 30th. These are all 12:00 dismissals, so you have some place to take your family for good food and fellowship. We look forward to seeing you there!

HIGH SCHOOL NEWS

Paul VI Catholic School

Families of 7th and 8th grade students are invited the College Night at Paul VI Catholic High School on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 7:15 p.m. Learn how PVI can help you navigate the road to college.

For more information, contact Mrs. Battle, PVI’s College and Career Specialist, at lbattle@paulvi.net or 703-352-0925.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Tuition Assistance Applications for 2015-2016

Applications for Tuition Assistance for the 2015-2016 academic year are now available.  Again this year the Diocese of Arlington has partnered with FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Company.  FACTS has established an on-line application process that can be initiated through the company website (http://online.factsmgt.com/signin/3Q327)

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

High School                 January 23, 2015

Elementary School       March 16, 2015

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

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

All supporting documentation can be uploaded in pdf format online.  Documentation can also be faxed to 1-866-315-9264 or mailed to the address below. Please be sure to include the applicant ID on all faxed or mailed correspondence.

FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment

P.O. Box 82524

Lincoln, NE  68501-2524

Those families interested in applying for Tuition Assistance for the Pre-Kindergarten program are invited to complete the FACTS process as well.  Although pre-school students are not eligible for financial assistance through the diocese, the analysis provided by FACTS will guide the process for determining disbursements from funding providing by our school and parish.

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

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

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

Upcoming Events

Friday, January 9th

  • School Mass & Virtues Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
  • National Geography Bee (PAC/10:00 a.m.)
  • Noon Dismissal – DFE Meeting
  • Spirit Event: Chick-fil-A (6:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, January 14th       

  • Open House (9:00 a.m.)

Thursday, January 15th          

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

Friday, January 16th               

  • Holiday – Diocesan Professional Development Day

Monday, January 19th            

  • Holiday – Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday

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Principal’s Message

Perhaps there is no place more exciting during the month of December than an elementary school!  The anticipation for Christmas is almost tangible in the classrooms and hallways.  One of the great joys for me each year is in taking a few minutes to read the work that the students and teachers have posted on the bulletin boards.  Using words and pictures, the children have shared how they are preparing their hearts for Christmas, even identifying “gifts” that they would like to give to the Infant Savior. Amidst the busyness of these closing days of Advent, I thought you might enjoy reading a few of their heartfelt and charming thoughts.

My gifts to Jesus are….

Give food to the poor

Try harder to do things more holy

Do chores happily

Help my neighbor shovel his snow

Be a kinder person to my siblings

Always be joyful!

Give you my heart

 

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We look forward to seeing many of you at the Christmas Pageant beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the church tomorrow evening.  With a portrayal of the Nativity Story through text and music, the presentation provides a beautiful moment of reflection for our community.

A few important reminders:

  • As the Pageant will again be taking place in the church, it is important that we maintain a spirit of reverence.
  • Once the Pageant begins, parents are asked to remain seated and to be mindful of those around them when taking photos.
  • Students in Grades K, 1, 4, and 5 are asked to dress in their Christmas Best. Some students in Grade 6 will be in costume (as noted by their character), others will be in Christmas Best. (A separate notification was sent to Grade 6 parents.)
  • Students are asked to report directly to their classrooms at 6:30 p.m.  The students will return to their homerooms following the performance where parents will meet them shortly thereafter.

On behalf of the faculty & staff of All Saints Catholic School, I wish all of you a blessed Christmas Season!  May the holiday be filled with great joy as you gather with family and friends to celebrate the birth of our Savior!

 

Prayer for the Third Week of Advent

Lord God, may we, your people, who look forward to the birthday of Christ, experience the joy of salvation and celebrate that feast with love and thanksgiving.  We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

3rd Annual Fund

By now all families should have received the introductory letter and brochure with information regarding the 3rd Annual Fund.  Please take a few minutes to consider how you might be able to support us in meeting our goals.  All of the funds from the 2014-2015 Annual Fund will be allocated to STEM programs and mobile technology.

If you have an interest in volunteering on the All Saints Annual Fund Committee, please contact Janis DeVore via email at jdevore@allsaintava.org.

 

Tuition Assistance Applications for 2015-2016

Applications for Tuition Assistance for the 2015-2016 academic year are now available.  Again this year the Diocese of Arlington has partnered with FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Company.  FACTS has established an on-line application process that can be initiated through the company website (http://online.factsmgt.com/signin/3Q327)

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

High School                 January 23, 2015

Elementary School       March 16, 2015

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

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

All supporting documentation can be uploaded in pdf format online.  Documentation can also be faxed to 1-866-315-9264 or mailed to the address below. Please be sure to include the applicant ID on all faxed or mailed correspondence.

FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment
P.O. Box 82524
Lincoln, NE  68501-2524

Those families interested in applying for Tuition Assistance for the Pre-Kindergarten program are invited to complete the FACTS process as well.  Although pre-school students are not eligible for financial assistance through the diocese, the analysis provided by FACTS will guide the process for determining disbursements from funding providing by our school and parish.

An overview of the Diocesan Tuition Assistance Program can be found at the following link:
http://www.arlingtondiocese.org/catholicschools/tuition_grant.php

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

 

Open House for 2015-2016 School Year

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Wednesday, January 14th beginning at 9:00 a.m.  All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about the parish school are cordially invited to attend.  Following a presentation and introduction at 9:00 a.m., tours of the facility will be provided. For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at (703) 393-1490.

 

Upcoming Events

Thursday, December 18th Confessions – 5A 9:15 a.m./5B 11:00 a.m.Pre-Kindergarten Pageant (Church/10:00 a.m. & 1:15 p.m.)

Christmas Pageant (Church/2:15 p.m. for students & 7:00 p.m. for parents with students reporting directly to classrooms by 6:30 p.m.)

Friday, December 19th School Mass (8:30 a.m.)SCA sponsored Santa Hat Day

Confessions – 7B (9:15 a.m.)

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

Monday, January 5th Classes Resume
Tuesday, January 6th PTO Executive Board Meeting (7:00 p.m.)
Friday, January 9th School Mass & Virtues Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)National Geography Bee (10:00 a.m.)

Noon Dismissal – DFE Meeting

Spirit Event: Chick-fil-A (6:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.)

 

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