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All Saints School Spirit Wear Line – Now On Sale

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

Please shop using the one page flyer that was sent home or go to www.SpiritGearDirect.com.

Our Spirit Wear items will be on display near the front office during the sale. The last day to place an order is Tuesday, March 10th.

We are so excited to offer a variety of quality pieces which display our All Saints logo for children and adults! Please contact Kerry if you have any questions at Kerryb17@verizon.net.

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The Sentinel – February 25, 2015 http://allsaintsvaschool.org/2015/02/25/sentinel-february-25-2015/ http://allsaintsvaschool.org/2015/02/25/sentinel-february-25-2015/#respond Wed, 25 Feb 2015 21:19:02 +0000 http://allsaintsvaschool.org/?p=9282 Last week I shared with you an update regarding the Design for Excellence project as well as the results of the parent survey that we administered during the fall semester.  In analyzing the data, we noted that 80% of parents who responded indicated that they “strongly agree” or “agree” that they are satisfied with the […]

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Last week I shared with you an update regarding the Design for Excellence project as well as the results of the parent survey that we administered during the fall semester.  In analyzing the data, we noted that 80% of parents who responded indicated that they “strongly agree” or “agree” that they are satisfied with the quality of homework assigned to their children.  While this represents a strong approval rating, some of the feedback received within the narrative responses has been insightful and raised compelling questions that deserve further consideration.  For this reason, three weeks ago I discussed with the faculty a new procedure that will create a greater awareness regarding expectations and establish a process in support of consistency across grade levels.

Beginning this week, each teacher will post on Homework Central the expected time of completion for each assigned task.  The suggested times are a means by which each teacher can verify that the sum total of work assigned is reasonable and within the guidelines.  Although the times do not serve as a predictor for the experience of each student, as this is affected by ability levels, time management skills and motivation, they should represent a fair approximation of the typical time needed for a child to complete the work.

A thorough review and potential revision of our homework policy will require research and substantive discussion among the faculty, a task which we will undertake in the coming year once our current reaccreditation project is completed.  For now, we are making incremental changes to foster greater consistency across grade levels and subject areas.  Our goal is to continue to provide an experience of learning that is rigorous, yet balanced and reasonable.

We appreciate the feedback that you’ve provided through this process and look forward to sharing with you the details of our progress in the year ahead.

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A few weeks ago I shared with you the exciting news that All Saints is beginning a Title I program to assist students in the areas of reading and math.  I am pleased to announce that Ms. Cassandra Putnam has joined our community as Title I teacher and has begun meeting with students this week.  After assessing their individual learning needs, she will be customizing a learning plan for each of the children in the program.  Title I services will be provided in the Professional Learning Center on the second floor of the new wing.

Welcome to All Saints, Ms. Putnam!

PTO Presentation – Books Available for Purchase

Those interested in receiving a copy of the PowerPoint presentation from the meeting on Monday evening may request one via office@allsaintsva.org.  Additional copies of Protecting Your Children on the Internet are available for purchase for $20.00 (cash or check) at the front office.

Cafeteria MENU CHANGE for Friday, February 27th

The Menu for Friday, February 27th will be: Chinese Vegetable Egg Roll, Oriental Vegetables, Oriental Rice, and Mandarin Oranges.

TARGET Proceeds to Benefit All Saints

Thanks to the participation of many families in the TARGET rewards program, All Saints received a check in the amount of $936.78 last week.   Thank you for your continued support!

All Saints School PTO Sponsored Lenten Soup Kitchen

Lent is here and that means Wednesday Soup kitchen!  This is a wonderful All Saints tradition.  Please sign up to help and/or send in needed donations.  Most importantly plan on attending.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0f4ba5ac2fa02-help

Running with the Saints 5K T-Shirt Design

The 5K Committee would like to thank all the Race T-Shirt entries!  Although the choice was a difficult one, our top winner is Lizzie Mangilit in 5A.  Her design will grace our Race T-shirts this year.  She will also receive a $20 gift card to Sweet Frog.  Our two Honorable Mentions will be awarded to Jorge Cruz in 8B and Josseline Avila in 3A.  They will both receive $10 gift cards to Sweet Frog.  All students submitting an entry will be receiving their ice cream cards this Friday.

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

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

Please shop using the one page flyer that will be sent home today, Wednesday, February 25th OR go to www.SpiritGearDirect.com or look for the link on our school website to order on-line.

We are accepting forms back any time before the deadline.  The last day to place an order is Tuesday, March 10th.  Our Spirit Wear items will be on display near the front office during the sale.

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

BoxTops for Education and Labels for Education

Parents, students and teachers…we have another submission coming up March 2, 2015.  Please send in ALL your box tops and soup labels (labels for education) by this Friday 2/27/2015.  We have over 10,000 box tops collected since the November submission.  Thank you all for being such great box top collectors!

CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOLS

John Paul Open House

Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School will host their Spring Open House on Thursday, March 19 from 4 – 6pm. Designed for younger students who want to preview high school, but all are welcome to attend. Meet JP teachers and students. Presentation at 4:15pm in the Theater. Pre-registrations welcome: www.jpthegreat.org or admissions@jpthegreat.org. Applications for admission and financial aid are still being accepted for the 2015-2016 school year.

New Source of Tuition Assistance Available at St. John Paul the Great

Thought about applying to Saint John Paul the Great High School, but aren’t sure you can afford it? There is a NEW source of tuition assistance available to students transferring from public school, and who meet certain financial qualifications. In addition, applications for standard financial aid and admissions are still being accepted. Please visit www.jpthegreat.org or call Jennifer Cole, Admissions Director: 703.445.0217.

Bishop O’Connell High School Dance Team Technique Clinics

The Bishop O’Connell Royalette Dance Team is offering technique clinics for dancers in Grades 6-11.  We want to help prepare those interested in next season’s tryouts.  Regardless if your dancer plans to attend O’Connell next fall, these clinics will provide your students with technique and skills to improve as a dancer, and the confidence to try out for a high school dance team.

The technique clinics are open to everyone.  Details for our clinics can be found here:

http://www.bishopoconnell.org/page.cfm?p=669These clinics are open to 6th graders who would like to get a head start in preparation for their high school tryout.

PRINTABLE WAIVER: http://www.bishopoconnell.org/uploaded/Athletics/Royalettes/15-16_tech-try_waiver.pdf

The Royalettes just recently returned from Orlando and competed in UDA’s Nationals Dance Team Championship.  We hope you can join us. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Registration Schedule for 2015-2016

  • Registration for New Students ~  February 11-27, 2015  ~  (Including siblings for Pre-K & K)

Band Trip Confirmed – June 5th

Due to inclement weather and subsequent closures this year, the Band Trip will take place on the later of the two dates included in the school calendar, i.e. Friday, June 5th.  Please disregard the earlier date of Friday, May 22nd.

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:

Elementary School       March 16, 2015

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.

VIRTUS Annual Update for Volunteers

The diocese requires volunteers who have completed the full VIRTUS training to attend an annual update entitled Keeping the Promise Alive.  This 30 minute video training is a prerequisite for volunteering in the school.

We have scheduled an opportunities for completing the half-hour VIRTUS update on Wednesday, March 24th at 7:00 p.m. in Meeting Room 2.

Attendance will be taken to ensure that you receive credit for completing the training.  If you have any questions or to register, please call Mrs. Janet Smith, VIRTUS Coordinator at the Parish Office, (703) 393-2158 or email her at jsmith@allsaintsva.org

Upcoming Events

Friday, February 27th             

  • Registration Deadline for New Students
  • School Mass & Virtues Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
  • Assembly for Grades K-5 (Blue Sky Puppet Theater – Peaceful Conflict Resolution/PAC/2:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, March 3rd                

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

Wednesday, March 4th            

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

Friday, March 6th                   

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Noon Dismissal – DFE Meeting
  • Spirit Event: Chick-fil-A (6:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.)

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Application Deadline Extended to March 5 http://allsaintsvaschool.org/2015/02/25/apply-now-attend-saints/ http://allsaintsvaschool.org/2015/02/25/apply-now-attend-saints/#respond Wed, 25 Feb 2015 18:43:40 +0000 http://allsaintsvaschool.org/?p=9242 All Saints Catholic School is currently accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year. All Saints is a 2009 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence offering Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade in a dynamic faith-filled environment. If you were unable to attend an Open House, please contact Joyce D’Eugenio for further information or to schedule a tour of […]

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All Saints Catholic School is currently accepting applications for the 2015-16 school year. All Saints is a 2009 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence offering Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade in a dynamic faith-filled environment.

If you were unable to attend an Open House, please contact Joyce D’Eugenio for further information or to schedule a tour of our school.

The application deadline for first review is Thursday, March 5th.

 

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Running with the Saints – March 21st http://allsaintsvaschool.org/2015/02/18/running-saints-march-21st/ http://allsaintsvaschool.org/2015/02/18/running-saints-march-21st/#respond Wed, 18 Feb 2015 22:30:00 +0000 http://allsaintsvaschool.org/?p=9165 Put 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 […]

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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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The Sentinel – February 18, 2015 http://allsaintsvaschool.org/2015/02/18/sentinel-february-18-2015/ http://allsaintsvaschool.org/2015/02/18/sentinel-february-18-2015/#respond Wed, 18 Feb 2015 21:17:53 +0000 http://allsaintsvaschool.org/?p=9280 This week I would like to provide you with an update regarding the Design for Excellence reaccreditation project. Last Friday we sent the nearly two hundred page self-study document to the printer.  It is a comprehensive narrative that provides key information about our program in eight sections: Faith Formation, Leadership, Curriculum, Personnel, Services, Governance & […]

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This week I would like to provide you with an update regarding the Design for Excellence reaccreditation project. Last Friday we sent the nearly two hundred page self-study document to the printer.  It is a comprehensive narrative that provides key information about our program in eight sections: Faith Formation, Leadership, Curriculum, Personnel, Services, Governance & Finance, Demographics and Facilities.

I want to thank the faculty and staff for working so diligently and at an accelerated pace since the beginning of the year to complete the project.  Each teacher served as the member of a committee that was responsible for responding to a specific series of questions related to one of the eight sections.  After gathering information, each committee then presented a preliminary report to the faculty at large for review and comment.  Through this consensus-building process the teachers had an opportunity to thoughtfully reflect on all aspects of our school and to identify objectives for future growth and improvement.  Occurring only every six years, it is a mammoth undertaking that requires tremendous commitment on the part of the faculty and staff.  I remain grateful for their steadfastness and dedication in completing this project which is essential, not only for reaccreditation, but for outlining a plan for the future of our school.

With the self-study document now complete, each of the committees is focused on gathering “evidence” in support of the minimum standards that govern accreditation.  Each committee is compiling a broad range of documents and photos that provide clear evidence that we meet or exceed the minimum standards.  All of this information will then be reviewed by the Steering Committee and placed in binders in advance of the arrival of the Visiting Team on March 24th.

This week I would also like to thank you for your completion of the DFE Parent Survey which we administered during the fall semester.  Approximately 70% of the parent community responded to the survey.  The high rate of participation suggests that parents in our school value the opportunity to provide feedback and recognize the significance of the Design for Excellence reaccreditation process.

The following charts summarize the parent response to the quantitative questions.  The data indicates that parents are overwhelming pleased with the commitment of the faculty, the leadership of the school, the experience of faith formation, and the overall rigor and effectiveness of the academic program.

LINK TO PARENT SURVEY CHARTS: Parent Survey Results 2015  

As part of the survey, numerous parents provided substantive feedback via the narrative response questions.  While the positive responses were very affirming of the overall experience of All Saints, the constructive feedback has helped the faculty and staff to identify opportunities by which we might increase effectiveness and the level of parent satisfaction.

Parents identified the following topics as areas for continued focus.  Although generally only 6%-8% of respondents identified any of these individual areas within their narrative response (the exception being that of recess concerns as represented by 13%), they remain viable opportunities for continued improvement as we strive to provide a world-class educational environment.  Each of the areas is followed by a list of strategies that the faculty have identified for future implementation.

Differentiated Instruction

  • Identify and implement additional strategies to respond to the varied needs of learners within a large classroom setting.
  • Incorporate flexible grouping strategies in order to address the individual needs of students in reading and math.

Math

  • Increase awareness of vertical alignment within the curriculum and plan lessons accordingly.
  • Create a manipulatives/resource library for all grade levels to utilize.
  • Explore the use of math websites and resources that can be used at school and at home for the reinforcement of skills.

Homework

  • Evaluate current homework strategies and implement procedures in support of a balanced approach that conforms to research and best practice.
  • Incorporate greater use of technology to support student learning and reinforcement of skills.
  • Encourage homework procedures and expectations specifically designed to add value to the learning experience.

Environment & Classroom Management

  • Evaluate current classroom management strategies to ensure a consistent school-wide approach that is positive and formative in nature.
  • Continue to implement strategies to nurture positive relationships between faculty, staff, students and parents.

Dismissal/Carpool Procedures

  • Continue to monitor arrival and dismissal procedures, implementing adjustments as necessary, in support of compliance, safety and efficiency.

Recess

  • A number of parents referenced recess, particularly in regards to grades three through five, as a priority for immediate change. Parents expressed concern that the time allotted for recess was interrupted by students being required to stop and pray The Angelus at noon.  After review of the survey results and consideration of the schedule, the length of recess was revised during the fall semester to ensure that students in these grades have the same amount of time for uninterrupted play as those in the primary and middle school grades.

When the Visiting Team departs on Friday, March 27th, the Chairperson will present to the faculty and administration a summary report that will include the team’s determination regarding our accreditation, as well as commendations and recommendations for our future.  Over the course of the summer, all of the recommendations that the faculty have already identified as well as those from the Visiting Team will be used for the development of a Five Year Plan for our school.

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During the first semester, parents also had an opportunity to participate in the annual bullying survey.  While the response was very limited (approximately 23 parents), we value the feedback as it helps us maintain an awareness of the impact of this important issue in our community.  In an effort to update our message to the students, this year we have decided to host a special assembly for students in the lower grades.  Through the generous support of the PTO, Blue Sky Puppet Theater will present “Building Bridges”, an approach to peaceful conflict resolution, for grades K-5 on Friday, February 27th.  As the students in the lower grades sometimes confuse bullying with other behaviors related to friendship issues and disagreements, we believe that this presentation will increase their understanding, equipping them with effective ways to respond to a wider variety of social situations.

PTO General Assembly Meeting & Parent Presentation

Mr. Gregory Smith will speak on the topic of “Protecting your Children on the Internet” at the PTO General Assembly Meeting on Tuesday, February 24th beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Highlights from the presentation will include grade-level recommendations to be considered in both purchasing and managing devices as well as the “Top Six Things for Parents to Do Now”.

As this is such an important topic, parents who attend the presentation will be provided one Free Homework Pass for each of their children.

Copies of Gregory Smith’s book entitled Protecting Your Children on the Internet will be available for purchase for $20.00, cash or check only.

The presentation will take place in the Parish Activity Center from 7:00-8:30 p.m. with time for questions at the end of the evening.  Invite friends, neighbors and colleagues to what promises to be an insightful and important presentation for parents!

Re-Registration Forms ~ Due Friday, February 20th 

Parents are reminded that all re-registration forms are due in the office on Friday, February 20th.   Application packets for siblings new to All Saints were sent home last week to all families who responded to the enrollment survey in November.  In the event that you did not receive an application or wish to request one for another child, please do not hesitate to contact the office.

Band Trip Confirmed – June 5th

Due to inclement weather and subsequent closures this year, the Band Trip will take place on the latter of the two dates included in the school calendar, i.e. Friday, June 5th.  Please disregard the earlier date of Friday, May 22nd.

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)

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:

Elementary School       March 16, 2015

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

Friday, February 20th             

  • Re-Registration Deadline
  • Noon Dismissal Cancelled – Dismissal at 3:00 p.m.
  • Visit by Title I Teacher & Introduction to Students

Monday, February 23rd          

  • SCA sponsored Prayer & Penny Week

Tuesday, February 24th          

  • PTO General Assembly Meeting: Protecting Your Children on the Internet (PAC/7:00 p.m.). Free Homework Pass for Children of Parents who Attend

Friday, February 27th             

  • Registration Deadline for New Students
  • School Mass & Virtues Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
  • Assembly for Grades K-5 (Blue Sky Puppet Theater – Peaceful Conflict Resolution/PAC/2:00 p.m.)

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The Sentinel – February 11, 2015 http://allsaintsvaschool.org/2015/02/11/sentinel-february-11-2015/ http://allsaintsvaschool.org/2015/02/11/sentinel-february-11-2015/#respond Wed, 11 Feb 2015 21:16:45 +0000 http://allsaintsvaschool.org/?p=9278 Principal’s Message In last week’s newsletter we announced that Mr. Gregory Smith will be speaking on the topic of “Protecting your Children on the Internet” at the PTO General Assembly Meeting on Tuesday, February 24th beginning at 7:00 p.m.  This is in response to requests from parents in the community for additional guidance regarding how […]

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Principal’s Message

In last week’s newsletter we announced that Mr. Gregory Smith will be speaking on the topic of “Protecting your Children on the Internet” at the PTO General Assembly Meeting on Tuesday, February 24th beginning at 7:00 p.m.  This is in response to requests from parents in the community for additional guidance regarding how best to manage technology devices and safeguard their children.

Highlights from the presentation will include grade-level recommendations to be considered in both purchasing and managing devices as well as the “Top Six Things for Parents to Do Now”.

As this is such an important topic, parents who attend the presentation will be provided one Free Homework Pass for each of their children.

An internationally recognized IT executive with 27 years of experience, Mr. Smith currently serves as the Chief Technology Officer for a firm in the Washington DC area.  He is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and a published author who has contributed to dozens of articles on a variety of technology and business topics in the Wall Street Journal, eWeek, Computer World, CIO, and Information Week magazines.

Copies of his book entitled Protecting Your Children on the Internet will be available for purchase for $20.00, cash or check only.

The presentation will take place in the Parish Activity Center from 7:00-8:30 p.m. with time for questions at the end of the evening.  Invite friends, neighbors and colleagues to what promises to be an insightful and important presentation for parents!

Re-Registration Forms ~ Due Friday, February 20th 

Parents are reminded that all re-registration forms are due in the office on Friday, February 20th.   Since registration of new students begins this week, it is important that parents return the forms by the deadline in order to ensure that a place is reserved for each child who will be returning for the upcoming year.

Note: Application packets for siblings new to All Saints are being sent home today to all families who responded to the enrollment survey in November.  In the event that you do not receive an application or wish to request one for another child, please do not hesitate to contact the office.

Race for Education ~ Mailing Labels Due Friday!

Preparations are now underway for the 10th Annual Race for Education which will be held on Thursday, May 7th.   When reviewing the information packet, you will note that our goal for this year’s Race for Education is $50,000.  As is our tradition, we will continue to donate 15% of the proceeds to St. Jude’s Childrens’ Research Hospital, an organization that has received more than $100,000 from our community since the 1990’s.   The remaining funds from the 10th Annual Race for Education will be allocated for resources to support student learning initiatives and faculty enrichment.

Students are asked to submit completed mailing labels by Friday, February 13th.  For additional information about this process and the incentives offered to students, please see the information packet.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the event coordinator, Mrs. Marjorie Collins, at 703-365-9686.

Yearbook Order Forms

It’s time to order the 2014 – 2015 All Saints Catholic School Yearbook.  The cost for each book is $21.  Orders are due no later than March 31st.  Please go to the link at the end of the newsletter to obtain the order form.

From the Spirit Events Committee

On Monday, February 16th, President’s Day, we will hold our annual spirit event at Chuck E. Cheese in Manassas. Come anytime between 12-9 and mention All Saints. Also, if you bring the sticker received in school you will receive free tokens. See you there!

VIRTUS Annual Update for Volunteers

The diocese requires volunteers who have completed the full VIRTUS training to attend an annual update entitled Keeping the Promise Alive.  This 30 minute video training is a prerequisite for volunteering in the school.

We have scheduled the following opportunities for completing the half-hour VIRTUS update:

  • Thursday, Feb. 12th at 2:15PM in Meeting Room 2.  (Please note: This is the only afternoon session scheduled at the present time.)
  • Wednesday, March 4th at 7:00PM in Meeting Room 2.

Attendance will be taken to ensure that you receive credit for completing the training.  If you have any questions or to register, please call Mrs. Janet Smith, Virtus Coordinator at the Parish Office, (703) 393-2158 or email her at jsmith@allsaintsva.org

Pope John Paul the Great to Host a Seminar: “Guiding the College-Bond Athlete”

In an effort to educate high school parents and athletes about athletic scholarships and the college recruiting process, Dynamite Sports will conduct an hour long seminar entitled “Guiding the College-Bound Athlete” on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., in the Saint John Paul the Great High School Theater.  Please see the link at the bottom of today’s newsletter for more information.

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)

 Open House for 2015-2016 School Year – Tomorrow (February 12th)

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, February 12th 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.

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:

Elementary School       March 16, 2015

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, February 12th         

  • Open House (9:00 a.m.)
  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, February 13th             

  • Race for Education mailers due

Monday, February 16th                      

  • Holiday – Presidents’ Day
  • Spirit Event: Chuck E. Cheese (12:00-9:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, February 18th      

  • Farewell to the Alleluia Prayer Service (PAC/9:30 a.m.)
  • Ash Wednesday School Mass (10:00 a.m.)

Thursday, February 19th         

  • SCA Representatives to Visit Paul VI High School Options Program

Friday, February 20th             

  • Re-Registration Deadline
  • Noon Dismissal – DFE Meeting

 Links

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Presentation: Protecting Your Children on the InternetAll Saints PTO is pleased to welcome author and IT executive Gregory S. Smith to its upcoming General Assembly Meeting to discuss the topic: “Protecting Your Children on the Internet.” With over 26 years of experience managing complex IT systems. Mr. Smith will be sharing his insight into specific ways you can protect your child against the threats associated with going online.

Date: Tuesday, February 24th

Time: 7:00PM

Location: All Saints Parish Activity Center – 9300 Stonewall Road, Manassas, VA

All are welcome and encouraged to attend what is certain to be an informative and insightful presentation. Please note that books will be available for purchase at $20 per copy (check or cash only).

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The Sentinel – February 4, 2014 http://allsaintsvaschool.org/2015/02/04/sentinel-february-4-2014/ http://allsaintsvaschool.org/2015/02/04/sentinel-february-4-2014/#respond Wed, 04 Feb 2015 11:37:23 +0000 http://allsaintsvaschool.org/?p=9219 February 4, 2015 Principal’s Message Today each family will receive Re-Registration Forms for the 2015-2016 academic year.   Parents are asked to complete all of the forms and return them to the office no later than Friday, February 20th. Registration of students new to All Saints, including siblings who will be eligible by age for Pre-Kindergarten, […]

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February 4, 2015

Principal’s Message

Today each family will receive Re-Registration Forms for the 2015-2016 academic year.   Parents are asked to complete all of the forms and return them to the office no later than Friday, February 20th.

Registration of students new to All Saints, including siblings who will be eligible by age for Pre-Kindergarten, will begin on February 11th.  Separate forms related to this initial registration process will automatically be sent home to parents who have already expressed interest in enrolling another child in our program.

During the past five years the school has identified two financial goals that have been key considerations in the design of the annual budget: 1) increasing faculty salaries to 75% of the current scale for Manassas City Public Schools and 2) slowing the rate of tuition increase so as to maintain a high degree of affordability.

We have made significant strides in both of these areas.  As a result, half of our teachers are now compensated at or above the 75% benchmark and All Saints remains one of the best values for families in the diocese.  In fact, our school currently offers the second most affordable rates of all schools in the Arlington Diocese for families enrolling two children.  Through the financial investment of the parish and with the generous support of the PTO and community at large, we continue to provide a first-class educational environment at an affordable price for families in our community.

The following is a comparison between our current year rates and the diocesan average.

All Saints 2014-2015 Tuition Rates Diocesan Average
1 Child $5,236 $5,755
2 Children $8,430 $9,991
3 Children $11,415 $13,508
4 Children $14,403 $15,302

As we plan for the upcoming year, it is our goal to continue to provide the same commitment to excellence, the same level of service, and the same quality that you have come to associate with the All Saints’ experience.  At the same time, we want to continue to bolster salaries for our faculty and staff who are so dedicated to our mission.

In order to sustain these commitments, we will increase tuition by 4% for the 2015-2016 academic year and reduce the rate of sibling discount by 1%.  Pre-Kindergarten tuition will increase from $2550 to $2700.

The following is a list of the in-parish tuition rates for 2015-2016.

1 Child             $5,445

2 Children        $8,821

3 Children        $11,979

4 Children        $15,137

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This week I am pleased to share with you that All Saints will begin receiving Title I services to benefit students in lower grades who are struggling in math and/or reading.  Through a partnership with the Manassas City Public Schools and NonPublic Educational Services, Inc., a teacher will be assigned to All Saints for approximately 12-15 hours per week, providing small group instruction and remediation to identified students.  In order to qualify for the program, students must be residents of the City of Manassas and meet specific academic criteria.  In consultation with our resource staff, I am in the final stages of confirming student eligibility and will be reaching out directly to parents of students who may benefit from participation in the near future.  This is a wonderful development for our school as the position is fully funded and will positively impact student learning.

10th Annual Race for Education!

Preparations are now underway for the 10th Annual Race for Education which will be held on Thursday, May 7th.  A packet of important information related to the event will be distributed to students at a special assembly on Friday morning. When reviewing the information packet, you will note that our goal for this year’s Race for Education is $50,000.  As is our tradition, we will continue to donate 15% of the proceeds to St. Jude Childrens’ Research Hospital, an organization that has received more than $100,000 from our community since the 1990’s.   The remaining funds from the 10th Annual Race for Education will be allocated for resources to support student learning initiatives and faculty enrichment.

Students are asked to submit completed mailing labels by Friday, February 13th.  For additional information about this process and the incentives offered to students, please see the information packet.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the event coordinator, Mrs. Marjorie Collins, at 703-365-9686.

PTO Presentation – Protecting Your Children on the Internet

On Tuesday, February 24th beginning at 7:00 p.m.,  Mr. Gregory Smith will speak on the topic of Protecting Your Children on the Internet.  An internationally recognized IT executive with 27 years of experience, Mr. Smith currently serves as the Chief Technology Officer for a firm in the Washington DC area.  He is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and a published author who has contributed to dozens of articles on a variety of technology and business topics in the Wall Street Journal, eWeek, Computer World, CIO, and Information Week magazines.

Copies of his book entitled Protecting Your Children on the Internet will be available for purchase for $20.00, cash or check only.

As this presentation will address such an important matter, at least one parent from each family is asked to attend.  The presentation will take place in the Parish Activity Center from 7:00-8:00 p.m. with time for questions at the end of the evening.  Invite friends, neighbors and colleagues to what promises to be an insightful and important presentation for parents!

Arlington Honor Band Announced

The following students have been selected for the 2015 Arlington Diocese Honor Band.  This band is a composite group of selected instrumentalists from around the diocese who gather for rehearsal each week at Bishop Ireton High School in preparation for a concert with the high school band.

Congratulations to the 37th Annual Honor Band nominees from All Saints.

Bianca Misterio – flute

Jorge Cruz – bass clarinet

Zachary Mills – trombone

Andrew Rice – baritone

Justine Pascua – tuba

Ethan Rice – baritone

Virtue Award Winners

Congratulations to the following students who were recognized last Friday for having demonstrated the Virtue of Compassion during the month of January.

Mia Reyes (PreK-1) Piper Reddington (2A) Alexa Brophy (5B)
Manuel Quao (PreK-2) Grace Tessier (2B) Julia Downes (6A)
Emily Mills (PreK-3) Luke Mantooth (3A) Annie Stevens (6B)
Ryan Emmons (K1) Toby Rhodes (3B) Nicholas Gaubert (7A)
Jonathan Redman (K2) Elizabeth Karcher (4A) Emily Gomez (7B)
Caitlin Summers (1A) Charlotte Yelvington (4B) Josephine Carter (8A)
Scott Tuttle (1B) Ethan Rice (5A) Paola Linares (8B)

February Virtue of the Month – Honesty

  1. Admit when you do something wrong.  Don’t put the blame on others.
  2. Do all of your own work and put your best effort into it.  Don’t look at other student’s papers.
  3. Be true to your word and your beliefs.
  4. If you forget your homework, tell the truth.  Accept the consequences.
  5. If you find money try to find out who it belongs to.
  6. Always ask before borrowing something.
  7. Give back what you borrow in good condition.
  8. Be honest when you correct your own paper or someone else’s.  Circle all the mistakes.
  9. If you make a promise, keep it.

Prayer of the Month ~ Prayer for Honesty

Lord Jesus,

You know me well and you see what is going on in my heart.

I am sure you understand me and want to help me.

Please give me the courage to resist temptations of all kinds,

and practice the virtue of Honesty in all I think, say, and do.

Let your Spirit rekindle in my heart the desire to act right,

and give me wonderful ideas to help others act right too.

Amen.

All Saints Catholic School 2015 Spelling Bee

Congratulations to Mary Abando who won First Place at the 2015 All Saints Catholic School Spelling Bee and to Jack Tessier for taking Second Place.  Mary will go on to represent our school in the Diocesan Spelling be on March 7th.

Congratulations to the following students for representing their the classrooms in the Spelling Bee:

6AWinner: Nick Ferguson1st runner up: Christine TranAlternates: Leo Kun, Maddie White 6BWinner: Emma Switzer1st Runner Up: Sophia CobertAlternate: Kyle Campagna, Kyle Da Re
7AWinner: Gabe Short1st Runner Up: Vincent DiMauroAlternate: Josh Eddy, Michael Vollano 7BWinner: Gabriel Cabello1st runner up: Mary AbandoAlternates: Noah Egan, Sophie Castro
8AWinner: Mussie Adiamseged1st Runner Up: Noah HackersonAlternate: Vincent DiBisceglie, Trey Campagna 8BWinner: Jack Tessier1st runner up: Clara BennettAlternates: Allyssa Schnitzer, Nikki Sherrill

Help Plan the All Saints’ Golf Tournament

All Saints will be sponsoring its annual golf tournament on Monday, June 8th at Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, VA. We are looking for individuals to join our Golf Tournament Committee to help plan this fun-filled event. There are many ways to help with this “Points for Parents” activity and you don’t have to be a golfer to participate.

Our first committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 11th at 2:00 p.m. in Meeting Room 1. If you would like to join in our efforts to put together an outstanding golf event for our parish and school community, please contact Janis DeVore at jdevore@allsaintsva.org.

P.S. – Please note that you can choose to help with planning the event and/or assisting us on the day of the tournament. Since the event will be held toward the end of the school year, you can choose whether to use your Points for Parents for the 2014-15 or 2015-16 school year.                 

Register Today for the RUNNING WITH THE SAINTS 5K – March 21st at 8:15 a.m. 

Paper registrations are available at the front desk or at the website. Easy on-line registration is now available at https://www.imathlete.com/events/EventReg/EventReg_SelectType.aspx?fEID=22711&fNew=1&fsource=imASearch.   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.

We Still Need 5K Sponsors!  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!  Sponsors help cover the costs of the timing of the race, the supplies and especially to cover the costs of allowing our faculty and staff to have free registrations.  Please visit the website – runningwiththesaints.org.  or contact Joan Coleman at info@runningwiththesaints.org if you need a sponsorship form.

There’s still time to enter our 5K T-Shirt Contest!  Help us design this year’s 5K t-shirt.  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.

From the Spirit Events Committee

A special thank you goes out to all of you who stopped by Chick-fil-A during our early dismissals. This Friday, February 6th, is our last Spirit Event at Chick-fil-A this school year. You can come any time between 6:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. and mention All Saints to support our school. We look forward to seeing you there!

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)

Open House for 2015-2016 School Year – February 12th

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, February 12th 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.

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:

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, February 5th

  • Band Concert (PAC/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, February 6th

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Race for Education Kick-off Assembly (11:30 a.m.)
  • Noon Dismissal – DFE Meeting
  • Spirit Event: Chick-fil-A (6:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, February 10th          

  • SCA sponsored Valentine’s Dress Down Day

Wednesday, February 11th      

  • 8th Grade Diocesan Vocations Mass (Holy Spirit Church)
  • Registration Opens for New Students for 2015-2016
  • Golf Tournament Committee Meeting (2:00 p.m.)

Thursday, February 12th         

  • Open House (9:00 a.m.)
  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, February 13th

  • Race for Education mailers due

 Links

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Students are recognized for living the virtue of compassion during our January Virtues Prayer Service.

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