The Sentinel – Volume 10, Issue 6

Blue Ribbon Commendation ~ Congressman Frank R. Wolf

It has come to my attention that All Saints was recently recognized as a 2009 “Blue Ribbon School” by the U.S. Department of Education.

I understand that only some 300 schools across the country were honored with this award, and I want to join the Department of Education in recognizing the hard work and dedication of your students and faculty in reaching this level of achievement.

Congratulations and best wishes in the new school year.

Message from the Principalcampus-beautification

It was a joy to see so many parents and students participating in our first Campus Beautification event held last Friday. While the new plants and neatly trimmed flower beds and trees have enhanced the appearance of our school, the generosity of parents and students provided an even more beautiful witness of what it means to belong to a Catholic school community. I wish to thank the dozens of school parents and children who dedicated part of their day to this very special effort. Through their labors, the exterior of our building reflects the commitment to excellence that surrounds all of our endeavors at All Saints. I particularly wish to thank Mrs. Holly Crocker for her enthusiasm and leadership in organizing the effort. What began as a small project of weeding the flower beds at the entrance to the school blossomed into a major landscaping event, perfectly timed with the announcement of our Blue Ribbon status! View pictures of the event!

New Program ~ Christian Awareness of Respect for Everyone (CARE)

The Catholic Diocese of Arlington recognizes that students are created in the image and likeness of God; therefore, they are entitled to be treated with dignity and respect. The education of students can be compromised if they are intimidated or fearful because of bullying and/or sexual harassment.

The Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Arlington endeavor to provide for their students a safe environment, free from bullying and/or sexual harassment. To this end each school is incorporating a CARE program beginning with the 2009-2010 academic year.

The program will include the following:

1. A survey distributed to parents, faculty and students to assess their perception of the level of respect, bullying and sexual harassment at the school.

2. An educational component for parents, faculty and students.

3. A presentation of the diocesan program entitled Formation in Christian Chastity.

4. A presentation of the Diocesan Sexual Harassment policy for grades 5-8.

5. Use of the Acceptable User Policy regarding technology and in-servicing on the topic of cyber bullying.

6. A follow up survey during the spring and end of year evaluation of the program.

At All Saints, we have been proactive in addressing the concern of bullying in our community. Two years ago we introduced a Bully Awareness & Prevention Week during which we asked parents and students to complete a comprehensive survey. Since that time, we have annually provided lessons to the students on this important topic and adopted a school-wide anti-bully pledge. The diocesan implementation of the CARE Program provides us an opportunity to refresh our efforts and maintain a strong, on-going commitment to maintaining a bully-free environment for students, staff and parents.

Next week is National Bully Awareness Week. Look for additional details about our school program, including a survey for parents, in next week’s newsletter.

The Virtue Flower Garden (VFG)

Painting begins! The VFG is coming to life. Our students will be working on and learning about certain virtues each month. Those students who show exemplary effort in living these virtues will be honored by having the opportunity to paint a segment of our garden wall. To help coordinate this project, we are asking for six parent volunteers. The volunteers are invited to come to school once per month during the entire lunch/recess period to assist students with the painting (i.e. distributing paint supplies, guiding the younger students in the painting process, directing students to and from, and cleaning up.) Tentative plans are to paint on the last Thursday of each month between 11:15-1:00. The first two painting sessions are scheduled for October 15th and October 29th. If you would like to help the garden grow, please contact Mrs. Lisa Tamilio at (703) 791-5522 or email ttamilio3@comcast.net or Mrs. Candace Penders at (703) 257-9723 or email cpen@comcast.net.

Casino & Auction Night 2009

Play your cards right… and you could be one of the fabulous prize winners at the 2009 All Saints PTO Casino Night! Prizes include; Beatles Rock Band for Wii, an iPod with Video capabilities and a reserved pew at your Mass of choice on Christmas Eve! Ticket packets are coming home today!

Policy ~ Students Returning to the Building

It is important that students are always supervised while on school property. For this reason and in the interest of student safety, children are not permitted to return to the building following dismissal.

Upcoming Events

Friday, October 2nd ~ 1st Quarter Interim Reports (Note: Weekly folders for the middle school will be distributed on Friday with progress reports.)
Saturday, October 3rd ~ PTO Bingo & Spaghetti Night (Knights’ Hall/5:00-9:00 p.m.)
Tuesday, October 6th ~ PTO Executive Board Meeting (Jr. Library/7:00 – 8:30 p.m.)
Friday, October 9th ~ Test of the School Messenger Emergency Notification System