The Sentinel – Issue 10, Volume 9

Blue Ribbon Commendation ~ Letter from Catholics for Housing, Inc.
Congratulations to you and the staff and students of All Saints Catholic School on your recent success of being named a Blue Ribbon School for your academic excellence. It is an incredible achievement to score in the top ten percent of the United States standardized testing and to exceed the Blue Ribbon eligibility guidelines. The students obviously are blessed by the dedication and quality of the teaching staff. Again, congratulations and we wish you continued success.

Message from the Principal
The 2009 Blue Ribbon Schools Ceremony, hosted by the U.S. Department of Education, will take place on Monday, November 2nd & Tuesday, November 3rd. The ceremony will take place at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, D.C. As each Blue Ribbon School may be represented by a principal and one teacher, I am pleased to share with you that Mrs. Marsha Vice will be joining me in attending this special event. With more than ten years of experience at All Saints and having served as a member of the Blue Ribbon application committee, Mrs. Vice will well represent our school at this national awards ceremony.

The two day gathering will culminate with an awards banquet on Tuesday afternoon, during which Mrs. Vice and I will receive our official school banner and plaque.

To coincide with this event, All Saints Catholic School will host a community celebration on the evening of Thursday, November 5th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the church. I am pleased to announce that the mayor of Manassas, the superintendent of schools, and a representative from the U.S. Department of Education will be joining us for this special occasion. All school families are cordially invited to attend and participate in this historic event. Following the ceremony in church, there will be a dessert buffet for everyone to enjoy in the gym. For planning purposes, we do ask that you RSVP by October 30th. (703-368-4400, ext. 212)

School Magnets
With the recent announcement of our Blue Ribbon status, there has been renewed interest in our car magnet program. Magnets may now be requested at the front office, free of charge. New families are encouraged to pick one up at the front office during their next visit to the school. Current families who would like a replacement are welcome to request one as well. Let’s continue to share our school pride throughout the community!

Parish Staff Parking
Please remember that the section of the parking lot directly across from the spaces reserved for the clergy are designated for members of the parish staff. All visitors and volunteers are reminded to park in the lot directly in front of the construction site of the new church.

Uniform Exchange ~ Seeking Donations
The PTO is seeking donations of used and gently worn uniform articles to replenish the Uniform Exchange. Parents are encouraged to set aside uniforms that are no longer needed to donate to this cause. There will be a special collection of uniform articles during morning carpool on Monday, October 26th. Articles received will be available for purchase/exchange during the PTO Assembly Meeting on the evening of October 27th. (Parents who drop off items prior to this event receive credit for doing so under the “honor system” and can select articles from the Uniform Exchange.)

Spirit News ~ Coming Up!
Come celebrate fall with friends and their families at Plantland on October 16th from 3 to 8 pm. Pre-K students are welcome starting at 12 pm. The cost is $4 per child and each child receives a free small pumpkin (worth $3). Please print the flyer (http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/plantland.jpg) and bring it with you to receive the special discounted price. The play area includes an Indian teepee, ball bounce, play train, airplane and castle, tunnel maze and crazy scooters. Waivers need to be filled out for each child participating. Plantland is located at 8548 Sudley Road (234 Business) north of the hospital near Godwin Drive. The owner of Plantland, Mr. Don Gray, loves All Saints School and having the children from our school at their fall festivals because he says that our children are so well behaved and good mannered. Thank you children for behaving so well in public and projecting such a positive image of our school!

Paul VI ~ Calling all wrestlers and coaches
The Paul VI Catholic High School Wrestling Team in conjunction with American University is sponsoring a clinic and wrestle-off for both wrestlers and coaches on Monday, November 2nd in the PVI Auxiliary Gym. The clinic will feature both All-American and Olympic Wrestlers. The clinic will at 4:30 and will be followed by the wrestle-off at 7:00. Admission is free to all. Please contact Tom Healy, Head Wrestling Coach at (703) 352-0925 x459 or thealy@paulvi.net

IMPORTANT REMINDERS
Veterans Day Celebration
Join us as our school community honors the commitment of the men and women who have served our country in the United States Armed Forces. We cordially invite all active duty, reserve, former and retired military personnel to attend our school Mass on Tuesday, November 10th at 8:30 a.m. Following the Mass, there will be a ceremony in the school gymnasium followed by a reception for our honored guests in Father Kelley Hall. Students will also be receiving a packet of information through their classroom teachers about our Veterans Wall Display which will further honor military personnel from our school community.

Morning Arrival ~ Safety Concern
During the past several weeks, a number of parents have begun parking in the main section of the church parking lot and crossing on foot through the line of carpool traffic. For the safety of all students and parents, parents are asked to refrain from this practice. If it is necessary to park, such as in the event of a parent entering the school to volunteer, drivers are asked to park in the lot directly in front of the construction site for the new church. This will then allow parents and students to walk to the entrance of the school without having to cross through traffic.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, October 14th ~ First Communion Parent Meeting (5:00 p.m. & Bilingual Presentation at 7:00 p.m.)
Thursday, October 15th ~ Family Life Parent Presentation for Grades 6-8 (art room/7:00 p.m.)
Friday, October 16th ~ Spirit Activity: Plantland (3:00-8:00 p.m.)
Sunday, October 18th ~ First Communion Parent Meeting (3:45 p.m. & Bilingual Presentation at 6:45 p.m.)
Wednesday, October 21st ~ Confirmation Parent Meeting (5:00 p.m. & Bilingual Presentation at 7:00 p.m.)
Thursday, October 22nd ~ School Council Meeting (Jr. Library/7:00 p.m.)
Friday, October 23rd ~ Diocesan Institute (No Classes)
Links

¨ Plantland Flyer http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/plantland.jpg