The Sentinel – Issue 10, Volume 15

Message from the Principal
On behalf of the faculty, staff and students of All Saints, I wish to thank the PTO and the entire school community for their support of our Casino and Auction Night held at Heritage Hunt on Saturday evening. Nearly 200 parents and members of the community joined us for an exciting evening of casino games and auction in support of the mission of All Saints.

I wish to extend a special word of thanks to Mr. Jerry Smith, auction coordinator. I also want to thank Mrs. Siobhan Tabor and Mrs. Denise LaRose, as well as the many members of the “auction team” who worked with great enthusiasm preparing for the event. I wish to also acknowledge the continued support of Metro Casinos, owned by Mr. Adam Morgan, a school parent. Once again he and his staff did a wonderful job of ensuring that everyone ~ experienced or novice ~ had an enjoyable experience at the tables.

Although the PTO is still finalizing the numbers, preliminary estimates indicate a profit of approximately $13,000, a significant amount particularly during this economic period. Again, thank you for your support and participation in this major fundraising effort.

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With a total count of 749 pre-ordered meals, the kitchen staff estimates that we served a record number of students and parents during the 16th Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon.

I wish to thank our kitchen team ~ Mrs. Wendy Matner (Director of Cafeteria Services), Mrs. Liz Werling (Assistant), and Mrs. Wilma Marsengill (Cafeteria Bookkeeper) ~ for their tremendous commitment to both quality and quantity. Beginning during the early morning hours on Sunday, they cooked and prepared food throughout the day. (In answer to the question that many of you might be wondering…it takes about 30 turkeys to feed a community of our size!) Once again, they prepared and presented a delicious meal of turkey and sides to an enormous crowd. Thank you kitchen staff and congratulations on a job very well done!

The success of the luncheon was also made possible by the generous support of volunteers, many of whom return each year to offer assistance. It was a joy to observe so many volunteers working side by side and the hundreds of parents who stopped by to enjoy the meal. What a wonderful tradition!

This year we introduced several new procedures designed to reduce wait-time and to enhance your “dining experience”. I wish to thank Mrs. Campagna, Assistant Principal, for her leadership of this effort. With the input of several faculty and staff members, she restructured the schedule as well as arrival procedures, resulting in a more efficient and better organized process for everyone.

As we pause from our daily work and schedules to join family and friends to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, please know of my gratitude for your continued support of our school and its mission of providing an education of faith and excellence.

Happy Thanksgiving!

A Prayer of Thanksgiving:
May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make his face to shine upon us.
The earth has yielded its increase;
God, our God, has blessed us.
May God continue to bless us;
let all the ends of the earth revere him.
(Psalm 67)

We thank you for your gifts, merciful God,
and we ask you to give all people the food they need.
May we all be united one day
in the eternal singing of your praises,
through Christ, our Lord.
Amen.
(A Prayer Book for Catholic Families)

Winners of Knights of Columbus Thanksgiving Reflection Contest
Congratulations to the following winners of the Thanksgiving essay contest recently sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.
Grades 1 through 5
· Noah S. (4th Grade student at All Saints) – “Thank You God!”
Grades 6 through 8
· David S. (7th Grade student at All Saints) – “A Time to Reflect”
Grades 9 through 12
· Lexy S. (9th Grade student at Seton High School – former All Saints student) – “Thanksgiving is a Time for Reflection”
The winners will each receive a $25 gift card from Target.

The following are the entries receiving an Honorable Mention Award:
· Kaitlin A. (7th Grade student at All Saints) – “Gifts Not to be Taken for Granted”
· Jillian C. (6th Grade student at All Saints) – “I Am Thankful”
· Tyler D. (8th Grade student at All Saints) – “Thanksgiving Reflection”
· Cormac O. (7th Grade student at All Saints) – “Thanksgiving”
Honorable mention recipients will each receive a $10 gift card from Target.

Calendar Change ~ NJHS Induction Ceremony
Due to a calendar conflict, the National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony, originally scheduled for Friday, February 26th has been changed to Friday, March 5th.

A Note of Thanks. . .
Auction/Casino 2009 – On behalf of the PTO I would like to thank everyone who assisted in making this year’s Casino Night such a success. It is because of the generous support of our parents and parish community that we are able to assist the school, teachers, staff and students in so many ways. We would like to hear feedback from those of you who attended the event. Please email Joan Coleman at jcoleman02@comcast.net with any comments or suggestions. Thank you and may God bless you!

BoxTops for Education News
The following link is for accessing the boxtops web site: www.BoxtopsforEducation.com. Parents can sign up to receive e-mails. At this web site they can get the participating product list, coupons, cooking ideas, collections sheets, and more. Currently there is a 30 day (once a day) give away. There are other giveaway, sweepstakes type promotions coming up.
The top collecting classes for the October collection were: 1B 270; 5A 365; 7A 592 Total collected: 2,940

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Enrollment Survey for Pre-K, Kindergarten and NEW Students for Grades 1st – 8th
With the demand for Catholic education and the reputation for excellence that our school enjoys, it is important that the office solicit information from current families regarding plans for enrollment in our Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs for the upcoming year, as well as any NEW siblings for All Saints Catholic School. As in the past, we will continue to give first consideration to current school families before reviewing new applications in the spring.
While completion of the enclosed survey does not guarantee enrollment, it is helpful for us to know how many current families plan to apply. Even if you have a child currently enrolled in the Pre-Kindergarten program, it is important that you notify us of your interest for next year’s Kindergarten. Please submit all survey responses as soon as possible as the deadline has passed.

Evening with St. Nicholas
Join the All Saints PTO community for An Evening with St. Nicholas on Friday, December 4th from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm and enjoy carols, cookies, cocoa, and a chance to help the “House of Mercy”.

Please consider bringing a donation of new shoes in honor of St. Nicholas and his feast day. Proceeds will go to House of Mercy. House of Mercy shoe donation guidelines are : NEW plain colors of tennis shoes- white, blue, black, tan, or brown. No character tennis shoes, please. Monetary donations will also be accepted.
Thank you to the more than 200 people who have already RSVP’d. Plan on coming and haven’t RSVP’d yet? There’s still time. Visit the “Evening with St. Nicholas” link at www.allsaintsvaschool.org. We want to make sure there’s enough cookies and cocoa for all!

***Many hands are still needed to help the day of the event for set-up and decorating, beginning around 1:30 in the gym. Donations of cocoa mix and mini- marshmallows are still being accepted. Please contact Gina Michak at (703-330-8099) or ginamichak@gmail.com if you’d like to volunteer and earn “points for parents”. ***

Manassas Christmas Parade
All Saints Catholic School will once again be participating in the Manassas Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 5th at 10AM in Old Town Manassas. All Saints children are invited to ride on the float. A permission slip is linked to this newsletter and is required for each child. Please return permission slips to the school office by 12/1/09. The meeting place and float number will be distributed once we receive it from the City.

Upcoming Events
Wednesday, November 25th ~ Thanksgiving Prayer Service & Operation “Share the Love” Food Drive (church/9:30 a.m.); Noon Dismissal
Thursday, November 26th ~ Thanksgiving Holiday
Friday, November 27th ~ Thanksgiving Holiday
Monday, November 30th ~ Advent Wreath Prayer Services (8:15 a.m.); 3rd Grade Sacrament of Reconciliation
Tuesday, December 1st ~ PTO Executive Board Meeting (Jr. Library/7:00 p.m.)
Thursday, December 3rd ~ High School Placement Test
Friday, December 4th ~ 4th Grade Sacrament of Reconciliation; Evening with St. Nick (6:30 – 8:30 a.m.)
Saturday, December 5th ~ Greater Manassas Christmas Parade (10:00 a.m.); VIRTUS Update Video (10:30 a.m.)

Going Home with Oldest Child
Parade Float Permission Slip (due by 12/1/09)
J. M. Gaske, Inc. Ad Sponsor Form for Advertising on School Folders, Directories and Calendars

Links
Parade Float Permission Slip (due by 12/1/09) ~
http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/2009ChristmasParadePermissionSlip.pdf