The Sentinel – Volume 10, Issue 19

Message from the Principal

One of the wonderful qualities of our school is the high level of energy and enthusiasm that surrounds our programs. From the continued pursuit of excellence by teachers and students to the generosity of our PTO and parent volunteers, All Saints is an exciting place to be.

This week I wish to draw your attention to an innovative strategy now being utilized in the library. Integrating technology and literacy, Mrs. Coyle and Mrs. Geary have launched Book Chatter, a series of podcasts featuring students of All Saints. Already, three volunteer students have recorded brief reviews of a favorite book. These reviews are posted on our school website for parents and students to enjoy. This is just one more example of how All Saints is committed to providing a first-class educational experience for students of the 21st Century!

And speaking of academic excellence, I wish to congratulate Brian Owings for winning first place in last week’s National Geography Bee. He will now complete a written exam to determine his eligibility for participation in the state-wide competition. I also want to congratulate Nichole Bill for achieving runner-up status in the event. I am proud of all of the students who represented their homeroom classes in what has become a much anticipated academic tournament at All Saints.

March for Life
On Friday, 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 end to abortion and 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 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 this week.

Lock-Down Drill
The second drill for the year will occur on Friday, January 22nd at 10:30 a.m. (Please note: This drill has been scheduled for several weeks and is not in response to any concerns specific to All Saints. Rather, it is another exercise by which we maintain a state of preparedness should the need ever arise to secure the facility and safeguard the children.)

Open House for 2010-2011 School Year
All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, January 21st 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.

VIRTUS Update
The diocese requires volunteers who have completed the four hour 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. The next training session will take place on Thursday, January 21st beginning at 2:00 p.m. in Meeting Room 1. (Please note: Those volunteers who attended the VIRTUS update session during the fall semester need not attend. This session is specifically for those who viewed the 30 minute training last winter or who have not yet participated in the follow up training. Should you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Janet Smith, VIRTUS coordinator, at 703-368-4500.)

Registration Schedule for the New Year

ø Re-Registration for Current Families February 1-12, 2010
ø Registration for New Students February 10-March 3, 2010
(Including siblings for Pre-K & K)

Tuition Assistance Applications
Applications for tuition assistance for the 2010-2011 academic year are available in both English and Spanish at the front office. Again this year the Diocese of Arlington has contracted with FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Company. FACTS has established an on-line application process that can be initiated through the company website (www.factstuitionaid.com.) The deadline for first consideration, for which the majority of diocesan funds are allocated, is Monday, March 15th. Please note: The application must be received by FACTS, not postmarked, by this date. For more information about this program, please see the attached flyer.

Vocations Awareness Week
This week All Saints joins schools throughout our diocese in celebrating Vocations Awareness Week. This annual event provides students an opportunity to both reflect upon the fact that God is calling each of them to a particular vocation and to offer prayers of support for those who have answered the call to a life of service as priests, deacons, brothers or sisters. To encourage greater awareness of this celebration, All Saints is participating in the Vocation Spiritual Olympics. This week students are earning points through prayers or sacrifices that they offer, each aligned with a particular Winter Olympic Sport. At the conclusion of the week, All Saints will submit to the diocese the total number of points achieved by our school and in the coming weeks we will recognize the students in our program with the highest number of points earned. For more information about this program, please follow the link to Vocation Spiritual Olympics.

Bishop Paul S. Loverde to Celebrate Blue Ribbon Mass
In September 2009, the U.S. Department of Education announced its selection of All Saints Catholic School as a 2009 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. We are very pleased to announce that Bishop Paul S. Loverde will celebrate a special Mass with the All Saints community in honor of this achievement. Our All Saints Catholic School Blue Ribbon Mass will be held during Catholic Schools Week on Friday, February 5, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. All are welcome to join us as we celebrate together with Bishop Loverde and the All Saints school and parish community.

Spirit News
We have a new event this Saturday, January 16th. Shop at the Green Kids Consignment Store anytime between 10 am and 7 pm and 10% of the proceeds will be donated to All Saints School. This is their Grand Opening. Please print the flyer attached to this newsletter or from the school’s website and present it at the time of sale for the school to receive credit. Green Kids is located in Bristow in the Harris Teeter shopping center at the corner of Rt. 28 and Linton Hall Road.
Mark your calendar, the roller skating party at the Skate-N-Fun Zone is on Thursday night, January 21st from 6 to 8:30 pm. This is a fun night out for the whole family. Join us for lots of skating and exercise. Test your skills in the limbo contest or against your fellow classmates in the skating races. The winners of these events will be published in the school newsletter. The cost is $3.75 for admission, $3.75 for skate rental (personal skates with brakes welcome). Also available are the moon bounce for $2 and Laser Tag for $2. Need an easy dinner? A large pizza and a pitcher of soda is $13.99. Easily earn 5 Points for Parents. Call Holly Crocker at 703 330-8329 and volunteer as a chaperone for the event. The Skate-N-Fun Zone is located at 7878 Sudley Road in Manassas across from the Kmart shopping center.

PVI Summer Basketball Camps
Paul VI Summer Basketball Camps for Boys & Girls: June 21 – 25 / July 12 – 16 / July 26 -30. The July 12 – 16 camp will take place at St Leo the Great. $190.00 per camper. Camp is for rising 3rd – 9th graders. Discounted rates offered for attending 2 or all 3 camps. Please contact Scott Allen at coachsallen@aol.com for further information and registration.
St Leo the Great Mini Hoopster Camps for Boys & Girls: June 28 – July 1 / July 19 – 22. Boys 9 am – 12 pm / Girls 1 pm – 4 pm. $100.00 per camper. Camp is for rising 1st – 3rd graders from all schools. Please contact Scott Allen at coachsallen@aol.com for further information and registration.

Upcoming Events
Wednesday, January 13th ~ Evening of Prayer for 2nd & 8th Grade Parents (church/7:00-8:00 p.m.); Confirmation Retreat Meeting for Parents (8:00-8:30 p.m.)
Thursday, January 14th ~ School Council Meeting ~ cancelled
Friday, January 15th ~ School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
Monday, January 18th ~ Holiday ~Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday
Wednesday, January 20th ~ Gianni’s Pizza Pick-up (Gym Lobby/2:30-7:00 p.m.)
Thursday, January 21st ~ Open House (FKH/9:00 a.m.); Adoration & Benediction (2:15 p.m.); VIRTUS Update Training (Meeting Room 1 @ 2:00 p.m.); Skate Party at Skate & Fun Zone (6:00-8:30 p.m.)
Friday, January 22nd ~ School Mass (8:30 a.m.); Lock-Down Drill (10:30 a.m); Middle School “Demerit Free” Breakfast (9:30 a.m.); End of 2nd Quarter; Noon Dismissal (Report Card Prep); Deadline for Applications to Catholic High Schools

Links
¨ Vocation Spiritual Olympics ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/National-Vocations-Week2010.pdf
¨ Skate Party Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/2010-01-21-Skate-Party-Flyer.jpg
¨ Green Kids Event Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/2010-01-16-Green-Kids.jpg
¨ PVI Athletic Close Up Night ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/pvi-athletic-close-up.pdf