The Sentinel – Volume 10, Issue 20

Message from the Principal

In the days following the earthquake in Haiti, several of the children at All Saints approached me with ideas as to how our community can provide support to those in need. Moved by the tragedy unfolding before their eyes through news reports, they were compelled to step forward to make a difference. I am so proud of their generosity and initiative.

As a Catholic school community, the catastrophe in Haiti is an important teachable moment in the lives of our children. Through meaningful outreach they can join with the international community currently providing aid and at the same time, know that they, in their own way are connected and contributing. With the stories and images surrounding us each day, it is important that the children have an opportunity to become involved, thereby helping them to process and participate in this time of crisis. Most importantly, in doing so, they will be living the Gospel message.

Our pastor, Fr. Cilinski, has outlined the ways that our parish will work together to provide earthquake relief. I invite the children to participate through these same three activities:

Prayer ~ We will continue to remember the people of Haiti in our daily prayers and during our school Masses.

Financial Contributions ~ Several years ago All Saints Catholic School raised money during the season of Advent to help fund the purchase of electricity for the L’ouverture Cleary School in Haiti. Some of you may recall the small wooden schoolhouse on display in the entrance to the gym. As the students deposited their contributions in the schoolhouse, the lights literally burned brighter and brighter. This same schoolhouse will be on display beginning this week, providing the students an opportunity to make personal contributions to the relief effort. By making individual sacrifices, such as donating their ice cream or pretzel money, the children can experience a very personal connection with the relief effort. The funds collected will be forwarded to Catholic Relief Services.

Donations of Supplies ~ The students are invited to donate soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hand cleaner, summer clothing and flat shoes. These items will be forwarded to Dr. Irwin and the Medical Missionaries who will be providing direct medical assistance at the end of January. Boxes for these donations will be placed in the new breezeway and at the front office, courtesy of the Student Council Association.

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 tomorrow 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 tomorrow 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.

Important Reminder ~ today is Gianni’s Pick-Up Day!
Gianni’s products will be available for pick up TODAY ~ Wednesday, January 20th from 2:30-7:00 in the school gym. Please make arrangements to pick up your items during this timeframe. Thank you for your support. If you would like to volunteer and help with distribution please contact Siobhan Tabor at 703-361-4532.

PTO NEWS
The by-laws have been amended to reflect four PTO General Assembly Meetings per school year. Please follow the link ( http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/pto/bylaws-amendment/ ) to cast your vote on the new amendment. If you have any questions, please contact Joan Coleman at jcoleman02@comcast.net or (703) 368-7989.

Family Pizza and Bingo Night
The PTO sponsored Family Pizza and Bingo Night will be held Saturday, February 6that 5:00pm in the Knights of Columbus Hall. Please click on the link below for a flyer with more information and the pre-order pizza/bingo form. If you have any questions, please contact Linda Gaynord at lbgaynord@aol.com or 703-393-1430. Pre-order pizza/bingo forms are due your child’s teacher by Friday, January 29th.

Spirit News
Reminder, the roller skating party at the Skate-N-Fun Zone is tomorrow 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 next week. 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.

Coming Up! ~ Come join other All Saints families for ice skating at the Harris Pavilion and/or dinner at Foster’s Grille in Old Town Manassas on Friday, January 29th. Ice skating is from 3 to 6 pm and costs $5 including skate rental. Eat at Foster’s between 4 and 7 pm and 10% of the money will be donated to All Saints School. Everyone is welcome so invite your friends, neighbors, and other All Saints parishioners. Be sure to say that you’re with All Saints when you order your food at Foster’s so that we will get credit. The Harris Pavilion and Foster’s Grille are located at 9417 West Street in Old Town Manassas.

Upcoming Events
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
Monday, January 25th ~ Holiday ~ Teacher Professional Development Day
Friday, January 29th ~ 2nd Quarter Report Cards sent home; Spirit Activity: Ice Skating at the Pavilion (3:00-6:00 p.m.) & Dinner at Fosters (4:00-7:00 p.m.)

Links
PTO Bylaws Voting Link ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/pto/bylaws-amendment/
Family Pizza/Bingo Night Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/bingo-flyer-2010.pdf
Spirit Event Flyers – Skate-N-Fun Zone and Fosters ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/2010-01-29FostersandIceSkating.jpg