The Sentinel – Volume 10, Issue 21

Message from the Principal

Last fall one of the school parents shared with me a brief story that in many ways captures the essence of a Catholic school education. On the Feast Day of the Archangels, her two sons came home from school and, bounding through the door, inquired as to whether they would be having a special dinner in honor of the occasion. I find this story very compelling as it speaks not only to their recognition of the feast day, but their sincere desire to celebrate it as a family. Not only did they hear the Good News that day, they felt compelled to live it and share it. This is the true benefit of a Catholic education ~ lives formed in faith!

Next week we join with Catholic schools across our nation to celebrate Catholic Schools Week, an annual occasion during which we highlight our distinct mission and legacy. As in prior years, special activities have been planned for each day of the week. (For a full listing of activities, please see the Catholic Schools Week Activity Calendar which is linked to this week’s newsletter.) A number of the events have been designed to coincide with the Church’s celebration of the Year of the Priest. For example, in addition to honoring the clergy of All Saints, we will be hosting a Vocation Day during which a number of seminarians, clergy members as well as religious will share their vocation story with our students. It is our hope that through this experience the students will both be reminded and encouraged to consider the fact that God may be calling them to a special life of service as a priest or member of a religious community.

Catholic Schools Week will begin with an Open House event on Sunday morning from 8:00 a.m. – noon. Although specifically designed for prospective families, this event provides a wonderful opportunity for current families to tour the school and visit the classrooms. In prior years, the mix of both current and future families has provided a great way for others in our community to learn about our school.

Our celebration will culminate with a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Loverde in recognition of our status as a Blue Ribbon School. Please note: So as to accommodate the bishop’s schedule, the school Mass will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 5th. All school parents are cordially invited to attend this very special liturgy.

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I am pleased to share with you that Mr. Richardson has made great progress in his recovery from surgery and resumed some of his teaching responsibilities on Tuesday. In an effort to provide support to him during his time of recovery, Mrs. Matthews will continue teaching three classes for at least the next two weeks. She will continue to serve as long-term substitute teacher for the Algebra I, 8th Grade Math and 7th Grade Pre-Algebra classes. I am grateful for the expertise and enthusiasm that she brings to the classroom and am confident that the students will continue to advance with her guidance.

I would be remiss if I did not thank Mrs. Mancini for all that she has done for our math program over the course of the last six weeks. She has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to our school and a genuine concern for our students. I am immensely grateful for all of her efforts in maintaining a sense of continuity in our program.

Open House for Prospecitve Teachers ~ COME JOIN US!
Are you interested in teaching for the Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Arlington? There are 43 schools within the Diocese offering instructional programs for all ages from pre-school through high school. Perhaps your certification has expired, or perhaps you are thinking of changing careers or returning to teaching after a period of absence. Do you have questions about qualifications to teach? Would you like to learn more about the mission of teaching in a Catholic School in a nurturing and caring, Christ-centered environment? Please come to one of the following Open Houses for Prospective Teachers scheduled throughout the Diocese and meet with Sister Patricia Helene, IHM, former Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese and current head of the Marymount University Catholic School Leadership Program, and Elizabeth A. Roach, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Personnel from the Diocesan Office of Catholic Schools, to learn more about the opportunities and advantages of teaching in our Catholic Schools. No registration is required.

St. Thomas More Cathedral School Tuesday, February 2, 2010
105 North Thomas Street 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Arlington, VA 22203
703-528-1547

St. Francis of Assisi School Wednesday, February 3, 2010
18825 Fuller Heights Road 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Triangle, VA 22172
703-221-3868

All Saints School Thursday, February 4, 2010
9294 Stonewall Road 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Manassas, VA 20110
703-368-4400

Open House for 2010-2011 School Year
All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, February 11th 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.

Science Fair Judges ~ 10 More Needed!
Mrs. Hammang, middle school science teacher, is seeking ten more judges to assist with the Science Fair on Thursday, February 18th. Parents and community members with a background in math and/or science are encouraged to contact her directly for more information. (phammang@allsaintsva.org)

Registration Schedule for the New Year
ø Re-Registration for Current Families February 3-12, 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.

Cafeteria Menu Change
Due to the postponement of the Science Fair, the cafeteria will be serving the students lunch on Thursday, Jan. 28th. The lunch for Thursday will be Chili Mac (chili served over macaroni & topped with cheese), Fritos, and Chilled Mixed Fruit.

Are you in need of some Parent Points? ~ Volunteers Needed
Come and help us at the Sunday Open House, January 31 and earn 3 points for every hour you help. Can’t make it? Consider a donation and receive 5 points. The refreshments may be delivered on Friday, January 29th (if they will keep) to the front office or to the Gym on Sunday before 8:30am. If you can’t do either of those times, let us know and we will setup for other arrangements. Set-up begins at 8:00am. We will be there throughout the duration of the Open House.

Clean-up will begin around noon. It is through everyone’s contribution and hard work that makes the Open House such a success.

Some suggestions for the refreshments are: Breakfast breads, cookies, muffins, coffee cake, brownies, fruit and juices These can be homemade or store bought.

Feel free to contact either one of us for any further information. Lilia Fulgencio – lilia.fulgencio@bt.com or
Karina Rodriguez – karyrdz@gmail.com

February Open House Nursery Volunteers Needed
Volunteers are needed to help with the open house nursery on February 11th, 8:45 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Volunteers must be Virtus approved. Anyone wishing to volunteer may contact Carol Rice at 571-261-1008 or by email at ckrice@verizon.net . Volunteers may bring their own younger children if needed.

Spirit News ~ 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 print and present the flyer when you order your food at Foster’s so that All Saints school will get a portion of the proceeds. The Harris Pavilion and Foster’s Grille are located at 9417 West Street in Old Town Manassas.

As promised, here are the results from the skate party last week at the Skate-N-Fun Zone. We had over 75 paid admissions despite the threat of freezing rain and a good time was had by all.

Red Light Green Light winner – Steven S. runner up – Mikey W.
Laser Tag (First Round) – Girls 154 Boys 125 ~ No races for PreK, Kindergarten, or 1st Grade

2nd Grade Boys winner – Alex K.
Girls winner – Adrienne S.
Girls runner up – Eirian C.
3rd Grade Boys winner – Vincente B.
Girls winner – Natalie C.
4th Grade Boys winner – Walter S.
Boys runner up – Drew D.
Girls winner – Rachel K.
Girls runner up – Kelly C.
5th Grade Boys winner – Armando F.
Boys runner up – Colin E.
Girls winner – Erika S.
6th Grade Boys winner – Brandon M.
Boys runner up – Steven S.
Girls winner – Cara R.
Graduates winner Mikey W.
Adults Men – Walter S.
Women – Jessica K.

Upcoming Events
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.)
Sunday, January 31st ~ Catholic Schools Week Open House, 8:00 – noon
Monday, February 1st ~ Staff Appreciation Day & Ice Cream for Students
Tuesday, February 2nd ~ Priest Appreciation Day; Enrollment Management Team Meeting (FKH/7:00 p.m.); PTO Executive Board Meeting (Jr. Library/7:00 p.m.)
Wednesday, February 3rd ~ Vocation Day
Thursday, February 4th ~ Community Service & Student Appreciation Day (Dress Down Day & No Homework); Diocesan Teacher Information Meeting (music room/1:00 p.m.); Spelling Bee (gym/1:30 p.m.)
Friday, February 5th ~ Teacher Appreciation Day; Mass with the Bishop (10:00 a.m.); Noon Dismissal; Faculty & Staff Luncheon
Saturday, February 6th ~ PTO Pizza & Bingo Night (Knights’ Hall/5:00-9:00 p.m.)

Links
Catholic Schools Week Activity Calendar ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/2010/01/27/catholic-schools-week-event-schedule/
Spirit Event Flyers – Ice Skating and Fosters ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/2010-01-29FostersandIceSkating.jpg
Pope John Paul the Great High School e-NewsUpdate ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/e-NewsUpdate-January212010.pdf