The Sentinel – Volume 10, Issue 22

Message from the Principal

Walking the hallways of our school is always rewarding as it provides an opportunity to see firsthand the beautiful work of our students and teachers. The experience is particularly wonderful during Catholic Schools Week when the teachers also display the letters written by parents expressing their reasons for choosing a Catholic education. Each of the letters is from the heart and speaks of the loving sacrifice that parents offer so that their children can benefit from daily formation in the faith. The following are a couple of excerpts that caught my eye during a recent walk of the building.

We are so happy that you are enjoying All Saints! We decided to choose a Catholic education for several reasons. The most important reason is that we want you to grow and learn in faith, love, and hope and to develop not only academically, but spiritually as well. All Saints is a wonderful place to do this, where you have teachers, staff and priests who teach you our beautiful faith every day both in the classroom and through their actions and lives. (2nd Grade Parents)

You are a most precious gift from God! He has entrusted us with your care, and we want to do everything possible to help you live a holy life. We believe that a very important part of your spiritual growth happens in the classrooms and halls of All Saints Catholic School. Where else, but in a Catholic school, can you play and pray with your friends? Where else, but in a Catholic school, can you learn all about your faith? Where else, but in a Catholic school, are you surrounded by other people who believe in and love the Lord with all their hearts? We believe there is no better place for you to grow than All Saints. One day, when you are older, you will realize how blessed you were to attend a school that offers such a unique blend of spirituality, love, discipline and academic excellence. (4th Grade Parents)

Indeed, there is much for us to rejoice in regarding All Saints Catholic School. And while the accolades and recognition for high achievement are a source of pride for all, they are not the reason we exist. Our core mission is to provide the children with a strong foundation in our Catholic faith. Our hope is that their daily experience ~ as they encounter Christ in the sacraments, prayer and one another ~ is both life-changing and life-giving. This is the essence of our school and our number one priority.

In a special way this week I wish to take a moment to express my thanks to all of the teachers and staff that make All Saints such a wonderful place. Their energy and enthusiasm for the business of learning and the handing on of the faith is nothing short of inspiring. They are the reason our school enjoys such an outstanding reputation in the community and each day I am grateful for their generosity and commitment.

The many activities that surround our celebration of Catholic Schools Week would not be possible without a great deal of hard work behind the scenes. I wish to extend a special word of gratitude to Mrs. Campagna, our assistant principal, for all of her efforts in planning meaningful activities in celebration of this special week.

Our celebration of Catholic Schools Week 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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Today each family will receive re-registration forms for the 2010-2011 academic year. Parents are asked to complete all of the forms and return them to the office no later than Friday, February 12th. Since registration of new students will begin on February 10th, it is important that parents return the enclosed forms by the deadline in order to insure that a place is reserved for each child who will be returning in the fall.

(Please note: Registration of students new to All Saints, including siblings who will be eligible by age for Pre-Kindergarten, will begin on February 10th. Separate forms related to this initial registration process will automatically be sent home to parents who have expressed interest in enrolling another child in our program.)

In addition to providing significant funding for maintenance and utilities costs, the parish continues to provide subsidy to the school in the amount of $240,000 per year. (Parishioners are extended a “discount” and are asked to pay less than what it actually costs the school/parish to provide educational services. The parish is able to offer this discount with the understanding that those same families are contributing to and participating in the life of the parish on a regular basis.)

During the upcoming year the PTO will also invest $30,000 in support of the operating budget, an initiative begun two years ago to slow the rate of tuition increase.

Recognizing that so many have been impacted by the recent decline in the economy, every effort has been made this year to maintain the affordability of Catholic education at All Saints. Subsequently, there will only be a 3% increase in tuition for next year. (Please note: Fees for the Pre-Kindergarten, Cafeteria and Extended Day programs will remain the same.) This rate of increase will help to offset rising costs, most importantly an increase in salaries for our faculty and staff, as well as a continued commitment to a robust tuition assistance program.

This equates to the following increase per month:

1 Child $13.70
2 Children $22.00
3 Children $29.80
4 Children $37.70

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.

Many of our current families learned about the value of an All Saints education through a personal reference from an existing school family. Again this year we would like to reward you for promoting the school to your family and friends! Through the New Student Referral Program, your family can receive a $200.00 tuition credit for referring a new family to All Saints Catholic School. For more information about this program, please see the attached flyer. Help to spread the word about the success and tradition of All Saints Catholic School!

Virtue of the Month ~ Honesty
Admit when you do something wrong. Don’t put the blame on others.
Do all of your own work and put your best effort into it. Don’t look at other student’s papers.
Be true to your word and your beliefs.
If you forget your homework, tell the truth. Accept the consequences.
If you find money try to find out who it belongs to.
Always ask before borrowing something.
Give back what you borrow in good condition.
Be honest when you correct your own paper or someone else’s. Circle all the mistakes.
If you make a promise, keep it.

Prayer of the Month ~ Prayer for Honesty
Lord Jesus,
You know me well and you see what is going on in my heart.
I am sure you understand me and want to help me.
Please give me the courage to resist temptations of all kinds,
and practice the virtue of Honesty in all I think, say, and do.
Let your Spirit rekindle in my heart the desire to act right,
and give me wonderful ideas to help others act right too.
Amen.

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.

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.

Students Selected for 2010 Arlington Diocese Honor Band
Congratulations to the following students who were selected to this year’s Honor Band. These students will rehearse with about 100 other students from all schools in the diocese through the weeks of February through May. A final concert is given at Bishop Ireton High School with the high school bands. The following students will be representing All Saints Catholic School:

Kaylynn V. – flute
Diane G. – clarinet
Matt W. – alto sax
Michael Ma. – tenor sax
Katherine S. – trumpet
Heather B. – baritone
Jake R. – tuba
Alyssa D. – percussion
Lauren M. – bass clarinet
Cormac O. – bass clarinet

Please give a special congratulations to these students and Mr. Ward appreciates all those students who wanted to be a part of this year’s Honor Band and were not selected.

National Geographic Bee
All Saints students in 4th – 8th grade recently participated in the National Geographic Bee to test their knowledge of world geography. The winner of our school-level competition was 7th grade student Brian O. and the runner-up was 6th grader Nicole B. Other finalists in the All Saints competition were Abigail C., Nate S., Erika C., Elizabeth C., Samuel C., Caroline R., Harrison T. and Johnathan U. Brian O. will go on to represent All Saints in the next round of competition. The national winner of this event will receive a $25,000 college scholarship!

Calendar Revision ~ 3rd Quarter Interims
Interim reports for the 3rd quarter will be distributed on Friday, February 26th rather than February 12th as published on the school calendar.

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)

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.

Paul VI ~ 20th Annual Pancake Supper
Please join Paul VI Catholic High School community for its 20th Annual Pancake Supper, February 16th, from 6-8 pm in the school cafeteria. The evening will feature entertainment and fun for the entire family. Adults: $6, children under 6: $4, omelet bar additional $3.50. For more information or if you would like to be placed on the reserved “Will Call List” please, contact Campus Ministry, campusministry@paulvi.net or 703-352-0925 ext. 330.

Upcoming Events
Thursday, February 4th ~ Community Service & Student Appreciation Day (Dress Down Day for $1.00 & 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.)
Tuesday, February 9th ~ Picture Day (Candids, Clubs & Teams); PTO Executive Board Meeting (Jr. Library/7:00 p.m.)
Wednesday, February 10th ~ Registration for New Students Begins
Thursday, February 11th ~ Open House for Prospective Parents (9:00 a.m.)
Friday, February 12th ~ Final Day of Re-Registration for Current Students
Monday, February 15th ~ Holiday (Presidents’ Day)

Links
Updated Counselor’s Corner ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/health-and-wellness/counselor-corner/
New Student Referral Form ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/new-student-referral-form09.pdf

REGARDING NEWSLETTER ISSUES
Several families notified the school office that they have not been receiving their electronic newsletters and the problem was reported to our website manager. After researching the problem, it was determined that when the server was upgraded the hosting company forgot to up the email limit. The problem has been corrected and everyone on the list should receive the newsletter this week. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please report any future problems with email to the administrative assistant, Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio so that she can report problems to the website manager.