The Sentinel – Volume 10, Issue 24

Message from the Principal

Four years ago All Saints Catholic School launched a tremendously successful fundraiser program, the Race for Education. Since its inception, the Race has generated approximately $180,000 in revenue for our school community.  The funds donated to our school by family and friends from around the country have enabled us to purchase an ACTIV Board system for every homeroom, Pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade.  The funds have also supported a variety of other initiatives, including special recognitions for the faculty, additional funding for the fine arts program, and a contribution to the Tuition Assistance Fund.

Preparations are now underway for the 5th Annual Race for Education which will be held on Thursday, May 6th. A full page flyer outlining the event will be distributed to all families next week.  In advance of that communication I wish to share with you some of the highlights for this year.

As is now a tradition at All Saints, our community will again designate St. Jude Childrens’ Research Hospital as a beneficiary of our annual Race with the understanding that All Saints will forward 15% of the proceeds to their organization.  The remaining funds from the 5th Annual Race for Education will be allocated for essential classroom materials, helping to offset expenses in the school budget.

Look for additional information, including the “Kick-Off Packet” next week.  It all begins with a special assembly for students on Monday, March 1st at 2:00 p.m. in the gym. 

Inclement Weather: Policy Reminder

In accordance with school policy, All Saints Catholic School will continue to follow the decision of Prince William County Schools in regards to delays and cancellations due to inclement weather.

New P.E. Uniform for 2010-2011

The following is a summary of the updated P.E. uniform for students in grades K-8.

Navy Blue Sweatpants & Sweatshirts with Logo

Navy Blue Nylon Shorts

Steel Gray T-shirts with Logo

The new P.E. uniform components are available for purchase at Flynn & O’Hara for parents who wish to purchase these articles during the spring months.  Although the new uniform will not officially be introduced until next fall, students are welcome to wear the updated uniform during the spring months beginning this week.

Note: The existing royal blue P.E. uniforms will be grandfathered through the 2010-2011 school year.  Students may continue to wear the royal blue uniforms during this time of transition.  Additionally, Flynn & O’Hara will continue to sell the royal blue uniform at a significant discount.

Schedule of Lenten Confessions

5th Grade ~ Monday, March 1st
3rd Grade ~ Wednesday, March 3rd
4th Grade ~ Friday, March 5th
6th Grade ~ Monday, March 15th
7th Grade ~ Wednesday, March 17th
8th Grade ~ Monday, March 22nd

Schedule for Stations of the Cross

Grades 6-8  – Friday, February 26th (2:15 p.m.)
Grades K-2  – Friday, March 5th (2:15 p.m.)
Grades 3-5 – Friday, March 19th (2:15 p.m.)

Calendar Changes & Updates

3rd Quarter Interims ~ Due to the recent inclement weather, interim reports will not be distributed until Friday, March 4th, providing the teachers with an additional week to assess student learning.

Science Fair ~ The middle school Science Fair has been rescheduled and will now take place on Thursday, March 4th.

National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony ~ This event has been postponed and will now occur on Friday, March 26th beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the church.

Registration Schedule for the New Year

ø       Registration for New Students ~ Through March 12th

(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 theNew 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!

PTO Lenten Soup Supper

Please plan to enjoy soup, sandwiches and visit with All Saints school and community members at the PTO Sponsored Lenten Soup Supper next Wednesday, March 3rd from 5pm-7pm in the All Saints School Cafeteria.  If you are interested in helping by contributing soups and/or sandwiches, please contact Angela Slater at pinoslater@gmail.com.  This is a wonderful, traditional family event with good food and company.  Any donations will be given to a local charity.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, February 25th Catholic Schools Week Luncheon for Faculty & Staff

Spirit Activity: Chuck E. Cheese (3:00-9:00 p.m.)

Friday, February 26th School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Stations of the Cross ~ Grades 6-8 (2:15 p.m.)

Saturday, February 27th PTO Bingo & Pizza (Knights Hall/5:00-9:00 p.m.)

Monday, March 1st 4th Grade Field Trip to GMU Theater (11:30-2:30)

5th Grade Confessions (9:30 a.m.)

Race for Education Kick-Off Assembly (gym/2:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, March 2nd PTO Executive Board Meeting (Jr. Library/7:00 p.m.)

Enrollment Management Team Meeting (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, March 3rd 3rd Grade Confessions (9:15 a.m.)

Lenten Soup Supper, sponsored by the PTO (gym/5:00-7:00)

Thursday, March 4th Science Fair

Friday, March 5th School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

4th Grade Confessions (9:30 a.m.)

Stations of the Cross ~ Grades K-2 (2:15 p.m.)

3rd Quarter Interims distributed

Going home with each student:

  • Skate-N-Fun Zone ~ Read & Roll Pass

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