The Sentinel – Volume 10, Issue 25


Message from the Principal

Often when thinking of our school community, a word that comes to mind is “vibrancy”.  There are so many wonderful events and activities that surround the life of our community.  More importantly, there is a spirit of faith, joy and welcome that is consistently noted by visitors to our school.

As the research has shown, a high level of parent involvement is a strong predictor for high achievement in a school.  At All Saints we know this to be the case.  Through the contributions of parent volunteers, we are able to provide a remarkable experience for our students.  From the many parents who serve as coaches and group leaders, to those who work quietly behind the scenes in the library and cafeteria, our school has obtained great success because so many are committed to the mission.

As of this writing, a total of 354 parents and community members are now registered to volunteer in our school.  Through completion of the required background check and attendance at VIRTUS training sessions, these individuals have demonstrated strong support to our commitment of maintaining a safe environment for the children.  I want to express my gratitude to the many parents who have fulfilled these requirements and continue to make a difference with each passing week in our school community.

One of the diocesan requirements regarding the safe environment initiative is that of annual VIRTUS training.  Through attendance at the 30 minute training, faculty, staff and volunteers alike are reminded of important practical measures that we can implement to maintain a safe environment.  Currently, 161 volunteers in our community are now due to attend this annual update.  So as to make it as convenient as possible, a series of four training sessions have been schedule over the course of the next two months.  Those who have not yet attended the VIRTUS update training ~ or did so during the winter/spring of 2009 ~ are required to attend one of the sessions in order to maintain full compliance with the program and eligibility for volunteering. Parents who need to attend one of these sessions will receive a reminder letter from the office later this week. While there is no need to register on-line for this session, for planning purposes I would ask that you Mrs. Janet Smith, VIRTUS coordinator, to confirm your plans to attend.

The VIRTUS update trainings will occur on the following dates:

Thursday, March 11th 2:00 p.m. (Meeting Room 1)

Tuesday, March 23rd 2:00 p.m. (Meeting Room 1)

Thursday, April 15th 8:30 a.m. (FKH)

Monday, April 26th 7:00 p.m. (Library)

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During the last two weeks parents received two emails regarding a legislative initiative designed to increase the affordability of private education for families in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  I received confirmation last week that the bill did not gain the support it required to be introduced on the Senate floor.  Although we did not succeed in advancing HB599, we can be pleased that we received more favorable votes in the hearing process than in prior years.  Thank you to those families who participated in this initiative, taking the time to convey their support for the proposed legislation.

Virtue of the Month ~ Cooperation/Community Building

Strategies:

  1. Cooperate with your teacher.  Do your best to obey the rules and follow directions
  2. Say “please” when asking for things.
  3. Get in line quietly, without pushing, and don’t lag behind.
  4. Clean up around your desk area.
  5. Help a classmate when they need help.
  6. Take turns when playing.  Give someone else a chance.
  7. At home, do your chores cheerfully, without being asked.
  8. Cooperate at home.  Take turns and share with your brothers, sisters, and friends.
  9. Listen when others talk.  Respect their opinions.
  10. Always try to get along with everyone.

Prayer of the Month~ Prayer for Cooperation

Jesus, our Friend, help me to accept myself and others with

love and kindness.  Help me to see you in each person I meet.

Show me how to be good and kind to everyone.  Keep me from

being selfish.  I want to follow your rules of love and

compassion.  I can do many wonderful things.  Stay by me

today, Jesus.  I know you love me and I love you.

Vocations Olympics

During the month of January students participated in the first ever Vocations Olympics held at All Saints Catholic School.  By offering sacrifices and prayers, students in grades PreK-8 demonstrated support for religious vocations while earning “points” as part of this school-wide program.  All total, All Saints achieved 8,000 points in this diocesan event and has submitted entries for the vocations prayer & poster contest.

Congratulations to the following students for their outstanding participation in the Olympics!

School Winners

GOLD                     Erika C.

SILVER                  Elizabeth B.

BRONZE                Jazmine K.

PK1

GOLD                     Noelle C.

SILVER                  Vincent T.

BRONZE                Ryan L.

BRONZE                Robert H.

PK2

GOLD                     Elizabeth M.

GOLD                     William W.

SILVER                  Luke T.

SILVER                  Brian V.

BRONZE                Edward W.

PK3

GOLD                     Aaliyah G.

SILVER                  Ashley Y.

BRONZE               Ashley P.

BRONZE               Laura S.

BRONZE               Katherine T.

K1

GOLD                     Reagan G.

SILVER                  Huyen H.

BRONZE               Lilyanna S.

K2

GOLD                     Kenneth V.

SILVER                  Bridgette M.

BRONZE                Theresa M.

1A

GOLD                     Kyleah A.

SILVER                  Delaney F.

BRONZE                Joshua S.

1B

GOLD                     Elias C.

GOLD                     John M.

SILVER                  Christine T.

BRONZE                Mary C.

BRONZE                Madelyn W.

2A

GOLD                     Gabriel C.

SILVER                  Justin C.

BRONZE                Eirian C.

2B

GOLD                     Gabriel S.

SILVER                  Skylar M.

BRONZE                Joshua D.

BRONZE                Thumay H.

3A

GOLD                     Elizabeth O.

SILVER                  Mussie A.

BRONZE                Allison T.

3B

GOLD                     John H.

SILVER                  Sebastian Z.

BRONZE                Justin P.

4A

GOLD                     Nathan W.

SILVER                  Brandon C.

BRONZE                Bradley M.

4B

GOLD                     Kaitlyn E.

SILVER                  Kelly C.

BRONZE                Madeline G.

5A

GOLD                     Erika C.

SILVER                  Elizabeth B.

BRONZE                Jazmine K.

5B

GOLD                     Loraine S.

SILVER                  Megan S.

BRONZE                Meridyth R.

BRONZE               Sophia T.

6A

GOLD                     Dominic C.

SILVER                  Bridget K.

BRONZE                Quinn C.

6B

GOLD                     Brandon M.

SILVER                  Nicole B.

BRONZE                Alan B.

7A

GOLD                     Connor C.

SILVER                  Sean H.

BRONZE                Caroline R.

7B

GOLD                     Leslie C.

GOLD                     Sierra C.

GOLD                     Meredith H.

SILVER                  Jessica W.

BRONZE               Samantha E.

8A

GOLD                     Kathryn S.

SILVER                  Hayden B.

BRONZE               Christian K.

8B

GOLD                     Corinne M.

SILVER                  Nicholas N.

SILVER                  Natalie T.

SILVER                  Johnathan U.

BRONZE                Alyssa D.

5th Annual Race for Education

Packets of information regarding the Race for Education were distributed to students on Monday afternoon following the kick-off assembly.  All students are encouraged to participate in this annual event, our largest fundraiser of the year.  The due date for returning mailing labels is Tuesday, March 16th.

Spring Photos ~ Customized Backgrounds now Available

Beginning this spring, All Saints will participate in the Background Select Program, a new feature available through our school photography company, Splendid Portraits.  Rather than having one background selected for the entire student body, parents will be able to select from a variety of choices when pre-ordering photographs.  Look for more information in the coming weeks as we prepare for Spring Picture Day ~ Monday, March 29th.

Schedule of Lenten Confessions Schedule for Stations of the Cross

3rd Grade ~ Wednesday, March 3rd

Grades K-2             Friday, March 5th (2:15 p.m.)

4th Grade ~ Friday, March 5th

Grades 3-5             Friday, March 19th (2:15 p.m.)

6th Grade ~ Monday, March 15th

7th Grade ~ Wednesday, March 17th

8th Grade ~ Monday, March 22nd

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!

Don’t Forget–PTO Lenten Soup Supper

Please join the All Saints School and Church Community today, March 3rd, for the PTO Sponsored Lenten Soup Supper in the school Gym from 5pm-7pm.  A great time for fellowship and a shared meal of soup and sandwiches with other church and school families.  Contact Angela Slater with any questions or to make soup/sandwich donations at pinoslater@gmail.com.

Spirit News

We’d like to say a big Thank You to everyone who came out to Chuck-e Cheese last Thursday night. It looked like a fun time was had by all and we earned over $400 for the school! Hooray!!

Coming Up – Bowl America on Friday, March 12th from 12-7 p.m. Come join the fun! The cost is $3 per game including shoes. Need food? They have a snack bar with food perfect for snacking while you bowl. No flyer is necessary just mention All Saints School at the register and 10% of the sales and concessions will be donated to our school. Bowl America is located at 10641 Balls Ford Road in Manassas across from the Koon’s Honda Dealer.

There’s no need to cook on Friday, March 19th. There are lots of options for a delicious Lenten Friday meal at Noodles & Company at 9646 Liberia Avenue in Manassas from 4:00 – 9:00 p.m. Check out their cool website at www.noodles.comto plan your order ahead of time. No flyer is necessary. Just mention All Saints and 25% of your purchase will be donated to All Saints School. This event is open to everyone so invite your friends and neighbors and make sure everyone knows to mention the All Saints when they place their orders.  Thank you to Mr. Donnie Hollar, an All Saint’s parent, who organized this event for us. Noodles & Company is located at 9646 Liberia Ave, Manassas 703-393-9998

Paul VI Catholic High School

PVI will host a series of wrestling clinics taught by world-renowned wrestler Wade Schalles every Monday and Wednesday from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. The clinics start March 1st, but you may register at any time.

Wade Shalles is one of the most exciting and spectacular athletes of his time. He was a national champion, or All-American, in folkstyle, Freestyle and Greco-Roman, and the disciplines of sombo and judo. He earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as wrestling’s all-time leader in victories with 821, and in falls with 530. Schalles achieved multiple records for defeating 36 national champions, pinning 17 of them, and defeating eight World Titlists. In his collegiate career at Clarion University, Schalles had a record of 153-5-1. He won the Pennsylvania State Conference title four times and was outstanding wrestler all four years. Shalles won a gold medal in the 1977 World University Games. He has coached youth, collegiate and national teams. He is an author, a clinician and a top-flight collegiate referee. Schalles is honored as a Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.