The Sentinel – Volume 10, Issue 26

Message from the Principal

Congratulations to the students in our second grade program who received the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time during the past two weeks.  Following a beautiful prayer service led by our pastor, Fr. Cilinski, each of the children encountered Christ in this special Sacrament of healing and grace.  Congratulations to all of the children and thank you Mrs. Evans and Mrs. Cummings for preparing them so well for this very important milestone.

Pilgrim Virgin Statue Program

All Saints Catholic School hosts a program by which parents may request the opportunity to serve as a “host” family for the Pilgrim Virgin Statue.  Those who participate receive a statue of the Blessed Mother at the school and enshrine it in their home for a week.  The program provides a wonderful opportunity for families to gather for daily prayer, remembering their own intentions as well as those of our school and parish community.  The program also serves to strengthen the unity of our community as the statue travels from home to home throughout the year.  Any families interested in learning more about the program or who wish to sign up for a week are asked to contact Mrs. Myra Hayde at 703-331-0714.

Science Fair ~ Cricket Project Nets First Place in 2010 All Saints Catholic School Science Fair

Chirping crickets, catapults powered by rubber bands, plants nourished by tea, and roofs covered by growing plants emerged as the topics of study by this year’s top winners of the All Saints School Science Fair.  After several months of talking with parents and peers, research, writing, and preparation of a final backboard, middle school students shared their knowledge of their projects with Science Fair judges on Thursday, March 4.  A record 22 judges met with students in the school gym to dialogue with them about their scientific investigations. Top winner of the Fair was Monica Gonzalez, Grade 7, for her project exploring what effect weather has on the chirping habits of crickets.  First runner-up Christopher Burns, Grade 8, questioned whether adding different numbers of rubber bands to a catapult would affect the distance a projectile would travel.  Second runner-up Patrick Fall, Grade 7, poured different types of tea on plants to determine if tea would encourage growth in plants. Kristin Fall, Grade 6 and third place runner-up, constructed a model home covered with plants to find out if homes could use “green roofs” to help keep a house cool.

Once again, the quality of the projects and the students’ ability to articulate their research findings was very impressive.  Thank you, Mrs. Hammang, for guiding the middle school through this long range project and insuring each child’s success.  Our community is grateful for your dedication to this program, particularly during a winter that necessitated changes to the calendar.

Congratulations to the following middle school students for their outstanding science fair entries:

Physics

Honorable Mention:

Sean W., – UHO – Unidentified Hovering Object

Gwen B. – Shhh!  Is It Quiet Now?

Danny T. – Which One Creates More Electricity?

3- Robert B. – Electricity Please

2 – Christian K. – What to Wear Where

1 – Christopher B. – Ready, Aim, Fire

Behavioral Science

3 – Ellen O. – Battle of the Brains

2 – Isabella M. – Are They Truly Smiling?

1 – Susan M. – High Fat or Low: Can Kids Tell the Difference?

Chemistry

3 – Harrison T. – Optipop: Searching for a Kernel of Truth

2 – Quentin L. – Recipe for Insta-Chill

1 – Jason S. – Baking Soda + Vinegar = Foop

Botany

3 – Dianne G. – Corn

2 – Nicole B. – How Will Your Plants Grow

1 – Patrick F. – Tea Time for Plants

Medicine

3 – Larissa H. – A Jonas Glucose Experiment

2 – Sarah O. – To Smoke or Not to Smoke

1 – Robby M. – Wii Workout?

Zoology

3 – Stephen B.l – Ants on the Move

2 – Allyson K. – How Does Water Temperature Affect Goldfish?

1 – Monica G. – Can You Hear Me?

Environmental Science

3 – Tommy M. – Solar Desalination

2 – Meredith H. – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle…Water

1 – Kristin H. – Are Green Roofs A Cool Idea?

Biochemistry

2 – Selena M. – Greasy or Not?

1 – Christopher F. – Celery Suckers

Engineering

Honorable Mention:

Mikey M. – Trembling Towers

3 – Leslie C. – Shaping Up

2 – Sean H. – Keeping Your Suspension

1 – Will P. – London Bridges Falling Down

Microbiology

3 – Emily S. – Grow, Mold, Grow!

2 – Caitlyln L. – Do Green Bags Work?

1 – Danyelle R.r – Anti-bacterial Lights

Earth/Space

3 – Dominic C. – Salt: Reason for the Season

1 – Olivia R. – Where’s the Beach?

Mathematics

Honorable Mention:

Maura M.u – Colors, Colors, Everywhere

2 – Lauren M. – Tune It Up

Computer Science

2 – Amber M. – Camera, Light, Type

1 – Alysha D. – The Mysterious Memory Thief

We wish the winners every success as they prepare to advance to the diocesan level science fair to be held on Saturday, April 24th.

Professional Development Day ~ No School on Friday

On Friday our teachers will be participating in a diocesan-wide day of professional development.  For this reason, there will be no classes or Extended Day Program on Friday, March 12th.  The focus of the professional development day will be twofold: an overview of assessment strategies in the classroom and further development of curriculum maps.

Statewide Tornado Drill

At the invitation of our governor, on Tuesday, March 16th All Saints will participate in a statewide tornado drill at 9:45 a.m.  This drill will provide an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to practice our emergency response in the event of an unstable weather pattern.

VIRTUS Update Training Sessions

One of the diocesan requirements regarding the safe environment initiative is that of annual VIRTUS training.  Through attendance at the 30 minute video 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. While there is no need to register on-line for this session, for planning purposes please contact 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)

5th Annual Race for Education

Packets of information regarding the Race for Education were distributed to students last week.  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.

Points for Parents Correction

Parents serving as Scout Troop leaders are eligible to earn 60 Points, rather than 30 as previously published in school materials.

Schedule of Lenten Confessions Schedule for Stations of the Cross

6th Grade ~ Monday, March 15th Grades 3-5             Friday, March 19th (2:15 p.m.)

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!

Spirit News ~ Coming Up

Bowl America on this 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

Captain Pell’s Crabhouse on Friday, March 26 from 2 to 11 pm. Mr. and Mrs. Pell have graciously offered to host an All Saints Spirit Event at their restaurant. Come eat a delicious Lenten meal and support All Saints School at the same time. Captain Pell’s Crabhouse is located at 10195 Fairfax Blvd in Fairfax, VA, 22030. The phone number is 703-560-0060.  The offer is good for both dining in and carryout. Just mention that you are from All Saints when you pay your bill and 10% of the proceeds will be donated to the PTO.  If you have any questions, please call Cathy Pell at 703-369-1901 or email atcspell5@msn.com.  Captain Pell’s menu is available at http://www.captainpell.com/.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, March 11th VIRTUS Video Training Update (Mtg. Room 1 @ 2:00 p.m.)

Friday, March 12th Holiday ~ Diocesan Professional Development Day

Registration Deadline for New Students

Spirit Activity: Bowl America (12:00-7:00 p.m.)

Saturday, March 13th VIRTUS Training ~ 4 Hour Live Training for New Volunteers (9:00 a.m.)

Monday, March 15th Sacrament of Reconciliation ~ 6th Grade

FACTS Deadline for Tuition Assistance Applications

Tuesday, March 16th Race for Education Mailing Labels due

Statewide Tornado Drill (9:45 a.m.)

Wednesday, March 17th Sacrament of Reconciliation ~ 7th Grade

Links

Bowl America Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/03/2010-03-12BowlAmerica.jpg

Noodles and Company Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/03/2010-3-19NoodlesandCompany.jpg

Captain Pell’s Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/03/2010-3-26CaptainPells.jpg