The Sentinel – Volume 10, Issue 28

Message from the Principal

This week I wish to share with you important news about changes in staffing for the upcoming school year.  Mr. Richardson, middle school math teacher, has decided that he will not return to teach at All Saints next year.  While he continues to recover from surgery and remains in good health at this time, he has decided to pursue other opportunities during the 2010-2011 academic year.

I am pleased to announce that Miss Joanna McCullough will be the new middle school math teacher at All Saints beginning in August.  During the current year, she has served as fourth grade teacher and, as such, is already familiar with diocesan and school procedures.  As you may recall, Miss McCullough joined the All Saints faculty last summer after graduating from Franciscan University with an undergraduate degree in education and a concentration in middle school math and social studies. After speaking with and interviewing a number of candidates, I recognize Miss McCullough as the best candidate and the one who will take the program to new heights.  Her mastery of the curriculum, coupled with her demonstrated ability to engage all of the learners in her classroom, will further advance the program and our students’ understanding of math.

I am equally pleased to share with you that Miss Michele Ritner will be assuming the role of 4th grade teacher for the upcoming year.  Miss Ritner, a graduate of All Saints Catholic School and a former long-term substitute teacher in our program, is also already well acquainted with our mission and culture.  She is currently completing her student teaching experience in the Prince William County School system and will be graduating with a Masters in Education from James Madison University later this spring.  It is a great joy for our school community to be able to welcome back one of our former students as she begins her career in education!

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Last month I met with several students in our fifth grade program regarding their idea for raising money in support of earthquake relief in Haiti.  I was inspired by their thoughtfulness and their commitment to making a difference.  The following is a message they have written to be shared with the school community.  Additional details regarding their sale of bracelets can be found on the attached flyer and order form.

Students are encouraged to purchase and wear the Haiti Bracelets throughout the season of Easter, a time during which we celebrate new life and the hope which is found in the Resurrection of our Savior.

Hope for Haiti Bracelets: My name is Josephine and I am a student in 5B. My friends, Alison, Katie, Megan, and I are trying to raise money to support and rebuild Haiti. We want to help end the pain and suffering caused by the earthquake. We will be selling “Haiti” bracelets for $2.00. All of the money we make will be sent to Catholic Relief Services’ “Helping Hands for Haiti” fund. We hope that you will contribute to this cause. The order forms will be due on March 31st.   May God Bless.

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And speaking of acts of kindness….Included with this week’s newsletter are photos from a recent event hosted by 6th grade families.  Although the gathering was not a school-sponsored event, the fact that more than a dozen of our middle school students gathered together to sort donations for the Medical Missionaries and to enjoy each others company is indeed a wonderful story. Thank you to those parents who organized this effort, providing the students an opportunity to foster school spirit while working together to make a difference for others.  I am very proud of these students for their generosity and goodness!

Important Reminder: Easter Holiday Revised ~ Make Up Days

Due to the inclement weather during February, All Saints will be open on Thursday, April 8th and Friday, April 9th.  These two days will fulfill the requirement for us to make up days lost to instructional time due to inclement weather.

PTO Executive Board ~ Nomination Process

Attached to this week’s newsletter is a message from the PTO Nomination Committee outlining both the job descriptions and process associated with the annual election of PTO officers.  All parents are encouraged to review this information and to consider possible participation as leaders of the PTO.

3rd Grade Holy Week Recorder Concert & Presentation!

Wednesday March 31, 2010 12:45- 1:15 p.m. (FKH) ~ Friends and Family are most welcome to attend this short presentation: the students will share the songs they have learned on the recorder as well as some recitations they have been working on in homerooms.

Mass with Bishop Loverde ~ Rescheduled.

The mass in celebration of our school’s recognition as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 13th at 10:00 a.m.  We are pleased to welcome Bishop Loverde who has graciously offered to reschedule the Mass after the first one was cancelled due to the blizzard.  All school families and friends are cordially invited to join us for this special time of prayer and thanksgiving.

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

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

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! ~ Captain Pell’s Crabhouse on Friday, March 26 from 2 to 11 pm. It’s a crab and seafood fest! 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.  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. 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 school.  If you have any questions, please call Cathy Pell at 703-369-1901 or email at; Their menu is available at

Hope for Haiti Bracelets

My name is Josephine B. and I am a student in 5B.  My friends, Alison, Katie, Megan, and I are trying to raise money to support and rebuild Haiti.  We want to help end the pain and suffering caused by the earthquake.  We will be selling “Haiti” bracelets for $2.00.  All of the money we make will be sent to Catholic Relief Services’ “Helping Hands for Haiti” fund.  We hope that you will contribute to this cause.  The order forms will be due on March 31st.  May God Bless.

The Cake Walk is Coming!

The Parish Festival will be held on Friday April 23rd and Saturday April 24th.  This is an annual event staffed by parish organizations.  All Saints School families will once again staff the famous cakewalk at the Festival this year.  As many of you know the cake walk is one of the most visited and exciting games at the festival, and raises a lot of money for the parish.  It is a great opportunity for families to earn points and have a lot of fun.  Mark your calendars now and look for more details to come after we return from Easter break! If you have previous experience with the cakewalk and would like to volunteer or have any questions about how you can help, please contact Sue Ferguson at or 703-331-3878.

Have You Ordered a Yearbook?

Celebrate and remember the Blue Ribbon Year at All Saints Catholic School with your own copy of the 2009-10 yearbook. The cost for each book is $21.00. See order form under links at the end of the newsletter. Order your yearbook today!! 

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, March 24th Peace & Justice Players Lenten Soup Luncheon

Thursday, March 25th Manassas Museum Presentation to 4th Grade

Friday, March 26th National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony (1:30 p.m.)

Spirit Activity: Captain Pell’s (2:00-11:00 p.m.)

8th Grade Confirmation Retreat

Monday, March 29th Spring Photos ~ Individuals & Class Pictures

Tuesday, March 30th PTO Executive Board Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, March 31st 3rd Grade Recorder Concert (FKH/12:45-1:15 p.m.)

Thursday, April 1st Holy Thursday

Prayer Service (church/9:30 a.m.)

7th Grade Passion Play (gym/10:45 a.m.)

Noon Dismissal

End of 3rd Quarter

Friday, April 2nd Holiday ~ Good Friday

Monday, April 5th Holiday

Tuesday, April 6th Holiday

Wednesday, April 7th Holiday

Thursday, April 8th Classes Resume ~ Snow Day Make Up Day #1

Friday, April 9th Snow Day Make Up Day #2

Items going home with each student today~

  • Spring Picture Order Forms
  • Spotlight on the Arts ~ 2010 Summer Camps (also available on the school website)


§         PTO Nominations Letter 2010 ~

§         Yearbook Order Form ~

§         Photos from Medical Missionaries Volunteer Event ~

§         Hope for Haiti Bracelet Order Form ~

§         Spirit Event Flyer for Captain Pell’s ~