The Sentinel – Volume 10, Issue 30

Message from the Principal

Next week all students in grades two through seven will participate in the Terra Nova standardized testing program.  As the week of testing quickly draws near, now is the time for us to complete the final “warm-up routines”.  Teachers have provided opportunities for a review of basic skills in the classroom and have been guiding the students through practice tests to familiarize them with the format and the process of “bubbling” answers. For parents interested in providing additional practice at home, there are a number of websites that provide opportunities for review and practice of basic skills.  A simple search using the keywords “Terra Nova” and “practice tests” will yield a number of sites that provide practice tests, games and activities related to math and language arts for specific grade levels.

Again this year, we wish to approach next week’s testing with the perspective that it is a weeklong celebration of learning. In an effort to reduce any unnecessary stress for the students, teachers will not be scheduling any classroom tests or projects for the week of testing.  Additionally, teachers in grades two through seven will assigning little to no homework throughout the week.

Students in grades 5 & 8 will also participate in the ACRE testing program, an assessment that measures each student’s understanding of their faith.  This testing will occur within the context of regularly scheduled religion classes.

The following is a list of test-taking tips that you may find helpful in preparing your son or daughter for the upcoming test.

Test-Taking Tips

1)       Reassure your child that he or she does not have to answer all the questions correctly to pass.  It is not expected that students answer every question correctly.

2)       Tell your child to attempt to answer all of the questions and not to leave any blanks.  There is no penalty for guessing.

3)       Remind your child that the test is important.

4)       Explain to your child the importance of using time wisely.  If your child gets stuck on a question, encourage him or her to make the best guess or place a mark in the test booklet by that item and to return to it after finishing that section of the test.

5)       Make certain your child gets a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast before taking the test.

6)       Try to make the morning of the test a pleasant one.  Avoid stress.

7)       Be sure that your child arrives on time the day of the test.

8)       Remind your child to listen carefully to the instructions from the teacher and to read the directions and each question carefully.

9)       Encourage your child to stay focused on the test, even if other students finish early.

***Important Parent Survey Regarding Afternoon Dismissal***

In order to best serve our families at dismissal, we need to update our carpool information.  Please complete the questionnaire coming home with you children today and return it to your child’s teacher by Friday, April 16th.  Although each child will be bringing home a copy of the survey, only one copy of the survey per family is needed.  A copy of the questionnaire is also being linked to this newsletter.  Thank you for your assistance by providing this information.

10th Annual Golf Tournament ~ Evergreen Country Club

On Monday, May 17th All Saints Parish will host the 10th Annual Golf Tournament at Evergreen Golf & Country Club in Haymarket, Virginia. The monies raised through the Golf Tournament will be used to support the work of the PTO, an organization that enhances the programs and facilities of All Saints Catholic School through annual fundraising initiatives. The financial contributions of individuals and businesses over the last several years have funded major projects in our school, such as the installation of a state-of-the-art computer lab and media center, a new playground, and an interactive electronic whiteboard in every classroom, Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade.

As a first-class fundraiser that is being promoted in the surrounding community, the tournament provides a wonderful opportunity for local businesses to advertise their goods/services.  For more information about corporate sponsorship and ticket information, please visit us online at www.AllSaintsGolf.com. You may also email us at info@allsaintsgolf.com or contact Jim Switzer at 571-330-8381.

Virtue of the Month ~ Stewardship/Service

1.           Do random acts of kindness every day.

2.           Always be there to help a classmate or a teacher who needs you.

3.           Take care of all classroom furniture, books and papers.

4.           Take care of your library book and return it on time.

5.           Don’t waste paper.  Use both sides.

6.           Pick up paper, pencils, and items you see on the ground inside and outside, EVEN IF YOU DID NOT DROP THEM.  Put them in their proper place.

7.           Put all papers, cans, and bottles in the proper recycling bin.  Never throw away something that can be recycled, both at home and at school.

8.           Find ways to help at home BEFORE you are asked.  Examples: make your bed, clear the table, walk the dog, read to a little brother or sister, clean up your mess, take out the trash.

9.           Treat all nature with respect. (Flowers, grass, trees, water, pets, wild animals.)

10.         Help all people in need, especially those less fortunate than yourself.  Give food, clothes, and money to the poor. Smile at someone who looks sad.  Pray for all people in need around the world.

Prayer of the Month

Dear God,

Thank you so much for this wonderful day. Thanks for the friends who showed me the way.

Please help me today in all that I do, and don’t forget God, how much I love you!

End of Year Calendar

Field Day ~ Monday, June 7th (Linton Hall School)

Final Day for Pre-Kindergarten ~ Thursday, May 27th

8th Grade Graduation ~ Friday, June 11th (7:00 p.m.)

Kindergarten Luau ~ Monday, June 14th

Kindergarten Program & Final Day ~ Tuesday, June 15th (10:00 a.m.)

Final Day for Grades 1-7 ~ Wednesday, June 16th (10:30 a.m. dismissal)

Faculty Member to serve on DFE Visiting Team

For the remainder of the week, Mrs. Vice will be serving on the Design for Excellence Visiting Team at Holy Cross Academy in Fredericksburg.  We congratulate her on being selected for this important role and wish her every success during the experience.

Kindergarten Screening

The Early Prevention of School Failure Screening for Kindergarten applicants will take place on Monday, April 26th and Monday, May 3rd.  In order that the teachers may be available to administer the assessment, there will be no Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten classes on these two days.

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

One of the hallmarks of our school community is the high level of parent involvement that has helped the school achieve many goals in recent years.  As in the past, each family at All Saints has been asked to earn 60 volunteer points over the course of the current school year.  Those who are unable to do so are asked to submit a check at the conclusion of the year for any outstanding points that remain.  (1 point = $3.00)  As we begin the fourth quarter, parents are reminded to update their “points total” so that the database accurately reflects their contributions over the course of the entire year.

At the beginning of May, the office will issue individualized letters to each family, confirming the number of points reflected in the school database. For this reason, we ask that those families who have not recently updated the database do so by Friday, April 30th. Those families who have not earned the required 60 points will be assessed a corresponding fee at a rate of $3.00 per point and asked to submit payment by the close of May.

Mass with Bishop Loverde ~ Rescheduled ~REMINDER

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.  All school families and friends are cordially invited to join us for this special time of prayer and thanksgiving.

4th Grade “Celebration of America” Mini Concert

“A Celebration of America – a concert of American folk tunes and patriotic favorites featuring All Saints 4th Graders at the outdoor entertainment venue @ this year’s Parish Festival!

When: Saturday, April 24, 2010, 2:15-2:45 pm

Where: the back parking lot of the school across from the gym entrance.

Please have children arrive no later than 2 pm wearing jeans and a red, white, blue, or other kind of patriotic shirt.  Join us for this exciting oppotunity in celebrating our children, our Parish, our School, and our country! Questions may be directed to Miss Dalusung: ndalusung@allsaintsva.org

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.  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:              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 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!

Race for Education

Thanks to your great participation, the Race for Education mailed 5300 mailers! This is one of the largest amounts we’ve ever mailed.   We sent mailers to all 50 states as well as Canada, India, France, Ireland, Philippines, and Puerto Rico.  The responses are already coming in and we need  volunteers to help process the mailers.  If you would be interested in helping process the mailers please fill out the volunteer form linked below.

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.  Click on link below for the flyer with more details.

Paul VI Catholic High School

§         Preview to High School ~ A special Invitation to Parents of 6th & 7th Grade Students.  Explore the merits of a Catholic High School Education.  Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.  Meet our Principal, Administration, Faculty and Students.  Get a jump start on your future.  See for yourself what makes PVI a special place.  Reserve your place at (703)352-0925 ext. 331 or ehanley@paulvi.net.

§         CASINO NIGHT 2010  “PANTHER ALL-STAR CASINO NIGHT” ~ Wear your favorite player’s or team jersey and join us for an evening of fun, friendship, gambling, food and drink on Saturday, May 1 at 7pm in the Activity Center. Register at www.paulvi.net – click Casino Night, print and mail in the registration form, or click on the 2nd pair of RED DICE to register on line.  For additional information, please contact Suzanne Knight at suzanneknight@verizon.net or Katy Mahoney at kmahoney@eckertseamans.com.

§         Paul VI Football “Mulch Madness Sale, Sunday, April 25, 2010 from 12:30 – 5:30pm. – 3.0 cu ft per bag of West Virginia, Pesticide –Free Hardwood Mulch – Cost:  $4.00 per bag for pick-up at Paul VI or $5.00 per bag delivered to your house, minimum 5 bag delivery. To order:  Please call Susan Underwood at 703-980-1795 or email orders tosaunderwood@cox.net

§         Paul VI Girls Summer Lacrosse Camp- July 19-23

Camp is for rising 2nd through 9th graders. 9-1pm at PVI High School Track field.  $150 per camper.  Registration form at:http://www.paulvi.net/athletics/2010GirlsLacrosseCamp.pdf For more info email: pvigirlslaxcamp@gmail.com

§         PVI CLASS OF 2014 ~ The Music Man is coming to Paul VI Catholic High School on April 16th, 17th, and 18th, and we would like to invite all incoming PVI freshmen to join the excitement. There’s trouble in River City when con man Harold Hill shows up selling boys bands to unsuspecting families in The Music Man, one of Broadway’s most famous musical comedies. Shows start at 7:30 on April 16th and 17th, and 2:00 on April 18th.   Students in the Class of 2014 who bring this email will get in free; others may buy tickets at the door, or online at www.paulvi.net.   The cast includes all your favorite PVI actors, plus, the singing talents of four of our faculty, Mr. Moore (Latin), Mr. O’Leary (Math), Dr. Rozmajzl (Science), and Mr. Vittes (Spanish) as the Barbershop Quartet.  Meet your future classmates, and maybe a teacher or two at this very special show.  You won’t want to miss it!

§         Check out PVI Website for more Camp Brochures.  Go to the PVI website under Current Students & Parent link.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 15th VIRTUS Update Training (FKH/8:30 a.m.)

3rd Quarter Report Cards sent home

Friday, April 16th 2nd & 8th Grade Prayer Service (2:15 p.m.)

Saturday, April 17th 8th Grade Confirmation (10:00 a.m.)

Monday, April 19th Week of Terra Nova Testing

8th Grade Trip to Philadephia (6:45 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.)

Thursday, April 22nd School Council Meeting ~ cancelled

Friday, April 23rd Holiday ~ Parish Festival Prep Day

Saturday, April 24th Parish Festival (4th Grade Performance: 2:15-2:45 p.m.)

Diocesan Science Fair

Links

4   Afternoon Dismissal Questionnaire ~  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/04/pm-dismissal.pdf

4   Race for Education Volunteer Form ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/04/2010-race-for-education-volunteer.pdf

4   Cake Walk Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/04/2010-cake-walk.pdf