The Sentinel – Volume 10, Issue 31

Message from the Principal

Congratulations to the members of our 8th grade class who were confirmed on Saturday.  We rejoice in their commitment to their faith and welcome them as full members of our Church! Let us pray that the outpouring of the Spirit experienced in this Sacrament will continue to inspire and guide our students in the years ahead.

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This week I wish to share with you the results of the Bullying Survey completed by parents and students during the first semester.  I wish to first thank Mrs. Karcher, school counselor, for all of the time and energy she invested in this important project.  I also want to thank Mr. and Mrs. Bill for tabulating the results and organizing the data.  A summary report of the survey is linked to this week’s newsletter.

In general, I am pleased with the results and believe that we are making progress regarding this important challenge.  The statistics compiled by Mrs. Karcher confirm that All Saints is a place where the majority of students feel safe.  I attribute much of this to the fact that the staff has been proactive in helping the students develop healthy, positive relationships and responsive when needs or concerns have arisen.

While the responses of many confirm that bullying is not a significant problem at All Saints, it remains a very real challenge for those who encounter instances of teasing and bullying.  As long as one case of bullying exists, there is work to be done.

As such, these survey results are not an endpoint, but rather a benchmark to better help us measure progress in the years ahead.  Maintaining an environment of respect remains one of our top priorities at All Saints, one towards which we continue to direct focused effort and resources.  To this end, we will issue one more bullying survey prior to the close of the year.  It is our plan to distribute this second survey electronically, enabling us to more efficiently compile the data.  You will also note from the report provided by Mrs. Karcher that there are additional strategies we have identified for the upcoming year.  Combined with the measures already in place, I am hopeful that we will continue to make steady progress in establishing a “bully free zone” at All Saints.

Thank you, parents, faculty & staff, for continuing to instill in the children the virtues of respect and kindness!

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I am pleased to announce this week that Mrs. Janis DeVore will serve as the Director of Marketing & Development beginning with the 2010-2011 school year.  Having served as the Coordinator of the emerging program, she has demonstrated tremendous effectiveness in communicating the success story of All Saints to the surrounding community.  While continuing to serve as the point person for our marketing and development efforts, she will also coordinate the new Enrollment Management Initiative.  Through this program, it is our goal to implement strategic year-round strategies in support of student recruitment and retention.

We congratulate Mrs. DeVore on this promotion and thank her for the good work she has already begun. Through her efforts directed at advancing our mission, she will help to ensure that the gift of Catholic education remains available for future generations of children at All Saints.

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A Glimpse Ahead: The New Carpool System …Details next week…

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.

Race for Education ~ Schedule for Redemption of Prize Cards

Thanks to the students and parents of All Saints, our school mailed 5,300 letters requesting financial support for the 5th Annual Race for Education.  Prize Cards have already been distributed to students who met the criteria and may be redeemed according to the following schedule:

Tuesday, April 27th Students may begin redeeming Free Pretzel Cards
Thursday, April 29th Students may begin redeeming Free Ice Cream Cards
Tuesday, May 4th Designated Dress-Down Day
Tuesday, May 18th Deisgnated Dress-Down Day
Tuesday, May 25th Designated Dress-Down Day

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)

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.

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 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!

Alumni Ambassador Program

All Saints is excited to announce the launch of a new alumni initiative called the Alumni Ambassador Program which will encourage alumni to come back to All Saints to work with current students or assist faculty/staff with special projects. Information about the program will be included on the school website, in the All Saints parish bulletin, and in the next issue of The Sentinel. Annette Lewis will be coordinating with the faculty to determine areas in which assistance is needed, and Janis DeVore will be the contact person for alumni who are interested in participating in the program. Below is a write-up regarding the program:

Are you a former All Saints Catholic School student? Are you interested in gaining service hours by supporting your alma mater?

Would you like experience working in a school setting? Join All Saints new Alumni Ambassador Program and you can assist faculty with special projects or share your knowledge with current All Saints students. Assist with reading groups in the younger classrooms or provide tutoring assistance for students in Extended Day. Help Mrs. Lewis organize costumes or design eye-popping bulletin boards. Many opportunities are available!

To participate in this exciting new program, please visit our website at www.allsaintsvaschool.org and click on the Alumni/Development tab or contact Janis DeVore at (703) 368-4400 x 212. Stay connected through All Saints new Alumni Ambassador Program!

~ A Special Note of Thanks ~

To Our All Saints Family,

As many of you know our family has welcomed the very early arrival of our new son, Samuel David.  He was born March, 19th, two months premature and weighed just two pounds and ten ounces.  Samuel has been in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Prince William Hospital since his arrival.  During this time we have received an abundance of delicious meals and wonderful gifts.  We are so grateful to those who have provided these things and for the thoughts and prayers of everyone.  This has been a very busy, stressful, and difficult time for us and the help we have received has made things much more manageable.  We have been truly blessed by the amount of help we have received from various families here at All Saints.  While writing this Thank You, I struggle to find the right words to show the measure of our gratitude.  We never expected so many people to come together for our family and are amazed by everyone’s generosity.  My mother, K-1 teacher, Mrs. Vice has always told us how wonderful and thoughtful the All Saints Community is, and now that we are on the receiving end we are still in awe.  We want to thank everyone in our All Saints Family we appreciate everything you’ve done for us.

God Bless,

Monica, Linwood, Noah and Samuel Parsons

Cafeteria Change for Thursday, April 22nd

The cafeteria will not be offering egg salad sandwiches on white bread.  Pepperoni Pizza will be the only option for purchasing lunch on Thursday. 

Cake Walk Reminder

Thanks to everyone who is volunteering time or cakes for the Parish Festival this weekend.  Just a reminder that if you signed up to bring a cake, you can drop them any time Friday in MRS. CUMMINGS’ room (NOTE: this is different from the Sunday bulletin).  We still have a few time slots open – especially in the 5pm-7pm timeframe on Saturday.  If you can help out, please contact Sue Ferguson at sferguson1@comcast.net or 703-331-3878.

Race for Education

The Race for Education is quickly approaching and we are in need of volunteers for the day of the race. The entire school will participate on Thursday, May 6th. Volunteers will help track the children’s laps and pass out water, both which can be done while you are cheering your child on. The schedule for the race is:

Grades Pre-K1, PK2, K & 1                  8:45 to 9:45 a.m.

Grades 2-3                                             10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Grades 6-8                                             12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Grades Pre-K3, 4-5                               1:45 to 2:45 p.m.

If you would like to help out with this event please contact Marjorie Collins at 703-365-9686 or marjorie@ocfmail.com.  This is a great opportunity for parents to earn those last few Points for Parents!

Announcements from the PTO

The next PTO General Assembly Meeting will be held on Monday April 26th 7:30pm. Please join us for our last PTO General Assembly Meeting of the year on Monday April 26 at 7:30pm in the school gym.  We will be discussing our newest fundraising ideas as well as recapping the years events.  Also, meet the candidates for the PTO Executive Board elections.  The Uniform Exchange will also take place. If you have any questions, please contact Joan Coleman atjcoleman02@comcast.net.

LOST & FOUND ~ Please collect any lost articles from the lost and found bin by Friday April 23rd.  Any articles not claimed will be added to the PTO Uniform Exchange.  For questions regarding the uniform exchange, please contact Debbie Street atstreetfamily3@aol.com.

Paul VI Catholic High School ~ Preview to High School

A Special Invitation to Parents of 6th and 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.

Bishop O’Connell Catholic High School ~ Preview for 7th Graders

Just starting to explore your high school options?  Join us for an hour to find out more about what Bishop O’Connell has to offer.  You’ll hear from current students and their parents, teachers and the director of admissions.  Learn about academic offerings, extracurricular opportunities and the application process.  When? 5 PM – 6 PM, Saturday, April 24, Upper Gym, Bishop O’Connell High School. Students attending will receive a free pass for their families to attend the Festival of the Arts which will be held from 6 – 9 PM!  You do not need to RSVP — we’ll see you there!  Questions may be directed to Mary McAlevy, Director of Admissions, at 703-237-1433.

Upcoming Events

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

Monday, April 26th EPSF Kindergarten Screening ~ No PreK or K classes

SCA sponsored Pennies for Love project begins

Terra Nova Make Up Day

VIRTUS Video Update (Library/7:00 p.m.)

PTO General Assembly Meeting (Gym/7:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, April 27th Terra Nova Make Up Day

Principal for a Day, Lance Coleman (Auction Winner)

Gold Medal Readers Celebration (1:15 p.m.)

Wednesday, April 28th Earth Day Celebration, sponsored by the SCA

Dress Down Day

Earth Hour ~ limited use of electricity (1:45-2:45 p.m.)

Links

§         Summary of Bullying Survey ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/04/Student_Survey_on_Bullying.pdf

§         Earth Day Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/04/EarthDay2010.pdf

§         Pennies for Love Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/04/PenniesforLove2010.pdf