The Sentinel – Volume 10, Issue 33

Message from the Principal

After observing the first two days of our new afternoon dismissal, I am very pleased with the progress we are making.  Again, I wish to thank all parents and guardians for their careful attention to the details.  With all of us working together, we have implemented a complex new system with minimal disruption.  I also want to congratulate Mrs. Campagna and the faculty on a job very well done.  Through their dedication and commitment to “getting it right”, they have successfully designed and implemented an effective new carpool system for our community.  What an outstanding team they are!

For the past several days we have been blessed with dry weather, providing ideal conditions for introducing the new program. Now that everyone is familiar with the new procedures and we have experienced a level of success, it is important that we turn our focus to the process for “rainy day dismissal”.

The good news is that the process for “rainy day” dismissal is nearly identical to that of our “regular” dismissal.  Parents are asked to park in the same assigned bays and the traffic patterns will remain the same.  The one change is that the students will not gather in lines for carpool pick up.  Rather, parents will be asked to stand directly in front of the row of cars in which their vehicles are parked.  The students will exit the building in an orderly fashion and look for their parents standing at the front of a row in their assigned bay.  Once they see their parents, the students will walk directly to them across the parking lot.  Faculty members will be present to monitor this process and there will be an assigned staff member on both sides of the building to gather and supervise those students who do not immediately see their parents.

On Friday of this week, All Saints will host it’s first “rainy day simulation” to provide both parents and students an opportunity to practice this new procedure.  This will also allow us to review the process and make any needed adjustments prior to any inclement weather.

The additional good news is that if this works ~ and I have every confidence that it will ~ the calling of numbers over the PA system will be a thing of the past.  At the end of the day, I believe we will have identified a system that is predictable and easier to execute regardless of weather conditions.  Thanks for your continued support and patience during the transition!

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Linked to this week’s newsletter is an important memo from our Superintendent, Sr. Bernadette McManigal regarding a recent voluntary recall of more than 40 over-the-counter medications for infants and children.  Please take a moment to review the list of attached medications and to review the guidance provided by the Office of Catholic Schools.  Should you have any questions about this recall or need to replace medications you have provided to our clinic, please contact Mrs. Sniffen at 703-368-4400.

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Tomorrow all of the students at All Saints will participate in the 5th Annual Race for Education. As the largest fundraiser for the school community, the Race provides important financial support for initiatives that would otherwise be beyond reach.

The following are a list of important reminders for all students and parents regarding Thursday’s event.

1)       All students in grades K-8 are asked to wear their P.E. uniforms to school on Thursday.  Students enrolled in the Pre-K are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing appropriate for running.

2)       While all students will be participating in the Race for Education activities, only those students who brought in sponsor names or a flat donation will be eligible for prizes.

3)       Students need not bring water bottles to the Race for Education.  Two water stations will be available to students throughout the race.

4)       Students who are absent on Thursday will be able to run a later date.

5)       Lunch will be served in the cafeteria at the regularly scheduled time.

The schedule for Thursday’s Race is as follows.  We hope that many of you will be able to join us for a wonderful day of fun and fellowship!

Grades Pre-K, 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.

As of today, the counting team has already processed more than $19,300 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

It is not too late to volunteer to assist with the event.  If you would like to help, please contact Mrs. Marjorie Collins at 703-365-9686. This is a great opportunity for parents to show support for the school and at the same time earn Points for Parents!  Please plan to join us for what promises to be a great day of fun and fellowship!

“Blue Ribbon Mass” with Bishop Loverde

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.

Retirement Mass for Mrs. Evans

In appreciation for all that she has done for our community and in celebration of her years of service, the school and parish are cordially invited to attend a Retirement Mass in Honor of Mrs. Evans on Thursday, June 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in the church.

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 ~ Peacemaking

To foster the virtue of peacemaking, we will encourage the students to adopt the following practices:

  1. Be kind to all you meet today.
  2. Make peace with others at the end of the school day.
  3. Stay calm no matter what happens to you today.
  4. Say part of St. Francis’ Peace Prayer to yourself today.
  5. Apologize the minute you know that you have offended someone.
  6. Do an extra act of kindness for your family tonight.
  7. Take care of your family pet without complaining.
  8. Make peace with family members before going to sleep.
  9. Be a peacemaker.  Calm your friends while playing games.
  10. Greet your neighbor politely.
  11. Say a prayer for peace throughout the world.

Prayer of the Month ~ Peace Prayer

Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.

Lord, let me help sad people be happy.

Let me forgive those who hurt me.

And let me bring your love to all.

Amen

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 next VIRTUS update training has been scheduled for Saturday, May 22nd (Meeting Room 1 @ 10:30 a.m.)

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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, May 4th Designated Dress-Down Day

Tuesday, May 18th Designated 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)

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

Within the next week the office will issue individualized letters to each family, confirming the number of points reflected in the school database and a corresponding fee for unearned points.  Families are asked to submit payment for outstanding points by Friday, May 28th

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!

Come join us for lunch at Chick-Fil-A next Monday, May 10th after the noon dismissal. Invite your friends, carpool buddies and anyone whom you want to visit with while your children play with their friends. Bring the flyer and the school will receive 15% of the sales. Chick-Fil-A is located off of Rt 28 near the Super Target at 9939 Sowder Village Square, Manassas, VA 20109 703 365-9292.

Make plans now for swimming at the Freedom Center on Friday, May 21st from 3:30-9 pm. All swimmers pay only $4. This was a great event last year and we had nearly the whole place to ourselves. Come join the fun in the leisure pool with the dumping buckets, slide down the water slide or jump off the diving board. There’s something for everyone! No RSVP required. Please bring the flyer and turn it in at the front desk when you pay. Reminder, no food is allowed at the Freedom Center so plan accordingly. The Freedom Center is located at 10900 University Blvd, Manassas, VA 20110 703 993-8444.

Basketball Camps

4Paul VI Boys & Girls Summer Basketball Camps: June 21 – 24 / July 12 – 16 / July 26-30.  Space is available.  Please contact Scott Allen to register at coachsallen@aol.com or 703-856-7157

4St Leo The Great Mini-Hoopster Camps. June 28 – July 1 / July 19 – 22.  All Rising First Graders – Rising 3rd Graders.

$100.00 per session or $175.00 for both.  Boys Session 9 am – 12 pm / Girls Session 1 pm – 4 pm.

Please Contact Scott Allen at coachsallen@aol.com /703-856-7157 to sign up

Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 6th 5th Annual Race for Education

Friday, May 7th School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

May Crowning, immediately following Mass

Graduation & First Communion Photos (9:45 a.m.)

Saturday, May 8th First Communion (10:30 a.m.)

Monday, May 10th Noon Dismissal ~ Professional Development (Curriculum Mapping)

Spirit Activity: Chick Fil-A (see link for details)

Tuesday, May 11th 8th Grade Foreign Language Exam

Battle of the Books

Band Concert (Gym/7:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 12th 7th Grade Field Trip to National Art Gallery

Thursday, May 13th Blue Ribbon Mass with the Bishop (10:00 a.m.)

Friday, May 14th Band Trip to Hershey Park

Great Ghost Chase at Linton Hall School for members of the Running Club

Noon Dismissal

Links

§  Voluntary Medication Recall Notice for 40 Over the Counter Medications  ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/05/McNeilRecall.pdf

§  Spirit Event Flyer for Chick-Fil-A ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/05/2010-5-10-Chick-Fil-A.jpg

§  Spirit Event Flyer for Freedom Center ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/05/2010-05-21FreedomCenter.jpg

§  Cat.Chat Live coming to St. John the Evangelist Catholic School, Sat., May 22 at 1:00 p.m. (see flyer for details) ~http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/05/catchatflyer.pdf