The Sentinel – Volume 10, Issue 34

Message from the Principal

It has been a joy and a privilege to observe our second grade students receiving their First Communion over the course of the past two weeks.  I am so proud of each of them and our school community rejoices in their reception of this Sacrament for the first time.  May they always be as close to Jesus as they are at this moment!  I wish to thank our second grade teachers, Mrs. Cummings and Mrs. Evans, for so beautifully preparing the children.  Through their teaching and by their example they inspire the children to grow in their faith each day.

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Thank you to all parents and guardians for your support of the new dismissal system.  More than one week into the routine, the revised process seems to be working well.  With this said, we invite any feedback that you wish to offer in helping us to further refine the system.  The summer time will provide us an opportunity to make “minor adjustments” as we plan for the 2010-2011 academic year.

A couple of reminders in regards to parking:

It is very important that school parents refrain from parking in the spaces reserved for members of the clergy.  (The parking spaces reserved for the priests and deacons are located adjacent to the parish office building, directly in front of the school.)  By the nature of their ministry, the priests and deacons need to be able to quickly come and go as they respond to the needs of the parish community, most especially emergency calls.

Many of the parish staff park in the area just behind those spaces reserved for the clergy, directly adjacent to Bay 1.  While the lot is not identified as reserved for parish staff, given the fact that they too have varying hours that sometimes extend into the late evening, I would like to request that school parents and volunteers refrain from parking in this lot as well.  All visiting parents are asked to park in the lot directly in front of the construction site.

In advance, thank you for your cooperation with these requests.  As members of an exceptionally large and vibrant community, it is important that we do our part to maintain an environment of courtesy and respect.

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Once again it was wonderful to see the students running with such spirit at our annual Race for Education!  Their enthusiasm was matched only by that of their parents who cheered them on from the sidelines and in a number of cases, participated in the event.  I wish to again thank all of our donors from across the country and around the globe who so generously contributed to the success of this program.

As of today, the counting team has already processed $24,000. in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

As previously announced, 15% of the proceeds from the event will be sent directly to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.  Again this year, the funds will be earmarked for the fund begun by Catie O’Brien, a Catholic school student from Pennsylvania who died of cancer in January of 2009.  Her wish was to raise enough money to have all of the expenses paid in her name at St. Jude’s Hospital one day a year.

I want to thank Mrs. Beth Ross and Mrs. Marjorie Collins for serving as co-coordinators of our 5th Annual Race for Education. They invested many hours in planning for the big day and continue to volunteer in the school each week, recording and depositing the many contributions.  I am also grateful to the volunteers who worked behind the scenes, processing mailers and assisting on the day of the event.  The many supportive hands assisting with the hole-punching of race cards and water stations helped to insure a safe and enjoyable event for the children, start to finish!

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This year the State of Virginia has implemented several changes related to required immunizations for school attendance.  As these updates are specific to grade levels and affect students at the time of entry or transfer to another school, I have asked our school nurse to compile a summary as a helpful guide to our parent community.  Attached to this week’s newsletter, please find a copy of this document: 2010-2011 New School Physical/Immunization Requirements.  Please give this information careful attention and do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Sniffen should you have any questions about the requirements.

A recent Virginia law requires the state Department of Health to provide parents of rising sixth grade girls with information on HPV and HPV vaccines.  According to this law, schools (including nonpublic schools) are responsible for providing this information to those parents before the end of the current school year.  As such, within the next couple of weeks a letter from the State of Virginia will be forwarded to parents of rising sixth grade girls.  This correspondence will be preceded by a letter from the Virginia Catholic Conference in which the two bishops of our state have provided guidance to parents in making a decision relative to this immunization.

Welcome Miss. Varela ~ New 2nd Grade Teacher

Miss Mary Varela has accepted the position of 2nd grade teacher at All Saints beginning with the 2010-2011 academic year. Miss Varela is a graduate of Canisius College in Buffalo, New York where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in science.  For the past three years she has served as the Kindergarten teacher at Incarnation Catholic School, a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in Sarasota, Florida.  She has training and experience in differentiation of instruction as well as the use of creative drama and literacy centers to enhance the reading and writing program.  Through her knowledge of curriculum, strong organizational skills, and enthusiastic personality, she will be a wonderful addition to the faculty at our school.

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.

Student Outreach ~ Earthquake Relief

Through the generosity of our students, $425.53 has been contributed in support of earthquake relief for Haiti.  Additionally, through the sale of “Haiti Bracelets”, a total of $361.70 has been received in support of this important outreach.  Thank you to Josephine Bennett, Megan Stalker, Katie Walk and Allison Rice for organizing this wonderful project!

Tuition Assistance Program

The Tuition Assistance Committee has completed the process of reviewing the financial analysis provided by FACTS.  All families who have applied for tuition assistance for 2010-2011 should receive a letter of response within the next ten days.

Tuition Discount for Payment in Full

Parents who submit payment in full for 2010-2011 tuition are eligible for a 5% discount if the payment is received in the office no later than 3:00 p.m. on May 28, 2010.  For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at 703-368-4400.

Spring Tuition Payments

As we approach the close of the school year, parents are reminded of the importance of making timely tuition payments.  With the final tuition payment due to the school during May, those families who have recently fallen behind schedule during this time of continued economic challenge are asked to use the first two weeks of June as an opportunity to pay any outstanding tuition or fees.  Please remember, prompt payment of tuition is essential for the school to remain financially strong and to be able to cover the continued expenses of utilities and salaries for our faculty and staff.

Faculty Member to serve on DFE Visiting Team

For the remainder of the week, Mrs. Sweeney will be serving on the Design for Excellence Visiting Team at St. Rita School in Alexandria.  We congratulate her on being selected for this important role and wish her every success during the experience.

“Blue Ribbon Mass” with Bishop Loverde

The mass in celebration of our school’s recognition as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence will take place tomorrow at 10:00 a.m.  All school families and friends are cordially invited to join us for this special time of prayer and thanksgiving.

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

This 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

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.

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.)

All Saints Spring Choral Concert

Join us in the gym on Thursday May 20that 7:30 pm for the All Saints Spring Choral Concert, I’m Gonna Sing when the Spirit Says Sing! – an evening of Spirituals and other “toe-tapping” songs featuring the 5th and 7th grade.

5th and 7th graders should report to the gym at 7:15 pm. Dress code for concert: jean bottoms (capris/long pants- no shorts/skirts), summer uniform shoes/socks, solid color top (any color, no large words/logos across the front please).

Blue Ribbon Outreach for May

In celebration of our Blue Ribbon status we will be collecting items for Birth Right this month.  A list of requested items follows:

Formula-Similac Advnced                    Books, such as What to Expect When You’re Expecting

Diapers                                                   Baby Wipes

Baby Shampoo                                      Baby Lotion

Walmart Gift Cards                                Baby Clothes (0 – 9 mos.) New or gently used.

No clothes larger than 9 mos.

Note: Birthright can not accept furniture, car seats, cribs, swings, baby baths, etc.

Spirit News ~ Coming up!

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.

Drama & Art Camps in Catholic Setting:  Early Bird Discounts!

All Saints in Manassas & St. Mark in Vienna are hosting the Spotlight on the Arts Summer Camps which features one week day camps for youth from Pre-K through 12th grade held at the end of July.  There are a variety of camp offerings including Art Explorer Camp, Arts & Crafts Fun Camp, Drama Bootcamp, and Camp Broadway.  These camps are taught by Catholics with extensive training in their fields in addition to experience working with young people.  There are early bird discounts offered for registrations received in the next few weeks.

To get the brochure on-line go to http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=SpotlightontheArtsCamps2010.pdf or contact Rob Tessier, Camp Director, attessier@allsaintsva.org or 703-393-2141.

Important News from JP the Great High School

First, have you heard? JP is offering summer camps! Rising 6-9th graders are encouraged to discover summer fun in our sports camps and enrichment classes. For more information, please contact Miss Wright: 703-445-0305. Second, ourpreview night for 5 – 7th graders is back! Join us June 2nd from 7-8pm for an open house. Learn more about your new high school! Contact Ms. Cole for more information: 703-445-0300, or visit www.jpthegreat.org.

PVI Girl’s Soccer Camp

Girl’s Summer Soccer Camp at Paul VI Catholic High School. July 5-9th. Ages 7-13. Information and Registration Form available at paulvi.net- athletics-girl’s team- soccer”.

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 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)

Message from Splendid Portraits

The Staff at Splendid Portraits hopes that you are delighted with your Spring Portraits.  If you plan to return any of your Spring Pictures, please return them to the school office.

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!

Upcoming Events

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

4th Quarter Interims

Friday, May 14th Band Trip to Hershey Park (5:45 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.)

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

Noon Dismissal

Monday, May 17th 10th Annual Golf Tournament ~ Evergreen Country Club

SCA Speeches & Election for 2010-2011

Tuesday, May 18th Race for Education Dress Down Day Option

EPSF Kindergarten Screening Parent Meeting (Art Room/7:00)

Wednesday, May 19th SCA sponsored Dress in Red Day for Red Ribbon Celebration

Drug & Alcohol Abuse Presentation, Manassas City Police representative ~ Grades 4-8

Thursday, May 20th Spring Choral Concert ~ Grades 5 & 7 (gym/7:30 p.m.)

Friday, May 21st 4th Grade Field Trip to Mount Vernon

Spirit Activity: Freedom Center (3:30-9:00 p.m.)

Saturday, May 22nd VIRTUS Update Training (Mtg. Room 1 @ 10:30 a.m.)

Items Going Home With Oldest Child

§  American Red Cross 8th Annual Frances Kelly Blood Drive flyer

Links

§  2010 – 2011 Physical and Immunization Requirements ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/health-and-wellness/physicalimmunization-requirements/

§  Red Ribbon Day Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/05/Red_Ribbon_Flyer-2010.pdf

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

§  Bishop O’Connell Summer Baseball Camp Flyer ~ Summer Baseball Camp at Bishop O’Connell High School