The Sentinel – Volume 10, Issue 35

Message from the Principal

The celebration of our distinction as a 2009 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence continued last Thursday as our community gathered for Mass with Bishop Loverde.  The special liturgy provided us with an opportunity to thank God for the many blessings we have received as a school and, more importantly, the many wonderful people who are part of our story.  It was truly a joy to have Bishop Loverde as our celebrant and to know of his pride in our success.  In recognition of our Blue Ribbon status, Bishop Loverde has granted our community a “day off from school”.  As such, All Saints will not be required to make up the required third “snow day”.  The final day of school will be Wednesday, June 16th.

Our school was also honored to have Senator Charles Colgan in attendance at our Mass of celebration.  Senator Colgan is the longest serving member of the Virginia State Senate and a long-time parishioner of All Saints.  Senator Colgan presented our community with Senate Joint Resolution 148, an official commendation for All Saints Catholic School.  A beautifully framed copy of the document will be displayed at the front entrance of the school.

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As announced at last week’s concert, this year our band competed at the middle school level at the Music in the Parks event in Hershey, Pennsylvania.  As the band has previously participated at the elementary level, this change has provided an opportunity for a higher level of competition for our students.

I am proud to announce that our band received a rating of “Excellent” and a second-place finish at this year’s event.  The fact that our students performed so well, competing with five other middle school bands, is a strong testament to the dedication of the students as well as the leadership of the directors.  Congratulations to Mr. Ward, Mr. Moccio and all of the students on this outstanding accomplishment!

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Despite steady rain and a chilly wind off Bull Run Mountain, the 10th Annual Golf Tournament held at Evergreen Country Club on Monday was a great success.  Once again, it was wonderful to see so many parishioners and community members returning for another day of fellowship and fundraising in support of our parish school.  I wish to thank our title sponsors, the Knights of Columbus and Anderson Construction Company, for their continued generosity and support of this event.

The success of the tournament was dependent upon the dedication of a number of school parents.  Led by Mr. Jim Switzer, tournament chairperson, they worked diligently behind the scenes for months, coordinating marketing efforts, ticket sales, corporate sponsorship, and the many details that are essential to insuring a smoothly-run event.  I am truly grateful for their many hours of service.

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This week I wish to share with you that two additional members of our professional staff will not be returning next year.  Miss Nichole Dalusung, music teacher, has resigned her position in order to devote more time to her graduate studies.  During this past semester she has fulfilled the requirements for a Masters Degree in Music and will commence her doctoral studies in the fall.  During her three years as our music teacher, Miss Dalusung has made a wonderful contribution to our school community. Through her love of music and her love of the Catholic faith she has been a wonderful example for her students.  We will long remember her work in preparing the children so beautifully for the annual Christmas pageant.

Mrs. Sniffen, our school nurse, has also decided to resign at the close of this year in order to pursue other professional opportunities.  With a deep knowledge of the nursing profession and extensive experience in the health care field, Mrs. Sniffen has provided first-class care for the students, faculty and staff of All Saints over the course of the past several years.  We are grateful for her professionalism and expertise and all that she has done in support of the health and well-being of our community.

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As we approach the end of the academic year, we would like to request parent feedback on two aspects of our program, both of which are related to student formation.  The first is the follow up survey that is part of our Bullying Program.  An initial survey was distributed to parents in the fall, the results of which were recently communicated via the weekly newsletter.  In an effort to measure progress and to ensure that we are aware of any concerns related to bullying in our community, all parents are invited to complete the electronic survey prepared by our school counselor, Mrs. Karcher.  Parents are encouraged to visit the following link to complete the survey:

ø      K-2 Student Survey (parents please help your K-2nd grader) complete the following survey:http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/N8JX667

ø      3rd-8th Grade Student Survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/H5HT37F

ø      Parent Survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/N8PJTRZ

The second survey pertains to the effectiveness of our Virtue Program.  This past year, Mrs. Evans and Mrs. Cummings, second grade teachers, have built their professional goals around the re-introduction of this program across all grade levels.  As such, they would like to request your feedback and input to be used in planning the program for next year.  After completing the attached survey, please forward your responses to the front office.

It is estimated that completion of both surveys will only require several minutes.  However, the information you provide is vitally important.  In advance, thank you for your participation of our efforts to continue to advance in excellence!

Student Council Election Results

On Monday the students in grades four through seven participated in the annual Student Council Association election. Congratulations to the following students who were selected by their peers to serve as leaders of this important organization during the 2010-2011 school year.

President   –   Caroline R.

Vice President – Monica G.

Secretary/Historian – Samantha E.

School Spirit/Publicity – Will P.

Finance  – Brandon M.

Health, Safety & Ecology  – Christine M.

Religious Activities/Academic Life  – Mary Kate H.

Pennies for Love ~ Outpouring of Generosity!

Thanks to the generosity of the students, the SCA collected $1,461.20 in support of Paul VI’s Options Program and a continued scholarship for one student in Kenya, Africa.

Congratulations to the 4th Grade class for winning the contest by collecting a grand total of $321.86.

Volunteer Appreciation Mass

All volunteers are cordially invited to attend our school Mass on Friday, May 28th.  During the Mass there will be a special moment of recognition for all of our volunteers as we thank God for the blessing they have been to our community this past year.

Race for Education ~ Contribution Update

As of today, the counting team has already processed $ 29,000 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.

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.

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.)

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 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)

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!

Join us this Friday, May 21st, for swimming at the Freedom Center anytime between 3:30-9 pm.  All swimmers pay only $4. Splash in the leisure pool, slide down the water slide or jump off the diving board. There’s something for everyone! What a great way to spend a Friday afternoon or evening with your friends. 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.

Looking for a fun way to contribute your talents to the school next year? The Spirit Committee needs fun people and new ideas for next year’s spirit events. This is a great way to make community business contacts, host parties without the traditional hassles, and to learn the tremendous contribution that the PTO makes to the school. This position is worth 60 points for parents and requires 5-6 hours per month.  This is a great opportunity for friends to work together and to have fun while doing it. For more information contact Holly Crocker at 703 330-8329 or Holly Stephonsky at 703 754-9386.

VOLUNTEER CORNER

Did you enjoy meeting with friends this year at Chuck E. Cheese’s, Chik-Fil-A and Bowl America? Then please consider being a part of the Spirit Committee for the 2010-2011 year!  We welcome your ideas-please contact Holly Stefonsky at 703-754-9386.

Open House and Summer Camps at 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 Open House for 5 – 7th graders is back! Join us Wednesday, June 2nd from 7-8:30pm. Meet our principal, teachers, and WOLF mascot while learning more about your new high school! Contact Ms. Cole for more information: 703-445-0300, or visit www.jpthegreat.org

Cat Chat Live!

This is an amazing performance that will help your little ones grow in their faith.

When:  Sat., May 22nd – 1:00 pm (family concert)

Where: St. John the Evangelist Catholic School, 111 King Street, Warrenton, VA

http://www.catchat.ca/concerts/concertInfo.php?cid=052210

For Tickets: Contact Teresa Paccassi @ 540-878-6900

Upcoming Events

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.)

Tuesday, May 25th Race for Education Dress Down Day Option

Race for Education Pizza Lunch Celebration

Band Concert for School (Gym/2:00 p.m.)

Band Ice Cream Social (2:30 p.m.)

Enrollment Management Team Meeting (art room/7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 26th 6th Grade Field Trip ~ Medieval Times

5th Grade Field Trip ~ Baltimore

Thursday, May 27th Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten

Friday, May 28th Point for Parents Fees due

Deadline for Payment in Full with 5% Tuition Discount

Volunteer Appreciation Mass (8:30 a.m.)

2nd Grade Fiesta

Coming Home with Each Child

ø      Field Day Flyer

Coming Home with 5th – 7th Graders

ø      JP the Great Preview Open House for 5th – 7th Grade Students

Links

§  Invitation for Mary Ann Evans’ Retirement Mass Celebration ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/05/Evansinvite.jpg

§  Parent Virtus Program Survey ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/05/ParentVirtuesSurvey.pdf

§  Field Day ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/05/field-day-2010.pdf

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

§  Back to School BBQ Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/pto/back-to-school-bbq/

§  Pope John Paul the Great High School Preview Open House Flyer for 5th – 7th Graders ~http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/05/PreviewOpenHouse-June2010.pdf