The Sentinel – Volume 10, Issue 36

Message from the Principal

On Monday afternoon the students gathered in the gym for a surprise assembly in honor of Fr. Bob on the occasion of his 10thanniversary as pastor of All Saints.  Through songs, dance and poetry, each grade level of students presented tributes incorporating those things which are most dear to Fr. Bob ~ faith, fellowship, Shutters (his stuffed penguin), music, and of course, the Redskins!

The program concluded with a PowerPoint presentation of photos of Fr. Bob over the course of the past ten years.  With James Taylor’s You’ve Got a Friend as the background track, it was a stirring tribute to our beloved pastor, highlighting the countless ways that he has touched so many lives during his time with us.

As a school community we thank Fr. Bob, not only for his leadership, but for the care and love he has shown to students, faculty and parents.  Through his example, we have all been inspired to grow in our faith and in communion with one another.  May we be blessed with 10+ more years!

Thank you, Fr. Bob, for ten years of dedicated and faithful service to our community!

Summer Learning Program 2010

During the last few weeks the faculty has discussed the merits of a summer learning program.  Recognizing that our curriculum during the school year is rigorous and that expectations are high for student learning, there is great value in the children having a respite during the months of summer.  On the other hand, studies have shown that students lose ground during the long vacation if not provided an opportunity to keep their skills sharp.  With these two perspectives in mind, as in prior years, the teachers have crafted a balanced plan specific for our school.  The following is a grade level summary of the Summer Learning Program.

Grade K-2         Summer Book (order SUMMER BOOK for next year’s grade level. For example: students in K will order SUMMBER BOOK for rising 1stgrader.)

Ordering Information:             Summerbook Company

305 Lyndale Drive

Hartsville,SC 27804

757-678-4001

www.summerbookcompany.com

Grades 3-5         Math Log & 2 Accelerated Readers Books

Grades 6-8         Read one book and complete one of three follow up activities as well as a Math Log

(Note: An overview of the options for middle school students, the Summer Math Log, Math Log Instructions are included as links at the end of the newsletter and will be posted on the school website.  The Middle School Summer Reading List will be sent out in next week’s newsletter and will also be added on the website.)

School Supplies Program

Today, each student will be receiving a copy of the School Supply Pack Order Form to order prepackaged supplies for the 2010-2011 school year.  For your convenience the form is also being linked to this newsletter and will be available on the school website.  Although the deadline printed on the form is July 1, 2010, the deadline to turn in paper copies along with payments isJune 16th.  You may continue to order packs online until June 30th.  School supplies will be available for pick up on Orientation Day, August 27, 2010.

Order SECURELY ON LINE

Starting May 24 until June 30th

1. Go to www.epipacks.com

2. Enter your School ID: ALL088

3. Follow the directions to complete your order

Parent Surveys ~ Bullying Initiative & the Virtue Program

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:

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.  The anonymous survey takes approximately 5 minutes to complete.  Students and Parents are encouraged to visit the following links 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.

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.

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 Training Scheduled for June

The next opportunity for the 3-hour VIRTUS presentation entitled “Protecting God’s Children” has been scheduled for Saturday, June 5th in FKH beginning at 8:30 a.m.  This is the full length training which is a prerequisite for volunteering in the school.  Any new or returning parents who have not yet attended the training are encouraged to attend and may register on line at virtus.org.

Race for Education ~ Contribution Update

As of today, the counting team has already processed $ 33,000 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

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.

Spirit News ~ Coming up!

Miniature golf and ice cream anyone? Come join the fun on Friday, June 4th for ice cream and miniature golf at Nathan’s ice cream and the Magic Putting Place from 3:30 p.m. until closing (10 and 9:30 respectively). The discounted cost for golf is $3 per player for 18 holes. Please bring the attached flyer to the event and both businesses will donate a portion of the proceeds to the school. Nathan’s and the Magic Putting Place are located next to each other at 8948 and 8902 Mathis Avenue in Manassas.

Looking for a fun way to earn points for parents 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 Stefonsky at 703-754-9386.

End of Year Reminders

End of Year Calendar:

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

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

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)

Cafeteria Lunch Payments:

As we are approaching the end of the school year we would like to remind all parents that all monies owed to the cafeteria must be paid promptly.  Notices of monies owed and monies still on account were sent home with all students last week. Also, beginning on June 1st, the middle school students will not be able to charge any lunches.  They must either have money on account, pay in advance or pay on a daily basis. Otherwise, they will receive a bologna and cheese sandwich for lunch. Thank you for your help and please call if you have any questions.

Extended Day Program: Extended Day services will continue the next three weeks and be available before and after school through Tuesday, June 15th.  There will be no Extended Day Program on Wednesday, June 16th.  All students will dismiss at 10:30 a.m. following the Closing Mass & Awards Ceremony.  Please make arrangements for your children to be picked up if you anticipate being unavailable at that time.

Report Cards: Report cards and awards will be issued on the final day of school, June 16th.  Since the office will have a record of your child’s final grades at the close of the year, you may retain these cards.

Medications: All medications must be picked up from the clinic no later than Monday, June 14th.  Since students are not authorized to carry medication, it is necessary for parents to visit the clinic to pick up medications prior to the close of the year. Medications remaining after the final day will be discarded.

Summer Office Hours: The school office will remain open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. during the months of June and August.  The office will be closed during the month of July.  The office will reopen on Tuesday, August 3rd.  Should you need to contact school personnel during the summer months, please do not hesitate to leave a message on the answering machine.  We will make every effort to return your call in a timely manner.

Important Dates for the Upcoming Year

¨       Orientation Day (Students and parents are invited to visit the school, meet new teachers, and pick up supply orders.) – Friday, August 27th.

¨       6th Annual Back-to School Barbecue hosted by the PTO – Friday, August 27th, (5:30-7:30 p.m.)

¨       First Day of School ~ Noon Dismissal (Grades K-8) – Monday, August 30th

¨       First Day of Pre-Kindergarten – Wednesday, September 8th

Upcoming Events

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

Monday, May 31st Holiday ~ Memorial Day

Tuesday, June 1st 7th Grade Field Trip ~ Manassas Battlefield

PTO Executive Board Meeting

Wednesday, June 2nd 4th Quarter Gold Medal Readers Celebration

Thursday, June 3rd Retirement Mass for Mrs. Evans (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, June 4th Breakfast in Honor of “Demerit Free” Middle School Students

Saturday, June 5th Algebra Exemption Exam

Being sent home with each student:

4   School Supply Pack Order Forms

Links

4  K-2 Summer Books from Summerbook Company ~ www.summerbookcompany.com

4  Middle School Summer Math Log ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/05/summer-math-log-2010.pdf

4  Middle School Summer Math Log Instructions ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/summer-requirements-program/

4  Middle School Summer Reading Requirements ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/summer-requirements-program/

4  School Supply Packs Order Form ~  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/05/schoolsupplyorder-2010.pdf

4  School Supply Packs Online Ordering ~ www.epipacks.com

4  K-2 Student Survey (parents please help your K-2nd grader) ~ http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/N8JX667

4  3rd-8th Grade Student Survey ~ http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/H5HT37F

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

4  Parish Volunteer Mass & Reception ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/05/VolunteerRecep-june23.pdf