The Sentinel – Volume 10, Issue 37

Message from the Principal

Following the announcement of our Blue Ribbon status in September, occasionally I would encounter the following question:Now that All Saints has achieved this level of success, will it become a case of business as usual with the school having already reached its peak? To discern an answer to this question, one need look no further than the results of our Terra Nova standardized tests.

I am excited to share with you that some of our grade levels achieved unprecedented scores on this year’s assessment.  In summary, I am particularly pleased with the math scores in the lower grades as well as the continued level of achievement in language arts and reading, the two areas that have previously been identified as curriculum strengths at All Saints.

The attached charts provide a quick overview of our scores in the three areas of mathematics, reading and language arts. (Although the diocesan averages in these batteries have not yet been released, I wanted to forward this information to you as soon as possible as it provides a wonderful affirmation for our teachers, students and parents.)

The key to our continued success on this annual assessment remains the teachers.  Their awareness of student needs,identification of clear learning goals, and steadfast commitment to progress are evident in these scores and our improvement through the years.

I would like to offer a final perspective, one which makes me so proud of our students and teachers: The criteria for applying for Blue Ribbon status is that students in the highest grade level tested must score within the top percent of the norm group.  With 75 percentile identified as the “cut score”, grade level averages in the 80 and 90 percentiles are truly something to celebrate!

Back to the original question…..It is the teachers’ commitment to excellence which enabled our school to achieve Blue Ribbon status.  It is their commitment to continued advancement that ensures a very bright future for the families of All Saints!

Congratulations students, teachers and parents of All Saints Catholic School!

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This week I wish to also share with you that Mrs. Carolyn Helmick, first grade assistant, has decided to resign from her position at the close of this school year.  For the past four years, Mrs. Helmick has been a very important part of our primary program, providing meaningful support to a number of teachers through the years and assisting students in the learning process.  I am grateful for her steadfast commitment and all she has done to support the program during her time with us.  We look forward to continuing to see her in our community next year as she transitions to the role of a substitute teacher.

I am pleased to announce that Miss Allison Sarmuksnis will be serving as our new first grade assistant.  For the past year, Miss Sarmuksnis has worked as a kindergarten assistant at Our Lady of Good Counsel School in Vienna.  She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University and has recently completed the coursework necessary to earn her state teaching license through the University of Virginia.  With experience and expertise in the Word Study approach, she will be a wonderful addition to our first grade program.

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As many of you are aware, this past year has been particularly difficult for Mrs. Hammang as her mother has experienced a decline in health.  As the primary care-giver for her mother, Mrs. Hammang has been very busy with hospital visits and the coordination of resources.  In an effort to provide support to both Mrs. Hammang and her family, a number of school parents have begun to coordinate the preparation of meals.  Families interested in participating in this outreach are encouraged to contact Mrs. Cathy Pell at 703-772-4378.

Race for Education ~ Additional Dress Down Day Options

Student participation in the Race for Education has been very high this year with some children earning more prize cards than ever.  For this reason, two additional dress down days have been identified for students who wish to redeem their prizes.

Thursday, June 3rd

Thursday, June 10th

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.

Accelerated Reader Celebration!

In recognition of the students’ high level of participation in the A.R. program, a special surprise activity has been scheduled for all of the classes to enjoy.  All students, K-8 are invited to wear their P.E. uniform to school on Wednesday, June 9th for this celebration

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.

Field Day Lunch Orders

Parents interested in ordering lunch for Field Day are asked to submit forms & payments as soon as possible so that the cafeteria staff can plan accordingly for the event.

Race for Education ~ Contribution Update

As of today, the counting team has  processed close to $40,000 in donations!

All Saints Church ~ Living Stones

Over sixteen years ago, parishioners purchased bricks for the new church.  Now that we are almost ready to move into the new facility, we are once again offering an opportunity to purchase bricks that will become a permanent part of our new courtyard which will be installed before our dedication.

For a minimum offering of $100, you may purchase a brick that will be personally engraved up to three lines that could include your family name, one for each member of your family or a memorial to a loved one.

If you are interested in this living memorial, please compete the form linked below and return the form to the Parish Office.  All purchases must be made prior to June 14th.

Spirit News ~ Coming up!

Miniature golf and ice cream anyone? Come join the fun this 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. The rain date for this event is Sunday, June 6th. 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

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)

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 is attached to this week’s newsletter.)

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

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 15thThere 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

Thursday, June 3rd Race for Education Dress Down Day option

Retirement Mass for Mrs. Evans (7:00 p.m.)

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

Spirit Activity: Nathan’s & Magic Putting Place (3:30 p.m.)

Saturday, June 5th VIRTUS 3 Hour Training for Volunteers (FKH/8:30 a.m.)

Monday, June 7th Field Day (Linton Hall School/9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, June 8th 2nd Grade Field Trip to Shrine (8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, June 9th Accelerated Reader ~ Surprise Celebration for Students

Race for Education Awards Ceremony (1:45 p.m.)

8th Grade vs. Faculty Volleyball Game (2:00 p.m.)

Thursday, June 10th Race for Education Dress Down Day option

Race for Education Movie & Popcorn Parties

8th Grade Ice Cream Social

Friday, June 11th Graduation Day

Pass-it-On Ceremony (church/9:30 a.m.)

Graduation Breakfast ~ students only (10:00 a.m.)

Walk of Honor (11:00 a.m.)

Graduation Mass & Reception (7:00 p.m.)

Links

4  Terra Nova Test Score Charts ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/06/testing2009-2010.pdf

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  Middle School Summer Reading List ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/06/2010_Middle_School_Summer_Reading_List.pdf

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  Nathan’s Spirit Event Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/06/2010-06-04Nathans.jpg

4  All Saints Church Living Stones Form ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/06/LivingStones.pdf