The Sentinel – Volume 10, Issue 38

Message from the Principal

For the second year in a row we enjoyed spectacular weather for our annual Field Day celebration.  It was wonderful to see so many parents in attendance, assisting with the games and enjoying the day with their children and other families.  Field Day is, in fact, one of our great traditions, marking the end of the year and providing the students with a day of exciting outdoor games.  One of the parents I spoke with shared with me that as his second child enters kindergarten next year, he will be making a commitment to him to attend all of his Field Day events over the course of the next nine years.  Now that’s a family tradition! Thank you to the many families, new and veterans, who came out to enjoy the day with our community.

I want to thank Mrs. Engstrom for all that she did to coordinate the many logistics of the day.  Working behind the scenes, she managed all of the many details that are essential for a safe and enjoyable event.  I also want to thank the members of our cafeteria and maintenance staff for delivering and distributing lunch for students and parents.

*          *          *          *          *          *          *          *          *          *          *          *

The end of year festivities will continue throughout this week and through the final days of school.  For details about all of our special celebrations, please see the upcoming events listed below.

I wish to extend a special invitation to all families to attend the events planned in celebration of graduation day.  All of the students will gather in the church at 9:30 a.m. on Friday to observe the Pass-it-On Ceremony, an annual tradition and prayer service during which the 8th grade students “pass on” their leadership role to the rising 7th grade class as symbolized by the handing on of  the 8th grade honor medals. Following a special breakfast for the graduates, the 8th grade students will participate in the Walk of Honor, a custom by which all of the students in grades K-7 line the hallways and applaud for the graduates as they exit the building for the final time as students.  The celebration culminates with a Mass at 7:00 p.m. followed by the graduation ceremony and reception in the gym.  I hope that you and your family will be able to join us for some of these special moments as we congratulate our 8th grade students.

Brown Bag Lunch Day ~ Friday, June 11th

Since the cafeteria staff will be cooking breakfast for the 8th grade class and preparations will be underway for the evening reception, there will be no cafeteria services on Friday.  All students are asked to bring both a lunch and drink to school.

Race for Education ~ Additional Dress Down Day Options

Students may still redeem dress down day cards on Thursday, June 10th.  Although the entire student body will be wearing P.E. uniforms to participate in the Accelerated Reader celebration, students with prize cards may redeem them and “dress down” for the day.

Accelerated Reader Celebration ~ Postponed until Thursday due to Weather.

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 in grades K-8 are invited to wear their P.E. uniform to school on Thursday, June 10th for this celebration

Race for Education ~ Contribution Update

As of today, the counting team has already processed $ 45,292 in donations!

It’s Not to Late to Order the 2009 – 2010 All Saints Catholic School Yearbook!

You won’t want to miss out on this beautiful yearbook, filled with memories and dedicated to the students and alumni of our school.  If you haven’t ordered the 2009-2010 Yearbook, there are extras available for purchase at the front office.  The yearbooks are $21.00 each.  Checks should be made payable to All Saints.

Spirit News ~ Last Spirit Event of the School Year!

Here’s a fun and easy way to celebrate the end of school and start of summer vacation. Come join us at Swirlie’s ice creamafter school dismisses on Wednesday anytime between 11 am and 9 pm and receive 15% off your totalorder. Swirlie’s is located in the Burger King parking lot at 9901 Pennsylvania Ave (Rt. 28 near the 234 bypass and Manassas Airport.)

Many thanks to all of you that have joined us for our Spirit Events. Watch for information for a summer Spirit Event and one on the first day of school! Have a great summer!

Summer Camps

Paul VI Boys & Girls Summer Basketball Camps: June 21 – 25 / July 12 – 16 / July 26-30.  Space is available.  Please contact Scott Allen to register at coachsallen@aol.com or 703-856-7157

St Leo The Great Mini-Hoopster Camps: June 28 – July 1 / July 19 – 22.  Open to All Rising First Graders – Rising 3rd Graders.  Cost $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

End of Year Reminders

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 10th Accelerated Reader Surprise Celebration ~ P.E. Uniforms

Race for Education Dress Down Day option

Race for Education Movie & Popcorn Parties (1:15 p.m.)

8th Grade Ice Cream Social (2:00 p.m.)

Friday, June 11th Cafeteria Closed: Students Bring Lunch & Drink

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.)

Monday, June 14th Kindergarten Luau

Tuesday, June 15th Kindergarten Program & Final Day (church/10:00 a.m.)

End of Year Classroom Parties (1:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, June 16th Closing Mass & Awards Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)

Final Dismissal (10:30 a.m./No Extended Day Program)

Spirit Activity: Swirlies Ice Cream

Links

4  Spirit Event Swirlies Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/06/2010-06-16Swirlies.jpg

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