The Sentinel – Volume 10, Issue 39

Message from the Principal

On Friday evening families and friends gathered with the 8th Grade Class of 2010 to celebrate their successful completion of the program and to wish them continued success and blessings as they transition to high school.

For the first time in the history of the school, graduation marked the end of a ten year journey as a number of the students were members of the first Pre-Kindergarten class at All Saints.  Begun in 2000, the Pre-Kindergarten program now celebrates ten years of introducing students and families to All Saints and providing the children with a strong educational foundation.

While graduation represented an important milestone for our graduates, it was also a significant moment for a number of families for whom this was their final All Saints graduation.  This week I would like to acknowledge those families who have been a part of our school family for more than ten years and whose youngest child has now graduated.  I thank them for their commitment to Catholic education and for having chosen All Saints Catholic School.

Somerville Family                   11 Years

Werling Family                        12 Years

Dalton Family                          13 Years

Kardaras Family                     17 Years

Burns Family                          19 Years

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I am pleased to announce this week that all positions are now filled and that we have a complete faculty and staff for the 2010-2011 academic year.

Miss Christine Gahagan will be joining our faculty as the new music teacher.  Miss Gahagan is a recent graduate of The Catholic University of America with a Bachelor of Music Degree.  While at Catholic University, Miss Gahagan was the recipient of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music Distinguished Scholar Award for Service.  She has served as the Manager of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Choir as well as the Co-Manager of the Catholic University of America Chorus.  With experience in musical theatre and performance, as well as liturgy, Miss Gahagan brings a strong skill-set to the music program at All Saints.

Mrs. Rosemary Antunes will join our staff as the new school nurse.  Mrs. Antunes is a graduate of St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing and has thirty years experience as a registered nurse.  Most recently, she has served as the school nurse at Christendom College and has worked in the labor and delivery unit at Fauquier Hospital.  With extensive experience in a variety of settings, Mrs. Antunes will bring a high level of competency and professionalism to her role as our school nurse.

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This past year has been an extraordinary time for All Saints Catholic School and will long be remembered as a grace-filled moment in our history.  We have celebrated our distinction as a 2009 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and Top 100 School of Virginia as selected by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth.  Our band achieved 2nd place in the middle school division during their first year competing at this level.  The Battle of the Books team won 2nd place in an event in which more than 15 diocesan schools were represented.  The students of All Saints far exceeded our goal for the Accelerated Reader program, surpassing 22,000 points.  It is no wonder that these same students scored at unprecedented levels on our annual assessment, the Terra Nova standardized testing program.  Most importantly, and central to our mission, our students have grown in faith and virtue with each passing day.

Legacies are not built over night, and neither are institutions of educational excellence.  I remain immensely grateful for the dedication and initiative of the faculty and staff, an impassioned group of professionals who seek and give their best for the students in our school.  I am also grateful to the countless parents who work tirelessly behind the scenes to help in ways both big and small.  Through their partnership, wonderful things are happening for the children in our program. With God’s grace and blessing, All Saints Catholic School will continue to shine as a beacon for families seeking a dynamic Catholic environment of faith formation and academic rigor for many years to come.

On behalf of the faculty and staff, I wish to convey our gratitude for the privilege of having worked with your children this past year.  They are precious gifts and we treasure the opportunity to have partnered with you on this journey over the course of the past ten months.

I wish all of you a safe, relaxing and peaceful summer holiday and look forward to your return in August.

2010-2011 Casino & Auction

The team for the 2010-2011 Casino and Auction night is underway.  If you would like to be a part of making this exciting event happen, please contact Carol Rice 571-261-1008 or  We are especially in need of parents who will contact businesses to solicit for donations for the auction and casino prizes.

PVI Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO)

Paul VI Catholic High School PTO Recycling/Shredding Event on June 19th

Do you e old files, records, receipts, magazines, books (yes, books!), or other papers that you would like to get rid of?  The Paul VI Catholic High School PTO will be holding a recycling and shredding fundraiser in the PVI back parking lot on Saturday, June 19th, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  As always, the proceeds will go toward the PTO’s PVI Teacher Scholarship Program, and the donation will be $8.00 per box (12”x10”x15”).  The items to be shredded also can be brought in any container, and we will estimate the quantity.  Please help us to help you and benefit a most valuable cause – our PVI teachers!

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


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.


Starting May 24 until June 30th

1. Go to

2. Enter your School ID: ALL088

3. Follow the directions to complete your order

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.

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

¨       Flynn & O’Hara Uniform Sale and Uniform Exchange (FKH & Mtg. Room 1 from 9:00 a.m. – noon) –Tuesday, August 3rd

¨       Spirit Activity: Captain Pell’s Seafood in Fairfax – Friday, August 6th

¨       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


4  K-2 Summer Books from Summerbook Company ~

4  Middle School Summer Math Log ~

4  Middle School Summer Math Log Instructions ~

4  Middle School Summer Reading Requirements ~

4  Middle School Summer Reading List ~

4  School Supply Packs Order Form ~

4  School Supply Packs Online Ordering ~