The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 3

Principal’s Message

The safety of your children is always a top priority at All Saints.  In recent years, in accordance with national initiatives and diocesan policy, we have taken additional steps to do our part to ensure that your children are in a safe place when they are participating in a program at All Saints Catholic School. For example, all of our faculty, staff and volunteers have completed the required background checks and training.  As an additional measure, five years ago we implemented the Formation in Christian Chastity Program to help your children recognize the steps they can take to keep themselves safe.

The Formation in Christian Chastity Program serves as an additional measure to assist us in establishing and maintaining a safe environment for our students.  As outlined in the materials, information is provided primarily to parents as a resource to be used in the formation of their children.  There is one classroom lesson for students in grade one and two lessons for those in grades five through eight. Beginning this year, in accordance with diocesan guidance, second and third grade teachers will re-present the first grade lesson plan to their respective classes.

We will be integrating the objectives of the program into our religion lessons in these grades during the closing weeks of September.  The entire curriculum can be accessed through the diocesan website:www.arlingtondiocese.org.  (Click on the Child Protection tab found under the heading of Education. To view the grade level lesson plans, click on Training Programs followed by the tab for the Formation in Christian Chastity Program.)

You are encouraged to spend some time reviewing this information yourself and to then share pertinent aspects with your children.  Each of the “rules” noted contains some application to common sense safety tips that you may share with your children.  Other parts of the “rule” apply to some of the decisions that you make as parents for the safety of your children.  A question and answer segment provides some suggestions as to how you might best address these concerns with your children.  Our goal is to equip both you and your children with the knowledge that can help to keep them safe.

The essential point is that parents need to be involved with their children.  The more you know about the daily events of your child’s life, the better you are able to spot any danger signs that may surface.  The more regular communication with your children, the more free they are to come to you with their concerns.

Should you have any questions about the Formation in Christian Chastity Program or about the classroom lessons, please do not hesitate to let us know.  In the event that you would prefer to not have your child participate in the classroom training, please send a note to the front office so that we may plan accordingly.

Calendar Revision for May

The Office of Catholic Schools has approved our request to reschedule the half day reserved for curriculum mapping from Monday, May 9th to Friday, May 6th.  As such, the half day will now coincide with the band trip scheduled for Friday, May 6th with the afternoon reserved for the curriculum mapping project.

PTO Volunteer Fair

In place of the PTO General Membership Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 28th, the organization will host the Second Annual PTO Volunteer Fair from 2:00-3:30 p.m. and 7:00-8:30 p.m. The event is designed as an opportunity for parents to learn more about the PTO and all that it does to support the school.

There will be tables set up with information about all of the different events and activities that the PTO sponsors and representatives from the PTO Executive Board will be present to answer questions.

The VIRTUS video training entitled Keeping the Promise Alive will be shown at 2:15 p.m. and throughout the evening event.

Middle School Back to School Night

Back to School Night for middle school parents will take place on Thursday, September 16th at 7:00 p.m.  Please note: This year parents are asked to report directly to their child’s homeroom classroom as there will not be a presentation in the gym.  Rather, all of the time will be spent visiting classrooms, experiencing a “day in the life of the middle school”.

Schedule

7:00 p.m.      Parent arrival

7:05 p.m.      Welcome & Opening Prayer (via the public address system)

7:10 p.m.      First Classroom Session Begins

9:05 p.m.      End of Final Classroom Session

Tuition Questions???

Should a question arise regarding your schedule of tuition payments, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at 703-393-1490.  She is happy to assist in providing additional information about the program and answering any questions that parents might have.

Emergency Information Form

Parents who have not yet completed and returned the Diocesan Emergency Form are asked to do so as soon as possible.  This form is critically important in that it provides us with the necessary information to contact you in the event of an emergency.

Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

As part of the diocesan initiative to maintain a safe environment for all of our children, all volunteers with “significant contact” with children are required to complete a background check prior to working in the school.  As we begin a new year, in accordance with diocesan policy, only those parents who have completed the criminal background check are eligible to volunteer in positions that involve contact with students. Those who will be volunteering in the school on a regular basis or even repeatedly are required to complete the background check.  Those who have not yet completed the background check process are invited to request a packet of forms from the school or parish office.

An additional component of the safe environment program established by the Diocese of Arlington is mandatory training for volunteers on the topic of child abuse prevention.  The full VIRTUS program, entitled Protecting God’s Children will next be offered at All Saints on Saturday, September 18th from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in Father Kelley Hall.  All volunteers who have not previously attended the seminar are asked to register on-line in order to receive credit for attending this upcoming session. (www.virtus.org)

The diocese also requires volunteers who have completed this training to attend an annual update entitled Keeping the Promise Alive.  This 30 minutes video training is a prerequisite for volunteering in the school.  The following is a list of upcoming sessions.  (Please note:  For planning purposes, volunteers are asked to confirm their intent to attend a session on the voicemail of Mrs. Janet Smith. 703.393.2158)

Wednesday, September 15th in Meeting Room 1 at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 28th as part of the PTO Volunteer Fair at 2:15 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

Peace and Justice  Players Outreach

The Peace and Justice Players are seeking the assistance of the school community in assisting the Balino family. The Balino family, a new family to our All Saints community,  suffered a devastating fire that destroyed their home and all of their possessions. Thankfully, the family members were not injured. The family is in immediate need of a variety of items. Peace and Justice Players will have bins to collect donation items at both the front and breezeway entrances.  In addition, monetary donations and gift cards can be turned into homeroom teachers. Teachers will have a envelope for collections in homeroom classes. Any assistance you can provide this family is greatly appreciated. Clothing can be new or gently used. Below is a list of requested items.  In addition to donations, prayers would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your generous support of this outreach.

Items of immediate need: toiletries and food items- canned goods, dried goods, and grocery store gift cards- Safeway is the nearest grocery store.

Clothing needs


Children’s Clothing:

Toddler Girl- sizes 2T and 3T

Toddler Boy sizes 4T-5T

Men’s  Clothing:

Shirts –sizes M, L, and XL

Pants Sizes:   34 x 30            33 x 30

Ladies’  Clothing:

Shirts- sizes  M and L

Pants : size 8 Petite

Boys:

Shirts large  Pants 12-14

Additional items: iron and ironing board, baby gates, vacuum, and pull ups for Toddler girl wearing size 2T-3T

Gift cards to Target or Wal-Mart would also be greatly appreciated.

Message from the PTO Board

The PTO board would like to welcome everyone to what will surely be another wonderful year at All Saints Catholic School!  This year we’ve decided to share monthly highlights of our board meetings to keep you up to date with the happenings in the school, as well as to give you a heads up on upcoming events.

  • Welcome to all the new All Saints families!! We sincerely hope all the new families have heard from your Guardian Angel to be welcomed to the community and encouraged to join us in supporting the school through a wide variety of PTO activity.
  • September 28th – PTO general assembly meeting Volunteer Fair:  2:00 to 3:30pm, and 7 to 8:30pm in the gym.  Come learn more about the exciting PTO sponsored events for the year and how you can get involved.  Because of our volunteers and fundraisers, the PTO is able to provide support to the school financially and through countless volunteer hours.  Did you know that each grade level receives $500 to decrease the cost of field trips to our families?  The PTO also provides each classroom with some funding to purchase needed classroom supplies at the start of the year and again in the second semester.  We were blessed last year to have a budget surplus and as a result were able to provide a makeover to the staff lounge with lovely new furniture and decor.
  • Don’t forget to update your VIRTUS training with the half hour video to be shown throughout the fair hours.  Please note that children are not allowed to view the video.
  • The uniform exchange is off to a strong start this year!  It will be open for the volunteer fair, as well as upcoming general assembly meetings throughout the year.  Please note that the uniform exchange will no longer be accepting the old PE uniforms as exchange items.  You may still drop them off to be donated to the House of Mercy, however, they will not count towards your exchange item credit.
  • Publicity Chair Needed! The PTO is looking for someone to help advertise all the PTO events.  If you are interested, please contact Angela Slater.
  • Mark your calendars now for the All Saints Casino/Auction Night – February 12, 2011 at the Portuguese Community Center.  Tickets will be $25/person.  More information will be provided in the coming months.
  • HAVE YOU TURNED IN YOUR GROCERY CARD FORM? The grocery program is looking for high family participation.  Please remember to re-register your grocery cards to benefit All Saints.  Also, keep saving those box-tops!  Last year alone, the school earned $2700 from clipped box-tops.
  • The QSP magazine drive starts September 13th!  Please consider renewing your current subscriptions through QSP so that All Saints can receive a portion of the cost.  Since the drive will be open online throughout the year, remember magazine subscriptions during your Christmas shopping!

Important Magazine Sale Updates

Our Magazine Fundraiser kicked off this Monday with an interactive school assembly- here are some items to make note of with your take-home packets: (1) Ignore any references to the “postcard” mailings, we are not participating in that part of the fundraiser (2) Cross-out and do NOT add the “processing fee” in the total for your catalog order, this is a misprint.  If you have any additional questions, please contact Holly Stefonsky at hdstef40@att.net.  Thanks for your support of our school!

Upcoming Events

  • Middle School Back-to-School Night ~ Thursday, September 16th (7:00 p.m.)
  • Installation Ceremony of Newly Elected SCA Officers & Representative s~ Friday, September 17th(1:30 p.m.)
  • Picture Day ~ Monday, September 20th
  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting ~ Thursday, September 23rd (7:00 p.m.)
  • 1st Quarter Interim Reports ~ Friday, September 24th
  • Noon Dismissal (Curriculum Mapping) ~ Friday, September 24th

Items going home with child

¨       Splendid Portraits Picture Day Order Forms

Items going home with oldest child

¨       Box Tops for Education Flyer