The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 11

Living Stones on the Pathway to Heaven…


Enrollment Survey for Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten Programs 2011-2012

With the demand for Catholic education in our region and the reputation for excellence that our school enjoys, it is important that the office solicit information from current families regarding plans for enrollment in our Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs for the upcoming year.  As in the past, we will continue to give first consideration to current school families before reviewing new applications in the spring.  A copy of the survey is coming home today with each student and there is also a link to the survey at the end of this newsletter.

While completion of the enclosed survey does not guarantee enrollment, it is helpful for us to know how many current families plan to apply for these two programs.  Even if you have a child currently enrolled in the Pre-Kindergarten program, it is important that you notify us of your interest for next year’s Kindergarten.  Please submit all survey responses to the school office by Friday, November 19th.

Report Cards & Parent-Teacher Conferences

In preparation for the parent-teacher conferences next week, please take some time to review all of the information provided by the teacher, noting any special areas of success or difficulty.  Additionally, I encourage you to speak with your child to determine if there is anything that he or she would like you to address with the teacher.  Please feel free to make a list of any questions or concerns that you wish to discuss during the conference.  While the time for conferences is somewhat limited, the teachers are committed to addressing the development of your child and welcome any questions you might have. Recognizing that experiences in the home also affect a child’s performance at school, the conference provides an opportunity to discuss any changes in routine, significant events, such as the death of a close relative or pet, or any other occurrences that might be affecting your child’s behavior.  The better the teacher understands the specific needs of each of the children, the better he or she will be able to assist them in their learning.

The following is a list of ideas that may prove helpful as you plan for a successful and productive meeting.

Before the Conference

¨       Arrive on time

¨       Bring a written list of questions or points for discussion

¨       Realize that your child may exhibit different behaviors at school than at home

During the Conference

¨       Ask for examples of your child’s work

¨       Discuss specific strengths & weaknesses of your child as a learner

¨       Ask the teacher for specific ways in which you can help at home

¨       Help set two or three specific goals for your child for the next grading period

After the Conference

¨       Share with your child what the teacher reports

¨       Remember that, as a parent, you are the most important person in your child’s life.  Give your child a hug and reassurance following the conference.

Major studies have shown that the most significant factor in a child’s success is parent involvement and support.  Please know how gratified the faculty and staff is for your continued interest in working with our school to provide the best educational experience possible for your children.  The teachers look forward to sharing their observations of the first quarter and to charting a course for continued growth and progress for your child.

Penny Bazaar Yields More than $1,000!

Thanks to the generous support and participation of the families in our community, the SCA raised $1,115.00 through the recent Penny Bazaar.  The funds will be divided and forwarded to the Options Program at Paul VI High School and the Poor Clare Sisters in Alexandria.  Thank you to all of our students for truly making a difference in our community!  Congratulations to the SCA on a job very well done!

Sharing our Blessings ~ A Month of Giving Thanks

ø  Operation Turkey ~ Sponsored by NJHS

The National Junior Honor Society will again coordinate a canned food drive to provide for the less fortunate in our community during the upcoming holiday season.  The children will have an opportunity to place their donations in front of the altar in the church during our annual Thanksgiving Prayer Service after which the food will be delivered to SERVE.

ø Placemats for Knights of Columbus Dinner

Students will be designing placemats to be used as part of the annual Knights of Columbus Thanksgiving Luncheon for senior citizens in our community.

ø  Turkey Luncheon for School Families

One of the wonderful holiday traditions at All Saints is the annual Thanksgiving Luncheon.  As in the past, the cafeteria staff and volunteers will be preparing a full turkey dinner for students and parents on Monday, November 22nd.  All order forms for the event are due no later than Thursday, November 18th.

In an effort to better accommodate all the families who attend and to reduce “wait time”, we will be hosting four lunch seatings this year.  We are confident that this new schedule will provide more time and space for families to enjoy this special occasion.  The new schedule is as follows:

11:00-11:40       Grades 6-8

11:40-12:20       Grades 4-5

12:20-1:00         Grades 2-3

1:00-1:40          Grades K-1

ø  Thanksgiving Prayer Service

The students will gather in the church at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 24th for a special Thanksgiving prayer service.  All school parents are cordially invited to join us in prayer as we give thanks to God for the many blessings of this past year.

All Saints Parish Mission

Please click on the link at the end of the newsletter for information about the All Saints Parish Mission. The Mission will be held November 14th – 18th.  The Retreat Director will be Fr. Simeon Gallagher, OFMCap. The theme is A Theology and Spirituality for Relationships. The attached flyer lists the time and the topics for each evening.

Annual  VIRTUS  Training Update

An annual 30-minute review of the warning signs of abuse and the steps we can take to keep our children safe is required for all clergy, employees and any volunteers who have contact with children.

This valuable reminder will be presented on:

  • Tuesday, November 30th in Classroom 14 at 7:00 PM.

If you have any questions, please call Janet Smith in the parish office at (703) 393-2158.

Book Fair

You are invited to our All Saints Book Fair, a reading event packed with excitement for students and families. Join us from November 15th to November 22nd, any time during school hours to support the super student in your life, and to promote literacy!  Also, there will be a shopping opportunity in the evening for families that cannot make it during the day on November 15th 4:30 to 7:00 pm.  Please click on the link at the end of the newsletter for more information.

Evening with St. Nicholas

Mark your calendars for December 3rd!  All Saints PTO proudly invites families to the 2nd Annual “Evening with St. Nicholas”, beginning at 7pm in the church.

We will begin the evening with an Advent Prayer Service and traditional Advent carols in the church.  St. Nicholas, whose feast day is December 6, will again share the story of his life.   Families will have the opportunity to meet St. Nicholas and enjoy cookies and cocoa in the gym afterwards.  Bring your own camera for a photo with St. Nicholas, who will be joined this year by Mother Seton.

Once again, it’s a community-building event, designed to help us prepare for the Advent season. Families will not be charged admission; rather, we ask that you bring a donation of new shoes in honor of St. Nicholas and his feast day.   Monetary donations will also be accepted.  Proceeds will go to House of Mercy.   House of Mercy shoe donation guidelines are :  NEW plain colors of tennis shoes- white, blue, black, tan, or brown.  No character tennis shoes, please.  Can’t make it to he event?   You can still make a donation by leaving it at the front desk, attention :  Gina Michak.

For planning purposes, please visit the “Evening with St. Nicholas” link at and  RSVP now!

***Many hands will be needed to help the day of the event for set-up, decorating, and clean up.    Food donations are needed for the evening’s refreshments. We are asking for Christmas cookies/decorated sugar cookies, (homemade or store bought), cocoa mix and mini-marshmallows. Cookies only, please.  While the All Saints School community is always very generous when asked to donate baked goods, the simplicity of a cookie is all we need for this event.  Thank you for your understanding and generosity!

Contact Gina Michak at  (703-330-8099) or with questions or if you’d like to volunteer and earn “points for parents”. ***    Food donations also earn you points!

The PTO looks forward to seeing you on December 3.

PVI Catholic High School

LIVE NATIVITY – Wednesday, December 1, 2010,  7:00 to 8:00 in the evening on the Front Lawn of Paul VI Catholic High School, Fairfax, VA. The miracle of the Christmas Story comes alive and you see this special birth unfold before you.  Bring your family and take part in the census; enter the town of Bethlehem and be there for the Angels chorus.  There may not be room at the Inn but the storytellers are sure to warm you in the night’s chill.  Families are invited to sing treasured carols with us and feel the magic and love of the season in a very powerful way.  We encourage you to dress as a visitor to Bethlehem, a Shepherd, or Angel and to bring a flashlight to shine on our actors. Please bring a toy for our toys-for-tots drive, or a bag of gently used clothing or shoes for Christ House.  Refreshments will be served afterwards in the cafeteria.  Please join us and be a part of this magical evening.


Spirit Event at Chuck-e Cheese

It’s finally HERE! Come have fun with the whole family at Chuck-e Cheeses this Thursday, November 11thanytime between 3 and 9 pm. Teachers and staff eat free with a school ID. Each student will receive a sticker from the school redeemable for 10 free tokens. Also, bring your child’s most recent report card and his or her good grades will earn each child up to 15 additional free tokens with any food purchase. Younger siblings can earn free tokens too with online rewards calendars. These and additional everyday coupons are available at Fifteen percent of the proceeds from the event will be donated to All Saints School. Chuck-e Cheese is located at 7730 Streamwalk Lane, Manassas, near Home Depot off of Balls Ford Road.  Please print out the flyer and bring it with you to the event.  See you there!

2010 Christmas Parade Float

CALLING ALL ARTISTS!  Come out and be a part of the 65th annual Manassas Christmas Parade.  This year the theme is “Our Christmas Wish” and we’re “calling” any student who would like to paint a picture of their Christmas wish on a mural which will be displayed on the All Saints School Christmas float.  Children who would like to participate will paint a 2’x2′ (approximately) square.  We ask that you work with your child to develop a sketch of their Christmas wish.  Please have your child bring that sketch on the day they will be painting.

We will have two paint sessions on Monday and Tuesday, November 15th and 16th after school in the art room.  Students will need to bring a change of clothes (old please!) and must be picked up in the art room by 5:45PM.  The permission slip linked to the newsletter must be received no later thanWednesday, November 10th.  Please indicate on the permission slip the date your child will participate.  Also make sure you include your cell phone number and an email address.  Please send an email by Friday if you plan to attend?  The email address to use would be  If you have any questions please call Sue Stevens at (703)470-1344.

Upcoming Events

§  Thursday, November 11th ~ Parent-Teacher Conferences (Holiday for Students)

§  Friday, November 12th ~ Parent-Teacher Conferences (Holiday for Students)

§  Sunday, November 14th ~ Week of Parish Retreat

§  Monday, November 15th

Week of Rolling Bowling P.E. Activity

Week of Book Fair

Parade Float Painting Project (Art Room/3:00-5:45 p.m.)

§  Tuesday, November 16th

Parade Float Painting Project (Art Room/3:00-5:45 p.m.)

§  Wednesday, November 17th~ 7th Grade Field Trip to Williamsburg


Coming Home with Each Student

¨       Yearbook Order Form

¨       Pre-K, Kindergarten, & New Student Survey


¨      All Saints Parish Mission ~

¨       Pre-K, Kindergarten, & New Student Survey ~

¨      All Saints Book Fair Flyer ~

¨       Yearbook Order Form ~

¨      “Evening with St. Nicholas” ~

¨       Thanksgiving Luncheon Letter/Order Form ~

¨      Spirit Event at Chuck-e-Cheese ~

¨       Pope John Paul the Great High School e-News ~ (or HERE)