The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 13

Living Stones on the Pathway to Heaven…

Message from the Principal

It was a proud moment as principal when I walked into the cafeteria on Monday and observed hundreds of students and parents enjoying the Thanksgiving Luncheon.  Monday was truly an experience of All Saints at its very best ~ dedicated employees and committed parents working side by side to accomplish something wonderful for our school community!

With the help of many, the kitchen served a record crowd of 873 at our 17th Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon!  I want to especially thank our all-star kitchen team: Mrs. Wendy Matner (Director of Cafeteria Services), Mrs. Liz Werling (Assistant), Mrs. Wilma Marsengill (Cafeteria Bookkeeper) and Mrs. Kris Walk (Cafeteria Substitute) for their tremendous commitment.  Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, they cooked and prepared food throughout the day only to take up the effort again at first light on Monday.  They are commended and congratulated for preparing such a delicious, high-quality meal for such a large number of people.

The success of the luncheon was also made possible by the generous support of volunteers, many of whom return each year to offer assistance.  It was a joy to observe parents, grandparents, and even an All Saints’ graduate working together in support of the effort.  Thank you to all of our volunteers for your support of one of our most cherished traditions!

When we return from the Thanksgiving holiday, we will begin our school-wide celebration of Advent. Look for details regarding special events and observances in next week’s edition of the Sentinel.

In the meantime I want to share with you a special presentation that will take place next Tuesday. During the early morning hours of November 30th, the eighth grade class of St. Paul of the Cross in California will arrive at Dulles Airport and report directly to All Saints, the first stop on their tour of Washington D.C. and New York City.  It has been the hope of their school community that they would be able to visit a Catholic school on the East Coast and perform a hand chime concert for the students.  I am delighted that they have decided to partner with All Saints and we look forward to hosting them next week. The students will arrive via bus at 7:30 a.m., enjoy breakfast treats in Father Kelley Hall, and then perform a concert for our students at 8:20 a.m. in the gym.  We look forward to this sharing of Catholic school identity with our West Coast counterparts!

As we pause from our daily work and schedules to join family and friends to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, please know of my gratitude for your continued support of our school and its mission of providing an education of faith and excellence.

Happy Thanksgiving!

A Prayer of Thanksgiving

May God be gracious to us and bless us

and make his face to shine upon us.

The earth has yielded its increase;

God, our God, has blessed us.

May God continue to bless us;

let all the ends of the earth revere him.

(Psalm 67)

We thank you for your gifts, merciful God,

and we ask you to give all people the food they need.

May we all be united one day

in the eternal singing of your praises,

through Christ, our Lord.

Amen.

(A Prayer Book for Catholic Families)

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.

Don’t Forget the Casino & Auction Night When Shopping on Black Friday!

We will be collecting donations for the Casino Night & Auction during the thanksgiving luncheon.  If you bring an item of $10 or more in value, you will be entered in the drawing for 2 redskins tickets for their December 12th game against the Buccaneers.  More information available on the attached flyer.

2010 Christmas Parade Float Riders Needed!

Join us this year as we represent our Blue Ribbon School in the 2010 Greater Manassas Christmas Parade.  Our students did an outstanding job creating their “Christmas Wish” on our murals which will be displayed on the float.  Come show your support for All Saints Catholic School as we ring in the holiday season!  Attached is the permission slip and a map of the parade staging area.  Please return the persmission slip no later than Dec 1st.

“Evening with St. Nicholas”

Don’t forget to RSVP for an “Evening with St. Nicholas”, Friday,  December 3rd    beginning at 7pm in the church.

The evening will begin 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.

For planning purposes, please visit the “Evening with St. Nicholas” and link on the website:                 http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/news-events/calendar/evening-with-st-nicholas-rsvp-form/.

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 the event?   You can still make a donation by leaving it at the front desk, attention:  Gina Michak.

Help is still needed 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 ginamichak@gmail.com 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.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, November 24th Thanksgiving Prayer Service & NJHS Food Drive (9:30 a.m.)

Noon Dismissal

Thursday, November 25th Thanksgiving Holiday

Friday, November 26th Thanksgiving Holiday

Monday, November 29th Advent Wreath Prayer Services (8:15 a.m. in each wing of the school)

Tuesday, November 30th Visit & Concert ~ St. Paul of the Cross Catholic School, California

Gold Medal Readers Celebration (1:15 p.m.)

Wednesday, December 1st 6th Grade Field Trip to Synagogue (8:30-12:30)

Thursday, December 2nd 8th Grade High School Placement Test

Friday, December 3rd Noon Dismissal ~ Professional Development

2nd Annual Evening with St. Nicholas (7:00 p.m.)

Saturday, December 4th Greater Manassas Christmas Parade

 

Links

  • SCA Ornament Sale Flyer/Order Form ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/11/2010-sca-ornament.pdf
  • Evening with St. Nicholas RSVP ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/news-events/calendar/evening-with-st-nicholas-rsvp-form/
  • Christmas Parade Permission Slip ~http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/11/2010ChristmasParadePermissionSlip.pdf
  • Christmas Parade Staging Area Map ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/11/ParadeStagingArea.pdf
  • Redskins vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tickets:  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2010/10/auction-redskin-tix.pdf