The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 15

Living Stones on the Pathway to Heaven…

Message from the Principal

On Friday evening a number of families gathered in the church for the 2nd Annual Evening with St. Nicholas celebration.  The event began with a prayer service that culminated with a “Procession of Shoes”, a time during which the children followed St. Nicholas to the foot of the altar where they offered their donation of shoes and monetary gifts.  Through the generosity of the families in attendance, our school has donated 55 pairs of new shoes and $250.00 to the House of Mercy.

Following the prayer service, the families walked through the courtyard, lined with luminaries, to the entrance of the cafeteria where there was an opportunity for pictures with St. Nicholas and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and a reception of cookies and hot chocolate.  From start to finish, it was a beautiful evening filled with joy and anticipation of the Christmas season.

I wish to thank Mrs. Gina Michak for serving as the coordinator of this PTO sponsored event.  Mrs. Michak orchestrated a first-class celebration for our community during this season of Advent.  A big thank you to Mrs. Lisa Donnelly and Mrs. Janine Branca for all their help prior to the event, and for their time and talents on the day of the event with set up and clean up.  Thanks to Zonia Garcia, Tamara Halstead, Marjorie Collins and Lourdes Spinosa for helping decorate . . . the gym looked beautiful! Thanks to Nancy Kenney and crew, everyone’s cups overflowed with hot cocoa (and coffee) throughout the evening!  Thanks to Carol Rice and members of Schola for sharing your time and talents with us.  Patricia Delgado – thank you for your poster and flyers . . . both before the event and those made for the evening!  Thanks to Patti Spencer and Mike Carta for donating their time as Mother Seton and St. Nicholas for the evening. And last but never least, thanks to Mrs. Slater’s brownie troop for making the advent wreath centerpieces.  The evening was yet another example of the generosity of our parents and families, both in the outreach provided to the local community and in the spirit that surrounded the event.

The following morning a number of families gathered in Manassas to participate in the Greater Manassas Christmas Parade.  I want to thank Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Stevens for again coordinating the design and construction of our school float and for providing the storage space during the weeks preceding the event.  The parade float was a huge success with All Saints taking third place at the annual event. Thank you to all the children and volunteers who worked so hard to make this year’s float a success. The weather was perfect and our float was placed earlier in the parade lineup making for a beautiful parade day.  Thanks to all who came out to show their support for their school community and the many parade participants for representing our school so well in this annual Manassas tradition!

A Prayer for Advent ~ Week II

God of power and mercy,

Open our hearts in welcome.

Remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy,

So that we may share His wisdom

And become one with Him

When He comes in glory,

For He lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

One God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

Advent Reminders

v  5th Annual Catholic Schools Care About Catholic Charities Week ~ Through small personal sacrifices (perhaps giving up an ice cream or pretzel during lunch) we are asking that each student make a donation of $1.00.  All donations will be dedicated to Christ House, a Catholic Charities Homeless Shelter, Christ House on Wheels and other Catholic Charities programs.  In addition to helping provide for the poor, our students will gain a greater awareness of the needs of others right in our own diocese through participation in this important outreach.

v  Toys for Tots ~ Donations of unwrapped new toys are now being collected through Friday, December 17th.  Collection points are located by the front office and breezeway where students enter the building.

Lock-Down Drill ~ Wednesday, December 15th (10:00 a.m.)

Our second lock-down drill of the year is scheduled for Wednesday, December 15th at 10:00 a.m. (Please note: This drill has been scheduled for several weeks and is not in response to any concerns specific to All Saints.  Rather, it is another exercise by which we maintain a state of preparedness should the need ever arise to secure the facility and safeguard the children.)

Christmas Choral Concert

Students in grades K, 4, 6 & 8 will perform a Christmas concert on Thursday, December 16th beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Activities Center.  (old church)  All school families are cordially invited to attend and enjoy the pageant prepared by Miss Dalusung and Mr. Tessier.

Open House for 2011-2012 School Year

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, January 20th beginning at 9:00 a.m.  All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about the parish school are cordially invited to attend.  Following a presentation and introduction at 9:00 a.m., tours of the facility will be provided. For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at (703) 393-1490.

Registration Schedule for the New Year

ø  Re-Registration for Current Families       February 2-14, 2011

ø  Registration for New Students                 February 9-March 4, 2011

(Including siblings for Pre-K & K)

Tuition Assistance Applications

Applications for tuition assistance for the 2011-2012 academic year are now available in both English and Spanish at the front office.  Again this year the Diocese of Arlington has contracted with FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Company.  FACTS has established an on-line application process that can be initiated through the company website (www.factstuitionaid.com.)

The due dates for applications and supporting documentation are as follows:

High School                  January 24, 2011

Elementary School         March 14, 2011

NOTE: All families with children enrolled in both high school and elementary school will need to submit an application by the January high school deadline.

Please note that ALL applications and supporting documentation must be received by FACTS by the date listed above, not postmarked.  Applications are not considered complete until FACTS has received the supporting documentation.

An overview of the Diocesan Tuition Assistant Program can be found at the following link: (http://www.arlingtondiocese.org/catholicschools/tuition_grant.php).

Calendar Change ~ NJHS Induction Ceremony

The National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony originally scheduled for Friday, February 25thhas been postponed until Friday, March 18th.

Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather, All Saints Catholic School follows the decision of Prince William County Public School System.  If the county schools decide to close, All Saints is closed for the day and all related activities are cancelled.  Similarly, if the county schools decide to open late or dismiss early, All Saints responds in the same manner.  Note: Should the county system announce a delayed opening on a day for which a noon dismissal is scheduled at All Saints, the early release is cancelled and school ends at 3:00 p.m.

BOOK FAIR…READING SAVES THE DAY!

A big THANK YOU goes out to all parents, students and teachers that supported our recent Scholastic Book Fair!  What a great way to have celebrated Children’s Book Week and raise funds for our school library. The theme Reading Saves the Day kept the excitement building all through the week, as the Fortress of Reading stood tall in the library.  Students also tapped into their super powers guessing how many pages were in the stack of books each day.  This fun-filled event could not be accomplished without our devoted All Saints families.   Special recognition goes out to Lisa Heim who coordinated the many volunteers that eagerily rolled up their sleeves and helped out in numerous ways.  Your generosity enabled the profits from the Book Fair sales to surpass last year’s goal reaching  $11,900 earning the library $2,750 to spend on books and special school programs.

Spirit Event ~ This Weekend!

Please come and help get the church and school landscaping ready for spring on Campus Beautification Day this Saturday, December 11th from 8:30 to 10 am. This is the last campus beautification work day until the end of winter. Please note the shortened time – only 1 ½ hours. The campus landscaping is maintained by volunteers and since there is so much to do we need your help! No experience necessary. Experienced gardeners will be there to guide you. Everyone is welcome. Earn service hours and Points for Parents (3 points per hour worked.) An adult must chaperone children volunteers. Please contact Holly Crocker at 703 330-8329 or thcrock@comcast.net if you plan to attend and bring your own gardening gloves and tools. We’re planning to remove leaves from the gardens and to cut back the dead plants to prepare for winter and have the gardens ready for spring!

Update From the Casino Night & Auction

Thank you to everyone who donated items for the Casino Night and Auction.  We received over 50 items including a weekend in the Northern Neck, a Flat Screen TV and several gift certificates for golfing green fees.  Thank you to all who contributed for your generosity.  Congratulations to the Witt linger Family on winning the Redskins tickets.  Enjoy the game next weekend and bring home a win!

Upcoming Events

Thursday, December 9th Enrollment Management Team Meeting (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, December 10th 5th Grade Sacrament of Reconciliation (9:30 a.m.)

2nd Quarter Interims distributed to students

Peace & Justice Players Presentation (PAC/2:00 p.m.)

Monday, December 13th 6th Grade Sacrament of Reconciliation (9:30 a.m.)

Tuesday, December 14th Christmas Band Concert (PAC/7:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, December 15th 2nd Quarter Lock Down Drill (10:00 a.m.)

Thursday, December 16th 3rd Grade Field Trip to George Mason University Theater

Christmas Pageant for Grades K, 4, 6, & 8 (PAC/7:30 p.m.)

Friday, December 17th 2nd Grade Christmas around the World Celebration

4th Grade Gingerbread House Math Project

Peace & Justice Players to visit Nursing Home (following dismissal)

 

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