The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 17

Living Stones on the Pathway to Heaven…

Message from the Principal

On Monday evening our community gathered in the Parish Activities Center for the performance of the annual Christmas Pageant.  I wish to thank and congratulate our kindergarten, fourth, sixth and eighth grade students for a beautiful presentation of the Nativity story.  After a program of readings and carols, the evening concluded with a living Nativity Scene, portrayed by the students in the 6th grade Theater Arts class.  As the lights grew dim and Ms. Dalusung led the singing of O Come, O Come Emmanuel, those present enjoyed a moment of Advent reflection.  With the lights focused on the image of the Holy Family, a stirring scene was created, providing inspiration for young and old as we excitedly anticipate the celebration of the birth of our Savior.

The Pageant was made possible through the combined efforts of Mr. Tessier, Mrs. Lewis and Ms. Dalusung, each of whom shared their particular gifts and expertise in support of the program.  I am especially grateful to Ms. Dalusung for returning to All Saints to direct the Pageant while Mrs. Laird has been out on leave.  It was yet another sterling example of the goodness and dedication of our faculty and staff, past and present!


This week I would like to provide to you an update regarding the staffing of the first grade program. On Friday, Ms. Sarmuksnis, classroom assistant, submitted her resignation so that she might pursue employment nearer to her home.  As such, her final day at All Saints will be Wednesday, December 22nd.  We wish her every success and blessing during this period of transition and thank her for her time as a member of our school staff.

In her place, Mrs. Carolyn Helmick will be returning to her prior role of first grade classroom assistant.  Having worked with Mrs. Otaizo the past several years, she has a thorough understanding of classroom procedures and will be able to offer great assistance to Mrs. Otaizo as she approaches her due date of mid-February.  Most importantly, Mrs. Helmick has significant experience working with the first grade curriculum, as well as the Word Study approach, and has demonstrated a high level of effectiveness in this regard.  I am grateful for her commitment to our program and her willingness to return to full time employment at All Saints.

On behalf of the faculty & staff of All Saints Catholic School, I wish all of you a blessed Christmas Season! May the holiday be filled with great joy as you gather with family and friends to celebrate the birth of our Savior!

A Prayer for Advent ~ Week IV

Father, all-powerful God,

your eternal Word took flesh on our earth

when the Virgin Mary placed her life

at the service of your plan.

Lift our minds in watchful hope

to hear the voice which announces his glory,

and open our minds to receive the Spirit

who prepares us for his coming.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.


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 (

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: (

Box Tops for Education
WOW! What a collection over Thanksgiving for November, 5405 Boxtops! 2A collected 696 and 8A collected 393 boxtops. Keep on collecting (ask grandparents and neighbors) and sending them in. A December collection sheet is being sent home and is due back by Jan 7th. If you don’t recieve one, send the boxtops in a baggie with the homeroom class clearly marked. Please send only boxtops and Campbell’s labels in separate baggies. Each program has it’s own deadlines and coordinatoor. All labels are greatly appreciated. Boxtops is trash for cash and Campbells is supplies for the school. Go to for complete a product listing where Boxtops can be found as well as recipes, sweepstakes and the Market Place.

Looking for a Last-Minute Christmas gift?

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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, December 22nd School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Christmas Pageant ~ Grades K, 4, 6 & 8 (PAC/9:45 a.m.)

Classroom Parties (10:30 a.m.)

Noon Dismissal

Thursday, December 23rd Christmas Holiday Begins

Monday, January 3rd School Reopens

Tuesday, January 4th PTO Executive Board Meeting (PLC/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, January 7th National Geography School Bee (10:00 a.m.)

Noon Dismissal