Living Stones on the Pathway to Heaven…
Message from the Principal
Happy New Year! I hope that you and your family enjoyed the Christmas holiday and the many opportunities to celebrate the season.
Again, I wish to congratulate Mrs. Fisher (former assistant principal), Mrs. Rakshys, and Mrs. Kardaras and the 42 members of the Peace & Justice Players for their very fine work, as recognized by Today’s Catholic Teacher. While I am very pleased with the affirmation that this organization has received, I am even more proud of the difference that our middle school students are making in the lives of those in our community. The meaningful interaction that occurs between the Peace & Justice Players and those less fortunate is inspiring and life-giving in so many ways. Their warm smiles and generous hearts brighten the lives of others and everyone walks away from the experience enriched and renewed.
With the start of the new year comes the opportunity to reflect on new commitments and resolutions. What better time than now to renew our desire to creating a “bully free” climate at All Saints? As such, next week our school will celebrate Bully Prevention Week. The following is a summary of activities planned for the week:
Monday: Students will have an opportunity to sign an Anti-Bully Pledge in the cafeteria during their lunch period.
Tuesday: Mrs. Karcher, school counselor, will visit classrooms to provide presentations on the topic of bullying.
Wednesday: The Peace & Justice Players will visit classrooms and role play situations to provide guidance to students regarding bullying behaviors.
Thursday: Yellow Day. Students are invited to wear yellow accessories, i.e. yellow ties, yellow socks, yellow hair ribbons, etc. Additionally, individual students will be recognized for their leadership in fostering anti-bullying behaviors.
Friday: Each class will meet with their “buddy class” to read books, view a movie or participate in an activity on the topic of anti-bullying/friendship building.
In next week’s newsletter I will provide to you the results of the parent survey on the topic of bullying that was distributed to the community earlier this year. The results tell a positive story, but also serve to remind us that there is always more work to be done on the challenge of creating a bully free climate.
Speaking of surveys…Thank you to those parents who responded to the follow up Uniform Survey just prior to the holidays. Recognizing that many of you were very busy with preparations for Christmas, I want to provide another opportunity for you to respond should you wish to participate. The following is an excerpt from my letter of December 15th that includes a link to the one question survey.
With the knowledge that the community favors a substantive change in the uniform at this time, the Uniform Committee wishes to focus on the question of a one vs. two uniform model. It is well possible that this question was interpreted in a number of ways, depending upon each respondent’s understanding of the one uniform option.
In an effort to gain a more accurate understanding of the parent community’s perspective on this and to have greater clarity for planning the road ahead, I would like to encourage you to complete a follow up survey. As the survey only contains one question, it should take only seconds to respond.
The survey question can be found at the following link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/63HCK5J
Please note: There is an assumption built into the survey, i.e. in the event that the community decides to adopt a uniform to be worn throughout the year (option #2 or option #3), the uniform will be similar in formality to the current winter uniform. In other words, the less formal appearance of the current summer uniform would not be adopted as a year-round uniform. The reason for this is that a more formal uniform better represents the tradition and level of excellence for which our school is known.
As the Uniform Committee will be meeting on Tuesday evening, parents interested in participating in the survey are asked to respond by Monday morning.
Casino Night & Auction News … Tickets Now On Sale
Your invitation, raffle tickets and ticket order form to the February 12, 2011 Casino Night & Auction is being sent home with your oldest child today.
Raffle Ticket Prizes Include:
- Flat Screen TV
- DS Game System
- Reserved Pew for Easter Mass of your Choice
- 1st in Line for Carpool
- Excused from Points for Parents
The evening will feature casino games with funny money raffle prizes, 50/50 raffle, a live and silent auction, and so much more. Please return order forms and purchased raffle tickets to the school office. For more information, please contact Carol Rice at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-380-5990.
Update Regarding the Leonard Family
Mrs. Leonard wishes to convey her gratitude and appreciation for the continued support and prayers that she has received from the All Saints school community. While her cancer remains at stage 4, she remains optimistic that next week’s tests will show improvement in her condition. At this time, extended family is providing support and preparing meals. If you wish to assist in providing meals beginning in February, you may confirm your interest through the Meal Train website at: http://www.mealtrain.com/?id=m0y8ppl9er6t.
All Saints School Parents are invited to join the Knights of Columbus!
Imagine being part of an organization that fills your heart and your mind with the joy of giving to others and the feeling that comes with making a difference. Knights are Catholic men, 18 years of age and older, who are committed to making their community a better place, while supporting their Church. Being a Knight is more than camaraderie. It is being involved with your community; it is supporting your local Catholic Church, while enhancing your own faith; it is about protecting and enhancing your family life. Come see just what we are all about and take the first steps to enhance your personal life!
George Brent Council will host an Open House on Saturday, January 15, 2011 from 4 – 8pm in our Clubroom at 9290 Stonewall Road in Manassas, VA. Please join the Knights for an evening of NFL divisional playoff football, Knightly fraternity, good food, cold drinks, and information for your potential membership in the Knights of Columbus. The Council Hall is located behind the All Saints Catholic School gym on Stonewall Rd. For additional information and to RSVP please, call Tommy Reynolds at 703-963-1281.
Prayer of the Month
Prayer for Compassion
O Father, give us the compassion you
want us to have and teach us to
embrace each other with compassionate arms,
no matter what our age, color, history, or belief.
Help us to remember that you are Life Itself,
and that you are using every one of our
unique gifts to bring us together with
you once again. Amen.
Virtue of the Month Program ~ Compassion
For some children, KINDNESS might be a good way to explain this virtue.
- Pray for those people who are hungry or homeless.
- Give money to the poor box in church from your own allowance.
- Give food or clothing to those in need.
- Help at home without being asked.
- Keep your room neat and orderly to help your parents.
- Make a pretty card or write a cheerful letter to someone who is sick or in a nursing home.
- Listen quietly when your friend is upset or angry and needs to talk.
- Visit relatives, neighbors, or friends that are sick.
- Include new students in your games. Introduce them to your friends.
- If someone doesn’t understand a lesson or a game, offer to teach them. Do not make fun of them.
- Make someone laugh when they are feeling sad.
- Be kind to everyone you meet.
?January Band Mini-Camps ?
PVI is offering a fun way for Diocesan 6th,7th ,8th grade band students to spend their January teacher workday! Depending on your school’s workday, choose one of two fully-staffed camps – either Thursday Jan 13th 6-8:30 pm and Friday Jan 14th 9-4:30, OR Thursday/Friday Jan 20/21 (same time blocks). Both camps finish out with a concert and pizza party! The fee is $30. Registration forms are located at http://www.pvimusicboosters.org. Questions, please contact email@example.com.
Spring Training at JP the Great!
Spring Training Baseball Camp will be held at Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School the weekends of February 19/20 and 26/27. ALL middle school boys are invited to attend! The camps will be taught by JP coaches and will focus on the fundamentals of hitting, throwing, and fielding. For more information, contact Coach Dunleavy: firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 445-0331, or visit www.jpthegreat.org.
Inclement Weather Reminders ~ Half Days & Cafeteria Menu
In the event that school is closed due to inclement weather, the cafeteria menu for that day will be prepared the following day. However, in the event that school is closed two or more days in a row, the menu will be re-evaluated with changes posted on our website.
In the event that school is delayed due to inclement weather on a noon dismissal day, school will begin at 10:10 a.m. and extend until 3:00 p.m. Please note: In this scenario there are no cafeteria services available and as such, each student is asked to bring a lunch and drink to school.
Arlington Band Festival ~ CALENDAR UPDATE
The Arlington Band Festival will occur on Saturday, April 2nd rather than April 16th as originally published in our school calendar.
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
- Re-Registration for Current Families February 2-14, 2011
- 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)
Friday, January 7th
National Geography School Bee (10:00 a.m.)
Faculty Meeting (1:00-3:00 p.m.)
Monday, January 10th
Bully Prevention Week begins (see schedule above)
Drama Club Presentation of A Christmas Carol (PAC)
9:00 a.m. Grades 3-5
10:00 a.m. Grades 6-8
11:00 a.m. Grades 1-2
Tuesday, January 11th
Uniform Committee Meeting (PLC/7:00 p.m.)
Wednesday, January 12th
Distribution of Gianni’s Frozen Food Order Forms
Thursday, January 13th
Enrollment Management Team Meeting (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)
Monday, January 17th
Holiday ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday
Wednesday, January 19th
Evening of Prayer for Parents of 2nd & 8th Grade Parents, hosted by the Religious Education Staff (7:00 p.m.)
Thursday, January 20th
Open House (9:00 a.m.)
Eucharistic Adoration & Benediction (2:15 p.m.)
Friday, January 21st
Holiday ~ Professional Development Day (End of 2nd Quarter)
Curriculum Mapping & Report Card Preparation
- Meal Train link for the Leonard Family ~ http://www.mealtrain.com/?id=m0y8ppl9er6t
- January Band Mini-Camps at PVI ~ http://www.pvimusicboosters.org
- Spring Training at John Paul the Great ~ www.jpthegreat.org
- FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Company/application ~ www.factstuitionaid.com
- Overview of Diocesan Tuition Assistance Program ~ http://www.arlingtondiocese.org/catholicschools/tuition_grant.php