The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 22

Living Stones on the Pathway to Heaven…

Message from the Principal

Be it known to all who enter here that Christ is the reason for this school, the unseen but ever present teacher in its classes, the model of its faculty, the inspiration of its students. (original source unknown)

As we celebrate Catholic Schools Week, I can think of no better reminder of our mission as a Catholic school.  Our school exists so that children may not only gain an understanding of their Catholic faith, but more importantly, experience a deeper relationship with Christ.  This takes place within the context of a community ~ a school ~ where prayer, Sacraments, rituals and traditions shape our daily life and culture.  Immersed in such an environment, the lives of the children are transformed and they are empowered to serve others, ultimately helping to build the Kingdom of God.  This is the mission that makes Catholic education distinct.

As a Catholic school, we also share in a tradition of academic excellence.  Within our classrooms and hallways, faculty & staff, parents and community members together strive to provide our children with the very best educational opportunities.  Through the commitment of many and the generosity of our parish community, our students are afforded a first-class educational experience that integrates 21stCentury learning tools with well-established best practices.

Several weeks ago I completed a survey as part of an audit of our school’s marketing and enrollment initiatives.  One of the questions requested my perspective regarding the number one strength of our school.  After some reflection, I simply typed in the box: The giftedness and dedication of our faculty and staff. Indeed, at All Saints we are truly blessed to have such a talented and dynamic group of professionals working with the children each day.  Through their daily example, their passion for educating young people, and their professionalism, they have taken our school to great heights.

Of course, without the support of parents and our wonderful PTO, we would not have the tools and resources that are such an important part of our daily life.  At All Saints, parent involvement is recognized as fundamental to the success of our school and we are immensely grateful for the steadfast partnership that we enjoy with you.

On behalf of the faculty & staff, I wish to thank you for entrusting your children to us.  It remains a great privilege for us to have the opportunity to work closely with you in support of your child’s development.  We thank you for choosing All Saints and look forward to having your family as part of our “school family” for years to come.  Happy Catholic Schools Week!

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Today each family will receive re-registration forms for the 2011-2012 academic year.  Parents are asked to complete all of the forms and return them to the office no later than Monday, February 14th. Since registration of new students will begin on February 9th, it is important that parents return the enclosed forms by the deadline in order to insure that a place is reserved for each child who will be returning in the fall.

(Please note: Registration of students new to All Saints, including siblings who will be eligible by age for Pre-Kindergarten, will begin on February 9th.  Separate forms related to this initial registration process will automatically be sent home to parents who have expressed interest in enrolling another child in our program.)

I am pleased to announce that tuition for grades K-8 will increase by only 1% for the upcoming year. Pre-Kindergarten tuition will increase from $2025 to $2100.

This equates to the following increase per month:

1 Child                    $4.70

2 Children               $7.60

3 Children               $10.20

4 Children               $12.90

One of the reasons that we are able to maintain affordable tuition rates is through the continued support of our parish community.  In addition to providing significant funding for maintenance and utilities costs, the parish continues to provide subsidy to the school in the amount of $240,000 per year.  (Subsequently, parishioners are extended a “discount” and are asked to pay less than what it actually costs the school/parish to provide educational services.  The parish is able to offer this discount with the understanding that those same families are contributing to and participating in the life of the parish on a regular basis.)  We also continue to benefit from the generous support of our PTO.  In generating between $80,000 and $100,000 in annual revenue, the PTO helps defer the costs of both special projects as well as operating expenses.

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On Saturday, February 12th the PTO will host the annual Casino & Auction Night at the Portuguese Community Center beginning at 6:30 p.m.  In addition to being one of our largest fund-raising events of the year, the annual auction provides a wonderful opportunity for parents, faculty, staff and community members to celebrate the success of our school.  I hope that many of you will be able to join us for this special evening which has become a cherished event at All Saints.

A special note for those who have never participated in a casino night:  The games are great fun and the hosts very gracious.  It is, indeed, a relaxed and enjoyable evening.  I do hope that many of you will be able to join us for an evening of food & fellowship … all in support of our school!

  • To get information about the auction, please check on the following link to go the school our website: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/pto/all-saints-casino-night-auction/ and while you are there take a moment to preview some of the items and prizes (including pictures) by clicking on the tab PRIZE PREVIEW.
  • For ticket sales and additional information, please click on the following linkhttp://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/01/casino-night-ticket-order-2011.pdf.

Virtue of the Month ~ Honesty

  1. Admit when you do something wrong.  Don’t put the blame on others.
  2. Do all of your own work and put your best effort into it.  Don’t look at other student’s papers.
  3. Be true to your word and your beliefs.
  4. If you forget your homework, tell the truth.  Accept the consequences.
  5. If you find money try to find out who it belongs to.
  6. Always ask before borrowing something.
  7. Give back what you borrow in good condition.
  8. Be honest when you correct your own paper or someone else’s.  Circle all the mistakes.
  9. If you make a promise, keep it.

Prayer of the Month ~ Prayer for Honesty

Lord Jesus,

You know me well and you see what is going on in my heart.

I am sure you understand me and want to help me.

Please give me the courage to resist temptations of all kinds,

and practice the virtue of Honesty in all I think, say, and do.

Let your Spirit rekindle in my heart the desire to act right,

and give me wonderful ideas to help others act right too.

Amen.

Menu Change ~ Tomorrow, February 3rd

Rather than Cheese Pizza Sticks, the cafeteria will serve Cheese Pizza tomorrow.  Due to the recent inclement weather, the February menu will be further revised with modifications announced next week and posted on the website.

8th Grade Confirmation ~ May 7th

Confirmation of 8th Grade students enrolled at All Saints Catholic School will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 7th.

Confirmation Rehearsal & Band Concert ~ May 3rd

With Confirmation scheduled for Saturday, May 7th, the rehearsal will take place on Tuesday, May 3rdfrom 6:30 to approximately 7:30 p.m. in the church.  For this reason, the band concert previously scheduled for this time will begin at 8:00 p.m. in the Parish Activities Center.

Calendar Correction ~Jesus Day ~ March 19th

The 2nd Grade Jesus Day event will take place on Saturday, March 19th rather than February 19th as previously published in our school calendar.

Clinic ~ Seeking Volunteers

The clinic is seeking 1-2 volunteers to assist with clerical tasks and data-entry during the afternoon hours.  For more information about this volunteer opportunity, please contact Mrs. Antunes, our school nurse.

Open House for Prospective Teachers ~ Tomorrow

Again this year All Saints Catholic School is pleased to host an information session for individuals interested in learning more about teaching opportunities in our diocesan school system.  On Thursday, February 3rd Sr. Patricia Helene, IHM of Marymount University will present an overview of the application process as well as what it means to work in the mission of Catholic education.  The event will begin at 1:00 p.m. in the Music Room.  For additional information, please see the link attached to this week’s newsletter.

Open House for 2011-2012 School Year

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, February 10thbeginning 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)

Virtus Update

There will be two opportunities for the required annual update to Virtus training:

Saturday, February 12th at 10:30 AM in the Art Room

Saturday, March 26th at 10:30 AM in Meeting Room One

Also, there will be the 4-hour live training “Protecting God’s Children” presentation on Saturday, February 26th beginning at 9:00 AM in FKH.

PVI Girls & Boys Summer Basketball Camps

Paul VI Girls & Boys Summer Basketball Camps: June 20 – 24 / July 5 – 8 / July 11 – 15 / July 25 29.  Please go to www.pvibasketball.com for summer camp info & registration form.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, February 2nd Re-Registration for 2011-2012 begins

Thursday, February 3rd Community Service Day ~ Grade level outreach to the local community

Student Appreciation Day ~ Optional Dress Down Day ($1.00 in support of our seminary) & No Homework

Gianni’s Pick Up in the Parish Activities Center (2:30-7:00 p.m.)

Information Meeting for Prospective Teachers (1:00 p.m.)

Friday, February 4th School Mass

Spelling Bee (10:30 a.m.)

Noon Dismissal

Teacher Appreciation Day ~ Faculty & Staff Luncheon, hosted by the PTO

Middle School “Demerit Free Breakfast” (9:30 a.m.)

Saturday, February 5th PTO Bingo Night (Knights Hall/5:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, February 8th Picture Day ~ Teams, Clubs and Candids

PTO Executive Board Meeting (PLC/7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, February 9th Registration for New Students Begins

Thursday, February 10th Open House for Prospective Parents (FKH/9:00 a.m.)

Friday, February 11th Race for Education Kick-Off Assembly (2:30 p.m.)

Saturday, February 12th VIRTUS Video Update (Art Room/10:30 a.m.)

Casino & Auction Night (6:30 p.m.)

Links ~

  • Are you interested in teaching for the Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Arlington?  Click on link for Information Program for Prospective Teacher TOMORROW at All Saints Catholic School! ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/2011/01/12/come-join-us-information-programs-for-prospective-teachers/
  • Casino Night/Tickets ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/01/casino-night-ticket-order-2011.pdf
  • Casino Night/Auction – Click on PRIZE PREVIEW ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/pto/all-saints-casino-night-auction/
  • MealTrain Link for Dalusung Family ~ http://www.mealtrain.com/?id=mmfgun4edeft