The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 23

Living Stones on the Pathway to Heaven…

Message from the Principal

Those families who attended Mass at All Saints this past weekend may have noted members of the National Junior Honor Society collecting donations outside the entrances.  This was in support of an outreach to benefit the House of Mercy, a local organization committed to providing resources to the poor in our community.  I am pleased to share with you that the students collected $3,500 from our parish!  I am so proud of our young people for taking time from their day in order to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.  Through their example they have given witness to the very best of our Catholic school tradition.  Thank you, Mrs. Hammang and the members of the NJHS, for representing our school so well!

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This week I would like to provide an update to you regarding the Uniform Review Process.  Shortly before the Christmas holiday, I invited parents to respond to a follow up question regarding the option of a one vs. two uniform model.  A total of 134 parents responded with 77 (57%) favoring the “one uniform” approach as represented by Option #2 and Option #3.  A copy of the survey results can be found at the following link:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/sr.aspx?sm=pzHOJGTuHmly_2btI0PbKySTnfwyJRE49n_2bRr2fNP6_2bng_3d

While the majority of parents indicated a preference for one uniform throughout the year, within this category a greater number of respondents favored Option #3:  A Traditional Uniform with Seasonal Modifications, i.e. A classic school uniform with slight modifications during the warmer seasons. Modifications might include short vs. long sleeve shirts, polo shirts, no ties.

Based upon the research conducted by the Uniform Committee regarding other vendors currently in use in our diocese, Flynn & O’Hara remains our best option for a long-term uniform partnership.  As such, the committee will meet again next week for a presentation by our representative from Flynn & O’Hara.  This will provide an opportunity for us to focus on two aspects: 1) A discussion of challenges encountered by parents as related to our current uniform and 2) a review of potential uniforms for our school as we look to the future.

In considering the new uniform, the committee will give particular attention to the following criteria: product quality, maintenance and durability, comfort and cost.  As our school continues to establish a “brand”, we will also work within our existing color scheme of blue, gray and white as we explore future options.

As additional information becomes available, I will forward the details to you via the weekly newsletter.   I am grateful for the commitment of the committee members and look forward to working with them closely as we begin the process of selecting a new uniform to lead us into the next decade.

Spelling Bee

Congratulations to the following students who competed in last Friday’s school-wide Spelling Bee. These students qualified for participation after winning the class level bees.

6A           Erika Speicher

6A           An Nguyen

6B           Elizabeth Caturano

6B           Luke Trummer

7A           Brett Goerl

7A           Austin Wydajewski

7B           Hanna Davey

7B           Eddie Contreras

8A           Victoria Garcia

8A           Brandon Hepner

8B           Brian Owings

8B           Sierra Collins

Congratulations to An Nguyen on winning our school bee!  As the Diocesan level competition is only open to 7th & 8th grade students, Brett Goerl (2nd place winner) will represent our school at this upcoming event.  Congratulations, Brett!

New Extended Day Staff Member & Substitute Teacher Announced

Mrs. Bonnie McGann will serve as a substitute staff member in the Extended Day program while Mrs. Alejandra Reyes is away on maternity leave.  Mrs. McGann is a former naval officer and has previously worked in the Arlington Diocese as both a teacher and principal.  We welcome Mrs. McGann as she joins our community as both a member of our Extended Day staff and an on-call substitute teacher.

Snow Day Policy

The school calendar includes three snow days that have been built into the end of the year.  In accordance with diocesan policy, because the hours of instruction at All Saints exceed the requirement for the State of Virginia, we are not required to schedule additional make up days at this time.  This would only become necessary in the event that we have more than seven additional days of closure due to inclement weather from this day forward.  As such the final day of school for students in grades 1-7 is Thursday, June 16th.

Carpool Safety Reminder

As we are now at the midpoint of the year, this is a fitting time to recall important procedures that safeguard our students, staff and parents.

Parents are reminded to always turn off their automobile engines once the students arrive in the dismissal area.  This will reduce the potential for any injuries occurring while families are walking to their vehicles.

Parents are reminded to never leave a young child unattended in a vehicle.  While All Saints is a high trust environment, it is important that children be supervised at all times.

Menu Change ~ Month of February

Due to the recent inclement weather, the cafeteria staff has revised the menu for the month of February, incorporating several changes in the weeks ahead.  Please refer to the revised version which is now posted on our school website.

IMPORTANT  REMINDERS

Open House for 2011-2012 School Year ~ TOMORROW

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.

Re-Registration Forms ~ Reminder

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 begins today, it is important that parents return the forms by the deadline in order to insure that a place is reserved for each child who will be returning for the upcoming year.

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.

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.

Casino Night & Auction

This Saturday, 6:30pm at the Portuguese Community Center.  We have over 175 donated gifts, personalized class items and outings with teachers as part of our silent and live auction plus fantastic raffle prizes.  There’s something for everyone!  For a sneak peak at a handful of the donated items and more information, visit the school website.  Ticket forms are available on the website and at the school office $25 per person

PVI Basketball

Saint Leo The Great Girls & Boys Mini Hoopster Summer Basketball Camps: For all rising First – Third graders.  Camp Dates June 27 – 30 & July 18 – 21.  Please go to www.pvibasketball.com for summer camp info & registration form.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, February 9th Registration for New Students Begins

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

Legislative Initiative in Richmond

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.)

Monday, February 14th Re-Registration Deadline for Current Students

Valentine’s Day Parties ~ Grades K-5

SCA sponsored Dress Down Day ($1.00)

Tuesday, February 15th SCA sponsored Hot Chocolate Sale for Middle School begins

Wednesday, February 16th Uniform Committee Meeting (6:00 p.m.)

Thursday, February 17th Enrollment Management Meeting (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Monday, February 21st Holiday ~ Presidents’ Day

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