The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 24

Living Stones on the Pathway to Heaven…

Message from the Principal

On Saturday evening more than 200 parents and community members attended the Casino & Auction Night at the Portuguese Community Center.  The new venue worked very well, providing ample space for the casino games, silent auction, and buffet.  With everyone gathered in one large hall, there was great energy in the room and a strong sense of community.

On behalf of the faculty, staff and students of All Saints, I wish to thank the PTO and the Auction Committee for all of their efforts in support of the event.  I wish to extend a special word of thanks to Mrs. Carol Rice who served as Auction Coordinator.  Working behind the scenes for months in advance, she orchestrated the many details which are so important for an event of this magnitude.  I am grateful for her steadfast commitment and enthusiasm as well as that of the entire committee.  I want to also acknowledge the continued support of Metro Casinos, owned by Mr. Adam Morgan, a school parent.  If you are ever considering hosting a casino style party, I highly recommend his company.  His staff is both professional and adept at ensuring that everyone, even the inexperienced, has a wonderful time at the tables.

Although the PTO is still finalizing the numbers, preliminary estimates indicate a profit of approximately $12,000, quite a tidy sum during this economic period. Congratulations, Mrs. Rice and Auction Committee, on a job well done!

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With spring just around the corner, we are rapidly approaching “Race” season at All Saints!  Five years ago All Saints Catholic School launched a tremendously successful fundraiser program, the Race for Education. Through the years, the funds donated to our school by family and friends from around the country have enabled us to purchase an ACTIV Board system for every homeroom, Pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade.  The funds have also supported a variety of other initiatives, including special recognitions for the faculty, additional funding for the fine arts program, and contributions to the general operating fund.

Preparations are now underway for the 6th Annual Race for Education which will be held on Thursday, May 5th.  The multi-colored packet distributed to students last Friday provides an overview of the key information related to the event.

When reviewing the information packet, you will note that our goal for this year’s Race for Education is $39,307.47.  There is a specific reason as to why we have selected such a precise goal.  As is our tradition at All Saints, we will again designate St. Jude Childrens’ Research Hospital as a beneficiary of our annual Race with the understanding that All Saints will forward 15% of the proceeds to their organization. If we meet our goal, we will be able to contribute $5,896.12 to the cause, bringing our total contributions to St. Jude’s to $100,000. (These funds are been generated through the annual Math-a-Thon which we sponsored through the 1990s and in more recent years through the Race for Education.)  One might say that our goal is $100,000 for St. Judes!

The remaining funds from the 6th Annual Race for Education will be allocated for instructional technology and other essential classroom materials.   Students are asked to submit completed mailing labels by Friday, February 18th.  For additional information about this process and the incentives offered to students, please see the information packet.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the co-coordinators, Mrs. Marjorie Collins (703-365-9686) or Mrs. Beth Ross (703-753-1740).

New Music Teacher Announced ~ Ms. Ann Marie White

Ms. Ann Marie White will join our faculty in the role of music teacher for the remainder of the school year.  She is a recent graduate of George Mason University where she earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance.  While a student at the university, she served as the Assistant Director and choreographer for the choral department as well as the director for Opera productions. Additionally, she has assisted with programs at Bishop O’Connell High School as well as St. Leo the Great Catholic School in Fairfax.  She will begin teaching on Wednesday, February 23rd and assume responsibility for the Schola program on Wednesday, March 2nd.   Congratulations, Ms. White and welcome to All Saints!

Calendar Change ~ ½ Day in May Rescheduled

The half day of school published in our calendar for Monday, May 9th has been moved to Friday, May 6th.  In light of the fact that a large number of students in grades 4-8 will be attending the Band Trip on May 6th, from an instructional standpoint it makes good sense to move the half day to this date.  The EPSF Screening is still scheduled for Monday, May 9th.  As such, there will be no Pre-K or Kindergarten classes on that day as previously announced.

Science Fair Judges Needed

Could you spare a few hours to help your school?  Are you curious about the natural world, wonder how things work, or enjoy learning new things? If you answered yes to either of these questions or if you just like science, All Saints Catholic School could really use your help in serving as a Science Fair Judge for our school fair on Thursday, February 24, from 8:00-12:00 (includes lunch). We still need a few more judges to help us reach our goal of approximately 20 – 25 volunteer judges to evaluate the academic and creative efforts of our middle school students.

Judges are needed in the following categories:

Behavioral and Social Sciences Biochemistry

Botany

Chemistry

Computer Science

Earth and Space Sciences

Engineering

Environmental Sciences Mathematics

Medicine and Health

Microbiology

Physics

Zoology

If you can share your time and talents for this event or have any questions, please contact Mrs. Hammang at (703) 368-4400 X 219 or e-mail phammang@allsaintsva.org

IMPORTANT  REMINDERS

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.

Open House for 2011-2012 School Year ~ TOMORROW

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, February 17thbeginning 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  Registration for New Students             February 9-March 4, 2011

(Including siblings for Pre-K & K)

Virtus Update

Another opportunity for the required annual update to Virtus training:

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.

Upcoming Events

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

Thursday, February 17th Open House (9:00 a.m.)

Enrollment Management Meeting (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, February 18th School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Monday, February 21st Holiday ~ Presidents’ Day

Thursday, February 24th Science Fair

Friday, February 25th School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Saturday, February 26th First Reconciliation ~ 2nd Grade (10:30 a.m.)

VIRTUS Training ~ 4 Hour Program (FKH/9:00 a.m.)

VIRTUS Update ~ 30 Minute Video (10:30 a.m.)

Monday, February 28th PTO General Assembly Meeting (FKH/7:30 p.m.)