The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 25

Living Stones on the Pathway to Heaven…

Message from the Principal

During Lent, All Saints Parish will participate in the 40 Days for Life, a prayerful peaceful witness along
Sudley Road.  In the words of Fr. Bob, “This public expression becomes a ‘voice’ for those who have no voice ~ the unborn baby.”

I learned of this program through Mr. Mike Baldwin, a school parent, who is serving as parish coordinator and assisting another local couple in organizing the regional effort.  To date, more than twenty local parishes and churches will be participating in the effort.  Linked to this week’s newsletter is additional information about this important pro-life initiative, including details as to how you can sign up to participate through prayer, fasting and peaceful vigil.  Our parish is specifically hoping to confirm participation for the hours between 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays and Sundays.  As the morning and early afternoon work hours remain open at this time, this may be an ideal opportunity for school parents who wish to support this important pro-life effort.  As such, I encourage those interested in gaining more information about this effort to attend our PTO Meeting next week or contact Mr. Mike Baldwin at 571-292-1159 or mikebaldwin4life@gmail.com.  Additional information may be found at the following website: http://www.40daysforlife.com/manassas/

Calendar Correction ~ First Reconciliation

Second grade students enrolled at All Saints will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Saturday, March 5th beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the Church as opposed to February 26th as published in our school calendar.

Middle School Science Fair ~ Cafeteria Closed

The cafeteria will be closed tomorrow (February 24th) so that the space may be used for the annual Science Fair. All students are reminded to bring a “brown bag” lunch. Milk and juice will remain available for purchase.

Message from the Volunteer Co-Coordinator, Angela Slater

Need more Points for Parents points? Did you know that you can earn Points for Parents Points (5 points) by attending a PTO General Assembly meeting?  What a great way to meet up with other families, earn points for parents, shop for uniforms and hear what is happening with the school and the PTO.  Our next meeting is Monday, February 28th at 7:30pm in the Father Kelly Hall.

Also, if you have been waiting for a local Virtus training so you can get more involved in the school–we have one Saturday right here at All Saints in the Father Kelly Hall at 9am. This is the Virtus training “Protecting God’s Children” for those who have never been to the training before. Please sign up via the Virtus website or contact Janet Smith at the Parish Office for more information.   Don’t forget you can’t volunteer without your background check paperwork filled out–you can start this at anytime, ask for a packet at the front office or the Parish Office.

Remember if you are not getting volunteer email blasts, please contact me, Angela Slater atschoolvolunteer@allsaintsvaschool.org so that you can find out about the latest volunteer opportunities.  Feel free to contact me with any volunteer questions or volunteer needs!

PVI ~ March BAND and Strings MINI-CAMP

PVI is offering a fun way for Diocesan 5th – 8th grade band and strings students to spend their March teacher workday!  Fully-staffed camp will be held Thursday Mar 10 6-8:30 pm and Friday Mar 11th 9-4:30 pm, finishing out with concert and pizza party!  $35. fee, registration forms located athttp://www.pvimusicboosters.org Questions, contact jsiegfried@paulvi.net.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Race for Education ~ Mailing Labels Now Due!

Preparations are now underway for the 6th Annual Race for Education which will be held on Thursday, May 5th.  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. The remaining funds from the 6th Annual Race for Education will be allocated for instructional technology and other essential classroom materials.

Although the deadline for submitting completed mailing labels was last Friday, students may continue to forward them to their teachers in the days ahead.  Should you have any questions about the process, please do not hesitate to contact the co-coordinators, Mrs. Marjorie Collins (703-365-9686) or Mrs. Beth Ross (703-753-1740).

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.

Registration Schedule for the New Year

ø  Registration for New Students   ~      February 9-March 4, 2011   ~    (Including siblings for Pre-K & K)

Virtus Update

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

Also, there will be another opportunity for the required annual update to Virtus training:  Saturday, March 26th at 10:30 AM in Meeting Room One

Upcoming Events

Thursday, February 24th Science Fair Awards Ceremony (Gym/6:30 p.m.)

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

Saturday, February 26th VIRTUS Training ~ 4 Hour Program (FKH/9:00 a.m.)

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

Tuesday, March 1st Gold Medal Readers Celebration (1:15 p.m.)

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

Wednesday, March 2nd 3rd Grade Field Trip to GMU Theater

Uniform Committee Meeting (PLC/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, March 4th Distribution of 3rd Quarter Interim Reports

Saturday, March 5th Diocesan Spelling Bee (St. Thomas More Cathedral School)

First Reconciliation (10:30 a.m.)

Links

Forty Days for Life Flyers ~

  • General Flyer – http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/02/40-days-for-life.pdf

All Saints Flyer – http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/02/40-days-for-life-2011.pdf