The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 30

Living Stones on the Pathway to Heaven…

Message from the Principal

On Sunday evening the Catholic Business Network of Northern Virginia hosted the 16thAnnual Schools/Business Partnerships Awards Banquet.  Each year at this event, the schools in our diocese are invited to recognize the generosity of individuals and businesses from the local community who have made a significant contribution to the mission of Catholic education.  This year I was pleased to recognize the George Brent Council Knights of Columbus, an organization that has provided strong support to our school in recent years.  Through title sponsorship of our PTO Golf Tournament, sponsorship of a middle school essay contest, and hosting of our Bingo Nights, the Knights have provided generous support to All Saints Catholic School.  Representing the Knights of Columbus, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Arseneault (Grand Knight) as well as Mr. and Mrs. Bill Gaynord (PTO  Bingo Coordinators) attended the gala event during which Bishop Loverde and members of the local community expressed their gratitude to all those who are truly making a difference in our Catholic schools.

A highlight of the evening was the announcement of the 2011 Educational Scholarship Winners, an award program sponsored by the Catholic Business Network in partnership with PNC Bank.  I was delighted that Alyssa DeRaymond, a member of the All Saints Class of 2010, was selected as the award recipient from Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School.  In an essay entitled How I Practice Catholic Values Outside of School and Church, Alyssa outlined her commitment to striving to make a difference in the lives of those around her.  The following is an excerpt from her essay. Congratulations, Alyssa!

I try to practice my Catholic values as much as possible, because I know that practicing them is the right way to live.  Once, I was told by a teacher that, by choosing what is right, you set an example for others. “Sometimes,” she told me, “others want to choose good, but they are afraid.”  She went on to explain that children and teenagers will often do what is right if someone else chooses it first.  From the day I learned this on, I have always tried to take the initiative, and I have found that this lesson from the teacher is certainly true.

And speaking of making the right choices, I want to take a moment to share with you just how proud I am of our middle school students.  As we began our Lenten journey, Mrs. Hammang (science teacher) decided to offer the students an opportunity to visit the Blessed Sacrament Chapel during their recess on Thursdays.  When I stopped by the church last week during lunch time, I counted 27 sixth grade students in silent prayer.  What an extraordinary witness of our faith and a testament to the value of a Catholic education.  These young people are setting a stellar example for younger students and offering us a glimpse of the very best of All Saints!

Honor Roll Students Recognized by Delegate Miller

This week each student who achieved Honor Roll status for the second quarter will receive a congratulatory letter from Delegate Jackson Miller (50th District).  Congratulations to all of our honor students for achieving this level of excellence and for this special recognition by a locally elected official.

Terra Nova Testing Countdown ~ 2 Weeks!

As the week of standardized testing approaches, parents are asked to avoid scheduling appointments from Monday, April 11th – Tuesday, April 19th so that each student may participate in the testing as scheduled.

New Student Referral Program

Many of our current families learned about the value of an All Saints education through a personal reference from an existing school family.  Again this year we would like to reward you for promoting the school to your family and friends!  Through the New Student Referral Program, your family can receive a $200.00 tuition credit for referring a new family to All Saints Catholic School.  For more information about this program, please see the attached flyer.  Help to spread the word about the success and tradition of All Saints Catholic School!

SCA Sponsored ~ “Pennies for Love”

The SCA will be sponsoring a “Pennies for Love” fundraiser to support the people in Japan and the student we are sponsoring in Kenya, Mary Atieno Ogada.  Please click on the link for the flyer with details.

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.

Junior Troop 2585 Food Drive for the Poor

The fifth graders from Junior troop 2585 are hosting a food drive from March 27the – April 15th.  Bins will be placed in the breeze way to hold your donations. The donations will go to the poor in our area.  Please donate 🙂

All Saints Chess Club Participates in the Montclair Scholastic Chess Tournament

Congratulations to the All Saints School Chess Club for their participation in the Montclair Scholastic Chess Tournament on Saturday, March 26th.  Tony DiRenzo, coach of the All Saints Chess Club, is proud to announce the following results from the competition:

Sporting new Chess Club T-shirts, the following six students faced tough opponents while demonstrating team spirit and courteous sportsmanship:

Miguel G.                         Ethan R.

David N.                              Roman R.

Andrew R.                           Julia W.

Special recognition is given to two students from our team who placed in the chess competition:

  • Roman R., (1B), placed 17th out of 76 students and won a medal for scoring 2.5 points.
  • Miguel G., (3B), won 6th place and his first chess trophy!

Coach DiRenzo also wanted to recognize Julia W., (2A), for her grace and courage playing in her first tournament ever!

Upcoming Spirit Events Offer  Opportunities to Earn Points & Service Hours!

A big “THANK YOU” to everyone who came out and helped beautify the campus last Saturday.  We’re making beautiful progress, but there’s still more to be done.  Please come join us next Saturday, April 2nd from 9 am – 12 pm and/or Saturday, April 9th from 9 am -12 pm to prepare the school and church campus for Easter. This is an easy way to earn volunteer and community service hours.  Activities will include, spreading mulch, burying irrigation hoses and cutting back a little bit of dead growth from last year.  Everyone is welcome. No experience necessary. Note: Children younger than 6th grade need adult chaperones.  Please contact Holly Crocker at (703) 330-8329 or via email at thcrock@comcast.net if you plan to help. Thank you so mulch for your help with this special project! J

Claytime Café

Want to get a jump on the Easter, Grandparents or Mother’s day gifts? We have just the thing for you!

Join us at the Claytime Café this Friday April 1, 2011 from 12 noon to 8 p.m.

So let’s get those creative juices flowing and have a great time! It’s a fun way to support our school and give an awesome personalized gift. All Saints School will earn 10% on the total purchase price on every item over $20 pre-tax.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, March 31st Eucharistic Adoration & Benediction (2:15 p.m.)

Friday, April 1st End of 3rd Quarter

School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Sacrament of Reconciliation ~ Grade 7 (9:30 a.m.)

Stations of the Cross ~ Grades K-2 (11:00 a.m.)

Noon Dismissal ~ Report Card Prep

Spirit Activity: Claytime Café (12:00-8:00 p.m.)

8th Grade Confirmation Retreat

Saturday, April 2nd Diocesan Band Festival

Monday, April 4th Transition to Summer Uniforms

SCA Sponsored Pennies for Love Program begins

Sacrament of Reconciliation ~ Grade 8 (9:30 a.m.)

Tuesday, April 5th PTO Executive Board Meeting (PLC/7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, April 6th Peace & Justice Players’ Sponsored Soup Luncheon to Benefit Japanese Earthquake Relief

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

Sacrament of Reconciliation ~ Grade 2 (9:30 a.m.)

Stations of the Cross ~ Grades 3-5 (2:00 p.m.)

3rd Quarter Report Cards distributed to students

Saturday, April 9th Diocesan Science Fair

Alumni Celebration (4:00-7:00 p.m.)

Links ~

  • · SCA “Pennies for Love” Flyer: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wpcontent/uploads/downloads/2011/03/Pennies_for_Love_Flyer2011.pdf
  • Claytime Café Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/03/claytime-cafe.pdf
  • Campus Beautification Day Flyer: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/03/2011-04-2and9CampusBeautificationDay.jpg
  • Spotlight on the Arts Drama & Art Summer Camps offers dynamic day camps for Catholic Families and friends! Download the Camp Brochure to learn about each instructor and print a registration.  Any registrations post-marked by April 15th receive a $15 off discount per camp.  To learn more, visit:  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/02/camps2011_web.pdf