The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 32

Living Stones on the Pathway to Heaven…

Message from the Principal

This week I wish to provide an update regarding the implementation of the new uniform as well as a clarification regarding the shoe policy.  After consideration of the cost of the adult size shoes for middle school students, the Uniform Committee has decided to revise the shoe policy to allow parents to purchase shoes from the vendor of their choice. While there will still be a “uniform shoe” available for purchase through Flynn & O’Hara, families will be able to shop around for the best price.

The following will be our shoe policy beginning in 2011-2012.  (Note: As the current uniform is grandfathered for one year, the oxford shoes & penny loafers for middle school students will not be a required part of the uniform until the fall of 2012.  During the upcoming year, middle school students may continue to wear the black athletic shoe.)

Boys (K-5)              Black Athletic Shoe ~ standard low cut tennis shoes; high tops and basketball shoes are not acceptable

Girls (K-5)              Black Athletic Shoe ~ standard low cut tennis shoes; high tops and basketball shoes are not acceptable

Optional Shoe ~ Black Mary Jane to be purchased from vendor of choice

Boys (6-8)              Required Shoe (2012)  ~ Black, tie oxford (rubber-soled, non-marking)

Grandfathered Shoe (2011) ~ Black Athletic Shoe ~ standard low cut tennis shoes; high tops and basketball shoes are not acceptable

Girls (6-8)               Required Shoe (2012) ~ Black leather penny loafer (rubber-soled, non-marking)

Grandfathered Shoe (2011) ~ Black Athletic Shoe ~ standard low cut tennis shoes; high tops and basketball shoes are not acceptable

The new uniform will be available for purchase beginning in June. In the meantime, the current spring/fall uniform remains available for parents who wish to purchase items for the remainder of this year and for the grandfather period of 2011-2012.  Attached to this week’s letter is a flyer providing information about a “closeout” sale on the navy blue golf shirts.  These will be sold at a 50% discount while supplies last and may be worn during the grandfather period.

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The next PTO General Assembly Meeting will take place on Monday evening beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Father Kelley Hall.  The guest speaker for the event will be Sr. Andrew, a Daughter of St. Paul, who will speak on the topic of Media Mindfulness.  The PTO is pleased to sponsor this informational evening during which parents will learn strategies related to Internet safety as well as how to approach technology from a faith perspective.  For more details as well as information about the Daughters of St. Paul Book Fair which will also take place on Monday, please see the attached link.

New Uniform: Questions & Answers from Week 2

The following is a list of questions submitted by parents last week via the “Question & Answer” box in the lobby

of the school.

Q:            Can they wear Mary Jane shoes now?

A:            No, students will continue wearing the current uniform through the close of this year. They will then have the option of wearing the new uniform, including the shoes, as we begin the 2011-2012 academic year.

Q:            If we choose the Mary Jane shoes, do the girls still wear an athletic shoe on P.E. days or can they wear the Mary Jane’s?

A:            On P.E. days all girls in grades K-5 should wear the black athletic shoe.  This is a more practical shoe for the activities that will occur during P.E. class.

Q:            Will boys in grades K-5 have to wear ties?

A:            Yes, boys in grades K-5 will wear ties during the winter season on Mass days (Fridays) and for other special occasions, i.e. All Saints Feast Day, Picture Day, etc.

Q:            Will the khaki shorts be worn in the coming fall and spring?

A:            Yes, the current spring/fall uniform will be grandfathered through the 2011-2012 school year and as such remains an option for students.

Q:            Why are there new uniforms?

A:            The majority of parents who responded to the survey during the first semester indicated their support for a substantive change of the uniform at this time.

 

Q:            I’ll miss the blue shirts (buttondown & polo) as laundry will be a lot worse and I’m not so sure it will be too pretty after lunch!  Is there any chance they will come back?

A:            One of the objectives of the Uniform Committee has been to streamline the number of options and to create a more “uniform” look for the student body.  It is for this reason that the Committee decided to require the white shirts for all students.  At this time the Committee does not anticipate a revision to this aspect of the uniform.

Q:            What should we do with all the old uniforms?  Any organized collection or charity?

A:            This remains a work in progress.  If we are able to identify a school or charity that might benefit from donations of our old uniforms, this information will be communicated via the newsletter.

Q:            Do the white polo shirts have to have the All Saints’ logo on them?

A:            Yes, as our students provide a wonderful example in our community, the shirts and sweaters will be embroidered with our logo.

Q:            Does the vest have to be worn in the spring when it’s 80-90 degrees outside?

A:            No, the sweater vests are only required during the winter season.  During the spring and fall months, the vests are optional and may be worn with the polo shirts.

Q:            Will my child going into the 5th grade next year be able to wear his brother’s 5th grade pants from this year?

A:            Yes, the current 5th grade uniform will be grandfathered for one full year.

Q:            Is there an option for the middle school to wear a short sleeve oxford shirt in addition to the long sleeve?  I keep hearing how hot the rooms are upstairs and maybe a short sleeve shirt would look much nicer than the long sleeves rolled up.  Also, cuffs on white long sleeve shirts are going to be difficult to keep clean.

A:            No, all students will wear long sleeves during the winter months as this will create a more consistent look as well as a more formal appearance that corresponds with the style of the new uniform.  The short sleeve shirts, however, are standard during the warmer months of spring & fall.

Q:            Would you consider the option of walking shorts during the spring/fall?

A:            In responding to the results of the parent survey, the committee selected one uniform to be worn throughout the year with only minor seasonal modifications.  The result is a uniform that is significantly streamlined, easier to manage, and more cost effective for parents. Additionally, the more formal look better represents the image of our school as a community of excellence.  It is for these reasons that the Committee eliminated the current option of shorts during the warmer months.

Q:            For sixth grade, is the school uniform grandfathered for one or two years?

A:            The grandfather period is one year for all grades with the exception of those students entering seventh grade in the fall of 2011 who will  have a two year grandfather period.

Q:            Explain grandfathering better…only winter uniforms allowed or is it by season?

A:            The entire uniform as currently worn will be grandfathered through next year.  This means that students may wear the khakis and polo shirts during the spring/fall months and the existing grey uniform during the winter.  Students also have the flexibility of wearing the khaki and polo shirts during the warmer months and wearing the new uniform during the winter months or wearing the new uniform from day one through the close of the year.

Q:            Do you have to wear those particular shoes?

A:            Yes, students will be required to wear shoes that meet the guidelines provided by the school as outlined above, but these may be purchased from the vendor of choice.

Q:            Do we have to wear the vest?  It is optional?

A:            The vest is a required component during the winter months and optional during the spring/fall seasons.

Q:            Do 5th graders have to wear the new uniform?

A:            No, fifth grade students may continue to wear the existing uniform during the grandfather period of 2011-2012.  However, should they wish to wear the new uniform, they are extended the privilege of wearing the middle school uniform which beginning in August 2012 will be exclusive to students in grades 6-8.

Parents who have additional questions that have not yet been addressed are invited to submit them electronically to the following address: office@allsaintsva.org.

Diocesan Band Festival ~ Superior Rating for All Saints!

On Saturday, April 2nd the students in the advanced band under the direction of Mr. Ward participated in the annual Diocesan Band Festival at Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria.  Congratulations to the members of our band for earning a “Superior” rating at this year’s event.  Thank you, Mr. Ward, for continuing to inspire our young people!

The band will perform a spring concert for our community on Tuesday, May 3rd beginning at 8:00 p.m. in the Parish Activities Center.  Originally scheduled for 7:30 p.m., the concert has been delayed by thirty minutes so as to accommodate those members of the 8th grade who will be attending the Confirmation Rehearsal beginning at 6:30 p.m. that same evening.

All Saints Golf Tournament ~ Monday, May 16th

Come out and join us for a round of golf! All Saints will be sponsoring its 11th Annual All Saints Golf Tournament on Monday, May 16th at Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, VA. The tournament starts with lunch and a shotgun start at 11:00am, followed by a dinner buffet.

Funds raised through sponsorship of our golf tournament continue to support major projects in our school, while providing an excellent opportunity for local businesses to advertise their services. To learn about sponsorship opportunities to fit every budget or to register for golf, visitwww.AllSaintsGolf.com. For additional information, please contact Jim Switzer at (571) 330-8381 orinfo@allsaintsgolf.com.

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

One of the hallmarks of our school community is the high level of parent involvement that has helped the school achieve many goals in recent years.  As in the past, each family at All Saints has been asked to earn 60 volunteer points over the course of the current school year.  Those who are unable to do so are asked to submit a check at the conclusion of the year for any outstanding points that remain. (1 point = $3.00)  As we begin the fourth quarter, parents are reminded to update their “points total” so that the database accurately reflects their contributions over the course of the entire year.

At the beginning of May, the office will issue individualized letters to each family, confirming the number of points reflected in the school database. For this reason, we ask that those families who have not recently updated the database via our school website do so by Friday, April 29th. Those families who have not earned the required 60 points will be assessed a corresponding fee at a rate of $3.00 per point and asked to submit payment by the close of May.

Seeking Volunteers ~ Clinic Paperwork

The clinic is seeking a couple of volunteers who have already completed the background check to assist with filing and organizational tasks as we prepare for the 2011-2012 academic year.  Any parents interested in this volunteer opportunity are encouraged to contact Mrs. Antunes, school nurse, at 703-368-4400.

Living Stations of the Cross

  • What? The Living Stations of the Cross will be for the whole community.  Performers are teens from Soldados de Dios (Hispanic Teen Ministry) and Upper Room Theatre Ministry of All Saints.
  • Where? All Saints Parish in the new Church, 9300 Stonewall Rd, Manassas
  • When? Friday, April 15th at 7:00pm
  • How? The narrations are in English and Spanish.  Each station is a “freeze-frame” with bi-lingual narration.
  • Why? This collaboration between the English and Spanish communities has been truly unifying.  As All Saints is experiencing Lent for the first time in its new Church building, we are witnessing great strides this year in unity development between the Latin and Anglo communities.  The teens of All Saints have been connecting throughout the year on a number of levels.  Now, they are working together to perform a dramatic representation the Stations of the Cross.

CASTING CALL for “ANNIE” ~ Celebrating 10 years of Theatre Ministry

*** 3 roles for girls between K-7th; over 30 roles for guys & gals in 8th, HS, College, and Young Adults in their 20s & 30s; 1 possible role for a man older than 40; and 1 role for a mid-large size dog of sandy-blonde coloration.

Director: Rob Tessier, Choreographer: Vickie Taylor, Music Director: Cathy Drummond, Vocal Director: Chris Zavadowski

SIGN-UPS Begin May 1st by emailing or calling 703-393-2141 or signing up on Youth Ministry Bulletin Board see flyer linked to this newsletter for more information.

Final PTO General Assembly Meeting of the Year

Monday, April 18th, 7:30 pm, Father Kelley Hall

Uniform Exchange starts at 7:00

Guest Speaker(s) Daughters of St. Paul on Media Mindfulness

Learn how to teach your kids to be wise media consumers with this faith-based talk.

Extra Bonus: Earn Points for Parents for Attending

Spirit Events

Weather permitting we will be working on the campus again this next Saturday, April 16th from 9 am -12 pm or for however long fits with your schedule. Everyone is welcome and no experience is necessary, however, children younger than 6th grade need adult chaperones. If you’d like to help but this timeframe doesn’t work for you, please contact Holly Crocker at 703 330-8329 or via email tothcrock@comcast.net to make special arrangements. What we’ve completed so far looks beautiful. Thank you so much to everyone who has helped with this special project so far.  Father Bob, Mr. Conroy, the teachers and staff, and Campus Beautification team leaders really appreciate all of your efforts!  Only 12 days until Easter!

Mark your calendars! Our annual skate party is on April 28th from 6-8:30 pm at the Skate-n-Fun Zone. This year we are trying something new and doing it during Spring Break so that folks can take advantage of the full skating time and not have to worry about going to school the next day. Also new this year is the ability to invite friends, family and neighbors that are not members of All Saints. This way you can have the best of both worlds and skate with your friends from all walks of life. We will have special games and announcements to make your guests feel most welcome. The cost is $3.75 for admission, $4.25 for skate rental (personal skates are welcome), $2 for Laser Storm and $3 for the new Play Zone. Have dinner there and eat a large cheese pizza and a pitcher of soda for $15.99/$16.99 for a pepperoni pizza. We also need adult chaperones so if you’d like to volunteer please contact Holly Crocker at 703 30-8329 or thcrock@comcast.net.

First Annual All Saints 5K!

Are you a runner? Do your kids like to run? Consider being involved in the First Annual All Saints 5K!  A planning committee is currently being formed- for more information please contact Eddie Collins at edward_collins@me.com.

PVI News

Mark your calendars – PVI will be hosting a Preview to High School for 6th and 7th graders and their families.  This event will take place at Paul VI Catholic High School on May 12th at 7:00 p.m.  Flyers will be coming out soon.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

End of Year Calendar

Final Day for Pre-Kindergarten ~ Thursday, May 26th

Field Day ~ Thursday, June 2nd (Linton Hall School)

8th Grade Graduation ~ Friday, June 10th (7:00 p.m.)

Kindergarten Program & Final Day ~ Wednesday, June 15th (10:00 a.m.)

Final Day for Grades 1-7 ~ Thursday, June 16th (10:30 a.m. dismissal)

Kindergarten Screening

The Early Prevention of School Failure Screening for Kindergarten applicants will take place on Monday, May 2nd & Monday, May 9th.  In order that the teachers may be available to administer the assessment, there will be no Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten classes on these two days.

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!

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.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 14th 8th Grade Field Trip to Annapolis (8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

Enrollment Management Meeting ~ CANCELED

Friday, April 15th School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Stations of the Cross ~ Grades 6-8 (2:00 p.m.)

Spirit Activity: Captain Pell’s (2:00-11:00 p.m.)

Monday, April 18th Terra Nova Make-up Day

Book Fair sponsored by the Daughters of St. Paul

Thursday, April 14th 8th Grade Field Trip to Annapolis (8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

Enrollment Management Meeting ~ CANCELED

Friday, April 15th School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Stations of the Cross ~ Grades 6-8 (2:00 p.m.)

Spirit Activity: Captain Pell’s (2:00-11:00 p.m.)

Monday, April 18th Terra Nova Make-up Day

Book Fair sponsored by the Daughters of St. Paul

PTO General Membership Meeting: Presentation on Media Mindfulness by the Daughters of St. Paul

Tuesday, April 19th Terra Nova Make-up Day

8th Grade ACRE Testing

Wednesday, April 20th 5th Grade ACRE Testing

8th Grade ACRE Testing

Thursday, April 21st Holy Thursday Hand-Washing Prayer Service (9:30 a.m.)

7th Grade Passion Play (10:45 a.m.)

Noon Dismissal

Good Friday, April 22nd Holiday

Going with each student today:

  • Flyer for Dramatization of Leonardo Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” presented by the Knights of Columbus
  • Parish Festival Cake Walk Flyer with Sign-Up for Volunteer Opportunities

Links

  • · JClub Catholic Book Fair Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/04/JClub-Book-Fair.pdf
  • Final PTO General Assembly Meeting Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/04/pto-meeting-april18.pdf
  • PTO Nominations Letter ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/04/pto-nominations-2011.pdf
  • Flyer for Dramatization of Leonardo Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” presented by the Knights of Columbus ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/04/Last-Supper_2011.pd
  • Captain Pell’s Fundraiser Flyer ~  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/04/captain-pells-april15.pdf
  • · Skate Party Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/04/2011-04-28-Skate-Party-Flyer.jpg
  • Flynn & O’Hara Blue Polo Shirt Closeout Sale Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/04/All-saints-closeout-navy-polo-shirt.pdf
  • Casting Call for “Annie” ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/04/casting-call-annie.pdf
  • · Race for Education Volunteer Form ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/04/rfe-volunteer-2011.pdf
  • Parish Festival Cake Walk Flyer/Volunteer Sign-Up ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/04/2011Cakewalksignup.pdf