The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 33

Living Stones on the Pathway to Heaven…

Message from the Principal

This week our Church celebrates the greatest mystery of our faith ~ the Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord and Savior.  As a school community, we prepare for our journey into the three holiest days of the year, the Triduum, through prayer and tradition.

Beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, the students and faculty will gather in the church for our annualHoly Thursday Prayer Service.  After listening to Scripture readings and reflecting on the example of Jesus, each of the children will participate in the “hand-washing” ceremony that has become a long-standing tradition in our school.

Following the prayer service, the students will gather in the gym for the 7th grade portrayal of thePassion Play.  Through music and dramatic presentation, middle school students will prayerfully re-enact Christ’s passion and death.  As the students depart the gym in silence following the presentation, the tone is set for their continued reflection and prayer over the course of the coming days.

All parents and guardians are cordially invited to join us in prayer and to witness these beautiful school traditions. On behalf of the faculty & staff, I wish you and your family a blessed celebration of Easter and a relaxing holiday.

Kindergarten Screening ~ No Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten on Monday, May 2nd & 9th

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.

6th Annual Race for Education

Thanks to the students and parents of All Saints, our school mailed approximately 5,700 letters requesting financial support for the 6th Annual Race for Education.  Prize Cards have already been distributed to students who met the criteria and may be redeemed according to the following schedule:

Tuesday, May 3rd Designated Dress-Down Day

Tuesday, May 10th Designated Dress-Down Day

Thursday, May 19th Designated Dress-Down Day

Tuesday, May 24th Designated Dress-Down Day

Tuesday, May 31st Designated Dress-Down Day

Students may redeem pretzel and ice cream cards during the month of May on regularly scheduled purchase days.

As of yesterday, the counting team has already deposited $15,862.00 in support of this event…and the return mailers keep flowing into school each day!  Thank you, friends and relatives for your generous support!

The  6th Annual Race for Education is now only two weeks away.  On Thursday, May 5th, the entire school will participate in this event, which has been designed to raise funds for instructional technology and other essential educational needs.  Additionally, as is our tradition, 15% of all proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Childrens’ Research Hospital.

By way of this letter we wish to extend an invitation for you to come out and watch your child(ren) walk or jog on Thursday, May 5th.  The following is the schedule for this special event:

Grades Pre-K, K, 1 & 2                         8:45a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

Grades 3-5                                             10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Grades Pre-K3 & 6-8                             1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The students will be eating lunch at their regular times in the cafeteria.

We hope that many of you will be able to join us for a wonderful day of fun and fellowship!

SCA Pennies for Love ~ A Record Success!

Thanks to the generous support of our students, the SCA collected $2,771.90 through the recent Pennies for Love program.  Approximately $1,000 will be used to pay the tuition of a student in Africa whom the SCA has sponsored over the course of many years.   The remaining funds will be forwarded to the Knights of Columbus in support of their outreach to Japan to provide relief for those impacted by the recent earthquake.

Congratulations to the third grade, our grand prize winners, who contributed a total of $487.89.  That is a lot of pennies, nickels and dimes!

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, visit www.AllSaintsGolf.com. For additional information, please contact Jim Switzer at (571) 330-8381 or info@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.

Spirit Input for 4 -20-2011

Don’t Forget! 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.

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)

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

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

Noon Dismissal

Good Friday, April 22nd Holiday

Monday, May 2nd School Resumes

EPSF Screening ~ No Prekindergarten or Kindergarten classes

Tuesday, May 3rd Race for Education Dress-Down Day Option

Confirmation Rehearsal (church/6:30 p.m.)

Spring Band Concert (PAC/8:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 4th School Mass & May Crowning (8:30 a.m.)

1st Communion & Graduation Photos (9:30 a.m.)

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

Thursday, May 5th 6th Annual Race for Education

Friday, May 6th Band Trip ~ Hershey Park

Noon Dismissal (Curriculum Mapping)

Saturday, May 7th 8th Grade Confirmation (10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.)

 

Being Sent Home Today

  • All Grade Levels            Class/Spring Pictures
  • PK – 6th Grade               Box Tops Collection Forms
  • 2nd Grade                      First Holy Communion Picture Forms
  • 6 & 7th Grade                Paul VI Preview to High School Flyers

Links

  • PTO Nominations Letter ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/04/pto-nominations-2011.pdf
  • Golf Tournament Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/04/golf-tournament-8.5×11.pdf
  • Skate Party Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/04/2011-04-28-Skate-Party-Flyer.jpg
  • 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