The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 34

Message from the Principal

This week I wish to share with you an important update regarding our field trip policy for the remainder of the school year.  In consideration of the current world situation, our superintendent, Sr. Bernadette McManigal, has advised that schools refrain from any field trips to Washington, D.C. or any other locations that may be the site of demonstrations or protests. As such, it will be necessary for us to rearrange or cancel several trips previously planned for the closing weeks of school.  The following grade levels will be affected by this change:

1st Grade (National Zoo)

2nd Grade (National Basilica)

7th & 8th Grades (Smithsonian)

Please note:  Both the 5th grade trip to Baltimore and the 4th grade trip to Mount Vernon will continue as planned.

Recognizing that this will be a disappointment to the children, the teachers are already researching possible alternatives and will forward details to you as they become known.  In advance, thank you for your understanding as we adjust our plans for the coming weeks.

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Tomorrow all of the students at All Saints will participate in the 6th Annual Race for Education. As the largest fundraiser for the school community, the Race provides important financial support for initiatives that would otherwise be beyond our reach.

The following is a list of important reminders for all students and parents regarding the event.

1)       All students in grades K-8 are asked to wear their P.E. uniforms to school on Thursday. Students enrolled in the Pre-K are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing appropriate for running.

2)       While all students will be participating in the Race for Education activities, only those students who brought in sponsor names or a flat donation will be eligible for prizes.

3)       Students need not bring water bottles to the Race for Education.  Two water stations will be available to students throughout the race.

4)       Students who are absent on Thursday will be able to run a later date.

5)       Lunch will be served in the cafeteria at the regularly scheduled time.

Parents, relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend the event as a sign of support for all of our student runners.  We hope that many of you will be able to join us for a wonderful day of fun and fellowship!

The following is the schedule for this special event:

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

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

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

As of today, the counting team has already processed $19,668.75 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

Race for Education: CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!!! We are still in need of volunteers for each of the race times! Volunteers will help track the children’s laps, pass out water, and monitor the students as they run. All of these can be done while you are cheering your child on. The race takes place TOMORROW, Thursday, May 5th! Please contact Marjorie Collins at 703-365-9686 ormarjoriecollins@me.com if you are available to help. Thank you to the parents who have already signed up to volunteer!

Spanish Teacher Announced for 2011-2012

Miss Mary Simms will join our faculty as Spanish teacher for the upcoming school year.  Miss Simms is a graduate of the University of Illinois where she earned a Bachelor of Education Degree with a concentration in Language Arts.  Following her graduation, she spent three years teaching second grade at St. Roberto Institute in Mexico where she was immersed in the Spanish language.  In 2008 she began employment at Blessed Sacrament School in Illinois where she developed and implemented a Spanish curriculum for grades K-8.  In addition to her educational experience, Miss Simms has also worked as a bilingual coordinator and a translator for the United States Department of Agriculture.  Miss Simms is highly regarded in her current school for her creativity, classroom effectiveness and the rapport she has established with parents and students alike.  We welcome Miss Simms to our All Saints community!

Miss Dalusung to Return as Music Teacher

All Saints is pleased to welcome back Miss Nichole Dalusung as music teacher and director of the Schola for the 2011-2012 academic year.  Having built a beautiful program during her years in our school, it is a blessing for us that she has decided to return to continue the good work she has previously begun.

 

We wish to thank Miss Ann Marie White, the current music substitute, for her very fine work during this second semester.  We are grateful for her commitment and all that she has done and continues to do in support of the music program.  Her enthusiasm in the classroom has been infectious and a source of inspiration for our students.  We wish her every continued success and blessing as she pursues professional opportunities and graduate studies.

Prayer of the Month

Peace Prayer ~ By Kindergarten Students

Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.

Lord, let me help sad people be happy.

Let me forgive those who hurt me.

And let me bring your love to all.

Amen

Virtue of the Month ~ Peacemaking

To foster the virtue of peacemaking, we will encourage the students to adopt the following practices:

  1. Be kind to all you meet today.
  2. Make peace with others at the end of the school day.
  3. Stay calm no matter what happens to you today.
  4. Say part of St. Francis’ Peace Prayer to yourself today.
  5. Apologize the minute you know that you have offended someone.
  6. Do an extra act of kindness for your family tonight.
  7. Take care of your family pet without complaining.
  8. Make peace with family members before going to sleep.
  9. Be a peacemaker.  Calm your friends while playing games.
  10. Greet your neighbor politely.
  11. Say a prayer for peace throughout the world.

Spring Choral Concert ~ Time Changed to 7:00 p.m.

The Spring Choral Concert (grades 1, 3, 5 & 7) scheduled for Thursday, May 19th will begin at 7:00 p.m. rather than 7:30 p.m. as published in our school calendar.

Chess Club T-Shirts

In recognition of the successful year for our Chess Club, all members are invited to wear their special Chess Club shirts in place of their school polo shirts on Monday, May 9th.

VIRTUS Update Training Sessions

One of the diocesan requirements regarding the safe environment initiative is that of annual VIRTUS training.  Through attendance at the 30 minute video training, faculty, staff and volunteers alike are reminded of important practical measures that we can implement to maintain a safe environment. Those who have not yet attended the VIRTUS update training this year ~ or did so during the winter/spring of 2010 ~ are required to attend one of the sessions in order to maintain full compliance with the program and eligibility for volunteering. The next VIRTUS update training has been scheduled for Saturday, May 21st at 10:30 a.m. in the Art Room.  While there is no need to register on-line for this session, for planning purposes please contact Mrs. Janet Smith, VIRTUS coordinator, to confirm your plans to attend. (703-368-4400)

The next presentation of the “Protecting God’s Children” seminar, the four hour VIRTUS training session which is required for all who wish to become eligible to volunteer in the school, will take place on Saturday, June 11th beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Father Kelley Hall.

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

Within the next week the office will issue individualized letters to each family, confirming the number of points reflected in the school database and a corresponding fee for unearned points.  Families are asked to submit payment for outstanding points by Wednesday, May 25th.    

Tuition Assistance Program

The Tuition Assistance Committee has completed the process of reviewing the financial analysis provided by FACTS.  All families who have applied for tuition assistance for 2011-2012 should receive a letter of response within the next ten days.

Tuition Discount for Payment in Full

Parents who submit payment in full for the 2011-2012 academic year are eligible for a 5% discount if the payment is received in the office no later than 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 26th.  For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at 703-393-1490.

Spring Tuition Payments

As we approach the close of the school year, parents are reminded of the importance of making timely tuition payments.  With the final tuition payment due to the school during May, those families who have recently fallen behind schedule during this time of continued economic challenge are asked to use the first two weeks of June as an opportunity to pay any outstanding tuition or fees.  Please remember, prompt payment of tuition is essential for the school to remain financially strong and to be able to cover the continued expenses of utilities and salaries for our faculty and staff.

Golf Tournament

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.

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.

PTO Nominations

Please remember to turn in your PTO Nominations. The Nomination’s Committee will be compiling the names into a ballot to be distributed within the next week.

All Saints Students Place in the 27th Annual Arbor Day Celebration Art Contest

Several of our students participated in an art contest by the 27th Annual Arbor Day Celebration by the City of Manassas.  Participants made drawings of trees in Manassas and two students from All Saints Catholic School placed in the event.  Ellen Morad won 1st place in the fourth grade division and Thumay Huynh won 3rd place in the third grade division.  Ellie’s and Thumay’s drawings were selected out of a total of 754 entries from 6 Manassas City schools.

On April 29th, at the Old Manassas Courthouse, the winners were presented with trophies and certificates.  In addition, the first place winners were awarded Oak tree saplings to plant in their yards at home.

Cub Scouts

Attention all boys in Kindergarten through 4th grade!  Cub Scout Dens are now forming for the 2011/2012 Scouting year! Pack 1188 has been proudly serving the All Saints community for over 30 years and is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus George Brent Council #5332.  Please see the link below for more information.

Box Tops for Education Update

We just received another check from General Mills Box Tops for Education in the amount of $1,232.40.  Thank you for your support of this fundraising program!

PVI Band Camp

PVI will be having a Band Camp for rising 5th-9th graders during the week of June 20.   $110 per student, payment includes camp fee, snacks/drinks, t-shirt, and Sat. evening Drum Corps Int’l event admission.   Daily curriculum includes sectionals, full band rehearsal, and jazz fundamentals elective.  Questions/applications – Mrs. Jan Siegfried, jsiegfried@paulvi.net.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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

The Early Prevention of School Failure Screening for Kindergarten applicants will take place on 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

Prize Cards have already been distributed to students who met the criteria and may be redeemed according to the following schedule:

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.

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, May 5th 6th Annual Race for Education

Friday, May 6th Band Trip ~ Kings Dominion

Noon Dismissal (Curriculum Mapping)

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

Monday, May 9th EPSF Screening ~ No Pre-K or Kindergarten classes

Chess Club ~ Opportunity to Wear Club Shirts

Peace & Justice Players after school Field Trip to SERVE

Tuesday, May 10th Race for Education Dress Down Day option

8th Grade Foreign Language Exam

Seniors’ Luncheon Band Concert

Honor Band Concert (Bishop Ireton High School)

Wednesday, May 11th 4th Grade Mass & Mothers’ Tea (8:30 a.m.)

Battle of the Books Competition

Kindergarten Field Trip to Frying Pan Park (9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

Thursday, May 12th 5th Grade Field Trip to Baltimore (8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

7th & 8th Grade Field Trip to Washington, D.C. – Canceled

3rd Quarter Interims distributed to students

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

Friday, May 13th Holiday ~ Parish Festival Prep Day

Saturday, May 14th Parish Festival

Coming Home with Oldest Child Today

  • 9th Annual Frances Kelly Blood Drive Flyer

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