The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 35

Message from the Principal

Congratulations to the members of our 8th grade class who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on Saturday.  I am so proud of each of them for the individual commitment they have made to their Catholic faith and pray that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that they experienced during the liturgy will guide them through their future years.  As a community, we were honored that Bishop Loverde was able to be present and served as our celebrant.  As in the past, he spoke powerfully and specifically about the ways that our young people will be empowered by the Holy Spirit to make choices aligned with the Gospel message and in support of life, ultimately allowing them to live in good health, happiness and freedom.  It was, indeed, a beautiful day for our parish and school community.

Only two days prior our students gathered for the annual May Crowning.  Undeterred by rain, the event took place in the new church.  It was both impressive and touching to see our 2nd grade students, dressed in their First Communion attire, lined up along side the 8th grade students in their graduation suits and dresses.  It was a reverent, prayerful tribute to Our Lady as we began the month of May.  Congratulations to Grace Bennett and Alex Otten, who were randomly selected to crown the statue of the Blessed Mother at the culmination of the ceremony.

As the clouds parted on Thursday morning, we were blessed with “picture perfect” weather for the 6thAnnual Race for Education. Once again it was wonderful to see the students running with such spirit! Their enthusiasm was matched only by that of their parents who cheered them on from the sidelines and in a number of cases, participated in the event.  I wish to again thank all of our donors from across the country and around the globe who so generously contributed to the success of this program.  As previously announced, 15% of the proceeds from the event will be sent directly to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

As of last Friday, the counting team has already processed $26,253.75 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

I want to thank Mrs. Beth Ross and Mrs. Marjorie Collins for serving as co-coordinators of our 6th Annual Race for Education. They invested many hours in planning for the big day and continue to volunteer in the school each week, recording and depositing the many contributions.  I am also grateful to the volunteers who worked behind the scenes, processing mailers and assisting on the day of the event. The many supportive hands assisting with the hole-punching of race cards and water stations helped to insure a safe and enjoyable event for the children, start to finish!

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This week I also wish to share with you the news that Mrs. Otzaizo has decided that she will not be returning to teach first grade at All Saints for the 2011-2012 academic year.  Instead, she is hoping to pursue her professional goal of becoming a reading specialist and also looks forward to the possibility of additional time with her newborn baby, Elijah.    Mrs. Otaizo’s departure from All Saints will be a significant loss for our program.  In addition to maintaining a highly effective classroom and demonstrating a wonderful sense of care and concern for her students, Mrs. Otaizo has contributed to the advancement of our literacy program through her knowledge and expertise in the Word Study approach.  Over the course of the past couple of years, the guidance and encouragement she has provided has been instrumental in this methodology being introduced at other grade levels.  We thank Mrs. Otaizo for her dedication and all that she has done for our students and wish her every success and blessing as she pursues other opportunities.

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.

Student attire:         A solid, colored shirt to be tucked-in to black pants. Black footwear.

Arrival time:           6:25pm, concert to start promptly at 7pm.

4th Quarter Lock-Down Drill

The 4th Quarter Lock-Down Drill will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 17th.  (Please note: This drill has been scheduled for several weeks and is not in response to any concerns specific to All Saints. Rather, it is another exercise by which we maintain a state of preparedness should the need ever arise to secure the facility and safeguard the children.) 

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

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 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 this coming 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.

New “Adopt-A-Garden” Initiative Seeks Volunteers

All Saint’s Campus Beautification Team is looking for volunteers to join our new Adopt-A-Gardeninitiative to help maintain our parish and school gardens as a tranquil place for peaceful reflection. Volunteers will “adopt” a specific garden bed or section of landscaping and maintain the appearance of their small assigned area. Adopt-A-Garden is a perfect ministry for those who enjoy gardening. We will provide any necessary training. Individuals and families welcome!

Volunteers through this program are eligible for Points for Parents. 

Spirit Event News

On Thursday, May 26th from 6:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., we will hold a Spirit Event at Chick-fil-A at Signal Hill, 9506 Liberia Avenue, Manassas, VA 20110. You have the entire day to enjoy their good food and meet up with your All Saints family. Our school will earn 20% of the proceeds. You will be receiving cards from Chick-fil-A in your classes. We look forward to meeting you there.  Please click on link below for a Chick-fil-A flyer.

Drama & Art Summer Day Camps for Catholic Families and Friends!
Locations include All Saints in Manassas and St. Veronica in Chantilly during the last two weeks of July!  Instruction provided by Catholic professionals in the field of theatre, art, dance, and music.

Drama Bootcamp for rising K-9th graders: boost skills in acting, improvisation, speech, mime, and movement in this “everything drama” camp.

Arts & Crafts Fun Camp for rising K-2nd graders: perfect for kids that wants to explore drawing, sculpture, clay, painting and much more.

Art Explorer Camp for rising 3rd-6th graders: intermediate & advanced projects each day that will continue to develop a love visual arts.

Camp Broadway for rising 3rd-12th graders: improve acting, singing, and dance skills  daily and conclude with a final performance.

Early Birds:  Sign up by May 15th for $10 off per camp and by June 15th for $5 off per camp.

Download the Camp Brochure to learn about each instructor and print a registration or contactSpotlightCamps@gmail.com

For a brochure, visit  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=camps2011_web.pdf

PVI Basketball Camps

Paul VI Girls & Boys Summer Basketball Camps: June 20 – 24 / July 5 – 8 / July 11 – 15 / July 25 29.  For summer camp info & registration form please go to www.pvibasketball.com.

Bishop Ireton High School Summer Classes and Workshops

Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria, VA is offering summer classes and workshops not only for our future students but also for students bound for any high school.   Bishop Ireton offers transition to 9th grade workshops for incoming freshmen students and these workshops are open to any student who has just finished 8th grade and is preparing for high school.  The workshops are designed to help students prepare academically and introduces them to some of the expectations and skills needed to succeed while in high school.  For more information about the workshop, please click on the following link http://www.bishopireton.org/document.doc?id=445 which provides course description, tuition, dates and times.  There is also see link at the end of this newsletter for a flyer about classes and workshops offered by Bishop Ireton High School.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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:

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)

Upcoming Events

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

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

Monday, May 16th SCA sponsored Earth Day Dress Down Day

SCA Election Information Meeting

11th Annual Golf Tournament (Evergreen Country Club)

Tuesday, May 17th 1st Grade Field Trip to Leesburg Animal Park (8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

7th & 8th Grade Field Trip to Montpelier (7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)

4th Quarter Lock-Down Drill (10:00 a.m.)

Wednesday, May 18th School Mass in Honor of Fr. Melmer’s 20th Anniversary of Ordination (8:30 a.m.)

Thursday, May 19th Race for Education Dress Down Day Option

Choral Concert for Grades 1, 3, 5 & 7 (PAC/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, May 20th 4th Grade Field Trip to Mount Vernon (8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)

6th Grade Field Trip to Medieval Times (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Senior Mentors Appreciation Reception (1:30 p.m.)

 

Coming Home with Oldest Child Today

  • Field Day Memo / Form

Links

  • · Field Day Memo / Form ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/05/field-day-2011.pdf
  • · Chick-fil-A Spirit Event Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/05/2011-5-26-Chick-Fil-A.jpg
  • Golf Tournament Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/04/golf-tournament-8.5×11.pdf
  • · Cub Scout Pack 1188 Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/05/Pack1188-bulletin.pdf
  • · Casting Call for “Annie” ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/04/casting-call-annie.pdf
  • · Bishop Ireton Catholic High School Summer Classes & Workshops Flyer ~http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/05/Bishop-Ireton-HS-2011.pdf
  • · Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School E-News:  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/05/e-News-Update-January-March-2011.pdf
  • · Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School Open House Flyer:  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/05/Open-House-and-invitations-May-2011.pdf