The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 36

Message from the Principal

Despite a forecast of inclement weather on Monday, the 11th Annual Golf Tournament was blessed with abundant sunshine and fair weather skies.  Once again the tournament was held at Evergreen Country Club, a beautiful setting located at the foot of Bull Run Mountain.  It was great to see so many parishioners and community members returning for yet another day of fellowship and fundraising in support of our school.  I want to thank our title sponsors, the George Brent Council of the Knights of Columbus and the Anderson Construction Company, for their continued support and generosity.  I am also grateful to Mr. Jim Switzer, tournament chairperson, and the dedicated group of volunteers who worked behind the scenes to coordinate the marketing efforts, corporate sponsorship and the countless details that ensured a smoothly-run event.  Thank you, PTO, for your continued commitment to fundraising and community-building!

An update regarding the diocesan field trip policy:  As of last Thursday, the restriction regarding field trips to Washington, D.C. has now been lifted.  With this knowledge, the second grade teachers are once again exploring the option of a trip to the National Shrine and the first grade team is considering the possibility of a trip to the National Zoo due to the cancellation of this week’s trip due to inclement weather.

As we approach the end of the school year, I wish to share with you a calendar change for the 2011-2012 academic year so that those who wish to make travel plans can begin to do so.  This year I have decided to extend the Thanksgiving Holiday by one day, allowing those families who travel out of the region an opportunity to do so prior to the heaviest traffic day of the year.  As such, school will dismiss at noon on Tuesday, November 22nd.  (In order to fulfill the diocesan requirement regarding the required number of days of instruction, we will close for only 1.5 days for Parent-Teacher Conferences rather than two full days.)

Two weeks ago our band competed at the middle school level at the Music in the Parks event at Kings Dominion.  I am proud to announce that our band received a rating of “Superior”, the highest score given by the judges.  The fact that our students performed so well is a strong testament to the dedication of the students as well as the leadership of the directors.  Congratulations to Mr. Ward, Mr. Moccio and all of the students on this outstanding accomplishment!  The legacy of the band at All Saints continues!

As of the close of April, the students of All Saints Catholic School have contributed $1595.04 to benefit our sister school in Haiti, providing direct funding for lunches and school supplies. Thank you, students, for your generosity.  You are truly helping to make a difference!

End of Year Parent Survey ~ Bullying Initiative

During the first semester we distributed a parent survey on the topic of bullying in our community, the results of which were communicated via the weekly newsletter.  In an effort to measure progress and to ensure that we are aware of any concerns related to bullying in our community, all parents are invited to complete the follow up electronic survey prepared by our school counselor, Mrs. Karcher. Parents are encouraged to visit the following link to complete the survey.  In advance, we thank you for participating and providing feedback which helps us to plan for the future of our school.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/T9FHHY5

6th Grade Parent Letter ~ Message from the Superintendent & Virginia Department of Heath

Every year the Virginia Department of Health distributes information regarding the HPV (vaccine) to rising 6th grade girls.  This relates to state legislation and our diocese cooperates by distributing this letter.  However, we also distribute a statement from the two Bishops of Virginia as included in a letter from the Virginia Catholic Education Association signed by the superintendents of Arlington and Richmond.  Today parents of rising 6th grade girls will receive a copy of the official letter from the Virginia Department of  Health as well as the letter from the Virginia Catholic Education Association.  The letters will be sent home in sealed envelopes with each of the 5th grade girls.  After reviewing the correspondence, should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office for more information.

Cafeteria Reminders

As we are approaching the end of the school year, please note:

1)       Notices of cafeteria payments now due will be sent home with students this week.  Families are asked to submit payment for any outstanding balances by May 31st and are encouraged to send in sufficient funds to cover the cost of lunches through the close of the year.

2)       Middle school students are not permitted to charge lunch payments during the month of June.  If your middle school son/daughter does not have payment for lunch, he or she will receive a bologna & cheese sandwich.

Thank you for your support of these end of year procedures.  Should you have any questions, please contact the cafeteria at 703-368-4400 (ext. 211).

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

PTO Elections

Coming home today with your oldest child is the ballot for PTO officers for the coming school year. Please take a moment to fill the ballot out and return it to school, attention of “PTO Nominations Committee”.  For your convenience, the ballot is also attached as a link to this week’s newsletter.  Thank you in advance for your support of the PTO! We would also like to thank the nominees for each office for their willingness to serve the school through the PTO.

Spirit Event Committee

Spirit Events are community building activities that give students and their families a chance to visit and to do fun things together. Also, it can be a wonderful fundraising opportunity for our PTO as well. Holly Crocker has acted as Spirit Event Coordinator in the past and did a wonderful job. The position will now involve a change where there will be a Spirit Event Committee. I have agreed to act as the Spirit Event Committee Chairperson, unless someone else wishes to have that honor. However, I will need to have people on the committee to help. I wish to enlist as many volunteers as possible to contribute to the committee.

Within the committee, people can choose a particular Spirit Event they wish to coordinate and then 20Points for Parents will be available for each event coordinated. If you wish to be part of the Spirit Event Committee, then please email Megan Davies at meggie.davies@verizon.net

Spirit Event

Hey everyone!  Can you believe the year is almost over?  We are ending on a bang with a two for one Spirit Event!

Come on down and Putt it up with us at the Magic Putting Place and then top it off with some super delicious Shaved ice or ice cream from Nathan’s Dairy Bar!

At Magic Putting place, you pay $3 for 18 holes for the kids and 50% of the sales goes back to All Saints.  You can golf from 11 am to 9 pm on June 3rd.  Nathan’s will be serving up it’s fabulous shaved ice and awesome ice cream from 11 am to 10 pm and at Nathan’s 20% of your sale comes back to our fabulous All Saints.

So come on out and celebrate the end of an awesome year with friends! This two for one event is a great hole in one!  See you all there.

All Saints Catholic Vacation Bible School / Confirmation Service Hours

All Saints is offering a Catholic Vacation Bible School this summer!  The theme is SonSurf Beach Bash!  VBS will be held June 27-July 1st from 8:30 to noon.  We are accepting rising kindergartners through rising 5th graders.  To register, simply click on the attached link below.  Return your completed form the RE Office (also the ASCS Office).  You may also download these forms at www.allsaintsva.org.  The deadline is 6/3/11 and spaces are limited!

Adult and 8th grade volunteers are needed to make VBS a success!  Rising 8th graders may earn up to 20 Confirmation Service Hours.  If you or your rising 8th grader are interested in volunteering, click on the attached link(s) below.    Return the appropriate forms to the RE Office.  For information, contact Samantha Welsh, DRE at 703-393-2142 or swelsh@allsaintsva.org.

Summer Experience for Middle School Students

Expand your horizons this summer with one- and two-week programs for rising 7th, 8th, and 9th graders at Bishop O’Connell High School, 6600 Little Falls Road, Arlington, Va. Sign up for the Leadership Academy, Experiencing the Arts and Sciences and Musical Theater and Glee Showcase. Sessions run July 11 – 22. For more information, visit  http://www.bishopoconnell.org/summerexperience

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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.

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

This 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.

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)

New “Adopt-A-Garden” Initiative Seeks Volunteers

All Saint’s Campus Beautification Team is looking for volunteers to join our new Adopt-A-Garden initiative 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. 

Upcoming Events

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.)

Saturday, May 21st First Communion (10:30 a.m.)

VIRTUS Update (Art Room/10:30 a.m.)

Monday, May 23rd Media Mindfulness Presentation for Middle School, courtesy of the Daughters of St. Paul

Tuesday, May 24th Race for Education Dress Down Day Option

Band Concert (1:45 p.m.) & Ice Cream Social (2:15 p.m.)

EPSF Parent Meeting (FKH/7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 25th 6th Grade Brass Rubbings Presentation

Points for Parents payments due

Thursday, May 26th Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten

SCA Speeches & Election (1:00 p.m.)

Spirit Activity: Chick-Fil-A (6:30-9:30 p.m.)

Friday, May 27th Noon Dismissal

Links

  • PTO Ballot ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/05/pto-ballot-2011.pdf
  • Vacation Bible School Volunteer Form ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/05/VBS-Volunteer-Form.pdf
  • Vacation Bible School 8th Grade Volunteer Form ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/05/VBS-8th-Grade-Volunteer-Form.pdf
  • Vacation Bible School Registration Form ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/05/VBS-Registration.pdf
  • · Field Day Memo / Form ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/05/field-day-2011.pdf