The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 37

Living Stones on the Pathway to Heaven…

Message from the Principal

This week I would like to congratulate those second graders who received Jesus in the Eucharist for the first time last Saturday as well as those who will be receiving their First Communion in the weeks ahead. I am very proud of each of them and consider it a privilege to have witnessed this special grace-filled moment.  Congratulations to all of their parents, who as the primary educators, led their children to the table of the Lord.  Thank you, Mrs. Cummings and Mrs. Gurley, for providing the instruction and guidance which helped prepare the children so beautifully for this encounter with Christ.

Summer Learning Program 2011

During the last few weeks the faculty has discussed the merits of a summer learning program. Recognizing that our curriculum during the school year is rigorous and that expectations are high for student learning, there is great value in the children having a respite during the months of summer.  On the other hand, studies have shown that students lose ground during the long vacation if not provided an opportunity to keep their skills sharp.  With these two perspectives in mind, as in prior years, the teachers have crafted a balanced plan specific for our school.  The following is a grade level summary of the Summer Learning Program.

(Note: Parents should select the summer learning assignments that correspond to the grade that their child will be entering in the fall.  For example, a student entering second grade would complete the Summer Book Program for rising 2nd graders.  A child entering third grade would complete the assignments outlined below for grades 3-5.)

Grade K-2           Summer Book (order SUMMER BOOK for next year’s grade level. For example: students in K will order SUMMBER BOOK for rising 1st graders.)

Ordering Information:             Summerbook Company

305 Lyndale Drive

Hartsville, SC 27804

1-877-684-8502 (Toll Free)

www.summerbookcompany.com

Grades 3-5         Math Log & 2 Accelerated Readers Books

(Note: Each student is required to keep a Math log in which they complete six hours of work over the course of the summer.  Students may refer to our school website for recommended activities and math based websites.  After reading two Accelerated Reader books, students are asked to create a book jacket for each story.  Each student will have an opportunity to present one of their books orally to the class next year.  These summer assignments will be due Friday of the first week of school and will be considered part of the first quarter participation grade.)

Grades 6-8             Read selections (one book for grades 6-7/two books for grade 8) from the Middle School Summer Reading List and complete one of three follow up activities per book as well as a Math Log.

(Note: An overview of the requirements for middle school students, i.e. the Summer Math Log, Math Log Instructions and Middle School Summer Reading List & Activities are included as links to this week’s newsletter and will also be available for review on our school website.)

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

Students in grades 3-8 will complete the electronic survey during their computer classes within the next two weeks.  Parents of K-2 students who wish to provide feedback regarding their child’s experience are invited to do so via the following link:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TYH6SVF

As of last Friday, the Race for Education counting team has processed $40,039.75 in donations! Thank you students and parents for your strong support of this fundraiser!

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)

Cafeteria Procedures

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.

Note:  All students may redeem free pretzel cards on Tuesday, May 31st, the final day of pretzel sales. All students may redeem free ice cream cards next Wednesday, June 1st and Friday, June 3rd.   June 3rd will be the final day to redeem these Race for Education prizes.

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).

Field Day Lunch Orders

Families who have not yet submitted orders and payment for lunch on Field Day (June 2nd) are asked to do so by Friday of this week.

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! Adopting a garden earns volunteers 20 Points for Parents.

Extended Day Program

Extended Day services will continue the next three weeks and be available before and after school through Wednesday, June 15th. There will be no Extended Day Program on Thursday, June 16th.  All students will dismiss at 10:30 a.m. following the Closing Mass & Awards Ceremony.  Please make arrangements for your children to be picked up if you anticipate being unavailable at that time.

Report Cards

Report cards and awards will be issued on the final day of school, June 16th.  Since the office will have a record of your child’s final grades at the close of the year, you may retain these cards.

Medications

All medications must be picked up from the clinic no later than Tuesday, June 14th. Since students are not authorized to carry medication, it is necessary for parents to visit the clinic to pick up medications prior to the close of the year.  Medications remaining after the final day will be discarded.

Summer Office Hours

The school office will remain open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. during the months of June and August.  The office will be closed during the month of July.  The office will reopen on Tuesday, August 2nd.  Should you need to contact school personnel during the summer months, please do not hesitate to leave a message on the answering machine.  We will make every effort to return your call in a timely manner.

Important Dates for the Upcoming Year

¨       Orientation Day (Students and parents are invited to visit the school, meet new teachers, and pick up supply orders.) – Friday, August 26th.

¨       7th Annual Back-to School Barbecue hosted by the PTO – Friday, August 26th, (5:30-7:30 p.m.)

¨       First Day of School ~ Noon Dismissal (Grades K-8) – Monday, August 29th

¨       First Day of Pre-Kindergarten – Wednesday, September 7th

VIRTUS Update Training Sessions

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.

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. tomorrow, 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.

Upcoming Events

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 School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Noon Dismissal

Saturday, May 28th First Communion (10:30 a.m.)

Monday, May 30th Holiday ~ Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 31st Race for Education Dress Down Day option

1st Grade Field Trip to National Zoo (8:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m.)

7th Grade Field Trip to Manassas Battlefield (9:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, June 1st 2nd Grade Mexican Fiesta

Thursday, June 2nd Field Day at Linton Hall School (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Friday, June 3rd School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Race for Education Celebration (pizza lunch & movies)

Spirit Activity: Nathan’s Ice Cream and Mini-Golf

Saturday, June 4th 8th Grade Algebra Exemption Exam

NJHS Scrabble Tournament (FKH/6:30-9:00 p.m.)

 

Links:

  • Summer Learning Program-Go to this page and click on the grade level you are interested in. ~http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/summer-requirements-program/
  • Summer Learning Program/Middle School Reading List ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/05/2011_Middle_School_Summer_Reading.pdf
  • Scrabble Tournament Flyer ~  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/05/scrabbletournamentad.pdf