The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 39

Living Stones on the Pathway to Heaven…

Message from the Principal

Last Friday we celebrated the success of the 6th Annual Race for Education, a unique event that has emerged as our most significant fundraiser at All Saints.  Over the course of the past six years, the program has generated more than $200,000 in support of our school and special initiatives.  As we have been the recipient of tremendous generosity from family and friends from around the world, it is fitting that we share the fruits of our success with one of our long-term partners, St. Judes Childrens’ Research Hospital.

I am pleased to share with you today that we surpassed our goal, raising a grand total of $43,492.90. On Monday the PTO Board and I processed the paperwork to generate a check in the amount of $6524.00 to be donated to St. Judes.  This contribution will bring the total contributions from All Saints to St. Judes to just over $100,000!  Thank you, family & friends for your continued support of All Saints and our commitment to helping others along the way.


This week I would also like to announce that Mrs. Rakshys, 5th grade teacher, has decided to resign from her position at the close of this year.  Her resignation follows a period of discernment during which she has thoughtfully considered the present and future needs of her family.  It is for this reason that she has decided not to return to All Saints for the upcoming year.

Those of you who have had the opportunity to know Mrs. Rakshys can attest to her dedication to our school.  She has shown a tremendous commitment to her students and has prepared them very well for the middle school experience.  Her solid understanding of the instructional process and her love of her Catholic faith have been a gift to our school.  We wish her every success and blessing as she departs All Saints to pursue new horizons.


The end of year festivities will continue throughout this week and through the final days of school.  For details about all of our special celebrations, please see the upcoming events listed below.

I wish to extend a special invitation to all families to attend the events planned in celebration of Graduation Day.  All of the students will gather in the church at 9:30 a.m. on Friday to observe thePass-it-On Ceremony, an annual tradition and prayer service during which the 8th grade students “pass on” their leadership role to the rising 7th grade class as symbolized by the handing on of the 8th grade honor medals.  Following a special breakfast for the graduates, the 8th grade students will participate in the Walk of Honor, a custom by which all of the students in grades K-7 line the hallways and applaud for the graduates as they exit the building for the final time as students.  The celebration culminates with a Mass at 7:00 p.m. followed by the Graduation Ceremony and reception in the gym.  I hope that you and your family will be able to join us for some of these special moments as we congratulate our 8thgrade students.

Brown Bag Lunch Day ~ Friday, June 10th

Since the cafeteria staff will be cooking breakfast for the 8th grade class and preparations will be underway for the evening reception, there will be no cafeteria services on Friday.  All students are asked to bring both a lunch and drink to school.

Diocesan Survey for Families Not Returning

Families who will not be returning to All Saints for the upcoming year are encouraged to complete a parent survey designed by the diocese.  The survey can be found at the following website:

In advance, thank you for providing feedback that will be helpful to the diocese and our school as we continue to plan for the future.

From School Nurse – To the Parents of rising 6th Graders:

The Commonwealth of Virginia requires a Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis booster in the adult dosage, commonly known as Tdap, prior to entrance  into 6th grade.  A physical exam is not required.   The following website lists the recommended schedule of immunizations: Discuss with your Primary Care Provider which ones he/she recommends giving in addition to the Tdap. Thank you for your attention to this requirement.  Hope you have a happy, healthy summer!

Pre-Packaged School Supply Orders

The EPI pre-packaged school supply order forms are being sent home with students today and a link to the form is listed at the end of the newsletter under links. Parents who wish to submit the order form with a check to the school may do so until 6-17-2011.  Packets may be ordered on-line until 7-1-2011.  When ordering online, enter school ID ALL088.  Any questions regarding the pre-packaged supplies may be directed to:  For those who wish to purchase supplies on their own, you will find a copy of the regular School Supply List linked to this newsletter.

Need a gift for a Dad, Grad, or summer birthday??

Remember that our online magazine subscription website is open throughout the summer!! and enter code 425091453 to ensure that proceeds go to All Saints- thank you for your continued support of our school!


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 1stgraders.)

Ordering Information:             Summerbook Company

305 Lyndale Drive

Hartsville, SC 27804

1-877-684-8502 (Toll Free)

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.)

Flynn & O’Hara ~ New Uniform Purchases

Beginning this summer, Flynn & O’Hara will offer two “priority days” for our school at their Fairfax store. From 9:00 a.m. until noon on July 12th and July 21st, Flynn & O’Hara will provide special staff support and guidance to families from our community.  While the store will remain open for customers from other schools, Flynn & O’Hara will make a special effort to prepare for and accommodate the needs of families from All Saints.  On these days, Flynn & O’Hara will offer free shipping to customer’s homes for items not in stock.  (Please note: These priority days will replace the on-site sale day that has previously occurred during the first week of August.)  A copy of the uniform order form is linked to this newsletter, however if you need a paper copy, copies are available at the front office.

Immunization & Health Records Requirements for 2011-2012

To the parents of Pre-K students arriving in Fall 2011:

Welcome!  My name is Mrs. Rosemary Antunes, RN, the School Nurse at All Saints. To get off on the right foot health-wise, the State requires parents of Pre-K students to submit the following:

1.        An immunization form must be in the child’s record by the date of the child’s admission.   The first day of Pre-K is Wednesday, September 7th, 2011.

2.        Immunizations must be recorded and dated on either the Health Dept. form (MCH 213F or MCH 213G) or a physician’s form, include the child’s name, and be signed or stamped and dated by a licensed physician, the physician’s designee, or an official of a local health department.

3.        For all immunizations a child receives after 7/1/11, the form must contain a statement (typed or handwritten) that the child is adequately immunized.

The current Form MCH213G is available at the following website:

If your child has any chronic health conditions, such as food or substance allergy or asthma, the necessary forms are available under “Education,” and the “Parents” portion of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington website. Click on “Forms.”  Be sure to submit an Authorization Form for the medication along with the Action Plan for the condition.  All medications must be brought in by the parents, not by the child.  If a child needs an Epi-Pen, please bring two — one for the class, one for the Nurse’s Clinic.

To the parents of Kindergarten students arriving in Fall 2011:

A new Physical Exam is necessary, dated less than one year from the time of admission. Kindergarten begins on Monday, August 29th.  This Exam should be on, or accompanied by, the Virginia Department of Health form MCH 213G.  (See the website above for the form).  Tip:  Print out the MCH213G and hand it to the physician before the physical exam for this year, if possible, so as to avoid an additional charge to complete it out outside the office visit.  The Physical must include all the immunizations required by the Commonwealth of Virginia as indicated by the chart on the following website:

Cafeteria Procedures

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.

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.


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.

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

Wednesday, June 8th 8th Grade vs. Faculty Volleyball Game (2:00 p.m.)

Thursday, June 9th 2nd Grade Field Trip to the Basilica (8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)

1st Grade Ice Cream Party (1:15 p.m.)

Friday, June 10th Graduation Day

Pass it On Ceremony (church/9:30 a.m.)

Graduation Breakfast ~ students only (10:00 a.m.)

Walk of Honor (11:00 a.m.)

Mass & Ceremony (7:00 p.m.)

Saturday, June 11th VIRTUS Training (FKH/9:00 a.m.)

Tuesday, June 14th Kindergarten Luau (10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, June 15th Transition Ceremony for Students Entering 6th Grade (8:30 a.m.)

Kindergarten Graduation (PAC/10:00 a.m.)

Classroom Parties (1:30 p.m.)

Thursday, June 16th Closing Mass & Awards Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)

Final Dismissal for Grades 1-7 (10:30 a.m.)

(Note: This year the PTO will host a reception with cookies and drinks for parents in the courtyard immediately following the Mass & Awards Ceremony.  On the final day, parents who will be in attendance for the festivities are asked to park in their assigned carpool sections as we will be having a regular dismissal beginning at 10:30 a.m.  The back parking lot will be open for parking for those who will be joining us for the Mass and ceremony.)