The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 40

Living Stones on the Pathway to Heaven…

Message from the Principal

On Friday evening families and friends gathered with the 8th Grade Class of 2011 to celebrate their successful completion of the program and to wish them continued success and blessings as they transition to high school.

While the ceremony represented an important milestone for our graduates, it was also a significant moment for a number of families for whom this was their final All Saints graduation.  This week I would like to acknowledge those families who have been a part of our school family for twelve or more years and whose youngest child has now graduated.  I thank them for their commitment to Catholic education and for having chosen All Saints Catholic School.

Gonzalez Family                   12 Years

Sinner Family                        12 Years

Barnes Family                       13 Years

Ramsden Family                   13 Years

Roberts Family                      14 Years

Otten Family                          15 Years

Ella Family                             18 Years

Morgan Family                       19 Years

Wiles Family                          22 Years

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Tomorrow morning we will gather in the church at 8:30 a.m. for our Closing Mass & Awards Ceremony. At approximately 10:00 a.m., immediately following the ceremony, the students will return to their classrooms where they will receive their final report cards and participate in closing activities.  During the thirty minute period between the end of the Awards Ceremony and dismissal at 10:30 a.m., the PTO will provide refreshments for parents in the courtyard in front of the Parish Activities Center.

We will use our regular dismissal process when we release the students at 10:30 a.m.  So that parents do not have to move their cars in preparation for dismissal, all those who plan to attend the Mass and Awards Ceremony are asked to park in their assigned bays in either the front or rear lots.

(Please note: 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.)

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This year has been a time of continued blessings and success for All Saints Catholic School. For the first time in the history of our program, the students in our middle school earned First Place among dozens of teams competing in the Diocesan Science Fair.  In January the students of the Peace & Justice Players brought national recognition to All Saints when they were featured in a journal of Catholic education.  Through their example of service in action, the Peace & Justice Players gave witness to the very best qualities of our school …. the virtues that we live and share each day.

At the heart of our success story is the continued dedication of our faculty & staff.  They are a remarkably talented group of professionals who each day demonstrate a tremendous sense of caring and a commitment to excellence.  They are supported by countless parents who generously share their time and expertise in so many ways.  With a common vision, our faculty and parents have created a partnership which has resulted in an exceedingly strong sense of community where wonderful things happen each day for the children in our school. With God’s grace and blessing, All Saints Catholic School will continue to shine as a beacon for families seeking a dynamic Catholic environment of faith formation and academic rigor for many years to come.

Thank you for choosing All Saints for your family.  It has been a pleasure and a joy working with your children and we look forward to another exciting year of learning and faith formation!  On behalf of the faculty & staff of All Saints, I wish all of you a relaxing and enjoyable summer holiday.

New Textbook Policy

In recent years, on a limited basis we have been able to provide duplicate copies of student textbooks to students with special learning needs and those who might benefit from this particular accommodation.  With the increase in student enrollment which is expected to continue into the new year, these extra textbooks are no longer available to loan to families for this purpose.  Subsequently, effective next year, families who wish to have access to an extra set of textbooks will be asked to purchase them directly from the publisher or a bookseller.  For this reason, we have compiled a master list of all student textbooks, including ISBN numbers and publisher information, so that those families who wish to purchase a set of books for use at home may do so.  The textbook list can be found as a link to this week’s newsletter and will be posted on our website.  Many of the books we use are available at reduced pricing at used books sites.  Should you have any questions about this new policy or the textbook information provided, please do not hesitate to let us know.

Box Tops for Education

2A and 4A were treated to a cereal breakfast for having the highest number of boxtops for the March / April collection. Our final collection for May was won by 2A and 8B. 2A will be taking home some ‘bubble’ fun and 8B departed with  ‘Nerds’ as they graduated! The total earned for the year was $1962.00.  Since 2005, the school has earned $12,770. Keep collecting the Boxtops throughout the summer. Get creative and ask your neighbors, relatives, co-workers, etc.  It’s easy cash for the school. You can go to the link to download summer collection sheets. Use as many as you need or collect them in a baggie. Please label the sheets or baggies with next years homeroom and teacher name. The summer contest collection deadline will be the first Friday of school. For a complete listing of where to find boxtops, go towww.btfe.com . Thank you for supporting this program and All Saints.

Coach Dan Vander Woude Summer Basketball Camps for Boys

Coach Dan Vander Woude summer basketball camps for boys are held at Seton School, 9314, Maple St, Manassas.  Please go to www.danvwbasketball.wordpress.com for camp dates/times.  These are the most affordable Camps in the area for all ages and abilities with hands on instruction from Coach Vander Woude himself (Shooting/Ballhandling Clinics, Skills/Drills Camp, Advanced team concepts for high schoolers).

PVI Girls Lacrosse Camp

July 18- 21, PVI Girls Lacrosse Camp for girls grades 2 through 8 9-1 pm M-Th. $150  and all campers receive a PVI camp t-shirt.  Learn and practice the skills of this exciting sport!!  For more information email pvigirlslaxcamp@gmail.com or registration form at http://www.paulvi.net/Document.Doc?id=299.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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:

http://elementarywithdrawalsurvey1011.questionpro.com

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.

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.)

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 atwww.epipacks.com until 7-1-2011.  When ordering online, enter school ID ALL088.  Any questions regarding the pre-packaged supplies may be directed to: allsaintssupplies@yahoo.com.  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.

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.)

 

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:

http://www.vahealth.org/childadolescenthealth/schoolhealth/forms.htm

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:

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/schedules/downloads/child/0-6yrs-schedule-pr.pdf

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.

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

Upcoming Events

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.)

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