The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 3

Seek Christ in one another; welcome Him into your heart.

Principal’s Message

The safety of your children is always a top priority at All Saints.  In recent years, in accordance with national initiatives and diocesan policy, we have taken additional steps to do our part to ensure that your children are in a safe place when they are participating in a program at All Saints Catholic School. For example, all of our faculty, staff and volunteers are required to complete a background check as well as training.  As an additional measure, six years ago we implemented the Formation in Christian Chastity Program to help your children recognize the steps they can take to keep themselves safe.

The Formation in Christian Chastity Program serves as an additional measure to assist us in establishing and maintaining a safe environment for our students.  As outlined in the materials, information is provided primarily to parents as a resource to be used in the formation of their children.  There is one classroom lesson for students in grades one through four and two lessons for those in grades five through eight. 

We will be integrating the objectives of the program into our religion lessons in these grades during the last two weeks of September.  The entire curriculum can be accessed through the diocesan website:www.arlingtondiocese.org.  (Click on the Child Protection tab found under the heading of Education. To view the grade level lesson plans, click on Training Programs followed by the tab for the Formation in Christian Chastity Program.)

You are encouraged to spend some time reviewing this information yourself and to then share pertinent aspects with your children.  Each of the “rules” noted contains some application to common sense safety tips that you may share with your children.  Other parts of the “rule” apply to some of the decisions that you make as parents for the safety of your children.  A question and answer segment provides some suggestions as to how you might best address these concerns with your children.  Our goal is to equip both you and your children with the knowledge that can help to keep them safe.

The essential point is that parents need to be involved with their children.  The more you know about the daily events of your child’s life, the better you are able to spot any danger signs that may surface.  The more regular communication with your children, the more free they are to come to you with their concerns.

Should you have any questions about the Formation in Christian Chastity Program or about the classroom lessons, please do not hesitate to let us know.  In the event that you would prefer to not have your child participate in the classroom training, please contact the front office to request an opt-out form.

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Mother Teresa Outreach

As you may remember, last year we began a new initiative at All Saints encouraging stewardship among our students. This initiative, the Mother Teresa Outreach, invited students to make contributions to benefit the students of our sister school, St. Thomas, In Haiti.  I am pleased to report that last year students contributed a total of $1905.73.

Beginning at our school Mass on Friday, September 16, we will begin the Mother Teresa Outreach for the 2011/2012 school year, and students will again be invited to make contributions in the form of time, talent and treasure.  All of the funds received through this program will directly benefit St. Thomas, helping to defer the cost of school lunches and supplies.  Students will again utilize the collection envelopes provided earlier this year.  In the event students no longer have access to these envelopes, they are encouraged to use any type of envelope.

As indicated last year, our goal is to cultivate a lifestyle of stewardship among our students.  In the words of Mother Teresa – “The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it.”

In the coming weeks, students in Grades 5 and 6 will be given the opportunity to participate in the Children for Charity Program.  This Program, led by Mrs. Vickie Bill, will focus on the work of Mother Teresa. As Catholics and Christians, we are called to serve others, especially those less fortunate.  Students will learn that by doing small things, they can make a big difference in the life of someone else.

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Spirit Week

Over the course of the past couple of weeks I have had the opportunity of meeting with the leadership of the Student Council Association regarding their plans for our annual celebration of Spirit Week which is now scheduled to begin on Monday, September 26th.  As always, they have identified creative ways that we can celebrate our school and the pride we share in being part of such a wonderful community. I especially look forward to seeing how the students dress for “Generation Day”!  For more details about all of the festivities, please see the attached link.  Thank you, SCA, for your leadership and enthusiasm!

Catholic Heritage Festival ~ Saturday, September 24th

The 2011 Catholic Family Festival is a diocesan-wide all-day event hosted by the Diocese of Arlington. For the festival’s third year, we bring you more games, great food and Scythian. Come, be a part of this wonderful event as we celebrate faith, family and fun.

The day begins with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Paul S. Loverde followed by numerous activities. It is a time for the entire diocese to enjoy fabulous food, play sports, take in fantastic performances, visit Catholic exhibitors, relax and experience the beauty of our one Catholic faith. This year the festival features Scythian on stage with other great diocesan cultural performances. Join Youth Ministry as they host a soccer tournament, or hang out with the Young Adult Ministry to play some pickup sports and relax. Surrounded by cultural food choices, that include Italian, Salvadorian, Mexican, Filipino, Indian, Middle Eastern, American and more, you will not be at a loss for a tasty treat. All are welcome with an addition of children’s games like a Giant Dual Inflatable Slide and Laser Tag.

This festival cannot be done without our diocesan volunteers. From setup to children’s games to cleanup and everything in between, every person works together to make this event a success for the entire diocese. There are many opportunities to volunteer and shifts for each area.

We look forward to enjoying the day with you on September 24 at Bull Run Regional Park. See a festival flyer by clicking here or visit us at www.catholicfamilyfestival.org.

Carpool Rosary

Beginning next week, the Carpool Rosary will take place at 2:40 p.m. on Wednesday afternoons rather than Thursday.

TARGET proceeds to benefit All Saints

Thanks to the support of those families registered to participate in TARGET’s rewards program, last week our school received a check in the amount of $1,203.42.  Thank you parents and friends of All Saints!

Cafeteria Launches Online Purchasing Program ~ Reminder

Beginning this week parents will have the opportunity to purchase cafeteria lunches through a secure, online system called PayForIt.Net. This will allow you to access your student(s) lunch account online to see what they are purchasing (i.e. lunch and/or drink only) and the balance of their lunch account(s). This will also enable you to add monies to your student(s) account as needed.  You will be able to use your credit card (Mastercard or Visa only) or your bank account.  There will be an Internet convenience fee of 5.5% for each transaction.  Please note:  Parents may still submit payment by check or cash by sending payments directly to the school as in the past.

As each family will be provided a code to access the system, it is important that we forward this information to you in a confidential manner.  Parents of middle school students will receive their information at Middle School Night.  Parents of kindergarten students will receive their forms via their child’s take home folder.  The individual student identification number you receive will serve as your password to the PayForIt.Net system.  Please be sure to check your student(s) lunch account at least once per week as we will no longer be sending home charge slips.

Note: Students in grades 5-8 are allowed to purchase an extra entrée for $1.00 on certain lunch days as noted on the calendar.  The additional $1.00 must be brought to the cafeteria on the day of purchase.  Also, all ice cream and soft pretzel purchases must be paid separately on the day of purchase.

Should you have any questions about this new program, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Wendy Matner, Director of Cafeteria Services, at 703-368-4400.

Parent Organized Carpool Program

Recognizing the fact that a number of families in our community drive some distance to and from school each day, an effort is now underway to assist parents in identifying other families who live nearby and may be interested in forming a carpool.

All Saints parent Mr. Jim Griffin has volunteered to serve as a carpool coordinator. If you are interested in a carpool for your children, please forward the following information to him via email (allsaintscarpool@hotmail.com) and he will put you in touch with other families in your area who have expressed an interest in carpooling.

Name:

Address:

Phone Number:

Preferred email contact:

Number of children you need transported:

Number of spaces in your vehicle for transporting others:

Prefer to drive morning or evening, or no preference?

Recognizing that parents are solely responsible for determining transportation arrangements to and from All Saints Catholic School, the school assumes no role in this process and neither recommends nor endorses any particular carpool arrangements.  In the unfortunate circumstance of an accident or injury, the parent’s own personal automobile liability is primary in the event of a claim.  Nonetheless, the school values the collective efforts of parents and is pleased to support the initiative by communicating the opportunity to parents.

Student In-Service ~ Sexual Harassment, Our Policy & Response  (Grades 5-8)

In accordance with diocesan policy, students in grades five through eight will participate in a brief classroom presentation this week on the topic of the prevention of sexual harassment.  Mr. Conroy will visit each of the homeroom classes for approximately fifteen minutes, providing an overview of the diocesan policy and explaining to students how they should best respond if they encounter any behaviors of this nature.  Should you have any questions about this policy or presentation, please do not hesitate to contact the principal.

Middle School Back to School Night

Back to School Night for middle school parents will take place on Thursday, September 15th at 7:00 p.m. Note:  This year the event will begin in the gym with a brief overview of the Edline program.

Schedule 

7:00 p.m. Presentation in Gym (Introduction to Edline)

7:30 p.m. First Classroom Session Begins

9:35 p.m. End of Final Classroom Session

Tuition Questions???

Should a question arise regarding your schedule of tuition payments, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at 703-393-1490.  She is happy to assist in providing additional information about the program and answering any questions that parents might have.

Use of Student Photos for Marketing Materials

In recent years, a formal marketing program has been implemented at All Saints and we are presently making a consistent effort to share the success of our program via local newspapers and our website. It is important that parents understand that they retain the right to object to their son/daughter’s inclusion in these printed or electronic materials.  A “Waiver Information/Right to Object Form” (Appendix N) is located on the website within the forms section associated with the parent-student handbook.  Please note: If the form is not returned, we will assume that you waive your right to object.

Emergency Information Form ~ REMINDER ~ PAST DUE

Please complete the linked diocesan emergency form.  Forms were due by Friday, September 2nd. This form is critically important in that it provides us with the necessary information to contact you in the event of an emergency.

This year we are forwarding a link to the diocesan emergency information form:http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/08/emergency-care-form.pdf

You may complete the form electronically, print out the completed form, sign it and return it to the school.  This will help you in filling out the forms and with multiple children you can just change the student name, grade, and specific health information for each child.  Remember, we need to have one form on file for each child.

If you do not have access to a computer and need to have a hard copy of the form, just contact the school office and a form will be sent home to you.

Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

As part of the diocesan initiative to maintain a safe environment for all of our children, all volunteers with “significant contact” with children are required to complete a background check prior to working in the school.  As we begin a new year, in accordance with diocesan policy, only those parents who have completed the criminal background check are eligible to volunteer in positions that involve contact with students.  Those who will be volunteering in the school on a regular basis or even repeatedly are required to complete the background check.  Those who have not yet completed the background check process are invited to request a packet of forms from the school or parish office.

Note: The four hour required training session for new volunteers has been scheduled for Saturday, October 8th beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Father Kelley Hall.  Those interested in attending are asked to register online at virtus.org.  Those new volunteers who are unable to be present at this session are encouraged to register online for other upcoming sessions held at parishes throughout our diocese.

The diocese also requires volunteers who have completed the full VIRTUS training to attend an annual update entitled Keeping the Promise Alive.  This 30 minutes video training is a prerequisite for volunteering in the school.  The following is a list of upcoming sessions.  (Please note:  For planning purposes, volunteers are asked to confirm their intent to attend a session on the voicemail of Mrs. Janet Smith.  703.393.2158)

Tuesday, September 27th      2:15PM in FKH

                                  7:00PM in the Library

                                  8:15PM in the Library

Magazine Fundraiser begins! 

Lucky Duck Day is tomorrow – turn in 3 orders/student or 6/family on Thursday, September 15th and receive a lucky duck! Look on the back, some are worth money and one is worth $50!!! See attachment to newsletter for all the prizes available and information about the sale. Remember, online orders count as well- see link at the bottom of this newsletter and enter the Account Number:1081976 for All Saints Catholic School.  Please renew any of last year’s orders through our school, not directly through the publisher, so that All Saints receives 40% of the proceeds.  Thanks again for your support!

Running with the Saints 5K

Calling runners and walkers of all ages!  Mark your calendars now for the first annual Running with the Saints 5K!  The race will be held on Saturday, November 5th.  If you would like more information or would like to register for the race go thttp://www.active.com/running/manassas-va/running-with-the-saints-5k-2011.  Watch the Sentinel and the school website for regular updates.  Many volunteers will be needed the day of the race.  See the link at the bottom of the page for more volunteer information.  Contact Eddie Collins at ecollins@ocfmail.com with any questions.

 Spirit Event Committee Update

Our Spirit Event Committee is looking for members. You are very welcome to join, just send me an email (meggie.davies@verizon.net).  We are at an exciting time of sharing the responsibilities of the events this year. You can earn points for parents with very little effort. It is a great way to meet other enthusiastic parents from All Saints.

Our First Spirit Event for 2011-2012 at Ticonderoga Farms

Come enjoy some fall fun on Friday, September 23rd at Ticonderoga Farm. Since there is a half day of school that day, stop by anytime between 12 pm-5pm. The discounted cost for All Saints is $7.95 per child and each child receives a free small pumpkin. Please print the flyer and bring it with you to receive the special discounted price. The fun includes hayrides, hillside slides, an Indian teepee village, log cabins, hay forts, live bamboo maze, Virginia’s longest swinging bridge, swings, play areas, a small shop of locally produced fall goodies and more. There is even a place to toast marshmallows. Bring along the S’mores fixings and it is a yummy treat for all. Don’t want to bring the marshmallows? They have them for sale. Ticonderoga Farm is located at 26468 Ticonderoga Farm Road in Chantilly Virginia. The phone number is (703) 327-4424.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Old Uniforms

Many thanks to everyone who donated old PE uniforms to the Mission in Banica, Dominican Republic the first week of school. We delivered approximately 100 PE uniforms to the Medical Missionaries for shipment to Banica. Upon hearing about the delivery, Father O’Hare from the Banica Mission sent the following email.

This is wonderful news!  These uniforms will be put to excellent use here in the Bánica Mission!

All Saints has been very supportive of the Bánica Mission for years now (thanks to Fr. Bob and to Medical Missionaries).  This is yet another example of the parish’s generous support!

The shipment will take a good bit of time before it arrives, so this will be a help to us for next school year.  When that time comes I will send you photos so all can appreciate how this will so positively impact the children here.

For your appreciation attached is a brief clip from the professional documentary about Bánica that is going to be released later this month.

Thank you so much and God bless you for your kindness!

http://vimeo.com/14247544

Fr. O’Hare, Pastor

Iglesia de San Francisco de Asís and San José

Bánica y Pedro Santana

República Dominicana

(809) 235 3687

Old uniforms are still being collected. Please send in any retired PE or grandfathered uniforms to the front office by Wednesday, September 21st. The retired PE uniforms will be included in the shipment to Banica.

The grandfathered uniforms will be added to the uniform exchange. Families donating grandfathered uniforms will receive a uniform coupon to use for the uniform exchange. Please include a note with your family name, your child’s name and classroom with the bag so that Mrs. Brophy can send you a uniform coupon. The next uniform exchange is the PTO meeting on Tuesday, September 27th.  If anyone donated grandfathered uniforms recently and hasn’t received a uniform exchange coupon from Mrs. Brophy please email her at brophy3@comcast.net with an estimate of what you donated and she will send you a coupon. Please note that no credit will be received for the retired PE uniforms that are being donated to Banica; however, our sister school in Banica greatly appreciates your donation. Thank You!

Cub Scouts Dens Now Forming for 2011-2012

Attention all boys in 1st through 5th grade!  Cub Scout Dens are now forming for the 2011/2012 Scouting year! Pack 1188 has been proudly serving the All Saints community for over 30 years and sponsored by the Knights of Columbus George Brent Council #5332. Cub Scouts offers a range of age-appropriate programs that provide fun and adventure while helping build your son’s leadership, teamwork, faith, physical/mental fitness, and spirit of service and duty, helping him grow into a competent, caring, adult of good character. Boys can start at any level and no prior experience is required. Our next pack meeting is in the Knights of Columbus Hall at 7 PM on Tuesday, September 20, 2011. If you have a Scouting-age boy who might be interested, give us a call. He can come to a Pack meeting, see what’s going on, and decide if it’s something, he wants to be a part of. No pressure. No obligation. To get the details call or e-mail either Cubmaster Randy Waddy, (703) 283-0717 /rrwaddy@yahoo.com or Committee Chair Tommy Reynolds at (703) 963-1281 /tommy.reynolds@verizon.net.

Knights of Columbus Spaghetti Dinner

The Knights of Columbus will be holding a Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, September 17th from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Knight of Columbus Hall, 9290 Stonewall Road, Manassas.

Cost: Adults 12+ $8.00

Children 4-12 $4.00

Family Maximum $30.00

The dinner includes: Spaghetti, Salad, Italian Bread, Dessert & Soft Drinks.

Give Mom a break and break bread with the Knights!

For tickets call: Darryl at 703-366-3737 or Tom at 703-330-9970

Paul Catholic High School ~ Fall Open House

Junior High parents and students are invited to attend an Open House at Paul VI Catholic High School on Sunday, November 6th from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 15th                     Sexual Harassment In-Services (Grades 5-8)

                                  Middle School Night (Gym/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, September 16th                           School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

                                  New Student Breakfast – rescheduled from last week

                                  SCA Installation Ceremony of Newly Elected SCA Officers & Representatives (PAC/1:30 p.m.)

Monday, September 19th                       Picture Day ~ Individual Portraits

Thursday, September 22nd                     Enrollment Management Team Meeting (Art room/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, September 23rd                           School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

                                  Noon Dismissal/Curriculum Mapping for Faculty

                                  Spirit Activity: Ticonderoga Farms, Chantilly (12:00-5:00 p.m.)

Saturday, September 24th                      Catholic Heritage Festival

Monday, September 26th                       Spirit Week (sponsored by SCA)

 

Coming Home with Each Student

  • Picture Day Reminder

Links

  • Spirit Week Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/09/SpiritWeek2011.pdf
  • ·         Magazine Fundraiser Quota Flyer –  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/09/QuotaFlyer.pdf
  • Magazine Fundraiser Online Orders – https://www.qsp.com/store/LightReg.aspx
  • ·        Ticonderoga Farm Spirit Event Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/09/2011-09-23TiconderogaFarms.jpg
  • ·        5K Race Volunteer Information ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/09/sentinel5Kvolunteersignup.pdf
  • St. Francis of Assisi Parish Late Night Catechism Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/09/LateNiteCatechism.pdf