The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 4

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

Principal’s Message

Many of you have had an opportunity to meet Miss Simms, our new Spanish teacher, and to learn of her vision for our program.  As a follow up to her presentations at Back-to-School Night, she has crafted a newsletter that provides a brief overview by grade level of her plans for the first quarter.   In addition to gaining insight as to her immediate goals for your child’s grade level, the format will allow you to see what your child will be learning in the years ahead.  A copy of the first quarter newsletter can be found by following the link at the end of this letter.  Should you have any questions about the program, please do not hesitate to contact Miss Simms.


On Friday afternoon the newly elected officers and class representatives were officially welcomed into the Student Council Association of All Saints Catholic School.  Colonel Cummings, a highly decorated officer in the U.S. Army, served as keynote speaker and shared with the students a powerful message of both faith and leadership.

We congratulate the following students on this accomplishment and we wish them every success and blessing as they begin their year of student leadership.


President                              Bridget K.

Vice President                     Brandon M.

Secretary/Historian            Sidney Y.

Finance                                 Vivienne P.

Religious Activities            Megan S.

Health/Safety/Ecology      Erika C.

School Spirit                        Nicole B.


Class Representatives

4A                                           Christian C.

4B                                           Eirian C.

5A                                           Annaliese T.

5B                                           Maddie M.

6A                                           Brightney V.

6B                                           Drew M.

7A                                           Caton B.

7B                                           Allison R.

8A                                           Quinn C.

8B                                           Selena M.



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

Lock-Down Drill ~ October 5th (10:00 a.m.)

Seven years ago our school Crisis Management Team implemented quarterly lock-down drills to familiarize students and staff with our security response plan.  Each drill is clearly introduced as a practice with teachers and staff providing age-appropriate instructions to the students.  The first drill for the year will occur on Wednesday, October 5th at 10:00 a.m.  (Please note: This drill has been scheduled for several weeks and is not in response to any concerns specific to All Saints.  Rather, it is another exercise by which we maintain a state of preparedness should the need ever arise to secure the facility and safeguard the children.) 

Holy Trinity Parish to host the Worldwide Childrens’ Eucharistic Holy Hour: 

The parish of Holy Trinity is sponsoring a Rosary Holy Hour for children on October 7th, the Feast of the Holy Rosary, from 4:15 – 5:15 p.m. and the children of All Saints are cordially invited to attend.

Carpool Rosary

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

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  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     2:15 p.m. in FKH

7:00 p.m. in the Library

8:00 p.m. in the Library

Spirit Event Committee Update

Our Spirit Event Committee is looking for members. You are very welcome to join, just send me an email (  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 smores fixings and it is a yummy treat for all. Don’t want to bring the marshamallows? 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!


The Casino & Auction Team is ready to begin planning for the February 2012 event but is missing ONEteam member!   If you have experience in event planning or leading a team; you are well organized and have good communication skills; you are willing to work hard but have a GREAT TIME in the process, THIS IS THE VOLUNTEER POSITION FOR YOU.  The team is well experienced but needs a leader to bring all the pieces together.  If you are willing to share your skills and talents to pull together a fantastic event for our All Saints community, contact Ann Potocnak at or 571-278-4199.

Magazine Fundraiser

S.O.S   Save Our Subscriptions!  Please remember to renew any subscriptions purchased last year through All Saints, not the publisher- All Saints receives 40%The last day to qualify for prizes is Monday, September 26th.  Catalog and online orders both count!  To go online, see the link at the bottom of this newsletter and enter the code:  1081976 for All Saints.  Please contact Holly Stefonsky with any questions at and thanks for your support!

Paul VI Columbus Day Basketball Camp

PVI Catholic High School will be having a Columbus Day Basketball Camp on Monday October 10th 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.  for Boys & Girls in First – Eighth grade.  Cost: $55.00 per camper.  Register

Upcoming Events

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/see flyer for details)

Tuesday, September 27th                      VIRTUS Update Training (2:15 p.m./7:00 p.m./8:00 p.m.)

                                  PTO General Assembly Meeting (PAC/7:30 p.m.)

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

                                  Priests’ Barbecue (11:15 – 1:00)

                                  1st Quarter Interims distributed


  • Spanish Newsletter ~
  • UPDATED Spirit Week Flyer ~
  • ·         Magazine Fundraiser Quota Flyer –
  • Magazine Fundraiser Online Orders –
  • ·         Ticonderoga Farm Spirit Event Flyer ~
  • ·         5K Race Volunteer Information ~
  • ·         Rally Flyers for the 40 Days for Life Manassas campaign ~
  • St. Francis of Assisi Parish Late Night Catechism Flyer ~