The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 5

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

Principal’s Message

Central to the mission of Catholic education is a commitment to the formation of the whole person within the light of the teachings of the Gospel.  At All Saints our effort to educate all dimensions of the child ~ spiritual, intellectual, social, and emotional, has been an essential and consistent element of our mission.

As a Catholic school, All Saints also affirms the role of parents as the primary educators of their children and we are privileged to have the opportunity to work with you as partners in this regard.  During the past several years, we have grown increasingly concerned about the many confusing messages that society as a whole, and the media in particular, place before the young people of today, particularly in regards to the topic of human sexuality.  In this day and age it is increasingly important that we insure that the children learn the beautiful teachings of the Church on this topic and that they fully realize and understand the gift of human sexuality within this framework.  Not to share this information with the children leaves them unprepared for the world they face and the many choices that await them in the years ahead.

Over the course of the past several years All Saints Catholic School has implemented a middle school family life curriculum that supports our goal of educating the whole child.  The program is coordinated by the Diocesan Director of Youth Ministry, Mr. Kevin Bohli, and is tailored to the specific needs of each school community. The program consists of a parent presentation during which Mr. Bohli provides an outline of his presentations as well as resources for parents.  Following this presentation, he and an associate, Mrs. Celia Fruchterman, will meet with the students for three one hour lessons designed to provide the children with an understanding of the Church’s teachings on the topic of human sexuality.

One of the advantages of this program is the involvement of outside professionals.  In addition to their expertise and experience, Mr. Bohli and Mrs. Fruchterman are unfamiliar to the students, which may put the students at greater ease in asking questions and discussing this topic.  A second advantage of this program is that it is designed to take place in a single-sex setting; Mr. Bohli will address the boys and Mrs. Fruchterman will speak with the girls.  Finally, in accordance with diocesan policy, this program is designed as an opt-in opportunity for parents and students.  Accommodations will be made for those children whose parents prefer that they not participate in the program.

Parents of middle school students are invited to a presentation to be held on Wednesday, October 5thbeginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Activities Center.  As this is such a very important topic related to the development of your child, I ask that at least one parent from each family new to this program be present at the meeting.

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As announced in the bulletin and Arlington Catholic Heraldour diocese is hosting a pilgrimage to the Basilica in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, October 8th.  To increase awareness of this opportunity and to encourage a devotion to our Blessed Mother, the diocese has purchased a Miraculous Medal for each of our students.  These medals will be blessed during our school Mass on Friday and then distributed to students in their classrooms following the liturgy.

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On Friday we will celebrate the gift of our parish priests at the annual “Priests’ Barbecue”.  A long-standing tradition at All Saints, this special event provides an opportunity for the children to visit informally with the priests during an outdoor lunch.  Indeed, we are blessed with very generous and gifted priests who truly make a difference in the life of our school!  We look forward to celebrating their goodness during this festive time of food and recess games on Friday during lunch.

Rainy Day Dismissal Procedures

On days when inclement weather occurs during dismissal, students will be dismissed using a different system than that which is typically used each day at All Saints.  Here are some points to keep in mind on these days.

  • Park in the parking bays as usual.
  • Parents are asked to stand directly in front of the row of cars in which their vehicles are parked.
  • Students exit the building in an orderly fashion and look for their parents standing at the front of the row in which they are parked in their assigned bay.
  • Students walk directly to their parents.
  • Faculty members monitor this process and there will be an assigned staff member on both parking lots to gather and supervise those students who do not immediately see their parents.
  • Dismissal of bays proceeds as usual when all cars have been loaded.
  • Parents are asked not to gather in one area, as our students are taught to look for their parent/s at the front of their bay.

Important reminder: Due to the busyness of the front office at dismissal time and recognizing the priority of student safety, if you must check out your child/ren early, please remember it must be done 15 minutes prior to dismissal.

Lion’s Club Vision and Hearing Screening

On Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 the third, fifth and seventh grade students are scheduled for a freeVision and Hearing Screening by the Lion’s Club.  Screening will begin at 9:00 A.M.

A permission form will be sent home today and is necessary for your son/daughter to participate in the Hearing and Vision Screening.  Please sign and return the form to your child’s teacher by September 30th.  No screening will be conducted without a signed parental consent form.  Students who wear glasses should have them available for the vision portion of the screening.

To assist with the screening, the clinic is seeking 5-6 volunteers who would be available beginning at 8:30 A.M.  Those interested in more information about this opportunity are asked to contact our school nurse, Mrs. Antunes, at 703-368-4400.

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.) 

First Communion ~ Calendar Correction

First Communion is scheduled for Saturday, May 5th & Saturday, May 12th.  Please disregard the additional date of May 19th which is included in our school calendar.  Details regarding the First Communion schedule, as well as the opportunity to participate in one of the ten family Masses, will be communicated to parents during the month of October.

Important Cafeteria News

There have been several changes made due to the installation of our new automated cafeteria accounting system.  All purchases (lunch, milk and juice) are now deducted from one total balance on your account.  Therefore, all monies that were received in the beginning of the school year as individual purchases (i.e., monthly lunch, annual juice, etc.) will now show as one total balance on your student(s) account.  It will no longer be necessary for you to pay for lunch, milk or juice separately (i.e. $50 for twenty lunch punches, $7 for twenty juices, etc.).  You can now just deposit any amount you would like towards your student(s) account.  Please keep in mind that if you are going to use PayForIt.Net, you will be charged a convenience fee for every payment made on line, so please plan ahead accordingly.  We will then charge any purchases made by your student(s) against one total balance, which you will see when you check your student(s)’ account online.

If you do not plan on using the online system at all, you can still send in payment (cash or check) to the cafeteria.  You will then have to call the cafeteria to confirm your balance.  In the near future, we will be using an email system to send you low balance alerts.  Please do try to keep your balance above $10.00 at all times.  If you have a negative balance of $10.00 or more, the system will not allow us to make any further charges, your student will then receive a bologna and cheese sandwich if they need a lunch, and you will then be charged $2.50 for each sandwich until payment is received.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 703-368-4400, ext. 211.

Parents of 5th-12th graders Evening of Dinner, Practical Pointers, & Prayer

All Saints invites you to attend a special 5 hour conference on parenting teens with Dinner on Saturday, October 15th from 3-8pm.  Keynote Art Bennett speaks on the Temperments of Teens, a licensed professional counselor speaks on Teens in Crisis, Fr. Juan Puigbo who hosts his own radio show speaks on Theology of the Body, and a former lawyer in the US Justice Department dealing with juvenile issues will address Internet Safety 101.  In addition, there will be a Q & A period with young people who have recently moved past the teenage years.  Confessions and Adoration will be included along with an opportunity to network with other parents.  The cost is $40/couple or $25/individual.  The sessions are presented in English & Spanish.  A flyer will be coming home today for students in grades 5 – 8. The registration form can be found here: http://www.allsaintsyouthministry.org/about/Parents_Unite.pdf

Running with the Saints 5K Race – November 5th

Please join us for All Saint Catholic School’s first annual Running with the Saints 5K Race on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 8:30 a.m. Starting at the Harris Pavilion in Old Town Manassas, this certified course will wind through nearby Manassas neighborhoods.  We are excited to report that at least 11 of our very own teachers and faculty will be joining in the run!  In recognition of All Saints Day in November, adults and children are encouraged to arrive dressed as their favorite saint.  Run Runners and walkers of all ability levels are welcome!

For more information about unique sponsorship opportunities or to register for the Running with the Saints 5K Race, please visit www.runningwiththesaints.org. Proceeds from this event will benefit All Saints Catholic School.

Raindate for Our First Spirit Event for 2011-2012 at Ticonderoga Farm 11/11/11

Well, unfortunately the weather did not cooperate for our first scheduled Spirit Event. We have re-scheduled our fun for Friday, November 11th. So, come enjoy some fall fun. Since there is no school that day, stop by anytime between 10 am -5pm. This is parent-teacher conference day, so you can come before or after your conference. 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 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!

Uniform Measurement Day

Are you in need of additional school uniforms?  There’s no need to travel to Fair City Mall in Fairfax!  Our uniform company, Flynn & O’Hara, will be coming to All Saints on Friday, October 7th from 11:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. for an on-site uniform measurement day.  Please click on the link below for an order form.

Upcoming Events

Friday, September 30th                School Mass & Blessing of Miraculous Medals (8:30 a.m.)

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

                                  1st Quarter Interims distributed

Monday, October 3rd                  Virtue Prayer Service (10:55 a.m.)

Tuesday, October 4th                   Lions’ Club Screening ~ Grades 3, 5 & 7

                                  Blessing of Animals ~ St. Francis Feast Day (courtyard/6:00 p.m.)

                                  PTO Executive Board Meeting (PLC/7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, October 5th              School Bank Ribbon Cutting Ceremony ~ cancelled

                                  Lock Down Drill (10:00 a.m.)

                                  Gift of Human Sexuality Presentation for Middle School Parents (PAC/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, October 7th                     Flynn & O’Hara Uniform measurement day ~ (11:15 – 1:00 p.m.)

Saturday, October 8th                  VIRTUS Training ~ Full 4 hour seminar (FKH/9:00 a.m.)

                                  PTO Spaghetti & Bingo (Knights Hall/5:00 p.m.)

Monday, October 10th                 Holiday ~ Columbus Day

Coming home with all students in grades 5 – 8 today:

  • Flyer – Parents Unite!  (An Evening of Dinner, Practical Pointers, & Prayer for Parents of Teens, Tweens & Future Teens)

Links:

  • All Saints PTO Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/09/pto-handout-sept2011.pdf
  • Flynn & O’Hara School Uniforms ORDER FORM ~http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/09/AllSaintsManassasVA042.pdf
  • ·         Ticonderoga Farm Spirit Event Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/09/2011-09-23TiconderogaFarms.jpg
  • ·         Family Camp Out Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/09/FamilyCampOutFlyer.pdf