The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 8

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

Principal’s Message

Excitement is building in anticipation of our first ever Running with the Saints 5K to be held on Saturday, November 5th.  As of Monday, the PTO has confirmed 140 registrants for the event including our very own Fr. Bob and Fr. Jeb!

The Running with the Saints 5K is open to all who wish to participate; the young and not so young, the experienced and the beginner, those from our community and those from beyond.  The event is currently advertised on where those interested can complete the registration process. Additionally, information about the event can be found by clicking on the Running with the Saints 5K link on our homepage.  At a cost of only $25 for adults and $15 for students for advanced registration, the PTO has aimed to keep the event affordable for families.

Behind the scenes, the PTO is also hard at work preparing for the upcoming Casino Night and Auction. The following is an overview of the event and an invitation for parents to show their support as volunteers or business sponsors.


SAVE-the-DATE: February 11, 2012 and join your fellow All Saints parents & parishioners for an evening of fun and fellowship. As one of the major fundraisers hosted by the All Saints PTO, the Fourth Annual Casino Night and Auction is instrumental in enriching the educational experience for our students and the event has become a wonderful opportunity for enriching the spirit of community for All Saints families.   Play casino games with your “funny money” and cash in your dollars for raffle tickets to win prizes. The more you play, the more chances you have to win. Silent and Live Auctions include items from vacations to fun family afternoon outings, to activities with teachers, local services, sports memorabilia and so much more.  Mark your calendar for food and fund, a great deal for $25!

When:                     Saturday, February 11

What time:              6:30 – 11:30 pm

Where:                    The Portuguese Community Center, Manassas

How much:             $25 per person, in advance; $30 at-the-door – ticket sales will begin in December

Attention business owners and sales professionals: If you contribute at least five hours of your time to support the planning committee’s activities, you are eligible to place a business card-sized ad in the event program for just $5!  That’s a $20 savings to have your name and business advertised to all of the Casino Night guests, as well as to the All Saints Parish Community, through a listing in the Sunday bulletin following the event.  (Full-, half- and third-page ads are also available, for an additional cost.  Questions about advertising: contact Mrs. Ann Potocnak at

Businesses and All Saints Families are also encouraged to consider making a donation of a service or product to the Silent Auction. Suggestions include, but are not limited to: Tickets: Theatre; Sports; Airline; Movies; Lessons: Cooking; Golf; Riding; Music; Dance; Recreation/Travel: Hotel Stays; Timeshare; Golf; Ski Weekend; Limo Services; Restaurant Gift Certificate; Winery Tour/Tasting; Sports Camp; Home: Landscaping; Furniture; Pool Services; Home Improvement; Business: Coaching; CPA Services; Attorney; Personal: Massage; Manicure; Hair Salon; Gym Membership; Fine Art/Jewelry; Image Consultant; Attorney; Portrait Photographer/Artist; Misc: Sports Memorabilia; College/Pro Team Gear; Fine Wine; Electronics.  As our event is in February of 2012, we ask that gift certificates not expire before August 2012.  Questions about donations: contact Mrs. Carol Rice at

The Auction Committee welcomes all volunteer offers between now and the day of the event!  Opportunities are available to fit your schedule and interests – contact Co-Chairs Mrs. Ann Potocnak or Mrs. Denise LaRose at

Bullying Survey – Important Reminder

All school parents are invited to participate in an anonymous, online survey for the purpose of assessing the level of bullying at All Saints Catholic School.  We estimate that it should take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete the survey.

Parents are asked to complete the survey by Friday, October 21st.    In advance, we thank you for your participation in our efforts to both assess our current climate and to establish benchmarks for future reference.

Parent Survey 2011:

Parent-Teacher Conferences ~ Appointment Slips

Today each student received a conference appointment slip confirming the date and time for the upcoming Parent-Teacher Conferences on Thursday, November 10th and Friday, November 11th.   If you did not receive this information, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher.

A Presentation on Understanding the New Roman Missal

On 11/27/11, the First Sunday of Advent, there will be changes in the words we hear and say at Mass.Come to learn about what is changing in the Mass, why the changes were made, and receive an overview of the changes and practical pointers for adapting to this transition.  Presenters include: the Director of Music, Mr. Bill Atwood, the Assistant Director of Youth, Miss Tiffany Lambert, and the Director of Religious Education, Mrs. Samantha Welsh.

Presentation Dates:               Wednesday, October 26th  7:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. in the Gym.  or

Sunday, October 30th   6:45 p.m.—8:00 p.m. in the PAC.

Note: The PTO Executive Board is committed to providing informative sessions for parents at each General Assembly Meeting.  As such, the next PTO meeting has been rescheduled from Tuesday, October 25th to Wednesday, October 26th to coincide with this special presentation on the implementation of the New Roman Missal.  The PTO will host a fifteen minute business meeting beginning at 8:20 p.m. immediately following the special presentation.

Band Shirts ~ Reminder to Submit Orders

Monday, October 31st is the final day orders can be submitted for band shirts.  If you need to order a band shirt, please email the student’s name, class/teacher, and shirt size to Mrs. Pam Hardy  All Advanced Band members are required to have a band shirt.  It is optional for beginning band students.  See Attached flyer for more details.

2nd Grade Sacraments Update

The Jesus Day experience for 2nd grade students will take place on Saturday, March 10th rather than March 17th as published in our school calendar.  The Sacrament of First Reconciliation has been scheduled for Saturday, February 25th and Saturday, March 3rd.

Veterans Day Celebration

Join us as our school community honors the commitment of the men and women who have served our country in the United States Armed Forces. We cordially invite all active duty, reserve, former and retired military personnel to attend our school Mass on Wednesday, November 9th at 8:30 a.m. Following the Mass, there will be a brief ceremony followed by a reception for our honored guests in Father Kelley Hall.  In the weeks ahead the students will receive a packet of information regarding our Veterans Wall Display, an annual tradition by which we show our pride and gratitude for the sacrifices of those in our community who have served our nation through military service.

3rd Annual Greater Manassas Veterans Day Parade

The 3rd Annual Greater Manassas Veterans Day Parade will take place on Saturday, November 12th at 11:00 a.m. in Old Town Manassas.  Following the parade will be a ‘Welcome Home’ party at the Harris Pavilion which will focus on our Vietnam War Veterans.  Entertainment scheduled is 50s, 60s and 70s music, dance troupes, military displays of vehicles and equipment, food and beverage vendors.  Web site is


  • Chuck E. Cheese 10/27/11, 12 noon – 9:00 p.m.

Please join us for a lot of fun at Chuck E. Cheese. As we are finished at 12 noon, we will be having our Spirit Event on Thursday, October 27th from 12-9 p.m. Come along and have a wonderful time with your All Saints Family. Teachers and staff eat free with a school ID. Each student will receive a sticker from the school redeemable for 10 free tokens. Younger siblings can earn free tokens too with online rewards calendars. These and additional everyday coupons are available at Fifteen percent of the proceeds from the event will be donated to All Saints School. Chuck-e Cheese is located at 7730 Streamwalk Lane, Manassas, near Home Depot off of Balls Ford Road.

  • Running with the Saints Chick-fil-A (Liberia Avenue) Spirit Event on 11/5/11

Chick-fil-A is one of our sponsors for our Running with the Saints 5K Event. We will be having a Spirit Event in conjunction with the 5K. You can fuel up before the big race, or go for a drink or meal after the race. Stop by any time on Saturday, November 5th between 6:30-8:30 a.m. and/or 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

  • ·         Raindate for our Spirit Event at Ticonderoga Farm 11/11/11

Well, unfortunately the weather did not cooperate for our Ticonderoga Farm Spirit Event. We have re-scheduled our fun for Friday, November 11th. So, come enjoy some fall excitement. 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 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!


There will be a half-hour update to Virtus training, “Keeping the Promise Alive”, this THURSDAY, October 27th at 7:00 PM in Meeting Room 2.

Diocese of Arlington ~ Programs for Prospective Teachers

COME JOIN US! Are you interested in teaching for the Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Arlington? There are 43 schools within the Diocese offering instructional programs for all ages from pre-school through high school.  Perhaps your certification has expired, or perhaps you are thinking of changing careers or returning to teaching after a period of absence.  Do you have questions about qualifications to teach?  Would you like to learn more about the mission of teaching in a Catholic School in a nurturing and caring, Christ-centered environment?  Please come to one of the following Information Programs for Prospective Teachers scheduled throughout the Diocese and meet with Sister Patricia Helene, IHM, former Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese and current head of the Marymount University Catholic School Leadership Program, and Elizabeth A. Roach, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Personnel from the Diocesan Office of Catholic Schools, to learn more about the opportunities and advantages of teaching in our Catholic Schools.  No registration is required.

St. Thomas More Cathedral School

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

105 North Thomas Street

Arlington, VA 22203


St. Francis of Assisi School              

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

18825 Fuller Heights Road

Triangle, VA  22172


All Saints School                                

Thursday, November 17, 2011

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

9294 Stonewall Road

Manassas, VA  20110


Open House at Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School

All are invited to tour Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School during the Fall Open House, Sunday, November 6, 2 – 4pm. A presentation by Sister Mary Jordan Hoover, principal, as well as JP students, will begin at 2:15. Meet the entire faculty, many students and parents, and experience the excitement of the House System in action. For more information, please visit or call Jennifer Cole, director of admissions, (703) 445-0300OR CLICK HERE!(

PVI News

  • Paul VI Catholic High School Theater proudly presents the comedy, Heaven Can Wait.  The play runs Nov 10 (7PM), Nov. 11 and 12 (7:30 PM) and November 13 (2:00 PM)and tickets may be purchased at the door for $5 for students and seniors, and $10 for adults.   Seventh and eighth graders who bring this ad get in free! Please contact,,   or 703.352.0925 ex 371 for more information.


  • Benefit Spaghetti Dinner at Paul VI ~ A spaghetti dinner will be held Thursday, November 17th from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at Paul VI Catholic High School. Donations will be accepted to help defray the costs of our mission trip to Banica, Dominican Republic. PVI students will travel with Fr. Jaffe and Spanish teachers to perform charitable works over spring break. 10675 Fairfax Blvd. Fairfax, VA. Please RSVP with number attending and your requested reservation time or call 703-352-0925 x330

Upcoming Events

Thursday, October 20th               Red Ribbon Week Dress Down Day (see flyer for details)

                                  Enrollment Management Team Meeting (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, October 21st                   School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Monday, October 24th                 Picture Make-up Day

Tuesday, October 25th                 Bishop O’Connell High School 8th Grade Visit (9:00 a.m.)

                                  PTO General Assembly Meeting – RESCHEDULED

Wednesday, October 26th             John Paul the Great High School 8thGrade Visit (8:30 a.m.)

                                  Kindergarten Field Trip to the Farm (8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)

                                  2nd Grade Pumpkin Day Celebration

                                  Presentation: Understanding the New Roman Missal (Gym/7:00-8:15 p.m.) followed by PTO General Assembly Meeting (Gym/8:20 – 8:35 p.m.)

Thursday, October 27th               End of 1st Quarter

                                  Gift of Human Sexuality Presentation #3 – Grades 6-8

                                  Great Ghost Chase Cross-Country Event (Linton Hall School) – attended by members of the All Saints Running Club

                                  Adoration & Benediction (11:15 a.m.)

                                  Noon Dismissal – Report Card Prep

                                  Spirit Activity: Chuck E. Cheese (12:00-9:00 p.m.)

                                  VIRTUS Update Training (Meeting Room 2/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, October 28th                   Holiday –  Diocesan Institute for Teachers


Going home with oldest child:

  • Save the Date ~ All Saints Annual Casino Night & Auction


  • Bullying Parent Survey 2011 ~
  • Chuck E. Cheese Spirit Event Flyer ~