The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 10

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

Principal’s Message

One of our cherished traditions at All Saints is the annual Thanksgiving Luncheon, a special meal prepared by the kitchen staff for students, parents, faculty & staff.  Attached to this week’s newsletter is a flyer inviting all of our families to participate in this wonderful celebration of food & fellowship.

In an effort to accommodate all of the families who attend and to reduce wait time, we will again be hosting four lunch seatings this year.  The schedule for the Thanksgiving Luncheon is as follows:

11:00-11:40             Grades 6-8

11:40-12:20             Grades 4-5

12:20-1:00               Grades 2-3

1:00-1:40 Grades K-1

The arrival process will be the same as prior years with parents reporting directly to their son/daughter’s classroom.  There, they will wait with their children, and when called by grade level, report to the gym via the Father Kelley Wing.

So that the kitchen staff may begin planning for the event, please be sure to return your form no later than November 17th.  We do hope that you will join us for this Thanksgiving tradition!


This week we welcome Miss Jessica Fraraccio, a member of our parish who is completing educational coursework at Northern Virginia Community College in the field of early childhood education.  As part of her program, she will be observing teachers of grades PreK – 3 for a period of several hours each week over the course of the next month.  We welcome Miss Fraraccio to our community and wish her every success as she prepares for a career in the educational field.

Fall Handcraft Show Hosted by Father Juan Puigbó

Fr. Juan will host a Handcraft Show on Thursday, November 17th from 2pm to 7pm at the entrance of the school gym. A number of items will be on display and available for purchase, including beautiful wooden pieces handcrafted by Fr. Juan.  This will be a good opportunity to buy your seasonal gifts! For more information, please see the flyer linked to this week’s newsletter.

Running with the Saints 5K

Only 3 days to the first annual Running with the Saints 5K!  We are thrilled that more than 200 people of all ages and abilities have registered.  Join our priests, teachers and staff for a fun morning! Online registration will end on Thursday, but you are still welcome and encouraged to sign up in person on Friday between 2:30pm-8pm (at the Registration table in the lobby of the PAC) or Saturday morning at Harris Pavilion between 7am-8am.  Please bear in mind that children participating in grades 5 or below need to have an adult in charge that is also a registered participant.  Like all PTO activities, we rely on parent volunteers to make this event happen.  We are still in need of volunteers to help at the water table and with clean up (middle school volunteers welcome – you can earn confirmation hours!).  Please contact Mrs. Sue Ferguson at for more information on volunteering.

RACE PACKET PICK-UP – Registered race participants can pick up their t-shirt, goody bag and race bib starting at 2:30pm Friday afternoon in the lobby of the PAC.

Virtue of the Month ~ Awards Presentation

Congratulations to the following students who received special recognition at our monthly Virtue Prayer Service for having exemplified the Virtue of Self-Discipline during October.

Heather R. (Pre-K)

Vincent S. (Pre-K)

Leona K. (K1)

Jack C. (K2)

Abigail R. (1A)

Noelle C. (1B)

Huyen H.h (2A)

Daniel C. (2B)

Mary C. (3A)

Emma S.r (3B)

Bianca M. (4A)

Zachary M. (4B)

Alex C. (5A)

Lucy B. (5B)

Kelly C. (6A)

Lauren G.h (6B)

Kelly T. (7A)

Carolyn K. (7B)

Edward C.s (8A)

Emma K. (8B)

Virtue of the Month ~ Gratitude

During the month of November, students will be encouraged to implement the following strategies:

A.       Thank Jesus each day for the sacrifice He made for you.  Look at the crucifix and say, “Thank you, Jesus”.

B.       Thank God for your special talents and use them to serve Him every day.

C.       Remember to say “Please” and “Thank you”.

D.       Show gratitude to all of your teachers.

E.       Remember to thank the ladies in the cafeteria for your lunch, milk or for helping you open your juice box or milk container.

F.       Tell your mom and dad you love them.

G.      Make a special effort to show gratitude to someone in your family each day.

H.       Say “Please” and “Thank you” at home.

I.         Thank a friend for being there for you.

J.        Be a good sport when you play.

K.       Thank God for your life, family, food and home each night.

Prayer of the Month

Dear Jesus,

We want to thank You for the many gifts You have given us, especially the gift of Yourself.

Accept our acts of courtesy and care as gifts of love to You.

Help us to imitate Your Mother Mary and to give glory to God through our words and actions.

We ask this in Your Holy Name.


Parish Mission ~ “God Are You on-Line?”

Our parish mission will be held November 6th – 10th.  Fr. Bill Garrott, O.P. will offer the following:  Morning confessions after the 8:30 a.m. Mass, Monday through Thursday …and Evening confessions after his talks (except Thursday).  Please click on the following link for more information:

Report Cards & Parent-Teacher Conferences

In preparation for the parent-teacher conferences next week, please take some time to review all of the information provided by the teacher, noting any special areas of success or difficulty.  Additionally, I encourage you to speak with your child to determine if there is anything that he or she would like you to address with the teacher.  Please feel free to make a list of any questions or concerns that you wish to discuss during the conference.  While the time for conferences is somewhat limited, the teachers are committed to addressing the development of your child and welcome any questions you might have. Recognizing that experiences in the home also affect a child’s performance at school, the conference provides an opportunity to discuss any changes in routine, significant events, such as the death of a close relative or pet, or any other occurrences that might be affecting your child’s behavior.  The better the teacher understands the specific needs of each of the children, the better he or she will be able to assist them in their learning.

The following is a list of ideas that may prove helpful as you plan for a successful and productive meeting.

Before the Conference

¨       Arrive on time

¨       Bring a written list of questions or points for discussion

¨       Realize that your child may exhibit different behaviors at school than at home

During the Conference

¨       Ask for examples of your child’s work

¨       Discuss specific strengths & weaknesses of your child as a learner

¨       Ask the teacher for specific ways in which you can help at home

¨       Help set two or three specific goals for your child for the next grading period

After the Conference

¨       Share with your child what the teacher reports

¨       Remember that, as a parent, you are the most important person in your child’s life.  Give your child a hug and reassurance following the conference.

8th Grade Confirmation Retreat ~ Important Reminder

During the month of October the Religious Education department has released important information relative to the schedule of sacraments during the spring semester as well as the related steps of formation in the program.  Due to circumstances beyond our control, a conflict exists between one of the weekends designated for the 8th Grade Confirmation Retreat and the Diocesan Band Festival, both of which are scheduled for Saturday, March 31st.  As this is the case, 8th grade parents who have children in the band are encouraged to register for the 8th Grade Confirmation Retreat scheduled for the weekend prior, March 23-24, 2012.  The staff of the Religious Education Department is aware of the conflict and will make every effort to schedule our families for the first weekend retreat.  However, it is vitally important that those families who wish to register for this retreat submit their forms as soon as possible in order that they may receive this special consideration.

School Information Night ~ November 3rd (7:00 p.m.)

All Saints will host a School Information Night on Thursday, November 3rd beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Father Kelley Hall for families who are interested in learning more about our school.  Following a presentation, tours of the facility will be provided.  Friends and acquaintances of current school parents are cordially invited to attend and experience the dynamic, Catholic environment of All Saints Catholic School.  For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio at (703) 393-1490

Seeking Art Supplies – “Bubble Wrap”

Thanks to the financial support of the PTO, our school now has a kiln that is used to fire pottery designed by students in our art program.  As many of the completed work samples are fragile, Mrs. Blair is seeking donations of “bubble wrap” to preserve student work as it is transported from school to home.  If anyone has access to quantities of “bubble wrap”, perhaps through their business, Mrs. Blair would welcome any donations you are able to provide.   If you are interested in more information and may be able to assist, please contact Mrs. Blair at 703-368-4400 or

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.

Christmas Parade 2011

Reserve the date for the 66th Annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade on December 3rd!  This year’s theme is “Christmas Remembered”.  We are recruiting artists to join us on November 9th after school in the art room to paint their favorite Christmas memory which will be displayed on the float on parade day.

Please email to reserve a square to paint on November 9th.  Room will be limited so participants are on a first come first serve basis.  Be sure to bring a paint smock or a change of clothes that day.

If you are interested in participating in this year’s parade day activities attached is a permission slip. Please complete and send to the school office.  Staging information for parade day will be posted once received.

If you have any questions please email to the address above or call Sue Stevens at 703-470-1344.

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


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

Upcoming Events

Thursday, November 3rd             School Information Night (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, November 4th                  1st Quarter Report Cards distributed to students

Saturday, November 5th               Running with the Saints 5K (Old Town Manassas/8:30 a.m.)

                                  Spirit Activity: Chick-fil-A (Liberia Ave.)

Tuesday, November 8th                4th Grade Field Trip to Smithsonian Air & Space Museum (8:00-2:30)

                                  PTO Executive Board Meeting (7:00-8:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, November 9th            Veterans’ Day Mass & Reception (8:30 a.m.)

                                  Gold Medal Readers Celebration (1:15 p.m.)

                                  Christmas Parade Float Design (Art room/3:00 p.m.)

Thursday, November 10th             Noon Dismissal/Parent-Teacher Conferences

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

Friday, November 11th                Holiday: Parent-Teacher Conferences

                                  Spirit Activity: Ticonderoga Farms (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Coming Home with Each Student

  • Thanksgiving Luncheon Flyer