The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 11

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

Principal’s Message:

Undeterred by the cold temperatures, approximately 250 members of our community rallied Saturday morning for our first-ever Running with the Saints 5K.  After an opening prayer led by Fr. Bob and the singing of the National Anthem by Miss Dalusung, the runners took to the streets of Old Town Manassas.  With the support of the local police department who coordinated road closures and crossings, the event went very smoothly from start to finish.  And speaking of the finish, a professional timing company assisted in computing the times for all of our runners, providing a very professional experience for all of our participants.

I want to congratulate Mr. Joseph Blackstone who was the first to finish the race as well as Mrs. Ceil Boyle, a former school parent, who was the first woman to cross the finish line.  However, in the words of Fr. Bob, everyone who crossed the line experienced a victory and a sense of accomplishment in having “run the race”.  It was a great joy to congratulate all of our runners and walkers, including numerous members of the faculty and staff, Fr. Bob, Fr. Jeb and quite a few students from our school. 

The success of the event was only possible through the vision and dedication of the PTO.  I want to especially thank Mr. Eddie Collins, event coordinator, who began planning the 5K more than a year ago.  His expertise and enthusiasm paved the way for a very successful first event.  Behind the scenes, he was assisted by key members of the PTO who coordinated the registration process, the design of tee-shirts, and marketing for the event.  I would like to extend a special word of thanks to Mrs. Ann Potocnak, Mrs. Christian Cobb and Mrs. Sue Ferguson for their work as committee members.  Working together, they created an experience for our community that I am confident will become our newest All Saints tradition!

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As published in our school calendar, graduation had been tentatively scheduled for the evening of Friday, June 8th, a date that presents a conflict for some families for whom an older sibling will be graduating from high school on that same evening.  In the hopes that all families may fully enter into the graduation celebrations being planned for their children, graduation at All Saints has been rescheduled for Monday, June 11th at 7:00 p.m. in the church.  All of the graduation day festivities, including the Pass-it-On Ceremony, Graduation Breakfast, and Walk of Honor will take place that same day.

I wish to thank all 8th grade parents who responded to my letter and survey regarding potential conflicts with the date of our graduation.  I am pleased that we have identified a date and time when all of our families can gather and celebrate the success of our graduates.

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Enrollment Survey for Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten Programs 2012-2013

With the demand for Catholic education in our region and the reputation for excellence that our school enjoys, it is important that the office solicit information from current families regarding plans for enrollment in our Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten programs for the upcoming year.  As in the past, we will continue to give first consideration to current school families before reviewing new applications in the spring.

While completion of the attached survey does not guarantee enrollment, it is helpful for us to know how many current families plan to apply for these two programs.  Even if you have a child currently enrolled in the Pre-Kindergarten program, it is important that you notify us of your interest for next year’s Kindergarten.  Please submit all survey responses to the school office by Friday, November 18th. 

Sharing our Blessings ~ A Month of Giving Thanks

Placemats for Knights of Columbus Dinner

Students will be designing placemats to be used as part of the annual Knights of Columbus Thanksgiving Luncheon for senior citizens in our community.

Turkey Luncheon for School Families

One of the wonderful holiday traditions at All Saints is the annual Thanksgiving Luncheon.  As in the past, the cafeteria staff and volunteers will be preparing a full turkey dinner for students and parents on Monday, November 21st.  All order forms for the event are due no later than Thursday, November 17th.

In an effort to accommodate all of the families who attend, we will again host four lunch seatings this year.  The Thanksgiving Luncheon schedule 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


ø  Operation Turkey ~ Sponsored by NJHS                                

The National Junior Honor Society will again coordinate a canned food drive to provide for the less fortunate in our community during the upcoming holiday season.  The children will have an opportunity to place their donations in front of the altar in the church during our annual Thanksgiving Prayer Service after which the food will be delivered to SERVE.  The students will gather in the church at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 22nd for the prayer service.  All school parents are cordially invited to join us as we give thanks to God for the many blessings of this past year.

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.

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.

All Saints Library Book Fair ~ November 14th – 21st

The All Saints library is being invaded by readers and tons of books as we celebrate literacy with this year’s TO THE BOOK FAIR AND BEYOND!  Be a part of an out-of-this-world reading event that brings to our school a wonderful selection of fun, engaging, and affordable books students want to read.  Please click on the link at the end of the newsletter for a flyer with more information.

PTO “Evening with St. Nicholas”

Mark your calendars for December 2nd!  All Saints PTO proudly invites families to the 3rd Annual “Evening with St. Nicholas”, beginning at 7pm in the church.

Please join us for what has become a beautiful tradition here at All Saints.  The evening will begin with an Advent Prayer Service and traditional Advent carols in the church.  The “Procession of the Shoes” will again be lead by St. Nicholas himself!    St. Nicholas and Mother Seton will be available for photos (bring your own camera) afterwards  in the gym. Cookies and cocoa will be served!

Come out and enjoy this wonderful community-building event, designed to help us prepare for the Advent season.  We ask that you bring a donation of new shoes in honor of St. Nicholas and his feast day.   Monetary donations will also be accepted.  Proceeds will go to House of Mercy.   House of Mercy shoe donation guidelines are :  NEW plain colors of tennis shoes- white, blue, black, tan, or brown.  No character tennis shoes, please. Can’t make it to the event? You can still make a donation by leaving it at the front desk marked “Attention: Gina Michak”.

For planning purposes, please visit the “Evening with St. Nicholas” link at www.allsaintsvaschool.org and RSVP now!

***Many hands will be needed to help the day of the event for set-up, decorating, and clean up.  Food donations are needed for the evening’s refreshments. We are asking for Christmas cookies/decorated sugar cookies, (homemade or store bought), cocoa mix and mini-marshmallows.  Cookies only, please.  While the All Saints School community is always very generous when asked to donate baked goods, the simplicity of a cookie is all we need for this event.  Thank you for your understanding and generosity!

Contact Gina Michak at  (703-330-8099) or ginamichak@gmail.com with questions or if you’d like to volunteer and earn “points for parents”. ***  Food donations also earn you points!

Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School 

JP5K Run/Walk for Options! ~ Saturday, November 19, 2011. Start time: 8am. Register today for the First Annual JP5K Run/Walk for Options! Support our Options Program by raising awareness, and needed funds for our unique, inclusive, educational program for students with intellectual disabilities.

JP Futsal Classic – Middle School Invitational ~ Boys and Girls, grades 5 – 8 are invited to participate in the First Annual JP Soccer Clinic and Futsal Tournament.  Form a team from your middle school, or join a team for the day! Saturday, December 10, 1 – 5pm. ~ For more information, and to register, please click here.      

Calling All Student Artists! ~ JP is proud to sponsor the Second Annual Diocesan-wide Middle and High School Student Art Contest. All students in grades 6 – 12 in the Diocese of Arlington may submit their faith-inspired works by December 15. ~ Please click here for entry specifications. For more information, please contact: artcontest@jpthegreat.org

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 www.vetpar.org

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

703-528-1547

St. Francis of Assisi School              

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

18825 Fuller Heights Road

Triangle, VA  22172

703-221-3868

All Saints School                                

Thursday, November 17, 2011

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

9294 Stonewall Road

Manassas, VA  20110

703-368-4400

 

Upcoming Events

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

Enrollment Management Team Meeting ~ Rescheduled for Thursday, November 17th

Friday, November 11th                Holiday: Parent-Teacher Conferences

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

Monday, November 14th             Beginning of Book Fair (through November 21st)

                                                  Evening Fair (6:30-8:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, November 16th          6th Grade Field Trip to Synagogue (8:30-12:30)

Thursday, November 17th             Deadline for Thanksgiving Luncheon orders

                                  Diocesan Teacher Information Meeting (Mtg. Room 2/1:00 p.m.)

Fr. Juan’s Fall Handcraft Show (Gym Vestibule/2:00-7:00 p.m.)

Going with each student ~

–          New Pre-K, Kindergarten, & New student 1-8 Survey for the 2012-2013 School Year

–          SCA Christmas Ornament Flyer

Links

  • New Pre-K, Kindergarten, & New Student 1-8 Survey for the 2012-2013 School Year ~http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/11/PreK-K-NewStudentSurvey.pdf
  • ·         School Website Library Page w/Book Fair Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/academics/library/
  • Flyer for Fall Handcraft Show Hosted by Father Juan Puigbó ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/11/FallHandcraftShow-2011.pdf
  • ·         SCA Christmas Tree Ornament Flyer ~  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/11/SCAChristmasTreeOrnament2011.pdf
  • Evening with Saint Nick Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2011/11/eveningwithstnick.pdf