The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 15

Message from the Principal

This past weekend was a very festive time for our school community as we gathered for the 3rd Annual Evening with Nicholas celebration on Friday evening followed by the Manassas Christmas Parade on Saturday morning.

The Evening with St. Nicholas event has developed into a beautiful tradition culminating with a “Procession of Shoes” at the conclusion of the prayer service.  Following in the footsteps of St. Nicholas and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, the children placed their shoes and financial donations at the foot of the altar.  Through the generosity of the families in attendance, our school donated 59 pairs of shoes and $140.00 to the House of Mercy.  At the end of the prayer service, families gathered in the gym to enjoy a time of fellowship, with cookies, hot cocoa and photos with our special guests, St. Nicholas and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.

I want to thank Mrs. Gina Michak for her dedication and enthusiasm in continuing to serve as chairperson of this event. Assisted by numerous volunteers, she organized a wonderful celebration at the beginning of Advent that provided our families with an opportunity to reflect on the true message of the season.

On Saturday morning a number of students and parents gathered in Old Town to represent our school in the Greater Manassas Christmas Parade.  I want to thank Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Stevens for once again coordinating the design and construction of our school float and for providing the storage space during the weeks leading up to the event.  The float was beautifully decorated with art work created by individual students in our school.  It was a joy to see the children so proud of their efforts and representing our school in the very well attended parade.  Additionally, I want to congratulate and thank the CYO cheerleaders for their presence as well.  Marching behind the float, their smiles and enthusiasm lifted the hearts of those lining the parade route.

A Prayer for Advent ~ Week II

God of power and mercy,

Open our hearts in welcome.

Remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy,

So that we may share His wisdom

And become one with Him

When He comes in glory,

For He lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

One God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

Advent Reminders

v  6th Annual Catholic Schools Care About Catholic Charities Week ~ Through small personal sacrifices (perhaps giving up an ice cream or pretzel during lunch) we are asking that each student make a donation of $1.00.  All donations will be dedicated to Christ House (a Catholic Charities Homeless Shelter), Christ House on Wheels and other Catholic Charities programs.  In addition to helping provide for the poor, our students will gain a greater awareness of the needs of others right in our own diocese through participation in this important outreach.

v  Toys for Tots ~ Donations of unwrapped new toys are now being collected through Friday, December 16th.  Collection points are located by the front office and breezeway where students enter the building.

All Saints Christmas Pageant 2011

Again this year, students in grades K, 2, 6, & 8 as well as select members of the All Saints Schola will present a Christmas Pageant on Monday, December 19th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Activity Center.   (Note:  In consideration of the young children who will be participating in the presentation, the Pageant will begin at 7:00 p.m., thirty minutes earlier than originally scheduled.)

Students in K, 2, & Schola should wear “Christmas best” (please keep clothing selections within school dress code guidelines).

Students in 6th grade should wear the costumes & “Christmas best” as discussed in music/drama class – Miss Dalusung has contacted by email or phone all families of 6th graders requiring costumes. If you have not checked in with her, please do so.

8th grade students will be featured on stage throughout the program and should be dressed in all black – long pants or knee length skirt or longer and tights, long sleeved shirt with no logos or patterns.

On December 19th, there will be a “dress rehearsal” performance for the school at 2 pm. Parents are welcome to attend. On the evening of the pageant, all students in the performance should report to the school gym at 6:45 pm. However, the Schola should report directly to the Parish Activity Center at 6:30 p.m. and 6th grade performers should report to the gym at 6:30 p.m.

All questions can be directed to Miss Dalusung via email: ndalusung@allsaintsva.org

Open House for 2011-2013 School Year

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, January 19th  beginning at 9:00 a.m.  All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about the parish school are cordially invited to attend.  Following a presentation and introduction at 9:00 a.m., tours of the facility will be provided. For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at (703) 393-1490.

Registration Schedule for the New Year

ø  Re-Registration for Current Families February 1-15, 2012

ø  Registration for New Students             February 8-March 2, 2012    

                              (Including siblings for Pre-K & K)

LIBRARY NEWS

TIS THE SEASON TO READ!

A big THANK YOU goes out to all parents, students and teachers that supported our recent Scholastic Book Fair!  What a great way to have celebrated reading and raise funds for our school library. The theme To The Book Fair and Beyond kept the excitement building as we transformed the library into an intergalactic showcase for books!  Students were fascinated by the extraordinary spaceship that hovered above the library circulation desk all week.   Plus the guessing game was quite challenging as students were put to the test to figure out how many stars could possibly fit into the Space Odyssey Jar for daily Book Fair gift certificates.   This fun-filled event could not be accomplished without our devoted All Saints families that graciously volunteered to make the Book Fair a huge success.  Your generosity enabled the profits from the Book Fair sales to exceed over $12,000 earning the library $3,000 to spend on books and special school programs.

Evening with St. Nicholas- Thank You.

This year’s “Evening with St. Nicholas” was another wonderful showing of fellowship, fun, and the Advent spirit for all in our school and parish community!  Thank you to Fr. Bob, Mrs. Campagna, and Mr. Conroy for guiding our beautiful prayer service.

We had plenty of cocoa, marshmallows and cookies, and amazing volunteers!   Thank you to those who helped decorate the gym, ran errands, worked the cookie table, and stayed to help clean up.  Many of you are repeat volunteers, and I appreciate your continued support!  Thanks to Nancy Kenney and her “cocoa crew” , everyone’s cups overflowed with hot cocoa throughout the evening.

Thanks to Miss Dalusung, members of Schola, and the children who participated as readers and greeters at the service for sharing your time and talents with us.

The real success of the event is the love and support our community showed to House of Mercy.  Thanks to your generosity we collected $140 and 59 pairs of new shoes!

The PTO looks forward to another “Evening with St. Nicholas” in 2012!

God Bless- Gina Michak

 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Edline Updates – Middle School Parents

In recent weeks the Middle School Team has taken the time to evaluate the implementation process of Edline, taking into account the feedback received from parents.  As a number of parents have reported that they are receiving an overabundance of emails related to the posting of grades, the teachers will discontinue this feature effective this week.  The data will remain available, but it will be incumbent upon parents to log-on to the system periodically to check their son/daughter’s progress.  All middle school parents are encouraged to use the system to gain meaningful information regarding grades and learning.  Should you have any questions about the system, please do not hesitate to contact your son/daughter’s homeroom teacher.

Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather, All Saints Catholic School follows the decision of Prince William County Public School System.  If the county schools decide to close, All Saints is closed for the day and all related activities are cancelled. Similarly, if the county schools decide to open late or dismiss early, All Saints responds in the same manner.  Note: Should the county system announce a delayed opening on a day for which a noon dismissal is scheduled at All Saints, the early release is cancelled and school ends at 3:00 p.m.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, December 8th                   Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass (10:00 a.m.)

Friday, December 9th                        2nd Quarter Interims distributed to students

                                  Sacrament of Reconciliation – 6th Grade (9:30 a.m.)

                                  4th Grade Gingerbread House Project (10:00 a.m.)

Monday, December 12th                   Sacrament of Reconciliation – 7th Grade (9:30 a.m.)

Tuesday, December 13th                   3rd Grade Open House hosted by Ms. Reilly (3:30-5:30 p.m.)

                                  Band Concert (Gym/7:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, December 14th             SCA sponsored Dress Down Day (Christmas colors & hats)

Thursday, December 15th                                 7th & 8th Grade Field Trip to Ford’s Theater (9:30 – 4:30)

                                  1st Grade Activity Day

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

Friday, December 16th                     School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

                                  Sacrament of Reconciliation – 8th Grade (9:30 a.m.)

 

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