The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 17

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

Principal’s Message

On Monday evening our community gathered in the Parish Activities Center for the performance of the annual Christmas Pageant, a tradition at All Saints that highlights the true meaning of the season.  I wish to thank and congratulate our kindergarten, second, sixth and eighth grade students for a beautiful presentation of the Nativity story.  After a program of readings and carols, the evening concluded with a living Nativity Scene, portrayed by the students in the 6th grade Theater Arts class.  As the lights grew dim and Ms. Dalusung sang Of the Father’s Love Begottenthose present enjoyed a moment of Advent reflection.  With the lights focused on the image of the Holy Family, a stirring scene was created, providing inspiration for young and old as we excitedly anticipate the celebration of the birth of our Savior.

The Pageant was made possible through the combined efforts of Mr. Tessier and Ms. Dalusung, each of whom shared their particular gifts and expertise in support of the program.  I am grateful for their creativity and enthusiasm, both of which inspired our students to prepare such a beautiful presentation.

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During the month of December, the students have focused on the virtue of generosity and have truly given from their hearts.  I am pleased and proud to share with you that the children donated nearly 300 toys in support of the Toys for Tots Program as well as more than $100.00 to benefit Catholic Charities.  It is wonderful to think of the comfort and joy that our students will be providing to the less fortunate in our community through their sacrificial giving.  Thank you students for making a difference this Christmas season!

On behalf of the faculty & staff of All Saints Catholic School, I wish all of you a blessed Christmas Season!  May the holiday be filled with great joy as you gather with family and friends to celebrate the birth of our Savior!

A Prayer for Advent ~ Week IV

Father, all-powerful God,

your eternal Word took flesh on our earth

when the Virgin Mary placed her life

at the service of your plan.

Lift our minds in watchful hope

to hear the voice which announces His glory,

and open our minds to receive the Spirit

who prepares us for His coming.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Tuition Assistance Applications for 2012-2013

Applications for tuition assistance for the 2012-2013 academic year are now available in both English and Spanish at the front office.  Again this year the Diocese of Arlington has contracted with FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Company. FACTS has established an on-line application process that can be initiated through the company website (www.factstuitionaid.com.)

The due dates for applications and supporting documentation are as follows:

High School                 January 23, 2012

Elementary School      March 19, 2012

NOTE: All families with children enrolled in both high school and elementary school will need to submit an application by the January high school deadline.

Please note that ALL applications and supporting documentation must be received by FACTS by the date listed above, not postmarked.  Applications are not considered complete until FACTS has received the supporting documentation. Additionally, only those families who are verified by FACTS as having submitted all of the required supporting documentation will be eligible for diocesan tuition assistance.

An overview of the Diocesan Tuition Assistant Program can be found at the following link:   (http://www.arlingtondiocese.org/catholicschools/tuition_grant.php).

Those families interested in applying for tuition assistance for the Pre-Kindergarten program are invited to complete a separate application available in our front office.  As the diocesan tuition assistance program pertains only to those students enrolled in grades K-12, the Pre-Kindergarten assistance program is distinct and managed by All Saints rather than FACTS Tuition.

Open House for 2012-2013 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  Applications  for New Students                                    February 8 – March 2, 2012  

(Including siblings for Pre-K & K)

Upcoming Events

Thursday, December 22nd                Christmas Holiday begins

Tuesday, January 3rd                        Classes Resume

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

Friday, January 6th                           School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

                                  National Geography School Bee (10:00 a.m.)

                                  Noon Dismissal (Faculty Meeting)