The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 21

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

Principal’s Message

This week I wish to share with you an important message from our Superintendent, Sr. Bernadette McManigal, on the topic of an upcoming legislative initiative.

Dear Parents:

Parental choice in education is a fundamental right, and one for which the Catholic Church has long fought.  Legislative efforts have been underway in Virginia for the last several years to ensure greater educational options and opportunities for more students, and to sustain the long term viability of Catholic and other nonpublic schools, which provide significant benefits for their families as well as all taxpayers.  In the upcoming Virginia General Assembly session, parental choice in education will again be a hotly debated topic.

The Virginia Catholic Conference –collaborating with the Catholic Schools Offices in Richmond and Arlington, the Mid-Atlantic Catholic Schools Consortium and the Diocese of Arlington’s Office of Communications – has developed a video (linked at the end of this letter) to promote tax credits for parental choice in education.  The Education Improvement Scholarship Tax Credit: Taking Action for a Brighter Tomorrow (produced by Triune Production Studios, LLC) is designed to increase understanding and involvement in legislative advocacy in order to win passage of the Education Improvement Scholarship Tax Credit bill in 2012.

The Education Improvement Scholarship Tax Credit bill will be considered during the 2012 Virginia General Assembly session that begins in mid-January.  Its benefits for our local community and Catholic schools statewide are three-fold:  It will provide critical support for low-income students desiring a Catholic education.  It will save all Virginia taxpayers money.  And finally, it will support the long-term viability of Catholic schools throughout Virginia by sustaining enrollments and leveraging greater investments.

For the last two years this legislation has come just two votes short.  If it is to pass in 2012, the bill needs strong grassroots support.

I encourage you to watch this short five minute video and then take a few minutes to follow the action suggested at the end.  Please share the video with family members and friends who might be interested in viewing it as well.  Your help is vitally important to pass this bill in 2012!


On behalf of our school community and all Catholic schools in Virginia, thank you for allowing me to share this message.

Sincerely,

Sr. Bernadette McManigal, B.V.M.

Superintendent of Schools

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In support of this initiative, I am attaching two additional documents for your review.  The first is an overview of theEducation Improvement Scholarship Tax Credit bill that addresses some frequently asked questions.  The second is a form that you may use to enroll in the Virginia Catholic Conference Email Advocacy Network.  As grassroots support is vital in order for this legislation to pass, All Saints parents are strongly encouraged to register as part of the email network.

Finally, there will be a rally in Richmond on February 7 from 11 to 11:45.   If any parents in our community are interested in attending, please contact our school office for additional information as well as details regarding the possibility of diocesan organized transportation.

 

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This week I wish to share with you the news that Mr. Mark L’Abbe, Facilities Manager, is retiring this week after 14 years of service to our school and parish.  Mr. L’Abbe began his employment in August of 1998 as Facilities Technician.  In September of 2000, he assumed the position of Facilities Director and transitioned to his current position in 2006.  Through the years, Mr. L’Abbe has quietly worked behind the scenes to help ensure that our school is in fine working condition and pristine in appearance.  We thank him for his years of dedicated service and wish him every good blessing as he begins his retirement!

The school community will gather to thank and honor Mr. L’Abbe at an assembly beginning at 2:15 p.m. tomorrow.  Any parents who wish to attend are cordially invited.

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Next week All Saints will join with schools across our country in celebrating Catholic Schools Week, an annual celebration of our heritage and distinct mission.  The following is a list of special activities planned for the weeklong celebration.

Catholic Schools Week Schedule

Sunday, January 29th                  All students are asked to wear their school uniform to Sunday Mass.

Monday, January30th                 Vocation Day Celebration & Prayer Service

Tuesday, January 31st                 Staff Appreciation Day ~ Coordinated by Teachers and Students

Wednesday, February 1st             Priest Appreciation Day ~ Students will offer special prayers and spiritual bouquets for our parish priests.

Thursday, February 2nd               Student Appreciation Day ~ Optional Dress Down Day ($1.00 in support of our diocesan seminary); Free Ice Cream at Lunch & No Homework

Friday, February 3rd                   School Mass

                                                Students will make small gifts for their teachers

                                                Teacher Appreciation Day ~ Faculty & Staff Luncheon, hosted by the PTO, following Noon Dismissal

                                                Spirit Activity: Chick-fil-A (6:30-9:30 p.m.)

Saturday, February 4th                PTO sponsored Bingo & Pizza Night (Knights’ Hall/5:00-9:00 p.m.)

Spelling Bee

Congratulations to the following students who competed in last week’s school-wide Spelling Bee.  These students qualified for participation after winning the class level bees.

6A           Nate S., Bianca P.

6B           Ben C., John S.

7A           Erika S., Erika C.

7B           Megan W.n; Dane L.

8A           Juliana L.; McKenna D.

8B           Brett G.; Will P.

Congratulations to Brett G. on winning our school bee!  For the second year in a row, Brett will represent All Saints at the upcoming Diocesan Spelling Bee!

Volunteers Needed to Assist Mrs. Hammang with Science Fair

Please contact Gina Michak at ginamichak@gmail.com  or Val Loague at valerie@skycass.com  ASAP if you can help.

Judges ~ Are you curious about the natural world, wonder how things work, or enjoy learning new things? If you answered yes to any of these questions, or if you just enjoy reading and learning about scientific topics, please consider serving as a Science Fair Judge for our school fair on Thursday, February 23 from 8:00am to 1:30pm (includes lunch).

Thanks to those who have already responded to the call!  We are currently seeking approximately 20 – 25 volunteer judges to evaluate the academic and creative efforts of our middle school students. Judges are needed in the following categories: Behavioral and Social Sciences, Biochemistry, Botany, Chemistry, Earth and Space Sciences, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Medicine and Health, Microbiology, Physics, and Zoology.

Set up the afternoon before ~ Mrs. Hammang needs several parents (and/or high school students) interested in setting up the student projects in the gym the afternoon before (Feb. 22).  Volunteers would place backboards in categories and number all backboards.  Many hands make light work in this case.  Perfect opportunity for high schoolers to earn service hours!!  We don’t have many volunteers as of yet.  We need parents as well as high schoolers.

Science Fair backboard orders due on Monday, Jan 30th

A letter was sent home with all middle school students this week with information about the requirements for project display boards.  Critical to the presentation of the research is the preparation of a quality backboard.  To facilitate this process, an order will be placed for backboards, backboard headers, and project title sets through the school.  The order form can be found at http://www.allsaintsscience.org/Science%20Fair%20Info.html.  If you are interested in ordering through the school, please print out the form and return with payment to Mrs. Hammang no later than Monday, January 30.  (Backboards can also be obtained individually, but must conform to the standards provided to the students in the information letter.)

Order Your 2011-2012 School Yearbook Today

The 2011-2012 Yearbook order form is linked to the newsletter.  The cost for each book is $21.00.  Checks should be made payable to All Saints Catholic School.  When returning your order, please place the payment and order form in an envelope marked:  “YEARBOOK MONEY”.

Family Bingo Night

The PTO sponsored Family Bingo Night will be held on February 4th, 5:00 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall.  Please see flyer linked to the newsletter for more information and the Bingo and Dinner Pre-Order Form.

PVI Summer Basketball Camps

  • Paul VI Girls & Boys Summer Basketball Camps.  June 18-22 / July 9-13 / July 23-27…Grades 2 – 8. (9 am – 4 pm)
  • St Leo the Great Mini-Hoopster Camp.  June 25 – 28…Girls & Boys in Grades K – 2.  (9 am – 1:30 pm)

Please visit www.pvibasketball.com for information and camp registration.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

8th Grade Confirmation Announced

Confirmation for 8th grade students enrolled at All Saints Catholic School will take place on Saturday, May 19th beginning at 2:00 p.m.  The rehearsal will take place on May 17th at 6:30 p.m. in the school gym.  In addition, parents of students who will be confirmed are invited to A Parent Evening of Prayer this evening from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the church.

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 2011-2013 School Year

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, February 9th 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  Application Period  for New Students      February 8-March 2, 2012         

                              (Including siblings for Pre-K & K)

Spirit Event at Bowl America on Friday, January 27th

Looking for something fun to do with the kids on our day off? We have it covered!

Great fun at a terrific price and guess who benefits the most? . . . That’s right, the best school around. Come on out to the next Spirit Event- January 27th at Bowl America on Balls Ford Rd. between 12 and 8.  10% of the proceeds come back to us. So pack up the gang and have lunch there too. Let’s Bowl up some fun and support us at the same time. It’s a strike with a spare! That’s a win win for us all! See you there.  The Bowl America flyer is linked to this week’s newsletter.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, January 25th             8th Grade Parent Evening of Prayer (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, January 27th                   Holiday: Professional Development Day for Teachers

                                  Spirit Activity: Bowl America (12:00-8:00 p.m.)

Sunday, January 29th                  Catholic Schools Week (see schedule listed above)

Wednesday, February 1st             Re-registration begins for 2012-2013

                                  Golf Tournament Committee Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, February 3rd                   School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

                                                Middle School Demerit Free Breakfast

                                  Noon Dismissal: Faculty & Staff Luncheon

                                  Spirit Activity: Chick-fil-A (6:30-9:30 p.m.)

Saturday, February 4th                PTO sponsored Bingo & Pizza Night (Knights Hall/5:00-9:00 p.m.)

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