The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 22

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

Principal’s Message

Last Wednesday I had the opportunity to attend a meeting hosted by the White House in honor of Catholic school educators across the country who have made significant contributions to their local communities.  In an auditorium with other guests from surrounding dioceses, it was an honor to hear first-hand of the appreciation that the administration has for those in the field of Catholic education and the difference they make in American society.

During the presentation, nine honorees were asked to reflect on their work and experiences in Catholic education.  From a Jesuit priest who founded schools serving impoverished youth in Kenya to the success stories of administrators serving underprivileged communities in our own nation, I was reminded of the fact that Catholic schools are beacons of hope.  In the words of one of the presenters, it is simply remarkable to observe what happens when a Catholic school opens in a community and it is equally remarkable to see what happens when a Catholic school pulls out of a community.  At the end of the presentation, I left feeling reaffirmed for the good work that we accomplish each day and reminded of the fact that we are, indeed, deeply blessed.

On this occasion of Catholic Schools Week, we pause to celebrate our heritage and reflect on our mission.  Let us always remember that it is not our strong academics and sense of structure and order that set us apart, though these are tell-tale signs of a Catholic school.  Rather, it is the fact that our students encounter daily the person of Christ through prayer, the Sacraments and one another.  This experience, repeated day after day, month after month, year after year, is nothing short of life-changing and life-giving.

As a Catholic school, we do share in a tradition of academic excellence.  Within our classrooms and hallways, faculty & staff provide our children with the very best educational opportunities.  We are truly blessed to have such a talented and dynamic group of professionals working with the children each day.  Through their daily example, their passion for educating young people, and their professionalism, they have taken our school to great heights.  Through their commitment and with the generosity of our parish community, our students are afforded a first-class educational experience that integrates 21st Century learning tools with well-established best practices.

Of course, without the support of parents and our wonderful PTO, we would not have the tools and resources that are such an important part of our daily life.  At All Saints, parent involvement is recognized as fundamental to the success of our school and we are immensely grateful for the steadfast partnership that we enjoy with you.

On behalf of the faculty & staff, I wish to thank you for entrusting your children to us.  It remains a great privilege for us to have the opportunity to work closely with you in support of your child’s development.  We thank you for choosing All Saints and look forward to having your family as part of our “school family” for years to come.  Happy Catholic Schools Week!

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Today each family will receive re-registration forms for the 2012-2013 academic year.  Parents are asked to complete all of the forms and return them to the office no later than Wednesday, February 15th.   Since registration of new students will begin on February 8th, it is important that parents return the enclosed forms by the deadline in order to insure that a place is reserved for each child who will be returning in the fall.

(Please note: Registration of students new to All Saints, including siblings who will be eligible by age for Pre-Kindergarten, will begin on February 8th.  Separate forms related to this initial registration process will automatically be sent home to parents who have expressed interest in enrolling another child in our program.)

The 2012-2013 Re-Registration packets that were sent home yesterday were missing the re-registration form.  Please click on the following link for the re-registration form: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/02/Re-RegistrationForm_2012-13.pdf 

This form is a writable PDF file and you can fill in the blanks on your computer, print out the document (front & back preferred), sign it and send it in with the rest of the forms in the re-registration packet.

Tuition for grades K-8 will increase by 3% for the upcoming year.  Pre-Kindergarten tuition will increase from $2100 to $2250.  The registration fee, which has remained unchanged since the 1990’s, will increase from $105 per family to $125 per family.

This equates to the following increase per month:

                1 Child                    $14.20

2 Children               $22.90

3 Children               $31.00

4 Children               $39.20

One of the reasons that we are able to maintain affordable tuition rates is through the continued support of our parish community.  In addition to providing significant funding for maintenance and utilities costs, the parish continues to provide subsidy to the school in the amount of $240,000 per year.  (Subsequently, parishioners are extended a “discount” and are asked to pay less than what it actually costs the school/parish to provide educational services.  The parish is able to offer this discount with the understanding that those same families are contributing to and participating in the life of the parish on a regular basis.)  We also continue to benefit from the generous support of our PTO.  In generating approximately $80,000 in annual revenue, the PTO helps defer the costs of both special projects as well as operating expenses.

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On Saturday, February 11th the PTO will host the annual Casino & Auction Night at the Portuguese Community Center beginning at 6:30 p.m.  In addition to being one of our largest fund-raising events of the year, the annual auction provides a wonderful opportunity for parents, faculty, staff and community members to celebrate the success of our school.  I hope that many of you will be able to join us for this special evening which has become a cherished event at All Saints.  (A special note for those who have never participated in a casino night:  The games are great fun and the hosts very gracious.  It is, indeed, a relaxed and enjoyable evening.)  Ticket order forms are due THIS FRIDAY:  $25 per person in advance ($30 at the door).

Casino Night & Auction Highlights:

  • Classic casino games for raffle tickets towards great prizes – a portable grill, i-Docking station and more
  • Auction items include an HP all-in-one Wireless printer, a laser tag party at UltraZone in Chantilly, sterling silver jewelry, collectable Madame Alexander dolls, framed & autographed photo of former Redskin Darrell Green and more
  • Celebrity Dealers – including the Mayor of Manassas and Father Bob
  • Silent and Live Auction
  • 50/50 Raffle
  • Prize raffle (including a Kindle Fire, Flat Screen TV, and $200 Gift Card for Flynn & O’Hara)
  • Heavy hors d’oeuvres, dessert and cash bar.

Virtue of the Month ~ Honesty

  1. Admit when you do something wrong.  Don’t put the blame on others.
  2. Do all of your own work and put your best effort into it.  Don’t look at other student’s papers.
  3. Be true to your word and your beliefs.
  4. If you forget your homework, tell the truth.  Accept the consequences.
  5. If you find money try to find out who it belongs to.
  6. Always ask before borrowing something.
  7. Give back what you borrow in good condition.
  8. Be honest when you correct your own paper or someone else’s.  Circle all the mistakes.
  9. If you make a promise, keep it.

 Prayer of the Month ~ Prayer for Honesty

Lord Jesus,

You know me well and you see what is going on in my heart.

I am sure you understand me and want to help me.

Please give me the courage to resist temptations of all kinds,

and practice the virtue of Honesty in all I think, say, and do.

Let your Spirit rekindle in my heart the desire to act right,

and give me wonderful ideas to help others act right too.

Amen.

Catholic Schools Week Schedule

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.)

Judges still needed for Science Fair

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

We are still in need of 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 seeking 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.

Spirit Event ~ Chick-fil-A

We’ve got spirit, yes we do…We’ve got spirit, show yours too! Come on down to the Chick-fil-A on Liberia this Friday February 3rd 6:30am to 9:30pm. Come on your way to school, for lunch, or after school for dinner. You can even hit the drive-thru! Good food, great fun, and Christian fellowship!  Let’s do it again, support the most wonderful school around. Remember 20% the proceeds benefit All Saint Catholic School!

Attention all Scouting Families

It’s not too late to sign up for the Ten Commandments Hike this Saturday, February 4th.  Registration is from 8:30 – 9:00 AM Saturday at the Parish Activity Center at All Saints Church.  There is a flyer linked to the newsletter with more information.

Open House at Pope John Paul the Great

JP the Great invites all students in grades 5 – 7 to preview high school by attending our Open House on Thursday, March 15, from 4 – 6pm. Meet the faculty and students at JP, while learning more about our academics, athletics, clubs, admissions requirements, and more. Wolfie the mascot will be available for photos, and there will be plenty of fun snacks! All are welcome, including rising 9th, 10th and 11th grade students looking to transfer to JP next year. For more information, please visit www.jpthegreat.org or call (703) 445-0300.

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/tuitiongrant.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)

Upcoming Events

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

                                  2nd Quarter Report Cards send home

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

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 (8:30 a.m.) & Virtue Awards Ceremony

                                  Middle School Demerit Free Breakfast

                                  Students will make small gifts for their teachers

                                  Noon Dismissal: Faculty & Staff Luncheon

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

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

Tuesday, February 7th                 Picture Day: Teams, Clubs & Candids

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

Wednesday, February 8th             Registration for New Students for 2012-2013 Opens

Thursday, February 9th               Open House (9:00 a.m.)

Friday, February 10th                 Race for Education Kick-Off Assembly (2:15 p.m.)

Saturday, February 11th              Casino & Auction Night (6:30-11:30 p.m.)

 

Coming Home with Oldest Child in grades Pre-K through 7

  • 2012-2013 Re-Registration Packets

Links

  • Chick-fil-A Spirit Event Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/02/2012-2-03Chick-Fil-A.jpg 
  • Flyer for Scouting Families Ten Commandments Hike ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/02/TenCommandmentsHike.pdf