The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 24

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


Principal’s Message

Braving the bitter winds and occasional snowsqualls, nearly two hundred parents and members of the community gathered at the Portuguese Community Center on Saturday evening for our annual Casino & Auction Night.   The space was filled with conversation and laughter as everyone enjoyed good food, fellowship and exciting casino games.  We are pleased to have been joined by Mayor Hal Parrish who served as a “celebrity dealer” for the better part of the evening!

On behalf of the faculty, staff and students of All Saints, I wish to thank the PTO and the Auction Committee for all of their efforts in support of the event.  I want to extend a special word of thanks to Mrs. Ann Potocnak and Mrs. Denise LaRose who served as Co-Chairs.  Working behind the scenes for months in advance, they led a team of generous volunteers without whom we would not have been able to host an event of this magnitude.

The PTO is finalizing the numbers and looks forward to sharing more information next week.  Congratulations, Mrs. Potocnak, Mrs. LaRose, and the many members of the Auction Committee on a job well done!


With spring just around the corner, we are rapidly approaching “Race” season at All Saints!  Six years ago All Saints Catholic School launched a tremendously successful fundraiser program, the Race for Education.   Through the years, the funds donated to our school by family and friends from around the country have enabled us to purchase an ACTIV Board system for every homeroom, Pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade.  The funds have also supported a variety of other initiatives, including special recognitions for the faculty, additional funding for the fine arts program, and contributions to the general operating fund.

Preparations are now underway for the 7th Annual Race for Education which will be held on Thursday, May 3rd.  The multi-colored packet distributed to students last Friday provides an overview of the key information related to the event.

When reviewing the information packet, you will note that our goal for this year’s Race for Education is $45,000.  As is our tradition, we will continue to donate 15% of the proceeds to St. Jude Childrens’ Research Hospital, an organization that has received $100,000 from our community since the 1990’s.

The remaining funds from the 7th Annual Race for Education will be allocated for technology and other educational materials. Students are asked to submit completed mailing labels by Friday, February 17th.  For additional information about this process and the incentives offered to students, please see the information packet.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the co-coordinators, Mrs. Marjorie Collins (703-365-9686) or Mrs. Beth Ross (703-753-1740).


Last Friday I met with Mr. Bill Ditro, our representative from Flynn & O’Hara to review our uniform contract for next year and to discuss our experiences with the new uniform during the first year of implementation.  Next year will be the first year that all students are expected to wear the new uniform, with the exception of those who will be entering 8th grade.  Those students have the option of continuing to wear the prior uniform for an additional year and benefit from a two year grandfather period.  The cost of uniform apparel will increase next year by approximately 1.5% with an average increase of $.25 to $.50 per article.

I understand that some families have encountered difficulty with the mesh shorts worn for P.E., specifically with the logo sometimes falling off and the hemlines deteriorating.  Keep in mind that Flynn & O’Hara maintains a one year return policy on all of their merchandise with the exception of the knees in the boys pants.  As such, parents are invited to contact their customer service department at 800-441-4122 to arrange for shipment of a replacement uniform.


This week I wish to share with you the exciting news that Mrs. Brown, our middle school math teacher, is pregnant and expecting her third child in September.  We congratulate her and her husband on this wonderful news and wish them every blessing during this special time in their lives.  In order to be able to spend time with her newborn, Mrs. Brown has decided to resign from her position at the close of this year.  As such, I will be seeking a new math teacher to continue building upon the strong foundation provided by Mrs. Brown during her time in the middle school program.

Re-Registration Forms ~ Due Today!

Parents are reminded that all re-registration forms are due in the office today, February 15th.  Since registration of new students began last week, it is important that parents return the forms by the deadline in order to insure that a place is reserved for each child who will be returning for the upcoming year.

Paul VI Catholic High School

PVI is hosting its 21st Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on Tuesday, February 21st from 5:30-8:30pm in the PVI cafeteria. The evening will feature pancakes and other breakfast fare, entertainment, games, face painting, live music, dancing, and fun for the entire family! All you can eat pancakes and sausage for $7. Kids under 4 eat free. For more information, contact PVI Campus Ministry at or 703-352-0925 x330. Paul VI is located at 10675 Fairfax Blvd in Fairfax.

Food Donations Needed for Science Fair Luncheon

Only 12 weeks until the Points for Parents are tallied. Do you still need to earn points or do you like to thank people for their efforts? February 23rd is the Middle School Science Fair and we have 30 people taking valuable time from their day to judge our student’s science projects. We’d like to thank our judges with a nice lunch afterwards in appreciation for their efforts and taking significant time out of their busy schedules to help out our students. The hot food is being catered by Tony’s pizza but we are in need of garden salads, fruit for fruit trays and few baked desserts. All donations will be greatly appreciated and will earn Points for Parents.  To learn more about what we need and how you can contribute, please contact Holly Crocker at


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 (

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

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: (

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.

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)

BoxTops for Education 

It’s time to send in the last of the BoxTops for the 2011-2012 school year.  All box tops must be submitted by March 1st to be included in our final check which is mailed in April.  Collection sheets will be coming home today.  BoxTop totals are running behind last year, so send in as many as you can!  You can and should still send in your box tops, those collected after March 1st will be submitted for next year.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, February 15th           Re-registration Deadline

Thursday, February 16th             Enrollment Management Team Meeting – Cancelled

Friday, February 17th                 School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Monday, February 20th               Holiday – Presidents’ Day

Tuesday, February 21st               VIRTUS Video Update (Art room/7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, February 22nd          Ash Wednesday Mass (10:00 a.m.)

Thursday, February 23rd                         Science Fair

Saturday, February  25th                         VIRTUS Four Hour Training (FKH/9:00 a.m.)


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