The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 25

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

Principal’s Message

Today, as a community of faith, we begin our journey through the season of Lent.  To mark this beginning, this morning the students gathered in the gymnasium for our annual “Farewell to the Alleluia Banner” prayer service, a tradition by which we remind the children that we will refrain from saying the word “Alleluia” until we celebrate the great joy of Easter.  To symbolize this, students from our 8th grade rolled the Alleluia Banner into a scroll and placed it in a gold box where it will remain through the season of Lent.  Upon our return to school following the Easter holiday, the students will gather once again in the gym at which time the reverse will take place: the students will lift the cover of the box, unroll the banner, and lift it high as the children sing the “Easter Alleluia” and our pre-kindergartners fill the air with the sound of noisemakers.  Through prayer, symbolism and music, our students come to recognize that something very special is happening and that this time of year is distinct for us as a Catholic school community.

Throughout the season, students will have a number of opportunities to enter more deeply into this life of faith.  The following is a list of our school-wide Lenten observances.

Sacrament of ReconciliationStudents in grades 3-8 will have an opportunity to receive the Sacrament during regular school hours.

Stations of the CrossThe students will participate in this traditional Lenten prayer twice during the season, once in a small group setting and once when the entire school gathers.

Almsgiving: The SCA will once again sponsor the “Pennies for Love” Campaign, an annual fundraiser that will benefit a student in Africa as well as the House of Mercy.  Students will be encouraged to make small sacrifices of their own, perhaps giving up ice cream at lunch, donating part of their allowance, etc. so that they may place coins in the jar outside their classroom in the morning.  (See flyer for more details)  

7th Grade Passion Play:  On Holy Thursday, the 7th grade class will present the Passion Play, highlighting the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ.  This dramatic presentation will take place in the gym on April 5th, immediately following our Handwashing Prayer Service in the church.

Through prayer and sacrifice, our students are reminded that this is indeed a very special time of year.  Repeated year after year, these practices become part of the fabric of our students’ lives, providing them a foundation for the years ahead.  This is the very essence of Catholic education… providing students with meaningful experiences of faith formation that are truly life-changing.

Wishing you a blessed Lenten journey!

Middle School Science Fair ~ Cafeteria Closed

The cafeteria will be closed tomorrow (February 23rd) so that the space may be used for the annual Science Fair.  All students are reminded to bring a “brown bag” lunch.  Milk and juice will remain available for purchase.

Middle School Science Fair Awards Ceremony

The Awards Ceremony for the Science Fair will take place in the gym beginning at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow evening.  All school families are cordially invited to view the projects on display and witness the awards presentation.

PTO Meeting ~ Concussion Awareness Presentation

The next General Assembly Meeting of the PTO will take place on Monday, February 27th beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Activity Center.  A representative from Prince William County Public Schools will serve as guest speaker, highlighting the importance of concussion awareness and the steps we can take to ensure student safety and wellness. Parents of students who participate in contact sports are especially encouraged to attend and learn more about this important topic.

Casino Night & Auction

Thanks to the generous support of school families and the local business community, the PTO raised $9,741.28 from the event.  The proceeds will fund PTO initiatives which benefit the students and teachers and help to slow the rate of tuition increase.  Congratulations to Mrs. Beth Ross who won the $899.50 in the 50/50 Raffle.

Reminder for Band Parents

Tuesday, February 28th is the final day orders can be submitted for band shirts.  If you need to order a band shirt, please email the student’s name, class/teacher, and shirt size to Pam Hardy at

All Advanced Band members are required to have a band shirt.  It is optional for beginning band students.  See Attached flyer for more details.


Race for Education ~ Mailing Labels Now Due!

Preparations are now underway for the 7th Annual Race for Education which will be held on Thursday, May 3rd. 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.

Although the deadline for submitting completed mailing labels was last Friday, students may continue to forward them to their teachers in the days ahead.  Should you have any questions about the process, please do not hesitate to contact the co-coordinators, Mrs. Marjorie Collins (703-365-9686) or Mrs. Beth Ross (703-753-1740).


Registration Schedule for the New Year

ø  Application Period  for New Students February 8-March 2, 2012    

                              (Including siblings for Pre-K & K-8)

Upcoming Events

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

Thursday, February 23rd                         Brown Bag Lunch Day (cafeteria closed except for sale of juice/milk)

Science Fair Awards Ceremony (6:30 p.m.)

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

Monday, February 27th               Week of Pennies for Love Campaign, sponsored by SCA

PTO General Membership Meeting & Concussion Awareness Presentation (PAC/7:30 p.m.)

Friday, March 2nd                      School Mass & Virtue Prayer Service (8:30 a.m.)

                                  3rd Quarter Interims distributed

Saturday, March 3rd                   1st Reconciliation for Second Grade Students (10:30 a.m.)



  • Pennies for Love Flyer ~
  • ·         Band Shirt Flyer ~