The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 27

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


Principal’s Message

Congratulations to the students in our second grade program who received the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time during the past two weeks.  Following a beautiful prayer service led by our pastor, Fr. Cilinski, each of the children encountered Christ in this special Sacrament of healing and grace.  Congratulations to all of the children and thank you Mrs. Cummings and Mrs. Gurley for preparing them so well.

And speaking of Sacraments…This week we rejoice in the Diaconate Ordination of Brother Matthew Carroll, O.P.  Brother Matthew is a graduate of All Saints Catholic School, Paul VI High School and William & Mary.  He is currently studying for the priesthood at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC.  His mother, Mrs. Jane Carroll, is a long-time member of our faculty and serves as our computer teacher.  We congratulate Brother Matthew on this wonderful occasion and pray that he will experience an abundance of grace as he enters into his final year of preparation for the priesthood. Members of our community will have an opportunity to personally congratulate Brother Matthew following the 11:30 a.m. Mass on March 18th, during which he will preach one of his first homilies.

8th Grade Girls Win Basketball Tournament!

Congratulations to the 8th Grade Girls CYO Basketball Team on their winning season!  The team won first place in the regular season and took first at the championship game on Sunday.  As the girls are also members of the National Junior Honor Society, they are indeed, “scholar athletes”!

The following is a list of standings for the season as well as the recent tournaments.  Congratulations to all of our winning students and thank you to the coaches and parents who supported the program throughout the season.

8th Grade Girls (Coach Karen Davey / Asst. Coach Anita Seigel) – Champions for the regular season and Tournament (Division 3)

8th Grade Boys (Coach Ben Magee) – Champions for the regular season (Division 4)

8th Grade Boys (Coach Frank Ratchford / Asst. Coach George DeRaymond) – 2nd Place in Tournament (Division 6)

7th Grade Girls (Coach John Goldsmith) – 3rd Place for the regular season and 2nd Place in Tournament (Div. 5)

6th Grade Boys (Coach Ben Magee / Asst. Coach Randy Waddy) – Champions for the regular season ((Division 3)

5th Grade Boys (Coach Rob Weitendorf / Asst. Coach Jim Griffin) – 3rd Place for the regular season (Division 3)

4th Grade Boys (Coach David Mills / Asst. Coaches Carol & Kevin Rice) – Sportsmanship Award

Virtue of the Month Award Winners

Congratulations to the following students who received special recognition last week for having exemplified the Virtue of Honesty during January.

PK1         Mia D.                                         2A           Alex H.                              5B           Mary T.

PK2         Jenna F.                                       2B           Roman R.                                        6A           Christopher D.

PK3         Shannon C.                               3A           Grady B.                                     6B           Anthony Z.

K1           Maia M.                                            3B           Tommy W.                                  7A           Erika S.

K2           Emily S.                                      4A           Genevieve V.                                7B           Hayden A.

1A           Will L.                                         4B           Patrick B.                                        8A           Allyson K.

1B           Akua S.                                          5A           James H.                                        8B           Bobby S.

Professional Development Day ~ No School on Friday, March 9th

On Friday our teachers will participate in a diocesan-wide day of professional development.  For this reason, there will be no classes or Extended Day Program on Friday, March 9th

NJHS Induction Ceremony Rescheduled

The Induction Ceremony for the National Junior Honor Society originally scheduled for Friday, March 16th has been rescheduled for Friday, March 23rd and will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Open House at Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School

JP the Great invites all students in grades 5 – 8 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 transfer student. For more information, please or call (703) 445-0300.

Free Lunch with Sister Mary Jordan ~ Principal of Pope John Paul the Great

The principal of Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School, Sister Mary Jordan Hoover, invites you to a complimentary FRIEND-raising luncheon on Tuesday, March 27th from 12-1:30pm. Learn more about the new school, its’ progress after 4 years, and about how you can support mission of authentic Catholic education. Space is limited. Please RSVP to Rachael Wright at (703) 445-0216 or

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, March 7th                4th Grade Confessions

                                  PTO Sponsored Lenten Soup Supper (5:00-7:00 p.m.)

Friday, March 9th                       Holiday – Professional Development Day

Saturday, March 10th                  2nd Grade Jesus Day (9:00 a.m.)

Monday, March 12th                   CYO Challenge Cup Games (Gym/3:45 p.m.)

Wednesday, March 14th               Peace & Justice Players sponsored Lenten Soup Luncheon

                                  Confessions – Grade 5

Thursday, March 15th                 Enrollment Management Team Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, March 16th                     Mass (8:30 a.m.)

                                  Confessions – Grades 6

                                  Stations of the Cross – Grades 3-5



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