The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 30

Seek Christ in one another; welcome Him into your heart

Principal’s Message

On Sunday evening the Catholic Business Network of Northern Virginia hosted the 17thAnnual Awards Gala at the Hyatt Dulles in Herndon.  Each year at this event, the schools in our diocese are invited to recognize the generosity of individuals and businesses from the local community who have made a significant contribution to the mission of Catholic education. This year I was pleased to recognize Eddie and Marjorie Collins, two parents who have shown extraordinary generosity in their support of our school.  Mr. Eddie Collins served as the chairperson of our first Running with the Saints 5K, an initiative he began planning eighteen months ago.  His wife, Mrs. Marjorie Collins serves as the co-chair of the Race for Education as well as second grade room parent and volunteer for countless PTO initiatives.  I am deeply grateful for the enthusiastic support they have provided to our school and delighted that they were able to be in attendance at this gala event. 

In addition, I was pleased that Mrs. Peggy Engstrom, P.E. teacher, received recognition at the event as well.  For the past twenty-four years she has been an integral member of our faculty, teaching our students  much more than skills related to physical education.  She has thoughtfully incorporated the Virtues Program in her curriculum and has creatively identified strategies in support of character education.  Among the faculty and staff she is deeply respected and admired for her gentle demeanor and her generosity of heart.  Whenever a need has arisen within the school, she has always been quick to offer her time and expertise.  Humble in nature, she has been one who has quietly made a difference behind the scenes and as such our school community has been blessed by her presence.  Congratulations Mrs. Engstrom and thank you for your continued dedication!

End of Year Calendar Confirmed

As we have canceled school only once this year due to inclement weather (flooding in September), the final day of school for students in grades 1-7 will be Wednesday, June 13th.  The following is a list of key events that mark the closing of the 2011-2012 academic year.  (Note: Kindergarten Graduation will take place one day earlier than previously announced in our school calendar.)

Thursday, May 31st                Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten

Tuesday, June 5th                   Field Day at Linton Hall School

Thursday, June 7th                 Kindergarten Luau

Friday, June 8th                      Kindergarten Graduation

Monday, June 11th 8th           Grade Graduation Day

Wednesday, June 13th           Final Day for Students in Grades 1-7

Spring Band Concert Rescheduled

The Spring Band Concert originally scheduled for Tuesday, May 8th has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 22nd and will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the gym.

All Saints Golf Tournament

All Saints will be sponsoring its 12th Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, May 21st at Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, VA. Proceeds from our 2012 tournament will support youth-centered programs at All Saints, including spiritual retreats for area teens, sacramental preparation activities, and facility renovations in our parish gym and school. 

  • Early Bird Special!

Register for golf by April 30th and you’ll pay $150, a savings of $15 per golfer. Golf includes greens fees and cart, 18-hole Captain’s Choice complete with scenic mountain views, goodie bag, multiple contests, prize drawings, continental breakfast, lunch, dinner and awards ceremony.

For families with 8th grade students, the tournament will be on the Monday following Confirmation. If you have family members coming into town who like to golf, consider asking them to join you for the tournament on Monday!

  • Promote Your Company Through Sponsorship

With sponsorship opportunities available to fit any budget, the All Saints Golf Tournament provides an excellent marketing opportunity for local businesses. For more information about corporate sponsorship or golf, please call Janis DeVore at (703) 366-1645 or visit our golf website at www.allsaintsgolf.com.

National Junior Honor Society Induction

Last Friday afternoon twenty-one students from the seventh and eighth grades were inducted into the All Saints Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society.  The students met or surpassed the criteria in the following five areas: character, scholarship, leadership, service and citizenship.  A highlight of the ceremony was the presentation made by Mrs. Karen Davey, Pre-Kindergarten Assistant, who served as the keynote speaker.  A nationally ranked college basketball player, she shared with our students important character lessons to guide their decisions both on and off of the court. 

Congratulations to the following students on this outstanding accomplishment:

Samuel C.

McKenna D.

Emma K.

Sidney Y.

Hayden A.

Daniel B.

Elizabeth C.

Erika C.

Colin E.

Sarah G.

Michael H.

Carolyn K.

Dane L.

Ciara O.

Vivienne P.

Allison R.

Jack R.

Megan S.

Kelly T.

Marie T.

Katie W.

8th Grade Graduation Meeting for Parents

A special meeting for parents of all 8th grade students will take place on Tuesday, April 17th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Art Room.  The administration and 8th grade team will provide detailed information regarding the class trip to Annapolis as well as the events surrounding all of the graduation festivities.  At least one parent from each 8th grade family is asked to be in attendance at this informational session.

Terra Nova Testing Countdown ~ 4 Weeks!

As the week of standardized testing approaches, parents are asked to avoid scheduling appointments from Monday, April 23rd – Tuesday, May 1st so that each student may participate in the testing as scheduled.

VIRTUS Training Update Sessions

One of the diocesan requirements regarding the safe environment initiative is that of annual VIRTUS training.  Through attendance at the 30 minute video “Keeping the Promise Alive” training, faculty, staff and volunteers alike are reminded of important practical measures that we can implement to maintain a safe environment.  Those who have not yet attended the VIRTUS update training this year are asked to do so during the spring semester.  While there is no need to register on-line for this session, for planning purposes please contact Mrs. Janet Smith, VIRTUS coordinator, to confirm your plans to attend.

The VIRTUS update training will be presented on the following dates beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Art Room:

Tuesday, May 1st                                   Tuesday, June 5th

If you have any questions, please call Janet Smith in the parish office at (703) 393-2158.

 

 

Uniform Exchange

 

Spring is here it’s time to switch into the summer uniform.  Please come to the uniform exchange this Friday, March 30thfrom 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the school gym.  A flyer is linked at the end of this newsletter which provides additional information about the Uniform Exchange. 

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Gemma Brophy at 703.753.5458 or via email:brophy3@comcast.net.

 

Spirit Event ~ Skate Party at SkateNFun Zone

Looking for something fun to do over the break?  Come to the All Saints Catholic School Spirit Night/Fundraiser at SkateNFun Zone on Thursday April 12th, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  Admission is $3.00 and skate rental is $4.25 (or you can just bring your own skates).  Flyers are being sent home with the students today.

Spotlight on the Arts Drama & Art Summer Camps

Spotlight on the Arts Drama & Art Summer Camps offers dynamic day camps for Catholic Families and friends!

Instruction is provided by professionally trained Catholic artists who offer courses in drama, musical theatre, and visual art:

Locations:  All Saints in Manassas and St. Veronica in Chantilly9:30am-3:00pm day camps open to families inside and outside these parish communities.

Offerings:  Drama Bootcamp for rising K-9th graders: boost skills in acting, improvisation, speech, mime, and movement in this “everything drama” camp that is a ton of fun; excellent for those looking to try drama for the first time or those simply seeking to improve their skills… July 16th-19th at St. Veronica or July 23rd -26that All Saints, $170 (classes split by age)… Early Bird & Multiple Child Discounts!

Arts & Crafts Fun Camp for rising K-2nd gradersexplore a new technique every day; perfect camp for the student that wants to explore multiple forms of visual art from sculpture to stain glass to painting to drawing and much more… July 16th-20th at All Saints or July 23rd-27th at St. Veronica, $200 plus $30 art fee… Early Bird & Multiple Child Discounts!

Art Explorer Camp for rising 3rd-6th gradersstudents will be advanced into new projects each day as they continue to develop a love for many forms of visual arts including watercolor, sculpture, canvas, and pottery to name a few… July 16th-20th at St. Veronica or July 23rd -27th at All Saints, $200 plus $30 art fee … Early Bird & Multiple Child Discounts!

Camp Broadway for rising 3rd-12th gradersimprove acting, singing, and dance skills; a great camp to prepare anyone to be cast in a play or musical.  Daily training and rehearsal collaborates in a final student performance on stage for families and friends of camp participants… July 16th-20th at All Saints or July 23rd-27th at St. Veronica, $170 (classes split by age)… Early Bird & Multiple Child Discounts!

Download the Camp Brochure to learn about each instructor and print a registration.  Any registrations post-marked by April 20th receive a $15 off discount per camp.  To learn more, visit http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=camps2012.pdf.  You can also contact SpotlightCamps@gmail.com

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, March 28th               Stations of the Cross – Grades K-8 (2:00 p.m.)

Thursday, March 29th                 No Chess Club

Friday, March 30th                     School Mass & Virtue Awards Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)

                                                                End of 3rd Quarter

                                                                Noon Dismissal: Report Card Prep.

                                                                8th Grade Confirmation Retreat

Saturday, March 31st                  Garwood Whaley Music Festival (Bishop Ireton High School/9:00 a.m.)

Monday, April 2nd                      Summer Uniform Transition (Grandfathered for 2011-2012)

                                                                Week of “Rolling Bowling” in P.E.

Tuesday, April 3rd                      PTO Executive Board Meeting (PLC/7:00 p.m.)

Thursday, April 5th                     Holy Thursday Hand-washing Prayer Service (Church/9:30 a.m.)

                                                                7th Grade Passion Play (Gym/10:45 a.m.)

                                                                Report Cards distributed

                                                                Noon Dismissal

Friday, April 6th                         Holiday: Good Friday

Monday, April 9th                       Holiday: Week of Easter

Monday, April 16th                     Classes Resume

                 

Going home with Oldest Child:

Spotlight on the Arts Brochure/Registration Form

Going home with each student:

SkateNFun Zone Flyer

Links

Uniform Exchange Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/03/Uniform_Exchange_2.pdf