The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 32

Seek Christ in one another; welcome Him into your heart

 

Principal’s Message

Today I wish to share with you the news that Miss Simms, our Spanish teacher, submitted her resignation on Monday.  Due to medical reasons, she has determined that she will be unable to complete the academic year at All Saints.  Her departure from our school will be a great loss for our community as she has been a vibrant presence in the classroom and is beloved by the children.  I am grateful for the enthusiasm that she brought to the classroom this year and all of the time and energy she invested in advancing our foreign language program.

To continue the fine work that Miss Simms has begun, I have hired Mr. Benjamin Roy to serve as our Spanish teacher for the remainder of the year.  Mr. Roy is a recent graduate of Penn State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in World Languages Education, specializing in teaching Spanish for grades K-12.  A product of Catholic schools, he values the formation he has received and looks forward to working at All Saints as he begins his professional career.  Mr. Roy’s training in current methodology, his enthusiasm for teaching and his appreciation for the distinct nature of a Catholic school community will ensure that the students remain engaged and learning through the final weeks of school.  Welcome, Mr. Roy!  

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Next week all students in grades two through seven will participate in the Terra Nova standardized testing program.  As the week of testing quickly draws near, now is the time for us to complete the final “warm-up routines”.  Teachers have provided opportunities for a review of basic skills in the classroom and have been guiding the students through practice tests to familiarize them with the format and the process of “bubbling” answers. For parents interested in providing additional practice at home, there are a number of websites that provide opportunities for review and practice of basic skills.  A simple search using the keywords “Terra Nova” and “practice tests” will yield a number of sites that provide practice tests, games and activities related to math and language arts for specific grade levels.

Again this year, all diocesan students in grades three through seven will also participate in a brief assessment entitled “In-View”.  The In-View measures reasoning abilities related to academic success.  As such, it is designed to assess a child’s cognitive abilities in the following five areas:  sequences, analogies, quantitative reasoning (math), verbal reasoning (words) and verbal reasoning (context).

We wish to approach next week’s testing with the perspective that it is a weeklong celebration of learning.  In an effort to reduce any unnecessary stress for the students, teachers will not be scheduling any classroom tests or projects for the week of testing.  Additionally, teachers in grades two through seven will assign little to no homework throughout the week.

Students in grades 5 & 8 will also participate in the ACRE testing program, an assessment that measures each student’s understanding of their faith.  This testing will occur during regularly scheduled religion classes within the next two weeks.   

The following is a list of test-taking tips that you may find helpful in preparing your son or daughter for the upcoming week of testing. 

Test-Taking Tips & Strategies

1)       Reassure your child that he or she does not have to answer all of the questions correctly to pass.  It is not expected that students answer every question correctly.

2)       Tell your child to attempt to answer all of the questions and not to leave any blanks.  There is no penalty for guessing.

3)       Remind your child that the test is important.

4)       Explain to your child the importance of using time wisely.  If your child gets stuck on a question, encourage him or her to make the best guess or place a mark in the test booklet by that item and to return to it after finishing that section of the test.

5)       Make certain your child gets a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast before taking the test.

6)       Try to make the morning of the test a pleasant one.  Avoid stress.

7)       Be sure that your child arrives on time the day of the test.

8)       Remind your child to listen carefully to the instructions from the teacher and to read the directions and each question carefully. 

9)       Encourage your child to stay focused on the test, even if other students finish early.

Carpool Reminders

In recent weeks an increased number of parents have been parking in front of the church and walking their children from the dismissal area to their cars.  In the interest of student and parent safety and in consideration that all parents are expected to participate in the organized dismissal system, all parents are reminded to park only in those areas reserved for afternoon dismissal, i.e. Bays 1, 2 & 3 in the front lot and Bays 4 & 5 in the rear lot.

Note:  This expectation does not apply to those parents who have served as volunteers during the afternoon hours and have parked in front of the church.  Additionally, families encountering particular challenges related to the dismissal system are invited to contact the school office to discuss the possibility of a parking pass and exemption.

Thank you parents for your support of our system which is designed to ensure a safe and efficient dismissal. 

Kindergarten Screening ~ No Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten on Monday, April 30th & May 7th

The Early Prevention of School Failure Screening for Kindergarten applicants will take place on Monday, April 30th& Monday, May 7th.  In order that the teachers may be available to administer the assessment, there will be no Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten classes on these two days.

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

One of the hallmarks of our school community is the high level of parent involvement that has helped the school achieve many goals in recent years.  As in the past, each family at All Saints has been asked to earn 60 volunteer points over the course of the current school year.  Those who are unable to do so are asked to submit a check at the conclusion of the year for any outstanding points that remain.  (1 point = $3.00)  As we begin the fourth quarter, parents are reminded to update their “points total” so that the database accurately reflects their contributions over the course of the entire year. 

At the beginning of May, the office will issue individualized letters to each family, confirming the number of points reflected in the school database. For this reason, we ask that those families who have not recently updated the database via our school website  do so by Friday, May 4th.  Those families who have not earned the required 60 points will be assessed a corresponding fee at a rate of $3.00 per point and asked to submit payment by the close of May.

Spring/Summer Uniform Code

The students will have the option only this school year to wear the new or old school uniform.  For a detailed list of the Spring/Summer Uniform Dress code, please click on the link at the end of today’s newsletter.

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.

NJHS Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Gift Project

Members of the All Saints Catholic School NJHS will be conducting a project to provide the opportunity for students to order a Mother’s Day and/or Father’s Day Gift.  Students will have the opportunity to have their portrait taken (family or individual) and will be provided with a 5×7 portrait in an 8 x 10 student decorated mat.  The cost of each portrait is $5.00.  Please see the attached flyer which includes additional details, as well as an order form.  Order forms will need to be submitted by April 23.   Please contact Mrs. Vickie Bill (vbill@allsaintsva.org) or Mrs. Hammang (phammang@allsaintsva.org) with any questions.  This will be a great way for students to show their love for mom or dad with a beautifully decorated portrait!

Parish Festival White Elephant Sale

First it is hot, next it is cold, then it rains … what does all this mean?   That it is Spring and time for the All Saints Parish Festival White Elephant room, toy room and book room!  Start sorting your books, raid the unused toys from your children and pack boxes of all that stuff in cupboards and closets to donate for the White Elephant sale. 

Drop off will begin on Monday, April 23 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Meeting Room 1.  Please make sure all items are clean and ready for resale.  We do not take clothing (this means shoes, belts, blankets, sheets, etc.), exercise equipment, or stuffed animals.    Receipts are available for tax purposes, please ask for one if we forget to offer it.   Have questions, want to volunteer to sort or sell, please contact Cyndi Higginbottom (703-361-8461) at slhetc@verizon.net or Claire Golazewski (703-393-0953) at gooski7@verizon.net

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

End of Year Calendar Confirmed

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

Yearbook Orders

Did you know that you can still order school yearbooks?  Yes, it isn’t too late!  Just click on the link at the end of the newsletter and sent your order form and check to the school office, Attn: Yearbook Orders.

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 -26th at 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

Thursday, April 19th                          1st Annual “Catholic Cup” Competition (10:00 a.m.)

                                                                Enrollment Management Team Meeting (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Saturday, April 21st                           Diocesan Science Fair 

Monday, April 23rd                           Week of Terra Nova Standardized Testing & ACRE Testing for Grades 5 & 8

Thursday, April 26th                          8th Grade Class Trip to Annapolis, Maryland (7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

Friday, April 27th                              Holiday: Parish Festival Prep Day

Saturday, April 28th                          Parish Festival (see flyer for details)

Monday, April 30th                            EPSF Screening: No Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten classes

                                                                PTO General Assembly Meeting (PAC/7:30 p.m.)

Coming Home with Students Today

  • Spring Pictures
  • Gr. 4-8 ~ Voucher for Pope John Paul the Great presentation of “Willy Wonka”

Links                                      

  • SPRING/SUMMER UNIFORM DRESS CODE ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/04/Spring_Uniform.pdf
  • Nurse’s Spring Reminders ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/04/Nurses_Spring_Reminders.pdf
  • NJHS Mother’s Day and/or Father’s Day Gift Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/04/Mothers-Day-Gift.pdf
  • Golf Tournament Brochure ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/04/all-saints-golf.pdf
  • Parish Old West Festival Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/04/OLD_WEST_FESTIVAL3.pdf
  • Yearbook Order Form ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/01/YearbookOrderForm2012.pdf