The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 33

Seek Christ in one another; welcome Him into your heart

Principal’s Message

This year the Arlington Diocese has revised the calendar/schedule policy to coincide with the state-wide requirement for schools to provide six hours of instructional time per day.  Subsequently, the daily schedule at All Saints will reflect an increase from the previously required five and one-half hours to six hours of instruction effective with the start of the 2012-2013 academic year.  Additionally, the diocese will now require that travel time between classes must be incorporated in the schedule outside of the time allocated for instruction.

The impact of this policy change on our daily life at All Saints will be minimal since we presently exceed the requirement for 5.5 hours of instruction each day.  In fact, our current schedule is only 10 minutes short of the 6 hour requirement for instructional time.  However, in order to account for travel time between classes in the middle school program, we need to account for an additional 18 minutes per day to achieve full compliance with the new policy.

In considering the possibilities for implementing schedule changes, I have given priority to two basic assumptions: 1) Changes to the length of the school day, to the extent possible, should be minimally disruptive to existing faculty & family schedules and 2) In recognition of the importance of time for free play and socialization, all students should continue to enjoy a daily combined period of lunch & recess.

Given these parameters, the following is an overview of the changes in the daily schedule that will be implemented with the start of the new year.

Schedule Changes for 2012-2013 Academic Year

ø  Change the Official Start Time of the Day to 8:00 a.m. (10 minute gain).  Carpool will begin at 7:45 a.m. and conclude at 8:00 a.m.

ø  Change the Official End Time to 3:00 p.m. (5 minute gain)

ø  Reduce the Travel Time between Middle School Classes from 3 Minutes to 2 Minutes (6 minute gain)

ø  Reduce the Length of Middle School Lunch/Recess by 7 minutes providing students with a 38 minute combined period (7 minute gain)

Although the impact on the entire schedule is rather insignificant, I wanted to communicate this change to you now so that you can plan accordingly for the year ahead.  Bottom line, next year we’ll be operating on an 8:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m. schedule with a few adjustments inside the school day.  Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to let me know.

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Last Thursday our school hosted the first annual “Catholic Cup”, an academic competition built around knowledge of our faith. Identified as a strategy in support of faith formation in our strategic five year plan, the event provided an opportunity to showcase the depth of knowledge that our students have acquired in their faith during their years at All Saints.  I want to thank Mr. Tessier and Mrs. Bill, event co-chairs, who designed the entire competition, including all of the rules and questions.  We are hopeful that the event will become another exciting tradition for our school and potentially become an initiative embraced by our other schools, perhaps resulting in a diocesan level competition.

Congratulations to Chiera I. (6A) on winning First Place in the event and to Stan D. (7B) on winning Runner-up.  The excitement in the Parish Activities Center rose to a fever pitch as they answered question after question during the final round competition!

Congratulations to the following students who won first place in the classroom rounds and represented their grade level in the school-wide event.

Jacob A. (4A)

Mary A. (4B)

Rachel W. (5A)

Jack T. (5B)

Chiera I. (6A)

Patrick M. (6B)

Sarah G. (7A)

Stan D. (7B)

McKenna D. (8A)

Emma K. (8B)


7th Annual Race for Education

Thanks to the students and parents of All Saints, our school mailed more than 5,200 letters requesting financial support for the7th Annual Race for Education.  Prize Cards are now being distributed to students who met the criteria and may be redeemed according to the following schedule:

Tuesday, May 8th                                   Designated Dress-Down Day

Thursday, May 10th                                Designated Dress-Down Day

Tuesday, May 15th                                 Designated Dress-Down Day

Wednesday, May 23rd                            Designated Dress-Down Day

Wednesday, May 30th                            Designated Dress-Down Day

Students may redeem pretzel and ice cream cards during the month of May on regularly scheduled purchase days.

The  7th Annual Race for Education is now only one week away.  On Thursday, May 3rd the entire school will participate in this event, which has been designed to raise funds for instructional technology and other essential educational needs.  Additionally, as is our tradition, 15% of all proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Childrens’ Research Hospital.

By way of this letter we wish to extend an invitation for you to come out and watch your child(ren) walk or jog on Thursday, May 3rd.  The following is the schedule for this special event:

Grades Pre-K, K, 1 & 2                         8:45a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

Grades 3-5                                             10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Grades Pre-K3 & 6-8                             1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The students will be eating lunch at their regularly scheduled times in the cafeteria.

We hope that many of you will be able to join us for a wonderful day of fun and fellowship!

Sharing our Story…Greatschools.org

The most effective marketing for a school occurs when current parents share their positive observations and experiences with others they meet in the community.  In the 21st Century, much of this now occurs on the web at sites such aswww.greatschools.org.  Periodically at All Saints we invite parents to post their sentiments on this website as it is frequently referenced by parents new to the area who are researching options for their children.  As our most recent posting is from February 2009, parents are encouraged to take a few minutes in the weeks ahead to post their comments.  Additionally, if you have a Google account, you may also wish to include a review on our Google Places page.  In advance, thank you for helping create a legacy ~ rigorous academic formation in the best tradition of our Catholic faith!

Carpool Reminders

Right Turns Only: Parents are reminded of the importance of making only right turns when entering and exiting the property at the time of dismissal.  This practice will help to keep the flow of traffic moving on Stonewall Road and subsequently foster positive public relations with surrounding businesses and residents.

Parking: 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.

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.

Spring Handcraft Show Hosted by Father Juan Puigbó

Fr. Juan will host a Handcraft Show on Thursday, May 3rd from 2pm to 4pm and from 6pm to 8pm at the entrance of the school gym. A number of items will be on display and available for purchase, including beautiful wooden pieces handcrafted by Fr. Juan.  This will be a good opportunity to buy your seasonal gifts!  For more information, please see the flyer linked to this week’s newsletter.

Parish Festival Cake Walk Reminder

Please remember to bring your cakes for the Cake Walk this weekend!  We have not met our goal of 10 cakes per class…so we need more cakes. You may send their cake to school with your child on Thursday if you would like or bring it with you to the festival.

Race for Education – CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!!!

We are one week away from the race and need volunteers for each of the race times. Volunteers will help track the children’s laps, pass out water, and monitor the students as they run. All of these can be done while you are cheering your child on. The race takes place next Thursday, May 3rd!

The race times are:

PreK1, PreK2, K1, K2, 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B                 8:45 to 9:45 a.m.

3A, 3B, 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B                                          10:15 to 11:15 a.m.

PreK3, 6A, 6B, 7A, 7B, 8A, 8B                             1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Volunteers are also needed to help with the counting of proceeds in the weeks ahead.  For more information or if you are available to volunteer, please contact Marjorie Collins at 703-365-9686 or marjorie@ocfmail.com.

PVI News

  • Preview to High School for 6th and 7th graders and their families.  This event for 6th & 7th graders will take place at Paul VI Catholic High School on May 3rd at 7:00 p.m. and is a wonderful opportunity for the students and their families to begin to think about the different choices for high school. All those in attendance will be entered in a drawing for a new IPAD.
  • Paul VI Girls Summer Lacrosse Camp– July 16-19.  Camp is for rising 2nd through rising 9th graders. 9-1pm at PVI High School Track field.  Early bird discounts available.  Registration form at: http://www.paulvi.net/document.doc?id=718 ,For more info email: CConques@paulvi.net

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

Upcoming Events

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: Presentation on the Terra Nova Standardized Testing

Program (PAC/7:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, May 1st                      SCA sponsored Earth Day Dress Down Day

First Communion – Group I Practice (6:00 p.m.)

                                  VIRTUS Update Training (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

                                  PTO Executive Board Meeting – rescheduled for May 8th (7:00 p.m.)

Thursday, May 3rd                    7th Annual Race for Education

                  Fr. Juan’s Handcraft Show (gym entrance/2:00-4:00 & 6:00-8:00 p.m.)

Friday, May 4th                         School Mass & May Crowning Ceremony

First Communion & Graduation Photos (following May Crowning in the courtyard)

Virtue of the Month Ceremony (gym/2:30 p.m.)

                                  Points for Parents Updates due (submit electronically via website)

Saturday, May 5th                     First Communion – Group I (10:30 a.m.)

 

Links                                      

  • 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
  • Spring Craft Show ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/04/Spring_Handcraft_Show-_2012.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