The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 34

Seek Christ in one another; welcome Him into your heart

Principal’s Message

Tomorrow all of the students at All Saints will participate in the 7th Annual Race for Education.  As the largest fundraiser for the school community, the Race provides important financial support for initiatives that would otherwise be beyond our reach.

The following is a list of important reminders for all students and parents regarding the event.

1)       All students in grades K-8 are asked to wear their P.E. uniforms to school on Thursday.  Students enrolled in the Pre-K are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing appropriate for running.  As the forecast is for warmer than normal temperatures, students are reminded of the importance of wearing sunscreen.

2)       While all students will be participating in the Race for Education activities, only those students who brought in sponsor names or a flat donation will be eligible for prizes.

3)       Students need not bring water bottles to the Race for Education.  Two water stations will be available to students throughout the race.

4)       Students who are absent on Thursday will be able to run a later date.

5)       Lunch will be served in the cafeteria at the regularly scheduled time.

Parents, relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend the event as a sign of support for all of our student runners.  We hope that many of you will be able to join us for a wonderful day of fun and fellowship!

The following is the schedule for this special event:

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

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

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

Prize Cards have been 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.

As of today, the counting team has already processed close to $13,000 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

Race for Education –Volunteers

Volunteers are still welcom for each of the race times. Volunteer to help track the children’s laps, pass out water, and monitor the students as they run. The race takes place tomorrow, 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.

Additional volunteers are 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.

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As Mrs. Honkus’ due date draws near, I wish to provide to you an update regarding the plans for the fifth grade classroom.  I am pleased to announce that Mrs. Debbie Woolfrey will serve as long-term substitute teacher beginning approximately Friday, May 11th through the close of the year.  Many of you know Mrs. Woolfrey as her daughters attend All Saints and she has been an on-call substitute for a number of grade levels this past year.

Mrs. Woolfrey earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a minor in Elementary Education from Randolph-Macon College and a Master of Arts Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.  For seven years she taught fifth grade in the Hanover County Public School system where she was nominated to receive an Award for Teaching Excellence.  With particular expertise and experience in the teaching of science, she will be a wonderful substitute for Mrs. Honkus who has served as science teacher for both fifth grade classes.

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This past weekend the Virginia State Squires and Squire Roses, the officially sponsored youth organization of the Knights of Columbus, held their 5th Annual State Convention in the Virginia Beach area.  As part of the Convention, the State Squires Circles celebrated the top accomplishments of the Squires and their Circles in six categories.  This year our Circle won top honors in two of the six categories.  Additionally, Sean Gaynord (7th grade) was selected as the Virginia State Squire of the Year in recognition of his leadership within the organization and his service to the parish and surrounding community. Congratulations, Sean!

Prayer of the Month ~ Peace Prayer

Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.

Lord, let me help sad people be happy.

Let me forgive those who hurt me.

And let me bring your love to all.

Amen

Virtue of the Month ~ Peacemaking

To foster the virtue of peacemaking, we will encourage the students to adopt the following practices:

  1. Be kind to all you meet today.
  2. Make peace with others at the end of the school day.
  3. Stay calm no matter what happens to you today.
  4. Say part of St. Francis’ Peace Prayer to yourself today.
  5. Apologize the minute you know that you have offended someone.
  6. Do an extra act of kindness for your family tonight.
  7. Take care of your family pet without complaining.
  8. Make peace with family members before going to sleep.
  9. Be a peacemaker.  Calm your friends while playing games.
  10. Greet your neighbor politely.
  11. Say a prayer for peace throughout the world.

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.

5th Grade Parent Letter ~ Message from the Superintendent & Virginia Department of Heath

Every year the Virginia Department of Health distributes information regarding the HPV (vaccine) to rising 6th grade girls.  This relates to state legislation and our diocese cooperates by distributing this letter.  However, we also distribute a statement from the two Bishops of Virginia as included in a letter from the Virginia Catholic Education Association signed by the superintendents of Arlington and Richmond.  Tomorrow parents of rising 6th grade girls will receive a copy of the official letter from the Virginia Department of  Health as well as the letter from the Virginia Catholic Education Association.  The letters will be sent home in sealed envelopes with each of the 5th grade girls.  After reviewing the correspondence, should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office for more information.

Tuition Assistance Program

The Tuition Assistance Committee will finalize decisions next week based upon the financial analysis provided by FACTS.  All families who have applied for tuition assistance for 2012-2013 should receive a letter of response by May 18th.

Tuition Discount for Payment in Full

Parents who submit payment in full for the 2012-2013 academic year are eligible for a 5% discount if the payment is received in the office no later than 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 31st.  For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at 703-393-1490.

2nd Annual Running with the Saints 5K – Help Wanted

Help wanted for the 2nd annual All Saints Running with the Saints 5K.  The race committee is looking for a volunteer willing to help solicit sponsors for the race.  We plan to target health related businesses, such as sporting good stores, gyms, and medical offices with a wellness or sport related specialty.  We need help compiling and updating a sponsorship database and to send out letters and follow up as needed.  Consider lending your talent to this effort!  Please contact Eddie Collins atecollins@ocfmail.com if you are interested or have any questions.  Thanks!!

Spring Tuition Payments

As we approach the close of the school year, parents are reminded of the importance of making timely tuition payments.  With the final tuition payment due to the school during May, those families who have recently fallen behind schedule during this time of continued economic challenge are asked to use the first two weeks of June as an opportunity to pay any outstanding tuition or fees.  Please remember, prompt payment of tuition is essential for the school to remain financially strong and to be able to cover the continued expenses of utilities and salaries for our faculty and staff.

Grocery Receipts Program Update

Thank you for your continued support of local grocery receipt programs.  The following is a summary of proceeds received this year through your participation.

GIANT                    $2051.62

Harris Teeter          $847.76

Safeway escrip      $341.96

Bloom stores will be converted to the Food Lion banner.  Our school was automatically enrolled in the Food Lion MVP Classroom rewards program. The website is http://www.foodlion.com/CommunityOutreach/MVPRewards .  If you scroll down to Register your MVP Card and enter your card number, All Saints will earn 50 points for each card linked to the program by May 31, 2012.

Senator Colgan Featured Speaker at CBN Meeting

State Senator Charles J. Colgan will be the guest speaker at the May 18th meeting of the Catholic Business Network of Nova-PW Chapter.  Senator Colgan will be discussing the importance of Catholic education and how faith has impacted his life journey through business and politics.

The Catholic Business Network of Nova-PW Chapter

Date: Friday, May 18th

Speaker: State Senator Charles J. Colgan                                                                    

Time: 7:15 a.m. – 9 a.m. Networking- Breakfast @ 8am-Guest Speaker

Place: Mimi’s Café, Wellington Road, Gainesville VA

Breakfast $15.00 – RSVP suggested. 

RSVP at 703-396-8205 ext. 101 or princewilliam@cbnnova.org

For more information about CBNNova at www.cbnnova.org.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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)

Sharing our Story…Greatschools.org

The most effective marketing for a school occurs when current parents share their positive observations and experience 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.

ParkingIn 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, May 7th

The Early Prevention of School Failure Screening for Kindergarten applicants will take place on 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.

Within the next week the office will issue individualized letters to each family, confirming the number of points reflected in the school database and a corresponding fee for unearned points.  Families are asked to submit payment for outstanding points by Wednesday, May 23rd.    

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

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.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 3rd                      7th Annual Race for Education (see schedule above)

                  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 (8:30 a.m.)

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.)

Monday, May 7th                        EPSF Kindergarten Screening – No Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten classes             

                                                                  Battle of Books Practice Meet (9:30-10:30 a.m.)

Tuesday, May 8th                        8th Grade Foreign Language Exemption Exam

                  Race for Education Dress Down Day Option

                                  Band Concert for Senior’s Luncheon (12:30 p.m.)

                                  First Communion – Group III Rehearsal (6:00 p.m.)

                              &nbs