The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 35

Seek Christ in one another; welcome Him into your heart

Principal’s Message

As we approach the close of another academic year, it is important that we acknowledge and thank those members of the faculty and staff who will not be returning in the fall.  Each, in their own way, has contributed to the success of our school and has forever touched the lives of the children.

I wish to first recognize and thank Mrs. Melissa DeBruyne for her fine work as middle school language arts teacher during the second semester.  When the position became open in January, I was delighted to have learned of her background and expertise and so pleased that she agreed to teach for us for the remainder of the year.  While she has enjoyed her time as a faculty member, she has decided that she will be unable to extend the commitment into the new year.  We do look forward, however, to her continued involvement as a parent in our community.

As previously announced earlier this semester, Mrs. Christina Brown, math teacher, is resigning at the end of the year as she prepares for the birth of her baby in September.  While she has been a member of our faculty for only one year, she has provided a very sound mathematics foundation for students in the middle school.

After two years of teaching at All Saints, Mrs. Hillyard has decided to resign at the conclusion of this year in order to pursue other opportunities in the field of education.  It has been a joy to have welcomed Mrs. Hillyard, a graduate of All Saints, back to our community and to have witnessed the beginning of her teaching career.  We wish her every success and blessing as she continues to share her gift of teaching.

Commuting a great distance from Front Royal each day, Mrs. Antunes, school nurse, has also decided that she will not be returning in the fall.  I am grateful for the care and concern that she has demonstrated for students and faculty during her two years in our community.  With thoroughness and professionalism, she has promoted wellness in our school and been a source of comfort for those ill or injured in our community.

It is with a profound sense of gratitude for their commitment to our school that I announce the departure of two teachers whose time at All Saints is marked by decades rather than years.  After twenty-four years of service as our P.E. teacher, Mrs. Engstrom will be retiring at the close of this year.  More than just a P.E. teacher, she has coordinated the Health & Wellness initiative, moderated the Safety Patrol program, and facilitated our annual Field Day event.  While her impact in our community has been significant and lasting, it is her servant’s heart and patient manner that have earned her the admiration of students, parents and faculty alike.

Additionally, Mrs. Vice has decided that this will also be her final year of teaching at All Saints.  After a sixteen year span during which she advanced from part-time cafeteria assistant to lead kindergarten teacher, she will be relocating to the coast where she and her husband will begin the next phase in their lives.  With her trademark sense of humor and down to earth approach, she has been a highly regarded member of the faculty who has truly made a difference in the instructional program at All Saints.

All students, parents, faculty & staff are cordially invited to attend a Retirement Mass & Farewell Celebration for Mrs. Engstrom and Mrs. Vice on Wednesday, May 30th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the church.  The liturgy will be followed by a light dessert reception in the gym.  Families in attendance are cordially invited to bring a tray of cookies or brownies in support of the event.  Please join us as we celebrate the life and careers of these two extraordinary teachers!

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It was a joy and an honor to witness many of our 2nd grade students receiving their First Communion on Saturday morning.  In the days leading up to the special occasion, a number of the children shared their excitement and told me just how much they were looking forward to the May Crowning and their First Communion.  Their enthusiasm for their faith is an inspiration for all of us at All Saints.  Congratulations, 2nd graders, and thank you for your example.

I want to take a moment to thank Mrs. Cummings and Mrs. Gurley for so thoughtfully preparing the children for this beautiful moment in their lives.  Through their careful planning and recognition of the fact that this Sacrament is the central focus of the second grade experience, they provided a wonderful environment of faith and learning through each day of the year.

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Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends of All Saints gathered last Thursday in support of the 7th Annual Race for Education.  As always, the students ran with a lot of heart, enjoying the extra time outside and the opportunity to run in support of a great cause ~ their Catholic school.

I wish to again thank all of our donors from across the country and around the globe who so generously contributed to the success of this program.  As previously announced, 15% of the proceeds from the event will be sent directly to St. Judes Children’s Hospital.

As of yesterday, the counting team has already processed $19,423.00 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

I also wish to thank Mrs. Beth Ross and Mrs. Marjorie Collins for serving as co-coordinators of our 7th Annual Race for Education.  They invested many hours in planning for the big day and continue to volunteer in the school each week, recording and depositing the many contributions.  I am also grateful to the volunteers who worked behind the scenes, processing mailers and assisting on the day of the event.  The many supportive hands assisting with the hole-punching of race cards and water stations helped to insure a safe and enjoyable event for the children, start to finish!

As her daughter will be graduating in June, Mrs. Ross will conclude her leadership of the Race for Education this spring.  I am particularly grateful for the long-term dedication she has demonstrated as event coordinator since the inception of the Race for Education at All Saints in 2006.  In 2005 when we began to learn about the fundraising program and what it might mean for our community, Mrs. Ross was quick to volunteer her time as the leader of the initiative.  Since those early days, she has enthusiastically lead the program, investing countless hours each year in planning as well as processing donations as they are received.  I want to take this opportunity, on behalf of the All Saints Catholic School community, to thank Mrs. Ross for leading this very successful fundraising program.  Through the success of the Race, All Saints has acquired an ACTIV Board for every classroom, slowed the rate of tuition increase and benefitted the research efforts of the St. Judes Childrens’ Research Hospital.  Thank you, Mrs. Ross!

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As we look to the future of our school, it is increasingly important that we take a strategic approach to our financial planning and fundraising.  Later today all parents will receive a brief email outlining a new development effort that is currently under consideration for the 2012-2013 academic year.  Additionally, parents are being provided a link to an electronic survey. Recognizing that the feedback you provide is important for our planning and critical for our success, we welcome your candid response to three brief questions.  Again, look for this email later today and thank you, in advance, for your thoughts as we look to the future of All Saints.

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.

4th Quarter Lock-Down Drill

The 4th Quarter Lock-Down Drill will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 16th.  (Please note: This drill has been scheduled for several weeks and is not in response to any concerns specific to All Saints.  Rather, it is another exercise by which we maintain a state of preparedness should the need ever arise to secure the facility and safeguard the children.) 

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)

7th Annual Race for Education

Prize Cards have been distributed to students who met the criteria and may be redeemed according to the following schedule:

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.

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!

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.

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.

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

This 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

Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 10th                          Race for Education Dress Down Day Option

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

Friday, May 11th                       Band Trip to Busch Gardens (5:45 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.)

                 School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

                                 Noon Dismissal

Saturday, May 12th                     First Communion – Group III (10:30 a.m.)

Monday, May 14th                     4th Quarter Interims distributed to students

Tuesday, May 15th                     Principal for a Day (Congratulations, Kenneth Vande Linde, whose parents won this item at the Casino & Auction Night)

Wednesday, May 16th                Kindergarten Field Trip to Farm (8:30 – 2:30)

                                Lock Down Drill (10:00 a.m.)

                 SCA Election Speeches (1:00 p.m.)

Thursday, May 17th                   4th Grade Mother’s Tea (8:30 Mass to be followed by presentation)

                                Confirmation Rehearsal (6:30 p.m.)

Friday, May 18th                      Mass (8:30 a.m.)

                 4th Grade Field Trip to Mount Vernon (8:30-2:30)

Saturday, May 19th                   Confirmation (2:00 p.m.)