The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 36

Seek Christ in one another; welcome Him into your heart

Principal’s Message

On Monday evening the Manassas City Council continued their deliberation on the request for a special use permit for the addition of a crematorium at Pierce Funeral Home.  After consideration of the data provided through staff reports and the parties involved in the matter, the council ultimately voted in support of the measure.

Sensitive to the concerns of neighbors and local businesses, Pierce Funeral Home has implemented new strategies to further mitigate concerns relative to emissions.  For example, they have contracted with a company in Florida that will remotely monitor the system, providing an additional safeguard regarding chemical dispersions.  The system will also be equipped with an alarm that will activate should the level of chemical emissions rise above the acceptable threshold.  The system itself will be state-of-the-art, designed to optimize the combustion process so as to burn off any chemicals released during the cremation process.  Through these measures I believe the funeral home has demonstrated a good faith effort in addressing and reducing any concerns that have been expressed regarding emissions and I have every confidence that they will maintain this sensitivity as they move forward with their plans for expansion.

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Last week I had an opportunity to attend a meeting of diocesan principals for our final gathering of the academic year.  One of the significant items discussed at the session is the fact that pornography now ranks as the number one industry in the United States.  As we strive to safeguard our children from this danger, it is important that we maintain an awareness of the role of media in our lives and recognize the resources that are available to assist families in addressing challenges in this area.  Our Bishop has taken a proactive stance on this topic through his writing of a pastoral letter entitled Bought with a Price. Additionally, at the beginning of Lent, the diocese rolled out a resource in the form of online supports that can be found on the diocesan website.  Those seeking additional information are invited to visit the homepage at www.arlingtondiocese.org.

Retirement Mass & Reception for Mrs. Engstrom and Mrs. Vice

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!

Note:  For planning purposes, those families who wish to contribute a tray of desserts are asked to contact Mrs. Wendy Matner at wmatner@allsaintsva.org.

As of yesterday, the counting team has already processed $30,838 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

 

Spring Choral & Recorder Concert

Spring Choral & Recorder Concert: Thursday, May 24th @ 7:00 p.m. – PAC

(Please note time:  7:00 p.m. rather than 7:30 p.m. as published in our school calendar).

Featuring songs from around the world and soprano recorder music by 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, & 7th Grades! All students should wear the Summer Uniform they wear on Mass days and report to homerooms at 6:30 p.m. to line up. 3rd & 4th Graders should bring their recorders.  Questions: email Miss Dalusung ndalusung@allsaintsva.org.

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.

Cafeteria Program – End of Year Reminders

As we are approaching the end of the school year, please note:

1)       Notices of cafeteria payments now due will be sent home with students this week.  Families are asked to submit payment for any outstanding balances by May 31st and are encouraged to send in sufficient funds to cover the cost of lunches through the close of the year.

2)       Middle school students are not permitted to charge lunch payments during the month of June.  If your middle school son/daughter does not have payment for lunch, he or she will receive a bologna & cheese sandwich.

Note:  All students may redeem free pretzel cards on Tuesday, May 22nd, the final day of pretzel sales.  The final day for students to redeem free ice cream cards is Thursday, May 31st.

Thank you for your support of these end of year procedures.  Should you have any questions, please contact the cafeteria at703-368-4400 (ext. 211).

Co-Chair Needed for “Evening with St. Nicholas” 2012

The PTO sponsored “Evening with St. Nicholas” committee is already starting to plan for the next school year!

We are in need of a “co-chair” willing to “shadow” the current chairperson.  If you are interested in helping to ensure that this popular family event continues as a tradition in the future, please contact Gina Michak at ginamichak@gmail.com for details.  If you would like to be on the committee for planning and pre-event help, drop an email to Gina at that address as well.   Thanks again for your help!

All Saints Catholic Vacation Bible School Now Enrolling!!

Join All Saints for “SonRise National Park” VBS from June 25 – June 29!    Kids will be awestruck by snow-capped mountains, thundering waterfalls, wildflower meadows bursting with color, and amazing animals like soaring eagles, friendly huskies, and herds of caribou. As kids explore SonRise National Park, they’ll learn the most important survival skill of all: they can always depend on Jesus and His promises of true peace, true riches, true power, true love, and true hope!

VBS will be 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day for rising Kindergartners through rising 5th graders.  To register, simply click on the attached link below.  Return your completed form the RE Office (also the ASCS Office).  You may also download these forms at www.allsaintsva.org.  The deadline is 6/1/12 and spaces are limited!

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:

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.

Tuition Assistance Program

The Tuition Assistance Committee finalized decisions on Monday.  As such, letters to all families who have applied for grants will be mailed by Friday and should be received by early next week.

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 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.)

Monday, May 21st                      12th Annual Golf Tournament – Evergreen Country Club

Tuesday, May 22nd                     Kindergarten Field Trip to Farm (8:30 – 2:30)

                                  3rd Grade Field to GMU Theater (11:30 – 2:30)

                                  Battle of the Books Competition

                                  Band Concert for Students (2:00 p.m.)

                  Band Concert for Parents (Gym/7:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 23rd                 Points for Parents Bills due

                  Race for Education Dress Down Day option

Thursday, May 24th                    6th Grade Field Trip to Medieval Times (8:45-3:00)

                                  Spring Choral Concert (PAC/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, May 25th                        Mass (8:30 a.m.)

                                  Noon Dismissal

 

Going Home with Oldest Child

  • Field Day Flyer/Form
  • 10th Annual Frances Kelly Blood Drive Flyer

 

Links:

  • Vacation Bible School Registration Form ~

http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/04/VBSRegistration.pdf

  • Vacation Bible School High School and Adult Volunteer Form ~

http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/04/VBSVolunteerForm.pdf

  • Summer Boys Basketball Camp – (Coach Dan Vander Woude-Seton Boys Varsity Coach) – Page 1

http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/05/2012_Skills_and_Drills_Page_11.pdf

  • Summer Boys Basketball Camp – Page 2

http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/05/2012_Skills__Drills_Page_2.pdf