The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 37

Seek Christ in one another; welcome Him into your heart

 

Principal’s Message

Congratulations to the members of our 8th grade class who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on Saturday.  I am so proud of each of them for the individual commitment they have made to their Catholic faith and pray that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that they experienced during the liturgy will guide them through their future years.  Thank you, Mr. Tessier, and all of the teachers who provided the students such wonderful religious formation during their years at All Saints.

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On Wednesday, May 9, an email was sent to all school families asking you to complete a short online survey regarding whether the school should move from our current PTO focused fundraising efforts to an Annual Fund approach to generating revenue for the school.

A total of 101 school families completed the survey with the following results:

  • 36% indicated they would support an Annual Fund
  • 27% indicated they would not support an Annual Fund
  • 38% were undecided

In a supplemental comments section, many of those who were undecided indicated that they were not familiar with an Annual Fund and were unsure of how they worked.   To clarify, an Annual Fund provides a way for an organization to solicit financial gifts on a regular basis from a wide range of potential donors. Nonprofit institutions tend to rely on Annual Funds for a substantial percentage of their income.  Through an Annual Fund, parents, parishioners, alumni, past parents and friends of our community would be invited to consider making a financial gift, as well as a gift of prayer, in support of the mission of our school.

As a significant number of respondents have indicated that they are undecided on this initiative, there is more work to be done in providing a better explanation of the program to our parent community.   In August we will provide additional detailed information regarding how an Annual Fund would work at All Saints and the effect it would have on the PTO budget.  While a decision has not yet been made as to whether we will launch such an initiative, we look forward to continuing the dialogue and discerning the possibilities at the beginning of 2012-2013.  Thank you for your participation in this important survey.

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This week I wish to provide an update to our community regarding Mrs. Johnson and the third grade program.  As you are aware, Mrs. Johnson has been on medical leave since August, the time during which she has undergone extensive treatments for her cancer diagnosis.  She has recently completed another series of intensive chemotherapy in the hope that she will be eligible for a procedure during the summer months.  With this in mind and in order to be able to focus solely on her health, Mrs. Johnson has submitted her resignation.  I remain hopeful that this is a short term measure and that she will be able to return to our faculty one day.

I do ask that you continue to remember Mrs. Johnson in your prayers in the weeks ahead as she continues her journey.  As the original treatments were not as effective as originally hoped, she now awaits the results of her recent series and the details of the next step in her treatment plan. Let us pray that she will experience the healing presence of Christ and be comforted by the continued love and prayers of our community.

Ms. Elizabeth Reilly, long-term substitute teacher, has accepted my offer to join the faculty next year as third grade teacher.  I remain grateful for all that Ms. Reilly has done in support of the program since she joined our community last December.  Her love of the Catholic faith, which she incorporates in the classroom through music and dance, as well as her enthusiasm for teaching have been a gift for the children.

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.

Summer Learning Program

Over the course of the past month the faculty has discussed the merits of a summer learning program.  Recognizing that our curriculum during the school year is rigorous and that expectations are high for student learning, there is great value in the children having a respite during the months of summer.  On the other hand, studies have shown that students lose ground during the long vacation if not provided an opportunity to keep their skills sharp.  With these two perspectives in mind, as in prior years, the teachers have crafted a balanced plan specific for our school.  The following is a grade level summary of the Summer Learning Program for 2012.

(Note: Parents should select the summer learning assignments that correspond to the grade that their child will be entering in the fall.  For example, a student entering second grade would complete the Summer Book Program for rising 2nd graders.  A child entering third grade would complete the assignments outlined below for grades 3-5.)

Grade K-2           Summer Book (order SUMMER BOOK for next year’s grade level. For example: students in K will order SUMMBER BOOK for rising 1st graders.)

      Ordering Information:             Summerbook Company

305 Lyndale Drive

Hartsville, SC 27804

1-877-684-8502 (Toll Free)

                                                                  www.summerbookcompany.com

Grades 3-5             Math Log & 2 Accelerated Reader Books

(Note: Each student is required to keep a Math log in which they complete 10 hours of work over the course of the summer.  Students may refer to our school website for recommended activities and math based websites.  After reading two Accelerated Reader books, students are asked to complete the corresponding AR tests upon their return to school.  These summer assignments will be due Friday of the first week of school and will be considered part of the first quarter participation grade.)

Grades 6-8             Students are asked to read selections (one book for grade 6/two books for grades 7 & 8) from the Middle School Summer Reading List and complete one of the corresponding follow up activities.  Additionally, students are asked to complete the math reinforcement packet that will be distributed prior to the final day of school.

(Note: A letter from the middle school team, a detailed overview of assignments, and the middle school summer reading list are included as a link to this week’s newsletter and are available for review on our website.)

 

As of yesterday, the counting team has already processed $35,948 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

End of Year Parent Survey ~ Bullying Initiative

During the first semester we distributed a parent survey on the topic of bullying in our community, the results of which were communicated via the weekly newsletter.  In an effort to measure progress and to ensure that we are aware of any concerns related to bullying in our community, all parents are invited to complete the follow up electronic survey prepared by our school counselor, Mrs. Karcher.  Parents are encouraged to visit the following link to complete the survey.  In advance, we thank you for participating and providing feedback which helps us to plan for the future of our school.

Parent Survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CX6XR8V

Students in grades 3-8 will complete the electronic survey during their computer classes within the next two weeks.

Spring Choral Concert

The Spring Choral Concert scheduled for Thursday, May 24th will begin at 7:00 p.m. rather than 7:30 p.m. as published in our school calendar.

Student Council Election Results

Last week approximately forty students participated in an election for a variety of offices for the 2012-2013 leadership of the Student Council Association.  Congratulations to the following students who were elected by the students in grades four through seven.

President                                                                Allison Rice

Vice President                                                       Josephine Bennett

Secretary/Historian                                                Kelly Crocker

School Spirit/Publicity                                           Savanna Malone

Finance                                                                   Nicholas Mills

Health, Safety & Ecology                                      Drew Michak

Religious Activities/Academic Life                       Rachel Kreitzer

All Saints Golf Tournament Rescheduled to June 25th

Due to rain, the All Saints Parish Golf Tournament has been rescheduled to Monday, June 25st at Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, VA at 10:00AM. Enjoy great giveaways, prizes and raffles, while playing a beautiful course complete with mountain views.

Proceeds from our 2012 tournament will support youth-centered programs at All Saints, including spiritual retreats for area teens, sacramental preparation activities, new CYO basketball uniforms, and facility renovations in our parish gym and school.

***Join Us For Golf***
Due to the change in date, we are extending our early bird discount. Register now for golf and pay $150, that’s a savings of $15 per person.

Day of golf includes:

  • Greens fees and cart
  • 18-hole Captain’s Choice complete with scenic mountain views
  • Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams
  • Premium giveaways and goodie bag
  • Fun contests throughout the event, including a $10,000 Hole-in-One Contest
  • Prize drawings
  • Silent auction for exclusive sports collectibles
  • Continental breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Awards ceremony

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).

Field Day Lunch Orders

Families who have not yet submitted orders and payment for lunch on Field Day (June 5th) are asked to do so by Friday of this week.

Extended Day Program

Extended Day services will continue the next three weeks and be available before and after school through Tuesday, June 12th.  There will be no Extended Day Program on Wednesday, June 13th.  All students will dismiss at 10:30 a.m. following the Closing Mass & Awards Ceremony.  Please make arrangements for your children to be picked up if you anticipate being unavailable at that time.

Report Cards

Report cards and awards will be issued on the final day of school, June 13th.  Since the office will have a record of your child’s final grades at the close of the year, you may retain these cards.

Medications

All medications must be picked up from the clinic no later than Tuesday, June 12th.  Since students are not authorized to carry medication, it is necessary for parents to visit the clinic to pick up medications prior to the close of the year.  Medications remaining after the final day will be discarded.

Summer Office Hours

The school office will remain open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. during the months of June and August.  The office will be closed during the month of July.  The office will reopen on Thursday, August 2nd.  Should you need to contact school personnel during the summer months, please do not hesitate to leave a message on the answering machine. We will make every effort to return your call in a timely manner.

Important Dates for the Upcoming Year

¨       Orientation Day (Students and parents are invited to visit the school, meet new teachers, and pick up supply orders.) – Friday, August 24th.

¨       7th Annual Back-to School Barbecue hosted by the PTO – Friday, August 24th, (5:30-7:30 p.m.)

¨       First Day of School ~ Noon Dismissal (Grades K-8) – Monday, August 27th

¨       First Day of Pre-Kindergarten – Wednesday, September 5th

VIRTUS Training Sessions

The next presentation of the “Protecting God’s Children” seminar, the four hour VIRTUS training session which is required for all who wish to become eligible to volunteer in the school, will take place on Saturday, June 9th beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Father Kelley Hall.  Please register online at www.virtus.org choosing “The Diocese of Arlington, VA” and then “The Church of All Saints”.  If you have any questions, please call Janet Smith in the parish office, at (703) 393-2158.  Education and awareness can be powerful tools in protecting God’s children from harm.  Let’s continue working to ensure that our faith community is a safe and protected environment for the youngest members of our parish.

Paul VI Basketball Camps

–          Paul VI Girls & Boys Summer Basketball Camps. June 18-22 / July 9-13 / July 23-27…Grades 2 – 8. (9:00 am – 4:00 pm)

–          St Leo the Great Mini-Hoopster Camp.  June 25 – 28…Girls & Boys in Grades K – 2.  (9:00 am – 1:30 pm)

Please visit www.pvibasketball.com to register and all camp information

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 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.

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

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 – Grades 1,3,4,5 & 7(PAC/7:00 p.m.)

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

                  Middle School Demerit Free Breakfast (9:30 a.m.)

                                                                Noon Dismissal

Monday, May 28th                      Holiday – Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 29th                      7th Grade Field Trip to Manassas Battlefield (8:45-1:30)

Band Ice Cream Social (2:15 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 30th                  Race for Education Dress Down Day option

                                                                6th Grade Medieval Brass Rubbings Presentation

                                                                Retirement Mass & Farewell Celebration for Mrs. Engstrom & Mrs. Vice (7:00 p.m.)

Thursday, May 31st                     Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten – End of Year Picnic & Celebration

                                                                Deadline for Payment in Full for 2012-2013 with 5% Discount

                                                                Gold Medal Readers Celebration (1:30 p.m.)

Friday, June 1st                          2nd Grade Mexican Fiesta

                                                                All Books due Back in Library

Saturday, June 2nd                      8th Grade Algebra Exemption Exam

Barnes & Noble Book Fair (9:30-12:30) (See link below for flyer & vouchers)

 

Links:

  • Summer Learning Program (Also accessible by just clicking on the “Summer Learning” graphic on the webpage)

http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/summer-requirements-program/ 

  • Nurse’s Spring Reminders ~ Revised

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

  • Barnes & Noble Book Fair & Vouchers ~

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

  • 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