The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 38

Seek Christ in one another; welcome Him into your heart

Principal’s Message

This week I would like to announce the new members of the faculty & staff who will be joining our school community for the 2012-2013 academic year.  I am particularly pleased with their level of expertise and know that they will each be a wonderful addition to our team.

Mr. Benjamin Roy (Spanish) – After little more than a month serving as our long-term substitute Spanish teacher, Mr. Roy has demonstrated a strong commitment to our program and has quickly acclimated to life at All Saints.  His enthusiasm and creativity have endeared him to the students with whom he has already established wonderful rapport.  I am grateful that Mr. Roy was able to assist us during a time of transition this year and I am delighted that he will be continuing as our full-time Spanish teacher for 2012-2013.

Mrs. Elizabeth Cote (Kindergarten) – Mrs. Cote earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire and for the past six years has taught kindergarten at Saint Mary’s School in Alexandria.  Already familiar with the diocesan curriculum and highly experienced at this grade level, Mrs. Cote will be a strong addition to our already outstanding primary team.  Her experience in teacher collaboration, particularly in regards to the development of a school-wide writing framework, will be an asset for our school as our teachers begin to focus their efforts on a similar initiative in the coming year.

Mr. Phillip Dwane (4th Grade) – A beloved former member of our community, Mr. Dwane returns to the same classroom in which he taught from 2002 – 2006.  After leaving All Saints, Mr. Dwane and his family moved west to be nearer his family. Since his return to Northern Virginia, he has been teaching at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Vienna.  Best remembered for his genuine love of the Catholic faith, his enthusiasm, and his masterful management of the classroom, it will be wonderful to have Mr. Dwane return as a member of our faculty.

Mrs. Lorie Gaubert (Middle School Math) – Mrs. Gaubert earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary  Education and has completed graduate coursework at the University of New Orleans, Loyola University and the University of Tennessee. With nearly twenty years experience teaching in both public  and Catholic school systems, she has fine-tuned her craft and established a reputation of excellence in teaching.  She has proven herself as a results-oriented teacher who uses interactive strategies to engage students in the learning process.  While her creative leadership and success in the classroom have won the respect of many, it is her understanding of student needs and her ability to convey a sense of trust and caring that has so deeply impacted her students.

Mr. Paul Redman (Physical Education) – Mr. Redman earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health, Wellness and Nutrition from Buffalo State College in New York and a Master of Science Degree in Education with a concentration in Physical Education from Canisius College.  Since completing his student teaching at Freedom High School in Loudoun County, he has served as the Director of Admissions, Assistant Principal and Special Projects Coordinator at the Boyd School in Chantilly. Catholic school educated, Mr. Redman looks forward to the opportunity of teaching at All Saints and to encouraging each student’s continued development in a positive and nurturing environment.

Mrs. Jillian Roth (Nurse) – Mrs. Roth joins our school community after working most recently at Prince William Hospital and INOVA Fairfax where she specialized in labor and delivery.  She completed her Associates Degree in Nursing at Orange County Community College in New York and is currently a licensed registered nurse in Virginia.  In addition to her training and licensure related to labor and delivery, she maintains credentialing in basic life support as well as cardiac life support.  With a joyful disposition and great enthusiasm for the opportunity of working as a Catholic school nurse, Mrs. Roth will continue our school’s commitment to providing first-class care for all of our students.

With the exception of middle school language arts, all faculty and staff positions are now filled for the upcoming year.  As details are confirmed regarding the hiring of a candidate for this final opening, I will forward the details to you in an upcoming newsletter.

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Congratulations to the All Saints Battle of the Books Team!  The All Saints Team took First Place in the Blue Division earning a perfect verbal score.   This year’s Diocesan competition involved 21 schools in an intense three hour evaluation of student comprehension of sixteen books.  Our five member team was the only group to achieve a perfect score in this year’s verbal round.  Applause and cheers for Kimberly Ferguson, spokesperson, Rachel C., Abby C., Emma D. and Brightney V. and all of the Battle of the Books participants.  All Saints prevailed with great determination and represented our school well!  Thank you Mrs. Coyle and Mrs. McCabe for your stellar commitment to this program!

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This week I would ask that you remember the Wisniewski Family in your prayers.  Both Mr. Wisniewski’s father and uncle passed away last weekend.  Additionally, Mrs. Wisniewski’s mother has been hospitalized for what seems to be congested heart failure.  Let us remember their entire family in our thoughts and prayers during this exceedingly difficult time.  May they be comforted by the presence of the Risen Christ.

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 tonight 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!

Field Day ~ Parking Information

Next Tuesday, June 5th, our students will gather for Field Day from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the grounds of Linton Hall School. As Linton Hall School is still in session, it is important that we give careful attention to the following procedures.

Parents who will be participating in the Field Day events are asked to park on the outer edge of the circular driveway in front of the Monastery.  Parking on the inside of the circle is not permitted as it is vitally important that there be sufficient space for emergency vehicles to access the monastery should any of the Benedictine Sisters need care. 

As in prior years, when the circle is full, parents are asked to park on the grass on both sides of the entranceway leading to the school.  Please note: The individual parking spaces located directly behind the school are reserved for Linton Hall staff and parents.

We are seeking additional volunteers to assist with the many games and activities.  For additional information or to confirm your interest, please contact Mrs. Peggy Enstrom, P.E. teacher, at mengstrom@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 links to this week’s newsletter and are available for review on our website.)

As of yesterday, the counting team has already processed $39,668 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.

Calling all Books!

All library books are due back no later than Friday, June 1st, the time at which the library will begin the end of the year inventory process.  Remember there is no late fee for overdue books, only a replacement cost if the book is lost or damaged.  Please look for the library overdue notices and follow up to clear your account.  Thank you!

DIVE INTO BOOKS….ALL SAINTS TEAMS UP WITHBARNES

AND NOBLE FOR A SUMMER BOOK FAIR!!!!

Summer reading is in the air and this year the All Saints School Library will host an exciting Book Fair at the Barnes and Noble store in Manassas on Saturday, June 2nd.    Join Mrs. Coyle and Mrs. Geary as they surf through books to get you on the big wave of reading for the summer.  The library staff will be there from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm to treat and greet!    Also, the All Saints displays will be available in the Barnes and Noble store all day long with special selections picked by the library and teachers.   Do not forget to tell the cashier at the store that you are from All Saints School or parish because a percentage of the net sales will be contributed to the school.

Barnes & Noble Book Fair & Vouchers ~

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

If you are busy on Saturday and cannot attend the Book Fair at Barnes & Noble store….simply go online and use the All Saint Bookfair ID number when you checkout.    The Book Fair online dates will be 6/2/12 and will extend to 6/9/12.

Enter the following:  BN.COM/bookfairs                Bookfair ID   10757516

 

All Saints Golf Tournament

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).

Pre-Packaged School Supply Orders

The EPI pre-packaged school supply order forms are being sent home with students today and a link to the form is listed at the end of the newsletter under links. Parents who wish to submit the order form with a check to the school may do so until 6-8-2012.  Packets may be ordered on-line at www.epipacks.com until 7-1-2012.  When ordering online, enter school ID#ALL088.  Any questions regarding the pre-packaged supplies may be directed to: allsaintssupplies@yahoo.com.

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

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)

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 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                          School Mass & Presentation to Honor Senior Mentors (8:30 a.m.)

2nd Grade Mexican Fiesta

                                                                All Books due Back in Library

                                                                Drama Club Presentation for Club Members (3:30 p.m.)

Saturday, June 2nd                      8th Grade Algebra Exemption Exam

Barnes & Noble Book Fair (9:30-12:30)

Monday, June 4th                       Race for Education Celebration & Awards Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)

                                                                                Pizza Lunch with the Principal

                                                                                Classroom Movies & Popcorn Parties

Tuesday, June 5th                       Field Day & Accelerated Reader Celebration at Linton Hall School (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

                  PTO Executive Board Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

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

Wednesday, June 6th                   2nd Grade Field Trip to National Shrine (8:00 – 2:30)

                                                                1st Grade Field Trip to Air & Space Museum (9:30-1:30)

                                                                3rd Grade (Mrs. Reilly’s Class) Presentation for Parents (2:00 p.m.)

                                                                8th Grade Ice Cream Social (2:00 p.m.)

Thursday, June 7th                      Kindergarten Luau Celebration

                                                                1st Grade Ice Cream Social (1:30 p.m.)

Friday, June 8th                         Mass & Virtue Awards Presentation (8:30 a.m.)

                                                                Kindergarten Graduation (10:00 a.m.)

                                                                8th Grade vs. Faculty/Staff Volleyball Game (2:00 p.m.)

Saturday, June 9th                      VIRTUS Four Hour Training (FKH/9:00 a.m.)

 

Coming Home with Oldest Child in School

  • School Supply Order Forms
  • Free Shaved Ice Coupon from 3 Scoops

 

Links

  • Pre-Packaged Supplies Online Orders ~ www.epipacks.com
  • 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