The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 39

Seek Christ in one another; welcome Him into your heart

Principal’s Message

This week I am delighted to share with you the news that I have hired a middle school language arts teacher and that we now have a full faculty & staff for the 2012-2013 academic year!

Miss Rebecca Zwisler will be joining our team, serving as 8th grade homeroom and language arts teacher for all middle school students.  Miss Zwisler earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature from Saint Mary’s College (Notre Dame) and completed a Master of Arts in Secondary Education from The Catholic University of America last October.  She completed her student teaching at St. Anselm’s Abbey in Washington, DC and has been employed as a substitute teacher in a number of private schools as well as the Alexandria City School System since that time.  Catholic school educated, she looks forward to both teaching and serving as a role model for the students in our middle school.  With refined communication skills and an innovative approach in the classroom, she will be a wonderful addition to our vibrant middle school faculty.

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The end of year festivities will continue throughout this week and through the final days of school.  For details about all of our special celebrations, please see the upcoming events listed below.

I wish to extend a special invitation to all families to attend the events planned in celebration of Graduation Day.  All of the students will gather in the church at 9:30 a.m. on Monday to observe the Pass-it-On Ceremony, an annual tradition and prayer service during which the 8th grade students “pass on” their leadership role to the rising 7th grade class as symbolized by the handing on of the 8th grade honor medals.  Following a special breakfast for the graduates, the 8th grade students will participate in the Walk of Honor, a custom by which all of the students in grades K-7 line the hallways and applaud for the graduates as they exit the building for the final time as students.  The celebration culminates with a Mass at 7:00 p.m. followed by the Graduation Ceremony and reception in the gym.  I hope that you and your family will be able to join us for some of these special moments as we congratulate our 8th grade students.

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.)

Uniform Reminders for 2012-2013

As next year will be the first year of full implementation of the new uniform, an overview is being provided this week for easy reference.  This information can also be found on the school website at www.allsaintsvaschool.org.

All students will be expected to wear the new uniform beginning with the 2012-2013 academic year.  The one exception will be for those students entering 8th grade in the fall for whom the current uniform has been grandfathered for two years.

Flynn & O’Hara will again offer two “priority days” for our school at their Fairfax store.  From 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on July 12th and July 24th, Flynn & O’Hara will provide special staff support and guidance to families from our community.  While the store will remain open for customers from other schools, Flynn & O’Hara will make a special effort to prepare for and accommodate the needs of families from All Saints.  On these days, Flynn & O’Hara will offer free shipping to customer’s homes for items not in stock.

Flynn & O’Hara will also host an on-site measuring day in Father Kelley Hall on August 9th from 9:00 a.m. until noon.

Girls Uniform (Grades K-5)

Navy, Gold & White Plaid Drop Waist Jumper

White Long Sleeve Peterpan Collar Blouse (Spring/Fall: White Short Sleeve Peterpan Collar Blouse)

Navy Crew Neck Cardigan Sweater

Black Athletic Shoes (Optional Shoe: Black Mary Jane Strap Shoe)

Girls Uniform (Grades 6-8)

Navy, Gold & White Plaid Wrap Around Kilt

White Long Sleeve Button-down Collar Blouse (Spring/Fall: White Short Sleeve Polo Shirt)

Navy with White Trim V-Neck Sweater Vest

Black Penny Loafer Shoe

Boys Uniform (Grades K-5)

Grey Pleated Twill Pants

White Long Sleeve Button-down Collar Shirt (Spring/Fall: White Short Sleeve Polo Shirt)

Grey Tie (Mass Days and Special Occasions)

Navy V-Neck Sweater Vest

Black Athletic Shoes

Boys Uniform (Grades 6-8)

Grey Poly/Wool Dress Pants

White Long Sleeve Button-down Collar Shirt (Spring/Fall: White Short Sleeve Polo Shirt)

Navy/Grey Striped Tie

Navy with White Trim V-Neck Sweater Vest

Black Oxford Shoe

While the black athletic shoe remains the standard for all students in grades Kindergarten through five, girls in those grades may opt to wear the black Mary Jane available for purchase through Flynn & O’Hara.  In the middle school, a black, rubber-soled penny loafer serves as the uniform shoe for girls and a black, leather oxford as the standard for boys.  Students in the middle school will continue to bring athletic shoes of their choice to school on days when changing into the P.E. uniform.

PTO Election Information

PTO by-laws require that we have an official ballot for open positions in the event there is a write-in candidate. For the 2012-2013 school year, the office of President will be held by Christian Cobb. The Secretary and Treasurer are two-year terms being continued by Joe Ortiz and Elissa Hackerson, respectively.

The members of the PTO will need to officially vote on the position of President Elect. 

The job description for this position is as follows: The President Elect shall sit as aide to the President and shall perform the duties of the President in the absence or inability of that officer to serve; perform other delegated duties as assigned; and shall succeed to the office and perform the duties of the President if that office is vacated at any time by the incumbent during his/her term. The President Elect shall succeed the President at the end of the President’s term.

Please click on the link below to vote for Angela Slater or a write-in candidate for the position of PTO President Elect for the 2012-2013 school year. The deadline to vote is Friday, June 8, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QPWL57T

Brown Bag Lunch Day ~ Monday, June 11th

Since the cafeteria staff will be cooking breakfast for the 8th grade class and preparations will be underway for the evening reception, there will be no cafeteria services on Monday.  All students are asked to bring both a lunch and drink to school.

Giant A+ Proceeds

Thanks to the participation of school and parish families in the A+ Program sponsored by Giant Food, last week All Saints received a check in the amount of $2051.62.  Thank you to all parents who signed up for the program this year!

NJHS Ends Year With Election of Officers and Ice Cream Social

With bowls filled with strawberry, vanilla, and cookie dough ice cream, NJHS members of All Saints Catholic School celebrated the end of a successful year of community service and fun on Monday, June 4.  Seventh grade members saluted the eighth grade NJHS members by bringing all of the fixings for a scrumptious ice cream social.  Faculty co-coordinators, Mrs. Vicki Bill and Mrs. Phyllis Hammang, thanked the graduating students for their outstanding commitment to service this year during which they logged more than 100 hours of service tutoring lower grade children.  They also raised $3200 to support the local needy served by House of Mercy, and collected hundreds of pounds of canned and boxed goods to benefit SERVE of Manassas. During the meeting, seventh grade members also elected officers for the 2012-2013 academic year. Elected to be Secretary was Ciara O’Rourke.  NJHS’ new treasurer is Sarah Goldsmith.  Megan Stalker will assume the duties of Vice President, while Caton Brisbin will lead the group as its President.

 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Immunization & Health Records Requirements for 2012-2013

To the parents of Pre-K students arriving in Fall 2012:

The State of Virginia requires parents of Pre-K students to submit the following:

1.        An immunization form must be in the child’s record by the date of the child’s admission.   The first day of Pre-K is Wednesday, September 5th, 2012.

2.        Immunizations must be recorded and dated on either the Health Dept. form (MCH 213F or MCH 213G) or a physician’s form, include the child’s name, and be signed or stamped and dated by a licensed physician, the physician’s designee, or an official of a local health department.

3.        For all immunizations a child receives after 7/1/12, the form must contain a statement (typed or handwritten) that the child is adequately immunized.

The current Form MCH213G is available at the following website:

http://www.vahealth.org/childadolescenthealth/schoolhealth/forms.htm

If your child has any chronic health conditions, such as food or substance allergy or asthma, the necessary forms are available under “Education” and the “Parents” portion of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington website. Click on “Forms.”  Be sure to submit an Authorization Form for the medication along with the Action Plan for the condition.  All medications must be brought in by the parents, not by the child.  If a child needs an Epi-Pen, please bring two — one for the class, one for the Nurse’s Clinic.

To the parents of Kindergarten students arriving in Fall 2012:

A new Physical Exam is necessary, dated less than one year from the time of admission. Kindergarten begins on Monday, August 27th.  This Exam should be on, or accompanied by, the Virginia Department of Health form MCH 213G.  (See the website above for the form).  Tip:  Print out the MCH213G and hand it to the physician before the physical exam for this year, if possible, so as to avoid an additional charge to complete it out outside the office visit.  The Physical must include all the immunizations required by the Commonwealth of Virginia as indicated by the chart on the following website:

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/schedules/downloads/child/0-6yrs-schedule-pr.pdf

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.

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

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)

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.

PVI Cheerleading Clinic

Paul VI Summer Cheerleading Clinic for anyone grades K-8 on Saturday July 28th from 10am – 2pm.  See flyer linked below for more details.

Upcoming Events

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.)

Monday, June 11th                             Graduation Day

                                                  Pass it On Ceremony (church/9:30 a.m.)

                                                  Graduation Breakfast ~ students only (10:00 a.m.)

                                                  Walk of Honor (11:00 a.m.)

                                                  Mass & Graduation Ceremony (7:00 p.m.)

                                  Brown Bag Lunch Day for Students in Grades 1-7

Tuesday, June 12th                             Transition Ceremony for Students Entering 6th Grade (8:30 a.m.)

                                  Classroom Parties (1:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, June 13th                       Closing Mass & Awards Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)

                                  Final Dismissal for Grades 1-7 (10:30 a.m.)

                                                  Note: Extended Day Program Not Available

(Note: The PTO will host a reception with cookies and drinks for parents in the courtyard immediately following the Mass & Awards Ceremony.  On the final day, parents who will be in attendance for the festivities are asked to park in their assigned carpool sections as we will be having a regular dismissal beginning at 10:30 a.m.  The back parking lot will be open for parking for those who will be joining us for the Mass and ceremony.)

 Links

  • ·         Link to vote for PTO President Elect for the 2012-2013 school year ~ http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QPWL57T
  • PVI Summer Cheerleading Clinic ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/04/PVI-Cheerleading-Clinic-Summer-2012.pdf
  • 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