The Sentinel – Volume 12, Issue 40

Seek Christ in one another; welcome Him into your heart

Principal’s Message

On Monday evening families and friends gathered with the 8th Grade Class of 2012 to celebrate their successful completion of our program and to wish them continued success and blessings as they transition to high school.

While the ceremony represented an important milestone for our graduates, it was also a significant moment for a number of families for whom this was their final All Saints graduation.  This week I would like to acknowledge those families who have been a part of our school family for more than ten years and whose youngest child has now graduated.  I thank them for their commitment to Catholic education and for having chosen All Saints Catholic School.

Dymond Family                     11 Years

Ross Family                           11 Years

Bill Family                              11 Years

Andre Family                         11 Years

Spinosa Family                      12 Years

Knowles Family                     13 Years

Post Family                            13 Years

Bond Family                           14 Years

Perez Family                         15 Years

 

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Last week we celebrated the success of the 7th Annual Race for Education, a unique event that has emerged as our most significant fundraiser at All Saints.  Over the course of the past seven years, the program has generated approximately $250,000 in support of special initiatives.  It is through this effort that our school has been able to invest significantly in technology, installing an ACTIV Board in every classroom.

I am pleased to share with you today that we nearly reached our goal, raising a grand total of $43,995.  In the days ahead, the PTO Board and I will process the paperwork to generate a check in the amount of $6,578 to be donated to St. Jude’s.  As we have been the recipient of tremendous generosity from family and friends from around the world, it is fitting that we share the fruits of our success with one of our long-term partners, St. Judes Childrens’ Research Hospital.  The rest of the funds will be used in support of technology and other educational resources for the classrooms.

The following is a listing of the winners from this year’s event.

Grades Pre-Kindergarten – 2

Boys       Ryan G. (K1) 25 laps

Quentin W. (2A) 25 laps

Girls        Jamie C. (2A) 19 laps

Grades 3-5

Boys       Tied with 26 laps each:

Alexander K. (4A)

Jorge C. (5B)

William G. (5B)

Girls        Victoria W. (5A) 22 laps

Grades 6-8

Boys       Zachary N. (7A) 26 laps

John R. (7B) 26 laps

Girls        Lydia G. (6B) 24 laps

Megan S. (7A) 24 laps

Katherine W. (7A) 24 laps

Nichole R.(7B) 24 laps

Thank you, family & friends, for your continued support of All Saints and our commitment to helping others along the way.

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This year has been a time of continued blessings and success for All Saints.  With a record enrollment and test scores that continue to place our students in the top 10% of the nation, we can be very proud of our school.  At the heart of our success story is the continued dedication of our faculty & staff.  They are a remarkably talented group of professionals who each day demonstrate a tremendous sense of caring and a commitment to excellence.  They are supported by countless parents who generously share their time and expertise in so many ways.  With a common vision, our faculty and parents have created a partnership which has resulted in an exceedingly strong sense of community where wonderful things happen each day for the children in our school.  With God’s grace and blessing, All Saints will continue to shine as a beacon for families seeking a dynamic Catholic environment of faith formation and academic rigor for many years to come. 

Thank you for choosing All Saints for your family.  It has been a pleasure and a joy working with your children and we look forward to another exciting year of learning and faith formation.  On behalf of the faculty & staff of All Saints, I wish all of you a relaxing and enjoyable summer holiday. 

Diocesan Survey for Families Not Returning

Families who will not be returning to All Saints for the upcoming year are encouraged to complete a parent survey designed by the diocese.  The survey can be found at the following website:

http://withdrawal2012.questionpro.com

In advance, thank you for providing feedback that will be helpful to the diocese and our school as we continue to plan for the future.

PTO Election Information

Congratulations to Mrs. Angela Slater who was elected President-Elect via electronic ballot last week.  We are grateful for her interest and her generosity in sharing her gifts and talents in this leadership role.

 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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 for each book.  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 of the requirements 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 to this will be for those students entering 8th grade in the fall for whom the current uniform has been grandfathered for two years.

Beginning this summer, Flynn & O’Hara will offer two “priority days” for our school at their Fairfax store.  From 9:00 a.m. until noon on July 12th and July 21st, 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.  (Please note: These priority days will replace the on-site sale day that has previously occurred during the first week of August.)

Flynn & O’Hara will host two special sale days at the Fairfax Store on July 12th & July 24th during which the staff will be specifically trained to assist our families in the purchase of merchandise.  Due to a high turnout at last summer’s sale days, the hours are being extended from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. this year.

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

With the selection of a more formal uniform, the committee decided to select shoes that would better coordinate with the overall appearance and styling of the updated look.  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, the committee selected a black, rubber-soled penny loafer 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.

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

Pre-Packaged School Supply Orders

EPI pre-packaged school supplies may still 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.

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.

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)

Link 2012-2013 Supply List ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/supply-lists/