Principal's August Newsletter

Dear Parents and Friends of All Saints,

I hope this letter finds you and your family well and continuing to enjoy the summer season. With August now
upon us, along with the annual flurry of “back to school” advertisements, we are reminded that the start of a new
school year lies just around the corner. As always, there are some highlights to be shared as well as a list of key
reminders that I hope you will find helpful as we prepare for opening day.

To begin with, I wish to extend a special word of welcome to those families who have just joined our All Saints
community. We are delighted that you have chosen a Catholic education for your children and even more pleased
that you have decided to partner with All Saints in this endeavor. Again, welcome to our All Saints family!

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As announced during the spring, we are pleased to welcome the following educators who will be joining our faculty
for the 2012-2013 school year.

Mr. Benjamin Roy (Spanish) – During his two month assignment as long-term substitute Spanish teacher, Mr. Roy
demonstrated a strong commitment to our program and 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 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 new 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 math 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.

Miss Rebecca Zwisler (Middle School Language Arts) – Miss 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 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 middle school faculty.
Since the close of the school year, there have been a couple of additional changes among our faculty and staff.
Mrs. Cristina Wittlinger, a long-time member of the Pre-Kindergarten team, resigned in June in order to pursue full
time work with a previous employer. Her joyful spirit in the classroom and her organizational skills will be greatly
missed in the program. However, I am pleased to announce that Mrs. Sandra Weitendorf will be taking her place as
Pre-Kindergarten assistant in Mrs. Knowles’ classroom. Having served as a substitute assistant in the first grade
program for the closing months of the year, Mrs. Weitendorf is already very familiar with the mission and culture
of All Saints and will be a wonderful member of the Pre-K team.

After a period of discernment, Mrs. Andrea Doherty has recently decided to resign from her position of first grade
teacher in order to be able to care for her newborn baby. Although Mrs. Doherty was a member of our faculty for
only one year, she was widely recognized for her professionalism and competency in the classroom. While we are
sad that she will not be returning, we wish her every blessing as she enjoys her days with Clare Elizabeth. In her
place I have hired Mrs. Teresa Nichols. For the past three years Mrs. Nichols has served as a kindergarten assistant
at St. Mark Catholic School in Vienna. Prior to that, she worked in a similar capacity in the Fairfax County School
system where she also gained experience as a substitute teacher. Mrs. Nichols earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree
in Journalism from The George Washington University and completed her educational credentialing at Marymount
University. Having great familiarity with the diocesan curriculum as well as the Word Study methodology, she
brings a solid knowledge base as well as a love of her Catholic faith to her new role. Welcome, Mrs. Nichols!
Important Announcements for 2012-2013

Revised Schedule (8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
As announced last year, in accordance with the revised diocesan policy requiring that schools provide 6 hours of
daily instruction, we have slightly modified the daily schedule at All Saints to fulfill this expectation. Students are
asked to begin arriving at 7:45 a.m. and to be present in their classrooms when the bell rings at 8:00 a.m. Closing
prayer will take place at 3:00 p.m. with students exiting the building shortly thereafter.
The hours of the Pre-Kindergarten Program, similarly modified, follow below.

Morning Pre-K 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Afternoon Pre-K 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Rather than further lengthening the day to fulfill curriculum requirements, the middle school change of classes has
been reduced to two minutes and the 45 minute middle school lunch/recess has been shortened by 7 minutes.

Revised Afternoon Dismissal – Construction Phase
In anticipation of the renovation of the Parish Activities Center, it will be necessary for us to revise the afternoon
dismissal process for the front parking lot. For now, our plan is to use the same procedures, simply moving the
gathering space for students from the brick courtyard to the handicapped parking spaces on the parking lot. The
students will gather by grade level in lines indicated by safety cones and face the direction of the school. Parents
will gather in front of their parked cars and, when called, will cross the parking lot and proceed along the sidewalk
directly in front of the handicapped parking signs. There they will pick up their children and then return to their
parked cars. The concept is virtually the same as we have been using, only modified to fit within a smaller space
during the construction period. Once the renovation is complete, the students will once again gather in the
courtyard for afternoon dismissal.

Cafeteria Program – Updated Pricing
This year the cost of lunch in the cafeteria will increase from $2.50 to $3.00, the first change in pricing since 2004.
While we had hoped not to have to increase the cost for parents, the 11% rise in food costs associated with the
program has necessitated a minor restructuring. Nonetheless, at a cost of only $3.00 per day, students will continue
to receive tremendous value and a delicious meal, all while we retain our position among the most affordable lunch
programs in the region. Similarly, due to cost increases, we will be raising the price of ice cream by approximately

On the positive side, with the new automated system in the cafeteria, we are afforded greater flexibility within the
accounting system and efficiency in operations. As such, we are pleased to announce that balances remaining on
accounts at the close of the past school year will automatically be credited to 2012-2013, regardless of amount.

Background Checks for Volunteers – Clarification of Policies for School Parent Volunteers
As part of the diocesan initiative to maintain a safe environment for all of our children, all volunteers with
“substantial contact” with children are required to complete a background check prior to working in the school and
to complete VIRTUS training within 45 days of commencing service.

In accordance with recent clarification provided by the diocese, full compliance for an adult parent volunteer is not
required for open events. (An open event is one that is open to the public, infrequent and publicized, such as Field
Day, concerts and special events/assemblies.) However, full compliance is required for adult parent volunteers who
wish to participate in closed events. (A closed event is one that is not entirely open to the general public such as
classroom activities, parties, field trips, etc.) For this reason, all parents who wish to attend field trips or volunteer
in support of classroom activities are required to complete the background check process and attend VIRTUS

As we begin a new year, in accordance with diocesan policy, only those parents who have completed the criminal
background check are eligible to volunteer in the school. Those who have not yet completed the background check
process may request a packet of forms from the front office.

Important Reminders

Orientation Day for Students in Grades K-8 (Friday, August 24th from 9:00 a.m. to noon)
This day provides you and your child the opportunity to meet teachers and visit classrooms. The classrooms will be
open for visits until 11:00 a.m. while cafeteria ticket sales and distribution of information will continue in the gym
until noon. On Orientation Day, parents/visitors are invited to park in either the front or rear parking lots.

(Although the Pre-Kindergarten program will host a separate open house event, parents are welcome to visit the
gym to pick-up important information at this time.)

? New families are invited to arrive early on Orientation Day. All faculty and staff will be available to greet
you and guide you through the school beginning at 9:00 a.m. Returning families are asked to begin
arriving at 9:30 a.m.
? Throughout the course of the morning, you are asked to keep your children with you at all times since the
teachers will be occupied with meeting new students and will not be available to supervise the children.

First Day of School for Grades K-8 (Monday, August 27th)

8:00 Morning Bell
8:05 Classes Begin

Since you will already have had the opportunity on Orientation Day to meet teachers and visit classrooms, you are
asked to drop off your children in the carpool line by 7:58 a.m. Students will enter the building via the breezeway
connecting the new facility to the original wing and report directly to their homerooms. The breezeway doors will
open at 7:45, at which time the cars in the front of the carpool line will begin dropping off students at the direction
of patrols and the supervising staff. Any child dropped off before 7:45 a.m. must be escorted by a parent or
guardian to the Extended Day Program in Father Kelley Hall.

Dismissal will occur at noon on Monday for students in grades Kindergarten through eight. Dismissal for grades 1-
8 will be at 3:00 p.m. for the remainder of the week. However, the Kindergarten program will dismiss at noon for
the entire first week of school.

Virginia law requires that parents of students enrolling in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten or first grade provide
documentation of appropriate immunization for measles, mumps, and rubella. All children who have not received a
complete series of hepatitis B vaccine will be required to receive such immunization prior to entering the 6th grade.
Additionally, in accordance with the immunization requirements for the State of Virginia, all 6th grade students
must receive a Tdap booster before returning to school in the fall. Please be aware that providing documentation of
immunization is a necessary condition for enrollment at All Saints. Those students who have not received proper
immunization will not be permitted to attend school. Should you have any questions about immunization
requirements, please contact our school nurse, Mrs. Roth, at 703-368-4400.

Families and schools are now only able to access the MCH 213F (School Entrance Health Form) on-line. Links to
the form can be found on the Diocesan website on the following pages:

The form can also be downloaded from the Virginia Department of Health web site

Afternoon Dismissal – Parking Assignments
Parents will once again be assigned one of five parking areas for afternoon dismissal based upon where their last
name occurs in the alphabet. Parking assignments for the new year will be posted on our school website in the
coming weeks. Additionally, copies of the procedures for afternoon dismissal as well as parking assignments will
be available on Orientation Day. All parents are asked to review these items prior to the first day of school.
Parents whose children will be walking to and from school are asked to provide written authorization to the office
on Orientation Day.

Opening of School Mass
At 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 31st we will celebrate the beginning of the new year with a school-wide Mass. All
parents are cordially invited to join us for this liturgy as we pray for God’s blessings on our community in the year

2012-2013 School Calendars
New calendars may be picked up on Orientation Day. We are grateful to Mrs. Laurie Short who again this year
designed our school calendar. The calendar was printed by JM Gaske with the financial support of local businesses
that purchased adverstisements included in the publication.

Parent/Student Handbook
Information related to the updated student handbook will be issued to all families via upcoming school newsletters
and posted on our website.

School Supplies
Supply lists were distributed in the spring in order that you might take advantage of sales during the summer.
Newly registered families received one at the time of acceptance. Parents who ordered supplies through the school-organized supply project may pick them up on Orientation Day. All students are asked to come to school prepared
with supplies on the first day of classes.

As this year will be the first year of full implementation of the new uniform, an overview of the requirements is
being provided for easy reference.

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 for whom the current uniform has been grandfathered
for two years.

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.

P.E. Uniform
Students in grades 6-8 “dress out” for P.E. class. Middle school students are asked to bring their P.E. uniform,
socks and athletic shoes to school on days when they will attend P.E. class.

The following is a summary of the P.E. uniform for students in grades K-8.

Light Steel Gym Tee Shirt with Silk Screen Logo
Navy Micromesh Nylon Gym Shorts with Silk Screen Logo
Navy Sweatshirt with Silk Screen Logo (Grades K-5)
Navy Sweatshirt with Embroidered Logo (Grades 6-8)

SMART Tuition Fees
Families enrolled in the SMART Tuition Program are reminded that there is a $43.00 processing fee each year that
is incorporated in the first billing statement.

Information for Kindergarten Families
Parents who have a Kindergartner starting at All Saints this year are invited to a special orientation meeting on
Thursday, August 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in the art room. Mrs. Katherine Izquierdo and Mrs. Elizabeth Cote will present
an overview of the program and will be available to answer questions.

Information for Pre-Kindergarten Families
Parents who have a Pre-Kindergartner beginning at All Saints are invited to attend a special meeting on Thursday,
August 30th at 7:00 p.m. Mrs. Kardaras, Director of the Pre-Kindergarten, will highlight pertinent information
about our program. In addition, the rest of the program staff will be in attendance and available to answer any
questions that you might have.

On Tuesday, September 4th there will be a special Open House for all Pre-Kindergarten students and their parents
from 9:00-11:00 a.m. for those enrolled in the morning session and from 12:30-2:30 p.m. for those in the afternoon
session. The program will officially begin on Wednesday, September 5th.

Pre-Kindergarten students do not wear a uniform. Rather, they are asked to wear comfortable, casual clothing that
is conducive to their participation in the various activities that will occur each day.

Upcoming Special Events – Back to School Night
Back to School Night & PTO Meeting (Parents of Grades 1-5) – Thursday, September 6th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in
the gym. Following an opening presentation and introduction of the PTO Board, teachers in grades one through
five will present an overview of programs in their classrooms.

Middle School Back to School Night (Parents of Grades 6-8) – Thursday, September 13th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in
the gym. These sessions will provide parents with important information about our many programs and plans for
the 2012-2013 school year. For this reason, at least one parent from each family is required to attend this session.
All school families are cordially invited to attend the 8th Annual Welcome Back Barbecue hosted by the PTO.
This popular and well-attended event provides a wonderful opportunity for families to visit with friends old and
new as we begin another year together. Once again this event is free of charge, courtesy of the PTO. The evening
begins at 5:30 p.m. on August 24th and will take place on the parking lot and grassy area located behind the school.
Parents are asked to park in the front lot and to either walk around the school or pass through the breezeway
entrances when arriving for the event. Families are asked to bring lawn chairs and a cooler full of favorite drinks.
(Non-alcoholic beverages only) Although there is no need to RSVP, should you have any questions or wish to
volunteer to assist with the event, please contact Mrs. Janene Shaw at 703-330-4487. Plan to join us for an
evening of traditional barbecue items along with some tasty Cajun specialties and music!

In the days preceding the opening of school, should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at
703-368-4400. We look forward to seeing you in the weeks ahead!

David E. Conroy, Jr.