The Sentinel ~ October 24, 2012

Principal’s Message

Last week all parents were invited to participate in an anonymous, online survey for the purpose of assessing the level of bullying at All Saints Catholic School.  We estimate that it should take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete the survey. 

Parents are asked to complete the survey by Friday, October 26th.  In advance, we thank you for your participation in our efforts to both assess our current climate and to establish benchmarks for future reference.  As this will be our fourth year of distributing a survey to parents on the topic of bullying, we look forward to analyzing the data to determine patterns and trends in our community and sharing the results with you in the weeks ahead.

Open House for 2013-2014 School Year

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, November 15th beginning at 9:00 a.m.  All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about our parish school are cordially invited to attend.  Following a presentation and introduction at 9:00 a.m., tours of the facility will be provided. For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at (703) 393-1490.

Classroom Activity Fee Reminder

As previously mentioned, a classroom activity fee is being collected this year.  This money will be used for all classroom activities and parties and will replace our previous practice of collecting money for individual events.  This will improve our ability to plan for the year, simplify planning for room liaisons and hopefully reduce stress for parents. 

Thank you very much to those families who have already returned their fee.   It is greatly appreciated.

If you have not already done so, please return your activity fee to your child’s homeroom teacher no later than Wednesday, October 31. Please do not combine payment from other classroom activity fees into one check… in other words, please send one check per child. 

Parent-Teacher Conferences ~ Appointment Slips

Last week each student should have received a conference appointment slip confirming the date and time for the upcoming Parent-Teacher Conferences on Thursday, November 8th and Friday, November 9th.   If you did not receive this information, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher.

Seeking Playground & Cafeteria Volunteers – Points for Parents Opportunity!

Needed: Parent volunteers for lunch and recess – must be VIRTUS compliant and have submitted background check paperwork.

We are now seeking more parent volunteers to assist staff in monitoring the students during lunch and recess. If you are available for as little as 45 minutes, or as much as 2 hours, once a week, the staff and children would directly benefit from your time and presence. The responsibilities are rather simple….be an extra set of eyes and helping hands.

During recess, parent volunteers assist the staff in monitoring the boundaries, enforce established rules, and help provide typical parental guidance. During rainy days or inclement weather (wind chill or temperatures below 20 degrees), parent volunteers may be asked to supervise a classroom for 20 minutes while the students engage in predetermined activities, watch a movie, etc.

During the lunch period, parent volunteers respond to simple requests of opening milk, distributing utensils, napkins or straws, and discourage food sharing. Grades 2-8 are responsible for cleaning the tables. Staff may also request a volunteer to spray and wipe clean some tables. The lunchroom needs for older children are fewer but it is helpful to have the extra set of eyes.

For those parents who currently commit time each week to help in these areas, their presence helps to ensure lunch relief for the teachers and staff. They truly appreciate it! There are countless benefits to being present at school during your child’s school day! Please consider offering your time each week and earn points.

Grades 6-8             Recess 11:10-11:30

                                Lunch 11:30-11:45

Grades 3-5             Recess 11:45 – 12:05

                                Lunch 12:05-12:30

Grades K-2             Recess 12:15 – 12:35

Lunch 12:35-1:00

For more information or to confirm your interest, please contact Mrs. Marie McVey, Lunch & Recess Volunteer Coordinator.  Those who wish to volunteer are asked to email the specific day(s) and time(s) they are available to help in this area to themcveyfamily@aol.com.

Free Feast Day Ice Cream

The PTO is pleased to offer a free ice cream to all students on Friday, November 2nd in celebration of All Saints Day!  This is a long running tradition at our school.  You can tell your children on Friday morning that the celebration of our Feast Day continues and provide them with a reminder that their lunch will include a nice little treat!

Veterans Day Celebration

Join us as our school community honors the commitment of the men and women who have served our country in the United States Armed Forces. We cordially invite all active duty, reserve, former and retired military personnel to attend our school Mass on Monday, November 12th at 8:30 a.m. Following the Mass, there will be an assembly in the gym, followed by a reception for our honored guests in Father Kelley Hall.  Last week, we sent home a packet of information regarding our Veterans Wall Display, an annual tradition by which we show our pride and gratitude for the sacrifices of those in our community who have served our nation through military service. For your convenience, a link to the packet is provided at the bottom of this newsletter.

PVI Annual Open House

Explore the benefits of a Catholic High School Education. Paul VI Catholic High School invites 7th and 8th Graders and their families to our Annual Open House on November 4th from 1 to 4PM. Meet our exceptional faculty and student body and see how we can make a difference in your child’s life. For additional information visit www.paulvi.net or email: ehanley@paulvi.net

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Revised Diocesan Code of Conduct – Requirement for All Volunteers – REMINDER

In response to rapidly changing technology, especially social media, and in order to continue providing a safe environment for our children and youth, the Diocese of Arlington has issued a new Code of Conduct.  This policy makes clear the behaviors that are acceptable and ensures proper monitoring of all young people.

Copies of this new Code of Conduct are available at the School office and the Parish Office.  All clergy, employees and volunteers are required to read and acknowledge this document and return the completed acknowledgments to Janet Smith, Virtus coordinator by Monday, October 29th in order to continue being eligible to volunteer with children/youth.

Please direct any questions to Janet Smith at the Parish Office (703) 393-2158 or via email at jsmith@allsaintsva.org  Thank you for your cooperation.

Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

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.  

We are hosting a live Virtus training seminar (the 4-hour training): Saturday, November 17th at 9:00AM in FKH

The diocese also requires volunteers who have completed the full VIRTUS training to attend an annual update entitled Keeping the Promise Alive.  This 30 minutes video training is a prerequisite for volunteering in the school.  The following is a list of upcoming sessions.  (Please note:  For planning purposes, volunteers are asked to confirm their intent to attend a session on the voicemail of Mrs. Janet Smith.  703.393.2158)

We have the following opportunities for completing the half-hour Virtus update:

Tuesday, November 13th at 7:00PM in the Art Room
Tuesday, December 4th at 7:00PM in the Art Room

Running with the Saints 5K

Only 10 days to the second annual Running with the Saints 5K!  We are well on our way to having over 200 people of all ages and abilities join our priests, teachers and staff for a fun morning! Registration is ongoing thru the day of the race.  You may turn in your forms to the front office or register online at www.runningwiththesaints.org thru THURSDAY NOVEMBER 1st.  You can also register in person on Friday, November 2nd between 2:30pm-7pm (in the school courtyard) or Saturday morning November 3rd at Harris Pavilion between 7am-8am.  Like all PTO activities, we rely on parent volunteers to make this event happen.  We are still in need of a few volunteers. Please contact Sue Ferguson at sferguson1@comcast.net for more information on volunteering.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, October 25th              

–          End of 1st Quarter – Adoration & Benediction (11:00 a.m.)

–          8th Grade Saints Café & Classroom Presentations

–          Noon Dismissal – Report Card Prep for Teachers

–          Middle School Movie Night (Gym/6:00 p.m.)

Friday, October 26th                  

–          Holiday: Mini-Institute for Diocesan Teachers

Tuesday, October 30th                

–          Paul VI High School 8th Grade Visit (8:30 a.m.)

Wednesday, October 31st            

–          Gift of Human Sexuality Presentation – II (Grades 6-8)

–          2nd Grade Pumpkin Day

–          Penny Bazaar (1:30 p.m.)

Thursday, November 1st              

–          All Saints Feast Day Mass & Virtue Awards Ceremony (10:00 a.m.)

–          Transition to Winter Uniforms

Friday, November 2nd                

–          1st Quarter Report Cards distributed to students

Saturday, November 3rd              

–          2nd Annual Running with the Saints 5K (Old Town Manassas/8:30 a.m.)

 

Links

–          Parent Survey 2012: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KYBNGPP 

–          Veterans Day Celebration Packet: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/10/2012-Veterans-Student-Packet.pdf

–          Running With the Saints Registration Form: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/10/runner-registrationform2012.pdf

–          Information Programs for Prospective Teachers:  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/10/Information-Programs-for-Prospective-Teachers.pdf