The Sentinel ~ November 20, 2012

Message from the Principal

Once again it was wonderful to see so many students, parents, alumni and grandparents gathered for the annual Thanksgiving Luncheon.  We estimate that we served approximately 860 people and forwarded 200 pounds of leftovers to SERVE.  Over the course of more than two decades, the Thanksgiving Luncheon has truly evolved into a beloved tradition with many returning year after year to enjoy a time of food and fellowship.

None of this would be possible without our outstanding kitchen team.  I want to extend a special word of thanks to Mrs. Wendy Matner (Director of Cafeteria Services), Mrs. Liz Werling (Assistant), Mrs. Wilma Marsengill (Cafeteria Bookkeeper) and Mrs. Kris Walk (Assistant).  Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, they cooked and prepared food throughout the day and into the evening hours.  The quality of the food that they prepared for such a large crowd was nothing short of impressive.  I am immensely grateful for their dedication and their generous spirit!

The success of the luncheon was also made possible by the steadfast support of volunteers, many of whom return each year to offer assistance.  As so many of our volunteers have been supporting the effort through the years, they have specific experience and know exactly what needs to be done.  As such, the entire operation runs smoothly with staff and parents working hand in hand.  Thank you to all of our volunteers for your support of one of our most cherished traditions!

I also want to extend a word of appreciation to the members of our maintenance team, the unsung heroes who worked diligently to resolve some unexpected equipment issues.  Without their steadfast support, the event would not have been the success that it was.  Thank you, Mr. Bill Andre (Director of Facilities), Mr. Alex Paul and Mr. Jeff Vallimont.

I would be remiss if I did not take a moment to recognize and thank our parish priests, all of whom served all four sessions of the luncheon. While some restaurants are proud to earn four stars, we’re proud to have had four stars in our line-up!  Thank you, Fr. Bob, Fr. Juan, Fr. Jeb, and Fr. Melmer. Your presence and witty commentary added to the festivities!


As we pause from our daily work and schedules to join family and friends to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, please know of my gratitude for your continued support of our school and its mission of providing an education of faith and excellence.  Happy Thanksgiving! 

A Prayer of Thanksgiving:

May God be gracious to us and bless us

and make his face to shine upon us.

The earth has yielded its increase;

God, our God, has blessed us.

May God continue to bless us;

let all the ends of the earth revere him.

            (Psalm 67)


We thank you for your gifts, merciful God,

and we ask you to give all people the food they need.

May we all be united one day

in the eternal singing of your praises,

through Christ, our Lord.


(A Prayer Book for Catholic Families)

67th Annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade

Reserve the date for the 67th Annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade on December 1st!  This year’s theme is “A Storybook Christmas”.  If you are interested in participating in this year’s parade day activities attached is a permission slip.  Please complete and send to the school office no later than Wednesday, November 28th.

We will meet at 9:40 am on Mathis Ave between Carriage Lane and Reb Yank Dr near Bowl America.  We are float number 34 in the lineup and anticipate being back at All Saints between 10:45 and 11:15, depending on the parade pace. For a map of the parade lineup, route and road closures please visit the website at  Come out and show your support sporting your most festive holiday attire! But also remember to dress for the weather!

As we will be presenting a living nativity this year we will be providing a limited number of costumes for our participants.  All costumes will fit over your winter attire and will be allocated on a first come first service basis.  So plan to get there early!

If you have any questions please email or call Sue Stevens at 703-470-1344.

4th Annual “Evening with St. Nicholas

Friday December 14th beginning at 7pm in the church.  Cookies, Cocoa and pictures with St. Nicholas and Mother Seton to follow in the gym.

Please join us for what has become a beautiful tradition here at All Saints. The evening will begin with an Advent Prayer Service and traditional Advent carols in the church. The “Procession of the Shoes” will again be lead by St. Nicholas himself! St. Nicholas and Mother Seton will be available for photos (bring your own camera) afterwards in the gym.  For planning purposes, please visit the “Evening with St. Nicholas” link at and RSVP today!

This very popular community-building event is designed to help us prepare for the Advent season. We ask that you bring a donation of new shoes in honor of St. Nicholas and his feast day. Monetary donations will also be accepted. Proceeds will go to House of Mercy. Donation guidelines are : NEW plain colors of tennis shoes- white, blue, black, tan, or brown. No character tennis shoes, please.  

We will need many hands (and donations) to make the evening a success.  Please go to  to volunteer your time.  Questions about volunteering- contact event co-chair Gina Michak at ginamichak@gmail.comAll volunteers at the event must be Virtus Trained.

Food donations are needed for the evening’s refreshments. We are asking for Christmas cookies/decorated sugar cookies, (homemade or store bought), cocoa mix (packets or canisters) and mini-marshmallows. Cookies only, please. While the All Saints School community is always very generous when asked to donate baked goods, the simplicity of a cookie is all we need for this event. Thank you for your understanding and generosity.  Please go to   to donate!

Contact event co-chair Kate Bachman at  with questions about food donations or to volunteer for the at home volunteer opportunities:

*  4 large boxes wrapped in Christmas wrapping paper to collect shoe donations.

*   Covering battery-operated candles with pink/purple paper for the advent wreath centerpieces

The PTO looks forward to seeing you on December 14th.

Paul VI Catholic High School

LIVE NATIVITY – Join us for the Christmas Story – see and hear the story of Christ’s birth.  Bring your family and take part in the census; enter the town of Bethlehem and be there for the Angels chorus.  There may not be room at the Inn but the storytellers are sure to warm you in the night’s chill.  Families are invited to sing treasured carols with us and feel the magic and love of the season in a very powerful way. We encourage you to dress as a visitor to Bethlehem, as a Shepherd, or Angel. Refreshments will be served afterwards in the cafeteria. Please join us and be a part of this magical evening Sunday, December 9, 2012  –  From 6:30pm to 8:00pm in the evening  –  10675 Fairfax Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030. Contact us with questions:

College Night for parents of 7th & 8th Graders on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at 7:15 pm at Paul VI Catholic High School. The following topics will be covered:

  • How to prepare in Grades 7 and 8 for a college prep high school curriculum
  • What to consider considering the right college “fit”
  • How colleges review applications
  • What financial assistance and scholarship funds are available

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, November 20th

–          Thanksgiving Prayer Service & NJHS Food Drive (9:30 a.m.)

–          Noon Dismissal

Wednesday, November 21st

–          Thanksgiving Holiday

Thursday, November 22nd

–          Thanksgiving Holiday

Friday, November 23rd   

–          Thanksgiving Holiday

Thursday, November 29th

–          8th Grade High School Placement Test

Friday, November 30th

–          School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

–          Pep Rally for CYO Basketball Teams (Gym/11:30 a.m.)

–          Noon Dismissal – Professional Development

–          8th Grade vs. Seton Basketball Game (Seton/4:00 p.m.)

Saturday, December 1st  

Greater Manassas Christmas Parade


Going Home with Each Student

  • All Saints Annual Casino Night & Auction / Black Friday Half Page Flyer