The Sentinel ~ February 6, 2013

Principal’s Message

Despite the light snow, more than two hundred parents and community members joined us on Saturday evening for the annual Casino Night & Auction.  As always, it was wonderful to see so many gathered together and enjoying one another’s company, all in support of our school.  From start to finish, the evening was a time of warm fellowship, good food, and lots of laughter.  This year I was delighted that prior members of our PTO leadership, even as far back as the 1990’s, joined us for the celebration.  It would seem that the bonds that link our community are timeless, rooted in a shared faith and treasured memories.

On behalf of the faculty, staff and students, I wish to thank the PTO and the Auction Committee for all of their efforts in support of the event.  I want to extend a special word of thanks to Mrs. Ann Potocnak and Mr. Richard Ulsh who served as Co-Chairs.  Throughout the past year they have worked with great dedication and creativity to organize a first-class event for our community.  I also want to thank Mr. Tessier who once again served as our auctioneer and did a terrific job of encouraging parents to “raise their numbers”.  Finally, I am grateful to the many volunteers who worked behind the scenes, tending to the many details which are so important for an event of this magnitude.  On behalf of the faculty, staff and students, thank you for your commitment to our school!


With spring just around the corner, we are rapidly approaching “Race” season at All Saints!  Seven years ago All Saints Catholic School launched a tremendously successful fundraiser program, the Race for Education Through the years, the funds donated to our school by family and friends from around the country have enabled us to purchase an ACTIV Board system for every homeroom.  The funds have also supported a variety of other initiatives, including special recognitions for the faculty, the purchase of a kiln for the art room, and contributions to the general operating fund.

Preparations are now underway for the 8th Annual Race for Education which will be held on Thursday, May 2nd.  A packet of important information related to the event will be distributed to students at a special assembly on Friday afternoon.

When reviewing the information packet, you will note that our goal for this year’s Race for Education is $45,000.  As is our tradition, we will continue to donate 15% of the proceeds to St. Jude Childrens’ Research Hospital, an organization that has received $100,000 from our community since the 1990’s.

The remaining funds from the 8th Annual Race for Education will be allocated to the PTO, ultimately benefitting the school through a general fund contribution that enables us to continue to purchase and maintain technology and other educational materials. Students are asked to submit completed mailing labels by Friday, February 15th.  For additional information about this process and the incentives offered to students, please see the information packet.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the event coordinator, Mrs. Marjorie Collins, at 703-365-9686.

Message from the PTO President

Please join me in thanking some very generous parents who gave much of their time and talent to our school last week.  I’d like to offer thanks to Katherine Mills and all the fabulous room liaisons for their work in making Catholic School week special.  Friday afternoon was the annual luncheon hosted by the PTO as a treat to all the teachers, staff and priests.  Gina Michak and Zonia Garcia put on a first class luncheon and completely transformed Father Kelly Hall with lovely decorations.  I’d like to thank Ann Potocnak and Rich Ulsh and their many volunteers for a wonderful Auction & Casino.  We had 200 guests in attendance and there was a strong spirit of community and celebration in the air.  Thank you to all those who were able to join us in supporting the work of the PTO through this important event.

Please mark your calendars with the following PTO events in the month ahead.  On Saturday, February 16, Linda Gaynord and the Knights of Columbus will host a Family Bingo night.  Please see the Sentinel for an attached flyer giving details regarding the cost, dinner menu and RSVP deadline. Monday, February 18 is President’s day (a school holiday).  Drop in at Chuck E Cheese for an always popular spirit event.  Our school will receive a portion of the proceeds from your attendance.

Finally, I urge you to make plans to attend the next PTO General Assembly meeting on Monday, February 25.  The theme of this meeting is Celebrate Prayer.  I am delighted to announce that Father James Hudgins will be our guest speaker.  Father Hudgins served as one of our parish priests several years ago and he was known for his strong homilies and teaching style.  In fact, there are several DVD’s available for check out in the parish library with lecture series that were given by Father Hudgins during his time at All Saints.  We have asked Father Hudgins to speak to us about prayer in family life as well as Catholic traditions that can serve to enhance our daily life and keep our goal of heaven ever present in our thoughts.  I have linked an article written by Father Hudgins about prayer in the online version of the magazine “The Word Among Us”:

In gratitude for the many blessings of this school community,

Christian Cobb

Re-Registration Forms ~ Reminder

Parents are asked to complete all of the forms and return them to the office no later than Friday, February 15th.   Since registration of new students begins on February 7th, it is important that parents return the forms by the deadline in order to insure that a place is reserved for each child who will be returning for the upcoming year.  Note: Application packets for sibling students new to the school will be distributed to families on Thursday, February 7th.  Look for this information to come home with your children tomorrow.

Parent Meeting ~ FACTS Tuition Program (February 21st)

In an effort to provide you detailed information about the change in our tuition program, we will host a meeting for parents on Thursday, February 21st beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the gym.  A representative from FACTS Tuition Management will be available to answer any questions that you might have about this new partnership and the implementation process as we plan for the upcoming year.

Virtue of the Month Award Winners

Congratulations to the following students who received special recognition last week for having exemplified the Virtue of Compassion during January.

Logan R. (PreK-1)

Ellie Y. (PreK-2)

Gianna S. (PreK-3)

Ashley K. (K1)

Jennifer G. (K2)

Camden S. (1A)

Elizabeth R. (1B)

Joseph D. (2A)

Logan B. (2B)

Jacob C. (3A)

Jackson S. (3B)

Matthew K. (4A)

Kyleah A. (4B)

Christian C. (5A)

Patrick B. (5B)

Collin F. (6A)

Lauren S. (6B)

Lauren G. (7A)

Brightney V. (7B)

Jazmine K. (8A)

Carolyn K. (8B)

Virtue of the Month ~ Honesty

  1. Admit when you do something wrong.  Don’t put the blame on others.
  2. Do all of your own work and put your best effort into it.  Don’t look at other student’s papers.
  3. Be true to your word and your beliefs.
  4. If you forget your homework, tell the truth.  Accept the consequences.
  5. If you find money try to find out who it belongs to.
  6. Always ask before borrowing something.
  7. Give back what you borrow in good condition.
  8. Be honest when you correct your own paper or someone else’s.  Circle all the mistakes.
  9. If you make a promise, keep it.

Prayer of the Month

Lord Jesus,

You know me well and you see what is going on in my heart.

I am sure you understand me and want to help me.

Please give me the courage to resist temptations of all kinds,

and practice the virtue of Honesty in all I think, say, and do.

Let your Spirit rekindle in my heart the desire to act right,

and give me wonderful ideas to help others act right too.


Spelling Bee Winners

Congratulations to Megan Stalker (8B) who was the winner of last week’s Spelling Bee and to Brooke Stidham (6A) who won second place in the event.  Megan will represent our school at the diocesan competition on Saturday, March 2nd.   The following is a list of grade level winners who participated in the annual school-wide bee.

Winner: Brooke S.
2nd Place: Jack T.

Winner: Mary T.
2nd Place: Elisa S.

Winner: Rachel C.
2nd Place: Reem V.

Winner: Drew D.

2nd place: Bradley M.
Alternate: Sammy G.

Winner: An N.

2nd place: Kelly T.

Alternate: Erika C.
Winner: Viv P.
2nd place: Megan S.

2014-2014 Fee Schedule Correction

There was an error in the Discount Fee Schedule distributed last week.  Note:  The correct tuition for a family with four students attending All Saints and paying tuition in full by May 31st is $13,443.  A copy of the correct discount fee schedule is linked to this week’s newsletter.

WINTER CABARET ~  presented by Upper Room Theatre Ministry of All Saints Church

  • Friday & Saturday Night, February 8-9 Doors open 6:30 and show starts 7:30pm

Musical Theatre Revue Broadway Song & Dance from past URTM Musical soloists

ONE ACT: “Check Please!” Comic Play presented by Teens on its way to competition

FOOLS! Comedy Improv ala Who’ Line is It Anyway?, this Catholic Comedy group will make you laugh

Mark Brandt Trio from 6:40-7:30pm, be entertained by brilliant music

Food & Drink Full Service Waiters from our Confirmation Class serve up excellent snacks, desserts, & drinks

  • Cost $7/person tickets sold at the door; box opens at 6:00pm; all proceeds support All Saints Youth Ministry

Volunteers Needed for Funeral Ministry

The All Saints Funeral Ministry is in need of volunteers to make or buy dishes for funeral receptions.  You will receive 10 Points for Parents for your donation.  Please contact Maria Foreman, 703-901-4663, if you are interested in helping.

All Saints Band Shirt Order

All Saints Band Parents:  We will be placing an order for band shirts, please email any questions and your order with the student’s name, class/teacher, and shirt size to Pam Hardy at .  See Attached flyer for more details.  Final day to submit orders will be Tuesday, February 26th.

***Reminder that girls have the option of wearing a Long Black Skirt.  Please make sure that the skirt is below the knee when sitting.


2012-2013 Yearbook Order Forms

Yearbook order forms were distributed two weeks ago.  Be sure to place your order soon for the 2012-2013 book of memories.

Open House for 2013-2014 School Year – Tomorrow

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, February 7thbeginning at 9:00 a.m.  All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about the 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.

Make Your Commitment to the Annual Fund Today

Our Making a Difference, Every Day Annual Fund campaign is now underway.  Not only are we receiving support from our faculty/staff and parent community, we are also hearing from parents of All Saints alumni who received our annual fund mailing and are supporting the school in appreciation of the strong faith and academic foundation that their children received at All Saints. We have also received three commitments of matching funds from donors who work for companies that offer a Matching Gift Program.*

As we greet the New Year, we invite you to use this time to recommit to our school through your prayerful discernment and participation in The Legacy Fund through gifts of prayer, involvement and financial contribution.

  • Remember, funds raised through the annual fund will be used to provide your child with new opportunities related to technology and math/science, and support efforts to provide tuition aid for families in need.
  • We are looking for 100% participation (through gifts of prayer, involvement and financial commitment)from our teachers/staff and parent community. This will allow us to ask for support from the broader community with the knowledge that the initiative is receiving full support from within.

How Can You Participate?

  • Complete a Participation Form – 2012/13 Annual Fund Brochure
  • Donate Online – Please note that if you donate online, you will also have an opportunity to add a gift of prayer and/or involvement after submitting a financial gift.

Help All Saints continue Making a Difference, Every Day. Your gift – no matter the size – will help provide for our current students and secure the future of our school. For more information about The Legacy Fund, please contact Parent Division Chairperson, Mrs. Holly Stefonsky or Director of Marketing & Development, Mrs. Janis DeVore at

*Did you know that you can double or even triple your gift? Many employers offer a Matching Gift Program to maximize your gifts to charitable organizations. Check with your human resources department for details. It’s as simple as enclosing a form from your employer along with your donation. We will do the rest!

Tuition Assistance Applications for 2013-2014

Applications for tuition assistance for the 2013-2014 academic year are now available at the front office.  Again this year the Diocese of Arlington has contracted with FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Company.  FACTS has established an on-line application process that can be initiated through the company website (

The due dates for applications and supporting documentation are as follows:

High School                 January 28, 2013

Elementary School      March 18, 2013

NOTE: All families with children enrolled in both high school and elementary school will need to submit an application by the January high school deadline.

Please note that ALL applications and supporting documentation must be received by FACTS by the date listed above, not postmarked.  Applications are not considered complete until FACTS has received the supporting documentation.  Additionally, only those families who are verified by FACTS as having submitted all of the required supporting documentation will be eligible for diocesan tuition assistance.

An overview of the Diocesan Tuition Assistant Program can be found at the following link:  (

Those families interested in applying for tuition assistance for the Pre-Kindergarten program are invited to complete a separate application available in our front office.  As the diocesan tuition assistance program pertains only to those students enrolled in grades K-12, the Pre-Kindergarten assistance program is distinct and managed by All Saints rather than FACTS Tuition.

Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

The diocese 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 all of which will take place in the Art Room beginning at 7: 00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 12th

Thursday, March 7th

Thursday, April 11th

Monday, May 13th

One presentation will take place in the afternoon:

Thursday, February 7th at 2:15 PM in Meeting Room 1.

Registration Schedule for the New Year

  • Re-Registration for Current Families        February 1-15, 2013
  • Registration for New Students                   February 7-March 1, 2013 (Including siblings for Pre-K & K)

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, February 6th

–          Golf Tournament Committee Meeting (2:00 p.m.)

Thursday, February 7th

–          Open House (9:00 a.m.)

–          Open Registration for New Students Begins

Friday, February 8th

–          School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

–          Race for Education Kick-off Assembly (2:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, February 13th

–          Ash Wednesday Mass (10:00 a.m.)

Thursday, February 14th

–          SCA sponsored Valentine’s Dress Down Day to benefit the American Heart Association

Friday, February 15th

–          Re-registration closes

–          Race for Education mailing labels due

Saturday, February 16th

–          PTO Bingo Night (Knight’s Hall/5:00 p.m.)



¨       Corrected Fee Scheudle ~

¨       Band Shirt Orders ~

¨      Father Hudgins article about prayer in the online version of the magazine “The Word Among Us”:

¨       FACTS Tuition Management Brochure:

¨       February Bingo Night Flyer:

¨       GASKE Sponsors Form (For those interested in sponsoring school calendars, notepads, & directory by advertising):

¨       Second Ten Commandments Hike Information & Flyer:    and

¨       Parents Unite Flyer (For 5th through 8th grade parents to hear about parenting their “future teenagers”):