The Sentinel ~ January 30, 2013

Principal’s Message

It has been a joy meeting prospective families who have visited the school recently to receive a tour or to attend one of our Open House events.  I thank you for continuing to share our success story as that is the number one way that parents in our community learn about All Saints.  In fact, just last week I had a chance encounter with a couple who had stopped by the school.  When I inquired whether they were visiting to participate in a tour, the father responded, “No, I’m not here for a tour.  I’m here to enroll my son.”  I smiled in response, recognizing that he had already heard wonderful things about our program and had made his decision, even before stepping through the front door of our school.  Again, thank you for sharing our story!

As we continue to plan for re-registration of current students and enrollment of new families, I wish to share with you this week some important information regarding our financial program for the upcoming year.

Important Re-registration Information

Friday each family will receive re-registration forms for the 2013-2014 academic year.   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 will begin on February 7th, it is important that parents return the enclosed forms by the deadline in order to insure that a place is reserved for each child who will be returning in the fall.

(Please note: Registration of students new to All Saints, including siblings who will be eligible by age for Pre-Kindergarten, will begin on February 7th.  Separate forms related to this initial registration process will automatically be sent home to parents who have already expressed interest in enrolling another child in our program.)

Tuition for grades K-8 will increase by 2% for the upcoming year.  This equates to the following increase per family per month:

            1 Child              $  9.80

2 Children         $15.70

3 Children         $21.30

4 Children         $26.90

Pre-Kindergarten tuition will increase from $2250 to $2400.

One of the reasons that we are able to maintain affordable tuition rates, one of the lowest in the Arlington Diocese, is through the continued support of our parish community.  In addition to providing significant funding for maintenance and utilities costs, the parish continues to provide subsidy to the school in the amount of $240,000 per year.  Subsequently, parishioners are extended a “discount” and are asked to pay less than what it actually costs the school/parish to provide educational services.  The parish is able to offer this discount with the understanding that those same families are contributing to and participating in the life of the parish on a regular basis.  We also continue to benefit from the generous support of our PTO.  In generating approximately $80,000 in annual revenue, the PTO helps defer the costs of both special projects as well as operating expenses.

New Tuition Management Company

Since the stability of our school and the quality of its programs are of the utmost importance, we consistently seek ways to make improvements that benefit everyone.  With this in mind, after research and much consideration, we have decided to partner with FACTS Management Company for the processing of tuition as well as financial aid assessments beginning with the 2013-2014 academic year.  With more than 50% of the schools in the Diocese of Arlington now working with FACTS, including three of the high schools, we will be partnering with a company that not only has a proven record of effectiveness in our region but that is also the most widely used by schools nationwide.

This decision has been based on a number of factors, all of which I believe will provide a higher level of convenience for parents and increased value for our school community.  Most significantly, I am confident that this new partnership will result in a more efficient tuition collection process, thereby reducing costs for the school.  As such, we are pleased to have been able to limit the rate of tuition increase to 2% for the new year.

One benefit of the FACTS program is that parents will now have three options for payment:

1)      Payment in Full (May 31st)

2)      Semester Payments (May 31st & November 30th)

3)      Monthly Payments (10th or 20th of each month, August – May)

Those parents who opt for the monthly program will submit payments via electronic funds transfer (EFT) using the FACTS automated payment system.  What this means is that parents will preauthorize their bank or credit card company to transfer funds to the school on one of the dates pre-selected by the school,  i.e. the 10th or 20thof each month.  This process will provide tremendous convenience for parents as the transfer of payment can be initiated from one’s computer using checking/savings accounts or credit card payments.  Parents can enjoy the confidence and peace of mind that comes from knowing that all payments are processed securely through a bank- to- bank transaction and that FACTS maintains physical, procedural, and electronic safeguards.

Linked to this week’s letter is an electronic brochure from FACTS that provides a brief overview as well as a list of frequently asked questions.  In an effort to provide you detailed information about this change in our tuition program, we will also host a meeting for parents on Thursday, February 21st beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the gym.

During the month of April all parents will receive an invite in the mail from FACTS that includes instructions regarding the selection of payment options for the upcoming year.  I am pleased to share with you that this enrollment process will be completely automated and that you will have the opportunity to enroll your family via a secure website in accordance with the payment plan you select.  The FACTS fee of $43.00 will only be applied to those families who enroll in the ten month payment plan.  Those families who opt to submit semi-annual payments will be assessed only a $10.00 fee.  As in the past, there is no fee for those who choose to submit payment in full by the close of May.  While these families need not enroll in the FACTS program, all payments will be submitted directly to FACTS via an invoice process.

One of the universal challenges in education is achieving a balance between our educational mission and financial stability.  It is precisely for this reason that we are enlisting the assistance of the FACTS Management Company.  With FACTS, however, the school maintains decision-making control.  As always, we will continue to work with families in the event that special circumstances or hardships arise during the school year.

Finally, I wish to share with you that there will be a change regarding the rate of discount for those families who opt to pay in full.  Rather than the previous rate of 5%, those parents who select this option will be eligible for a 2% tuition reduction.  This new calculation is aligned with current interest rate trends and corresponds with that which is available through the Diocesan Interest and Loan account into which tuition funds are deposited.

In summary, here is a list of key changes:

1)      FACTS will be our new tuition company.

2)      Parents will now have the additional option of submitting two payments over the course of the year.

3)      Families who enroll in the 10 month plan will submit all funds via electronic transfer.

4)      The rate of discount for Payment in Full will be 2%.

Again, much more information will be provided in the months ahead.  In the meantime, should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to let me know.

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On this occasion of Catholic Schools Week, we pause to celebrate our heritage and reflect on our mission.  Let us always remember that it is not our strong academics and sense of structure and order that set us apart, though these are tell-tale signs of a Catholic school.  Rather, it is the fact that our students encounter daily the person of Christ through prayer, the Sacraments and one another.  This experience, repeated day after day, month after month, year after year, is nothing short of life-changing and life-giving.

As a Catholic school, we do share in a tradition of academic excellence.  Within our classrooms and hallways, faculty & staff provide our children with the very best educational opportunities.  We are truly blessed to have such a talented and dynamic group of professionals working with the children each day.  Through their daily example, their passion for educating young people, and their professionalism, they have taken our school to great heights.  Through their commitment and with the generosity of our parish community, our students are afforded a first-class educational experience that integrates 21st Century learning tools with well-established best practices.

Of course, without the support of parents and our wonderful PTO, we would not have the tools and resources that are such an important part of our daily life.  At All Saints, parent involvement is recognized as fundamental to the success of our school and we are immensely grateful for the steadfast partnership that we enjoy with you.

On behalf of the faculty & staff, I wish to thank you for entrusting your children to us.  It remains a great privilege for us to have the opportunity to work closely with you in support of your child’s development.  We thank you for choosing All Saints and look forward to having your family as part of our “school family” for years to come.  Happy Catholic Schools Week!

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Message from the PTO president,

Dear Parents, There is so much going on at All Saints right now!  As I reminded you at Back-to-School night, every parent of an All Saints student is a member of the PTO.  You have ownership in all our many accomplishments.  I want to give you a brief update on what is going on right now through your PTO.

This Saturday, February 2 is the All Saints Casino & Auction.  The event takes place at the Portuguese Community Center, which is just a block away from the school behind the new townhouse development.  I especially want to encourage new families and all those who have never been to the auction before to join me there.  I was reluctant to attend as a new parent.  Social anxiety got the better of me.  However, I have since learned it is a VERY fun evening.  The casino is run by professionals who are there to help you have fun and all ‘gambling’ is done with funny (fake) money.  The atmosphere is relaxed and the hors d’oeuvres are tasty!  The auction is both live & silent.  There are items to bid on which suit many different interests and price ranges.  I can’t wait for you to see all the class gifts that the children have been working on, along with a dedicated group of volunteers.

In other PTO news, the teachers will be enjoying a delicious Catholic School Week luncheon on Friday afternoon which is being coordinated by Mrs. Gina Michak and Mrs. Zonia Garcia.   The children will receive free ice cream on Thursday as part of student appreciation day.  I am  very pleased to announce that Family Bingo night coordinated by Mrs. Linda Gaynord is on the schedule for February 16.  More information about Bingo is included in today’s Sentinel.

Last week the teachers received the mid year classroom refresher fund.  It is provided twice a year so that each teacher can purchase supplies to enhance their teaching supplies.  I am enclosing one of the thank you letter’s I received as a result of this gift.  This is a thank you note to you!

In gratitude for your gifts of time, talent, and treasure to the PTO,

Christian Cobb

Dear Mrs. Cobb and PTO members,

¡Gracias! Thank you for the mid-year classroom refresher fund! It was a very generous gift! I plan to use it towards new dry-erase markers and classroom decorations! As a new member of the All Saints community, I am in love with the culture created here. The parents, faculty and staff are ALL IN for the students. I feel so blessed to start my teaching career here! Thank you and the PTO for all that you do!

Sincerely,

Señor Roy

Catholic Schools Week Schedule

Thursday, January 31st            Student Appreciation Day ~ Optional Dress Down Day ($1.00 in support of our diocesan seminary); Free Ice Cream at Lunch & No Homework; Presentation of “A Midsummer Nights’ Dream” by the Drama Club.

Friday, February 1st                School Mass

                                                Students will make small gifts for their teachers

                                                Teacher Appreciation Day ~ Faculty & Staff Luncheon, hosted by the PTO, following Noon Dismissal

Saturday, February 2nd            Casino Night & Auction (Portuguese Community Center/6:30 p.m.)

2013 Arlington Diocese Honor Band

Congratulations to the following students for being accepted into this year’s Arlington Diocese Honor Band:

Brightney Varghese – Clarinet

Nick Mills – Tuba

Chiera Ingignoli – Flute

Dylan Scheaffer – Tenor Sax

These students will attend rehearsals and a final performance at Bishop Ireton High School with about 85 other student musicians from around the diocese.

Calling all Labels!

Update on the Labels for Education Program

Thanks to the generosity of the All Saints Community our school has submitted over 7,000 to the Labels for

Education program during its Book Bonanza program.  As a result the school will be receiving 20 free library books courtesy of Scholastic Books.

The Labels for Education program is currently offerning a bonus points program.  So if you

have any Campbell’s or Pepperidge Farm (think Goldfish!) labels please turn them in.  We need

125 of each in order to collect another 1500 points.  Our goal is 15,000 points by the end of the

school year to allow Mr. Redmond to order new sports equipment for the school.

Update on the Boxtops for Education
Again thanks to the generosity of the All Saints community the school recently received a check

for over $800.  Our next submission deadline is March 1, 2013 so please send in those labels or

attach them to one of the sheets listed here!

http://www.labelsforeducation.com/Portals/0/assets/pdf/1Point%20Product%20UPC%20Collection%20Sheet.pdf

http://www.labelsforeducation.com/Portals/0/assets/pdf/5point%20Product%20UPC%20Collection%20Sheet.pdf
http://www.labelsforeducation.com/Portals/0/assets/pdf/10-Point%20Product%20UPC%20Collection%20Sheet.pdf
Thank you so much and God Bless you all!

John Paul the Great Events and Invitations for Middle School Students!

2nd Annual Futsal Tournament: (NEW DATE!): February 9, 2013. What’s Futsal?  A type of indoor soccer for boys and girls! Click here to learn more, and to register! Contact: Coach Jay Jesse: Jay.Jesse@jpthegreat.org

Preview Open House: March 14, 4 – 6pm. For Grades 5 – 7 (or anyone!) who wants to preview high school at JP! Contact: admissions@jpthegreat.org

e-News Update: Check out the latest e-newsletter from John Paul!

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

2012-2013 Yearbook Order Forms

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

Open House for 2013-2014 School Year – February 7th

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, February 7th beginning 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 jdevore@allsaintsva.org.

*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

(www.factstuitionaid.com .)

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:  (http://www.arlingtondiocese.org/catholicschools/tuition_grant.php).

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 entitledKeeping 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

Friday, February 1st

–          School Mass & Virtues Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)

–          Middle School “Demerit Free Breakfast (9:30 a.m.)

–          Spelling Bee (gym/10:30 a.m.)

–          Noon Dismissal – Faculty & Staff Luncheon

–          Re-registration for 2013-2014 begins

Saturday, February 2nd

–          Casino Night & Auction (6:30 p.m.)

Monday, February 4th

–          SCA hot chocolate sale for middle school at lunch to benefit Christ House

Tuesday, February 5th

–          Picture Day: Teams, Clubs & Candids

–          PTO Executive Board Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

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

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

 

LINKS ~

¨       FACTS Tuition Management Brochure: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=FACTS-Brochure-POM-NL1-30-13.pdf

¨       February Bingo Night Flyer: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2013/01/Bingo-Flyer-NL1-30-13.pdf

¨       GASKE Sponsors Form (For those interested in sponsoring school calendars, notepads, & directory by advertising): http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2013/01/Gaske-Ad-NL1-30-13.pdf

¨       Second Ten Commandments Hike Information & Flyer: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2013/01/2nd-10-Commandments-Hike-NL1-30-12.pdf    and

http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2013/01/2013-Ten-Commandments-Hike-Flyer-NL1-30-13.pdf

¨       Parents Unite Flyer (For 5th through 8th grade parents to hear about parenting their “future teenagers”):  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2013/01/Parents-Unite-NL1-30-13.pdf