The Sentinel ~ February 13, 2013

Principal’s Message

As a community of faith, today we begin our journey through the season of Lent.  This morning our students gathered in the gymnasium for our annual “Farewell to the Alleluia Banner” prayer service, a tradition by which we remind the children that we will refrain from saying the word “Alleluia” until we celebrate the great joy of Easter.  To symbolize this, students from our 8th grade rolled the Alleluia Banner into a scroll and placed it in a special box where it will remain through the season of Lent.  Upon our return to school following the Easter holiday, the students will gather once again in the gym at which time the reverse will take place: the students will lift the cover of the box, unroll the banner, and lift it high as the children sing the “Easter Alleluia” and our pre-kindergartners fill the air with the sounds of noisemakers.  Through symbolism and music, our students come to recognize that something very special is happening and that this time of the year is distinct for us as a Catholic school community.

Following the prayer service this morning, the students processed over to church for our Ash Wednesday liturgy and were signed with ashes, a visible reminder of the call to “turn from sin and be faithful to the Gospel”.

Throughout the season, students will have a number of opportunities to enter more deeply into this life of faith.  The following is a list of our school-wide Lenten observances.

Sacrament of Reconciliation: Students in grades 3-8 will have an opportunity to receive the Sacrament during regular school hours.  A copy of the schedule follows below so that you might help your child as he/she thoughtfully prepares to encounter Christ in this beautiful Sacrament.

Stations of the Cross: The students will participate in this traditional Lenten prayer twice during the season, once in a small group setting and once when the entire school gathers.

Abstinence: Our cafeteria staff has designed a menu that reflects the practice of abstaining from meat on Ash Wednesday and Fridays during Lent.

Almsgiving: The SCA will once again sponsor the “Prayer & Pennies” Campaign, an annual fundraiser and outreach that will benefit a student in Africa and those served by the House of Mercy.  Students will be encouraged to make small sacrifices of their own, perhaps giving up ice cream at lunch, donating part of their allowance, etc. so that they may place coins in the jar outside their classroom in the morning during the week of March 11th.

7th Grade Passion Play:  On Holy Thursday, the 7th grade class will present the Passion Play, highlighting the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ.  This dramatic presentation will take place in the gym on March 28th, following our Handwashing Prayer Service in the church.

Through prayer and sacrifice, our students are reminded that this is a very special time of year.  Repeated year after year, these practices become part of the fabric of our students’ lives, providing them a foundation through the years to come.  This is the very essence of Catholic education…that through encounters with Christ, the lives of our students are transformed…now and forever.

Wishing you a blessed Lenten journey!

Schedule of Lenten Confessions

Monday, March 11th                3rd grade

Wednesday, March 13th                       4th grade

Friday,             March 15th                   5th grade

Monday, March 18th                6th grade

Wednesday, March 20th                       7th grade

Friday,             March 22nd                   8th grade

Re-Registration Forms ~ Due Friday!

Parents are reminded that all re-registration forms are due in the office on Friday, February 15th.  Since registration of new students began last week, 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.

Race for Education ~ Mailing Labels Due Friday!

Preparations are now underway for the 8th Annual Race for Education which will be held on Thursday, May 2nd.  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 Children’s Research Hospital, an organization that has received more than $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.

First in Carpool ~ Auction Winners!

Congratulations to the Bruno, Martinet and Mendo Families on winning “First in Carpool” at our recent Casino Night & Auction.  Each of these families will enjoy the privilege of being the first to leave carpool each day beginning now and extending through one year.

Chuck E Cheese Spirit Event

President’s Day is Monday February 18th and we have your play date covered! Join your family and friends from All Saints at Chuck E Cheese in Manassas. This fun-filled afternoon or evening will benefit your awesome school. The kids can get that positive energy out and you will have a positively great time chatting it up with fellow parents! 15% of the proceeds come back to our school and kids will get 10 free tokens with the stickers coming home with them. See you there!

 Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School ~ Upcoming Events

OPEN HOUSE: All are welcome to visit Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School during their final Open House of the year, March 14, from 4 – 6pm. This event is especially for younger children who want to preview high school, but students of all ages are encouraged to attend. A brief presentation will begin at 5pm, and you can also tour the building, meet JP teachers and students, and enjoy refreshments. Also, JP the Great is still accepting applications for admission. More information and to apply, please visit: www.jpthegreat.org or contact Jennifer Cole, Director of Admissions: admissions@jpthegreat.org.

SPRING TRAINING BASEBALL CAMP: Attention all baseball players in grades 6-7-8: You are invited to come train with the Wolves and improve your game by working on the fundamentals of baseball. You’ll learn from the coaches at JP the Great, while getting to know guys in middle school and high school. March 2 and 9, from 9am – 12pm. For more information, and to register, please click here. Or, visit: www.jpthegreat.org, or contact Coach Bob Czekaj: bob.cezkaj@jpthegreat.org.

Bishop O’Connell Dance Team Clinics for 7th & 8th Graders

The Bishop O’Connell Royalette Dance Team is offering technique clinics for dancers in Grades 7-11 to help them prepare for next season’s tryouts.  Regardless if your dancer plans to attend O’Connell next Fall, these clinics will provide your students with technique and skills to improve as a dancer, and the confidence to tryout for a high school dance team.  The clincs are open to everyone.  Details for our clinics can be found here:http://www.bishopoconnell.org/page.cfm?p=669These clinics are open to 7th graders who would like to get a head start in preparation for their high school tryout.

The Royalettes just returned from Orlando last weekend and competed in UDA’s Nationals Dance Team Championship and placed 21st in the Nation.

We hope you can join us. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

CYO Track & Field NEWS for the All Saints Roadrunners

There will be a Spring Track organizational meeting on Sunday, February 17th at 10:30 in Meeting Room One (1) in Father Kelly Hall – this is for all athletes who ran track and cross country last Fall AND those who wish to register for the first time this Spring.

Practices in preparation for the Spring Track Meet will begin mid-March. Contact Cathy Nowak (oncefitz@aol.com) or Ann Potocnak (potocnak3@comcast.net) for more information. Watch for news and information on the team Facebook page: CYO – All Saints Roadrunners

The All Saints Roadrunner Track Team is open to all 3rd-8th grade All Saint School and registered All Saints CCD students.  Each athlete must turn in a participant agreement and health form in order to compete.  Forms are available at www.nvjcyo.org – note that there are different forms for Track and Cross Country.

The mission of the Northern Virginia Junior Catholic Youth Organization (NVJCYO), through its member parishes, is to organize sports programs for parish youth from 3rd through 8th grades throughout the Diocese of Arlington, to reinforce Catholic values taught in parish schools and religious education programs.  It is an important component of the comprehensive approach to youth ministry in the Diocese.  The programs administered by NVJCYO are meant not only to encourage healthy physical activity but also to play a significant role in the development of Catholic values in the youth of the Diocese and these activities should foster cooperation, respect, sportsmanship, responsibility, leadership, competitiveness, fairness and courtesy.

***IMPORTANT REMINDERS***

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.

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 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.

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.

Message from the PTO President

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.
  • Please make plans to attend the next PTO General Assembly meeting on Monday, February 25. The theme of this meeting is Celebrate Prayer.  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.  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.   Father Hudgins has been asked 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.  Click on the following link for an article written by Father Hudgins about prayer in the online version of the magazine “The Word Among Us”:  http://wau.org/resources/article/re_making_prayer_the_center_of_my_life/.

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

Thursday, February 14th

–          SCA sponsored Valentine’s Dress Down Day to benefit the American Heart Association ($1.00)

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.)

Monday, February 18th

–          Holiday – Presidents’ Day

–          Spirit Event: Chuck E. Cheese (12:00-9:00 p.m.)

Thursday, February 21st

–          Parents Meeting – FACTS Tuition Program (gym/7:00 p.m.)

–          Enrollment Management Team Meeting (art room/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, February 22nd

–          Stations of the Cross – Grades 6-8 (2:15 p.m.)

Saturday, February 23rd

–          1st Reconciliation for Second Grade (10:00 a.m.)

Links

¨       Valentine’s Dress Down Day Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Valentine-Flyer-2.pdf

¨      Father Hudgins article about prayer in the online version of the magazine “The Word Among Us”:  http://wau.org/resources/article/re_making_prayer_the_center_of_my_life/.

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

¨       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