The Sentinel ~ February 20, 2013

Principal’s Message

As many of you are aware, Mrs. Cindy DiRenzo (kindergarten classroom assistant), has been absent from school recently due to illness.  Originally hospitalized two weeks ago, she has since been moved to a rehabilitation center in Fairfax.  The tremendous pain which she previously experienced due to internal arterial bleeding has greatly diminished.  However, she continues to exhibit other symptoms which are being closely monitored by her doctors.  It is important that I emphasize that, while her situation is serious and does require an extended period of care and recovery, her present condition is not life-threatening in nature.  Nonetheless, your prayers for her swift and full recovery are greatly appreciated.

As Mrs. DiRenzo will be absent for approximately 4-6 weeks, I’ve hired Mrs. Linda Byers as a substitute classroom assistant.  Mrs. Byers earned degrees in psychology, sociology and accounting from The Ohio State University.  After working in private industry for a number of years, she has most recently been a very active volunteer at All Saints, serving as a milk mom in the cafeteria, a pre-kindergarten & kindergarten volunteer, and a teacher of the Junior Achievement Program.  Already familiar with our school routines and possessing very strong organizational skills, Mrs. Byers will be a wonderful support to Mrs. Izquierdo and the students during Mrs. DiRenzo’s absence.  We welcome Mrs. Byers as she begins her new role at All Saints this week.

In addition to prayers, Mr. DiRenzo has indicated that meals provided several times per week would be very helpful to his family at this time.  Mrs. Nino has graciously offered to coordinate a Mealtrain effort on their behalf.  Any parents who are interested in preparing a dinner for the DiRenzo Family are encouraged to contact her at 703-392-5059 or jennifer.nino@gmail.com.

In advance, thank you for your prayers and well-wishes for Mrs. DiRenzo.  As additional details become available regarding her condition, I will forward them to you.

Message from the PTO President

Please join me in thanking Mrs. Linda Gaynord and the Knights of Columbus for hosting another fun Bingo night last Saturday.  Additionally, I offer thanks to Mrs. Megan Davies for organizing the Chuck E Cheese spirit day on this past Monday.  It takes many hands to accomplish all the activities of the All Saints PTO!

Next Monday, February 25 will be the third of our four annual PTO meetings for the general assembly. The meeting starts at 7:30 pm and lasts about an hour.  This meeting is titled “Celebrate Prayer”.  We are very privileged to have Father Hudgins as our guest speaker for this meeting.  Father Hudgins served as Parochial Vicar at All Saints from 2002-2006.  He later spent 4 years as Chaplain at Bishop O’Connell high school.  Father Hudgins is currently serving at St. Jude’s parish in Fredericksburg.  His homilies and as well as some teaching lectures and videos are available online at http://www.fatherhudgins.com/index.html.

We are truly fortunate that Fr Hudgins has agreed to take time from his very busy schedule to spend an evening with us at All Saints.  Please make every effort to attend this meeting so we can show him our appreciation.  A large audience is the best gift we can offer as thanks!  The evening will include a Lenten prayer service led by our SCA students, followed by Father Hudgins talk on improving prayer life in our families.  I ask you to join me for this special evening.

Paul IV Catholic High School

Paul VI 2013 Mission Team Hosts Community Event – family fun, live music, games and the best CHILI in all of Northern VA!  Mark your calendar for the Chili Cook-off on Sunday March 10th to be held at Paul VI Catholic High School, 10675 Fairfax Blvd in Fairfax from 5 to 6:30pm (rain or shine).  Groups are invited to enter the Chili contest, bring your family and neighbors. Donations will be accepted at the door and will help to offset the costs for this year’s trip to Belize.  All the details and entry forms can be found on the Campus Ministry website:   www.paulvi.net Questions Call Joyce Krolicki 703-352-0925 x330

Paul VI Girls & Boys Summer Basketball Camps:  June 17 – 21 / July 8 – 12 / July 22 – 26.

Grades 2 – 8.  More information & to register online please go to www.pvibasketball.com

St Leo the Great Mini-Hoopster Camp:  June 24 – 27.  Boys & Girls Grades K – 2.

For more information and to register online please go to www.pvibasketball.com

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.

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

Race for Education ~ Mailing Labels Now Due!

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.

Although the deadline for submitting completed mailing labels was last Friday, students may continue to forward them to their teachers in the days ahead.  Should you have any questions about the process, please do not hesitate to contact the event coordinator, Mrs. Marjorie Collins.   (703-365-9686)

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:

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.

Registration Schedule for the New Year

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

Upcoming Events

Thursday, February 21st

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

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

Friday, February 22nd

–          School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

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

Saturday, February 23rd

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

Monday, February 25th

–          PTO General Assembly Meeting: Celebrate Prayer – presented by Fr. Hudgins (Gym/7:30 p.m.)

Friday, March 1st

–          School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

–          Stations of the Cross – Grades 3-5 (2:15 p.m.)

–          Final Day of Open Registration for New Students

–          3rd Quarter Interims (Grades 1-5)

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

¨       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