The Sentinel ~ February 27, 2013

Principal’s Message

Congratulations to the students in our second grade program who received the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time on Saturday morning.  Following a beautiful prayer service led by Fr. Bob, each of the children encountered Christ in this special Sacrament of healing and grace.  Congratulations to all of the children and thank you Mrs. Cummings and Mrs. Gurley for preparing them so well.

Professional Development Day ~ No School on Friday, March 8th

Next Friday our teachers will participate in a diocesan-wide day of professional development.  For this reason, there will be no classes or Extended Day Program on Friday, March 8th

 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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 Past 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

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

Registration Schedule for the New Year

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

Upcoming Events

Friday, March 1st

–          School Mass & Virtues Ceremony (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)

Saturday, March 2nd

–          Diocesan Spelling Bee

Tuesday, March 5th

–          8th Grade Vocations Mass with Bishop Loverde (Holy Spirit Church/9:30-1:30)

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

Friday, March 8th

–          Holiday – Professional Development Day for Teachers

Saturday, March 9th

–          Jesus Day for 2nd Grade Students (9:00 a.m.)

–          Diocesan Teacher Job Fair (Paul VI High School/9:00-11:00 a.m.)