The Sentinel ~ March 5, 2013

Principal’s Message

This week I would like to provide you with an update regarding the results of our first ever Annual Fund effort.  With two months remaining for faculty, staff & parents to contribute, we remain excited about the potential of this endeavor and its impact on learning in our school community.

Our Making a Difference, Every Day Annual Fund campaign is an on-going effort to provide our students with:

  • New opportunities related to technology, math and science in support of 21st century careers
  • Tuition aid for families in need

How Are We Doing?
We have already received completed commitments from over 50% of All Saints faculty/staff members and 10% of our parent community. We have received pledges for continued participation in school activities, and over 40 prayers of support, including:

  • During family prayer, we will dedicate one decade of the Rosary each week
  • Attend an extra Mass each week
  • Daily campaign prayer and Adoration

In terms of financial participation, we have received nearly $7,000 in financial gifts. (That’s with a relatively small percentage of respondents, so just imagine the possibilities once we receive everyone’s commitments.) Our next goal is to double our current contributions to reach the $14,000 mark before Easter, but we need your help.

Keep Forgetting to Turn in Your Commitment Form?

We are looking forward to hearing from you if you haven’t yet submitted your commitment form. Remember, there are 3 ways to participate. You can show your support through:

  • Gifts of Prayer
  • Gifts of Involvement
  • Gifts of Financial Participation

We invite you to use this time prior to Easter to recommit to our school through your prayerful discernment and participation in The Legacy Fund through gifts of prayer, involvement and financial contribution.

  • § 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.

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.

***Important Message About Matching Gifts***
Does your company offer Matching Gifts? This is a great way to participate in our annual fund campaign and support the school by doubling or even tripling your gift! Check with your human resources department for details. It’s as easy as enclosing a form from your employer along with your donation. We’ll do the rest!

Virtue of the Month Award Winners

Congratulations to the following students who received special recognition last Friday for having exemplified the Virtue of Honesty during the month of February.

John F. (PreK-1)

Nicky D. (PreK-2)

Bryce C. (PreK-3)

Cecily K. (K1)

Mary H. (K2)

Matthew B. (1A)

Lukas M. (1B)

Charlotte Y. (2A)

Krysta D. (2B)

Quinton W. (3A)

Albert H. (3B)

Haley M.y (4A)

Elias C. (4B)

Alex S. (5A)

Nicholas B. (5B)

Vanessa M. (6A)

Alex C. (6B)

Melanie S. (7A)

Matthew D. (7B)

Aleksander C.l (8A)

Norberto N. (8B)

Virtue Prayer of the Month ~ Prayer for Cooperation

Jesus, our Friend, help me to accept myself and others with

love and kindness.  Help me to see you in each person I meet.

Show me how to be good and kind to everyone.  Keep me from

being selfish.  I want to follow your rules of love and

compassion.  I can do many wonderful things.  Stay by me

today, Jesus.  I know you love me and I love you.

Virtue Strategies of the Month

Strategies:

  1. Cooperate with your teacher.  Do your best to obey the rules and follow directions
  2. Say “please” when asking for things.
  3. Get in line quietly, without pushing, and don’t lag behind.
  4. Clean up around your desk area.
  5. Help a classmate when they need help.
  6. Take turns when playing.  Give someone else a chance.
  7. At home, do your chores cheerfully, without being asked.
  8. Cooperate at home.  Take turns and share with your brothers, sisters, and friends.
  9. Listen when others talk.  Respect their opinions.
  10. Always try to get along with everyone.

CYO Basketball Tournament & Regular Season Winners

Congratulations to all of our winning teams and thank you to the coaches and parents who supported the program throughout the season.  We are proud of your accomplishments and your outstanding representation of our community!

8th Grade Boys (Coach Espos/Ella) – 3rd Place in regular season/2nd Place in Tournament

8th Grade Boys (Coach McCabe/Gaynord) – 3rd Place in regular season/Tournament Champions (Div. 5)

8th Grade Girls (Coach Caturano) – 3rd Place in regular season/Tournament Champions

8th Grade Girls (Coach Goldsmith) – 3rd Place in regular season/Tournament Champions (Div. 6)

7th Grade Boys (Coach Magee/Waddy) – 3rd Place in Tournament

7th Grade Boys (Coach Michak/Seigel) – 2nd Place in Tournament

7th Grade Girls (Coach Espos/Cadle) – 3rd Place in Tournament

7th Grade Girls (Coach Kreitzer/Kreitzer) – Regular season Champions

6th Grade Girls (Coach Carter) – 3rd Place in Tournament

5th Grade Boys (Coach Rice/Rice) – 2nd Place in Tournament

5th Grade Girls (Coach Seigel/Seigel) – Regular season Champions/Tournament Champions

4th Grade Girls (Coach Gray) – Sportsmanship Award

Statewide Tornado Drill

At the invitation of our governor, on Tuesday, March 12th All Saints will participate in a statewide tornado drill at 9:45 a.m.  This drill will provide an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to practice our emergency response in the event of an unstable weather pattern.

Terra Nova Testing Countdown ~ 7 Weeks!

As the week of standardized testing approaches, parents are asked to avoid scheduling appointments from Monday, April 22nd – Tuesday, April 30th so that each student may participate in the testing as scheduled.

Arlington Catholic Herald

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IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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

On 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

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

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 date for applications and supporting documentation:  Elementary Schools      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

Upcoming Events

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.)

Monday, March 11th

–          Confessions – Grade 3

–          SCA sponsored Prayer & Penny Week (see flyer for details)

–          8th Grade Parent Meeting – End of Year Events & Graduation (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, March 12th

–          Statewide Tornado Drill (9:45 a.m.)

Wednesday, March 13th

–          Confessions – Grade 4

–          3rd Grade Field Trip to GMU Theater (11:30-2:30)

–          Lenten Soup Lunch sponsored by the Peace & Justice Players

Thursday, March 14th

–          Enrollment Management Team Meeting (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, March 15th

–          School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

–          Confessions – Grade 5

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

–          Spirit Event: Captain Pell’s

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