The Sentinel ~ March 20, 2013

Principal’s Message

During our annual celebration of Bullying Awareness & Prevention Week in January, we announced our plans to introduce the Ambassadors Program, a distinct opportunity for select students from each grade level to serve as positive role models and facilitators of communication between faculty, staff and students.  After attending an after school training coordinated by Mrs. Karcher and Mrs. Brown last week, the newly selected students were introduced as Ambassadors to their classmates yesterday and presented an official pin symbolizing their leadership role.  As part of the classroom ceremonies, the students made the following promises:

I promise to be a compassionate listener when a classmate comes to me with a bullying situation or conflict.

I promise to keep any information that is shared with me private from other students, only sharing it with a teacher, a staff member, or the counselor.

I will bring any concerns to an adult immediately.

I will treat all students with respect and be a good example by not participating in bullying behavior or being a bystander.

Congratulations to all of our new Ambassadors who will help us to create a bully-free zone at All Saints!

 

2A: Rudolph G. & Hailey R.

2B: Logan B. & Catherine G.

3A: Dan C. & Isabella C.n

3B: Jack S. & Alexa B.

4A: Grady B.& Jenna D.

4B: Natalia R. & Jacob U.

5A: Katherine D. & Paddy D.

5B: Bianca M. & Nico B.

6A: Collin F. & Brooke S.

6B: Lance C. & Hannah P.l

7A: Jessica H. & Chris D.

7B: Rachel E. & Drew D.

8A: Ayla P. & Daniel J.

8B: Dane L. & Vivienne P.

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Next week our Church celebrates the greatest mystery of our faith ~ the Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord and Savior.  As a school community, we prepare for our journey into the three holiest days of the year, the Triduum, through prayer and tradition.

Beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 28th, the students and faculty will gather in the church for our annual Holy Thursday Prayer Service.  After listening to Scripture readings and reflecting on the example of Jesus, each of the children will participate in the “hand-washing” ceremony that has become a long-standing tradition in our school.

Following the prayer service, the students will gather in the gym for the 7th grade portrayal of the Passion Play.  Through music and dramatic presentation, middle school students will prayerfully re-enact Christ’s passion and death.  As the students depart the gym in silence following the presentation, the tone will be set for their continued reflection and prayer over the course of the coming days.

All parents and guardians are cordially invited to join us in prayer and to witness these beautiful school traditions.

Terra Nova Testing Countdown ~ 4 Weeks!

As the week of standardized testing approaches, parents are asked to avoid scheduling appointments from Friday, April 19th – Tuesday, April 30th so that each student may participate in the testing as scheduled. (Note: Due to the holiday scheduled for the Parish Festival, testing will begin on Friday, April 19th.)

Annual Fund Update

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!

Spotlight Drama & Art Summer Camps this July – Registration Open

Available for all age groups, these Theatrical & Artistic one week camps are taught by area Catholic professionals involved in arts education.  Directed by All Saints Youth & Theatre Ministry Director, Rob Tessier, Spotlight on the Arts features Camp Broadway, Drama Bootcamp, Arts & Crafts Fun Camp, Art Explorer Camp, and Creative Kids Everything Camp.  Camp locations at All Saints School & at St. Mark School in Vienna.  Registrations are now open with an Early-Bird special available through Tax Day!  Copies of the brochure and registration are coming home today with each child.  For a pdf brochure & registration, simply go to the School Website front page or email SpotlightCamps@gmail.com.

NJHS Easter Basket Raffle

The NJHS will be raffling three Easter baskets.  The Easter baskets will be filled with candy, prizes, and many other goodies.  Tickets will be on sale all next week during the each shift for .50¢ each or 3 for $1.00.  Half of the proceeds will go to BARN.

A message from the Spirit Events Committee Chairperson
Greetings All Saints Family!

I wanted to thank so many of you for your support at our recent Spirit Events. As a result of your generous patronage at Chuck E. Cheese, we received a check for almost $1200! Whew hoo! Thank you all!

A special thank you to our wonderful teachers who kindly sacrificed their time at our Captain Pell’s evening this past Friday. I know that all who attended had a truly excellent meal!

Finally this is a reminder to mark your calendars for the date change for the Skate-n-Fun Zone evening. It has been changed to Thursday, April 25th from 6-8:30 p.m. We have the next day off due to the Parish Festival, so you can skate the night away while listening to wonderful Christian music! Hopefully we will see many of you there. If you would like to act as a chaperone, then please contact me. All volunteers at the event must be Virtus Trained and have completed the background check.

Thanks again for all of your support!
Megan Davies meggie.davies@verizon.net

 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Schedule of Lenten Confessions

Wednesday, March 20th                       7th grade

Friday,             March 22nd                   8th grade

Field Day Announced ~ May 29th 

Field Day for Grades K-8 will take place on the grounds of Linton Hall School in Bristow on Wednesday, May 29th.  Mark your calendars now for what promises to be a great day of activities and fellowship for our school families.

Help Plan our 13th Annual Golf Tournament
All Saints will be sponsoring its annual golf tournament on Monday, June 24th at Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, VA. We are looking for individuals to join our Golf Tournament Committee to help plan this fun-filled event. There are many ways to help with this “Points for Parents” activity and you don’t have to be a golfer to participate.  If you would like to join in our efforts to put together an outstanding golf event for our parish and school community, please contact Janis DeVore at jdevore@allsaintsva.org.

P.S. – Please note that you can choose to help with planning the event and/or assisting us on the day of the tournament.  Since the event will be held after the end of the school year, you can earn Points for Parents for the 2013-14 school year!                                                                             

8th Annual Race for Education

There are two opportunities coming up to help with the race and earn points for parents.

On March 25th, 26th, & 27th, we will gather after school, in the gym from 3 – 5 pm to prepare the mailers before they are mailed. All parents are welcome to help on any of these days to earn points for parents.  All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students can earn service hours by helping any of these days. Permission slips were sent home this week and a link is provided below. They need to be returned by Thursday, March 21, 2013.

The Race for Education will begin its Record Keeping phase the week of April 15th.  Anyone interested in volunteering should complete and return the volunteer form, linked below, or call or email Marjorie Collins at 703-365-9686, marjorie@ocfmail.com.

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, April 11th

Monday, May 13th

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, March 20th

–          Confessions – Grade 7

–          3rd Quarter Lock-Down Drill

–          PTO sponsored Lenten Soup Supper (Gym/5:00 – 6:45 p.m.)

Friday, March 22nd

–          School Mass & First Communions for Stefany Martinez (8th grade) and Jamie Jameson (7th grade) (8:30 a.m.)

–          Confessions – Grade 8

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

–          Peace & Justice Players Field Trip (3:10-4:45 p.m.)

Saturday, March 23rd

–          Diocesan Band Festival

Monday, March 25th

–          Spring Pictures (Students wear uniforms for class photos)

–          Confessions – Grade 6 (rescheduled)

Wednesday, March 27th

–          Virtues Ceremony (Gym/8:15 a.m.)

Thursday, March 28th

–          Holy Thursday Prayer Service (Church/9:30 a.m.)

–          7th Grade Passion Play (Gym/10:45 a.m.)

–          Noon Dismissal

Friday, March 29th

–          Holiday – Good Friday

Monday, April 1st

–          Week of Easter Holiday

Coming Home with Each Student

¨       School Picture Day Forms ~ Students are to wear school uniform for class pictures.

¨       2013 Spotlight on the Arts Summer  Brochure / Registration Form

Links