The Sentinel ~ March 27, 2013

Principal’s Message

As spring approaches, plans are already well underway for our end of year events & celebrations.  Due to inclement weather cancellations this year, it will be necessary for us to incorporate the three additional days of instruction included in our school calendar.  As such, Friday, June 14th will be the final day for students in grades 1-7.

The following is a list of key events that will mark the closing of the 2012-2013 academic year.

Wednesday, May 29th Field Day at Linton Hall School (Grades K-8)

Thursday, May 30th     Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten

Monday, June 10th       8th Grade Graduation Day (Mass & Ceremony at 7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, June 12th Kindergarten Luau

Thursday, June 13th     Kindergarten Graduation (10:00 a.m.)

Friday, June 14th          Final Day for Students in Grades 1-7


On behalf of the faculty & staff, I wish you and your family a blessed celebration of Easter and a relaxing holiday!

Prayers & Pennies Outreach

Thanks to the generosity of our students, a total of $2,024.00 was raised through the recent Prayers and Pennies project sponsored by the Student Council Association.  These funds will be used to subsidize the education of a student in Africa who has benefitted from our support over the course of a number of years.

The following is a list of the winning classes for the grade level competitions:

K2                   3B                    6B

1A                   4A                   7B

2A                   5B                    8B

Congratulations to the students in the 5th grade who, having contributed a total of $347.18, won the grand prize for this year’s competition!

FACTS Tuition Program – 2013-2014

During the month of May all parents will receive an “invite” in the mail from FACTS that includes instructions regarding the selection of payment options for the upcoming year.  This enrollment process will be completely automated and you will have the opportunity to enroll your family via a secure website in accordance with the payment plan you select.  The FACTS fee of $43.00 will only be applied to those families who enroll in the ten month payment plan.  Those families who opt to submit semi-annual payments will be assessed only a $10.00 fee.

As in the past, there is no fee for those who choose to submit payment in full by the close of May.  While these families need not enroll in the FACTS program, all payments will be submitted directly to FACTS via an invoice process.  Note:  This is a change from prior practice.  Rather than submitting payment in full to the school office, parents will be asked to forward these funds directly to FACTS.

Families from other parishes who have not yet requested an official letter confirming their registration are asked to do so as soon as possible.  It is our hope to have all of this information received prior to the close of April so that we can confirm tuition rates for each of our families prior to distributing the FACTS “invites” in May. Should you have any questions about this process or wish to verify the status of your paperwork, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio at 703-393-1490.

Virtue of the Month Award Winners

Congratulations to the following students who received special recognition this morning for having exemplified the Virtue of Cooperation during March.

PK1     Mikayla                     4A       Samantha A.

PK2     Isabel C.                    4B        Erin B.

PK3     Elaine B.                    5A       Abigail S.

K1       Matthew A.               5B        Bianca M.

K2       Grace T.                     6A       Madeleine M.

1A       Ester P.                       6B        Elisa S.

1B        Max S.                         7A       Rachel C.

2A       Noelle C.                     7B        Kimberly F.

2B        Kevin B.                      8A       Lauren Ashley J.

3A       Sarah B.                       8B        Megan W.

3B        Nina H.

Prayer of the Month

Dear God,

Thank you so much for this wonderful day.

Thanks for the friends who showed me the way.

Please help me today in all that I do,

and don’t forget God, how much I love you!

Virtue of the Month ~ Stewardship/Service

  1. Do random acts of kindness every day.
    1. Always be there to help a classmate or a teacher who needs you.
    2. Take care of all classroom furniture, books and papers.
    3. Take care of your library book and return it on time.
    4. Don’t waste paper.  Use both sides.
    5. Pick up paper, pencils, and items you see on the ground inside and outside, EVEN IF YOU DID NOT DROP THEM.  Put them in their proper place.
    6. Put all papers, cans, and bottles in the proper recycling bin.  Never throw away something that can be recycled, both at home and at school.
    7. Find ways to help at home BEFORE you are asked.  Examples: make your bed, clear the table, walk the dog, read to a little brother or sister, clean up your mess, take out the trash.
    8. Treat all nature with respect. (Flowers, grass, trees, water, pets, wild animals.)
    9.  Help all people in need, especially those less fortunate than yourself.  Give food, clothes, and money to the poor.  Smile at someone who looks sad.  Pray for all people in need around the world.

Diocesan Band Festival ~ Superior Rating for All Saints!

Last Saturday the students in the Advanced Band under the direction of Mr. Ward participated in the annual Diocesan Band Assessment at Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria.  Congratulations to the members of our band for earning not one, but two “Superior” ratings!  The band performed three pieces and was praised for the diversity and variety of styles in their program.  This marks the 35th time that the All Saints Band has scored superior at the diocesan band festival!  Thank you, Mr. Ward and Mr. Moccio, for the outstanding leadership and inspiration that you provide for our students!

The band will perform a spring concert for our community on Tuesday, May 21st beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Gym.

Kidstuff Sale sponsored by MARCH and the Squire Roses

When:  Saturday, April 6th 8am-12pm                        Where: Knights of Columbus Hall

Gently used items for sale – shoes, socks, clothes, coats, gloves, hats, toys, movies, books, baby gear, and kids furniture.  Donations would be gladly accepted and can be dropped off at Knights of Columbus Hall on Friday April 5th afternoon/evening.  Any items left over will be donated to House of Mercy or AAA Women for Choice. A portion of sales will be donated to AAA.

Please contact Kelley Witter or Mary Lewandowski for additional details/donation pickup/dropoff.

Message from the PTO President

On behalf of the PTO, I’d like to thank Mrs. Cathy Hammerstrom and her generous volunteers for making the March 20th Soup Supper so terrific!  It was well attended, well run and a great community event.  How wonderful that it also will help the poor in our area through more than $200 collected in free-will donations to the St. Vincent DePaul Society.

You are invited and encouraged to support All Saints Parish through another PTO event.  The All Saints Parish festival will again feature the very popular Cake Walk coordinated by Mrs. Tera Wolf and supported by our school families. You will find the Cake Walk sign-up form linked to today’s newsletter.

Finally, thank you all for your ongoing support of the Race for Education run by Mrs. Marjorie Collins.  It is because of your support of our fundraisers that we are able to accomplish the many community building activities throughout the year such as the Welcome Back BBQ and the Catholic School week luncheon.

Have a blessed Easter!

Christian Cobb

PTO President


Terra Nova Testing Countdown ~ 3 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 in support of the Parish Festival, testing will begin on Friday, April 19th.)

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.

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

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

Saturday, April 6th

–          National Park Clean-Up Activity sponsored by Mrs. Slovenkay

Monday, April 8th

–          Classes Resume

–          Transition to “Summer Uniform”

–          Prayer Service (Gym/8:15 a.m.)

Tuesday, April 9th

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

Thursday, April 11th

–          Race for Education Volunteer Training (9:00 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.)

Friday, April 12th

–          8th Grade Confirmation Retreat

–          3rd Quarter Report Cards distributed to students


Cake Walk Sign-Up Form: