The Sentinel ~ April 10, 2013


Principal’s Message

It is with sadness that I share with you the news of the passing of Mr. Tom Brady, the older brother of Mrs. Montano, third grade teacher.  After a period of unexpected illness, Mr. Brady passed away Friday evening in California surrounded by the love and care of his family members, including Mrs. Montano.  Mrs. Montano will remain in California through the weekend when the funeral will be taking place.

I have assured Mrs. Montano of the thoughts and prayers of our community and asked her to let me know if there is anything we can do to assist either her or her family at this time.  In the days ahead, let us pray for Mrs. Montano and for the repose of the soul of her brother, Tom.  May the presence of the Risen Christ during this season of Easter be a source of comfort and hope to their entire family during this difficult time.

8th Annual Race for Education

Thanks to the parents, students, and teachers of All Saints, our school mailed 5,620 mailers requesting financial support for the 8th Annual Race for Education. These mailers have already started to arrive with donations to our school. The Race for Education is in need of volunteers to help process these donations beginning April 16th during school hours on the following days, Tuesdays from 9-3, Wednesdays from 10-3, and Thursdays from 10-3. Any amount of time that you can volunteer will be greatly appreciated. There will be training tomorrow at the school for anyone interested in volunteering. The training times are April 11th at 10AM or at 2PM. If you cannot make either training time, please contact Marjorie Collins and another time can be arranged. Don’t forget you earn Points for Parents for each hour you volunteer! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Marjorie Collins at 703-365-9686 or marjorie@ocfmail.com

Message from the PTO Board…

Our FINAL general assembly meeting will be Monday, April 29 at 7:30 pm.  Our guest speaker is from theInstitute for the Psychological Sciences which is a Catholic graduate school of psychology offering master’s and doctoral degrees.  She will be discussing the very important topics of childhood anxiety & depression as well as how to relay upsetting current events to your children.  We have worked hard this year to bring you excellent speakers at each of our PTO meetings.  I hope you will join us at this final event.  As a special incentive, you will earn double points for parents for your attendance.  This means for a one hour meeting you can earn 10 points.  If you have been able to attend either the Celebrate Calm or the Celebrate Prayer meetings, I hope you will agree that the time was well spent.  Please join us for this final meeting and bring along your friends.  As this topic is important to anyone with children in their lives, it is open to the whole community.

The All Saints parish festival will be April 26 & 27.  The PTO supports our parish at this event by providing cakes and volunteers for the cake walk.  Our goal is to have 150 cakes for the event.  We are up to 37 cakes so far.  Please click on the link to sign up to donate cake(s).  Additionally several more volunteers are needed to work 1 hr shifts.  By providing a cake and working a shift, you can earn a quick 15 points.  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050E45A5AA2FA57-cake

Did you know that there is a Diocesan level PTO board?  It includes all diocesan schools K-12.  They meet 3 times per school year on Saturday mornings.  The DPTO is currently looking for nominations for new DPTO board officers.  If you are interested in learning more about that opportunity please contact me prior to the end of this week at cobbet@verizon.net.  If you would consider being an All Saints PTO representative for the DPTO board, I would like to tell you more about that position as well.  The representative would commit to attending the 3 meetings and sharing the information presented with our school’s PTO board.

Thanks for your support and Happy Easter!

Christian Cobb (PTO president)

Marie Miller & Chris Bray to offer Free Concert Sunday, April 14th at All Saints

These Catholic Musicians (Chris from Canada & Marie from Front Royal) both have their music playing nationally on Christian Radio.  They join together for an evening of upbeat and inspirational music this Sunday, April 14th in the All Saints Gym from 6:45-8:00pm.  Open to all ages, this is a free event, though donations will be accepted to support their music.  Bless yourself and your family by taking advantage of this remarkable opportunity to hear two young and upcoming Catholic artists.

To see a Chris Bray music video in advance, visit our website atwww.AllSaintsYouthMinistry.org or to hear Marie Miller’s music, visit her website atwww.mariemiller.net

All Saints Catholic Vacation Bible School:  SonWest Roundup!

Sponsored by the Religious Education Department

All Saints Catholic Vacation Bible School is now enrolling!  This year at “SonWest Roundup”, published by Ligouri, kids will saddle up and discover God’s ultimate power and His plan of salvation through Jesus.

The VBS will be held from June 24 to June 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Rising Kindergartners through rising 5th graders may register.  To register your children, simply click on the attached link below.  Return your completed form and payment to the RE Office (also the ASCS Office).  The deadline is 5/31/13 and spaces are limited!

Adult and 8th grade Volunteers:  Adult and 8th grade volunteers are needed to make VBS a success!  Rising 8th graders may earn up to 20 Confirmation Service Hours for 2013-2014.  If you or your rising 8th grader are interested in volunteering, click on the attached link(s) below.    Return the appropriate forms to the RE Office.  For information, contact Samantha Welsh, DRE at 703-393-2142 or swelsh@allsaintsva.org

Art & Theatre Camps led by Catholic Professional Educators and Artists

Excellent instruction in a safe, faith-based environment from teachers who have tremendous skills in the areas of Acting, Music, Dance, and Visual Arts…. Spotlight on the Arts Summer Camps will host two weeks worth of daycamps this July at All Saints led by Mr. Rob Tessier.  Members of surrounding parishes are also welcome to register for the sessions.  Programs are available for youth K-12.  Early Bird Discounts cut-offs are April 15th and May 30th.  Sign-up early and save… plus multiple child discounts also available!  To receive a Registration Brochure and Camps Descriptions with Instructor Bios, please emailSpotlightCamps@gmail.com or go to www.allsaintsvaschool.org and click on the Camp Icon.

Cub Scouts

Attention all boys in Kindergarten through 4th grade!  Cub Scout Dens are now forming for the 2013/2014 Scouting year!  Pack 1188 has been proudly serving the All Saints community for over 30 years and sponsored by the Knights of Columbus George Brent Council #5332.

Cub Scouts offers a range of age-appropriate programs that provide fun and adventure while helping build your son’s leadership, teamwork, faith, physical/mental fitness, and spirit of service and duty, helping him grow into a competent, caring, adult of good character.

Boys can start at any level and no prior experience is required. Our next pack meeting is in the Knights of Columbus Hall at 7 PM on Tuesday, April 16, 2013.

If you have a Scouting-age boy who might be interested, give us a call.  He can come to a Pack meeting, see what’s going on, and decide if it’s something, he wants to be a part of.  No pressure. No obligation.  To get the details call or e-mail either Cubmaster Randy Waddy, (703) 283-0717 / rrwaddy@yahoo.com or Committee Chair Tommy Reynolds at (703) 963-1281 / tommy.reynolds@verizon.net.

Spring Cleaning? – Don’t Forget the Uniform Exchange

The PTO uniform exchange is accepting current uniform donations to build up its supply in preparation for the next school year.  Donations to Uniform Exchange greatly benefit All Saints families and are a great way to reduce & reuse.  Donations can be brought to the school office; bags can be labeled by Family name and oldest child’s grade.  Family’s whose bags are labeled will receive credit which can be used in the future at the Uniform Exchange.  Any questions please contact Gemma Brophy at brophy3@comcast.net.

PVI 7th Annual Band & Strings Camp

7th Annual Band and Strings Camp @ Paul VI, June 17-21 8:30-noon.  Open to Diocesan and public school rising 5th-9th graders, optional jazz unit also offered.  Students prepare light pop, sacred, and classical selections, performance last day in historic Donald Heet Auditorium for family and friends. $80., questionsjsiegfried@paulvi.net

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Terra Nova Testing Countdown ~ 2 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.)

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.

End of Year Calendar Confirmed

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

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 minute 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, April 11th

–          Race for Education Volunteer Training (10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.)

Friday, April 12th

–          School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

–          8th Grade Confirmation Retreat

–          3rd Quarter Report Cards distributed to students

Monday, April 15th

–          Peace & Justice Players Field Trip– alent Show Presentation at a local nursing home (3:10-5:00 p.m.)

–          1st Grade PALS Testing begins

Thursday, April 18th

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

Friday, April 19th

–          School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

–          Terra Nova Testing begins

–          8th Grade Confirmation Retreat

–          NJHS Induction Ceremony – rescheduled for May

Links

  • All Saints Catholic Vacation Bible School Links ~

Registration Formhttp://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=VBS-Registration.pdf

Volunteer Formhttp://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=VBS-Volunteer-Form-2.pdf

8th Grade Volunteer Form:  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=8th-Grade-Volunteer-Form-2.pdf

  • PVI Summer Band Camp Links ~

Flyer: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=PVI-Summer-Band-Camp-FLYER-2013.pdf

Formshttp://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=PVI-Summer-Band-Camp-Forms-2013.pdf