The Sentinel – April 17, 2013

The Gift of Faith brings us Joy and Hope.

 

Principal’s Message

Beginning on Friday, all students in grades two through seven will participate in the Terra Nova standardized testing program.  As the days of testing quickly draw near, now is the time for us to complete the final “warm-up routines”.  Teachers have provided opportunities for a review of basic skills in the classroom and have been guiding the students through practice tests to familiarize them with the format and the process of “bubbling” answers. For parents interested in providing additional practice at home, there are a number of websites that provide opportunities for review and practice of basic skills.  A simple search using the keywords “Terra Nova” and “practice tests” will yield a number of sites that provide practice tests, games and activities related to math and language arts for specific grade levels.

Again this year, all diocesan students in grades three through seven will also participate in a brief assessment entitled “In-View”.  The In-View measures reasoning abilities related to academic success.  As such, it is designed to assess a child’s cognitive abilities in the following five areas:  sequences, analogies, quantitative reasoning (math), verbal reasoning (words) and verbal reasoning (context).

We wish to approach this period of standardized testing with the perspective that it is a weeklong celebration of learning, an opportunity for students to demonstrate all that they have learned this year.  Most importantly, when the results of the testing are received, teachers will be able to effectively plan instruction for the upcoming year, tailoring instruction to the needs of each classroom of learners.

In an effort to reduce any unnecessary stress for the students, teachers will not be scheduling any classroom tests or projects for the week of testing.  Additionally, teachers in grades two through seven will assign little to no homework throughout the week.

Students in grades 5 & 8 will also participate in the ACRE testing program, an assessment that measures each student’s understanding of the Catholic faith.  This testing will occur during regularly scheduled religion classes within the next two weeks.

The following is a list of test-taking tips that you may find helpful in preparing your son or daughter for the upcoming week of testing.

Test-Taking Tips & Strategies

1)      Reassure your child that he or she does not have to answer all of the questions correctly to pass.  It is not expected that students answer every question correctly.

2)      Tell your child to attempt to answer all of the questions and not to leave any blanks.  There is no penalty for guessing.

3)      Remind your child that the test is important.

4)      Explain to your child the importance of using time wisely.  If your child gets stuck on a question, encourage him or her to make the best guess or place a mark in the test booklet by that item and to return to it after finishing that section of the test.

5)      Make certain your child gets a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast before taking the test.

6)      Try to make the morning of the test a pleasant one.  Avoid stress.

7)      Be sure that your child arrives on time the day of the test.

8)      Remind your child to listen carefully to the instructions from the teacher and to read the directions and each question carefully.

9)      Encourage your child to stay focused on the test, even if other students finish early.

Kindergarten Screening ~ No Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten on Monday, April 29th & May 6th

The Early Prevention of School Failure Screening for Kindergarten applicants will take place on Monday, April 29th & Monday, May 6th.  In order that the teachers may be available to administer the assessment, there will be no Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten classes on these two days.

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

One of the hallmarks of our school community is the high level of parent involvement that has helped the school achieve many goals in recent years.  As in the past, each family at All Saints has been asked to earn 60 volunteer points over the course of the current school year.  Those who are unable to do so are asked to submit a check at the conclusion of the year for any outstanding points that remain.  (1 point = $3.00)  As we begin the fourth quarter, parents are reminded to update their “points total” via our school website so that the database accurately reflects their contributions over the course of the entire year.

At the beginning of May, the office will issue individualized letters to each family, confirming the number of points reflected in the school database. For this reason, we ask that those families who have not recently updated the database via our school website do so by Friday, May 3rd.  Those families who have not earned the required 60 points will be assessed a corresponding fee at a rate of $3.00 per point and asked to submit payment by the close of May.

All Saints Golf Tournament

All Saints will be sponsoring its 13th Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, June 24th at Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, VA. Proceeds from our 2013 tournament will support youth-centered programs offered through our school, and the Religious Education and Youth Ministry programs, including dynamic spiritual and service opportunities such as retreats, vacation bible school, and sacramental preparation.

  • Join Us for Golf!
    Register on your own or bring a foursome for a fun-filled day of golf that includes many chances to win prizes and raffle items. Golf is $150 per person and includes greens fees and cart, 18-hole Captain’s Choice complete with scenic mountain views, goodie bag, multiple contests, prize drawings, continental breakfast, lunch, dinner and awards ceremony.
  • Promote Your Company Through Sponsorship

With sponsorship options starting as low as $50 for a business card ad and only $100 for hole sponsorship this year, the All Saints Parish Golf Tournament provides an excellent marketing opportunity for local businesses.

For more information about golf or corporate sponsorship, please call Janis DeVore at (703) 366-1645 or visit our golf website at www.allsaintsgolf.com. Online registration now available!

Important Note:

We are still looking for volunteers to work the day of the tournament (Monday, June 24th) or to help secure sponsors or prizes prior to the event. It’s a great chance to get a jump start on your Points for Parents for the 2013-14 school year.  If you would like to help, please call Janis DeVore at (703) 366-1645!

8th Annual Race for Education

The donations for the Race for Education are rolling in and we are in need of volunteers to help process the mailers. We meet at the school on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday during the school day.  If you can volunteer to help with the record keeping phase of this fundraiser please contact Marjorie Collins at 703-365-9686 or marjorie@ocfmail  Thank you to all of the volunteers who have already donated their time!

Skate-n-Fun Zone Spirit Event

Greetings All Saints Families!  It is that time of year when we celebrate at the Skate-n-Fun Zone on Sudley Road. Our School Skate Party is on Thursday, April 25th from 6-8:30 p.m. Admission is $3, Children 3 and under are free, $4.50 skate rental, $4 Laser Storm and $4 Play Zone. We are very pleased to be blessed with Christian Music to have fun skating around. If you would like to volunteer as a chaperone and are in full compliance with Virtus requirements, then please contact me. I look forward to seeing you all there! God Bless, Megan Davies, Spirit Events Committee Chairperson, meggie.davies@verizon.net.

A Message from the PTO board…

I would like to personally encourage each of you to attend the final general assembly meeting. This year we have really tried to offer a service to parents at our PTO meetings by hosting excellent speakers on pertinent topics.  We know your time is valuable so we have selected timely and meaningful topics with dynamic presenters. Both the celebrate calm and celebrate prayer speakers were some of the best presentations I have ever heard. If you missed one or both of them, please don’t miss out on our final speaker covering the very timely topics of childhood anxiety and explaining upsetting current events to children. Also, take advantage of this PTO meeting and the cake walk to earn your points for parents before the end of the school year.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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 another opportunity for completing the half-hour Virtus update which will take place in the Art Room beginning at 7: 00 p.m. on Monday, May 13th.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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 10th (1:30 p.m.)

Monday, April 22nd                   

–          Terra Nova Testing

Tuesday, April 23rd                   

–          Terra Nova Testing

Wednesday, April 24th               

–          Terra Nova Testing

–          8th Grade Class Trip to Philadelphia (6:15 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.)

Thursday, April 25th                  

–          Terra Nova Testing

–          Extended Day Afternoon Program: Moved to Art Room & Religion Room (#212) in the Middle School Wing to allow for set-up for Parish Festival in FKH

–          Spirit Event: Skate N’ Fun Zone (6:00-8:30 p.m.)

Friday, April 26th                      

–          Holiday: Parish Festival

Monday, April 29th                    

–          EPSF Kindergarten Screening: No Pre-K or Kindergarten classes

–          Terra Nova Make-up Testing

–          PTO General Assembly Meeting: Anxiety, Depression & Strategies for Discussing Difficult News with Children (Gym/7:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, April 30th

–          Terra Nova Make-Up Testing

Link

Skate-n-Fun Zone Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=2013-04-25-Skate-Party-Flyer.jpg