The Sentinel – April 24, 2013

Principal’s Message

Thanks to the students and parents of All Saints, our school mailed more than 5,600 letters requesting financial support for the 8th Annual Race for Education.  Prize Cards will be distributed next week to students who met the criteria and may be redeemed according to the following schedule:

Thursday, May 9th                      Designated Dress-Down Day

Tuesday, May 14th                      Designated Dress-Down Day

Wednesday, May 22nd                 Designated Dress-Down Day

Monday, June 3rd                       Designated Dress-Down Day

Thursday, June 6th                      Designated Dress-Down Day

Students may redeem pretzel and ice cream cards during the month of May on regularly scheduled purchase days.

The   8th Annual Race for Education is now only one week away.  On Thursday, May 2nd the entire school will participate in this event, which has been designed to raise funds for instructional technology and other essential educational needs.  Additionally, as is our tradition, 15% of all proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Childrens’ Research Hospital.

As of today, the counting team has already processed $12,072.00in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

By way of this letter we wish to extend an invitation for you to come out and watch your child(ren) walk or jog on Thursday, May 2nd.  The following is the schedule for this special event:

Grades Pre-K, K, 1 & 2              8:45a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

Grades 3-5                                 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Grades Pre-K3 & 6-8                  1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The students will be eating lunch at their regularly scheduled times in the cafeteria.

We hope that many of you will be able to join us for a wonderful day of fun and fellowship!

Spring Tuition Payments

As we approach the close of the school year, parents are reminded of the importance of making timely tuition payments.  With the final tuition payment due to the school during May, those families who have recently fallen behind schedule are asked to use the first two weeks of June as an opportunity to pay any outstanding tuition or fees.  Please remember, prompt payment of tuition is essential for the school to remain financially strong and to be able to cover the continued expenses of utilities and salaries for our faculty and staff.

Tuition Assistance Program

Last week the Tuition Assistance Committee finalized decisions based upon the financial analysis provided by FACTS.  All families who have applied for tuition assistance for 2013-2014 should receive a letter of response by early May.

Final Chance to Give to the Annual Fund

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

Now that the school has established an Annual Fund, we are required to produce an Annual Report at the end of the school year to account for the gifts that we’ve received during the campaign. The Annual Report will include a complete list of all prayer donors, as well as monetary donations that fall within our seven recognition levels (starting with “Friend of All Saints” at $75)

To allow us time to produce the annual report, we will be ending our current school year drive on Friday, May 10th.

Deadline: Friday, May 10, 2013

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

Your gift – no matter the size – can help provide additional math/science/technology initiatives for our current students and provide tuition aid for those with unexpected needs. For more information about The Legacy Fund, please contact Parent Division Chairperson, Mrs. Holly Stefonsky or Director of Marketing & Development, Mrs. Janis DeVore at

How Can I Participate?

Thanks for your support!

Race for Education – CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!!!

We are one week away from the race and need volunteers for each of the race times. Volunteers will help track the children’s laps, pass out water and monitor the students as they run. All of these can be done while you are cheering your child on. The race takes place next Thursday, May 2nd!

The race times are:

PreK1, PreK2, K1, K2, 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B               8:45 to 9:45 a.m.

3A, 3B, 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B                                     10:15 to 11:15 a.m.

PreK3, 6A, 6B, 7A, 7B, 8A, 8B                          1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Volunteers are also needed to help with the counting of proceeds in the weeks ahead. For more information or if you are available to volunteer, please contact Marjorie Collins at 703-365-9686 or

National Junior Honor Society Back-Pack Drive

The National Junior Honor Society will be conducting a back-pack drive to assist Medical Missionaries as they journey to a Cherokee Indian Reservation in Oklahoma.  The back-packs will be made available to children of the reservation, where poverty and neglect among the children is very high.

We are asking for gently used back-packs only.  Bins will be located in the breezeway between the old and new wing. The drive will run from April 25 through May 3.  Please direct any questions to Vickie Bill, NJHS Moderator.

Spring Handcraft Show Hosted by Father Juan Puigbó

Fr. Juan will host a Handcraft Show on Tuesday, May 7th and Thursday, May 9th from 3pm to 8pm in the Library Side of the Church. A number of items will be on display and available for purchase, including beautiful wooden pieces handcrafted by Fr. Juan. Also, we will have the crosses made with the wood of the old Church! This will be a good opportunity to buy your seasonal gifts!

Message from the PTO

ATTN BAKERS!!  The parish and PTO need your support to make the Wild West Cake Walk of 2013 a success.  It is just a few days away and we are nearly halfway to our goal of 150 cakes.  Would you consider sharing your baking talents (or picking up something sweet and yummy at your local grocery)?  There are also a couple of spots left to volunteer for a one hour shift to run the cake walk on Saturday.  Each cake donated earns 5 points for parents and each hour volunteering at the festival is worth 10 points.  Donate as many cakes as you like… there is no limit!  Please use the following link to get all the details and to sign up to help:

Our FINAL PTO MEETING of this school year will be Monday, April 29 starting at 7:30.  A short business meeting will be followed by a guest speaker from The Institute for the Psychological Sciences, which is a Catholic graduate school.  Our speaker, Ms. Elissa Kergosien, will be presenting information on how to help your child with anxiety and depression issues as well as helpful information in relaying troubling current events to your children.  Unfortunately, the news in the past few months alone has been very disturbing and our children need our help in processing this kind of information.  Don’t miss the chance to hear from an expert on this topic.  ALSO:  You will earn DOUBLE POINTS FOR PARENTS for your attendance.  That equates to 10 points for attending! We hope very much to see you there.  Please encourage other school parents to join you and feel free to bring neighbors, extended family members as this topic will pertain to anyone blessed with children in their lives.

Thank you in advance for all your support.  It has been a great year and we look forward to the last couple of months as we… “Race for Education” to the finish line of summer!

God bless,

Christian Cobb, PTO President


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.

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 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


Saturday, April 27th


–          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


–          8th Grade Confirmation Rehearsal (6:30 p.m.)


Wednesday, May 1st    


–          SCA sponsored Dress Down for Earth Day


–          3rd Quarter Gold Medal Readers Celebration (1:30 p.m.)


–          Race for Education Prize Cards distributed to students


Thursday, May 2nd   


–          8th Annual Race for Education


Friday, May 3rd    


–          School Mass & May Crowning Ceremony


–          1st Communion & Graduation Photos


–          2nd & 8th Grade Prayer Service (2:00 p.m.)


–          Points for Parents Totals due


Saturday, May 4th  


–          8th Grade Confirmation (10:00 a.m.)