The Sentinel – May 1, 2013

Principal’s Message


Tomorrow all of the students at All Saints will participate in the 8th Annual Race for Education.  As the largest fundraiser for our school community, the Race provides important financial support for initiatives that would otherwise be beyond our reach.

The following is a list of important reminders for all students and parents regarding the event.

1)      All students in grades K-8 are asked to wear their P.E. uniforms to school on Thursday. Students enrolled in the Pre-K are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing appropriate for running.

Note:  At the suggestion of several of our 6th grade students and as a sign of our support for those recently impacted by the tragedy in Boston, all students are encouraged to wear red, white and blue accessories for this event.

2)      While all students will be participating in the Race for Education activities, only those students who brought in sponsor names or a flat donation will be eligible for prizes.

3)      Students need not bring water bottles to the Race for Education.  Two water stations will be available to students throughout the race.

4)      Students who are absent on Thursday will be able to run a later date.

5)      Lunch will be served in the cafeteria at the regularly scheduled time.

Parents, relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend the event as a sign of support for all of our student runners.  We hope that many of you will be able to join us for a wonderful day of fun and fellowship!

The following is the schedule for this special event:

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

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

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

Prize Cards will be distributed 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.

As of today, the counting team has already processed $15,282.00 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!


In the days ahead all parents will receive an electronic “invite” from FACTS Tuition 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.

Should you have any questions about this process or your tuition balance, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio at 703-393-1490.

Prayer of the Month ~ Peace Prayer (by Kindergarten Students)

Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.

Lord, let me help sad people be happy.

Let me forgive those who hurt me.

And let me bring your love to all.


Virtue of the Month ~ Peacemaking

To foster the virtue of peacemaking, we will encourage the students to adopt the following practices:

  1. Be kind to all you meet today.
  2. Make peace with others at the end of the school day.
  3. Stay calm no matter what happens to you today.
  4. Say part of St. Francis’ Peace Prayer to yourself today.
  5. Apologize the minute you know that you have offended someone.
  6. Do an extra act of kindness for your family tonight.
  7. Take care of your family pet without complaining.
  8. Make peace with family members before going to sleep.
  9. Be a peacemaker.  Calm your friends while playing games.
  10. Greet your neighbor politely.
  11. Say a prayer for peace throughout the world.

5th Grade Parent Letter ~ Message from the Superintendent & Virginia Department of Heath

Every year the Virginia Department of Health distributes information regarding the HPV (vaccine) to rising 6th grade girls.  This relates to state legislation and our diocese cooperates by distributing this letter.  However, we also distribute a statement from the two Bishops of Virginia as included in a letter from the Virginia Catholic Education Association signed by the superintendents of Arlington and Richmond.  Tomorrow parents of rising 6th grade girls will receive a copy of the official letter from the Virginia Department of  Health as well as the letter from the Virginia Catholic Education Association.  The letters will be sent home in sealed envelopes with each of the 5th grade girls.  After reviewing the correspondence, should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office for more information.

Key Dates & Holidays for 2013-2014

August 26th                    First Day of School (Noon Dismissal)

September 2nd                Labor Day Holiday

October 14th                  Columbus Day Holiday

October 25th                  Professional Development Day (No School)

November 11th               Parent/Teacher Conferences (No School)

November 12th               Parent/Teacher Conferences (Noon Dismissal

November 26th               Noon Dismissal for Thanksgiving

November 27-29th          Thanksgiving Holiday

December 23rd               Christmas Holiday Begins

January 6th                    Classes Resume

January 17th                   Professional Development Day (No School)

January 20th                   Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

February 17th                 Presidents’ Day Holiday

March 17th                     Professional Development Day (No School)

April 17th                      Holy Thursday (Noon Dismissal)

April 18th                      Good Friday Holiday

April 21st                      Easter Week Holiday

May 23rd                       Noon Dismissal – Memorial Day Weekend

May 26th                       Memorial Day Holiday

June 18th                       Last Day for Grades 1-7 (Tentative)

Field Day

The 2013 All Saints Catholic School 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.  Attached to today’s newsletter is the Field Day Memo with the lunch order and volunteer sign-up form. Volunteers are need to help with lunch, sport activities, track & field events and games & contests.

Boxtops for Education

Thanks to the participation of school and parish families in the Boxtops for Education Program, last week we received a check in the amount of $1,280.30 .  Keep cutting and saving those labels!

Annual CYO Track & Field Meet

The All Saints Parish CYO Track & Field team, the Roadrunners, will compete this weekend in the Annual CYO Track & Field Meet, to be held at Falls Church High School.  Fifth-, Sixth-, Seventh- and Eighth-graders will compete on Saturday; and Third- and Fourth-graders compete on Sunday.  The team has grown to 40+ members this year; all members are All Saints Parishioners and all the students have had a great time at practices this Spring, under the guidance of Coach Cathy Nowak.  If your child would like to participate next year – get some exercise, make some new friends, and challenge herself/himself to the competition – contact Coach Nowak at or Ann Potocnak at


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.

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

The Early Prevention of School Failure Screening for Kindergarten applicants will take place on 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 Monday.

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)

Next week 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.

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

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!

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

Wednesday, May 1st

  •   SCA sponsored Dress Down for Earth Day
  •  3rd Quarter Gold Medal Readers Celebration (1:30 p.m.)

Thursday, May 2nd

  •  8th Annual Race for Education (see schedule above)

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.)

Monday, May 6th

  • Early Prevention of School Failure Screening – No Pre-K or Kindergarten classes

Tuesday, May 7th

  • World Language Exam for 8th Grade Students
  • Fr. Juan’s Handcraft Show (church vestibule/3:00-8:00 p.m.)
  • First Communion – Group I Rehearsal (6:00 p.m.)
  • PTO Executive Board Meeting (PLC/7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 8th

  •  7th & 8th Grade Field Trip to the Newseum & National Art Gallery
  • Mock Battle of the Books (Gym/1:45 p.m.)

Thursday, May 9th

  • Race for Education Dress Down Day option
  • 4th Grade Mothers’ Tea
  • Fr. Juan’s Handcraft Show (church vestibule/3:00-8:00 p.m.)

Friday, May 10th

  • Final Deadline for Annual Fund Contributions
  • School Mass & Virtues Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
  • National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony (church/1:30 p.m.)

Saturday, May 11th

  • First Communion – Group I (10:00 a.m.)

Links ~

–          Field Day Memo/Form: