The Sentinel – May 8, 2013

Principal’s Message

Congratulations to the members of our 8th grade class who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on Saturday.  I am so proud of each of them for the individual commitment they have made to their Catholic faith and pray that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that they experienced during the liturgy will guide them through their future years.  Thank you, Mr. Tessier, and all of the teachers who provided the students such wonderful religious formation during their years at All Saints.

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This week I wish to invite you to participate in a general survey designed to measure your overall satisfaction with our school and the programs it offers.  Aligned with one of the goals of our five year plan, this initiative is designed to provide faculty, staff and administration with another source of feedback regarding parent perceptions.  Again this year we will be using theUltimate Question or Net Promoter Survey for this purpose.  Designed at the Harvard Business School, the survey is widely used and recognized by organizations across our country, including businesses and corporations.  It is purposely designed to be very succinct with a built-in opportunity for open ended responses.

The survey is comprised of one key question:  On a scale of 1-10, how confident are you in recommending All Saints Catholic School to family, friends and acquaintances?  A follow up question based upon each individual’s response yields additional information which can be used in planning future goals for the school.

I do hope that many of you will take a few minutes to respond to this brief survey.  Your candid responses will help to provide an important perspective to us and inform our vision for the future.  Most importantly, this tool provides an opportunity to ensure that we are in step with parent perceptions and actively responding to the needs of our community members.  In advance, thank you for your support and participation.

Link to the Ultimate Question survey:             http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WMGFFW6

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Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends of All Saints gathered last Thursday in support of the 8th Annual Race for Education.  As always, the students ran with a lot of heart, enjoying the extra time outside and the opportunity to run for a great cause ~ their Catholic school!

I wish to again thank all of our donors from across the country and around the globe who so generously contributed to the success of this program.  As previously announced, 15% of the proceeds from the event will be sent directly to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

As of yesterday, the counting team has already processed $21,278 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

I want to thank Mrs. Marjorie Collins for serving as coordinator of our 8th Annual Race for Education.  She invested many hours in planning for the big day and continues to coordinate a team of volunteers who are assisting with the recording and depositing of the many contributions received in support of the event.  I am also grateful to those wonderful parents who worked behind the scenes on the day of the event.  The many supportive hands assisting with the hole-punching of race cards and water stations helped to insure a safe and enjoyable event for the children, start to finish!

FACTS Tuition Program – Enrollment in Payment Plans for 2013-2014

By this time you should have received an electronic “invite” from FACTS Tuition.  Parents are asked to respond to this email invitation, following the step-by-step instructions and enrolling in a tuition plan for the new year by May 20th.

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, please confirm your intent to pay in full by May 10th on the FACTS data base.  All payments will be submitted directly to FACTS via an invoice process for payments in full.  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.

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

Within the next week the office will issue customized letters to each family that has not yet fulfilled the Points for Parents requirement for the 2012-2013 academic year.  The letter will confirm the number of points reflected in the school database and a corresponding fee for unearned points.  Families are asked to submit payment for outstanding points by Wednesday, May 22nd.

4th Quarter Lock-Down Drill

The 4th Quarter Lock-Down Drill will take place on Monday, May 20th.  (Please note: This drill has been scheduled for several weeks and is not in response to any concerns specific to All Saints.  Rather, it is another exercise by which we maintain a state of preparedness should the need ever arise to secure the facility and safeguard the children.)

Reminder: Pastor’s Holiday – Friday, May 24th

In celebration of the Ordination to the Priesthood of Matthew Carroll (All Saints Graduate, Class of 1998, and son of Mrs. Jane Carroll, Computer Teacher), Fr. Bob has declared a “Pastor’s Holiday” for Friday, May 24th. Rather than dismissing at noon as originally scheduled, school will be closed for the day, allowing members of the faculty, staff and school community to attend the Mass of Ordination in Washington, D.C.

Our school and parish rejoices in this special occasion and we continue to remember Deacon Matthew in our prayers during the final days of his priestly formation.

“Big Bash” Planning Meeting

Once a year, the All Saints PTO throws a party to celebrate the grown-ups that make our school community so great: parents, teachers, support staff, priests and parishioners.  Mark your calendars now for 11.16.13!  This event has formerly been referred to as the Casino & Auction.

This year’s event will be is going to be better than ever ‘cause we’re bringing the party to our house! In one of the first events held at the brand new Parish Activities Center, the PTO is putting on a brand new kind of party…and we want YOUR HELP.

All Saints PTO’s Big Bash featuring:

Casino Games

            Fun & Games & Music

            Live Auction

            Silent Auction

We have exciting enhancements planned, and would love to get your input, too. Please attend our first planning & volunteer meeting to make your voice & your ideas heard.

Date:                Thursday, May 9         

Time:              7pm

Place:               Meeting room 2 (Near Father Kelly Hall)

The more the merrier is our planning motto, and with that in mind:

•                      Attend the meeting with four (4) friends from our community ( OR, come with the email & phone number of four (4) parents/parishioners that you think would be interested in helping us plan our big November party)

•                      The five (5) of you will get our eternal gratitude!  And be entered into a drawing for a $25 Starbuck’s gift card!

Together, all of us can make the PTO’s big party fresh and fun.

“Big Bash Co-Chairs”

Elissa Hackerson & Christian Cobb

Spotlight on the Arts Summer Camps extends Early Bird Deadline to May 30th 

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 of day camps this July in Vienna & Manassas.  Members of surrounding parishes are also welcome to register for the sessions held at All Saints and St. Mark.  Programs are available for youth K-12.  In addition to Early Bird savings, there are also multiple child discounts available!  To receive a Registration Brochure and Camps Descriptions with Instructor Bios, please email SpotlightCamps@gmail.com or go to www.allsaintsvaschool.org and click on the Camp Icon.

Volunteer Opportunity for 2013-2014

The PTO is looking of a coordinator for the grocery store card program for the 2013-2014.  This PTO position involves coordinating the collection of the grocery store cards from school family and inputting them into each respective website (Giant, Harris Teeter, Safeway & Food Lion).  This program has the potential to earn several thousand dollars each year for the school; the majority of the work done in August and September.  If you are interested in this volunteer position for the next school year please contact PTO Ways and Means Coordinator, Carol Rice ckrice@verizon.net

HIGH SCHOOL NEWS

Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School News

Summer Courses and Sports Camps at John Paul the Great – Register now for summer fun at Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School! The talented coaches and teachers of JP are leading fun, instructional courses and camps for middle school and high school children. For more information, please visit www.jpthegreat.org, emailcamps@jpthegreat.org, or call 703-445-0300.

– Overview: please click here

– Academic and Enrichment Courses: please click here

– Sports Camps: please click here

H.O.P.E. Fest at John Paul the Great! – All are invited to come out for children’s games, free hotdogs, and live music at H.O.P.E. Fest 2013 on Saturday, May 18, from 4 – 8pm on the John Paul fields. H.O.P.E. Fest (Helping Other People Every Day) is a project of the JP National Honor Society to raise awareness about the issues of homelessness in our community and to help fill local food banks. Admission free with a donation of canned goods. For more information, please visit www.jpthegreat.org or call 703-445-0300.

Paul VI Catholic High School Summer 2013 Choral Camp

Summer 2013 Choral Camp to be held at PVI for rising 5-9th graders.  Monday – Friday, June 24th – June 28th.  See attached link for more information and sign-up forms.

Seton School

Summer 2013 Boys Basket Ball Camps with Coach Dan Vander Woude, Seton Boys Varsity Coach will be held this summer.  Please click on the link at the end of the newsletter for a flyer with more information regarding camps.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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.

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

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)

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, May 9th

–          Race for Education Dress Down Day option

–          4th Grade Mothers’ Tea, immediately following the 8:30 a.m. Mass

–          Fr. Juan’s Handcraft Show (church vestibule/3:00-8:00 p.m.)

–          Auction Committee Meeting (Mtg. Room 2 @ 7:00 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.)

Monday, May 13th

–          5th Grade Field Trip to Luray Caverns (8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, May 14th

–          Race for Education Dress Down Day option

–          Seniors Luncheon Band Concert

Wednesday, May 15th

–          Principal for a Day – Auction Item (Emma Parker, 6th Grade)

Thursday, May 16th

–          4th Grade Field Trip – Mount Vernon (8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)

–          6th Grade Field Trip – Medieval Times (8:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

–          1st Communion – Group III Rehearsal (6:00 p.m.)

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

Friday, May 17th

–          Band Trip – Hershey Park

–          Noon Dismissal

–          Spirit Event: Chick-fil-A

Saturday, May 18th

–          1st Communion (10:00 a.m.)

 

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