The Sentinel – May 15, 2013

Principal’s Message

It was a joy and an honor to witness many of our 2nd grade students receiving their First Communion on Saturday morning.  Other members of the second grade class will receive the Sacrament on Saturday and in the weeks ahead with their families.  We continue to remember all of them in our prayers and congratulate them on this wonderful occasion!

I want to take a moment to thank Mrs. Cummings and Mrs. Gurley for so thoughtfully preparing the children.  Through their careful planning and recognition of the fact that this Sacrament is the central focus of the second grade experience, they provided a wonderful environment of faith and learning for their students.

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For several decades the staff of All Saints Catholic School and the Diocese of Arlington have worked together to ensure compliance with the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA).  For example, twice annually our school is inspected in accordance with this act and any necessary steps are taken in order to maintain compliance and a safe environment for our students, staff and parents.

In accordance with this act, this notification is being provided to you to inform you that asbestos-containing materials are present in our school.  A copy of our school Management Plan contains the exact locations of any asbestos-containing materials and is maintained on file in the archives.  This plan, with documentation dating back to the 1980’s, is available for your review and inspection during normal school hours.  As such, please feel free to request information on or about our Management Plan and inspection findings.

Should you have any questions about this program, please do not hesitate to let me know. Most importantly, please know that this communication is not related to any concern or change in circumstance, rather it is simply an effort to publish this information in accordance with the act.

Race for Education Update: As of yesterday, the counting team has already processed $29,778 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

Ultimate Question Parent Survey

All parents are invited 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 are using the Ultimate Question or Net Promoter Survey for this purpose.  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.  Parents are asked to respond to the survey by Friday, May 24th.

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

FACTS Tuition Program – Payment Plans for 2013-2014

Those who have not already done so are reminded to respond to the FACTS email invitation by following the step-by-step instructions and enrolling in a tuition plan for the new year by May 20th.

As this is the first year using this new program, the deadline for Payment in Full with a 2% discount has been extended.  Those wishing to receive the discount must sign-up through FACTS no later than May 20th and submit the full payment by June 10th.

Again, the deadline for signing up for all payment plans is May 20th. 

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

Virtue of the Month Award Winners

Congratulations to the following students who were recognized following last Friday’s school Mass for having exemplified the Virtue of Stewardship during the month of April.

PK1      Grace A. and Julianna A.

PK2      Chimanga M.

PK3      Charlotte C.

K1        Julie S.

K2        Jessica C.

1A        Matthew K.

1B        Blake M.

2A        Jack M.

2B        Andrea R.

3A        Victoria B.

3B        Alexa B.

4A        Patrick R.

4B        Amelia S.

5A        Gabriel S.

5B        Nina M.

6A        Jack T.

6B        Emma P.

7A        Jamie J.

7B        Dylan S.

8A        Stanley D.

8B        Hayden A.

National Junior Honor Society Inductees

Congratulations to the following newly inducted members of the All Saints Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society.  These students were selected by a Faculty Council for having demonstrated the five qualities of service, leadership, character, citizenship, and scholarship.

Rachel C.

Kelly C.

Andrew D.

Christopher D.

Rachel E.

Kimberly F.

Lauren G.

Shannon H.

Rachel K.

Kaelyn L.

Andrew M.

Nicholas M.

Anya P.

Bianca P.

Dylan S.

Nate S.

Shelby U.

Brightney V.

Anthony Z.

4th Quarter Lock-Down Drill

The 4th Quarter Lock-Down Drill will take place on Monday, May 20th.  In an effort to more authentically measure the effectiveness of our school response, the exact time of this drill will not be announced.  (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.)

SchoolMessenger – System Test – Monday, May 20th

The school will conduct a fourth quarter test of the SchoolMessenger System on Wednesday, May 22nd.  As in the past, all of the text and recorded messages will clearly communicate that it is only a test.

Race for Education

All Saints School has been blessed with an overwhelming response to support our school through Race for Education donations. We are looking for volunteers to help tomorrow, Thursday, May 16th, to help process these donations. Marjorie Collins will be at the school from 10 AM to 3 PM and will appreciate any amount of time you can volunteer. If you can help out, please contact Marjorie at 703-365-9686 or marjorie@ocfmail.com  Thank you!

Spirit Events

As you know, we have a half-day on Friday, May 17th. It is a perfect time to pop over to Chick-fil-A on Liberia Avenue for our Spirit Event.  You can go anytime from 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m. In fact, just bring your flyer and you can even go through the Drive-thru and our school earns 15% of the proceeds.  You know the kids love their food and let’s be honest, you know the adults do too!

We look forward to seeing you all there!  Also, if you would like to learn more about joining the Spirit Committee for next year, then please contact Megan Davies atmeggie.davies@verizon.net.  We are currently in the process of deciding which events to host next year.  It is a great way to get involved, and an easy way to earn Points for Parents!

5K Volunteer Opportunity for 2013-2014

Planning for the next years 5K is about to get underway!   This has been a great community event for the past two years and the foundation is well laid for it to continue.  We are looking for one or two people to step in and serve in a leadership role for this event.  If you have a heart for this fun and healthy family event, please contact the PTO Ways and Means Coordinator, Carol Rice ckrice@verizon.net.

Register Now for Vacation Bible School: SonWest Roundup!

The RE Department is still accepting registrations for Catholic Vacation Bible School.  Children in grades K – 5 can “saddle up” and join us for SonWest Roundup where all roads lead to Jesus.  The VBS will be held from June 24 to June 28 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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 high school volunteers are needed to make VBS a success!   A nursery is available for the younger children of volunteers.  If you are interested in volunteering, click on the attached link below.  For information, contact Samantha Welsh, DRE at 703-393-2142 orswelsh@allsaintsva.org.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Carpool Reminders

Right Turns Only: Parents are reminded of the importance of making only right turns when entering and exiting the property at the time of dismissal.  This practice will help to keep the flow of traffic moving on Stonewall Road and subsequently foster positive public relations with surrounding businesses and residents.

Parking: In recent weeks an increased number of parents have been parking in front of the church and walking their children from the dismissal area to their cars.  In the interest of student and parent safety and in consideration that all parents are expected to participate in the organized dismissal system, all parents are reminded to park only in those areas reserved for afternoon dismissal, i.e. Bays 1, 2 & 3 in the front lot and Bays 4 & 5 in the rear lot.

Note:  This expectation does not apply to those parents who have served as volunteers during the afternoon hours and have parked in front of the church.

Thank you parents for your support of our system which is designed to ensure a safe and efficient dismissal.

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

This week the office will issue individualized letters to each family, confirming 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.

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

Field Day Reminder

Please send in your Field Day form with payment for lunch by Wednesday, May 22nd.  Please include your family name and the grades of your students.  Please do not hesitate to call the cafeteria at 703-368-4400, ext. 211 if you have any questions.

Upcoming Events

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.)

Monday, May 20th                     

  • FACTS Tuition Plan Enrollment Due
  • 4th Quarter Lock-Down Drill

Tuesday, May 21st                     

  • Kindergarten Field Trip – Frying Pan Park (8:45-2:15)
  • Battle of the Books (7:30-1:30)
  • Band Concert (Gym/7:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 22nd                

  • Race for Education Dress Down Day
  • 6th Grade Brass Rubbing Presentation
  • 4th Quarter SchoolMessenger System Test
  • Points for Parents Fees due

Thursday, May 23rd                   

  • Spring Choral Concert – Grades 3, 7 & 8 (Gym/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, May 24th                       

  • Holiday – Ordination Day for Bro. Matthew Carroll

Monday, May 27th                     

  • Holiday – Memorial Day

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