The Sentinel – May 22, 2013

Principal’s Message

As we approach the close of another academic year, it is important that we acknowledge and thank those members of the faculty and staff who will not be returning in the fall.  Each, in their own way, has contributed to the success of our school and has forever touched the lives of the children.

Mrs. Camille Karcher, our school counselor of five years, is resigning in anticipation of the birth of another child.  During her time with us, she has significantly influenced the life and culture of our school through her work with groups as well as individual students, parents and faculty. Additionally, she has coordinated our school-wide anti-bullying effort and recently helped to establish the new Student Ambassadors Program.  Most importantly, she has been a calm and compassionate presence, offering kind assistance and support to many in her role as counselor.

Mrs. Nichole Reynolds, who has been our music teacher for a combined total of five years, is resigning as she prepares for the birth of her first child.  Mrs. Reynolds will be greatly missed as she has made such a contribution to our school, not just in her role of music teacher but also as Director of the Schola.  It has been a joy to hear the children enthusiastically singing the hymns that she has selected and introduced to them within her music class.  Additionally, she has been instrumental in the design and presentation of our annual Christmas Pageant, a now beloved All Saints tradition!

Mrs. Kris Walk, who has worked as part of our Cafeteria Team for several years, will be leaving at the end of the year.  As her daughter transitions from All Saints to high school, she recognizes this as an opportunity to move forward as well, seeking new opportunities.  We thank her for her dedication and for all that she has done to support the very fine work of our cafeteria program.

Mrs. Monica Carlin, who joined our Pre-Kindergarten Team at the beginning of this past year, will be leaving as she and her family relocate to Texas during the summer months.  While with us only a short time, her sunny disposition and ever-present enthusiasm were wonderful qualities that were always in evidence in the Pre-K.

We wish all of our departing faculty & staff every success and blessing as they prepare for the next phase of their life journey!

End of Year Parent Survey ~ Bullying Initiative

During the first semester we distributed a parent survey on the topic of bullying in our community, the results of which were communicated via the weekly newsletter.  In an effort to measure progress and to ensure that we are aware of any concerns related to bullying in our community, all parents are invited to complete the follow up electronic survey prepared by our school counselor, Mrs. Karcher.  Parents are encouraged to visit the link to complete the survey.  Students in grades 3-8 will complete the electronic survey during their computer classes within the next two weeks.  In advance, we thank you for participating and providing feedback which helps us to plan for the future of our school.  Parent Survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/F2ZTMFH

Summer Learning Program

Over the course of the past month the faculty has discussed the merits of a summer learning program.  Recognizing that our curriculum during the school year is rigorous and that expectations are high for student learning, there is great value in the children having a respite during the months of summer.  On the other hand, studies have shown that students lose ground during the long vacation if not provided an opportunity to keep their skills sharp.  With these two perspectives in mind, as in prior years, the teachers have crafted a balanced plan specific for our school.  The following is a grade level summary of the Summer Learning Program for 2013.

(Note: Parents should select the summer learning assignments that correspond to the grade that their child will be entering in the fall.  For example, a student entering second grade would complete the Summer Book Program for rising 2ndgraders.  A child entering third grade would complete the assignments outlined below for grades 3-5.)

Grade K            Learning packets designed by the Pre-K team will be distributed to parents

Grade 1-2          Summer Book (order SUMMER BOOK for next year’s grade level. For example: students in K will order SUMMBER BOOK for rising 1st graders.)

Ordering Information:

Summerbook Company

305 Lyndale Drive

Hartsville, SC 27804

1-877-684-8502 (Toll Free)

www.summerbookcompany.com

Grades 3-5         Math Log & 2 Accelerated Reader Books

(Note: Each student is required to keep a Math log in which they complete 10 hours of work over the course of the summer.  Students may refer to our school website for recommended activities and math based websites.  After reading twoAccelerated Reader books, students are asked to complete the corresponding AR tests upon their return to school.  These summer assignments will be due Friday of the first week of school and will be considered part of the first quarter participation grade.)

Grades 6-8         Students are asked to read selections (one book for grade 6/two books for grades 7 & 8) from the Middle School Summer Reading List and complete one of the corresponding follow up activities.  Additionally, students are expected to practice math skills for a minimum of thirty minutes per week, using a list of recommended websites and recording time on a log sheet.

(Note: A letter from the middle school team and a detailed overview of assignments are included as links to this week’s newsletter and are available for review on our website.  A copy of the recommended reading list will be posted on our school website as well.)

All Saints Band Receives Superior Rating!

The All Saints Band attended the High Note Music Festival last Friday and performed three pieces for judging.  The opening work was a musical tribute to the 35th anniversary of the Garwood Whaley Music Program, which offers music instruction throughout the diocese.  The All Saints Band won the highest rating possible, Superior, scoring 92 points and 94 points out of 100 from the two judges.  Brian Norcross, one of the judges, and director at Franklin and Marshall College, stated the band played “very good and accurate” and had some “great musical repertoire”.  After the performance, the band visited Hershey Park and enjoyed a lunch catered by Hershey.  Now the Beginner Band, Advanced Band and the Intermediate Drums look forward toward a final concert school concert / ice cream social on Tuesday, May 28th.

Student Council Election Results

Last week approximately forty students participated in an election for a variety of offices for the 2012-2013 leadership of the Student Council Association.  Congratulations to the following students who were elected by the students in grades four through seven.

President                                                           Brightney V.

Vice President                                                    Kaelyn L.

Secretary/Historian                                             Rachel E.

School Spirit/Publicity                                        Trey C.

Finance                                                             Maddie M.

Health, Safety & Ecology                                   Nicholas D.

Religious Activities                                            Lance C.

Recorder Concert & “The History of Rock” A Spring Choral Concert

A recorder concert featuring the 3rd grade and “The History of Rock” Spring Choral Concert featuring the 7th & 8th Grades will be held Thursday, May 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in the School Gym.

**3rd Graders will report to homerooms with their recorders and 7th & 8th graders will report to the gym no later than 6:40 pm**

Dress code for students performing:

– Jeans (no leggings, shorts, skirts, or jeggings)

– Tennis shoes or uniform shoes

– Red, White, or  Blue tops or patriotic t-shirts (no tank tops, sleeveless, or low cut tops)

Please email Mrs. Reynolds with questions:  nreynolds@allsaintsva.org

NJHS Dress Down Day

The National Junior Honor Society will be sponsoring a dress down day on Tuesday, May 28.  A donation of $1.00 will be collected to benefit Fisher House, an organization providing “a home away from home” for military families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease, or injury.   Students should dress in RED, WHITE, OR BLUE!

Race for Education Update: As of yesterday, the counting team has already processed $34,358.00 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

RACE FOR EDUCATION

A big thank you to all the volunteers who have helped process the mailers for the Race for Education. We still have a bunch of mailers to process with donations for our school. We are looking for volunteers to come help this Thursday, May 23rd anytime from 10 AM to 3 PM. If you are able to volunteer some of your time, please contact Marjorie Collins at (703)365-9686 or marjorie@ocfmail.com

 

END OF YEAR INFORMATION

Cafeteria Program – End of Year Reminders

As we are approaching the end of the school year, please note:

1)      Notices of cafeteria payments now due will be sent home with students this week.  Families are asked to submit payment for any outstanding balances by May 31st and are encouraged to send in sufficient funds to cover the cost of lunches through the close of the year.

2)      Middle school students are not permitted to charge lunch payments during the month of June. If your middle school son/daughter does not have payment for lunch, he or she will receive a bologna & cheese sandwich.

Note:  The final day for students to redeem free ice cream cards is Friday, May 31st.  Pretzels are no longer available, as the final day for pretzels was Tuesday May 21st.

Thank you for your support of the end of year procedures.  Should you have any questions, please contact the cafeteria at 703-368-4400 (ext. 211).

Extended Day Program

Extended Day services will continue the next three weeks and be available before and after school through Thursday, June 13th.  There will be no Extended Day Program on Friday, June 14th.  All students will dismiss at 10:30 a.m. following the Closing Mass & Awards Ceremony.  Please make arrangements for your children to be picked up if you anticipate being unavailable at that time.

Report Cards

Report cards and awards will be issued on the final day of school, June 14th.  Since the office will have a record of your child’s final grades at the close of the year, you may retain these cards.

Medications

All medications must be picked up from the clinic no later than Thursday, June 13th.  Since students are not authorized to carry medication, it is necessary for parents to visit the clinic to pick up medications prior to the close of the year.  Medications remaining after the final day will be discarded.

Summer Office Hours

The school office will remain open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. during the months of June and August.  The office will be closed during the month of July.  The office will reopen on Thursday, August 1st. Should you need to contact school personnel during the summer months, please do not hesitate to leave a message on the answering machine. We will make every effort to return your call in a timely manner.

Important Dates for the Upcoming Year

¨       Orientation Day (Students and parents are invited to visit the school, meet new teachers, and pick up supply orders.) – Friday, August 23rd.

¨       7th Annual Back-to School Barbecue hosted by the PTO – Friday, August 23rd (5:30-7:30 p.m.)

¨       First Day of School ~ Noon Dismissal (Grades K-8) – Monday, August 26th

¨       First Day of Pre-Kindergarten – Wednesday, September 4th

High School News

John Paul the Great Summer Courses and Sports Camps

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

JP the Great e-News Update: CLICK HERE TO READ e-News!

Paul VI Catholic High School

Paul VI Girls & Boys Summer Basketball Camps Discount Ends June 1:

June 17 – 21 / July 8 – 12 / July 22 – 26.  Grades 2 – 8.

St Leo The Great Mini-Hoopster Camp Discount Ends June 1:

June 24 – 27.  Boys & Girls Grades K – 2.

For more information and to register online please go to www.pvibasketball.com

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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.

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.  The deadline for signing up for all payment plans was 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.

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.  (Please see the attached link to access this survey.)

Carpool Reminders

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.)

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.

Upcoming Events

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

–          Ultimate Question Parent Survey Deadline

Monday, May 27th

–          Holiday – Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 28th

–          NJHS sponsored Dress-Down Day (Red, White & Blue)

–          School Band Concert for Students (2:00 p.m.)

–          Band Ice Cream Social

Wednesday, May 29th

–          Field Day at Linton Hall (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Thursday, May 30th

–          Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten – Picnic Celebration

–          7th Grade Field Trip to Manassas Battlefield (8:45 – 1:30)

Friday, May 31st

–          School Mass – Celebrated by Rev. Matthew Carroll (8:30 a.m.)

–          Middle School Assembly – Drugs, Alcohol & Gang Awareness/Prevention, sponsored by the Manassas Police Department

 

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