The Sentinel – May 29, 2013

 Principal’s Message

If the greatest measure of the success of our school can be found in the accomplishments of our graduates, then the Ordination of Fr. Matthew Carroll, class of 1998, was certainly a high-water mark for the community of All Saints!

It was a great joy for members of the faculty & staff, along with school families, to witness the Mass of Ordination held at St. Dominic Church in Washington, D.C last Friday.  For me, one of the most poignant moments occurred at the end of the liturgy when, after the closing prayer, the Bishop knelt at the foot of the sanctuary in order to receive a blessing from each of the newly ordained.  As the entire congregation stood motionless observing this extraordinary moment, the silence was broken only by the ringing of the Angelus bells.  How graced we were to have witnessed the Ordination!  Our entire community rejoices in the fact that Fr. Matthew has dedicated himself to a life of service to Christ and the Church.

We will continue to celebrate and congratulate Fr. Matthew as he returns to All Saints on Friday to celebrate Mass with the school community.  All parents and families are cordially invited to attend the liturgy and to join us for this most special occasion.

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 2nd graders.  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 1stgraders.)

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 two Accelerated 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.)

Race for Education Update: As of yesterday, the counting team has already processed $43,564.20 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

All Saints Catholic School Barnes & Noble Bookfair

Join Mrs. Coyle and Mrs. Geary for a good time and pick up your summer reading books on Saturday, June 8th from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble, Manassas.  See link below for a flyer.

Deadline Approaching to Register for Vacation Bible School!

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.   The deadline for registrations is Friday, May 31.

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!  For more information, contact Samantha Welsh, DRE at 703-393-2142 or swelsh@allsaintsva.org.

Catholic High School News

Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School

“Be there for Boston” at Chick-Fil-A:   Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School is partnering with Semper Fi Fund and Chick-Fil-A to support the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. Visit Chick-Fil-A restaurants in Woodbridge (2425 PW Parkway) andManassas/Bristow (9939 Sowder Villiage Square) on Wednesday, June 5, from 3:30 – 7:00pm. Mention “Be there for Boston” and the Sempre Fi Fund will receive 15% of your total order. Funds raised will help wounded members of the armed forces visit wounded victims of the Boston bombing. A chicken sandwich never tasted so good! Thank you for your support!

Daughters of the King, Mother/Daughter Retreat

St. Rita’s will be hosting a Mother/Daughter Retreat August 23-25 for mom’s and their daughters grades 5-8.  All are welcome!  They will cover issues relevant to young women today – peer pressure, boys, body image, social media, friendships, virtues, etc. all lovingly taught from a Catholic perspective!  Come spend a weekend growing in faith and love for God with your daughter.  Also included is a modesty fashion show and tea party.  Spaces are limited, contact Julie Martin (571-501-4614 or jmmartin77@hotmail.com) for pricing and more information.  A flyer/poster for the retreat is linked below.

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).

EPI Presents – School Supplies for the 2013 – 2014 School Year

It’s that time of year again to start thinking about school supplies for the upcoming 2013-2014 School Year.

If you like connivance then Educational Products Inc. (EPI) has a solution for you. Starting June 1st through June 26th you can order your school supply kits on-line. www.epipacks.com and then enter our school ID #: ALL088.  Be sure to select the correct kit(s).

Watch your student’s folders for order forms.  Questions can be directed toallsaintssupplies@yahoo.com

The expected delivery date for all kits to All Saints School is August 16th.  The Kits will then be distributed to your child’s class room.

Seat Sacks, Backpacks, Party favors, and AR prizes (Grades 3 – 6) are not included in EPI’s School supply Kits and must be purchased separately.

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

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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.

Upcoming Events

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

Monday, June 3rd

–          Race for Education Dress Down Day Option

–          Catholic Cup Religion Competition (8:30 a.m.)

–          4th Quarter Gold Medal Readers Celebration (1:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, June 4th

–          Race for Education Celebration

Awards Presentation (8:15 a.m.)

Pizza with the Principal

Classroom Movie & Popcorn Parties

–          Middle School Demerit-Free Breakfast (9:15 a.m.)

–          PTO Executive Board Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, June 5th

–          2nd Grade Field Trip to National Basilica (8:00 – 2:30)

Thursday, June 6th

–          Race for Education Dress Down Day Option

–          8th Grade Ice Cream Social (2:00 p.m.)

Friday, June 7th             

–          School Mass & Virtues Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)

–          8th Grade vs. Faculty/Staff Volleyball Game (2:00 p.m.)

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