The Sentinel – September 11, 2013

September 11, 2013

 

 

Principal’s Message

The safety of your children is always a top priority at All Saints.  In recent years, in accordance with national initiatives and diocesan policy, we have taken additional steps to do our part to ensure that your children are in a safe place when they are participating in a program at All Saints Catholic School.  For example, all of our faculty, staff and volunteers are required to complete a background check as well as training.  As an additional measure, eight years ago we implemented the Formation in Christian Chastity Program to help your children recognize the steps they can take to keep themselves safe.

The Formation in Christian Chastity Program serves as an additional measure to assist us in establishing and maintaining a safe environment for our students.  As outlined in the materials, information is provided primarily to parents as a resource to be used in the formation of their children.  There is one classroom lesson for students in grades one through four and two lessons for those in grades five through eight.

We will be integrating the objectives of the program into our religion lessons in these grades during the last two weeks of September.  The entire curriculum can be accessed through the diocesan website: www.arlingtondiocese.org.  (Click on the Child Protection tab found under the heading of Education.  To view the grade level lesson plans, click on Training Programs followed by the tab for the Formation in Christian Chastity Program.)

You are encouraged to spend some time reviewing this information yourself and to then share pertinent aspects with your children.  Each of the “rules” contains some application to common sense safety tips that you may share with your children.  Other parts of the “rule” apply to some of the decisions that you make as parents for the safety of your children.  A question and answer segment provides some suggestions as to how you might best address these concerns with your children.  Our goal is to equip both you and your children with the knowledge that can help to keep them safe.

The essential point is that parents need to be involved with their children.  The more you know about the daily events of your child’s life, the better you are able to spot any danger signs that may surface.  The more regular communication you have with your children, the freer they are to come to you with their concerns.

Should you have any questions about the Formation in Christian Chastity Program or about the classroom lessons, please do not hesitate to let us know.  In the event that you would prefer to not have your child participate in the classroom training, please contact the front office to request an opt-out form.

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Thank you to the many families who responded to the email requesting carpool assistance for the Sherrill Family.  I am pleased to report that the Sherrill’s received an overwhelming response and that they are now partnered with another family…Yet another example of the strength of our community!

School Messenger Emergency Notification ~ SYSTEM TEST ~  Tomorrow (September 12th)

The Diocese of Arlington uses the School Messenger notification service to send important information to families through phone calls, emails, and text messages.  In the event of an emergency, All Saints Catholic School will activate the School Messenger system.  As the system will only be used for this purpose, parents can anticipate that any communications received via this program are critical and deserve particular attention.

In order to ensure the functionality and accuracy of the system, All Saints will conduct a test tomorrow morning.  A test message will be issued via recorded phone message, text and email to the emergency contacts of all students and staff at approximately 10:30 a.m. 

TARGET proceeds benefit All Saints!

Thanks to the support of those families registered to participate in TARGET’s rewards program, last week our school received a check in the amount of $1,637.38.  Thank you parents and friends of All Saints!

Spirit Events Committee
Hey Everybody!  It’s time to show our school some LOVE.  It’s our first Spirit Event.  Friday September 27th, 2013 @ Chick-fil-A on Liberia Ave. from 6:30a.m. until 9 p.m.  Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner and fellowship with friends and your extended All Saints family.  Invite a new family to join you.  20% of the proceeds go to our beloved All Saints!  It’s a noon dismissal day so make a lunch date! Hope to see you all there!

Cub Scouts

Attention all boys in 1st through 5th grade!  Cub Scout Dens are now forming for the 2013/2014 Scouting year! Pack 1188 has been proudly serving the All Saints community for over 30 years and sponsored by the Knights of Columbus George Brent Council #5332.  Cub Scouts offers a range of age-appropriate programs that provide fun and adventure while helping build your son’s leadership, teamwork, faith, physical/mental fitness and spirit of service and duty, helping him grow into a competent, caring, adult of good character.  Boys can start at any level and no prior experience is required. Our next pack meeting is in the Knights of Columbus Hall at 7 PM on Tuesday, September 17, 2013.  If you have a Scouting-age boy who might be interested, give us a call.  He can come to a Pack meeting, see what’s going on, and decide if it’s something, he wants to be a part of.  No pressure. No obligation.  To get the details call or e-mail Cubmaster Randy Waddy at(703) 283-0717 /rrwaddy@yahoo.com.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Middle School Back to School Night

Middle School Back to School Night (Parents of Grades 6-8) – Thursday, September 12th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the PAC.  These sessions will provide parents with important information about our many programs and plans for the 2013-2014 school year.  For this reason, at least one parent from each family is required to attend this session.

Schedule

7:00 p.m.         Presentation in the Parish Activities Center (PAC)

7:30 p.m.         First Classroom Session Begins

9:35 p.m.         End of Final Classroom Session

Volunteer Opportunity – Playground & Cafeteria Supervision

Thank you to those who have volunteered to help on the playground and cafeteria during lunch/recess.  The school still has openings for VIRTUS compliant parents and Grandparents to assist the school staff with recess and lunch supervision from 11:10 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and starting this week for parents and Grandparents to help specifically with the Kindergarten classes from 12:15-1:00 p.m.  All volunteers will receive training in playground supervision as well as allergy awareness and will earn Points for Parents.  Please contact Mrs. Holly Crocker at hollyscrocker@comcast.net for more information about this opportunity.  As she is hoping to finalize the schedule in the near future, those interested in helping with this program are encouraged to contact her within the next week.  In advance, thank you for your support and participation in this enjoyable volunteer position.

This Friday, September 13th, is the Priest’s BBQ.  Several VIRTUS compliant parents are needed to help the priests prepare and serve the food to the students.  Volunteers are needed from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  If you are interested in this opportunity to participate in this fun All Saints tradition please contact Holly Crocker at the email address above.

“Big Bash: Hollywood Nights”

Big Bash: Hollywood Nights is just 2 months, 4 days, 15 hours, 10 minutes and 20 seconds away! But who’s counting? Visit www.ptobigbash.com to see what we have in store for the evening, how you can donate or sponsor the event, volunteer opportunities and ticket prices. Also, watch a video of our featured performer, Max Major, in action, see samples of the scrumptious gourmet food we will serve. By the way, you can countdown the days to Big Bash with us. We put a countdown clock on the site!

Download the event ticket order form at www.ptobigbash.com, or in this week’s Sentinel, and send your payment into school. We hope to have online ordering functional by the end of the week.

Money Saving News!: The Big Bash: Hollywood Nights event ticket is being offered at 2012 prices for a limited time. Order your ticket(s) in September and pay $28/pp (that’s $7 off the full price ticket). Don’t miss out, the price goes up to $32 ($3 off the full price ticket) in October and $35 in November.

Emergency Information Form – Past Due

Completed Emergency Forms were due in the office by Friday, September 6th. This form is critically important in that it provides us with the necessary information to contact you in the event of an emergency.  Those families who have not yet submitted this information are asked to do so as soon as possible.

Parent ~ Student Handbooks – Past Due

The 2013-2014 Parent-Student Handbook can be accessed electronically via our website:www.allsaintsvaschool.org.  Please take some time to review the policies and procedures of our school and discuss them with your children.  Parents who have not yet signed and returned the corresponding acknowledgement form are asked to do so.  Those families without access to the website are invited to contact the office to request a hard copy of the handbook.

Picture Day – Dress-Up Day Code

On special days designated by the principal, such as our Fall Picture Day, students may be out of uniform.  The following code is intended to encourage individuality and style within the framework of the virtue of modesty.  Girls: dresses or skirts (no bare shoulders or sleeveless) the length may not be shorter than two inches above the floor when kneeling), and dress slacks. The skirts and dress slacks may be worn with a white or colored blouse, or sweaters that are not form-fitting.  Not permitted:  Jeans or jeans-style slacks, jeggings, leggings, tight fitting blouses or blouses that expose any part of the midriff.  No athletic shoes other than the school style. No flip flops, sandals or high heels. Toes and heels must be covered.  Jewelry worn must be in accordance with uniform guidelines, such as only post earrings and no more than one.   Boys: shirts with a collar, sweater or sweater vest, dress pants in the style of the uniform trousers, belt, dress shoes.  Not permitted: Jeans or pants that resemble jeans, shorts, sweats, sneakers, t-shirts, except on specifically identified “dress down days”.

When it is determined that a student has reported to school dressed inappropriately, the student will be sent to the assistant principal who will contact the parents and request that they provide a school uniform for the student prior to his/her returning to class.

Student In-Service ~ Sexual Harassment, Our Policy & Response (Grades 6-8)

In accordance with diocesan policy, students in grades six through eight will participate in a brief classroom presentation within the next two weeks on the topic of the prevention of sexual harassment.  Mr. Conroy will visit each of the homeroom classes for approximately fifteen minutes, providing an overview of the diocesan policy and explaining to students how they should best respond if they encounter any behaviors of this nature.  Should you have any questions about this policy or presentation, please do not hesitate to contact the principal.

Use of Student Photos for Marketing Materials

In recent years, a formal marketing program has been implemented at All Saints and we are presently making a consistent effort to share the success of our program via local newspapers and our website.  It is important that parents understand that they retain the right to object to their son/daughter’s inclusion in these printed or electronic materials.  A “Waiver Information/Right to Object Form” (Appendix N) is located on the website within the forms section associated with the parent-student handbook.  Please note: If the form is not returned, we will assume that you waive your right to object.

Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

As part of the diocesan initiative to maintain a safe environment for all of our children, all volunteers with “substantial contact” with children are required to complete a background check prior to working in the school and to complete VIRTUS training within 45 days of commencing service.

As we begin a new year, in accordance with diocesan policy, only those parents who have completed the criminal background check are eligible to volunteer in the school.  Those who have not yet completed the background check process may request a packet of forms from the front office.  

We are hosting two live VIRTUS training seminars (the 4-hour training).  To register for one of these two sessions, please visit www.virtus.org.

Saturday, September 21 (Father Kelley Hall/9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Saturday, November 9 (Father Kelley Hall/9:00 a.m. – 1:00  p.m.)

The diocese also requires volunteers who have completed the full VIRTUS training to attend an annual update entitled Keeping the Promise Alive.  This 30 minutes 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 scheduled the following opportunities for completing the half-hour VIRTUS update:

Thursday, September 19 (Meeting Room 1/ 2:15 p.m.)

Tuesday, September 24 (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, October 8 (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, October 22 (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, November 12 (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, December 10 (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, January 14 (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, February 11 (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, March 11 (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, April 8 (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, May 13 (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Support our School…Sign-up Now for the New Year!

All Saints currently participates in the Giant A+ Bonus Bucks and Harris Teeter’s Together in Education programs. These programs provide cash to our school based on the amount that registered customers spend each school year. Each program requires re-registration each school-year. If you have not already provided your card information, please complete the 2013-2014 enrollment form at the end of the newsletter and return to the office marked to the attention:  Grocery Store Program Coordinator. Don’t forget to recruit family, friends, neighbors and coworkers by getting them to complete a form also. The coordinator will take care of registration for you!

We also benefit from Target’s Take Charge of Education program.  The REDcard is an actual debit or credit card.  For security purposes, please visit www.target.com/tcoe or call 1-800-316-6142 to designate our school, and then use your REDcard whenever you shop at Target to benefit All Saints.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 12th        School Messenger Test Message (10:30 a.m.)

Middle School Night (PAC/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, September 13th             School Mass – Grades 1-8 (8:30 a.m.)

Priests’ Barbecue

Middle School Progress Reports

Monday, September 16th          Picture Day – Individual Photos

Formation in Christian Chastity Lessons begin (through 9/27)

Tuesday, September 17th         Room Liaisons Meeting (FKH/9:00 a.m.)

Band Lessons Begin

Friday, September 20th             SCA Installation Ceremony (PAC/1:30 p.m.)

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