The Sentinel – September 18, 2013


Principal’s Message

This year we have given increased attention to school safety and security, including revisions of some of our arrival and dismissal procedures.  I want to thank all parents for their support in this regard and for participating in these school-wide efforts.  With all parents participating in the organized arrival and dismissal process, the faculty and administration are better able to supervise and ensure the safety of all of our students.  Again, thank you for your support.    

The following is a list of additional reminders designed to help us maintain an arrival and dismissal system that is safe, efficient and courteous. 

Parking:

¨       Parents are asked not to park directly in front of the school building since this area is a designated fire lane.   Access to this area is restricted by traffic cones.

¨       Those visiting or volunteering in the school during the day are asked to park in the lot in front of the new church.  (Please refrain from parking in those spaces reserved for the clergy and from parking in Lot #2, directly across from the priests’ parking area, as this section is used by the parish staff.)

Arrival & Departure:

¨       When entering and exiting the property please use right turns only.  This will minimize the traffic that sometimes occurs on Stonewall Road, thereby helping us to maintain positive public relations with our neighbors. 

¨       Parents are asked not to exit the line after unloading children during morning arrival.  Rather, to ensure the safety of all students, drivers are asked to remain in the line of traffic and to wait for the car ahead to pull forward. 

¨       During morning arrival, students should exit from the passenger side of the vehicle.  This will eliminate the practice of having the children walk between cars.

¨       When arriving for afternoon dismissal, parents are reminded to use great caution when exiting their vehicle.  We recommend that parents not open their doors until the next row of cars has arrived in the adjacent parking spaces. 

¨       In that our dismissal process brings together many people, it is a time for discussion and community building.  However, once dismissal begins, we ask that parents wrap up conversations so that complete attention may be directed to the children and so that we might avoid any unnecessary delays.  

¨       For the safety of all involved, drivers are asked not to exit the carpool lines during afternoon dismissal unless directed by a staff member to do so.  Teachers only wave drivers forward after verifying that the adjacent lanes are clear of pedestrian traffic. 

¨       It is vitally important that all drivers be especially attentive, proceeding slowly and with caution.   Parents are asked to refrain from cell phone use when entering and exiting the property.

PTO General Assembly Meeting ~ Presentation for Parents on Allergy Awareness

On October 1st at 7pm in the PAC we will have our next PTO General Assembly Meeting.  We are so fortunate to have a wonderfully dynamic speaker from our very own school community- our beloved school nurse, Mrs. Jillian Roth, R.N.

In addition to her nursing qualifications and wonderful way with our students, what you may not know is that she is considered an Anaphylaxis Community Expert with a specialty in Epinephrine Resource School Nursing (one of 4 with this qualification in the state of Virginia).  Mrs. Roth will be speaking on food allergies and anaphylaxis- a topic which you may be surprised to hear effects a number of children in our own school and many in the community at large.

This is a must see presentation- even if your child does not have allergies, if your child has a friend who does- or any child with allergies spends any time at your house- these strategies can be life saving.  If you volunteer in the classroom or work with children, you can play a role in keeping children safe with this information.

In fact, we think that this presentation is so important, you can earn 10 Points for Parents for attending the General Assembly meeting on October 1st.

Want to earn 1/2 your Points for Parents for the entire year?!?  Attend all 3 General Assembly Meetings and you can earn 30 Points for Parents.  In February we will have a speaker on Technology and our Children and in April- Homework Strategies. More information to follow on these speakers!

We look forward to seeing you there- Mrs. Angela Slater, PTO President.

8th Grade Parents Meeting (Wednesday, October 2nd)

Mrs. Slovenkay and Miss Zwisler will host a meeting for all 8th grade parents on Wednesday, October 2nd beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Meeting Room 2 located in the Father Kelley Wing. Important information will be shared regarding the high school application process and the special events & activities that are part of the 8th grade experience at All Saints.  At least one parent from each family is asked to attend this important session. 

Lock-Down Drill ~ September 25th (10:00 a.m.)

Nine years ago our school-based Crisis Management Team implemented quarterly lock-down drills to familiarize students and staff with our security response plan.  Each drill is clearly introduced as a practice with teachers and staff providing age-appropriate instructions to the students.  The first drill for the year will occur on Wednesday, September 25th at 10:00 a.m.  (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.) 

Parents Unite – for parents of 5th through 12th graders

Come for an evening of Dinner, Practical Pointers, & Prayer for Parents of Teens & Future Teens ~ October 19th at All Saints in Manassas from 3:00pm to 8:30pm

Features of the Day

  • Dr. Michael Horne, Sr. Clare Hunter, Art & Laraine Bennett, Soren Johnson, China Briceno, and the Puigbo Family to offer workshops in English & Spanish
  • Topics include Social Media, Technology & Teens, Temperaments, Parenting, etc
  • Dinner & Desserts provided

$30/couple or $20/individual… Make it a Date!

 

Information & Registration Here:  http://allsaintsyouthministry.org/highschool/parents-unite/

Big Bash: Hollywood Nights – 11.16.2013

We have a new location, a DJ/Master of Ceremonies, a MAGICal performer, exciting games and fantastic food. Now we just need…YOU!

  • Buy Your Tickets: There are only 12 days left to get your Big Bash ticket at the lowest price we’ll offer ($28). Order online with your credit card here, or print the form in the Sentinel and return to school.Take advantage of $7 savings off full price and get your form in today!
  • Attend A Planning Meeting: The next one is September 19 at 7pm, Location TBD (hoping for the PAC). It’s a party for all of us, and we would love to have you be in on the plans. Can you join us for our next planning meeting? Send a note to asptobigbash@gmail.com. We can’t wait to share the latest plans with you & get YOUR feedback/ideas ~ hope you can make it! Elissa and Christian

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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.) – CANCELLED

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.)

Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 19th        Enrollment Management Team Meeting – Rescheduled

Friday, September 20th             School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

                                                SCA Installation Ceremony (PAC/1:30 p.m.)

Monday, September 23rd          SCA Sponsored Spirit Week (see flyer for details)

Tuesday, September 24th         Playground Training for Volunteers (10:00 a.m.)

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

Wednesday, September 25th    Lockdown Drill (10:00 a.m.)

Thursday, September 26th        Playground Training for Volunteers (10:00 a.m.)

Friday, September 27th             Noon Dismissal: Professional Development for Faculty

                                                School Mass & Virtue Awards Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)

                                                Spirit Event: Chick-fil-a (Liberia Ave.)

                                                1st Quarter Interims

                                               

Links

·         Chick-fil-A Spirit Event Flyer: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=2013-09-09-Chick-Fil-A-revised.jpg

·         Parents Unite Flyer: http://allsaintsyouthministry.org/highschool/parents-unite/

Big Bash links

Website: http://ptobigbash.com

Ticket Information: http://wiselightmarketing.com/ptobigbash/buy-big-bash-tickets/

Online Ticket Ordering: http://wiselightmarketing.com/ptobigbash/buy-your-big-bash-tickets-online/

Planning Calendar: http://wiselightmarketing.com/ptobigbash/planning-calendar/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/allsaintsptobigbash