The Sentinel – September 25, 2013

Principal’s Message

On Friday all students in grades 1-8 will receive an interim report, a summary for parents that indicates each child’s progress at the mid-point of the quarter.

In advance of these reports, I would like to provide some clarification regarding the grading rubric for special subject classes, i.e. art, music, computer, physical education and Spanish in the lower grades.  Although progress reports may include percentage-based grades in some of these classes, these scores will automatically be translated into the following numerical score at the close of each quarter: 3, 2, 1 or X.  In order for students to be eligible for the honor roll, they will need to demonstrate satisfactory or better progress as indicated by a 2 (Satisfactory/Good) or 3 (Very Good) in these classes.

Related to this, after consultation with the teachers, I have decided that third grade students will not participate in the honor roll system, even though they will earn percentage-based grades.  The reason for this is that I believe that introducing this academic incentive may inadvertently create unnecessary stress for these still young learners.  The focus for these students should continue to be that of putting forth their best effort every day rather than striving for a particular percentage, a mathematical concept of which they have only a limited understanding.

After reviewing your child’s interim, do not hesitate to contact the teachers should you have any questions.  Although we are still learning this new system, we are more than happy to provide clarification regarding your son or daughter’s progress.

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Recently we initiated a test of our SchoolMessenger notification system, a process designed to allow us to quickly communicate important information to parents, faculty and staff.  As a result of the test we learned that our database is not currently mapped for distribution of text messages.  It is for this reason that you may not have received a test message via text.

In order to participate in the SMS messaging service, you must indicate your willingness to receive text messages to your phone.  The process is simple and only takes a few seconds to complete.

Simply text any one of the following words to the number 68453: subscribe, optin, yes

You’ll know you were successful if you receive the following reply message

You’re now registered with the SchoolMessenger notification service. Reply STOP to cancel, HELP for help.  Msg&data rates may apply. 3msgs/mo. Schoolmessenger.com/tm

All Saints will officially launch this service in the weeks ahead.  If you do not complete the opt-in process described above, you may receive a one-time opt-in invitation SMS message on Wednesday, October 9th This is to comply with wireless carrier requirements and to protect you against unsolicited text messages.  The message you will receive will be similar to the following.

All Saints Catholic School messages.  Reply Y for aprx 3 msgs/mo.  Txt HELP 4 info. Msg&data rates may apply.  School schoolmessenger.com/tm

So that you can continue to receive important messages from the school, we encourage you to reply with “Y” or “Yes” or “OPTIN” or “SUBSCRIBE” when you receive such a verification message.

To opt out of all text messages from SchoolMessenger, reply with STOP to the opt-in message or visit www.schoolmessenger.com/tm.

Please note: Although All Saints does not charge you for this service, it does not pay for text messages that may be incurred by you for sending or receiving text messages.  Check with your wireless carrier for possible charges.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office at 703-368-4400.

Middle School Program ~ The Gift of Human Sexuality

Central to the mission of Catholic education is a commitment to the formation of the whole person within the light of the teachings of the Gospel.  At All Saints our effort to educate all dimensions of the child ~ spiritual, intellectual, social, and emotional, has been an essential and consistent element of our mission.

As a Catholic school, All Saints also affirms the role of parents as the primary educators of their children and we are privileged to have the opportunity to work with you as partners in this regard.  During the past several years, we have grown increasingly concerned about the many confusing messages that society as a whole, and the media in particular, place before the young people of today, particularly in regards to the topic of human sexuality.  In this day and age it is increasingly important that we insure that the children learn the beautiful teachings of the Church on this topic and that they fully realize and understand the gift of human sexuality within this framework.  Not to share this information with the children leaves them unprepared for the world they face and the many choices that await them in the years ahead.

In recent years, All Saints Catholic School has implemented a middle school family life curriculum that supports our goal of educating the whole child.  The program is coordinated by the Diocesan Director of Youth Ministry, Mr. Kevin Bohli, and is tailored to the specific needs of each school community. The program consists of a parent presentation during which Mr. Bohli provides an outline of his presentations as well as resources for parents.  Following this presentation, he and an associate, Mrs. Celia Fruchterman, will meet with the students for three one hour lessons designed to provide the children with an understanding of the Church’s teachings on the topic of human sexuality.

One of the advantages of this program is the involvement of outside professionals.  In addition to their expertise and experience, Mr. Bohli and Mrs. Fruchterman are unfamiliar to the students, which may put the students at greater ease in asking questions and discussing this topic.  A second advantage of this program is that it is designed to take place in a single-sex setting; Mr. Bohli will address the boys and Mrs. Fruchterman will speak with the girls.  Finally, in accordance with diocesan policy, this program is designed as an opt-in opportunity for parents and students.  Accommodations will be made for those children whose parents prefer that they not participate in the program.

Parents of middle school students are invited to a presentation to be held on Wednesday, October 9th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the PAC.  As this is such a very important topic related to the development of your child, I ask that at least one parent from each family new to this program be present at the meeting.  Should you have any questions about this initiative, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Classroom Activity Fees

In an effort to reduce the number of times money is requested over the course of the school year for classroom activities and to provide a greater sense of predictability, last year we developed a new collection process.  Monies needed for classroom activities and parties are now collected at the beginning of the year through the classroom teacher and are kept in individual accounts at the parish office. 

Each homeroom teacher, in coordination with room parents, has estimated the approximate total cost of classroom activity and party expenses for the entire year.  This information will be communicated to you via a separate letter from the teachers this week.

Parents are asked to submit their activity fee no later than October 31.  Since each classroom will have an individual account, parents with multiple children in the school are asked to submit payment per child, rather than combining amounts into one check.   Should you have questions about this program, please do not hesitate to contact your Room Liaison.

Installation of SCA Officers & Representatives

On Friday afternoon the newly elected officers and class representatives were officially welcomed into the Student Council Association of All Saints Catholic School.  Mr. Robert Coleman was our keynote speaker, offering a perspective on leadership gained through his experiences as an attorney and substitute judge in Prince William County.  Brightney Varghese, newly elected SCA president, shared her vision, one of service to the poor in our local community through support of the new Bethany Food Pantry.

We congratulate the following students and wish them every success and blessing as they begin their year of student leadership!

Officers

President                                  Brightney V.

Vice President                          Kaelyn L.

Secretary/Historian                   Rachel E.

Finance                                      Maddeleine M.

Religious Activities                      Lance C.

Health/Safety/Ecology             Nicholas D.

School Spirit                            Trey C.

 

Class Representatives

4A                                           Sabrina Y.

4B                                           Ethan R.

5A                                           Christine T.

5B                                           Julia W.

6A                                           Katie A.

6B                                           Joey G.

7A                                           Lucy B.

7B                                           Jack H.

8A                                           Ethan B.

8B                                           Diana G.

Seeking Volunteers

Parents and Grandparents interested in helping out at recess and lunch either weekly or every other week.  Enjoy seeing your students during the school day while working with other wonderful All Saint’s parents and school staff to supervise all the students and ensure a safe and enjoyable recess and lunch for all.  We specifically need the following volunteers:

  •  One K1 Helper from 12:15-1:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  •  One K2 Helper from 12:15-1:00 pm on Thursdays and Fridays
  •  A Kitchen Helper to facilitate serving lunches on Fridays from 11:10 to 1:00 pm
  •  A few more Recess/Lunch Helpers to supervise students during all three lunch periods (11:10 am to 1:00 pm) on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Can’t commit to a full time schedule?  We also need volunteers who are willing to be flexible and fill in as needed.

Training sessions for volunteers will take place on Thursday, September 26th at 10 am in Meeting Room 2 and will last 50 minutes.  All volunteers must be VIRTUS certified, however, those in processing are encouraged to attend one of the training sessions this week.  Please contact Mrs. Holly Crocker athollyscrocker@comcast.net or 571 991-0773 for more information.

Big Bash News…

There are just a few days left to order at the $28 Early Bird Ticket price. So don’t delay, order your tickets today! Need an order form? There are three ways to get one:

1.      Check your oldest child’s backpack. He or she should have 3 order forms on Wednesday or Thursday. One is for you, and the other two are to give to friends/family that you’d like to bring to the Big Bash with you!

2.      Print the form from the website and send it in with your payment. You can also download it from the Sentinel.

3.      Order your tickets online with PayPal (using your account or credit card).

SUGGESTIONS NEEDED! We are looking for group game ideas – if you’ve got one, we’d love to hear about it. Visit the website to send in your suggestion with the contact form, or drop us a line atasptobigbash@gmail.com. Thanks ~ Christian and Elissa.

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

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/2/100806208726508659866/

 

Paul VI Catholic High School News

Coach Allen’s Futures Basketball Clinics:  A great way to prepare for the upcoming basketball season.  Dates:  September 25th, October 2nd, 9th, 15th, and 23rd.  Go to www.pvibasketball.commore info!

Paul VI Girls & Boys Columbus Day Basketball Camp: Monday, October 14th, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.Cost: $55 per camper / Grades 2 – 8.  Please go to www.pvibasketball.com for more info & to register.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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 lifesaving.  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.

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, 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 26(Meeting Room #2 / 2:15 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.)

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!

Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 26th     Spirit Week: Jeans & Jerseys Day

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

Tuesday, October 1st              Paul VI High School – 8th Grade visit

PTO   General  Assembly  Meeting:  Allergy    Awareness, presented by Mrs. Jillian Roth (PAC/7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, October 2nd  8th Grade Parent Meeting (Meeting Room #2/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, October 4th               School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

St. Francis Blessing of the Animals (6:00 p.m.)

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

·         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

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/2/100806208726508659866/

·         Updated Girl Scout Letter:  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=9-25-All-Saints-School-Girl-Scouts-Letter-2.pdf

§  Daisy Troop 1044  and Cadette Troop 2718 Meeting Timeshttp://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Daisy-1044-Cadette-3718-Meeting-Dates-2013-14.pdf

§  Junior Troop 2585 Meeting Dates

http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Junior-2585-Meeting-Dates-2013-14-2.pdf