The Sentinel – October 2, 2013

October 2, 2013

Principal’s Message

As you look to the future and continue to consider educational options for your children, this week I would like to share with you some important information regarding high school programs as well as a special relationship that we maintain with Seton School.     

In the Diocese of Arlington we are blessed with an outstanding selection of high school programs: Bishop Denis J. O’Connell (Arlington), Bishop Ireton (Alexandria), Paul VI (Fairfax), Pope John Paul the Great (Dumfries), Seton (Manassas) and Oakcrest (McLean).  Each of these schools maintains websites and admissions programs that can provide helpful information to you in this discernment process. 

Seton School is unique among these options, offering a program that begins at the 7th grade.  For a number of years, Mrs. Carroll, the principal, has graciously extended to the students of All Saints the option of deferred acceptance.  Through this arrangement, students at All Saints who apply for admission to Seton for their 7th or 8th grade years may defer their acceptance until 9th grade.  This, of course, is dependent upon each student continuing to meet the academic and behavioral criteria for acceptance at Seton. 

The benefit of this partnership is that our students are able to complete their elementary and middle school years at All Saints, enjoying all of the opportunities for leadership, while being guaranteed a space for their freshman year.  It is important, however, that students who wish to complete the program at All Saints and then attend Seton School for their high school years pursue this deferred acceptance option.  

Should you have any questions about this arrangement or about any of the high school programs, please do not hesitate to contact the office for additional information. 

All Saints Selected for Diocesan Marketing Effort!

All Saints has been selected as one of a handful of schools in our diocese to participate in a marketing effort sponsored by the Office of Catholic Schools.  On Wednesday, October 9th a professional company and the diocesan coordinator of enrollment management & marketing, Mrs. Renee White, will visit our school for the purpose of filming our faculty and students in support of future diocesan marketing efforts.

In support of this initiative, all middle school students are asked to wear the Winter Uniform on October 9th.

Virtue Program Awards Assembly & Prayer Service

We are pleased to announce and congratulate the following students who were selected by their teachers for having demonstrated Respect & Responsibility throughout the month of September.  These students were individually recognized at a ceremony following our school Mass last Friday.  In addition to receiving a certificate, students were presented with pins, which they are invited to wear through the month of October, and a note from their teacher indicating why they were selected for this special recognition.

Lauren Balagtas (PreK-1)

Ryan Emmons (PreK-2)

Madden Ortiz (PreK-3)

Chimanga Mubanga (K-1)

Julianna Algeier (K-2)

Alaina Grocholski (1A)

Colin Summers (1B)

Will Foster (2A)

Nhu-y Nguyen (2B)

Kateri Mantooth (3A)

Abigail Ramos (3B)

Sabrina Yap (4A)

Huyen Huynh (4B)

Grady Bachman (5A)

Ricky Hernandez (5B)

Edward Wisniewski (6A)

Christian Godeanu (6B)

Lance Coleman (7A)

Elena Mirus (7B)

Drew Davey (8A)

Kelly Crocker (8B) 

October Virtue of the Month ~ Self Discipline

Students will be encouraged to demonstrate the virtue of self-discipline both at school and home through the following strategies:

1)      Follow the rules.

2)      Never interrupt someone who is talking.

3)      Get into and walk in line without talking.

4)      Be responsible for your space in the cafeteria or at the dinner table.

5)      Listen attentively to morning and afternoon announcements.

6)      Keep your feet and hands to yourself.  Never kick or hit anyone.

7)      Say only kind words.

8)      If you get angry, walk away from the situation until you are calm and can discuss it.

Prayer of the Month

Merciful Lord, let your Holy Spirit guide my life so that my soul may bear the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Renew my desire to be your faithful friend and servant, increase my loving dependence on you, and grant me that joy and peace of heart which comes from doing your holy will. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Lion’s Club Vision and Hearing Screening

On Thursday, October 17th the third, fifth and seventh grade students are scheduled for a free Vision and Hearing Screening by the Lion’s Club.  Screening will begin at 9:00 A.M.

A permission form will be sent home today and is necessary for your son/daughter to participate in the Hearing and Vision Screening.  Please sign and return the form to your child’s teacher by October 11thNo screening will be conducted without a signed parental consent form.  Students who wear glasses should have them available for the vision portion of the screening.

As in previous years, it is only with the support of our parents serving as volunteers that we can successfully host this screening.  We are seeking 6 volunteers for the day, available to begin assisting us at 8:00 AM.  This is a great opportunity to earn Points for Parents. If you are able to assist for the hearing and vision screening, please contact Mrs. Roth at jroth@allsaintsva.org or 703-368-4400 ext. 207.  Thank you for your continued support.

Veterans Day Mass & Celebration

Join us as our school community honors the commitment of the men and women who have served our country in the United States Armed Forces. We cordially invite all active duty, reserve, former and retired military personnel to attend our school Mass on Friday, November 8th at 8:30 a.m. After Mass, there will be a Veterans assembly in the PAC, followed by a reception for our honored guests in Father Kelley Hall.

Students will also be receiving a packet of information through their classroom teachers about our Veterans Wall of Honor, an annual tradition through which we show our gratitude for those within our school community who have served our nation through military service. For your convenience, a link to the packet is provided at the bottom of this newsletter.

Notice from the Spirit Events Committee Chairperson
I wanted to personally thank so many of you for supporting our All Saints School community at our first Spirit Event at Chick-fil-A.  It was so wonderful to see so many of you there. Thank you especially to our new families who came to support our school. Thank you also for the returning families who really helped to make our new families feel so welcome.

Our next Spirit Event is on October 14th 2013 from 9am – 5pm at Ticonderoga Farm.  The place is filled with great family fun!  Ring in fall with hay rides, loads of slides, and some adorable farm animals.  Don’t forget to bring your own marshmallows to roast on the bonfire. It’s a holiday so take the day off! The price is just right for All Saints families, but make sure that you take your flyer.  You will even take home a little souvenir. See you there!

Box Tops/Soup Label Update

          The Box Tops total for the end of September is 5,214 box tops = $521.40 to the school! 

          The Soup Labels total for the end of September numbers 1,714 soup labels = $171.40

Great job to all the parents and teachers and students who helped us bring in record numbers for September! Let’s keep collecting for October!

High School News

John Paul the Great Open House ~ All are invited to the Fall Open House at Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School on Sunday, November 17, from 1 – 4pm. Meet the entire team of educators, tour the beautiful building, and learn more about John Paul’s successful programs and welcoming community. A presentation begins at 1:15 in the Theater. Pep-rally and House games begin at 3pm. For more information, please click here, or visit www.jpthegreat.org, or, call 703.445.0300.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

SchoolMessenger – Sign up for Text Messages

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.

8th Grade Parents Meeting ~ Tonight @ 7:00 p.m. in Meeting Room #2

Mrs. Slovenkay and Miss Zwisler will host a meeting for all 8th grade parents tonight 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:

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

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 Feast Day Blessing of the Animals (Courtyard/6:00 p.m.)

Saturday, October 5th              

          CYO Track Meet

Wednesday, October 9th         

          SchoolMessenger Launch of Text Invite to Opt-In to Messages

          OCS Visit & Filming of Faculty/Students (Middle School students to wear Winter Uniform)

          Gift of Human Sexuality Presentation for Parents (PAC/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, October 11th                

          School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Handouts Coming Home Today

        With oldest childBig Bash Family Donation & Sponsorship Information

          With each child BoxTops for Education Activity Sheet

Links

          Veterans packet ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2013/10/2013 Veterans-Student-Packet.pdf

          Ticonderoga Farm Spirit Event ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=2013-10-14-Ticonderoga-Farms-2-11.jpg

          Catholic Charities Family Services Program Flyer ~ http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Family-Services-flyer-9-13.pdf

          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/