The Sentinel – October 9, 2013


Principal’s Message

Last week the parish opened the Bethany Food Pantry, an outreach to the local community located in the newly renovated Parish Activity Center (PAC).  Situated in the same space as the previous Eucharistic Chapel, it will be a source of hopefulness and nourishment for the impoverished in our community.

Recognizing this as an opportunity for our students to become more aware of the poverty that exists in our region and to make a tangible difference, our school will be providing direct support to the Bethany Food Pantry each month through grade level sponsorship.  On the first Tuesday of each month, one grade level of students will be provided a tour and orientation of the pantry and invited to contribute specific food items.  Then, on each subsequent Wednesday of the month, the students will have the opportunity to deliver their donations to the pantry.  The experience of visiting the pantry on a weekly basis will not only help to generate donations, but also provide students with an opportunity to see first-hand that the food that they have donated – and is no longer present – is truly fulfilling a need in the community.    

As the leaders of our school community, the 8th grade will serve as sponsors of the Food Pantry for the month of October to be followed by the 7th grade in November and so on through the close of the year.  (Note:  The Pre-Kindergarten will participate in a special activity as they learn about nutrition during the month of November.)  As students will be invited to donate one or two items, the cost to families will be minimal.  Encouraging the children to actually fund the purchase by giving up part of their allowance, sacrificing from their ice cream money, earning money from chores, etc. will help to make the experience even more meaningful.  Indeed, each day with one heart, we will be the hands of Jesus.


Tomorrow and Friday I will be away on retreat with the principals of our diocese.  As I gather with colleagues in West Virginia for this annual event, please know of my prayers for our school community and the needs of our families. 

Veterans Day 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. Following the Mass, there will be a brief ceremony in the Parish Activity Center followed by a reception for our honored guests in Father Kelley Hall. 

Last week students received 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, an updated link to the packet is provided at the bottom of this newsletter.

SCA Red Ribbon Week

The SCA celebrates Red Ribbon Week October 21st – 24th.  Please click on the link at the bottom of today’s newsletter for a flyer with information about items that the SCA will be selling and information about the dress down day on October 24th.  Money raised during Red Ribbon Week will benefit Youth for Tomorrow.

Big Bash: Hollywood Nights – 11.16.2013

We are so excited to share the latest Big Bash news: 82 tickets were sold in the first two and a half weeks of event ticket sales! 

          Buy Your Tickets Today:  $32/pp online or with the registration form sent home (you can download this form at Don’t delay, the price goes up in November to $35!

          Casino Games: Once again we have partnered with Metro Casino, the same gaming company that has provided professional casino tables and staff in previous years.  There will be 11 tables for you to play your favorite games, like poker and black jack, and of course – your event ticket includes funny money. As in the past, if you run out of funny money, you can buy more.

Box Tops/Soup Label Update

In one week, 1472 Box Tops and 254 soup labels were collected. This brings us to the totals below:

  • Box Tops as of October 4:       6,686 BT = $668.60
  • Soup Labels as of October 4:   1,968 SL = $196.80

Thanks for supporting our school! Together, we can make a big difference! Keep clipping Box Tops and Soup Labels and send them to school before the fall submission deadline, October 30, so I can mail them in and get cash for our school!!! We’ll be having a party for the class that collects the most Box Tops/Soup Labels at the end of the year. Make sure you label the envelope/zip lock bag with your child’s first/last name and the class they are in.

So far, Mrs. Harrill (1A) is in the lead with her class collecting 868 BT’s. Mrs. Nichols (1B) is second with her class collecting 789 BT’s, and Mrs. Montano (3A) is a close third with her class collecting 736 BT’s.

With Soup Labels, Mrs. Montano (3A) is in the lead with 595 SL’s, Mrs. Nichols (1B) with 291 SL’s, and Mrs. Harrill (1A) with 128 SL’s.

Great job everyone!!!

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, or, call 703.445.0300.

Paul VI Catholic High School ~ 7th & 8th Grade Parents and Students are invited to the Fall Open House at Paul VI Catholic High School on Sunday, November 3rd, from 1 to 4 pm.

PVI Girls Basketball Media Guide Advertising Opportunities:  PVI Girls Basketball Team is offering several outstanding ways to advertise your business locally through their media guide & several other venues.  If interested, please contact Scott Allen at


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.

Please sign and return the permission form to your child’s teacher by October 11th.  No 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 or 703-368-4400 ext. 207.  Thank you for your continued support.

Spirit Event ~Ticonderoga Farm ~ Oct. 14th, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Ring in fall with hay rides, loads of slides, and some adorable farm animals.  Bring your own marshmallows to roast on the bonfire. The price is just right for All Saints families, but make sure that you take your flyer (see link below).  You will even take home a little souvenir.  See you there!

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

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 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 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.)

Thursday, October 10th           

          Enrollment Management Team Meeting (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, October 11th               

          School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Tuesday, October 15th            

          Kindergarten Field Trip – Great Country Farms (9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)

Thursday, October 17th           

          Lions’ Club Screening – Grades 3, 5 & 7

          Bishop O’Connell 8th Grade Visit

Friday, October 18th               

          Middle School Progress Reports

Handouts Coming Home Today

          With each child BoxTops for Education Activity Sheet


          Red Ribbon Week Flyer ~

         Veterans Packet (updated link) ~

          Ticonderoga Farm Spirit Event ~

          Big Bash links: 


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