The Sentinel – October 23, 2013

Principal’s Message

This week I wish to provide you with a quick update and clarification regarding the SchoolMessenger text messaging service.  Two weeks ago the company initiated a one-time text message by which parents were invited to opt-in to receive future text communications sent by All Saints. In accordance with federal regulations, SchoolMessenger is only permitted to send the invitation once to each cell phone number.  For this reason, in the event that you did not receive the invitation on October 9th, it is most likely due to the fact that SchoolMessenger sent you a similar message in prior years.  You can, however, opt-in to the text message service at any time using short code.  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.

All parents are encouraged to opt-in to this program as All Saints will utilize text messaging in the event of an emergency or the need to communicate important information.  Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the front office.

Open House for 2014-2015 School Year

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, November 21st beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Parish Activities Center.  All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about our school are cordially invited to attend.  Following a presentation and introduction at 9:00 a.m., tours of the facility will be provided. For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at (703) 393-1490.

Author Book Signing Extended

If you missed the opportunity to purchase a signed copy of K.R. Flanagan’s Thane or Orphan there is still time left.    The library will be taking orders through Monday (Oct. 28) of next week.  Please state the name of the book that you want to purchase and who you want the copy addressed to for example Susan or the Smith Family.  Each book is $13.75 which includes tax, please make checks payable to Cash and have your son or daughter deliver the check to the library.

Veterans Day Celebration

Don’t forget that if you are submitting a new Veterans brick and/or Family Veteran Survey this year, the deadline to submit your materials is Friday, October 25th. 

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. 

TARGET Rewards!

Earlier this week we received a check in the amount of $250.00 from Target for our participation in their rewards program.  Thank you to those families who have credited their purchases back to All Saints!

Donations & Sponsors Still Needed For Big Bash: Hollywood Nights

It’s not too late to be a sponsor or donor to the Big Bash.  We have amazing sponsorship benefits based on the cash amount given.  For example, “Titanic” Sponsors contribute $250-$499 and receive website banner ads, social media advertising & table top advertising at the Big Bash.  We take all sponsors from $1-$1000!  See the site for details on benefits based on sponsorship level, or contact Elissa Hackerson or Christian Cobb at

Donations of all kinds are needed for our live and silent auctions.  While we are still looking for tickets to sporting and cultural events, business services and other popular auction items, we are also seeking the kind of products that you may have right in your own home.  If you have new or mint condition children’s toys & clothes, new small appliances, furniture, etc. we would love to have those items, too! 

Don’t forget, All Saints families who donate or sponsor Big Bash are eligible for the Christmas Pew raffle.  See website for details on how your donation or sponsorship could win a pew for your family at the All Saints Church Christmas Mass of your choice!

PTO Teacher Conference Day Luncheons

Thank you for the generous response to volunteering and donating to this year’s PTO Teacher Conference Luncheons. Donations and volunteers make the two-day luncheon a success!  There are a few volunteer spots available as well as we are in need of donations (on loan) for fall décor.  This year the luncheons will be held on Monday, November 11thand Tuesday, November 12th. Please consider sharing your time, cooking talents and needed donations to this event. The teachers& staff appreciate the lovely lunch and thoughtfulness of the parents who provide this event for them.  Please use the link to sign-up for all donations & volunteer opportunities: questions, please feel free to contact Kate Bachman at

BoxTops for Education / Campell’s Labels Update

Would you believe 4,284 Box Tops have been collected in just two weeks!  That brings us to a total of 10,970 box tops ($1,097.00 dollars) as of October 18, 2013…and they are still coming in. Thank You to all the parents, teachers and students who have been turning them in. This is very exciting. The Box Top program has two main deadlines. Our first dead line is October 30th.  I will be mailing in our box full of Box Tops to get our first credit.  Please send in any/all Box Tops that you may have in by October 30th. It does not matter if they are on a collection sheet or in a zip lock bag. It does not matter if there is 1 or 100, just make sure the sheet or bag is clearly labeled with the student’s name (first/last) and class.

For the Soup Labels, we collected 1,222 in two weeks. That brings us to a total of 3,190 Labels for Education ($319.00 dollars) as of October 18, 2013…and they are still coming in too. Keep them coming! Let’s set a record this year!

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.

John Paul the Great Options 5k Information ~

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.

Paul VI will be hosting a Rally in the Alley on Friday, November 1st beginning at 6:00p.m. 7th and 8th Graders are invited to come for food, fun and free tee shirts. See attached a flyer with all the details. 


Classroom Activity Fee Reminder

Thank you to those families who have already submitted the Classroom Activity Fee. 

If you have not already done so, please return your activity fee to your child’s homeroom teacher no later than Thursday, October 31st

Pilgrim Virgin Statue Program ~ Sign up Now to Host Statue in your Home

Families who wish to host one of the Pilgrim Virgin Statues of Our Lady of Fatima can sign up online at the following link.

Those interested in participating are encouraged to sign up for the first available week in order to avoid gaps in the schedule.  However, if there is an upcoming event or celebration that is particularly important to your family, i.e. wedding or anniversary, you are most welcome to host the statue during that specific week. 

While the statue of Mother Mary is in your home, families are encouraged to pray together either part or the entire 5-decade rosary for the intentions of our school as well as your private intentions.  Also, the school has purchased a DVD of “The Day the Sun Danced”, which presents the message of Fatima which was entrusted to three peasant children in Portugal in 1917.    

Should you have any questions about the program, please do not hesitate to contact either Mrs. Linda White ( or Mrs. Julie Mantooth (

Transition to Winter Uniforms

With the onset of cooler temperatures, students are now permitted to begin wearing the Winter Uniform.  This applies to both the P.E. Uniform (i.e. sweatpants and sweatshirts) as well as the regular uniform (long sleeve shirts/blouses & sweaters).  This is a matter left to the discretion of parents until November 1st, the date at which all students are expected to begin wearing the Winter Uniform. 

Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

The next live VIRTUS seminar (the 4-hour training ) will take place on Saturday, November 9th beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Father Kelley Hall.  To register, please visit

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, 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, October 24th           

          SCA sponsored Red Ribbon Dress Down Day

          3rd Grade Field Trip to Colvin Run Mill (8:45 – 2:00)

          Middle School Movie Night (PAC/6:00 p.m.)

Friday, October 25th               

          Diocesan Professional Development Day – No School

Wednesday, October 30th        

          Gift of Human Sexuality (Presentation II) – Grades 6-8

          1st Grade Field Trip to National Zoo (8:30-2:30)

          2nd Grade Pumpkin Day

          Eucharistic Adoration & Benediction (2:15 p.m.)

Thursday, October 31st           

          End of 1st Quarter

          8th Grade Saints Presentation (8:00-9:45 a.m.)

          Penny Bazaar (1:30 p.m.)

Friday, November 1st              

          All Saints Feast Day Mass (10:00 a.m.)

          Transition to Winter Uniforms

          Noon Dismissal – Report Card Prep

          Spirit Activity – Chick-fil-A (Liberia Avenue)


          PVI Rally in the Alley Flyer/Jr. High Football Night:

         John Paul the Great Options 5k Information:

          Big Bash links: 


Ticket Information:

Online Ticket Ordering:

Raffle Cover Letter:

50-50 Raffle Tickets:

Prize Raffle Tickets:

Planning Calendar: