The Sentinel – October 30, 2013

October 30, 2013

Principal’s Message

With the celebration of our Feast Day on Friday, I am reminded of the beautiful legacy of our school and the efforts of the many that have helped to create this community of faith and learning.  Without the pastoral leadership of our wonderful priests, the generous dedication of our talented faculty & staff, and the sustained support of committed parents and community members, All Saints would not be the success that it is today. 

One of the exciting ways that our school has experienced a new level of support has been through the Annual Fund, an initiative first launched last year.  This week I am pleased to share with you our Annual Giving Report that tells the success story of this initial effort.  With more than $10,000 raised and countless prayers offered for our community, this program has made a difference in our school!  The proceeds have supported tuition assistance, financed the replacement of projectors in classrooms, and helped to underwrite the cost of launching a STEM program at All Saints.  As a result, I am pleased to announce that on November 22nd we will host a special ceremony to celebrate a new corporate sponsorship and to introduce a middle school robotics program!  

Realizing that your participation has helped us to Make a Difference, Every Day, I invite you to thoughtfully consider your support of the 2nd Annual Fund which we will launch tomorrow.  As in the past, each family will receive an introductory letter and accompanying flyer outlining the goals of the program and our hopes for our school.  Again this year, we encourage you to make contributions of prayer, service and/or financial donations, all of which are important gifts that will help us sustain our mission now and into the future!

For more information on the Annual Fund, please click on the following link:

Once on the Annual Fund page of the school website, click on the “Annual Giving 2012-13” image at the top of the page for a list of 2012-2013 contributors.


This week I wish to announce that Mr. Mark Moccio, assistant band instructor, has resigned from his position due to schedule changes at his place of full time employment.  For the past five years Mr. Moccio has been an integral part of the band program, teaching small groups of instrumentalists and conducting both the beginner and advanced bands.  He has been very well regarded by the students and contributed to the legacy of the program.  We wish him every success and blessing during this time of transition and look forward to seeing him again when he returns for the Band Concert in December. 

In his place, we are pleased to welcome Miss Dana Zajko who will begin as assistant band instructor next Tuesday.  Miss Zajko earned her Bachelor of Music Degree from Temple University and a Master of Music Degree from George Mason University.  With previous experience teaching music in the Washington, D.C. and Prince George’s public schools systems, Miss Zajko brings a great deal of expertise to her new position.  Welcome, Miss Zajko!

Thanksgiving Luncheon

One of our cherished traditions at All Saints is the annual Thanksgiving Luncheon, a special meal prepared by the kitchen staff for students, parents, faculty & staff.  In an effort to accommodate all of the families who attend and to reduce wait time, we will again be hosting four lunch seatings this year.  The schedule for the Thanksgiving Luncheon is as follows:

            11:00-11:40     Grades 6-8

            11:40-12:20     Grades 4-5

            12:20-1:00       Grades 2-3

            1:00-1:40         Grades K-1

The arrival process will be the same as prior years with parents reporting directly to their son/daughter’s classroom.  There, they will wait with their children, and when called by grade level, report to the gym via the Father Kelley Wing.

So that the kitchen staff may begin planning for the event, please be sure to return your form no later than Thursday, November 21st.  We do hope that you will join us for this Thanksgiving tradition!

Yearbook Cover Contest

The yearbook committee is once again hosting the annual Yearbook Cover Contest.  The committee is looking for a cover (front & back) that represents the spirit of All Saints Catholic School.  Entries are due to Mrs. Knowles or Mrs. Carroll by Thursday, November 14th.  Please click on link below for more details. 

SCA Red Ribbon Week Proceeds

Thank you to the Student Council Association for planning such a successful celebration of Red Ribbon Week!  In addition to encouraging our students to make a lifelong commitment to living drug-free, our students raised $1,070.24 which will be forwarded to Youth for Tomorrow.  Thank you, students, for your leadership and generosity!

Penny Bazaar Cupcake Drop-Off

On Thursday October 31st, the Safety Patrols will be assisting with the cupcake drop-off during the morning carpool.  Additional safety patrols will be available to take the cupcakes directly from your car. This will minimize additional foot traffic during drop-off.  Thank you for your cupcake donations to Penny Bazaar!

Big Bash 2013 Tickets – Advanced Ticket Price Ends October 31

The Big Bash event ticket price is $32 through tomorrow, October 31. This covers the evening’s dinner, dessert, soft drinks, casino games and the entertainment (magician and DJ). You will also have the opportunity to participate in our live and silent auctions where you can bid on local business services, sports items, cultural and recreational experiences, amazing teacher and staff outings, classroom creations and more! 

On November 1, the price goes up to $35. Don’t delay – get your tickets for less today! See the office reception area or the website to order your tickets. 

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!

BoxTops for Education & Campbell’s Soup Labels Update

It’s Box Tops and Soup Labels submission time! We’ll be sending in all the Box Tops and Soup Labels we’ve collected by October 31th, 2013.  As of Thursday, October 23rd, we’ve collected 12,909 Box Tops and 3,691 Soup Labels in total. Wow. That’s a lot of labels!  That totals $1,290.90 in Box Tops dollars and $369.10 in Soup Labels dollars.

If you have Box Tops or Soup Labels you still need to get to me, we’ll include them in our March Submission date.

Once we send in all the Labels, our school will receive a check from General Mills/Labels for Education on or around December 15th, 2013. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at or txt me at 703-201-4364. Thanks for all your help!

Here is the class ranking so far:

Mrs. Montano 3A at

2215 in total

Mrs. Honkus 5A at

1729 in total

Mrs. Gurley 2B at

1298 in total

Mrs. Nichols 1B at

1237 in total

Mrs. Harrill 1A at

1219 in total

Catholic 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. A presentation begins at 1:15 in the Theater. Pep-rally and House games begin at 3pm. For more information, please click here, visit, or, call 703.445.0300.

JP5K Run/Walk for Options – John Paul the Great is hosting the Third Annual JP5K Run for Options on Saturday, November 23, at 8am. Race proceeds benefit the students of the innovative and inclusive Options Program, providing teens with intellectual disabilities a rich and meaningful high school experience. For more information, please visit:, or to register for the race, visit:

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. 


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. 

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.

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 (

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 31st           

          End of 1st Quarter

          8th Grade Saints Presentation (PAC/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)

Monday, November 4th          

          John Paul the Great High School 8th Grade Visit

Tuesday, November 5th          

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

Wednesday, November 6th     

          Gift of Human Sexuality Presentation III (Grades 6-8)

Friday, November 8th             

          Veterans’ Day Mass & Program (8:30 a.m.)

          1st Quarter Report Cards distributed to students


          Yearbook Cover Contest:

          Big Bash links: 


Ticket Information:

Online Ticket Ordering:

Raffle Cover Letter:

50-50 Raffle Tickets:

Prize Raffle Tickets:

Planning Calendar:



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

         John Paul the Great Options 5k Information: