The Sentinel – November 20, 2013

November 20, 2013

Principal’s Message

This week I want to congratulate and thank the PTO for hosting the Big Bash on Saturday evening.  It was a wonderful occasion that celebrated the spirit of our school and raised funds in support of our programs.  Without the steadfast commitment of Mrs. Elissa Hackerson and Mrs. Christian Cobb, the co-chairs, along with the steady support of countless volunteers, the event simply could not have been a success.  I thank them for their generous sharing of time and talent over the course of many months as they prepared for our first-ever Big Bash

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Three days and counting until the launch of our new middle school robotics program!  We welcome Sr. Bernadette McManigal (Superintendent of Schools), Sr. Karl Ann Homberg (Assistant Superintendent) and Fr. Bob as we celebrate our partnership with a local corporation and officially unveil the program.  All parents are cordially invited to gather with students in grades five through eight for what will be an exciting announcement beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Friday in the Parish Activities Center.

Student Outreach ~ Bethany’s Cornucopia of Thanksgiving

The All Saints Catholic School annual Thanksgiving Prayer Service will be held on Tuesday, November 26 at 9:30 am.  In collaboration with the Parish, we have developed the theme of “Bethany’s Cornucopia of Thanksgiving” whereby all collections will be able to serve approximately 60 families with items to assist them in preparing a Thanksgiving meal.  We are very fortunate to be able to have our Prayer Service on the same day the Bethany Pantry will be providing meals, thus allowing for the collection of fresh food.  In an effort to evenly distribute our collection among the Thanksgiving meal bags, we are asking for grade-level donations this year.  With the generosity of our school community in providing the items below, many families will enjoy a beautiful meal on Thanksgiving Day. 

All school parents are cordially invited to join us on Tuesday morning as we give thanks to God for the many blessings of this past year.

Pre-Kindergarten          Container of Lemonade or Iced Tea

Kindergarten                Fresh Cake or Cookies

First                             Bag of Fresh Cranberries

Second                         Package of Stuffing Mix

Third                            Fresh Asparagus or Green Beans

Fourth                          Fresh Butternut or Spaghetti Squash

Fifth                             Fresh Apples, Oranges, or Nuts

Sixth                            One Package of Fresh Bread or Rolls

Seventh                                    One Pound Bag of Carrots

Eighth                          One Two and a Half Pound of Potatoes or Sweet Potatoes

Tuition Assistance Applications for 2014-2015

Applications for Tuition Assistance for the 2014-2015 academic year are now available at the front office.  Again this year the Diocese of Arlington has partnered with FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Company.  FACTS has also established an on-line application process that can be initiated through the company website (http://online.factsmgt.com/signin/3Q327)

The due dates for applications and supporting documentation are as follows:

High School                 January 27, 2014

Elementary School       March 17, 2014

NOTE: All families with children enrolled in both high school and elementary school will need to submit an application by the January high school deadline.

Please note that all applications and supporting documentation must be received by FACTS rather than postmarked by the dates listed above.  Applications are not complete until FACTS has received all of the supporting documentation.  Only those families who are verified by FACTS as having submitted all of the required supporting documentation will be eligible for diocesan tuition assistance.

All supporting documentation can be uploaded in pdf format online.  Documentation can also be faxed to 1-866-315-9264 or mailed to the address below. Please be sure to include the applicant ID on all faxed or mailed correspondence.

            FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment

            P.O. Box 82524

            Lincoln, NE  68501-2524

Those families interested in applying for Tuition Assistance for the Pre-Kindergarten program are invited to complete the FACTS process as well.  Although pre-school students are not eligible for financial assistance through the diocese, the analysis provided by FACTS will guide the process for determining disbursements from funding providing by our school and parish.

An overview of the Diocesan Tuition Assistance Program can be found at the following link:

http://www.arlingtondiocese.org/catholicschools/tuition_grant.php

Should you have any questions or concerns about the application process, please do not hesitate to contact a FACTS Customer Care Representative at 1-866-441-4637 or our school office.

Science Fair Mentoring Program

All Saints Catholic School is starting a Science Fair Mentorship Program and is looking for parents, parishioners, and professionals (with both science and non-science backgrounds) that would like to assist students with their science fair projects.  If you would like more information, please click on the Science Fair Mentoring Program link below.

The  5th Annual “Evening with St. Nicholas is two weeks away! 

Join us, Friday  December 6th beginning at 7pm in the church.  This year, we are celebrating on his feast day, with fellowship and light refreshments in the PAC.

Please join us for what has become a beautiful tradition here at All Saints. The evening will begin with an Advent Prayer Service and traditional Advent carols in the church. The “Procession of the Shoes” will again be lead by St. Nicholas himself! St. Nicholas and Mother Seton will be available for photos (bring your own camera) afterwards in the PAC.   For planning purposes, please visit the “Evening with St. Nicholas” link at http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/news-events/calendar/evening-with-st-nicholas-rsvp-form/ and RSVP today!

This very popular community-building event is designed to help us prepare for the Advent season.  Once again, we will be collecting donations of new shoes , with the proceeds benefitting House of Mercy. Donation guidelines are : NEW plain colors of tennis shoes- white, blue, black, tan, or brown. No character tennis shoes, please.  

We will need many hands (and donations) to make the evening a success.  Please go to www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0448AAAF2A1-evening  to volunteer your time.  Questions about volunteering- contact event co-chair Gina Michak at ginamichak@gmail.comAll volunteers at the event MUST be Virtus Trained.

Food donations are needed for the evening’s refreshments. We are asking for Christmas cookies/decorated sugar cookies, (homemade or store bought), cocoa mix (packets OR canisters) and mini-marshmallows. Cookies only, please. While the All Saints School community is always very generous when asked to donate baked goods, the simplicity of a cookie is all we need for this event. Thank you for your understanding and generosity.  Please go to www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0448AAAF2A1-evening  to donate!

Contact event co-chair Kate Bachman at katebachman2002@aol.com  with questions about food donations or to volunteer for the at home volunteer opportunities.

The PTO looks forward to seeing you on December 6th.

Current Box Top and Labels for Education numbers:

Box Tops to date:                   14,832   =             $1,483.20

Lables for Education:               4,070   =             $   407.00

I have printed extra Box Top collection sheets for those who need more. Or, just label a zip lock bag or envelope with a ‘sharpie’ with the students first/last name and class room works too. Please do whatever is easiest! I will take the Box Tops/Labels for Education any way I can! Thank you,

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Thanksgiving Luncheon – Directions for Parents

Parents are asked to arrive and sign in at the front office fifteen minutes prior to their child’s assigned lunch time.  After signing in, parents are asked to report directly to their child’s classroom.  The homeroom teacher will provide guidance as to when families should begin to report to the cafeteria for the luncheon. 

(Note:  Parents attending back-to-back lunch sessions need not wait in line multiple times.  Rather, after enjoying lunch with their first child, they may remain seated in the cafeteria where they can watch for their son/daughter in the food service line.  Once the child has arrived at the front of the line and has been served, the parent is asked to meet the child there and lead him/her back to the table.)  

Cafeteria News

Students in grades 5-8 may order an extra entrée on days identified with an asterisk on the school menu.  A charge of $1.00 will be automatically added to their lunch accounts, as long as they maintain a positive balance.  If you do NOT wish to allow your son/daughter to charge this extra amount, please notify the cafeteria staff.  Otherwise, your child will be permitted to place this additional order.  Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the kitchen at 703-368-4400, ext. 211.

Annual Fund – Launched for 2nd Year!

Recently each family received an introductory letter and accompanying flyer outlining the goals of the Annual Fund.  Again this year, we invite 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!  All funds received will be used in support of tuition assistance, the purchase of math & science equipment, and the installation of WiFi access throughout the school.

Family Directories

In the event that you submitted an entry for the Directory and this information has not been included in the book, please contact the front office to let us know. 

Upcoming Events

Thursday, November 21st        

          Open House for Prospective Parents (PAC/9:00 a.m.)

          Deadline: Thanksgiving Luncheon Orders

Friday, November 22nd           

          School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

          STEM Ceremony – Grades 5-8 (PAC/10:00 a.m.)

          Deadline: Enrollment Surveys due (Pre-K, Kindergarten & Siblings for other grades)

Monday, November 25th         

          2nd Grade Thanksgiving Presentation (PAC/10:00 a.m.)

          Thanksgiving Luncheon

                        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

Tuesday, November 26th         

          Thanksgiving Prayer Service (9:30 a.m.)

          Noon Dismissal for Thanksgiving Holiday

Links

          Diocesan Tuition Assistance Overview: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Tuition-Assistance-2014-15-Overview.pdf

          Enrollment Survey: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Pre-K-K-New-Student-Survey.pdf  

          Thanksgiving Luncheon Letter/Order Form: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=THANKGIVING-LUNCHEON-2013.pdf

          Science Fair Mentoring Program: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Science-Fair-Mentors.pdf

          SCA 2013 Christmas Ornament Order Form: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=SCA-Ornament-2013-2.pdf

          Prospective Teacher Information Sessions: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=ProspectiveTeachersInfoSessions.pdf

          Pilgrim Virgin Statue Sign-Up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F084CAEAB22A02-pilgrim.