The Sentinel – November 26, 2013


Principal’s Message

With a record attendance of more than 900 students, parents and staff, the Thanksgiving Luncheon has continued to grow as a beloved tradition in our community.  It is always a joy to see so many parents who return year after year for this wonderful occasion.     

None of this would be possible without our outstanding kitchen team.  I want to extend a special word of thanks to “Chef” Wendy Matner (Director of Cafeteria Services), Mrs. Liz Werling (Assistant), Mrs. Wilma Marsengill (Cafeteria Bookkeeper) and Mrs. Robin Speicher (Assistant).  Beginning early on Sunday, they cooked and prepared food throughout the day and into the evening hours.  I am tremendously grateful for their dedication, professionalism and enthusiasm.  

The success of the luncheon was also made possible by the steadfast support of volunteers, many of whom return each year to offer assistance.  As so many of our volunteers have been supporting the effort through the years, they have specific experience and know exactly what needs to be done.  As such, the entire operation runs smoothly with staff and parents working hand in hand.  Thank you to all of our volunteers for your steadfast support!   

I also want to extend a word of appreciation to the members of our maintenance team, who worked diligently behind the scenes in support of the event.  Without their commitment, the event would not have been the success that it was.  Thank you, Mr. Bill Andre (Director of Facilities), Mr. Alex Paul, Mrs. Myra Hayde and Mr. Paul Sledz.  

And, of course, a highlight of the luncheon was the fact that our parish priests joined us once again and “worked the line”.  Their presence was yet another testament to their genuine support for the school and their love for the children and families in our community.  Thank you, Fr. Bob, Fr. Melmer, Fr. Juan, Fr. Jeb and Fr. Ogoe.

As we pause from our daily work and schedules to join family and friends to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, please know of my gratitude for your continued support of our school and its mission of providing an education of faith and excellence.  Thank you for choosing our school for your family.  Happy Thanksgiving! 

A Prayer of Thanksgiving:

May God be gracious to us and bless us

and make his face to shine upon us.

The earth has yielded its increase;

God, our God, has blessed us.

May God continue to bless us;

let all the ends of the earth revere him.

            (Psalm 67)

 

We thank you for your gifts, merciful God,

and we ask you to give all people the food they need.

May we all be united one day

in the eternal singing of your praises,

through Christ, our Lord.

Amen.

(A Prayer Book for Catholic Families)

The  5th Annual “Evening with St. Nicholas” is a little over a week 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 athttp://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/news-events/calendar/evening-with-st-nicholas-rsvp-form/   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 certified.

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 several at home opportunities to earn points for parents!

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

68th Annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade

Reserve the date for the 68th Annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade on December 7st!  This year’s theme is “Miracle on Center Street”.  If you are interested in participating in this year’s parade day activities attached is a permission slip.  Please complete and send to the school office no later than Wednesday, December 4th.

We will meet at 10 am on Mathis Ave between Reb Yank Dr and Liberia near Nathan’s and the movie theaters.  We are float number 96 in the lineup and anticipate being back at All Saints between 11:30 and 12:00, depending on the parade pace. For a map of the parade lineup, route and road closures please visit the website at www.gmchristmasparade.org  Come out and show your support sporting your most festive holiday attire! But also remember to dress for the weather!

If you have any questions please email suechuckstevens1@yahoo.com or call Sue Stevens at 703-470-1344

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

Monday, December 2nd           

          Advent Prayer Services (8:15 a.m.)

        NJHS sponsored Dress-Down Day – Catholic Schools Care about Catholic Charities Week ($1.00)

Tuesday, December 3rd          

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

Thursday, December 5th         

          8th Grade High School Placement Test

Friday, December 6th             

          School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

          CYO Pep Rally (Gym/2:15 p.m.)

          Evening with St. Nicholas (Church/7:00 p.m.)

Links

          5th Annual “Evening with St. Nicholas” Flyer:  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=StNicholasflyer.pdf

          Christmas Parade Permission Slip:  http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Christmas-Parade-2013-Permission-Slip.pdf

          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 

          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