The Sentinel – December 4. 2013

December 4, 2013

Principal’s Message

This week we have begun our annual journey of Advent, a time of preparation for the celebration of Christ’s birth at Christmas.  Amidst all of the joy and activity surrounding the preparations for the season, it is easy for us to lose sight of the fact that Advent is a beautiful season unto itself. 

At All Saints we have established several traditions that help to create a tone of anticipation and waiting, in essence a time during which we invite the children to prepare their hearts for the coming of  Christ. 

v  Advent Wreath Prayer Services ~ Every Monday morning during Advent the students will gather for prayer around three separate wreaths in each of the wings of the school as we begin our day together.  There, the students and faculty will participate in age-appropriate prayer services through which the children will learn more about the tradition of the Advent wreath and meaning of the season.

v  Sacrament of Reconciliation ~ Each of the students in grades three through eight will have an opportunity to encounter Christ in this beautiful Sacrament of healing and forgiveness.  Our parish priests have scheduled sessions during the school day for each of these grade levels over the course of the next several weeks. 

v  Toys for Tots Outreach ~ Donations of unwrapped new toys are now being collected through Tuesday, December 17th.  Collection points are located by the front office and breezeway where students enter the building. 

A Prayer for Advent ~ Week I

All-powerful God,

increase our strength of will for doing good

that Christ may find an eager welcome at His coming

and call us to His side in the kingdom of heaven,

where He lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, forever and ever.  Amen.

All Saints Christmas Pageant 2013

The students have been working hard to prepare a wonderful Christmas Pageant, and would love for you and your loved ones to attend.  This year’s Christmas Pageant will take place on December 19th at 7:00 p.m. in the church.  

If you are the parent of a sixth grader, as six grade is the featured grade, we request that the 6th grade students arrive at 6:30, dressed in their Christmas best. 

If you are the parent of a student in K, 1, 2, 4, or 5 grades, we ask that those students arrive at 6:45, so that we can make sure they are seated in the proper area.  Again, please have them dressed in their Christmas best as well!    

Please, direct any inquiries to Miss Sartor, at esartor@allsaintsva.org

Virtue of the Month ~ Awards Presentation

Congratulations to the following students who received special recognition at our monthly Virtue Prayer Service last week for having exemplified the Virtue of Gratitude during November.

Peter H.(PK1)

Presley H. (PK2)

Peter D. (PK3)

Greyson L. (K1)

Colleen C. (K2)

Mary H. (1A)

Liam M. (1B)

Austin R. (2A)

Sofia V. (2B)

Alisa M. (3A)

Mary C. (3B)

Anthony S. (4A)

Ethan R. (4B)

Awuraba A. (5A)

Lily F. (5B)

Katherine A. (6A)

Gabriel S. (6B)

Annaliese T. (7A)

Vanessa M. (7B)

Savanna M.(8A)

Lauren G. (8B)

Virtue of the Month ~ Generosity

During the month of December, students will be encouraged to implement the following strategies:

A.     Give from your own money to help others in need.

B.     Give freely of your time without expecting anything in return.

C.     Ask for forgiveness when you have hurt someone and be willing to forgive them when they hurt you.

D.     Offer to help someone in class each day.

E.      Share your supplies with someone who forgot theirs.

F.      Do something helpful for someone at home without being asked.

G.     See if others want “second helpings” before taking some for yourself.

H.     Let someone else in your family choose the movie or television show you will watch together.

I.        Offer to help an older neighbor with a job like raking leaves or shoveling snow.

J.       Let another person ahead of you get a drink first at the water fountain.

Prayer of the Month ~ Prayer of St. Nicholas

Loving God, we thank you for the example of St. Nicholas, who fed the hungry, brought hope to the imprisoned, gave comfort to the lost, and taught the truth to all.  May we strive to imitate him by putting you first in all we do.  Give us the courage, love and strength of St. Nicholas, so that, like him, we may serve you through loving our brothers and sisters.  Amen.

Bethany Food Pantry Cornucopia Outreach ~ Many Thanks!

Thanks to the generosity of our students and the leadership of the NJHS, our school donated 758.5 pounds of fresh food for our community.  The donations were compiled into dinners that were forwarded to families in need in Manassas.  Thank you for brightening the holiday for those less fortunate.

Book Fair – Another Great Success!

A big thank you goes out to all parents, students, faculty and staff that supported the recent Scholastic Book Fair!  What a great way to have celebrated reading and raise funds for the school library. The theme Reading Oasis: A Cool Place to Discover Hot Books transformed the library back to Ancient Egypt overflowing with hundreds of book treasures just waiting to be discovered.    This fun-filled event could not be accomplished without our devoted All Saints families who graciously volunteered to make the Book Fair a huge success.  A special thanks to Mrs. Gina Michak and Mrs. Johanna Catts for coordinating volunteers. It truly is a team effort.  Your generosity enabled the profits from the Book Fair sales to exceed over $12,000 earning the library $2,500 to spend on books and special school programs.

Our Lady of  Guadalupe Feast Day Mass

All parents are cordially invited to join us for a special Mass in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Thursday, December 12th at 10:00 a.m. in the church.  In an effort to help our students understand the history of the feast day, a small group of students will re-enact the visitation of our Lady to Juan Diego just prior to the start of the Mass.  As Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patroness of Latin America, portions of the liturgy will be in Spanish and the music will be provided by professional mariachis.  We look forward to this multicultural celebration of our faith and hope that many of you will be able to join us for this special occasion.

Open House for 2013-2014 School Year

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, January 16th beginning at 9:00 a.m.  All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about the parish 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.

TARGET/Grocery Programs Update

The All Saints grocery program fundraising effort is off to a good start!  We have already received $250 from Target and are accumulating rewards from the Giant A+ Bonus Bucks and Harris Teeter’s Together in Education programs. Thank you to all of the families, friends, and neighbors who have already registered or sent in their grocery registration information.  If you have not already provided your registration information, please complete the 2013-2014 enrollment form and return to school.  The coordinator will take care of registration for you.

We also benefit from Target’s Take Charge of Education program.  The REDcard is an actual debit or credit card.  For security purposes, please visit www.target.com/tcoe or call 1-800-316-6142 to designate our school, and then use your REDcard whenever you shop at Target to benefit All Saints.

This is a wonderful way to help All Saints while simply doing your regular shopping!  Attached to today’s newsletter is an updated Target/Grocery Program letter.

CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOLS

***POPE JOHN PAUL THE GREAT***

Please click on link below for a link to the JP the Great e-News.

***PVI NEWS***

PVI will be sponsoring a College Night for parents of 7th & 8th Graders on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at Paul VI Catholic High School. The following topics will be covered:

·         How to prepare in Grades 7 and 8 for a college prep high school curriculum

·         What to consider considering the right college “fit”

·         How colleges review applications

·         What financial assistance and scholarship funds are available

Please see attached flyer for more information.

Teacher workday coming up?  Annual Band and Strings Mini-Camp @ Paul VI, Thurs Jan 16, 6-8:30 pm, Fri Jan 17 9-4.  Open to Diocesan 5th-8th graders, early bird special $40. with additional sibling discount if postmarked by Jan 1st. Questions pvimusicboosters@gmail.com

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.

Evening with St. Nicholas ~ Friday at 7:00 p.m.

The 5th Annual “Evening with St. Nicholas” is this Friday, December 6.  Join us beginning at 7pm in the church.  This year, we are celebrating on his feast day, with fellowship and light refreshments in the PAC.   This year the students in NJHS will be serving as ushers, greeters, and readers.  Members of the Schola will be leading the music.  Everyone is getting involved!

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.   

Thank you to those who have already volunteered to help before or during the event.  We can always use help, so go to www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0448AAAF2A1-evening  to volunteer your time.  Questions about volunteering- contact event co-chair Gina Michak at ginamichak@gmail.com.  All volunteers at the event MUST be Virtus Certified.

Thanks to those already donating cookies or cocoa 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! Donations of cocoa can be dropped off ANY day this week- attention Kate or Gina, at the front desk.  Cookie donations can be dropped off Thursday or Friday, at the front desk as well.  

Contact event co-chair Kate Bachman at katebachman2002@aol.com  with questions about food donations.

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

Thursday, December 5th         

          8th Grade High School Placement Test

Friday, December 6th              

          School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

          Sacrament of Reconciliation – Grade 4

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

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

Saturday, December 7th                      

          Manassas Christmas Parade – Meet at 10 am on Mathis Ave. between Reb Yank Dr. and Liberia Ave. near Nathan’s & movie theater.  Float #96. Anticipate being back at All Saints between 11:30-12:00.

Monday, December 9th                       

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

          Sacrament of Reconciliation – Grade 5

Tuesday, December 10th         

          Band Concert (PAC/7:00 p.m.)

          VIRTUS update Training (Art room/7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, December 11th    

          Sacrament of Reconciliation – Grade 7

          1st Grade Activity Day

          6th Grade Field Trip to Synagogue (9:00 a.m. – Noon)

Thursday, December 12th       

          Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day Mass (10:00 a.m.)

Friday, December 13th                        

          Sacrament of Reconciliation – Grade 6

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

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

          Grocery Program/Target Letter Updated: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Grocery-Program-letter-2013-2014-with-TARGET.pdf

          PVI College Night for Junior High Students and Families: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=PVI-College-Night-Jr-High-FLYER-Dec-2013-2.pdf

          e-News Update from JP the Great: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=JPtheGreat-e-News-Update.pdf