The Sentinel – December 18, 2013

12/18/2013

Principal’s Message

This week I wish to share with you a very special prayer intention.  Last week, Mr. Michael D’Eugenio, the husband of Joyce, our administrative assistant, was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer.  He will begin chemotherapy this week and continue to receive treatments each Friday in the coming months. 

Let us together remember Mr. D’Eugenio and his family in our prayers in a special way during this Advent & Christmas Season.  May they be uplifted and strengthened in the knowledge that so many of us are holding them close in thought and prayer at this time.

******************************************************************************

One of the highlights of my Advent Season each year is walking the hallways and taking a few moments to review the beautiful work of the children displayed on the bulletin boards.  Using words and pictures, the students have shared how they are preparing their hearts for Christmas, even identifying “gifts” that they would like to give to the infant Savior.  As always, their sincere sentiments are poignant and a delight to read.  Amidst the rush of the days leading up to Christmas, I thought you might enjoy a few of these words to live by.

To Jesus: I will….

Try to be better

Help out without being asked

Don’t fight with brothers

Love everybody always

Go outside more

Encourage others often.

(3rd Grader)

Dear Jesus,

As I prepare for your birth I will be reverent and kind.  I will be generous and give the gift of a baby toy that makes funny noises and three red bird eggs and I will give you my baby blanket and my baby clothes. 

(2nd Grader)

Dear Jesus,

My gifts to you are…my love, my faith, my hope, to help others, prayers, be forgiving, show mercy, be kind, show respect, remember the reason for the season.

(4th Grader)

To Jesus:

A kind note, a coloring and activity pad, 9 pencils and a box of 64 crayons.

(3rd Grader)

This last one really made me smile.  This young student has decided not to simply give Jesus the twelve count box, but the deluxe 64 edition!  The message is the same – we give everything to Jesus.

******************************************************************************

On Tuesday members of the Peace & Justice Players gathered together all of the Toys for Tots that our students contributed over the course of the past two weeks.  I know that the generosity of our students will truly brighten the Christmas holiday for those less fortunate.  I also want to thank the students for their generous support of the recent Dress Down Day to benefit Catholic Charities.  With an additional contribution of approximately $50.00 from the National Junior Honor Society, All Saints will be forwarding a check in the amount of $­­­500.00 to this organization for their use in assisting those in need in our diocesan community. 

We look forward to seeing many of you at the Band Concert tonight (PAC/7:00 p.m.) and the annual Christmas Pageant beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the church tomorrow evening.  Note: For the pageant, students are asked to report directly to their classrooms at 6:30 p.m.  The students will return to their homerooms following the performance where parents will meet them shortly thereafter. 

On behalf of the faculty & staff of All Saints Catholic School, I wish all of you a blessed Christmas Season!  May the holiday be filled with great joy as you gather with family and friends to celebrate the birth of our Savior!

Prayer for the Third Week of Advent

Lord God, may we, your people, who look forward to the birthday of Christ, experience the joy of salvation and celebrate that feast with love and thanksgiving.  We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

Registration Schedule for the New Year

  •   Re-Registration for Current Families February 3-14, 2014

 

  •   Registration for New Students             February 10-28, 2014

                              (Including siblings for Pre-K & K)

SAVE THE DATE!!!  ~ The Running with the Saints 5K

The Running with the Saints 5K will be on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 8:15 a.m. The Race Starts and Finishes at the front parking lot of All Saints Catholic School.  Click here to REGISTER TODAY:  http://www.imathlete.com/events/RunningWithTheSaints5kA planning and volunteer information meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 10:00 am for all interested in helping out.  For questions or additional information please contact Joan Coleman at jcoleman02@comcast.net or 703-895-9031.

High School News

Pope John Paul the Great Catholic High School

JP the Great Music Festival: Musicians and singers in grades 6, 7, and 8 are invited to participate in Pope John Paul the Great’s annual Music Festival happening January 25, 2014! Come learn new music, perform with others in the diocese and with the JP Wolf Band, and make new friends! For more information, please visit their website:  http://www.jpthegreat.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/MS-Music-Festival-flyer-and-Registration.pdf.   Questions? Contact Mrs. Kelly Kingett, John Paul Music Director: kelly.kingett@jpthegreat.org or (703) 445-0316.

JP the Great News:  See what the Wolves have been up to so far this year by reading the latest edition of e-News Update. Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2014, and the first-round decision deadline is January 27. The date for the High School Placement Test is January 11, and pre-registration is required. For more information about admission and the test, please click here. For general information, please visit www.jpthegreat.org or call 703.445.0218.

PVI Catholic High School

Girls Winter Lacrosse Clinic at Paul VI Catholic HS, January 12th and/or 26th , 4-6PM come to one or both!

$40 per session, $75 for both (the camp will be held indoors in the gym).  Registration at www.pvigirlslax.net

Questions or Concerns, Please email Coach Alex Whitworth  at  awhitworth@paulvi.net

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

All Saints Christmas Pageant 2013

The annual Christmas Pageant as performed by students in kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th and 6th grades will take place on Thursday, December 19th at 7:00 p.m. in the church.  All students are asked to dress in their Christmas best and to report to their homeroom classrooms at 6:30 p.m. 

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

Handcraft Show Hosted by Father Juan Puigbó

Fr. Juan will host a Handcraft Show on Thursday, December 19th from 2pm to 7pm in the Library Side of the Church. A number of items will be on display and available for purchase, including beautiful wooden pieces handcrafted by Fr. Juan. This will be a good opportunity to buy your seasonal gifts! 

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.

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

Wednesday, December 18th    

          2nd Grade Christmas Around the World Celebration

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

Thursday, December 19th       

          Pre-Kindergarten Christmas Pageants (10:00 a.m. & 1:15 p.m. in the church)

          Christmas Pageant (2:15 p.m. for students & 7:00 p.m. for parents in the church; students report to homeroom classrooms at 6:30 p.m.)

          Fr. Juan’s Handcraft Show (2:00-7:00 p.m. in the church)

Friday, December 20th            

          School Mass & Virtues Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)

          SCA sponsored Santa Hat Day (no cost)

          4th Grade Gingerbread House Project

          Classroom Christmas Parties (approximately 1:30 p.m.)

Monday, December 23rd         

          Christmas Holiday begins

Monday, January 6th              

          Classes Resume for the New Year

Tuesday, January 7th              

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

Thursday, January 9th            

          Enrollment Management Team Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, January 10th               

          School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

          National Geography Bee (10:00 a.m.)

          Noon Dismissal (Faculty Meeting)