The Sentinel

January 16, 2014

Message from the Principal

Last Friday students in
grades four through eight participated in the school-wide round of the National
Geography Bee.  Congratulations to
Vincent DiBisceglie, our school champion, who completed a written assessment earlier
this week to determine whether he will qualify to advance to the state level
competition.  This is a distinct honor
for Vincent as this is his second consecutive year winning the event at All

to Eirian Crocker (2nd place), Nicholas Mills (3rd place)
and to all of the students who represented their classes in this school-wide competition. 

4A       Madison Schmeling   

4B        Zachary Kreitzer        

5A       Jack Malone              

5B        Lily Feltman

6A       Eirian Crocker             

6B        Kayla Koory

7A       Vincent DiBisceglie    

7B        Emma Parker             

8A       Rachel Chiramel         

8B        Nicholas Mills           

March for Life

On Wednesday, January 22nd
the students of All Saints will join their prayers with the thousands who will
gather in Washington, D.C. at the annual March for Life.  As a school community we will pray for an end
to abortion and for an increase in respect for the sanctity of life at all
stages in our society.   While children
who wish to attend the March for Life with their parents or the Youth Ministry
Program will be marked as absent, please know that this absence will not affect
a child who otherwise would earn “Perfect Attendance” at the close of
the year.  If your child will be
attending the March, please notify his or her teacher via a note by the end of the

Earn up to $400 in Tuition

Many of our families
initially hear about All Saints through a personal referral from an existing
school family. With Open House events scheduled for Thursday, January 16
and Thursday, February 13, we thought now would be the perfect time to
remind you about our New Student Referral Program.

our New Student Referral Program, your family can receive a $200
tuition credit
for referring one new family or a $400 tuition
for referring two new families! Details about the program can be
found on the New Student Referral Program form (see link below).

to do next:

ü  Invite your family and friends to attend our January
or February Open House so they can hear about our school and see it in action.

ü  Complete and submit a New Student Referral Form:

ü  Remind the families you invite to list your name on
the Referral Form that will be included in their New Student Application

5K T-shirt Design Contest for All Grades

This year we would like to have all the students participate
in a contest to design the front artwork for our 5K race shirt.  Any medium can be used as long as it is
flat…ink, pencil, crayon, or paint.  The
design should be in 2-colors and fit on an 8 ½ x 11 size paper so that it can
be scanned.  The theme is “Running with
the Saints.”  No text or graphic art
should be used…only original art created by the student.  There will be prizes for the 1st
and 2nd place winners in each grade and also for the Overall Winner.
The deadline for submission to Mrs.
Blair is February 12th.  For
more information, please contact Penny Starrs at 703-393-2283 or .  A link to the flyer can be found at the end
of the newsletter.

Bingo Night

PTO sponsored Family Bingo Night will be held on February 1st at
5:00 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall.  Please see the flyer linked to
the newsletter for more information about the Family Bingo Night and Dinner
Pre-Order Form.

Volunteers Needed for Catholic Schools Week Luncheon

Catholic Schools
Week is 2 weeks away, and the highlight for the teachers, faculty, and staff is
always the luncheon at the end of the week on Friday, January 31st!
If you would like to help us make this year’s luncheon a success, please visit
our Sign –Up Genius page to see how you can get involved!  You will earn
points for parents for your time and donations.

Contact Gina Michak (
or Zonia Garcia (
with questions or for more information.

Science Fair Volunteers Needed

The All Saint’s Science Fair is February 6th in
the Parish Activity Center. The Middle School students have been working hard
on their projects but many parent volunteers are needed to make the fair a
success. All volunteer activities earn points for parents. Even if you don’t
have a Middle School student, this is an exciting event you don’t want to
miss.  The following volunteers are
needed:  Judges, Breakfast Coordinator,
Breakfast Food Donations, Lunch Coordinator, Lunch Food Donations, Set-Up
Committee, and Take Down Committee. 

Please click on the following link for more

BoxTops for Education/Labels for Education Update

November 1st, 2013
was the first submission deadline for boxtops. In only 2 months, our school
collected 13,628 boxtops! With a balance from last year, All Saints received
the first check last week of $1892.28. Thanks to all the parents, teachers,
students, and Parish. The next submission for boxtops is March 1st.
In this area, All Saints school is in 23rd place…I believe we can be
in first place. Let’s keep clipping!!! 

Boxtop and Labels for Education numbers since Nov. 1st:

Tops:                    5,053   =          $505.30

Labels for Education:  900      =          $

Room Rankings

Mrs. Montano 3A        2590

Mrs. Honkus 5A           2534

Mrs. Harrill 1A             2270

Mrs. Gurley 2B             1744

Mrs. Nichols 1B            1661

Mrs. Cote K1               1487

Mrs. Lewis 7A             1027

rest of the class rooms were under 1000. I have left a list at the front office
if anyone would like to see what the exact classroom count is. Thank you!

Make Praying the Rosary a New Year’s

join me, Mrs. Linda White, in the church near the statue of Our Blessed Mother
for a weekly rosary on Wednesdays at 2:30 p.m.  Our prayers will support the Pilgrim Virgin
Statue apostolate and specifically include the intentions of our school as well
as those of the families who are hosting the statues in their homes that week.   If you have any questions or suggestions,
please feel free to contact me at

Ten Commandments Hike 

Ten Commandments Hikes for youth
and families is said to have originated in Miami, FL around 1976.  Since then the hikes have spread
throughout the United States and are held at various times of the year,
depending on the locale.
goals and objectives for a Ten Commandments Hike are:

For youth and adults, it is an
opportunity to be introduced to other faiths and to reduce any misconceptions
or mistaken notions they may have about the religions of their friends and

For all participants, it is a review of the Ten Commandments, what they mean, and
how they are a fundamental component of most religions in America.

The hike is an opportunity to
stimulate youth to consider basic moral issues as well as differences and
similarities between religions.

The churches will be supporting an
activity that will help correct misinformation and biases caused by a lack of
knowledge about the religious beliefs of others.

Locally, a Ten Commandments Hike
has been conducted in Fredericksburg, VA every year since 1998 (except for
2010, when three feet on snow fell on that Fri/Sat in February). Here in
Manassas, the first Ten Commandments Hike was held on February 4, 2012.
This Hike was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, George Brent Council, and conducted
by Crew 1188 of Bull Run District, BSA.  Crew 1188 is
chartered by George Brent Council #5332 of the Knights of Columbus. 

On February 1, 2014 the third annual Ten
Commandments Hike will be held in Manassas. All are welcome.  For more information, please contact Matt
Carroll of George Brent Council & Crew 1188 at 703-368-9838.  The website has information about the hike and how to register for it.


Registration Schedule for 2014-2015

  • Re-Registration for Current Families February 3-14, 2014
  • Registration
    for New Students             February 10-28,

siblings for Pre-K & K)

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 (

due dates for applications and supporting documentation are as follows:

High School                 January 27, 2014

Elementary School       March 17, 2014

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

Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

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:

January 14th (Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, February 11th
(Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, March 11th
(Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, April 18th
(Art Room/7:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, May 13th
(Art Room/7:00 p.m.)


January 16th

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

January 17th

Development Day – No Classes

January 20th

Holiday – Martin
Luther King, Jr.

January 22nd

March for Life

Grade Field Trip to Synagogue – rescheduled (9:00-Noon)

January 24th

End of 2nd

School Mass (8:30

Adoration &
Benediction (2:15 p.m.)



Family Bingo Night w/Dinner Order Form:

Science Fair
Volunteers –

The Running with the Saints 5K Sign-Up –

Pilgrim Virtue
Statue online Sign-up –