The Sentinel ~ March 5, 2014

March 5, 2014

Message from the Principal

Congratulations to the students in our second grade program who received the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time on Saturday morning.  Following a beautiful prayer service led by Fr. Bob, each of the children encountered Christ in this special Sacrament of healing and grace.  Congratulations to all of the children and thank you, Mrs. Cummings and Mrs. Gurley, for preparing them so well. 

As a community of faith, today we begin our journey through the season of Lent.  This afternoon our students gathered in the Parish Activities Center for our annual “Farewell to the Alleluia Banner” prayer service, a tradition by which we remind the children that we will refrain from saying the word “Alleluia” until we celebrate the great joy of Easter.  To symbolize this, students from our 8th grade rolled the Alleluia Banner into a scroll and placed it in a special box where it will remain through the season of Lent.  Upon our return to school following the Easter holiday, the students will gather once again in the PAC at which time the reverse will take place: the students will lift the cover of the box, unroll the banner, and lift it high as the children sing the “Easter Alleluia” and our pre-kindergartners fill the air with the sounds of noisemakers.  Through symbolism and music, our students come to recognize that something very special is happening and that this time of the year is distinct for us as a Catholic school community.

Following the prayer service, the students processed over to church for our Ash Wednesday liturgy and were signed with ashes, a visible reminder of the call to “turn from sin and be faithful to the Gospel”.

Throughout the season, students will have a number of opportunities to enter more deeply into this life of faith.  The following is a list of our school-wide Lenten observances.

Sacrament of Reconciliation: Students in grades 3-8 will have an opportunity to receive the Sacrament during regular school hours. 

Stations of the Cross: The students will participate in this traditional Lenten prayer twice during the season, once in a small group setting and once when the entire school gathers.

Abstinence: Our cafeteria staff has designed a menu that reflects the practice of abstaining from meat on Ash Wednesday and Fridays during Lent.

Almsgiving: The SCA will once again sponsor the “Prayer & Pennies” Campaign, an annual fundraiser and outreach program.  Students will be encouraged to make small sacrifices of their own, perhaps giving up ice cream at lunch, donating part of their allowance, etc. so that they may place coins in the jar outside their classroom in the morning during the week of March 24th.  

7th Grade Passion Play:  On Holy Thursday, the 7th grade class will present the Passion Play, highlighting the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ.  This dramatic presentation will take place in the gym on April 17th, following our Handwashing Prayer Service in the church.

Through prayer and sacrifice, our students are reminded that this is a very special time of year.  Repeated year after year, these practices become part of the fabric of our students’ lives, providing them a foundation through the years to come.  This is the very essence of Catholic education…that through encounters with Christ, the lives of our students are transformed…now and forever. 

Wishing you a blessed Lenten journey!

All Saints Wins 2nd Place in Diocesan Spelling Bee!

Congratulations to Reem Varughese (8th grade) who won second place in the diocesan-wide spelling bee on Saturday!  This is quite an accomplishment as she competed against representatives from more than thirty other schools.  Thanks for representing our school so well, Reem, and know that we are proud of your success!

Virtue of the Month Award Winners

Congratulations to the following students who received special recognition last Friday for having exemplified the Virtue of Honesty during the month of February.

R.J. Kennedy (PK-1)

Lukas McLaughlin (2A)

Julia Woolfrey (5B)

Raphael Likoy-Bokassa (PK-2)

Matthew Baldwin (2B)

Caroline Griffin (6A)

Therese Sayani (PK-3)

Joshua Breen (3A)

Joshua Dawson (6B)

Cole Smith (K1)

Mahlia Slaiby (3B)

Jack Tessier (7A)

Zerabruck Adiamseged (K2)

Wystan Byers (4A)

Jack Houser (7B)

Wyatt Almond (1A)

Victoria Bruno (4B)

Shelby Ullman (8A)

Oscar Crespo (1B)

Kaylee Ariza (5A)

Patrick Murray (8B)

Science Fair – Relentless Weather Doesn’t Halt Science Fair

Please click on the following link for the post science fair story / science fair winners:

Virtue Prayer of the Month

Jesus, our Friend, help me to accept myself and others with 

love and kindness.  Help me to see you in each person I meet. 

Show me how to be good and kind to everyone.  Keep me from  

being selfish.  I want to follow your rules of love and  

compassion.  I can do many wonderful things.  Stay by me  

today, Jesus.  I know you love me and I love you.  

Virtue Strategies of the Month


  1. Cooperate with your teacher.  Do your best to obey the rules and follow directions
  2. Say “please” when asking for things.
  3. Get in line quietly, without pushing, and don’t lag behind.
  4. Clean up around your desk area.
  5. Help a classmate when they need help.
  6. Take turns when playing.  Give someone else a chance.
  7. At home, do your chores cheerfully, without being asked.
  8. Cooperate at home.  Take turns and share with your brothers, sisters, and friends.
  9. Listen when others talk.  Respect their opinions.
  10. Always try to get along with everyone.

Lenten Rosary for Parents

Parents Lenten Rosary begins Ash Wednesday.  Get your Lent off to a strong start by praying a weekly rosary with Linda White and other All Saints school parents in the church.  Please join us each Wednesday of Lent at 2:30 in front of the large marble statue of Mary and in the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. As individual families and a school community we have many intentions, our children, their teachers, our parish and priests, to name only a few, to pray for. We hope to see and pray with many of you in the coming weeks.

Statewide Tornado Drill

At the invitation of our governor, on Tuesday, March 11th All Saints will participate in a statewide tornado drill at 9:45 a.m.  This drill will provide an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to practice our emergency response in the event of an unstable weather pattern.

Terra Nova Testing Countdown ~ 5 Weeks!

As the week of standardized testing approaches, parents are asked to avoid scheduling appointments from Monday, April 7th – Tuesday, April 15th so that each student may participate in the testing as scheduled.

Professional Development Day ~ No School on Monday, March 17th

On Monday, March 17th our teachers will participate in a diocesan-wide day of professional development.  For this reason, there will be no classes or Extended Day Program that day. 

BoxTops for Education Update

Thank you for clipping and sending in your BoxTops for Education.  The final count of BoxTops for the March submission was 11,243.  Your efforts have brought the total earnings thus far to $3,016.58 and we aren’t done yet…keep collecting and sending in your box tops!

Paul VI Catholic High School / St. Leo the Great Basketball Camps

Paul VI Girls & Boys Basketball Camps:  Grades 2 – 8…June 23 – 27. July 7 – 11, & July 21 – 25
Further Info and Register at

St Leo the Great Mini Hoopster Camp:  Located at St Leo the Great… July 14 – 17. Boys & Girls Grades K – 2.
Further Info and Register at


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 (

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

Elementary School       March 17, 2014

Upcoming Events

Saturday, March 8th               

          Diocesan Teacher Job Fair at Paul VI High School (9:00-11:00 a.m.)

Tuesday, March 11th               

          Statewide Tornado Drill (9:45 a.m.)

          Seniors’ Luncheon hosted by the 7th Grade

          VIRTUS Update Training for Volunteers (Art room/7:00 p.m.)

          PTO Executive Board Meeting – rescheduled (PLC/7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, March 12th                      

          Confessions – 3rd Grade (9:15 a.m.)

          Golf Tournament Committee Meeting (2:00 p.m.)

Thursday, March 13th             

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

Friday, March 14th                 

          School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

          Confessions – 4th Grade (9:30 a.m.)

Monday, March 17th               

          Holiday – Professional Development Day



          Science Fair Story & Winners:

          Annual Fund Brochure – 2013/14 Annual Fund Brochure

          Annual Fund Online Donations –

          FACTS On-line Application Process –