The Sentinel – April 9, 2014

April 9, 2014

Message from the Principal

Next week our Church celebrates the greatest mystery of our faith ~ the Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord and Savior.  As a school community, we prepare for our journey into the three holiest days of the year, the Triduum, through prayer and tradition. 

Beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 17th, the students and faculty will gather in the church for our annual Holy Thursday Prayer Service.  After listening to Scripture readings and reflecting on the example of Jesus, each of the children will participate in the “hand-washing” ceremony that has become a long-standing tradition in our school. 

Following the prayer service, the students will gather in the Parish Activities Center at 10:45 a.m. for the 7th grade portrayal of the Passion Play.  Through music and dramatic presentation, middle school students will prayerfully re-enact Christ’s passion and death.  As the students depart the space in silence following the presentation, the tone will be set for their continued reflection and prayer over the course of the coming days.

All parents are cordially invited to join us in prayer and to witness these beautiful school traditions.


After six years of dedicated service as a first grade classroom assistant, Mrs. Delaney has resigned from her position in order to pursue another employment opportunity.  During her time with us, Mrs. Delaney has been a wonderful staff member who has closely partnered with Mrs. Harrill in support of student learning.  Additionally, she has been a highly regarded team member among the classroom assistants, working side by side with them each day to supervise the cafeteria and playground.  While she will be missed in our community, I have every confidence that her skills will continue to shine as she transitions to her new position and I wish her every success and blessing. 

To fill the role of classroom assistant, I’ve hired Mrs. Janet Baldwin, a school parent who has a great deal of experience as a volunteer in our school.  Already familiar with the routines of the first grade program, she is excited to begin working with the children and Mrs. Harrill this week.  Welcome, Mrs. Baldwin! 

Field Day Announced ~ May 19th 

Field Day for Grades K-8 will take place on the grounds of Linton Hall School in Bristow on Monday, May 19th.  Mark your calendars now for what promises to be a great day of activities and fellowship for our school families.

End of Year Calendar Confirmed

Monday, May 19th                   Field Day at Linton Hall School – Grades K-8 (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Thursday, May 29th                 Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten

Friday, June 13th                      8th Grade Graduation Day (Mass & Ceremony at 4:00 p.m.)

Monday, June 16th                   Kindergarten Luau

Tuesday, June 17th                   Kindergarten Graduation (10:00 a.m.)

Wednesday, June 18th             Final Day for Students in Grades 1-7

National Junior Honor Society Inductees

Congratulations to the following newly inducted members of the All Saints Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society.  These students were selected by a Faculty Council for having demonstrated the five qualities of service, leadership, character, citizenship, and scholarship and welcomed into the organization at a special ceremony last Friday.

Lucy Becker

Josephine Carter

Lance Coleman

Matthew Delaney

Nicholas Delaney

Collin Foster

Lydia Goetz

Samantha Gutierrez

Jessica Hall

John Houser

Paola Linares

Bradley Magee

Madeleine Mangilit

Elena Mirus

Vanessa Morgan

Cameron Newborn

Vincent Olivera

Miguel Parada

Hannah Pell

Allison Talish

Annaliese Tamke

John Tessier

Mary Tran

Reem Varughese

Prayers & Pennies Outreach

Thanks to the generosity of our students, a total of $2,585 was raised through the recent Prayers and Pennies project sponsored by the Student Council Association to benefit House of Mercy.      

The following is a list of the winning classes for the grade level competitions:










Congratulations to the students in the 5th grade who contributed a total of $488.33, winning the grand prize for this year’s competition!

All Saints Parish Golf Tournament

All Saints will be sponsoring its 2014 Parish Golf Tournament on Monday, June 9th at Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, VA. Proceeds from our 2014 tournament will support youth-centered programs offered through our school, and the Religious Education and Youth Ministry programs, including dynamic spiritual and service opportunities such as retreats, vacation bible school, and sacramental preparation.

  • Join Us for Golf!
    Register on your own or bring a foursome for a fun-filled day of golf that includes many chances to win prizes and raffle items. Golf is $150 per person and includes greens fees and cart, 18-hole Captain’s Choice complete with scenic mountain views, a beautiful All Saints wind shirt, goodie bag, contests, prize drawings, continental breakfast, lunch, dinner and awards ceremony. It’s a fantastic value!!
  • Promote Your Company Through Sponsorship
    With sponsorship options starting as low as $50 for a business card ad and only $100 for hole sponsorship, the All Saints Parish Golf Tournament provides an excellent marketing opportunity for local businesses. A detailed list of sponsorship opportunities can be found in our 2014 All Saints Parish Golf Tournament brochure.

For more information about golf or corporate sponsorship, please call Janis DeVore at (703) 366-1645 or visit our golf website at      

NJHS Easter Basket Raffle

The National Junior Honor Society will be conducting an Easter Basket Raffle during all lunch shifts next week, with three winners being announced on Thursday, April 17.  Ticket prices will be $.50 for one or $1.00 for three.  Baskets will be on display at the front office and during lunch.  The proceeds from the sale will support the ministry of Father Juan in helping the poor in our local community.

9th Annual Race for Education

The Race for Education donations have been arriving at the school daily and our total deposit as of today is:  $4,130.  We are always looking for volunteers to help process the mailers during school hours, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  Please sign up through the Volunteer Spot link below and make sure to comment on the hours you are available.  Don’t forget, you can earn points for parents for your time.  If you have any questions, please contact Marjorie Collins at: .

From the Spirit Event Committee
Thank you to all who generously supported our Spirit Event at Captain Pell’s Restaurant. This was the best year ever! There were many new families as well as many familiar faces. A special thank you goes out to our fantastic teachers who kindly served on the night. Thanks again!

Our next Spirit Event will be held on Thursday, April 24th at the Skate-n-Fun Zone. It is from 6-8 p.m. The evening is a lot of fun! Also, as it is Easter break, you are welcome to bring friends and family. See you there!

Spotlight Summer Camps Early Bird Discount ends very soon!
Spotlight on the Arts Summer Camps offers Drama, Music, Art, and Creative camps for students from Pre-K through 12th grade.  Catholic Professionals with expertise in their disciplines and education instruct young people in the arts through these highly interactive day camps directed by Rob Tessier, All Saints Youth Minister and Director of Upper Room Theatre Ministry.  For times, descriptions, prices, full teacher bios, and online registration go to .

Bishop O’Connell High School ~ Offering Practice High School Placement Test

The Practice High School Placement Test for 7th graders will be offered again this year. The test will be on May 10 and May 17 at Bishop O’Connell.  Over 100 students have already signed up so they are filling up fast.  If interested, students may obtain information and register online on the Bishop O’Connell website.

Cub Scout Dens Now Forming

Attention all boys in Kindergarten through 4th grade! Cub Scout Dens are now forming for the 2014/2015 Scouting year! Pack 1188 has been proudly serving the All Saints community for over 30 years and sponsored by the Knights of Columbus George Brent Council.  Boys can start at any level and no prior experience is required. Our next pack meeting is in the Knights of Columbus Hall at 7 PM on Tuesday, April 15th.  If you have a Scouting-age boy who might be interested, give us a call. He can come to a Pack meeting, see what’s going on, and decide if it’s something he wants to be a part of.  To get the details call or e-mail either Cubmaster Randy Waddy, (703) 283-0717 /

Coach Dan Vander Woude’s Summer 2014 Boys Basketball Camps/Clinics

Coach Dan Vander Woude, Seton Boys Varsity Coach will once again be offering Summer Boys Basketball Camps/Clinics.  If you are interested, please go to for more information.

Important Reminders

Kindergarten Screening ~ No Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten on Monday, April 28th & May 5th

The Early Prevention of School Failure Screening for Kindergarten applicants will take place on Monday, April 28th & Monday, May 5thIn order that the teachers may be available to administer the assessment, there will be no Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten classes on these two days.

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

One of the hallmarks of our school community is the high level of parent involvement that has helped the school achieve many goals in recent years.  As in the past, each family at All Saints has been asked to earn 60 volunteer points over the course of the current school year.  Those who are unable to do so are asked to submit a check at the conclusion of the year for any outstanding points that remain.  (1 point = $3.00)  As we begin the fourth quarter, parents are reminded to update their “points total” via our school website so that the database accurately reflects their contributions over the course of the entire year. 

At the beginning of May, the office will issue individualized letters to each family, confirming the number of points reflected in the school database. For this reason, we ask that those families who have not recently updated the database via our school website do so by Friday, May 2nd.  Those families who have not earned the required 60 points will be assessed a corresponding fee at a rate of $3.00 per point and asked to submit payment by the close of May.

Final Presentation of the VIRTUS 30 Minute Update

The 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.  On Tuesday, May 13th the final presentation for the 2013-2014 school year will be presented at 2:15 p.m. in Meeting Room 2 (not at 7:00 p.m. as previously posted).  This change has been made in response to several requests from parents who cannot make the evening presentations.  For planning purposes, please contact Mrs. Janet Smith at 703-393-2158 to confirm your intent to attend.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, April 9th               

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

Thursday, April 10th                

          Stations of the Cross – Grades K-8 (2:00 p.m.)

Friday, April 11th                    

          8th Grade Class Trip to Annapolis

          School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Saturday, April 12th                

          Diocesan Science Fair

Monday, April 14th                 

          Terra Nova Make-up Testing

          Transition to Summer Uniforms

Tuesday, April 15th                 

  –       Terra Nova make-up Testing

Wednesday, April 16th             

          Spring Picture Day

          Gold Medal Readers Celebration (1:30 p.m.)

Thursday, April 17th                

          Holy Thursday Prayer Service (Church/9:30 a.m.)

          7th Grade Passion Play (PAC/10:45 a.m.)

          Noon Dismissal

Friday, April 18th                    

          Holiday – Good Friday


          Golf Tournament Brochure – 2014 All Saints Parish Golf Tournament brochure

          Golf Tournament Website –

          Spotlight on the Arts Summer Camps –

          Race for Education Volunteer Hours Form –

          Annual Fund Brochure – 2013/14 Annual Fund Brochure

         Annual Fund Online Donations –    

         Pilgrim Virtue Statue Sign-Up –