The Sentinel – April 16, 2014

April 16, 2014

Message from the Principal

As we continue to make plans for the upcoming year, one of our priorities is that of providing as much tuition assistance as possible for families in our community.  Through the generous and on-going support of our parish, the emergence of our Annual Fund, and the Diocesan Tuition Assistance program, we have been able to provide financial aid totaling more than $180,000 during the current year. 

In the hopes that we may be able to provide even greater support next year, we have submitted applications on behalf of our community for funding through the Diocese of Arlington Scholarship Foundation and a new Special Tuition Assistance Program.  (Note: Applications for these two programs were completed by the school and require no additional paperwork on the part of individual families.) 

As diocesan allocations related to the Special Tuition Assistance Program will not be announced until early May, final decisions regarding tuition assistance for our families will not occur until that time.  For this reason, notification for those families who have applied for assistance will not take place until mid-May.  Subsequently, the FACTS re-enrollment process and selection of online payment plans will not occur until mid-to-late May.  While our administrative process will be slightly delayed, we are pleased to make this adjustment as we strive to access as much funding as possible for our families.

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As announced earlier this year, Mrs. Vickie Coyle, our librarian, has been selected to receive the Distinguished Teacher Award presented by the Elementary Schools Department of the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA).  Fr. Bob, Mrs. Campagna and I will join Mrs. Coyle, along with six faculty members and staff of the Office of Catholic Schools, including our Superintendent, Sr. Bernadette McManigal, at the Convention and ceremony in Pittsburgh next week.  We look forward to celebrating with Mrs. Coyle and participating in professional development activities with Catholic educators from around the nation. Once again, congratulations, Mrs. Coyle!     

On behalf of the faculty & staff, I wish you and your family a blessed Holy Week and celebration of Easter!

PTO General Assembly Meeting ~ Homework Strategies to Reduce Homework Stress

Our final PTO General Assembly Meeting on Monday, April 28th will host Mr. Neil McNerney, author of the book “Homework: A parent’s guide to helping out without freaking out”.  The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the PAC.  

Questions to be addressed (taken from the website) will include: 

1.      When do I reward and when do I punish?

2.      How do I give advice without getting backtalk?

3.      How much should I review homework?

4.      How do I help my stressed out child who takes school too seriously?

5.      What do I say when my child says “I don’t care?”

6.      How do I help my disorganized child without feeling like I am his secretary?

We hope you find this pertinent presentation informative and helpful as you finish this year and look towards next year.  To celebrate the theme and as an extra incentive, any parent that attends will receive 1 homework pass that may be redeemed by each of their children.  If both parents are able to attend, the family will receive 2 passes for each child to use this year. Also- Points for Parents are earned for attending any PTO meetings. We will have a electronic sign-in at the presentation to record who will receive homework passes.  Please contact Angela Slater at pinoslater@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Middle School Students Win Honors at Science Fair

On Saturday morning ten students from our middle school participated in the Annual Diocesan Science Fair at Paul VI High School in Fairfax.  We are proud of their hard work and thank them for representing our school so well in this academic competition.  Congratulations to the following students who received special recognition for their projects and presentations.

Emma Downes – 1st Place in Microbiology

Mathew White – Honorable Mention in Microbiology

Collin Foster – Honorable Mention in Engineering

Race for Education – Dress Down Day Options

Students who earned “Dress Down Day” prize cards through the Race for Education may redeem them on the following days.

Wednesday, May 7

Tuesday, May 13

Wednesday, May 21

Thursday, May 29

Tuesday, June 3

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 www.allsaintsgolf.com

From the Spirit Committee
The time has come to celebrate at the Skate-n-Fun Zone!  Our spirit event is on Thursday, April 24th from 6-8 p.m.  This is a special one to invite your friends and relatives.  It is an All Saints tradition.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Race for Education – CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS!!!

The Race for Education donations have been arriving at the school daily and our total deposit as of today is:  $8,626.  We are three weeks away from the 9th Annual Race for Education and need volunteers to sign up for each of the race times.  Volunteers will help track the student’s laps, pass out water, and monitor the students as they run. All of these can be done while you are cheering on your child.  The race takes place on Thursday, May 8th!  Please sign up to volunteer here with our link through VolunteerSpot:  http://vols.pt/Xxpy5P  

The race times are:

PK1, PK2, K1, K2, 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B                             8:45 to 9:45 A.M.

3A, 3B, 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B                                               10:15 to 11:15 A.M.

PK3, 6A, 6B, 7A, 7B, 8A, 8B                                      1:30 to 2:30 P.M.

Volunteers are also needed to help with the counting of proceeds in the weeks ahead. If you are available to help any amount of time, please sign up here with our link through VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/Dktfuk

If you have any questions, please contact Marjorie Collins at: racefored@allsaintsvaschool.org

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 5th.  In order that the teachers may be available to administer the assessment, there will be no Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten classes on these two days.

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

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.

Upcoming Events

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

Thursday, April 24th                

          Spirit Activity: Skate ‘N Fun Zone (6:00-8:00 p.m.)

Monday, April 28th                 

          Classes Resume

          EPSF Screening – No Pre-K or Kindergarten classes

          Prayer Service (PAC/8:30 a.m.)

          PTO General Assembly Meeting – Presentation on Homework Strategies for Parents (PAC/7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, April 30th             

          SCA sponsored Dress Down Day for Earth Day

Thursday, May 1st                   

          School Mass followed by May Crowning (8:30 a.m.)

          First Communion & Graduation Photos (9:45 a.m.)

Friday, May 2nd                      

          Holiday – Parish Festival Prep Day

Saturday, May 3rd                   

          Parish Festival

Links

          Skate Party Flyer (April 24th) – http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=2014-04-24-Skate-Party-Flyer.pdf

          Golf Tournament Brochure – 2014 All Saints Parish Golf Tournament brochure

          Golf Tournament Website – www.allsaintsgolf.com

          Spotlight on the Arts Summer Camps –  www.SpotlightSummerCamps.com

          Annual Fund Brochure – 2013/14 Annual Fund Brochure

          Annual Fund Online Donations – http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/alumnidevelopment/annual-fund/   

          Pilgrim Virtue Statue Sign-Up – http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F084CAEAB22A02-pilgrim