The Sentinel

May 21, 2014

Message from the Principal

As we approach the close of another academic year, it is important that we acknowledge and thank those members of the faculty and staff who will not be returning in the fall.  Each, in their own way, has contributed to the success of our school and has forever touched the lives of the children.

Mrs. Foeckler who joined our faculty last fall will be departing in June in order to prepare for the birth of her first child.  In addition to teaching all of the music classes and leading the Schola at Mass, Mrs. Foeckler directed the recent Spring Choral Concert and coordinated the music for our annual Christmas Pageant.  I am grateful for all of her efforts during her first year of teaching and wish her blessings as she anticipates the birth of her little one.

After twelve years in our program, Mrs. Knowles will be leaving her position as Pre-Kindergarten and middle school religion teacher in order to relocate to the West Coast where her husband has accepted a new position.  Mrs. Knowles has been a key member of the Pre-Kindergarten team who by her example and through her steadfast commitment has helped to create a reputation of stability and excellence in the program.  We are grateful for her years of service and wish her and her family every blessing as they begin this new journey.

After four and a half decades of devoted service, Mrs. McMahon will be departing at the close of the year and embarking on a second retirement.  We remain grateful for her more than ten years of dedication working part-time in our resource program following her retirement from full-time teaching.  Recognized as our on-site “handwriting expert”, Mrs. McMahon has assisted countless students in the writing process and offered remediation to those encountering difficulties in math and/or reading.  Her commitment to the school, marked by the passing of so many years, is extraordinary and second to none.  We thank her for her generosity and constancy over a lifetime of service to our community.

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It was a joy and an honor to witness many of our 2nd grade students receiving their First Communion on Saturday morning.  Other members of the second grade class will receive the Sacrament on Saturday and in the weeks ahead with their families.  We continue to remember all of them in our prayers and congratulate them on this wonderful occasion.

I want to take a moment to thank Mrs. Cummings and Mrs. Gurley for so thoughtfully preparing the children.  Through their careful planning and recognition of the fact that this Sacrament is the central focus of the second grade experience, they provided a wonderful environment of faith and learning for their students.

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Last week the school gathered in celebration of the 35th Anniversary of Fr. Bob’s ordination.  It was a joy-filled gathering as each grade level performed a song of tribute for our special guest of honor.  Indeed, there were very memorable renditions of “Hail to the Redskins” and “Take me out to the Ballgame”, all rewritten in celebration of our beloved pastor.  At the conclusion of the event, the school community presented to Fr. Bob a gift certificate for a two night’s stay as well as greens fees and a dining certificate for the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina.  Thanks to the generosity of one of our school families who contributed “points” for one night and the outpouring of support from the children totaling $578.13, we’re able to send Fr. Bob on a well-deserved getaway.  Thank you, Fr. Bob, for all that you do for our community and congratulations on 35th years of dedicated service as a priest!

As of yesterday, the counting team has already processed $36,765.00 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

Annual Fund – Home Stretch to End the Year

As we near the end of the school year, we ask families who haven’t yet returned a pledge card to our Making a Difference, Every Day Annual Fund to do so today. We will be producing our year-end report shortly which includes the many gifts of prayer and financial support that we have already received, but we are hoping to hear from more members of our school community.

We have currently raised just over $7,000. We hope to reach last year’s results by raising a total of $11,000, so we have $4,000 to go.

Remember, funds raised through the annual fund will be used for tuition assistance and to provide your child with new opportunities through the installation of WiFi access in all school classrooms and the purchase of new math and science equipment.

You may recall that funds from last year’s campaign were used in conjunction with our business partnership with Leidos to launch our new Robotics initiative!

How Can You Participate?

  • Complete a Participation Form2013/14 Annual Fund Brochure
  • Donate Online – Please note that if you donate online, you will also have an opportunity to add a gift of prayer and/or involvement after submitting a financial gift.

Help All Saints continue Making a Difference, Every Day. Your gift of prayer and/or financial support – no matter the size – will help provide for our current students and secure the future of our school. For more information, please contact Janis DeVore at jdevore@allsaintsva.org or (703) 366-1645.

*Did you know that you can double or even triple your gift? Many employers offer a Matching Gift Program to maximize your gifts to charitable organizations. Check with your human resources department for details. It’s as simple as enclosing a form from your employer along with your donation. We will do the rest!

Student Council Election Results

Last week a number of students participated in an election for a variety of offices for the 2014-2015 leadership of the Student Council Association.  Congratulations to the following students who were elected by the students in grades four through seven.

President                                                          Nicholas Delaney

Vice President                                                  Jack Houser

Secretary/Historian                                          Allison Talish

School Spirit/Publicity                                     Bianca Misterio

Finance                                                             Zachary Mills

Health, Safety & Ecology                                Elizabeth Kwari

Religious Activities                                          Gabriel Short

Ambassador Program Announcement from Angela Slater, School Counselor

Last year in our school community the Ambassador Program was launched.  The Ambassador Program is an integral part of our ongoing efforts to both deter and address bullying behaviors in our school community.  In grades 2nd-8th, students are chosen to serve as the role of ambassador in their class.  As ambassadors they will endeavor to set a good example, be a leader, be available to listen to students who bring peer concerns to them and help facilitate communicating those concerns to faculty and staff.   I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs. Brown for partnering with me to implement this program.

We are very proud of the students chosen for this program.  As we are launching this late in the year, we are hopeful to have this year’s students retain their roll as Ambassadors for next year.  The student Ambassadors are:

2A – Maddie Woolfrey & Jack Stidham

2B – Josseline Avila & Isaac Fleisig

3A – Kevin Balagtas & Moira Haggerty

3B – Mary Collins & Eliza Rhodes

4A – Sloan Helmick & Max Volk

4B – Beverly Appiatse & Juan Santos

5A – Jenna Delaney & Morgan Shanz

5B – Lily Feltman & Ryan Shanz

6A – Jordan Karcher & Zachary Mills

6B – Paddy DeBruyne & Thumay Huynh

7A – Mussie Adiamseged & Annaliese Tamke

7B – Collin Foster & Mary Tran

8A – Drew Davey & Kim Ferguson

8B – Lauren Goldsmith & Walter Seigel

BoxTops for Education Update

Students, Parents, and Teachers…Would you believe…from all your efforts All Saints has received $3,011.64 in checks so far from those little tiny box tops everyone has been turning in! Way to go All Saints!!!  We’re not even done yet.  We also have collected 3,107 box tops (counted May 5th)…and I have a bag full to still count.

The winning class will be announced next Wednesday (May 28th) with a party to follow.  Keep those box tops rolling in. Thank you!

END OF YEAR INFORMATION

Cafeteria Program – End of Year Reminders

As we are approaching the end of the school year, please note that we will not allow any lunches to be charged

during the month of June.  At this time, you may purchase more lunches/drinks in advance, or when your balance has expired, you may pay on a daily basis.  If you do have monies on account, please make sure that it is used before the end of the school year as we do not give refunds.  Please call the cafeteria at 703-368-4400, ext. 211, if you have any questions or concerns.

Extended Day Program

Extended Day services will continue the next three and a half weeks and be available before and after school through Tuesday, June 17thThere will be no Extended Day Program on Wednesday, June 18th.  All students will dismiss at 10:30 a.m. following the Closing Mass & Awards Ceremony.  Please make arrangements for your children to be picked up if you anticipate being unavailable at that time.

Report Cards

Report cards and awards will be issued on the final day of school, June 18th.  Since the office will have a record of your child’s final grades at the close of the year, you may retain these cards.

Medications

All medications must be picked up from the clinic no later than Tuesday, June 17th.  Since students are not authorized to carry medication, it is necessary for parents to visit the clinic to pick up medications prior to the close of the year.  Medications remaining after the final day will be discarded.

Summer Office Hours

The school office will remain open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. during the months of June and August.  The office will be closed during the month of July.  The office will reopen on Tuesday, August 5th. Should you need to contact school personnel during the summer months, please do not hesitate to leave a message on the answering machine.  We will make every effort to return your call in a timely manner.

Important Dates for the Upcoming Year

  • Orientation Day (Students and parents are invited to visit the school, meet new teachers, and pick up supply orders.) – Friday, August 22nd.
  • 8th Annual Back-to School Barbecue hosted by the PTO – Friday, August 22nd (5:30-7:30 p.m.)
  • First Day of School ~ Noon Dismissal (Grades K-8) – Monday, August 25th
  • First Day of Pre-Kindergarten – Wednesday, September 3rd

Important Reminders

FACTS Enrollment Process for 2014-2015

All returning families should have received a customized email from FACTS confirming their tuition balance and payment plan for 2014-2015.  Similarly, all new families and those who have expressed interested in changing their plan from “Payment in Full by invoice” to a schedule of payments should have received a FACTS “invite” that provides detailed directions for establishing an account. All new families and those enrolling in the system for the first time are asked to complete this process by Friday, May 30th.

The deadline for Payment in Full has been extended to Tuesday, June 10th.

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

Those families who received letters confirming the amount now due for outstanding Points for Parents are asked to submit payment by Wednesday, May 28th.      

End of Year Parent Survey ~ Anti-Bullying Initiative

During the first semester we distributed a parent survey on the topic of bullying in our community, the results of which were communicated via the weekly newsletter.  In an effort to measure progress and to ensure that we are aware of any concerns related to bullying in our community, all parents are invited to complete the follow up electronic survey prepared by our school counselor, Mrs. Slater.  Parents are encouraged to visit the link to complete the survey.  Students in grades 3-8 will complete the electronic survey during their computer classes within the next two weeks.  In advance, we thank you for participating and providing feedback which helps us to plan for the future of our school.  Link to survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BWQDL6W

Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 22nd

  • 4th Grade Mothers’ Tea
  • 6th Grade Field Trip to Medieval Times (8:45 – 3:00)
  • 7th Grade Iowa Test of Algebra Readiness

Friday, May 23rd

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Noon Dismissal

Saturday, May 24th

  • 1st Communion – Group III (10:00 a.m.)

Monday, May 26th

  • Holiday – Memorial Day

Wednesday, May 28th

  • Points for Parents Fees Due
  • 4th Grade Field Trip to Mount Vernon
  • 7th Grade Field Trip to Manassas Battlefield

Thursday, May 29th

  • Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten
  • Race for Education Dress Down Day Option

Friday, May 30th

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Middle School Demerit Free Breakfast (9:30 a.m.)
  • FACT Enrollment Deadline for 2014-2015

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