The Sentinel – May 28, 2014

Message from the Principal

It is with sadness that I announce the passing of Sr. Laurence Bucher, O.S.B., who served as Principal of All Saints during the early decades of the school’s history.  She was one of many Benedictine Sisters of Bristow who led the school from the time of its founding in 1957 until 1990.  We remain grateful for the leadership of Sr. Laurence and the difference she made in the lives of the children and families of our community.  She is fondly remembered by the longest serving members of our faculty and her legacy continues to shine.  As the Benedictine Sisters gather this evening and tomorrow to recall the many lives and hearts touched by Sr. Laurence, may they be consoled by our prayers and well-wishes for their community.

This week I wish to also share with you the news that Mrs. Gurley, second grade teacher, will not be returning in the fall.  She will be moving to Florida this summer where her husband has recently accepted a new position, a transition that will actually place her only one hour from her family.  While this remains a wonderful opportunity for Mrs. Gurley, she will be missed in our community.  During her four years as a member of our faculty, she was a highly effective second grade teacher who with a quiet leadership style, initiated two major curriculum initiatives; the Daily 5 approach to literacy and Empowering Writers.  We are grateful for all that she has done for our program and wish both her and her husband every success and blessing as they prepare for this next chapter.

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What is it that you and your fellow parents value most in a Catholic education? What can we change to make these things – and others – even better?  Finally, how can we continue to challenge, nurture and care for our students — your children — as they grow into accomplished leaders, scholars, athletes, artists, and faithful servants of the communities in which we live? These are just some of the questions we as administrators and educators ask ourselves everyday.

Together with the Diocesan Office of Catholic Schools, we have embarked on an initiative to better understand what you, as parents, expect from a world-class Catholic school education and community of learning.  We want to determine how we are living up to those expectations today, with the goal being to more closely align our school with the things you care most about for your children going forward. To this end, the diocese has engaged an independent market research company, Brightline Strategies, to help us gather this critical information.  Having already facilitated a number of focus groups, this organization will now be reaching out by phone to randomly selected parents from our community to invite their participation in this dialogue.  In advance, I thank you for your support of this project which will benefit our school as we continue to plan for our future.  If for any reason you prefer not to be contacted, please notify Mrs. D’Eugenio so that we can follow up with the diocese accordingly.

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Finally, this week’s newsletter includes a special message from the PTO leadership regarding a change in the Room Liaison selection process effective at the start of the new school year.  I wish to thank Mrs. Angela Slater (President) and Mrs. Katherine Mills (Room Liaison Coordinator) for the assistance they have provided in designing a process that I believe will be both more objective and efficient.

As of yesterday, the counting team has already processed $40,040 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

Summer Learning Program

Recognizing that our curriculum during the school year is rigorous and that expectations are high for student learning, there is great value in the children having a respite during the months of summer.  On the other hand, studies have shown that students lose ground during the long vacation if not provided an opportunity to keep their skills sharp.  With these two perspectives in mind, as in prior years, the teachers have crafted a balanced plan specific for our school.  The following is a grade level summary of the Summer Learning Program for 2014.

(Note: Parents should select the summer learning assignments that correspond to the grade that their child will be entering in the fall.  For example, a student entering second grade would complete the Summer Book Program for rising 2nd graders.  A child entering third grade would complete the assignments outlined below for grades 3-5.)

Grade K          Learning Packets: Designed by the Pre-K team, these packets will be distributed to parents.

Grade 1-2       Summer Book: This is a wonderful series that has been used in the primary grades in recent years.  It includes diverse activities that target a variety of areas, including reading, math, science, social studies, and religion.

The Summer Book will be due on Friday of the first week of school and credit will be given to all students who complete the work.

Ordering Information: Summerbook Company

305 Lyndale Drive

Hartsville, SC 27804

1-877-684-8502 (Toll Free)

www.summerbookcompany.com

(Note: Order the Summer Book for the grade level that your child will begin in September.  For example, students in Kindergarten this year should complete the Summer Book for rising 1st graders.)

Grades 3-5      Math Packet & 2 Accelerated Reader Books

Teachers will distribute math packets that provide reinforcement of skills acquired during this past school year.  After reading two Accelerated Reader books, students are asked to complete the corresponding AR tests upon their return to school.  These summer assignments will be due Friday of the first week of school and will be considered part of the first quarter participation grade.

Grades 6-8      Students are asked to read selections (one book for grade 6/two books for grades 7 & 8) from the Middle School Summer Reading List and complete one of the corresponding follow up activities for each book chosen.  Additionally, teachers will provide Math Packets that focus on skill areas that they have specifically identified for practice and reinforcement.

(Note: A letter from the middle school team and a detailed overview of assignments are included as links to this week’s newsletter and are available for review on our website.  A copy of the recommended reading list will be posted on our school website as well.)

Carpool Network 2014-2015

All Saints parent Mr. Jim Griffin has once again volunteered to serve as a carpool coordinator. If you are interested in a carpool for your children, please email the following information to allsaintscarpool@hotmail.com and Mr. Griffin will put you in touch with other families in your area who have expressed an interest in carpooling.

Name:

Address:

Phone Number:

Preferred email contact:

Number of children you need transported:

Number of spaces in your vehicle for transporting others:

Prefer to drive morning or evening, or no preference?

Please be aware that the above information will be plotted on a map with a private URL that is only available to All Saints parents who have expressed an interest in carpooling.  The URL will be emailed directly to you and will not be available any other way or discoverable by any search engine.

Recognizing that parents are solely responsible for determining transportation arrangements to and from All Saints Catholic School, the school assumes no role in this process and neither recommends nor endorses any particular carpool arrangements.  In the unfortunate circumstance of an accident or injury, the parent’s own personal automobile liability is primary in the event of a claim.  Nonetheless, the school values the collective efforts of parents and is pleased to support this initiative by communicating the opportunity to parents.

Room Liaison Selection Process ~ Revised for 2014-2015

All Saints will have a new Room Liaison selection process next year that will attempt to address some parent concerns with the process as it is now.  A subcommittee of the PTO, with support from the administration, worked to update our current selection process.

To highlight:

  • Parents who are interested in being a room liaison next year will fill out a short application, with their classroom choice (1st, 2nd, etc. if you have more than one student).
  • Applicants for each class will be selected in random drawings, alternates will be drawn if necessary.
  • Each class will have two liaisons who will assist the teacher with communications and classroom activities.  For activities that need more volunteers, of course, all interested classroom parents will have an opportunity to volunteer
  • Each liaison will be eligible for 60 Points for Parents.
  • Applications will be available at the front office at the beginning of the school year.  Deadlines to be announced during our return to school.  Liaison selection will be completed in the first couple weeks of school.
  • We hope this streamlined process will keep complications to a minimum and match liaisons with their classes quickly.

Please contact Angela Slater at pinoslater@gmail.com if you have any questions about our new selection process.  I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of our current room liaisons for your dedication and commitment to assisting your classroom teachers and ensuring all of the classroom activities this year were successful for the children.  Wonderful job!  A special thank-you to Katherine Mills our Room Liaison Coordinator for all of her hard work to support both liaisons and teachers throughout the year.

Dive Into Books

GET A JUMP START ON SUMMER READING!

ALL SAINTS TEAMS UP WITH

BARNES AND NOBLE FOR A SUMMER BOOK FAIR!!!!

Summer reading is in the air and again this year the All Saints School Library will host an exciting Pre-Summer Book Fair at the Barnes and Noble store in Manassas on Saturday, June 7th.    Join Mrs. Coyle and Mrs. Geary as they dive into books to get you on the big wave of reading for the summer.  The library staff will be there from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm to greet and meet!    Also, the All Saints displays will be available in the Barnes and Noble store all day long!  Bring the attached printed flyer or tell the cashier at the store that you are from the All Saints School or parish because a percentage of the net sales will be contributed to the school.

If you are busy on Saturday and cannot attend the Book Fair at Barnes & Noble store….simply go online and use the All Saint Book Fair ID number when you checkout.    The Book Fair online dates will be 6/7/14 and will extend to 6/12/14.

Enter the following:  BN.COM/bookfairs

BoxTops for Education Update

Keep clipping the boxtops. We have collected 4117 boxtops in just under 2 months! The competition between the classrooms is close. I will wait until this coming Friday, May 30th, for the final count of combined boxtops and soup labels to announce the classroom winner. The classroom winner will receive a classroom party!  Below are the top six classrooms:

5A Mrs. Honkus            4861

3A Mrs. Montano         4555

1A Mrs. Harrill              3220

1B Mrs. Nichols            2825

2B Mrs. Gurley              2316

K1 Mrs. Cote                2213

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.

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 Form – 2013/14 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!

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.

School Supplies Program

Please order by returning this form along with your payment by June 23, 2014.

Make Checks Payable to:         ALL SAINTS CATHOLIC SCHOOL

OR

ORDER SECURELY ONLINE

Starting Now until June 23rd

1.  Go to www.epipacks.com, sales tax will be added at checkout

2.  Enter your School ID, ALL088

3.  Be sure to select the correct supply package for the grade level that your child will be entering in   

    the fall.  

4.  Follow the directions to complete your order

5.  Keep your online confirmation as your receipt.

The School Supply packages do not include special items such as seat sacks, back backs, party favors, or special pencils/pens or markers for AR prizes (Grades 2- 6), pillow case (Pre-K), and black sock (Grade 4).

Consult the School Supply list for special Items required by each grade.  Seat Sacks are ordered by the school for an additional charge.

School supplies will be available in the child’s classroom.

For questions, please email allsaintssupplies@yahoo.com

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 17th.  There 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

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, May 28th

  • Points for Parents Fees Due

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.)
  • FACTS Enrollment Deadline for 2014-2015

Saturday, May 31st

  • Algebra Exemption Exam

Monday, June 2nd

  • 5th Grade Field Trip – Luray Caverns (8:00-2:30)

Tuesday, June 3rd

  • Free Ice Cream, Courtesy of Fr. Bob!
  • Race for Education Dress Down Day option
  • PTO Executive Board Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, June 4th

  • Planning for High School -7th Grade Parent Q & A Session with Mrs. Slovenkay (3:30-6:00 p.m.)
  • Parent Portal Closes at 3:00 p.m.

Friday, June 6th           

  • School Mass & Virtues Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
  • Race for Education Pizza Lunch, Awards Ceremony & Classroom Movie Celebration
  • 7th & 8th Grade Skate Party in the Gym (6:30-8:30 p.m.)

Saturday, June 7th

  • Barnes & Noble Book Fair (9:30-12:30)

Links

Links from Prior Newsletters