The Sentinel – June 11, 2014

June 11, 2014

Message from the Principal

As announced by the Diocese on Saturday and at all of the recent weekend Masses, two of our beloved priests, Fr. Bob and Fr. Jeb, are receiving new assignments and will departing All Saints on Wednesday, June 25th.  Fr.  Bob will be the Pastor of the Church of the Nativity in Burke and Fr. Jeb will be Parochial Vicar at the Church of Saint Anthony in Falls Church.

As a school community we have been immensely blessed in having Fr. Bob as our pastor for fourteen years.  One need only look at the new church, the courtyard and renovated Parish Activities Center to see how much our community has thrived under his faith-filled and exuberant leadership.  The vibrancy of our parish and school, so evident in the expanded facilities and grounds, remains an outward expression of the inner beauty of our community which Fr. Bob has fostered with great care and devotion.

As we gather for the Closing School Mass next Wednesday, we will have an opportunity to express our gratitude for Fr. Bob and Fr. Jeb for all that they have done for our school community.

Fr. Lee Roos, who has most recently served as Pastor of St. Agnes in Arlington, will be the new Pastor of All Saints. Additionally, Fr. Mauricio Pineda, newly ordained, will join our parish as Parochial Vicar.

As we look to the future, we trust in the continued guidance of the Holy Spirit and ask God’s blessings for all of our priests who serve so faithfully and by their example, lead us to Christ.


Last Friday we celebrated the success of the 9th Annual Race for Education, a unique event that has emerged as our most significant fundraiser at All Saints.  I am pleased to share with you that we have received $47,301.67 in contributions, nearly reaching our goal of $50,000.  If you or a family member has not yet sent in your Race donations, we are still accepting them.

In the weeks ahead the PTO will process the paperwork to generate a check for 15% of the proceeds which will be donated to St. Jude’s.  As we have been the recipient of tremendous generosity from family and friends from around the world, it is fitting that we share the fruits of our success with one of our long-term partners, St. Jude Childrens’ Research Hospital.  Thank you, students, parents, relatives and friends for your continued support of All Saints and our commitment to helping others along the way!

Graduation Day  – Friday/Noon Dismissal

Students will gather in the church at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, June 13th to observe the Pass-it-On Ceremony, an annual tradition and prayer service during which the 8th grade students “pass on” their leadership role to the rising 7th grade class as symbolized by the handing on of the 8th grade honor medals.  Following a special breakfast for the graduates, at 11:15 a.m. the 8th grade students will participate in the Walk of Honor, a custom by which all of the students in grades K-7 line the hallways and applaud for the graduates as they exit the building for the final time as students.  The celebration culminates with a Mass at 4:00 p.m. followed by the Graduation Ceremony and a reception in the Parish Activities Center.  All families are cordially invited to join us for these special moments as we congratulate our 8th grade students.

Important Reminder:  As Graduation will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 13th, there will be a noon dismissal for students in grades K-7.  Extended Day services will remain available.

Virtue Award Winners

Congratulations to the following students who were recognized last Friday for having exemplified the Virtue of Peacemaking during the month of May.

Marcelina Slaiby (PK1)

Dominic Brown (PK2)

Harper Fontaine (PK3)

Scott Tuttle (K1)

Arely Gutierrez (K2)

Ashton Hargus (1A)

Ashley Kupferer (1B)

Madelyn Woolfrey (2A)

Josseline Avila De La Trinidad (2B)

Jack Morad (3A)

William Woolf (3B)

Franny Barvick (4A)

Alexa Brophy (4B)

Alejandro Melchiorre (5A)

Lucy Ciskanik (5B)

Zachary Mills (6A)

Jeffrey Mancini (6B)

Olivia Woolfrey (7A)

Vicente Barrera (7B)

Brightney Varghese (8A)

Joshua Abando (8B)

From the Spirit Events Committee:

It is with sincere gratitude that I thank all of the wonderful families who supported the All Saints Catholic School Spirit Events this past year. We have earned over $2,167, which is amazing. This will truly help our school. You have shown such dedication to our school community. Thank you very much!

Also, our Spirit Events Committee is in need of an Advertising Assistant to help with the large signs put out on days of the events to increase awareness. If you are interested in helping serve in this capacity, please contact Megan Davies at This is an easy way to earn Points for Parents.

PVI & 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 for Boys & Girls Gr. K – 2. Further Info and Register at

Important Reminders

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)

(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.)

Immunization & Health Records Requirements for 2014-2015

To the parents of Pre-K students arriving in Fall 2014:

The State of Virginia requires parents of Pre-K students to submit the following:

  1. An immunization form must be in the child’s record by the date of the child’s admission.   The first day of Pre-K is Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014.
  2. Immunizations must be recorded and dated on either the Health Dept. form (MCH 213F or MCH 213G) or a physician’s form, include the child’s name, and be signed or stamped and dated by a licensed physician, the physician’s designee, or an official of a local health department.
  3. For all immunizations a child receives after 7/1/14, the form must contain a statement (typed or handwritten) that the child is adequately immunized.

The current Form MCH213G is available at the following website:

If your child has any chronic health conditions, such as food or substance allergy or asthma, the necessary forms are available under “Education” and the “Parents” portion of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington website. Click on “Forms.”  Be sure to submit an Authorization Form for the medication along with the Action Plan for the condition.  All medications must be brought in by the parents, not by the child.  If a child needs an Epi-Pen, please bring two per prescription dosage recommendations.

To the parents of Kindergarten students arriving in Fall 2014:

A new Physical Exam is necessary, dated less than one year from the time of admission. Kindergarten begins on Monday, August 25th.  This Exam should be on, or accompanied by, the Virginia Department of Health form MCH 213G.  (See the website above for the form).  Tip:  Print out the MCH213G and hand it to the physician before the physical exam for this year, if possible, so as to avoid an additional charge to complete it out outside the office visit.  The Physical must include all the immunizations required by the Commonwealth of Virginia as indicated by the chart on the following website:

Flynn & O’Hara to Host Exclusive Event for All Saints

School families are invited to attend a special event hosted by Flynn & O’Hara on July 31st from 5:30-8:30 p.m.  In order to provide you with a boutique shopping experience and to offer the highest quality service, the store will be open exclusively to members of our community who may also request a specific appointment time.


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



Starting Now until June 23rd

1.  Go to, 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

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.


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, June 11th

–          2nd Grade Field Trip to the Basilica

–          8th Grade Ice Cream Social

Thursday, June 12th

–          8th Grade vs. Faculty Volleyball Game (2:00 p.m.)

Note: Weather permitting, this year’s event will take place on the                                   soccer field.  Parents who wish to attend are invited to bring                                             beach chairs.

Friday, June 13th

–          Graduation Day

–          Pass it On Ceremony (church/9:30 a.m.)

–          Graduation Breakfast – students only (10:00 a.m.)

–          Walk of Honor (11:15 a.m.)

–          Noon Dismissal for Grades K-7

–          Graduation Mass & Ceremony (church/4:00 p.m.)

Saturday, June 14th

–          VIRTUS Four Hour Training (9:00 a.m.)

Monday, June 16th

–          5th Grade Transition Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)

–          Kindergarten Luau (11:45-1:30)

Tuesday, June 17th

–          Kindergarten Graduation (10:00 a.m.)

–          Classroom Parties (1:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, June 18th

–          Closing Mass & Awards Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)

–          Final Dismissal for Grades 1-7 (10:30 a.m.)

Coming home with each student today

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