The Sentinel – June 18, 2014

Message from the Principal

On Friday afternoon, families and friends gathered with the 8th Grade Class of 2014 to celebrate their successful completion of our program and to wish them continued success and blessings as they transition to high school.

While the ceremony represented an important milestone for our graduates, it was also a significant moment for a number of families participating in their final All Saints graduation after many years in our community.  This week I would like to acknowledge those families who have been a part of our school family for more than ten years and whose youngest child has now graduated.  I thank them for their commitment to Catholic education and for having chosen All Saints Catholic School.

Davey Family (12 Years)

Seigel Family (12 Years)

Michak Family (15 Years)

Marsengill Family (17 Years)

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As the school year draws to a close and we bid a sad farewell to Fr. Bob and Fr. Jeb, I am reminded of the abundant blessings that our school has experienced in recent years and what a special time this has been.  From being named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 2009 to the selection of our librarian, Mrs. Coyle, as an NCEA Distinguished Teacher of the Year, we have had many reasons to celebrate and our program has grown from strength to strength.  It has been a remarkable time in the life of our school and parish, one that inspires both thankfulness and an abiding sense of hope as we look to the future and entrust our cares and plans to God.

Already the new robotics program is underway and we are enhancing our commitment to technology as we upgrade our infrastructure this summer, enabling us to take the first step in exploring how mobile technologies might impact learning.  Indeed, the future of learning looks bright and full of yet unknown possibilities for our students!

In the end, however, it is not the technology, the facilities or even the learning that makes our school distinct.  Rather, it is our mission to create a faith-filled, caring community that sets us apart.  All Saints is a Christ-centered environment anchored in the very best traditions of our Catholic faith, characterized by a vibrant and joyful spirit.  It is, in fact, a small community of faith where students learn and grow each day, united in their shared belief and guided by the Holy Spirit.  What a tremendous gift it is to share in this experience of Catholic education and for us to walk the halls of this sacred space, our Catholic school.

On behalf of the faculty and staff, thank you for choosing All Saints!  Your children are your most precious gift and we are grateful that you entrust them to our care.

Wishing you a relaxing and enjoyable summer holiday!  See you in August!

PTO Ballot: 

Please cast your vote for the Vice-President position on the PTO Executive Board for 2014-2015 school year.  Thank-you for taking the time.  Click the attached link to connect to Survey Monkey and cast your vote today!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3WCPJF5

Business Sponsors Needed

The annual Casino & Auction will take place November 15, 2014 at the Parish Activity Center. The 2013 event was attended by over 200 guests and raised nearly $10,000 for the support of the school. Business sponsorships are vital in the success of this event.  Sponsorships range from $500 to $5000.  Sponsorship will include your business name on the website, program, church bulletin and multiple other marketing materials.  If interested, please contact Carol Rice at ckrice@verizon.net or 703-380-5990.

Uniform Exchange Drop-off

If you have gently used uniforms you would like to contribute to the PTO Uniform exchange, you are welcome to leave your items in a bag labeled with your family’s name in the school office.  Credit towards a future Uniform Exchange item will be issued.  The school office will be open through the end of June for donation drop-off.

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)

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.)

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:

http://www.vahealth.org/childadolescenthealth/schoolhealth/forms.htm

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:

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/schedules/downloads/child/0-6yrs-schedule-pr.pdf

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.

END OF YEAR INFORMATION

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 emailallsaintssupplies@yahoo.com

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

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