August Newsletter – August 6, 2014

August 6, 2014

Dear Parents and Friends of All Saints,

I hope this letter finds you and your family well and continuing to enjoy the warm, sunny days that we so longed for this past winter.  With the first day of school just weeks away, I wish to share with you some projects that have taken place over the summer as well as highlights for the year ahead.

To begin with, I wish to extend a special word of welcome to those families who have just joined our All Saints community!  We are delighted that you have chosen a Catholic education for your children and even more pleased that you have decided to partner with All Saints.   Again, welcome to our All Saints family!

In a special way, I would also like to take a moment to welcome Fr. Lee Roos, our new pastor.  I have had an opportunity to meet with him several times over the course of the summer and can share with you that he is an enthusiastic supporter of Catholic education who will be actively engaged in the life of the school.  I know that he looks forward to meeting you and your children at some of the key events that mark the start of the new year.  Again, welcome Fr. Lee!

The 2014-2015 academic year will be distinct for All Saints as we once again begin the Design for Excellence (DFE)re-accreditation process which all diocesan schools complete every six years.  In addition to providing the faculty, staff and members of the community with opportunities to reflect on all aspects of our mission, it will also yield important feedback for us to consider in the design of our next five year plan.  In order to provide the faculty with the time necessary to complete the self-study review, school will dismiss at noon on generally the first and third Fridays of the month through March.  Although these details are included in the school calendar that will be available on Orientation Day, I wanted to provide you a reminder of these additional early dismissals at this time so that you might plan accordingly.  In the months ahead I look forward to sharing with you some of the important details related to the DFE process and welcome your participation as we plan for the future of our school.

The following is a list of significant updates and facility improvements that have taken place over the course of the summer.

Relocation of the Bilingual Religious Education Office ~ The Office of Bilingual Religious Education has been moved from the gym to the front half of the faculty work room.  Construction of a wall and the addition of a doorway from the main hallway is now completed.  The relocation of the office nearer to the administrative suite will not only be beneficial to the operations of the Religious Education program but also decrease access to the interior of the school while we are in session.   Related to this change, the Bookroom/Storage area adjacent to the Faculty Room will now serve as a Copy Center with Mrs. Vencak’s work area located directly across the hallway.

New Computers ~ As the four year lease for all of our computers expires this summer, all desktops and laptop computers in the classrooms as well as the labs are being replaced as we initiate a new lease agreement.

Security Enhancements ~ In accordance with new diocesan standards, security cameras have been installed in all hallways as well as the gym.  Additionally, panic buttons that will enable us to contact first responders immediately and that are also connected to blue strobe lights located in the hallways and cafeteria have also been installed.

New Middle School Math Textbooks ~ In an effort to further update and strengthen the math program, new Pre-Algebra and Algebra I textbooks have been purchased for grades seven and eight.

Library Renovations ~ New carpeting for the library will be installed next week along with the addition of several informal pieces of furniture in an effort to transform part of the space into a “collaboration center” for use by both faculty and students.  Thank you to the members of the 8th grade class who have volunteered to assist with the task of moving all of the books out of the library to prepare for the transition!

Re-Design of the Computer Lab ~ In order to provide space for a permanent robotics table, Mrs. Carroll and Mrs. Campagna have been collaborating on the re-design of the Computer Lab.  With the new computers, tables generously donated by ECPI, and the emerging Robotics Program, the lab will be a transformed space for the new year!


We are pleased to welcome the following faculty & staff who are joining us for the 2014-2015 school year.

Miss Theresa Heim (Pre-Kindergarten & 6th Grade Religion) – Miss Heim earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Shenandoah University. For the past year and a half she has worked at The Goddard School in Ashburn where she began as a preschool teacher and most recently served as assistant director.  Having attended both St. Theresa and Seton Schools, she is a product of our diocese and looks forward to now having the opportunity teach the faith to both our youngest as well as middle school students.

Mrs. Kathleen Burnett (2nd Grade) – A graduate of Paul VI High School, Mrs. Burnett earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Mount St. Mary’s University. Having focused on the research related to the teaching of writing, Mrs. Burnett is experienced with Word Study and is familiar with some of the other methodologies we currently use at All Saints.  During the past year she taught third grade at Nativity School in Burke. Highly organized and full of enthusiasm, she will be a vibrant presence in the second grade classroom.

Mrs. Kathryn Thompson (Music) – Mrs. Thompson earned a Bachelor of Music Degree with a concentration in K-12 Music Education from Butler University. Prior to teaching in the Fairfax County Public School system, she spent four years at Cardinal Elementary School in Brownsburg, Indianapolis. With significant training in the Orff method and a creative approach in the classroom, she will engage the students in new and interesting ways.

Mrs. Traci Kessler (Resource) – Already familiar to us as a substitute teacher, Mrs. Kessler will join our Resource Program for three days each week.  Mrs. Kessler earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from the Mississippi University for Women, a Master of Education Degree in Mild/Moderate Disabilities from William Carey College, and a Specialist Degree in Educational Administration from The University of Southern
Mississippi. In addition to having worked as a third grade teacher for ten years, she also has experience as a Title I Teacher as well as an Academic Strategist, coordinating the screening of all K-8 students in her district
and providing professional development for teachers.

Additionally, I am pleased to share with you that Mrs. Debi Woolfrey will now be a full-time member of the middle school team, teaching Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, 6th grade regular math, and three sections of science.  Mrs. Hammang will continue to teach six sections of science and Mrs. Gaubert will teach six sections of math to include 6th grade advanced and 7th & 8th grade regular.   The increase in Mrs. Woolfrey’s position will enable us to further differentiate the math program and simultaneously reduce class size in an area of the curriculum that we have targeted through the years for continued growth and strengthening.  Additionally, she will serve as the 6A homeroom teacher which will provide Mr. Redman with the opportunity to lead and supervise the Safety Patrol during arrival and dismissal.


Orientation Day for Students in Grades K-8 (Friday, August 22nd from 9:00 a.m. to noon)

This day provides you and your child the opportunity to meet teachers and visit classrooms.  The classrooms will be open for visits until 11:00 a.m. while cafeteria ticket sales and distribution of information will continue in the gym until noon.    On Orientation Day, parents/visitors are invited to park in either the front or rear parking lots.

(Although the Pre-Kindergarten program will host a separate open house event, parents are welcome to visit the gym to pick-up important information at this time.)

? New families are invited to arrive early on Orientation Day.  Faculty and staff will be available to greet you and guide you through the school beginning at 9:00 a.m.  Returning families are asked to begin arriving at 9:30 a.m.

? Throughout the course of the morning, you are asked to keep your children with you at all times since the teachers will be occupied with meeting new students and will not be available to supervise the children

First Day of School for Grades K-8 (Monday, August 25th)

8:00     Morning Bell

8:05     Classes Begin

Since you will already have had the opportunity on Orientation Day to meet teachers and visit classrooms, you are asked to drop off your children in the carpool line by 7:58 a.m.  Students will enter the building via the breezeway connecting the new facility to the original wing and report directly to their homerooms. The breezeway doors will open at 7:40 a.m. at which time the cars in the front of the carpool line will begin dropping off students at the direction of patrols and the supervising staff.  Any child dropped off before 7:40 a.m. must be escorted by a parent or guardian to the Extended Day Program in Father Kelley Hall.

Dismissal will occur at noon on Monday for students in grades Kindergarten through eight.  Dismissal for grades 1-8 will be at 3:00 p.m. for the remainder of the week.  However, the Kindergarten program will dismiss at noon for the entire first week of school.

Afternoon Dismissal

Parents will once again be assigned one of five parking areas for afternoon dismissal based upon where their last name occurs in the alphabet.  Parking assignments for the new year will be posted on our school website in the coming weeks.  Additionally, copies of the procedures for afternoon dismissal as well as parking assignments will be available on Orientation Day.  All parents are asked to review these items prior to the first day of school.  Parents whose children will be walking to and from school are asked to provide written authorization to the office on Orientation Day.

Parents are assigned a parking bay in order to create a sense of predictability for the students so that on rainy days the children may walk directly to their assigned area rather than waiting in lines.  On all other days, we will continue to use the “first in, first out” approach, meaning that parents assigned to the front parking lot will park in bay one as they arrive, followed by bay two and three.  Those assigned to the rear parking lot will park in bay four followed by bay five.  (Note:  It is very important that parents park only in their assigned area, i.e. front vs. back parking lots, as the system has been organized based on the total capacity for each parking area.)

In an effort to ensure the safety and security of our students, children will only be released to their parents via the organized dismissal system.  Parents will not be permitted to pull their children from class lines as they exit the building or pick them up outside the main entrance. 


Virginia law requires that parents of students enrolling in pre-kindergarten, kindergarten or first grade provide documentation of appropriate immunization for measles, mumps, and rubella.  All children who have not received a complete series of hepatitis B vaccine will be required to receive such immunization prior to entering the 6th grade.  Additionally, in accordance with the immunization requirements for the State of Virginia, all 6th grade students must receive a Tdap booster before returning to school in the fall.Please be aware that providing documentation of immunization is a necessary condition for enrollment at All Saints. Those students who have not received proper immunization will not be permitted to attend school. Should you have any questions about immunization requirements, please contact our school nurse, Mrs. Roth, at 703-368-4400.

Families and schools are now only able to access the MCH 213F (School Entrance Health Form) on-line.  Links to the form can be found on the Diocesan website on the following pages:

The form can also be downloaded from the Virginia Department of Health web site                         

Background Checks  – Policies for School Parent Volunteers

As part of the diocesan initiative to maintain a safe environment for all of our children, all volunteers with “substantial contact” with children are required to complete a background check prior to working in the school and to complete VIRTUS training within 45 days of commencing service.

In accordance with diocesan policy, full compliance for an adult parent volunteer is not required for open events.  (An open event is one that is open to the public, infrequent and publicized, such as Field Day, concerts and special events/assemblies.)  However, full compliance is required for adult parent volunteers who wish to participate in closed events.  (A closed event is one that is not entirely open to the general public such as classroom activities, parties, field trips, etc.)  For this reason, all parents who wish to attend field trips or volunteer in support of classroom activities are required to complete the background check process and attend VIRTUS training.

As we begin a new year, in accordance with diocesan policy, only those parents who have completed the criminal background check are eligible to volunteer in the school.  Those who have not yet completed the background check process may request a packet of forms from the front office.

Opening of School Mass

At 8:30 a.m. on Friday, August 29th we will celebrate the beginning of the new year with a school-wide Mass.  All parents are cordially invited to join us for this liturgy as we unite our hearts in prayer asking for God’s continued blessings on our school community.

2014-2015 School Calendars

New calendars may be picked up on Orientation Day.  We are grateful to Mrs. Laurie Short who again this year designed our school calendar.  The calendar was printed by JM Gaske with the financial support of local businesses that purchased adverstisements included in the publication.

Parent/Student Handbook

Information related to the updated student handbook and corresponding acknowledgment forms will be issued to all families via upcoming school newsletters and posted on our website.

School Supplies

Supply lists were distributed in the spring in order that you might take advantage of sales during the summer.  A complete list of supplies remains available for review on our website.  Parents who ordered supplies through the school-organized supply project may pick them up on Orientation Day.  All students are asked to come to school prepared with supplies on the first day of classes.


An overview of uniform requirements follows below.


Girls Uniform (Grades K-5)

Navy, Gold & White Plaid Drop Waist Jumper

White Short Sleeve Peterpan Collar Blouse (Summer and Spring)

White Long Sleeve Peterpan Collar Blouse (Winter)

Navy Crew Neck Cardigan Sweater (Worn with jumper)

Low Cut Black Athletic Shoes (Optional Shoe: Solid black leather Mary Jane Strap Shoe may be worn with jumper)

Navy ribbed or regular tights, navy knee-hi or white crew socks

Hair bows must be of solid color, matching a color in the uniform, i.e. navy, white or black


Girls Uniform (Grades 6-8)

Navy, Gold & White Plaid Wrap Around Kilt

White Short Sleeve Polo Shirt with school logo (Summer and Spring)

White Long Sleeve Buttondown Collar Blouse (Winter)

Navy with White Trim V-Neck Sweater Vest (worn with winter blouse)

Solid Black Leather Penny Loafer Shoe

Navy ribbed or regular tights, navy knee-hi or white crew socks


Boys Uniform (Grades K-5)

Grey Pleated Twill Pants

White Short Sleeve Polo Shirt with school logo (Summer and Spring)

White Long Sleeve Button-down Collar Shirt (Winter)

Grey Tie (Mass Days and Special Occasions – worn with winter shirt and must be purchased from Flynn & O’Hara)

Navy V-Neck Sweater Vest (Winter uniform)

Low Cut Black Athletic Shoes

Navy Crew Socks (Year round with twill pants)

Black Belt


Boys Uniform (Grades 6-8)

Grey Poly/Wool Dress Pants

White Short Sleeve Polo Shirt with school logo (Summer and Spring)

White Long Sleeve Button-down Collar Shirt (Winter)

Navy/Grey Striped Tie (Worn with winter shirt and must be purchased from Flynn & O’Hara)

Navy with White Trim V-Neck Sweater Vest (Winter uniform)

Solid Black Leather Oxford Shoe

Navy crew socks (year round)

Black Belt


While the black athletic shoe remains the standard for all students in grades Kindergarten through five, girls in those grades may opt to wear the black Mary Jane with the jumpers, available for purchase through Flynn & O’Hara.  In the middle school, girls wear a black, rubber-soled penny loafer and boys wear a black, leather oxford shoe.

P.E. Uniform

Students in grades 6-8 “dress out” for P.E. class.  Middle school students are asked to bring their P.E. uniform, socks and athletic shoes to school on days when they will attend P.E. class.

The following is a summary of the P.E. uniform for students in grades K-8.

Light Steel Gym Tee Shirt with Silk Screen with school logo

Navy Micromesh Nylon Gym Shorts with Silk Screen with school logo

Navy Sweatshirt with Silk Screen Logo (Grades K-8)

Low Cut Solid Black Athletic Shoes (Grades K-5)

Middle School Students may wear athletic shoes of any color


FACTS Tuition Program

Parents are reminded that the first tuition payment for the 2014-2015 school year is due in August and will be submitted directly to FACTS via electronic funds transfer.  Should you have any questions about this program, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio at 703-393-1490.

Information for Kindergarten Families

Parents who have a Kindergartner starting at All Saints this year are invited to a special orientation meeting on Thursday, August 21st at 7:00 p.m. in the art room.  Mrs. Katherine Izquierdo and Mrs. Elizabeth Cote will present an overview of the program and will be available to answer questions.

Information for Pre-Kindergarten Families

Parents who have a Pre-Kindergartner beginning at All Saints are invited to attend a special meeting on Thursday, August 28th at 7:00 p.m.  Mrs. Kardaras, Director of the Pre-Kindergarten, will highlight pertinent information about our program.  In addition, the program staff will be in attendance and available to answer any questions that you might have.

On Tuesday, September 2nd  there will be a special Open House for all Pre-Kindergarten students and their parents from 9:00-11:00 a.m. for those enrolled in the morning session and from 12:30-2:30 p.m. for those in the afternoon session.  The program will officially begin on Wednesday, September 3rd.

Pre-Kindergarten students do not wear a uniform.  Rather, they are asked to wear comfortable, casual clothing that is conducive to their participation in the various activities planned for each day.

Upcoming Special Events – Back to School Night & Welcome Back Barbecue

Back to School Night & PTO Meeting (Parents of Grades 1-5) – Tuesday, September 2nd beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Activities Center.  Following an opening presentation and introduction of the PTO Board, teachers in grades one through five will present an overview of programs in their classrooms.

Middle School Back to School Night (Parents of Grades 6-8) – Thursday, September 11th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Activities Center.

These sessions will provide parents with important information about our many programs and plans for the 2014-2015 school year.  For this reason, at least one parent from each family is required to attend Back to School Night.

All school families are cordially invited to attend the 10th Annual Welcome Back Barbecue hosted by the PTO.  This popular and well-attended event provides a wonderful opportunity for families to visit with friends old and new as we begin another year together.  Once again this event is free of charge, courtesy of the PTO.  The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. on August 22nd and will take place on the parking lot and grassy area located behind the school.  Parents are asked to park in the front lot and to either walk around the school or pass through the breezeway entrances when arriving for the event.  Families are asked to bring lawn chairs and a cooler full of favorite drinks.  (Non-alcoholic beverages only)  Although there is no need to RSVP, should you have any questions or wish to volunteer to assist with the event, please contact Juan and Beth Rivera at  Volunteers are still needed to assist with set-up, serving and clean-up.  Plan to join us for an evening of traditional barbecue items along with some tasty Cajun specialties and music!

In the days preceding the opening of school, should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 703-368-4400.  We look forward to seeing you in the weeks ahead and again, a very warm welcome to our new families!




David E. Conroy, Jr.