The Sentinel

September 24, 2014

Principal’s Message

This week I would like to share with you some important reminders regarding morning arrival as well as one procedural change involving the Safety Patrol.

Morning Drop-off of Safety Patrols – Beginning this week, parents of Safety Patrols assigned morning duty are invited to drop off their child directly in front of the school entrance.  Drivers may enter the property from Route 28 and then proceed around the rear of the church through the faculty/staff parking area.  After turning right onto the drive that runs parallel with the school, Safety Patrols will exit their vehicles near the front entrance and gather at the flagpole.  Patrols are asked to arrive between 7:30-7:40 a.m., the time during which Mr. Redman will supervise the arrival process and coordinate the repositioning of traffic cones.  It is our hope that this new procedure will eliminate the need for Safety Patrols having to be dropped off in the front parking lot and then crossing through a lane of cars as parents arrive for morning drop off.

Supervision of Students– Recently an increasing number of students have been dropped off prior to the start of morning arrival.  Since students are not supervised by faculty and staff until 7:40 a.m., the time at which the morning arrival process begins, it is important that students remain in their vehicles until Safety Patrols and faculty members are present.  In accordance with school policy, students who arrive prior to 7:40 a.m. must be escorted to the Extended Day Program by their parents.

Two-Minute Warning Bell– Each day the office rings a “2 minute warning bell”, the time at which the Safety Patrols and supervising faculty members return to the building.  (Note:  Two minutes has been identified as the approximate time required for a child to exit a vehicle and report to his or her classroom.  Therefore, any parent dropping off a child at 7:58 a.m. or later is required to sign-in his or her child at the front office.)  This policy exists to ensure the safe arrival of all of our students.  In the rear parking lot, teachers will rope off the entrance to signify that the school day has begun and to remind parents who arrive after that time to park in the front lot and escort their child into the building.

Thank you for your support of these procedures that are designed to safeguard our students during morning arrival.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the front office for more information.

School Safety Presentation ~ October 7th (7:00 p.m.)

All parents are cordially invited to the next General Assembly Meeting of the PTO that will take place on Wednesday, October 7th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Activities Center.  An overview of our school response plan, designed in coordination with community partners, will be presented.  As this meeting will provide essential information for parents regarding our emergency response plan, at least one parent from each family should plan to attend.

Middle School Program ~ The Gift of Human Sexuality

Central to the mission of Catholic education is a commitment to the formation of the whole person within the light of the teachings of the Gospel.  At All Saints our effort to educate all dimensions of the child ~ spiritual, intellectual, social, and emotional, has been an essential and consistent element of our mission.

As a Catholic school, All Saints also affirms the role of parents as the primary educators of their children and we are privileged to have the opportunity to work with you as partners in this regard.  During the past several years, we have grown increasingly concerned about the many confusing messages that society as a whole, and the media in particular, place before the young people of today, particularly in regards to the topic of human sexuality.  In this day and age it is increasingly important that we insure that the children learn the beautiful teachings of the Church on this topic and that they fully realize and understand the gift of human sexuality within this framework.  Not to share this information with the children leaves them unprepared for the world they face and the many choices that await them in the years ahead.

In recent years, All Saints Catholic School has implemented a middle school family life curriculum that supports our goal of educating the whole child.  The program is coordinated by the Diocesan Director of Youth Ministry, Mr. Kevin Bohli, and is tailored to the specific needs of each school community. The program consists of a parent presentation during which Mr. Bohli provides an outline of his presentations as well as resources for parents.  Following this presentation, he and an associate, Mrs. Celia Fruchterman, will meet with the students for three one hour lessons designed to provide the children with an understanding of the Church’s teachings on the topic of human sexuality.

One of the advantages of this program is the involvement of outside professionals.  In addition to their expertise and experience, Mr. Bohli and Mrs. Fruchterman are unfamiliar to the students, which may put the students at greater ease in asking questions and discussing this topic.  A second advantage of this program is that it is designed to take place in a single-sex setting; Mr. Bohli will address the boys and Mrs. Fruchterman will speak with the girls.  Finally, in accordance with diocesan policy, this program is designed as an opt-in opportunity for parents and students.  Accommodations will be made for those children whose parents prefer that they not participate in the program.

Parents of middle school students are invited to a presentation to be held on Wednesday, October 8th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the PAC.  As this is such a very important topic related to the development of your child, I ask that at least one parent from each family new to this program be present at the meeting.  Should you have any questions about this initiative, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Installation of SCA Officers & Representatives

Last Thursday the newly elected officers and class representatives were officially welcomed into the Student Council Association of All Saints Catholic School.  Mrs. Campagna, our assistant principal, was the keynote speaker, offering insights on the importance of character and integrity for those called to leadership roles.

The following is an excerpt from the speech presented by Nicholas Delaney, newly elected SCA president, in which he invited all of the students to assume an even more active role in our school.

The SCA Board has already met and I was excited to present our new ideas to the moderators.  I am committed to bringing these ideas to life, with the hope that, this year, the SCA will become even more involved in the school community, but I don’t just want the SCA members to be active.  I want each one of you, the student body, to challenge yourselves to become more involved in the life of the school.  Join a club; participate in our school community fundraisers, reach out to make a new friend. Let our promise to show mercy and kindness become a living reality every day.

We congratulate the following students and wish them every success and blessing as they begin their year of student leadership!

Officers  
President Nicholas Delaney
Vice President Jack Houser
Secretary/Historian Allison Talish
Finance Zachary Mills
Religious Activities Gabriel Short
Health/Safety/Ecology Elizabeth Kwari
School Spirit Bianca Misterio

 

Class Representatives  
4A Elizabeth Karcher
4B Mary Collins
5A Chloe Davies
5B Camila Vazquez
6A Grady Backman
6B Davelyn Sama
7A Vincent DiMauro
7b Joey Gould
8A Ellis Colvin
8B Jack Tessier

 

Library Team Featured in  Scholastic Bookfair Flyer!

Congratulations to Mrs. Coyle and Mrs. Geary for having been selected to be included in the national marketing materials for Scholastic Bookfairs!  A photo from last year’s “Night at the Museum” Bookfair at All Saints has been included in the 2014-2015 flyer.  Thank you, Mrs. Coyle and Mrs. Geary, for your continued creativity and enthusiasm for reading!

2014 Casino & Auction – “A Black & White Event”

Tickets on sale now!  Your ticket includes a gourmet dinner, dessert, beverages, live & silent auction, 3 hours of casino play with funny money, casino raffle prizes, photo booth and dancing.  Door prize drawings at 7:15pm.  Attire is business casual/cocktailCash bar serving beer, wine and specialty drinks will be available.  Early bird price of $30 per person ends September 30. For more information visit the All Saints website or contact allsaintsauction@allsaintsvaschool.org  

Uniform Exchange

The Uniform Exchange will have a table set up at the PTO Meeting on October 7th.  If you have an order you would like to pick up at the PTO Meeting please send it to Dawn Myers at uniformexchange@allsaintsvaschool.org by October 1st.  Please send in any items you have for either an exchange, a credit, or for donation by October 1st.

From the Spirit Committee
Are you looking to meet up with your All Saints friends? Or perhaps you are new to the school and would like to get to know people in our school community. Please stop by Chick-fil-A on Liberia Avenue Friday, September 26th. In an effort to reduce photocopying charges, please will you kindly print out and bring the attached flyer to ensure the school is credited properly. We look forward to seeing you there!

HELP WANTED! ~ The PTO needs your help!

We are currently looking for volunteers to coordinate the following events-

  • The Penny Bazaar (October) Set-up and coordination of the cupcake drop-off during morning carpool with the safety patrol.  Coordinate the event set-up, confirm class games with the room liaisons, and plan with the cafeteria staff use of gym space for cupcake storage during the day and sale during the event.
  • The Christmas Parade (December) Coordinate the application process with the parade committee.  Design and build a parade float in accordance with the year’s theme. Recruit and coordinate all volunteers to help decorate/build float.  Deliver, drive and disassemble float on parade day.  Coordinate and supervise all riders and volunteers on parade day.

If you have any questions about the volunteer opportunites mentioned or are interested in receiving emails with upcoming volunteer opportunities please send an email with your name and email address to schoolvolunteers@allsaintsvaschool.org.

We are in the process of updating our list of volunteers who receive this email. Any email list you may have been on in previous years has become obsolete. Thank you – Johanna Catts

Fall Handcraft Show Hosted by Father Juan Puigbó

Father Juan and Centro Vocare will host a Handcraft Show on Tuesday, October 7th from 4pm to 8pm and on Saturday, October 11th from 10am to 2pm at Centro Vocare: 8201 Euclid Ct Manassas Park, VA 20111. 202- 734-168. A number of items will be on display and available for purchase, including beautiful wooden pieces handcrafted by Fr. Juan. This will be a good opportunity to buy your seasonal gifts! All the proceeds are to support different apostolates for immigrant families.

Exposición de Arte en Madera ofrecida por el Padre Juan

El Padre Juan y el Centro Vocare les invita a la Exposición de Arte en Madera que tendrá lugar el martes 7 de octubre de 4pm a 8pm y el sábado 11 de octubre de 10am a 2pm en el Centro Vocare: 8201 Euclid Ct Manassas Park, VA 20111. Teléfono: 202- 734-168. Una gran variedad de artículos en madera hechos a mano por el Padre Juan estarán disponibles para la venta. ¡Será una buena oportunidad para comprar los regalos de esta temporada! Lo recaudado ayudará a financiar las actividades del Centro Vocare.

CBN Prince William Chapter ~ October Meeting Announcement

Please join the Catholic Business Network – Prince William Chapter for our October monthly networking breakfast. Come by yourself or bring a friend and see what CBN is all about!

Speaker:    Craig Stewart III – Vice President, Bernstein Global Wealth Management

Topic:          Craig will discuss his father’s book,Marvels of Charity,” a definitive history of American Sisters and Nuns. A free copy of the book will be given away during the event.

Date:           Friday, October 17th

Time:          7:30 – 9:00AM

Place:          Mimi’s Café, 5005 Wellington Road, Gainesville VA

Breakfast $15.00
RSVP at (703) 396-8205 ext. 101 or princewilliam@cbnnova.org

For more information about the CBN Prince William Chapter, please visit http://www.cbnpwc.org/.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

DFE Visiting Team Report – Noon Dismissal (March 27th)

School will dismiss at noon on Friday, March 27th in order that the DFE Visiting Team may present a summary report to the pastor, principal and faculty beginning at 12:30 p.m.

8th Grade Parents Meeting (Wednesday, October 1st)

Mrs. Slovenkay and Miss Zwisler will host a meeting for all 8th grade parents on Wednesday, October 1st beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Activity Center.  Important information will be shared regarding the high school application process and the special events & activities that are part of the 8th grade experience at All Saints.  At least one parent from each family is asked to attend this important session.

Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

We have scheduled the following opportunities for completing the half-hour VIRTUS update:

Wednesday, September 24th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 PM

Wednesday, October 1st in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 PM

Tuesday, November 4th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 PM

Tuesday, December 2nd in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 PM

Tuesday, January 6th in Meeting Room 2 at 7:00 PM

Tuesday, February 3rd in Meeting Room 2 at 7:00 PM

Thursday, February 12th in Meeting Room 2 at 2:15 PM

Wednesday, March 4th in Meeting Room 2 at 7:00 PM

We are requesting advance registration by telephone or email for this brief update.  Attendance will be taken to ensure that you receive credit for completing the training.  If you have any questions or to register, please call Mrs. Janet Smith, Virtus Coordinator at the Parish Office, (703) 393-2158 or email her at jsmith@allsaintsva.org

(Note:  As Mrs. Smith will be out of the office from September 30th – October 14th, volunteers are encouraged to submit background check forms by September 22nd so that they may be processed in advance.)

Pilgrim Virgin Statue Rotation~ Sign up Now to Host Statue in your Home

In keeping with the Holy Father’s Consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary last year, All Saints School families are invited to renew their devotion to Jesus through Mary in a special way.  Beginning Friday, October 10, two statues of Our Lady of Fatima will begin traveling to the homes of our school families for a week long visit.

Families who wish to participate can sign up online at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F084CAEAB22A02-pilgrim.

Those interested in participating are encouraged to sign up for the first available week in order to avoid gaps in the schedule.  However, if there is an upcoming event or celebration that is particularly important to your family, i.e. wedding or anniversary, you are most welcome to host the statue during that specific week.

While the statue of Mother Mary is in your home, families are encouraged to pray together either part of or the entire 5-decade rosary for the intentions of our school as well as for your private intentions.  Included with the statue you will find a DVD of “The Day the Sun Danced”, which presents the message of Fatima entrusted to three peasant children in Portugal in 1917.

Should you have any questions about the program, please do not hesitate to contact the rotation coordinator, Julie Mantooth (mantooth06@msn.com).

Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 25th Paul VI High School presentation to 8th Grade

Friday, September 26th

 

 

School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Noon Dismissal – Professional Development Day

Spirit Event: Chick-fil-A (6:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, September 30th PTO Executive Board Meeting (PLC/7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, October 1st

 

Lock-Down Drill

8th Grade Parent Meeting (PAC/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, October 3rd

 

 

School Mass & Virtues Presentation (8:30 a.m.)

Noon Dismissal – DFE Meeting

Spirit Event: Chick-fil-A (6:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.)

Links

2014 Casino & Auction – https://allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/pto/all-saints-casino-night-auction/

Chick-fil-A Flyer (with info.) – https://allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=2014sept-Chick-Fil-A-with-info.pdf

EMERGENCY CARE FORM – http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/08/emergency-form.pdf

Grocery Program Sign-Up (which includes Target) – https://allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Grocery-Program-letter-2014-2015-with-TARGET.pdf

 

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