The Sentinel – October 1, 2014

October 1, 2014

Principal’s Message

Last spring students in grades two through seven participated in the Terra Nova, a nationally normed standardized testing program.  The results of this annual assessment provide data with which we can determine the strengths of our curriculum as well as areas for future growth and improvement.  Most importantly, the data becomes the basis for the annual instructional goal-setting process by which the teachers customize instruction so as to more effectively meet the needs of the children in our classrooms.

This week I am providing to you several testing charts which are linked to this letter and that will also be available on our website for your review.  The bar graphs are designed to provide a quick overview of grade level performance in reading, language arts and math and include a comparison to diocesan averages.  All of the scores are percentile based, comparing the performance of our students and the entire diocese to that of the national norm group.

Once again our students scored in the top 10% nationally at nearly every grade level in all three areas of reading, language arts and math.  Congratulations to our hard-working teachers and students on this outstanding accomplishment!

Consistent with our testing history, our students again excelled in the reading and language arts sections.  While all grades performed right on par with the diocesan average in reading, students in the upper grades achieved stellar scores in the language arts battery.  While math continues to be an area of focus for continued growth, it is notable that students in the younger grades met or exceeded the diocesan average in four of five grade levels.  We are confident that this trend will now begin to expand into the middle school as a result of the recent restructuring of our program.

The teachers have already completed a process entitled Planning for Instruction, by which they have crafted clear, instructional goals that are linked to this data.  With the recognition of patterns across grade levels, there is the opportunity for teachers to collaborate and share new ideas and strategies.

Taking into consideration the trend data from the past five years of testing, their own observations of student learning, and the feedback provided by parents via the recent survey, the Curriculum Committee is now in the process of identifying two aspects of the curriculum to target for future growth as part of the Design for Excellence self-study.  With this plan in hand we will be well positioned to chart a course for the continued success of our program in the years ahead.

Congratulations, teachers and students, on another year of excellent test results! 

Lion’s Club Vision and Hearing Screening

On Wednesday, October 15th the third, fifth and seventh grade students are scheduled for a free Vision and Hearing Screening by the Lion’s Club.  Screening will begin at 9:00 A.M.

A permission form will be sent home this week and is necessary for your son/daughter to participate in the Hearing and Vision Screening.  Please sign and return the form to your child’s teacher by October 10thNo screening will be conducted without a signed parental consent form.  Students who wear glasses should have them available for the vision portion of the screening.

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 Tuesday, 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.  Please note:  Students may not attend this meeting as this session is designed specifically for parents.

PowerSchool Update

Recently it has been difficult for parents to access information regarding specific assignments in the PowerSchool system.  This has now been resolved at the diocesan level and parents can once again find detailed information by simply clicking on a particular grade.  Thank you for your patience as we worked to resolve this matter.

Casino & Auction

The Casino & Auction team is seeking donations for the November 15th event.  Items donated will be used in auction or as prizes.  Do you have a timeshare to share?  Frequent flyer miles to pass along?  Season tickets to a sporting event? A home business product (Tastefully Simple, 31, Tupperware, Pampered Chef, Jewelry)?  Are you incredibly talented and have a one of a kind homemade item to donate?   Any of these items will add to our event, help raise funds for the school and give your business a marketing boost. See the link to the donor form at the bottom of the Sentinel OR contact our team solicitations@allsaintsvaschool.org  Thank you!

From the Spirit Events Committee
Are you wondering what you can do for lunch after the 12:00 dismissal on Friday, October 3rd? You can stop by and see your All Saints friends at Chick-fil-A on Liberia Avenue. Each week I have seen different friends and had a wonderful time. Hopefully you can stop by this week, too! Remember, to save on photocopying expenses, either print out the attached flyer or just mention All Saints. Thanks for all you do to support All Saints!

 

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 ~ Tonight!

Mrs. Slovenkay and Miss Zwisler will host a meeting for all 8th grade parents this evening 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, 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

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

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
Spirit Event: Chick-fil-A (6:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.) Meeting
Saturday, October 4th Feast of St. Francis Blessing of the Animals (10:00 a.m.)
Monday, October 6th SCA sponsored Spirit Week (see link for details)
Tuesday, October 7th PTO General Assembly Meeting – School Safety Presentation
(PAC/7:00 p.m.)
Wednesday, October 8th Gift of Human Sexuality Presentation for Middle School Parents
(PAC/7:00 p.m.)
Thursday, October 9th 1st Grade Field Trip to National Zoo (8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)
Bishop O’Connell presentation to 8th Grade (8:30 a.m.)
Friday, October 10th School Mass & Blessing of Pilgrim Virgin Statues (8:30 a.m.)
Monday, October 13th Holiday – Columbus Day

Links

Terra Nova Test Charts ~ Spring 2014 – https://allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2014/10/Terra-Nova-2013-14.pdf

Spirit Week Flyer – https://allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2014/10/Spirit-Week-Poster.pdf

Chick-fil-A Spirit Flyer – https://allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2014/10/2014Oct-Chick-Fil-A-with-info.pdf

2014 Casino & Auction – https://allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2014/09/auction-casino-form1.pdf