The Sentinel – October 15, 2014

October 15, 2014

Principal’s Message

This week I would like to take a moment to provide you with a few updates regarding the

Design for Excellence self-study project.

One of our first tasks was that of reviewing and revising our Mission Statement.  After prayer, reflection and dialogue, the faculty determined that the following statement best communicates our mission, giving particular priority to faith formation and academic excellence while highlighting the charisms of our school.

Centered in Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit, All Saints Catholic School partners with families to integrate faith formation with academic excellence while focusing on the whole child in a safe, joyful, and welcoming community.

I would also like to thank the many parents who completed the DFE Survey that we administered several weeks ago.  As the participation rate was exceptionally high, approximately 70%, we believe that the responses provide us with a very comprehensive snapshot of parent opinion.  I especially want to thank you for taking the time to provide such thoughtful narrative responses.  In total, the summary report of charts and responses numbers 47 pages – a rich source of feedback that will inform our planning for the future of All Saints.

Although the Curriculum Committee and faculty at large are now beginning the process of analyzing all of the data and highlighting patterns, both Mrs. Campagna and I have already read the entire report. One of the topics identified by a number of respondents relates to recess for grades 3-5, as impacted by the Angelus Prayer that begins at noon each day.  As this is something that has been under review, we implemented a schedule revision last week to provide additional time for students in these grades.  Students will now begin recess at 11:40 a.m. and continue to enjoy free play until the whistle sounds at noon to signal the start of the Angelus, resulting in a full twenty minute recess period.

While it will take some time for the faculty to review and discuss the results of the survey, I do look forward to sharing the details with you in a future newsletter.  For now, know of my gratitude for your commitment to our school as so clearly evidenced by your participation in our survey.  Many thanks for your input!

Seton School – Deferred Acceptance Program

In the Diocese of Arlington we are blessed with an outstanding selection of high school programs: Bishop Denis J. O’Connell (Arlington), Bishop Ireton (Alexandria), Paul VI (Fairfax), Saint John Paul the Great (Dumfries), Seton (Manassas) and Oakcrest (McLean).

Seton School is unique among these options, offering a program that begins at the 7th grade.  For a number of years, Mrs. Carroll, the principal, has graciously extended to the students of All Saints the option of deferred acceptance.  Through this arrangement, students at All Saints who apply for admission to Seton for their 7th or 8th grade years may defer their acceptance until 9th grade.  This, of course, is dependent upon each student continuing to meet the academic and behavioral criteria for acceptance at Seton.

The benefit of this partnership is that our students are able to complete their elementary and middle school years at All Saints, enjoying all of the opportunities for leadership, while being guaranteed a space for their freshman year.  It is important, however, that students who wish to complete the program at All Saints and then attend Seton School for their high school years pursue this deferred acceptance option.

Should you have any questions about this arrangement or about any of the high school programs, please do not hesitate to contact the office for additional information.

Parish Staff & Visitor Parking

Beginning this week, parents are asked not to park in the front lot directly across from the spaces reserved for the clergy.  It is important that we keep these spots open for both parish staff and visitors as they come and go throughout the day. Parents who are volunteering or visiting the school are asked to park in the lot directly in front of the church.

Parent – Teacher Conferences – New Middle School Process

Recognizing that parents may be interested in conferencing with one or more specific middle school teachers, the faculty is pleased to host drop-in conferences for parents of students in grades 6-8 on our conference days.  Rather than being assigned a conference time with the homeroom teacher, parents may stop by the middle school wing at their convenience to request a meeting with any of the teachers.  Five to ten minute mini-conferences will be held from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 10th and from 1:00 -5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 11th.

Within the next week each student in grades PK-5 will receive a conference appointment slip confirming the date and time for the upcoming Parent-Teacher Conferences.  If you do not receive this information, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher.

Teacher Conference Day Luncheons November 10 & 11, 2014

Every year, the All Saints Catholic School PTO holds a luncheon for the teachers, during teacher/parent conference days, to thank them for their hard work, dedication, and continuing perseverance to educate every student every day.

Donations and volunteers make the two-day luncheon a success! Please consider sharing your time, cooking talents and food donations to this event. The teachers & staff appreciate the lovely lunch, thoughtfulness and kindness of the parents who provide this event for them.

In addition, the Veterans’ Day Mass & Reception will be held on Tuesday, November 11, 2014. We have included the sign up for donations and volunteers for this event on this site as well to help consolidate the effort.  Please consider donating red, white & blue desserts and water/soft drinks noted for the Veterans’ Day Reception as well!

*Points for Parents Opportunity*

Food donations & donations of any kind/5 points

Volunteer opportunity/3 points

Please sign up here:

2014 Casino & Auction

November 15 Casino & Auction……Don’t miss the excitement of the live & silent auction.  A sneak-peak at just a few of the items being auctioned: 4 Disney one day park hopper passes, PE Teacher for the day, one month of swim lessons at SwimKids, tennis lessons, laser tag party for 10, rounds of golf, 1 month dance lessons at Showcase Dance, 1 week Vander Woude Basketball camp, lift tickets for Snowshoe Ski Resort, Washington Nationals bobbleheads, CPA tax prep, last will & testament preparation plus so much more!  Additional donations welcome; see link below for solicitation form & ticket order form.

Donations –

Ticket Order Forms –

From the Spirit Events Committee
If you are looking for something to do this Friday, October 17th after our 12 noon dismissal, then pop on over to Chick-fil-A on Liberia Avenue. 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!

BoxTops Update

Parents, Teachers and Students….the first submission for Box Tops is due October 30th!  Turn in any and all box tops.  They do not have to be neatly trimmed, or attached to a sheet.  You can just throw them into a zip lock bag with the students first/last name and teachers name/class #.

So far, we have 8,510 box tops, which calculates to $851.00. Add that to the end of summer submission, and we’re at $1,540.40 so far of free monies! The top three classes are:

3B – Ms. Reilly 1048
1B – Mrs. Nichols 932
3A – Mrs. Montano 675

Keep clipping and sending them in. Thank you!


Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

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

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

Upcoming Events

Thursday, October 16th

  • Cafeteria & Playground Volunteers Training (PAC/10:00 a.m.)
  • 1st Grade Activity Day
  • Science Fair Meeting for Parents (Science Lab/7:00 p.m.)
  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting (PAC/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, October 17th

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Noon Dismissal – DFE Self-Study
  • Spirit Event: Chick-fil-A (6:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.)

Monday, October 20th

  • Picture Make-up Day

Tuesday, October 21st

  • Bishop Ireton High School presentation to 8th Grade (8:45 a.m.)
  • Red Ribbon Day sponsored by the SCA

Wednesday, October 22nd

  • Gift of Human Sexuality Presentation II – Grades 6-8

Thursday, October 23rd

  • 2nd Grade Pumpkin Day
  • Kindergarten Field Trip to Cows ‘N Corn (9:00 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.)