The Sentinel – October 29, 2014

October 29, 2014

Principal’s Message

Beginning tomorrow we will be implementing several efforts to fine-tune the afternoon dismissal process in the front parking lot. In an effort to maintain a well-organized system, we will return to our prior process of asking parents to wait in front of the parking bays until called to pick up their children. By restricting access to the courtyard and the area adjacent to the parish office until we are ready to begin dismissal, the safety of the children will be further enhanced.   In advance, thank you for your support of these procedures.

A few words about the uniform…I understand from parents that it has been difficult at times to purchase blue crew socks. For this reason, effective today, parents may purchase either blue or black socks for the boys’ uniform. This change will be incorporated in our uniform policy for the upcoming academic year.

Message from Fr. Bob

Dear All Saints School Community,

Earlier this month I used the special and most generous gift that you provided for me to celebrate my 35th Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood. I went on the all-expense paid two night stay, dinner, and round of golf at the Hyatt Chesapeake Resort in Cambridge Maryland. It was spectacular and the view of the bay so beautiful throughout the hotel grounds. The golf course was in pristine shape and provided many wonderful scenic and challenging holes. I invited my friend, Fr. Mike Bazan to join me and we had a blast. To top it off, I won the money on the golf…he had to pay me 70 cents! (which means I won 7 more holes than he did as we play for a dime a hole.) How sweet it was.

This past weekend the church celebrated Priesthood Sunday. I give thanks to God for each of you and how you have been such a big part of my priesthood the past 14 years. I remember how kind it was for you to celebrate my anniversary last May with the school assembly and want to say “Thank You” for the golf outing which provided two great days of fun and relaxation. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Love and blessings,

Fr. Bob

Thanksgiving Luncheon

One of our cherished traditions at All Saints is the annual Thanksgiving Luncheon, a special meal prepared by the kitchen staff for students, parents, faculty & staff. In an effort to accommodate all of the families who attend and to reduce wait time, we will again be hosting four lunch seatings this year. The schedule for the Thanksgiving Luncheon is as follows:

11:00-11:40     Grades 6-8

11:40-12:20     Grades 4-5

12:20-1:00       Grades 2-3

1:00-1:40         Grades K-1

The arrival process will be the same as prior years with parents reporting directly to their son/daughter’s classroom. There, they will wait with their children, and when called by grade level, report to the cafeteria via the Father Kelley Wing.

So that the kitchen staff may begin planning for the event, please be sure to return your order form no later than Thursday, November 20th. We do hope that you will join us for this Thanksgiving tradition!

Casino/Auction Night – Teacher Outings!

Read about some of our most popular and favorite silent auction items- Teacher Outings.  The students have LOVED these opportunities in the past to spend some nontraditional time with their teacher’s doing something fun.  Here are some of the offerings from the teachers.  Don’t miss out on these great activities!

Mr. Redman- PE Teacher for the day

Mrs. Cote and Mrs. Izquierdo- “Follow the clues to treasure and fun with Mrs. Izquierdo and Mrs. Cote”

Mrs. Harrill and Mrs. Nichols- Cake Pop Party

Pre-K Team- Pajama/Pancake Party “If you give a Prek-er a Pancake”

Mrs. Montano and Mrs. Reilly- American Girl Doll Party

Mrs.  Slovenkay – Manassas Museum Tour with lunch in Old Town Manassas

Mrs. Lewis- travel to a live performance

Mrs. Cummings and Mrs. Burnett- “Clay time Fun”

Mr. Roy and Mrs. Helmick- Lunch/Dinner at a Mexican Restaurant

Mrs. Sweeney and Mr. Dwane- “5 Guys” Carry Out and Craft Fun

Mrs. Honkus and Mrs. Bill- “Christmas Cookies”

BoxTops for Education

Box Tops, Box Tops, Box Tops….turn them all in. Please do not forget to turn in all Box Tops tomorrow for the end of the month’s submission. As of last Friday, we are at 10,669 box tops. That number, added with the end of summers submission, we are now at $1,756.30 of free monies for our school. How exciting is that?  Below are the classes in the lead in the collection of box tops and soup labels/labels for education combined:

1B Mrs. Nichols 1275
3B Mrs. Reilly 1104
5B Mrs. Bill 1038

Paul VI Catholic High School

All 7th & 8th Graders and their families are invited to our Annual Open House at Paul VI Catholic High School at 10675 Fairfax Blvd., Fairfax, VA on this Sunday, November 2nd from 1:00 to 4:00PM.  This is a wonderful opportunity to talk with our students, faculty and parents and explore the benefits of a Catholic High School education.  (flyer is linked below)

Detective Bill Woolf from the  Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force Fairfax County Police Department will be speaking at Paul VI Catholic High School on Monday, November 10th at 7pm in the auditorium.  Parents of students of all ages are invited to join us.


Appendix N – Waiver Information/Right to Object

Parents are reminded to sign and return Appendix N to the office by tomorrow, October 30th. Parents who wish for their son/daughter to be included in marketing materials need only complete the top of the form and sign/date the bottom. Those who wish not to grant permission can do the same and select from a list of promotional items. If the form is not returned, we will assume that you prohibit such use.

Classroom Activity Fee Reminder

Thank you to those families who have already submitted the Classroom Activity Fee.

If you have not already done so, please return your activity fee to your child’s homeroom teacher no later than tomorrow, October 30th.

Veterans Day Celebration

Join us as our school community honors the commitment of the men and women who have served our country in the United States Armed Forces. We cordially invite all active duty, reserve, former and retired military personnel to attend our school Mass on Tuesday, November 11th at 8:30 a.m. Following the Mass, there will be a brief ceremony in the Parish Activity Center and a reception for our honored guests in Meeting Room 1.

Parent – Teacher Conferences – New Middle School Process

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. – Noon and 1:00 p.m. -5:00 pm. on Monday, November 10th and from 1:00 -5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 11th.

Open House for 2015-2016 School Year

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, November 20thbeginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Parish Activities Center. All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about our school are cordially invited to attend. Following a presentation and introduction at 9:00 a.m., tours of the facility will be provided. For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at (703) 393-1490.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, October 30th

–          End of 1st Quarter

–          School Mass & 3rd Grade Procession of Saints (8:30 a.m.)

–          8th Grade Saints Presentations (PAC/8A @ 9:45 a.m./8B @ 10:30 a.m.)

–          Penny Bazaar (1:30 p.m.)

–          Middle School Movie Night (PAC/7:00 p.m.)

–          PowerSchool Parent Portal closes for Report Card Prep (Reopening on November 7th)

Friday, October 31st               

–          Holiday – Diocesan Professional Development Day

–          Spirit Activity: Bounce Mania (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Monday, November 3rd           

–          Change to Winter Uniforms

–          Free Ice Cream at Lunch in honor of All Saints Feast Day, courtesy of the PTO

Tuesday, November 4th           

–          PTO Executive Board Meeting (PLC/7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, November 5th      

–          Pope John Paul the Great High School presentation to 8th Grade

–          Gold Medal Readers Celebration (1:30 p.m.)

Thursday, November 6th         

–          3rd Grade Field Trip to Colvin Mill (9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.)

Friday, November 7th              

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

–          Report Cards sent home with Students