The Sentinel – November 5, 2014

November 5, 2014

Principal’s Message

This week we will launch the 3rd Annual Fund, a long-range development initiative designed to provide an additional source of funding for the school and to help us sustain our commitment to excellence.  I am pleased to share with you that through your generosity over the course of the past two years, All Saints has received $20,000 in contributions as well as countless hours of volunteer support and prayers that have blessed our efforts.  With these proceeds and your heartfelt support we have taken steps to further enrich the learning environment for our students.  For example, online robotics programming is now a part of our middle school technology curriculum and we are preparing to launch the second phase, i.e. hands-on design of robots as part of an after-school activity starting during the second quarter.  Additionally, we are planning now for the installation of campus-wide WiFi later this year that will position us well for the use of mobile devices integrated across the curriculum.  All of these innovations are only possible because of your strong support.

As we begin our 3rd Annual Fund, I invite you to once again prayerfully consider making a gift to our school.  When you receive the introductory letter and brochure, take a few minutes to consider how you might be able to support us in meeting our goals.  You’ll note that all of the funds from the 2014-2015 Annual Fund will be allocated to STEM programs and mobile technology.  In order to prepare our students for the opportunities of the 21st Century, we recognize that we must increase their access to these learning tools.  Through your gifts of time, talent and treasure, we can make this happen for our students now and into the future.

Report Cards & Parent-Teacher Conferences

On Friday teachers will distribute first quarter report cards to students in grades 1-8 and progress reports for those in Mrs. Izquierdo’s Kindergarten class.  In preparation for the parent-teacher conferences next week, please take some time to review all of the information provided by the teacher, noting any special areas of success or difficulty.  Additionally, we encourage you to speak with your child to determine if there is anything that he or she would like you to address with the teacher.  Please feel free to make a list of any questions or concerns that you wish to discuss during the conference.  While the time for conferences is somewhat limited, the teachers are committed to addressing the development of your child and welcome any questions you might have.  Recognizing that experiences in the home also affect a child’s performance at school, the conference provides an opportunity to discuss any changes in routine, significant events, such as the death of a close relative or pet, or any other occurrences that might be affecting your child.  The better the teacher understands the specific needs of each of the children, the better he or she will be able to assist them in their learning.

Rather than being assigned a conference time with the homeroom teacher, middle school parents may stop by at their convenience for a meeting with any of the middle school 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(Note:  It is not necessary to schedule an appointment in advance.)

Virtue of the Month ~ Gratitude

During the month of November, students will be encouraged to implement the following strategies:

  1. Thank Jesus each day for the sacrifice He made for you. Look at the crucifix and say, “Thank you, Jesus”.
  2. Thank God for your special talents and use them to serve Him every day.
  3. Remember to say “Please” and “Thank you”.
  4. Show gratitude to all of your teachers.
  5. Remember to thank the ladies in the cafeteria for your lunch, milk or for helping you open your juice box or milk container.
  6. Tell your mom and dad you love them.
  7. Make a special effort to show gratitude to someone in your family each day.
  8. Say “Please” and “Thank you” at home.
  9. Thank a friend for being there for you.
  10. Be a good sport when you play.
  11. Thank God for your life, family, food and home each night.

Prayer of the Month

Dear Jesus,

We want to thank You for the many gifts You have given us, especially the gift of Yourself.

Accept our acts of courtesy and care as gifts of love to You.

Help us to imitate Your Mother Mary and to give glory to God through our words and actions.

We ask this in Your Holy Name.

Amen.

Thanksgiving Prayer Service

The All Saints Catholic School annual Thanksgiving Prayer Service will be held on Tuesday, November 25 at 9:30 am.  In collaboration with the Parish, we will once again be collecting fresh food to benefit the Bethany Food Pantry.  All collections will be able to serve approximately 60 families with items to assist them in preparing a Thanksgiving meal.  In an effort to evenly distribute our collection among the Thanksgiving meal bags, we are asking for grade-level donations.  With the generosity of our school community in providing the items below, many families will enjoy a beautiful meal on Thanksgiving Day.

Pre- KindergartenKindergartenFirstSecond

Third

Fourth

Fifth

Sixth

Seventh

Eighth

Two (2) Containers of Coffee, Tea, or JuiceTwo (2) Cake or Cookie MixesBag of Fresh CranberriesPackage of Stuffing Mix

Fresh Asparagus or Green Beans

Fresh Butternut or Spaghetti Squash

Fresh Apples, Oranges, or Nuts

One Large Jar of Gravy

One Pound Bag of Carrots

One Two and a Half Pound of Potatoes or Sweet Potatoes

Attention Students!  Would you like your artwork on the cover of the 2014 – 2015 yearbook?

The yearbook committee is once again hosting the annual Yearbook Cover Contest.  The committee is looking for a cover (front & back) that represents the spirit of All Saints Catholic School.  Entries are due to Mrs. Carroll by Monday, November 17th.  Please click on link below for more details.

Teacher Conference Day Luncheons November 10 & 11, 2014

The PTO Teacher Conference Luncheons are set to be held Monday, November 10th and Tuesday, November 11th.  All non-perishable items that are being donated may be dropped off at the front office this Thursday & Friday. Kate Bachman will be onsite Friday at dismissal to pick up all donations.

Monday 11/10/14 – Perishable desserts maybe delivered to the FKH between 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Tuesday 11/11/14 – All food & dessert donations may be delivered to Father Kelly Hall no later than 11:00am

All donations should be marked: TEACHER CONF LUNCHEON attn.: Kate Bachman. Also, please remember to label your donation with your name & your student’s name, and class# to receive credit for Points for Parents. Label any serving piece you wish to have returned to you.

*Points for Parents Opportunity*

Volunteer opportunity/3 points: Volunteers are still needed! Please consider volunteering your time to help set up or clean up – your assistance is greatly welcomed! Sign up today: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C054CA8AC2BA13-teacher2

Veterans’ Day Mass & Reception Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veterans’ Day Mass & Reception will be held on Tuesday, November 11th.  All non-perishable donations should be delivered to the Front Office by Friday, Nov. 7, 2014.  Traci Cole will be onsite Friday at dismissal to collect donations.

Tuesday 11/11/14 – Dessert donations may be dropped off at the front office by 8:00 am www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C054CA8AC2BA13-teacher2

All donations should be marked: VETERANS’ DAY RECEPTION attn.: Traci Cole. Also, please remember to label your donation with your name & your student’s name, and class# to receive credit for Points for Parents.

Open House Volunteers Needed

Virtus certified volunteers are needed for the nursery during the upcoming Open House, November 20th from 9 – 11:30.  This is an excellent opportunity for points for parents who have younger children still at home because they are welcome to come along with you.  Please contact Kristi Hernandez (hzfamily7@gmail.com or 703-582-2015) with any questions.  Thank you so much!

Book Fair Volunteers Needed

The book fair is just around the corner and we need your help! Virtus trained volunteers are needed in the library to help our students select and purchase books. Each shift/hour worked earns you 3 points for parents.  Our family shopping night will be Monday November 17 from 5pm – 8pm.  Our busiest shopping day is Monday November 24, during our Thanksgiving luncheon; please consider volunteering before or after having lunch with your child.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e4eaeaf22a46-allsaints8

Please follow the link to sign up: All Saints Scholastic Book Fair 2014

Casino & Auction

The November 15th Casino & Auction “A Black & White Event” is less than two weeks away.  Ticket price of $35 per person includes a gourmet dinner & desserts, live & silent auction, dancing, 3 hours of casino play, raffles and a photo booth. Attire for the evening is Sunday best, business or business casual although black & white colors are encouraged!  Don’t miss this wonderful evening out with other All Saints families, teachers, priests and staff.  Preview and early bidding will begin on Friday, November 14 from 8:00 am until 11:45 am in the PAC.  Check the school website for more information on silent & live items, sponsors, raffles, teacher outings, class gifts and “Buy It Now” photos for each class.

Ticket Order Form –  https://allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2014/09/auction-casino-ticket-orders.pdf

The Casino & Auction team is looking for volunteers.  Please see the Sign Up Genius for opportunities to serve during the event.          http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d45a4ae28a57-casino

BoxTops for Education – Update

Parents, Teachers and Students….you will not believe this! In total, we collected 12,205 Box tops in just 2 short months! If we add that to our late summer submission, All Saints should be receiving a check in the amount of $1,917.85!

Thank you all so much for your efforts. Please don’t stop clipping. I know we can beat our numbers from last year. Thank you!

Prospective Teacher Information Sessions – COME JOIN US!

Are you interested in teaching for the Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Arlington? There are 44 schools within the Diocese offering instructional programs for all ages from pre-school through high school. Perhaps your certification has expired, or perhaps you are thinking of changing careers or returning to teaching after a period of absence. Do you have questions about qualifications to teach? Would you like to learn more about the mission of teaching in a Catholic School in a nurturing and caring, Christ-centered environment? Please come to one of the following Information Programs for Prospective Teachers scheduled throughout the Diocese and meet with Sister Patricia Helene, IHM, head of the Marymount University Catholic School Leadership Program, Sister Karl Ann Homberg, SSJ, Assistant Superintendent for School Leadership and Janet Vetrano, Office of Catholic Schools Licensure Specialist to learn more about the opportunities and advantages of teaching in our Catholic Schools. Please contact Janet at j.vetrano@arlingtondiocese.org by November 7, 2014 to register.

All Saints School9294 Stonewall RoadManassas, VA  20110703-368-4400

St. Thomas More Cathedral School

105 North Thomas Street

Arlington, VA 22203

703-528-1547

St. Francis of Assisi School

18825 Fuller Heights Road

Triangle, VA  22172

703-221-3868

Friday, November 14, 20141:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.mPresentation begins at 1:00 p.m.

Monday, November 17, 2014

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Presentation begins at 7:00 p.m.

 

Monday, November 24, 2014

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Presentation begins a 1:00 p.m.

 

Catholic High School News

Saint John Paul Open House

All are invited to the Fall Open House at Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School on Sunday, November 16, from 1 – 4pm. Meet the entire team of educators, tour the beautiful building, and learn more about John Paul’s successful programs and welcoming community. A presentation begins at 1:15 in the Theater. Pep-rally and House games begin at 3pm. RSVP appreciated, but not necessary. The first 50 8th graders to pre-register for the Open House receive a free JP t-shirt! For more information, or to register, please visit: http://www.jpthegreat.org/admissions/visiting/open-house/ or call: 703.445.0300.

Middle School Events at JP

John Paul the Great high school is hosting a number of events for middle school students! Register today for the Band and Choir Music Festival, 3v3 Soccer Tournament, Baseball Clinic, and more! For more information, please call 703.445.0300 or visit: http://www.jpthegreat.org/admissions/visiting/special-middle-school-invitations/

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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.

As an additional sign of our support for the military, the children are invited to bring to school any candy that they may wish to donate to active duty servicemen and women.  Mrs. Cole, one of our school parents, has offered to package and ship all of the contributions on our behalf.  Candy donations may be delivered to classroom teachers through Tuesday, November 11th.

Thanksgiving Luncheon

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!

Open House for 2015-2016 School Year

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, November 20th beginning 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, 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

Monday, November 10th

  • Parent-Teacher Conferences – No School

Tuesday, November 11th         

  • School Mass & Veterans’ Day Celebration (8:30 a.m.)
  • Noon Dismissal
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, November 12th

  • 6th Grade Field Trip to Theater Production (9:15-12:30)

Thursday, November 13th

  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting (PLC/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, November 14th

  • Noon Dismissal – DFE Meeting
  • Diocesan Teacher Information Meeting (Music Room/1:00 p.m.)
  • Spirit Event: Chick-fil-A (6:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.)

Saturday, November 15th

  • Casino & Auction Night (PAC/6:30 p.m.)

 

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