The Sentinel – December 10, 2014

December 10, 2014

Principal’s Message

On Friday evening school families once again gathered to celebrate the Feast of St. Nicholas at a prayer service that began in the church and was followed by a reception in the Parish Activities Center.  Through music, readings and prayer, the children had an opportunity to learn more about the life and legacy of St. Nicholas, culminating in their presentation of new shoes at the foot of the altar.  It was beautiful to witness the children processing a few at a time up the main aisle where they then placed their donations in decorated boxes.  In total, the children donated 110 pairs of new shoes and $50 in gifts to benefit the House of Mercy.  Thank you, Mrs. Katherine Bachman, for organizing such a lovely event for our community.  I also wish to thank the middle school students who served as ushers and the members of the Schola who led the music.   It was not only a student-centered but student-led event and a growing tradition for our community.

The following morning a number of students and parents gathered in Old Town to represent our school in the Greater Manassas Christmas Parade.  I want to thank Mr. Mark Stidham for coordinating the design and construction of our school float and for managing the details in support of our participation in this community-wide event.  I want to also thank all of the volunteer parents who assisted with the project and who supervised the children, ensuring that everyone had a safe and enjoyable time – despite the rainy conditions!


On Saturday, Miss Heim, our Pre-Kindergarten and 6th grade religion teacher, will be getting married.  We wish her and her husband to be, Mr. Nate Parriott, abundant blessings now and into the future!

A Prayer for the Second Week of Advent

God of power and mercy,

Open our hearts in welcome.

Remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy,

So that we may share His wisdom

And become one with Him

When He comes in glory,

For He lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

One God, forever and ever.


Virtue Awards Winners

Congratulations to the following students who received special recognition last Friday for having demonstrated the Virtue of Gratitude during the month of November.

PK1 Jacob Fleming 2A Michael Horne 5B Isabelle Tate
PK2 Nora O’Neill 2B Cecily Kennedy 6A Nathan Pora
PK3 Cameron Rochon 3A William Foster 6B Jillian Riley
K1 Marcelina Slaiby 3B Taylor Gray 7A Nicole Newgen
K2 Aoife Haggerty 4A Joseph Corrigan 7B Gabriel Cabello
1A Greyson Levesque 4B Luke Tessier 8A Elena Mirus
1B Eleanor Yaworsky 5A Jennifer Argueta 8B Lindsey Owings


Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day Mass – Friday (8:30 a.m.)

All parents are cordially invited to join us for a special Mass in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Friday, December 12th at 8:30 a.m. in the church. As Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patroness of Latin America, a couple of prayers during the liturgy will be in Spanish.  Additionally, at the end of the Mass, a professional mariachi band will provide music as students process by the shrine to Our Lady in honor of the feast day.  We look forward to this multicultural celebration of our faith and hope that many of you will be able to join us for this special occasion.

All Saints Christmas Pageant

The students of Grades K, 1, 4, 5, and 6 will be participating in the All Saints Catholic School annual Christmas Pageant, The Living Crèche. Over the last several weeks, the students have been preparing songs in music class to help portray this beautiful story. Please note the following information:

Date: Thursday, December 18, 2014

Time: 7:00PM

(Grade K, 1, 4, 5 students report to their homeroom by 6:30PM. Grade 6 report to 6th grade rooms by 6:25PM.)

Place: All Saints Catholic Church

Students in Grades K, 1, 4, and 5 are asked to dress in their Christmas Best. Some students in Grade 6 will be in costume (as noted by their character), others will be in Christmas Best. (A separate notification was sent to Grade 6 parents.)

Please contact Mrs. Kathryn Thompson with any questions.

2015 – 2016 Tuition Assistance Applications

Paper Copies of the Tuition Assistance Applications are now available in the school office.  If you would prefer to have a paper application instead of applying electronically, please stop by or call the office to request a copy.

Catholic High School News

PVI College Night for Families of Students in Grades 7 & 8

Come learn about:

  • How to prepare in Grades 7 and 8 for a college prep high school curriculum.
  • What to consider when looking for the right college “fit.”
  • How colleges review applications.
  • How Paul VI Helps Student Navigate the Road to College

Date:  Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Where:  Paul VI Catholic High School, 10675 Fairfax Blvd., Fairfax, Virginia

Time:  7:15 – 8:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Mrs. Battle, PVI’s College and Career Specialist, at or 703 352-0925.

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:

Bishop O’Connell Holiday Kids Clinic for Grades K-5

The O’Connell Dance Team would like to extend an invitation to students in Grades K-5 for a Holiday Kids Clinic on Saturday, December 20th at O’Connell High School. It’ the perfect opportunity for parents to finish their last minute shopping and those holiday errands. Please click on the links below for more information, a flyer and waiver form.


3rd Annual Fund

By now all families should have received the introductory letter and brochure with information regarding the 3rd Annual Fund.  Please take a few minutes to consider how you might be able to support us in meeting our goals.  All of the funds from the 2014-2015 Annual Fund will be allocated to STEM programs and mobile technology.

Tuition Assistance Applications for 2015-2016

Applications for Tuition Assistance for the 2015-2016 academic year are now available.  Again this year the Diocese of Arlington has partnered with FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment Company.  FACTS has established an on-line application process that can be initiated through the company website (

The due dates for applications and supporting documentation are as follows:

High School                 January 23, 2015

Elementary School       March 16, 2015

NOTE: All families with children enrolled in both high school and elementary school will need to submit an application by the January high school deadline.

Please note that all applications and supporting documentation must be received by FACTS rather than postmarked by the dates listed above.  Applications are not complete until FACTS has received all of the supporting documentation.  Only those families who are verified by FACTS as having submitted all of the required supporting documentation will be eligible for diocesan tuition assistance.

All supporting documentation can be uploaded in pdf format online.  Documentation can also be faxed to 1-866-315-9264 or mailed to the address below. Please be sure to include the applicant ID on all faxed or mailed correspondence.

FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment

P.O. Box 82524

Lincoln, NE  68501-2524

Those families interested in applying for Tuition Assistance for the Pre-Kindergarten program are invited to complete the FACTS process as well.  Although pre-school students are not eligible for financial assistance through the diocese, the analysis provided by FACTS will guide the process for determining disbursements from funding providing by our school and parish.

An overview of the Diocesan Tuition Assistance Program can be found at the following link.

Should you have any questions or concerns about the application process, please do not hesitate to contact a FACTS Customer Care Representative at 1-866-441-4637 or our school office.

Open House for 2015-2016 School Year

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Wednesday, January 14th beginning at 9:00 a.m.  All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about the parish 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, December 11th

  • Confessions – 8B (9:15 a.m.)
  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, December 12th

  • School Mass – Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day (8:30 a.m.)

Monday, December 15th

  • 2nd Grade Christmas around the World Celebration (PAC)
  • Confessions – Grade 6 (9:30 a.m.)

Tuesday, December 16th

  • 1st Grade Activity Day (1:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, December 17th

  • Confessions – Grade 7 (9:15 a.m.)

Thursday, December 18th

  • Confessions – 5A (9:15 a.m.)
  • Pre-Kindergarten Pageant (Church/10:00 a.m. & 1:15 p.m.)
  • Christmas Pageant (Church/2:15 p.m. for students & 7:00 p.m. for parents)

Friday, December 19th

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • SCA sponsored Santa Hat Day
  • Confessions – 5B (9:30 a.m.)
  • Classroom Christmas Parties (1:30 p.m.)