The Sentinel – December 17, 2014

Principal’s Message

Perhaps there is no place more exciting during the month of December than an elementary school!  The anticipation for Christmas is almost tangible in the classrooms and hallways.  One of the great joys for me each year is in taking a few minutes to read the work that the students and teachers have posted on the bulletin boards.  Using words and pictures, the children have shared how they are preparing their hearts for Christmas, even identifying “gifts” that they would like to give to the Infant Savior. Amidst the busyness of these closing days of Advent, I thought you might enjoy reading a few of their heartfelt and charming thoughts.

My gifts to Jesus are….

Give food to the poor

Try harder to do things more holy

Do chores happily

Help my neighbor shovel his snow

Be a kinder person to my siblings

Always be joyful!

Give you my heart

 

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We look forward to seeing many of you at the Christmas Pageant beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the church tomorrow evening.  With a portrayal of the Nativity Story through text and music, the presentation provides a beautiful moment of reflection for our community.

A few important reminders:

  • As the Pageant will again be taking place in the church, it is important that we maintain a spirit of reverence.
  • Once the Pageant begins, parents are asked to remain seated and to be mindful of those around them when taking photos.
  • 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.)
  • Students are asked to report directly to their classrooms at 6:30 p.m.  The students will return to their homerooms following the performance where parents will meet them shortly thereafter.

On behalf of the faculty & staff of All Saints Catholic School, I wish all of you a blessed Christmas Season!  May the holiday be filled with great joy as you gather with family and friends to celebrate the birth of our Savior!

 

Prayer for the Third Week of Advent

Lord God, may we, your people, who look forward to the birthday of Christ, experience the joy of salvation and celebrate that feast with love and thanksgiving.  We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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.

If you have an interest in volunteering on the All Saints Annual Fund Committee, please contact Janis DeVore via email at jdevore@allsaintava.org.

 

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 (http://online.factsmgt.com/signin/3Q327)

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:
http://www.arlingtondiocese.org/catholicschools/tuition_grant.php

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 18th

Confessions – 5A 9:15 a.m./5B 11:00 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 with students reporting directly to classrooms by 6:30 p.m.)

Friday, December 19th

School Mass (8:30 a.m.)SCA sponsored Santa Hat Day

Confessions – 7B (9:15 a.m.)

Classroom Christmas Parties (1:30 p.m.)

Monday, January 5th Classes Resume
Tuesday, January 6th PTO Executive Board Meeting (7:00 p.m.)
Friday, January 9th

School Mass & Virtues Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)National Geography Bee (10:00 a.m.)

Noon Dismissal – DFE Meeting

Spirit Event: Chick-fil-A (6:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.)