The Sentinel – February 4, 2014

February 4, 2015

Principal’s Message

Today each family will receive Re-Registration Forms for the 2015-2016 academic year.   Parents are asked to complete all of the forms and return them to the office no later than Friday, February 20th.

Registration of students new to All Saints, including siblings who will be eligible by age for Pre-Kindergarten, will begin on February 11th.  Separate forms related to this initial registration process will automatically be sent home to parents who have already expressed interest in enrolling another child in our program.

During the past five years the school has identified two financial goals that have been key considerations in the design of the annual budget: 1) increasing faculty salaries to 75% of the current scale for Manassas City Public Schools and 2) slowing the rate of tuition increase so as to maintain a high degree of affordability.

We have made significant strides in both of these areas.  As a result, half of our teachers are now compensated at or above the 75% benchmark and All Saints remains one of the best values for families in the diocese.  In fact, our school currently offers the second most affordable rates of all schools in the Arlington Diocese for families enrolling two children.  Through the financial investment of the parish and with the generous support of the PTO and community at large, we continue to provide a first-class educational environment at an affordable price for families in our community.

The following is a comparison between our current year rates and the diocesan average.

All Saints 2014-2015 Tuition Rates Diocesan Average
1 Child $5,236 $5,755
2 Children $8,430 $9,991
3 Children $11,415 $13,508
4 Children $14,403 $15,302

As we plan for the upcoming year, it is our goal to continue to provide the same commitment to excellence, the same level of service, and the same quality that you have come to associate with the All Saints’ experience.  At the same time, we want to continue to bolster salaries for our faculty and staff who are so dedicated to our mission.

In order to sustain these commitments, we will increase tuition by 4% for the 2015-2016 academic year and reduce the rate of sibling discount by 1%.  Pre-Kindergarten tuition will increase from $2550 to $2700.

The following is a list of the in-parish tuition rates for 2015-2016.

1 Child             $5,445

2 Children        $8,821

3 Children        $11,979

4 Children        $15,137

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This week I am pleased to share with you that All Saints will begin receiving Title I services to benefit students in lower grades who are struggling in math and/or reading.  Through a partnership with the Manassas City Public Schools and NonPublic Educational Services, Inc., a teacher will be assigned to All Saints for approximately 12-15 hours per week, providing small group instruction and remediation to identified students.  In order to qualify for the program, students must be residents of the City of Manassas and meet specific academic criteria.  In consultation with our resource staff, I am in the final stages of confirming student eligibility and will be reaching out directly to parents of students who may benefit from participation in the near future.  This is a wonderful development for our school as the position is fully funded and will positively impact student learning.

10th Annual Race for Education!

Preparations are now underway for the 10th Annual Race for Education which will be held on Thursday, May 7th.  A packet of important information related to the event will be distributed to students at a special assembly on Friday morning. When reviewing the information packet, you will note that our goal for this year’s Race for Education is $50,000.  As is our tradition, we will continue to donate 15% of the proceeds to St. Jude Childrens’ Research Hospital, an organization that has received more than $100,000 from our community since the 1990’s.   The remaining funds from the 10th Annual Race for Education will be allocated for resources to support student learning initiatives and faculty enrichment.

Students are asked to submit completed mailing labels by Friday, February 13th.  For additional information about this process and the incentives offered to students, please see the information packet.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the event coordinator, Mrs. Marjorie Collins, at 703-365-9686.

PTO Presentation – Protecting Your Children on the Internet

On Tuesday, February 24th beginning at 7:00 p.m.,  Mr. Gregory Smith will speak on the topic of Protecting Your Children on the Internet.  An internationally recognized IT executive with 27 years of experience, Mr. Smith currently serves as the Chief Technology Officer for a firm in the Washington DC area.  He is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and a published author who has contributed to dozens of articles on a variety of technology and business topics in the Wall Street Journal, eWeek, Computer World, CIO, and Information Week magazines.

Copies of his book entitled Protecting Your Children on the Internet will be available for purchase for $20.00, cash or check only.

As this presentation will address such an important matter, at least one parent from each family is asked to attend.  The presentation will take place in the Parish Activity Center from 7:00-8:00 p.m. with time for questions at the end of the evening.  Invite friends, neighbors and colleagues to what promises to be an insightful and important presentation for parents!

Arlington Honor Band Announced

The following students have been selected for the 2015 Arlington Diocese Honor Band.  This band is a composite group of selected instrumentalists from around the diocese who gather for rehearsal each week at Bishop Ireton High School in preparation for a concert with the high school band.

Congratulations to the 37th Annual Honor Band nominees from All Saints.

Bianca Misterio – flute

Jorge Cruz – bass clarinet

Zachary Mills – trombone

Andrew Rice – baritone

Justine Pascua – tuba

Ethan Rice – baritone

Virtue Award Winners

Congratulations to the following students who were recognized last Friday for having demonstrated the Virtue of Compassion during the month of January.

Mia Reyes (PreK-1) Piper Reddington (2A) Alexa Brophy (5B)
Manuel Quao (PreK-2) Grace Tessier (2B) Julia Downes (6A)
Emily Mills (PreK-3) Luke Mantooth (3A) Annie Stevens (6B)
Ryan Emmons (K1) Toby Rhodes (3B) Nicholas Gaubert (7A)
Jonathan Redman (K2) Elizabeth Karcher (4A) Emily Gomez (7B)
Caitlin Summers (1A) Charlotte Yelvington (4B) Josephine Carter (8A)
Scott Tuttle (1B) Ethan Rice (5A) Paola Linares (8B)

February Virtue of the Month – Honesty

  1. Admit when you do something wrong.  Don’t put the blame on others.
  2. Do all of your own work and put your best effort into it.  Don’t look at other student’s papers.
  3. Be true to your word and your beliefs.
  4. If you forget your homework, tell the truth.  Accept the consequences.
  5. If you find money try to find out who it belongs to.
  6. Always ask before borrowing something.
  7. Give back what you borrow in good condition.
  8. Be honest when you correct your own paper or someone else’s.  Circle all the mistakes.
  9. If you make a promise, keep it.

Prayer of the Month ~ Prayer for Honesty

Lord Jesus,

You know me well and you see what is going on in my heart.

I am sure you understand me and want to help me.

Please give me the courage to resist temptations of all kinds,

and practice the virtue of Honesty in all I think, say, and do.

Let your Spirit rekindle in my heart the desire to act right,

and give me wonderful ideas to help others act right too.

Amen.

All Saints Catholic School 2015 Spelling Bee

Congratulations to Mary Abando who won First Place at the 2015 All Saints Catholic School Spelling Bee and to Jack Tessier for taking Second Place.  Mary will go on to represent our school in the Diocesan Spelling be on March 7th.

Congratulations to the following students for representing their the classrooms in the Spelling Bee:

6AWinner: Nick Ferguson1st runner up: Christine TranAlternates: Leo Kun, Maddie White 6BWinner: Emma Switzer1st Runner Up: Sophia CobertAlternate: Kyle Campagna, Kyle Da Re
7AWinner: Gabe Short1st Runner Up: Vincent DiMauroAlternate: Josh Eddy, Michael Vollano 7BWinner: Gabriel Cabello1st runner up: Mary AbandoAlternates: Noah Egan, Sophie Castro
8AWinner: Mussie Adiamseged1st Runner Up: Noah HackersonAlternate: Vincent DiBisceglie, Trey Campagna 8BWinner: Jack Tessier1st runner up: Clara BennettAlternates: Allyssa Schnitzer, Nikki Sherrill

Help Plan the All Saints’ Golf Tournament

All Saints will be sponsoring its annual golf tournament on Monday, June 8th at Evergreen Country Club in Haymarket, VA. We are looking for individuals to join our Golf Tournament Committee to help plan this fun-filled event. There are many ways to help with this “Points for Parents” activity and you don’t have to be a golfer to participate.

Our first committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 11th at 2:00 p.m. in Meeting Room 1. If you would like to join in our efforts to put together an outstanding golf event for our parish and school community, please contact Janis DeVore at jdevore@allsaintsva.org.

P.S. – Please note that you can choose to help with planning the event and/or assisting us on the day of the tournament. Since the event will be held toward the end of the school year, you can choose whether to use your Points for Parents for the 2014-15 or 2015-16 school year.                 

Register Today for the RUNNING WITH THE SAINTS 5K – March 21st at 8:15 a.m. 

Paper registrations are available at the front desk or at the website. Easy on-line registration is now available at https://www.imathlete.com/events/EventReg/EventReg_SelectType.aspx?fEID=22711&fNew=1&fsource=imASearch.   All age levels and abilities are welcome – walkers, joggers and jogger strollers, as well as competitive athletes!  We will have great age group prizes and indoor waiting area in the PAC for before and after the race!  SIGN UP TODAY! For questions or more information, please contact Joan Coleman at info@runningwiththesaints.org.

We Still Need 5K Sponsors!  Help us provide a fantastic 5K experience for All Saints and the community – sponsor our race!  Individual, small business and corporate sponsors are welcome!  Several different levels of contribution are available!  Sponsors help cover the costs of the timing of the race, the supplies and especially to cover the costs of allowing our faculty and staff to have free registrations.  Please visit the website – runningwiththesaints.org.  or contact Joan Coleman at info@runningwiththesaints.org if you need a sponsorship form.

There’s still time to enter our 5K T-Shirt Contest!  Help us design this year’s 5K t-shirt.  All Grades are invited to participate.  Entries are due February 13th. Free ice cream card for anyone who submits an entry!  1st place gets their design on the t-shirts as well as a $20 gift card. 2nd place will receive a $10 gift card.  Please see the flyer being sent home today for more information. Any questions, please contact Penny Starrs at info@runningwiththesaints.org.

From the Spirit Events Committee

A special thank you goes out to all of you who stopped by Chick-fil-A during our early dismissals. This Friday, February 6th, is our last Spirit Event at Chick-fil-A this school year. You can come any time between 6:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. and mention All Saints to support our school. We look forward to seeing you there!

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Registration Schedule for 2015-2016

  • Re-Registration for Current Families February 4-20, 2015
  • Registration for New Students February 11-27, 2015

                              (Including siblings for Pre-K & K)

Open House for 2015-2016 School Year – February 12th

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, February 12th 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.

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:

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, February 5th

  • Band Concert (PAC/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, February 6th

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Race for Education Kick-off Assembly (11:30 a.m.)
  • Noon Dismissal – DFE Meeting
  • Spirit Event: Chick-fil-A (6:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, February 10th          

  • SCA sponsored Valentine’s Dress Down Day

Wednesday, February 11th      

  • 8th Grade Diocesan Vocations Mass (Holy Spirit Church)
  • Registration Opens for New Students for 2015-2016
  • Golf Tournament Committee Meeting (2:00 p.m.)

Thursday, February 12th         

  • Open House (9:00 a.m.)
  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, February 13th

  • Race for Education mailers due

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