The Sentinel – February 11, 2015

Principal’s Message

In last week’s newsletter we announced that Mr. Gregory Smith will be speaking on the topic of “Protecting your Children on the Internet” at the PTO General Assembly Meeting on Tuesday, February 24th beginning at 7:00 p.m.  This is in response to requests from parents in the community for additional guidance regarding how best to manage technology devices and safeguard their children.

Highlights from the presentation will include grade-level recommendations to be considered in both purchasing and managing devices as well as the “Top Six Things for Parents to Do Now”.

As this is such an important topic, parents who attend the presentation will be provided one Free Homework Pass for each of their children.

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.

The presentation will take place in the Parish Activity Center from 7:00-8:30 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!

Re-Registration Forms ~ Due Friday, February 20th 

Parents are reminded that all re-registration forms are due in the office on Friday, February 20th.   Since registration of new students begins this week, it is important that parents return the forms by the deadline in order to ensure that a place is reserved for each child who will be returning for the upcoming year.

Note: Application packets for siblings new to All Saints are being sent home today to all families who responded to the enrollment survey in November.  In the event that you do not receive an application or wish to request one for another child, please do not hesitate to contact the office.

Race for Education ~ Mailing Labels Due Friday!

Preparations are now underway for the 10th Annual Race for Education which will be held on Thursday, May 7th.   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’s 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.

Yearbook Order Forms

It’s time to order the 2014 – 2015 All Saints Catholic School Yearbook.  The cost for each book is $21.  Orders are due no later than March 31st.  Please go to the link at the end of the newsletter to obtain the order form.

From the Spirit Events Committee

On Monday, February 16th, President’s Day, we will hold our annual spirit event at Chuck E. Cheese in Manassas. Come anytime between 12-9 and mention All Saints. Also, if you bring the sticker received in school you will receive free tokens. See you there!

VIRTUS Annual Update for Volunteers

The diocese requires volunteers who have completed the full VIRTUS training to attend an annual update entitled Keeping the Promise Alive.  This 30 minute video training is a prerequisite for volunteering in the school.

We have scheduled the following opportunities for completing the half-hour VIRTUS update:

  • Thursday, Feb. 12th at 2:15PM in Meeting Room 2.  (Please note: This is the only afternoon session scheduled at the present time.)
  • Wednesday, March 4th at 7:00PM in Meeting Room 2.

Attendance will be taken to ensure that you receive credit for completing the training.  If you have any questions or to register, please call Mrs. Janet Smith, Virtus Coordinator at the Parish Office, (703) 393-2158 or email her at jsmith@allsaintsva.org

Pope John Paul the Great to Host a Seminar: “Guiding the College-Bond Athlete”

In an effort to educate high school parents and athletes about athletic scholarships and the college recruiting process, Dynamite Sports will conduct an hour long seminar entitled “Guiding the College-Bound Athlete” on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., in the Saint John Paul the Great High School Theater.  Please see the link at the bottom of today’s newsletter for more information.

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 – Tomorrow (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

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 12th         

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

Friday, February 13th             

  • Race for Education mailers due

Monday, February 16th                      

  • Holiday – Presidents’ Day
  • Spirit Event: Chuck E. Cheese (12:00-9:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, February 18th      

  • Farewell to the Alleluia Prayer Service (PAC/9:30 a.m.)
  • Ash Wednesday School Mass (10:00 a.m.)

Thursday, February 19th         

  • SCA Representatives to Visit Paul VI High School Options Program

Friday, February 20th             

  • Re-Registration Deadline
  • Noon Dismissal – DFE Meeting

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