The Sentinel – February 25, 2015

Last week I shared with you an update regarding the Design for Excellence project as well as the results of the parent survey that we administered during the fall semester.  In analyzing the data, we noted that 80% of parents who responded indicated that they “strongly agree” or “agree” that they are satisfied with the quality of homework assigned to their children.  While this represents a strong approval rating, some of the feedback received within the narrative responses has been insightful and raised compelling questions that deserve further consideration.  For this reason, three weeks ago I discussed with the faculty a new procedure that will create a greater awareness regarding expectations and establish a process in support of consistency across grade levels.

Beginning this week, each teacher will post on Homework Central the expected time of completion for each assigned task.  The suggested times are a means by which each teacher can verify that the sum total of work assigned is reasonable and within the guidelines.  Although the times do not serve as a predictor for the experience of each student, as this is affected by ability levels, time management skills and motivation, they should represent a fair approximation of the typical time needed for a child to complete the work.

A thorough review and potential revision of our homework policy will require research and substantive discussion among the faculty, a task which we will undertake in the coming year once our current reaccreditation project is completed.  For now, we are making incremental changes to foster greater consistency across grade levels and subject areas.  Our goal is to continue to provide an experience of learning that is rigorous, yet balanced and reasonable.

We appreciate the feedback that you’ve provided through this process and look forward to sharing with you the details of our progress in the year ahead.


A few weeks ago I shared with you the exciting news that All Saints is beginning a Title I program to assist students in the areas of reading and math.  I am pleased to announce that Ms. Cassandra Putnam has joined our community as Title I teacher and has begun meeting with students this week.  After assessing their individual learning needs, she will be customizing a learning plan for each of the children in the program.  Title I services will be provided in the Professional Learning Center on the second floor of the new wing.

Welcome to All Saints, Ms. Putnam!

PTO Presentation – Books Available for Purchase

Those interested in receiving a copy of the PowerPoint presentation from the meeting on Monday evening may request one via  Additional copies of Protecting Your Children on the Internet are available for purchase for $20.00 (cash or check) at the front office.

Cafeteria MENU CHANGE for Friday, February 27th

The Menu for Friday, February 27th will be: Chinese Vegetable Egg Roll, Oriental Vegetables, Oriental Rice, and Mandarin Oranges.

TARGET Proceeds to Benefit All Saints

Thanks to the participation of many families in the TARGET rewards program, All Saints received a check in the amount of $936.78 last week.   Thank you for your continued support!

All Saints School PTO Sponsored Lenten Soup Kitchen

Lent is here and that means Wednesday Soup kitchen!  This is a wonderful All Saints tradition.  Please sign up to help and/or send in needed donations.  Most importantly plan on attending.

Running with the Saints 5K T-Shirt Design

The 5K Committee would like to thank all the Race T-Shirt entries!  Although the choice was a difficult one, our top winner is Lizzie Mangilit in 5A.  Her design will grace our Race T-shirts this year.  She will also receive a $20 gift card to Sweet Frog.  Our two Honorable Mentions will be awarded to Jorge Cruz in 8B and Josseline Avila in 3A.  They will both receive $10 gift cards to Sweet Frog.  All students submitting an entry will be receiving their ice cream cards this Friday.

All Saints School Spirit Wear Line – On Sale starting today!!

All Saints is participating in a spirit gear drive and we need your help!  Showing your school spirit is a great way to encourage teamwork and camaraderie.  We’re proud of our school and we want to show off our gear!

Please shop using the one page flyer that will be sent home today, Wednesday, February 25th OR go to or look for the link on our school website to order on-line.

We are accepting forms back any time before the deadline.  The last day to place an order is Tuesday, March 10th.  Our Spirit Wear items will be on display near the front office during the sale.

We are so excited to offer a variety of quality pieces which display our All Saints logo for children and adults!! Please let me know if you have any questions- Contact info: or 703-365-7327.

BoxTops for Education and Labels for Education

Parents, students and teachers…we have another submission coming up March 2, 2015.  Please send in ALL your box tops and soup labels (labels for education) by this Friday 2/27/2015.  We have over 10,000 box tops collected since the November submission.  Thank you all for being such great box top collectors!


John Paul Open House

Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School will host their Spring Open House on Thursday, March 19 from 4 – 6pm. Designed for younger students who want to preview high school, but all are welcome to attend. Meet JP teachers and students. Presentation at 4:15pm in the Theater. Pre-registrations welcome: or Applications for admission and financial aid are still being accepted for the 2015-2016 school year.

New Source of Tuition Assistance Available at St. John Paul the Great

Thought about applying to Saint John Paul the Great High School, but aren’t sure you can afford it? There is a NEW source of tuition assistance available to students transferring from public school, and who meet certain financial qualifications. In addition, applications for standard financial aid and admissions are still being accepted. Please visit or call Jennifer Cole, Admissions Director: 703.445.0217.

Bishop O’Connell High School Dance Team Technique Clinics

The Bishop O’Connell Royalette Dance Team is offering technique clinics for dancers in Grades 6-11.  We want to help prepare those interested in next season’s tryouts.  Regardless if your dancer plans to attend O’Connell next fall, these clinics will provide your students with technique and skills to improve as a dancer, and the confidence to try out for a high school dance team.

The technique clinics are open to everyone.  Details for our clinics can be found here: clinics are open to 6th graders who would like to get a head start in preparation for their high school tryout.


The Royalettes just recently returned from Orlando and competed in UDA’s Nationals Dance Team Championship.  We hope you can join us. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.


Registration Schedule for 2015-2016

  • Registration for New Students ~  February 11-27, 2015  ~  (Including siblings for Pre-K & K)

Band Trip Confirmed – June 5th

Due to inclement weather and subsequent closures this year, the Band Trip will take place on the later of the two dates included in the school calendar, i.e. Friday, June 5th.  Please disregard the earlier date of Friday, May 22nd.

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:

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.

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 an opportunities for completing the half-hour VIRTUS update on Wednesday, March 24th at 7:00 p.m. 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

Upcoming Events

Friday, February 27th             

  • Registration Deadline for New Students
  • School Mass & Virtues Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
  • Assembly for Grades K-5 (Blue Sky Puppet Theater – Peaceful Conflict Resolution/PAC/2:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, March 3rd                

  • PTO Executive Board Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, March 4th            

  • Stations of the Cross for Grades K-8 (2:15 p.m.)

Friday, March 6th                   

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Noon Dismissal – DFE Meeting
  • Spirit Event: Chick-fil-A (6:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.)