The Sentinel – March 4, 2015

Principal’s Message

Last week during afternoon dismissal I happened to be walking by the kindergarten line when one of the children noticed the small bronze colored crucifix in the front of the courtyard.  As he gazed at the image, he turned to one of his classmates and said, “That’s Jesus when he was dying on the cross.  That’s so sad.”  Through the words of a five year old I was immediately reminded of the sacrifice that Christ made for all of us, a grace-filled moment during this season of Lent.

Throughout the season, students will have a number of opportunities to enter more deeply into this life of faith.  The following is a list of our school-wide Lenten observances.

Sacrament of Reconciliation: Students in grades 3-8 will have an opportunity to receive the Sacrament during regular school hours.

Stations of the Cross: The students will participate in this traditional Lenten prayer twice during the season, once in a small group setting and once when the entire school gathers.

Abstinence: Our cafeteria staff has designed a menu that reflects the practice of abstaining from meat on Ash Wednesday and Fridays during Lent.

Almsgiving: The SCA sponsored the “Prayer & Pennies” Campaign, an annual fundraiser and outreach program.  Additionally, the Peace & Justice Players will sponsor a Lenten Soup Lunch on Wednesday, March 18th with the proceeds to benefit Heifer International, an organization committed to ending hunger in our world.

7th Grade Passion Play:  On Holy Thursday, the 7th grade class will present the Passion Play, highlighting the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ.  This dramatic presentation will take place in the Parish Activity Center at 10:45 a.m. on April 2nd following the Handwashing Prayer Service in the church.

Through prayer and sacrifice, our students are reminded that this is a very special time of year.  Repeated year after year, these practices become part of the fabric of our students’ lives, providing them a foundation for the years to come.  This is the very essence of Catholic education…that through encounters with Christ, the lives of our students are transformed, now and forever.

Wishing you a blessed Lenten journey!

Terra Nova Testing Countdown ~ 7 Weeks!

As the week of standardized testing approaches, parents are asked to avoid scheduling appointments from Monday, April 20th – Tuesday, April 28th so that each student may participate in the testing as scheduled.

Professional Development Day ~ No School on Monday, March 16th

On Monday, March 16th our teachers will participate in a diocesan-wide day of professional development.  For this reason, there will be no classes or Extended Day Program that day.

Field Day

Field Day has been scheduled for Monday, May 18th and will once again take place on the grounds of Linton Hall School.  Mark your calendars now and plan to attend this wonderful day of fun and fellowship for our students.

Chick-fil-A Spirit Event Cancelled

The Spirit Event previously scheduled to take place on Friday, March 6th at Chick-fil-A has been cancelled.

All Saints School Spirit Wear Line – On Sale Now!!

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 was sent home last week OR go to or look for the link on our school website to order on-line.  There are additional order forms available at the front office.  Link:

There is one change to the order form. The embroidery on the grey zip hoodie will be in navy for the letters, not white.

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

Parents, Teachers and Students…WE HAVE ANOTHER CHECK COMING FROM BOX TOPS for EDUCATION!  Yes we do.  We did it again.  We collected 9,467 box tops, so, All Saints will be getting another check for $956.70 in 4-6 weeks.  But, we are not finished yet.  We need to keep collecting box tops.  Send in all box tops in with your student’s name (first/last) and the grade and teacher.  Let’s keep clipping!  Here are the 4 top box top collecting classes:

1B Mrs. Nichols 2307
2B Mrs. Burnett 1795
3B Mrs. Reilly 1638
5B Mrs. Bill 1638

VIRTUS Annual Update for Volunteers – Tonight

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 TONIGHT, Wednesday, March 4th 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

Keeping Our Children Safe

All Saints is hosting a Virtus seminar in SPANISH on Saturday, April 11th in Fr. Kelley Hall – four hours that could make a BIG difference in the lives of our children and youth.  Required for all clergy and employees and also for any volunteers who have significant contact with children/youth under 18, this valuable training is available to all adults who register online at

Education and awareness can be powerful tools in protecting God’s children from harm.  Let’s continue working to ensure that our faith community is a safe and protected environment for the youngest members of our parish.


PTO Presentation – Books Available for Purchase

Additional copies of Protecting Your Children on the Internet are available for purchase for $20.00 (cash or check) at the front office.

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 documents for Elementary Schools is March 16, 2015.

Please note that all applications and supporting documentation must be received by FACTS rather than postmarked by March 16th.  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, March 5th

  • Confessions – 7B (9:15 a.m.)
  • New Student Registration Deadline

Friday, March 6th

  • School Mass & Virtues Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
  • Confessions – 6A & 6B (9:30 a.m.)
  • Noon Dismissal – DFE Meeting

Saturday, March 7th

  • Diocesan Spelling Bee

Monday, March 9th

  • Confessions – 5A & 5B (9:30 a.m.)
  • Peace & Justice Players Field Trip to SERVE (3:00-6:15 p.m.)

Tuesday, March 10th

  • Confessions – 4A (9:15 a.m.)

Wednesday, March 11th

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

Thursday, March 12th

  • Confessions – 4B (9:15 a.m.)
  • Catholic Cup Religion Bee (PAC/10:00 a.m.)
  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, March 13th

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Confessions – 3A (9:30 a.m.)
  • 8th Grade Confirmation Retreat