The Sentinel – March 11, 2015

Principal’s Message

Around the early part of February the thought occurred to me that, perhaps, we would pass through the entire winter season without any measurable snow.  Nothing could have been further from the truth as the late arriving “clippers” and “nor-easters” lined up and impacted our schedule for several weeks in a row.

At this time, while it is not necessary to add instructional days during the week of Easter or at the end of the year beyond those already built into the calendar, we will be extending school to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, June 5th rather than dismissing at noon.  With this minor adjustment, we will meet the diocesan calendar requirements for this year.  The final day of school remains Tuesday, June 16th.  Graduation will take place at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 12th.

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As we approach the close of the school year, I’d like to share some news regarding changes in staffing as we plan for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Mrs. Thompson, our music teacher, has decided that she will not return next year so that she can stay at home with her soon to be born baby.  We thank her for her creativity in the classroom and for all that she did this past year to provide an engaging learning environment for our students.

Mrs. Gaubert, one of our middle school math teachers, will be relocating to Baton Rouge this summer.  Originally from Louisiana, the opportunity to return to her home state will allow her to be closer to her family.  We thank her for her enthusiasm and efforts during her years at All Saints and wish her every success and blessing during her time of transition.

After nearly four decades of teaching excellence at All Saints, Mrs. Lewis has decided that she will begin her retirement at the end of this year.  Having touched the hearts and minds of more than a thousand students during her time in our community, Mrs. Lewis is truly a legacy in our school and deeply admired by faculty, staff, students and parents, past and present.  We look forward to recognizing and thanking her for her many years of devoted service at a community-wide gathering at the end of the school year.  Look for details on this special event in the months ahead!

Middle School Student Invited to State Competition!

Congratulations to Kyle Da Re (6th grade), who after winning our school-wide Geography Bee, completed a written test and has now been selected to participate in the Virginia State Geography Bee.  We wish Kyle every success and blessing in this prestigious event!

Statewide Tornado Drill

On Tuesday, March 17th All Saints will participate in a statewide tornado drill at 9:45 a.m.  This drill will provide an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to practice our emergency response in the event of an unstable weather pattern.

10th Annual Race for Education

The 10th annual Race for Education is just a few months away on Thursday, May 7, 2015!  Mark your calendars now to come cheer on our students as they run to raise money for St. Jude’s and our school!

There are two opportunities coming up for Volunteers who have completed the background check and are VIRTUS certified to help with the Race and earn points for parents.

1)  On March 17th, 18th, & 19thwe will gather after school in Meeting Room 2 from 3-5 pm to prepare the Race mailers before they are mailed.  All parents are welcome to help on any of these days to earn points for parents.  Any qualified parents who are interested in volunteering can sign up through our Volunteer Spot link at: http://vols.pt/M9sBXB

All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students can earn service hours by helping any of these days.  Permission slips were sent home this week and a link is provided below.  Please return the permission slips to the front office by Tuesday, March 17, 2015.

2)  The Race for Education will begin its Record Keeping on March 31, 2015. Volunteers will meet during school hours to process donations that come into the school.  Stay tuned for more information to come.

If you are interested in volunteering with the Race for Education in any way, please contact Marjorie Collins or Liz Stogran at racefored@allsaintsvaschool.org.

Spirit Event ~ Captain Pell’s Crab House

Are you tired of grilled cheese, spaghetti with no meat, and cheese pizza?  Well, come over to Captain Pell’s Crabhouse and enjoy some great seafood!  Let some of your favorite teachers help you kick the Friday humdrum.  They will be serving up the best on March 20th.  You might even see some special invited guests while you are there.  You can choose to eat in or carryout at this great kid-friendly establishment.  Simply mention that you attend All Saints Catholic School and 15% of your purchase will be donated to our school!  What a delicious way to give back during the Lenten season.  Let’s come together and give back to our great school!

Spotlight Theatre & Art Summer Camps this July- Registration Open

Available for all age groups, these Theatrical & Artistic one week camps are taught by area Catholic professionals involved in arts education.  Directed by All Saints Youth & Theatre Ministry Director, Rob Tessier, Spotlight on the Arts features Camp Broadway, Drama Bootcamp, Arts & Crafts Fun Camp, Art Explorer Camp, and Creative Kids Everything Camp.  Camp locations are at Nativity Parish in Burke, All Saints in Manassas, & OLGC in Vienna.  Registrations are now open with a an Early-Bird special available through Tax Day!  To Register online or learn more, go to www.SpotlightSummerCamps.com

HIGH SCHOOL NEWS

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. Applications for admission and financial aid are still being accepted for the 2015-2016 school year.

Pre-registrations welcome: www.jpthegreat.org or admissions@jpthegreat.org.

Paul VI Catholic High School

Paul VI Catholic High School will hold their Chili Cook-off on Sunday, March 22th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm in the PVI cafeteria.  There will be LIVE Music – games for the little ones and GREAT CHILI submitted by PVI friends and families.  Judges are from local Restaurants, special guests, PVI Administration and our very own Father Kelly!  Proceeds will support our Mission Team going to Bánica:  45 students will travel this June to work along-side the people of Bánica. All donations are welcome and appreciated ($8.00 per person donation suggested).  If you would like to submit a pot of chili please contact Campusminsitry@paulvi.net

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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.

Terra Nova Testing Countdown ~ 6 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.

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.

Tuition Assistance Applications for 2015-2016 – Deadline of Monday, March 16th

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 for Elementary Schools is 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, 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 & Virtues Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
  • Confessions – 3A (9:30 a.m.)
  • 8th Grade Confirmation Retreat

Saturday, March 14th             

  • Diocesan Job Fair (Paul VI High School/9:00-11:00 a.m.)

Monday, March 16th               

  • Holiday – Professional Development Day
  • Tuition Assistance Application Deadline

Tuesday, March 17th               

  • NJHS sponsored St. Patrick’s Dress Down Day
  • State-wide Tornado Drill (9:45 a.m.)

Wednesday, March 18th          

  • Confessions – 3B (9:15 a.m.)
  • Peace & Justice Players sponsored Lenten Soup Lunch
  • Stations of the Cross – Grades 6-8 (2:15 p.m.)
  • PTO sponsored Lenten Soup Supper (PAC/5:00 – 7:00 p.m.)
  • 8th Grade Graduation Parent Meeting (FKH/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, March 20th                 

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Spirit Event: Captain Pell’s (3:00-9:00 p.m.)
  • 8th Grade Confirmation Retreat

Saturday, March 21st              

  • 3rd Annual Running with the Saints 5K

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