The Sentinel – March 18, 2015

 

Principal’s Message

Occurring only once every six years, next week All Saints Catholic School will host the Design for Excellence Visiting Team which is tasked with completing a thorough evaluation of our school.  In addition to offering commendations and identifying goals for future improvements, the team will provide a recommendation regarding our status as an accredited school.  From an institutional perspective, this is one of the most significant moments in the life of our school community.  However, it is with great confidence that we welcome this team of professional educators.

This week I would like to share with you some of the highlights of the visit.

Tuesday, March 24thThe Visiting Team will arrive at 4:00 p.m. and complete an orientation and a tour of the facilities.  We will officially welcome the team to our school community during the Opening Reception.  In addition to the faculty and staff, the reception will be attended by our pastor and parish leadership, members of the Office of Catholic Schools, the Parish Finance Council, and representatives of the PTO Executive Board.

We are pleased that members of the 8th Grade Class of 2015 will also join us for an encore presentation of Saints Alive, a celebration of our Feast Day during which each student will recite a brief biographical sketch while dressed in the likeness of a particular saint.  The students will be prepositioned in the courtyard as “statues”, coming to life and sharing their stories as the Visiting Team enjoys a guided tour.

Wednesday, March 25thInterviews of faculty and staff members as well as the pastor and PTO President; classroom observations

Thursday, March 26thInterviews of faculty and staff members as well as the principal and SCA President; classroom observations

Friday, March 27thSchool Mass at 8:30 a.m. followed by the Virtues Ceremony and a noon dismissal. At 12:30 p.m. the Visiting Team will present to the faculty and staff a summary report.

The faculty and staff have worked with great commitment and a generous spirit throughout the year to prepare for the upcoming week.  More importantly, they have labored with tremendous dedication over the course of years to create the legacy that is All Saints.  Next week is our opportunity to truly showcase the gift that our school is to the parish and surrounding community!

Kindergarten Openings for 2015-16

We currently have a few spots remaining in our Kindergarten Program for the 2015-2016 school year. This is a great opportunity for families in our community who may be hoping to send their child to All Saints but have heard that openings are limited due to high demand.  Please invite families who may be interested in the Kindergarten program to contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio at (703) 393-1490 or jdeugenio@allsaintsva.org for more information.  Current families who refer families into our program may earn up to $400.00 in tuition credit through our New Student Referral Program!

February Virtue of the Month Winners

Congratulations to the following students who were recognized last week for their outstanding example of the Virtue of Honesty during the month of February.

Addison Croson (PK1) Orla Haggerty (2B) Jacob Ullman (6B)
Abbie Comeau (PK2) Ivana Alakroush (3A) Adrienne Solano (7A)
Alexa Singson (PK3) Angelina Yann (3B) Noah Castle (7A)
Luke Rebholz (K1) Grace McVey (4A) Bianca Misterio (7B)
Dane Grill (K2) Jack Pora (4B) Olivia Woolfrey (8A)
Luke Valliere (1A) Maximilian Volk (5A) Vanessa Morgan (8B)
Giovanni Parada (1B) Juan Santos (5B)
Stephan Solano (2A) Michael Dominguez (6A)

Catholic Cup Religion Bee

Last Thursday class representatives from grades four through eight competed in the annual Catholic Cup Religion Bee, an opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge of the faith.  Congratulations to Jack Tessier (8B) who won first place and to Elena Mirus (8A) who placed second. The following is the list of class champions who participated in this exciting event.

Seli Agbolosu-Amison (4A) Kyle Da Re (6B)
Moira Haggerty (4B) Eirian Crocker (7A)
Chloe Davies (5A) Zachary Mills (7B)
Lilibeth Byers (5B) Elena Mirus (8A)
Maddy Vo (6A) Jack Tessier (8B)

Prayers & Pennies Outreach

Thanks to the generosity of our students, a total of $1,741.85 was raised through the recent Prayers and Pennies project sponsored by the Student Council Association to benefit Leukemia research.

The following is a list of the winning classes of the grade level competitions:

K1 3A 6B
1A 4A 7A
2A 5A 8B

Congratulations to the students in the 4th grade who contributed a total of $318.70, winning the grand prize for this year’s competition!

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!

Junior Achievement Program

This year the Junior Achievement program has been extended to include the middle school.  Volunteers are needed for each classroom.  To sign up follow the Volunteer Spot link: http://vols.pt/5qQPGR . If you have any questions, please contact Kat Champney at kat.champney@gmail.com.

What is Junior Achievement?

Junior Achievement Junior Achievement motivates students to develop the skills needed to experience the realities and opportunities of the 21st-century global marketplace; developing the confidence to enter the workforce and contribute to economic growth.

Our program curriculum fosters work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy skills, utilizing experiential learning to inspire kids to dream big and reach their potential. This year, over 53,000
students in Greater Washington will participate in Junior Achievement programs.

VIRTUS  Training Update

A 30-minute video “Keeping the Promise Alive” is a review of the warning signs of abuse and the steps we can take to keep our children safe that is required by our Diocese every year for all clergy, employees and any volunteers who have contact with children.

This valuable reminder will be presented on Wednesday, April 8th at 7:00PM in Meeting Room 1 and on Tuesday, May 5th at 7:00PM in Meeting Room 2.   We are requesting that you register in advance by contacting Janet Smith at jsmith@allsaintsva.org or by phone at (703) 393-2158.

3rd Annual Kid Stuff Sale and More….

Please join us for our 3rd Annual Kid Stuff Sale and More…. sponsored by MARCH homeschool and K of C Squire Roses to benefit AAA Women for Choice on Saturday, April 11, from 7am-12noon at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 9290 Stonewall Rd. Manassas.  Maternity, infant, child, and teen clothing, shoes, baby equipment, furniture, toys, books, and more will be priced to sell!  We are also gratefully accepting tax-deductible donated items from parishioners who want to support this worthy cause.  Please contact Mary Lewandowski, res19qf7@verizon.net or at 703-335-7471 or Kelley Witter, kelleywitter@yahoo.com or at 703-257-5619 for more information.  (Any remaining merchandise will be given to a charitable organization)

High School News

Bishop O’Connell – United States Service Academy Night

United States Service Academy Night will be held at Bishop O’Connell High School at 7PM on March 26, 2015 in the high school auditorium.  Representatives from the following academies will be on sight:  United States Military Academy (West Point, NY), Unites States Naval Academy (Annapolis, MD), United States Air Force Academy (Colorado Springs CO), U.S, Coast Guard Academy (New London, CT) and the United States Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point, NY).  Also, Ms. Sharon E. Stark, District Director, Office of Congressman Gerald E. Connoly, will discuss the appointment process, emphasizing that there some differences in the process with other congressional jurisdictions.

Each service academy and Ms. Stark will present a 10 minute PowerPoint presentation in the auditorium followed by breakout sessions for questions and answers.  There will be an opportunity for participants to attend up to three 20 minute break out sessions. Academy representatives will have information brochures and other handouts available for the participants.

Please RSVP to Dr. Stabile no later than March 23, 2015at dstabile@bishopoconnell.org, and for questions 703 599-6942 or 703 237-1413.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Terra Nova Testing Countdown ~ 5 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.

Upcoming Events

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 (8:15 a.m.)

Tuesday, March 24th

  • Cafeteria Closed – Each student should bring a lunch and drink
  • DFE Visiting Team arrives

Thursday, March 26th

  • Stations of the Cross – Grades 3-5 (2:15 p.m.)

Friday, March 27th

  • Mass & Virtues Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
  • Noon Dismissal (Presentation of DFE Summary Report)

Saturday, March 28th

  • Garwood Whaley Band Festival
  • CYO Banquet (Grades 3-5 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. & Grades 6-8 from 3:00-5:00 p.m.)

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