The Sentinel – March 25, 2015

Principal’s Message

Last evening we welcomed the DFE Visiting Team to All Saints at a reception that began at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Activity Center.  As part of the festivities, we showcased the mission and culture of our school through a video presentation as well as an encore performance of Saints Alive.  Dressed in the likeness of particular saints, members of the 8th grade class posed as statues in the courtyard, coming to life for our visitors and presenting one minute monologues.  I am very proud of these young people for their outstanding example and for the time that they invested in preparing for the Opening Ceremony.  I could not think of a better way for us to begin the week of visitation than by having our students provide such a compelling witness of faith and learning.  Thank you, Mr. Tessier, middle school religion and theater arts teacher, for coaching and guiding the students in preparation for the event.

The following is a list of students who participated in the Saints Alive presentation.

Clara Bennett (Blessed Teresa? ? of Calcutta)?

Natalie Collier (St.Kateri Tekawitha)

?Elena Mirus (St. Therese of Lisieux)

?Hannah Pell (?St. Margaret Mary Alocoque)?

?Annaliese Tamke (?St. Bernadette)?

Mary Tran (?St. Joan of Arc)

Alex Chavarria (?St. Dominic Savio)?

Lance Coleman (?St. ?Paul)

Ellis Colvin (?St. Leo the Great)?

Cameron Meyer (?St. ?Ig?natius of Anti?och)?

?Trey Campagna (Tour Guide)

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On Saturday morning, 259 people of all ages gathered in the courtyard for the annual Running with the Saints 5K, our largest turnout ever for this event.  It was great to see students, teachers, parents, parishioners, and local members of the community all joining together in support of our school.  This year we had several “shepherds” guiding the flock through the streets of Manassas, including both Fr. Lee and Fr. Bob.  A particularly memorable moment was seeing Fr. Juan leading the pack in his decorated recumbent bike!

I want to take a moment to thank Mrs. Joan Coleman, Mrs. Penny Starrs and Mrs. Wendy Comeau for once again coordinating the race and the numerous volunteers who provided such great support.  Their attention to the many important details behind the scenes ensured a safe and enjoyable experience for all of the participants. I also wish to thank Mr. Jim Switzer for his assistance with sound and music, Mrs. Amy Godeaux for her beautiful rendition of the National Anthem, and Mrs. Lucia Bruno for helping to get all of the runners warmed up for the race.

If you have any feedback or questions about the Running With the Saints 5K, please contact the committee at info@runningwiththesaints.org and visit our website at www.runningwiththesaints.org.

10th Annual Race for Education

Thank you to all the parents and middle school students who gathered last week to help prep the Race for Education mailers. Our school mailed over 6,000 mailers to 48 states, 2 US territories: Guam & Philippines, and 9 countries: Australia, Canada, France, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Mexico, and UK. All Saints is covering the globe!

Soon the donations will begin to arrive at the school and we are looking for parent volunteers to help with our record keeping by processing the Race mailers at the school. We will meet on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at various time. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up through this Volunteer Spot link:  http://vols.pt/4UBVxk  Make sure to comment on the hours you are available and know that any amount of time will be greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions about the Race for Education, please contact Mrs. Marjorie Collins or Mrs. Liz Stogran at: racefored@allsaintsvaschool.org

Family Science Night

On Tuesday, March 31, 2015, the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE; http://ncesse.org) and the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum will be holding a Family Science Night.  It is a school field trip to the Museum for families, after the close of normal hours, just for the parents, students, and educators from Arlington Diocese.  The idea is to provide a family learning experience in the space sciences that are taught in the classroom.  Please see the Family Science Nigh Invitation linked below for more information.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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!

Terra Nova Testing Countdown ~ 4 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.

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.

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

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)

Upcoming Events

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.)

Tuesday, March 31st               

  • Yearbook Orders Due

Wednesday, April 1st              

  • Spring Pictures (Students Wear Uniforms for Class Pictures)
  • Parent Portal Closes at 3:00 p.m. for Report Card Prep

Thursday, April 2nd                

  • Holy Thursday Prayer Service (Church/9:30 a.m.)
  • 7th Grade Passion Play (PAC/10:45 a.m.)
  • End of Third Quarter
  • Noon Dismissal

Friday, April 3rd                     

  • Holiday – Good Friday

Monday, April 6th                   

  • Week of Easter Holiday

 

Coming Home with Each Student Today

  • Spring Picture Order Forms

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