The Sentinel – April 1, 2015

Principal’s Message

This week I am pleased to share with you that on Friday afternoon, the Design for Excellence Visiting Team announced that it is recommending continued full accreditation for All Saints Catholic School.  A copy of their report, including a list of commendations and recommendations, has been provided to Sr. Karl Ann, Assistant Superintendent of Schools, who will present it to the Virginia Catholic Education Association.  After review, the VCEA committee will make the final determination regarding our status at their meeting in May.

From start to finish, the Team Visit was a time of great affirmation for our community.  The members repeatedly commented on the joyful atmosphere of our school, the passion and energy of the faculty & staff, and the dynamic way in which the faith is lived and shared each day.  Without question, they saw our school at it’s very best, but in essence, they witnessed who we are each day of the year.  I am grateful to the faculty and staff who worked so hard during the self-study process, but more importantly, who have created the legacy of All Saints through their dedication over the course of many years.

In a particular way, I would like to thank Mrs. Campagna who served as the Chairperson for the self-study project.  Throughout the year she provided clear direction, steady guidance and strong support to the faculty and staff through each step of the process.  As this was her second time serving in this capacity at All Saints, she brought both experience and great insight to the project.

I would also like to thank the PTO for the warm hospitality that they extended to the Visiting Team.  Working quietly behind the scenes, Mrs. Katherine Mills and Mrs. Marjorie Collins coordinated and served all of the meals for the group.  I appreciate their dedication and long hours, all of which ensured that the Team was well cared for during their visit.  Thank you to those parents who generously prepared and donated food items throughout the week.  The Team experienced an outpouring of support that enabled them to focus on the task at hand.

So what are the next steps?  During April the faculty will review the entire report and begin the process of creating a five year plan that incorporates all of the goals that we have previously identified as well as the recommendations from the Visiting Team.  With the reaccreditation visit now complete, our focus shifts to envisioning the future of All Saints, one that is bright and full of great promise!

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This week our Church celebrates the greatest mystery of our faith ~ the Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord and Savior.  As a school community, we prepare for our journey into the three holiest days of the year, the Triduum, through prayer and tradition.

Beginning at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow morning, the students and faculty will gather in the church for our annual Holy Thursday Prayer Service.  After listening to Scripture readings and reflecting on the example of Jesus, each of the children will participate in the “hand-washing” ceremony that has become a long-standing tradition in our school.

Following the prayer service, the students will gather in the Parish Activities Center at 10:45 a.m. for the 7th grade portrayal of the Passion Play.  Through music and dramatic presentation, middle school students will prayerfully re-enact Christ’s passion and death.  As the students depart the space in silence following the presentation, the tone will be set for their continued reflection and prayer over the course of the coming days.

All parents are cordially invited to join us in prayer and to witness these beautiful school traditions.

Graduation Day – Noon Dismissal (June 12th)

Since 8th Grade Graduation will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the church on Friday, June 12th, school will dismiss at noon that day.

End of Year Calendar Confirmed

Monday, May 18th       Field Day at Linton Hall School – Grades K-8 (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Thursday, May 28th     Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten

Thursday, June 11th     Kindergarten Luau

Friday, June 12th          8th Grade Graduation Day (Mass & Ceremony at 4:00 p.m.)

Monday, June 15th       Kindergarten Graduation (Church/10:00 a.m.)

Tuesday, June 16th       Final Day for Students in Grades 1-7

Virtue of the Month Award Winners

Congratulations to the following students who received special recognition last Friday for having exemplified the Virtue of Cooperation during March.

PK1     Dominic Diiorio 4A       Kateri Mantooth
PK2     Liam Vo 4B        Olivia Sayani
PK3     William Vincent 5A       Victoria Bruno
K1       Michael Munsell 5B        Johnathan Fleming
K2       Emma Woolf 6A       Leah Biwott
1A       Josephine Cole 6B        Haley McVey
1B        Abigail Weigler 7A       Joshua Eddy
2A       Joseph Fleming 7B        Brianna Wydajewski
2B        Liam McVey 8A       Malaika Biwott
3A       Josseline Avila De La Trinidad 8B        Cameron Meyer
3B        Emily Sherman

Virtue of the Month ~ Stewardship/Service

  1. Do random acts of kindness every day.
  2. Always be there to help a classmate or a teacher who needs you.
  3. Take care of all classroom furniture, books and papers.
  4. Take care of your library book and return it on time.
  5. Don’t waste paper. Use both sides.
  6. Pick up paper, pencils, and items you see on the ground inside and outside, EVEN IF YOU DID NOT DROP THEM. Put them in their proper place.
  7. Put all papers, cans, and bottles in the proper recycling bin. Never throw away something that can be recycled, both at home and at school.
  8. Find ways to help at home BEFORE you are asked. Examples: make your bed, clear the table, walk the dog, read to a little brother or sister, clean up your mess, take out the trash.
  9. Treat all nature with respect. (Flowers, grass, trees, water, pets, wild animals.)
  10. Help all people in need, especially those less fortunate than yourself.  Give food, clothes, and money to the poor.  Smile at someone who looks sad.  Pray for all people in need around the world.

Prayer of the Month

Dear God,

Thank you so much for this wonderful day.

Thanks for the friends who showed me the way.

Please help me today in all that I do,

and don’t forget God, how much I love you!

Diocesan Band Festival ~ Superior Rating for All Saints!

Last Saturday the students in the Advanced Band under the direction of Mr. Ward participated in the annual Diocesan Band Festival at Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria.  Congratulations to the members of our band for earning “Superior” ratings!  This marks the 37th time that the All Saints Band has scored superior at the diocesan band festival!  Thank you, Mr. Ward and Mr. Clifford for your dedication and for the inspiration that you provide for our students!

The band will perform a spring concert for our community on Tuesday, May 19th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the PAC.

Kindergarten Screening ~ No Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten on Monday, April 27th & May 4th

The Early Prevention of School Failure Screening for Kindergarten applicants will take place on Monday, April 27th & Monday, May 4thIn order that the teachers may be available to administer the assessment, there will be no Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten classes on these two days.

Points for Parents Program ~ Year End Totals

One of the hallmarks of our school community is the high level of parent involvement that has helped the school achieve many goals in recent years.  As in the past, each family at All Saints has been asked to earn 60 volunteer points over the course of the current school year.  Those who are unable to do so are asked to submit a check at the conclusion of the year for any outstanding points that remain.  (1 point = $3.00)  As we begin the fourth quarter, parents are reminded to update their “points total” via our school website so that the database accurately reflects their contributions over the course of the entire year.

At the beginning of May, the office will issue individualized letters to each family, confirming the number of points reflected in the school database. For this reason, we ask that those families who have not recently updated the database via our school website do so by Friday, May 1st.  Those families who have not earned the required 60 points will be assessed a corresponding fee at a rate of $3.00 per point and asked to submit payment by the close of May.

Parish Festival Cake Walk

ATTN BAKERS!!  The parish and PTO need your support to make the 2015 cake walk a success. Would you consider sharing your baking talents (or picking up something sweet and yummy at your local grocery)?  Or would you share your time volunteering for a one hour shift to run the cake walk?  Each cake donated earns 5 points for parents and each hour volunteering at the festival is worth 10 points.  Donate as many cakes as you like… there is no limit!  Please use the following link to get all the details and to sign up to help, at the top of the sign up you will notice 2 separate tabs; one for cake donations and one for volunteering a shift.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e45a5aa2fa57-cake

From the Spirit Event Committee

Thank you to all who generously supported our Spirit Event at Captain Pell’sRestaurant. A special thank you goes out to our fantastic teacherswho kindly served on the night. Thanks again!

Our next Spirit Event will be held on Thursday, April 9th at the Skate-n-FunZone. It is from 6-8 p.m. The evening is a lot of fun! Also, as it is Easterbreak, you are welcome to bring friends and family. See you there!

Catholic High School News

Bishop Ireton ~ “Spring First Look” an event for 6th and 7th graders. While not a full open house, this is a chance for 6th and 7th grade families eager to start looking at Catholic high schools to start gathering information about Bishop Ireton prior to the Fall Open House.  Please see the flyer linked to the newsletter advertising the “Spring First Look” event, which will be held on Thursday, April 23, at 6:30 pm.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Terra Nova Testing Countdown ~ 3 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.

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, 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

Thursday, April 9th                 

  • Spirit Event: Skate N’ Fun Zone (6:00-8:00 p.m.)

Monday, April 13th                 

  • Classes Resume
  • Change to Summer Uniforms

Tuesday, April 14th                 

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

Thursday, April 16th               

  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, April 17th                   

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony (1:30 p.m.)
  • 3rd Quarter Report Cards sent home

Saturday, April 18th                

  • 2nd Grade Jesus Day
  • Diocesan Science Fair

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