The Sentinel – April 22, 2015

Principal’s Message

As we make plans for the upcoming year, one of our priorities is that of continuing to provide as much tuition assistance as possible for families in our community.  Through the generous and on-going support of our parish, the emergence of the Annual Fund, and the Diocesan Tuition Assistance program, we have been able to provide financial aid totaling approximately $215,000 for the 2014-2015 academic year.

In an effort to secure as much financial support as possible for our community, we recently submitted applications on behalf of our school families for funding through the Diocese of Arlington Scholarship Foundation and the Special Tuition Assistance Program (Note: Applications for these two distinct programs have been completed by the school and require no additional paperwork on the part of individual families.)

Diocesan allocations related to all of these sources of tuition assistance will be confirmed in the weeks ahead. Once these recommendations are received, final decisions regarding tuition assistance for our families will be determined.  For this reason, notification of tuition assistance funding for those who have applied will not take place until mid-May.  The FACTS re-enrollment process for 2015-2016 and selection of online payment plans will occur mid-to-late May with June 10th being the deadline for payment in full with a 2% discount.

Should you have any questions about this process or if we can be of assistance in this regard, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.

PTO General Assembly Meeting – April 28 (7:00 p.m.)

Dr. Pat McCormack, IHM will be the presenter for our final PTO General Assembly meeting that will take place on Tuesday, April 28th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Activities Center.

Dr. McCormack is a nationally recognized speaker who is an expert in child development & faith formation and has recently been invited to present at the upcoming World Meeting of Families.  The topic of her presentation will be Factors of Home and School that Foster Authentic Self-Esteem. 

Authentic self-esteem is the foundation for life success. If helping children to develop self-control, self-esteem, good character and a strong conscience is an interest close to your heart, do not miss this presentation. Guiding the lifelong process of soul formation is the primary responsibility of parents. It is also the mission of teachers. Both parents and teachers contribute vitally to the soul formation of a child when they communicate genuine affection and foster lifelong development of security, autonomy, initiative and industry.

Join us for what promises to be an insightful and inspiring presentation!

Middle School Students Win Honors at Science Fair

On Saturday morning ten students from our middle school participated in the Annual Diocesan Science Fair at Paul VI High School in Fairfax.  We are proud of their hard work and thank them for representing our school so well in this academic competition.  Congratulations to the following students who received special recognition for their projects and presentations.

Jack Tessier – 2nd Place in Behavioral & Social Sciences

Nicholas Delaney – 3rd Place in Computer Science

Mary Tran – 3rd Place in Mathematics

Elizabeth Kwari – Honorable Mention in Engineering

Race for Education – Dress Down Day Options

Students who earned “Dress Down Day” prize cards through the Race for Education may redeem them on the following days. (Prize cards will be distributed to students tomorrow.)

Wednesday, May 6

Tuesday, May 12

Wednesday, May 20

Thursday, May 28

Tuesday, June 2

Harris Teeter – Thank you for your Support!

Thanks to the support of families in our community who participate in the Harris Teeter rewards program, All Saints received a check in the amount of $295.12 last week.

Spring Choral & Recorder Concert 2015

An Evening Celebrating Music & Film

WHERE: All Saints PAC

WHEN: Thursday, May 14th @ 7:00 pm

WHO: 3rd, 7th & 8th grades will perform

DRESS CODE: jeans (no shorts or skirts) & blue or white top (no sleeveless shirts) OR” spirit wear” t-shirt OR uniform polo shirt, & uniform shoes/socks


  1. Students will report to homeroom teachers in the PAC at 6:45 pm for attendance and then go to their spots for the concert.
  2. All students will receive a participation grade for performing in the concert. If your child has a conflict, please email Mrs. Reynolds to excuse them for the evening. Any students unaccounted for will receive a zero grade if Mrs. Reynolds does not receive an email excusing the student from participating.

Hope you can join us for the fun!


The PTO is seeking your input and opinion on your family’s experience with the current Points for Parents program.  Please click on the following link for a brief nine question survey:


The PTO is looking into reviewing the current Points for Parents program and making a recommendations for changing the current program.  We are looking for a commitment of at least three of the four following meetings.

May 6th at 7:30pm

May 13th at 7:30pm

May 17th at 7:30pm

May 20th at 7:30pm

If you would be interested in serving on this committee or would like more information, please contact Carol Rice at

Catholic Business Network – Spring Family Day

The Catholic Business Network of Northern Virginia will be having a Spring Family Day on Sunday, May 17th at Lake Accotink in Springfield to benefit Catholic Education and scholarships in the Diocese of Arlington.  Please see linked flyer for additional information.

Volunteer Opportunities

Parish Festival Cake Walk


Volunteers are still needed for Saturday to run the Cake Walk during the Parish Festival. The following shifts are still available(10 points per hour)  –

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. (2) 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. (1)
2 p.m. – 3 p.m. (1) 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. (1)
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. (2) 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. (2)

Cake donations are still needed as well with 10 out of 18 classes with 5 or more cake donations (5 points each donation). Lets make this year our best year for donations!

Please follow the link below to sign up:

(look at the top of the page for the tab to each sign up)

If you have any questions please contact Tera Woolf

Volunteers & Food Donations are Needed for Kindergarten Screenings on Monday, April 27

On Monday, April 27th, All Saints Catholic School will be having the first day of Kindergarten Screenings.  We are in need of volunteers and finger food donations. This is an easy way to earn points for parents and help us offer our hospitality to new & current families coming to our school. This is a great opportunity to volunteer for a shift and bring your small children. The following shifts are still available –

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
11 a.m. – 12 p.m. 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Please use link sign-up. Thank you!

Junior Achievement

April is National Financial Literacy Month! Financial literacy is understanding how money works – how to earn money, spend wisely, save for the future, invest and give back. Please consider giving some of your time to teach Junior Achievement this Spring. Details and sign up info are located here:

Any questions please contact Kat Champney

The following classes are still in need of a Volunteer: K1, 1B, 4A, 6A, 6B, 7A, 7B and 8A

10th Annual Race for Education


We are two weeks away from the 10th Annual Race for Education and we need volunteers to sign up for each of the race times. Volunteers will help track the student’s laps, pass out water, and monitor the students as they run. All of these can be done while you are cheering on your child. The race takes place on Thursday, May 7th!  Please sign up to volunteer here with our link through VolunteerSpot:

The race times are:

PreK-1, PreK-2, K1, K2, 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B 8:45 to 9:45 A.M.
3A, 3B, 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B 10:15 to 11:15 A.M.
PreK3, 6A, 6B, 7A, 7B, 8A, 8B 1:30 to 2:30 P.M.

Our new total for donations made for the Race for Education as of Tuesday, April 21st is:  $12,076.78.

Volunteers are also needed to help with the counting of proceeds. If you are available to help any amount of time, please sign up here with our link through VolunteerSpot:

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

Catholic High School News

Paul VI Catholic High School Volleyball Program

Paul VI High School Volleyball Program will be hosting its annual Youth Development Camp for boys and girls June 22-25, 2015. Campers will learn the fundamentals of volleyball in a fun and focused atmosphere.  To learn more about our camps or to register please go to

Paul VI Catholic High School Basketball Program – Flyers Linked Below

For information regarding PVI Girls & Boys Basketball Camps, Coach Allen’s Shooting Academy and St. Leo the Great Mini-Hoopster Camps, please see flyers linked below or go to where all information is available.

Paul VI Production of “The Addams Family”

The PVI Players & ITS present Andrew Lippa’s The Addams Family, a musical production.  Please see linked flyer for information and ticket order form.


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

Key Dates & Holidays for 2015-2016

The following is the schedule of key dates and holidays for the upcoming academic year.

August 31st                  First Day of School (Noon Dismissal)

September 7th               Labor Day Holiday

October 12th                 Columbus Day Holiday

October 30th                 Professional Development Day (No School)

November 12th                         Parent/Teacher Conferences (Noon Dismissal)

November 13th                         Parent/Teacher Conferences (No School)

November 24th                         Noon Dismissal for Thanksgiving

November 25-27th       Thanksgiving Holiday

December 22nd                         Noon Dismissal – Christmas Holiday Begins

January 4th                   Classes Resume

January 15th                 Professional Development Day (No School)

January 18th                 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

February 15th               Presidents’ Day Holiday

March 14th                   Professional Development Day (No School)

March 24th                   Holy Thursday (Noon Dismissal)

March 25th                   Good Friday Holiday

March 28th                   Easter Week Holiday

May 30th                      Memorial Day Holiday

June 22nd                     Last Day for Grades 1-7 (Tentative – 5 Make-Up Days Included)

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.

A special Spirit Event for Pre-K and Kindergarten Students and Families has been planned for these two days.  All Pre-K and Kindergarten students are cordially invited to a Spirit Event at Bounce Mania.  You can go from 10-1 and 2-6. This is a wonderful time to catch up with your friends from school.  New families attending the screening are being invited, so they can feel a part of our All Saints Catholic School family.  Remember to mention that you are from All Saints and 20% of the proceeds will go back to the school.  A flyer is linked below.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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.

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 Tuesday, May 5th at 7:00PM in Meeting Room 2.   We are requesting that you register in advance by contacting Janet Smith at or by phone at (703) 393-2158.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, April 23rd               

  • 8th Grade Class Trip to Annapolis (6:45 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
  • Race for Education Prize Cards distributed to students
  • Extended Day Afternoon Program – Moved to Music Room and First Grade Classroom to allow for Parish Festival preparations in Father Kelly Wing.

Friday, April 24th                    

  • Holiday – Parish Festival Prep Day

Saturday, April 25th                

  • Parish Festival

Monday, April 27th                 

  • EPSF Screening – No Kindergarten/Pre-Kindergarten Classes (Spirit Event: Bounce Mania 10:00-1:00 & 2:00-6:00)
  • Terra Nova Make-Up Testing
  • Peace & Justice Players After School Field Trip to SERVE

Tuesday, April 28th                 

  • Terra Nova Make-Up Testing
  • 5th Grade ACRE Test
  • 8th Grade Confirmation Rehearsal (6:30 p.m.)
  • PTO General Assembly Meeting – Factors of Home and School that Foster Authentic Self-Esteem. (PAC/7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, April 29th             

  • 5th Grade ACRE Test
  • Weather Presentation by NBC4 Meteorologist, Tom Kierein (Grades K-3/10:00 a.m.)
  • Principal for a Day (Auction Winner) – Alyssa Neuman
  • SCA Election Information Meeting (2:15 p.m.)

Thursday, April 30th               

  • Drama Club Performance (PAC/9:00 a.m. for Grades 4&5 and 10:00 a.m. for Middle School)

Note: Evening performance scheduled for May 6th (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, May 1st                       

  • School Mass & May Crowning (8:30 a.m.)
  • 1st Communion & Graduation Photos (9:45 a.m.)
  • Point for Parents Totals due