The Sentinel – September 9, 2015

September 9, 2015

Principal’s Message

The safety of your children is always a top priority at All Saints.  In recent years, in accordance with national initiatives and diocesan policy, we have taken additional steps to do our part to ensure that your children are in a safe place when they are participating in a program at All Saints Catholic School.  For example, all of our faculty, staff and volunteers are required to complete a background check as well as training.  As an additional measure, ten years ago we implemented the Formation in Christian Chastity Program to help your children recognize the steps they can take to keep themselves safe.

The Formation in Christian Chastity Program serves as an additional measure to assist us in establishing and maintaining a safe environment for our students.  As outlined in the materials, information is provided primarily to parents as a resource to be used in the formation of their children.  There is one classroom lesson for students in grades one through four and two lessons for those in grades five through eight.

We will be integrating the objectives of the program into our religion lessons in these grades during the next two weeks.  The entire curriculum can be accessed through the diocesan website: www.arlingtondiocese.org.  (Click on the Child Protection tab found under the heading of Education.  To view the grade level lesson plans, click on Training Programs followed by the tab for the Formation in Christian Chastity Program.)

You are encouraged to spend some time reviewing this information yourself and to then share pertinent aspects with your children.  Each of the “rules” contains some application to common sense safety tips that you may share with your children.  Other parts of the “rules” apply to some of the decisions that you make as parents for the safety of your children.  A question and answer segment provides some suggestions as to how you might best address these concerns with your children.  Our goal is to equip both you and your children with the knowledge that can help to keep them safe.

The essential point is that parents need to be involved with their children.  The more you know about the daily events of your child’s life, the better you are able to spot any danger signs that may surface.  The more regular communication you have with your children, the freer they are to come to you with their concerns.

Should you have any questions about the Formation in Christian Chastity Program or about the classroom lessons, please do not hesitate to let us know.  In the event that you would prefer to not have your child participate in the classroom training, please contact the front office to request an opt-out form.

Virtue of the Month

The Virtue of the Month for September will be Respect & Responsibility.  Throughout the first month of school we will adopt the following plan and strive to maintain these objectives throughout the course of the year.  At the end of the month, each teacher will identify one student who has exemplified the virtues of respect and responsibility to be recognized following one of our school Masses.

  • Wear your uniform with pride.
  • Be reverent and quiet in church.
  • Greet everyone cheerfully and by name.
  • Listen quietly when others speak.
  • Keep your desk and supplies neat.
  • Stand at attention for the Pledge of Allegiance.
  • Participate in Mass: Try to learn the responses and sing the hymns.
  • Do your best work on every assignment.
  • Turn all class assignments and homework in on time.

Virtue Prayer of the Month

Lord, teach me to be generous.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not to ask for reward,
save that of knowing that I do your will.

Middle School Back to School Night (September 17th @ 7:00 p.m.)

Back to School Night for parents of students in grades 6-8 will take place on Thursday, September 17th beginning at 7:00 p.m. Parents are asked to report directly to their son or daughter’s homeroom classroom rather than the Parish Activity Center.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Emergency Information – PowerSchool Updates – Due September 11th

Parents are asked to submit and/or update their information in PowerSchool by Friday, September 11th.  The information you provide as part of this process is critically important in that it provides us with the necessary information to contact you in the event of an emergency. 

When updating your contact information, remember to also indicate your preference regarding whether you wish for your family information to be included in the School Directory and for your child to participate in any media efforts, i.e. photographs, video, etc.  Should you have any questions or difficulty with the database, please contact Mrs. Carroll at carroll@allsaintsva.org.

School Messenger Emergency Notification ~ SYSTEM TEST ~ Tomorrow

The Diocese of Arlington uses the School Messenger notification service to send important information to families through phone calls, emails, and text messages.  In the event of an emergency, All Saints Catholic School will activate the School Messenger system.  As the system will only be used for this purpose, parents can anticipate that any communications received via this program are critical and deserve particular attention.

In order to ensure the functionality and effectiveness of the system, All Saints will conduct a test on Thursday, September 10th.  A test message will be issued via recorded phone message, text and email to the emergency contacts of all students and staff at approximately 10:30 a.m. 

In accordance with wireless carrier requirements and to protect against unsolicited text messages, during the year you may receive a text message providing you the opportunity to “opt in” should you wish to receive important School Messenger announcements via text message.

The message you receive will be similar to the following:

“Please OPTIN to receive TXT alerts from <<Customer Name>>.Rply OPTIN 2 register, STOP 2 OPTOUT www.schoolmessenger.com/txt Msg&Data Rates May Apply”

So that you may receive important communications from All Saints via text message, we encourage you to reply with “OPTIN” when you receive such a verification message.

To sign up for text alerts via SchoolMessenger, simply text the word “subscribe” to 68453.  You will know that you were successful if you receive the following automatic response SMS message: “You are registered to receive approx 3 msgs/mo.  Txt STOP to quit, HELP for help.”  You can unsubscribe at any time by texting the word “stop” to 68453.

To opt out of all text messages from SchoolMessenger, including the verification message, go to http://www.schoolmessenger.com/txtmsg/ or reply STOP to the opt-in message you receive.

The Diocese and the school do not pay for text message charges that may be incurred by the user. Check with your wireless carrier for possible charges.

Parent ~ Student Handbooks

The 2015-2016 Parent-Student Handbook can be accessed electronically via our website: www.allsaintsvaschool.org.  Please take some time to review the policies and procedures of our school and discuss them with your children.  Each family is asked to sign and return the acknowledgment form by Friday, September 11th.  Those families without access to the website are invited to contact the office to request a hard copy of the handbook.

New Parent Coffee

All new parents are invited to enjoy “coffee with the principal” on Tuesday, September 15th beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Parish Activities Center.  Following a brief presentation, there will be time for questions and discussion about our school community and its many programs.  Babysitting services will be offered in an adjacent meeting room.  Plan to attend and meet other new families who have recently joined our community!

Picture Day – Dress-Up Day Code

On special days designated by the principal, such as our Fall Picture Day, students may dress out of uniform.  The following code is intended to encourage individuality and style within the framework of the virtue of modesty.  Girls: Dresses/skirts (no bare shoulders or sleeveless) with the length no shorter than two inches above the floor when kneeling or dress slacks. The skirts and dress slacks may be worn with a white or colored blouse, or sweaters that are not form-fitting.  Not permitted:  Jeans or jeans-style slacks, jeggings, leggings, tight fitting blouses or blouses that expose any part of the midriff.  No athletic shoes other than the school style. No flip flops, sandals or high heels. Toes and heels must be covered.  Jewelry worn must be in accordance with uniform guidelines, such as only one pair of post earrings.  Boys: Shirts with a collar, sweater or sweater vest, dress pants in the style of the uniform trousers, belt, dress shoes.  Not permitted: Jeans or pants that resemble jeans, shorts, sweats, sneakers or t-shirts.

When it is determined that a student has reported to school dressed inappropriately, the student will be sent to the assistant principal who will contact the parents and request that they provide a school uniform for the student prior to his/her returning to class.

Student In-Service ~ Sexual Harassment, Our Policy & Response (Grades 6-8)

In accordance with diocesan policy, students in grades six through eight will participate in a brief classroom presentation within the next two weeks on the topic of the prevention of sexual harassment.  Mr. Conroy will visit each of the homeroom classes for approximately fifteen minutes, providing an overview of the diocesan policy and explaining to students how they should best respond if they encounter any behaviors of this nature.  Should you have any questions about this policy or presentation, please do not hesitate to contact the principal.

Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

As part of the diocesan initiative to maintain a safe environment for all of our children, all volunteers with “substantial contact” with children are required to complete a background check prior to working in the school and to complete VIRTUS training within 45 days of commencing service.  To register for an upcoming training, please visit www.virtus.org.

In accordance with diocesan policy, full compliance for an adult parent volunteer is not required for open events.  (An open event is one that is open to the public, infrequent and publicized, such as Field Day, concerts and special events/assemblies.)  However, full compliance is required for adult parent volunteers who wish to participate in closed events.  (A closed event is one that is not entirely open to the general public such as classroom activities, parties, field trips, etc.)  For this reason, all parents who wish to attend field trips or volunteer in support of classroom activities are required to complete the background check process and attend VIRTUS training. 

Register for the training course at www.virtus.org for one of these upcoming September sessions:

September 16th at 6:00 p.m. – St. Robert Bellarmine Chapel in Fairfax

September 17th at 6:00 p.m. – Holy Family in Dale City

September 18th at 6:30 p.m. – Sacred Heart in Manassas

September 19th at 9:00 a.m. – St. Mark in Vienna

September 19th at 9:00 a.m. – St. William of York in Stafford

September 21st at 6:00 p.m. (Spanish or English) – Christ the Redeemer in Sterling

September 22nd at 6:00 p.m. – St. Agnes in Arlington

September 24th at 6:00 p.m. – Queen of Apostles in Alexandria

September 24th at 6:00 p.m. – St. Leo the Great in Fairfax

September 30th at 6:00 p.m. – Holy Family in Dale City

September 30th at 6:30 p.m. – St. Luke in McLean

As we begin a new year, in accordance with diocesan policy, only those parents who have completed the criminal background check are eligible to volunteer in the school.  Those who have not yet completed the background check process may request a packet of forms from the front office.  

The diocese also requires volunteers who have completed the full VIRTUS training to attend an annual update entitled Keeping the Promise Alive.  This 30 minute video training is a prerequisite for volunteering in the school.  The following is a list of upcoming sessions:

Wednesday, Sept. 9th in Meeting Room 2 at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 15th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 17th in Meeting room 2 at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 22nd n Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 24th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 29th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 1st in Meeting Room 2 at 2:15 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 13th in Meeting Room 2 at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 27th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 10th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 1st in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 p.m.

We are requesting advance registration by telephone or email for this brief update.  Attendance will be taken to ensure that you receive credit for completing the training.  If you have any questions or to register, please call Mrs. Janet Smith, Virtus Coordinator at the Parish Office, (703) 393-2158 or email her at jsmith@allsaintsva.org

News from the Clinic

Sick Day Guidelines Making the Right Call When Your Child Is Sick

Should I keep my child home or send him or her to school?

School policy requires a child stay home if he or she:

  • Has a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher
  • Has been vomiting or has diarrhea
  • Has symptoms that keep your child from participating in school, such as:
  • Very tired or lack of appetite
  •  Cough that he or she cannot control, sneezing often
  •  Headache, body aches, or earache
  •  Sore Throat—a little sore throat is ok for school, but a bad sore throat could be strep throat, even if there is no fever. Other signs of strep throat in children are a headache and stomach upset, or rash. Call your doctor if your child has these signs. A special test is needed to know if it is strep throat.
  • Keep your child home if he is coughing or sneezing often because this spreads the sickness to others.

24 Hour Rule:

  • FEVER: Keep your child home until his or her FEVER has been gone WITHOUT medicine for 24 hrs. Colds can be contagious for at least 48 hours. Returning to school too soon may slow recovery and make others sick.
  • VOMITING OR DIARRHEA: Keep your child home for 24 hours after the LAST time he or she vomited or had diarrhea.
  • ANTIBIOTICS: Keep your child home until 24 hours after the FIRST dose of antibiotic for anything like ear infection or strep throat. Please help others from becoming sick by keeping your child home while the sickest.

Jillian Roth R.N.

Grocery Program 2015-2016

All Saints currently participates in the Giant A+ School Rewards and Harris Teeter Together in Education programs.  These programs provide cash to our school based on the amount that registered customers spend each school year. Please see the letter linked to today’s newsletter for more information.

Label’s for Education Program

Welcome to a new and exciting year! This year, our school will once again be participating in the Labels for Education® program.  Through the program, we can collect UPCs and beverage/sauce caps from participating products to earn points that can be redeemed for FREE educational merchandise!

It’s easy to help – simply save UPCs and beverage/sauce caps from participating products and drop them off at the front office or give them to your child’s homeroom teacher.

If you have any questions regarding participating products, please feel free to visit www.labelsforeducation.com.  Thank you for your support.

HIGH SCHOOL NEWS

St. John Paul the Great Catholic High School

Fall Open House for 6th, 7th & 8th Grade Parents and Students on Sunday, November 1st from 1 – 4 p.m.

PVI Catholic High School

All 7th and 8th graders and their families are invited to a special event designed just for our Future VI Man on October 2nd at the PVI Football Stadium beginning with Rally in the Alley at 6:00 p.m. followed by Varsity Football at 7:00 p.m.  Free food, tee shirts and admission to the game.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Thursday, September 10th      

  • 6th Grade Field Trip to The Edge – Outdoor Team-Building Experience
  • SchoolMessenger System Test (10:30 a.m.)

Friday, September 11th          

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Deadline for Submitting Emergency Contact Information, Directory & Media Waiver Preferences via PowerSchool
  • Parent-Student Handbook Acknowledgment Forms due

Sunday, September 13th         

  • Stewardship Sunday at All Saints Parish

Monday, September 14th        

  • Fall Picture Day
  • Confessions – Grade 5 (9:30 a.m.)
  • Formation in Christian Chastity Lessons Begin

Tuesday, September 15th        

  • New Parent Coffee (PAC/9:00 a.m.)
  • Confessions – Grade 8 (9:15 a.m.)
  • Band Parents Meeting (Music Room/7:00 p.m. for Returning Parents & 7:45 p.m. for New Band Parents)
  • PTO Executive Board Meeting (PLC/7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, September 16th   

  • Confessions – Grade 6 (9:15 a.m.)

Thursday, September 17th      

  • Confessions – Grade 3A (9:15 a.m.)
  • Middle School Back to School Night (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, September 18th          

  • Priests’ Barbecue (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Links

Grocery Program Letter/Sign-Up 2015 – https://allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Grocery-Program-letter-2015-2016-with-TARGET.pdf

PVI  Junior High Under the Lights Night – https://allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Junior-High-Night-Under-the-Lights-2015-2.pdf

JCYO News & Information – https://allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=ALL-SAINTS-EAGLES-NEWS.pdf

2015-16 CYO Sports Registration Packet – https://allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2015/09/2015-16-CYO-Sports-Registration-Packet.pdf