The Sentinel ~ October 7, 2015

Principal’s Message

This week I would like to share with you some important annual reminders regarding morning arrival and afternoon dismissal.

Supervision of Students during Morning Arrival –Since students are not supervised by faculty and staff until 7:40 a.m., the time at which the morning arrival process begins, it is important that students remain in their vehicles until safety patrols and faculty members are present.  In accordance with school policy, students who arrive prior to 7:40 a.m. must be escorted to the Extended Day Program by their parents.

To ensure an orderly and safe process, all parents and students arriving by vehicle are required to participate in the school-organized and supervised drop-off process.  Parents are asked not to park and walk their children to the courtyard or entranceway. 

Two-Minute Warning Bell – Each day the office rings a “2 minute warning bell”, the time at which the safety patrols and supervising faculty members return to the building.  (Note:  The period of two minutes was identified as this is approximately the time required for a child to exit a vehicle and report to his or her classroom.) Therefore, any parent dropping off a child at 7:58 a.m. or later is required to escort his or her child to the front office.  This policy exists to ensure the safe arrival of all of our students.  In the rear parking lot, teachers will rope off the entrance to signify that the school day has begun and to remind parents who arrive after that time that they need to park in the front lot and escort their child into the building.

Afternoon Dismissal – In order to ensure the safety of all students and to maintain a dismissal process that is both fair and efficient, all parents are asked to park in assigned bays and to follow the directions of teachers when picking up children and exiting the lot.

Parents, other than those picking up Pre-Kindergarten children and those awaiting the dismissal of students from after school activities such as safety patrol or band practice, are not permitted to park in front of the church.  Additionally, parents are asked not to park on Stonewall Road unless picking up students from the Extended Day Program. 

Entering & Exiting the Property – So as to maintain the flow of traffic on the streets surrounding the parish property, parents are asked to make only right turns when entering and exiting during arrival and dismissal.  Parents are also asked to be particularly mindful of other drivers on Stonewall Road, ensuring that the flow of traffic is able to continue unimpeded.  If a line forms at the entrance to All Saints, be sure that sufficient space exists for other cars to pass.  This will help us to maintain positive public relations with community members and local businesses.

Thank you for your support of these procedures that are designed to safeguard our students during arrival and dismissal and that foster a fair and efficient process.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the front office for more information.


Tomorrow and Friday I will be away on retreat with the principals of our diocese.  As I gather with colleagues in West Virginia for this annual event, please know of my prayers for our school community and the needs of our families. 

All Saints to Host Presentation on Dyslexia (October 27th at 7:00 p.m.)

In coordination with the Office of Catholic Schools, All Saints is pleased to host a regional presentation for parents on the topic of dyslexia.  Our speaker, Ms. Christina Fox, will provide an overview of dyslexia as well as helpful strategies for use by parents and teachers.  For more information about this presentation, please see the link in today’s newsletter.


Pilgrim Virgin Statue Rotation~ Sign up Now to Host Statue in your Home

Beginning in October, the month devoted to the Holy Rosary, All Saints School families are invited to renew their devotion to Jesus through Mary in a special way.  Beginning Friday, October 9, after being blessed at the school Mass, two statues of Our Lady of Fatima will begin traveling to the homes of our school families for a week long visit.

Families who wish to participate can sign up online at:

While the statue of the Blessed Mother is in the home, families are encouraged to pray together either part of or the entire 5-decade rosary for the intentions of our school as well as for your private intentions.  Included with the statue you will find a DVD of “The Day the Sun Danced”, which presents the message of Fatima entrusted to three peasant children in Portugal in 1917.

To create awareness about the program, the two statues began traveling from classroom to classroom last week.  In addition to informing the students of the opportunity to host one of the statues in their home, the teachers are leading the students in praying a novena that will conclude on October 8th, one day prior to the start of the program.

Should you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the rotation coordinator, Mrs. Julie Mantooth (

Middle School Program ~ The Gift of Human Sexuality (Father Kelley Hall)

Parents of middle school students are invited to a presentation to be held tonight beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Father Kelley Hall.  As this is such a very important topic related to the development of your child, I ask that at least one parent from each family new to this program be present at the meeting.  Should you have any questions about this initiative, please do not hesitate to contact the office for more information.

8th Grade Parents Meeting (Thursday, October 15th)

Mrs. Slovenkay and Mrs. Kessinger will host a meeting for all 8th grade parents on Thursday, October 15th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Father Kelley Hall.  Important information will be shared regarding the high school application process and the special events & activities that are part of the 8th grade experience at All Saints.  At least one parent from each family is asked to attend this important session.

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

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 for one of these upcoming September sessions:

Saturday, October 10th, Church of Holy Spirit in Annandale at 8:00 a.m.

Thursday, October 15th, Church of St. Joseph in Herndon at 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 22nd, Church of the Nativity in Burke at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 24th, Church of the Nativity in Burke at 8:30 a.m.

Saturday, October 24th, Church of Good Shepherd in Alexandria at 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, October 31st, Church of St. James in Falls Church at 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, October 31st, Church of St. Timothy in Chantilly at 10:00 a.m.

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:

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

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, October 7th          

  • Gift of Human Sexuality Parent Presentation (FKH/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, October 9th                 

  • School Mass & Blessing of Families Hosting the Pilgrim Virgin Statues (8:30 a.m.)
  • Final Deadline for School Directory Submissions

Monday, October 12th            

  • Holiday – Columbus Day

Wednesday, October 14th        

  • Gift of Human Sexuality Presentation I – Middle School
  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Thursday, October 15th           

  • 8th Grade Parent Meeting (FKH/7:00 p.m.)