The Sentinel ~ October 28, 2015

Principal’s Message

This week I wish to share with you a change regarding the Diocesan Tuition Assistance Program.  Effective this November, schools in the Arlington Diocese will now partner with SMART Aid for the processing and independent review of applications for financial assistance submitted by school families.  It is important to note that we will continue to work with FACTS for the processing of tuition payments.

Applications for financial aid through SMART for the 2016-2017 academic year will be available shortly.  More than anything, I wanted you to be aware of this change in procedure as it will soon be reflected on both diocesan and school-based websites and communications.

As we transition to SMART, know that our parish and school commitment to providing tuition assistance to families will remain strong.  Over the course of the past five years, the total dollar amount allotted to those with demonstrated need has increased each year.  Through the generosity of the parish and school community, private donors, the Diocesan Tuition Assistance Program and the Scholarship Foundation, we have been pleased to provide nearly a quarter of a million dollars in assistance for the 2015-2016 year.  Through the kindness and stewardship of many, the gift of a Catholic education is made a reality for those who otherwise might not receive the blessing – and it is an investment of untold and eternal benefits!

Thank you to those who have supported our Annual Fund and who have so generously supported our mission!

Open House for 2016-2017 School Year

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, November 19th beginning at 9:00 a.m. in Father Kelley Hall. All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about our school are cordially invited to attend.  Following a presentation and introduction at 9:00 a.m., tours of the facility will be provided. For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at (703) 393-1490.

Virtues Ceremony & Prayer Service

We are pleased to announce and congratulate the following students who were selected by their teachers for having demonstrated Self-Discipline throughout the month of October.  These students were individually recognized at a ceremony following our school Mass on Friday. In addition to receiving a certificate, students were presented with pins, which they are invited to wear through the month of November and a note from their teacher indicating why they were selected for this special recognition.

PK1     Joey C.
PK2     Luke M.
PK3     Nicole P.
K1       Calleigh D.
K2       George W.
1A       Lily Grace R.
1B        Anthony Iskenderoglu
2A       Caitlin W.
2B        Isabel C.
3A       Colin S.
3B        Sophia R.
4A       Jocelyn M.
4B        Joseph M.
5A       Kateri M.
5B        Annie C.
6A       Beverly A.
6B        Yohannes A.
7A       Morgan S.
7B        Erin B.
8A       Elizabeth K.
8B        Emily G.

Virtue of the Month ~ Gratitude

During the month of November, students will be encouraged to implement the following strategies:

  1. Thank Jesus each day for the sacrifice He made for you. Look at the crucifix and say, “Thank you, Jesus”.
  2. Thank God for your special talents and use them to serve Him every day.
  3. Remember to say “Please” and “Thank you”.
  4. Show gratitude to all of your teachers.
  5. Remember to thank the ladies in the cafeteria for your lunch, milk or for helping you open your juice box or milk container.
  6. Tell your mom and dad you love them.
  7. Make a special effort to show gratitude to someone in your family each day.
  8. Say “Please” and “Thank you” at home.
  9. Thank a friend for being there for you.
  10. Be a good sport when you play.
  11. Thank God for your life, family, food and home each night.

Prayer of the Month

Dear Jesus,

We want to thank You for the many gifts You have given us, especially the gift of Yourself.

Accept our acts of courtesy and care as gifts of love to You.

Help us to imitate Your Mother Mary and to give glory to God through our words and actions.

We ask this in Your Holy Name.


SCA Red Ribbon Week Proceeds

Thank you to the Student Council Association for planning such a successful celebration of Red Ribbon Week!  In addition to encouraging our students to make a lifelong commitment to living drug-free, our students raised $1,018.75 which will be forwarded to Youth for Tomorrow.  Thank you, students, for your leadership and generosity!

Lion’s Club Vision and Hearing Screening

On Monday, November 9th the third, fifth and seventh grade students are scheduled for a free Vision and Hearing Screening by the Lion’s Club.  Screening will begin at 9:00 A.M.

A permission form will be sent home next Monday and is necessary for your son/daughter to participate in the Hearing and Vision Screening.  Please sign and return the form to your child’s teacher by November 9thNo screening will be conducted without a signed parental consent form.  Students who wear glasses should have them available for the vision portion of the screening.

Spring Choral Concert – Change of Date

The Spring Choral concert originally scheduled for Thursday, May 12th will take place on Wednesday, May 4th at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Activity Center.

PTO Teacher Conference Day Luncheons

Every year, the All Saints Catholic School PTO holds a luncheon for the teachers, during teacher/parent conference days, to thank them for their hard work, dedication, and continuing perseverance to educate every student every day.  This year the luncheons will be held on Thursday, November 12th and Friday, November 13th.  Donations and volunteers make the two-day luncheon a success!  Please consider sharing your time, cooking talents and needed donations to this event.  The teachers& staff appreciate the lovely lunches and thoughtfulness of the parents who provide this event for them.

Please use the link to sign-up for all donations & volunteer opportunities:

Any questions, please feel free to contact Ashli Thompson, 540-588-4904 or

Thank you in advance & God bless you,

Ashli Thompson

Penny Bazaar Cupcake Drop Off!

On Thursday, October 29th, the Safety Patrol will be assisting with the cupcake drop-off during the morning carpool.  Additional patrols will be available to take the cupcakes directly from your car as this will minimize the foot traffic during drop-off.  Volunteers are still needed!!  If you can offer any amount of time or cupcake donation for the event, please following the link to sign up:

Casino & Auction Night- November 21, 2015 6-11pm in the PAC

How would your child like to be Principal for the day?!  How about tickets to Disney?  Don’t miss all of the great things that will available on the live and silent auction this year.  Here’s just a sneak at what we have available so far:  Principal for a day, 4 Disney one day park hopper passes, Dinner with Father Lee, Father Juan’s wonderful Paella dinner for up to 8 people at your home, 1-month membership to Element Fitness, Showcase Dance Studio gift certificate/gift basket, sports memorabilia and much much more!

We are always welcoming additional donations!  To make a donation or to inquire about how your business can become an event or program sponsor, please contact

Tickets are on sale for $40/person until November 2. Regular price: $45/person. Tickets can be purchased online at

Box Tops for Education

Students, Parents and Teachers…Box Top submission time is one week away. Please submit all box tops by the morning of 10/29/2015. It does not matter if the box top sheets are full, half-full, or even has 1 box top on it. Please submit them all. Box tops thrown into a zip lock bag are great too! Just remember to label each submission with your child’s first/last name, Teacher and Class.

So far, with this summer’s collection and fall’s collection of box tops, we can expect a check in the amount of $1,652.30 mid-December. What a blessing that will be for our school. Thank you for all your efforts. Here are the top four classes with the box top and soup label counts:

Mrs. Montano  3A       672

Mrs. Honkus    5A       465

Mrs. Kardaras  PK3    458

Mrs. Harrill      1A        448

High School News

Invitations from Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School

  • OPEN HOUSE:Sunday, November 15, 1-4pm. The first 100 8th graders to pre-register receive a free t-shirt! For more info, please visit org/admissions/visiting/open-house/
  • SHADOW: 8th graders can be a Wolf for a Day! Please schedule your shadow visit today by visiting: org/admissions/visiting/
  • JP5K RUN for Options:Saturday, November 21, 2015. Supports the Options special education program. All are welcome! For more info, please click here.

For more information about events or admission, please visit or call 703.445.0314.

Paul VI Catholic High School

PVI Players presents William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Thurs, Nov. 19 (7:00 pm), Fri & Sat, Nov. 20 & 21 (7:30 pm) & Sun, Nov. 22 (2:00 pm). Tickets $5.00 students/seniors, $10.00 adults, Family Package discount available. Tickets go on sale Nov. 9. Visit for ticket order form & more info, or call Mrs. Katherine Miller, 703-352-0925, ext. 371. Paul VI High School, 10675 Fairfax Blvd., Fairfax, VA 22030.  See link below for flyer and a free admission ticket for 7th & 8th graders considering PVI.


Veterans Day Celebration

Join us as our school community honors the commitment of the men and women who have served our country in the United States Armed Forces. We cordially invite all active duty, reserve, former and retired military personnel to attend our school Mass on Tuesday, November 11th at 8:30 a.m. Following the Mass, there will be an assembly in the PAC with American Legion Post 10 and featured speaker Amy Looney of the Travis Manion Foundation. A reception for all honored guests will follow in Father Kelley Hall. All are welcome!

Last week, we sent home a Veterans Packet with information on completing our Family Veterans’ Survey and commemorative paper brick for the wall that we will begin displaying outside of our Pre-Kindergarten classrooms just prior to Veterans’ Day.

As a reminder, all veterans bricks and family surveys are due by Thursday, October 29th. See Veterans Celebration Packet link at bottom for additional information.

Parent – Teacher Conferences

Last week teachers distributed appointment slips confirming the date and time for the upcoming Parent-Teacher Conferences scheduled for November 12th & 13th.  If you did not receive this information, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher.

Last year, in an effort to provide middle school parents with the opportunity to speak with a number of teachers, the team hosted drop-in conferences for grades 6-8.  However, given the high turn-out of parents for conferences and the resulting wait-time, we have decided to revert to the previous model of scheduling appointments with the homeroom teacher.  However, middle school parents are most welcome to contact other teachers to request an additional conference for that same day or another time that is mutually convenient.

Classroom Activity Fee Reminder

Thank you to those families who have already submitted the Classroom Activity Fee.

If you have not already done so, please return your activity fee to your child’s homeroom teacher no later than tomorrow, October 29th.

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 sessions:

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.

Tuesday, November 3rd, Church of the Holy Trinity in Gainesville at 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 4th, Church of the Holy Family in Dale City at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 7th, Saint John the Evangelist School in Warrenton at 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, November 14th, Church of the Holy Family in Dale City at 9:00 a.m. (Spanish Session)

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, 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

Thursday, October 29th           

  • Final Day of the 1st Quarter
  • School Mass & Feast Day Celebration (8:30 a.m.)
  • 8th Grade “Saints Alive” Presentation following Mass
  • Penny Bazaar (1:30-2:30 p.m.)
  • PowerSchool Parent Portal closes at 3:00 p.m. for Report Card Preparation
  • Middle School Activity Night (Parish Activity Center/7:00 – 8:30 p.m.)
  • Deadline: Classroom Activity Fees

Friday, October 30th

  • Holiday – Diocesan Professional Development Day
  • Spirit Event: Bouncemania (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Monday, November 2nd           

  • Vocations Awareness Week
  • Free Ice Cream in Celebration of our Feast Day!
  • Change to Winter Uniforms

Tuesday, November 3rd

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

Wednesday, November 4th

  • Gold Medal Readers Celebration (1:30 p.m.)

Thursday, November 5th

  • 7th Grade Field Trip to Williamsburg (6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

Friday, November 6th

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Report Cards sent Home