The Sentinel ~ November 11, 2015

 

Principal’s Message

One of the great joys of being principal is that of observing the growth of students over the course of their time at All Saints.  While the teachers have much greater insight into each child’s performance over the course of one year, the vantage point of the school administration is that of the larger trajectory, i.e. the journey of a student from the time of enrollment through graduation.

While reviewing report cards last week I was struck yet again by the strong and steady progress of our students.  Whether it is a young child who has grappled with what it means to be part of a group and to get along well with others or the student who has previously struggled in the learning process, the efforts made by teachers and parents over the course of time yield tremendous dividends.  To borrow terminology from the world of business and finance, we might argue that the longer a student is enrolled in a Catholic school, the greater the “return on investment”.    In the end we know that the formation of a young person’s heart, mind and soul, is truly an investment that yields eternal rewards.

As we prepare for our first Open House that will take place on Thursday, November 19th, I invite you to share with your colleagues, friends and neighbors the message and mission of All Saints.  Studies consistently show that the number one driver of a school’s enrollment is what parents share in the community.   While our alumni represent our best success stories, you are our best ambassadors!

Through our New Student Referral Program, your family can receive a $200 tuition credit for referring one new family or a $400 tuition credit for referring two new families!

Here’s how it works:

  • The New Student Referral Program is open to all parents or legal guardians with Pre-K through 8th grade students enrolled at All Saints, and teachers and staff from All Saints Catholic School. ­
  • Tuition credit awards will be given for referring new families to the school. To qualify for the incentive, referred students cannot have a sibling currently or previously enrolled at All Saints, and the family cannot already be included in the All Saints Prospective Family Database.
  • To qualify, referrals must be acknowledged during the initial contact with the school. To receive tuition credit, the Referring Family must ensure that the Prospective Family submits the Referral Form included in the New Student Application Packet.
  • All new students must meet standard enrollment criteria.
  • Tuition credits will be applied in October for students starting at the beginning of the school year. Credits for students starting through the end of December will be applied one month following the start date of the referred family. Tuition credit for students starting from January – May will be applied in October if the student remains enrolled at All Saints the following school year.
  • Families who have paid their tuition in full at the time of their referral, and teachers and staff making referrals, will receive an incentive check equal to the amount of the tuition credit.

*Each All Saints family can be awarded up to two referrals per school year for a maximum of $400 in tuition credit. The Student Referral Incentive Program is subject to review and modification. Interpretation of program parameters will be at the discretion of the Principal.

What to do next:

  • Invite your family and friends to attend one of our upcoming Open Houses: November 19th, January 13th, February 11th.
  • Complete and submit a New Student Referral Form: http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/new-student-referral-program/
  • Remind the families you invite to list your name on the Referral Form that will be included in their New Student Application Packet.

Applications for new students for academic year 2016-2017 will be available beginning on November 19th.  Applications for new students received on or before Friday, February 26th will receive first consideration for any openings for the upcoming year.  (Note:  Re-registration of current students will take place in February.)

PTO General Assembly Meeting – Financial Planning Tips for Parents

The presentation by Mr. Shak Hill originally scheduled for October 6th has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 23rd.

Mr. Shak Hill, a certified financial planner and recognized speaker, will provide an overview of the College America 529 plan and address any questions that parents might have related to this topic.

Plan now to join us as we continue our commitment to offering a series of high quality speakers and relevant topics for our parent community!

Book Fair 2015

POWER UP and get ready to connect with books at the Book Fair!    The All Saints Catholic School Library is gearing up to bring students an exceptional selection of books, educational games and STEM activities through this year’s event.  Mark your calendars for November 16th-23rd as we go FULL STEM AHEAD WITH BOOKS!  Be sure to read the attachment for more details.  Also, if you are interested in volunteering at the Book Fair there are still time slots available check out the Family Stewardship program online through the school web site.

Casino & Auction “A Romantic European Evening”

The November 21st Casino & Auction “A Romantic European Evening” is less than two weeks away!  Ticket price of $45 per person includes a gourmet dinner & desserts, live & silent auction, 3 hours of casino play, photo booth, formal picture and overall fun with fellow All Saints parents/parishioners.  Attire for the evening is Sunday best, business or business casual.

Some of the classrooms will have a “sneak peek” of their classroom item or “Buy It Now” pictures on display during the Parent Teacher Conferences.   The “Buy It Now” photos will be available for anyone in the class to purchase starting Friday, November 20th.

Here are some of the great Live auction items we have this year:

Dinner with Father Lee

Father Juan’s Paella Dinner

Argentinean Asado provided by Pampa’s Fox

Will Preparations by Daniel A. Harvill Attorney at Law

Tax Preparations by Render Unto Caesar

Custom Oil Portrait Painting

Principal for Day

Disney Vacation package

and 1st in Carpool!

You can order your tickets online at http://www.mkt.com/all-saints-catholic-church or pickup a form at the front office.  Hope to see everyone there!

Bishop Ireton Theatre Arts

Bishop Ireton High School’s fall performance of Arsenic and Old Lace will be held one weekend only November 12th, 13th, & 14th.  Please click on the link below for more information.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Report Cards & Parent-Teacher Conferences

In preparation for the parent-teacher conferences, please take some time to review all of the information provided by the teacher, noting any special areas of success or difficulty.  Additionally, we encourage you to speak with your child to determine if there is anything that he or she would like you to address with the teacher.  Please feel free to make a list of any questions or concerns that you wish to discuss during the conference.  The teachers are committed to addressing the development of your child and welcome any questions you might have.  Recognizing that experiences in the home also affect a child’s performance at school, the conference provides an opportunity to discuss any changes in routine, significant events, such as the death of a close relative or pet, or any other occurrences that might be affecting your child.  The better the teacher understands the specific needs of each of the children, the better he or she will be able to assist them in their learning.

Thanksgiving Luncheon

The schedule for the Thanksgiving Luncheon is as follows:

11:00-11:40     Grades 6-8

11:40-12:20     Grades 4-5

12:20-1:00       Grades 2-3

1:00-1:40         Grades K-1

The arrival process will be the same as prior years with parents reporting directly to their son/daughter’s classroom.  There, they will wait with their children, and when called by grade level, report to the cafeteria via the Father Kelley Wing.

So that the kitchen staff may begin planning for the event, please be sure to return your order form no later than Thursday, November 19th.  We do hope that you will join us for this Thanksgiving tradition!

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 the Parish Activity Center.  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.

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: www.helpcounterweb.com/volunteer

Any questions, please feel free to contact Ashli Thompson, 540-588-4904 or teacherluncheon2015@gmail.com

Thank you in advance & God bless you,

Ashli Thompson

Carpool Rosary
Greetings All Saints Family! Are you looking to deepen your faith? Have you tried to pray the rosary daily and not always been able to find the time to do so? Carpool Rosary is the perfect opportunity to express our gratitude to our Blessed Mother and to ask for her intercession.  This year we will be meeting on School Mass days, just after drop off, around 8:05 a.m. Although usually on Fridays, some school Masses will fall during the week. Please meet at the Our Lady of Fatima statue, which is located in the church on the left hand side (where the Wednesday morning prayer group meets). For additional information, please contact Julie Mantooth (mantooth06@msn.com) or Megan Davies (meggie.davies@verizon.net).

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 sessions:

Sunday, November 15th, Sacred Heart Academy in Winchester at 10:30 a.m.

Monday, November 16th, The Church of Christ the Redeemer in Sterling at 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 22nd, Our Lady of Good Counsel School in Vienna at 10:00 a.m.

Saturday, December 5th, The Church of St. Veronica in Chantilly at 9:30 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, Dec. 1st in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 12th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 9th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 11th in Meeting Room 2 at 2:15 p.m.

Tuesday, March 15th in Meeting Room 2 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.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, November 12th       

  • Noon Dismissal – Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Spirit Event: Chuck E. Cheese (11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.)

Friday, November 13th                        

  • Holiday – Parent/Teacher Conferences

Monday, November 16th         

  • Spirit Week (See Flyer for Details) – Blue & White Day
  • Discover Catholic Schools Week
  • Book Fair Opens and Continues Through November 23rd

Tuesday, November 17th         

  • Spirit Week – Class Color Day
  • 3rd Grade Field Trip to Colvin Run Mill (8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, November 18th    

  • Spirit Week – Jeans & Jerseys Day

Thursday, November 19th       

  • Spirit Week – Teacher Swap Day (2:15 p.m.)
  • Open House (PAC/9:00 a.m.)
  • Deadline: Thanksgiving Luncheon Orders
  • Enrollment Management Team (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, November 20th                        

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Spirit Week – Student Assembly (2:30 p.m.)

Saturday, November 21st        

  • Casino & Auction Night (PAC/6:00 p.m.)

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