The Sentinel ~ November 18, 2015

 

Principal’s Message

Plans for the upcoming school year at All Saints are already underway!  Applications for new students for academic year 2016-2017 will be available beginning tomorrow to coincide with our first Open House of the season.  Completed applications returned to the office on or before Friday, February 26th will receive first consideration for any openings for the upcoming year.  Re-registration of current students will take place in February.

Current Families Enrolling a New Student (2016-2017)

This week all current families who wish to enroll a new student in grades Pre-Kindergarten through eight for the 2016-2017 academic year are invited to request an application via email at the following address: office@allsaintsva.org.

As requests are received, applications will be sent home to families with the youngest child currently enrolled in our school.  As in the past, we will continue to give first consideration to current school families before reviewing applications from new families. For this reason, it is important that current families submit their forms in advance of the deadline of February 26th.

Pre-K Families: Important Kindergarten Survey

Within the next week, all Pre-Kindergarten parents will receive an electronic survey by which they are asked to confirm their interest in continued enrollment for their child in the Kindergarten program next year.  Although it will still be necessary for parents to complete the re-registration forms in February, this early information is important for our enrollment planning for 2015-2016.

Should you have any questions about the application process, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, Administrative Assistant, at 703-393-1490.

Casino & Auction Night – 3 Days Remaining!

The November 21st Casino & Auction “A Romantic European Evening” is just days away!  It is not too late to order your tickets. Ticket price of $45 per person includes a delicious catered 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.

The “Buy It Now” photos will be available for anyone in the class to order at our special Auction Preview this Friday, November 20th from 8:00 – 9:30 after drop off and 1:30 – 2:30 before dismissal.

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 Pastel Portrait Painting, Principal for Day, Disney Vacation package and 1st in Carpool!

Other Silent auction items include: unique class items made by each grade, autographed sports memorabilia, a $500 orthodontist gift certificate, Ski lift tickets, VIP DC United tickets, special student activities with teachers – including the famous PE Teacher for the Day – and much more!

If you can’t make it on Saturday, you do not need to be present to participate in the 50/50 raffle or raffle for items such as American Girl Doll of the Year – Grace or your very own Chromebook!

Don’t wait! Order your event or raffle tickets now at http://www.mkt.com/all-saints-catholic-church or pickup a form at the front office.

Hope to see everyone this Saturday, November 21st from 6-11!

Thanksgiving Prayer Service & Fresh Food Drive

The All Saints Catholic School annual Thanksgiving Prayer Service will be held on Tuesday, November 24 at 9:30 am.  In collaboration with the Parish, we will once again be collecting fresh food to benefit the Bethany Food Pantry.  These collections will serve approximately 60 families and assist them in preparing a Thanksgiving meal.  In an effort to evenly distribute our collection among the Thanksgiving meal bags, we are asking for grade-level donations as follows with the donation amount being able to serve a family of four.  With the generosity of our school community in providing the items below, many families will enjoy a beautiful meal on Thanksgiving Day.

Pre-Kindergarten          Fresh Celery and Onions

Kindergarten                  Fresh Carrots

First                                 White Potatoes and a Can of Chicken Broth

Second                           Stuffing Mix and a Large Jar/Can of Gravy

Third                               Fresh Broccoli or Green Beans

Fourth                             Fresh Butternut Squash, Yellow Squash, or Zucchini

Fifth                                 Apples or Oranges

Sixth                                Sweet Potatoes and a Large Jar/Can of Gravy

Seventh                          Cake or Cookies Mixes

Eighth                               Bags of Fresh Cranberries

Congratulations to the following students who won first place in their divisions in the recent Lego Contest sponsored by the library in support of our bookfair theme – Full STEM Ahead! Lego Contest Winners

Red Division – Jonathon Redman (1B)

White Division – Sarah Reynolds (3A)

Blue Division – Brianna Wydajewski (8B), Joseph Corrigan (5B) and Nicholas Bouril (3B)

Dozens of students participated in this contest by which they designed models depicting an aspect of our All Saints campus.  Be sure to take a look at our student creations that will remain on display in the Book Fair through Monday, November 23rd.

PTO Teacher Conference Day Luncheons – Thank You!

Thank you to the many parents who provided donations in support of last week’s Teacher Conference Luncheons.  The teachers & staff enjoyed the delicious food and appreciated the thoughtfulness of the parents who so generously contributed.  Thank you, Mrs. Thompson, for all you did to organize and coordinate both luncheons.

Candy for the Troops

Thanks to the contributions of many students, our school was able to ship 145 pounds of candy to military service men and women.  Thank you, Mrs. Cole, for once again organizing this effort on behalf of our community.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

New Student Referral Program

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.

Thanksgiving Luncheon – Monday, November 23rd

Parents are asked to arrive and sign in at the front office fifteen minutes prior to their child’s assigned lunch time.  After signing in, parents are asked to report directly to their child’s classroom.  The homeroom teacher will provide guidance as to when families should begin to report to the cafeteria for the 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

(Note:  Parents attending back-to-back lunch sessions need not wait in line multiple times.  Rather, after enjoying lunch with their first child, they may remain seated in the cafeteria where they can watch for their son/daughter in the food service line.  Once the child has arrived at the front of the line and has been served, the parent is asked to meet the child there and lead him/her back to the table.)

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

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 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.

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).

Upcoming Events

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 Meeting (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.)

Monday, November 23rd         

  • 2nd Grade Pilgrims & Native Americans Presentation (PAC/10:00)
  • Thanksgiving Luncheon (see schedule above)

Tuesday, November 24th         

  • Thanksgiving Prayer Service (9:30 a.m.)
  • Noon Dismissal

Wednesday, November 25th    

  • Thanksgiving Holiday begins

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