The Sentinel ~ December 9, 2015

Principal’s Message

On Friday evening school and parish families once again gathered to celebrate the Feast of St. Nicholas at a prayer service that began in the church and was followed by a reception in the Parish Activities Center.  Through music, readings and prayer, the children had an opportunity to learn more about the life and legacy of St. Nicholas, culminating in their presentation of new shoes at the foot of the altar.  In total, the children donated 63 pairs of shoes and $63.00 to benefit the House of Mercy.  Thank you Mrs. Sarah Roccograndi and Mrs. Barbra Almond for organizing the event for our community.  I also wish to thank the middle school students who served as ushers and readers, the members of the Schola who led the music, and volunteer parents who assisted with many of the details surrounding the reception.  It was a beautiful occasion, both festive and prayerful, amidst a very busy season.

The next morning several dozen students and parents gathered in Old Town to represent our school in the Greater Manassas Christmas Parade.  I want to thank Mr. and Mrs. Cooney who designed and constructed our new float.  With a globe suspended between two larger than life hands and the accompanying words “For God so Loved the World”, the float conveyed the true meaning of the Season and was a beautiful representation of our Catholic school.  All along the parade route our students and parents distributed snowflake bracelets and information about All Saints.  Thank you to the members of the Enrollment Management Team for designing and preparing these festive giveaways.  I also want to thank those families who volunteered their time and shared their talents in helping to prepare the float for the parade.  It was yet another example of the vibrancy and strength of our community.

A Prayer for the Second Week of Advent

God of power and mercy,

Open our hearts in welcome.

Remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy,

So that we may share His wisdom

And become one with Him

When He comes in glory,

For He lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

One God, forever and ever.

Amen.

Virtue Award Winners

Congratulations to the following students who received special recognition last Friday for having demonstrated the Virtue of Gratitude during the month of November.

PK1 – Lily M.
PK2 – Angelo T.
PK3 – Claudia V.
K1 – Junior A.
K2 – Callahan C.
1A – Peter H.
1B – Bini V.
2A – Izel R.
2B – Cody C.
3A – Evan R.
3B – Gustavo Z.
4A – Abigail K.
4B – Taylor G.
5A – Logan B.
5B – Ian K.
6A – Paul S.
6B – Ryan C.
7A – Grady B.
7B – Madelyn V.
8A – Eirian C.
8B – Bianca M.

All Saints Christmas Pageant

The students of Grades K, 1, 4, 5, and 6 will participate in the All Saints Catholic School annual Christmas Pageant, The Living Crèche. Over the last several weeks, the students have been preparing songs in music class to help portray this beautiful story. Please note the following information:

Date: Monday, December 21, 2015

Time: 7:00PM

(Grade K, 1, 4, 5 students report to their homeroom by 6:30PM. Grade 6 report to 6th grade rooms by 6:25PM.)

Place: All Saints Catholic Church

Students in Grades K, 1, 4, and 5 are asked to wear their school uniforms.  Some students in Grade 6 will be in costume. 

Should you have any questions about the pageant, please contact Miss McPhilamy at cmcphilamy@allsaintsva.org.

Open House for 2016-2017 School Year

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Wednesday, January 13th beginning promptly 9:00 a.m.  All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about our parish 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.

High School News

Bishop O’Connell Royalette Dance Team

The Royalette Dance Team of Bishop O’Connell will be hosting 2 clinics on Sunday, December 13th at O’Connell High School.

  • Grades K-5 – Holiday Kids Clinic 12:30-3:30pm
  • Grades 6-12 – Holiday Dance Clinic 3:30-5:30pm

This is the perfect opportunity for parents to finish their last minute shopping and holiday errands.  An information flyer and waiver form may be found at the website below:

For discount, pre-register at: www.bishopoconnell.org/holidayclinics.

Questions can be sent to dance@bishopoconnell.org.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Applications for New Students (2016-2017)

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.

Tuition Assistance Applications for 2016-2017

Applications for Tuition Assistance for the 2016-2017 academic year are now available.  Please note that SMART requires that families submit online applications only rather than paper copies.

Applications, however, are available in both English and Spanish.  A link to detailed instructions and an introduction to the process is included in this week’s newsletter.

A copy of the online application can be found at the following website: www.smartaidforparents.com.

The school code for All Saints Catholic School is 03089.

Due dates for submission of applications and supporting documentation are as follows:

High School                 January 25, 2015

Elementary School       March 14, 2015

NOTE: All families with children enrolled in both high school and elementary school will need to submit an application by the January high school deadline.

Please note that all applications and supporting documentation must be received by SMART rather than postmarked by the dates listed above.  Applications will only be processed by SMART once all required documentation has been submitted. 

Those families interested in applying for Tuition Assistance for the Pre-Kindergarten program are invited to complete the SMART process.  Although pre-school students are not eligible for financial assistance through the diocese, the analysis provided by SMART will guide the process for determining disbursements from funding through our school and parish.

An overview of the Diocesan Tuition Assistance Program can be found at the following link.

http://www.arlingtondiocese.org/catholicschools/tuition_grant.php

Should you have any questions about the application process, please do not hesitate to contact a SMART representative at (800) 360-8027 or our school office.

Annual Bullying Survey

In accordance with our school and diocesan policy, parents are invited to participate in an anonymous, online survey for the purpose of assessing the level of bullying at All Saints Catholic School.  We estimate that it should take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete the survey.

Parents are asked to complete the survey by Friday, December 11th.  In advance, we thank you for your participation in our efforts to both assess our current climate and to establish benchmarks for future reference.

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 the upcoming session:

Thursday, January 7th, The Church of St. Joseph in Alexandria at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 8th, The Church of Good Shepherd in Alexandria at 9:00 a.m.

Tuesday, February 16th, St. Theresa School in Ashburn at 9:00 a.m.

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, 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, December 10th

  • CYO Pep Rally (Gym/2:15 p.m.)
  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, December 11th            

  • 2nd Grade Field Trip to GMU Theater (9:00-12:30)
  • Deadline: Bullying Survey

Monday, December 14th

  • Advent Wreath Prayer Services (8:15 a.m)
  • Penance Service – Grades 6-8 (10:00 a.m.)

Thursday, December 17th

  • 2nd Grade Christmas Around the World Celebration
  • Christmas Pageant Dress Rehearsal (1:30 p.m.)

Friday, December 18th

  • STEM Day Celebration (Grades 2-5)

Monday, December 21st

  • Advent Wreath Prayer Services (8:15 a.m.)
  • Pre-Kindergarten Pageants (10:00 a.m. & 1:15 p.m.)
  • Christmas Pageant – Grades K, 1, 4, 5 & 6 (2:15 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, December 22nd

  • Santa Hat Day sponsored by the SCA
  • Classroom Christmas Parties (10:30 a.m.)
  • Noon Dismissal

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