The Sentinel ~ December 16


Principal’s Message

With the passing of each week of December, the excitement in the building has grown as the young – and the young at heart – look forward to the joyous celebration of Christmas.  In many of the classrooms, the children have been discussing the ways that they have been preparing their hearts during this Advent Season.  In the hallways there are even displays of “gifts” that the students have chosen to give to Jesus.  The following are a few highlights I noted as I walked through the building the past few days.  Enjoy these heartfelt and tender sentiments from the children. My gifts to Jesus are…. Praying before I go to sleep each night Listen to my mom and dad more Read the Bible for ten minutes Being kinder to my siblings Help my mom and dad with chores Sharing toys with my friends at school Having a heart full of love for my family Donate money to the poor Helping my mom set the table Be nice and not be like Grinches And in the words of a 3rd Grade student, we can all find inspiration for the season. My gifts to Jesus…a rosary…my love…my heart. On behalf of the faculty & staff of All Saints Catholic School, I wish all of you a blessed Christmas Season!  May the holiday be filled with great joy as you gather with family and friends to celebrate the birth of our Savior! Christmas Pageant Reminders We look forward to seeing many of you at the Christmas Pageant beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the church on Monday. With a portrayal of the Nativity Story through text and music, the presentation provides a beautiful moment of reflection for our community. As the Pageant will again be taking place in the church, it is important that we maintain a spirit of reverence.  Also, once the Pageant begins, parents are asked to remain seated and to be mindful of those around them when taking photos.  Students in Grades K, 1, 4, and 5 are asked to dress in their school uniforms.  Some students in Grade 6 will be in costume. Students are asked to report directly to their classrooms by 6:30 p.m.  All 6th grade students, however, are asked to report to their classrooms no later than 6:25 p.m.  The students will return to their homerooms following the performance where parents will meet them shortly thereafter. Prayer for the Third Week of Advent Lord God, may we, your people, who look forward to the birthday of Christ, experience the joy of salvation and celebrate that feast with love and thanksgiving.  We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.


Open House for 2016-2017 School Year All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Wednesday, January 13th beginning at 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. 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:  Applications will be sent home to families with the youngest child currently enrolled in our school. Tuition Assistance Applications for 2016-2017 Applications for Tuition Assistance for the 2016-2017 academic year are now available.  A copy of the online application can be found at the following website: 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. 

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 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

Upcoming Events

Thursday, December 17th

  • 2nd Grade Christmas around the World Celebration
  • Christmas Pageant Dress Rehearsal (2:00 p.m.)

Friday, December 18th            

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • 6th Grade Olympics Celebration
  • 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.) & Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten prior to the Christmas Holiday
  • Christmas Pageant – Grades K, 1, 4, 5 & 6 (2:15 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, December 22nd

  • Christmas Hat Day sponsored by the SCA ($.50) – see flyer link below
  • Classroom Christmas Parties (10:30 a.m.)
  • Noon Dismissal

Monday, January 4th

  • Classes Resume

Tuesday, January 5th

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

Friday, January 8th

  • School Mass & Virtues Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
  • National Geography Bee (9:30 a.m.)