The Sentinel ~ January 13, 2016


Principal’s Message

Friday will be a holiday for the students as the teachers participate in a diocesan-wide professional development day.  So as to keep you apprised of our efforts and our learning priorities for the year, I’d like to share with you the highlights for our day of professional growth.

Teachers in grades three through seven will attend a full day session at St. Theresa School in Ashburn where they will learn about the new standardized testing model that we will implement next year as we migrate to an online assessment tool.  Additionally, during the afternoon hours they will attend a workshop on the design of classroom assessments.

Teachers in grades kindergarten through second will participate in a work session at All Saints where they will continue planning for the implementation of the Lego STEM programs during the morning hours and focus on expansion of differentiation efforts during the afternoon.

The 8th grade and special subject teachers will work on projects and initiatives specific to each of their areas.

For the faculty of All Saints, the diocesan-day of professional development provides an opportunity to both learn about new initiatives while strengthening skill-sets in the areas of STEM and differentiation.

National Geography Bee

Last Friday students in grades four through eight participated in the school-wide round of the National Geography Bee.  Congratulations to our school champion, Rudy Gasser (5th Grade) who will complete an online assessment tomorrow to determine whether he will qualify to advance to the state level competition.  Congratulations to Abigail Yelvington (7th Grade) who won second place and to all of the students who represented their classes in this academic event.

4A – Ivanna A.4B – Jack G.

5A – Liana R.

5B – Rudy G.

6A – Lilibeth B.

6B – Johannes A.7A – Gabriela O.

7B – Abby Y.

8A – Joey G.

8B – Trevor C.

March for Life

On Friday, January 22nd the students of All Saints will join their prayers with the thousands who will gather in Washington, D.C. at the annual March for Life.  As a school community we will pray for an increase in respect for the sanctity of life at all stages in our society.   While children who wish to attend the March for Life with their parents or the Youth Ministry Program will be marked as absent, please know that this absence will not affect a child who otherwise would earn “Perfect Attendance” at the close of the year.  If your child will be attending the March, please notify his or her teacher via a note by the end of next week.

Virtue Award Winners

Congratulations to the following students who were recognized on Friday for their demonstration of the Virtue of Generosity during the month of December.

PK1 – Jayden C.PK 2 – Avila M.

PK 3 – Michaela C.

K1 – Abigail C.

K2 – Joshua R.

1A – Cortney S.

1B – Sofia M.

2A – Scott T.

2B – Grace H.

3A – Matthew A.

3B – Jennifer G.

4A – Faith G.4B – Jack S.

5A – Isabella O.

5B – Jacob Y.

6A – Lily B.

6B – Timothy M.

7A – Jenna D.

7B – Katherine U.

8A – Andrew R.

8B – Miguel G.



It’s time to register for the Running with the Saints 5K.  Join us for this fun family event.  Registration forms are being sent home with your child or register online:

Sponsors Needed:  Please help us make the Running with the Saints 5K a success by sponsoring our race.  Great advertisement opportunity! Sponsorship forms can be found at  Or contact Joan Coleman or Wendy Comeau at


Submit your original artwork to be featured on our 2016 Running with the Saints 5K t-shirts.  Deadline – February 19, 2016.  All grades invited to participate. Please see flier linked below for details or email Joan Coleman at for more information!

SAVE THE DATE ~ Family Bingo Night

Family Bingo Night is scheduled for Saturday, February 20th in the Knights’ Hall.  Dinner of hamburgers and hotdogs will be available  starting at 5:00pm prior to playing bingo.  If you have any items that you would like to donate as prizes, please leave them at the School Office or you may deliver them to Linda Gaynord at the Parish Office.  Watch for further details and a flier soon.


Registration Schedule for 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.  Note:  Although the deadline for submitting applications is February 26th, parents are encouraged to submit forms in advance of that date.

Re-registration forms for current students will be sent home to families early in February.

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, 2016

Elementary School       March 14, 2016

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:

Saturday, January 30th, Holy Trinity in Gainesville at 10:00 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, 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, January 14th                      

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, January 15th               

  • Holiday – Diocesan Professional Development Day
  • Spirit Event: Chick-fil-A

Monday, January 18th                        

  • Holiday – Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday

Wednesday, January 20th       

  • Science Fair (Awards Ceremony at 6:30 p.m.)

Friday, January 22nd

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Saturday, January 23rd

  • 2nd Grade First Reconciliation (10:00 a.m.)