The Sentinel – January 20, 2016

January 20, 2016

Principal’s Message

Over the course of the past two weeks it has been interesting and inspiring to read the many student goals that are now posted outside a number of the classrooms.  In their own individual ways, the students have identified a key action or routine that they wish to adopt, knowing that it represents an opportunity to develop new habits and virtues for the year ahead.  It is yet another example of ways in which the teachers are encouraging students to approach life with a “growth mindset”.

The following are a few examples of their commitments and resolutions for the New Year that I thought you’d enjoy.

I will be kind to others.

I will try to get better at math by listening better.

Start eating more fruits and vegetables.

Make 2-4 goals in soccer.

Pray my prayers.

Help somebody in need.

I will be nicer to my siblings.

Work hard in school.

Read more books.

Eat more pizza with peppers and less with cheese.

And a goal that probably resonates with many of us young and old – sleep in on weekends.  Enjoy the promise of snow and the opportunity for extra rest and relaxation with family this weekend!

Respect Life Outreach

To coincide with the March for Life scheduled for this Friday, the Peace & Justice Players is organizing a collection of baby items from today through Friday, January 29th to benefit AAA Women for Choice in Manassas.  Students and families are invited to donate diapers, bottles, food, clothes, baby powder, strollers and car seats.

Join Our Parish Golf Committee
The All Saints Parish Golf Tournament will take place on Monday, May 23 at 10:00AM at the Piedmont Club in Haymarket, VA. If you have an interest in joining our golf planning committee to assist in procuring sponsors and prizes or assist on the day of the event, please contact Janis DeVore at (703) 366-1645 or jdevore@allsaintsva.org.

NEW DATE for Family Bingo Night – SAVE THIS DATE!

Due to a scheduling conflict, Family Bingo Night has been re-scheduled for Saturday, March 12 in the Knights’ Hall.  Dinner of hamburgers and hotdogs will be available starting at 5:00pm prior to playing bingo at 6:00pm.  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 a flier in late February.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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: office@allsaintsva.org.  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 for Current Students February 3-19, 2016

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: 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, 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. 

Running with the Saints 5K – Saturday, March 19th 8:15 a.m.  

It’s time to register for the Running with the Saints 5K.  Join us for this fun family event.  Registration forms were sent home with your child or register online:  https://www.imathlete.com/events/EventReg/EventReg_SelectType.aspx?fEID=26152&fNew=1&fsource=imASearch

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 Runningwiththesaints.org.  Or contact Joan Coleman or Wendy Comeau at info@runningwiththesaints.org.

2016 Running with the Saints 5K T-Shirt Contest

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 info@runningwiththesaints.org for more information!

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:

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 jsmith@allsaintsva.org.

Upcoming Events

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.)

Monday, January 25th                        

  • Deadline: SMART Tuition Assistance for Families with Students enrolling in High School

Tuesday, January 26th                        

  • Band Concert (2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, January 27th       

  • Spelling Bee (8:30 a.m.)

Thursday, January 28th          

  • Mass for Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas & Virtues Presentation (8:30 a.m.)

Friday, January 29th               

  • End of 2nd Quarter
  • Eucharistic Adoration & Benediction (2:15 p.m.)

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