The Sentinel – January 29, 2016

January 29, 2016

Principal’s Message

Next week All Saints will join with schools across our country in celebrating Catholic Schools Week, an annual opportunity to highlight our heritage and distinct mission.  The theme selected for this year is Catholic Schools ~ Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.

At All Saints, this is exactly the type of community we cultivate each day.  With a commitment to academic excellence and more importantly, faith formation & character development, the faculty, staff, clergy and parents are united in their efforts to provide our children with a life-changing educational experience.  Next week we pause to give thanks for the gift of Catholic education and the many blessings we share as members of the All Saints community.

The following is a list of special activities planned for the weeklong celebration.

Sunday, January 31st  
Saturday/Sunday Mass ~ All students are encouraged to wear their school uniform to Mass this weekend. 
Monday, February 1st  
Vocation Day ~ Previously recorded video testimonies from our parish priests will be shared with the students via the classroom ACTIV Boards.  Students will hear about the importance of praying for vocations and how to discern their own call.
Tuesday, February 2nd  
Staff Appreciation Day ~ Teachers and students will work together to show their appreciation for members of the staff.
Wednesday, February 3rd  
Priest Appreciation Day ~ Students will offer special prayers and spiritual bouquets for our parish priests.
 
Religion Bee for Grades 3-8 at 12:45 p.m. in the Parish Activity Center.
Thursday, February 4th   
Student Appreciation Day ~ Dress Down Day, Free Ice Cream at Lunch and No Homework.
Friday, February 5th      
Teacher Appreciation Day ~ Students will prepare small gifts for their teacher with the assistance of the Room Liaisons.  
 
School Mass & Virtues Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
 
Faculty & Staff Luncheon, hosted by the PTO, following Noon Dismissal

Respect Life Outreach

The Peace & Justice Players is organizing a collection of baby items that will now extend through Friday, February 5th 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.

Band Concert

The band concert has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 16th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Activity Center.

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.

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. 

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.

Wednesday, Februray 3rd, Church of the Nativity in Burke at 6:30 p.m.

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

Saturday, February 27th, St. James School in Falls Church at 9:30 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.

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!

Upcoming Events

Sunday, January 31st            

  • Catholic Schools Week Begins

Monday, February 1st            

  • Vocation Day
  • Science Fair Awards Ceremony (2:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, February 2nd                       

  • Staff Appreciation Day
  • Picture Day – Teams, Clubs & Candids
  • PTO Executive Board Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, February 3rd       

  • Priest Appreciation Day
  • Feast of St. Blaise – Blessing of Throats
  • Religion Bee (PAC/12:45 p.m.)

Thursday, February 4th          

  • Student Appreciation Day – Dress Down Day, Free Ice Cream & No Homework
  • R. Gold Medal Readers Celebration (1:30 p.m.)

Friday, February 5th              

  • Teacher Appreciation Day
  • School Mass & Virtues Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
  • Race for Education Kick-Off Assembly (11:30 a.m.)
  • 2nd Quarter Report Cards sent home with Students
  • Noon Dismissal – Catholic Schools Week Luncheon
  • PowerSchool Parent Portal Reopens

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