The Sentinel – February 10, 2016

 

Principal’s Message

Recently a few questions have arisen regarding our procedures for “rainy day dismissal” and for this reason I thought it would be helpful to include some reminders in this week’s newsletter.

On rainy day dismissal days, it is important that parents park in their assigned “bay”.  This creates a sense of predictability for the students, particularly the younger ones, as they look for their parents during dismissal.  Additionally, it results in a more efficient process as it is easier to reunite parents and students.  In the event that parents do not park in their assigned bays on such days, it is well possible that some sections of the lot will be filled beyond capacity necessitating that some park in other areas.  The key is for everyone to make their best effort to park in the proper bay.  Keep in mind that this is only required on rainy day dismissal days.  On all other days parents are asked to simply park in their assigned lot, i.e. front vs. back.

It is quite understandable that there are questions associated with “rainy day dismissal”, particularly in light of the fact that it occurs so infrequently that we do not really have the opportunity for it to develop into a smooth routine.  However, working together, we can maintain a process that is always courteous, efficient, and most importantly, safe for our students – even on the most challenging of weather days.

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Congratulations to our second grade students who encountered Jesus in the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time yesterday.  Let us continue to remember them in our prayers during their special year as they prepare for First Communion during the spring.

Re-Registration Forms ~ Due Friday, February 19th 

Re-registration forms are due in the office on Friday, February 19th.   Registration of students new to All Saints, including siblings who will be eligible by age for Pre-Kindergarten, has already begun.  Separate forms related to this initial registration process have been sent home to parents who have already expressed interest in enrolling another child in our program.  If you are interested in enrolling another child from your family and have not yet requested forms, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio at 703-393-1490 or office@allsaintsva.org.

11th Annual Race for Education ~ Mailing Labels Due Friday!

Preparations are now underway for the 11th Annual Race for Education which will be held on Thursday, May 5th.   When reviewing the information packet, you will note that our goal for this year’s Race for Education is $50,000.  As is our tradition, we will continue to donate 15% of the proceeds to St. Jude’s Childrens’ Research Hospital, an organization that has received more than $100,000 from our community since the 1990’s.   The remaining funds from the 11th Annual Race for Education will be allocated for resources to support student learning initiatives and faculty enrichment.

Students are asked to submit completed mailing labels by Friday, February 12th.  For additional information about this process and the incentives offered to students, please see the information packet.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the event coordinator, Mrs. Marjorie Collins, at 703-365-9686.

Catholic Cup Competition

As part of our Catholic Schools Week celebration, students participated in the annual “Catholic Cup”, an academic style competition that showcases their knowledge and understanding of the faith.  Congratulations to Eirian Crocker (8th Grade) who won first place in the event, to Chloe Davies (6th Grade) who placed second, and to all of the class champions who participated.

Camden S. (4A)
Anna D.s (4B)
Anthony O. (5A)
Joseph C. (5B)
Daniel C. (6A)
Chloe D. (6B)
Nicholas F. (7A)
Abigail Y. (7B)
Eirian C. (8A)
Gabriel S. (8B)

Virtue Award Winners

Congratulations to the following students who received special recognition last Friday following our school Mass for having demonstrated the Virtue of Empathy & Compassion during the month of January.

PK1     Delaney D.
PK2     Sam W.
PK3     Liam G.
K1       Luca M.
K2       Addison T.
1A       Isabella H.a
1B        Anne T.
2A       Carter R.
2B        Mary M.
3A       Joseph F.
3B        Liliana M.
4A       Liam D.
4B        Josseline A.
5A       Jack P.
5B        Krysta D.
6A       Kimberly G.
6B        Michael S.
7A       Amelia S.
7B        Ryan S.
8A       Brianna M.
8B        Katherine D.

Yearbook Order Forms

It’s time to order the 2015 – 2016 All Saints Catholic School Yearbook.  The cost for each book is $21.  Order form and payment must be received by March 31st to guarantee a copy of the yearbook!   Please go to the link at the end of the newsletter to obtain the order form.

Ten Commandments Hike

Saturday, Feb. 13, 9:00 am – 1:30 p.m. Registration starts at 8:30 am at the PAC of All Saints Church.  This activity is a circuit hike (about 4 miles) through the City of Manassas with stops at 4 churches.  At each stop a church representative will conduct an interactive discussion with the participants about two or three of the Ten Commandments along with a brief introduction to their particular religious denomination.  The following churches will be participating in the hike this year:  All Saints Catholic Church, Grace United Methodist Church, Victory Fellowship Church, and First New Birth Baptist Church.  There is no cost for this event. Anyone who completes the hike will receive a patch if they donate a non-perishable food item from the following list: box of cereal, can of tuna/chicken, jar of peanut butter or box of dry pasta with a plastic jar of pasta sauce.  The donations will be collected prior to the hike and the patches will be given out upon completion of the hike. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, George Brent Council #5332, and run by Boy Scout Crew 1188.

For more information visit Manassas Ten Commandments Hike website:  http://nealbscott.wix.com/ten-commandment-hike  or contact Matt Carroll at 703-477-9838.

From the Spirit Events Committee
President’s Day is Monday February 15th and we have your play date covered! Join your family and friends from All Saints at Chuck E Cheese in Manassas.  This fun-filled afternoon or evening will benefit your awesome school.  The kids can get that positive energy out and you will have a positively great time chatting with fellow parents! 15% of the proceeds come back to our school and kids will get 10 free tokens with the stickers coming home with them. See you there!

Family Bingo Night – SAVE THE DATE!

Family Bingo Night has been 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.

St. John Paul the Great High School News

‘PED’ Talk for Parents

John Paul the Great High School invites all those who parent teens to participate in their upcoming PED talk on Saturday, February 20. A take-off on the popular TED talks that provide inspiration on a variety of topics, the JP PED event focuses on Parenting, Education, and Discussion. The keynote talk will be by Matthew Warner (“How to help your Catholic teen make a mess, be a fool and Evangelize the World”). For more information, and to register, please click here, or contact JP Family Association president, Mark Randall: jpfamilyassocation@jpthegreat.org, or call 703.445.0300.

John Paul OPEN HOUSE

The Spring Preview Open House on Thursday, March 17, from 4 – 6pm, is primarily for younger students who wish to preview high school, but all are welcome to attend! A brief presentation will begin at 4:15pm. Meet Students, Teachers, Parents, and enjoy green treats in honor of St. Patrick! For more information and to register, please visit www.jpthegreat.org or call 703.445.0314.

Upcoming Events for Middle School Students

John Paul the Great High School is hosting a number of events for middle-school-aged students: 3v3 Soccer Tournament (Feb 20); Music Festival (Feb 27); and, Baseball Clinic (March 5). For more information on each event, including how to register, please visit http://www.jpthegreat.org/admissions/visiting/special-middle-school-invitations/ or call 703.445.0314.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Open House for 2016-2017 School Year – Tomorrow!

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, February 11th beginning at 9:00 a.m.  All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about the parish school are cordially invited to attend.  Following a demonstration of our new STEM programs and presentation by the principal, tours of the facility will be provided. For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at (703) 393-1490.

Respect Life Outreach

The Peace & Justice Players is organizing a collection of baby items that will now extend through Wednesday, February 24th 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.

PTO Meeting ~ Financial Planning Tips for Parents (February 23rd)

Are you looking ahead to the future and the next steps in your child’s education?  Are you concerned about the rising costs of higher education and wondering how best to prepare?  If so, you won’t want to miss the PTO General Assembly Meeting on Tuesday, February 23rd beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Activities Center.

Mr. Shak Hill, a certified financial planner and recognized speaker, will provide an overview of the College America 529 plan and address any questions that parents might have related to this topic.

Plan now to join us as we continue our commitment to offering a series of high quality speakers and relevant topics for our parent community!

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:

Elementary School       March 14, 2016

All Saints School Spirit Wear Line – On Sale now!!

All Saints is participating in a spirit gear drive and we need your help!  Showing your school spirit is a great way to encourage teamwork and camaraderie.  We’re proud of our school and we want to show off our gear!

Please shop using the one page flyer that was sent home this week OR go to Spirit Gear Drive or look for the link on our school website to order on-line.

We are accepting forms back any time before the deadline.  The last day to place an order is Monday, February 15th.  Our Spirit Wear items will be on display near the front office during the sale.

We are so excited to offer a variety of quality pieces which display our All Saints logo for children and adults!! Please let me know if you have any questions- Contact info: Kerryb17@verizon.net or 703-365-7327.

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.

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, February 20th, St. Theresa School in Ashburn at 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, February 27th, St. James School in Falls Church at 8:30 a.m.

Thursday, March 3rd, The Church of St. Agnes in Arlington at 6:00 p.m.

Monday, March 7th, The Chruch of St. Philip in Falls Church at 6:00 p.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.  

Upcoming Events

Thursday, February 11th

  • Open House (9:00 a.m.)
  • 1st Grade Activity Day
  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, February 12th

  • SCA sponsored Valentine’s Dress Down Day (see flyer for details)
  • Race for Education Mailing Labels due
  • Middle School Demerit Free Breakfast (9:00 a.m.)
  • Valentine’s Day Parties (K-5)

Monday, February 15th                      

  • Holiday – Presidents Day
  • Spirit Event: Chuck E. Cheese (12:00-9:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, February 16th                      

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

Thursday, February 18th         

  • Stations of the Cross – Grades K-2 (2:15 p.m.)

Friday, February 19th             

  • Re-Registration Deadline

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