The Sentinel – February 17, 2016

Principal’s Message

Last week the shipment of new Chromebooks for the middle school arrived and will be deployed within the near future.  Again, we are very grateful for the tremendous generosity of an anonymous donor whose contribution of $50,000 in support of technology initiatives allowed us to take this step forward, well in advance of our target goal of September.

This year, indeed, has been a time of accelerated growth and change in learning at All Saints.  Through integration of Chromebooks and Google Classroom in the middle school, the learning environment is continuing to be transformed as faculty and students discover new and powerful ways of communicating and exchanging information.  Additionally, our younger students are gaining a foundation in STEM through their hands-on experiences with the Lego programs.

At next week’s PTO General Assembly Meeting, we look forward to showcasing all of these programs with you beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Parents are invited to arrive early for the meeting in order to spend a few minutes observing and interacting with teachers and students as they share some of the highlights from our STEM programs.  Please plan to join us Tuesday evening for an inside look at learning at All Saints!

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 Tomorrow!

The deadline has been extended! Students are asked to submit completed mailing labels by tomorrow, Thursday, February 18th.  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.

Spelling Bee Winners!

Congratulations to Emma Switzer (7th grade) who won our school-wide Spelling Bee, to Gabe Short (8th grade) who placed second, and to all of the classroom champions who participated in the event.  Emma will represent All Saints at the diocesan-wide competition to be held on Saturday, February 27th.

Lillian Byers 6A

Sloane Helmick 6A

Wystan Byers 6B

Yohannes Adiamseged 6B

Emma Switzer 7A

Elias Castle 7A

Bernadette Kwari 7B

Peter Tessier 7B

Elizabeth Kwari 8A

Gabriel Cabello 8A

Mary Abando 8B

Gabriel Short 8B

Family Bingo Night

Family Bingo Night will be held on Saturday, March 12 in the Knights’ Hall.  Dinner of hamburgers and hotdogs will be available starting at 5:00 p.m. prior to playing bingo at 6:00 p.m.  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.  Please see flyer linked below.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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.

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! Remember, arrive early to see firsthand some of the highlights from our STEM initiatives!

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

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.  

All Saints School Spirit Wear  – Deadline Extended to Friday, February 19th

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!  Spirit Wear items are on display near the front office.

Order by using the one page flyer that was sent home OR order online by going to Spirit Gear Drive or click on the link on our school website.

If you have any questions please send an email to Kerryb17@verizon.net or call 703-365-7327.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, February 18th         

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

Friday, February 19th             

  • Re-Registration Deadline
  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Catholic High School Decisions Mailed to Families

Monday, February 22nd                      

  • Penance Service for Grades 3-5 (10:00 a.m.)

Tuesday, February 23rd                      

  • PTO General Membership Meeting – STEM Program Demonstrations (PAC/6:30 p.m.) & College Savings Plan Presentation (PAC/7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, February 24th      

  • Golf Tournament Committee Meeting (2:00 p.m.)
  • Stations of the Cross for Grades 3-5 (2:15 p.m.)
  • PTO Sponsored Lenten Soup Supper (5:00 – 7:00 p.m.)

Friday, February 26th             

  • School Mass & Virtues Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
  • Application Deadline for New Students

Saturday, February 27th

  • Diocesan PTO Meeting (9:00 – 11:00 a.m.)
  • Diocesan Spelling Bee (St. Thomas More Cathedral School)

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