The Sentinel – February 24, 2016

Principal’s Message

Last evening as parents gathered for the PTO General Assembly Meeting, they witnessed firsthand the new STEM initiatives that we’ve launched over the course of this year.  Thanks to the generosity of community members and those who have supported our Annual Fund in prior years, we have been able to provide our students with these new and engaging learning experiences.

Next Monday we will launch our 4th Annual Fund, an opportunity for parents, parishioners and friends of All Saints to support our efforts through gifts of prayer, involvement and financial contributions.  Look for additional details about this program next Monday.

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With the presidential primary scheduled for next Tuesday, March 1st, I want to confirm that All Saints Catholic School will be open that day.  Although Prince William County Schools will be closed, since we are not a polling location, we will follow a normal operating schedule.

Field Day – Tuesday, May 31st

Once again, Field Day will take place on the grounds of Linton Hall School on Tuesday, May 31st.  Mark your calendars and plan now to join us for a day of outdoor activities!

TARGET Proceeds to Benefit All Saints

Thanks to the participation of many families in the TARGET rewards program, All Saints received a check in the amount of $1,843.37 last week.   Thank you for your continued support!

Prayer & Penny Week

The SCA will be sponsoring Prayer & Penny Week, March 7th – March 11th.  Money raised will go to support Building the House.  Information is provided in the flyer linked to today’s newsletter.

Box tops, Box tops, Box tops…think nothing but box tops!

Teachers, parents and students: we have another important submission date coming up, March 3rd.

Since the last submission in November, we’ve collected 9,532 box tops!  We have just a little less than 2 weeks to go.  Please submit all box tops, even if it’s just 2.  E-mail, call, or go to your neighbors and family too for box tops.  Here are the top 5 classes:

3A – Mrs. Montano   2,727

1A – Mrs. Harrill   1,517

2A – Mrs. Cummings   1,397

5A – Mrs. Honkus    1,099

K1 – Mrs. Feltman   931

Campbell’s Soup Label Program Update

We have recently been informed that the Labels for Education program will be ending at the end of this school year.  The soup labels that you all have collected over the years have been a huge benefit to our school, but due to the nationwide decline in participation over the past few years Campbell’s has decided to wind down the program.  This DOES NOT affect the Box Tops program, only the soup labels.  Now more than ever we ask you to turn in all labels so we can receive credit for them before August 2016.  On behalf of the All Saints PTO, we wholeheartedly appreciate all efforts put forth to collect labels and turn them into our school.  Thank you, Nikki Coughlin, Labels for Education Coordinator .

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Registration Schedule for 2016-2017

  • Re-Registration for Current Students Past Due
  • Registration Deadline for New Students February 26th

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 Schools     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 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

Wednesday, February 24th      

  • 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/9:30 a.m.)

Tuesday, March 1st                 

  • Band Concert (2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.)
  • PTO Executive Board Meeting – Rescheduled for March 8th (7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, March 2nd                       

  • Stations of the Cross for Grades 6-8 (2:15 p.m.)

Saturday, March 5th               

  • Diocesan Band Festival

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