The Sentinel – March 16, 2016

Principal’s Message

Last Friday both Mrs. Campagna and I had the honor of reviewing and selecting the top three 6th grade artistic representations of Pi, the mathematical relationship that defines the correlation between the distance across a circle and the distance around a circle.  Using bright colors, clever turns of phrase, and mathematical humor, the students decorated paper plates in celebration of “Pi Day” which falls on March 14th.  We were both impressed with the students’ creativity and their obvious efforts in designing eye-catching projects.

Congratulations to the following 6th grade students:

Katy Jo McDermott (1st place)

Lizzie Mangilit (2nd place)

Jacob Collins (3rd place)

Additionally, the students also showcased their memorization skills by reciting the value of Pi to as many decimal places as possible.  During the final round competition held yesterday, Erin Balagtas recited Pi to 259 decimal places!  I was so proud of our students’ commitment and their enthusiasm for this event.  At a time when some in society question the value of memorization, it was inspiring to see our students embracing the challenge and excelling beyond expectations.

Congratulations to the following classroom winners of the Pi Memorization Contest:

Erin Balagtas (7B) – Winner

Sloane Helmick (6A)

Zack Kreitzer (6A)

Alexia Mendiola (6B)

Nicholas Ferguson (7A)

Lucila Avila de la Trinidad (7A)

Madelyn Vo (7B)

Eirian Crocker (8A)

Brianna Montgomery (8A)

Emily Gomez (8B)

These “outside the box” learning experiences are but a couple of examples of the ways that the teachers are challenging the students and fostering a math culture.  And if the turnout of thirty students at the first after school meeting of the Math Club is any indicator, the students are really developing an interest and enthusiasm for the topic!

In order to provide our 5th grade students with a glimpse of the range of learning opportunities that await them in middle school, on Friday they will participate in a “Middle School Experience”.  During a 45 minute visit, the students will rotate through three classrooms and gain a first-hand experience of the energy and excitement that surrounds learning in our middle school.

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This week I wish to share with you an additional change in staffing as we look ahead to the coming year.  Mrs. Jennifer Smith, 7th grade homeroom and middle school language arts teacher, has decided that she will not be returning in the fall in order to pursue other opportunities in the field of education.  We thank her for all of her efforts this past year and wish her every success and blessing in her future endeavors.

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I look forward to seeing many of you at the 5K Running with the Saints event on Saturday morning.  With the new contest by which participants are encouraged to wear saints’ costumes for the event, I am excited with the prospect of seeing holy men and women of God running through the streets of Manassas…a unique approach to the New Evangelization!

Pre-Kindergarten Openings for 2016-2017

Openings are still available in the Pre-Kindergarten Program for four year old students for the 2016-2017 school year.  This is a great opportunity for families in our community who may be hoping to send their child to All Saints but have heard that openings are limited due to high demand.  Please invite families who may be interested in the Pre-Kindergarten program to contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio at (703) 393-1490 or jdeugenio@allsaintsva.org for more information.

Remember, current parents who refer families into our program may earn up to $400.00 in tuition credit per year through our New Student Referral Program!

11th ANNUAL RACE FOR EDUCATION

Mark your calendars for the 11th Annual Race for Education to take place on Thursday, May 5, 2016!

Volunteer opportunities to earn shares are available the day of the race and also taking place this week after school. Volunteers will gather in Meeting Room 2 from 3-5 PM to prepare the Race mailers before they are mailed later this week. If you are interested in volunteering please sign up on the HelpCounter link:  https://www.helpcounterweb.com/ci/signup/140e99d6da9

 4th Annual Kid Stuff Sale

Please join us for our 4th Annual Kid Stuff Sale (and More!), sponsored by MARCH homeschool group and K of C Squire Roses to benefit AAA Women for Choice on Saturday, April 2, from 7am-12 noon at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 9290 Stonewall Rd. Manassas (next to All Saints).  Maternity, infant, child, and teen clothing, shoes, baby equipment, furniture, toys, books, household items and more will be priced to sell!  We are also gratefully accepting tax-deductible donated items from parishioners who want to support this worthy cause.  Please contact Mary Lewandowski, res19qf7@verizon.net or at 703-335-7471 or Kelley Witter, kelleywitter@yahoo.com or at 703-257-5619 for more information.  (Any remaining merchandise will be given to a charitable organization)

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

End of Year Calendar & Events

With the transition to spring-like weather, we are now able to confirm the end of year calendar.

Thursday, June 2nd     

  • Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten

Friday, June 10th        

  • 8th Grade Graduation (4:00 p.m.)
  • Note: Noon Dismissal for Grades K-7

Thursday, June 16th    

  • Kindergarten Graduation (10:00 a.m.)

Friday, June 17th        

  • Final Day of School for Students in Grades 1-7 (11:00 a.m. Dismissal)

Title I Special Event

All Title I students and parents are invited to a special evening of storytelling to be held at 6:30 p.m.  on Tuesday, April 26th at St. Michael School.  Through puppetry and magic the performer will retell classic stories.  All Title I students who attend will be provided pizza and a drink and be given a book and activity to take home.

Terra Nova Testing Reminder

As the week of standardized testing approaches, parents are asked to avoid scheduling appointments from Monday, April 18th – Tuesday, April 26th so that each student may participate in the testing as scheduled.

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.

St. John Paul the Great 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, and 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.

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, March 19th, Church of St. Jude in Fredericksburg at 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, March 19th, Marymount University in Arlington at 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, April 2nd, Church of Queen of Apostles in Alexandria at 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, April 9th, Church of St. Francis of Assisi in Triangle at 10:00 a.m.

Saturday, April 23rd, Church of Good Shepherd in Alexandria at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, April 26th, Church of the Holy Trinity in Gainesville 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, March 17th

  • School Mass for the Feast of St. Patrick (8:30 a.m.)

Friday, March 18th

  • SCA Sponsored St. Patrick’s Dress Down Day
  • 5th Grade “Middle School” Experience – Looking Ahead to Next Year

Saturday, March 19th

  • 5th Annual Running with the Saints 5K (8:15 a.m.)

Tuesday, March 22nd

  • State-wide Tornado Drill

Wednesday, March 23rd

  • Peace & Justice Sponsored Lenten Soup Luncheon

Thursday, March 24th

  • Holy Thursday Prayer Service (9:30 a.m.)
  • 7th Grade Passion Play (10:45 a.m.)
  • Noon Dismissal

Friday, March 25th

  • Holiday – Good Friday

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