The Sentinel – May 4, 2016

Principal’s Message

Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde announced yesterday the appointment of Ms. Jennifer Bigelow to Superintendent of Schools for the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, effective July 5th. Ms. Bigelow will succeed Sister Bernadette McManigal, B.V.M., whose June 30, 2016, retirement after eight years of service was announced last year. A link to the official press release follows below:


In recent years Bishop Loverde has been in the forefront on the issue of the harm caused by pornography and addressed this issue in his pastoral letter entitled Bought with a Price.  Now there is a renewed emphasis on the societal as well as personal harm caused by this exposure, a topic that is even being addressed by the mainstream media.

The following is a link to an article written by Bishop Loverde that highlights this epidemic and that has been published in First Things, a national journal of religion and public life.

Recognizing your role as the primary educators of your children and your commitment to safeguarding them during their formative years, I thought it important to share this resource with you.

Race for Education – Rescheduled (May 19)
Due to a forecast of rain for tomorrow afternoon, the Race for Education has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 19th.  Tomorrow will be a regular instructional day for students.

We remain grateful for the support of those who had planned to attend the event and hope that you will be able to join us in two weeks!

The Race total for this week: $40,773.28.

5th Grade Parent Letter ~ Message from the Superintendent & Virginia Department of Heath
Every year the Virginia Department of Health distributes information regarding the HPV (vaccine) to rising 6th grade girls.  This relates to state legislation and our diocese cooperates by distributing this letter.  However, we also distribute a statement from the two Bishops of Virginia as included in a letter from the Virginia Catholic Education Association signed by the superintendents of Arlington and Richmond.  Within the next week parents of rising 6th grade girls as well as boys will receive a copy of the official letter from the Virginia Department of Health and the letter from the Virginia Catholic Education Association.  The letters will be sent home in sealed envelopes with each of the students.  After reviewing the correspondence, should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office for more information.

Prayer of the Month – Peace Prayer
Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.
Lord, let me help sad people be happy.
Let me forgive those who hurt me.
And let me bring your love to all.

Virtue of the Month ~ Peacemaking
To foster the virtue of peacemaking, we will encourage the students to adopt the following practices:

  1. Be kind to all you meet today.
  2. Make peace with others at the end of the school day.
  3. Stay calm no matter what happens to you today.
  4. Say part of St. Francis’ Peace Prayer to yourself today.
  5. Apologize the minute you know that you have offended someone.
  6. Do an extra act of kindness for your family tonight.
  7. Take care of your family pet without complaining.
  8. Make peace with family members before going to sleep.
  9. Be a peacemaker.  Calm your friends while playing games.
  10. Greet your neighbor politely.
  11. Say a prayer for peace throughout the world.

Message from the Spirit Events Committee
We will be hosting our last Spirit Event for the school year on Friday, May 13th.  Come to Chick-fil-A on Liberia Ave. from 6:30 a.m. until 9 p.m.  Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner and fellowship with friends and your extended All Saints family.  20% of the proceeds go to our beloved All Saints!  It’s a noon dismissal day so make a lunch date!  Hope to see you all there!

Also, if you are interested in joining the Spirit Events Committee next year, please contact Megan Davies at

Coach Dan Vander Woude’s Summer 2016 Boys Basketball Camps
6-8 yr. olds:  July 18-22; 9:30-noon, $60
9-12 yr. olds:  June 27-July 1/ Aug. 1-5; 9:30-2:00, $75
13-17 yr. olds:  June 20-24; 9:30-2:00, $75
Shooting Clinics:11-17 yr. olds, July 11-15; noon-2:00 pm, $60/ Aug. 8-12; 1:00-3:00, $60
Ball-Handling Clinic: 11-17 yr. olds, July 11-15; 9:30-11:30, $60 for more details or email Coach VW


Stewardship Shares Program ~ Year End Totals
One of the hallmarks of our school community is the high level of parent involvement that has helped the school achieve many goals in recent years.  This year each family at All Saints has been asked to earn 25 Stewardship Shares.  Those who are unable to do so are asked to submit a check at the conclusion of the year for any outstanding “shares” that remain.  (1 share = $20.00)

In the week ahead, the office will issue individualized letters to each family, confirming the number of shares reflected in the school database.For this reason, we ask that those families who have not recently updated their totals to do so by Friday, May 6th. 

Graduation Day – Noon Dismissal (June 10th)
Since 8th Grade Graduation will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the church on Friday, June 10th, school will dismiss at noon that day.

Important Dates & Holidays for 2016-2017
August 29th  –                 First Day of School (Noon Dismissal)
September 5th               Labor Day Holiday
October 10th                Columbus Day Holiday
October 28th                 Professional Development Day (No School)
November 7th               Parent/Teacher Conferences (No School)
November 8th               Parent/Teacher Conferences (Noon Dismissal)
November 11th               Veterans’ Day (Noon Dismissal)
November 22nd            Noon Dismissal for Thanksgiving
November 23rd-25th     Thanksgiving Holiday
December 21st             Noon Dismissal – Christmas Holiday Begins
January 3rd                   Classes Resume
January 16th                 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
January 17th                 Professional Development Day (No School)
February 20th               Presidents’ Day Holiday
March 13th                   Professional Development Day (No School)
April 13th                      Holy Thursday (Noon Dismissal)
April 14th                      Good Friday Holiday
April 17th                      Easter Week Holiday
May 29th                      Memorial Day Holiday
June 16                        Last Day for Grades 1-7
(Tentative – 3 Make-Up Days Included)

Tuition Assistance & FACTS Re-enrollment
Final decisions regarding tuition assistance for families who have applied will be determined and announced mid-May.  The FACTS re-enrollment process for 2016-2017 and selection of online payment plans will occur mid-to-late May with June 10th being the deadline for payment in full with a 2% discount.

Race for Education – Prize Cards
Students who earned “Dress Down Day” prize cards through the Race for Education may redeem them on the following days.

Tuesday, May 3
Wednesday, May 11
Thursday, May 19
Wednesday, May 25
Wednesday, June 1

Students may redeem pretzel and ice cream cards on regularly scheduled purchase days beginning this week and extending through the month of May.

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 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!

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
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 for the upcoming session:
Thursday, May 19th, Church of St. John the Apostle in Leesburg at 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 21st, Church of Our Lady of Angels in Woodbridge at 9:30 a.m. (English & Spanish sessions)
Wednesday, May 25th, Church of St. Timothy in Chantilly at 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 7th, Church of the Nativity in Burke at 6:30 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, May 4th

  • Spring Choral Concert – Grades 3, 7 & 8 (PAC/7:00 p.m.)

Thursday, May 5th

  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, May 6th

  • School Mass & May Crowning in the Church (8:30 a.m.)
  • First Communion & Graduation Pictures (9:45 a.m.)
  • Deadline for Submitting “Stewardship Shares”

Saturday, May 7th

  • First Communion – Group I (10:00 a.m.)

Monday, May 9th

  • First Communion – Group III Rehearsal (6:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, May 10th

  • World Language Exam for 8th Grade
  • Seniors’ Luncheon Band Concert (12:45 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 11th

  • 6th Grade Medieval Brass Rubbings Presentation
  • Race for Education Dress Down Day Option

Thursday, May 12th

  • SCA Speeches & Election (1:30 p.m.)
  • 8th Grade Confirmation Rehearsal (6:00 p.m.)

Friday, May 13th

  • Mass & Virtue Awards Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
  • Noon Dismissal (Professional Development Day)
  • Spirit Event: Chick-fil-A
  • 6th -7th Grade Skate Night (Gym. /5:00-7:00 p.m.)

Saturday, May 14th

  • Algebra I Practice Exam (8:30-10:00 a.m.)
  • First Communion – Group III (10:00 a.m.)