The Sentinel – May 11, 2016

Principal’s Message

This week I would like to provide you with an update regarding some changes in staffing.  Mrs. Bethany Adams, our school nurse, resigned from her position last week due to a relocation to Florida.  Although she was only a member of our community for several months, we remain grateful for the care and compassion that she provided for students visiting the clinic.  We wish her and her family every success and blessing as they begin this new transition.  For the remainder of the year, the clinic will be staffed on most days by Mrs. Jillian Roth and Mrs. Karen Collins, our two substitute registered nurses.  We thank them for their commitment to our school and the health needs of the children.

Additionally, I wish to share with you the news of a change within our Title I program.  Ms. Cassandra Putnam, who helped to launch Title I at All Saints and who has been highly effective in her role, will be transferring to two schools nearer her residence.  A new teacher is being assigned to All Saints through the Title I program with the specifics to be announced to our community later this spring.

As we look ahead to 2016-2017, I am pleased to announce the following changes and new hires:

Mrs. Sandy Weitendorf (First Grade Assistant) – Effective in the fall, Mrs. Weitendorf (Pre-Kindergarten Assistant) will transition to a full-time role as a first grade assistant in Mrs. Nichol’s classroom.  Having served as a long-term substitute first grade assistant several years ago prior to accepting the role of Pre-Kindergarten assistant, this is a position with which she is already very familiar.

Mrs. Stephanie Filippone (Pre-Kindergarten Assistant) – After completing her first year as a member of our Pre-Kindergarten team, Mrs. Filippone will transition from the afternoon to the morning session of the program beginning in the fall.

Mrs. Belkis Mitter (Spanish Teacher, Grades 1-2) – In addition to continuing to serve as the Director of Extended Day, Mrs. Mitter will assume responsibility for the instruction and assessment of first and second grade students in the Spanish program.  With her bilingual skills as well as her experience in having hosted a Spanish Club at her previous school, she is well prepared and excited for the opportunity of introducing our students to their study of foreign language.

Mrs. Melissa DeBruyne (Middle School Language Arts) – As a long-term substitute language arts teacher at All Saints during the spring semester of 2012, Mrs. DeBruyne has already developed a comprehensive understanding of the routines and curriculum of our middle school program.   She and her family relocated to Northern Virginia from Washington State where she was employed as a librarian and enrichment coordinator at St. Monica Parish.  Prior to that time, she taught middle school language arts for a number of years in New Hampshire.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from St. Michael’s College in Vermont and a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Southern Maine.  In addition to her classroom experience, she served as a consultant in both New Hampshire and Washington in the areas of differentiation of instruction and alternative assessment.  With a passion for the writing process, Mrs. DeBruyne will be a wonderful addition to our middle school team.

Miss Sharon Zerhusen (Resource) – Miss Zerhusen will join our faculty next year as a resource teacher, assisting students in the lower grades.  With five years of classroom experience, Miss Zerhusen comes to All Saints from St. Thomas Aquinas Regional School where for the past year and a half she has taught fifth grade.  Miss Zerhusen earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania and a Master of Education Degree in Literacy as a Reading Specialist from Loyola University in Baltimore.  With a heart for students who struggle in the learning process, Miss Zerhusen will further strengthen our efforts to meet the diverse needs of our students.

For several decades the staff of All Saints Catholic School and the Diocese of Arlington have worked together to ensure compliance with the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA).  For example, twice annually our school is inspected in accordance with this act and any necessary steps are taken in order to maintain compliance and a safe environment for our students, staff and parents.

In accordance with this act, this notification is being provided to you to inform you that asbestos-containing materials are present in our school.  A copy of our school Management Plan contains the exact locations of any asbestos-containing materials and is maintained on file in the archives.  This plan, with documentation dating back to the 1980’s, is available for your review and inspection during normal school hours.  As such, please feel free to request information on or about our Management Plan and inspection findings.

Should you have any questions about this program, please do not hesitate to let me know.  Most importantly, please know that this communication is not related to any concern or change in circumstance, rather it is simply an effort to publish this information in accordance with the act.

Tuition Assistance Awards & FACTS Enrollment Process for 2016-2017
Friday is the deadline for those who wish to make a change to their payment plan for 2016-2017.  Those who wish to continue with the same payment schedule need not respond to the FACTS email of last Friday as they will automatically be re-enrolled in their current plan.

Tuition assistance awards will be finalized within the next week and communicated to applicants via an official letter.

All returning families will receive a customized email from FACTS confirming their tuition balance and payment plan for 2016-2017.  All new families and those who have expressed interest in changing their plan from “Payment in Full by invoice” to a schedule of payments will receive a FACTS “invite” on Friday, May 20th that will provide detailed directions for establishing an account. All new families and those enrolling in the system for the first time are asked to complete this process by Friday, May 27th.

The deadline for Payment in Full is Friday, June 10th.

End of Year Bullying Survey
As part of our commitment to promoting a bully-free environment, at the close of each year we invite parents to participate in a post survey regarding their child’s experience at All Saints.  A link to the survey follows below.  In advance, we thank you for your participation and support of this important process.

Boxtops for Education
Thanks to the generous support of families in our community, All Saints received a check in the amount of $1203.00 for our participation in this program.

Knights of Columbus BBQ Dinner
The 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Bishop J. Louis Flaherty Assembly is having an Authentic Pit-Cooked North Carolina Style BBQ Dinner on Saturday, May 21, 2016.  That means Smoked Pork, cooked low and slow for 12-15 hours using smoke from the finest local hardwoods available…hickory and oak.  All BBQ dinners include one pulled-pork sandwich and three sides (Cole Slaw, Potato Salad and Baked Beans) for $8.00.  Drinks (Beer, Wine, Sodas and Water) will be sold separately.  Dinners will be served at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 9290 Stonewall Road, Manassas, VA from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  All are welcome (parishioners, family and friends) and all proceeds go to 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Charitable Projects.  If interested, kindly RSVP by Thursday, May 12, 2016.  Please indicate the number of people that will be attending to the following email:
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)

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 foropen 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.
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

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.)
  • Deadline for Submitting Changes for FACTS Payment Plans

Saturday, May 14th

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

Monday, May 16th

  • SCA Sponsored Dress-Down Day (see flyer)

Tuesday, May 17th

  • Iowa Algebra Readiness Exam – 7th Grade
  • 8th Grade Confirmation (7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 18th

  • 5th & 6th Grade Math Placement Tests
  • Safety Presentation by Manassas City Police for K-5 (2:00 p.m.)

Thursday, May 19th

  • Race for Education

Friday, May 20th

  • Band Trip to King’s Dominion
  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Noon Dismissal