It was a joy and an honor to witness many of our 2nd grade students receiving their First Communion over the course of the past two weeks. We continue to remember all of them in our prayers and congratulate them on this wonderful occasion. I want to take a moment to thank Mrs. Cummings and Mrs. Burnett for so thoughtfully preparing the children. Through their careful planning and recognition of the fact that this Sacrament is the central focus of the second grade experience, they provided an environment of faith and learning for their students.
Congratulations as well to the members of our 8th grade class who received the Sacrament of Confirmation last evening. I am so proud of each of them for the individual commitment they have made to their Catholic faith and pray that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that they experienced will guide them through their future years. Thank you, Mr. Tessier, and all of the teachers who provided the students such wonderful religious formation during their years at All Saints.
Tomorrow all students will participate in the 11th Annual Race for Education. As the largest fundraiser for our school community, the Race provides important financial support for initiatives that would otherwise be beyond our reach.
The following is a list of important reminders for all students and parents regarding the event.
1. All students in grades K-8 are asked to wear their P.E. uniforms to school on Thursday. Students enrolled in the Pre-K are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing appropriate for running. Note: Students may wear either the uniform P.E. shoes or running/athletic shoes for the day.
2. While all students will be participating in the Race for Educationactivities, only those students who brought in sponsor names or a flat donation will be eligible for prizes.
3. Students need not bring water bottles to the Race for Education. Two water stations will be available to students throughout the race.
4. Lunch will be served in the cafeteria at the regularly scheduled time.
Parents, relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend the event as a sign of support for all of our student runners. We hope that many of you will be able to join us for a wonderful day of fun and fellowship!
We still need volunteers to sign up for each of the race times. Volunteers will help track the students’ laps, pass out water, or monitor the students as they run. All of these volunteer positions can be done while you are cheering on your child. Please sign up to volunteer through the HelpCounter link:
If you have any questions about the Race for Education, please contact Mrs. Marjorie Collins at email@example.com.
The following is the schedule for this special event:
Grades Pre-K, K, 1 & 2 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
Grades 3-5 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Grades Pre-K3 & 6-8 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
As of yesterday, the counting team has already processed $44,358.28 in donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!
We are still accepting donations! Please remind your family and friends that they can return the blue mailers with their donations or make a credit card donation online at https://allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/pto/race-for-education. Please use the memo box online to indicate to which runner & classroom you are donating.
Thank you to all students, parents, relatives and friends of our community for your steadfast support! We also want to extend a special word of thanks to the many volunteers who have helped process the mailers including Mrs. Maria Murray, Mrs. Caeli Volk, Mrs. Kim Huynh, Mrs. Floribel Fleisig, Mrs. Nakiea Nesbitt, Mrs. Maria Mendoza, Mrs. Danessa Quispe, Mrs. Kristina Mirus, Mrs. Fuzzy Reynolds, Mrs. Tricia Sheeran, Mrs. Cathy Bruniger, Mrs. Elizabeth Egan, and Mrs. Marla Trunzo!
I am pleased to announce that Mrs. Jillian Roth will be returning as our school nurse for the 2016-2017 academic year. While she has very much enjoyed her work in a hospital setting after leaving All Saints in January, she looks forward to once again being part of our vibrant, faith-filled community. Welcome back, Mrs. Roth!
Target Take Charge of Education Proceeds
Thanks to the participation of families in our community, All Saints received a check this past week in the amount of $900.00 for our participation in this program sponsored by Target. Thank you to our many supporters who credited their purchases to our school!
Virtue Award Winners
Congratulations to the following students who were recognized last Friday for having demonstrated the Virtue of Stewardship during the month of April.
Leah Cooper (PK1)
Mark Tessier (PK2)
Kean Kristiansen (PK3)
Thomas McGrath (K1)
Grace Gregory (K2)
Ariana Aldeguer (1A)
Aceline Owusu (1B)
Josephine Cole (2A)
Isabella Ventura (2B)
Isabella Brown (3A)
Lucia Miller (3B)
Sarah Lima (4A)
Isaac Fleisig (4B)
Catherine Griffin (5A)
Isabella Mancini (5B)
Paul Valliere (6A)
Anthony Suppers (6B)
Megan Rivera (7A)
Peter Tessier (7B)
Joseph Gould (8A)
Mary Abando (8B)
Student Council Election Results
Last Thursday a number of students participated in an election for leadership positions in the Student Council Association for 2016-2017. Congratulations to the following candidates who were elected by students in grades four through seven.
President Jack Malone
Vice President Abby Yelvington
Secretary Erin Balagtas
School Spirit/Publicity Christina Santiago
Finance Timothy Mills
Health, Safety & Ecology Victoria Bruno
Religious Activities Lily Feltman
Field Day Reminder
Parents are asked to submit Field Day Forms with payment for lunch no later than next Tuesday, May 24th so that the cafeteria staff can plan accordingly.
VIRTUS Live Training
All Saints Parish has added a live Virtus training on June 18, 2016 beginning at9:00AM in Father Kelley Hall. Please mark your calendars if you need to attend the initial full Virtus training.
Join Us for Golf
Calling All Golfers … Join us for the All Saints Parish Golf Tournament on Monday, May 23 at Piedmont Club in Haymarket beginning at 10:00AM. Golf includes:
· $10,000 Hole-In-One Contest
· Prizes for the top three teams
· Golfer gift and goodie bag
· Fun contests throughout, including Longest Drive, Closest to the Pastor and Black Jack
· Raffle prizes
· Continental breakfast, lunch, dinner and awards ceremony!
Proceeds benefit All Saints Catholic School and All Saints youth programs.
Not a golfer but still want to support the school?
Hole sponsorships start at only $100 and are a great way to promote your business to our large parish and school community!
Register for Golf or Sponsorship by visiting our website at AllSaintsGolf.com.
Singing Camps for Girls
Maryan Vander Woude is offering Singing Camps for girls ages 7 – 11 at Seton School in the Corpus Christi building this summer.
Camp Weeks: June 6 -11 OR July 18 -22 from 9:30 – noon.
Cost: $75 (sibling discount available).
For registration forms, see https://singinginthesummer.wordpress.com.
Basketball Camps for Boys
Coach Dan Vander Woude is offering basketball camps for boys this summer at Seton:
Jr. Skills and Drills Camp (6-8 year old boys)
July 18-22, 9:30 – noon
Cost: $60 ($40 2nd child)
Skills & Drills Camp (9-12 year old boys)
June 27 – July 1 & August 1 – 5, 9:30 – 2:00 pm.
Cost: $75 ($45 2nd child)
Advanced Camp: Playing Team Offense and Defense at a Higher Level, (Rising 8th – 11th grade boys)
June 20 – 24, 9:30 – 2 pm
Cost: $75 ($45 2nd child)
Ball-Handling Clinic – For MOTIVATED PLAYERS (6th – 12th grade boys)
July 11 – 15; 9:30 – 11:30
Cost: $60 ($40 2nd child)
Shooting Clinic For MOTIVATED PLAYERS (6th – 12th grade boys)
July 11 – 15; noon – 2:00 & August 8 – 12; 1:00-3:00
Cost: $60 ($40 2nd child)
For more information, see danvwbasketball.wordpress.com
Tuition Assistance Awards & FACTS Enrollment Process for 2016-2017
Tuition assistance awards will be finalized this 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
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:
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.
Thursday, May 19th
· Race for Education (see schedule above)
Friday, May 20th
· Band Trip to King’s Dominion
· School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
· Noon Dismissal
Monday, May 23rd
· 8th Grade Field Trip to Philadelphia
· 4th Grade Field Trip to Mount Vernon
· 3rd Grade Field Trip to GMU Theater
· Golf Tournament (Piedmont)
Tuesday, May 24th
· Battle of the Books
· Spring Band Concert (2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.)
Wednesday, May 25th
· Race for Education Dress Down Day Option
· 2nd & 8th Grade Prayer Service (2:15 p.m.)
Thursday, May 26th
· Race for Education Dress Down Day Option
· 6th Grade Field Trip to Medieval Times
Friday, May 27th
· FACTS Tuition Enrollment Deadline
Monday, May 30th
· Holiday – Memorial Day
Tuesday, May 31st
· Field Day (Linton Hall School/9:00-1:00)
· SCA Sponsored End of the Year Raffle (to benefit the house in Banica, Dominican Republic)