The Sentinel – May 25, 2016

Principal’s Message

This week I wish to inform you of a matter related to student safety that recently came to the attention of our diocesan school system.  Last week the Catholic Schools Office of the Archdiocese of Washington became aware of a disturbing scam being conducted via telephone recently and issued the following statement:

An unidentified individual has called parents, claimed to have kidnapped a child of theirs, and demanded ransom. In both cases we are aware of – one involving a parent at an archdiocesan school, and the other a parent at a local private school – the claims have been false, with the children safe and accounted for. In one of the cases, the caller purported to put the kidnapped child on the phone and have her ask for help. If you receive a call like this, please call the police immediately.

While there is no reason to believe that the families in our community in particular will encounter this scam, I felt it important to share this information with you.  As always, the safety of our students is our highest priority and we will ever be diligent in this regard.

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It was wonderful to see the many parents and relatives who gathered in support of the 11th Annual Race for Education last Thursday.  The extra volunteer hands helped to ensure a safe and enjoyable event for all of the children.  Many thanks to one and all for your support and participation.  I also wish to thank all of our donors from across the country and around the globe who once again so generously contributed to the success of this fundraiser!

As of yesterday, the counting team has already processed a large number of donations and more contributions continue to arrive in the school office each day!

None of this would have been possible without the dedication of the event chairperson who coordinated all of the details from start to finish.  I want to offer a special word of thanks to Mrs. Marjorie Collins for her commitment and enthusiastic leadership.  Once again this year she invested many hours in planning for the Race and guided a team of volunteers tasked with the recording and depositing of the contributions.  Thank you, Mrs. Collins, as well as the many volunteers who supported the effort, for your dedication and continued service to our school!

Stewardship Shares ~ Year End Totals
Last week the office issued individualized letters to families, confirming the number of any outstanding Shares and the corresponding fee.  Families are reminded to submit payment to the office for any unearned Stewardship Shares by Friday, June 3rd.

Carpool Network 2016-2017
All Saints parent Mr. Jim Griffin has once again volunteered to serve as a carpool coordinator. If you are interested in a carpool for your children, please email the following information to allsaintscarpool@hotmail.com and Mr. Griffin will put you in touch with other families in your area who have expressed an interest in carpooling.

Name:
Address:
Phone Number:
Preferred email contact:
Number of children you need transported:
Number of spaces in your vehicle for transporting others:
Prefer to drive morning or evening, or no preference?

Please be aware that the above information will be plotted on a map with a private URL that is only available to All Saints parents who have expressed an interest in carpooling.  The URL will be emailed directly to you and will not be available any other way or discoverable by any search engine.

Recognizing that parents are solely responsible for determining transportation arrangements to and from All Saints Catholic School, the school assumes no role in this process and neither recommends nor endorses any particular carpool arrangements.  In the unfortunate circumstance of an accident or injury, the parent’s own personal automobile liability is primary in the event of a claim.  Nonetheless, the school values the collective efforts of parents and is pleased to support this initiative by communicating the opportunity to parents.

Chess Club – Seeking Volunteers for 2016-2017
Do you enjoy chess and are you seeking opportunities to be more involved in our school community?  The Chess Club is need of new moderators for the upcoming school year.  We thank Mr. and Mrs. Kreitzer who have served in this capacity for the past several years and who remain available to share details about the program with parents interested in learning more.  For more information, please contact them at kreitzers@me.com.

2015-2016 Annual Fund
Just a reminder that our 2015-16 Annual Fund campaign is coming to a close on Tuesday, May 31st.  To ensure that our students are equipped with the necessary skills for the careers of the future, our 2015-2016 Annual Fund will continue its STEM focus with proceeds benefiting:

  • Science Initiatives – expanding science opportunities in the lower grades and upgrading equipment in our Science Lab.
  • Technology in the Classroom – implementing emergent teaching technologies to supplement ACTIVBoards throughout the school.

Once again, we ask that you prayerfully reflect on the difference that All Saints makes in your life and show your support through:

  • Gifts of Prayer
  • Gifts of Involvement
  • Gifts of Financial Participation

Make a Commitment Today
We hope you will choose to participate in this year’s Annual Fund campaign by sharing your gifts of prayer, involvement and financial participation.  Your gift – no matter the size – will provide for our students both now and in the future.

What’s My Next Step?
Simply print our Annual Fund brochure and send in your participation form through your child’s teacher or make a donation online through our website atwww.allsaintsvaschool.org.
Help support the legacy of an All Saints education as we Empower the Next Generation of Learners.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Field Day Reminder
Please send in your Field Day Form with payment for lunch as soon as possible.

FACTS Enrollment Process for 2016-2017
All returning families should have received a customized email from FACTS confirming their tuition balance and payment plan for 2016-2017.  Similarly, all new families and those who have expressed interested in changing their plan from “Payment in Full by invoice” to a schedule of payments should have received a FACTS “invite” that provides 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.

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 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!

Celebrating Our Graduating 8th Graders!
We are asking the school community to help celebrate our 8th grade graduates by providing sweet treats for the graduation reception.   We need approximately 40 dozen cookies/bars for several hundred people.   You can drop your donation starting on Thursday June 9th at the front office, or by noon at the PAC on Friday June 10th.  Please click this link to sign up.    https://www.helpcounterweb.com/ci/signup/140ea245538.  Thank you for your help making this celebration a special one! Contact Sue Ferguson at susan.v.ferguson@me.com with any questions.

END OF YEAR INFORMATION

School Supplies Program
It’s supply time!!  I know we’re almost done with the 2015 – 2016 school year, but we’re already looking ahead to this fall!!  Online supply orders are now available and will be open through July 15th. You can order your child’s school supplies and have them ready and waiting for you when you arrive for orientation!!  Kindergarten students no longer need to purchase seat sacks at orientation as they are available as part of their new supply pack!!  Middle School students also no longer need to pay for locker shelves and a lock if they already have them.  They are no longer included in the supply pack. However, they ARE available as a separate item and can be purchased individually as needed!!  1st – 4th grade parents can also purchase replacement seat sacks online as needed instead of paying at orientation!!  Please see the attached flyer for more information including the website and code for our personal supply list!!   The EPI Online School Supply Order Information Form is linked below.  If you have any questions please email Rebecca Johnson atRLJohnson29@gmail.com

Extended Day Program
Extended Day services will continue for the next three weeks and be available before and after school through Thursday, June 16thThere will be no Extended Day Program on Friday, June 17th.  All students will dismiss at11:00 a.m. following the Closing Mass & Awards Ceremony.  Please make arrangements for your children to be picked up if you anticipate being unavailable at that time.

Report Cards
Report cards and awards will be issued on the final day of school, June 17th.  Since the office will have a record of your child’s final grades at the close of the year, you may retain these cards.

Medications
All medications must be picked up from the clinic no later than Thursday, June 16th.  Since students are not authorized to carry medication, it is necessary for parents to visit the clinic to pick up medications prior to the close of the year.  Medications remaining after the final day will be discarded.

Summer Office Hours
The school office will remain open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

during the months of June and August.  Should you need to contact school personnel during the summer months, please do not hesitate to leave a message on the answering machine or contact us via email.  We will make every effort to assist you in a timely manner.

Important Dates for the Upcoming Year

  • Orientation Day (Students and parents are invited to visit the school, meet new teachers, and pick up supply orders.) – Friday, August 26th.
  • 10th Annual Back-to School Barbecue hosted by the PTO – Friday, August 26th (5:30-7:30 p.m.)
  • First Day of School ~ Noon Dismissal (Grades K-8) – Monday, August 29th
  • First Day of Pre-Kindergarten – Wednesday, September 7th

Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 26th

  • Race for Education Dress Down Day Option
  • 6th Grade Field Trip to Medieval Times

Friday, May 27th

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • FACTS Tuition Enrollment Deadline

Monday, May 30th

  • Holiday – Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 31st

  • Field Day (Linton Hall School/9:00-1:00)

Wednesday, June 1st

  • Race for Education Dress Down Day Option
  • 7th Grade Field Trip to Manassas Battlefield

Thursday, June 2nd

  • Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten

Friday, June 3rd                               

  • School Mass & Virtues Award Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
  • Safety Presentation by Manassas City Police Department for Grades 6-8 (2:00-2:45 p.m.)

Saturday, June 4th

  • Algebra I Exemption Exam
  • Book Worm Book Sale (9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.)

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