The Sentinel – September 14, 2016

Principal’s Message

This week I would like to share with you some details and changes regarding Junior Achievement, one of our math-based programs at All Saints. I also want to thank Mrs. Katherine Champney who serves as the coordinator of this initiative and who has helped to redesign the program for the 2016-2017 academic year.

What is Junior Achievement?
Junior Achievement is a non-profit organization that provides supplementary education to participating schools through the use of volunteers on the topics of:

  • Financial Literacy – the ability to understand how money works in the world: how someone manages to earn or make it, how that person manages it, how he/she invests it and how that person donates it to help others.
  • Work Readiness – being able to deliver value in frontline jobs and workplaces.
  • Entrepreneurship – the process of designing, launching and running a new business offering a product, process or service for sale or hire.

A volunteer does not have to have “business” experience. In fact, it is beneficial to have volunteers with different experiences and working styles. The majority of the JA lessons cover topics that we discuss with our children on a daily basis. These topics include:

  • Learning how to save and spend money wisely
  • Character traits employers will look for when they get their first job
  • Exploring the pros and cons of different career paths

Changes for School Year 2016 – 2017
You spoke, we listened! Starting this year, Junior Achievement will run from October 2016 – March / April 2017. There are 5 classes to teach for grades K-5 and 6 classes for grades 6-8. This new schedule provides much more flexibility for volunteers and teachers. A volunteer can teach one lesson per month and still be on schedule to finish by the end of the year. We feel this change will be popular with volunteers!

I’m Interested! What Do I Need to Do?
Volunteers who have completed the background check and are Virtus trained may sign up for a class that they are interested in teaching on Helpcounter. Then the volunteer and the teacher will coordinate the times and dates for the JA volunteer to present the lessons. If a date needs to be rescheduled, please be sure to contact your teacher with as much notice as possible as he or she will need to rework the lesson plan for that day.

Volunteers will also need to register as a volunteer with Junior Achievement. This is quite easy. It takes about 3 minutes to fill out the form.
http://www.myja.org/volunteers/registration/

Training and Materials for Volunteers
The local chapter of Junior Achievement  provides one bag of course materials (lesson plans, visual aids, game boards and pieces) for each classroom. Each bag contains enough supplies for at least 30 students. They also provide training in person and over the phone to support volunteers. If you are unable to attend training, the classroom materials do a good job of providing volunteers with everything they need to be successful.

 

Principal's VideoChat - All Saints Catholic School
Welcome, Miss Scott – Accompanist
All Saints is pleased to welcome Miss Sarah Jane Scott as the new accompanist for the school Schola. With in-depth training on piano and organ as well as experience with the Upper Room Theater Ministry and at her own church, Miss Scott brings a wonderful skillset to our music ministry program.

School Messenger Emergency Notification ~ Results of Test
Last week’s test of the SchoolMessenger notification system was a success. In the event that you did not receive messages via phone, text or email, please contact the school office so that we may update your contact information accordingly.

Cafeteria Volunteer Needed
We need a Friday Milk Mom for the rest of the school year. If you are interested, please call the cafeteria at 703-368-4400, ext. 211.

From the Spirit Event Committee
Welcome to a new school year at All Saints Catholic School! We are holding two Spirit Events during the month of September. The first is on Friday, September 23rd at Chick-fil-A on Liberia Avenue in Manassas. The event lasts from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. You can stop in for breakfast before school. We also have a 12:00 dismissal that day, and it’s the perfect spot for lunch, whether it is on-the-run using the drive-thru or inside with a play area for the little ones. You can also come for dinner to save cooking that night. Remember to mention All Saints as we earn 20% of the proceeds. We hope to see you there! (See flyer linked below.)

New this year, Skate-n-Fun Zone has created a Spirit Event fundraiser. We will be having 4 skating parties, which are at a special price. It costs $8 and that includes admission, skate rental, a slice of pizza, a 12 oz. drink, and 4 tokens. Please bring the flyer with you to receive this special price. After we host the 4 parties, our school will receive a check for $1000, which will be greatly appreciated. The first party will be held on Sunday, September 25th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. We hope you can join us for the parties! (See flyer linked below.)

Discover the treasure that is the All Saints Parish Library!
Located just inside the church, on the side leading to the PAC, the library collection of over 5,000 books, DVDs and CDs offers an opportunity for parents and children to learn more about the Catholic faith, Scripture, the Saints and more. In addition to a wide selection of children’s books and children’s DVDs, the library has an extensive children’s collection of books about the saints. This is an excellent resource for students preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation. The library is a free resource for parishioners and non-parishioners and is available to all eighth grade students as well.

Our hours of operation are Wednesday 5:00-8:00 p.m.; Saturday morning 8:30-10:00 a.m. and after the 5:30 p.m. Mass; Sunday after the 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Masses. The library is closed during the Sacrifice of the Mass.

Come and share this beautiful resource with your family!

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Middle School Back to School Night (Tomorrow @ 7:00 p.m.)
Back to School Night for parents of students in grades 6-8 will take place tomorrow evening beginning at 7:00 p.m. Parents are asked to report directly to their son or daughter’s homeroom classroom rather than the Parish Activity Center.

Family Directory
Parents interested in having their contact information published in our annual school directory are asked to confirm this by selecting “yes” or “no” for each of the corresponding data fields found on the PowerSchool directory page by Friday. Note: Please be sure to confirm this information for each of your children enrolled since the database compiles information based upon each student rather than by family. Also, please be mindful that, in the event that a parent does not provide a response, the database will automatically default to the selections from the previous year.

Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

As part of the diocesan initiative to maintain a safe environment for all of our students, all volunteers 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.

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.

As we begin a new year, 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.

Operation Helping Hands
Operation Helping Hands is a parent helping day on Monday, September 19. Parents will meet in the PAC starting at 8:15 am and will work until 11:15 am on prep projects for the teachers. While working, there will be coffee, snacks and conversation. Younger siblings are welcome, some small toys will be available but feel free to bring items to keep your child occupied. For planning purposes, you are asked to sign-up for this event on Help Counter. Any questions, please contact Carol Rice ckrice@verizon.net. Sign Up: https://www.helpcounterweb.com/ci/signup/140ea4771ed

Pilgrim Virgin Statue Rotation~ Sign up Now to Host Statue in your Home
Beginning in October, the month devoted to the Holy Rosary, All Saints School families are invited to renew their devotion to Jesus through Mary in a special way. Beginning Friday, October 7, after being blessed at the school Mass, two statues of Our Lady of Fatima will begin traveling to the homes of our school families for a week long visit.

Families who wish to participate can sign up online at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F084CAEAB22A02-pilgrim.

While the statue of the Blessed Mother is in the home, families are encouraged to pray together either part of or the entire 5-decade rosary for the intentions of our school as well as for your private intentions. Included with the statue you will find DVDs of “The Day the Sun Danced” and “The Miracle of Fatima,” both of which present the message of Fatima entrusted to three peasant children in Portugal in 1917.

Please contact the rotation coordinator, Julie Mantooth (mantooth06@msn.com), with any questions.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 15th
Confessions – 4A (9:45 a.m.)
Middle School Night (7:00 p.m.)
Friday, September 16th
Priests’ Barbecue (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
Monday, September 19th
PTO Helping Hands Volunteer Day (PAC/7:30 – 12:30)
Confessions 5A (9:30 a.m.) & 5B (9:45 a.m.)
Tuesday, September 20th
First Day of Band Lessons
Room Liaisons Meeting (FKH/9:00 a.m.)
Wednesday, September 21st
SCA Installation of Newly Elected Officers & Representatives (PAC/1:00 p .m.)
Thursday, September 22nd
Enrollment Management Team Meeting (7:00 p.m.)
Friday, September 23rd
School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
Noon Dismissal – Professional Development Day
Spirit Event: Chick-fil-A (6:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.)

Newsletter Links
Sept 2016 Chick-Fil-A with info
Skate-n-Fun Zone Flyer 9-25-16
Room Liaison Application Form
Updated Photo-Press-Audio & Electronic Media Release Form for Minors
Pilgrim Virtue