The Sentinel — November 2, 2016

November 2, 2016

Principal’s Message

On Friday teachers of students in grades three through seven attended a diocesan training session on the interpretation of the Scantron Performance Series testing.  With access to both individual scores as well as an overview of the class performance, each teacher is now better able to identify the learning needs of each classroom of learners.  With this said, it is important that we note that the most important aspect of these scores is that they represent a benchmark to measure future growth.  As the software has determined the mastery level of each student tested in the areas of math, reading and language arts, the second and third round of testing will measure student progress.  The teachers look forward to sharing copies of the scores and an explanation as to how to interpret them during the Parent-Teacher conferences next week.

This week I also wish to share with you an important update regarding our tuition assistance program.  After careful evaluation of the financial aid process and feedback from individual schools, the diocese recently announced that we will be partnering with FACTS Management to be the provider of financial aid assessment beginning with the 2017-2018 school year.  Many of you are already familiar with FACTS since it previously served us as the provider of financial aid assessment services for many years.  All Saints Catholic School will also continue to partner with FACTS for the processing of tuition payments.

Families applying for financial aid will need to complete an online application.  The processing fee for this service is $30 per year/per family.  A link to the new application which is now available and a flyer with additional details follows below.  Should you have any questions about this process, please do not hesitate to contact the office.

Link to application:

Link to flyer:  FACTS Financial Aid Information Flyer 2017-18

And for some insights into how we are beginning to integrate IPads in the primary level classrooms, enjoy the message below from Mrs. Campagna.

Assistant Principal Elba Campagna discusses the use of iPad technology in K-2.

Report Cards & Parent-Teacher Conferences
On Friday teachers will distribute first quarter report cards to students in grades 1-8 and progress reports for those in Kindergarten.  In preparation for the parent-teacher conferences next week, please take some time to review all of the information provided by the teacher, noting any special areas of success or difficulty.  Additionally, we encourage you to speak with your child to determine if there is anything that he or she would like you to address with the teacher.  Please feel free to make a list of any questions or concerns that you wish to discuss during the conference.  Recognizing that experiences in the home also affect a child’s performance at school, the conference provides an opportunity to discuss any changes in routine, significant events, such as the death of a close relative or pet, or any other occurrences that might be affecting your child.  The better the teacher understands the specific needs of each of the children, the better he or she will be able to assist them in their learning.

Prospective Teacher Information Meeting (Tuesday, November 15th, 1:00 p.m.
Are you interested in teaching for the Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Arlington? There are 44 schools within the Diocese offering instructional programs for all ages from pre-school through high school. Perhaps your certification has expired, or perhaps you are thinking of changing careers or returning to teaching after a period of absence. Do you have questions about qualifications to teach? Would you like to learn more about the mission of teaching in a Catholic School in a nurturing and caring, Christ-centered environment? Plan to attend the Information Program for Prospective Teachers on Tuesday, November 15th from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in the Art Room.

ONE WEEK TILL THE LAST PRICE INCREASE UNTIL DAY OF EVENT!  Get your tickets at $40.00 before it goes up to $45.00 on November 7th!  All volunteers can purchase their tickets at the early bird $35.00 price.

Please make sure to checkout your child’s class item and Buy It Now photo during the Parent Teacher Conferences!  You can purchase the Buy It Now photo at anytime through an order form that will be available and the class item will be available to bid on during Casino & Auction Night or during the “Sneak Peek” on Friday, November 18th (more information to come on the sneak peek).

Each class will have their own Buy It Now photo and Class Item, below is an example of the great keepsakes!  A HUGE thank you to all that have helped with all of these items, especially to Jessica Kreitzer and Johanna Catts!!

Buy It Now (3A) and Class Item (PK 2).

Please make sure to check-out the Casino & Auction Night event page on the All Saints Catholic School Facebook page for a look at some of the other items available!

From the Spirit Event Committee:
Thanks to all of you who have supported our Spirit Events this year. Our next Spirit Event will be held on Friday, November 11th from 6:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. at Chick fil-A on Liberia Avenue. A number of families have gone to other stores, but unfortunately the school only receives 20% of the purchases if made at Liberia Avenue. Apparently the Chick fil-A stores divide up the schools according to the area and we are targeted to have events with the Liberia Avenue store only. We hope to see you there as it is a noon dismissal!

Box Tops for Education
Keep turning in those Box Tops and Soup Labels. For the November submission, we turned in 15,947 box tops. That’s $1,594.70 for our school. Yeah, Go All Saints! Here are the top 4 collection classrooms:

693 – Pre-K1, 2 & 3 Mrs. Parriott/Mrs. Rogers
519 – 3A Mrs. Montano
484 – 2B Mrs. Burnett
449 – 1A Mrs. Harrill

Catholic High School News

Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School Invitations


Veterans Day Celebration
Join us as our school community honors the commitment of the men and women who have served our country in the United States Armed Forces. We cordially invite all active duty, reserve, former and retired military personnel to attend our school Mass on Friday, November 11th at 8:30 a.m. Following the Mass, there will be a ceremony in the Parish Activity Center and a reception for our honored guests in Father Kelley Hall.

Open House for 2016-2017 School Year
All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, November 17thbeginning at 9:00 a.m. in Father Kelley Hall. All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about our school are cordially invited to attend.  Following a presentation and introduction at 9:00 a.m., tours of the facility will be provided. For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at (703) 393-1490.

PTO Teacher Conference Day Luncheons
Every year, the All Saints Catholic School PTO holds a luncheon for the teachers, during teacher/parent conference days, to thank them for their hard work, dedication, and continuing perseverance to educate every student every day. This year the luncheons will be held on Monday, November 7th and Tuesday, November 8th. Donations and volunteers make the two-day luncheon a success! Please consider sharing your time, cooking talents and needed donations to this event. The teachers & staff appreciate the lovely lunches and thoughtfulness of the parents who provide this event for them.

Please use the link to sign-up for all donations & volunteer opportunities:

Any questions, please feel free to contact Ashli Thompson, 540-588-4904 or

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, November 2nd

  • PTO Executive Board Meeting (PLC/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, November 4th

  • 1st Quarter Report Cards Sent Home
  • PowerSchool Parent Portal Reopens
  • Deadline: Parent Bullying Survey

Sunday, November 6th

  • Diocesan Vocations Awareness Week

Monday, November 7th

  • Parent-Teacher Conferences (No Classes or Extended Day)

Tuesday, November 8th           

  • Noon Dismissal
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, November 9th

  • Gold Medal Readers Celebration (PAC/1:30 p.m.)

Friday, November 11th            

  • Veterans’ Day Mass & Celebration (8:30 a.m.)
  • Noon Dismissal
  • Spirit Event: Chick-fil-A (6:30 a.m. -9:30 p.m.)

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