The Sentinel – December 14, 2016

Principal’s Message

On Monday morning our community celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  Following the school Mass at 10:00 a.m., the students placed roses at the feet of the statue of Our Lady in the courtyard and recited prayers in Spanish led by Fr. Juan.  With the joyful singing of the parish Guadalupe Choir and delicious donuts for everyone to enjoy, it was a festive celebration of our faith and cultural heritage.

These sacred moments that occur in the life of our school frequently touch the hearts of the children in ways unseen.  For example, for years we have established the tradition of the students gathering each Monday morning during Advent for prayer and song.  To see the impact of this ritual repeated year after year, one need look no further than a first grade classroom in which the students spontaneously broke into song while completing an activity last week.  Enjoy this week’s video presentation, a brief but endearing moment with some of our youngest learners.

VideoChat - First Grade Advent Song

Prayer for the Third Week of Advent
Lord God, may we, your people, who look forward to the birthday of Christ, experience the joy of salvation and celebrate that feast with love and thanksgiving.  We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

All Saints Christmas Pageant
The students of Grades K, 1, 4, 5, and 6 will participate in the annual Christmas Pageant, The Living Crèche. Over the last several weeks, the students have been preparing songs in music class to help portray this beautiful story. Please note the following information:

Date: Monday, December 19, 2016
Time: 7:00PM
Place: All Saints Catholic Church

Due to the fact that Religious Education classes will be in session on Monday evening, students are asked to report to the following classrooms by 6:30 p.m.  Sixth grade students are asked to report by 6:25 p.m.

Kindergarten – Kindergarten classrooms located on the first floor of the new wing
1st Grade – Spanish Room & Room 212 on the second floor
4th Grade – Rooms 211 & 213 on the second floor
5th Grade – Rooms 221 & 222 on the second floor
6th Grade – Rooms 203 & 210 on the second floor

Students in Grades K, 1, 4, and 5 are asked to wear their school uniforms.  Some students in Grade 6 will be in costume.

Come Take a Walk in Bethlehem!
Shake off the dust of the 21st century and step back in time two thousand years to discover the true meaning of Christmas. Come focus your Christmas preparations on the Nativity of our Savior, by taking this interactive visit to the town and stable with the Holy Family and live animals.  For two nights this Advent, Thursday, December 15th and Friday, December 16th, the halls of Holy Trinity will be transformed into the little town of Bethlehem.  Walk the streets of Bethlehem and discover the simplicity, chaos, and humility of that blessed Holy Night we celebrate each year at Christmas.

The event is free; no tickets or RSVPs needed; it is an “Open House” so come with family or friends anytime between 5 and 8 pm.  The walk will take about 30 – 40 minutes, and as you wait to enter, there will be holiday music to enjoy.   Most of the walk is indoors, but bring a coat because the Holy Family and animals will be outdoors.  Wheelchairs are fine; strollers will be parked in our hall, so plan to carry little ones.

That God would clothe himself in the irresistible, innocent beauty of an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes, and beckon us to know Him and love Him is an incomprehensible gift of love!  This event is called Bethlehem Walk and we look forward to seeing you December 15th or 16th. Holy Trinity is located at 8213 Linton Hall Road, Gainesville, VA.

Catholic High School News

St. John Paul the Great – Announcements and Invitations

  1. Applications for admission are now being accepted! Apply today!
2.      Register now for upcoming Middle School Events!
·         3v3 Soccer Tournament (January 21, 2017): To find out more and register, please click here!View event flyer here!
·         Band and Choir Music Festival (January 28, 2017): To find out more and register, please click here! / View event flyer here!
·         3v3 Basketball Tournament (February 25, 2017):  To find out more and register, please click here! / View event flyer here!
·         Baseball Clinic (March 4, 2017):  To find out more and register, please click here! / View event flyer here!


All Saints Open House for 2017-2018 School Year
All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Wednesday, January 11th beginning at 9:00 a.m.  All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about our parish 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.

Tuition Assistance Applications for 2017-2018

The application for tuition assistance for the 2017-2018 academic year is now available and can be found at the following link.

FACTS Tuition Assistance Application.

Due dates for submission of applications and supporting documentation are as follows:
High School                 January 23, 2017
Elementary School       March 17, 2017

NOTE: All families with children enrolled in both high school and elementary school will need to submit an application by the January high school deadline.

All applications and supporting documentation must be received by FACTS by the deadlines listed above to be considered. Only complete applications will be considered. Late applications will be handled as they arrive and as funds allow.

Families interested in applying for Tuition Assistance for the Pre-Kindergarten program are also invited to complete the FACTS process. Although pre-kindergarten students are not eligible for financial assistance through the diocese, the analysis provided by FACTS will guide the process for determining disbursements from funding through our school and parish.

Important Carpool & Parking Reminders
In keeping with our school policy, parents are reminded to use only right turns when entering the property during arrival and dismissal.  This is important in order to maintain a steady flow of traffic on Stonewall Road, to prevent any back-ups near the intersection at Center Street, and to maintain positive public relations with our neighbors and local businesses.

When picking students up following after school activities, parents are reminded not to park in the fire lane directly in front of the school.  It is important that this area be open to emergency vehicles at all times.  Parents are asked to park in front of the church and to walk over to the courtyard to pick up their children from extracurricular activities.

Thank you for your attention to these procedures that safeguard our school and that foster positive relationships with our local community.

Upcoming Events

Friday, December 16th

  • SCA Sponsored Dress Down Day & Buddy Activity
  • Deadline for Mitten Donations

Monday, December 19th

  • Pre-Kindergarten Christmas Pageants (10:00 a.m. & 1:15 p.m.)
  • Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten prior to Christmas
  • Christmas Pageant Dress Rehearsal (2:00 p.m.)
  • Christmas Pageant for Parents (7:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, December 20th

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • 2nd Grade Christmas around the World (10:00 a.m. – Noon)

Wednesday, December 21st

  • Classroom Christmas Parties (10:30 a.m.)
  • Noon Dismissal

Tuesday, January 3rd

  • Classes Resume
  • PTO Executive Board Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, January 6th

  • National Geography Bee (1:30 p.m.)

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