The Sentinel – January 11, 2017

Principal’s Message

This week I would like to provide you with an update regarding Mrs. Slovenkay who underwent surgery just prior to the Christmas holiday.  I am pleased to share with you the good news that the procedure was a success.  Most importantly, her cancer is curable and she anticipates a return to full health.  However, it will be necessary that she receive both chemotherapy and radiation treatments in the months ahead.  For this reason, she will be unable to return to the classroom and will be out on medical leave through the close of this academic year.

I had an opportunity to visit with Mrs. Slovenkay last week and can share with you that her spirits remain high and that she is very appreciative of the prayers, cards and well-wishes showered upon her since the news of her illness in December.  I have assured her that she will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers on a daily basis and that our community stands ready to provide any assistance that we can.

I wish to thank Mrs. Lynelle Pora and Mrs. Karen Davey who have been the substitute teachers in her classroom and who have provided continuity for the students. I am continuing to interview candidates for a position that will extend through the close of the year and will provide you additional updates once a hiring decision has been finalized.
On Tuesday our teachers will participate in a diocesan-wide professional development day.  So as to keep you apprised of our efforts and our learning priorities for the year, I’d like to share with you the highlights for our day of professional growth.

Our faculty will gather at Bishop O’Connell with teachers from around the diocese for a presentation by Mr. Ron Clark who has been called “America’s Educator..  In 2000, he was named Disney’s American Teacher of the Year and is a New York Times bestselling author whose book, The Essential 55, has sold over 1 million copies.  He has been featured on numerous television programs, been honored at the White House on three occasions, and was the subject of the uplifting film, The Ron Clark Story.

Following the morning presentation, our faculty will return to All Saints for the afternoon where they will continue to design plans and strategies for the further integration of technology in the classroom and differentiation of learning.

Have you updated your calendar for next week?   All Saints will be closed next Monday(Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday), Tuesday (Professional Development Day) & Friday(Inauguration Day).

National Geography Bee
Last Friday students in grades four through eight participated in the school-wide round of the National Geography Bee.  Congratulations to our school champion, Abigail Yelvington (8B) who will complete an online assessment to determine whether she will qualify to advance to the state level competition.  Congratulations to Lucy Avila De la Trinidad (8A) who won second place and to all of the students who represented their classes in this academic event.

4A Liam Nino
4B Matthew Abando
5A Evelyn Shaw
5B Alexander Iskenderoglu
6A Arjun Iyer
6B Rudy Gasser
7A Timothy Mills
7B Mike Short
8A Lucy Avila De la Trinidad
8B Abby Yelvington

March for Life
On Friday, January 27th the students of All Saints will join their prayers with the thousands who will gather in Washington, D.C. at the annual March for Life.  As a school community we will pray for an increase in respect for the sanctity of life at all stages in our society. While children who wish to attend the March for Life with their parents or the Youth Ministry Program will be marked as absent, please know that this absence will not affect a child who otherwise would earn “Perfect Attendance” at the close of the year.  If your child will be attending the March, please notify his or her teacher via a note by the end of next week.

Donations are needed for the Science Fair, Thursday, Januarty 19th
Please check out to see a list of items.  We’re in need of food at 7:30 a.m. in the PAC.  All non-perishable items can labeled Science Fair and dropped at the front office OR dropped at the PAC on Wednesday, January 18th at 2:30 p.m. I you have any food questions or concerns please call Ashli Thompson, 540-588-4904, or email Thank you So much and God Bless!

Running with the Saints 5K
JOIN US MARCH 25, 2017 at 8:15 a.m. for the Running With the Saints 5K.  This is a fun event for the whole family – runners, joggers, walkers of all ages and abilities are welcome – jogger strollers are welcome too!  Indoor waiting in the PAC, music, RAFFLE PRIZES, food and water, and great Age Group Awards!  Register early to guarantee your t-shirt! Registration packets are coming home soon or you can register online at – just search for Running With the Saints. Any questions, please feel free to contact Joan Coleman at

Running With the Saints 5K 2017 TShirt Contest:  All Students are invited to submit their own hand drawn design to be used for this year’s Running With The Saints 5K T-shirsts.  Deadline is February 17, 2017.  See flier for additional information.  Any questions, please contact Sue Haggerty at

5K SPONSORS NEEDED!  Help Make the Running With the Saints 5K a success!  Do you own a business or work for one that would be willing to sponsor our event?  If so, you could take advantage of a great opportunity to advertise your business and help the students of All Saints Catholic School.  See attached flier for more information or contact Joan Coleman at
Registration Schedule for 2017-2018
Current families who wish to enroll a new student in grades Pre-Kindergarten through eight for the 2017-2018 academic year are invited to request an application via email at the following address:  Applications will be sent home to families with the youngest child currently enrolled in our school.

Re-registration forms for current students will be sent home to families early in February.

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.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, January 12th          

  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, January 13th               

  • Catholic High School Application Deadline

Saturday, January 14th           

  • Vex IQ Robotics Team Tournament in Maryland

Monday, January 16th            

  • Holiday – Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday

Tuesday, January 17th            

  • Holiday – Diocesan Professional Development Day
  • 60th Anniversary Planning Committee Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Thursday, January 19th          

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Science Fair (Awards Ceremony – 6:30 p.m.)

Friday, January 20th               

  • Holiday – Inauguration Day

Monday, January 23rd            

  • FACTS Tuition Assistance Application Deadline for Families Enrolling a Student in High School

Tuesday, January 24th            

  • School Mass – St. Francis DeSales (8:30 a.m.)
  • Band Concerts (PAC/2:00 & 7:00 p.m.)

Friday, January 27th               

  • End of 2nd Quarter
  • Adoration & Benediction (2:15 p.m.)

Saturday, January 28th           

  • First Reconciliation for 2nd Grade (10:00 a.m.)

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