The Sentinel – April 5, 2017

Principal’s Message
As we near the conclusion of Lent, I want to thank you for encouraging your children to participate in the Rice Bowl project.  This initiative has provided our students a very specific way to embrace the practice of prayer, fasting and almsgiving during this liturgical season.
Families who have participated in the Rice Bowl effort are asked to convert the monetary donations into checks made out to All Saints Catholic School and to forward them to the office by Wednesday, April 12th.  Please be sure to include a reference to “CRS Rice Bowl” in the memo section of the check.  All of the proceeds received will be totaled and forwarded to Catholic Relief Services.
Additionally, students who have contributed to the project are asked to bring their rice bowls to school on Thursday, April 13th.  They will be invited to place their empty boxes on tables arranged in the shape of a cross as they process into church for our Holy Thursday Prayer Service, a gesture symbolizing their sacrificial giving during the Lenten season.
In advance, thank you for your generous support of this project that truly makes a difference in alleviating suffering around the world.

Principal's VideoChat - April 5, 2017
PTO General Assembly Meeting – Literacy Night for Parents (April 25th)
Parents of students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 2nd are invited to attend a special workshop entitled The Language of Literacy: Making Reading Fun presented by Mrs. Jemielity, one of our resource teachers, on Tuesday, April 25th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Activities Center
The aim of the presentation is to show parents the progression from foundational reading skills to reading for meaning that leads to comprehension.  Each step of the reading process will be clearly explained and parents will be given the opportunity to learn about activities that can be used at home to reinforce reading.  If you have ever wondered about the steps by which a child learns to read or have a young emerging reader in your family, this is a presentation you won’t want to miss.  Please invite friends, neighbors and colleagues to what will be a very informative overview of the reading process for parents.  For more information, including an RSVP form, please see the links below.
Virtues in Practice
Virtue for the Month of April: Justice
Definition: Being fair and giving each his due.
Saints: St. Anthony of Padua (PreK-2); St. Katherine Drexel (3-5), St. Thomas More (6-8)
Band Awarded Superior Rating – 39th Year in a Row!
The All Saints Band once again earned the highest ratings at the 2017 Arlington Diocese Band Festival, with judges awarding our band’s performance with a Superior rating.  The auditorium at Bishop Ireton High School was filled with All Saints band parents and guests from other schools. Both the beginner and advanced bands are now looking forward to performing at the High Note Music Festival at Hershey Park. Congratulations to our advanced band for making this our 39th straight Superior Rating at the festival.  Thank you, Mr. Ward and Mr. Sawasky for your leadership and commitment to excellence in the program!
Spelling Bee Winners
Congratulations to the following classroom champions who participated in our annual Spelling Bee last Friday and to our overall school winners.
School Champion: Anthony Olivera
2nd Place: Nicholas Ferguson
3rd Place: Anna Downes
4A – Andrew Trunzo and Liam Nino
4B – Amelia Webb and Savanna Loy
5A – Joey Munsell and Jack Stidham
5B – Anna Downes and Germaine Wanjara
6A – Anthony Olivera and Joe Corrigan
6B – Mary Collins and Vlad Rapolti
7A – Katy Jo McDermott and Sabrina Yap
7B – Kimberly Garces and Alec Kelly
8A – Katie Ulrich and Nicholas Ferguson
8B – Christine Tran and Samantha Amancio
Mark your calendars for our 12th Annual Race for Education taking place in one month on Thursday, May 4, 2017! The race times for each class are:

8:45-9:45AM – Pre-K1, Pre-K2, K1, K2, 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B
10:15-11:15AM – 3A, 3B, 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B
1:15-2:15PM – Pre-K3, 6A, 6B, 7A, 7B, 8A, 8B

Our total for donations for our 2017 Race for Education as of Tuesday, April 4th is: $8,851.00
Donations arrive daily to the school office and through our online donation link. Volunteers are needed to help with our record keeping process on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. If you are interested in volunteering any amount of time please sign-up through our HelpCounter link:
From the Spirit Events Committee
Thursday, April 20th is our last Skate-n-Fun Zone Spirit Event for this year. This is during Easter Break, so no need to worry about getting up early for school. We can go between 6-8 p.m. Admission is $8 and includes skate rental, 4 free tokens, a slice of pizza, and a 12 oz. soda. We look forward to seeing you there!
Box Tops for Education
Here is the latest update: 
2,294 – 7A Mrs. DeBruyne
1,880 – 6B Mrs. Cottingham
1,831 – Pre-K1, 2 & 3 Mrs. Parriott/Mrs. Rogers
1,790 – 1A Mrs. Harrill
Keep clipping, ripping and sending them in. We’ve collected 2,424 Box Tops in just 3 weeks. The class who turns in the most wins the greatest Box Top party. Ask your family members during Easter break if they have any box tops for All Saints!
Events and Invitations from John Paul the Great Catholic High School! Please join us!

  • Beauty and the Beast produced by JP Drama and BandMay 5, 6, and 7.

Tickets may be purchased here:

  • 5th Annual Gala & Auction at The Clubs at Quantico Saturday, May 20.

‘Diamonds and Denim’ promises to be a fun-filled night! Tickets and sponsorship info may be found here:

If you have other questions about JP, please visit or call 703.445.0300.

Kindergarten Screening ~ No Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten Classes on May 1st & May 8th
The Early Prevention of School Failure Screening for Kindergarten applicants will take place in May.  In order that the teachers may be available to administer the assessment and analyze the results, there will be no Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten classes on May 1st or May 8th
End of Year Calendar & Events
Wednesday, May 31st   Field Day – Grades K-8 (Linton Hall School)
Thursday, June 1st       Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten
Friday, June 9th            8th Grade Graduation (4:00 p.m.)
                                     Note: Noon Dismissal for Grades K-7
Thursday, June 15th     Kindergarten Graduation (10:00 a.m.)
Friday, June 16th          Final Day of School for Students in Grades 1-7 (11:00 a.m. Dismissal)
Pre-Kindergarten Openings for 2017-2018
Openings are still available in the half day classes of the Pre-Kindergarten Program for the 2017-2018 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 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!
NJHS Easter Food Collection
In conjunction with the Lenten Rice Bowl initiative, All Saints Catholic School families are invited to participate in a food drive to assist the Bethany Food Pantry in providing an Easter meal for less fortunate families in our community.
During each week of Lent, grade levels are invited to donate items as listed below.  The students of the National Junior Honor Society will then package meals on Holy Thursday and they will be distributed by the food pantry staff on Good Friday.

Week 5 (April 3-7)
Grade 1 (2 cans of vegetables – carrots, corn, mixed)
Kindergarten (1 large can of sweet potatoes)

Week 6 (April 10-13)
Pre-Kindergarten (2 boxes of biscuit or corn muffin mix)

Theatre & Art Day Camps in a Catholic Environment at All Saints
Enroll your child in a fun and exciting camp this July dedicated to teaching excellence in the arts.  Instructors are top notch in their field in topics such as visual art, dance, singing, acting, improvisation, crafts, and more.  Opportunities from K through High School make Spotlight on the Arts Summer Camps perfect for the whole family.  For over 10 years, Rob Tessier has offered these camps withing the Arlington Diocese… and this month registration is offered at a discounted rate.  Go to to learn more!
Upcoming Events
Wednesday, April 5th               

  • Middle School Chastity Lessons – rescheduled from snow day
  • Lenten Soup Supper, sponsored by the PTO (5:00-7:00 p.m.)
  • PowerSchool Parent Portal Closes – Report Card Preparation

Thursday, April 6th                  

  • Stations of the Cross – Grades K-8 (2:15 p.m.)
  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting (PLC/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, April 7th                      

  • 8th Grade Class Trip to Annapolis (7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
  • School Mass – St. John Baptiste De La Salle (8:30 a.m.)
  • End of 3rd Quarter

Saturday, April 8th                  

  • Diocesan Science Fair

Tuesday, April 11th                 

  • Little Medical School – 3rd Grade (3:00-4:05 p.m.)

Wednesday, April 12th             

  • Peace & Justice Sponsored Lenten Soup Luncheon ($3.00)

Thursday, April 13th                

  • Holy Thursday Prayer Service (Church/9:30 a.m.)
  • 7th Grade Passion Play (PAC/10:45 a.m.)
  • Report Cards Distributed to Students
  • Noon Dismissal
  • PowerSchool Parent Portal Re-Opens

Friday, April 14th                    

  • Holiday – Good Friday

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