The Sentinel – May 24, 2017

Principal’s Message

On Monday afternoon our students gathered in the Parish Activity Center for a very special surprise assembly – the launch of our celebration of the 60th Anniversary of All Saints Catholic School!  Behind the scenes throughout this past year, a committee comprised of community members has been planning a multi-day event in September that will highlight our legacy and mission over the past six decades.  Mark your calendars now for what promises to be an exciting time with great food, entertainment and fellowship.
September 22nd – An Evening under the Stars
All school families, alumni, parishioners and community members are invited to join us for a festival in the courtyard on Friday evening, complete with live music, a variety of food trucks, tours of the school and activities for the family. 
September 23rd – Mass & Reception
The highlight of the weekend will be the 60th Anniversary Mass that will take place in the church at 10:00 a.m. The liturgy will be followed by a catered reception in the Parish Activity Center.
To help our students understand the meaning of “anniversary”, our assembly on Monday afternoon included a humorous skit performed by members of the faculty and staff, as well as Fr. Juan, in the role of St. Juan Diego!  This was followed by a video presentation highlighting the development of our school and facilities through the years.  And, as you may have heard, there was the official “reveal” of our school mascot – the Eagle!
All Saints has been a place of great blessings for many through the decades and we look forward to celebrating our history in the year ahead.
Happy 60th Anniversary All Saints!
VideoChat - Eagle Mascot
Band Wins Recognition at Music Festival!
Last Friday both the All Saints beginner and advanced bands performed at the High Note Music Festival in Hershey, Pennsylvania.  Our advanced band performed extremely well and was awarded “Superior” ratings from both judges.  Our beginner band, performing for the first time ever at the Festival, earned “Excellent” ratings from the judges and played their best ever. The trip to Hershey was a tremendous success, beginning with a traditional Amish breakfast in Lancaster, followed by the bands’ performances and the remainder of the day spent at Hershey Park.  Congratulations to Mr. Ward, Mr. Sawasky and all of the students on this wonderful achievement!
Student Council Election Results
Last week a number of students participated in an election for leadership positions in the Student Council Association for 2017-2018.  Congratulations to the following candidates who were elected by students in grades four through seven. 
President   –   Chloe Davies                           
Vice President   –   Juan Santos
Secretary   –   Kateri Mantooth
School Spirit/Publicity   –   Mahlia Slaiby
Finance   –   Timothy Mills
Health, Safety & Ecology   –   Jack Morad
Religious Activities   –   Mike Short
5th Grade Parent Letter ~ Message from the Superintendent & Virginia Department of Heath
Every year the Virginia Department of Health distributes information regarding the HPV (vaccine) to rising 6th grade girls.  This relates to state legislation and our diocese cooperates by distributing this letter.  However, we also distribute a letter from Dr. Bigelow, Superintendent of Schools, which includes statements and insights from the two Bishops of Virginia.  Tomorrow the parents of rising 6th grade students will receive copies of these two letters in sealed envelopes.  After reviewing the correspondence, should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office for more information.
Cafeteria Reminder
Beginning Thursday, June 1st, students will be unable to charge lunches and/or drinks on accounts with zero or negative balances.  Parents may either put money on their child’s lunch account or purchase lunch/drinks on a daily basis with cash.  If a child does not have money on account and does not bring payment, we will offer a cold sandwich only at no charge.  Any monies on account at the end of this school year will be carried over to next year.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the cafeteria at 703-368-4400 (Ext. 211).
PTO Bounce Mania Spirit Event
The PTO will be hosting a Spirit Day at Bounce Mania on Thursday, June 1st from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM.  Come enjoy Bounce Mania’s giant inflatables while supporting All Saints.  A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit our school.  Bounce Mania is located at 7679 Limestone Drive, Suite 100 in Gainesville.  Please see flyer for pricing and additional information! 


Graduation Day – Noon Dismissal (June 9th)
Since 8th Grade Graduation will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the church on Friday, June 9th, school will dismiss at noon that day.
Stewardship Shares ~ Year End Totals
Last week the office issued individualized letters to families, confirming the number of any outstanding Shares and the corresponding fee.  Families are reminded to submit payment to the office for any unearned Stewardship Shares by Friday, June 2nd.     
Tuition Assistance Awards & FACTS Enrollment Process for 2017-2018
Diocesan allocations for tuition assistance were finalized on Monday.  As such, we are now in the process of confirming tuition amounts and coordinating these details with FACTS. 
All returning families will soon receive a customized email from FACTS confirming their tuition balance and payment plan for 2017-2018.  All new families and those who have expressed interest in changing their plan from “Payment in Full by invoice” to a schedule of payments will receive a FACTS “invite” that will provide detailed directions for establishing an account.
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!
Broadway Training & Art Exploring in local Catholic Parish Summer Day Camps…
This July, Nativity Parish and All Saints Parish are hosting day camps in Art & Drama for ages as young as Kindergarten and as old as High School.  All instructors have professional backgrounds that include Ringling Brothers, Arena Stage, The Corcoran Gallery, Lincoln Center, and Wolf Trap.  Additionally, most instructors are teachers at Arlington Diocesan Schools.  A variety of different camps are offered Mondaythrough Friday for a one week period. 
Visit to take advantage of $10 off in May.


Extended Day Program
Extended Day services will continue for the next three weeks and be available before and after school through Thursday, June 15thThere will be no Extended Day Program on Friday, June 16th.  All students will dismiss at 11:00 a.m. following the Closing Mass & Awards Ceremony.  Please make arrangements for your children to be picked up if you anticipate being unavailable at that time.
Report Cards
Report cards and awards will be issued on the final day of school, June 16th.  Since the office will have a record of your child’s final grades at the close of the year, you may retain these cards.
All medications must be picked up from the clinic no later than Thursday, June 15th.  Since students are not authorized to carry medication, it is necessary for parents to visit the clinic to pick up medications prior to the close of the year.  Medications remaining after the final day will be discarded. 
Summer Office Hours
The school office will remain open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. during the months of June and August.  Should you need to contact school personnel during the summer months, please do not hesitate to leave a message on the answering machine or contact us via email.  We will make every effort to assist you in a timely manner.

Important Dates for the Upcoming Year

  • Orientation Day (Students and parents are invited to visit the school, meet new teachers, and pick up supply orders.) – Friday, August 25th.  
  • 11th Annual Back-to School Barbecue hosted by the PTO – Friday, August 25th (5:30-7:30 p.m.)
  • First Day of School ~ Noon Dismissal (Grades K-8) – Monday, August 28th      
  • First Day of Pre-Kindergarten – Wednesday, September 6th    


Upcoming Events
Thursday, May 25th                

  • 4th Grade Mother’s Presentation (FKH following 8:30 Mass)

Friday, May 26th                     

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Monday, May 29th                  

  • Holiday – Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 30th                  

  • Race for Education Dress Down Day Option
  • 2nd Grade Field Trip – Franciscan Monastery (7:00– 2:30)
  • 4th Grade Field Trip – Mount Vernon (8:00 – 2:30)
  • Little Veterinarian School – 4th Grade (3:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 31st              

  • Field Day – K-8 (Linton Hall/9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) (Deadline for Lunch Orders – Friday, May 26th)
  • PowerSchool Parent Portal Closes (3:00 p.m.)

Thursday, June 1st                  

  • Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten
  • NJHS Sponsored Red, White & Blue Dress Down Day ($1.00)
  • Spirit Event: Bounce Mania (10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

Friday, June 2nd                      

  • School Mass – Feast of the Sacred Heart (8:30 a.m.)
  • Deadline: Stewardship Shares Payments

Saturday, June 3rd                  

  • 8th Grade Algebra Exemption Exam