- An Evening with St. Nicholas – Friday, Dec. 3
An Evening with St. Nicholas: December 3
Please join All Saints Catholic School for our annual “Evening with St. Nicholas” on Friday, December 3 at 7:00 PM in the church. The evening will begin with an Advent Prayer Service and traditional Advent carols in the church. The “Procession of the Shoes” will be led by St. Nicholas and Mother Seton.
Donate New Shoes for the House of Mercy
We will be collecting donations of new shoes, with the proceeds benefiting House of Mercy. Donation guidelines are as follows: NEW plain color tennis shoes in white, blue, black, tan or brown. No character sneakers, please.
Don’t miss this beautiful All Saints Advent tradition!
Have a question about volunteering or donations? Contact event co-chair Mrs. Sarah Roccograndi at Sarah.Roccograndi@gmail.com.
- Panera Spirit Event – Wednesday, Dec. 15
On Wednesday, December 15th, the PTO is hosting a spirit event at Panera located at 9508 Libera Avenue from 4:00 – 8:00 PM. Show the flyer (digital or printed) linked below to make sure the PTO gets a portion of the proceeds. If ordering online, please enter the code PRFUND at checkout.
Thank you for supporting All Saints Catholic School!
- RSVP for the Open House – Thursday, Jan. 6
All Saints Catholic School will be hosting an Open House for prospective families for the 2022-2023 school year on Thursday, January 6 at 9:00 AM in the Parish Activity Center. Our nationally recognized parish school provides a nurturing faith environment in which children can excel academically and grow in wisdom and grace each day.
Please RSVP to attend the January Open House on January 6th on the school’s website at allsaintsvaschool.org. For questions, please contact Mrs. Mary Rodriguez at (703) 393-1490 or email@example.com.
- NJHS Thanksgiving Fresh Food Drive
NJHS Thanksgiving Fresh Food Drive
The All Saints Catholic School Thanksgiving Food Drive will be held on Friday, November 19 at 8:30 AM as part of our School Mass. Through a partnership with the Bethany Food Pantry, members of the National Junior Honor Society will once again be collecting food to provide families in need with a Thanksgiving meal.
In an effort to evenly distribute our collection, we are asking for grade-level donations as follows. We are also asking that any family who would like to donate a turkey, turkey breast, or whole chicken, include that with their grade level donation during the Food Drive.
Through the generosity of our school community in providing the items below, many families will enjoy a beautiful meal on Thanksgiving Day!
3 stalks of celery
2 (2-pound) bags of carrots
2 (3-pound) bags of onions
2 (3-pound) bags of oranges
2 (3-pound) bags of apples
2 Dessert “Kit” (cake/frosting or pie crust/filling)
2 (48-ounce) bottle of oil
2 (5-pound) bags of sugar
2 (5-pound) bags of flour or Maseca
2 (5-pound) bags of white potatoes
2 boxes of Stove-Top stuffing mix
- We Care Week Supports Catholic Charities
Each year the Diocese of Arlington hosts We Care Week, an annual opportunity for schools to acknowledge and support the outstanding work of Catholic Charities. In recent years, All Saints Catholic School has responded very generously to this effort, typically contributing more than $1,000 on each occasion. Through the years we have requested that the funds from our community be directed to the St. Lucy Project, a large warehouse in Manassas where staff and volunteers process and distribute donations to numerous food pantries in our region.
This year We Care Week will begin on Sunday, November 28. In support of this initiative, all students are invited to participate in a Dress Down Day on Wednesday, December 1.
The cost to participate is $1.00 with families invited to make an additional donation to support this wonderful cause. Again this year, we will request that the donations from our school specifically target the needs of the St. Lucy Project.
Contributions may be forwarded to classroom teachers or the school office in envelopes marked “We Care Week”. In advance, thank you for your generous support.
Learn more about St. Lucy Project.
- Veterans Day Mass, Assembly & Reception – Nov. 11
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 Thursday, November 11 at 8:30 AM. After Mass, there will be an assembly in the PAC, followed by a reception for our veterans and military service personnel.
Veteran Bricks and Family Veteran Survey
Students received a packet of information in early October about our Veterans Memorial Wall Display, an annual tradition in which we show our gratitude for those within our school community who have served our nation through military service. For your convenience, a link to the packet is provided at the bottom of this newsletter.
Please submit your Family Veteran Survey and Veteran Memorial Display Brick by Thursday, October 28.
- Parenting in a Digital Age
The next PTO General Assembly Meeting will take place via Zoom on Tuesday, November 16 beginning at 7:00 PM.
We are pleased to welcome Deacon Marques Silva, Director of the Office of Child Protection and Safety for the Diocese of Arlington, who will present on the topic of “Parenting in a Digital Age.”
A regular speaker at schools and parishes across our diocese, Deacon Silva is well versed on this topic and will provide parents with specific strategies for safeguarding their children in the online world.
- In an effort to make the presentation as relevant as possible for our school community, within the next week we will invite our middle school students to participate in an anonymous ten question survey regarding their use of social media.
- The feedback provided by our students will provide a snapshot of their awareness and use of emerging social media platforms which Deacon Silva will highlight during his remarks.
We hope that you will be able to join us for what promises to be an informative and highly engaging presentation.Topic: PTO General Assembly Meeting – Parenting in a Digital AgeTime: Nov 16, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)Join Zoom MeetingMeeting ID: 868 9120 1208Passcode: 044601One tap mobile+13017158592,,86891201208# US (Washington DC)
- Creation Care Club – Dress Down Day
Please see the flyer link below for details on the Fourth Grade Creation Care Club’s dress down day on Wednesday, October 27, 2021.
Students from all grades can wear FALL colors: red, orange, yellow and brown
To participate, the suggested minimum donation is $1.00. All proceeds will help fund Creation Care Club projects.
- CYO Basketball – Register by 10/22
Great news from our All Saints CYO organizers! Please see the important note below:
The diocese is doing everything they can to support a basketball season this year.
Sign up MUST be done by October 22nd. That is a hard deadline so we can let the diocese know and unfortunately we will not be able to accept any sign ups after that time.
If you are interested in being a coach of a team (Grade 3-8) this year, please email Carolyn Kinney at firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP. You must be VIRTUS cleared in order to volunteer and there must be at least 2 VIRTUS coaches per team. You do not have to be an expert at basketball, just have to have the desire to help lead the kids in playing the game and showing good sportsmanship.
We will not know until we have collected the sign ups and reported back to the diocese if all teams will be feasible. Gym space is tighter this year, so please caution your child that we are doing our best to have a team for every grade (both boys and girls) but we will not know for a few weeks.
The link to register your child can be found below! As we get more information we will keep you informed.
Deadline to Register – October 22, 2021Additional Information:Games will occur on Saturdays or Sundays based on Gym availability around the Diocese. Practices will fall on a Monday-Thursday after school. If you register and we don’t have enough players to field a team in your age group, you will receive a refund of your registration fee.Since all games are played in schools, the state requires everyone two years and older, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask over nose and mouth while in the school building. Athletes and referees do not have to wear a mask while exercising (though an athlete may choose to). Athletes however must wear a mask when not exercising (when sitting on the bench, when entering and leaving the building, etc.)Families must be members off All Saints Parish and/or All Saints School to register.
- Two Alumni Serving as FOCUS Missionaries
Two All Saints Catholic School Alumni and long-time parishioners McKenna DeBruyne and Allison Rice are excited to share an opportunity to join them in Catholic evangelization through an organization called FOCUS. McKenna and Allison have dedicated two years of their lives to being Catholic FOCUS missionaries at the University of Colorado, Mines and the University of Maine.
What is FOCUS?
FOCUS stands for the Fellowship of Catholic University Students and is the largest Catholic college outreach program reaching out to students on over 180 different college campuses. The 800 FOCUS missionaries are trained in outreach and evangelization to bring Christ into a student’s world. Their job occurs on campus – in the gym, the cafeteria and coffee shops, at athletic and Greek events – meeting students where they are. From there, they engage them in friendship and invite them into a relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church. They mentor students on how to incorporate Jesus’ teachings into everyday life.
Studies show that those who practice their faith through college are significantly more likely to remain active after graduating. The message of FOCUS is a message of hope: not only do missionaries encounter lost students and invite them back to faith, but these students in turn reach out to their peers, their brothers and sisters, their parents and grandparents. Lives are being changed and souls are being saved!
How Can You Support our Alumni Missionaries?
As missionaries, McKenna and Allison are responsible for fundraising 100% of their mission budget with the help individuals like you. If you are interested in learning more about FOCUS and their mission or want to join McKenna and Allison’s financial support team, please complete the form below and McKenna and Allison will be in contact with you.
Thank you for your generosity and desire to join them in mission to build up leaders, change the world for Christ, and save souls!
Additional Information about FOCUS: