The Sentinel – June 2016

Principal’s Message

On Friday afternoon families and friends gathered with the 8th Grade Class of 2017 to celebrate their successful completion of our program and to wish them continued blessings as they transition to high school.

While the ceremony represented an important milestone for our graduates, it was also a significant moment for a number of families participating in their final All Saints graduation after many years in our community.  This week I would like to acknowledge those families who have been a part of our school family for more than ten years and whose youngest child has now graduated.  I thank them for their commitment to Catholic education and for having chosen All Saints Catholic School.

Parker Family (11 Years)
White Family (11 Years)
Switzer Family (12 Years)
Ferguson Family (13 Years)
Halstead Family (16 Years)
Ulrich Family (20 Years)
Gannon Family (21 Years)

As the school year quickly draws to a close, I am reminded of the many blessings of this past year. Over the course of the past ten months, for example, the teachers have worked diligently to further integrate technology in the learning process and to differentiate instruction.  And as we look ahead to next year, we are excited to take another significant step in our technology program – the implementation of a one to one device program in the middle school.  Additionally, it will be a time of great celebration for our community as we mark the 60th Anniversary of the founding of All Saints Catholic School.

While it is important that we continue to embrace innovation and to seek new opportunities for improving the teaching and learning process, the core mission and focus of our school has remained unchanged over the course of the past six decades.  All Saints Catholic School exists so that the children of our parish and surrounding region may experience the love of Christ on a daily basis and be transformed into His likeness.  With this foundation, they become witnesses of our Catholic faith, going forth to share the Good News of the Gospel by word and example.  This is our mission.  This is our call….that all may be saints!

On behalf of the entire faculty and staff, thank you for choosing All Saints for your family.  Your children are your most precious gift and we are grateful that you entrust them to our care.

Wishing you a safe, relaxing and enjoyable summer holiday!

VideoChat - June 14, 2017

Prayers & Updates for Michael Munsell
Thank you to the many members of our community who continue to pray for Michael and his family.  Those interested in receiving updates regarding his progress are invited to access his Caring Bridge page at the link below.

Caring Bridge – Michael Munsell
IMPORTANT REMINDERS

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 jdeugenio@allsaintsva.org 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!
END OF YEAR INFORMATION

School Supplies (2017-2018)
The school supply portal is now open and can be found at the following link.
http://www.educationalproducts.com/shoppacks
Access Code: ALL088

The portal will close on June 30th.  Please submit orders by this date to qualify for the bulk discount and free shipping. The portal will reopen for several additional weeks until July 16th for individual sales. Packs will be available at a slightly increased cost and families will need to pay for them to be shipped to All Saints in time for supply distribution.

Copies of the school supply lists are also available on our website for families who wish to purchase items locally.

Extended Day Program
There 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.

Medications
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, Wednesdays 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

Immunization & Health Records Requirements for 2017-2018
To the parents of Pre-K students arriving in the Fall 2017:
The State of Virginia requires parents of Pre-K students submit the following:

  1. An immunization form must be in the child’s record by the date of the child’s admission.   The first day of Pre-K is Wednesday, September 6th, 2017.
  2. Immunizations must be recorded and dated on either the Health Dept. form (MCH 213F or MCH 213G) or a physician’s form, include the child’s name, and be signed or stamped and dated by a licensed physician, the physician’s designee, or an official of a local health department.
  3. For all immunizations a child receives after July 1, 2017, the form must contain a statement (typed or handwritten) that the child is adequately immunized.

The current Form MCH213G is available at the following website:
http://www.doe.virginia.gov/support/health_medical/school_entrance_form/school_entrance_form.pdf

If your child has any chronic health conditions, such as food or substance allergy or asthma, please be sure to submit an Authorization Form for the medication along with the Action Plan for the condition.  All medications must be brought in by the parents, not by the child.  If a child needs an Epi-Pen, please bring two per prescription dosage recommendations.

To the parents of Kindergarten students arriving in Fall 2017

A new Physical Exam is necessary, dated less than one year from the time of admission. Kindergarten begins on Monday, August 28th.  This Exam should be on, or accompanied by, the Virginia Department of Health form MCH 213G.  (See the website above for the form).  Tip:  Print out the MCH213G and hand it to the physician before the physical exam for this year, if possible, so as to avoid an additional charge to complete it outside the office visit.  The Physical must include all the immunizations required by the Commonwealth of Virginia as indicated by the chart on the following website:
https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/child-adolescent.html

Upcoming Events
Thursday, June 15th

  • Kindergarten Graduation (Church/10:00 a.m.)
  • Classroom Parties (1:30 p.m.)
  • Last Day of Extended Day Program

Friday, June 16th

  • Final Day of School
  • Closing Mass & Awards Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
  • Refreshments for Parents (PAC)
  • Final Dismissal (11:00 a.m.)
  • No Extended Day Program
  • Faculty/Staff Luncheon (Noon)

Monday, June 19th

  • Teacher Work Day

Tuesday, June 20th

  • Teacher Work Day
  • Deadline for Tuition Payment in Full for 2017-2018 with 2% discount

Links:

 

Middle School Supply List for Orientation

Attention middle school students and families:
We are looking forward to seeing you on orientation day! Come meet and greet your teachers and see your friends that you’ve missed all summer! Bring your smiles, but don’t bring all your school supplies just yet! It can be a little crazy and frantic with beginning of the year excitement on orientation day, so here are some suggestions of what to bring on orientation day and what to bring on the first day of school.

On orientation day, DO bring your locker shelves and any locker decorations you might want to put inside like magnetic white message boards, magnetic pencil cups, mirrors, or decorative magnets. Feel free to set up your locker in preparation for the first day of school! Please also bring items from the supply list such as tissues, wipes, hand sanitizer, and paper towels and leave them in your homeroom classroom.

Use the list below to identify what items to bring on the first day. Your teachers will guide you through setting up and labeling your materials during the first week of school. Remember to save a few brown paper bags from the grocery store as they make great book covers. Check out the following for step-by-step directions on how to make a book cover from a brown paper grocery bag.

Please click on the Supply List link below which details what bring on orientation, what to bring on the first day of school, and what to leave at home for use later in the year.

Middle School Supply List to Prepare for Orientation Day

Get Your Tickets for Beauty and the Beast

All Saints - Beauty and the Beast - July 18-23, 2017
Perfect for adults and children alike, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, will cap off the award-winning Upper Room Theatre’s 16th season at All Saints Catholic Church in Manassas, VA! 
 
Based on the beloved 1991 animated film, this enchanting, Academy Award-winning tale has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide.
 
The acclaimed live musical tells the story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince under an enchantress’s curse. Time is running out, and if the Beast doesn’t learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.
 
Filled with colorful characters, stunning sets and costumes, and dazzling show-stopping numbers including “Be Our Guest”, this is a magical production you won’t soon forget.
 
Tickets and all details are available at http://www.UpperRoomTickets.com. Mark your calendars July 18-23 for the beloved Broadway musical, Beauty and the Beast

60th Anniversary Celebration

Calling All Alums … All Saints Catholic School will be celebrating its 60th Anniversary with two very special events in September 2017.

  • Friday, September 22An Evening Under the Stars in the All Saints courtyard with music, entertainment, food trucks, alumni displays, children’s activities, a photo booth, and more!
  • Saturday, September 23 – 60th Anniversary Mass and Reception – 10:00 AM, All Saints Church

We are trying to get the word out to All Saints alumni to invite them to these special events to connect with old friends and reminisce about their days at All Saints.

  • Facebook – If you are an alumnus of All Saints, please follow our Alumni Facebook page (facebook.com/allsaintsvaalumni) and RSVP for our 60th Anniversary events.
  • Alumni Displays – We are looking for photos and other school related items to include in our alumni displays. If you have anything to lend, please contact Janis DeVore at development@allsaintsva.org.
  • Spread the News – Help us spread the word about All Saints Catholic School’s 60th Anniversary by passing this information on to any All Saints alumni you know!

 

 

Summer Learning Requirements

Recognizing that our curriculum during the school year is rigorous and that expectations are high for student learning, there is great value in the children having a respite during the months of summer.  On the other hand, studies have shown that students lose ground during the long vacation if not provided an opportunity to keep their skills sharp.  With these two perspectives in mind, as in prior years, the teachers have crafted a balanced plan specific for our school.

(Note: Parents should select the summer learning assignments that correspond to the grade that their child will be entering in the fall.  For example, a student entering second grade would complete the Summer Book Program for rising 2nd graders.  A child entering third grade would complete the assignments outlined for rising 3rd graders.)

2017 Summer Learning Requirements

Openings for the 2017-18 School Year

Are you interested in having your child attend All Saints in the 2017-18 school year? We currently have openings in our Half Day Pre-Kindergarten Program and additional grade levels.

If you would like a tour of the school or to request an application, please contact Joyce D’Eugenio at (703) 393-1490 or jdeugenio@allsaintsva.org.

School Supplies 2017-2018

As a service to parents, we are again partnering with Educational Products to provide pre-packaged orders of supplies by grade level.  I wish to thank Mrs. Johnson who has coordinated this project for us once again and who has incorporated a number of changes that we hope you will find to be beneficial.

There are two ways to purchase school supplies for the coming year:

  1. You can do your shopping on your own using our 2017-18 School Supply List as your guide.
  2. You can choose to purchase supplies online through our EPI Online School Supply Packs Program. Orders will be accepted through EPI through July 15th. This allows you to order your child’s school supplies and have them ready and waiting for you when you arrive for orientation!

SEE COMPLETE DETAILS

Middle School Supply List for Orientation Day

Attention Middle School students and families:
We are looking forward to seeing you on orientation day! Come meet and greet your teachers and see your friends that you’ve missed all summer! Bring your smiles, but don’t bring all your school supplies just yet! It can be a little crazy and frantic with beginning of the year excitement on orientation day, so here are some suggestions of what to bring on orientation day and what to bring on the first day of school.
On orientation day, DO bring your locker shelves and any locker decorations you might want to put inside like magnetic white message boards, magnetic pencil cups, mirrors, or decorative magnets. Feel free to set up your locker in preparation for the first day of school! Please also bring items from the supply list such as tissues, wipes, hand sanitizer, and paper towels and leave them in your homeroom classroom.
Use the list below to identify what items to bring on the first day. Your teachers will guide you through setting up and labeling your materials during the first week of school.
Remember to save a few brown paper bags from the grocery store as they make great book covers. Check out the following for step-by-step directions on how to make a book cover from a brown paper grocery bag.

Please click on the Supply List link below which details what bring on orientation, what to bring on the first day of school, and what to leave at home for use later in the year.

Middle School Supply List to Prepare for Orientation Day

Middle School Introduces 1:1 Device Program

All Saints is pleased to announce that we will transition to a one-to-one device program in the middle school beginning in the 2017-2018 academic year. Students in the program will have access to a Chromebook for their use throughout the school day and at home.

As announced at the parent meeting in May, this initiative will provide each of the students in grades six through eight with access to a Chromebook. This advancement will enable us to increase technology integration across the curriculum and expand our commitment to differentiation of learning.

What do we need to know at this time?

During the 2017-2018 academic year, all 6th & 7th grade students will receive a new Chromebook for use both at school and home. Students in 8th grade will have access to the mobile cart of Chromebooks during the school day.

The Chromebooks for 6th & 7th grade will be made available on a “lease to own” model. Parents will pay an annual fee during August and retain the device upon graduation. The fee for the first two years will be $125 with a smaller fee of $100 during the 8th grade year.

What are the next steps?

During the month of July, I will forward to all middle school parents copies of the Technology Acceptable Use Policy Handbook & Agreement, the Student/Parent Chromebook Technology Use and Support Fee Agreement, and the Chromebook Sign-Off and Pledge.

The $125 fee and corresponding forms will be due on Orientation Day, August 25th. The Chromebooks will be distributed to students during the first two weeks of school.

We look forward to implementing this program that will continue to transform the teaching and learning process at All Saints.