As part of the diocesan initiative to maintain a safe environment for all of our children, all volunteers with children are required to complete a background check prior to working in the school and to complete VIRTUS training within 45 days of commencing service. To register for an upcoming training, please visit www.virtus.org.
As we begin a new year, in accordance with diocesan policy, only those parents who have completed the criminal background check are eligible to volunteer in the school. Those who have not yet completed the background check process may request a packet of forms from the front office.
We are very excited about our new reading program and would love to invite you to participate in a book drive to help us build our classroom libraries. All gently used books that are being donated can be dropped off to the front office with Mrs. Kruppa.
We thank you for your donations and can’t wait to get reading!
The annual All Saints Family Directory is a valuable communication tool for parents in our community. It contains an alphabetical listing of students as well as basic contact information for parents/guardians.
The information for the Family Directory is pulled directly from PowerSchool, our student information system. If you have not notified the office of any changes in your contact information that may have taken place during the past year, please provide this information via email to Mrs. Kruppa, our school receptionist. (email@example.com)
This year, families who wish to be included in the Family Directory are asked to complete an Opt-In Form and submit it to the front office by Friday, September 14th. (A copy of this form is attached as a link at the bottom of today’s newsletter.)
If a family does not submit this form, their contact information will not be published in the Family Directory.
The mission of the All Saints Catholic School House System is to create a middle school community where students work together and support each otheras they grow in their Catholic faith. The purpose of each house will be to guide and support the spiritual, academic, social and personal development of each student during their time in middle school.
Our middle school will be comprised of ten houses, each named after a saint. Each house will be facilitated by a faculty advisor and include students from grades six, seven and eight. Students will be assigned to a house at the beginning of the year and will remain a member throughout their middle school years at All Saints.
Each of the houses will focus on four specific areas: Advising of Students; Faith & Service; Leadership; and Community Involvement. Students will be provided opportunities to grow in these areas through weekly meetings during which they will complete team-building exercises and service projects. Additionally, through a Points System, student efforts will be recognized and a good-natured rivalry among the houses will be fostered.
Thank you to those who participated in the cafeteria survey that we conducted last year. The feedback that you provided has been very helpful and inspired the following changes:
- In addition to providing the option of a garden salad as a main entree, a small salad will also be available as a side option instead of potato chips, potato salad, etc.
- Ham or turkey sandwiches will now be available as an alternative entrée on days when a hot lunch is served.
- Fresh fruit will be a more frequent menu item.
- Some of our side items, i.e. potato salad, chips, etc. will now be available for separate purchase as a la carte items at a price of $.50 each.
- Due to the increase in food costs and in consideration of the fact that we have not adjusted the price of lunch for a number of years, the cost this year will be increased to $3.50. There will be no change, however, in the price of milk or juice at this time.
- Additionally, this year pretzels will only be available for purchase on special occasions and for redemption of prize cards following the Race for Education in the spring.
We look forward to rolling out these changes and to providing our students with a greater variety of nutritional options in the year ahead!
Eagle Pride Cafe
As we are always working to improve our cafeteria process, we are continuing with a program that was piloted with our 3-5 graders last spring. We are fully implementing the program in kindergarten through fifth grades this school year. The Eagle PRIDE Cafe will be a positive reinforcement of “restaurant manners” in the cafeteria.
PRIDE stands for: P-Practicing, R-Responsibility, I-in, D-Daily, E-Example The teachers and cafeteria staff will be working closely with students to encourage positive behavior in the cafeteria and earning “Eagle Dollars” as a class. Please see the link to the Cafeteria Expectations. Included is an explanation of the program and student expectations for behavior in the cafeteria. Classes will earn Eagle Dollars together and each week, the top earning class will receive a reward such as extra recess or free draw/talk time. There is no punitive consequence when a class earns zero dollars. It is simply an opportunity for the cafeteria staff and teachers to redirect to the expected behaviors. Again, this system is based on positive reinforcement.
We are very excited for the positive direction the cafeteria is continuing to take this year. The classroom teachers, cafeteria staff, and administration have worked together to review our current cafeteria procedures and made changes together to create the most wholesome and positive learning environment for our students. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or concerns.
Eagle Pride Cafe: Cafeteria Expectations
Once again this year the teachers have prepared a list of learning activities for each of the grade levels designed to reinforce math skills and to encourage reading during the summer holiday.
After reviewing the assignments, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher should you have any questions.
Summer Learning 2018
The School Supply List for 2018-2019 is now available and posted on our website. As in prior years, we are again providing parents the opportunity to purchase pre-packaged supply packs online. Supply packs will arrive prior to Orientation Day and will be delivered directly to your child’s classroom.
In response to feedback provided by parents last year, we have implemented a few changes in the program. We have made an effort to reduce the supply lists so as to lower costs for parents. Additionally, we have tried to ensure higher quality products, such as including only brand name writing instruments, such as Crayola. The school supply company has also provided a guarantee to replace any defective items free of charge.
- The Pre-Kindergarten packs include the Pre-K bag and a nap time mat. Sheet sets are available for purchase a la carte and will fit the nap time mat or may be purchased from another vendor.
- The Kindergarten pack includes a seat sack. For those parents not purchasing the pre-packaged supplies, the seat sack may be purchased separately online or during Kindergarten Orientation.
- The 4th Grade pack includes one locker shelf.
- The 5th Grade pack includes one name brand (Master Lock) combination lock but not a locker shelf.
- The 6th Grade pack includes an additional locker shelf but not a lock. For any new families or students needing to replace shelves or locks, these items are available for purchase online a la carte and can be added to the supply pack order as an individual item as necessary.
- Parents of new students in grades 1-4 who wish to purchase a seat sack may do so online or when they arrive on Orientation Day. Similarly, those who wish to purchase a replacement seat sack may order them online and have them added as an individual item to their supply pack. Pre-ordered items will automatically be delivered to classrooms prior to Orientation Day.
Supply packs will be available for purchase at a discounted price until June 30th with free bulk shipping to the school. Those who order after the June 30th deadline will be ineligible for the discount and will need to pay for shipping to the school.
If you won a free supply pack this past year, please be sure to verify your contact information and order with Mrs. Johnson to ensure that you receive the correct supply pack.
We are currently seeking volunteers to distribute supply packs to the appropriate classrooms on August 17th, one week prior to Orientation Day. The project only requires a short period of time and it’s a great way to earn shares before the school year begins.
Go to our School Supply page to order online or print out a supply list.
Yesterday we celebrated the success of the 13th Annual Race for Education, our largest fundraiser of the year. I am pleased to share with you that, to date, we have received $49,396.29 in contributions. In the week ahead, the PTO will process the paperwork to generate a check for 10% of the proceeds which will be donated to St. Jude’s. Once again, thank you students, parents, relatives and friends for your wonderful support of All Saints!
The following is a list of winners from the 2018 Race for Education.
|K – 2:
||Eli Sorbet (20 laps)
||Keira Reynolds (15 laps)
|3 – 5:
||Sedemm Agbolosu-Amison (17 laps)
||Aoife Haggerty, Carmenita Bright, Cecilia Vazquez (18 laps)
||Joey Munsell, Will Foster, Chris Mills (19 laps)
||Amara Collins (19 laps)
Class Winners – $100 in Educational Materials
||Mrs. Pryor – 2B (Total Contributions – $2,964.33)
|3 – 5:
||Mrs. Honkus – 5A (Total Contributions – $3,906.33
|6 – 8:
||Mrs. Cottingham – 6B (Total Contributions – $2,748.00)
Raffle Ticket Drawings – $50 Checks
|PK – 2:
||Jack Volkert (2A)
|3 – 5:
||Ahtziri Ramirez-Ramos (3A)
|6 – 8:
||Joey Munsell (6A)
All Saints invites all of our school families to our upcoming graduation festivities. The students will gather in the church at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, June 8th to observe the Pass-it-On Ceremony, an annual tradition and prayer service during which the 8th grade students “pass on” their leadership role to the rising 7th grade class as symbolized by the handing on of the 8th grade honor medals. Following a special breakfast for the graduates at 11:00 a.m., the 8th grade students will participate in the Walk of Honor, a custom by which all of the students in grades K-7 line the hallways and applaud for the graduates as they exit the building for the final time as students. The celebration culminates with a Mass at 4:00 p.m. followed by the Graduation Ceremony and a reception in the Parish Activities Center. I hope that you and your family will be able to join us for some of these special moments as we congratulate our 8th grade students and celebrate their success.
Important Reminder: As Graduation will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 8th, school will dismiss at noon for students in grades K-7. Extended Day services will remain available.
Given the forecast of rain for Saturday and Sunday and what we anticipate will be poor field conditions at Linton Hall, as well as the possibility for additional showers on Monday morning, we will be hosting Field Day at All Saints on Monday, June 4th.
The time of the event will remain the same, i.e. 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. with no Extended Day services available.
Morning Arrival Procedures (8:30-9:00 a.m.)
- Volunteers who will be assisting with the event are asked to park in the church lot, to enter the school via the front door, sign-in at the office and then escort their son/daughter to their classroom.
- All other students may be dropped off using our regular morning procedures, beginning at 8:40 a.m.
Dismissal Procedures (1:00 p.m.)
Field Day will conclude at 1:00 p.m. Parents are asked to notify the homeroom teacher when departing with their child. All other students will exit the building using our regular procedures and gather in the front courtyard and behind the school for dismissal.
We look forward to a wonderful day of activities – rain or shine – that we hope will be very enjoyable for the children.