The Sentinel – March 16, 2016

Principal’s Message

Last Friday both Mrs. Campagna and I had the honor of reviewing and selecting the top three 6th grade artistic representations of Pi, the mathematical relationship that defines the correlation between the distance across a circle and the distance around a circle.  Using bright colors, clever turns of phrase, and mathematical humor, the students decorated paper plates in celebration of “Pi Day” which falls on March 14th.  We were both impressed with the students’ creativity and their obvious efforts in designing eye-catching projects.

Congratulations to the following 6th grade students:

Katy Jo McDermott (1st place)

Lizzie Mangilit (2nd place)

Jacob Collins (3rd place)

Additionally, the students also showcased their memorization skills by reciting the value of Pi to as many decimal places as possible.  During the final round competition held yesterday, Erin Balagtas recited Pi to 259 decimal places!  I was so proud of our students’ commitment and their enthusiasm for this event.  At a time when some in society question the value of memorization, it was inspiring to see our students embracing the challenge and excelling beyond expectations.

Congratulations to the following classroom winners of the Pi Memorization Contest:

Erin Balagtas (7B) – Winner

Sloane Helmick (6A)

Zack Kreitzer (6A)

Alexia Mendiola (6B)

Nicholas Ferguson (7A)

Lucila Avila de la Trinidad (7A)

Madelyn Vo (7B)

Eirian Crocker (8A)

Brianna Montgomery (8A)

Emily Gomez (8B)

These “outside the box” learning experiences are but a couple of examples of the ways that the teachers are challenging the students and fostering a math culture.  And if the turnout of thirty students at the first after school meeting of the Math Club is any indicator, the students are really developing an interest and enthusiasm for the topic!

In order to provide our 5th grade students with a glimpse of the range of learning opportunities that await them in middle school, on Friday they will participate in a “Middle School Experience”.  During a 45 minute visit, the students will rotate through three classrooms and gain a first-hand experience of the energy and excitement that surrounds learning in our middle school.

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This week I wish to share with you an additional change in staffing as we look ahead to the coming year.  Mrs. Jennifer Smith, 7th grade homeroom and middle school language arts teacher, has decided that she will not be returning in the fall in order to pursue other opportunities in the field of education.  We thank her for all of her efforts this past year and wish her every success and blessing in her future endeavors.

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I look forward to seeing many of you at the 5K Running with the Saints event on Saturday morning.  With the new contest by which participants are encouraged to wear saints’ costumes for the event, I am excited with the prospect of seeing holy men and women of God running through the streets of Manassas…a unique approach to the New Evangelization!

Pre-Kindergarten Openings for 2016-2017

Openings are still available in the Pre-Kindergarten Program for four year old students for the 2016-2017 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!

11th ANNUAL RACE FOR EDUCATION

Mark your calendars for the 11th Annual Race for Education to take place on Thursday, May 5, 2016!

Volunteer opportunities to earn shares are available the day of the race and also taking place this week after school. Volunteers will gather in Meeting Room 2 from 3-5 PM to prepare the Race mailers before they are mailed later this week. If you are interested in volunteering please sign up on the HelpCounter link:  https://www.helpcounterweb.com/ci/signup/140e99d6da9

 4th Annual Kid Stuff Sale

Please join us for our 4th Annual Kid Stuff Sale (and More!), sponsored by MARCH homeschool group and K of C Squire Roses to benefit AAA Women for Choice on Saturday, April 2, from 7am-12 noon at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 9290 Stonewall Rd. Manassas (next to All Saints).  Maternity, infant, child, and teen clothing, shoes, baby equipment, furniture, toys, books, household items and more will be priced to sell!  We are also gratefully accepting tax-deductible donated items from parishioners who want to support this worthy cause.  Please contact Mary Lewandowski, res19qf7@verizon.net or at 703-335-7471 or Kelley Witter, kelleywitter@yahoo.com or at 703-257-5619 for more information.  (Any remaining merchandise will be given to a charitable organization)

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

End of Year Calendar & Events

With the transition to spring-like weather, we are now able to confirm the end of year calendar.

Thursday, June 2nd     

  • Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten

Friday, June 10th        

  • 8th Grade Graduation (4:00 p.m.)
  • Note: Noon Dismissal for Grades K-7

Thursday, June 16th    

  • Kindergarten Graduation (10:00 a.m.)

Friday, June 17th        

  • Final Day of School for Students in Grades 1-7 (11:00 a.m. Dismissal)

Title I Special Event

All Title I students and parents are invited to a special evening of storytelling to be held at 6:30 p.m.  on Tuesday, April 26th at St. Michael School.  Through puppetry and magic the performer will retell classic stories.  All Title I students who attend will be provided pizza and a drink and be given a book and activity to take home.

Terra Nova Testing Reminder

As the week of standardized testing approaches, parents are asked to avoid scheduling appointments from Monday, April 18th – Tuesday, April 26th so that each student may participate in the testing as scheduled.

Join Our Parish Golf Committee
The All Saints Parish Golf Tournament will take place on Monday, May 23 at 10:00AM at the Piedmont Club in Haymarket, VA. If you have an interest in joining our golf planning committee to assist in procuring sponsors and prizes or assist on the day of the event, please contact Janis DeVore at (703) 366-1645 or jdevore@allsaintsva.org.

St. John Paul the Great OPEN HOUSE

The Spring Preview Open House on Thursday, March 17, from 4 – 6pm, is primarily for younger students who wish to preview high school, but all are welcome to attend! A brief presentation will begin at 4:15pm. Meet Students, teachers, and parents, and enjoy green treats in honor of St. Patrick! For more information and to register, please visit www.jpthegreat.org or call 703.445.0314.

Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

As part of the diocesan initiative to maintain a safe environment for all of our children, all volunteers with “substantial contact” 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.

In accordance with diocesan policy, full compliance for an adult parent volunteer is not required for open events.  (An open event is one that is open to the public, infrequent and publicized, such as Field Day, concerts and special events/assemblies.)  However, full compliance is required for adult parent volunteers who wish to participate in closed events.  (A closed event is one that is not entirely open to the general public such as classroom activities, parties, field trips, etc.)  For this reason, all parents who wish to attend field trips or volunteer in support of classroom activities are required to complete the background check process and attend VIRTUS training. 

Register for the training course at www.virtus.org for the upcoming session:

Saturday, March 19th, Church of St. Jude in Fredericksburg at 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, March 19th, Marymount University in Arlington at 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, April 2nd, Church of Queen of Apostles in Alexandria at 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, April 9th, Church of St. Francis of Assisi in Triangle at 10:00 a.m.

Saturday, April 23rd, Church of Good Shepherd in Alexandria at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, April 26th, Church of the Holy Trinity in Gainesville at 6:00 p.m.

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.  

Upcoming Events

Thursday, March 17th

  • School Mass for the Feast of St. Patrick (8:30 a.m.)

Friday, March 18th

  • SCA Sponsored St. Patrick’s Dress Down Day
  • 5th Grade “Middle School” Experience – Looking Ahead to Next Year

Saturday, March 19th

  • 5th Annual Running with the Saints 5K (8:15 a.m.)

Tuesday, March 22nd

  • State-wide Tornado Drill

Wednesday, March 23rd

  • Peace & Justice Sponsored Lenten Soup Luncheon

Thursday, March 24th

  • Holy Thursday Prayer Service (9:30 a.m.)
  • 7th Grade Passion Play (10:45 a.m.)
  • Noon Dismissal

Friday, March 25th

  • Holiday – Good Friday

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Dear Parents & Guardians,
Many of our families initially hear about All Saints through a personal referral from an existing school family. Here’s an opportunity to be rewarded you for promoting All Saints to your family and friends!

Through our New Student Referral Program, your family can receive a $200 tuition credit for the 2015-16 school year for referring one new family or a $400 tuition credit for referring two new families.

If you know of a family who may have an interest in attending All Saints, let them know about our upcoming Open House events (including one this Thursday morning): 

  • Thursday, November 20th at 9:00AM
  • Wednesday, January 14th at 9:00AM
  • Thursday, February 12th at 9:00AM

Registering for an Open House is as simple as completing our online registration form: All Saints Open House Registration

For complete details about how to participate in our New Student Referral Program,  please see our New Student Referral Form.

Help us spread the word about the many blessings of an All Saints Catholic School education!

Kind regards,

David E. Conroy, Jr.

Principal

The Sentinel – November 12, 2014

November 12, 2014

Principal’s Message

On Saturday evening the PTO will host the annual Casino & Auction Night, a much beloved tradition in our community.  While the event has changed and evolved through the decades, the objective has remained the same – to provide an enjoyable evening of fellowship while raising funds to support the mission of our school. We gather in support of our commitment to excellence and we celebrate the fact that All Saints is a place where learning is integrated every day with the very best traditions of our Catholic faith.

The proceeds from this year’s event will directly support the fine work of the Parent-Teacher Organization, benefitting the students, faculty and staff.  I remain grateful for the stellar commitment of the PTO leadership and thank them for their enthusiasm and steadfastness in supporting our mission.  In a special way, I wish to extend a word of thanks to Mrs. Carol Rice who has served as chairperson and to the many volunteers who have invested so much time and energy in support of the cause.

With delicious food, casino games, as well as a silent and live auction, it will be a wonderful evening of fellowship and entertainment!  The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Activities Center and tickets remain available for this special “black & white” themed event.  I hope that many of you will be able to join us for the celebration!

3rd Annual Fund

As we begin our 3rd Annual Fund, we invite you to once again prayerfully consider making a gift to our school.  When you receive the introductory letter and brochure, take a few minutes to consider how you might be able to support us in meeting our goals.  You’ll note that all of the funds from the 2014-2015 Annual Fund will be allocated to STEM programs and mobile technology.  In order to prepare our students for the opportunities of the 21st Century, we recognize that we must increase their access to these learning tools.  Through your gifts of time, talent and treasure, we can make this happen for our students now and into the future.

Diocesan Teacher Information Session

Have you ever considered a career in Catholic education?  Would you like to learn more about our diocese and what it means to be a Catholic school teacher?  Please join us as we host a Diocesan Teacher Information Session on Friday afternoon beginning at 1:00 p.m. in the Music Room.  Those interested in learning more about the ministry of Catholic education are cordially invited to attend.

Virtue Award Winners

Congratulations to the following students who were recognized last Friday for their demonstration of the Virtue of Self-Discipline during the month of October.

Eva M. (Pre-K1)Mikayla J. (Pre-K2)

Hannah N. (Pre-K3)

Noah L. (K1)

Grace K.r (K2)

Sofia O. (1A)

Carter R. (1B)

Kiran K.r (2A)

Noah M.a (2B)

Matthew B. (3A)

Sydney V. (3B)

Catherine G. (4A)Mary C.s (4B)

Maria P.r (5A)

Kiera E. (5B)

Samantha A. (6A)

Natalia R. (6B)

Jacob A. (7A)

Thumay H. (7B)

Ellis C.n (8A)

Gavin W. (8B)

 

Scholastic Book Fair ~ Sir Readalot’s Castle

The All Saints Catholic School Library will host a Scholastic Book Fair event on November 17th through the 24th.  Please click on the link at the end of today’s newsletter for a flyer with more information…Enter the Kingdom of Books!

2014 Casino & Auction “A Black & White Event!” 

Don’t miss our PREVIEW HOURS in the PAC on Friday, November 14 from 8am to 11:45am.  During the preview hours, class “Buy It Now” photos will be available to order,  ALL silent items will be displayed as well as the personalized classroom items.  Event tickets can be purchased in the PAC during the preview hours for $35 per person.  Evening will include a gourmet dinner, silent & live auction, 3 hours of casino play, door prizes, raffles, cash bar and a photo booth strip.  FREE Casino Money will be distributed at various times during the evening; chips from casino play can be used to buy tickets for more than 10 great raffle prizes. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to celebrate All Saints!

2014 Casino & Auction Schedule

6:30-Dinner

7:15-Opening Remarks & Door Prize Drawings

7:30-LIVE AUCTION with Auctioneer Rob Tessier

8:15-Casino Opens

9:30-Silent Auction Closes/Dance Floor Opens

11:15-Casino Closes Followed by Raffle Drawings*

*Need not be present to win.

Attire is business casual/Sunday best-Black & White colors are encouraged!

Check the school website for more details and to order tickets.

https://allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/pto/all-saints-casino-night-auction/

From the Spirit Events Committee
Are you starting to feel like time is flying this year? Can you believe that it is November already? Well, take some time and connect with your All Saints family at Chick-fil-A on Liberia Avenue this Friday, November 14th from 6:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. You can take a break from preparing lunch or perhaps you are on the run and need to stop by the drive-thru. You can print out the attached flyer or just mention All Saints when you order. We look forward to seeing you there!

 Book Fair Volunteers Needed

The book fair is just around the corner and we need your help! Virtus trained volunteers are needed in the library to help our students select and purchase books. Each shift/hour worked earns you 3 points for parents.  Our family shopping night will be Monday November 17 from 5pm – 8pm.  Our busiest shopping day is Monday November 24, during our Thanksgiving luncheon; please consider volunteering before or after having lunch with your child.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050e4eaeaf22a46-allsaints8

Please follow the link to sign up: All Saints Scholastic Book Fair 2014

 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Thanksgiving Luncheon

The schedule for the Thanksgiving Luncheon is as follows:

11:00-11:40     Grades 6-8

11:40-12:20     Grades 4-5

12:20-1:00       Grades 2-3

1:00-1:40         Grades K-1

The arrival process will be the same as prior years with parents reporting directly to their son/daughter’s classroom.  There, they will wait with their children, and when called by grade level, report to the cafeteria via the Father Kelley Wing.

So that the kitchen staff may begin planning for the event, please be sure to return your order form no later than Thursday, November 20th.  We do hope that you will join us for this Thanksgiving tradition!

Open House for 2015-2016 School Year

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, November 20th beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Parish Activities Center.  All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about our school are cordially invited to attend.  Following a presentation and introduction at 9:00 a.m., tours of the facility will be provided. For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at (703) 393-1490.

Prospective Teacher Information Sessions – COME JOIN US!

Are you interested in teaching for the Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Arlington? There are 44 schools within the Diocese offering instructional programs for all ages from pre-school through high school. Perhaps your certification has expired, or perhaps you are thinking of changing careers or returning to teaching after a period of absence. Do you have questions about qualifications to teach? Would you like to learn more about the mission of teaching in a Catholic School in a nurturing and caring, Christ-centered environment? Please come to one of the following Information Programs for Prospective Teachers scheduled throughout the Diocese and meet with Sister Patricia Helene, IHM, head of the Marymount University Catholic School Leadership Program, Sister Karl Ann Homberg, SSJ, Assistant Superintendent for School Leadership and Janet Vetrano, Office of Catholic Schools Licensure Specialist to learn more about the opportunities and advantages of teaching in our Catholic Schools. Please contact Janet at j.vetrano@arlingtondiocese.org by November 7, 2014 to register.

All Saints School9294 Stonewall Road

Manassas, VA  20110

703-368-4400

St. Thomas More Cathedral School

105 North Thomas Street

Arlington, VA 22203

703-528-1547

St. Francis of Assisi School

18825 Fuller Heights Road

Triangle, VA  22172

703-221-3868

Friday, November 14, 20141:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m

Presentation begins at 1:00 p.m.

 

Monday, November 17, 2014

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Presentation begins at 7:00 p.m.

 

 

Monday, November 24, 2014

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Presentation begins a 1:00 p.m.

Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

We have scheduled the following opportunities for completing the half-hour VIRTUS update:

Tuesday, December 2nd in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 PM

Tuesday, January 6th in Meeting Room 2 at 7:00 PM

Tuesday, February 3rd in Meeting Room 2 at 7:00 PM

Thursday, February 12th in Meeting Room 2 at 2:15 PM

Wednesday, March 4th in Meeting Room 2 at 7:00 PM

We are requesting advance registration by telephone or email for this brief update.  Attendance will be taken to ensure that you receive credit for completing the training.  If you have any questions or to register, please call Mrs. Janet Smith, Virtus Coordinator at the Parish Office, (703) 393-2158 or email her at jsmith@allsaintsva.org

Upcoming Events

Thursday, November 13th       

  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting (PLC/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, November 14th            

  • Noon Dismissal – DFE Meeting
  • Diocesan Teacher Information Meeting (Music Room/1:00 p.m.)
  • Spirit Event: Chick-fil-A (6:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.)

Saturday, November 15th        

  • Casino & Auction Night (PAC/6:30 p.m.)

Sunday, November 16th          

  • Discover Catholic Schools Week

Monday, November 17th         

  • Book Fair Opens with Evening Hours (5:00-8:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, November 19th    

  • 7th Grade Field Trip to Williamsburg (6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

Thursday, November 20th       

  • Open House (PAC/9:00 a.m.)

Friday, November 21st            

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Monday, November 24th         

  • 2nd Grade Pilgrim & Native American Celebration (9:00 a.m.)
  • Thanksgiving Luncheon

Tuesday, November 25th         

  • Thanksgiving Prayer Service (9:30 a.m.)
  • Noon Dismissal for Thanksgiving Holiday

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The Sentinel – October 22, 2014

October 22, 2014

Principal’s Message

This year the Office of Catholic Schools revised the policy by which parents may request that their child not be included in any marketing materials created by the school, such as our website, photographs or recordings.  While Appendix N, Waiver Information/Right to Object continues to be the form used for this purpose, it now includes the following statement: If the form is not returned, we will assume that you prohibit such use.

As the policy now requires that we receive a signed form in order for students to be included in publications, today we are sending home hard copies with each child.  Parents who wish for their son/daughter to be included need only complete the top of the form and sign/date the bottom.  Those who wish not to grant permission can do the same and select from a list of promotional items.

In support of this new process, parents are asked to return all forms by Thursday, October 30th

Should you have any questions about this or wish to discuss, please do not hesitate to let me know.

Veterans Day Celebration

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 Tuesday, November 11th at 8:30 a.m. Following the Mass, there will be a brief ceremony in the Parish Activity Center and a reception for our honored guests in Meeting Room 1.

Open House for 2015-2016 School Year

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, November 20th beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Parish Activities Center.  All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about our school are cordially invited to attend.  Following a presentation and introduction at 9:00 a.m., tours of the facility will be provided. For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at (703) 393-1490.

Penny Bazaar Cupcake Drop-Off

On Thursday October 30th, the Safety Patrols will be assisting with the cupcake drop-off during the morning carpool.  Additional safety patrols will be available to take the cupcakes directly from your car. This will minimize additional foot traffic during drop-off.  Thank you for your cupcake donations to Penny Bazaar!

Penny Bazaar Cupcake Sale Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to sell cupcakes and lemonade during the penny bazaar.  Please follow the link to our sign up genius page.  Thank you for in advance for your time!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050E4EAEAF22A46-penny

Casino & Auction Sneak Peak….

The November 15 Casino & Auction will begin at 6:30pm.  Your ticket price of $35 includes a gourmet dinner provided by Pampa’s Fox.  Hot & Cold Hors d’Oeuvres include Panko Crispy Shrimp, Empanadas, Asparagus wrapped in Prosciutto, Salmon fillet with Crostini’s, Quiche squares, and more.  The Main Entrées will be Chicken & Veggies Argentinian Wok as well as Vegetarian Lasagna. Desserts will include Passion Fruit Cake, Lemon Mouse Dessert (gluten free) and a gluten free Chocolate Cake.  Cash bar will include beer, wine and specialty drinks (including Sangria). For the live auction, Pampa’s Fox has donated a traditional Asado dinner for eight, including wine.  Don’t miss your chance to enjoy this fabulous meal!

Ticket Order Forms – https://allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2014/09/auction-casino-ticket-orders.pdf

Bounce Mania “Boo Bounce” Spirit Event on October 31st

No tricks just treats! Treat your bundles of energy with a safe place to run and have fun. Parents can relax and chat with each other. Bounce Mania in Gainesville is hosting a special event. “Boo Bounce” will take place on October 31, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $1.00 off admission and 10% will go to the best school around. We have you covered for Halloween. Please bring the attached flyer, or the one sent home for the special discounted price.

Volunteer Opportunities Update

If you are interested in receiving emails with upcoming volunteer opportunities please send an email with your name and email address to schoolvolunteers@allsaintsvaschool.org.

We are in the process of updating our list of volunteers who receive this email.  Any email list you may have been on in previous years has become obsolete.  Thank you – Johanna Catts 🙂

Grocery Programs

Need to buy ingredients for your fall pies, cakes, and cookies?  How about all those delicious soups and stews now that the weather is turning chilly?  Have you bought your Halloween goodies for the trick-or-treaters?  Or do you just need to make a regular grocery store run?  If any of these are the case, don’t forget to register your Giant, Harris Teeter, and Target membership cards.  These programs are easy, wonderful ways to further support All Saints!  Please see the link to the registration form at the end of this issue of The Sentinel or on the school’s website.

Uniform Exchange

Happy Fall!  Just a quick reminder that uniforms switch over to Winter Uniforms on November 3rd.  Please check your child’s closet to make sure you have all that you need for this change.

Boys – grey pants, belt, long sleeve white collar shirt, sweater vest

K-5 ties for days the children attend Mass.

6-8 ties are worn every day.

Girls – K-5 – jumper, long sleeve peter pan, cardigan

6-8 – skirt, long sleeve white collar shirt, sweater vest

PE –      grey shirt, sweatshirt, sweatpants

The uniform closet is always in need of any donations you may have.  You can also turn in items for credit to be used now or for a later date.

Inventory:

Low on sweater vests – both K-5 (all navy) and 6-8 (navy with white piping)

No S, L cardigans

Low on size S, L, and XL sweatshirts and sweatpants

Please email Dawn Myers at uniformexchange@allsaintsvaschool.org with any orders or questions regarding the Uniform Exchange.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Parish Staff & Visitor Parking

Parents are reminded not to park in the front lot directly across from the spaces reserved for the clergy.  It is important that we keep these spots open for both parish staff and visitors as they come and go throughout the day. Parents who are volunteering or visiting the school are asked to park in the lot directly in front of the church.

Parent – Teacher Conferences – New Middle School Process

Rather than being assigned a conference time with the homeroom teacher, parents may stop by the middle school wing at their convenience to request a meeting with any of the teachers.  Five to ten minute mini-conferences will be held from 8:00 a.m. – Noon and 1:00 p.m. -5:00 pm. on Monday, November 10th and from 1:00 -5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 11th.

Classroom Activity Fee Reminder

Thank you to those families who have already submitted the Classroom Activity Fee.

If you have not already done so, please return your activity fee to your child’s homeroom teacher no later than Thursday, October 30th.

Veterans Day Mass & Celebration

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 Tuesday, November 11th at 8:30 a.m. After Mass, there will be a Veterans assembly in the PAC, followed by a reception for our honored guests in Meeting Room 1.

Students received a packet of information a few weeks ago through their classroom teachers about our Veterans Wall of Honor, an annual tradition through 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.

Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

We have scheduled the following opportunities for completing the half-hour VIRTUS update:

Tuesday, November 4th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 PM

Tuesday, December 2nd in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 PM

Tuesday, January 6th in Meeting Room 2 at 7:00 PM

Tuesday, February 3rd in Meeting Room 2 at 7:00 PM

Thursday, February 12th in Meeting Room 2 at 2:15 PM

Wednesday, March 4th in Meeting Room 2 at 7:00 PM

We are requesting advance registration by telephone or email for this brief update.  Attendance will be taken to ensure that you receive credit for completing the training.  If you have any questions or to register, please call Mrs. Janet Smith, Virtus Coordinator at the Parish Office, (703) 393-2158 or email her at jsmith@allsaintsva.org

Upcoming Events

Thursday, October 23rd          

  • 2nd Grade Pumpkin Day
  • Kindergarten Field Trip to Cows ‘N Corn (9:00 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.)

Friday, October 24th               

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Tuesday, October 28th

  • Parent-Teacher Conferences with Mrs. Cote, Kindergarten Teacher

Wednesday, October 29th        

  • Gift of Human Sexuality Presentation III (Grades 6-8)
  • Adoration & Benediction (2:15 p.m.)

Thursday, October 30th

  • End of 1st Quarter
  • School Mass & 3rd Grade Procession of Saints (8:30 a.m.)
  • 8th Grade Saints Presentations (PAC/8A @ 9:45 a.m./8B @ 10:30 a.m.)
  • Penny Bazaar (1:30 p.m.)
  • Middle School Movie Night (PAC/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, October 31st

  • Holiday – Diocesan Professional Development Day
  • Spirit Activity: Bounce Mania (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

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The Sentinel – October 15, 2014

October 15, 2014

Principal’s Message

This week I would like to take a moment to provide you with a few updates regarding the

Design for Excellence self-study project.

One of our first tasks was that of reviewing and revising our Mission Statement.  After prayer, reflection and dialogue, the faculty determined that the following statement best communicates our mission, giving particular priority to faith formation and academic excellence while highlighting the charisms of our school.

Centered in Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit, All Saints Catholic School partners with families to integrate faith formation with academic excellence while focusing on the whole child in a safe, joyful, and welcoming community.

I would also like to thank the many parents who completed the DFE Survey that we administered several weeks ago.  As the participation rate was exceptionally high, approximately 70%, we believe that the responses provide us with a very comprehensive snapshot of parent opinion.  I especially want to thank you for taking the time to provide such thoughtful narrative responses.  In total, the summary report of charts and responses numbers 47 pages – a rich source of feedback that will inform our planning for the future of All Saints.

Although the Curriculum Committee and faculty at large are now beginning the process of analyzing all of the data and highlighting patterns, both Mrs. Campagna and I have already read the entire report. One of the topics identified by a number of respondents relates to recess for grades 3-5, as impacted by the Angelus Prayer that begins at noon each day.  As this is something that has been under review, we implemented a schedule revision last week to provide additional time for students in these grades.  Students will now begin recess at 11:40 a.m. and continue to enjoy free play until the whistle sounds at noon to signal the start of the Angelus, resulting in a full twenty minute recess period.

While it will take some time for the faculty to review and discuss the results of the survey, I do look forward to sharing the details with you in a future newsletter.  For now, know of my gratitude for your commitment to our school as so clearly evidenced by your participation in our survey.  Many thanks for your input!

Seton School – Deferred Acceptance Program

In the Diocese of Arlington we are blessed with an outstanding selection of high school programs: Bishop Denis J. O’Connell (Arlington), Bishop Ireton (Alexandria), Paul VI (Fairfax), Saint John Paul the Great (Dumfries), Seton (Manassas) and Oakcrest (McLean).

Seton School is unique among these options, offering a program that begins at the 7th grade.  For a number of years, Mrs. Carroll, the principal, has graciously extended to the students of All Saints the option of deferred acceptance.  Through this arrangement, students at All Saints who apply for admission to Seton for their 7th or 8th grade years may defer their acceptance until 9th grade.  This, of course, is dependent upon each student continuing to meet the academic and behavioral criteria for acceptance at Seton.

The benefit of this partnership is that our students are able to complete their elementary and middle school years at All Saints, enjoying all of the opportunities for leadership, while being guaranteed a space for their freshman year.  It is important, however, that students who wish to complete the program at All Saints and then attend Seton School for their high school years pursue this deferred acceptance option.

Should you have any questions about this arrangement or about any of the high school programs, please do not hesitate to contact the office for additional information.

Parish Staff & Visitor Parking

Beginning this week, parents are asked not to park in the front lot directly across from the spaces reserved for the clergy.  It is important that we keep these spots open for both parish staff and visitors as they come and go throughout the day. Parents who are volunteering or visiting the school are asked to park in the lot directly in front of the church.

Parent – Teacher Conferences – New Middle School Process

Recognizing that parents may be interested in conferencing with one or more specific middle school teachers, the faculty is pleased to host drop-in conferences for parents of students in grades 6-8 on our conference days.  Rather than being assigned a conference time with the homeroom teacher, parents may stop by the middle school wing at their convenience to request a meeting with any of the teachers.  Five to ten minute mini-conferences will be held from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 10th and from 1:00 -5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 11th.

Within the next week each student in grades PK-5 will receive a conference appointment slip confirming the date and time for the upcoming Parent-Teacher Conferences.  If you do not receive this information, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher.

Teacher Conference Day Luncheons November 10 & 11, 2014

Every year, the All Saints Catholic School PTO holds a luncheon for the teachers, during teacher/parent conference days, to thank them for their hard work, dedication, and continuing perseverance to educate every student every day.

Donations and volunteers make the two-day luncheon a success! Please consider sharing your time, cooking talents and food donations to this event. The teachers & staff appreciate the lovely lunch, thoughtfulness and kindness of the parents who provide this event for them.

In addition, the Veterans’ Day Mass & Reception will be held on Tuesday, November 11, 2014. We have included the sign up for donations and volunteers for this event on this site as well to help consolidate the effort.  Please consider donating red, white & blue desserts and water/soft drinks noted for the Veterans’ Day Reception as well!

*Points for Parents Opportunity*

Food donations & donations of any kind/5 points

Volunteer opportunity/3 points

Please sign up here: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C054CA8AC2BA13-teacher2

2014 Casino & Auction

November 15 Casino & Auction……Don’t miss the excitement of the live & silent auction.  A sneak-peak at just a few of the items being auctioned: 4 Disney one day park hopper passes, PE Teacher for the day, one month of swim lessons at SwimKids, tennis lessons, laser tag party for 10, rounds of golf, 1 month dance lessons at Showcase Dance, 1 week Vander Woude Basketball camp, lift tickets for Snowshoe Ski Resort, Washington Nationals bobbleheads, CPA tax prep, last will & testament preparation plus so much more!  Additional donations welcome; see link below for solicitation form & ticket order form.

Donations – https://allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2014/09/auction-casino-form1.pdf

Ticket Order Forms – https://allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2014/09/auction-casino-ticket-orders.pdf

From the Spirit Events Committee
If you are looking for something to do this Friday, October 17th after our 12 noon dismissal, then pop on over to Chick-fil-A on Liberia Avenue. Remember, to save on photocopying expenses, either print out the attached flyer or just mention All Saints. Thanks for all you do to support All Saints!

BoxTops Update

Parents, Teachers and Students….the first submission for Box Tops is due October 30th!  Turn in any and all box tops.  They do not have to be neatly trimmed, or attached to a sheet.  You can just throw them into a zip lock bag with the students first/last name and teachers name/class #.

So far, we have 8,510 box tops, which calculates to $851.00. Add that to the end of summer submission, and we’re at $1,540.40 so far of free monies! The top three classes are:

3B – Ms. Reilly 1048
1B – Mrs. Nichols 932
3A – Mrs. Montano 675

Keep clipping and sending them in. Thank you!

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

We have scheduled the following opportunities for completing the half-hour VIRTUS update:

Tuesday, November 4th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 PM

Tuesday, December 2nd in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 PM

Tuesday, January 6th in Meeting Room 2 at 7:00 PM

Tuesday, February 3rd in Meeting Room 2 at 7:00 PM

Thursday, February 12th in Meeting Room 2 at 2:15 PM

Wednesday, March 4th in Meeting Room 2 at 7:00 PM

We are requesting advance registration by telephone or email for this brief update.  Attendance will be taken to ensure that you receive credit for completing the training.  If you have any questions or to register, please call Mrs. Janet Smith, Virtus Coordinator at the Parish Office, (703) 393-2158 or email her at jsmith@allsaintsva.org

Upcoming Events

Thursday, October 16th

  • Cafeteria & Playground Volunteers Training (PAC/10:00 a.m.)
  • 1st Grade Activity Day
  • Science Fair Meeting for Parents (Science Lab/7:00 p.m.)
  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting (PAC/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, October 17th

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Noon Dismissal – DFE Self-Study
  • Spirit Event: Chick-fil-A (6:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.)

Monday, October 20th

  • Picture Make-up Day

Tuesday, October 21st

  • Bishop Ireton High School presentation to 8th Grade (8:45 a.m.)
  • Red Ribbon Day sponsored by the SCA

Wednesday, October 22nd

  • Gift of Human Sexuality Presentation II – Grades 6-8

Thursday, October 23rd

  • 2nd Grade Pumpkin Day
  • Kindergarten Field Trip to Cows ‘N Corn (9:00 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.)

Links

The Sentinel – October 1, 2014

October 1, 2014

Principal’s Message

Last spring students in grades two through seven participated in the Terra Nova, a nationally normed standardized testing program.  The results of this annual assessment provide data with which we can determine the strengths of our curriculum as well as areas for future growth and improvement.  Most importantly, the data becomes the basis for the annual instructional goal-setting process by which the teachers customize instruction so as to more effectively meet the needs of the children in our classrooms.

This week I am providing to you several testing charts which are linked to this letter and that will also be available on our website for your review.  The bar graphs are designed to provide a quick overview of grade level performance in reading, language arts and math and include a comparison to diocesan averages.  All of the scores are percentile based, comparing the performance of our students and the entire diocese to that of the national norm group.

Once again our students scored in the top 10% nationally at nearly every grade level in all three areas of reading, language arts and math.  Congratulations to our hard-working teachers and students on this outstanding accomplishment!

Consistent with our testing history, our students again excelled in the reading and language arts sections.  While all grades performed right on par with the diocesan average in reading, students in the upper grades achieved stellar scores in the language arts battery.  While math continues to be an area of focus for continued growth, it is notable that students in the younger grades met or exceeded the diocesan average in four of five grade levels.  We are confident that this trend will now begin to expand into the middle school as a result of the recent restructuring of our program.

The teachers have already completed a process entitled Planning for Instruction, by which they have crafted clear, instructional goals that are linked to this data.  With the recognition of patterns across grade levels, there is the opportunity for teachers to collaborate and share new ideas and strategies.

Taking into consideration the trend data from the past five years of testing, their own observations of student learning, and the feedback provided by parents via the recent survey, the Curriculum Committee is now in the process of identifying two aspects of the curriculum to target for future growth as part of the Design for Excellence self-study.  With this plan in hand we will be well positioned to chart a course for the continued success of our program in the years ahead.

Congratulations, teachers and students, on another year of excellent test results! 

Lion’s Club Vision and Hearing Screening

On Wednesday, October 15th the third, fifth and seventh grade students are scheduled for a free Vision and Hearing Screening by the Lion’s Club.  Screening will begin at 9:00 A.M.

A permission form will be sent home this week and is necessary for your son/daughter to participate in the Hearing and Vision Screening.  Please sign and return the form to your child’s teacher by October 10thNo screening will be conducted without a signed parental consent form.  Students who wear glasses should have them available for the vision portion of the screening.

School Safety Presentation ~ October 7th (7:00 p.m.)

All parents are cordially invited to the next General Assembly Meeting of the PTO that will take place on Tuesday, October 7th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Activities Center.  An overview of our school response plan, designed in coordination with community partners, will be presented.  As this meeting will provide essential information for parents regarding our emergency response plan, at least one parent from each family should plan to attend.  Please note:  Students may not attend this meeting as this session is designed specifically for parents.

PowerSchool Update

Recently it has been difficult for parents to access information regarding specific assignments in the PowerSchool system.  This has now been resolved at the diocesan level and parents can once again find detailed information by simply clicking on a particular grade.  Thank you for your patience as we worked to resolve this matter.

Casino & Auction

The Casino & Auction team is seeking donations for the November 15th event.  Items donated will be used in auction or as prizes.  Do you have a timeshare to share?  Frequent flyer miles to pass along?  Season tickets to a sporting event? A home business product (Tastefully Simple, 31, Tupperware, Pampered Chef, Jewelry)?  Are you incredibly talented and have a one of a kind homemade item to donate?   Any of these items will add to our event, help raise funds for the school and give your business a marketing boost. See the link to the donor form at the bottom of the Sentinel OR contact our team solicitations@allsaintsvaschool.org  Thank you!

From the Spirit Events Committee
Are you wondering what you can do for lunch after the 12:00 dismissal on Friday, October 3rd? You can stop by and see your All Saints friends at Chick-fil-A on Liberia Avenue. Each week I have seen different friends and had a wonderful time. Hopefully you can stop by this week, too! Remember, to save on photocopying expenses, either print out the attached flyer or just mention All Saints. Thanks for all you do to support All Saints!

 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

DFE Visiting Team Report – Noon Dismissal (March 27th)

School will dismiss at noon on Friday, March 27th in order that the DFE Visiting Team may present a summary report to the pastor, principal and faculty beginning at 12:30 p.m.

8th Grade Parents Meeting ~ Tonight!

Mrs. Slovenkay and Miss Zwisler will host a meeting for all 8th grade parents this evening beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Activity Center.  Important information will be shared regarding the high school application process and the special events & activities that are part of the 8th grade experience at All Saints.  At least one parent from each family is asked to attend this important session.

Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

We have scheduled the following opportunities for completing the half-hour VIRTUS update:

Wednesday, October 1st in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 PM

Tuesday, November 4th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 PM

Tuesday, December 2nd in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 PM

Tuesday, January 6th in Meeting Room 2 at 7:00 PM

Tuesday, February 3rd in Meeting Room 2 at 7:00 PM

Thursday, February 12th in Meeting Room 2 at 2:15 PM

Wednesday, March 4th in Meeting Room 2 at 7:00 PM

We are requesting advance registration by telephone or email for this brief update.  Attendance will be taken to ensure that you receive credit for completing the training.  If you have any questions or to register, please call Mrs. Janet Smith, Virtus Coordinator at the Parish Office, (703) 393-2158 or email her at jsmith@allsaintsva.org

Pilgrim Virgin Statue Rotation~ Sign up Now to Host Statue in your Home

In keeping with the Holy Father’s Consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary last year, All Saints School families are invited to renew their devotion to Jesus through Mary in a special way.  Beginning Friday, October 10, two statues of Our Lady of Fatima will begin traveling to the homes of our school families for a week long visit.

Families who wish to participate can sign up online at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F084CAEAB22A02-pilgrim.

Those interested in participating are encouraged to sign up for the first available week in order to avoid gaps in the schedule.  However, if there is an upcoming event or celebration that is particularly important to your family, i.e. wedding or anniversary, you are most welcome to host the statue during that specific week.

While the statue of Mother Mary is in your home, families are encouraged to pray together either part of or the entire 5-decade rosary for the intentions of our school as well as for your private intentions.  Included with the statue you will find a DVD of “The Day the Sun Danced”, which presents the message of Fatima entrusted to three peasant children in Portugal in 1917.

Should you have any questions about the program, please do not hesitate to contact the rotation coordinator, Julie Mantooth (mantooth06@msn.com).

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, October 1st Lock-Down Drill
8th Grade Parent Meeting (PAC/7:00 p.m.)
Friday, October 3rd School Mass & Virtues Presentation (8:30 a.m.)
Noon Dismissal – DFE
Spirit Event: Chick-fil-A (6:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.) Meeting
Saturday, October 4th Feast of St. Francis Blessing of the Animals (10:00 a.m.)
Monday, October 6th SCA sponsored Spirit Week (see link for details)
Tuesday, October 7th PTO General Assembly Meeting – School Safety Presentation
(PAC/7:00 p.m.)
Wednesday, October 8th Gift of Human Sexuality Presentation for Middle School Parents
(PAC/7:00 p.m.)
Thursday, October 9th 1st Grade Field Trip to National Zoo (8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)
Bishop O’Connell presentation to 8th Grade (8:30 a.m.)
Friday, October 10th School Mass & Blessing of Pilgrim Virgin Statues (8:30 a.m.)
Monday, October 13th Holiday – Columbus Day

Links

Terra Nova Test Charts ~ Spring 2014 – https://allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2014/10/Terra-Nova-2013-14.pdf

Spirit Week Flyer – https://allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2014/10/Spirit-Week-Poster.pdf

Chick-fil-A Spirit Flyer – https://allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2014/10/2014Oct-Chick-Fil-A-with-info.pdf

2014 Casino & Auction – https://allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2014/09/auction-casino-form1.pdf

Newsletter Correction: PTO & School Safety Meeting – Tuesday, October 7th (7:00 p.m.)

Dear Parents & Guardians,

The next General Assembly Meeting of the PTO will take place on Tuesday, October 7th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Activities Center, not tomorrow evening as announced in last week’s newsletter.  I apologize for any inconvenience or confusion this may have caused.

An overview of our school response plan, designed in coordination with community partners, will be presented.  As this meeting will provide essential information for parents regarding our emergency response plan, at least one parent from each family should plan to attend.  Please note:  Students may not attend this meeting as this session is designed specifically for parents.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office.

 

Kind regards,

David E. Conroy, Jr.

Principal

The Sentinel

September 24, 2014

Principal’s Message

This week I would like to share with you some important reminders regarding morning arrival as well as one procedural change involving the Safety Patrol.

Morning Drop-off of Safety Patrols – Beginning this week, parents of Safety Patrols assigned morning duty are invited to drop off their child directly in front of the school entrance.  Drivers may enter the property from Route 28 and then proceed around the rear of the church through the faculty/staff parking area.  After turning right onto the drive that runs parallel with the school, Safety Patrols will exit their vehicles near the front entrance and gather at the flagpole.  Patrols are asked to arrive between 7:30-7:40 a.m., the time during which Mr. Redman will supervise the arrival process and coordinate the repositioning of traffic cones.  It is our hope that this new procedure will eliminate the need for Safety Patrols having to be dropped off in the front parking lot and then crossing through a lane of cars as parents arrive for morning drop off.

Supervision of Students– Recently an increasing number of students have been dropped off prior to the start of morning arrival.  Since students are not supervised by faculty and staff until 7:40 a.m., the time at which the morning arrival process begins, it is important that students remain in their vehicles until Safety Patrols and faculty members are present.  In accordance with school policy, students who arrive prior to 7:40 a.m. must be escorted to the Extended Day Program by their parents.

Two-Minute Warning Bell– Each day the office rings a “2 minute warning bell”, the time at which the Safety Patrols and supervising faculty members return to the building.  (Note:  Two minutes has been identified as the approximate time required for a child to exit a vehicle and report to his or her classroom.  Therefore, any parent dropping off a child at 7:58 a.m. or later is required to sign-in his or her child at the front office.)  This policy exists to ensure the safe arrival of all of our students.  In the rear parking lot, teachers will rope off the entrance to signify that the school day has begun and to remind parents who arrive after that time to park in the front lot and escort their child into the building.

Thank you for your support of these procedures that are designed to safeguard our students during morning arrival.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the front office for more information.

School Safety Presentation ~ October 7th (7:00 p.m.)

All parents are cordially invited to the next General Assembly Meeting of the PTO that will take place on Wednesday, October 7th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Activities Center.  An overview of our school response plan, designed in coordination with community partners, will be presented.  As this meeting will provide essential information for parents regarding our emergency response plan, at least one parent from each family should plan to attend.

Middle School Program ~ The Gift of Human Sexuality

Central to the mission of Catholic education is a commitment to the formation of the whole person within the light of the teachings of the Gospel.  At All Saints our effort to educate all dimensions of the child ~ spiritual, intellectual, social, and emotional, has been an essential and consistent element of our mission.

As a Catholic school, All Saints also affirms the role of parents as the primary educators of their children and we are privileged to have the opportunity to work with you as partners in this regard.  During the past several years, we have grown increasingly concerned about the many confusing messages that society as a whole, and the media in particular, place before the young people of today, particularly in regards to the topic of human sexuality.  In this day and age it is increasingly important that we insure that the children learn the beautiful teachings of the Church on this topic and that they fully realize and understand the gift of human sexuality within this framework.  Not to share this information with the children leaves them unprepared for the world they face and the many choices that await them in the years ahead.

In recent years, All Saints Catholic School has implemented a middle school family life curriculum that supports our goal of educating the whole child.  The program is coordinated by the Diocesan Director of Youth Ministry, Mr. Kevin Bohli, and is tailored to the specific needs of each school community. The program consists of a parent presentation during which Mr. Bohli provides an outline of his presentations as well as resources for parents.  Following this presentation, he and an associate, Mrs. Celia Fruchterman, will meet with the students for three one hour lessons designed to provide the children with an understanding of the Church’s teachings on the topic of human sexuality.

One of the advantages of this program is the involvement of outside professionals.  In addition to their expertise and experience, Mr. Bohli and Mrs. Fruchterman are unfamiliar to the students, which may put the students at greater ease in asking questions and discussing this topic.  A second advantage of this program is that it is designed to take place in a single-sex setting; Mr. Bohli will address the boys and Mrs. Fruchterman will speak with the girls.  Finally, in accordance with diocesan policy, this program is designed as an opt-in opportunity for parents and students.  Accommodations will be made for those children whose parents prefer that they not participate in the program.

Parents of middle school students are invited to a presentation to be held on Wednesday, October 8th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the PAC.  As this is such a very important topic related to the development of your child, I ask that at least one parent from each family new to this program be present at the meeting.  Should you have any questions about this initiative, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Installation of SCA Officers & Representatives

Last Thursday the newly elected officers and class representatives were officially welcomed into the Student Council Association of All Saints Catholic School.  Mrs. Campagna, our assistant principal, was the keynote speaker, offering insights on the importance of character and integrity for those called to leadership roles.

The following is an excerpt from the speech presented by Nicholas Delaney, newly elected SCA president, in which he invited all of the students to assume an even more active role in our school.

The SCA Board has already met and I was excited to present our new ideas to the moderators.  I am committed to bringing these ideas to life, with the hope that, this year, the SCA will become even more involved in the school community, but I don’t just want the SCA members to be active.  I want each one of you, the student body, to challenge yourselves to become more involved in the life of the school.  Join a club; participate in our school community fundraisers, reach out to make a new friend. Let our promise to show mercy and kindness become a living reality every day.

We congratulate the following students and wish them every success and blessing as they begin their year of student leadership!

Officers  
President Nicholas Delaney
Vice President Jack Houser
Secretary/Historian Allison Talish
Finance Zachary Mills
Religious Activities Gabriel Short
Health/Safety/Ecology Elizabeth Kwari
School Spirit Bianca Misterio

 

Class Representatives  
4A Elizabeth Karcher
4B Mary Collins
5A Chloe Davies
5B Camila Vazquez
6A Grady Backman
6B Davelyn Sama
7A Vincent DiMauro
7b Joey Gould
8A Ellis Colvin
8B Jack Tessier

 

Library Team Featured in  Scholastic Bookfair Flyer!

Congratulations to Mrs. Coyle and Mrs. Geary for having been selected to be included in the national marketing materials for Scholastic Bookfairs!  A photo from last year’s “Night at the Museum” Bookfair at All Saints has been included in the 2014-2015 flyer.  Thank you, Mrs. Coyle and Mrs. Geary, for your continued creativity and enthusiasm for reading!

2014 Casino & Auction – “A Black & White Event”

Tickets on sale now!  Your ticket includes a gourmet dinner, dessert, beverages, live & silent auction, 3 hours of casino play with funny money, casino raffle prizes, photo booth and dancing.  Door prize drawings at 7:15pm.  Attire is business casual/cocktailCash bar serving beer, wine and specialty drinks will be available.  Early bird price of $30 per person ends September 30. For more information visit the All Saints website or contact allsaintsauction@allsaintsvaschool.org  

Uniform Exchange

The Uniform Exchange will have a table set up at the PTO Meeting on October 7th.  If you have an order you would like to pick up at the PTO Meeting please send it to Dawn Myers at uniformexchange@allsaintsvaschool.org by October 1st.  Please send in any items you have for either an exchange, a credit, or for donation by October 1st.

From the Spirit Committee
Are you looking to meet up with your All Saints friends? Or perhaps you are new to the school and would like to get to know people in our school community. Please stop by Chick-fil-A on Liberia Avenue Friday, September 26th. In an effort to reduce photocopying charges, please will you kindly print out and bring the attached flyer to ensure the school is credited properly. We look forward to seeing you there!

HELP WANTED! ~ The PTO needs your help!

We are currently looking for volunteers to coordinate the following events-

  • The Penny Bazaar (October) Set-up and coordination of the cupcake drop-off during morning carpool with the safety patrol.  Coordinate the event set-up, confirm class games with the room liaisons, and plan with the cafeteria staff use of gym space for cupcake storage during the day and sale during the event.
  • The Christmas Parade (December) Coordinate the application process with the parade committee.  Design and build a parade float in accordance with the year’s theme. Recruit and coordinate all volunteers to help decorate/build float.  Deliver, drive and disassemble float on parade day.  Coordinate and supervise all riders and volunteers on parade day.

If you have any questions about the volunteer opportunites mentioned or are interested in receiving emails with upcoming volunteer opportunities please send an email with your name and email address to schoolvolunteers@allsaintsvaschool.org.

We are in the process of updating our list of volunteers who receive this email. Any email list you may have been on in previous years has become obsolete. Thank you – Johanna Catts

Fall Handcraft Show Hosted by Father Juan Puigbó

Father Juan and Centro Vocare will host a Handcraft Show on Tuesday, October 7th from 4pm to 8pm and on Saturday, October 11th from 10am to 2pm at Centro Vocare: 8201 Euclid Ct Manassas Park, VA 20111. 202- 734-168. A number of items will be on display and available for purchase, including beautiful wooden pieces handcrafted by Fr. Juan. This will be a good opportunity to buy your seasonal gifts! All the proceeds are to support different apostolates for immigrant families.

Exposición de Arte en Madera ofrecida por el Padre Juan

El Padre Juan y el Centro Vocare les invita a la Exposición de Arte en Madera que tendrá lugar el martes 7 de octubre de 4pm a 8pm y el sábado 11 de octubre de 10am a 2pm en el Centro Vocare: 8201 Euclid Ct Manassas Park, VA 20111. Teléfono: 202- 734-168. Una gran variedad de artículos en madera hechos a mano por el Padre Juan estarán disponibles para la venta. ¡Será una buena oportunidad para comprar los regalos de esta temporada! Lo recaudado ayudará a financiar las actividades del Centro Vocare.

CBN Prince William Chapter ~ October Meeting Announcement

Please join the Catholic Business Network – Prince William Chapter for our October monthly networking breakfast. Come by yourself or bring a friend and see what CBN is all about!

Speaker:    Craig Stewart III – Vice President, Bernstein Global Wealth Management

Topic:          Craig will discuss his father’s book,Marvels of Charity,” a definitive history of American Sisters and Nuns. A free copy of the book will be given away during the event.

Date:           Friday, October 17th

Time:          7:30 – 9:00AM

Place:          Mimi’s Café, 5005 Wellington Road, Gainesville VA

Breakfast $15.00
RSVP at (703) 396-8205 ext. 101 or princewilliam@cbnnova.org

For more information about the CBN Prince William Chapter, please visit http://www.cbnpwc.org/.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

DFE Visiting Team Report – Noon Dismissal (March 27th)

School will dismiss at noon on Friday, March 27th in order that the DFE Visiting Team may present a summary report to the pastor, principal and faculty beginning at 12:30 p.m.

8th Grade Parents Meeting (Wednesday, October 1st)

Mrs. Slovenkay and Miss Zwisler will host a meeting for all 8th grade parents on Wednesday, October 1st beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Activity Center.  Important information will be shared regarding the high school application process and the special events & activities that are part of the 8th grade experience at All Saints.  At least one parent from each family is asked to attend this important session.

Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

We have scheduled the following opportunities for completing the half-hour VIRTUS update:

Wednesday, September 24th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 PM

Wednesday, October 1st in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 PM

Tuesday, November 4th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 PM

Tuesday, December 2nd in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 PM

Tuesday, January 6th in Meeting Room 2 at 7:00 PM

Tuesday, February 3rd in Meeting Room 2 at 7:00 PM

Thursday, February 12th in Meeting Room 2 at 2:15 PM

Wednesday, March 4th in Meeting Room 2 at 7:00 PM

We are requesting advance registration by telephone or email for this brief update.  Attendance will be taken to ensure that you receive credit for completing the training.  If you have any questions or to register, please call Mrs. Janet Smith, Virtus Coordinator at the Parish Office, (703) 393-2158 or email her at jsmith@allsaintsva.org

(Note:  As Mrs. Smith will be out of the office from September 30th – October 14th, volunteers are encouraged to submit background check forms by September 22nd so that they may be processed in advance.)

Pilgrim Virgin Statue Rotation~ Sign up Now to Host Statue in your Home

In keeping with the Holy Father’s Consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary last year, All Saints School families are invited to renew their devotion to Jesus through Mary in a special way.  Beginning Friday, October 10, two statues of Our Lady of Fatima will begin traveling to the homes of our school families for a week long visit.

Families who wish to participate can sign up online at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F084CAEAB22A02-pilgrim.

Those interested in participating are encouraged to sign up for the first available week in order to avoid gaps in the schedule.  However, if there is an upcoming event or celebration that is particularly important to your family, i.e. wedding or anniversary, you are most welcome to host the statue during that specific week.

While the statue of Mother Mary is in your home, families are encouraged to pray together either part of or the entire 5-decade rosary for the intentions of our school as well as for your private intentions.  Included with the statue you will find a DVD of “The Day the Sun Danced”, which presents the message of Fatima entrusted to three peasant children in Portugal in 1917.

Should you have any questions about the program, please do not hesitate to contact the rotation coordinator, Julie Mantooth (mantooth06@msn.com).

Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 25th Paul VI High School presentation to 8th Grade

Friday, September 26th

 

 

School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Noon Dismissal – Professional Development Day

Spirit Event: Chick-fil-A (6:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, September 30th PTO Executive Board Meeting (PLC/7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, October 1st

 

Lock-Down Drill

8th Grade Parent Meeting (PAC/7:00 p.m.)

Friday, October 3rd

 

 

School Mass & Virtues Presentation (8:30 a.m.)

Noon Dismissal – DFE Meeting

Spirit Event: Chick-fil-A (6:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.)

Links

2014 Casino & Auction – https://allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/pto/all-saints-casino-night-auction/

Chick-fil-A Flyer (with info.) – https://allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=2014sept-Chick-Fil-A-with-info.pdf

EMERGENCY CARE FORM – http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/08/emergency-form.pdf

Grocery Program Sign-Up (which includes Target) – https://allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Grocery-Program-letter-2014-2015-with-TARGET.pdf

 

Going Home with Youngest Child Today –      BoxTops for Education Handouts

The Sentinel

September 17, 2014

Principal’s Message

In the last few weeks I have received several questions regarding the position of the Diocese in regards to the Common Core Standards.  Recognizing that there are probably other parents who are pondering this same question, this week I am providing to you an overview of the diocesan perspective, a message originally shared in one of last year’s newsletters.  I hope that you find the information helpful and informative.  Should you have any questions or if I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to let me know.

Recently the Common Core Standards have received significant attention in the media and been a source of discussion and debate in both political and educational circles.  With this in mind, I thought it would be helpful to share with you some key perspectives that clarify the purpose and design of the Standards and also provide an understanding as to the extent to which they influence the curriculum of our school.

Perhaps a brief explanation of the nature of curriculum design in our diocese is a good place to begin.  Each year the diocese initiates the review and revision of one or more areas of our curriculum, for example math or social studies.  A committee comprised of staff from the Office of Catholic Schools and educators from around the diocese analyzes and considers nationally published standards, taking into consideration the various changes taking place in curriculum design.  After review and discussion, the committee is then tasked with designing curriculum standards that will best address the needs of the learners in our diocesan community.  The Diocese of Arlington has not adopted any national or Commonwealth set of standards, such as the Common Core or Standards of Learning, but rather seeks to study what is best and adapt it for our use. 

The Common Core Standards were written by educators at the request of the US Governors in an attempt to ensure that students across the country are held to the same standards of learning.

It is important to note that the Common Core Standards are neither a curriculum nor a text.  Rather, they are standards, i.e. statements of what a student should know and be able to do at a particular grade level.  (Example:  Solve word problems that call for addition of three whole numbers whose sum is less than or equal to 20.    Math Grade 1:  OA.A 2) A curriculum, on the other hand, includes what is taught, when it is taught, how it is taught and what materials are used.

Some of you have probably noted that some of our textbooks are beginning to include references to the Common Core.  This is due to the fact that 46 states, not including Virginia, have adopted the Common Core Standards.  As a matter of supply and demand, the textbook companies have begun to label their publications accordingly.  A key point to remember here is the fact that the textbooks we use are considered a resource, not the actual curriculum.  Each teacher plans instruction based upon the Diocesan curriculum, incorporating textbooks, strategies, manipulatives and technology in an effort to “deliver” the concepts and content in a manner that is engaging and effectively meets the needs of the learners.  The textbooks remain but one resource in a teacher’s toolbox.

In the public discussion regarding the Common Core, a few misperceptions have arisen. 

The Common Core forbids the teaching of Shakespeare.    This is not true.  The Common Core Standards do call for various types of reading materials:   fiction, non-fiction, poetry, etc.   Although the Diocese has not adopted the Common Core Standards, schools and teachers are encouraged to decide which actual readings are to be used in each of the literary areas, recognizing non-fiction as an essential element.      

The Common Core Standards are secularistic.    The Common Core Standards, by design, were written for the public schools in our country and as such do not incorporate our Catholic values.   

The integration of our sacred faith tradition throughout the curriculum is what makes the enterprise of Catholic schools distinct and is in fact, essential to our mission.  

All student records will be kept in a common data base.   Not true.   The records of any student in the schools operated by the Diocese of Arlington are kept at the school or sent to a new school only upon the request of a parent.  No records are released to outside agencies, except in the case of a subpoena.   

DFE Parent Survey – Responses due Friday!

Below is a link to the 2014 DFE Parent Survey, a questionnaire that we distributed to each family last week.  All parents are asked to respond to the survey no later than Friday, September 19th.

The feedback that you provide is an important part of the review process and will guide the faculty as we plan for the future of our school.  Please know that we truly value your time and appreciate your participation. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office.  In advance, thank you for your participation.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/F7M8D3X

Uniform Policy Update – Sweaters & Sweatshirts

In recognition that the classrooms are sometimes cool during the warmer months, students are now permitted to wear the following with their Summer Uniform.

Girls (K-5) – Uniform Sweater

Boys (K-5) – P.E. Sweatshirt

Boys & Girls (6-8) – P.E. Sweatshirt

(Note:  Students may only wear the uniform sweatshirt, not the Spirit Wear hoodie.)

PUBLIC NOTIFICATION – Special Milk Program School Year 2014-2015

All Saints Catholic School offers the Special Milk Program for Children.  The school operates under the regulations relating to non-discrimination in accordance with the following policy.

The U.S Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

DFE Visiting Team Report – Noon Dismissal (March 27th)

School will dismiss at noon on Friday, March 27th in order that the DFE Visiting Team may present a summary report to the pastor, principal and faculty beginning at 12:30 p.m.

School Messenger Emergency Notification ~ Results of Test

Last week’s test of the SchoolMessenger notification system was a success.  In the event that you did not receive messages via phone, text or email, please contact the school office so that we may update your contact information accordingly.

(Note:  The test message was sent to all contact numbers for each child enrolled.  Future messages will be sent per family to avoid this redundancy.)

8th Grade Parents Meeting (Wednesday, October 1st)

Mrs. Slovenkay and Miss Zwisler will host a meeting for all 8th grade parents on Wednesday, October 1st beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Activity Center.  Important information will be shared regarding the high school application process and the special events & activities that are part of the 8th grade experience at All Saints.  At least one parent from each family is asked to attend this important session.

Lunch Menu Change

The following menu changes are being made due to the discontinuation of several pizza products.

  • Thursday, Sept. 18th, the cafeteria will serve MEATBALL Pizza Pockets instead of Pepperoni Pizza Pockets
  • Thursday, Sept. 25th, the cafeteria will serve CHEESE Pizza instead of the Italian Flatbread Pizza.

2014 Casino & Auction – “A Black & White Event”

Invitations for the 2014 Casino & Auction are going home with your youngest child by tomorrow, Thursday, September 18th.  Don’t miss your chance for the early bird ticket price of $30 per person.  Tickets include a gourmet dinner, dessert, beverages, live & silent auction, 3 hours of casino play with funny money, casino raffle prizes, photo booth and dancing, as well as door prize drawings at 7:15pm.  Attire is business casual/cocktailCash bar serving beer, wine and specialty drinks will be available.  Early bird price ends September 30. For more information visit the All Saints website or contact allsaintsauction@allsaintsvaschool.org  

Pilgrim Virgin Statue Rotation~ Sign up Now to Host Statue in your Home

In keeping with the Holy Father’s Consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary last year, All Saints School families are invited to renew their devotion to Jesus through Mary in a special way.  Beginning Friday, October 10, two statues of Our Lady of Fatima will begin traveling to the homes of our school families for a week long visit.

Families who wish to participate can sign up online at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F084CAEAB22A02-pilgrim.

Those interested in participating are encouraged to sign up for the first available week in order to avoid gaps in the schedule.  However, if there is an upcoming event or celebration that is particularly important to your family, i.e. wedding or anniversary, you are most welcome to host the statue during that specific week.

While the statue of Mother Mary is in your home, families are encouraged to pray together either part of or the entire 5-decade rosary for the intentions of our school as well as for your private intentions.  Included with the statue you will find a DVD of “The Day the Sun Danced”, which presents the message of Fatima entrusted to three peasant children in Portugal in 1917.

Should you have any questions about the program, please do not hesitate to contact the rotation coordinator, Julie Mantooth (mantooth06@msn.com).

From the Spirit Committee
Are you looking to meet up with your All Saints friends? Or perhaps you are new to the school and would like to get to know people in our school community. Please stop by Chick-fil-A on Liberia Avenue either Friday, September 19th or the 26th. In an effort to reduce photocopying charges, please will you kindly print out and bring the attached flyer to ensure the school is credited properly. We look forward to seeing you there!

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

We have scheduled the following opportunities for completing the half-hour VIRTUS update:

  • Thursday, September 18th in Father Kelley Hall at 2:15 PM (Note:  For this session, pre-registration by September 16th is required.)
  • Wednesday, September 24th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, October 1st in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 PM

We are requesting advance registration by telephone or email for this brief update.  Attendance will be taken to ensure that you receive credit for completing the training.  If you have any questions or to register, please call Mrs. Janet Smith, Virtus Coordinator at the Parish Office, (703) 393-2158 or email her at jsmith@allsaintsva.org

(Note:  As Mrs. Smith will be out of the office from September 30th – October 14th, volunteers are encouraged to submit background check forms by September 22nd so that they may be processed in advance.)

Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 18th

  • Room Liaisons Meeting (FKH/9:00 a.m.)
  • SCA Installation Ceremony (PAC/1:30 p.m.)
  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting – cancelled

Friday, September 19th

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Noon Dismissal – DFE Faculty Meeting
  • Spirit Event: Chick-fil-A (6:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.)
  • DFE Parent Survey Deadline

Sunday, September 21st

  • Ministry Sunday

Wednesday, September 24th

  • Paul VI High School presentation to 8th Grade (8:30 a.m.)

Friday, September 26th

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Noon Dismissal – Professional Development Day
  • Spirit Event: Chick-fil-A (6:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.)

 

Links

2014 Casino & Auction – https://allsaintsvaschool.org/parents/pto/all-saints-casino-night-auction/

2014 All Saints Girl Scout Letter – https://allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=All-Saints-School-Girl-Scouts-Letter.pdf

Chick-fil-A Flyer (with info.) – https://allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=2014sept-Chick-Fil-A-with-info.pdf

EMERGENCY CARE FORM – http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/08/emergency-form.pdf

Grocery Program Sign-Up (which includes Target) – https://allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Grocery-Program-letter-2014-2015-with-TARGET.pdf

 

Going Home with Youngest Child Today –      BoxTops for Education Handouts

The Sentinel

September 10, 2014

Principal’s Message

The safety of your children is always a top priority at All Saints.  In recent years, in accordance with national initiatives and diocesan policy, we have taken additional steps to do our part to ensure that your children are in a safe place when they are participating in a program at All Saints Catholic School.  For example, all of our faculty, staff and volunteers are required to complete a background check as well as training.  As an additional measure, nine years ago we implemented the Formation in Christian Chastity Program to help your children recognize the steps they can take to keep themselves safe.

The Formation in Christian Chastity Program serves as an additional measure to assist us in establishing and maintaining a safe environment for our students.  As outlined in the materials, information is provided primarily to parents as a resource to be used in the formation of their children.  There is one classroom lesson for students in grades one through four and two lessons for those in grades five through eight.

We will be integrating the objectives of the program into our religion lessons in these grades during the last two weeks of September.  The entire curriculum can be accessed through the diocesan website: www.arlingtondiocese.org.  (Click on the Child Protection tab found under the heading of Education.  To view the grade level lesson plans, click on Training Programs followed by the tab for the Formation in Christian Chastity Program.)

You are encouraged to spend some time reviewing this information yourself and to then share pertinent aspects with your children.  Each of the “rules” contains some application to common sense safety tips that you may share with your children.  Other parts of the “rule” apply to some of the decisions that you make as parents for the safety of your children.  A question and answer segment provides some suggestions as to how you might best address these concerns with your children.  Our goal is to equip both you and your children with the knowledge that can help to keep them safe.

The essential point is that parents need to be involved with their children.  The more you know about the daily events of your child’s life, the better you are able to spot any danger signs that may surface.  The more regular communication you have with your children, the freer they are to come to you with their concerns.

Should you have any questions about the Formation in Christian Chastity Program or about the classroom lessons, please do not hesitate to let us know.  In the event that you would prefer to not have your child participate in the classroom training, please contact the front office to request an opt-out form.

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The Design for Excellence re-accreditation process is officially underway at All Saints!  Over the course of the next several months the faculty will complete a thorough self-study process by which they will respond to a series of questions and document many aspects of our program.

In support of this process, tomorrow the office will distribute an electronic survey to each family, requesting feedback on a range of topics.  Although we estimate that completion of the survey will only require 5-10 minutes, please know that the information you provide will be very important as we review our current program and plan for the future.  We ask that parents respond to the survey no later than Friday, September 19th.  Check your inbox tomorrow for this special survey.

Middle School Back to School Night (Classrooms/7:00 p.m.)

Back to School Night for parents of students in grades 6-8 will take place tomorrow evening beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Please note:  Parents are asked to report directly to their son or daughter’s homeroom classroom rather than the Parish Activity Center.

Take-Home Forms ~ Revised Process

This year important forms to be sent home will be distributed via the youngest child in a family.  Parents are reminded to check their child’s take-home folder for forms and periodic flyers.

Picture Day – Dress-Up Day Code

On special days designated by the principal, such as our Fall Picture Day, students may dress out of uniform.  The following code is intended to encourage individuality and style within the framework of the virtue of modesty.  Girls: Dresses/skirts (no bare shoulders or sleeveless) with the length no shorter than two inches above the floor when kneeling or dress slacks. The skirts and dress slacks may be worn with a white or colored blouse, or sweaters that are not form-fitting.  Not permitted:  Jeans or jeans-style slacks, jeggings, leggings, tight fitting blouses or blouses that expose any part of the midriff.  No athletic shoes other than the school style. No flip flops, sandals or high heels. Toes and heels must be covered.  Jewelry worn must be in accordance with uniform guidelines, such as only one pair of post earrings.  Boys: Shirts with a collar, sweater or sweater vest, dress pants in the style of the uniform trousers, belt, dress shoes.  Not permitted: Jeans or pants that resemble jeans, shorts, sweats, sneakers or t-shirts.

When it is determined that a student has reported to school dressed inappropriately, the student will be sent to the assistant principal who will contact the parents and request that they provide a school uniform for the student prior to his/her returning to class.

TARGET proceeds benefit All Saints!

Thanks to the support of those families registered to participate in TARGET’s rewards program, last week our school received a check in the amount of $1,917.90.  Thank you parents and friends of All Saints!

Grocery Store Programs

Now thru October 28th, Harris Teeter is giving the opportunity for us to earn double credits!  When parents, family, and friends who have VIC cards linked to All Saints purchase Harris Teeter brands, our school earns double the credit.  Also, when you shop their online Express Lane, All Saints will earn 10% of the order total.  This is a tremendous way to further support our school!

The Giant A+ School Rewards program begins on October 3rd and runs through March 19th.  This is another way to support All Saints while doing your regular grocery shopping.

You can register yourself via the Harris Teeter, Giant, and Target websites.  If you would rather the coordinator to register your Harris Teeter or Giant card, simply fill out the registration form in the links section of The Sentinel or in the Grocery Program section of the school’s website.  As the Target REDcard is an actual credit or debit card, we ask that you register yourself for that program.

Parents, Teachers and Students…It’s BoxtopsTime!

Please turn in all your collected boxtops. They do not have to be neatly trimmed, they do not have to be glued or taped to a paper…just put them into a Ziploc bag and turn them in! Please remember to put your student’s first/last name, grade, and teacher (A or B) with a sharpie. A welcome back to school package complete with coupons to come home next week!

2014 All Saints Casino & Auction

The 2014 All Saints Casino & Auction is looking for donations from businesses or families for our live and silent auction as well as our raffles and prizes.  Timeshares, travel miles, sports tickets, or gift items are desired.  Attached please find more information on how to make a donation to make the event a huge success or please contact the planning team at solicitations@allsaintsvaschool.org

Attention All Boys in 1st Through 5th Grade

Cub Scout Dens are now forming for the 2014/2015 Scouting year!  Pack 1188 has been proudly serving the All Saints community for 40 years and sponsored by the Knights of Columbus George Brent Council #5332.  Cub Scouts offers a range of age-appropriate programs that provide fun and adventure while helping build your son’s leadership, teamwork, faith, physical/mental fitness, and spirit of service and duty, helping him grow into a competent, caring, adult of good character.  Boys can start at any level and no prior experience is required. Our next pack meeting is in the Knights of Columbus Hall at 7 PM on Tuesday, September 16, 2014.  If you have a Scouting-age boy who might be interested, give us a call.  He can come to a Pack meeting, see what’s going on, and decide if it’s something, he wants to be a part of.  No pressure. No obligation.  To get the details call or e-mail Cubmaster Randy Waddy at(703) 283-0717 / rrwaddy@yahoo.com

Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge

All boys and girls between the ages 9-14 are invited to participate in the 2014 Knights of ColumbusSoccer Challenge sponsored by our George Brent Council.  The challenge will be held on Friday September 19 at 6:30pm at All Saints Church Engstrom Field (near the playground behind the school).  There is no cost to participate, no equipment is needed, and no team to join.  This is our 3rd annual penalty kick competition that challenges youth on the soccer ball’s placement in the goal.  Local winners will be awarded prizes and will be eligible to compete in District, State, and International levels of the competition.  Two years ago our very own “All Saint” Nicholas Foeckler was the International Champion for 11 year old boys.  I encourage you to come by and see if you can match Nicholas Foeckler and be the next Champion from All Saints!  All participants must have written parental consent on the entry form.  Entry forms will be available at the event.  If you would like additional information please contact Tommy Reynolds at tommy.reynolds@verizon.net . tommy.reynolds@verizon.net .

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

School Messenger Emergency Notification ~ SYSTEM TEST ~  September 12th

The Diocese of Arlington uses the School Messenger notification service to send important information to families through phone calls, emails, and text messages.  In the event of an emergency, All Saints Catholic School will activate the School Messenger system.  As the system will only be used for this purpose, parents can anticipate that any communications received via this program are critical and deserve particular attention.

In order to participate in the SMS messaging service, you must indicate your willingness to receive text messages to your phone.  The process is simple and only takes a few seconds to complete.

Simply text any one of the following words to the number 68453: subscribe, optin, yes

You’ll know you were successful if you receive the following reply message:

You’re now registered with the SchoolMessenger notification service.  Reply STOP to cancel, HELP for help.  Msg&data rates may apply.  3msg/mo. Schoolmessenger.com/tm

In order to ensure the functionality and accuracy of the system, All Saints will conduct a test on Friday, September 12th.  A test message will be issued via recorded phone message, text and email to the emergency contacts of all students and staff at approximately 10:30 a.m. 

 

Student In-Service ~ Sexual Harassment, Our Policy & Response (Grades 6-8)

In accordance with diocesan policy, students in grades six through eight will participate in a brief classroom presentation within the next two weeks on the topic of the prevention of sexual harassment.  Mr. Conroy will visit each of the homeroom classes for approximately fifteen minutes, providing an overview of the diocesan policy and explaining to students how they should best respond if they encounter any behaviors of this nature.  Should you have any questions about this policy or presentation, please do not hesitate to contact the principal.

 

Use of Student Photos for Marketing Materials

In recent years, a formal marketing program has been implemented at All Saints and we are presently making a consistent effort to share the success of our program via local newspapers and our website.  It is important that parents understand that they retain the right to object to their son/daughter’s inclusion in these printed or electronic materials.  A “Waiver Information/Right to Object Form” (Appendix N) is located on the website within the forms section associated with the parent-student handbook.  Please note: If the form is not returned, we will assume that you waive your right to object.

 

Criminal Background Checks for Volunteers & VIRTUS Requirements

As part of the diocesan initiative to maintain a safe environment for all of our children, all volunteers with “substantial contact” 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.

 

In accordance with diocesan policy, full compliance for an adult parent volunteer is not required for open events.  (An open event is one that is open to the public, infrequent and publicized, such as Field Day, concerts and special events/assemblies.)  However, full compliance is required for adult parent volunteers who wish to participate in closed events.  (A closed event is one that is not entirely open to the general public such as classroom activities, parties, field trips, etc.)  For this reason, all parents who wish to attend field trips or volunteer in support of classroom activities are required to complete the background check process and attend VIRTUS training. 

 

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.  

 

The diocese also requires volunteers who have completed the full VIRTUS training to attend an annual update entitled Keeping the Promise Alive.  This 30 minute video training is a prerequisite for volunteering in the school.  The following is a list of upcoming sessions.

 

We have scheduled the following opportunities for completing the half-hour VIRTUS update:
Wednesday, September 10th in the Art Room at 7:00 PM

Tuesday, September 16th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 PM

Thursday, September 18th in Father Kelley Hall at 2:15 PM

Note:  For this session, pre-registration by September 16th is required.

Wednesday, September 24th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 PM

Wednesday, October 1st in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 PM

 

We are requesting advance registration by telephone or email for this brief update.  Attendance will be taken to ensure that you receive credit for completing the training.  If you have any questions or to register, please call Mrs. Janet Smith, Virtus Coordinator at the Parish Office, (703) 393-2158 or email her at jsmith@allsaintsva.org

 

(Note:  As Mrs. Smith will be out of the office from September 30th – October 14th, volunteers are encouraged to submit background check forms by September 22nd so that they may be processed in advance.)

 

Upcoming Events

Thursday, September 11th

  • Middle School Night (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, September 12th

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Priests’ Barbecue (11:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
  • School Messenger Test (10:30 a.m.)

Monday, September 15th

  • Fall Picture Day
  • Formation in Christian Chastity Program begins

Thursday, September 18th

  • Room Liaisons Meeting (9:00 a.m.)
  • SCA Installation Ceremony (PAC/1:30 p.m.)
  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting – cancelled

Friday, September 19th

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Noon Dismissal – DFE Faculty Meeting
  • Spirit Event: Chick-fil-A (6:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.)

 

Links

2014 Casino & Auction Information Form – https://allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Solicitation-Form-2014.pdf

EMERGENCY CARE FORM – http://www.allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/08/emergency-form.pdf

Grocery Program Sign-Up (which includes Target) – https://allsaintsvaschool.org/index/wp-content/plugins/download-monitor/download.php?id=Grocery-Program-letter-2014-2015-with-TARGET.pdf