The Sentinel – February 10, 2016

 

Principal’s Message

Recently a few questions have arisen regarding our procedures for “rainy day dismissal” and for this reason I thought it would be helpful to include some reminders in this week’s newsletter.

On rainy day dismissal days, it is important that parents park in their assigned “bay”.  This creates a sense of predictability for the students, particularly the younger ones, as they look for their parents during dismissal.  Additionally, it results in a more efficient process as it is easier to reunite parents and students.  In the event that parents do not park in their assigned bays on such days, it is well possible that some sections of the lot will be filled beyond capacity necessitating that some park in other areas.  The key is for everyone to make their best effort to park in the proper bay.  Keep in mind that this is only required on rainy day dismissal days.  On all other days parents are asked to simply park in their assigned lot, i.e. front vs. back.

It is quite understandable that there are questions associated with “rainy day dismissal”, particularly in light of the fact that it occurs so infrequently that we do not really have the opportunity for it to develop into a smooth routine.  However, working together, we can maintain a process that is always courteous, efficient, and most importantly, safe for our students – even on the most challenging of weather days.

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Congratulations to our second grade students who encountered Jesus in the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time yesterday.  Let us continue to remember them in our prayers during their special year as they prepare for First Communion during the spring.

Re-Registration Forms ~ Due Friday, February 19th 

Re-registration forms are due in the office on Friday, February 19th.   Registration of students new to All Saints, including siblings who will be eligible by age for Pre-Kindergarten, has already begun.  Separate forms related to this initial registration process have been sent home to parents who have already expressed interest in enrolling another child in our program.  If you are interested in enrolling another child from your family and have not yet requested forms, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio at 703-393-1490 or office@allsaintsva.org.

11th Annual Race for Education ~ Mailing Labels Due Friday!

Preparations are now underway for the 11th Annual Race for Education which will be held on Thursday, May 5th.   When reviewing the information packet, you will note that our goal for this year’s Race for Education is $50,000.  As is our tradition, we will continue to donate 15% of the proceeds to St. Jude’s Childrens’ Research Hospital, an organization that has received more than $100,000 from our community since the 1990’s.   The remaining funds from the 11th Annual Race for Education will be allocated for resources to support student learning initiatives and faculty enrichment.

Students are asked to submit completed mailing labels by Friday, February 12th.  For additional information about this process and the incentives offered to students, please see the information packet.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the event coordinator, Mrs. Marjorie Collins, at 703-365-9686.

Catholic Cup Competition

As part of our Catholic Schools Week celebration, students participated in the annual “Catholic Cup”, an academic style competition that showcases their knowledge and understanding of the faith.  Congratulations to Eirian Crocker (8th Grade) who won first place in the event, to Chloe Davies (6th Grade) who placed second, and to all of the class champions who participated.

Camden S. (4A)
Anna D.s (4B)
Anthony O. (5A)
Joseph C. (5B)
Daniel C. (6A)
Chloe D. (6B)
Nicholas F. (7A)
Abigail Y. (7B)
Eirian C. (8A)
Gabriel S. (8B)

Virtue Award Winners

Congratulations to the following students who received special recognition last Friday following our school Mass for having demonstrated the Virtue of Empathy & Compassion during the month of January.

PK1     Delaney D.
PK2     Sam W.
PK3     Liam G.
K1       Luca M.
K2       Addison T.
1A       Isabella H.a
1B        Anne T.
2A       Carter R.
2B        Mary M.
3A       Joseph F.
3B        Liliana M.
4A       Liam D.
4B        Josseline A.
5A       Jack P.
5B        Krysta D.
6A       Kimberly G.
6B        Michael S.
7A       Amelia S.
7B        Ryan S.
8A       Brianna M.
8B        Katherine D.

Yearbook Order Forms

It’s time to order the 2015 – 2016 All Saints Catholic School Yearbook.  The cost for each book is $21.  Order form and payment must be received by March 31st to guarantee a copy of the yearbook!   Please go to the link at the end of the newsletter to obtain the order form.

Ten Commandments Hike

Saturday, Feb. 13, 9:00 am – 1:30 p.m. Registration starts at 8:30 am at the PAC of All Saints Church.  This activity is a circuit hike (about 4 miles) through the City of Manassas with stops at 4 churches.  At each stop a church representative will conduct an interactive discussion with the participants about two or three of the Ten Commandments along with a brief introduction to their particular religious denomination.  The following churches will be participating in the hike this year:  All Saints Catholic Church, Grace United Methodist Church, Victory Fellowship Church, and First New Birth Baptist Church.  There is no cost for this event. Anyone who completes the hike will receive a patch if they donate a non-perishable food item from the following list: box of cereal, can of tuna/chicken, jar of peanut butter or box of dry pasta with a plastic jar of pasta sauce.  The donations will be collected prior to the hike and the patches will be given out upon completion of the hike. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, George Brent Council #5332, and run by Boy Scout Crew 1188.

For more information visit Manassas Ten Commandments Hike website:  http://nealbscott.wix.com/ten-commandment-hike  or contact Matt Carroll at 703-477-9838.

From the Spirit Events Committee
President’s Day is Monday February 15th and we have your play date covered! Join your family and friends from All Saints at Chuck E Cheese in Manassas.  This fun-filled afternoon or evening will benefit your awesome school.  The kids can get that positive energy out and you will have a positively great time chatting with fellow parents! 15% of the proceeds come back to our school and kids will get 10 free tokens with the stickers coming home with them. See you there!

Family Bingo Night – SAVE THE DATE!

Family Bingo Night has been scheduled for Saturday, March 12 in the Knights’ Hall.  Dinner of hamburgers and hotdogs will be available starting at 5:00pm prior to playing bingo at 6:00pm.  If you have any items that you would like to donate as prizes, please leave them at the School Office or you may deliver them to Linda Gaynord at the Parish Office.  Watch for a flier in late February.

St. John Paul the Great High School News

‘PED’ Talk for Parents

John Paul the Great High School invites all those who parent teens to participate in their upcoming PED talk on Saturday, February 20. A take-off on the popular TED talks that provide inspiration on a variety of topics, the JP PED event focuses on Parenting, Education, and Discussion. The keynote talk will be by Matthew Warner (“How to help your Catholic teen make a mess, be a fool and Evangelize the World”). For more information, and to register, please click here, or contact JP Family Association president, Mark Randall: jpfamilyassocation@jpthegreat.org, or call 703.445.0300.

John Paul 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, 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.

Upcoming Events for Middle School Students

John Paul the Great High School is hosting a number of events for middle-school-aged students: 3v3 Soccer Tournament (Feb 20); Music Festival (Feb 27); and, Baseball Clinic (March 5). For more information on each event, including how to register, please visit http://www.jpthegreat.org/admissions/visiting/special-middle-school-invitations/ or call 703.445.0314.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Open House for 2016-2017 School Year – Tomorrow!

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, February 11th beginning at 9:00 a.m.  All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about the parish school are cordially invited to attend.  Following a demonstration of our new STEM programs and presentation by the principal, tours of the facility will be provided. For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at (703) 393-1490.

Respect Life Outreach

The Peace & Justice Players is organizing a collection of baby items that will now extend through Wednesday, February 24th to benefit AAA Women for Choice in Manassas.  Students and families are invited to donate diapers, bottles, food, clothes, baby powder, strollers and car seats.

Band Concert

The band concert has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 16th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Activity Center.

PTO Meeting ~ Financial Planning Tips for Parents (February 23rd)

Are you looking ahead to the future and the next steps in your child’s education?  Are you concerned about the rising costs of higher education and wondering how best to prepare?  If so, you won’t want to miss the PTO General Assembly Meeting on Tuesday, February 23rd beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Activities Center.

Mr. Shak Hill, a certified financial planner and recognized speaker, will provide an overview of the College America 529 plan and address any questions that parents might have related to this topic.

Plan now to join us as we continue our commitment to offering a series of high quality speakers and relevant topics for our parent community!

Tuition Assistance Applications for 2016-2017

Applications for Tuition Assistance for the 2016-2017 academic year are now available.  A copy of the online application can be found at the following website: www.smartaidforparents.com.

The school code for All Saints Catholic School is 03089.

Due dates for submission of applications and supporting documentation are as follows:

Elementary School       March 14, 2016

All Saints School Spirit Wear Line – On Sale now!!

All Saints is participating in a spirit gear drive and we need your help!  Showing your school spirit is a great way to encourage teamwork and camaraderie.  We’re proud of our school and we want to show off our gear!

Please shop using the one page flyer that was sent home this week OR go to Spirit Gear Drive or look for the link on our school website to order on-line.

We are accepting forms back any time before the deadline.  The last day to place an order is Monday, February 15th.  Our Spirit Wear items will be on display near the front office during the sale.

We are so excited to offer a variety of quality pieces which display our All Saints logo for children and adults!! Please let me know if you have any questions- Contact info: Kerryb17@verizon.net or 703-365-7327.

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.

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, February 20th, St. Theresa School in Ashburn at 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, February 27th, St. James School in Falls Church at 8:30 a.m.

Thursday, March 3rd, The Church of St. Agnes in Arlington at 6:00 p.m.

Monday, March 7th, The Chruch of St. Philip in Falls Church 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, February 11th

  • Open House (9:00 a.m.)
  • 1st Grade Activity Day
  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, February 12th

  • SCA sponsored Valentine’s Dress Down Day (see flyer for details)
  • Race for Education Mailing Labels due
  • Middle School Demerit Free Breakfast (9:00 a.m.)
  • Valentine’s Day Parties (K-5)

Monday, February 15th                      

  • Holiday – Presidents Day
  • Spirit Event: Chuck E. Cheese (12:00-9:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, February 16th                      

  • Band Concert (PAC/2:00 & 7:00 p.m.)

Thursday, February 18th         

  • Stations of the Cross – Grades K-2 (2:15 p.m.)

Friday, February 19th             

  • Re-Registration Deadline

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The Sentinel – February 3, 2016

 

Principal’s Message

Tomorrow each family will receive Re-Registration Forms for the 2016-2017 academic year.   Parents are asked to complete all of the forms and return them to the office no later than Friday, February 19th.

Registration of students new to All Saints, including siblings who will be eligible by age for Pre-Kindergarten, has already begun.  Separate forms related to this initial registration process have been sent home to parents who have already expressed interest in enrolling another child in our program.  If you are interested in enrolling another child from your family and have not yet requested forms, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio at 703-393-1490 or office@allsaintsva.org.

During the past five years the school has identified two financial goals that have been key considerations in the design of the annual budget: 1) increasing faculty salaries to 75% of the current scale for Manassas City Public Schools and 2) slowing the rate of tuition increase so as to maintain a high degree of affordability.

We have made significant strides in both of these areas.  As a result, 56% of our teachers are now compensated at or above the 75% benchmark and All Saints remains a tremendous value for families in the Manassas region.  Through the financial investment of the parish and with the generous support of the PTO and community at large, we continue to provide a first-class educational environment at an affordable price for families in our community.

As we plan for the upcoming year, it is our goal to continue to provide the same commitment to excellence, the same level of service, and the same quality that you have come to associate with the All Saints’ experience.  At the same time, we want to continue to bolster salaries for our faculty and staff who are so dedicated to our mission.

In order to sustain these commitments, we will increase tuition by 2.5% and reduce the rate of sibling discount by 1% for the 2016-2017 academic year.  Pre-Kindergarten tuition will increase from $2700 to $2850.

The following is a list of the in-parish tuition rates for 2016-2017.

1 Child             $5,581

2 Children        $9,097

3 Children        $12,390

4 Children        $15,683

Diocesan Policy Change – VIRTUS Training Requirements

The Arlington Diocese has recently announced that the requirement for annual updates to the original live VIRTUS training has been revised.  Employees and volunteers will now complete the program only every three years.  Additionally, the video will be provided to each individual electronically via an email notification on the date of their training anniversary.  For this reason, upcoming VIRTUS update sessions have been cancelled.

Snow Day Policy & the Need for Make-Up Days

In accordance with diocesan policy, our school is required to make-up the first three days of instruction that are cancelled due to inclement weather. These three days have in fact been factored into the All Saints school calendar at the end of the year.  While there remains the possibility for additional cancellations, the diocese has confirmed that there is no need at this time to schedule any additional make-up days.  As such, our calendar remains unchanged and the final day of school at this time will be June 17th.

11th Annual Race for Education!

Preparations are now underway for the 11th Annual Race for Education which will be held on Thursday, May 5th.  A packet of important information related to the event will be distributed to students at a special assembly on Friday morning. When reviewing the information packet, you will note that our goal for this year’s Race for Education is $50,000.  As is our tradition, we will continue to donate 15% of the proceeds to St. Jude Childrens’ Research Hospital, an organization that has received more than $100,000 from our community since the 1990’s.   The remaining funds from the 11th Annual Race for Education will be allocated for resources to support student learning initiatives and faculty enrichment.

Students are asked to submit completed mailing labels by Friday, February 12th.  For additional information about this process and the incentives offered to students, please see the information packet.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the event coordinator, Mrs. Marjorie Collins, at 703-365-9686.

Science Fair Winners!

Congratulations to our 7th & 8th grade students on the successful completion of the Science Fair!  Over the course of the past several months, our students have learned about the scientific process while gaining experience in the management of long-term projects as well as public speaking.  Thank you, Mrs. Woolfrey and Mrs. Cottingham, for leading our students through this complex process and for supporting them each step of the way.    A complete listing of the Science Fair winners is linked to this week’s newsletter.

PTO Meeting ~ Financial Planning Tips for Parents (February 23rd)

Are you looking ahead to the future and the next steps in your child’s education?  Are you concerned about the rising costs of higher education and wondering how best to prepare?  If so, you won’t want to miss the PTO General Assembly Meeting on Tuesday, February 23rd beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Activities Center.

Mr. Shak Hill, a certified financial planner and recognized speaker, will provide an overview of the College America 529 plan and address any questions that parents might have related to this topic.

Plan now to join us as we continue our commitment to offering a series of high quality speakers and relevant topics for our parent community!

Menu Change – Thursday, February 4th

The menu for tomorrow is as follows:

Cheese Pull-Apart Pizza

Chicken Salad on Wheat Bread

Celery & Carrot Sticks w/Dip

Tropical Fruit

February Virtue of the Month – Honesty

  1. Admit when you do something wrong.  Don’t put the blame on others.
  2. Do all of your own work and put your best effort into it.  Don’t look at other student’s papers.
  3. Be true to your word and your beliefs.
  4. If you forget your homework, tell the truth.  Accept the consequences.
  5. If you find money try to find out who it belongs to.
  6. Always ask before borrowing something.
  7. Give back what you borrow in good condition.
  8. Be honest when you correct your own paper or someone else’s.  Circle all the mistakes.
  9. If you make a promise, keep it.

Prayer of the Month

Lord Jesus,

You know me well and you see what is going on in my heart.

I am sure you understand me and want to help me.

Please give me the courage to resist temptations of all kinds,

and practice the virtue of Honesty in all I think, say, and do.

Let your Spirit rekindle in my heart the desire to act right,

and give me wonderful ideas to help others act right too.

Amen.

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.

All Saints School Spirit Wear Line – On Sale now!!

All Saints is participating in a spirit gear drive and we need your help!  Showing your school spirit is a great way to encourage teamwork and camaraderie.  We’re proud of our school and we want to show off our gear!

Please shop using the one page flyer that was sent home this week OR go to Spirit Gear Drive or look for the link on our school website to order on-line.

We are accepting forms back any time before the deadline.  The last day to place an order is Monday, February 15th.  Our Spirit Wear items will be on display near the front office during the sale.

We are so excited to offer a variety of quality pieces which display our All Saints logo for children and adults!! Please let me know if you have any questions- Contact info: Kerryb17@verizon.net or 703-365-7327.

From the Spirit Events Committee
President’s Day is Monday February 15th and we have your play date covered!  Join your family and friends from All Saints at Chuck E Cheese in Manassas.  This fun-filled afternoon or evening will benefit your awesome school.  The kids can get that positive energy out and you will have a positively great time chatting with fellow parents!  15% of the proceeds come back to our school and kids will get 10 free tokens with the stickers coming home with them.  See you there!

Paul VI (PVI) Catholic High School’s Girls’ Basketball Program

Coach Scott Allen and the Lady Panthers would like to invite players, coaches and families to the rescheduled 2016 YOUTH BASKETBALL NIGHT on Friday, February 5. The ‘Snowzilla’ blizzard caused the rescheduling of our Youth Basketball Night and it will be combined with our annual THINK PINK NIGHT for breast cancer awareness.

PVI will host Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) rival Good Counsel and all players (girls and boys) wearing a team jersey along with all children under 12 will be admitted to the game free. Please wear your favorite pink clothes and let’s color the gym in pink for breast cancer awareness!

The evening will be exciting and entertaining for the entire family. It can also be a fun way for younger players to learn as they can watch more experienced athletes play the game. Immediately after the game, the children will meet the Lady Panthers and sign autographs.

Game: Paul VI Catholic High School versus Our Lady of Good Counsel High School

Date:  Friday, February 5, 2016

Location:  PVI Catholic High School, 10675 Fairfax Blvd, Fairfax, VA

Time:  4:00 p.m. Freshman Game, 5:45 p.m. Junior Varsity Game, and 7:30 p.m. Varsity Game

Website:         www.paulvi.net/girlsbasketball

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Respect Life Outreach

The Peace & Justice Players is organizing a collection of baby items that will now extend through Friday, February 5th to benefit AAA Women for Choice in Manassas.  Students and families are invited to donate diapers, bottles, food, clothes, baby powder, strollers and car seats.

Band Concert

The band concert has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 16th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Activity Center.

Open House for 2015-2016 School Year – February 12th

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Thursday, February 11th beginning at 9:00 a.m.  All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about the parish school are cordially invited to attend.  Following a demonstration of our new STEM programs and presentation by the principal, tours of the facility will be provided. For more information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio, administrative assistant, at (703) 393-1490.

Tuition Assistance Applications for 2016-2017

Applications for Tuition Assistance for the 2016-2017 academic year are now available.  A copy of the online application can be found at the following website: www.smartaidforparents.com.

The school code for All Saints Catholic School is 03089.

Due dates for submission of applications and supporting documentation are as follows:

Elementary School       March 14, 2016

Please note that all applications and supporting documentation must be received by SMART rather than postmarked by the dates listed above.  Applications will only be processed by SMART once all required documentation has been submitted. 

Running with the Saints 5K – Saturday, March 19th 8:15 a.m.  

It’s time to register for the Running with the Saints 5K.  Join us for this fun family event.  Registration forms were sent home with your child or register online:  https://www.imathlete.com/events/EventReg/EventReg_SelectType.aspx?fEID=26152&fNew=1&fsource=imASearch

Sponsors Needed:  Please help us make the Running with the Saints 5K a success by sponsoring our race.  Great advertisement opportunity! Sponsorship forms can be found at Runningwiththesaints.org.  Or contact Joan Coleman or Wendy Comeau at info@runningwiththesaints.org.

2016 Running with the Saints 5K T-Shirt Contest

Submit your original artwork to be featured on our 2016 Running with the Saints 5K t-shirts.  Deadline – February 19, 2016.  All grades invited to participate. Please see flier linked below for details or email Joan Coleman at info@runningwiththesaints.org for more information!

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:

Tuesday, February 16th, St. Theresa School in Ashburn at 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, February 27th, St. James School in Falls Church at 9:30 a.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, February 4th                      

  • Student Appreciation Day – Dress Down Day, Free Ice Cream & No Homework
  • R. Gold Medal Readers Celebration (1:30 p.m.)

Friday, February 5th              

  • Teacher Appreciation Day
  • School Mass & Virtues Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
  • Race for Education Kick-Off Assembly (11:30 a.m.)
  • 2nd Quarter Report Cards sent home with Students
  • Noon Dismissal – Catholic Schools Week Luncheon
  • PowerSchool Parent Portal Reopens

Monday, February 8th                        

  • Spelling Bee (PAC/9:00 a.m.)

Tuesday, February 9th                        

  • 2nd Grade First Reconciliation (10:00 a.m.)

Wednesday, February 10th     

  • “Farewell to the Alleluia” Prayer Service (9:30 a.m.)
  • Ash Wednesday Mass (10:00 a.m.)

Thursday, February 11th        

  • Open House (9:00 a.m.)
  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, February 12th                        

  • Race for Education Mailing Labels due
  • Middle School Demerit Free Breakfast (9:00 a.m.)
  • Valentine’s Day Parties (K-5)

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The Sentinel – January 29, 2016

January 29, 2016

Principal’s Message

Next week All Saints will join with schools across our country in celebrating Catholic Schools Week, an annual opportunity to highlight our heritage and distinct mission.  The theme selected for this year is Catholic Schools ~ Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.

At All Saints, this is exactly the type of community we cultivate each day.  With a commitment to academic excellence and more importantly, faith formation & character development, the faculty, staff, clergy and parents are united in their efforts to provide our children with a life-changing educational experience.  Next week we pause to give thanks for the gift of Catholic education and the many blessings we share as members of the All Saints community.

The following is a list of special activities planned for the weeklong celebration.

Sunday, January 31st  
Saturday/Sunday Mass ~ All students are encouraged to wear their school uniform to Mass this weekend. 
Monday, February 1st  
Vocation Day ~ Previously recorded video testimonies from our parish priests will be shared with the students via the classroom ACTIV Boards.  Students will hear about the importance of praying for vocations and how to discern their own call.
Tuesday, February 2nd  
Staff Appreciation Day ~ Teachers and students will work together to show their appreciation for members of the staff.
Wednesday, February 3rd  
Priest Appreciation Day ~ Students will offer special prayers and spiritual bouquets for our parish priests.
 
Religion Bee for Grades 3-8 at 12:45 p.m. in the Parish Activity Center.
Thursday, February 4th   
Student Appreciation Day ~ Dress Down Day, Free Ice Cream at Lunch and No Homework.
Friday, February 5th      
Teacher Appreciation Day ~ Students will prepare small gifts for their teacher with the assistance of the Room Liaisons.  
 
School Mass & Virtues Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
 
Faculty & Staff Luncheon, hosted by the PTO, following Noon Dismissal

Respect Life Outreach

The Peace & Justice Players is organizing a collection of baby items that will now extend through Friday, February 5th to benefit AAA Women for Choice in Manassas.  Students and families are invited to donate diapers, bottles, food, clothes, baby powder, strollers and car seats.

Band Concert

The band concert has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 16th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Activity Center.

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.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Registration Schedule for 2016-2017

Current families who wish to enroll a new student in grades Pre-Kindergarten through eight for the 2016-2017 academic year are invited to request an application via email at the following address: office@allsaintsva.org.  Applications will be sent home to families with the youngest child currently enrolled in our school.  Note:  Although the deadline for submitting applications is February 26th, parents are encouraged to submit forms in advance of that date.

  • Re-Registration for Current Students February 3-19, 2016

Tuition Assistance Applications for 2016-2017

Applications for Tuition Assistance for the 2016-2017 academic year are now available.  A copy of the online application can be found at the following website: www.smartaidforparents.com.

The school code for All Saints Catholic School is 03089.

Due dates for submission of applications and supporting documentation are as follows:

High School                 January 25, 2016

Elementary School       March 14, 2016

NOTE: All families with children enrolled in both high school and elementary school will need to submit an application by the January high school deadline.

Please note that all applications and supporting documentation must be received by SMART rather than postmarked by the dates listed above.  Applications will only be processed by SMART once all required documentation has been submitted. 

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, January 30th, Holy Trinity in Gainesville at 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday, Februray 3rd, Church of the Nativity in Burke at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 16th, St. Theresa School in Ashburn at 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, February 27th, St. James School in Falls Church at 9:30 a.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.  

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:

Tuesday, Feb. 9th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 11th in Meeting Room 2 at 2:15 p.m.

Tuesday, March 15th in Meeting Room 2 at 7:00 p.m.

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.

Running with the Saints 5K – Saturday, March 19th 8:15 a.m.  

It’s time to register for the Running with the Saints 5K.  Join us for this fun family event.  Registration forms were sent home with your child or register online:  https://www.imathlete.com/events/EventReg/EventReg_SelectType.aspx?fEID=26152&fNew=1&fsource=imASearch

Sponsors Needed:  Please help us make the Running with the Saints 5K a success by sponsoring our race.  Great advertisement opportunity! Sponsorship forms can be found at Runningwiththesaints.org.  Or contact Joan Coleman or Wendy Comeau at info@runningwiththesaints.org.

2016 Running with the Saints 5K T-Shirt Contest

Submit your original artwork to be featured on our 2016 Running with the Saints 5K t-shirts.  Deadline – February 19, 2016.  All grades invited to participate. Please see flier linked below for details or email Joan Coleman at info@runningwiththesaints.org for more information!

Upcoming Events

Sunday, January 31st            

  • Catholic Schools Week Begins

Monday, February 1st            

  • Vocation Day
  • Science Fair Awards Ceremony (2:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, February 2nd                       

  • Staff Appreciation Day
  • Picture Day – Teams, Clubs & Candids
  • PTO Executive Board Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, February 3rd       

  • Priest Appreciation Day
  • Feast of St. Blaise – Blessing of Throats
  • Religion Bee (PAC/12:45 p.m.)

Thursday, February 4th          

  • Student Appreciation Day – Dress Down Day, Free Ice Cream & No Homework
  • R. Gold Medal Readers Celebration (1:30 p.m.)

Friday, February 5th              

  • Teacher Appreciation Day
  • School Mass & Virtues Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
  • Race for Education Kick-Off Assembly (11:30 a.m.)
  • 2nd Quarter Report Cards sent home with Students
  • Noon Dismissal – Catholic Schools Week Luncheon
  • PowerSchool Parent Portal Reopens

Links

The Sentinel – January 20, 2016

January 20, 2016

Principal’s Message

Over the course of the past two weeks it has been interesting and inspiring to read the many student goals that are now posted outside a number of the classrooms.  In their own individual ways, the students have identified a key action or routine that they wish to adopt, knowing that it represents an opportunity to develop new habits and virtues for the year ahead.  It is yet another example of ways in which the teachers are encouraging students to approach life with a “growth mindset”.

The following are a few examples of their commitments and resolutions for the New Year that I thought you’d enjoy.

I will be kind to others.

I will try to get better at math by listening better.

Start eating more fruits and vegetables.

Make 2-4 goals in soccer.

Pray my prayers.

Help somebody in need.

I will be nicer to my siblings.

Work hard in school.

Read more books.

Eat more pizza with peppers and less with cheese.

And a goal that probably resonates with many of us young and old – sleep in on weekends.  Enjoy the promise of snow and the opportunity for extra rest and relaxation with family this weekend!

Respect Life Outreach

To coincide with the March for Life scheduled for this Friday, the Peace & Justice Players is organizing a collection of baby items from today through Friday, January 29th to benefit AAA Women for Choice in Manassas.  Students and families are invited to donate diapers, bottles, food, clothes, baby powder, strollers and car seats.

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.

NEW DATE for Family Bingo Night – SAVE THIS DATE!

Due to a scheduling conflict, Family Bingo Night has been re-scheduled for Saturday, March 12 in the Knights’ Hall.  Dinner of hamburgers and hotdogs will be available starting at 5:00pm prior to playing bingo at 6:00pm.  If you have any items that you would like to donate as prizes, please leave them at the School Office or you may deliver them to Linda Gaynord at the Parish Office.  Watch for a flier in late February.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Registration Schedule for 2016-2017

Current families who wish to enroll a new student in grades Pre-Kindergarten through eight for the 2016-2017 academic year are invited to request an application via email at the following address: office@allsaintsva.org.  Applications will be sent home to families with the youngest child currently enrolled in our school.  Note:  Although the deadline for submitting applications is February 26th, parents are encouraged to submit forms in advance of that date.

  • Re-Registration for Current Students February 3-19, 2016

Tuition Assistance Applications for 2016-2017

Applications for Tuition Assistance for the 2016-2017 academic year are now available.  A copy of the online application can be found at the following website: www.smartaidforparents.com.

The school code for All Saints Catholic School is 03089.

Due dates for submission of applications and supporting documentation are as follows:

High School                 January 25, 2016

Elementary School       March 14, 2016

NOTE: All families with children enrolled in both high school and elementary school will need to submit an application by the January high school deadline.

Please note that all applications and supporting documentation must be received by SMART rather than postmarked by the dates listed above.  Applications will only be processed by SMART once all required documentation has been submitted. 

Running with the Saints 5K – Saturday, March 19th 8:15 a.m.  

It’s time to register for the Running with the Saints 5K.  Join us for this fun family event.  Registration forms were sent home with your child or register online:  https://www.imathlete.com/events/EventReg/EventReg_SelectType.aspx?fEID=26152&fNew=1&fsource=imASearch

Sponsors Needed:  Please help us make the Running with the Saints 5K a success by sponsoring our race.  Great advertisement opportunity! Sponsorship forms can be found at Runningwiththesaints.org.  Or contact Joan Coleman or Wendy Comeau at info@runningwiththesaints.org.

2016 Running with the Saints 5K T-Shirt Contest

Submit your original artwork to be featured on our 2016 Running with the Saints 5K t-shirts.  Deadline – February 19, 2016.  All grades invited to participate. Please see flier linked below for details or email Joan Coleman at info@runningwiththesaints.org for more information!

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, January 30th, Holy Trinity in Gainesville at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, February 16th, St. Theresa School in Ashburn at 9:00 a.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.  

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:

Tuesday, Feb. 9th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 11th in Meeting Room 2 at 2:15 p.m.

Tuesday, March 15th in Meeting Room 2 at 7:00 p.m.

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

Wednesday, January 20th       

  • Science Fair (Awards Ceremony at 6:30 p.m.)

Friday, January 22nd              

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Saturday, January 23rd                       

  • 2nd Grade First Reconciliation (10:00 a.m.)

Monday, January 25th                        

  • Deadline: SMART Tuition Assistance for Families with Students enrolling in High School

Tuesday, January 26th                        

  • Band Concert (2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, January 27th       

  • Spelling Bee (8:30 a.m.)

Thursday, January 28th          

  • Mass for Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas & Virtues Presentation (8:30 a.m.)

Friday, January 29th               

  • End of 2nd Quarter
  • Eucharistic Adoration & Benediction (2:15 p.m.)

Links

 

The Sentinel ~ January 13, 2016

 

Principal’s Message

Friday will be a holiday for the students as the teachers participate in a diocesan-wide professional development day.  So as to keep you apprised of our efforts and our learning priorities for the year, I’d like to share with you the highlights for our day of professional growth.

Teachers in grades three through seven will attend a full day session at St. Theresa School in Ashburn where they will learn about the new standardized testing model that we will implement next year as we migrate to an online assessment tool.  Additionally, during the afternoon hours they will attend a workshop on the design of classroom assessments.

Teachers in grades kindergarten through second will participate in a work session at All Saints where they will continue planning for the implementation of the Lego STEM programs during the morning hours and focus on expansion of differentiation efforts during the afternoon.

The 8th grade and special subject teachers will work on projects and initiatives specific to each of their areas.

For the faculty of All Saints, the diocesan-day of professional development provides an opportunity to both learn about new initiatives while strengthening skill-sets in the areas of STEM and differentiation.

National Geography Bee

Last Friday students in grades four through eight participated in the school-wide round of the National Geography Bee.  Congratulations to our school champion, Rudy Gasser (5th Grade) who will complete an online assessment tomorrow to determine whether he will qualify to advance to the state level competition.  Congratulations to Abigail Yelvington (7th Grade) who won second place and to all of the students who represented their classes in this academic event.

4A – Ivanna A.4B – Jack G.

5A – Liana R.

5B – Rudy G.

6A – Lilibeth B.

6B – Johannes A.7A – Gabriela O.

7B – Abby Y.

8A – Joey G.

8B – Trevor C.

March for Life

On Friday, January 22nd the students of All Saints will join their prayers with the thousands who will gather in Washington, D.C. at the annual March for Life.  As a school community we will pray for an increase in respect for the sanctity of life at all stages in our society.   While children who wish to attend the March for Life with their parents or the Youth Ministry Program will be marked as absent, please know that this absence will not affect a child who otherwise would earn “Perfect Attendance” at the close of the year.  If your child will be attending the March, please notify his or her teacher via a note by the end of next week.

Virtue Award Winners

Congratulations to the following students who were recognized on Friday for their demonstration of the Virtue of Generosity during the month of December.

PK1 – Jayden C.PK 2 – Avila M.

PK 3 – Michaela C.

K1 – Abigail C.

K2 – Joshua R.

1A – Cortney S.

1B – Sofia M.

2A – Scott T.

2B – Grace H.

3A – Matthew A.

3B – Jennifer G.

4A – Faith G.4B – Jack S.

5A – Isabella O.

5B – Jacob Y.

6A – Lily B.

6B – Timothy M.

7A – Jenna D.

7B – Katherine U.

8A – Andrew R.

8B – Miguel G.

 

RUNNING WITH THE SAINTS 5K – SATURDAY, MARCH 19th 8:15 a.m.  

It’s time to register for the Running with the Saints 5K.  Join us for this fun family event.  Registration forms are being sent home with your child or register online:  https://www.imathlete.com/events/EventReg/EventReg_SelectType.aspx?fEID=26152&fNew=1&fsource=imASearch

Sponsors Needed:  Please help us make the Running with the Saints 5K a success by sponsoring our race.  Great advertisement opportunity! Sponsorship forms can be found at Runningwiththesaints.org.  Or contact Joan Coleman or Wendy Comeau at info@runningwiththesaints.org.

2016 RUNNING WITH THE SAINTS 5K T-SHIRT CONTEST

Submit your original artwork to be featured on our 2016 Running with the Saints 5K t-shirts.  Deadline – February 19, 2016.  All grades invited to participate. Please see flier linked below for details or email Joan Coleman at info@runningwiththesaints.org for more information!

SAVE THE DATE ~ Family Bingo Night

Family Bingo Night is scheduled for Saturday, February 20th in the Knights’ Hall.  Dinner of hamburgers and hotdogs will be available  starting at 5:00pm prior to playing bingo.  If you have any items that you would like to donate as prizes, please leave them at the School Office or you may deliver them to Linda Gaynord at the Parish Office.  Watch for further details and a flier soon.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Registration Schedule for 2016-2017

Current families who wish to enroll a new student in grades Pre-Kindergarten through eight for the 2016-2017 academic year are invited to request an application via email at the following address: office@allsaintsva.org.  Applications will be sent home to families with the youngest child currently enrolled in our school.  Note:  Although the deadline for submitting applications is February 26th, parents are encouraged to submit forms in advance of that date.

Re-registration forms for current students will be sent home to families early in February.

Tuition Assistance Applications for 2016-2017

Applications for Tuition Assistance for the 2016-2017 academic year are now available.  A copy of the online application can be found at the following website: www.smartaidforparents.com.

The school code for All Saints Catholic School is 03089.

Due dates for submission of applications and supporting documentation are as follows:

High School                 January 25, 2016

Elementary School       March 14, 2016

NOTE: All families with children enrolled in both high school and elementary school will need to submit an application by the January high school deadline.

Please note that all applications and supporting documentation must be received by SMART rather than postmarked by the dates listed above.  Applications will only be processed by SMART once all required documentation has been submitted. 

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, January 30th, Holy Trinity in Gainesville at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, February 16th, St. Theresa School in Ashburn at 9:00 a.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.  

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:

Tuesday, Feb. 9th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 11th in Meeting Room 2 at 2:15 p.m.

Tuesday, March 15th in Meeting Room 2 at 7:00 p.m.

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, January 14th                      

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, January 15th               

  • Holiday – Diocesan Professional Development Day
  • Spirit Event: Chick-fil-A

Monday, January 18th                        

  • Holiday – Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday

Wednesday, January 20th       

  • Science Fair (Awards Ceremony at 6:30 p.m.)

Friday, January 22nd

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Saturday, January 23rd

  • 2nd Grade First Reconciliation (10:00 a.m.)

Links

The Sentinel ~ January 6, 2016

Principal’s Message

Happy New Year!  I hope that you and your family enjoyed the Christmas holiday and the many opportunities to celebrate the season. 

I am pleased to share with you that Mrs. Bethany Adams has accepted the position of school nurse and will be joining our community next week.  Mrs. Adams has previously been employed as a registered nurse in a cardiac care unit and also served in a supervisory role at a Veteran’s Home.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Jacksonville State University and a Master of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Troy University.  With strong clinical assessment skills and a compassionate approach, she will be a terrific asset to our school community.

Welcome, Mrs. Adams!

Registration Schedule for 2016-2017

Current families who wish to enroll a new student in grades Pre-Kindergarten through eight for the 2016-2017 academic year are invited to request an application via email at the following address: office@allsaintsva.org.  Applications will be sent home to families with the youngest child currently enrolled in our school.

Re-registration forms for current students will be sent home to families early in February.

Open House for 2016-2017 School Year

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Wednesday, January 13th beginning at 9:00 a.m.  All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about our parish 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.

Prayer of the Month – Prayer for Compassion

O Father, give us the compassion you want us to have and teach us to embrace each other with compassionate arms, no matter what our age, color, history, or belief. Help us to remember that you are Life Itself, and that you are using every one of our unique gifts to bring us together with you once again.  Amen.

Virtue of the Month Program ~ Compassion

The following is a list of ways that we will encourage the students to practice the Virtue of Compassion during the month of January.

  • Pray for those people who are hungry or homeless.
  • Give money to the poor box in church from your own allowance.
  • Give food or clothing to those in need.
  • Help at home without being asked.
  • Keep your room neat and orderly to help your parents.
  • Make a pretty card or write a cheerful letter to someone who is sick or in a nursing home.
  • Listen quietly when your friend is upset or angry and needs to talk.
  • Visit relatives, neighbors, or friends that are sick.
  • Include new students in your games. Introduce them to your friends.
  • If someone doesn’t understand a lesson or a game, offer to teach them. Do not make fun of them.
  • Make someone laugh when they are feeling sad.
  • Be kind to everyone you meet.

SCIENCE FAIR 2016

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN JUDING THE SCIENCE FAIR?

Science Fair judging will be held on January 20, 2016 from 7:40am to 2:00pm in the PAC.  If you love science and understand the scientific process, please consider offering your time and talent as a judge.  Judges will arrive as early as 7:40am and will be offered breakfast and a first peek at the projects.  A judging orientation will start at 8:00 am and judging begins shortly thereafter.  Judging will finish about 2:00 pm. Come join us and see what mysteries of science our students have discovered.  Projects are in the following categories: Astronomy, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Biochemistry, Botany, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Science, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Mathematics, Microbiology, Physics, and Zoology.  If you are interested in judging, please sign up via help counter https://www.helpcounterweb.com/ci/signup/140e98ea4f1 or email ckrice@verizon.net.

Additional Science Fair Support Needed – Volunteers are needed on January 20th to assist Mrs. Cottingham and Mrs. Woolfrey with data entry and as a “runner” to escort the students  between their classroom and the PAC for their judging period.  These volunteers will be needed from 8:00am until 2:00pm.  Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided.  Please signup via Help Counter https://www.helpcounterweb.com/ci/signup/140e98ea4f1 or contact Carol Rice ckrice@verizon.net

Donations are needed for the Science Fair, Wednesday, January 20th. Please check out www.helpcounterweb.com/volunteer to see a list of items.  We’re in need of food and non-food items. Hot food items will need to be dropped off Wednesday morning, January 20th by 8:00 a.m. in the PAC.  All other non-perishable items can labeled Science Fair and dropped at the front office.  Any questions or concerns please call Ashli Thompson, 540-588-4904, or email sciencefairfood2016@gmail.com.  Thank you so much and God Bless!

RUNNING WITH THE SAINTS 5K – SATURDAY, MARCH 19th 8:15 a.m.  

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  HAPPY NEW YOU!!  What better way to start the new year than by registering for the Running With the Saints 5K.  Join us for this fun family event.  Registration forms are being sent home with your child or register online:  https://www.imathlete.com/events/EventReg/EventReg_SelectType.aspx?fEID=26152&fNew=1&fsource=imASearch

Sponsors Needed:  Please help us make the Running With the Saints 5K a success by sponsoring our race.  Great advertisement opportunity! Sponsorship forms can be found at Runningwiththesaints.org.  Or contact Joan Coleman or Wendy Comeau at info@runningwiththesaints.org.

Box Tops for Education

Parents, Students and Teachers….keep clipping!  All Saints Catholic School just received a check for $1,745.50 from Box Tops for Education, so you can see that clipping those box tops an easy way to earn money for the school.

Would you believe, we have already collected 4,345 box tops since the November submission. I believe that is a record number of box tops collected in 1 ½ months at All Saints.

Here are the top 5 class rooms to date:

3A – Mrs. Montano      1,297

2A – Mrs. Cummings   945

5A – Mrs. Honkus         906

K1 – Mrs. Feltman        745

1A – Mrs. Harrill            735

There will be a box top party for the classroom with the highest number of box tops turned in at the end of the year. Ask your neighbors, relatives, and co-workers for their box tops too! Thank you.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Tuition Assistance Applications for 2016-2017

Applications for Tuition Assistance for the 2016-2017 academic year are now available.  A copy of the online application can be found at the following website: www.smartaidforparents.com.

The school code for All Saints Catholic School is 03089.

Due dates for submission of applications and supporting documentation are as follows:

High School                 January 25, 2016

Elementary School       March 14, 2016

NOTE: All families with children enrolled in both high school and elementary school will need to submit an application by the January high school deadline.

Please note that all applications and supporting documentation must be received by SMART rather than postmarked by the dates listed above.  Applications will only be processed by SMART once all required documentation has been submitted. 

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:

Thursday, January 7th, The Church of St. Joseph in Alexandria at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 8th, The Church of Good Shepherd in Alexandria at 9:00 a.m.

Tuesday, February 16th, St. Theresa School in Ashburn at 9:00 a.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.  

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:

Tuesday, Jan. 12th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 9th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 11th in Meeting Room 2 at 2:15 p.m.

Tuesday, March 15th in Meeting Room 2 at 7:00 p.m.

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

Friday, January 8th

  • School Mass & Virtues Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
  • National Geography Bee (9:30 a.m.)

Wednesday, January 13th

  • Open House (9:00 a.m.)

Thursday, January 14th

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, January 15th

  • Holiday – Diocesan Professional Development Day
  • Spirit Event: Chick-fil-A

Monday, January 18th

  • Holiday – Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday

Wednesday, January 20th

  • Science Fair

Links

 

The Sentinel ~ December 16

 

Principal’s Message

With the passing of each week of December, the excitement in the building has grown as the young – and the young at heart – look forward to the joyous celebration of Christmas.  In many of the classrooms, the children have been discussing the ways that they have been preparing their hearts during this Advent Season.  In the hallways there are even displays of “gifts” that the students have chosen to give to Jesus.  The following are a few highlights I noted as I walked through the building the past few days.  Enjoy these heartfelt and tender sentiments from the children. My gifts to Jesus are…. Praying before I go to sleep each night Listen to my mom and dad more Read the Bible for ten minutes Being kinder to my siblings Help my mom and dad with chores Sharing toys with my friends at school Having a heart full of love for my family Donate money to the poor Helping my mom set the table Be nice and not be like Grinches And in the words of a 3rd Grade student, we can all find inspiration for the season. My gifts to Jesus…a rosary…my love…my heart. On behalf of the faculty & staff of All Saints Catholic School, I wish all of you a blessed Christmas Season!  May the holiday be filled with great joy as you gather with family and friends to celebrate the birth of our Savior! Christmas Pageant Reminders We look forward to seeing many of you at the Christmas Pageant beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the church on Monday. With a portrayal of the Nativity Story through text and music, the presentation provides a beautiful moment of reflection for our community. As the Pageant will again be taking place in the church, it is important that we maintain a spirit of reverence.  Also, once the Pageant begins, parents are asked to remain seated and to be mindful of those around them when taking photos.  Students in Grades K, 1, 4, and 5 are asked to dress in their school uniforms.  Some students in Grade 6 will be in costume. Students are asked to report directly to their classrooms by 6:30 p.m.  All 6th grade students, however, are asked to report to their classrooms no later than 6:25 p.m.  The students will return to their homerooms following the performance where parents will meet them shortly thereafter. Prayer for the Third Week of Advent Lord God, may we, your people, who look forward to the birthday of Christ, experience the joy of salvation and celebrate that feast with love and thanksgiving.  We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Open House for 2016-2017 School Year All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Wednesday, January 13th beginning at 9:00 a.m.  All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about our parish 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. Applications for New Students (2016-2017) Current families who wish to enroll a new student in grades Pre-Kindergarten through eight for the 2016-2017 academic year are invited to request an application via email at the following address: office@allsaintsva.org.  Applications will be sent home to families with the youngest child currently enrolled in our school. Tuition Assistance Applications for 2016-2017 Applications for Tuition Assistance for the 2016-2017 academic year are now available.  A copy of the online application can be found at the following website: www.smartaidforparents.com. The school code for All Saints Catholic School is 03089. Due dates for submission of applications and supporting documentation are as follows: High School                 January 25, 2015 Elementary School       March 14, 2015 NOTE: All families with children enrolled in both high school and elementary school will need to submit an application by the January high school deadline. Please note that all applications and supporting documentation must be received by SMART rather than postmarked by the dates listed above.  Applications will only be processed by SMART once all required documentation has been submitted. 

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: Thursday, January 7th, The Church of St. Joseph in Alexandria at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, January 8th, The Church of Good Shepherd in Alexandria at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 16th, St. Theresa School in Ashburn at 9:00 a.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.   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: Tuesday, Jan. 12th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11th in Meeting Room 2 at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 15th in Meeting Room 2 at 7:00 p.m. 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, December 17th

  • 2nd Grade Christmas around the World Celebration
  • Christmas Pageant Dress Rehearsal (2:00 p.m.)

Friday, December 18th            

  • School Mass (8:30 a.m.)
  • 6th Grade Olympics Celebration
  • STEM Day Celebration (Grades 2-5)

Monday, December 21st

  • Advent Wreath Prayer Services (8:15 a.m.)
  • Pre-Kindergarten Pageants (10:00 a.m. & 1:15 p.m.) & Final Day of Pre-Kindergarten prior to the Christmas Holiday
  • Christmas Pageant – Grades K, 1, 4, 5 & 6 (2:15 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, December 22nd

  • Christmas Hat Day sponsored by the SCA ($.50) – see flyer link below
  • Classroom Christmas Parties (10:30 a.m.)
  • Noon Dismissal

Monday, January 4th

  • Classes Resume

Tuesday, January 5th

  • PTO Executive Board Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, January 8th

  • School Mass & Virtues Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
  • National Geography Bee (9:30 a.m.)

Links

The Sentinel ~ December 9, 2015

Principal’s Message

On Friday evening school and parish families once again gathered to celebrate the Feast of St. Nicholas at a prayer service that began in the church and was followed by a reception in the Parish Activities Center.  Through music, readings and prayer, the children had an opportunity to learn more about the life and legacy of St. Nicholas, culminating in their presentation of new shoes at the foot of the altar.  In total, the children donated 63 pairs of shoes and $63.00 to benefit the House of Mercy.  Thank you Mrs. Sarah Roccograndi and Mrs. Barbra Almond for organizing the event for our community.  I also wish to thank the middle school students who served as ushers and readers, the members of the Schola who led the music, and volunteer parents who assisted with many of the details surrounding the reception.  It was a beautiful occasion, both festive and prayerful, amidst a very busy season.

The next morning several dozen students and parents gathered in Old Town to represent our school in the Greater Manassas Christmas Parade.  I want to thank Mr. and Mrs. Cooney who designed and constructed our new float.  With a globe suspended between two larger than life hands and the accompanying words “For God so Loved the World”, the float conveyed the true meaning of the Season and was a beautiful representation of our Catholic school.  All along the parade route our students and parents distributed snowflake bracelets and information about All Saints.  Thank you to the members of the Enrollment Management Team for designing and preparing these festive giveaways.  I also want to thank those families who volunteered their time and shared their talents in helping to prepare the float for the parade.  It was yet another example of the vibrancy and strength of our community.

A Prayer for the Second Week of Advent

God of power and mercy,

Open our hearts in welcome.

Remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy,

So that we may share His wisdom

And become one with Him

When He comes in glory,

For He lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

One God, forever and ever.

Amen.

Virtue Award Winners

Congratulations to the following students who received special recognition last Friday for having demonstrated the Virtue of Gratitude during the month of November.

PK1 – Lily M.
PK2 – Angelo T.
PK3 – Claudia V.
K1 – Junior A.
K2 – Callahan C.
1A – Peter H.
1B – Bini V.
2A – Izel R.
2B – Cody C.
3A – Evan R.
3B – Gustavo Z.
4A – Abigail K.
4B – Taylor G.
5A – Logan B.
5B – Ian K.
6A – Paul S.
6B – Ryan C.
7A – Grady B.
7B – Madelyn V.
8A – Eirian C.
8B – Bianca M.

All Saints Christmas Pageant

The students of Grades K, 1, 4, 5, and 6 will participate in the All Saints Catholic School annual Christmas Pageant, The Living Crèche. Over the last several weeks, the students have been preparing songs in music class to help portray this beautiful story. Please note the following information:

Date: Monday, December 21, 2015

Time: 7:00PM

(Grade K, 1, 4, 5 students report to their homeroom by 6:30PM. Grade 6 report to 6th grade rooms by 6:25PM.)

Place: All Saints Catholic Church

Students in Grades K, 1, 4, and 5 are asked to wear their school uniforms.  Some students in Grade 6 will be in costume. 

Should you have any questions about the pageant, please contact Miss McPhilamy at cmcphilamy@allsaintsva.org.

Open House for 2016-2017 School Year

All Saints Catholic School will host an Open House for prospective parents on Wednesday, January 13th beginning promptly 9:00 a.m.  All parishioners and members of the community interested in learning more about our parish 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.

High School News

Bishop O’Connell Royalette Dance Team

The Royalette Dance Team of Bishop O’Connell will be hosting 2 clinics on Sunday, December 13th at O’Connell High School.

  • Grades K-5 – Holiday Kids Clinic 12:30-3:30pm
  • Grades 6-12 – Holiday Dance Clinic 3:30-5:30pm

This is the perfect opportunity for parents to finish their last minute shopping and holiday errands.  An information flyer and waiver form may be found at the website below:

For discount, pre-register at: www.bishopoconnell.org/holidayclinics.

Questions can be sent to dance@bishopoconnell.org.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Applications for New Students (2016-2017)

Current families who wish to enroll a new student in grades Pre-Kindergarten through eight for the 2016-2017 academic year are invited to request an application via email at the following address: office@allsaintsva.org.

As requests are received, applications will be sent home to families with the youngest child currently enrolled in our school.  As in the past, we will continue to give first consideration to current school families before reviewing applications from new families. For this reason, it is important that current families submit their forms in advance of the deadline of February 26th.

Tuition Assistance Applications for 2016-2017

Applications for Tuition Assistance for the 2016-2017 academic year are now available.  Please note that SMART requires that families submit online applications only rather than paper copies.

Applications, however, are available in both English and Spanish.  A link to detailed instructions and an introduction to the process is included in this week’s newsletter.

A copy of the online application can be found at the following website: www.smartaidforparents.com.

The school code for All Saints Catholic School is 03089.

Due dates for submission of applications and supporting documentation are as follows:

High School                 January 25, 2015

Elementary School       March 14, 2015

NOTE: All families with children enrolled in both high school and elementary school will need to submit an application by the January high school deadline.

Please note that all applications and supporting documentation must be received by SMART rather than postmarked by the dates listed above.  Applications will only be processed by SMART once all required documentation has been submitted. 

Those families interested in applying for Tuition Assistance for the Pre-Kindergarten program are invited to complete the SMART process.  Although pre-school students are not eligible for financial assistance through the diocese, the analysis provided by SMART will guide the process for determining disbursements from funding through our school and parish.

An overview of the Diocesan Tuition Assistance Program can be found at the following link.

http://www.arlingtondiocese.org/catholicschools/tuition_grant.php

Should you have any questions about the application process, please do not hesitate to contact a SMART representative at (800) 360-8027 or our school office.

Annual Bullying Survey

In accordance with our school and diocesan policy, parents are invited to participate in an anonymous, online survey for the purpose of assessing the level of bullying at All Saints Catholic School.  We estimate that it should take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete the survey.

Parents are asked to complete the survey by Friday, December 11th.  In advance, we thank you for your participation in our efforts to both assess our current climate and to establish benchmarks for future reference.

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:

Thursday, January 7th, The Church of St. Joseph in Alexandria at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 8th, The Church of Good Shepherd in Alexandria at 9:00 a.m.

Tuesday, February 16th, St. Theresa School in Ashburn at 9:00 a.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.  

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:

Tuesday, Jan. 12th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 9th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 11th in Meeting Room 2 at 2:15 p.m.

Tuesday, March 15th in Meeting Room 2 at 7:00 p.m.

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, December 10th

  • CYO Pep Rally (Gym/2:15 p.m.)
  • Enrollment Management Team Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, December 11th            

  • 2nd Grade Field Trip to GMU Theater (9:00-12:30)
  • Deadline: Bullying Survey

Monday, December 14th

  • Advent Wreath Prayer Services (8:15 a.m)
  • Penance Service – Grades 6-8 (10:00 a.m.)

Thursday, December 17th

  • 2nd Grade Christmas Around the World Celebration
  • Christmas Pageant Dress Rehearsal (1:30 p.m.)

Friday, December 18th

  • STEM Day Celebration (Grades 2-5)

Monday, December 21st

  • Advent Wreath Prayer Services (8:15 a.m.)
  • Pre-Kindergarten Pageants (10:00 a.m. & 1:15 p.m.)
  • Christmas Pageant – Grades K, 1, 4, 5 & 6 (2:15 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, December 22nd

  • Santa Hat Day sponsored by the SCA
  • Classroom Christmas Parties (10:30 a.m.)
  • Noon Dismissal

Links

The Sentinel ~ December 2, 2015

 

Principal’s Message

I am pleased to share with you that last week the children contributed a total of 1,234.4 pounds of food as part of the Thanksgiving Prayer Service.  Following the event,  representatives from the National Junior Honor Society arranged the donations into 50 pre-packaged meals that were later distributed to families in need through the Bethany Food Pantry.

This year we also initiated an outreach to benefit the St. Lucy Project sponsored by Catholic Charities as part of our annual Thanksgiving Luncheon.  Thanks to the very generous response of families in our community, our school received $1,822.07 in contributions.  This is an extraordinary outpouring of support and I am grateful to all who participated.  To put this into perspective, this total dollar amount is approximately 3-4 times greater than our previous contributions for the Catholic Schools Care about Catholic Charities Week celebration.  More importantly, we know that Catholic Charities will accomplish great work in feeding the poor thanks to the kindness of our community.  I cannot help but think of the lessons learned by our students as they realized the connection between gratitude and generosity during our annual time of thanksgiving.

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This week we have begun our annual journey of Advent, a time of preparation for the celebration of Christ’s birth at Christmas.  Amidst all of the joy and activity surrounding the preparations for the season, it is easy for us to lose sight of the fact that Advent is a beautiful season unto itself.

At All Saints we have established several traditions that help to create a tone of anticipation and waiting, in essence a time during which we invite the children to prepare their hearts for the coming of  Christ.

  • Advent Wreath Prayer Services ~ On Monday morning the students gathered in the Parish Activities Center for a school-wide prayer service highlighting the meaning of the Advent Wreath. During the second, third and fourth weeks of Advent, each Monday students will gather around three separate wreaths in each of the wings of the school where they will participate in grade level prayer services.
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation ~ Each of the students in grades three through eight will have an opportunity to encounter Christ in this beautiful Sacrament of healing and forgiveness. Rather than scheduling confessions by grade level, this year we have planned for our students to attend one of two communal Penance Services: grades 3-5 on December 7th and grades 6-8 on December 14th.
  • Toys for Tots ~ The Peace & Justice Players will once again sponsor the Toys for Tots drive beginning this week and extending through December 15th.

A Prayer for Advent ~ Week I

All-powerful God,

increase our strength of will for doing good

that Christ may find an eager welcome at His coming

and call us to His side in the kingdom of heaven,

where He lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, forever and ever.  Amen.

Tuition Assistance Applications for 2016-2017

As announced earlier this semester, the Diocese of Arlington has determined that SMART Tuition Aid will now review applications for tuition assistance and provide recommendations to school and parish administration.  Although we will no longer be partnering with FACTS for this purpose, FACTS will continue to process tuition payments for All Saints Catholic School.

Applications for Tuition Assistance for the 2016-2017 academic year are now available.  Please note that SMART requires that families submit online applications only rather than paper copies.

Applications, however, are available in both English and Spanish.  A link to detailed instructions and an introduction to the process is included in this week’s newsletter.

A copy of the online application can be found at the following website: http://www.smartaidforparents.com

The school code for All Saints Catholic School is 03089.

Due dates for submission of applications and supporting documentation are as follows:

High School                 January 25, 2015

Elementary School       March 14, 2015

NOTE: All families with children enrolled in both high school and elementary school will need to submit an application by the January high school deadline.

Please note that all applications and supporting documentation must be received by SMART rather than postmarked by the dates listed above.  Applications will only be processed by SMART once all required documentation has been submitted. 

Those families interested in applying for Tuition Assistance for the Pre-Kindergarten program are invited to complete the SMART process.  Although pre-school students are not eligible for financial assistance through the diocese, the analysis provided by SMART will guide the process for determining disbursements from funding through our school and parish.

An overview of the Diocesan Tuition Assistance Program can be found at the following link.

http://www.arlingtondiocese.org/catholicschools/tuition_grant.php

Should you have any questions about the application process, please do not hesitate to contact a SMART representative at (800) 360-8027 or our school office.

Virtue of the Month ~ Generosity

During the month of December, students will be encouraged to implement the following strategies:

  1. Give from your own money to help others in need.
  2. Give freely of your time without expecting anything in return.
  3. Ask for forgiveness when you have hurt someone and be willing to forgive them when they hurt you.
  4. Offer to help someone in class each day.
  5. Share your supplies with someone who forgot theirs.
  6. Do something helpful for someone at home without being asked.
  7. See if others want “second helpings” before taking some for yourself.
  8. Let someone else in your family choose the movie or television show you will watch together.
  9. Offer to help an older neighbor with a job like raking leaves or shoveling snow.
  10. Let another person ahead of you get a drink first at the water fountain.

Prayer of the Month ~ Prayer of St. Nicholas

Loving God, we thank you for the example of St. Nicholas, who fed the hungry, brought hope to the imprisoned, gave comfort to the lost, and taught the truth to all.  May we strive to imitate him by putting you first in all we do.  Give us the courage, love and strength of St. Nicholas, so that, like him, we may serve you through loving our brothers and sisters.  Amen.

Annual Bullying Survey

Through our Virtue Program and the full integration of our faith across the curriculum, students at All Saints are encouraged to develop habits of respect, kindness, and compassion.  Over the course of years, these traits become part of the fabric of our students’ lives.  Nevertheless, it is vitally important that we explicitly remind our students of the dangers and consequences of bullying.

In accordance with our school and diocesan policy, this week I would like to invite all parents to participate in an anonymous, online survey for the purpose of assessing the level of bullying at All Saints Catholic School.  We estimate that it should take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete the survey.  Students in grades 3-8 will complete a corresponding survey during their computer class beginning next week.

Parents are asked to complete the survey by Friday, December 11th.  In advance, we thank you for your participation in our efforts to both assess our current climate and to establish benchmarks for future reference.

If perhaps you are wondering what you can do as a parent to further support this initiative, we would offer the following suggestions:

  • Take some time this week to review the topic of bullying with your son/daughter. Help them to understand that the repeated, targeted nature of bullying is very hurtful, often resulting in wounds that last years, and in some cases a lifetime.  Help them to understand that all students have a right and expectation to be able to come to school each day to learn in an environment free of fear.
  • Remind your child that, should he/she ever encounter an instance of bullying, it is vitally important that he/she share this information with a faculty or staff member. If for any reason they are uncomfortable doing so, please contact your child’s teacher directly.  It is only with this type of information that we are able to take steps to help prevent future occurrences.
  • Spend some time discussing with your child the practical steps that he/she can take to discourage bullying. For example, sharing strategies or even role-playing appropriate responses can help to empower students not to laugh, not to participate, and to take a stand whenever they witness an instance of bullying.

Cafeteria Menu Change for Next Wednesday, December 9th

The cafeteria will be serving a Greek CHICKEN Gyro instead of the Greek Beef Gyro.  The rest of the menu will remain the same.

MANY THANKS FROM THE LIBRARY

A big THANK YOU goes out to all parents, students, faculty and staff that supported the recent Full STEM Ahead Book Fair…Power Up With Books!  What a great way to have celebrated reading and raise funds for school resources.  This fun-filled event could not be accomplished without our devoted All Saints families that graciously volunteered to make the Book Fair a huge success.  It is a blessing to have so many parents extend their volunteer hours throughout the week to handle the cashier station, sort inventory, write wish lists and pack up the enormous selection of books.  A special thanks to Mrs. Renata McLaughlin and Mrs. Johanna Catts for coordinating all of the volunteers. It truly was a team effort and a wonderful example of our community sharing their gifts.

70th Annual Greater Manassas Christmas Parade

Once again, All Saints Catholic School will host a float in the annual Manassas Christmas Parade.  Below is pertinent information for parade participants:

  • Participants should meet on Reb Yank Drive between Centreville Road and Mathis Avenue beginning at 8:30 a.m., but should arrive no later than 9:30 a.m.
  • The parade will end at Peabody Street and Lee Avenue.
  • Parking is available in the parking lot of the Manassas 4 Cinemas & Nathan’s Dairy Bar, located on Mathis Avenue between Liberia Avenue and Reb Yank Drive.
  • Parade Permission Slip for students: Christmas Parade Permission Slip 2015
  • Each participating parent will earn 1 stewardship share for each hour of participation (including the wait/staging time).
  • Additional information, including a parade route can be found at gmchristmasparade.org.

If you have additional questions, please contact Drew Cooney at a_cooney@verizon.net.

Box Tops Update

Since our submission, we have already collected 2,130 box tops. Get your neighbors, family and friends involved by asking them to clip for you too!  Our next submission is in the beginning of March 2016. Here are the top three classes:

3A – Mrs. Montano      1066 2A – Mrs. Cummings   883 5A – Mrs. Honkus        709

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Evening with St. Nicholas ~ Friday at 7:00 p.m.

The 7th Annual “Evening with St. Nicholas” is this Friday, December 4.  Join us beginning at 7:00pm in the church.  All Saints students in NJHS & SCA will be serving as ushers, greeters, and readers.  Everyone is getting involved!

Please join us for what has become a beautiful tradition here at All Saints. The evening will begin with an Advent Prayer Service and traditional Advent carols in the church. The “Procession of the Shoes” will again be led by St. Nicholas himself! St. Nicholas and Mother Seton will be available for photos (bring your own camera) afterwards in the PAC.

This very popular community-building event is designed to help us prepare for the Advent season.  Once again, we will be collecting donations of new shoes, with the proceeds benefitting House of Mercy. Donation guidelines are: NEW plain colors of tennis shoes- white, blue, black, tan, or brown. No character tennis shoes, please.   

Thank you to those who have already volunteered to help before or during the event.  We can always use help, so go to https://www.helpcounterweb.com/ci/volunteer/homePage  to volunteer your time.

Thank you to those already donating cookies or cocoa for the evening’s refreshments. Donations of cocoa can be dropped off ANY day this week- attention Mrs. Almond or Mrs. Roccograndi, at the front desk.  Cookie donations can be dropped off Friday 8:00am – 12:00pm, at the front desk.  

Have a question about volunteering or donations? Contact event co-chair Mrs. Sarah Roccograndi at Sarah.Roccograndi@gmail.com

Applications for New Students (2016-2017)

Current families who wish to enroll a new student in grades Pre-Kindergarten through eight for the 2016-2017 academic year are invited to request an application via email at the following address: office@allsaintsva.org.

As requests are received, applications will be sent home to families with the youngest child currently enrolled in our school.  As in the past, we will continue to give first consideration to current school families before reviewing applications from new families. For this reason, it is important that current families submit their forms in advance of the deadline of February 26th.

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, December 5th, The Church of St. Veronica in Chantilly at 9:30 a.m.

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:

Tuesday, Jan. 12th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 9th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 11th in Meeting Room 2 at 2:15 p.m.

Tuesday, March 15th in Meeting Room 2 at 7:00 p.m.

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, December 3rd         

  • 8th Grade High School Placement Test

Friday, December 4th              

  • School Mass & Virtues Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
  • Evening with St. Nicholas Prayer Service (7:00 p.m.)

Saturday, December 5th          

  • Manassas Christmas Parade (Permission slips required/Gather by 9:30 a.m. at parade site)

Monday, December 7th                       

  • Advent Wreath Prayer Services (8:15 a.m.)
  • Advent Penance Service – Grades 3-5 (10:00 a.m.)

Tuesday, December 8th          

  • Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass (8:30 a.m.)

Thursday, December 10th       

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

Friday, December 11th                        

  • 2nd Grade Field Trip to GMU Theater (9:00-12:30)
  • Deadline: Bullying Survey

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The Sentinel ~ November 24, 2015

 

Principal’s Message

This past weekend school parents, parishioners and community members gathered for A Romantic European Evening, the theme of our annual Auction & Casino event.  Once again, it was a time of wonderful fellowship, fine food, exciting auction items and casino-style games, all in support of our school.

Such a large-scale fundraiser was only made possible through the dedication of a hard-working team.   I wish to thank the following members of the PTO who contributed to the success of the evening:  Mrs. Rebecca Johnson (Auction/Casino Chair), Mrs. Michelle Suppers (PTO President), Mrs. Kristi Hernandez (PTO Ways and Means Chair), Mrs. Katherine Mills (PTO Hospitality Chair) and Mrs. Marjorie Collins and Mrs. Carol Rice, both of whom have held a variety of roles through the years and generously shared their experience and expertise.  I also want to thank Mr. Rob Tessier (Youth Minister & Middle School Religion Teacher) for once again bringing a great deal of energy and humor to his role as auctioneer.  Finally, I wish to acknowledge and thank the catering team of Pampa’s Fox who prepared and served a first-class meal with European flair.  Thank you to everyone who contributed and to those who supported the event through their attendance.

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS

ROYAL FLUSH

Jordan Contractors

Miller Toyota Scion

Pampa’s Fox Catering

FULL HOUSE

Skyline Concrete Pumping

 STRAIGHT

Conrad Inc.

Novec

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The Cafeteria Staff did a tremendous job of feeding approximately 850 students, parents and staff who joined us for the annual Thanksgiving Luncheon yesterday.  I want to thank them for their dedication and professionalism in coordinating such a large undertaking for our community.  Beginning at around 7:00 a.m. Sunday morning, they worked through the day to prepare the great feast.  I want to extend a special word of thanks to Mrs. Wendy Matner (Director of Cafeteria Services), Mrs. Liz Werling (Assistant), Mrs. Wilma Marsengill (Cafeteria Bookkeeper) and Mrs. Robin Speicher (Assistant).

The success of the luncheon was also made possible through the steadfast support of volunteers, many of whom return each year to offer assistance.  As so many of our volunteers have been supporting the effort through the years, they have specific experience and know exactly what needs to be done.  As such, the entire operation runs smoothly with staff and parents working hand in hand.  I especially wish to thank Mrs. Gina Michak for assisting with the decorating and set-up and Mr. Billy Pell for slicing the turkeys and refilling the serving tables during the event.  Both of them are former school parents who, though their children are no longer enrolled, returned to help us for yet another year.

I also want to extend a word of appreciation to the members of our maintenance team who worked diligently behind the scenes in support of the event.  Without their commitment, the event would not have been the success that it was.  Thank you, Mr. Bill Andre (Director of Facilities), Mr. Alex Paul, Mrs. Myra Hayde and Mr. Javier Enriquez.

One of the highlights of the luncheon is the fact that our parish priests assist with the serving of food.  We thank them for their continued care and commitment to the school as so clearly evidenced by their support and involvement.

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This week I also wish to share with you the news that Mrs. Jillian Roth, our school nurse, has accepted a new position as a primary charge nurse at a hospital beginning in January.  While we are sad to see her leave our school, we congratulate her on this wonderful opportunity for professional growth and advancement.  Thank you, Mrs. Roth, for your dedication and the compassionate care that you provided to students, faculty, staff and parents during your years with us.

As we pause from our daily labors to join family and friends and to celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday, please know of my gratitude for your continued support of our school and its mission of providing an education of faith and academic excellence.  Thank you for choosing our school for your family.  Happy Thanksgiving! 

A Prayer of Thanksgiving:

May God be gracious to us and bless us

and make his face to shine upon us.

The earth has yielded its increase;

God, our God, has blessed us.

May God continue to bless us;

let all the ends of the earth revere him.

            (Psalm 67)

We thank you for your gifts, merciful God,

and we ask you to give all people the food they need.

May we all be united one day

in the eternal singing of your praises,

through Christ, our Lord.

Amen.

(A Prayer Book for Catholic Families)

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IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Applications for New Students (2016-2017)

Current families who wish to enroll a new student in grades Pre-Kindergarten through eight for the 2016-2017 academic year are invited to request an application via email at the following address: office@allsaintsva.org.

As requests are received, applications will be sent home to families with the youngest child currently enrolled in our school.  As in the past, we will continue to give first consideration to current school families before reviewing applications from new families. For this reason, it is important that current families submit their forms in advance of the deadline of February 26th.

Pre-K Families: Important Kindergarten Survey

This week all Pre-Kindergarten parents will receive an electronic survey by which they are asked to confirm their interest in continued enrollment for their child in the Kindergarten program next year.  Although it will still be necessary for parents to complete the re-registration forms in February, this early information is important for our enrollment planning for 2016-2017.

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, December 5th, The Church of St. Veronica in Chantilly at 9:30 a.m.

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:

Tuesday, Dec. 1st in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 12th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 9th in Meeting Room 1 at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 11th in Meeting Room 2 at 2:15 p.m.

Tuesday, March 15th in Meeting Room 2 at 7:00 p.m.

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

Wednesday, November 25th

  • Thanksgiving Holiday begins

Monday, November 30th

  • Catholic Schools Care About Catholic Charities Week
  • Advent Prayer Service (PAC/8:15 a.m.)

Tuesday, December 1st           

  • PTO Executive Board Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Thursday, December 3rd

  • 8th Grade High School Placement Test

Friday, December 4th

  • School Mass & Virtues Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)
  • Evening with St. Nicholas Prayer Service (7:00 p.m.)

Saturday, December 5th

  • Manassas Christmas Parade

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