Pilgrim Virgin Statue Program

Pilgrim Virgin Statue Program
Beginning in November, school families are once again invited to renew their devotion to Jesus through Mary by participating in the Pilgrim Virgin Statue Program. Each week one of the statues of Our Lady will travel to the home of one school family for a weeklong visit. (Note: As a health precaution, only one statue will be in rotation each week which will allow time for the statues and materials to be quarantined between visits.)

For more information about the program or to sign up to host one of the statues, please see the following link.

Pilgrim Virtue Statue Program Sign Ups

While the statue of the Blessed Mother is in the home, families are encouraged to pray together either part of or the entire five-decade Rosary for the intentions of our school as well as for their private intentions. New this year, we are also inviting families throughout our school community to participate in a virtual Rosary that will take place via Zoom. Look for more details in the near future.

Should you have any questions, please contact the rotation coordinator, Mrs. Maricel Pascua, at gmpascua@outlook.com.

Thank You,
School Families!

Thank you so much to our incredible All Saints families. You’re overwhelming support for our teachers and staff via Helping Hands has been truly amazing! Nearly 60 families signed up as Helping Hands volunteers to help with class projects, donate items, or provide prayers and encouragement for our faculty and staff. Thanks to your
great response:

  • Every teacher and class has multiple project helpers.
  • The Celebration Station in the teacher’s lounge is a huge success. The faculty and staff greatly appreciate the wonderful assortment of drinks, snacks, and treats to help them get through the day, and that special dietary needs are so thoughtfully provided.
  • The items for Teacher’s Wish List posted on HelpCounter are claimed often the same day they’ve been posted and then brought to the school.

Thank you for showing your love and support in so many ways. The faculty and staff can tangibly feel your support, and they are so grateful!! Any All Saints family is  welcome to donate items for the Celebration Station or Teacher’s Wish List posted on HelpCounter.

If you’d like to be on the email list, please update your profile to join Helping Hands and/or Teacher’s Wish List.

HelpCounter

In Christ,

Holly Crocker
PTO Helping Hands Coordinator

All Saints Band Information

Message from All Saints Band Director
Mr. Barry Ward

At this time, we are planning to resume band lessons in September. The band picture has changed of course, and will be reconfigured to make it safe for everyone and as effective as possible. Some of the changes are as follows:
Full advanced band rehearsals after school will not take place until it is safe for larger groups.
Tuesdays will again be lesson day, both beginner and advanced, and lessons will have a number of mitigating techniques such as separation of chairs and stands, cleaning between classes, and using the large space in the PAC for lessons.

Additionally, lessons will be organized by cohort and grade level which will create mixed instrument classes.
Rules in band will include a no borrow policy, no touch policy, and music and band folders personally issued as always. A mask on policy will be used during lessons with techniques to include playing underneath or using an improvised mask. Believe it or not, I have experimented with just a slit opening and really had no problems playing the instruments. A band mask should be kept in a paper bag in each student’s instrument case. There will be online information sharing, such as specially composed music for the program.

Let us hope that our students can receive the instruction that they deserve and play musical instruments to give them a richer experience. All students are asked to have and start with the lesson book, Essential Elements, Book 1 and /or 2 by Tim Luetzenhiezer and others. It will be a great time to work on individual skills and not just performance skills. This approach is a better educational model to start a school year, and hopefully performances will develop toward May or even a band trip!

Band Forms

Dates and Events 2020 – 2021 (Approved)

  • Tuesday, September  8 – Demonstrations of Instruments and 1st General Band Meeting (outdoors or PAC)
  • Tuesday, September 15 – Parents’ Registration Night and Instrument Rentals at 6:45 PM – Registration for Band
  • Tuesday, September  T.B.A. – 1st Lessons for Beginner and Advanced, 4th – 8th grade lessons – (PAC)

No after school Advanced Band rehearsals will take place on Tuesday afternoons until deemed safe.

Concerts and Performances 2021

  • 1st School and Parent Concert – Tuesday, January 19th – postponed until safe
  • Arlington Diocese Honor Bands start rehearsals- February/March – hopefully, but on hold until safe
  • Arlington Diocese Band Festival and Assessments (Adv. only) – T.B.D. at Ireton H.S, – hopefully, but on hold
  • Diocese Honor Band Concerts (Ireton H.S.) – (T.B.D.) postponed until safe  (Ireton H.S.) – hopefully. but on hold
  • Spring Trip: Hershey/Lancaster County  (if all goes well) – Friday, May 7th –  hopefully
  • Final School and Parents Concert  -Tuesday, May 18th-  7:00 P.M. – hopefully

I appreciate everyone’s support for the All Saints Band Program and look forward to the year ahead.

Mr. Barry Ward
All Saints Band Director

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

I wish to share with you today some important procedural updates and reminders related to our arrival and dismissal process as we continue to prepare for reopening day.

Morning Arrival (7:45 – 8:15 AM)
As in prior years, parents are invited to participate in the morning drop-off process in either the front or rear parking lots. The traffic pattern will be the same as in the past with cars following a circular route that leads to a designated drop off area. The process will be supervised and guided by members of the faculty and staff without the participation of Safety Patrols.

All parents and students are asked to remain in their vehicle until they arrive at the front of the line. Students will exit from vehicle #1 and vehicle #2, after which they will have their temperature checked and then proceed into the building via the New Breezeway entrance. If there is a concern regarding a student’s temperature, the child will be asked to re-enter the car and the parent will be directed to another parking area for further consultation with our school nurse, Mrs. Snowden.

Students who choose to either walk or ride a bicycle to school are asked to enter the school via the rear entrance of the Old Breezeway (the exterior doors adjacent to the Nurse’s Office) where they will have their temperature checked prior to admittance.

Students attending Extended Day in the morning will also have their temperatures checked as they exit their vehicle. Parents are asked to remain in their cars during drop-off at Extended Day.

Afternoon Dismissal (3:00 – 3:30 PM)
Again this year all parents have been assigned a designated parking area, i.e. the front or rear parking lot. When arriving on campus, parents are asked to remain in their vehicle and to display their carpool number on the driver’s side of their windshield. As there are many new families joining our school this year, all parents are also asked to have a photo ID available.

Parents assigned to the front parking lot may park in either Bay 1 which exits to Route 28/Center Street or Bay 2 which exits to Stonewall Road. Parents are asked to park their vehicle facing the School/Parish Activity Center. (Please note that Bay 2 is now located in the center of the front parking lot. Additionally, the first cars to arrive in Bay I will park on the opposite side of the lot as in prior years. Please see the link below for more details.)

Carpool Pool Maps 2020-2021:

Parents assigned to the rear parking lot are asked to park in the largest section directly in front of the soccer field. After students have entered their vehicles in the “loading zone,” parents may exit to Stonewall Road or Center Street by passing through the church parking lot.

In support of physical distancing, the students will no longer gather in the courtyard or behind the school in preparation for afternoon dismissal. Instead, they will report to the “loading zone” as their carpool number is called. When it is time to begin the dismissal process, a staff member will invite the first row of cars to pull forward into the “loading zone” at which time the carpool numbers will be transmitted to the classrooms. Once the students have reported and safely entered their vehicles, a staff member will motion for the row of cars to exit the property after which the process will begin again with the second row.

Please note that during arrival and dismissal, students will exit and enter from the passenger side of the vehicle. For this reason, please be sure to position car seats accordingly, particularly if your child may require assistance.

Carpool Numbers
All families have been assigned a carpool number. Teachers will be forwarding this information via email today to those families that did not receive their number during the Welcome Home events. This number must be clearly displayed in the front windshield on the driver’s side.

Afternoon Dismissal – Parking Assignments Front Parking Lot – Last Name A – P

  • Bay 1 – Park in Bay 1 if you will exit the school to Route 28/Center Street
  • Bay 2 – Park in Bay 2 if you will exit the school to Stonewall Road

Rear Parking Lot – Last Name Q – Z

  • Bay 3 – All families will park in Bay 3 and can exit either to Route 28 or Stonewall Road

Carpool – Families who share carpool responsibilities will park in Bay 3 in the rear lot of the school regardless of last name.

Extended Day Program
Students attending Extended Day will report to Father Kelley Wing following the conclusion of dismissal. As such, they will not be available for pick-up from the program until approximately 3:30 PM.

In an effort to minimize the mixing of student groups, grade level “pods” have been assigned specific areas in Meeting Room 1 & 2 and Father Kelley Hall. Parents arriving to pick-up their children from the program are asked to notify Extended Day Staff via the exterior doors of these three rooms.

Students attending the program on Monday and Tuesday are reminded to bring a lunch to school. Similarly, kindergartners who will be participating in Extended Day on Wednesday and Thursday will also need to have a lunch.

Should you have any questions about our procedures, please do not hesitate to let us know.

2020-2021 School Theme Announced

Every year at All Saints we identify a theme that further unifies us as a community by providing a shared focus and source of inspiration for our students, faculty & staff.  I am pleased to announce that our theme for 2020-2021 will be All Things Work for Good for Those Who Love God. (Romans 8:28)

This scriptural reference seems particularly relevant during this unprecedented time as we work together to provide the best formation possible for our students.  Although the path forward may sometimes be clouded by uncertainty, we hold firm to our faith and the knowledge that everything occurs in accordance with God’s providence.  Despite the many changes in routines and procedures that will surround the opening of the new year, the core mission of our school remains unchanged, that of instilling in our students a love for God and for one another.

Middle School Organizing Materials & Supplies

Attention Middle School students and families:

We are looking forward to the start of the new school year.

Download our Middle School Organizing Materials list (see below) and begin to assemble and label your notebooks, folders, and binders at home. Or, you may pick it up while visiting at orientation. On the first day of school, use the list below to identify what items to bring. Your teachers will guide you through setting up and labeling your materials during the first week of school. Remember to save a few brown paper bags from the grocery store as they make great
bookcovers.

Check out “How to Make a Paper Bag Book Cover” – YouTube or wikihow.com – Create-a-Paper-Bag-Book-Cover for step-by-step directions on how to make a book cover from a brown paper grocery bag.

Please click on the links below which include the middle school supply list and details what to bring on orientation, what to bring on the first day of school, and what to leave at home for use later in the year.

Middle School: 2020-2021 

Announcing … All Saints Virtual Art Show

We are so excited to announce that Miss Galanides, All Saints Art Teacher, is organizing a Virtual Art Show for All Saints students!

Students may submit their artwork to the All Saints Virtual Art Show through Artsonia and can upload as many pieces of art as they choose. This is an exciting way for students to share the artwork that they have been creating while at home.

To submit artwork, please do the following:

  1. To get started, download the Artsonia 6.0 app in the Apple or Android app store, select the “Students” option, then type the Access Code FDSM-BSKN. You can view a short tutorial video on using the app at artsonia.com/videos/studentapp.
  2. If you don’t have a mobile compatible device, you can simply visit artsonia.com/class/access.asp. To register for the All Saints page, please enter the Access Code FDSM-BSKN.
  3. Once you are on the All Saints class page, you will be able to add your child’s name and parent email to the roster.
  4. Student usernames and artwork will be private until the child’s parent or guardian gives permission for it to be viewed publicly.

We will be sending out a link to the Virtual Art Show on June 2, 2020, so everyone can enjoy the creative works of our student community! See the Virtual Art Show Flyer below for more information. If you have any questions, please email Miss Galanides at lgalanides@allsaintsva.org,

All Saints Virtual Art Show Flyer

Anna Downes Wins VA American Legion Middle School Essay Contest

We are pleased to congratulate All Saints eighth grade student Anna Downes on being selected as the winner of the 2020 American Legion Post 10 Middle School Essay Contest. The theme of this year’s essay contest was, “I Like Living in America because …”

Anna’s essay was then submitted to the district level and was selected as the 16th District and the State of Virginia winning essay!

We want to take this opportunity to congratulate Anna for her outstanding achievements. We also wish to extend our appreciation to American Legion Post 10 for sponsoring this program locally.