Veterans Day Mass, Assembly & Reception – Nov. 11

Join us as our school community honors the commitment of the men and women who have served our country in the United States Armed Forces. We cordially invite all active duty, reserve, former and retired military personnel to attend our school Mass on Thursday, November 11 at 8:30 AM. After Mass, there will be an assembly in the PAC, followed by a reception for our veterans and military service personnel.

Veteran Bricks and Family Veteran Survey
Students received a packet of information in early October about our Veterans Memorial Wall Display, an annual tradition in which we show our gratitude for those within our school community who have served our nation through military service. For your convenience, a link to the packet is provided at the bottom of this newsletter.

Please submit your Family Veteran Survey and Veteran Memorial Display Brick by Thursday, October 28.

2021 Veterans Student Packet

 

 

Pilgrim Virgin Statue Program

Pilgrim Virgin Statue Program
Beginning in October, the month devoted to the Holy Rosary, All Saints Catholic School families are once again invited to renew their devotion to Jesus through Mary in a special way. On Friday, October 8, two statues of Our Lady of Fatima will begin traveling to the homes of school families for week-long visits.

Families who wish to participate in this program this year may sign up online at the
following link:

Pilgrim Virtue Statue Program Sign Ups

Pick up time for the Statues at the front office is before 2:30 p.m. on Friday with a return time of before 9:00 a.m. the following Friday. Please be sure to sign in and out for the Statue in the Visitor Binder at the front desk.

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.

Should you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the rotation coordinator, Mrs. Maricel Pascua at gmpascua@outlook.com or 571-393-0942

PTO Family BINGO Night – October 16

The PTO is excited to be hosting a Family Bingo night on Saturday, October 16th at 7:00 pm in the PAC.  Cost is $5 per person for ten bingo games.  Small prizes will be offered for each of the ten games.

Please use the flyer below to pre-order your Bingo cards and daubers.

Pre-Orders are strongly encouraged and are due by Wednesday October 13th.   See the attached order form.

Family Bingo Night – Order Form

PTO News & Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer News
One of the great aspects of All Saints School is the outstanding relationship between the PTO and the school and the support that the PTO provides to the school’s administration, teachers and staff. This relationship not only helps the school fulfill its mission; it also provides school families with valuable opportunities to gain insight into how wonderful our school is. We are extremely grateful for this valuable relationship and for the tremendous support that our school families provide to the school.

  • Celebration Station
    Thank you so much for the amazing support for the Celebration Station. As soon as the items are listed, families sign up for them and they are filled! We restock this free snack bar for the All Saints teachers and staff every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Please remember to send your send donations into the front office labeled “Celebration Station” on Monday morning of the week you signed up for so that we have the supplies to restock. If there’s a holiday on Monday or you forget the item, please send it in the next school day. Thank you so much for your support. The teachers and staff greatly appreciate it!
  • In-person Volunteer Opportunity
    Our awesome teachers are very busy teaching the students. They spend many hours before and after school doing lesson plans, grading papers, and preparing materials. On Thursday, September 23rd, the PTO is sponsoring a Helping Hands volunteer event during the school day in the Parish Activity Center (PAC) to do little projects for the teachers to help them out. Potential projects may include cutting, sorting, organizing, tearing workbook pages from books, creating fidgets, etc.Volunteers are asked to sign in at the front office, wear face masks, maintain social distancing, and do not need to be VIRTUS certified. Small children may be brought to this event, but parents are responsible for keeping their own children supervised and content. If you’re interested in volunteering, please sign up using Help Counter. Questions? Please contact Holly Crocker at thcrock.hsc@gmail.com. Thank you in advance for helping our wonderful teachers and staff!
  • Teacher’s Wish List
    Occasionally the teachers or staff need items not covered in the school budget. They send their requests to Mr. Conroy who approves them for the Teacher’s Wish List and they are posted on Help Counter. The items are listed on Help Counter with sufficient time for families to sign up for the item; however, the teachers could use them as soon as they are purchased. Please send items directly into the classroom or through the front office with the class name, if you prefer to remain anonymous.
  • Log Your Shares
    All volunteer activities whether in-person or donating items earn families “shares”. Each family is asked to earn 25 “shares” this school year. Please remember to save your receipts and log your earned “shares” into Help Counter. Help Counter. 1 “share” is equal to 1 hour of volunteer work, 1 baked good or $15 of merchandise. Each family is asked to complete 25 shares during this academic year. Thank you so much for supporting our school!

School Band Program: 2021-2022

All Saints Band Calendar and Information for 2021-2022

Start of the school year: 2021

  • Tuesday, August 31 – Demonstration of instruments to fourth and fifth grade
  • Tuesday, September 7 – Band Registration Night for Parents/Students at All Saints at 6:45 PM
  • Tuesday, September 14 – Beginner and Advanced Lessons Start – Please bring instruments and music to school

All band lessons will be held every Tuesday throughout the year (if school is in session). Please bring instruments and music on Tuesdays.

All student musicians must be registered with the Garwood Whaley Music Program to take lessons.

Lead Band Parent
This position for the 2021-2022 school year is currently open. Please contact Mr. Ward to find out more. Serving in this capacity will provide you with volunteer school hours.

Band Director is:  Mr. Barry Ward

Instrument rental program through Music and Arts Stores.

Instrumental music instruction is available for your son or daughter next year at All Saints Catholic School. Classes are offered during the regular school day and Zoom classes may now be used to supplement missed days during the year. The child who learns to play an instrument learns discipline, cooperation with others, and a new way to a fuller, richer life. Playing an instrument automatically places him or her in worthwhile school activities, it gives something interesting to do, and is a pleasurable use of time.

The beginner band is comprised of the following instruments: Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone and Drums. However, the advanced band looks to spread out instrumentation with bass clarinet, tenor sax, and tuba, and these instruments may be available to students from the band. The Garwood Whaley Music Program is a local organization which has offered contracted music instruction at All Saints for many years. Our band director is Mr. Barry Ward, who is an original starting director with the program with over 40 years of experience. Also included in this program are written evaluations, performances at school and away, band music, and the opportunity to perform in both the Diocesan Band Festival and the Honor Bands.

Our overall Program was selected as the official program of instrumental music instruction for the Diocese of Arlington Schools in 1979. The program is staffed by full and part-time teachers with degrees in performance and music education. The Program is supervised by Mr.  Barry Ward, who has experience working with elementary schools throughout the diocese, and a retired assistant director from  Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria. Mr. Ward’s diverse background as a performer and teachermakes him uniquely qualified to teach and supervise. He has published a number of educational articles, and composed and published music pieces through C. Alan Publications.

Our school’s band program has earned many honors, and in a sense, too many to list. Of course, the program is presently regenerating itself after this Covid year where there was both in-school and online lessons. If you are interested, we urge you to attend a registration / instrument rental meeting in September. More immediate questions can be directed to Mr. Ward at The3wardsdad@aol.com. If the interest exists, give your child all the possible support and assurance by attending the meeting at school. Enroll your child next year in our band program!

Race for Education Results

We are so pleased to share that we have raised $32,821 through our 2021 Race for Education!  We are so grateful for your generous support and participation in our largest fundraiser of the year.

The following is a list of the awards announced at yesterday’s student assembly.

  • Dress Down Day for All Students – Tuesday, June 1
  • Shaved Ice for All Students (Capital Snow Truck) – Tuesday, June 1
  • Chick-fil-A Lunch for K2 – Wednesday, June 2
  • Movie & Popcorn Parties – Tuesday, June 8 (Note: The Kindergarten and 8th grade classes will enjoy a movie and popcorn on an earlier day selected by their teachers.)
  • Winners of the $25 Gift Card Drawings – Alistair H. (K2), Thomas M. (5B), & Abby W. (7B)

I wish to thank Mrs. Burroughs and Mrs. Ballard for their wonderful leadership of the Race for Education.  With a strong commitment and a creative approach, they organized a highly successful event for our community, even during this challenging year.

Congratulations to all of our students and thank you for your support of this year’s Race for Education!

In Christ,

David E. Conroy, Jr.

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.