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.

All Saints Band, 2020-2021

Special Message from Mr. Ward
All Saints Band Director
Learning to play an instrument in any grade is a new and wonderful addition to your child’s regular school day. I like to think of this as an opportunity to be on the ground floor, or at least the starting point, of a lifetime of learning to play and meet other young musicians, or to participate in diocesan honor band performances, or perform at a Kings Dominion or Hershey Park Music Festival. I am sending this notice early, because I would like families and students to not only get excited about this but also be able to discuss decisions and commitments to the instrument and our school program. My goal is to have our students as well prepared for the first day of classes as possible.

I am proud of our band program at All Saints and well aware that your student could one day be in the advanced band. A successful first year is the key to ultimate success and I will do everything possible to make it a great experience. The essential elements are desire and a little discipline. All too often the newness of playing an instrument wears off quickly, so the right instrument and parent support is essential.

We offer the following instruments to beginners in the 4th grade:

  • Flute
  • Clarinet
  • Alto Sax
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Baritone
  • Additionally, the drum kit provides a small drum and a set of bells, but we are accepting only a smaller number of drum students next year. Special considerations go to older students from the 5th – 8th grade. As beginners in fourth grade, I know students usually want to be with their friends.

5th – 8th Grade Students
Every effort is made to put your son or daughter on the right instrument and get them ready as soon as possible for advanced band. Students in 5th – 8th grade can choose from the instruments listed above. In addition, we also offer special instruments to 5th thru 8th grade students, such as bass clarinet, tenor sax, baritone and even tuba, for those willing to play these needed instruments.

The Garwood Whaley Music Program works closely with the Arlington Diocese to provide instrumental programs in all Diocesan schools. All Saints Catholic School has had a long track record, over 40 years of successful concerts, festivals, and individual achievements. As a parent you look for two things ln a program, and they are teacher quality and a proven track record.  Also, be sure to think ahead to high school and activities available at that level.

Music and Arts Stores located all around the Northern Virginia area assist us with instrument rental programs for all instruments, and are made available to parents at registration on Band Parents’ (Registration Night) . Check your school calendar for dates, location and time in Fall of 2020.  I will be introducing the instruments to all students in the first weeks of school with some send along information as well.

I hope to see each of you at the band parents night and /or the next concert with a student in the band program. Be sure to make this a priority to help ensure your child’s success as a member of the All Saints Band.
Sincerely,
Barry Ward

All Saints Band Director

What Do You Miss Most About All Saints?

Calling All Saints students … we want to know what you are missing the most about All Saints!

I know we had to part without saying goodbye and many of our traditions and day-to-day joys are being missed by us all. What are you missing the most?

Watch Mrs. Slater’s video to see how we can all share what we are missing. Then send us something to represent what you are missing (a special drawing, writing, photos … get creative, but please no video).

Please email your submissions to development@allsaintsva.org. We will put together your thoughts and share them with the whole community!

The deadline to participate is next Thursday, April 30.

Catholic Cup 2020 Spotlights our Faith

Students gathered to test their knowledge of the Catholic faith in All Saints’ 9th Annual Catholic Cup. Winners of their classroom competitions from grades 4-8 advanced to this final round of The Catholic Cup, an academic-style competition.

As the event emcee, Mr. Tessier posed questions related to Catholic theology and teaching while participants provided answer after answer until the group of contestants came down to just two finalists for the championship round of the competition.

Congratulations to all of our participants and to all of our students who cheered on their classmates.

We want to acknowledge the wonderful work of Mrs. Bill and Mr. Tessier who serve as our faculty coordinators, and extend a very special thank you to the members of our 2019 judging panel:

  • Fr. Ed Guilloux
  • Mrs. Bill
  • Mrs. Sweeney
  • Mr. Kontoes

This uplifting event provides a wonderful way for all of our students, those directly participating and those watching from the audience, to learn and grow in their faith.

Anonymous Donor Donates 12 ActivPanels

All Saints Catholic School is excited to announce that we recently received a major gift from an anonymous donor in support of our technology program. With this funding, we will be purchasing 12 additional ACTIV Panels to be installed in the following classrooms during the current school year:

  • K1 – Miss Morga
  • K2 – Mrs. Izquierdo
  • 5A – Mrs. Siegel
  • 5B – Mrs. Liu
  • 6B (Science) – Mrs. Cottingham
  • 7B (Math) – Mrs. Bill
  • 8A – Mrs. DeBruyne
  • 8B – Mrs. Honkus
  • Spanish – Mrs. Roy
  • Music – Miss McPhilamy
  • Library – Mrs. Coyle
  • One Additional Classroom (Decision Pending)

With tremendous gratitude, we thank the anonymous donor whose generosity will make a tremendous impact on student learning for years to come.

Robotics Team Wins 2nd Place in Robotics Skills Challenge

Congratulations to the three robotics teams from All Saints that participated in the tournament held on our campus on Saturday, November 9. 2019.

  • 1st Place in the Teamwork Challenge – Team Parra Sharks (Matthew K., Chris M., Camden S., and Angelina Y.)
  • 2nd Place in the Teamwork Challenge – Team Spidermans (Toby R., William O., and Diego P.)
  • 2nd Place in the Skills Challenge – Team Rampage (Jeffrey C., Austin R., and Will F.)

Thank you, Mrs. DeVore and Mr. Roy, for coordinating all of the details for this first-ever event at All Saints and to Mr. Kreitzer for helping to coach our team!

Earn Up to $400 in Tuition Credit

Many of our applicants initially hear about All Saints through a personal referral from a school family.  With this in mind, 11 years ago All Saints started a New Student Referral Program, through which current families receive a tuition credit of $200 for referring a new family to our school.  We are happy to announce that All Saints has given out $33,100 in tuition credits since starting the program in 2008.

Registration for new families for the 2020-2021 school year begins on November 15.  Now is a great time to spread the word about All Saints and to invite family and friends to visit our campus.

  • Open Houses:  November 14, January 9, and February 6 beginning at 9:00 AM.
  • Wednesday Walkthroughs:  9:00 AM and 1:30 PM every Wednesday
  • For general inquires or to schedule a tour, please contact admissions@allsaintsva.org or by phone at 703-393-1490

Next year your family could be one of the families to receive a tuition credit.  For more information about the program, please see the New Student Referral Program Form.

Thank you for choosing All Saints for your family and for sharing the good news of Catholic education!

 

New Student Referral Program - All Saints Catholic School

October PTO Meeting: Lucy Calkins’ Reading & Writing

PTO General Assembly Meeting – October 22 (Reading & Writing Program)
Our first PTO General Assembly Meeting presentation for parents this year will take place on Tuesday, October 22 beginning at 7:00 PM in the Parish Activities Center.  We are pleased to announce that Mrs. Horgan (Assistant Principal) and Mrs. Pryor (Resource Teacher) will be speaking on the topic of our new reading and writing program.  Plan to join us for this introduction and overview of the Lucy Calkins’ Program!

The Uniform Closet will be open from 6:30 p.m. through the close of the PTO Meeting and the following day, October 23 from 7:40 – 9:00 a.m.

14th Annual Race for Education

Mark your calendars for our 14th Annual Race for Education taking place on Thursday, May 2, 2019. The race times for each class are as follows:

PreK-1, PreK-2, K1, K2, 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B
8:45 – 9:45 A.M

3A, 3B, 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B
10: 15 – 11:15 A.M.

6A, 6B, 7A, 7B, 8A, 8B
1:15 – 2:15 P.M.

Volunteers are needed to help with our record keeping process for donations. We meet on Wednesdays in the PLC on the 2nd floor. If you are in need of earning shares, please consider signing up to help. Any amount of time you can help is appreciated! Check this link for volunteer
times: https://www.helpcounterweb.com/ci/signup/140e99d6da9.

We are also still accepting donations on line. You can donate by clicking on the following link: https://allsaintsvaschool.org/parent-resources/pto/race-for-education/ and selecting the “donate now” button on the page.

Race for Education – Prize Cards
Prize cards will be distributed to students prior to Easter break. Students who earned “Dress Down Day” prize cards through the Race for
Education may redeem them on the following days.

  • Tuesday, April 30th
  • Wednesday, May 8th
  • Wednesday, May 15th
  • Monday, May 20th
  • Wednesday, May 29th

Students may begin redeeming “Ice Cream Cards” on the days assigned for their grade levels starting the week of April 29th
.