Last year, our Student Ambassadors introduced the theme of “Spreading Kindness like Confetti.” In December, we will put the focus on “kindness to community.” As this is the season of giving, we would like our students to learn about giving to people in need in the community. Let us show our children how to help others through kind words, kind acts and generosity.
We have sent a flyer home with each child with ideas of how to spread kindness in the community. Please consider doing a kind act in our community as a family. For every kind act, please fill out a piece of confetti (back of the flyer) and put it in our “kindness jar of confetti” in the front office. Did you donate shoes to House of Mercy or donate food to Bethany Food pantry? Don’t forget to write those acts of kindness down and bring them to the front office too. Let’s see how our small acts of kindness add up to make a big impact in our community!
Next week we will begin our annual journey of Advent, a time of preparation for the celebration of Christ’s birth. Through the years at All Saints we have established several traditions that help to create a tone of anticipation and waiting as we prepare our hearts to celebrate the coming of our Savior.
Advent Wreath Prayer Services ~ On Monday morning the students will assemble in the Parish Activities Center at 8:15 a.m. for a school-wide prayer service highlighting the meaning of the Advent Wreath. During the second and third 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 during two Penance Services.
Grades 6-8 December 5th (1:30 p.m.)
Grades 3-5 December 10th (10:00 a.m.)
“Basket of Joy” to Benefit the Children of the Saint Gabriel Mission ~ The NJHS and the SCA will be sponsoring a “Basket of Joy” outreach project to benefit the children of the Saint Gabriel Mission. We are asking that those families interested in participating, donate a gallon size zip lock bag containing five (5) items, which in turn will be placed in a small basket to distribute to the children of the Saint Gabriel Mission on Christmas Day. Suggested items for the basket are toys, candy, books, coloring books, crayons, pencils, stickers, etc., most of which can be purchased at a local dollar store. Baskets will be provided by the NJHS and the SCA. Donations should be given to your child’s teacher no later than December 14. Through the generosity of our school families, we will bring joy to the less fortunate children in our community.
Bethany Food Pantry Collection ~ The monthly Bethany Food Pantry collection will occur on Thursday, December 6. Our theme for the December collection is “Holiday Desserts”. Students are invited to donate dessert items such as flour, Maseca corn flour, oil, sugar, cookie mixes, cake mixes with icing, sprinkles, etc. Collection of these items will occur in the breezeway during morning arrival. In advance, thank you for your generous support of this parish outreach to the local Manassas community.
The students of Grades K, 1, 4, 5 & 6 will participate in the annual Christmas Pageant, The Living Crèche on December 20.
Please note the following information:
Date: Thursday, December 20, 2018
Time: 7:00 p.m. (Students report to school by 6:30 p.m. 6th grade students are asked to
report to their homeroom classrooms by 6:25 p.m.)
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.
The SCA is sponsoring a dress down day in support of our military on December 6th. Students
are asked to dress in one of the military branch colors or red, white and blue.
“Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, the mission to Remember, Honor
and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National
Cemetery, as well as at more than 1,400 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and
All proceeds from the December 6 dress down day will be donated to Wreaths Across
America. If you would like to participate as a family, members of the SCA will be attending the
event on December 15, 2018.
Please see details below and go to the link to sign up to volunteer.
Thanks to the very generous response of families in our community, our school received $1,717.00 to benefit the St. Lucy Project as part of Catholic Schools Care about Catholic Charities Week. Funds were given as part of All Saints annual Thanksgiving Luncheon.
Thank you for your continued kindness and support of this important ministry that benefits the poor in our region.
On Monday, November 19th we will host our annual Thanksgiving Luncheon. All parents are cordially invited to attend this special event with their child(ren).
For the fourth year in a row, we are linking this celebration to an outreach effort to benefit the St. Lucy Project, a large warehouse in Manassas where staff and volunteers process and distribute donations to numerous food pantries in our region. This initiative is in
support of Catholic Schools Care about Catholic Charities Week which is scheduled for the week of December 2nd. Again this year, donations may be included with your Thanksgiving Luncheon payment. Please see the order form from the cafeteria for more details.
Additionally, the NJHS will set up a collection station at the entrance to the cafeteria. We invite your participation again as we work together to support the mission of Catholic Charities and to make a positive difference in our community of Manassas.
Today is the Feast Day of Blessed Chiara Luce Badano. Our middle school “House of Blessed Chiara” is honoring their house saint by writing and placing stickers with kind messages onto lollipops and distributing them to each of our students in middle school. The lollipop theme ties into a leadership video the House of Chiara watched earlier this year and supports Blessed Chiara’s focus on love and kindness.
Facts about Blessed Chiara:
- She was born in Sassello, Italy. Her parents had prayed and hoped for a child for more than 10 years.
- Blessed Chiara is known for her big heart. From the age of four, she began giving away her favorite toys, inviting those less fortunate into her home, and visiting the elderly and sick.
- She died of bone cancer at the age of 18. Before she died, she said, “I have nothing left, but I still have my heart and with that I can always love.
- Pope Benedict XVI declared her “Blessed” in 2010.
This week we are excited to launch our 2018-2019 Annual Fund campaign. Having celebrated the 60th Anniversary of All Saints last year, there is no better time than the present to recommit ourselves to the mission of our school!
Through the years, your previous support of our Annual Fund campaign has resulted in new opportunities for our students, most especially in the area of STEM programs. As we look to the future, we recognize the importance of continuing to update our infrastructure in order to provide our students with access to the most current technologies. Working together, we can continue to move full STEM ahead!
During our 2018-2019 Empowering the Next Generation of Learners campaign, we invite you to prayerfully reflect on the difference that All Saints makes in your child’s life and show your support through Gifts of Prayer, Gifts of Involvement & Gifts of Financial Participation.
Don’t miss our upcoming PTO Spirit Event at the Ticonderoga Fall Festival on Friday, October 26 at Ticonderoga Farms (26469 Ticonderoga Road, Chantilly).
Visit any time between the hours of 10:00AM – 5:00PM for a day of fall fun, including pumpkins, hayrides, jumping pillows, slides, a bamboo maze, and much more. When purchasing your tickets at the blue Farm Market, tell them that you are visiting from All Saints and Ticonderoga will donate a portion of the ticket fee back to our school.
Friday, October 26 is a professional development day, so school will not be in session. Come out and enjoy this family-friendly, special fall event!