Tickets Now On Sale for Hello Dolly!

Coming to All Saints Performing Arts Center, July 17-22

Considered one of the great American musicals, this family-friendly Broadway favorite features a cast of delightfully fun characters and a fabulous ensemble. With a record 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, it is currently one of the Top 20 all-time longest running shows.

You’ll join the adventures (and misadventures!) of the brassy matchmaking widow Dolly Levi and her zany friends in New York. All while this high-energy perennial favorite delivers a timeless message about how people are more important than material wants and money.

Featuring a well-loved, joyful score & lyrics, and a highly comedic story, this enduring treasure has been mounted numerous times, including the Tony Award-winning revival currently on Broadway. But this summer you won’t have to travel that far, because it comes to the All Saints Performing Arts Center stage in Manassas!

Before the parade passes by, mark your calendars July 17-22 for Upper Room Theatre’s production of the beloved Broadway musical, Hello, Dolly!

Tickets are available at www.UpperRoomTickets.com

Spirit Wear Now On Sale

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 see the one page flyer that was sent home with your youngest child today.  Spirit Gear ordering will be exclusively via online this year. Go to:  All Saints Spirit Gear Sale to order or look for the link on our school website to order online.  Additionally, next week, we will provide a link in the Sentinel to a separate one page flyer for sale of All Saints water bottles.   The water bottle can only be purchased via order form through the school.  We also have water bottles for sale onsite at carpool certain days over the next two weeks.  The water bottle is not available for purchase online and cannot count as one of your three items to get discount on t-shirt.

Online ordering is open now through May 14th If you are unable to order online, please contact Kerry Balagtas directly (contact info below) to make alternate arrangements for ordering.  Due to the end of the school year approaching very quickly, we may not be able to accept late orders.  Our Spirit Wear items will be on display late next week near the front office.

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: Kerry Balagtas at  Kerryb17@verizon.net or 571-237-8286.

Arlington Diocesan Honor Band

Arlington Diocese Honor Band 
Congratulations to the following 7th and 8th Grade All Saints Band students who have been invited to participate in the 2018 Arlington Diocese Honor Band.  These students will meet with 100 additional students from around the diocese on Monday evenings from February through the end of April. A final Honor Band concert will take place at Bishop Ireton High School in May.

Those selected for the 7th/8th grade group:
Christina Santiago (8th) – clarinet
Anthony Olivera (7th)  – alto sax
Kevin Balagtas (7th) – trumpet
Ian King (7th) – trombone
Machiko Mubanga (7th) – trombone
Krysta Drone (7th)  – tuba
Alyssa Newman (8th) – bass clarinet

Those selected for the 5th/6th grade group:
Matthew Kreitzer (6th) – drums
Camden Short (5th) – trumpet
Nhu-y Nguyen (6th) – bass clarinet
Taylor Henman (6th) – bass clarinet

Earn Up to $400 in Tuition Credit

Many of our families initially hear about All Saints through a personal referral from an existing school family. Now we want to reward you for promoting our school to your family and friends!

Through our New Student Referral Program, your family can receive a $200 tuition credit for referring one new family or a $400 tuition credit for referring two new families.

Now is the perfect time to make a referral!

Help us spread the word about All Saints and earn tuition credit at the same time!

Service Activities Throughout Advent

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 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
have already had an opportunity to encounter Christ in this beautiful Sacrament of
healing and forgiveness during two Penance Services that occurred earlier this week.

Bethany Food Pantry Collection ~ Our theme for the December collection
is “Desserts”. On December 20th, students are invited to bring in dessert items (cake mix, icing mix, cookie mix, brownie mix, pie filling, pie shells, etc.). Items should be able to maintain shelf life and not require refrigeration. Collection of these items will occur in the breezeway during morning arrival after which students from the National Junior  Honor Society will then deliver items to the food pantry.

Saint Gabriel Mission Outreach ~ The National Junior Honor Society will be preparing goodie bags containing candy and a coloring book to be distributed to 200 children after Mass on Christmas Day at St. Gabriel Mission.

Mitten Collection ~ The Peace & Justice Players are sponsoring a collection of mittens for the poor in our community. Students are invited to “lend a hand” by donating a pair or two by January 12.

Advent Parish Holy Hour

Please come to the All Saints parish Advent Holy Hour on Monday, December 4 at 8:00 pm in the church. Fr. Noah will give a brief Advent-themed reflection. We will also pray the rosary together, and have time for silent prayer and benediction. All are invited to participate in this time of prayer, as we prepare for the coming of Christ at Christmas.

Fr. Noah will also lead a Children’s Holy Hour on Thursday, December 14 at 4:00 pm. Students (and parents) of all ages are welcome! Meet outside the parish library (at the church entrance nearest to the main entrance of the school).

NJHS Thanksgiving Food Drive

Last week our students contributed approximately 1,600 pounds of food during our
annual Thanksgiving Prayer Service. It was a beautiful sight to behold as the children placed all of their donations at the foot of the altar.

Following the prayer service, representatives from the National Junior Honor Society transported all of the food to the Parish Activities Center where they divided it into 75 pre-packaged meals that were later distributed to families in need through the Bethany Food Pantry. Additionally, our school collected several dozen turkeys that were provided directly to the poor in our community. Thank you for your wonderful generosity and for helping your children to experience Thanksgiving as a time of giving.

Breakfast Time Collection – Nov. 30

In partnership with the All Saints Catholic Church Bethany Food Pantry, our school will begin a new initiative to provide food donations for those in our community who are served by the pantry. This initiative will replace the prior year grade level monthly donations and will move to a school wide effort. Each month, on one particular day, we will collect “themed-based” items.

For example, for the end of the month of November, our theme is “Breakfast Time” and students will be invited to bring in breakfast items (cold cereal, hot cereal, pancake mix, syrup, shelf milk, juice, canned fruit, etc.). Collection of these items will occur in the breezeway during morning arrival, and students from the National Junior Honor Society will then deliver items to the food pantry.

The November Breakfast Time Collection will occur on Thursday, November
30th between 7:40 am and 8:00 am. We hope that you will consider donating a themed item to help those in our community who are less fortunate.

Revised Carpool Procedures

To eliminate the need for pre-kindergarten parents with siblings to walk across the courtyard to pick-up additional children prior to returning to their cars, beginning on Monday, siblings and carpool companions of afternoon pre-kindergarten students will exit the front doors of the school immediately following the pre-kindergarten children.  They will report to the dismissal area used for the pre-kindergarten, i.e. the sidewalk directly adjacent to the driveway across from the church.  After the pre-kindergarten parents have picked up all of their children at that location, they will return directly to their cars parked in front of the church.

Due to the business of the closing of a school day and these new procedures, parents wishing to check out their child/ren at the end of the school day must do so by 2:45 p.m.  Similarly, parents who wish to communicate a change regarding pick-up arrangements and/or use of the Extended Day program should contact the office by 2:45 p.m.

Tuesday, October 17 – Revision of Afternoon Dismissal Process for the Front Parking Lot
To increase efficiency by allowing two simultaneous lanes of traffic to exit the property, parents in the front parking lot are asked to park in accordance with their preference.  Those wishing to exit via Route 28/Center Street should park in Bays 1 & 2.  Those wishing to exit via Stonewall Road should park in Bay 3.  Vehicles will be dismissed beginning with the lane closest to the exit.  For example, in Bay 1, the first row of vehicles closest to the church will exit first and be followed by the remaining rows in Bays 1 & 2.  In Bay 3, the last row which is nearest Stonewall Road, will be dismissed first, followed by the remaining rows in the bay.  In short, we will continue with the practice of “first in, first out” and begin dismissing vehicles from the outer most rows.  Orange safety cones will be used to divide the two sections of traffic.  Parents who arrive late will continued to queue behind the rows of parked cars and proceed to Bay 1 once the lanes are clear.

We look forward to implementing these changes beginning next week and hope that they result in an even more efficient and safe dismissal process for our students and parents.  Should you have any questions about these changes, please do not hesitate to let us know.  Again, thank you to all who participated in the survey process.