Mrs. Horgan Presents at NCEA Conference

Stefanie Horgan, All Saints Assistant PrincipalOur own Mrs. Stefanie Horgan was a featured speaker at the National Catholic Educator’s Association Annual Conference, April 23-25, 2019.  Mrs. Horgan co-presented with a former colleague on two topics.

  • Advanced Google in the Classroom encouraged participants to discover new methodologies for integrating technology into the classroom. The presentation focused on the world of website creation and the best use of hyperdocs with examples of cross application projects in real classrooms. Participants were introduced to the concept of digital portfolios for students to provide them with the necessary tools and skills to use technology as well-rounded, educated adults. Google’s suite of applications has allowed All Saints to meet the high demands of the curriculum while maintaining student engagement. Through the introduction of G-Suite into our repertoire, All Saints has enhanced differentiation instruction for learners.
  • In the sessions entitled Literature Inspired STEAM Units, teachers explored how to use read-aloud books and stories to inspire STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art, and Math) units. Making connections across subject areas and exploring concepts with hands-on projects and activities allows students to expand their learning and stay engaged in lessons. With the growth of jobs in the technology and engineering fields, students need to have exposure to these skills to help them succeed in careers. Studies show that project-based and hands-on learning increase student engagement and retention of concepts. The STEM/STEAM/STREAM movement provides students with these skills and opportunities. By designating the ‘R’ as Religion, Catholic educators are also able to incorporate ideas and studies that reflect our faith.Mrs. Horgan shared, “My goal as a speaker is to continue to encourage teachers to challenge students to think in new ways and to use new resources. Using literature to inspire STREAM lessons provide students with the ability to explore some of their favorite books and stories and to see them in new and exciting ways.” 

On behalf of All Saints, we would like to thank Mrs. Horgan for her willingness to share her knowledge on these topics with Catholic school teachers from around the country during the NCEA Conference.

Students honor the Manassas City Police Department

As part of our Year of Kindness activities and recent focus on “kindness to the community,” All Saints students made a special presentation to the Manassas City Police Department to show our appreciation for all they do for our community.

Students in every grade level took part in activities to thank the members of the police department for their service and partnership with our school. A framed poster was signed by students in Pre-Kindergarten through 2nd grade, students in 3rd – 5th grade made large-size class cards, and middle school students assembled baskets of snacks with positive messages written on each treat.

The presentation was made at the end of our National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony to tie-in with the importance of leadership as exemplified by the members of the Manassas City Police Department.

All Saints Catholic School honors the Manassas City Police Department.

All Saints Featured in Bull Run Mountain Neighbors

Students at All Saints Catholic School are featured in an article about the Little Medical School and Little Veterinarian School written by Marianne Weaver for the April 2019 issue of Bull Run Mountain Neighbors.

The Little Medical School and Little Veterinarian School are hands-on, interactive programs designed to introduce students to the field of medicine. Offered as afterschool STEM activities, third grade students have the opportunity to participate in Little Medical School and fourth grade students take part in Little Veterinarian School. These fun and engaging programs are offered through a partnership with Beth Ross, former All Saints parent and President of Little Medical School – Northern VA.

See the featured article below, including feedback from our school community:

“A Little Medical Training at All Saints” – by Marianne Weaver, Bull Run Mountain Neighbors.

All Saints Band Earns Superior Ratings at Band Festival

Congratulations to the members of the All Saints Band and Mr. Barry Ward for their outstanding performance at the Diocese Band Festival and assessments. The All Saints Band once again scored two Superior ratings at the Diocesan Band Festival this past weekend. .
 
This marks the 42nd time that our band has participated and scored the highest rating awarded at the festival!!
 
Next up for both the beginner and advanced bands is a competition at the Kings Dominion Festivals of Music later this spring.
 
Our thanks to Mr. Ward for his continued dedication and exceptional leadership in support of the All Saints Band Program.
 
Special thanks to Mrs. Holly Crocker for providing these photos from the competition on Saturday.

Mrs. Blair Receives Catholic Teacher Award

We are thrilled to announce that Mrs. Suzanne Blair, All Saints Art Teacher, has been selected by the Prince William Chapter of the Catholic Business Network (CBN) to receive one of two 2019 Catholic Teacher Awards.

This special honor, which will be awarded at the CBN-PW Chapter Meeting on April 10, 2019, is presented to teachers who represent excellence in teaching demonstrated through the creative engagement of students, proven leadership, and a commitment to serving others. Ms. Katherine Bidinger, Special Education Teacher at St. John Paul the Great High School in Potomac Falls, was also selected for her outstanding work as a Catholic educator.

Excellence in Art Education
As an artist with two decades of experience teaching art, Mrs. Blair enthusiastically provides All Saints students with a strong foundation in art. With an appreciation for the abilities of each child, Mrs. Blair gently guides her students step-by-step through each project, the result of which are magnificent examples of student work that showcase their personal expression.

The All Saints Art Room is a vibrant learning space where students are truly engaged and provided with ongoing opportunities to work with a wide range of media. With access to a kiln and a beautiful space dedicated to the study of art, Mrs. Blair’s classroom is much like a workshop where she and her students work diligently to create beautiful masterpieces.

We wish to congratulate Mrs. Blair on receiving this award and let her know of our appreciation for her efforts in guiding, teaching and inspiring our students!

Rice Bowl Project Update

As we approach the conclusion of Lent, we want to thank you for encouraging your children to participate in the Rice Bowl project.  This initiative has provided our students a very specific way to embrace the practice of prayer, fasting and almsgiving during this liturgical season.

In support of this effort, next Friday the Peace & Justice Players will sponsor a simple lunch, the proceeds of which will benefit the Rice Bowl project.  As a sign of our solidarity with the poor around the world and in an effort to help the students gain a better understanding of poverty, the lunch will consist of one bowl of rice and water.  This will be the only food and drink available for purchase on Friday, April 12th.  Although participation is completely voluntary, we are hopeful that many of the children will embrace this opportunity and recognize it as a chance to increase their empathy for those suffering in our world.

The cost of the lunch is $3.00 and should be submitted as a cash donation rather than through the online lunch accounts.  Students may bring a lunch from home if they prefer and are reminded to bring a drink if they so choose as only water will be available in the cafeteria.  

Families who have participated in the Rice Bowl effort are asked to convert the monetary donations into checks made out to All Saints Catholic School and to forward them to the office by Wednesday, April 17th.  Please be sure to include a reference to “CRS Rice Bowl” in the memo section of the check.  All of the proceeds received will be totaled and forwarded to Catholic Relief Services.

Additionally, students who have contributed to the project are asked to bring their rice bowls to school on Thursday, April 18th.  They will be invited to place their empty boxes on tables arranged in the shape of a cross as they process into church for our Holy Thursday Prayer Service, a gesture symbolizing their sacrificial giving.

2019 Running with the Saints 5K

Despite the chilly temperatures on Saturday morning, the 8th Annual Running with the Saints 5K was a great success!  I wish to thank the many students, parents, parishioners, alumni and community members who joined us for what has become a wonderful tradition.  It was great to see so many “friends” of All Saints reconnecting and enjoying the event, all in support of our school!

Again this year I want to thank our Race Co-Chairs, Mrs. Joan Coleman and Mrs. Sue Haggerty, and the following members of their committee:  Mrs. Kate Cooney, Mrs. Tasha Nelson, Mrs. Caeli Volk, Mrs. Jeanine Fehrman, Mr. David Brewster, Mrs. Rebecca Webb, Mrs. Sarah Russo, Mr. Joe Ortiz, Mrs. Chrissie Vazquez, Mrs. Meagan Grimberg and Mrs. Marijo Petras.  Working diligently behind the scenes, they hosted an event that was well-organized and safe for our community.  I also wish to thank Dan Coleman, a graduate of All Saints, who managed the sound equipment and Mrs. Myra Hayde, who once again led the race on her “little red scooter”.  And, of course, it was wonderful to have our clergy represented once again.  Thank you, Fr. Noah, for literally running the race with us!

Thank you to our Running with the Saints 5K Sponsors!

Platinum Sponsor
John C. Grimberg Co.

Gold Sponsors
Mayer Financial Solutions
Vera’s Kitchen Desta

Silver Sponsors
The Bigger the Better Canine Camp
Bishop J. Louis Flaherty Assembly 4th Degree Knights of Columbus
Coleman Law
Conrad, Inc. Cybersecurity Consulting
From Gina’s Kitchen
Tracey Hickey, Crossroads Realtors
Prince William Family Medicine
Lynn O’Neill
The Running Store
Summit Roofing
Seasons Services, Inc
Sporting Smiles
Your College Planning Coach

Bronze Sponsors
Balanced Life Chiropractic
Cathy Carolla
Hand and Stone
Camille Karcher, LPC
Nextek Dental Studios
Render Unto Caesar Tax Prep

All Saints Robotics Team Places 2nd in Tournament

We are so proud of the All Saints Robotics Team! They participated in the DMV Catholic Schools Cup Robotics Championship at Bishop McNamara High School this weekend. Our teams came in #2nd place, #4th place and #20th place. In an exciting ending, our 2nd place team (Duro) took the first place team from St. Peter’s School into overtime! Mr. Roy noted that many of the hosts/coaches commented on our students’ outstanding sportsmanship and positive attitude. We believe this is the greatest compliment we can receive as a team.
 
We wish to thank our students for their hard work and dedication, our team parents for all of their support, Mr. Kreitzer for his on-going assistance, and Mr. Ben Roy for directing our Robotics Program at All Saints!

(Reported provided by Bishop McNamara High School.)

The 1st Annual DMV Catholic Schools Cup Robotic Championship was held at Bishop McNamara on Saturday, March 16, 2019.  Fr. Brady (92 years old) from St. John’s offered the opening prayer. Overall, 24 teams participated in the tournament: 8 teams from St. Peter’s, 7 from St. John’s, 3 from St. Mary’s Piscataway, 3 from All Saints Catholic School in Virginia, 2 from Holy Family, and 1 from St Mary’s of the Assumption.  There were 48 rounds and each team participated in 4 qualification matches.

At the end of the 48 rounds, the  following 10 teams qualified for the finals:

Ranking Team # Team Name Grade School
1 10373A The Fantastic 4 8 St. Peter’s School
2 63876A Duro 8 All Saints Catholic School
3 82645A The Shooting Stars 6 St. Mary’s Piscataway
4 82645B St. Mary’s Roboteers 8 St. Mary’s Piscataway
5 11747A Maleagent 7 Holy Family School
6 11601A Greek Memes 8 St. Mary’s Assumption
7 95104B Eagle Bot 8 All Saints Catholic School
8 10373B Omegarares 8 St. Peter’s School
9 26088J Derple 5 St.  John’s
10 10373F Storm Engineers 7 St. Peter’s School

The format of the finals was that the team in position 10 went against 9, 8 against 7 and so forth.  Teams 10373A and 63876A earned the highest number of points.  These teams then went head to head.

Team 63876A was unique design, but it was not able to hang from the bonus bar like t0373A so everyone assumed that St. Peter’s and the Fantastic 4 would win the cup.  63876A went first and scored 6 points.  Jackie & Amulya drove their robot in an apparent victory.  However, when they reached up to hang from the bonus bar, the hook on their robot broke.  Their score for this match was also 6.  The team was given time to repair their robot and this time they were able to hang and scored 4 more points than the Duro Team from All Saints Catholic School.

Mr. Buckley presented the Cup to all of the St Peter’s students present at the tournament. Each of the team members was given a specially designed medal for their accomplishment.  A great day was had by all!

Post and District Level Winner Announced

Congratulations to All Saints student Mary Collins on winning first place in both the Post 10 and District level of the American Legion Middle School Veterans Essay Contest. Mary’s essay was crafted around the writing prompt, “I like living in America because …” The award was presented on Friday by American Legion Post 10 Commander Toni Barber. Congratulations, Mary!