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.

Apply Now for our Pre-K Program

All Saints Pre-Kindergarten Program (for four year old children) offers a nurturing environment and a well-rounded academic focus that includes religion, art, music, library and technology. Our hands-on, interactive learning approach will engage your child and provide a strong faith and academic foundation. Special activities throughout the year include:

  • Annual Pre-K Christmas Pageant
  • Friends Around the World Celebration
  • Alpha Bucket Letter of the Week
  • Storybook Parade
  • 8th grade Buddy Program

Before and after school care is available. Contact All Saints Catholic School for a Pre-K tour or stop by any Wednesday at 9:00 AM or 1:30 PM for a “Wednesday Walkthrough.” For additional information, please contact Mrs. Joyce D’Eugenio at (703) 393-1490 or admissions@ allsaintsva.org.

eLearning Underway

Updated 3/24/20

Dear Parents & Guardians,

I hope this message continues to find you and your families safe and well.

The shift to an entirely online learning program has required an extraordinary commitment on the part of our faculty & staff.  For the past couple of weeks, they have been engaged in advanced planning and collaboration that is enabling us to make this transition tomorrow.  With that said, as in any new venture, there will be lessons learned along the way and challenges that we will work together to resolve.  Know that we look forward to our partnership with you during this difficult time and want you to be assured of our continued commitment to the growth and learning of your children.  Most importantly, we hope to provide a high level of engagement with our students and families so that we maintain a strong sense of community and are able to support one another in our faith.

  • To further prepare for the transition, yesterday and today the faculty & staff participated in video-conferences to finalize our plan.  We will continue to meet virtually as a group each day at 9:00 AM for prayer and updates and again at 1:30 PM for a daily debriefing.
  • The teachers will be working from 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM (Monday-Friday) during which time they will be available to respond to any parent questions that arise.
  • We have made one revision regarding our daily schedule.  Teachers will be sending an email to the parents of their homeroom class by 9:00 AM, one hour later than previously announced.  They will also be posting objectives, learning activities and assignments to Google Classroom or Class Pages by that time.As questions arise, I invite you to complete Send Us Your Questions form now available on our website.  We will respond to all questions via email and post those that we feel would be helpful to the community at large on our eLearning FAQ page.  These forms can both be found on the new eLearning section of our website.

In other news, I received notification that Flynn & O’Hara has temporarily suspended retail store operations for two weeks, effective March 16.  Their online store remains open with customer service support.

Again, we look forward to continuing the learning tomorrow.  As questions arise, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Take care.

In Christ,

David E. Conroy, Jr.

All Saints Closure for Coronavirus

March 13, 2020

In accordance with the decision of Prince William County Public Schools and with the guidance of the Office of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Arlington, All Saints Catholic School will be closed to students beginning Monday, March 16 due to health concern related to Coronavirus. eLearning will begin on Wednesday, March 18.

Monday, March 16 will be an off-site planning day for faculty & staff to prepare for the launch of eLearning on Wednesday, March 18. (Tuesday, March 17 will be a non-instructional day as we finalize procedures and operations.)

As we prepare to transition to eLearning, we anticipate that there will be questions and challenges. Know that the faculty and administration will be available online to guide you and your children through this new learning process. Early next week I will provide additional guidance in regards to the structure of our eLearning program.

In the words of Dr. Vorbach, Superintendent of Schools, this is a moment that calls for prayer, agility and patience. With a commitment to each of these three, we will remain united as a community and rise to the challenge that lies ahead.

Wishing you and your families peace, good health, and a restful weekend.

Important Note:

For more information about All Saints Catholic School’s response to the Coronavirus, please the Coronavirus Updates page on our website.

Registration Open for Spotlight on the Arts Summer Camps

Art, Drama, Musical Theatre Camps for K-12 – Registration now open

Are you ready to “leap” into a summer your child will always remember?

Celebrating 16 years of premier performing arts and visual arts camps hosted by Northern Virginia Catholic Churches. This July 13-24, Spotlight on the Arts returns to All Saints in Manassas and Nativity Parish in Burke with…

  • Broadway Spotlight for older elementary through high school
  • Drama Bootcamp for elementary and middle school
  • Arts & Crafts Fun for elementary
  • Art Explorer for older elementary and middle school

Every participant is guaranteed a summer to remember, because our 2020 team of Catholic professionals have amazing professional backgrounds, from touring with Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus…to performing at The Kennedy Center…to Off-Broadway…to Teacher of the Year honors and more…our teachers are the best of the best! They bring both tremendous expertise along with a commitment to Christian values.

Leap into savings – today there’s a super early bird discount of $20 off PER CAMP! Plus families registering 3 children deduct an additional 10%. We are also bringing back our popular Spotlight T-Shirts in a new color – and you can get them at a discounted rate when you register for camp!

Go to our official website to lock in your spot and discounts today: https://SpotlightSummerCamps.com

Spotlight on the Arts – 2020 Brochure

Running with the Saints 5K – Canceled

The 2020 Running with the Saints 5K has been canceled to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 especially to the vulnerable in our community. While we are saddened that we will not gather together this year to honor the Gregory Family, we know this is the right decision. And while we will not be pounding the pavement, our race has already been an incredible success. Running with the Saints has raised more than $6,000 for the Gregory Family. More importantly, 120 hours of prayer were devoted to Joe and his family. And those were the ones that were able to sign up for specific hours. We know in addition there were countless masses, rosaries, and family prayers being offered as well. We are grateful for the community’s generosity and we ask you to continue to pray for the Gregory Family and to respond as generously if they need any more assistance in the future.

Our beautifully designed T-shirts that share the message of Joe Gregory “Choose Joy” arrive this week. As this situation unfolds and the risk to our community lessens, we will be announcing a pickup time at the school to get your bags with sponsor material and T-shirts. Please support our sponsors because without them, we would not be able to continue this event year after year. We also will pool all the prizes and awards together and pick winners through a raffle system. We will announce winners through email and make arrangements to pick up prizes.

We thank you for all your support of our school and the Gregory Family. Please keep those impacted by COVID-19 in your prayers.

Running with the Saints 5K Committee

Divine Mercy Chaplet

During Lent, All Saints will be introducing our students to the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, another devotion of our Church. With this in mind, we will pray the modified prayer found below at the close of the day in place of the Hail Mary on Fridays during Lent. Helpful resources and the history of the Divine Mercy Chaplet can be found at the following link: https://www.thedivinemercy.org/message/devotions/pray-the-chaplet

Divine Mercy Prayer
Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world. For the sake of His Sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world. Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world. Jesus, I trust in you.

CRS Rice Bowl Participation

Again this year, our school community will participate in Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) Rice Bowl initiative, a faith-in-action program that invites us to encounter anew ourselves, our neighbors and our God.

Each of the students has received a cardboard rice bowl into which they can place their donations during Lent. All of the funds will benefit CRS Rice Bowl which is sponsored by Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. Catholic Relief Services is motivated by the example of Jesus Christ to assist poor and suffering people in more than 100 countries on the basis of need, without regard to race, religion or nationality.

While the act of sacrificial giving is an important part of our Lenten tradition, the experience takes on even greater meaning when our students understand the plight of those less fortunate and recognize the difference that they can make to alleviate suffering. So that the children may develop this appreciation of the needs of those around the world, each week of Lent the teachers will lead discussions and lessons using the materials made available by Catholic Relief Services. It is our hope that these conversations will inspire sacrificial giving among our students as they place their contributions into their Rice Bowls. At the end of Lent, families will be asked to convert the contributions from their children into a check to be submitted to All Saints after which our school will forward all of the funds to CRS.

Here are some strategies that you may wish to consider in shaping your own family’s Lenten plan:

  • Use your CRS Rice Bowl and Lenten Calendar each day to guide your Lenten prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
  • As a family, read the online Stories of Hope and daily reflections to inspire your Lenten journey—and guide your Lenten almsgiving.
  • Prepare simple meatless meals on Fridays throughout Lent, in solidarity with our brothers and sisters around the world. Recipes for simple meals can be found on the CRS website.

For more information, including spiritual reflections, short video presentations on the topic of Lent, and even virtual Stations of the Cross, please see the link below: https://www.crsricebowl.org/