All Saints Band Information

Message from All Saints Band Director
Mr. Barry Ward

At this time, we are planning to resume band lessons in September. The band picture has changed of course, and will be reconfigured to make it safe for everyone and as effective as possible. Some of the changes are as follows:
Full advanced band rehearsals after school will not take place until it is safe for larger groups.
Tuesdays will again be lesson day, both beginner and advanced, and lessons will have a number of mitigating techniques such as separation of chairs and stands, cleaning between classes, and using the large space in the PAC for lessons.

Additionally, lessons will be organized by cohort and grade level which will create mixed instrument classes.
Rules in band will include a no borrow policy, no touch policy, and music and band folders personally issued as always. A mask on policy will be used during lessons with techniques to include playing underneath or using an improvised mask. Believe it or not, I have experimented with just a slit opening and really had no problems playing the instruments. A band mask should be kept in a paper bag in each student’s instrument case. There will be online information sharing, such as specially composed music for the program.

Let us hope that our students can receive the instruction that they deserve and play musical instruments to give them a richer experience. All students are asked to have and start with the lesson book, Essential Elements, Book 1 and /or 2 by Tim Luetzenhiezer and others. It will be a great time to work on individual skills and not just performance skills. This approach is a better educational model to start a school year, and hopefully performances will develop toward May or even a band trip!

Band Forms

Dates and Events 2020 – 2021 (Approved)

  • Tuesday, September  8 – Demonstrations of Instruments and 1st General Band Meeting (outdoors or PAC)
  • Tuesday, September 15 – Parents’ Registration Night and Instrument Rentals at 6:45 PM – Registration for Band
  • Tuesday, September  T.B.A. – 1st Lessons for Beginner and Advanced, 4th – 8th grade lessons – (PAC)

No after school Advanced Band rehearsals will take place on Tuesday afternoons until deemed safe.

Concerts and Performances 2021

  • 1st School and Parent Concert – Tuesday, January 19th – postponed until safe
  • Arlington Diocese Honor Bands start rehearsals- February/March – hopefully, but on hold until safe
  • Arlington Diocese Band Festival and Assessments (Adv. only) – T.B.D. at Ireton H.S, – hopefully, but on hold
  • Diocese Honor Band Concerts (Ireton H.S.) – (T.B.D.) postponed until safe  (Ireton H.S.) – hopefully. but on hold
  • Spring Trip: Hershey/Lancaster County  (if all goes well) – Friday, May 7th –  hopefully
  • Final School and Parents Concert  -Tuesday, May 18th-  7:00 P.M. – hopefully

I appreciate everyone’s support for the All Saints Band Program and look forward to the year ahead.

Mr. Barry Ward
All Saints Band Director

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

I wish to share with you today some important procedural updates and reminders related to our arrival and dismissal process as we continue to prepare for reopening day.

Morning Arrival (7:45 – 8:15 AM)
As in prior years, parents are invited to participate in the morning drop-off process in either the front or rear parking lots. The traffic pattern will be the same as in the past with cars following a circular route that leads to a designated drop off area. The process will be supervised and guided by members of the faculty and staff without the participation of Safety Patrols.

All parents and students are asked to remain in their vehicle until they arrive at the front of the line. Students will exit from vehicle #1 and vehicle #2, after which they will have their temperature checked and then proceed into the building via the New Breezeway entrance. If there is a concern regarding a student’s temperature, the child will be asked to re-enter the car and the parent will be directed to another parking area for further consultation with our school nurse, Mrs. Snowden.

Students who choose to either walk or ride a bicycle to school are asked to enter the school via the rear entrance of the Old Breezeway (the exterior doors adjacent to the Nurse’s Office) where they will have their temperature checked prior to admittance.

Students attending Extended Day in the morning will also have their temperatures checked as they exit their vehicle. Parents are asked to remain in their cars during drop-off at Extended Day.

Afternoon Dismissal (3:00 – 3:30 PM)
Again this year all parents have been assigned a designated parking area, i.e. the front or rear parking lot. When arriving on campus, parents are asked to remain in their vehicle and to display their carpool number on the driver’s side of their windshield. As there are many new families joining our school this year, all parents are also asked to have a photo ID available.

Parents assigned to the front parking lot may park in either Bay 1 which exits to Route 28/Center Street or Bay 2 which exits to Stonewall Road. Parents are asked to park their vehicle facing the School/Parish Activity Center. (Please note that Bay 2 is now located in the center of the front parking lot. Additionally, the first cars to arrive in Bay I will park on the opposite side of the lot as in prior years. Please see the link below for more details.)

Carpool Pool Maps 2020-2021:

Parents assigned to the rear parking lot are asked to park in the largest section directly in front of the soccer field. After students have entered their vehicles in the “loading zone,” parents may exit to Stonewall Road or Center Street by passing through the church parking lot.

In support of physical distancing, the students will no longer gather in the courtyard or behind the school in preparation for afternoon dismissal. Instead, they will report to the “loading zone” as their carpool number is called. When it is time to begin the dismissal process, a staff member will invite the first row of cars to pull forward into the “loading zone” at which time the carpool numbers will be transmitted to the classrooms. Once the students have reported and safely entered their vehicles, a staff member will motion for the row of cars to exit the property after which the process will begin again with the second row.

Please note that during arrival and dismissal, students will exit and enter from the passenger side of the vehicle. For this reason, please be sure to position car seats accordingly, particularly if your child may require assistance.

Carpool Numbers
All families have been assigned a carpool number. Teachers will be forwarding this information via email today to those families that did not receive their number during the Welcome Home events. This number must be clearly displayed in the front windshield on the driver’s side.

Afternoon Dismissal – Parking Assignments Front Parking Lot – Last Name A – P

  • Bay 1 – Park in Bay 1 if you will exit the school to Route 28/Center Street
  • Bay 2 – Park in Bay 2 if you will exit the school to Stonewall Road

Rear Parking Lot – Last Name Q – Z

  • Bay 3 – All families will park in Bay 3 and can exit either to Route 28 or Stonewall Road

Carpool – Families who share carpool responsibilities will park in Bay 3 in the rear lot of the school regardless of last name.

Extended Day Program
Students attending Extended Day will report to Father Kelley Wing following the conclusion of dismissal. As such, they will not be available for pick-up from the program until approximately 3:30 PM.

In an effort to minimize the mixing of student groups, grade level “pods” have been assigned specific areas in Meeting Room 1 & 2 and Father Kelley Hall. Parents arriving to pick-up their children from the program are asked to notify Extended Day Staff via the exterior doors of these three rooms.

Students attending the program on Monday and Tuesday are reminded to bring a lunch to school. Similarly, kindergartners who will be participating in Extended Day on Wednesday and Thursday will also need to have a lunch.

Should you have any questions about our procedures, please do not hesitate to let us know.

Important Message from the School Nurse

As we continue to prepare for reopening day, I’m pleased to share with you some important information from our school nurse.

Mrs. Snowden has prepared a detailed letter for parents regarding our policy for the wearing of face coverings (masks) as well as a presentation that includes slides and videos regarding our new procedures.  We ask that you review and discuss this presentation with your children prior to Monday. This information is being provided as part of the training requirement which we included in our Phase III COVID Mitigation Health Plan.

At the conclusion of the All Saints Parent/Student COVID-19 Training document, there is a training acknowledgement form that all parents and students in grades 4-8 are required to sign and return.  (Forms may be submitted to Mrs. Diana Neri at vneri@allsaintsva.org or turned in at the front office.)

After review of these resources, should you have any questions or wish to discuss, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you for your support of the policies we are implementing to ensure the health and wellness of our community.

September Art Supply Pickup Form

To provide virtual students with the same quality of art education, All Saints will be providing a supply system for all families (dependent on their virtual learning status and cohort attendance on art days).. A form will be provided through a monthly email and will be accessible through your student’s Schoology account.

Materials will be available for pick up during a virtual learner drive through each month. As a courtesy, we ask that you do not sign up for supplies that you already have at home. Supplies are limited and will only be provided to students who will need them to complete their upcoming art assignments. In person learners will be provided with materials during class.

September Art Supplies
We ask that you complete this month’s form by September 1st for each of your students (dependent on their virtual learning status and cohort attendance on art days). This will allow us to provide you with the materials needed to complete their upcoming art projects while learning art from home.

  • Materials will be available for pick up through the virtual learner drive through from September 7-11 and will need to be returned between October 5-9, during which time you will be able to pick up your next month’s packet.
  • Families that do not return all reusable materials will be unable to rent again until all materials are returned.
  • If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Miss Galanides at lgalanides@allsaintsva.org.

September Art Supply Pickup Form

Our thanks to Miss Galanides for her efforts in adapting our art program to provide outstanding art education for both In-Person and Virtual Learners.

2020-2021 School Theme Announced

Every year at All Saints we identify a theme that further unifies us as a community by providing a shared focus and source of inspiration for our students, faculty & staff.  I am pleased to announce that our theme for 2020-2021 will be All Things Work for Good for Those Who Love God. (Romans 8:28)

This scriptural reference seems particularly relevant during this unprecedented time as we work together to provide the best formation possible for our students.  Although the path forward may sometimes be clouded by uncertainty, we hold firm to our faith and the knowledge that everything occurs in accordance with God’s providence.  Despite the many changes in routines and procedures that will surround the opening of the new year, the core mission of our school remains unchanged, that of instilling in our students a love for God and for one another.

Required Forms to Start the School Year

In preparation for the new school year, we will be asking you to complete several required forms prior to the first day of school. Links to these forms are listed below with instructions on how they should be returned to the school.

Please note the forms must be returned before your child can begin school.  All students must complete these forms whether they have selected In-Person or Virtual Learning.


SECTION I: REQUIRED FORMS TASKLIST 
Forms in this section should be returned to Mrs. Neri per the following. Please complete, print and sign the forms listed below then email them to Mrs. Viridiana Neri, our school bookkeeper, at vneri@allsaintsva.org. If you are unable to scan and return the forms via email, you can drop them off at our Welcome Home events on August 26 and 27.

All forms in this section must be returned by Thursday, August 27, 2020.

  1. Permission for Emergency Care Form – Complete one for each child (page 1 of form below)
    This form provides the school with pertinent information about your child in the event of an emergency. For this reason, it is important that the school receive a completed form for each child prior to the first day of school. The link for this form is below. It is a fillable pdf, but you must print and sign the completed form.
  2. Media Release Form – Complete one for each child (page 2 of form below)
    All parents must complete a Diocesan Media Release Form for each child enrolled at All Saints. The Media Release may be submitted only once per year by diocesan policy. This form is on page two of the Permission for Emergency Care & Media Release Form linked below. It is a fillable pdf, but you must print and sign the completed form.
Emergency Care & Media Release Forms
  1. Extended Day Form – complete one per family
    We ask all parents to complete and return this form even if you are not planning to use Extended Day on a regular basis, just in case you need to use this service at any time during the school year.
Extended Day Form
  1. Arlington Diocese Student Waiver Form
    As per our previous email with letter from Dr. Vorbach, Superintendent of Schools, families must complete a sign waiver form prior to the start of the school year. All In-Person families are required to complete the form, but that all parents are encouraged to do so in the event that we implement more In-Person instruction at some point in the year.
Student Waiver Form

SECTION II: REQUIRED FORMS TASKLIST

  • Zoom Permission Form – Online Form – you do not need to print
    Please complete the online technology consent form indicating whether or not you allow your child to participate in Zoom conference calls.Link: https://forms.gle/upG1BhTDF8DKYvMp9

SECTION III: REQUIRED FORMS TASKLIST
Forms in this section should be returned to Mrs. Pettyjohn per the following. Please complete, print and sign the forms listed below then email them to Mrs. Tina Pettyjohn, All Saints computer teacher, at tpettyjohn@allsaintsva.org.

  • Chromebook One-to-One Device Program
    Please review our One to One Technology Policy. Families with students in grades 3-8 must complete the Technology Forms for Signature below. Families with middle school students must also complete the Chromebook Technology Use Form.One signature page per family will suffice, please just have children sign next to each other on the line. We will need the forms returned prior to issuing your child(ren) a Chromebook.
Technology Forms for Signature
Chromebook Technology Use Form – Middle School

Thank you for completing all of the required paperwork during this busy time of

All Saints Announces 2020 Reopening Plan

Over the course of the past two months, the Continuity of Mission Task Force has been planning for the reopening of school for the 2020-2021 academic year. All of the deliberations and decision-making have been informed by the guidance provided by state and local health officials, the Office of Catholic Schools, and input from experts in the field. We are grateful for the feedback provided by faculty, staff and parents which has helped us gain a broad understanding of community perceptions, needs, and interests.

Please see complete details below:

Middle School Organizing Materials & Supplies

Attention Middle School students and families:

We are looking forward to the start of the new school year.

Download our Middle School Organizing Materials list (see below) and begin to assemble and label your notebooks, folders, and binders at home. Or, you may pick it up while visiting at orientation. On the first day of school, use the list below to identify what items to bring. Your teachers will guide you through setting up and labeling your materials during the first week of school. Remember to save a few brown paper bags from the grocery store as they make great
bookcovers.

Check out “How to Make a Paper Bag Book Cover” – YouTube or wikihow.com – Create-a-Paper-Bag-Book-Cover for step-by-step directions on how to make a book cover from a brown paper grocery bag.

Please click on the links below which include the middle school supply list and details what to bring on orientation, what to bring on the first day of school, and what to leave at home for use later in the year.

Middle School: 2020-2021