April 23, 2014

A BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE

New Families

Whether you are new to our All Saints community or a seasoned veteran, here is a list of some of our more popular events and a few other bits of information to help you along in the first few weeks of school. This list is just a sampling of the many exciting things going on at All Saints.

Please consult your school calendar for a list of the names and phone numbers of PTO members and committee chairs.  Feel free to contact them with questions or to volunteer to help at an event! All Saints has a very strong commitment to our families and parent involvement in the school is highly encouraged.  There are many ways to volunteer and earn Points for Parents.

Class Liaisons (room moms) are parent volunteers that act as coordinators between the teachers and parents.  They organize class parties, special classroom events, teacher gifts, etc.  Look for a letter from your child’s class liaison to come home in the first few weeks of school!

Please check your school calendar for dates for the following school activities:

Priest’s BBQ - Children enjoy a hot dog or hamburger at a special outdoor lunch/recess session where our parish priests serve the lunch, and take time to play recess games with the kids.  Lunch tickets are not used; homeroom teachers take “orders” for lunch preferences that day.  More details to follow in the weekly newsletter and on the website.

Penny Bazaar - One hour of fun and games for the entire family outside on the blacktop (back parking lot).  Each classroom sets up a fun, simple game (ex. -ring toss, beanbag toss) and players pay a penny or two to play.  Small prizes are given out to all players.  Parents, siblings, and PK families welcome!  Children should carry a small bags of pennies to school that day (50 cents -$1 is a good amount) and a bag to hold both pennies and prizes (fanny packs and small backpacks are perfect- keep hands free to play games) Classrooms need volunteers to run the game (coordinated by room parents).  Cupcakes and lemonade are sold in the cafeteria, cupcake donations are welcome!  All monies collected from games and food sales go to charity.

Thanksgiving Luncheon - Families are invited to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for lunch on this day!  Lunch tickets are not valid for this special luncheon – a separate order form will be sent home in the weeks prior to the luncheon.  Lunch periods are extended to accommodate the crowd.  You will wait in the lunch line with your child – but the wait is worth it :)  Seating is first come, first serve.  After lunch, enjoy some playtime outside with your child.  Watch for the flyer and order form to come with cost and lunch schedules.

Thanksgiving Prayer Service- Parents are invited to take a moment to reflect and give thanks during this prayer service.  Children gather in church and offer up non- perishable food donations at the altar, which are then taken to a local charity. This occurs the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and can be held in the gym if necessary.

Evening with St. Nick- Join us for what we hope becomes an annual tradition here at All Saints!  This is the first event of its kind at All Saints. Spend some time with St. Nicholas, whose feast day is Dec. 6.  He will visit with us and tell the story of his life and how he helped the poor.  Families can enjoy cookies and cocoa, along with traditional Advent carols.  This is a community building event, and families will not be charged admission, rather, we ask that you bring a donation of new shoes or toys in honor of St. Nicholas and his feast day.  Monetary donations will also be accepted, and all proceeds will go to a local charity. This event will be held in the evening.

Science Fair is a middle school event, however, students from the primary grades visit the science fair (held in the cafeteria) the day before the judging.  The cafeteria is closed for lunch service that day and children eat in the classrooms.  Milk and juice are delivered to the classrooms for purchase.

Catholic Schools Week - a celebration of Catholic Schools!  The entire school spends a week celebrating with special assemblies, classroom events, and opportunities to thank those in our school community working to teach the faith.  Room moms may plan special gifts for teachers and staff.  The PTO provides a beautiful luncheon for teachers and staff as well.  Watch the newsletter and website for specific details closer to the dates.  Room moms may also send out classroom specific information through your children.

Holy Thursday Prayer Service - Parents are welcome to witness the tradition of the “washing of the hands” during this special prayer service.  The entire student body participates.  Following this service in the church, the children move to the gym for the 7th grade passion play.

Passion Play - Jesus’ final hours are acted out in this dramatization by the 7th grade classes.  Seating is limited in the gym, but all are welcome to attend.

May Crowning - The 8th grade tradition of crowning Mary takes place in the church courtyard after a special school mass in which second grade students come dressed in their First Holy Communion dresses and suits, and 8th grade Confirmation students come dressed in their church finest as well.  Following this beautiful song filled ceremony enjoyed by the entire student body as they are gathered around the statue of Mary, the 2nd and 8th grade classes have class photos taken in the courtyard (weather permitting).  Please look for more information to come home from your child’s teacher, should you have a second or eighth grader.

Book Fair - the Scholastic Book fair comes to town once a year and when it does, watch out!  Our library is transformed into another world, and children get to visit the fair to see who or what exciting things they can find!  Classes visit the fair during their regular library time or at lunch for the middle school students.  Children can purchase books with money they bring from home.  Parents are always welcome to stop by and shop as well.  Look for a flyer to come home with further ordering info, and for extended library hours to accommodate the after school shopping crowd!

Spirit Events - Community building activities planned by the PTO for the school families and All Saints Parish throughout the year.  They include restaurants, roller skating, ice skating, swimming, ice cream, miniature golf, and others.  Prices for these events are often discounted or portions of the proceeds are donated to the school.  Information on events is advertized in the school’s newsletter “The Sentinel”, on the school’s website, and on posters at the school

Race for Education- All Saints biggest annual fundraiser 5 years in a row!  Please check the newsletter and website for more information on this spring-time event in which the children gather pledges and run or walk a designated course around the school in an effort to raise funds to benefit not only our school, but St. Jude’s as well!

Golf Tournament - Monday May 17th, All Saints Catholic School will host our 10th annual Golf Tournament at Evergreen Golf and Country Club.  This event has become a favorite of our golfing parents!  Play on a first class course and enjoy the hospitality of Evergreen Country Club!  Evergreen offers a challenging, highly acclaimed Algie Pulley layout, which features water on 6 of the 18 holes, dramatic elevation changes and excellent course conditions. A minimum 4 sets of tees on each holes means golfers of every skill level will enjoy their golf round. The day ends with a delicious dinner at Evergreen.  Past tournaments have provided additions to the computer lab, playground, media center, and more.

Uniform Exchange- The PTO operates a uniform exchange program for families who wish to purchase used uniforms. For each item that you donate you will receive one item in exchange or you may purchase uniform items for a cost of $1/item. Uniform exchanges are held at the General Assembly PTO meetings at 7:00 p.m. prior to the start of the meetings (please check the school calendar and website for dates).