PTO Corner

PTO President Mr. Douglas Fehrer

As we wrap up Teacher Appreciation Week, please take a moment to thank your child’s/children’s teacher[s] in some special way! A special THANK YOU again to Mrs. Byczek (5th Grade), who is celebrating her 25th year at St. Leo the Great Catholic School and her 40th year of teaching!

Race for Education (R4E) NEEDS YOUR HELP!
This year’s Race is just one week away! Next Thursday, May 12th.  If you haven’t volunteered with Race before we would love to have you join the team!  To help on Race Day sign up at: We appreciate ALL help and it is really the volunteers that make this fundraiser so amazing!  It is fun to enjoy other parents company while doing something great for the school.  The final date for Money Counting in Rectory include: May 10.   Please see the sign-up-genius link to sign-up today! Thank you so much for your continued support!  If you have any questions please email us at: Many thanks to all of you who have already donated your time and talents – we couldn’t do this without your help!

Next Year’s PTO Board (2016-2017 School Year)
Thank you for your ongoing commitment and service! Parent Members: President – Stephanie Guiffre; President-Elect – Mizuho Akiba; Treasurer – Kate Horan; Secretary – Dawn Shook; Director of Fundraising – Nicole Kearney; Director of Volunteer Activities – Anastacia Cope; Director of Community Needs – Jenna Sands. Administration & Faculty Members: Principal – David DiPippa; Vice Principal – Temple Macdonald; Teacher Representatives: Mrs. LaBarge & Mrs. Chance (Nativi); Affiliate Positions: ‘My School Anywhere’ (our online school directory) Administrator – Kevin Shook; Cultural Affairs Coordinator – Teresa Ketron; Development Committee Liaison: Jeffrey Ketron.

Spiritwear Days
Our next ‘Spiritwear Day’ is Thursday, May 12th, R4E Day!

Regular Order Form: 2015-16 Spirit Wear Order Form (141)
Fleece Jacket Order Form: Fleece Jacket Order Form (161)

Our remaining Spiritwear Days for the 2015-2016 school year are:

  • Thursday, May 12th ‘R4E Day’
  • Tuesday, May 31st

We Need Your Help to Develop Partnerships in our Community!
We continue looking for individuals/volunteers who are willing to give a couple/few hours a week to reach out to and meet with local business owners to identify and secure donations/sponsorships in support of our annual fundraisers including our Gala, Golf Tournament, R4E and other events. – Prior to soliciting partnerships and donations, representatives from the Development Committee will provide you with a basic script and solicitation materials, meet with you to review the solicitation process, and answer any questions you may have. – So, if you can spare a couple/few hours a week and you’re interested in trying your hand at establishing partnerships, and fundraising, we welcome and appreciate your help.  Even better, if you have experience in this area, we would love to enlist your support! To get started contact Jenna Sands.

Carpool Options
Interested in a Carpool to School?  Are you able to assist a family in need of a Carpool?  Families from Bethesda, Centreville, Fairfax, Reston, Vienna, and elsewhere continue to be interested in forming Carpools.  Please contact Jean Johnson at to join our Carpool list.

Important Dates in the Month Ahead
Thursday, May 5th, School Mass; 3rd Grade – May Crowning Mass/Ascension of Jesus – 9:00 AM, Parents Encouraged to Attend
Thursday, May 12th, Race for Education RACE DAY!
–9:00 AM – 10:00 AM R4E-Grs. K, 1, 2 races
–10:30 AM – 11:30 AM R4E-Grs. 3, 4, 5 races
–1:00 PM – 2:00 PM R4E-Grs 6, 7, 8 races
Friday, May 13th, School Mass – 9:00 AM, Parents Encouraged to Attend
Friday, May 13th, 4th Quarter Interim Report Cards Issued (Grades 3-8 on Power School)
(Friday, May 13th, R4E Rain Date)
Friday, May 20th, School Mass – 2nd Grade 1st Communicants Mass – 9:00 AM, Parents Encouraged to Attend
Sunday, May 22nd, PTO Used Uniform Set-Up/Drop-Off – 2:00-5:00 PM, Old Parish Hall
Monday, May 23rd, PTO Used Uniform Sale/Exchange – 7:45-10:00 AM & 2:00-6:30 PM, Old Parish Hall
Thursday, May 26th, Talent Show – 1:45-2:45 PM, Parents Encouraged to Attend
Friday, May 27th, School Mass – 9:00 AM, Parents Encouraged to Attend
Friday, May 27th, 11:30 AM EARLY DISMISSAL – Extended Day Available
Friday, May 27th, St. Leo the Great Golf Outing! – Westfield Golf Club, Clifton, VA
–11:30 AM Golf Registration
–1:00 PM Golf Putting Contest
–1:30 PM Golf Shotgun Start
–5:30 PM Golf Reception
–6:00 PM Golf Dinner and Awards
Monday, May 30th, Memorial Day – School Closed
Tuesday, May 31st, Spiritwear Day!
Friday, June 3rd, Field Day! – PTO Coffee in the Gym – 7:00-8:00 AM

Friday, June 17th, Last Day of School!

Pray, Study, and Share our Faith
Please continue to pray for our school’s students, faculty, staff, and families; pray for our Deacons, Priests, Bishops, Pope and Church; pray for the Christian martyrs in the Middle East and around the world, especially the children.

“Keep the joy of loving God in your heart and share this joy with all you meet, especially your family. Be holy.” – Blessed Mother Teresa

Learn more about our Faith and Church by Checking out EWTN Live Radio Streaming at:

…or EWTN on SIRIUS XM Radio, Channel 130

…or locally on AM 1160

“We are all called to be great saints, don’t miss the opportunity.” – Mother Angelica

Our Parish Middle School Youth Ministry meets on Thursday after school from 3:00 to 5:00pm, and Saturday’s from 5:00 to 8:00pm. Check out the program dates and details at:

St. Leo 2014 – 2015 PTO Funded Activities and Goods
Our St. Leo Volunteers have had a GREAT year! THANK YOU! Look at what you have helped your PTO accomplish this year:

  • $20,000 from PTO General Funds to support the purchase of LabLearners science program for school
  • ActivBoard Computers, Computer Monitors, Teacher Document Cameras
  • Middle School Science Supplies
  • Gym Improvements – sound system
  • Kindergarten kitchen playset
  • New gym equipment for Coach Allen (basketballs, jerseys, etc.)
  • MagnifiKid Subscription
  • Cultural Arts Assemblies
  • Network Storage Devices
  • Listening Library
  • Shared cost with Development Committee for the online GreaterGiving database and credit card service
  • Preschool Christmas Party
  • Kindergarten Mother Goose Presentation
  • 5th and 6th Grade Field Trip Buses, and Middle School Teambuilding Trip Buses
  • Saint Kits for 1st and 2nd Grade
  • 4th Grade Colonial Day Presenters
  • Stocking Craft Supplies for 2nd Grade
  • Camera for Preschool
  • Secured new EPI Schools Supply Kits at reduced cost and improved overall quality of service
  • 2nd Grade Jesus Day
  • Texas Instruments calculators for 5th grade
  • School safe

Since rolling out our new Spiritwear last fall numerous parents, staff and students have asked about the meaning and relationship ofFAITH * PRIDE * CHARACTERas it applies to our school:

FAITH – Relates and speaks to our Soul, the Church, our greater parish community, and our Faith based education at St. Leo’s
PRIDE – Relates to our school community; we’re proud to be part of St. Leo’s
CHARACTER – Relates to us at an individual level; our moral compass, and the virtues and values instilled at St. Leo’s

The genesis and rational for using ‘FAITH * PRIDE * CHARACTER’, came from our own school website (as found in the ‘About Us’ section):

“Our Catholic values and beliefs are woven into all aspects of the children’s education. The children are appreciated, loved and respected for who they are as individuals by their teachers and the same is expected for how they treat each other.”


Our Mission Statement/Philosophy:
Saint Leo the Great Catholic School provides a faith-filled learning environment where we strive to teach as Jesus did — by example, with respect and compassion for all. …


Curriculum encompasses the sequentially ordered learning experiences which the school provides for your students. The total curriculum includes the development of Catholic values and attitudes…


Rooted in the gospel message, Catholic values are interwoven throughout our daily routine and in all of our interactions with others. Through Religious education, we assist your child in coming to know Jesus in a personal way and in developing a loving relationship with Him. The outgrowth of this relationship is love, peace and hope within your student and the school community. …


…and from our ‘home page’:
Leading by Example to Foster Faith and Academic Growth


I hope you find this of interest and helpful. Likewise, I encourage you to share and discuss this at home with your children.