PTO Corner

Friday, June 17th, Last Day of School! – Please plan to attend the 1st Grade School Mass at 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Dismissal! – NO EXTENDED DAY

Back to School Kits
It is hard to believe, but it is once again time to order your school supplies for the next school year! Simplify your life and support St. Leo’s by ordering a school supply kit through this PTO fundraiser! After trying a new vendor for 2015-16, we are THRILLED to announce that we are moving back to SchoolKidz for 2016-17 to provide the quality and accuracy that we have come to expect in our school supply boxes.

To order your kit(s), simply go to enter our school account number, 93939, and select the grade(s) for which you need school supplies (it should be the grade your child(ren) will be entering in the fall). Backpacks, lunch bags, and food containers are also available for purchase with your school supply order. The deadline for ordering is June 17th. Kits will be available for pick-up at Welcome Back Day on August 26th. Kits that are not picked up on August 26th will be delivered to the student’s classroom. If you have any questions, please contact Jenni Frieden at or 703-798-8243. Thank you for your support!! Flyers with more information will be coming home via the Thursday yellow folders too.

Race for Education (R4E)
We’re still collecting donations, so if you have families or friends who would still like to support your ‘racers’, please encourage them to do so! Also, R4E is looking for a database chair. If you have considered doing more to help with R4E, this could be the perfect opportunity! If you’re interested in this critically important position, or would like more information, please contact: or:

Next Year’s PTO Board (2016-2017 School Year)
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.
Thank you again for your ongoing commitment and service! If you’re interested in joining the PTO, Chairing or Co-Chairing an event, or just helping out, please contact Anastasia Cope at:

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 at: or cell/text; 703-615-9349. .

Pray, Study, and Share our Faith

Actions speak louder than words; let your words teach and your actions speak.
-Saint Anthony of Padua

“A family that prays together stays together.”Try to attend Mass and go to Confession regularly as a family. Talk about the holy, faith inspiring moments of your day with your family; pray and make time to read or study together; do small acts of service for others – especially for those in need; and share our Catholic faith with others by word and deed.

If you don’t already, try to find just a few minutes a day to read the Bible, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, or some other Catholic, faith oriented book or publication. If you’re on the go, tune in Catholic Radio, a Catholic App, or listen to a Catholic CD. 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

Prayer and study moves our spiritual life to living and acting in a more Christ like way; to the way Jesus teaches us to live. – Prayer, study and action lead us to greater, more meaningful encounters with Christ.

A Family Prayer to Share:

Holy Spirit, guide us in our work today. Show us the way; inspire our thoughts. Fill us with your grace, and have mercy on our souls. Help us to use this day for your greater glory, for you are the truth, light, and life of the world. Amen. (X3)

St. Leo the Great…
… pray for us.

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.