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Wednesday, January 20
School Geography Bee, 8:30 a.m.
BSS JV Boys Bball vs TBS, 4:00 p.m. at The Burlington School

Thursday, January 21
BSS Varsity Girls, Varsity Boys, and JV Boys Bball vs BCA, games begin at 4:00 p.m. at Burlington Christian Academy

Friday, January 22
Mass, 8:45 a.m.

Saturday, January 23
BSS Basketball vs OLM, games begin at 9:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Mercy School
Blessed Sacrament Church Second Collection designated for BSS

Sunday, January 24
Blessed Sacrament Church Second Collection designated for BSS
BSS Tech Knights compete in the State FLL Robotics Championship

Monday, January 25
Chess Club, 3:00 p.m.-4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, January 27
Faculty & Staff Appreciation Luncheon-"Souper Bowl" (Sign Up Reminder)

Thursday, January 28
Student Flash Forward Day!  Students will visit their 2016-17 Classroom & Teacher
Family Appreciation Dinner, 5:00-6:30 p.m. in the Knight Cafe
Annual Winter Town Hall Meeting, 6:30-7:00  p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room
Parent Flash Forward (2 Sessions in the classrooms 7:00-7:30/7:30-8:00) & "Life After BSS" Parent and Alumni Panel & Middle School Meeting (Panel from 7:00-7:30 and meeting from 7:30-8:00 in the Multi Purpose Room)

Friday, January 29
Mass, 8:45 a.m.

Saturday, January 30
X-STREAM Saturday Open House for Prospective Students in Preschool-rising 4th Grade, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. at BSS
BSS Basketball vs SPX, games begin at 9:30 a.m. at The Burlington School
Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship, immediately following the Varsity Boys game at The Burlington School.  This competition is for boys and girls age 9-14.

Sunday, January 31
Catholic Schools Week Begins!
X-STREAM Expo at Blessed Sacrament Church, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at church
Catholic Schools Week Mass at 10:30 a.m., Blessed Sacrament Church 
ALL families are invited to attend the 10:30 a.m. Mass and students are asked to wear their school uniforms.  Students will serve as ushers, gift, bearers, and readers.

Annual Gala Auction
Friday, February 5 at 6:00 p.m.
Ramada Hotel, Burlington

Looking Ahead to our Scholastic Book Fair!  
Our annual Scholastic Book Fair is February 22-26 and we hope to have lots of parent and grandparent volunteers!  Volunteer sign up and class schedule coming soon!

Knight News
Celebrating Our Eighth Graders Sports Achievements
Last Friday our eighth grade students were recognized for their participation in athletics during their time at Blessed Sacrament School.  Per our tradition, at the end of the ceremony each student received their 8th Grade T-shirt.

Third Grade Multiplication Master
Congratulations to Nina Kate Brasington who is our latest Third Grade Multiplication Master!  Great job leaning your times tables, NK!

Geography Bee 
Congratulations to our school Geography Bee winner, seventh grader Daniel Brasington! In the next few weeks Daniel will take the qualifying test for the National Geography Bee.  Good luck Daniel!  Congratulations also to fifth grader Ella Kate Porfilio for her second place finish.

The following students in 4th-8th grades represented their class in this morning's Geography Bee.

Fourth graders Bacall Sellars, Maddy Sheppard, Casey Troutman, Thomas Glenn, and Soren Bammens.  Not pictured Corey Amyot and Olivia Long.

Eighth graders Madison Reece, Olivia Lee, Nora Lee Sauers, Nina Corcoran, Lewis Cattouse, and Brennan Lagana.  Seventh graders Daniel Brasington, Daniella Urgiles, Noah Rich, Emmanuel Lopez, Christopher Cafasso, and Nicholas Tayn.  Sixth graders Noah Goodman, Alli Orozco-Rosaldo, Shane Flaherty, Keira Dappen, Mae Glenn, Anna Hirose, and Nathan Amyot.  Fifth graders Alex Solari, Caden Troutman, Timothy Hackman, Quinten Onder, Ella Kate Porfilio, and David Armstrong.  Not pictured Srikar Kavirayuni.  

Best of Luck to our BSS Tech Knights FLL Robotics Team!
This Sunday our Tech Knights Robotics team represents BSS at the FLL StateChampionship in Greensboro.  We are so proud of our Knights for making it this far in their first year of competition!  The team has spent hours and hours after school practicing and preparing for the competition.  Special thanks to their coaches Mrs. Solari and Mrs. Sebastian for their continued support.

Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge
Age group winners from the Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge are pictured below.  Winners were recognized at last week's school Mass.  Thank you Mr. John Botzman and Mr. Jaime Orejan for our support of our school through the Knights of Columbus.

Participants pictured below.

Click on the form below to print and return.  Or, RSVP HERE!

Going to the Lodge... 
Our Great Wolf Lodge Raffle returns again this year.   The prize includes lodging and activities for a family of 4 at GWL, plus a GWL gift card that can be used for an additional night's stay or food while at GWL. Tickets will go on sale beginning Monday, January 25 prior to  our morning assembly and can be purchased through the night of our auction on February 5. The winner will be drawn on February 9th during our morning assembly.  Tickets are $3 each or 2 for $5.

Class Photo Due Date!
January 31 is the last day to order class photos online.  
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Thank you, Mrs. Libera
If you'd like to share news of your child through the weekly Knight Chronicle please submit to thackman@bssknights.org.  Submissions for the week need to be received by Tuesday morning

Purchase your car magnets or car clings in the office today!
Our fabulous new car magnets and car clings are available for sale in the school office!  We'd love it if ALL of our parents and grandparents supported and advertised BSS around town.  
Yearbooks for Sale!  LIMITED SUPPLY of only 25 books left!
We had an incredible amount of yearbooks pre ordered this year through the One Form!  Yearbooks can still be purchased at THIS LINK.  Last year we SOLD OUT of our yearbook so don't delay!
If you aren't sure if you ordered a yearbook on the One Form, call or stop by the school office to check.

It's Enrollment Time at Bishop McGuinness High School

Support Blessed Sacrament School with AmazonSmile 
Shop with AmazonSmile and Amazon will make a donation to Blessed Sacrament School/Church.  Visit the SITE for details!

Lost and Found
Lost and Found is located in the Club Knight After School Room.  The box is behind the first curtain.   Please check the L&F if you think there are missing items that belong to your child.  
Prayer Requests
Please keep Barbara Brown, niece of Mrs. Gomez, as she battles some health issues.
From the Principal's Desk
Dear Parents,

It is that time of year when SNOW is in the air. Please remember that we do not follow the directives of ABSS. In case of closing/delay, a school reach message will be sent by 6:10 AM  via telephone and you can visit the website for updated information. As always if there is a decision to open/delay school you have the final decision to do what is best for your family's safety.

Mrs. Gomez

Family Dinner
Don't forget that BSS will sponsor a family dinner on Thursday, January 28. Please see last week's flyer with details or the details in the KC, where you sign-up. I will need a head count by Monday, January 25.
Second Collection
This weekend the second collection at Mass, January 23/24 will be for BSS. It would be appreciated if your child wore their uniforms to schools. Please have your child wear their uniform to Mass this weekend or wear them to their respective churches.
Catholic Schools Week Mass
Mark your calendar for the Catholic Schools Week Mass on Sunday, January 31 at 10:30.  We will ask the students to lector, usher, carry the offertory and be a strong presence at the Mass. We are asking the students to wear their uniform to the 10:30 Mass or wear them to their respective churches.
I am looking forward to seeing you at our annual auction on Friday, February 5. It is a great night of fun to support our school.
From the Admissions Office
Application for Tuition Assistance Now Available
Applications are now being accepted through FACTS for tuition assistance in the 2016-17 school year.  Follow THIS link to submit your application.  

Opportunity Scholarship Information
This information applies to any current Pre KIndergarten family or any prospective family with a child entering Kindergarten or who has spent at least one semester in the public school system.

 The Opportunity Scholarship 2016-17 school year application will open on February 1. Priority deadline is March 1. Eligible applicants who apply between February 1 and March 1 participate in the lottery. The application remains open until funds are exhausted. 

 The Disabilities Grant 2016-17 school year application will open on May 1. There is no lottery for this program, thus no priority deadline. The application remains open until funds are exhausted. 

Committee Help Needed!
Please consider assisting the Admissions Office by joining one or more of the following committees!  Please contact Tara Hackman at thackman@bssknights.org with questions or your commitment to help. Committee meeting dates announced soon!

Grandparent and Special Friends Day Planning Committee
Grandparent and Special Friends Day is Friday, April 15, 2016.  With the busy holiday season approaching a committee is needed to begin plans now for the annual special day!

2015-2016 Recruitment Events

X-STREAM Saturday Open House at Blessed Sacrament School
Saturday, January 30, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

X-STREAM Expo at Blessed Sacrament Church
Sunday, January 31 from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Winter Wonderland Open House at Mackintosh on the Lake
Sunday, January 31 from 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Burlington Kindergarten Fair
Thursday, February 18 from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. at Front Street UMC

X-STREAM Open House for Prospective Middle School Students
Thursday, March 10, 6:00 p.m.

Time for Twos-Our Next Session of Time for Twos Begins February 10th!
Our Time for Two sessions continue to be a success.  We are still accepting registrations for this FREE program.  Blessed Sacrament School's Time for Twos program is designed as a gentle introduction to school.  Our program encourages children to work in a group, explore new materials, and make age-appropriate development transitions.  This program is led by our own child care specialist, Jill Glenn.  The class meets weekly on Wednesdays at 9:15 a.m.
Call or email Tara Hackman to register today!
Does your neighborhood have a Community Facebook page, website, or Facebook page?  If so, and you are willing to post information about upcoming events at BSS please let the Admissions Office know.  Thank you!

Catholic Schools Week 2016--January 31st-February 5th
Classroom Connections
Third Grade's Properties of Matter Lab:  Water & Volume

Fifth Grade Recreates The Last Supper in Religion Class
Fifth graders enjoyed bread, lamb stew, bean stew, grape juice, dried fruit and nuts, olives, tomatoes, fish sauce, and dates during their recent recreation of The Last Supper.

A Note from Mrs. Sebastian about the Rewards of Play
The rewards of play.  I thought this was really amazing.  The problem Nathan solved was one I had recognized, but never solved.

In class today, we built a barometer as part of the Atmosphere Cell in 6th grade.  The barometer we make is difficult to read and the air pressure differences are hard to measure because the rise and fall of the water in the inverted test tube is very small.

A group finished early and asked what they should do next and I told them to "play" with the barometer.  In previous years this resulted in students figuring out how to pump so much air into the barometer that the top popped off. 

Today, Nathan Amyot simply slipped a 15 ml falcon tube inside the inverted test tube. Now the water rises and falls in the much smaller space between the falcon tube and the test tube.  The rise and fall of the water is much more dramatic and easier to see.  A real improvement to the lab that I will incorporate from now on!

Our Little Knights are Blasting Off!
The Little Knights are getting so excited about this spring's Mission to Mars that they built rocket ships on the playground!

HSA (Home & School Association)

Please sign up to provide food for our Faculty & Staff luncheons held throughout the school year.  Thank you!

BSS Athletics 
Varsity Girls with the come-from-behind win over TBS on Monday!
Varsity Boys with 2 wins in one week - 
TBS and Saint Leos!

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped on Saturday.  
It was wonderful to have so many new people helping!!
Next Home Basketball Games - Saturday, 1/30/16
Played at The Burlington School 
(1615 Greenwood Terrace)
Please sign up to help!

1:00 at The Burlington School
(ALL basketball players are expected to attend to support the cheerleaders who have supported you all year!)

Wednesday, 1/20:  
JV Boys Basketball: 4:00 GAME vs TBS   (1615 Greenwood Terrace)
Pep Squad: Practice, 3:15-4:30 at BSS  
Varsity Girls Basketball: Practice, 3:30-5:00 at Broad Street
Varsity Boys Basketball: Practice, 6:00-8:00 at Front Street
Thursday, 1/21
Games at BCA (621 E. 6th Street)
Varsity Girls and Varsity Cheer - 4:00
Varsity Boys and Varsity Cheer - 5:00
JV Boys - 6:00
Friday, 1/22
JV Girls Basketball: Practice, 3:30-5:00 at Holy Comforter
Friday Parent Help - Sign Up HERE

Saturday, 1/23 -   Away Games vs. Our Lady of Mercy (1730 Link Road, Winston-Salem)  
9:30 JV Girls 
10:30 JV Boys 
11:30 Varsity Girls and Varsity Cheer
12:30 Varsity Boys and Varsity Cheer

YMCA Games - Played at Alamance County Family YMCA
9:15 Pee Wee Boys
9:25 Biddy Boys
12:10 Mite Girls
Sunday, 1/24
Varsity Boys Basketball: Practice, 2:00-4:00 at TBS (Davis Street)
JV and Varsity Cheer: Practice - Times TBD by the coaches -Please watch for emails with this information.

***PARENTS - If your athlete will miss a practice or a game, please let your coach know as soon as possible! ***

Tryouts for the NC Spartans AAU Basketball 12U team (6th grade and below) and 14U team (8th grade and below) based out of Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School will beSunday February 28 at Bishop McGuinness.  Each of these teams will play 5 tournaments from March-May.  4 will be local (Greensboro, Winston Salem, High Point area) and 1 will be a travel tournament.  Practices will be Mondays and Wednesdays at Bishop McGuinness. The cost for the season is $300 which covers tournament entry fees, uniforms and maintenance, insurance and registration. 
The 12U team tryout is open to anyone in 6th grade or below. 
Those tryouts will be at Bishop McGuinness on February 28 from 300-500 PM.
Practices M,W after school and some Sundays
Contact is Jeff Stoller- js@bmhs.us
The 14U team tryout is open to anyone in 8th grade or below.
Tryouts will be at Bishop McGuinness on February 28 from 100-300 PM.
Contact is Josh Thompson- jt@bmhs.us

 Winter Sports Practice Schedule

By Days of the Week
Sunday - Varsity Boys 2:00-4:00 at TBS (Davis Street)
                  JV Cheer 3:30-4:30 at BSS
                  Var Cheer 4:30-5:30 at BSS

Monday - JV Girls 4:30 - 5:45 at Holy Comforter
                  Varsity Girls 3:30-5:00 at Broad Street  
                  Running Club and Cross Country continue through November 16th

Tuesday - JV Boys 3:30-5:00 at Broad Street
                  JV Cheer 3:15-4:30 at BSS

Wednesday -  Varsity Girls 3:30-5:00 at Broad Street 
                        Pep Squad 3:15-4:30 at BSS 
                        Varsity Boys 6:00-8:00 at Front Street 
Thursday - JV Boys 3:30-5:00 at Broad Street
                  Varsity Cheer 3:15-4:30 at BSS

Friday - JV Girls 3:30-5:00 at Holy Comforter

By Teams
JV Girls - Mondays 4:30-5:45 at Holy Comforter
                Fridays 3:30-5:00 at Holy Comforter

JV Boys - Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30-5:00 at Broad Street

Varsity Girls - 10/21 and 10/28 6:00-8:00 at Front Street
     Starting the week of 11/2
                    Mondays and Wednesdays 3:30-5:15 at Broad Street

Varsity Boys - Sundays 2:00 - 4:00
                       Wednesdays 6:00-8:00 at Front Street

JV Cheer - Sundays 3:30 - 4:30 at BSS
                   Tuesdays 3:15-4:30 at BSS

Varsity Cheer - Sundays 4:30 - 5:30 at BSS
                         Thursdays 3:15-4:30 at BSS

Pep Squad - Wednesdays 3:15-4:30
 BSS (starts 10/28)

Each athlete also needs an "Athletics Permission and Emergency Form". This form was in the packet from the office that was sent home in May, so if you turned it in, you are all set.  It can also be found here - PERMISSION
Athletics Fees should be paid using the One Form.  Please see Mrs. Libera in the office or download it here and send it in with your student. ONE FORM for FEES 

Any Questions? Please email Mrs. Bost (abost@bssknights.org) or 
Ms. Kelley (kcarrigan@bssknights.org)

Community News
Free Homework Help at May Memorial Library
Mondays 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Does your child need help with homework?  Volunteers from Elon University will be at the May Memorial Library on Monday nights to help children with homework.  Children 11 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult in the library.   
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