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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 Multi Purpose Room
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.

Winter Wonderland Open House at Mackintosh on the Lake Clubhouse, 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Monday, February 1
Catholic Schools Week/Spirit Week
BSS Girls & Boys JV Bvall vs OLM, games begin at 4:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Mercy

Tuesday, February 2
Catholic Schools Week/Spirit Week

Wednesday, February 3
Catholic Schools Week/Spirit Week
Time for Twos, 9:15 a.m.
Faculty & Staff Meeting, 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 4
Catholic Schools Week/Spirit Week
BSS Girls & Boys Varsity Bball vs OLM, games begin at 4:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Mercy

Friday, February 5
Mass, 8:45 a.m.
Annual Auction, 6:00 p.m. at Ramada Inn Burlington

Saturday, February 6
BSS Basketball vs IHM, games begin at 9:30 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary

Sunday, February 7
BSS Winter Cheer Classic, Doors Open at 1:00 p.m. and Competition begins at 2:00 p.m. at The Burlington School

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!  Sign up HERE to volunteer at our book fair!

Plan to attend Family Fun Night on Thursday, February 25th from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. for some groovy snacks and awesome fun!

Thank you!
Victoria Viola and Danica Kelso, Book Fair Chairs

2016 Book Fair Shopping Schedule

Monday, February 22-Teacher Preview
Tuesday, February 23
8:15-9:00- 4th Grade
9:50- 10:45- 7th/8th Grades
12:30-1:00- Kindergarten
2:05-2:50- 5th/6th Grades
Wednesday, February 24
9:00-9:30- PS3- Mrs. Ray will supervise
9:30-10:00-PreK-Mrs. Ray will supervise
10:45-11:30-3rd -Mrs. Ray will supervise
12:30-1:15- 2nd- Mrs. Kearney will supervise
 2:05-2:55-1st -Mrs. Gomez will supervise
Thursday, February 25-Family Fun Night from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
 No scheduled classes.
Knight News
Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge
Several students who participated in the Knights of Columbus soccer challenge were absent when the awards were given out.  Those students are pictured below.

Printing Tax Documents from FACTS Tuition Management
With tax season nearly upon us, FACTS Management would like to remind you of a feature available to payment plan families, which enables you to quickly and easily create a payment summary.
Print HERE.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
Thank you parents and grandparents for the delicious soup and salad luncheon!  The soup and salad hit the spot and the lovely display was beautiful!

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.  
Go to  www.yorkstudio.com
             Studio Store
             Studio Clients

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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

Register here for the 2016 Elon University Cheerleading Clinic! 
Children who are in kindergarten through eighth grade can participate in the clinic which will be held from noon through the first half of the men's basketball game against Towson on Feb. 6, 2016Those who register byFeb. 1 will receive a t-shirt. The $40 registration fee is due at check in onFeb. 6.

* Participants will perform at halftime of the Elon men's basketball game vs. Towson (6 p.m.).
* Admission to the game is provided for all participants. Parents may purchase discounted tickets 
online HERE (Discounted tickets are available online only. No discounted tickets will be available for purchase at the game.)
* Dinner will be provided for all participants.
* Athletic clothes and sneakers are required. Water bottles are encouraged.
* A copy of a current medical insurance card MUST be provided at check in. 

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

Piano Lessons with Mrs. Davis from KidsTunes!

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 pray for the Young Family (Olivia-BSS alum, Samantha-7th and Lillian-5th) s they mourn the passing of their great grandmother, Mary Burton and grandmother of Mrs. Young.
Please keep Barbara Brown, niece of Mrs. Gomez, as she battles some health issues.
From the Principal's Desk
Dear BSS Families

I hope to see you tomorrow night at our annual Family Appreciation Dinner/Town Hall/ Flash Forward Event.  I hope we can join us as we address the "State of BSS" and what the future holds for our school. Afterwards you will get a peek of your child's classroom and teacher for the 2016-2017 school year. Don't forget dinner begins at 5:00. Thank you for your commitment to BSS.

Mrs. Gomez
The auction is around the corner. The committee has been hard at work putting together a great Mardi Gras themed event. Please join us for a festive night on Friday, February 5, at the Ramada Inn.  We look forward to it being our best and most successful auction yet.
Catholic Schools Week Mass
Mark your calendar for the Catholic Schools Week Mass on Sunday, January 31 at 10:30.  We are asking all students to wear their uniforms to the 10:30 Mass or their respective churches. 

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
Catholic Schools Week Kicks Off THIS Sunday!  Catholic Schools all around the country will celebrate together from January 31st-February 5th.  Next week is also Spirit Week and our Student Council has some very creative plans for each day.  We are looking forward to all of the fun!

Support Student Council by participating in Spirit Week Dress Down!  Pay $1.00 for the week on Monday or $.25 each day.

A special thank you to CSW Committee Chair Mrs. Jennifer Ray and her assistant, Mrs. Angie Young, for organizing our Catholic Schools week Festivities!

Classroom Connections
Kindergarten enjoys a special story read by Addison's grandmother, Mrs. Massey.  
HSA (Home & School Association)

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

BSS Athletics 
The games vs. OLM have been rescheduled

Monday, 2/1/16
4:30 JV Girls 
5:30  JV Boys

Thursday, 2/4/16
4:30 Varsity Girls
5:45 Varsity Boys
OLM will have 8th grade recognition between the Varsity games.

(*The Varsity games vs. Immaculata will not be played on 2/1.)

Next Home Basketball Games - Saturday, 1/30/16
Played at The Burlington School 
(1615 Greenwood Terrace)
Please sign up to help!
**Many of our regular volunteers will be busy with the 
X-STREAM Open House at BSS. 
Please help out at the games if you can!**

YMCA Games - Played at Alamance County Family YMCA
8:30 Mite Girls
9:15 Pee Wee Boys
10:20 Biddy Boys

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

Wednesday, 1/27:  
Pep Squad: No Practice
Varsity Girls Basketball: Practice, 3:30-5:00 at Broad Street
Varsity Boys Basketball: Practice, 6:00-8:00 at Front Street
Thursday, 1/28:         
JV Boys Basketball:  Practice, 3:30-5:00 at Broad Street
Varsity Cheer: Practice, 3:15-4:30 at BSS

Don't forget the Family Dinner and Town Hall Meeting!

Friday, 1/29:
JV Girls Basketball: Practice, 3:30-5:00 at Holy Comforter
Friday Parent Help - Sign Up HERE

Saturday, 1/30:  Home Games vs. St. Pius(TBS - 1615 Greenwood Terrace)
9:30 JV Girls and Pep Squad
10:30 JV Boys and JV Cheer
11:30 Varsity Girls and Varsity Cheer
                            8th Grade Recognition between Varsity Games
12:45 Varsity Boys and Varsity Cheer

Following the Varsity Boys Game
Boys and Girls ages 9-14 are welcome to participate. 
You do NOT have to be on the basketball team.
Registration is free!

Sunday, 1/31:
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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