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Wednesday, February 17
Time for Twos, 9:15 a.m.

Thursday, February 18
Burlington Kindergarten Fair, 5:00 p.m. at Front Street Church

Friday, February 19
Mass, 8:45 a.m. 
Shamrock Basketball Tournament, Charlotte

Saturday, February 20
Shamrock Basketball Tournament, Charlotte

Sunday, February 21
Shamrock Basketball Tournament, Charlotte

Monday, February 22
Scholastic Book Fair Set Up
Chess Club, 3:15 p.m.-4:15 p.m.

Tuesday, February 23
Scholastic Book Fair, 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 24
All School Dress Down
Progress Reports
Scholastic Book Fair, 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Time for Twos, 9:15 a.m.

Thursday, February 25
Scholastic Book Fair, 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Scholastic Book Fair Family Fun Night, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Friday, February 26
Mass, 8:45 a.m.

Monday, February 29
Dress Down Day for students who wore their uniform to Blessed Sacrament Church or their church on Catholic Schools Week Sunday (1/31)

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 
12:30-1:15- 2nd
Thursday, February 25-Family Fun Night from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
 No scheduled classes.
Knight News
Lions Peace Poster Contest
Lions Peace Poster Contest winner, Samantha Young, was recognized at a special dinner last week.  Great job Samantha!

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

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.

14 Days of Free Logos!
Shop Lands' End for your uniform needs Feb 13th thru Feb 26th and take advantage of Free Logo applications.
*Remember, Buy 3 or more kid polos, save $3 each or Buy 3 or more Adult polos, save $5 each!
Promotion Code : FREELOGO
Pin: 5400
For orders, please go to www.landsend.com/school  or call 800-469-2222.

Call for Altar Servers
This is a call to all children to serve at Mass. You will be the right hand helper of the priest and deacon. You must be at least a 3rd grader who has received First Communion. This will be an experience you will remember the rest of your life. To apply for the next training complete the form at www.blessedsacramentnc.org/servers and you will be advised of the next training.

Spring Volleyball League
BSS is participating in the YMCA's Spring Volleyball League.  Its a great way to have fun with friends and  build and strengthen their volleyball skills. We will have volunteer coaches for both teams.  Currently, Mrs. Glenn and Ana Villalpando have agreed to coach the Gold Division. Mrs. Glenn is currently talking with the Elon Volleyball team to see if we can get additional coaches for the Silver team.  

Be sure to write down Blessed Sacrament School and the division your child should be assigned too.
Silver Division: 3rd to 5th grade
Gold Division: 6th to 8th

Registration is Open through Monday, February 29, 2016.  If you sign up please let Mrs. Glenn know at (jglenn@bssknights.org).

Trivia Night at Bishop McGuiness

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 10 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.

Open House 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 June Kearney, mother-in-law, of Mrs. Kearney in your prayers.

We also ask for prayers for first grader Katie Kimrey and preschooler Elle DeBois as they mourn the loss of their grandfather.
Keep in your prayers as the BSS athletes, coaches and family travel to Charlotte this weekend for the Shamrock Basketball Tournament. 
From the Principal's Desk
Dear BSS Families,

At our auction we honored Sis and Frank Steffen with the Legacy Award. This award recognizes families who have left an imprint on the fabric of Blessed Sacrament School through their long standing commitment to Catholic Education and to BSS students. For almost thirty-six years there was a least one Steffen Family member enrolled at our school. Sadly to say, Frank Steffen passed away on last Friday. Please keep the family in your prayers during this difficult time.

Mrs. Gomez
Groovy Book Fair Raffle
Next Monday, is our annual Book Fair. In order to raise funds to buy books for our school library a raffle will be held. For a dollar, students may have a chance to win a Red Robin Dinner Card, two movie tickets or a Dunkin Donuts Gift Card.  Tickets will go on sale this Thursday, 2/18. Help us stock the library! 

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

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-Join us on Wednesdays for Session 2!
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!

HSA (Home & School Association)
Scholastic Book Fair 2016

Class Party Sign Ups

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

BSS Athletics 

Shamrock Tournament Details
On Friday, 2/19, the Boys and Girls will play back to back at the same gym - hooray!
The Boys start at 5:30 and the girls at 6:10 at Sedgefield Middle School - 2700 Dorchester Place, Charlotte.

The brackets can be found along with more information on the website.

**NOTE** Shamrock is a time to support all the BSS athletes who participate. All players are expected to be at all games (boys and girls) that they can possibly attend and at the Cheer Expo.

Friday, 2/19
Athletes traveling to Shamrock and their siblings have an 11:30 dismissal. (If you cannot leave at 11:30 please ask a teammate's family if your athlete can travel with them.)
Students must travel to Charlotte in their school uniform.
Parents are encouraged to meet at BSS to paint their cars and leave as group.
Lunch is on your own, wherever you choose, on the way to Charlotte.
After lunch please head to the hotel to check in and get settled.
While we are in Charlotte, we stay together as much as possible when traveling to the games and the Cheer Expo. We usually choose a time to meet in the lobby to make sure we are all there and all the athletes have a ride.
 Friday night is dinner on your own and an early bedtime as we will definitely have games on Saturday. The times for those games will be determined by the results of the games on Friday.

Saturday, 2/20
Basketball games - Times TBD
Cheer Expo 4:30 at Charlotte Catholic High School - 7702 Pineville Matthews Road, Charlotte
There is Mass at Charlotte Catholic following the Cheer Expo.
We have the conference room at the hotel reserved for Saturday night. This will be our "home base". After the Cheer Expo we will gather in there, get pizza for the kids for dinner and have an informal awards ceremony. We will also enjoy all the leftover concessions from the season.
We have to be out of the conference room by 10:00 pm this year.
This is also a time for the kids to decide what they want to do that night. There is a dance from 7:30-10:00 at Holy Trinity Middle School. The dance is open to 7th and 8th graders only and we must have at least one BSS parent chaperone in attendance. The cost is $5.00 for the students.
There is a movie theater in walking distance from the hotel. Some students may choose to see a movie on Saturday night.
Parents are ultimately in charge of bedtime on Saturday night, but please be aware and respectful of the other guests in the hotel.

Sunday, 2/21
Possible Basketball games - determined by the outcome of Saturday's games - Times TBD
Hotel check-out and travel home

The address of the hotel is -
Hampton Inn Southpark
6700 Phillips Place Court
Charlotte, NC 28210
(704) 319-5700

One last note - We have a very good relationship with the Hampton Inn. They are very helpful and accommodating to us. Please take some time to discuss proper behavior in the hotel with your children and with any children you are responsible for.
Children need to be supervised at all times.
Mrs. Gomez will go over all the rules with the students at school next week.

We are happy to answer any questions you may have.
Looking forward to a GREAT weekend!
Aileen and Kelley

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 be Sunday 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

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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