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Wednesday, March 9
Teacher Shadow Morning 8:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (8th Grade Shadow is in April)
Time for Twos, 9:15 a.m.
Faculty & Staff Meeting, 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 10
Parent Meeting for all Softball Players, 5:00 p.m.

Friday, March 11
School Building Closed!  No school for Preschool, PreK, and Kindergarten students.
Students in grades 1st-8th to arrive to Blessed Sacrament Church (1620 Hanford Road, Graham) between 9:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.   Full details for Friday HERE.
BSS Tennis vs TBS, 4:00 p.m. at Alamance Country Club

Wednesday, March 16
Time for Twos, 9:15 a.m.
Faculty & Staff Lunch, drop food no later than 10:30 a.m.  Sign Up Reminder

Thursday, March 17
Kindergarten-4th Grades attend Aladdin at the Paramount Theater
Mrs. Gomez away at Diocesan Principal's Retreat

Friday, March 18
Mrs. Gomez away at Diocesan Principal's Retreat
Mass, 8:45 a.m.
BSS Tennis vs BCA, 4:00 p.m. at Olde Forest Racquet Club

Monday, March 21
Second Grade Dinosaur Expo Day, Multipurpose Room

Tuesday, March 22
All School Dress Down Day!

Wednesday, March 23
Report Cards
PreK Easter Egg Hunt, 9:30 a.m.
Preschool Easter Egg Hunt, 10:00 a.m.
Little Knights Easter Party, 10:30 a.m., Knight Cafe
Shadow Stations Presented by 8th Grade, 2:30 p.m. PROMPT in the Multipurpose Room

Thursday, March 24
Holy Thursday, School Closed

Friday, March 25
Good Friday, School Closed

Monday, March 28-Friday, April 1
Easter Break, School Closed
Mrs. Gomez & Mrs. Ehmig presenting at the NCEA Conference in San Diego, CA

Monday, April 4
Welcome back from Easter Break!
Spring/Summer Uniform Begins

Friday, April 22 is now an early release date for our students so that our faculty and staff can attend professional development.  Club Knight is available and our middle school AYLA students will still attend their scheduled session.
Knight News
Third Grade Multiplication Master
Congratulations to Rafael Villareal-Montoya for receiving his Third Grade Multiplication Master!  Great job Rafael!

Chess Success
Congratulations to Alex Solari for his first place win in his age group at last weekend's chess tournament at St. Mary Magdalene School.  We are so proud of all of our BSS Chess participants!

Knights of Columbus Free Throw Tournament
Congratulations to our K of C State Free Throw participants and winners! Eighth grader Stephen Andress came in first place and fifth grader Ryder Lee finished in third place.  Fifth grader David Armstrong also participated in the competition.  Congratulations Stephen, Ryder, and David!

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.

Car Pool Help Needed!
Family in Graham looking for a morning car pool. The pick up is on Martin Avenue in Graham. Please email me at thackman@bssknights.org if you are able to assist. Thank you!

Teacher Shadow Day
Our Teacher Shadows had a fantastic morning!  

Lunch Boxes Galore!
Our lost and found is FULL of lunch boxes!  If your child is missing a lunch box please check the lost and found box located in the After School room.  Enter the first door and look behind the first curtain.  L&F will be purged over spring break so please check for missing items! 
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.


Winter Sports Uniforms are due!
All winter sports uniforms must be returned clean and in their bag by Monday, March 14.  Thank you!  Mrs. Bost and Ms. Kelley

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 8 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 pray for Barbara Brown niece of Mrs. Gomez who is battling health issues.
From the Principal's Desk
Dear BSS Families,

Blessed Sacrament Church and School Community mourn the loss of Mr. Koury.  If you have not had a chance to read his obituary please take the time to see how his generosity not only touched our students' lives but the life of many other students. We were truly blessed to have Mr. Koury in the life of our school. Please keep Mrs. Koury and her family in your prayers.

Tonight at 6:00 p.m. Fox 8 will air a story about Mr. Koury and Blessed Sacrament School.  Be sure to tune in!

Mrs. Gomez

This Friday, March 11, we say good-bye to our benefactor.  In order for the school community to honor Mr. Koury there will be a change in our school schedule.  
1. There will be no school for preschool, prek and kindergarten/no after school
2. Faculty will be at the church at 9:00.
3. 1-8 grade students will be dropped off at Blessed Sacrament Church between 9:30-10:00.   
4. Students must wear their school uniform and not their PE uniform.
5. Please provide a snack for your child in a disposable bag.
6. Funeral Mass at 11:00.
7. Dismissal at 1:15 from the Church. Students will not return to school.


From the Admissions Office

2015-2016 Recruitment Events
Little Knights Play Date for rising Preschool-Kindergarten Students
Saturday, April 9th from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at BSS

Family STEM Night to include a special Middle School Session
Tuesday, April 19th from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at BSS

Kindergarten Orientation
Friday, May 13 from 1:30 p.m.-2:15 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!
Classroom Connections
AYLA Eighth Grade Luncheon
Last week our eighth grade AYLA (Alamance Youth Leadership Association) students attended a networking luncheon at Alamance Country Club.  Students were introduced to networking and resume skills and met industry leaders from around the county.

Little Knights Afternoon Activities
Our Little Knights enjoy all kinds of fun activities after nap time!

Middle School Math Crunchers
Tuesday MS Math Cruncher students explored Theoretical vs Experiental probability with a flipping the coin experiment! Will their mathematical computations match their actual flips? How many "palindromic sequences" during a 4 flip experiment could there be? 

Out of the Lab and into the Classroom!
This week our Little Knights worked on the Chromebooks in their classroom.

Knights of Summer Camp

Summer Camp Registration is NOW OPEN!  View the summer camp BROCHURE.  It is going to be a fun-filled X-STREAM Knights of Summer!

Club Knight will run a special summer camp May 31-June 3.

2016 Knights of Summer Camp Weeks:
June 6-10
June 13-17
June 20-24
June 27-July 1
July 11-15
July 18-22
July 25-29
August 1-5

Thank you!
Rebecca Wetter, Kelly VanWeest, and Hiroko Solari
Summer Camp Team
BSS Grandparent and Special Friends Club
If you are a grandparent and are uncertain if we have your contact information in our database, please contact Mrs. Castelda at amanda.castelda@gmail.com. 

Save the date for our annual Grandparents and Special Friends Day!  
Friday, April 15

One of our grandparents celebrated a special birthday this week.  Happy 85th Birthday to Cosmo Magarelli!  Mr. Magarelli celebrated with grandsons Brian and Shane Flaherty.
HSA (Home & School Association)

Class Party Sign Ups

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

BSS Athletics 
Winter Sports Uniforms are due!
All winter sports uniforms must be returned clean and in their bag by Monday, March 14.  Thank you!  Mrs. Bost and Ms. Kelley

BSS Spring Sports This Week - 3/6/16

Elementary Track Parents, Please SIGN-UP to help at practices 

Save the Date!
Sunday, April 10th
Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast to support BSS Athletics - more details coming soon!

Wednesday, 3/9/16 
Tennis: Practice, 3:30-5:00 at The Burlington Tennis Center

Thursday, 3/10/16 
Softball: Practice, 3:30-5:00 at BSS
                 Parent Meeting - 5:00 at BSS

Friday, 3/11/16    
Tennis: Match vs TBS; 4:00 at Alamance Country Club
Note: Look for an email from the tennis coaches regarding this match.  Some players will be playing at the Tennis Center.

Sunday, 3/13/16      
Track: Optional Practice; 4:00-5:00 at Williams High School
This is NOT a drop-off practice. 
Please make sure a responsible adult is with your child.
Williams High School has graciously allowed our track team to use their track on Sunday's from 4-5pm. If your child is on the BSS track team and wants to gain track experience, please join us! Feel free to bring your own running or walking shoes and jog the outside lanes while the kids do drills and sprints with the coaches. We would like for this to be a family friendly event so join us if you can and don't forget your water!

Please read below for more information about each sport.

SOFTBALL Co-Ed grades 6-8 
Coaches: Jennifer Lee (Jennifer.sallyins@gmail.com) and Jaime Orejan (Jorejan@hotmail.com)
Practice: Mondays- Optional Batting Practice (start date and location TBD) 
               Thursdays 3:30-5:30 at BSS
The PECSAA softball tournament will be held in High Point 
Fri. 4/8 and Sat. 4/9.

Coaches: Jennifer Klein (jennietuckklein@aol.com) and Keith Rugh (rughster73@triad.rr.com)
Practice: Tuesdays at BSS 3:15-4:30 
Parent help is needed at all practices
Optional Family Practices - Sundays 4:00-5:00 (Start date and location TBD)
Anyone interested in helping coach please contact us.
Practice: Tuesdays at the track behind the YMCA 3:30-5:00
We will need help with transportation to the track.

The PECSAA track meet will be held at Bishop McGuinness 
on Friday, April 29th

TENNIS Co-Ed grades 5-8
Coaches: Tim Hackman (timhackman@hotmail.com) and Tanya Barnes (tanyabarnes@yahoo.com)
Practice: Wednesdays 3:30-5:00 at The Burlington Tennis Center
Matches will be played on Fridays beginning 3/11/16.
(Note: The match on 4/8 may be rescheduled.)

GOLF  Co-Ed  grades 5-8
Coaches: Jaime Orejan (Jorejan@hotmail.com) and Todd Palmer (todd@palmergenerator.com)
Practice: Details are still being worked out, more information is coming soon!

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)


Bishop McGuinness Sports Physicals
BMHS Sports Physicals will be offered again this spring on Thursday, May 12 at 3:30 in the Bishop McGuinness Gym for current 8th graders who will be attending Bishop McGuinness next year and current BMHS Students.  These are clothed physicals, and the cost of the physicals are $15 and proceeds go back to the school athletic department.  Physicals are good for one year from the date they are performed.  Cash or checks made out to Guilford Orthopaedic will be accepted.  You must be in line no later than 4:20 to be able to get a physical.  Please bring the 2 page NCHSAA Physical form on the "Athletics" section of the Bishop McGuinness website with the medical history page already filled out.  Please contact Jeff Stoller at js@bmhs.us with any questions.
Community News
Haw River Clean-Up-A-Thon at Staley Creek
Saturday, March 19 * Meet at 10am at North Park
Age: Recommended for ages 6 & older, children must have adult supervision 
Cost: Free, bags and gloves will be provided  
North Park 
Come out for the 26th annual Haw River Clean-Up-A-Thon at Staley Creek with the Haw River Assembly.  Join volunteers cleaning up trash from the banks of the Haw River, the creeks, and Jordan Lake.  Teams will be getting out trash that's harmful to water and wildlife from Greensboro down to Jordan Lake and along the creeks in Durham, Chapel Hill, Burlington, and Pittsboro.  Join the Staley Creek Team at North Park in Burlington!  For more information about helping at Staley Creek or to learn about other locations, please call (919) 542-5790 or email info@hawriver.org.  Also, to learn more about the Haw River Assembly, visit www.hawriver.org
Basic Archery Instruction for Youth 
Spring Break: Thursday, March 31 * 9am-12noon
Ages: 9-12 * Cost: Free, all equipment will be provided
Lake Mackintosh Park & Marina at the Clubhouse (temporary indoor archery range) 
Burlington Recreation & Parks invites youth to experience basic archery at the Lake Mackintosh Park & Marina's Clubhouse.  Participants will be taken through a lesson promoting safety and archery basics encouraging a focus on performing a proper shot: featuring an introduction to archery, safety on the range, using a string bow, and 11 steps of archery success through the NASP curriculum.  For more information, please call (336) 229-3150.  To register, please visit www.BurlingtonNC.gov/youth.  Space is limited; all participants must pre-register and complete a registration form with liability waiver the day of the program.  Archery equipment will be provided by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission's North Carolina Hunter Education Program through an enhancement federal grant from the Pittman-Roberson Act.  Participants may bring a water bottle with their name on it and a healthy snack.  Please wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes.  NASP: http://naspschools.org/


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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