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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
Middle School Talent Show Interest Meeting, 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Segment about Burlington Maker Movement and BSS to air on NCNow, 8:00 p.m. on UNC-TV

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!
Cathy Brookins at BSS to read her book, Barry Bat's Amazing Adventures to Preschool-2nd grade

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
Knight Honor Code Recipients
Congratulations to Xavier Vaughn and Luke Andress for receiving Knight Honor Cross recognition earlier this week.  Thank you for representing the Knights so well and being positive role models for your fellow students!

Winning Artists
BSS is proud to announce two winners in the Alamance Arts Council Middle School Arts Competition.
Honorable Mention in Acrylic: Nora Lee Sauers for "Daisy"
1st Place in Crayon/Marker Drawing: Lewis Cattouse for "Leezard Man"

Black Belt Achievement
Congratulations to fourth grader Soren Bammens on the completion of his Black Belt test last weekend at Lee Brothers Martial Arts.

Karate Champ
Seventh grader Keira Dappen competed in three events at the 42nd Universal Martial Arts Championships. She placed first in three advance ranks divisions...traditional weapons forms, traditional open forms, and kumite (sparring). Keira is a second degree brown belt.

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.

Blessed Sacrament School featured in UNC-TV Piece
The piece that UNC-TV filmed back in February about the Maker movement in Burlington,which includes a segment about Blessed Sacrament School, will air Thursday, March 17, on UNC-TV's program NC Now at 8 pm. NC Now airs on the flagship channel, and the episode will also be available on UNC-TV's streaming website. The individual segment about Burlington's Maker community will also be available on Youtube after the show airs.

Student Council Food Drive to Support The Little Portion Food Pantry 
The BSS Student Council is holding a food drive to support The Little Portion Food Pantry.  The food drive runs through March 23rd. For every two items donated, the donor will receive one chance to win a treat filled Easter Basket. The drawing for the basket is Wednesday, March 23.

Safe Environment Training
The next Safe Environment Training session is Monday, April 4th at 1:00 p.m. with Mrs. Gomez.  

It's Middle School Talent Show Time! 
This Thursday, March 17th we will have a Talent Show planning meeting from 3:00-4:00 in the multi-purpose room. All students from 5-8th grades are encouraged to participate. We are looking for any and all talents (singing, dancing martial arts, skits - if you have other ideas, please let us know). We are also in need of hosts, sound, and back stage crew. Practices will be Thursdays from 3:00-4:00. The Talent Show will be held on April 27th at 6:30. The student body performance will be that day at 1:00.

Thank you,
Tanya Barnes and Dawn Daniel
If you or your child have any questions, please contact us at

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.

Items from the BSS Lost and Found will be cleared out during Easter break. ALL unclaimed items will be removed.  BSS uniform items will be taken to the Swap Shop to sell.  Other items will be donated locally.  Please take one last look in the Lost and Found basket prior to dismissal on March 23rd.

Lost and Found is located in the Club Knight After School Room.  The box is behind the first curtain.  
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
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!
Prayer Requests
Please keep Ryder Lee (5th grade) as he recovers from surgery that was performed today.
Remember in your prayers, VRJ Sarma Kavirayuni, grandfather of Srikar Kavurayuni (7th) who is ailing. 
From the Principal's Desk
Dear BSS Families,

Mrs. Brookins, a former parent and whose three sons graduated from BSS wrote a book Barry Bat's Amazing Adventures.  Her inspiration was the weekly spelling words given to her youngest son, Paul.  In her book, Mrs. Brookins acknowledges the teachers of Blessed Sacrament School...you never know who you inspire; it may be more than just your students.  She will be doing a "book reading" for Preschool-2nd grade next Tuesday, March 22.  What a wonderful testament to our school!

Mrs. Gomez
Wonderful Alumni News
BSS is very proud to announce that Sam Lowe (Class of 2012) is the recipient of the Morehead Scholarship for 2016!  Congratulations to Sam Lowe!
Pizza Lunch-Tuesday, March 22
Father Paul will be treating all students with a pizza lunch on Tuesday, March 22.
Twin Lakes
Twin Lakes has a wonderful opportunity this summer for interested youth between the ages of 12 and 17: the YESS (Youth Engages Serving Seniors) Twin Lakes Community Summer Service Program. The participants will volunteer to work with the residents. If you are interested in this program please see Mrs. Gomez for an application. It is a great opportunity to learn how to interact with the elderly. Applications are due on April 4. 
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

Mission to Mars 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
NC Science Festival News!

Mission to Mars Family STEM Night
Blessed Sacrament School is proud to announce that our "Mission to Mars Family STEM Night" is a SIGNATURE event in this year's North Carolina Science Festival!

"Mission to Mars Family STEM Night" will be held at the school Tuesday, April 19th from 6-7:30 pm. This event is open to the entire community!

In addition to an incredible array of hands on STEM activities, our Mars habitat village, and our EV3 robots, we are most excited to share artifacts directly on loan from NASA Houston and NASA Langley! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see and experience a space tool bag, work pocket, astronaut glove, lunar rocks, and more!

Meet Kelvin!
Kelvin is the "spokesbot" for the North Carolina Science Festival and is a friendly robot who serves as an ambassador for science.  Be on the look out for Kelvin and follow his adventures in the Knight Chronicle and on our Facebook page!

Last week Kelvin spent time with Mrs. Hackman, worked with fifth graders in math, and helped third grade plant cabbages.  This week he celebrated Pi Day with eighth grade!

Third Grade Participates in the Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program
Our third graders, with the assistance of Mrs. Bost and Ms. Waldmann, are participating in the Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program.  This program is designed specifically for third graders in the hope that it will inspire a love of vegetable gardening among the students.  Read more about the program HERE.  

Last week the students planted their cabbages and took initial measurements in their journals.  Students were excited to have the help of Kelvin with this project!

Fr. Ricky Manalo, a Paulist priest and an acclaimed Catholic speaker, musician and theologian visited with students this week.
Students Visit Wells Fargo Bank
Thank you to Mr. Reed LaPlante and Ms. Daisy Cuzco for hosting our Kindergarten, Second, and Sixth grade students for a field trip to the bank.

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

HSA (Home & School Association)
Thank you to all the helpers at the book fair and Family Fun Night, you help make our school a special place.  Our sales totaled over $4,000 for the elementary school fair and $1000 for the middle school fair which exceeded our goals.

Mrs. Viola and Mrs. Kelso, Book Fair Co-Chairs

Class Party Sign Ups

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

BSS Athletics 
BSS Spring Sports This Week - 3/13/16

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

Save the Date!
Sunday, April 10th
Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast 
Mark your calendar for a delicious pancake breakfast on 
Sunday, April 10th at Blessed Sacrament Church!  
A breakfast of pancakes, sausage, coffee, and juice will be served immediately following the 8:30am and 10:30am Masses. 
Price is $3 per child, $5 per adult or $15 per family.  
All proceeds benefit BSS Athletics!
Student Athletes and Parents we need your help to set up, serve, and clean up!  SIGN UP HERE

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

Thursday, 3/17/16 
SoftballPractice, 3:30-5:00 at BSS     
*Note Time Change         
Talent Show Participants will dismiss from meeting early for softball practice.
Friday, 3/18/16    
Tennis: Match vs BCA; 4:00 at Olde Forest Racquet Club
                                                    (200 Pinedale Drive, Elon)
*More Info will be provided by coaches later in the week

Sunday, 3/19/16      
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!

Free Physicals at Kernodle Clinic
Kernodle Clinic is offering a sports physical clinic again this year.  The date for BSS is April 20.  All physicals will be done at the West Location (ARMC).  The clinic begins at 5:30 p.m.. Students may line up  starting at 5:00 p.m.to the right of the main entrance.  Students must be in line by 6:30 p.m. in order to be seen.
Parents can pick up forms in the main office.  The athlete's name must be on each side and every space on the history form must be completed prior to the physical.
Please contact Mrs. Bost (abost@bssknights.org) with any questions.

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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