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This is the final edition of the Knight Chronicle for the 2016-17 School Year.  Another edition of the "End of School Reminders" will be sent next Monday.  Summer emails will be sent periodically throughout the break.  Thank you for a great year!

Calendar revised 4.25.16 to include Accreditation Dates.

Wednesday, May 18
Lunch provided to ALL students by Fr. Paul
Student Body Election Campaign speeches presented, 8:45 a.m.
Student Body Elections, 9:00 a.m. (results announced by end of day)
Yearbook Signing Party, 2:05 p.m.
Summer Reading Assignments in Wednesday Envelope
"Back to School" Paperwork Packet in Wednesday Envelope
Faculty & Staff Meeting, 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 19
Eighth Grade Field Trip to NASA Langley & Williamsburg-students to wear their 2016 Chorus T-shirt during the day and change into their blue 8th grade shirt for evening activities

Friday, May 20
Fifth-Eighth Grade Field Trip to Busch Gardens-students are to wear the 2016 Field Day Shirt (coming home Wednesday)
Third Grade Field Trip to Morehead Planetarium-students are to wear their PE uniform

Monday, May 23
Dress Down Day for Summer Birthdays
Staff Meeting, 3:15 p.m.

Tuesday, May 24
Kindergarten J.A.M. (Juice and Muffin sale to support Make-A-Wish Foundation), 7:30 a.m.
Field Day-Sign up HERE to help
Early Dismissal at 12:00 p.m. (Club Knight available until 6:00 p.m.)
Faculty & Staff lunch with Eighth Grade
Fifth Grade Annual Class Pool Party, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. at Olde Forest Racquet Club

Wednesday, May 25
Third Grade Field Trip to the Times-News & Lunch Downtown
Fifth Grade Social Studies Hawaiian Luau, details in 5/18 parent letter
Eighth Grade Mass, Graduation, and Awards, 6:00 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church 

Our entire Blessed Sacrament School community is invited to celebrate Mass and Eighth Grade Graduation.  Students who choose to attend will sit with their family.  

Thursday, May 26
Little Knights End of Year Celebration, at Burlington City Park (Last day for Little Knights)
Kindergarten Graduation and Reception, students should arrive to the classroom at 9:30 a.m. and Graduation begins promptly at 10:00 a.m. (Last day for Kindergarten)
Kindergarten Graduation Cook Out at the home of Aaron, Jennifer, and Leah Rose
First & Second Grade End of Year Ice Cream Sundae Party, 1:00 p.m.
Third Grade Mad Science End of Year Party, 1:00 p.m. in the Elementary Science Lab
Fourth Grade "Lawn Games" End of Year Party, 1:00 p.m. at the home of Mary Klein
Middle School Outside Fun & Sundae Bar End of Year Party, 1:00 p.m. on the back lawn

Friday, May 27
Last day of school for students in First-Seventh Grade!
Mass and End of Year Awards, 8:30 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church-students are to wear their school uniform
Students being dropped off for Mass and awards should arrive no later than 8:15 a.m. and pick up is no later than 11:00 a.m. at the church. 
Fourth Grade Bake Sale to Support the Gilmore Family, immediately following awards in the Gathering Space

Monday, May 30
Building closed for Memorial Day 

May is a very busy month so be sure to check the BSS Google Calendar for the most up to date information!  Please read all emails, newsletters, and notes from your child's teachers.  

Club Knight Kick Off to Summer Star Wars Camp 
Register HERE!  Club Knight is offering an awesome kick off to summer with a week of camp May 31st-June 3rd.

Summer Office Hours
Summer office hours begin June 6th and end August 16th.  During this time the school office is open from 9:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.  
Knight News
Knight Honor Cross
Congratulations to Kindergartener Annabelle Cabell for her recent Honor Cross Award.  

Student Council Elections
Congratulations to all of our students running in today's election!  The students and the campaign managers all presented well written and convincing speeches this morning.

President Candidates: Srikar Kavirayuni and Emmanuel Lopez
Vice President Candidates: Samantha Young and Noah Goodman
Secretary Candidates: Luke Andress, Bacall Sellars, Ella Kate Porfilio, and Eleanor Arcaro-Burbridge
Treasurer Candidates: Olivia Long, Corey Amyot, David Armstrong, and Patricia Tayn

Congratulations to our 2016-17 Community Council Officers:
President: Emmanuel Lopez
Vice President: Noah Goodman
Secretary: Luke Andress
Treasurer: Patricia Tayn

Seventh Grade DARE Graduates

Fifth Grade at DARE Day at the Park

AlumKnight News
Congratulations to AlumKnight Sam Lowe '12 who is both a Morehead-Cain Scholar and a Presidential Scholar.  Sam will graduate from Western Alamance High School next month.  Read more about his accomplishments HERE.

Last week we welcomed AlumKnight Julia Long '13 who shared a demonstration on proper hand washing with our Little Knights.

Goodwill Challenge Update
BSS has once again won the Goodwill Challenge!  Thank you for your donations both big and small.

Field Day is NEXT Tuesday and everyone is looking forward to a wonderful day together! Parents and grandparents are invited to join us for Field Day festivities.  You will find a schedule for your child(ren)'s class in next week's End of Year reminders message.  
Boys may wear swim shorts and girls may wear bathing suits under their shirts and shorts. Tuesday's weather looks sunny so please apply sunscreen before drop off that morning.  School dismisses at noon on Tuesday and there is Club Knight After School Care available (students must bring a bag lunch).
Volunteers are needed! Please help us set up early on Tuesday (arrive around 7:15 a.m.), assist with the drink tent, and help with clean up.  Sign up HERE or email Coach Egg at ceggleston@bssknights.org!
Kindergarten JAM!  Don't forget the Annual Kindergarten JAM (Juice and Muffins) Sale on Tuesday morning.  All proceeds support Make A Wish!

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.
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 remember June Kearney, mother-in-law of Mrs. Kearney, as she recovers from a fall.
From the Principal's Desk
Dear Parents,

We are rapidly closing the 2015-2016 school year. As we look back we can reflect on our many school accomplishments. We celebrated our 80th birthday, became a STEM school at the Model Level, placed 1st and 4th respectively in Tennis and Track and saw an increase in enrollment. We should be proud of these achievements. I am looking forward to an awesome 2016-2017 school year. Keep spreading the word about BSS.

Mrs. Gomez
There are many events scheduled for this and next week. Please check your e-mails for updates. You would not want to miss any fun events!
Pig Pickin'
On Friday, June 3, BSS will host Catholic Charities Pig Pickin Fundraiser. The event will begin at 5:00.  Delta Brothers (Sam Lowe and Carson Russell) will entertain us with their musical talent from 6:00-7:30
There will be bounce houses and other fun activities. Please join us as we support Catholic Charities. Tickets are on sale for $8.00 in the office. 

Field Day
Looking forward to seeing you next Tuesday, May 24, at Field Day!
From the Admissions Office
Save the Date for our Summer Class Gatherings!
Thank you to the families who have committed to hosting summer play dates, pool parties, and movie nights!  Contact Tara Hackman if you'd like to host a summer event.  This is a great way to introduce our new students to their classmates and keep our current students connected over the summer!

These events can be at the school playground or a local park and the movie night at BSS.  I'll provide the snacks and beverages if you'll serve as the friendly and welcoming face of the event! I'm looking for hosts or hostesses for preschool through third grade play dates and 4th grade through 8th grade movie nights.  Email thackman@bssknights.org for questions or to set a date!

Class invites will be sent with dates, time, and location soon!
Rising Kindergarten:  Play Date TBA/Hosted by Beth & Michael Fitzgerald and a Play Date TBA/Hosted by Will and Debbie Monahan
Rising 1st Grade: Saturday, July 16th at 10:00 a.m./Hosted by Jennifer & David McDuffie
Rising 2nd Grade: Saturday, July 23rd from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. at Olde Forest Racquet Club/Hosted by Chris & Jeni Weske
Rising 6th Grade: Movie Night Date TBA/Hosted by Angie & Kevin Young at their home
Rising 8th Grade: Movie Night Date TBA/Hosted by Angie & Kevin Young at their home 

Kindergarten Orientation
We loved welcoming the Class of 20215 to Blessed Sacrament last Friday!

Classroom Connections
Fourth Grade "Gabby Awards"
Our Fourth Graders enjoyed their Elon students so much that they dedicated special awards to her on her last day at BSS!
Third Grade Visits the Police Station and the Fire Station
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
August 8-12-NEW Music Camp added with Mrs. Davis

Thank you!
Rebecca Wetter, Kelly VanWeest, and Hiroko Solari
Summer Camp Team
HSA (Home & School Association)
2016-17 HSA Board and Committee Chairs

President: Lisa Waldmann 
Vice President in charge of Fundraising: Jamey Cabell
Communications Chair: Nellie Angyal
Hospitality Chair: Beth Fitzgerald
Auction Chair: Jamey Cabell and Auction Committee
Head Class Captain: Taleen Palmer
Oktoberfest Chair: Lisa Waldmann and Oktoberfest Committee
Community Service:
Clean Sweep: Lisa Waldmann
Box Tops: Grandparents Club
Dine Outs: Jamey Cabell
Family Fun Nights:
Barnes & Noble Book Fair: Jennifer Lewis & Kristin Marino
SCRIP: Nellie Angyal, Marketing & Pat Libera, Sales
Uniform Swap: Carrie Daniels
Curb Appeal Committee: Jennifer Klein and Shelly Pilversack
Landscaping Committee:
IgKNIGHTing Young Minds: Sarah Kimrey
Scholastic Book Fair: Danica Kelso
Church Liaison: Amanda Castelda

Positions are available!  If you are interested in any of our open positions please contact Lisa Waldman at wheezerjack@gmail.com.

The HSA Board and Chairs will meet the first Tuesday of each month at 3:15 pm and ALL parents are welcome at these meetings.

HSA will meet this summer June 7th, July 12th, and August 9th at 9:00 a.m.

We invite everyone to attend the HSA Volunteer Fair Monday, August 22nd during Unpack and Peek to learn more about joining at committee!

Class Party Sign Ups

BSS Athletics 
The BSS Athletics year is quickly coming to a close.

There will be Golf this week, 3:30-5:00 at Shamrock Golf Course.  
The remaining Golf date is 5/26.

Please return all  Knights Athletics shirts and any other BSS athletic uniforms to Mrs. Bost or Ms. Kelley immediately!  

Congratulations to fifth grader Luke Andress and his NC Spartans basketball team for winning the Stay Alert PoochPad Basketball Jamboree last Sunday.  The Spartans win came in a final game against a team from St. Pius.

Bishop McGuinness Basketball Camp
Each summer Coach Josh Thompson and the Bishop McGuinness Basketball Program host their annual basketball camps. Coach Thompson is a State Championship winning and USA Youth Basketball certified coach and has been running camps for over 12 years. 

The goals of Bishop Basketball camps are that each camper leaves a better player (IMPROVE) and enjoys himself throughout the week (HAVE FUN). Camp is open to any boy in grades (rising) 3rd-8th. Cost is $150 and camp runs Monday-Friday from 9 AM- 2 PM daily.

There will be 2 camps this summer. Session 1 is June 20-24 and Session 2 is July 11-15To register for camp, click THIS link or email Coach Thompson atjoshthompson33@gmail.com

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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