Summer Knight News

The BSS Google Calendar is Where It's At!
Wondering when the next dress down day is?  Curious about a game time for the next tennis match? Can't remember what time the annual UnPack and Peek begins?  Bookmark the calendar and never wonder again!  Click on the image below to view the interactive Google calendar on our school website.  

BSS Announces a New Communication Tool-OptionC
BSS has a new communication system, OptionC.  OptionC replaces JupiterGrades, School Reach Call Alert System, and Plan Book (our faculty lesson plan software) so that all of our tools are now in ONE system!   By now each family member should have received a detailed letter via mail with a user name and password.  

Please make sure that you have logged in and updated your password and checked the phone number and email that is selected as the primary means of communication.  We have cross checked for each family that has submitted an Emergency Form but if your family has not submitted a form, the information in the system is what rolled over from last year.  

THURSDAY, AUGUST 11th a TEST email went out from the OptionC system.  This went to the ONE primary email that we currently have on file.  

The sender was OptionC Parent Alerts and the subject line contained the word Test.  

Many of our internal test messages have landed in Spam/Junk folders so if you have not seen an email please check your Spam/Junk folder.  Contact the school office if you have still not received a test email.

Our faculty and staff are excited about our new communication tool!  We ask that you remember that we are also learning this system so please have patience as this is new to ALL of us!  We expect a few snafus along the way but we know this is a much better way to communicate in the long run!

News from MyHotLunchBox
Our partnership with MyHotLunchBox continues for the 2016-17 school year.  On Monday we received the list of restaurants for this school year.  
  • 1st Semester
    • MONDAY - Chick-fil-A
    • TUESDAY - Mel's Good Times Cafe
    • WEDNESDAY - La Fiesta
    • THURSDAY - Hursey's Bar-B-Q
    • FRIDAY - Marco's Pizza
  • 2nd Semester
    • MONDAY - Chick-fil-A
    • TUESDAY - Harrison's
    • WEDNESDAY - La Fiesta
    • THURSDAY - Hursey's Bar-B-Q
    • FRIDAY - CiCi's
Orders for lunch are now being accepted at MyHotLunchBox.  Instructions to set up a new account may be found HERE.  

Safe Environment Training (SET)
Per diocesan policy all those who work directly with children, teachers, coaches, substitutes, must have safe environment training. There will be two trainings in August: 1. Tuesday, August 16 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at school and Saturday, August 27 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at school.  

Technology Update
Thanks to generous donations at our auction our One to One for Everyone is taking steps forward! We are excited to announce we were able to purchase Chrome Books for the 7th and 8th grade students. Seventh and Eighth graders no longer need to bring their own devices to school. Everyone in Middle School will be under the umbrella of Blessed Sacrament School. Thank you for making this possible!

Fall Athletics Information
It is time to prepare for our fall sports.  Please sign up if your child is interested in fall soccer (5th-8th), volleyball (5th-8th), tennis (5th-8th), cross country (4th-8th with stipulations), or running club (K-8th).  We know that many of you have signed up via the One Form but please add your names to the sign up genius as well since we are still processing One Forms.

Fall athletics parent meeting on Monday, August 22nd at 6:30 p.m. for all parents with students in 5th-8th grades participating in fall sports.

Soccer (5th-8th grade): Practice on Monday & Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the BSS field
Practice begins Wednesday, August 24
Coaches: Elon students Emma Boniche & Grace Robertson

Volleyball (5th-8th grade): Practice on Tuesday (Varsity from 3:15-4:45 p.m. and JV from 4:30-5:30 p.m.) at The Burlington School Davis Street campus
Practice on Thursday (JV from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. and Varsity from 4:15-5:30 p.m.) at Burlington Sporting Goods
Practice begins Tuesday, August 23-Fot this practice only 6th-8th grades will practice from 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. and 5th grade from 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. at The Burlington School Davis Street campus.
Coaches: Jennifer Lee and Rodney Amick  

(5th-8th grade): Practice on Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Burlington Tennis Center.  Matches are on Friday afternoons at 4:00 p.m. at BTC, Alamance Country Club, and Olde Forest Racquet Club.
Practice begins Wednesday, August 31
Fall Tennis Schedule and Rules of Play HERE
Coaches: Tim Hackman and Chad Brasington 

Cross Country (4th-8th grade and must be able to run a mile without stopping and have the maturity to run on the sidewalks/streets): 
Team will run on Mondays immediately following dismissal and pick up is 4:30 p.m. on the back. field.Training begins Monday, August 29th and runs through Monday, November 14th.  We will run weather permitting.
Coaches: Jennifer Klein, Keith Rugh, and Tara Hackman

Running Club (K-8th grade) At this time, we do not have coaches for our Running Club. In order to have our fall running club we must have two committed coaches along with weekly parent or grandparent volunteers.  Contact me at for more details!  We would like for Running Club to train on Mondays to coincide with Cross Country.

Thank you!
Coach Eggleston

News from our HSA (Home & School Association)
Thank you to all of our Class Captains that are serving this year!  Click HERE to see the Class Captain for each of our grade levels.  Class Captains are led this year by Mrs. Taleen Palmer.

HSA Committee Chairs look forward to seeing all of our parents at our Volunteer Fair on Monday, August 22nd during UnPack and Peek.  We invite everyone to stop in and see all of the volunteer opportunities available with HSA for the 2016-17 school year.

Middle School Art Supply List
BSS is so excited that Mieke Toland returns this year as our Middle School Art teacher! Mrs. Toland has wonderful activities planned for our students and hopes our families are able to supplement her art supplies with a few class donations.
If you are able to help, please sign up and drop your supplies on August 22 at Unpack and Peek or during the first few weeks of school!
Thank you!

Swap Shop
The Swap Shop is now located in the second floor conference room (former room of Mrs. Schmitt. Mrs. Schmitt has relocated to the other end of the hall). The Swap Shop will be open on the following days and times:

August 19th, 22nd, and 23rd from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Week of October 31st-November 4th daily from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Week of March 27th-31st daily from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Summer Drop Off June 5th-15th during summer office hours

Thank you to Mrs. Carrie Daniels for all of the time spent organizing the Swap Shop in preparation of the opening date!

Summer Basketball Shirts due to BSS
Thank you to the families who have returned their shirts to BSS.  If you have not yet done so, please drop off your shirt to Mrs. Hackman's attention and she will get it to the Athletic Department.

Recruitment Opportunity at the Burlington Carousel Festival
Blessed Sacrament School is participating in the 2016 Carousel Festival and we need YOUR help! We are asking faculty, students, parents, grandparents, and friends of the school to consider taking a one hour shift at our table during the weekend of the Carousel Festival September 17th and 18th.

Shifts are available between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.  We need everyone's help to make this event a success!

Please sign up HERE to help!

Don't Miss the All School Picture!
Friday, August 26th is our annual All School Photo.  This year York Photography will take our picture and have them available to purchase.  ALL students in K-8th will wear the summer uniform that day and we request that Little Knights Preschool and PreK students wear white.

NOTE: If you have requested on the Emergency Form that your child not appear in photos on social media please note they will be kept out of the all school photo.  This picture is used frequently in social media posts.  If you'd like to change your permissions for this particular photo please contact Tara Hackman at to update your Emergency Form.  Or, if you have not yet submitted your form please make that notation on the form that you approve of the "all school photo" for social media use for your child.

Welcome Back to School Mass at Blessed Sacrament Church
ALL students and families are invited to attend a Back to School Mass at Blessed Sacrament Church on Sunday, September 11th at 10:30am.  Fr. Paul has requested that all families that attend Blessed Sacrament Church come to the 10:30 Mass that weekend.  Students from all faith backgrounds are invited and asked to attend as well so that we can celebrate as a school family.  Students will walk in together in their school uniform.

Students who attend will receive a dress down day the following day (Monday, September 12)

Need a babysitter?  Need a pet sitter?
Olivia and Samantha Young are a great choice!  You can use one or both for your needs.  
Samantha is currently an 8th grader at Blessed Sacrament School. Olivia Young is a BSS alumni.  We are both certified Red Cross babysitters and are looking for jobs! If you are interested in their service, contact Angie Young at 919-491-1910. We look forward to helping you and watching your child/children or pets!! 
Thank you, Samantha and Olivia Young. 

Physical/ Immunizations Requirements for rising Kindergarten, 6th, or 7th Graders
If you have a rising Kindergarten, 6th or 7th grader, please review the physical/immunizations requirements for the 2016-2017 school year.

- A physical is required. The NC Kindergarten Assessment Form will be mailed the week of June 13.
-Polio Vaccine the booster (4th dose) is required on or after the 4th birthday and before entering school for the first time.
-Varicella Vaccine-2 doses administered at least 28 days apart
   a) Second dose before entering school for the first time

6th or 7th Grade
-Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) -Tdap
  a) Booster dose of Tdap for individuals who have not previously received it and are entering 7th grade
      or by 12 years of age whichever comes first.
-  Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (MCV)
   a) One dose for individuals who are entering 7th grade or by 12 years of age whichever comes first.
Please remember that students that do not meet the NC requirements shall have 30 days from the start of school-August 24 to meet the requirements. Any students that do not have the physical/vaccines will not be able to return to school after September 24, 2017, until the requirements have been met. If you have any questions please consult your physician. 
Summer Reminders!

Summer Office Hours
Summer office hours 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.  The office will be closed Thursday, August 18th while our faculty attend a retreat.
Is your paperwork past due?
Please remember that students may not stay for the first day of school without an Emergency Form on file! It is critical that we receive these forms prior to the start of school as it takes a great deal of time to cross check every family's contact information with what we have on file.

Having the papers on file also allows us to know and prepare our faculty and staff prior to the first day of school to know who requires medication, who does and does not have parent permission to be on the internet, and photo parameters for each student.

We appreciate your attention to our due dates!

2016-17 Internet Use Policy (Preschool-8th Grade)

Thursday, August 18:  Building Closed-Faculty & Staff Retreat

Friday, August 19: Back to School Pool Party, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Olde Forest Racquet Club
(200 Pinedale Drive, Elon)

Monday, August 22: Little Knights Back to School Play Date/Unpack and Peek, 
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Unpack, Peek, and Connect for students in grades K-8th from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
HSA Volunteer Fair, from 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. in the Multi Purpose Room
Fall Sports Meeting for 5th-8th Grade Parents, 6:30 p.m. in the Multi Purpose Room

What is UnPack and Peek?
Unpack and Peek is a time when our students unpack their school supplies and peek into their classrooms!  It is meant to be a brief visit to say hello to teachers and friends.  A longer Back to School Night is held in September where a "State of the School" message is presented followed by time in the classroom for parents when teachers will speak and answer questions.

Little Knights Preschool and PreK students may stop by anytime with a care giver between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. to unpack, peek, and spend time playing on the playground.  If you are unable to attend the morning session you may drop by that evening or bring supplies on the first day of school.  Little Knights parents are also invited to come back between 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. if you are interested in attending our Volunteer Fair and learning more about HSA (Home School Association which is the Catholic School version of PTA!)

K-8th grade students should plan to stop by between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to Unpack and Peek.  Parents of students in 5th-8th grades are encouraged to attend the fall sports meeting if your child is participating in a fall sports.  The meeting will take place in the Multi Purpose Room at 6:30.

Please also stop by the HSA (Home School Association which is the Catholic School version of PTA!) Volunteer Fair between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to see what committees are under the HSA umbrella and the various volunteer opportunities available to parents.

Wednesday, August 24: First Day of School
HSA Back to School Parent Breakfast, 7:45 a.m.-8:30 a.m.
2016-2017 Information
2016-17 School Calendar -Updated 6.21.16
MyHotLunchBox school lunch program
2016-17 Uniform Guidelines--NEW UPDATES for 2016-17!
How to order uniforms from Land's End

Uniform Updates for the 2016-17 School Year
You asked and we answered!  After countless parent requests to make Land's End our vendor for the PE Uniform, we are excited to announce that our PE uniform shirt is now only available through Land's End.  We will now have a shirt that stays looking new, longer.  PE shorts are also available in the LE store.  PE shorts must be plain navy athletic shorts.

The Blessed Sacrament sweatshirt and hoodie is no longer an option in the school uniform.  For the 2016-17 school year ONLY the 8th grade class may wear the BSS sweatshirt or hoodie.

The Land's End PE shirt does qualify for free logo promotions.

ONLY middle school students may wear their previous year's Field Day shirt on one of their PE days with the gold shirt worn on the other PE day. Elementary students always wear their gold PE shirt.

PE Uniform-Note
All students, (except 8th grade) should have the new PE shirt for the 2016-2017 school year.

Middle School Chorus students will need black pants and a white button down (boys) or a black skirt and white blouse (girls).  Students will need this outfit throughout the fall and spring for performances and competitions.