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Wednesday, August 31st
All School Dress Down
BSS Soccer vs TBS, 4:00 p.m. at The Burlington School Greenwood Terrace Campus (1615 Greenwood Terrace, Burlington)

Friday, September 2nd
Mass in Honor of the Staff at the Parish Office, 8:45 a.m.

Monday, September 5th
School Closed in observance of Labor Day

Tuesday, September 6th
HSA Board Meeting, 3:15 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Conference Room
BSS Volleyball vs IHM, 3:30 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School (4145 Johnson Street, High Point)

Wednesday, September 7th
Fall Individual Yearbook Photos

Thursday, September 8th
Annual Fall Town Hall Meeting, 6:00 p.m.-7:15 p.m. (detailed email soon!)

Friday, September 9th
9/11 Prayer Service, 8:45 a.m.
BSS Tennis vs The Burlington School, 4:00 p.m. at Alamance Country Club (2402 Pineway Drive, Burlington)
HSA Drop Off Movie Night for K-5th graders, drop of at 6:00 p.m. at BSS

Saturday, September 10th
Second Collection at Blessed Sacrament Church earmarked for BSS

Sunday, September 11th
Second Collection at Blessed Sacrament Church earmarked for BSS
Back to School Mass, 10:30 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church with all school families invited!  Students will walk in together and we invite all families to sit together.

Monday, September 12th
Dress Down day for students who attended the Back to School Mass, 10:30 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church
Monday Morning Coffee at The Blend, 7:30 a.m. (127 E. Front Street, Burlington)
Knight News
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Bike to School
We love to see our families biking to BSS!  Note that our bike rack has moved to the side of the building closest to the Little Knights playground (if you are facing the front door, the left side of the building).  Bikes parked at your own risk and we encourage locks.  Thank you to Mrs. Jennifer Klein for painting our bike rack royal blue!

Drop Off and Pick Up Reminders
Morning Drop Off:  This year two parent volunteers, Mr. Felix Cartas, Mrs. Nora Kafir, and Ms. Mariela Cruz, join Coach Eggleston out front to assist with student drop off. Please remember that students are only to exit the car on the right side.  Car doors must not open into the street as it is not safe for students to exit the car this way since a car may be passing you on the left.  

Students are not to be dropped off at the sidewalk in the school parking lot.  If you enter the parking lot it is to park and accompany your student into the building.  Any other student drop off must take place at the front sidewalk with the adults.  

Afternoon Pick Up: Our faculty and staff work to ensure that afternoon pick up moves as smoothly, safely, and quickly as possible.  In order for this to be possible, we ask the following:
1. ALL cars must have a car sign in place on the rear view mirror.  Car signs were distributed at Unpack and Peek or sent home the first day if you did not attend Unpack and Peek.
2. Students may no longer be picked up at the dismissal door.  If you and your child are walking home please stand out at the front side walk in eyesight of the faculty member at the dismissal door.

No cars will exit the parking lot on to Hillcrest Avenue until the dismissal line is complete.  Thank you for assisting us with these safety concerns!

Monday Morning Coffee
Parents, Grandparents, and Friends of BSS meet us for coffee Monday mornings at The Blend!  Join us beginning at 7:30 a.m. for a complimentary small coffee and conversation.  

Each week is sponsored by one of our BSS Corporate Sponsors.  Monday Morning Coffee begins Monday, September 12th.  The Blend is located in downtown Burlington at 127 E. Front Street, Burlington.

Cards anyone?
Please consider a donation of cards and card games to our middle school for indoor recess.  These sets do not need to be new but we do ask that they contain a full deck.  Thank you! 

Club Knight Day Camp-Monday, September 19th
School is closed Monday, September 19th so that our faculty may attend a Diocesan Professional Development Day in Raleigh.  Club Knight is open all day with a fun-filled fall camp.  Register your child HERE.

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!

The FLL Kickoff event is coming up soon. It is free and there will be workshops!
Anybody(4th - 8th grade students) can participate in this event.

  Date: Saturday, September 3rd
  Place: NC A&T State University, Greensboro

Please see the details about the kickoff at    http://www.ncfllandftc.com/fll-calendar.html

The registration ends Wednesday, August 31st so please let me know if your child plans to attend. 

Please email me at hsolari@bssknights.org if you have any questions.
Thank you very much!

Hiroko Solari

BSS Swap Shop
The Swap Shop is currently closed.  The Swap Shop is open on the following dates:
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.  When the Swap Shop opens in October, only the clothes on the shelves are available for sale.  The tubs are out of season clothes that are being stored for later sales.  

Middle School Mash Up
Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School
Friday, September 16, 2016
5:30-7 p.m.
Krispy Kreme Gymnasium

There will be carnival style games, music, prizes and knock out contest.Every middle school student will receive a T-Shirt and free admission to the BMHS Homecoming football game vs. South Stokes. 
We would also like to extend an invitation to all families to join us for our Homecoming Parking Lot Party during the Mash Up. Pack your own picnic or enjoy dinner from local food trucks. 

Immaculata School Presents SCREENAGERS
We are thrilled to present SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age, a documentary about the biggest parenting issue of our time.  
Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span?  Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that happening with her own kids and began a quest to uncover how it might impact their development. As with her other two award-winning documentaries on mental health, Ruston takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids' development and also offers solutions on how adults can empower their kids to best navigate the digital world to find balance.

Fall Conferences
Conferences are Wednesday, November 9 from 4:00p.m.-7:00 p.m. and Thursday, November 10 from 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. with your child's teacher(s).  A parent must attend the conference in order to pick up your child's report card.

Please choose a time on this sign up that works with your schedule.  Preschool-4th grade conferences will be in the classroom and middle school conferences will be held in the second floor library.

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. 

Invitation to Join Scouting
All BSS students are invited to join the Scouting program for Camping, Hiking, Fishing, and Life Skills Development activities.   For further details, feel free to contact:

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Prayer Requests
Please pray for the family of Leo Quinn, our Total Youth Minister, as they mourn the loss of his grandmother, Kay Joy Heigel-Miclot.
Please pray for Shirley Bost, mother-in-law of Mrs. Bost, as she is dealing with health issues. 
From the Principal's Desk
Dear BSS Families,

With just one week into school, BSS has jumped right into school life. Last Friday, our MS had their annual retreat stressing the importance of making their mark and never giving up. Then on Saturday we had our first Volleyball games. We began the week with Cross Country and just today we are playing our first soccer match. All of these great activities in just seven days! What a wonderful way to start the 2016-2017 school year. Keep spreading the word about our awesome school!

Mrs. Gomez
Proctors Needed
If you have some time and will like to help proctor the 3rd and 4th grade classes during our Iowa Assessments from September 26-29, please contact Mrs. Gomez. Please remember you cannot proctor your child's class.  Thank you for volunteering!
From the Admissions Office
It's Time for Twos!
Our successful Time for Twos program is back for another year.  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.

Time for Twos meets on Tuesdays for two 12-weeks sessions, one in the Fall (September to December) and one Winter/Spring (January to March). The 45-minute meetings are led by Program Director, Jill Zang Glenn.  Each child must be accompanied by a parent, grandparent, or caregiver

A typical meeting includes an art project, free play, story and music.

Session 1: September 27th/October 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th/November 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th/December 6th, 13th

Session 2:  January 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st/February 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th/March 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

Contact the admissions office at 336.570.0019 or thackman@bssknights.org to register your child.

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!  

Classroom Connections
Core Sampling
Middle School students read Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners from 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert by Marc Aronson for one of their summer reading selections.  This week students learned more about Core Sampling in their Math and Science classes.  Cupcakes with various colored layers were used for the lesson.

Kindergarten and Sixth Grade Buddies  
Sixth graders work with their Kindergarten buddies to make thinga-ma-jiggers. Kindergarteners read Dr. Sesuss' The Thinga-ma-jigger Is Coming Today for their summer reading.

Middle School Electives
This Friday 9/2/16, MS students will be submitting their requests for their trimester electives. They will rank their choices and we will try our best to put students in their top choices.  

HSA (Home & School Association)

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.  Meetings are held in the conference room on the second floor.  The next meeting is Tuesday, September 6th.

Curb Appeal Committee Work Day
The first Curb Appeal work date is Sunday, September 25 from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. here at the school.  Bring your family out and help us make our school continue to shine!  Sign up HERE to help.

Class Party Sign Ups

HSA Drop Off Movie Night for Kindergarten-5th Grade Students
Mark your calendars for Friday, September 9th! The HSA will host a Drop Off Movie Night at the school! Children can be dropped off at 6:00 and picked up by 8:30. We will start the movie, Zootopia, at 6:30. Children will be served pizza and popcorn for dinner. Please send a drink for your child in a spill proof cup. We will have volunteers here to help supervise all of the students! See the Sign Up Genius link to help with this event.

News from the Barnes & Noble Book Fair Co-Chairs
"Save the date" for Wednesday, November 16th for our annual Barnes & Noble Book Fair!  This event is a fun family night out, and BSS would greatly appreciate the support of parents and friends. 

Link. Shop. Earn.
VIC cards must be relinked every school year.
Relink online using our school code 1704 OR ask your cashier to link your VIC card to 1704.

The Fall Box Tops Classroom Collection Competition is happening now!  Clip those box tops and support BSS!

BSS Athletics 
Fall Sports Information

Soccer (5th-8th grade): Practice on Monday & Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the BSS field
Coaches: Elon student Grace Robertson and BSS and Elon Alum Cooper Vandermaas-Peeler

Volleyball (5th-8th grade): Updated Times for the Week of August 29th
Practice on Tuesday (JV 3:30-4:30 p.m. and Varsity 4:30-5:30 p.m..) at The Burlington School Davis Street campus.  The team will walk together.
Practice on Thursday (JV from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Varsity from 4:30-5:30 p.m.) at Burlington Sporting Goods.  
2016 PECSAA Volleyball Schedule.  Check the school's Google Calendar for non-league games.
Coaches: Jennifer Lee and Rodney Amick  

September 8th-No practice due to the BSS Town Hall Meeting/Back to School Night.

Tennis(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 TODAY
Fall Tennis Schedule and Rules of Play HERE
Paperwork due to Coach Eggleston by Friday is 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

BSS parents or friends of BSS if you live within 1 1/2 miles of the school and are willing to be an occasional water stop for our cross country club please contact Jennifer Klein at jennietuckklein@aol.com or 336.266.4776.  You do not have to be home to support our group with a water stop!

Running Club (K-8th grade): Club will run on Mondays starting September 12th and concluding October 31st.
3:15-3:30 Change for running club
3:30-4:15 Running Club
4:15-4:30 Snacks/Free Play
4:30 Pick up
Coaches: Jamey Cabell and Katie LaPlante
Parent volunteers are needed to make running club a success!  Please contact Coach Cabell at jamey.cabell@gmail.com if you are able to assist at any or all practices.

Thank you!
Coach Eggleston

Upcoming Games & Matches

Wednesday, August 31st
BSS Soccer vs TBS, 4:00 p.m. at The Burlington School Greenwood Terrace Campus (1615 Greenwood Terrace, Burlington)

Tuesday, September 6th
BSS Volleyball vs IHM, 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Double Header) at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School (4145 Johnson Street, High Point)
JV Dismissal from School at 2:30 p.m. and drivers should go directly to IHM. The players will warm up as soon as they arrive.  JV roster will be emailed Sunday night prior to the game.  Varsity should arrive by 3:45 p.m. at IHM.

Friday, September 9th
BSS Tennis vs The Burlington School, 4:00 p.m. at Alamance Country Club (2402 Pineway Drive, Burlington)

Community News
BSS Student Performs in "Bye Bye Birdie"
See seventh grader Shane Flaherty perform in an upcoming performance!

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Required AHERA Management Plan Notice
As required by federal legislation (40CFR 763.93(G) 4) we are hereby providing this notice of the availability of our AHERA Management Plan for your review. The older portions of Blessed Sacrament School facility were constructed prior to the prohibition of the use of asbestos as a building material, and this legislation, enacted in 1989, mandate the creation of the original Management Plan and the subsequent re-inspections every three years, and the availability of that information to all parents, teachers, and employee organizations. Please do not hesitate to contact the school office to schedule an appointment to review these materials.
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