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Annual Town Hall and Back to School Night
Thursday, September 8th
6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

After School Care Closes at 5:30 p.m.
There is no volleyball practice this Thursday.

This year our Annual Town Hall Meeting and Back to School Night is a PARENTS ONLY event.  With all of our Faculty & Staff needed for our meeting and classroom visits we are unable to safely provide childcare.

Our faculty and staff has worked to condense the timeline for the evening to provide you with the most up to date information regarding the state of our school as well as an opportunity to spend quality time with your child's teachers.

6:00  p.m.-6:30 p.m.: Town Hall Meeting

State of the School Message from Principal Maria Gomez and Vice Principal Tiffany Ehmig 
  • BSS Rising 2017, our 5 year strategic plan reaches its conclusion at the end of this school year.  Hear an update regarding the success and challenges of the last five years.
  • BSS 2022, our next 5 year strategic plan launches in 2017.  Learn more about our goals for the next five years.
  • It's an Accreditation Year for Blessed Sacrament School.  What does this mean?
  • Message from AD Casey Eggleston regarding BSS hosting the 2016 PECSAA Volleyball Tournament.

HSA (Home & School Association) SCRIP Program
  • What in the world is SCRIP?

6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.: A Day in the Life of Your Student!

Parents of Preschool, Pre Kindergarten, and Elementary students will visit their child's classroom to hear directly from the teacher.  Parents of Middle School students will spend 10 minutes in each of their child's core classes.  

Preschool, Pre Kindergarten, Elementary Parents
Session I (6:30-7:00 p.m.) or Session II (7:00-7:30 p.m.)

Middle School Parents
One Session (6:30-7:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, September 7th
Fall Individual Yearbook Photos

Thursday, September 8th
Annual Fall Town Hall Meeting, 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. 

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)

Tuesday, September 13th
4th Grade FIRST LEGO League Meeting, 3:15 p.m.-4:15 p.m. 

Thursday, September 15th
Middle School Dance, 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. at BSS

Friday, September 16th
Mass, 8:45 a.m.
BSS Tennis vs Burlington Christian Academy, 4:00 p.m. at the Burlington Tennis Center (1402 Overbrook Road, Burlington)
Bishop McGuinness High School Middle School Mashup (6th-8th grades), See details below

Saturday, September 17th
BSS at the Burlington Carousel Festival (Sign Up HERE to help!)
BSS Volleyball vs SPX, 9:30 a.m. at St. Pius X Catholic School (2200 N. Elm Street, Greensboro)
BSS Volleyball vs SLS, 11:00 a.m. at St. Pius X Catholic School

Sunday, September 18th
BSS at the Burlington Carousel Festival (Sign Up HERE to help!)

Monday, September 19th
Diocesan Professional Development Day, No School
Club Knight Day Camp Available (Registration form HERE)
Knight News
Cross Country Club in need of water stops
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!
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.

Middle School in need!
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!

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
Friday, September 23rd at 6:30 p.m.
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 continue praying for Shirley Bost mother-in-law of Mrs. Bost.
Please pray for Barbara Brown, niece of Mrs. Gomez, as she deals with health issues.
From the Principal's Desk
Dear BSS Families,

This Friday, 9/9 our prayer service will be in memory of the tragic event that took place fifteen years ago on 9/11. We have invited our local police and firefighters as well as parents who were first responders on that day in New York. Please join us as we pray for those that died and for world peace.  Let America never forget this day.

Mrs. Gomez

Town Hall/Open House
I am looking forward to seeing you tomorrow, Thursday, September 8 for our first Town Hall Meeting for the 2016-2017 school year. Join us as we take our journey from 2012 to 2022.
Back to School Mass
Our Back to School Mass is this Sunday, September 11 at 10:30 at Blessed Sacrament Church. We welcome all students of all faiths to join us as we celebrate the graces God has bestowed on Blessed Sacrament School.
From the Admissions & Advancement Office
Monday Morning Coffee

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,/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
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.  Last week students continued to integrate lessons from the book.  Below are sixth graders in Mrs. Sebastian's science lab.

Pre Kindergarten Art Projects

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, October 4th.

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.

We have surpassed our goal for VIC re-links, beating 2015-2016 AND 2014-2015! Now we just need 9 more re-links to beat 2013-2014!

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

Monday, October 3rd is the last day to turn in BoxTops for the Fall collection contest. 

Each week there will be a classroom winner and an individual winner. Be sure to label your BoxTops with your child's name and teacher's name.

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): 
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

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

Friday, September 16th
BSS Tennis vs Burlington Christian Academy, 4:00 p.m. at the Burlington Tennis Center (1402 Overbrook Drive, Burlington)

Saturday, September 17th
BSS Volleyball vs SPX, 9:30 a.m. at St. Pius X Catholic School (2200 N. Elm Street, Greensboro)
BSS Volleyball vs SLS, 11:00 a.m. at St. Pius X Catholic School

Wednesday, September 22
BSS Soccer vs Burlington Christian Academy, 4:00 p.m. at BSS

Run in the Great Cape Escape!
Use code KNIGHTHERO20 for 20% off all registrations!

Thanks for all your support of the Open Door Clinic and of this race!

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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