Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School
"Let Go & Let God"
Educating the Mind, Body, and Soul
Pelican Express
January 11-18, 2018

School Hours: 7:25 am - 2:45 pm with assembly beginning at
7:45 am and carpool ending at 3:10 pm  
A Message from Mrs. Gioe
Shared by MBS Parent Alisa Lacombe
Taken from the Blog, Proverbs Ministry - Author, Alicia Bruxvoort

The Buddy Bench

"What'd you do at recess today?" I asked my 7-year-old, Magdalene, as we lingered with ice cream cones on the back deck at the end of a hot school day.
My daughter licked a chocolate drizzle from her lips and closed her eyes as if the answer to my question might be painted across the back of her eyelids. She paused for a moment; her cone dangling drippy in mid-air as she gathered her thoughts. Then a toothless grin spread across her face. Her eyes popped open in sync with her smile. "I played a game on the monkey bars,” she said. “And kept an eye on the  buddy bench , of course."

It may not be a timeless staple like the chain-link swings or the classic monkey bars, but the  buddy bench  is my favorite feature on my daughter’s elementary school playground. A simple wooden seat planted on the edge of the kid-filled chaos, the  buddy bench  is a silent summons to be  seen  instead of overlooked, fortified  instead of forgotten,  loved  instead of lonely. When a child needs a friend, she sits on the  buddy bench.  When a child feels left out or left behind, he sits on the  buddy bench . When a child longs for a helping hand, a listening ear, an empathetic soul, she sits on the  buddy bench.

This precious playground seat carries no stigma nor shame; it merely issues an unspoken invitation:
Will you join me in my time of need?

It’s a question we’ve all asked, isn’t it?
When the discouragement looms large or sadness swells sore, we wonder —
Who will offer hope in our hopelessness?
Who will extend mercy in our mess?
Who will proffer prayer in our pain?

That little buddy bench paints such a poignant picture of childlike friendship that the first time my daughter told me about it, I swallowed down a lump of tears and swiped at a few drizzles of sadness that zig-zagged down my cheeks.

Maybe it was because I was stumbling through a wearisome wilderness of my own, and I longed for a friend to share my steps. Or maybe it was because sometimes, it feels like no one notices my silent struggles. But for whatever reason, on that particular day, I returned my daughter’s smile through a haze of hot tears and whispered, “I wish I had a  buddy bench , too.”

Later that evening, as I opened my Bible to the book of Hebrews, God reminded me He’s already granted my wish. I may not have the perfect pal planted on a wooden bench outside of my window, but I have a Faithful Friend seated on Heaven’s throne (Hebrews 12:2). And thanks to Christ’s accomplished work on the cross, I’m invited to sidle up to Him in prayer and find help in my time of need. And so are you!

Hebrews 4:16 puts it like this —

“So … come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.”

In elementary playground lingo, that sounds like an invitation to  Heaven’s Buddy Bench! So, next time there’s no one to sit with us in our struggles, let’s seek our Savior who stands in the gap. And with childlike faith, let’s ask Him the question that’s burning on our hearts:  Will You join me in my time of need? And I’m guessing that when we lean in and listen, we’ll hear Jesus say,  “I’ve been here all along.”
Important Dates for January
January 12 - 4th-8th Bowling Field Trip

January 15 - Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (No School)

January 17 - Boys Basketball Pictures 3:00pm

January 18 - Mass 8:15 / Awards following Mass (Piety Awards, Fall Sports, Semester Academic Awards)

January 19 - Spirit Shirt Day with Uniform Bottoms

January 22-26 - The Great Kindness Challenge

January 24 - Substitute Orientation

January 25 - Mass 8:15

January 27 - Mother/Son Social (Boots and Bling Bash)

January 28 - First Eucharist Parent Meeting

January 29 - Bishop Ott Collection Begins (January 29-February 5)

January 30 - Progress Reports / Mother Seton Award Nomination Deadline / Cowboy Chicken Night
Upcoming School Events 
Lego Robotics at MBS

Please click here for flyer with information on Lego Robotics, a new after-school program for students in grades 4th-6th.

Deadline has been extended until January 16
Re-registration for Current MBS Students
Begins January 8 and Ends January 22

Please click here for important information regarding re-enrollment.
The Great Kindness Challenge - January 22-26

Dear MBS Families,

We will be participating in The Great Kindness Challenge of 2018! The Great Kindness Challenge is essentially a list of 50 kind acts and one week (January 22-26) in which to complete them. Students may complete the items individually, in groups, or as a class. This is a  worldwide  movement and week of kindness. After fulfilling the week, we will be designated as a "Kindness Certified School." 

Watch the brief video -   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VN7kFumW7c  - and then check the teacher's Weebly pages for more information. 

Kindness Matters!

Mrs. DiBenedetto, School Counselor
Boots and Bling
Mother/Son Social - January 27

Sign Up Genius
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D49A9AF2CA3FB6-boots

Registration
http://mbshomeandschool.weebly.com/mother--son-bash-registration.html


Mother Seton Award Nomination - Deadline January 30

The Mother Seton Award was created to honor those individuals whose volunteer service and dedication to home, school, and church has been exemplary.  If you would like to nominate someone, please see the criteria on the form and turn in your nomination by January 30, 2018. Thank you!
MBS School Book Fair &
Volunteer Opportunities
February 4-9, 2018

Mark your calendars for our upcoming Most Blessed Sacrament School Book Fair .

The Fair will be held in the Most Blessed Sacrament School Library from Monday, February 5 - Thursday, February 8 during school hours and Friday, February 9 until 12:30.

Most Blessed Sacrament School and Parish families are also invited to attend on Sunday, February 4 after all Masses from 9:00-1:30.

Please contact Jenny Ortego, Most Blessed Sacrament School Librarian, at Jortego@mbsbr.org with any questions you may have.

Book Fair Volunteer opportunities are available. Click the following link to sign up:

Cafeteria
Cafeteria Volunteers Needed 

If you are interested in volunteering to serve in our cafeteria, please sign up using the link below. This link also includes information and important reminders when volunteering.

* *Please remember that your Child Protection Certification must be completed prior to volunteering.**


For January cafeteria sign up, please click here .

THANK YOU BUNCHES FOR HELPING WITH THE LUNCHES!!!
Click  here to pay your fees online.

    Click here for the January Menu.


Individual Meal Prices

Breakfast - $1.80
Breakfast Reduced - $0.30 
Lunch - $2.95
Lunch Reduced - $0.40

January Fees (20 days)

Breakfast - $36.00
Breakfast Reduced - $6.00
Lunch - $59.00
Lunch Reduced - $8.00

Adult Lunch - $5.00

Extras - $0.60 - $2.25
Important Reminders
Time & Talent Pink Cards

Just a reminder that Time & Talent Cards are due at the end of February.

Click here for Time & Talent Guidelines.
From the Office of Child Protection:

Important Notification:

Our Child Protection site supervisor, Ms. Beverly Peterson, will be out of the office for an extended period of time for a series of medical treatments. We have a certified volunteer who met with the Diocese and will be available for a few hours each week. Processing time of child protection applications will be affected. As such, if you are planning to volunteer, please pick up your packet at least a month before your volunteer event will occur. Packets may be picked up in the Office of Christian Formation from 8:30-2:30 Monday-Thursday. Please pray for a quick recovery for Ms. Peterson. We thank you in advance for your patience.

Parents,

I n order to volunteer at MBS School, the school child protection process must be completed. This includes four parts-a completed volunteer application, certificate of completion of online training, signatory page from the Code of Ethics, and a fingerprint background check. 

Please note that if you have been deemed compliant with the Parish for scouts, sports (grades K-4), etc. you are  NOT compliant with the school child protection process until you have completed the fingerprint background check. The fingerprint background check is an extra step required to volunteer in a school. The paperwork for the fingerprint background check is available through my office.

If you have any questions concerning your compliance, please contact Beverly Peterson at  bpeterson@mbsbr.org  or at  225-753-5526 . Thank you for your cooperation with this matter.

Parents, please do not go to the state police to be fingerprinted without the necessary paperwork to have the proper background check run. 

Beverly Peterson
Child Protection Site Coordinator
News
2018 Science Fair Winners
Congratulations to the following students:

Behavioral and Social Sciences
1st Place - Madeleine Davis
2nd Place - Rivers Saucier
3rd Place - Ross Fuselier

Chemistry
2nd Place - Naomi Ortiz
3rd Place - Mason Dolan

Engineering
1st Place - Patrick Raymond
2nd Place - Trey McCann
3rd Place - Zachary Edwards

Environmental Sciences
2nd Place - Katie Okungbowa

Medicine and Health
2nd Place - Drake Mason


Microbiology
3rd Place - Garret Wisdom

Physics
2nd Place - Carter Mims
3rd Place - Michael Gonzalez

Plant Sciences
1st Place - Caroline Adolph
2nd Place - Brad Taylor
3rd Place - Dawson Lee

Animal Sciences
1st Place - Alexandra Rossi
2nd Place - Meredith Brassard



Grand Prize: Patrick Raymond

Eucharistic Morning for Healing and Consolation

Saturday, January 20, 9:00-10:30am at MBS Church
Click here for flyer with more information.
Suicide Awareness and Prevention Speaker at St. Michael February 28

St. Michael High School is excited to announce that we will be hosting a nationally recognized speaker on Suicide Awareness and Prevention. Kevin Hines is one of the few people ever to survive a suicide attempt by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Kevin now travels the country and is an advocate for suicide awareness and prevention

We are excited to be hosting a middle school student and parent night in the St. Michael Gym at 6:30pm on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. All Diocesan middle school students and their parents/guardians are invited to attend this presentation.  Because of the nature of the presentation, middle school students must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Parent resources will be provided to all those that attend and sign in and provide their email address. We look forward to seeing you there!

Catholic High Cheer Camp - Sunday, March 4

The Catholic High School Cheerleaders will be hosting a cheerleader clinic on  Sunday, March 4  from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm. The clinic is open to all girls in first through fifth grades. The cost to attend the clinic is $25 per girl and includes a t-shirt and snack. Please register at  http://tinyurl.com/2018chsbrcheerclinic  or you may contact Jennifer Thibodeaux or Erin Hart at 383-0397.  Click here for flyer.

The registration deadline is February 9, 2018.  
Nurse's Notes
Athletics
Creating a Legacy
Paving the Future - Brick Campaign 

See flyer for details.
MBS Home & School
Click here to visit the Home & School Website.
PALS Luncheon - Volunteers Needed

Get Your Rear in Gear for the New Year - 80's style!

This year we will shower our faculty and staff with a healthy take on our Luncheon Service, and neon colors to boot! We will have a self serve salad and sandwich bar with healthy greens, veggies and toppings, and a parfait station to finish it all off! 

Come help by setting up our 80's workout themed St. Ursula Hall with streamers, jam boxes and brightly colored tables, bringing a dish, or watching our kids, so the staff can enjoy a fun lunch together! 

You may drop off items for decor on Thursday afternoon, in St. Ursula on the counter. Please label your items and we will return them to you. Thanks for all of your help in spoiling our wonderful teachers!

Please sign up at the link below: