Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School
"Let Go & Let God"
Educating the Mind, Body, and Soul
Pelican Express
January 4-11, 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
New Year’s Eve my husband and I took our son to see the “new” Star Wars movie. In the movie, Yoda appeared to Luke Skywalker and in their discussion, Luke shared that he was afraid of failing. Yoda, who has always been wise, shared these words with Luke, “Sometimes failure is the greatest lesson.”

Later on that evening, I was watching one of the New Year’s Eve televised celebrations. During the celebration, the network shared a tribute to famous people who died during 2017-2018. As the segment aired, Della Reece from the television show, "Touched By An Angel" flashed on the screen and said, “Some of our best living is done through those who are left behind.”

Think of the times you have failed or your children have failed. What lessons did you learn? What lessons did they learn? When I was four, I remember stealing a penny piece of bubble gum from our local pharmacy. I also remember my mom asking me where I got the gum. As soon as I told her, she marched me back in the pharmacy and made me tell the owner what I had done. He looked at me and said, “Baby, if you would have asked me for it, I would have given it to you.” Needless to say, that was the last thing I ever stole. I learned from failing to do what was right and from my mother making me do what was right. 

I think Della Reece’s words were quite profound. The people who have gone before us have learned from their failures, allowing us to live better because of what they learned. As we move into 2018, let us not forget that failure is an opportunity for learning and growth when we put the lessons we learned from that failure into action.

In Christ,
Cheri Gioe
Important Dates for January
January 5 - Pajama Day / Shop with Scrip Orders Due

January 8 - Beta Club Meeting 7:10am

January 9 - 2nd 9 Weeks Report Cards

January 10 - Science Fair

January 12 - Spirit Shirt Day with Uniform Bottoms / 4th-8th Bowling Field Trip

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

January 27 - Mother/Son Social

January 28 - First Eucharist Parent Meeting

January 30 - Progress Reports / Family Night

January 31 - 3rd Grade Retreat
Upcoming School Events 
Pajama Day - January 5

Student Council is sponsoring Pajama Day to raise money for the Jill Peno Memorial Scholarship Fund. Jill Peno was a MBS student. She passed away in her 8th grade year after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. The scholarship is awarded yearly to a 7th grade student that models Jill's outstanding qualities.

All students that bring in a donation to the scholarship fund on January 5, 2018 , may wear pajamas with any athletic shoes. Slippers are not allowed. (Must wear school shoes) Donations may be cash or a check made payable to MBS.
 
We are looking forward to a fun day. However if your child is dressed inappropriately, you will be called to bring his/her school uniform to change clothes. 
Plus Portal - Report Cards - January 9

Please note that Plus Portal remained open during the Christmas Holidays. Therefore, it is important to note that your child's grades may fluctuate as teachers enter grades during the period from December 21-January 9.

Final grades will be what is noted on the report card that will be sent out on January 9, 2018.
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
Save the Date !!
Saturday, January 27

Mother-Son Social
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!
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 fro 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

"THANK YOU" Student Council and MBS students for your generous collection of art supplies for Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital. Over 19 boxes of art supplies were collected and delivered.
Lego Robotics - Coming Soon to MBS!

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

Registration starts: December 14, 2017
Deadline to enroll: Monday, January 8
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.