To Jesus Through Mary

Mission Statement
Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School, serving students in the eight sponsoring parishes of the region in grades pre-kindergarten to eight, is dedicated to excellence in education by developing life-long learners and leaders. We foster a faith-filled environment in partnership with families, emphasizing reverence, respect, and personal responsibility in the traditional spirit of Christian teaching.

January 11, 2018   

Phone: 410-208-1600

Fax: 410-208-4957


 "The true measure of a man or a woman is not how he or  
she behaves in moments of comfort and convenience, 
but how he or she stands at times of controversy and challenge." 
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dear Parents and Guardians,
Please invite your friends and family to join us for our Open House Sunday, January 28, 2018 from 12:00 P.M. to 2:30 P.M. at Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School, located at 11242 Racetrack Road, Berlin, MD. In celebration of Catholic Schools Week, prospective families, parishioners of our supporting parishes, and members of the community will have an opportunity to tour the facilities and speak to faculty and staff on hand regarding enrollment possibilities for the 2018-2019 academic year. Applications for the 2018-2019 academic year will be accepted starting February 1, 2018 for parishioner families. For more information, please contact Lisa Edmunds, Director of Admissions at 410.208.1600.

Beginning on January 28th and ending on February 3rd, our Catholic School will join with Catholic Schools across the nation in celebrating the gift that Catholic Schools are to our Church, our communities and to the world. While Catholic Schools certainly face challenges, we strongly fulfill our mission of faith and academics each and every day. Our theme of Catholic Schools Week 2018 is, "Believe. Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed." At Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School, our students are taught to believe in our God, His Son, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. They are also taught to believe in themselves as gifted with faith and made in the image and likeness of God. Our students are taught to be learners who are open to genuine knowledge as a gift from God. Along with being taught to believe in our God, MBS students are taught that our belief calls us to serve each other. Our students are empowered with the skills to be leaders in their faith communities as well as in the communities in which they reside. Finally, our students are taught that finding success takes hard work and effort. Please plan to join us as we celebrate Catholic Schools Week 2018!
On Thursday, January 18th our school will not attend Mass. Instead, we will attend Mass on Friday, January 19th at 8:30 a.m. to show our solidarity with the Right to Life March in Washington, D.C. that will take place on that date. Our students and faculty will join the parishioners of St. John Neumann Parish in their prayers for our nation's leaders that all may work to protect human life from conception to natural death. All are welcome to join us. Our wonderful 8th grade will pray the Rosary for Life following Mass.  
The Diocese of Wilmington is now accepting Tuition Assistance applications for the 2018-2019 upcoming school year. Tuition assistance through the Diocese of Wilmington is provided to children attending grades K-12. Pre-school, before and after care are not funded through this program.  
To be considered, parents must submit an application online to FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment for evaluation at www.online.factsmgt.com/aid. FACTS representatives are available to guide parents through the application process and to answer any questions by calling 1-866-441-4637. Completed applications, including all supporting documentation such as tax forms, are due March 5th. Applications that are submitted after that date will NOT be considered for assistance.
PLEASE REMEMBER: ALL families who wish to be considered for MBS assistance must complete and submit the FACTS application.   
Rehearsals for the  upcoming s pring musical,  Mary  Poppins  JR  are now underway! Next week, a n information  sheet will be sent home with   students who are participating regarding upcoming rehearsals and performance dates. P arents will need to review, sign and return the information sheet to school.  Cast members  are asked to attend the following upcoming  after school rehearsals...  
  • Wednesday, January 24 th  until 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 7 th  until 5:00 p.m.     
Questions? Please contact Mrs. Bennett at  nbennett@mbscs.org    

Students in second, third, and fourth grades have begun rehearsing for
the MBS School Production of The Magic Tree House: Pirates Past Noon KIDS,   
featuring our third grade "Stars of Tomorrow" in the lead roles. 2nd Grade students will complete the ensemble as members of the pirate crew and island creatures, while our 4th Grade "veteran" actors and actresses will fill out the cast and take on production responsibilities, including costuming, props and scenery production. The middle school drama class and sewing group will help to make costumes, design and create scenery, and work as the stage crew. We are looking for adult volunteers to help in all areas of stage production. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Mrs. Selba at jselba@mbscs.org.
The following is a list of materials needed for the show:
Pirate Costumes - hats, shirts, swords, etc.
Island themed decorations
Island Creature costumes and/or accessories -
Seagull, Pelican, Crab, Starfish, Jellyfish, Lobster, Lizard

Our school would like to congratulate the following students whose artwork was selected as noted in the "Keep Christ In Christmas" poster contest that was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 9053. Many thanks to the Knights.

Grades 2-4: Olivia Evans, M.B.S.
Grades 5-8: Katherine Erickson, M.B.S.
Best Overall: Theresa Hayes, M.B.S.

Awards will be distributed and winning entries recognized at the 8:30 a.m. Mass at St. Luke's Church on Sunday, January 14, 2018.
February 24th-Save the date and invite your friends, Casino Night is fast approaching. Line up that babysitter now and get ready to mix, mingle, dance and gamble at our biggest and last fundraising event of the year.  
Casino Night needs donations, big and small, for our Live and Silent Auctions to be a success. Do you have a time share, business service you would like to highlight, credit card points for gift certificates? Please prayerfully consider making a donation or asking at least one local business you frequent for a monetary donation or an item donation for our Silent Auction.  Corporate Sponsor forms are being sent home today. Please make copies as needed. All time collecting donations is FIP time. Donations are due Friday February 9 th .
  Don't miss out on this fabulous evening! Make your reservations today. Advanced reservations can be purchased for $45 each online at www.mostblessedsacramentcatholicschool.com or by sending your check made out to MBSCS into the office. Tickets at the door are $50 each.
  Please text/call Michelle Parsons at 302-584-3216 or email Saron Hand at hsa@mbscs.org for a form, volunteering or questions regarding MBS Casino Night.  
   Thank you in advance for your support.

The colder weather is here! We would like to remind parents that on days when the temperature is 35 degrees or lower, children must have a coat to wear in order to participate in outdoor recess. Girls will be allowed to put on their gym sweatpants under their skirts or jumpers for recess on cold days. Please be sure that children are dressed for cold weather each day and especially on Thursday when we walk to Mass.
Our school is in a somewhat extraordinary situation when one considers our attendance area. We have students who attend from as far away as Seaford, DE, Lewes, DE and Newark, MD. Given such a wide area, there are several conditions that must be considered when making a determination to delay or close school when weather and road conditions are questionable. First and foremost is student and driver safety. There certainly some days on which the decision is a "no brainer." When there is question about what is the best decision, we consult with our bus companies and law enforcement in Maryland and Delaware. Please be assured that the decision to open, delay or close school is not made in an arbitrary fashion. We make every effort to make a decision that is in the best interest of student, parent and staff safety. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
In anticipation of inclement weather and subsequent unsafe road conditions that would cause us to close school, our school has implemented the "Blizzard Bags" program. Children will bring home their Blizzard Bags that contain assignments to be completed on those days on which school is closed for weather related reasons. Each child is expected to complete the assigned work and return it to his/her teacher when school resumes. In doing so, we will not be required to "make-up" the days missed. It is very important that all students complete the assignments as provided. Your cooperation in assuring that assignments are completed is very much appreciated. If a student has difficulty with an assignment, the parent is asked to communicate with the child's teacher so that guidance may be provided and additional time for completion will be given. Thank you!
Benefiting the Technology Development Fund of MBS

MBS Car Raffle tickets, 1 for $10, 6 for $50, 13 for $100- 2018 Chevrolet Spark OR $10,000 CASH!
Have you sold your raffle tickets? We are asking every family to sell a minimum of 15 tickets for our MBS Car Raffle, to benefit the technology development fund of MBS. Through this fund, we will be able to purchase iPads and Surface Pro tablets. The goal is to have a one to one digital technology ratio to be used in classroom instruction for third through eighth grades. If each family sells a minimum of 15 tickets, that will bring in close to $15,000 for our technology development fund!  You can also encourage friends and family to purchase tickets online on our website at www.mostblessedsacramentschool.com or click this link: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=xryz7ocab&oeidk=a07eepeuy0sc6a98d39.
This week I met with the Middle School.  In grades 6th and 7th we worked on kindness quotes for the middle school hallway.  We had been working on a kindness lesson prior to the break.  In the 8th grade we talked about High School, the students did research about their perspective High Schools.  We also talked about the 15 hours of Service each 8th grader needs before the end of the school year.
8th Grade Parents:
As I hear information about any upcoming HS events I will pass the information along to your students.  Please make sure you are looking at the website of your child's perspective HS for important dates.  If you have any questions please contact me at tgabbard@mbscs.org .
Do you still have your Christmas cards?
If so, you may donate the covers of your cards to MBS.  We will then donate them to the Seton Center.  They use the covers of used Christmas cards as labels every year when they make stockings to donate to families in need.  You may send them into the office.  We have a collection box by the box top collection box.  Thank you!
Soccer Jerseys - If your son or daughter played soccer in the Fall, please remind them to return their jersey. We still have several jerseys that have not yet been returned.
Upcoming Games - No basketball games until 1/17/2018

We are planning another Box Tops Classroom Challenge during Catholic Schools Week. Please send your Box Tops during that week. The class that collects the most will win an Ice Cream Sundae Party!  Be sure to ask all of your relatives, friends and co-workers to help. Thank you so much for your constant support of this continual fundraiser! It's one of the easiest ways to raise money for MBS!
15th                             School Closed-Martin Luther King Holiday 
19th                             12:10 Dismissal-Parent Conferences
19th                             March for Life
28th                             Open House-12-2:30 
28th-Feb2nd                 Catholic Schools Week             
St. Ann 
Hello Parents from St. Ann's Parish,
Every year, MBS families host "Donut Sunday" from October to April at St. Ann's in Bethany after 10:30 Mass.  We provide donuts and make coffee for parishioners to enjoy in Delaney Hall.  Our children are encouraged to wear their MBS polo shirt so that our Parishioners recognize them and know that they are part of the MBS family. The children help serve and clean up as well. If you are interested in helping out any of these dates, please email me directly. You may earn FIP hours for your time.
Dates are: 1/14/17, 2/11, 3/11 and 4/8.
St John Neumann
Parents of 2nd Graders: Our next important date is 21 January at 10AM. On this date the 1st Reconciliation folders will be due and the 1st Eucharist materials will be distributed. Also at this time the parents who are going through this experience for the first time will stay for a preparatory session.
Confirmation 2018 - Our next gathering will be Sunday 11 February beginning at 12:30. Please bring your lunch, your Carpe Diem and any assignments or paperwork that was requested. 
The 11th Annual Saint John Neumann Women's Retreat will beheld on January 26-28, 2018 at the Dunes Manor Hotel located on 28th Street in Ocean City. Our Retreat Facilitator this year will be Sr. Pat Smith.  
The entire cost of the weekend which includes three meals on Saturday, one on Sunday, snacks and materials is $307 for a private room, $215 per person for double occupancy, $191 for triple, $180 for a quad, and $130 for the four meals, materials and not staying overnight. Registration has begun - please contact Nancy Groves 410-208-2854 or ngroves@stjnrcc.com to register. Payment is due December 20th.    
St. Jude the Apostle
BeachORIGINALS'  are HERE!  
Stop by the Religious Education Office to purchase your cards between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. Buy One Entrée, Get up to $15 Off the Second Entrée (of equal or lesser value) at several of the resort area's most exceptional restaurants through April 30, 2018.  Still only $20 a card!  Your purchase will help support St. Jude's Religious Education Program.
Vision Statement  

Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School provides rigorous and technologically relevant instruction that is intentionally integrated with Catholic identity.  Together, as Pastors, administrators, teachers and parents, we nurture the development of the mind, the body, and the soul, in each of our students.  Our students are able to make sound decisions based upon the teachings of Jesus Christ and modeled upon the lives of the saints.  As a faith and learning community, we teach students a passion for the truth and a love for discovery and knowledge. Our students are prepared to relate their Catholic faith to their culture and actively live their faith as members of the greater community.