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.

October 5, 2017  

Phone: 410-208-1600

Fax: 410-208-4957

"And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us."

"Oh Mother of the Word Incarnate despise not
my petitions but hear and answer me."

Dear Parents and Guardians:  
On Friday, October 13th, our school will sponsor a Blessing of the Animals Prayer Service at 2:40  p.m. We invite all to attend and bring animals to be blessed. Students will be dismissed following the prayer service.
REMINDER: School is CLOSED TOMORROW, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6th for a teacher Professional Development.  School is also CLOSED MONDAY, OCTOBER 9th for Columbus Day.
Important dates and deadlines to remember!

All Walk-a-thon Corporate Sponsorship forms and donation sheets WITH money are due on Tuesday, October 10, 2017. This is also the due date for Fall Festival ticket pre-sale forms. Don't miss the opportunity to get your game and auction tickets at HALF the price!

Please continue to bring in your Children's Auction donations as well as your gently worn costumes for resale.

Most importantly, please plan to join us on Friday, October 20 from 3:30-6:30PM for an afternoon of fellowship and fun!

If you have any questions or want to help please contact Saron Hand at, <hsa@mbscs.org>.
If you need more pledge or sponsorship forms they can be downloaded here. 
Every two weeks our school offers a middle school activity period from 1:45 until 3:00 p.m. During activity period, students attend attend a special class which they have selected for the trimester. Offerings include sewing, cooking, power walking, logic games, coding, gardening, basketball, golf and chess. The activities are selected as extensions of the curricula and a source of enjoyment for our students. We are grateful to the following people for giving their time and energy to make activity period possible:
Mrs. Selba                           Mr. MacGuinness 
Mrs. Meisten                       Mrs. Colon 
Mrs. Prochazka                   Mr. Murphy 
Mrs. Stevenson                   Mr. Hudson 

Our Fall Book Fair is scheduled for October 16th to 20th. The book fair will be open during the Fall Festival on Friday, October 20th from 3:30 PM until 6:30 PM. Available times to volunteer are online at www.signupgenius.com. Click "Find A Sign Up" and enter klenox@mbscs.org. Or click this link to go right to the sign up page. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e044fa5ad23a5fe3-fall1 Please email Mrs. Lenox with any questions or issues.
The 3rd Annual Storybook Pumpkin Patch will take place during the week of the book fair/fall festival. Please bring the pumpkins to the cafeteria on Monday, Oct. 16 or Tuesday, Oct. 17. Student forms will be sent home next week. Kindly remember pumpkins MAY NOT BE CARVED, CUT or HAVE HOLES POKED IN THEM. We had several issues last year with pumpkins that were rotting and attracting bugs. Please have students bring in the filled out entry form with the pumpkin. Students do not need to bring in the book. Pumpkins will need to be picked up by the end of the day on Monday, Oct. 23. Thank you for all of your help! Storybook Pumpkin 2017   Storybook Pumpkin Entry Form 
Attn: 8th grade parents-
The Diocese of Wilmington will administer the HSPT (High School Placement Test) at our diocesan and parish high schools (Padua Academy, Saint Elizabeth High School, Saint Mark's High School, Saint Thomas More Academy, Saints Peter & Paul School) the first weekend in December.  Registration will take place online only, through Scholastic Testing Services, Inc., at http://wilmington.stsusers.com.
Counseling Corner
This week I met with grades 3, 4 and 5!  It was so nice to meet these sweet students.  We did introductions today.  We worked on using eye-contact and talking one at a time using a talking ball. In 3, 4, and 5 we viewed a video from Kid President called, "Kid President, a Pep Talk to the World".  We then had a great discussion about this video, it taught the children to look up, notice our beautiful world.  It taught that sometimes life is hard but we are all here together.  Kid President speaks about love and kindness and is a great motivator to children and adults.  Parents, ask your child about him and let them show you his videos.  They are great for inspiration and discussion.
As of Monday, October 2, 2017, we are able to offer full-time nursing services to our students and staff. Mrs. Carlson will be on duty on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Mrs. Mumford will be on duty Tuesday and Thursday. Mrs. Mumford has served our school as a substitute nurse in the past. She is the mother of Audrey (7th grader) and is a fully licensed Registered Nurse. We welcome Mrs. Mumford to our staff.
  • Illness: Children who stay home for three or more days need a doctor's note to return to school.
  • Fevers:  MBS requires a student to be 24 hour fever free without fever reducing medication before returning to school.
  • Strep throat/Scarlet Fever: Students must remain home for at least 24 hrs after onset of antibiotic treatment.  Students must have a doctor's note to return to school.
  • Pink eye: Students must remain home until they have received 3 doses of eye drops.  Students must have a doctor's note to return to school.
  • Head Lice: Students must be treated and be nit-free. Students must come in with their parent and be examined by the nurse before they are able to return to class.
  • Medications:  NO medications (over the counter or prescription) will be administered without a written prescription from the primary care provider.
  • Diarrhea/vomiting: Students must stay home for a minimum of 24 hours or until symptoms cease.
All of the policies are listed in the Family handbook on pages 14-15.
And please remember:
  • If a student has an appointment with their physician and receives immunizations, please provide updated documentation to the nurse.
  • If a student is ill or has an injury, please inform the teacher and the school nurse.  Sometimes the illness or injury may cause a child to behave differently.
Practice times are 3:45-5:15pm, please be sure to arrive no later than 5:05pm to pick your child up. If you or your child were unable to attend the interest meeting, please email me so that I can make sure you get the correct information. All athletes must have an up to date sports physical and $40 sports fee to be eligible to participate.
Upcoming Games:
Thursday, October 5th
Vs. Salisbury Christian
Practice times are 3:30-5:15pm, please be sure to arrive no later than 5:10pm to pick up your child. If you or your child is unable to attend, please email me so that I can make sure you get the correct information. All athletes must have an up to date sports physical and $40 sports fee to be eligible to participate.
Upcoming Matches:
Wednesday, October 11  
Ocean Resorts  
St. Francis  
Sport Wristbands:
The MBS Athletic Dept. is selling Silicone Wristbands for $2 with the phrase "F.E.A.R.-Face Everything And Rise" imprinted on them.In class, we've discussed facing challenges in school, activities and life that we can't overlook or hide from. The wristbands are a good reminder to always try our best in all that we do and a wonderful way to support our Athletic Dept.
We will be in the need for basketball coaches this season to help with all four teams. Please email djarmon@mbscs.org if you are interested.
Sports Equipment:
We are looking for gently used fitness/sports equipment such as dumbbells, BOSU balls, medicine balls, cleats, lax sticks/helmets etc. for our teams/faculty to have access to. Since the beginning of the year there has been a strong push to improve physical fitness from both the students and staff here at MBS. Before I go out and purchase more equipment I wanted to ask our MBS families first. For more info. or to set up a time to drop off equipment, please contact me via email.

          6th              School CLOSED, Diocesan Teacher Professional Day
          9th              School CLOSED, Columbus  Day
         20th             Fall Festival/Walkathon
         27th             School CLOSED, Parent/Teacher Conferences 
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:  10/8, 11/12, 12/10, 1/14/17, 2/11, 3/11 and 4/8.
Thank you,
Anne Flaherty (annemvogel@aol.com)
St John Neumann
Jewelry found - September 17th in the mulched area in front of the school. Please contact Nancy Groves if it might belong to you: 410-208-2854.
Parents of SJN 8th graders: Preparation for Confirmation has begun. Our next gathering will be October 15 at 12:30 in the SJN library. The candidates should bring their lunch. Also make sure that they bring their Carpe Diem (CD), homework and know who their sponsor will be so that I can give them the proper form to have filled out. We will dismiss at 2PM. Questions?? Contact Nancy Groves 410-208-2854 or ngroves@stjnrcc.com.
Parents of 2nd graders: We will begin preparation for the sacrament of Reconciliation with a Parent Only meeting on October 29 at 10AM in the cafeteria of MBS. All parents must come to collect the materials and provide a copy of your child's Baptismal certificate. The fee is $35. Parents that stay will be the ones who have not had a child receive this sacrament within the last 5 years. Fr. Coccuci will be presenting. All parents are welcome to stay.
Parents of 2nd & 8th graders: Please continue or begin having your child get their bulletin signed on a weekly basis by the Presider or the Deacon after attending Mass and place it in the designated box on the counter in the SJN library. Thank you! 
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.