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.

February 1, 2018   

Phone: 410-208-1600

Fax: 410-208-4957


Praise the Lord for he is good;
sing praise to our God, for he is gracious;
it is fitting to praise him.
The Lord rebuilds Jerusalem;
the dispersed of Israel he gathers.  
Psalm 147
Dear Parents and Guardians,

Thank you to everyone who supported our school during Catholic Schools Week. Our celebration was one of the best ever and the presence of so many parents, grandparents and other guests contributed to the success that we enjoyed.

Special thanks go out to Danny and Christy Windon for their donation of 40 dozen donuts for our Pastries with Parents events.

We would also like to thank Mio Fratello's in Fenwick Island, DE for the delicious Staff Appreciation Luncheon they provided. Thank you, Bryan and Angela Keith.

We would like to recognize with appreciation our wonderful staff for all of their cooperation and efforts during C.S.W. Special thanks go out to our C.S.W. Planning Committee that included Mrs. Hamby, Mrs. Curry, Mrs. Hayes, Mr. Haskell, Mrs. Meisten and Mrs. Selba.

On Friday, February 2nd we will host our concluding event to Catholic Schools Week. The Special Guest Luncheon will be held at 11:15 a.m. for families with last names that begin with letters N-Z. The second luncheon, for families whose last names beginning with A-M will begin at 12:00 noon. WE ASK ALL GUESTS TO PLEASE ARRIVE PROMPTLY.   
11:15-11:45 a.m. 1st Lunch (Families N-Z)  
12:00-12:30 p.m. 2nd Lunch (Families A-M
1st lunch (Families N-Z) dismissed at 11:45 a.m.
2nd lunch (Families A-M) dismissed at 12:30 p.m.  
ALL Buses depart at 12:30 p.m.
Please note that there will be NO AFTERCARE on Friday, February 2nd.
Catholic Schools Week
To Jesus Through Mary
Friday, February 2, 2018
  • Sports Team Jersey Day-Students wear jersey or colors of their favorite team.
  • Special Guest Luncheon (11:15-11:45 Families N-Z, 12:00-12:30 Families A-M)
  • Student Dismissal after lunch. 1st lunch dismissed at 11:45 2nd lunch dismissed at 12:30, Buses depart at 12:30
School Wide Service Projects
  • School Wide Community Drive to Collect Hats, Gloves, Socks, and Scarves (new or gently used)
Box Tops Challenge - Which class wants an ICE CREAM SUNDAE PARTY?
Thank you so much to everyone who has sent in their Box Tops so far this week. Please keep them coming!! We will extend the end of the challenge to Monday, February 5. Please ask your family, friends and co-workers if they have any saved for our school. It is one of the easiest ways we can raise money for MBS. Last year we raised over $1500!

The following criteria have been established, in grades 6-8, for students who earn recognition for Academic Excellence, Academic Achievement and the Principal's List for each marking term.

Academic Excellence
All A's in Major subjects. P's and G's in special subjects. Students must have S or better in Effort and Conduct.

Academic Achievement
A's and no more than four B's in major subjects. P's and G's in special subjects. Students must have S or better in Effort and Conduct.

Principal's List
A's or B's in all subjects. Students must have S or better in Effort and Conduct.

Major Subjects
Religion, English, reading, literature, spelling, mathematics, science, Spanish, and social studies.    
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.   
April 26th at 6:30 p.m.
April 27th at 7:00 p.m.
April 28th at 7:00 p.m. 
Rehearsals for the upcoming spring musical, Mary Poppins JR are now underway!   Cast members are asked to attend an after school rehearsal NEXT Wednesday, February 7th until 5pm. Further rehearsal dates will be sent home to students within the next few days.  
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
Get your FIP hours! Volunteers are needed for Casino Night to set up, work and break down, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Even an hour or two is a huge help! Volunteer sign up forms are going home today.
Don't forget to line up that babysitter for a fun filled night this year's Casino Night.
We still need parent or grandparent dealers for Casino Night. No experienced required, training by MBS parent, Mr. McCrystal, provided. If you can be a dealer for Casino Night please call or text Mr. McCrystal at 301-461-9378.
Make your reservations today and don't miss out on our biggest and last fundraiser of the year! Advanced reservations can be purchased for $45 each online at www.mostblessedsacramentcatholicschool.com or by sending your check into the office. Tickets at the door are $50 each.
Thank you in advance for your support.
2017-2018 YEARBOOK
Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School is in the process of creating its 2017-2018 yearbook.  We are asking  if you might consider creating and placing an advertisement in our yearbook.  The rates for ads in the yearbook are as follows: full-page ad (9.75" long x 7" wide) $190.00 or  half-page ad (5" long x 7" wide) $100.00.The deadline to submit ads and payments is Friday, February 23, 2018.   If  you choose to place an ad in our yearbook, you can send your ad copy  as a jpeg or in pdf format to my email at rmacguinness@mbscs.org, or if you prefer you can fax the ad copy to 410-208-4957.  Payment can be made by check. Checks should be made payable to MBSCS.   Send remittances  to the attention of Yearbook Ad  at our school address:  Most Blessed Sacrament School, 11242 Racetrack Road, Berlin, MD 21811. If you have any questions please call Mr. MacGuinness at 410-208-1600 and leave a message, and he will return your call as soon as possible.

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.

"Hit The Books" bookmarks were distributed this week.  This is an optional activity for any student who would like to earn two free Delmarva Shorebirds tickets for a game in May.  Bookmarks are due to Mrs. Lenox by Thursday, March 1 st with four books the student has read & their name/information filled out on the bookmark.  Please make sure your child remembers to write their name on the back of the bookmark.  We had several turned in last year without names. 
The Spring Book Fair is scheduled for 4/30 to 5/4.  Please email klenox@mbscs.org if you would like to be included on the book fair volunteer list.  Any volunteers from the past are automatically included.  More information and an online signup sheet will be provided in April.  Thank you!


Service Project - Catholic Schools Week
Through the week of Jan. 29-Feb. 2 we will hold our Catholic Schools Week Service Project!  We will be collecting winter hats, scarves, gloves and socks.  These items donated can be brand new or slightly used (but still in good condition and clean).  Please have your child help in the donating of these items as we learn about loving others and giving to those in need.  The items collected will then be taken to local homeless shelters.  A flyer will be sent home to help as a reminder.  There will be drop off sites in each pod and in the cafeteria.
8th Grade Parents-Dates of Interest
Please see the flyer sent home with 8th graders re: important dates. (attachment included)
Dates of Interest

We are in full swing of the cold/flu/virus season. Here are some tips to help stop the spread of these illnesses throughout the classroom.
  • If you suspect your child has a virus or any other illness, it is recommended to have an evaluation by your primary care provider as soon as possible.  Don't forget your doctor's note to return to school. This note informs the school that the student is not or is no longer contagious and may return to school.
  • School policy requires that when your child is out 3 days or more, he/she must have a doctor's note to return to school.
  • If your child is sent home from school, your child is to stay home until symptoms cease without medication. This will mean the student must stay home from school the next day.
  • For questions regarding the Health policies of the school, please refer to your Family Hand Book, pages 13-15, or call Mrs. Carlson @410-208-1600.
  • By keeping your child home, you will help contain the spread of illnesses and your child will get the rest they need.  If you feel your child needs another day at home because of a recent sickness, please keep them home. Because of all the other viruses that are in peak now, your child is less likely to pick up another illness if they have enough rest.
  • With all illnesses it is important to remind your child about frequent hand washing, no sharing of food/utensils, and cover your cough and sneeze.
Thank you for your cooperation in helping to prevent the spread of illnesses/viruses.
Recognition: Congratulations to the Girls Varsity basketball team for their victory over St. Francis.  Congratulations to the Boys Varsity Basketball team for their victories over Pocomoke Middle School and St. Francis.
Hoop Shoot @ MBS: Saturday, February 10th. Registration starts at 9:00AM. 
-  A free throw shooting contest organized by the Knights of Columbus. 
- Must be age 9-14.  Forms are available from Mr. Haskell. 
- Participants need to bring their birth certificates the day of the event. 
Assistant Coach Needed- Girls Lacrosse : Please email Mr. Haskell at jhaskell@mbscs.org if you are interested in helping out with the Girls Lacrosse program. Practices will   be held on Tuesday and Thursdays from 3:30-5:00PM. 
Upcoming Basketball Games:
2/3: Boys Varsity Tournament @ Salisbury Christian (First Game at 9:00AM)
2/6: Girls Varsity Home Vs. Salisbury Christian- 4:00PM
2/6: Boys Varsity Home Vs. Salisbury Christian- 5:00PM
2/8: Girls JV Home Vs. Lighthouse- 4:00PM
2/8: Boys JV Home Vs. Lighthouse- 5:00PM

Berlin Little League 2018
Summer Camps 2018

2nd                  Early Dismissal - 12:10
14th                Ash Wednesday, School Liturgy
19th                Presidents Day - School Closed 
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: 2/11, 3/11 and 4/8.
St John Neumann
Parents of 2nd Graders: Our next important date is 4 February at 10AM. At this time the parents who are going through this experience for the first time or haven't experienced it in the last 5 years will stay for a preparatory session. ALL are welcome as we are going to watch Fr. Mike Schmitz explain the whys of what is done at Mass!
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.
St. Jude the Apostle
Come join St. Jude's Garden Committee
         At the Philadelphia Flower Show
          On March 7, 2018.
     This year's theme is "Wonders of Water". 
Tickets are $65.00 and includes show ticket and bus fare.
Bus will leave St. Jude's at 10:45 am and leave Philadelphia around 6pm
For reservations, please call Jean Stewart
at 302-644-2890, Monday-Tuesday, 8:30 am- 3:00 pm,
Wednesday-Thursday, 8:30 am -12 Noon.

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi is the March selection of the Parish Book Club of St. Jude The Apostle Church.  A discussion of the book will take
place in the Religious Education Center on Wednesday, March 14 at 2 p.m.  The author was a young neurosurgeon, who at age 36 is diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. As a new father and promising doctor about to embark on a bright future, he has written a memoir that attempts to answer the question What makes a life worth living in the face of death?  All are invited as we look at this question through the author's perspective and in light of the teachings of the Christian faith.
Two copies of the book are available to borrow for a one-week loan from the parish library.  Multiple copies are also available in the Delaware library system.
The Parish Book Club meets monthly the second Wednesday of every month in the Religious Education Center of St. Jude The Apostle Church at 2 p.m.  from January through November. 
St. Jude The Apostle Church is located at 152 Tulip Drive, Lewes, just north of the intersection of Rte. 1 and Five Points. For further information and a list of the 2018 book titles and discussion dates, contact the Religious Education Office, 302-644-7413.   
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.