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.

March 1, 2018   

Phone: 410-208-1600

Fax: 410-208-4957


By the streams of Babylon
we sat and wept
when we remembered Zion.
On the aspens of that land
we hung up our harps.   
Psalm 137
Dear Parents and Guardians,

A French king is said to have stated: "The crown of France is worth a Mass a week." In reality, he cared little about religion, but since all of France was Catholic, as king, he had to go to Mass on Sunday. We could liken this to a modern teenager thinking: "The keys to the family car for my date are worth that Mass on Sunday." There are various reasons why the "faithful" observe religious obligations.
            Some do so out of fear. One never knows what will happen on the other side of the grave, so they want to play safe. Others calculate like the Pharisees of Jesus' time; they are "righteous" people, diligently observing the laws of their religion, and they expect God to give them salvation in return.
            Such scrupulous observers of the legal requirements of Christianity forget that salvation cannot be bought with good works. In the matter of leading a Christian life, it is the reason why one does so that counts. Love and gratitude should be the principal motivations, not calculation or fear, and certainly not commercial considerations! Good works should be the result of sanctification. We should do them not to buy salvation, but as a sign of appreciation and gratitude for what God has done on our behalf.

We congratulate our eight grade student, Hannah Short, for her third place award in the Essay Contest on the topic of, "Can Society Function Without Respect?" Hannah will receive a $100 prize and will be honored at a dinner at Waterman's Seafood Company this evening, March 1, 2018. We are very proud of Hannah's accomplishment and of all of our students who submitted entries.

TOMORROW, Friday, March 2nd school is CLOSED for students! Teachers and staff will be participating in our annual Retreat Day. Our morning will be spent in service to our community and the afternoon in reflection and prayer. 
During Lent, our Church encourages us to build a closer relationship with the Lord through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. In order to provide an opportunity to our families to join in almsgiving, our school participates in the Operation Rice Bowl program that is sponsored by the Catholic Relief Services. In doing so, we join Catholic families across the globe in responding to God's people who are in need. Each family has received a "rice bowl" box. We ask that you fill it with change and plan to return it to MBSCS during Holy Week. Thank you, in advance, for whatever you can do in this regard. May God bless us with a holy Lenten Season as we move forward to the Triduum and the glory of the Resurrection.

THE DEADLINE FOR TO APPLY FOR TUITION ASSISTANCE IS MARCH 5TH! PLEASE REMEMBER: ALL families who wish to be considered for MBS assistance must complete and submit the FACTS application.  

FACTS representatives are available to guide parents through the application process and to answer any questions by calling 1-866-441-4637. Applications that are submitted after that date will NOT be considered for assistance.

By simply clicking "View Printable Payments Summary" on the Payments tab in your FACTS Tuition account, families can retrieve and print a summary of payments for the 2017 year or any other specified time frame. Each payment summary contains the date range, family name, sub accounts, and the school's Federal Tax ID number.
This week starts the open application season for the 2018-2019 academic school year. If you have friends or family in the community who may be looking for an environment that is academically challenging and spiritually nourishing, please refer them to Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School. We are happy to speak to families who are interested in a rigorous academic environment grounded in Catholic values and based on the Gospel teachings of Jesus Christ. Please have them contact the school office and ask for Lisa Edmunds, Director of Admissions. Thank you for your support of our school.
Thank you all for coming out to support Casino Night and making the night the huge success that it was. We had amazing food, dancing, gaming and shopping, oh the shopping! Congratulations to all our lucky winners, especially to our Mega 50/50 winner! We hope you enjoy your prizes. And many many thanks to our Casino Night Committee members who made it all possible.
We look forward to seeing everyone again at STREAM night May 23rd when the winner of the Car Raffle will be announced, so get your tickets. We will also be holding elections for the HSA board at that time. If you would like to get involved in the amazing fellowship and comradery of our school, please consider joining our Home and School Association (HSA). We need You!
Any questions with any of your winnings, FIP hours or how you can join HSA, please text or call Michelle Parsons at 302-584-3216 or email Saron Hand at hsa@mbscs.org .
Special thanks to the Chairs, Mrs. Hand and Dr. Parsons and all the volunteers who gave their time and energy to Casino Night 2018
Thank you!
Included in this newsletter, is a link of which we were recently made aware that provides parents and educators with guidance in supporting children when situations such as that which occurred in Parkland, Florida. It is our prayer and hope that you will find the information to be helpful and supportive as your children continue to seek answers and affirmation of their own safety.  
Important Link __________________________________

Mark your Calendar for the Spring 2018 Musical! 
April 26th at 6:30 p.m.
April 27th at 7:00 p.m.
April 28th at 7:00 p.m. 

Monday, April 30th- School Performance during the day

 The following are rehearsal dates for NEXT WEEK: 
  • Monday, March 5th- NO REHEARSAL for "A" Cast- An extra rehearsal for "A" Cast will be held on Tuesday, March 13th until 5:00pm 
  • Wednesday, March 7th- NO REHEARSAL for "B" Cast
  • Thursday, March 8th- CHIMNEY SWEEP DANCERS ONLY until 4:30pm
If your student is unable to attend rehearsal on any of the dates listed above, please contact Mrs. Bennett at nbennett@mbscs.org.
Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School cordially invites you to attend the excellent performance of "Pirates Past Noon" that our students in grades 2, 3 & 4, will provide. The performance will be at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 22nd. Admission is FREE! For the convenience of guests with disabilities/wheelchairs, etc. doors will open at 5:45 p.m. For all other guests, doors will open at 6:00 p.m.   
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.

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!
MS Service Hours
7th and 8th grade volunteer opportunity
We have been asked for students to help with an event at St. Andrew's Hall on March 24th.  They are holding the 8th annual St. Joseph's Festival from 11-6.  They need helpers from 11am-8pm.  The students would help bus tables and clean up.  Parents, please be aware wine and beer are offered at this event.  It would be helpful for a few parents to volunteer as well to oversee our student helpers.   If your child is willing to offer a few hours of service, please contact tgabbard@mbscs.org  with times they are available to help.  Remember, our MBS students need 20 hours of community service before completing the 8th grade.
This Week
This week I met with PreK 3 and PreK 4.  It is required that each year we talk about topics from the For Sake of God's Children: Keeping our Promises guidelines.  Today we discussed trusted adults, safety, secrets and strangers.  In PreK 3 we read a book, "No, Go, Tell", this book stresses that we use our brains to say no if we are unsafe, then go to an adult and tell them what took place.  In PreK 4, we read, "The Berenstain Bears Learn about Strangers".  Parents, please talk to your children about this.  We all must have family rules for safety and strangers.  If you have any questions or need suggestions, please contact me at tgabbard@mbscs.org .

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.  
Girl's Lacrosse First Practice: Monday, March 5 from 3:30-5:00PM (MBS Fields)
Girl's Softball First Practice: Monday, March 12 from 3:30-5:00PM (Showell Park)
- Girls will not be allowed to participate in practice until their forms are turned in and their sports participation fee has been paid.
Basketball Jerseys/Tracksuits: Please return your basketball jerseys and tracksuits to Mr. Haskell if you have not already done so.
Winter Sports (Basketball) Recognition Assembly: Monday, March 12 @ 9:00AM in the Cafeteria. 
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 Mondays and Wednesdays 3:30-5:00PM.

2nd                  School Closed, Teacher Professional Development
22nd                Pirates Past Noon KIDS, 6:30 p.m.
28th                 Early Dismissal, 12:10
29th-April 6th   School Closed - Easter Holiday 
St. Ann 
Hello Parents from St. Ann's Parish,
Every year, MBS families host "Donut Sunday" from October to March 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.
The last date will be 3/11.
St John Neumann
Parents of 2nd Graders: Our next important date is 3 March beginning 9 AM at MBS. All of the children with a parent/guardian must attend this workshop! We will finish by 12 Noon.

Confirmation 2018- Our next gathering will be Sunday 11 March beginning at 12:30. Please bring your lunch, your Carpe Diem and any assignments or paperwork that are due.
Save the date! SJN Lenten Soup, Salad, Pizza Dinner. Friday March 9, 2018
                5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School
Featuring DeNovo's Tomato Basil Soup & Pizza!!!
$5.00 Children Under 12
Reservations due by 5 March.
For more information, please contact the Parish Office 410-208-2956
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.   
St. Luke Catholic Parish
Lent Schedule 2018
Soup and Salad
Tuesday, March 13th
St. Andrew's Center 6PM
Reservations Requested
$9.00 per adult, $4.00 per child (12 and under)
*Limited Walk-In Seating, $10.00 at the door
Stations of the Cross
Fridays: 9:45AM and 7:00PM
Healing Service
Thursday, March 8th at 11:00AM
Reconciliation Service
Thursday, March 15th at 6:30PM
Reconciliation (Confession)
Saturdays 9:30AM (following Mass)
Wednesdays 6-7PM each week
Holy Week 9:30AM (following Mass)
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
No Confessions
Holy Thursday, Good Friday, or Holy Saturday
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.