To Jesus Through Mary
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.
May 10, 2018
"God mounts his throne to shouts of joy;
a blare of trumpets for the Lord."
On Wednesday, May 23rd our school will host its annual S.T.R.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) Night (Visual Arts and Science Fair exhibit) at 6:00 p.m. in the school hall. We would like to extend an invitation to our community to visit the art and science show to see the many wonderful creations that our students have produced. Come and join us as we celebrate the wonderful accomplishments of our students at MBSCS.
Our school will hold its annual May Procession and Crowning Prayer Service on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 in the cafeteria. As in the past, our 2nd grade students will process in their First Communion outfits along with our eighth grade students in their "Sunday best." Our statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be crowned as we prayerfully remember Mary's role as Queen of Heaven and Earth. The Prayer Service begins at 9:00 a.m. Parents, as always, are invited to attend.
MBS SCHOLASTIC RECOGNITION 2018
The annual Scholastic Recognition Award Program will be held on Tuesday, May 15th at 6:30 pm in the MBS cafeteria. This program celebrates the success of students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades who have earned honor roll status for two consecutive marking terms.
We would like to congratulate the following students whose honor roll performance has qualified them to receive acknowledgement at the Scholastic Recognition Awards Program.
REMINDER: this is the night the winner of the Car Raffle will be announced.
RENAISSANCE STAR TESTING
As of tomorrow, May 11th, our school will complete the Renaissance Star assessments. Our testing began on Monday, April 23 and continued until Friday, May 11th. Grades two through eight took the assessments in reading and math. Our kindergarten students took the Early Literacy version of the Renaissance Star and our first grade students took the Early Literacy and Math tests. Considering that this was our very first experience with the Renaissance Star assessments, everything seemed to go very well. Our upgrade to fiber optic internet was a timely benefit to the online testing format of the Renaissance Star assessments. Our students were, as always, very cooperative in the assessment sessions and most reported that they favored the Renaissance Star over the Terra Nova assessments.
One of the benefits of the Renaissance Star is that student performance results are available immediately. Parents will receive the results of the performance of their children in next week's Thursday folder along with an informative communication from the Catholic Schools Office.
While we firmly believe that all assessment data is valuable in evaluating student growth and in the instructional planning process, we must keep in mind that this particular testing experience was new for our students and our teachers. This administration of the Renaissance Star was an opportunity for teachers and students to gain insight into the requirements of the tests.
The end of year Spring Piano Recital will take place at 6:00 p.m. on May 30th in the cafeteria. Please join us.
ACTION ALERT FOR MARYLAND FAMILIES OF MBSCS
The Maryland BOOST Program is a state sponsored tuition support initiative for families who reside in Maryland and choose to have their children attend nonpublic schools in Maryland. BOOST is funded by private donations from donors who receive tax incentives for their donations. All Maryland resident MBS families who have reenrolled or have newly enrolled their children are encouraged to review the eligibility requirements for the Maryland BOOST Program (refer to the Parent Survey that accompanies this communication) and complete the application if they may be eligible. Eligibility follows the guidelines for free and reduced meals that is also used to determine our school's federal funding for Title II-Part A, Title I and Title V. A flyer from the Maryland State Department of Education that provides details for completing the BOOST application process is accompanying this communication. Please see the flyer from the MSDE for the link to the application.
In order to assist families in determining if they may be eligible for tuition support through the BOOST Program, we are including the Parent Survey which families complete in September of each school year. If after reviewing the Parent Survey, you feel that you may qualify for BOOST funding, please complete the application and submit it before May 21, 2018.
Parents do not need to complete the Parent Survey at this time as it is provided as a guide to assist in determining possible eligibility for BOOST.
THE APPLICATION PORTAL IS NOW OPEN, AND MAY ACCESSED THROUGH THE FLYER FROM THE MSDE.
ONCE AGAIN, THE DEADLINE FOR BOOST TUITION SUPPORT IS MAY 21, 2018.
Please feel free to contact Mr. Record for assistance with this process.
CONGRATULATIONS AND MANY BLESSINGS
Our school rejoices in the gift of First Communion that will be bestowed upon one of our students from Our Lady of Lourdes on Saturday, May 12th.
May the gift that Jesus gives us of Himself in the Sacrament of the Eucharist be a lifetime source of spiritual strength and closeness with the Lord. Congratulations to:
Our Lady of Lourdes- Saturday, May 12th 10:00 a.m.
On Friday, May 4th the Clark, Peranteau, Fulmer and Flaherty families coordinated a taco dinner at St. Ann's Parish in Bethany Beach, Delaware. In all, over 50 parishioners attended the event that realized $642.00 that was donated to the MBS Sports Program.
Many thanks to the Clark, Peranteau, Fulmer and Flaherty families for their efforts to support our sports program. Thanks also to MAC Catering for preparing the meal and donating their proceeds to our school. Special thanks to Father Kelevence, Pastor of St. Ann's Parish, and the great parishioners of St. Ann's for their support. YOUR SUPPORT IS MUCH APPRECIATED!!!
8TH GRADE END OF YEAR SCHEDULE
Please note the important dates scheduled for this year's graduating class:
May 29th Class Trip
May 30th NO School for 8th Grade
May 31st Practice at Holy Savior Catholic Church, 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m. 8th grade students should report to school by 8:30 a.m. Bus will depart
promptly at 9:00 a.m.
Luncheon at MBS, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
June 3rd Closing Mass, 4:00 p.m. Holy Savior Catholic Church, Ocean City, MD
Get ready for STREAM Night! The HSA is once again hosting a reception the night of STREAM Night, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. We are looking for a few volunteers to help with prep during the afternoon of May 23 as well as help during, and clean up after. This will be one of your final opportunities for the year to earn your FIP. If you'd like to help please email Saron Hand firstname.lastname@example.org We look forward to seeing all you on May 23.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING
MARY POPPINS, JR
- Cast will need to report on Thursday Night May 10th at 5pm. Crew & Sweeps need to report by 5:30pm
- Cast will need to report on Friday Night May 11th at 5:30pm. Crew and Sweeps need to report no later than 6pm.
- Cast will need to report on Saturday Night May 12th at 5:30pm. Crew and Sweeps need to report no later than 6pm.
- Cast, Crew and Sweeps will need to report no later than 8am on Monday Morning May 14th.
Showtimes of Mary Poppins, JR
- Thursday, May 10th at 6:30pm
- Friday, May 11th at 7pm
- Saturday, May 12th at 7pm
- Monday, May 14th at 9am
Tickets will be available for pre-purchase by calling Ms. Higgins or Ms. Church in the front office and will be available at the door.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for students.
Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. for the Thursday night show and 6:30 p.m. for the Friday and Saturday night shows.
The 8th grade class will be selling food items in the lobby during all 3 shows!
MBS CAR RAFFLE
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!
CAR RAFFLE CLASSROOM CONTEST
We are asking EVERY family to sell their ticket allotment of 15 tickets. This will help us achieve our goal to having one to one digital technology in the classroom for grades 3-8. By selling these tickets, this may help to alleviate additional technology fees that may need to be rolled into our tuition and assessments. Thank you for your help in working towards our goal!
We have the potential to raise over $50,000.00 if everyone participates and pushes sales!100% of every ticket goes directly to the Technology Fund at MBS. 100%. That's HUGE!!!!! So, we REALLY need to take advantage of this unbelievable gift!
We still have lots of time for MAY sales to be the TOP SELLER for this month!!!
The 1 in 7 Raffle winner gets $500 CASH and a Nintendo Switch ($300 value!)
The TOP SELLING CLASS every week will WIN PIZZA or ICE CREAM (their choice)!!!
ALL SALES at local events/masses will count towards the class sales, so encourage VOLUNTEERING!
Attached below is the link to our signup genius to sign up for any upcoming events where we have several opportunities left to sell our raffle tickets:
Car Raffle Fundraiser Volunteer Signup Sheet:
We are looking for parent volunteers to assist in selling car raffle tickets at various local events in the coming months. This is a WIN -WIN event! By volunteering for an event, you have the opportunity to receive:
- Credit toward your FIP Hours
- Credit for selling tickets as a family/student seller** ALL TICKETS you sell get credited to your family!!
- Chance of being a TOP SELLER and getting a 1 in 7 chance of winning $500 + A Nintendo Switch Console Family Gaming System!
- For every 10 tickets sold, You receive ONE FREE RAFFLE TICKET!!!!
MOST IMPORTANTLY You are helping us reach our GOAL of one-to-one-digital technology.
We can't do this without your help! Please consider signing up for an event or several. We thank you in advance for your continued support of MBS!
PLEASE SHARE the link below to ANY Social Media you have (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.). It goes directly to the TICKET BUYING PAGE! Our current online challenge is for 50 Friends to Buy ONE TICKET and SHARE the Link.....we've sold over 500 tickets in less than a week doing this!
PURCHASE CAR RAFFLE TICKETS HERE!
This week I visited Pre3 and Pre4. We read a book called, "I'm Special, I'm Me!" This book highlights a little boy being encouraged by his mom. This little boy gains confidence from the encouragement of his mom and her love. Happy Mother's Day to our wonderful MBS m
I met with the 7th grade and we did a relaxation exercise to help in times of stress or worry. It is important that we encourage the use of tools to help our children cope. Feel free to contact me if you need any tips on this.
Our 8th grade had a guest speaker, Kim Klump from The Jesse Klump Memorial Foundation to talk about suicide prevention. Please view this website to learn more about this wonderful, local foundation
. This foundation began in March 2009. They hold Jesse's Paddle yearly to raise money for scholarship and education. The paddle this year is July 21st in Snow Hill. Our 8th graders learned how to see signs of suicide, how to get help for themselves or friends and how to communicate with parents. Parents, please have a conversation about this with your 8th grader today. We need to communicate with our children, even about the hard stuff. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns at
The Delmarva Shorebirds "Hit the Books" tickets will be distribut
week to those students who turned in their bookmarks. Please note each student who participated will receive tw
o upper reserved ticket vouchers. Please see the directions included with the tickets for redemption instructions. With the new seating at the ballpark installed in 2017, students must redeem their voucher for a ticket before entering the game. The game night for MBS is Friday, May 25th, 2018. Game time is 7:05 PM and gates will open at 6 PM.
The date for the MBS Hit The Books Delmarva Shorebirds game is scheduled for Friday, May 25th. We will provide additional information & the tickets when we receive them for those students who turned in their bookmarks. Please email Mrs. Lenox at email@example.com with any questions or issues. Thank you!
Field Day 2018- June 5th (Pre-K to 2nd Grade) and June 6th (Grade 3 to Grade 7)
Field Day is fast approaching. This year the Pre-K to 2nd Grade will participate on Tuesday, June 5th.
3rd Grade to 7th Grade will participate on Wednesday, June 6th. The activities will start at 9:00am on both days. Each class has picked a t-shirt color to wear on Field Day. The color assignments are:
Pre-K (3): Orange
Pre-K (4): Red
More information will be sent out soon. If you would like to volunteer your time to help during the day, please send me an email with the day, child's class and availability. firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming Girls Lacrosse Games
Monday, 5/14- Home vs. Sussex Academy- 4:00pm
Thursday, 5/17- Home vs. St. Francis- 4:00pm (8th Grade Special Recognition)
Upcoming Girls Softball Games
Monday, 5/14- Home vs. Holly Grove- 4:00pm (8th Grade Special Recognition)
Spring Athlete Recognition Event
Friday, May 25th @ 9:00am
Thank you to the St. Ann parish community for their taco fundraiser on Friday, May 4th. Funds raised will benefit MBS Athletics. Many MBS families helped organize and run the event.
NON-MBS FLYERS (Flyers are not created at MBS)
11th - 12th Mary Poppins, Jr. production, 7:00 p.m.
15th Scholastic Recognition Awards, 6:30 p.m.
22nd May Crowning Service, 9:00 a.m.
23rd STREAM Night, 6:00 p.m.
25th 12:10 Dismissal, Professional Day for Teachers
28th Memorial Day - School Closed
30th Piano Recital, 6:00 p.m.
Confirmation 2018: Don't forget to be on time to meet with the Bishop prior to Confirmation next Wednesday 16 May. Be at St. Luke's NO LATER THAN 5:05PM.
Save the dates July 9-13 from 9AM - 12 Noon for our 2018 VBS - SHIPWRECKED
Send your kids on an impacting island adventure!
At Shipwrecked VBS, kids discover how Jesus rescues us through life's storms.
Shipwrecked is filled with incredible Bible-learning experiences kids see, hear, touch,and even taste! Sciency-Fun Gizmos™, team-building games, cool Bible songs, and tasty treats are just a few of the standout activities that help faith flow into real life. (Since everything is hands-on, kids might get a little messy. Be sure to send them in play clothes and safe shoes.) Plus, we'll help kids discover how to see evidence of God in everyday life-something we call God Sightings. Get ready to
hear that phrase a lot! Registration forms are in the Gathering Space at SJN or can be emailed to you by calling Nancy Groves @ 410-208-2854 or
St. Jude the Apostle
The Msgr. Francis Desmond Columbiettes and the James C Burke Columbiettes are having a Strawberry Festival on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at St Jude The Apostle Church on Route 1 in Lewes, Delaware The festival will take place from 8 AM to 2 PM.
If you would like to participate in the festival, you may rent an outside space. Call Bonnie on 302-280-5795 to rent a space or for additional information.
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.