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Wednesday, March 1st
Ash Wednesday Prayer Service, 8:45 a.m.
Faculty & Staff Meeting, 3:30 p.m.

Friday, March 3rd
BSS representatives at the Alamance Chamber of Commerce Women's Symposium, 8 a.m. at the Alliance Convention Center
Middle School Math Cruncher competitors present their research projects at the North Carolina Student Academy of Sciences Competition, 4:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology in Charlotte

Monday, March 6th
Monday Morning Coffee hosted by Lowe Vintage Instrument at the Blend & Co, 7:30 a.m. (127 E. Front Street, Burlington)   
Field Day T-shirt Design Contest

Tuesday, March 7th
Time for Twos, 9:15 a.m.
HSA Board Meeting, 2:00 p.m.
Field Day T-shirt Design Contest

Wednesday, March 8th
Faculty & Staff Luncheon
Chess Club, 3:15 p.m.
Faculty & Staff Meeting, 3:30 p.m.
Field Day T-shirt Design Contest

Thursday, March 9th
Field Day T-shirt Design Contest-Last day for entries!

Friday, March 10th
Mass, 8:45 a.m.
AYLA (Alamance Youth Leadership Academy)-8th grade only, 9:00 a.m.
BSS Tennis vs TBS, 4:00 p.m. at Alamance Country Club
Field Day T-shirt Design Contest Judging 

Saturday, March 11th
Annual St. Mary Magdalene Chess Tournament, 8:00 a.m.
Tournament Information   contact Mrs. Schmitt with questions.

Monday, March 13th
HSA Swap Shop Open
HSA Scholastic Book Fair-See HSA section for schedule and volunteer sign up
Monday Morning Coffee at the Blend & Co, 7:30 a.m. (127 E. Front Street, Burlington)   

Tuesday, March 14th
HSA Swap Shop Open
HSA Scholastic Book Fair-See HSA section for schedule and volunteer sign up
Time for Twos, 9:15 a.m.
4th Grade FLL, 3:15 p.m.

Wednesday, March 15th
HSA Swap Shop Open
HSA Scholastic Book Fair-See HSA section for schedule and volunteer sign up

Thursday, March 16th
HSA Swap Shop Open
HSA Scholastic Book Fair-See HSA section for schedule and volunteer sign up
3rd & 4th grades attend "Mary Poppins", Paramount Theater
HSA Scholastic Book Fair Family Fun Night, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 17th
HSA Swap Shop Open
HSA Scholastic Book Fair-See HSA section for schedule and volunteer sign up
Mass, 8:45 a.m.
Early Release, 11:30 a.m.
Faculty & Staff Professional Development, 12:30 p.m.
BSS Tennis vs BCA, 4:00 p.m. at Olde Forest Racquet Club (200 Pinedale Dr, Elon)

Looking Ahead...

Monday, March 20th
Summer Uniform begins

IMPORTANT DATE CHANGE!  The spring musical originally scheduled for Thursday, May 11th is now Tuesday, May 9th at St. Mark's Church.  The performance begins at 7:00 p.m with more details to follow in May.

Spring Sports
It's time to sign up for spring sports!  If your child(ren) plan to participate in Golf, Softball, Tennis, or Track please make note on the sign up even if you have already signed up via the One Form.

Knight News
First & Second Trimester Middle School STREAM Award Winners
Congratulations to sixth graders Ella Kate Porfilio (first trimester) and Caden Troutman (second trimester) who are recipients of the Middle School Excellence in STREAM awards for the first and second trimesters of the 2016-17 school year.
International Aviation Art Contest Winners
Since 1989 the  Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) has sponsored the International Aviation Art Contest to challenge young people to illustrate the importance of aviation through art. Demonstrating the impact of aeronautics through an interactive, fun medium such as art motivates youth of all ages to become more familiar with aeronautics, engineering and science. 

The U.S. portion of the contest is sanctioned by the  National Aeronautic Association (NAA), managed by the NASAO Center for Aviation Research and Education and sponsored by  Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - PrescottKen Cook Co., the  Federal Aviation Administration, and the  National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education with additional support from NASAO members.

Children between the ages of 6 and 17 participate in the contest. The 2017 theme is, "Beyond the Clouds" and participants were asked to create a work of art that celebrates the adventures and excitement only available in that special place beyond the clouds.

Out of 1,000 entries, Blessed Sacrament School is proud to announce that six students recieved honorable mention in the contest!  

Congratulations to Will Solari (2nd grade), Katie Kimrey (3rd grade), Saul Cano-Solis (2nd grade), Callie Bryand (3rd grade), Josalyn Tyler (3rd grade), and Annie Walker (2nd grade).

BSS YMCA Volleyball Team
If your child is interested and available  on Tuesday Evenings, we would love to have them on our BSS Gold  Volleyball Team. Practices will be scheduled once all the teams are assigned. This year's team will be made up of 5th through 8th grades (the 5th grade students will be playing up a league).  

Dr. Tom Arcaro has agreed to coach the team this year and Ana Villalpando will be helping out as her schedule allows.   I will provide back up to the coaches if there are schedule conflicts.  Although BSS will not have a organized team in the Silver league we encourage any young students interested in learning  volleyball to sign up.  My own children have played int he league for 3 years and have always had a good experience with the coaches the YMCA provides. 

HERE is the registration form that needs to be completed and submitted to the YMCA by  March 3, 2017.    Please write  BSS Gold  in Bold on the top of the form for all 5th through 8th grade students.  In addition, please send me your preferred email and cell phone number ( jglenn@bssknights.org) if your child plans to play. This will help the YMCA ensure all students who want to be on the BSS team are appropriately placed.  I will also put together an email list and cell phone list for our coaches to utilize throughout the season.

It is a great day to be a Knight!  Let's play some  volleyball!
Jill Glenn

Field Day T-shirt Design Contest 
Put your design hats on and come up with a great field day t-shirt for 2017!
It must include: "Blessed Sacrament School"  (written out, n ot BSS) "Field Day 2017"

Show the spirit of field day through your design!  Final design traced in sharpie on an 8 1/2 x 11 white sheet of paper and name and grade written on back in pencil.
Designs must be turned in between the dates of March 5th-9th for judging on March 10th.  The winning design, announced Monday, March 13th, will be featured on this year's field day t-shirt.

The BSS Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society has kicked off the St. Jude Math-A-Thon service project!
Permission slips to participate are in the Wednesday folders.   They are due back by Monday, March 6th!  Multiple prizes can be won!   For further details, see the prize sheet in the Wednesday Folders!

In addition, the NJHS team will provide ice cream parties for the Middle School and Elementary classes with the most participation.

A special prize will be given to the whole school if we reach our goal of $3,000!  The NJHS team can't wait to see the outcome of this wonderful event.  Happy Mathing!

Please send any questions regarding the Math-A-Thon to NJHS Advisor, Aileen Bost at abost@bssknights.org.

Monday Morning Coffee
Parents, Grandparents, and Friends of BSS meet us for coffee Monday mornings at The Blend!  Join us beginning at 7:30 a.m. for a complimentary small coffee and conversation.  

Each week is hosted by one of our BSS Corporate Sponsors. The Blend is located in downtown Burlington at 127 E. Front Street, Burlington.   See you Monday, March 6th for coffee hosted by Lowe Vintage Instrument Company

Thank you Lowe Funeral Home, LLC for hosting last week's coffee!

Buy Your Yearbook!  Only 9 yearbooks left for sale!
Reserve your child's yearbook today!  Order at THIS link.  If you ordered your yearbook via the  2016-17 One Form, you do not need to place an additional order.


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Prayer Requests
Please keep Ryder Lee in prayer as he undergoes surgery today to repair his ear.

Please pray for Ms. Vaughn, (Xavier 1st), our after school assistant, as she recovers from knee surgery. 

Please keep Judith Maher Garbus and her family in prayer as she mourns the loss of her father.
From the Principal's Desk
Dear BSS Families,

Today marks the beginning of the Lent.  Pope Francis' 2017 Lenten message tell us that "Lent is the favorable season for renewing our encounter with Christ, living in his word, in the sacraments and in our neighbor." During this time let us take the time to reflect and pray for each other.

Mrs. Gomez
Elementary Track Practice
Next Tuesday, March 7 track practice begins. If your child is participating in track they may wear their PE uniforms on Tuesdays. This will give more time for practice and cut down on lost uniforms in the bathroom.  
From the Admissions & Advancement Office
Enrollment Timeline Reminder!
February 10: Contracts mailed to families not requesting scholarship dollars
February 24: Contracts due with $265 enrollment fee
March 10: Contracts mailed to families requesting scholarship dollars.  A letter enclosed will note if scholarship dollars were or weren't allotted.  Also enclosed will be a commitment to volunteer form.  
March 24:  Contracts due with $265 enrollment fee 

Please contact me with any questions!

Credit Cards Now Accepted
Blessed Sacrament School is able to process credit cards on site for school purchases.  We accept the following credit cards:
A 3% processing fee will be added to each transaction.
Classroom Connections
Middle Schoolers attend Hidden Figures
Last Friday our 5th-8th grade students attended a private showing of Hidden Figures. 

Hidden Figures is a film about  African American  female mathematicians who worked at the  National Aeronautics and Space Administration  (NASA) during the  Space Race .The film is a perfect tie in to our STREAM curriculum.

Mardi Gras!
Students celebrated Mardi Gras yesterday with beads, masks, King Cakes, beignets, and more!

International Civil Rights Center & Museum Field Trip
Fifth and eighth grade students traveled to Greensboro yesterday to visit the International Civil Rights Center & Museum.  

Knights of Summer Camp

Summer Camp Registration is  NOW OPEN!  View the summer camp  BROCHURE. It is going to be a fun-filled  X-STREAM Knights of Summer!

2017 Summer Camp Weeks:
June 5-9
June 12-16
June 29-23
June 26-30
July 10-14
July 17-21
July 24-28
July 31-August 4 

Thank you!
Casey Eggleston, Summer Camp Director 
HSA (Home & School Association)
The HSA Board and Chairs will meet the first Tuesday of each month at 2:00 pm and ALL parents are welcome at these meetings.  Meetings are held in the conference room on the second floor.  The next meeting is Tuesday, March 7th.

2017 Scholastic Book Fair
Scholastic Book Fair Co Chairs Danica Kelso and Rebecca Wieting are excited to announce the dates for our 2017 Scholastic Book Fair!

Monday, March 13th
8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: Set Up
3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.: Faculty Preview Party (Wish Lists & Refreshments)

Tuesday, March 14th
7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Book Fair Open
10:45-11:30- 4 th  
11:40-12:30- 7th & 8th 
1:20-2:05- 6 th
2:05-2:50- 5 th  

Wednesday, March 15th
7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Book Fair Open
9:00-9:45- Kindergarten 
10:45-11:30- 1 st Grade 
1:20-2:05- 3 rd Grade 
2:05-2:50- 2 nd Grade 
Thursday, March 16th
7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.: Book Fair Open
5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.: Family Fun Night

Friday, March 17th
8:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.: Book Fair Open 
8:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Pack Up

Volunteer HERE to help with our book fair!


Class Party Sign Ups

BSS Athletics 
Support our Burlington Recreation and Parks Biddy Soccer Teams!
This season our biddy soccer team grew so much that we now have two teams! Head over to Joe Davidson Park and cheer on both the Blessed Sacrament School Animals and the Blessed Sacrament School Knights!

Thank you Coach Jonathan Lopez for taking on both of our biddy teams!

Save the Date!
Sunday, April 9th
Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast to support BSS Athletics
Mark your calendar for a delicious pancake breakfast on 
Sunday, April 9th at Blessed Sacrament Church!  

A breakfast of pancakes, sausage, coffee, and juice will be served immediately following the 8:30am and 10:30am Masses. 
Price is $3 per child, $5 per adult or $15 per family.  

All proceeds benefit BSS Athletics!
Fall, Winter, and Spring Student Athletes and Parents we need your help to set up, serve, and clean up!  SIGN UP TO HELP!

Spring Sports Schedule

Coaches: Jennifer Klein ( jennietuckklein@aol.com) and Keith Rugh ( rughster73@triad.rr.com)
Practice: Tuesdays at BSS 3:15-4:30  PRACTICE BEGINS TUESDAY, MARCH 7TH
Parent help is needed at all practices
K-4th grade students who plan to participate in track may wear their PE uniforms on Tuesdays during track practice. This will begin on Tuesday, March 7.

Optional Family Practices - Sundays 4:00-5:00 starting March 12th at Williams HS

Parent helpers needed!  Sign up HERE!

GOLF  Co-Ed  grades 5-8
Practice: Details are still being worked out, more information is coming soon!

Coaches: Jennifer Klein ( jennietuckklein@aol.com)  and Keith Rugh ( rughster73@triad.rr.com)
Practice: Tuesdays at BSS 3:15-4:30  PRACTICE BEGINS TUESDAY, MARCH 7TH
Parent help is needed at all practices
Optional Family Practices - Sundays 4:00-5:00 starting March 12th at Williams HS

The PECSAA track meet will be held at Bishop McGuinness 
on Friday, May 12th.

Parent helpers needed!  Sign up HERE!

SOFTBALL Co-Ed grades 6-8 
Coach: Jennifer Lee ( Jennifer.sallyins@gmail.com)
Practice: Mondays- 3:15 p.m.-5:00 p.m. at BSS 
The PECSAA softball tournament will be held ion Saturday, May 13th.

TENNIS Co-Ed grades 5-8
Coaches: Tim Hackman ( timhackman@hotmail.com) and Chad Brasington (chadbmd@gmail.com)
Practice: Wednesdays 3:30-4:30 at The Burlington Tennis Center
Matches will be played on Fridays beginning March 10th.
Each athlete also needs an "Athletics Permission and Emergency Form". This form was in the packet from the office that was sent home in May, so if you turned it in, you are all set.  It can also be found here - 
Athletics Fees should be paid using the One Form.  Please see Mrs. Libera in the office or download it here and send it in with your student.  ONE FORM for FEES

Any Questions? Please email Coach Eggleston at ceggleston@bssknights.org

Community News
BSS students to perform in local ballet, "Secrets in the Attic"
Fourth grader Juliette Onder and third grader Callie Bryand will perform Saturday, March 4th at the Paramount Theater.

Activities at the Alamance Public Libraries

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