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PLEASE NOTE THAT Friday, November 4th is no longer a day of school for our students.  In order to prepare for our accreditation report and visit, our faculty and staff need the day for collaboration and preparation.  There is no Club Knight camp offered on this date.

Due to building scheduling conflict, teacher-parent conferences will be on  Monday, November 7 from  4:00-7:00. The sign up for each class has been moved from November November 9 to November 7.  The HSA faculty and staff dinner is also now Monday, November 7. 

Thank you for your cooperation.

Wednesday, October 12
Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge for 4th-8th graders (Wear PE uniform)
Winter Sports Meeting for parents of athletes in grades 5th-8th participating in Basketball or Cheer, 6:00 p.m. at  Blessed Sacrament Church (1620 Hanford Road, Graham)

Thursday, October 13
BSS Soccer vs SPX, 4:00 p.m. at BSS
HSA Family Dinner Night at Crazy Mexico from 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., (2463 W. Webb Avenue, Burlington)

Friday, October 14
Mass, 8:45 a.m.
1st-8th grades walk to "James and the Giant Peach", 12:15 p.m. at the Paramount Theater
Alamance County Junior Tennis Foundation Middle School Tennis Tournament, matches begin 4:00 p.m. at the Burlington Tennis Center

Saturday, October 15
Alamance County Junior Tennis Foundation Middle School Tennis Tournament, matches begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Burlington Tennis Center
Little Knights and Friends Play Date, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at BSS

Monday, October 17
Monday Morning Coffee at The Blend & Co with Corporate Sponsor host Palmer Generator, 7:30 a.m.  (127 E. Front Street, Burlington) 

Tuesday, October 18
Time for Twos, 9:15 a.m.

Wednesday, October 19
Second Chance Pictures (Individual retake) & Class Photos
Faculty & Staff Meeting, 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 20
8th Grade Visit to Bishop McGuinness High School

Friday, October 21
PINK OUT Day!! (Your $1 to dress down in pink will support a local Imaging Center.)
Mass, 8:45 a.m.

Saturday, October 22
Oktoberfest Mass, 4:00 p.m. under the tent on the back field
Annual Oktoberfest & 8th Grade Haunted Hall, 5:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. 

Looking ahead...

Oktoberfest & 8th Grade Haunted Hall is Saturday, October 22nd from 
5:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament School
New this year-Outdoor Mass at 4:00 p.m.

Rain Date:  Saturday, October 29th

FULL DETAILS --Be sure to check out this year's new additions!

Donations to our back sale also needed!

Save the date for the annual HSA Barnes & Noble Book Fair!
Wednesday, November 16th
Preschool-4th grade students will perform beginning at 6:00 p.m. 
under the direction of Mrs. Davis!

Knight News
Bishop Michael Burbidge Called by Pope to Arlington, Virginia
After 10 years as the Bishop of the Raleigh Diocese, Bishop Burbidge will move to the growing Diocese in Arlington, Virginia.  Hear his response to the move  HERE.

Our Olympian!
Sixth grader Kierstyn Kelso won gold medals recently in the Special Olympics North Carolina Equestrian Tournament held in Raleigh.  Kierstyn competed in Western Equitation and Western Trail events.  Way to go Kierstyn-BSS is so proud of you!

Thank you for the support of our PECSAA Volleyball Tournament
Congratulations to both our JV and Varsity volleyball teams for successful seasons and for playing with poise and sportsmanship in our weekend tournament.

Thank you Coach Lee and Coach Amick for your time and dedication to our students this season. We had a fantastic turn out with waves of support from students, parents, and staff.

A special thank you to all the parents and teachers that signed up and volunteered this weekend, including donations for our concessions. We have the best school family in the world and I couldn't be more proud of our support! 

Thank You!!
Its always a GREAT day to be a KNIGHT!
-Coach Eggleston
Spend a Fantastic Friday at BTC for the 
AJTF Fall 2016 Middle School Tennis Tournament
THIS Friday, October 14, 2016 at 4:00pm!

Enjoy the tournament, family fellowship, and witness the good things that AJTF is doing for our Junior players in Alamance County by coming out with your family to support this special Friday concession tournament Fall Fundraiser! 

Who doesn't like pizza, snacks, drinks & baked goodies? Take a night off from cooking! 

Fundraiser Concessions Menu*
Premium Pizza by the Slice...$2.00
Premium Pizza Meal Deal
(includes 2 Slices, Snack & Drink)...$5.00
                                                    Baked Goodies... $1.00 


Are you a parent or grandparent who would like to donate baked items? Contact Tara Hackman for additional information or drop items to Tara by 8:30 Friday morning.

Baked items may be homemade or store bought.
They should be items that do not require refrigeration.
(also, if making low-carb, gluten-free, or vegan items, please label accordingly).

Please package items individually wrapped.
Cookies - 3 or 4 per bag
Brownies/blondies - 2 per bag
Cake slices - 1 per bag 
Muffins/Cupcakes - 1 per bag
Bread slices - 1 per bag
Pie slices - 1 per plate (wrapped)

We will accept whole cakes, loaves, & pies as donations as well! Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Swap Shop
The BSS Swap Shop opens the week of October 31-November 4 is preparation for the change to winter uniform.

Club Knight Mars Garden Donations Requested
Mrs. VanWeest is requesting donations of potting soil, small plants (like succulents) and planter boxes. We would like to work on our Mars gardens  in two weeks  for the letter G.

It's Time to Sign Up for YMCA Basketball!  
Blessed Sacrament will sponsor teams in the following age groups for the 2016-17 season.

Girls Mite Team (1st and 2nd grades)- Coach needed!
Girls Midget Team (3rd and 4th grades.  The YMCA has confirmed that we may play our 3rd graders on the Midget team)-Coach Mike Andress

Boys Biddy Team (1st and 2nd grades)-Coach Blake Pinson
Boys PeeWee Team (3rd and 4th grades)-Coach Justin Stalek

Please submit your registration form with your check MADE OUT TO THE YMCA to Mrs. Hackman's attention no later than Friday, October 21.  Please note your coach's name and write Blessed Sacrament School where it asks for the church.

If you are willing to coach our 1st/2nd grade girls team please email thackman@bssknights.org, thank you!

The cost is $40 for YMCA members and $70 for non members.  Practices begin the week of November 6th and games begin the weekend of December 3rd.

Art Donations Requested!
Elementary Art Teacher, Rebecca Wetter, needs donations of  fresh clementines,  clean, empty cans and TALL socks for fun fall projects! Also, please consider purchasing a gift card for Michael's, Hobby Lobby, Walmart or another store for additional art supplies for Fall and Winter art projects our elementary students will talk about for years to come! 

Also requesting old paint for a project!

(Hint: Please purchase the gift cards for elementary art through SCRIP in the office, if you want extra money to go directly to BSS. Thank you!)

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, October 17th for coffee hosted by Palmer Generator.  

Thank you to Alamance Eye Center for this week's coffee event!

Join us for our Open House    Grades 6-11 Welcome
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
9:00 AM Presentation following 9:30-10:30 AM Tours
7:00 PM Presentation following 7:30-8:30 PM Tours
Largest Private High School in the Triad
Exceptional academic, fine arts and athletic programs
100% graduation rate; personalized college counseling; 100% acceptance to a college of choice
Over 10,000 hours of service given by the student body to the Triad community each year
Awarded best interscholastic sports program in the state conference
Financial aid and transportation available
Please call 336-564-1011 or email  kk@bmhs.us for additional information

Babysitter With Experience and References
Do you need a date night? Time alone? Childcare for an event? I am 13 years old and have experience caring for all ages. I am happy to provide references. Call eighth grader Abigail May at 336-675-1228.

Fall Conferences
Conferences are Monday, November 7 from 4:00p.m.-7:00 p.m. and Thursday, November 10 from 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. with your child's teacher(s).  A parent must attend the conference in order to pick up your child's report card.

Please choose a time on this sign up that works with your schedule.  Preschool-4th grade conferences will be in the classroom and middle school conferences will be held in the second floor library.

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Prayer Requests
Please remember in your prayers those affected by Hurricane Matthew.

Please remember in your prayers, Barbara Brown, niece of Mrs. Gomez as she battles major health issues.
From the Principal's Desk
Dear BSS Families,

We need your input for our school's accreditation.  Please use the link to respond to the parent's survey. The link will remain open until Wednesday, October 26. Thank you for taking the time to respond to the questions.

Mrs. Gomez

In order to complete the survey, please go to THIS link.

Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous.

Addition of Monogram to Fleece Jacket
Many parents have asked about adding an embroidered monogram to their child's fleece jacket through a local vendor to assist with confusion when jackets are mixed up among students.   BSS has approved the following monogram styles to the fleece jacket in WHITE thread only.  The only approved position is the sleeve of the jacket at the wrist area.  Adding the monogram is not an option with Land's End but you may add the monogram locally.  Contact Mrs. Hackman for suggested vendors.

From the Admissions & Advancement Office
Credit Cards Now Accepted
Blessed Sacrament School is able to process credit cards on site for school purchases.  We accept the following credit cards:

Little Knights and Friends Play Dates
We would like to invite your child and friends to our Preschool and Pre-K play dates at Blessed Sacrament School.  The next play date will be held from 10:00 a. m. to Noon on October 15. During the play dates we hope that the children and their friends will have a great time enjoying our playground while the parents have a chance to visit and get to know each other.
These play dates are open to all Little Knights as well as any friends of family you would like to invite.  We do ask that you let us know if you can attend and if you will be bringing a friend along.  

It's Time for Twos!
Our successful Time for Twos program is back for another year.   Blessed Sacrament School's Time for Twos program is designed as a gentle introduction to school.  Our program encourages children to work in a group, explore new materials, and make age-appropriate development transitions.

Time for Twos meets on Tuesdays for two 12-weeks sessions, one in the Fall (September to December) and one Winter/Spring (January to March). The 45-minute meetings are led by Program Director, Jill Zang Glenn.  Each child must be accompanied by a parent, grandparent, or caregiver

A typical meeting includes an art project, free play, story and music.

Session 1: September 27th/ October 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th/ November 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd,/ December 6th, 13th

Session 2:   January 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st/ February 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th/ March 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

Contact the admissions office at 336.570.0019 or thackman@bssknights.org to register your child.

Classroom Connections
Fourth Graders Attend Colonial Living Days at Alamance Battle Ground

Middle School Engineers Built Paper Tables last week!

Our recent parking lot repair led to an exciting afternoon at recess!

HSA (Home & School Association)

The HSA Board and Chairs will meet the first Tuesday of each month at 3:15 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, November 1st.

Class Party Sign Ups


Link Your Store Cards to Support Blessed Sacrament School!


Oktoberfest is Saturday, October 22nd from 5:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament School
New this year-Outdoor Mass at 4:00 p.m.

Rain Date:  Saturday, October 29th

BSS Athletics 
Winter Sports Practice Schedule:

Practice begins the week of October 17th.

JV  Cheer, 3:15 p.m.-4:15 p.m. in the BSS Multi-Purpose Room
Varsity Girls Basketball, 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. at the Broad Street Gym
JV Girls Basketball, 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. at the Holy Comforter Church Gym

Pep Squad, 3:15 p.m.-4:30 p.m. in the BSS Multi-Purpose Room
JV Boys Basketball, 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. at the Broad Street Gym

Varsity Girls Basketball, 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. at the Broad Street Gym
Varsity Boys Basketball, 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at Front Street Gym

Varsity Cheer, 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. in the BSS Multi-Purpose Room
JV & Varsity Boys Basketball, 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. at the Broad Street Gym

JV Girls Basketball, 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. at the Holy Comforter Church Gym

Routine Cheer Squad, 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. in the BSS Multi-Purpose Room

Fall Sports Information  
Cross Country continues through Monday, November 14th and Running Club is now extended through Monday, November 14th as well.  More details about end of season celebrations coming soon!

Neither Running Club or Cross Country will run on Halloween (10/31).

Upcoming Local Races:
Runners and coaches from the BSS Running Club and Cross Country teams will run in the following races:

2016 Alamance Community College Reinhartsen 5K
November 5th
Register HERE
Student rate only $15!!  Be sure to select the Blessed Sacrament team.

AAU BOYS' BASKETBALL -BISHOP MCGUINNESS (Tryouts moved up to December)
Tryouts for the NC Spartans AAU Basketball youngest age group (13U team-7 th  grade and below)  based out of Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School will be  Sunday, Dec. 4 and Sunday, Dec. 11  from  noon-2 p.m.   

Those trying out are encouraged to attend both dates if available but must attend at least one of the two sessions.  The season will not start until after the PECSAA season ends, but the team will be established in December.  The team will play 5 tournaments from March-May.  Four will be local (Greensboro, Winston Salem, High Point area) and 1 will be a travel tournament.  Practices will be two weekdays each week at Bishop McGuinness and occasional Sundays from  noon-2. 

The cost for the season is $300 which covers  tournament entry fees, uniforms upkeep and replacement, maintenance, insurance and registration.   Please contact Jeff Stoller-  js@bmhs.us if you plan to try out.  Tryouts for the Spartans 8th grade and high school age teams will be announced soon. For updates on those tryouts, please check  www.ncspartansbasketball.com and Twitter @NCSpartans.

Be a ball girl at the Elon Volleyball games!
Elon Athletics is currently searching for young volleyball players (grades six through 8) who would like to help out at Elon volleyball matches this season as ball girls!  
Elon volleyball ball girls help shag balls in warm-ups alongside the Elon volleyball team members!  In addition to time on the court pregame, ball girls will have an on court seat for the entire match as they assist the Elon volleyball team with ball rotation.  The task is simple and easy and you will receive instructions prior to the start of the match.  We are in search of 2-4 ball girls per match to arrive 1 hour prior to the match start time.  All you have to do is reply to this email with your name and the match that you would like to attend and that's it!  
 We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at an upcoming match this season!

Brian Dudiak 
Director of Event Management and Facilities for Athletics 
Elon University
Koury Center (Athletics) 102
Office (336) 278-6108 
Saturday, October 15, 2016
7:00 PM
Sunday, October 16, 2016
2:00 PM
College of Charleston
Friday, October 28, 2016
7:00 PM
Sunday, October 30, 2016
2:00 PM
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
7:00 PM
North Carolina Central
Friday, November 11, 2016
7:00 PM
Sunday, November 13, 2016
2:00 PM

Community News

Growing Up and Liking It 
Every mother wants to be sure her daughter is prepared for all the changes that come with growing up.  

To help girls experience a smooth transition into adolescence, the Women's Resource Center offers a one day workshop "Growing Up and Liking it" It's designed for mothers and daughters ages 9 to 12. The workshop provides information about physical, emotional, and sexuality issues appropriate for preteens.

The workshop will be held at the Women's Resource Center on Sunday November 6, 2016  2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  Registration is required.  Sessions fill up quickly so don't delay in reserving your spot.

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