Important Dates

Thursday, January 18th
BSS Varsity Girls Bball vs TBS, 4:00 p.m. at The Burlington School Greenwood Terrace Campus ( 1615 Greenwood Terrace, Burlington)
BSS Varsity Boys Bball vs TBS, 5:00 p.m. at TBS

Friday, January 19th
Mass, 8:45 a.m.

Saturday, January 20th
First Reconciliation Workshop, 9:00 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church
BSS JV Girls Bball vs Our Lady of Mercy, 9:30 a.m. at Burlington Christian Academy (621 E 6th St, Burlington)
BSS JV Boys Bball vs OLM, 10:40 a.m. at BCA
BSS Varsity Girls Bball vs OLM, 11:50 a.m. at BCA
BSS Varsity Boys Bball vs OLM, 1:00 p.m. at BCA
Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition immediately following the varsity boys game

Sunday, January 21st
Middle School FLL, 2:00 p.m.

Monday, January 22nd
BSS Varsity Girls Bball vs St. Pius X, 4:00 p.m. at SPX ( 2200 N Elm St, Greensboro)
BSS Varsity Boys Bball vs St Pius X, 5:15 p.m. at SPX

Tuesday, January 23rd
BSS JV Girls Bball vs Our Lady of Grace, 4:00 p.m. at OLG ( 201 S Chapman St, Greensboro)
BSS JV Boys Bball vs Our Lady of Grace, 5:15 p.m. at OLG

Wednesday, January 24th
Time for Twos, 9:15 a.m.

Thursday, January 25th
BSS Varsity BOYS Bball vs Our Lady of Grace, 4:00 p.m. at OLG ( 201 S Chapman St, Greensboro)
BSS Varsity GIRLS Bball vs Our Lady of Grace, 5:15 p.m. at OLG
Note that the boys and girls games have been switched!

Friday, January 26th
Mass, 8:45 a.m.
8th Grade Drama Class Production, 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 27th
Second Collection at Blessed Sacrament Church designated for BSS
BSS JV Girls Bball vs St Leo's, 9:30 a.m. at SLS (333 Springdale Ave., Winston-Salem)
BSS JV Boys Bball vs St Leo's, 10:40 a.m. at SLS
BSS Varsity Girls Bball vs St Leo;s, 11:50 a.m. at SLS
BSS Varsity Boys Bball vs St Leo's, 1:00 p.m. at SLS

Sunday, January 28th
Second Collection at Blessed Sacrament Church designated for BSS
Catholic Schools Week X-STREAM Expo, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church
Catholic Schools Week Mass, 10:30 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church IN SCHOOL UNIFORM!
We ask that families join us in the reserved Blessed Sacrament School area in the church.  Students will sit with their family during Mass . ALL families are invited to attend Mass

Looking Ahead...

Thursday, February 1st Town Hall Meeting & Flash Forward

6:00 p.m .: Opening session with a report from Mrs. Gomez, an update from the Advancement Cabinet, and a few words about summer camp.

6:20 p.m .:FLASH FORWARD and attend one of the following sessions:
Rising Pre Kindergarten-Rising 4th Grade Parents
Preparing for Pre Kinderarten & Kindergarten at BSS!
Meet the First & Second Grade Dream Team!
Time with the Third & Fourth Grade Dynamic Duo!

Rising 5th Grade Parents
Welcome to Middle School: Meet with the Middle School STREAM Team!

Rising 6th-8th Grade Parents
High School Fair for Middle School Parents (meet representatives from area public and private high schools)
Confirmed Representatives from:
ABSS College & Career Promise Program
ABSS Early & Middle College
International Baccalaureate Program at Williams High School
Academy of Finance at Williams High School
Bishop McGuinness High School
The Burlington School HIGH SCHOOL

Invitations Extended:
ABSS CTEC Program
Guidance Counselors from area ABSS high schools
Cardinal Gibbons High School
Burlington Christian Academy HIGH SCHOOL

6:40 p.m. : FLASH FORWARD and attend one of the following sessions:
Rising Pre Kindergarten-Rising 4th Grade Parents
Preparing for Pre Kinderarten & Kindergarten at BSS!
Meet the First & Second Grade Dream Team!
Time with the Third & Fourth Grade Dynamic Duo!
Knight News
Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition
All boys and girls ages 9 to 14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition! Contest is sponsored by Knights of Columbus #3498. The local competition will be held January 20th following the school basketball games at Burlington Christian Academy (621 E 6th Street, Burlington). 
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BSS celebrates Catholic Schools Week and Spirit Week January 28th-February 2nd

Mark your calendar for all of the fun! The theme of this year's Catholic School's Week is Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed. We celebrate Catholic Schools Week each year with Catholic Schools around the United States! 

It's also BSS Spirit Week! Thank you to our Student Council for our fun list of daily dress up themes! Students may dress down each day in the "theme for the day". Student choosing not to participate in that day's theme will need to wear their school uniform. $.25 per day or $1.00 for the week.
 
Sunday, January 28th: Celebrating Our Parish
Catholic Schools Week Mass at 10:30 a.m. 
We will hold our annual X-STREAM Expo in the Gathering Space that day as well from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. We ask all families to attend the 10:30 a.m. Mass. Students are asked to wear their winter uniform and parents are asked to dress in blue and gold!

Monday, January 29th: Celebrating Our Community
Spirit Week Theme : Box of Crayons Day! Each class will be assigned a different color to wear.

Preschool: Brown
Pre Kindergarten: Red
Kindergarten: Green
1st Grade: Orange
2nd Grade: Pink
3rd Grade: Yellow
4th Grade: Purple
5th Grade: White
6th Grade: Blue
7th Grade: Grey
8th Grade: Black

CSW Activities : Canned Food Contest! Which class can bring in the most food for our Little Portion Food Pantry? The classroom winner earns bragging rights and extra recess time. Cans will be collected all week.
“Thanks for your patience as we GROW!” gifts distributed to our neighbors along Hillcrest Avenue. Kindergarten and 6 th Grade Buddies project.
Coffee & Hot Chocolate Cart wheeled around for the faculty & staff

Tuesday, January 30th: Celebrating Our Nation
Spirit Week Theme : Wacky Tacky Day

CSW Activities : Various activities supporting our troops and celebrating our great nation!

Wednesday, January 31st: Celebrating Our Faculty, Staff, and Volunteers
Spirit Week Theme : Favorite Team Day!

CSW Activities : Coffee & Hot Chocolate Cart wheeled around the faculty & staff
Faculty & Staff Luncheon

Thursday, February 1st: Celebrating Vocations
Spirit Week Theme : Pajama Day

CSW Activities : Student led Living Wax Museum
Faculty/Staff prepare and send a meal to the Parish priests.
Students sign a thank you poster for our priests.

Friday, February 2nd: Celebrating our Students
Spirit Week Theme: Blue & Gold Day

CSW Activities:  Each class will have ice cream and age appropriate games or activities (ex. Play bingo or have volunteers read stories) led by volunteer parents. Little Knights in the morning in their classroom, elementary at 2:00 p.m. in their classrooms, and middle school during lunch/recess in cafeteria.

You’re Invited!
Catholic Schools Week Living Wax Museum & Student Presentations
Blessed Sacrament School
Thursday, February 1 st from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
7 th & 8 th  Grade Living Wax Museum of Historical Figures in the history of the Catholic Church
5 th & 6 th presentations on the Holy Days, Sacraments, & Plagues
 
Meet Mary Tudor (Bloody Mary), Martin Luther, Saint Jerome, Michelangelo, and more “live” and in person!

Save the Date!
Night for the Knights
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Ramada Inn, Burlington
6:00 p.m.
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day and watch your team on the big screens!
Help us stuff our raffle bags!
The Night for the Knights committee is accepting items for our YETI Cooler raffle. Every ticket purchase entitles you to a grab bag of prizes! Is your bar overflowing with wine, beer, and liquor that aren't your drink of choice? Send those bottles and cans in for the grab bags! Receive an item for Christmas that just isn't quite your style? Donate to us! Gift certificates in your stocking for places you'll never go? We'll use them! NEW and unopened items may be dropped off at the school!


Follow BSS Athletics on Twitter
Stay up to date with the sports report from Coach Egg @bss_athletic on Twitter.

Order Your Yearkbook!
If you did not place a yearbook order on the One Form, follow  THIS  link to place your order.
 
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Prayer Requests
Please pray for Melanie Gonzalez (Zachary, 7 th ), as she prepares for surgery in one week. 

Please pray for Marcella McDermott, (great-grandmother of Nicky Chacon, 1 st ), as she recovers from a fall. 
From the Principal's Desk
Dear Parents,

What does the outdoor classroom, pathway to the school, the deck leading to the playground, the shed and the bulletin boards have in common? They were all Eagle Scout Projects. Throughout the years, BSS has benefited from the work done by these scouts. Now, another scout, Ryan Koonts, is working to earn his Eagle Scout and has a great project that will help our students and the food pantry. Here is his message:

Dear Teachers, Students, and Parents of BSS,

My name is Ryan Koonts.  I am a junior at Western Alamance High School and I am currently working on my Eagle Scout Service Project. My goal is to build and install numerous benches in the front lawn of Blessed Sacrament School, which will benefit both the school and the food pantry. Principle Gomez and I believe that the benches can help to keep children out of the road and off of the hill in front of the school, as well as simplifying the pick-up process for students and teachers. The leaders of the food pantry and I also agree that the benches would be a positive addition for the Blessed Sacrament Food Pantry as well, as the benches would help to simplify the line process avoiding order disputes and giving the elderly and disabled a chance to rest. The four benches along with the other materials and tools add up to be quite a bit of money, about $2500 to be exact. This is where I need your help. Any and all donations will help and will be greatly appreciated. Please make all checks payable to Blessed Sacrament Church and write Ryan Koonts Eagle Project on the memo line.
Thank you for your help.

Let us help Ryan complete his Eagle Scout Service Project.
Mrs. Gomez

From the Admissions & Advancement Office
Tuition Assistance is available to families who wish to provide a Blessed Sacrament School education to their children but are unable to afford the full cost of the education. All assistance is offered on the basis of demonstrated need, and all assistance recipients must complete a Grant & Aid Application through FACTS Management Services to be eligible for tuition assistance. 

We strongly encourage Pre Kindergarten families to apply for the North Carolina Opportunity Scholarship in addition to their FACTS application. 

The transition from Pre Kindergarten to Kindergarten is the one time an existing school family may apply and be considered for the North Carolina Opportunity Scholarship.   

Blessed Sacrament Tuition Assistance Application open and accepting applications for new and returning students.

North Carolina Opportunity Scholarship Application opens by early February, 2018.
 
If you need help or have questions about Kindergarten enrollment or tuition assistance, please contact Tara Hackman, Admissions Director at 336.570.0019.
Spread the word to prospective students! Visit BSS!

Take a Look Tuesdays
Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.
January 30th

Winter Open House
Wednesday, March 14th
Drop in between 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m
Prospective families with children rising Preschool through rising 7th grade are invited to attend our Winter Open House!
Parents in Partnership
Classroom Connections
Little Knights Preschool "fighting" the icicles during PE last week!
Fourth grade designed and built a free standing podium for MLK, Jr as a STEM activity last week.
Athletics
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The start of the spring tennis season is upon us! Mark your calendar for the following important dates and sign your player up THIS WEEK for the tennis team.   Spring Tennis Sign UP

IF YOUR CHILD DID NOT PLAY IN THE FALL OR HAS OUTGROWN THEIR TENNIS SHIRT YOU MUST ADD THE SHIRT SIZE IN THE COMMENTS OF THIS SIGN UP BY FRIDAY, JANUARY 19TH.

AJTF Middle School Tennis Camp: February 26th-March 2nd (details coming soon!)

Tentative First Practice: Wednesday, March 7th

Practices are Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the Burlington Tennis Center.

Matches: 
March 16th
March 23rd
April 13th
April 20th
April 27th

Matches are at 4:00 p.m. and played at Burlington Tennis Center, Alamance Country Club, and Olde Forest Racquet Club 
AJTF Middle School Tournament May 4th & 5th at Western Alamance High School
Knights in action at the YMCA and Burlington Recreation & Parks Department
Knights in Pre Kindergarten through 4th grade are playing in local leagues with both the YMCA (2nd-4th grade) and Burlington Recreation and Parks (PreK-1st grade). We encourage you to support all of our Knights this season on Saturdays!



AAU BOYS’ BASKETBALL -BISHOP MCGUINNESS (Tryouts RIGHT BEFORE PECSAA TOURNAMENT)
Tryouts for the NC Spartans AAU Basketball youngest age group (14U team-8 th  grade/rising 9th grade...current 7th and 8th graders eligible) based out of Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School will be Sunday, Feb. 4 from 1:30-3:30 at Bishop McGuinness.  The season will not start until after the PECSAA season ends, but the team will be established in the week following tryouts. 

The team will practice Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:45-7 at Bishop McGuinness and 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 Sunday afternoons. The cost for the season is $300 which covers tournament entry fees, uniforms upkeep and replacement, maintenance, insurance and registration.  

Please contact Jeff Stoller-  jstoller@bmhs.us   if you plan to try out.   Tryouts for the other Spartans high school age teams teams will be announced soon. For updates on those tryouts, please check  www.ncspartansbasketball.com  and Twitter @NCSpartans.
Community News
No-Frills Trail 5K
Saturday, February 10
10:00 am - Registration opens
10:30 am - 5K Course opens 
Fee: $5/person age 16 and up; $2/person age 6-15 (must be accompanied by a participating adult). Fee collected on race day at registration.
Location: Guilford Mackintosh Park and Marina • 1345 NC HWY 61, Whitsett, NC 27377
 
The No-Frills Trail 5K is a series of races to encourage fitness and fun outdoors throughout the winter. Participants can walk, hike or run the trail course and are encouraged to bring along their family and friends. The No-Frills is not a fancy 5K, but a well-marked course with a clock at the finish will be provided. Each race will have a theme and racers are encouraged to dress up.
 
The themes include:
February – Wear Red Run
 
This is a no-frills race, so if you want a t-shirt – wear one. If you need snacks – bring some. And if you want an award – too bad! For more information or to register, please visit www.BurlingtonNC.gov/Outdoors or call the Outdoor Program Coordinator at (336) 222-5135.