Important Dates



Wednesday, January 31st
Time for Twos, 9:15 a.m.
Faculty & Staff Luncheon, drop items no later than 10:00 a.m.
BSS Varsity Boys Bball vs The Burlington School, 4:00 p.m. at TBS (1615 Greenwood Terrace, Burlington)
BSS Varsity Girls Bball vs TBS, 5:15 p.m. at TBS
*Note that boys play first!

Thursday, February 1st 
Preschool-rising 4th grade students Flash Forward, various time in the morning
Living Wax Museum, 9:30 a.m.

Town Hall Meeting & Flash Forward-- Parent only event!
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
Western Alamance High School Guidance Counselor
Western Alamance High School ROTC
Alamance Community College

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!

Friday, February 2nd
Mass, 8:45 a.m.
AYLA, 9:00 a.m. Elon Community Church UCC (271 N Williamson Ave, Elon)
Pep Rally, 2:05 p.m.

Saturday, February 3rd
BSS JV Girls Bball vs Immaculate Heart of Mary, 9:30 a.m. at Burlington Christian Academy (621 E 6th St, Burlington)
BSS JV Boys Bball vs IHM, 10:40 a.m. at BCA
8th Grade Recognition for Cheerleaders and Girls & Boys Basketball Players prior to the Varsity Girls game
BSS Varsity Girls Bball vs IHM, 11:50 a.m. at BCA
BSS Varsity Boys Bball vs IHM, 1:00 p.m. at BCA

Sunday, February 4th
Winter Cheer Classic, 2:00 p.m. at The Burlington School (1615 Greenwood Terrace, Burlington)
Middle School FLL, 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 7th
Middle School Field Trip to the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum, 9:00 a.m. (6136 Burlington Road, Gibsonville)
Time for Twos, 9:15 a.m.

Thursday, February 8th
Times-News Spelling Bee, 4:00 p.m. at the Paramount Theater (128 E. Front Street, Burlington)
PECSAA Basketball Tournament, game times TBA

Friday, February 9th
Mass, 8:45 a.m.
PECSAA Basketball Tournament, game times TBA

Saturday, February 10th
PECSAA Basketball Tournament, game times TBA

Sunday, February 11th
PECSAA Basketball Tournament, game times TBA
Middle School FLL, 2:00 p.m.
Knight News
2018 National Geographic Bee
Congratulations to seventh grader Sarah Palmer, this year's Blessed Sacrament School National Geographic Bee representative! Sarah will take an online exam to try to qualify for this year's National Bee.

Runners up for the school representative are seventh grader Ella Kate Porfilio and eighth grader Keira Dappen.
Multiplication Masters
Congratulations to our latest Third Grade Multiplication Masters, Madison Fitzgerald and Jaylin Palmer!
Knights of Columbus #3498 Council Free Throw Champions
Catherine Massey
Grace Stalek
Ava Goodman
Eleanor Acaro-Burbridge
Anijey Flores-Jasso
Benedict Tayn
Timothy Klein
Sean Botzman
David Armstrong
Noah Goodman

Congratulations to our winners and to all of our participants pictured below!
Catholic Schools Week Mass & X-STREAM Expo
We appreciate all of the families that celebrated Catholic Schools Week Mass this past Sunday. Thank you to students who served as ushers, readers, and gift bearers.

Mrs. Kimrey, Mrs. Groh, and Mrs. Lee all eloquently shared their reasons for choosing Blessed Sacrament School for their children.
Diocesan Service Awards
Father Paul Lininger and Assistant Superintendent John Pendergrass handed out Diocesan Service awards at Catholic Schools Week Mass. Mrs. Lisa Jennings and Mrs. Tara Hackman received recognition for five years of service. Mrs. Carol Kearney was recognized for 20 years of service.

Finally, we celebrated Mrs. June Avery and her 35 years of dedicated service to Catholic School education!
It's Catholic Schools Week and Spirit Week

The theme of this year's Catholic School's Week is Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed. 

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.
 
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 during lunch in the cafeteria, and middle school during lunch in cafeteria.
Winter Pep Rally

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.
 
Support Blessed Sacrament School with AmazonSmile  
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Praesis Ut Prosis
Excel That You Might Better Serve
 
Applications are being accepted for the 2018-19 school year  
Only High School in the Triad to achieve College Board Honor Roll for AP Program
Personalized College Counseling
Catholic Relief Service Global Service Award as a Platinum School
Outstanding Academics, Arts and Athletic Programs
Financial Assistance and Transportation Available
 
Please call the admissions office for your private tour
564-1011 or  kknox@bmhs.us

Prayer Requests
Please pray for the Corradini Family (Emily, 2 nd) as they mourn the passing of Mrs. Corradini’s mother, Jeanan Evans.

Prayers for Blessed Sacrament School Community as they celebrate Catholic Schools Week and continue to educate
From the Principal's Desk
Dear BSS Community,

As we celebrate Catholic Schools Week, thank you for your commitment to Catholic Education. Blessed Sacrament School is more than an educational facility. It is a vibrant Faith community where students grow spiritually and develop their character.  It is a community where we educate the whole child. Thank you for the sacrifices that you make to provide a Catholic education for your children and for allowing us to share your child/ren with us every day.

Mrs. Gomez

Looking forward to seeing you on Thursday night for our Town Hall/Flash Forward evening!

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.
February 13th and 27th

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
STREAM in Action
Last Friday our middle schoolers enjoyed a visit from Michael Amyot, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist during their STREAM in Action Speaker Series. Mr. Amyot shared spoke about his career and answered student questions. Thanks Mr. Amyot for a great presentation!
Athletics
Spring Sports
It's time to sign up for spring sports! If your child(ren) plan to participate in Golf, Softball, or Track please make note on the sign up even if you have already signed up via the One Form. The tennis email was sent out earlier multiple times due to an early deadline. No sign ups accepted after Friday, March 2nd.


TRACK Co-Ed grades K-3
Coaches: TBA
Practice: Thursdays at BSS 3:15-tba PRACTICE BEGINS THURSDAY, MARCH 8TH
Parent help is needed at all practices.

Optional Family Practices - Sundays 4:00-5:00 starting March 12th at Williams HS
Final PECSAA Track Meet is Sunday, April 29th. Additional meets are TBA.

TRACK Co-Ed grades 4-8
Coaches: Jennifer Klein (  jennietuckklein@aol.com)  , Keith Rugh ( rughster73@triad.rr.com)  , Tara Hackman (thackman@bssknights.org)
Practice: Tuesdays at BSS 3:15-TBA  PRACTICE BEGINS TUESDAY, MARCH 6TH
Parent help is needed at all practices

Optional Family Practices - Sundays 4:00-5:00 starting March 12th at Williams HS
Final PECSAA Track Meet is Sunday, April 29th. Additional meets are TBA.

GOLF  Co-Ed grades 5-8
Practice: Practice either Monday or Thursday. Meets against PECSAA schools and BCA.

SOFTBALL Co-Ed grades 6-8 
Coach: Jennifer Lee (  Jennifer.sallyins@gmail.com)
Practice: TBA
PRACTICE BEGINS TBA

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
PRACTICE BEGINS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7TH
Matches will be played on Fridays beginning March 16th.
AJTF Middle School Tennis Camp: February 26th-March 2nd (details coming soon!)
PECSAA Tournament Varsity Basketball Championships Broadcast Live on Bishop McGuinness Sports Radio
 
Once again Bishop McGuinness Sports Radio will be broadcasting live radio coverage of the PECSAA Varsity Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball Championship Games.  The broadcasts can be accessed from anywhere in the world so family and friends from outside of the area can tune in to listen to the games.  In addition to being able to catch the games via a laptop or desktop computer, fans will have access to the broadcasts via ANY mobile device (cell phone, tablet, etc) through the free app 'Mixlr'.  The app is free to install and use. There is no registration required and it is available on all Android or Apple powered platforms, including iPad.  

For information on listening to the games via a mobile device, including direct links to download the free app, you can also check out our Mobile FAQ page at:  http://www.bmhsathletics.com/mobile-listener-faq.html ".  The broadcasts will also be archived within a couple of days after the tournament.  In addition to the games, we hope to have pre-game interviews with the coaches of all four teams that advance to the PECSAA Championship Game.  If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Stoller at  jstoller@bmhs.us  or Dave Shook at  dave.shook@hotmail.com .
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.