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Wednesday, September 28
This is not a dress down day.  An extra dress down is on the October calendar as a make up date.
Iowa Testing, 3rd-8th grades
Faculty and Staff Luncheon, drop off items by 10:00 a.m.
Sixth Grade & Kindergarten Field Trip to Company Shop Market, 1:20 p.m.

Thursday, September 29
Iowa Testing, 3rd-8th grades

Friday, September 30
Iowa Testing, 5th grade
Mass, 8:45 a.m.
BSS Tennis vs Southern Alamance, 4:00 p.m. at Olde Forest Racquet Club (200 Pinedale Drive, Elon)

Saturday, October 1
BSS Volleyball vs OLG, 9:30 a.m. at The Burlington School Greenwood Terrace Campus (1615 Greenwood Terrace, Burlington)
BSS Volleyball vs SLS, 12:30 p.m. at The Burlington School
Sign up HERE to volunteer at our home game!

Monday, October 3
Monday Morning Coffee at The Blend & Co with Corporate Sponsor host La Cocina, 7:30 a.m.  (127 E. Front Street, Burlington)
Sixth Grade & Kindergarten Field Trip to May Memorial Library, 1:20 p.m.

Tuesday, October 4
Time for Twos, 9:15 a.m.
HSA Board Meeting, 3:15 p.m.

Wednesday, October 5
Progress Reports

Thursday, October 6
BSS Soccer vs The Burlington School, 4:00 p.m. at BSS

Friday, October 7
All School Dress Down
Mass, 8:45 a.m.
Pep Rally, 10:45 a.m. -8th Grade Volleyball Recognition
Early Release, 11:30 a.m. (Club Knight open!)
PECSAA Volleyball Tournament, Williams High School
BSS Tennis vs Western Alamance will be rescheduled-stay tuned for details!

Saturday, October 8
PECSAA Volleyball Tournament, Williams High School

Monday, October 10
Monday Morning Coffee at The Blend & Co with Corporate Sponsor host Alamance Eye Center, 7:30 a.m.  (127 E. Front Street, Burlington)
Fourth Grade Field Trip to Colonial Living Days, 8:30 a.m. at Alamance Battle Ground

Looking Ahead...

Friday, October 7 & Saturday October 8
BSS hosts the 2016 PECSAA Volleyball Tournament at Williams High School
We need parent volunteer support from Preschool-8th grade to help make this event a success.  The money we earn supports our Athletic program for the next five years.  

Parents of players we will not know the schedule until just before the tournament.  Please do not wait until the schedule is released to help us fill these spots.  You can always make a trade!

Sign up HERE to volunteer!

We know that many of you have signed up via the One Form, but please confirm your commitment here.  It is CRITICAL that we know who is interested in playing no later than October 10th.  Girls and Boys basketball, Cheerleading, and Pep Squad.
Knight News
BSS In the News!
Blessed Sacrament was featured on the front page of the Times-News with an article about Dr. Smithies visit last week.  See additional pictures in the Classroom Connections section. Read the article HERE.

Multiplication Master
Congratulations to third grader Katie Kimrey for achieving her Multiplication Master status!  Way to go Katie!
 

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.

BSS Runners Represent at Area Races!
I Will Survive 5K Participants:
Timothy Klein 
Mary Klein 
Kennedy Joyce 
Eleanor Arcaro-Burbridge 


Great Cape Escape Participants:
Hootie Sioussat 
Avery LaPlante 
Lilly LaPlante
Asher LaPlante


The Girls on the Run Triangle Area Carrie Gilmore Memorial fund Virtual 5K.
Mrs. Ehmig
Grace Stalek
Devon Stalek


Thank you to the coaches and parents that supported our runners!



Tennis Tournament
Several of our BSS tennis players participated in the Burlington Jr. Futures NC L5 tournament last weekend at the Burlington Tennis Center.

Srikar Kavirayuni (8th grade) won the Boys' 14 singles division by  defeating all the seeded players in the tournament to win the trophy. Currently Srikar's ranking is 37 in Boys Age Group 12 division in the state

Nina Kate Brasington (4th grade) and Andrew Brasington (6th grade) also participated in the tournament.  Great job and congrats to all of our tennis players!


HSA Curb Appeal Committee and Boy Scout Eagle Scout Project Unite!
AlumKnight James Steffen continues his work on the outdoor classroom space he is preparing for our school.  BSS is incredibly lucky to be the recipient of this generous project.  Thank you James and the Steffen family!

Last weekend our HSA Curb Appeal committee and volunteers met to assist James with his project.  Thank you to the Hein family, the Klein family, the Reece family, and to AlumKnight Jose Hernandez for your help.  The committee also spruced up our front porch pots and have them ready for fall.  Thank you!!

The Cross Country Club thanks this week's water stop host-Bill Palmer. Thanks also to Mrs. Sioussat for meeting us with the supplies!

Purchase your own 8 x 10 copy of the All School Photo
Use the order form in last Wednesday's yellow envelope.  Photos are only $10!
 
Thank you parents and grandparents for our delicious faculty and staff luncheon!  Your love and support is greatly appreciated!

Blessing of the Animals
Blessing of Animals , a tradition in our parish, will take place on Saturday, October 1st  at 10:00 AM (leashed or caged animals, please). When you bring your pets to the church to be blessed, please also bring a donation of dog food, cat food, or pet supplies to be donated to the Humane Society of Alamance County. Please also remember to bring your used printer ink cartridges to donate to the Humane Society - they are able to recycle these and turn them in to funds to further help their efforts in our county.  The Secular Franciscans will make sure that your donations will be delivered to the Humane Society and put to good use.

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 3 for coffee hosted by La Cocina Restaurant.  Thank you Villalpando family!
 
Thank you again to Troutman Family Dentistry for hosting this week's coffee time!


BSS Spirit Wear Coordinator Needed!
Please contact Mrs. Hackman in the Admissions Office if you are interested in coordinating our school spirit wear sales.  Tasks include coordinating with vendors, sorting order forms and placing orders, and arranging for sales at various sporting events (you do not need to attend all sporting events).
Thank you!  Mrs. Hackman  thackman@bssknights.org

Fall Conferences
Conferences are Wednesday, November 9 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 pray for Mrs. Libera and her family as they mourn the sudden passing of her sister-in- law, Linda Orioli.
 
Please remember in your prayers, Barbara Brown, niece of Mrs. Gomez as she battles major health issues and who underwent back surgery today.
From the Principal's Desk
Dear BSS Families,

This Monday and Tuesday, Mrs. Allred and I attended the AdvancEd Conference in order to prepare for our accreditation visit on April 10-11, 2017. One of the standards requires feedback from all the stakeholders of our school.   Beginning on Wednesday, October 12 - October 26, the parent survey portal link via the Knight Chronicle will be opened for your responses.  We need 20% of the school families to complete the survey. Thank you for your cooperation.

Mrs. Gomez
 
Volleyball Tournament
The volleyball tournament is around the corner.  Thanks to those who signed up to help and there are slots that still need to be filled. We welcome all helping hands.
 
Parking Lot
Next week work will begin on the area of the parking lot near the brick wall/fence. Use caution as you drive into the parking lot. Also please use the correct entrance and exit when driving into the lot as we would not want any fender benders.  Thank you. 
From the Admissions & Advancement Office
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
Nobel Prize Winner speaks at Blessed Sacrament School
Renowned Scientist Dr. Oliver Smithies spoke to middle school students last Friday.




Fourth Grade Field Trip to Farm to Table

Paws for Reading
Polly couldn't make it in the rain last week but Luke came to read with first grade!


Kindergarten and their Buddies
Last week Kindergarten worked with their sixth grade buddies to build their "Thinga-ma-jiggers".  Two weeks ago the Kindergarten students and their buddies drew their designs on paper and last week they brought their creations to life!

Elon Play Therapy Students Assist our Little Knights and Kindergarten Classes
BSS is extremely lucky to have students from three Elon courses assisting our students and teachers this fall.  Our Play Therapy students are working with Preschool, Pre Kindergarten, and Kindergarten students.

 
Several of our Eighth Graders enjoying their first off campus lunch!

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, October 4th.

Curb Appeal Committee Work Day
The first Curb Appeal work date is Sunday, September 25 from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. here at the school.  Bring your family out and help us make our school continue to shine!  

Curb appeal will be teaming up with James Steffen to help him finish the final stages of his Eagle Scout Project which is the outdoor garden near the preschool playground. We will help plant ground cover, prepare for grass seeding and move current raised beds. Please sign up to help!

Sign up HERE to help.

Class Party Sign Ups



 
The Fall Box Tops Classroom Collection Competition is happening now!  
Clip those box tops and support BSS!

Monday, October 3rd  is the last day to turn in BoxTops for the Fall collection contest. 

Each week there will be a classroom winner and an individual winner. Be sure to label your BoxTops with your child's name and teacher's name.  This week's classroom winner is THIRD GRADE!  The individual winner is Lydia Andress!
 
Last week's co-winner, Joey Castelda, was absent when we announced his name.  Here he is pictured with the awesome Box Tops tank top!



 

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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 
Middle School Tennis League Standings as of 9/22/16
1. Western Alamance
2. Blessed Sacrament School
3. BCA
4. Hawfields/Woodlawn
5. Turrentine
6. Southern
7. River Mill
8. The Burlington School

Since this announcement BSS posted another win over Turrentine.  See the Knights in action THIS Friday at 4:00 p.m. at Olde Forest Racquet Club in a match with Southern.

Fall Sports Information  
  

Soccer (5th-8th grade): Practice on Monday & Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the BSS field
Coaches: Elon student Grace Robertson and Andy Armstrong

Volleyball (5th-8th grade): 
Practice on Tuesday (JV 3:30-4:30 p.m. and Varsity 4:30-5:30 p.m..) at The Burlington School Davis Street campus.  The team will walk together.
Practice on Thursday (JV from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Varsity from 4:30-5:30
p.m . ) at Burlington Sporting Goods.  
2016 PECSAA Volleyball Schedule.  Check the school's Google Calendar for non-league games.
Coaches: Jennifer Lee and Rodney Amick  


Tennis (5th-8th grade): Practice on Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. to  4:30  p.m. at the Burlington Tennis Center.  Matches are on Friday afternoons at 4:00 p.m. at BTC, Alamance Country Club, and Olde Forest Racquet Club.
Practice begins TODAY
Fall Tennis Schedule and Rules of Play  HERE
Paperwork due to Coach Eggleston by Friday is HERE
Coaches: Tim Hackman and Chad Brasington 

Cross Country (4th-8th grade and must be able to run a mile without stopping and have the maturity to run on the sidewalks/streets): 
Team will run on Mondays immediately following dismissal and pick up is 4:30 p.m. on the back. field.Training begins Monday, August 29th and runs through Monday, November 14th.  We will run weather permitting.
Coaches: Jennifer Klein, Keith Rugh, and Tara Hackman

BSS parents or friends of BSS if you live within 1 1/2 miles of the school and are willing to be an occasional water stop for our cross country club please contact Jennifer Klein at jennietuckklein@aol.com or 336.266.4776.  You do not have to be home to support our group with a water stop!

Running Club (K-8th grade): Club will run on Mondays September 12th and concluding October 31st.
3:15-3:30  Change for running club
3:30-4:15 Running Club
4:15-4:30 Snacks/Free Play
4:30  Pick up
Coaches: Jamey Cabell and Katie LaPlante
Parent volunteers are needed to make running club a success!  Please contact Coach Cabell at jamey.cabell@gmail.com if you are able to assist at any or all practices.

Thank you!
Coach Eggleston

Upcoming Games & Matches

Friday, September 30
BSS Tennis vs Southern Alamance, 4:00 p.m. at Olde Forest Racquet Club (200 Pinedale Drive, Elon)

Saturday, October 1
BSS Volleyball vs OLG, 9:30 a.m. at The Burlington School Greenwood Terrace Campus (1615 Greenwood Terrace, Burlington)
BSS Volleyball vs SLS, 12:30 p.m. at The Burlington School

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 
bdudiak@elon.edu
Date
Time
Opponent
Saturday, October 15, 2016
7:00 PM
UNCW
Sunday, October 16, 2016
2:00 PM
College of Charleston
Friday, October 28, 2016
7:00 PM
Towson
Sunday, October 30, 2016
2:00 PM
Delaware
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
7:00 PM
North Carolina Central
Friday, November 11, 2016
7:00 PM
Hofstra
Sunday, November 13, 2016
2:00 PM
Northeastern

Community News
BSS Student Performs in "Bye Bye Birdie"
See seventh grader Shane Flaherty perform in an upcoming performance!
   
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