This week's Newsletter includes a letter from our new principal, Cheri Gioe 
 
Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School
Educating the Mind, Body and Soul
Pelican Express
July 28 - August 4 2016
School Hours:  7:25am - 2:45pm with a ssembly beginning at 7:45am
Carpool ends at 3:10pm
Beginning of Year Information, Principal's Message, Counselor's Corner, New Policies, First Month's Calendar 

A Message From the Principal

A Community of Mercy and Love

The recent events in Baton Rouge have caused pain for many but, the events have also sparked conversations about mercy, kindness and the true meaning of community.  One of the conversations I witnessed took place on television between Matt Williams, WAFB news anchor, and former Chief of Police Jeff LeDuff.  Chief LeDuff was telling Matt that everyone in Baton Rouge should walk up to someone they do not know, extend their hand, and tell that person something about themselves. He went on to say those conversations would showcase that we are all more like each other than we are different from one another.

As the new principal of MBS, I can see and feel the strong sense of community that MBS offers its members.  Aren’t we fortunate that our children are able to be part of this loving, kind and merciful community?  Aren’t we fortunate that we are able to work in this loving, kind and merciful community?  Aren’t we fortunate to worship in this loving, kind and merciful community? 

In this year of mercy let us share the love, kindness, and mercy we receive from MBS with our greater Baton Rouge community, let us be agents of change, always remembering the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”   

Join me MBS families in extending your hand and letting our lights shine!
God Bless,Cheri

P.S.  I am looking forward to meeting all of you at our Back to School Meet and Greet on Thursday, August 4th from 3pm - 5pm.


Important Calendar Dates

July 30 - MBS Raffle - MBS Gym

August 4 - Back to School Meet and Greet - 3pm - 5pm

August 5 - 1st Day of School - 1st - 8th Grade

August 8 - 9 - Kindergarten Testing

August 8 - Home and School Officer's Meeting - School Library - 5pm

August 10 - 12 - Kindergarten Parent Meetings

August 11 - School Liturgy - 6th Grade Bible Blessings

August 15 - School Liturgy

August 15 - Open House Grades 6-8 - St. Ursula Hall - 6pm

August 15 - 17 - Kindergarten Staggered Entry 

August 16 - Open House Grades K-5 - St. Ursula Hall - 6pm

August 18 - All Kindergarten Students Attend

August 24 - School Pictures

August 24 - Substitute Orientation - St. Ursula Hall - 10am

August 25 - School Liturgy

August 29 - September 2 - ASPIRE Testing

August 31 - September 2 - Mother Teresa Celebration

  
Back to School Meet and Greet
Join us on Thursday, August 4th from 3pm - 5pm for the annual MBS Back to School Meet and Greet. Visit the school campus, find out home room teachers, see old friends, and visit with teachers and families!  We can't wait to see all of you there! 


Open House
Spend an evening at MBS for our annual Open Houses.  Evening highlights are:
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Home and School raffles to include 3 months of free tuition and 1st and 2nd in line carpool spots
  • A state of MBS address delivered by our new principal, Cheri Gioe
  • Classroom Visits

As in the past Open House will be divided into 2 nights:  

Monday, August 15 - 6pm - 8pm  - Parents of Students in Grades 6-8
Tuesday, August 16 - 6pm - 8pm - Parents of Students in Kindergarten - 1st Grade    


2016-2017 Parent Handbook
The Most Blessed Sacrament Parent/Student Handbook has been updated and re-formatted.  New this year, handbook procedures have been alphabetized for ease of use. Click here to access the complete handbook.


Uniform Changes
Please click here for the 2016-20107 Uniform Guidelines.


New Discipline Procedures Posted 
Please review the 2016-2017 MBS Parent/Student Handbook, pages 11-17, for new discipline procedures.  The new procedures are in effect the first day of school.

Transportation
Please see the handbook for detailed information pertaining to carpool and walkers. The carpool procedure has not changed.  Bus routes are assigned based upon the physical address you have registered with MBS School.  If your address has changed, it is very important that you notify the office.  Bus information will be mailed directly to your home from East Baton Rouge Transportation the week before school begins.  If you need to change your address with the school or do not receive information regarding your bus route, please contact Mrs. Vonnie Chiasson in the school office.  

Absences, Check-Ins and Check-Outs

MBS has new procedures for  absences, check-ins and check-outs!
  1. Absences - Please notify the school office by 9am  when your child is absent. You may call the school office at 751-0273 or you may e-mail mbsabsent@mbsbr.org. 
  2. In order for absences to be excused, the school must receive a medical excuse..  
  3. Students who report to school late will receive a tardy.  Students who are tardy will report directly to the class that is scheduled at their time of arrival.  They will visit their locker at their next designated locker time.
  4. Eight tardies will equal 1 unexcused absence. 
  5. The latest students can be checked out is 2:15pm
  6. Messages regarding transportation or a change to a student's end of the day schedule will be taken until 2pm. 
Health and Safety
  • All health records must be current and turned into the school office before August 5.  This is a requirement of the EBR Department of Health.
  • MBS is a peanut aware school campus.  Loose nuts of any kind are not allowed and nut products are only allowed during lunch time.  Students bringing nut products in their lunches will be seated in a peanut aware area.  Please do not send items containing peanuts or peanut products to school for parties. 
  • Students requiring medication need to have the appropriate forms on file with the office. Forms should be filled out every year.  
  • If your child has special medical needs, please schedule an appointment with Mrs. Gioe.
Emergency Information 
Please log in to Parents Plus Portals and verify that your emergency information is correct and up-to-date. If your emergency information has changed please make the necessary changes.  Edits can be done at any time. Please also ensure that your emergency card has been completed and turned into the school office by the end of the first week of school.   
Volunteer Opportunities and Time and Talent Cards 
According to the MBS Parent/Student Handbook all school families must contribute 30 volunteer hours to MBS school and/or church parish as part of their commitment to our faith community.  Hours will be checked prior to re-registration.  Families who have not completed 30 hours of service may be assessed the out of parish tuition rate.  If you need assistance in finding accepted volunteer hours, please contact the school office.  
Extra-Curricular Eligibility
A new policy for MBS:
  • Grades will not be used from the previous academic school year to determine eligibility as each year is a new beginning for everyone.
  • Students in grades 5 – 8 should have a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative average and a minimum of a C (75%) in conduct.
  • Grades will be checked at each progress report time and the end of each nine weeks. If a student’s grades fall below a 2.0 cumulative average and/or their conduct falls below a C – 75%, athletic eligibility will be assessed and determined by the Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School administration in consultation with their teacher. 
  • Athletic eligibility may also be affected when incidents of severe misconduct occur.
  • Should behavior warrant, the administration may place a student on probation or remove that student from any activity at any point during the school year.
Cafeteria News
MBS offers breakfast and lunch through the Child Nutrition Program.  Students may participate in the Child Nutrition Program or they may bring their own lunch. Menus will be posted each month. All school lunches are prepared meeting nut free guidelines. Students bringing lunches to school must not bring loose nuts.  Should students bring lunches containing nuts or nut products, they will be seated in a designated nut area.                                                 

Pay cafeteria fees  here
Meal Information  here
August Menu is coming soon!
Extended Care
Click  here  for fee information.
Substitute Teacher Orientation
Anyone interested in substituted teaching must complete a substitute teacher orientation.  The first sub orientation is scheduled for Wednesday,  August, 24 from 10am - 11am by emailing Mrs. Gioe at cgioe@mbsbr.org.

Young Rembrandts Drawing Class - A New After School Activity
New to MBS this year is Young Rembrandts. Young Rembrandts is an after school art program for students grades K-5.  For more information click  here .
Athletics
For up-to-date Athletic information click  here .  

New this year, MBS will offer Middle School Swimming. Team information will be posted soon.  In the meantime, please click here for information pertaining to swim clinics, hosted at Crawfish Aquatics. 

Choir and Band

The Most Blessed Sacrament Concert Band will begin at the end of August. If your child is interested in joining and is in grades 5th-8th, please contact Mrs. Schiebe  for more information. Experience not necessary. Please note that band is not part of the school schedule or tuition and requires an after school commitment on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:50-3:45 p.m.

The Most Blessed Sacrament Concert Choir will begin at the end of August. If your child is interested in joining and is in grades 4th-8th, please contact Mrs. Schiebe for more information. Experience not necessary. Please note that choir is not part of the school schedule and requires an after school commitment on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:50- 4:00 p.m.

Counselor's Corner
In light of the recent events that have been happening in Baton Rouge, click  here  for information on how to explain the "news" to your child.