Dear Parents,

And... we enter the giving season, Thanksgiving and more!

We just completed our Gabriel baby bottle project, through which we raised over $7,500! Thank you to all who contributed to this worthy cause. We will be giving the donated funds to the Montgomery and PG County chapters of the Gabriel Network to help expectant mothers and their babies who need additional support. Thank you to Mrs. Matejik and our sixth grade advisors and students for spearheading this effort.  Congratulations to Mrs. Albertson's class and Ms. Ryan's advisory for being the top collectors! Please be sure to return the baby bottles so they can be used in future fundraisers.

We'll be giving food to the Spanish Catholic Center so families in need can celebrate Thanksgiving with food we sometimes take for granted. Please send in your assigned items to help continue this tradition of making the holiday special for hundreds of families throughout the city.

And, be ready for even more giving...look for information about the Greg Gannon Canned Food Drive and additional details about Giving Tuesday in next week's Weekly.

While we're talking about thanks and giving, I wanted to send a special thank you to the School Advisory Board (SAB) for giving their time to the school (see what I did there?). Ann McAllister, the chair of the board, shared a little bit about the role of the SAB at the Back to School nights, but I wanted to remind the parents that the SAB is here to help advise Fr. Foley and myself on issues concerning the school. While our primary focus this year is updating and prioritizing the goals in the strategic plan, we always allow time for open discussion at our monthly meetings. Feel free to share questions or concerns with me or Ann or any of the board members. In addition to Ann McAllister and the school/parish staff represented on the board (Fr. Foley, Allison Cogswell, Amanda Loveland and me), we are happy to have the participation of Mary Seidel, Jonathan Sowanick, Allison Rule, Tom Cicotello, Nichole Dunn, Nickole Flax, and Nelda Harris.
 
Faithfully,
Chris Kelly

November 18 - 22 is an A week
for lunch duty.   
 
Hot lunch is $22.50 for the week.  
 
Click here to sign up for lunch duty.
Click here to download the lunch menu.
Click here to order lunch online.
 
Faculty and Staff Christmas Gift Fund
It's that time of year - time to thank our wonderful faculty and staff by donating to the Christmas Fund. The money raised is a much appreciated Christmas bonus for our faculty and staff.

We encourage everyone to skip the individual teacher gifts and contribute to the Faculty and Staff Christmas Fund instead!  Donation are managed entirely by the HSA and
all the names of those who donate (not contribution amounts) will be given to our faculty and staff, so they will know you were thinking of them. 

Cross this item off your Christmas to-do  list and donate here today!

Thanksgiving   Food Drive
 
November  18,19,20, and 21
 
Each class is asked to bring in the specific  food  items listed below, as well as a donation of $5.00 to buy turkeys and fresh groceries.  These donations will be distributed to families in our school community, families in our parish social concerns program, and families served by the Spanish Catholic Center.

Please send in food and $5.00 cash donations by THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21st. 


Food donation items: (PLEASE NO GLASS JARS)     
 
K1 Lafionatis-two packages of mac-n-cheese
K2 Pavel- two cans of tuna
K3 Walsh Rogan- one large box of raisins
1A Vantine- two plastic jars of jelly
1B Brant /Molloy- two boxes of cornbread
1C Cunningham- two bags or cans of beans
2A Kirlin- one jar of peanut butter 
2B  Burns - two cans of pears
2C Hamilton- two boxes of cake mix
3A - Proctor one large can of pumpkin
3B Olson- one box of dry milk
3C Albertson- two cans of tomatoes  
4A Weschler- two cans of cranberry sauce
4B  Hyland - two cans of soup
4C Zukowski- two cans of peaches
5A K. Tobin- two cans of evaporated milk
5B Markley- one medium bag of sugar
5C Scanlan-  one box of breakfast cereal
6A Ryan- one large bag of flour
6B Matthews- one medium bottle of oil
6C  McDaniel- one box of oatmeal
6D Guitart  - two packages of dry pasta 
7A Goodman/Burke- one box of low sugar cereal
7B Bastow- two plastic jars of spaghetti sauce 
7C Shaffer- two packages of pudding
7D Mazyck- two cans of vegetables
8A Fetters- one large bag of rice
8B Tobin- one large bag of rice
8C Schiller - one large bag/box of stuffing
8D McCann- one large bag/box of stuffing

We thank you for your generosity!
The Uniform Exchange will be open  just once this month on

Wednesday, November 20
7:45 - 8:30 a.m.

Come to the HSA Closet on the lower level of the school to shop for long pants and sweatshirts!

Acceptable items for exchange are uniform components that have been laundered and double-checked for stains, holes, broken zippers, odors, and pet fur. If the items are not in good condition, kindly do not exchange or donate them.

Please contact Jara Seaman, Laura Grimm, or Tania Sechriest with any questions:  jbarrows23@yahoo.com llgrimm2003@gmail.com  gembalat@yahoo.com .
Stocking Stuffer Service Project

Th e 6 th grade advisories are collecting toiletries for the homeless to be distributed at the Blessed Sacrament Soup Kitchen, the Spanish Catholic Center, St. Thomas More, and THRIVE DC. This year, our goal is to fill 300 stockings! We really need your help in order to fill them all.   
 

Kindergarten - deodorant & chapstick
1st - full-sized toothpaste & chapstick
2nd - deodorant & chapstick
3rd - full-sized toothpaste & toothbrushes
4th - full-sized toothpaste & chapstick
5th - deodorant & soap
6th - toothbrushes & soap
7th - deodorant & soap
8th - toothbrushes & chapstick
 
ALL DONATED ITEMS ARE DUE  
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6TH.  
Thank you!  

Three more weeks until Giving Tuesday!

Mark you calendars for December 3 to support local organizations including Blessed Sacrament School. This internationally recognized day of philanthropy kicks off the holiday and end of year giving season. 

The  #UNselfie   campaign is the driving force behind our #GivingTuesday fundraising effort. It is powered by the BSS Class of 2020. An "unselfie" is a selfie that's not about you. It's about the unselfish act you are doing or promoting in the picture.

Every gift you make on December 3rd to Blessed Sacrament School directly impacts the students.

Every student receives an annual tuition discount of $1,000. A gift to Annual Fund on Giving Tuesday helps bridge the gap between tuition income and operating expenses.

On December 3rd every gift counts!



Pick A STAR for the Blessed Sacrament Giving Tree and help provide Christmas gifts for a child in need. 

You can request a virtual star, by clicking here. Or send an email to BSDCGivingTree@gmail.com.
 
Stars will also be distributed after all masses this weekend.
 
Or if you don't feel like shopping, you can make a donation or leave a gift or gift card.  
 
Questions? Contact Renee Redpath, Courtney Knowles or Nikole Flax at BSDCGivingTree@gmail.com.
 
Missing something? Might it be at school? We're doing some       
housecleaning and will be going through lost and found and the gym stage to donate found items.  
 
If your child is missing something, please come by school to look before Thanksgiving break.
Thanks to all school families and faculty for wonderful participation in the parish Bazaar last Saturday, especially to 8th grade confirmandi for their help.  Preliminary results indicate that a record breaking amount of money was raised!

All the money from the bazaar is split evenly between the individual charities supported by the sodalities who run the bazaar, and a specific parish project.  This year's profits will go to a much needed renovation of the church bathroom, and if sufficient money is left over, to landscaping a gathering area outside of the church's main doors.  No funds go to anything else!

If you would like to contribute to the two parish projects, it's easy!  Send a check to the church and write "Bazaar" in the memo line.   Or click here to donate online. Thanks so much for your generosity. 

If you have any questions, please email nryan@blessedsacramentdc.org .  
  Earn cash for our school and save money while you do all your Thanksgiving shopping with special offers available through the Box Tops App.  
 
Remember to download the app and scan your receipt every time you shop to earn 10ยข per Box Tops for our school. While you shop, keep a look out for this month's specials on Cheerios, Annie's products, and many more.   If you prefer your computer to the grocery aisle, BoxTops App is now taking certain online grocery receipts. The following email receipts are currently eligible:
  • Instacart
  • Jet.com
  • SamsClub.com
  • Sam's Club Scan & Go
  • Shipt
  • Target.com
  • Target Pick Up/Drive Up
  • Walmart Grocery
  • Walmart Pay
  • Walmart.com
For additional info and to download the app,click here. 
Training sessions - for both new and veteran Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are scheduled for TOMORROW, Saturday morning, November 16, at 8:45am and Wednesday evening, November 20, at 6:30 PM. Both will be held in the church and will last only about two hours.

At every Mass, we encounter Jesus in the sacrament of the Eucharist. We are sustained by so great a gift! Is God calling you to serve your fellow parishioners? The parish is in need of more Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion - both those who minister to the sick and those who serve at Mass. "Eucharistic Ministers" typically serve one or two weekends a month; you can choose the Mass times and dates which are most convenient for your family's schedule.

For more information or to RSVP that you will attend, please email worshipministry@blessedsacramentdc.org.
Please join the Military Veterans Ministry to honor the parish and nation's veterans during the 10:30 am Mass on Sunday, November 17 in the Church.

A coffee and donut reception will follow in the school auditorium where they are accepting donations of rosaries that will be given to the Catholic chaplaincy at the VA Hospital in Washington, D.C., and Father Alec Scott who recently joined the Chaplaincy of the U.S. Army.

If you cannot attend the reception in the auditorium and would  still like to donate rosaries, please email Jocelyn Rowe at jocelyn@roweglobalgroup.com or drop them off in the basket at the back of the church at the 9:00 AM, 10:30 AM & 12:30 PM masses. 

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