Dear Parents,
Holy Family school in Hillcrest Heights has faced some financial challenges over the past several years and they are striving to keep a Catholic education available to the families that live in that community. (I have been an employee in the Archdiocese of Washington for over 30 years and I have seen far too many of our Catholic schools close. There are valid reasons for much of what has happened, but these schools tend to be in areas with the greatest need, particularly in poorer areas both urban and rural.) The principals of the archdiocese have committed to supporting Holy Family and many of the schools are holding fundraisers this holiday season specifically to support the school. Just this week, a major private donation was given to Holy Family, but we still want to show our support and therefore we will be doing a $2.00 Christmas Sweater/Hat/Accessory Day next Thursday (December 13) AND a bake sale (with baked goods donated by the teachers) the same day. Children will wear their uniforms but may wear a pretty or ugly Christmas sweater, a Christmas hat, Christmas socks, etc. More information will go out next week but please join us in supporting another Catholic school that could use a little holiday magic.
Safety update. As promised, I have attached some information about the safety program that I attended (along with a couple of teachers) in late September. The superintendent has composed this letter to be sent out to all schools. Current belief is that lockdown/shelter in place is not necessarily the best reaction to a violent situation in the school (although it is one alternative). The intent of the ALICE program is to educate the teachers and the children about options that are possible in any situation. Please realize that we are preparing for the very unlikely event of something happening here at school and this is only the very beginning of our awareness and training. More information will be coming home the rest of the year and in the coming years about this program.
Chris Kelly 

December 10 - 14  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.

Thank you volunteers for another successful canned food drive!
Through your service we were able to collect thousands of cans 
for hungry families in the DC metro area.
Blessed Sacrament Giving Tree 

If you took a star for the Giving Tree and have not returned a gift to a drop box, please drop off your gift in the school AUDITORIUM this weekend:
Saturday, December 8th from 2pm - 7:00 pm
(Come between 2 and 5 and helpers will be available on the blacktop to take the gifts from your car as you drive through)  
Sunday, December 9th from 8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Gifts will be given out Sunday so we MUST have all gifts by 12:30Sunday
If you have any problems or questions. 
Contact Renee Redpath, Courtney Knowles or
Nikole Flax at
New unwrapped gifts also appreciated to supplement. 
Oh come all ye faithful! Join the Sanctuary Sodality's Queen of Angels members at 5:30 Mass  on Thursday, December 13th and then stay after Mass to light the Christmas tree. 
Hot chocolate and cookies will be served!  
Ho, ho, ho! 

Announcing... the 2019 School Musical
Performances: April 12 & 13
All K-8th graders invited to participate!
Look for a registration form in January


Monday, January 28, 2019

A joint parish-school intergenerational event for 
Catholic Schools Week!

Stay tuned for more details...

Parents of Siblings applying to Blessed Sacrament for Sept 2019

Please don't forget that your applications for siblings for all grades are due on December 14, 2018.  Apply online at, where you will also find all of the application requirements.  If you have any questions, email  
Spring Benefit 

2019 Wine Cellar 
Spring Benefit 2019 Wine Cellar The BSS purchase credit is now available at Circle Wine & Spirits. Remember to please go to Circle to buy wine, beer and spirits. Your purchase will benefit BSS and the 2019 Spring Benefit in March. Just mention Blessed Sacrament at the register before they ring you up. Bottle donations for the wine cellar will begin in January. Contact Charles Fendig if you have questions: Thank you!
A Message From Your  Home & School Association

Dear Parents,

We're in the final weeks of 2018. Thank-you to every one who has donated to the Faculty & Staff Christmas Fund, we are just a few thousand away from matching last year's donations. Today is the last day to give. Please consider donating and helping make our faculty and staff feel loved! 

Grace G. McNicholas 
Faculty & Staff Christmas Fund - 
Today is the LAST day!
This is it! 
Today is the  FINAL day to donate to the 
Faculty & Staff Christmas Fund.

Donate now, donate today, donate big!

- MARCH 9, 2019 -

We hope you will join us  for the Olympic-themed BSS Games!  Every year the benefit is an incredibly fun party and wonderful way to support our special school! The money raised will improve school facilities and technology, enrich student activities and provide tuition assistance to BSS families.
  • Volunteer to help with this event. The Co-Chairs are Ashley Allen, Celine Delany, and Katie Krantz. Contact one of them TODAY and ask how you can HELP!
  • Sponsor the event! Your family, your business, or your employer can donate money and sponsor this fabulous event. 
  • Donate an item or a service to the auction. Be creative! Some families get together and host "sign-up parties." 
  • Becaome a Benefit Benefactor.  Details below...
Become a Benefactor and support the Sister Rose Tuition Assistance Fund, which helps Blessed Sacrament School families experiencing hardship with temporary financial aid so their children can continue to attend BSS. 100% of the Benefactor funds go to help BSS families in need. Thanks to the generosity of last year's Benefit Benefactors, the HSA was able to give $40,000 for tuition aid disbursement!

GODS - $500                        ATHLETES - $250                SPECTATORS - $150
Name on Invitation                  Name on Invitation                  Name on Invitation
Name on Benefactor Wall       Name on Benefactor Wall       Name on Benefactor Wall
1/2 pg Family Ad in Catalog    1/4 pg Family Ad in Catalog

Tickets to the auction are not included.
The Deadline to appear on the Invitation is January 11, 2019. 

T o Become a Benefactor, go to  or email
BSS Ornaments!

 We have just 10
Blessed Sacrament Ornaments left.
Questions? Email Julie Ryan at
Wrap Up of Last Week's Fundraisers: 

Faculty & Staff Christmas Fund: We're almost there! We need just $3,000 more to match the $25,000 we collected last year. If you haven't donated yet, please consider doing so.

Child's Play Private Shopping Event: Check back soon for our final numbers! 

Ledo's: Our last Dining Night at Ledo's netted $234.41. This is fantastic! Thank-you everyone for supporting BSS by eating at Ledo's last month. We'll have our Arucola numbers to you soon.
And here's what's coming up in December:

12/7: Faculty & Staff Christmas Fund closes.
12/12: Bake Sale for the Spring Benefit.
12/14: Faculty & Staff Christmas Party, for our beloved faculty  and staff, sponsored by HSA.