Dear Parents,

Big week next week
 
Next week we celebrate the beginning of Lent and our Mass on Ash Wednesday will be the focus of the week. But, the focus of the weekend will be the annual benefit next Saturday, March 9. To celebrate both of these special days, we have events leading up to and surrounding them.
 
On Tuesday night, we will have our Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner sponsored by the Home and School Association. Please come and join other school families in the auditorium for a plateful of pancakes to fill up before the Lenten season.
 
During our school days, we will celebrate School Spirit Week leading up to the benefit. See Weekly for details.  
 
So...please bring the noise and energy next week (except for Wednesday) and please bring yourselves to the benefit on March 9. (Not sure how many of you are aware but 'FOMO' was actually created when a parent couldn't make it to the benefit one year...we don't want any of our parents creating new acronyms because they missed out this year!)
 
And don't forget to come support our athletes at the Special Olympics this Saturday in the gym from 10 am- 12 pm!  
 
Faithfully,
Chris Kelly

 March 4 - 7 is an A week
for lunch duty.   
 
Hot lunch is $18.00 for the week.  
 
Click here to sign up for lunch duty.
    Click here to download the lunch menu.
Click here to order lunch online.
March 4th-8th!
Monday
Manic Monday! Crazy hair, hat, and/or socks day.
in uniform
(hair must be "done" before school, no spray bottles at school, no wigs)
Tuesday
Pajama Day!
out of uniform
 
Wednesday
Ash Wednesday
Regular Uniform Day
in uniform
Thursday
Throwback Thursday! Dress like your favorite time period from History.
out of uniform
Friday
Olympic Blue and Gold Spirit Day! Dress in athletic wear, Olympic wear, and/or blue and gold to show your BSS spirit!
out of uniform
*Cost for Friday dress-down (only) is $1.00
 
Note: Please be sure to wear sneakers on your PE days!
 
THE SPRING BENEFIT WINE CELLAR NEEDS WINE!!! 
 
  3 WAYS TO BE A CHAMPION 
 
GOLD - Buy and donate a bottle before March 9 at Circle Wine & Spirits. Circle will hold the bottle at the store for collection by the  Wine  Cellar. Mention BSS at the register and your full purchase creates an additional donation. Circle has a list of suggestions for help in choosing great  wines .
 
SILVER - Drop off a bottle before March 9.
If you choose to donate a bottle you already have, you can drop it off in 2 places. Please tape a note with your family's name on the bottle to allow us to give you credit in the list of donors. Dropoff Locations:

-Blessed Sacrament front desk   

 

BRONZE - Make any purchase at Circle. Mention BSS at the register and your purchase creates a donation.

  

Bottle names and vintages will be listed in the auction materials.    
 
Questions? Please contact Charles Fendig, crfendig@yahoo.com, 703-298-5719.    
 
Let the Games Begin!
 
2019 BENEFIT

'THE BSS GAMES'
MARCH 9
 
Early Bird Ticket Rate Ends Feb 26 
   

Click here to view the online auction.

BECOME A 2019 BENEFIT BENEFACTOR TODAY!
 
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!

WE THANK OUR CURRENT 2019 BENEFACTORS
WHO HAVE DONATED $34,800 TO DATE:

Gods - $500+
Tatiana & Bernando Ahlborn  
Ashley & Jeremy Allen
Anna & Christopher Brown
Sarah & Bruce Cormier
Amy & Bob Dean
Elizabeth Drake 
Rickie Niceta & Thomas Lloyd
Lisa & David Madden
Beth & Brian Maloney
Ann & John McAllister
Kate Monahan & Dave Missar
Lauren & Brody Mullins
Alex Walsh & Brendan O'Brien
Renee & Tyson Redpath
Tiffany & Dan Sanders
Shanti Stanton
Shay & Robert Thorne
Lisa & Rich White

Athletes - $250
Misty & Mark Belles
Nellie & Seth Benhard
Erin & David Burns
Deirdre & Brian Christin
Nancy & Jim Cleary
Caroline Curtin & Merritt Connell
Laura & Brian Connolly
Lindsay & Patrick Conway
Susan & Richard DiMaio
Susan Murray & Chris Erceg
Maria Fisher & Charles Fendig
Elizabeth & John Funderburk
Barbara Noguera & Arthur Frye
Jeran & John Gimigliano
Angela & Joshua Grossfeld
Allyson & Jay Hauck
Eleanor & Matt Hopkins
Allison & Michael Jacobs 
Giulia & Philip Jaeger
Kate O'Scannlain & Matt       Johnson
Ashley & Brett Kavanaugh
Michelle Malloy & Chris Kelly
Tracy & C.J. Kline
Meg & Thomas Knight
Natalie & RJ Laukitis
Jennifer & Barton Leonard
MaryAnn & Nick Luongo
Elena & Greg Lynett
Dora Rioja-Mazza & Joseph     Mazza 
Gitte & Bernie McGuire
Athena & Greg Meyers
Gillian & John Mullins
Cari & Mike O'Malley
Kathleen & Doug Pagliaro
Alicia Abell & Will Peppo
Julia & Ed Power
Mary & Sergio Santiviago
Mercedes Rubio & Nicholas     Saunders, Jr 
Mary & Joe Seidel
Diane & Chris Simal
Mary & Doug Skorny
Ashley & Bentley Storm
Mimi Burke & Thomas Jarrett
Spectators - $150
Ashley Wells & Henry Arango
Jillian Bastow & Richard Bangs 
Anne & Hunter Bennett
Andi & Clark Bottner
Gretchen & Michael Bukowski
Sarah & Brian Crawford
Sally & Jonathan Diffley
Mary Beth Donahue
Laura & Matthew Fetters
Courtney & Todd Fletcher
Keelin & Paul Gallagher
Karen & Robert Graves
Elaine & Cabral Hobson
Joanna & Phil Kerpen
Katie & Bob Krantz
Monica Murphy-Kumar &   Ramesh Kumar
Erin & John Larkin
Katie & John Leachman
Liza &  Andreas Lindenberg 
Amanda & John Loveland
Monica & John Mastal
Anna & Mike Meenan
Meg & Jimmy Molloy
Julie & Brian Murphy 
Erin & Matt Ritz
Oriana & Jim Rodgers
Jen & Mike Rowan
Julie & Kevin Ryan
Tania & Walter Sechriest
Erin & John Sowanick
Joyce & Marc Sozio
Ashley Wells


(Benefactor List as of Wednesday, February 20.)

Tickets to the auction sold separately.

T o Become a Benefactor, go to  bss.maestroweb.com

Come see what Sodality is all about!  Join us at a fun event on Thursday, March 7 after 5:30pm Mass in the school auditorium
 
This is our yearly St. Joseph's dinner! 
We encourage Sodalists to bring new people to the dinner, but even if you don't know a sodalist, pls come and wear RED!
 
We'll have a St. Joseph's altar with decorative bread and a basket for prayer requests, traditional St. Joseph dinner foods, and special Italian pastry desserts. Featuring special guest speaker Trish Glowacki of The Glow Media Project  
 


 
A big THANK YOU to all who donated to the Kids Heart Challenge!
We raised $5,863 this year!! Thank you for supporting Blessed Sacrament in their commitment to helping the American Heart Association!
 
K-4th grade registrations for the play are due March 1st. If you didn't get a chance to drop it off yet, you may bring it to the front desk next week. Act fast to join this favorite musical!

Please email bsslittlemermaid@gmail.com with questions.

Thank you to all the parent volunteer who helped make BizTown a successful learning experience for 6th graders.  Students learned about business and the economy.  They wrote resumes, interviewed for jobs, earned their first paycheck, and balanced their check registers as an employee of Biztown.  
 
Click here to read the 6th grade Community News, created by our Biztown employees.

Irish eyes will be smiling at "Sunday is Special-Wearing O' the Green" on March 17th after the 9:00am Mass. 

Deck yourself in your green and meet other parishioners for coffee and donuts! 

It's Ireland for the day, so let's brave the blustery weather and meet outside the front doors of the church!! (If necessary, due to inclement weather, we will announce an indoor spot.) 

Fun for Mam, Da and all the bairns!!!
Interested in enjoying family togetherness in a serene, unplugged environment?
 
If you are looking for ways to deepen your faith, have fun with family and friends, and create lasting memories for you and your children, we invite you to consider attending the 2019 Labor Day Family Retreat at Camp Maria, Leonardtown, Maryland.  http://campmaria.org/  
 
This three-day retreat for adults, families, and children takes place every year at the site of a former camp for girls in Southern Maryland overlooking beautiful Breton Bay (about two hours from DC).  The retreat features daily outdoor mass, adult faith formation sessions with a priest and supervised crafts and sports for the children.  Campers stay in furnished cabins and eat communal meals in a beautiful dining room with a spectacular view.  There is free time for swimming, canoeing, crabbing, bingo and old fashioned fun for all ages.
 
We are looking for families with young children to join our group in 2019.   Please contact BS parishioner Susan Campbell (susanmariecampbell@yahoo.com) for more information.


Take advantage of the Family Discount!
$25 for the 1st book and $18 for each additional book.
 
A limited number of yearbooks will be printed, so reserve your copy before they sell out! 

Yearbooks will be distributed the last week of school.  

Click here to order your copy now!

Shop Amazon and Earn Money for BSS!

Don't forget to click on the Amazon logo on the bsstoday.org homepage before you make your Amazon purchase. BSS gets a portion of the proceeds back!

A Message from The Home & School Association
Dear Parents, 

The Benefit is just 8 days away! Please log on to MaestroWeb to buy tickets, become a Benefactor, bid on an item, or purchase your Bulldog Tumbler. If you are new to Blessed Sacrament School, all Benefit business is done through MaestroWeb, please set up an account at: bss.maestroweb.com.

The Benefit is going to be a fantastic night! I'll see you there!

Warmly,
Grace G. McNicholas

PJS and Pancakes is on Tuesday! 
Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner
March 5th, 6 - 7:30 pm

Click here to RSVP. 

Volunteers needed:

Also a perfect opportunity to volunteer with your teen or tween
to get ready for Lent. Help with set up, greet, serve, and clean.

Contact: Anna Meenan to join the fun at ameenan@gmail.com

Next Box Tops Collection is March 28th!
Class with the most Box Tops per child wins a free dress day! 
Here's what's coming up in March:

3/4: Uniform Exchange, 2:30-3:30pm
3/5: PJs and Pancakes
3/6: Uniform Exchange, 7:45-8:30am
3/11 & 3/12: Dining Nights at Ledo's 
3/28: Box Tops Collection
  Wrap Up of Last Week's Fundraisers:

Bake Sale:  The Bake Sale made $465 for the Spring Benefit. Thank-you to everyone to brought in a baked good or purchased an item. A special thank-you to Emily Booth for organizing this fundraiser!