Dear Parents,

Blue Ribbon means we're doing great...double Blue Ribbon means we're doing greater, but to get to greatest, we need to keep improving. So...we assess ourselves and we build strategic plans and we look at Scantron scores and we ask parents to help us to do that. One way that we do that is through the Catholic Identity survey that we send out to parents once every three years. We emailed it out on Tuesday and we have gotten 90 responses from parents so far, which is an exceptional return rate. However, we would like to gather information from as many parents as possible so, if you have not completed it, click on the link here to do so. (Please note, this cannot be completed using Internet Explorer.) It will take about 5-10 minutes maximum to complete. The more input we get, the better informed we are about how to keep improving the school.
Thank you as always for all that you do support the school. We look forward to your input.
 
Two requests:
  1. If you are waiting at the bottom of Patterson and Nevada for after school pick up, please do not leave your cars running. We have had some complaints from the neighbors.
  2. If you are early for carpool on Western, please don't put on your turn signal and block traffic on Western (drive around the block if you need to). Please share this with whomever picks up your children.
Faithfully,
Chris Kelly

October 7 - 10 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.
In honor of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and the environment, we will have the traditional Blessing of Animals Sunday, October 6 at 2pm in the Rectory Garden.    
 
All God's creatures are welcome for this special blessing so please stop by with your pets!   

Monday, October 7
& Tuesday, October 8 
5 - 10pm


Leave the cooking to Ledo Pizza Monday and Tuesday!
Mention Blessed Sacrament when you order and 20% of the sales benefit BSS. Dine in or carry-out.

 
The Uniform Exchange will be open on the following two dates this month:
 
Monday, October 7, 2:45-3:30pm

Wednesday, October 23, 7:45-8:30am


Pizza Lunch
Friday, October 11 
Immediately after 12:30pm dismissal in the auditorium  
 
$5.00 for pizza, drink and dessert  
 
Extra slice $1.00   
 
Pick up by 1pm
 
Pizza supplied by Potomac Pizza 
 
Sponsored by the 8th Grade



Admissions is now open for fall 2020! 
Sibling applications are due December 13, 2019. 

Click here to apply now!

 If you have any questions, please email Allison Cogswell at 
 

Open House Dates-
Please spread the word!

Wednesday, October 23rd at 9 am   for all prospective K-8 families.
 Coffee and welcome, information session, school tour, and an informal Q&A session with current parents, faculty, and administrators

Thursday, January 16th at 7 pm for all prospective K-8 families.
Beer, wine, and welcome, information session, school tour, and an informal Q&A session with current parents, faculty, and administrators

Register online here


*Register for Basketball Today*
 
Participation is open to all parish students in 3rd through 8th grade.

The registration fee is $175.
An instructional basketball clinic is open to students in K-2.
The registration fee is $100.

To register visit click here.
Those who have not created an account on our new SportPilot registration system will be prompted to do so before registering.

Tryouts for 5/6th and 7/8th grade teams will be held during the week of October 21.

Blessed Sacrament is hosting 2 more fingerprinting sessions free of charge!

October 7
October 17
4:30 - 8 pm
School Library

Please be advised of all below guidelines before registering for an allotted time.
 
Step 1: Sign-Up Genius - All attendees must be registered for an allotted time. Fingerprinting will be available in 3 minute increments. It is essential that you arrive on time. Please click here to register.

Step 2: Live Scan Preregistration Form - Please click here   to complete the Live Scan form. This must be completed prior to your arrival.  If the form is not completed, your assigned time slot will be forfeited. Please use the below codes when filling out the form:
Agency Authorization #: 9000016616
ORI #: MD004455Y

Step 3: Virtus Account - If you have not already created a Virtus account, please contact Allison Cogswell at acogswell@blessedsacramentdc.org.  

Day Of: Plan to be present in the library at your allotted time. Parking will be available on the black top. Your Live Scan form must be submitted online in advance. Please bring one valid form of government ID.

If you have questions regarding your compliance, please contact Allison Cogswell at acogswell@blessedsacramentdc.org .
SAVE THE DATE for the 2019 BOOK FAIR!
 
October 17th and 18th
Thursday: 7:30am - 4pm
Friday: 7:30am - 4pm
 
If able to spare some time to help out, please sign up here.  
 
 
For questions, please contact:
 
Emily Coccaro :   emilyjcoccaro@gmail.com
Michelle Connolly :   mawconnolly@gmail.com 
Eleanor Hopkins :   eleanor.j.hopkins@gmail.com
MONDAY, OCTOBER 28
Kenwood Country Club
1pm shotgun start
 
 
The Smyth Fund Golf Classic is a fundraising golf tournament that brings Blessed Sacrament supporters together for an enjoyable afternoon of golf, games, prizes, food, and beverages to benefit the Monsignor Thomas G. Smyth Endowment Fund. The Endowment Fund is used for the support and aid of the school; primarily in the form of tuition relief and teacher enrichment.
 
Golfers of ALL abilities and skill levels are encouraged to play! There will be a post-round happy hour and great giveaways for all participants, so start putting together your foursome (or register as an individual and we'll pair you up)! If you aren't able to participate, please consider sponsoring this event.
 
Visit bssgolf.org  for registration and sponsorship information.  
 
For more information, please contact Chris Connolly at chris.connolly@bfsaulco.com or Javier Aguirre at  javier_e_aguirre@yahoo.com.

The Parish Bazaar is coming your way!  It's an event for everyone, and we do mean everyone!

 Please come support the gigantic and fabulous Sodality SUPER ReSALE of used clothes for men, women, and children, plus designer chic boutique, purses, shoes, jewelry, dollar store, white elephant, Elegant Elephant, toys, sporting goods, and children's books!  

Plus your old favorites, like our delicious lunch and bake sale, Christmas shop of homemade goodies for the holidays and don't forget our fantastic raffle baskets!

And new this year a chance to do all of your Christmas shopping at our plant sale!   Buy for grandma, teacher, next door neighbor, hostess, and all of your friends!  

Might be a special guest too.....ho, ho, ho!  

Don't forget to donate your used things to the bazaar!  Click here for more information.  

Hope to see you all there!



BSS Parents, 

See what daily life is like in our community by following @BSSBulldogsDC on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Do you have a great shot that you think should be on one of our social media sites? Email your digital photos of Bulldogs in action to media@blessedsacramentdc.org

If you  us, FOLLOW US!  


An AED, or automated external defibrillator, is a device used to help those experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. This device can analyze the heart's rhythm and, if indicated, deliver an electrical shock to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm. 

There are 4 AED's located at Blessed Sacrament:
1) School lobby
2) Gym doors by kindergarten playground on Chevy Chase Parkway
3) Usher's closet in the back of church
4) Hallway near the Chapel in the Duffy Center

In the event that an AED is needed, call 911, start CPR, and bring the device to the person in distress. 
First Quarter Box Tops will be collect  
on October 21. 

The class with the most Box Tops  
will win a free dress day!!

Remember parents: Before you make any purchases from Amazon, visit BSStoday.org first and click the Amazon logo at the bottom of the homepage! BSS will receive a percentage of all purchases made by users who
CLICK THROUGH BSSTODAY.ORG FIRST!