Dear Parents,

Welcome back everyone!

We had a great first week and we had a great first two days for our new Kindergartners!

As we begin the year, I want to be sure that we are all aware of morning carpool policies and practices.

Morning drop off on blacktop:  We try to unload as many cars at a time as we can. We had a parent generously donate a sign last year to help with this process. When you enter the blacktop, pull as far forward as you can. If you are past the sign, unload to the right side of the vehicle. The children walk to the gym and you exit the blacktop down the LEFT alley.

Morning drop off on Chevy Chase Parkway: PLEASE NO U-TURNS...it is illegal and dangerous. (The traffic flow is such that entering the Circle and doing a 360 to come back down Chevy Chase Parkway is not a challenge.) Do not walk your children into the buidling. The area from the Kindergarten alley to the other side of the playground is for drop off only. If you would like to park, please pull up closer to the apartment building and walk back. The reason that the area in front of the entrance is wide open is because everyone else just did drop off, not because you got super lucky.

Morning drop off on both sides:
Please try to have your children ready to 'disembark'. We have a couple hundred cars that need to get in and out every day. If possible, please do not get out to let your children out (we realize that this may not be possible with the youngest children but please be mindful of the others that need to get through the process on either side of the building). We will continue to have staff at every entrance and we will continue to try to help keep things moving. This week is the toughest week, especially because of the Kindergarten drop off.

Reminder: Next week, Montgomery County schools start and the traffic returns to 'normal'. Plan on a few extra minutes because all the schools will be in session and everyone will be back from summer vacations.

We had a pleasant, happy, energetic first week. We look forward to keeping the momentum going next week.

Please see the Weekly for important information about flip-flopping our Back to School Nights!!!!

Enjoy your weekend.
 
Faithfully,
Chris Kelly

September 3 - 6 is an A week
for lunch duty.   
 
Hot lunch is $18.00 for the week.  
 
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BSS Back to School Bash!
Saturday, September 7 
6:30pm
 
  Calling all parents! You don't want to miss this fiesta - complete with taco truck!! Catch up with old friends and make new ones over drinks and tacos!


Where: Liz and Ken Vorrasi's home
7218 Chestnut Street
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
 
Ticket Price: $50 per person/ $100 per couple
 
Limited to 100 people so buy your tickets today!
 
Click here to order now!
 
All proceeds to support the
BSS Home and School Association!
 
 
Hosted by:
Ashley & Jeremy Allen, Nellie & Seth Benhard, Emily & Charlie Booth, Samantha & Steve Burman, Celine & Brendan Delany, Eleanor & Matt Hopkins, Tracy & CJ Kline, Katie & Bob Krantz, Anna & Mike Meenan, Erin & Matt Ritz, Mary & Doug Skorny, Erin & John Sowanick, Liz & Ken Vorrasi 


Tuesday, September 10: Grades 6-8
Thursday, September 12: Grades K-5

(Please note the grade levels for each date are opposite on the printed calendar we sent home. The above dates are the correct dates.)

Being a parent at Blessed Sacrament should be fun, and this night always is!  Parents, this is your night to see old friends, make new ones, find out what's in store for your child(ren) this year, and learn how you can make a difference at BSS!!  Be sure to visit our volunteer activity tables and sign up to get involved!

The Uniform Exchange will be open during Back to School Nights!

Schedule:
  • 6:30 -7 pm - Refreshments and volunteer fair in the gym
  • 7- 7:25 pm - Welcome and Introductions
  • 7:25 pm - Adjournment
  • 7:30 pm - Sessions with homeroom teachers/advisors begin
-Tuesday: There will by eight short sessions beginning with advisory where student schedules will be distributed to parents to follow throughout the evening; giving parents a chance to meet all their child's teachers. There will be a few minutes for each class change. There will be bells to help keep everyone on schedule. (7:30 - 9:30 pm)  
 
-Thursday: There will be two 25 minute sessions in the homeroom classrooms with a 5 minute break between sessions. The second session is an opportunity to meet with a second student's teacher.  If you only have one student, you only need to attend one session. (7: 30 - 7:55 & 8:00 - 8:25 pm)
 
   
Things to Know:
  • Back to School Night is for parents only.
  • Parents may park on the blacktop and enter through the gym doors.
  • Each teacher will provide an overview of the class curriculum and expectations, and answer as many parent questions as time permits.
Stay Informed!

Once again, we will be using PlusPortals to post homework, attendance, and report cards for all grade levels.  Assignment and test scores will be posted for grades 5-8 only. 

All parents (who have an email on file with BSS) have access to PlusPortals. New parents should have received an email on Wednesday with log in information and a temporary password.
The temporary password will expire in 72 hours so please create an account now.  If you have any trouble accessing your PlusPortals account, please email Caitlin Hall at chall@blessedsacramentdc.org.

Parents can also download the ParentPlus app on an iPhone or Android. Be sure to enter Blessed Sacrament DC as the school name (don't forgot the DC). 


Every fall parents in each grade gather for a Class  Social . These fun parties are a great   BSS   tradition which allows parents to mingle, catch up with old friends, and meet new ones. A family in each grade hosts the  social  for the entire class at their home. Details and invitation will be forthcoming.
 

Tuesday, September 24
4-9 pm

Please come join us for some great food, good company, and most importantly to help BLESSED SACRAMENT raise money!

Dine in or carry out at Potomac Pizza and 20% of all proceeds will be donated to BSS!

Be sure mention Blessed Sacrament School before you pay.

Potomac Pizza
19 Wisconsin Circle
Chevy Chase
301.951.1127

Boy Scout Troop 90 Wants You!!
 
Join our first meeting  
Wednesday, September 4   
from 7:30 - 8:30 pm  
in the Parish Center.  
 
No obligation. No scouting experience necessary.

All boys 11 years old and up or having graduated 5th grade are invited to join Blessed Sacrament's Boy Scout Troop 90! Scouting gives young people the opportunity to explore a world beyond the boundaries of everyday life. They get to try new things, develop friendships, provide service to others, build self-confidence, and develop leadership skills. And have fun while doing it!  This past summer, Troop 90 went scuba diving in St. Croix for the Sea Base High Adventure! Here are just a few things we've done:
  • Earning first aid, emergency preparedness, wilderness survival, and many other merit badges
  • Serving the community through the Greg Gannon Food Drive and other service projects
  • Rock Climbing at Laurel Caverns, PA
  • Camping at Antietam National Battlefield
  • Backpacking in Philmont Scout Ranch, New Mexico
  • Canoeing in the Boundary Waters, Minnesota for Northern Tier High Adventure
  • Skiing/snowboarding at Wisp and Snowshoe
  • Summer campouts at Goshen Camp, VA - staffed by Eagle Scouts from Blessed Sacrament
Our troop meetings Wednesday nights from 7:30 - 8:30 pm in the Parish Center. We host monthly campouts, hikes, and other outdoor activities.

Come join the adventure- where the best part of reaching your goal is the journey!

Questions? Please contact Scoutmaster Keith Morrison at (202) 236-1624, kmorrison@vsadc.com, or Assistant Scoutmaster Dave Missar at (202) 368-9550, drcdmissar@msn.com or check out our website www.troop90dc.org.
 
Calling all Women of Blessed Sacrament!
 
Do you desire to grow in your Catholic faith? Would you like to connect with other women in our parish community in a small group setting? We invite you to consider joining Walking with Purpose at Blessed Sacrament. We will be doing two Bible studies this year. You may join for one or both. We will start this fall with Living in the Father's Love (only 6 weeks - come try it out!) and then follow with Grounded in Hope (17 weeks).

For more information, please click here.  
 
You may also contact co-coordinators Pixie Ruhlmann and Tiffany Cissna directly at wwpblessedsacramentdc@gmail.com.
 
Calling 5th-8th Grade Singers
 
Come join the choir for the Gym Mass or the Sunday 5:30 choir.  We meet on Sundays 45 minutes before mass begins and prepare for that day's liturgy. Students can earn service credits toward confirmation.

Email Ginny Curtin at gucurtin@gmail.com
for more information.  
 
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DROP Box Tops at the front office. 
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