Dear Parents,
   
Open House was a huge success! Despite having to reschedule, we had a large crowd and a lot of interest. Thank you to everyone who volunteered to provide hospitality and give tours; I have received nothing but positive feedback. Reminder, if you are interested in enrolling a sibling for next year, please do so now. We have generated a lot of interest through the Open House and we will start looking at new applications in the near future; we want to make sure that we account for all sibling applications first. The deadline is approaching.
Thank you to everyone who made our Greg Gannon school day collection so successful. We are pleased to report that here at school today we collected 6952 cans of food! This includes 1927 cans collected from the faculty alone and shatters our previous Friday records. Seventh grade won the grade level competition (1502) and Fifth Grade staff team (including 5th teachers, the ladies who lunch, Angela Marshall and Julie Meade) won the staff competition (456)....but most importantly the winner of the school competition between BSS and HR is...drumroll please...the BS BULLDOGS! (was there ever any doubt?). Thank you to EVERYONE who contributed but particularly Mack Smith in 7th grade and Jack Connolly in 2nd grade! If you have any cans left over after donating today, please be sure to put them out for the families to collect and bring to GEICO tomorrow. Let's keep pushing to make this another successful year for the Greg Gannon Food Drive.
 
Bulldog Brew is back! Please consider grabbing a cup of coffee at the morning drop off to help support this effort. See the Weekly for more information.
 
 
Faithfully,
 
Chris Kelly 

December 3-7  is a B 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.
Greg Gannon 
Canned Food Drive IS TODAY!!!

Saturday  December 1, 2018
Pizza will be served at the Geico parking lot  
Please join us after, at The Avenue on "the Avenue" to celebrate another year of GIVING  
  Go to www.ggcfd.org for info! 
 
The annual Bulldog Brew returns next week!   
 
Students will be selling coffee on the blacktop during morning drop off , Monday December 3rd-Friday December 7th from 7:45-8:15 
Drive through & grab your morning coffee from the Bulldog Brew $1 per cup (cream and sugar available). 
All proceeds benefit The Giving Tree
 
Blessed Sacrament Giving Tree 
 
We still have 100 stars left!  Please consider participating in Blessed Sacrament's Giving Tree program to provide gifts for over 700 children in need in our area. 
   
           Virtual stars will be sent next week. 
We are also in need of gift cards, cash donations
or NEW unwrapped toys. Drop off December 8 & 9.
 
Questions? Want to volunteer? Contact Renee Redpath, Courtney Knowles or Nikole Flax at BSDCGivingTree@gmail.com

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  www.bsstoday.org, where you will also find all of the application requirements.  If you have any questions, email  nryan@blessedsacramentdc.org.  
                         Don't forget about our
Stocking Stuffer Service Project
ALL DONATED ITEMS ARE DUE
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7TH. THANK YOU!
 
 
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

From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU!

We raised a total of $32,575 for Blessed Sacrament School on
#GivingTuesday. We are blessed to have the encouragement and support of so many loving people. We thank our donors who make all things possible and all of our BSS parents who allow us to educate their children.  We hope the movement continues to inspire you throughout the holiday season.  We are humbled by your generosity. 

With gratitude,
Amanda Loveland
Director of Development
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: crfendig@yahoo.com. Thank you!
A Message From Your  Home & School Association

Dear Parents,

Christmas break is right around the corner! Please consider donating to the Faculty & Staff Christmas Fund by December 7th. I've received a few questions about why the gift fund closes so early when school doesn't dismiss for Christmas until the 21st. Because of rules surrounding the giving of monetary gifts, the HSA must purchase VISA gift cards instead of writing checks. In order to have the gift cards ready for our beloved faculty and staff we must first collect the money using the HSA's Square account, then we have to request a check from Square, deposit it in our account, have a check written and signed, and then one of our dedicated parents takes the money over to the military commissary and purchases 60+ gift cards. By purchasing the cards at the military commissary we avoid the fees associated with purchasing VISA gift cards. The turn around time between when the fund closes, clearing the money, and purchasing the cards is tight, this is why we close the fund 14 days before school releases. However, because you are such an amazing parent community and always generous, we are able to raise the funds to give our faculty and staff the Christmas bonus they deserve.  Thank-you for your partnership in this.

Warmly,
Grace G. McNicholas 
Faculty & Staff Christmas Fund - 7 Days Left!
You've got just 7 days left to do yourself a solid and  cross the faculty and staff of BSS off your Christmas list by donating NOW to the
Faculty & Staff Christmas fund!

It's an easy way to treat and thank all of the BSS faculty and staff.

But hurry!
The Faculty & Staff Christmas Fund closes on
December 7th!


Did you know...
...the Benefit is the HSA's biggest fundraiser. It's true! And because of generous benefactors like you the Benefit is able to offset the costs of throwing the event, which means more money into the Benefit profit fund! 

Please see below on how you can help our hard-working and talented chairs this year, Celine Delany, Katie Krantz, and Ashley Allen. These ladies need YOUR help to make this event the most memorable night of the school year!
SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR BIGGEST EVENT OF THE YEAR
- 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.
 
HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT ITS EFFORTS?
  • 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 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!

GIVING LEVELS:
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  bss.maestroweb.com  or email
Our December Dining Night is at Arucola! 
Tired of Turkey?  

Time for some Italian food - support BSS on 
Tuesday, Dec 4th at Arucola. 
Dine in or carry out between 5pm and 10pm.
Mention Blessed Sacrament at time of order and
a donation will be made to the school.
Free parking behind Arucola.

5534 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20015
Phone: (202) 244-1555


Uniform Exchange!
Monday, December 3rd
2:30-3:30pm
Uniform Exchange Closet

**Reminder: Uniforms for donation can only be dropped off during Uniform Exchange hours. Please do not donate uniforms with holes, rips, or large stains.
Last Chance for Christmas Delivery!
Custom bulldog belt orders being accepted through this  Sunday, December 2nd.

$50 Youth/$60 Adult

Sizing note: It is recommended you order a belt 2 inches (1 size) larger than your pants (i.e. 30" belt fits waist size 27-28")

Questions? email bssbulldogspiritwear@gmail.com


BSS Ornaments!

 We have just 13 
Blessed Sacrament Ornaments left.
 
Questions? Email Julie Ryan at  jryan@acceleronlaw.com
Wrap Up of Last Week's Fundraisers: 

Faculty & Staff Christmas Fund: As of now we have collected $10,475.00 - great job! We need to reach at least $25,000 to match what we collected last year, and we have just 7 more days to do it! If you haven't donated yet, please consider doing so. 

Child's Play Private Shopping Event: Thank-you to Tiffany Cissna for fearlessly chairing the Child's Play Shopping Event! We are so grateful to you for a fabulous event! And thank-you to all of our fabulous parents who stopped by and shopped, shopped, shopped! Stay tuned for our earnings report. 

Amazon: For the month of November we've only earned $77.92. Remember to click on the Amazon logo on the bsstoday.org homepage before you place any orders on Amazon. 
And here's what's coming up in December:

12/2: Last day to order Spirit Wear to have by Christmas
12/3: Uniform Exchange, 2:30-3:30pm
12/4: Arucola Dining Night
12/7: Faculty & Staff Christmas Fund closes
12/14: Faculty & Staff Christmas Party, for our beloved faculty  and staff, sponsored by HSA.