Dear Parents,

News from last week...

The week actually started over the weekend with our debate team participating in a tournament at which our team of Conor O'Brien, Max Dunn, and James Deerin (4-0) won 1st place overall in all teams, absolutely dominant. These are all 7th graders and are quite a force with which to be reckoned. I also want to recognize all of the other students who participated: Phoebe Sood, Chloe Irwin, Kate Ryan, Greyson Conley, John Russell, William Buckley, Bridget Hickey, Jack Jezior, and Abigail Dowd, Lauren Cook, George Koutrevelis, Elizabeth Madden, Alina Calix, and Griffin Pardo. Great effort by everyone and thank you to Mr. Schiller for his work in creating this opportunity for our children!
We rolled in to the week with the Monsignor Smyth Golf Tournament on Monday. We could not have asked for a more perfect day at Kenwood. Thank you to Javier Aguirre and Chris Connolly for being the primary organizers and thank you to all of the other volunteers and sponsors and all of the players. Congratulations to the winning Low Net winning team of: Billy Bray, Patrick Collins, Michael Brant and Matthew Brant, the Low Gross winning team of: Shaun Markley, Tim Hurt, Ryan Mason and Parker Williams and Bob Krantz for longest drive (barely) and John McHugh for closest to the pin (easily) . Another successful tournament!
Friday of last week afforded our staff the opportunity of a day of reflection with  Professor Tombasco during our faculty retreat and Monday, we joined other schools in the archdiocese for a day of professional development at Elizabeth Seton High School. It was a great way to close out the first quarter and prepare for the rest of the school year.
Please don't forget the Blessed Sacrament Parish Bazaar tomorrow!! Too many items to mention here but there will be activities for youngsters and wide variety of goods for shopping!
Chris Kelly
Please be reminded, school will be closed Monday, November 11 for Parent/Teacher Conferences.

November 12 - 15 is a B 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.
Re port cards are now posted in Elocker on PlusPortals.

For instructions on how to download the report cards, please click here.

Report cards will also be handed out at Parent/Teacher Conferences.

Parents can also download the portal app for iPhone or Android called ParentPlus (purple icon pictured here). Once the app is open, enter your username (full email address) and click the search icon. That will pull up our school name (Blessed Sacrament School - 20015) and click select. Follow the prompts to enter your password and you are all set!

If you have any trouble accessing your report cards,  please email Caitlin Hall at

Winter Uniforms
Winter uniforms started this week. Boys must wear pants and both boys and girls must wear sweat pants for gym (no more shorts). Please see the Uniform Code for more details. 
Tomorrow, Saturday,   November 9
9 - 3pm  
Don't miss it! There will be massive amounts of gently used toys, clothes, white elephants, shoes, jewelry, etc!  Plus, games for kids with prizes, delish lunch and baked goods, our unbelievable raffle baskets, and more fun for everyone in the family!  Plus, our new plant sale-get all of your Christmas shopping done here!
You can't come to the Parish Bazaar?  No worries, you can still support it! Go to and make your donation.  
Blessed Sacrament will be hosting a Virtus
session on Tuesday, November 12 from 6:30-9:30pm in the school auditorium.

You must register online and space is limited.
  •     Please register at   
  •     Click "First Time Registrant" from the list on the left of the screen.
  •     Click "Begin the Registration Process".
  •     From the drop down menu, select "Washington, DC (Archdiocese)".
  •     Here you will see a list of all the sessions in the ADW and the availability.
  •     Scroll to the bottom of the page and follow the prompts to create an account and to  register for a training session. (Please feel free to register elsewhere if there is a session available closer to your home/work.)
All registrants should plan to arrive 15 minutes early to check in. Late arrivals will not be permitted to attend.

You only have to attend one session, one time. So if you've attended a session in the past, you do not need to register. If you are unsure, you may email Allison Cogswell at to confirm you've completed this training.

Thanksgiving   Food Drive
November  18,19,20, and 21
Each class is asked to bring in the specific  food  items listed below, as well as a donation of $5.00 to buy turkeys and fresh groceries.  These donations will be distributed to families in our school community, families in our parish social concerns program, and families served by the Spanish Catholic Center.

Please send in food and $5.00 cash donations by THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21st. 

Food donation items: (PLEASE NO GLASS JARS)     
K1 Lafionatis-two packages of mac-n-cheese
K2 Pavel- two cans of tuna
K3 Walsh Rogan- one large box of raisins
1A Vantine- two plastic jars of jelly
1B Brant /Molloy- two boxes of cornbread
1C Cunningham- two bags or cans of beans
2A Kirlin- one jar of peanut butter 
2B  Burns - two cans of pears
2C Hamilton- two boxes of cake mix
3A - Proctor one large can of pumpkin
3B Olson- one box of dry milk
3C Albertson- two cans of tomatoes  
4A Weschler- two cans of cranberry sauce
4B  Hyland - two cans of soup
4C Zukowski- two cans of peaches
5A K. Tobin- two cans of evaporated milk
5B Markley- one medium bag of sugar
5C Scanlan-  one box of breakfast cereal
6A Ryan- one large bag of flour
6B Matthews- one medium bottle of oil
6C  McDaniel- one box of oatmeal
6D Guitart  - two packages of dry pasta 
7A Goodman/Burke- one box of low sugar cereal
7B Bastow- two plastic jars of spaghetti sauce 
7C Shaffer- two packages of pudding
7D Mazyck- two cans of vegetables
8A Fetters- one large bag of rice
8B Tobin- one large bag of rice
8C Schiller - one large bag/box of stuffing
8D McCann- one large bag/box of stuffing

We thank you for your generosity!

The countdown to #GivingTuesday 2019 has begun!

Mark you calendars for December 3 to support local organizations including Blessed Sacrament School. This internationally recognized day of philanthropy kicks off the holiday and end of year giving season. 

The  #UNselfie   campaign is the driving force behind our #GivingTuesday fundraising effort. It is powered by the BSS Class of 2020. An "unselfie" is a selfie that's not about you. It's about the unselfish act you are doing or promoting in the picture.

Every gift you make on December 3rd to Blessed Sacrament School directly impacts the students. 

Every student receives an annual tuition discount of $1,000. A gift to Annual Fund on Giving Tuesday helps bridge the gap between tuition income and operating expenses.

On December 3rd every gift counts! 
Walking with Purpose - a Bible study and small group discussion for women - will start its second study of the year this week. "Grounded in Hope, based on the book of Hebrews, will help you encounter Jesus in such a powerful, comforting, and stabilizing way that He can become your lifeline." Don't worry if you didn't make the first session, they are separate studies, and we would love to have you join us Tuesday mornings (8:45-10:30am in the Parish Center Lower Level) OR Tuesday evenings (7:30-9:30pm in the School Library).  
For more information or to register, please click here .
You may also contact co-coordinators Pixie  Ruhlmann  and Tiffany  Cissna  directly at  .

Spring Benefit 2020 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 2020 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.  Thank you for your support!
Contact Charles Fendig if you have questions:
Private Shopping Event at Child's Play (5536 Connecticut Avenue NW) on Thursday, December 5th, from 7-9pm. Do some holiday shopping you already have to do anyway and they'll donate 10% of eligible purchases to the HSA.
Projects the HSA has helped fund in the past include the Week of the Arts and a technology fund. Meet a friend or send the grandparents - great event for them! Wander the store with a glass of wine and a yummy holiday treat. Shop in peace. We hope to see you there!
At every Mass, we encounter Jesus in the sacrament of the Eucharist. We are sustained by so great a gift! Is God calling you to serve your fellow parishioners?

The parish is in need of more Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion - both those who minister to the sick and those who serve at Mass. "Eucharistic Ministers" typically serve one or two weekends a month; you can choose the Mass times and dates which are most convenient for your family's schedule.

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR:  Training sessions - for both new and veteran EMHCs are scheduled for Saturday morning, November 16, at 8:45 AM OR Wednesday evening, November 20, at 6:30 PM. Both will be held in the church and will last only about two hours.

For more information or to RSVP that you will attend, please e-mail

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