Dear Parents,

Happy Halloween!

Please look for debate results and the Msgr. Smyth Golf Classic results in next week's Weekly.

Enjoy the long weekend. See you Tuesday!

Chris Kelly
Please be reminded, school will be closed Friday, November 1 and Monday, November 4 for faculty professional development and retreat.

November 5-7 is an A week
for lunch duty.   
Hot lunch is $13.50 for the week.  
Click here to sign up for lunch duty.
Click here to download the lunch menu.
Click here to order lunch online.

Wednesday, November 6th 
For students who missed picture day, order forms are available in the school lobby.   
If a student is retaking his/her picture, please send in the original packet for exchange.  
Students getting a picture taken may dress down on retake day.

Friday, November 8th from 1:30 - 4:30pm 
Monday, November 11th from 8:30am - 1pm
Parent/teacher conferences will be held Friday, November 8th, from 1:30pm - 4:30pm and Monday, November 11th, from 8:30am - 1pm in 15 minute time slots (Friday is a 12:30pm dismissal and there is no school on Monday).  Once again, we will be using PickATime, an online scheduler, to schedule the conferences.
The online scheduler is open and will close on Thursday, November 7th. Click here to sign up. Parents received an email on Wednesday, October 23rd with instructions on how to schedule a conference.
***K-5 conferences are with the teachers and parents ONLY (please do not bring any K-5 students or younger siblings to conferences). However, middle school students are expected to attend the conference with their parents.

There is no Aftercare on Friday November 8th!

The HSA is offering free childcare in the music classroom during conferences. This service is for parents to use during their conferences only (every student must be picked up at dismissal.) No sick children or children in diapers. 

For assistance scheduling conferences please email Caitlin Hall at
Pizza Sale
Friday, November 8
12:30 in the auditorium
in honor of the Parish Bazaar! 
$5 for slice, dessert, drink!  Extra slices $1. 

The Bazaar is fun for everyone in the family! 
Great prices on all kinds of clothes, purses, jewelry, shoes, white elephants, toys, kids books, sporting equipment!   If you love to thrift, this is the place to be.

Also, games, prizes, awesome raffle baskets, lunch, bake sale, and new this year, a plant sale!
You can't come to the Parish Bazaar?  No worries, you can still support it!
Think of your children making their sacraments or graduating from Blessed Sacrament.  This all takes place at our church, and there's only one way to keep that church looking good when it's your child's turn in that space....and that's raising money.   
Go to and make your donation.   Half of all funds raised* will go to two parish projects. 1) A much needed renovation of the church bathroom and 2) landscaping a gathering space outside of the main church doors - perfect for Baptism, Communion, Confirmation, and graduation photos. But it's not happening without your gifts!   
*The other half of money raised goes to charities supported by individual sodality units, and to the bazaar's modest expenses, for example, signs.   No money goes to any other parish fund.   

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  .

I'm excited to tell you about Crayola ColorCycle - an amazing program devised to repurpose used markers rather than sending them to landfills!
Since 2013, the program has repurposed more than 70 tons of expended markers in the United States and Canada. The most advanced plastic conversion technologies available are used to make wax compounds for asphalt and roofing shingles as well as to generate electricity that can be used to heat homes, cook food, and power vehicles. 
The students and teachers at Blessed Sacrament will be collecting used markers that are ready to be discarded. Please help by sending in any used markers you may have around the house, even non-Crayola brands! Highlighters and dry erase markers can also be included. I will collect the markers before each class or they can be placed in the drop-off box located on the "Forgetful Table" in the lobby.
Thank you in advance for participating! With the help of parents like you, the Crayola ColorCycle program can continue to keep tons of plastic out of landfills each year.
Remember, don't throw out that used marker-ColorCycle it!
Mrs. Marshall
Science Teacher
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
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!

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