Dear Parents,
 
The second quarter ended last week and the report cards are being finalized over the weekend. Nothing will be sent home this quarter but all report cards will be posted in your child's e-locker on Rediker by Monday afternoon. Please take the opportunity after Monday to check the e-locker and review the report card.
 
Attached to the Weekly you will find a letter from the archdiocese about the ALICE program. This is the new school safety program that we are implementing that I wrote about earlier this year. Careful observers will note that the letter is dated December 2018. I believed that I had attached this to the November 30th Weekly but when we were doing faculty training last Friday afternoon, teachers mentioned that they did not remember seeing it. I checked and, although I had downloaded it into my parent communications file, I had neglected to attach it to the Weekly (mea culpa).
The letter will give an overview of the program. In the month of February, we will begin the process of sharing the ALICE program with the parents and students. On February 12 at 7:00, in the school auditorium, we will hold an information session for parents. By the end of February, we will be having age appropriate discussions, grade by grade, with all of the students. As we roll the program out further, we will continue to update parents about the steps that we are taking.
 
Reminder: Catholic Schools Week is next week. A schedule of events is included with the Weekly, including our special event, I Am Potential, Monday at school and Monday evening in the gym.
  
 
 
Faithfully,
 
Chris Kelly 

January 28 - February 1  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.
RE-ENROLLMENT IS OPEN!

 Please don't forget to re-enroll your children for the  Fall of 2019! 
You received an email on January 14 from TADS with a link and instructions.  Re-enrollment is due by February 1.  If you have any questions, please email nryan@blessedsacramentdc.org.  Thank you. 


January 27 - February 2

 
Monday 2:00PM   Church - Patrick Henry Hughes will be  
our guest speaker and performer.  His performance will be followed by a question and answer session.

6:00PM  Auditorium/Gym - "Pizza with Patrick" followed by an award winning film, I Am Potential.
 
Tuesday (Parent Appreciation Day) - Parent reception in the auditorium after morning drop off with coffee and baked goods provided by the faculty. Parents are encouraged to stick around for the Auction Kick-Off at 8:30 am and singing by K-2nd graders. After the performance, parents are invited to visit classrooms until 11AM.
 
Wednesday (Student Appreciation Day) - The students will have a Free Dress Down Day, a special treat at lunch, and no homework!  Middle school students and their buddies will spend the afternoon together doing arts and crafts.
 
Thursday (Faculty Appreciation Day) - Free Dress Day for the faculty and breakfast in the faculty lounge provided by the HSA.
 
Friday - Catholic Schools Week Liturgy at 9:15AM.
 
This week is a wonderful celebration of Catholic schools and all they do for parents, students, and all of us who are committed to Catholic education! 


 
Monday, January 28, 2019

A joint parish-school intergenerational event for 
Catholic Schools Week!

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!

WE THANK OUR CURRENT 2019 BENEFACTORS
WHO HAVE DONATED $28,550 TO DATE:

Gods - $500+
Ashley & Jeremy Allen
Anna & Christopher Brown
Sarah & Bruce Cormier
Amy & Bob Dean
Elizabeth Drake 
Rickie Niceta & Thomas Lloyd
Lisa & David Madden
Beth & Brian Maloney
Ann & John McAllister
Lauren & Brody Mullins
Alex Walsh & Brendan O'Brien
Renee & Tyson Redpath
Tiffany & Dan Sanders
Shanti Stanton
Shay & Robert Thorne
Lisa & Rich White

Athletes - $250
Nellie & Seth Benhard
Erin & David Burns
Deirdre & Brian Christin
Laura & Brian Connolly
Lindsay & Patrick Conway
Susan Murray & Chris Erceg
Barbara Noguera & Arthur Frye
Jeran & John Gimigliano
Angela & Joshua Grossfeld
Allyson & Jay Hauck
Eleanor & Matt Hopkins
Giulia & Philip Jaeger
Kate O'Scannlain & Matt       Johnson
Ashley & Brett Kavanaugh
Meg & Thomas Knight
Natalie & RJ Laukitis
Jennifer & Barton Leonard
MaryAnn & Nick Luongo
Dora Rioja-Mazza & Joseph     Mazza
Athena & Greg Meyers
Gillian & John Mullins
Cari & Mike O'Malley
Mary & Sergio Santiviago
Mary & Joe Seidel
Diane & Chris Simal
Mary & Doug Skorny
Ashley & Bentley Storm
Spectators - $150
Ashley Wells & Henry Arango
Andi & Clark Bottner
Gretchen & Michael Bukowski
Sally & Jonathan Diffley
Mary Beth Donahue
Laura & Matthew Fetters
Keelin & Paul Gallagher
Karen & Robert Graves
Joanna & Phil Kerpen
Katie & Bob Krantz
Monica Murphy-Kumar &   Ramesh Kumar
Erin & John Larkin
Katie & John Leachman
Andreas & Liza Lindenberg
Amanda & John Loveland
Monica & John Mastal
Meg & Jimmy Molloy
Erin & Matt Ritz
Oriana & Jim Rodgers
Julie & Kevin Ryan
Tania & Walter Sechriest
Erin & John Sowanick


(Benefactor List as of Wednesday, January 23)

Tickets to the auction sold separately.

T o Become a Benefactor, go to  bss.maestroweb.com

Catholic Schools Night with the
Washington Wizards!

On February 2nd, Support BSS at Catholic Schools Night with the Washington Wizards! C ome out and cheer on the Wizards as they take on the Milwaukee Bucks. For every ticket sold, $5 will go back to BSS. T he first 50 people to purchase get to participate in a fan tunnel when the Wizards come out onto the court and all tickets come with a free Wizards tshirt!  Once you've purchased, share your unique link with friends and family to sit together! 
 
DEADLINE IS TUESDAY! 
 
8TH GRADE AUDITIONS: TUES. JAN 29  3:30-5:30PM 
 
5th, 6th, 7th 8th grade registrations are due Jan 29th
 
Forms are also available next to the front desk in the school lobby. 
Questions? Email BSSLittleMermaid@gmail.com    
 

Mark your calendar, tell Alexa to remind you, do whatever it takes because our school has officially kicked-off our first ever Kids Heart Challenge with the American Heart Association! Last year, we jumped rope for heart, and you better believe we're going to continue JUMPING ROPE to help those with special hearts! But this year, we have even more fun activities and ways to learn about heart health and how to save lives.
The kids have learned about the Heart Heroes, how the heart works, how exercise can be fun and how raising money can save lives. Thank you in advance for your participation in this great event! 
Visit heart.org/kidsheartchallenge to get started!


SAVE THE DATE!   
WEEK OF THE ARTS - MARCH 20-22, 2019

Parents, be on the lookout for more information in the coming weeks.  A sign up genius will go out in mid-February for K-4.  Your grade level leaders this year are:
 
K - Celina Emery and Allyson Hauck
1st - Ashley Pehrson Storm
2nd - Stephanie Sarkis and Giulia Jaeger
3rd - Erin Larkin
4th - Dora and Joe Mazza

5th-8th graders participate in 2-day workshops.  More details to follow.

Any questions?  Please contact Yves Clark at yclark@blessedsacramentdc.org.



Shop Amazon and Earn Money for BSS!

Don't forget to click on the Amazon logo on the bsstoday.org homepage before you make your Amazon purchase. BSS gets a portion of the proceeds back!

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.
 
WE THANK THE FOLLOWING SPONSORS:

- PLATINUM -
Perfect Settings
- GOLD -
Circle Wine & Spirits   Ridgewells Catering 
- SILVER - 
John C. Grimberg Co.  
- BRONZE - 
Chevy Chase Pediatric Dentistry    
Francis J. Collins Funeral Homes, Inc.
Steve & Ellen Conley
Gilbane

For more information, go to  bss.maestroweb.com  or email
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,

Catholic Schools Week is next week! This is a fun week celebrating the awesomeness of our local Catholic schools. Please join us the morning of January 29th for a Parent Appreciation reception and Benefit Kick Off at 8:30am in the school Auditorium. The teachers will be showing their gratitude by making all the treats that will be served, so please stop by! 

Also, on Thursday the HSA shows its appreciation for our amazing teachers by throwing them a breakfast catered by The Omelette Guys! The faculty and staff look forward to this delicious treat every year and it's because of your dedicated fundraising efforts that HSA is able to host this event, so thank-you! 

A very special thank-you to our hospitality committee who take care of this special breakfast. Our hospitality committee works hard all year to tend to all our hospitality needs. The committee includes Joyce Sozio, Maryann Luongo, Alana Choquette, Liz Finnegan, Meg Knight, Mary Santiviago, Gretchen Bukowski, and Monica Kumar. These women are dedicated and dependable! They plan and prepare our Back to School Nights, Open Houses, Teacher Appreciation Breakfast, Grandparents' Day, and Kindergarten graduation reception, and much, much more. They work behind the scenes and often go unnoticed. If you see any of these women, please, thank them for all the do for BSS. 

Have a great weekend!

Warmly,
Grace G. McNicholas 
Wrap Up of Last Week's Fundraisers: 

Bake Sale: This week's Bake Sale made $542.00! This money will be counted toward the benefit's proceeds. Thank-you to everyone who brought in a baked good and everyone who purchased a baked good. Mission accomplished! 

Free Dress Day:  Thank-you to everyone who participated in the free dress day on 1/23. We made $391.75! This free dress day sponsored our St. Nick's Day goodie bags which kids in grades K-5 were treated to by the HSA.

Tasty Tuesday: Still waiting to hear how much we made, stay tuned!
And here's what else is coming up in January:

1/28: Beginning of Catholic Schools Week
1/29: Benefit Kick-Off! Reception at 8:30am in the school auditorium
1/31: Faculty and Staff appreciation breakfast