Dear Parents,

New Year...Old Reminders

Welcome back everyone. It's a new year and time to register for next year. Today, everyone should have received a re-enrollment email from TADS for registration for next year. If you did NOT receive one, please contact Allison Cogswell at acogswell@blessedsacramentdc.org.

As we enter a new calendar year and approach the end of the second quarter of the school year, I wanted to take the opportunity to send out some reminders, particularly about drop off and pick up AND weather related closings.

There are fewer instances of U-turns on Chevy Chase Parkway in the morning but it still occurs...please don't. The mornings that I am out there, I have timed the backups to get to the circle. Even when it is backed up to the drop off area, I have never timed more than a minute for a car to get to the circle. Please have that patience. On the other side of the building in the afternoon PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE do not impede traffic. I know that it is hard to time it perfectly but we frequently have up to 20 cars waiting on Western (in both directions) to turn into the lot. We do not open the barricades until 3:00. If you are early, please drive around the block, or pull over to the curb lane and wait. When cars sit in the left lane on westbound Western (toward the circle), it is a recipe for congestion and we get calls from the neighbors. Also, please recognize that blacktop drop off and pick up is ONE WAY. The only way to enter the blacktop is through the apartment building lot and the only way to exit is the alley to Quesada.
 
Regarding weather-related delayed openings or closings- we follow Montgomery County. We are required by the archdiocese to choose a jurisdiction and abide by their decisions. We do not have the authority to make a different decision. We do NOT post anything on our website or send out separate notifications from what is announced through the news outlets (internet, radio, TV and Montgomery County alerts). We have sent out this link already this year but if you haven't done it yet, click here to sign up for Montgomery County alerts. This link can also be found under Quicklinks at the top of the bsstoday.org homepage.

Please remember, information about school polices regarding things like weather-related closings are found in the Parent Handbook. This is accessible from the main page of the school web site under, 'About'.

Note bene- In the rare (I can't remember it happening in 25 years) event that there is a NON weather-related emergency (i.e. a bomb threat). We MUST follow DC mandates. In that instance, we will notify parents to provide information and clarity.

Faithfully,
Chris Kelly
 
Don't forget to sign up for MCPS alerts to receive emails and/or text messages regarding weather related closings and delays!  
 

January 13 -16 is an A week
for lunch duty.   
 
Hot lunch is $18.00 for the week.
 
Click here to sign up for lunch duty.
Click here for the January lunch menu. 
Click here to order lunch online.
Re-enrollment is now open for the 2020 - 2021 school year.
 
You should have received an email from TADS today. Please click the link in the email to complete the enrollment forms and submit the fee. Enrollment closes January 31, 2020.  
 
Re-enrollment is a place holder for your child for next school year. We have several grades that are full or close to full this year, and have multiple applicants for next year. New students will be accepted based on the re-enrollment numbers, so it is vital that we have accurate information from you about your intentions for next year.

If you have any questions about re-enrollment, please contact Allison Cogswell at acogswell@blessedsacramentdc.org.    
The Uniform Exchange will be open (for trade or purchase at $5 per item) two times this month:

  • Monday, January 13, 2:45 - 3:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 22, 7:45 - 8:30 a.m.

Come to the HSA Room on the lower level of the school to shop for long pants and sweatshirts! Acceptable items for exchange are uniform components that have been laundered and double-checked for stains, holes, broken zippers, odors, and pet fur.

Please contact Jara Seaman, Laura Grimm, or Tania Sechriest with any questions:  jbarrows23@yahoo.com  llgrimm2003@gmail.com  gembalat@yahoo.com.
Pizza Sale  
Friday, January 17 
immediately after 12:30pm dismissal
in the auditorium.
 
$5.00 for a slice of pizza, drink, and dessert.  
Extra slices will be sold for $1.00
 
Sponsored by the 8th Grade
  
BECOME A 2020 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 2020 BENEFACTORS
WHO HAVE DONATED $7,350 TO DATE:
 
(Benefactor List as of Wednesday, January 8.)
Sign-up TODAY to have your name appear on the event invitation.
Tickets to the auction sold separately.
To Become a Benefactor, go to bss.maestroweb.com
5th, 6th, 7th, & 8th Graders
 
Register extended til MONDAY! 


Registration was due today! If you didn't already bring in your form, download it online at bsstoday.org/shrek and turn in the form and check at the office by Monday, January 13.
   
Contact BSS.Shrek@gmail.com with questions.
Ladies-
You're invited to a Sodality cocktail party on Thursday,  
January 23!

Sodality is looking for new members!  Find out what Sodality actually is.  Meet our fellowship of women who are single, married, divorced, widowed, with children, or not, working, not working, retired, devout and the not as devout, and just about every combination of all of the above, who are doing service to Mary, to our parish, and to local charities supported by individual Sodality units. Come explore one of our parish's largest, oldest and most vibrant ministries!

To receive an Evite with all of the details, please email sodality@blessedsacramentdc.org .  


 

Don't have a cow but somebody's been murdered!
Enjoy an interactive murder mystery event and dinner at the Schwartz home. Come dressed and coifed 1980's style!
Like, Totally, Do Not Miss This!

$50
 
Purchase today on the BSS Benefit website.

Only 15 Left!
This event takes place on February 22nd.
Details will be sent to registrants separately. Limited availability
 

Save the Date!

Annual Shrove Tuesday
Pancake Dinner
 
Tuesday, February 25 th 6:00-7:00 PM
Blessed Sacrament Auditorium

Grab your whole crew and wear your jammies!

Tickets sold at the door.
Individual Tickets $5, Family Tickets $20
 
All Proceeds Benefit the BSS HSA
 
Next week,   on Tuesday, January 14 , we will be collecting the second quarter round of BoxTops clippings. Please send in those paper BoxTops with your students to help their class win the school competition!
 
With the new BoxTops app, we have collected $410 for BSS! Only a few more days to collect the $90 we need  by   January 17, 2020. If we reach $500, the
 whole school gets a Dress Down Day.  
 
If you haven't already, please download the app HERE and help us to scan those receipts so that we can reach our mid-year goal.

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