Dear Parents,
   
Conferences completed...check.
Second quarter underway...check.
Joyful chaos of the holidays underway....check.
 
And to whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required: and to whom they commit much, of him will they ask the more. Luke 12:48.
 
Today we gathered all of the food donated by our school families and sent it over to the Spanish Catholic Center for distribution at Thanksgiving, as we have for the past decade or so. While that was going on, we have other volunteers organizing the thousands of paper bags to be distributed the week after Thanksgiving for the Greg Gannon Canned Food Drive. In addition, we are collecting items for the sixth graders to stuff stockings with toiletries to donate to homeless shelters. And this is just the beginning!
 
Yes, there are a lot of 'asks' this time of year, donating your time, donating your treasure, donating a coat, donating a gift for the Giving Tree, donating canned goods...it can all seem overwhelming. Please know that we understand the requests that we make of our families but we also know what our families are capable of. Many of us are truly blessed with abundance and all of us should be mindful of what we can do for others during this holiday season. Please give generously...and JOYOUSLY...through the season.
 
"For it is in giving that we receive." -Saint Francis We do not ask anyone to give beyond their capacity, but we know the capacity of our school community...and it is tremendous. Please consider donating as much as you can during this special time...and PLEASE help us to collect more cans on November 30 than Holy Redeemer!!!
 
FYI...We will no longer be using School Messenger as our mass communication system. As of December 1, 2018, School Messenger will be suspended and we will begin using Rediker's communication feature called AP Notify. AdminPlus Notify gives us the ability to quickly and easily notify all student-connected contacts within our school community via email, text, and voice message. We will primarily use this in the event of an emergency (i.e. a burst pipe causing the closing of school). We will not use it for typical weather related delays or closings.
 
Faithfully,
 
Chris Kelly 

November 13-16 is a A 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.

Mark your calendar for November 27... 

DONOR GIFT MATCH ALERT!!! 

Every dollor donated to Blessed Sacrament School Annual Fund on #GivingTuesday will be matched by an anonymous donor 
up to $10,000! 

BSS has joined the global movement - a day of giving between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This week's #GivingTuesday theme is CARE! 
"I pledge to treat others as I would like to be treated." - Bulldog Pledge

This campaign is powered by the Class of 2019
SAVE THE DATE
Thursday, November 29th
Private Shopping Event at 
Child's Play  
(5536 Connecticut Avenue NW)  
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. Wander the store with a glass of wine and a yummy holiday treat. Shop in peace.
Greg Gannon 
Canned Food Drive

Save the Date - Dec 1, 2018
Registration is now open for new and returning families!
  Go to www.ggcfd.org to sign up! 

FACULTY & STAFF CHRISTMAS FUND
 
 
It's time!
Please help the HSA spoil the talented faculty and staff of
Blessed Sacrament School by
participating in our
Faculty & Staff Christmas Gift Fund!
 
         

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.  
 
 Blessed Sacrament Giving Tree   
 
It's time to get your star for the BSS Giving Tree.  Blessed Sacrament's Giving Tree program to provide Christmas 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 or cash donations.
 
Questions? Want to volunteer? Contact Renee Redpath, Courtney Knowles or Nikole Flax at BSDCGivingTree@gmail.com
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
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
BULLDOG SPIRIT WEAR

Bulldog belts are here! Makes a great gift for Dad, too. $50 Youth/$60 Adult

To ensure Christmas delivery, belt orders must be received by December 1.

NEW! Show your school pride with a BSS bulldog vinyl car sticker.  $5

The Blessed Sacrament Christmas Ornaments are still on sale!
 
Don't miss out on this keepsake ornament.    
Ceramic, hand-crafted and painted with the Blessed Sacrament seal, this ornament will bring back BSS memories for years to come.
To order,  please click here
Proceeds benefit the HSA.  Questions? Email Julie Ryan at  jryan@acceleronlaw.com
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!
CLICK BEFORE YOU SHOP!
Before you make any purchases from Amazon, visit BSSToday.org and click the Amazon logo!   
BSS will receive a percentage of all purchases made by users who click through BSSToday.org first.