Dear Parents,

Welcome Back!

We had a fantastic (abbreviated) first week. The superintendent for the Archdiocese of Washington, Bill Ryan, joined us on the first day of school as we celebrate our 95th year. This morning, our Kindergarten class (the class of 2027!) joined us for their first day. It's so exciting to see those young eager faces (with a couple of tears...from parents) as these children begin the journey that so many have for almost 100 years.

I speak frequently about the community of Blessed Sacrament and in a true community, we look out for each other. I would be remiss to not recognize the extraordinary work of one of our community members this summer. Pete Murphy (husband of Luann Murphy- current second grade aid, former lunch room assistant) spent the summer aggressively and doggedly persuading the DC powers that be to complete the paving of Quesada BEFORE our first day. I'm not sure that DC cared when our first day of school was but it would have been a nightmare to figure out carpool without access to that street. But, primarily through the persistence of Pete...it was completed this last Monday. Thank you, Pete, We all appreciate it!

Our regular beginning-of-year Scantron testing is scheduled to begin next week and will continue the following week. This is our online program that assesses math and language arts. We use it as a baseline to track progress each year. We will compare these scores to the scores they get at the end of the year to evaluate the individual students and the overall grade as well. The assessments are adaptive and untimed. It is not really possible to provide a schedule because classes test at different times and we need to be flexible, especially at the beginning of the year. Your child (and you) should not stress about this testing. It is just to give us a baseline for the year. The best way to prepare is a good night's sleep and a good breakfast.

Have a great Labor Day weekend...we'll see you for our first full day on Tuesday!

*An archdiocesan Poverty Survey was sent home today with your oldest/only child. Please return surveys by September 10.
 
Faithfully,
Chris Kelly

September 4 - 7 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 to download the lunch menu.
Click here to order lunch online.
 
BSS Back to School BBQ!
Saturday, September 8
6:30pm
 
Please join us for the Back to School Bash!
Catch up with old friends and make new ones over drinks and BBQ!

All proceeds to support the
BSS Home and School Association!

Where: The Luongo's
3701 Underwood Street
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

  Click here to order your ticket now!


Tuesday, September 11: Grades K-5
Thursday, September 13: Grades 6-8

Being a parent at Blessed Sacrament should be fun, and this night always is!  Parents, this is your night to see old friends, make new ones, find out what's in store for your child(ren) this year, and learn how you can make a difference at BSS!!  Be sure to visit our volunteer activity tables and sign up to get involved!

The Uniform Exchange will be open during Back to School Nights!

Schedule:
  • 6:30 -7 pm - Refreshments and volunteer fair in the gym
  • 7- 7:25 pm - Remarks from Principal Chris Kelly and Home and School President, Grace McNicholas.
  • 7:25 pm - Adjournment
  • 7:30 pm - Sessions with homeroom teachers/advisors begin.  
-Tuesday: There will be two 25 minute sessions in the homeroom classrooms with a 5 minute break between sessions. The second session is an opportunity to meet with a second student's teacher.  If you only have one student, you only need to attend one session. (7: 30 - 7:55 & 8:00 - 8:25 pm)
 
-Thursday: There will by eight short sessions beginning with advisory where student schedules will be distributed to parents to follow throughout the evening; giving parents a chance to meet all their child's teachers. There will be a few minutes for each class change. There will be bells to help keep everyone on schedule. (7:30 - 9:15 pm) 
 
   
Things to Know:
  • Back to School Night is for parents only.
  • Parents may park on the blacktop and enter through the gym doors.
  • Each teacher will provide an overview of the class curriculum and expectations, and answer as many parent questions as time permits.
Stay Informed!

Once again, we will be using PlusPortals to post homework, attendance, report cards, and school announcements for all grade levels.  Assignment and test scores will be posted for grades 5-8 only. 

All parents (who have an email on file with BSS) have access to PlusPortals. New parents should have received an email on Wednesday with log in information and a temporary password. The temporary password will expire in 72 hours so please create an account now.  If you have any trouble accessing your PlusPortals account, please email Caitlin Hall at chall@blessedsacramentdc.org.

Parents can also download the ParentPlus app on an iPhone or Android. Be sure to enter Blessed Sacrament DC as the school name (don't forgot the DC). 

CLIP Box Tops from your groceries. 
DROP Box Tops at the front office. 
SUPPORT our school!!

Every fall parents in each grade gather for a Class  Social . These fun parties are a great   BSS   tradition which allows parents to mingle, catch up with old friends, and meet new ones. A family in each grade hosts the  social  for the entire class at their home. Details and invitation will be forthcoming.
 
  • Kindergarten - TBD 
  • 1st - Friday, November 2nd - Hosted by Nellie and Seth Benhard
  • 2nd - Saturday, October 20th - Hosted by Ashley and Jeremy Allen
  • 3rd - Friday, September 21st - Hosted by Ashley and Bentley Storm
  • 4th - TBD 
  • 5th -  Saturday, October 20th - Hosted by Michele and Jorge Costa
  • 6th - TBD 
  • 7th - Friday, October 19 - Hosted by Alicia and Will Peppo
  • 8th - TBD - Hosted by Stephanie and Darren Linnartz

All school volunteers must complete a volunteer application, an electronic background check, and a Virtus session.

Registration for all currently scheduled training sessions is available at Virtus.org. Please select New Registrant to view a list of sessions. Search Washington, DC (archdiocese) from the drop down.

There will be a Virtus training session held at BSS in late September. However, this sessions is not available online yet.  More information to follow.

To complete a background check, please email Colleen Molloy at cmolloy@blessedsacramentdc.org.

Welcome back to the new school year! We look forward to many more happy, creative afternoons with our aspiring artists in After School Art this year. 

After School Art offers a fun, supportive environment to develop creative and critical thinking skills and friendships, while exploring a variety of artists and materials such as clay, paint, pastel, and drawing!

Classes begin the week of September 11th and run in 9 week sessions through the end of the school year. 

Students will be picked up in the gym at dismissal and brought to the Art room.

Kindergarten: Wednesday 3:10- 4:15pm
1st & 2nd Grade: Thursday 3:10 - 4:45
3rd - 8th Grade: Tuesday 3:10 - 4:45
 
Cost is $235. All supplies and snacks included.
Forms are also available in school lobby. No special skills needed.

Questions, please contact the art teacher, Judy Kearns, at jkearns@blessedsacramentdc.org.  

Boy Scout Troop 90 Wants You!!
 
Join our first meeting  
Wednesday, September 5  
from 7:30 - 8:30 pm  
in the Parish Center.  
 
No obligation. No scouting experience necessary.

All boys 11 years old and up or having graduated 5th grade are invited to join Blessed Sacrament's Boy Scout Troop 90! Scouting gives young people the opportunity to explore a world beyond the boundaries of everyday life. They get to try new things, develop friendships, provide service to others, build self-confidence, and develop leadership skills. And have fun while doing it! Here are just a few things we've done:
  • Learning first aid, emergency preparedness, wilderness survival, and many other merit badges
  • Serving the community through the Greg Gannon Food Drive and other service projects
  • Rock Climbing at Seneca Rocks, West Virginia
  • Camping at Gettysburg National Military Park
  • Backpacking in New Mexico for Philmont High Adventure
  • Canoeing in the Boundary Waters, Minnesota for Northern Tier High Adventure
  • Scuba Diving off the Florida Keys and St. Croix for Sea Base High Adventure
  • Skiing/snowboarding at Wisp and Snowshoe
  • Summer campouts at Goshen Camp, Virginia - staffed by graduates of Blessed Sacrament
We have meetings Wednesday nights from 7:30 - 8:30 pm in the Parish Center and host monthly campouts, hikes, and other outdoor activities.

Questions? Please contact Scoutmaster Keith Morrison at (202) 236-1624, kmorrison@vsadc.com, or Assistant Scoutmaster Dave Missar at (202) 368-9550, drcdmissar@msn.com or check out our website www.troop90dc.org.
 
JOIN CUB SCOUT PACK 90
 
Calling all 1st through 5th grade boys and their parents! Cub Scout Pack 90 is starting up for another action-packed year. Come join one of the oldest Cub Scout troops in the city with a long history of connection and service to the Blessed Sacrament parish community. The Scout is a family oriented organization, where everyone can participate. If you like overnight campouts, pinewood derbies, rocket launching, hikes, and other exciting adventures then the Scouts are for you. We are also very involved in a number of regular parish activities. Learn leadership, citizenship, teamwork, and sportsmanship skills. Plan on coming to our first meeting, which will be on Friday, September 7th from 7-8pm in the School Auditorium.  
 
Any questions, please contact John Schulz at 202-341-0291or jschulz@sqfi.com .
School Supply Drive
September 8 & 9

Please donate supplies to the Annual Fall School Supply Drive. Donations will be given to students attending St. Thomas More School, Blessed Sacrament's Sister School and Parish, located in Southeast DC.

The   collection is scheduled for Saturday, September 8, at the 5:30 pm Mass and Sunday,  September 9, at all Masses. Volunteers will be outside all Church entrances to collect supplies. Also, there is a large container in the main school entrance where supplies may be donated through Monday, September 10.
 
Student service hours - Contact Pat Kavanaugh in the Parish Social Concerns Office  at pkavanaugh@blessedsacramentdc.org to volunteer to collect supplies at one or more Mass.

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