Dear Parents,

Safety, safety, safety

As I referenced at Back to School Night, the safety of the children here has always been a priority and we continue to make every effort to keep Blessed Sacrament as safe as possible. In recent years we have added cameras and signage, moved to a key fob entry for staff, required name tags for visitors, and strengthened procedures around lockdowns. Today, I wanted to give a brief update on recent activities. On September 25 and 26, the archdiocese required attendance at a program called ALICE. This is a national program developed at the insistence of parents from Sandy Hook. I attended along with all of the other principals in the archdiocese as well as Maura Walsh Rogan and Grace Hamilton. That training was only the first step in developing new procedures around school safety and the archdiocese is currently developing a comprehensive plan for communication about the program with parents. In addition they will be working with schools on teacher training.

Also, I received a document from one of our parents entitled 'Enhancing School Safety Using a Threat Assessment Model: An Operational Guide for Preventing Targeted School Violence' that was created by the US Secret Service and published this past July. This information primarily focuses on school culture factors and ways to identify and prevent possible threats. I have skimmed through the document and we have many of these things in place. I have asked Mrs. Matejik to read through it for a more detailed analysis.

Finally, we have a school safety committee, composed of teachers and a parent who is an expert on security. We will be convening that committee again. I did not want to meet with the committee while we were waiting for the ALICE program training and subsequent materials and before we completed reading the document from the Secret Service.

You can expect a more detailed communication regarding school safety as the year progresses.

We also teach the children about personal safety. The Personal Safety Education program is an educational program that we have used in archdiocesan schools for over ten years. In addition to the Virtus program for adults, it is a structured program to educate children about making good choices, being safe, and identifying responsible adults whom they can trust and in whom they can confide. The program is designed to be developmentally appropriate and it covers topics such as internet safety, identifying and respecting the 'private parts' of your body and others, and understanding that it is not okay to be asked to keep secrets from adults that you trust. In the younger grades, Mrs. Matejik will work the students and teachers to present these topics between now and November. In the middle school, we deliver separate sessions for the boys and girls. More information will be sent home shortly about the program and resources associated with it.

We understand that children cannot learn unless they feel safe and we do all that we can to ensure that safe environment. Please let me or Mrs. Matejik know if you have any questions.
 
Faithfully,
Chris Kelly

October 15 - 19 is an A 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.
MONDAY, OCT 15
Kenwood Country Club
1pm shotgun start

 
Golfers of ALL abilities and skill levels are encouraged to play! There will be a post-round happy hour and great giveaways for all participants, so start putting together your foursome! If you aren't able to participate, please consider sponsoring this event. All proceeds benefit the Monsignor Thomas G Smyth Endowment Fund and are used for the support and aid of the school. See the website for registration and sponsorship information.  
 
For more information, please contact Chris Connolly at chris.connolly@bfsaulco.com or Javier Aguirre at javier_e_aguirre@yahoo.com .

SAVE THE DATE for the 2018  BOOK FAIR!
October 25th, 26th and 28th
 
Thursday: 7:30am - 4pm
Friday: 7:30am - 1:30pm
Sunday: 9am - 12:30pm
 
If able to spare some time to help out, please click here to sign up.

Students may DRESS DOWN next Friday, October 19 for $1.00 to support the Book Fair!

For questions, please contact:
Michelle:  mawconnolly@gmail.com
   

Open House Dates-Send to your friends!

Thursday, November 15 -  9am coffee, followed by faculty remarks, student/parent led tours, plus Q & A session with principal and admissions personnel.  Held in the parish center for interested parents Grades K-8.

Thursday, January 10 - 7pm wine and cheese, followed by faculty remarks, student/parent led tours, plus Q & A session with principal and admissions personnel.  Held in the parish center for interested parents Grades K-8.

Tour leaders needed!!
Please email Nancy Ryan at nryan@blessedsacramentdc.org if you can serve in this role -no experience necessary at all!

All materials sent to you in advance and you are accompanied by a member of our student government.
Come one, come all if you are a teen who needs service hours!
 
The Sodality Bazaar will take place on Saturday, November 10 and we need lots of help from teen volunteers.   
 
We can put you to work (with adult supervision,) setting up and decorating on Friday, November 9 from 1pm-5pm. And we will need help all day Saturday beginning at 9am, and ending at approximately 5pm.   
 
So, if you need service hours, we need you!!  Contact Nancy Ryan at  
School Field Reminders
            • Everyone must be off the field by 6:30 pm
            • No whistles may be used at anytime
            • Field must be cleaned up before you leave
            • No child may be on the field without supervision
Thank you for your cooperation.
Baby Bottle Campaign

We're about half way through our fundraising effort. Hopefully, the bottles are a ready  reminder of these moms and their children who need our help.  So keep filling them with change, bills, and/or checks payable to Blessed Sacrament.  All bottles are due,filled or empty, by Thursday, October 18th.  Thank you for continuing CARING about others.
All New BSS Parents are  
Cordially Invited to
Coffee with the Principal
 
Wednesday, October 24
8am to 9am
 
Coffee, croissants and chat in the school library.
 
Please RSVP to Amanda Loveland at aloveland@blessedsacramentdc.org



Calling all Middle & High School Students
Join us for a Costume Drive & Pumpkin Carving Contest
Sunday, October 14 at 6:30 p.m.
Parish Center  

Clean out your closets and gather gently used Halloween costumes.  Ask friends and neighbors to do the same.  We will wrap and box the costumes, and donate them to homeless and low income children in the Washington, D.C. area. Students who bring in costumes to wrap and box will earn one service hour.

We will also have dinner and a discussion led by Fr. Alec on the Youth Ministry theme for October:  kindness.  After dinner we will divide into teams, roll-up our sleeves, don aprons, and put our pumpkin-carving creativity to the test. A panel of judges will choose the most impressive gourd!
 
Advanced online registration is required.
  Click here to register now.    
It's not too early to start thinking about Christmas!
 
The Blessed Sacrament Christmas Ornaments are now on sale!
 
Purchase a beautiful one-of-a-kind keepsake ornament for your Christmas tree and help support our school!
 
These ornaments are ceramic, hand-crafted and painted with the Blessed Sacrament coat of arms, and will look great on your Christmas tree for years to come.
 
Only a limited number available - don't miss out!  
 
 Orders will be distributed the week of November 12th.  
 
Proceeds benefit the HSA.
 
Questions? Email Julie Ryan at jryan@acceleronlaw.com

Calling New Families!!
 
We are looking for new families to be a part of the Greg Gannon Canned Food Drive
and to be a part of the Planning Team
 
Email Amy Dean if interested at

For more information, please visit http://www.greggannoncfd.org.


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