Dear Parents,

Our school culture is generally positive and the students and staff here look forward to being a part of a caring community each day. Yet, we are always looking for ways to improve. Today, Mrs. Matejik placed birdhouses and rocks in the Sr. Marietta Outdoor Classroom with messages of kindness. Mrs. Clark is working on an art project to send positive messages to the students about how we treat each other. Frequently, my message at the end of school Masses focuses on how we treat each other. Our Bulldog Pledge at the beginning of each day reminds our students to 'treat others as we would like to be treated'. It is a consistent message that we send to our students, but we know that we should continue to work on it. I would ask parents to help us in two ways:

1) I would encourage everyone to have a discussion with your children about the words we use and the way we treat (and refer) to other people.

2) Please inform us of any unkind behavior. We will address whatever we observe, but there are times that we are not aware.

In October we 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 (and fingerprinting), 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.
 
Please do not make U turns on Chevy Chase Parkway in the morning.

Please do not block Western Avenue in the afternoon, waiting to turn before we have opened the blacktop.

AND...while we will be rooting on the Nats, we want to give a shout out to the Mystics who won their first WNBA Championship last night!

Faithfully,
Chris Kelly

October 15 - 18 is a B 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.
 
 
Remember: School is closed Monday, October 14 in observance of Columbus Day!
THE 2019 BOOK FAIR IS NEXT WEEK!! 
 
October 17th and 18th
Thursday: 7:30am - 4pm
Friday: 7:30am - 4pm
 
If able to spare some time to help out, please sign up here.  
 
 
For questions, please contact:
 
Emily Coccaro :   emilyjcoccaro@gmail.com
Michelle Connolly :   mawconnolly@gmail.com 
Eleanor Hopkins :   eleanor.j.hopkins@gmail.com

Open House Dates-
Please spread the word!

Wednesday, October 23rd at 9 am   for all prospective K-8 families.
 Coffee and welcome, information session, school tour, and an informal Q&A session with current parents, faculty, and administrators

Thursday, January 16th at 7 pm for all prospective K-8 families.
Beer, wine, and welcome, information session, school tour, and an informal Q&A session with current parents, faculty, and administrators

Register online here


Save the Date

Week of the Arts
March 18-20, 2020

WOTA is in need of K-4 Coordinators!   One or more parents can share the duties! It's easy and fun!  The kids love Week of the Arts, so please consider helping out!

Any questions can be directed at Yves Clark at yclark@blessedsacramentdc.org.



Admissions is now open for fall 2020! 
Sibling applications are due December 13, 2019. 

Click here to apply now!

 If you have any questions, please email Allison Cogswell at 
 

Join us for the  
Blessed Sacrament Professionals Network (BSPN) Event  
October 15th  
6:15 - 8 PM
The Avenue

Women and men of the parish from all professional backgrounds are invited to an evening of networking, faith exploration, and fellowship. The event will feature a discussion with parishioner John McHugh, President of Francis J. Collins Funeral Home. Complimentary appetizers will be provided and a cash bar will be available.



Gabriel Project/Network "Baby Bottle" Campaign
 
We're about one week into this project, and are looking forward to meeting Jada next week, a mom from the program who will share her story and how our efforts help. You have a long weekend, so keep filling your bottles with change, bills, and/or checks payable to Blessed Sacrament.  Thanks for CARING about these special moms and their children.  Way to go Bulldogs!
 
6th Grade Fundraisers

*Register for Basketball Today*
 
Participation is open to all parish students in 3rd through 8th grade.

The registration fee is $175.
An instructional basketball clinic is open to students in K-2.
The registration fee is $100.

To register visit click here.
Those who have not created an account on our new SportPilot registration system will be prompted to do so before registering.

Tryouts for 5/6th and 7/8th grade teams will be held during the week of October 21.

Blessed Sacrament is hosting ONE more fingerprinting sessions free of charge!
Next Thursday, October 17 is your last change!!

October 17
4:30 - 8 pm
School Library

Please be advised of all below guidelines before registering for an allotted time.
 
Step 1: Sign-Up Genius - All attendees must be registered for an allotted time. Fingerprinting will be available in 3 minute increments. It is essential that you arrive on time. Please click here to register.

Step 2: Live Scan Preregistration Form - Please click here   to complete the Live Scan form. This must be completed prior to your arrival.  If the form is not completed, your assigned time slot will be forfeited. Please use the below codes when filling out the form:
Agency Authorization #: 9000016616
ORI #: MD004455Y

Step 3: Virtus Account - If you have not already created a Virtus account, please contact Allison Cogswell at acogswell@blessedsacramentdc.org.  

Day Of: Plan to be present in the library at your allotted time. Parking will be available on the black top. Your Live Scan form must be submitted online in advance. Please bring one valid form of government ID.

If you have questions regarding your compliance, please contact Allison Cogswell at acogswell@blessedsacramentdc.org .
 

Troop 90 is partnering with the non-profit organization Soles4Souls to
collect 500 pairs of new or gently used shoes!

The drive will span from Thursday, 10/17 to Thursday, 10/31. Collection boxes can be found in the BSS lobby and auditorium.
ALL sizes and types of shoes are acceptable. Unsure if a pair is 'gently worn'? Donate them and we will figure it out!

Clean out your closet and help those in need. Don't have shoes to donate? Head
online or to your local shoe store for a bargain price. A $10 pair can change a life!

For more information on Soles4Souls, click here.

For questions, please contact Liam Rhodes at liam.p.rhodes@gmail.com .
MONDAY, OCTOBER 28
Kenwood Country Club
1pm shotgun start
 
 
The Smyth Fund Golf Classic is a fundraising golf tournament that brings Blessed Sacrament supporters together for an enjoyable afternoon of golf, games, prizes, food, and beverages to benefit the Monsignor Thomas G. Smyth Endowment Fund. The Endowment Fund is used for the support and aid of the school; primarily in the form of tuition relief and teacher enrichment.
 
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 (or register as an individual and we'll pair you up)! If you aren't able to participate, please consider sponsoring this event.
 
Visit bssgolf.org  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.
BEREAVEMENT MINISTRY

Starting Tuesday, October 22 , Blessed Sacrament is offering pastoral care after the loss of a loved one (whether spouse, child, parent, sibling or significant other) no matter how long ago. 

There will be 90 mn sessions for 8 weeks in the parish library. 

The program is free but registering is required.  Register at www.blessedsacramentdc.org/bereavement

For more information contact Jim Hoffman, Licensed Professional Counselor, at hoffmanlpc@gmail.com or 202-577-2213. 

The Parish Bazaar is coming your way!  It's an event for everyone, and we do mean everyone!

 Please come support the gigantic and fabulous Sodality SUPER ReSALE of used clothes for men, women, and children, plus designer chic boutique, purses, shoes, jewelry, dollar store, white elephant, Elegant Elephant, toys, sporting goods, and children's books!  

Plus your old favorites, like our delicious lunch and bake sale, Christmas shop of homemade goodies for the holidays and don't forget our fantastic raffle baskets!

And new this year a chance to do all of your Christmas shopping at our plant sale!   Buy for grandma, teacher, next door neighbor, hostess, and all of your friends!  

Might be a special guest too.....ho, ho, ho!  

Don't forget to donate your used things to the bazaar!  Click here for more information.  

Hope to see you all there!
First Quarter Box Tops will be collect  
on October 21. 

The class with the most Box Tops  
will win a free dress day!!

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