Dear Parents,

The Open House was a huge success!

Thank you to everyone who was here Thursday night to attend/support our evening Open House. We had a great turnout and a lot of positive energy as a result of the parent volunteers who led tours and the HSA Hospitality Committee who provided refreshments and the teachers who accompanied tours and answered questions. Particular thanks goes to Allison Cogswell who adeptly organized the event and the energetic Liz Vorrasi who talked to the parents from a parent's perspective. There was great warmth at the event on a cold and windy night and I am certain that we've got a lot of interested families. (A special thank you to all of our families who volunteered to advertise with signs in their yards. Please remove them and dispose of them, we will not be using them in the future.)

Our Second Quarter ended today. Report cards should be posted to the students' Rediker pages by the end of the day, January 27.

Look in this space next week for information about Catholic Schools Week.

Chris Kelly
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January 21 -24 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 for the January lunch menu. 
Click here to order lunch online.
The Uniform Exchange will be open (for trade or purchase at $5 per item)

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:
Be sure to re-enroll for the 2020 - 2021 school year.
Please click the link in the email from TADS (sent January 10) 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    
Calling all 5th, 6th, and 7th graders!!
We'd love to see you at the first rehearsal next Tuesday, January 21st from 3:15-5:30pm in the music room.
The registration form is at the front desk and on the website:
K-4th grade registration will open in a few weeks as rehearsals aren't until March. If your child is interested, feel free to let me know if Tuesday or Thursday works better for rehearsals.
Contact if you have questions about the commitment or certain conflicts.
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!

(Benefactor List as of Wednesday, January 15.)
Sign-up TODAY to have your name appear on the event invitation.
Tickets to the auction sold separately.
To Become a Benefactor, go to
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! This is an awesome chance to meet other women, make new friends, re-enter if you've stopped working/nest emptying/have more time and/or are looking for new opportunities!

To receive an Evite with all of the details, please email .  


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!

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
The auction committee is looking for hosts for the Spring Fling and Back to School Bash in the Fall. Interested persons, please email Grace McNicholas at .

Save the Date!

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

Click here to purchase family tickets online or pay cash or check at the door for individual and family tickets.

Grab your whole crew and wear your jammies!
Individual Tickets $5, Family Tickets $20
All Proceeds Benefit the BSS HSA
Sodality is collecting used Christmas decor and jewelry!

Are you still putting away your Christmas decor and deciding to divest yourself of some of it?  If so, the sodality will accept used Christmas ornaments, garland, Santas, etc., right now!   Similarly, did Santa bring you a beautiful new piece of jewelry or two, and you want to divest yourself of something you no longer wear? Sodality will take that too!   To arrange a pick up or drop off time, please email
A big thank you to our second quarter BoxTop winners:

1st place is 6A with Ms.Ryan
2nd place is 5B with Mr. Markley
3rd place is 4C with Ms. Zukowski

 If you haven't already, please download the app HERE
and start scanning those receipts to raise money for BSS! 
The parish's Care for Creation Ministry is hosting a speaker:
Joelle Novey
Director of Interfaith Power and Light (DC/MD/NoVA)  
Tuesday, January 28 at 7pm
Parish Center main level room  
Ms. Novey will explain options to shift your home electricity to green energy. She will also discuss opportunities to join with other faith communities in advocating for clean energy.
All are welcome. Hope to see you there.

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