Dear Parents,

In addition to helping every child be as successful as they can be, safety continues to be a top priority at Blessed Sacrament. I addressed one aspect of safety in the Weekly last week when I mentioned morning drop off routines. I'd like to re-emphasize points from last week:

1) NO U-TURNS on Chevy Chase Parkway , (it's illegal and dangerous).

2) Please have the children as ready as possible to hop out and walk into school, regardless of which side your drop off occurs.

This week things did go more smoothly and we appreciate all of the efforts of the parents. We'll continue to work with you to make the carpool as safe and efficient as possible.

Another aspect of safety involves our Child Protection Policy. The archdiocese began implementation of this policy in 2003 and I have lived and worked through every iteration of it. This summer brought some updates and changes. Effective this year, every volunteer must be fingerprinted. Background checks are no longer adequate. Parents who have volunteered under the old policy for the past few years will have to get fingerprinted to be compliant. Please understand that this inconvenience is mandated by the archdiocese and intended for the protection of the children. The letter from the superintendent about this policy is available here.

Finally, unfortunately, the violence in schools and work places continues. Hopefully we will find a sensible solution that will reduce the risk of this particularly heinous type of violence, but we must prepare for the (extremely unlikely) possibility of a violent intruder here. We continue our ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) protocol here. We are reminding the students this month of the reunification point (the library on Connecticut Avenue) if they evacuate, and we are practicing enhanced lockdowns in each of the classrooms. We will continue to educate and drill with the students throughout the year.

We've had a great start...looking forward to a great month!
 
Faithfully,
Chris Kelly

September 9 - 13 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.
BSS Back to School Bash!
SOLD OUT!! 
Tomorrow,Saturday, September 7 
6:30pm
 
For everyone who purchased a ticket, we look forward to seeing you at Liz and Ken Vorrasi's home: 
7218 Chestnut Street 
Chevy Chase, MD 20815.


Tuesday, September 10: Grades 6-8
Thursday, September 12: Grades K-5

(Please note the grade levels for each date are opposite on the printed calendar we sent home. The above dates are the correct dates.)

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 - Welcome and Introductions
  • 7:25 pm - Adjournment
  • 7:30 pm - Sessions with homeroom teachers/advisors begin
-Tuesday: 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 - 9:30 pm)  
 
-Thursday: 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)
 
   
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.
 
We've got spirit, yes we do!
 
Fall is just around the corner.  Have you ordered your uniform approved sweatshirts and sweatpants yet? Orders received by September 15th will be delivered the first week of October. 
 
You can order online at bss.maestroweb.com  or visit the Spirit Wear Table at Back to School Night next week.
 


Blessed Sacrament Professionals Networking

Come mingle with us! BSPN is holding its first event on September 17th from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at The Avenue. It's a networking event that will include a discussion with parishioner Brian Kelly, Editor and Chief Content Officer at US News & World Report. It's casual with cash bar and complimentary appetizers.

Please click here to RSVP.

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.
 

According to the Archdiocese of Washington's Child Protection Policy, all parent volunteers are required to attend a 'Protecting God's Children' training session.


Blessed Sacrament will be hosting
a session on Tuesday, September 17,
from 6:30-9:30pm in the school auditorium.

You must register online and space is limited.
  •     Please register at Virtus.org.    
  •     Click "First Time Registrant" from the list on the left of the screen.
  •     Click "Begin the Registration Process".
  •     From the drop down menu, select "Washington, DC (Archdiocese)".
  •     Here you will see a list of all the sessions in the ADW and the availability.
  •     Scroll to the bottom of the page and follow the prompts to create an account and to  register for a training session. (Please feel free to register elsewhere if there is a session available closer to your home/work.)
All registrants should plan to arrive 15 minutes early to check in. Late arrivals will not be permitted to attend.

You only have to attend one session, one time. So if you've attended a session in the past, you do not need to register. If you are unsure, you may email Allison Cogswell at acogswell@blessedsacramentdc.org to confirm you've completed this training.

Be a Blessed Sacrament All Event All Star!

Looking for a streamlined way to support BSS and maximize sponsorship marketing benefits? Sign up to be an All Event All Star. This limited-time offer includes sponsorship of the Smyth Fund Golf Classic (next month), The Annual Spring Benefit and The Bulldog 5K.

The Smyth Fund Golf Classic is just around the corner! Act now to grab your naming opportunity. Benefit Advertising benefits will extend through the 2020-2021 school year with an ad in the School Directory.

Click here for the exciting details! 

Email Amanda Loveland at aloveland@blessedsacramentdc.org with questions or to secure your sponsorship.

Tuesday, September 24
4-9 pm

Please come join us for some great food, good company, and most importantly to help BLESSED SACRAMENT raise money!

Dine in or carry out at Potomac Pizza and 20% of all proceeds will be donated to BSS!

Be sure mention Blessed Sacrament School before you pay.

Potomac Pizza
19 Wisconsin Circle
Chevy Chase
301.951.1127

Mother-Son Jammin' Fun!
Friday, October 4th
 
Are you looking for something fun to do with your son? Come to the Mother-Son Jammin' Fun!

You and your son will have a blast dancing together, taking pictures in the photo booth, buying tickets for the Nerf and LEGO raffle baskets, and chowing down at an ice cream sundae bar!

Your son will get to hang with his pals and you'll get to bond with your mom friends!

We can't wait to jam with you on October 4th!
Looking for Girl Scout Troop Leaders!

If you are interested in leading a Girl Scout troop for your daughter's grade, please contact Nikole Flax at nikoleflax@gmail.com.  The commitment can be as much or as little as you like as troop activities vary based on the capacity of the leadership and parents.

 
Calling all Women of Blessed Sacrament!
 
Do you desire to grow in your Catholic faith? Would you like to connect with other women in our parish community in a small group setting? We invite you to consider joining Walking with Purpose at Blessed Sacrament. We will be doing two Bible studies this year. You may join for one or both. We will start this fall with Living in the Father's Love (only 6 weeks - come try it out!) and then follow with Grounded in Hope (17 weeks).

For more information, please click here.  
 
You may also contact co-coordinators Pixie Ruhlmann and Tiffany Cissna directly at wwpblessedsacramentdc@gmail.com.
 
Stay Informed!

Once again, we will be using PlusPortals to post homework, attendance, and report cards 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). 

Calling 5th-8th Grade Singers
 
Come join the choir for the Gym Mass or the Sunday 5:30 choir.  We meet on Sundays 45 minutes before mass begins and prepare for that day's liturgy. Students can earn service credits toward confirmation.

Email Ginny Curtin at gucurtin@gmail.com
for more information.  
 
Let your light shine!
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DROP Box Tops at the front office. 
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