Dear Parents,

       Better, Smarter Safer: This week we celebrated the refurbished library and took the next steps in implementing the ALICE program on school safety. On Monday morning, we celebrated the new library space with staff and donors and Sr. Mary Ann Dunn. Sr. Mary Ann came back to see the improvements in the area where she brought the joy of reading to so many of our youngest students over the years. We gathered in the main library and enjoyed refreshments amid the new furniture, redesigned stacks and new laptop lab. A group of kindergarten and first grade students joined us so that Sr. Mary Ann could read to them in the Sr. Mary Ann Learning Center, the refurbished back of the library complete with a Promethean board. The entire library has been transformed through the fundraising efforts and hard work of the Home and School Association
and the Raise the Paddle effort at the benefit. In addition to all of the improvements listed above, the school also purchased three new databases, PebbleGo, Britannica School and Kodable to make the best use of the laptop lab.

     On Tuesday evening, Mrs. Walsh-Rogan, Ms. Hamilton, and I presented an overview of the ALICE  program to parents. While it is an uncomfortable topic, we have gotten positive feedback from those  who were able to attend. I also met with the fifth grade on Wednesday and the eighth grade yesterday  and those sessions seemed to be equally well received. As, I have indicated we will give introductory  presentations to all grade levels by the end of February. You will be getting communications about these
sessions as they occur. I have had some parents ask for a copy of the powerpoint that I shared on Tuesday. I plan to send that out next week as an attachment to the Weekly, but the majority of the presentation was discussion, not slides. We are also considering a second parent evening in March.

     Second Reminder: Smash and grab. After the car break-in at CCPC last week, another car was vandalized on Saturday morning, on the blacktop, while about 35 of us were at a meeting in the upper level of the parish center! My understanding is that our cameras were able to help the police identify and apprehend the person (not sure if it was the same one that did it at CCPC). Please hide valuables or take
them with you...don't make your car an attractive target.

Faithfully,
 
Chris Kelly 

 February 19 - 22 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.


Our annual Pennies for Patients campaign is in full swing! Small collection boxes were given to your children this week. Please fill them up and send them back.
 
Thank you.

Thank You For Helping Us Innovate the Space!

Sister Mary Ann Dunn joined donors and faculty in the library earlier this week to celebrate the wonderful improvements to the library and learning center made possible by "Raise the Paddle" donations at last year's Spring Benefit. 

We are thrilled to announce the new technology now implemented in this area:
  • Promethean Board - An interactive whiteboard that is scalable for all grade levels and ages
  • Britannica School - A safe, up-to-date, and age-appropriate information resource for all grade levels 
  • Kodable - Computer programming for elementary school 
  • PebbleGo 
    - D atabase for reading and research for emergent readers for K - 3
Click on the links to learn more!
Let the Games Begin!

THE BSS GAMES 2019 BENEFIT
MARCH 9
Early Bird Ticket Rate Ends Feb 26
   
BECOME A 2019 BENEFIT BENEFACTOR TODAY!
 
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!

WE THANK OUR CURRENT 2019 BENEFACTORS
WHO HAVE DONATED $34,650 TO DATE:

Gods - $500+
Tatiana & Bernando Ahlborn  
Ashley & Jeremy Allen
Anna & Christopher Brown
Sarah & Bruce Cormier
Amy & Bob Dean
Elizabeth Drake 
Rickie Niceta & Thomas Lloyd
Lisa & David Madden
Beth & Brian Maloney
Ann & John McAllister
Kate Monahan & Dave Missar
Lauren & Brody Mullins
Alex Walsh & Brendan O'Brien
Renee & Tyson Redpath
Tiffany & Dan Sanders
Shanti Stanton
Shay & Robert Thorne
Lisa & Rich White

Athletes - $250
Misty & Mark Belles
Nellie & Seth Benhard
Erin & David Burns
Deirdre & Brian Christin
Nancy & Jim Cleary
Caroline Curtin & Merritt Connell
Laura & Brian Connolly
Lindsay & Patrick Conway
Susan & Richard DiMaio
Susan Murray & Chris Erceg
Maria Fisher & Charles Fendig
Elizabeth & John Funderburk
Barbara Noguera & Arthur Frye
Jeran & John Gimigliano
Angela & Joshua Grossfeld
Allyson & Jay Hauck
Eleanor & Matt Hopkins
Allison & Michael Jacobs 
Giulia & Philip Jaeger
Kate O'Scannlain & Matt       Johnson
Ashley & Brett Kavanaugh
Michelle Malloy & Chris Kelly
Tracy & C.J. Kline
Meg & Thomas Knight
Natalie & RJ Laukitis
Jennifer & Barton Leonard
MaryAnn & Nick Luongo
Elena & Greg Lynett
Dora Rioja-Mazza & Joseph     Mazza 
Gitte & Bernie McGuire
Athena & Greg Meyers
Gillian & John Mullins
Cari & Mike O'Malley
Kathleen & Doug Pagliaro
Alicia Abell & Will Peppo
Julia & Ed Power
Mary & Sergio Santiviago
Mercedes Rubio & Nicholas     Saunders, Jr 
Mary & Joe Seidel
Diane & Chris Simal
Mary & Doug Skorny
Ashley & Bentley Storm
Mimi Burke & Thomas Jarrett
Spectators - $150
Ashley Wells & Henry Arango
Jillian Bastow & Richard Bangs 
Anne & Hunter Bennett
Andi & Clark Bottner
Gretchen & Michael Bukowski
Sarah & Brian Crawford
Sally & Jonathan Diffley
Mary Beth Donahue
Laura & Matthew Fetters
Courtney & Todd Fletcher
Keelin & Paul Gallagher
Karen & Robert Graves
Elaine & Cabral Hobson
Joanna & Phil Kerpen
Katie & Bob Krantz
Monica Murphy-Kumar &   Ramesh Kumar
Erin & John Larkin
Katie & John Leachman
Liza &  Andreas Lindenberg 
Amanda & John Loveland
Monica & John Mastal
Anna & Mike Meenan
Meg & Jimmy Molloy
Erin & Matt Ritz
Oriana & Jim Rodgers
Jen & Mike Rowan
Julie & Kevin Ryan
Tania & Walter Sechriest
Erin & John Sowanick
Ashley Wells


(Benefactor List as of Wednesday, February 13.)

Tickets to the auction sold separately.

T o Become a Benefactor, go to  bss.maestroweb.com


Take advantage of the Family Discount!
$25 for the 1st book and $18 for each additional book.
 
A limited number of yearbooks will be printed, so reserve your copy before they sell out! 

Yearbooks will be distributed the last week of school.  

Click here to order your copy now!
SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR BIGGEST EVENT OF THE YEAR
- MARCH 9, 2019 -
 
WE THANK THE FOLLOWING SPONSORS:

- PLATINUM -
Perfect Settings
- GOLD -
Ridgewells Catering 
- SILVER -
Bethesda Orthodontics
John C. Grimberg Co.  
- BRONZE - 
Chevy Chase Pediatric Dentistry    
Circle Wine & Spirits
Francis J. Collins Funeral Homes, Inc.
Steve & Ellen Conley
Gilbane

For more information, go to  bss.maestroweb.com  or email

SAVE THE DATE!   
WEEK OF THE ARTS - MARCH 20-22, 2019

Parents, be on the lookout for more information in the coming weeks.  A sign up genius will go out in mid-February for K-4.  Your grade level leaders this year are:
 
K - Celina Emery and Allyson Hauck
1st - Ashley Pehrson Storm
2nd - Stephanie Sarkis and Giulia Jaeger
3rd - Erin Larkin
4th - Dora and Joe Mazza

5th-8th graders participate in 2-day workshops.  More details to follow.

Any questions?  Please contact Yves Clark at yclark@blessedsacramentdc.org.
 LADIES ONLY
WINE COUNTRY DAY TRIP
- MAY 31st - 

Transportation, picnic lunch, 2 wineries, & tastings included.  Fun guaranteed.

ALMOST SOLD OUT
To sign up visit  bss.maestroweb.com 

SAVE THE DATE!

BSS is hosting a CYO 
MIDDLE SCHOOL DANCE

Friday, April 5
 
CALLING ALL OLYMPIANS!
 



THE SPRING BENEFIT WINE CELLAR NEEDS BOTTLES.   
3 WAYS TO BE A CHAMPION 
 
GOLD - Buy and donate a bottle before March 9 at Circle Wine & Spirits. Circle will hold the bottle at the store for collection by the  Wine  Cellar. Mention BSS at the register and your full purchase creates an additional donation. Circle has a list of suggestions for help in choosing great  wines .

SILVER - Drop off a bottle before March 9.
If you choose to donate a bottle you already have, you can drop it off in 2 places. Please tape a note with your family's name on the bottle to allow us to give you credit in the list of donors. Dropoff Locations:

-Blessed Sacrament front desk  

BRONZE - Make any purchase at Circle. Mention BSS at the register and your purchase creates a donation.

  

Bottle names and vintages will be listed in the auction materials.   Questions? Please contact Charles Fendig, crfendig@yahoo.com, 703-298-5719.    

Shop Amazon and Earn Money for BSS!

Don't forget to click on the Amazon logo on the bsstoday.org homepage before you make your Amazon purchase. BSS gets a portion of the proceeds back!

A Message From Your  Home & School Association

Dear Parents,
 
Happy Friday! 

March is going to be a very busy month! HSA has two events that we would love to see you at. First,  our Shrove Tuesday Pancakes & PJs dinner. It's going to be a really fun event! Please view the Evite here and RSVP. We can't wait to see you! 

Second, the Spring Benefit. This is the HSA's biggest fundraiser of the year. It's going to be a memorable night full of fun and community building.    Buy you tickets here!

The Teacher Appreciation Breakfast went off without a hitch. The total cost of the event was $1260.50. Thank-you for always supporting our fundraisers so that we as a HSA can do things like, honor our teachers with a delicious breakfast!

Have a great long weekend! 

Warmly,
Grace G. McNicholas 
Pancakes and PJs is happening really, really soon! 
RSVP here!
* Simone Biles will not be at the BSS Benefit...unless... you know her and want to invite her, 
that would be fabulous! Thanks!
You're invited! 
You're an important part of the BSS community and we want to party with you! 
Come to the benefit, party with your old friends, make new friends, and support BSS!
Wrap Up of Last Week's Fundraisers: 

Apres Ski Party: This was our first sign up party for 2019 and it was a huge success! This sign up party made over $5,000 (!), all of which goes to the benefit proceeds. A special thank-you to the Mary Undoer of Knots sodality for throwing the party and to Renee Redpath who hosted the event at her house. 
And here's what else is coming up soon:

2/18: No school 
2/25: Bake Sale
3/5: Pancake Dinner 
3/9: Spring Benefit