Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School
"Let Go & Let God"
Educating the Mind, Body, and Soul
Pelican Express
August 23-30, 2018

School Hours: 7:25 am - 2:45 pm with assembly beginning at
7:45 am and carpool ending at 3:10 pm  

Message from Fr. Phil
Dear Parishioners,

In the MBS Bulletin of April 28-29, 2018 you received a lengthy letter from me giving a history of building projects, capital improvements, maintenance and repair issues, and the funding of projects from our MBS Building Savings Fund on deposit with the Diocese of Baton Rouge. In the same letter parishioners were made aware of building, capital improvements, and repairs that are presently being coordinated on our school properties and the rationale for them. Even with over thirty days of rain, they are moving forward. The school courtyard project will hopefully be completed by the second or third week of the new school year.

The MBS Building and Finance Committees together with parish and school administration also discerned that moving the playground from its current location should be a priority to enhance the protection and safety of our children. In addition, our committees, in consultation with our MBS Parish Fair Committee (who are working to "grow" the fair) and together with some school/parish athletics' considerations are working to create some additional multi-use green space on our property at the back half behind the MBS Office/St. John Room (closer to football field). Tree removal on that back half will be necessary. The trees on the front half will remain that serve our Parish Picnic, Easter Egg Hunt, and help beautify our grounds. I know many are not aware of this, but when the property was purchased to build our new church, Administration Bldg., and parking lots - where the current football field is actually located - is a retention area that allows drainage to move to a retention pond located on the back side of Woodlawn High School property. A football field was allowed to be developed there with an understanding that no major structures could be permanently or temporarily used there.

This is the latest update. If you missed the bulletin I referenced in the beginning of this letter, it can be found on the MBS parish website for the weekend of April 28-29, 2018. Once again, thank you for your generosity to Stewardship of Offering/Finances for regular MBS operations and to MBS Building/Development Fund that serves the growth of our parish family in its temporalities. I’m very grateful for support in so many ways.

Fr. Phil
Important Dates for August / September
August 30 - Mass 8:10am / Flamingo Night 6:30pm (Doors open at 6:00pm)

September 3 - Labor Day (No School)

September 4-7 - ACT Aspire Interim I

September 6 - Mass 8:10am

September 12 - 8th Grade Retreat

September 13 - Mass 8:10am

September 14 - Spirit Shirt Day

September 18 - Cane's Night

September 20 - Mass 8:10am

September 24-October 1 - St. Vincent dePaul Closet Cleanout Collection

September 27 - Corpus Christi Mass 8:10am
Upcoming Events 
Faith Formation Opening Mass and Blessing of Teachers and Volunteers - Sunday, August 26

As we begin our Faith Formation year, we gather under the Parish/School theme: Cultivate Kindness...Harvest Blessings. 

All parish and school Catechists are in invited to celebrate Mass and a special blessing at 11:30 am Mass on Sunday, August 26, 2018 in the MBS Church.

As we spread the faith and live it out each class day with our students and families, we are the living manifestations of Jesus...may all we do so together be guided by the Gospels and with spirits that promotes a kindness and blessing upon those we serve as Faith bearers of the Good News!

Importantly ....PSR Volunteers will have their opening Faculty Meeting and receive their class lists following the Mass in St. Ursula Hall. Please plan on being present!!!
Flamingo Night - Thursday, August 30

Join us for a fun night of volleyball - Teachers vs. 8th Grade Students!!
Doors open at 6:00pm and game starts at 6:30pm.
Donations accepted at the door.
Transportation
MBS Carpool Tag Order Form

If you need to order additional carpool tags for family members, please CLICK HERE for an order form.
Carpool

Our new carpool program, Car Rider Pro, is running smoothly. A few reminders:
  • Students will not be allowed to load if the driver does not have a hangtag. They will be asked to park and retrieve the student from the office. This is for the safety of your children.
  • If the same driver will be picking up multiple students with different hangtags, please email Mrs. Gioe to have your tags linked to one.
  • If you are picking up multiple students and your hangtags have already been linked to one, please be reminded to use that linked hangtag only.
  • Carpool line is a school zone. The no cell phone use law applies.

Important Notice for RAIN during AFTERNOON CARPOOL:

Until our awnings are installed, we will use the following protocol ONLY FOR RAINY AFTERNOON CARPOOL DISMISSAL:
  • Parents will park in the school parking lot and sign their child out from their homeroom teacher in the gym.
Walkers

Students who live in the neighborhood may choose to walk to school. There is a crossing guard to help students safely navigate crossing the street. A few reminders:
  • Parents may not drive their children to the crossing guard by car or pick up their children by car at the crossing guard.
  • Parents may not park in the St. Ursula parking lot and request their child to walk. You will not be allowed to pick up your child from the St. Ursula parking lot. You will be directed to the office.
  • If you are picking up your child by car, you must drive through the official carpool line that originates at MBS Church.
  • Please have an alternate plan in place for rainy days, whether your child knows to go to carpool on these days or if not, please call the school by 2:00pm on these days with alternate arrangements. 
Cafeteria
Breakfast To Go Menu

Monday - MBS Confetti Pancakes:
confetti pancakes, ham, fruit of the day, apple juice/fruit juice/orange juice

Tuesday - MBS Chicken Biscuit:
chicken tenders, homemade biscuit, fruit of the day, apple juice/fruit juice/orange juice

Wednesday - MBS Dutch Waffle:
Dutch waffle, cheese cubes,fruit of the day, apple juice/fruit juice/orange juice

Thursday - MBS Homemade Breakfast Pizza:
homemade breakfast pizza, fruit of the day, apple juice/fruit juice/orange juice

Friday - MBS Sausage Biscuit:
chicken sausage patty, homemade biscuit,fruit of the day, apple juice/fruit juice/orange juice
Free and Reduced Lunch

We are encouraging parents to apply for free/ reduced lunch. Please apply online @  http://www.myschoolapps.com.
Lunch Volunteers Needed

If you are interested in volunteering to help serve in our school cafeteria, please sign up using the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409044ca9af23a2f94-may2018
August Lunch Menu

CLICK HERE for the August Lunch Menu
Parents (adults only) are welcome to join their child for lunch beginning September 4.
Cafeteria Payments

This is a friendly reminder that cafeteria payments are due. Cafeteria payments are due in advance weekly, monthly, or by semester or year. A payment schedule is attached for your convenience. You can send a check or cash to school with your child, drop off a payment at the school office or pay online by credit card or bank draft at  www.myschoolbucks.com . All families are encouraged to set up an online account. There you will be able to monitor your child's account, and set up email alerts. You do not need to pay online to have an online account. In the event you cannot bring your account up to date tomorrow please contact me @ 753-3141.

If you have not submitted a Food Allegery form for this school year, please submit a form to your Café Manager and school nurse on a current Louisiana Special dietary order form. As with new dietary requests, signature from a physician or other recognized medical authority is required.

Thank you for giving Child Nutrition a chance to provide your child with wonderful food service. Have a great year.

CLICK HERE for payment schedule.
Milk/Water in the Cafeteria

Students who participate in the school lunch program .
Students who eat the cafeteria lunch must drink milk unless they have a verified milk allergy. Students without allergies may not bring water from home or their spill proof water bottle to consume in the cafeteria. Students without allergies who wish to purchase water as an extra may do so but they must also take a milk. Those who do not have allergies and would like water can purchase water as an extra. For students with a milk allergy and proper documentation, the cafeteria will provide a substitute drink.

Students who bring their lunch to school
Students who bring their lunch to school may bring purchased bottled water for lunch in their book sacks. They should not bring their spill proof water bottles. They may also purchase water or milk as an extra item. 
News
Parent Student Handbook

A revision was made to the Jewelry/Accessories section on pages 38 and 39 of the handbook.

Jewelry/accessories – Wearing expensive jewelry to school is discouraged. Any jewelry worn to school should be limited to one ring, one watch, one pair of button-style or small hoop (1cm in diameter or less) earrings, one religious bracelet and/or one religious necklace. Chokers, Smart watches and dangling or hoop earrings are not allowed.  
Spirit Shirt Orders

Online Ordering for 2018-2019! Spirit shirts are included in tuition. Please fill out a separate form for each child. 

If you would like an additional spirit shirt or a parent shirt, choose your shirt size and color and select continue to payment. You will then be directed to paypal where you can pay with a debit card, credit card or paypal account.

Follow this link to complete your spirit shirt order.  http://mbshomeandschool.weebly.com/spirit-shirt-2018-2019.html

Orders are due by August 23rd!

If you have any questions please contact Crystal McDaniel  crystal_mcd@yahoo.com  or Sujad Ehlers  suesu325@aol.com

Save the Date:

MBS Parish Fair
"Under the Big Top"
October 26-28, 2018
Activities
4-H Club

MBS is excited to offer 4-H to students in grades 1st-5th. Students will be involved in activities related to science, health, agriculture, citizenship, cooking, and nature.

Please CLICK HERE for meeting dates and times.

Parent volunteers are need to assist with meetings and functions. Please contact Lisa Albano, 4-H Club Moderator at labano@mbsbr.org if you are interested in assisting.
Lego Robotics

Lego Robotics will be offered in 2 parts for the Fall Semester. The first part is for 8 weeks and is held from 9/12/18 - 10/31/18. The second part will be held the remaining 5 weeks in the semester from 11/7/18 - 12/12/18.

CLICK HERE for flyer with more information.
Impact Workshop
Impact Academic Solutions is a life and study skills program offered to students entering 4th-9th grades.

Fall Workshop Dates:
September 15-16 1:00-4:00pm
November 10-11 1:00-4:00pm

Contact Tricia Broussard at impactacademicsolutions@gmail.com to register.
LA Arts

If your child is interested in participating in LA Arts, formerly known as Drama Kids, please CLICK HERE for flyer with more information.
  • CONVENIENT: Teacher picks students up at designated spot, has class, then escorts students to aftercare or the car rider pickup.
  • NO HIDDEN COSTS: $58.00 (multiple kids in family 10% discount per child!). There is a $25.00 registration fee at the beginning for new students.
  • RELEVANT: Classes teach basic drama techniques, creativity, public speaking and personal awareness skills. OPEN TO 5 YEAR OLD AND UP!
  • A play will be performed at the end of the year showcasing talent and progress.
  • Everyone will learn to speak more clearly and listen carefully and everyone is promised a lot of FUN!
  • Go to our FaceBook page: LA ARTS, like us and keep up with all of our news, photos etc.!
  • We have a new website! http://laarts.online – registration is OPEN NOW!
  • CLASSES BEGIN AUGUST 30, THURSDAY. PICK UP IS 4PM.
Conquest

See flyers below for information on Conquest. You may also visit www.conquestyouthministry.com or www.conquestbr.org or call or text Mitch Leger
at 225-284-7580
https://conquestyouthministry.com

Athletics
Jamborees ~
Come Cheer for the Pelicans!!

Thursday, September 6
Girls' Basketball jamboree for 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls will be at MBS on Thursday, Sept. 6th. Tip off times are 6th @ 5:45pm, 7th @ 6:30pm and 8th @ 7:30pm. Come out and cheer on the Lady Pelicans!

Sunday, September 9
Football jamboree games will be on Sunday, Sept. 9th at SJV. Our 5/6th team will kick off at 1:30pm and 2pm. Our 7/8th team will kick off at 2:30pm and 3:30pm. Come out and cheer for our Pelican football teams!
Flag Football
Registration for flag football is now open for girls and boys in grades K through 2 nd . Please see the form in the link below. Registration forms are due back on Tuesday, August 28.

Tuesday is also the meeting for flag football coaches at 6:30pm in the MBS Ott Center room.

Volunteer Opportunities
ExxonMobil Volunteer Grant

ExxonMobil employees, retirees and their families who volunteer at Most Blessed Sacrament School can complete the online Individual Volunteer Involvement Program form and submit 20 hours for a $500 grant for MBS, for a total of four grants per year and $2,000. The ExxonMobil employee ID number and password are required to sign in. 
 
Volunteer work through MBS Church is not allowed. If you have any questions regarding what is acceptable, please visit the Program Guidelines and FAQ under the Individual Volunteer Involvement Program or contact ExxonMobil Matching Programs at (877) 807-0204. 
 
Most Blessed Sacrament School appreciates the time you spend volunteering and your contributions are deeply appreciated!
 
MBS Contact Person for ExxonMobil Grants: Kristy Reine,  kreine@mbsbr.org .
Volunteers Needed - Pre-K through 2nd Grade Screenings

Pre-K through second grade students will be undergoing free speech and occupational therapy screenings on September 7. The therapists will need help transporting the students to and from the sessions. 

If you are a volunteer who has been cleared by the Office of Child Protection, please consider giving two or more hours on Friday, September 7. Volunteers should check into the MBS Office to receive further instructions that morning. 

Please sign up here:
Office of Child Protection
According to policy mandated by the Diocese of Baton Rouge, all school volunteers must complete a mandatory background check and child protection training. If you are planning on volunteering or attending a field trip during the 2018-2019 school year, now is the time to work through the child protection process. Call Mrs. Landry at 225-753-5526 or email childprotection@mbsbr.org for assistance.