We Welcome the Cooler Weather of September!
After the heatwave we had the last weeks of August, we welcome this new month of September getting ready for the cooler weather! Our students continue to work hard this school year and our sports teams keep on practicing for their first games! We could not be more excited!
This morning, Friday, September 3rd, our Eight Grade Class was commissioned as Servant Leaders this school year! Mrs. Kearney presided over the prayer service. Mrs. Gomez and Fr. Paul gave all of our students their tau cross and rosary as a symbol of their servitude to God, the school, and to others in their lives.

Congratulations Eight Grade Class!!
CLICK HERE to see more pictures of this wonderful event for our students.
Upcoming Dates
Monday, September 6-School Closed for Labor Day-No afterschool available

Tuesday, September 7- X Country Greensboro Meet @ 4:15 pm Hagan Stone Park in Greensboro, NC

Monday, September 13- Olive Garden Order Dues

Wednesday, September 15 - Out of Uniform-Bring A Box of Cereal; Olive Garden Meals Delivered; X Country: Sacred Heart meet

Thursday, September 23-BSS 86th Birthday Party on the back lawn at 2:00 pm

Friday, September 24-School Closed - Diocesan Professional Day

Friday, October 1st-Progress Reports; Stock the Lounge for Fall

October 4 thru the 8- Iowa Assessments

Tuesday, October 5- La Fiesta Dine Out Night
Knight's News
Executive Functioning for Middle School Students

Who are you? How do you learn? What is important to you? What goals do you have? How do you make decisions or respond to others’ decisions? These are just some of the questions your middle school child will explore during this school year.

Over the summer, middle school teachers did a two-day workshop on executive functioning. This includes skills such as working memory, flexible thinking, and self-control. We use these skills every day to learn, work, and manage our daily life. Executive functioning difficulties can make it hard to focus, follow directions and handle emotions, among other things. One of our roles as educators is to help your child develop these skills so they can be successful in all aspects of daily life.

Please read the following letter to see how BSS will help your child succeed this year: CLICK HERE to read the letter.
Funciones Ejecutivas para Los Estudiantes de Middle School

¿Quién eres tú? ¿Como aprendiste? ¿Que es importante para ti? ¿Qué metas tienes? ¿Cómo toma decisiones o responde a las decisiones de los demás? Estas son solo algunas de las preguntas que su hijo de escuela intermedia explorará durante este año escolar.

Durante el verano, los maestros de la escuela secundaria realizaron un taller de dos días sobre el funcionamiento ejecutivo. Esto incluye habilidades como: memoria funcional, pensamiento flexible y autocontrol. Usamos estas habilidades todos los días para aprender, trabajar y administrar nuestra vida diaria. Las dificultades del funcionamiento ejecutivo pueden dificultar la concentración, seguir instrucciones y manejar las emociones, entre otras cosas. Uno de nuestros roles como educadores es ayudar a su hijo a desarrollar estas habilidades para que pueda tener éxito en todos los aspectos de la vida diaria.

Porfavor, lea la siguiente carta para que pueda enterarse de como BSS le ayudará a su hijo tener exito este año escolar: HAGA CLICK aqui.
Our Class is a Family by 2nd Grade

"Teachers do so much more than just teach academics. They build a sense of community within their classrooms, creating a home away from home where they make their students feel safe, included, and loved.

With its heartfelt message and colorfully whimsical illustrations, 'Our Class is a Family' is a book that will help build and strengthen that class community. Kids learn that their classroom is a place where it's safe to be themselves, it's okay to make mistakes, and it's important to be a friend to others. When hearing this story being read aloud by their teacher, students are sure to feel like they are part of a special family.

And currently, during such an unprecedented time when many teachers and students are not physically in the classroom due to COVID-19 school closures, it's more important than it's ever been to give kids the message that their class is a family. Even at a distance, they still stick together.

'Family isn't always your relatives. It's the ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile, and who love you no matter what.' -Unknown" -Goodreads.com

Last Friday, August 27th, Mrs. Bost's second-grade class read the book titled Our Class is a Family by Shannon Olsen and illustrated by Sandie Sonke. Mrs. Bost is looking forward to building a family with her second graders this year! Thank you for all you do for your students Mrs. Bost!
Ricky, the Rock Who Couldn't Roll

This morning, Friday, September 3rd, Mrs. Gomez read the book titled Ricky, the Rock Who Couldn't Roll, written by Jay Miletsky, and illustrated by Erin Wozniak, to our 2nd graders! This week, our second graders are learning about kindness and this book is perfect for it! Here is the synopsis by the publisher:

"Get ready to meet a new rock group! From zippy, little pebbles to big strong boulders, the rocks (and their ladybug friend) get together to play and roll around their favorite hill, only to find that one of their friends, Ricky, can't roll with them. Unlike all of the others, who are all round, Ricky can't roll because he's flat on one side. Determined not to leave their friend behind, the rocks and the ladybug set out to help Ricky roll around - one way or another."-Goodreads.com

The students will be painted kindness rocks in art class today!
Check Out Mrs. Bolen's 3rd Grade Class Website

We have a class website in third grade. This is the main place where students can get their assignments and information. Feel free to visit the website at:

Please know that only students logged in through their BSS accounts can access assignments. Parts of the website are still under construction and will frequently be updated throughout the year. 
Also, our 3rd graders read this week a fictional story titled, Gloria Who Might Be My Best Friend written by Anne Cameron. "Julian didn't want a girl as a friend for fear of being laughed at, that is until he met Gloria."
Little Knights Students Drop-off reminder

Morning Drop off: All PreK and Preschool Students should be signed in at the side door.  Little Knights Students with siblings should also go to the side door. No Little Knight student should arrive at the front door unless there is a late arrival. The side door sign-in closes promptly at 7:45 am. 

Parents must walk Little Knights students to the front door when late as well.

PreK and Preschool students may not be dropped off through the carpool line. Thank you for helping us to keep your students safe!

Parents picking up your children at noon: Dismissal for Little Knights students coming half-days will continue to be picked up at the side door by noon.

Dismissal: Remember to attach your car tag with the family's last name so we can have your children ready at the pickup spots. If you need a new car tag, please let our office know and we will print you a new one.
A Message by Our Student Body President, Avery:

Our Student Body President, Avery, sent a message out to students earlier this week. She asked students to consider donating any old board games to the school. Students have been using the few games we have during indoor recess. We know some of the older students have also enjoyed playing card games! If you have games that aren't being played at home, we'd love to have them! 

Students can bring these games to their homeroom teachers and they will be distributed to the appropriate age groups!
Cone health - Vaccinations & Testing

Starting 9/1 Cone Health will offer covid testing from 9:30 - 4:30 each Wednesday by appointment only at Blessed Sacrament Church.

Starting 9/13 Cone Health will offer covid vaccinations (Pfizer or Moderna) and testing from 9:30-4:30 each Monday by appointment only at Blessed Sacrament Church.

Appointments for testing can be made at www.conehealth.com/testing or by calling 336-890-1188

Appointments for vaccines can be made at www.conehealth.com/vaccines or by calling 336-890-1188

**No identification is needed and the vaccine is free of charge.
Sports Are Back!

This Fall BSS is offering Cross Country, Soccer, and Tennis. We are also having a Volleyball club.

  • Soccer Practices are Mondays and Wednesdays right after school until 4:30

  • XC practices are Tuesdays and Thursdays right there after school until 4:15 and there is a family practice on Sundays at 3. 

  • Tennis practices are on Mondays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. at the Burlington Tennis Center.

  • Volleyball Club will start in the next week or two. It will be after school on Thursdays until 4:30. 

It is still not too late to join a team! Please reach out to Coach Letvak if you have any questions about sports at mletvak@bssknights.org 
X Country Meet

Please make sure the students wear their uniform jerseys and be ready for the first meet this upcoming Tuesday! This meet is at Hagan Stone Park in Greensboro, NC and we will need to have all runners there by 4:15 pm.
Sports Fees

Our fall sports are off to a great start! I have been very pleased with the number of students we have out there participating! However, I still have several outstanding balances for athletic fees. If you have not paid for your child's sport/s yet, we will need this money no later than Friday, 9/10. If the money is not paid, then your child will not be able to play. These fees go towards paying for new equipment and also paying our officials at games. Listed below are our sports and their cost...

  • Soccer: $65.00

  • Cross Country: $20.00

  • Volleyball: $20.00

  • Tennis: $20.00

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding,

Marcie Letvak
Athletic Director
Makerspace Visit by Kindergarten!

On Tuesday, August 31st, our 6th-grade class took our Kindergarten students upstairs to visit the new makerspace! Kindergarten students had a tour of the space and the supplies that are available. They decided what they’d like to build the next time they visit.
All elementary classes will have the opportunity to buddy up with a middle school class each week! We look forward to seeing all of the things our students create in this new space!
Cristo Rey Research Triangle High School - AlumnKNights!

Cristo Rey Research Triangle High School is a new Catholic School in Durham, NC. Five of our 2021 graduates are freshmen at Cristo Rey! We are excited about this new opportunity for them! 

Learn more about the school and see a few of our AlumKnights in this video:
Teacher's Spotlight
Each week, we will feature a teacher or staff member and they will share a little about themselves. This week, we will start with our business manager: Mr. Joe Charamut!
Mr. Charamut is the Business/Finance Manager for both the school and the parish. He served on the Parish Finance Council for 10 years, working closely with the school and parish bookkeepers and the parish business manager of the time. When they decided to retire, he decided that he could bring his experience working with non-profit organizations to Blessed Sacrament. Mr. Charamut started working for the school on January 9, 2013, and for both the school and the parish on March 4, 2013.

Before coming to Blessed Sacrament School, Mr. Charamut was a partner in a Certified Public Accounting firm in Chapel Hill, NC. There, he performed audits of Non-Profit Organizations, tax planning, and business consulting. He went to Central Connecticut State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.

Mr. Charamut grew up in Newington, CT, and moved to North Carolina in 1994. He and his family moved to Mebane in 2001 and they currently live in Graham. He and his wife have been married for 30 years. Mr. Charamut has two daughters, a son, and two grandchildren. His granddaughter currently attends BSS!

Mr. Charamut is a sports fanatic who likes to play, coach, or just be a spectator; especially for golf and soccer.
Birthday: March 6th
My favorite places to eat: La Fiesta, Texas Roadhouse
My favorite thing for breakfast: Bagels
My favorite colors are: Blue and Red
My favorite sports team is: Boston Red Sox
My favorite candy/snack is: Mounds
My favorite drink is: Dr. Pepper
T-shirt size: large
monogram (first, middle, last) JFC
Hobbies: Golf

CLICK HEREto find out about other teachers and school staff.
Prayer Requests
Please pray for:
Our world, to slow the spread of COVID-19. Protect all of us from harm and be their comfort in this time of uncertainty.

For all of our brothers and sisters who suffered after the passaged of Hurricane Ida this week.

For all of Afghanistan's families who are suffering due to conflict.

Please pray for Ronnie Brewer, father of Mrs. Byerly.

Remember in your prayers, Mr. Vaughn, grandfather of Jurnee (7th) and Xavier(6th). 

Please remember in your prayers those affected by the earthquake in Haiti. 
Principal's Message
Dear BSS Family,
It was a wonderful first full week of school. Have a fun and enjoyable Labor Day weekend!

Mrs. Gomez

From the Office of Admissions
School Tours

Mr. Rico will be available at the office Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays for any questions or concerns related to admissions.

You can reach Mr. Rico at 336-570-0019 ext. 212 or by email at admissions@bssknights.org Hablamos Español!

Here is a link to our admissions page: https://www.bssknights.org/admissions
From the Office of Advancement
Hi! Our 2021-2022 school year is off to a great start! If we haven't met yet, I am the Director of Advancement. My role at the school is fundraising, marketing, and event planning! You'll be hearing from me a lot throughout the year.

We have our first 2 fundraisers up and running! Look in your yellow folders for a flyer from Olive Garden and Attractions.

For our new families, here is some information you may find helpful:

Yellow Folders:
Yellow folders should come home every Friday. In these yellow folders, you will find your students completed classwork, homework, tests, and information about upcoming events. Yellow folders must be signed and returned on Monday.

Dress Down Days:
Typically there is one dress-down day a month. These days are on the school calendar. Most dress-down days have some sort of "payment". Usually donations for the food pantry. Please read the handbook for appropriate clothing/shoes on dress-down days. Students may also dress down on their birthdays! 

To keep everyone safe, parents are not able to visit for lunch right now. If you would like to drop off lunch for your child, there is a table just outside the front door. Please ring the bell and let the front office know you dropped off food for your child. There should be a marker and paper on the table for you to put their name on it.

Birthday Snack:
If your child would like to celebrate their birthday at school, you can send in a snack. Please contact your teacher prior to your child's birthday to let them know you will be sending in a snack. They will let you know if there are any food allergies in your class.

Class Parties:
We do plan to have class holiday parties. Halloween will be the first one of the year. A sign-up will be sent out in early October or before.

The school's Facebook page is Blessed Sacrament School, Burlington. This is the only official page monitored by the school.

Please contact me with any questions!
Beth Fitzgerald
Support our school and local restaurants/stores! These coupon books have over $5,500 in coupons! Books are $25 each and the school will receive $12.50 for each book sold.

Contact Beth Fitzgerald to reserve one!

Online ordering options coming soon!

Mr. Leo Quinn will be selling the same books at the church. His sales will benefit the Blessed Sacrament Church Youth Group. Look for him after Mass later in August!

You can reach Mrs. Fitzgerald at 336-570-0019 ext. 215 or by email at bfitzgerald@bssknights.org 
Link your AmazonSmile

AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support Blessed Sacrament School every time you shop, at no cost to you. AmazonSmile is available at smile.amazon.com on your web browser and can be activated in the Amazon Shopping app for iOS and Android phones. When you shop at AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added benefit that AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to BSS. Just make sure you choose Blessed Sacrament Church/School as the charity organization you select.

Remember, only purchases made at smile.amazon.com, (not www.amazon.com or the mobile app,) generate AmazonSmile donations.

CLICK HERE to find out more about AmazonSmile
Box Tops For Education

No more clipping. No more sending Box Tops to school. All you need is your phone. Download the ALL-NEW Box Tops app, shop as you normally would, then simply scan your store receipts to find participating products. The app will automatically credit Blessed Sacrament School's Box Tops earnings online. Click here for a video of how it works.

Twice a year, your school will receive a check and can use that cash to buy whatever it needs! If you see this label, use the new Box Tops app to scan your receipt. Box Tops are still worth 10¢ each for your school. CLICK HERE
Link your Lowes Card

With Cart to Class, Lowes Foods will give up to a quarter of a million dollars to local schools this year. To participate, just enroll Blessed Sacrament School on your Fresh Rewards card, and start earning for our school. Click Here
Link your Harris Teeter VIC Card

When you shop Harris Teeter brands, a percentage of your purchase is donated to Blessed Sacrament School if your VIC card is linked.
You link your card online (CLICK HERE), or you can ask your cashier to link your VIC card by providing our TIE code 1704.
Reocurring Information for Parents
Lunch Information

My Hot Lunchbox is excited to be partnering with Blessed Sacrament School again this year as the hot lunch provider. To begin ordering lunches, click the link below to log in or follow the instructions on the attached registration letter to create your free account!

Important Note: You will need to Update Your Profile with the student's correct teacher to view the meal calendar.

Our menu will be:
Monday: Chick-Fil-A
Tuesday: Cici’s Pizza
Wednesday: La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant
Thursday: Smithfields Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q
Friday: Tropical Smoothie Cafe

If you have any questions, please give us a call at (888) 894-8295 or email us at info@myhotlunchbox.com. We are looking forward to serving your school!
If you are bringing lunch to your child, please make sure it is labeled with your student's name and grade level and leave it on the table just outside the front door of the school--Do not forget to buzz the office to let us know you dropped by.

We are aware that Lands’ End is running behind on their orders. We do have a variety of items available in the swap shop. If you need uniforms let us know! If you have items to donate, we definitely need them (especially Middle School polo shirts).

UPDATE: BSS has partnered with Graham Sporting Goods to be co-suppliers for the PE uniforms for the school year. You can still buy the PE uniform through Lands' End for this school year, but next year Graham Sporting Goods will be the only supplier for the PE Uniform supplier.
Events for 2021-2022:

Update your calendars now! Check this link often for updates!

Support BSS Retail Cards Sales!
What are Retail Cards? Retail cards are store certificates (plastic cards) that our school purchases at a discount and sells to you at face value for a school profit. The discount given is different with each vendor. BSS has used the profit money in the past for school technology and current needs of the school.

Why should you buy Retail Cards with BSS?
The profits from this program make up an important part of our fundraising budget. It is an easy and great way to help BSS earn fundraising dollars and not spend an extra dime. Everyone buys groceries and gas, and may occasionally eat out. Before your next trip to the gas station, grocery store, or restaurant, please consider purchasing Retail Cards with us.

Where can I buy these Retail Cards?
You may purchase the Retail Cards in the school office any day during school hours. CLICK HERE to access the order form.
Please make check payable to BSS HSA Scrip. Returned check fee is $35.
Thank you for participating in our school fundraiser.
Visit https:/www.scripzone.com for all participating vendors.

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