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Wednesday, February 22nd
All School Dress Down
Report Cards

Thursday, February 23rd
NERF Wars with the MS Teachers Auction Buy In Party

Friday, February 24th
Mass, 8:45 a.m.
Middle School early dismissal, 12:15 p.m.
Middle School attends Hidden Figures, 1:00 p.m. at Southeast Cinemas Alamance Crossing Stadium 16, 1090 Piper Lane, Burlington

Monday, February 27th
Monday Morning Coffee hosted by Lowe Funeral Home at the Blend & Co, 7:30 a.m. (127 E. Front Street, Burlington)     
Pizza lunch provided to all grades from Fr. Paul

Tuesday, February 28th
Time for Twos, 9:15 a.m.
Fifth & Eighth Grades field trip to the Civil Rights Museum, 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday, March 1st
Ash Wednesday Mass, 8:45 a.m.
Chess Club, 3:15 p.m.
Faculty & Staff Meeting, 3:30 p.m.

Friday, March 3rd
BSS representatives at the Alamance Chamber of Commerce Women's Symposium, 8 a.m. at the Alliance Convention Center
Middle School Math Cruncher competitors present their research projects at the North Carolina Student Academy of Sciences Competition, 4:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology in Charlotte

Monday, March 6th
Monday Morning Coffee hosted by Lowe Vintage Instrument at the Blend & Co, 7:30 a.m. (127 E. Front Street, Burlington)   

Tuesday, March 7th
Time for Twos, 9:15 a.m.
HSA Board Meeting, 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 8th
Faculty & Staff Luncheon
Faculty & Staff Meeting, 3:30 p.m.

Friday, March 10th
Mass, 8:45 a.m.
AYLA (Alamance Youth Leadership Academy)-8th grade only, 9:00 a.m.
BSS Tennis vs TBS, 4:00 p.m. at Alamance Country Club

Looking Ahead...
March 13th-Friday, March 17th
HSA Swap Shop Open

Monday, March 20th
Summer Uniform begins

IMPORTANT DATE CHANGE!  The spring musical originally scheduled for Thursday, May 11th is now Tuesday, May 9th at St. Mark's Church.  The performance begins at 7:00 p.m with more details to follow in May.

Spring Sports
It's time to sign up for spring sports!  If your child(ren) plan to participate in Golf, Softball, Tennis, or Track please make note on the sign up even if you have already signed up via the One Form.

All winter sports uniforms are due to Coach Eggleston NO LATER than Friday, February 24th.  Uniforms should be washed and placed in a bag labeled with the athlete's name.
Knight News
Thank you "Can Do" Cansculpting Team
BSS "Can Do Attitude" and Cansculpt 2017 want to THANK YOU ALL for your wonderful work in feeding the hungry of Alamance County! Our school alone contributed 700 cans and non-perishable food items to support Allied Churches of Alamance County. This was a great turnout for our first year in the event with our entry, "Green Eggs and Ham," thanks in part to our STREAM engineering-design process. Plus, we had a lot of fun along the way! Blessed Sacrament School enjoys giving back to our community in so many ways. It is a blessing to be a Knight! Thank you everyone!!!

-Mrs. Wetter-

Field Day T-shirt Design Contest 
Put your design hats on and come up with a great field day t-shirt for 2017!
It must include: "Blessed Sacrament School"  (written out, n ot BSS) "Field Day 2017"

Show the spirit of field day through your design!  Final design traced in sharpie on an 8 1/2 x 11 white sheet of paper and name and grade written on back in pencil.
Designs must be turned in between the dates of March 5th-9th for judging on March 10th.  The winning design, announced Monday, March 13th, will be featured on this year's field day t-shirt.

Coming to BSS next Wednesday!
The BSS National Junior Honor Society is excited to announce at St. Jude Math-A-Thon fundraiser!

Have fun and earn prizes with the  St. Jude Math-A-Thon , a fundraiser that improves students' math skills and teaches the importance of helping others.

Train your math brain.  Do math problems to raise money for St Jude's Hospital. Win prizes for you, for your class, and for your school. Along with the Math-a-Thon prizes, the National Junior Honor Society will offer prizes for the class with the highest participation. If we reach our school goal, the whole school will get a special prize!

Monday Morning Coffee
Parents, Grandparents, and Friends of BSS meet us for coffee Monday mornings at The Blend!  Join us beginning at 7:30 a.m. for a complimentary small coffee and conversation.  

Each week is hosted by one of our BSS Corporate Sponsors. The Blend is located in downtown Burlington at 127 E. Front Street, Burlington.   See you Monday, February 27th for coffee hosted by Lowe Funeral Home!

Buy Your Yearbook!  Only 33 yearbooks left for sale!
Reserve your child's yearbook today!  Order at THIS link.  If you ordered your yearbook via the  2016-17 One Form, you do not need to place an additional order.

Exciting news!  If we meet our sales goal (33 more books) by  2-24-17 , we are entered to win an IPad or a GoPro for our school.  Please purchase your yearbook!

Thank you-Mrs. Kearney ckearney@bssknights.org 


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Prayer Requests
Please keep our school in your prayers as we prepare our accreditation process.
From the Principal's Desk
Dear BSS Families,

As we begin the "re-enrollment" process for the 2017-2018 school, I truly appreciate the trust you place in Blessed Sacrament School by your decision in sending your child to BSS.    I am aware that this decision involves sacrifice and commitment for our families.  The administration, faculty, staff and I are committed to provide the best education for all of our students. Thank you for choosing BSS for the educational journey of your child.

Mrs. Gomez
Knights of Columbus Raffle Tickets
Ever dream of cruising to Alaska or the Caribbean and money for the cruise? How would you like an extra $200 in your pocket? Well, here is your chance! The Knights of Columbus are selling raffle tickets at $5.00 each for a chance of the mentioned prizes. If you would like to buy a raffle, please stop by the office and maybe Mrs. Libera will sell you the lucky ticket. Proceeds will go to a $500 scholarship to Blessed Sacrament School.  Thank you.
Twin Lakes Opportunity
Twin Lakes Community has a wonderful opportunity this summer for youths between the ages of 12 and 17 called YESS-Youth Engaged Serving Senior. This program will help youths learn more about older adults and gives them the opportunity to spend one or two days each week during the summer volunteering at Twin Lakes.  This program will start on June 14th and conclude on August 18th. If your child is interested please see Mrs. Gomez for an application.  Applications are due March 28, 2017 to Twin Lakes.  

Elementary Track
K-4th grade students who plan to participate in track may wear their PE uniforms on Tuesdays during track practice. This will begin on Tuesday, March 7.
From the Admissions & Advancement Office
Enrollment Timeline Reminder!
February 10: Contracts mailed to families not requesting scholarship dollars
February 24: Contracts due with $265 enrollment fee
March 10: Contracts mailed to families requesting scholarship dollars.  A letter enclosed will note if scholarship dollars were or weren't allotted.  Also enclosed will be a commitment to volunteer form.  
March 24:  Contracts due with $265 enrollment fee 

Please contact me with any questions!

Credit Cards Now Accepted
Blessed Sacrament School is able to process credit cards on site for school purchases.  We accept the following credit cards:
A small processing fee will be added to each transaction.
Classroom Connections
North Carolina Student Academy of Science Competition
We are excited to announce that 12 Blessed Sacrament middle school students are participating in the NCSAS Competition Friday, March 3 in Charlotte.  The students currently participate in the weekly accelerated lunch time math program, Math Crunchers with Mrs. Ehmig.  This competition is open to students in 6th-8th grades.

These students conducted experiments, wrote and submitted research papers, and are preparing their oral presentations this week.

Participants and Projects:

Eighth graders Srikar Kavirayuni and Emmanuel Lopez" Inflation or Deflation - Information Nation"

Seventh graders Nathan Amyot & Noah Goodman and sixth grader Timothy Hackman"Maximizing Bank Shot Efficiency"

Sixth graders Eleanor Arcaro-Burbridge, Ella Kate Porfilio, Patricia Tayn, and Caden Troutman: "Testing the 5 second Rule"

Sixth graders Joey Leupold, Quinten Onder, and Alex Solari"Fire Prevention - is water really the best option?"

In addition fifth graders Aidan Armstrong, Kennedy Joyce, and Mary Klein are testing and researching  "Do Essential Oils help your focus on a test?".  While not able to enter the competition, they will share their project at a spring STEM night.

The North Carolina Student Academy of Science (NCSAS) is an organization for students in grades 6-12 in alliance with the North Carolina Academy of Science (NCAS). The objectives of NCSAS are 1) promoting the study of science, technology, and mathematics, 2) assisting students to pursue careers in science and technology, and 3) encouraging students to use their talents for the improvement of themselves, their schools, and their communities. Each year, NCSAS holds District and State competitions at which students have the opportunity to share their research.  

Sound Unit Instruments from Second Grade
Second graders recently completed a LabLearner unit on sound.  At the completion of their unit the students made instruments out of recyclables.  Last week second graders shared their instruments with Kindergarten and first grade.

Scenes from Mass
Last Friday student representatives from each K-8th grade class worked in teams during a trivia game.  Thanks to these students the entire student body and faculty and staff will have a pizza lunch on Monday provided by Fr. Paul!

In addition, two second grade soloists Madison Fitzgerald and Jaylin Palmer sang at Mass for the first time.  Great job, Knights!

Knights of Summer Camp

Summer Camp Registration is  NOW OPEN!  View the summer camp  BROCHURE. It is going to be a fun-filled  X-STREAM Knights of Summer!

2017 Summer Camp Weeks:
June 5-9
June 12-16
June 29-23
June 26-30
July 10-14
July 17-21
July 24-28
July 31-August 4 

Thank you!
Casey Eggleston, Summer Camp Director 
HSA (Home & School Association)
The HSA Board and Chairs will meet the first Tuesday of each month at 2:00 pm and ALL parents are welcome at these meetings.  Meetings are held in the conference room on the second floor.  The next meeting is Tuesday, March 7th.

2017 Scholastic Book Fair
Scholastic Book Fair Co Chairs Danica Kelso and Rebecca Wieting are excited to announce the dates for our 2017 Scholastic Book Fair!

Monday, March 13th
8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: Set Up
3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.: Faculty Preview Party (Wish Lists & Refreshments)

Tuesday, March 14th
7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Book Fair Open
10:45-11:30- 4 th  
11:40-12:30- 7th & 8th 
1:20-2:05- 6 th
2:05-2:50- 5 th  

Wednesday, March 15th
7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Book Fair Open
9:00-9:45- Kindergarten 
10:45-11:30- 1 st Grade 
1:20-2:05- 3 rd Grade 
2:05-2:50- 2 nd Grade 
Thursday, March 16th
7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.: Book Fair Open
5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.: Family Fun Night

Friday, March 17th
8:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.: Book Fair Open 
8:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Pack Up

Volunteer HERE to help with our book fair!


Class Party Sign Ups

BSS Athletics 
Save the Date!
Sunday, April 9th
Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast to support BSS Athletics
Mark your calendar for a delicious pancake breakfast on 
Sunday, April 9th at Blessed Sacrament Church!  

A breakfast of pancakes, sausage, coffee, and juice will be served immediately following the 8:30am and 10:30am Masses. 
Price is $3 per child, $5 per adult or $15 per family.  

All proceeds benefit BSS Athletics!
Fall, Winter, and Spring Student Athletes and Parents we need your help to set up, serve, and clean up!  SIGN UP TO HELP!

Spring Sports Schedule

Coaches: Jennifer Klein ( jennietuckklein@aol.com) and Keith Rugh ( rughster73@triad.rr.com)
Practice: Tuesdays at BSS 3:15-4:30  PRACTICE BEGINS TUESDAY, MARCH 7TH
Parent help is needed at all practices
K-4th grade students who plan to participate in track may wear their PE uniforms on Tuesdays during track practice. This will begin on Tuesday, March 7.

Optional Family Practices - Sundays 4:00-5:00 starting March 12th at Williams HS

GOLF  Co-Ed  grades 5-8
Practice: Details are still being worked out, more information is coming soon!

Coaches: Jennifer Klein ( jennietuckklein@aol.com)  and Keith Rugh ( rughster73@triad.rr.com)
Practice: Tuesdays at BSS 3:15-4:30  PRACTICE BEGINS TUESDAY, MARCH 7TH
Parent help is needed at all practices
Optional Family Practices - Sundays 4:00-5:00 starting March 12th at Williams HS

The PECSAA track meet will be held at Bishop McGuinness 
on Friday, May 12th.

SOFTBALL Co-Ed grades 6-8 
Coach: Jennifer Lee ( Jennifer.sallyins@gmail.com)
Practice: Mondays- 3:15 p.m.-5:00 p.m. at BSS 
The PECSAA softball tournament will be held ion Saturday, May 13th.

TENNIS Co-Ed grades 5-8
Coaches: Tim Hackman ( timhackman@hotmail.com) and Chad Brasington (chadbmd@gmail.com)
Practice: Wednesdays 3:30-4:30 at The Burlington Tennis Center
Matches will be played on Fridays beginning March 10th.
Each athlete also needs an "Athletics Permission and Emergency Form". This form was in the packet from the office that was sent home in May, so if you turned it in, you are all set.  It can also be found here - 
Athletics Fees should be paid using the One Form.  Please see Mrs. Libera in the office or download it here and send it in with your student.  ONE FORM for FEES

Any Questions? Please email Coach Eggleston at ceggleston@bssknights.org

All winter sports uniforms are due to Coach Eggleston NO LATER than Friday, February 24th.  Uniforms should be washed and placed in a bag labeled with the athlete's name.
Community News
STEAM Junction Engineering Workshop
The next Sylvan Edge/STEAM Junction workshop is set for Saturday February 25th (this weekend) from 9am to 11am at STEAM Junction.

What:  SYLVAN Edge Engineering Workshop at STEAM Junction 
When:  Saturday February 25th 9:00am-11:00am
Where:  STEAM Junction Makerspace 111 E Front Street, Downtown Burlington NC
Who:  Students in Grades 5-8 Boys and Girls
Cost:  $40 + Eventbrite Fee (paid in advance) or $45 at the door
Prerequisites:  None
What to Bring:  Nothing Required Sylvan/STEAM Junction will provide all materials
Safety Issues:  None (we will provide safety goggles for students using the earthquake shake table)
Instructor(s):  From Sylvan Learning Center of Burlington and from STEAM Junction

For more information, click here.

BSS students to perform in local ballet, "Secrets in the Attic"
Fourth grader Juliette Onder and third grader Callie Bryand will perform Saturday, March 4th at the Paramount Theater.

Activities at the Alamance Public Libraries
Join library staff to create fun, easy seasonal crafts.  All supplies are provided and it's FREE but space is limited.  Call to reserve a spot today!

Color Me Calm
For ages 13 and up! Stress-free coloring!
Monday, February 27th
4:00 pm
Graham Public Library
Kalimba Workshop
Make and decorate an African thumb piano! Ages 8+
Monday, February 27th
4:30 pm
Mebane Public Library
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