It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas...
Here at Blessed Sacrament School, we are preparing for Christmas! Our wonderful staff has decorated our school with a Christmas tree, ornaments, and more! We pray that this holiday season all of our families are able to celebrate the season with love and happiness. We love you are a part of our school!
Last Monday, December 5th, we held a prayer service celebrating the second week of the Advent Season. Our eighth-grade student Christopher lit up the second candle of the Advent Wreath.

Upcoming Dates

Friday, December 9 Friday, December 9-School Closed-Accreditation Workday; All-day camp available. 7:30-6:00. Please sign up- link

Monday, December 12 - Running Club @ 3:00

December 14 - 20 - Student Council - Christmas Village 🎄❄

Friday, December 16 - Christmas Concert and Nativity at St. Marks Church @ 6:00 pm 🎼🎶🎵🎤🎄; Afterschool closes at 4:00

Saturday, December 17 - Away Basketball Game vs. OLM @ 9:00 am 🏀

Monday, December 19 - Christmas Class Parties: 11 am Little Knights; 2 pm Elementary & Middle School 🍨🎂🍭🎉🎊🎈🎄

Tuesday, December 20 - Circ de Canine @ 9:00am; Out of Uniform - Christmas Best or Worst🎄; Early Dismissal @ 11:30 am

December 21 - January 2 - School Closed - Winter Break🎄❄

Thursday, January 5 - Dine Out Night @ MOD Pizza 🍕
Click here to see the official BSS calendar: BSS Calendar
Knights' News
School Mass - Immaculate Conception

Last Thursday, December 8th in the morning, we celebrated our School Mass for the Immaculate Conception with Fr. Tim. He talked to our students about the Virgin Mary and how she said yes to becoming the mother of Jesus (Luck 1:38) . Fr. Tim also highlighted the importance of teamwork and not being afraid to say yes when we are asked to do something, just like Mary did. Our fifth-grade students did a great job reading all of our prayer requests. We are always grateful to Mr. James LaChance for signing and for our new students training to become altar helpers. CLICK HERE to watch a video recording of the service.
Fr. Tim with our fifth-grade class.
Nick's Skits by 8th Grade

Our 8th-grade students did a great job with their St. Nick Skits on Wednesday, December 7th. The children enjoyed learning about his life through their skits.
When they returned to class, they left a shoe in the hallway hoping they’d receive a treat! CLICK HERE to watch a video of their presentation.
BSS Gives Back: Week of Giving
December 5th - December 8th

Each year, our school takes a week in December to give back to our community. We make sure each class has a special project. Mrs. Fitzgerald turned our MakerSpace into Santa's Workshop so our students make or assemble the gifts and then deliver them to their recipients!
First & Second Grade delivering dog and cat treats for Meals on Wheels clients.
On Monday, December 5th, our Middle School students made treat bags for downtown employees. First and second-grade students made treat bags for Meals On Wheels recipients with cats & dogs. Fourth-grade students are making origami Christmas ornaments and Snowman soaps for our neighbors!
On Tuesday, December 6th, we had our second day at Santa's Workshop, and 3rd-grade students decorated and stuffed treat bags for our downtown firemen and policemen. Kindergarten students helped our 6th-grade students finish the treat bags for downtown employees!
Christmas Concert

Our long-awaited Christmas Concert will take place on Friday, December 16th at 6:00 pm at St. Marks Community Church (1230 St Marks Church Rd, Burlington, NC 27215). Parents and Grandparents are welcome to attend!
NJHS Bell Ringing

This year during Blessed Sacrament School's Week of Giving Back our National Junior Honor Society members have once again chosen to support the Salvation Army. The students were at 5 Below Five (1477 Boone Station Dr, Burlington) on Monday, 12/5/22, and Thursday 12/8/22. Great job Knights!
Knight Honor Cross

Respect God, Self & Others
Be a Person of Integrity
Live a Life of Service
Produce Quality Work

Congratulations to the following students for getting a Knight Honor Cross from Mrs. Gomez last Monday, November 28th! These students have demonstrated the best values Blessed Sacrament School embodies - Carter Fitzgerald (Sixth), Alexander Miranda De La Paz (Sixth), Catherine Dengler (Pre-3), Christian Miranda (Eighth), Irvin Bahena Mota (Eighth), & Evan Miller (Third)💙💛
Christmas Sale!

Student Council is hosting a Christmas Sale! Students will be invited to shop for their friends and family! All items will be $1, $3, or $5. Please send cash!

If you have items to donate, send them in! You can send anything you think a child would like to purchase to give as a gift! We also need gift bags and tissue paper so we can help the children wrap their gifts.

Contact Beth Fitzgerald with any questions!
Patriot Pen Essay Contest: BSS Students are among the winners!

Congratulations to the following students for winning!

Franklin Preudhomme (Eighth) has won 1st place
Hayden Martinez-Hernandez (Eighth) has won 2nd place
Sophia Goodman (Seventh) has won 3rd place

The Patriot's Pen Essay hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). Last Thursday, December 1st, the VFW Post 10607 hosted a presentation of the students' essays. Great job, Knights we are proud of you!💙💛
Order your Yearbook!

There is nothing like your school's yearbook. Get your hands on the limited edition collection of our stories from the year. Share it with your friends today and hang on it for years to come! Starting at $45.00 Order your today!

CLICK HERE to order your yearbook online.
Reverse Advent Calendar

Our middle school students are collecting food donated if you are participating in the Reverse Advent Calendar. The box is located in Mrs. Tichy's fifth-grade homeroom class.
ABSS HS Options Applications Opens!

Alamance Burlington School System offers various options for students in high school including the option to gain credits toward a college degree while completing the requirements for high school, enrollment in the pre-collegiate academy, and International Baccalaureate options.



Athletic Booster Club: Shoe Fundraiser!

The Athletic Boosters Club has officially kicked off the 2022 Blessed Sacrament Shoe drive with funds2orgs.
How the fundraiser works: 
BSS students and families will collect gently worn, used and new shoes for the next 60 days. These shoes are bagged and then collected by the fundraising company. Funds2Org then pays BSS per pound for the shoes. These shoes are shipped to micro-enterprises around the world
What is our School Goal?
100 bags (2,500 shoes) – Collecting 100 bags will raise approximately $1,000.
After 100 bags our cost per pound we receive increases, increasing our earnings even more. There is NO LIMIT to the number of shoes we collect
How you can collect and donate:
  • Check your home for any shoes no longer being worn or no longer fit.
  • Ask all your neighbors, friends, and families to check their closets. Most people have several pairs of shoes that are no longer being worn. 
  • Re-share future Blessed Sacrament Social Media Posts about the fundraiser. Share to any neighborhood or club pages you are members of. Spread the word! 
  • There will be a collection box at the Blessed Sacrament School and Blessed Sacrament Church. 
  • The fundraiser continues until mid-January, so be sure to collect at your holiday gatherings!
Contact Holly Groh with any fundraising questions you may have: holly.r.groh@gmail.com
Teachers & Staff Spotlight
Introducing Mrs. Marti Matanzo!

Mrs. Matanzo is the latest addition to our faculty and she is currently teaching sixth-grade Math. Originally from Burlington, NC, Mrs. Matanzo is an AlumnKnight! In fact, she has five sisters and all of them also came to BSS. Mrs. Matanzo also taught here between 2008-2010 and we are glad she is back.

Before coming to Blessed Sacrament School, Mrs. Matanzo taught Math at Alamance Community College and ABSS at Woodlawn Middle, Southern Middle, and Broadview Middle schools. She received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education Math from Appalachian State University and her M.Ed. in Middle Grades Math from Elon College (University).

Mrs. Matanzo is married to Mr. James Matanzo, from New York. They met when they were team teaching partners some time ago. They have a cat named Xena who is 11 years old. Whenever Ms. Matanzo is not working, she enjoys traveling, reading, or watching college basketball (Go, Duke!)
Fun Facts about Ms. Matanzo:

Birthday: August 7
My favorite places to eat: Prego's Trattoria, Ciao Pizza in Stoney Creek
My favorite place to get coffee: Starbucks
My coffee order is: Latte with Splenda
My favorite thing for breakfast: English muffin
I love to shop at: Amazon
My favorite colors are: Blue (any shade!)
My favorite sports team is: Duke
My favorite drink is: water
T-shirt size: XL
monogram (first, middle, last)  MCM
Hobbies: reading, traveling, watching college basketball
BSS Sports
Golf Interest Sign Up!

Spring will be here before we know it! In the Spring we offer Golf as a middle school sport for 5th-8th grades. Please go ahead and sign your child up now if they plan to play or have an interest in playing. The number of participants we have will determine which course will be our home course as well as if tryouts are needed.

¡La primavera estará aquí antes de que nos demos cuenta! En la primavera, ofrecemos golf como deporte de escuela intermedia para los grados 5 a 8. Continúe e inscriba a su hijo ahora si planea jugar o tiene interés en jugar. El número de participantes que tengamos determinará qué curso será nuestro curso de base, así como si se necesitan pruebas eliminatorias de participacion.

Please use this link/Porfavor use este enlace: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080D45A8A923AB9-spring

Marci Letvak
Athletic Director
Winter Sports Update

You can sign up to volunteer for the next home games here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080D45A8A923AB9-20222023

Thank you so much for your help and cooperation.

GO, KNIGHTS!!!

Marcie Letvak
Athletic Director

The teams we will be having this winter season are:

  • Varsity Boys Basketball
  • JV Girls Basketball
  • JV Boys Basketball
  • Varsity Cheer
  • JV Cheer
  • Pep Squad

Practices:

Monday
Varsity Cheer 3:00-5:00
JV Girls: 3:30-5:00
JV Boys: 5:00-7:00

Tuesday
Varsity Boys: 3:30-5:30
JV Cheer 3:00-4:00

Wednesday
JV Boys: 3:30-5:30
JV Girls: 5:00-6:30
Competition Cheer: 3:00-5:00
Pep Squad 3:00-4:15

Thursday:
Competition Cheer: 3:00-5:00
Varsity Boys: 5:00-7:00

Looking forward to a great winter sports season!!!
Upcoming Games:
  • Away Basketball Game vs. SH 🏀 (385 Lumen Christi Lane, Salisbury, NC 28147) Saturday, December 3rd @ 9:30 am

CLICK HERE to access the for when all of the games will be played & AWAY SCHOOL GAME ADDRESSES.

If your child is playing a sport, remember to submit to our school a current physical and sign the Athletic Permissions Form & Code of Conduct. CLICK HERE to access a form for your child's physician to fill out. CLICK HERE to access the Athletic Permission & Emergency Form 2022-2023.

Make sure you follow PECSAA for the latest info.

Marcie Letvak
Athletic Director
Running Club!

Running Club has started! Students in kindergarten - 8th are welcome to come run. Running Club will be held on the back field from 3:00-4:00 pm. Please pick up your child on the back field no later than 4:00 pm.

Students participating in Running Club may wear their PE uniform on the Mondays that the club meets. 

We will meet on the following dates:

12/5 and 12/12

*We do have two coaches but are anticipating a large number of participants. Please let me know if you are willing to help out and on which date.
Happy Running!
Marci Letvak
Athletic Director
Cheer Update

Congratulations to all of those students that made the 2022-2023 Competition Cheer Team!

If your family decides to accept the position on the cheer team the following commitments are required:

  • Cheer Classic @ Williams High School - Saturday, January 14, 2023
  • Shamrock Tournament @Charlotte Catholic High School February 17-19, 2023
  • Practices on Wednesdays and Thursdays 3:30-5:00 in the Knight Castle. We are aware that certain conflicts may arise from time to time and are willing to work with you on a case-by-case basis, especially in the beginning. Because there are many BSS activities, our intention is to give you a calendar with specific practice dates that work around school events ASAP. We ask that you be flexible around competition time as we might need to add extra practice if we are struggling with a particular skill or part of the routine.
  • We would like each girl to bring a change of clothes, sturdy shoes, a water bottle, and a yoga mat (to be kept at school) to practice. If you don’t have a yoga mat it can be purchased at Five Below or Walmart for $5-$10.

I am sure other questions will arise as we move forward, Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns.

Kelly Spradlin (kspradlin@bssknights.org)

Elizabeth Tichy (etichy@bssknights.org)

We are looking forward to a great season!! Go, Knights!!!
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.

Please keep Jasleene Guido in your prayers.

Please keep in your prayers the McNamara family as they mourn the passing of Terry McNamara. The family is a long supporter of the school. Eight of the nine children are alums of BSS.

Please pray for Devonia Baldi, mother of Isaiah (6th).
Principal's Message
Dear Parents,
Your children have been practicing for the wonderful Christmas Concert and Nativity on Friday, December 16. See you there!

Mrs. Gomez
From the Office of Admissions
School Tours

Mr. Rico will be available at the office on Tuesdays & Thursdays 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
Re-occurring Information
Private High School Options in the Area:

Cristo Rey Catholic High School -Located in Durham, NC. They have a Bus that leaves from Home Depot here in Burlington! Ask for Martha Zaldivar, Director of Admissions.

Questions
Martha Zaldivar
Director of Recruitment and Admissions
(984) 999-2142
Bishop McGuiness Catholic High School - Located in Kernersville, NC. They have a bus that leaves and brings students to Target here in Burlington!

From the Director of Admissions Mrs. Knox at Bishop McGuiness:
There is no better way for prospective families to get a feel for the Bishop experience than to take a Villain Walk!
We begin with a welcome session at 9 am followed by a group tour.

RSVP by Clicking Here or call the Admissions Office at 336.564.1011

 Applications for the 2023-24 academic year are available on September 30th
The Burlington Upper School - Located here in Burlington, NC!

Alamance Christian School - Located here in Burlington as well.
AFTERSCHOOL SIGN-UP FORMS

If your family is in need of afterschool care services, do not forget to submit an enrollment form. Following are the links for Afterschool care information and enrollment forms:



Make sure you review the afterschool care procedures for the new school year below:

CLICK HERE to read the procedures

HAGA CLIC AQUÍ para leerlos los procedimeintos
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 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 new lunch menu beginning August 2022:
Monday: Chick-Fil-A
Tuesday: Cici’s Pizza
Wednesday: Subway
Thursday: Smithfields Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q
Friday: La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant

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.
Prepare for Winter Uniforms

We will transition to Winter Uniforms on Monday, November 7th. CLICK HERE to review the winter uniform guidelines on pages 2, 4, 6 & 8.

Prepárate para los uniformes de invierno

Haremos la transición a los uniformes de invierno el lunes 7 de noviembre. HAGA CLIC AQUÍ para revisar las pautas del uniforme de invierno en las páginas 2, 4, 6 y 8.

If you would like to order new uniform pieces, Lands' End is currently the only option for items with a logo and plaid ties. We are working on a new vendor and will share more details soon.

You can purchase khaki and navy pants anywhere as long as they are solid and have a belt loop (2nd-8th).

There are a few other options for the plaid jumpers and skirts.

All plaid should have the colors green, navy, yellow, and red. There are a few variations. Please be sure to get the one w/ all 4 colors. On Lands' End, it is called HUNTER/CLASSIC NAVY PLAID.

On French Toast and Walmart, it is called GREEN PLAID.

Middle School Skirt Options:


Elementary Jumper Options:

PE Uniforms:

You can still purchase PE uniforms locally at Graham Sporting Goods. They have yellow PE shirts, solid sweatpants, and zip-up jackets. You do NOT have to get the logo on the sweatpants, but it must be on the jacket and sweatshirt.

PE pants need to be solid navy. There should not be any lines down the sides or decals on them.

Let me know if you have any Winter Uniform questions!

Thanks,

Beth Fitzgerald
Director of Advancement
Uniformes de BSS y Nuestra
Tienda de intercambio de uniformes

HAGA CLIC AQUÍ para revisar nuestras pautas de uniformes escolares para el año escolar 2022-23.

Nuestra tienda de intercambio escolar está abierta todo el año, pero necesitaremos que haga una cita con la Sra. Fitzgerald o el Sr. Rico para que puedan mostrarle la tienda. Tenemos dos ventas de tiendas de intercambio antes de hacer la transición a los uniformes de verano o de invierno.

HAGA CLIC AQUÍ si prefiere comprar los uniformes nuevos en Land's End. El código de nuestro Colegio es 900029141.

Recuerde, ¡ahora puede comprar nuestros uniformes de educación física en Graham's Sporting Goods! Tienen nuestro logo en la tienda para la compra de playeras amarillas de educación física solamente. Están ubicados en 2535 S Church St, Burlington, NC 27215.
BSS Spirt Wear on Holiday Sale!

The back-to-school spirit wear sale is halfway over! Save 20% on everything in the store. Choose from hundreds of spirit wear designs and garments that are delivered to your home in days. Don't miss it! **This is NOT part of BSS uniforms**
From the Office of Advancement
We have new Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities for the 2022-2023 school year.

We'd love to help promote your business, while you support our school!

In addition to keeping our tuition as low as possible, donations during the 2021-2022 school year allowed us to do the following:

  • Purchase new picnic tables for our deck and outdoor classroom
  • Replace our back deck
  • Purchase new cafeteria tables
  • Paint many areas of the building 
  • Replace flooring in a few classrooms
  • Purchase new desks & chairs for a few classrooms

If you or someone you know owns a business and would like to partner with our school, contact us today!

CLICK HERE to access more detailed sponsorship level opportunities.

I look forward to working with you!

Beth Fitzgerald
Director of Advancement
Attractions Books:

We are now selling Attractions Dining & Value Guides. They are $25 each! Buy 5 and you get one free! This year our 7th & 8th Grade students are helping us sell them. They are working to raise money for a special Coding project. They will earn $10 for each book sold. Look in Yellow Folders on Friday for more information!
Learn More HERE
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.

Community Announcements


You're Invited!
The Harbor Adult Day Program
Open House
Thursday, December 15, 2022
5:00 pm-7:00 pm
The Harbor at Twin Lakes Community
(3810 Heritage Drive, Burlington, NC 27215)
Please join us at this floating event for refreshments and learn more about the services we offer for early-stage dementia.
For questions and RSVP call Katie Gantos at 336-585-2393.
Make it a Christmas to remember!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.....the season is changing, leaves are falling and soon Santa will be on his way to visit with us at York's Studio.

We are so excited about our Experience the Magic sessions with Santa this year. The elves have made the trip and started whipping up their magic to create an experience to remember for a lifetime.