Happy MLK Jr Day!
Martin Luther King Jr Day is on Monday!

Martin Luther King Day is observed every year on the third Monday of January — on January 16 this year. King was an influential civil rights leader — best known for his work on racial equality and ending racial segregation in the United States. His life and achievements are remembered and celebrated on this day. Remember, we will not have school Monday as we remember MLK Jr.!

Interesting Facts:
  • On February 11, 1958, King visited Bennett College located in Greensboro, NC and gave a notable speech.
  • King’s first visit to Raleigh, NC was in April 1960 to support the Students Nonviolent Coordinating Committee at Shaw University.
  • The NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources found evidence that Dr. King delivered an early version of the famous “I Have A Dream” speech at a school gymnasium in Rocky Mount, NC on Nov. 27, 1962.
  • King spoke to an integrated audience of ~5,000 at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh on July 31, 1966. Read about his visit here
Upcoming Dates
Friday, January 13 - Progress Reports go home; Early Dismissal @ 11:30 am; Afterschool Available

Saturday, January 14 - Home Basketball Game vs. SH @ 9:00 am 🏀

Monday, January 16 - School Closed -in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 17 - Home Basketball Game vs. SPX @ 4:00 pm 🏀

Wednesday, January 18 - Class Pictures for Yearbook in Winter Uniforms 📸

Saturday, January 21 - Immaculata Cheer Competition; Away Basketball Game vs. OLG @ 9:00 am 🏀

Monday, January 23 - Out of Uniform Day - Chinese New Year - Wear red & gold or dress like a rabbit! 🐰

Friday, January 27 - Stock the Lounge for Catholic Schools Week - Sign Up!

Saturday, January 28 - Away Basketball Game vs. SLS @ 9:00 am 🏀

Sunday, January 29 - Catholic Schools' Week Mass at 10:30 am @ Blessed Sacrament Church

Tuesday, January 31 - Home Basketball Game vs. OLM @ 4:00 pm 🏀

January 30 - February 3 - Catholic Schools Week

Saturday, February 4 - Make-up Away Basketball Games vs OLM @ 9:00 am 🏀

Tuesday, February 7 - Winter Sports Pictures at the Knight Castle @ 1:15 pm - Winter Sports athletes will bring their uniforms and walk to the Knight Castle for pictures 📸

Wednesday, February 8 - Middle School Field Trip to F.W. Woolworth's Building-International Civil Rights Center & Museum

February 9 - February 12 - PECSAA Tournament 🏀

Thursday, February 9 - Dine Out Day: Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers 🍿🍔

Tuesday, February 14 - Out of Uniform Day- St. Valentin's Day Wear Red ❤🌷🎀
Click here to see the official BSS calendar: BSS Calendar
Knights' News
Parent Cognia Survey

Dear Parents,
As part of our re-accreditation, we are in need of our parents to share about their experience here at Blessed Sacrament School. If you have time this weekend, please consider filling a survey out. We will need them by Monday, January 16. Thank you.  https://eprovesurveys.advanc-ed.org/surveys/#/action/212657/26181

Estimados padres,
Como parte de nuestra reacreditación, necesitamos que nuestros padres compartan su experiencia aquí en la escuela Blessed Sacrament. Si tiene tiempo este fin de semana, considere completar una encuesta. Los necesitaremos para el lunes 16 de enero. Muchas gracias por su apoyo.   https://eprovesurveys.advanc-ed.org/surveys/#/action/212657/26181

Mrs. Gomez
BSS Updates

Unfortunately, many students continue to not follow the uniform policy- no belt, no ties, and incorrect PE uniforms. So beginning on Monday, January 9th, elementary students (1st-4th) without the correct uniform will miss 5 minutes of recess.
MS teachers will enforce the infraction policy

Once again, there has been an increase in parents dropping off their child/ren in the parking lot instead of waiting in line. Let's adhere to the school policy. In order to speed off morning drop-off, children can be dropped off before the front steps. If your car has past the school parking lot exit, it is safe to drop students off. There is a teacher outside watching the students walk into the building.

Thank you for your cooperation! 
Students go to Subway!

On Tuesday, January 10th, our 6th-grade students took their Kindergarten STREAM buddies on a field trip to Subway! They were able to tour the restaurant and kitchen area. Students even received a free cookie after the tour! Thank you to the Nasrawin family for the invitation and hospitality!
CLICK HERE to see more pictures of their visit.
Dinner & Auction

Our Athletic Booster Chairs would like to host a Dinner & Auction with a Golf Tournament over St. Patrick's Day weekend. Before signing a contract with The Valley Golf Club, we need to ensure we have enough volunteers to plan the event! If you have any interest in helping plan this event, please review the volunteer opportunities here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080D45A8A923AB9-golf

We will have our first planning meeting on Friday, January 20th at 12:15 pm. 

Let Mrs. Fitzgerald or the Booster Chairs know if you have any questions!

Beth Fitzgerald - advancement@bssknights.org


Tracy Miller - tbarbagiovanni@aol.com
Catholic Schools Week is approaching!

On Sunday, January 29, we will celebrate our Catholic Schools Week Mass at 10:30 at Blessed Sacrament Church (1620 Hanford Rd, Graham, NC 27253) We ask parents and students to attend as we begin Catholic Schools Week. Please mark it on your calendar. 
Congratulations to the winners of the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition!

Last Saturday, January 7th, the Knights of Columbus hosted a Free Throw Competition right after our Basketball Games, and many students who were at least 9 years old were able to participate! 🏀
Middle School Field Trip to Williamsburg, VA UPDATE

Dear Parents, the field trip to Williamsburg, VA will take place on May 23 and 24th this Spring. If you are planning for your child(ren) to attend, you must submit a registration form with payment. The deadline to submit at least the first partial payment is January 17.

This field trip is only offered to our Middle School Students (5th - 8th).
When: May 23rd & 24th,2023
Where: See the Itinerary by CLICKING HERE
Price: $370 per student (you can pay in full or 3 payments -$124 due 1-17-23 -$123 due 2-15-23 & $123 due -3-15-23)
Adult prices: Double room (please let us know whom you want as a roommate) $390 per person. Single room $450

CLICK HERE to access the registration form, you should also have received it in your yellow folder's Thursday communicator this week. Please sign it and return it with payment to the office (Please, send CHECKS payable to Blessed Sacrament School or CASH)

If you are paying online for the field trip, make sure your write on the form that you paid online and return it to the school signed. THANK YOU!

* Students will room with each other. The price for the students is based on 4 students per room. We keep grade levels together. 
*Parents usually want a private room. If you want help finding a roommate for yourself, I will let you know who is going and you can make a plan with each other. -Mrs. Kearney
Any Questions? Contact Mrs. Kearney at ckearney@bssknights.org 
ONLINE PAYMENT OPTIONS:
CLICK HERE if you would like to pay for your child(ren) field trip in full ONLINE for $370.

CLICK HERE if you would like to make a PARTIAL PAYMENT for your child(ren)'s field trip. This first payment of $124 must be submitted no later than Tuesday, January 17th.

Want to accompany your child?
CLICK HERE to pay online for an adult that is coming to pay for a DOUBLE ROOM-Make sure you write down whom you would like to room with. $390.

CLICK HERE to pay online for an adult that is coming to pay for a SINGLE ROOM. $450.
Congratulations to our 5th Grade DARE Graduates!

Last Wednesday, January 10th, our fifth-grade students graduated from their D.A.R.E. class! Officer Gonzalez from the Burlington Police Department presented the students with their diplomas and gave medals to the finalist of their essays. Congratulations to Lori Deve, Xavier VanWeest & Lyla Buffington for placing top three on their DARE Essays. CLICK HERE to watch a video recording of the event and CLICK HERE to see more pictures!
Athletic Booster Club: Shoe Fundraiser!

UPDATE: This is the last week of our Shoe Drive Fundraiser! Send in your gently used shoes! You can drop them off on the front porch at school if the building is closed. 
So far we’ve counted and as of January 10th, we've bagged approximately 25 bags (that’s about 625 pairs of shoes)!


The Athletic Boosters Club has officially kicked off the 2022 Blessed Sacrament Shoe drive with funds2orgs.
Contact Holly Groh with any fundraising questions you may have: holly.r.groh@gmail.com
Thank You for Supporting our Dine Out Event at MOD Pizza!

From MOD Pizza:
Thanks so much for hosting a MOD Pizza fundraiser with us on Jan 5, 2023, for Blessed Sacrament School! Your fundraiser resulted in a total sales amount of $1,282.46, which means your organization will receive a check for $256.49, which is 20% of total sales. That’s amazing!
Thank you for supporting our school!
We hope everyone enjoyed their meal! 🍕🥗
What a nice note from AthoraCare Collective!
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.
BSS Sports
Pep Squad Updates:

Dear Pep Squad Parents,

Happy New Year!

  • We have a game this Saturday, 1/14/23 at the Knights Castle. Please arrive by 9:15.
  • We also have a game on Tuesday, 1/17/23 at the Knights Castle. Please arrive by 3:45. 
  • We will NOT have practice on Wednesday, 1/18/23.

Please email one of us at abost@bssknights.org or kchampion@bssknights.org if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Coach Bost and Coach Champion, GO KNIGHTS!!!
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 on 01/14/2023 here (scroll down): 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:
Saturday, January 14 - Home Basketball Game vs. SH @ 9:00 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
Cheer Update

**Please click HERE for a message from Mrs. Spradlin and Mrs.Tichy.**


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 Expo @ Williams High School - Saturday, January 14, 2023 CANCELLED
  • New Year Cheer Classic @ Immaculata Catholic School in Durham, NC on Saturday, January 21st, 2023
  • Shamrock Tournament @ Charlotte Catholic High School February 17-19, 2023
  • Practices on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 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 pray for Parks Kimbro, grandfather of Langston and Ford (5th, 3rd), for good health.

Please pray for Devonia Baldi, mother of Isaiah(6th) for good health.
Principal's Message
Dear BSS Parents,
Thank you so much for taking part in the accreditation survey. For those who have not taken the survey, you have until Monday, January 16 to complete it. Thank you for your cooperation.

Mrs. Gomez
From the Office of Admissions
Dear Parents,

The admissions office is in the process of preparing to send out re-enrollment contracts for the following school year to our returning students/families. We will have the tuition rates for the 2023-2024 school year ready next week. In the meantime, please review our tentative enrollment timeline by CLICKING HERE. Stay tuned for more info!

If your family needs to renew a BSS Scholarship, the applications for this are already open. Make sure you review this document and apply. The application can be found in your FACTS account, just log in, and then click on Apply for Financial Aid.

If your child is a recipient of an NC Opportunity Scholarship, endorsements and renewals will start in February as well. Make sure you review the guidelines on their website as they will be updating them in the coming weeks.

If you have any questions, contact feel free to contact me.

José Rico Benavides
Director 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
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.



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 transitioned to Winter Uniforms since last Monday, November 7th. CLICK HERE to review the winter uniform guidelines on pages 2, 4, 6 & 8.

Prepárate para los uniformes de invierno

Haremos cambiado a los uniformes de inviernodesde el pasado 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

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.

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