Remembering 9/11
This morning, Friday, September 10th, our students, teachers, and staff dedicated today to remember in prayer those who lost their lives and still continue to suffer due to the events of September 11, 2001. Mrs. Bost's second-grade class and our eighth-graders led the prayer service with a candlelight ceremony remembering the events 20 years ago.
"For many of us on September 11, 2001, at exactly 8:46, we will always remember where we were and what we were doing. It was business as usual that morning. Some were going to work, children were at school, and some were already working. A beautiful ordinary day turned into a day that we will always remember and never forget. As we gather here today, we remember many people who died that day in New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. We pray for them and their families. We recall the police, fire fighters, medics, and chaplains who were the first responders. On this 20-year anniversary of that sad day in our history, we honor the memory of those who lost their lives and loved ones. And, we give thanks for those who had the courage to serve in the face of danger." - Mrs. Gomez
CLICK HERE to watch the video recording of this prayer service.
Upcoming Dates
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

Friday, September 17 - Soccer Game: Home game vs Our Lady of Grace at 4:00

Thursday, September 23-BSS 86th Birthday Party on the back lawn at 2:00 pm - Out of Uniform - Wear a Birthday Hat

Friday, September 24-School Closed - Diocesan Professional Day

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

October 4 thru the 8- Iowa Assessments

Tuesday, October 5- La Fiesta Dine Out Night
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!

Lunch/Recess:
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.

Facebook:
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
Knight's News
Angel Child, Dragon Child

This week, Mrs. Bolen's 3rd-grade class read the book titled Angel Child, Dragon Child written by Michele Maria Surat, and illustrated by Vo-Dinh Mai. The book is about "Ut, a Vietnamese girl attending school in the United States who is lonely for her mother who was left behind in Vietnam. She has difficulty adjusting to her new life, and her classmates do not accept her because she is different. Then she makes a new friend who presents her with a wonderful gift. A heartfelt, gentle, and realistic story." - Scholastic.com

The students discussed what being a refugee means for Ut in the story, they read their books aloud and made study guides for it. Wonderful job third graders!

Also, take a look at what the students did last week! They wrote their own exclusive stories in newspaper format! Their work is on display just outside their classrooms:
Uniforms

Please review the policies of the uniform with your child, especially the policies concerning: hair, belts, shoes, socks, length of shorts/PE, bracelets, etc. You can find the handbook on our website.

Click Here to access our student handbooks.

Uniformes

Por favor revise las políticas del uniforme con su hij@, especialmente las políticas relativas a: cabello, cinturones, zapatos, calcetines, pantalones cortos / educación física, brazaletes, etc. Puede encontrar el manual en nuestro sitio web.

Presine Aqui para accesar el manual de estudaintes
Where Did I Go This Summer?

Mr. Champion's 8th Grade Social Studies class was tasked to research a country or state they traveled to over the summer and presented to the class their findings! The students created a 6-slide presentation and they had to draw a picture of the place they visited or something that represents their chosen location (flags, landmarks, buildings, etc..). If the students did not travel anywhere this summer, they were allowed to pick a place anywhere in the world they would like to visit one day. Great job sharing with the school students!
Seventh Grade Summer Vacation Mini-essays

Mrs. Champion's 7th grade Language Arts Class completed a similar activity. The students were tasked to write a paragraph of the places they visited this summer. Take a look at what the students wrote:
X Country Meet

This past Tuesday, September 7th, our BSS X Country team did their first meet! There were 67 boys and 56 girls running and our students did a great job running 2.5 miles!

Reminder: Our next meet will be on Wednesday, September 15th at Sacred Heart

We would like to congratulate the following students who participated:

  • Timmy 
  • Bradley 
  • Christian 
  • Sebastian
  • DJ 
  • Carter 
  • Jeremiah 
  • Pierre 
  • Will 
  • Anthony
  • Iara 
  • Avery 
  • Catie 

Thank you to Coach Klein and Coach LaPlante for your hard work getting our team ready for the season. 💛💙
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 
Sports Physical Required

If your child is going to be playing a sport for Blessed Sacrament School, we require an annual sports physical. This is for any and all sports, including fall, winter, and spring sports. Whether your child has a current physical or still needs to be seen by their pediatrician, we ask that this form gets turned in to the school as soon as possible! 

CLICK HERE to access the Athletic Physical Form for BSS. It must be filled by your child's physician.
 
Thanks!
Marcie Letvak
Athletic Director
~EN ESPAÑOL~

Se requiere examen físico para deportes

Si su hijo va a jugar un deporte en la Escuela Blessed Sacrament, requerimos un examen físico deportivo anual. Esto es para todos y cada uno de los deportes, incluidos los de otoño, invierno y primavera. Ya sea que su hijo tenga un examen físico actual o que aún necesite ser examinado por su pediatra, ¡le pedimos que entregue este formulario a la escuela lo antes posible!

HAGA CLIC AQUÍ para acceder al formulario físico atlético para BSS. Debe ser llenado por el médico de su hijo.
 
¡Gracias!
Marcie Letvak
Directora Atlético
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
Blessed Sacrament Church - Little Portion Food Pantry Distribution - Monday, September 13th 

Good afternoon,

Please let your congregations, friends, neighbors, and others know that there is a food distribution planned for Monday, September 13th, sponsored by Blessed Sacrament Church Little Portion Food Pantry:

  • The program provides supplemental food support for individuals & families in need.

  • What: Fresh Produce, Potatoes, Onions, Meat, Bread, Dry Goods - Enough food to feed a family for approximately 5 – 7 days.

  • Who’s Eligible: Anyone in need of food support.

  • Where: Blessed Sacrament Parish Offices – 408 West Davis Street, Burlington, NC

  • When: Monday, September 13th– 11:30 AM till 5:00 PM – Come early if possible for the fresh produce.

  • The streets are cordoned off to allow easier access for guests. Please encourage attendees when possible to arrive earlier in the day when the selection of fresh produce and other limited products is greater. 


The distribution is open to anyone in need of some food support regardless of race, creed, ethnicity or sexual orientation, etc. There is no proselytizing of any sort permitted.

Volunteers to help with the distribution efforts are always welcome! We need all the help we can receive!

Pax et bonum….

Fr. Paul
New Spiritwear Options!

We’re excited to partner with 1st Place Spiritwear! They are a Catholic family-owned business. Their site is loaded with fun options for youth and adults! They will ship your purchases directly to your home. Each quarter they will send us 10% of their sales! Check back often to see new designs! They are offering a Fall Sale until 9/15. I can’t wait to see new BSS gear on dress-down days this year!

* These items are not part of our uniform and are only allowed to be worn to school on out-of-uniform days or to events after school hours.*


Let me Mrs. Fitzgerald know if you have any questions!
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.
Teacher's Spotlight
Since we are unable to do many activities inside the school where parents can meet and get to know Blessed Sacrament School's teachers or staff members, we are going to bring them to you through our Teacher's Spotlight Section here!

Each week, we will feature a teacher or staff member and they will share a little about themselves. This week, we will have Mr. Victor Lopez!!
Mr. Victor Lopez is the Maintenance Director for Blessed Sacrament School and the church. He started to work for the church in 2006 and the school for about 8 years now. When we asked what does he do as maintenance director, he mentions, "A lot of things! It also depends on the season; for example during the summers, I am in charge of the landscaping for all of the church properties and maintenance of all buildings." 

Mr. Lopez was born in Mexico City and lived in Atizapan de Zaragoza, Estado de Mexico until he was 17-years-old. He has lived in the Burlington/Piedmont area for about 26 years now. When he first arrived in the US, he lived in Mebane, NC for about a week, then Liberty, NC, then moved to Asheboro, NC and Randleman, NC, and finally, he settled in Burlington, NC in 1998. In 2018, Mr. Lopez and his family moved to Snow Camp, NC.

Before coming to Blessed Sacrament, Mr. Lopez worked for 9 years for a maintenance company maintaining the grounds at UNC-Chapel Hill--while working there, Mr. Lopez learned all sorts of things that have helped him gain experience in the maintenance field. He shared with us that he started to work at the age of 8-years-old at a local grocery store and then a bakery by his parent's house. From a very young age, he saw the value of hard work to help provide for his family. About a year before coming to the US, he also worked for a Sears store in Mexico City. 

Mr. Lopez is happily married to Mrs. Martha Sanchez, and together they have two wonderful children! AlumnKnights Zoe (21') and Emmanuel (17') and they both attended from preschool to 8th grade! 

When Mr. Lopez is not working at the church/school, he likes to spend time with his family, working in his house, or do woodwork. Mrs. Sanchez and Mr. Lopez have chickens and German Shepherds dogs. Mr. Lopez and his wife work together for the church and next year, they will be celebrating their 20 years of marriage! 

"I am grateful to God for letting me work for the church." -Mr. Lopez
Birthday: December 18th
My favorite places to eat: My wife's cooking and Grill Worxx
My favorite place to get coffee: Starbucks
My coffee order: Iced coffee-mocha or frappe
I love to shop at: eBay and Amazon
My favorite color: Blue
My favorite Sports team: Cruz Azul - current soccer Mexican league champions! 
My favorite snack: Prunes 
My favorite drink is: Agua de Limon
t-shirt size: M
Hobbies: Ride my Harley Bike

Classroom/Office Wishlist: Volunteers to help me cut the grass during the summer-Whomever wants to help, you are all welcome! 

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.

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.

Please pray for the family of our student Bryan (6th), his aunt Mrs. Norma Ruiz passed away recently.

Principal's Message
Dear Families,
This weekend, let us keep in our prayers all of those affected by the events of 9/11. May God protect our nation and world.
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
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.
Uniforms!


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.

Support BSS!
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.
Community Announcements
10th Annual Santa & Mrs. Claus Ice Cream Party!

Sunday, September 19th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  Plenty of yummy treats, including several flavors of 
Maple View's County Line ice cream, all the great toppings, Cookies,
Treats, Popcorn, plus Watermelon shapes of stars and trees and more.

 This is the very best way to introduce your children to Santa, in a no-pressure environment, and have a summer ICE COLD treat from Maple View's County Line Creamery and lots of fun games!

 This ice cream party event is totally FREE, we just ask that you call to RSVP ---we want to have plenty of goodies for everyone. And this is the time to take advantage of our Early Bird Special to Book and Reserve your Childs personal time with the Experience the Magic with Sessions with Santa.
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Ask about the Experience the Magic Christmas Sessions

Santa's Train Depot & Toy Shop - 20 Minute Session
Nov 5th, 6th, and 7th
Santa's Winter Wonderland - 20 Minute Session
Nov 21st
The night before Christmas-Kitchen and Workshop - One Hour Session
Nov 27th and 28th

Call Craig Elf or Karen Elf at York's Studio 336-449-7101
for all the details.
Come have a great afternoon of treats and games with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Christmas is only 106 days away!