Christmas Concert Tonight!
Our long-awaited Christmas Concert & Nativity will take place this evening! 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!

Arrival Time
K-8th must arrive by 5:30
Little Knights by 5:45
Dresswear
Little Knights-4th Grade-Christmas best.
MS Girls- Middle School Girls will wear black shoes/tights, black skirts, white shirts, and an optional royal blue bow (or other hair access).
MS Boys- Middle School boys will wear black shoes, black pants, a long sleeved white shirt (not the school uniform shirt) and a royal blue bow tie that I will order on behalf of the students. If your child purchased a blue bow tie it will be given out the night of the performance.  
Upcoming Dates
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 - Cirque du Canines @ 9:00am; Out of Uniform - Christmas Best or Worst Sweater🎄; Early Dismissal @ 11:30 am

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

Thursday, January 5 - Dine Out Night @ MOD Pizza 🍕
Click here to see the official BSS calendar: BSS Calendar
Knights' News
Our Lady of Guadalupe

Last Monday, December 12th, we held a prayer service in honor of our Lady of Guadalupe. CLICK HERE to see a video recording of the event. If you are not familiar with the story, it goes like this: "An elder Mexican man makes his way to Mass in the early morning twilight of December 9, 1531. He is a peasant, a simple farmer and laborer, and he has no education. Born under Aztec rule, he is a convert to Catholicism, and each step he takes this morning is a step into history. The morning quiet is broken by a strange music that he will later describe as the beautiful sound of birds. Diverting his path to investigate the sound, Juan Diego comes face to face with a radiant apparition of the Virgin Mary."-Catholic.org

Our students were allowed to bring flowers to Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Christmas in South Africa

Mrs. Bost's second-grade class had a very special guest visit last Tuesday, December 13th! Mae’s mother, Emma Burress, came in to talk to the students about how she grew up celebrating Christmas in South Africa. She told them the biggest difference between Christmas in South Africa and Christmas in the U.S. is that it is summer in December in South Africa so it is very hot. Their favorite thing to do on Christmas Day was to go swimming in the pool. They opened their family presents on Christmas Eve and their gifts from "Father Christmas" on Christmas Day. Mrs. Burress also shared with the class that they celebrated Boxing Day on December 26th every year. This is a day to spend with family. She and her family almost always went to the beach. She told them that they call Santa, Father Christmas. He looks the same as Santa and he delivers presents just like Santa, he just has a different name. She shared ornaments from South Africa and pictures from when she was a little girl. Lastly, she shared a homemade treat that she always eats at Christmastime, mince pies. They were delicious! It was a fun visit and the students are so grateful to her for sharing her time and talents with them.
Cirque du Canines - Tuesday, December 20th

Tuesday, 12/20-Dresswear-Christmas Best or Worst
11:30 Dismissal and no afterschool

We are excited that Marilyn and her canines will be doing a special performance for our students! She will also perform that night at the Paramount. Based on the logistics, it will take place at the Knight Castle (400 W Davis St, Burlington, NC) at 9:00 AM.

K-8 will walk at 8:30 to the castle.

Little Knights- After speaking with Mrs. Glenn and Ms. Asmar, we have come up with these options so your child may attend.

  1. Bring your child to school at regular time (you may wait in the multipurpose room) and have an adult walk with your child to the Knight Castle at 8:20. It has to be one-to-one and an adult. You are welcome to stay for the performance.
  2. Drive your child to the Knight Castle by 8:30. You are welcome to stay for the performance.
  3. If Option 1 or 2 do not work, your child will need to stay home.
  4. If your child does not come to school on Tuesdays, your child and you are welcome to attend. 
Mrs. & Mr. Kennedy are expecting!

Last Monday, December 12th, Mrs. Kennedy, our 4th-grade teacher, announced that she is expecting a baby! She will be due in June 2023. We wish the family the best and pray that she delivers a healthy baby. Mia, our preschool student, is excited to become a big sister!

Congratulations Kennedy Family!
Christmas Parties

Christmas parties will be held on Monday, December 19th! Parents are welcome to join! If you can contribute to the party items, please sign-up below! We would like all items to arrive by Friday, December 16th. Be sure to label it with the grade and “Class Christmas Party”! There will be a lot of items coming in during the month of December. Labeling will help us get things to the right classrooms!

Party Times:
Preschool: 9:30
Pre-k: 10:30
K-8th: 2:00

You can find a link to the sign-ups HERE!

Thanks!

Beth Fitzgerald
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, December 12th! These students have demonstrated the best values Blessed Sacrament School embodies - Kathryn Prom (Sixth), Zaylee Troutman (Sixth), Deborah Monahan (Sixth), Ayden Brown (Sixth), Calleigh Johnson (Sixth), & Irvin Bahena Mota (Eight)💙💛
Christmas Sale!

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

Update:
Wow! The first day of our Student Council Christmas Sale was crazy! We made approximately $750! All money raised will go towards a special project or charity of their choice. Today was the last day of the Christmas Sale.

Thank you very much for your support!

Beth Fitzgerald
Here are some pictures of the sale:
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.
Thank You, Tami Koury!

Last Friday, December 9th, Tami Koury brought in breakfast to all of our teachers and staff as they prepared for their accreditation meetings. It was delicious! Thank you for thinking of us here at Blessed Sacrament School.
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.
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. Kelly Spradlin!

Mrs. Spradlin is our music teacher and puts together our Christmas Concert & Spring Sing each year with Mrs. Davis. She became a part of the BSS family in 2015. She shares with us: “I love BSS. I knew the minute I first arrived that it was a special place, and I wanted to be a part of what was happening there. It’s more than just a school, it’s a family. I love those kids like they are my own. The relationships we make when we study and learn together are special. This is what makes being a teacher, not just a job, but a calling. I love talking to them, watching them discover their unique gifts and talents, and enjoy trying to figure out how to bring out the best in them. I love celebrating with them when they have success, and also supporting them and encouraging them when they don't.”

Mrs. Spradlin teaches 3rd-8th Grade Music and 7th Grade Social Studies. She is also Co-Coach of the Competition Cheer Team.

Mrs. Spradlin earned her Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from Clayton State University. She has held professional memberships in the North Carolina Music Educators Association, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the American Choral Directors Association, and the local chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota.

Mrs. Spradlin has been married for 24 years and has two sons, a Senior BSS Alum and a Junior at NC State. Mrs. Spradlin has two dogs named Spunky and Ripley.
Fun Facts about Mrs. Spradlin:

Birthday: September 28
My favorite places to eat: Chick Fil A, The Root
My favorite place to get coffee: Anywhere!
My coffee order is: Coconut Milk Latte
I love to shop at: Target
My favorite colors are: Red 
My favorite sports team is: UGA and N.C. State
My favorite candy/snack is: Justin's Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
My favorite drink is: La Croix, Aha, or Chirp Water
T-shirt size: XL
monogram (first, middle, last) KJS
Hobbies: Playing piano, cooking, and yoga
Classroom/Office Wishlist: Wipes, Wipes, Wipes, Tissue
BSS Sports
Dear Parents CHEER PARENTS,

Please fill out this form ASAP. There recently have been some changes to the schedule and we would like to find out who would be available on the following dates.


Thank you in advance,

Mrs. Spradlin and Mrs.Tichy
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. OLM @ 9:00 am 🏀 (1730 Link Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27103) Saturday, December 17 @ 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
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 Expo @ Williams High School - Saturday, January 14, 2023
  • Shamrock Tournament @ Charlotte Catholic High School February 17-19, 2023
  • New Year Cheer Classic @ Immaculata Catholic School in Durham, NC on Saturday, January 21st, 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 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,
Looking forward to seeing you at tonight’s Christmas Concert and Nativity. It is going to be spectacular!


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
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 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
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.