Blessings of the Animals
This morning, Friday, October 1st, our school welcomed horses, cats, dogs, and even caterpillars! Why? Well because this upcoming October 4th is St. Francis Day in honor of the Patron Saint of Animals, Saint Francis of Assisi. In remembrance of his love for all sentient beings, guardians sometimes take their animal companions to church for a Blessing of the Animals. Father Paul came to our school to lead our Animal Prayer Services and blessed all of our student's pets that parents brought in!

Thank you to all of our parents who brought their pets for the blessing!

Here are some pictures of the event:
CLICK HERE to watch a video of this event.
Upcoming Dates
Friday, October 1st - Soccer Game: Home game vs Sacred Heart at 4:00; Movie Night on the Lawn at 7:30

October 4 thru the 8- Iowa Assessments

Tuesday, October 5- La Fiesta Dine Out Night

Friday, October 8- Outdoor Mass @ 9:00.

Friday, October 22- No School/Professional Day
From the Office of Advancement
Click here to see the official BSS calendar: BSS Calendar

----Friday, October 1st @ 7:30----

Tonight, Friday, October 1st, we will host a Movie Night on the back lawn! The movie we will watch is SHREK!!!

Join us on the back lawn for a Movie Night! Bring blankets and chairs to spread out and enjoy a movie with friends. We will be selling concessions, but you are welcome to bring your own snacks! We will start the movie as soon as it is dark enough to see the screen.
Stock the Lounge-

Believe it or not, the lounge is totally out of drinks and most of the snacks are gone. Our teachers and staff LOVE it when our lounge is stocked with goodies for them. Let’s fill it up again:

---Saturday, October 2nd @ 10:00--- WINTER UNIFORM SALE! ~VENTA DE UNIFORMES DE INVIERNO~

Shop for gently used winter uniform items!
As the change in weather is just around the corner, we will be switching to winter uniforms soon. We will transition to Winter Uniforms on Monday, November 8th.

The sale will happen at our school's parking lot right at 10 am tomorrow.

Venta de Uniformes de Invierno! Venga acomprar o intercambiar uniformes de invierno!! Como va cmabiando el clima nuestra escuela va cambiar el uso de uniformes escolares a los de invierno. El primer dia de uniformes de invierno es el Lunes 8 de noviembre.

La venta de uniformes de invierno se llevara a cabo mañana en el estacionamiento de la escuela a las 10 am.

Review the Uniform Guidelines here/Revise nuestras politicas de uniformes: https://d2y1pz2y630308.cloudfront.net/2390/documents/2019/7/Uniform%20Power%20Point.pdf
---Tuesday, October 5th---

La Fiesta Dine Out Night

Enjoy dinner with your family at La Fiesta during the hours of 4:00-9:00. Put your receipt in the BSS bucket and we’ll receive 10% of the sales!
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Attractions Book:

We have extended the ordering deadline! These make great gifts for people that enjoy eating out and shopping! You can send in your order forms or order online!


EZ Pay Code: 5324665

Please contact me with any questions!
Beth Fitzgerald
Knight's News
Iowa Assessments

The Iowa Assessments, our only standardized testing, are scheduled for October 4-October 8. You will receive a detailed letter on Wednesday, 10/29 via Option C and a hard copy on Friday. 

Press Here to read a letter from Mrs. Gomez.

Presione Aqui para leer la carta de la Sra. Gomez.
Countries of the World Project

Mr. Champion's middle school social studies students were tasked to choose a country other than the United States and research each country's important facts including its total population, the breakdown of religions practiced in that country, a list of languages spoken in their country, the country’s capital, and 5 fun facts. The students also had to draw various maps about their countries. Take a look at their work, which is on display in the hallway just outside their classrooms this week.
Lemonade Wars

This summer, our 4th-grade students read the book, “The Lemonade War” by Jacqueline Davies.

Mrs. Kennedy's and Mrs. Martin's 4th Grade Students have been selling lemonade, juice, and snacks during dismissal the week of September 27-October 1! All proceeds will benefit the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, which helps to fund research for pediatric cancer. The students are hoping to raise at least $300 for this awesome cause, and so far they have raised over $900!!! Thank you students and parents for your support! Great job 4th-grade class!!

Not able to be here during dismissal this week? You can donate online!
High School Options Fair!

Prepare and plan for YOUR future!
All Alamance County 6-11 grade students and families are invited to the ABSS High School Options Fair. Learn about the many courses ABSS offers high school students.
➡️ Explore courses aligned to your interest
➡️ Receive more information on pathway options to earn both High School and College credits
➡️ Speak with representatives to set yourself up for success
Visit our website for more information about your High School options before you attend the fair ➡️ https://sites.google.com/abss.k12.nc.us/absscoursefair/home

Saturday - October 9th 
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Holly Hill Mall in Burlington
309 Huffman Mill Rd, Burlington, NC 27215
~EN ESPAÑOL~

Feria de Opciones de Escuela Secundaria!

¡Prepárese y planifique SU futuro!
Todos los estudiantes y familias de los grados 6-11 del Condado de Alamance están invitados a la Feria de Opciones de Escuelas Secundarias ABSS. Conozca los muchos cursos que ABSS ofrece a los estudiantes de secundaria.
➡️ Explore cursos alineados con su interés
➡️ Reciba más información sobre las opciones de ruta para obtener créditos de la escuela secundaria y la universidad
➡️ Hable con representantes para prepararse para el éxito
Visite nuestro sitio web para obtener más información sobre sus opciones de escuela secundaria antes de asistir a la feria ➡️
Order Your Yearbook!

There's nothing else like BSS yearbook. Get your hands on the limited edition collection of our stories from the year. Share it with your friends today and hang on to it for years to come! Until October 8th, the yearbook will only be $40!

CLICK HERE to place your order

Presione en el enlace de arriba para que ordene El Yearbook Escolar para su niño. Hasta el 8 de Octubre, el precio del yearbook sera solo $40!
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.
BSS Sports
Great Job X Country Team!

Our XC team had their first home meet on the afternoon of Thursday, September 30th! They came in 1st place out of 3 teams! 🥇 Congratulations runners and coaches!

In this picture, you see our team plus other BSS students crossing the finish line with one of our new runners! They were so happy for him and wanted to help him finish strong! This is Blessed Sacrament School! 💛💙
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 ==> UPCOMING GAMES SCHEDULE: Home Soccer Game on Friday, October 1st @ 4:00; Away Soccer Game on Monday, October 4th @ 4:00 at Sacred Heart in Salisbury, NC; Home Soccer Game on Thursday, October 7th @ 4:30; Home Soccer Game on Monday, October 11th @ 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. ==> UPCOMING MEETS SCHEDULE: Home XC Meet on Tuesday, October 5th @ 4:00; Home XC Meet on Thursday, October 14th @ 4:00; Final XC Meet on Wednesday, October 20 @ 4:00 at Sacred Heart

  • Tennis practices are on Mondays from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. at the Burlington Tennis Center (BTC).==> UPCOMING MATCH SCHEDULE: Friday, October 1st @ 4:00 at OFRC; Friday, October 8th @ 4:00 in Mebane; Friday, October 15th @ 4:00 at ACC; Friday, October 22@ 4:00 at BTC

  • Volleyball Club practices 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 
Coaches Needed

It is hard to believe that our fall sports season will soon be coming to an end and we will be heading into basketball season! With that being said, I am looking for several different coaches. In the winter we have JV/Varsity Girls Basketball, JV/Varsity boys basketball, JV/Varsity Cheerleading. Each team needs a minimum of two coaches. There need to be two adults at every practice and every game. We will be traveling during basketball season and participating in several different tournaments. Please let me know if you are interested in coaching or being a part of our winter sports season.

Thanks!

Marcie Letvak
Athletic Director
mletvak@bssknights.org 
Mr. C Comes to Town

Whenever Mr. C is in town he loves visiting BSS to work with the Knights! Today he shared his tennis knowledge with our Middle School students during P.E. He’s also helping out with our tennis team while he’s in town!
Thank you, Mr. C! 🎾
Our Knights Win Soccer Game Again!

On the afternoon of Monday, September 27th, our BSS soccer team played against IHM. They won with a score of 4-2! Great job to our players and coaches!! ⚽️💙💛
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 Community'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 Ms. Chris Magrane!!
Originally from New York, Ms. Chris Magrane is the Parish Bookkeeper and works closely with our business manager as it pertains to the school and church offices finances-she is responsible for paying for all of our school bills! Ms. Magrane began working for the Blessed Sacrament Church back in October 1990 and will be celebrating 31 years working at the Parish Office next month!

Before coming to Blessed Sacrament, Ms. Magrane lived in Long Island, NY. She moved to Burlington back in 1990 with her family. She has three children: AlumnKnights Meghann, Patrick, and Caitlin; and two wonderful grandchildren: Nicky (5) and Charlie (K), who currently attend Blessed Sacrament School! She also has a 7-year-old Schnauzer dog named Scrappy. Ms. Magrane also shared with us that she was an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher for Alamance County Community College for 14 years and loved every minute of it!

Ms. Magrane has had ties to Blessed Sacrament for generations now. She has 7 siblings and all of her family lives in the area. Ms. Magrane shared with us that her sister Jennie worked as the Parish Secretary for over 30 years with her and her other sister Barbara was a teacher at BSS! Family is very important for her and told us that her dad is 95 and her mom is 92 and taught her the importance of the 3 Fs: Faith, Family, and Friends.

One of Ms. Magrane's highlights of her career at Blessed Sacrament is when she and the church staff had the opportunity to travel to Italy a couple of years ago and visit the church where St. Francis of Assisi lived. This experience humbled her to continue working for the church, "This is not just a bookkeeping job or a business, is a ministry!" 

When she is not working, Ms. Magrane enjoys refurbishing furniture, collect jewelry, traveling, and spending time with her family and boyfriend Terry.
Birthday: February 16th
My Favorite places to eat: Drakes and Mellow Mushroom
My favorite place to get coffee: Home or Office
My coffee order: half-and-half and no sugar
I love to shop: Online
My favorite colors are: Green, blue and yellow
My favorite sports team: BSS Knights! (All Sports)
My favorite candy/snack: dark chocolate
My favorite drink: Zevia Sodas (zero-calorie drinks)
Hobbies: Refurbish furniture and have been an avid jewelry collector for 50 years!


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 Mrs. Worley (resource teacher) and her family as they mourn the passing of her dad, Mr. Alton Rumley.

Please pray for the Gould/Guzi, family, Matthew (5th) as they mourn the passing of Matthew’s grandfather, “Grandpa Joe”- Joseph Francis Ferguson.

Principal's Message
Dear BSS Families,
What a wonderful way to end the week! XC 1st place win, blessing of the animals, pep rally-soccer game soccer team vs. teachers, soccer game at 4:30 and movie on the lawn at 7:30. Looks like October is going to be fun, fun, fun!
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
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!
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
Digital Skills Class at the Public Library for Adults with School-aged Children

We are offering this program starting in October. The class is planning to meet in person on Wednesdays – we are polling people who have expressed an interest to see if late afternoon or early evening is better.

This is our iteration of the Homework Gap Project that the State Library put together last year. It is designed to help adults with school-age children learn the information literacy skills they need in order to help their children succeed in school.

Please print and post this flyer. People who are interested can call 336-229-3588 for more information, or if you are able to take their name and number, you can email Donavon (danderson@alamancelibraries.org) the information and he will contact them.