The Blessed Times

2016 September Newsletter

Blessed Sacrament Catholic School

The mission of Blessed Sacrament Catholic School is to provide, within an active Christian learning environment, quality education and formation of the whole person by nurturing the development of each child’s talents in the love and service of God and community.


We are a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization who admits students of any race or national origin to programs and activities of the school with all rights and privileges. Equal opportunity and access is provided to persons without regard to race, national origin or gender in the implementation of employment policies and procedures.

From the Principal's Desk....

Dear Blessed Sacrament Families,


I would like to thank everyone for a smooth and successful beginning to our 2016/2017 school year! Despite the many stresses that come with a new school year, I firmly believe that our Blessed Mother continues to watch over our faith community and through the grace of her Son - the Blessed Sacrament - we will continue to see the fruit of our faith and labor.


Please join in me thanking our PTC Executive Council for their hard work and dedication in preparing many of our Back to School activities! Our community is truly blessed by these parents who serve as examples of what wonderful things can happen when parents are partners in the education of their children. All families are invited to attend our September PTC General Meeting on Tuesday, September 13th in the Parish Banquet Hall. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. and conclude with our annual potluck dinner as we come together to celebrate a meal and fellowship. Information about the meeting can be found in the September Newsletter.


As in previous years, I am asking that all BSS families commit to making our annual Halloween Carnival a success! While our school does not have mandatory fundraisers, the carnival is planned income to assist with our operational budget. A successful Halloween Carnival will ensure our school is able to provide families with an affordable Catholic education. Our 46th Annual Halloween Carnival - Día de los Bulldogs - will take place on Friday, October 21st from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. A variety of food, beverages, games and rides will be available, and the evening’s main entertainment will be provided by Finding Friday, San Antonio’s best party band! More information regarding the Halloween Carnival will be distributed in the upcoming weeks.


May the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Saint Joseph continue to watch over your families.


In Christ the Teacher,

Michael Fierro

Principal

FAITH FORMATION

Fourth Grade Liturgy

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

PARENTS AS PARTNERS

19 Meaningful Questions You Should Ask Your Child's Teacher

Family Engagement: Free Parent Training Classes

Making Math Meaningful: How to Help Your Child "Get It"

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 9:00 a.m. - 12 Noon


Empowerment for the Transition: For Parents of Special Needs Youth

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 9:00 a.m. - 12 Noon


Parenting the Love & Logic Way

Saturday, October 1, 2016 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.


College Access and Program Options

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 9:00 a.m. - 12 Noon


For more information and additional sessions, visit www.esc20.net/parentresources


How to Register:

Contact Lori Williams at (210) 370-5466 or lori.williams@esc20.net

Student and Family Counseling Services

Families of Blessed Sacrament,


As you are reminded in your school’s mission statement, Blessed Sacrament strives to provide quality education and formation of the whole person…


All of our Catholic schools are entrusted to nurture the whole child, providing education and formation that promotes their intellectual, academic, spiritual, emotional and social development. We continue to work toward more fully meeting the emotional, social/behavioral needs of our students, through our counseling and student support services. The Department of Catholic Schools is pleased to begin its fourth year of partnering with Our Lady of the Lake University, Department of Psychology, a second year partnership with St. Mary’s University, and a new partnership with Texas A&M San Antonio, to provide many of our schools with graduate student counselors to serve our school communities.


This year, our counselor is Mrs. Kim Arellano from St. Mary’s University! She is excited to be at Blessed Sacrament and has already begun working with the students. Mrs. Arellano will be busy getting to know students and will be available to meet and work with parents and teachers to respond to the needs of their students by developing plans to help them be successful in school. In addition to fulfilling requests to meet with students individually, she will also be planning for whole class lessons and small group sessions. These lessons may focus on community building, responsibility, friendship, respect and social skills. Mrs. Arellano will be working collaboratively with the principal, and with the Department of Catholic Schools, to provide appropriate counseling and consultation services. She will be under the direct supervision of Mrs. Veronica Ball, MA, CSC, LPC, Director of Counseling & Guidance Services.


We are blessed to be able to offer these services to you, our parents and students. We strive to further strengthen the school-parent partnership, to provide support for parents as the primary educators of their children, and to continue to do all that we can to help you in working toward the formation of the WHOLE child.


We believe that through a Christ centered, Solution-Focused approach to counseling and working together, each child can be successful in school!


For further information about the counseling services, if you need to request services for your child, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Fierro through the school office.


We look forward to a wonderful 2016-2017 school year!

BULLDOG COUNTRY HAPPENINGS

BULLDOG ATHLETIC PROGRAM

SCHOOL COUNCIL

Dear Blessed Sacrament Catholic School Families:



Greetings and salutations as we all bravely embark on a new school year at Blessed Sacrament Catholic School. Your school council has been meeting throughout the summer going through a significant transition of incoming and outgoing council members.


We have been blessed to have a very diverse group of individuals appointed for the 2016-2017 school year. This year's members are: Claire Abad, Pete Ayers, Matthew Delgado, David Dilley, Samuel Evans, Kevin Holmes, Abel Martinez, Charles Robles, Jackie Trevino-Pearson and Theresa Zorola.


We look forward to serving and hearing from you this year.


Please pray for a successful and bountiful school year



God bless,

Phillip M. Reyes, Jr.

School Council President

PTC CONNECTION

Welcome back Bulldogs! I am pleased to be a part the 2016/2017 PTC Executive Council and we are really excited to start off the school year with great news. Last year’s Change for Change project collected enough funds to purchase Hand sanitizer stations for each of the classroom buildings! The Change for Change project will continue this year and possible improvements will be discussed at the next PTC meeting.


The PTC Spirit Store is back and now located in Building C stocked with the spirit shirts and several new items including pens, pencils, lanyards, and drawstring bags. The store will open at designated times throughout the year and on special event days. If you see the door to the store open, come on in!


The PTC Council has been working very hard since July, and we hope you are as excited as we are to be back to school. Please join us for the Potluck PTC meeting on September 13th for more details of what is in store for the school year including our 2016/2017 Spirit Shirt!


Go Bulldogs!

Regina Carmona

PTC President

EXTRACURRICULAR CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS

Chess Club


Mondays - 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Parish Hall - Room 201

Sponsor: Deacon Mark Harden



Cub Scouts

Every Other Monday - 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Blessed Sacrament School Cafeteria

Sponsor: Mr. Paul González



Girl Scouts

Tuesdays - 3:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Parish Hall - Room 201

Sponsor: Mrs. Debra Palmer


Handbell Choir

Thursdays - 3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Music Room, Building C

Sponsor: Mrs. Dorothy Marton



School Choir

Wednesdays - 3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church

Sponsor: Sister Misty Garriga, CDP

SCHOOL CALENDARS AND IMPORTANT FORMS