Friday Notes

October 8, 2021

The Return of Holy Communion for Mass Attendees

We paused the distribution of Holy Communion at the start of the school year and we are now ready to reinstate this important part of our Eucharistic celebration. Starting October 13, students who have received their First Communion may begin receiving Holy Communion (by hand) at the school Mass their class attends. If you have any concerns about this, please communicate directly with your child's homeroom teacher.

Many Thanks from the Kitchen

The outpouring of generosity continues vis-à-vis maple syrup donations!

Gingues/Marshall Family - Hope

Marvin Family - Grace, Lucy, Jane

Yates/Torvaldson Family - Alex



Please be sure to place your student's breakfast and lunch orders in your Family Portal. You may order by the day or week; however, we strongly recommend ordering one month at a time.

We have a small - but mighty - kitchen team who prepares well over 200 meals a day. Not having an accurate breakfast and lunch count creates an unnecessary flurry to prepare extra meals which negatively impact their flow. Please do your part and place your student's breakfast and lunch online orders. Thank you!

PTO Meeting Notice

It's never too late to join the PTO or just sit in on a meeting to check it out. The next meeting is Monday, Oct. 11 at 9am. Email Michelle Tomlinson for the meeting link.

Attention Confirmation Candidates, Grades 6-8

If your student is a parishioner of Most Holy Name of Jesus or Blessed Sacrament parish, your student will participate in Confirmation preparation at Bishop Marshall School and may join the parish program (although that is not required). Please reach out to one of the following coordinators to let them know your student is participating in the BJAMS Confirmation preparation:

  • Most Holy Name of Jesus: please contact Mary Elfer at (; 888.3318)
  • Blessed Sacrament: please contact Christina DeRuzza at (; 253.1542)
  • If your family belongs to a parish other than Most Holy Name of Jesus or Blessed Sacrament, you must reach out to your parish priest for guidance.

Fall Conferences

We will host fall conferences on our scheduled half day of school, Thursday, October 21.

Upper School Families: Please use this sign-up sheet.

Lower School Families: Homeroom teachers will communicate dates/times with you directly.

COVID Vaccine Attestation - Students 12+

Next week, we will begin seeking the vaccination status of our students who are 12+ to assist us with contact tracing, should there be a possible exposure.

2021 Advance Child Tax Credit Payments

The 2021 Child Tax Credit provides advance payments of up to $300 per month for each child under age 6 and up to $250 per month for each child ages 6 through 17 for eligible households. Households who have already filed their 2020 tax return should be receiving these monthly payments automatically. However, households who are not required to file federal income tax returns need to register for the payments through the IRS’s Non-filer Sign-up Tool. Many low income families are not required to file federal income tax returns and may not be aware that these funds are available to them. Please see the following resources for additional information:



1/2 Soccer

Practice: Mondays, 3:15-4:00

3/4 Soccer*

Practices: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:15-4:15


Saturday, October 9: BJAMS vs. Stowe at 11:00 am

Game location: Stowe Polo Fields

Saturday, October 16: BJAMS vs. Hyde Park at 10:00 am

Game location: BJAMS

5/6 Soccer*

Practices: Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:15-4:15


Saturday October 9: BJAMS vs. Morrisville Yellow at 11:00 am

Game location: Morrisville Elementary

Saturday October 16: BJAMS vs. Morrisville Green at 11:00 am

Game location: Morrisville Elementary

*The soccer schedule is up on the Morrisville Soccer Club website - please check

Morrisville Soccer Club website for updates.

7/8 Soccer

Practices: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:15-4:30


Tuesday, October 12: BJAMS vs. Good Shepherd at 5:00 pm [NEW TIME]

Game location: Good Shepherd (Good Shepherd will supply pizza, post game.)

Wednesday, October 20: BJAMS vs. Morrisville at TBD

Game location: TBD

XC Runners Continue to Amaze!

BJAMS runners had another great meet at a huge event at Thetford Academy on Saturday October 2.

Schools from VT, MA, NH, and RI participated.

Leila placed 8th out of 136 MS girls on a hilly course averaging a 6:49 mile pace, and was the first SMS finisher, leading the SMS girls team to a first place team finish. Lucy also represented SMS with a solid finish.

Luke was 15th out of 167 runners averaging a 6:19.5 mile pace, also first finisher for SMS boys team and leading the Stowe team to a second place team finish.

[Former BJAMS student Thomas Kehler (running for Hazen) was 6th overall running a 6:02.0 mile average pace!]

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Happy Birthday Olive!

ASP Corner

Be sure to register for ASP in October.

Click on the ASP Registration button at the bottom of this newsletter.

Coming Up Next

October 12 - Picture Retakes

October 20 - Deadline for Wreath Fundraiser

October 21 - Half Day (family conferences) - dismissal is at 12:00 sharp - No ASP

October 22 - No School - staff in-service day - No ASP

October 29 - Trunk or Treat - stay tuned for details

Community News

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RJ Run with Rice Memorial High School

Join the Rice Memorial High School community on October 10 for its annual RJ Rice Run. This 5K run/walk weaves around the neighborhood surrounding Rice and raises funds for Rice athletics, all while honoring legendary Rice teacher and coach, RJ Noonan '49. The race starts at Rice at 11am. ALL ARE WELCOME! Pre-registration is $25/adults and $10/students (race day registration is $30/adults). Sign up at
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