The Blessed Times

2016 October 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,

The Eighth Grade Class has just returned from their annual retreat at MO Ranch. This three day, two night adventure incorporated a balance of leadership skill development, community building, and spiritual formation. The students challenged themselves by participating in many physical, social, and mental challenges which required them to trust God, themselves, and each other. The students also participated in two retreat sessions led by Mrs. Padilla, Mrs. Murry, Mr. Carrilo and Mr. Leal. Each session focused on respect of self and respect of others using the 10 Commandments as our standard of respect. The students were also commended by the ranch staff for finishing four meals with zero waste! Congratulations Class of 2017!

The Catholic Church promotes the importance of the Blessed Mother and the Holy Rosary in a special way during October. As a school community, we will be reciting a decade of the rosary each morning throughout the month with the hopes of helping our students develop an appreciation of the Holy Rosary. I invite you, as parents, to spend time on designated Family Nights to pray the rosary with your child(ren). Please contact me if your family needs a rosary or would like information on how to pray the rosary.

The month of October also brings to a close the first grading quarter of the school year. As with previous years, Blessed Sacrament requires all parents to meet with their child(ren)’s teachers. A strong partnership between the home and school is vital to the success of our students. Homeroom teachers will be sending home information regarding the scheduling of individual parent-teacher conferences. There will be a 12:30 p.m. dismissal on Thursday, October 20th and Friday, October 21st to allow time for these important conferences.

Each October, our faith community begins the final preparations for our annual Halloween Carnival. The carnival’s steering committee begins meeting more frequently ensuring that all items have been ordered for the night’s festivities. Homeroom parents scramble to make certain all shifts at the booths have been filled. Parents brainstorm creative ways to sell their remaining raffle tickets. Each of these efforts culminates with an opportunity to raise additional funds for Blessed Sacrament. As the school principal, however, I see a greater purpose and the amazing impact the Halloween Carnival has on our faith community. First, it is a true testament to St. Paul’s message that we are all members of the Body of Christ. The body has many parts, each with different functions, but remains one body. Secondly, it demonstrates the strong belief our community has in the mission and purpose of Catholic education. Finally, it celebrates the presence of children in our lives. As we near our 47th Annual Halloween Carnival, it is my sincere prayer that the labor of our community produces much fruit that will help us continue building the City of God.

As always, thank you for your commitment to Catholic education and Blessed Sacrament Catholic School. Please know that you and your family remain in my prayers throughout this season of harvest. May the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph continue to watch over you .


2016 Blessing of the Animals


Academic Excellence September 2016


Father Jack O'Donoghue, Mr. Fierro and the Blessed Sacrament Faculty and Staff congratulate the students above for demonstrating amazing Christian virtues and excellent manners during the month of September!


Tips for Parent-Teacher Conferencing

Family Engagement: Free Parent Training Classes

Dear STEM, Why should I care?

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

It's a Whole New World Out There...And Success Starts Here!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 9:00 a.m. - 12 Noon

Writing Activities that Promote Learning

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 9:00 a.m. - 12 Noon

The 7 Habits of Sucessful Families, Part I

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

For more information and additional sessions, visit

How to Register:

Contact Lori Williams at (210) 370-5466 or


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Each of the volunteer opportunities counts towards your annual required parent service hours. Each parent must complete at least 10 hours of service each school year. Consider volunteering a half-hour or hour on a weekly or monthly basis. One time volunteering is also welcomed!

Cafeteria Lunch Duty

Monday through Thursday

10:45 a.m. through 12 noon

Contact: Ms. Davina Aguilar

Recess Supervision

Monday through Friday

11:15 a.m. through 12:15 p.m.

Contact: Ms. Davina Aguilar

Library Organization

Monday through Friday

Will Work Around Your Schedule

Contact: Mrs. Lela Reyes

Parish Bulletin Stuffing


8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Contact: Mrs. Norma Wilbanks

Project Wisdom Readers

Tuesdays through Fridays

7:55 a.m. (T-H), After Mass (F)

Contact: Mr. Michael Fierro

PE Class Assistants

Monday through Friday

Various Times

Contact: Mr. Andrew Torres


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