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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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Welcome Back with a Grateful Heart to the 2014-2015 School Year

This year's theme of being grateful for what we have rather than worrying about what we don't have, that will lead our children to true happiness as adults. We will begin our year of gratefulness with two events that will prepare us for the new year:

August 13th at 6:30PM NEW FAMILY ORIENTATION AND DESSERT SOCIAL(new parents and their children) New Parents and their mentoring families will meet for an overview of school procedures and expectations.

August 14th from 6:30PM-8:30PM Curriculum Night (all new and returning parents-no students, please) This is a night designed just for parents to meet the staff, get acquainted with the leaders of the various parent organizations, and create a plan that will determines your child's destination this school year. Please join us at 6:00PM for the Volunteer Fairl.

Need to get those last minute supplies or uniforms...Please join us on Monday, August 11th from 10:00AM-2:00PM for the School Supply Sale in the gym and the Used Uniform Sale in the Pre-K Building.

BSS WildLife Club Treks the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

 

Lions & Tigers & Bears, Oh My! Well, maybe not in the Okefenokee, but it was Snakes & Alligators & Lizards & Butterflies & Birds, Oh My! for the 12 members of the BSS Wildlife Club and their families on Saturday, March 22. We met early that morning in the church parking lot and by shortly after 7 AM we were caravanning toward Folkston, GA, very near the Florida border. After checking in, we were on our own to drive and tour the 7.5 mile Swamp Drive, to tour the Chesser Family Homestead and walk the new and improved boardwalk installed after the fire of just a few years ago. We did not have to go far on the drive before we spotted our first alligator. It was not far up the first path heading to the Chesser Homestead that one of the girls spotted our first snake, a baby pygmy rattlesnake curled up on the railing bordering the path. Butterflies seemed to be everywhere as the songs of all sorts of birds filled the air. It was truly a wildlife adventure. After Swamp Drive, we stopped for lunch at the Okefenokee Adventure Café followed by a Pond Study program conducted by the educators of the National Wildlife Refuge. Wildlife Club members used dip nets to investigate the swamp and collected crayfish, beetle larva, mosquito fish, water striders and boatmen (another type of surface water insect). Then it was into the boats for a tour through the heart of the swamp. We were able to add to our wildlife list turtles, hawks, osprey and an interesting plant called never wet, a swamp plant whose cell structure and ability for shedding water was the inspiration for Gortex™ - a waterproof, breathable material used in all sorts of athletic and outdoor apparel. Our boat stopped for a bit on a peat dome, an elevated island caused by the build up of gas, where club members were able to see the “trembling earth” that is the English translation of the Native American word “Okefenokee”. It was truly a whirlwind tour of a very special place in our home state, one not soon forgotten!

 

The BSS Wildlife Club is open to girls in 3rd through 8th grades at Blessed Sacrament School. Our meetings take place on the first Monday of the month from 3:15 – 4:30 PM. Girls are welcome to join at anytime throughout the year. Other activities club members have been engage din this year include participating in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Great Backyard Bird Count in February, learning about camouflage, and taking wildlife scavenger hunts. Our last planned activity is an early morning drive through the Savannah Wildlife Refuge in May. Club activities have been made possible through a generous grant from the International Paper Foundation, Savannah Facility. We thank them for their support of environmental education at Blessed Sacrament School.

Registration Opens for Camp Villa Marie Summer Camp

Join us this summer for loads of fun and learning. Every day campers enjoy swimming, arts and crafts, field games and bible stories. There will be special activities focused on the the theme of the week. Camps will run from June 9th-August 1st for children 6-12years of age. For more information please go to: www.diosav.org/vmc

BSS- Kentucky Derby Gala

Guess what time it is? It's time to get excited and to prepare for the BSS-Kentucky Derby Gala. A night just for you!! This is our School's biggest fundraising event and we need your help!

Please support our school and buy a ticket even if you can't attend. The ticket purchase automatically enters you for a grand prize raffle that could win tuition for one year or a cash prize. It'll be a jolly good time, and besides, who can resist Derby hats?

Event Date: March 29, 2014 (adults only, please)

Event Time: 6:00 P.M.

Event Place: BSS, 1003 E. Victory Drive, Savannah, GA

Ticket price: $25.00 per person-- cheapest ticket in town

Ticket includes: Entry into the Kentucky Derby, food, beverages, and an evening of exciting fun and music, as well as entry into grand prize for 1yr tuition, or a cash prize (you do not need to be present to win).

For more ticket information please contact Sheri Moyer (912) 224-2455, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or stop by the School Office at your convenience.

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BSS Takes 3rd Place in the Science Bowl Sectionals

One 7th grader and three 6thRegional tournament at Armstrong Atlantic State University. BSS had a bye in the first round and opted to practice in a mock round against the college students in training as volunteers for the Georgia Science Bowl State Finals that will take place on February 22. BSS was ahead most of this match, losing in the end by just a few points. BSS went on to a 2-2 record against the other four teams, ending up in a five way tie for 1st place at the end of regulation play. In the tie-breaker, each team was asked the same five questions with each correct answer counting as 1 point, each non-answer counting as 0 points, and each incorrect answer counting as -1 point. No coaches or family members were permitted in the room, and each team took a turn separately with the judges. After all was said and done, BSS emerged in 3rd place behind Frederica 2 (2nd place) and DeRenne (1st place). If for any reason either of the first two teams cannot compete in three weeks at the state finals, Team BSS is the alternate team that will fill in. Congratulations to Team BSS! They have worked hard since September preparing for this competition.

We thank Donna Mullenax and Armstrong Atlantic State University for hosting and sponsoring the National Science Bowl competition for the State of Georgia, and we look forward to next year’s competition.