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5 New BSS Shield & Year of Peace We unveiled a fresh new look and in turn take a look at how we can change the world.

27 Inspired to Serve Others What Nancy remembers most about her time at BSS – besides her maroon and plaid uniform – was the kindness that enveloped the school and its students.

28 On a Mission Principal Jim Spillman joins a mission trip to Cuba and finds inspriation on and off the ball field.

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Academic Excellence

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Spiritual Growth

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Character

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Community

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Giving

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Alumni Connections

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Class of 2016 Reflections

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Why BSS?

MARK YOUR 2017 CALENDAR: Trivia Night – January 28 Under the Stars Auction – March 11 Grandparents Day – May 5

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Dear Friends of BSS, When Blessed Sacrament School first opened BSS in 1966, the sisters of St. Francis actively shared their mission with the students and families of BSS as the school’s first teachers and administrators. Their mission reflected the life of their patron, St. Francis of Assisi - a man whose life was deeply rooted in the simple virtues of peace, understanding, forgiveness, faith, and love. Although much has surely changed at the school over the past 50 years, our mission has always remained true to our founding roots.

Each day, we earnestly strive to ensure that every student who walks through our doors is challenged to develop a strong sense of character, to grow in community, to show a responsive sense of empathy, to do their very best work in the classroom, and to develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

By remaining true to this mission, BSS has continued to thrive, despite the many challenges facing Catholic schools throughout our world. All of us at BSS have been uniquely blessed to have our work supported by so many in the wider school community. On behalf of all our current students, teachers and families, and all those students that have filled these halls over the past 50 years, I thank you for your continued support for the mission of BSS. This special 50th anniversary celebration provided everyone in the BSS community with the opportunity to reflect on the many ways that this school has grown since its founding, while also envisioning together a new path forward for the next 50 years - a path that will never, ever stray far from the values that have always been at our core. Jim Spillman Principal, Blessed Sacrament School 2010-Present

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Dear BSS parents and friends, Blessed Sacrament School is the strong and loving community it is because our educators, families, alumni, and friends are dedicated not only to providing an outstanding learning environment today but also to continuing into the future the long tradition of academic and spiritual excellence Blessed Sacrament School represents. The BSS School Board is dedicated to promoting the growth of this wonderful community today and for years to come. BSS Board members are parents, alumni parents, and school leaders, each dedicated to providing time, talent, and counsel as our school defines and directs its goals.

We recognize the strength of the BSS community lies in the people it serves. We would like to hear from you your thoughts and insights, your questions and your concerns. We aim to strengthen our community communication and invite you to share your voice. Please consider joining a BSS School Board subcommittee, or simply seeking a member out to provide feedback. What you think matters to us. On behalf of the entire BSS School Board, thank you for all you do to support our school. Sincerely, John Trendel School Board President 2015-2017

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Rev. George C. Hines (Pastor) Mr. Jim Spillman (Principal) Dr. Jennifer Roy (Vice Principal) Seana Dorich (Director of Advancement) John Trendel (Chair) Michael Cronin (Vice-Chair) Kate Powers (Secretary)

LisaMarie Stearns (Fiance Chair) Larry Bongette Bryar Hasenjaeger Carolyn Herman Kathy Hyatt Joe Scholl Pam Seymour


fresh look In September 2016 we introduced a new school shield. Retaining the strong traditional style of the previous logo, this fresh take incorporates new elements that reflect the distinctive character of Blessed Sacrament School.

Shield Protection, Faith, Trust in God, Community, Family, Academics Olive Branch Peace, Growth, Renewal, Wisdom, Life and Evergreen Cross Reminiscent of the Franciscan Cross and BSS Patron Saint, St. Francis of Assisi Maroon Courage, Strength, Sacrifice, Bravery, Thoughtful Action, Blood of Christ/Wine Green Balance, Growth, Nature, Compassion

year of peace

Inspired by the olive branch on our new logo, Blessed Sacrament School has adopted the theme of Peace for the 2016-2017 school year. Students, families, teachers and staff will explore ways to bring peace to others and discover how find peace within themselves. The school looks forward to a year of community book reads, classroom exercises, and service projects to inspire peace at school, at home, and in the world.

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academic excellence National Junior Honor Society Inductees Congratulations to the newest members of the BSS National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)!

Kindergarten Programmers

Kindergarten teachers Mrs. Grogan and Mrs. Kent are teaching students to program robots. Using the program Kibo, these young scholars are learning to sequence a code, collaborate, take big chances, and learn from their mistakes. It’s “growth mindset” learning at its best.

blocks, fix the sequence, and try again. The Kibo program offers opportunities for extensions into other subjects as well. Mrs. Grogan and Mrs. Kent look forward to incorporating the robots into literature - where the robot can be programmed to act as a character in a story – as well as math and science.

“They are truly learning from their mistakes,” While many approaches to technology keep said Mrs. Grogan. Mrs. Kent added, “There kids planted in a chair, Kibo does just the is no right and wrong. It’s trial and error.” opposite. On their first day using Kibo, many The program uses scan bar commands (such students scooted around the room with their as “go forward,” “turn,” and “stop”) secured robots, and one student even programmed to blocks students can easily manipulate. her robot to roll under her as she twisted Their task is to place the blocks in the order into a bridge pose! they wish the robot to move. They then scan “Many people think of technology as somethe bar codes with the scanner attached to the robot. If the robot does not do what the thing with a plug and a screen,” noted Mrs. Kent. Kibo has neither; it has so much more! students want it to do, they go back to the 6

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Expanding Early Childhood Programs

In September 2015 BSS opened a preschool. Located in what was once the school chapel and had recently served as the music room, the new preschool area provides a spacious and welcoming home for our youngest students. In 2016, BSS opened a second Pre-K classroom.

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DON’T BREAK THE EGG! Grade 2 students tested what it takes to keep an egg intact – even after it’s been dropped from the second story! They eagerly waited below as teachers ventured above to test the student-designed egg-safety gear.

To Teach is to Learn! Students in Grade 4 present on a topic of their choosing at the annual spring science fair.

BEYOND THE CLASSROOM For the second year in a row, students in Grades 7 & 8 took overnight field trips to New York City and Washington, D.C. Students toured the famed cities and visited important historical and cultural sites. 8

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academic excellence welcome STREAM

In June of 2014 Blessed Sacrament School, in partnership with Trinity Catholic Academy in Brockton, competed for and won a $100k grant from the Catholic Schools Foundation. The grant funds our innovative STREAM initiative, which integrates science, technology, religion, engineering, art, and mathematics. While the program was originally designed for middle school students, it has evolved to become part of the curriculum of all students at BSS from preschool to Grade 8.

TO TEACH IS TO LEARN! Students in Grade 4 present on a topic of their choosing at the annual spring science fair.

year of peace BYE BYE, BUTTERFLY! Grade 1 students study butterflies and care for caterpillars. When they become butterflies and it’s time to set them free, the class travels to Adams Farm in Walpole to release them. It’s a beautiful tradition!

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In May, Art Teacher Miss Marybeth Damata organized the annual BSS Art Show, showcasing our many talented artists. Students in all grades had work featured in the exhibition. BSS Players Present Godspell and Bid Farewell to Grade 8 Cast & Crew On May 6 & 7 the “BSS Players” performed the musical Godspell at Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood. The 60’s-inspired show featured over 100 students in Grades 4 through 8. For those graduating in 2016 it was a bittersweet performance, marking eight years of performing in BSS plays under the direction of Grade 5 teacher and drama director, Sandy Jacksina. Both the school and the musical celebrated a 50th Anniversary this year, making the play a fitting match for BSS.

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In honor of their beloved director, Grade 8 cast members made a moving dedication to Ms. Jacksina at the last performance, joining hands to sing a heartfelt rendition of “For Good” from the musical Wicked: I’ve heard it said, That people come into our lives For a reason Bringing something we must learn…

So much of me Is made of what I learned from you. You’ll be with me Like a handprint on my heart.

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spiritual growth On April 28, 2016 Cardinal Seán O’Malley treated Blessed Sacrament School to a very special campus visit. Cardinal O’Malley celebrated Mass in honor of the 50th Anniversary, where a student-choir led songs, and students from Kindergarten through Grade 8 participated as readers, cantors, and altar servers. After the Mass, Cardinal O’Malley toured the school with Principal Jim Spillman, visiting every classroom and personally wishing the students and teachers a happy 50th Anniversary.

WELCOME CARDINAL O’MALLEY

To Teach is to Learn! Students in Grade 4 present on a topic of their choosing at the annual spring science fair.

In May the entire school gathered outside for morning assembly and to pray the World Mission Rosary as part of the Missionary Childhood Association.

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SERVING OTHERS Students in the Middle School joined BSS faculty at the Walpole Food Pantry to serve meals to those in need.

To Teach is to Learn! Students in Grade 4 present on a topic of their choosing at the annual spring science fair.

SPORTSMANSHIP Congratulations to the class of 2019 boys who won both the Pot of Gold and the St. John’s Basketball Tournaments. Congratulations to the class of 2018 girls who won the Pot of Gold Basketball Tournament. 12

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PLANTING KINDNESS Students “planted” a Kindness Garden in front of the main entrance of BSS. They decorated rocks with inspiring messages and laid them on the ground. Visitors are invited to borrow a meaninful rock or add their own to the garden.

To Teach is to Learn! Students in Grade 4 present on a topic of their choosing at the annual spring science fair.

LOVING THE GIFT OF OUR EARTH The garden club planted vegetables in the spring and shared its abundant harvest with the community this fall.

The Green Team kicked off a fantastic week of activities designed to remind students and families that we are called to be stewards of God’s earth. Students designed posters to share this message. CHARACTER

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community BSS Parent Collaborative Mission Statement INTRODUCING THE BSS

PARENT COLLABORATIVE Parents and volunteers came together to restructure and rename the BSS PTO. Now called the BSS Parent Collaborative, the organization encourages participation from all parents in support of Blessed Sacrament School.

Empowered by the Holy Spirit, the Parent Collaborative serves our students and community using our time, talents and resources. Serving as role models for our children, we foster open communication, create fellowship in the community, and facilitate enriching activities. Guided by the mission of Blessed Sacrament School, we inspire inclusiveness and harmonious relationships among our school, homes and community.

GRANDPARENTS & GRANDFRIENDS DAY 2016 Three hundred fifty Grandparents and Grand Friends joined students on April 29 for a special day of classroom visits, songs, presentations, and prayer services. Themed “Love Grows,� this annual tradition celebrates the BSS community and all those who love and support our students. 14

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Middle School students lead Pre-K students in a science experiment in the Middle School Lab.

Grade 8 students lend Coach Verrochi a hand in the Pre-K Gym Class.

ST. FRANCIS HOUSE SYSTEM Each year middle school students are assigned to one of six “houses,” where they will meet throughout their middle school years to build community, engage in service, and develop leadership skills. Fun events – like the Middle School Olympics – build school spirit.

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BSS ST. FRANCIS ANNUAL FUND REPORT

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Thank you to all who supported the Blessed Sacrament School 2015-2016 St. Francis Annual Fund! The BSS St. Francis Annual Fund supports the cost of education not funded by tuition. While the tuition at Blessed Sacrament School is $6,350, the actual cost to educate each student is $6,850. The $500 difference is supported by fundraising at Blessed Sacrament School.

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(that’s 60% of all BSS families!)

Matching Gifts:

You can support the 2016-2017 BSS St. Francis Annual Fund by making a gift online at school.blessedsacrament.org/sfaf or by sending a check to: BSS St. Francis Annual Fund Blessed Sacrament School 808 East Street Walpole, MA 02081

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Fidelity BYN Mellon Partnership Benevity Community Impact Fund Alliance Energy AppDynamics, Inc. Pfizer Foundation Microsoft

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St. Francis Society • $1,000 +

We are grateful for all you do to support our school!

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Leadership Circle • $500-999 St. Francis Society Gifts • $1,000 + Leadership Circle Gifts • $500-999

Spirit Circle • $250-499 Spirit Circle • $250-499 Maroon and Gray • $100-249 Supporter • Up to $99

Maroon Friend of BSS • $25and Gray • $100-249 Supporter • Up to $99 Friend of BSS ($25)

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“UNDER THE STARS” 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION In March BSS parents and friends came together to celebrate 50 years of Blessed Sacrament School. The evening of Silent and Live Auctions, dinner, and dancing raised $96k for our school. Our “Raise the Paddle” earned $22,725 and supported the renovation of the BSS library and the construction of classroom space to accommodate the addition of a second Pre-K class. Organized and led by a dedicated team of BSS volunteers, Under the Stars exemplified the power of community and commitment in action. Many came together to ensure the evening’s great success. Thank you to all who supported this important BSS event!

THE 2016 BSS GOLF TOURNAMENT, held at the Norton Country Club on October 3, raised almost $20k in support of financial aid at BSS. Sun, fun, and a good cause – always a winning combination! Thank you to all who participated, especially our dedicated BSS Golf Committee: Chair Bob McCaffery, John Trendel & John Gianino. Thank you also, to all our sponsors for making this day possible. GIVING

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LUMNI Awelcome co n n e c t io n s

One hundred fifty BSS alumni, alumni parents, past and present faculty and staff gathered for a reunion on November 14, 2015.

REUNION Guests enjoyed treats donated and served by La FĂŞte Catering, took student-led tours, and reminisced. A detailed timeline designed by BSS alumni parent Kari Nicholson was a huge hit! Many thanks to all who attended.

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Special Thanks to our 50 th Anniversary Planning Committee: Michelle Bowery Tina Callanan

Nancy Carroll Lynne Chiodo

Nancy Griffin Kathy Hyatt

Kari Nicholson Joe Scholl

BLESSED SACAMENT SCHOOL GRADS ARE BACK AT BSS….as teachers! Amanda DeBello Newell teaches Grade 3 and Sheena Shea teaches Pre-K.

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LUMNI Awelcome co n n e c t io n s

Maura Nelson ’94 teaches young visitors to the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington DC, where she serves as Program Specialist & Volunteer Coordinator. Maura and her husband Chad are the proud parents of Maeve (age 3) and and Nolan (3 months).

alumni Q&A with MAURA NELSON CLIFFORD ’94 Bishop Feehan High School ’98, Holy Cross ‘02 What are some of your fondest memories of BSS? There are so many quintessential BSS memories: field trips, in particular, my first-grade field trip to the salt marsh, annual field days at the end of the year, first Friday masses, picking out new school shoes (since we all had the same uniform!), graduating from the jumper to the skirt in seventh grade, Mrs. Brown’s “Math-Tees”, Mrs. Marshall’s “Mechanics” and “coupons”, Mrs. Wallwork’s afternoon science classes, Camp Calumet, Harvest Days, the list could go on. What has life been like since graduating from BSS? Following BSS, I attended Bishop Feehan High School, then the College of the Holy Cross, continuing my Catholic school education. In college I pursued my interest in the environmental field, focusing on ecology and environmental policy. Following graduation, I worked as an environmental scientist and consultant for seven years before a growing interest in informal education found me back in school pursuing a Master’s degree in Museum Education. I have been working as a museum professional for five years most recently at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington D.C. as a Program Specialist. This year, I completed my fifth marathon. Running is something that I 20

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enjoy and brings balance to otherwise sometimes hectic weeks. I also find that being out on the trails can be a reflective and prayerful time for me. Can you please share some accomplishments during and since your time at BSS? Taking a risk and going back to graduate school to transition into the museum field was certainly a highlight academic-wise. My husband and family were incredibly supportive, so that made all the difference and I am now enjoying a career as an active museum professional. How did your BSS education make an impact on the person you are today? Most importantly, I think the memories of the friendships that formed over the nine years spent walking the BSS hallways remain strong. Many of us matriculated to the same high school so that certainly helped with the initial transition. Even though we followed our own paths and had different journeys through high school and beyond, that bond of BSS is part of us. One of my closest friends today is someone I have known since Kindergarten! BSS also holds special memories for me as an adult. In 2008, Father Timothy Kelleher presided over my marriage to my husband Chad. It was so special to return to the church where I had

previously celebrated other sacraments as a student. How did BSS education make an impact on the person you are today? Certainly, my academic interests in the environmental field were piqued early in the classroom, and that influenced my studies and pursuits in high school, college and first professional job. More importantly though, I would say

the strong ties to faith, community and family have informed the person I am today and the choices I have made over the years. How did BSS prepare you for high school? From the homework load to the larger, longer-term projects, BSS prepared us well for what lay ahead in high school and beyond. Additionally, being with the same group of classmates for so many years forged friendships and acquaintances that remain to this day, twenty-plus years later.

What advice to you have for current students? Enjoy your time and make memories, it does go by quick! Learn from your teachers as well as your peers. Embrace what interests you but be open to new inspirations.


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Harry is a sophomore at Georgetown University.

alumni Q&A with HARRY CLOW ’11 Boston College High ’15, Georgetown ‘19 What are some of your fondest memories of BSS? Some of my fondest memories at BSS were the times spent in the classroom with my friends. Science with Mrs. Wallwork was one of my favorite classes. We all enjoyed our time at the science pods, making a “Cell Cake” and coloring in Garfield on all of our tests. I also enjoyed the fun we were able to have with the teachers, getting to know them over the years, and their knowing your family after teaching all of your siblings. Outside of the classroom, my fondest memories of BSS were times spent at the movies with my friends. Of course, we didn’t have much to do aside from going to the movies, so sometimes we would try our hand at golf. We stuck to the movies after that. When I was in third and fourth grade, my mom led the Presidents Club. We would meet and learn about the various Presidents in US History, and take field trips at the end of the year to The Adams’ Homes in Third Grade and the JFK Library, Museum and Birthplace in Fourth Grade. How did your BSS education make an impact on the person you are today? BSS education was not only classroom instruction, but was full of teaching us life lessons. When my mom was sick in the hospital because of a complicated pregnancy with my younger brother,

the BSS community pitched in to help us out. They made meals, looked after all of the kids at home, and helped my dad around the house. From an early age, Blessed Sacrament taught me the importance of caring for those in need. Inside of the classroom, we received some of the best instruction available. Ms. Guilfoil taught us how to construct a moral character during my seventh and eighth grade Religion Class. We talked about important issues in the modern world and those that we would face in high school. I know that through her lessons, I have become the person I am today. How did BSS prepare you for high school? BSS prepared me to take on a demanding course load at BC High. I was well prepared for high level English courses through Ms. White, Mrs. Duchaney, and Mrs. Price’s careful instruction in writing and essay construction over the years. In Religion, I was very prepared to take on a leading role in class participation through the years of Religious Education at BSS. In Science, I was prepared for any and all questions on cellular biology, which was especially helpful when my new teachers’ teaching style took some getting used to.

Can you please share some accomplishments during and since your time at BSS? Since my time at BSS, I have earned my Eagle Scout. My Eagle Project was to build a set of picnic tables for the Blessed Sacrament Courtyard. At BC High, I was the President of the Young Americans Club (Republican Political Debate), the Vice President of Student Council, a Senior Mentor, Freshman and Sophomore Retreat Leader, and the regular Altar Server at school masses. What are some of your interests and your plans for college and beyond? I attend Georgetown University on a Naval ROTC Scholarship, and I am enrolled in the business school at Georgetown where I study Finance. After college, I will be an officer in the Navy. What advice do you have for current BSS students? My advice for current BSS students is to have fun, but also to try hard in school, whether that be high school or the years left at BSS. Hard work does pay off! Any final thoughts? I want to thank all of the people that helped me along my journey to where I am now, to all of my dedicated teachers, my friends and peers, and, most of all, my parents-- Thank you.

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update Class of 2012 Together Again at BSS…Next Stop: College!

Pictured with former BSS principal, Russ Wilson, the BSS Class of 2012 gathered in June for a reunion to celebrate their high school graduations and to connect before heading to college in the fall. The recent high school grads enjoyed pizza, tours of the school, and spending time together before heading out to their next adventures. Best wishes to the class of 2012!

BSS Grads Named Commended Students Congrats to BSS Class of 2013 and current Bishop Feehan High School students Kathryn Sachs and Kathleen Garrity for being named commended students in the National Merit Scholarship program.

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BSS Grads Lead Their Class at Bishop Feehan HS as Salutatorian and Tree Dedicator Michael Geraghty ’12 graduated second in the BFHS class of 2016, and fellow BSS graduate Kirsten Wade ’12 graduated third. Geraghty attends the Air Force Academy where he studies engineering, and Wade is a Chancellor's Scholar in the University of Pittsburgh's Honors College for neuroscience on a pre-med track. Congratulations Michael and Kirsten!

Bridget Prendergast ’14 Wins National Spanish Exam Scholarship Bridget Prendergast, of East Walpole and a sophomore at Bishop Feehan High School, won the National Spanish Exam Global Citizen Scholarship. This prestigious scholarship was awarded to only 16 U.S. students. The scholarship supported a twoweek Spanish immersion program through the Concordia Language Villages in Minnesota. Bridget earned a Gold Medal test result from the 2015 National Spanish Examination.


congratulations to the class of 2016!

Recent Grads Share “What BSS Means to Me...”

Ciana Amedio

Alex Bartucca

Lexi Bourque

John Chiodo

BISHOP FEEHAN HIGH SCHOOL

BISHOP FEEHAN HIGH SCHOOL

FONTBONNE ACADEMY

BISHOP FEEHAN HIGH SCHOOL

I’m proud to be a graduate of BSS because I have been taught to grow in my faith. My parents sent me here to learn respect and kindness and I am proud of my accomplishments. I am also proud to have such good friends and teachers!

BSS has made me a better person. If it weren’t for Blessed Sacrament School, I would not be the compassionate, hard-working young woman I am today. I am proud and will always be proud to be a BSS student.

I am beyond proud to say that I graduated from BSS. Everyone is so kind and I hope they all go far!

Having been at BSS for ten years, I am proud to have seen the evolution and growth of the school and of my class. I have had a great time at BSS and it has prepared me for high school.

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Richard Clow

Ava DeMaio

Jon Dion

Bridget Feldman

BOSTON COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL

WALNUT HILL SCHOOL FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

TRI COUNTY REGIONAL

FONTBONNE ACADEMY

I am proud to graduate from BSS because it has taught me how to care for others and to help in my community.

This school has taught me to be a good leader and a kind friend.

This school has given many different opportunities to grow and expand my faith. I have learned a lot at BSS and hope my legacy will be one that makes people smile.

Peter Finkle

Maggie Folwell

Ashley Foster

Rory Geraghty

XAVERIAN BROTHERS HIGH SCHOOL

URSULINE ACADEMY

BISHOP FEEHAN HIGH SCHOOL

BISHOP FEEHAN HIGH SCHOOL

BSS has shaped me into someone who is not afraid to show who she is. I am someone who is not afraid to truly be me.

BSS became my second home. I learned everything I know here and I know I am now ready for high school.

BSS has bettered me as an entire person academically, morally, and spiritually. I am thankful for everything BSS has done for me and my family.

Something I’m proud to take away from BSS is my religious education. It has made me a better person by learning Catholic virtues and prepared me to be a person of faith.

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I am proud to say that I have enjoyed my time at BSS and will miss everyone. I will miss the teachers dearly. This school has treated me well.

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Jack Kannally

Meghan Kasper

Tori Kelley

Sophia Maher

XAVERIAN BROTHERS HIGH SCHOOL

BISHOP FEEHAN HIGH SCHOOL

WALPOLE HIGH SCHOOL

URSULINE ACADEMY

One thing that has made me proud to be a BSS graduate is the welcoming community and the many chances I have had to make a positive impact on the younger grades as they have watched me get older.

This school showed me how much potential I have and to always try!

I’m proud to be a BSS graduate because we are such a loving and caring community. BSS has made me into a confident person who is caring and loving.

Mia McDonald

Sarah McDonald

Kendall McGhee

Gabriella Mitchell

URSULINE ACADEMY

URSULINE ACADEMY

BISHOP FEEHAN HIGH SCHOOL

BISHOP FEEHAN HIGH SCHOOL

On the first day I came to BSS, I immediately knew that this was going to become my home. Now I hope to be remembered as the girl who felt strongly toward her beliefs and wasn’t afraid to stand up for what is right. I am forever grateful!

I am proud to tell people that BSS has taught me how to find myself as a student, friend, leader, and a Catholic. I hope I have positively impacted my school as much as it has impacted me.

This school has helped me with my relationship with God and it has made me a better basketball player. My education is on a whole other level!

This school has taught me everything, especially how to be a well-rounded student, what to do in many situations, and how to set and achieve my goals.

I will always remember having fun with my friends on the DC trip and just everyday at school.

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Emily Nelson

Ryan Piersiak

MONTROSE SCHOOL

WALPOLE HIGH SCHOOL

I am so proud to be a BSS graduate because I have learned some of my most valuable life lessons that I will carry with me through high school. I have learned the academics, of course, but most importantly I have learned to be caring, loving, charitable, and kind.

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As a BSS graduate, I am excited to express my knowledge about God and Jesus to the people in my high school next year. My faith will help me through these next years in high school and throughout life.

Ariel Powers

Jane Robertson

NORFOLK COUNTY AGRICULTURAL HIGH SCHOOL

BISHOP FEEHAN HIGH SCHOOL

I have learned so much at BSS and hope to be remembered as someone who never gave up!

I am proud to have gone to this school because of all I was taught emotionally and academically.

David Senatore

Evan Sepe

Sam Stearns

Meghan West

Elise Wolk

XAVERIAN BROTHERS HIGH SCHOOL

XAVERIAN BROTHERS HIGH SCHOOL

XAVERIAN BROTHERS HIGH SCHOOL

BISHOP FEEHAN HIGH SCHOOL

FONTBONNE ACADEMY

I am proud to tell people I am from BSS. This school has advanced me academically and has helped me grow closer to God.

My favorite memories of BSS will be the many leadership opportunities I was provided. These transformed me into a more independent leader.

I want to be remembered as a kind, studious, and well-rounded person who helps others whenever it is needed. I am proud to say that I am a BSS graduate; its students and teachers and its lessons have helped to shape the person I am today inside and outside the classroom.

I am proud to be a BSS student because of the faith I’ve grown and the true friends I have made.

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This school shaped me into the person I am today. I experienced both spiritual and personal events that have changed me and have learned so much, both inside and outside of classes. I am so proud to call myself a graduate of Blessed Sacrament School!


BSS Education Inspires Vocation to Teach and Serve Others When Nancy Marrinucci was just five and a half years old, she joined the first class of first graders at a brand new school down the street: Blessed Sacrament School. Her parents, active members of Blessed Sacrament Church, thought a Catholic education could have an important impact on a child’s life, and they were grateful the school had opened in time for their two youngest children, Nancy and her sister Julie, to attend. What Nancy remembers most about her time at BSS – besides her maroon and plaid uniform, knee socks, and white blouse – was the kindness that enveloped the school and its students. “It was a nurturing environment – a very close knit community. I remember the nuns were so kind,” she recalled. In her memories, the six years Nancy spent at BSS were punctuated by traditions and excursions in which everyone took part: the Christmas pageant, art show, science projects, field trips and a school newspaper produced by mimeograph. Nancy remembers First Communion and the sacraments as playing a central role in her Catholic education, and her faith development was very important to her. As an adult, she sees the impact this made on her life goals, which were driven by a desire to volunteer and serve others. After sixth grade, Nancy attended Walpole Public Schools and graduated from Walpole High School. She felt her academic roots at BSS prepared her for success and instilled in her an excellent foundation. In fact, she graduated from WHS as class valedictorian. Still largely influenced by her time at BSS and Catholic education, Nancy at-

tended Georgetown University before transferring to Boston College. After BC, she fulfilled her goals by joining an international volunteer program, where she taught French in the Bahamas at Mary Queen of the Sea. Finding fulfillment as a teacher, she returned to BC to earn her master’s degree in Spanish. Since then, Nancy has built a career in education, working as a teacher in both Catholic and Public schools. She currently serves has Head of the Foreign Language Department at Newton North High School.

As an educator, Nancy carries a special appreciation for the mission of BSS, which centered around Jesus. That mission, she asserts, “determined my trajectory toward volunteering and teaching as my vocation.” Nancy can trace the impact of BSS to her work at Newton North, where she has started a service trip to the Dominican Republic for students and designed student exchange programs. These programs reflect what she values: giving kids worldviews and a chance to understand others. FEATURES

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two baseball camps for youth in Santa Blessed Sacrament School Principal Jim Spillman spent five days in Cuba last May Clara and Camaguey, creating a “baseball ministry” meant to build connections as part of a mission trip with the Pontifiwith young people in the communities cal Mission Societies of the Archdiocese the Missionary Childhood Association of Boston. Travel to the island country is serves. Below is Mr. Spillman’s reflection slowly opening up to Americans, making on his trip, originally published on August the journey a unique experience for any 19, 2016 in The Pilot. American educator. Mr. Spillman was selected for this opportunity because MEETING THE CHILDREN OF BSS has a history of involvement Pic:with Jimthe in Cuba with baseball CUBA ON THE BASEBALL FIELD Missionary Childhood Association: Each player the One aspect of Jesus’ ministry that is clear year students collect money through Spillman Joins each of the Gospels is just how import“mite box” program and pray Principal the World Jimin ant the development of relationships was Mission Rosary – a special rosary for chil-to Cuba Mission in his ministry. dren throughout the world. Blessed Sacrament School Jesus so often did this by meeting people Principal Jim Spillman spentin a place that they were already comfortable. Calling Zaccheus Mr. Spillman, who coaches baseball in fiveacross days in Cuba May downlast from theas tree to share a meal at Norwood, joined volunteers from part ofof a mission trip with his house, meeting his first disciples by the country including representatives shoresSociof the lake where they fished, the Pontifical Missions Society,the a repPontificalthe Mission visiting Martha resentative from the National Catholic eties of the Archdiocese of at her home -- all are examples of Jesus seeking to develop a Youth Organization and National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, and base- meaningful relationship with someone ball coaches from the International Sports through an encounter in a comfortable, familiar place. > > > Group. This volunteer team conducted

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welcome So, if you are a missionary seeking to develop relationships with the children of Cuba, to encourage them to learn more about Christ and their faith, and to inspire them to evangelize in the same ways Jesus did, where do you meet them? For the faith-filled men and women who carry on the work of the Missionary Childhood Association in Cuba, the answer is: a baseball field. I remember pulling up to the baseball field we visited on our first day in Santa Clara and taking in the images around us. Beaten up wooden scoreboard in centerfield. Rusted, bent, and broken fencing surrounding the field. An infield that surely hasn’t seen new dirt in years, and an outfield littered with rocks and patchy weeds in the arid, cracked soil. But the field was full of kids -- some barefoot, some shirtless, all eager to play. And for three hours, they played with great energy and enthusiasm, many of them demonstrating the kind of talent is so often associated with Cuban baseball.

“we could see the seeds of ministry taking root” Afterwards, Sister Bernadina, with a big smile and a powerful baseball swing, gathered the group together for prayer and a brief message from the Missionary Childhood Association, we could see the seeds of ministry taking root. The message? We’ll be back to these fields

again. You are loved and we want to get to know you better. We want you to embrace your faith and to join us as missionaries. The scene repeated itself at our next baseball clinic in Camaguey two days later, with more young missionaries being cultivated through the ministry of baseball. Throughout my time in Cuba, I was struck by how charismatic, confident and articulate the young children we met were in their role as evangelists. With no Catholic schools in the country, and many parents who grew up without religion as part of their lives, these children have had to discover their faith much more independently, making a deliberate choice to be part of the Church instead of having someone make that decision for them. They take their role as missionaries seriously, and inspired me to think about how we can better cultivate this same sort of missionary spirit with the children we encounter in our own schools and churches. Although the sport wasn’t invented for another 1800 years, it’s not hard to imagine Christ himself engaging in baseball ministry -- visiting a field in a poor community, perhaps with a baseball hat (definitely not a Yankees hat...) on his head and a bat and glove in his hands, joyfully welcoming all children to come as they are, ready to play, pray and grow together. There was wisdom in that sort of ministry of encounter during Jesus’ time, and there certainly still is today in every church, school and community where we have been called to evangelize.

Box Tops & BSS Class of 2015 Helps BSS “Go Green” Thanks to the success of our BoxTops for Education initiative (led by parent volunteer Lynn Bongette) and an extremely generous gift of $5,360 from the BSS Class of 2015, the school has installed new water fountains. Complete with technology for automatic water bottle filling, these new water fountains encourage students to bring refillable water bottles to school instead of disposable bottles or juice. BoxTops funded the first fountain in the cafeteria. This past summer two more were installed in the middle school hallway. FEATURES

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why BSS? We choose Blessed Sacrament School because we want to give our children an excellent education that is centered in the Catholic faith. At BSS, we believe our children will receive not only superb academic instruction and enrichment opportunities but also will develop a strong moral compass and a lifelong relationship with God. The teachers and administrators at BSS work together with us to educate the whole person. Blessed Sacrament School is a supportive, faith-filled, fun community where our children and our family have made life-long friendships. THE HERMAN FAMILY: Carolyn & Andrew, Jack (Grade 3), Luke (K), James (Pre-K) & Clare (18months)

We are in our fifth year as members of the BSS community with children in third grade, kindergarten and pre-kindergarten. We are confident in our decision to send our children to Blessed Sacrament School and blessed to be a part of this community.

We chose BSS because of its focus on educating the whole child. It offers excellent academics in a community committed to faith and values. The school sets high standards for students in every way and provides the necessary instruction and guidance for students to meet those standards. BSS is wonderful community of teachers, staff and families, and we are so grateful that our girls are able to grow up in it!

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why BSS? When our oldest was about to start Kindergarten, we stopped by the BSS Open House on impulse. From the first presentation and tour, we knew that this was the right place for our family and, severn years later, have never regretted our decision. The reasons for this are numerous but I would have to say these are the top three. The teachers and administration are deeply invested in the quality of this school and their students. The fact that many of their own children are students at the school, is remarkable. Secondly, it is a blessing that we can send our children to an institution that shares our values and religious foundation and is connected to our parish. Finally, the feeling of a partnership among the administration, teachers and parents is unique and genuine.

THE BONGETTE FAMILY: Lynne & Larry, Audrey (Grade 6) & Kyle (Grade 2)

We truly feel that we are an integral part of our children’s education and this school community. Blessed Sacrament School is a treasured part of the life of our family! Blessed Sacrament School is a Catholic, faithbased community dedicated to instilling a love of God and inspiring a commitment to lifelong learning. In an atmosphere of Christian concern and service, our dedicated teachers educate the whole child, leading each student to grow spiritually, intellectually, socially, physically, and emotionally. Our dynamic curriculum develops independent thinking, curiosity and social awareness both locally and globally.

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Located in Walpole, Massachusetts, Blessed Sacrament School is proud to serve 400 students from over 20 towns.

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