Weekly Newsletter: Aug. 25, 2019
This Week's Schedule
Monday, August 26
  • First Full Day of Junior Kindergarten
  • Uniform Check

Wednesday, August 28
  • Feast of St. Augustine
Students in Augustine House should wear their House t-shirt with their regular school uniform.
Principal's Message
As most (hopefully all) of you know, our school is celebrating it's 100th anniversary during this school year. The Centennial opened this weekend with a Mass honoring the contributions of the Benedictine Sisters who founded our school back in 1919.

I hope that everyone will find a way to be involved in our Centennial. It is a wonderful opportunity to reach out to our alumni, impact our community, celebrate our achievements, and plan for the future. St. Augustine used these words to describe Our Lord, but I feel that they also fit our school, "O beauty ever ancient and ever new." 

Let's use this year to remember the history of our school and continue our shared efforts to continue this amazing parochial school legacy for generations to come.

- Sean Cruess, SBCS Principal
Visiting the School?
Do you plan on coming up to the school to a class party, have lunch with your student or just be a general volunteer?

This is reminder that adults need to be VIRTUS trained and have a current background check if they are coming to school for an activity more than once during the year. 

Starting September 3
Yay Lunch , where parents can order healthier versions of foods kids love.

All meals are local, allergen-friendly + delivered fresh daily. For the menu + more information, see attached or sign up now and never worry about lunch again!

Welcome Back Students!
Are you following us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter? We shared this sweet video of your children on our social channels last week. We're so excited to see them back walking our hallways. Be sure you give us a Like or a Follow so you don't miss these great moments we'll share throughout this Centennial school year!
From the PTO
The PTO would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who helped make our first Welcome Fair a success! It was a great morning and start to the school year. 

Mark your calendars for these September PTO events:
Thu, Sep 5, 2019 5:00 PM EST
Saint Benedict School Spirit Night
Bingo Beer Co, Richmond
Spirit Night - Sept. 5 (Bingo Beer Co. | Scott's Addition)
Grab the kids and head over to Bingo Beer Co. from 5pm-7pm to kick it old school with arcade games, ping pong and life size versions of favorites like Connect Four. 

Bingo has a great menu so dinner can also be taken care of! Mom and dad can also take advantage of the craft beers Bingo brews on site. Bingo will donate back 10% of all purchases back to your SBCS PTO!

Can’t wait to see you there!
Back to School Night - Sept 10
This is a great opportunity to get a first look at what is going on at school this year. Hear from Mr. Cruess and visit with your children’s teachers. Light refreshments will be served.

We also need volunteers to help set up and break down. See opportunities here.
1st General PTO Mtg - Sept 19
Put on your House colors and join us as at our first meeting of the year! Mr. Cruess will be giving a presentation on the House System; discussing how it came to be, how it works, ways kids earn points as well as how parents can be involved! There will be time for Q&A and we will end the night with a friendly trivia competition. 6 pm-7:30pm

The Used Uniform Swap and Comet Shop will be Open before the meeting from 5:30p - 6:00p
Oktoberfest
Did you know that our school is the biggest beneficiary of the St. Benedict Oktoberfest?  Not to mention, it's just a fun time. You get to taste great food, drink great beer and meet up with 50,000 of your closest friends! It's also fun to volunteer!!

Oktoberfest is  Friday Sept. 20 - Sunday, Sept. 22 . We need at least 729 volunteers to pull it off,  AND EVERY FAMILY IS EXPECTED TO WORK AT LEAST ONE SHIFT TO HELP MAKE THE EVENT A SUCCESS (REMEMBER, IT HELPS TO KEEP OUR TUITION STABLE) . We really need you! CLICK  HERE  TO SIGN UP.

Note to parents:  Student volunteers are welcome to participate, but must be age 13 to work in Set up/Pack Up or the Children's Area and age 14 to work in Food Concessions or as Food Runners. *Student help only counts as service hours, not family volunteer hours.
Ministry & Events
K-5 Time Change!
Parish Religious Education for grades Kindergarten through 5th grades is being moved from Wednesday nights to Sunday mornings between the Masses from 9:45am-10:45am and will be located in the same rooms as last year at the parish school. Classes will begin on Sunday, October 6. 
Kickball Classic
Edge (middle schoolers) will meet for their 4th annual Kickball Classic Friday, September 13 from 6-8pm .

We’ll begin with dinner and snowcones before playing some good old kickball in the church parking lot.

Cost free. No permission form necessary. 
Edge Kick-Off
The Edge Kick-Off will be on Wednesday, October 2 from 6:30pm-8:00pm at St. Benedict Catholic Church. All 6-12 graders are welcome! Dinner will be served.   Edge, middle school youth ministry and religious education, will take place from 6:30pm-8:00pm on Wednesday nights in the St. Anselm Hall of the Parish School after the kickoff. 
Registration Open!
Registration for Kindergarten through 5 th grade religious education, Edge middle school youth ministry and religious education, The Rule high school youth ministry and religious education, confirmation preparation, and First Penance and Communion is open! Please register online on the parish website. 
First Penance/First Communion Sacramental Preparation
The deadline for signing up for First Penance/Communion (age of reason: 7, typically in 2nd grade) is October 6.

Registrations are online on the parish website and letters with schedules are on the parish website and side porch. Classes for First Penance/Communion will take place on select Sundays between the Masses from 9:45 to 10:45am. 

Please remember that any child preparing to receive sacraments must be concurrently enrolled in religious education, which is different than sacramental preparation. Sacramental preparation for First Penance/Communion is required to occur through the parish, not the school.

Religious education, however, can take place either through a Catholic school, parish religious education program, or a homeschool program. In some cases, a young person will be receiving both religious education and taking sacramental preparation courses. School students have their religious education covered in class.