Weekly Newsletter: Aug. 18, 2019
This Week's Schedule
Monday  - Welcome Fair
8-9am New Families & Ambassadors
9-10am Middle School Orientation
10a-12pm Returning Families

Tuesday  - First Day of School
8am-3pm (Grades 1-8)

Kindergarten Orientation (see schedule here)
Wednesday  - Kindergarten Starts
8am - 12:30pm Kindergarten Half-Day
9am-10am Junior Kindergarten Orientation

Thursday  - First Full Day of Kindergarten

Monday (26th) -  First Full Day of Junior Kindergarten
Principal's Message
The Rule of St. Benedict states, "Let all guests who arrive be received like Christ."

In this spirit of welcoming, that we have inherited from the Benedictine sisters who founded our school, I'd like to offer all of our families a welcome to this new school year. I hope that your summer has been relaxing and rejuvenating. I hope that you've found time for faith, family, and fun. 

Hopefully learning didn't end with the school year; learning should be a constant part of our lives, even as adults. 

The faculty and staff have spent the past week preparing our school for the students' return, and we look forward to seeing everyone Monday at our Welcome Fair!

- Sean Cruess, SBCS Principal
Welcome Fair Schedule
  • 8am: New Students and their ambassador families
  • 9am: Middle School Orientation for students and families
  • 10am: All Returning Students and families

Meet your teachers, drop off supplies, sign up for groups, teams and events and just get back to school ready at the Welcome Fair.

Teachers will also hand out planners for grades that require them and EduKits will be handed out.
Say Yay!
We are excited to introduce our new lunchtime partner: 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!

Extended Care
To use Morning Care or After School Enrichment you must either have an annual agreement (in which case a spot is save for you everyday) or make a reservation by emailing  ase@saintbenedictschool.org  to confirm that there is space. 

Please email as soon as possible, so that we can save a space and be sure the right number of staff are on hand.
Welcome our New Teachers!
Michele Barlow is our new Math teacher.  She was born and bred in the Rochester, NY area. She is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology where she majored in Physics. She married, had three children and was a stay at home mom for 20 years. She recently decided to attend a Career Switcher Program at Shenandoah University and became certified to teach math and science. She also loves quilting, astronomy and karate!

Lauren Bykowski, is the new art teacher , and has been teaching art for four years in both traditional and Montessori schools. Lauren attended Eastern Menonite University in Harrisonburg and received a BA in Art Education and got her teaching license soon after. She loves fine art, drawing with colored pencil and enjoys painting with acrylic and watercolor. She’s a graduate of Atlee High School and native Richmonder. .She is excited to start in a new school, develop new relationships with the students and can’t wait to see what they will create.

Michelle Clark is our new Librarian . Her four children attended SBCS; her youngest, Henry, is in the 2nd grade. Michelle has many years of classroom experience teaching high school English and creative writing, and has dabbled in homeschooling. She also works part-time at the Tuckahoe Area Library in Children's Services. 

Rev. Dr. Audrey Flemming, is our new Extended Day Director . Dr. Fleming is a Ph.D. Candidate in Education. She holds a Doctoral degree in Ministry, a Masters degrees in Divinity and a Masters degree in Christian Education from STVU at VUU. Her professional experience includes, Mastery and Emergent Reading tutoring for Richmond Public Schools, mentoring students for camps at the University of Richmond, and Saint Catherine’s.

She also has experience working and caring for adults and has served as a family caregiver for the Department of Veterans Affairs and as an Activities Director at a senior daycare center. Dr. Fleming retired after 35 years in IT Security as a Senior Information Systems Security Manager from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) United States Citizenship Immigration Services.

Kristen Treadwell is our new PE teacher. She has two kids attending SBCS. Kristen is a Certified Athletic Trainer. She earned her BS from Virginia Tech in Nutrition, Food and Exercise and holds a MS from VCU in Athletic Training. Before being blessed to be a stay at
home mom, she worked as an ATC at Bon Secours and was contracted out to St. Gertrude for athletic coverage and to teach Sports Medicine. She covered a wide variety of sports at VCU and also worked at UR and VUU. She is very excited about the opportunity to work with all of your children.

Elizabeth Williams is our new music teacher. She’s a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and has taught private piano lessons but Saint Benedict will her first official school teaching position. Elizabeth is a native of Leesburg and is most excited about getting to know our students, and watching them grow as well as making new friends with the faculty and staff at the school.

Best Wishes for Mr. Herrity
It is with a heavy heart that I let you know I will not be returning to Saint Benedict School for the 2019-20 school year. 

Due to my health issues over this past year, I am unable to build in the summers which afforded me the opportunity to teach at Saint Benedicts’ school. With three of our six children in college this year I needed to take a position in the business world that would allow me to meet my financial responsibilities to my family. 

It was a very hard decision and I will miss teaching. I will miss the whole community at Saint Benedict, especially all of the wonderful children that, I had the fortune to get to know. I will help the new teacher in any way that I can and I do plan to stay involved in the school and church community as much as possible.  

God bless and thank you,

Tim Herrity
Save the Date
Opening Mass
We begin each school year with Mass at St. Benedict, inviting all school families to join us as we pray for God's blessings on the coming year.

This year's Opening Mass kicks off the year-long celebration of our Centennial and will include members of our foundresses, The Benedictine Sisters of Virginia, members of our Centennial Honorary Board, our alumni, our faculty, our school families and parish families.

Please join us August 25 at 11am at St. Benedict Catholic Church. St. Benedict alumnus Abbot Placid Solari, OSB, '66 of Belmont Abbey College will concelebrate the Mass with our new pastor, Father John David Ramsey. 

A light reception will follow. We are also in need of volunteers to help set up and breakdown. If you can help Sign up here.
From the PTO
They've Changed Box Tops
Gone are the days of clipping tops of boxes and saving tabs for your school. The program has been revamped and now you can just scan and go and help Saint Benedict School earn $$

Download the app before Welcome Fair and show it to us at the PTO table. We will enter you in a drawing for some fabulous Centennial bling including a shirt, notepad, pen and car decal.  Link
Fall Clean Up Day
One of the ways we prepare for the new year is by tending to the needs of our building: Both inside and outside.

Join us August 17, from 9am-12pm for PTO Clean Up Day. We will do everything from pulling weeds to helping clean the cafeteria. The more hands the better. Volunteer now .

Volunteer Interest Survey
We understand that volunteering is another commitment in our already very busy lives. Please take five minutes to fill out this brief questionnaire to better help us understand where your interests and talents lie so that we can make being a part of the school an enjoyable experience!

Will Work for Beer! (Just Kidding)

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 through 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
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 and Rule Kick-Off will be on Wednesday, October 2 from 6:30-8:00pm at St. Benedict Catholic Church.

All 6-12 graders are welcome! Dinner will be served. 
Coming Soon
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 will be underway shortly.

Registrations will be online.