Weekly Newsletter: Sept. 1, 2019
This Week's Schedule
Monday, Sept. 2 Labor Day (School is Closed)
Tuesday, Sept. 3
  • Yay Lunch Delivery begins
  • Feast of St. Gregory the Great. All students in Gregory House should wear their house t-shirts on Tuesday with their regular uniform.
Wednesday, Sept. 4
  • Coffee with Mr. Cruess (New Families Only) 8:00am-8:30am Cafeteria
Thursday, Sept. 5
  • Spirit Night at Bingo Beer Co.
Principal's Message
One important question to ask ourselves as parents is, "What is the purpose of education?" For many people is as simply become a career preparation program, but we want our education to be much more. 

Working in partnership with parents, we hope that our graduates will be able to think well, speak well, and write well. They should know how to tell right from wrong and practice acting in ways that are right (habits which we call virtues), because they love God. 

In this way, our education will form them to be good people, good citizens, and people of faith leading lives of holiness. This is what we strive to do each day at St. Benedict.

- Sean Cruess, SBCS Principal
Altar Servers
Students, would you like to be altar servers for school Masses this year?

 Sign up using this link: Sign Up
Do You Love Saint Benedict School? Share the love!
Are you willing to share your experience with our social media followers?

Please send in a family selfie, with a short testimonial on your experience at Saint Benedict School and we'll share it on FB, IG and Twitter. email: scauley@saintbenedictschool.org

Got a referral family for us? We love those too! So, send them in. And thank you for helping spread the word about our amazing little school!
 Live in the neighborhood?
Would you be willing to put an "Enrolling Now" sign in your front yard for SBCS? We have one for you!! Email Gretchen at  admissions@saintbenedictschool.org  
and we'll get you one!
Coffee with Mr. Cruess - New Parents Only
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Wednesday, September 4, drop off your student/s in Morning Care (it's on us!) and join us for coffee, bagels and a 30 minute conversation on all things NEW for our NEW PARENTS ONLY!

Mr. Cruess wants to hear how your first couple of weeks are going, answer any questions you might have, and, highlight some key upcoming events for your calendar!

We'll have you on your way by 8:30, so please be there when we begin promptly at 8am!
(PS. Little brothers and sisters are very welcome to attend, but Morning Care is just for students!)

Please RSVP Here and let us know if you need Morning Care.
100 Day Prayer Challenge
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Prayer Challenge
In honor of our Centennial, we're asking families to participate in a 100 day prayer challenge. Follow the link and let us know if your family is accepting the challenge. The prayer is below.

Prayer Challenge Link
O God and Father of All, You sent Saint Benedict to be a teacher of the Faith to everyone. Grant us, O Lord, that through his intercession, we may continue to educate students for Your greater glory. Look with love upon Saint Benedict Catholic School as we continue the century-long tradition of spreading the Gospel to all. Keep close to Your heart the families, faculty and student alumni of the school, both near and far. Grant us the grace to serve You and Your Church here on earth. We ask Our Lady to pray for us, that we may be blessed with another century of service to your children for the praise and glory of Your name, now and forever. Amen.
Thank you for a great Opening Mass
We are beyond thrilled with last Sunday's turnout for our Centennial Opening Mass. Not only did we have a great number of alumni visit the parish, we saw an outpouring of support from you - our student families. It was heart warming to say the least.

We also want to extend a huge thank you to our volunteers who helped us set up, break down and brought in food. We couldn't have pulled any of it off without your help.

Here's a link to some of the photos we shared on Instagram & Facebook. We also posted them in our Instagram story the day of. Please consider following our channels and keeping up with all the celebrations we have planned for this 100th birthday year of Saint Benedict Catholic School. Links are in the icons below.
From the PTO
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.  6pm-7:30pm

The Used Uniform Swap and Comet Shop will be Open before the meeting from 5:30p - 6:00p
Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest Needs You!

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.