August 29, 2017

Back to School Night is coming up next week. It will be held on Tuesday, September 5, starting at 6:30pm ( not 6:00 ), with a parent social at 8:00pm.

This Friday, September 1, is a 1:30pm dismissal.   We will have lunch at school on 1:30 dismissal days. T here will be After-School Care (ASE) available from 1:30-6:00pm.
Oktoberfest Volunteers Needed!
The 13th Annual St. Benedict Oktoberfest is coming up Sept. 15-17, 2017. Many, many hands are needed to make this event successful, and we ask you to please consider volunteering as much as you possibly can!!  The volunteer website is now LIVE and ready for you to sign up! Don't forget - the earlier you sign up, the better the selection of times and locations available. As you know, this event raises vital dollars our parish needs to support our school. Click here to volunteer.
School Lunch
This year families will have the option of ordering lunch on Tuesdays and Fridays, starting in September. The lunch ordering window for September/October is now open, and lunch orders can be placed through ParentsWeb.  Lunch orders for September/October must be placed by Thursday, August 31. On days when school lunch is not an option, all students must bring a lunch from home.
Altar Servers
If your student would like to be an altar server at School Masses, please see the registration form here. Altar servers must be baptized Catholic students in grades 3-8 who have already made their First Communion. They must also serve weekend Masses at St. Benedict or their home parish. The next altar server training at St. Benedict Church will be held November 4 at 10:00am for those still needing to be trained.
Students representing St. Benedict and the other Catholic schools of the diocese were present at the Cathedral for Bishop DiLorenzo's funeral Mass.
PTO News
Comet Shop: The Comet Shop will be open starting Tuesday, September 5. We will open every Tuesday during lunch periods. We will have school supplies, spirit wear, and lots of other items available. All proceeds go directly to the school. 

Message from the PTO President: A big "Thank You" to all the families that joined us for the PTO meeting this past Thursday. As PTO president, I greatly appreciate the effort made by those parents that came out on a work/school night and took an interest in what is happening at SBCS. Some came alone, some came with spouses, some came with kids, some were familiar and some were new to our school. The room was attentive and enthusiastic.  

Please remember that attending the PTO meetings is a great way to stay connected with things happening in the school and it also counts as an hour towards your volunteer hours. If you missed our meeting please be sure to check your emails as the meeting notes will be sent via your classroom reps. We'd love to see you at next month's meeting on Thursday, September 14. All are welcome to attend! 

The PTO is still in search of room reps for JK, 2nd, 4th, 6th and 7th grades. If you are interested in being a representative for your child's class please visit www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e45ada623a0f94-sbcs to learn about the responsibilities and to sign up.
Parish News
Adoration: Exposition and Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament occurs on the first Friday of each month.  Exposition begins at 6:00pm with all night adoration until 8:00 a.m. the following morning (Saturday). Adorers are needed to commit to an hour, or to be available as a substitute. This is a very peaceful and quiet time to pray in front of our Lord. Please consider becoming part of this prayerful ministry. For more information or to sign up, please contact Alice diFazio at 690-3786 or email  notele@comcast.net .
Boy Scouts
St. Benedict Boy Scout Troop 498 would like to invite all boys grades 6-8 to our Open House and Merit Badge Presentation to be held on Tuesday, September 12th at 7:00pm in St. Anslem Hall. Come join us for an introduction to Boy Scouts, an overview of our summer camp, some scout activities, and light refreshments. If you have any questions, please contact our Scout Master, Barry Hodge via email at:  troop.498.bsa@gmail.com.
Middies Sports
Registration is open for St. Gertrude Middies Volleyball and Field Hockey for girls in grade 5-8. Click here for more details.
Belmont Library
Over the years, the Belmont library, a few blocks from the school, has been a wonderful community partner. Please read the welcome letter from their Branch Manager here.
Upcoming Dates:
Sept. 1 School Mass at 8:30am in the church (middle school wear dress uniform)
Sept. 1 Early Dismissal at 1:30pm (ASE available)
Sept. 4   No School - Labor Day
Sept. 5 Back to School Night from 6:30-9:00pm