December 12, 2017
Tag Day, Monday, December 18th
The cost of Monday's tag day will be $2.00 and the theme will be Christmas. Time for the students to wear red, green, their tacky sweater, or their Santa hat. All other tag day protocol remains the same.  Please consult the handbook if you are in doubt about them. If the student would rather not dress in a Christmas theme, they are expected to wear their regular uniform that day.  
Santa's Shop
It's now right around the corner! Just one more day to get your closets cleaned out and make a donation for our Santa Shop. The kids will shop on  Monday, December 18th (this is a calendar change)!  Please bring your gently used and new items to the school by December 13th so our shop will be ready!  Money collected will go towards scholarships and the 8th grade field trip. Suggested items: candles, Christmas decorations, ties, scarves, new socks, new hats( never worn), books, wrapping paper, picture frames, vases, jewelry, kitchen and dining ware, stationary, toiletries, tools, board games, stuffed animal, baby items, and other new or gently used gifts. Thank you for your contributions!
New Music Teacher
We have a new music teacher! Warmest welcome to Alicia DeLoach Thompson. Alicia earned a Bachelors of Music from Valdosta State University and a Master of Music from Georgia State University. Her area of concentration was vocal performance and she has experience with acting, dance, opera, and as a church soloist and chorister.  Most recently, she has offered private voice and piano lessons for individuals and groups. We are excited that she will be sharing her experience and love of music with our students.
Help Needed
Saint Benedict School is looking for Substitute Teachers for grades JK to 8th. If you are interested, please contact the School Secretary, Pam Autry, at 804-254-8850, or pautry@saintbenedictschool.org for more information.  
School Picture Update
Did you forget to order or need more pictures of your student? Real Life has posted your student's images online for one LAST CALL to order. Each student will be receiving a 4"x10" information card with a web address and PASSWORD.  If you lose your password reach out to Real Life and they will assist you.  You may use the web URL on the card or go to  http://reallife.hhimagehost.com/sbcs where you will be prompted to enter your email address and student password. Look for the button in the upper right side to add another student to your cart. You may share your student's password with family members or others who would like to order.  Orders will ship directly to the address you provide and shipping is FREE on all orders over $50.00.
LAST CALL images are available through 3/4/2018. Any other questions may be directed to:  Andee at 804-222-4111 or  andee@reallifeevents.net
Lessons and Carols
Lessons and Carols is TONIGHT at Saint Benedict Church, 6:30pm! The Festival of Lessons and Carols is a service of Christian worship celebrating the birth of Jesus.  The story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus is told in nine short Bible readings from Genesis, the prophetic books and the Gospels, interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols, hymns and choir music. Come to listen and watch our students present this special service tonight.     
Ticket Lottery for Bishop Installation Mass on January 12
The students and faculty of Saint Benedict Catholic School would like to welcome Bishop Knestout to Richmond. Parishioners, students and educators hoping to participate in the joy and excitement of the Mass of Installation for the Catholic Diocese of Richmond’s new Bishop Barry C. Knestout now have a chance to secure admission to the special Mass by entering a lottery. Seating for the 2 pm. event at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart will be extremely limited so the faithful are encouraged to enter the drawing for admission tickets by completing the online form here: http://richmonddiocese.org/installation-mass-details/  The last day to enter the drawing is Friday, December 29, 2017. The drawing will be held in early January with two tickets awarded to each selected registrant. Those selected will have 48 hours to respond before the tickets are released to alternates. Tickets are not transferrable and may not be sold. Questions? Contact newbishop@richmonddiocese.org or (804) 622-5294
Notes and Memos
  • If your child is missing a jacket, lunch box, or other items, please check the Lost & Found closet in the cafeteria. All items left in the Lost & Found at Christmas Break will be donated to Goodwill.

  • January and February lunch orders opened on Monday and will close on Friday, December 22 at 12pm. 

  • The school office will be closed from December 20 through January 2 for Christmas break. Normal office hours will resume on January 3.
Saint Benedict School in Pictures:
Today we celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. After Mass, the students and faculty watched a performance of the story of Our Lady appearing to Saint Juan Diego. Thank you to all who helped coordinate and practice to bring this story to life for all of us!  
PTO News
Now is the time to bring in your gently used uniforms so that we can prepare for the uniform swap. Donated uniforms should be in good condition. All uniforms must be in a bag labeled with your name and number of items donated so that you can get credit.  The date of the swap is still to be confirmed. Stay tuned!

A reminder to all: It is your responsibility to enter your hours in RenWeb. Each family is required to fulfill 20 support hours per year, 8 of which must be completed in the first semester. If you have completed these hours but have not yet entered them, please take the time to do so now. If you sill need to fulfill hours, the opportunities listed above are a great way to satisfy them. A fee of $40 per unfulfilled hour will be assessed on January 1, 2018.
Planning for Christmas
On December 23, the 5:30pm vigil Mass (for the Fourth Sunday of Advent) will be celebrated as normal. On December 25, the Fourth Sunday of Advent coincides with Christmas Eve. Therefore, rather than celebrate both the 8:30am and 11:00am Masses on December 24, there will be a single 10:00 am Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Advent.

The parish's schedule for Christmas Masses will be as follows:
December 24: 5:30pm (vigil), 12:00 Midnight (Ordinary Mass in Latin; Christmas music 30 minutes before Mass begins); December 25: 10:00 am.

Catholics must attend two separate Masses to fulfill the obligation for the Fourth Sunday of Advent and for Christmas. The obligation for the Fourth Sunday of Advent can be fulfilled on either December 23 at 5:30pm OR on December 24 at 10:00am or 5:30pm. (Thus, one need not attend a Fourth Sunday of Advent Mass to fulfill the Sunday obligation; the Christmas vigil Mass would suffice). The obligation for Christmas can be fulfilled on either December 24 at 5:30 pm or on December 25 at 12:00 Midnight or at 10:00am. Attending a single Mass on December 24 does NOT fulfill both obligations simultaneously.

Confession before Christmas: We are encouraged to receive the Sacrament of Penance in preparation for Christmas. Confessions will be heard on Saturday, December 23, at 10:00am and 4:30pm.
From St. Gertrude's
Admission Testing : Saint Gertrude has rescheduled the cancelled December 9 admission test to Saturday, January 20 from 9:00-11:00 AM. The registration link is  www.saintgertrude.org/admission-testing . If you were registered for the December 9 test, please re-register for one of our admission test dates: January 6, January 20, or February 3.

Our next Lunch & Learn will be held on Tuesday, January 9. We begin at 11:00 a.m. and for a little over an hour, guests enjoy a light lunch, participate in an informal Q&A session, and take a tour of the school. Please register online at  www.saintgertrude.org/lunchandlearn

Applications for Admission and Scholarship are due by Saturday, January 6 for first round acceptances in March. If you need more information regarding Admission or Scholarship Applications, please contact Meredith McNamara, Director of Admission at mmcnamara@saintgertrude.org or 804-822-3955 .

Financial Aid applications to FACTS Grant & Aid have a February 10 deadline for first round awards in March. If you need more information regarding Financial Aid , please contact Marcia Davis, SGHS Finance Manager at mdavis@saintgertrude.org or 804-822-3947 .
Upcoming Dates
Dec. 18 - Santa Shop 
Dec. 19 - Early Dismissal at 12:30 (No after-school care)
Dec. 20-Jan. 2 - Christmas Break
Jan. 3 - Classes Resume