January 16, 2018
Parent Education
Parenthood IS a path to sainthood. If you are in need of a little inspiration on the very often daunting task of parenting, read this! 10 fathers whose parenthood helped them become Saints.
IMPORTANT Date For FACTS - March 1
All families should have their application submitted in FACTS by March 1, 2018, even if you are applying in Round 2 and your tax information will be uploaded later. While aid is distributed in all rounds, the total amount of Parish Sharing aid the school receives from the Diocese is determined based on the total need of applications in FACTS  on March 1. Therefore, even if you are participating in Round 2, please have your application submitted by March 1.

More on Tuition Assistance:

All families seeking tuition assistance must complete an on-line application through FACTS and upload the required tax documents. There are two main rounds of tuition assistance. Returning families without business income are only eligible for Round 1 assistance.  All other families are eligible for Round 1 or 2.

Deadlines as follows: 
Round 1 - March 1: Families will be notified in mid-April (2017 W2s and 2016 Tax Return)
Round 2 - June 1: Families will be notified in late June (2017 W2s and 2017 Tax Return)
Please note, The Diocese of Richmond requires that each student apply for aid at only ONE Diocesan School.

Tuition Assistance Policy Updates for the 2018-19 school year:

PreK Students are no longer eligible for Diocesan aid (Parish Sharing, McMahon Pareter, EISTC) but will still be considered for school based aid. The tuition of the PreK student will continue to be taken into consideration when determining Diocesan and school awards for other students in the family.

Who applies?

For Student's Parents/Guardians married, separated, or living together:
Both parents apply. If living apart, they submit separate applications.

Student's Parents/Guardians not married and live apart:
The custodial parent the child spends the most time with applies
(This is the same guideline used for the college Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSFA)). In addition, the spouse of the applicant also applies. Other adults living in the household but not on the same tax return with the applicant need not apply, and since their income is excluded, their expenses are also excluded.
Saint Benedict School Open House
National Catholic Schools Week is approaching and we are opening our school doors to celebrate. We are inviting your family and friends to visit us to explore what Saint Benedict Catholic School offers.  We are proud to represent the best in Catholic education and would like to share that with our community, your friends and family. Our Open House is scheduled for Sunday, January 28th from 12:30-2:30pm. Visitors will hear from our principal, parents, students, and graduates and will enjoy light refreshments and a school tour. For information and questions or to RSVP, please contact Lisa Yost, Director of Admissions, lyost@saintbenedictschool.org
Comet Campaign
Parents, help your child’s class earn an Ice Cream Social by making your Comet Campaign donation TODAY! Each class that reaches 100% participation will have an ice cream social with all the fixings. We’ll have ice cream thermometers outside each classroom celebrating our progress. Our goal is to have 100% participation from our Saint Benedict families. Gifts of any size are appreciated! When we ask foundations and businesses across Richmond to support Saint Benedict School, it is important to be able to say 100% of our families support the school above and beyond their tuition. If you have already made your contribution - THANK YOU. If you still need to make a donation you can make it online:  http://www.saintbenedictschool.org/giving/donate-now.cfm

Let’s help our Comets shine brightly! 
A Note From Our School Nurse, Debbie York
As you may have heard through local news reports, Richmond is currently experiencing "widespread" Flu activity. There are also some other illnesses that are behaving like the Flu, although generally milder. Additionally, there is a spike in Norovirus in our area (see the Virginia Department of Health for information on Norovirus).  
Here are a few finders specific to the Flu:
-Flu is a respiratory illness
-Flu is contagious a day before symptoms appear
-Flu is contagious 5-7 days after the onset of symptoms and sometimes longer in children
-Flu incubation time is 1-4 days

A few reminders to prevent illness: 
-Avoid touching the face
-Washing hands frequently, most especially before and after eating, and after using a tissue 
-If children are ill, please keep them home until symptoms are gone and they are fever free without fever reducing medication for 24 hours. 
-It is not too late to get the Flu shot

Thank you for your help in keeping our community as healthy as possible. 
PTO News
Two days until the Uniform Swap! The Swap will now take place this Thursday, January 18. Come by and enjoy the selection and savings on very gently used uniforms.   

Our monthly PTO meeting is Thursday (January 18) at 7pm in the school cafeteria.  Please come and invite other SBS parents to join you. We really do look forward to meeting and working with the parents in our school community whose time and talents make our school so special. 

Parents needing PTO volunteer hours but unable to help during the school day can earn hours by assisting with hospitality at the 8:30am and 11:00am Sunday masses at St. Benedict Church. Contact Mr. Cruess for more details.
Admission Testing for Saint Gertrude  will be held on the following dates: Saturday, January 20; Saturday, February 3; and Saturday, February 24. (Please note that Feb. 24 is a new date!) All tests are from 9:00 - 11:00 am. You can register online at  www.saintgertrude.org/admissions then click on Dates & Deadlines. 
Please join Saint Gertrude High School for an evening of student talent on Wednesday January 24 th  at 6:30 pm. Saint Gertrude High School students are busy rehearsing for their  Coffeehouse  performances. What’s a Coffeehouse without coffee? How about  Free  Starbucks Coffee!!! Admission is free.

On Tuesday, February 6 , Saint Gertrude High School will host their  Lunch & Learn  program beginning at 11am.  Please register online at  www.saintgertrude.org/admissions then clink on Plan A Visit. For more information, please contact Meredith McNamara, Director of Admission at  804-822-3955  or  mmcnamara@saintgertrude.org
Saint Gertrude financial aid applications should be made to   FACTS Grant & Aid  by February 9 for first round awards. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Marcia Davis, Finance Manager at 804-822-3947  or  mdavis@saintgertrude.org .
Upcoming Dates
Jan. 18 - Used Uniform Swap at 4:00pm in the cafeteria
Jan. 19 - 2nd Quarter Report Cards
Jan. 28 - Open House, 12:30-2:30pm, SAH