WEEKLY NEWS - March 12, 2019
Com et Parents TO-DO List for This Week!

  • TODAY (TUES 3/12) St. Benedict Team Shop Closes Today - Order by the end of today! See below for link.

  • WED 3/13 - FRI 3/15, Book Fair at St. Benedict during school hours. (Details below!)

  • THURS 3/14, Book Fair Viewing for Parents, 3-5pm

  • FRIDAY (3/15), Middle School Dance (see below for details)

  • Planning Ahead: Next PTO Meeting is March 21st at Les Crepes in Carytown! Plan now to attend!!
From Our Principal
As we start this Lenten Season, here is a reflection from St. Gregory Nazianzen. “What benefactor has enabled you to look out upon the beauty of the sky, the sun in its course, the circle of the moon, the countless number of stars, with the harmony and order that are theirs, like the music of a harp? Who has blessed you with rain, with the art of husbandry, with different kinds of food, with the arts, with houses, with laws, with states, with a life of humanity and culture, with friendship and the easy familiarity of kinship? Who has given you dominion over animals, those that are tame and those that provide you with food? Who has made you lord and master of everything on earth? In short, who has endowed you with all that makes man superior to all other living creatures? Is it not God who asks you now in your turn to show yourself generous above all other creatures and for the sake of all other creatures?”
House Day at SBCS last Friday!
Students gathered with their House-mates and read The Story of the Good Samaritan and talked about the virtue of kindness. Afterwards, all of the Houses competed in another fun round of Catholic trivia!
Our Book Fair is THIS WEEK!
Our school Book Fair starts Wednesday, March 13 and wraps up on Friday, March 15. Once again Usborne books will be providing the books. All students will have a chance to preview the Book Fair selections and let parents know what they would like to purchase. There will be time on Thursday from 3:00-5:00pm for parents to come in and view the Book Fair as well. You can send in check or cash with students for purchases, clearly labeled for the Book Fair (checks made out to St. Benedict School) . Parents may use credit cards to purchase items. 

ANOTHER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY!!!! We are looking for parent volunteers for this week's Book Fair. If you can help out either Thursday between 9am-4pm or Friday from 9am-12:00pm, please let Mr. Cruess know at  scruess@saintbenedictschool.org .

Join us at our next PTO Meeting!
March 21st from 6pm-8pm at our Gala venue- Les Crepes of Carytown We'll talk Gala and test drive our new Auction platform! To help us reserve enough space for next week's meeting at Les Crepes, please email Georgia at  Georgia.a.Riccobono@gmail.com  with your name(s) and email addresses of everyone attending before March 18th 

Help Us Make This Year's Auction a Success!
Gala planning is well underway and we need you to help make our AUCTION a great success! Think of the restaurants and bars you frequent, the beauty salons and other shops you patronize and please ask them for a donation to our school auction.
So, here's our AUCTION DONATION FORM to use....SIMPLY:
1)Fill out the form;
2) Have the donor SIGN the document;
3) Take a picture of the entire form with your phone.
4) Leave the form with the donor for their tax records.
5) Email the picture of the form to CGRIDGELY@gmail.com.

Calling All Sponsors!
We are also looking for Sponsors for the event. Event sponsorship packages range in price point and perks. If you are able to contribute in any of these ways, please reach out to Georgia Riccobono at  Georgia.a.Riccobono@gmail.com  or at 757-812-4509.

We are also looking for a few volunteers to sell this year's Gala tickets after Mass the weekend of April 6th and 7th. Please see the link below to sign up. Available Mass times include:  April 6th Saturday Vigil Mass 5:30 pm and April 7th After the 8:30 am and 11:00 am Masses CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP AND EARN VOLUNTEER HOURS!!
The Yearbook Needs Your Pictures!
Do you have any pictures of your student(s) from throughout the year? Did you chaperone any field trips or school dances, take some great shots at Fall Fest, the Hispanic Heritage Festival or after Lessons and Carols? These are just a few of the events that we love to use to capture the spirit of our school community and our students.

We are looking for any snaps you may have that you think would be a great addition to this year's volume of the Yearbook. Please email your pictures to our Editor, Linda Houghton:  ms.lkh@me.com

Thank you for making our Yearbook a great memory for the students to take with them after they leave Saint Benedict!
Spring Middle School Dance - March 15th
Student Council will be sponsoring their spring dance THIS Friday, March 15th from 6:00 - 8:00 PM in St. Anselm Hall. The cost of the dance is only $5.00 for your chance to spend time dancing and having fun with your friends and DJJD. As part of the admission we ask that every 8th grader attending bring a bag of individually wrapped candy, 7th graders should bring a two liter bottle of drink, and sixth graders should bring individual bags of snacks.  
Friday, March 15
Choir: 2nd Grade
Servers: Madeleine Lang, Max Brunner, Gabriel Bevc

Friday, March 22
Choir: 1st Grade
Servers: Liam Cruess, Jack Donner, Seamus Cruess

Friday, March 29
Choir: 5th Grade
Servers: Hector Cibes-Lee, Liam O'Herron, Jude O'Herron
Be changed. Sign up now for the Best Lent Ever!
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Family Lent Calendar from Partners in Faith
From the Parish
Visit our parish online for mass schedules, sacramental preparation and other timely info! Also, here's a link to Ida B's Bits ( our parish administrator's weekly email with events and happenings at Church.)

Father Tony's Lenten Letter (Click here!)

Lent Schedule at Saint Benedict (Click here!)

Religious Education K-5 and Edge 6-8
Religious Education resumes this week, March 13. K-5 Religious Education takes place from 6:30 to 7:30pm with aftercare until 8:00pm for those with siblings in Edge or The Rule or parents in the parish choir. Edge takes place from 6:30 to 8:00pm.
Middle school and high school students are encouraged to volunteer for the Parish Mission on March 27 and 28 from 6:00 to 8:15pm. Service includes serving food, set-up, and clean-up

Friday, March 15 - Please Join us at St. Benedict!
             6:00pm – Confession (Church)
            7:00pm – Stations of the Cross (Church)
Dinner and Post-dinner program open to Youth (Grades 6-12) Parents welcome to attend. Special pre-dinner event for youth ministers, youth ministry volunteers, core team members, Catholic School teachers, parish catechists – any adult who works with teens in a school or church setting. FREE event… dinner included… but you must register… go to https://goo.gl/forms/6BmT8NcVjV7w8uj82
Check out Fr. Galea on You Tube  https://www.youtube.com/user/thatsworship

Upcoming Dates
MARCH 13 - Book Fair
MARCH 14 - Book Fair (Parent Viewing of Book Fair 3-5pm)
MARCH 15 - Book Fair
MARCH 15 - School Mass - 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
MARCH 15 - Middle School Dance - 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
MARCH 16 - Flag Football 1st/2nd Grade Team (12pm-1pm);
3rd/4th Grade Team (12pm-1pm)
MARCH 21 - PTO MEETING , Les Crepes, Carytown (6-7pm)
 MARCH 22 - End of 3rd Marking Period