WEEKLY NEWS
March 13, 2018
Education Corner
Jim Caviezel who many know from his role in, "The Passion of the Christ," had a powerful message while promoting his latest movie, "Paul, Apostle of Christ." He encouraged us all to set ourselves apart from the corruption around us and strive to be Saints! Enjoy his message here
Saint Benedict School in Pictures
The Junior Kindergarten class was visited by a police officer and got to see inside his cruiser! The Kindergarten visited the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and were complimented on their attentiveness and respectful behavior. 
PTO News
SPRING GALA
Beat the price bump on Spring Gala tickets and get your orders in before they increase next week! Prices this week are $45/person or $75/couple. After March 18, prices are $50/person or $85/couple. The success of our Spring Gala is what allows us to avoid selling wrapping paper/cookie dough/raffle tickets/candles/etc. It's a fun night with great food, music, and socializing with your fellow SBCS parents (and did we mention no wrapping paper to sell?). Pay by cash, check, or FACTS with the attached  ticket order form , or pay online by visiting our school  website.  

We are now actively soliciting items for the Gala’s Live and Silent Auctions as well as items to be included in the Class Baskets. We are asking parents to please take a look at the sign up genius located here . This sign up list is a compilation of local businesses who have donated to the Gala within the last two years. If you have connections with any of these businesses, please consider approaching them on our behalf to donate again this year. Please be sure to turn in any donated items ASAP! Items MUST be turned in by 3/23. Items can be turned in to the school office. Please use the following links to print off copies of the Business Donation Letter and Silent Auction Donation Form. Please give these two documents to the businesses you approach as they give specific details about the Gala and important tax information as well as tracking information for SBCS. If you need hard copies of these documents, please email Annie Cooper at  adcooper21@hotmail.com .


Thank you to all of the parents that have collected items for the Gala’s Auction. Join us at the PTO meeting this Thursday for a chance to win tickets to this years Gala. 

LUNCH SERVICE
It is now time for the 2nd  grade parent volunteers  to take charge! There’s nothing better than taking a mid-day break, and getting the chance to see your shining  COMETS !
Please go this link in order to sign up . Remember that 2nd grade parents  are responsible for filling the positions for the month of  March , but even if you do not have a child in 2nd grade,  WE WOULD STILL LOVE TO HAVE YOU! 

BOOK FAIR
The book fair is this week March 13-15. We are happy to be partnering with Usborne Books again this year. We do need a few parent volunteers to assist with the book fair. Sign up here to volunteer!

As usual, students will have a chance to preview books on Tuesday and Wednesday. Students should come home with a list of books they are interested in with prices. Then Wednesday and Thursday are purchase days. Please look at the sign up to see where you can help. Click  https://p4414.myubam.com/953151  to shop our book fair online.  Parents can visit the Book Fair on Wednesday, March 14 from 3:00-6:00pm.

SPRING CLEAN UP
Our Spring clean up day will take place on Saturday, March 24 from 9:00am- 12:00pm. Please bring your own gloves and tools. You may bring students if they are willing to lend a hand. We have lots to do, including mulch, planting, weeding and pruning shrubs. This is a great way to lend a hand and pick up some volunteer hours! Sign up here if you plan to attend. 
Saint Benedict Players Present, "Macbeth"
The Saint Benedict Players will present their final production of the school year, "Macbeth," on Friday and Saturday, March 23 and 24 at 7pm. Although this is a shortened version, all of the famous quotes and intrigue of the original will be in evidence. This event is FREE! Come out to see the cast beguile you with the tragic story of the King of Scotland.  
Student Council
Please keep sending your pop tops to school so we can take them to the Ronald McDonald House. Every tab makes a difference!

You are invited the Student Council sponsored soup supper on Friday, March 16 from 5:30-6:30pm. The soup supper will be held in the cafeteria and will include soup, bread, salad and dessert. It is free to attend. We are in need of food donations and you may sign up to donate items at: 

Also on Friday, March 16, there will be a middle school dance in Saint Anselm Hall. The cost for students will be $5.00 and the money will go to spruce up the garden on the side of the school. There will be music, food, drinks, and fun to be had by all. We are asking 8th graders to donate a 2-litre bottle of soda, 7th graders to donate candy, and 6th graders to donate individually bagged chips.
Comet Campaign
Your Family Donation = School Support
                                       Tuition Support
                                       Ice Cream Social
                                       Pride
Thank you for your support of our children and our school. Every donation is appreciated.
Some Important Reminders
Cars MUST take a left turn into the alley from Cleveland Avenue and exit the alley by making a right on Belmont. The Richmond Police have also reminded us that even in car line, stop signs must be observed and turn signals should be used. 
Lenten Events
Information about all of the events and happenings at Saint Benedict parish during Lent including the Baby Bottle Campaign, The Jefferson Barroque Ensemble concert this coming Sunday, March 18, and Friday Lenten Suppers can be found in the linked schedule.  
Saint Benedict School Facebook Page
Have you "liked" our school Facebook page? If not, please go there now and LIKE and FOLLOW us!  
Benedictine College Preparatory Middies Lacrosse
The Middle School Lacrosse Program practices have begun. Practices will take place at the Benedictine campus on the practice field right next to Bobby Ross Stadium.  Practice times are 5 :15-6:30pm on Thursdays & Fridays, and Saturdays from 11:30am-1pm.  More information can be found at: //www.benedictinecollegeprep.org/athletics/middies/middies-lacrosse
Saint Gertrude Info
Registration is up and running for spring middies lacrosse and softball for girls in grades 5th-8th! Register here:   link 

 Summer camp registration is now open to rising 5th -9th grade girls. There are two sessions - June 11-15 and June 18-22. Classes include:  Cooking, Theatre Arts, Sewing, Coding, Robotics, Art, STEAM, Irish Dance, Lacrosse, Field Hockey, Volleyball, Basketball, CPR & First Aid, Knitting & Crocheting.
To see full camp listings or to register, visit:   https://www.saintgertrude.org/summer-camps-2/

Upcoming Dates
March 13 - School Board Meeting, 6:30pm
March 13-15 - Book Fair
March 15 - PTO Meeting, 6pm, CAFE
March 16 - School Mass 8:30am - Middle School students wear dress uniforms