WEEKLY NEWS
March 6, 2018
Education Corner
We are proud that Saint Benedict Catholic School teaches cursive to our students beginning in 2nd grade as part of our classical curriculum. Would you like a few reasons to get excited about enforcing these skills in the home? Read more here:   Studies Say Handwriting Will Make You (and Your Kids) Smarter
Innovations in Catholic Education Award
We are so pleased to share that our school was selected as one of just three finalists from across the country for the Innovations in Catholic Education Awards in the category of Catholic Identity. Congratulations Saint Benedict Catholic School!
PTO News
Our Spring Gala is coming up quickly and the PTO has been hard at work with the preparations. The Gala will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018,  at The Hofheimer Building, Richmond, Virginia. This year's theme is a Masquerade Ball. 
All information, including online ticket ordering, can be found on our school website.      
Student Council
The Student Council has several events to invite you to this month. 

Tuesday, March 13 is a tag day in honor of Saint Patrick. Students can dress down for the day for the low price of $2.00. They MUST wear green and it MUST be a green piece of clothing and NOT, for example, a green shamrock attached to the student's shirt.  All regular tag day rules apply. Please check the handbook if you are unsure of tag day rules.

On Friday March 16 from 5:30-6:30pm, the Student Council is sponsoring a soup supper in the cafeteria. This will include soup, bread, salad and dessert. It is free to attend.  We are in need of food donations. Please sign up 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.

Lastly, a reminder to keep sending your pop tops to school so we can take them to the Ronald McDonald House. Every tab makes a difference. Thank you!
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.

  • Re-enrollment contracts which were issued before February 19, 2018 are due this Friday along with a $200 family tuition deposit. Contracts returned after March 9 must include an additional $300 late enrollment fee per contract and can only be accepted if the grade is not full.  We look forward to receiving your signed contract to secure your space.      

  • All information about our PTO Annual Gala can be found in your parent communication folder. Tickets are on sale now and can be ordered online on our school website.
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 (Sunday, March 18), other Friday Lenten Suppers, as well as the annual Parish Mission (Wednesday 3/7 and Thursday 3/8) is provided here:   Saint Benedict Lent Schedule
Saint Benedict School Facebook Page
Have you "liked" our school Facebook page? If not, please go there now and LIKE and FOLLOW us!  
Being a Teen in 2018 - Emily Wilson at Saint Gertrude High School
On Monday, March 12, Saint Gertrude High School will welcome Catholic speaker, author, and musician, Emily Wilson. Emily was the keynote speaker at the Diocese of Richmond's DYC in 2017. Emily travels the world sharing her faith. She will be presenting "Being a Teen in 2018," a discussion that challenges teenagers to think differently about their identity, the culture, and who God created them to be. The presentation will begin at 7:30pm and will be held in the SGHS Multipurpose Room. This relevant presentation is open to the public (ages 10+) and is FREE. Parents, please come and bring your teens. We hope MANY will join us! To learn more about Emily, please visit:  http://emwilsonmusic.com/.  
Benedictine College Preparatory Middies Lacrosse
The Middle School Lacrosse Program practices will begin on March 8th and take place 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-1:00pm). For more information: https://www.benedictinecollegeprep.org/athletics/middies/middies-lacrosse
Saint Gertrude Info
You are invited to the Saint Gertrude's High School Song Contest this Friday,
March 9, 7:30pm at the Altria Theater. This event is FREE! Doors open at 7pm.

Registration is open for spring middies lacrosse and softball for girls in grades 5th-8th! Register here:   link . 

Summer camp registration is now open.  
When: June 11-15 and June 18-22
Who: Open to girls, rising 5th -9th grade
What: 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: http://www.saintgertrude.org/summer-camps-2/
Upcoming Dates
March 9 - School Mass, 8:30am - Middle School students wear dress uniforms
March 13 - School Board Meeting, 6pm
March 15 - PTO Meeting, 6pm, CAFE
March 16 - School Mass 8:30am - Middle School students wear dress uniforms