November 28, 2017
School Year Theme
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is  true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Philippians 4:8
 TODAY is Giving Tuesday #GivingTuesday2017
Today is #GivingTuesday, a nation-wide reminder that Christmas is more than shopping on Black Friday and going online on Cyber Monday. It is a celebration of the birth of Christ, a time to give thanks for all that God has provided us! It should also be a time to give back. If the Christmas season is a time when you make your year-end charitable contributions, please consider Saint Benedict Catholic School on #GivingTuesday, or any time in the next month via our website:   http://www.saintbenedictschool.org/giving/donate-now.cfm  
Santa's Shop
Is your house overstocked with goodies that you just don't use? Well it is time to do some winter cleaning just in time for the 8th grade Santa Shop coming in December (date to be confirmed!).  Looking for  gently used or new items. Please bring these items to the school 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!
The Benedict Players presents . . .
On the evening of Friday, December 1st and Saturday, December 2nd, the Benedict Players will perform, "Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus." The shows will be at 7pm each night and last about an hour. There is NO cost, so come out and support this hard working group and start your Christmas season with some cheer! 
Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids
This week the Knights of Columbus are sponsoring their annual Coats for Kids project. If you have any gently used coats you would like to donate to this cause you may bring them to the school THIS week and drop them off in Mr. Cichocki's history room next to the office. Thank you for your generosity and support.  
Lessons and Carols
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. Our students will present this event on Tuesday, December 12th at Saint Benedict Church at 6:30pm. Join us for this Advent season tradition.   
Office of Catholic Schools Fall Newsletter
Please read the OCS Fall Newsletter here to stay current on happenings in our Catholic schools across the Diocese.  
Saint Benedict School in Pictures:
As reported last week, Grandparents Day was a HUGE success.
And a picture is worth 1000 words! 
As you can see, the grandparents were welcomed with love and songs and thanksgiving and were celebrated in a special way at Mass.   
Thank you again to Pat Maehr and the PTO for a wonderful event.  
PTO News
The weeks leading up to Christmas Break are VERY busy! We will need lots of help to ensure all events run smoothly and successfully! Here are some suggestions: 

Help set up for our Fall Sports Banquet * ... Donate cookies for Lessons and Carols * ... Give some time at the Santa Shop * helping students find what they need.
Volunteer by clicking on one of the links.  

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.

Our NEXT PTO meeting is Thursday, December 7th.  Please join us! We always look forward to seeing new faces!!
December Mass Schedule
Friday, December 1
Class Choir: 6th Grade
Readers: Peter Czaja, Roth Thomas
Servers: Mia Moore, Chloe DiGirolamo, William Proctor

Friday, December 8 (Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception)
Class Choir: 7th Grade
Readers: McKenzie Shea, Lily Luck
Servers: Dabney Lang, Tabitha Pickral, Jack Bellaver

Tuesday, December 12 (Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe)
Class Choir: 6th Grade
Readers: Emily Lara, Josh Giron
Servers: Owen Sibal, Fanty Erazo-Polanco, Fatima Erazo-Polanco
Upcoming Dates
Nov. 28 Fall Sports Banquet - 6:30pm, St. Anselm Hall
Dec. 1 8:30am Mass in the Church - Middle School wear dress uniform
Dec. 1 School Play - 7pm, Library
Dec. 2 School Play - 7pm, Library
Dec. 7 PTO Meeting - 6pm, Cafeteria