October 15, 2018
From Our Principal
This past Sunday at Mass we heard the verse from Hebrews 4:12, "The word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword." As parents, it is important for us to find ways to share Scripture with our kids. Hopefully we attend a church service each week, so children can hear the word of God proclaimed. Reading from Scripture could be part of our daily family prayer. Are there times that we can share Bible stories with our children, especially those that are really meaningful for us? Do we have children's Bible stories at home that our kids can pick up and read on their own? Can we incentivize or create games to encourage children to memorize fundamental Scripture verses? Remember the admonition of one of our House patrons, St. Jerome, "Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ."

Next Tuesday, Oct. 23, we have invited Dr. William McKenna to present a parents workshop on issues of anxiety and depression in children. Dr. William T. McKenna, Psy.D., is a Psychologist in private practice here in Richmond. His clinical work includes counseling couples, trauma across the lifespan, male adolescents, and psychological testing. Dr. McKenna received his Bachelor’s degree in Theology from Belmont Abbey College in 2011, and his Masters and Doctorate from the Institute for the Psychological Sciences (IPS), the School of Psychology at Divine Mercy University in 2017. He completed his residency training with Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington. Finally, Dr. McKenna is a Richmond native having attended St. Edwards-Epiphany School and Benedictine College Preparatory.
Please join us for this informative event from 7pm - 8pm in St. Anselm's Hall.
 RSVP here . Adults only, please.
Getting Ready for High School...
In order to help our 8th grade families prepare for applying to high schools, we have some helpful information and deadlines you need to know.

We have provided some of the area high school application deadlines known to date, but this list is not exhaustive, so please stay on top of your prospective high school application deadlines! Also, Saint Mary’s High School Information Fair has been rescheduled to this THURSDAY OCT. 18TH from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. This is a very helpful event to attend.
Prayer punctuates our day here at Saint Benedict
End of Day Prayers with our Kindergarteners

Thanking God for another good week and all of our blessings!

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Hispanic Heritage Day Festival Fun!
Thank you to our Segura Initiative Families for putting on such a great festival in honor of Hispanic Heritage month! Delicious food, fun times and some great pics!
Comets Join in the One Million Kids Praying the Rosary Campaign
On Thursday, October 18th , the Pontifical Foundation Aid to the Church in Need will hold its One Million Kids Praying the Rosary campaign. Saint Benedict Catholic School is proud to participate in such a worthwhile initiative, and we will hold our own Rosary service at 9:00am that same day in Saint Benedict Church. Parents are encouraged to learn more about the campaign at  www.millionkidspraying.org  and are especially encouraged to join their children in praying the Rosary as we petition Our Lady for world peace and for the relief of persecuted Christians throughout the world.
Basketball Season is Coming Up!
Believe it or not, basketball season is almost around the corner! This year, SBCS is pleased to offer 6 teams for our students:

3rd & 4th boys basketball: 8 players and two coaches minimum. One after-school practice per week and one weekend game. Student fee is $50, which cannot be refunded after the first practice.

5th & 6th boys basketball: 8 players and two coaches minimum. Two after-school practices and one to two games per week. Student fee is $100, which cannot be refunded after the first practice.

7th & 8th boys basketball: 8 players and two coaches minimum. Two after-school practices and one to two games per week. Student fee is $100, which cannot be refunded after the first practice.

3rd & 4th girls basketball: 8 players and two coaches minimum. One after-school practice per week and one weekend game. Student fee is $50, which cannot be refunded after the first practice.

5th & 6th girls basketball: 8 players and two coaches minimum. Two after-school practices and one to two games per week. Student fee is $100, which cannot be refunded after the first practice.

7th & 8th girls basketball: 8 players and two coaches minimum. Two after-school practices and one to two games per week. Student fee is $100, which cannot be refunded after the first practice.

COACHES NEEDED! We are in need of Virtus-trained coaches. If you're interested and available, please sign up  HERE . We literally can't do this without you!

The season for all three teams lasts roughly from early November through January. 

To register your athlete for one of our teams, please go HERE . Please note that registration closes November 1st .
PTO News
PTO meeting THIS Thursday at 6pm in the cafeteria. We look forward to seeing you all! 

FallFest Plans are Underway! The SBCS PTO FallFest is set this year for  Saturday, October 27th.  This is a favorite family event at our school and we’d like you to get involved! We are looking for  parent volunteers  to help with the multiple activities planned for the evening, from applying temporary tattoos to participating in our Trunk or Treat. 

We are also looking for volunteers for all other areas of Fall Fest including set up and break down. If you are able to help out please take a moment to look over the sign up genius to see where you can help!  https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/30E0E45ADA623A0F94-fall8

Kitchen cleanup and organization - Oct. 21, 12:30 - 3:30pm Do you like to see things sparkle and shine? Do you have a little elbow grease to spare? We will be cleaning out and wiping refrigerators, closets, cabinets and counters as well as organizing supplies and deep cleaning the kitchen floor. A great way to get those volunteer hours!! Sign up HERE .

Lunchroom Volunteers:
Lunch service is in need of a few volunteers to serve lunch in October . If you can volunteer your time please sign up by clicking HERE .

New! Enrichment Reps:
This year we are looking for 1 parent per grade to fill the role as an Enrichment representative . Enrichment representative's primary responsibility is to encourage participation in fundraising events outside of school. For more details please click  HERE .

Box Tops  - We are once again collecting Box Tops. These come on a lot of the items you purchase every day and are an easy way to help out our school. They come on Ziplock bags and General Mills cereal just to name a few of the everyday products that they come on. Collection day is fast approaching. We will be collecting all of  the Box Tops   on October 25th  after school so that they can get mailed off in time for the  November 1st  cutoff.
Technology Club Takes on Web Design, Online Games and Robotics!
The Technology Club has been busy over the past several weeks. Officers were elected, and teams have been formed. The club has been divided into three teams: Web Design, Online Games, and Robotics. Each team is working on a project for the semester. Team members have learned the basics of operating a computer, the internal functions of a computer, using Microsoft Word, coding in HTML, and the Online Games team is even building a small computer.  

Our club officers are as follows: President - Katherine Poe, VP Communications - Brigid Downs, VP Web Design - Alexa Priest & Madeleine Lang, VP Online Games - Joshua Poe, and VP Robotics - Kendall Tiller.  
Interested in Becoming A Substitute Teacher?
Saint Benedict is looking for substitute teachers. Applicants should have their college degree and will have a background check performed as part of the application process. Please contact Sean Cruess at 804-254-8850 if you are interested. Thank you!
New FACTS Website is Live!
RenWeb and FACTS are now merged into 1 company: FACTS. Check out the news here and what it means for parents.
P.E. and ART Schedule
Reminder : Here is a copy of the PE/Art schedule through DEC 31.
Paint Your House with a Donation to the Comet Campaign!
Check out our House banner from the car line! We’ll be updating our family and faculty giving every other week. Which House will reach 100% first and receive bonus House points?
St. Ambrose 22%
St. Augustine 25%
St. Gregory 23%
St. Jerome 19%

Please make your gift to the Comet Campaign today...you can make an outright gift or you can pledge your gift and make payments monthly. Click HERE for a form, that can be filled out and sent to school with your child or you can make a donation via PayPal on our website HERE .
Grandparents Day is Coming!
Saint Benedict Catholic School will be hosting its annual Grandparent's Day on Friday, November 16 and invitations will be going out the first week of November. Please provide the following contact information for your children's grandparents or special family friends, even if they are unable to attend and even if you have provided this information previously. Please submit one form per address. Deadline for this information is next Tuesday, October 23 by 4 pm . Please note, even if you provided information last year, unless you provide information this year an invitation will not be sent, so please help us today! Thank you!
THIS Friday, October 19th  the Student Council will be sponsoring its first dance of the year for middle school students . The dance will run from 6:30pm until 8:30pm in St. Anslem Hall. The theme will be Halloween and the cost will be $5.00 per student unless you wear a costume, then you will receive a dollar discount.  Students are also asked to make a refreshment donation; 8th graders should bring a bag of candy, 7th graders should bring small individual bags of chips, and 6th graders should bring a two liter bottle of soda . There will also be a costume contest that night.

On Wednesday, October 24th , the student council will sponsor a Tag Day. In recognition of Cancer Awareness, we ask all those who will be participating in the tag day to wear pink. The cost for your chance to wear pink and your favorite jeans is only $2.00. The proceeds will go toward breast cancer awareness in the Richmond area. Let's "pink out" St. Benedict on the 24th.

On Saturday, October 27th  the PTO is having their annual Fall Fest. The Student Council will be selling recycled crayons that night. If you have pieces of crayons at home, we would love for you to send them to the school and we will take the pieces and create new crayons.  All crayon donations can be sent to Mr. Cichocki in the history classroom.  

One of the Student Council projects is the collection of soda can tabs which we donate to The Ronald McDonald House on Monument Avenue.  This charity provides a place for families to stay while a loved one receives medical treatment in the area. Those pop tops can be sent to school where they will also be sent to Mr. Cichocki.

Thank you for your support of the St. Benedict Student Council
Parents Connection: For Your Marriage Website
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.)
EDGE , middle school youth ministry, will take place from  6:30pm to 8:00pm on Wednesday nights in St. Anselm Hall. Registration is here . Check out the bulletin board in the middle school hall way, church side porch, or link above for schedules. 
Media Literacy Project Event at Cardinal Newman Academy
Lunch Ordering for November-December
Now Open Through Oct. 26!
Order now through ParentsWeb
School Mass Schedule for October
Friday, October 19
Choir: 2nd Grade
Servers: Madeleine Lang, Tabitha Pickral, Gabriel Bevc
Lectors: Lily and Lucy Luck

Friday, October 26
Choir: 4th Grade
Servers: Hector Cibes-Lee, Liam Cruess, Seamus Cruess
Lectors: McKenzie Shea and Gabriel Harding
Upcoming Dates
Oct 15 - Nov/Dec Lunch Ordering Opens
Oct 18 - PTO Meeting, 6pm, Cafeteria
Oct 18 - Rosary Service, 9am, St. Benedict Church
Oct 19 - Early Dismissal @ 1:40pm. End of First Marking Period
Oct 19 - Middle School Dance, 6:30pm-8:30pm, St. Anselm's Hall
Oct 23 - Make Up Pictures
Oct 24 - Tag Day - $2, Wear Pink for Cancer Awareness
Oct 26 - Report Cards Go Home
Oct 26 - Nov/Dec Lunch Ordering Ends