WEEKLY NEWS - Oct. 23, 2018
Comet Parents TO-DO List for This Week!
(A new section to help our parents manage deadlines at school. Read on for details in the newsletter!) Have a great week!

  • TONIGHT (10/23): Parents Workshop, Anxiety & Depression in Children - 7pm-8pm, St. Anselms RSVP here.

  • WEDNESDAY (10/24): Fall Fest Food & Drink Orders Due. Fall Fest happens RAIN OR SHINE! Sign up here.

  • THURSDAY (10/25): Grandparents addresses due for Grandparents Day invitations (Even if you provided last year - if you don't provide by Thursday, they won't be mailed invitations.) Provide one form per address here.

  • THURSDAY (10/25): Box Tops due by 4pm. Please send them with your student to their teacher.

  • FRIDAY (10/26): Lunch ordering for Nov/Dec closes at NOON. Order here.

  • SATURDAY (10/27): SEE YOU AT FALL FEST, rain or shine! 5pm-8pm, SBCS Playground/St. Anselm

  • MONDAY (10/29): 5th & 6th and 7th & 8th Boy's Basketball Teams Meeting, 7pm, Library. (5th & 6th and 3rd & 4th still need players and coaches!) Sign up all grade players here. Coaches here. Details on other teams below. Let's go Comets!
From Our Principal
One area of instruction that is particularly sensitive is the virtue of chastity. At Saint Benedict, we are very careful to balance our duties as educators with the Church's teaching that parents are the primary educators. At school, students participate in lessons about appropriate interactions with adults and the dignity of each human person. By middle school that delves further into moral actions, and we utilize an excellent book in 7th and 8th grade called Theology of the Body for Teens: Middle School Edition (Ascension Press). We ask parents to share in this formation with us, and we provide resources to assist parents at each grade level on our school web site at  http://www.saintbenedictschool.org/faith/chastity-by-grade.cfm . Thank you for your partnership!

Tonight Dr. William McKenna will 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. Please join us for this informative event from 7pm - 8pm in St. Anselm's Hall.  Adults only, please. RSVP HERE.
Lunch Ordering for November-December
Now Open Through NOON THIS FRIDAY Oct. 26!
Order now through ParentsWeb
Grandparents Day ADDRESS Deadline is THURSDAY!!!
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 THIS FORM for each address. Deadline for providing grandparent address information is THIS THURSDAY, October 25 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!
Mrs. Carter's 1st Graders have fun at the Pumpkin Patch!
Basketball Season Update - LET'S GO COMETS!
Update on registration! Registration closes November 1st .

Boys' 7th & 8th is ready to go. There is a parents-coaches meeting 7pm, Monday October 29th , in the cafeteria, and practice begins 3pm, Tuesday November 6th , in the Benedictine gym.

Boys' 5th & 6th is short of both players and coaches at this point. If we reach our goal by the end of registration, there will be a parents-coaches meeting 7pm, Monday October 29th, in the cafeteria, and practice will begin 3pm, Tuesday November 6th, in the Benedictine gym.

Boys' 3rd & 4th is also short of both players and coaches . If we reach our goal by the end of registration, practice will begin 3pm, Wednesday November 7th, in the Benedictine gym.

Our girls' teams are, unfortunately, under-enrolled, and we have no volunteer coaches. SBCS will likely not be able to field any girls' teams this year.

Register your PLAYERS  HERE , and you can volunteer to COACH HERE .
We literally can't do this without you!

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

Registration closes November 1st .
FallFest Plans are Underway! The SBCS PTO FallFest is THIS Saturday, October 27th from 5pm-8pm AND WILL TAKE PLACE RAIN OR SHINE.  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 make it a great time for our kids! If you are able to help out please click HERE to see where you can help! 

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 . For more details please click  HERE .

BOX TOPS DEADLINE IS THIS THURSDAY!!!  - We are once again collecting Box Tops. Collection day is fast approaching. Send them in to your child's classroom teacher by THIS THURSDAY! 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.
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.
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!
P.E. and ART Schedule
Reminder : Here is a copy of the PE/Art schedule through DEC 31.
Saint Gertrude - Upcoming Open House Events
Click here for admissions events and Shadow Days!
Next event: Nov 4th An Insider's Look at SGHS!
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 29%
St. Augustine 25%
St. Gregory 26%
St. Jerome 27%

We really do need 100% family, faculty and Advisory Board participation in our Comet Campaign!

Saint Benedict’s Comet Campaign provides our students and faculty with those extras not covered in our tuition or budget. We count on you, our families, to help close that gap. Please give 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 .
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 .
School Mass Schedule for October
Friday, October 26
Choir: 4th Grade
Servers: Hector Cibes-Lee, Liam Cruess, Seamus Cruess
Lectors: McKenzie Shea and Gabriel Harding
Upcoming Dates
Oct 24 - Tag Day - $2, Wear Pink for Cancer Awareness
Oct 26 - Report Cards Go Home
Oct 26 - Nov/Dec Lunch Ordering Ends
Oct 27 - FALL FEST 5PM-8PM, Rain or Shine! St Benedict Playground/St. Anselm
Oct 29 - 7/8 and 5/6 Boy's Basketball Meeting, 7pm, Cafeteria
Nov 1 - All Saints Day Mass (followed by Honor Roll Assembly in St. Anselm)
Nov 1 - Basketball Registration Closes
Nov 2 - Middle School NET Retreat