October 9, 2018
From Our Principal
Reading to your kids is a great way to connect with them and to give them the tools to develop as readers themselves. Studies have shown that reading to your children is a significant indicator of later reading success. They learn how to form sentences, expand their vocabulary, and hear stories read with inflection and expression. As parents, it is an opportunity to share some of the literature you loved as a child. I've read my kids The Lord of the Rings , The Chronicles of Narnia , The Wind in the Willows , and Treasure Island . Even though these books may be beyond their current reading level, they are inspired by the wonderful stories.
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, on Thursday, October 11th, Saint Mary’s Catholic School is holding a High School Information Fair from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. This is a very helpful event to attend.
Our Comets Take to the Soccer, Cross Country, Field Hockey and Football Fields! Go Comets!
Comet Sports in ACTION!

A few quick pics from our Cross Country, Middies Field Hockey, Soccer and Flag Football Teams......GO COMETS!

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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.

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 .

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.
PTO News
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 serve on the planning committee for this annual event. If you are interested in being part of the planning, please contact Jennifer Eschbach at jmeschbach0314@comcast.net  or sign up HERE .

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 this sign up genius to see where you can help! 

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 .

We came. We ate chicken. We got paid!
Thank you everyone for coming out to our first Spirit Night of the year! Through your participation, our school just received a check for $246 from our friends at Chick-fil-A at Willow Lawn! That's a nice return for eating delicious chicken!

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 .

Classroom Reps Needed:
PTO classroom representatives are an important link between the PTO and the parents of students in each class. As a room rep you will act as a liaison between the PTO and teachers.  Reps are still needed for 4th and 7th grades . Please click HERE to sign up!

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.
Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration is THIS SATURDAY!
The Hispanic families at Saint Benedict Catholic School are organizing a festival to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month. This great event will take place THIS Saturday October 13th from 2:30pm to 6:00pm at the SBCS playground. This celebration is open to all families of the School, their relatives and close friends. The event will include fun and educational activities, music, face painting, folk dances, and an array of delicious Hispanic food for children and adults, to share different aspects of the diverse Hispanic culture. Free admission. All activities and crafts are free. Food will be available for purchase. It will be a wonderful experience for all the families.

If you are planning to attend, please complete the registration form HERE , This will help us to plan accordingly.
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.
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 .
On  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 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
Partners in Faith: October Edition
September issue of Partners in Faith here.
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
Saint Gertrude Open House - Oct 14th
Saint Gertrude High School   invites you to their annual  Open House  on Sunday, October 14 from 1 PM - 3 PM. Hear from Head of School Renata Rafferty, learn more about our NEW Flexible Tuition Program, take a private tour of campus, and discover what makes our academic, athletic, and arts programs truly amazing. Register at  saintgertrude.org/openhouse . For more information, contact Meredith McNamara at 804-822-3941 or  mmcnamara@saintgertrude.org
Virtus Training in Spanish - THIS THURSDAY, 6-9PM @ St. Benedict Church!
In order to volunteer with anything that involves contact with children you must be Virtus trained and have a background check.​ Pam Autry, in the front office, must process your background check and confirm your Virtus attendance before you volunteer with children. Your attendance counts to your volunteer hours. There are a number of different times and locations offered for training sessions. Register for a training session, by visiting https://richmonddiocese.org/child_protection_virtus/ . This Thursday (10/11) it will be offered IN SPANISH at at St. Benedict Church from 6pm-9pm. Use the link above to REGISTER. You MUST register!
School Mass Schedule for September
Friday, October 12
Choir: 8th Grade
Servers: Jacob Lang, Chloe DiGirolamo, Lemma Wheatley
Lectors: Rachel O'Herron and Ella Douglas

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 11 - VIRTUS Training in Spanish at St. Benedict Church, 6-9pm
Oct 13 - Hispanic Heritage Day Festival 2:30pm - 6pm, St. Benedict Playground
Oct 13 - Comet Sports! Go Comets!
Oct 15 - Nov/Dec Lunch Ordering Opens
Oct 18 - PTO Meeting
Oct 19 - Early Dismissal @ 1:40pm. End of First Marking Period