WEEKLY NEWS
September 12, 2017
Saint Benedict Oktoberfest is this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday! Please sign up to volunteer and bring your family to enjoy the fun.

This Friday, September 15, the church parking lot and some of the neighboring streets will be closed for Oktoberfest. One of the street closures is Belmont Avenue, between Stuart and Grove. Because Belmont will be closed, we will have to modify our car line for the day ( view map here). We have tried to change the process as little as possible. Please carefully follow these procedures on Friday.

Morning Drop Off
(For students arriving for morning care, you will need to find street parking and walk your child to the ramp entrance.)
  • Drive down Hanover Avenue toward the VMFA
  • Turn right onto Cleveland Avenue
  • Students will be let out of their cars on Cleveland across from the St. Benedict Alley
  • Teachers will escort students down the alley to the school
  • After dropping off students, proceed to Grove Avenue and turn right onto Grove
Afternoon Pick Up
(For walkers, you will need to find street parking and walk to the door where you normally pick students up. Parents picking up students from ASE will have to find street parking and walk to the ramp door - ASE will be available from 1:30-6:00pm.)
  • Drive down Hanover Avenue toward the VMFA
  • Turn right onto Cleveland Avenue
  • Students will be seated by class in the St. Benedict Alley
  • Teachers will help students into their vehicles on Cleveland Avenue
  • After picking up students, proceed to Grove Avenue and turn right onto Grove
*NO CARS WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE SAINT BENEDICT ALLEY*
Oktoberfest Volunteers Needed!
The  13th Annual St. Benedict Oktoberfest  is coming up THIS WEEKEND Sept. 15-17, 2017. This event raises critical funding for our school and we need ALL HANDS ON DECK!  THERE ARE STILL MANY SHIFTS ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY NEEDING TO BE FILLED. This is a great way to knock out a bunch of your required volunteer hours! Please do what you can, get your friends and family to help out too, and make it a great time. Click here to volunteer.
Tag Day for Hurricane Harvey Relief
The money raised from our Tag Day last week is going to True Cross Catholic School in Dickinson, Texas. We have been in contact with the school principal. Their school was devastated by the hurricane, and they are currently holding classes at another nearby Catholic school. They are very grateful for our assistance.
Altar Servers
If your student would like to be an altar server at School Masses, please see the registration form here. Altar servers must be baptized Catholic students in grades 3-8 who have already made their First Communion. They must also serve weekend Masses at St. Benedict or their home parish. The next altar server training at St. Benedict Church will be held November 4 at 10:00am for those still needing to be trained.
Students try to figure out a "mystery substance" for science.
PTO News
The PTO would like to thank Audrey Kelley and all the volunteers who helped during Back to School Night! It was a huge success and we couldn't have done it without your support! 

The PTO is still in search of room reps for 2nd, 4th, 6th and 7th grades. If you are interested in being a representative for your child's class please visit www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e45ada623a0f94-sbcs to learn about the responsibilities and to sign up.

Fall Fest plans are underway!
The SBCS PTO Fall Fest is set this year for Saturday, October 21st. This is a favorite family event at our school and we’d like you to get involved! We are looking for volunteers to serve on the planning committee for this annual event. If you are interested in being part of the planning, please join us for the Fall Fest meeting this Thursday in the cafeteria directly following our PTO meeting. 

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!  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e45ada623a0f94-fall4

PTO Meeting, this Thursday September 14, 6:00pm. All are welcome! 
Help Needed
Saint Benedict Catholic School is looking for Substitute Teachers for grades PreK-8 for the 2017-2018 school year and for volunteers to work the Reception Desk during the school day. If you are interested in either of these opportunities, please contact the School Secretary, Pam Autry, at (804) 254-8850 or pautry@saintbenedictschool.org for more information.
Parish News
Adoration: Exposition and Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament occurs on the first Friday of each month.  Exposition begins at 6:00pm with all night adoration until 8:00 a.m. the following morning (Saturday). Adorers are needed to commit to an hour, or to be available as a substitute. This is a very peaceful and quiet time to pray in front of our Lord. Please consider becoming part of this prayerful ministry. For more information or to sign up, please contact Alice diFazio at 690-3786 or email  notele@comcast.net .
GRSM Band Program
Greater Richmond School of Music (GRSM) is pleased to announce that we will be expanding our Band Program to include a number of Catholic Schools in the Richmond Diocese starting in the Fall of 2017. The Beginning Band is a beginning level group for students who are learning to play a band instrument for the first time. The Concert Band is an intermediate level group for students who have had 1-3 years of experience playing a band instrument. The Symphonic Band is an advanced level group comprised of students who have had 4+ years of experience playing a band instrument or have demonstrated a high level of proficiency on their instrument. Learn more about our Band Program here.
Boy Scouts
St. Benedict Boy Scout Troop 498 would like to invite all boys grades 6-8 to our Open House and Merit Badge Presentation to be held on Tuesday, September 12th at 7:00pm in St. Anslem Hall. Come join us for an introduction to Boy Scouts, an overview of our summer camp, some scout activities, and light refreshments. If you have any questions, please contact our Scout Master, Barry Hodge via email at:  troop.498.bsa@gmail.com.
Saint Gertrude High School Speaker
On September 13, Mr. William "Bill" Maher will speak on teenage substance abuse and intervention. Mr. Maher is a nationally-recognized expert in the field of intervention for chemical dependency. He is a preferred interventionist for a number of the country’s top treatment centers, including the Betty Ford Center. A sought after speaker and trainer in the field of intervention, he has also appeared on  Good Morning AmericaThe Wall Street Journal and  WVTF Public Radio on the topic of substance abuse intervention. Mr. Maher will also be discussing substance abuse education, d e-stigmatizing addiction and the current heroin/opioid crisis. You can read more about Mr. Maher here: http://interventionctr.com/bill-maher/. The talk begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be held in the multi-purpose room at Saint Gertrude. It is a free event and open to all in the community (geared toward adults). No RSVP necessary.
Middies Athletics
St. Gertrude will offer a series of fall softball clinics for 5 Saturdays (9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/28, 11/4) 1st-4th grade, 9-10:30 and 5th-9th grade,10:45-12:15. The cost will be $25 a session or $100 for the total 5 sessions. Click here to register.
Upcoming Dates:
Sept. 14 PTO Meeting at 6:00pm in the cafeteria
Sept. 15 School Mass at 8:30am in St. Anselm Hall (middle school wear dress uniform)
Sept. 15 Early Dismissal at 1:30pm
Sept. 15-17 St. Benedict Oktoberfest
Sept. 22 First Quarter Interim
Sept. 29 Picture Day