September 25, 2018
From Our Principal
There are many instances in Scripture that show the importance of a shared meal - from Abraham's hospitality toward his three unknown guests, to the wedding feast at Cana, the feeding of the five thousand, and of course, the Last Supper. Sitting down together and sharing a meal is something that builds relationships and develops positive lines of communication. I encourage each of our families to try to share a meal together every day. During the meal, practice the art of conversation with your kids. Discuss your day and theirs in a way that builds strong family bonds and always serves to glorify God.
House System Update: First House Day THIS THURSDAY!!
Our first "House Day" will be this Thursday, September 27 . There will be four House Days over the course of the school year.  On Thursday, all students should wear their House t-shirts. The rest of the uniform remains the same as a normal school day.  We will have a regular academic day until 1:40pm. At that time, the students will gather as House. They will get a short lesson about patron Saint of their House, participate in an icebreaker to get to know one another better, and compete against each other in a game of Catholic trivia (the winning House will be awarded points). Saint Jerome's Feast Day is September 30 (a Sunday), so St. Jerome House may wear their House t-shirts again on Monday, October 1.
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.
Ms. Howell's 3rd grade students practice public speaking, while reading their IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) Key Word Outlines.
PTO News
Monthly PTO Meetings: Thank you to all of the families who joined us for the PTO meeting this past Thursday. It was great seeing so many faces!  Join us at the next PTO meeting on  Thursday, October 18th  and earn points for your house. 

Spirit Night: September 27, 5-8pm. 
Take the evening off from cooking and join us for our first SBCS spirit night at the Chick-fil-A in the Shoppes at Willow Lawn!Earn points for your house by coming out and showing your school spirit. The house with the most participation will receive an extra 15 points!  Please bring THIS SHEET in to give to the cashier. 

Box Tops  - we are collecting these by classroom and the class with the most box tops by  10/26  will win a class party! The next collection will be in the spring so keep collecting them throughout the year.

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 .
Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration
The Hispanic families at Saint Benedict Catholic School are organizing a festival to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month. This great event will take place on 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.
Vielen Dank vom Oktoberfest!
What a wonderful Oktoberfest weekend! Thank you to all of our Comet families and students for supporting the event and volunteering many, many hours to help make it another great success!! It's no wonder St. Benedict Oktoberfest is one of RVA's favorite 'fests! Vielen Dank!
Have You Joined the Comet Campaign?
The Comet Campaign at Saint Benedict Catholic School is an opportunity for all of our families to show our children that 100% of our parents, teachers and staff are behind them! Your tax-deductible donation ensures that our children have excellent teachers, a classroom to be proud of and the opportunity to learn and practice their faith. We are a community of the faithful, and as we begin our Centennial celebration in 2019, we look to you to continue our commitment to all of our children.

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 .
Volunteer Sign Up
Please look over these opportunities to help our school out throughout the year. Information can be found at this link . We encourage you to sign up for the volunteer opportunities through the sign up genius link listed below each activity prior to Book Day. A printed version of the sign up forms with the remaining slots will also be available at Back to School Night.
P.E. Schedule
Reminder : This year will involve a bit of a change with the PE schedule. Since Mr. Insley is also working as a firefighter, we have planned the schedule around his hours at the fire station. That means the PE schedule will alternate. Here is a copy of the PE/Art schedule through October 8. You may want to print a copy and keep it in a visible place.
Student Council News
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
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.)

Deadline for Sacramental Preparation - OCTOBER 3RD
The deadline for signing up for all sacramental preparation is October 3. This includes First Penance / First Holy Communion (whether the child is in 2nd grade or a higher grade) and Confirmation (normally 10th grade). If a child or young person has not been enrolled by the deadline, the reception of the sacraments will be postponed until next year. Please remember that any child or young person preparing to receive sacraments must be concurrently enrolled in religious education (either through a Catholic school, the parish religious education program, or a homeschool program). First Penance and First Communion along with Confirmation letters and schedules are on the parish website.  
EDGE , middle school youth ministry, will take place from  6:30pm to 8:00pm on Wednesday nights starting Oct. 3rd. On the first night only, Oct. 3rd, we will meet at the Church, all following meeting will be in the 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. 
Altar Server Training

A training session for altar servers will take place on Saturday, September 29 at 10:00am. To be an altar server, a child must be baptized, have received First Holy Communion, regularly attend Mass, and be enrolled in religious education (either through the home, the parish, or Saint Benedict School) and attend the training. All Altar Servers are encouraged to attend this session. 

Parish Clean Up Day - Fall Edition!
This is a GREAT opportunity for our students to earn VOLUNTEER HOURS! Parents and their children (ages 8 and above) are welcome to participate in a St. Benedict Parish Clean-Up Day on Saturday, October 6 from 9:00am to 12:00pm . The purpose of the effort will be to do minor landscaping on the parish grounds (weeding, trimming bushes, etc.). Please sign up for this event HERE .
Virtus Training
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/ .
School Mass Schedule for September
Friday, September 28
Choir: 6th Grade
Lectors: Hector Cibes-Lee/Madeleine Lang
Servers: Scout Kennon, Brennan Shea, Michael Williamson
Upcoming Dates
Sept 25 - PICTURE DAY!
Sept 27 - House Day
Sept 27 - Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A 5pm-8pm, The Shops at Willow Lawn
Sept 28 - School Mass
Sept 29 - Altar Server Training , 10am, St. Benedict Church
Sept 2 9 - St. Benedict Sports Teams:
Oct 1 - St. Jerome House Wears House Shirt in honor of St. Jerome's Feast Day
Oct 3 - EDGE Middle School Youth Ministry begins! 6:30pm-8pm, St. Anselm's Hall
Oct 6 - Parish Clean Up Day (9am - 12pm), St. Benedict Church
Oct 13 - Hispanic Heritage Day Festival 2:30pm - 6pm, St. Benedict Playground