August 28, 2018
Video Highlights from our 1st School Mass of the Year (Aug 24)
All are welcome to join us Friday mornings at 8:30am in the Church for School Mass! (See our September Mass Schedule at the bottom of this newsletter to see if your student or their class is singing, serving or reading).
From Our Principal
Our theme this year is a powerful verse from Saint Paul's letter to the Romans, "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." It speaks to the struggle between good and evil in society and in our own lives. These choices cross our paths on a daily basis. When we're faced with unkindness, disrespect, hurt, or injustice, how do we respond? Jesus is our example, and Scripture is our guide.
House System Update: Class Prefects Selected
Last week, the students in grade K-7 voted for a House Prefect to lead each of our Houses. Congratulations to the following 8th grade students who were selected based on: responsibility, serving as role models for younger students, and representing the school both within the school community and without. We look forward to their leadership and the leadership of our entire 8th grade class!
Augustine House - Ella Wagner
Gregory House - Scout Kennon
Jerome House - Roth Thomas
Ambrose House - Chase Bruce
Last Chance to Order from the Spirit Store! DEADLINE TODAY!!

Show your school spirit and support the Comets! Click the link below to order SBCS shirts, sweatpants, sweatshirts and more. Please place all orders by COB Sept 4, 2018, that's TODAY!

PTO News
SEPTEMBER 11th ​. Mark your calendar for the Back to School Night and our Parent- Teacher Social on Tuesday, September 11 from 6:30-9pm . ​ After you visit with your child’s teacher, please join us in St. Anselm Hall for our social. This is a great time to reconnect with old teachers and friends and meet our new families. You’ll also be hearing from a few guest speakers about important information and events for the school year. This is an adults only event, so plan now to leave the children at home.

Monthly PTO Meetings:
Please remember that attending our PTO meetings is a great way to stay connected with things happening in the school and it also counts as an hour towards your volunteer hours. If you missed our meeting please be sure to check your emails as the meeting notes will be sent via your PTO President. We'd love to see you at next month's meeting on  Thursday, September 20 . All are welcome to attend! 

Room Reps Still Needed:
The PTO is still in search of room reps for JK, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th grades. If you are interested in being a representative for your child's class please click HERE  to learn about the responsibilities and to sign up.
Scantron Assessments Begin This Week
The Office of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Richmond is using Performance Series by Scantron again this year as a diagnostic instructional tool. Performance Series is a web-based, computer-adaptive assessment administered in grades 2–8, with the option for schools to add grade 1. The purpose of the assessment is to provide teachers with data to monitor students' academic growth and progress over time. As an instructional
tool, the data will be used by teachers to create and tailor instruction to meet the needs of all students throughout the school year. Click here for more information.
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.
Mass of Atonement - Sept. 14th
Bishop Knestout is inviting the faithful to come and pray with him for all the victims of abuse at a Mass of Atonement at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart on Friday, Sept. 14 at 7pm. Please see the press release here.
Parents Connection: For Your Marriage Website
As busy parents, we need to set aside a little time each day to grow in our faith and in our vocations as husbands, wives and parents. For Your Marriage helps couples at all stages of life to understand and live God’s plan for happy, holy marriages by providing educational and spiritual resources. The website was launched in 2007 as part of the  National Pastoral Initiative for Marriage , an initiative of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to communicate the meaning and value of married life for the Church and for society. This week check out "When Teens Know One Parent Will Say Yes"

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 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. 

Kickball Classic
The Edge Middle school  Kickball Classic  is on  Friday September 14 . Please meet at  5:30pm  and pick up at  8:00pm . Classic pizza and snow cones will be served. Meet on the St. Benedict patio. Open to all 6th through 8th graders. Please rsvp to Ida O'Leary at  ioleary@saintbenedictparish.org  
Saint Benedict Oktoberfest - SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER!
St. Benedict's Oktoberfest brings over 40,000 GUESTS to the Church's parking lot-turned-Festplatz, along with thousands of dollars to support OUR SCHOOL ! The event is quickly approaching  September 21-23 ! What we need now IS YOU....YES YOU....EVERY ONE OF YOU... to volunteer for AT LEAST 1 SHIFT at this year's Oktoberfest because many hands make light work and this is our school's most important fundraiser of the year, put on through the dedication of our parish. We need EVERYONE'S HELP to pull off one of RVA's favorite annual 'fests! There are many different sitting, standing, front-lines and behind-the-scenes jobs that need help. Click  HERE   or visit  www.stbenedictoktoberfest.com  to sign up TODAY - its fast and easy!
St. Benedict Concert Series - Join Us Sept 8th!
We are sincerely grateful to all who attended the first performance in our music series. We were thrilled to welcome over 200 attendees. The second concert in the series will be performed on  Saturday, September 8th, at 7:30pm.  Three Notch’d Road: The Charlottesville Baroque Ensemble presents "Cantatas of J.S. Bach: Sacred Harmony." Three Notch’d Road launches the first in a cycle of J.S. Bach’s glorious cantatas with two alto cantatas written for the liturgical season of Trinity, featuring guest countertenor Nathan Medley. Artistic Director Fiona Hughes is joined by oboist Debra Nagy for the famous double concerto for violin and oboe. A free-will offering will be accepted.
News From Our Friends at St. Gertrude
  • Open House this year will be held on Sunday, October 14 from 1-3 PM.  
  • We request that families register online for Open House. Registration information will be forthcoming. 
  • Visitors' Day is changing for the 2018-19 school year.  
  • In order to provide a more realistic and personal school experience, we will be offering 7 shadow day opportunities throughout the year.   
  • Shadow days run from 8 am - 12:30 pm.  
  • The scheduled shadow days are: November 15, 27, & 28; January 23 & 24; February 4 & 5.  
  • Registration is required and space is limited.  
  • Admission Testing We have eliminated admission testing and will make admission decisions based upon admission interview, student grades, and previous standardized testing. Once your student is admitted and enrolled at SGHS, we will do placement testing. This testing will be done in the spring. 
  • Registrations for Open House and Visitors' Days will be on our website and live in early September. I will notify you when these are ready.
  • Application for Admission deadline is January 15. Scholarship (Saint Scholastica and Alumnae) deadlines are also January 15.  
  • Visit St. Gertrude online for more information www.saintgertrude.org
Carpooling Anyone?
A few families have expressed an interest in trying to set up carpools to and from school. If you are interested, please email Maria Jaramillo at mjaramillo@saintbenedictschool.org. Maria will gather and share names & addresses of those interested. It will then be up to those participants to coordinate and organize a carpool.
Band and Music Lessons
We believe that music is a very important part of a well-rounded education. A number of diocesan schools have partnered with the Greater Richmond School of Music to provide students with opportunities for Band (for students in grades 4-8) and private music lessons that the schools cannot offer on their own. For more information about these wonderful opportunities, please visit: https://grsm.net/grsm-st-benedict-catholic-school/ .
Facebook - Like Us, Recommend Us
We are actively posting pictures and videos of our Comets and life at St. Benedict's! Be sure to check it out and help promote our school to the broader community by liking us and recommending us to prospective families who view our site! If you have any recommendations or suggestions on how we can improve our facebook presence, please email Gretchen Ridgely, Dir. of Admissions and Communications at gridgely@saintbenedictschool.org. Check us out on Facebook by clicking 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/ .
Boy Scouts at St. Benedict's
Scouting is an ideal way for boys of Saint Benedict to make friends in the parish and school. You can learn more about the fun that awaits you and your son in Scouting by attending the Parish and School Scouting Open House on Monday, September 17 in Saint Anselm Hall (multipurpose room) of Saint Benedict School.
·           Cub Scout Pack 498 — Boys in grades K-5
·           Boy Scout Troop 498 — Boys ages 11-18 or grades 6-12
The scouts and adult leaders of Cub Scout Pack 498 and Boy Scout Troop 498 look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to the adventure of Scouting! For more information, contact Scoutmaster Barry Hodge at  troop.498.bsa@gmail.com  or Cub Master Sean Priest at  SeanPriest@hometownrealtyservices.com .
School Mass Schedule for September
Friday, September 7
Choir: 7th Grade
Lectors: Freddy Gonzalez/Tabitha Pickral
Servers: Madeleine Lang, Lemma Wheatley, Noah Mikkelson

Friday, September 14
Choir: 3rd Grade
Lectors: Kai Knudsen/Gustavo Rivera
Servers: Hector Cibes-Lee, Liam Cruess, Jude O'Herron

Friday, September 21
(No School Mass due to Oktoberfest set-up)

Friday, September 28
Choir: 6th Grade
Lectors: Hector Cibes-Lee/Madeleine Lang
Servers: Scout Kennon, Brennan Shea, Michael Williamson
Upcoming Dates
Sept 4 - Comet Spirit Wear Shop ORDER DEADLINE
Sept 11 - Back to School Night (St. Anselm's Hall) - Volunteers Needed
Sept 14 - EARLY DISMISSAL (1:30pm)
Sept 14 - EDGE Kickball Classic (St. Benedict Parish) 5:30pm-8pm
Sept 20 - PTO Meeting 6pm Cafeteria
Sept 21 - EARLY DISMISSAL (**12:30pm**)