September 5, 2017

Back to School Night is TONIGHT, starting at 6:30pm ( not 6:00 ), with a parent social at 8:00pm.
*Please leave the kids at home*

During the month of September, we will follow the Pledge of Allegiance and Morning Prayer with the recitation of our school Mission and Vision Statements.
Mission - Faithfully Catholic, we educate children in the Classical tradition.
Vision - Our graduates will be elevated morally, intellectually, and spiritually following the example and teaching of Jesus Christ.
Oktoberfest Volunteers Needed!
The 13th Annual St. Benedict Oktoberfest is coming up Sept. 15-17, 2017. Many, many hands are needed to make this event successful, and we ask you to please consider volunteering as much as you possibly can!!  The volunteer website is now LIVE and ready for you to sign up! Don't forget - the earlier you sign up, the better the selection of times and locations available. As you know, this event raises vital dollars our parish needs to support our school. Click here to volunteer.
Tag Day for Hurricane Harvey Relief
We are going to have our first Tag Day of the year this Thursday, September 7. Please review the tag day dress guidelines found in the school handbook. Remember that tag days are always optional. If you would like to participate, send $2 to school with your student. Proceeds will go to support True Cross Catholic School in Dickinson, Texas, to help them recover from Hurricane Harvey.
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. Like you, we were very sad to hear of the closing of the Saint Cecilia Band Program (SCBP) this summer, and we guarantee that we will uphold the high standards of music education that you have come to know and love about SCBP. It may be comforting to note that both programs originated from the same source, so this transition should be as seamless as possible and you can be assured that our fine team of Band Directors, who have over 50 years of combined band directing experience, will provide your children with the best possible music instruction. There are three levels of study in which students may participate. 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.
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.
A glimpse into our Junior K and Kindergarten classrooms!
PTO News
Comet Shop: The Comet Shop will be open starting Tuesday, September 5. We will open every Tuesday during lunch periods. We will have school supplies, spirit wear, and lots of other items available. All proceeds go directly to the school. 

FallFest: FallFest Plans are Underway! The SBCS PTO FallFest 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 contact Jennifer Eschbach at  jmeschbach0314@comcast.net.

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
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 .
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.
Upcoming Dates:
Sept. 5 Back to School Night from 6:30-9:00pm
Sept. 7 Tag Day for Hurricane Relief (bring $2 to participate)
Sept. 8 School Mass at 8:30am in the church (middle school wear dress uniform)
Sept. 14 PTO Meeting at 6:00pm in the cafeteria
Sept. 15 Early Dismissal at 1:30pm
Sept. 15-17 St. Benedict Oktoberfest