Thursday Thoughts from Mrs. Hartman

When Jesus saw him lying there and knew he had been ill for a long time, he said to him. “Do you want to be well?”

John 5:6

As we continue to experience the holy season of Lent, we remind ourselves and our students what it really
means to be true disciples of Christ. It is not always easy because each day we are faced with many
temptations from the evil one. Sometimes we say we are followers of Jesus but our actions do not exhibit
this. Last Tuesday, Fr. Brown reminded us in his homily that just like the man in the Gospel, we may not want
to be well. Sometimes we want to hold on to our sins instead of making a change and letting them go. One
of the songs we sing at mass reminds us what it really takes to make the change that God wants:

“Give us clean hands,
Give us pure hearts,
Let us not lift our soul to another.”

During these remaining days of Lent and beyond, we are working with our students to make good choices
regarding the words that leave their mouths, the actions that come from their hands, and the thoughts they
allow to enter their minds and hearts. We are helping them take responsibility for their own actions so they
may truly be disciples of Christ. We appreciate your partnership in helping us stay true to this important

We are blessed to also be able to offer the opportunities our Catholic church offers to grow closer to Jesus.
Some students will participate in the sacrament of reconciliation, while others have the opportunity to speak
with Fr. Dave about concerns that may be weighing them down. Our NJHS will also be helping us walk the
Stations of the Cross as we prepare to journey with Jesus through his last days during Holy Week. Indeed we
are blessed to be a St. Benedict Catholic School family!

This year’s Price is Right event was a huge success. Not only was the event a sell-out but sponsorship, raffle
ticket sales and donations for baskets were all increased from previous years. THANK YOU TO ALL OUR

We wish to thank the outstanding committee for their tireless work before, during and after the event:
Carrie Dlugas, Tabitha Gregory, Jenna and Tony Vendemo, David and Lindsey Short, Anna Allegrini,
Barbara Anderson, Holly Baldwin, Ashley Stambaugh, and especially Erica Miley for her leadership!

Special thanks to all of our sponsors and event supporters:
Presenting Sponsor Alexis Road Family Dental
Little Flower Parish, Taylor Automotive Family, Attorney John Landry, Professional Surface
Restoration ,Crum Manufacturing, Wisniewski Funeral Home, Quest Restoration, Childers Limousine
Service, Mark Shreiner, Board of Trustee member, Jump It Marketing and Web Development, The
Ballroom Company

Little Flower Men’s Club, Todd Scheibel, DJ, Malczewski’s Catering, Amanda Grimm, The Little Baker,
Marty McManus, St. Benedict Catholic School Board of Trustees, All the parents, staff and friends who
gave their time and generous donations to make this a successful event.

We cannot stress enough to our current families the importance of registering immediately for next school
year! With classes already filling up, we cannot guarantee a place at any grade level. It is imperative that our
current families register soon to ensure your child has a place reserved at St. Benedict Catholic School for the
2018-2019 school year. Please return registration information along with the family registration fee as soon
as possible.
Report Cards
Report Cards go home this Friday, March 16th. Honors will be presented after Mass next Tuesday, March 20th

The following is a reminder of the criteria for selection of honors and the St. Benedict Award.

1st Honors = All A’s in Content Areas
2nd Honors = All A’s and B’s in Content Areas
St. Benedict Award = Student(s) displaying their personal best and/or extraordinary effort and
improvement in a given quarter. This may also include consistent demonstration of one or
more of the Lifeskills.
(Please note: This award is not necessarily or automatically awarded to those receiving first or
second honors since both already carry the implication of high effort.)

The deadline for yearbook orders has been extended. Please return order forms or online orders by
Monday, March 12, 2018. Yearbooks are $13 each.
Upcoming dates:
Fri. Mar 16 Report Cards go home
Little Flower Fish Fry 5:00-7:00
Tues. Mar 20 Honors Assembly following the 8:15 Mass
Fri. Mar 23 Stations of the Cross 8:15 in church (All are welcome!)

FINAL THOUGHT: May the remaining days of Lent help us grow closer to Jesus to become his true disciples.

United in Community, in partnership with families, guided by the message of St. Benedict, God calls us to LIVE, LEARN, and LOVE.

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