Thursday Thoughts from Mrs. Hartman

“Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.”

                                                                                           Hebrews 3: 7-8


Each year, the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) encourages the Catholic schools in the United States to set aside a week to celebrate.  Catholic Schools Week helps us focus on the value Catholic education provides to our students and their families and well as the contributions to our church, our community and our nation.  This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.”  Activities for students, families, parish communities and teachers are being planned for January 27 – February 3, 2019 and a list of events will be sent home in next week’s Thursday envelope.  We look forward to celebrating with you!

Save the Date for Family STREAM Night, Friday, January 25th from 5:30 – 7:30.  Family STREAM Night, will feature free pizza and drinks along with different hands on activities integrating S-Science, T-Technology, R-Religion, E-Engineering, A-Art, M-Math for everyone to experience.  What better way to beat cabin fever and kick off Catholic Schools Week than to participate in fun winter themed activities with your family.

Please complete and return the form for STREAM Family Night!


Family Pizza Lunch


As part of our Catholic Schools’ Week celebration, Wednesday, January 30th, parents, guardians or another special family member are invited to eat lunch with their children.  All students will eat lunch during 11:00-12:00 that day.  The gym will be set up to accommodate students and family members.


Any family member attending will have the option of bringing a packed lunch OR ordering pizza from the form sent home last week.  Drinks for our extra guests will also be provided that day!



Cold Days


With the exception of extreme cold and wind chill, medical research tells us it is healthy and good for children to be outside even in cold weather.  We will continue to have outdoor recess as much as possible throughout the winter, as long as temperatures are not dangerous.  This will include snowy days as long as children are dressed appropriately.  Coats, hats, gloves and sometimes boots (with shoes to change into) are a must.  Please help children remember to be prepared for the winter days ahead.



Dress Code


Despite the cold weather, the St. Benedict School dress code is the guide for indoor dress.  We ask for your help in ensuring our students are following the uniform dress code.  A reminder that only red, white or black cardigan or pullover sweaters are allowed and ONLY the sweatshirts/fleece with the embroidered logo are permitted.  Sweatshirts/hoodies with the screen print are considered Spirit Wear and may only be worn in school on Spirit Days.  If students wear these to school or at recess, they must be removed while inside during the school day.  Please be sure that your student wears a belt as described in the dress code.

The complete dress code is located in the Family Handbook.



Science Fair/History Fair


Our middle school students have been busy preparing for Science Fair and/or History Fair.  The research, testing, reporting and creating a display have come to an end and they are ready to share their discoveries with their classmates and judges.  The Science and History Fairs will be held tonight Thursday, January 17, 2019 in the St. Benedict School gym, O’Grady Room and classrooms.


Parents and students will have the opportunity to view the projects after 1:30 pm. Visitors should enter through the tower (front) doors of the school.   Official judging will begin at 6:30, at which time the Science Fair and History Fair will be closed to visitors.   Best wishes to all our young scientists and historians for a successful presentation!



Spring Event


The committee for the Spring Event,  has been hard at work planning for a fun filled evening featuring a new them this year, “Let’s Make a Deal.  This is the only major fundraiser that St. Benedict Catholic School sponsors each year.  More details about the exciting event will be shared in the weeks to come.

The sale of raffle tickets is one way we ask our families to support the Spring Event.  Each family is asked to sell one complete book of tickets.  Students are bringing this information home today in the Thursday envelopes.  Ticket stubs along with payment can be returned to the school office.  Please remember that all proceeds from the Spring Event come directly back to the students of St. Benedict School.  Thank you for your support.


Additionally, if you or someone you know has any items such as gift certificates, new appliances or electronics, unused time share points, or other items that could be used in the silent auction to donate, these would be gratefully accepted.   If you have any questions, please contact Erica Miley



Collection of data for the purpose of making instructional decisions to meet individual student needs has always been and continues to be best educational practice.  As you know, St. Benedict Catholic School utilizes NWEA Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) to provide this data to teachers and parents, and most importantly to help measure student progress and growth over course of the year.


Winter assessments are currently underway.   Students in grades K-8 will participate in Math and Reading MAP assessments to provide us with a “mid-year snapshot” of progress made and goals moving forward.   It will not be a disruption to the normal schedule, but instead a needed piece of useful data for moving forward.






Upcoming dates:


Thurs. Jan 18      SCIENCE FAIR and HISTORY FAIR

Mon. Jan 21        MLK Day – School is closed

Fri. Jan 25            Spirit Day

Family Life Groups

Catholic Schools Week Kick-off

St. Benedict Family STREAM/Game Night 5:30-7:30 pm



                                                “Catholic Schools:  Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.”


FINAL THOUGHT:   Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership in St. Benedict Catholic School.



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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