Thursday Thoughts from Mrs. Hartman

“Whoever welcomes this child in my name, welcomes me;
and whoever welcomes me, also welcome the one who sent me.”

Each day we have the privilege of welcoming our students to classrooms where God calls them to live, learn and love. The secular world is filled with messages that contradict the Gospel values of love and peace. When our students walk in the doors of St. Benedict Catholic Schools, they encounter an environment that reflects this belief:
“Be it known to all who enter here
That CHRIST is the reason for this school.
He is the unseen but ever present teacher in its classes.
He is the model of its faculty and
the inspiration of its students.”

We were equally blessed to share our mission and charism with many new families last Sunday at Open House. Approximately 30 new families visited our school because they have heard about the great things happening here. As a result, thirteen new students were registered at Open House with additional registrations continuing to come in. Our first grade already has a waiting list for next year.

Thank you for your continued support of our mission and entrusting your children to St. Benedict Catholic School. Registration for the 2019-2020 school year is now open to current and new families. If you have not yet done so, please return family registration card, tuition application and $100 registration fee as soon as possible so your child’s place at St. Benedict Catholic School is ensured!

The Culture Project

In a culture full of materialism, individualism, perfectionism, and relativism, where “anything goes,” and everyone is encouraged to “do whatever is right for you,” our youth are even more confused about who they are and who God is calling them to be.

Our young people are looking for answers, and they deserve to know the truth: We are all made for love, in the image of God, and our lives have value and dignity that can neither be given nor taken away by anyone in this world.

To help our young people discover this truth and understand more fully who they are and how God is calling them to live, St. Benedict Catholic School has invited The Culture Project to visit our junior high classrooms in April. The Culture Project missionaries are a group of young adults who set out to restore our culture through proclaiming the dignity of the human person and the freedom that comes from living a life of sexual integrity.

This project directly compliments the Theology of the Body curriculum currently being taught in our 7th and 8th grade Religion classes. Special thanks to the Diocese of Toledo for providing this opportunity by inviting The Culture Project to Toledo and to middle school Religion teacher Mr. Jacob Kempf for coordinating their visit to St. Benedict Catholic School. In keeping with our mission statement, we work to create an environment where all students of St. Benedict Catholic School grow to understand that the ways of society are not always the ways of Jesus Christ.
Parent/Guardian Survey
As part of our School Improvement Plan that is required for OCSAA accreditation, we ask for feedback in the two areas of focus for our school; Catholic Identity and Academic Progress. A survey of related questions has been created so we can gather your feedback and use it for assessing strengths and areas of need. It helps us to gauge growth in our goals as well as what still needs to be done as we strive to grow and be better.

The survey may be accessed on-line through a special link that will be sent in a separate e-mail. The survey should not take more than 10 minutes and may be submitted anonymously if you choose. Please take this opportunity to help us be better.

School Counselor

Our school counselor Mrs. Emily Bishop plans to begin her maternity leave beginning next week. In her absence, Mrs. Kathy Schira will be with us to continue helping with student concerns and social/emotional growth. Mrs. Schira is an experienced school counselor who is anxious to begin serving in our school. We welcome her to the St. Benedict Catholic School community.

Annual Spring Fundraiser

Saturday, March 16, 2019, St. Benedict Catholic School will sponsor the annual Spring Fundraiser with this year’s new theme: Let’s Make a Deal! All of the proceeds come back to support the needs of our school… in other words, the money raised directly benefits our students. It is imperative that we have full support to the greatest extent possible from every school family! Several of our families have already been working hard in planning and organizing the event. Here are ways you can help:

• Sell and return at least one book of raffle tickets.

• Purchase tickets to attend the “Let’s Make a Deal” Event.

• Send in a recommended item for the auction basket your child’s class is putting together. (You may also send in a cash donation so the teacher can purchase needed items.)
PreK – Happy Campers (s’more stuff, camping things, or fishing, cooler, fire pit, etc)
Kindergarten – LEGO
1st Grade – Crayola/Craft Basket
2nd Grade – Entertainment (gift cards for Amazon Prime, Hulu, Netflix)
3rd Grade – Pet Basket
4th Grade – Lottery Basket
5th Grade – Gift card wreath (local places, things to do with family, shopping, food, etc.)
6th Grade – FAMILY ROAD TRIP
7th Grade – Kitchen Gadgets
8th Grade – Spicy Things (Hot sauces, salsa, chips, candy…gift card to Mexican restaurant or BW3, etc…

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Mon Mar. 1 PTO Meeting @ 6:30 in the Extended Day Room
Wed Mar 6 ASH WEDNESDAY – School Mass @ 8:15 (No School Mass on Tuesday next week.)

Thurs Mar 14 End of 3rd Quarter
Fri Mar 15 Teacher Work Day – No School
Sat Mar 16 Spring Event – “Let’s Make a Deal”

FINAL THOUGHT: Happy March!

ST. BENEDICT SCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT
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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