Family Update

Week of April 19, 2021

Week of April 19th - 23rd at St. Benedict

Week of April 19th- 23rd, 2021

Good morning,


There is so much joy in the building that it warms my soul. Friday morning I was standing outside of first grade. I could hear a group of students just giggling. It was the best sound - happy children ready to learn.


Spring is here along with unsettled weather. Please remember that students do need to be in uniform and following the dress code in relation to shoes, hair, and fingernails. Please refer to your family handbook linked here. See pages 24 and 25.


Still at the top of the list: We are registering for the 2021-2022 school year. The first step will be to complete the registration Google form. If you register between now and 4/16, you do not have to put the $50 down; we will add it to the contract for later payment. Please click the link here. Also, all families registered by noon on 4/30 are entered into a special drawing on 4/30 for a $50 Gift Card to Amazon! We will do the drawing at noon live on our Facebook page. In our last drawing, Ms. Sims (Tyler) and Mrs. Burks (Robyn) were our winners! As a reminder 4/30 is not a school day for students, but we are still doing the drawing that day!


For those who already completed the Google Form, the financial contract will be emailed out for your acceptance in early May. We are planning for full in-person instruction for the 21-22 school which limits the number of students per classroom. Reserve your child's seat today! Remember that students entering kindergarten and sixth grade must have a physical completed. Students entering second and sixth must have a dental exam. Vision screenings are required for kindergarten students. Please make those appointments now! New students need all three!


Registration is open to new families, too. Do you know a new family, especially a preschool or kindergarten family? You will receive a $300 referral credit for any new family that registers! We are looking to enroll new preschoolers and kindergarteners for next year! Do you know anyone with 3, 4, or 5-year-olds? You could receive a special referral credit! Let us know.


Our Family Virtual Title I night is scheduled for May 5th. This is a free event for families of K-8 students. Students and their families will receive 1 kit per child (grade appropriate) with many different activities. The instructor will lead the student/family through one of the projects! If you haven't signed up, please do today! Please click here!


While we wait for the weather to improve, all students will enter the school at the main doors. Students must be in their classrooms, ready to work, when the 8 AM bell rings. Please have your students to school between 7:30 and 7:50. Students arriving late will go to the cafeteria to begin their morning work. Once there is a break in classroom instruction, they will go to their classroom. This minimizes the disruptions in classroom instruction.


As a school, we work hard to cultivate a culture of kindness in all we do as adults as well as with the students. We encourage acts of kindness. We encourage thinking of others first. In school, students are doing a great job. However, we are hearing/seeing some activity of student behavior on social media (outside of school hours) that is not kind nor in line with our school's philosophy. Please check your child's social media activity. When these issues come into school, we do act upon them and school rules will apply.


As a reminder, any person who is on our property must have their mask on properly (over the nose) as we work to keep everyone safe.


The school office is open from 6:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Please call the office to make an appointment before stopping in. PAW donations may be dropped off between 9-1:30 or 2:30-3:30.

Sweatshirts Are Still Available

We do have some sizes still available! Check with the office! They're perfect for the spring weather! If we don't have your size, we are starting a list to be sure to reserve one for the August order.
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#BEKIND

Did you see our Kind Kids from March? We are so proud of them! We will be celebrating another group of students on April 29th! Each homeroom is nominating one to two in-person students who demonstrate kindness daily.

FREE - Title 1 Virtual STEM Night - REGISTER NOW

Join Title 1 and Academy of St. Benedict for a fun hands-on STEM night! Families who have signed up will receive their STEM kits before the May 5th event. This will be held virtually from 5:30-7! We are excited to offer this fabulous learning opportunity in a new way!


This program is for grades K-8. Click here to register! This is a completely free event! Each child will receive a STEM kit valued at close to $100 for this fun night!


Please let us know if you have any questions!

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IAR Testing Begins Tuesday - ELEARNERS!

Elearners in grades 3-8 who have received a Tax Credit Scholarship for the 20-21 school year will begin their testing from 8:30-11 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week. All involved students have been notified and will be reminded on Monday!


Students will enter through door 2 bringing their fully charged Chromebook (bring the charger just in case) and a book to read. The students will remain in the gym for the duration of testing. Parents will need to pick up their student(s) at 11 AM sharp. Students do not have to be in uniform, but they must be in school-appropriate clothing.


Students will be given a water bottle and a snack. Please do not send any food or drinks.


As always, call the office if you have questions.



Financial Accounts

While we know that these are very challenging times, the financial health of the school is important to its longevity.


All past due balances should be cleared by April 29th. If you are not sure of your balance and can't access your FACTS account, please contact the office on Monday.


As a reminder, families with children in PK4, K, and Grade 8: All PAWS and finances must be clear by 5/15 for your child to participate in any graduation (virtual -PK & Kindergarten or live for grade 8).


The most important thing is that you stay in touch with us so we can develop a plan with you.


We value you and your family. These unprecedented times are challenging for everyone.

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UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES!


  • April 20st-22nd - IAR testing for E-learners with Tax Credit scholarships (were notified)
  • April 20th - 5PM Seventh Grade Parent Meeting - virtual
  • April 22nd - KIND SHIRT DAY! Wear your kind shirt with uniform bottoms.
  • April 26th - MAKE UP DAY FOR PICTURES - Last chance for this year!
  • April 27th - KIND SHIRT DAY! Wear your kind shirt with uniform bottoms.
  • April 29th - Kind Kids Party! 2 in-person students from each class attend!
  • April 30th - PD day - no school
  • May 1st- 22nd - iReady Diagnostic Window
  • May 14th - Professional Development - no school
  • May 27th - Candle & Ribbon grades 7 & 8 (specifics to follow - modified program)
  • May 31st - Memorial Day - no school
  • June 4th - Last day of school -2pm dismissal- NO Extended day
  • June 5th - 8th-grade Graduation (Specifics to follow - modified program)
  • June 7th - Virtual PK and K graduations via Zoom- details to follow
  • June 8th-9th - Elearners return Chromebooks/tablets, chargers, and textbooks to school between 8:30-10:30
  • June 14th- July 30th - Summer office hours 8 AM - 2 PM daily
  • August 16th - First day of the 2021-2022 school year!
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PAW List!

It's time to get your PAWS completed! We also need volunteers to clean up the area around the school and the yard. If interested, please call the office.


Items may be shipped directly to the school. Send it as a "gift" and put your family's name on the gift receipt.


Gift cards are welcomed from Mariano's, Whole Foods, Amazon, Wal-Mart, and Target.


We cannot accept any more water as we have run out of storage space.


Families you have not taken the Virtus Protecting All God's Children class (needed to chaperone and volunteer (looking to the 21-22 school year) can earn a PAW taking the virtual class. Here is the link to sign up: https://www.virtusonline.org/virtus/reg_0.cfm?theme=0


Families have a 6-PAW commitment for the year which must be completed by 5/15.

YouUpLift - Our Kindness Wall

Have you seen our Kindness Wall? Click and take a peek! If you'd like to submit a kindness, please go to: https://youuplift.com/academy-of-st-benedict-the-african-submission-form/



Here's the story behind this program and it's extremely moving: https://youtu.be/KJst5PvybvA