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Information for the week of September 3

To all who labor (including our Cadets, at their studies):  Happy Labor Day!


"Welcome to math class.  Let's start with a quiz"  Just kidding.  Coach Padrone saves those for his students, not for the parents he was able to meet during Back to School Night. 


The Week's Uniform Schedule 

     Allow us to direct you to THE authoritative spot for finding out about the week's uniforms: School calendar


     TWAB shall no longer carry uniform info for the upcoming week.  The upside is that the school website calendar details the daily uniform through the month of September!


     Here is a link to information on the components of each uniform: uniforms




The Week's Dining Highlights:

Monday            Dining Facility Closed

Tuesday           Breakfast:  Sausage, Egg and Cheese Biscuit

                          Lunch:  Taco Tuesday

Wednesday      Baked Potato Bar

Thursday          Hamburger and fries

Friday               Meat Lasagne



Their just desserts...er, pizza.  Cadets who earned Honor Roll status at the end of the last school year display the pizza to which they were treated as reward for their fine efforts.

From School Administration


Monday, September 3

     Labor Day – School Closed


Wednesday, September 5

     Commissioning Exercise (Corps Event) at 7:00 p.m. in the Sheppard Street Gym


Thursday, September 6

     Freshman Orientation at 7:40 a.m.

     Corps Formation at 8:30 a.m.




The Cadet Shop.  Like the name says, it's where Cadets shop.  Business was brisk during the first couple of weeks of school.  Thanks to the Benedictine PTO for its superb efforts in providing top-notch items for the Cadets (and others).

Raffle Tickets!


     Raffle Ticket sales are underway!!!
     Parents received their packets of 10 raffle tickets at registration. Tickets are on sale until Oct. 23rd, with drawings being held EVERY day in November.

     This year the funds raised through the raffle will go towards facility improvements! The class that has 100% participation will get a day off of school!
     Happy Selling!




Consigned Book Sale Credits


     The credits for the consigned books sales will be applied to tuition balances next week. If your tuition balance has already been paid in full, or your Cadet has already graduated from Benedictine, then you will receive a check for the total amount of the sold books.

     If you have any questions regarding the Consigned Book Sale, please contact Sonia Johnson at sjohnson@benedictinecollegeprep.org or 804-708-9503.



Call for volunteers


     In your back to school mailing, you should have received a packet regarding the different events that the Advancement Department holds all year. We are always looking for volunteers and sponsors!

     If you turned in the sheet at registration- Thank you. If you have not had a chance to turn in the last page with your information and events you are interested in there is still time! You can turn that into the front desk ATTN: Katie Beverley. Should you have any questions, feel free to email her at kbeverley@benedictinecollegeprep.org


The Cadet Shop needs your help and is looking for parent volunteers during the school year! No experience required, new parents are welcome. It is a great way to see the boys during the school day and meet other parents.

     Please click on the following sign-up link from our PTO: Cadet Shop volunteers link

     Thank you for your support of our Cadets!


"Bienvenido a mi sal√≥n de clases."  Mrs. Esparza welcomes parents to her classroom during Back to School Night.  Fortunately, she gave her presentation in English.

Guidance News and Information


Seniors and Senior Parents- College Information Session


     Please mark September 12 on your calendar for a College Information Session in the school auditorium at 7:00 p.m.  Information about the college application process and choosing the right schools will be reviewed. Before this session, seniors are encouraged to update their resumes and to continue identifying a list of prospective colleges

     Additional appointments to discuss college planning can be made with Michele Metcalfe at https://calendly.com/mmetcalfe. Click on the blue dotted College Planning option at this website to select a time.

COMING THIS MONTH: MORE COLLEGE APPLICATION WORKSHOPS: To facilitate the application and resume drafting process, seniors may participate in one or more workshops.  It is not necessary to attend all sessions or to reserve a spot before coming; just come to the library's computer lab for hands on guidance and direction! Basic instructions will be reviewed at the start of each workshop. The first three workshops will be at the following times:

                Tuesday, September 4, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

                Wednesday, September 5, 9:30-10:15 a.m.

                Wednesday, September 19, 9:30-10:15 a.m.



Upcoming College Visits for Students


    Listed below is a schedule of colleges planning to visit Benedictine in the coming months.  Most visits will take place in the guidance office conference room or a conference room on the second floor during an event period.  If scheduled during a class, students must obtain their teacher's permission in advance to attend. This list will be supplemented as new visits are scheduled.                       

University of Richmond                           Tuesday, September 4th           9:30 a.m.
Savannah College of Art and Design      Wednesday, September 12th    9:00 a.m.
Christopher Newport University              Monday, September 17th           9:30 a.m.
Belmont Abbey College                          Monday, September 17th          12:15 p.m. (during second lunch)
Belmont Abbey College                          Tuesday, September 18th         11:45 a.m. (during first lunch)
Randolph-Macon College                       Tuesday, September 18th         9:30 a.m.
Randolph College                                   Thursday, September 20th        9:00 a.m. (during A period)
Merrimack University                              Tuesday, September 25th         1:00 p.m. (during sixth period)
Shenandoah University                          Wednesday, September 26th     2:00 p.m. (during seventh period)
Virginia Commonwealth University         Friday, September 28th             2:00 p.m. (during seventh period)
High Point University                              Monday, October 1st                  9:30 a.m.
Notre Dame University                           Tuesday, October 2nd                9:30 a.m.
Radford University                                  Tuesday, October 2nd                9:30 a.m.
Elon University                                        Friday, October 5th                    11:45 a.m. (during first lunch)
William and Mary University                   Monday, October 15th                9:30 a.m.
Roanoke College                                    Monday, October 15th                2:00 p.m. (during seventh period)
Catholic University                                  Tuesday, October 16th               9:45 a.m.
Hampden-Sydney                                  Tuesday, October 16th                1:00 p.m. (during sixth period)
Longwood                                              Wednesday, October 17th            9:30 a.m.
Widener University                                 Monday, October 29th                 9:30 a.m.
University of Tennessee                         Monday, October 29th                11:50 a.m. (during lunch periods)
University of Delaware                           Monday, November 5th                9:30 a.m.
St. Bonaventure University                    Thursday, November 8th              2:00 p.m. (during seventh period)



 Cell Phone Policy and Other Electronic Devices

   As the new school year begins, the school has renewed its commitment to enforcing its cell phone policy. Parents are also encouraged to discuss with their sons the family's at-home cell phone and electronic device policy. With the ever-increasing capability of electronic devices to enhance our lives, the impact of overuse or misuse of these devices requires an ever-increasing vigilance as well. Many experts discourage the use of any communication devices in the bedroom. While this may seem extreme, developing a customized policy appropriate for each student is prudent.

     Questions to discuss at home that may help facilitate the development of a customized policy include the following:
     -How will electronic devices be used for gaming?
     -How frequently may video games be played?
     -What video games are off limits?

     -How will the cell phone be used when doing homework?
     -Where will it be placed each night while in bed?
     -How much time will it be used to follow social media?
     -What apps are being used?
     -Are there any apps that are off limits?

     -How many followers are there and who are they?
     -Who is being followed on social media?
     -What types of u-tube videos are being watched?

     -What type of language and photos are being used in snapchats, twitter, Instagram, and text messages?
     -What is the phone's password?
     -What expectations of privacy exist for the phone?
     -What behavior might result in the loss of full or partial use of any of the electronic devices?

     Although research is still developing about the undesirable effects of cell phone use and the best ways to balance its convenience with its burdens, it is undeniable that it is a use of time that precludes other activities and social interactions when it is actively being used. The more students recognize this inherently limiting characteristic, the more likely it is that goals relating to academics, athletics, and personal growth will not be compromised. For that reason, parents are encouraged to adopt appropriate cell phone, video game, and other electronic device practices for their sons.


                     Brain food.  Sean McGranahan (left) and Joseph Clark are all smiles after claiming Honor Roll pizza.

St. Benedict Oktoberfest - September 21-23


     The St. Benedict Oktoberfest is September 21, 22, 23 at St. Benedict's in the Museum District. More than 30,000 guests are anticipated! Students can earn service hours by volunteering to help out with Children's Games, SetUp, or Food Concessions. Volunteers from Benedictine have been a HUGE help at this event for the past decade. We hope you will attend this event as proceeds support scholarship awards to BCP. Click here to sign up for the dates and times you will volunteer. A confirmation will be emailed to you. Questions? Contact Meghan Madel, Volunteer Co-Coordinator.

     Costumed volunteers (boys and girls ages 12-17) are also needed .  Any one between the ages of 12 and 17 will do. The boys will wear lederhosen (leather shorts and checked shirt) and the girls dirndls (full skirted dresses with aprons).  Event organizers shall provide the costumes and expect the volunteers to work a couple of 3- to 4-hour shifts during Oktoberfest.  Costumed volunteers do not register on the volunteer web site. If interested, contact Katie Toomey at Toomeyland@aol.com or 804-218-1071 in order to have a costume made.

     More information on the St. Benedict Oktoberfest can be found here.

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