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Information for the week of November 12

What a week:  Honoring our veterans; Hosting our arch-rivals!


Veterans Day, 2018.  Cadets observe a moment of silence during  the solemn wreath-laying that took place as part of the Veterans Day observance on Thursday afternoon.


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 November!


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

The Week's Dining Highlights:

Monday           Chicken Pot Pie

Tuesday          Breakfast:  Waffles and Sausage

                         Lunch:  Pizza

Wednesday     Breakfast:  Biscuits and Gravy

                         Lunch:  Chicken Nuggets

Thursday         Hamburger Bar

Friday              Chicken Pesto


Nearing the Finish Line!  Freshmen will be pleased to know that their introduction to Benedictine shall come to a close with the big Orientation Finale next weekend at Camp Brady Saunders..

From School Administration


Sunday November 11

     Veteran's Day Military High Mass


Wednesday November 14

     College Application Workshop for Seniors in Computer Lab at 6:30 pm (or after sports practices).

     Pre-register in the main office by Wednesday morning.
     Pizza dinner available - $5 when pre-registering.

Thursday November 15

     Visitor's Day (Special Schedule)

     Formation begins at 8:30 am.
     Juniors and Seniors have early dismissal at 2:15 pm.
     Freshmen and Sophomores dismissed after Individual Drill Practice at 3:15 pm.

Friday November 16

     Special schedule for a Diocesan sponsored off-campus event during school day – more information coming early next week.


Friday November 16- 18

     Orientation Finale (Mandatory for all Freshmen)




The dulcet tones.  Mr. Doran leads the choir during Mass.  The group is sounding quite good these days.  Keep up the singing, Men!


NHS Canned Food Drive

     The National Honor Society will sponsor its annual canned food drive to benefit the Little Sisters of the Poor beginning Monday, Nov 12 until Monday Nov 19.  Please send  items marked with your son's name and company, and have your son drop off the items in Room 222.      

     The company donating the most canned goods to this worthy cause will receive a day off from formation as well as points toward the Commandant's Cup. Please see the list below for items specifically requested by the sisters.  Any questions concerning this effort should be directed to the NHS moderator, Mrs. Robinson,  at ebrobinson@benedictinecollegeprep.org.  


     Thank you for your generous support of these holy sisters and their apostolate of mercy!


Here's the list:

  • Canned Meat/Fish
  • Cold Cereals (Corn Flakes, Shredded Wheat, Special K, Life)
  • Pudding Snack Packs (Chocolate or Vanilla)
  • Dressing (French, Ranch, Italian)
  • Corn Starch
  • Syrup (Regular and Sugar Free)
  • Candy (Individually Wrapped)
  • Coffee Regular or Decaf 
  • Tea Regular or Decaf Individually Wrapped





Grandparents rock!  Last year's Grandparents Day drew a large crowd of folks that were excited to spend some time with their Cadet grandsons and get a glimpse of their Benedictine experience.

BCP's Annual Grandparents & Special Friends Mass and Luncheon


     Will be on Friday, December 7.

     Invitations will be coming out soon.


     This year we would like to present a slideshow of the Cadets and their grandparents.  If you would like for your son and his grandparent/special friend to be a part of the slideshow- Please email your photos to Mr. Shaw at cmshaw@benedictinecollegeprep.org before Friday, November 30, with  "GRANDPARENT PICTURES" in the subject line.  Thank you! 




These colors don't run.  The Benedictine color guard looks sharp as it marches during the pass-and-review portion of the Veterans Day observation and ceremony on Thursday.



In the "Nick" of time. Nick Turner makes a diving circus catch during the Cadets' big win over Blue Ridge last Saturday.  Turner and company will really have to turn up the juice if they are to take down invading St. Chris in the VISAA semifinal this Saturday.

From the World of Sports

     Football: Will be taking on St. Christopher's in the VISAA Semifinals on Sat. Nov. 10th at Benedictine (see article below).  Game time is 1:00 p.m.  
     Admission for all VISAA Championship events is $10.  Coaches Club passes cannot be honored at VISAA events. 
     Students are reminded that they can pick up a free ticket to Saturday's football game from Mrs. Marchetti at the main office.  Tickets have been made available to the Cadets because of the generosity of an anonymous donor. 
     The general public can purchase tickets at the gate on Saturday, online at the Ticket Spicket link on the VISAA homepage or at the main office of the school. 


     For those unable to attend the game in person, we invite you to watch the game via the livestream that St. Chris has set up for it.  Here's the link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVQwqXHwT9w
     Parking Help: With the expectation of a huge crowd on Saturday for the football the gentlemen that assist with the parking need some assistance.  If you can help it would be greatly appreciated.  If you can please let Coach Fogarty know at jfogarty@benedictinecollegeprep.org. 


     Concession stand help:  Christy Gore is still in search of volunteers to staff the concession stand.  We're expecting quite a crowd, so all hands are welcome.  If interested, drop Christy a line at:  christy.gore@aol.com

A new chapter in an old story

Benedictine plays Saint Chris in the VISSA football playoff this Saturday

By Alex Castanien '20


     Benedictine will tee-off against arch-rival Saint Chris through the VISAA football playoff system. That development came to be by the Cadets crushing Blue Ridge 57-3 and the Saints losing to Collegiate 35-21 last weekend.

    The last time Big Green played the Saints was two years ago in a beat-down of the Saints, 42-7, in the season opener.

     "We need to come out strong," said senior Blake Smith. "Everyone needs to do their jobs and set the pace for the game."

     This season the Cadets are ranked second in the VISAA playoff bracket with a five-and-three record while Saint Chris is ranked third with a five-and-four record.

     The Cadets look strong going into the game, with Jay Wolfolk scoring three touchdowns, throwing for 79 yards and rushing for 113 yards against Blue Ridge on Senior Day.  The line is anchored by this week's Athlete of the Week, center Cole Simon.  The defense is keyed by inside linebacker Charlie Garbett.   "We feel very happy to be in the playoffs," said Coach Lilly. "We are excited to play a team from the Richmond area."

     Both Benedictine and Saint Chris were founded in 1911 in Richmond, so this is a very long rivalry. "It is fun for the seniors," Coach Lilly also said, "to play the Saints at Bobby Ross stadium."



Get beastly in your lifting.  The Athletic Department has announced that the Weight Room will be open from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and available to all Benedictine students, effective Monday, November 12.


Guidance News and Information



Upcoming College Visits for Students

     The last fall college visitor is a representative from the US Naval Academy.  This representative will be visiting on Monday, November 19th, during the event period.  All students, especially sophomores and juniors, thinking about attending the Naval Academy, are encouraged to attend.



Attention Seniors – College Application Workshop Wednesday evening, November 14, 2018, beginning after football practice

     In anticipation of the application deadlines looming on December 1, there will be another application workshop at school in the computer lab on Wednesday evening, November 14th.  (This will be instead of the financial aid program noted on the school calendar.) Students need to pre-register for the event.  Students who would like to pre-order a pizza dinner must also pay $5 pizza when pre-registering. The session will begin at approximately 6:00 p.m. and end at 8:00 p.m. 


    Those applying to Virginia Tech should be especially mindful of the December 1 early action deadline.  While the regular application deadline is in January, the VT representative indicated that waiting until that deadline may decrease (or eliminate) your chances of admission under their new application



Transcript Requests

     Please remember to complete a timely transcript and recommendation request whenever needed.  This should be done regardless of the format used to apply (i.e. school website, common app or coalition app). Forms to request this are available from Mrs. Metcalfe.




FAFSA/Financial Aid

     All students and parents planning to apply for financial aid through the FAFSA website should plan to do so as soon as possible.  The earlier an application is completed, the better the chances funds will be available to qualified applicants. 



 Scholarships/Leadership Opportunities

     Early action is also recommended for scholarship applications.  The websites of target colleges should be reviewed early as many scholarships share the same deadlines as the admissions decisions, and a number of them have deadlines that are even earlier.  For an overview of many scholarship opportunities and strategies, see https://grasp4va.org/ or  https://grasp4va.org/scholarships

     While many of the GRASP resources reference outside scholarships with later deadlines, it is helpful to plan for opportunities that may fit later and explore what is available now, including the following:


  • Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) Seminar – This opportunity is available only to sophomores and involves participating in 3-4 days of interactive leadership training, meeting state leaders, and experiencing life on a university campus at the State Leadership Seminar.  The seminar occurs from May 31-June 2, 2019, at JMU but applications for this are being reviewed now.  To apply for this seminar as a fully funded participant, please download this information and application packet and turn it into Mrs. Metcalfe:  LinkApplications are due by November 30th.  For more information about the program and other HOBY opportunities, see http://hoby.org/.



 Other Helpful Websites & Scholarship Search Tools



www.VaWizard.org – Resource for careers, colleges, and financial aid.


www.fastweb.com – Free scholarship search


www.finaid.org – Free school scholarship search


www.studentscholarships.org/newsletter.php - Scholarships w/ varying deadlines & criteria


http://www.collegegrant.net/virginia/   - Free scholarship/grant search


http://www.scholarshipguidance.com/ - Free scholarship search


https://www.collegegreenlight.com/ - Free scholarship search for first generation students or underrepresented students


http://www.studentscholarships.org/ - scholarship and career search


https://www.hacu.net/hacu/Scholarships.asp - scholarship opportunities for Hispanic students



Let's do some of this against the Saints!  Freshman Anthony Fisher soars into the end zone in the Cadets' big win (57-3) over Blue Ridge last Saturday. Something tells us they'll face a stouter defense this weekend.

'Tis the Season to Order Your Christmas Tree:


     Get your tree from Papa Bam's Christmas Trees, delivering fresh-cut Frazer Fir trees to your door for nine years in a row.  And he's delivering some fundraising to Benedictine this year.

     Mike Lemcke (aka Papa Bam) has been called "a husband's best friend."

     He'll deliver full trees with a fresh base cut that day, still wrapped for easy handling.

     Prices:  7'-8', delivered is $65; 8'-9', delivered is $70; 9'-10' delivered is $83 and 10'+, delivered is $93.

     An additional delivery charge may apply for those outside of a 15-mile radius of the Mechanicsville Walmart.

     Five dollars from each sale will benefit BCP.

     To place an order, go to Papa Bam's Christmas Trees Facebook Page and click on the form:  https://www.facebook.com/papabamschristmastrees/

      If you're not a Facebook user, you may opt to place your order here:  https://papabamschristmastrees.wufoo.com/forms/qy4te1n1wri82e/

      Select Benedictine Fundraising Section when placing your order.

     Order deadline is November 12.



Nativities on Display


     The above photo depicts a Nativity set that was crafted in Kenya.  Come spend time with the Christ Child, born in a stable and laid in a rough manger because there was No Room at the Inn. You may view over 250 unique, collectible, multicultural Nativity sets featuring the St. Paul Nativity and hand-made sets created by the 4th grade class at Our Lady of Lourdes School. The Children's Area for young visitors also includes Nativity dress up, crafts, puzzles and more.

     Adult donation $5.00 Student donation $1.00 to benefit AFAL in Haiti, The Possibilities Project and the Mechanicsville Churches Emergency Functions

     Saturday December 1, 2018 10:00 a.m.– 8:00 p.m.

     Sunday December 2, 2018 9:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m.

     (804) 730-7980


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