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Information for the week of March 18

We lower our flag to honor those who have gone before us


Flag lowered, Sir!  Freshmen, under the guidance of senior Ben Walls, lower the flag as the names of fallen Cadets and others with connections to Benedictine are read.  Senior Alejandro Hernandez rang the bell as each name was read.

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 April!


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

 The Week of March 18 Dining Highlights:

Monday        Breakfast:  Chef's Choice

                      Lunch:  BBQ Sandwich

Tuesday       Chick-fil-A

Wednesday  Pork Ribs Patty

Thursday      Hamburgers and Fries

Friday            No School/Facility Closed


Catch and pitch.  (Or, from right to left, pitch and catch.)  Catcher Jack Hall and hurler Alex Markus helped kick-off the Cadet varsity season.  Hall did more than just backstop duties as the joltin' junior drove in the game-winning (and game-ending) runs in the team's first two games. 

From School Administration


Tuesday March 19

     Faculty & Student "Elective Fair" & Social at 9:29 am


Thursday March 21

     St. Benedict's Day (Special Schedule)

     End of the 3rd Quarter


Friday March 22

     Day of Recollection for Faculty and Staff (No school for students)




 "C'mon, brain. Just one more day!" Cadet John Davis focuses on his composition project in Miss Lowry's English class on Friday.  The focused freshman finished in fine fettle.

Guidance News and Information



College Planning

     Now is the time for juniors to be thinking in a very targeted way about college plans, to include testing, college visits, course scheduling, and student-specific topics such as NCAA requirements, ROTC applications, or requirements for the service academies.  To jumpstart this thinking, there was a meeting with juniors this week to provide an overview of these topics and to answer questions.  Hopefully, they came home with intentions of scheduling one or more college visits over Spring Break! Individual meeting with juniors will begin following Spring Break, continuing into the summer.  For immediate assistance, please contact Mrs. Metcalfe in the Guidance Department.


College Visits

     Families planning college visits should look at the targeted school's admissions page to schedule their visits.  Virtually all colleges offer information sessions and student led tours twice a day.  Students will hear an overview of the school's programs and be able to see firsthand whether their interests and goals are compatible with the feel of the school and the culture it seeks to promote.  Students may miss up to three days during their junior and senior year on an excused basis for college visits provided they submit a signed form in advance to Mrs. Marchetti advising of the plan. In addition to Spring Break, next Friday, March 22nd, is a holiday for students, offering a great opportunity for students to tour local schools or those around the state.


College Planning Dates of Interest – Many colleges also offer open houses featuring their various schools specialty programs this time of year.  These can be informative sessions about specific majors even if the college hosting the session is not necessarily a targeted school.  Representative examples are listed below; however, students and parents are encouraged to look at the websites of any college of interest to see if a comparable program is offered there.


     ODU's Frank Batten College of Engineering & Technology offers "First Friday" programs from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. the first Friday of the month - Friday, May 3, 2019 2:00 - 4:00 PM. - Open to prospective students and parents, Register at https://olddominion.secure.force.com/events/#/calendar?type=engineering.


     The University of Virginia School of Architecture is hosting an information session on its School of Architecture on March 22, 2019. More details may be found at https://www.arch.virginia.edu/events/ugrad-info-sessions-and-tours-spring-2019.


     Virginia Tech's Engineering School's Open House is on Monday, April 1, 2019.  Register at https://eng.vt.edu/admissions/visit/engineering-open-house.html


     Saturday, April 6th, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. UVA Engineering Open House – Register at https://engineering.virginia.edu/events/uva-engineering-welcomes-public-annual-open-house-april-6-2019.


     College Fair - Thursday, April 9. from 7-9 pm in Seal and Jacobs Gyms at Collegiate School – This Richmond Area College Fair for the area's independent school students and their families features 200 different colleges from around the country, including many of Virginia's public and private schools. It is a great opportunity for students to talk to representatives of schools all around the country.



Application Status Checks – Monitor Emails

     As admission and scholarship decisions continue to be posted and mailed, it is important to check college portals and email accounts for messages.  Students should be checking emails on a daily basis and responding immediately to any requested information; application portals should also be checked for updates. If there are any questions about when and where transcripts were mailed out from the guidance department, please see Mrs. Metcalfe. 


Summer Internships and Academic Programs

     Students seeking internships or academic enrichment programs over the summer should be identifying and pursing these opportunities now.  Many colleges offer programs that offer academic credit or leadership experiences on their campuses.  Many other businesses also offer students enrichment experiences, all of which may help students identify their longer-term career interests.  Henrico Doctor's Hospital, for example, offers high school students the ability to work in a hospital setting over the summer.  Applications for this will open on their website at the end of the month.  Schools like Belmont Abbey, Duke, Ole Miss, the University of Maryland, West Point, and many others have summer programs.  For more information about these types of programs, students should explore specific schools' websites or see Mrs. Metcalfe for assistance.



     For a listing of various scholarship opportunities and websites which identify scholarships, please review the scholarship listing attached. See insert attached. Although this review may seem overwhelming, even small scholarships can help defray the cost of a new computer, dorm furnishings, or books, and supplies.


Coming Soon – Resume Building  and Summer Opportunity Workshops

Mrs. Metcalfe and Mr. Forster will be hosting a workshop on Tuesday, April 9 and Wednesday, April 10.  These sessions are planned to be identical in the topics that will be covered, so interested students only need to attend one. The workshops will cover how to strengthen and streamline a resume's appearance, how to sharpen interview skills, and how to identify opportunities in the workforce and in volunteer capacities.  The workshops will be held in the Lecture Hall during the Event Period.



Message from the Monks!  


Stations of the Cross @ the Abbey

     Everyone is invited to join the Monks for the Stations for the Cross every Friday of Lent from 7:00 - 7:45PM.


Lenten Shroud of Turin Presentations - Free to the Public

     All presentations are scheduled for Saturdays at 10:00AM

  • March 16: The Shroud of Turin - a history through Antioch, Constantinople and beyond
  • March 23: Depictions of Jesus through history - the influence of the Shroud
  • March 30: Depictions of Jesus through history - the influence of the Shroud
  • April 6:  What can science tell us about the Shroud
  • April 13: What can science tell us about the Shroud

     The talks will be held in the Shroud of Turin Center next to the Cafeteria. For more information contact Shroud_Center@comcast.net or call (804) 977-4820.




A-qua-dets.  Members of the swim team strike a pose after receiving their letters and pins during Wednesday's Winter Sports Awards.

  Attention Normandy participants!


     Please ensure that passports are current. 

     Also, please note that the final payment for the big trip must be made by the end of March.



Viennese Waltz.  The Benedictine rugby team has its season in full swing.  Last weekend, the crew headed to Vienna (the Virginia city, not the Austrian one).  This weekend, they're off to play Georgetown Prep, the alma mater of two(!) Supreme Court justices.  We anticipate that the refereeing shall be impeccable.  

Gator Gourmet Heading Your Way


     Savor the flavor on Stuart Avenue! On March 27, Saint Gertrude High School will hold its Ninth Annual Gator Gourmet, a delicious event that showcases 25 – 30 of the best restaurants in Richmond. Each restaurant serves its signature dish, from exquisite entrees to mouth-watering desserts.

     Prizes are awarded for best dish, best dessert, and best booth. Advance tickets are $25 or four for $90. Tickets will be available at the door for $35. Cash bar. Must be 21+ to attend. All money raised supports Saint Gertrude High. For tickets, visit



Spanish and French students need host families in July

     Share your heart and home this summer! Host a student from Spain or France (ages 13-17) in your home for 3-4 weeks. Learn about their culture while he or she learns about living in an American family just being a part of what you regularly do.

     We have a variety of programs to suit your family's work or non-working schedule. Families receive stipends to help out with expenses. We can help work out transportation or vacation concerns.

     This will be a treasured memory for your family! Contact Debbie Hardy 909-3190 or debbiehardy2003@yahoo.com



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