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Information for the week of March 25

Three down, one to go:  Let's finish strong in the Fourth Quarter!


What's for chow?  Find out below with the weekly dining menu highlights.  It'll put a smile on even the grumpiest diner!

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:  Egg McMuffins

                      Lunch:  Pizza

Tuesday       Breakfast:  Sausage, Egg & Cheese Biscuits

                      Lunch:  Make-Your-Own Subs

Wednesday  Breakfast:  French Toast, Sausage Links

                      Lunch:  Taco Lasagna

Thursday      Hamburgers and Fries

Friday            Lenten Fish Sticks


The Campaign for Benedictine Public Launch Party




     Please consider donating an hour of your time to help make The Campaign for Benedictine Public Launch Party a huge success.


     Don't miss out on what will be the biggest and most memorable event that Benedictine has ever put on for its community! 


     Donate and hour of your time and then enjoy the rest of the evening with your family, friends and alumni. 


     Thank you in advance for your help and support!















From School Administration


Monday March 25

     4th Quarter Begins


Tuesday March 26

     Junior Retreat (Mandatory for Juniors)


Thursday March 28

     Squad Drill Competition (Corps Event) at 3:15 pm


Friday March 29

     Report Cards Released


Lost & Found Shelf

     The lost & found next to the front office is getting full.  Please ask your son to check the lost & found for any of his missing items.  There are textbooks, uniform items, notebooks, planners, lunch bags, and a variety of items.  Ask your son to claim his lost items!





 The 'art' of the smile.  Seniors Ryan Boone and Noah Lindsay seem to be enjoying their time in 2D Art, under the tutelage of Mrs. Holland.   The two Cadets are also excellent journalism students, we don't mind saying. 


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.


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.


     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 10:00 a.m.

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 email at Shroud_Center@comcast.net or call (804) 977-4820.





Duffers:  Get Ready for Rut's Classic


     Spring is here!...... Grab your clubs and get your foursome ready!

     Benedictine's 18th Annual RUT'S Classic Golf Tournament will be held on

Friday, April 12th at Richmond Country Club.

     This golf tournament is named after Benedictine's basketball coaching legend Warren Rutledge or "Coach Rut". All money raised from this event goes to the Warren S. Rutledge Scholarship.

     We have limited spots available so, sign up today! If you are unable to play but, want to participate there are plenty of sponsorship opportunities open! This is a great way to promote your Class, family or business!












Last Chance to Vote


     Townley Haas '15 is a FINALIST for the SULLIVAN AWARD, which recognizes the TOP amateur athlete in the entire NATION.  You may vote for finalists, and we encourage you to do so.  TODAY is the LAST DAY of voting.  PLEASE VOTE, and we'll stop CAPITALIZING SO MANY WORDS:  https://aausports.wyng.com/AAUSullivanAwardFinalists 



  Last Call for Normandy Trip 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.



Freshman fans.  Mr. McCarthy remains a favorite of the Cadets, particularly the freshmen, to whom he teaches theology. 

Irish Festival:  Two-Day Shindig

     Please join Saint Patrick's Catholic Church for the 34th Annual Irish Festival, coming to Church Hill March 23 (10-7:00 p.m.) & 24 (10 - 6:00 p.m.). 

     The Festival has been a Richmond tradition since the early 1980's with Irish-themed live local music, great food provided by St Patrick's and many neighborhood restaurants, vendors and local craftspeople, Irish Beverages, family-fun, and kids games, Irish and Highland Dance and Bagpipers.  

     Along with St. Patrick's Church, the Festival proceeds benefit The Robinson Theater, Child Savers, Richmond Hill, Church Hill Association, St. Baldrick's Foundation, Church Hill House, SCAN, Connor's Heroes, Fulton Neighborhood Resource Center, St. John's Church, Chimborazo School, Bellevue School, Church Hill Boys and Girls Club, Saint Francis Home, Church Hill Crime Watch, CancerLINC, Sandston USO, McShin Foundation and many, many more.

     Free parking is offered at 16th and East Broad, with drop off at 24th and East Broad.  The shuttles run all day on both days. Richmond Police secure the event site around the clock.  


A "Killer" Play from Saint Gertrude


      Stuart Avenue Players of Saint Gertrude High School are hard at work on the spring play, The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940. This crazy comedy follows a group of theatre people making plans for a new musical when the "Stage Door Slasher" reappears and chooses victims from the group. Everyone at the mansion becomes a suspect, and after a snowstorm, a power outage, a few murder weapons, corny jokes, and lots of theatrical name-dropping, the murderer is finally identified – maybe.

     Come help us solve the mystery of The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 at Saint Gertrude High School on Friday April 5 and Saturday April 6, 2019.

     Tickets can be purchased in advance:  https://forms.diamondmindinc.com/saintgertrude/2019springplay?token=1524778655  





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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