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Information for the week of April 1

Beware Impending Trickery:  Monday is April Fools Day!


Spring has sprung!  Members of Honor Platoon look sharp with a backdrop of cherry blossoms.

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 April 1 Dining Highlights:

Monday        Breakfast:  Sausage, Egg and Cheese Biscuits

                      Lunch:  Hot Dogs and Chili

Tuesday       Chick-fil-A

Wednesday  Dining Facility Closed

Thursday      Hamburgers and Fries

Friday           Lenten Catfish Dinner


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. 


     Slots are still available, particularly in the area of supervision of the inflatables (such as a bouncy house).


     Thank you in advance for your help and support!












From School Administration


Tuesday April 2

     National Honor Society Spring Induction Ceremony at 9:29 am in the auditorium.


Wednesday April 3

     Virginia March for Life (all school field trip)


Thursday April 4

     Third Quarter Honor Roll Lunch


Friday April 5

     Campaign for Benedictine Public Launch Party from 4:30 – 8pm



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!





 "El Blanco."  Patrick White (Blanco in Spanish) brings it against Altoona (Pa.) to close out the victory.  Victory is all the Cadets have known so far this season, as they have rung up a record of 9-0 and earned 17th-in-the-nation ranking by USA Today.

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 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!












A lovely march to wrap up March


That's how you stick a "column right."  Ryan Tremain puts his squad through the paces as the crew, representing Headquarters Company, marched its way to victory in the squad drill competition.  Adam Toler's squad placed second and Joseph Clark's band was third. 

  Normandy Trip


      All final payments are due now for the trip. Payments must be received no later than Friday, April 5. If you need to know what your final balance is, please contact Sonia Johnson at 804 708 9503 or via email at sjohnson@benedictinecollegeprep.org.

     Thank you.






Friday's focused faculty.  Members of the Benedictine teaching corps work on some assignments during last Friday's faculty development activities.  Mr. Bussman was merciful, assigning his crew no homework for over the weekend. 

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  





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