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Information for the week of April 8

The Early Bird Special!  We're sending on Thursday!


March in April.  Cadets, under the leadership of Mr. Bussman, turned out in force to support the March for Life through downtown Richmond on Wednesday.

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 8 Dining Highlights:

Monday        Breakfast:  French Toast, Sausage Links

                      Lunch:  Pork Chops; JoJo Potatoes

Tuesday       Breakfast:  Biscuits and Sausage Gravy

                      Lunch:  Taco Tuesday

Wednesday  Breakfast:  Belgian Waffles

                      Lunch:  Chicken Pot Pie

Thursday      Hamburgers and Hot Dogs

Friday           Lenten Fish Fillets


The Campaign for Benedictine Public Launch Party




     No matter what Mother Nature might have in store, we're going ahead with the Campaign for Benedictine Public Launch Party.


     Yes, there is the possibility of some rain.  Nevertheless, wet conditions shall be no match for what we have in store.


     The event's Planning Committee is busily arranging contingency plans, including bringing in some serious tents to keep our guests dry.


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


     Come to school.  Grab some wonderful food from our many food trucks (please note that we have received a dispensation from Friday Lenten abstinence for this event--i.e., you can eat meat).   Sign the bell that will eventually be hoisted into the commemorative bell tower--the identifying component of the gym. 


     But, most of all, come and have some fun with the rest of the Benedictine community during what should be a great party!





From School Administration


Wednesday April 10

     Jostens Senior Graduation Announcement Delivery (during lunch).
     Benedictine Speech Festival (Corps Event) at 7:00 pm in the auditorium.

Friday April 12

     Rut Golf Tournament



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!





 "Spring Break Spoil Sports."  The wrecking crew that is Benedictine's varsity baseball team poses with its latest acquisition:  the championship trophy of the Deep Run Tournament.  They capped off their skein of victories over Spring-Breaking public schools with a 10-0 win over highly-regarded Lee-Davis on Wednesday night.

Guidance News and Information


All Students


College Fair

     Next Tuesday, April 9th, from 7-9 p.m. in Seal and Jacobs Gyms at Collegiate School – This Richmond Area College Fair for the area's independent school students and their families features more than 200 different colleges from around the world, 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.


     Please note that this is hosted on Collegiate's campus, but the fair is sponsored by the Richmond Area Independent Schools and attendance can total over 1,000 people.  ALL STUDENTS AND PARENTS MUST PARK OFF CAMPUS - parking is available at Derbyshire Baptist Church (8800 Derbyshire Road), and there is a shuttle service to and from that lot runs throughout the evening (6:30 pm - 9:30 pm).



     Please note that there will be food trucks there.  Students and families will need to bring cash / credit card to purchase Chick-Fil-A, Cheezilla, and Mr. Softee products. 


Scheduling Process

     Last month the process of scheduling classes began with students and teachers attending an "Elective Fair." Held during the event period, this was an informal way for students to engage in conversations with their teachers about course expectations in specific classes and to find out more about the various electives that are currently offered.  Students completed a preliminary "Course Interest Form" for the Guidance Department at that time, expressing their interest in classes for next year, including electives.


     The next step in the scheduling process involves gathering input from teachers for course recommendations.  Using this information, along with students' previous academic and testing record, and their Course Interest Forms, recommended schedules are prepared. Schedules are then reviewed individually with students and tweaked based on those conversations.  Students who wish to change preferences shown on the Course Interest Form, for example, may adjust the schedule at that time. The recommended listing of classes will then be sent home to parents for review.  Schedules are expected to be sent home to parents by the middle of May and to be confirmed by summer break.


Summer School 

     Now is the time for students considering summer school to begin checking out their local school districts for deadlines and options.  For example, Henrico has its published brochure out at https://henricoschools.us/wp-content/uploads/2019-Summer-Academy.pdf.  However, students planning to take a summer school class should contact Mrs. Metcalfe in advance, as there are school policies that limit whether the class taken in the public schools or those taken through online providers such as BYU are eligible for credit at Benedictine.



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.


     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.


     SAT/ACT Prep – Chesterfield County juniors looking for free SAT/ACT prep help should check out this website, which details a program run there before the various tests. http://mychesterfieldschools.com/curriculum/student-support-services/sat-academy/.



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 are now available on their website.  Schools like Belmont Abbey, Duke, Ole Miss, the Univ 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 Next Week – 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 - 7:45 p.m.


Lenten Shroud of Turin Presentations - Free to the Public

     All presentations are scheduled for Saturdays at 10:00 a.m.

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 school's dining facility. 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! Registration closes on April 10. 

     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!






Brain food


Men of honor; men of pizza.  Cadets who earned spots on the third quarter honor roll also earned a free lunch on Thursday.  Polished, positive-performing pupils pecked at piquant, pungent, pepperoni pizza in P Period.  Just kidding--lunch took place during F Period. 

  Normandy Trip



Dear Parents,


     The final payment for the Normandy trip is due now. If you have a remaining balance please submit it to the school by Monday, April 8. If you are not sure of the balance due, please contact Sonia Johnson at 804-708-9503 or via email at:  sjohnson@benedictinecollegeprep.org.          


    Thank you.





Their finest hour.  Journalism 2 students Blake Smith and Noah Lindsay (both standing) look over the latest New Chevron with Journalism 1 students Ryan Boone and Noah Aboelmatty.  The newspaper featured articles that had the Cadets shaking in their shoes as they read of the end of Chick-fil-A Tuesdays, Benedictine's quidditch team and the new hair cut policy.  Or course, it was all a part of April Fools Day!

Prom 411


  • Prom Ticket Sales: Prom ticket sales begin on Monday, April 8. There will be a pop up on the Benedictine website that will lead to the ticket portal. All sales are online. Upperclassmen parents: Look for a separate email that includes additional information about the event! 


  • PROM PROCEEDS NIGHT AT CARYTOWN BURGERS AND FRIES (Short Pump Location)! Come out before the Speech Contest (April 10) for a delicious meal and help raise money for prom! The Short Pump location of Carytown Burgers and Fries (200 Towne Center W Blvd- in the shopping center with Honeybaked Hams) will be hosting a proceeds night from 4 - 8 p.m. Come in, mention you are here for the BCP/SGHS proceeds night and get a burger! All money raised goes directly to prom! 



National Tartan Day:  Come out and learn about the pipes and drums that our band plays.  All the Benedictine community is welcome!




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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