Thursday Thoughts

"He is our God; we are the people he cares for, The flock for which he provides.” Psalm 95:7

As we mark the halfway point in our Lenten journey, we are reminded how much our Lord cares for us. We continue to find ways to show our love for him fasting, praying and making sacrifices. Students continue to learn about and practice the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. Students in grades 3-8 will have the opportunity to receive the sacrament of reconciliation. The National Junior Honor Society will conduct the Living Stations of the Cross for the student body this Friday, March 24 at 1:00 pm in the church. All are welcome to attend this special Lenten tradition.

We also send our congratulations and best wishes to Our Lady of Lourdes Parish as they dedicate their new church building this weekend. May they be blessed and continue to grow as a faith community for many years to come. A special presentation will be made by the staff and students of St. Benedict School following next Tuesday’s all school liturgy.

Honors Assembly

Due to the two-hour delay last Tuesday, the Honors Assembly has been moved to next Tuesday, March 28 following the school liturgy.

Registration

Open House was a very big success with many new families visiting our school. St. Benedict Catholic School registration for the 2017-2018 school year is now open for new and current families. We have received many registration forms, scholarship/financial aid applications, and $100 registration fees PLEASE register early to reserve your child’s place as classes fill up quickly. This current year we had waiting lists in 5 of our grades!

The Price is Right Spring Event

The “Price is Right” took place on Saturday, March 18 and was a tremendous success! A sold out crowd of over 240 people had the opportunity to “on come on down” and enjoy food, games and prizes. This would not have been possible without the help of many, many hands especially our marketing director Erica Miley for again overseeing a wonderful event. Our thanks go out to all…the planning committee, the Board of Trustees, volunteers for the event, our donors, parents contributing to class baskets, selling and purchasing raffle tickets and attending the event… On behalf of St. Benedict Catholic School… thanks for your generous support!

Special thanks to our sponsoring businesses for their generous support. Please remember them when you are shopping for these services:

  • Alexis Road Family Dental
  • Taylor Automotive Family
  • Professional Surface Restoration
  • John A. Landry, Attorney
  • Thomas I. Wisniewski Funeral Home
  • Quest Restoration
  • Mr. DJ Mobile Music Service
  • Premier Builders
  • Martin McManus, Attorney at Law
  • The Little Baker, Amanda M. Grimm
  • The Little Flower Men’s Club
  • Malczewski’s Catering
  • Fast Signs
  • A thru Z Rental

Ohio State Tests

Students receiving the Ohio Ed Choice or Ed Choice Expansion scholarships are required by the Ohio Department of Education to participate in the state assessments. Students in Grades 3-8 will take the Language Arts and Math tests. Additionally Grades 5 and 8 will take Science and Grades 4 and 6 will take Social Studies tests. The window for Ohio State Testing is March 13 – May 12. The schedule is designed so that testing sessions are broken up to be the least disruptive to classroom instruction as possible.

NWEA Measure of Academic Progress (MAP)
All K-8 students participated in MAP Testing in the fall to determine their ability at that time. Now we look forward to seeing the progress that has been made over the course of this year. Students in K-1 will take a Math test and a Reading test. Grades 2-8 will take a total of four tests: Math, Reading, Language Arts and Science.

MAP Testing window is April 3 – May 5. The schedule is designed that any grade will only have one test on any given day. Depending on the grade, students will spend no more than 1 hour on 3-4 days completing the MAP tests. (Students generally finish in much less than the allotted hour.)

CHROMEBOOKS

We are thrilled to announce that recently, St. Benedict School purchased and acquired 120 new Chromebooks with ASP funds. This is a result of our School Improvement Plan goal to help students become more self-directed learners. In addition to the laptops and I-pads currently used, many more students will soon be able to use technology as a learning tool in their classrooms.

We hope to be able to utilize the chromebooks to administer the upcoming MAP Testing so that students may stay in their classrooms to take the assessments. Thanks to Mrs. Sue Phlipot, we anticipate this will happen at the start of the testing this year in April.

These are very exciting times in education and we are committed to providing every opportunity for our students to progress and be successful. We will continue to be good stewards of the funds we have available and use them in ways to prepare 21st century learners.

Pastries With Parents

Please plan to stop into school as your drop your children off on Wednesday, March 29 anytime between 7:00 and 7:50 am. You can enjoy a pastry and a beverage compliments of PTO.

Upcoming Events

Fri. Mar 24 Stations of the Cross in church @ 1:00
Little Flower Fish Fry
Mar 25-26 Dedication of the new Our Lady of Lourdes Church
Tues. Mar 28 Mass @ 8:15 followed by the Honors Assembly
Wed. Mar 29 Pastries with Parents from 7:00 – 7:50 am in the gym

FINAL THOUGHT: God Bless our sponsoring parishes, Our Lady of Lourdes and Little Flower!

ST. BENEDICT SCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT
United in Community, in partnership with families, guided by the message of St. Benedict,
God calls us to LIVE, LEARN, and LOVE.

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