The Buzz: St. Benedict Preparatory School Online Weekly Newsletter
Updated by Mr. Ramírez: 12 October 2017
LAST Reminder for Box Tops
Box tops are due on Wednesday, October 18 to your student’s Faculty Head of House! This is a program that helps schools across the nation with funding that we use, specifically, to make our SBPS House System stronger and more dynamic. The money we receive from the program have gone to funding our mini challenges, flash games, pep rallies, Rockin’ Lock In, and House Rewards Day field trip.
This competition happens in two parts. We’ll collect our first round of box tops and do it again in February. The house with the highest amount of box tops collected will win the highest amount of points. Visit www.boxtopsforeducation.com/about for more information about what the program does for schools across the country.
October Pumpkin Painting Competition
This past Tuesday after mass, our houses gathered in their meeting locations and were given a 50-minute task: to decorate their 5 pumpkins with specific supplies and a random, surprise theme! Gregory House decorated with a zombie theme, Bede House with a vampire theme, Boniface House with a mad scientist theme, Hilda House with a skeleton theme, and Scholastica House with a werewolf theme. The pumpkins are proudly on display in the hallway and will be judged by the 5th Grade class.
October Halloween Pep Rally
We will have a Secondary School Halloween Pep Rally on Tuesday, October 31. All students will be able to come to school in their halloween costumes.
House Leaders are Blessed in a Special Chapel Mass
Father Steve and the House Leaders gathered in the chapel for a special blessing at the end of September. Our House Leaders are on a faith-filled and leadership-driven journey to represent their houses and guide their members. At the blessing, Father Steve blessed each student and faculty leader with a special oil and holy water. His blessing was based on Philippians 1:6 “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”
House Sorting Pep Rally
The first week of school is always very exciting for our returning, new, and transfer students. This year, we decided to not wait until Friday to give our students a house welcome. We sorted the new group on our first day of school after a day of welcoming and team building activities. Our house system is one of the most unique qualities our middle school has in comparison to the competition. Our students are placed into houses to build new relationships with students inside and outside of their grade level, therefore, creating more dynamic social interactions.
At our first pep rally, our students competed in a series of different games and won house points for the new school year. New sixth grader Hiyab Hailu said “My favorite part of the pep rally was the 6th grade game where we had to get one football to the other side using our feet.” On top of sorting all our new students, we sorted our new faculty and staff. Not only did our faculty and staff help cheer and regulate the pep rally, they participated in our classic “Dress the Teacher” relay. We’re looking forward to a new school year full of new house events, competitions, and mini challenges.
Student Leadership Retreat 2017
Towards the end of the Summer, our Student House Leaders participated in our first-ever House Leadership Retreat. This year’s group of leaders is comprised of middle school and high school students working together with our faculty leaders to build our 2017-2018 House System program of activities and events. They came to school a week early to participate in team building and planning activities.
The 2017-2018 Faculty Leadership Team
Mr. Érico Ramírez, Head of Bede House
Mr. David McQuade, Head of Scholastica House
Ms. Maggie Deady, Head of Gregory House
Ms. Amanda Genge, Head of Boniface House
Mrs. Mary Jo Kent, Head of Hilda House