Dear Parents and Friends of St Benedict:  

This is the first week of Advent, the week of Hope. This year all of our students are preparing for the birth of Jesus on Christmas by “CHOOSING JOY.” Over the next few weeks, our students will focus on the Psalms of the Sunday readings, pray a reflective prayer on the theme of Joy as well as completing a collaborative homeroom poster sharing what brings each of us joy. We hope you and your family will be able to carve out a little extra time for prayer or other family Advent rituals like putting up an Advent Wreath, donating food items to our annual Advent Food Drive for the needy in our parish, participate in the Keep Christ in Christmas coloring contest or even coming to one of our FOUR school Christmas Concerts (FIVE if you count the parish concert!) You can find more about these activities below or on the parish blog.

One of the ways we celebrate Advent and Christmas is the annual HSA Faculty and Staff Christmas Appreciation Luncheon. On behalf of the faculty and staff, I would like to say thank you to the hundreds of parents who donated time volunteering or some item to the luncheon: salads, appetizers, drinks, gift cards, poinsettias, etc. The luncheon was a great treat and I am so grateful our faculty and staff have a solid hour of lunching together. It really makes a difference.

First Trimester report cards went out on Wednesday. Grades PK and K went home with the student. Report cards for grades 1-12 were emailed home on Wednesday evening. If you didn’t receive the report card, please email your child’s homeroom teacher.

Next Tuesday, we have some special events: The Christmas Craft Fair on Sunday, the Scholastic Book Fair (begins Sunday), an all school Mass with newly installed Bishop Bartosic on Tuesday at 8:30AM (parents invited!), and the Parish Christmas Concert on Friday night in Church. We hope you can make as many of these as you can.

I pray you have a blessed week!

Peace - Ms. Rachel Gemo, Head of Parish School

Here are Upcoming Dates to Keep in Mind

  • December 7th - Senior Christmas Festivities & Trolley

  • December 8th - Feast of the Immaculate Conception - Holy Day of Obligation

  • December 9th - Christmas Craft Fair in GYM and Scholastic Book Fair in Library

  • December 10th - 4th grade Reconciliation

  • December 11th - Grades 1-12 Mass with Bishop Bartosic at 8:30AM

  • December 11th - 7th Grade Reconciliation

  • December 11th - Divine Renovation Parish meeting 7PM in Beaven

  • December 12th - Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

  • December 12th - Kindergarten and ES Admissions Coffee and Open House 8:10 to 9:30AM

  • December 14th - We host the Alderman’s Senior Christmas lunch in GYM

  • December 14th - Parish Christmas concert - all invited


  • December 18th - 8th Grade Reconciliation

  • December 19th -9AM Preschool Christmas Concert in GYM

  • December 19th - 12th Grade Reconciliation

  • December 20th - ES Christmas Concerts at night

  • December 21st - All School Advent Mass/Christmas Mass