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St. Benedict Catholic School
Preschool through 8th Grade

Letter from 4/14/2022

Dear St. Benedict Catholic School Families,

Happy Holy Thursday everyone! Today marks the beginning of the shortest liturgical season in the Catholic Church calendar, the three days of the Triduum.  The days are intended to intensify our final preparations for celebrating Easter.  To help us prepare at school our 3rd graders went room to room this morning and led us in a brief prayer service. Tomorrow, Good Friday, our 8th graders will be presenting their traditional “Shadow” Stations of the Cross to the class.

Here are a few reminders and we move into our week-long Easter Vacation…

Rice Bowl- It’s time to count up our Rice Bowl donations! Instead of bringing our bowls in to the school this year, please count the money you’ve collected at home and donate the total through our school’s Rice Bowl donation page. 7th grade set a goal for the school to raise $5,000! You can learn more about Catholic Relief Services’ work around the globe (including their ongoing work in Ukraine) at www.crs.org.

Vaccination Requirements for the 2022-2023 school year- The Department of Health has updated the requirements for the 2022-2023 school year. Students who are four years old or older on September 1st are required to have the additional dose of DTaP, IPV, MMR and varicella vaccines before the first day of school.  Students with summer birthdays will have less time to get vaccinated before the start of school, so parents should plan ahead and schedule their child’s vaccination appointment before the school year starts.

Travel Safely- If you are travelling for Easter Vacation please remember that St. Benedict continue to require travelers (both vaccinated or unvaccinated) to comply with CDC travel recommendations. These requirements differ based on vaccination status and where you choose to travel. For full details, please see the CDC website.

Here are a few things that we will be reintroducing at the end of April, when we return from Easter Vacation:

Uniforms: As the weather is turning warmer we will be slowly moving toward stricter enforcement of our dress code.  What does this mean right now?

  1. Students will be asked to remove all hats and hoods while in the school building.
  2. Students will be asked to remove any non-St. Benedict coats, jackets, sweatshirts, etc. in the classroom.
  3. As we near the end of the year we will provide parents with reminders of uniform code revisions that they can expect for the 2022-2023 school year.
  4. Arrival/Departure Procedures:
    1. Arrival: Beginning on Monday, April 25th, there will be a slight change to how we welcome students in the building in the morning. Our goal with this change is to streamline the arrival process and regain valuable teaching time in the morning.  We understand that this may mean changes to your family’s morning schedule and appreciate your flexibility.
      1. All students will be expected to arrive between 8:10 and 8:30 AM, this timing will be a change for some.
      2. Students in PS-5th grade should continue to arrive using the drive-thru drop off or by walking up to the gate with a parent.
  • Students in 6th-8th grade can utilize the drive-thru drop off or be dropped off on 48th street and enter through the main school door (on 48th St.)
  1. Departure: Beginning on Monday, April 25th, there will be a significant change to our departure process. We will no longer dismiss students using the drive-thru line. Our goal with this change is to streamline the departure process, gain teaching time for some classes, and allow parents an opportunity to interact with other parents. This is a significant change that will take some time for all of us to remember/learn.
    1. All students will be dismissed to parents at 3:00 PM using our pre-COVID procedures (different grades will be dismissed out of different doors). More information about this will be published next week to inform our new families and remind our longer-term families how this will work.
    2. Please see the attached guidelines for more information.

Have a wonderful Easter Vacation and stay healthy!

Brian Anderson