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St. Benedict Catholic School
Preschool through 8th Grade

Letter from 4/7/2022

Dear St. Benedict Catholic School Families,

Spring is in the air at St. Benedict Catholic School!  The latest warm, spring weather and the prospect of Easter Break just around the corner has made it difficult for students and staff to stay focused this last week.  Even so, our teachers and staff have been working hard to remain focused on academic achievement as the end of the year draws near.

Temporary Staffing Change: Tomorrow, April 8th, one of our 4th grade students, Jonathan Yu, will be taking over as principal at St. Benedict Catholic School.  I will be stepping down for the day and Jonathon will be taking over the running of the school.  While he is principal, Jonathan has decided to eliminate uniforms and make Friday, April 8th a Free Dress Day.  Who knows what other changes he will make to school policy while he reigns as principal!

Last week I shared some very important information for the school.  Just in case your focus is slipping, and you need a few reminders here they are again!  Please note the attachment with new dismissal information!

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

  1. Pizza Lunch: I have asked Parents’ Club to reintroduce our tradition of having a Free Dress Day and a Pizza Lunch on the last Friday of each month. Students received their order forms on Monday for this tradition which will begin again on Friday, April 29th.  If an order form didn’t make it home, contact m.ancich@stbens.net.
  2. 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-uniform 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.
  3. 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 weekend and stay healthy!

Brian Anderson