Category: News

Third Grade Pen-Pals

The third graders in Mrs. Kathy Johnston's class were really excited this past week as they received their first letter from their new pen-pals. To read more about the program and view pictures, please click on the link above.

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Community Helpers Week

Students in Mrs. Heather Shambarger's Pre-K and Mrs. Judy Connors' Kindergarten classes are learning about community helpers this week. Click on the link above for a recap of the week's events and special visitors!

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Color Wheels

Students in Mrs. LaDelle Hauck's Fourth Grade class completed their art study of color through the creation of 3-D color wheels. To read more about our partnership with the New Hampshire Institute of Art, please click on the link above.

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An Apple a Day…

Students in Mrs. Heather Silveria’s first grade class were excited to end the month of September with the annual First Grade Apple Festival. Click on the link above to read more about the special afternoon.

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Reading Buddies

Students in Mrs. Connors' Kindergarten class had a surprise when they visited the school library on Friday afternoon: their third grade reading buddies from Mrs. Kathy Johnston's class! Click on the link above for photos from the afternoon.

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Cherrydale Fundraiser Kick-Off

September 22 marks the kick-off for SBA's Fall Fundraiser with Cherrydale. Packets were sent home with the students on Monday afternoon. Orders and payment are due to the school office for October 9.

Families also have the ability to shop and order on-line at www.Cherrydale.com. SBA will receive credit as long as the school code: FRSBAMN is used.

Help us to make our annual fall fundraiser a success!

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Back to School Night

Saint Benedict Academy will host its annual "Back to School Night" for families on Thursday, September 18 at 6 PM in the school gym.

For more information, and photos from Pre-K, please click the link above.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Parents and family members, Saint Benedict Academy would love your assistance as a recess volunteer for our morning or lunch recesses. We always have enough coverage to take the students to the park to play, but extra assistance allows the children to also make use of the basketball court and play structure.

We would also most welcome volunteers to help run copies and keep our ever-growing library organized.

Click the link above to learn more!

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Memorial Prayer Service for 9/11

On Thursday, September 11, the Saint Benedict Academy held a prayer service to remember and honor the victims, survivors, and heroes of September 11, 2001. The school community also honored our local emergency response personnel. We were blessed to have representatives of the Manchester Police and Fire Departments present for the morning.

Please click on the link above for a full story and photographs.

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Reminders…

1. Please be sure to "Save the Date" of Thursday, September 18 at 6 PM for our annual "Back to School Night" for parents. The doors to the gym will open at 5:30. Mr. McLaughlin will make introductions and deliver remarks at 6. Parents will go to their child’s classroom from 6:30 to 7. For parents needing to visit two classrooms, you will go to your youngest child’s room first, and then visit the second room from 7 to 7:30. Please note that children should not attend this event.

2. Please remember that there is absolutely no parking on the entire school block of Walker Street. If you plan to go into the courtyard to pick your child up or need additional time to buckle them in safely, you are requested to park at Sweeney Park (one block up from the school). This arrangement is for the safety of all the children and the flow of traffic.

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Happy Birthday, Father Jerome

Students sang "Happy Birthday" to Father Jerome Day, O.S.B. in celebration of his birthday today.
Father Jerome will be celebrating our first school Mass on Tuesday, September 9 at noon. Students are reminded that they must be in their full "Mass uniforms" on Tuesdays.
Please come and join us!
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Other reminders:
1. PE begins on Monday, September 8. Students should wear their gym uniform and sneakers.
2. The Hot Lunch program begins on Monday, September 8. Orders and payment were due on Thursday, September 4.

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Back to School Reminders

Dear Saint Benedict Academy Families:

Students should wear their regular school uniform on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Remember, the official drop-off time is 7:30. Students will enter the building for class at 7:40. School will release at 2:30. Please refer to the parking and traffic flow diagram on the Parent Portal of the website.

Students should bring a snack and drink for morning recess and a sack lunch. Hot lunch program will begin on Monday, September 8. An order form is being sent home today (Wednesday, September, 3) and is due with payment tomorrow (Thursday, September 4). Please be sure to make note of your order for your records.

- Mr. McLaughlin and the Saint Benedict Academy Faculty & Staff

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SBA Summer Camp!

Nearly fifty Saint Benedict Academy students and siblings were on campus this month for the annual SBA Summer Camp. The students enjoyed playing with friends and meeting the new students and families who are excited for school to begin this September.

This year's theme days included: Makin' Music, Mad Science, Outdoor Madness, Underwater Mysteries, and Mexican Fiesta. Students were treated to a visiting scientist who performed all kinds of experiments with the children, a behind-the-dugout tour of the Fisher Cats, and a performance of "The Little Mermaid" at the Palace Theatre.

For photos, please click the link above!

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Summer News

Saint Benedict Academy still has openings for students this fall in pre-K to grade 6.
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Families interested in scheduling a summer visit are invited to call the office at 603-669-3932 or to email the office at principal@stbenedictacademy.org.
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The SBA campus has been abuzz with activity all summer in preparation for the start of school in September. We're in the final stages of the remodel of the new pre-K classroom; have enhanced the student library and our wireless infrastructure; have refinished all of the floors; are about to install new shades throughout the campus; and so much more. We can't wait for the students to arrive on September 2!
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Please click on the link above to learn about our summer fundraisers with Box Tops for Education and Sweet Kiwi.

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2014-2015 School Theme Announced!

Saint Benedict Academy has selected its school theme for the 2014-2015 academic year:

Let us arise, then, at last, for the Scripture stirs us up.

The school theme is taken from the prologue of the Rule of Saint Benedict. Benedictine monastic communities read the Rule of Saint Benedict in their Chapter meetings three times throughout the year. The section of the prologue that inspired this year's theme will be read by monastic communities such as the Abbey at Saint Anselm College on Tuesday, September 2 - our first day of school in the fall.

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Plimouth Plantation Field Trip

Students in Mrs. Hauck's and Mrs. Johnston's classes recently took a trip back in time to explore the seventeenth century Plimoth Plantation colony in Massachusetts. The wonderful exhibits at Plimoth Plantation expanded the walls of our classrooms and inspired in students a curiosity about and understanding of the past.

To read about their exciting day and view pictures, please click on the link!

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Computers – Digital Citizens

Students in Ms. Christine Maloof's Educational Technology class presented final projects during their class this week. Students in grades five and six displayed their knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite through creating innovative PowerPoint presentations highlighting family holiday traditions. The students were also afforded the opportunity to practice public speaking in front of their peers and invited guests. Students in other classes demonstrated their knowledge of important computer navigational and typing skills through a variety of hands-on projects and presentations. Students also culminated their lessons on being Digital Citizens and making safe choices on the Internet and social media.

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Fifth and Sixth Grade Field Trip

Fifth and sixth grade traveled to the Montshire Science Museum in Vermont last week. The students had an incredible time exploring the grounds of this museum and visiting Sue, the 67 million years old T-Rex fossil. 90% of Sue was uncovered by a paleontologist in South Dakota 24 years ago! During their visit, students took a couple of science classes. They learned about bridges and structures. The students were able to build their own bridges, explore with arches, and even assemble a Truss bridge.

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Third Grade TerraCyclers!

Mrs. Johnston's Third Grade class annually participates in a service project that teaches students about their world and the difference they can make within it. The service project is done in collaboration with Capri-Sun. Mrs. Johnston writes: "The third grade would like to thank everyone for their help in recycling Capri-Sun juice pouches. All year, we have collected, pulled straw papers off, rinsed, and packed juice pouches for shipping. We earned over 18000 points!" Click on the article link to read about the charities that the students supported this year.

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Science Fair a Success!

On May 23, students from the 5th and 6th grade displayed their outstanding research projects and science experiments. The students were to incorporate the scientific process throughout their projects, display them on a trifold board and discuss their research and findings with parent visitors and all grade-level classes. The students did a fantastic job providing brochures, pictures, slide shows and hands-on additions to their experiments to share. Projects ranged from Lyme testing, steroids, DNA testing of dogs, an iodine clock, a home-made generator, a hands-on robotic display with a live working prosthetic arm and more!

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SBA Receives $120,000 Bequest

Earlier this year, Saint Benedict Academy was pleased to announce that it was the recipient of a generous bequest from the Estate of the late Francis J. Kearns. This week, as we prepare to celebrate Memorial Day, we’d like to share more about the life of this generous gentleman and long-time supporter of Saint Benedict Academy.

Francis J. Kearns was born on July 10, 1916 here in Manchester. After graduating from Manchester High School West in 1935, Mr. Kearns served in the US Navy in World War II. Following his service to our country, Mr. Kearns worked as an engineer for Boeing Air Company. Upon moving back to Manchester in the mid-1980s, Mr. Kearns was actively involved in the Catholic life of the City. He served as a communicant of Saint Patrick Church and as an usher at Saint Joseph Cathedral. He was a Third Degree Member and Treasure of Council 5260 of the Knights of Columbus. Mr. Kearns was also involved at Saint Benedict Academy as a Godparent. Over the years, Mr. Kearns donated thousands of dollars to the Financial Assistance Program. Mr. Kearns passed away on June 4, 2013.

Mr. Kearn’s left a generous bequest of $120,000 to Saint Benedict Academy to make an impactful change as the school prepares itself and its students for continued growth. A portion of this gift will be used this summer to make several capital improvements to campus. These 2014 summer projects include: renovating the Title I/Aftercare Room to house our new Pre-School Program; renovations to and a reconfiguration of our administrative offices suite; and new privacy blinds throughout the campus.

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Lacrosse at Saint Benedict Academy

This fall, Saint Benedict Academy was awarded a grant from the United States Lacrosse Association. The grant came in the form of new STX soft lacrosse sticks and balls to teach students the fundamentals of lacrosse. Physical Education teacher Ms. Kristin Warburton incorporated lacrosse into her curriculum and has been working with students this spring on cradling and passing skills.

Click on the link for photos!

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Broadway Bound!

Saint Benedict Academy announces its spring musical, the Broadway classic, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” Over 50 students and 6 faculty members are involved in the production and have amped up rehearsals to four times a week in preparation for opening night on Thursday, June 5.

The story chronicles Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanut gang on a whirl-wind “day-in-the-life” type quest to uncover what it means to be a good person. Along the way, we run into love-struck Lucy serenading Schroeder, a very hungry Snoopy (and his World War I flying ace alter ego), a lovable Linus intent on teaching Lucy that she can’t be a queen, and a very silly Sally and her quirky interpretation of how philosophies work. By the end of the day, Charlie Brown is sad that he still has not discovered what it means to be good.” But then, he discovers something left by “that cute little red-headed girl” that reveals to him that being good means trying your best and being happy!

Students have been rehearsing since February and have gotten acting and vocal tips in their workshop-style practices for the musical. We are proud of the more than 50 students for having memorized their lines, hit their notes, crafted their characters, and dazzled us with their choreography. We are looking forward to opening night and hope that you’ll join us for this exciting theatrical production.

The Performing Arts Club, PAC as it is affectionately known around campus, is just one of many extracurricular offerings for students. Students can also be involved in VEX IQ Robotics, Skiing, Fundamentals or Competitive Basketball (congrats 5/6 Boys Team on their repeat CYO Championship!), Student Council, Math Buddies, the Archangel Altar Society, and Saint Raphael Food Pantry.

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Immaculate Mary, Your Praises We Sing

The Saint Benedict Academy Catholic School community celebrated the traditional Crowning of Mary on May 13, 2014 the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima.

The prayer service was led by First and Fourth grade students in Mrs. Heather Silveria and Mrs. Kathy Johnston’s religion classes and followed a Mass of remembrance for baby Cecilia Harrison. Students carried a statue of Mary into Saint Raphael Church on a flower-laden bier. The students then re-enacted the Apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima before crowning the statue. The students body then followed in procession around the campus of Saint Raphael Church and Saint Benedict Academy carrying the crowned statue of Mary and reciting the Rosary.

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Principal Receives Prestigious Fellowship

Principal Mr. Michael McLaughlin was awarded a Fellowship to study the Holocaust at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC for a week this July. The Eileen Ludwig Greenland National Bearing Witness Summer Institute is a partnership between the Anti-Defamation League, the National Catholic Educational Association, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the USHMM.

The program takes place at various sites around the Washington, D.C. area including the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Embassy of Israel, Georgetown University, and a local synagogue. Sessions are led by specialists in the fields of Jewish studies, Holocaust studies, and Catholic-Jewish relations.

The fellowship program will bring together 40 Catholic School educators from around the country to engage in five-days of intensive study designed to give them the skills and resources necessary to bring the lessons of anti-Semitism, the Holocaust, and modern-day prejudice to their students and school communities. Mr. McLaughlin and other participants will explore the history of anti-Semitism and issues of prejudice in contemporary society.

To learn more, please click on the link.

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Pre-School Teacher Announced!

Saint Benedict Academy announces the addition of Mrs. Heather Shambarger to the faculty. Mrs. Shambarger will be our pre-school teacher for our new Pre-School Program which will launch this fall.

Mrs. Shambarger is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire and later completed her Master’s in Education at New England College. She is certified in Early Childhood Education.

Mrs. Shambarger was the pre-school teacher at Saint Joseph School in Salem, NH and brings over a decade of experience of teaching our youngest learners. At Saint Joseph, she developed over 300 thematic units including Continents of the World and Great Art Masters. She integrated a portfolio system to track and demonstrate student growth over the course of the year. She differentiated her instruction to simultaneously challenge and support all learners such that each child grew in knowledge, skill, and understanding.

Mrs. Shambarger looks forward to meeting students and families at our upcoming New Family Orientation and Visit Day on Thursday, May 29 from 8:30 to 9:30.

Please join us in welcoming Mrs. Shambarger to our school community!

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Spring Open House – May 14, 2014

Prospective students and families are invited to our Spring Open House on Wednesday, May 14th from 10 – 2.

Today’s open house will provide you with the opportunity to see the school “in action.” If you would like to set up a specific time for a tour, please contact the office at 603-669-3932.

If we can answer any questions beforehand or if you would like to schedule a tour in early May, please be in touch.

Saint Benedict Academy is enrolling students for the 2014-2015 academic year. There is currently a waiting list for second grade. There are openings in all other grades Pre-School to grade six. All application materials can be accessed through the Admissions portal.

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Terra Nova Testing, 2014

From the Catholic Schools Office:

In these days when “high stakes” standardized testing and various forms of classroom assessment are sometimes hotly debated in the public media, school board meetings, and other venues, it is important that those who support Catholic education in New Hampshire understand that we regard such testing as only one measure of success.

In our schools, we strive to help each and every student succeed to the best of his or her own ability and capability. We teach problem solving skills certainly, but we also teach the underlying concepts of math and science, literature and social studies, religion and art. We teach our children how to discuss and evaluate ideas and how to apply sometimes challenging concepts to the world in which they live so that they can begin now to live as committed Christian citizens in their communities. A team of dedicated teachers and parents help to create just the right kind of environment for each student to achieve success in our many schools.

We are very proud to announce that our students continue to performance well above the national norm in the Terra Nova Standardized Achievement Test. This Test (published by the CTB – McGraw Hill) is administered in grades two through eight in the spring of each year as part of the Catholic Schools Office’s assessment of the overall curriculum in the diocesan schools. To learn more about how schools across the Diocese performed on this assessment, please click the link above.

Check back soon for information specific to Saint Benedict Academy.

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Happy Easter

"Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song." - Blessed Pope John Paul II
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Saint Benedict Academy wishes its students, families, benefactors, alumni, faculty, and friends a very blessed and happy Easter.

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Affordable 2014-2015 Tuition Rates Announced

Saint Benedict Academy is pleased to announce our 2014-2015 Tuition Rates
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Grade 1-6 Supported Student Tuition is $3,415 – with discounts available for multi-child families.
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Grade 1-6 Non-Supported Tuition is $4,265 - with discounts available for multi-child families.
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Pre-Kindergarten Tuition is $4,700 for our five-day, full-time program.
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Kindergarten Tuition is $4,350 for our five-day, full-time program.
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Please click on the link above or visit our Admissions tab to view the full 2014-2015 tuition schedule.

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PBS Recognizes SBA Writers!

This spring, Saint Benedict Academy hosted a short-story writing contest for students in grades 1, 2, and 3 sponsored by PBS. We are proud to announce that the regional judging panel recognized two of our authors with "Honorable Mention" distinction from the hundreds of stories sent in from Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Congratulations to Hilde Hieronymus for her story "Watch Out!" and Fotios Papanicolau for his story "Building a Tree House."

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Spring Programs Wrap Up

The academic experience at Saint Benedict Academy is enhanced through partnership with colleges in Manchester. With the end of the colleges’ spring semesters comes the final days of several wonderful programs held on campus this spring. We wish all of our college volunteers much success on their final exams and are thankful for the generosity of their time and talents at our school this year. To read a recap of this spring’s activities with our college partners, please click on the link above.

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Story Contest Winners!

This spring, Saint Benedict Academy hosted a short-story writing contest for students in grades 1, 2, and three. We are pleased to announce the winners!
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First Grade: Owen Hubbard and Julia Bouthot
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Second Grade: Samantha Ducharme and Emma Butler
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Third Grade: Monica Melton and Sophia Lucero
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All winners will receive a special gift to continue their writings and will have the opportunity to share their story with other classes. All students who submitted a story to the Saint Benedict Academy contest were also entered into the PBS Literacy Contest. The SBA Story Contest was sponsored by the Student Council, Ms. Kealy, Mrs. LaPalme, and Mrs. Timpe.

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Save the Date – Open House on May 14th

Prospective students and families are invited to our Spring Open House on Wednesday, May 14th from 10 - 2. The school is enrolling students for the 2014-2015 academic year. There is currently a waiting list for second grade. There are openings in all other grades Pre-School to grade six. All application materials can be accessed under the Admissions Tab. If we can answer any questions beforehand or if you would like to schedule a tour in April, please call the office at 603-669-3932.

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Once Upon a Time – is here!

Saint Benedict Academy is proud to celebrate:
ONCE UPON A TIME
A Celebration Event and Benefit
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Our annual spring auction is here at last! Starting at 6 PM on Saturday, April 5, our revelers will enjoy a night of wonderful entertainment and fellowship as we celebrate 125 years of Catholic Education on the Campus of Saint Raphael Parish.
The $20 admission includes: A Chateau-catered dinner fit for a King; A story-book cake designed by Frederick's Pastry; Live music by our very own "Pied Piper" Mr. O'Brien; An "enchanted photo booth" sponsored by Clix! Photography; Access to over $18,000 in silent and live auction items; A final opportunity to participate in our raffles: 50/50 Tuition Raffle - win money off your '14-'15 tuition!, A Wine Cellar Raffle, Classroom Fairy-tale Inspired Baskets valued at $300 to $520 each. See you at the big event!

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International Students Visit SBA

This year, Saint Benedict Academy piloted the Global Village Partners with the International Student Office at Southern New Hampshire University. This week, our SNHU visitors are making their final presentations at the Academy. For more information, please click on the link above.

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Honor Roll Students Recognized at Mass

On Tuesday, April 1, students in fourth, fifth, and sixth grade who achieved Honor Roll and High Honor Roll distinction for their academic work in the second trimester were recognized. Following our weekly celebration of the Eucharist, Mr. McLaughlin announced the students and awarded each with a certificate of achievement. Many parents, family members, and friends were in attendance at this afternoon's Mass to congratulate the students on their accomplishments.

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Spring Enrollment and Registration

Saint Benedict Academy is in the process of enrolling and registering students for the 2014-2015 academic year. Established in 1889 as Saint Raphael School, Saint Benedict Academy celebrates a 125-year legacy of providing an academically-challenging Catholic education for students. Families are invited to call Principal Michael McLaughlin at 603-669-3932 to schedule a visit to campus. There is now a waiting list for second grade.

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Third Grade Student Wins Regional Art Contest

The next Michelangelo may be sitting in Mrs. Johnston’s Third Grade class! This year, the students participated in an art contest sponsored by Casella Resource Solutions. The drawings were on the topic of the environment and recycling. The Casella corporate offices recently let Mr. McLaughlin and Mrs. Johnston know that one student was named a winner in this year’s contest. The judging committee selected thirteen pieces of art from across New Hampshire to be featured in the company’s 2015 New Hampshire calendar. The student's identity will remain a secret until Saint Benedict Academy’s 2013-2014 Final Assembly on June 12.
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To learn more, please click the article linked above - and be sure to "save the date" of June 12 when we will honor our sixth grade and recognize the accomplishments of so many other students, like our Third Grade Michelangelo.

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SBA On-Line Bidding

The Saint Benedict Academy annual Spring Auction is just days away - but the bidding for some of the biggest items has already begun and everyone is welcome to join in the fun!
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Several exclusive items are now available for on-line pre-bidding including a suite for ten to the Patriots, two sets of four tickets to the 2013 World Series Champion Red Sox, a suite for 18 to the Fisher Cats, a signed print by HGTV's David Bromstad, great deals on family vacations here in New England, and several of the "SBA Specials" - including Principal for a Day, VIP Parking, and a Limo Ride on the last day of school!
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Click the article above for a link and place your bid today.
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Remember, anyone can bid, even if they are not attending the event - so please share this link with your friends, neighbors, distant relatives, and co-workers on Facebook and other avenues.

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Fifth and Sixth Grade Visit Saint Joseph Cathedral

In honor of the forthcoming canonization on April 27 of Blessed John Paul II, St. Joseph Cathedral hosted a special photographic exhibit titled “John Paul II The Holy Man: to the Ends of the Earth.” The Fifth and Sixth Grade Students were fortunate to have such a unique opportunity to visit the exhibit in addition to a personal tour of the Cathedral where the students could experience the cultural and scriptural history abound throughout the Cathedral. The students were able to view hidden details in America’s largest collection of Tyrolese stained glass windows and enter into the peaceful silence of the Bishop’s crypt located directly below the main altar where five of Manchester’s Bishops are buried.

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Sixth Grade Students Share Personal Memories of the Philippines through Catholic Relief Services Lesson

As part of our Catholic Social Teachings throughout Lent, this past week’s focus was on the Philippines. Instead of our teachers in Grades 4-6 teaching about the country, we were able to get a firsthand look at various areas in the Philippines throughout the teachings of two of our 6th grade students, Ridge and Aly. To learn about the lesson, please click on the article linked above.

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Students Celebrate the Feast of Saint Benedict

On Friday, March 21, the students and faculty of Saint Benedict Academy traveled to Saint Anselm College to celebrate the Feast of the Passing of Saint Benedict. In celebration of the 125th Jubilee of Saint Benedict Academy, the school presented an embroidered stole to Saint Anselm Abbey to be placed in the care of the pastor of Saint Raphael Parish. The vestment is green and will be worn during Ordinary Time. The image on the vestment is the medallion of Saint Benedict and is encircled by the Prayer of Saint Benedict. To read more about the special celebration and view pictures from the day, please click on the link above.

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Mangia! SBA Pasta Dinner

On Tuesday, March 18 over 200 members of the Saint Benedict Academy community were in attendance at our Pasta Dinner and Family Literacy Night. The Literacy Night was organized by Mrs. Millhouse and sponsored by New Hampshire Public Television. To learn more about the evening, please click on the link above.

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PBS Writing Contest for Grades 1-3

As a capstone to her spring internship experience, Ms. Chloe Kealey collaborated with the Student Council and the faculty to organize Saint Benedict Academy’s participation in the annual PBS Kids Writers Contest. The program is designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. Students in grades one through three celebrate their creativity while building literacy skills by writing and illustrating their own stories. The Student Council announced the contest to the younger students by dressing up as different characters from PBS Kids programs such as the Cat in the Hat, the Man in the Yellow Hat, Super Why!, Abby Cadabby, and Martin from Wild Kratts. To learn more about the initiative and the March 21st deadline, please click the link above!

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Third Grade Receives a Note from Author

Students in Mrs. Johnston's Third Grade class recently received some mail from Abby Klein, the author of the popular "Ready Freddy" series. One of the reading circles decided to write a letter to Ms. Klein expressing their favorite part of the book. Klein replied to the students with a letter encouraging them to continue to read, write, and use their active imaginations.

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Grade 4 is “Walking our Way Through New Hampshire”

The Fourth Grade students at SBA have been wearing pedometers every day since September and tracking their mileage as they “walk” through the state of New Hampshire. As they log the miles, students use laptops to visit “Google Earth” and explore the locations they pass along the way – like a “virtual visit.” To learn more about the Fourth Grade's interactive approach to learning New Hampshire History, click the link above.

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Second and Sixth Grade Lenten Prayer Service

After our weekly noon Mass on Tuesday, March 11, the second and sixth grade students led the Saint Benedict Academy community in a prayer service focusing on the Stations of the Cross. Knowing that the beautiful season of Lent ends with the cross and the glory of Christ's Resurrection at Easter, the students and teachers wanted to remind us of Christ's journey to the cross as we begin Lent. For a copy of the prayer service, please click this link above.

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Student Council Opens NE CACE Meeting with Prayer

On March 10th, the Saint Benedict Academy Student Council commenced the CACE (Chief Administrators of Catholic Education) assembly at the Radisson in Manchester, New Hampshire by leading the group in morning prayer. For an account of the morning's prayer service, please click on the link above.

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SBA Supports Catholic Relief Services

For the second year in a row, Saint Benedict Academy is participating in the Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl Project. The fourth, fifth, and sixth grades incorporate this project into their social studies and religion lessons. Each week during Lent, students virtually travel the world learning about how we can help assist Catholic Relief Services in helping others with hunger, poverty, and sickness. Mrs. Timpe, our fifth grade teacher, describes the first week's lesson in the article linked above.

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Kindergarten Celebrates Dr. Seuss

Kindergarten celebrated the birthday of Dr. Seuss in their lessons from March 3 to March 7. Students, Mrs. Connors, and even our principal read favorite Seuss books to the class. The Kindergarten started off the week predicting and tasting "Green Eggs and Ham." As the week progressed, students participated in learning centers promoting rhyme, writing rhyming words in Cat's big hat, watching the Cat in the Hat movie, and our favorite: writing what would most likely happen if Thing 1 and Thing 2 came to our house. The Kindergarten even created "Things" with their hand-prints to accompany their writing! Click on the link above to check out pictures from the week.

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Spring Auction: On-line Bidding of Exclusive Items

The annual Saint Benedict Academy auction "Once Upon a Time" is less than a month away, but friends, benefactors, and the general public are now able to bid on several exclusive auction items through our on-line bidding platform - regardless of if you will be attending the celebration gala on Saturday April 5. New items will be added throughout the month!

Visit:
www.bluetreemarketing.com/stbenedictacademy

Exclusive packages now open for on-line bidding include:
- 10 Patriots pre-season tickets in the Putnam Clubhouse
- Tickets to the 48th Annual CMA's and After-Party in Nashville
- Trip for 2 to Sonoma Valley, California
- Family Vacation to Disney World and Sea World
- A Castle and Mansion Trip for 2 to Scotland
And so much more!
Please visit the website for details and to place your bid. Please share this site on Facebook and with your family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors near and far. These items are just a taste of the over $18,000 in items available for this year's big event!

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Does Class Size Really Matter?

Does Class Size Really Matter? How important is it? In a recent policy brief, Professor Schanzenbach, an economist and education policy professor at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, examined the body of research addressing the issue of class size. Does it matter? Yes, it does.

According Schanzenbach (2014) “research shows that students in the early grades perform better in small classes.” In the 2013-14 school year at Saint Benedict Academy, the average class size for grades kindergarten-sixth was seventeen students with a range of nine to twenty-four students. The addition of classroom aides and the use of college and community volunteers for some activities (i.e. reading circles) increased the amount of "teacher time" that all of our students received. Schanzenbach (2014) makes the following statement regarding recommendations about class size: “the academic literature strongly supports the common-sense notion that class size is an important determinant of student outcomes. Class-size reduction has been shown to improve a variety of measures, ranging from contemporaneous test scores to later-life outcomes such as college completion.”

Come and check out our school. Enroll your student and enjoy the benefit of smaller class size! At Saint Benedict Academy our students thrive in a community of faith that promotes academic excellence integrated with the message of the Gospel; this is the heart of our school.

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Andiamo: SBA Pasta Dinner!

Saint Benedict Academy will host a pasta dinner on Wednesday, March 12 in the school cafeteria. There will be seatings at 5:30 and 6:30. The cost is $5 for a parent and $3 for a child - with a $20 max. for a family. We will start taking reservations and payment on Monday, March 3.
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Chef McLaughlin and his sous chefs will be cooking up meatballs, sauce, pasta, salad, bread, and dessert. We are in need of a few Giadas, Barefoot Contessas, and Mario Batilis to help out in the kitchen. Please contact the office at 603-669-3932.
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At the dinner, we will also unveil the "Classroom Raffle Baskets."
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We invite our friends, benefactors, and new students and their families to join us for a fun evening!

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Inclement Weather Early Release 2/18

Due to the forecasted inclement weather, Manchester schools will have a 2-hour early release on Tuesday, February 18. To comply with the city, SBA will close the campus at 12:30. Busses are available. There will be no after school program on Tuesday. All students must be picked up at 12:30. Additionally, we will not celebrate Mass today due to the early release.

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SBA Basketball Clinches the Championship

The fifth and sixth grade boys basketball team won the final round of the CYO championship on Sunday, February 16 at the O'Neil Center. Parents, families, teachers, and friends came to cheer on the Crusaders in their back-to-back championship. Congrats, Crusaders - we are very proud of you!

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Registration Discount Extended to February 18

In consideration of the school being closed due to inclement weather on February 13 and 14, we are extending phase one of the registration period for 2014-2015 until Tuesday, February 18. Until the 18th, the non-refundable family registration fee for 2014-2015 is discounted at $250. After the 18th, the fee will be $275. Remember, you must submit your registration paperwork with your fee. We have openings in all grades pre-K to 6. If you have any questions, please contact the office at 603-669-3932.

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SBA Welcomes Bishop Libasci

The school community welcomed the Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, Tenth Bishop of Manchester, to Saint Benedict Academy on Thursday, January 30 in celebration of Catholic Schools Week and our school’s 125th Jubilee. To read more about the day and see pictures, please click the link above.

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Fourth Grade Visits the Capitol

Students in Mrs. Hauck’s Fourth Grade class traveled to Concord on Thursday February 6, 2014 for a private tour of the State Capitol Building. The field trip is part of Mrs. Hauck’s lessons on New Hampshire State History. For an account of the day's visit - including our time in the Senate Chambers and Governor's Office - please click on the link above.

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SBA Spelling Bee!

Congratulations to Ridge in sixth grade and Maggie in fourth grade as our First and Second Place Winners in our Annual Saint Benedict Academy Spelling Bee! Ridge is our defending school champion and will be participating in the State Belling Bee in Concord, NH on March 1st at 1:00. Maggie will be the alternate. To learn more, please click the link above.

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Ski Club Hits the Slopes

The Saint Benedict Academy Ski Club isn't planning to join the US Olympic Team in Sochi later this week, but they have been sharpening their ski and snow boarding skills this winter. Approximately 40 students and their entourage of parents, siblings, and club moderators Mr. and Mrs. Bamberger head to Mt. McIntyre on Wednesdays for instruction and "free ski." The students have enjoyed the sport and time with friends. Who knows, maybe some of them will compete in 2018 at Pyeongchang, South Korea!

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Basketball Day of Service

The annual CYO Basketball Service Day was held on February 1st for the 3rd and 4th grade basketball teams at Saint Elizabeth Seton Parish in Bedford. The goal of this year's service day was to decorate and fill 500 bags filled with socks, puzzle books, hair care products and other items needed by area nursing home patients. The girls from SBA were well represented, and Coach Ingham is proud to announce that they completed 90 bags as a team. Outstanding job by all!

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Catholic Schools Week, 2014

Happy Catholic Schools Week! Please click the link above to read our blog about Catholic Schools Week, 2014 and our special visit from the Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, Tenth Bishop of Manchester.
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We are currently registering students for the 2014-2014 school year. Please click the "Admissions" tab or call the school at 603-669-3932 for more information.

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SBA Open House: Sunday, January 26

We invite families to join us for our Open House on Sunday, January 26, 2014 from noon to 2 PM. Saint Benedict Academy is accepting students in all grades. We are also pleased to offer a brand-new pre-school program beginning in August, 2014. During our Open House you will have an opportunity to tour the facility, meet with our staff, visit classrooms, receive an information packet, and ask questions. There will also be an information session delivered by Principal Michael McLaughlin at 12:15 and 1:15 in the school gym. Please park in the Ferry Street lot and enter the school through the lower doors on Ferry Street. If you cannot make it to the Open House or would like more one-on-one time with us, you can schedule a personal tour. More information about our Open House and scheduling personal tours can be accessed through the Admissions Tab.

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SBA Speakers

A special thanks to the many students and families who spoke at various Masses and parishes this weekend in anticipation of Catholic Schools Week. We are also very thankful to the priests and parishes who support our school and helped us to share the joy of Catholic education with others.

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2014-2015 Application and Registration Process Now Open

Saint Benedict Academy is now accepting applications for new students and registrations for returning students for the 2014-2015 Academic Year. We currently have openings in all grades, including our new Pre-School Program.
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New Diocesan-approved forms and a list of other necessary documentation can be found under the Admissions Tab for New Students and Returning Students.
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A schedule of tuition rates is not yet available.
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Information about the Pre-School Program can be found under the Academics Tab.
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An Open House will be held on campus on Sunday, January 26 from noon to 2. We look forward to meeting you!

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SBA Hosts Its First Annual Luncheon for the Clergy

As part of our 125th Jubilee Celebration, Saint Benedict Academy hosted a special luncheon of celebration and thanksgiving on campus on Wednesday, January 8 for clergy in the Diocese of Manchester and the monks of Saint Anselm Abbey. We were blessed with the presence and prayers of many special guests, including the Most Revered Peter A. Libasci, Tenth Bishop of Manchester, and Fr. John Fortin, O.S.B., Superintendent of Schools. To read more about the event, please click

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New PE Equipment!

We would like to extend a special thank you to our PE Teacher, Ms. Kristin Warburton, for acquiring some new PE equipment for our fundamentals of sport units. She credits one of her Kindergarten students for making this possible. To find out how, click

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Prayer Partner Party

At Saint Benedict Academy, students in grades 4, 5, and 6 are paired with students in Kindergarten and grades 1 and 2 as "Prayer Partners." The students sit with each other at Mass, and the older children help their younger friends with the responses and prayers. Our prayer partners also find times throughout the year to celebrate the special community that they share. One such example was the Christmas celebration that students in Kindergarten and Grade 5 enjoyed before the Christmas Break. To view photos from the celebration, please click

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Christmas Break

Saint Benedict Academy students and faculty wish all a very Merry Christmas and a blessed beginning to the New Year. Classes will resume on Monday, January 6. Please also note, we are now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school year. Saint Benedict Academy is accepting students in all grades and are excited to offer a new pre-school program this fall! An Open House will be held at the school on Sunday, January 26 from noon to 2. During our Open House you will have an opportunity to tour the facility, meet with our staff, visit classrooms, receive an information packet, and ask questions. There will also be an information session delivered by Principal Michael McLaughlin at 12:15 and 1:15 in the school gym. For more information, contact the school office at (603) 669–3932 or by send an email to the Principal, Mr. Michael McLaughlin. We also welcome families to set up individual tours during a school day. Please call the school office to schedule a visit.

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Christmas Vacation

Saint Benedict Academy students and faculty wish all a safe and blessed beginning to the Christmas vacation and the close of the beautiful season of Advent. Classes will resume on January 6.

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Winter Warm-Up!

Second grade students at Saint Benedict Academy enjoyed a “Winter Warm-Up” Celebration on Thursday, December 19. The day of surprises came courtesy of a prize package bid on at our 2013 Spring Auction. To learn about the day, please click

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Saint Nicholas Visits SBA!

The Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of Saint Nicholas on December 6 each year. Today, Wednesday, December 18, the historic 4th century Catholic Saint and Greek Bishop visited the Kindergarten to third grade students accompanied by an elf. For pictures and to find out who dressed up as the Saint, please click

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Happy Birthday Pope Francis!

Saint Benedict Academy wishes a happy 77th birthday to our Pontiff - Pope Francis. In celebration of our Jesuit Pope's birthday, we are asking for our families to pray the Prayer for Generosity attributed to Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Order of the Society of Jesus. The prayer can be found if you

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Breakfast for Lunch!

Congratulations again to our cookbook cover art contest winner Grace in the sixth grade. As part of Grace's prize package, she could invite up to three friends to have a special lunch in the front office cooked and served by Principal McLaughlin. To find out what Mr. McLaughlin cooked up for lunch, click

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Students Share the Gift of Song

Saint Benedict Academy fifth and sixth grade students visited the Memory Lane Cafe at the Cashin Senior Center on McGregor Street on Wednesday, December 11 to share the joy of the Advent and Christmas season with individuals with Alzheimer's and their caregivers. For more information, please click

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Advent Concert

Saint Benedict Academy was pleased to welcome the students and faculty of Holy Family Academy to campus on Wednesday, December 11. The Holy Family Academy community shared the gift of song with our school. To learn more about the Holy Family Academy concert, please click

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Change in Mass Schedule

The Saint Benedict Academy school community celebrated the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary with Father Jerome Day at Saint Raphael Parish on Monday, December 9. Please note that the school community will not celebrate Mass on Tuesday, December 10. The next school Mass will be on Tuesday, December 17th at noon. Thank you for your understanding.

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SBA 125th Jubilee Commemorative Cookbook

The Saint Benedict Academy 125th Jubilee Commemorative Cookbook is available for purchase just in time for Christmas! The beautifully bound cookbook features over 250 recipes from SBA families and friends past and present. Cookbooks are $15 each or 3 for $40. To purchase yours, you may send a note with payment to the office or call the school. The books will also be available for purchase at our December 10th Christmas Pageant. To learn about the leadership team and cover designer, click

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A Cornucopia of Goodness

Saint Benedict Academy wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. One of our school's annual traditions is the Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast. To read about this event and view pictures from the morning, click

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Saint Anselm Student Teachers

Saint Benedict Academy is thankful for our support from Saint Anselm College. This semester, we were fortunate to welcome two student teachers - Brianna Dooley and Chloe Kealey - to our school to teach alongside Mrs. Connors in Kindergarten and Mrs. Freethey in Second Grade. Both of these future teachers wrote reflections on their time at Saint Benedict Academy in light of the Thanksgiving holiday. To read these reflections, click

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Money Raised for Catholic Relief Efforts in the Philippines

On Thursday, November 21, students and faculty at Saint Benedict Academy raised $254 for the efforts of Catholic Relief Services in the devastated Philippines. The students raised the money through participating in a Dress Down Day. The students offered prayers for our brothers and sisters in the Philippines but also wanted to send a contribution of financial assistance as that community recovers from the severe storms of recent weeks.

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Campus Clean-Up – Round 2!

Please join the Saint Benedict Academy community this Saturday morning (November 23) from 9-12 as we rake leaves and spruce up the campus before winter sets in. Don't worry if you can only come for part of the time. The more volunteers we have, the faster it will go. Besides yourself, please bring any rakes, leaf blowers, brooms for sweeping the sand out of the courtyard, hedge trimmers, clippers, or anything else you might need for yard work. See you Saturday!

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Dress Down Day

On Thursday, November 21, students and faculty at Saint Benedict Academy are invited to participate in a Dress Down Day. The cost to participate is $1.00, and all money collected will be donated to Catholic relief efforts to assist our brothers and sisters in the Philippines as they recover from the hurricane that hit last week. This Dress Down Day is optional - if your child does not participate, they should wear their regular school uniform. For those who do participate, please dress appropriately for the cold weather.

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Basketball Season Underway!

The Saint Benedict Academy Lady Crusaders faced off against a strong team in the Parish of the Resurrection on Sunday, November 17. The girls also had a special visit with the SNHU women's basketball team on Saturday. To find out more, click

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Madeline

First and second grade students were excited to travel to Saint Anselm College for the production of “Madeline” on Friday; however, shortly before they were to leave, the production was cancelled because the actress playing the title character came down with an illness. While the field trip was cancelled, Saint Benedict Academy teachers ensured that the “show would go on” with a special activity for the students. To find out more, click

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Saint Benedict Academy Receives $500 Robotics Grant

Saint Benedict Academy is proud to announce that the school is the recipient of a $500 pre-college grant from the New Hampshire Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. The school received the grant for Mr. McLaughlin’s proposal entitled “Integrating Robotics into the Elementary School Experience at Saint Benedict Academy.” To learn more about the grant and its implementation, click

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When the Saints Go Marching In…

The Saint Benedict Academy community celebrated the Solemnity of All Saints on Friday, November 1 at noon at Saint Raphael Church. Students in the first grade portrayed 24 different Catholic Saints and assisted Father Jerome Day O.S.B. in the Mass. To find out which Saints were represented, click

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Help Hunger – Catholic Relief Services Visits 5th and 6th Grade

On October 11th, the fifth and sixth graders were honored with the presence of Mr. Peter Kimeu. Peter works for Catholic Relief Services and came in to talk to the children about Kenya, his home. Peter engaged every listener in the room with his enthusiasm and passion for his mission-HELP HUNGER! To find out more about the presentation and how the children were inspired, click

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