Category: News

SBA Alums Receive Diocesan Saint Timothy Award

Saint Benedict Academy congratulates two Saint Benedict Academy alumni for receiving the Saint Timothy Award. Ryan DesRuisseaux, SBA ’09, and Melissa McCormack, SBA ’08, were among 18 youth in the Diocese of Manchester selected for the honor. Bishop Libasci conferred the honor at a Mass on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at Saint Joseph Cathedral. For photos and more information, click

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Engine 9 Spends Some Time at SBA

Our Kindergarten and First Grade classes were lucky to have Fire Station 9, Calef Road, bring a pumper truck to our schoolyard for up-close, first-hand viewing! The students listened to fire safety rules, held some firefighter apparatuses, sat in the driver seat of the truck, and even got to squirt the hose! To learn more and see photos from the morning, click

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Clarification on Paperwork

Families received student progress reports in their weekly Wednesday envelopes this week. Families are asked to review the report, sign the report, and return the report enclosed in the envelope in which it came. Please return all progress reports Monday, October 21.
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The paperwork that went home on October 16th with regards to interest in the skiing program must be returned by October 23, not November 23.

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Calling all Cooks!

To celebrate the 125th Jubilee of Catholic Education on the campus of Saint Raphael's, Saint Benedict Academy will be publishing its own commemorative cookbook in time for the holiday season. We are in need of recipes from families, friends, and alumni of Saint Benedict Academy, Westside Regional Catholic, and Saint Raphael School. To submit a recipe (or two!), click below to access the link and log-in information. The deadline for recipes is Friday, October 18.

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First in the State

Saint Benedict Academy faculty and staff were the first cohort in the state to receive digital certification from the American Red Cross in Adult, Child, and Infant CPR and AED. The faculty took a four-hour course at the school on Wednesday, October 9 after a full-day of teaching. Their instructor, Alejandro Urrutia, conducted an informative class on responding to emergencies and how to adminster CPR and utilize the AED in a variety of scenarios. At the end of the course, teachers received notification that they had successfully completed the requirements for certification and will have access to their documentation on-line as the Red Cross phases out the traditional wallet cards in favor of digital certificates.

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5 Guys Burgers and Fries

Join the Saint Benedict Academy family from 5-8 PM on Monday, October 7 at the 5 Guys Burgers and Fries on South Willow Street in Manchester. A portion of the night's proceeds from patrons who bring the SBA promotional flyer to the location will go to Saint Benedict Academy. So please, bring family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers to one of the best burger and french fry chains around and support SBA in the process!

For a link to the flyer, click

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Lobster Lore

Students in Mrs. Connor's Kindergarten class welcomed guest presenter Gail Collupy of the Weathervane Restaurant in Bedford to class on Thursday. Students learned all about many of the creatures and treasures of the sea and even had an opportunity to have a hands-on experience with live lobsters and clams. For more information and pictures, click

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More than Meets the Eye in “Figure 5”

Students in Mrs. Hauck’s Fourth Grade class participated in an art history lesson on Thursday, September 26 delivered by Professor Ellen Mary Hart of the New Hampshire Institute of Art. Professor Hart focused on American artist Charles Demuth’s 1928 "I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold." As in the case of fine art, there is more to the story of Professor Hart's visit than "meets the eye." To find out, click:

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Superintendent Father John Fortin Visits SBA

Father John Fortin, O.S.B., the Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of Manchester visited the Saint Benedict Academy community on Wednesday, September 25. Father Fortin toured the school and conversed with each class about their afternoon lessons. The student body presented Father Fortin with a new Saint Benedict Academy hooded sweatshirt as a thank you for his leadership in our Diocese. Father Fortin looks forward to returning to Saint Benedict Academy later this year to celebrate Mass with us and to join our community in commemorating our 125th Jubilee.

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Back to School Open House

Open House begins at 6:30 on Thursday, September 19 in the gym. Please enter via Ferry Street. Parents will listen to an address from Principal McLaughlin before signing up for volunteer opportunities, purchasing SBA gear, and attending short information sessions with teachers. Please note, the event is not a time for individual conferences, and children are not to attend.

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We LOVE Tennis!

Students participated in an intro to tennis clinic on September 16 as part of PE class. The students played with new rackets and balls, equipment made possible through a $500 grant from the US Tennis Association. Who knows, maybe some day one of our Crusaders will see Serena Williams or Andy Murray at Wimbledon.

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Extreme Makeover: Office Edition

Students from Saint Anselm College volunteered on September 14 as part of the College’s 9/11 Day of Service. The students treated the office to an “Extreme Makeover” with fresh paint. The students received a tour and learned about service opportunities here – many said they’ll be back soon! Thank you, Saint Anselm College students!

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September 11 Remembrance

The Saint Benedict Academy community remembered those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Students gathered in the courtyard and prayed for the victims after a moment of silence. Students then recited the Pledge of Allegiance. On display for the ceremony was a Flag of Heroes that listed the names of the emergency and safety personnel who lost their lives in the line of duty. To recognize our own local heroes, the sixth grade decorated cookies and brought them to our neighborhood fire station.

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Recent Press Releases!

SUBJECT: Saint Benedict Academy Receives USTA Tennis Grant
Saint Benedict Academy has been awarded a $500 equipment grant from the United States Tennis Association. The grant was awarded in conjunction with Nickelodeon’s National Day of Play. The grant came in the form of new rackets, tennis balls, and a portable tennis net. The equipment will enhance the Physical Education curriculum at Saint Benedict Academy through teaching students the fundamental skills set for success in the sport of tennis.
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SUBJECT: Saint Benedict Academy Receives USLA Lacrosse Grant
Saint Benedict Academy has been awarded an equipment grant from the United States Lacrosse Association. The grant came in the form of new STX soft lacrosse sticks and balls to teach the 120 elementary school students the fundamentals of lacrosse. The students are excited about the addition of lacrosse to the Physical Education curriculum.

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Get Ready for the 125th School Year at SBA!

Dear Saint Benedict Academy Family,
I am thrilled to say that next week we will start classes at Saint Benedict Academy! The teachers, staff, and I have been hard at work making the school ready to welcome all of our students for the start of our 125th year as a school. We are eager to continue to form students in the Catholic faith, to challenge them as they grow as readers, mathematicians, writers, scientists, and more, to equip them with the technological skills to be competitive students in today’s increasingly digital world, and to enrich their education through exposure to athletics and the arts.
This year will be an AWESOME year!
I enjoyed getting to meet and talk with so many students and families at the Mass and welcome reception held at Saint Raphael’s on Sunday, August 25. I was enthused about sharing the vision and plans that have been initiated to sustain and grow our incredible school and enhance the Catholic, academically-rigorous, technologically-oriented, and well-rounded education that we offer to students in the Diocese of Manchester. If you have an expertise that you feel that you can contribute to the task force I am assembling about the pre-school program, please send me an email at principal@stbenedictacademy.org.
AS YOU PREPARE FOR THE FIRST DAY AND FIRST WEEK OF CLASSES, please note the information below (CLICK ON "CONTINUE READING"). The information is presented following the general schedule of the school day. If you have any questions, please contact the office at 603-669-3932. I’d also request that you pray for the faculty and staff while we attend our opening retreat at Saint Elizabeth Seton Parish on Thursday, August 29.
In Christ,
Michael McLaughlin
Principal, Saint Benedict Academy
Click on "Continue Reading" for HELPFUL INFORMATION FOR THE 1ST WEEK OF SCHOOL!

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Theme for Our 2013-2014 School Year

“Let all guests who arrive be received like Christ.”
Dear St. Benedict Academy Family,
As I prepared to select a theme for our 2013-2014 school year, I looked to the writings of our school’s namesake for inspiration. This year, our theme comes from Chapter 53 of the Rule of Saint Benedict. In this chapter, Saint Benedict talks about hospitality and how to treat visitors. Our theme for the school year is the first line from this chapter:
“Let all guests who arrive be received like Christ.”
Throughout this year, we will explore where this sentence comes from, what it means, and how we can bring it to life. One thing that I would like to invite you to do this month is to take some time to read Chapter 25 from the Gospel of Mathew. The parables in that chapter helped to inspire the point that Saint Benedict makes in his Rule.
In Christ,
Michael McLaughlin
Principal, Saint Benedict Academy

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Summer Supplies Social

Dear Saint Benedict Academy Families,
It was so wonderful to see a number of the students and their families drop by the school this morning to drop off school supplies, have a glass of lemonade, and share some of the exciting stories of summer vacation. Just to clarify, it was not required for families to drop off supplies in advance; the Summer Supplies Social on August 12 was just an opportunity to complete that task for those who purchased their supplies. Anyone who did not bring their supplies ton August 12 should please do so on the first day of school, Tuesday, September 3. Please do not bring any supplies before that date.
In Christ,
Michael McLaughlin
Principal, Saint Benedict Academy

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Summer Newsletter from Mr. McLaughlin

Saint Benedict Academy Families,
I hope that you are enjoying the start of your summer vacation. I had quite an adventure in Europe visiting eight countries in three weeks.
I was amazed at the rich history of the many places I visited and was reminded of the incredible history of our school. Our school first opened its doors in 1889. This fall, we will continue in that legacy by welcoming YOU for our 125th year! We are rooted in tradition and are also a vibrant, faithful school of the 21st Century with our technology , curriculum, and after-school programs.

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Tales from the Trails: Principal McLaughlin’s Summer Travel Blog

Saint Benedict Academy Students,
I invite you and your families to follow me along my journey to eight countries this summer: the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Czech. Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, and Austria. Each day, I’ll share with you a fun adventure or interesting tidbit from my travels; so be sure to visit the school website each day for a new story. I look forward to seeing all of you and hearing about your summer activities when school starts this fall!
- Mr. McLaughlin
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Saturday, July 13, 2013
Today I am leaving Europe to fly home to New England. It has been a wonderful journey. I am so glad that you were able to share in it by reading my little story each day. I am excited about coming back to Saint Benedict Academy next week to start getting things ready for the start of our school year together in September. It has been very fun in Europe, but, as Dorothy says in The Wizard of Oz, “There’s no place like home.”
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Friday, July 12, 2013
You would have loved the beautiful palace that I visited today...

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4th Annual Summer Camp and Looking Forward to the 2013-2014 School Year!

What a great way to get your kids excited for the upcoming school year, but to spend some time in August with their future classmates having a BLAST! This is no run of the mill summer camp to "fill time"...this week is chukker block full of FUN!!
Click "continue reading" below to be directed to a PDF of the Camp Registration Form 2013 to register!
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Looking for a great K-6 school?
Did you miss our Open House? There's still some time!
For more information and schedule a visit, please call us at 603.669.3932 or email us at principal@stbenedictacademy.org
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For those of you looking to sign up or edit your "FACTS" account, click "continue reading" to be directed to the FACTS link...

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SBA Basketball Undefeated

Our St. Benedict Academy 5th and 6th grade CYO Basketball team started the season undefeated at the opening Jamboree this past weekend!
Continue reading to see the season schedule and make a point to cheer them on at one of the games this season!

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Third Grade Recycles for Charity!

The third grade has been collecting and recycling all kinds of juice pouches for charity. The students enjoy helping the environment because the pouches are not being put into landfills and are recycled by a company called TerraCycle, who makes them into many different things like backpacks and pencil boxes.
The best part of the program is that for each pouch collected and turned in, the classroom earns 2 points from TerraCycle. These points can be cashed in to help the less fortunate in many different ways, such as

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Be Sure to Buy a Raffle Ticket!

St. Benedict Academy will be holding a raffle on the evening of November 2 to raise funds specifically for our marketing and advertising budget!
The Grand Raffle Prize: a $400 gift certificate to Christmas Farm Inn in Jackson, NH
http://www.christmasfarminn.com/
Tickets are $20 for one, and $50 for three.
To purchase tickets in advance, please contact Mrs. Gravel in our main office at 669-3932.

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Second Annual Summer Camp a Huge Success

Thirty-seven very happy campers spent a week at SBA for the Second Annual Summer Camp, August 6 – 10! Students enjoyed every themed day including “Construction Day,” “Creepy Crawly Day,” and “Christmas in August.” They enjoyed a fabulous reptile show that included a beautiful Python and a very large lizard. On “Construction Day” they had …

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Celebrating St. Benedict

On Wednesday,  March 21 the students of St. Benedict Academy united with the students of St. Anselm College  to celebrate  across cultures and generations, the transitus of  Saint Benedict. This event has quickly become a favorite amongst teachers, parents, monks and students alike.  This year weather provided Saint Benedict students the opportunity to sit on …

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From Our Coaches

 Saint Benedict Academy’s  3rd /4th grade basketball team wins FOURTH straight game…The third and fourth grade basketball team has won their 4th game in as many outings. They have gotten progressively better each game as they face stiffer competition with a thriller coming up on January 21st against St Catherine’s Parish Team at 9:00 AM. …

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Walking through New Hampshire –211.1 miles

At Saint Benedict Academy the fourth grade class started  a walking project. Our goal is to walk the length of the whole state.  We walk every day, and in every class, without ever leaving our school. Right now we are walking through a farm town in northern New Hampshire.  We went on Google earth and …

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Co-curricular Activities

Saint Benedict Academy is always looking to educate the whole child. We have an excellent academic program and several co-curricular activities. Thanks to  volunteers,  we have established a 5th/6th grade boys basketball team. The 3rd/4th grades have a large team that is eager to hit the courts.  Also, a cheerleading squad has been organized for …

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Fourth Graders will walk 211.1 miles!!!

In an effort to get to know our great state of New Hampshire, Mrs. Hauck’s fourth grade students will be walking the equivalent of the distance from the Canadian border to our border with Massachusetts.  A generous SBA family donated the pedometers to the fourth grade so each student wears one during the school day.  …

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A WELCOME FROM SR. BETTY

Saint Benedict Academy is a community of Light, Love, and Learning.  Fr. Jerome has prayed this intention for us and our school body for years.  It is coming to fruition.  All you need to do is enter the building and you feel it.  We have so much to be excited about and grateful for at …

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Campers rave about the first SBA Summer Camp

On August 1-5, Mrs. Connors, Mrs. Gravel, Mrs. Johnston, and Mrs. Timpe hosted the first annual SBA Summer Camp. Each day had a different theme and included prayer, morning meeting, arts and crafts, sports and water activities, and journal writing describing the campers’ favorite part of the day.

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Spanish

Students study Spanish throughout the primary grades. A key component of the Spanish curriculum is that God hears our prayers in every language, and new prayers are learned each year in both English and Spanish. Students also learn about the foods, customs, and celebrations from various Spanish-speaking countries around the world.

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