Catholic Schools Week, 2015!

Happy Catholic Schools Week, Saint Benedict Academy.

Last year, Saint Benedict Academy presented this stole to the monks of Saint Anselm Abbey in celebration of their contributions to Catholic Education.
Last year, Saint Benedict Academy presented this stole to the monks of Saint Anselm Abbey in celebration of their contributions to Catholic Education.

Please check back to this article post throughout the week for a write-up of activities and photographs of our week-long celebration. This page will also be a resource of reminders for events throughout the week.

Sunday, January 25 – Official Start of Catholic Schools Week

  • Students wore their SBA uniforms to Mass this weekend. At several Masses throughout the Diocese, students and parents from SBA talked about  their experiences at Saint Benedict Academy. At Saint Raphael’s parish’s 9:30 Mass, for example, fifth grade student Matt McCormick and his father talked about their family’s 20 consecutive years of Catholic education at Saint Benedict Academy. Families also spoke at Saint Elizabeth Seton Parish, Saint Joseph Cathedral, Saint Lawrence Parish and the Parish of the Transfiguration!

Monday, January 26 – Class Color Day

  • Students and family members gathered in the gym for a special prayer service and kick-off Pep Rally. Students sung “Let God Arise” before listening today’s reading from the Second Letter to Saint Timothy – a very fitting reading for today’s Feast of Saints Timothy and Titus.
  • The pep rally kicked off which each class donning their class color and presenting a song, dance, or skit about their mode of transportation. The First Grade danced to “The Peace Train,” and the Second Grade racecars zoomed around the gym. Third grade planes soared high while the fourth graders created a “living scene” of a ship sailing over the briny blue. The fifth grade entertained us with a march about walking, and the sixth grade created a skit called “The Christian League” and how our God-given gifts enable us to create communities of faith, knowledge, and service. The pre-K captured everyone’s heart with their “Red Wagon Chant,” and Kindergarten students – each holding a purple balloon – portrayed a hot air balloon. A special thanks to the classroom teachers for organizing their class’ presentation.
  • When students returned to their classrooms, they were each treated to a specially-wrapped chocolate bar with their class color around the wrapper and the school-specific theme: “Transportation: Our Faith in Motion” printed on the cover.
  • Throughout the day today, stop by the Shorty’s at the Bicentennial Drive location. If you (and your family, neighbors, friends, and co-workers) mention St. Benedict Academy with your dine-in or take-out purchase from lunch to closing, SBA will receive a percentage of the proceeds. Thank you for your support, Shorty’s!

Saint Benedict Academy will be closed on Tuesday, January 27 and Wednesday, January 28 due to inclement weather. The school is following the decision recently made by the Manchester School District. We regret that the events planned for the day have been cancelled, and we are working to reschedule Catholic School Superintendent Fr. John Fortin’s, O.S.B., visit to celebrate the Mass with our community for later on this winter.

Please plan for school to resume on Thursday, January 29. Students should wear their regular school uniform on Thursday.

Thursday, January 29 – Science and Spelling Day

  • Students returned from their 2 snow days today and were eager and excited to play on the enormous snow mountain in the parking lot of Saint Raphael Parish. Please note that students must be dressed appropriately to play in the snow.
  • Students were treated to a presentation from Mad Science of Southern New Hampshire this morning. “Jet Stream Jocelyn” conducted a fascinating science presentation on water and its properties as liquid, ice, and vapor. Check back soon for an in-depth article!
  • Many family members and friends gathered in the gym this afternoon for SBA’s annual Spelling Bee. Twelve finalists from grades 4-6 competed. Fifth grader Eamon L. was the 2015 school champion with the word “chintzy.” Maggie M. in grade 5 was our runner up. Check back soon for an in-depth article. Congrats to all of the participants.

Friday, January 30 – Saint Benedict Academy Spirit Day

  • At our morning prayer assembly, SBA students blessed their teachers.
  • Students gathered together for a community “picnic lunch” in the gym and were treated to an extended recess in the snow this afternoon.

Saturday, January, 31

  • Saint Benedict Academy basketball players capped off Catholic Schools Week by participating in the annual Catholic Youth Organization Day of Service. The group’s task this year was to create gift bags/care packages for local nursing homes. The team’s goal was to create 300 bags – they met and exceeded that goal.
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