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Monday Mail for the Week of January 22nd, 2013: Important Upcoming Calendar Reminders - January 23rd-26th ……. March for Life Trip to Washington, D.C. - February 2nd …….. PG Trivia Night, 6:30pm in the SBA Dining Hall - February 10th ……. Honor Society Inductions (Math, Foreign Language, & Social Studies), 2:00pm, SBA Theater - February 23rd ……..”Swing & Bling” 3rd Annual SBA Fashion Show (More information below)

Parent Survey Reminder (The following was emailed to all families last week. This is a reminder that the survey will remain open to until February 2nd.) As I mentioned in a recent e-mail letter, the Diocese of Memphis, SBA and all our Diocesan schools are conducting a parent survey – for multiple reasons of course. First and foremost, we want to make sure we are hearing from the people we are trying to serve. Much of what we have accomplished through the years has come from your ideas. And in doing the obvious, we also benefit by meeting the expectations of the SACS organization (Southern Association of College and Schools) that accredits all our schools. Our SACS accreditation status allows colleges and universities to know the excellent standards that we maintain so they will continue to highly regard our students’ academic accomplishments. The link is and it will remain open until Feb. 2nd. (If clicking on it does not take you directly there, please paste it into your browser.) Just so you know, all responses will be anonymous and the questions you will see are the same ones going to all of our schools. As I mentioned in the letter, SACS has determined that a significant parental response rate is required to continue with our own accreditation. SACS asks that you complete one survey for each child you have enrolled at SBA (which unfortunately requires linking up two different times.) We have been fortunate to enjoy a much higher response rate for surveys we have sent in the past. So please continue supporting us as you have. If you have any technical questions about the survey, you can e-mail AdvancEd at or call 888-413-3669, Mon – Fri, 8-5, EST. If there are other questions, feel free to contact Dr. Elizabeth Fischer, our Director of Academic Affairs, at As always, we thank you for all your help,

George Valadie, SBA

St. Benedict at Auburndale Presents

February 23, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. St. Benedict at Auburndale Dining Hall

Visit for more information. Food by:

Fashion Show by:

Tickets $25.00 per person

Swing and Bling

Top Reasons to get EXCITED a bout the Fashion Show!

Dazzling Display  Drawings   We  sell  sheets  of  25  tickets  for  $20  and  2  sheets  for  $35.    You  can  buy  as  many  as  you  would  like.     As  you  go  around  and  check  out  the  various  themed  displays,  you  then  drop  your  tickets  in  the   buckets  you  choose.    At  the  end  of  the  night,  we  have  a  very  exciting  drawing  and  some  very   memorable  winning  reactions!    Not  to  mention  all  of  the  great  door  prizes  that  we  draw  for   throughout  the  evening…  

$1 Spirits!   Frozen  Margaritas,  Margaritas  on  the  Rocks,  Wine  and  Beer  for  $1!    Need  we  say  m ore?  

Table Reservations  with  Friends   Reserve  a  table  for  you  and  your  girlfriends!    If  you  reserve  one  before  February  8th,  you  get  a   free  bottle  of  wine!    It  doesn’t  cost  anymore  and  it  ensures  that  you  gals  will  all  be  together  for   the  fun  night  ahead!    (Tables  seat  8.)   NEW  THIS  YEAR  –  We  will  have  a  table  just  for  new  moms  –  so  if  you  don’t  know  anyone  and   want  to  join  in  the  fun,  we  have  a  place  for  you!    Bring  a  friend  if  you  would  like,  or  make  friends   when  you  get  there!      

FOOD and  FUN   Who  doesn’t  love  the  delish  food  at  Swanky’s  Taco  Shop?    Set  up  buffet  style  with  an  appetizer   bar,  taco  bar  and  dessert  bar,  you  can’t  go  wrong!    Your  $25  reservation  includes  your  dinner  and   soft  drinks.    The  fun,  fashion  and  friendships  come  free!  

Fashion, Fashion,  Fashion!   This  year,  our  fashion  vendor  will  be  Chico’s  Laurelwood.    They  have  designs  for  everyone  and   beautiful  accessories.    Our  SBA  m om,  alumni  and  teacher  models  will  make  the  looks  even  more   fabulous!      

Thank you so much for considering an item donation to any of the Fashion Show’s Dazzling Displays that we will have drawings for at the end of the night on February 23rd.

For a complete list of display themes and suggested items, visit

Of course, all donations are greatly appreciated! Send items in with your student

or drop them off in the front office at any time!  


Thank you SO much!

Top 5  Items  Needed  this  Week   1. Kitchen  Gadgets/Small  Appliances   2. Jewelry/Accessories   3. Tickets  –  to  any  local  events  or  venues   4. Garden  Accessories   5. Chairs  –  lawn,  stadium  or  beach        

Note from the Business Office Tuition statements have been e-mailed. Tuition payments for this quarter are due on February 1st. If you did not receive your tuition statement, please contact Kathy Hurt in the Business Office (

Pitner Driving School Pitner Driving School is accepting applications for their 2/25-3/8 class from 3-6 PM. Applications are available with freshman counselor, Mr. Collins (

SBA NCAA Signing Day We will be celebrating all of our Student Athletes who have signed or are signing their letter of intent to play on the collegiate level next season on February 6th after school. This event is for any athlete who has signed or is signing during the winter season (not just for winter athletes). For more information, please contact Sharon Masterson (

St. Benedict Crossroads Concert John Angotti: Songs of Life (Contemporary Christian Music) Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 6:30pm in the SBA Theater Memphian, John Angotti is acknowledged as one of today’s most exciting Christian song writers and vocalists. He has performed throughout the world, including in front the Pope. Angotti will be preceded by the St. Benedict Songwriters, also, with their contemporary Christian music.

Honors/AP and Elective Fairs There will be an Honors/AP Fair on February 26th at 6:30pm in the dining hall. This is an opportunity for students and their parents to see all of the Honors/AP classes that will be available for next year. There will also be an Elective Fair on February 27th during all three lunches in the dining hall for students to explore the many elective options that will be available to them next year.


National Honor Society induction was a great event. Wonderful to see so many of our students honored for their hard efforts. Thank you to our team who set up this special event for the honorees and their families. We appreciate your efforts. Next up, the Teacher Appreciation Luncheon. Our team has a special event planned for the teachers and staff. I’m sure they can use additional volunteers. Contact Beth Jackson, Angie Valadie or Cynthia Shah for how you can help. (,, Our next BIG event is the Annual Fashion Show benefiting the Annual Fund. This is the only school wide event that we have to raise money for the annual fund. The Annual Fund helps our school with tuition assistance, technology innovations and operational needs. We hope you will help us out with the event by volunteering. To make it easy, we have once again set up volunteer options on sign up genius. You can volunteer to set up for the event, work the event, clean up after the event or donate an item or gift cards or cash. Follow the link below. No gift is too small (or too large) and if you have any questions, please contact Lori Regis or Romy Schaaf. ( /

Sign up genius links for volunteering at SBA: - link to Sign Up Genius for Swing and Bling Fashion Show - link to Sign Up Genius for Monthly Teacher Treats -- link to Sign Up Genius for First Friday Adoration

Message from our Home & School Association Monday, January 28, the beginning of Catholic Schools Week, has been designated to show formal appreciation to our faculty and staff during the annual Teacher Appreciation Luncheon. Our lunch theme is "Chinese New Year". Our teachers and staff are exceptional and that is conveyed tangibly by your participation in this annual event. Some of the ways that you can be involved are listed below. If you have any questions or wish to volunteer on Sunday or Monday please contact Beth Jackson ( or Angie Valadie ( 1. Pray for the teachers and staff. Let them know that you have done so in a note of appreciation that is delivered to them sometime the week of January 28. 2. Have your son or daughter write a note of appreciation to a current or former instructor. 3. Help organize the gifts that are provided for the luncheon. Every teacher and staff member will receive one by lottery. 4. Help set up on Sunday, January 27 at 2:00 PM. 5. Help clean up after lunches end on January 28. 6. Help serve on the day of the luncheon during one of the lunch periods. 7. Send in a dessert to be served at the lunch. (Deliver to office on Monday morning.) 8. Provide funds for gift cards or send a gift. (Send to office marked "Teacher Appreciation Luncheon")

Simple Ways to Help….

You wouldn’t BELIEVE the difference it makes!

SBA Eagle Bucks Gift Card Program The SBA Eagle Bucks Program allows you to earn money for our school programs while shopping! Just buy your gift cards from us! They will make GREAT Christmas gifts! To place your order, you can fill out the form on our website or you can stop by the office for a form. We have many gift cards in stock in the office, but orders are placed on a weekly basis. SBA receives a percentage of the sale of the gift card.

Kroger Community Rewards If you shop at Kroger, you more than likely have a Kroger Plus card on your keychain. If you go to and create an account using your Plus number, you can select St. Benedict at Auburndale as your Community Rewards Program organization of choice. A portion of every shopping trip you make using your Kroger Plus card will then go to SBA!

Target REDcard Program Target’s Take Charge of Education Program donates millions of dollars to education each year by giving 1% of your purchases at Target back to your eligible school. Please designate SBA as your school of choice for their Take Charge of Education program. It is easy and very effective. Apply in the store or go online to

Coke Rewards for Schools Program Purchase your favorite Coca-Cola products to get the codes. Go to and sign in or register to become a member. Enter your codes to get points and then search for our school to donate points. St. Benedict can accumulate points and then choose items for our classrooms from their online catalog.

For more information on any of these easy ways to help SBA, please contact the Development Office at 260-2892 or email Every bit counts and it all adds up, so thank you for your participation in any of these programs that benefit our school.

January 2013 Dear Sophomore Families, St. Benedict is pleased to announce our partnership with an online test prep program, ePrep. EPrep utilizes practice tests, video study halls, video tutorials, and much more to help students improve their SAT, ACT, and PSAT scores. This program is free for all of our sophomores and juniors. During the middle of January, Laura David, the new 10th grade Counselor, will be reviewing this program with your sophomore student in English class. Students will create a password that they will need to log-in each time. Every student’s account will be active from now until January of senior year. EPrep is a program for the students to use at home at their leisure. We encourage you to review this program with your student. Please do not create a new account, but rather log-in with your student’s email address and password so we’ll have enough accounts for all of our sophomore and junior students. We include this passage to give you a fuller description of the program: “EPrep successfully uses expert instructors to deliver a student-adaptable learning experience that patrons can access at the library or remotely from home. Using a proprietary video delivery platform that replicates the private tutor experience, ePrep makes test preparation easy. All of ePrep’s study programs employ the proven practice-grade-review cycle of learning: Students take practice tests under timed conditions; have them graded online; and immediately launch into video reviews. EPrep’s Study Hall tracks student progress throughout each course and guides remedial efforts, while Wordsmith encourages vocabulary building. A Parent Center allows parents to track student progress non-intrusively, while ePrep’s Study Scheduler helps students stay on track.” Details on ePrep’s video test preparation service can be found at . To login your student’s account simply go to and type in his/her email address and password. We hope you can partner with us in encouraging your student to take full advantage of this user-friendly, instructional tool. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your student’s counselor. Sincerely, SBA Guidance


Benefiting St. Benedict Seniors Project Graduation Saturday Night, February 2, 2013 SBA Dining Hall Doors Open at 6:30 p.m. • Questions begin at 7:30 p.m. • $15 per player Teams will consist of 8 people. In the interest of fairness – no more than 8 people per team. Walk-Ins accepted at the door IF tables are available. GOLD SPONSOR TABLES $20 per player (these tables must consist of 8 players) Each of these tables will receive 2 bottles of wine, appetizer, priority seating and additional door prize drawings. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. to give you time to set up and visit with competing teams. Questions by Brother Ignatius (CBU) will begin at 7:30 p.m. The contest will consist of ten rounds of ten questions for a total of 100 questions. Categories cover a wide range – something for everyone!! All team members placing 1st, 2nd, 3rd and last will receive prizes! Table Decorating Contest!!! Come up with a theme and decorate your table depicting any of the “Fabulous February Fun” themes . Most outstanding table will win a prize!! Silent Auction / Heads & Tails Game Mulligans – tokens that can be used as a correct answer when a team is stumped on a question. ($5.00 each or 6 for $20.00) Limit 6 per team. Call: St Benedict High School 260-2840, Darla Boston 277-8694; or e-mail SBA Mail completed registration forms with checks made payable to Project Graduation to: St Benedict High School 8250 Varnavas Dr. Cordova, TN 38016 Drop off at SBA High School office with envelope marked Project Graduation (Trivia Night)

We do expect a full house and tables will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. We are limited to 45 tables. Sign up early so you won’t be disappointed!

Trivia Night Registration Reservations will be accepted for teams at $15 per person; or at $20 per person for a Gold Sponsor table. To reserve a Gold Sponsor Table, you must have 8 players. If you prepay the registration fee – we will let you know your table assignment in advance and you will be able to go straight to your table and bypass the line at the registration table. If you pay at the door, the team captain is responsible for collecting the team’s registration fees and paying for the entire team at check-in, either by check or cash. Please select one: Gold Table__________________ or Regular Table____________________ Team Members:

(Please designate one person as team captain)

1. ___________________________________________________________________ 2. ___________________________________________________________________ 3. ___________________________________________________________________ 4. ____________________________________________________________________ 5. ____________________________________________________________________ 6. ____________________________________________________________________ 7. ____________________________________________________________________ 8. ____________________________________________________________________

Team Captain:______________________________________________________ Address:___________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ Phone:_______________________ e-mail:________________________________

Please provide an e-mail address so a copy of the rules can be sent to the team captain. You are invited to bring your own refreshments and BYOB for your table. Desserts and soft drinks will be provided!! Door prizes will be drawn throughout the night and the silent auction will end during the 8th round. Brother Ignatius has promised two “heads or tails” contests, which will be fun for all!!

The Rule: St. Benedict’s Newsletter St. Benedict at Auburndale

Saint quotes of the month: "We cannot seek after material goods as if they were a treasure. Our treasure is here, in a manger. Our treasure is Christ and all our love and desire must be centered on him…"-St. Josemaria Escriva on the Epiphany (Jan.6) "Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come." -2Corinthians 5:17 (Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord Jan. 13) “ not be deterred from the commitment to defend the dignity of every human person with courageous determination. Christ is with you: be not afraid! ” Blessed John Paul II “As mariners are guided into port by the shining of a star, so Christians are guided to heaven by Mary"-Saint Thomas Aquinas (Feast Day: Jan. 28)


“Keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith.” -Hebrews 12:2

Spiritual Events Pray at SBA: Mondays at 7:15 a.m. in the Chapel

Jan. 15: 6th Period Class Mass

Jan. 4: 1st Friday Mass at 7:15 & Adoration

Jan. 17: 8th Period Class Mass

Jan. 7: 1st Period Class Mass Jan. 8: 2nd Period Class Mass Jan. 9: 3rd Period Class Mass Jan. 10: 4th Period Class Mass Jan. 14: 5th Period Class Mass

Jan. 16: 7th Period Class Mass Jan. 14-18: National Vocations Awareness Week Jan. 18: Possible Guest Speaker in Chapel for all Theology Classes Jan. 23-26: Pro-Life Trip Jan. 28-Feb. 1: Catholic Schools Week

Schedule of Lectors & Altar Servers Jan. 7 (1st Period) Lectors: Kristin Watts & Tim Maginn Altar Server: Kyle Anderson

Jan. 15 (6th Period) Lectors: Arielle Lahlles & Cassandra Carrasco Altar Server: Tyler Maxwell

Jan. 8 (2nd Period) Lectors: Luckie Krog & Malachi Marrero Altar Server: Eva Montgomery

Jan. 16 (7th Period) Lectors: Jeenne StaAna & Rachel Paduck Altar Server: Alex Peyton

Jan. 9 (3rd Period) Lectors: Jenna Fisher & Thomas Trouy Altar Server: Catherine Saig

Jan. 17 (8th Period) Lectors: Kate Kheradvar & Paige Williams Altar Server: Bret James

Jan. 10 (4th Period) Lectors: Kirkland Schuler & Abby Fehrenbacher Altar Server: Amanda Slade

Jan. 31 (All School Mass) Lectors: Jessica Focht & Zach Favorite Altar Servers: Hugh Lynch, Jacob Timmons, & Alex Thompson Gift Bearers: Christie Moore, Michelle Borg, Kyle Nestler, Will Comfort

Jan. 14 (5th Period) Lectors: Amanda Reeves & Alex Thompson Altar Server: Grace Gilman

Director of Spiritual Affairs: Khira Rotty Email: Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Rule: St. Benedict’s Newsletter St. Benedict at Auburndale

Year of Faith Check out these websites: content/ novaevangelizatio/ en.html


“Keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith.” -Hebrews 12:2

Diocesan Events: SEARCH: February 22-24 Register NOW! Women’s Morning of Spirituality February 9 Sr. Mary Brigid-Keynote Speaker

Other News:

BenedicTeens: Thursdays at 4:30 in Rm. A111 (Mr. Smith).

Jan. 15 @ 2:30 on Theater: last meeting for those attending Pro-Life March in D.C.

March For Life: Live Coverage on EWTN. www.generationlife. org

Please pray: for an increase in the dignity of the human person from conception to natural death; for the unborn; for women who have had abortions; for the men who suffer from the loss of their child; and for all those who are travelling to stand up for the right to life. Jan. 13-18: National Vocations Awareness Week Check out this website: and From_Pope_Benedict_XVI


ALL Chaplains meet with Mrs. Rotty after school on Thursdays. Check the bulletin board in the Theology hallway for Parish Mass, Confession and Youth Ministry schedules.

Prayer for Vocations

help me decide how you want me to make a difference. O Lord, help me know your will for me Like our Blessed Mother, give me the Let your light shine in the depths wisdom to hear your voice of my heart that I may know what you and the courage to answer your call. want Above all give me peace of mind and me to do with my life. heart. Help me believe that you have a special I offer this prayer in the name of Jesus plan for me. Christ our Lord. Lord, I know I pass through this life Amen only once;

Director of Spiritual Affairs: Khira Rotty Email: Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

SBA Athletics - Upcoming Events Tuesday, January 22nd - Boys & Girls Basektball vs MHEA (HOME) o Girls JV Game at 3:30pm o Boys JV Game at 4:30pm o Girls Varsity Game at 6:00pm o Boys Varsity Game at 7:30pm - Wrestling vs Briarcrest (AWAY) Thursday, January 24th - FR Boys Basketball vs Briarcrest (HOME at 7:00pm) - Girls Basketball vs St. Agnes (AWAY) Friday, January 25th - Wrestling – TSSAA DII- West Region Dual Tournament (HOME) o Wrestling begins with the Quarter-Finals at 3:00pm, with other rounds scheduled at 4:30 (Semi-Finals), 6:00 (Consolation Semi-Finals), & 7:30 (Finals) o This is a TSSAA event, so admission is $7 and no passes/IDs can be accepted - Boys Basketball vs CBHS (AWAY) Saturday, January 26th - Swimming – County Championships (AWAY)


2013 MOTHER/DAUGHTER PROGRAMS Sundays, March 10 or March 24 for 10* - 12 year old girls 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

(These two programs fill up very quickly. Please register early.)

Sunday, March 17 for 13 - 16 year old girls 2:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Saint Francis Hospital Auditorium 5959 Park Avenue The Mother/Daughter Programs explore God’s special gift of human fertility and the beauty and wonder of God’s plan for growing up and becoming a woman. Topics include: the changes in a young woman’s body as it prepares for motherhood; the onset of ovulation and subsequent menstrual periods; the functions of the female reproductive system; the sacredness of human life; the virtue of chastity; and a question and answer segment. Healthy dating ideas with a strong emphasis on chastity and reverence for our sexuality are also discussed with the older girls. It is good to come to both programs at the age appropriate time for each girl since the older girls’ program is an extension of the first one. The purpose of the programs is to provide an atmosphere of love and learning to discuss the important topic of growing up and to establish a foundation for continued communication between parent and child. The programs are presented by Natural Family Planning Teachers who will emphasize respect, understanding and appreciation for God’s gifts.

*Girls younger than 10 who are already developing and showing signs of puberty are also welcome to attend. Discount fee is $25.00 per family (non-refundable) if RECEIVED 6 days PRIOR to selected program. Within 6 days of each program, the fee is $30.00 per family (non-refundable.) (If you have daughters in both age groups and need to attend two programs, the cost is $40.00 per family for both programs if RECEIVED 6 days prior to the first selected program. Within 6 days of first selected program, the fee is $45 per family.)

Refreshments will be served. Seating is limited and pre-registration is required.

REGISTER ONLINE at or complete the Registration Form below and mail it with your check to the NFP Center at least 6 days prior to the program. NFP Center ♥ 5825 Shelby Oaks Dr.♥ Memphis, TN 38134 ♥ (901) 373-1285 ♥

2013 Mother/Daughter Program Reservation Form We want to attend the program for 10 - 12 year olds on: March 10 OR March 24 * Please check one * We want to attend the program for 13 - 16 year olds on: March 17 Mother’s Name________________________________________________ Home Phone__________________________ ( Please PRINT and use names as you want them to appear on the name tags. )

Daughter’s Name______________________________ Age______ DOB____________ School_____________________ 2nd Daughter’s Name___________________________ Age______ DOB____________ School_____________________ Address:____________________________________________ City/State/Zip________________________________ Work or Cell Phone_____________________ E-mail Address_______________________________________________ Please make $25.00 check ($40.00 for two programs) payable to NFP CENTER and mail with the reservation form to:

Diocese of Memphis NFP Center  5825 Shelby Oaks Dr.  Memphis, TN 38134 Seating is limited. Reservations must be RECEIVED at least 6 days prior to your selected program for the discount fee.

Confirmation of your reservation will be sent by E-mail or post card. Please call (901) 373-1285 if you do not receive a confirmation.

2013 Women’s Morning of Spirituality

Oh, how

He loves us!

“God has poured out His love into our hearts.”

Keynote Speaker Sr. Mary Brigid Burnham, O.P.

Romans 5:5

Witness Speaker Dr. Cathy Schanzer

Saturday, February 9, 2013 8:30am - 1:00 pm Catholic Church of the Incarnation 360 Bray Station Road | Collierville, TN 38017 Doors Open at 7:15am • Continental Breakfast Served Music by Bethany and Kevin Paige • Eucharistic Adoration • Sacrament of Reconciliation Holy Sacrifice of the Mass with Bishop J. Terry Steib

Register at

Contact Person Mary Beth Trouy 901.853.1819

Ruby Tuesday is extremely proud to be part of your hometown and believes in giving back. As a fellow member of the community, we invite you to participate in...

Ruby Tuesday’s Community GiveBack Program. Grab your family and friends and join us at one of the locations below on January 22, 2013. Please present this flyer to your server, and we will give back 20% of the purchase to your organization. (We apologize but we cannot accommodate coupon usage or other discounts in conjunction with our GiveBack Program.)

To make a reservation, simply call us or visit us online at

Organization’s Name: SAMARITAN MINISTRIES Event’s Name: THE MORNING CENTER COMES TO MEMPHIS Date of Visit: January 22, 2013

Participating Location: SYCAMORE • 1653 SYCAMORE VIEW ROAD • 901-382-9280 WINCHESTER RD • 7535 WINCHESTER ROAD • 901-755-6570

For the nearest restaurant or a peek at the menu,


Please Join Birthright In remembering those who have been aborted And honor those who have chosen life.

2nd Annual Prayer Service Saturday Jan. 26th, 2013 Holy Rosary Catholic Church 10:00 a.m. We are looking for people to participate in this event. Last year we had all ages including young children. This is designed for families. A small reception will follow. We will be out of the building before 11:30. If you would like to participate call Vicki at 327-8109. Please come and pray to end abortion.

Monday Mail - 1/22/13  

Monday Mail to the Parents for the Week of January 22, 2013

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