Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - Volume 12, Issue 7

Saints support those in need

The St. Benedict CSS food drive concluded last Friday with over 40 boxes of food collected for the Cambridge Self Help Food Bank. Students and their families contributed generously so that our Cambridge neighbours who are less fortunate could eat.
Well done Saints!!

St. Benedict Fundraiser Vendor Market a success

By Mrs. L. Varriano Lane

St. Benedict’s third fundraiser vendor market, held on Saturday, October 19th, was a success, and there were many contributing factors.

To begin, 83 vendors generously donated table fees to be a part of the event, and these fees will directly assist local and global social justice initiatives in the school including the Dominican Encounter with Faith and Hospitality.

In addition, vendors either donated a percentage of their sales back to our students’ fundraising efforts ($250.78) or donated a raffle prize. Likewise, there were three food trucks present whose owners also donated a percentage of their sales back to our students’ fundraising efforts ($180).

The Operation Smile Club ran the raffle table and raised $291.10 in donations on the day of the event, and there was a staff raffle held after the event which raised $510! These donations will cover the cost of surgeries to repair the cleft lip or cleft palate of three children.

A group of amazing students from Mrs. Currie’s math class and the WE Day trip worked tirelessly with Mrs. Currie, Mrs. Kot and Ms. Stockie baking a variety of items for the bake sale, and they raised $384.90 for WE Charities!
A HUGE thanks goes out to the fantastic student volunteers who assisted with the massive jobs of set-up and clean-up, helping vendors with a variety of tasks (including helping them carry their products in and out of the school) and running the kids' zone, raffle table and bake table! Students also ran the prize table where local business partners thoughtfully donated items to be won! This day truly could not have happened without these students!

Lastly, as always, the St. Benedict school community played a large role in the success of this event. They generously helped out with their time, essential advertising efforts, purchasing raffle tickets and shopping at the market! Special thanks go out to Mr. Renner and Mr. Olinski who always help out and let us use their spaces - and Mme. Barbosa, Mrs. Rocha and Mr. Milardovic who always go above and beyond!!!
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We are already looking forward to our next event, so stay tuned!


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Looking for Interview feedback!

Did you use our online service to book interviews with teachers? We would like to know your opinion on the online booking system. Did you like it? Was it difficult? Did you get all the interviews you wanted?

Please send an email to Mr. Milardovic with your thoughts; it will help us as we proceed for next semester.

News from Guidance

By Mrs. L. O'Neill

Who is your Guidance Counsellor?

Mrs. Lesley O’Toole A-Di & International Students ext. 5190
Mrs. Karla Arkell Dj - Ki ext. 5636
Mr. Nick Betik Kl - Pl ext. 5633
Mrs. Laura O’Neill Po - Z ext. 5634
Mrs. O’Connor Administrative Assistant ext. 5631

On behalf of Build a Dream and Waterloo Catholic District School Board, we invite you to our FREE Build a Dream Young Woman and Parent/Guardian Career Discovery Expo for grades 7-12.

5:30 PM – 9:00 PM (Doors open at 5:00 PM)
425 Bingemans Centre Dr, Kitchener

We are thrilled to welcome #DreamMakers from around the community to speak about their career journey’s and successes in a high-powered 30-minute workshop!

We know you will enjoy all that Build a Dream has to offer, including:
* EMPLOYER CAREER FAIR! Meet 50 employers and explore careers in Skilled Trades, STEM, Emergency Response, and Entrepreneurship.
* Conestoga College’s DREAMZONE! This interactive space is the perfect opportunity to get your hands dirty, build something and have fun!
* FEMALE MENTORS who will chat one-on-one with you and answer your questions.
* Prizes, Swag, Scholarships, a light evening meal, and MORE!

We will be highlighting opportunities in a number of careers to better assist you in making career informed career choices. As a community, we recognize the critical role parents/guardians play in the development and education of their child, which is why we are providing this opportunity for you to come with your daughter and learn more about careers in these growing sectors!

P.S. Space is limited - 3 per household. Register today to secure your tickets to this FREE event! REGISTER HERE:

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THERE! For additional information, please contact:

Are you considering volunteering at St. Benedict?

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Volunteers are a welcome resource at St. Benedict C.S.S. The school is in a position of trust with regards to students and must strive to protect their intellectual, physical, mental, and emotional well-being. As such, the WCDSB administrative procedure (APO 001) mandates that all volunteers be screened, references checked, and Criminal Background Check (CBC) done. School administration reserves the right to oppose or rescind any volunteer placement.

If you would like to volunteer at St. Benedict, please contact Ms. Fondacaro or visit our Volunteering page on the school website.

St. Benedict Spirit wear orders extended!

Place your order by November 11


Support Catholic Education


Updates to the GRT fare card promotion

Fare Cards processed after September 1 are now preloaded with $25
Students currently attending a Cambridge high school and who have not previously taken part in this promotion are eligible to receive GRT’s EasyGO fare card pre-loaded with $25 in stored value (increased from last year to still be equivalent to 10 rides at the new 2019 high school reduced fare rate).

Students have until December 31, 2019 to take advantage of this promotion. More information can be found here:

New! Online Request Option for Parents and Students
In an effort to make getting the card easier, parents and students can now request a card by completing the online consent form available here:

The card, loaded with $25, will be sent directly to your high school for student pick up.
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Enriching the Lives of Students

By Mrs. D. Wittmann
There many opportunities for students to enhance their learning experience: Enrichment courses, LEAP, OYAP, UCEP, Co-op, Home Build, SHSM, and Skills Canada. Visit the Enrichment blog for information on all these opportunities. The Blogroll contains a plethora of learning enhancements. To learn more about what we offer, click on Enrichment@St.Benedict.

English Corner

By Mrs. D. Wittmann
To receive an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) each student must obtain four credits in English (one credit per grade). Visit the English blog to read the course offerings provided by the Saint Benedict English Department. The Blogroll has great resources for both students and parents. Enjoy! English@St.Benedict blog.

Advanced Placement at St. Benedict

By Mrs. D. Wittmann
Advanced Placement (AP) is an internationally recognized program that allows students to enrich the Ontario Curriculum with the goal of achieving university accreditation.

What does the research say about AP students?
Research shows that the best predictor of whether or not a student completes a university degree is not their high school grades or standardized tests. Rather, the best predictor is how many challenging courses a student has taken in high school. Students who challenge themselves with AP courses and exams are much more likely to complete a university degree in four years or less.

Visit the Advanced Placement blog:

Opportunity for current Grade 9 students

Waterloo Catholic District School Board is excited to offer a Grade 10 Civics and Careers travel for credit course during the summer of 2020. This course has two components. The first component consists of an eLearning module during the first two weeks of July. The second component consists of a 7 day trip that will take students to Ottawa, Montreal, and New York City during the second two weeks of July. The travel portion of the course will be organized by EF Educational Tours. We are hosting information nights for parents/guardians who are interested in learning more about this exciting opportunity.

We look forward to seeing you at one of these meetings. Please contact your Guidance counsellor or administrator if you have any questions.

RSVP to the meeting at:

Are you signed up for SHSM?

Training opportunities are happening! Check your school email account for messages about upcoming certifications.
You can also go to and go under trips and trainings for your school and sector to see what is coming up.

Still want to become a Specialist High Skills Major student?

Grade 10’s and 11’s can still get registered for the program–forms are in guidance and the coop office (2nd floor).

Grade 11 SHSM students watch for an information meeting to be happening in a few weeks.


See your guidance counsellor or Mrs. Crowell in the co-op office.

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Hospitality & Tourism

Info & Communications Tech

Justice, Emergency Services & Community Safety



High Skills

St. Benedict Library Learning Commons


All St. Benedict students should have an Idea Exchange library card.

This card allows you to access your school’s library databases and eBooks, and to sign out books and other materials from your Library Learning Commons. Printing is available from the library computers for a cost of 25 cents per side. Your school print credits cannot be used in the library.
If you aren’t sure if you have a library card or you have lost your card, please come to the member services desk.


Sr Boys win epic battle with Rez, both football teams to play in finals

Congratulations to the Senior Boys Football team who have advanced to the District 8 Finals with a thrilling 25-23 win over Resurrection in five overtimes! Quarterback Ethan Eveleigh ran the 2-point conversion into the endzone to seal the victory for the Saints.

The team now plays St. David's for the Championship this Thursday night at the University of Waterloo. Kick-off is set for 6:30 pm. Come on out and cheer on the Saints!!

For a recap of the game, check out this video by 519 Sports.

Junior boys also advance

On the junior side, our Junior Boys beat St. David 18-7 in the semifinals, and will be playing Resurrection in the District 8 junior finals at 4:00 on Thursday, also at the UW Field. Come out and cheer on the Saints boys to victory!

Sports results

St. Benedict CSS 28, Woodland Christian HS 11
St. Mary's HS 62, St. Benedict CSS 34
St. Benedict CSS 51, Rockway MC 47

Woodland Christian HS 39, St. Benedict CSS 16
Monsignor Doyle CSS 34, St. Benedict CSS 21
Resurrection CSS 61, St. Benedict CSS 41

Woodland Christian HS 3, St. Benedict CSS 1
St. Benedict CSS 39, St. Mary's HS 16
Monsignor Doyle CSS 3, St. Benedict CSS 2
Rockway MC 3, St. Benedict CSS 1
Rockway MC 3, St. Benedict CSS 1

St. Benedict CSS 3, Woodland Christian HS 0
St. Benedict CSS 3, Our Lady of Mount Carmel 1
St. Benedict CSS 3, Rockway MC 0
St. Benedict CSS 3, Rockway MC 2

St. Benedict CSS 18, St. David CSS 7

St. Benedict CSS 25, Resurrection CSS 23

Junior Girls Basketball

The Junior Girls Basketball season came to an end yesterday with a loss to a tough St. Mary's opponent in their semi final. The girls fell behind early but managed to claw their way back into the game as it wore on, but were unable to overcome the early deficit and fell short. The girls showed great passion and determination day in and day out and Coaches Lam and Mathé could not be more proud of the way they played all season long!

Senior Girls Basketball

After a hard fought battle against Rez, the senior girls basketball team fell short in their semi-final game last night. Leading scorers for the Saints were Lara Johnson and Julianna Vasquez. Congratulations on a great season ladies!

Senior Boys Volleyball

Congratulations to the Sr. Boys volleyball team who finished their regular season games last week with an UNDEFEATED record! The team played Rockway, winning in 3 sets on Wednesday, and a nail biting 5 set match on Thursday! We NEED your support this afternoon at 3:00 in the gym for our semi final game against St. Mary's - come out and cheer your boys on!

Winter Sports season about to start!

Girls volleyball

There will be an information meeting on Friday, November 9 at the beginning of lunch in room 214 for all girls interested in both junior and senior girls volleyball.

Student Activities

Getting into the "spirit" for Hallowe'en

This year, as always, our Arts Council and Cosmo club put on their Hallowe'en haunted house... a frightfully good experience for all involved, and for those who were brave enough to walk through it! Congrats to all those who put in the many hours to make it a success, including Mrs. McKellar, Mr. Renner, the cosmo club members and tech crew!



The Arts

Bennies Busts A Move to raise funds for our dance program!

On Wednesday November 13th the dance class is hosting an awesome fundraiser! Come out to see exceptional dancers express themselves through styles like hip-hop, jazz, lyrical and contemporary. You will also enjoy the talents of some fave student performers who will showcase their gifts in music and acting! It will be a fun night for all, so please come out to support our dance program!
Time: 7:00 - 8:30
Cost: $5/student, $10/adult




December 5, 6 and 7

Tickets to go on sale soon!

Other News

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Calendar of Events

Be sure to visit our school website for an updated calendar with detailed information links for most calendar entries.
Wednesday, November 6
3:00pm: Sr. Boys Volleyball vs St. Mary's - D8 Semifinal

Thursday, November 7
Career/Civics turnaround day
8:30am: SHSM Training: Standard First Aid & CPR-C
10:40am: MCU Club
10:40am: DECA Business Club
10:40am: Chess Club
10:40am: Racing Saints E-Car Team
2:15pm: Band
4:00pm: Jr. Boys Football vs Resurrection D8 FINALS
6:30pm: Sr. Boys Football vs St. David D8 FINALS

Friday, November 8
9:30am: Univ/Coll visit: Nipissing University
10:40am: MCU Club
10:40am: Coders Club
10:40am: Sr. Girls Volleyball info meeting
10:40am: Jr. Girls Volleyball info meeting
2:15pm: Doctor Who Video Club

Monday, November 11
Remembrance Day
9:30am: Univ/Coll visit: Sault College
10:40am: Fresh Club
10:40am: MCU Club
10:40am: Finance Club
2:15pm: Choir

Tuesday, November 12
9:30am: SHSM Training: ICE Challenge Day
10:40am: Arts Council
10:40am: DECA Business Club
10:40am: Champions for Change Club
10:40am: Racing Saints E-Car Team

Wednesday, November 13
10:40am: Eco Club
10:40am: Model UN Club
10:40am: Cosmo Club
10:40am: Spoken Word Club
10:40am: MarioKart Club
10:40am: Racing Saints E-Car Team
2:15pm: Magic the Gathering club
7:00pm: Bennies Busts A Move

Thursday, November 14
8:30am: SHSM Training: Animal First Aid
10:40am: MCU Club
10:40am: Coders Club
10:40am: DECA Business Club
10:40am: Chess Club
10:40am: Racing Saints E-Car Team
2:15pm: Band
2:15pm: Doctor Who Video Club
Friday, November 15
Professional Activity Day

Monday, November 18
Bullying Awareness Week
10:40am: Fresh Club
10:40am: MCU Club
10:40am: Finance Club
2:15pm: Choir

Tuesday, November 19
Bullying Awareness Week
9:30am: SHSM Training: Business Day at University of Guelph
10:40am: Arts Council
10:40am: DECA Business Club
10:40am: Champions for Change Club
10:40am: Racing Saints E-Car Team
11:30am: OSSLT Mock Literacy Test

Wednesday, November 20
Bullying Awareness Week
Mid-Term Report Card Distributed
BENN Newsletter release
9:30am: SHSM Training: Food Handling part 1
10:40am: Eco Club
10:40am: Model UN Club
10:40am: Cosmo Club
10:40am: Spoken Word Club
10:40am: MarioKart Club
10:40am: Racing Saints E-Car Team
2:15pm: Magic the Gathering club

Thursday, November 21
Bullying Awareness Week
9:30am: SHSM Training: Food Handling part 2
9:30am: SHSM Training: Event Management
9:30am: Univ/Coll visit: Laurentian University
10:40am: MCU Club
10:40am: DECA Business Club
10:40am: Chess Club
10:40am: Racing Saints E-Car Team
2:15pm: Band

Friday, November 22
Bullying Awareness Week
9:30am: Univ/Coll visit: Redeemer University
10:40am: MCU Club
10:40am: Coders Club
2:15pm: Doctor Who Video Club

See the calendar on the school website for the most up-to-date information!

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