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Welcome from Director of Admissions, Gretchen Ridgely

June 29, 2020

Dear Future Comet Parents:

Welcome to Saint Benedict Catholic School - RVA's oldest parochial school -which turned 100 this year! We look forward to sharing with you our wonderful community and talking with you about what makes a Saint Benedict Catholic School education so special.   

Our school - like all schools in our Commonwealth - remained closed from early March to the end of the 2019-2020 school year. We are very proud of our amazing team of teachers, parents and students who worked together to take our school - in just 2 days - from classroom learning to distance learning. We made sure that each of our families had the technology and connectivity they needed so that our Comets stayed connected. Our teachers immediately employed applications like Google Classroom and Zoom to ensure that students could continue to learn, be graded and complete the curriculum for the 2019-2020 academic year! 

As parents, you want to know that our school is working diligently to make sure that - come what may - we are ready to go this Fall! At this point, we plan to be open, and we are working hard right now to put into place whatever contingencies are needed so that we can get our children back to school! And we'll be ready in case there are shorter term quarantines or individual family needs, so learning doesn't stop and our children keep moving forward. Being a small, parochial school, we are very fortunate to be nimble and flexible enough to adapt and innovate in this space. Please read our Principal's June 25, 2020 Re-opening Update here!

Admissions for the 2020-21 school year are in full gear!  And while we are currently unable to provide onsite tours, we have posted a great Virtual Tour, and we can also share our recently recorded Virtual Open House that was held in June! Please be sure to complete our inquiry form so we can reach out and begin the conversation about joining our Comet Family!

As you begin your research, please know that I can be reached to set up some time to visit by phone or Zoom. As a mother of two at the school - (a rising middle schooler and a now-graduated 8th grader, both of whom have been here since Kindergarten) - I am well familiar with the admissions journey you are on, and I look forward to sharing with you our amazing little school that has been blessed to serve so many of Richmond's families since 1919!

God Bless!

Gretchen Ridgely
Director of Admissions & Development

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