The Buzz: St. Benedict Preparatory School Online Weekly Newsletter


Elementary School News

Upcoming Dates

  • April 21 - SBPS Spirit Wear Day
  • April 22 - Mass and Gala
  • April 28 - 1st grade Field Trip to the CSO
  • May 1 - 4th grade Field Trip to Chicago History Museum
  • May 4 - Portfolio Night
  • May 5 - No School - professional development day for teachers
  • May 12 - 3rd Grade Wax Museum
  • May 17 - May Crowning Mass 8:30am - wear dress uniforms

In this section....

  • SBPS Spirit Wear Day - April 21-  NEW
  • Portfolio Night- NEW
  • Summer Camp Information
  • Box Top Update
  • Benny's Best for Friday, March 24th
  • Honor Roll (Trimester Two) - NEW
  • Warm weather uniform guidelines - NEW
  • RenWeb info
  • Yearbook Info 
  • Parish Children's Choir
  • Quest Lunch prices & how to access April menu
  • Maddy Strong bracelets
  • Approved Volunteer info
  • HSA link

SBPS Spirit Wear Day - Friday, April 21

Spirit Wear is any SBPS top with bottoms of choice. (Shorts of modest length are ok & shirts must have sleeves.)  A uniform top, Band or Strings t-shirts or sweatshirts, fleece with the Bengal head, Bitty Basketball jerseys, SBPS sports jerseys, Fun Run t-shirts, or Bengal spirit wear can be worn this day!

Portfolio Night - May 4th

Thursday, May 4th is Portfolio Night from 4:30-6:30pm for 1st grade and from 5:20-7:20pm for grades 2 through 5.  On Portfolio Night, your child will hold a student-lead portfolio conference reflecting a near school year of learning and growth.  Please select your time for the portfolio conference (per child) via the ‘Sign-Up Genius’ email that each classroom teacher sent out on Tuesday, April 18th.  If you did not receive the email to sign-up, please contact your child’s teacher to set up a time.

TO –DO List for Portfolio Night:

  • 1)      Sit with your child(ren) for a student-led portfolio conference!
  • 2)     View SBPS student art work in the hallways!

Summer Camp 2017

We will once again be offering summer camp for the summer of 2017.  Weekly theme-based summer camps will be offered for students who are currently enrolled in Preschool through Second Grade.  (stay tuned for more options from 3-Point Athletics for older students).

Current Preschool students (children were 3 on or before September 1, 2016) will have weekly themed camps beginning June 19th - August 4th.  (Please note that the week of July 4th will be a three-day camp week)

  • June 19-23 - Western Round-Up
  • June 26-30 - Fun in the Sun
  • July 3 - 7 (Camp is only 3 days this week) - Sports Extravaganza
  • July 10-14 - Space is the Place
  • July 17-21 - Construction/Tools
  • July 24-28 - Land Before Time
  • July 31 - August 4 - Animal Planet

Current Kindergarten-2nd Grade students will have weekly themed camps offered beginning June 19th-July 14th and July 24th-August 4th.  There will be Totus Tuus camp offered during the week of July 17th-21st.  (Please note that the week of July 4th will be a three-day camp week)

  • June 19-23 - Gardening
  • June 26-30 - Fun in the Sun
  • July 3 - 7 (Camp is only 3 days this week) - Sports Extravaganza
  • July 10-14 - Space is the Place
  • July 17-21 - Totus Tuus
  • July 24-28 - Land Before Time
  • July 31 - August 4 - Animal Planet

Registration and more information regarding cost will be available soon.

CRS Rice Bowl

During Lent to encourage the practice of Almsgiving families are invited to participate in the rice bowl project. This can take many forms within your home. It would be nice to discuss contributions with your family and find meaningful ways for children to fill the family rice bowl. The donations can be brought to Easter Masses. If possible, please write a check out with donations. Otherwise, all donations will be gratefully received.


We clipped and shipped 4,800 box tops on Tuesday which will yield a check for $480.00 to SBPS in April.  Special thanks to all the Van Dykes, big and small, for clipping and counting! 
Our total submission for the year is $1,125!  We have one final submission in June (check received in August) and we hope to collect another 5,000 so we can start off the next year right.
Stay-tuned, we will do a few box top contests before the whirl of the end of school is upon us. I will also be asking for clipping and counting volunteers in May to assist (4,800 is a lot of cutting!). Thanks to all who contribute, it adds up and is appreciated! 
Jen DeMay

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Congratulations to this Week's Benny's Best for Friday, March 24th

Kindergarten: Danny Stein, Dayne Kemerley, Charlie Gau, Luke Wojak

First Grade: Katherine Grohman, Samuel Schwartz, Sophia Leydon, Reed Ferguson, Ella Dilling

Second Grade: Ellie Roarty, Werner Buol, Audrey Rosebrook, Peri Nordloh

Third Grade: John Rothweiler, Sasha Ayala, Sean Weber, Will Hallgren

Fourth Grade: Owen Goergen, Madison Merritt, Olivia Leydon

Fifth Grade: Quinn Schmeglar, Jacob Ports, Grace Doughty


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Trimester Two Honor Roll (grades 4 and 5)

Congratulations to our honor roll recipients for the first trimester of the 2016-17 school year!  Students in grades four and five are eligible for the honor roll in the elementary school.  Please see criteria below, and click here for the list of students.  

  • High Honors - All A’s in core subjects (Math, Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Religion)
  • Honors - All A’s and B’s in core subjects (Math, Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Religion)
  • Bengal Award - Awarded for proven effort, improvement, and citizenship.

Warm Weather Uniform option begins April 18th

Warm Weather Uniform Option

The warm weather uniform option starts Tuesday, April 18th.  Now let’s hope for some warmer weather!

  • - Navy or tan shorts may be worn as a dress uniform option (shorts of modest length)
  • - White or Grey gym shoes may be worn with shorts
  • - PE shorts may be worn as a PE uniform option
  •  - Please still pay attention to the temperature and dress your child appropriately.  Thank you!


Ren Web update

As we become more familiar with the RenWeb system, we will be gradually adding the use of the system's many features.

By November 4th, photos should be posted on RenWeb!  Check out the 'Photo Album' tab for 'Homeroom' or other classes!

Starting November 11th, Homeroom teachers will no longer be attaching the newsletter to an email.  Instead, an email stating that the newsletter has been posted to RenWeb will be sent, with directions on how to access the email on Ren Web.  We hope this will encourage families to check RenWeb accounts on a regular basis.

See some quick tips to access information below:

Accessing information on RenWeb…

  • To find the Newsletter: click on “Classes” tab, then select “Homeroom”, click on “Resources” tab (newsletter will be labeled with the date it was uploaded)
  • To find Daily Class Objectives/Homework: click on “Classes”, then select desired class, select “Lesson Plans” or “Homework” tab to find information
  • To find Pictures: click on “Classes” tab, then select “Homeroom”, then click on “Photo Album” tab

2016-17 Yearbook 

Elementary School Yearbooks for students in grades Kindergarten through 5th are now on sale for the 2016-2017 school year. This 80 page yearbook includes colored pages with each homeroom class, as well as, student life, and special events. The soft-cover yearbook is $26.00. Hard cover yearbooks can also be purchased for an additional $6.95.  This school year, families have the option to create a customized page for their student. 

To order a Yearbook please refer to the following link: Please note that Yearbooks will be delivered to your student's classroom in early June. Questions? Email


CHILDREN'S CHOIR  is an after school group open to all young singers in grades 3 to 5 in our school, parish, and religious education program! The choir sings for Sunday Mass, our all-parish Christmas concert, and participates in the Pueri Cantores Regional Catholic Choir festival. The choir rehearses on Mondays from 4pm until 5:20pm in church. A complete calendar of rehearsals and performances is available here. Students can be picked up from aftercare at 3:50pm if needed. If you would like your child to be picked up from aftercare to go to choir, please indicate so in the comment section of the form below.  Contact our Parish Music Director, Mr. Jeremy Kiolbassa with any questions at


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Quest Lunch Prices & April Lunch Menu

The Quest lunch menu (for PS & K-5, same menu this year) can be found on RenWeb.  To access the April lunch menu on your RenWeb account...

  • Go to Student Information
  • at bottom of page, find :This Week's Lunch Menu (scroll by day)
  • -or- 
  • on the same page, find & click :LUNCH MENU & ORDERING
  • you will be brought to a calendar
  • you can choose a time frame of day/week/month

Lunch Prices (Quest)

  • Milk $0.50
  • Bottled Water $0.50
  • Hot Lunch (includes choice of milk or water) $4.00
  • Power Lunch (includes choice of milk or water) $4.00
  • (Power Lunch is a bagged lunch with protein options like yogurt, fruit, etc.)

#MADDY STRONG bracelets - support for Maddy Roock

As many people in the St. Benedict community know, the Roock family encountered a devastating car crash in early August.  Maddy, a 2nd grader at SBPS, is recovering from serious injuries at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago.  The support from the SBPS community has been amazing and humbling, and many are asking for ways they can help or show support, in addition to keeping Maddy in their prayers. 

#MADDYSTRONG bracelets have been created by friends of the Roock’s and the Finn family has generously donated bracelets in adult and child sizes.  If your child or entire family would like to show support by wearing a bracelet, stop by the Elementary office to pick up a bracelet.  There are enough bracelets so every person in your family can wear a bracelet if you choose. 

If you would like resources on how to talk to you child(ren) about dealing with grief, please contact Nancy Feely.

‘Approved Volunteer,’ what does that mean?

All volunteers are to have completed:  Virtus/Protecting God’s Children training, an online criminal background screening, signing a code of conduct, and completing a form called CANTS, (Child Abuse & Neglect Tracking System.)  The only thing that needs to be completed annually is the CANTS form.  All other aspects are a one-time request. Please be sure to have all components on file.  You can check with Mrs. Dodovich (, or x401) in the office to confirm that all your requirements are fulfilled to be a volunteer at SBPS, including being a chaperone on a field trip. 

NEW THIS YEAR:  Chaperone/Volunteer agreement

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