The Buzz: St. Benedict Preparatory School Online Weekly Newsletter

News for Families in Grades 1-5

Congratulations to Benny's Best for September 8th

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Upcoming Dates to Know

September 22nd - HSA Fun Run Day Grades Pk-8


September 29th - No School - Professional Development Day 

September 29th - DAY OFF Athletic Camp - see information below 

September 29th - October 1st - OKTOBERFEST Weekend 

October 1st - 4th Grade Family Mass 

October 2nd - Wreath Sale Kicks off Today

October 3rd - 1st Trimester Progress Reports Go Home 

October 4th - Java with Gemo and Louie K - Subject - The State of Educational Technology at SBPS

October 5th - Roscoe Village Shop for Schools - 10AM to 8PM (see flyer below)

October 5th - 1st Trimester Conferences 4-7:30PM 

October 6th - No School - 1st Trimester Conferences in the AM

Weekly Calendar for Elementary Grades 

 Friday, September 22

    8:45 AM Preschool
    10 AM Grades 2 & 3
    11:15 AM Grades 4 & 5
    12:30 PM Grades K & 1
    1:45 PM Middle School
  • 3:10 PM Grades 2-5 Art Club

Saturday, September 23

  • Join us for 5 PM Mass
  • HS Class of 1957 - 60th Class Reunion

Sunday, September 24

  • Join us for Mass at 7 AM, 9 AM, 10:30 AM, 12 PM, and 6:30 PM
  • 4PM Hurricane Benefit Concert in the Church
  • 9 AM - 12 PM Neighborhood Parent Network School Fair at DePaul College Prep

Monday, September 25

  • 3:10 PM Art Club K-1
  • 3:10 PM Decades Club 3-5
  • 3:10 PM Science Club 3-5
  • 3:10 PM Space Club 1-2
  • 3:10 PM Beginning Band Club
  • 3:10 PM Grades 4 & 5 Pokemon Club

Tuesday, September 26

  • 2 PM Tuesday early dismissal Grades K-5
  • 2:10 PM Chess Academy
  • 2:10 PM Mad Science K-4
  • 2:15 PM Tuesday early dismissal Grades 6-12
  • 5:30PM Stewardship Meeting

Wednesday, September 27

  •  7:15AM 4th Grade Band
  • K Field Trip to the Apple Orchard
  • 3:10 PM Lego Club 1-3
  • 4PM Lane Tech Cross Country Meet at Horner Park - All invited to cheer on our athletes! 

Thursday, September 28

  • Happy Birthday Angela Peterson! 5th Grade Teacher
  • 8:30 AM Elementary tour with Janet Gallagher
  • 3:10 PM Preschool Little Chefs Club
  • 3:10 PM Building Club K-1
  • 3:10 PM Jewelry Club 2-5
  • 6 PM VIRTUS Training in Beaven Hall - Participants must preregister - No walk-ins - CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Saturday, September 30

Author Visit Jennifer Nielsen Thursday

New York Times bestselling young adult fiction author Jennifer Nielsen visited with SBPS 4th & 5th graders this afternoon. Ms. Neilsen encouraged students to read continuously and shared her top 10 tips for writing. Her recent books include "A Night Divided" and a new release in the Horizon book series, "Dead Zone". Thank you to our library, Mrs. Lisa Weiderhker for organizing the event! 

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3/3       FIRST RECONCILIATION (2nd grade)

3/5       FIRST RECONCILIATION (2nd grade)

3/10     First Communion PARENT CHILD RETREAT

3/17     First Communion PARENT CHILD RETREAT



5/2       First Communion PRACTICE

5/5       First Communion

5/6       First Communion – WITH PHOTOS

5/11     First Communion PRACTICE

5/12     First Communion – WITH PHOTOS

Please direct any questions about Sacramental Prep to Daniel Hughes, Director of Catechesis, at

Parent-Teacher-Student 1st Trimester Conferences  Thursday, October 5th and Friday, October 6th

Electronic Sign Up is Now Available

Please choose a day and time for conferences by Wednesday, October 4, 2017. 

Parent-Teacher-Student conferences will be held on Thursday, October 1st (after school) and Friday, October 2nd (during the morning) There is no school on Friday, October 2nd.

We are offering a convenient way for parents to sign up for conferences this year. Parents will select a conference time with their child(ren)'s teacher(s) using 'Sign-Up Genius.' 

Families with students in Preschool, Kindergarten and grades 1 - 5 will receive an email from the child's homeroom teacher with a 'Sign-Up Genius' link in order to select a 20 minute conference time. It is mandatory to attend a fall conference with the homeroom teacher so we are asking that all parents choose a time and participate in a conference. 5th graders will need to be present at the conference.

In order to sign-up for a time to meet with your child's CHAMPS teacher (Computers, Art, Music, PE, Spanish,) parents may access the 'Sign-Up Genius' for each CHAMPS teacher from the links below. It is not mandatory to meet with a CHAMPS teacher, but you are encouraged to do so if you choose

CHAMPS Teachers Sign Up Links  Grades PK-5

Jean Hyland Early Childhood Physical Education - PK & K - in the Secondary School Library


Senorita Jessica Lyons - Spanish Grades 2-5 - Room 229


Hannah Stapleton - Music Grades 2-12 - Room 333


Jackie Stancin - Art K-5 - Room 322


Jennifer Hoban - STEM  K-5 - Room 217/Exploratory  


Jeremy Newman - Physical Education grades 1-5 - Room 217/Exploratory


Caitlin McDonough- Early Childhood Spanish - Grades PK-1 Room 112 


Maryanne Johnson -  PK-1 Music -  Room 121


Anna Piotrowski  STRINGS - Room 339


Jenna Stamper - Band - Room 249


Pam Hruda - Catapult/Title One - Room 223

There will be more information about conferences coming out in the BUZZ. We just wanted parents to get this on their calendars so they can plan accordingly.

If you have any questions about conferences or have difficulty signing up for one,  please email your child(ren)'s teacher(s).

Learn More about Band and Strings at During First Trimester Conferences 

Ms. Anna Piotrowski and Ms. Jenna Stamper are going to be holding two open information sessions during conferences for any parents who would like to know more general information on how the program works, expectations for practice and practice motivation, the structure of a typical lesson, important dates, etc.  This is especially for families new to the program but all are welcome to attend this with no need to sign up. 

They will hold one session from 4:00-4:20 and another from 6:00-6:20.  This will be in Rm 249 (second floor at the end of building 4 band and strings room).  For more information, please contact Ms. Piotrowski at or Ms. Stamper at

Golden Apple Nominations Being Accepted now for PK-Grade 3 Teachers and PK-12 School Leaders

We are excited to share some great news! Golden Apple has opened nominations for the 2018 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching & Leadership. In 2018, Pre-K-3rd grade teachers and Pre-K-12th grade school leaders are eligible for nomination. We would like to ask for your help in spreading the word. Please share our awards information within your networks.

Nominations will be accepted online at The deadline for submission is December 15, 2017.  If you have questions about the nomination process, please feel free to reach out to Nellie Quintana at

Please see the following eligibility requirements:

Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching

  • Current Pre-K-3rd grade full time teachers who have taught for a minimum of five years at a public or non-public school;
  • Currently teaching in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties;
  • Committed to teaching in Illinois for at least two years after completing the sabbatical.

Stanley C. Golder Leadership Award

  • Any Pre-K-12th grade principal, head of school, or leader who has served at one or more public or non-public schools for five or more consecutive years;
  • Currently an administrator in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties.


Are You Planning to Volunteer for St. Benedict Parish and School this year?

Did you know you need to attend a  Protecting God's Children Training  in order to volunteer? Here's how to sign up for the training hosted at  St. Benedict Parish and Preparatory School. 

Protecting God's Children Training - Thursday, September 28th  6 to 9PM

In the Ackerman Center (Corner of Irving Park Road and Bell)  Beaven Hall (lower level)

2217 W. Irving Park Road 

Please enter on Irving Park Road

This training is mandatory for all parish and school volunteers. Spaces fill up fast so register early. If you have already completed this training, there is no need to do it again.

 Attendees must RSVP for the training -  CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK -  Children are not allowed to attend. Children are not allowed to attend.

Late arrivals will NOT be permitted entry to training so please give yourself a little extra time to get here safely. Please feel free to bring a snack or a beverage if needed.

If you have any questions or difficulty registering, please contact Christine Clardy at

Recognize and Outstanding Catholic School Student - Nominate one Today! 

There has never been a better time in our nation’s history to recognize and celebrate the virtues, valor and vision of the extraordinary young people that we are privileged to serve in our Catholic schools. Through their faith, leadership and service to others, they set the standards of personal conduct and public service by which the rest of us must measure ourselves.

NCEA is proud to continue the NCEA Youth Virtues, Valor and Vision Awards Program that will formally recognize extraordinary young people in our Catholic schools who through their selfless service, determination, innovation and ideals are changing the world. 

The 2017 Call for Nominations is now open. Every NCEA member Catholic school, both elementary and secondary, is eligible to nominate one student, who through personal witness and initiative, in service learning programs or community outreach, has become a hero to those who have been touched and nourished by his or her work.

Completed nomination forms for the NCEA Youth Virtues, Valor and Vision Awards must be received no later than October 27, 2017 at 11:59 PM EDT.

Please compile the following items BEFORE beginning the application:

  • Parent contact information and consent
  • Supporting documentation of the student nominee's initiative
  • Brief abstract of the project or initiative for which the student is being recognized
  • Three letters of reference supporting the student nominee

This NCEA program is sponsored through the generosity and support of Cross Catholic Outreach who believes in and celebrates the young people in our Catholic schools who are making a profound difference even at a young age to a myriad of undeserved constituencies.

For more information about the NCEA Youth Virtues, Valor and Vision Awards, please click here

Day Off of School? What to Do? Don't Worry - We host 3Point Athletic Day Off Sports Camps! 

If you need options for what to do with your school-age children on the days off of school (for holidays, professional development, conferences, etc), don't worry. We are fortunate to be able to offer 3Point Athletic Camps for boys and girls grades 1-8. Registration information will be forthcoming. For now, please keep these dates in mind. Camps run from 9AM to 3PM. 

Friday, Sep 29th (Professional Development Day)

Friday, Oct 6th (Teacher Conferences)

Monday, Oct 9th (Columbus Day)

Friday, Nov 3rd (Professional Development Day)

Monday, Jan 8th (Professional Development Day)

Monday, Jan 15th (MLK Day)

Friday, Jan 26th (Teacher Conferences)

Friday, Feb 9th (Professional Development Day)

Monday, Feb 19th (President's Day)

Monday, April 9th (Professional Development Day)

Friday, May 11th (Professional Development Day)

How to Become and Approved Volunteer: Compliance Procedures for All Volunteers

The St. Benedict Prep community welcomes volunteers to help provide students with the best educational environment and opportunities possible.  We depend on family support to carry out our mission to inspire and cultivate a balance of faith, academic excellence, and individual talents in a diverse setting.

ALL VOLUNTEERS need to complete the following training and forms before they can volunteer for the school or parish events that involve positions of trust or working with children:

1.  Complete an online criminal background check.  CLICK HERE to begin the process. A few notes about the registration page: The access code is "protection"; choose "Archdiocese of Chicago", not "Religious Community...Volunteer."  Once the registration page is completed, a checklist of pages to complete will follow. All pages must be completed before you can submit the background screening.

2.  Attend Virtus/Protecting God's Children for Adults.  Go to, and select Registration on the left panel. Note: all participants must pre-register online to attend. Upon completion you will be given a certificate which should be turned in to the school.

3.  Read and sign the Code of Conduct form and turn in to the school.  CLICK HERE for a copy of the Code of Conduct form.

4.  Complete Child Abuse and Neglect Tracking Form (CANTS).  Return completed form to the school. CLICK HERE for a copy of the CANTS form.

We do not want to disappoint any potential volunteers or turn any volunteers away. If you have any questions, please contact either Mrs. Christine Clardy at or Ms. Rachel Gemo at You may also check with Mrs. Dodovich ( 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. 

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