The Buzz: St. Benedict Preparatory School Online Weekly Newsletter


Elementary School News

Upcoming Dates


  • May 23 - Student Council Meeting 7:10am
  • May 24 - Awards Day gr. 1-5 - 1:15pm in the church
  • May 24 - Strings Concert 5:30pm in GYM / Band Concert 7:00pm in GYM
  • May 29 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
  • June 2 - HSA Ice Cream Social
  • June 8 - Field Day
  • June 9 - Last day of School

In this section....

  • Girls on the Run Bake Sale - NEW
  • Awards Day 
  • Box Tops Contest - due May 26 - NEW
  • Catapult Update - NEW
  • Summer Camp Information
  • Honor Roll (Trimester Two)
  • Warm weather uniform guidelines 
  • RenWeb info
  • Yearbook Info 
  • Parish Children's Choir
  • Quest Lunch prices & how to access May menu
  • Maddy Strong bracelets
  • Approved Volunteer info
  • HSA link


On Monday, May 22 the Girls on the Run will be hosting their annual bake sale after school. The money raised will go directly to our local Common Pantry. Please stop by and support their efforts by purchasing delicious sweet treats baked by our Girls on the Run families! Hope to see you there!

Awards Day

On Wednesday, May 24th, at 1:15pm, students in grades 1 through 5 will gather in the church for Awards Day.  We’ll begin with some musical numbers from the school strings group, and then awards will be presented.  Each student will receive an award for work well done this year!  Students wear the uniforms they normally wear on Wednesdays.

It is the last Box Tops submission of the year--Time to clip and win!

Please place your box tops in a resealable baggie with the student's name and class room teacher clearly legible  on the front of the baggie or on a slip of paper inside the baggie.  Extra appreciation for writing the number of Box Tops submitted too! Deposit your BoxTops in either Robot (PK entryway or room across the hall from Mrs. Dodovich)

We will be collecting from now until May 26. Top individual submitter in PK and K-5 receives a choice of 2 books for summer reading and the classroom with most submission in each group will receive a super snack as well as a board/card game for the classroom.  

Winners will be announced in the June 1 Buzz! Thanks for clipping and saving!  ~ Jen DeMay

Last Day of Catapult is May 19th

Thank you to Ms. Allison Buns for serving SBPS students through Catapult Learning!  The last day she will be meeting with students is May 19th.  She will be in the building wrapping up with paperwork and such for Catapult until May 26th.

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

CLICK HERE for more information and to register

Yvonne's Dance Academy is excited to offer TWO Summer Dance Programs for 2017!

Summer Dance Camp is open to Bitty - Level 2 dancers and starts on June 19th! Join us for one day ($60) or full week ($300) sessions at our IPR studio location (1733 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60613.) Available Monday through Friday, drop off at 8am, camp is in session from 8:30am-11:30am. SDC is offered for the following weeks this summer: 

SDC Week 1: June 19-23
SDC Week 2: June 26-30
SDC Week 3: August 7-11

YDA Summer Intensives are open to Level 2+ dancers! Sign up your dancer for Monday through Thursday sessions ($240) of Ballet, Contemporary & Hip-Hop. From 4-7pm at our IPR studio location (1733 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60613.) Dancers will prepare for a small, informal performance for family and friends following each 4-day session. These performances will take place at our IPR studio on the Thursday of each session from 7:30-8PM.*** Any current or prospective ELITE TEAM member must sign up for any TWO Summer Intensive sessions ***Summer Intensives are offered for the following weeks:  

Intensive Session 1: June 12-15
Intensive Session 2: June 19-22
Intensive Session 3: June 26-29
Intensive Session 4: July 31- Aug 3
Intensive Session 5: Aug 7 - Aug 10

We look forward to dancing with you this summer! Register today via classjuggler

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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 

All orders from this point on will be shipped to your home.

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.  

To order a Yearbook please refer to the following link: Please note that Yearbooks ordered by May 5th 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 & May 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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