The Buzz: St. Benedict Preparatory School Online Weekly Newsletter

News for Families in Grades 1-5

Upcoming Dates to Know


  • November 13th-17th - NWEA MAP assessment for grades 1 & 2 
  • November 16th - HSA Girls Night Out 
  • November 19th - Wreath Distribution Day - Don't forget to pick up your wreaths! 
  • November 21st - Last Day of Trimester One 
  • November 22-24th - Thanksgiving Holiday Break 
  • November 27th - First Day of Trimester 2 
  • November 27th - St. Vincent DePaul Advent Food Drive Begins 
  • November 27th - December 1st - ASPIRE interim exams grades 3-8 
  • November 28th - 7AM Elementary Student Council Meeting *** DAY CHANGE 

Benny's Best for the Week of November 2nd - Congrats to Our Benny's Best! 

November 2nd .jpg

Please Monitor for CROUP in Your Children

We are seeing higher than normal incidences of CROUP in our preschool and kindergarten. Since our children share a lot of common spaces throughout the campus, we feel it is important to let all parents know to be on the look out for signs/symptoms of this highly contagious cough. 

What are the symptoms of a croup? Croup is caused primarily by a parainfluenza virus. Symptoms include a cough that is tight, low-pitched, and barky (like a barking seal). The voice or cry may be hoarse (laryngitis) and the child may make a harsh, raspy sound when breathing in (stridor). Loud or continuous stridor noises may indicate severe croup. Croup usually lasts 5–6 days and is often worse at night.

How is croup spread? Similar to colds, croup is easily spread from person-to-person through the air by coughing or sneezing. Surfaces and hands contaminated with nose, mouth, or throat secretions may also spread viruses that cause croup.

How is a croup treated? Parents should always consult with their child’s healthcare provider for treatment recommendations. Home care advice often includes using a humidifier, fever management, observation during sleep, and avoiding tobacco smoke.

How do you control the spread? Make sure adults and children wash hands frequently and thoroughly. Antibacterial soap is not necessary; use plenty of plain liquid soap and warm water. Teach children to cover their noses and mouths with a tissue or their arm when coughing or sneezing. When using a tissue, wash hands well afterwards. Avoid touching the eyes, mouth, or nose. Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces frequently. Exclusion of children with croup from school and childcare is generally not necessary. However, if the child is too sick to participate in normal activities, they should be kept at home.

Holiday Clubs

Our Holiday Club session will begin during the week of November 13th and will run until the week of December 11th.


  • K-1 Holiday Art Club with Ms. Tarris - CLUB FULL 
  • Gr. 2-5 Holiday Service Club with Ms. Cirincione - Click here for flyer
  • Gr. 3-5 Harry Potter Club with Mr. White - CLUB FULL
  • Gr. 4-5 Pokemon Club with Mr. Pinon - Click here for flyer


  • Mad Science - see below for flyer
  • Chess Academy - see below for flyer


  • K-1 Holiday Book Club with Ms. Kelley - CLUB FULL
  • Gr. 1-3 American Girl Club with Ms. McGuinn - Click here for flyer
  • Gr. 2-5 Yoga Club with Ms. Lyons - Click here for flyer
  • Gr. 2-4 Holiday Book club with Mrs. Wiederkehr - Click here for flyer


  • K-1 Holiday Building Club with Ms. Kelley - CLUB FULL
  • Gr. 2-5 Spanish Club with Ms. Lyons - Click here for flyer
  • Gr. 2-5 Holiday Jewelry Club with Ms. Edelen - Click here for flyer


  • Gr. 2-5 Holiday Art Club with Mrs. Stancin - Click here for flyer
  • Gr. 2-4 Holiday Club with Ms. McGuinn and Ms. Nemes - Click here for flyer


CLICK HERE FOR FLYER AND SIGN UP TODAY. Next session starts on Tuesday, November 14th and ends December 14th.


CLICK HERE FOR FLYER and SIGN UP TODAY. Next session starts on Tuesday, November 14th and ends on December 14th 



There is a parents meeting in the Church for First Reconciliation on November 20th at 7 pm.  Final location TBA.

November 20th at 7pm in the Church “God Has Reconciled the World to Himself
This is a presentation and conversation on the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
All parents of children receiving the Sacrament should attend, but all parishioners are invited to attend.

February 12th at 7pm in the Church “The Center of Our Lives is the Eucharist
This is a presentation and conversation on the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
All parents of children receiving the Sacrament should attend, but all parishioners are invited to attend.

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

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. 


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. 

Back to top