F&S Dashboard: St. Benedict Prep Faculty & Staff Weekly Newsletter

Ms. Rachel Gemo's Notes

Head of Parish School (PK-12) 

In This Week's Notes For Your Reference

  •  2017-18 School Calendar
  • Faculty Lounge Clean Up Schedule - Please review
  • Teacher Committees for 2017-2018 School Year
  • Faculty and Staff FACEBOOK (link) 
  • Sunday Gospel Reflection for Teachers and Staff
  • December Employee of the Month Winner and Nominees 
  • Building Resilience - a Faculty "must-read" 
  • Rachel G's power point on ASPIRE interim tests 
  • Reminder about using the tech ticketing system - thank you! 
  • Reminder about Scholastic Book Fair in LIBRARY this week (M-Thurs) 
  • Elementary Yearbook Pictures 
  • Advent Season Prep to do this Week (updated) 
  • Parish Christmas Concert details and invitation (updated) 
  • Keep Christ in Christmas Coloring Contest (updated)
  • Order LUNCH for PD Day on Jan 8, 2018 - before Christmas break 

Sunday Gospel Reflection for Teachers and Staff (updated)

2nd Sunday of Advent  Mk 1:1-8 (Year B) 

"he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit." 

How can I help my students remain focused on the true meaning of the season of Advent? 

Sign Up for Cookie Potluck Monday! It will be MONDAY, Dec 18th

Sign up for the annual Christmas Cookie and dessert potluck - bring 1 -2 dozen goodies to share in exchange for others! 



Please remember to submit your classroom photos to the following Google Drive: 


Thank you for Preparing Students for the Class Greeter!

I'd like to share with all of you the great success of having trained your class greeters. It is really a treat to have a young person great adults at the classroom door. Janet Gallagher has also noted how impressed our prospective parents are when they tour with her. I know that we just changed trimesters, and your classes have just gotten  under way. Please be sure to select a classroom greeter and train him or her. We'd like this practice to continue. 

Annual Scholastic Book sale in Library this Week 

Please note that the Annual Scholastic Book Fair will be in the library this week. It will be open M-Thursday each day until 4PM. See Lisa W if you have questions. 

HSA Faculty and Teacher Luncheon is Wednesday 

Teachers and Staff will be treated to a yummy Christmas luncheon during your respective lunch and recess times. Please review this sign up genius to ensure that you have volunteer coverage. The forecast is as of now 30 degrees and cloudy. We may be inside or outside for recess. Please reach out to the parents of your homeroom to see if anyone can assist with student supervision. Thanks! Here is the link for the signup:

Sign up here!

Congratulations Mr. Erico Ramirez on Being Named Employee of the Month at SBPS

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Here is what his colleagues had to say! Mr. Ramirez works tirelessly for SBPS in so many different ways. He is never afraid to take on a task to help enrich our community and the daily lives of students. The month of October found him very busy as he helped out in Elementary and Middle School aftercare, worked to help prepare students for a beautiful bilingual rosary service, hosted a fabulous, safe and fun middle school dance, and took leadership of all the HOUSE activities, including the first ever HOUSE Halloween Pep Rally. Despite all that he does, Mr. Ramirez always has a smile on his face and works to spread positive vibes to the students and the MS Team.

All I got to say is awesome job on the Rosary Prayer Service and Middle School Halloween Dance. We are so grateful for how you use the gifts and talents of our students to make our school shine!

Here were other colleagues nominated for December: 

Louie K almost makes himself Always available or responds quickly in some way

Jackie Stancin continues to go out of her way to help her colleagues and students. She is willing to work with teachers to create experiences for the kids that are fun and hands-on. I am thankful to work with someone who is so positive and fun to be around.

Roxy C - Great job on getting the Elementary Bengal Ambassadors up and running. Roxy did a thorough job educating the students on the need for this group and she had 49 students apply for this new role. Congrats!

Kristi E goes beyond in everything she does. She is a valuable resource to the St. Ben's community, and we are very lucky to have her.

Kathleen D has been very supportive in helping implement inclusion strategies for grades 6th-12th. She has adapted to a new school, and has been extremely flexible with helping all students. She definitely deserves employee of the month.

Power Point about ASPIRE Tests 


A Courteous Reminder about Using the Tech Ticketing System 

From Louie K: I  wanted to thank everyone for using the technology help forum for all technology requests.  It is really important that we continue to request all technology assistance through the online forum (link is provided below) so that we can best prioritize and assist in all needs across parish and school. The technology department works very hard to be on top of all projects, complete tasks in a reasonable time, as well as, offer the best support possible; therefore, using the support forum allows us to stay on track, keep record of all issues and needs, but also be held accountable for all the work that we do here at St. Benedict.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.  Please do not hesitate in the event of an emergency to dial ext.502 for assistance, should a situation present itself, with that said for any other requests please use the support forum. 


Did You Receive Your Free Ticket to the Parish Christmas Concert on Friday, December 15th? If not, see Christa O'Keefe 

Each faculty and staff member will receive a complimentary ticket to this year's Parish Christmas Concert. It is certainly a great evening of music to get your heart ready for the Advent and Christmas season. We hope that all staff members attend. 

Advent Season Prep to Do This Week (Updated Dec 10th) 

This is just a reminder for all of the things we should do to teach about Advent for this week: 

  • Read through the Advent 2017 Notes on the Quick Links page on the dashboard. It is also here for your convenience. 
  •  We will light the SECOND PURPLE candle on Monday, December 11th. We will say a prayer over the PA 
  • Prepare in your lesson plans to do the Third activity of Advent on THURSDAY OR FRIDAY this week. Discuss with your colleagues 
  • Advent Angel Gift #2 is given this Friday, Dec 15th 
  • The Scholastic Book fair is THIS week (beginning Dec 10th) in the secondary school library 
  • Share the food drive information with your students. Include it in your newsletters and RenWeb notes for parents. Zora V sent out an email regarding food collection.  
  • Remember to take time for yourself to pray and reflect on the ways your will prepare the way for our Lord in your heart and mind this Advent. 
  • See me or a member of the Advent Committee with questions. We are here to help! 

“Keep Christ in Christmas” Contest - Entries are due December 10th

SUBMISSIONS DUE DECEMBER 10TH - please turn in the drawings/colorings to your main office. Thanks! 


Please save the date of Tuesday, December 19th at 4PM to??? for the St. Benedict Employee Christmas Party. The parish and school leadership staff host all the employees on this afternoon for a cocktails, apps and dinner, along with a tradition of the WHITE ELEPHANT gift game which is sure to create a lot of laughter. Also part of the tradition is the awarding of the annual BENGAL AWARD to a deserving employee nominated by peers. Please turn in your NOMINATIONS to Father Steve (you can put in an envelope marked Father Steve) and give it to your respective school secretary and she will see that it gets the rectory. Also, wear an "UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER" for another chance to impress your colleagues as well as win a prize!  We encourage all to attend!  Please RSVP to Ellen Roberts if you are attending or not. Her email is eroberts@stbenedict.com 

Please order LUNCH for PD Day on Jan 8, 2018 

Here is the link: https://goo.gl/forms/tpQx8ulsS1SM9Pdi1