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 (Updated 4.15)
  • Guided Reading SUBS - Kindergarten through 5th Grade Teachers please sign up (added 4.15)
  • 6th Grade Agora - Discover Chicago Trip Departure and Arrival Times (added 4.15)
  • Teacher Evaluation Documents - Please click on the form needed (PK-5 are due Tuesday, April 24th)
  • Ice CREAM SOCIAL TEACHER Volunteer Sign Up - May 24th (added 4.15)
  • Last EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH Nomination Form (added 4.15)
  • Dignity Revolution TO DO THIS WEEK ALL GRADES PK-12 (if you haven't done it already) (added 4.15
  • Summer Camp at St. Ben’s - Meeting for Interested Teachers on Tuesday (added 4.15)
  • Easter Prayer Spaces in Your Classrooms (added 4.8)
  • Level I Retreats Available for Faculty Who Need Level I Retreats for Catechetical PD (added 3.25)
  • Parish Mission Information - Level III Catechists Need Formation Experience? Do you need some spiritual and faith inspiration? Come and join us! (added 4.8)
  • Some New Things on Flocabulary  New Unit: The Holocaust Plus other things for April (added 4.8)
  • Dignity Revolution Link (added 3.11) 
  •  Send Ethan Li Some Notes of Encouragement
  • Elementary Yearbook Pictures  

Sunday Gospel Reflection for Teachers and Staff (updated 4.15.18)

Sunday, April 15, 2018   Third Sunday of Easter 

"Look at my hands and my feet, that is is I myself," (Luke 24: 35-48)

Today I mediate on the holy wounds of Jesus and the unconditional love they represent. 


Guided Reading Subs for Grades K-5 - Please SIGN UP BELOW (added 4.15)

If you would like a SUB for GUIDED READING TESTING, please use the sign up link below. If at all possible, my preference is that there is only ONE TEACHER 'out' per GRADE LEVEL on any given day. So please spread yourselves out. There should be enough for each person to have ONE sub. Please sign up for one right now. Please let Rachel G know if you have any questions. Thanks! 

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1k11G8YSTFcgnlPwepxmlPrxZQIo4cMuFUuhhHffgCDg/edit?usp=sharing


Ice CREAM SOCIAL TEACHER Volunteer Sign Up - May 24th (added 4.15)

This year's ICE CREAM SOCIAL is set for Thursday, May 24th from 5:30 - 7:30PM. We are looking for 8 teacher/staff volunteers to help serve ice cream this evening. It is a fun night that goes pretty quickly. If you are interested in helping out, please sign up for a one hour slot. A few teachers had requested off during other mandatory teacher attendance dates - if you are one of these teachers, consider helping out to make up for your absence. Thank you - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/10qPee3BzvemRW7RcNva9XmPGhJhrzJxxbXCiYGEIaWs/edit?usp=sharing


Last EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH Nomination Form (added 4.15)

Please consider recognizing a colleague for his or her outstanding contributions to St. Benedict Parish and Preparatory School for our FINAL employee of the month. Nominations due by April 30th 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd_Pk5vwn80i5kwY17P4YTJEmx_y6yKjvWcrnis453-NwyHtA/viewform?usp=sf_link


Teacher Evaluation Documents - Please click on the form needed. 

PK-5 teachers

CHAMPS teachers

Secondary School Teachers


Dignity Revolution TO DO THIS WEEK ALL GRADES PK-12 (if you haven't done it already) (added 4.15)

For teachers: Dignity Revolution- Dignity of Others (Part 2)

During the month of March, student created posters with an artistic representations of their faces. Within the faces, students wrote positive words about themselves. This was to practice dignity of self.

Within the next two weeks (before April 23), students will show dignity of others, including their classmates. Students will go around write down positive things about their classmates on the outside of the head in the empty space. Students can do this using markers. Younger students can sketch pictures, which older students can write words. Pictures can continue hanging in the hallways once done with the activity.  Secondary Students should complete the week after AGORA

As an optional pre-activity, students can practice giving each other compliments. The Bengal Ambassadors in grades 3-5 discussed that compliments should be individualized, personal and specific. Teachers can write each of their students’ names on a post-it. Give each student a post- it (make sure students do not have a post it with their own name). On the same post it, the student writes a compliment about that person listed. They can then share their compliments with the person or with the whole class.


Remember - Dignity Revolution Prayer Service is Monday, April 23rd at 2PM  for grades K-12. 


6th Grade Agora - Discover Chicago Trip Departure and Arrival Times (added 4.15)

Overall Plan

Monday:

Arrival at School - 7:15AM

Wear Maroon t-shirt

Pick-up - 3:30PM

Tuesday:

Arrival at School - 7:15AM

Wear Gold t-shirt

Pick-up - 5:30PM

Wednesday:

Arrival at School - 7:00AM

Wear Maroon t-shirt

Pick-up - 5:15PM

Thursday:

Arrive at School - 7:15AM

Wear Gold t-shirt

Pick-up - 4:30PM

Friday:

Arrive at School - 7:15AM

Wear Maroon t-shirt

Pick-up - 4:45PM


Summer Camp at St. Ben’s - Meeting for Interested Teachers on Tuesday (added 4.15)

We will be having an informational meeting for teachers on Tuesday, April 17th after PD to give a general outline of our PreK and Primary summer camp programs. If you are at all interested in teaching, please join us at 4:00 in Room 131. If you are unable to make this meeting but are still interested, please e-mail me at khayes@stbenedict.com and I can forward the information on to you.  


Easter Prayer Spaces in Your Classrooms (added 4.8)

Easter is THE JOYOUS Season that we need to reflect in our classrooms and throughout the school. Your prayer spaces might share with students the customs and symbols surrounding Easter. Explain that the 50 days between Easter and Pentecost is a special and joyful time. Churches are adorned with banners and flowers, the paschal candle burns brightly, we sing joyful music, and we hear readings at Mass from the Acts of the Apostles. Here are some ideas for your prayer space –

  • White is the Liturgical color or Easter – white table cloth, candle, garments, flowers
  • Flowers – Easter Lily, spring flowers - Plant seeds if you have a sunny prayer space 
  • Anything that represents NEW LIFE – flowers, eggs, caterpillars to butterflies
  • An empty tomb
  • An empty cross
  • A banner that says Alleluia! 
  • A banner that say “Peace be With You!”
  • A Prayer list of our Confirmandi and First Communicants
  • Think interactive – We received the GIFT OF PEACE from Jesus – have students write on little sheets of paper how they can be people of peace
  • Have students color “Alleluia!” on small sheets of paper for your prayer space  https://www.loyolapress.com/~/media/Images/Loyola%20Press/ocf-articles/liturgical-year/easter-activity-Signs-of-New-Life.ashx
  • Have a bible open to the ACTS of the APOSTLES

Parish Mission Information - Level III Catechists Need Formation Experience? Do you need some spiritual and faith inspiration? Come and join  us! 

Our parish mission is exactly one week away!  I always look forward to these days of renewing our faith as a parish community.  The parish mission is for YOU, and for all of us - to eat, pray, laugh, learn, share, and reflect together on what it means to "Got Faith? Find A Reason for Faith".   

We are excited to welcome best-selling Catholic author Michael Leach as our keynote speaker.  Michael grew up at St. Andrew Parish and will share his most inspiring ideas for living and loving our Catholic faith.  Michael also put together this wonderful promo video (with the help of David Heimann from St. Andrew!) to introduce himself to our communities. 

I hope you'll take a few minutes to watch the video- and share this invitation with others in your various Ministries, Committees, Classes, Commissions, etc.. 

All adults and teens are welcome to hear the mission speaker, and we also have a separate children's program for ages 3-12.  Join us April 15, 16, 17 at St. Andrew Chapel (1725 W. Addison).  You can come for 1 night, or two, or come for all three!  Dinner (optional) at 6:00 p.m., the program run from 6:30-7:45 p.m., and ends with social time each night.  See you at the Parish Mission!! Beth Knobbe


Some New Things on Flocabulary  New Unit: The Holocaust Plus other things for April 

Plus, our new content filter for grades K-5

In this Modern World History unit for grades 6-12, students will learn about the Holocaust, a dark chapter in history but one that is critical to study and learn from. This was a tough one for us to produce, but we're proud of the outcome.

For concerned teachers who do not want younger students discovering content on topics like war and violence, our new elementary content filter blocks student discovery of sensitive topics. Learn more about this new feature here.

Lesson Plans for April

You asked for more lesson plans, and we listened. Here's a little something for everyone to help with April planning:

  • Elementary classrooms: We've revamped our Earth Day lesson plan (April 22) to include our brand new Earth Day video.
     
  • Middle school classrooms: Here's our new lesson plan for National Poetry Month, using our "Types of Poetry" video.
     
  • High school classrooms: Dive into our new Shakespeare lesson plan in honor of the Bard's birthday (April 23).

Level I Retreats Available for Faculty Who Need Level I Retreats for Catechetical PD (added 3.25)
 

We have opened registration for the final two Level I retreats of the 2017/18 school year. Please take note of the following information:
 
Friday, May 4, 2018; 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
St. Cyprian School, 2561 N. Clinton St., River Grove, IL 60171
Click on this link to register by Friday, April 13, 2018
 
Friday, May 11, 2018; 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
St. Ferdinand School, 3131 N. Mason Ave., Chicago, IL 60634
Click on this link to register by Friday, April 20, 2018


Send Ethan Li Some Notes of Encouragement (added Jan 2018)

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