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
  • Loyola University Students - see chart here
  • Sunday Gospel Reflection for Teachers and Staff 
  • Please review the STOP IT VIDEO before roll out (Click here) 
  • Warm Weather Uniform Extended through Oct 27th
  • Cross Country Team Update - Girls Win at State! 
  • Congratulations to Golden Apple Nominees 
  • Reminder about Electricity and Being Good Stewards 
  • Father Steve Kanonik's Installation Mass Details 
  • A Night of Missionary Discipleship for Catechetical Leaders 
  • November Employee of the Month Nominations now being accepted 
  • Team JUST CURE IT walks the LLS Light the Night Walk Saturday 
  • Turning a 4 point rubric into a traditional grade - great resource 
  • Global Collaboration Webinar Oct 17th - Free - look for sign up link 
  • All Saints Day retreat for teachers - need retreat or catechetical training hours? 

Sunday Gospel Reflection for Teachers and Staff  

 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time Matthew 22:1-14 

"Behold, I have prepared my banquet...and everything is ready; come to the feast." 

Am I paying attention to God's invitation in my life? How might I invite others to God's banquet? 

Girls Cross Country Bengals Win State! Bengal Boys Place Second at State! Amazing work everyone! 

Congratulations to the St Benedict Prep Boys and Girls cross country teams for winning the State XC Meet this weekend in Normal, IL. The Bengal Girls placed 1st overall at State. Sophie Keenan placed 4th overall and Emma Owens placed 22nd. The Bengal Boys XC Team placed 2nd overall. Jack Rhyner finished 4th. Thank you to all our coaches who supported our teams! 

Congrats to Golden Apple Nominees - Go for the application! 

Congrats to Dawn O'Farrell, Roxy Cirincione and Margaret Pikulski on receiving a nomination for the Golden Apple Award. We are all behind you! 

Warm Weather Uniform Allowance Extended Through Friday, October 27th 

Due to the extended warm fall season, we will be extending the Warm Weather Uniform Option (shorts) until Friday, October 27th. Thank you! 

Installation Mass and Reception for Father Steve Kanonik,the Ninth Pastor of St. Benedict Parish- All invited to attend this special day! 

We hope that you and your family will attend the Installation Mass on Saturday, October 28th at 5PM. Father Stephen Kanonik will be our 9th pastor here at St. Benedict! Our parish has a long tradition of excellence, but it's hard to imagine that Father Steve will only be the 9th pastor here. We've been blessed with great leadership here and we are sure the faith-filled leadership will continue. Let us come together as a parish community to pray over Father Steve and the St. Ben's community on October 28th. 

There will also be a reception in the GYM afterwards hosted by the HSA. They will be providing a main dish for the reception, but we are looking for additional food, drink and serviceware donations to make the reception a fitting celebration for Father Steve's Installation. Please consider donating an item. There are drop off days prior to the Installation Mass if that works best for you. Thank you! 

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A Reminder about Electricity and Being Good Stewards 

St. Benedict Parish/School spends tens of thousands of dollars each year on electricity. While it is a necessity to have electricity, we can also do our part to conserve energy and help save some money as well. Some things everyone can do: 

  • Turn off lights in rooms when no one is occupying ti 
  • Turn off projectors and laptops when not being used 
  • Unplug laptops and such if fully charged...no sense in keeping it plugged in when fully charged 

A Night of Missionary Discipleship for Parish Catechetical Leaders

Beth Knobbe, a St. Ben's parishioner, has invited everyone to this evening of reflection for Catechetical Leaders, which is all of us. We encourage your attendance. If interested, you may use your PD money for this. Just let RG know. Thanks! 

Greetings friends!  I hope you've seen the enclosed announcement from the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership.  As part of the NCCL fall board meeting here in Chicago, they are hosting an evening presentation open to ALL catechetical leaders in the greater-Chicago area - Friday, November 3 at 7:00 p.m.  As part of my work with Catholic Relief Services, I've been invited to give the evening keynote presentation, exploring the theme of Missionary Discipleship.  

I'm looking forward to an interactive, prayerful night of story sharing - and hope to inspire all of us in our varied roles to bring the message of the Gospel to those around us, and to the world.  I would love to see some familiar faces there!  Please forward to your teachers and staff at St. Ben's, as well as other colleagues in the area. (They do not need to be members of NCCL to attend.)    

See below for complete details.  Registration link is here: 

https://www.nccl.org/product/the-call-of-missionary-discipleship/ ;

Peace,  Beth

Employee of the Month for November - Nominations Being Taken Now 


Please complete the following as detailed as possible.  We will be sharing your nomination information with the parish and staff via the weekly dashboard, as well as highlight the nominees and winner in the BUZZ and parish bulletin.  Limit your nomination to one parish or staff member per month.  Submit your nomination by Tuesday, October 31st. Selection will be made on Wednesday, November 1stThank you.

Winners - all nominees are put into a drawing and one name is chosen randomly. Names are added for each separate nomination. So if someone is nominated three times, his/her name is entered three times. 

Winners - get to park in the "Employee of the Month" parking spot. receive an extra $10 on their lunch card, get a fabulous employee of the Month sign for their door or office, receive a dress down day and a gift card from a popular Chicago establishment. 

Team Just Cure It Is a St. Ben's Team to Fight Blood Cancers - The Light the Night Walk is This Saturday, October 20th 

JUST CURE IT is a team of friends and family working together to help make our world one without cancer!  The parents of Olivia, Ava and Julia Stern asked their daughters nine years ago to choose a "cause" to support and work for. The girls chose the LLS Light the Night Event to support funding for research to cure blood cancers.  This key fundraiser for LLS pays tribute and brings hope to those affected by blood cancers by raising funds for vital, lifesaving research to find treatments to JUST CURE IT. Over the past nine years many St. Ben's Families have joined JUST CURE IT's team such as the Novickis, Petrillos, Graffs, Roarty, Owens, Zakaras, Walton and more.  This will be the team's 9th year participating in the Light the Night walk. Since 2009, the team has raised over $500,000!  Our Stern Girls have really accomplished a lot. Be sure to give them a huge SHOUT OUT when you see them.  Here is the link to their page: 


JUST CURE IT's efforts mean a lot to me because I am a survivor of Stage IV Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Each year, I also walk with this team. It is humbling to carry the WHITE "survivor's" Balloon during the walk. There are far too many GOLD or Remembrance balloons for those who lost their lives to blood cancers. You can read my story by clicking the link below. Please keep team JUST CURE IT in your prayers this coming weekend. Be sure to give the Stern gals a high five and if you so desire, please feel free to make a donation on the team's page or my page.  Thanks! 


Turning a 4 point rubric into a traditional grade - great resource

Using rubrics to assess writing, projects and other forms of authentic assessment is critical for student success and clear, objective assessment. However, 4 point rubrics don't often translate into a traditional grading scale of A, B, C, etc. Erika Mickelburgh passed this great resource on to me just recently, so I am forwarding it to all of you. It helps translate a 3 of 4 (etc.) into a more accurate letter/percentage. If you need me to explain further after reading this, please see me or Erika. We'd be happy to assist. 


(re)ENCOUNTER for us all - ATTEND FOR FREE see below for details

Teachers and staff are invited to attend (re)ENCOUNTER where thousands of young adults will gather together on Friday, October 20, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the UIC Pavilion for a night of live music, laughter, and meaningful conversations. Cardinal Blase J. Cupich will host a number of specials guests, including Mark Wahlberg, renowned actor, producer, father, husband, and businessman, for a discussion on the importance of repentance and rebirth, how Mr. Wahlberg discovered truth through his own reconciliation in the Catholic faith, and the role the Bible and Jesus Christ play in his everyday life.  

In recognition of your school's hard work as well as the recognition of your pastoral zeal, the Archdiocese of Chicago is offering Catholic school administrators, teachers, and staff members (so all of you) 2 free tickets to (re)ENCOUNTER.YOU must redeem the tickets before the end of the day on Monday!

To redeem the free tickets, go to reencounterchicago.org. Go through the process of buying the tickets and use the promo code: friend  Please join us for this event and invite others to experience this powerful moment of faith sharing and celebration!

All Saints Day Retreat for Teachers

Please see the information below. Your Professional Growth allotment may be used for this retreat. Let your HOS know if you'd like to attend. 

This retreat is through Loyola University’s Institute of Pastoral Studies will take place on November 3, 2017 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Loyola's Lake Shore Campus. The retreat facilitator will be Lee Hubbell. The cost is $90 and will include five catechetical formation hours toward ministry elective sessions. This is a time for prayer, reflection, fellowship, and renewal. Noon Mass at Madonna della Strada Chapel and strolling the Lake Shore Campus are optional. For more information, view this flyer or contactrrabe@archchicago.org.