The Buzz: St. Benedict Preparatory School Online Weekly Newsletter

Dear Middle School Families,

Congratulations to our 7th Grade Lady Bengals who head to the State Championship tomorrow.  Sending them our love and positive vibes!  We held our pi day competition yesterday and over 20 students came out.  It was delicious! We are in the midst of the ASPIRE Interim testing.  Please make sure your child gets plenty of rest and has a nutritious breakfast. I know many of you have also had questions regarding NHJS.  You haven't missed anything yet. We are still a few weeks away. I will let you know when the application window opens and all the necessary information as well. Also please mark your calendars for Family Life Night which is Monday night at 7:00pm in the school library.  Also please make sure to come out for Agora night on Tuesday, March 27th at 6pm.  If your child is attending a overnight trip, it is mandatory for a parent and the student to attend the event.  If for any reason there is a conflict please email me to work something out.  Expect to hear from your child's Agora group in the coming week about details regarding the trip.  Lastly, please come out to support our wonderful 8th graders for Living Station on Friday, March 23rd at 1pm, 2:15pm and 7pm.  Hope to see you there!  

In case you missed it, the following is our new mission statement: 

St. Benedict Preparatory School continues a century-long tradition of superior education in a vibrant Catholic community. We recognize that each student’s God-given gifts hold unique value, potential, and dignity. Our city block campus offers preschool through grade 8 programs to the parish, the Northside of Chicago, and all those who share our mission. With a focus on critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and collaboration, the St. Benedict Parish faculty and staff, in partnership with parents, develop the creators and contributors of tomorrow inspired by faith and informed with a global perspective. We are a welcoming and supportive community with Christ at our center. A commitment to inclusive and rigorous challenge creates a dynamic, innovative, and active learning experience in which the needs of the whole student are met. At St. Benedict Preparatory School, the strengths of each child become an inspiration to others to learn fearlessly, to lead responsibly, and to serve joyfully.


Best always, 

Ms. Deletioglu - Head of Middle School

Save the Dates

  • March 14th thru March 20th - Aspire Interim Testing
  • Friday, March 16th - Fish Fry & Wear Green for St. Patty's Day
  • Monday, March 19th - Family Life Night : 7:00 - 8:30 pm in the secondary library 
  • Monday, March 19th - St. Joseph Feast Day - Wear Red, White or Gold
  • Friday, March 23rd - Living Stations of the Cross 1PM, 2PM and 7PM (Fish Fry follows) 
  • Tuesday, March 27th - Agora Parent Night @ 6pm 
  • Thursday, March 29th - Holy Thursday Prayer Service 
  • Friday, March 30th - Sunday, April 8th - Easter Vacation 
  • Monday, April 9th - Classes Resume 
  • Week of April 15th - AGORA 

In this Issue:  

  • In Case you missed the Java PP (NEW)
  • Spring Athletics (NEW)
  • Living Stations of the Cross (NEW)
  • Operation Rice Bowl (NEW)
  • Chicago Fire Department Scholarship (NEW)
  • NJHS
  • Congrats to our Alumni (NEW)
  • Family Life Night (NEW)
  • Dignity Revolution (NEW)
  • Girls Supporting Girls (NEW)
  • Letter of Recommendation Request
  • Middle School Yearbook
  • Chess Mates Head to State
  • ID Replacement
  • Morning Breakfast
  • Middle School Clubs and Organizations
  • A Special Note about Out of Uniform Days
  • Middle School Aftercare
  • Teacher Time Fridays
  • 3Point Athletic Day Off Sports Camp

In Case You Missed Java 

For the presentation, click here

Time to Sign Up for Spring Athletics Grades 4-8 - Message from Chris Deakins

I know it may not feel like it, but spring sports are just around the corner and in an effort to get an early start on team creation I am sending out the spring sports registration a couple weeks earlier than usual. Please return your registration form with payment to my attention by March 2, 2018. (CLICK) Spring sports details are listed below.


  • Boys and Girls Grades 4-8
  • We participate in the Windy City Baseball League. 
  • Practice begins in late March/early April and games begin in mid to late April
  • Weather permitting we play 8-10 games (once or twice a week)

Track and Field

  • Boys and Girls Grades 4-8
  • Divided into a 4th grade team and a 5th to 8th grade team

4th Grade

  • Coached by Stephanie Stecz
  • Practice Tuesday and Thursday – Begins March 13

5th to 8th Grade

  • Coaches: Roger Pinon, Tom Ryan, Meggan Flom and Cassidy Luciano
  • Practice Monday and Thursday – Begins March 12

We are a member of the IESA and will compete in Sectional and State meets


  • Boys Grades 6-8
  • Girls Grades 4-8
  • Practice will begin after basketball season is over and games begin in late March/early April

If you have further questions about spring sports please contact me at

Chris Deakins

Living Stations of the Cross


As you know, the 8th graders have been diligently preparing to lead us all in the Living Stations of the Cross this upcoming Friday, March 23rd. They have sacrificed their recess and academic lab time on many occasions to ensure they are truly prepared for this honor and responsibility.

A few important things to note that may effect you this week:

Wednesday, March 21st: 8th graders will not be in class 5th or 6th period on Wednesday. They will be having a full dress rehearsal of the prayer service.

Friday, March 23rd: 8th graders will not be in class at all this day. They will have work time followed by reconciliation and then begin preparations for the 3 prayer services (ES at 1:00, SS at 2:15 and Parish Community at 7pm). They will be in SBPS spirit wear in the morning before changing in to their costumes.

Please be mindful of all the energy they are putting in to this. I know they would appreciate positive encouragement and feedback from you all.

Also, please be sure to prepare your 6th period classes for Stations on Friday afternoon. Help the students to make smart decisions about who to sit next too so they are able to fully participate in the service. More notes regarding the service are included below and can also be found under Gemo's notes.

~Please wait outside the church until someone opens the door to let you in (around 2:10). We will be leading the elementary school through the prayer service before yours and want to ensure everything is reset before you enter. Please be sure to enter through the Irving Park doors ONLY. 

~Booklets will be distributed to students as they enter the church. Please collect all the booklets from your students at the end of the service and give them back to an 8th grader (those helping usher) or teacher.

~Please lead your students silently down the center aisle and out the Irving Park back side doors. 8th grade teachers and some students will be helping to usher you out. As always, please ensure your students exit in prayerful silence.

Operation Rice Bowl - Focusing on Stories of Hope

This Lent, SBPS and St. Benedict Parish will be participating in CRS Rice Bowl, a faith formation program that helps students experience our Catholic faith, Lenten spirituality, and helping people in need around the world.

Each family is receiving a cardboard "Rice Bowl" and Lenten Spiritual Guide. Please look through these materials and consider using them with your family this Lent. These materials will be sent home this week with the YOUNGEST/ONLY child.

The cardboard Rice Bowl is a tangible reminder of the hunger and hardships faced by the 870 million people in our world who do not have enough to eat each day.  The Rice Bowl also serves to hold the sacrificial contributions families make during Lent, showing that small sacrifices do add up.

Please use the suggested activities as a way to discuss the problem of hunger in our world as well as pray together as a family. For more information and activities on the CRS Rice Bowl Project, you may visit    

Thank you for using CRS Rice Bowl with your family this Lent. We ask that families return their Lenten sacrificial contributions to school on or before EASTER. Please count the money in your Rice Bowl and write a check for the amount made out to St. Benedict Preparatory School. Be sure to write "CRS Rice Bowl" on the memo line.   Return your gift to your child's teacher. You may also donate online at

Chicago Fire Department's Gold Badge 20th Annual Scholarship Program

These scholarships are available to graduating, qualifying children of active, disabled, retired or deceased firefighters or paramedics of the Chicago Fire Department. Students must be graduating 8th grade or high school. All scholarships will be awarded at the Chicago Fire Department Monthly Mass on June 17, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. at Holy Family Church, 1120 West Roosevelt Road. Winners will be notified by May 6, 2018 and are expected to attend the service to receive their scholarship.

The deadline to apply for this scholarship is March 31, 2018. See this application for more details.


Please review this document for information regarding the selection process for the St. Benedict Chapter of the National Junior Society. Our induction process will begin in late March/ early April of 2018.

As always, we are so proud of the accomplishments of all Bengals and look forward to another successful trimester!

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Congrats to the following St. Benedict Alumni Who Received Honors at St. Patrick's High School 

  • GRADE 10 -- Nicholai Bermeo First Honors  St. Benedict
  • GRADE 10 -- Benjamin Guschwan First Honors  St. Benedict
  • GRADE 11 -- Ernesto Almodovar Jr. First Honors  St. Benedict
  • GRADE 12 -- Colin Gallagher Second Honors  St. Benedict

Congrats to the following St. Benedict Alumni Who Received Honors at St. Ignatius High School 

Grade 10 Sydney Goergen Honors with Distinction
Grade 9 John Gonnella First Honors
Grade 10 Ethan Haller First Honors
Grade 10 John Mangan Second Honors
Grade 9 Kyle McGovern Second Honors
Grade 12 Hannah Schubrych Honors with Distinction
Grade 10 Katherine Schubrych Honors with Distinction
Grade 12 Thomas Stoodt, Jr. Honors with Distinction
Grade 11 Denise Sullivan Honors with Distinction
Grade 9 Rosemary Sullivan Honors with Distinction
Grade 10 Vanessa Varela-Vera First Honors

Information from the Office of Catholic Schools: Applying for a Tax Credit Scholarship:

The links below will have the latest up to date information regarding the tax credit scholarships.
To learn more about the applying for a tax credit scholarship, including frequently asked questions and scholarship eligibility, click here.

For additional information, please see the Donating to a Tax Credit ScholarshipApplying for a Tax Credit ScholarshipFrequently Asked QuestionsTax Credit Scholarship Eligibility, and More Information pages.

Family Life Night: God's Gift of Human Sexuality & Reproduction

Everything you want to know about talking to your children about the “birds and the bees!”

Monday, March 19th   7-8:30PM Heidenreich Hall (enter at 3911 N. Bell)  

Designed For Parents of Students Grades 4-8

(all parish and school parents welcome no matter the grade level)

St. Benedict Pastor, Father Stephen Kanonik and the Administration of St Benedict Preparatory School, along with the School Advisory Board's Catholic Identity Committee invite you to share in a special night designed for parents of children of all ages.  (Adults only, please.)

God has given parents the primary responsibility of teaching their children and nurturing their faith. The purpose of this night is to help guide parents to be effective teachers on the topic of human sexuality grounded in our Catholic faith. The information presented and materials provided will help all parents to be better prepared for conversations on this important subject.

The presentation will inform parents the topics that will be taught at each grade level as well as help parents be effective teachers of their children at every stage of development. The information presented and resources offered should equip parents with a deeper knowledge about how to discuss human sexuality with children, and should make them more confident about their role in teaching them about God’s gift of human sexuality.   

Adult refreshments will be provided. We hope you join us!  

WHO: Parents/Guardians of current 4th-8th Grade. However, Parents of all ages are welcome! Grades 4th - 8th please have at least one parent per family attend. Adults only Please.

WHEN: Monday March 19th, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

WHERE: Heidenreich Hall, please enter at 3911 N. Bell

Dignity Revolution: How to Talk to Little Kids about Bullying Behaviors (Article by the Catholic Identity Committee of the SBPS Advisory Board) 

The Dignity Revolution promotes the idea that every person has purpose and value.  This is a lesson best taught early and reinforced often by parents, teachers and clergy.  The most effective anti-bullying campaign starts in pre-school and involves the entire school community.  Parents are, of course, their child’s first and most important source of values training.  If values taught at school and in church are not supported at home, the child, especially the young child, can stray into behaviors promoted by individual peers or the group that are not in keeping with the promotion of dignity for all.

Bullying behaviors often emerge in early childhood.  Every important adult in the child’s life plays a crucial role in whether the bullying becomes worse or stops.  Many people are surprised to discover that bullying takes place in pre-school and kindergarten.  Parents and any adult in the child’s social circle should be aware that bullying exists among young children. Once it is acknowledged and recognized, it can be more easily prevented.  Some of the ways to prevent and even stop bullying in early childhood are:

  • Understand how bullying develops in early childhood
  • Use activities to help children develop the social skills to prevent and stop bullying
  • Learn how to take advantage of teachable moments
  • Develop an action plan for intervention

If bullying in early childhood is overlooked or dismissed, younger children who bully will most likely continue in this behavior.  Children, who are bullied, may continue to suffer and even take on the identity of a permanent victim.  If the behavior is not addressed, the patterns of bullying and victimization can continue through adolescence and adulthood.  The good news is that bullying is preventable and educators are prepared, but need back up from parents in the home.

Bullying behavior in young children often looks different from bullying among older children. It is important to recognize these more subtle behaviors and address them immediately. Young children may make “mean faces”, grab objects away from others and refuse to play with certain children.  Although these behaviors in preschool age children are not done with the intent of hurting another, if allowed to continue, can lead to a pattern of bullying.  Early intervention is the best strategy in the prevention of future bullying.

The act of bullying is meant to strip another of their dignity and value.  The earlier our children are taught to reject bullying and victimization, the more likely they will be to embrace the teachings of love, acceptance, inclusion and dignity for all.

Girls Supporting Girls

Join SBPS 5th grade teacher, Ms. Peterson along with 8th grade parent, Patti Morrow as they lead this fun, educational program where participants will enact positive change by helping their peers in other parts of the world get an education.

Through hands-on activities, videos, literature, and discussion, students will learn about the challenges their peers around the world face in going to school. Students will gain an appreciation for enacting social change by working together on a group fundraising project, allowing them to carry out service ideas from inspiration to completion.

For 6th through 8th grade students, this program will also count as service hours!

Who: Open to all current 5th-8th grade students (maximum 15 participants)

When: Tuesdays (4:00pm-5:00pm) and Thursdays (3:30pm-4:30pm)

·       Tuesdays: Feb. 27th, March 6th, March 13th, March 20th, March 27th, April 10th, and April 24th

·       Thursdays: Feb. 22nd, March 8th, March 22nd

Where: Ms. Peterson’s classroom (room 319C)

Fee: $100 (please make the check payable to Girls Supporting Girls)

Permission slip deadlineTuesday, February 20th to Ms. Peterson (Room 319C)

Proceeds will go to Girls Supporting Girls, a Chicago-based nonprofit that runs local afterschool programs (like this one) and raises money to build schools in the developing world.

Feel free to contact Ms. Peterson at or Patti Morrow at with any questions. Thanks, and we look forward to a successful program!


Ms. Peterson and Patti Morrow

For the flyer with form, click HERE

Letter of Recommendation Requests

In regards to letters of recommendation, requests must be made via email at least three weeks in advance if not more of the date that they are needed.  Once, the recommendation request is made, the student needs to email the teacher a list of all extra-curricular activities, service, awards and honors from 6th, 7th and 8th grade. Make sure to include the month and year that these events occurred as well as the details for the letter of recommendation from the application from the school. 

Chess Mates


 The Chess Mates meet every Thursday morning in Mr. Ramírez’s room at 7:00. We know it’s very early and can be difficult to get uniforms ready, eat breakfast, and drive to school all before 7:00 AM; thus, we provide breakfast cereal options to all returning members. T-shirt order forms are coming. If your student is a Chess Mate, look out for an email soon! If you have questions, please email Mr. McQuade ( or Mr. Ramírez (

ID Replacement

If a student needs a replacement of ID, lanyard or sleeve, the prices are as follows:

Sleeve - $2

Lanyard - $8

ID - $5

Middle School Clubs & Organizations

If you would like to know what clubs are being offered for your child, click here

Middle School Breakfast

Middle School Students who like to have breakfast at St. Ben's are allowed to be sent up to the cafeteria at 7:30 am.

Middle School Aftercare Now open to all students in grades 6-8!

Middle School Extended Care is back with some exciting changes this school year! In order to best support the many diverse needs of the middle school students while managing a greater level of independence and responsibility, we have organized the afternoon in a way that allows a balance between school work, peer interactions, and free time.

All students in grades 6-8 who stay at school past 3:30PM will be required to attend the middle school extended care in rooms 335/ 337 (FLEX space). Students in the 6-8 extended care will have the opportunity to work on their homework, receive studying help from teachers, play games with peers, as well as enjoy open free time.  ***Students sign up the day of at aftercare and then the tuition office will charge your account.  

  • Middle School Extended Care will be located in Rooms 335/ 337 (FLEX space).
  • A teacher will be present to help with homework and supervise.
  • Cost is $15 per day/ $25 for 2 children.
  • 3:15-6:00PM Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • 2:15-6:00PM Tuesday
  • Enter through 3911 N. Bell for pick up and check in with desk and sign out. Your child will be called to come down.
  • Snacks will NOT be provided. Your child may bring a snack or purchase a snack from the vending machines.
  • It is your child’s responsibility to check in within 10 minutes after dismissal.
  • Students must remain in the extended care room until they are picked up or a parent communicates with the teacher on duty that their child may head to practice or walk home.
  • Parents MUST grant permission each day for their child to walk home alone or to a sport game/practice and specify the time they should leave.
  • Students not picked up by 6:00 PM will incur a $1/minute fine.
  • Students not picked up by 6:30PM will not be allowed to attend for a period of 2 weeks.
  • Students waiting for a band lesson after school may wait in aftercare until 3:50PM without being charged. 
  • The tuition office (Mr. Ben Mazzone) will charge your account for aftercare dates attended.

 ***The Secondary Cafeteria is no longer available after school.  All middle school students who are staying are to stay in Middle School Extended Care.

If an unforeseen circumstance comes about and you need to direct your child to head to aftercare, please contact the school office, 773-539-0066, and alert us of the situation.

Should you have any questions, please contact Ms. Mary Deletioglu, Head of Middle School, at  Thank You!

Teacher Time Fridays Mornings

New this year is Teacher Time Fridays for teachers in Middle School and High School.  This means that teachers will not be seeing any students before school for tutoring, reassessments or tutoring Friday Mornings this year.  This does not alter the normal arrival times.  This is only for students that plan to come in "early" to see the teacher.   This time is dedicated to teacher collaboration and innovation.  Thanks for your support!

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, April 9th (Professional Development Day)

Friday, May 11th (Professional Development Day)