Dear Middle School Families,  

Thank you for your generosity, love and support of our school. There is no way to fully show our appreciation for the outpouring of support you have shown our schools and classrooms over the last nine days. It has been humbling and inspiring, to say the least.  Our students have been engaged, happy and joyous and our teachers have helped to make this one of the most memorable Fun Runs thus far! Today’s huddle was EPIC! We had a teacher lip sync battle in which students were singing along and cheering as if were at a concert. It was one of the joyous and beautiful moments of school spirit and camaraderie I have seen this year. In appreciation of all you and your students bring to St. Ben’s, the Middle School Team has worked to plan incentives and activities that allow us to have the gift of wonderful time together while also rewarding the students with things they have asked for (and would truly benefit from).  As tonight is our last night to get pledges, we are hoping you and your family and friends can help support us in reaching our goals! 

We are so close to the COLOR RUN tomorrow as well as my special MS incentive “a Day at the Indiana Dunes” in May. My dream is for all of our middle school students to share in this very special day of exploring, relaxing and creating memories with each other. Homeroom teachers sent out an email highlighting the amount that needs to be pledged per homeroom. I hope you truly consider a final pledge to get your child to the Indiana Dunes.

Some final reminders for your students for tomorrow: 

  • Wear athletic shorts (that are no more than 2 inches above their knee), gym shoes, and a t-shirt tomorrow. We will have their FUN RUN shirts ready for them when they get here! 

  • All they should bring tomorrow is a water bottle and their lunch (unless they are buying a hot lunch). As we are participating in Integration Day tomorrow, backpacks, binders, computers, etc are not needed. 

We hope to see some of you tomorrow at our FUN (hopefully COLOR) RUN!! We will be running from 1:45-2:45pm in the courtyard. 

Remember, tonight is the LAST NIGHT to get pledges and help us earn our incentives!!! 

With all our appreciation for the many ways in which you make St. Benedict the magnificent place that it is, 

~Mysterious Mary D - Head of Upper School

~Mr. McQuade of McQuade’s Maniacs 

~Ms. Voynovich of Voynovich’s Victors 

~Mr. Alexandris of Alexandris’ Aces 

~Mr. Ramirez of Ramirez’s Renegades 

~Mr. Morgen of Morgen’s Mavericks 

~Mrs. Roman of Roman’s Runners 

~Dr. Heaton-Walsh of Walsh’s Wizard-Ninjas  

~Mr. Joseph of Joseph’s Jammers 

We appreciate all your love, care and support for our community and the gift of your children. 

We thank you for your support!  

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.



Save the Dates  

  • Friday, September 21st - FUN RUN (MS runs at 1:45 - 2:45 pm)

  • Monday, September 24th - 7th grade Parent/Candidate Mtg Confirmation

  • Thursday, September 27th - 8th grade Agora Parent Night @6pm

  • Friday, September 28th - No School - PD Day

  • Friday, September 28th - Sunday, September 30th -OKTOBERFEST

  • Friday, October 5th - Grandparent’s Day (PK-5)

In this Issue:  

  • Fun Run is HERE (NEW)

  • High School Info Session @ Holy Trinity

  • Picture Day

  • Catholic HS Entrance Exam (NEW)

  • St, Ignatius Basketball Camp (NEW)

  • Reminder about dropping items off (NEW)

  • St. Ignatius Model UN Conference (NEW)

  • Uniform Update & Out of Uniform Days

  • 6th grade parent orientation powerpoint

  • Daniel Murphy Scholarship

  • CPS high school application

  • Middle School Aftercare

  • Warm Weather Option

  • Middle School Breakfast

  • Teacher Time Fridays


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High School Scholarship Info Session

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Catholic High School Entrance Exam is Saturday, December 1st

The Catholic High School Entrance Exam will be administered on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 at 8 a.m. Students may register for the test at the school of their choice beginning on Nov. 17, 2018. Consult the Catholic high school where the student wishes to enroll for the 2019/2020 school year for information on the pre-registration process. The entrance exam fee is $25 payable either by cash or check to the school administering the exam.

For more information on our Catholic high schools, please see the following resources:

See this link for our website that can be shared with 8th grade parents:

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Reminder about dropping items off

In an effort to best support your child’s growth and accountability, we will not be passing items that your child forgot during the school day.

Announcing the Third Annual Saint Ignatius Model United Nations Conference for Middle School Students: PACKMUN III

Come discover the excitement of international diplomacy!

The Saint Ignatius Model United Nations (SIMUN) team invites students in grades 6-8 to participate in a Model United Nations Conference on Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. No experience or preparation required.

Click here for more information. 

Uniform Update & Out of Uniform Days

  • Plaid belts are allowed

  • Black gym shows are allowed

Please make sure that gym shoes are predominately grey, white or black.  Black gym shoes are not black dress shoes.  Black converse shoes are neither dress or gym shoe.

For dress down days, jeans (no rips or tears), sweatpants (solid color), athletic pants (solid color) may be worn. No leggings unless long top or shirt is covering buttocks.  Any solid color shorts are above but must be no shorter than 2 inches above the knee.  Such examples are Land's End navy, khaki or our school gym shorts. No short shorts are allowed.

6th Grade Parent Orientation Powerpoint

In case you missed it or would like to utilize it as a reference. Click .

Daniel Murphy Scholarship Foundation and Application Information - for Current 8th Grade Families

The Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund provides financial scholarship assistance and educational support for 8th grade students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds who want to attend private high schools. They are currently partnered with more than 75 different high schools; including many parochial, independent, and boarding schools throughout the U.S. The application for the scholarship is online at and the deadline is October 19th.  On Wednesday, October 17, 2018, DMSF will host a High School Fair at St. Ignatius College Prep (1076 W. Roosevelt, Chicago, IL) from 5 – 7:30 p.m. This is a great opportunity to learn more about DMSF and to meet with representatives from over 75 DMSF partner schools.

Is your son or daughter planning to take the CPS High School Selective Enrollment Test This Fall? NOW is the time to ACT!

The Chicago Public Schools is now accepting registration forms for non-CPS students interested in applying for the 2019-2020 school year to Selective Enrollment high schools with academic requirements including, but not limited to, CTE-College and Career Academies, IB High Schools, Magnet High Schools, and Military Academies, and Selective Enrollment High Schools.

For students who did not attend a CPS school during the 2017-2018 school year, are not currently enrolled at a CPS school, and will be applying to any of the aforementioned schools for grade 9 for the 2019-2020 school year, the NWEA MAP will be offered free of charge at multiple locations around the city. 

Click HERE to access the NWEA MAP registration packet and additional information. Please read thoroughly all materials. The test will be offered on three weekends in September. In order for students to be scheduled to take the test, completed registration forms must be received by the Office of Access and Enrollment no later than September 7, 2018.

Please note that the NWEA MAP test is used by the Chicago Public Schools system to determine student eligibility to apply to schools and programs with academic criteria. The NWEA MAP is NOT the admissions exam for Selective Enrollment schools. If a parent is interested in Selective Enrollment schools, the NWEA MAP scores will be used to determine whether their child is eligible to take the Selective Enrollment admissions exam. If the student is eligible to take the Selective Enrollment admissions exam, the parent will submit their GoCPS application and schedule their child's Selective Enrollment admissions exam later this fall, during the regular application period (early October through mid-December).

Should you have additional questions, please contact Karen Burroughs Hannsberry at CPS Office of Access and Enrollment at

Middle School Aftercare

Open to all students in grades 6-8! 

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.  

  • Middle School Extended Care will be located in Rooms 335/ 337 (FLEX space).

  • A teacher will be present to help with homework and supervise.

  • On Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, two teachers will be present in aftercare to help provide additional academic support.

  • There is an option to just attend academic support on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 3:30 - 4:30pm and the cost will be $10.

  • If your child stays after for after care they will be charged the additional $5 which will equate to the total cost of aftercare i.e $15.

  • 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 6:05PM 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.

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 Upper School, at

Warm Weather Uniform Option

The warm weather uniform option is from August 22-October 15th.   

- Navy or tan shorts may be worn as a dress uniform option (shorts of modest length) 

- White or Grey gym shoes may be worn with shorts 

- PE shorts may be worn as a PE uniform option 

- Please still pay attention to the temperature and dress your child appropriately.  

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.

Teacher Time Fridays Mornings

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!