The Buzz: St. Benedict Preparatory School Online Weekly Newsletter

Dear Middle School Families,

I can't express to you enough what a blessing and honor it has been to serve your children and families.  Thank you for a fantastic year! 

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

In this Issue:  

  • Heath and Medical Examination for Incoming 6th Graders
  • Agora Blogs
  • ID Replacement
  • Morning Breakfast
  • Middle School Clubs and Organizations
  • Middle School Aftercare
  • Teacher Time Fridays


Incoming 6th Grade Students: 

This is just a reminder regarding the medical/dental examination requirements for incoming 6th grade students. Parents may download the Illinois Forms from our school website and bring them along to the doctor appointments (CLICK HERE). 

Incoming 6th grade students need the following before the start of school: 

  • School Medical Physical Exam
  • School Dental Exam 
  • Required Immunizations (your child's pediatrician should be able to tell you what is needed for incoming 6th graders) 

If you have further questions, please contact Ms. Heather Perez and

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

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!