The Buzz: St. Benedict Preparatory School Online Weekly Newsletter

Dear Middle School Families,

Once Upon a Time, we dreamed that we would run in color.  I hope to announce to Ms. D’s Dragon’s (the middle school students), tomorrow that we have achieved this dream - that we have achieved the Color Run! Unfortunately, we aren’t there quite yet.   But with your support, I have faith that we will make it! Please help make this dream a reality.

Where do I even begin? There is no way for us to thank you enough for the outpouring of support you have shown our school and classrooms over the last nine days. Your generosity, your love and support of St. Benedict but specifically of our Middle School has been amazing.  It really has been humbling and inspiring, to say the least. It has also been a true joy to see the energy each of your students brings to school on a daily basis; they’re eagerness to learn and have fun together is what makes every day so rewarding for us!

In appreciation of all you and your students bring to St. Ben’s and the lives of the faculty and staff, the Middle School Team has worked to plan fun incentives and activities that support the students in their growth and joy of continued learning. As you may have heard, Ms. D introduced some bonus incentives yesterday that truly excited the students and align with the goals of educational mission! The 6th graders have the opportunity to earn a Capture the Flag Integration Experience at the Zoo! The 7th graders have the opportunity to earn an Ice Cream Sundae Bar as well as an Integration Experience at the Beach! The 8th graders have the opportunity to earn library privileges during recess as well as an Integration Final Algebra Experience Through the City of Chicago! Even a new, small pledge by you, your families and your friends would be a HUGE help in making these incredible experiences happen for the middle school students!

On top of all that awesomeness, as you may know, we have one BIG, collective goal for the Middle School: to earn a COLOR RUN!!!  We don't just want a plain Fun Run, but we want to paint SBPS and ourselves (teachers & students) with COLOR!  In order to reach this goal, we need your help one last time tonight!

If each middle school student was able to get at least $1.25 in NEW pledges per lap (or a new $38 flat donation) TONIGHT, we would meet this goal! Any help you, your families and your close friends could provide would be greatly appreciated and help us celebrate all of our amazing middle school students with a COLOR RUN!

We hope to see some of you on tomorrow at our FUN (we really hope it is COLOR) RUN!! We will be running from 1:45-2:45 in the courtyard!

Remember, tonight is the LAST NIGHT to get pledges and help us earn a COLOR RUN!!
*Students may wear athletic shorts tomorrow and please have them bring a towel.  

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

With that, the Middle School team taught happily ever after, 
~Magical Mary D - Head of Middle School
~Mr. McQuade of McQuade’s Maniacs
~Dr. Heaton-Walsh of Walsh’s Wizards
~Mr. Ramirez of Ramirez’s Renegades
~Ms. Baker of Baker’s Bunch
~Mr. Morgen of Morgen’s Mavericks
~Mr. Galus of Galus’ Gators
~Ms. Voynovich of Voynovich’s Victors

Save the Dates

  • Friday, September 22nd, FUN RUN
  • Monday, September 25th - Meeting for all 7th Grade Parents about new Confirmation Program
  • Thursday, September 28th - 8th grade Parent Info Night
  • Friday, September 29th- No School Professional Development Day
  • Thursday, October 5th & 6th - Parent Teacher Conferences

In this Issue

  • Parent Teacher Conferences (NEW)
  • House Wear Online Store (NEW)
  • 8th grade Info Night
  • ID Replacement
  • SOUPER - Stadium Food Drive
  • Middle School Clubs and Organizations
  • Morning Breakfast
  • A Special Note about Out of Uniform Days
  • Information on the Catholic High School Selection Process
  • Important CPS Testing Information for Selective Enrollment Schools Application Information
  • Morning Breakfast
  • Middle School Aftercare
  • Warm Weather Option
  • Teacher Time Fridays
  • 3Point Athletic Day Off Sports Camp


Parent-Teacher-Student conferences will be held on Thursday, October 5th (after school) and Friday,  October 6th (during the morning) There is no school on Friday, October  6th.  

We are offering a convenient way for parents to sign up for conferences this year. Parents will select a conference time with their child(ren)'s teacher(s) using 'Sign-Up Genius.' Please take note of the following:

  • Families with students in grades 6-12 can access 'Sign-up Genius' schedules for Secondary School teachers using the links below.

  • You may sign up for 1 time slot for each of your child’s teachers.

  • When signing up for conferences please make sure to note the time and room number of your appointment as we will not have schedules available to you when you arrive for conferences.

  • On Thursday and Friday when you arrive for conferences please enter for Secondary Conferences through 3911 N. Bell.  Please do not enter through the 3900 N. Leavitt door as that door will be locked.

























We are pleased to offer an online house spirit wear store. The store will be open until October 5th, please click here to order your gear.

8th grade Info Night

8th grade families please mark your calendars.  Thursday, September 28th we will be holding an info night for AGORA D.C trip as well as the High School Application process.  While attendance at this meeting is not required, it is strongly encouraged!

If you will need scholarship assistance for AGORA please fill out this form, click here

ID Replacement

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

Sleeve - $2

Lanyard - $8

ID - $5

SOUPER - Stadium Food Drive

You may remember that the Archdiocese of Chicago is asking every student to bring in ONE non-perishable food item to stock the Catholic Charities Chicago Food Banks. This would basically put two food items in each chair in Soldiers Field. Please have your child bring in a food item NEXT TUESDAY as part of the FUN RUN evening challenge to your homerooms.

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.

A Note About Out of Uniform Days

This is a kind reminder that for out of uniform days our students need to be wearing appropriate bottom pieces i.e  jeans (no rips), khaki pants, or solid color (black, grey, maroon or blue) sweat pants.  No tight athletic wear or leggings are allowed.  Detentions will be issued. Thank you.

Information on the Catholic High School Selection Process for Middle School Families 

Important CPS Testing Information for Selective Enrollment Schools 

NWEA MAP for Non-CPS Students for 2018-2019 School Year (for more information click here) 

The application period for all students for the 2018-2019 school year will begin on October 2, 2017, and will end on December 15, 2017.

For the 2018-2019 school year, the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) will utilize the Northwestern Evaluation Association Measures of Academic Progress (NWEA MAP) for the eligibility/selection process for students applying to Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools and 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.

Instructions based on your child's grade and the program(s) for which you are applying for the 2018-2019 school year can be found in the NWEA Action Grid.

For students who did not attend a CPS school during the 2016-2017 school year, are not currently enrolled at a CPS school, and will be applying to any of the aforementioned schools for grades 5-9 for the 2018-2019 school year, the NWEA MAP will be offered free of charge at multiple locations around the city.

Students who attended a CPS school during the 2016-2017 school year have already taken the NWEA MAP, and do not have to take any action at this time.

In order for students to be scheduled to test in September, the registration form must be received by the Office of Access and Enrollment no later than September 1, 2017.

In order for students to be scheduled to test in October, the registration form must be received by the Office of Access and Enrollment no later than October 2, 2017.

You are STRONGLY encouraged to register your child to take the NWEA MAP in September or October.

The registration form, parent letter, and additional information can be found via the link below. Also below, you can access a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding this process. Should you have additional questions, contact the Office of Access and Enrollment at 773-553-2060 or

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 6:05 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!

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.  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. 

Friday, Sep 29th (Professional Development Day)

Friday, Oct 6th (Teacher Conferences)

Monday, Oct 9th (Columbus Day)

Friday, Nov 3rd (Professional Development Day)

Monday, Jan 8th (Professional Development Day)

Monday, Jan 15th (MLK Day)

Friday, Jan 26th (Teacher Conferences)

Friday, Feb 9th (Professional Development Day)

Monday, Feb 19th (President's Day)

Monday, April 9th (Professional Development Day)

Friday, May 11th (Professional Development Day)