The Buzz: St. Benedict Preparatory School Online Weekly Newsletter
Dear Middle School Families,
Happy Second Week Back from Winter Break! Parent Teacher Conferences are right around the corner, next week!! If you would like to meet with your child’s teacher, please sign up. A few things to be mindful of: please limit one time-slot per family and prioritize your conferences. Parents may need to see more than one teacher. If your child is having a special difficulty with one subject, you might want to have a conference with that particular teacher first. Unfortunately sometimes there is not enough time for every parent to meet with every teacher! If you are looking for a fun night out, come out to Pajama Jam 3 on Sat. Jan 20th. Lastly, make sure to get those permission slips in for House Rockin' Lock In. If you get them in tomorrow, your child will get an official House Rockin' Lock In shirt! It is always sure to be a fun time!
Ms. Deletioglu - Head of Middle School
Save the Dates
- Friday, January 19th - Respect Life Week Prayer Service Special Schedule
- Saturday, January 20th - Pajama Jam 3
- Thursday, January 25th - Parent Teacher Conferences
- Friday, January 26th - No School - Parent Teacher Conferences
- Sunday, January 28th - Mass & MS Open House
- Week of January 28th - Catholic Schools Week
- Monday, January 29th - House Spirit Wear, Crazy hair, and/or socks (NO hats)
- Tuesday, January 30th - Dress Like a Teacher
- Wednesday, January 31st - Dress Uniforms - All School Mass
- Thursday, February 1st - Dress in Red, White, and Blue or your National Pride - Door Decorating Contest
- Friday, February 2nd - Dress in Maroon and Gold Spirit Wear & House Rockin Lockin'
- Sunday, Feb. 11th - 8th Grade Day
- Saturday, March 3rd - Gala 2018
In this Issue:
- Sign Up Parent-Teacher Conferences January 25th and 26th (NEW)
- Pajama Jam 3 (NEW)
- Rockin' Lock In (New)
- Gala 2018 (NEW)
- Letter of Recommendation Request
- Middle School Yearbook
- Chess Mates
- 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
PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES JANUARY 25th and 26th
Dear SBPS Secondary School Families,
Parent-Teacher-Student conferences will be held on Thursday, January 25th (after school) and Friday, January 26th (during the morning) There is no school on Friday, January 26th.
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.
Parents of middle school students may need to see more than one teacher. If your child is having a special difficulty with one subject, you might want to have a conference with that particular teacher first. Unfortunately there is not enough time for every parent to meet with every teacher!
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.
This information will also be included in the BUZZ. If you have any questions about conferences or have difficulty signing up for one, please email your child(ren)'s teacher(s).
We look forward to seeing you at conferences!
Ms. Mary Deletioglu
Head of Middle School
SOCIAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT
DR. KAREN HEATON-WALSH
DR. MATTHEW MARTINO
FINE ARTS/PHYSICAL EDUCATION/ TECHNOLOGY
MARY JO KENT
MARY JO KENT
Save the Date for Pajama Jam 3! JANUARY 20, 2018!
House Rockin' Lock In
On Friday, February 2nd, 2018, we are ending Catholic Schools Week with our Annual House Rockin' Lock In! The Secondary School House Leaders have been working to create a fun night of activities for students of all grade levels. In order for each student to receive an official Rockin' Lock In t-shirt, we need permission slips turned in by this Friday, January 19, 2018. All permission slips can be turned into Mr. Ramirez or Mr. McQuade.
The Lock In will take place in the Secondary School gym from 7:30 to 11:00 PM. Every student must be registered by 7:30 PM. Doors will close at 8:00 PM. There is a minimum amount of students needed for the event to happen so please register by the final deadline! Please forward all questions about the event to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the Date for GALA 2018! SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2018!
PLEASE NOTE: A previous Advent and Christmas mailing went out to all parishioners and school families with an incorrect date for Gala 2018. We apologize for the error. Please mark your calendars for the correct date: SATURDAY, MARCH 3RD.
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 of 2018.
As always, we are so proud of the accomplishments of all Bengals and look forward to another successful trimester!
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 Scholarship, Applying for a Tax Credit Scholarship, Frequently Asked Questions, Tax Credit Scholarship Eligibility, and More Information pages.
NJHS: Helping to Serve Our Community
The St. Benedict Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) has worked very hard on this year’s advent drive. NJHS members have been waking up early, meeting to get organized, making posters, and collecting donations and boxes from throughout the Block. We thank you for your generosity and support. Happy Holidays!
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 Competition
The Chess Mates have begun their first in-house competition organized by Mr. McQuade and Mr. Ramírez. Last week, our members began the first round and have completed the second round this week. The highest 8th grade winners of the competition will become our Team Captains. Our highest 7th grade winner will become our Junior Captain. Our goal as a team is to compete against other Catholic and Public schools in the Chicago area.
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 (email@example.com) or Mr. Ramírez (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 email@example.com. 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, 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)