The Buzz: St. Benedict Preparatory School Online Weekly Newsletter

Dear Middle School Families,

Thank you for the birthday wishes, definitely made my day!! Tis the season for finals.  Our students are in the midst of final’s week either in the form form of a project or test.  Please make sure that your children get rest and maintain healthy eating habits. Lastly, we will hosting our Late Night Surprise, which was a Fun Run Incentive on the evening of Monday, November 20th (7 - 9:30 pm).  Our 6th graders earned this incentive and it is sure to be a fun-time.  Look out for a permission slip.   Also if you have any extra boxes, please donate them to NJHS for the Advent Food Drive.  In case I don’t get the chance to see you all, I wish you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving on behalf of the faculty and staff.  I am blessed each and every day to have the opportunity to get to know you and serve you and your children. Have a blessing weekend!

Best always, 

Ms. Deletioglu - Head of Middle School

Save the Dates

  • Friday, November 17th - Secondary Final Exams
  • Monday, November 20th - Secondary Final Exams
  • Tuesday, November 21st - Late Night Surprise - Fun Run Incentive for 6th grade
  • Tuesday, November 21st - Thanksgiving Day Mass
  • Confirmation calendar click here


In this Issue:   

  • Final Exam Schedule (NEW)
  • Confirmation Reminders (NEW)
  • Wreath and Greenery Pick Up Information
  • Middle School Family Mass
  • Middle School Yearbook (NEW)
  • Advent Drive (NEW)
  • Chess Mates
  • Girls Night In, Girls Night Out
  • Regina Exam, HS Application Process & Open House Info (NEW)
  • 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     

FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE November 17 & 20

Friday November 17

8:00-8:10 HOMEROOM

8:15-9:45 PERIOD 1 EXAM

9:45-10:15 BREAK

10:15-11:45 PERIOD 2 EXAM


11:45-12:15 4A

12:20-12:50 4B

12:55-1:25 4C

1:30-3:00 PERIOD 3 EXAM


Monday November 20

8:00-8:10 HOMEROOM

8:15-9:45 PERIOD 5 EXAM

9:45-10:15 BREAK

10:15-11:45 PERIOD 6 EXAM


Confirmation Reminders

Dear Parents and Confirmation Candidates,

On Saturday, November 18 at the 5:00pm and Sunday, November 19 at the 7:30am, 9:00am 10:30am and/or 12:00pm, Masses, our parish Confirmation Candidates from our SBMS and Religious Ed Program will be enrolled at the weekend Masses.

Please arrive fifteen minutes before any one Mass and be seated in the front pews with your family and sponsor.

The Candidate Enrollment is an important step toward receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation.  Our eighth grade students will also be taking an active part in this special mass.

Attendance is mandatory.  Please dress appropriately. October 25 was the due date for the Confirmation Form and Ssacramental fee.  As of today, it is now past due.  If you submitted the form and fee, please disregard this note and thank you.  If not please submit your completed Confirmation form and fee, as soon as possible.

On December 10 the first 20 hour Service Hour Project Sheet  are due.  A requirement of the parish is  that all  eighth grade students must complete 40 hours by February 25..

If  you child will not be participating in  Sacrament of Confirmation, please notify Daniel Hughes.   If you have any questions or concerns, please call Daniel Hughes at 773-509-3830 or...

Daniel Hughes, Director of Catechesis at

Nancy Uczen, RE Adm Asst/Foms &

Wreath and Greenery Pick up Information

If you ordered wreaths or greenery form the wreath sale please note the following information for pick up this weekend:

Wreaths & Greenery may be picked up:
Sunday November 19th from 9:00-3:00pm in Beaven Hall. Please enter through the back door.
Monday November 20th from 7:15am-9:00am
Tuesday November 21st from 7:30-8:15am (Garage across from Beaven Hall) 

Please make every effort to pick up your greenery by November 20th at 9:00am. After November 21st at 8:15am all uncollected greenery will be donated and no refunds will be issued.   Please understand that we do not have the ability to store the large amounts of greenery so it is important that the orders are picked up by Monday at 9:15am. Thank you for your support of the Greenery Sale benefitting 8th grade Agora and High School Prom! If you missed the deadline for ordering we will have a very few extra items on sale for purchase in Beaven Hall.

Middle School Family Mass - Sunday, November 12th
We invite middle school students and parents to serve in this wonderful ministry

Children can sign up to be greeters, gift bearers, and bulletin distributors, and parents can help as liturgy and hospitality coordinators. We are looking for hospitality and Common Pantry donations as well.

Middle School families please click here to check out the SignUp Genius

Questions? Contact Gina Hortatsos:

Advent Drive

Hello Parents, we have been trying to collect boxes for the advent drive. The NJHS would appreciate if any parents could bring in sturdy boxes, that we can use to hold the donations. If you bring in any boxes please turn them into the Secondary office. We appreciate your support!

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 ( or Mr. Ramírez (


Join us for Regina Dominican's Girls Night In, Night of Service on Friday, December 1 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Regina Dominican cafeteria. All sixth through eighth grade girls can join us in service activities such as:  card making, letter writing and making paracord bracelets that will be used in care-packages sent through Operation Gratitude.  Pizza will be served and all participants will receive service hours. 

Operation Gratitude seeks to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of the U.S. Military and First Responder communities and provide volunteer opportunities for Americans to express their appreciation to all who serve our nation. Every year, Operation Gratitude sends 200,000+ individually addressed care packages to Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines deployed overseas, to their children left behind, and to New Recruits, Veterans, First Responders, Wounded Heroes and their Caregivers.

Click here to RSVP!

For more information, please contact Eleanor Schmerler, Regina Dominican Enrollment and Recruitment Associate, at or 847-256-7660 ext.274

High School Information & Catholic Open House Info

The Loyola Academy Entrance Exam is on Saturday December 2 at 8:00am. All 8th graders interested in applying to Loyola Academy must take the entrance exam at Loyola Academy to be considered for admission. Pre registration will be available from Nov 18 -Nov 30 at . Walk in registration will also be available on exam day. All application materials will be distributed to 8th graders on exam day. Register now!! The $25 testing fee(cash or check payable to Loyola Academy) will be collected on exam day. 

If a student is unable to take  the entrance exam on Dec. 2 due to illness or a conflict, please complete the pre registration. Then, check the LA Admissions webpage on Dec 2 for alternate exam information. Please note, due to the policy of the Archdiocese of Chicago, high schools are not permitted to schedule the alternate exam date until after the initial test date.

More information about the Loyola Academy admissions process is available online at  .Questions about the entrance exam should be directed to .


The Regina Dominican Make-Up Entrance Exam for the Class of 2019 is Jan. 24, 2015. The make-up exam is available to students who did not test at another Catholic high school on Jan. 10.

Regina Dominican administers the HSPT (High School Placement Test).  All students should arrive by 7:45 a.m. and enter through the Main Entrance. Two #2 pencils and $25 cash or check made payable to Regina Dominican are required for the exam. Calculators are not permitted. Anyone requesting extended time should submit proper documentation to the Office of Admissions prior to the exam.

For more information about how your daughter can become part of Regina Dominican, contact Pattie Fuentes, director of admissions, at 847-256-7660 ext. 223 or Regina Dominican High School is located at 701 Locust Road in Wilmette.


Catholic School Open House Dates

Click here

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

Important CPS Testing Information for Selective Enrollment Schools

*New Information sent by CPS click here

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

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.

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.

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. 

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)