Middle School Notes

Dear St. Benedict Teachers and Staff,  

Happy Sunday to you all! I hope you are finding a way to find away to keep the silence alive from Friday’s retreat. I know the next few weeks will be increasingly stressful, so please try to steal a few moments for yourself. With it being the end of the trimester, it is imperative that your grades are up to date and current. Additionally, please email the parents of any student who currently has a D or F in your class. If you haven’t done so already, please do so today. Make sure to embed time this week in your class for organization of binders. Please go through with students what they must keep and what they need to recycle. Additionally, Final exam tests/projects or assessments are due to Kathleen and me for modification and review on Sunday, November 11th. If you have them done sooner, please send them our way. Please read below the notes in full as well as Gemo’s notes. Please stay up to date on the Fun Run Teacher Incentives as well as the chapel and mass schedule.

Wishing you a blessed start to the week.  

Ms. Deletioglu  

Head of Upper School

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  

  • Sunday, November 11th - Final Exam Tests/Projects and Assessments due to Kathleen and myself for review and modification.

  • Monday, November 12th - All grades updated and current by 8 am

  • Tuesday, November 13th - House Time

  • Tuesday, November 13th - St. Ben’s 8th grade Shadow Date for Loyola (Some 8th graders might be out)

  • Tuesday, November 13th - Chapel: Boniface, Church Mass: Gregory (8th graders to see Father Steve after mass)

  • Tuesday, November 13th - PD - Ann Kulig & Advisory meet in Rm 327

  • Monday, Nov. 12th - Friday, Nov. 16th - MS Out of Uniform Week

  • Friday, November 16th - Day 1 of Trimester 1 of Final Exams

  • Monday, November 19th - Day 2 of Trimester 1 of Final Exams

  • Monday. November 19th - All of 7th Grade & Morgen’s 6th Grade HM - Late Night Surprise @ 6 - 8pm (Teachers report 5:30 - 8:15pm)

  • Tuesday, November 13th - St. Ben’s 8th grade Shadow Date for Loyola

In this Issue:  


  • Final Exam Schedule (NEW)

  • Report Card Descriptions (NEW)

  • Faculty Potluck (NEW)

  • Staff Bathroom (NEW)

  • Fun Run Incentive Celebration Schedule

  • Mass Grade Level & House Assignments

  • House Seminar Tuesday Dates & Meeting Locations

  • Agora Seminar Tuesday Dates

  • Friday’s PD Presentation - Danielson

  • Mylearningplan.com & Teacher Goal Setting Form

  • Fire Drill Procedure

  • Important Uniform Update

  • MS Binder Organization Checklist

  • Photo Policy

  • MS Powerpoint Presentation

  • MS Student Handbook Link

  • Unit Plan due date

  • Teacher Time Fridays

  • Ethan Li


PD Tuesday Topic - November 13th

All teachers and staff who will be serving as an advisory are to attend today’s meeting with Ann Kulig to discuss advisory in Rm 327 from 2:30 - 3:30pm.

Final Exam Schedule

Click Here

REPORT CARD DESCRIPTIONS (for grades 1-8) for RenWeb Report Cards

Faculty Life Fall Potluck - Participate in the FEAST! (new)

Faculty Life is putting on a Fun Fall Potluck and wold love for you to participate! It will take place in the faculty lounge on Friday, November 16th from 11:00-1:30 PM. Feel free to pick your favorite Fall recipe/snack and bring it in to share with your coworkers! Please mark the excel sheet of what you will be bringing along with your name. We do ask that if you plan to participate and eat at the Potluck that you have contributed something. Thanks!

11-16 Faculty Potluck.xlsx


This is a friendly reminder that staff bathrooms are meant to used by ONLY the staff. Please do not let students use staff bathrooms. There are a few places where students SHOULD NOT ENTER…all Staff bathrooms as well as the Teachers Lounge. Please help our students know these spaces are off limits. Thanks!

Fun Run Incentive Celebration Schedule

Please read in full, Click Here

Mass Grade Level & House Assignments

Each week either a grade level or House will host mass.  To see the schedule of who will be serving mass click here

House Seminar Dates & Meeting Locations

House Seminar Tuesday Dates

  • Nov 13th

  • Dec 4th

  • Dec 18th

  • Jan 15th

  • Jan 22nd

  • Feb 19th

  • March 19th

  • April 9th

  • May 21st

Agora Seminar Tuesday Dates

  • Nov. 6th

  • Nov. 27th

  • Dec. 11th

  • Jan. 8th

  • Feb 5th

  • Feb 12th

  • Feb 26th

  • March 26th

  • April 16th

  • May 7th

  • May 28th

PD Presentation on Danielson

In case you missed it, click HERE 

Mylearningplan.com or Frontline Teacher Evaluation Portal Forms

Teacher observation Timeline – Year One

Teacher Goal Sheets – Grades PK-5 and HS by October 2nd (extended to Oct. 8th by midnight) Goal Setting Form

Timeline for Observations Walkthroughs (10 minutes)

  • #1 All teachers by Nov. 8

  • #2 All teachers by March 8

Informal Observations (20-30 minutes)

  • #1 by Jan 18th

Formal Observation (full class)

  • By May 15

Walk through Forms

Informal Observation Forms

Formal Observation Forms

Interested in Becoming a Eucharistic Minister?

We are in need of Eucharistic ministers for our school masses. If you are interested in getting trained by Father Steve, please email me so I can let him know.

Extra Band Support during Recess

The following are the days Jenna has provided for band students to come during recess to practice or receive extra support:

Grade 6 & 7- Mondays or Thursdays

Grade 8- Fridays 

Fire Drill Protocol

Thank you for an overall great fire drill.  Some important things to keep in mind. 

ALL teachers must raise their hand once you are outside and stop at your safe location.  
You must keep them raised until the Admin team does roll call.  The administration will point to you and you must do the following in this order:

  • State your full name (first then last)

  • Either say "All here" if all your students are present, or "Missing" followed by student's name(s) if someone is missing or "I also have" if you have picked up child that isn't in your class.

This protocol is extremely important because the faster we can account for everyone, the faster we can assure everyone's safety. 

Important Uniform Update

After much discussion, the following changes have been made to the student uniform policy: 

  • Plaid belts are permitted for young women

  • Black gym shoes are now permitted for young men and women. Note: Black gym shoes are not black dress shoes and can't be worn as such.

Regarding Detentions

 Please note that every time you write a detention you must email the parent and student as well as cc’ myself.  You will then need to put the detention slip into Kathy Moore’s mailbox. The student is given the yellow copy and the white copy is the office copy.  They must be put in Kathy’s mailbox by 3:30pm that say, in order for the detention to be served the following day.  All behavioral detentions are served in room 229 (Mr. Galus's room) during MS Recess and Lunch (depending if it is a 30 min or 60 min). Please note that if the child is only serving one 30 minute detention is always served during their recess so if they are in 8th grade it is 4b and if it is 6th or 7th it is during 4a.  Tardy detentions are served in the morning.

MS Binder Organization Checklist

Teachers and homeroom teachers, please refer to this often.  Click here

Middle School Powerpoint Presentation

Click Here. 

Middle School Student Handbook

Click HERE

Unit Plan Due Dates

Please continue to share with me and Kathleen your unit plans as you begin new ones. 

Teacher Time Fridays Mornings

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. Please avoid scheduling parent meetings on Friday mornings when possible. We want you to have dedicated time for collaboration. Thanks for your support!

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