Middle School Notes

Dear St. Benedict Teachers and Staff,  

Happy Fun Run Week!  I can't believe it is finally here!   Our goal this year is of course the Color Run but more importantly to support STEAM education initiatives.  One of these specific initiatives is the Creative Media Lab.   We are hoping that part of this year's funds help to complete that space as well as start the development of other spaces on campus.  Your energy, excitement and enthusiasm is everything! We are in it to win it, as this is one of our schools biggest fundraisers.  Specifically, it directly impacts you and the work you do.  I hope that we get the opportunity to see Erico duck taped to a pole when the challenge comes back around next week. I’m excited to announce the winner of the Teacher Incentive next week.  Truly, I want to thank you for your continued efforts and energy through teaching and fundraising this week. Let’s BRING IT! Go Bengals!!

***Friday, September 14th, I will be off-site from 1pm on. If you have an emergency please call me or reach out to Rachel Gemo or Rachel Waldron

Have a great 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.

OUR PASSION IS THE BEST POSSIBLE YOU!


Save the Dates  

  • Thursday, September 13th - Thursday, September 20th - Team Huddles during 4C in Beaven

  • Friday, September 14th - MS RTI Meeting at 7am in rm 327

  • Saturday, September 15th - Baby & Kids Green Garage Sale

  • Sunday, September 16th - Catechetical Sunday

  • Monday, September 17th - Fun Run Incentive: Out of Uniform

  • Monday, September 17th - Fire Drill @ 9:15 am (Teachers know, students don’t)

  • Tuesday, September 18th - First Agora of the year

  • Thursday, September 20th - K-8 Picture Day - Dress Uniform

  • Friday, September 21st - FUN RUN

  • Monday, September 24th - 7th grade Parent/Candidate Mtg Confirmation

  • Thursday, September 27th - 8th grade Agora Parent Night @6pm

  • Friday, September 28th - No School - PD Day

  • Friday, September 28th & Saturday, September 29th -Oktober Fest

  • Friday, October 5th - Grandparent’s Day (K-5)

  • Wednesday, October 10th - Progress Reports due by 8am


In this Issue:  

  • Mass Grade Level & House Assignments - Please fill out *Deadline Extended Due by Friday, September 21st (NEW)

  • House Seminar Tuesday Dates & Meeting Locations

  • Agora Seminar Tuesday Dates

  • Fun Run (NEW)

  • Sign Up for Catechetical Formation Training Sign Up (NEW)

  • Fire Drill Procedure

  • Upcoming PD Topics

  • Regarding Renweb Gradebook Codes

  • Progress Reports (NEW)

  • Important Uniform Update

  • MS Binder Organization Checklist

  • Photo Policy

  • MS Powerpoint Presentation

  • 6th – 8th, 12th Grade Announcement Link

  • MS Student Handbook Link

  • Unit Plan due date

  • Teacher Time Fridays

  • Ethan Li

 


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.


Interested in tutoring a 4th grade St. Ben’s student?

If you are interested in tutoring a lovely 4th grade student who is also the brother of one of our 8th graders, please email me.


Mass Grade Level & House Assignments - Please fill out *Due date EXTENDED by Friday, September 21st

Dear Homeroom teachers and House Leaders, 

Each week either a grade level or House will host mass.  Please fill out the document below with the students who will serve mass that week below the role in which they will do.  

For the document, click here


House Seminar Dates & Meeting Locations

House Seminar Tuesday Dates

  • Sept 11

  • Oct 9th

  • Oct 30th

  • Nov 13th

  • Dec 4th

  • Dec 18th

  • Jan 15th

  • Jan 22nd

  • Feb 19th

  • March 19th

  • April 9th

  • May 21st

House Meeting Locations

  • Scholastica: #331

  • Gregory: #332

  • Bede: Flex space

  • Hilda: Heidenreich

  • Boniface - SS Library


Agora Seminar Tuesday Dates

  • Sept. 18th

  • Oct. 2nd

  • Oct. 16th

  • Nov. 6th

  • Nov. 27th

  • Dec. 11th

  • Jan. 8th

  • Feb 5th

  • Feb 12th

  • Feb 26th

  • March 26th

  • April 16th

  • May 7th

  • May 28th


Fun Run is finally here! 

We couldn't be more excited for Fun Run this year.  All of your efforts help to improve and upgrade the school for the 21st century.  

A few notes:

  • All Huddles and Kickoff during 4C 

  • Zora will send frequent email updates re incentives/ happenings 

  • Zora will share folder with FUN RUN emails to send to your homerooms 

  • Make sure to bring your flag with you to the Pep Rally, all team huddles as well as the day of Fun Run!

  • Make sure that when you send emails out, you are cc’ing me.


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. 


Upcoming Tuesday Professional Development Topics

September 18th - Fun Run Integration Day

September 25th - RTI Process


Regarding Renweb Gradebook Codes

Currently, no grading codes are pre-loaded into your RenWeb gradebooks.

To load them, please go to your gradebook, click on options, scroll down to Grading Codes and click "load default codes."  This will allow you to use M for missing, E for excused, etc.

Please make sure to do this for every class you teach.

Reach out if you have any questions.  


Progress Reports

Due in RenWeb on October 10th by 8am.  

  • Comments required for students receiving a C or below in your class. 

  • Make comments regarding behavior issues that have occurred in your presence (not just in class). 

  • Homeroom Teachers: You can make comments in  your homeroom class regard student behavior and consistent uniform issues. 


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. 


6th - 8th, 12th Grade Announcements

Please update announcements no later than 7:55am on the day you'd like them to be read. 

Announcements must be read daily during morning homeroom.  

For the document, please 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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