Important Dates –
Friday, November 16th - Preschool Parent Social at Big Bricks - 6:30 pm
Wednesday, November 21st - Friday, November 23rd - No School - Happy Thanksgiving!
Tuesday, November 27th - Preschool Field Trip to the Museum of Science and Industry for Ms. Granitz, Ms. Elliott and Mrs. Blazek’s classes
Wednesday, November 28th - Preschool Field Trip to MSI for Mrs. Christy, Ms. Hayes and Mrs. Kattner’s classes
Thursday, November 29th - Preschool Field Trip to MSI for Ms. Gelfand and Mrs. Pikulski’s classes
Wednesday, December 5th - Report cards go home
In this section...
Holiday Club Flyers
Elementary School Admissions Coffee
Cheerleading Club Information
Kindergarten Lunch Room Volunteer sign-up
Kindergarten Uniform Update
Preschool Pick-up information
Daisy Scouts Info for girls in Kindergarten
How to Become an Approved Volunteer
Sick student guidelines
Holiday Clubs are coming…
Holiday clubs will run for four or five weeks, beginning Nov. 12th and running through Dec. 14th. Below are the flyers for Preschool and Kindergarten clubs.
Preschool Holiday Craft Club with Ms. Granitz and Ms. Hayes - CLUB FULL
Kindergarten Chess Wizards - flyer in backpacks
Kindergarten Mad Science - flyer in backpacks
K-1st Holiday Book and Craft Club with Ms. Kelley - Click here for flyer
Preschool Unicorn Club with Ms. Hayes and Mrs. Christy - CLUB FULL
K-1st Holiday Cooking Club with Ms. Kelley and Ms. O’Daniel - Click here for flyer
K-1st Holiday Art Club with Ms. Tarris and Ms. McGuinn - Click here for flyer
We are continuing our search for the right fit to fill the role of Inclusion Facilitator for Preschool through 3rd grade. While we continue our search and conduct interviews, we are happy to welcome Mrs. Heather Kaminsky as a support to Ms. Enriquez (Head of Inclusion) and our teachers in PS-3rd. She will be filling in on a part-time basis, helping on Wed-Fri each week. She will be working with the teachers in the classroom and supporting the students with service plans and assisting, as needed. As Mrs. Kaminsky is working in a supporting role, any questions about your child’s service plan or questions about inclusion should be directed to your child’s classroom teacher or an administrator. Mrs. Kaminsky has been a classroom teacher as well as a resource teacher previously. If you know anyone who would be a great fit for the role of Lower School Inclusion Facilitator, please encourage them to apply!
Elementary School Admissions Coffee with Ms. Gemo & Ms. Waldron
You Choose Us for Preschool…
Now find out why you should stay for Kindergarten and beyond. Come to the Elementary School Admissions Coffee on Wednesday, December 12th, 8:0 – 9:30 AM. The coffee, exclusively for St. Benedict Prep families, will be held in the elementary school library and younger siblings are welcome.
* Learn about academic and extracurricular programs and plans for the future
* Take a tour of the current Kindergarten-grade 8 classrooms
* Learn how current SBPS families have priority enrollment and can access tuition assistance
For more information or to RSVP, contact Janet Gallagher, Director of Enrollment & Admissions, at email@example.com or 773-509-3814. We hope to see you there!
Cheerleading Club begins Soon - Here is information
Bengals Cheerleading Club for St. Benedict Students (4 years old-5th Grade)
SBPS Cheerleading Program is a non-competitive cheerleading squad coached by Ms. Tarris, Ms. O’Daniel and Ms. McGuinn. This program was created to promote school spirit. The cheerleaders perform at SBPS basketball games and school events. This is a great way to build confidence and coordination in our students. Click here to view the flyer.
Kindergarten Lunch Room Volunteer Sign-Up
Click here for the link to the Sign-Up Genius to volunteer at Kindergarten Lunch and Recess!
Kindergarten Uniform Update
Black gym shoes are now allowed, please make sure that they are predominately black. Also note that black gym shoes are not black dress shoes. As of Tuesday September 4th, teachers will be contacting home if your child is not in compliance. Let's work together to support your child in wearing the correct shoes. Please note that Kindergarteners may wear gym shoes with both their PE uniform and their dress uniform.
Preschool Pick-Up Information
Please note that the pick-up times for preschool are as follows:
Half day pick-up (every day) - 12:20-12:30 pm
Full day pick-up (M, W, Th, F) - 2:45-3:00 pm
Full day pick-up (T) - 1:45-2:00 pm
During the half day pick up time, we ask that parents and care givers refrain from entering the building prior to 12:20. This allows the teachers and students to fully participate in and finish lunch time. It also allows all half day students to be picked up around the same time, not causing any students to worry, unnecessarily, about when their parent will be arriving.
How to Become and Approved Volunteer: Compliance Procedures for All Volunteers
The St. Benedict Prep community welcomes volunteers to help provide students with the best educational environment and opportunities possible. We depend on family support to carry out our mission to inspire and cultivate a balance of faith, academic excellence, and individual talents in a diverse setting.
ALL VOLUNTEERS need to complete the following training and forms before they can volunteer for the school or parish events that involve positions of trust or working with children:
1. Complete an online criminal background check. CLICK HERE to begin the process. A few notes about the registration page: The access code is "protection"; choose "Archdiocese of Chicago", not "Religious Community...Volunteer." Once the registration page is completed, a checklist of pages to complete will follow. All pages must be completed before you can submit the background screening.
2. Attend Virtus/Protecting God's Children for Adults. Go to www.virtus.org, and select Registration on the left panel. Note: all participants must pre-register online to attend. Upon completion you will be given a certificate which should be turned in to the school.
3. Read and sign the Code of Conduct form and turn in to the school. CLICK HERE for a copy of the Code of Conduct form.
4. Complete Child Abuse and Neglect Tracking Form (CANTS). Return completed form to the school. CLICK HERE for a copy of the CANTS form.
We do not want to disappoint any potential volunteers or turn any volunteers away. If you have any questions, please contact either Mrs. Christine Clardy at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ms. Rachel Gemo at email@example.com. You may also check with Mrs. Dodovich (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the office to confirm that all your requirements are fulfilled to be a volunteer at SBPS, including being a chaperone on a field trip.
If your child is sick...
Please remember to call and inform the school secretary that your child is sick, and speak to our school nurse, Heather Perez, as well. Your child MUST be fever-free for 24 hours before he/she can return to school.