The Buzz: St. Benedict Preparatory School Online Weekly Newsletter

Early Childhood News:

Preschool & Kindergarten

Important Dates

  • June 19th - August 4th - Theme-based Weekly Summer Camps for Preschool and Primary
  • August 7th - August 11th - Jump Into Kindergarten Camp
  • August 23rd - Kindergarten Orientation (parents and student attend)
  • August 24th - First Day of Kindergarten
  • August 24th - Preschool Parent Orientation
  • August 30th - First Day of Preschool
  • August 31st - K-5 Back to School Night (parents only)

In this section...

  • Sibling Applications
  • Summer Camp Information
  • Jump Into K Camp information
  • Benny's Best - Preschool
  • Box Top Contest
  • Quest Lunch menu and prices
  • Resources for adults to talk to young people about death
  • RenWeb Update
  • Sick student guidelines
  • Illinois Kids Campaign

Jump Into Kindergarten Camp

This summer, Ms. Tarris will have a one-week camp helping incoming students get ready to start Kindergarten.  During the week of August 7th-11th she will do a week of "practice" being a Kindergartner.  She will focus on daily routines, Language Arts lessons, Everyday Math lessons, and learning the procedures for lunch, recess and bathroom breaks. Space is limited.  If you are interested, please CLICK HERE for the registration form.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Tarris (

Sibling Applications

If you (or anyone you know) is planning to enroll in SBPS preschool in the fall - including younger siblings - please fill out a preschool application and submit it ASAP!  All applications can be turned in to the Preschool or Elementary offices.  Any questions should be directed to Janet Gallagher (

Summer Camp 2017

We will once again be offering summer camp for the summer of 2017.  Weekly theme-based summer camps will be offered for students who are currently enrolled in Preschool through Second Grade.  (stay tuned for more options from 3-Point Athletics for older students).

Current Preschool students (children were 3 on or before September 1, 2016) will have weekly themed camps beginning June 19th - August 4th.  (Please note that the week of July 4th will be a three-day camp week)

  • June 19-23 - Western Round-Up
  • June 26-30 - Fun in the Sun
  • July 3 - 7 (Camp is only 3 days this week) - Sports Extravaganza
  • July 10-14 - Space is the Place
  • July 17-21 - Construction/Tools
  • July 24-28 - Land Before Time
  • July 31 - August 4 - Animal Planet

Current Kindergarten-2nd Grade students will have weekly themed camps offered beginning June 19th-July 14th and July 24th-August 4th.  There will be Totus Tuus camp offered during the week of July 17th-21st.  (Please note that the week of July 4th will be a three-day camp week)

  • June 19-23 - Gardening
  • June 26-30 - Fun in the Sun
  • July 3 - 7 (Camp is only 3 days this week) - Sports Extravaganza
  • July 10-14 - Space is the Place
  • July 17-21 - Totus Tuus
  • July 24-28 - Land Before Time
  • July 31 - August 4 - Animal Planet


Benny's Best - Junior Kindergarten- Ms. Fleming's Class - Room 111

Our Preschoolers and Junior Kindergartners have been working very hard all year to learn all about our school-wide PBIS.  Students learn the appropriate way to behave all over the school and how to be Respectful, Responsible, Ready and Safe.  In Preschool we focus on "Green Choices" (good choices) and "Red Choices" (not so good choices) throughout the day, as well as having the appropriate voice level wherever we are (ex. Voice Level 0 is for the hallway (silent), a Voice Level 1 for working with our friends (inside voice), etc.)  Every other week, a new preschool or JK classroom will be chosen as our example of doing the right thing and demonstrating that they are Respectful, Responsible, Ready and Safe.  That class gets a special certificate, gets their picture taken and will be featured in the Buzz!  This week Ms. Fleming's friends in Room 111 were chosen as Benny's Best!

When Ms. Fleming's class was asked about how they demonstrated that they are Benny's Best, here's what they had to say...

We are Respectful - In Room 111 we use voice level 0 in the hallway.  We are kind and gentle to all friends.  We are respectful of each other's talents and ask each other for help when needed.

We are Responsible - In Room 111 we listen to friends when they are talking.  We share and take turns, even when it is difficult.  We take ownership of our work and make an effort to do our best!  We take care of our classroom by cleaning up after ourselves.

We are Ready - In Room 111 we are ready to learn by having listening ears, quiet hands and mouth and eyes watching whoever is talking.  We take learning risks in the classroom and enjoy sharing personal knowledge with each other.

We are Safe - In Room 111 we are safe in the hallway when walking from our classroom to specials and recess time; we keep our hands to ourselves.

Way to go Room 111!

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It is the last Box Tops submission of the year--Time to clip and win!
Please place your box tops in a resealable baggie with the student's name and classroom teacher clearly legible on the front of the baggie or on a slip of paper inside the baggie.  Extra appreciation for writing the number of Box Tops submitted too! Deposit your BoxTops in either Robot (PK entryway or room across the hall from Mrs. Dodovich)

We will be collecting from now until May 26th. Top individual submitter in PK and K-5 receives a choice of 2 books for summer reading and the classroom with most submission in each group will receive a super snack as well as a board/card game for the classroom.  

Winners will be announced in the June 1st Buzz! Thanks for clipping and saving!
Jen DeMay

Kindergarten Lunchroom/Recess Volunteers

If you would like to sign up to volunteer to help in the lunchroom and at recess for the Kindergartners, please CLICK HERE and use the Sign-up Genius to choose your date(s).  All volunteers must be Virtus trained and have completed all volunteer requirements.  We ask volunteers to check in at the elementary office with Mrs. Dodovich at 10:35.  Lunch and recess are finished at 11:40.

Quest Lunch Prices 

The Quest lunch menu (for PS & K-5, same menu this year) can be found on RenWeb.  To access the lunch menu on your RenWeb account...

  • Go to Student Information
  • at bottom of page, find :This Week's Lunch Menu (scroll by day)
  • -or- 
  • on the same page, find & click :LUNCH MENU & ORDERING
  • you will be brought to a calendar
  • you can choose a time frame of day/week/month
  • (the ordering portion is not set up yet)

At this time, students who purchase selections in the lunch room are billed to an account.  You may also choose to send in cash with your child, but please mark the envelope with name, amount and purpose of the money! 

Lunch Prices (Quest) - Kindergarten only (PS is included in tuition)

  • Milk $0.50
  • Bottled Water $0.50
  • Hot Lunch (includes choice of milk or water) $4.00
  • Power Lunch (includes choice of milk or water) $4.00
  • (Power Lunch is a bagged lunch with protein options like yogurt, fruit, etc.)

Resources for Adults to Help Talk to Young People About Death and Grief

As discussed during our orientation session, below are some links to websites that can help guide your conversations with children around death and grief.  If you would like more information or resources, please feel free to reach out to one of the school administrators.

RenWeb Update

Renweb is a school communication system that will hold many facets of communication from SBPS to families (teacher newsletters, homework, calendars, tuition and lunch accounts, etc.)  Because this system is brand-new to us this school year, we want to be prudent in the information shared.  Some things are taking more time to prepare or set-up than anticipated.  We thank you for your patience.

Soon, most likely next week, Early Childhood and Elementary families will be invited to set up an account for thisportion of RenWeb.  When the invitation is shared, and the account is set up by a family, families can update contact information (email addresses, etc.) 

Teachers will make their email lists from the email addresses found in RenWeb, so it will be important to check that your information is up to date.  In the meantime, including this week, teachers will send home a hard copy of a newsletter, and in the transition time as well.  When RenWeb is up and running for Early Childhood, eventually all newsletters will move from paper copies to attachments on RenWeb. 

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.


As a member of the Illinois Kids Campaign, the Catholic Conference of Illinois believes that no investment is more critical to our kids’ future than a quality education, and we hope you will add your voice by sharing that message.  Please join the thousands of parents and families across Illinois who are calling on Springfield to Invest in Kids.

The Illinois Kids Campaign is a statewide coalition urging lawmakers to take meaningful steps toward providing all children with the best education possible through important policies such as:

  • Teacher tax credits for out-of-pocket classroom supplies
  • Scholarships for students to attend K-12 nonpublic schools or public schools out of district
  • Critical funding for arts, music, and sports programs
  • Capital funding for facilities and infrastructure improvements
  • Increased tax credits to parents for qualified education expenses at public and nonpublic schools


1. Contact your legislator by visiting the Campaign website
2. Then find us on Twitter and Facebook and join the conversation!
3. Spread the word. Tell your fellow parents and parishioners, neighbors, colleagues and friends about this important work and ask them to contact their legislators, too.
Thank you for your support, and your ongoing dedication!

Zach Wichmann, Director of Government Relations
Catholic Conference of Illinois

Early Dismissal – Please note that each Tuesday pick-up is at 2:00, not 2:45 as it is the other days of the week.