The Buzz: St. Benedict Preparatory School Online Weekly Newsletter

Important Dates

  • November 17th - Mass at 8:30 for Ms. O'Daniel, Ms. Hayes and Mrs. Kattner's classes
  • November 21st - Mass at 8:30 for all Kindergarten classes
  • November 21st - End of 1st Trimester
  • November 22nd - November 24th - No School - Thanksgiving Break
  • November 27th - Beginning of 2nd Trimester
  • November 28th - Preschool Field Trip to MSI for Mrs. Christy, Ms. Hayes and Ms. Gelfand's classes
  • November 29th - Preschool Field Trip to MSI for Ms. Elliott, Ms. Granitz and Mrs. Blazek's classes
  • November 30th - Preschool Field Trip to MSI for Ms. Landgren, Mrs. Kattner and Mrs. Pikulski's classes
  • December 1st - Mass at 8:30 for Ms. Tarris, Mrs. Christy and Ms. Landgren's classes
  • December 4th - Report cards go home
  • December 8th - Feast of the Immaculate Conception - Mass at 8:30 for K - dress uniforms

In this section...

  • Wreath Pick-up Information
  • Holiday Clubs
  • Croup Information
  • Annual School Fund Campaign Update 
  • Kindergarten Lunch Room Sign Up Genius
  • Box Tops Update
  • How to Become an Approved Volunteer
  • Quest Lunch menu and prices
  • Sick student guidelines

Canned Food Drive 

After Thanksgiving, we will kick-off our annual canned food drive.  This food drive is conducted by the St. Vincent DePaul Society.  The items are used to put together food baskets for those in our parish or surrounding area, who are in need of food this Christmas season.  Each grade level is assigned a few canned items to be donated.  If each student is able to bring in 4-5 canned goods, we will reach our goal.  The teachers will have collection areas in their classrooms or on top of their cubbies (in preschool).

Preschool - Meat Soups, Chicken Soups, Vegetable Soups, Chili (with or without meat) 

Kindergarten - canned green beans, canned beans (pinto, kidney, black, etc.)

Holiday Clubs

Our Holiday Club session will begin during the week of November 13th and will run until the week of December 11th.

Preschool Clubs

  • Mondays - Holiday Craft Club with Ms. Hayes and Mrs. Christy - Session is FULL 
  • Tuesdays - Super Soccer Stars - Click here for flyer
  • Thursdays - Little Chef's Club Dessert Edition with Ms. Hayes and Mrs. Christy - Session is FULL 

Kindergarten Clubs

  • Mondays - Holiday Art Club with Ms. Tarris - Click here for flyer
  • Tuesdays - Super Soccer Stars -  Click here for flyer
  • Tuesdays - Mad Science - See Elementary Section of the Buzz
  • Wednesdays - Holiday Book Club with Ms. Kelley - CLUB FULL
  • Thursdays - Holiday Building Club with Ms. Kelley - CLUB FULL

Please Monitor for CROUP in Your Children 

We are seeing higher than normal incidences of CROUP in our preschool and kindergarten. Since our children share a lot of common spaces throughout the campus, we feel it is important to let all parents know to be on the look out for signs/symptoms of this highly contagious cough. 

What are the symptoms of a croup? Croup is caused primarily by a parainfluenza virus. Symptoms include a cough that is tight, low-pitched, and barky (like a barking seal). The voice or cry may be hoarse (laryngitis) and the child may make a harsh, raspy sound when breathing in (stridor). Loud or continuous stridor noises may indicate severe croup. Croup usually lasts 5–6 days and is often worse at night.

How is croup spread? Similar to colds, croup is easily spread from person-to-person through the air by coughing or sneezing. Surfaces and hands contaminated with nose, mouth, or throat secretions may also spread viruses that cause croup.

How is a croup treated? Parents should always consult with their child’s healthcare provider for treatment recommendations. Home care advice often includes using a humidifier, fever management, observation during sleep, and avoiding tobacco smoke.

How do you control the spread? Make sure adults and children wash hands frequently and thoroughly. Antibacterial soap is not necessary; use plenty of plain liquid soap and warm water. Teach children to cover their noses and mouths with a tissue or their arm when coughing or sneezing. When using a tissue, wash hands well afterwards. Avoid touching the eyes, mouth, or nose. Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces frequently. Exclusion of children with croup from school and childcare is generally not necessary. However, if the child is too sick to participate in normal activities, they should be kept at home.

The Annual School Fund Campaign has Officially Kicked Off - We've Raised over $45,000 already? Will you help us reach our goal? 

This year's campaign is even shorter and more focused than last year.  We have scheduled a 3-week campaign that ends November 21st.  Want to find out more?  

CLICK HERE to check out our website or contact Mr. Accardi. 

Director of Alumni and Annual Giving, at or 773-509-3832

Check out the great benefits below of being a contributing family who participates in the Annual School Fund!

Kindergarten Lunch Room Volunteers

We love to have approved volunteers come and help out during Kindergarten lunch and recess.  Click here to read our guidelines and expectations for lunch and recess volunteers.

Click here to sign up for lunch and recess duty on our Sign Up Genius.

Box Tops Update

We have $625 in our account from the final submission made last year which will be paid in December (Thanks again to Virginia Oviedo Fiske for her clipping and bagging on that!) and we have a goal to collect $1500 more this year. We need $750 in fall and $750 in spring to achieve this goal. 

The fall submission is due November 1. I will be posting reminders in the Buzz to clip and bag and drop your submission in either robot (in room across from Mrs. D in the elementary building and in the PK building foyer) for the next 6 weeks. Please make every effort to clip them from the box (if you don't I have to) and to put them in a plastic baggie that closes at the top (not fold over).  We have to submit the clipped BoxTops in baggies of 50 and we reuse what you provide (another savings!).  No clipping contest this fall, so submit as you go.  We will be working on a replacement for our elementary school robot--stay tuned for updates!  

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, 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 or Ms. Rachel Gemo at You may also check with Mrs. Dodovich ( 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. 

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.)

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.

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.