The Buzz: St. Benedict Preparatory School Online Weekly Newsletter

Early Childhood News:

Preschool & Kindergarten

Important Dates

  • May 26th - Mass at 8:30 for all Kindergarten classes
  • May 29th - No School - Memorial Day
  • May 31st - Kindergarten Play Date for all students enrolled in K at SBPS next year
  • June 2nd - HSA Ice Cream Social
  • June 5th - Kindergarten Picnic Day
  • June 6th - Kindergarten Field Trip to the Lincoln Park Zoo
  • June 6th - Last Day of Preschool - 12:20 dismissal for all
  • June 6th - Last Day of Kindergarten
  • June 7th - Kindergarten Promotion Ceremonies

In this section...

  • Kindergarten Promotion Ceremonies
  • Warm Weather Uniform
  • 2017 Day of Golf
  • Sibling Applications
  • Summer Camp Information
  • Jump Into K Camp information
  • Benny's Best - Preschool
  • Kindergarten Lunchroom Volunteer information
  • Box Top Contest
  • Yearbook Info for K-5
  • Quest Lunch menu and prices
  • #MaddyStrong Bracelet information
  • Resources for adults to talk to young people about death
  • RenWeb Update
  • Sick student guidelines
  • Illinois Kids Campaign

Kindergarten Promotion Ceremonies

The last day of Kindergarten for this school year will be Tuesday, June 6th.  Students will go to the Lincoln Park Zoo and will dismiss from school at regular pick-up time (2:00).  On Wednesday, June 7th, each Kindergarten class will have their own Promotion Ceremony in Kittler Hall followed by a small reception in the school gymnasium.  Students only need to attend their own ceremony and can dress up for the occasion (uniforms are not needed on this day).  The schedule is as follows, parents should drop students off in their classroom and can then proceed to the Secondary School Library.  Guests will then be escorted upstairs (an elevator will be available, if needed):

  • Ms. Blue's class - Ceremony at 8:30; students report at 8:00 am
  • Ms. Tarris's class - Ceremony at 9:15; students report at 8:45 am
  • Ms. Kraig's class - Ceremony at 10:00; students report at 9:30 am
  • Ms. Kelley's class - Ceremony at 10:45; students report at 10:15 am

Warm Weather Uniform Option

The warm weather uniform option starts Tuesday, April 18th.  Now let’s hope for some warmer weather!

  • Navy or tan shorts may be worn as a dress uniform option (shorts of modest length)
  • White or Grey gym shoes may be worn with shorts
  • PE shorts may be worn as a PE uniform option
  • Please still pay attention to the temperature and dress your child appropriately.  Thank you!

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


Yvonne's Dance Academy is excited to offer TWO Summer Dance Programs for 2017!

Summer Dance Camp is open to Bitty - Level 2 dancers and starts on June 19th! Join us for one day ($60) or full week ($300) sessions at our IPR studio location (1733 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60613.) Available Monday through Friday, drop off at 8am, camp is in session from 8:30am-11:30am. SDC is offered for the following weeks this summer: 

SDC Week 1: June 19-23
SDC Week 2: June 26-30
SDC Week 3: August 7-11

YDA Summer Intensives are open to Level 2+ dancers! Sign up your dancer for Monday through Thursday sessions ($240) of Ballet, Contemporary & Hip-Hop. From 4-7pm at our IPR studio location (1733 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60613.) Dancers will prepare for a small, informal performance for family and friends following each 4-day session. These performances will take place at our IPR studio on the Thursday of each session from 7:30-8PM.*** Any current or prospective ELITE TEAM member must sign up for any TWO Summer Intensive sessions ***Summer Intensives are offered for the following weeks:  

Intensive Session 1: June 12-15
Intensive Session 2: June 19-22
Intensive Session 3: June 26-29
Intensive Session 4: July 31- Aug 3
Intensive Session 5: Aug 7 - Aug 10

We look forward to dancing with you this summer! Register today via classjuggler

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 (   

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.

2016-17 Yearbook (K only) 

Elementary School Yearbooks for students in grades Kindergarten through 5th are now on sale for the 2016-2017 school year. This 80 page yearbook includes colored pages with each homeroom class, as well as student life, and special events. The soft-cover yearbook is $26.00. Hard cover yearbooks can also be purchased for an additional $6.95.  This school year, families have the option to create a customized page for their student. 

To order a Yearbook please refer to the following link: Please note that Yearbooks will be delivered to your student's classroom in early June. Questions? Email

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.)

#MADDY STRONG bracelets - support for Maddy Roock

As many people in the St. Benedict community know, the Roock family encountered a devastating car accident in early August.  Maddy, a 2nd grader at SBPS, is recovering from serious injuries at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago.  The support from the SBPS community has been amazing and humbling, and many are asking for ways they can help or show support, in addition to keeping Maddy in their prayers.  

#MADDYSTRONG bracelets have been created by friends of the Roock’s and the Finn family has generously donated bracelets in adult and child sizes.  If your child or entire family would like to show support by wearing a bracelet, stop by the Elementary office to pick up a bracelet.  There are enough bracelets so every person in your family can wear a bracelet if you choose. 

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.