The Buzz: St. Benedict Preparatory School Online Weekly Newsletter

Important Dates

  • January 19th - K Field Trip to the Shedd Aquarium
  • January 19th - Mass at 8:30 for Ms. Elliott, Ms. Hayes and Ms. Gelfand's classes
  • January 25th - Parent/Teacher Conferences - 3:45-7:45 pm
  • January 26th - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences - 8:00 am -12:00 pm
  • January 28th - Mass to kick off Catholic Schools Week - 10:30 am 
  • January 28th - Catholic Schools Week Open House - 11:30 am-1:00 pm
  • January 29th - February 2nd - Catholic Schools Week
  • January 30th - Prayer Buddies
  • January 31st - Kindergarten Field Trip to Old Town School of Folk Music - dress uniforms
  • February 2nd - Mass at 8:30 for Mrs. Christy's class
  • February 9th - No School - Professional Development Day

In this section...

  • Preschool parent coffee and feedback session with Ms. Waldron and Ms. Gemo
  • Winter Club Forms
  • Sibling Applications
  • 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

Java with Ms. Waldron and Ms. Gemo - Preschool Parent Feedback Session - Friday, January 19th

Topic: Preschool Family Feedback Session -- All Families Preschool Families of SBPS are Welcome

Java with Ms. Waldron and Ms. Gemo is a monthly Parent and Friends Coffee where guests gather in the library to enjoy breakfast treats and coffee provided by the school. We begin the presentation around 8:15 AM and usually go for about an hour with time allowed for Q & A. We schedule Java's first thing in the morning so that people may attend for as long as they can before they head off to work or other plans. Small children may also attend as long as they are relatively quiet and occupied.

On Friday, November 19th, Ms. Waldron and Ms. Gemo will be facilitating a dialogue with preschool families regarding your experience here at SBPS.  All preschool families are invited to participate. Last year, we learned a lot of invaluable feedback from our newest school families. We hope you can join us. Please email Cathy Nota at cnota@stbenedict.com to RSVP. 


Winter Club Forms

Preschool Clubs

  • Mondays - Half Time Show Club with Mrs. Christy and Ms. Hayes - CLUB FULL
  • Tuesdays - Super Soccer Stars - CLUB FULL
  • Thursdays - Little Scientist Club with Mrs. Christy and Ms. Hayes - CLUB FULL

Kindergarten Clubs

  • Mondays - K-1 Art Club with Ms. Tarris - Click here for flyer
  • Tuesdays - Super Soccer Stars - Click here for flyer
  • Tuesdays - Mad Science - Click here for flyer
  • Tuesdays - Chess Academy - Click here for flyer
  • Wednesdays - K-1 Building Club with Ms. Kelley - Click here for flyer
  • Wednesdays - K-2 Barbie Club with Ms. Peters - Click here for flyer
  • Thursdays - K-1 Sensory Fun Club with Ms. Kelley - CLUB FULL
  • Fridays - K-1 Playdoh Club with Ms. Tarris - Click here for flyer

Attention Parents of Current SBPS Students

If you will have an incoming preschool or kindergarten student for the 2018-19 school year, the suggested early application date is Friday, December 22nd.  Applications can be picked up at the preschool or elementary school offices.  Students who are currently enrolled do not need to re-apply.  Re-enrollment of current SBPS students will begin in February.  Questions?  Contact Janet Gallagher, Director of Enrollment & Marketing at jgallagher@stbenedict.com or 773-509-3814.


Registration for 2018 Winter session of bitty basketball is open. 

***New this session we are moving to online registration! No more forms to hand fill out! 

Unfortunately the registration link included in the flyer sent home last week is not working. A new link has been set up. 

To sign up for the winters session, click on this link: Bitty Basketball Winter 2018

Additional Bitty basketball dates and information can be found in the attached updated flyer (click here). Apologies for the confusion. Let us know if you have any questions. Mr. Chris Deakins, Campus Athletic Director - cdeakins@stbenedict.com


Christmas Show Live Stream links

Preschool - LIVE STREAM LINK for your enjoyment http://thecube.com/e/768201

Kindergarten - LIVE STREAM LINK for your enjoyment https://thecube.com/event/768194


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.


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 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 cclardy@stbenedict.com or Ms. Rachel Gemo at rgemo@stbenedict.com. You may also check with Mrs. Dodovich (cdodovich@stbenedict.com) 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.