The Buzz: St. Benedict Preparatory School Online Weekly Newsletter

Secondary School News


In This Section:

  • Save the Dates
  • Warm Weather Uniform
  • 7th Grade Parent High School Information Night
  • 8th Graders Selected to Lay the Wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier!
  • In case you missed FAMILY LIFE NIGHT
  • Summer Youth Ministry Opportunities.
  • 8th Grade Confirmation Information
  • 6-12 Aftercare/Cafeteria Information
  • Study Center
  • 6-7-8 AFTERCARE: Please scroll all the way down to the bottom of this section.




We are excited to have the students in grades 6-11 share their academic portfolios. Portfolios in grades 6-12 are all electronic. You can elect to review the electronic portfolio at home or come to school on Thursday May 4th from 5:30-6:30 to review the portfolios. Please enter through 3911 N. Bell.

Please report to the following rooms from 5:30-6:30 if you elect to review the portfolios with your student in school.

6th Grade: room 335
7th Grade room 334
8th Grade room 332
Grades 9-11Room 331


Agora is right around the corner!  Please note the following meetings for parents and students to attend. It is important that all parents attend their respective meetings. Please enter through 3911 N. Bell.

6th GRade Agora6:30-7:30 Heidenreich Hall

7th Grade Agora 6:30-7:30Secondary Library

8th Grade Agora 6:00-7:00 Kittler Hall (different time)

Chicago Sports Journalism -Room 335

Culinary Arts Room 337

Chicago Theater Room 241

Mosaics: Room 342

Quebec: Room 222

The following trips have already hosted their mandatory parent meeting: Minnesota, Costa Rica, Appalachian Trail, and Spain. If your child is attending that trip and you still have questions please contact the chaperone.

National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society Selection Information

We are in the middle of selection for NHS and NJHS! Please click here for more information regarding selection procedures.

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!


Honored Wreath Layers Chosen for Agora: Discover D.C.

As we begin the third trimester and excitement builds throughout SBPS for the many upcoming events, the 8th grade class is eagerly counting down the next 45 days until we fly off to Washington D.C.! Along with exploring museums and visiting memorials, our school has been given the opportunity to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during our visit to Arlington National Cemetery. Four 8th graders will have the great honor of representing St. Benedict in the Wreath Laying Ceremony. In order to choose our four representatives, the Agora DC Team created an essay contest which allowed students to share why he/she desired to be a participant in the ceremony. Nine thoughtful and passionate essays were submitted. The judges have anonymously read and scored each essay and we are excited to announce our four wreath layers! 

Romina Greco: “I want to be able to take part in an opportunity that allows me to honor the heroes of this country for all the sacrifices they have made to make my life, and the country I live in, a better place. Through international travel and family members from other nationalities, I have come to value and recognize the importance of freedom as a young woman. People of many countries do not have the same freedom that America has, especially for young women. The freedom in America is very valuable.”

Serena Tran: “Each year, more than 180,000 people in America join the armed forces. Those people are fighting so that the others can have a chance for tomorrow. One life can save hundreds...The legacy of all the soldiers who have given up their lives, it will live on and continue to inspire our future generation to do the same.”

John Gonnella: “I am proud to be a citizen of this country. I am amazed that so many people gave up their lives. I thank every single one of them. I want to thank them all by laying the wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. I hope I get picked so I may honor them.”

Jake McLaughlin: “Arlington Cemetery represents the ultimate sacrifice that members of the military are called to make. Those in the military know this. This sacrifice requires much selflessness and valor; qualities that my family members have. I want to be able to have those traits, too, and I believe that the first step in achieving them is to honor those who served our country.”

The entire St. Benedict community joins us in congratulating these four 8th graders in earning the honor to represent us all as they lay the wreath this May. We also thank all the students who, on top of their rigorous course load, participated in the essay contest. They didn’t make it easy to choose only four and we are so proud to see how much our 8th grade class understands and honors this wonderful tradition. Be sure to follow our blog for an up close look into our DC experiences!

Theology of Healing Earth in Action Institute

High school students are invited to a week-long institute at Loyola University to study Catholic theology and other topics, with a special emphasis on caring for others and the environment. The institute will take place July 16-22, 2017, and focus on the theme of the earth’s sacred water. Throughout the week, Loyola University instructors will take students across the city to visit green spaces, help them reflect on what they’ve learned, and then show them how to turn knowledge into action. Also, students will take part in discussions and be immersed in the principles of a Jesuit education. The program will help transform them into ethical leaders – and as Loyola University likes to say – prepare them to lead extraordinary lives. Please click on this link for further information.

Family Life Night: Grades 6-7-8

If you were unable to attend Family Life Night on Monday, March 2oth, please stop by the main office to collect your folder. If you attended Family Life Night, it was great to see you there!


Please click here to be directed to the Confirmation Information Page. Please continue to pray for our 8th graders as they prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation.

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We are so proud of our 8th graders who have been accepted to high school, it is so exciting to hear all the wonderful news! Parents, we would like to publish the news. Please bring a copy of the acceptance letter to the Secondary School main office so that we can announce and celebrate our 8th graders and all they have accomplished! We will only publish with a copy of the acceptance letter sent to the main office.

CONGRATULATIONS 8th Grade Class of 2017!

Alex Johnson-DePaul College Prep
John McLaughlin- St Ignatius College Prep, Northside College Preparatory
Kyle McGovern= St Ignatius College Prep, Lane Tech
Owen Mueller-DePaul College Prep with a $3000 academic scholarship!
Dan Kinsloe- DePaul College Prep
Max Wasserman- Northside College Prep
John Gonella- St. Ignatius and Lane Tech
Jack Landry-Loyola Academy
Joe Williams Tubay - Mt. Carmel


Please click here for a more information regarding opportunities for youth service and faith formation.

Grades 6-8 Extended Care UPDATED July 2016

Middle School Extended Care is back for the 3nd year!  The choices at each grade level are listed below.  Students waiting for a band lesson after school may wait in the cafeteria until 3:50.  Students in the 6-8 extended care will have the opportunity to work on their homework, have outdoor time, as well as free time.

6th Grade Extended Care:

  • Only option for 6th graders (6th graders do not have the Secondary Cafeteria option unless waiting for band)
  • Extended Care will be located in Room 337
  • A teacher will be present to help with homework and supervise
  • Cost is $20 per day/ $30 for 2 children
  • 3:15-6:00PM Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • 2:20-6:00PM Tuesday
  • Enter through 3911 N. Bell for pick up and check in with desk and sign out. Your child will be called to come down.
  • Snacks will NOT be provided. Your child may bring a snack or purchase a snack from the vending machines.
  • Parents must sign up their child on the google form for the Extended Care prior to the start of extended care.
  • It is your child’s responsibility to check in within 5 minutes after dismissal

7th and 8th Grade Extended Care:

  • Option to utilize the more structured 6th Extended Care or go to the Secondary Cafeteria (Thereis a charge if you utilize the 6th grade extended care)
  • Parents must sign up their child on the google form for either the 6th Grade Extended or Cafeteria. 
  • Students may attend the after school study center in the library.
  • Students who do not follow cafeteria rules will lose the option of using the Cafeteria and will have to attend 6th Grade Extended Care.

Sign Up Forms

For safety purposes, please make sure to sign up for your child each day they are going to be attending either the 6th Extended Care or the 7th and 8th Secondary Cafeteria.  It is important for us to know which students are staying after school.  We also want to make sure that parents are aware that their child is staying after school.  The students’ names will appear on a list.

 6th Grade Extended Care Sign up Form:

 7th and 8th Grade Extended Care Sign up Form:

If an unforeseen circumstance comes about after 2:00, please contact the school office 773-539-0066 and alert Ms. Class of the situation.

6th Grade Extended Care Daily Structure

In order to facilitate the transition to the Secondary School while managing a greater level of independence and responsibility, we have organized the afternoon in a way that allows a balance between physical activity, school work and free time. 3:20-4:30 Time to study, work on homework, get help from teachers (students may arrange to meet with a teacher for extra help if needed during this time, but must check in with after school supervisor prior to meeting with a teacher).  4:30-5:00 Recess time on the playground or within the room during inclement weather

5:00-6:00 Free time to play games with friends or to continue working on assignments.


Parents MUST grant permission each day for their child to walk home and specify time they should leave. Students not picked up by 6:05 will incur a $1/minute fine. Students not picked up by 6:30 will not be allowed to attend for a period of 2 weeks.Students that are repeatedly late to extended care will lose the right to attend.  A notice will be sent home prior to this occurring. 

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