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Thursday, September 21,  2017 *  Volume 15  *  Issue 9

Dear SBPS Families: 

Thank you to all who came out for the Bell Tower Open 2017 at Indian Boundary Golf Course this past Friday to support the education endowment. This annual outing has provided over $30,000 to this fund which provides awards in honor and in memory of faculty, alumni, and friends of St. Benedict Prep to defray the cost families cover to provide their children with a great St. Benedict Prep education. We are most grateful to the committee who oversaw the entire event: Alfredo Alvarez, Jim Hauman, David Keenan, Brian Klucznik, Joe and Annie Maida, Max Nutkowitz, Pete and Annie Quinn, Jeff Remotigue, and Amy Stern. Also much appreciated is the support of our sponsors who underwrote this year's event including our top sponsor, Chicago Office Technology Group (COTG).

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Also , I'd love to give a GREAT BIG THANK YOU TO THE HSA Baby and Kids Green Garage sale Committee Chairs and all volunteers and donors. The HSA raised over $28,000 for teacher classroom and school needs. See below for more details! This event has raised almost $90,000 for the school over the past three years. Amazing! 

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Tomorrow is our FUN RUN! We do have a HEAT SAFETY Plan in place as we know it will be hot tomorrow. Our first priority is to keep the kids safe, the second goal to have FUN. I had a great time playing kickball with the Ms. Jenkin's 5th grade today in the courtyard, but quickly realized just how hot it can get. So we will take it easy and have a good time and we have a cool down plan in place. Parents are welcome to join us tomorrow! Thank you for your generosity. I'm pleased to also announce that we made the 50 state challenge, so Ms. Waldron, Ms. Deletioglu and I will get an extreme makeover from the students...and we will LIVE STREAM it so all can have a good laugh. And who can't use a good laugh? 

And after all that running, we'll need to catch up on some calories! On behalf of Team JUST CURE IT, we invite everyone to the Light the Night Bake Sale on Sunday. See below for more details. Many school families participate in this annual walk to help cure Leukemia and Lymphoma. Why not stop by after church? IT's only a few steps away from the campus. 

There are A LOT of other things going on...please read through this week's BUZZ for all the latest news. 

Thank you for a great week! 

Peace - Ms. Rachel Gemo, Head of Parish School 


  • Important September Dates to Know 
  • Boosterathon Fun Run is Friday, Sept 22nd - Heat Emergency Plan
  • Confirmation Meeting for 7th and 8th grade parents 
  • The HSA Baby and Kids Green Garage Sale a Great Success! 
  • Golden Apple Nominations for Excellent Early Childhood Teachers or School Administrators 
  • What Parents Need to Know about an anonymous messaging APP named Sarahah
  • September Lunch Menus  
  • Family Mass Days for the 2017-18 School Year 
  • Virtus/Protecting God's Children Training  NEW TRAINING AT ST. BEN's ADDED 
  • OktoberFest 
  • 9th Annual Team JUST CURE IT Bake Sale - Sunday, Sept 24th 
  • Roscoe Village Shop for Schools - October 5th - 10AM to 8PM (see flyer below)
  • Nominate an Outstanding Catholic School Student today for a National NCEA Award
  • YDA auditions for dancers 

Here are September Dates to Keep in Mind –

September 22nd - HSA Fun Run Day Grades Pk-8 

September 25th - Meeting for all 7th grade parents at 7 pm in the Church regarding CONFIRMATION


September 29th - No School - Professional Development Day 

September 29th - October 1st - OKTOBERFEST Weekend 

October 1st - 4th Grade Family Mass 

October 2nd - Wreath Sale Kicks off Today 

October 2nd- Confirmation Meeting 7 pm  for 8th grade

October 3rd - 1st Trimester Progress Reports Go Home 

October 4th - Java with Gemo and Louie K - Subject - The State of Educational Technology at SBPS

October 5th - Roscoe Village Shop for Schools - 10AM to 8PM (see flyer below)

October 5th - 1st Trimester Conferences 4-7:30PM 

October 6th - No School - 1st Trimester Conferences in the AM

HSA Boosterthon Fun Run and HEAT SAFETY PLAN 

A heartfelt thank you for your generous support of our annual Fun Run. We are looking forward to a great event!

As you know, we are experiencing unseasonably warm temperatures this week and tomorrow will be no exception. Please know that we are taking precautions to ensure everyone's safety; it is our number one priority.

  • We will have large misting fans to help keep students cool in the courtyard.
  • We will be encouraging more walking than running, especially with the younger children.
  • We will have fully staffed and stocked water stations, offering plenty of water breaks throughout the Fun Run.
  • We will be providing each student with a moist face cloth to help them cool down after the Fun Run.
  • After each grade level completes their Fun Run, students will be cooling down in an air conditioned space before heading back to their classrooms.
  • We are blessed to have Ms. Heather Perez, school nurse, on campus monitoring students and keeping all of us healthy. 

What you can do to help:

Grades K-8: please wear your gym uniform. Students will be given a Fun Run t-shirt to change into.

Preschool: please wear breathable, lightweight clothing and comfortable shoes. Parents will be given a Fun Run t-shirt at dropoff tomorrow, please help your student change into the Fun Run shirt before you leave.

Please join us tomorrow in the courtyard to cheer on our students:

  • 8:45-9:45am Preschool
  • 10-11am Grades 2 and 3
  • 11:15am-12:15pm Grades 4 and 5
  • 12:30-1:30pm Grades K and 1
  • 1:45-2:45pm Middle School

Thank you for your attention in this matter. And most importantly, THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY to the FUN RUN Campaign!

The HSA Baby and Kids Green Garage Sale Was a Great Success! 

It was another amazing year for the Baby & Kids "Green" Garage Sale!  We raised over $28,000 and could not have done it without your support on Saturday and the 5 weeks leading up to the sale.  We THANK YOU for your generosity and appreciate every single hour you spent preparing for and working at the Garage Sale.  We are so blessed to have the support of such an amazing volunteer crew.  

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How amazing is this crew?  This year, we had over 90 volunteers who spent over 700 hours accepting donations, sorting items, setting up the gym and working the day of the sale.  Thanks also to the parents who signed their kids up to volunteer on the day of the sale!  You are all amazing!  

The proceeds from this sale will go toward teacher classroom wish list items and the parish.  We also donated left over items from the garage sale to to Cradles to Crayons (, Grant A Wish (, and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Chicago (

From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU!!!

The Baby & Kids "Green" Garage Sale Committee: 

Liz Roarty, Jen Patras, Jeanette Aylward, Ted Krueser and Kathleen Buchar

Confirmation Meetings for 7th and 8th Grade Students and their Parents Coming Soon 

Monday, September 25th, there will be a meeting for all 7th grade parents at 7 pm in the Church.  We will be discussing our new two year confirmation program and the new materials we will be using in class.  You will also receive a parents guide to confirmation. The meeting will last one hour.

Monday, October 2nd, at 7 pm in the Church there will be a meeting for all 8th grade parents and candidates who will be receiving the sacrament of confirmation this year. The meeting will last one hour and you will receive your sponsors guide.


On Tuesday, St. Benedict Prep collected 721 non-perishable food items for the SOUP-er Stadium Challenge. On Wednesday we collected over 350 more. Thank you! We are still accepting more for through October 2nd as part of our CHALLENGE! Thank you for your generosity and thank you for supporting those who are hungry in Chicago. To learn more about the SOUP-er Stadium Challenge, see the video!

Golden Apple Nomintations Being Accepted now for PK-Grade 3 Teachers and PK-12 School Leaders

We are excited to share some great news! Golden Apple has opened nominations for the 2018 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching & Leadership. In 2018, Pre-K-3rd grade teachers and Pre-K-12th grade school leaders are eligible for nomination. We would like to ask for your help in spreading the word.Please share our awards information within your networks. 

Nominations will be accepted online at The deadline for submission isDecember 15, 2017.  If you have questions about the nomination process, please feel free to reach out to Nellie Quintana at

Please see the following eligibility requirements:
Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching

  • Current Pre-K-3rd grade full time teachers who have taught for a minimum of five years at a public or non-public school;
  • Currently teaching in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties;
  • Committed to teaching in Illinois for at least two years after completing the sabbatical.

Stanley C. Golder Leadership Award

  • Any Pre-K-12th grade principal, head of school, or leader who has served at one or more public or non-public schools for five or more consecutive years;
  • Currently an administrator in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties.


What Parents Need to Know about an anonymous messaging APP named Saraha

Here is an article written Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media from the Huffington Post . It's important for adults to keep up on the DIGITAL WORLD where bullying and harassment may take place.

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Protecting God's Children Training - Are You Planning to Volunteer for St. Benedict Parish and School this year?

Did you know you need to attend a  Protecting God's Children Training  in order to volunteer? Here's how to sign up for the training hosted at  St. Benedict Parish and Preparatory School. 

Protecting God's Children Training - Thursday, September 28th 6 to 9PM

In the Ackerman Center (Corner of Irving Park Road and Bell)  Beaven Hall (lower level)

2217 W. Irving Park Road 

Please enter on Irving Park Road

This training is mandatory for all parish and school volunteers. Spaces fill up fast so register early. If you have already completed this training, there is no need to do it again.

Attendees must RSVP for the training -  CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK -  Children are not allowed to attend.

Late arrivals will NOT be permitted entry to training so please give yourself a little extra time to get here safely. Please feel free to bring a snack or a beverage if needed.

If you have any questions or difficulty registering, please contact Christine Clardy at

FAMILY MASS DAYS for the 2017-18 Calendar Year 

We strongly suggest that families attend the FAMILY MASS for their respective grade levels when possible. It's a great way to get to know other families in your child(ren)'s grade level and come together in prayer. These are usually at both the 9AM and 10:30AM masses. There is usually hospitality afterwards. We are often looking for help to read, bear gifts, etc.  Please be on the look out for more information as you grade level date approaches. 

  • October 1st: 4th Grade
  • November 5th: Middle School
  • December 10th: 2nd Grade
  • January 14th: 1st Grade
  • February 4th: 5th Grade
  • March 4: Kindergarten
  • April 15: 3rd Grade

Need Information about RENWEB, our School Information System? 

Click here for more information and set up instructions:


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Recognize and Outstanding Catholic School Student - Nominate one Today! 

There has never been a better time in our nation’s history to recognize and celebrate the virtues, valor and vision of the extraordinary young people that we are privileged to serve in our Catholic schools. Through their faith, leadership and service to others, they set the standards of personal conduct and public service by which the rest of us must measure ourselves.

NCEA is proud to continue the NCEA Youth Virtues, Valor and Vision Awards Program that will formally recognize extraordinary young people in our Catholic schools who through their selfless service, determination, innovation and ideals are changing the world. 

The 2017 Call for Nominations is now open. Every NCEA member Catholic school, both elementary and secondary, is eligible to nominate one student, who through personal witness and initiative, in service learning programs or community outreach, has become a hero to those who have been touched and nourished by his or her work.

Completed nomination forms for the NCEA Youth Virtues, Valor and Vision Awards must be received no later than October 27, 2017 at 11:59 PM EDT.

Please compile the following items BEFORE beginning the application:

  • Parent contact information and consent
  • Supporting documentation of the student nominee's initiative
  • Brief abstract of the project or initiative for which the student is being recognized
  • Three letters of reference supporting the student nominee

This NCEA program is sponsored through the generosity and support of Cross Catholic Outreach who believes in and celebrates the young people in our Catholic schools who are making a profound difference even at a young age to a myriad of undeserved constituencies.

For more information about the NCEA Youth Virtues, Valor and Vision Awards, please click here

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Please pray for Edward Montgomery, brother of Andrea Montgomery who passed away suddenly this week. 


Please keep the following two people in your prayers - they are in need of health and healing: 

Janet Bose (grandmother of Aaron and Alex Deakins) 

Carl Caneva