Dear Parents and Friends of St Benedict:  

Congratulations to our Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams - the Boys Team placed First at State and the Girls were the State Runners Up. For more details about this amazing victory, please see more details below.

We are hosting our first preschool open house/info night for prospective families for the 2019-2020 school year on Thursday, October 25th. Please spread the word about St. Ben’s and tell your neighbors and co-workers about us.

We hope everyone has a great weekend! Thank you for making time to come to conferences and discussing your son/daughter’s progress with us.

Peace - Ms. Gemo

Important Information Below

  • 2018-19 School Calendar - Important Dates

  • Congratulations to Our St. Benedict Bengals Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams! Boys Win State! Girls are State Runners-Up! 8th Grader William Archer Places First!

  • OktoberFest Survey


  • Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development, the Accelerated Weekend Experience (AWE) here at St. Benedict Prep November 3rd and 4th

  • 3Point Athletics DAY OFF CAMPS AT ST. BENS

  • Our very own Mary Ann Johnson, Early Education Music Teacher, will be performing in a tribute to Aretha Franklin at the Old Town School of Folk Music on Oct. 20. 

  • Lunch Menus for the Month

  • Tour Italy - Follow in the Footsteps of St. Benedict - Trip Information

  • Elementary School Yearbook Information

  • Check out all the St. Benedict Parish Events to enjoy!

Here are Upcoming Dates to Keep in Mind

  • Thursday, October 25th - Preschool Open House for Prospective Families

  • Volunteer for Frightwalk2018!

  • Wednesday, October 31st - Halloween celebration

  • Thursday, November 1st - All Saints Day Holiday

  • Saturday, November 3rd - Bitty Basketball Party

  • Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4th - Northwestern Center for Talent Development Weekend Camp (see more info below)

  • Sunday, November 4th - Rite of Enrollment Mass for Confirmandi

  • Tuesday, November 6th - Election Day - VOTE!

  • Wednesday, November 7th - PK-8 Open House from 6 to 8PM - tell your friends and neighbors

  • Thursday, November 8th - MOM’s NIGHT OUT by HSA (you don’t want to miss this!)

  • Friday, November 9th - No School - Professional Development Day

  • Tuesday, November 20th - Last Day of First Trimester

  • Wednesday, November 21st-Friday, November 23rd - Thanksgiving Holiday Break

  • Monday, November 26th - First Day of Trimester 2

Congratulations to Our St. Benedict Bengals Boys and Girls Cross Country Teams! Boys Win State! Girls are State Runners-Up! 8th Grader William Archer Places First!

We are so proud of all our student athletes who competed in this past weekend’s State Meet. I have copied/pasted a note of congrats and thanks to the Cross Country Families from Coach, Stephanie Stecz. It was so beautiful, I thought I’d share it with everyone (I hope you don’t mind Coach Stecz!) Here is also a great summary write up of the competition

Well, Saturday’s State meet was an amazing success, and we couldn’t be prouder of our Bengal Boys and Girls who represented us there! Our Varsity Boys finished 1,3,6,7,8,10,26 out of 231 runners, which resulted in a 1st Place finish with a team score of 22 points - more than 100 points ahead of the second place team! William Archer was the individual State Champion with a time of 10:38 for the two mile race. 

And if that’s inspiration to any of our young Bengal runners, I thought they’d be interested to know that in 2013, when William was in third grade, his PR was 8:09. In 2014, when William was in fourth grade, his PR was 7:54. In 2015, when he was in fifth grade, his PR was 6:53. William didn’t win meets when he was younger. He ran because it was fun. He ran to be with his friends. And then he started working harder and harder and harder. He set goals, he attended practices, he ran in the summer, and he developed into a State Champion. We are so proud of William! 

We are also proud of our Varsity Girls who are the State Runners-Up!!! They won State last year and battled to defend the title again this year, missing the big title by only 5 points. They, too, ran an amazing race, with 3 runners finishing in the top 25. 8th grader Sophie Keenan led competed in her fourth State meet and ending her Bengal running career with 3 consecutive All State titles. 

And some inspiration for our younger girls - Lexi Hallgren set a goal this summer that she would be an All State runner. She accumulated the most minutes of running in our It’s Our Time Summer Running Challenge, and that dedication was the foundation of her quest to achieving her goal, which she did with a 22nd place finish on Saturday. In 2013 and 2014, when Lexi was in third and fourth grades, she had PRs of 7:52. Lexi balanced running with a variety of other activities and as the years passed she began to see herself as a serious runner, ending her Bengal career with a 2 mile PR of 12:25 on Saturday!


Thank you to all who attended the 2018 St. Benedict’s Oktoberfest!

Thanks to the generous support of our school and parish community and our visiting guests, the fest was a big success and we hope all had a wonderful time!

We’d like to hear your feedback! If you attended Oktoberfest, please CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE A SHORT SURVEY. Your input and suggestions will help us in planning a great Oktoberfest next year. Prost!

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FACTS Billing Reminder

Each family maintains a Tuition Agreement Plan and an Incidental Invoice plan within the FACTS Tuition Management site. 

  • All tuition related charges are billed through the Tuition Agreement Plan based upon the schedule each family established at the beginning of the school year.

  • All incidental charges (Quest Cafeteria, Extended Care, Teacher Clubs, Course Material/Books, Agora, Fieldtrips, etc…) are invoiced through the Incidental Invoice section of your FACTS account.  NOTE: Multiple children families will have their extended care charges invoiced under the oldest child’s name due to the multi-child discount pertaining to extended care rates. This does not pertain to the Preschool Aftercare which is incorporated within the tuition rate.

An invoice notice for incidental charges is sent out via email on the fifth of each month with payment due on the fifteenth of each month. The due dates for incidental charges cannot be adjusted or altered.

Access to your FACTS Tuition Management account is gained through logging into the RenWeb portal.  The following link explains how to make an online payment or how to view the details of your billing each month:

All payments on both accounts need to be paid by their respective due date to avoid any late payment fees imposed by FACTS. Automatic payment account reduces the likelihood of a late payment fee.

Should you have any questions regarding any charges or fees, please contact Mr. Benjamin Mazzone in the Tuition Office at (773) 509-3836.

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Congrats to St. Benedict Alumni at St. Patrick High School for Earning Academic Honors!

GRADE 9 Jason Koulogeorge First Honors

GRADE 12 Ernesto Almodovar Jr.First Honors

GRADE 12 Cecil Silvester Second Honors

3Point Athletics DAY OFF CAMPS AT ST. BENS

Stay ahead of the 2018 school calendar, and continue to prepare for those days off from school! Come join the 3Point Team for our exciting & fun, All Sports & Games Day-Off Camps. Open to the public, from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM, campers will go through a full day of sports, games and activities to help keep your skills sharp and athletic activity at a high level! You can find out more information on their website as well:

2018 Day Off Camp Dates  

  • Friday, October 19th  

  • Friday, November 9th 

  • Wednesday, November 21st 

  • 2019 Camp Dates & Holiday Camp Dates will be coming soon!!!!!

Day Off Camp Details 

WHO:  Boys & Girls, Grades K – 5th  


  • Ackerman or Big Gym 

  • (2215 W. Irving Park) 

  • (3941 N. Bell)  

  • Enter at courtyard doors 

COST (Checks made to 3Point Athletics): 

  • $60.00 For One Day, $50.00 for multiple days 

Our very own Mary Ann Johnson, Early Education Music Teacher, will be performing in a tribute to Aretha Franklin at the Old Town School of Folk Music on Oct. 20

Ms. Johnson, who also is a children's programming instructor at Old Town, is excited to be among the Old Town faculty, staff and friends performing in Aretha: Uncovered. Click here for ticket information

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Yvonnes Dance Academy Elite Team Performance AND 2018-19 Class Offerings

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Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development, the Accelerated Weekend Experience (AWE) here at St. Benedict Prep November 3rd and 4th

St. Benedict is offering a unique learning opportunity for academically talented students in grades 3 through 8.  In collaboration with Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development, the Accelerated Weekend Experience (AWE) program provides challenging, hands-on, in-depth exploration for those passionate about the subjects of engineering & science. 

The two-day AWE courses will be held at St. Benedict Preparatory School on Saturday, November 3rd and Sunday, November 4th from 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., both Saturday and Sunday. 

Please see the courses offered below:

Inspired Engineering:  Fantastic Solutions to Everyday Challenges (Gr. 3-4) 

What is a physical task you do every day that could be easier? What gadget could you design that would make it less challenging? Armed with everyday materials, creativity and the engineering design process, students develop innovative solutions to daily tasks. Young engineers explore complex kinetic systems inspired by Rube Goldberg, and seek inspiration in art, music and literary characters to expand their understanding of problem-solving. Students collaborate to design, build, test and revise solutions in this project-based class. 

Subject Areas: Engineering & Technology 

Tiny Chemistry:  Introduction to Nanotechnology (Gr. 5-6) 

From smaller, more powerful phones to nano-bots making repairs at the cellular level in our bodies, nanotechnology is becoming an important field. At the nanometer-scale (one billionth of a meter!), materials behave very differently. By taking advantage of these unique properties, scientists and engineers are able to enter realms of science that have been thus far unreachable. In this lab based course, students learn about the chemistry of nano-sized particles and the scientifici and societal impacts of nanotechnology as well as exploring observable effects at the nanoscale.

Subject Areas: Engineering & Technology 

Nanotechnology & the Solar Cell (Gr. 7-8) 

How do nanoparticles help scientists and engineers create inexpensive, next generation solar cell devices? Using nanotechnology and plant pigments, make artificial photosynthetic devices for capturing the sun's energy and convert it to electricity. Measure the performance of silicon-based solar cells, create a spinach dye-sensitized solar cell, and design your own efficient solar cell using your choice of vegetable or fruit dyes to power a digital clock. 

Subject Areas: Engineering & Technology 

High-ability students often need and want additional challenges to augment their schoolwork.  With many activities to juggle it can be difficult to commit to an out-of-school program that may last weeks or longer. The concentrated Accelerated Weekend Experience is an excellent option and we are pleased to make this opportunity available. 

Eligibility guidelines and the online application are on the CTD website at  Tuition and fees total $265 for each 2-day course, and financial aid is available - see website for details.  

St. Benedict families have priority access to the application until Friday, October 12th, after which the application will be open to the public. Although you will receive an automated confirmation of your application requesting that you submit qualifying test scores, the school administration will be providing scores to the CTD and you can simply ignore this e-mail.

Questions about the program can be addressed to

We thank you for considering this program for your child(ren). If we get a positive response from the community, we hope to move this program to an after school option in the future. This will be the only weekend offering at this time.



Consider joining us this spring for Tour Italy 2019
In the Footsteps of St. Benedict! 

The final international trip for our HS seniors is open to alumni, parishioners, and school families interested in joining us for 10 days in sunny Italy from April 26 through May 6, 2019.  Perillo Tours is hosting our trip abroad and they have worked out a wonderful itinerary starting with the Amalfi Coast and Rome, working our way up to Florence and Venice.  Cost for this great experience covers airfare, accommodations at 4 star hotels, tour and ticket costs, as well as the majority of our meals.  Double occupancy $3500 per person.  Join Fr. Steve, Ms. Gemo, and Mr. Accardi for a fantastic trip abroad.  Questions, please contact Mr. Accardi at or 773.509-3832.  

Can’t join us consider helping our High School seniors as they fund raise to afford
this wonderful 10 day experience. 

Here’s how you can help: Go Fund Me Page: 

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ST. BEN’S 8TH GRADERS: Are you ready to enter the Frightwalk Zone? Sign up to work at Fright Walk
PARENTS: Make it a Family Fright Zone! We need parents to work the doors, concessions, and more!


FrightWalk Hours
October 19,20 7:30-10
October 21 1:15-3:30
October 26/27 7:30-10

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PRAYER CORNER - St. Benedict, Pray for Us!  Please pray for peace. Also, please keep in your prayers Ms. Aileen Blake, the mother of Aidan, Patrick and Claire, who is need of health and healing.

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