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Thursday, April 19,  2018 *  Volume 15  *  Issue 37

Dear SBPS Families:

This week, our middle school and high school students have their AGORA WEEK. Our middle school students are traveling around Chicago, the Illinois area and Washington DC. Our High School students are traveling around Chicago, hiking in the Smokies, exploring Belize, and learning about the Immigrant Issues at the US/Mexico border in Arizona. Please keep our secondary students and their teachers/administrators in your prayers as they travel and use the world as their classroom. You can check their blogs daily to see what our students are up to by CLICKING ON THE AGORA WEEK 2018  BUTTON TO THE RIGHT.

Congrats to all those students who participated in the annual Young Inventors Fair. Our students in grades 3-5 completed some great investigations designing miniature golf holes, tornado-proof houses and moon and planet Rovers. Using the scientific process to think critically and be innovative, our students were able to explain design and present their collaborative works. 

Next week we celebrate the Week of the Young Child. Ms. Waldron and the preschool staff have planned some fun events for our youngest students. Be sure to check out the BUZZ early childhood section for more information.            

I pray that you all have a joyous Easter season! Thank you for making the Easter season a blessed one!

Peace - Ms. Rachel Gemo, Head of Parish School


Here are Upcoming Dates to Keep in Mind – (for a longer list of PK-12 events through the end of the year, please see below) 

  • Friday, April 20th 7PM Donor Thank You Party for Annual School Fund 
  • Late Night Catechism Coming to St. Benedict Gymnasium Saturday, April 21st at 7:30PM
  • Monday, April 23rd - 2PM 3rd Grade Dignity Revolution Prayer Service 
  • Wednesday, April 25th - Java with Gemo 7C's of Catholic Education 
  • Wednesday, April 25th - Administrative Professionals Day! Thank you Christa, Cathy, Kathy, Carol, Nancy U, Barb, Ellen, and Christine!
  • Friday, April 27th - Deanery Dance for Middle School at St. Alphonsus

Earth Day Events and Resources for Sunday, April 22nd

The Archdiocese is celebrating Earth Day on Sunday, April 22, 2018!  

  • One Earth Film Fest showing of Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution in 5 locations from Friday, April 20, 2018 – Sunday, April 22, 2018. Click on this link for further information.
  • Earth Day Retreat, Nature Walk and Mass on Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Cardinal Stritch Retreat Center at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein. Elizabeth Nagel will facilitate the retreat and Fr. John Kartje will serve as the presider for the Mass. Register at
  • Walk or bike to church!  This is an interfaith eco-activity that spans faith communities and our nation. 

Java with Gemo - Wednesday, April 25th 8:10 to 9:30AM in Secondary School Library with Special Guest, Kim McMillan, Director of Youth Ministry at St. Benedict

Topic:  7C's of Catholic School Excellence 

We've completed our Lenten online book club for the adults of the parish - talking about books Sticky Faith and Becoming Brilliant. We are planning to provide an overview of each of the C's (Catholic, Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, Critical Thinking, Content, and Confidence), what it looks like at St. Ben's now and how families can practice these C's at home. We provide the Java and breakfast treats. It's free! Small children welcome. We hope to see you there. 

Please consider contributing your time and talent to the work of the SBPS Advisory Board!

We are looking for Board Members with expertise/experience with facilities/construction, service learning/community service & public relations/marketing - Please consider applying. 

We need parents, parishioners and committed members of the community to fill openings on our Board as full board members and associate board members. The Board is composed of 16 members who server a three year term. Associate members make up the committees and commit to a one year term.

An application (CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION) is required to be considered for for both an associate and board position. For more information on the Board, our work and a list of committees please visit the advisory board page of the website.

Please email your application to byFriday, March 30, 2018.

The SBPS School Advisory Board

Dignity Prayer Service Grades K-12 - Third Grade Hosting 

Our third graders are hard at work preparing in leading the Dignity Prayer Service which will be held in the Church at 2pm on Monday 4/23 for grades 1-12. All are welcome!  

RIBFEST IS COMING -VOLUNTEER WITH US: Help Raise Money for SBPS and the Protégé Internship Program 

 We need volunteers to fill (2) shifts on Sunday, June 10th Evening shifts earn us more $$$ *This is first come, first serve.  The faster we can get applications in, the more spots we can utilize! SBPS will earn $$$$ for every shift that we can fill. $$ All proceeds will directly benefit the Protégé Internship Program $$Please help by volunteering for a shift. Ask your family and friends to help too!  Anyone is Welcome.  


1.  Print the attached Volunteer Registration Form.

2.  Fill out

3.  Return your completed form with a copy of your ID to SBPS!

The quicker we get our forms returned the better! 

If you have any questions or need any additional information contact Suzanne Stone or Jean Hybinette at (773) 539-0066

Forms can be dropped off at SBPS or faxed in to (773) 539-3397  or emailed to


Looking for New Members for the St. Benedict Family Choir - There is still time to join! All you need is enthusiasm - talent optional! 


You are invited to become part of a new music ensemble currently forming at St. Ben's, our Family Choir. It can be a challenge to try and find time to commit to joining choir on a weekly basis, and even more difficult to sneak away in the evenings, so we have tried to create a new group that makes it easy for the whole family. 

Family choir will meet once a month starting on April 22nd. The group will meet at 9am in the church basement and practice, then sing for the 10:30am Mass right after. Children are welcome and encouraged to attend and sing, and will sit up front with their parents in the choir area during Mass. The choir will sing special music in addition to the standard repertoire. The group will be led by our associate music director, Matthew Herek.

Please join us for the following Masses! No need to RSVP, just show up ready to sing.

Sunday, April 22nd  9am Rehearsal (church basement)  10:30am Mass

Sunday, May 20th  9am Rehearsal (church basement)  10:30am Mass - Singing with Benedictine Children's Choir

Sunday, June 10th  9am Rehearsal (church basement)   10:30am Mass

Please contact Jeremy Kiolbassa at for more info.

Father Robert Beaven, Pastor Emeritus of St. Benedict Parish, Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Ordination 

Fr. Robert Beaven, Pastor Emeritus, will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.  It will begin with the five o'clock evening Mass on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at St. Gilbert's Church, 301 E. Belvidere Road, Grayslake  IL.  All are welcome.

Learn How to Code from Top Computer Scientists!

The Coding School, a national 501c3 organization, is offering a one-of-a-kind summer opportunity for middle and high school students to receive one-on-one coding instruction and mentorship from top computer scientists, working at companies like SpaceX, Google, and  Facebook, and studying at elite universities, such as MIT, Harvard, and Stanford. Students will receive personalized lessons based on their interests and learn in-depth knowledge in cutting-edge CS fields, from cybersecurity, machine learning, game development, mobile app development, and web design. Moreover, because of our online platform, students can connect with these top computer scientists from anywhere in the world.

Our program is ideal for students who are seeking:

·       The competitive edge in the college application process

·       Mentorship from top computer scientists

·       To create cutting edge tech projects in a range of fields

·       Personalized help with AP CS

For more information about our Summer 2018 program, please go to: or email us at


Summer is quickly approaching an
that means
BenFest will be here before you know it! 

Do you want to get all of your BenFest purchases out of the way before school ends and you forget?! Make all of your BenFest purchases online using our advance purchasing option! Purchase your BenFest Friend (BFF) sponsorship, beer tasting tickets, BenFest Buddy tickets and weekend activity wristbands all before you get to the gates!  New this year get your game truck punch card!  5 30 minute sessions for $45!  Click here for advance purchasing! 

Thank you to our BFFs!

Become a BFF by May 1st and get 2 free beer tasting tickets!

Visit for a complete list of exciting things going on at BenFest 2018!

Stage Friends
James and Jeanette Murphy
The Stern Family

Courtyard Friends
The Buchar Family
The Knuckey Family
Christian and Melanie Schlachter
The Stark Family

Gate Friends
The Straley Family

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Late Nite Catechism Coming to St. Benedict Gymnasium
Saturday, April 21st at 7:30PM

Adults $40   •    Seniors $30

Hors d’oeuvres and Open Bar

Tickets can be purchased online at, at the rectory,
or the school offices.  

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Have your Child Spend His/Her Summer with Us!  Summer Camp Registration is NOW OPEN 

  • Themed - based creative and exploratory camps for Grades Preschool - Grade 2 
  • Athletic Camps for grades 1-8 
  • Summer Vacation Bible School - SHIPWRECKED 
  • Jump into Kindergarten with Ms. Tarris 



Youth Ministry is Seeking Youth Leaders for Vacation Bible School this Summer. Can You Help with SHIPWRECKED?
July 23-27.

All 6th through High School aged people are invited.
We will meet from 6:30pm-8:30pm each day during the July 15-19 week and prepare for the Young Kids who will attend VBS the next week.

Then, July 23-27 during the day, you will be helping the adults lead small groups of kids through the program.  The daily program would run from 8:30-2:30.  This time commitment would be applicable to the Confirmation Service Hour Commitment (40 hours total for the two weeks)

Sign up here if you are interested or if you’d like more information:


Upcoming Dates PK-12 Through the End of the Year 

Friday, April 20th 7PM Donor Thank You Party for Annual School Fund

Saturday, April 21st at 7:30PM Late Night Catechism Coming to St. Benedict Gymnasium

Monday, April 23rd - 2PM Dignity Revolution Prayer Service for K-12 led by 3rd Grade

April 23rd-27th - Week of the Young Child

Wednesday, April 25th - Java with Gemo 7C's of Catholic Education 8:10-9:30AM

Wednesday, April 25th - Administrative Professionals Day! Thank you Christa, Cathy, Kathy, Carol, Nancy U, Barb, Ellen, and Christine!

Friday, April 27th - Deanery Dance for Middle School at St. Alphonsus

April 27th - Mass at 8:30 for all Kindergarten classes

April 27th - Mass at 9:30 for all Preschool classes

Tuesday, May 1st-4th  Kairos Lasalle Manor –All juniors to attend

Friday, May 4th – 3rd Grade Wax Museum

Saturday, May 5th – First Holy Communion

Saturday, May 5th - Middle School Athletic Banquet 5-7PM

Sunday, May 6th – Annual K-12 Art Fair Exposition after Masses

Wednesday, May 9th – HSA Teacher and Staff Appreciation Luncheon

Thursday, May 10th – Portfolio Night for Grades PK-5

Thursday, May 10th – 5th Grade Lock In

Friday, May 11th – NO SCHOOL – Professional Development Day

Friday, May 11th - Prom on a Boat “The Odyssey” at Navy Pier   

Saturday, May 12th – First Communion

Tuesday, May 15th - 8th Grade Ribbon Mass in Church 8:30AM

Wednesday, May 16th – May Crowning Mass 8:30AM in Church Grades K-5

Thursday, May 17th – Guest Bartending at ROCKS with Rachel G and Rachel W

Friday, May 18th - Preschool Muffins with Mom

Friday, May 18th - International Fair in Beaven Hall

Saturday, May 19th – YDA Dance Recital

Monday, May 21st – 25th – SENIOR WEEK

Monday, May 21st – 5th grade shadow day with 6th grade

Tuesday, May 22nd - Junior Leadership Mass in Church  @ 8:30 am in Church

Wednesday, May 23rd – LAST JAVA WITH GEMO

Wednesday, May 23rd – Grades K-5 Awards Day in Church at 1:30PM

Wednesday, May 23rd - Secondary Spring Band and Strings Concert in Secondary Gym 6PM

Thursday, May 24th – Home and School Ice Cream Social 

Thursday, May 24th - NJHS Induction Ceremony in the Library 7PM

Friday, May 25th - Final House Pep Rally in Secondary Gym

Tuesday, May 29th - 8th Grade Dinner Dance at La Villa @ 6pm

Wednesday, May 30th – 100th Birthday of St. Benedict Church – special mass

Thursday, May 31st - Protege Event in Beaven Hall @7pm

Friday, June 1st – 8th Grade Graduation Mass 7PM in Church

Saturday, June 2nd - Senior Graduation @ 10 am in Church

Saturday, June 2nd – BELLTOWER Party to celebrate the 100th Birthday of St. Benedict Church

Tuesday, June 5th – Last Day of Kindergarten and Preschool

Wednesday, June 6th- Kindergarten Promotion

Thursday, June 7th - Field Day at Revere Park

Friday, June 8th – Dignity Walk, End of Year Mass and Last Day of School (11:30AM Dismissal)

Friday, June 15th – Choose Your Own Amazing Adventure (Formerly Known as the Amazing Race @ St. Benedict)


Parents! Give your Children this Amazing Keepsake!
Order Your St. Benedict Elementary School and/or Middle School Yearbook Today!

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Please pray for peace in our homes, city, nation and world. 

Prayer for Healing  - Ethan Li, 6th Grader

Please keep in your prayers one of our 6th grade students, Ethan Li, who is battling aplastic anemia. He and his family needs your prayers for healing, courage and strength! 

A CaringBridge Site was created for Ethan. It‘s a caring social network to help people stay connected with family and friends during a health event. Visit Ethan‘s site often to stay updated and share messages of encouragement and compassion.

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