Dear Elementary School Families, 

Report cards went out Wednesday evening. Please make sure to email if you haven’t received yours. Take some time to check out HSA’s Christmas Craft Fair this Sunday, December 9th in the gym from 10 am - 3pm. Next Tuesday, Bishop Bartosic will be leading us in mass. Students are to be in their dress uniforms. Make sure to read the notes below as well as the Buzz from Ms. Gemo.

Many blessings!

  • Rachel Waldron - Head of Lower School

  • Mary Deletioglu - Head of Upper School


Upcoming Dates to Know

  • Friday, December 7th - 3rd Grade Field Trip to the Museum of Science and Industry

  • Monday, December 10th - 4th Grade Reconciliation

  • Tuesday, December 11th - Mass with Bishop Bartosic @ 8:30 am (students wear mass uniform)

  • Thursday, December 20th - Christmas show for grades K-5

    • K-2nd grade show at 5:30 pm

    • 3rd-5th grade show at 7:00 pm


In this Issue

  • Benny’s Best

  • Winter Clothing Reminder

  • Read Around the Block Incentives

  • Inclusion Update

  • Girls on the Run

  • 3 Point Athletics

  • Second Grade Sacraments Dates and Deadlines

  • Benedictine Children's Chorus for SBPS Students

  • How to Become an Approved Volunteer


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St. Benedict Preparatory School Grades 2-5 Talent Show Talent Show Date: Friday, February 1st, 2019

Students in grades 2-5 are encouraged to get their Talent Show Acts together for this year’s Talent Show Celebration during Catholic Schools Week. Please see below for all the information parents and students need to join and prepare.

Talent Show Eligibility and Overview


Regarding Colder Weather Clothing for Recess

Please make sure that your child comes to school with a jacket or coat. As the weather gets colder sweatshirts and fleeces are just not sufficient to brave against the changing Chicago weather. As items can get left behind or lost, please label each item with your child’s name.


What about the Read Around the Block Incentives?

I am truly sorry about the delay in getting the incentives to the students for Read Around the Block. I was hoping to get all the items in and hand them out together. Ms. Gemo

  • Water bottles were delivered last week - email Ms. Gemo if your child earned one but did not get it

  • Socks will come after Christmas…but they will be worth the wait!


Inclusion Update

We are continuing our search for the right fit to fill the role of Inclusion Facilitator for Preschool through 3rd grade. While we continue our search and conduct interviews, we are happy to welcome Mrs. Heather Kaminsky as a support to Ms. Enriquez (Head of Inclusion) and our teachers in PS-3rd. She will be filling in on a part-time basis, helping on Wed-Fri each week. She will be working with the teachers in the classroom and supporting the students with service plans and assisting, as needed. As Mrs. Kaminsky is working in a supporting role, any questions about your child’s service plan or questions about inclusion should be directed to your child’s classroom teacher or an administrator. Mrs. Kaminsky has been a classroom teacher as well as a resource teacher previously. If you know anyone who would be a great fit for the role of Lower School Inclusion Facilitator, please encourage them to apply!


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: http://www.3pointathletics.com/

2018 Day Off Camp Dates  (Click here for Information)

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

Day Off Camp Details 

WHO:  Boys & Girls, Grades K – 5th  

WHERE: 

  • 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 


Second Grade Sacraments Dates and Deadlines

CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION


Benedictine Children's Chorus for SBPS Students

We are pleased to once again offer Benedictine Children's Chorus for SBPS students in grades 3-5. In the coming season, the children will have numerous opportunities to perform for their peers as well as around Chicagoland. Some highlights include a performance of John Rutter's "Mass of the Children" with the Ravenswood Symphony, as well as a performance at a Chicago Wolves hockey game. We are very excited to begin another year of learning and music with this group. We hope that you consider joining us! Click here for more information. 


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. 

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