Middle School Notes

Dear St. Benedict Teachers and Staff,  

Happy Sunday to you all!

I hope you are finding time to enjoy this lovely weekend, it is tricking me to think that Spring is right around the corner. Make sure that you are inputting Pending or Missing for assignments by Sunday night, as well as updating grades once a week. Grade level Christmas celebration plans are due to Zora and Mary by 3:30pm on Monday. Please discuss allergies with Heather. On Tuesday, staff will enjoy an out of uniform day themed “Ugly or Beautiful Christmas Sweaters.” This is for staff only, bring out your most festive gear. Remember that 8th grade Reconciliation is on this day, review the schedule. Also, on Thursday, students and staff will enjoy an all school Spirit Wear. On Friday, we will all attend the Advent Mass. Please make sure that you dress up for this. Please take the time to read the information in full below. It is imperative for you to know what is going on and for you to inform your students respectively. Make sure to take the time to wipe down the tables or have students help you to do so. Please make sure to also read Gemo’s notes.

Wishing you a blessed start to the week.  

Ms. Deletioglu  

Head of Upper School

St. Benedict Preparatory School continues a century-long tradition of superior education in a vibrant Catholic community. We recognize that each student’s God-given gifts hold unique value, potential, and dignity. Our city block campus offers preschool through grade 8 programs to the parish, the Northside of Chicago, and all those who share our mission. With a focus on critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and collaboration, the St. Benedict Parish faculty and staff, in partnership with parents, develop the creators and contributors of tomorrow inspired by faith and informed with a global perspective. We are a welcoming and supportive community with Christ at our center. A commitment to inclusive and rigorous challenge creates a dynamic, innovative, and active learning experience in which the needs of the whole student are met. At St. Benedict Preparatory School, the strengths of each child become an inspiration to others to learn fearlessly, to lead responsibly, and to serve joyfully.


Save the Dates  

  • Monday, December 17th - Grade level Christmas Game Plan Celebration due to Zora & Mary by 3:30pm

  • Tuesday, December 18th - No Secondary School Mass - no dress uniform for students

  • Tuesday, December 18th - Out of Uniform: Ugly or Beautiful Christmas Sweaters (STAFF ONLY)

  • Tuesday, December 18th - SPECIAL SCHEDULE (see below)

  • Tuesday, December 18th - 8th Grade Reconciliation during 4B & 4C (See schedule below)

  • Tuesday, December 18th - No Secondary School Mass - no dress uniform

  • Wednesday, December 19th & Thursday, December 20th - Labyrinth Prayer in Ackerman

  • Thursday, December 20th - All School Spirit Day

  • Friday, December 21st - SPECIAL SCHEDULE (see below)

  • Friday, December 21st - Advent Angels Final Exchange @7:15 am

  • Friday, December 21st - K - 12 Mass @ 9:30 am - dress uniform - staff dress up

  • Friday, December 21st - Grade Level Christmas Celebration

  • Friday, December 21st - 8th Grade Agora Registration Deadline

  • December 22nd - January 7th - Christmas Break - NO SCHOOL

  • Monday, January 7th - NO SCHOOL Teacher PD

  • Tuesday, January 8th - School Resumes

  • Wednesday, January 9th - Friday, January 11th - ASPIRE INTERIM (Grades 3rd - 8th)

  • Week of January 14th - Aspire Interim Makeups

  • Tuesday, January 15th - 8th Grade Graduation Portraits

In this Issue:  


  • Advisory and Reconciliation Schedule

  • Special Schedules

  • PD Tuesday (NEW)

  • Regarding Detentions

  • Trimester 2 Lunch Coverage Rotation Schedule (NEW)

  • Fun Run Incentive Celebration Schedule

  • Mass Grade Level & House Assignments

  • House Seminar Tuesday Dates & Meeting Locations

  • Agora Seminar Tuesday Dates

  • Friday’s PD Presentation - Danielson

  • Mylearningplan.com & Teacher Goal Setting Form

  • Fire Drill Procedure

  • Important Uniform Update

  • MS Binder Organization Checklist

  • Photo Policy

  • MS Powerpoint Presentation

  • MS Student Handbook Link

  • Unit Plan due date

  • Teacher Time Fridays

  • Ethan Li

Advisory & Reconciliation Schedule

Please closely review the following schedule & either print or keep this document open for the next three Tuesdays 11/10 & 11/18.

Please make sure to also review it with your students as well.

For the schedule, click HERE.

Upcoming Special Schedules

  • Tuesday, December 18th, click HERE

  • Friday, December 21st, click HERE

PD Tuesday Topic - December 18th

  • Catechetical Training

  • @3:30 Non- Paid Committee Meeting Time

Regarding Detentions

Please note the following as you are issuing detentions and assigning days for detention. Next week, detention will NOT be held on Tues. 12/4, Wed. 12/5, and Thurs. 12/6. Detention will also NOT be held on Tues. 12/11 and Tues. 12/18. Additionally, detention is never held 4B on Thursdays. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Trimester 2 MS Lunch Rotation Schedule

Please make sure that you bookmark or print the following for easy reference.

Click Here

Fun Run Incentive Celebration Schedule

Please read in full, Click Here

Mass Grade Level & House Assignments

Each week either a grade level or House will host mass.  To see the schedule of who will be serving mass click here

House Seminar Dates & Meeting Locations

House Seminar Tuesday Dates

  • Jan 15th

  • Jan 22nd

  • Feb 19th

  • March 19th

  • April 9th

  • May 21st

Agora Seminar Tuesday Dates

  • Jan. 8th

  • Feb 5th

  • Feb 12th

  • Feb 26th

  • March 26th

  • April 16th

  • May 7th

  • May 28th

PD Presentation on Danielson

In case you missed it, click HERE 

Mylearningplan.com or Frontline Teacher Evaluation Portal Forms

Teacher observation Timeline – Year One

Teacher Goal Sheets – Grades PK-5 and HS by October 2nd (extended to Oct. 8th by midnight) Goal Setting Form

Timeline for Observations Walkthroughs (10 minutes)

  • #1 All teachers by Nov. 8

  • #2 All teachers by March 8

Informal Observations (20-30 minutes)

  • #1 by Jan 18th

Formal Observation (full class)

  • By May 15

Walk through Forms

Informal Observation Forms

Formal Observation Forms

Interested in Becoming a Eucharistic Minister?

We are in need of Eucharistic ministers for our school masses. If you are interested in getting trained by Father Steve, please email me so I can let him know.

Extra Band Support during Recess

The following are the days Jenna has provided for band students to come during recess to practice or receive extra support:

Grade 6 & 7- Mondays or Thursdays

Grade 8- Fridays 

Fire Drill Protocol

Thank you for an overall great fire drill.  Some important things to keep in mind. 

ALL teachers must raise their hand once you are outside and stop at your safe location.  
You must keep them raised until the Admin team does roll call.  The administration will point to you and you must do the following in this order:

  • State your full name (first then last)

  • Either say "All here" if all your students are present, or "Missing" followed by student's name(s) if someone is missing or "I also have" if you have picked up child that isn't in your class.

This protocol is extremely important because the faster we can account for everyone, the faster we can assure everyone's safety. 

Important Uniform Update

After much discussion, the following changes have been made to the student uniform policy: 

  • Plaid belts are permitted for young women

  • Black gym shoes are now permitted for young men and women. Note: Black gym shoes are not black dress shoes and can't be worn as such.

Regarding Detentions

 Please note that every time you write a detention you must email the parent and student as well as cc’ myself.  You will then need to put the detention slip into Kathy Moore’s mailbox. The student is given the yellow copy and the white copy is the office copy.  They must be put in Kathy’s mailbox by 3:30pm that say, in order for the detention to be served the following day.  All behavioral detentions are served in room 229 (Mr. Galus's room) during MS Recess and Lunch (depending if it is a 30 min or 60 min). Please note that if the child is only serving one 30 minute detention is always served during their recess so if they are in 8th grade it is 4b and if it is 6th or 7th it is during 4a.  Tardy detentions are served in the morning.

MS Binder Organization Checklist

Teachers and homeroom teachers, please refer to this often.  Click here

Middle School Powerpoint Presentation

Click Here. 

Middle School Student Handbook

Click HERE

Unit Plan Due Dates

Please continue to share with me and Kathleen your unit plans as you begin new ones. 

Teacher Time Fridays Mornings

Teachers will not be seeing any students before school for tutoring, reassessments or tutoring Friday Mornings this year.  This does not alter the normal arrival times.  This is only for students that plan to come in "early" to see the teacher.   This time is dedicated to teacher collaboration and innovation. Please avoid scheduling parent meetings on Friday mornings when possible. We want you to have dedicated time for collaboration. Thanks for your support!

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