St. Benedict Preparatory School Grandparents, Grand-Friends & VIP’s Day 2019

Friday, October 18, 2018

PLEASE RSVP by Friday, October 11, 2019

All Grandparents, Grand-Friends and VIP’s are invited to join us at this annual event on Friday, October 18, 2019 - a special day when our PK-Grade 5 families honor their GRANDPARENTS, GRAND-FRIENDS and other ADULT VIP’s who play a special role in your child’s life!

Session Times Below (new this year)

9AM to 10AM Preschool

10:10-11:10AM Grades K&1

11:20-12:20 Grades 2-5

Parents and Guardians - please forward this information to guests as needed

We hope this year's schedule will easily accommodate families that have children who are spread across Preschool through Grade 5. We have simplified the day to ensure a positive experience for all our guests.

We hope that each child can have a Grandparent, Grand-Friend or VIP join us on this special day. The words "grand-friends" and “VIP” builds on the theme of someone older who plays a special role in your child(ren)’s life and - well - is just grand! If your children don't have a grandparent available to attend, we encourage them to invite an older friend, relative, or neighbor. We want all of our students to have someone special joining us this day if possible - the special person DOES NOT have to be a grandparent.



What Grandparents and Grand-Friends Need to Know about this Special Day:

  • Guests should arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before the start time, please. We cannot allow our guests to enter classrooms earlier than the scheduled time.

  • Guests will need to wait until invited into the classroom. Each hour session will include a classroom prayer service, a small snack and a partner activity to complete with your child.

  • All activities will be hosted in the classrooms. (There will be no activity in the GYM or Church).

  • There will be no Mass this year; there will be a short prayer experience in the classroom.

  • We will have student and adult ambassadors to help direct our guests to the correct classrooms. Parents are strongly suggested to let their guests know the name of the homeroom teacher/homeroom number for easy access to activities. Otherwise, there will be a short delay.

  • Students will not be allowed to leave their regularly assigned classroom unless they are in the SAME grade level. If the students are in different grade levels, we have divided the day to help accommodate our guests’ time. Each classroom activity is also split in half so guests may split their time appropriately.

  • All PK, K and 1st grade classrooms are on the first floor. Grades 2 and 3 are on the second; Grades 4 and 5 are on the third floor. We do have an elevator for guests with mobility issues. Please see special directions below.

  • See below for parking information.

IMPORTANT: This year we are strongly discouraging guests from taking their student out of school at the conclusion of the activity. If this is a must, please see directions below.


Parking Information

Limited parking will be available in the parish courtyard lot. Guests may enter the courtyard through the driveway off of Bell Street, just south of Irving Park Road. If guests park on the street, please do not park on the school side of Leavitt, Byron, or Bell Streets. These are "no parking zones". We cannot guarantee that our guests won't be ticketed. Guests may park on the street opposite the school or on a neighboring street.


Need Wheelchair Accessibility?

The second and third floors of our school are wheelchair accessible via an elevator. If you need wheelchair assistance, please call the school office at 773-463-6797 and speak with Mrs. Carol Dodovich or email her at


Having Your Child's Grandparent/Friend? VIP Take him/her Out for Early Dismissal?

While we strongly discourage this, we will honor parents' requests. If you plan on your child's grandparent/friend/VIP to take your son or daughter out of school early, please email both your child's teacher and respective school secretary (either Cathy Nota or Carol Dodovich) to let them know this important information. If we do not have this information in writing from the parent, we will not release the student.


For questions, please contact the appropriate Head of School:

Lower School (grades PK-3), Ms. Rachel Waldron at

Upper School (Grades 4-5) Ms. Mary Deletioglu at