Good Luck at Cross Country State Sectionals!

We're excited to announce the Bengals who will be representing our team at IESA Sectionals this Saturday, Oct 12!  

Our boys team is (alphabetical order): Ethan Cloud, Gavin Glibowski, Keller McGovern, Ethan Petrillo, Austin Rieckelman, Francesco Sessa, Zach Tan, Aidan Tansor, Brady Vacek, Tyler Williams

Our girls team is (alphabetical order): Claire Duman, Nora O'Connell, Emma Owens Maggie Owens, Kate Radich, Izzy Shifrin, Reagan Stecz, Ava Stern, Olivia Stern, and Quinn Urquhart

Good luck and GO BENGALS!!!


Next Java with Gemo is Wednesday, Oct 23rd - Presenting and Discussing Latest Topics

School parents and guardians are invited to the next Java with Gemo on Wednesday, October 23rd from 8:10AM to 9:30AM in the Upper School Library. Ms. Gemo will be presenting on the following topics:

1) Overview of our revised 7C’s portfolio program for PK-8

2) Give an overview of the updated STEAM spaces around the school (and if you can stick around after, would be pleased to give a tour of these spaces). These STEAM spaces include our Wonder Lab, STEM lab, Global communications Lab, Creative Media Center and Kittler Hall.

3) Provide an overview of school safety procedures for parents. We will go over the nuts and bolts of our safety protocols for things like lock downs, evacuations, severe weather, etc.

We provide breakfast treats and coffee. Mr. Accardi makes a mean pot of coffee…There is always opportunity to ask questions and join in the discussion. Small children are welcome.

Apply Now for Northwestern Center for Talent Development Courses

We are pleased to be partnering once again with Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development (CTD) after-school program, taking place at St. Benedict Preparatory School this fall.

CTD programs support students who are academically advanced, and we are excited to host these classes for students right here on the block! Classes are available for students in grades 1-6 (descriptions, below) and will take place on 7 consecutive Tuesdays, November 5 – December 17. Classes will run from after school through 4 pm, and the cost is $250. Students will be using their school-issued laptops for some of these courses and will bring their laptops home with them on Tuesday afternoons.

The application portal is now open. Parents/guardians may review the course descriptions below, discuss the class with your child and, if interested, apply as soon as possible. As CTD courses are designed for academically advanced students, they require proof of eligibility (score at/above the 90% in math or reading). Parents of students grades 4-6 should have their child's ASPIRE scores from the summer mailing. Students of grades 1&2 should have their child's most recent MAP scores from conferences this past week. Grade 3 students should have MAP scores from the summer mailing.

To apply:

  • Go to

  • If you are new to CTD, click on Get Started. If you already have an account, log in.

  • Select your grade.

  • On choose a program page, scroll down and choose School Partnership Programs.

  • Choose your desired course.

  • Complete personal information.

  • Choose appropriate application method.

  • Agree to Terms and Conditions.

  • Submit application.

  • Pay balance.

  • Once balance is paid, go back into your student’s application to upload test scores

CTD After School Course Descriptions – Fall 2019 at St. Benedict Prep

Science of Flight (Grade 1-2)

How does human flight impact our everyday life? What are the principles of flight that engineers use to innovate designs? Through building models, testing designs, and reflecting and re-engineering, students examine the impact and principles of flight including the math and physics behind it. Using a variety of materials, future engineers and pilots design, build and test models of their own flying machines.

Architecture: From Concrete to Abstract (3-4)

How do architects use math, physics and art to design buildings? Explore the architectural design process using math, physics, storytelling, and visual-spatial reasoning skills. Through hands-on building projects, blueprint sketching, storytelling, and digital modeling software such as SketchUp-Make® 3D, novice architects investigate how buildings come to be and how people interact with the built environment. Using literature as the inspiration, students experience how math and art come together as they design and create their own model buildings.

Coding Construction (5-6)

Using a variety of hardware components including buttons, switches, solenoids and indicators as well as Scratch and Makey Makey boards, students combine hands-on making with coding skills in this interactive course. Through independent and small group work, students explore their own interests and project ideas that incorporate both block programming and electronics.

Fall School Picture Proofs and Retake Information PK-8

Fall Picture Proofs are being sent home by Thursday, October 10  

Orders need to be placed by Wednesday, October 16th  

You may do this online (follow the directions on the proof packet) or send in the order form to the office.  

Don't like your child's picture? Fall Picture Retakes will be Thursday, October 17th.  

Please send your child to school this day in his/her dress uniform and send back the picture proof envelope. Please email your child's homeroom teacher if you want a fall picture retake.  

Sibling Photo Shoot Thursday, October 17th 7:30AM to 8:30AM

Would you like a professional SIBLING Photo shoot by our school photographer, Picture Day? If so, please bring your children to the Upper School Library on Thursday, October 17th from 7:30AM to 8:30AM. You may have the students wear clothing of your choice (appropriate for a Catholic School). After the photo shoot, please bring them to school. They will not be penalized for being tardy. There is no cost for the sitting. Proofs will be emailed home.

If you would like to get on the list, please email Christa O’Keefe at and let her know. We will add you to the list.

School personnel will not collect or escort children to and from school for the photo shoot. Parents/guardians need to remain with them until the pictures are taken and they are safely brought to school.

Fr. Steve and our priests invite you to the Treasures from the Attic Gala After Party on October 25th

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Father Steve and the parish priests of St. Ben's welcome you for an evening at the rectory with great drinks, appetizers, and fun.

Join them upstairs to see treasures from the attic of the past from St. Benedict Church including stained glass and vestments from Germany, precious items from the safe, photographs going back to 1904, and more.

Hope to see you at the Rectory (2215 W. Irving Park Rd.) on Friday night, October 25th from 6:30 - 9 p.m.

Only 38 spots left. $100 per person.

Tickets available at the rectory or go online to

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Blue Ribbon Mass, October 20 at 10:30AM

Come Give Thanks to God for Our 2019 Blue Ribbon School  

October 20 at 10:30AM 

Parish & School Family Mass  

God has blessed our community of faith with an excellent parish school. Our parish school is an integral ministry of our parish passing on our Catholic faith for many generations. And now, we have been recognized for our excellence with the 2019 National Blue Ribbon!  

We are inviting all school families to attend this Mass of Thanksgiving. We also invite families to a special celebration in conjunction with the parish welcoming committee after Mass. We will have children's activities, photo/selfie fun and information about our parish school for prospective families. Students should show their Bengal Pride and wear their school uniforms to Mass. We hope to see you there.