Consider Joining the Gala 2020 Committee!


Come join us as we plan the year’s Blue Ribbon Gala and celebrate the achievement of St Benedict Preparatory School

The 2020 Gala celebrating St. Benedict’s Blue Ribbon award will be on March 28, 2020 at Rockwell on the River. We are excited to return to this venue after the rave reviews from last year’s event!

Please join Fr. Steve, Ms. Gemo and Mr. Accardi on October 28, 2019 at 6:30 in the HSA room (enter at 3911 N Bell), as the organizing committee kicks off its event planning for St. Benedict’s biggest fundraiser.  Appetizers and beverages will be served, so please RSVP to Laura Burns ( 

In advance of the meeting, we invite parents to consider various sub-committees that are responsible for the event and auction, including music, decor, premium baskets and sponsorships.  Options include committees focused on:

After Parties

Gala Venue (decor, music,etc.)

Food & Beverage

Auctions-Live and Silent

Premium Baskets

Wine Pull

Teacher Treats

Class Projects


Sponsorship & Ad book

Contact Laura Burns ( grade parent) Isabelle Ryan ( (6th and 8th grade parent) or Linda Wolf ( (2d grade parent) if you have any questions or would like to participate, but cannot make the meeting. 

Fright Walk


ENTER the heart- stopping walk through the basement of the church and see what all the SCREAMING is about. Do You DARE TO BE SCARED??


  • Friday, Oct 19  7:30-10PM
    Saturday, Oct 20  7:30-10PM
    Sunday, Oct 21st  1:15-3:00 (Light On)
    Friday, Oct 26 7:30-10:00PM
    Saturday, Oct 27  7:30-10:00PM

    LIGHTS ON: a low scare alternative for younger children on October 21st from1:15-3:00

    TICKETS: $8
    Re-visits on the same night: $4/applicable the same night of the original ticket purchase only
    Lights on Tickets: $2

    Concessions Available for purchase


This year’s registration and payment for Agora is happening through our tour company - Tour Services.

Please make sure to register by Monday, October 28th.

Please let me know if you have any questions.


Ms. D

  • To sign up for 6th-grade Agora, click HERE

    • Trip Code: 964M9

    • Registration Info for 6th, click here

  • To sign up for 7th-grade Agora, click HERE

    • Trip Code: 9PMMJ

    • Registration Info for 7th, click here

  • To sign up for 8th-grade Agora, click HERE

    • Trip Code: 983YJ

    • Registration Info for 7th, click here

For a gobblin' good time Come to the MS Halloween Dance - Oct. 25th (6:00 - 8:00pm) !!

Come for the MS Dance and stay for Fright Walk after - a night of spooky fun!

The dance will take place on Friday, October 25th from 6:00-8:00 pm. in Beaven Hall. Please look out for a permission slip that will be sent home with your child this Friday.

There will be a $20.00 fee to attend the dance. The money can be sent in as cash (to Ms. Koerner) or can be taken out of your FACTS account. Please note this on the permission slip.

At the dance, there will be food provided (pizza, chicken tenders, pasta), drinks, and desserts.

The night will include a costume contest (staff judged) and prizes will be handed out to the winners of the following categories:

  1. Punniest

  2. Most creative

  3. Scariest,

  4. Most Original,

  5. Best Duo

  6. Best Group Costume

Some guidelines regarding costumes at the dance:

  • Leggings are allowed if the top covers most of them.

  • Masks and face paint are allowed.

  • Fake weapons are NOT allowed.

We are looking forward to a gobblin' good time!

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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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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.

Mom, Me and Society of Women Engineering Event at UIC - Oct. 19th @ 9am - 1pm

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Registration for the Fall 2019 Mom, Me, and SWE event is now open! Our event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct.19th from 9am-1pm at the Engineering Research Facility located at 842 West Taylor Street, Chicago, IL 60607.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Elsa M. Soto

Elsa M. Soto

Associate Director, Women in Engineering Programs

UIC College of Engineering

851 South Morgan Street, MC 159

Chicago, IL 60607

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.