Dear Elementary School Families, 

As the weather gets colder, please make sure your child comes dressed in a jacket or coat to school. We want to make sure our students are appropriately dressed for recess. Fleeces as well as sweatshirts are just not enough to combat against Chicago weather. If you ordered greenery, pick up is this Sunday from 8:30 - 3:30, following Sunday Mass. Lastly, on behalf of all of us here we wish you and your family a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving day holiday. Please take the time to review the dates and items below.

Many blessings!

  • Rachel Waldron - Head of Lower School

  • Mary Deletioglu - Head of Upper School


Upcoming Dates to Know

  • Sunday, November 18th - Pick Up for Annual Wreath & Greenery Sale - Beaven Hall (8:30 am - 3pm)

  • Tuesday, November 20th - End of the 1st Trimester

  • Tuesday, November 20th - All School Mass

  • Wednesday, November 21st - Friday, November 23rd - No School - Thanksgiving Break

  • Friday, November 30th - 2nd Grade Field Trip to the CSO

  • Wednesday, December 5th - Report cards go home

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

  • 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

  • First Reconciliation

  • Winter Clothing Reminder

  • Read Around the Block Incentives

  • Holiday Clubs

  • 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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First Reconciliation Parent’s Meeting Reminder

Who: Parents whose children will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation this year at St. Ben’s.

What: This is an hour long presentation to discuss the Sacrament, how we as staff help prepare your children to receive, and how you as parents can help to prepare them to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. 

Where: Enter at 3911 North Bell Avenue and you will be directed upstairs.

When: This is on Monday, November 19, at 7 p.m.


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

  • Out of uniform passes were passed out last week.

  • T-shirts should be here before Thanksgiving

  • Water Bottles should be right after Thanksgiving

  • Socks will be by Christmas


Holiday Clubs have begun!

Holiday clubs will be starting during the week of Nov. 12th and will run for 4 or 5 weeks, ending on Dec. 14th. Flyers for holiday clubs are below:

Mondays

  • 2nd-5th Game Night Club with Mrs. Ponzio - Click here for flyer

  • 3rd-5th Holiday Origami Club with Ms. Nemes - Click here for flyer

  • 4th-5th Holiday Theater Club with Mrs. Thompson - Click here for flyer

Tuesdays

Wednesdays

  • K-1st Holiday Book and Craft Club with Ms. Kelley - Click here for flyer

  • 1st-3rd Holiday American Girl Club with Ms. McGuinn - Click here for flyer

  • 4th-5th Pokemon Club with Mr. Pinon - Flyer in backpacks

Thursdays

  • K-1st Holiday Cooking Club with Ms. Kelley and Ms. O’Daniel - Click here for flyer

  • 2nd-3rd Digital Fabrication Club with Mrs. Hoban - Click here for flyer

  • 2nd-4th Holiday Ornament Club with Ms. Edelen - Click here for flyer

Fridays

  • K-1st Holiday Art Club with Ms. Tarris and Ms. McGuinn - Click here for flyer

  • 2nd-5th Holiday Art Club with Mrs. Stancin - CLUB FULL


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!


CALLING ALL PARENTS OF 3rd, 4th and 5th grade GIRLS: Volunteer as a coach for GIRLS ON THE RUN!

You don't need to be a runner or have a previous coaching experience!

What is Girls on the Run?

It is a program that gives girls the opportunity to build confidence and healthy habits. You'll help 3rd, 4th and 5th grade girls recognize their inner strength, make great friendships, celebrate all that makes them unique, and so much more! Each week you will work with other coaches to guide the girls in training in activities that will help build character and endurance for a celebratory 5k running event.

How do I become a coach?

  • You must be Virtus trained

  • Commit to participating in the 10 week curriculum

  • Submit an online registration form and background check

  • Complete a brief online training module

  • Attend a 1 day coach training (sometime in January or February)

  • Become CPR and First Aid certified.

  • Participate in the end-of-season GOTR 5k (Date TBD but usually end of May or early June)

*Please note that in order to accommodate as many girls as possible, we need to have a 5/1 girl to coach ratio so your participation is really important!

If you wish to be part of the program but can't commit to all of the sessions, you can also volunteer as a parent helper.

Registration for the girls will begin in mid-January. Season starts at the end of February/early March. Tentative Practice dates are Mondays and Wednesdays after school until 4:30.

If you have questions or are interested in signing up, please contact Francesca Madden at 312 933-1542 or francescapons@yahoo.com


Tuesday Clubs for Elementary School

Mad Science Now Enrolling FALL II Session - Click here for flyer.

ST. BENEDICT PREPARATORY CHESS ACADEMY Holiday Chess Program - Prizes Included! - click here for flyer


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)

  • Wednesday, November 21st 

  • 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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