Ms. Rachel Gemo's Notes

Head of Parish School (PK-12) 

In This Week's Notes For Your Reference

Important Dates Coming Up

  • Tuesday, June 11 - Field Day at Revere Park

  • Tuesday, June 12 - Last Day of Extended Care

  • Wednesday, June 12 - Last Day of School - 10:30AM Mass - Noon Dismissal - 2PM ALL STAFF End of Year Celebration (see below)

  • Thursday, June 13 - Teacher Professional Development Day - Teachers expected to report - agenda forthcoming

  • Friday, June 14 - Teacher Professional Development Day - Teachers expected to report - agenda forthcoming - Last Day of Teacher Contract

Teacher Professional Days - Year End School and Classroom Wrap Up Days

Thursday, June 13 - Teachers Report 9AM to 2:30PM (dress casual - lunch on your own) in SS Library

Morning Agenda Items - Subject to Change

  • Supply Orders (modified directions for all returning teachers)

  • 2019-2020 Calendar - Input of School Events and Such - collaborative work

  • Discipline Discussions for Middle School

  • Discipline/Behavior Discussions for grades 1-5

Afternoon Agenda Items - Subject to Change

  • Smaller Team Meetings

  • Teacher Year End Review meetings

  • Work in Classrooms and Finish Year End Teacher Packets

Friday, June 14 Teachers Report 8:30AM to 12PM (dress casual)

  • Grade Level Team or Subject Area Team meetings as needed

  • Exit Interviews for teachers leaving St. Benedict - RG will send out schedule to these teachers

  • Check out with Admin for all teachers

End of the Year Celebration for Faculty and Staff!

On Wednesday, June 12th, all faculty and staff are invited to an end of the year celebration at Parlor Pizza in Wicker Park, starting at 2pm.  Food has been taken care of by Faculty Life and the HSA.  Hope to see you all there!

Amazing Summer Opportunity for Excellent Curriculum Focus Teachers

The Archdiocese of Chicago has limited spots available for a summer opportunity for one week in July for teachers to support additional curriculum tools to support the work of proficiency scales on priority standards. Teachers will receive a monetary stipend for their work and attendance. Teachers would be working with other grade band teachers on the development of unit plan models that would support teachers in meeting standards for lessons and crafting appropriate models for future planning efforts in literacy. Teachers in grades K-4 would be needed from July 8-12. Teachers in grades 5-8 would be needed from July 15-19. Hours would be 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Teachers must have experience in writing effective curriculum units in literacy and have proficient knowledge of best practices in literacy instruction. Please email for more details as well as to formally express interest in this opportunity. 

This is a message to all School Faculty, if you are a school Admin or Parish Staff member, please disregard.

Please drop off your ThinkPad Laptop to the Tech Office before, but no later than June 24th. Please make sure that Jazel or myself are present, you will receive a ticket from us once your machine is turned in for servicing. Machines will be imaged and no previously stored files will remain on the machine. Please make sure, that all files are stored in the OneDrive prior to dropping off the machine. Pick-up of the computers will begin on the 28th of June. All previously held applications such as Office and SmartNote will remain on the machine (This does not include Adobe Suite. If you require adobe please let Jazel or myself know when you turn in the machine).

 If you are part of Summer Clubs and/or Committees I can work with you to have a specific date for imaging. This will be on a per need basis.

Thank you everyone for a wonderful school year! As always, let Jazel or myself know if you have any other questions or concerns.

Possible Scholarship Opportunity

It looks like we are one of 13 schools to be invited to the following below. If you feel this is right for your professional growth, then please complete below. Both endorsements could be very helpful now and in the future. 

Please consider.  What a great opportunity!  Rachel 


OCS is investigating the funding of coursework related to teachers completing endorsements in English as a Second Language or Learning Behavior Specialist endorsements. If interested in participating in receiving a FULL scholarship for an intensive three-week program in July to receive credits toward endorsements, please fill out the following form that provides your name, contact information and interest area (ESL or LSB1). Courses could start as early as June 24. However, no dates have been confirmed as of yet. Teachers must work in schools that are located within the Chicago city limits.

Please fill out the following form 
linked here with your contact information to receive additional information regarding this program.

Hedi Belkaoui
Director of School Improvement and Accreditation 
Archdiocese of Chicago
835 North Rush Street
Chicago, IL 60611
tel 312.534.5289

End of Year Checklists, Documents and Such from May 10 Professional Development Day

Discipline programming – grades 1-5 (Grades 1 -5 reflection doc, click here) and MS (MS reflection doc, click here)

K-5 End of Year Checklist 

MS – Agora & Awards - MS Awards Doc click here

MS End of Year Checklist click here

Your team lead should have access to the grade level feedback/reflection sheets

Tuesday Professional Development Time for PK-8 Teachers, STEAM teachers (new)

Please use the time for whatever you need to complete

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