Greetings SBPS Parents and Friends!
Welcome to a new school year! Thank you for choosing St. Benedict Preparatory School for your children. It is a privilege to be leading this Catholic school community, now staring my 17th year here at St. Benedict. There’s a few more gray hairs than when I first started, but I count them as blessings.
St. Benedict Preparatory School has been through a lot of changes through the past years; each year here teaches me so much about leadership, Catholic education, family life, and humility. The past 16 years have also taught me a lot about my own faith and trust in God’s love, grace and ever-evolving creation of something blessed and beautiful. I witness this in seeing your own children grow over the years. It’s a blessing for which I give thanks to God each day.
I thank you for your patience once again regarding the delay in our August packets being ready. Both hiring a good amount of new faculty and making the final transition from a PK-12 school to a PK-8 school has involved a lot of planning, meetings, thinking, discernment and prayer. I know there are school parents who have concerns with the unusual number of new staff, changes in programming and perhaps what seems like a quiet summer from us. The most honest response I have for those who find themselves in that category is have faith. I mean it when I say that this position has taught me to have faith and trust that God’s hand is at work.
My request is for parents to see each and every one of the SBPS faculty, staff and administration as partners working with you to help form students in the Catholic faith, to support them in developing their God-given gifts, and to create an inclusive faith-community where each is person is treated with dignity and care. This is our focus this year. Through the lens of the 7C’s of a St. Benedict Prep Education (Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking, Creativity, Content, Confidence and Catholic) our students will learn and grow to learn fearlessly, lead responsibly and serve joyfully.
Our teachers have spent the past few days focusing on what it means to be a Catholic PK-8 school, our mission, as well as the 7 C’s of a St. Benedict Education. We are starting off the year focusing on these frameworks which will shape all we do at St. Benedict. I’ve been impressed with the professionalism and enthusiasm of our staff.
We look forward to seeing you in about a week or so. May God’s blessings be on each and every one of us as we begin the 2019-2020 school year. God has planned something blessed and beautiful for our school community. Trust it.
Rachel Gemo, Head of Parish School
Here are Upcoming Dates to Keep in Mind
Monday, August 19th - MS Inclusion Kick-off @ 8:00 - 9:30 am (Rm 222 & 229 *Please enter at 3900 N. Leavitt)
Monday, August 19th - New Family Night (grades 1-8) @6:30 pm in Library
MS Inclusion Kick-off @ 8:00 - 9:30 am (Rm 222 & 229 *Please enter at 3900 N. Leavitt)
Tuesday, August 20th
Elementary Inclusion Kickoff @ 8:00 - 9:15 am (Elementary Library Rm 113 *Please enter at 3920 N. Leavitt)
Wednesday, August 21st - Teacher Meet & Greet @ 4:30 - 5:30 pm
Thursday, August 22nd - First Day of School
Tuesday, August 27th - MS Back to School Night @6:30 - 8:30 in Gym
Friday, August 30th - Read Around the Block
Monday, September 2nd - No School Labor Day