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Friday, September 15,  2017 *  Volume 15  *  Issue 8

Dear SBPS Families: 

Thanks to the 300+ parents and caring adults who came out to last Friday's Parent Mixer. It was a great evening! We are especially grateful for Adrienne and Craig Bell of Reclaimed Bar and Restaurant for all the delicious food provided for the evening. We hope it set your weekend right! 

This is a busy weekend coming up here at St. Ben's! Friday is the Annual Golf Outing which supports the Parish Education Endowment. Saturday is the HSA Baby and Kids Garage Sale. Sunday is Catechetical Sunday where all the parish catechists and teachers receive a special blessing. 

We could use volunteers to help with the HSA Baby and Kids Garage Sale. The proceeds from the garage sale go to help fund special initiatives and classroom needs for the parish school. Its a very busy day and hard work, but you get to make some friends along the way as you help the school. Most people who do it feel very proud at the end because it is certainly quite a feat to pull off!  Will you consider giving of your time to help? See the sign up below. Thank you for your consideration. WE REALLY NEED MORE VOLUNTEERS - Click here to sign up.  Thank you for your consideration. 

Finally, we've kicked off the 3rd Annual HSA Fun Run. Please log into your child's account and start reaching out to family and friends today for pledges. This year's funds go to support many HSA initiatives such as teachers appreciation, STEM education, classroom furniture, teacher grants and more. Please see the schedule below for FUN RUN times on Friday, September 22nd. 

Thank you for a great week! 

Peace - Ms. Rachel Gemo, Head of Parish School 


  • Important September Dates to Know 
  • Golden Apple Nominations for Excellent Early Childhood Teachers or School Administrators 
  • What Parents Need to Know about an anonymous messaging APP named Sarahah
  • Cross Country Team Success! 
  • Box Tops and Campbell Soup Label 
  • RenWeb - Parent Portal Update 
  • September Lunch Menus  
  • Virtus/Protecting God's Children Training 
  • HSA Baby and Kids Green Garage Sale Information 
  • HSA Baby and Kids Volunteer  
  • OktoberFest 

Here are September Dates to Keep in Mind –

September 15th - Bell Tower Open - Golf Outing 

September 16th - HSA Baby and Kids Garage Sale begins at 8AM

September 17th - Catechetical Sunday at Masses 

September 18th - Protecting God's Children Training on Campus 6-9PM (class is full - if you want to attend email to register) 

September 19th - High School Picture Day 

September 19th - Bring in a Non-Perishable Food Item for the SOUP-er Stadium Challenge 

September 20th - 21st - Preschool Picture Day 

September 22nd - HSA Fun Run Day Grades Pk-8 

September 29th - No School - Professional Development Day 

September 29th - October 2nd - OKTOBERFEST Weekend 

Golden Apple Nomintations Being Accepted now for PK-Grade 3 Teachers and PK-12 School Leaders

We are excited to share some great news! Golden Apple has opened nominations for the 2018 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching & Leadership. In 2018, Pre-K-3rd grade teachers and Pre-K-12th grade school leaders are eligible for nomination. We would like to ask for your help in spreading the word.Please share our awards information within your networks. 

Nominations will be accepted online at The deadline for submission isDecember 15, 2017.  If you have questions about the nomination process, please feel free to reach out to Nellie Quintana at

Please see the following eligibility requirements:
Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching

  • Current Pre-K-3rd grade full time teachers who have taught for a minimum of five years at a public or non-public school;
  • Currently teaching in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties;
  • Committed to teaching in Illinois for at least two years after completing the sabbatical.

Stanley C. Golder Leadership Award

  • Any Pre-K-12th grade principal, head of school, or leader who has served at one or more public or non-public schools for five or more consecutive years;
  • Currently an administrator in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties.


What Parents Need to Know about an anonymous messaging APP named Saraha

Here is an article written Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media from the Huffington Post . It's important for adults to keep up on the DIGITAL WORLD where bullying and harassment may take place.

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Congratulations to the Cross Country team for their outstanding teamwork at the St. Pat's Shamrock Stampede meet last night!  We flooded the top 10 and had the first place finishers in 3 of the 4 races.  


  • Varsity Girls - 1st Place
  • Varsity Boys - 1st Place
  • JV Girls - 2nd place
  • JV Boys - 1st Place


Varsity Girls:

  • Sophia Keenan - 1st place
  • Emma Owens - 2nd place
  • Maggie Owens - 3rd place
  • Lexi Hallgren - 4th place
  • Haley Rieckelman - 6th place
  • Eva Nehring - 9th place


Varsity Boys:

  • Jack Rhyner - 1st place
  • Matthew DeSantis - 2nd place
  • Owen Flom - 3rd place
  • William Archer - 4th place
  • Sean Molloy - 5th place
  • Declan Ochoa - 6th place
  • Jack Klein - 9th place

JV Girls:

  • Isabelle Grady - 5th place
  • Quinn Urquhart - 8th place

JV Boys:

  • Cam Klein - 1st place
  • Gavin Glibowski - 2nd place
  • Francesco Sessa - 3rd place
  • Teo Greco - 4th place
  • Connor Schupp - 7th place

HSA Boosterthon Fun Run

This week we began our annual Boosterthon Fun Run. Students had a pep rally and met in their huddle groups for the first time. The run is Friday, September 22nd and students should wear PE uniform and be sure to bring a water bottle.  T-Shirts will be provided to change into or wear over clothes for the Fun Run.  Parents are welcome to attend to cheer us on!

Fun Run:

Preschool - 8:45-9:45

Grades 2 & 3 - 10:00-11:00

Grades 4 & 5 - 11:15-12:15

Grades K & 1 - 12:30-1:30

Middle School - 1:45-2:45

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Soup-er Stadium Challenge - Please bring in a non-perishable food item on Tuesday, September 19th

The face of hunger can be anyone…and too often it is a child. One in five children does not know where his or her next meal is coming from. In Cook County, more than 729,000 people experience food insecurity, including 227,000 children. This is why the Archdiocese of Chicago has partnered with Catholic Charities, Soldier Field and Charles Tillman’s Cornerstone Foundation to launch the Soup-er Stadium Challenge this fall to help eliminate hunger in our community.

The Soup-er Stadium Challenge asks every Catholic school student, teacher and staff member in the Archdiocese of Chicago to donate at least one non-perishable food item to stock the Catholic Charities’ food pantries. Our goal is to collect enough food to fill every seat in Soldier Field…twice. This effort will provide more than 100,000 meals to Chicagoans in need.

The Challenge kicks-off across our more than 200 Catholic schools on September 12 and concludes October 6, 2017. Please consider sending in a nonperishable item with your son or daughter on Tuesday, Sept 19th or any day before October 6th. 


Box Tops and Campbell Soup Label Updates - Help the School Raise Money/Receive School Supplies with Products you Already May be Purchasing 

Box Tops Update: We have $625 in our account from the final submission made last year which will be paid in December (Thanks again to Virginia Oviedo Fiske for her clipping and bagging on that!) and we have a goal to collect $1500 more this year. We need $750 in fall and $750 in spring to achieve this goal. 

The fall submission is due November 1. I will be posting reminders in the Buzz to clip and bag and drop your submission in either robot (in room across from Mrs. D in the elementary building and in the PK building foyer) for the next 6 weeks. Please make every effort to clip them from the box (if you don't I have to) and to put them in a plastic baggie that closes at the top (not fold over).  We have to submit the clipped BoxTops in baggies of 50 and we reuse what you provide (another savings!).  No clipping contest this fall, so submit as you go.  We will be working on a replacement for our elementary school robot--stay tuned for updates!  

LAST CALL FOR SOUP-Campbell's Labels for Education final year

As you may recall from last year, Campbell's is winding down the Labels for Education program. Most Campbell's products no longer carry the Labels of Education CPU but they are still accepting old labels through this year.  I am making one last drive for any Labels for Education you may have so we can order another set of playground balls (and maybe a final PK Turtle Person:)) this spring.  Please only submit labels with the CPU--plain soup can labels do not count towards the program.  You can deposit the labels, again in plastic baggies with a sealed top, in the BoxTops Robots.

As always we appreciate your contributions and keep clipping! 

Jen DeMay (Van Dyke kids' mom)

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Our weekly masses have started. Our pastor, Father Steve, invites our first graders around the altar to help pray during the consecration. 

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Protecting God's Children Training - Are You Planning to Volunteer for St. Benedict Parish and School this year?

Did you know you need to attend a  Protecting God's Children Training  in order to volunteer? Here's how to sign up for the training hosted at  St. Benedict Parish and Preparatory School. 

Protecting God's Children Training - Monday, September 18th  6 to 9PM

In the Ackerman Center (Corner of Irving Park Road and Bell)  Beaven Hall (lower level)

2217 W. Irving Park Road 

Please enter on Irving Park Road

This training is mandatory for all parish and school volunteers. Spaces fill up fast so register early. If you have already completed this training, there is no need to do it again.

Attendees must RSVP for the training - The session is FULL - please email Rachel Gemo at if you'd like to attend.  Children are not allowed to attend.

Late arrivals will NOT be permitted entry to training so please give yourself a little extra time to get here safely. Please feel free to bring a snack or a beverage if needed.

If you have any questions or difficulty registering, please contact Christine Clardy at

FAMILY MASS DAYS for the 2017-18 Calendar Year 

We strongly suggest that families attend the FAMILY MASS for their respective grade levels when possible. It's a great way to get to know other families in your child(ren)'s grade level and come together in prayer. These are usually at both the 9AM and 10:30AM masses. There is usually hospitality afterwards. We are often looking for help to read, bear gifts, etc.  Please be on the look out for more information as you grade level date approaches. 

  • October 1st: 4th Grade
  • November 5th: Middle School
  • December 10th: 2nd Grade
  • January 14th: 1st Grade
  • February 4th: 5th Grade
  • March 4: Kindergarten
  • April 15: 3rd Grade

Need Information about RENWEB, our School Information System? 

Click here for more information and set up instructions:


2017 HSA Baby & Kids Green Garage Sale

Hello volunteers! We need YOU! Please sign up for slots to help accept and pre-sort donations for the 10th ANNUAL HSA BABY & KIDS "GREEN" GARAGE SALE (morning & evening hours available). Your volunteer time qualifies you to earn 2017 - 2018 school year Service Hours. This is a great and easy way to earn those hours! Volunteering for 8 or more hours by Thursday, September 14 qualifies you for a special volunteer shopper hour on Friday, September 15(time TBA). Remember: While we all love our kids, children are not allowed to accompany you on any volunteer shift. This is for everyone's safety. Thank you for your understanding. Thank you for donating your valuable time and talent to this important event. Proceeds help provide our teachers with much needed 

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Please keep the following two people in your prayers - they are in need of health and healing: 

Janet Bose (grandmother of Aaron and Alex Deakins) 

Carl Caneva