Academy of St. Benedict the African

April 2, 2023

Week of April 2, 2023 ASBA

Holy Week, 2023

Dear Families,

Today marks the beginning of Holy Week - the holiest time in the Catholic Church. This week students will learn the significance of each day of Holy Week. We will join together to celebrate Holy Thursday and mark the first day of the Triduum. Thursday is the last day of school this week. We begin our break on Friday, April 7, and will return to school on Monday, April 17th.

Monday at 8 AM and at 5 PM we have our Parent Association Club meeting. Please try to attend one, if possible! We have fun events in the works.

On Tuesday, we will celebrate the feast day of our patron, St Benedict the African. Children will learn more about him and his life.

IAR make-up tests will continue this week. Our goal is to get the test completed before our break.

Our Football team won a tough game on Saturday 14 - 7. We are proud of their Better Together attitude!

Registration for the 2023-2024 school year continues. Over 165 children are registered, including many new students! If we hit 175 by Tuesday afternoon, students will enjoy a movie and popcorn on Thursday afternoon. Did you register?

Get those seats saved now. The registration fee is $100/per student. Beginning on Wednesday, all registered students may dress down on Wednesdays through the end of the year. Each registered K-7th grade student received a flyer if they are able to dress down. The class of 2023 does not get a dress-down day on Wednesdays.

As you get registered, I will work with each family to ensure a financial contract that works for the family and the school.

Also, if you refer a new family, you will receive a $300 tuition credit (credited $150 in Dec and May). We will fill up! Use this link: It's also on the app!

Empower Illinois and Big Shoulders SGO are starting to make awards for the 23-24 school year. Keep an eye on your email if you applied! Time is of the essence! We will begin sending out contracts for the upcoming school year right after Spring Break. As a reminder, each family may only accept one tax credit scholarship. If you are awarded both BSF and EI, select one (they're both the same).

We have shared the 2023-2024 school year calendar with you both as a paper copy (sent two weeks ago) and below as a digital image and downloadable PDF. Our school day will be a bit longer next year as the day will begin at 7:45 AM and end at 3 PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. On Wednesdays, we will dismiss at 2:30 to accommodate faculty meetings. Before and after-school care hours remain the same.

Please keep sick children home. Keep home COVID tests on hand so children can be tested in the event they have symptoms. As a school, we have done an excellent job keeping everyone well. We have a shared commitment to the school community to keep everyone well.

Physicals are needed if your child is entering K, 2, or 6 or will play Flag Football in the fall or basketball in 23-24. Make those appointments now and send the forms in asap!

Clubs & Games this week:

  • Monday- Chess Club
  • Tuesday-Football practice, Fight Like a Girl (grades 4-8), Spanish Club Group 1 - 3:15-4:00
  • Thursday - Fight Like a Girl 3:30-4:30. Cooking Session 2- 3:15 - 4:15
  • Saturday -Football Game - Time TBA

Upcoming important Dates:

  • April 6th - Holy Thursday Liturgy 9 AM - All are welcome
  • April 7th - Good Friday - NO SCHOOL
  • April 10-14 - Easter Break
  • April 17th - School resumes.
  • April 26th - Progress Reports Go home in grades 3-8.

As you do some spring cleaning, don't forget that we have a collection bin in our parking lot for clothing and shoes. Filling that bin results in trees being planted while helping those less fortunate.

Let's make this week a great week for learning!


Mrs. Farrand

773-776-3316, enter 101 at the voicemail message if needed.

Pictures From the Week - Kind Kid Party!


Registration Incentives!

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Tuition Payments & Action for Children

Each family has an account in FACTS to monitor their tuition account. Payments for most are due on the 17th of the month. A few of our families have different due dates to accommodate pay periods. As a reminder, late fees are automatically assessed on the 4th day after the due date.

It's essential that payments are made as scheduled so that the school can meet its obligations. April 3rd is an exclusion date.

Please get in touch with me if you have concerns.


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An image of the calendar is here. There is also an option to download the pdf.

The calendar is always accessible on our website and our mobile app.

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2022-2023 School Calendar

⭐2023-2024 School Year Calendar⭐

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We need 2-3 parents who would like to clean the PK play area and equipment this Wednesday.

We need copy paper, water, and soda if you're looking for a good PAW opportunity!

We still need masks.

As a reminder, all PAWS must be completed by May 15th

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Family Handbook - Addendums have been added


  • April 3rd - Parents' Club meeting 8 AM and 5 PM
  • April 7th - Good Friday - No School
  • April 10-14th - Easter Break - No School
  • May 2nd - Family Literacy Night - Sign-ups coming!
  • May 15th - NO school -no childcare
  • May 19th - SNEAKER BALL 5-7 pm
  • May 31st - Last day of school for 8th grade
  • June 1st - 1pm Candle & Ribbon - 7th and 8th Grade
  • June 3rd - 10 AM 8th Grade Graduation - St. Benedict the African Church
  • June 8th - PK 3 Last Day of School
  • June 9th - Last Day of School - no afterschool care - more info coming.

School & Office Hours

Morning Care: 6:15 AM - 7:15 AM

Arrival for breakfast 7:15 AM - 7:35 AM

Classes Begin: 7:45 AM (Children not in their seats at 7:45 are marked tardy)

School Ends at 2:45 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. 2:00 PM on Wednesdays

Extended Day: 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM - to reach extended day, call the school and enter 101 at the recording. The late pickup fee is $ 3 per minute per child. Please don't be late.

Office Hours - Every Day - 6:30 - 3:30 and by appointment