Principal's Newsletter

St. Bede School

October 8, 2021

Dear St. Bede School Families,

October is Fire Prevention Month. The goal of the month is to educate students, families, and communities about fire safety, prevention, and protection. Did you know that in 1922, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) named the second week of October Fire Prevention Week in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire in 1871? Fire Prevention Week is also the longest-running public health observance in the United States.

To help better educate and prepare our students at St. Bede School, officers from the Fox Lake Fire Protection District came out and did presentations for our Preschool through 4th-grade students. Our students learned about the sounds that fire alarms make, as well as what to do in the event of a fire in their homes. We would like to thank Battalion Chief Ted Damos and Firefighter/Paramedic Joe Ugaste for taking the time to come in and work with our kids. We were honored to have them at our school! Thanks for all that you do!

No calling or texting while driving in a school zone/parking lot

The use of a hand-held cell phone for calling or texting while driving in a school zone/parking lot is prohibited by state law. Please do not use your cell phone when dropping off or picking-up students. There are many students, parents and staff on the parking lot during these times, which makes the issue of distracted driving a serious problem.

Antioch Pizza Falcon Night Out

Our Antioch Pizza Falcon Night Out raised $367.00 for St. Bede. Thank you to all that ordered pizza that night to help support our school. A HUGE thank you to a school family that purchased pizza for the entire staff and students that day as well!! We are so grateful to have such a strong community at St. Bede!

Charleston Wrap Fundraiser Ends on October 8!

Get a head start on your holiday shopping and order some items for our Charleston Wrap fundraiser. The fundraiser ends on October 8th. Items will be shipped directly to your house!

Our next Parent Association Meeting will be October 13th at 6:30pm in the library.

All are welcome to attend!

Book Fair - October 25-29!

The Book Fair will be held October 25-29. Below is the schedule for Preview and shop times for each grade level. We will need volunteers for each of the days of the book fair. Here is the link to sign up to volunteer:

St. Bede Book Fair Schedule

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Drug-Free Looks Like Me!

St. Bede School will celebrate Red Ribbon Week at the end of October. Red Ribbon Week takes place annually from October 23 through 31 and is an alcohol, tobacco, and other drug and violence prevention awareness campaign observed annually in the United States. It began as a tribute to fallen DEA special agent Enrique Camerena in 1985. This year's theme is Drug-Free Looks Like Me. The theme is a reminder that everyday Americans across the country make significant daily contributions to their communities by being the best they can be because they live drug-free!

Red Ribbon Week Activities

St. Bede School is having a canned food drive during Red Ribbon Week. Our goal is for all students to bring in one can good.

Monday, October 25th

  • Students will sign pledge sheets in classrooms to be drug-free.
  • Each class will place a Red Ribbon on the doors around the school.
  • We are CRAZY about Being Drug-Free - Crazy Sock Day: Students are allowed to wear their crazy, wild socks with their school uniform.

Tuesday, October 26th

  • Classes will create Drug-Free Looks Like Me posters.

  • Your Future is Key so be Drug-Free - Students are allowed to wear their Favorite College/High School sweatshirt or shirt with their school uniform.

Wednesday, October 27th

  • Classes can choose to decorate doors or hallways with red ribbon art or theme. There will be no door decorating contest this year.

  • Team Up for Safe Choices - Sports Team Dress-Up Day. Students are allowed to wear a sport’s team shirt with their school uniform.

Thursday, October 28th

  • We are RED-y to Make Smart Choices -Wear Red Day: Students can wear red to school with their school uniform.

Friday, October 29th

  • Drugs Are Scary - Orange and Black: Wear orange and black to school. This is an out-of-uniform day. We have Mass today, so please wear appropriate clothing.

Box Tops for Education

Remember to get your Box Tops in! Our goal is to raise $600.00 for the year for the school! Send in your expired Box Tops by November 1st so that St. Bede can receive the credit for

those Box Tops. Go to Box Tops for Education for more information.

We Need Your Help!

We are looking for volunteers that can shadow the Fun Fair on February 3 and 4th this year during Catholic Schools Week. This is the last year for our current volunteers to run this event, so we are looking for people to shadow the event this year and take it over next year. Please contact Anne Vauk for more details. She can be reached via email at or by phone at 815-451-4239.

We are still in need of committee members for the following events:

  • Picnic Planning
  • Playground Planning
  • Daddy-Daughter Dance
  • Teacher Appreciation
  • Golf Outing 2022
  • St. Bede Wine Night

Contact Nikki Brooks at if you are interested, or for more details. Your help is greatly appreciated!

Halloween Hustle Updates!

In order to be guaranteed a Halloween Hustle t-shirt, all registrations and t-shirt orders must be in by TONIGHT, Friday, October 8, 2021!

Also, if you would like your family name or place of business printed on the back of the t-shirt, sponsorships must be submitted by the same deadline. A t-shirt is included with each sponsorship!

Students who have one of our *2021* race t-shirts will be allowed to wear it to school with appropriate pants or shorts on Monday, October 25: no one else will be allowed out of uniform on this day.

Each paid registration comes with a t-shirt, or you can purchase one separately at:

The St. Bede Student Council is running 2 competitions - the classroom that earns the most pledges AND the classroom that has the highest percentage of participation in the event will receive a special in-class party! Pledges may be made here:

You can register any time up until 8:15 am the morning of the event, but your t-shirt will not be guaranteed after tonight.

To register for this super fun event, please visit:

Interested in securing some volunteer hours? Sign up here!

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please visit our website at or reach out to Tina Lutzke at 414-322-1557 or

Thank you for your support – we look forward to seeing you on October 23!

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Looking to Complete your St. Bede School Volunteer Hours?

Here are a few upcoming events that we need help with!

Halloween Hustle

Holiday Bazaar


Thank You for Choosing St. Bede School!

In closing, thanks again for all you do to help your child be a successful learner and responsible young adult, and for choosing St. Bede School. As the school year progresses and issues arise, as they do in every school, please feel free to discuss the issue with us. Most problems that exist in the world today result from either lack of communication or misunderstanding. Educating children today is a team effort, and we want to work with you to ensure that your child’s experience here at St. Bede School is a successful one. To see God in each child and to reflect the love of God for every child is surely the way to form and to be successful human beings!

Enjoy the three-day weekend!

David Wieters


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