Family Update

Week of January 23, 2022

Academy of St Benedict January 23-28

Week of January 23rd - 28th

Good morning,


The video included before this section will highlight the main points of the update.


Throughout the school, students learned about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's life and legacy. From our PK students telling all of us to "Let Freedom Ring" from everywhere to our oldest students contemplating peacemakers. During our liturgy this week, Deacon Gill discussed peacemakers with our grade 4 - 8 students. Students identified those they view as peacemakers. The challenge to our students is being a peacemaker and doing right, even when others aren't. We all agree that it's not always easy, but it's always the right choice!


We are working very hard to keep the school free of COVID to the best of our ability. With that said, our families must partner with us by not sending any students to school who have ANY symptoms. Please keep students home if you are waiting for test results. I know it's hard and families have to work, but it's how we take care of each other and our entire extended school community.


We will send home students with runny noses, headaches, sore throats, and/or coughs. We will send work home as needed for students with an extended absence.


This week we have a Vaccine Clinic on the 28th. The parent/guardian must accompany the child to the clinic. Children can be excused from class for this.


Tuesday is a Kind Shirt Day. Students should wear one of their kind shirts with the proper uniform bottoms. Kind Shirts are an outward symbol of our commitment to kindness.


Apple watches and other smartwatches are NOT allowed at school. They, along with any cell phones, will be held in the office for the day.


  • Keep your eyes on your email if you applied for a tax credit scholarship through Empower Illinois and/or Big Shoulders Fund. The second part request will be coming soon if you haven't already received it. It's important to submit all requested documents within the given timeframe. The deadline for the requested information is 1/24.


  • Registration for the 2022-2023 school year will open on January 31st. The fee will be $50/per student. (Students who receive tax-credit scholarships do have to pay the full registration fee of $200/student in accordance with the law. That will be financed into the contract) It's important to register early as we have waiting lists for several of our rooms. 1/31 - 2/28, the registration fee will be $25 per student!


  • Our next fundraiser, Double Good Popcorn, will begin on Friday, January 28th, and run through Tuesday, February 1st. Download the DG Popcorn app and enter code XBZ KKT to set up your child's store. Then email that information (1/28) out to your friends and family. That's it! DG takes care of the rest.


  • Keep the resolution: FOLLOW THE DRESS & UNIFORM CODE: Hoodies and sweatshirts that are not part of the school uniform are not allowed during the school day. Please have your child wear their school hoodie, school gym sweatshirt, or a plain navy blue sweater if they're cold during the day. Please see the school uniform/dress code in our family handbook. We believe that excellence happens on purpose. Lessening distractions of being out of uniform is one way we foster that excellence. We still have light blue hoodies in all sizes and some navy blue hoodies.


  • Students should not have nail polish, artificial nails, any jewelry, or smartwatches. Students do NOT need their cell phones at school. They are kept in the office all day.


  • Please be sure to check the "Save the Date" section below.


  • Our Title I Game Night is Wednesday, February 16th. We are pushing the event out a couple of weeks as we hope things settle down. Use this form to sign up. This is an in-person event. We are limiting the number of adults to 2 per family. Students do not need to be in Title I to attend.


  • We will have a five-week summer program for students entering PK3 - 5th grade for the 2022-2023 school year. See the flyer below! Registration begins on February 7th. For the month of February, the registration fee for summer school is $10 (will go to $25 in March).


  • We still have a few spots remaining in Preschool. Do you know of anyone with children preschool-aged? Referring families will receive a $300 tuition credit ($150 this year and $150 next year) and 3 PAWS will be credited. We accept Action for Children/Child Care for payment for preschool. Spread the word!


  • Do you have clothes and shoes your children have outgrown or don't want? We have a clothes and shoes collection box in the parking lot! The school receives $0.02/lb and a tree is planted in our honor each time it's emptied. We are the stewards of God's beautiful earth. This is one way we help!


  • The school office is open Monday through Friday 6:30 AM - 3:30 PM. After 3:30, please leave a message on the mainline or dial 101 at the recording to be connected to my extension. Our amazing office staff can take payments, sell hoodies and polos and answer questions.


  • Please send your child to school with their mask every day along with an extra in their backpack. It's really important that the children are wearing child-sized masks that cover their nose and mouth fully. KN95 masks or other disposable masks are recommended over a cloth mask.


  • Calendar Change: Friday, February 18th school will be closed. This day off is recommended by the Archdiocese in recognition of the hard work of our faculty and staff. This day off creates a 4-day weekend as Monday, February 21st is Presidents' Day.


  • Calendar Change: Friday, March 4th will be a remote learning day with Parent-Teacher conferences occurring from 8-4. Again, both in-person and virtual conferences will be offered.



Thank you for trusting us with your child/ren. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.


Let's make this a wonderful week!



Mrs. Farrand

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Vaccine Clinic - January 28th

Our next COVID-19 Vaccine clinic is scheduled for the 28th. Those who received their first shot on the 7th will receive their second vaccine. Anyone aged 5 and over is welcome to get their first or second shot, as needed. Boosters are available, too!

Tuition Payments

Tuition payments for our families are due on either the 17th or 30th of the month for most families. Please make your payments in a timely fashion. Payments can be made through the family's FACTS account, using the donate button on our website (academystbenedict.org) or in the office. We do accept debit/credit, money orders, cash (exact please), and Apple/Samsung Pay.


The office will continue making reminder calls and sending notices. Please let us know if there is a particular challenge in advance of the payment due date. We will work with you, but we need to know! We will be starting exclusions as necessary.


As a reminder, all financial accounts must be settled by May 15th for all graduating students: PK4, Kindergarten, and Eighth grade.

Volunteering in School

In order to volunteer in school, adults over the age of 18 must attend Virtus Training, complete a background check, and complete mandated reporter training. These are requirements of the Archdiocese of Chicago to keep all children safe.


Go to https://www.virtusonline.org/virtus/ to register for an online class and consent to the background check. Please see or email Ms. Fernandez (mfernandez@academystbenedict.org) if you need assistance or have a question.


The Archdiocesan policy is that volunteers who are working directly with children, like chaperoning or in the classrooms must be vaccinated. Proof of the vaccination must be shown to me. Thanks for your understanding.

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PAWS


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


Thanks for your help!

Travel and Quarantines



In accordance with the Chicago Travel Order, anyone who is not vaccinated against COVID-19 traveling must either quarantine for 5 days upon return or have a negative PCR or Antigen test within 72 hours of returning to Illinois if the state visited is noted in the travel order. The test results must be shared with the school. Please help us keep our school community well by adhering to this policy.


Once fully vaccinated, no testing or quarantines are required unless the person has symptoms.


Thank you! https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid-19/home/emergency-travel-order.html

UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES!


  • January 25th - Kind Shirt Day
  • January 25th - Chat with the Principal at 2 pm - Cafeteria.
  • January 28th - February 2nd - Double Good Popcorn Fundraiser
  • January 31st - February 4th - Catholic Schools Week
  • January 31st - Registration for the 2022-2023 School Year Opens
  • February 7th - Kind Shirt Day
  • February 7th - Registration for PK-5th grade Summer program opens
  • February 11th - Professional Learning Day for Teachers -NO SCHOOL
  • February 14th - Dress Down in Valentine's Day colors
  • February 16th - Title I Game Night! 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
  • February 17th - Kind Shirt Day
  • February 18th - No School - Wellness day for Faculty and Staff
  • February 21st - No School - Presidents' Day
  • February 23rd - Kind Shirt Day
  • February 23rd - Graduation Pictures: 8th, Kindergarten and PK4
  • February 25th - Black History Program - Details to follow
  • March 2nd - Kind Shirt Day
  • March 4th - Remote Learning Day with Parent-Teacher Conferences 8-4.
  • March 9th - Kind Shirt Day
  • March 11th and 14th - No school
  • March 22nd - Kind Shirt Day
  • April 4th - Kind Shirt Day
  • April 15th - 22nd - Easter Break -no school
  • April 27th - Kind Shirt Day
  • May 10th - Kind Shirt Day
  • May 19th - Kind Shirt Day
  • May 30th - Memorial Day - no school
  • June 1st - Last day of classes for 8th grade
  • Last Day of School is TBD -depending on snow days
  • June 3rd - Eighth Grade graduation 10 AM
  • June 13th - July 14th - Summer Program
  • August 22nd - First day of the 2022 -2023 school year. Full-Day for all students, no extended day.