Academy of St. Benedict the African

February 5, 2023

Catholic Schools Week: A visit to St Benedict the African School and Prayer Space.

February, 2023

Dear Families,

First, I'm sorry there is no video recap this week - it will return next week! I have added the video that the Archdiocese put together about our visit from Cardinal Cupich and the importance of having a sacred prayer space in our building.

What an amazing week we had celebrating Catholic Schools, our families, our students and our staff. I've included some pictures below.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the popcorn fundraiser! We raised over $7500 for the playground!

Registration for the 2023-2024 school year continues. Over 85 children are registered, including some new students! Get those seats saved now! Once the $25/reg fee per child is paid, you will receive the $25 gift certificate to our spirit store per child! This offer runs through 2/10. After 2/10, the fee will change to $50 per student. We will continue to offer the gift certificates until we run out. The fee must be paid to get the gift certificate.

There are class incentives, and I've added them below. For our current 7th graders, there is a special incentive. When their whole class is registered, we will order their Class of 2024 hoodies! Register early and ensure a seat! 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! Our current third grade has 50% of its class re-registered!

Thursday is Home Run Inn Pizza day - those who did not preorder may send in $8 in the event we have extra. There will be cookies available for $1, too!

Clubs & Games this week:

  • Monday- Chess Club and Basketball practice
  • Tuesday-Basketball practice, Fight Like a Girl (grades 4-8) , Spanish Club for K-3 3:15-4:00 Register here
  • Wednesday - Basketball skills practice from 2:15-3:15, Dance
  • Thursday - Cooking Club Grades K-3 3:15-4:00. (This session is full)
  • Friday - 6:30 PM (arrive at 6) grade 5/6 basketball game
  • Saturday - 10:00 AM (arrive at 9:30) grade 7/8 game.

**Fight Like a Girl will start a new session beginning February 7th - register here!

Upcoming important Dates:

  • February 6th - 10AM - Amazing African - all school assembly

  • February 9th - Home Run Inn Pizza Day. Money and slip are due by 8 AM on 2/1. Forms were sent home. The slip image is attached to this update.

  • February 10th - Spirit Day - Wear school shirt/hoodie with jeans/jogger and gym shoes!

  • February 22nd - Graduation picture retake day

  • February 23rd -Black History Program 10 AM. (please note, this is a date change)

In the event of inclement weather, any shifts to e-learning or delays in the opening of the school day will be posted on both the school mobile app and Bloomz. We will also post on

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


Mrs. Farrand

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

The Week in Pictures!

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Join Us for This Wonderful Celebration!

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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


Water and Masks

We need water, 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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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.

Please contact me if you have concerns.

Family Handbook - Addendums have been added

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


  • February 6th - 10:15 AM - Whole School Assembly - Amazing Africa Performance

  • February 9th - Home Run Inn Pizza Day

  • February 10th - Spirit Day

  • February 17th - No School, NO childcare - PD Day

  • February 20th - No School - Presidents' Day

  • February 23rd - Black History Celebration Program 10 AM

  • February 24th - 8th Grade and Extended Dance to Archdiocesan African American Heritage Prayer Service at Holy Name Cathedral - 9 AM

  • February 24th - Spirit Day for grades PK - 7 (those attending service must be in regular uniform)