Family Update

Week of December 7th - 11th, 2020

This Week at Academy of St. Benedict

Good morning,

Week 2 of e-learning begins on Monday. While we had some bumps along the way last week, there were far more successes! Attendance was excellent. Zoom expectations, for most, were met. Please be sure that your child is sitting at a table, desk or another area where they can focus on their work. The 8AM - 3PM time is school and work time. Teachers have built breaks and lunch into each day. Students must be on their Zoom calls, participating as directed by the class schedules.

We are excited to be offering the full curricular program, including Spanish, art and PE for students. We know that these "special" classes are a nice opportunity for students. Title 1 has sent schedules and Zoom links. Please be certain your child is attending these small group sessions!

The weekly update will continue throughout the e-learning period. Join me on the school's Facebook page at 8AM each school morning for prayer and announcements. On Tuesday at 10AM, I am doing a very special Facebook Live Story Time reading Santa Mouse and making a handprint Santa! Construction paper, cotton balls, glue, scissors and crayons are needed for the craft! Please "share" the event on your Facebook page! This is open to everyone!

Today begins the second week of Advent. During Advent we wait and prepare for the birth of Jesus. At school, we would continue to encourage acts of kindness as we wait. Please continue to encourage acts of kindness at home. Attached is an image with 25 days of Bible verses to prepare. This site offers a view at some amazing paper nativity scenes. Take a few minutes to look at them with your child. Many different cultures are represented. One of my favorite parts is of the postage stamps. What images did you and your family enjoy?

As you look to the building reopening on January 19, 2021, please make plans to not send students to school in any part of the orange PE uniform. It was retired two years ago. All students should be in their light blue PE uniforms on the appropriate days. The crew neck sweatshirt can be worn over the polo on cold days. Also, students must be in uniform every day. We have the polo shirts in the school building available for $10/each. Martinellis on 95th in Evergreen Park sells the gym uniform.

In returning to the school building date of January 19, please remember that students who have traveled must have a 2 week quarantine period before returning to the building. That means families must be back in Illinois by January 4th to return to the our building on the 19th. The list of states to which this applies is here.

Make a 2021 Resolution: Getting to school on-time! Tardiness disrupts the day for all students.

While the building remains closed, we are available.

At any point, if you have a question reach out to me or Ms. Murphy. We are always available via email. We also can be reached on the school phone 773-776-3316.

Please call the office number between 6:30 AM- 4:00 PM if you have any questions or concerns.

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Tips for Successful e-Learning

As we make this temporary shift, there are some things families can do to help children continue their learning from home.

  • Have a designated space for school work, ideally a table/desk.
  • Be ready to begin instruction at 8 AM daily -join me on the school's FB page!
  • Have all supplies for the day at the workspace.
  • Participate in class Zooms by asking questions.
  • When not speaking on Zoom, be on mute.
  • Reach out to teachers when there is a question.
  • Stick to the daily schedule designed by the teacher.

Please discourage eating and drinking near the school owned Chrome Books and Tablets.

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We are able to take payments over the phone during the e-learning period. Call the school at 773-776-3316 to do so. December payments are due on or before 12.17 for most families.

Thank you for staying on schedule with tuition payments. For families with separate extended day charges, adjustments will be made.

For families having difficulty, please call the office to speak with Ms. Murphy and Mrs. Farrand.

SAVE THE DATE - Tax Credit Scholarship Applications!

The two days to apply for tax credit scholarships are right around the corner! As you know, time is of the essence with both systems. Set an alarm on your phones!!

January 12th - 8AM - Big Shoulders Fund Applications:

January 13th - Empower Illinois: 6:30 PM enter info in preparation: 7 PM - application opens for time stamp.

At St. Benedict, 52 students have tax credit scholarships! It's a wonderful program helping many families. Families must apply each year and everyone has the same chance - it's all about how fast you can apply!

YouUpLift - Our Kindness Wall

Have you seen our Kindness Wall? Click and take a peek! If you'd like to submit a kindness, please go to:


  • December 8th - Story Time Live on Facebook at 10 AM
  • December 11th - #BEKiND Day - wear your shirt and submit a picture to Mrs. Farrand
  • December 19th-January 3rd - Christmas Break
  • January 4th- January 18th- ALL students e-learn
  • January 19th - building reopens for in-person learning

PAW List!

Please remember, each family was asked to have 3 PAWS done by 12/18. We understand that this is difficult with the building not being open 11/30-12/18. We will extend the date to January 31st for having 3 PAWS completed. At this point, the PAW list will remain the same. We will update it right before the building reopens.

Families have a 6-PAW commitment for the year. We also will accept 3 Lysol wipes, disinfecting spray or a combination of the two for a PAW.

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