Academy of St. Benedict the African

November 6, 2022

November 6th Academy of St Benedict

Week of November 6, 2022

Hello, St. Benedict the African Families,

The video above has highlights of this week's bulletin.

There are just a couple of weeks left in the first trimester. Conferences are scheduled for November 17th from 8 AM - 4:30 PM. Please go to your child's teacher's Bloomz page for conference sign-ups. It is an e-learning day for scholars. However, most work will not be done on a Chromebook or tablet. We DO have childcare available for no additional charge from 6:30 AM - 5:15 PM. Students will do their work at childcare, enjoy breakfast, lunch (Students may bring a lunch), afternoon snack, and have fun activities with their friends. Use this form to sign up.

We celebrated our Kind Kids this past week! Being kind is how we grow closer to God and show respect to all. We look forward to celebrating more Kind Kids in December!

Our student leadership council began evaluating different playscapes as we look to add a playscape to Marcy Park. Playscapes are costly and will require us to fundraise. The January fundraiser will be dedicated to raising funds for the playscape. Playscapes and outdoor play are important to student growth.

We have added many clubs after school to complement instruction during the day. Anyone attending a club after school should bring a snack (no nuts).

Mondays: Chess Club - Grades 3-8 - some spots still available. Sign up here

Tuesdays: Fight Like a Girl - Grades 4-8 girls only - full

Tuesdays: STEM Science - Grades 5 & 6

Tuesdays: Basketball - Grades 5-8 co-ed. Some spots are available. Sign up here

Wednesdays: Dance -extended day students only

Thursday: DePaul Catholic Leadership Group - Grades 6-8. Full (continuation of summer program)

I can't stress this enough. Children who are sick must stay home. RSV and Flu are quite prevalent and contagious. If your child needs medication to keep a fever down, they must stay home. Students must be fever free for 24 hours without medication to be in school. We have a responsibility to each other, as a community, to work to keep everyone well.

Please review your family's FACTS account or call the business office (x102 or X103) for clarity.

Featured Families: Would you like to be a St. Benedict the African Featured Friday Family? Complete this form! We love spotlighting our families and will even offer 1 PAW for participating! If you need a lawn sign, call the office. We just received more!

Empower Illinois is sponsoring a trip to Springfield to speak with our legislators regarding the need to keep the tax credit scholarship legislation in place. We have over 130 children with Tax Credit scholarships. If you can attend - there is a bus and lunch is included, please let me know. This program is so important for our families and our school.

As a reminder, scholars must be in their seats at 7:45 AM to be on time. If you are running late, please call the office.

Please continue to be courteous and kind at drop-off and pick-up. A few extra minutes won't hurt, and our children's safety is at stake.

All scholars enter the school at door 1. For extended-day families, pick-up is from door 2 after 3:30.

Thank you for choosing the Academy of St. Benedict the African for your family. Let's make this a great week of learning!


Mrs. Farrand

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

We Are Readers


The full uniform policy is listed on our website and in our family handbook.

This is required, not suggested. Those failing to follow the stated uniform will be given the proper items to wear.

Please help us build our community by having your child/ren wear the proper clothing daily.

Regular day:

  • Navy blue slacks, skort, or jumper
  • Light blue polo shirt with the school logo or name
  • gym shoes with white, black, or blue socks or tights - no leggings
  • School hoodie, gym sweatshirt, or plain (no brand logos) navy blue sweater

Gym or Dance day:

  • Gym uniform
  • Light blue school t-shirt with either logo or tiger
  • Black sweatpants with the school logo (plain black (no brand logos showing) sweatpants will work)
  • School hoodie or gym sweatshirt

Only plain navy sweaters, school hoodies, or school gym sweatshirts may be worn during the day over the polo.

The gym uniform must be purchased at Martinellis 3517 W. 95th, Evergreen Park.

The school has the polo ($15) and the school hoodie ($20 cash/$23 card). We have a limited supply of extra Kind shirts available for $5. Cash only, please, for those shirts. Please label all hoodies and sweatshirts.

Also, the children will be asked to remove their jewelry if wearing any. It's a distraction, against our dress code, and creates safety concerns. All boys should remove their earrings before coming to school. Our dress code regarding jewelry and nail polish aligns with all other Catholic Schools in our council.

In choosing our school, you agree to follow the uniform policy.

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Spirit Wear

We have secured a Spirit Wear Vendor. This is entirely online. The items are made to order and therefore take some time to turn around. Here is the link to our store. The items look great. We will have spirit days where items may be worn 2x month - every other Friday.The first spirit day is December 2.
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Book Fair

We will need help with our Scholastic Book Fair - Books make great gifts! Sign up here.

The book fair is from Monday, November 14th, through Thursday, November 17th.


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


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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 or Ms. Fernandez, our business manager, if you have concerns.

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 107 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


  • November 14th - 17th - Scholastic Bookfair

  • November 17th - Parent-Teacher Conferences from 8-4:30, Remote Learning Day with Childcare available at no charge from 6:30 - 5:15.

  • November 18th - NO SCHOOL/NO Childcare - Professional Learning Day

  • November 21st - 25th Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL

  • December 1st - Trip to Springfield for Families to help keep Tax Credit Scholarships in place. Are you able to join Empower Illinois in going? Let Mrs. Farrand know.

  • December 13th - NO EXTENDED DAY, no clubs- ALL Staff Meeting

  • December 21st - Christmas Program- 9 AM Last day of school before Christmas break. NO after-school extended day.

  • December 22nd - January 3rd - Christmas Break

  • January 4th - All return to school

  • January 16th - Dr. King's Birthday - no school

  • January 18th - Empower Illinois Application Reservation Day 6:30 PM for 7:00 PM submission. More details are coming.