Bede Buzz 2.0

April 29, 2021

Important Dates:

April 30: Teacher Inservice-No School

First Holy Communion Dates - May 1@10am and 1 pm and May 8 @10am and 1 pm at St. Peter's Church in Antioch; Please contact Mary Richards at with any questions.

May 7: 7th/8th grade May Tribute & Candle Ceremony Mass


June 4: Last day of school for 8th grade

June 4: 8th-grade Awards Ceremony, at 5 p.m. at St. Peter's Church

June 5: 8th-grade Graduation, at 10 a.m. at St. Peter's Church

June 7: Last Day of School for PreK-7

Message from the Principal

Hello Fellow Falcons and Happy Friday,

Congratulations, to our 8th graders who received their Confirmation this past weekend. May the Holy Spirit continue to guide you in all that you do!!

Best wishes to our students who are preparing to make their First Communion over the next few weeks. Spring is such a wonderful time to prepare our hearts to receive Jesus in the most blessed sacrament.

Peace and joy,

Kari Rybarczyk

St. Bede School, Principal

Vision/Dental Exams

We are still missing a few vision and dental examination forms from our students in kindergarten, dental screenings from 2nd graders and 6th graders. The State of Illinois requires these screenings for the grades listed. If your child is missing any of their required examinations, you have been notified by email. Please contact Karen Diedrich at with any questions/concerns you might have about these screenings.
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St. Bede School Co-Ed Intramural Basketball

Now that we're able to restart our Intramural Basketball program, we're reopening registration one more time as a courtesy to students in grades 4-8 that are now interested. We will resume the week of Monday, April 12. Students in grades 4-7 will go for 4 weeks, and 8th grade will run for 6 weeks. The cost is only $10, but will not include a t-shirt since those have already been ordered and distributed.


Monday - Practice

3:00-4:30 4th

4:45-6:15 5th

Tuesday - Practice

3:00-4:30 6th

4:45-6:15 7th

6:30-8:00 8th


3:00-4:30 6th

4:45-6:15 5th


3:00-4:30 4th

4:45-6:15 7th

6:30-8:00 8th

No Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays

Students MUST have a valid physical on file with the Athletic Association prior to being allowed to participate. Physicals need to be dated within 395 days of participation. Athletics does not have access to the student's school file at the office - a separate one must be submitted. If we have yours on file from Volleyball, you are good. If it has expired or you are new to the Athletic program, you must submit a valid physical prior to the start date. Please email a copy to

Registration will close Tuesday, April 6, 2021.

Online Registration Link:

Please contact Tina Lutzke with any additional questions or concerns: or 414-322-1557

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Caritas/Phoenix 2021-2022 Updates

Families of students who received Caritas/Phoenix Scholarships in 2020-2021 will receive an email the week of March 14 to complete their 2021-2022 FACTS financial aid application. Renewal families must complete their 2021-2022 FACTS financial aid application no later than May 1, 2021.

Parents Association


-We are in need of Committee Members for the Golf Outing! The Golf Outing is scheduled for August 28th at 3 pm. Contact Becky Dressendorfer if you are willing to help out planning this event.

-We have two more Falcon Night Outs scheduled for this year.

**Panda Express Tuesday, May 11th all day. Bring in the attached flyer so St. Bede can earn some of the proceeds that day!

**Dogs N Suds Tuesday, June 1st, 4-8 pm. St. Bede will earn a percentage of the proceeds for each event, so enjoy another night off from cooking!!

-Teacher Appreciation Week is May 3-7th. Check your emails from room parents. The PA needs your help in making this week extra special for our teachers and staff! They do so much for our students each and every day so we can’t wait to spoil them this week! More information about the week will be sent home soon! Thank you to all that have sent in pictures and responses!

-The 8th-grade class is going to host “Penny Wars” May 10-14th. Bring in your pennies, dollar bills, quarters, nickels, or dimes to deposit in your class bucket. Pennies and dollars will count towards a positive amount in your bucket. Quarters, nickels, and dimes count as a negative deposit in the class bucket. The class that raises the most money by the end of the week will receive an extra recess and an ice cream treat! All proceeds will help support end of the year activities for the 8th graders! See the attached flyer for more information!

-Bake Sale made a total of $1,110.00 this year! Thank you all for your donations! We will be planning something special for the students at the end of the year! There will not be an all school bake sale at the end of the year.

-Last uniform day will by May 28th! The PA will be hosting a Uniform Resale on June 3rd from 3:30-6 pm. More information will be coming out soon!

Ongoing Events:

-Box Tops Contest: WE HAVE FINALLY REACHED OUR BOX TOP GOAL OF $200.00! We have raised $220.20! For every box top that is turned in, the school earns 10 cents! Since we reached our goal, Mrs. Rybarczyk is going to dye her hair blue! Look for her in the halls in the next couple of weeks so you can see her new hair dye!!!

-COOKBOOKS ARE STILL ON SALE! Order forms for the cookbooks have been sent home. We have a limited quantity and will be given out first-come, first-serve. They are $20.00 for 1 and $35.00 for 2. See the attached flyer if you need another order form!


-Our next PA meeting will be held on May 12th at 6:30 pm. This will be a closed session so the board can create our calendar of events for next year. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Nikki Brooks at


-Co-Chairperson for Book Fair

-Yearbook Coordinator for 2021-2022 School Year Committee Members


-picnic planning

-playground planning

-Daddy/Daughter Dance

-Teacher Appreciation

-Golf Outing 2021

COVID-19 Response Topics

School Notification

● Parents should notify school immediately if:

○ Student isn’t feeling well

○ Student is going to have a COVID test

■ Student test results (positive and negative)

○ Student or family member in household has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive

○ Someone in the household has tested positive

Next Steps

● School gathers information to file report with the OCS Nursing staff

○ When was the student last in school

○ Who were they with?

■ Cohort


■ Bus

● School files report within 4 hours of notification

● OCS Nursing staff follow up to provide the following possible items:

○ Individual Quarantine information

○ Close Contact and Casual Contact communications

○ Health Department tracing report

School Communication

● Only after the OCS Nursing staff provide their report does the school send out communication either close contact or casual contact. This can take some time, so if families or students choose to share their information with others prior to the school reports being completed, there is a lag in school communication.

● Through contract tracing and reporting there is a possibility that families are not notified if the individual hasn’t been at school for a number of days, so again if individuals share their personal information, there may be a void of communication for the school because it isn’t warranted.

Close Contact

● If your student is sent home because of a close contact, they should be monitored and avoid all public gatherings during that close contact quarantine period. I know this is difficult as they may feel fine and have no symptoms, but during this time they could be developing a viral load and become symptomatic within that window and then would have exposed people.


Infection Control

Faithful citizenship is key. We expect our families to take personal responsibility for the common good as well as their own safety. We rely on parents to keep children home when they are sick. Sometimes it is hard to tell in the morning if a child is truly ill or just having a hard time waking up. Please err on the side of caution during this time. Children should not come to school if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

It is important that you contact your doctor and follow the advice of a trained medical professional before returning to school. Please do not administer fever-reducing, cough, or stomach settling medicine and send sick students to school. While it may be an unexpected inconvenience for you in the morning, we believe this is a much better alternative than having to close the entire school because of an outbreak. You are instrumental in helping us to control COVID-19. Please let your employer know of our policy in advance. We need your cooperation now more than ever.

Thank you to those families who were extra cautious this week!! Your support means the world to us!


Students are permitted to wear St. Bede School spirit wear shirts/sweatshirts with their uniforms on Fridays during the school year. We are excited to show off our St. Bede School PRIDE in our community!! GO FALCONS!! If you need additional information, please contact the main office.

God Box

The God box is located in the main lobby area. If you would like to write a special intention for you or someone you know please place it in the God box. We will bring the box to church with us on Fridays and Father George will randomly pick one intention to read during mass. All intentions will be offered up to God in prayer. Please feel free to call the office and we can add your intention to the box if you are not able to.

Custodian Job Post

Our Lady of the Lakes Parish and St. Bede School is seeking a highly motivated individual to work as a team member alongside our amazing custodial staff. Please see the job description below for more details. Contact Mike Hogan at the St. Bede rectory to apply.

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