Academy of St. Benedict the African

April 16, 2023

Welcome Back!

Dear Families,

Welcome back! I hope your Easter Break was joyous and filled with those you love! We are moving into the last part of the 22-23 school year, and it's a busy time! We have field trips and special events planned, so stay tuned! Progress reports for grades 3-8 will be sent home on the 26th.

Students may wear their navy blue walking shorts (which should go close to the knee) as the weather is warmer. Any day the weather is good, students will be outside. Please be sure that your child is dressed in the proper uniform each day. It's important to follow the rules and expectations.

Our preschool play equipment needs to be cleaned. If you'd like to earn a PAW (you do not need to be in compliance for this activity), please let us know! I'd like to have this done on Tuesday.

Some students still have IAR makeup tests. We will complete those this week.

Registration for the 2023-2024 school year continues. Over 180 children are registered, including many new students! We will have waiting lists.

As you get registered, I will work with each family to ensure a financial contract that works for the family and the school.

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!

Empower Illinois and Big Shoulders SGO are making awards for the 23-24 school year. Keep an eye on your email if you applied. Time is of the essence! As a reminder, each family may only accept one tax credit scholarship. If you are awarded both BSF and EI, select one (they're both the same). Students with tax credit scholarships will begin receiving their contracts this week.

We have shared the 2023-2024 school year calendar with you both as a paper copy and below as a digital image and downloadable PDF. Our school day will be a bit longer next year as the day will begin at 7:45 AM and end at 3 PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. On Wednesdays, we will dismiss at 2:30 to accommodate faculty meetings. Before and after-school care hours remain the same.

Please keep sick children home. Keep home COVID tests on hand so children can be tested in the event they have symptoms. As a school, we have done an excellent job keeping everyone well. We have a shared commitment to the school community to keep everyone well.

Physicals are needed if your child is entering K, 2, or 6 or will play Flag Football in the fall or basketball in 23-24. Make those appointments now and send the forms in asap!

Clubs & Games this week:

  • Monday- Chess Club
  • Tuesday-Football practice, Fight Like a Girl (grades 4-8), Spanish Club Group 1 - 3:15-4:00
  • Thursday - Fight Like a Girl 3:30-4:30. Cooking Session 2- 3:15 - 4:15
  • Saturday -Football Game - 12 pm - players should arrive by 11:30.

Upcoming important Dates:

  • April 19th - All registered students may dress down. Class of 2023, wear HS choice t-shirt/sweatshirt with uniform bottoms (every Wednesday)
  • April 20th - Kind Shirt and Kind Action Day
  • April 20th - Liturgy grades 4-8
  • April 21st - Spirit Day - Wear any ASBA shirt/sweatshirt with jeans, joggers, or navy blue walking or gym shorts. Gym shoes are required every day.
  • April 26th - Progress Reports Go home in grades 3-8.

Be sure to save May 2nd on your calendar. We are having a Family Literacy event from 5 pm - 7 pm. Black World Schoolers Book Mobile will be here. All students will be able to choose one book at no cost. Families can buy more books if desired. Dinner will also be served. Sign up here!

As you do some spring cleaning, don't forget that we have a collection bin in our parking lot for clothing and shoes. Filling that bin results in trees being planted while helping those less fortunate.

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


Mrs. Farrand

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

Holy Thursday Liturgy

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Registration Incentives!

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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.

As a tuition run school, families must meet their obligations so that we can meet ours. Students in PK4, K, and 8th must have zero balances by May 30th to participate in graduation.

Families without AFC or an extended day fee plan will be getting an invoice with charges this week.

Please get in touch with me if you have concerns.


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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

⭐2023-2024 School Year Calendar⭐

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We need 2-3 parents who would like to clean the PK play area and equipment this Tuesday.

We need copy paper 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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Family Handbook - Addendums have been added


  • May 2nd - Family Literacy Night - Sign-up here!
  • May 15th - NO school -no childcare
  • May 18th - 8th Grade BBQ with Deacon GIll
  • May 19th - SNEAKER BALL 5-7 pm - tickets go on sale soon!
  • May 31st - Last day of school for 8th grade
  • June 1st - 1pm Candle & Ribbon - 7th and 8th Grade
  • June 3rd - 10 AM 8th Grade Graduation - St. Benedict the African Church
  • June 8th - PK 3 Last Day of School
  • June 9th - Last Day of School - no afterschool care - more info coming.

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