Bede Buzz 2.0

February 19, 2021

Important Dates:

*Friday, February 19

End of 2nd Trimester

*Monday, February 22

First Day of Trimester 3

*Friday, February 26

Report Cards to be distributed to in-person learners and mailed to eLearners

Confirmation Dates-April 23 @ 7pm, April 24 @ 10am and 1pm at St. Peter's Church in Antioch. Please contact Mary Richards at with your date of choice.

First Holy Communion Dates - May 1@10am and 1 pm and May 8 @10am and 1 pm; more information will be forthcoming from the RE office in the next couple of weeks as to how to sign-up for your Mass of choice.

*Indicates date was changed from the original calendar

**Indicates location change

Spring Break Message from Dr. Rigg

Since the beginning of the school year, safety has remained our top priority. Therefore, the Office of Catholic Schools strongly encourages all school families to enjoy Spring Break locally this year and avoid any out-of-state travel. Doing so best positions us to continue with in-person learning uninterrupted for the remainder of the school year. It also helps to keep our communities safer as our local health departments and state authorities work out their COVID-19 vaccination plans. Due to these reasons and others, we are not considering moving to virtual learning after spring break at this time.


Hello Fellow Falcons,

It is incredible to believe that we are 2/3 of the way through the school year with the completion of the 2nd trimester today. I want to take a moment to reflect and thank the students, teachers, and parents for their commitment to our school. Our passion and dedication shines through as we continue to provide in-person and remote learning to our students. We are excited to begin our third trimester by welcoming back several more of our eLearners to in-person learning on Monday. Welcome Back!!

Congratulations to our 2nd-grade students who made their First Reconciliation this past Saturday. I want to thank Our Lady of the Lakes Parish for providing a beautiful ceremony for our 2nd-grade students. It was a wonderful moment to watch the students prepare their hearts to receive Jesus before making their First Holy Communion in May.

Additional noteworthy items on the horizon:

  • Superintendent Dr. Rigg will be sending via email, information related to Spring Sports. Once we have that guidance, our Athletic Association will prepare a plan to reopen sports to our children safely.
  • Additionally, within the next couple of weeks, we will be receiving guidance related to end-of-the-year activities and graduation. Once we have this guidance, we can start to plan accordingly.
  • 2nd-trimester report cards will be sent home on Friday, Feb. 26.
  • You must be enrolled for the FY2021-2022 school year in order for Mrs. Rybarczyk to confirm your Empower Illinois or Big Shoulders Scholarship. Enroll today!!

Please continue to notify the office of your Spring Break travel plans if you are planning to leave the state or country.

Peace and joy,

Kari Rybarczyk

St. Bede School, Principal

Parents Association

Upcoming Events:

-Book Fair will be February 22-March 5th. Please see attached flyer for information on when each class is going. Book Fair will be set up the same as before with one class going per day.

-February Bake Sale is for grades 1, 5, 7. Instead of our usual bake sales, we are asking each family to donate $15.00. See the attached flyer for more information.

-Hoops Mania is coming soon! As of right now, teams are still playing for March Madness. One ticket per student will be going home on Monday, February 22nd. The return date for tickets will be March 12th. If you would like to purchase more than the one ticket that gets sent home with your child, we also have an e-ticket option. Please go to to purchase e-tickets. Tickets are $20.00 each.

Ongoing Events:

-Box Tops Contest: We are still collecting box tops online or clipped until further notice!! For every box top that is turned in, the school earns 10 cents! Remember, if we can raise $200.00, Mrs. Rybarczyk will dye her hair blue! We have $181.10 raised so far! We can still meet our goal with your help!!!

-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 March 10th at 6:30pm. Please email Nikki Brooks at brooks-nicole@ if you would like to attend via Zoom. All are welcome!

Needs: - -Chairperson for Book Fair -Yearbook Coordinator for 2021-2022 School Year

Committee Members Needed: - -picnic planning - -playground planning - -Daddy/Daughter Dance - -Teacher Appreciation - -Golf Outing 2021

***We are looking for volunteers to help with planning for Teacher Appreciation Week in May. We will be holding a Zoom meeting in the next couple of weeks to start discussing ideas. If you are interested in helping with the planning, please contact Sam Harris at We will notify all that are interested of the time and date for the Zoom meeting. Thank you in advance!

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.

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BBQ Sponsored by Brewhouse BBQ and Knights of Columbus Council 3788

Pre-Order now until March 30th, 2021.

Order online with a credit card or return the bottom portion of the flyer with cash or check payment to the school office. Please make checks payable to Knights of Columbus.

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Yearbook Photos Needed!!

St. Bede Families,

No need to remind you of the unique and special circumstances we are faced with this school year. I, along with the current yearbook committee, need your assistance to put together a worthy school yearbook. With the vast majority of school events and those sponsored by the school being moved around and many altogether being canceled, we are in need of content. St. Bede is our family so what better way to show that than by sharing holiday pictures and descriptions of how you celebrate each. Below are holidays and events which we would very much like your participation in.

Back to school - Please provide those 1st days of school pictures as everyone still took pride on the 1st day back.

E-learning experience - This is especially directed to those students and families who decided to attend school virtually. We would love to see your learning setup along with fun pictures which can only be taken at home. Do provide a small write up as to the experiences of learning within your friendly confines.

Halloween - At times, the streets did seem rather eerie with no kids in sight, but those who loved the holiday and trusted their neighbors did venture out for a spooky good time. Provide pictures of your costumes and fun times along with a little write up of how you spent Halloween.

Christmas – We want your family pictures. Let us see you with your loved ones to be included within the family section of this year’s yearbook. You can also include a small write up as to what was the best part of the holiday for you.

New Year – Resolutions, celebration, and family time. Show us how you brought in the new year and said goodbye to 2020. What are you most looking forward to in 2021?

The yearbook committee encourages you to participate in providing your picture(s) and telling us your story for each of the events listed above. Please email all pictures, along with writeups, to STBEDEYEARBOOK@YAHOO.COM. Please make sure that the pictures being submitted are a minimum file size of 1.5Meg, as anything smaller risks being unusable when uploaded to the yearbook program.

With much gratitude on your contributions,

The St. Bede Yearbook committee


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.
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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.
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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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