Family Update

Week of December 14 - 18th, 2020

This Week at Academy of St. Benedict

Good morning,


Week 3 of e-learning begins on Monday. We have really seen tremendous learning opportunities and activities in progress! Attendance is excellent, especially in grades 1-8 - thank you for helping to keep your child on their schedule. 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.


We have fun spirit week planned for the students this week culminating with a full school Zoom at 1pm on Friday! See the graphic below for each day's activities. Please email me (jfarrand@academystbenedict.org) a picture of your child participating!


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 The Christmas Story and making a paper chain to countdown the days until Christmas! Students will need construction paper, scissors, and tape or a glue stick! Please "share" the event on your Facebook page! This is open to everyone!


Today begins the third week of Advent. This week we light a pink candle representing Joy as we move from repentance toward the celebration of Jesus's birth. At school, we would continue to encourage acts of kindness as we wait. Please continue to encourage acts of kindness at home. Ask your child what did he/she do to show kindness each day.


December 19 - January 3 are the Christmas break dates. Our hope is that you and your families will find joy and stay safe! There is no e-learning during this period of time. We return to e-learning at 8 AM on Monday, January 4 through Thursday, January 14. January 15th is a no school day as it's a professional development day for our faculty.


We return to in-person instruction on Tuesday, January 19th. 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. As of now, it applies to all states except Hawaii, Vermont, and Maine.


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.


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.

A Special Thank You to All of You! Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas - Smiles

Tuition

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.

UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES!

  • December 14th - 18th - SPIRIT WEEK
  • December 15th - Story Time on Facebook Live at 10AM
  • December 18th - All-school ZOOM! Wear your Christmas pjs and have a cup of cocoa
  • December 19th-January 3rd - Christmas Break
  • January 4th- January 18th- ALL students e-learn
  • January 12th - 8AM Big Shoulders Application - Be ready at 7:55AM
  • January 13th - 6:30 PM Empower Illinois Application reservation.
  • January 15th - Professional Development day - NO SCHOOL/E-Learning today
  • January 18th - Dr. Martin Luther King's Birthday - NO SCHOOL today
  • January 19th - School building reopens for in-person learning

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: https://www.bigshouldersfundsgo.org/apply


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: https://youuplift.com/academy-of-st-benedict-the-african-submission-form/

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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