Family Update

Week of April 26, 2021

Week of April 26th- 30th, 2021

Good morning,


Monday the 26th is picture make-up day. This is the last opportunity for pictures this year. E-learners who need to have their pictures taken should come to door 2 (gym) between 8:30 and 9:00 AM. Pictures should be ordered online by going to ordervgil.com. Families may also call 1-847-382-2282 ext 7. The event code is 20084801.


As a reminder, there is no school on Friday, April 30th as it's a planning day. These planning days allow for deep cleaning of the school, also!


Still at the top of the list: We are registering for the 2021-2022 school year. The first step will be to complete the registration Google form. If you register between now and 4/29, you do not have to put the $50 down; we will add it to the contract for later payment. Please click the link here. Also, all families registered by noon on 4/30 are entered into a special drawing on 4/30 for a $50 Gift Card to Amazon! We will do the drawing at noon live on our Facebook page.


After families complete the Google registration form, the packet with more extensive paperwork will be emailed out. Please return those as soon as possible. We are returning to full in-person instruction for the 21-22 school year.


Spring is here along with unsettled weather. Please remember that students do need to be in uniform and following the dress code in relation to shoes, hair, and fingernails. Please refer to your family handbook linked here. See pages 24 and 25.


Registration is open to new families, too. Do you know a new family, especially a preschool or kindergarten family? You will receive a $300 referral credit for any new family that registers! We are looking to enroll new preschoolers and kindergarteners for next year! Do you know anyone with 3, 4, or 5-year-olds? You could receive a special referral credit! Let us know.


Our Family Virtual Title I night is scheduled for May 5th. This is a free event for families of K-8 students. Students and their families will receive 1 kit per child (grade appropriate) with many different activities. We will unbox the great activities with you and send you off to work with your families! Please click here!


For the remainder of the school year, students will enter the school at the main doors upon arrival. If you are escorting your child to the main entrance, please be sure you are wearing a mask. Our goal is to keep everyone safe!


The school office is open from 6:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Please call the office to make an appointment before stopping in. PAW donations may be dropped off between 9-1:30 or 2:30-3:30.

Sweatshirts Are Still Available

We do have some sizes still available! Check with the office! They're perfect for the spring weather! If we don't have your size, we are starting a list to be sure to reserve one for the August order.
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#BEKIND

These two young ladies received special Kindness Awards this week. We are always looking for ways to celebrate daily kindness actions.


This Tuesday is a "Kind Shirt" day. Students should wear a school kind shirt with their uniform bottoms.


We will be celebrating another group of students on April 29th! Each homeroom is nominating one to two in-person students who demonstrate kindness daily.

FREE - Title 1 Virtual STEM Night - REGISTER NOW

Join Title 1 and Academy of St. Benedict for a fun hands-on STEM night! Families who have signed up will receive their STEM kits before the May 5th event. This will be held virtually at 5:30. The group leader will "unbox" with the families and then send you off to have fun learning together! We are excited to offer this fabulous learning opportunity in a new way!


This program is for grades K-8. Click here to register! This is a completely free event! Each child will receive a STEM kit valued at close to $100 for this fun night!


Please let us know if you have any questions!

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IAR Testing Make-UP Tests

It was so nice seeing some of our e-learners in person for this testing last week! We do have a few students who need to still take certain sections. They have been notified and will receive a reminder call Tuesday. This Wednesday the 28th beginning at 8:30 AM, we will complete the tests. Again, students should enter at door 2 (gym).

Financial Accounts

While we know that these are very challenging times, the financial health of the school is important to its longevity. We thank all of you for your prompt payments.


All past due balances should be cleared by April 29th. If you are not sure of your balance and can't access your FACTS account, please contact the office on Monday.


As a reminder, families with children in PK4, K, and Grade 8: All PAWS and finances must be clear by 5/15 for your child to participate in any graduation (virtual -PK & Kindergarten or live for grade 8).


The most important thing is that you stay in touch with us so we can develop a plan with you.


We value you and your family.

UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES!


  • April 26th - MAKE UP DAY FOR PICTURES - Last chance for this year!
  • April 27th - KIND SHIRT DAY! Wear your kind shirt with uniform bottoms.
  • April 29th - Kind Kids Party! 2 in-person students from each class attend!
  • April 30th - PD day - no school
  • May 1st- 22nd - iReady Diagnostic Window
  • May 11th - Grade 6 & 7 Boys and families virtual meeting Leo HS 5 pm
  • May 14th - Professional Development - no school
  • May 27th - Candle & Ribbon grades 7 & 8 (specifics to follow - modified program)
  • May 31st - Memorial Day - no school
  • June 4th - Last day of school -2pm dismissal- NO Extended day
  • June 5th - 8th-grade Graduation (Specifics to follow - modified program)
  • June 7th - Virtual PK and K graduations via Zoom- details to follow
  • June 8th-9th - Elearners return Chromebooks/tablets, chargers, and textbooks to school between 8:30-10:30
  • June 14th- July 30th - Summer office hours 8 AM - 2 PM daily
  • August 16th - First day of the 2021-2022 school year!
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PAW List!

It's time to get your PAWS completed! We also need volunteers to clean up the area around the school and the yard. If interested, please call the office.


Items may be shipped directly to the school. Send it as a "gift" and put your family's name on the gift receipt.


Gift cards are welcomed from Mariano's, Whole Foods, Amazon, Wal-Mart, and Target.


We cannot accept any more water as we have run out of storage space.


Families you have not taken the Virtus Protecting All God's Children class (needed to chaperone and volunteer (looking to the 21-22 school year) can earn a PAW taking the virtual class. Here is the link to sign up: https://www.virtusonline.org/virtus/reg_0.cfm?theme=0


Families have a 6-PAW commitment for the year which must be completed by 5/15.

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/



Here's the story behind this program and it's extremely moving: https://youtu.be/KJst5PvybvA