Academy of St. Benedict the African

December 11, 2022

Week of December 11, 2022 - Academy of St. Benedict the African

Week of December 11, 2022

Dear Families,

The video above has highlights of this week's bulletin.

It is Week 3 of Advent. We light the JOY candle as we get close to Christmas! We are all preparing our hearts for Jesus' birth.

We had a very busy week last week and expect this week to be similar. Our weeks are busy with engaging lessons and joyful learning. Classes are getting ready for the Christmas Program.

Thank you for keeping sick children home. Call, message through Bloomz, or email the school to let us know if your child will be late or out sick.

This week: Tuesday, there is no after-school extended day. All children must be picked up by 3:00 pm. The faculty and staff have a special Christmas gathering.

On Thursday, we have an all-school liturgy for Christmas; all are welcome at 9 AM. Also, on Thursday, there is a presentation for our 6th graders at 10 AM to learn about the High Jump Program. Parents are welcome.

Friday is a Spirit day - School shirts and hoodies with jeans or joggers.

After School Club schedule this week:

Mondays: Chess Club - Grades 3-8

NO Activities on Tuesday - NO extended day - Staff meeting and Christmas Celebration

Wednesdays: Dance - extended day students only

There are no basketball practices or games this week. The teams just started league play and are learning the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship. There is practice on Tuesday, December 20, after school. Games resume after Christmas break.

To be clear: There are two days this month that there will be no after-school extended day - December 13th and December 21st. Please plan accordingly. Additionally, our extended day program closes at 6 pm daily. Late fees will be charged for anyone picking up late. Please be courteous to our staff and be on time. If late, a call to the school should be made. Dial the main number and enter 101 once the voicemail message starts to play.

The Christmas Program is December 21st at 9 AM in our gym. This is the last day of school before Christmas. There is no after-school care on the 21st. Thank you to all who signed up to donate goodies for the program and to those who volunteered their time to set up and break down!

We are raffling off two sets of four front-row seats to the Christmas Program! The cost to be entered into the raffle is $10. We will choose the winner live on our FB page on December 20th. If you'd like to enter the raffle, bring in or send in $10 (cash only).

Please review your family's FACTS account or call the business office (x102 or X103) for clarity. If you have a past-due balance, let's make a plan!

Featured Families: Would you like to be a St. Benedict the African Featured Friday Family? Complete this form! We love spotlighting our families and will even offer 1 PAW for participating!

Please continue to be courteous and kind at drop-off and pick-up. A few extra minutes won't hurt, and our children's safety is at stake.

All scholars enter the school at door 1. For extended-day families, pick-up is from door 2 after 3:30.

Thank you for choosing the Academy of St. Benedict the African for your family. Let's make this a great week of learning!


Mrs. Farrand

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

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Student Leadership Council

Our student leadership council has finalized our plans for Catholic Schools' Week in January. They also collected the money donated during the dress-down day for the animal shelter. They are taking on more tasks and truly leading by example!
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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.

2022-2023 School Calendar


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Save the Dates!

It's that time of year again! Applications for Tax Credit Scholarships for the 23-24 school year will open in January. As always, time is of the essence in the application process.

We recommend that all families apply to both Big Shoulders and Empower Illinois.

Big Shoulders SGO's application date is January 12th at 8 AM. Be on the site at 7:45.

Empower Illinois' application date is January 18th at 6:30 PM. At 6:30, you can enter some necessary information, and at 7 hit apply.

Over 130 of our scholars have Tax Credit Scholarships this year. It's a great program for families and for the school.

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.

It's essential that payments are made as scheduled so that the school can meet its obligations.

Please contact me or Ms. Fernandez, our business manager, if you have concerns.

Family Handbook - Addendums have been added

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


  • December 12th - Kind Shirt & KInd Action Day

  • December 13th - NO EXTENDED DAY, no clubs- ALL Staff Meeting

  • December 15th - All School Christmas Liturgy - All are welcome 9 AM.

  • December 16th - Spirit Day - -Wear Spirit wear (Any St. Benedict top/sweatshirt) with Jeans or Joggers and gym shoes.

  • December 21st - Christmas Program- 9 AM Last day of school before Christmas break. NO after-school extended day.

  • December 22nd - January 3rd - Christmas Break

  • January 4th - All return to school

  • January 6th - Spirit Day - Wear your Spirit wear with Jeans or Joggers and gym shoes.

  • January 12th - Big Shoulders Fund Tax Credit Application Day - 7:30 AM Sharp Details coming.

  • January 13th - Kind Shirt & Kind Action Day

  • January 16th - Dr. King's Birthday - no school

  • January 18th - Empower Illinois Application Reservation Day 6:30 PM for 7:00 PM submission. More details are coming.

  • January 20th - Spirit Day - Wear your Spirit wear with Jeans or Joggers and gym shoes.

  • January 30 - February 2nd - Catholic Schools Week

  • January 31 - Family Art/STEM Night 5-7 pm - SAVE THIS DATE!!!