Bednarcik Bulldog Blast

December 15, 2022

From the Principal

STAY HEALTHY! This is the time of year when we see many students get sick. I know it is effecting all of us to varying degrees. Please continue to communicate with the school if your child is going to be out due to being sick.

IF STUDENTS DON'T FEEL WELL AT SCHOOL they need to go to the nurse's office and check in there. We are seeing many parents come in and ask for their child after receiving a text message or phone call from their child.


12/15/22 - TONIGHT! - Winter Band Concert 7:00p

12/22/22 - All School Assembly (bell schedule) Bring cash for concessions!

12/23 - 1/6/23 - No School - Winter Break

1/9/23 - School Resumes @ 8:10am


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The Bednarcik PTO is providing some fun for the staff before Winter Break. If you are able to assist with some donations, please click here and sign up. Thank you for your help and support!


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There will be an all school assembly on Thursday, December 22nd. Fun day for the students! Here is the bell schedule Please prepare your student for concessions that day. They will need to bring cash to purchase their snacks.


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In the spirit of giving and the cold winters that we get in Illinois, there will be a HAT, GLOVE, SCARF tree in the front office. We would like to receive donations of new hats, gloves/mittens and scarfs to distribute to families in need. Please have your student bring their donation to the front office and place them on the tree. Let's make the Bulldog tree filled and colorful. No deadline, keep bringing donations through the colder months. Call Mrs. Kiliszewski at (630) 636-2516 with any questions. Thank you for your generosity!

LOST AND FOUND - Missing something, come to Student Services!

"MY TIME" After School Program

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In response to a community need to engage middle school students in a successful high-quality after school program, The City of Aurora, Cities In Schools Aurora, Oswego School District 308, other public and private organizations have designed and developed a collaborative citywide after school program named MyTime.

This free after school program for middle school students is designed to ultimately engage the city’s pre-adolescent students in positive activities beyond the school day. Through a mix of recreational, arts and enrichment activities, the program nurtures positive interpersonal relationships among students and actively engages them. The program offers age-appropriate learning opportunities, including tutoring and games designed to improve math and reading skills, plus recreational activities, community-based services and other experiences, and fine art opportunities.

Click here for more information

Click here for the student application

Please email all completed applications to Melissa Kiliszewski -



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If your child is missing school (late arrival, early dismissal or absent) due to an appointment please remember to ask for a note from the doctor's office confirming the appointment. Your student can turn that into the attendance office.


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Parent Pick Up & Drop Off

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ENGAGING STUDENTS - Policy on cell phones & personal gaming systems

Bednarcik is continuing with our building cell phone and electronic device usage expectations for students. Students will be able to access and use their phone once they advocate for their need to a staff member. When students do this, staff will work with the kids to determine the best time to use their phone. This could be used for texting parents and other communication needs.

To help with this, we ask that parents and families do what they can to avoid texting students throughout the day. This provides constant distractions for kids and takes their attention away from the learning taking place throughout the day.

All students will have Chromebooks with them throughout their day and email would be a great form of communication if/when needed.

This doesn’t mean that students are not allowed to bring their phones to school. The expressed language in the student handbook states that students are to have their cellphones turned off and out of sight during these times except as approved by building administration, which is the same expectation from the 2022-23 school year. This will continue, and include the lunchroom as an area that students will need the permission to use their cell phones.

If you have questions, please reach out to Bednarcik Administration. Our number is 630-636-2500.

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UPDATE for 2022 - 2023 School Year

Food Service

The federal program providing free breakfast and lunches to all students during COVID-19 has expired and meals are no longer free for all students. However, for families that qualify, free or reduced meals are available with an approved application.

Free/Reduced Lunch

Those who qualify for free or reduced cost meals must complete an application. The deadline to apply is October 1. Information and the application can be found here. This is the same program that was in place prior to COVID-19.

Meal Costs

Students who are not using the free/reduced meal program will have the option to purchase a complete meal, just a beverage, or ala carte options from the cafeteria at Breakfast and/or Lunch. Junior High and High School students should have their student ID with them in line during lunch, so applicable charges can be deducted from their balance. Elementary cafeteria staff will assist those students with charges.

Adding funds

Parents/guardians can add money to a student meal account eaily using the PushCoin online system; there is no transaction fee for doing so. Alternatively, a check can be sent to the school and the funds will be added to the student account.

Meal Choices

Supply chain challenges have decreased, so we anticipate that planned meals and food offerings will be more readily available, with less substitutions. Ala carte options are returning as they were prior to the pandemic- offerings vary by grade level. More information about offerings can be found on the Food Service page of our website.


Breakfast is available before school at all locations. It is open to all, including those with free/reduced lunch, and those charging their PushCoin account. Snack items can be chosen during the breakfast service and saved for a designated snack time or for after school. Options vary by school and building level.

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Care Closet for Bednarcik Families

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Bednarcik Junior High School Contact Information

Erica Deren-Principal Secretary

Push Coin, School Lunch and School Fees (630) 636-2509

Melissa Kiliszewski-Attendance Secretary


Automated Attendance Line (630) 636-2501 (630) 636-2516

Uzma Rahman-Registrar

Registration, Withdrawals, Change of Address (630) 636-2517

Laura DeCapua-Nurse (630)636-2502

Mary Konken-Counselor A-LE

Academics (630)636-2523

Steve Haynes-Counselor LH-Z

Academics 630-636-2514

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