Academy of St. Benedict the African

November 13, 2022

Week of November 13, 2022 ~Academy of St. Benedict

Week of November 13, 2022

Hello, St. Benedict the African Families,

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

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday are full in-person school days. Unless sick, all children should be in school.

Thursday is a remote learning day. as we have conferences from 8-4:30. We have childcare available from 6:30-5:15. See the link below to sign up. There is NO charge for this service.

Friday is a professional learning day. there is NO school. The building is closed and will remain closed until school resumes on 11/28 following Thanksgiving break.***edited

The Scholastic Book Fair is open Monday - Thursday this week. Students will attend with their classes during the week. Parents may shop during the school day, after school until 3:15, and on conference day. There are so many wonderful books!

Conferences are this Thursday, November 17th, from 8 AM - 4:30 PM. Report cards will be given out at conferences. Please go to your child's teacher's Bloomz page for conference sign-ups. It is a remote learning day for scholars. We DO have childcare available for no additional charge from 6:30 AM - 5:15 PM. Students will do their work at childcare, enjoy breakfast, lunch (Students may bring a lunch), afternoon snack, and have fun activities with their friends. Students do not need to wear uniforms on 11/17. Use this form to sign up.

We are now getting price quotes for the different playscapes for Marcy Park. The January fundraiser will be dedicated to raising funds for the playscape. Playscapes and outdoor play are important to student growth and development.

We have added many clubs after school to complement instruction during the day. Anyone attending a club after school should bring a snack (no nuts).

Mondays: Chess Club - Grades 3-8 - some spots still available. Sign up here

Tuesdays: Fight Like a Girl - Grades 4-8 girls only - full

Tuesdays: STEM Science - Grades 5 & 6

Tuesdays: Basketball - Grades 5-8 $40 a player/physicals needed.

Wednesdays: Dance - extended day students only

In January, we will add a newspaper/podcasting club for our 5-8 grades and a Lego and Literature club for our K-2 scholars. We also hope to add a cooking club.

Please review your family's FACTS account or call the business office (x102 or X103) for clarity.

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!

Empower Illinois is sponsoring a trip to Springfield on 12/1 to speak with our legislators regarding the need to keep the tax credit scholarship legislation in place. We have over 130 children with Tax Credit scholarships. If you can attend - there is a bus and lunch is included, please let me know. This program is so important for our families and our school. We will credit some PAWS for attending this trip.

As a reminder, scholars must be in their seats at 7:45 AM to be on time. If you are running late, please call the office.

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!

I wish you and your families a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving.

Our next Family Update will be emailed on 11/27 as school resumes on the 28th following Thanksgiving break.


Mrs. Farrand

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

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Clubs and Friends


The full uniform policy is listed on our website and in our family handbook.

This is required, not suggested. Those failing to follow the stated uniform will be given the proper items to wear.

Please help us build our community by having your child/ren wear the proper clothing daily.

Regular day:

  • Navy blue slacks, skort, or jumper
  • Light blue polo shirt with the school logo or name
  • gym shoes with white, black, or blue socks or tights - no leggings
  • School hoodie, gym sweatshirt, or plain (no brand logos) navy blue sweater

Gym or Dance day:

  • Gym uniform
  • Light blue school t-shirt with either logo or tiger
  • Black sweatpants with the school logo (plain black (no brand logos showing) sweatpants will work)
  • School hoodie or gym sweatshirt

Only plain navy sweaters, school hoodies, or school gym sweatshirts may be worn during the day over the polo.

The gym uniform must be purchased at Martinellis 3517 W. 95th, Evergreen Park.

The school has the polo ($15) and the school hoodie ($20 cash/$23 card). We have a limited supply of extra Kind shirts available for $5. Cash only, please, for those shirts. Please label all hoodies and sweatshirts.

Also, the children will be asked to remove their jewelry if wearing any. It's a distraction, against our dress code, and creates safety concerns. All boys should remove their earrings before coming to school. Our dress code regarding jewelry and nail polish aligns with all other Catholic Schools in our council.

In choosing our school, you agree to follow the uniform policy.

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Spirit Wear

We have secured a Spirit Wear Vendor. This is entirely online. The items are made to order and therefore take some time to turn around. Here is the link to our store. The items look great. We will have spirit days where items may be worn 2x month - every other Friday.The first spirit day is December 2.


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.

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2022-2023 School Calendar


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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.

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 107 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


  • November 14th - 17th - Scholastic Bookfair

  • November 17th - Parent-Teacher Conferences from 8-4:30, Remote Learning Day with Childcare available at no charge from 6:30 - 5:15.

  • November 18th - NO SCHOOL/NO Childcare - Professional Learning Day

  • November 21st - 25th Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL

  • November 28th - Return to school following Thanksgiving

  • December 1st - Trip to Springfield for Families to help keep Tax Credit Scholarships in place. Are you able to join Empower Illinois in going? Let Mrs. Farrand know.

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

  • 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 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.