Academy of St. Benedict the African

January 29, 2023

Week of January 29, 2023 - Academy of St. Benedict the African

Catholic Schools Week 2023

Dear Families,

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

It's Catholic Schools Week, and we are celebrating!

Monday 1/30 - Cardinal Cupich visits to bless our chapel and attend our Monday morning assembly. Superintendent Richmond and Mr. Hale will be here, too!

Tuesday (1/31) - Family Art Night from 5-7 pm. Families will have fun with art projects, enjoy dinner, and take home a STEM kit. Sign up on this sheet

Wednesday (2/1)- We celebrate our Parents! Look for a special treat at drop-off! Classes will play Buddy Bingo in the morning! Students should wear their Kind Shirts

Thursday (2/2) - We celebrate our Faculty and Staff with a special lunch! Thank you notes to our staff are always welcome!

Friday (2/3) - We celebrate our students! It's a full dress-down day (students must wear gym shoes). There will be a special treat at lunch and games in the afternoon!

Registration for the 2023-2024 school year continues. Over 70 children are registered, including some new students! Get those seats saved now! Once the $25/reg fee per child is paid, you will receive the $25 gift certificate to our spirit store per child! This offer runs through 2/10. There are class incentives, and I've added them below. For our current 7th graders, there is a special incentive. When their whole class is registered, we will order their Class of 2024 hoodies! Register early and ensure a seat! Also, if you refer a new family, you will receive a $300 tuition credit (credited $150 in Dec and May). We will fill up! Use this link: It's also on the app!

Our Popcorn Fundraiser runs through January 31st at 9 AM. All proceeds will go to our playground fund! Please set up your family's store on our school store using code AGIBLD. See the flyer below!

Home Run Inn Pizza money is due by 8 AM on Wednesday (2/1). This is due to the ordering requirements of HRI. Students who miss the deadline can bring money on 2/9, as we may have some extra pizza. There is no guarantee.

Clubs & Games this week:

  • Monday- Chess Club and Basketball practice
  • Tuesday-Basketball practice, Spanish Club for K-3 3:15-4:00 Register here
  • Wednesday - Basketball skills practice from 2:15-3:15, Dance
  • Thursday - Cooking Club Grades K-3 3:15-4:00. (This session is full)
  • Saturday - 7/8 Basketball game @ 2:20 - arrive by 2 pm. There is no 5/6 game, but 5/6 players should attend the 7/8 game dressed.

**Fight Like a Girl will start a new session beginning February 7th - register here!

Upcoming important Dates:

  • January 27 - 31st - Double Good Popcorn Fundraiser. Code AGIBLD

  • January 31st - Family Art & Literature Night from 5-7 pm. Dinner is included at this free family event! The registration form is here.

  • February 9th - Home Run Inn Pizza Day. Money and slip are due by 8 AM on 2/1. Forms were sent home. The slip image is attached to this update.

  • February 23rd -Black History Program 10 AM. (please note, this is a date change)

In the event of inclement weather, any shifts to e-learning or delays in the opening of the school day will be posted on both the school mobile app and Bloomz. We will also post on

Let's make this week a great week for learning!


Mrs. Farrand

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

FUNDRAISER -Runs through Tuesday, January 31st! Help Us Raise Money for the Playground!

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Home Run Inn Pizza Lunch Day

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Join Us for This Wonderful Celebration!

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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.

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2022-2023 School Calendar



We still need masks. The rate of COVID, FLU, and RSV infections remains high. Masking is a good preventative measure, especially for those who are not vaccinated for COVID and/or FLU.

As a reminder, all PAWS must be completed by May 15th

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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 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


  • January 27th - 31st -Double Good Popcorn Fundraiser - proceeds go to our Playground fund

  • January 30 - February 2nd - Catholic Schools Week!

  • January 30th - Cardinal Cupich visits to bless our new chapel.

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

  • February 1st - 8 AM Pizza form Due = Kind Shirt Day

  • February 6th - 10:15 AM - Whole School Assembly - Amazing Africa Performance

  • February 9th - Home Run Inn Pizza Day

  • February 10th - Spirit Day

  • February 17th - No School, NO childcare - PD Day

  • February 20th - No School - Presidents' Day

  • February 23rd - Black History Celebration Program 10 AM

  • February 24th - 8th Grade and Extended Dance to Archdiocesan African American Heritage Prayer Service at Holy Name Cathedral - 9 AM

  • February 24th - Spirit Day for grades PK - 7 (those attending service must be in regular uniform)

  • March 3rd - Parent-Teacher Conferences 8 AM - 5 PM. Remote learning day with onsite childcare available - registration form coming soon!