Family Update

Week of May 3, 2021

Week of May 3rd - 7th, 2021

Good morning,


This is National Teacher and Staff appreciation week! We will, safely, be celebrating our tremendously hard-working teachers and staff this week. Please extend a word of gratitude when you see them this week!


There have been questions about the delivery of graduation pictures from Van Gogh. I would recommend families calling Van Gogh directly at 847-382-2282. The school office will make a call today, too, and I will post the information from that on Class Dojo Monday afternoon.


Congratulations to the Westberry/Henderson, Rice/Fenn, and Welch/Maldonado families! You have won a $50 gift card! Please call the office on Monday to claim your prize!


Registration still remains at the top of the list. As we return to full in-person instruction for the 2021-2022 school year, seats are limited. At this point, no deposit is needed to get your child's seat reserved; we will add it to the contract for later payment The first step will be to complete the registration Google form. Please click the link here.


After families complete the Google registration form, the packet with more extensive paperwork will be emailed out. Please return those as soon as possible. Contracts will follow. Thanks for your patience as we get those prepared.


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.


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.


On May 11th, Mr. Shaka Rawls, the principal of Leo High School will be meeting virtually with our 6th and 7th boys and their families at 5 pm. Please hold the date! There will be prizes while families learn more about why Leo High School is a terrific choice!


Our Family Virtual Title I night is date has changed. This fun family night is now scheduled for May 12th at 5:30. The items are a bit late arriving! We will notify e-learners when to come to pick up their kids! 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.

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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

We celebrated our April Kind Kids on Thursday afternoon. It's such a fun event! We captured pictures of each student and even got pictures of our kind siblings together!


Wednesday, May 5th is a kind shirt day. Please wear any school kind shirt with uniform bottoms. As a reminder, all students should wear gym shoes daily to school. Scandals are not allowed as they aren't safe for playing!



FREE - Title 1 Virtual STEM Night - REGISTER NOW

Join Title 1 and Academy of St. Benedict for a fun hands-on STEM night on May 12th. Families who have signed up will receive their STEM kits before the 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!

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. Students will be excluded from school, as of May 3rd. 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!


  • May 1st- 22nd - iReady Diagnostic Window
  • May 5th - Kind Shirt Day
  • May 11th - Grade 6 & 7 Boys and families virtual meeting Leo HS 5 pm
  • May 14th - Professional Learning- no school
  • May 27th - Candle & Ribbon grades 7 & 8 (specifics to follow - modified program)
  • May 28th - Kind Kid Party
  • 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