Family Update

Week of April 4, 2022

Academy of St Benedict the African Week of April 4, 2022

Week of April 4th - 8th

Good morning,


The video included before this section will highlight the main points of the update. I had to use a different platform, so there is no narration - on the bright side, it's only about one minute.


Monday is a Kind Shirt Day.


Last week we enjoyed an amazing presentation from Peter and his mom Dede of Pete's Diary. Peter told his incredible story, highlighting the narrative he chose -being positive. Pete's story and program are about Amplifying Kindness.


We will celebrate reaching our March Registration Goal this Friday. All students have a dress-down day and will enjoy ice cream at lunch.


To get registered, simply fill out the form today! The fee to register will be taken care of later. We have 137 students registered. We are seeing some classrooms just a few students away from full. Reserve your child's spot.


Do you have a family to refer to St. Benedict? Ms. Amanda Ross will be receiving 2- $50 Amazon cards for referring two students to us for the 22-23 school year. You, too, could receive gift cards! Referring families will also receive a $300 tuition/fees credit next school year!


Many families are receiving notification of tax credit scholarships for next year from both Empower Illinois and Big Shoulders Fund. Be sure to keep an eye on your emails.



It's also time to register for our five-week summer program. Students entering PK3 - 5th grade in August are welcomed. Families with AFC/Childcare will pay their copay for the program along with any field trip fees. See me or the business office to find out more about the fees. Hold the spot now and help us set up our plans!


The majority of the students who needed to complete IAR testing are done. We will have a few days of make-up tests to complete this week. The students have worked so hard.


Please help us keep the school free of COVID by keeping children home who exhibit symptoms. If you are able to give the child a home test and it's negative, they can then come to school. We have a shared responsibility to each other to stay home when ill. There are no perfect attendance awards anymore. Children who are well should be in school on time; sick children stay home and rest.


  • FOLLOW THE DRESS & UNIFORM CODE: Hoodies and sweatshirts that are not part of the school uniform are not allowed during the school day. Please have your child wear their school hoodie, school gym sweatshirt, or a plain navy blue sweater if they're cold during the day. Please see the school uniform/dress code in our family handbook. We believe that excellence happens on purpose. Lessening distractions of being out of uniform is one way we foster that excellence. We still have light blue hoodies in all sizes and some navy blue hoodies. The orange gym uniform was retired several years ago and is not allowed. A kind shirt may be worn on gym days.


  • Students should not have nail polish, artificial nails, any jewelry, or smartwatches. Students do NOT need their cell phones at school. They are kept in the office all day. - This is becoming an issue and it's distracting from learning. Students will be receiving notices. Following the rules and expectations is required at St. Benedict. It may not seem like a big deal when a child wants to paint their nails or wear jewelry, but it sends a message to the child that rules don't matter. It's a distraction and it's disrespectful to everyone who commits to following the expectations.


  • Please be sure to check the "Save the Date" section below.


  • The school office is open Monday through Friday 6:30 AM - 3:30 PM. Our amazing office staff can take payments, sell hoodies and polos and answer questions. After 3:30, please leave a message on the mainline or dial 101 at the recording to be connected to my extension. If you need extended day after 3:30, dial 107 at the voicemail message.


Thank you for trusting us with your child/ren. We consider it a privilege. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.



Mrs. Farrand

Vaccine Clinic on May 10th

We are hosting a free vaccine clinic on May 10th. Students are able to receive all childhood vaccines (except varicella) and/or COVID vaccines. Parents do not need to be present; consent forms are below. Please register at https://getvaxchi.chicago.gov/ the code, as this is a private event, is benedict.


For students entering Kindergarten and sixth grade, there are required immunizations. This is a great opportunity to take care of it now!


If students receive a COVID vaccine, the second dose is scheduled for 6/7 at school, too!

Amazon Gift Cards for Referrals!

In partnership with the Big Shoulders Fund, we have a special incentive for current families who refer families to us for next year. For each student referred and registered (forms and fees completed), the referring family will receive a $50 Amazon card. So if you refer a family with 2 students, they complete the forms and pay the $50/each registration fee, you will receive $100 in Amazon cards. This promotion runs through April 15th! We recognize that our current families are our best marketers! Thank you!
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2022-2023 School Calendar

2022-2023 Financial Contracts and Forms

Financial Contracts for next year along with the required forms will be sent home during March and April for all families that have registered. This will be done through the email we have on record. A group of contracts will be going out this week.


The contract will be written without carrying over any part of the 21-22 contract. In June and July, if necessary, we will make updates.


Please be sure that the phone number and emails we have on Powerschool are accurate.

Tuition Payments - Please call the office with concerns.

Tuition payments for our families are due on either the 17th or 30th of the month for most families. Please make your payments in a timely fashion. Payments can be made through the family's FACTS account, using the donate button on our website (academystbenedict.org), using the payment button on the school mobile app, or in the office. We do accept debit/credit, money orders, cash (exact please), and Apple/Samsung Pay.


Families with Income Tax agreements are expected to make that payment this month. Please let the business office know if there is a problem.


As a reminder, all financial accounts must be settled by May 15th for all graduating students: PK4, Kindergarten, and Eighth grade.

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Volunteering in School

In order to volunteer in school, adults over the age of 18 must attend Virtus Training, complete a background check, and complete mandated reporter training. These are requirements of the Archdiocese of Chicago to keep all children safe.


Go to https://www.virtusonline.org/virtus/ to register for an online class and consent to the background check. Please see or email Ms. Fernandez (mfernandez@academystbenedict.org) if you need assistance or have a question.

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PAWS


Thank you for your commitment to completing the family PAW obligation. All PAWS must be done by 5/15.



Thanks for your help!

Staff Appreciation

Staff Appreciation is right around the corner! Help us fill the fridge in our faculty room with lots of treats. This list has some ideas, but please feel free to send in whatever you'd like. Donations can be brought in the week of April 25th. Thank you!
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UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES!


  • April 4th - Kind Shirt Day
  • April 11th - Morning Assembly
  • April 15th - 22nd - Easter Break -no school
  • April 27th - Kind Shirt Day and Kind Kid Party
  • May 2nd - Morning Assembly
  • May 10th - Kind Shirt Day
  • May 10th - Vaccine Clinic - All childhood vaccines and COVID are available
  • May 19th - Kind Shirt Day
  • May 30th - Memorial Day - no school
  • June 1st - Last day of classes for 8th grade
  • June 2nd - Candle & Ribbon 1pm (Grades 7 & 8)
  • June 3rd - Last day of school for all students, PK & K graduations (NO Extended day)
  • June 4rd - Eighth Grade graduation 10 AM
  • June 13th - July 14th - Summer Program
  • August 22nd - First day of the 2022 -2023 school year. Full-Day for all students, no extended day.